Cal Poly Report — Sept. 26, 2018 


Cal Poly Universities’ 71st Rose Float Entry, ‘Far Out Frequencies,’ Will Be Out of This World

Rendering of the 71st Rose Float entry, "Far Out Frequencies"Rose Float announced the 2019 Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float entry, “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of alien friends on another planet communicating through music. The design was the top choice, from 150 submitted entries, of the Rose Float team and their counterparts in Pomona at California State Polytechnic University. “Far Out Frequencies” celebrates the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade theme, “The Melody of Life,” and music as a universal language. On the float, astronauts Morgan and Sally travel deep into outer space and land on a distant alien planet. Unable to communicate through language, they use musical instruments to share their message of goodwill with the aliens they encounter, leading to out-of-this-world fun and some unexpected good times. “Throughout the years, our campuses have united to design, construct and decorate to achieve a common goal: our float,” said Sara Novell, president of Cal Poly SLO Rose Float. “This idea of unity is also shown in our float, in how the astronauts and aliens join together to create a common language. We want to express the ‘Melody of Life’ by showing the power that music has in its ability to join communities of different backgrounds to create one harmonious universe.” The Cal Poly Rose Float, the only student-built entry in the parade, has been invited to participate for 71 consecutive years. Since 1949, students from the two campuses have come together across 240 miles to produce one of only a handful of self-built floral floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day. A symbol of this partnership is the float’s frame, whose front and back halves are joined mid-October each year in Pomona to officially unite both the float and the teams. Read more here.

Cal Poly, PG&E and the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini — Northern Chumash Tribe to Receive State Preservation History Award

The 19-acre restoration area, seen here replanted with natural grasses, corresponds to the former Northern Chumash village site of tstyɨwɨ, and later the site of a Rancho Period adobe — which together represent “a microcosm of California history,” according to an overview of the project.A project to preserve the former site of a Native American village near Diablo Canyon Power Plant by an archaeology professor and his students, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini — Northern Chumash Tribe will receive a 2018 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in November. “We worked very hard on the materials from that particular site — both in the field and in laboratory analysis,” said Terry Jones, an archeologist and chair of the Social Sciences Department. The annual awards recognize individuals, organizations, companies and public agencies whose contributions demonstrate notable achievements in preserving the heritage of California. Since 2009, PG&E has hosted a Cal Poly archaeological field class on the lands near the power plant in collaboration with the Northern Chumash Tribe. The field class focused on Native-affiliated sites with middens, old refuse heaps of domestic waste that have been affected by coastal erosion, public trail access and historic land uses. In 2015, the class was held near Pecho Creek, a multi-component site listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing element to the 10,300-acre Rancho Canada de los Osos y Pecho y Islay archaeological district. The restoration area (pictured replanted with natural grasses) corresponds to the former Northern Chumash village site of tstyɨwɨ, and later the site of a Rancho Period adobe — which represents “a microcosm of California history,” according to an overview of the project. Learn more here.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Expert Damon A. Williams to Visit Campus Oct. 1-2

Damon A. Williams The campus community is invited to two separate events Oct. 1-2 with Damon A. Williams, a visionary and inspirational leader and one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility, educational achievement, social impact and organizational change. Williams is also one of the founding architects of the “Inclusive Excellence Model,” a framework that helps institutions fully integrate their diversity, equity and educational quality efforts and embed them into the core of academic mission and institutional operations. Williams authored the best-selling book “Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education” and co-authored the first book ever written on the chief diversity officer role. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education, where he specialized in the area of organizational behavior and management. The campus community is invited to attend a keynote talk from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Spanos Theatre (No. 44). Williams will hold an open session with faculty, staff and students from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the University Union, Room 220. Learn more about Williams at

Student Affairs Says Thanks for Volunteering During Move-In Weekend

Photo of student and volunteers during Move in weekend.The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs extends a heartfelt thank you to the nearly 1,200 campus and community volunteers at Mustang Move-In last weekend. Your efforts made a big difference in welcoming and helping approximately 5,300 students move into their campus residence halls and apartments. The office would also like to recognize Karl Welz and Richel Galila from University Housing for leading this effort, and Cassie Pitkin from Student Academic Services for her stellar recruitment efforts. Thanks volunteers!

Professors Partner with Artificial Intelligence Pioneer to Publish Innovative Research

Lynn Metcalf, left and David AskayTwo professors and Unanimous AI are presenting a new study showing that business teams, when connected by AI algorithms and operating as an internet-linked “swarm,” functioned with significantly higher social intelligence than individuals working alone. Entrepreneurship Professor Lynn Metcalf and communication studies Professor David Askay spent the summer on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence technology. In collaboration with AI pioneer Unanimous AI, a Silicon Valley-based technology firm that amplifies the intelligence of groups through special AI algorithms, they recently published research examining the effectiveness of business teams functioning as a “hive mind.” This innovative Swarm AI technology allowed teams, connected over the internet, to combine their individual insights in real-time to accomplish tasks and make decisions. Their study asked 60 small teams to take a standard social intelligence test known as “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” (RME). Prior studies have proved the RME test as a strong predictor of team effectiveness and overall collective intelligence. As individuals, participants averaged 68 percent accuracy on the test, but when working together as an AI-powered “hive mind,” the teams averaged 85 percent accuracy — a significant improvement. “This is an exciting result,” Metcalf said. “It suggests that business teams can be significantly more effective at making group decisions if they work together, connected by Swarm AI algorithms.” Read more here.

Applications Due Oct. 5 for New Spur Change Crowdfunding Platform

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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Student Success

Student Floral Design Team Ranks Third in Nation

 Cal Poly Lecturer Melinda Lynch, alumna Allana Childs and junior Alyssa Snow.The Cal Poly Floral Design Team ranked third in the nation at the American Institute of Floral Designer's (AIFD) 2018 Student Floral Design Competition in Washington, D.C. Alyssa Snow, a junior majoring in agricultural science from Galt, California, placed first in the wedding bouquet category and fourth place in the fashion flower category. She placed third overall in the competition. Allana Childs, who graduated in June with a degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, took third in the interpretive design category and eighth place for her wedding bouquet. During the awards ceremony, Snow was also awarded a scholarship for her school fees for the 2018-19 school year from the AIFD Foundation Scholarship Committee. Cal Poly competed against teams from nine other colleges, including the University of Missouri Columbia, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ohio State. Students prepared floral displays for four separate categories: sympathy (a design suitable for a man who was a gardener by trade); wedding; interpretive design; and fashion flowers (a cuff design suitable for a runway fashion show to model). The team was led by Cal Poly Lecturer Melinda Lynch. Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Attend the Benefits Health and Wellness Fair Today, Sept. 26

The annual Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Chumash Auditorium. Over 30 vendors are expected to attend, including representatives from health, dental and vision plans, voluntary plans, LifeMatters employee assistance program, on-campus resources, and local wellness providers. Open Enrollment is the time to make changes to your health and dental plans, to enroll in 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. Open enrollment continues through Oct. 5, with changes effective Jan. 1, 2019. Attend a Lunch and Learn event hosted by HR to learn more about your benefits and upcoming changes. For detailed information and a schedule of events, visit

Career Services Launches Tool for Faculty and Staff to Support Students in Career Readiness

Graphic showing the Career Services model In collaboration with the Career Services Advisory Council and campus stakeholders, Career Services has launched the Career and Life Success Model to guide students in developing the competencies they need to be successful in jobs, graduate school, and other opportunities after Cal Poly. The model organizes professional competencies into four core themes while the critically important meta-themes, emotional intelligence and diversity and inclusion, are woven throughout. Career Services recognizes that preparing students for life after Cal Poly is the responsibility of our entire campus community, and this model strives to provide faculty and staff with the language and resources they need to support students in developing critical career readiness competencies. Consider infusing the resources from the model when you talk with students about their future plans. You can also connect with your college specialist career counselor to discuss strategies for integrating career development and this model into your curriculum and programming.

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

Human Resources will be 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

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.

Faculty Invited to Apply for a CIE Faculty Fellowship by Sept. 27

The alliance of faculty from all colleges and disciplines is a key factor in the growth of the entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Faculty Fellows program serves as the catalyst. Within each of Cal Poly’s six colleges, the CIE Faculty Fellows incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into their coursework, serve as CIE ambassadors within the college they represent, and help guide students through various entrepreneurial career paths. See who’s in the community of the CIE Faculty Fellows. To learn more about the CIE Faculty Fellows program, contact Lynn Metcalf at lmetcalf@calpoly.eduApplications close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Tech Checkout is Now Located in Building 46 with the ITS Service Desk

Map showing the location of Building 46 on campus.Tech checkout has moved from its location in the Cotchett Education Building (No. 2) to the Natatorium (No. 46) with the ITS Service Desk. You can rent equipment including computers and projectors at the tech checkout counter Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to reserve equipment online, visit

New and Continuing Employees Invited to Join a Faculty Staff Association

The Faculty Staff Associations welcome all new and continuing faculty and staff to the 2018-19 academic year. Faculty Staff Associations (FSAs) are social and community-building groups for faculty, staff and, in some cases, graduate students. The FSAs host a variety of events, programs and initiatives including socials, social justice efforts, mentorships with students, educational opportunities and more.
Faculty and staff are invited to join any or all of the following FSAs:
— American Indian and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association
— Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association
— Black Faculty Staff Association
— Chicanx/Latinx Faculty Staff Association
— Disability Faculty Staff Association
— Pride Faculty Staff Association
— Women’s Faculty Staff Association
For more information about the FSAs and upcoming events, visit the All Faculty Staff Association website.

Accessibility Workshops Available for Faculty in Fall 2018  

Illustration with hands raising toward different accessibility ideas such as closed captioning, a person in a wheelchair, Braille and othersCal Poly is committed to creating a culture of access for an inclusive learning environment. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is offering the following accessibility workshops for faculty for fall 2018:
Creating Accessible Course Materials, Oct. 8 through Nov. 5. Join your faculty peers in this online, four-week workshop to create accessible course materials. This workshop covers principles of universal design, use of PolyLearn tools, accessible document design, video captioning and a culminating activity to create an Accessibility Action Plan. A $300 stipend is available for those eligible. Expect to spend 28-40 hours total over four weeks. Enrollment is limited. Learn more and register here.
Accessibility Workshops. Attend an accessibility workshop on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space. The CTLT offers three online, self-paced workshops to help faculty create accessible instructional materials. A $100 stipend per workshop is available for those eligible. Expect to spend seven to 10 hours total per workshop. Choose from one of the following workshops for fall quarter. Enrollment is limited. 
— Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations 
— Creating Accessible PolyLearn Pages 
— Creating and Captioning Accessible Video 
Accessible Document Design Workshops, customized for your department or program. Choose a time and place and we will come to you. This 50-minute in-person workshop provides hands-on, step-by-step guidance to help faculty create an accessible Word document and convert it to an accessible PDF. Focus on course syllabi or a document of your choice. For more information, contact Pam Dougherty at padoughe@calpoly.eduLearn more and complete a request form here.

New Disability Faculty Staff Association Launched

A new Disability Faculty Staff Association (DFSA) has been launched. The DFSA's mission is to foster a welcoming, accessible and inclusive campus and work environment for all faculty and staff. The DFSA recognizes and celebrates disability, whether temporary or permanent, as diversity and the intersections of multi-identities. The DFSA welcomes those with disabilities and allies. Join the DFSA at the following upcoming events:
— Disability Awareness Month Booth: 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 11, in UU Plaza. Join the DFSA for disability awareness games and activities, give-away prizes and a photo booth.
— Disability Faculty Staff Association Working Social: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in UU 219. Socialize with members of the DFSA and provide input on future goals, activities, events and initiatives.
For more information about the DFSA, visit the new Faculty Staff Association website. The DFSA welcomes anyone who would like to get connected and involved! Those interested can sign up for the mailing list to receive updates on meetings, socials, and other events and information.

New Book and Learning Circles Set for Fall

 The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"Employee and Organization Development is excited to announce its fall 2018 Book and Learning Circles. You are invited to participate in these enriching conversations, including Book Circle, where you read a book and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where you view a video or read an article before discussing as a group. Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three sessions. The first book is "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking" by Susan Cain. This valuable read argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. The second book, "Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing" by Vernā Myers, explores the value of diversity, the challenges to successful diversity and inclusion efforts, and provides tools for enhancing campus practices. The third book, "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell, explores the factors that decide the difference between successful and unsuccessful people — learn what rock stars, geniuses and computer programmers have in common and that success is not a matter of IQ, ingenuity or natural genius. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article and participating in a discussion during a single session. The first learning circle is "How Not To Be Ignorant About the World," which demonstrates the high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what we know and provides four strategies for quickly becoming less ignorant. The second learning circle is "The Power of Privilege," which helps to understand what it means to talk about privilege and what can be done with the power. The third learning circle is "Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce," in which Malcom Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness. To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

Empathia Workshop on Sept. 28 to Examine Personal Resilience and Energy Management

Empathia logoJoin Employee and Organization Development for an in-person workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) Empathia. One factor influencing our stress level is how well we manage energy. The concept of energy management is based on a new way of looking at self-discipline. It challenges the widely held view that time management and juggling tasks is the key to work/life balance. The content of this workshop includes the paradigm shift, energy management principles, the engaged versus the stressed versus the disengaged, and developing positive rituals. Register by clicking here for the workshop in the training room in the University Police Building (No. 36, Room 105).

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.

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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. 

Susan StewartSusan Stewart, analyst/programmer for Student Academic Services (SAS), will retire in November after 35 years of service to Cal Poly. Stewart joined the Financial Aid Office in 1980 as a student assistant, moved to a staff position in July 1983, and quickly advanced to become a senior data control technician. She worked on the IBM System/36, using Z-Writer and FOCUS programming code. In 1990 Stewart moved to Student Academic Services where she flourished for the next 28 years, increasing her skills in database development. She has been instrumental in developing FileMaker databases. Stewart was honored with the Student Affairs Outstanding Employee Award in 1996 and the Chandler Award in 2009. She is one of those rare individuals who has outstanding technical aptitude, but also the capacity to deal with people with incredible empathy. After retirement, she plans to travel the globe with her husband, Steve, in addition to partaking in many volunteer opportunities. A retirement reception will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104. Contact Angela Marino at with questions.

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Campus Announcements

Help Keep San Luis Obispo Clean on Good Neighbor Day Sept. 29

Photo of three students holding trash bags during a previous clean-up day.Off-Campus Programs continues to serve the San Luis Obispo community by celebrating and participating in the upcoming Good Neighbor Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29. The day is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, families and community members to celebrate each other and the beautiful location that we are lucky to call home. In partnership with Cal Poly ASI, the city of San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo Police Department, Off-Campus Programs will lead a neighborhood cleanup filled with treats, celebration and more. Come meet your new neighbors, share stories and help keep San Luis Obispo one of the happiest cities in America. There will be two meeting locations to sign up for:  Santa Rosa Park, at Santa Rosa and Oak streets; and Throop Park, 510 Cerro Romauldo. Bring walking shoes and invite your neighbor. Click here to RSVP. For more information, contact Off-Campus Programs at or ext. 6-5841.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Service to Campus Community

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, Dec. 7, by appointment only. Steve Rein will serve as the consultant. He is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, he will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what to bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

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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.


Center for Health Research Hosts New Seminar Series on Health Disparities

Don’t miss the Center for Health Research’s new  series on health disparities, which will kick off with its first seminar at 11:10 a.m.  Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 114. Laura Fejerman of UC San Francisco will present “Genetic Ancestry and Breast Cancer in Women of Latin American Origin.” Fejerman is affiliated with the Division of General Internal Medicine’s Department of Medicine at UCSF. For more information, email

Music Department Faculty Recital Set for Sept. 29

Brynn Albanese, the department’s applied violin and viola instructor, above left, will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works as well as duos with faculty members Ken Hustad, bass, top right; and John Astaire, timpani, bottom right; and guest guitarist Jack Cimo, bottom left.The Music Department will present a faculty recital with violinist Brynn Albanese at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Albanese, the department’s applied violin and viola instructor, will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works as well as duos with faculty members Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, timpani. She will also perform with guest guitarist Jack Cimo. The solo works are “Passacaglia in G Minor for Unaccompanied Violin” by Heinrich Ignaz Von Biber, “Tango Etude No. 1” and “Tango Etude No. 3” by Astor Piazzolla, a movement from “Sonata for Solo Violin,” Op. 115, by Sergei Prokofiev and a movement from “Sonata in G Minor” by J.S. Bach. For the duo performances, Hustad and Albanese will perform the first movement of Edgar Meyer’s Concert Duo for Bass and Violin; Astaire and Albanese will perform David Avshalomov’s “Diversion, Violin and Timpani” (“Terwilliger”). Cimo and Albanese will close the program with “Café 1930” from Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango.” 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.

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.

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.

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.  

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!

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

Illustrations of the newest seven residence halls at Cal Poly.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. 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. Find out where they are, what they mean, and how to say and write them. 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

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

Friday, Sept. 28
Women’s Soccer vs. CSUN, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Football vs. Montana, Spanos Stadium, 4:05 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, noon.
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

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.

#105033 — Associate Registrar (Administrator II), Academic Affairs — Office of the Registrar. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 16.

#105036 — Senior Manager of Personnel (Administrator I), Academic Affairs — College of Engineering. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review beginning Oct. 18.

#105037 — Financial Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist I), Administration and Finance — Budget and Finance. $3,288-$6,162 per month. (Anticipated salary range: $4,200-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#105035 — Auto/Equipment Mechanic, Administration and Finance — Fleet Services. $5,207-$6,654 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,207-$5,650 per month.)
Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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

There are no listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

There are no listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

Coordinator Recreational Sports. Annual salary is $52,794 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Coordinator — Aquatics and Safety. Annual salary is $52,794 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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