Cal Poly Report — Feb. 7, 2018


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 open forums:
— 1:10 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 114.
— 11:10 a.m.-noon (UU Hour) Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 102.
— 6:10 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285.
In addition, an open forum for out-of-state students will be held from 9:10 to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E-28.
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Cal Poly Opens Research Center to Address Student Deaths on College Campuses

Cal Poly has launched a new research and resource center dedicated to preventing harm and lives lost to hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias, and other forms of violence on college campuses. With Us: the National Network for Peer Accountability was established by Cal Poly to inspire peer-led acts of accountability that promote health and safety, prevent violence and empower proactive intervention to help others. With Us is developing a national network of education and prevention partners to create safer campus communities. The center will support students and educators in prevention efforts by developing and sharing bystander intervention research, resources and education. The new center grew out of Aware Awake Alive, a nonprofit organization aimed at preventing alcohol poisoning. With Us has broadened the mission to include other critical campus-based social issues such as hazing, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias, and other forms of violence. More information is available at


Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference to be Held Feb. 16-17

Change the Status Quo logo for the social justice conference on Feb. 16-17, 2018.The Center for Service in Action is hosting the 16th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Conference on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17. This conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. Through guest speakers, inspiring workshops and engaging sessions, students will leave the conference with a newfound sense and understanding of social justice, and how they can take ownership of their role to advance social change. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to Preview Night on Feb. 16 for a documentary screening of "Near Normal Man," followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Charlene Stern in University Union, Room 220. The film is about her father, holocaust survivor and social activist Ben Stern. Admission is free. Ninety-six-year-old Ben Stern will offer the keynote address the next morning to kick-off the conference during the opening plenary session in Chumash Auditorium. Pre-registration (through Thursday, Feb. 15) for the all-day conference on Feb. 17 is now open at Pre-sale conference fees are  $15 for students and $20 for faculty, staff and community members. Friday and Saturday conference fees are $20 and $25, respectively. Fees include breakfast, lunch and a tote bag with conference materials.

Spread the Word About CalFresh Outreach

Cal Fresh logoOne in four Cal Poly students struggle with food insecurity. Inadequate and unreliable access to nutritious food can severely hinder academic performance and lead to poor physical and mental health. CalFresh Outreach is a program on campus to assist students who may need help with food access. The federally-funded program provides money specifically for grocery expenses. The outreach team assists students through the entire application process to help them get the money they need for groceries. Students can stop by the Health Center (No. 27), Room 173B from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays or 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Student outreach coordinators can also be reached by phone or text at 805-399-0236 and by email at

Doerr Family Field Officially Dedicated After Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Don Oberhelman, Kit Doerr, Dick Doerr and Jeff Armstrong cut the ribbon, opening Doerr Family Field.Doerr Family Field, a “labor of love for all of us in the Cal Poly community,” according to Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman, was officially dedicated on Feb. 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. More than 100 Cal Poly staff and faculty, Mustang student-athletes, football alumni and the media were on hand as Oberhelman, Richard A. and Kathleen M. Doerr and President Armstrong cut the ribbon to inaugurate the $4.8 million facility. “Thank you to everyone in the Mustang family who supported us in this endeavor,” Oberhelman said. “This would not have happened without our football supporters and our campus partners. Doerr Family Field will be an asset for the entire Mustang community.” Construction of the field began in July, and the project includes a state-of-the-art 140-yard synthetic-turf practice field, allowing room for football sled work, along with goalposts, lights, a flagpole and a scoreboard. A pair of filming towers and Cal Poly branding are still to come. The field will become the primary practice facility for Mustang football. Read more here.

CASE Award for Cal Poly Magazine Online

Screenshot of Cal Poly Magazine Year in Review issue onlineIn January, CASE District VII awarded Cal Poly Magazine its Gold Award for outstanding work in the field of digital college and university magazines in the organization’s West Coast region. This marks the publication’s fourth CASE award, including two other regional awards and one from the international organization. The announcement came just before the release of the winter 2018 online-exclusive issue, a look back at some of the university's best stories. Check out the new Year in Review issue, online now at

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Student Success

Society of Women Engineers Honors Five Outstanding Members

 Cate Kraska (civil engineering), Rebecca Kandell (biomedical engineering), Amy Tsai (computer science), Naomi Hennefeld (environmental engineering) and Alaina Standish (aerospace engineering).Five students from the College of Engineering recently received awards as Outstanding Women in Engineering from the Cal Poly campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The awards were presented at Cal Poly SWE’s annual Evening with Industry, held Jan. 26 at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. The Outstanding Women in Engineering awardees were chosen based on faculty recommendations, demonstrated leadership, related work experience and grade point average. Honorees included Naomi Hennefeld, vice president of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a founding member of one of Cal Poly’s newest clubs, Engineering for a Sustainable World; Rebecca Kandell, a biomedical engineering graduate student and Cal Poly SWE past president whose honors include the ASEE Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member and Emerging Leader awards, and the DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering Award; Cate Kraska, a civil engineering senior and current president of the Society of Civil Engineers, an active member of the Malawi team of Cal Poly’s Engineers Without Borders, and, closer to home, an Engineering Ambassador who represents the college to industry, prospective students and alumni; Alaina Standish, an aerospace engineering senior, who serves as vice president of Cal Poly Space Systems and is system lead for the group’s entry in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition; and Amy Tsai, a computer science senior who is currently vice president of three clubs: Women Involved in Software and Hardware (WISH), White Hat and ACM Cal Poly.

Student Team Takes Second Place at National Home Builders Competition

 Stacy Kolegraff (faculty adviser), Eric Martinez, Jeffrey Hammond, Tyler Hall, Alexander Gama, Trevor Nally, Sarah De Los Reyes, Thomas Fuentez, Jeremy Suryadi, Tyler Ingel, Jeffrey Phunmongkol, Carter Jones, Abraham Ahmed and Scott Kelting (faculty adviser).An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students earned second place at the 2018 National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition held Jan. 8-10 in Orlando, Florida. The students, all members of the university’s NAHB student chapter, competed against 33 other university teams, including first-place winner Penn State University, Brigham Young University (third place), and the University of Denver (fourth place). The NAHB Student Competition, a highlight of the International Builders’ Show, charges students with completing a management project/proposal. This year, teams were asked to prepare a proposal to acquire (or decline to acquire) a 72-arce parcel in Okemus, Michigan. The Cal Poly team was led by construction management seniors and team captains Jeremy Suryadi and Jeffrey Hammond. They were joined by architecture students Alexander Gama and Tyler Hall; business finance students Tyler Ingel and Carter Jones; city and regional planning student Eric Martinez; and construction management students Abraham Ahmed, Sarah De Los Reyes, Thomas Fuentez, Trevor Nally and Jeffrey Phunmongkol. The team was advised by construction management faculty members Scott Kelting and Stacy Kolegraff.

Students’ Cooling System Wins National ASHRAE Design Competition

 team members Austin Hochstetler, Sunghoon Chung, Sean Bybee, Antonio De Jesus Aguayo, and faculty advisor Steffen Peuker.Four mechanical engineering students’ senior project won first place in the 2017 Applied Engineering ­Challenge held by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE). It was the third time in four years Cal Poly took top honors. The Cal Poly team included Sunghood Chung, Austin Hochstetler, Sean Bybee and Antonio De Jesus Aguayo; faculty advisor was Steffen Peuker. The award was presented Jan. 20 at ASHRAE’s winter conference in Chicago. Based on specific criteria that required the use of evaporative cooling to reduce utility costs for low-income families living in Atlanta, the team’s winning design lowered household energy consumption for household cooling by more than 20 percent. “The Applied Engineering Challenge requires not only technical expertise, but also creativity, innovative solutions and excellent team work,” said Peuker. "The ‘thinking out of the box’ required for this particular ASHRAE challenge fits very well within Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing approach, which helps explain why our students regularly place so high in the ASHRAE competitions and are sought after by the HVAC&R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) industry.”

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Faculty & Staff

Tickets Now Available for March 5 Annual Service Awards Luncheon

Graphic reading Annual Service Awards LuncheonTickets for the Annual Service Awards Luncheon will be available for $15 beginning Monday, Feb. 12. 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 are available to pick up at the Cal Poly Ticket Office will call (at the Performing Arts Center) from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A slideshow presentation will be shown at the luncheon. Photos of the awardees can be sent to by Monday, Feb. 19. This event has limited seating, so purchase tickets early to ensure attendance!

New Recruitment Training Sessions Now Open for Faculty and Staff

Four training sessions have been scheduled during winter quarter for any employees who may participate on a hiring committee. In the future, anyone participating in a hiring committee will need to first complete the training to become a committee member. The training provides step-by-step guidance on the revised recruitment process. Some of the course content includes the recruitment data plan, revised HR101 and HR101B forms, an application scoring rubric, interview guide, compensation, and updated outreach guidelines. The sessions will be held at 10 a.m. on the following Thursdays: Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8 and March 22. The trainings are held in-person; register through Skillsoft.

Vet Net Ally Training to be Held Feb. 16

All faculty and staff are invited to sign up for Vet Net Ally Training from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 16, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E26. This is a workshop for faculty and staff focused on understanding the experiences of student veterans. Attendees will receive Vet Net Ally stickers to display in their offices to indicate they are veteran allies. RSVP to

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 Sessions Opened for Exposing Hidden Bias Workshop

Image showing a diverse number of people holding hands The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) and Employee and Organization Development have added new sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop. The workshop brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming its impact in our work and relationships. Come learn about diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly, how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn of resources available for additional learning and involvement. Use this link to view available sessions and register.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Luncheon to be Held Feb. 15

Photo of the exterior of the Dairy Innovation Institute at Cal Poly.The Retired Faculty and Staff Club luncheon is open to all Cal Poly retirees. Lunch, a tour and tasting will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Dairy Innovation Institute (No. 18A) on campus. The program will include remarks by Director David Everett and a tour of the facility. It will conclude with cheese and other dairy product tastings. The cost is $16, which includes lunch. RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 8, to Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148.
 For more information on the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club, visit

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Rose Float Opens 2019 Concept Contest

A photo from the 2018 Rose Parade with text reading Cal Poly Rose Float Concept Contest 2019Rose Float is accepting submissions for the 2019 Rose Float Concept Contest through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. The winning concept will cruise down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena as part of the 130th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2019. Anyone is welcome to submit a concept, and the winner will have his or her choice between two tickets to the 2019 Rose Bowl Game or a $500 cash prize. The theme of the 2019 Rose Parade is “The Melody of Life,” which celebrates the power of music and the culmination of rhythm and color. Completed submissions must be emailed to with the subject line “2019 Concept” or delivered in person to the ASI Business Office in UU Room 212. Submissions must be black and white and no larger than 11-by-17 inches, with contact information included on the back. There is no limit to the amount of entries an applicant can submit. For more information, contact Rose Float Coordinator Josh D’Acquisto at ext. 6-1182 or

Receive Bonus Dining Dollars with the Gold Plate Club

The Gold Plate Club, the money-saving dining program for students, faculty and staff, is now offering bonus dining dollars when members sign up or renew. From now until Sunday, Feb. 18, if you purchase the 100 or 60 meal packages, you will receive $50 in extra dining dollars. Purchase the 40-meal package and receive $35 extra. Purchase the 25 meal or lunch package and receive $15 extra. With the Gold Plate Club, members save almost 40 percent on Campus Dining with meals at 805 Kitchen costing as little as $6.50 each. Additional declining balance dollars can be used at any eatery on campus, except Myron’s. These packages will expire by the end of the academic year. For more information, visit To join, go to your “Money Matters” tab on the Cal Poly Portal and purchase a meal package.

International Center's 'Taste of the World 'to be Held Feb. 7

Taste of the World graphicThe International Center is hosting a free festival to give Cal Poly a "Taste of the World" from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, on Via Carta outside Campus Market. "Taste of the World" will feature international  cuisine, activities and music from all around the world and is open to all. International foods  are prepared by Cal Poly students in FSN 344: Institutional Foodservice II, taught by Arlene Grant-Holcomb. Activities including Cyrillic name calligraphy by the Russian Student Association, lei making with Hui O Hawaii, and henna. There will also be a salsa performance by Cal Poly Salsa Club and a Greek folk dance performance by Οι Φοιτητές (Oi Foitites) For more information, click here or email

Cal Poly Provides Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

Photo of the Orfalea College of Business building.The Orfalea College of Business is providing free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at clinics in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays now through March 17. Cal Poly students and faculty will also serve clients in other locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. More than 125 accounting students will prepare tax returns as part of this year’s VITA program, which is sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file the returns. Students will prepare basic forms for local individuals and families earning less than $54,000. These include 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms. Participants need to bring an ID, Social Security card and/or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, as well as 2016 tax returns and all 2017 tax-related documents, including child care expenses and health insurance coverage information. For more information, call ext. 6-2667 (English and Spanish) or visit Read more here.

Design Thinking/Ideation Workshop on “Living Sustainably on a Crowded Planet” Open to Faculty, Staff and Students

CSU I-corps logoThe CSU’s NSF-funded Innovation Corps (“I-Corps”) program is hosting a free Design Thinking/Ideation workshop at Cal Poly from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, for all faculty, staff and students. Design Thinking is an effective way to tap the collective brainpower of diverse teams to develop solutions to complex problems. The topic to be discussed is “Living Sustainably on a Crowded Planet.” Individuals across the university in all disciplines, including but not limited to agricultural sciences, clinical sciences, computer science, engineering, life sciences, math, business, social sciences, and physical sciences, are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited, so pre-register by Friday, Feb. 23. Lunch will be provided. For more details and a registration link, visit  Questions? Contact Jim Prince at or ext. 6-2168.

Feb. 8 Talk to be Held on Why International Education and Languages Matter

Photo of Mohamed Abdel-KaderMohamed Abdel-Kader is the keynote speaker for the International Center's Internationalization Symposium from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories auditorium (No. 7). This talk will make a compelling case for why languages, an international education and global competence are essential skills for all young people to have as part of their chosen career path. Abdel-Kader served in former President Barack Obama’s administration from 2014 to 2017 as deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that, he was director of development for the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, managing the university’s advancement strategy in the Middle East. He has advised clients on organizational strategy, fundraising and doing business in emerging markets. He also authored a children’s book about stereotypes. Abdel-Kader is executive director of the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute, which aims to advance the field of virtual exchange. For more information, contact Cal Poly's International Center at

Extended Education to Offer "Learn by Brewing" Classes in February

Photo of beer mugs filled with various types of beer-making ingredients. "Craft Beer Appreciation," offered by Extended Education, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 123. Take your taste buds on a frothy ride as we sample a variety of craft brews and styles from around the country, while also examining the science behind the brewing process that gives the beers such distinctively different complex flavors. "Introduction to Home Brewing" will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, March 10, at The Rock SLO Brew, 855 Aerovista Lane in San Luis Obispo. Learn the basics of home brewing through a hands-on approach at a brewing facility. Students will brew and bottle their own small batch beer under the instruction of an industry expert. Participants must be 21 or older to enroll; IDs will be checked. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.

Feedback Needed on Kennedy Library RenovationPhoto of the exterior of Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly.

The programming and feasibility phase of the Kennedy Library renovation is underway. With the help of designers and consultants and input from the campus community, Kennedy Library will imagine the future of its spaces, services and experiences. The Cal Poly community is invited to visit the new library renovation site and share feedback and ideas at The site will be updated regularly as the programming phase continues throughout this academic year.


Experience Industry Management Department Annual Action and Dinner Set for Feb. 24

Light up the Night logo for the Experience Industry Management Department's 2018 auction and dinnerThe Experience Industry Management Department’s Auction and Dinner, "Light up the Night," will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. Join the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences in celebrating the Experience Industry Management Department’s students and faculty through this event. The evening will feature a live and silent auction and dinner. All of the proceeds from the event — which is entirely planned, managed and designed by students — will directly benefit students. Go here to purchase tickets. Questions about this year’s auction and dinner? Email

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.

International Center Releases Information on Updated Deadlines and New Student Fees

Cal Poly International Center logoAll international travel conducted as Cal Poly business must go through the Cal Poly International Center. International travel packets must be completed and submitted electronically through (select "International Travel"). The 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. Note that there are new student fees and deadlines for non-study abroad international travel. Travelers must meet the required deadlines posted on the site in order to have their travel approved. For more information or to request a workshop, contact the International Center at

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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.


Screenwriter Karl Iglesias to Present ‘How to Write for Emotional Impact’ on Feb. 7

Screenwriter and author Karl Iglesias will give a talk titled “How to Write for Emotional Impact” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). He will discuss the most critical foundation of all Pixar films — the story’s emotional core, also known as “the heart of the story.” Using film clips and in-depth analysis, Iglesias will guide participants through the master storytelling techniques Pixar uses to hook audiences into a story and to make them care for and follow main characters on an emotionally satisfying journey of adventure and transformation. These techniques can also be applied to nonfiction writing and marketing. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Rivera at ext. 6-1205 or


Former Disneyland Imagineer Tony Baxter to speak at Cal Poly Feb. 9

Tony BaxterFormer Disneyland ride designer Tony Baxter, whose work helped shape the modern theme parks, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. A Disney fan since his youth, Baxter was hired in 1970 as field art director for the Magic Kingdom’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction. Baxter, the former senior vice president of creative development in Walt Disney Imagineering, assisted in the design and construction of popular Disneyland attractions, including Splash Mountain, Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Adventure. He will speak about his experience in ride design at Disney theme parks, including the ways art and storytelling meet with engineering and architecture to create entertainment attractions. The talk, part of the CLA Speaks series, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Todd J. Pierce at ext. 6-2585 or


Conversations with Cal Poly Authors Feature Talk on Resettlement in Post-Disaster Honduras

A photo of a resettlement site in Honduras.Sociology assistant professor Ryan Alaniz and city and regional planning professor William Siembieda will discuss Alaniz’s book, "From Strangers to Neighbors: Resettlement and Community Development in Post-Disaster Honduras," from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. Go here for more information. (Pictured is a resettlement site in Honduras.)


Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert Feb. 9

Night at the Mission logoSeveral of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. “A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a brass quintet, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartets, a large clarinet ensemble and a brass choir. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Multicultural Center Plans Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb. 12

A Lunar New Year Celebration will be held in Chumash Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. The Lunar New Year Celebration is a family fun event that strives to encourage awareness of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated across many Asian countries, through pamphlets, various crafts and food. Multicultural Center staff is excited to honor and recognize this holiday. For more information on the event, contact Multicultural Center Coordinator Samantha Tran at, or visit the event Facebook page.

Ethnomusicologist Joseph Kinzer to Present ‘Islamic Revivalism and the Musical Politics of Urban Malaysia’ on Feb. 15

Joseph KinzerThe Music Department will host ethnomusicologist Joseph Kinzer for a presentation titled “Islamic Revivalism and the Musical Politics of Urban Malaysia” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Kinzer will share his research studying gambus (lute) transmission in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, which has a pluralistic setting in which religious and racial identity politics define the daily lives of Malaysian citizens. Kinzer argues that the gambus, an Arab instrument, holds significant symbolic power in complicating the majority Malay Muslim identity, in which music is taught and performed. His talk illustrates how the presence of the gambus in contexts such as arts conservatories, social events and state functions challenges and redefines ideas of what it means to be a Malay Muslim in contemporary Malaysian society. Kinzer recently earned a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

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.

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, Feb. 10
Baseball vs. Alumni, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 11
Wrestling vs. Arizona State, Mott Athletics Center, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18
Men’s Tennis vs. San Francisco, Mustang Courts, noon.

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.

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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.

#104725 — Executive Director of Internal Audit (Administrator III), Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

#104720 — Plant Science Operations Manager (Administrator I), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Horticulture and Crop Science. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 23.

#104708 — Building Service Engineer, Facility Services — Engineering Services. $5,211-$6,729 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,211-$5,570 per month). Open until filled.

#104728 — Phlebotomist, Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services. Full-time, 10/12 pay plan. $2,677-$4,729 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,231-$3,100 per month). Open until filled.

#104727 — Administrative Coordinator I, Fiscal Services — University Controller and Business Transformation Office. $2,846-$4,711 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,846-$3,400 per month). Open until filled.

#104715 — Supervising Automotive/Equipment Mechanic, Facilities Operations — Fleet Services. $5,477-$6,934 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,477-$6,024 per month). Open until filled.

#104724 — Lead Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives, Cross Cultural Centers (Student Services Professional III), Dean of Students Office — Cross Cultural Centers. $4,288-$6,109 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,288-$4,800 per month). Open until filled.

#104721 — Student Services Professional II, Cal Poly International Center. $3,935-$5,595 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,935-$5,129 per month). Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 23.

#104729 — Campus Advocate, SAFER (Student Services Professional II), Dean of Students — SAFER. Full-Time, temporary. Salary range: $3,935-$5,595 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,935-$4,329 per month). Open until filled.

#104731 — Public Affairs/Communications Specialist I, University Development — Donor Relations. $2,923-$4,835 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,923-$4,300 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.

There are no listings at this time.

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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