Cal Poly Report — March 14, 2018


College of Engineering Dean Finalists to Visit Campus March 15-22

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President Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have accepted the recommendation of the College of Engineering Dean Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Bob Crockett, to invite three finalists for the position to visit campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the open forum scheduled for each finalist. The finalists and their visit dates are: 
·        Amy S. Fleischer, Ph.D.; professor and chair, Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University; March 15-16. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 15, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).
·        Crist S. Khachikian, Ph.D.; associate vice president, Research and Graduate Studies, California State University, Northridge; March 19-20. The open forum will be held from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 106.
·        Elizabeth J. Orwin, Ph.D.; professor and chair, Department of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College; March 21-22. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 21, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).
Curricula vitae and interview schedules are available on the Academic Personnel website:

Cal Poly Receives $300,000 U.S. Department of Justice Grant for Gender-Based Violence Prevention

Cal Poly has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to bolster the university’s gender-based violence support services. The university is one of 53 universities nationwide to receive the Campus Program grant through the federal justice department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which will provide funding over three years. Christine Hackman, assistant professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department, and Christina Kaviani, director of the Safer and Men and Masculinity programs, led Cal Poly’s efforts to secure the multi-year grant. The funds will be used to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts on campus, among other priorities, Kaviani said. The goal of the Campus Program grant is to create systemic, sustainable culture change at the university level. “This grant is an incredible opportunity for Cal Poly to be a U.S. leader in reducing sexual assault and intimate partner violence on college campuses,” Kaviani said. “We plan to do this by offering more prevention education with a coordinated team of talented individuals in the San Luis Obispo community.” Programming will be implemented with oversight from a “Core 7” group of campus partners, including members from Safer, the University Police Department, the Office of Equal Opportunity (Title IX), Dean of Students, and off-campus partners from RISE and the San Luis Obispo Police Department. Read more here.

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Training on Immigration Laws to be Offered March 15

The UndocuAlly Working Group will host a training focused on California immigration laws from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 15, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 221. This interactive training will offer an overview of the laws implemented by Gov. Jerry Brown on Jan. 1, and is open to anyone who has done at least one hour of the UndocuAlly Training. Space is limited for this training, so register online. For more information, email


Cal Poly Names Boise State Executive as New Vice President of Development

Matthew EwingCal Poly has announced Matthew N. Ewing, associate vice president for development at Boise State University, as its new vice president of development and CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation. Ewing, who will start at Cal Poly on May 7, brings extensive higher education fundraising experience, including leading universitywide, multi-million dollar building and scholarship campaigns; developing annual giving and student leadership programs; and managing major gifts. At Cal Poly, Ewing will oversee ongoing efforts to achieve the university’s philanthropic goals in support of Cal Poly’s unrivaled Learn by Doing experience. He will also serve as CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation, an all-volunteer auxiliary whose mission is to help raise private funds in support of the university’s programs. “The entire Cal Poly community will benefit from Matthew’s fundraising expertise and collaborative approach toward increasing engagement and developing a culture of philanthropy among the campus community, alumni and industry partners,” President Armstrong said. “Cal Poly must continue to add state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and recruit and retain our expert faculty and staff in order to prepare our graduates for success in their chosen fields. At the same time, state higher education funding has dropped over the past four decades, and we have to continue to increase our philanthropic efforts to provide the unique hands-on experience for which this university is nationally recognized." Throughout his career, Ewing has developed or led unique campaigns and programs to engage students and alumni to build pride and traditions, enhance annual giving commitments, and forge relationships with donors who want to contribute toward student success. Read more here.

Career Services Hosts Failure Wall at Kennedy Library Through March 23

Cal Poly Career Services Failure Wall graphicCareer Services is hosting an interactive Failure Wall exhibit through March 23 in the first-floor gallery of the Kennedy Library (No. 35). This interactive display is an opportunity to help students learn from their setbacks and missteps, and realize that failures build resilience and community. The Cal Poly community is invited to share, reflect and discuss these experiences by posting notes, drawings and personal stories on the wall. For more information, visit Career Services’ event calendar.

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Student Success

ROTC’s Class of 2017-18 Is Among Top Programs in the Nation

Capt. Dominic Senteno (left), an assistant professor of military science in the university’s military science and leadership department chats with cadets Nathan Dagley (center), 22, an anthropology and geography major from Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Connor Flora, 22, an architectural engineering major from Seattle. Photo by Jay Thompson, Cal Poly University Communications.Cal Poly's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps’ class of 2017-18 — one of the largest in the university’s recent history — is among the top student groups in the nation. “We had the fourth-highest average cadet order of merit scores among 281 colleges and universities across the country that have ROTC programs,” said Capt. Dominic Senteno, an assistant professor of military science in the Military Science and Leadership Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “We have not been fourth in the nation before. The fact that the average of this entire graduation class is that high — one of the highest performances that we have ever had — shows that this graduating class is exceptional.” The order of merit score is based on leadership skills, physical fitness tests and cumulative grade point average. All 14 students — two women and 12 men — receiving commissions this academic year received their component choice in the Army. Nine chose active duty assignments, four are bound for the National Guard, and one selected the Army Reserve, Senteno said. Six of the cadets were designated as Distinguished Military Graduates, individuals who rank in the top 20 percent of some 6,000 Army ROTC graduates nationwide. Read more here. (In the photo, Senteno talks to cadets Nathan Dagley, center, an anthropology and geography major, and Connor Flora, an architectural engineering major.)

Construction Management Students Win Top Honors at National Competition

 Travis Tollstrup of Elk Grove, Nick Wilcots of Fresno, Orlando Yepez of Salinas and Chelsea Trumbull of Rocklin.Cal Poly construction management students earned top honors and took home more trophies than any other university at the Associated Schools of Construction competition in Reno, Nevada. Seven out of 12 Cal Poly teams placed in the top three spots in their respective categories. Cal Poly students earned first in the Mechanical, Preconstruction and Project Management categories; second in the Heavy Civil category; and third in the Design Build, Electrical and Virtual Design and Construction categories. All were national awards except for the Heavy Civil and Design Build categories, which were regional awards. (The Project Management Team is pictured above.) A total of 195 teams from 49 universities competed in this year’s competition, held Feb. 7-10. Cal Poly has competed in this event for 30 years. “Since we stepped foot on campus, the Learn by Doing approach has provided us hands-on experience to gain the knowledge and confidence we need to succeed at these competitions,” first-place Mechanical Team Captain Josh Heath said. “This is an incredible experience because each team is put under a significant amount of stress, similar to what we will face in the industry, and this whole competition somewhat prepares us for working as a cohesive project team." Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Chemistry Professor Receives Mattiello Lecture Award from Coatings Industry

Chemistry Professor Ray FernandoChemistry Professor Ray Fernando has received the Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award from the American Coatings Association. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, technology and engineering related to the coatings industry. Fernando is the Arthur C. Edwards Endowed Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology and director of Cal Poly’s Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center. He will present the Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture on the rheology of latex paints at the American Coatings Conference in Indianapolis in April.

Biology Professor Helps Develop Model for Sustainable Ocean Use

Biology Professor Crow WhiteBiology Professor Crow White was part of a team of university researchers who developed a planning tool that could herald a new paradigm of environmentally sustainable ocean industry management. “We wanted to create a model that could optimize multiple ocean uses rather than increasing the success of one at the expense of another, as traditional models do,” White said. “At the same time, we wanted to minimize negative impacts on the environment.” The economic and environmental implications of the model — which balances location, type of ocean use and environmental impact — are immense. In a test case, researchers found that their approach could increase economic returns by millions of dollars and reduce harmful impacts to less than 1 percent compared to conventional marine planning. White and his colleagues applied their model to the development of offshore aquaculture along the California coast, between Pt. Conception and San Diego. They developed models for three representative types of aquaculture farms with industry potential in Southern California: Mediterranean mussels, striped bass, and sugar kelp. The models also measured the impact on such factors as halibut fisheries, environmental health and public views. The group’s strategy was to develop models that can be applied anywhere and can be used for other marine industries, such as the location of offshore wind farms. Read more here.

Brady Teufel Recognized as Journalism Educator of the Year

Brady Teufel, left, is pictured with Paul Bittick.The California Journalism and Media Affiliates recently named Brady Teufel, Cal Poly Journalism Department assistant chair and associate professor, as the 2018 Journalism Educator of the Year – 4-Year Division. The award recognizes leadership and support that goes beyond the journalism program and has impact across campus, community and local or regional associations. Only one educator from all California campus media associations earns this prestigious honor each year. “Brady has been integral to Cal Poly’s student media evolution into an integrated Mustang News operation,” Journalism Department Chair Mary Glick said. “This includes the development of a new capstone course that requires students to produce stories across all platforms — print, digital and video — so students from print, broadcast and public relations all leave Cal Poly’s program with valuable knowledge needed in today’s media market.” This is the second consecutive year the award was presented to an educator in the Journalism Department. Paul Bittick, Mustang Media Group general manager, was the 2017 honoree. Previous educators of the year nominate current contenders for awards at the university, community college and high school level. The awards are funded by the California Press Foundation.

Campus Dining Donates $500 to SLO Responds

Local musicians perform at San Luis Obispo Responds, a benefit concert, including Inga Swearingen and Guy Budd.Campus Dining raised $500 for hurricane and wildfire victims during San Luis Obispo Responds, a benefit concert held Friday, Feb. 23. Hosted at the Performing Arts Center, the concert raised more than $36,000 for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara. Campus Dining, which oversees concessions at the Performing Arts Center, donated its sales from the evening. Organized by Cal Poly music Professor Craig Russell and PAC Outreach Services, the benefit concert sold 1,150 tickets for a show that brought together local musicians Inga Swearingen with Guy Budd, Louie Ortega with the Canzona Women’s Ensemble, Central Coast Children’s Choir, Vocal Arts Ensemble and vocalist Kathryn Summersett.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron's on March 15

close-up photo of tacosMyron’s is serving tacos at the faculty and staff mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The event will feature items from Myron’s menu plus one glass of beer or wine for $6 per guest. The mixer will offer a special tasting of grilled fish and carnitas tacos with avocado mousse, mango pineapple salsa, cabbage, cilantro and queso fresco; chips with salsa and guacamole; chile relleno with roja sauce and lime cream; jicama salad with chipotle and honey vinaigrette; and tres leches cake. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Rec Center. For more information, visit

Learning Circle Opportunity to be Held March 22: What Does My Headscarf Mean To You?

TED logoUnconscious bias is a prevalent factor driving our culture, causing people to make assumptions based on our upbringing and influences. Unconscious bias will be explored during a Learning Circle from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Participants will view a recorded TED Talk, followed by an open-ended discussion. In a funny, honest talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a mechanical engineer and social advocate, uses a surprising way to challenge us all to look beyond our initial perceptions and lead the way in overcoming bias. Register here.

CalPERS to Host Two Classes at Cal Poly on March 22

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is hosting two classes to help employees plan and prepare for retirement and the retirement process. The classes will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 2. The morning class, "Planning Your Retirement," is aimed at employees who are near retirement and want to learn how to plan for retirement and the process of retiring. The afternoon class is for early- to mid-career CalPERS members who want a head start on understanding their retirement benefits. To register for a CalPERS class, go to your MyCalPERS account and follow these instructions: How to Enroll in a Class through MyCalPERSDon’t have a MyCalPERS account? Follow this link to register for a MyCalPERS account. For questions or assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-5436 or

CTLT to Offer Self-Paced, Online Accessibility Workshops

Close-up image of a keyboard with a green 'access' keyDo you want to attend a workshop on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space? The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is offering three fully online, self-paced workshops to help faculty create accessible instructional materials. A $100 stipend per workshop is available for those eligible. Choose from one of the following workshops for spring 2018:
— Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations (available April 16-May 4).
— Creating Accessible PolyLearn Pages (available April 23-May 11).
— Creating and Captioning Accessible Video (available May 7-May 25).

Each workshop can be completed within 7-10 hours. Enrollment is limited! Learm more and register on the CTLT Workshops page or contact Pam Dougherty at Interested in all three? Register for Creating Accessible Course Materials, a fully online facilitated workshop offered April 23-May 20. A $300 stipend is available for those eligible.

Cal Poly Learning Lab Preschool Now Accepting New Students

Photo of children playing with water at the Cal Poly Learning LabThe Psychology and Child Development Preschool Learning Lab is accepting applications for new students for the 2018-19 school year. The Learning Lab is open to the entire campus community with priority given to faculty and staff. The application process is open until May 1. The Learning Lab will admit children 3-5 years of age who are fully potty trained. Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1. The Learning Lab focuses on inquiry-based learning experiences that encourage the child’s natural interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Lab offers a low teacher-child ratio, while providing a high-quality preschool atmosphere that supports the development needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. For more information, visit

Celebrate Hannah Roberts' Contributions to Counseling Services on March 19

Hannah RobertsCome celebrate the contributions of Hannah Roberts, assistant director of community prevention and outreach services for Counseling Services, from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Health Center (No. 27), Room 138. (Note: The front doors lock at 4:30 p.m.) Roberts concludes seven years with Counseling Services. In her time at Cal Poly, Roberts has been instrumental in the oversight of the BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) Program, as well as Counseling Services’ Prevention and Outreach programming to support student emotional wellbeing, and in spearheading the Healthy Minds Study. Roberts is transitioning to full-time private practice at Thrive San Luis Obispo and will remain a lecturer in the Psychology Department.

Kindergarten Information Night to be Held at Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center

Photo of an adult watching a child color with a marker.An informational meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center for families interested in learning more about the developmental kindergarten program. The program emphasizes the development of social competence and provides support for each child to develop skills needed for academic success. No RSVP required. Learn more at

Career Services Diversity Funding Committee Announces Winter Awards

Graphic of two hands with text reading "Career Services Diversity Funding Committee"The Diversity Funding Committee (DFC) was established by Career Services and campus collaborators, with support from the Career Partners Program, to foster diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly. Each quarter, the DFC allocates funding to campus events to increase understanding of diversity and inclusion. The following DFC recipients are planning events related to diversity and inclusion during winter and spring 2018:
Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association: APIFSA Spring Picnic.
Center for Service in Action: Change the Status Quo: Social Justice Conference.
Disability Resource Center: Global Accessibility Awareness Day Celebration.
— MultiCultural Center: Students of Color Summit.
— New Student and Transition Programs: Week of Welcome Supplemental Workshops.
— Pride Faculty Staff Association: Bowling with Pride.
— Women Involved in Software and Hardware: Diversity in Engineering Panel.

University groups and departments can apply for funding to support campus events that increase understanding of and appreciation for diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit the Diversity Funding Committee website.

Mustang Success Center Seeking Coaches for First Year Success Program 

The First Year Success Program (FSP) needs academic coaches for first-year students on academic probation for the first time. The workshops for faculty and staff interested in becoming academic coaches will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 6; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11; and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 13. Commitments for the program include: leading a breakout session for four to six students during one of the workshops; holding a follow-up meeting with each student in your group; and serving as a point of contact throughout the quarter if your student needs any help or guidance. Coaches will be asked to attend a training session on Monday, March 19. Find the overview and history of the program at Click here to RSVP as an FSP coach.

Nominate a Faculty Advisor for Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash stipend and be recognized by President Armstrong at Fall Conference in addition to having his or her picture and award citation posted in Kennedy Library. One faculty member is recognized annually. Note that the nomination should describe the nominee’s academic advising services, activities and interactions as distinct from the nominee's teaching responsibilities, as well as include any special activities that relate to student development. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to nominate faculty for this award. However, at least one letter must come from a current student, and no self-nominations will be recognized. Nomination information and a link to the nomination form can be found at The deadline for all submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, March 16. Questions? Contact Shelly Wolf at ext. 6-5709 or

Webinar to be Held March 21 on Substance Abuse and Loved Ones

Empathia logo with photo of someone using a computer.Substance abuse doesn’t just impact those that are addicted to substances — it can also have devastating effects on those around them, especially their loved ones. This session will explain symptoms of drug abuse and an overview of withdrawal symptoms from substances such as alcohol, opiates and a few others. Discussion will include what addiction is and how it is a chronic brain disease. Enabling a loved one will be discussed as well as what you can and should do for yourself. It is important to know that as a loved one of someone who is addicted to substances, you are not alone. Join Employee and Organization Development as it shares a webinar from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) — Empathia. Register in Skillsoft for the webinar, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301.

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In Memoriam

A celebration of life will be held for former physics Professor James Kalathil from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Monday Club at 1815 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. For more information on Kalathil’s life, see his obituary.

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Catastrophic Leave

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

Jamie Maraviglia, administrative analyst/specialist in University Marketing, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Jeanne Schrader at ext. 6-1304 or to request a donation form.

Heidi Velasco, administrative support assistant II in the Dean of Students, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laurie Kobliska at ext. 6-5833 or to request a donation form.

Audrey Petersen, administrative support assistant I in Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Woods at ext. 6-5265 or to request a donation form.

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

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

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Campus Announcements
The photo shows a working model used to develop the building program concepts.

Provide Input on the Kennedy Library Renovation Concepts by March 16

Share your feedback on Kennedy Library’s building renovation project! The library, with partners BNIM and brightspot strategy, recently hosted campus presentations to describe the conceptual design options for the renovation. Designs were informed by feedback from the Cal Poly community. Share your input on the concepts by Friday, March 16. For more information, visit (The photo at right shows a working model used to develop the building program concepts.)

Final STRIDE Seminar of the Quarter to be Held March 22

Kinesiology Professor Cory Greever will be present the final STRIDE seminar of the quarter from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 22, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 121. His talk, “Do neuroendocrine responses to moderate-intensity exercise mediate acute improvements in executive functioning in preadolescents,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, email

Cal Poly Continues to Provide Free Tax Preparation Through March 17

File photo of a student taking notes while assisting someone with filing a tax return.The Orfalea College of Business will continue to provide free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at clinics in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. The on-campus VITA clinics will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17. An appointment-only VITA clinic on Allan Hancock College's campus will remain open through March 31. More than 125 IRS-certified students have already served hundreds of community members since clinics opened Feb. 3. Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants review and file the returns. Students 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

Extended Education to Offer Jewelry and Photography Classes

Three photos of various types of jewelry, including a necklace and two rings.Extended Education will offer two new classes this spring. Alternative Process Photography will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays from April 7 through May 5 (no class on April 14). The introductory class will explore alternative processes in photography through a series of hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Students will learn the basics of alternative photographic processes to produce one-of-a-kind works of art. Jewelry Design, an introductory jewelry design course exploring cold connections in metal arts, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays from May 12 through June 9. Students will learn the basics of contemporary jewelry design and produce unique works of art. 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.


Hip-Hop Symposium to be held at Cal Poly on March 14

Promotional photo of FIFTY50The 2018 Winter Hip-Hop Symposium will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Chumash Auditorium. The event is a showcase of all the elements of hip-hop culture (deejaying, emceeing, graffiti writing, breakdancing and knowledge production). The event is organized by ethnic studies Professor Jenell Navarro and the students of ES 310: Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics. The program includes student performances in music and dance, presentations of scholarly work in hip-hop studies, a live deejay and featured rappers from Southern California. The featured artists this year are Miki Vale and Queen Kandi Cole, who make up the group FIFTY50. The event, which is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts, MultiCultural Center, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, and the Gender Equity Center, is free and open to the public. Contact Navarro at or ext. 6-1467 for more information, or visit


Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists and Stockdale High School Symphony Orchestra at Winter Concert March 16

Photo of the soloists who will be performing at the Winter Concert.The talents of student soloists will be showcased at the Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the Performing Arts Center (No. 6). Tyler Stockton will perform Launy Grøndahl’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, first movement; Titus Shanks will play Édouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto, first movement; L. Shaun Fairfield, guitar, will play Radamés Gnattali’s “Suíte Retratos,” No. 1; Charlie Huang will perform Julius Rietz’ Clarinet Concerto, second movement; and Namjoon Joo will play Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, third movement. Vocalist Lauren Hartog will sing “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” from Samuel Barber’s opera, “Vanessa.” All of the soloists are music majors except Huang, who is a computer engineering major; and Joo, who is a computer science major. After intermission, Bakersfield’s Stockdale High School Symphony Orchestra will perform and will join with Cal Poly string players for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ monumental work, “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” The program concludes with the Cal Poly Symphony’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.” Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Promotional photo for Morgan's Journey performance'Morgan's Journey' Performance to be Held March 16

A sensory-friendly student matinee performance of “Morgan’s Journey” will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, at Spanos Theater. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism spectrum disorders or other sensory sensitivities. The performance is free. It will run about 50 minutes and is recommended for families with children in pre-kindergarten to third grade. Seating is limited. RSVP by contacting Outreach Services Director Andrea Castillo at, or contact her at ext. 6-7223 for more information. The event is sponsored by PAC Outreach Services.


Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert Explores the Theme of Light on March 17

Photo of students in the Cal Poly ChoirsThe Cal Poly Choirs’ winter concert, “Lux Perpetua,” is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the Performing Arts Center (No. 6). Lux perpetua (“perpetual light”) is the theme of the concert as the choirs present an exploration of works that revolve around the subject of light. Works by Ēriks Ešenvalds, James Whitbourn, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others will be performed. Lux perpetua is also a portion of text from the traditional Requiem Mass, and the choirs will sing one movement of Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem.” The choirs will join forces with the Cal Poly Symphony to perform the entire Duruflé “Requiem” on June 3. Dancers from the Theatre and Dance Department’s composition class, under the direction of Diana Stanton, will create original choreography for James Whitbourn’s “Luminosity.” Cal Poly's PolyPhonics, the University Singers and Chamber Choir will be accompanied by Paul Woodring. The choirs are conducted by Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Event Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Thursday, March 15
Men’s Tennis vs. Texas-Arlington, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. Idaho, Mustang Courts, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 16
Baseball vs. San Diego State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 17
Beach Volleyball vs. TCU, Pismo Beach Courts, 9 a.m.
Beach Volleyball vs. Arizona, Pismo Beach Courts, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. San Diego State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 18
Baseball vs. San Diego State, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 22
Baseball vs. Dartmouth, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 23
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Cal Poly Invitational, Miller and Capriotti Athletics Facility, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Dartmouth, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 24
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Cal Poly Invitational, Miller and Capriotti Athletics Facility, 10 a.m.
Baseball vs. Dartmouth, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 25
Men’s Tennis vs. Boise State, Mustang Courts, noon.

Wednesday, March 28
Women’s Tennis vs. Hawaii, Mustang Courts, noon.

Friday, March 30
Women’s Tennis vs. Long Beach State, Mustang Courts, noon.
Softball vs. UC Riverside (DH), Janssen Field, 1 and 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 31
Softball vs. UC Riverside, Janssen Field, 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.

#104783 — Technical Director (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Performing Arts Center. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,200 to $7,200 per month.) Open until filled.

#104780 — Lead Event Technician (Performing Arts Technician II — 12 Month), Administration and Finance — Performing Arts Center. $3,489 to $5,777 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,888 to $5,099 per month.) Open until filled. Internal recruitment only.

#104758 — Clinical Laboratory Scientist — Per Diem (Clinical Laboratory Scientist II), Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services. $27.14 to $47.04 per hour. (Anticipated hiring range: $19.66 to $38.77 per hour.) Open Until Filled.

#104788 — Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II — 12 Month), Academic Programs and Planning – Mustang Success Center. $4,057 to $5,769 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057 to $4,300 per month.) Open until filled.

#104782 — Custodial Operations Manager (Administrator I), University Housing — Custodial Operations. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104772 — Maintenance Mechanic (Facilities Maintenance Mechanic), Administration and Finance — Facilities Services — Engineering Services. $4,903 to $6,453 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,903 to $5,200 per month.) Open until filled.

#104769 — Landscape Laborer (Laborer), Administration and Finance — Facilities Services – Landscape Services. $2,789 to $4,619 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,789 to $3,500 per month.) Open until filled.

#104756 — Accounting Technician II (Accounting Technician II), Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services — Student Accounts. $3,010 to $5,386 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,300 to $4,620 per month.) Open until filled.

#104768 — Learning Community Coordinator (Student Services Professional III — 12 Month), University Housing — Residential Life. $4,204 to $5,989 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,288 to $4,800 per month.) Potential for assistant director (SSP IV) classification determined by experience and background. 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. $22.50 per hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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