Cal Poly Report — Jan. 24, 2018


Cal Poly Dedicates 4.5 Megawatt Solar Farm

Arial image of Cal Poly's new solar farmCal Poly’s new solar farm, the university’s first major energy project since announcing a goal of climate neutrality, is being dedicated today, Jan. 24, at a ceremony at the site. The 18.5-acre solar farm will generate more than 11 million kWh per year — enough to power more than 1,000 homes, or about 25 percent of Cal Poly’s total needs — and includes more than 16,000 individual solar panels with a capacity of 4.5 megawatts. In addition to the environmental benefits, the energy it produces will provide direct savings of about $10 million on Cal Poly’s utility bills over 20 years and will create Learn by Doing opportunities for students. Cal Poly partnered with San Luis Obispo-based REC Solar (which was founded by Cal Poly graduates) to design, construct and maintain the solar facility. The solar farm was designed to maximize academic applications for both students and faculty by creating a solar engineering and microgrid laboratory for students to conduct experiments with solar technology in a hands-on environment. A wide variety of solar farm performance data will be continuously measured and made available through a web-based dashboard to aid in solar technology research. In addition, the Animal Science Department will use the site to research vegetation management practices for utility-scale solar farms while sheep graze the site.

Inclusion Starts with Me Teach-In to be Held Thursday

Inclusion starts with me logo.As part of the university’s continuous commitment to diversity and inclusion, Academic Affairs will partner with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion to host the second "Inclusion Starts with Me Teach-In" from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 25. The event is open to the campus community and will feature several Cal Poly educators. With “Define American” as the theme, some of the proposed topics designed to inform and inspire attendees include:

  • Want to Change the World? Start Here!
  • Myths We Tell Our Students: Re-examining How We Teach Immigration
  • Fake News and the Backfire Effect
  • Ancestry, Race and Citizenship: Uses and Misuses of Genetic Tests
  • What American Muslims Really Believe

In addition to workshops, other happenings will occur throughout campus: an art-as-activism feature event from 11 a.m. to noon in the UU Plaza; a STRIDE seminar, “Stress in Chinese Immigrants: A Possible Application for Epi-genetics" at 11 a.m. in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 121; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will give a keynote address and sign books from 4 to 6 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium. More information and the complete schedule of workshops can be found at

Feedback Needed on Kennedy Library Renovation

Photo 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.

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Student Success

Seven Cal Poly Football Players Land on 2017 Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team

Seven football players, including a quartet of business administration majors, have landed on the 2017 Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team. Seniors Colin Goebel, Jared Mohamed and Sam Ogee, along with sophomore quarterback Jake Jeffrey, are the business administration majors honored this week. Goebel and Ogee are offensive linemen while Mohamed rushed for 1,172 yards and four touchdowns and caught seven passes en route to a spot on the All-Big Sky First Team. Jeffrey started the final four games following an injury to Khaleel Jenkins and completed 53 of 108 passes for 727 yards and a pair of scores. Also honored by the Big Sky were industrial engineering major David Chellsen, industrial technology major Jake Smeltzer and journalism major Casey Sublette, all juniors in the classroom. 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

CalPERS Educational Event Coming to SLO Jan. 26-27

A California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) educational event is coming to San Luis Obispo from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, at Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Road. Attend the sessions that meet your needs to learn more about your CalPERS retirement benefits, health care benefits, saving for retirement and Social Security. Identical sessions are offered both days. To learn more, click the links to see the flyer and event schedule. Pre-registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome. Attendance during normal work hours is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Questions? Contact Human Resources at ext. 6-5436.

Next Social Media Training on Jan. 30 Open to All 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 all Cal Poly will continue on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 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 Jan. 30 workshop 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 Thursday, 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 the best for them. Learn more here. The third workshop, on Monday, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Preston AllenPreston Allen retired as the director of Campus Experience and Logistics for the Corporation in December 2017, after 24 years at Cal Poly. He began his career at Cal Poly in 1993, as the executive director for University Housing and served in many roles, including senior associate vice president for Student Affairs, and with Conference and Event Planning, Student Academic Services, Disability Resources, and New Student and Transition Programs. He also served as interim vice president for Student Affairs. During his tenure with University Housing, he oversaw the 2003 opening of Cerro Vista and the 2008 opening of Poly Canyon Village, one of the largest student housing developments in state history at the time. He joined the Cal Poly Corporation in 2015 as the director of Campus Experience and Logistics Planning where he provided leadership and professional expertise in the development and implementation of new campus initiatives supporting Corporation growth. His passion for community-building will be missed. We all will benefit, however, as he continues this work in retirement.

Becky HolleranBecky Holleran retired from the Animal Science Department on Dec. 22 following 17 years of service to the department and a total of 20 to the university. Holleran was the trusted and reliable “budget guru” of the department and will be missed by her colleagues. Her plans for retirement are focusing on the “Gs” of her life: her beloved husband, Gary; her lovely granddaughters; spending time on her passion for genealogy; and improving her golf game. At her request, her retirement was kept low-key. She is, however, available at her Cal Poly email address and would love to hear from the Cal Poly community.

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Campus Announcements

SLO Discovery Weekend to be Held Feb. 1-4

Photo of a family posing during SLO Discovery WeekendJoin Parent and Family Programs for an exclusive fun-filled weekend created specifically for Cal Poly parents and supporters. SLO Discovery Weekend, set for Feb. 1-4, offers exclusive events, including wine, beer and food tours, to experience San Luis Obispo both on and off campus. The first 40 registrants will receive free tickets to the Cal Poly men's basketball game versus Hawaii at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. For more information, contact or visit

Russian and German Conversation Tables Now Open at Kennedy Library

Practice your language skills, learn more about German and Russian cultures and meet new friends in conversation tables starting in January and running through March. The German conversation table will be open every other Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to noon starting Thursday, Jan. 25, and ending Thursday, March 8. The Russian conversation table will be open every other Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to noon starting Thursday, Feb. 1, and ending Thursday, March 15. Both conversation tables will be held in the faculty fishbowls near Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library (No. 35). Everyone interested in speaking German and Russian or just listening is welcome. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at or Olga Dekhtyar at

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.

Connect with Student Researchers on Jan. 26

Logo for Coffee & Connections to be held Jan. 26.Undergraduate researchers can connect with potential research mentors and other members of the Cal Poly community committed to undergraduate research at Coffee and Connections from 1:10 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 121. The event is open to all members of the campus community and all disciplines, and is sponsored by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. Participants can attend all or part of this event. Coffee and snacks will be provided. If you want to advertise an undergraduate research opportunity but cannot attend this event, email or drop off flyers to Erica Garcia in Faculty Offices East (No. 25), Room 129, or Nicki Holm in Faculty Offices East (No. 25), Room 121.

Free Rec Friday Offered at the Recreation Center on Jan. 26

Free Rec Friday at the Cal Poly Recreation CenterThe Cal Poly Recreation Center invites eligible members of the Cal Poly community (alumni, employees, emeritus, affiliates, and household members of an existing member) to the Rec Center as guests for the day, free-of-charge on Friday, Jan. 26. Current members will receive one free guest pass for each eligible friend or colleague they bring (two passes maximum). Guests will have full access to group fitness classes, locker rooms, gyms, exercise rooms, racquetball courts, pools, and the ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park. Photo ID and proof of eligibility is required for entry. Visit the Recreation Center website for a complete list of amenities and the group exercise class schedule. Contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or for more information.

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 Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held Feb. 3

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Celebrate Body Positivity Month at the Rec Center with Poly Body + Being Workshops

Photo of running shoes with text reading Poly Body + BeingCelebrate Body Positivity Month in February by taking time to love your body and support a healthy mind with the Poly Body + Being wellness program at the Recreation Center. Each quarter, world-class experts in nutrition, diet and exercise teach complementary, interactive classes for improving and maintaining well-being. These workshops are open only to Recreation Center members. Drop in for a free workshop — no registration is required. See the complete list of Poly Body + Being offerings at ASI Access under the fitness tab. Embark on your journey to becoming your best self with these upcoming workshops:
— 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27: Women and Weights Series
— 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29: Move Well: Injury Prevention Series
— 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30: Basics of Working Out Series
— 6:15-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31: Healthy Knees + Fitness Workshop
— 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1: Nutrition Basics Series
For more information, contact Cal Poly Recreation Center Wellness Graduate Assistant Danielle Jones at

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.


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.

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

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 48th annual concert, “’80s Mix Tape,” 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).

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, 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


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.

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. 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.

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.

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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.

#104704 — Supervisor of Environmental Health and Safety (Administrator I), Facility Services — Environmental Health and Safety. (Anticipated hiring range: $6,250-$7,500 per month). Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#104707 — Laborer, Facility Services — Custodial Services. $2,789-$4,619 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,789-$3,100 per month). Open until filled.

#104711 — Administrative Support Coordinator I, Cal Poly International Center. Full-time, temporary. One year with possible extension. $2,846-$4,711 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,900-$3,900 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.

Farm Technician, Horticulture and Crop Science, $18.72-$28.08 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for open positions. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no listings at this time.

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