Cal Poly Report — Jan. 17, 2018


Cal Poly Research Finds Strong Support for Ocean Protection Worldwide

Photo of a butterfly flsh, by Jennifer O'LearySeven in 10 people around the world believe the oceans are threatened and support their protection, according to research by Cal Poly and two partner universities. The study, which was published in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management, provides a rare comparison of how the public views marine threats by human activity and protection efforts around the globe. “There’s a lot of scientific thought put into ocean conservation around the world. But there’s much less information out there on what people actually think about the ocean and some of the protection measures,” said study co-author Jennifer O’Leary, a Cal Poly and California Sea Grant biologist. “This is important because anytime we are introducing protection measures, we’re asking people to change their behavior. And we know from behavioral research that focusing on what people already think is important can make changes easier for people to accept.” Researchers from Cal Poly, California Sea Grant and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, reviewed a set of surveys from more than 32,000 people in 21 countries. They found that 70 percent of respondents believe the marine environment is under threat from human activities, and 45 percent believe the threat is high or very high. Read more here.

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Student Success

Cal Poly Student’s Poster Presentation Earns First Place at MIT Symposium

Madison Fleming with her poster at the MIT competition.Industrial technology major Madison Fleming won the student poster competition for a presentation on insulated solar electric cooking at MIT’s sixth annual Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium. Fleming, who is also pursuing a minor in sustainable environments, competed against graduate student teams from Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkley and Yale. She was the only undergraduate student presenting in the competition. Fleming is part of a team researching solar stoves for the global poor through Cal Poly’s appropriate technology courses. Small solar panels power a slow cooker and eliminate deadly emissions from open fires often used for indoor cooking, she said. The research team’s solution is an inexpensive, low-power solar panel combined with an insulated cooking device that would provide a cost-effective, efficient cooking method for communities lacking access to electricity. “What distinguishes Maddi is her dedication and ownership of the project as well as the breadth of her vision, including technology, business and sociology considerations,” said Pete Schwartz, a Cal Poly physics professor leading the appropriate technology curriculum. Schwartz worked with Fleming and 10 other students to coauthor research on solar stoves. The paper, titled “Insulated Solar Electric Cooking: Tomorrow’s healthy affordable stoves?” appeared in the journal Development Engineering. Several members of the team were recipients of Cal Poly’s Frost Undergraduate Student Research Award. Read more here.

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.)

Nominations Sought for 2017-18 Outstanding Student Employee Award

Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the university's 2017-18 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018. Eligible candidates include state, ASI and Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. The 2017-18 OSEY will be announced in April. The winner is entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during National Student Employment Week, held the second week of April. To print the 2017-18 OSEY nomination form, go to and click on the link under "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year." Nomination forms are due to Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 9. Questions? Contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

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Faculty & Staff

Anthonia Edgren named Director of Development for Student Affairs

Anthonia EdgrenThe Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs has announced Anthonia Edgren as the division’s new director of development. Edgren started her new post Jan. 16 and will be responsible for all fundraising-related activities and services within the division, including the development of fundraising strategies, prospect identification and cultivation, and growing donor support. Edgren has served in a variety of roles throughout her five-year career at Cal Poly. She first joined the university as a conference center office coordinator in 2013. She then transitioned to Parent and Family Programs in 2015, where she served as a coordinator before advancing to the position of lead specialist for both Parent and Family Programs and Commencement. Edgren has also served as a part-time lecturer for the Experience Industry Management Department since 2017.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Jan. 18

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is cooking up some delicious eats for the first winter quarter mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. The event will feature items from the Myron’s menu plus two glasses of beer or wine, for $6 per guest. A professional piano player will also be in attendance. The mixer will offer a special tasting of a cheese and charcuterie plate, pulled pork sliders, onion rings, coleslaw and mini cheesecake bites. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Recreation Center. For additional information, visit

Center for Service in Action Seeking Proposals for 16th Annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference

Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference logoThe Center for Service in Action is hosting the 16th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Conference on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. The 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 gain 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, community partners and elected officials are invited to present on an array of topics during an hourlong workshop during the main event on Saturday. Workshop sessions will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Sessions will be sorted into tracks based on expected proficiency of attendees. Topic tracks from previous years include: de-stigmatization, Gender and Sexuality, Education and Campus Activism, Undocumented Ally Training, and Race and Leadership. A representative from each selected workshop will be asked to attend the Friday preview night for a poster session to promote the workshop for the next day. A separate program proposal form for each proposed workshop will need to be submitted; the form can be downloaded from the CSQ website. Forms should be submitted by email to They are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Late proposals will not be accepted. Notification of proposals’ status will take place by Feb. 2 or sooner.

Social Media Training Series Starts Jan. 22 for Administration and Finance, Corporation Employees

Whether you are an Instagram savant or not completely sure how a tweet happens, one thing is certain: Social media plays a part in our daily lives, and our work lives are no exception. A social media workshop series open to Administration and Finance and Cal Poly Corporation employees will launch Jan. 22 to help social users of all levels discover how these digital platforms can foster connections with colleagues, increase resources and keep you updated on what’s happening at Cal Poly. The first workshop, offered Jan. 22 or 30, is for social media users and non-users who are interested in learning how these communication channels can have a positive and beneficial impact at work. Learn more here. The second workshop, on Feb. 1, will help users discover who is on social media, how to participate securely and compliantly at Cal Poly, and which social platforms are best for them. Learn more here. The third workshop, on Feb. 12, offers pro tips on how to engage with better results, find free online tools, and get insider knowledge on how to curate and create content. Learn more here.

EPIC Summer Camp Seeking Lab Submissions

Photo of a group of students enjoying an EPIC lab.Engineering Possibilities in College (EPIC) is a one-week summer camp offered through the College of Engineering that introduces campers to the varied fields of engineering through hands-on labs taught by university professors and industry professionals. As one of the college’s largest outreach programs, EPIC aims to facilitate participant’s exploration of engineering fields while attracting more female, first-generation and low-income students to the field. EPIC is accepting lab submissions for the 2018 summer camp sessions (July 9, 16, 23 and 30). If you are interested in teaching a lab, please submit the lab information by March 2. The college is in need of all areas in engineering: architectural, aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, computer science, environmental, electrical, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical and software. Each lab is two hours with 20 students. EPIC will provide a budget for lab supplies and a lab assistant if needed. Find the EPIC lab submission form here.

New NINJIO Training Video 'Phishing the Stream' Available Online

Illustration of a man affected by a phishing scam as described in the NINJO video.Cal Poly is a constant target of phishing attacks. Do you know how to detect scam emails and protect sensitive information? Check out this month's new four-minute NINJIO information security training video featuring a phishing scheme similar to the one that recently targeted users of the popular streaming service Netflix. Watch and learn about detecting and avoiding phishing schemes and the long-term impacts it can have on your personal life. NINJIO releases a new story-based video every month aimed at spreading awareness about timely cybersecurity concepts. All videos are available through Skillsoft, under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal.

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.

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

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

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.

Principles of Supervision Workshop Offered by Employee and Organization Development

Principles of Supervision logoWould 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

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.

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. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 537.

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Campus Announcements

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, March 23, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research, and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Heather Smith and Dennis Sun will serve as the consultants. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, they will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what to bring to a consulting session. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, or to schedule a consultation, email

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Jan. 26

The Cal Poly Corporation board of directors will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

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

Extended Education to Offer Painting Classes

Watercolor 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 7 through May 19. 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 6-30. Soft pastels are the purest form of 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.


Cal Poly to Present Bach Week Jan. 16-20

Logo for Bach WeekThe Music Department will present Bach Week Jan. 16-20. The first few events will take place on campus in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45): 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

Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘’80s Mix Tape’ Jan. 19-20 and 25-27

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 48th annual concert, “’80s Mix Tape,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 25-27, in the Spanos Theatre. For 47 years, Cal Poly’s Orchesis Dance Company has premiered works of concert dance to music from any era of the choreographer’s choosing. A concert theme such as the 1980s is a first for Orchesis, and all choreographers created dances to music recorded between 1980-89. “’80s Mix Tape” is directed by Assistant Professor Christy McNeil Chand and features the choreography of Cal Poly faculty and students, as well as guest artists in the genres of modern, ballet, musical theatre and jazz. Tickets for “’80s Mix Tape” are $20 for the public and $12 for students, seniors and children. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on all days, with a matinee scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office or by phone at 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

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.

Trombonist Ralph Sauer to Present Master Class at Cal Poly Feb. 3

Ralph SauerRalph Sauer, principal trombonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 32 years, will present a brass master class for Cal Poly music students at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). During the class, several of the Music Department’s leading brass students will perform and be critiqued. Sauer was the principal trombonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1974-2006. Prior to that, he spent six years as principal trombonist with the Toronto Symphony. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and has given master classes and recitals throughout Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the U.S. He has been a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music and at Arizona State University. He has taught abroad at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He is a founding member of Summit Brass. Recently Sauer has been teaching and performing in Mexico at the Mérida International Brass Festival. He continues to add to his catalog of over 300 transcriptions for brass instruments. The master class is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

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

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, Abdel-Kader 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

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.

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

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 31
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 1
Women’s Basketball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 2
Women’s Tennis vs. Nevada, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Cruz, Anderson Aquatic Center, noon.
Men’s Tennis vs. San Diego State, Mustang Courts, noon.
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 4
Women’s Tennis vs. San Francisco, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. Fresno State, Mustang Courts, 2 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.

#104689 — Course Reserves and Circulation Desk Coordinator (Library Services Specialist III), Library — Access Services. $3,371-$5,836 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,371-$3,708 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 2.

#104714 — Administrative Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Academic Programs and Planning — Center for Teaching and Learning Technology. Full-time. $3,115-$5,161 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,115-$3,859 per month). Open until filled.

#104712 — Financial Aid Counselor (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,935-$5,595 per month. Open until filled.

#104709 — Administrative Support Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), SBS — Procurement. $2,539-$4,202 per month). Anticipated hiring range: $2,539-$3,200 per month). Open until filled.

#104702 — Director of Development (Administrator I), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Advancement. (Anticipated hiring range: $55,000-$62,000 per year). Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. 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.

Assistant Coordinator — Accounting. $20.18 per hour with excellent benefits. Position closes Jan. 26.

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