Cal Poly Report — Oct. 4, 2017


Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs Place High in 2018 DesignIntelligence Survey

Cal Poly architecture Professor Umut Toker, right, with student Joshua Miller.Cal Poly offers the No. 2 undergraduate architecture program in the nation, according to the 2018 DesignIntelligence ranking of the country’s 25 best public and private architecture and design schools. Among public universities, Cal Poly’s program was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. In addition, Cal Poly’s bachelor of landscape architecture program earned the No. 4 spot in the national ranking. In a separate survey of architecture and landscape architecture deans, chairs and other leaders, Cal Poly's architecture and landscape architecture programs were also named the No. 1, most admired undergraduate programs in the U.S. The DesignIntelligence annual report also honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals. This year, architecture Professor Umut Toker (pictured with student Joshua Miller) was recognized as a Most Admired Educator. “Toker’s knowledge in the areas of architecture, community planning and digital fabrication give him high marks among his students,” the report states. “His dedication inside and outside the studio is unrivaled. He creates an atmosphere of excellence as he seeks to bring out the best in each student.” Read more here.

Research Team Heading to Antarctica to Study Seal Pups

Weddell seal pupsA team of students and professors is heading to Antarctica in October on a 10-week research expedition to study Weddell seal pups. The team, which includes Cal Poly graduate students Emma Weitzner and Melissa Voisinet, will share their discoveries and experiences with Central Coast K-12 students via a series of Skype video conferences from McMurdo Station, the main U.S. station in Antarctica, located 850 miles from the South Pole. They will investigate the physiology of the Weddell seal pups to learn more about the development of their ability to maintain a steady body temperature in the frigid Antarctic environment. The pups have only weeks to develop the capabilities to survive both on top of the sea ice and in the 28-degree seawater where they forage for food. “Weddell seals have an amazing physiology that allows them to dive to deep levels and stay submerged for a long time,” said Heather Liwanag, a biology professor who’s leading the team. “The question is how do the seal pups develop, in a very short amount of time, the physiology to be able to take these deep dives and stay submerged so long.” Learn more here.

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Student Success

Cal Poly Teams Place High at Student Packaging Design Competition

A packaging container developed to safely package a hammer and four light bulbs.Two Cal Poly packaging teams ranked highly at the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) 2017 Student Packaging Design Competition’s structural challenge section. The competition asked student teams to develop a corrugated shipping container that could safely package a hammer and four light bulbs. The teams of industrial technology and packaging students created their designs during ITP 408: Paper and Paperboard Packaging course, taught by Lecturer Irene Carbonell during spring quarter. Second place went to the "EZ-Bulb" design, created by Austin Kron, Kevin Rivas and Derek Breshears. Third place went to “Eco-Light Bulb & Box” designed by Paige Topole, Simeon Comanescu, and Atlanta Nguyen. Both teams received prize money for their entries. For more information on AICC’s student design competitions, visit

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Provost Announces New Appointments

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken is pleased to announce the following appointments:
Christopher Kitts— Christopher Kitts, professor in the Biological Sciences Department and current director of the Center for Applications in Biotechnology, is serving as the interim dean of research. Kitts served as the Biological Sciences Department chair for eight years and currently chairs the Institutional Biosafety Committee. He received the 2011-12 Cal Poly Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Award. Kitts’s current research covers a wide variety of environmental microbiology topics, including the microbial ecology of petroleum bioremediation, tracking sources of bacterial contamination in California watersheds and beaches, the impact of probiotic bacteria on human and animal intestinal microbes, and the distribution and activity of electrogenic bacteria (bugs that produce electrical power). He earned his bachelor’s degree in cell biology/physics from University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his doctorate in biology from UC Santa Cruz. He has worked at Cal Poly for 22 years.

Brune Giberti— Bruno Giberti has been appointed interim associate vice provost for Academic Programs and Planning. His responsibilities include academic program development, program review, academic assessment, academic policies, and WASC accreditation, in addition to CSU initiatives and Instructionally Related Activities. Giberti earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture at Cal Poly and has a Master of Architecture and a doctorate in architecture from UC Berkeley. He started his academic career at Cal Poly in 1994 as a lecturer in the Architecture Department. He has been a tenured professor since 2006 and a California registered architect since 2008. As a faculty leader, he has contributed to Cal Poly as Academic Senate chair (2006-08), associate architecture department head (2007-10 and 2012-16), faculty director of the WASC self-study (2007-12), director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (2010-12), and faculty coordinator for Academic Programs and Planning (2012-17).

Emily Taylor— Biological Sciences Professor Emily Taylor will begin a half-time appointment as faculty fellow in Graduate Education in winter quarter 2018. Taylor has been at Cal Poly for 12 years, after earning a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in biology from Arizona State University. She has received the Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award and the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology from the three major international herpetological societies. She is co-author of an introductory biology textbook and conducts research with her students on the environmental physiology of lizards and snakes. As graduate coordinator in the Biological Sciences Department for the past five years, she became passionate about helping graduate students maximize their potential in professional development. In her new role, she will continue to teach and conduct research, but will also work with Graduate Education on improving graduate programs campuswide.

Joe BorzellinoJoe Borzellino, professor and chair of the Mathematics Department, was appointed director of Enrollment Management effective Sept. 7. His time will be split between this new role and his current role as chair, a position he has held for the past five years. Borzellino joined the Mathematics Department as an assistant professor in 2001, was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2005, and promoted to full professor in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine and his master’s and doctorate from UCLA, all in mathematics. His research interests lie in the area of the differential geometry and topology of orbifolds, in which he is a recognized international expert. Working in collaboration with Academic Affairs and Admissions, he hopes to bring his experience in managing enrollment and course demand to his new role serving the larger interests and goals of the university.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Oct. 5

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is welcoming back faculty and staff this fall with a mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.The mixer will offer a special tasting of the chef’s caprese salad, Italian hero sandwiches, cheese plate and specialty cookies. The event will also include two glass of beer or wine for $6 per guest. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Recreation Center. For more information, visit

Office of Research and Economic Development Welcomes New Technology Transfer Associate

To support faculty, students and staff in their research and creative endeavors, the Office of Research and Economic Development has hired Kristine Johnson in the full-time technology transfer associate position. Johnson began her career writing organic chemistry patents for Eli Lilly and Co. and as general counsel for a biotechnology startup. Johnson, a registered patent attorney, has spent the majority of her 25-year career specializing in university technology transfer programs. She will work closely with Jim Dunning, director of Economic Development and Technology Transfer. They are on-campus resources in the management and commercialization of university intellectual property. Johnson can be reached at or 805-858-8475. For more information on technology transfer at Cal Poly, go to

Submit Proposals for Baker/Koob Endowments Through Nov. 6th

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, Nov. 6, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. The endowments will have $40,000 available to support the proposals. The typical range for grants is $1,000 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for group projects. A faculty committee representing Cal Poly’s six colleges will review proposals. Grants that have been awarded in the past represented a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Winners will be announced before the holidays and projects can begin in January. Students have one year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the provost's website.

New Training Videos to Raise Awareness of Cybersecurity Concepts

NINJIO is a recognized leader in information security training.Cal Poly has partnered with NINJIO, a recognized leader in information security training, to provide staff and faculty with short, story-based videos aimed at spreading awareness about cybersecurity concepts. The three- to five-minute animated videos are based on real security breaches and show viewers what not to do in the face of threats like email and telephone scams. NINJIO videos are available through Skillsoft, under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal. A new video will be released once a month.

3WINS Free Outdoor Exercise and Fitness Class Open to Faculty and Staff

3WINS outdoor exercise classes for faculty and staffStarting Monday, Oct. 9, the Kinesiology Department, in collaboration with Campus Health and Wellbeing, is offering free outdoor fitness classes and walking groups to all staff and faculty. All fitness levels are welcome. Lower-intensity mind and body activities such as yoga, walking and sculpting are offered Monday through Thursday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on the Campus Health and Wellbeing Lawn. Higher-intensity strength and endurance classes and walking groups are offered Monday through Thursday from 5:15 to 5:55 p.m. on Mott Lawn. Visit for more details or email with questions.

VHS No Longer Supported in Classrooms

Due to discontinued industry support and development, VCR players will no longer be supported or replaced in Cal Poly classrooms. VCR/VHS technology, which was phased out two years ago, is no longer compatible with the digital technology infrastructure of our classrooms. For those who still rely on VCR/VHS technology, Information Technology Services (ITS) offers free, self-service conversion from VHS to DVD or another digital format. This service is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Media Resource Center (MRC) located in the Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 9. The machines copy film in real time, so if a VHS has a run time of two hours, that’s how long it will take to convert. You can also pay to have VHS converted to DVD or digital formats through businesses like Costco. If you have any questions or need help, call the MRC at ext. 6-7198.

Join Cal Poly Soccer for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Oct. 11

Soccer at Spanos Stadium.As a sign of appreciation for everything Cal Poly faculty and staff members do for this university, Cal Poly Athletics is pleased to offer four free general admission tickets to the men’s soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 11, as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Men’s soccer will take on Sacramento State at 7 p.m. in Spanos Stadium. All faculty and staff can claim their free tickets to the game by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Spanos Stadium Box Office on the night of the game. For more information or to purchase tickets to other Cal Poly soccer games, visit

Facilities Management and Development Fall Summit and Open House Set for Oct. 27

Facilities Management and Development will hold a Fall Summit and Open House on Oct. 27.Facilities Management and Development will host a Fall Summit and Open House on Friday, Oct. 27. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a Facilities Leadership Team meet and greet. Coffee service will be provided. A series of fun and informative sessions will begin at 9 a.m. They include: "A Facilities Management and Development Overview," "Facilities: What’s New and Did You Know?" "Sustainability Initiatives," "Office Ergonomics: Let’s Get Comfortable," "Lifecycle of a Facilities Project," "Fleet Management Services," and many more. For more details and a complete session list, contact Jessica Hunter at ext. 6-7568 or, or Amy Ray at ext. 6-5315 or Sessions are open to all interested parties. A light lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

Adobe InDesign Fundamentals Course to be Offered for Free to Employees

Do you need to create small documents such as brochures and newsletters or larger publications such as books and manuals? Adobe InDesign is a professional-grade desktop publishing application that lets a user control every aspect of page layout to efficiently create polished, striking documents. The first course provides an introduction to basic tools and features including toolbars and tabs, navigating and configuring workspaces, and applying color and stroke. This is the first course in a six-course series, so participants can find the course that covers topics related to a specific project and fits their level of experience. View the course here. On the course page, use the “related items” tab to find additional courses in the series. For more information, contact Employee and Organization Development at ext. 6-7478 or

Application Period Open for CIE Fellows Program

CIE Faculty Fellows program.The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and  Entrepreneurship (CIE) has developed a Faculty Fellows program that supports full-time faculty members of any rank who are interested in bringing entrepreneurial thinking and action into their courses and co-curricular experiences for students. The CIE Faculty Fellows receive awards to help defray faculty time and costs associated with supporting and engaging students, colleagues and staff in the fellow’s discipline with the CIE student innovation and entrepreneurship programs, such as the Entrepreneurship Minor, Startup Weekend, Camp PolyHacks, Innovation Quest, the Hatchery, and the Accelerator. Each year, the CIE selects three Faculty Fellows from a pool of applicants. Over its five-year history, the CIE Faculty Fellows program has supported 16 faculty members, representing all six colleges. The CIE Faculty Fellows become part of an interdisciplinary community that shares an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship and is committed to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. To apply, go to

Faculty and Staff Invited to Particiate in Research Study

Mindfulness study.Employee and Organization Development and Student Affairs are partnering in a research study that explores the effects of using the Headspace Mindfulness Meditation app. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this five-week study, which entails taking two surveys and a commitment to use the Headspace app for a minimum of 10 minutes a day over the five-week period. Participants will receive complimentary use of the Headspace app for the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year. The research study is part of the Cal Poly Mindfulness Project. For more information on mindfulness, visit Employee and Organization Development’s Mindfulness Toolkit. To participate in the Headspace Research Study, register here. Anyone with general questions about the study should contact Genie Kim in Campus Health and Wellbeing at For more information regarding registration, contact Employee and Organization Development at

Updated Deadlines and New Student Fees for International Travel

All international travel conducted as Cal Poly business must go through the Cal Poly International Center. All international travel packets now must be completed and submitted electronically through (select “International Travel”). Note that there are new student fees and deadlines for non-Study Abroad international travel. Travelers must meet the required deadlines that are posted on the site in order to have their travel approved. The new online system allows the International Center to retain all information in one secure area, enhance travel safety, ensure compliance with CSU policies and procedures, and provide for rapid location and communication in the event of an emergency. Contact the International Center with questions or to request a workshop at

Learn How to Apply CliftonStrengths with Students in Workshop Series

University Advising has scheduled the first of a two-part CliftonStrengths — formerly Strengths Quest — workshop series from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. In CS 100, you will discover your innate talents through reflective activities that equip you with the foundation to apply strengths with students. University Advising will also hold a CS 200-level workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Science Building, Room E28. During CS 200, you’ll interact with colleagues and explore ways to mentor, advise and teach students using CliftonStrengths. To register for the CS 100 workshop, click here. To register for the CS 200 workshop, click here. For more information about CliftonStrengths for Students, visit and If you have any questions, contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

Course Reserves Offer Easy, Affordable Access to Course Materials

Kennedy Library encourages instructors to place course-related materials on reserve early in fall quarter to ensure that all students have access to them, although requests are accepted at any time. Course Reserves give students easy access to library books, instructors’ personal book copies, and media materials such as DVDs, videotapes, slides, and audio recordings. Book excerpts and articles can also be made available electronically via PolyLearn. To use the Course Reserves program, complete the online submission form or use the online submission computer station at the Access Services department in Kennedy Library. Kennedy Library also provides support for instructors interested in adopting low-cost and freely available course resources, including library-licensed e-books and journal articles. Visit the Open and Affordable Resources Guide for more information.


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Campus Announcements

OUDI Welcome Reception and Community Forum to be Held Oct. 10

Office of University Diversity and Inclusion logo.The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) invites the Cal Poly community to welcome new students at its Welcome Reception from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the UU Plaza. Faculty and staff are encouraged to come and engage with new students and enjoy some light refreshments. The Welcome Reception will be followed by a forum onBuilding Connections to Advance Diversity and Inclusion at Cal Poly” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in UU 220. The forum will provide the opportunity for everyone to hear how they can be involved in addressing diversity and inclusion. Vice President Jozi De Leon will share plans on how OUDI will facilitate campuswide involvement. Questions? Contact the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion at or ext. 6-2250.

Campus Community Invited to Join the Pride Faculty Staff Association

Cal Poly Pride Faculty Staff Association.The Cal Poly Pride Faculty Staff Association (PFSA) welcomes all new and continuing faculty, staff and graduate students to the 2017-18 academic year. The PFSA is a social and professional association that aims to provide a safe, welcoming environment to empower and connect faculty, staff and graduate students of any marginalized SOGIE’s (sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression) including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual and polysexual individuals. The PFSA welcomes individuals of all races, ethnicities, religious or spiritual beliefs, age, national origin, dis/ability, marital status, military status and documentation status. The PFSA aims to foster an inclusive campus climate, advocate for equitable policies, support the Pride Center and Cal Poly’s queer students, promote education on LGBT issues, and offer professional development and social opportunities to faculty, staff and graduate students. The PFSA welcomes anyone who would like to get connected and involved. Sign up for the PFSA mailing list to receive updates on meetings, socials and other events and information; join the PFSA on Facebook.  All are welcome to attend the general fall quarter meetings from noon to 1 p.m. in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 241, on Friday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Nov. 17.

Cal Poly Queer Studies Minor Launch Party Set for Oct. 4

The Women's and Gender Studies Department will host a Queer Studies Minor Launch Party from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Kennedy Library Atrium (No. 35). Everyone on campus is invited to celebrate the new minor with desserts and light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Women's and Gender Studies Department website or email

Events and Programs Set to Raise Mental and Emotional Health Awareness 

20th annual Mark Reuling Volleyball Tournament to be held Oct. 20.Cal Poly is highlighting mental and emotional health during the month of October. Key campus partners, including Campus Health and Wellbeing, PULSE, ASI Recreational Sports, and ASI Student Government, are hosting a wide range of events and programs such as “Buck the Stigma.” This event aims to destigmatize mental health issues, increase awareness of on- and off-campus resources, and encourage students, staff and faculty to take of care their mental wellbeing. There will be mental health screening days, awareness galleries and workshops throughout the entire month. The annual Mark Reuling Volleyball Tournament will also be held on Friday, Oct. 20. The tournament raises funds for the Mark Reuling Endowment for Mental Health Prevention. Visit for more information and follow Campus Health and Wellbeing on social media @mycpwell.

Cal Poly Launches Alternative Transportation Campaign

Cal Poly's Transportation and Parking Services division.Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services division recently launched a campaign to build awareness of environmentally friendly alternatives to driving a single-occupancy car to campus. The campaign, which launched in Mustang News in September, is titled “My Other Car is …” and features members of the campus community who use alternative modes of transportation to get to campus. “Cars have a huge impact on the campus, not only on the environment with greenhouse gases, but also on our stress levels as we try to find parking, and on our wallet as we pay for permits,” said Marlene Cramer, associate director of Transportation and Parking Services. “There has never been a better time to inspire and educate members of the campus community to find new ways to get here.” In line with other parking policy changes for 2017-18, the campaign is aligned with Cal Poly’s climate action commitment, as it aims to decrease the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips to campus. Students, faculty and staff who participated in the campaign include geography Professor Benjamin Timms, who rides the bus from North County; graphic communication student Hannah Moreland and journalism student Haley Pryde, who carpool; ASI employee Bryan Bowers, who rides his bike; and agricultural science student Madyline Braught, who walks to campus.

Cal Poly Promotes Worker Safety with Accident Prevention Program

New accident prevention program developed by Environmental Health and SafetyA new campaign aimed at improving campus safety and reducing the number of injuries that happen at work is launching this month. The Accident Prevention Program was developed by David Korpan, director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), as an awareness and education tool to help students, faculty and staff recognize potential hazards and learn about safe procedures. “We care about our campus community and want to contribute to people's knowledge and skills to help them avoid injury and illness,” Korpan said. “Learn by Doing comes with some increased risk, so we need to find ways to help manage the risk to an appropriate level.” Throughout this campaign, the campus community will learn about safety precautions while going about their usual work. The campaign’s slogan is “The Smart Way is the Safe Way” and leverages the successful internet “This is Bill” meme to engage and inform its audience.  The campaign’s success will be measured by a decrease in future injuries and health problems, as well as an increase in sustainable and safe practices throughout campus.

ITS to Raise Awareness of Cyber Safety in October

 The internet can be a real jungle.In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), Information Technology Services (ITS) will spread awareness on campus throughout October about social media safety, safe browsing, data privacy and keeping a clean machine. Cal Poly is among hundreds of official NCSAM Champions, and is participating in NCSAM for the seventh year in a row. For more information and cyber-safety tips, visit

Need legal advice? How about free legal advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding for the past 32 years to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a free, 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. No matter what the issue, advice and guidance are available. Legal consultation can provide the foundation to take the most effective steps necessary for any situation. Fall quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office conference room, located on the second floor of the UU in Room 212.

Campus Dining Debuts New Superfood of the Month Program 

Every month Campus Dining is featuring a different superfood at the four salad bars across campus as part of the Choose Well program. In October, the superfood of the month is pumpkin. This superfood can be found in composed salads and as a salad ingredient at multiple Campus Dining venues, providing antioxidants to keep you breezing through fall quarter. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the campus community is invited to meet Campus Dining's registered dietitian, who will feature a special pumpkin menu from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Campus Market. The event will feature a serving of pumpkin chili, plus a free sample of pumpkin and oat energy bars. Stop by to learn how to incorporate these high-functioning foods into your diet in a fun, informative and tasty way.

Coding for Kids Classes Planned for November

Coding for Kids classes.Cal Poly Extended Education will offer Coding for Kids classes this November in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111B. The courses are:
— Game Design: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Students learn basic programming concepts as they build different types of video games.
— Art and Web Design: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Students create animations, interactive artwork, photo filters, and other artistic projects in this art-themed class.
— Animation and App Development: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. In this intermediate animation class, students will create fun and complex animated projects. In the last hour of class, students will be introduced to iOS/Android app development concepts and encouraged to continue their projects at home. To register, contact Extended Education at ext. 6-2053 or, or visit the Extended Education website for more information.

Dean of Students and Student Academic Services Have Moved, Expanded Services

At the end of spring quarter, several departments within the Dean of Students office and Student Academic Services exchanged office spaces. In addition, Parent and Family Programs and Commencement joined the Dean of Students department.
Dean of Students departments are now located in the Hillcrest Building (No. 81), with the following programs found there: Dean of Students office; Parent and Family Programs and Commencement; Student Rights and Responsibilities; Student Support, Success and Retention (which serves the Hunger Program and Cal Poly Cares). Other Dean of Students programs can be found in the following buildings:
Science Building (No. 52): Center for Service in Action, Men and Masculinity, and the Veterans Success Center.
University Union (No. 65): Center for Leadership, Club Sports, Cross Cultural Centers (MultiCultural Center, Pride Center, and Gender Equity Center), Safer, and Student Clubs and Organizations.
In addition, Fraternity and Sorority Life is now located in the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). For updated individual office locations in the Hillcrest Building, please refer to the Cal Poly Directory. Student Academic Services departments now located in the Science Building include all Educational Opportunity Program counselors, the Cal Poly Scholars program, the office of SAS Assistant Director Mardel Baldwin, and the administrative office of Judy Holloway and Angela Marino. Phone numbers remain the same.

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Cal Poly Music Graduate to Discuss Career Development in the Music Industry Oct. 5

Mike AnnuzziThose wanting to learn about music business, marketing, songwriting and more are invited to attend a Music Department presentation at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. Mike Annuzzi, a 2009 graduate of the Music Department, will guide a discussion on career development in all aspects of the music industry. Annuzzi is a Silicon Valley-based music professional who has performed more than 1,000 shows in the past five years and visits the Central Coast regularly. He was a featured artist at the 2017 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention at the Anaheim Convention Center. He recently launched Music Accelerator, a blog-cast website that offers support to music professionals and aspiring professionals. In Paso Robles, he spoke on a panel for CC Music-Con (Central Coast Music Convention) on the topic of music distribution. The free presentation is open to Cal Poly students and members of the campus community. It is sponsored by the Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly to Celebrate 20 Years of CultureFest on Oct. 14

Cal Poly’s MultiCultural Center will celebrate 20 years of CultureFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the UU Plaza. The free, family-friendly event is designed to promote cultural awareness and inclusivity to the communities of Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo. Throughout the day, various Cal Poly cultural clubs will sell ethnic foods, hold performances and participate in games. The celebration also includes a bounce house, ball pit, music, arts and guest speakers. The 20th anniversary theme is “Happy ReBirthday, CultureFest!” Organizers hope the theme serves to initiate and represent a social rebirth throughout the community. For more information, contact Raha Haghnia or Crystal Van at, go online here or visit the event's Facebook page.

'A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography' to be Held Oct. 16

Mireille Miller-Young, associate professor of feminist studies at USCB, will give talk at Cal Poly from 4:10 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 1. In the talk, titled “A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography,” Miller-Young will discuss black women’s representations and experiences as sex workers in the pornography industry and how they are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities and social biases are the norm. Black women are devalued as hyper-accessible and super-disposable in an industry that simultaneously invests in and ghettoizes fantasies about black sexuality. Miller-Young contends that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hyper-sexuality and deviance to achieve self-care and self-authorship. In the context of capitalism that exploits labor and social relations, black women’s illicit erotic labor represents one strategy for survival. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Women's and Gender Studies Department website or email

Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Hass to Speak Oct. 27

National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Hass will give a poetry reading Oct. 27 at Cal Poly. After the reading, he will discuss his life and his successful career in poetry and environmental activism. Native to Northern California, Hass worked as a poet, essayist, editor, translator and activist throughout his career. While U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-97, he sought to combat American illiteracy. Currently Hass is a professor of English at UC Berkeley. The reading will be followed by an on-stage interview and conversation with Cal Poly English Professor Mira Rosenthal. Hass will be on hand after the event to sign copies of his books, including the newly released “A Little Book on Form.” The event will start at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Activity Center, inside the Recreation Center on campus. This event is the first of the 2017-18 “CLA Speaks” speaker series, and is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts and English Department. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Saturday, Oct. 7
Swimming and Diving hosts Green vs. Gold Meet, Anderson Aquatic Center, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Men’s Soccer vs. Sacramento State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13
Women’s Soccer vs. Long Beach State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14
Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Men’s Basketball Green vs. Gold  Game and Dunk Contest, Mott Athletics Center, 4:30 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#104626 — Advancement and Communications Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), College of Engineering — Advancement. $3,115-$5,161 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 9.

#104623 — Admin and Recruitment Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist I — Non Exempt), University Housing — Administration. $3,288-$5,809 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 6.

#104630 — Personnel and Resource Manager (Administrator I), College of Engineering — Dean's Office. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.  

#104624 — Director of Library Information Technology (Administrator II), Library — Information Technology. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104631 — Director of Operations (Administrator I), Orfalea College of Business — Dean's Office. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.  

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application for any of the positions shown below. The complete listing of faculty position openings is posted on the website. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

#104597 — Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104588 — Assistant Professor — Science, Technology and Society, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104586 — Associate or Full Professor — Science, Technology and Society, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104580 — Assistant Professor in Criminology, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104582 — Assistant Professor in Geography, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104617 — Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Library — Academic Services. Open until filled.

#104622 — Assistant Professor in Music — Director of Bands, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Research Associate, Strawberry Center, $51,792-$77,667 per year.

Associate Controller, Cal Poly Corporation Business and Finance. Salary commensurate with experience.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for open positions. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

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