Cal Poly Report — Jan. 10, 2018


Cal Poly Float Wins Past Presidents Trophy at 2018 Rose Parade

Cal Poly universities' entry into the 2018 Rose Parade, "Dreams Take Flight," pictured as it rolls along the parade route.Cal Poly universities’ milestone 70th float, “Dreams Take Flight,” received the Past Presidents Trophy for the most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials at the 129th Rose Parade held New Year’s Day. The float, designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, invited onlookers to take flight on the airplane wings of a trio of cuddly critters — a koala bear, sea otter and red panda. It celebrates the 2018 parade theme, “Making A Difference,” honoring those individuals in our communities who act in selfless, generous and kind ways to benefit others. “This year’s float flies high on a history built on Learn by Doing stretching back seven decades,” President Armstrong said. “While all Cal Poly alumni, family and fans revel in its beauty, the real treasure is not as obvious. It lies in the effort each individual brings to this yearlong endeavor and a fierce Mustang pride in its venerable heritage by our best and brightest students.” Since the fall of 1948, students from San Luis Obispo and Pomona have come together across 240 miles to produce the float — one of only six self-built entries — for Pasadena’s signature event. Since then, the two schools’ entries have earned more than 50 awards, including the Founders’ Trophy for the most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization in 2017. “Dreams Take Flight” was among 44 floats in this year’s parade. Read more here.

Fall 2018 Enrollment Applications Top 65,000 to Set Another School Record

Cal Poly received a record number of applications with more than 65,000 first-time freshmen and transfer students seeking to enroll for the 2018-19 school year. It is the largest undergraduate applicant pool in Cal Poly history, with 65,507 undergraduates submitting on-time applications, according to James Maraviglia, associate vice provost for marketing and enrollment development. He said this includes 54,732 first-time freshmen and 10,775 upper-division transfer students seeking to attend Cal Poly. It is a 13 percent increase from the 48,609 incoming freshmen who applied in 2016 and a 31 percent rise from the 8,240 transfer students who applied last year. Nearly one in five (19 percent) of freshmen applicants applied only to Cal Poly between Oct. 1 and the Nov. 30 deadline. Acceptance decisions should be announced well before the April 1 national acknowledgment date. Fall classes begin Sept. 20, 2018.

Faculty, Staff Honored for $32 Million in Research Grant Spending in 2016-17

Group photo of some Cal Poly university researchers.Cal Poly honored university researchers who spent more than $32 million in research funding, obtained 310 new grants valued at nearly $22 million and secured two patents in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The patented inventions include an improved statistical method for more accurate assessment of recycled plastic content for manufacturing as well as a specialized filter designed to work with a portable water-treatment bag. Two faculty members who secured a combined $30 million in grant funding over their Cal Poly careers were honored: Stuart Styles, director of the university’s Irrigation Training and Research Center, was saluted for more than $25 million in total funding; and David Marshall, who heads the Aerospace Engineering Department in the College of Engineering, for securing more than $5 million in grants. Four Cal Poly centers that each received more than $1 million in grants and those who manage them were singled out at a recent recognition reception, including those pictured in the photo, from left: Suzanne Phelan of the Center for Solutions Through Research in Diet and Exercise (STRIDE); John Keller and Chance Hoellwarth of the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME); Chris Kitts, the university’s interim dean of research; Sam Blakeslee of the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy; and Charles Burt of the university’s Irrigation Training and Research Center. Read more here.

Cal Poly Named One of Nation’s Best Values by Kiplinger’s Finance Magazine

Cal Poly was named a 2018 best-value college by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, placing 27th in the nation and sixth in the state among public universities and colleges in the magazine’s annual ranking. Kiplinger’s, a personal finance and business forecasting organization, ranked the top 300 best-value colleges and universities “based on quality and affordability” from data culled from nearly 1,200 public and private four-year institutions across the nation. Cal Poly also ranked 86th overall — rising 11 places from last year’s ranking — among U.S. public and private institutions. Introduced in 1998, the Kiplinger ranking combines public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list, with analysis based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability. Cal Poly ranked 12th among California’s public institutions and private universities. Among Golden State public universities, Cal Poly was sixth behind five University of California campuses: Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Irvine. Read more here.

Cal Poly Recognized as a 2017 Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists

Students park their bikes and ride along Via Carta, near the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), in the core of Cal Poly’s campus. Some new bike racks were recently installed along this stretch of Via Carta.Cal Poly was recognized for the first time as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists, joining a cutting-edge group of more than 180 colleges and universities across the U.S. that are providing more bicycle-friendly campuses for the benefit of students, staff, faculty and community members. The Bicycle Friendly University Program evaluated universities’ efforts to promote bicycling in five areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning. With about 7,515 bicycle parking spaces on campus, Cal Poly provides one bike spot for every three people who study or work on campus. Bike commuters can find a variety of places to lock their bike — including covered bike parking and long-term storage over academic breaks — as well as reduced speed limits on campus streets, car-free zones and bright-green bike lanes. In addition, Transportation and Parking Services and ASI partnered to fund $48,000 worth of new bike racks in the 2017-18 academic year. Many of the 500 additional bike parking spaces were added during fall quarter to key areas around campus, with the rest to be placed during winter break or early in winter quarter. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Employees Donate More Than 400 Toys to Children in Need

Toys donated by Cal Poly employees during the Dec. 7 holiday reception on campus.Cal Poly employees donated more than 400 toys and $300 in gift cards during an annual holiday reception hosted on campus by President Armstrong and his wife, Sharon, on Dec. 7. The gifts were taken to San Luis Obispo nonprofit Jack’s Helping Hand, which provides assistance and programs to children with cancer, disabilities, other illnesses and special needs. “We have so many families that these gifts will benefit during this holiday season,” said Karen Borges, executive director of Jack’s Helping Hand. “Our nonprofit works with over 100 families every month. We will use the toys all year long.” Learn more here.

CIE Named Finalist for National Entrepreneurship Award

The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is one of two finalists for the 2018 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program award. The winner of the award will be announced during USASBE’s annual conference on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. The other national model finalist is the University of Syracuse. USASBE is the nation’s largest organization of teachers, scholars and practitioners in entrepreneurship.USASBE’s Model Program award is given annually to a university entrepreneurship program that has developed and offers high-quality innovative programs to educate and develop future generations of entrepreneurs. Programs are evaluated on innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support and impact.

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Student Success

Applications for Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program Now Being Accepted

Cal Poly’s 2017 Panetta intern, Maryam Quasto, is pictured with Secretary and Mrs. PanettaApplications are now being accepted for the 2018 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Matriculating third or fourth year, junior or senior students from any major who meet the program requirements are encouraged to apply. This prestigious Learn by Doing experience provides an opportunity for students to enhance their education by providing encouragement in the exploration of Congress, civil leadership, and community and public service. Once selected, students participate in a two-week training session in August at the Panetta Institute, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working in a Capitol Hill office of a California congressional delegation member. The cost of the program is fully funded in order to allow participation by any qualified student, independent of family income. Complete program requirements and details are available at The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31. (Cal Poly’s 2017 Panetta intern, Maryam Quasto, is pictured above with Secretary Leon Panetta and Sylvia Panetta.)

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Faculty & Staff

Student Affairs Staff Members Receive Industry Accolades

 Freshman Focus Team members Ashley Eberle, Mallory Stoffel, Travis Raynaud, and Katie Ottoson.  A handful of Student Affairs staff members will be honored by industry peers in March for their dedication to student success. The American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Career Services Commission recently announced that members of Cal Poly’s Freshman Focus Team will receive its annual Innovation Award. The team consists of counselors Ashley Eberle, Mallory Stoffel, Travis Raynaud and Katie Ottoson (pictured above, from left to right). During the 2016-17 academic year, the Student assistant Kelsey Hayesprogram supported more than 1,200 first-year students through one-on-one counseling, while serving 804 students through group and workshop events. In addition, the team engaged 100 percent of first-year students. The organization’s California state chapter, the California College Personnel Association (CCPA), will also award its Outstanding Graduate Student Award to Kelsey Hayes (pictured at right), a student assistant in Cal Poly’s Center for Leadership. Center for Leadership Coordinator Lauren Irwin nominated Hayes for the award, citing her compassionate, inclusive and student-centered approach to her work. Hayes and the members of the Freshman Focus Team will be formally recognized at ACPA’s annual convention in March.

Emergency Management Director Graduates from FEMA Executive Academy 

Anthony J. Knight, Cal Poly's director of emergency management, graduated Dec. 7 from FEMA's National Emergency Management Executive Academy. Katie Fox (left), FEMA acting deputy administrator, protection and national preparedness, congratulates Knight.Anthony J. Knight, Cal Poly’s director of emergency management, recently graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. At Cal Poly, Knight serves as director of the university’s Emergency Operations Center, which coordinates campuswide efforts in an emergency. Knight is an emergency management veteran who has responded to more than 250 catastrophic incidents over 13 years. A U.S. Coast Guard Reserve member, Knight spent 23 days in Puerto Rico in September and October, where he coordinated emergency planning for the agency’s response in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Upon returning home, he immediately headed to Sonoma County to serve as the U.S. Coast Guard planning section chief as part of the response to the Northern California fires. FEMA’s executive academy instills emergency management leaders with a deeper understanding of contemporary and emerging emergency management issues, debates and public policy, according to FEMA. Read more here.

Pride Faculty Staff Association Announces Winter Quarter Schedule

PRIDE faculty staff association logoThe Cal Poly Pride Faculty Staff Association (PFSA) has announced its winter quarter schedule of events. The schedule of events, which will include brown bag lunch socials and after-hours socials, can be found online here. Faculty, staff, and graduate students interested can sign up for the PFSA mailing list to receive updates on meetings, socials, and other events and information. Individuals can also join the PFSA on Facebook to stay up to date.

Parking Permits Now Available Online

Parking on campus just got a little easier. Transportation and Parking Services recently made on-campus parking permits available online. This will provide faculty and staff easy access to print permits at home instead of buying them on campus. In addition, you can buy permits for a specified number of days. To purchase a permit, you must provide your license plate number and Cal Poly portal log-in information. Staff and faculty permits come in a range of options to purchase with daily, weekly, annual, quarterly, evening and motorcycle choices. All permit users must follow parking rules and regulations and are still responsible for violations and citations. For more information or to buy a permit, visit

Join Women’s Basketball for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Jan. 18

The women's basketball team at Cal Poly.As a sign of appreciation for everything faculty and staff members do for the university, Cal Poly Athletics is pleased to offer four free general admission tickets to the women’s basketball game Thursday, Jan. 18, as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Cal Poly Women’s Basketball will be taking on UC Irvine at 7 p.m. in Mott Athletics Center. All faculty and staff can claim their four free tickets to the game by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Mott Athletics Center Box Office on the night of the game. For more information or to purchase tickets to other women’s basketball games, visit

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee has announced its call for proposals for fiscal year 2018-19 for any activities seeking first time recognition. An Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) is an "out-of-class experience" that provides enrichment to students and enhances their learning at Cal Poly. IRAs are closely linked to an academic program and/or the University Learning Objectives, but IRA funds cannot be used to fund specific projects or field trips as part of an academic course. Forms, instructions and relevant information can be found at Proposals for new IRAs are due Wednesday, Jan. 31. The call for continued recognition and funding requests for currently recognized IRAs will go out separately in January and will be due in March.

CSU's Got Talent Webinar Series Kicks Off in January 

CSU's got talent graphicCSU Systemwide Professional Development presents CSU's Got Talent — live webcasts highlighting the most sought-after presentations on CSU campuses.
— In January, best-selling author and NYU Professor Joshua Spodek will talk about developing personal growth through living our values in "Leadership and the Environment."
— In February, Dr. Juliet Hwang of Kaiser Permanente will guide us through mindfulness meditation practices to learn how to cope with everyday stresses.
— In March, Alan Briskin, a consultant, artist and researcher, will present "5 Essential Practices of Collective Wisdom," based on his 25-year career of research as a pioneer in organizational learning.
— In April, writing skills expert Nancy Flynn will teach powerful and persuasive writing skills that command attention and convey leadership.
All employees on campus are invited to attend. See the Employee and Organization website for dates, times and connection information.

Proposals for Cal Poly Grant Program Due Feb. 22

The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program, supported by funds from the Provost’s Office and the Chancellor’s Office, is intended to help faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The annual funding from the program is intended to provide more internal resources to help faculty pursue a broader array of professional activities. The deadline to submit proposals for 2018-19 is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. For full application and submission instructions, download this document (also available on the Office of Research and Economic Development website or at InfoReady), or call the office at ext. 6-5153.

Join Colleagues on Wednesday Walks with the Provost

The route for Wednesday Walks with the Provost.Make the most of the beautiful campus we work on, grab a colleague and meet up with Provost Kathleen Enz Finken for her Wednesday Walks. The weekly walks resumed on Jan. 3 and will continue through the academic year. The walks start at 12:10 p.m. outside the Administration Building (No. 1), head down North Perimeter Road to California Boulevard, and return on South Perimeter Road. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes at a moderate pace. Everyone is welcome and may join in at any point along the route. In the event the provost is off campus, another member of the executive leadership team will lead the walk. Rain or inclement weather will cancel the walk. Questions should be directed to the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186. Go to to view a map of the route.

Science of Happiness Workshop Series Offered by Employee and Organization Development

Beginning in January, Employee and Organization Development, in partnership with Campus Wellbeing, is facilitating a series of weekly lunchtime workshops based on the course “The Science of Happiness” created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. The facilitated meetings — with quick videos, discussion and sharing, and available very short readings — will be held each Wednesday over the lunch hour. Workshops are divided into six topic areas. Each topic area is covered over a three-week period. Participants can choose to participate in one or more of the topics and share with others over three lunchtimes:
— Pathway 1: The Power of Social Connection
— Pathway 2: Compassion and Kindness
— Pathway 3: Cooperation and Reconciliation
— Pathway 4: Mindfulness
— Pathway 5: Mental Habits of Happiness
— Pathway 6: Gratitude
Interested participants can begin the registration process here.

Principles of Supervision Workshop Offered by Employee and Organization DevelopmentPrinciples of Supervision logo

Would you like to optimize your role as a supervisor? Are you interested in gaining additional skills in ensuring the work gets done, engaging people to perform and influencing your group to work as a team?  Employee and Organization Development is offering another session of the Principles of Supervision workshop. Recent workshop participants said they "can use these tips immediately," and were excited "to put what (was) learned into action." Principles of Supervision will offer helpful information and tools through four non-consecutive half-days running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20 and March 6. Get more information and register here.

Cal Poly Women’s Club ‘StrengthsFinder’ Workshop to be Held Jan. 27

The Cal Poly Women’s Club is hosting a Gallup StrengthsFinder workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27, on campus. The workshop will be facilitated by Bay Area Certified Life Coach Sasha Mobley. Attendees will receive a StrengthsFinder 2.0 access code before the workshop in order to complete an assessment. During the workshop, participants will use tools to devise an approach to developing their natural talents into strengths. For more information and to sign up for the workshop, contact club Co-President Val Barboza at

Creating Accessible Course Materials Workshop to Start Feb. 5

Graphic of hands reaching toward different accessibility iconsParticipants in an online four-week workshop, which runs Feb. 5 through March 5, will develop skills and best practices to make course materials technically accessible and usable to a broad range of students. The workshop covers use of PolyLearn tools, accessible document design, video captioning and a culminating activity to create an Accessibility Action Plan for your course. A $300 stipend is available upon completion. Participants should expect to spend 25 to 40 hours total on this workshop over four weeks, depending on prior knowledge, skill level and experience. Registration is limited. Learn more and register here.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Winter Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled in winter quarter from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, March 22. The workshops will be led by Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Elena Morelos, director of Academic Employment. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there 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.

New Book and Learning Circles Planned for Winter Quarter

An image of the cover of the book "3 Keys to Defeating Unconscious Bias."Employee and Organization Development has announced its Winter 2018 Book and Learning Circles. Book Circles has been expanded to include discussions related to videos, articles and online courses, known as Learning Circles. These different options are intended to address employees’ varied learning styles and provide opportunities that encourage open sharing, exploration and discourse. 
Book Circles: The Winter 2018 Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three sessions. The first book, “3 Keys to Defeating Unconscious Bias” by Sondra Thiederman, is designed to motivate real change. Thiederman uses insightful anecdotes and creative activities to deliver a simple strategy — watch, think, act — that we can immediately apply to the task of overcoming the impact of unconscious bias. The second book, “Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg, explores eight different productivity hacks used by successful organizations and how they can make a difference to your business, management and personal life.  The third book, “Nonviolent Communication” by Marshall B. Rosenberg, describes a style of communication that allows us to be very honest, hear others even in disagreement and move toward solutions that work for all without any criticism and without any intellectual diagnosis implying wrongness. Participants will receive a print copy of the book, with some books available as e-books and audiobooks.
Learning Circles: The Winter 2018 Learning Circles involve watching a video 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.

To Better Help Others, Fill Your Cup with Empathia Workshops

 Good for people. Good for business.Empathia, Cal Poly’s employee assistance provider (EAP), is dedicated to employee well-being. In winter quarter, Empathia will offer at least one on-campus training and one live webinar every month. Topics include: communicating effectively, conquering time, effective meeting planning, what to look out for as our loved ones age, getting the most out of your life, dealing with difficult people, substance abuse and your loved ones, and workplace change. In addition, numerous archived webinars are available on various wellness topics, including multitasking, public speaking, stress management, communication, family matters, conflict resolution and healthy eating. With a wide variety of personal growth and professional development opportunities, Empathia makes life just a little more manageable for Cal Poly employees and their families. For more information about these events, look for the “Empathia” opportunities on the Learn and Grow website.

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Jim GalvanJim Galvan retired from Information Technology Services (ITS) on Dec. 15 after more than 20 years of service. Galvan has enjoyed an unusually long and varied career starting with his service in the military and followed by various positions in the aerospace industry, at CBS records, then in antique, interior design, and upholstery businesses. Galvan started at Cal Poly on the night shift, manning the after-hours Service Desk. After shifting to daytime hours, he became a campus institution as the friendly face and voice of ITS. Galvan has provided solutions and reassuring comfort to thousands of faculty, staff and students over the years. He is passionate about helping people and has served as a customer service mentor for many generations of Cal Poly student-employees, embodying the Learn by Doing ethos. Galvan looks forward to spending more time with family and friends, and pursuing his eclectic interests, including antiques, automobiles, interior design, upholstery, furniture refinishing, and one day being a grandfather. He will miss both his Cal Poly and van pool families. Galvan will return to campus for a retirement reception hosted by ITS from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 537.

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Catastrophic Leave

Delia Romero, custodian in University Housing, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Erika Diaz Cota, administrative analyst/specialist in University Housing Administration, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Christopher Essman, groundsworker 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

Show Support on Thursday for the Center for Sustainability

5% Day of Community Giving by Whole Foods Market graphic

Whole Foods Market in San Luis Obispo will donate 5 percent of the store’s net sales to Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability on Thursday, Jan. 11, through the Community Giving Program. Whole Foods Market is located at 1531 Froom Ranch Way in San Luis Obispo. The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability is a cross-disciplinary initiative in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences dedicated to advancing education on sustainable food and agricultural systems through curriculum, professional development, and on-farm education. Learn more 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.


Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Benefit Recital Jan. 12

Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller.Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give a benefit recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The first half of Spiller’s program will feature works by Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin, both of whom were born in 1810. The concert begins with Schumann’s “Papillons” (“Butterflies”), Op. 2, and is followed by his “Abegg” Variations, Op. 1. Next on the program will be three works by Chopin: “Two Waltzes,” Op. 69, and “Ballade in G Minor,” Op. 23. The second half will explore impressionistic and coloristic writing in three early 20th-century compositions, starting with Claude Debussy's set of three pieces, “Estampes” (“Prints”). American composer Amy Beach’s “Hermit Thrush at Morn,” Op. 92, No. 2, follows, and the program concludes with Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s popular “Danzas Argentinas” (“Argentine Dances”), Op. 2. Tickets are $14 for the public and $9 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund. 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 to Present Bach Week Jan. 16-20

Logo for Bach WeekThe Music Department will present Bach Week Jan. 16-20. The first four events will take place on campus in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45): Bach Week directors David Arrivée and Scott Glysson will present “Inside Bach Week,” an overview of the week’s repertoire in the context of J.S. Bach’s life and larger cultural context, from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16. At 11:10 a.m. Jan. 18, the guest artists of Mensa Sonora California will coach Cal Poly students in chamber music and solo repertoire from the Baroque era, with a focus on historically informed performance. At 3:10 p.m. Jan. 18, guest artist and baritone Jeff Fields will coach Cal Poly voice students on a variety of repertoire ranging from the Baroque to modern eras. At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, an Akademie lecture will be held, titled “Student and Teacher.” Music Professor Emeritus Clifton Swanson will lead a musical discussion on Bach’s role as a teacher and as a self-directed student of other composers. Musical examples will include works by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Antonio Vivaldi, to be performed at the Jan. 19-20 concerts. The final two events are concerts in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: At 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Mensa Sonora California will perform “Bach and His Students” on period instruments. At 8 p.m. Jan. 20, the week concludes with “Bach in the Mission VIII: Bach and the Italians.” Cal Poly’s Early Music Ensemble, members of the Cal Poly Symphony and faculty will join with professional guest artists to perform the music of Bach and his contemporaries. Admission to the campus events is free. Tickets for the concerts are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Bach Week website or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Conversations with Cal Poly Authors: 'Lives Well Lived' with Sky Bergman

Art and design Professor Sky BergmanProfessor Sky Bergman of the Art and Design Department and Debra Valencia-Laver, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, will discuss Bergman’s documentary film, “Lives Well Lived,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Keck Lab of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The film celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults 75 to 100 years old. The documentary has garnered the Audience Choice Award at the DOCUTAH Film Festival and a Best of the Fest Award at the Nevada City Film Festival. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Internationally Renowned Holocaust Scholar Christopher Browning to Speak at Cal Poly Jan. 24

 Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland  Christopher Browning will reflect upon his book, "Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland," at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Keck Lab of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The book was reissued by Harper Collins as a 25th anniversary edition. The New York Times said, “[This book] helps us understand, better than we did before, not only what they did to make the Holocaust happen, but also how they were transformed psychologically from the ordinary men of the title into active participants in the most monstrous crime in human history.” Browning is the author of nine books about the Holocaust, winner of the Yad Vashem International Book Prize and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. He served as expert witness in two major court cases regarding Holocaust denial including the Lipstadt-Irving case (depicted in the 2016 film, "Denial"). This event is sponsored by the History, Political Science, Social Sciences, and Ethnic Studies departments, College of Liberal Arts Lottery Fund and Office of University Diversity and Inclusion.

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, Jan. 13
Women’s Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 20
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 25
Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26
Wrestling vs. Stanford, Mott Athletics, Center, 7 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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

Dishwasher, Cal Poly Campus Dining, $11-$15.87 per hour.

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

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

Cook, Cal Poly Campus Dining, $12.21-$18.31 per hour.

Assistant Cook, Campus Dining, $11-$15.87 per hour.

Conference and Event Coordinator, Conference and Event Planning, $44,907-$67,371 per year.

Director, TRIO Achievers, Student Academic Services, $51,456-$53,400 per year.

Director, Educational Talent Search, Student Academic Services, $51,456-$53,400 per year.

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.

Teacher, Children's Center, $14.30 per hour with excellent benefits. Seeking candidates with infant/toddler experience. Position open until filled.

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