Cal Poly Report — Feb. 21, 2018


New Program Led by Cal Poly and University at Buffalo Researchers Aims to Help Women in STEM Overcome Gender Discrimination

Coleen CarriganA Cal Poly anthropology professor is embarking on a nationwide effort to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and give them tools to help them advance in their careers. Cal Poly Professor Coleen Carrigan has researched the customs and cultures of STEM workplaces and educational programs across the country in an effort to understand why — despite continued efforts — racial minorities and women are underrepresented in these fields. Carrigan uses that research to write case studies, which present common scenarios to help individuals work together in small groups to develop practical and strategic responses. Last year, a University at Buffalo (UB) multidisciplinary research team recruited Carrigan to co-write a grant to fund the NAVIGATE Project, an innovative training program that uses case studies to provide female graduate students with the skills to recognize and overcome gender bias, discrimination and inequity. The NAVIGATE research team, which received nearly $500,000 in National Science Foundation research grants, will first offer the program to female graduate students at UB and eventually will make the training materials available to the public. Ultimately, the project aims to boost the number of women participating in the STEM workforce at all levels and may be adopted for other underrepresented groups in the STEM workforce. Read more here.

Cal Poly Professors Awarded $200,000 Healthy Soils State Grant

An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly professors and Central Coast vineyards have been awarded a three-year $200,000 grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Healthy Soils Program to demonstrate the potential for vineyard soils to capture and store carbon through the use of appropriate land management practices. Cristina Lazcano and Charlotte Decock, assistant professors in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, will lead the research team in studying the effects of compost application and no-till methods on soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions relevant to the production of wine grapes on the Central Coast. The Healthy Soils Demonstration Project was inspired by Cal Poly’s industry partners, who are seeking information about the benefits of management practices for soil health. “The wine industry wants to better understand soil management practices and the impacts on the environment,” Lazcano said. “Industry representatives came to us with this request, and we found a way to help them.” Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability, the Horticulture and Crop Science Department, and the Wine and Viticulture Department are collaborating with the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department on the research, which will take place over three years at two vineyards in Paso Robles: J. Lohr Vineyard and Tablas Creek Vineyard. Read more here.

Campus Dining Supports Students Through the One Million Acts of Good Movement

ellen and cheerios logo showing text One Million Acts of Good On Thursday, March 1, Campus Dining, in cooperation with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Cheerios, will participate in the One Million Acts of Good movement and create 300 boxes of healthy meals. A partnership between Cheerios and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, One Million Acts of Good is a national movement aimed at inspiring kind acts and encouraging good deeds. Cal Poly was one of only 50 universities selected in the nation to participate in the campaign. From 11 a.m. to noon on March 1, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come by the University Union and show support as students build 300 MATTERboxes to be delivered to Cal Poly students who are experiencing food insecurity. The MATTERboxes will be packed with healthy snacks as well as nutrition education materials and YOU MATTER notes. To participate, the campus community is invited to cheer on the team creating the boxes and share their enthusiasm on social media using #OneMillionActsOfGood and #CalPolyDoesGood. Cal Poly’s participation may appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen’s social media or in an Ellen web video.

Provide Your Input on Kennedy Library Renovation Project at March 1 Feedback Forum

A student participating in a recent forum, indicating a preference for a photo using a sticker.See where the Kennedy Library is at with the renovation project! The library, with partners BNIM and brightspot strategy, will host a presentation March 1 to lay out concept options for the renovation. These designs were informed by the feedback the library have received so far from the Cal Poly community. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and provide further guidance and input for the project moving forward. The Feedback Forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 1, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). No RSVP required. Find more information at

The He{a}rd Seeks Students for Focus Groups

Do you know students with great ideas and insightful opinions? Tell them to join the He{a}rd! The He{a}rd is a Student Affairs program that seeks to discover what matters most to students and understand their diverse viewpoints. Through a series of focus groups and in-depth surveys, the program provides a platform for students to discuss meaningful topics and decisions that impact their lives and the campus community. All students will be compensated for their participation with gift cards to campus dining and the Cal Poly store. To learn more about the He{a}rd, visit

Cal Poly Announces Grant to Improve Access for Low-Income California Students and Increase Campus Diversity 

Cal Poly Opportunity Grant and Opportunity Fee logo with graduation capCal Poly proposes a new grant that seeks to improve the quality of the university’s Learn by Doing education by increasing diversity and creating an intercultural experience that prepares all students for success in an ever-diverse world. The Cal Poly Opportunity Grant would provide financial assistance for high-achieving, low-income California students who meet Cal Poly’s rigorous academic admission requirements but can’t afford to attend the university. By serving a greater cross-section of California residents, the university will work toward its goal of increasing diversity on campus and enhancing the quality of education and career readiness for all Cal Poly students. To fund the Cal Poly Opportunity Grant, the university is proposing a new campus-based fee, the Cal Poly Opportunity Fee. The fee would be assessed on all newly enrolled out-of-state students starting in fall 2018 — all current students would be exempt from the fee. As part of an on-campus consultation process, the university is gathering feedback from the student community to help determine whether to establish the proposed fee. The campus community is invited to learn more at the following times:
— An open forum from 11:10 a.m. to noon (UU Hour) Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 102.
— A Q&A session from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in UU 207.
— An open forum, which has been extended from 6:10 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285.
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Student Success

Eighteen Student-Athletes Land on Big West Fall All-Academic Team

A photo of the Cal Poly cross country teamEighteen student-athletes from five fall season teams earned spots on the 2017-18 Big West Conference All-Academic Team. In order to qualify, student-athletes (excluding true freshmen and first-year transfers) are required to have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA through the most recent term while also competing in at least 50 percent of their respective games, meets or matches. Leading the way was the Mustangs’ Big West championship men’s cross country team with six runners exceeding the standards: senior Swarnjit Boyal; juniors Peter Cotsirilos, Mikey Giguere, Alex Merder and Garrett Migliozzi; and sophomore Chas Cook. The women’s soccer team was next with five honorees: senior Emily Hansen; juniors Ashley Kirchick, Sydney Knauer and Stephanie Magellan; and sophomore Sophia Brown. The Mustang women’s cross country squad saw four runners earn the accolade: senior Maddie McDonald, juniors Bryanna Fuller and Hannah Hull, and sophomore Melodie Leroudier. The women’s volleyball team is represented by a pair of sophomores: Jessica McRoskey and Nikki Jackson. The men’s soccer program produced one honoree, senior goalkeeper Simon Boehme. Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Academic Senate Seeking Faculty Member to Serve on Corporation Board 

The Academic Senate is seeking nominations from tenured faculty to serve on the Cal Poly Corporation board of directors for the 2018-21 term. Interested faculty should complete an Expression of Intent and Willingness to Serve form available at Completed forms must be received by the Academic Senate by Friday, March 9. Questions? Contact the Academic Senate Office at ext. 6-1258.

Graphic with accessibility icons including braille, sign language, a wheelchair and CC (closed captioning).Creating Accessible Course Materials Workshop to be Offered Spring Quarter 

Join colleagues in an online four-week workshop — running from April 23 to May 20 — to create accessible course materials. This workshop covers principles of Universal Design, application of PolyLearn tools, accessible document design, video captioning and a final project to create your Accessibility Action Plan. A $300 stipend is available upon completion. Expect to spend 28 to 40 hours total over four weeks, depending on prior knowledge, skill level and experience. Registration is limited. Learn more and register here.

Nominate a Faculty Advisor for Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash stipend and be recognized by President Armstrong at Fall Conference in addition to having his or her picture and award citation posted in Kennedy Library. One faculty member is recognized annually. Note that the nomination should describe the nominee’s academic advising services, activities and interactions as distinct from the nominee's teaching responsibilities, as well as include any special activities that relate to student development. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to nominate faculty for this award. However, at least one letter must come from a current student, and no self-nominations will be recognized. Nomination information and a link to the nomination form can be found at The deadline for all submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, March 16. Questions? Contact Shelly Wolf at ext. 6-5709 or

Alison Robinson Named Associate Vice President for Information Technology

Photo of Alison RobinsonInformation Technology Services (ITS) has announced Alison Robinson as the division’s new associate vice president for Information Technology. Robinson’s first day will be Feb. 28, and she will serve as a senior-level, second-in-command to Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Bill Britton, directing daily operations for ITS. Robinson has extensive experience in higher education, having spent five years as the associate vice president and deputy CIO at the University of Maryland – College Park. She has also held IT leadership positions at the University of South Florida and University of Wisconsin. Most recently Robinson served as director of education, commercial and nonprofit services for Attain, a management, technology and strategy consulting firm. Robinson’s technical expertise, in addition to her proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to deliver outstanding technology services to a university, make her an incredible asset to Cal Poly.

CSU Conference for Administrative Staff to be Held in Bay Area May 29-June 1

CSU Academic Resources Conference logoThe 2018 CSU Academic Resources Conference (ARC), which will be held May 29-June 1 in Burlingame, is a collaborative effort of CSU professional staff. Staff members responsible for budget planning, budget management, human resource functions and student affairs issues that support the academic mission of Cal Poly may be interested in attending. The conference will provide panels of experts on current topics, various educational workshops, and roundtable discussions on pertinent systemwide issues. To learn more about the conference, visit the conference website.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

Kinesiology professor Kevin Taylor receiving the Learn by Doing Scholar Award from President Armstrong in 2015.The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize faculty members who are advancing Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy through research on Learn by Doing. There are two awards each year: The Completed Research Award of $2,000 recognizes research that has been externally reviewed and shared through publication or presentation, and the Proposed or In-progress Award of $1,000 recognizes promising research proposals or research in-progress and supports faculty in completing and sharing their findings. All current faculty members are eligible to apply for either award. Individual and team (collaborative) applications are welcome and may include students and non-Cal Poly researchers. Applications are being accepted through Monday, March 5. Applicants will be notified in May and winners will be publicly recognized by the President during Fall Conference 2018. Application procedures and criteria for the award categories are available on the Kennedy Library website: The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards were established in 2014 and are financially supported by the Library Dean’s Advisory Council in recognition of the quality, significance and impact of Learn by Doing scholarship. (Pictured is faculty member Kevin Taylor receiving the Learn by Doing Scholar Award from President Armstrong in 2015.)

New Recruitment Training Sessions Now Open

For staff and management recruitments, anyone participating in a search committee will need to first complete the training to become a committee member, with renewal required every two years. Three training sessions are available during winter quarter. The training provides step-by-step guidance on the revised recruitment process as well as best practice advice. The sessions will be held at 10:10 a.m. on the following Thursdays: Feb. 22, March 8 and March 22. The trainings are held in-person; register through Skillsoft.

Tickets Now Available for March 5 Annual Service Awards Luncheon

Graphic reading Annual Service Awards LuncheonTickets for the Annual Service Awards Luncheon are available for $15. State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2017 will be honored at the Annual Service Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Chumash Auditorium. In accordance with Cal Poly’s sustainable practices, fliers will be sent via email to all faculty and staff. Printed fliers will not be distributed. Tickets can be purchased online and will be sent via email or can be picked up at the Cal Poly Ticket Office will call (at the Performing Arts Center) from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This event has limited seating, so purchase tickets early to ensure attendance!

Kinesiology Department Name Changed to Kinesiology and Public Health

To reflect the addition of a bachelor’s degree in public health, the Kinesiology Department has changed its name to Kinesiology and Public Health. The new title more accurately reflects the department’s programs and scholarship. The department holds more than $12 million in National Institutes of Health-funded research, and alumni frequently go on to careers in the public health sector. For those wishing to update references to the Kinesiology and Public Health website, the url will remain the same: For more information, contact the department at ext. 6-2545.

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Campus Announcements

New Mustang Meal Share Program Aims to Support Students in Need

Photo of a plate of food with text reading "Mustang Meal Share"A new program has launched that enables freshmen to help fellow students who are struggling with food insecurity. The Mustang Meal Share program gives freshmen the opportunity to donate up to 10 meals a year from their meal plan to fellow Mustangs. This is another step that Cal Poly is taking to ensure all Mustangs have a clear path to student success. The self-sustaining program provides easy, anonymous access for students in need of support. All unused plan credits will be rolled over to provide continued support to students on campus. The Mustang Meal Share program supports Cal Poly’s Basic Needs Initiative, which is a commitment to ensuring student needs including finances, mental health and access to food and housing do not become obstacles to student success. Other campus food assistance includes an on-campus representative who can offer information and help enrolling in CalFresh, and access to a campus food pantry. Go here for more information. Students in need of a meal may contact the Dean of Students office via email or phone.

STRIDE Presents Seminar on Stress, Sleep and Memory Feb. 22

STRIDE will present a seminar on the connections between stress, sleep and memory from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 121. Kelly Bennion, assistant professor in the Psychology and Child Development Department, will give the talk, which will include a question-and-answer session. For more information, email

Poetic Justice Project to Present 'Time Will Tell' on March 7

Illustration of a hand with the hands of a clock for Poetic Justice Project event "Time Will Tell"The Poetic Justice Project (PJP) will present “Time Will Tell” from 12:10 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 2. "Time Will Tell" features the personal stories of formerly incarcerated performers about their lives before, during and after incarceration, and will be followed by a dialogue between students and performers. PJP performances offer students an opportunity to critically analyze social structures and directly support the criteria set forth in the University Learning Objectives, General Education Area D objectives, and the USCP learning objectives. The performance is sponsored by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI), Vantage Point Program from the Office of Student Affairs, Ethnic Studies Department and Social Sciences Department.

EIM To Host Talk on Campus on Power of Experiential Marketing Feb. 28

The Experience Industry Management Department will host Cisco Systems Senior Director of Global Sales Events and Talent Alex Sapiz; Salesforce Vice President of Strategic Events Catherine Simmons; and Chris Meyer, CEO of George P. Johnson, on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 28. These influential leaders will deliver a presentation titled “The Power of Experiential Marketing: Q & A with Industry Leaders.” The event will be start at 2:10 p.m. in the Multi Activity Center (behind the Rec Center). This interactive presentation will provide an overview of the power of experiential marketing and highlight why experience industry management curriculum and other programs at Cal Poly — including construction management, graphic communication, engineering, journalism, computer science, information systems, and marketing — are relevant to the success of Cisco, Salesforce and George P. Johnson. The event is open to the campus community.

Documentary Film Chronicles Competitive Swimmers on the Autism Spectrum

The School of Education is hosting a screening at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, of SWIM TEAM, an award-winning feature documentary about a New Jersey YMCA-based, community swim team comprised of children on the autism spectrum. The screening will be held in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The film follows three of team’s star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood, when government services become scarce. For more information, contact the School of Education at ext. 6-1503.

Lifeguard Training Course to be Held at the Recreation Center

Photo of two people participating in lifeguard training.All members of the San Luis Obispo community are invited to participate in a Lifeguard Training Course at the Cal Poly Recreation Center. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Successful completion of the training course results in a certification for Lifeguarding/CPR/AED/First Aid, which is valid for two years. Participants must attend every session in order to be eligible for certification. The session dates are March 3, 4, 10 and 11. There is a fee associated with this program that includes all instruction, testing and certification costs. Visit ASI Access to register. For more information, contact ASI aquatics and safety coordinator Staley Pearl at

Extended Education to Offer Painting Classes

A painting of an ocean scene.Extended Education will offer two painting classes later this year. "How to Paint in Watercolor" will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon April 21 through May 26. The introductory class will give participants a broad overview of painting in this expressive medium. Participants will start by learning some of the main techniques involved in painting with watercolor. Then, using a limited number of colors, they will learn how to mix and use these colors to paint. "Painting with Pastels" will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon June 2-30. Soft pastels are the purest form of artist color, made almost exclusively from pure pigment. Whether you are a beginner starting your study of art, or an advanced artist looking to explore a different medium, this class will provide participants with a strong foundation in the creation of paintings using soft pastels. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


Photos of teens in, from left to right, New York City, Tokyo and Oahu, Hawaii.
The University Art Gallery will present “The Young Series,” photographs of teenagers in Oahu, Hawaii; Tokyo, and New York City, by artist Amy Touchette from Feb. 22 through March 16. Touchette will open the exhibit with a talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 149. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the same building. Trained at the International Center of Photography, Touchette began her artistic career as a writer and painter, earning a Bachelor of Arts in literature and studio art and a Master of Arts in literature. Throughout her career, she has explored human connections, taking photographs of people within their social groups and communities. A documentarian and a street photographer, she has used the power of photography to create authentic portraits of those who interest her. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more at

PAC-A-Lunch Free Concert set for Feb. 22

Compilation of photos of musicians to promote PAC-A-Lunch concert.What are your lunch plans at noon Thursday, Feb. 22? Join us for our PAC-A-Lunch Concert Series! Bring your lunch and enjoy a free concert in the beautiful Performing Arts Center Lobby. The February concert will feature Festival Mozaic Music Director and violinist Scott Yoo, along with musicians from the upcoming WinterMezzo chamber series. Featured works include Roussel’s Serenade, Op. 30 and Suite en Duo by Cras. This world-class chamber ensemble includes flute, harp, violin, viola and cello. Come experience Festival Mozaic and meet the artists behind the music. Tell your colleagues, bring a friend and get in tune with your lunch hour! The event is sponsored by PAC Outreach Services.

'San Luis Obispo Responds' Benefit Concert to be Held Feb. 23

Graphic with text reading "San Luis Obispo Responds"Help our neighbors in need by attending "San Luis Obispo Responds: A benefit concert for Puerto Rico hurricane relief and Santa Barbara County fire victims," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Performing Arts Center. Local musicians Damon Castillo, Inga Swearingen with Guy Budd, and Louie Ortega will be joined by the Canzona Women's Ensemble, Central Coast Children's Choir, Vocal Arts Ensemble and others. San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon will emcee the collaborative community event.  Donations and net proceeds raised from ticket sales will go to support the United Way, Direct Relief and United Methodist Committee on Relief. All seats are $25 and can be purchased at KSBY-TV, KCBX and The Tribune are sponsoring the event.

Mustang Marching Band to Perform in Chinese New Year Parade Feb. 24 in San Francisco

Photo of Mustang Marching Band performing in San Francisco.The Mustang Marching Band has been invited to participate for the fifth consecutive year in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 24, in San Francisco. The parade began in the 1860s as a means for the Chinese community in San Francisco to educate and share their culture with the greater community. The parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. The parade was named one of the top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association. The Mustang Marching Band’s more than 220 members perform for nearly 50 occasions on campus each year, including athletic events and university functions. The band performed for the Chinese New Year Parade for the first time four years ago and was among 15 marching bands that participated. It was awarded first place in the adult marching bands category at each appearance. The parade will celebrate the “Year of the Dog” with floats, dragon dancers and other festive entries. Over 1 million attendees are expected to line the parade route, and the event will be broadcast live from 6 to 8 p.m. on local television stations KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF Channel 26.

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists Feb. 24

A file photo of a previous Arab Music Ensemble performance.The Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center (No. 6). With a membership that represents a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus, the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the dance troupe in exciting choreographies that dialogue with the music. Music Professor Ken Habib, a composer, performer and ethnomusicologist, will direct the show. Critically acclaimed guest artists specializing in the performance practices of the music cultures being featured will join the ensemble from the San Francisco and Sacramento areas, and include Ishmael on qanun (trapezoidal zither), Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (violin) and Faisal Zedan on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum) and darabukka (goblet drum). Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands to Present ‘Just Jazz’ March 2

Graphic reading "just jazz"The rhythmic complexity, harmonic adventurousness and surprises inherent in jazz will be apparent at the annual “Just Jazz” concert presented by Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Performing Arts Center (No. 6) The repertoire for the concert includes a slow, soulful blues number titled “I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City;” a rousing flag-waver featuring trumpet, “Bugle Call Rag;” and a Latin-jazz version of the jazz standard “Mack the Knife” called “Jack the Knife.” Two big bands — with four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, rhythm section and vocalist — and two jazz combos will be featured. Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler directs the groups. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Wind Bands Concert to Perform Two World Premieres on March 3

Photo of students performing in a previous band concert.The Winter Band Concert featuring the 60-member Wind Ensemble and 65-member Wind Orchestra is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Performing Arts Center (No. 6). The concert is the second in the season’s series connecting “Earth and Sky,” and will include two world premieres. The program will open with a new work for the Cal Poly Brass Ensemble by music major Tyler Stockton titled “Quiet Reflection.” The concert continues with the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra presenting works from the core wind band repertoire, including Pierre LaPlante’s “American Riversongs” and William Schuman’s “Chester.” The second half of the program, presented by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble, will include the world premiere of Mutsuhito Ogino’s Concerto for Percussion featuring Cal Poly faculty member and percussionist John Astaire. The program will conclude with Vincent Persichetti’s “Symphony,” Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Fireworks Fantasy.” Christopher J. Woodruff, associate director of bands, will conduct the concert. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

John Salmon Piano Recital of Classical and Jazz Compositions to be Held at Cal Poly March 8

John SalmonJohn Salmon, music professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will give a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Salmon will perform repertoire by the three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brubeck, then conclude with Salmon’s own jazz duet versions of works by Bach. Salmon will be joined for the duets by Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller. Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon: “The Salmon Strikes” and “Bach Again.” As a guest lecturer, Salmon has presented on a wide array of topics at the Juilliard School, at the Boston Conservatory and in Morelia, Mexico. Salmon has published a book, “The Piano Sonatas of Carl Loewe,” as well as musical publications, including “Add On Bach,” “Jazz Up the Inventions,” “Jazz Up the Sinfonias” and “Jazz Standards.” Admission to the recital is $5 at the door. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly to Host Guest Artist Presentation on Kenyan Folk Music March 12

Abbey ChokeraAbbey K. Chokera, senior assistant director for Kenya’s Permanent Presidential Music Commission in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, will give a presentation on Kenyan folk music at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Chokera is visiting the U.S. through the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conductors Exchange Program, and he will present at the ACDA Western Division Conference in Pasadena in March. As part of the exchange, Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson will travel to Kenya this summer to work with choirs from across the country and to present a concert. Chokera has been a music educator and choral musician in Kenya, where he served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Kenya Music Festival and as an adjudicator and facilitator for choral activities. He is also the founder of the Bel Canto Chorus, a female choral group in Nairobi. He earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Florida in 2016. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 22
Men’s Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24
Women’s Tennis vs. Pacific, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Davis, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.

Friday, March 2
Baseball vs. Pacific, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 3
Men’s Tennis vs. Santa Clara, Mustang Courts, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Pacific (doubleheader), Baggett Stadium, 1 and 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 4
Men’s Tennis vs. Saint Mary’s, Mustang Courts, noon.
Baseball vs. Pacific, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Friday, March 9
Softball vs. North Dakota, Bob Janssen Field, 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Marist, Bob Janssen Field, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10
Softball vs. Marist, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 p.m.
Softball vs. North Dakota, Bob Janssen Field, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 11
Softball vs. Santa Clara, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 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.

#104736 — Field Service Specialist (Information Technology Consultant — Foundation/Career), ITS-Customer and Technology Support. Foundation level: $3,470-$6,114 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$5,834 per month). Career level: $4,372-$9,877 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$5,834 per month). Open until filled.

#104733 — Advising Center Receptionist (Administrative Support Assistant), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Advising Center. $2,184-$3,504 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600-$2,800 per month). Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 27.

#104735 — Lead Custodian, University Housing — Custodial Operations. Up to two positions available. $2,713-$4,702 per month. Open until filled.

#104741 — Lead Painter, Administration and Finance — Facilities Operations — Paint Shop. $5,211-$6,729 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,211-$5,732 per month). 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.

Center Accounting Assistant, Irrigation Training and Research Center, $16.23-$24.35 per hour. 

Administrative Coordinator, Strawberry Center, $18.72-$28.08 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.

There are no listings at this time.

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