Cal Poly Report — Oct. 24, 2018 


Diversity and Inclusion Collective Impact Forum Moved to Nov. 2

State of Collective Impact logoThe campus community is invited to a forum discussing the university’s collective impact efforts from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The collective impact approach allows multiple campus groups to rally around a common agenda and shared measurements for diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly with the help of the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion’s centralized infrastructure. At the forum, OUDI leaders will discuss specific recommendations made by strategy groups in the spring, which focused on curriculum, campus climate and the recruitment and retention of faculty and students. Attendees can expect to learn about next steps for collective impact work and find opportunities to participate in a variety of ongoing strategy groups. The event will recognize and celebrate the hard work done to advance collective impact efforts in the past year. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend, enjoy light refreshments and connect with others. For more information on OUDI’s collective impact work, visit

Strategic Plan logoThe university is still accepting input and the campus community is encouraged to visit the  Strategic Plan website to learn more about the process, the foundation planning documents, and most importantly, to view the draft of the plan (in brief and extended versions). Pay special attention to the strategic priority and goal levels, which are furthest along. The lower levels of the plan, including the potential initiatives and tactics and the potential measures of success, are presented more as illustrations of how goals might be achieved than as specific university commitments. Working groups will be formed and continue to develop these aspects of the plan during the 2018-19 academic year, after the final plan is completed and adopted by the university. Provide feedback by attending an open forum from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Berg Gallery in the Architecture Building (No. 5), Room 105. Or provide a written comment via the online form on the Strategic Plan website.

Experience Industry Management Department Named Third Best in Nation

The Experience Industry Management Department has been named the third best department in the nation for the study of parks, recreation and leisure, according to a new report by higher education research firm College Factual. The Experience Industry Management Department is the first of its kind in California, encompassing a program that mirrors a national shift that blends sports, tourism, travel, lifestyle, conventions, meetings, events, experiential marketing, adventure, outdoor experiences, destination marketing, hospitality, community recreation and related industries. Cal Poly’s program was selected by College Factual based on a methodology that included education quality, average earnings of graduates, and accreditation, among other factors. Cal Poly graduates earn more than 26 percent more than the standard graduate with the same degree from other colleges, according to the report. Recreation, parks and tourism administration graduates are tackling jobs as global event strategy managers, destination marketing coordinators, experience design directors, event planners, adventure travel guides, outdoor experience leaders, park managers, hospitality managers, sales and catering directors, employee experience specialists, tourism marketing directors, community recreation coordinators, and professional sports team executives in the U.S. and throughout the world.  Read more here.

School of Education Receives $4.1 Million Federal Grant to Reform Teaching Programs

Trio of Cal Poly grant overseersEducation Professor Megan Guise has received a $4.1 million U.S. Department of Education grant to reform teacher preparation programs in elementary, secondary and special education. School of Education faculty Tanya Flushman and Briana Ronan will serve as co-principal investigators. “Pathways and Partnerships to Ensure Student Success” takes an interdisciplinary approach to teacher education and includes deliberate partnering at all levels of teacher preparation. The award brings together four colleges, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education. The grant also includes partnerships with four high-need school districts in Paso Robles, Guadalupe and South Monterey and Kern counties. Project goals include: recruiting teachers from underrepresented populations and teacher shortage areas (STEM fields, special education, agriculture, bilingual education); creating deliberate and sustaining partnerships with high-need partner districts; implementing a two-year, formalized induction program that includes high-quality mentoring, structured observations, instructional rounds and professional development; and developing teacher learning around K-12 literacy skills across the subject areas (particularly in STEM and computer science). This is the third Teacher Quality Partnership grant awarded to Cal Poly faculty.

KCPR Celebrates 50 Years of Student Radio as 500 Alumni Return

The 2018 Cal Poly journalism galaThe Journalism Department and KCPR celebrated 50 years on-air with a variety of anniversary events Oct. 12-13. The celebration started with the 2018 Jim Hayes Symposium on Friday, Oct. 12. This year’s panel discussion —"Is Journalism Broken?” — focused on the challenges confronting journalism. A benefit concert featuring Los Angeles pop band Sure Sure was held at SLO Brew Rock that evening. An open house at the station and Hall of Fame and a Through the Decades Gala rounded out the celebration on Saturday, Oct. 13. Four new members were inducted into the Journalism Department Mustang Media Hall of Fame: music industry executive Bruce Flohr; advancement professional Susan Houghton; political consultant and KCRA-TV analyst Kevin Riggs; and former KCPR faculty advisor and broadcaster Ed Zuchelli. Close to 500 alumni and friends of KCPR attended events celebrating the 50-year milestone.

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Student Success

Rose Float Team to Participate in Nationwide 'Petal It Forward' Event Oct. 24

Photo of numerous bouquets of flowers in metal buckets.Students involved in Cal Poly Rose Float will surprise 150 campus community members with flowers on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as they participate for the first time in a national “Petal It Forward” event. The lucky recipients will receive two bouquets — one to keep and one to give away — in an effort to spread happiness through flowers, said Sydney Strong, decorations chair for Cal Poly Rose Float and an industrial engineering major. “It’s something to make someone’s day,” Strong said. “Who doesn’t like to get a free bouquet?” Holland America Flowers LLC in Arroyo Grande provided 300 bouquets for the Cal Poly students to bestow on Wednesday. Rose Float members will hand out the blooms from 9 a.m. to noon in the University Union Plaza and on Dexter Lawn. Strong said that Cal Poly Rose Float also hopes to raise awareness of the team, which since 1949 has collaborated with peers from Cal Poly Pomona to produce one of only a handful of self-built floral floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day. The Rose Float team’s 2018 entry marked the seventh consecutive year that their float earned the “California Grown” designation from the California Cut Flower Commission, which recognizes an entry decorated with at least 85 percent of cut flowers and plant materials from the Golden State.

ROTC Unit Soars Aboard a Black Hawk During Fall Training Exercise

Cal Poly ROTC student exit a Black Hawk helicopterCal Poly’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets got an added bonus at their fall Field Training Exercise at Camp San Luis Obispo on Oct. 12-14. Twenty-two members of the Fighting Mustang Battalion took turns flying aboard an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, a trip that took them from the California National Guard base over a sun-splashed Morro Rock and back. “The last time we had helicopters was in  2016,” said Ken Harris, recruiting operations officer, and career and scholarship advisor for Cal Poly’s ROTC. The training exercise, called an FTX, had about 115 cadets participate — about 50 from Cal Poly and the rest from UC Santa Barbara ROTC programs. The copter, which can transport 11 soldiers and a crew of three, is the Army’s primary medium-lift utility transport and air assault aircraft. It can travel at speeds up to 170 mph with a range of nearly 370 miles. The two-day training exercise included sessions on day and night land navigation, leadership, a ropes course and rappelling from a nearly four-story tower. Cal Poly’s ROTC cadets pursue a bachelor’s degree while taking military science classes and participating in field exercises and labs in preparation of becoming officers after graduation in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

College of Engineering to Host Undergraduate Research Program Symposium on Nov. 2

The College of Engineering will host the first Summer Undergraduate Research Program Symposium from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the lobby of the Engineering IV Building (No. 192). This event will highlight the incredible research done by 69 students who worked side by side with 33 faculty members. The results will be showcased in a series of display posters at the event. Students also will be on hand to share their experiences with attendees.

Students and Staff Target Local Trash Hot Spots During Annual Creek Cleanup Day

Several students carry bags of recovered trashCal Poly Environmental Health and Safety volunteers picked up about 300 pieces of trash — including 15 pounds of recyclable materials — at the annual San Luis Obispo Creek Cleanup Day. For three hours on Sept. 29, the 15 participants visited known litter hot spots in four creeks near campus, from Stenner Creek near The SLO Student Housing complex on Foothill Boulevard  to Brizzolara Creek near Poly Canyon Village on the northeast flank of the Cal Poly campus. The volunteers’ goal was not only to reduce the amount of harmful debris entering the local watershed, which ultimately empties into the Pacific Ocean, but also to raise awareness about the types of products being discarded. Forty pounds of trash was recovered. The most common items ranged from plastic wrappers to Taco Bell hot sauce packets, the volunteers reported.

ROTC to Host Regional Ranger Challenge on Oct. 27

Cal Poly ROTC will host the regional 2018 Ranger Challenge at Camp San Luis Obispo for the first time in six years. This event is physically and mentally demanding, focusing on the tasks that cadets will need during their careers as Army officers. Eleven ROTC programs from California schools — Cal Poly, Fresno State, UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, UCSB, UCLA, USC, San Diego State, Claremont McKenna — along with the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, will arrive at Camp SLO and compete with nine-person cadet teams in a grueling series of nine tactical and physical challenges. In addition to planning, organizing and executing this year’s event, Cal Poly ROTC will also field an outstanding cadet team. The competition begins at 6 a.m. Saturday, with other teams following every 30 minutes thereafter, and continues through the night with land navigation competition in the dark. The final event concludes at 11 p.m. The overall winner goes on to compete against the winners of the two other regional competitions to determine who will represent the 8th Brigade (Cadet Command) at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point, N.Y.

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Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Fire Guru Chris Dicus is President of Association for Fire Ecology

Chris Dicus headshotChris Dicus, professor of wildland fire and fuels management in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department also known as Cal Poly’s resident fire guru, was elected president of the Association for Fire Ecology. The AFE is an international scientific society that promotes sound wildland fire ecology research, education and management. In Dicus’ short tenure, he has helped AFE develop the first known Diversity and Inclusivity Committee Charter for the profession, sponsored its first professional conference in South America, and is currently planning for the first European Conference in the organization’s history. Dicus also heads the Wildland-Urban Interface module of the California Fire Science Consortium, which focuses on the dynamics of fire where natural areas and developed areas meet. This focus is unique in the nationwide program of the JFSP Fire Science Exchange Networks. His work is being recognized internationally. He was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Australian Bushfire Building Conference held in September, and in April he’ll be the featured speaker at the International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Marseille, France.

First Year Success Program Seeks Coaches; Training Session set for Dec. 10

16 Mustang Success Center staff membersThe Mustang Success Center is seeking coaches for the First Year Success Program, an academic workshop for first-year students on academic probation for the first time. Volunteers need to attend a training session from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec.10. Commitments for the program include leading a breakout session of four to six students during one of the upcoming workshops in January, holding a follow-up meeting with each student in the group and serving as a resource throughout the winter quarter if a student in the group any help or guidance. Three two-hour workshops for affected students will be held at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Find the overview of coaching duties on the Mustang Success Center website.

International Center Seeks Volunteers to Host Local Activities for International Students

A host family and student stand on Avila Beach pierThe International Center is seeking faculty and staff for the International Poly Hosts Program. Volunteers agree to host international students for short, cross-cultural day visits that include such activities as an informal dinner at a host's home, beach trips, meeting for coffee, or celebrating holidays/family occasions. The program helps international students experience the community outside an academic setting. Poly Hosts gain a deeper understanding of other cultures while sharing their own. Questions? Refer to the application to learn more and to apply.

Fidelity Investments 403(b) One-on-One Appointments and Presentation on Oct. 29-31

A Fidelity Investments representative will be on campus to discuss retirement issues Oct. 29-31. All sessions will be held in the Administration Building (No. 01), Room 133. Fidelity’s “Create a Budget, Ditch Your Debt, and Start Saving for the Future” presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. No preregistration is necessary. Fidelity Investments representative George Nofel will answer questions about retirement savings and investment options during individual appointments to any faculty and staff member who already is enrolled in a 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plan. The sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 31. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To schedule an in-person consultation, visit:

Nominations Due Oct. 31 for Distinguished Scholarship Award

The Distinguished Scholarship Award recognizes the scholarship, research and creative activity of both junior and senior faculty members across all disciplines at Cal Poly. Faculty are encouraged to nominate their fellow faculty members for this award as well as notify their students about it. See the Distinguished Scholarship Award website for more information. Nominations are due by Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, contact the Academic Senate Office at ext. 6-1258 or

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Award Continue Through Nov. 28

The nomination period for the Distinguished Teaching Award continues through Wednesday, Nov. 28. The award recognizes faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching and inspire their students. The award is especially significant since only students and alumni —  those who have been touched by the faculty — are eligible to submit nominations. The rigorous evaluation process is conducted by peer faculty members and is based on reviews of written documentation and extensive in-class visitations. Any student or alumnus may submit one or more nominations on the Academic Senate website.

Empathia Workshop Explores Pathways to Healing and Compassion Fatigue on Nov. 7

Empathia logoAn Empathia workshop will explore ways to ease compassion fatigue for caregivers. The session will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Training Room of the Cal Poly Police Building (No. 36), Room 105. As a caregiver, the consuming priority is often taking care of a loved one or friend. However, by doing so, caregivers may minimize their own needs. This workshop will include: exploring paths of healing for those in a caregiver role; identifying and discussing signs of caregiver pain; identifying and discussing ways to care for yourself; and understanding “future” versus “present” hope and how it impacts your resiliency. The event is hosted by Employee and Organization Development and is provided by the university’s Employee Assistance Provider — Empathia Life Matters. To register, click here.


Facilities Management and Development to Host Nov. 7-8 Fall Summit and Open House; Register by Nov. 1 to Attend

Department logo w  photos showing electical, concrete and classroom activitiesFacilities Management and Development will host its Fall Summit and Open House on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, at the Facilities Building (No. 70). The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The summit will include more than a dozen sessions spread over two days that showcase the breadth and scope of Facilities initiatives, processes and ways to improve work stations. Day One kicks off with a 9 a.m. coffee with the department’s leadership team followed by a day and half of fun, informative sessions, a raffle, giveaways and lunch. Sessions include: Office Ergonomics: Let's Get Comfortable!, Keep it Safe! Information Security and Confidential Shredding Services, Facilitating the Future — A Facilities Management and Development Overview, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet — Cal Poly’s Push Toward Zero Waste, and many more. To see the full agenda or to register, click here. Follow Facilities on its Inside Cal Poly! Facebook page. Questions? Contact the Facilities Help Center at ext. 6-5555 or email

Deadline for Baker/Koob Endowment Proposals is Nov. 5

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, Nov. 5, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. The endowments will have $51,000 available to support the proposals. The typical range for grants is up to $2,500 for individuals and a maximum of $5,000 for group projects. A faculty committee representing all six colleges will review proposals. Successful past grant proposals represented a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Recipients will be announced before the holidays and projects can begin in January. Students have a year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the provost's website.

Faculty/Staff Invited to Disability Faculty Staff Association Working Social on Nov. 8

The new Disability Faculty Staff Association will host a working social from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in UU 219. Faculty and staff are invited to meet colleagues with disabilities and allies, and provide input on the group’s future programming, goals and events. To sign up for the Disability Faculty Staff Association, visit the faculty-staff associations webpage.

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly to Honor its Arboreal Roots at Oct. 24 Arbor Day Ceremonial Planting

Canopy of a Palo blanco tree (Acacia willardiana)Cal Poly will host a tree planting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to honor the university’s commitment to its trees on what is the nation’s most-diverse urban campus forest. The university, recognized since 2014 as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA, chose to host its Arbor Day not in the spring but later because fall is the ideal time of year to plant trees on the Central Coast. The event, open to all, will take place at 11 a.m. at the northwestern side of Clyde P. Fisher Science Hall (No. 33) near North Perimeter Road. “We’ll be planting a palo blanco tree (Acacia willardiana), the first of its kind on the Cal Poly campus,” said Professor Matt Ritter, the Cal Poly Conservatory director, adding that landscape services staff will be joined by Botany 121 students, conservatory volunteers, Plant Sciences and Plant Medicine clubs members and representatives. “As we move to more and more  drought-tolerant species on campus in an effort to save water on the landscape, we need to experiment with drought-tolerant, yet beautiful trees. Palo blanco, which comes from the Sonoran Desert in Northern Mexico is a beautiful, papery barked, weeping acacia.” The tree has a lifespan of 50 years and can grow to 20 feet high. Cal Poly is among 13 California colleges or universities and more than 350 other schools to carry the Tree Campus USA designation. But it stands apart from the rest, boasting the largest variety of tree species on a university campus in the nation. For more information about Tree Campus USA, visit the Facilities website

Village Market to Host Oct. 29 Grand Opening for Students, Faculty and Staff

Village Market Grand Opening logoCampus Dining will host a grand opening of Village Market at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. The celebration is open to the campus community and will include a ribbon cutting, food tasting and prize giveaways. The newly expanded market, in Poly Canyon Village across from its previous location, features an Einstein’s Bros. Bagels kiosk, Cal Poly products and produce, and nine new local vendors, including Paso Almonds and Central Coast Creamery. “I’m really excited about all the locally sourced nuts, cheeses and other tasty snacks we’ll be seeing in the store,” said Melissa Burns, Village Market unit manager. The market has a redesigned interior that includes a bulk cereal and snack section, a wall of beverages, and a peanut and almond butter grinder. Einstein’s Bros. Bagels has a full menu and will serve Caribou Coffee. The Village Market is one of 28 Campus Dining venues offering local and organic products, quick grab-and-go bites and fresh grocery items. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends.

Cal Poly Police Seeks Votes by Oct. 31 to Win a New K-9 SUV

Officer Chad Reiley and K9 BrisantCal Poly Police K-9 Officer Chad Reiley and his K-9 Brisant need the help of the campus community in their quest to win a new sports utility vehicle for the campus police department. Vested Interest in K-9s, a nonprofit that provides bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement, is sponsoring the contest, which runs through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The K-9 team with the most votes will win a new Chevrolet Tahoe PPV (police pursuit vehicle). “Winning this vehicle would be a huge benefit to our program,” Reiley said. Brisant, who has shown his furry face at multiple community events throughout the county, is one of two K-9 units on campus. To help Reiley and Brisant win the SUV, participants are urged to vote once per day at through the end of the month.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Oct. 26

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular scheduled meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124, on campus. This is a public meeting.  For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.


Cal Poly Researchers Assessing LGBTQ Mental Health Services, Seeking Participants

QCARES logoQCARES, the Queer Community Action, Research, Education, and Support team led by Cal Poly psychology Professor Jay Bettergarcia, received a $25,000 grant from San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health through the state Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to evaluate mental health services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBQ+) individuals in San Luis Obispo County. QCARES will assess the quality of local services offered and identify the barriers to mental health care for the LGBTQ+ community. The grant represents the first time San Luis Obispo County MHSA funds have been used to target LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness. The group is seeking LGBTQ+-identifying individuals who are 14 and older to participate in a survey, a focus group or both to help researchers learn more about access to services, barriers to accessing care and experiences with support services throughout the county. Results of the study will help create community development initiatives that support countywide LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness. For more information about the project, visit the QCARES website. Read more here.

‘Franken Fall’ will Feature Halloween Marathon Reading of 'Frankenstein' Oct. 31

Frankenfall Logo“Franken Fall” is a series of interdisciplinary events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein.” Campus events will begin on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a daylong public reading of the novel in Kennedy Library.This performance is part of the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s Frankenreads, a worldwide marathon reading of the novel, and Cal Poly will join more than 450 institutions across the globe in this exciting undertaking. Future Franken Fall events include a screening of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein,” a Kennedy Library exhibit of student projects, and a talk by Gillen D’Arcy Wood titled “Frankenstein and Climate Change.” Events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library website.


Vietnamese Language and Culture Group to Meet Each Friday

The Vietnamese Group welcomes students, staff and faculty who are interested in learning or expanding their knowledge of the Vietnamese language, culture and history. The group will meet Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Center for Service in Action Lounge, in Room E24 of the Science Building (No. 52). Participants do not need to know any Vietnamese prior to attending; they just need to have an interest! Welcome! Xin mời bạn! For more information, email Professor Margaret Bodemer at

 Several students listen to instructor at Cal Poly Solar Farm

Oct. 25 Workshop to Explore How to Use Cal Poly Solar Farm for Research

REC Solar and the Cal Poly Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability department will host a workshop and discussion about using the Cal Poly Solar Farm digital dashboard from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 112. Questions? Contact Kylee Singh, Cal Poly’s sustainability coordinator, at


Poly Canyon Classic Set for Nov. 3; Road Restrictions to be in Place in Poly Canyon

The Cal Poly Cycling Club will host the Poly Canyon Classic, an all-day mountain bike competition, on Saturday, Nov. 3. To safely accommodate the campus event, there will be restrictions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on many of the trails and roadways in Poly Canyon, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Experimental Structures Laboratory area and the agricultural lands beyond Patterson Ranch. Anyone planning to hike or ride in that area should expect some impacts during that time. Guests are welcome to attend the race and cheer on the competitors. Visit the Cal Poly Cycling website for more information at

Cal Poly Foundation Board to be Held Nov. 10

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion Room. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Smart Life Roadshow Comes to Campus Engineering Plaza on Nov. 6

The interior of the Smart Life Roadshow Airstream trailerThe Smart Life Roadshow, featuring the world’s “smartest” Airstream trailer, is coming to Cal Poly on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to show off what’s new and unique in smart home technology advancements. The Alexa-enabled Airstream, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Intel, Schlage, Sonos and other innovative partners using artificial intelligence and voice control, will be on display all day outside the Advanced Tech Labs building (No. 7). The College of Engineering, Computer Science department and the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) invite you to stop by and see what’s possible in your own office, bedroom, kitchen, living room and life. For more information on the Smart Life Roadshow, go to or follow @SmartLifeRoadshow on Instagram.

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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.


Svyati Duo's Oct. 28 Classical Music Concert Canceled; Refunds Are Underway

Due to an artist injury that precludes international travel, the Sunday, Oct. 28, Svyati Duo organ/cello concert has been canceled. Cal Poly Arts hopes to be able to reschedule the pair’s appearance. The Cal Poly Ticket Office will automatically issue refunds for all ticket purchases: credit card refunds will appear within five to seven business days; refund checks should be received within two weeks. Cal Poly Arts apologizes for any inconvenience.

Broadway Musical ‘Finding Neverland’ Comes to the PAC on Oct. 25Promotional photo from Finding Neverland.

Finding Neverland hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically acclaimed Academy Award-winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters — Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. Tickets range from $69-$99 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon-6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

Cal Poly Choirs’ 2018-19 Season Begins on Oct. 27 with ‘Luminous Night of the Soul’choir members perform in SLO Mission

Cal Poly’s 2018-19 large choral ensembles will be introduced at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. PolyPhonics and the University Singers will present a fall concert titled “Luminous Night of the Soul,” which will showcase the talent of the Cal Poly vocal program and give listeners a taste of the year to come. The University Singers will perform a portion of the well-known “Solemn Vespers” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as modern works by Craig Hella Johnson and Gwyneth Walker. PolyPhonics, the university’s premier choir, will perform Ola Gjeilo’s “Luminous Night of the Soul” along with a string quartet composed of Cal Poly students. The choir will also perform Ēriks Ešenvalds’ “Only in Sleep.” Several vocal solos will highlight the diversity and skill of the department’s student vocalists. Paul Woodring is the accompanist for the choirs. Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson conducts the choirs. 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.

Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘Trust Fall’ Nov. 1-3, 8-10

Two actors in a promotional shot for Theatre and Dance Department's fall production of "Trust Fall."The Theatre and Dance Department’s fall production, “Trust Fall,” is an original play written by Cal Poly Professor Al Schnupp. Performances, held in Spanos Theatre on campus, are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 and 8-10. Schnupp’s “Trust Fall” is the classic story of Daedalus and Icarus, retold in a bold, twisted, contemporary style with a cast of eccentric characters. Daedalus is a gifted sculptor and celebrated inventor who designed the labyrinth. The adventures of Daedalus lead to imprisonment, a misguided escape and life as a fugitive. The play is a comic saga about a man who creates problems that others must solve. It is also a heartfelt tribute to a trusting son, Icarus, who loses his life as a result of the misguided instructions of his father. “Trust Fall” is performed with four puppet interludes, which illustrate the nighttime adventures of chickens as imagined by Icarus, an episode from the life of Medea, a toy mechanical machine that Daedalus is building for his son, and a mad king searching frantically for his enemy. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). Learn more here.


National Geographic Live — Photography without Borders with Annie Griffiths on Nov. 14

Poster showing Annie Gririths holding a cameraAnnie Griffiths, one of National Geographic magazine’s most celebrated photographers, will share images and stories from a globetrotting career that has taken her to Bedouin campfires, meeting Argentinian horse whisperers, and falling in with English county gentlemen staging a beauty pageant for rodents from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Performing Arts Center. Special discounted tickets — $15 for faculty/staff and guests only — can be purchased online here. Enter promo code “CPIC.” A limited quantity is available. Student tickets are already sold at the discounted rate. This program is presented in association with National Geographic Live, bringing the National Geographic experience to global audiences, while celebrating the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change our world.

‘How the Indian Ocean Spice Trade Made the World Modern’ on Nov. 2

Eric Tagliacozzo head shotCornell University history Professor Eric Tagliacozzo will give a talk titled "How the Indian Ocean Spice Trade Made the World Modern" at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. People today take for granted the pepper, salt and other seasonings on dinner tables, but maybe they shouldn’t. The quest for spices brought the world together in ways that scholars are only now recognizing. Two thousand years ago, Han dynasty princes were buried with cloves in their mouths from Indonesia — 3,000 miles from China. In antiquity, the Mediterranean, India, Southeast Asia and China were thinly connected by spices. Venice and Istanbul built empires on the control of spices, Columbus’s search for spices landed him in the New World, and the barks and seeds of Asia launched the Age of Imperialism, when European state-making projects under the guise of "East India Companies" eventually carved up much of the world. Tagliacozzo has written two books “Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier” (Yale, 2005) and “The Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca” (Oxford, 2013). In his lecture, he will look at these old histories as an engine for global connection and explore how spices became objects of unparalleled affection. The talk is free and open to all. For more information, email Professor Matthew Hopper at, or Professor Christina Firpo at

Pilobolus Dance Company’s ‘Shadowland’ Comes to the PAC on Nov. 3

A scene from Shadowland with sillouetted dancers against a purple-yellow backdropThe athletic, always entertaining Pilobolus Dance Company brings its unique new creation “Shadowland” — a first-of-its-kind presentation of multimedia, shadow play and dance — to the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Created after years of experimentation with short-form shadow play, “Shadowland” is part shadow act, part dance, part circus and part concert. It was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the playfully surreal animated TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and is propelled by a rhythmic original score by the popular American musician, producer and film composer David Poe. “Shadowland” combines Pilobolus’ legendary approach to modern dance with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia innovation — including multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes and a mind-bending merging of projected images and front-of-screen choreography that leverage darkness and light. A pre-show lecture by dance Professor Diana Stanton will take place at 7 p.m. in the PAC’s Philips Lecture Hall. Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $31.20 to $69 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; by calling ext. 6-4849; or going online at See a trailer of the show here.

Chinese Scholar to Discuss ‘What was Mao’s Cultural Revolution?’ on Nov. 6

Yongyi Song, a librarian and professor at California State University, Los Angeles, will present “What was Mao’s Cultural Revolution?” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Construction Innovations Center (No. 186), Room C100. As a Shanghai native, Song was twice jailed by the Chinese authorities — once during the Cultural Revolution (1966-’76) for organizing an underground reading club and again in 1999 for collecting primary sources on the Cultural Revolution. He is committed to preserving the true history of contemporary China and combating governmental censorship. Song received the American Library Association’s 2005 Paul Howard Award for Courage and the California Library Association’s 2011 Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award. He has published several volumes and research papers and created several crucial databases on the history of Maoist China. The event is free and open to all. The College of Liberal Arts, History Department and Asian studies minor program are sponsoring the event. Questions? Email Professor Andrew Morris at

Poly Sci Alum Tim Humphreys to Discuss 'Leveraging your Liberal Arts Degree’ on Nov. 9

Tim Humphreys head shotTim Humphreys, a Cal Poly political science graduate (class of 1972) and this year’s College of Liberal Arts’ honored alumnus, will discuss “Leveraging Your Liberal Arts Degree” with political science Professor Chris Den Hartog at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 102. Humphreys will talk about how he applied Learn by Doing to launch his own consulting firm, Trident Services. Founded in 1978, the company is a nationally recognized operating systems software development and services firm. Humphreys will discuss how his political science degree helped him build invaluable client relationships. Refreshments and a Q&A will follow. For more information, contact Humphreys will be celebrated with eight other honorees at the annual Honored Alumni Dinner and Awards Presentation later that day at Chumash Auditorium.

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

Sunday, Oct. 28
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3
Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. Pepperdine, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Women’s Basketball vs. Academy of Art, Mott Athletics Center, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
Men’s Basketball vs. Menlo, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Wrestling vs. Cal Baptist, Mott Athletics Center, 1 p.m.
Football vs. Idaho State, Spanos Stadium, 4:05 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. 

#105066 — Director of Application, Data and Integration Services (Administrator II), Information Systems — ITS. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 19. 

#105067 — Infrastructure and Platform Services Engineering Manager (Administrator II), Information Systems — ITS — Infrastructure Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Monday, Nov. 19.

#105062 — Supervising Carpenter, Administration and Finance — Facilities. $5,534-$7,146 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,816-$6,800 per month.) Open until filled.

#105063 — Emergency Operations and Security Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist-Exempt I), Student Affairs — University Housing — Operations. $3,897-$6,846 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,897-$4,600 per month.) Open until filled. Review begins Thursday, Nov. 1.

#105059 — Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Personnel, Employee Labor Relations (Administrator III), Academic Affairs — Academic Personnel. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Monday, Nov. 12.

#105055 — Administrative Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Academic Programs and Planning — Center for Teaching and Learning Technology. $3,115-$5,475 per month. (Anticipated hiring Rarge: $3,333-$4,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#105060 — Executive Director of Internal Audit (Administrator III), Administration and Finance — Administration and Finance. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Monday, Nov. 12.

#105051 — Program Liaison (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt II), ITS-CA Cybersecurity Institute. $4,693-$8,242 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,125-$3,750 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.

#105015 — Tenure Track Faculty — Assistant Professor — Ethics, Science and Technology, College of Liberal Arts — Philosophy. Open until filled.

#104983 — Research Fellow — Digital Publishing, Library — Academic Services. Open until filled.

#105041 — Tenure Track Faculty — Assistant or Associate Professor Cybersecurity, College of Engineering — Computer Science and Software Engineering. Open until filled.

#105028 — Full-Time Lecturer — Horticulture and Crop Science, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

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 Service Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $14.00-$18.68 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for open positions. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

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