Cal Poly Report — Jan. 31, 2018


Cal Poly to Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities Beginning Feb. 3

Photo of the Orfalea College of Business building.The Orfalea College of Business is providing free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at clinics in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 3 through March 17. Cal Poly students and faculty will also serve clients in other locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. More than 125 accounting students will prepare tax returns as part of this year’s VITA program, which is sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file the returns. Students will prepare basic forms for local individuals and families earning less than $54,000. These include 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms. Participants need to bring an ID, Social Security card and/or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, as well as 2016 tax returns and all 2017 tax-related documents, including child care expenses and health insurance coverage information. For more information, call ext. 6-2667 (English and Spanish) or visit Read more here.

Kinesiology Professor Honored by CSU for Commitment to Student Success

Suzanne PhelanSuzanne Phelan, professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department and director of the STRIDE Center for Obesity Research, was recognized Tuesday by the CSU board of trustees for her commitment to student achievement and contributions in her field. Phelan was among four faculty and one staff member throughout the CSU system to be honored with a Wang Family Excellence Award. The award celebrates CSU faculty members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding teaching, scholarship, service and innovation in student success. Phelan, who received the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award, has authored a respected body of scholarship on health and obesity in low-income families that has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has secured more than $12 million from the National Institutes of Health, and also leads a multidisciplinary effort to improve pre- and postnatal health outcomes for low-income populations through the Cal Poly Women and Infants’ Mobile Health Unit. Read more at

Poly Royal Rodeo Returns to Spanos Stadium on April 13-14

A photo of a rider during the 2017 Poly Royal Rodeo at Cal PolyThe 78th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will once again be staged in Spanos Stadium. The rodeo will be held April 13-14 with two back-to-back evening performances followed by a headline concert Saturday night. The rodeo is part of the annual Open House event. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1 at All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo Program. College rodeo athletes from all over the West Coast will compete for a championship in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The rodeo will also include stunts, clown acts and calf dressing. The venue allows for a capacity of 11,000 spectators each night. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, and will include kid-friendly activities. Children under 10 get in free. Tickets for the April 13 rodeo are $20 for students, $25 for general admission and $40 for chair-back seats. The final rodeo event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, will include a live post-show concert, with the headliner to be announced soon. Tickets to Saturday's rodeo are $10 for children 2 to 10, $25 for students, $30 for general admission, and $50 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children under 2.

Cal Poly Rose Float Opens 2019 Concept Contest

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

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Student Success

Dairy Judging Team Earns Top Honors at Southwestern Livestock Exposition

Pictured from left to right at the Fort Worth Stock Show are Hank DeVries, Nicolas Marsigli, Brandon Almeida, Hannah Neer, Caitlin Lopes, Alexandria Lopes, Jack Vander Dussen and coach Rich Silacci. The dairy judging team earned the highest team ranking at the Fort Worth Stock Show Dairy Judging contest in Texas on Jan. 14. Fourteen teams representing many of the top college dairy programs in the nation competed, with Cal Poly placing as the High Team Overall. Cal Poly also placed first in reasons, first in the Jersey breed, second in Brown Swiss, and third in Holsteins. Individual team members also placed high, including sophomore Brandon Almeida of Hilmar, California, who received the High Individual Overall. Almeida placed first in Jerseys and was fifth in oral reasons. Senior Caitlin Lopes of Los Banos, California, placed third in oral reasons and teammate Hannah Neer of San Luis Obispo, California, placed fourth. Cal Poly’s dairy cattle judging teams are coached by dairy science Lecturer Rich Silacci and assisted by Professor Stan Henderson. “Our students work incredibly hard to prepare for these judging competitions,” Silacci said.  “It’s great to see their time and dedication pay off in Texas.”

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

Architecture Faculty Member Receives Humanitarian Award

Andrew GoodwinAndrew Goodwin, an architecture faculty member and owner of San Luis Obispo design consultancy firm Andrew Goodwin Designs, was named a 2017 recipient of the Norma Sklarek Award. The American Institute of Architects, California Council Board of Directors confers the award on an architect in recognition of his or her social responsibility. Through his pro-bono work, his firm and his contributions to curriculum, Goodwin continues to be an advocate for awareness and social change, according to the AIACC organization. Goodwin started participating about 10 years ago in architectural competitions for housing the homeless in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. For the past few years, he’s collaborated with the Skid Row Housing Trust as part of the third-year architectural studio that he teaches at Cal Poly. Goodwin tasks students to envision a supportive housing project for the community in Skid Row, with the Skid Row Housing Trust, the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, or Transitions – Mental Health Association in San Luis Obispo, as his students’ client and point of contact for their work. “The amount of exposure my students have to the profession and the greater issues in our society after they participate in my studio is important to me,” Goodwin said, “because I don’t want to train architects but rather decent and caring adults. In my opinion, this is one of the best attributes you can have as an emerging professional in our industry to ensure longevity and flexibility.” Goodwin will be honored by Paul Welch, former executive vice president of AIACC, at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the KTGY Gallery in Engineering West (No. 21), Room 105. Read more here.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

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

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Feb. 1

A photo of Cajun style soup.Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is cooking up a Taste of New Orleans from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will feature items from the Myron’s menu, plus one glass of beer or wine, for $6 per guest. The mixer will offer a special tasting of shrimp and vegetarian po’boys, gumbo and grits, wedge salads, grilled andouille sausage and coconut cream pie. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Recreation Center. For additional information, visit

Next Social Media Training on Feb. 1 Open to All Employees

A social media workshop series open to all Cal Poly employees is offering additional sessions. An additional workshop scheduled for Monday, Feb. 19, will offer pro tips on how to engage with better results, find free online tools and get insider knowledge on how to curate and create content. This 60-minute training is for employees who are already on social media and comfortable navigating various online platforms. Laptops will be provided for hands-on learning. However, participants are encouraged to bring their own devices (such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet). Learn more here.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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Catastrophic Leave

Christopher Essman, grounds worker 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

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

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

Celebrate Body Positivity Month in February

Text in graphic reads Body Positivity Month February 2018In today's world, it’s all too easy to have a negative perspective when it comes to our bodies. Unrealistic expectations of what we should and shouldn't look like are engrained into our minds, and societal pressures can be hard to ignore. Let's switch the focus to celebrating our bodies, starting this February with Body Positivity Month. ASI student government, campus Health and Wellbeing, PULSE, and the Poly Body + Being wellness program at the Recreation Center are teaming up to host a series of events that promote awareness and self-love. Highlights from the month's events include:
— 12:15–1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5: Body Positivity Workshop, Poly Body + Being*
— Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7: Wellness Hike, Poly Body + Being, PULSE, ASI Poly Escapes
— 6-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15: Dance the Night Away, Poly Body + Being*
— 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23: Body Project, Poly Body + Being*
— 11 a.m.–noon Thursday, Feb. 22: Health at Every Size Panel, ASI Student Government
— 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28: Smash the Scale Event, Poly Body + Being
* Open to Recreation Center members only.
Visit the ASI website for a complete list of events. For more information, email Recreation Center Wellness Graduate Assistant Danielle Jones at

PeopleSoft to be Offline for Maintenance Feb. 3 and 4

PeopleSoft will be offline for maintenance from midnight Saturday, Feb. 3, through noon Sunday, Feb. 4. During this time, access to Self Service, Enrollment, Financial Aid, Student Finance, Student Center, PolyPlanner and the Employee Info and Personal Info tabs located in the Cal Poly Portal will be unavailable. For questions or support, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or

ASI Joins Cal Poly Now App

A photo of someone holding a phone with ASI on the Cal Poly Now app.ASI has gone mobile! The ASI guide is now available on "Cal Poly Now," the official app of Cal Poly Student Affairs. The free app is available from both the App Store and Google Play and showcases event feeds, class and program registrations, reminders, resources and more. Explore each ASI program and facility, quickly register for multiple ASI program offerings, and stay connected to on-campus happenings. To access the ASI guide, download the free Cal Poly Now app, then open it and search for Associated Students Inc. For more information, contact Dora Mountain, ASI coordinator of public relations, communications and marketing, at ext. 6-2211 or

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting Set for 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.

A photo illustrating two people discussing a matter, with papers on a desk.Need legal advice? How about free legal advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding for 32 years to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a free, 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. No matter what the issue, he will provide advice and guidance for you. Legal consultation can provide the foundation to take the most effective steps necessary for your situation. Winter quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: Feb. 2, Feb. 16, March 2 and March 16. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office conference room, located on the second floor of the University Union in Room 212.

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

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


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

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. As part of the Poly Body + Being wellness program, Cal Poly Recreation Center members are welcome to participate in complementary fitness and wellness workshops to improve and maintain overall health and well-being. Drop in for your desired free workshop — no registration is required. See the complete list of offerings at ASI Access under the fitness tab. Embark on your journey to becoming your best self with these upcoming workshops:
— 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1: Nutrition Basics Series
— 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3: Women in Weights Series
— 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3: The Practice of Balance Workshop
— 12:15–1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5: Body Positivity Workshop
— 6:15–7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5: Injury Prevention Workshop
— noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7: Wellness Hike
— 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7: Free Neck + Shoulder Massages
— 6:15–7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7: Healthy Knees + Fitness 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

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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.


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.

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

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

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, 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.

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

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

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

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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.

Behavioral Health Counselor, Kinesiology, $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.

Building Service Worker, $14.30 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position closes Feb. 9.

Assistant Coordinator — Accounting, $20.18 per hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled; review of applications currently underway.

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