Cal Poly Report — April 4, 2018


Cal Poly Welcomes Community to 25th Annual Open House on April 12-14

A student performs at the 2015 Open House.The 25th annual Open House invites prospective students and supporters, current students, faculty and staff, alumni and the San Luis Obispo community to join in Open House festivities Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14. Open House celebrates the achievements of past and current Mustangs and provides prospective students the opportunity to take part in campus traditions and show off their school spirit as they prepare for their time at Cal Poly. Prospective students and their families can attend Campus Preview Night April 12 at Farmers Market in downtown San Luis Obispo. Admitted Students’ Discovery Day on April 13 allows prospective students and their families to become acquainted with the students’ future academic careers. The public is invited to campus April 14 for the Poly Royal Celebration, during which more than 200 student clubs and organizations will demonstrate the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Special events include the Poly Royal Parade, Kid’s Zone, live music at Dexter Stage, the Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull, the Poly Royal Rodeo, and the Cal Poly Alumni Beer and Wine Garden. This year, the Open House Committee is hosting special festivities focusing on the 25th anniversary, inviting past committee members and current student committee supporters to celebrate 25 years of Open House. For a full schedule of events, arrival information and more, download the “Cal Poly Now” mobile app in the App Store and Google Play, and search for the "Open House" guide. For more information about Cal Poly’s Open House weekend, go here or call New Student and Transition Programs at ext. 6-2400.

Cal Poly Dedicates Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Facility

Steve Miller, left, and John CapriottiCal Poly’s newly renovated track and field complex was dedicated March 24 as Steve Miller Track within the overall surrounding Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Facility. The dedication was announced by Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman and President Armstrong. The dedication ceremony was held during the 36th annual Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational. Miller, a five-time national championship-winning head coach for Cal Poly from 1976-81, has served as chairman of the board of directors for USA Track and Field since 2015. Capriotti, an All-American for the Mustangs in 1978, was appointed vice president and global director of athletics/running track and field at Nike in 2010. Both have been leading donors toward the renovation of the complex. Ongoing renovations for the complex (which will be dedicated during the program’s Alumni Weekend) broke ground last July. “The names Miller and Capriotti have long been associated with international excellence in track and field,” Oberhelman said. “It is a privilege for us to honor their time at Cal Poly with this sparkling new facility. We thank our campus partners, our donors, and our track and field alumni who supported us in this endeavor.” Read more about the dedication here.

Professor Coleen Carrigan Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Coleen CarriganA professor researching why racial and ethnic minorities and women are underrepresented in engineering and computer science careers has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation — one of NSF’s most prestigious awards. Professor Coleen Carrigan, who teaches anthropology and classes in the science, technology and society program, will use the $571,000 CAREER award over five years to research the cultures of different subfields in engineering and computer science (ECS). She and her student research assistants will systematically compare behaviors and customs in the subfields to better understand why some are more successful than others in welcoming and retaining a more diverse workforce. Carrigan hypothesizes that the variation is related to the value placed on the technical aspects of ECS in comparison to the value placed on the social aspects and the common bias that dominant groups are better suited for careers in the technical realms. She will also examine attitudes regarding race and gender and assess the elements of the culture that foster or challenge inequitable power relations. Read more here.

Food Science Professor Awarded Grant to Study the Safe Storage of Fresh-Cut Greens

Amanda LathropFood Science Associate Professor Amanda Lathrop has been awarded a $360,000 grant by the Center for Produce Safety to study the effects of storage conditions on fresh-cut salad ingredients. Recent outbreaks and recalls of produce due to listeria monocytogenes contamination have increased the need to better understand the factors that contribute to its growth. Lathrop will study the effects of storage conditions and the natural microbiome of nontraditional fresh-cut salad ingredients on listeria growth with a cross-disciplinary team from Cal Poly: Professor Jay Singh and Associate Professor Koushik Saha from the industrial technology and packaging program in the Orfalea College of Business, and Christopher Kitts, Cal Poly’s interim dean of research. The research project will determine if, and under what conditions, the bacteria that causes listeriosis will grow on non-traditional salad ingredients. Several graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in the research, including food science majors Rebecca Bland of Cardiff, California, Katy Yamada of Albany, California, Kyle Nguyen of San Luis Obispo, California, and Alvin Loi of San Jose, California; microbiology major Erik Timsak of Carmel Valley, California; and nutrition major Miranda Ellis of Boise, Idaho. Postdoctoral researcher Samet Ozturk from the University of Georgia will also assist with managing the project. Read more here.

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Student Success

Cal Poly Student Wins Stihl TimberSports Western Collegiate Qualifier

Will Kraemer, front, a bioresource and agricultural engineering junior and president of the Cal Poly Logging Team.Bioresource and agricultural engineering junior Will Kraemer topped competitors from a dozen western colleges and universities at the highly competitve Stihl qualifier, held March 28 at Cal Poly. Kraemer, president of the Cal Poly Logging Team, will advance to the TimberSports Series Championships for lumberjacks in Milwaukee in July. The collegiate lumberjacks were the best all-around competitors from each of a dozen teams attending the three-day Association of Western Forestry Clubs (AWFC) Logging Conclave, hosted by Cal Poly. The competition is the largest collegiate timber sports competition west of the Mississippi. In the Stihl qualifier, collegiate athletes competed in four disciplines: standing and underhand block chops with an axe, single buck with a cross-cut saw and stock saw, a speed-event done with a chainsaw. Kraemer won three and took second in the underhand chop. He will join the winners of four other regional qualifiers (as well as three wild card selections) from campuses throughout the U.S. when the best collegiate and professional lumberjack athletes in the country return to Milwaukee July 27 to 29. The competition will air on ABC in October, with re-airs on ESPN2, and original programming on the NBC Sports Network in the spring.

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Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Dance Program Honored at American College Dance Association Conference

Cal Poly students pictured at the American College Dance Association regional conference.Choreography by Dance Professor Christy McNeil Chand was selected as the opener for the closing gala of the American College Dance Association regional conference in Tempe, Arizona. Out of 48 pieces presented for adjudication by three renowned dance experts, only 12 are chosen for performance at the event. “The conference features four nights of performances from many of the top dance major schools,” said dance Professor Diana Stanton. “It is a tremendous honor to be selected to open the gala, and with our program only having a minor, this selection is quite a nod to Christy’s work.” Seven Cal Poly students performed in Chand’s contemporary jazz piece, which was inspired by the HBO series “Westworld.” Sixteen Cal Poly students attended the conference. Chand also served on two panels, and she and Stanton both presented master classes. In addition, Stanton’s film “Breaking Bread” was screened at the conference, and anthropology student Sarah Dirk presented a piece for adjudication.

Nominations Open for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Ray Fernando, the 2017 AwardeePhilanthropy

Nominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. The award celebrates visionary leaders who have forged critical partnerships to advance the mission of Cal Poly. Nominees may be current or former faculty members who have been instrumental in comprehensive development and fundraising efforts. The award recipient will receive campuswide recognition at the Fall Conference General Session. Faculty, staff and current students are encouraged to submit nominations. The nomination form and more information are available at The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, April 23. Email nomination materials to Jeanne Scott, Office of the Provost, at (Pictured is 2017 awardee Ray Fernando.)

Nominations Due April 13 for 2018 President’s Diversity Awards 

Denise Isom, left, is pictured with Justin Gomez, recipient of the 2017 Diversity Award for staff, and President Armstrong.The Inclusive Excellence Council is seeking nominations for the 2018 President's Diversity Awards. Nominations for the categories of individual faculty, staff and student awards along with campus organization, student organization and the new Excellence in Inclusive Design award are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 13. Individual awardees receive $500, and group awardees receive $1,000. Recipients will be announced at the President's Diversity Awards ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. May 5 in the Performing Arts Center Rossi Grand Lobby. The nomination form can be found here. Questions? Contact the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) at (Ethnic Studies Department Chair Denise Isom, left, is pictured with Justin Gomez, recipient of the 2017 Diversity Award for staff, and President Armstrong.) 

Pride Faculty Staff Association Announces Its Spring Quarter Event Schedule

PRIDE faculty staff association logoThe Cal Poly Pride Faculty Staff Association (PFSA) has announced its spring quarter schedule of events. The schedule of events, including Pride Month events and after-hours socials, can be found online here. PFSA events are open to all LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and graduate students as well as allies. Individuals interested in learning more and staying updated on PFSA events and programs can sign up for the PFSA mailing list here. Individuals can also join the PFSA on Facebook to stay connected with local events and services.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron's April 5

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is bringing Italy to San Luis Obispo from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5. The first mixer of spring quarter will offer a special tasting of clams and linguini, mozzarella stuffed zucchini blossoms, polenta and braised beef, caprese salad, and tiramisu. Come visit with coworkers and colleagues and enjoy two glasses of beer or wine for $6 per guest. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit

New Responding to Hidden Bias Workshops to be Held in Spring Quarter

Drawing of two figures talking to each other.The campus community now has the opportunity to attend a workshop titled Responding to Hidden Bias. This workshop focuses on responding to your own and others’ biases. Participants will have the opportunity to dig deeper to develop and practice ways to respond to intentional and unintentional bias and learn of resources for additional learning. This workshop is at the request of those who already attended the Exposing Hidden Bias workshops focused on increasing awareness of unconscious bias and strategies for avoiding its impact in our work and relationships. Participants are encourage to first attend the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop as a baseline prior to registering for the Responding to Hidden Bias workshop. Select the preferred workshop for more information and to register:  Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias.

Annual Tomato Mania Pre-Sale for Faculty and Staff to be Held April 6

Tomato plants growing in a greenhouse on campus.More than 70 varieties of tomato plants will be available at Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Mania plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop on Via Carta Road off Highland Drive. The faculty and staff pre-sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 6. Brandywine, Early Girl, Beefsteak, Homestead, Abe Lincoln Improved and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Bumble Bee Surprise, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project. The plants cost $7, with a quantity discount given for five or more plants. This year the program is directed by a team of six students who have grown nearly 5,000 tomato plants from seed to provide home gardeners with quality plants that will produce fresh tomatoes throughout summer. Students began seeding the plants in early February and have tended to them in the campus greenhouses. “Tomato Mania is a perfect example of what makes Cal Poly great,” said Gage Willey, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major. “This project throws a team of six students into a business — one that the community expects and relies on every year. That motivating pressure puts things into perspective and creates a real education.” For more information, call ext. 6-1106 or visit to see the full Tomato Mania 2018 catalog. Follow Cal Poly Tomato Mania on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Fidelity Investments to Offer Web Workshop April 5 on Making the Most of your Social Security

Fidelity Investments manages the CSU Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) plan that allows employees to save for retirement on a tax-deferred basis. Fidelity is now offering a virtual education series for the CSU. The next workshop is Make the Most of your Social Security, which will help participants understand different Social Security choices and how to put a plan in place to prepare for living in retirement. The web workshop will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5. Register using your Cal Poly email address. Reserve a spot here for the April 5 workshop.

PeopleSoft System Upgrade Planned for April 19-23, Some Applications Unavailable

Photo of someone accessing the Cal Poly Portal home page.The Student and Human Resources Administration and Student Center applications, accessed through the My Cal Poly Portal, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, until noon Monday, April 23, due to a required upgrade to the PeopleSoft system. During the maintenance window, links in the “Employee Info” and “Personal Info” sections of the “Personal Info” tab on the portal will also be unavailable. Once the PeopleSoft upgrade is complete, the current link to “Student and HR Administration” in the “My Apps” column on the left side of the portal home page will be split into two new links: “Student Administration” for student services and “HR Administration” for human resources services. This upgrade will help Cal Poly prepare for the CSU’s systemwide transition to a Common Management Systems (CMS), which will support human resources, financial and student services administration functions for all 23 campuses. The project aims to provide more efficient, effective and high-quality service to CSU students, faculty and staff. If you have questions or need help, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or 

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Spring Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for Spring Quarter: from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Elena Morelos, director of Academic Employment, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be available to answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290. Visit for more information. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

'50/50 Day' to be Held April 26 with Film and Discussion

Graphic reading 50/50 Day What would the world be like if it were more gender balanced? How would it change our homes, our communities and even our planet? From opportunity to access to equal pay, and much more, "50/50 Day" is committed to helping everyday people become champions and active participants in the changes our world so desperately needs. On April 26, Cal Poly will join thousands around the world who will be screening the "50/50 Day" film and engaging in discussions about how we are going to get to a more gender-balanced world that is better for everyone. Click here to register to attend from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Lunch will be served. And check out some highlights from the 2017 event.

Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association Spring Picnic to be Held April 21

Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander faculty and staff are invited to the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Faculty and Staff Association spring social from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, on O'Neill Green. Friends and family are welcome. Bring a blanket and a dish to share; some food will be provided. The API Faculty and Staff Association is committed to supporting Asian-Pacifics in higher education to become stronger leaders and to create networking and social opportunities. Questions? Contact Samantha Tran, APIFSA planning committee member, at


CTLT Offers Self-Paced, Fully Online Accessibility Workshops 

Close-up of keyboard with green access key.Do you want to attend a workshop on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space? The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is offering three fully-online, self-paced workshops to help faculty create accessible instructional materials. A $100 stipend per workshop is available for those eligible. Enrollment is limited, so choose only one of the following workshops for spring 2018: 
1. Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations (available April 16 to May 4).
2. Creating Accessible PolyLearn Pages (available April 23 to May 11).
3. Creating and Captioning Accessible Video (available May 7 to May 25).
Interested in all three? Then register for Creating Accessible Course Materials, a fully online facilitated workshop offered April 23 through May 20. A $300 stipend is available for those eligible. For more information, contact Pam Dougherty


Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Offered in Spring 2018

University Advising is pleased to host a Faculty Advisor Training Series that introduces undergraduate faculty advisors to academic advising core competencies. Register for each workshop using the links below:
— FA 101: Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 20, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
— FA 102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 4, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
— FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 11, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
Click here for more information about the Faculty Advisor Training series. Questions? Contact Advisor Training Coordinator Christina Wolfe-Chandler at ext. 6-5735 or

 Managing Performance, Direct Reports, Guiding and Organizing the Work, Managing Relationships and Managing Yourself Five Crucial Skills: Principles of Supervision Workshop to be Offered by Employee and Organization Development

Employee and Organization Development is offering another session of the highly regarded Principles of Supervision workshop. Would you like to optimize your role as a supervisor? Are you interested in gaining additional skills to ensure the work gets done, to engage employees to perform and influence a group to work as a team?  Recent workshop participants said they “can use these tips immediately,” and were excited “to put what (was) learned into action.” The Principles of Supervision workshop will offer helpful information and tools through four non-consecutive half-days running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day on April 24, May 8, May 22 and June 5. Learn more and register here.

New Book and Learning Circles Planned for Spring Quarter 

Photo of the cover of "mindset" bookEmployee and Organization Development is excited to announce its spring 2018 Book and Learning Circles. Book Circles participants read a book over the course of three sessions. The first book, "Mindset" by Carol Dweck, illustrates that our perception of our abilities either frees us to achieve our full potential or unnecessarily limits our growth. By adopting a growth mindset, you can undertake more challenging tasks, be prepared to learn from failure and achieve more than you might have thought possible. The second book is "Crucial Conversations" by Kerry Patterson and colleagues. A “crucial conversation” is defined as one in which the stakes are high, the participants have different perspectives/opinions and emotions run strong. The book focuses on mastering crucial conversations to get things done while building relationships. The third book, "Whistling Vivaldi" by Claude E. Steele, uses personal stories and research results to demonstrate how simply being aware of a negative stereotype toward our social group diminishes our ability to perform, and suggests some plans for mitigating these “stereotype threats.” Participants will receive a print copy of the book, with some books available as e-books and audiobooks. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article, and participating in a discussion during a single lunchtime session. Session topics include leadership, diversity and inclusion, and happiness at work. Participants are welcome to join one or all sessions for an insightful and rich discussion. Participants will receive materials in advance of live sessions. To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles website.

Performance Management Workshop for Managers 

Photo of a hand writing Performance in large font Human Resources is offering a two-hour session April 10 on performance management. Performance management means being clear about expectations, evaluating and documenting performance, providing ongoing feedback, and planning with your employees for their development. Managers, did you know that fair and accurate feedback can improve employees’ performance by 39 percent, according to the Corporate Leadership Council? One of the keys to effectively supervising others is, of course, performance management. The session will highlight the value of the performance management process, provide tips and tools for preparing and delivering the evaluation for represented and non-represented employees, and offer important do's and don’ts of performance management. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105. Register here.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Luncheon to be Held April 18 on Campus

The Retired Faculty and Staff Club, open to all Cal Poly retirees, will hold a lunch and optional tour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104. The program will showcase Quality of Life Plus (QL+), which was founded at Cal Poly to generate and foster innovations that aid and improve the quality of life for those injured in the line of duty. The lunch program will feature biomedical engineering Professor Lily Laiho, Ph.D., and several of her students. The cost is $16, which includes lunch. Several reserved parking spots will be available near the center in Parking Lot H2. These spots should be used by those who have challenges walking a great distances. RSVP by Wednesday, April 11, to Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148. For more information on the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club, visit

Summer 2018 Poly Trekker Registration Registration Opens in April

Photo of children running across a gym floor.The annual summer Poly Trekkers program is back at the ASI Children’s Center. The eight-week program is open to children who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade (6–10 years old). Join us for crafts, field trips, sports activities and a good deal of fun while taking full advantage of the experiences offered on the Cal Poly campus. Registration for the Poly Trekkers program will be held April 9–13 for Children's Center alumni and Poly Trekker alumni, with open enrollment running from April 16–June 15. For more information, contact Lauren Mosley at ext. 6-1267 or

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Catastrophic Leave

Dylan Bennett, custodian in Facilities Management — Custodial Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

Christopher Essman, grounds worker in Facilities Management — Landscape Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

2018 Poly Royal Rodeo Returns to Spanos Stadium

Photo of three students sitting on horses at the 2017 Poly Royal Rodeo in Spanos Stadium.The 78th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will once again be staged in Spanos Stadium. The rodeo will be held April 13-14 with two back-to-back evening performances and includes a headline concert featuring country superstar Aaron Watson Saturday night, presented by ASI Events. Special guests Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will return to the stadium to kick-off the concert performance. The Flying Cowboyz FMX act and famed rodeo clown Clint Sylvester will also perform Saturday. The venue allows for a capacity of 11,000 spectators each night. The Friday evening rodeo, beginning at 7 p.m., will include kid-friendly activities, and children under 10 get in free. Tickets are $20 for students, $25 for general admission and $40 for chair-back seats. The Saturday rodeo event, beginning at 5:30 p.m., includes the live post-show concert by Watson. Tickets are $10 for children ages 2-10, $25 for students, $30 for general admission and $50 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children under 2. Tickets are available at All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo Program.

Cal Poly Seeking Entries for Annual Community Flower Show

Photo of the Best of Section and Best of Show from the 2017 Community Flower Show.The annual Community Flower Show will be held Saturday, April 14, as part of Open House 2018. Faculty, staff and community members are invited to enter their flower specimens in the show. Contestants can enter specimens of perennials, annuals, bulbs, blooms from flowering shrubs, roses and container plants in the longstanding Community Flower Show, which is overseen by Professor Emeritus Virginia Walter. Registration for the event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13; all entries are due between 6:30 and 8 a.m. April 14. The contest will be held at the Environmental Horticultural Science Unit (No. 48), on Via Carta at the north end of campus. The show will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14. Students will judge the entries, with ribbons to be awarded to the top three entries in each class, as well as Best-of-Section, Best-of-Show, and Reserve Best-of-Show.

Activities and Events to be Held for Cal Poly Earth Week April 17-19

Graphic reading Earth Week April 17-19Cal Poly Earth Week 2018 will take place from April 17-19, with three fun-filled days of events and activities related to sustainability on campus. Events will include a green careers panel, a tour of Cal Poly's new solar farm, a campus litter clean-up, a sustainability club showcase, and more. There will be fun and engaging ways for students, staff and faculty to get involved. You can sign up to volunteer, attend the events and even win prizes throughout the week! Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with sustainability programs and leaders on campus and spread the spirit of environmental culture. Contact Kylee Singh at or ext. 6-5397 for more information. Find the full listing of events at

Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice Event Planned for April 25

Close-up photo of jeans reading "demin day wear jeans for justice 4.25.18"Safer and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) invites the campus to participate in Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice on Wednesday, April 25. A coffee kick-off will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. in the UU Chandler Lounge (Room 208). Denim Day began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the survivor was wearing jeans at the time of her assault, according to Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization that has run the Demin Day campaign for 19 years. In a statement, the Chief Judge argued, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” This verdict became a symbol of the injustice sexual assault survivors face all over the world and a call to stop victim blaming. Show solidarity by wearing jeans and stop by for free coffee and treats. Fill out this form to show your support for Denim Day and other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.

Local Dignitaries to Headline Annual Take Back the Night Event on April 26

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon as well as representatives from Senator Bill Monning’s office and the Women’s March are just a few of the supporters slated to speak about sexual violence during Cal Poly Safer’s annual Take Back the Night event. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo, and consists of a march, resource fair, open microphone, speakers and a vigil. Take Back the Night aims to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities and is the culmination of Safer’s programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Other events throughout the month include a panel on Human Trafficking on the Central Coast, Denim Day, It’s On Us Week of Action and more. To view a full list of events, go to

Extended Education to Offer Math Academy This Summer

Drawing of math concepts.Extended Education will offer Math Academy this summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27. The Math Academy provides enrichment activities to ensure participants are well-prepared to meet future academic challenges. Participants will work on fun, rich tasks that include multiple access points, multiple methods of solving the problem, hands-on components, collaboration and communication. Through this program, participants work through the processes required to comprehend and solve rich problems, improving critical thinking and reasoning skills required at the college level. (Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I.) Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053. Register here.

Campus Invited to Join in Learning Chumash Names

Rendering of the new residential housing community off Grand Avenue.yakʔitʸutʸu, Cal Poly’s newest freshman residential community, will open this fall at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus. The complex is dedicated in honor of the Northern Chumash, who have been close advisors to the project, supporting milestones in planning, construction and education. Each of the seven residence halls is named after a local Chumash tribal site. The campus community is encouraged to learn and practice the names and meanings, available on the University Housing website. To schedule a brief learning session at an upcoming staff meeting with University Housing, contact or ext. 6-6274.

Extended Education to Offer Children's Picture Book Writing

Photo of children's books.Extended Education will offer the Children's Picture Book Writing series this spring. Children’s Picture Book Writing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays April 19 through May 17. Join published author and teacher Cindy Neuschwander in this introductory class, which offers an in-depth look at this genre. In addition, The Mind of a Child class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5. Explore 10 universal themes that occur in picture books. This class will give adults a peek into what children are thinking and what resonates with them. Character Development, a one-day class, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, and will touch on recognizing and crafting unforgettable characters. Students will look at examples of strong characters and learn how to create one. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.


Extended Education to Offer Jewelry and Photography Classes

Photos of photography to illustrate the types of work that could take place in this class.Extended Education will offer two new classes this spring. "Alternative Process Photography" will be held Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. April 7 through May 5 (no class April 14). Explore alternative photographic processes as you learn to produce photographs in non-traditional ways. This hands-on class explores historic photographic processes such as the cyanotype, pinhole photography, and the photo transfer process thorough an introduction to the materials and the creation and evaluation of the photographic image. "Jewelry Design" will be held Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. May 12 through June 9. The class is an introductory jewelry design course exploring cold connections in metal arts, where participants will learn the basics of contemporary jewelry design and produce unique works of art. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.

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Graphic Designer and Artist to Give Guest Lecture on Campus April 6

Graphic showing details of Jessica Hische's visit to Cal Poly.Jessica Hische, a San Francisco-based award-winning graphic designer and artist, is coming to Cal Poly. She will give a guest lecture from 6-7 p.m. Friday, April 6, in  the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 101. Hische has designed book covers, editorial covers and spreads; she has created typefaces and numerous hand-lettered designs. She is also a published author of two beautifully designed and written books. The event is organized by the Cal Poly student chapter of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Admission to Hische’s talk is free for students, $5 for AIGA members and $8 for community members.  

'Dolores' Film to be Screened April 10 in Spanos Theatre

Photo of poster for the film "Dolores"In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, the Cross Cultural Centers and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) are screening the film "Dolores" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Spanos Theatre. The film recognizes the contributions of Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the first farm-workers unions with Chavez, and tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside him. She raised 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, negotiating legislative gains for farm workers and challenging gender discrimination within the farm workers’ movement, according to the Dolores Huerta Foundation. At age 58, Huerta suffered a life-threatening assault during a protest in San Francisco. Following a lengthy recovery, she took a leave of absence from the union to focus on women’s rights. She continues to fight to this day, at 87. The screening is open to all students, staff and faculty. Questions? Contact

Cal Poly Open House Recital Set for April 14

Graphic reading Open House RecitalThe Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for the 25th annual Open House. The program will open with a string trio, followed by two solo vocalists, a saxophone quartet, barbershop quartet, jazz combo and two brass ensembles. The student performers are from a variety of majors and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Music Department staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the singers. The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For information on parking, visit the Open House Guest Parking and Transportation website. For more information on the recital, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

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

Sunday, April 8
Men's Tennis vs. Hawai'i, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Women's Tennis vs. UC Riverside, Mustang Courts, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, April 13
Baseball vs. UC Davis, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 14
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Davis, Mustang Courts, 12 noon.
Softball vs. UC Davis (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. UC Davis, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 15
Baseball vs. UC Davis, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. UC Davis, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. Santa Clara, Mustang Courts, 1 p.m.

Friday, April 20
Beach Volleyball vs. Feather River, Pismo Beach, 8 a.m.
Beach Volleyball vs. Vanguard, Pismo Beach, 10 a.m.
Beach Volleyball vs. San Jose State, Pismo Beach, 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. Long Beach State, Baggett Stadium, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, April 21
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Softball vs. CSUN (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mustang Courts, 2 p.m.
Baseball vs. Long Beach State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 22
Baseball vs. Long Beach State, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. CSUN, Bob Janssen Field, 1 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.

#104791 — Counselor, Academic Year (Student Services Professional Academic-Related I AY), Campus Health and Wellbeing — Counseling Services. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications, background and experience. Open until filled.

#104805 — Project and Change Manager (Administrator II), Administration and Finance. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104804 — Senior Director of Development (Administrator II), College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104846 — Administrative Support Coordinator II (Administrative Support Coordinator II — 12 Month), Academic Affairs — Institutional Research. $3,115 to $5,161 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,200 to $3,900 per month). Open until filled.

#104841 — Inclusive Excellence Instruction Specialist (Administrator II), Academic Programs and Planning – Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104807 — Service Integration Engineer (Analyst Programmer — Career), Information Technology Services — Application Development and Information Management. $4,372 to $9,877 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,372 to $6,833 per month). Open until filled.

#104767 — IT Personnel Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Information Technology Services — Customer and Technology Support. $3,897 to $6,647 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,897 to $6,000 per month). Open until filled.

#104794 — Grants Analyst (Administrative Analyst Specialist — Exempt I), Academic Affairs — Research and Economic Development — Grants Development Office. $3,897 to $6,647 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,897 to $5,220 per month). Open until filled.

#104799 — Administrative Support Assistant I (Administrative Support Assistant I — 12 Month), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $2,600 to $3,609 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600 to $2,773 per month). Open until filled.

#104829 — Director of Alumni Engagement and Giving Programs (Administrator II), Student Affairs — Alumni Outreach. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Internal-only recruitment. Open until filled.

#104830 — Document Imaging and Workflow Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Administration and Finance — Network and Technology Services — Operations Support and Services. $3,897 to $6,647 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,897 to $4,867 per month). Internal-only recruitment. 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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

Unit Supervisor, Concessions, Campus Dining, $16.23-$24.35 per hour.

Assistant Supervisor, Starbucks, Campus Dining, $12.21-$18.31 per hour.

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.

Coordinator — Facility Operations (Recreation Center). Annual salary $52,794 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled; review of applications begins April 17, 2018.

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