Cal Poly Report — May 23, 2018


Cal Poly Names Adriana Popescu Dean of Library Services

Adriana PopescuAdriana Popescu, who has served as interim dean of library services since 2016, has been appointed dean of library services effective June 1, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken announced. Popescu, who joined Kennedy Library in 2015 as the associate dean for academic services, will be responsible for the direction, development, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of library services and programs to meet the scholarly and intellectual needs of the university community. She has filled this role in an interim capacity for nearly two years, overseeing an annual budget of more than $7 million and about 50 faculty and staff members. “I am honored by this appointment and delighted to continue working with the campus community on upholding the library’s place at the heart of holistic learning at Cal Poly,” Popescu said. “I look forward to working alongside the talented library faculty and staff to further Kennedy Library’s role in bringing diverse people and disciplines together and enabling collaboration, innovation and the creation of new knowledge.” During her time on campus, Popescu has led Kennedy Library in visioning and programming for an upcoming, expansive project to renovate the building; led an effort to re-envision the library’s role, its programs and services; and has worked to establish the library as a partner in student success by fostering student development as researchers, authors, communicators and producers of knowledge. Read more here.

The PAC’s Sidney Harman Hall Renamed Harold Miossi Hall Thanks to $1.5 Million Gift

Photo of inside of the PAC, low blue lighting with the name Harold Miossi Hall. Photo credit Heather Nguyen Photography.The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center received a $1.5 million grant from the Harold J. Miossi Trust, the largest cash gift in FPAC’s history. In appreciation for the gift, the PAC’s Sidney Harman Hall was renamed the Harold Miossi Hall in an unveiling ceremony on May 16 in the Main Lobby of the PAC. The gift helps ensure stability for FPAC’s wide range of community programs, such as the School Matinee Program, which enables over 10,000 local children from San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties to attend professional performing arts events for free. The main theater was originally named Harman Hall in 1996, after philanthropist Sidney Harman, who donated $500,000 in audio technology to the center. In 2014, the representatives for the Harman family relinquished naming rights to the Foundation. The theater will remain the Miossi Hall for the next 15 years, according to FPAC Executive Director Leann Standish. (Photo credit: Heather Nguyen Photography.)

Jupyter Collaboration Led by Cal Poly and UC Berkeley Receives Top Software Award

Cal Poly physics Professor Brian Granger (right) and Fernando Pérez of UC Berkeley discuss the architecture of Project Jupyter, an open-source software they helped develop that has changed the way work is done in industries ranging from genetics to finance.Project Jupyter may be the best-kept secret on campus, but the open-source software is well-known at such tech giants as Microsoft, Google and IBM, which have created entire commercial data science platforms based on it. Led by Cal Poly physics Professor Brian Granger (at right in photo) and Fernando Pérez of UC Berkeley, the international team that developed Jupyter received the 2018 Software System Award from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest society of educational and academic computer scientists. Past award recipients include the inventors of the World Wide Web, TCP/IP networking, the UNIX operating system and the Java programming language. “IPython, the Jupyter Notebook and JupyterHub have become a de facto standard for data analysis in research, education, journalism and industry,” said the ACM award announcement in describing the significance of Project Jupyter. Dozens of Cal Poly students have assisted in developing Jupyter, which has changed the way work is done in industries ranging from genetics to finance. The software has become the go-to tool for authoring and sharing code for computational research, data science and artificial intelligence (AI). Jupyter was used by the scientific collaboration that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of gravitational waves. The LIGO/VIRGO collaboration publishes Jupyter Notebooks that allow anyone to replicate their original analyses of the black holes and neutron stars that collide and generate these ripples in spacetime. Read more here.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Health and Wellbeing Candidate Open Forums May 23 and 30

Campus community members are invited to attend the two remaining open forums to meet the final candidates for assistant vice president (AVP) for Student Affairs Health and Wellbeing. As a senior leader within Student Affairs, the AVP provides the vision and strategic leadership for all aspects of student health and wellbeing. Additionally, the AVP is responsible for collaborating with on- and off-campus entities to develop entrepreneurial activities, including partnerships with private providers and fund development that enhance the health and wellbeing experience for the campus community. Each forum will feature a 20-minute presentation, followed by audience questions. The candidates and their open forums are as follows:
— Grace Castillo Johnson, director, student health and wellness, Cal State San Bernardino. The open forum was held May 21.
— Tina Hadaway-Mellis, clinical services director, UC Berkeley. The open forum was held May 22.
— Jenny Haubenreiser, executive director of student health services, Oregon State University. The open forum will be held from 8:15 to 8:55 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in UU 220.
— Roger Elrod, director, student health and wellness, San Jose State University. The open forum will be held from 8:15 to 8:55 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, in Student Services Building (No. 124), Room 117.
For more information about the candidates, visit


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Student Success

Cal Poly Announces SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator Program’s 2018 Cohort

 Paul Studer, Spencer Harrison, Ryan Amesbury, Sidney Collin, Shaun Wixted, Tommy Jara, Raymond Bartolomucci, David Bartolomucci and Therin Heryford.The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has accepted eight startup companies into this year’s SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program. The intense 13-week program is designed for students and recent graduates who have developed new ventures that need funding and CIE resources to help launch their companies. The program provides $10,000 in capital, plus hands-on strategic business guidance from faculty and mentors, weekly programming and dedicated office space in the SLO HotHouse. Companies receive training, introductions to investors, and resources to help move their startups forward. At the end of the program, participants will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors during Demo Day, to be held in September. The startups represent a variety of concepts, including a women-empowering surf wax, innovative electric vehicle charger, a medical device to help Parkinson’s patients, and sketch comedy used to educate. Applicants representing disciplines from across campus competed for one of eight available spots in this year’s accelerator program. Thirteen finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges, who chose the final eight companies earlier this month. Read more about the companies here.

Undergraduate Research Team Wins State Sustainability Award

 Elle Harlow, Alena Andrews, Logan Babcock and Ben ChristensenThe Cal Poly Climate Change Action Research Group (CCARG) has won the Best Practice Award for Student Sustainability Leadership for the state of California. The group, comprised of 10 students, will present its work at the 2018 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in Santa Barbara in July. CCARG was selected by the awards committee as a standout initiative connecting students to sustainability and climate change. The undergraduate research team is housed within the Honors Program and was founded in the fall of 2016. The group collaborates frequently with the Energy, Utilities and Sustainability Department as well as numerous faculty and staff across campus. CCARG provides students with opportunities to conduct meaningful research in a collaborative environment. To date, the group has focused primarily on intervention programs intended to improve mitigation of climate change at Cal Poly. For more information, please feel free to contact the CCARG leadership at (Pictured from left to right are students Elle Harlow, Alena Andrews, Logan Babcock and Ben Christensen.)

College of Engineering Project Expo on June 1 to Highlight Student Work Benefitting the Disabled, Disaster-Stricken, and More

Mechanical Engineering students Paul Song and Nina Yadlowsky, and Materials Engineering student Belle Liwag work on a soft socket for a prosthesis in the QL+ Lab.A motorized surfboard for disabled surfers and a solar power generator that can be air-dropped into disaster areas are just two of the beneficial student creations that will be featured at this year’s College of Engineering Project Expo on campus June 1. The expo, which will be held at the Engineering Plaza between noon and 3 p.m., will feature more than 200 individual and team senior projects, along with several club projects. A highly visual representation of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, the expo features a variety of projects that can have an immediate impact. Mechanical engineering senior Jarrett Holt is on a team that is creating a motor-powered surfboard, which will be put to use a week after this year’s expo. AmpSurf, a nonprofit established to provide surf clinics for people with disabilities, will use the board during a June 9 clinic in Pismo Beach. Another helpful project on display will be a 5.5-kilowatt solar trailer that can be brought into disaster zones or developing countries to quickly provide electricity and water filtration. The 36-foot trailer, featuring 14 solar panels, is designed to be rugged yet easy to install. Read more about the projects here. (In the photo, mechanical engineering students Paul Song and Nina Yadlowsky, and materials engineering student Belle Liwag work on a soft socket for a prosthesis in the QL+ Lab.)

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Faculty & Staff

University Police Department Recognized at LEAD Awards

Detective Dave Fenstermaker, Officer Thomas McNutt, Sgt. Phillip Lucero, Deputy Chief Brenda Trobaugh, Chief George Hughes, Lt. Bryan Cox, Officer Chad Reiley.The University Police Department was recently presented with the 2018 Advocate of the Year Award at the Leadership and Engagement Achievements of Distinction awards. UPD was recognized for its work and partnership in support and advocacy for students. Christina Kaviani, director of Cal Poly Safer, presented the award. UPD has worked closely with Safer to support those who have experienced sexual and dating violence. The LEAD Awards are hosted by Student Affairs, Safer and Student Clubs and Organizations. The awards showcase leadership and service efforts across campus from students and faculty. For more information about UPD, visit (Pictured from left to right are Detective Dave Fenstermaker, Officer Thomas McNutt, Sgt. Phillip Lucero, Deputy Chief Brenda Trobaugh, Chief George Hughes, Lt. Bryan Cox and Officer Chad Reiley.)

University Marketing to Host Cal Poly Website Workshop Series

Join University Marketing for a summer series of workshops aimed at sharpening skills among staff, student assistants and faculty who manage and create content for Cal Poly websites. The workshops will help campus prepare for the planned website redesign that will be phased in beginning in 2019. The series’ kickoff — including a status update on the website redesign project — will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180) Room 102; a monthly workshop will follow. The workshops will include best practices on search engine optimization (SEO), writing for the web, reporting key metrics and content strategy. View the full schedule of workshops and RSVP via the event’s google form. Learn more about the project at via the website redesign wiki, or direct questions to

Career Services Diversity Funding Committee Announces Spring Awards

Graphic of two hands 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 spring and fall 2018:
— Agricultural Education and Communication Department: Fresh Perspectives: Creating a Collaborative Culture in CAFES.
— College of Liberal Arts Advising Center: Multicultural Program for Student Engagement and Inclusion Welcome.
— Chicana/o Latino/a and Indigenous Alumni Chapter: Summer Barbecue.
— Chicanx/Latinx Faculty Staff Association: Fall 2018 Convocation/Welcome.
— Cross Cultural Centers: Dolores Huerta: Change Maker, Civil Rights Leader.
— Dream Center: UndocuWeek.
— Gender Equity Center: Women's Science Fair.
— Latinos in Agriculture: Discovering Agriculture: The Transfer Experience.
— LSAMP/CESAME (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation/Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education): Decolonizing High Impact Practices.
— New Student and Transition Programs: Week of Welcome Awareness Gallery.
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.

Informational Session on Retirement and Medicare To Be Held May 23

Human Resources has partnered with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), a local nonprofit organization, to provide information on retirement and Medicare on Wednesday, May 23. Spouses and partners are also welcome to attend. The session will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Facilities Building (No. 70), Room 110. Space is limited; reserve a seat by signing up here: Retirement and Medicare. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs.

Slice of Inspiration Showcase to Spotlight Open Educational Resources May 29

The third Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)-sponsored Slice of Inspiration Showcase for spring, “Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) within a Department (How We Did It!)” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. The showcase will spotlight faculty experiences with OER, the Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) and AB 798 Initiatives funded by the Chancellor's Office. English professors Chelsea Melbourne, Anne Regan, Joel Westwood and Sadie Johann will present. Additionally, this showcase will honor all the Cal Poly faculty who are using OER in their courses this year. A lunch of pizza, salad, cookies and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Amy Wiley at

Many Employees Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

Photo shows a person's arm working on a sketch with a computer also in part of the frame.The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. This benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures, fees and deadlines, visit the Educational Fee Waiver Program website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at


Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet June 1

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124, on campus. This is a public meeting. For more information or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Submit Payroll Before 2017-18 Federal Work-Study Program Ends June 16

The last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for 2017-18 is Saturday, June 16. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any "late" payrolls will be processed through regular student pay since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. During finals week, Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours. There is no Federal Work-Study during summer quarter. The 2018-19 Federal Work-Study Program will resume Thursday, Sept. 20.

General Education Task Force to Share Recommendations During Design Charrettes in May

The GE Task Force invites feedback from students, faculty and staff regarding draft recommendations for the Cal Poly General Education program. The task force will share its recommendations during design charrettes scheduled for the following days:
— 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7, Room 2).
— 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Library Atrium (No. 35).
The GE Task Force encourages the campus community to attend one or more of the above charrettes to learn about its work and to provide ideas regarding possible revisions to General Education at Cal Poly. These are pass-through events where you have the opportunity to spend as much time as you want interacting with others and providing feedback. The provost formed the GE Task Force in February 2017 in response to GE Program Review and the review team's conclusions and recommendations. The task force includes students, faculty and staff members representing all six of Cal Poly's colleges as well as the GE Governance Board, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, University Advising, University Registrar, and Academic Programs. The provost charged the Task Force with recommending a new vision for breadth education at Cal Poly. Outreach by the task force continues through the end of the 2017-18 academic year. At that time, the group will present its vision to the provost and Academic Senate. Contact the task force chairs for more information: Gregg Fiegel ( or Andrew Morris (

International Center Releases Information on Updated Deadlines and New Student Fees

All 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 submit a completed travel packet by 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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Retirement Celebration for College of Liberal Arts Dean Douglas Epperson Set for June 5

College of Liberal Arts Dean Douglas Epperson.The campus community is invited to join the College of Liberal Arts and the Provost’s Office from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Performing Arts Center lobby to wish College of Liberal Arts Dean Douglas Epperson a fond farewell. All are invited to celebrate his August retirement with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. “Under Dean Epperson's leadership, the College of Liberal Arts has achieved a new level of excellence,” said Kathleen Enz Finken, Cal Poly’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He has been instrumental in understanding and promoting the critical role of the arts, humanities and social sciences in our polytechnic environment.” Epperson has been the dean of Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts since 2012. Prior to that appointment, he served as dean at Washington State University and associate dean at Iowa State University, where he was an administrator and professor in the Psychology Department for more than 25 years.  “This was an enormously difficult decision to make, because I have greatly enjoyed my time at Cal Poly,” said Epperson. “I have never worked with a better or more collaborative and effective group. My only regret is that I was not able to spend more of my career with such a fine college at such an excellent university.” Epperson has been a strong proponent for interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. He helped to introduce four new minors that combine the studies of science, technology and society. He is also committed to diversity and inclusion. He formed a standing inclusivity and diversity committee for both students and faculty, and he hired the first associate dean for diversity and curriculum in CLA. Outside of higher education, Epperson was chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs and was a fellow for the American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology. Questions? Call Lynne Ricard at ext. 6-2706.

David HarrisDavid Harris, M.D., executive director of Campus Health and Wellbeing, will retire June 1 after 14 years of service to the campus. Prior to coming to Cal Poly, Dr. Harris served the community as emergency physician and president and CEO of Arroyo Grande Medical Group. He joined Cal Poly as a staff physician in December 2004, was promoted to medical director four years later, and assumed the role of executive director in 2013. He was honored as an Outstanding Staff Employee of the year in 2012. He has been a true inspiration to the Campus Health and Wellbeing staff, and his contributions are integral to the department’s success and growth. He will be deeply missed. To celebrate his well-deserved retirement, the department is hosting a farewell party at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, on the lawn in front of the Health Center. Join us to thank Dr. Harris and wish him the best.

Mark Goble, Information Technology Consultant in Campus Health and Wellbeing, will retire on May 23 after 10 years of service. Goble’s contributions have greatly enhanced student success behind the scenes throughout these years. He has dedicated his Cal Poly career to become the resident expert in the Health Center technology applications. He also spearheaded the implementation of a computerized radiology system and supported the technology and reporting of the impactful Graduate Status Report in Career Services. He will be greatly missed by all who had the honor to get to know him.

Jordi Puig-SauriJordi Puig-Sauri, professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department, will retire July 1 after 19 years of service. Puig-Sauri joined the department in 1998 as an associate professor. He was awarded tenure and promotion to full professor in 2002. He served as chair from 2004-08. When he started with Cal Poly, the department had very little in the way of spacecraft-specific education for students. Puig-Sauri developed a design track specifically for spacecraft and was instrumental in the creation of a concentration in astronautics within the aerospace major. Puig-Sauri's contribution to the aerospace community as a whole has been monumental. He is the co-inventor of the CubeSat standard, which led to the launch of the first CubeSat in 2003. Through his efforts, the Cal Poly CubeSat lab has developed and launched 12 CubeSats with seven more in development. Cal Poly has also launched 153 CubeSats on 24 missions from all around the world. His contributions to the university and to student success have been immeasurable. He was the principal investigator on more than 100 projects and grants totaling over $20 million. He will be sorely missed as he moves into retirement and sails around the world.

Jo ErnestJo Ernest, personnel analyst for the College of Engineering, will retire July 2 after nearly 30 years of service. Ernest began her career at Cal Poly in 1988 with the Cal Poly Foundation in the Grants Development office. Since then she has worked in the Cooperative Education Program; Career Services; Architecture Departmen; the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Academic Personnel. While in Academic Personnel, she was asked to help with a re-organization, and began working in the Employment Equity and Faculty Recruitment Office, where she was responsible for faculty visas, faculty recruitment, and budget for the three areas under the umbrella of Academic Personnel. She finally found her true campus home when she began working in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office in 2006 as the personnel analyst. Ernest received the CENG Outstanding Staff award in 2010. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family, traveling and pursuing her hobby of photography. There will be a reception to celebrate Ernest from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, from 3-5 p.m. in the courtyard of the Engineering Building (No. 13).

James MeagherJames Meagher, interim dean for the College of Engineering, will retire July 1 after 30 years of service. Meagher joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1988 as an assistant professor. He was awarded tenure and promotion to full professor in 1994. His areas of scholarship include rotor dynamics and modeling of high-speed rotating machinery. For three years before being named interim dean in February 2017, Meagher served as department chair. In addition to his teaching and research activities, he served as faculty advisor to the Cal Poly chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for 25 years. During his career at Cal Poly, Meagher helped establish the Donald E. Bently Center for Engineering Innovation, a research center in the Mechanical Engineering Department; the Bently Computational Facility; and the Solar Turbines/Bently Nevada Vibrations and Rotor Dynamics Laboratory. A retirement reception will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the lobby of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).

Nanine VanDraanen, associate Nanine VanDraanen posing in front of the Eastern Continental Dividedean of faculty affairs in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, will retire May 30 after 22 years at Cal Poly. She joined Cal Poly as an assistant professor in 1996, teaching chemistry in the College of Science and Mathematics. Six years later she received the Distinguished Teaching Award. She developed new teaching approaches to organic chemistry, and championed improvements to the organic chemistry curriculum. VanDraanen served as the chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department from 2012-15, when she originally planned to retire. She postponed her retirement to serve as the associate dean of faculty affairs in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences from 2015 to 2018. An extensive world traveler and adventurer, VanDraanen plans to continue to travel extensively, for longer periods of time. Long-term goals include biking cross country, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the Te Araroa in New Zealand. Also high on her list is spending a year in Alaska and returning to Antarctica, as well as further pursuing her passion for backpacking food preparation. Join us in celebrating her career from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the PAC lobby. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Catastrophic Leave

Dejana Lubura, administrative support coordinator I in College of Liberal Arts — Social Sciences, 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 Joy Sisler at ext. 6-5755 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Poly Body + Being Workshops To Be Held in May and June

Photo of people doing yoga with text reading Poly Body + Being Celebrate Cal Poly Wellness Month with Poly Body + Being fitness and wellness workshops at the Recreation Center. Embark on your wellness journey with these upcoming classes:
— Every Thursday through May 31, 5 to 6:30 p.m.: Women and Weights.
— Tuesday, May 22, noon to 1 p.m.: Poolside Meditation.
— Wednesday, May 23, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.: Listen to Your Gut. Open to the campus community.
— Thursday, May 24, 6 to 9 p.m.: Dance the Night Away.
— Saturday, June 2, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.: Practice of Balance.
All workshops located in the Training Room are complimentary for the campus community, including non-members. Workshops that are not held in the Training Room will be available to the campus community with a purchase of a day pass. All workshops are complimentary for Recreation Center members. No registration is required. View the complete list of offerings on ASI Access. For more information, contact Recreation Center Wellness Graduate Assistant Danielle Jones 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.


Numerous Free Music Department Recitals Offered in May and June

Music Department Free Events promotional image with photos of several musicians The Music Department is offering numerous free student recitals through the rest of the academic year. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, "All That Brass" will also be presented at the United Methodist Church. The centerpiece for the concert is the Concerto for Brass and Percussion by Australian composer Paul Terracini. The brass ensembles will also perform compositions and arrangements by composers Henry Fillmore, Goff Richards and J.S. Bach, among others. At 6 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Clarinetfest will be in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. It will feature the Cal Poly Clarinet Ensemble and guest artists in both solo and ensemble performances. For the grand finale, all the musicians — up to 35 — will perform together. For more information and a complete event listing, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406. 

Professor to Discuss 'The Trump/Evangelical Romance: Five Theories' on May 23

Some of President Donald Trump's strongest supporters are American Evangelical Christians — and their support is only growing. Religious Studies Professor Stephen Lloyd-Moffett will offer five theories regarding this unexpected romance from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the Pilling Computer Science Building (No. 14), Room 259. Lloyd-Moffett will discuss possible answers to the question: How have Evangelicals framed the Trump presidency in ways that fit their religious convictions? An open discussion will follow. For more information, contact Stephen Lloyd-Moffett at ext. 6-2475 or

Talk on ‘Crazy Politics: Populism and Paranoia in America’ To Be Held May 24

Cornell ClaytonCornell Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, will present a talk titled “Crazy Politics: Populism and Paranoia in America” from 4:10 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 204. In his talk, Clayton will explore how American politics has again become an arena for suspicious and angry minds. Rather than debunking today’s conspiratorial claims, Clayton argues that both populism and paranoid thinking have always played important roles in American politics. There have always been leaders and groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe that powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans. His talk explains the reasons behind the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draws parallels to earlier periods, and describes how populism on the left and right today differ. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Political Science Department at ext. 6-2984 or

Men and Masculinity Program to Host Manifest Exhibit Through May 25

Cal Poly’s Men and Masculinity Program will host its annual Manifest exhibit at the University Art Gallery through May 25. Manifest is an art exhibit that aims to create an engaging and dynamic space for people to think about, talk about and participate in shaping individual thoughts about men and masculinity. This year’s exhibition theme is “Masculinity: Art from Dark to Light,” which seeks to capture the wide range of experiences and perceptions of masculinity. For more information about Manifest, visit

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists May 26

Members of the Arab Music Ensemble performing.The Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in the Spanos Theatre. A special feature of the concert will be chamber ensemble (takht) performances by advanced members of the group including biological sciences major Kamal Ahmad on percussion, mathematics major Laila Zaidi on viola, music major Talia Phillips-Ortega on vocals, Music Department alumni Brandon Webb on percussion and Joel Demir on oud, and biological sciences and biochemistry alumna Linda Ashworth on qanun. Original compositions by Demir and Webb will also be featured on the program, and visiting ethnomusicologist Joseph Kinzer will direct a widely known traditional song that has adapted to local languages in its travels throughout and beyond the region — to Malaysia in this case. Critically acclaimed guest artists who hail from music cultures that will be featured in the concert and who specialize in the associated performance practices will join the ensemble from the Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. They include Ishmael on qanun (trapezoidal zither), Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (violin) and Mohamed Radi on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum) and darabukka (goblet drum). 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.

Civil Rights Activist to Speak at Take Back the Night on May 29

DeRay MckessonDeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice, will be the keynote speaker at Safer’s annual Take Back the Night event on May 29 in the UU Plaza. Mckesson, a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and a co-founder of, works to connect individuals and provides citizens and policymakers with common-sense policies to ensure equity. The free event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Take Back the Night is an international event with the mission of ending sexual violence. Cal Poly’s event will focus on the intersections of race and gender-based violence. It will consist of speakers, an open microphone, march on campus, campus and community programs resource fair and candlelit vigil. Additional speakers for the event include San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon and representatives for the Women’s March and the office of California Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning. Find more information about the event on Facebook. Go to to learn more about Safer.

'Bey Day' 2018 to Showcase Performances, Presentations and Poetry on May 31

The Ethnic Studies Department invites you to experience "Bey Day," the culmination of ES 470: Beyoncé: Feminism, Race and Politics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the UU 220. This one-day event is a showcase of academic panels and performance work around the politics of Beyoncé’s musical and visual canon. The event includes student presentations, dance performances, and spoken word poetry. There will also be opportunities to make art and view an altar dedicated to Women of Color who have lost their lives due to police violence. Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, the Multicultural Center and the Gender Equity Center. For more information, contact Jenell Navarro at

‘RSVP XXIII: Fatherland’ to be Staged May 29, 31 at Cal Poly

Illustration for RSVP XXIII FatherlandThe Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will stage the production “RSVP XXIII: Fatherland” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, May 29 and 31, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Marking the 23rd season of the transmedia series, this year’s production celebrates electroacoustic diversity, compositional risk and belonging. “This show examines what we believe we belong to,” said RSVP Artistic Director Antonio G. Barata, a Music Department faculty member. “Given that we live in such a factional time, this production is profoundly timely. It artistically examines the experiences, contexts, commonalities, spiritual moorings and frailties of human connection. It prompts the audience to consider and reconsider how our sense of self is informed by the groups and organizations to which we belong. At the same time, it challenges who we think is in charge and who really is.” The composition, performance, soundscape and staging combine the creativity of students in Barata’s Sound Design classes with choreography by students Evan Ricaurté, Justin Tomas and Lindsay Eklund, dancers in past productions. Tickets for the performances 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. 

Visiting Scholar to Speak on Maternal and Child Nutrition May 31

Kyly Whitfield, assistant professor of nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada, will present the final STRIDE seminar of the year, “Maternal and Child Nutrition from an International Perspective: a Case of Vitamin B1 Deficiency in Southeast Asia” from 11:10 a.m. to noon  Thursday, May 31, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 101. Whitfield’s research focuses on public health interventions to combat nutrition deficiencies in resource-poor settings. For more information, email

Retired Goldman Sachs Partner to Share How to ‘Leverage Your Degree with a Second Language’ on June 1

Fredric SteckFredric Steck, a retired partner at Goldman Sachs, will discuss how students can augment their degrees, career possibilities and lives with a second (or third) language at 10 a.m. Friday, June 1, in UU 220. Steck will go over the essential skills learned while acquiring another language, explore ways in which those skills and the additional language expand career choices and enhance happiness. During his 25 years with the investment bank, Steck held a number of leadership positions. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from UC Santa Barbara. He’s a private investor with interests in entrepreneurship, education and the environment. Steck is a board member of Aravo Solutions Inc., an enterprise software company addressing the issue of third party risk and compliance, and chairman of DNP, a holding company with a major investment in Thorne Research, a science-based health and wellness company. A Q&A session and reception with refreshments will follow. More information is available at

Cal Poly’s Wind Bands to Feature Student Saxophone Quartet at Spring Concert June 2

The student saxophone is pictured, from left to right, software engineering major Victor Wei, soprano saxophone; history major Paige Rooney, alto saxophone; mechanical engineering major Isaac Becker, tenor saxophone; and civil engineering and music double major Noah Scanlan, baritone saxophone.The Wind Bands’ Spring Concert will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the Performing Arts Center. The Wind Orchestra will begin the concert with “Night on Fire” by John Mackey, “To the Sky” by James Stephenson, and “Be Glad Then, America” by William Schuman. Next, the Wind Ensemble will accompany the student saxophone quartet Six Four on Jerome Naulais’ “Saxtory.” The quartet is comprised of software engineering major Victor Wei on soprano saxophone, history major Paige Rooney on alto saxophone, mechanical engineering major Isaac Becker on tenor saxophone and civil engineering and music double major Noah Scanlan on baritone saxophone. “Their individual lyricism and technical facility really needed to be front and center in concert,” Interim Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff said. The Wind Ensemble will also perform a new transcription of Antonín Dvořák’s “Golden Spinning Wheel,” by Music Professor Emeritus William Johnson, as well as Paul Hindemith’s masterwork “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.” Woodruff will conduct the concert. He was recently named Cal Poly’s director of bands, and he’ll assume the role in September. 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. 

Symphony and Choirs to Present Maurice Duruflé’s ‘Requiem’ and other French Masterworks on June 3

Photos of Dawn Padula and Ryan BedeThe Cal Poly Symphony and Cal Poly Choirs will perform Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem” and other masterworks by French composers at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in the Performing Arts Center. “The concert will open with a study in orchestral contrast — Camille Saint-Saëns’ energetic and menacing ‘Dance Macabre,’ and Maurice Ravel’s elegant ‘Pavane pour une infante défunte,’” Cal Poly Symphony Conductor David Arrivée said. The Cal Poly Chamber Choir will follow with several unaccompanied French chansons, most notably the famous “Trois Chanson” by Ravel. The first half of the concert will conclude with Ravel’s “Don Quichotte à Dulcinée,” featuring guest baritone Ryan Bede, who will perform with the orchestra. After intermission, the combined choirs and symphony will perform one of the greatest masterworks of the 20th century: Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem,” Op. 9. “Duruflé’s Requiem is an ingenious combination of ancient chant and modern compositional techniques, resulting in one of the most beautiful works of all time,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly’s director of choral activities. Bede will join in the performance with guest mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula. Padula and Bede are on the faculty of the University of Puget SoundTickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands to Play a Variety of Styles on June 9

University Jazz Bands I performs at a previous concert.University Jazz Bands will perform a mix of Latin jazz, jazz/rock and traditional jazz — and will throw in a few surprises — at the annual Jazz Night Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in Spanos Theatre. Featured at the concert will be works by jazz composers Don Menza, Michael Brecker and Gordon Goodwin, plus a piece originally recorded by the rock group Steely Dan. Those works include "Sambandrea Swing," which was composed by tenor saxophonist Menza and originally recorded by the great Buddy Rich Big Band, according to Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler. Brecker’s piece, "Peep," is a great example of contemporary jazz, Rinzler added. Composer Goodwin is known for his creative and sometimes humorous arrangements, like his "Hit the Ground Running," which will be performed. Steely Dan’s "FM" is arranged for big band by Fred Strum, who gained international praise as a composer. The concert will feature the University Jazz Bands I and II, along with two jazz combos. 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.

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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.

#104912 — Technical Support Specialist (Information Technology Consultant — Career), Administration and Finance — Network and Technology Services. $4,372 to $10,173 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,372 to $5,500 per month). Open until filled.

#104882 — Studio Art Technician (Instructional Support Technician II), College of Liberal Arts — Art and Design Department. $3,748 to $6,390 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,200 to $5,000 per month). Open until filled.

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#104910 — Library Evening Services Coordinator (Library Services Specialist III), Library — Access Services. $3,371 to $6,132 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,371 to $3,708 per month). Open until filled.

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