Cal Poly Report — May 9, 2018


Campus Invited to Celebrate President’s Diversity Awards Nominees and Recipients May 10

Photo of plaques with names of previous diversity award winners.Each year Cal Poly celebrates the great diversity initiatives on campus through the President’s Diversity Awards. Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the nominees and recipients of this year’s awards from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10. The awards ceremony will take place in the Performing Arts Center Rossi Grand Lobby and feature closing remarks from a distinguished featured guest. Light refreshments will be provided.

College of Liberal Arts Dean Finalists Visiting Campus Through May 18

President Jeffrey Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have accepted the recommendation of the College of Liberal Arts Dean Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Josh Machamer, professor and chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, to invite four 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 below. All open forums will be held in the Performing Arts Center Philips Hall (No. 6, Room 124):
— Michelle M. Camacho, Ph.D.; faculty administrator, University Relations; professor, Department of Sociology; University of San Diego; May 7-8.  The open forum was held May 8.
— Jon B. Gould, Ph.D.; professor, School of Public Affairs; director, Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research; chair, Department of Justice, Law and Criminology; affiliate professor, Washington College of Law, Women’s Studies; American University; May 10-11. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10.
— Madhavi M. McCall, Ph.D.; associate dean, College of Arts and Letters; professor of political science; San Diego State University; May 14-15. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 15.
— Kate Drowne, Ph.D.; associate dean for academic affairs, College of Arts, Sciences, and Business; professor, Department of English and Technical Communication; director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society; Missouri University of Science and Technology; May 17-18. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 17.
Curricula vitae, biographies and candidate photos are available on the Academic Personnel website:

Events Planned Throughout May for Inclusive Excellence Month

OUDI Logo - a square with green, orange and yellow colors.May at Cal Poly is Inclusive Excellence Month, hosted by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion to raise campus awareness of diversity and inclusion. Programs, workshops and panel discussions will be held throughout the month. Events planned for next week include:
— "Science and Fake News: Distinguishing Actual Science from 'Alternative Facts,' and the Influence on Public Policy," featuring Ben Ruttenberg from the Biological Sciences Department, from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10, in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 220.
— "Dolores Huerta: Change Maker and Civil Rights Leader," featuring a talk by Huerta from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Chumash Auditorium.
— "A Panel of Students on the Autism Spectrum," from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Student Services Building (No. 124), Room 117. 
— "Women's Network Meeting" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in UU 220.
— "Drag Show" from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Chumash Auditorium.
See the full list of events for the entire month at Questions? Email

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Student Success

Student-Run Succulent Plant Sale To Be Held May 11-12

Photo of succulents More than 75 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly’s "Succulentopia" plant sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop. More than 1,200 plants will be available for purchase. Five students are involved in the student-run project. Allana Childs, agricultural and environmental plant sciences senior from San Luis Obispo, is the student succulent manager. “I have been able to solidify my plant knowledge using credible sources from the industry, which has been a fun way to research and reach out to experts and share information along the way,” Childs said. “I’ve also been able to experience the Learn by Doing motto to its fullest extent for this event. It has been great preparation for my future as a succulent grower in Castroville, California, which I will start after graduation.” The cost of the plants is determined by size: four-inch pots, $4.50; 4.5-inch pots, $5.50; 6-inch succulent garden, $12.50; 8-inch succulent garden, $25; and additional large plants priced accordingly. For more information, call the Poly Plant Shop at ext. 6-1106.

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Faculty & Staff

Will Marchese Named Corporation Counsel and Director of Facilities 

Will MarcheseThe Cal Poly Corporation recently announced that Will Marchese has been named corporation counsel and director of facilities. In this role he will oversee transactional legal activities for the corporation as well as day-to-day management of the facilities operations and capital projects programs. A licensed attorney and general contractor, Marchese will make the transition over from his position as manager of facilities operations and capital projects at the corporation, a role that he has served in for the past year. Prior to his work at the corporation, Marchese owned and operated a general contracting business in the greater Sacramento area followed by more than six years in private practice with the Marchese Law Group in San Luis Obispo, where he represented clients in a broad range of matters including business transactions, real estate, criminal proceedings and bankruptcy. Marchese has also served in the roles of contract analyst and project manager with Facilities Planning and Capital Projects at Cal Poly. He received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from UC Davis and a juris doctor of law from Lincoln Law School. The corporation counsel position was most recently held by Starr Lee, who departed last September after 16 years of service. 

General Education Task Force to Share Recommendations at 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. Monday, May 14, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7, Room 2).
— 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Library Atrium (No. 35).
— 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 of the above meetings to learn about its work and to provide ideas regarding possible revisions to General Education at Cal Poly. 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 (

Learn More About Collaboration and Funding Opportunities May 10 at Faculty Meet and Greet

Primary logo for WITH US The National Network for Peer AccountabilityNew funding is available for research related to WITH US, a national multi-issue bystander intervention research center recently established in Student Affairs. Faculty with interest in funding and research to practice collaborations related to: bystander intervention; social justice; violence prevention; health promotion; harm reduction; sexual assault and harassment; hate, bias and discrimination; hazing and bullying; and alcohol and other drugs misuse and abuse, are invited to attend a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). Faculty who have an interest in collaborating on funding and researching related topics are invited to attend, meet colleagues with similar interests, and be the first to hear about a new $5,000 research funding opportunity. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP by email to and learn more about with us at The center was established to prevent harm and lives lost to hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias, and other forms of campus-based violence among college students.

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.

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

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

Workshop on Assertive Communication to be Offered May 10

Empathia logoJoin Employee and Organization Development for a workshop from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10, to learn how to appropriately assert yourself when communicating with co-workers and others. There is a fine line between communicating assertively and aggressively. The webinar will discuss three styles of interpersonal behavior; assertiveness assessment; steps to becoming more assertive; using "I" statements, and tips for saying "no." Employee and Organization Development will offer a workshop from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) Empathia. Register in Skillsoft. The workshop will be held in the Administration and Finance training room, located in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club to Receive Library Updates on May 16

The Retired Faculty and Staff Club will meet at Kennedy Library on Wednesday, May 16, to get an update on library projects and tour and discuss a new exhibit, "Building the Cal Poly Campus: 1902-2022," presented by Special Collections and Archives. The exhibit showcases artifacts from University Archives that reveal the evolution and expansion of the Cal Poly campus and features work created by current students. Visit to learn more. The event is free and will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 409. Reservations are required; those who signed up at the April 18 luncheon do not need to RSVP again. RSVP to Gail Simmons by Thursday, May 10, at 805-462-9148 or Several reserved parking spots will be available in the parking lot across from the library near the Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197) in parking lot H-2. The parking spots are intended for those who are challenged to walk a great distance.

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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, Meagher 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).

Todor D. TodorovTodor D. Todorov came to Cal Poly in 1990 as a mathematics lecturer and later became a full professor. Todorov earned his doctorate in mathematical (theoretical) physics from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1982 under Christo Yankov Christov, professor of the University of Sofia and academician of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1988 as a political immigrant from then-communist Bulgaria and has been a U.S. citizen since 1994. His favorite course to teach is Math 248: Methods of Proof. Most of Todorov’s research is on the application of non-standard analysis (modern theory of infinitesimals) to the Colombeau theory of generalized functions. After retiring, Todor plans to work on a monograph tentatively titled “An Axiomatic Approach to the Colombeau Theory of Generalized Functions” and enjoy life in California and Europe. A retirement reception for Todorov will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 537.

Goro KatoGoro Kato began his Cal Poly career in 1981 as an assistant professor of mathematics. Born in Kariya, Japan, he came to the U.S. as a graduate student on a Rotary International Foundation Fellowship. He earned his doctorate at the University of Rochester in New York with advisor Saul Lubkin, who proved Weil’s conjectures (except the Weil-Riemann hypothesis). Kato’s professional accomplishments include 40 published papers, six books and 75 international talks and seminars, including the European Science Foundation Supported Advanced Lecture Series. He has been invited to the Institute for Advanced Study — one of the world’s leading centers for basic research, located in Princeton, New Jersey — seven times. His areas of study are p-adic cohomology and its zeta invariants, temporal topos (theoretical physics), the theory of D-modules, and cohomological algebra. A retirement reception for Kato will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 537.

Nanine VanDraanen posing in front of the Eastern Continental DivideNanine VanDraanen, associate dean 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.

Jeanne SchraderJeanne Schrader, beloved administrative assistant and mom to the Admissions Division, is retiring from Cal Poly in May. Schrader's 10 years of service to Cal Poly began in 2008, when she started in University Housing Business Services. Two years later, she joined the Advancement office in the College of Engineering. In May 2012, Schrader was named administrative analyst for Admissions and Vice Provost of Enrollment and Chief Marketing Officer James Maraviglia. Her loyalty and devotion to the campus community has been exceptional and many will miss her kindness, warmth and thoroughness. Before Schrader and her husband, Mike (of Cal Poly's Facilities Management), retire to their hometown of Highland, California, the Admissions Division will honor her with a send-off reception open to all friends and colleagues from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Chumash Auditorium in the UU.

David DeeringDavid Deering, who joined the Art and Design Department as its studio art technician in 2007, will retire in summer 2018. Throughout the years, Deering has carried a tireless, positive attitude and genuine good nature toward his work and his colleagues: faculty, staff and students alike. He has been a tremendous help in transitions that involved supporting new faculty, acquiring and maintaining a diverse range of equipment and tools, and creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all. His kind spirit, humor and willingness to say “yes” to nearly any undertaking made him a beloved teammate. Notably, he has been the subject of several profile essays by Cal Poly students, one featured in Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly (Vol. 1/1, Article 9). No matter his task, Deering always focused on creating a better environment for Cal Poly and its students. He now looks forward to rest and relaxation with his wife, Joyce. A retirement reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Myron’s, located in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center.

Bob HowellRobert (Bob) Howell retired from the Art and Design Department after 43 years of service. As a professor of photography with interests that ranged from studio art to design to programming, Howell was instrumental in developing the art and design program and overseeing its initial accreditation with National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Students benefited from his teaching and mentoring in professional and general education courses in photography. Howell sent projects up on the space shuttle; photographed landscapes in (almost) total darkness; compressed and expanded photographic time; worked on a vehicle that could become invisible; and long before Google began photographing the Earth, designed a device that shoots exceptionally clear panoramas in spaces that are too small for photographers to enter. His work has been displayed in Washington, D.C., at the Corcoran Gallery, the Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian. He embodies Learn by Doing and passed this on to his students. A retirement reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Myron’s, located in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center.

Jean WetzelJean Wetzel, a professor of art history at Cal Poly since 1996, will retire in spring 2018. She is beloved and admired by her students for her passion and commitment to teaching. Her research and publications have focused on the interaction of professional and amateur artists and collectors in the Yuan dynasty, women artists of the courtesan class in the Ming dynasty, imagery of women in Buddhist art, and the work of contemporary Chinese women painters. Wetzel’s contributions to the Art and Design Department include introducing the first courses in Asian art history, and a course focused on feminist theory and women artists in Europe and the U.S. She played a leading role in creating the art history minor in 2007, and she has contributed to the Asian studies and women and gender studies minors at Cal Poly. Wetzel also taught in the London study abroad program in 1999 and 2003. She was honored as Teacher of the Year by the College of Liberal Arts Student Council in 1999. A retirement reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Myron’s, located in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center.

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Wellness Month to Feature Wellness Fairs, Activities and Events

Graphic for Cal Poly Wellness Month in May Calling all faculty, staff and students — Campus Health and Wellbeing is hosting the second annual Cal Poly Wellness Month. The 31 Days of Wellness happens in May during Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us for Wellness Fairs, Learn @ Lunches, fun activities and events. This annual event is made possible by many campus and community partners who support campus well-being. Wellness isn't just about our physical health; wellness is a part of our community well-being, social relationships, emotional health, career development, academic success, financial well-being and physical health. Help us celebrate Cal Poly's legacy of wellness on campus by supporting our partners who make it all happen. Join the fun by downloading the Cal Poly Now App and using the “Be Well at Cal Poly” guide to register and see all the events. Learn more at or email

Registration Open for Seventh Annual Mustang Mile

Graphic of a mustang with text reading Mustang Mile Obstacle Course 2018Experience a revamped version of the classic Cal Poly tradition with this year’s seventh annual Mustang Mile: Obstacle Course from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the new Doerr Family Field and Miller and Capriotti Athletics Facility. Teams of five will compete in 12 different activities including a sandbag carry, potato sack race, trivia and inflatable obstacles. Mustang Mile is held each year in honor of Carson Starkey, a student who died in 2008 due to alcohol poisoning. Presented by ASI Intramural Sports in collaboration with Aware Awake Alive, Mustang Mile seeks to provide health and wellness resources that will educate students on the signs of alcohol poisoning and the dangers of binge drinking. All participants are invited to a free barbecue hosted by the Fraternity and Sorority Life office from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Recreation Center MAC plaza. Prizes will be awarded to winners of different categories, including best costumes and quickest completion time. Only one team member is required to register. The registrant must be a Recreation Center member, but non-members may participate. Visit ASI Access to register. The cost is $50 per team. For more information, contact ASI Recreational Sports Coordinator Sean Pellerin at ext. 6-7501 or

Save the Date for Information Security Forum on May 30

Photo illustration with keyboard and globe reading "Online Security Tips for Smarter Travel"The Information Security Office will host an information security forum open to staff, faculty and students at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, in UU 220. Just in time for summer travel, the forum will provide a focused discussion on mobile device security and provide tips to prevent personal data loss while traveling with mobile devices. The information security team will be on hand to answer questions about secure mobile device travel. Questions? Contact Doug Lomsdalen at ext. 6-7686 or Learn more at

Extended Education to Offer Math Academy This Summer, Sign up by July 1

Illustration of different math concepts.The Cal Poly Math Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27. The Math Academy provides enrichment activities to ensure participants are well-prepared to meet future academic challenges. Participants will work on fun, rich tasks that include multiple access points, multiple methods of solving the problem, hands-on components, collaboration and communication. Through this program, participants work through the processes required to comprehend and solve rich problems, improving critical thinking and reasoning skills required at the college level. Completion of Algebra I is a prerequisite. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053. Register here by July 1.

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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.


Dolores Huerta Keynote Speech To Be Held May 10

Photo of Dolores HuertaThe Cross Cultural Centers and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion welcome the campus community to hear civil rights icon Dolores Huerta speak at Cal Poly on Thursday, May 10. The event, titled " Dolores Huerta: Change Maker and Civil Rights Leader," will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium. She will be giving the keynote speech for May's Inclusive Excellence Month. Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, was the co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW).

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 11 at Cal Poly

Photo of Pianist W. Terrence Spiller Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The recital is the third in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. This year’s program includes Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 22; Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”; Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2; and Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111, which Spiller calls a masterpiece and the composer’s final sonata. Tickets are $14 for the public and $9 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund. 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. 

Katie Couric's 'The Muslim Next Door' Screening and Discussion

The Religious Studies Program together with Cal Poly Theisms Club and Worldview Analysis Club will offer a public screening of the National Geographic special "America Inside Out with Katie Couric: The Muslim Next Door" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the Performing Arts Center Philips Hall (No. 6), Room 124. In the film, Couric travels across America to talk with Muslim Americans about their challenges and opportunities given the current environment.

Inclusive Design Expert to Give Keynote for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Derek FeatherstoneDerek Featherstone, an internationally known speaker and authority on accessibility and inclusive digital design, will present a talk titled “Inclusive by Design” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in Spanos Theatre. Featherstone will explain how intentionally engaging and inviting people of all abilities into the design process makes the digital world easier to use for everyone while making it accessible to people with disabilities. He will offer techniques and strategies that can be immediately put into practice to make design more accessible to all. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Lee in the Disability Resource Center at or ext. 6-5972, or visit the Accessibility website.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist to Read and Discuss His Work on May 17

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler will read and discuss his work at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Business Building Rotunda (No. 3, Room 213). Butler is among the most significant living American writers. He has published sixteen novels and six volumes of short fiction, including “A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He has received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. His stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic and The Paris Review. His works have been translated into 21 languages. He has worked as a screenwriter for New Regency, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Disney, Universal Pictures and HBO. His reading is part of the College of Liberal Arts’ WriterSpeak series. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Todd Pierce at

‘Relationship Building for Success in Sales and Life’ with Retired Goldman Sachs Partner

Fredric SteckFredric Steck, a retired partner at Goldman Sachs, will present a talk titled “Relationship Building for Success in Sales and Life” at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Every year, many students enter the work world and find success in sales. The essential skills they learn at Cal Poly and hone through sales can open many additional career paths. Join Steck to learn how building positive relationships is a key component for success in sales and in life. 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 the talk. More information is available at

Foremost Americanists to Talk at Cal Poly May 17

One of the nation’s foremost Americanists, John Carlos Rowe, will present a talk on his forthcoming book, “The Ends of Transnationalism and 19th-Century U.S. Cultural Imperialism,” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in UU 220. The talk is titled “‘Take Me To Your Leader’ Sarah Winnemucca’s Transnational Authority in ‘Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims.’” Rowe has been largely responsible for helping spearhead the "new American studies" as well as the rise of international American studies programs across the globe. He has published widely on Henry James, the intersections of 19th-century American literature and postmodern theory and U.S. imperialism. The talk is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department and the CLA Lottery Fund. Learn more at

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. 

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, May 9
Baseball vs. San Jose State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 11
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15
Baseball vs. Pepperdine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 20
Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Baggett Stadium, 6 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.

#104878 — Network Systems Specialist (Equipment System Specialist — Career), Information Technology Services – Enterprise Network Services. $3,388 to $6,357 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,000 to $5,400 per month.) Open until filled.

#104893 — Custodian (Custodian), University Housing — Custodial Operations. $2,600 to $3,955 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600 to $2,700 per month.) Close date: May 16, 2018.

#104891 — Social Justice and MultiCultural Programs Coordinator, Cross Cultural Centers (Student Services Professional II), Dean of Students. $4,057 to $5,769 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057 to $4,200 per month.) Open until filled.

#104892 — Communication Specialist (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II), Office of the Registrar. $3,515 to $5,993 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,833 to $4,700 per month.) Open until filled.

#104898 — Prevention Specialist (Health Educator), Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Education. $4,060 to $7,386 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,656 to $5,986 per month.) Open until filled.

#104897 — Health Communications Specialist (Health Educator), Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Education. $4,060 to $7,386 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,656 to $5,986 per month.) Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application for any of the positions shown below. The complete listing of faculty position openings is posted on the website. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

There are no listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Community Interpreter, Kinesiology, $18.72-$28.08 per hour.

Data Manager, Kinesiology, $59,716-$89,585 per year.

Marketing Design Coordinator, Marketing and Communication, $44,907-$67,371 per year.

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.

Coordinator — Human Resources. $61,036.00 annually with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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