Cal Poly Report — Oct. 3, 2018 


Diversity Expert Damon A. Williams Shares Ideas About Innovation, Equity and Inclusion During Campus Visit

Damon A. Williams speaks at Cal Poly.Innovation may be one key for an institution to advance its diversity, equity and inclusion work to create deep and lasting cultural change, Damon A. Williams said during a keynote address Oct. 1 on campus. Williams, a diversity, equity and inclusion expert and one of the  founding architects of the “Inclusive Excellence Model,” visited Cal Poly for two days to meet with campus faculty, staff, students and administrators. The campus community was invited to the keynote talk Oct. 1 and an open session Oct. 2, the latter of which drew about 130 students, faculty and staff members. During the keynote, Williams talked about the traits of innovators, who are always questioning their reality, looking for solutions, collaborating instead of working in silos, experimenting with new ideas, scaling up ideas and leading with courage. “I’ve never seen an institution forge forward with an aggressive diversity plan without courage,” he said. At the same time, Williams cautioned that “there’s no inclusive excellence pill. There’s no one tactic. It takes each and every one of us to be a part of this work.” Changing the culture on campus will take time and commitment, he added, and no one institution has the answer to the challenges. Numerous universities are facing the same issues; some are exploring targeted, innovative programs and initiatives that may start small but can pave the way for larger changes on their campuses. “The key is that there’s these pockets of excellence,” Williams said. “If I turned the lens on your university, I could find pockets of excellence here. The question is: How are you taking different initiatives and scaling up? Diversity plans and efforts can’t breathe without AIIR (accountability, infrastructures, incentives and resources).” Read more from the keynote here.

Facilities Management and Development Implements New Classroom Safety Initiative

During an emergency, the safety of our campus community is of utmost importance. In response to nationwide concerns regarding classroom safety, Facilities, Management and Development has implemented a pilot initiative to replace classroom and teaching laboratory locksets. The new locksets may be locked from inside the classroom without opening the door. Prior to the start of fall quarter, new locksets were installed in classrooms and teaching laboratories in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), English Building (No. 22), and Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10). For more information and an instructional video on how to operate the new locksets, visit For more information on safe practices during an active event, contact University Police at ext. 6-2281 or Your safety is important to us and so is your feedback. Early in the winter quarter, faculty and staff will be invited to participate in a survey regarding the new locksets. For more information, contact the Facilities Management and Development Help Center at ext. 6-5555 or

Cal Poly Police Now Using Body Cameras

To offer the most transparent documentation of interactions between officers and the public, Cal Poly Police officers have started using body cameras. The cameras are expected to be a positive addition to campus safety. As more police departments across the nation start to use body cameras, including the San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach police departments, they have been found to be helpful in many situations. “This tool can be used to increase accountability and safety in general on our campus by helping to confirm facts or dismiss false claims,” Police Chief George Hughes said. Officers will be trained to turn the cameras on during general contact with a citizen or a call for service. The cameras will not be used when performing sensitive interviews, such as with a victim of a sexual assault or crimes involving a minor. Officers began wearing the body cameras on the job this past summer. The cameras are being made available thanks to grant funding from the state.

Campus Dining Accredited by Beyond Celiac for Exceptional Gluten-Free Options

Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training logo.Campus Dining continues to be a Beyond Celiac GREAT School after receiving accreditation for the 2018-20 term for exceptional gluten-free food service. This is the third consecutive term that Campus Dining has received this accreditation. The GREAT Schools accreditation recognizes Cal Poly’s commitment to the highest standard of gluten-free and allergen-free awareness in its kitchens. The accreditation is the result of a recent audit that included round-table discussions, extensive outlining of kitchen procedures, and kitchen and dining room tours. The audit commended Campus Dining’s gluten-free designated kitchen, transportation, oven, storeroom, labeling, sanitation station and even kitchen tools, which are only used while preparing gluten-free meals. Beyond Celiac consults with organizations to advance research and help people with celiac live healthy lives. “You continue to be a model and leader for gluten-free programs in the campus dining segment,” said Beckee Moreland, director of the Beyond Celiac GREAT Kitchen's program. “It’s so exciting to see how your program has progressed and improved each year. You are pioneers and innovators in the special diet food service segment. How fortunate your students are!” Cal Poly is currently one of only five universities that has been regarded as a “GREAT School” by Beyond Celiac.

Transportation and Parking Services Celebrates Sustainability Month in October

My other car is this guy ad showing two male students on campus.Transportation and Parking Services will celebrate Sustainability Month throughout October with a number of different events to share tips and information on environmentally friendly ways to get around campus. TAPS has kicked off the month with Rideshare Week through Oct. 5 with events at the University Union. Looking for a slightly used bike? Bidding at the Recycle Bike Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8, at the Cal Poly Police Department (No. 36). On Oct. 10, put on your comfy shoes and participate in Walk to School Day. The Green Way to Get Around Cal Poly transportation expo event will be held Oct. 18 on Dexter Lawn as part of the Sustainability Fair. Sustainability month will be rounded out with the Green Way Home event on Oct. 25. This event will help educate students on new ways to get home for academic breaks, through the new Mustang Express and free rides to the airport. For more information and event details, contact TAPS at ext. 6-6654 or


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Student Success

Quality of Life Plus Lab Begins 10th Year of Helping Wounded Vets

Jon MonettCal Poly’s Quality of Life Plus (QL+) lab, which enlists students to help wounded vets and first responders, began its 10th year this week by issuing a new set of “challenges.” The six challenges propose to help amputee vets who want to cook, surf, ride a bike, walk on the beach and more. Students perform the work as a senior project — yet it’s about more than that, said Jon Monett, a Cal Poly alumnus (Industrial Engineering, ’64) and former CIA employee who founded the lab (pictured). “Once the students meet the challenger, it’s not about the grade — it’s about whether they can be successful in helping someone,” Monett said. Since Monett launched the lab at his alma mater, a dozen others have sprung up across the country. The idea behind the lab, he said, was to help vets while providing students with meaningful experience. Wounded vets are invited to send their challenges to the QL+ lab. Challenges are directed to faculty advisor Lily Laiho, vetted, and then presented to students at an assembly at the beginning of the school year. Students in attendance can state their interest in the working on a project but, said Monett, “the faculty decides who belongs on what project.” From there, students will spend the rest of the academic year working on the challenge. Read more here.

Applications Due Oct. 5 for New Crowdfunding Platform That Will Enhance Learn by Doing

Spur Change logoCal Poly is launching 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. All projects should have some sort of student focus and connection to Learn by Doing. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a time-sensitive need for funding; have project leaders who encourage participation; show a willingness to reach out to friends, family, alumni and supporters; and be able to create videos and other communication materials that be used during the campaign and sent to supporters. Examples of projects include college or department needs for student projects or competitions, campus units with urgent funding needs for programming, student clubs seeking funds to attend a competition or industry activity, or club sports teams with needs for equipment or tournament travel. Applications for fall projects are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Learn more and apply at or Questions? Contact Chris McBride, director of Annual Giving, at ext. 6-5724 or


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Faculty & Staff

More Sessions of Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias Workshops Are Now Available

Illustration of different people holding hands, with an empty space between two of them.With continued interest from the campus community in exploring unconscious bias, Employee and Organization Development has recently added additional sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias and the Responding to Hidden Bias workshops during fall quarter. The first workshop in the series, Exposing Hidden Bias, brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming its impact in our work and relationships. Participants will learn how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn resources available for additional learning and involvement. The second workshop in the series, Responding to Hidden Bias, focuses on responding to your own and others’ biases. Participants will have the opportunity to dig deeper to develop and practice ways to respond to intentional and unintentional bias, and learn of resources for additional learning. Attendance at the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop is encouraged as a baseline prior to attending the Responding to Hidden Bias workshop. Select the preferred workshop for more information and to register: Exposing Hidden Bias and/or Responding to Hidden Bias. Questions? Email or call ext. 6-7478.

Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends October 5

Image with three circles reading Ready, Set, EnrollOpen Enrollment is the time to make changes to your health and dental plans, to enroll or cancel the VSP Premier vision plan and the MetLaw legal plan. It is also the time to enroll in the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) savings plans for 2019. Participants must re-enroll in HCRA/DCRA each year. Do not delay. Open enrollment ends Oct. 5, with changes effective Jan. 1, 2019. Attend a Lunch and Learn event hosted by Human Resources to learn more about your benefits and upcoming changes. For detailed information and a schedule of events, visit

Caution Advocated During Election Season

With the 2018 election season in full swing, university legal counsel encourages employees to review the CSU handbook on election issues. The handbook is designed to educate faculty and staff on appropriate ways to become involved in elections without using university resources or appearing to represent the university, unless authorized by law. The handbook is intended as general guidance only. Specific questions related to elections or political activity can be directed to the appropriate dean’s office or supervisor, who will consult with the Office of University Counsel.

Logo reading Cal Poly Black Faculty & Staff Association Faculty and Staff Invited to Black Faculty and Staff Association Fall Quarter Meetings

Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is pleased to invite interested faculty and staff to its fall quarter meetings, scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in UU 218; Wednesday, Nov. 7, in UU 216; and 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


Fall 2018 Information Security Forum on Password Protection To Be Held Oct. 10

Logos for LastPass and DUOJoin Information Technology Services (ITS) for an Information Security Forum from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 10, in UU Room 220. Learn how to keep your passwords safe and demo LastPass, a password management tool available to all faculty and staff. The ITS Information Security Team will be on hand to answer questions and help attendees get set up with Last Pass and Duo, an identity verification tool that is required to be used alongside LastPass. If you pre-register to attend the forum, ITS will set up a LastPass account for you in advance of the event. For questions, contact Doug Lomsdalen at ext. 6-7686 or


 Managing Performance, Developing Direct Reports, Guiding and Organizing the Work, Managing Relationships and Managing YourselfPrinciples of Supervision Workshop To Be Offered by Employee and Organization Development

Employee and Organization Development is offering another session of the highly regarded Principles of Supervision workshop. Would you like to optimize your role as a supervisor? Are you interested in gaining additional skills to ensure the work gets done, to engage employees to perform and influence your group to work as a team? Recent workshop participants said they “can use these tips immediately,” and were excited “to put what (was) learned into action.” Principles of Supervision will offer helpful information and tools through four non-consecutive half-days running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. The workshop starts Oct. 26 and continues on Nov. 6, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18. Get more information and register here.


Human Resources to Offer Training Sessions on Recruitment Process Throughout Fall Quarter

Human Resources will offer upcoming training sessions on the university’s recruitment process. The Talent Acquisition — Recruitment Process Training provides step-by-step guidance through the revised recruitment process and is required for all individuals serving on a staff or management hiring committee. Come learn and explore new resources, forms and processes as they pertain to recruitment. Some of the course content includes: recruitment data plan, revised HR101 and HR101B forms, application scoring rubric, interview guide, compensation and updated outreach guidelines. The trainings will be offered weekly through Nov. 8 and bi-weekly thereafter through the end of the quarter. Sign up at

Empathia Workshop on Oct. 11 to Explore Emotional Intelligence

Emphathia logo reading Good for People. Good for Business.Emotional intelligence (EI) plays a significant role in being more effective in a work setting. Understanding EI offers many benefits to becoming stronger in relating to others. Come learn the role of EI in relationships, using EI in the world of work, growing your EI, and addressing your EI-related challenges. Join Employee and Organization Development for an in-person workshop from its Employee Assistance Provider — Empathia. Register here for the workshop, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Training Room, located in Room 105 of the Cal Poly Police Building (No. 36). 

Photo of two students at a past commencement ceremony.Sign Up to Receive Commencement Communications

Faculty and staff are invited to sign up to receive important information about Fall Commencement 2018, taking place Saturday, Dec. 15. Sign up today by visiting to begin receiving emails about tickets, parking, regalia, celebratory events and more. For more information, contact the Commencement office at or ext. 6-1600.

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Theresa MayAfter 28 years at Cal Poly, Theresa May will retire in early October. May has had a profound impact on Cal Poly throughout her career, starting as a data control technician in University Advancement and progressing to the director of advancement services. In 1998, May joined Information Technology Services (ITS) as the coordinator of advancement systems. For the past 20 years, May has advanced through several roles in ITS, serving as the manager of continuous improvement and director of organization development. May’s work has significantly influenced enterprise IT efforts on campus by leading the second generation of the data warehouse build in 2007. She also led the Lean transformation initiative within ITS and obtained the first Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt process improvement certification at Cal Poly. In her current role as operations manager at the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub, May has continued to drive process improvements by building innovation processes for problem solving at public sector organizations. May has recently become an avid snorkeler and plans to spend a great deal of her retirement in the Pacific Islands. There will be a reception in her honor from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on O’Neill Green. 

Patty Van BelleghemPatty Van Belleghem, research associate for Institutional Research, will retire after 25 years of service. Van Belleghem joined the University Health Center in 1992, and after several years, moved to University Scheduling. In May 2005 Van Belleghem transferred to Institutional Research, then known as Institutional Planning and Analysis. While at Cal Poly, Van Belleghem took advantage of the Employee Fee Waiver Program, completing a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in educational leadership. One of the highlights during her time at Cal Poly was serving as advisor for Alpha Pi Sigma sorority for over four years, making lifelong friendships with incredible young women. After retirement, Van Belleghem plans to spend more time with family, explore new volunteer opportunities and discover new trails as an avid runner and hiker. Van Belleghem's last day is Oct. 12. A retirement reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. Questions? Contact Tamarra Mellick at

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In Memoriam

Vaugh Hitchcock holds an NCAA plaqueServices are pending for Vaughan Hitchcock, who coached the Cal Poly wrestling program to eight NCAA Division II national championships in the late 1960s and early ’70s during a 23-year coaching career with the Mustangs. Hitchcock died Sunday, Sept. 30, in San Luis Obispo. He was 84. As a coach, he compiled a 355-112-4 record from 1962 through 1985 at Cal Poly, including a streak of more than 150 consecutive victories against California opponents. After Cal Poly won eight NCAA Division II titles, including seven straight from 1968 through 1974, Hitchcock guided Cal Poly in its elevation of the wrestling program to Division I in time for the 1974-’75 season. Hitchcock served the NCAA Division II and the sport of wrestling in many leadership capacities and coached Team USA in numerous international competitions. He was team leader of the 1976 USA Olympic Greco-Roman team and team leader and coach of the 1979 USA Freestyle Team. He launched the Vaughan Hitchcock Wrestling Camp in 1967 and managed the annual camp until 2001. Hitchcock is survived by his wife, Patricia; and four children, sons Terry and Steve and daughters Pamela and Tracy. Steve Hitchcock was a two-time NCAA Division I national qualifier in 1975 and 1976 while wrestling at Cal Poly. Read more here.

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Catastrophic Leave

Virgil Threlkel, instructional support technician II in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Tina Pedersen at ext. 6-2378 or to request a donation form.

Kenzie Kitson, student services professional II in University Housing — Residential Student Experience, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Tom Skeleton, administrative support coordinator in the College of Science and Mathematics — School of Education, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Kimberly Barton at ext. 6-1503 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Do you need legal advice? Legal consultation can give you the foundation to take the most effective steps necessary for your situation. Associated Students Inc. has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding for the past 33 years to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to current Cal Poly students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a free, 15-minute consultation by appointment no matter the issue. Fall quarter appointments are available from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office located in Room 212 of the University Union.

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Group Meetings to be Held This Year

Photo of smooth stones stacked on a beach.The Mindfulness Meditation Group will meet on campus again this year. Mindfulness meditation is a non-religious exercise of paying attention to your present-moment experience. Many people find it calming and relaxing. All are welcome. No experience necessary. The group meets Mondays that classes meet (i.e., not during exams, holidays or breaks) from 12:10 to 1 p.m., in the lower-level Conference Room at Campus Health and Wellbeing (No. 27). The group will meditate silently for 30 minutes, starting at 12:15 p.m. Headphones for guided meditations are welcome. For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

Learn How to Reserve a General Purpose Conference Room 

Photo of a conference room in the Graphic Arts building on campus.In addition to department-managed conference rooms on campus, there are five general purpose conference rooms that are also available to staff and faculty for scheduling meetings. These rooms support the demand for space for committee, department, and business meetings and are not for scheduling office hours or classes. To request a general purpose conference room, add any of the following rooms to a meeting invitation in Outlook Calendar: 10-241-erhart-ag (located in the Erhart Agriculture Building, it is 24-capacity, features a digital projector and screen), 26-100-graphic-arts (in the Graphic Arts Building, 10-capacity), 26-109-graphic-arts (18-capacity, features a digital projector and monitor display), 47-24B-fac-ofc (in Faculty Offices North, 20-capacity), 52-D27 (in the Science Building, 12-capacity, features a digital projector and screen). Be sure to select ‘Request response’ in the invitation to prevent time conflicts. You will receive an email notification from the Office of the Registrar once the room reservation is confirmed. For additional information, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Study Abroad Fair to be Held Oct. 4

Graphic illustration reading Study Abroad FairThe Cal Poly International Center will showcase all of its programs at the Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on Dexter Lawn. Explore the variety of study abroad opportunities available and hear from former study abroad students who will be on hand to share their experiences. With over 500 programs in 75 countries, the Study Abroad program can make international study a reality. Study Abroad programs range in length from a spring break trip to a year abroad. Participants will return home with an excellent education, broadened communication skills, a new perspective on culture, and a willingness to learn. These intangible skills are highly valued by employers and can help you compete in a global market.

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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.


The University Art Gallery will have an opening reception for The Faculty Triennial exhibit Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit, running Oct. 4-26, will demonstrate the high caliber of work that can be achieved with time and practice as Cal Poly’s Art and Design faculty showcase the work they create outside the classroom as professional artists. Eighteen professors and lecturers will display pieces in the practices of sculpture, painting, video, photo, digital media and graphic design. The University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34) is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the University Art Gallery at ext. 6-6038.

Orchesis Dance Company Open Rehearsal with Guest Artists set for Oct. 5 

Orchesis Dance Company will host an open rehearsal with guest artists David Dorfman and Lisa Race from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Dance Studio in Crandall Gymnasium (No. 60), Room 6. This is a unique opportunity to see the dance creative process in action. The rehearsal is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. Dorfman and Race are both dance professors at Connecticut College. Dorfman has been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer’s Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a 1996 New York Dance and Performance Award. Race danced with David Dorfman Dance from 1989-00, and was honored with a New York Dance and Performance Award in 1995. She has also danced with Sara Pearson, Patrik Widrig and Ronald K. Brown, among others. Their piece will be presented in the Orchesis Dance Company’s January 2019 concert. For more information, contact Orchesis Director Christy Chand at

Music Department Presents ‘Brahms Songs’ Oct. 6

Katherine Arthur, left; Paul Woodring, center; and David Arrivee.The Music Department will present “Brahms Songs,” a faculty lecture-recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). David Arrivée will begin the presentation with a talk about Johannes Brahms and his compositions. Katherine Arthur, soprano; and Paul Woodring, piano; will perform two sets of eight Brahms songs. Between the sets, Woodring will perform the Intermezzo in A Major, one of Brahms best-loved short piano pieces. Arthur says the presentation offers an opportunity to get to know Brahms through an overview of the man and composer and through a journey of some of his most well-known songs. Arthur teaches both applied and class voice at Cal Poly; Woodring is an accompanist and music coach at Cal Poly, and also the university organist; and Arrivée is the director of the Cal Poly Symphony, teaches theory and musicianship, and coaches chamber ensembles. The recital is open to the public. Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is free in the Grand Avenue Parking Structure. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.  

SLO Symphony Concert I — ‘Brahms’ Third Symphony’ to Perform at the PAC on Oct. 6

Photo from a previous SLO Symphony concert.SLO Symphony will perform its first concert of the season, Brahms’ Third Symphony, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Harold Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center. In addition to Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, the show will feature Thomas Cabaniss's "Double Rainbow" Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra. Featured artists are pianists Micheal Shinn and Jessica Chow Shinn. Tickets range from $20-$87 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

Astronomer’s Oct. 10 Talk to Explore the Discovery of Planets Outside the Solar System

Photo or illustration of planets in the solar system.Kate Follette, an astronomy professor at Amherst College, will give a presentation on the discovery of planets outside of our solar system from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Spanos Theatre. Her exploration will include how, when and where planets form. Follette has traveled the world from Chile to Hawaii to observe planets in our galaxy using large, ground-based telescopes. She'll explain how astronomers "de-twinkle" stars to make incredibly accurate observations, including detecting the infrared waves coming from newly formed planets. The presentation is sponsored by the Cosmic Evolution Project and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit its website.

'Is THIS the Damn Switch?' KCPR to Celebrate 50 Years Oct. 12-13

Graphic reading Burnt Dog's Birthday celebrating fifty years of KCPRWith these words, KCPR-FM was on the air for the first time, 50 years ago. The Journalism Department and KCPR will celebrate this milestone Oct. 12-13. Events on Saturday, Oct. 12, include the Jim Hayes Symposium from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) and a benefit concert at 9:30 p.m. featuring Los Angeles pop band Sure, Sure and surprise guests at SLO Brew Rock. A KCPR open house at the station and Hall of Fame and Through the Decades Gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 13. The gala will start with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Activity Center on campus. Honorees include 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. J. Zuchelli. All station alumni are encouraged to share their KCPR memories on a digital timeline. Tickets and a full schedule of weekend events are available online, and more details are on the Facebook event page. Help KCPR celebrate 50 years on-air!

Mozart’s 'The Magic Flute' To Be Presented at the PAC on Oct. 13-14

Ad poster for The Magic Flute"The Magic Flute" will be staged at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, in Harold Miossi Hall presented by Opera SLO. The opera tells the story of Prince Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina, the daughter of the Queen and of the Night, from the high priest, Sarastro. A powerful magic flute and bells help Prince Tamino and his friend Papageno the bird catcher survive the trials of fire and water while learning about brotherhood and justice. A spectacular Grand Full Production of one of the most famous operas ever written, this production partners Opera SLO with the talents of Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo, and Studio @ — Ryan's American Dance while boasting original sets and costumes, dance and an internationally acclaimed cast. Tickets range from $23-$77 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.


Texas Woman's University Professor to Discuss Intelligence in the Arts on Oct. 19

Matthew HenleyMatthew Henley, dance professor at Texas Woman’s University, will give a lecture about intelligence in the arts from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Henley will discuss philosophical, cognitive and neuroscientific justifications for viewing artistic practice and arts education as environments for the manifestation of intelligence. Adopting a neurodiversity framework, Henley will frame the revaluation of artistic ways of knowing and being in the world as a diversity and inclusion strategy, leveraging individual aptitudes in the arts as a way to support academic, professional and personal success. Henley will also choreograph a piece for Cal Poly’s Orchesis Dance Company, and the public is invited to watch a rehearsal from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the dance studio in Crandall Gymnasium (No. 60, Room 6). Henley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Arizona. While in Tucson, Henley worked with Orts Theater of Dance, an aerial modern dance company. After graduating, he moved to New York City and began working with Randy James Dance Works, where he taught extensively throughout the New Jersey and New York public school systems. In 2004, he became a member of the Sean Curran Company, where he danced until moving to Seattle. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in dance and a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Washington. For more information, email Professor Christy Chand at

Cal Poly Music Faculty Showcase Recital To Be Held Oct. 19

 Heidi Butterfield, Lisa Nauful, Barbara Spencer and Paul Woodring.The Music Department will present a faculty showcase recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Recital coordinator Christopher J. Woodruff said the intent of the recital is to enable music students to see their instructors perform. Up to 12 faculty members are slated to perform, including Amy Goymerac, soprano; Brynn Albanese, violin; Heidi Butterfield, oboe; Keith Waibel, clarinet; Laura Kramer, baritone saxophone; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Mark Miller, trombone; Barbara Spencer, cello; John Astaire, percussion; and Ken Hustad, bass. Woodruff will play trumpet. University organist and staff accompanist Paul Woodring will play piano. The program will include a variety of works, including the 20th-century works “Valse Miniature” from Serge Koussevitsky’s “Morceaux,” and a movement from Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.” More recent works are Donald Erb’s “Diversion for Two,” Bruce Broughton’s “Oliver’s Birthday” and Matthew Peterson’s “Smooth, Fat, Nasty.” Waibel, Spencer and Woodring will perform a piece by local composer Alan Boehmer titled “Remembrances.” Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is free after 5 p.m. in the Grand Avenue parking structure (Lot 130). For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

'The Language of the Land’ Exhibit on Display at Kennedy Library Through Oct. 19

One of the displays at the exhibit about the yakʔitʸutʸu housing community is a board asking students to share their name and where they're from.The campus community is invited to learn and explore the land and the language of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe within a new exhibit on display at Kennedy Library through Oct. 19. The exhibit, “yatspuktʔɨnɨsmuʔ — The Language of the Land,” is on display in the first-floor Community Gallery when the library is open (view library hours here). The interactive exhibit locates visitors in yatspu (the land) and yaktʔɨnɨsmuʔ (the language) of yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and region. Students in ENGL 290: Introduction to Linguistics are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to guide visitors through the exhibit. "I think it's definitely increased awareness about the people who were here first," second-year English major Olivia Peterson said of the new housing community. "It's good to honor those who came before," second-year English major Nicolas Chaney added. With the tribe, Cal Poly named its new residential complex yakʔitʸutʸu (our community) and its seven buildings after seven villages, sparking interest in the Chumash languages. Come learn more about the language and relations of yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, starting with these seven locations. The exhibit was created through the work of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini language core group, University Housing, English Department faculty member Alicia Moretti, and alumna Anna Teiche, who graduated in June. For more information about yakʔitʸutʸu, visit

Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors Continues Oct. 26

Graphic reading Latinx Writing Los Angeles Victor Valle, professor emeritus of journalism and now serving in the Ethnic Studies Department, will discuss his 2018 edited volume, "Latinx Writing Los Angeles: Nonfiction Dispatches from a Decolonial Rebellion." This collection of nonfiction writing illuminates divergent, hybrid Latinx histories and cultures. Valle's conversational partner will be José A. Navarro, assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Department. The discussion will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions and light refreshments will be served. The event is part of Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud.

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

Saturday, Oct. 6
Women’s Volleyball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Riverside, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara, 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.

#105038 — Associate Director for Capital Projects (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Facilities Planning. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. (Review begins Oct. 26.)

#105043 — Off Campus Programs Coordinator (Student Services Professional II/III), Student Affairs — Dean of Students. SSP II: $4,179-$5,942/month. (SSP II anticipated hiring range: $4,179 - 4,300.) SSP III: $4,554-$6,488/month. (SSP III anticipated hiring range: $4,554-$4,800.) Open until filled.

#105044 — College Grants Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist I — Non-exempt), Academic Affairs — Research and Economic Development. $3,288-$6,162 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,750-$5,417 per month.) Open until filled.

#105039 — Customer Service Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I). Administration and Finance — Facilities. $2,846-$4,998 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,846-$3,500 per month.) Open until filled.

#105034 — Campaign Communications and Web Specialist (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II). University Development — Donor Relations. $3,515-$6,173 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,515-$5,500 per month.) Open until filled.

#104925 — Personnel Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), ITS — Customer and Technology Support, $3,897-$6,647 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,897-$6,000 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.

#105031 — Full Time, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Review begins Oct. 5.

Executive and Academic Management Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site to view detailed information about the following vacancies and to complete the management application to apply for the positions shown below. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-6574.

#105009 Dean, College of Liberal Arts (Administrator IV). 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.

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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.

There are no listings at this time.

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