Cal Poly Report — Nov. 28, 2018 


Cal Poly WITH US Research Center Launches Inaugural Upstander Week Campaign

Logo for WITH US Upstander WeekWITH US — the National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly on Monday launched its inaugural Upstander Week campaign, a weeklong conversation with college communities to share knowledge and encourage action during dangerous, life-altering events. The educational campaign aims to empower college students nationwide to become “upstanders,” or individuals with the knowledge and willingness to intervene in situations in which sexual assault, hazing, hate, bias, or alcohol and drug misuse threaten their safety and that of those around them. The campaign will conclude Sunday, Dec. 2, the 10-year anniversary of Cal Poly student Carson Starkey’s hazing death. The campaign will include a forthcoming open letter by Carson’s parents, Julia and Scott Starkey, sharing their gratitude and hope of the past 10 years. As part of its campaign, WITH US is encouraging college students nationwide to join the conversation in the following ways:
— Take the Upstander Pledge and set the example for those around you.
— Participate in the Upstander Challenges: Follow WITH US on Facebook to participate in the campaign’s daily lessons and challenges for aspiring upstanders.
— Join the 10x Giving Challenge: Help create safer campus communities by making a gift to support lifesaving bystander intervention programs and awareness campaigns.
— Share the Movement and use the #BeTheLifeline hashtag for posts on Instagram and Facebook to keep the conversation going in your community.
Go to for more information, or click here to read the full news release.

President and Mrs. Armstrong to Host Holiday Reception in PAC Lobby on Dec. 6

Photo of Mrs. Armstrong and another Cal Poly employee holding a toy that was donated at the 2017 toy drive.President Armstrong and his wife, Sharon, will host a holiday reception for faculty and staff from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. Once again, in partnership with local nonprofit Jack's Helping Hand, guests are invited to bring a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or gift card (Amazon preferred) to the reception. Toy donations may also be made by shopping online on Jack’s Helping Hand’s wish list on Amazon. Online toys will be shipped directly to the nonprofit organization. Faculty and staff spouses and partners are welcome to attend the reception. Questions? Contact the Office of the President at ext. 6-6000 or email

Chumash Auditorium Renovation Information-Gathering Session to be Held Dec. 4

Photo of the interior of Chumash Auditorium on campus.In October 2019, ASI will begin a renovation of Chumash Auditorium located in the McPhee University Union. The auditorium has not undergone a large-scale renovation since the building opened in 1971. As the main auditorium used on campus, the facility sees thousands of reservations every year and is home to some of the university's largest events while also serving as a location for clubs and departments to host meetings and events. Through the renovation project, ASI hopes to enhance the many functions of the space while also capitalizing on advances in lighting, sound, staging and more. ASI will hold an information-gathering session for the Cal Poly community on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium. The intent is to gather input on how the space has been used in the past and how it could be improved to meet the needs of the campus community for the future. For more information, contact Ron Skamfer, director — facilities management, at ext. 6-1263 or

Faculty, Staff and Students Invited to Provide Feedback on Cal Poly Brand

As part of an ongoing brand strategy effort, all faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to give feedback on potential creative concepts related to the Cal Poly brand. Each member of the campus community will receive an email this week with a unique link to take an online survey reviewing potential logo and marketing material designs. The survey will take about 15 minutes, and all feedback will be anonymous. The input of the campus community plays a critical role in informing an authentic brand that accurately reflects where Cal Poly is headed. University Marketing is leading the effort with higher education marketing firm SimpsonScarborough. The brand strategy process will also influence a redesign of the Cal Poly website. 

Share Your Lessons Learned with Cal Poly Magazine

Image with Cal Poly Magazine logo and text reading What's the biggest lesson you learned in 2018? Share your story by Dec. 5Cal Poly Magazine is asking members of the Cal Poly community to share the biggest lessons they learned in 2018 for an upcoming feature article. As 2018 concludes, what important insights will you take with you into the new year? Faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to submit a brief reflection and a photo via the the magazine's online form or email by Wednesday, Dec. 5. The magazine will publish a selection of stories from across campus when the digital edition of Cal Poly Magazine debuts in January 2019. 


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Student Success

Just a Few Days Left to Contribute to Nine Student Projects on New Crowdfunding Platform

Spur Change logoNine student projects are seeking support in the first-ever fall launch of Spur Change, a new digital crowdfunding platform where colleges, units, programs, clubs and organizations can secure funding for projects that enhance the Learn by Doing experience. Hosted and managed by Annual Giving, the Spur Change platform will give project sponsors the opportunity to use the power of crowdfunding by reaching out to networks to raise funds for their featured projects. The projects have a week or less to reach their goals, so visit to help. By giving, you can help: send Black Student Union members to the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference at UC Merced in January; fund the Multicultural Business Program’s Leadership Beyond the Resume Conference; send Engineers Without Borders and Critical Global Engagement Club students to a United Nations forum; help the Future Fuels club build a more sustainable future; send Theatre and Dance Department students to New York; help the Climate Change Action Research Group go to the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference; make the Zero Waste Ambassadors program a student-run effort; fund MEXA's Xicanx Youth Conference at Cal Poly; and help the Human Powered Vehicle Club break a record. Learn more here.

Poinsettias on Sale Through Dec. 8Photo of poinsettia plants

The Cal Poly Poinsettia Student Enterprise is selling plants to the campus and the broader community. The plants make nice additions to graduation receptions, banquets and general office holiday decor. The sale will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 4-7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Poly Plant Shop in the Horticulture Unit (No. 48), at the top of Via Carta Road. This year’s poinsettia project offers many shades of red, white, pink and other variegated varieties. Sizes range from small plants in 2-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching 3 feet high, in 10-inch pots. Prices range from $5 to $55. Questions? Call ext. 6-1106.


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Faculty & Staff

Contribute to Mustang Holiday Gift Drive by Dec. 7

Mustang Holiday Gift Drive The Center for Service in Action (CSA) invites all faculty and staff to contribute to the Mustang Holiday Gift Drive by picking up a gift tag and purchasing a present for a child in need this holiday season. To pick up a tag, visit one of the Giving Trees located throughout campus. Giving Trees are located on the second floor of Kennedy Library (No. 35), ASI Student Government (UU-202A), Alumni House and Conference Center (No. 28), Orfalea College of Business (No. 3, Room 431), and the Center for Service in Action in the Science Building (No. 52, Room E22). Each tag represents a specific request supporting local children and families in need. You can also arrange to have CSA staff bring the tags to your office, staff meeting or other event by contacting Katie Ullrich at or ext. 6-5120). Bring newly purchased, unwrapped gift items to the Center for Service in Action by Friday, Dec 7.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Black Faculty and Staff Association's Dec. 5 MeetingPhoto taken of the Black Faculty and Staff Association during Black Legacy Weekend.

Cal Poly's Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is pleased to invite interested faculty and staff to its next meeting from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in UU 218. The association’s vision, mission and events are available on the BFSA website. Questions? Contact co-chairs Bryan Hubain at and Camille O’Bryant at

Cal Poly Grant Program Accepting Request for Proposals

The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program, supported by funds from the Provost’s Office and the Chancellor’s Office, is intended to help faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The annual funding from the program is intended to provide more internal resources to help faculty pursue a broader array of professional activities. The deadline to submit proposals for 2019-20 is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.  For full application and submission instructions,  visit the Office of Research and Economic Development website or the competition on InfoReady, or call the office at ext. 6-5153.

Disability Faculty Staff Association Seeking Ideas for Future Programming and Events

Screenshot from the Disability Faculty Staff Association website reading Let your voice be heard! Provide the Disability FSA with your ideas and feedback by taking our suggestions survey!The new Disability Faculty Staff Association is collecting feedback and suggestions from faculty and staff for future programming and events and disability-related campus initiatives. Faculty and staff with disabilities (temporary, permanent, visible, invisible, physical, mental/emotional, cognitive, etc.) and allies are invited to complete the Disability Faculty Staff Association Suggestions Survey to voice opinions and ideas. To sign up for the Disability Faculty Staff Association, visit the Faculty Staff Associations’ website. For more information, contact the FSA at

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Staff Award by Dec. 21 

Staff employees, faculty members and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award. The deadline for submissions for the 2018-19 award is Friday, Dec. 21. To be eligible, nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, corporation or ASI, who have completed at least three years of employment as of Dec. 31, 2018 (10-month employees are also eligible). Employees represented by bargaining unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award and student assistants are not eligible. The Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form can be found on the Administration and Finance website.

The Cal Poly Learning Hub: New Opportunities for Employee Development to Launch in January 

Ariel photo of Cal Poly campus with text reading Cal Poly Learning HubThe Cal Poly Learning Hub, powered by SumTotal, is a contemporary online learning platform for faculty, staff and student employees. Launching in January 2019, the Learning Hub will support in-person and online learning activities. Register for an in-person workshop, track external training or view a digital resource on topics covering technology tools, business concepts and soft skills. Employees can access any of the 75,000 videos, courses and books from anywhere, on any device, at any time. The Cal Poly Learning Hub will replace Skillsoft on Jan. 29.

RSVP by Nov. 28 for Cal Poly Women’s Club Annual Holiday Dinner

The Cal Poly Women's Club will hold its annual holiday dinner Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. This year’s theme is “Aloha Holiday Spirit” and a local hula group will perform. In the spirit of Aloha, guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food and toiletry items to be donated to the Cal Poly Food Pantry. Tickets are $40. For more information and to RSVP for the event by Nov. 28, contact Valerie Barboza at Check out the club website at

Empathia Workshop Explores 'Happy (Affordable) Holidays' on Dec. 4

Empathia logo reading Good for People. Good for Business.Does your usual holiday celebration focus on those aspects that you feel are most important? No? Maybe a motivational boost in the form of a reminder of what truly is important may help. A Dec. 4 workshop will discuss setting realistic expectations, developing a budget, involving kids in the preparation as well as the celebration, establishing traditions, creating gift ideas and staying healthy. Join Employee and Organization Development for a webinar from Employee Assistance Provider — Empathia. Register here and come to the Cal Poly Police Training Room (Building 36, Room 105) from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

PolyData Dashboards are Getting a Sleek New Look, Better Functionality

A new and improved version of PolyData Dashboards, a suite of Oracle business intelligence tools that provides campus reporting, will be available for staff and faculty users on Sunday, Dec. 2. The application upgrade features a sleeker interface, more mobile-friendly dashboards and improved functionality. PolyData Dashboards will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, while the upgrade takes place. For more information, visit If you need assistance or have any questions, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000. 

New Security Video on Accessing Work Data from Home

Illustration of two individuals, one standing and one sitting in front of a computer.This month’s four-minute NINJIO information security training video, “Data Loss by the Logger,” shows what can happen if you’re not careful when accessing work files from home. The main character cuts a few corners regarding his firm’s IT security procedures while working from home. The result places his entire career at stake when hackers use a keylogger to gain his exact login credentials. View the episode for tips on protecting yourself against keylogging malware. NINJIO releases a new security topic each month, aimed at spreading security awareness. All videos are available through Skillsoft under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal.

Fidelity Investments to Offer One-on-One Appointments and Presentation

The campus Fidelity Investments representative, Christel Whittier, will host individual appointments on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Room 128G of the Administration Building (No. 1), and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30, in Room 133 of the Administration Building. These appointments are available to all faculty and staff who have questions about retirement savings and investment options. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To schedule an in-person consultation, visit

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Debbie DudleyDebbie (Arseneau) Dudley, associate registrar for the System Management Unit in the Office the Registrar, will retire Dec. 31 after 36 years of service (click here to read an extended biography). Dudley began her career in 1982 as the university class scheduler for Cal Poly, and she continued to manage campus class scheduling single-handedly for many years. Throughout her time, she oversaw transitions to different scheduling technologies and systems, even serving as the voice of “Capture,” a previous phone registration system (recognized in an amusing YouTube Video). Due to Dudley's scheduling expertise and personal dedication, she earned Cal Poly’s Outstanding Staff Award in 1988-89. In 2004, she served as Student Records’ Lead during the implementation of PeopleSoft. Her software expertise, extensive knowledge and work ethic earned her a promotion to associate registrar in 2006. Since then, she has continued to lead the office through a number of large-scale software implementations and upgrades. Dudley has also served an essential role in initiating other services like block registration for first-year students, online transcripts, PASS, PolyPlanner, and countless other vital projects. Dudley's contributions to Cal Poly are immeasurable, and the impact of her work and commitment is extensive. Join us in wishing Dudley a fond farewell from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. Light refreshments will be served.

Karen Aguilar

Karen Aguilar, accountant in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, will retire in December after 31 years of service to Cal Poly. She joined the university in 1987 as an agricultural clerk and cashiering supervisor with the Cal Poly Corporation. Thirteen years later, she moved to University Fiscal Services — quickly transitioning from an accounting technician to an accountant. She stayed there until joining the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences in 2012. Aguilar is known for her dedication, willingness to help, and as the go-to person to get things done. Those who work with her value her upbeat personality, energetic enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive presence. Join in celebrating her achievements and wishing her well in retirement from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Cal Poly Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28).

Maureen ConnerMaureen Conner will retire at the end of December after 11 years and four months of distinguished service to Cal Poly and the College of Science and Mathematics. Conner served in five of the college’s eight departments before concluding her career as the personnel coordinator in the Dean’s Office, where her comprehensive knowledge of the departments and her tireless work ethic made a tremendous impact. Always willing to go the extra mile to help a colleague or student or ensure that a job was well done, Conner brought a deep dedication to her work and a generous heart to every interaction with students, staff and faculty. She also contributed to the university as a long-standing essential member of the organizing committee for the annual Service Awards. A retirement reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.  Friday, Nov. 30, on the fifth floor lobby of the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180).

Cindy HoltonCindy Holton, administrative support coordinator for the Biomedical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering, will retire Nov. 30 after 18 years of service. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Holton worked as the secretary to the city manager and deputy city clerk for the city of Atascadero for almost 15 years, bringing her total years in government service to 33. Holton has been an incredible source of institutional knowledge, and has helped the Biomedical Engineering Department grow from a startup operation into the established organization it is today. She will be missed greatly by everyone she interacted with as the face of Cal Poly biomedical engineering, as well as her many friends from across campus. A retirement reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, in the courtyard of the Engineering Building (No. 13). Come wish Holton well as she departs for her next series of adventures.

Ben Vahedy, analyst/programmer for Academic Affairs, will retire in December after 25 years of service at Cal Poly. Vahedy has been an integral part of the report writing staff since 1994, originally writing FOCUS reports to support the Records Office on the IBM Mainframe SIS system. Vahedy played an important role in setting up Cal Poly's “Capture” process, which was the university's first automated class registration system. He later moved to the Financial Aid Office where he supported Student Awards, Grants, Scholarships and the automation of Award Letter printing. Vahedy also had a large role in the migration and implementation of today's PeopleSoft system. He currently supports the daily functions of the Admissions office, Financial Aid Office and the Office of the Registrar. Vahedy plans to travel and spend more time with his family. His humor and hard driving work ethic will be sorely missed. There will be a gathering with light refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301.

Kurt O. BrownKurt O. Brown, the Art and Design Department’s beloved, award-winning instructional support technician III for photography and video — a dear friend, mentor and confidant to so many — will retire at the end of December. Brown began his career in November 1984 as a temporary equipment technician for the department. He was subsequently hired full-time as an instructional support technician I in February 1985, and has been an invaluable colleague ever since. Over the years Brown has fostered relationships with hundreds of students who have gone through the program, from art and design majors to those taking photography and video classes as either GEs or electives. He helped bridge lasting relationships with many others throughout the campus community and always enhanced the Learn by Doing philosophy at Cal Poly with his generous assistance and support to students, faculty and staff. For the department’s photography and video concentration, Brown has implemented systems and protocols for seamless lab operations that are widely used by alumni in their own practice. He has also been influential in generating thousands of dollars in equipment donations, as well as funding for equipment through his alumni connections. As a testimony to his unparalleled skills, uncompromising work ethic and overall congeniality, Brown received the staff award in 2000 for Continuing Excellence from the College of Liberal Arts; and in 2017 the college recognized him again with the Career Achievement Award. Brown is retiring to focus on his health and his family. His ubiquitous smile and compassionate heart will be greatly missed. The department wishes him the happiest of retirements. A reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the University Art Gallery, located on the first floor in the Dexter Building (No. 34).

Joan KennedyJoan Kennedy will retire on Dec. 31 after 34 years of service to Kennedy Library and Cal Poly. Kennedy has had a profound impact throughout her career, working in almost every department in Kennedy Library. In 1983, she earned an Master of Arts degree in education, counseling and guidance from Cal Poly and then started her career at Kennedy Library with positions in Learning Resources, Special Collections and University Archives, Circulation and Collection Management. In addition to her library work, Kennedy has had a major impact on our campus and across the CSU in her various roles in Chapter 316 of CSUEU, especially as chapter president since 2007. CSUEU Vice President Jeff Nadel said, “Joan has been key and instrumental on campus committees and labor relations, workplace and civility issues in leading and participating in such areas as diversity committees, the Cal Poly Equity Compensation Program, and campus climate surveys, to name a few.” President Armstrong said, “Joan has been a valued member of the Cal Poly family for many years, and her personal commitment and loyalty throughout her career have made our university a better place. It goes without saying that she will be missed by all who have benefited from knowing her and working alongside her. I personally will miss her honesty and energy, but I wish her all the best in a well-deserved retirement. I know Joan will continue to do great things, and would venture to guess that she will always remain Cal Poly Proud. We will do our best to follow her example and to continue to give her reason to be proud. Thanks, Joan, for all you've done for all of us." A reception will be held in Kennedy's honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Kennedy Library, Room 209.

Tommy DeMovilleTommy DeMoville will retire at the end of December after more than 24 years of service to Cal Poly and Kennedy Library. A Cal Poly alumnus (English, '76; M.A. Education, '92), DeMoville joined Kennedy Library in 1994 as an instructional support assistant in the Learning Resources and Curriculum Department to oversee the multimedia computer lab and provide user education and support. He also consulted regarding computer hardware/software, audio visual equipment and electronic resources. As the needs of the library changed, DeMoville transitioned in 2006 to a library support services and system coordinator position in Digital Services and in 2011 became a workstation specialist for Library Information Technology. Throughout his time, DeMoville assisted the library with adapting to new technology demands and integrating new resources, including virtualized software and desktop imaging, vastly improving library services. His dedication and support have been critical to the success of many large-scale systems improvements in the library, and his hardware expertise has been invaluable. He will be sorely missed. A retirement reception will be held to wish DeMoville a fond farewell from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 511.

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Campus Announcements

The Power of Privilege (Recorded TED Talk) to be Shown Nov. 29

Tiffany Jana during her TED TalkEmployee and Organization Development will lead a Nov. 29 discussion about “The Power of Privilege,” a TED Talk by Tiffany Jana, co-author of “Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences,” and co-founder of the diversity and inclusion management consulting firm TMI Consulting Inc. The talk helps attendees understand what it means to talk about privilege and what can be done with that power. Jana, in her candid TED Talk, shares that people are not powerless against unconscious biases and can use privilege for good. This Learning Circle occurs from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Join in and watch the recorded TED Talk, then engage in open sharing, exploration and discourse. Register here.  

Applications Due Jan. 21 for International Events and Activities Grant 

Cal Poly International Center logoThe International Center will award up to six $500 grants to support international events and activities that will take place during the 2018-19 academic year. Applications must be from an officially recognized club at Cal Poly. The deadline to apply is Jan. 21. Click here for more details. Now Available to Student Employees via the Portal

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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.


Still photo taken from artist Mark Tribe's 24-hour video of a wild place.The University Art Gallery will present “New Nature,” a one-take, 24-hour-long video that captures a day and a night in the life of a wild place, by artist Mark Tribe to run Thursday, Nov. 15, to Friday, Dec. 7. Shot in a single take on a stationary digital cinema camera, these pictures of Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest in New York are meant to be exhibited on large ultra-high-definition screens with immersive sound systems. The gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34), is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tribe will also give a talk about his work at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Room 149 of the Dexter Building. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the gallery. Tribe is interested in the traditions of Western landscape painting and photography, and how they are reflections of the ideologies that were prevalent in the societies that produced them. If, for example, the paintings of the Hudson River School and the frontier photographs of Carlton Watkins and his peers are expressions of the idea of manifest destiny, what kinds of landscape images might flow from the ideology of environmentalism in an age of climate change and mass extinction?

PAC-A-Lunch Concert To Be Held Nov. 30 in the PAC Lobby

Photo of members of Take it SLOWhat are your lunch plans on Friday, Nov. 30? Join us for our PAC-A-Lunch Concert Series, sponsored by PAC Outreach Services. Bring a lunch and enjoy a free concert in the beautiful Performing Arts Center Lobby at noon. The November concert will feature members of Cal Poly’s A Cappella group, Take it SLO, singing original arrangements to get your feet tapping. Tell colleagues, bring a friend and get in tune with your lunch hour.

Bandfest Concert with Cal Polys New Director of Bands Set for Nov. 30

Photo of Cal Poly Mustang Band.Nearly 300 students will perform at the annual Bandfest at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Performing Arts Center. The show will feature the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in an evening of works ranging from the sensitive to the powerful. The concert will begin with Jack Stamp’s “Gavorkna Fanfare.” Other works on the program include José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana’s “Sit de Plata,” and Percy Grainger’s “Colonial Song.” The Cal Poly Chamber Winds will present Gordon Jacob’s setting of English folk songs, “Old Wine in New Bottles.” “As we launch this season’s Cal Poly Bands series, we begin an exploration of how the wind band can be used to express a cultural ‘voice,’” said Christopher J. Woodruff, Cal Poly’s new director of bands. “The big piece for the Wind Ensemble is a marvelous multi-movement take on Cajun song and dance by Frank Ticheli.” The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. 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. 

Cal Poly Choirs to Present Second Annual ‘Holiday Kaleidoscope’ Dec. 1

Photo of Cal Poly choirs during a past performance.The Cal Poly Choirs will present the second annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Performing Arts Center. Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics, the University Singers and Chamber Choir will be joined on the concert by three local high school choirs: Cabrillo (Lompoc), Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Additional special guests will be featured, including string and brass players, a guest speaker and something especially for children in the audience. The Cal Poly Choirs will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dieterich Buxtehude, Herbert Howells, Ēriks Ešenvalds and others, as well as various arrangements of popular carols and seasonal tunes. The combined forces of the university and high school choirs will perform Daniel Pinkham’s exciting “Christmas Cantata” for brass ensemble, organ and choir. Audience members can participate in a carol sing-along, and enjoy fun-spirited “cameo” pieces. Cal Poly staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs on piano and organ. Jennifer Peterson conducts the Cabrillo High School choir, Holly Banfield conducts the Morro Bay High School choir, and David Alm conducts the San Luis Obispo High School choir. Scott Glysson is Cal Poly’s director of choral activities. 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. 

Arab Music Ensemble to Feature Armenian Ensemble Dec. 1

Contributed photo of the Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble, which will perform with the Arab Music Ensemble at Cal Poly on Dec. 1.The Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble will perform a program of works from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Spanos Theatre. The Arab Music Ensemble will begin the program. The ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its membership represents a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus. San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the ensemble’s dance troupe in original choreographies that dialogue with the music. Samuel Shalhoub is acting director of the Arab Music Ensemble for the 2018-19 season while its regular director, Ken Habib, is on sabbatical. Shalhoub has been a long-time participant in the group and is also a lecturer in the Liberal Studies Department. The second half of the program will feature a special guest presentation by the Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble (pictured), in a performance of traditional and contemporary Armenian music. Based in Fresno, the group is led by John Chookasian, who was born in New York to immigrant parents from Sebastia, in historic Western Armenia. 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. 

Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season with ‘The Symphony Dances’ Dec. 2

Photo of the two guest artists performing with the Cal Poly Symphony on Dec. 2The Cal Poly Symphony will explore the rhythm and vibrancy of dance across the historical spectrum in its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center. The first half of the program features Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances,” a 20th-century reworking of 16th-century lute music; Claude Debussy’s sensuous “Sarabande,” orchestrated by Maurice Ravel; and John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.”  “This stylistically varied set of works spans a huge amount of history,” said David Arrivée, who will conduct the performance. “This music allows the orchestra to tackle everything from the Galliard, a Renaissance dance found in the Respighi, to John Adams’ pulsing, minimalist take on a Foxtrot.” The second half of the program will feature two guest artists: harpist Marcia Dickstein, and flutist Suzanne Duffy. Dickstein will perform Claude Debussy’s “Dances sacrée et profane” (“Sacred and Profane Dances”), a showpiece work commissioned to display the capabilities of the newly invented chromatic harp. Duffy will then join Dickstein to perform Howard Hanson’s “Serenade for Solo Flute, Harp and String Orchestra.” The concert will conclude with Arturo Márquez’ energetic Latin dance, “Danzón No. 2.” 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. 

Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 7

Dave BeckerUniversity Jazz Bands will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. Known to the world as America’s original art form, jazz has several subgenres which will be showcased at this concert. Dave Becker, acting director of the jazz program, said, “Concert-goers can expect a range from the tasteful and sonically intimate small combo sound, to the powerful and robust sound of traditional big bands with vocalists.” The concert will feature two big bands and two combos, nearly 40 student musicians from a variety of majors on campus. Becker (pictured) is serving as acting director fall quarter while its regular director, Paul Rinzler, is on sabbatical. Becker teaches jazz saxophone at Cal Poly. On Sept. 21, his sextet — the Dave Becker Central Coast All-Stars — performed at the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival on the Education Stage. 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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, Nov. 28
Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern Washington, Mott Athletics Center, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1
Women’s Basketball vs. Saint Mary’s, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Men’s Basketball vs. Bethune-Cookman, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17
Wrestling vs. Northwestern, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21
Men’s Basketball vs. Texas-Arlington, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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. 

#105113 — Data Warehouse Engineer (Analyst/Programmer — Career), ITS — App Dev and Info Management. $4,372-$10,478 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $7,500-$8,750 per month.) Open until filled. This internal recruitment is open to Cal Poly employees only (state, Corporation and ASI).

#105116 — Access Specialist (Student Services Professional II — Exempt), Student Affairs — Disability Resource Center. $4,179-$5,942. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,179-$4,300). 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 new 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.

Catering Assistant Manager, Campus Dining, $45,801-$68,723 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.

Building Service Worker (Recreational Sports), $15/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Assistant Coordinator — Accounting, $22.50/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Teacher, $15.44/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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