Cal Poly Report — April 10, 2019 


CPX Survey Now Open; Results will Build Evidence-Based Diversity Action Plans

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The CPX Survey is here. A personalized email was sent to all campus community members Tuesday from Dr. Damon Williams at the address The comprehensive, confidential survey asks all students, staff and faculty members questions about their experiences on campus relative to diversity, equity and inclusion. The results of the survey will build an evidence-based understanding to create actionable change for a better, more inclusive future at Cal Poly. Several campus community members have also shared their experiences at Cal Poly on a new CPX Stories page. Listen and read their stories to learn more about fellow campus community members, and find out how to share your own experience at (Note that the community members featured on CPX Stories have agreed to share their stories publicly — each CPX Survey response will always be kept strictly confidential.) Each member of the campus community has the power to make impactful changes for greater equity and inclusion. Learn more about the survey at

Cal Poly Appoints Internationally Renowned Biomedical Researcher as Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Dr. Renee A. Reijo PeraCal Poly has appointed Renee A. Reijo Pera, an internationally recognized stem cell biologist, as vice president for Research and Economic Development, effective Aug. 12. Pera brings to her new role a proven track record in economic development as well as a strong background in undergraduate and graduate research and commitment to supporting students in their research efforts. For the past five years, Pera has served as vice president for Research and Economic Development at Montana State University, where she was also professor of cell biology and neurosciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. In her new role at Cal Poly, Pera will oversee the Grants Development and Sponsored Programs office, the Institutional Review Board, and other grant-related compliance bodies, as well as the Cal Poly Technology Park. She will lead university efforts in advocating for research and scholarship while promoting the value of a diverse range of scholarly and applied research activities and industry relationships for faculty, staff and students. As part of her role, Pera will foster an environment in which the research and creative accomplishments of faculty and students are encouraged and rewarded, identify and create opportunities for financial support, and promote the reputation of Cal Poly's research and scholarship locally, nationally and beyond. Read the full news release.

Cal Poly’s 26th Annual Open House Set for April 11-13

Photo from a previous open house with two female students holding a banner at the start of the Poly Royal Parade.The 26th annual Open House welcomes prospective students and their supporters, current students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community to festivities Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13. Open House celebrates the achievements of past and current Mustangs and provides prospective students the opportunity to take part in campus traditions and show off their school spirit as they prepare for their time at Cal Poly. On April 11, prospective students and their families visit the Campus Preview Night at Farmers Market in downtown San Luis Obispo. On April 12, Admitted Students’ Discovery Day allows prospective students and their families to become acquainted with the students’ future academic careers. Students will be encouraged to start thinking about their course of study as they learn about their future curriculum, hear from college deans, and meet with faculty and current students. On Saturday, April 13, the public is invited to campus as Cal Poly holds its Poly Royal Celebration, during which more than 200 student clubs and organizations will demonstrate the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Special events include the Poly Royal Parade, Kids’ Zone, live music at Dexter Stage, the Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull, the Poly Royal Rodeo, and the Cal Poly Alumni Beer and Wine Garden. For a full schedule of events, download the Cal Poly Now mobile app in the App Store and Google Play, and search for the guide Open House 2019. For more information about Cal Poly’s Open House weekend, go to:, or call New Student and Transition Programs at ext. 6-2400.

Nominations Due April 15 for 2019 President’s Diversity Awards

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion is seeking nominations for the 2019 President's Diversity Awards. Nominations will be accepted for the following categories: faculty, staff, student, campus department/unit, recognized student group/organization, and excellence in inclusive design. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 15. Group awardees will a receive $1,000 sponsorship, and all other awardees will receive $500. Award recipients will be announced at the President's Diversity Awards ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Performing Arts Center Rossi Grand Lobby. Click here to submit a nomination. Questions? Email

Nominations Open for the 2019 President's Sustainability Awards

Former Green Campus Team Manager Molly Barker, center, received the Outstanding Student of the Year award in 2017.The President’s Sustainability Awards celebrate members of the Cal Poly community who have exhibited commitment to the value of the university sustainability imperatives. The awards are an opportunity to recognize individual members from the faculty, staff and student communities, as well as contributions from a recognized campus organization. Individual recipients will receive a $500 award, and the recognized group will receive a $1,000 sponsorship. Nominators and candidates will be invited to an awards luncheon when winners will be announced on Friday, May 17. Nominators submitting multiple nominations must complete a new form for each candidate. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, through this nomination form. Questions? Contact Sustainability Coordinator Kylee Singh at (Former Green Campus Team Manager Molly Barker is pictured receiving the student award in 2017, above.)

Cultural Commencement 2019 Sign-Ups Open

Photo from a past cultural commencement ceremony.Cal Poly’s Cultural Commencement ceremonies are annual celebrations recognizing the culture and accomplishments of graduating students. Faculty and staff are asked to help spread the word to students around campus who may be interested in participating. The university offers seven Cultural Commencements including:
— American Indian and Indigenous Commencement
— Asian Pacific Islander Commencement
— Black Commencement
— Chicanx/Latinx Commencement
— Disability Commencement
— Lavender Commencement (LGBTQ+)
— South West Asian North African (SWANA) Commencement
Students must sign up by Friday, April 12, to have their professional headshots and bios included in the printed programs. Students can sign up online at For more information, contact Commencement at or ext. 6-1600.

Celebrate Cal Poly Earth Week April 21-27Logo for Earth Week

Staff, faculty and students are invited to a variety of fun and educational events during Earth Week from April 21-27. You won't want to miss out on the Make Waves Film Festival, Solar Farm tour, and Sustainability Fair, which will include more than 30 booths, and free food and prizes. For details on each event, visit the official Facebook page at Questions? Contact Sustainability Coordinator Kylee Singh at


Cal Poly’s CIE to Host Spring Entrepreneurship Forum Featuring Alumnus, Olympian and Startup Founder Simon Arkell on May 14

Simon ArkellThe Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host its annual Spring Entrepreneurship Forum on Tuesday, May 14, to discuss the ever-increasing role of artificial intelligence in the startup world and announce the student-founded startups selected for the CIE’s summer HotHouse Startup Accelerator program. Simon Arkell will break down the intimidating subject of AI and share insights about how it can be leveraged in any startup. Arkell is a two-time pole vault Olympian (Australia) and president and co-founder of Deep Lens, an artificial intelligence software company providing a deep learning-based digital pathology platform to hospitals worldwide. In addition, Cal Poly student entrepreneurs will unveil their business plans to the community, marking the start of their 13-week journey in CIE’s summer accelerator program where the students and alumni hone their business ideas, work with mentors, attend weekly workshops and have access to $10,000 in seed funding to kick-start their businesses. Advance registration for the forum is required. For more information and to register, visit


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Student Success

Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees to be Held April 11

Nominees for Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 11, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each of the 44 nominees. The 2018-19 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year will also be announced. This event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

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Faculty & Staff

College of Engineering Professors to be Honored for Distinguished Scholarship April 17

Flyer for the Distinguished Scholarship Award Colloquium featuring Dr. Zoe Wood and Dr. TaufikThe 2017-18 Distinguished Scholarship Award winners, Professor Zoe Wood of the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, and Professor Taufik of the Electrical Engineering Department, will be honored at a presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Faculty, staff and students are invited to join Provost Enz Finken at the event, hosted in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee. The event will start at 2 p.m. with a welcome and remarks, followed at 2:15 p.m. with a talk by Wood, "The Joy of Uniting Computing, Art and Mathematics: From Mapping Shipwrecks to Computer Science Education." Taufik will speak at 2:45 p.m. on "Residential DC Electricity: The DC House Solution." A reception will follow at 3:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186 or visit the provost's website.


Spring Into Action by Displaying Love, Empathy, Respect Flyers

Dark green circle with the words LOVE EMPATHY RESPECT #mustangsUNITEDThe Cal Poly Inclusivity Group invites all staff, faculty and administrators to display Love, Empathy, Respect flyers spring quarter in their offices, windows and workstations to visibly support and promote the #MustangsUnited values across the campus. Flyers are available in the College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Office (No. 25), Room 229A; the Kennedy Library first floor Checkout Desk and the second floor Help Desk; and the School of Education Office (No. 2), Room 122B. Pick up flyers for yourself and colleagues, and help spread the universal values of love, empathy and respect.  

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Faculty and staff can now download the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite on two devices at no cost, and sign in with their Cal Poly username and password. The suite of industry-leading desktop and mobile apps includes Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fonts, Premiere Pro and more. For more information and installation help, visit


Employees may be Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

Photo of a student a professor smiling during a broadcast at CPTV at Cal Poly.The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. This benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures, fees and deadlines, visit the Educational Fee Waiver Program website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at


Workshop on Parenting to be Offered April 19

Empathia logo reading Good for People. Good for Business.There is so much to learn when becoming a parent. Children experience so many changes between birth and adolescence. Learn the different stages of development and the parent's role at each stage during a workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19. The workshop is being offered by Employee and Organization Development through its Employee Assistance Provider — Empathia. Content includes what to expect, from infants to adolescents; tips for traveling with children; setting and enforcing family rules; positive approaches to discipline; taking care of yourself; and teaching children about money. Register here on the Cal Poly Learning Hub and attend the workshop in the Administration and Finance Training Room, located in Room 105 of the University Police Building (No. 36).  

Proposal Development Opportunity Available to New Researchers

The Office of Research and Economic Development, in partnership with Hanover Research, is offering a proposal development opportunity to a cohort of early career investigators. Hanover, via a yearlong Grants Academy, will support researchers in identifying, pursuing and securing competitive extramural funding for research and scholarship. Faculty may be eligible if they are interested in obtaining external funding for research, are new to research and/or are junior faculty, and are willing to devote the time to produce a high-quality proposal(s) within six to 12 months. Faculty interested in participating in the 2019-20 Grants Academy should submit applications via before midnight Wednesday, May 1. Applications require a brief description of research interests, a summary of prior grant writing and submission experience, a list of sponsors and/or programs that have been identified as potential sources of funding, and an idea of planned accomplishments gained by participating in the Grants Academy. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of spring quarter, and the academy will begin fall quarter. More information is available by contacting the Office of Research and Economic Development at or ext. 6-5153.

Principles of Supervision Workshop to be Offered by Employee and  Managing Performance, Developing Direct Reports, Guiding and Organizing the Work, Managing Relationships and Managing Yourself 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 your people to perform, and to influence your group to work as a team? One participant in the workshop said, “Great session. I can use these tips immediately.” Another said, “I’m excited to put what I 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 on April 23, May 7, May 28, and June 11. Learn more and register.


'Disability Tapas' Offered Every Thursday in Spring Quarter 

Disabilities come in many different forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center for some snack-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. The presentations are geared toward faculty and staff, and offered every Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E26. (Note the new location.) Participants can also attend via Zoom at Topics and dates include:
— April 11: Access Needs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 
— April 18: Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Getting Good Grades with Gadgets
— April 25: Supporting Students with Autism 
— May 2: Supporting Students with ADHD 
— May 9: Supporting Students with Autism 
— May 16: ADA/504 Accommodations: Equitable Access and Legal Considerations 
— May 23: Accessible Learning Spaces: Addressing Mobility and Visual Access Needs  
— May 30: Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities
— June 6: Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome 
For more information, contact the Disability Resource Center at or ext. 6-1395.

RSVP by May 7 for Retired Faculty and Staff Spring Luncheon

Cal Poly Strawberry Center wordmarkJoin the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club as it learns about and tours Cal Poly’s Strawberry Center at its luncheon on Wednesday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will include a luncheon, guest speaker, a tour of the research and growing facility, and conclude with strawberry varietal tastings. The tour of the research center and growing grounds will require some walking on uneven ground. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Leprino Foods Dairy Innovation Institute (No. 18-A). Parking is available next to the institute. The cost is $16. Reservations are required. RSVP by May 7 to Gail Simmons at 805-462-9148 or

Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Offered Spring Quarter

University Advising is hosting a Faculty Advisor Training Series that introduces undergraduate faculty advisors to academic advising core competencies. Register for each workshop using the links below. All workshops will be held in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
FA 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 19.
— FA 102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 3.
— FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 31.
Click here for more information about the Faculty Advisor Training Series. Questions? Contact Christina Wolfe-Chandler, advisor training coordinator, at ext. 6-5735 or

Free Biometric Screenings to be Offered May 8; Register Now

Illustration of a heart with a stethoscope monitoring it.Anthem Blue Cross and Maxim Health Systems will be on campus Wednesday, May 8, to conduct free biometric screenings that will provide immediate results for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI). All Cal Poly employees are welcome to attend. Enrollment is limited and attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Register here. Anyone with questions or needing assistance can contact Human Resources-Benefits at ext. 6-5436 or

Workshops Available for Managers on Performance Management and Progressive Discipline

Photo of a hand with a marker underlining the word Performance Human Resources will offer several two-hour sessions for MPP (Management Personnel Plan) employees in April and May. According to the Corporate Leadership Council, fair and accurate feedback can improve an employee's performance by 39 percent. One of the keys to effectively supervising others is performance management — being clear about expectations, evaluating and documenting performance, providing ongoing feedback and planning with your employees for their development.  And, if there is a pattern of unacceptable performance, a disciplinary action may be necessary. Human Resources will offer sessions on “Performance Management and Evaluation” and “Progressive Discipline and Corrective Action.” The Performance Management workshop highlights the value of the performance management process, provides tips and tools for preparing and delivering the evaluation, and offers important do's and don’ts. The Progressive Discipline workshop highlights communicating performance expectations, documenting performance problems, coaching employees to success, and provides tools for corrective action. The sessions will all be held in the Administration and Finance Training Room, located in the University Police Department (No. 36, Room 105): 
Performance Management and Evaluation
— Session 1: April 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Register here.
— Session 2: May 30, 2-4 p.m. Register here.
Progressive Discipline and Corrective Action
— Session 1: April 11, 2-4 p.m. Register here.
— Session 2: May 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Register here.
— Session 2: May 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Register here.

New Book and Learning Circles Set for Spring

Screenshot of the book cover of The Power of Moments Employee and Organization Development has announced the spring 2019 Book and Learning Circles. You are invited to participate in a Book Circle, where you read a book over three to four sessions and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where you view a video or read an article and then discuss as a group.
— Book Circles: In the first book, "The Power of Moments," Chip and Dan Heath explain how to create peak experiences that engage and inspire. The second book, "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth, shows those striving to be successful and effective how to be the best version of themselves — that the secret to outstanding results is not talent or luck, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”  The third book, "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo, draws on academic scholarship and the author's extensive experience as an educator on racial and social justice issues to explain the phenomenon of white fragility and to suggest ways to engage in more meaningful conversations about racism.
— Learning Circles: The first Learning Circle is a talk, "Lead Like the Great Conductors," in which Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating essential lessons for anyone in a leadership role. The second Learning Circle is "The Power of Vulnerability" with Brené Brown, who poignantly and humorously shares a deep insight from her research on belonging, empathy, courage and shame — one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself and to understand humanity. The third Learning Circle is "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" with Dan Brown. He shares compelling research on how structuring your day to align with your natural rhythms can result in optimal impact and enjoyment.
To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

International Professional Development Grants Are Available for Faculty and Staff

Logo for Cal Poly International CenterThe Cal Poly International Center has announced International Professional Development Grants to support well-thought-out professional development opportunities for faculty and staff who make direct contributions to campus internationalization efforts. Faculty or staff may propose to participate in an activity that will enhance his or her international experience and knowledge, foster relations between Cal Poly and an international partner, and improve the campus experience for international students at Cal Poly and/or support Cal Poly students engaging in study abroad. Activities may include faculty development seminars, developing collaborative research, international symposia, familiarization visits, workshops, international education conferences, etc. Preference will be given to proposals that indicate cost sharing, tie the work into unit and division-level internationalization goals, and provide clear plans and means of disseminating the information and experiences from the grant opportunities. One to two grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded per cycle, with two cycles a year. To learn more, go to "Faculty/Staff Opportunities" on the International Center website and click on the appropriate grant type (or click here for the faculty grant and here for the staff grant).

CalPERS to Host Workshops at Cal Poly on April 10

CalPERS logoCalifornia Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) will host workshops on campus Wednesday April 10, to help employees learn more about CalPERS retirement benefits. They workshops will include:
— Planning Your Retirement (for members one to five years from retirement): Learn how to plan for retirement and the process of retiring.
— Your CalPERS and You (for early to mid-career members): This class will help members get a head start on understanding their retirement benefits.
Enrollment is limited and attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Learn more and register here. Anyone with questions or needing assistance can contact Human Resources at ext 6-5436 or

Screenshot of the cover the 2019-20 Cal Poly Academic Catalog


Cal Poly 2019-20 Catalog Now Available

The 2019-20 Cal Poly Catalog, which is effective Summer 2019 through Spring 2020, is now available online at To view earlier catalogs, select ‘Previous Catalogs’ from the navigation menu. The Cal Poly Catalog is the official listing of academic programs and courses offered by the university. The catalog also includes student-related academic policy and provides information on student services.


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Campus Announcements

Student Staff Needed to Help at Spring Commencement Ceremonies 

Photo of two female students hugging at a previous commencement ceremony, surrounded by other graduating students.Spring Commencement 2019 is just around the corner!  Spring Commencement is a campuswide effort to create a memorable experience for graduates and guests. The Commencement Office is currently seeking student staff to work the Spring Commencement ceremonies. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to sign up to take part in celebrating the achievements of Cal Poly’s graduates! Students are paid $13 per hour and receive meals during certain shifts. Students can sign up work Commencement here: Anyone with questions or needing more information can contact Commencement at or ext. 6-1600.


Cal Poly Students, Faculty, Staff Needed for SLO Community Study

Photo screenshot of the study, showing an aerial map of part of San Luis Obispo with various markers to indicate recreation value, economic value, cultural value and other items.Professor Greg Brown, head of the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, is seeking participants for a San Luis Obispo study that examines future growth and development. Brown, along with Cal Poly students, designed a survey that allows people to identify their favorite places and where they think different types of development should — or should not — occur. For example, are there sufficient open space and recreation opportunities? Bicycle paths? Is housing sufficient to meet student and community needs? How much future growth and development in San Luis Obispo is acceptable? This information will be used to inform future decisions about land use in San Luis Obispo. The survey website is interactive and asks participants to drag and drop markers onto a Google map. Participation is easy. Simply click on this the website at and follow the instructions. A Cal Poly student has also created a YouTube video that explains what to do: Results of this research will be shared with the participants, and they will also be entered into a drawing for multiple gift cards that support local businesses. If you have questions about this study, contact Greg Brown at

Attend a Workshop April 17 on English-Speaking Grad Programs in Italy

Logo for the Consulate General of Italy San FranciscoLearn about the possibility of pursuing graduate study in Italy on Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 128. Students can learn everything they need to know — from obtaining a study visa to applying to Italian universities. Anna Zeppieri, education attaché at the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, will direct the workshop. Areas of study include engineering, agribusiness, art and design, business and marketing, history, literature and others. Learn more here.


Get a Free Ride to Campus on April 12 During Open House

All trips on public transportation to Cal Poly on Friday, April 12, during Open House will be free of charge. In an effort to lower the university’s environmental footprint and ease trips to campus for visitors, Transportation and Parking Services is offering free rides to campus on SLO Transit and RTA buses. The Friday of Open House is one of the busiest days of the year, creating a conundrum when it comes to parking and traffic. TAPS has worked with local and regional transportation partners to lessen the impact. Riders can participate by telling the bus driver they are going to Cal Poly. Anyone who is using an alternative form of transportation to get to campus can comment on the Free Ride Friday contest on the Administration and Finance Facebook page to be entered for a chance to win Apple AirPods or a Starbucks gift card. Be sure to also visit the TAPS booth at the Resource Fair in the UU for a chance to win tickets to the Cal Poly Rodeo on Friday night.

Country Artists Casey Donahew and Chancey Williams to Perform at Poly Royal Rodeo April 13

Banner copy for the 79th annual Poly Royal Rodeo in Spanos Stadium with a photo of a woman on horsebackTexas country music sensation Casey Donahew will bring his legendary live show to the headline concert at the 79th annual Poly Royal Rodeo at Spanos Stadium. He will perform after the rodeo Saturday, April 13. A second concert has been added to the weekend’s festivities. Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will take the stage Friday, April 12, after the rodeo — as well as playing an opening set before Donahew’s Saturday performance. The Poly Royal Rodeo is a marquee event on campus during Cal Poly’s annual Open House. College rodeo athletes from all over the West Coast will compete for a championship in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The Friday evening rodeo is slated for 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children ages 2 to 10; $25 for students, $30 for general admission and $45 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children under 2. The final rodeo event will be at 5:30 p.m. April 13, followed by the Casey Donahew Band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children ages 2 to 10, $30 for students, $35 for general admission, and $55 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children under 2. Concert-only tickets for Saturday’s performance are available for $10. ASI is hosting the concert performances, which are open to the public. Tickets are on sale at Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo Program.

Language Conversation Tables to be Held Spring Quarter

The German Conversation Table started April 4 and will meet every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Faculty Fishbowl 220, in Kennedy Library, near Julian’s Café. The Italian Conversation Group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the World Languages Lab, located in Room 128 of the Agriculture Building (No. 10). The Russian Conversation Table meets every other Thursday starting April 11 from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Faculty Fishbowl 220, in Kennedy Library. The Vietnamese Group meets every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Center for Service in Action Lounge in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E22. The Spanish Language Table meets every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Multicultural Lounge in UU 217. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details about each conversation table are available on the World Languages and Cultures Department website.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Participate in Community Flower Show

Flowers on display during a previous Community Flower Show.Cal Poly is looking for a few good gardeners — and their flowers — for the annual Community Flower Show, to be held Saturday, April 13, as part of the university’s Open House 2019. Staff and faculty are invited to enter their flower specimens in the show. Those wanting to enter the show can register for the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Horticulture Unit (No. 48) near the Poly Plant Shop. Entries are due between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Contestants can enter specimens of perennials, annuals, bulbs, blooms from flowering shrubs, roses and container plants in the longstanding Cal Poly Community Flower Show, which is overseen by Professor Emeritus Virginia Walter. The contest is held during Cal Poly’s Open House weekend at the Environmental Horticultural Science Unit, on Via Carta at the north end of campus. The show will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13. Entries will be judged by Cal Poly students with ribbons to be awarded to the top three entries in each class, as well as Best-of-Section, Best-of-Show, and Reserve Best-of-Show. The Community Flower Show is sponsored by the Cal Poly Chapter of Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honor Society. For more details, call ext. 6-2279.

Campus Dining Launches Choose Well Ambassador Program

A female student, wearing a green blazer, talks to two other people as part of Campus Dining's new health ambassador program.Campus Dining’s new health ambassadors recently started roaming dining venues in bright green blazers as a part of the Choose Well Ambassador program. These student ambassadors help customers navigate their dining plans in the healthiest way possible. While some food choices may be obvious, others aren’t, and lots of questions may arise. For food-health related questions, look for a professional in a green blazer. They can help point you in the direction of healthy options during lunch and dinner hours. Campus Dining is excited to welcome the addition of student ambassadors who have undergone training with the university’s registered dietitian, Kaitlin Gibbons, and are ready to be another great resource for our hungry student body.

Kick Start Your Spring at the Cal Poly Recreation Center 

Photo of a woman playing volleyball at the Cal Poly Recreation Center.Take advantage of longer days and warmer weather at the Cal Poly Recreation Center, the premier destination for fitness, recreation, relaxation and wellness on campus. Membership includes state-of-the-art equipment, a variety of complimentary group fitness classes, multiple exercise rooms, an indoor track, six gymnasium courts, six racquetball courts, equipment check out at The Pro Shop, personal training, an Olympic-size lap pool, leisure pool, sand volleyball courts, recreation areas, relaxation zones, the ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park and rental center, and access to ASI Recreational Sports programming including aquatics classes, scuba classes, specialized fitness and martial arts classes, ASI Intramural Sports, and more. The cost is $45 per month for faculty, staff, administration and auxiliary employees and $50 per month for alumni, emeritus, household and affiliates. Members can also sign up at the Membership Services desk for one free personal training session with a nationally certified personal trainer. Stop by between 1 and 5 p.m. for a tour, or purchase a day pass for $10 to experience all that the Recreation Center has to offer. For more information, visit the Memberships page or contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or

Extended Education to Offer Spring Beginning Photography Class

Photo of someone holding a camera.Cal Poly Extended Education will offer Beginning Photography on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4 to June 1. Explore the basic elements of photography from analog through digital image-making. Learn to create engaging portraits, capture landscape scenes, and understand lighting principles and methods using your own camera. The course will cover the essential components of image making as it relates to fine art and the photographic medium. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.

Statistical Consulting Service Available Through June 14

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, June 14, by appointment only. Professors Jeff Sklar and Ulric Lund will serve as the consultants. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, they 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.


Broadway Musical 'Something Rotten!' Comes to the PAC on April 10

Promotional photo of four actors in the Broadway musical, "Something's Rotten!"The Broadway musical "Something Rotten!" will start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. With 10 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, "Something Rotten!" is a “big, fat hit!” according to the New York Post. Set in the ’90s — the 1590s — this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical. Tickets range from $69-$99. They 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.

Kennedy Library to Exhibit Innovative Alternative-Energy Prototype Vehicles April 11-June 7; Opening Reception Set for April 18

Student engineers testing a scale model of their electric endurance car’s interior, which was prototyped to test seating angles and driver visibility. Photo courtesy PROVE Lab.Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library will co-host the exhibit “Limitless: The Process of Innovation” from Thursday, April 11, through Friday, June 7. The exhibit showcases the unique work done in the university’s PROVE (Prototype Vehicles) Laboratory — a student-led collective that makes zero-emission vehicles that break world records. The exhibit features prototype vehicles, projects, student engineers and processes to demonstrate the power of alternative energy through innovative engineering. Student-designed and fabricated projects in development will be on display, including a human-powered biomimetic submarine, a top-speed gravity-powered vehicle, and a fully electric long-range sports car. The “Challenger,” a landmark historical vehicle from the extreme world of Gravity Racing, will also be on display, thanks to racing innovator Don Baumea. The public is invited to the exhibit’s opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The exhibit, co-hosted by the College of Engineering, is free and open to the public during library open hours. For more information, contact Kennedy Library Curator Catherine Trujillo at ext. 6-6395 or, or go to

Ranky Tanky to Perform at the PAC on April 11Photo of the South Carolina-based quintet Ranky Tanky, standing outdoors on a front porch with their instruments.

Ranky Tanky will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Spanos Theatre, presented by Cal Poly Arts. In soulful spirit, this South Carolina-based quintet will perform timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the U.S. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston are the “rank and fertile ground” from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown. Tickets are $35 for students, faculty and staff. They 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.


Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Present Cabaret-Style Showcase on April 12

Photo of a dozen students in Student Opera Theatre posing for a photo to promote their cabaret-style showcaseCal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) will present a 1930s and ’40s cabaret-style showcase of works from the “Great American Songbook” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Spanos Theatre. There will be delightful solos, duets and trios — comprising music majors and minors — that will perform works by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. The songs will include the beloved “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Paper Moon,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” “God Bless America” and “Night and Day.” The show will also include the tap and jazz dance talent of Cal Poly music majors Zahra Rothschild and Sheridan Liaw; psychology major Kylie Capella; and civil engineering major Rachel Klemm. A combo will accompany the singers: Dave Becker, saxophone; Paul Woodring, keyboards; Adam Levine, guitar; James Gallardo, bass; and John Astaire, drums. The performance is produced and directed by CPSOT founder Jacalyn Kreitzer. 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.

Student-Written Performance Performs at the PAC April 12-14

Posed photo of six student performers who will participate in "the state of being happy" performance An interactive, "choose your own adventure" style theatrical show titled “the state of being happy” will run in the PAC Pavilion April 12-14. The production is presented by Spork in the Road Theatre Company, comprised of Cal Poly students. The audience will have the opportunity to use their smartphones to vote, in real-time, on the decisions made by the characters onstage. They'll have the power to direct the show in one way or another and, thus, help (or hinder) the main character, Charlie, in his search for true happiness. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. They 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.

Cal Poly Open House Recital Set for April 13

Image with text reading Open House Recital on green background with musical notes.The Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for Cal Poly’s 26th annual Open House. The program will include string ensembles, a saxophone quartet, barbershop quartet, jazz combo and brass ensembles. The student performers are from a variety of majors and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Music Department staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the soloists. The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information on the recital, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

'Die Walkure' to be Shown at the PAC on April 14

Photo from the Metropolitan Opera's "Die Walkure"The Metropolitan Opera’s "Die Walkure" will be screened live in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. Tickets are $12 for students, faculty and staff. They 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. Note: The date of this event has been moved from March 30 to April 14 due to a scheduled power outage on campus.

Ben Bradlee Jr.Journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. to Speak at Cal Poly April 15

The Cal Poly Journalism and Political Science departments will host journalist and author Ben Bradlee Jr. for a talk on Monday evening, April 15. Bradlee will explore who voted for Donald Trump and why, the president’s performance in office — especially his attacks on the press as “the enemy of the American people” — and the prospects for the 2020 election. The talk is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 101. Learn more here.


Surfrider's 'Make Waves' Film Festival to be Held April 24

Logo for the Surfrider Make Waves Film FestivalAs part of Earth Week 2019, the Cal Poly Surfrider Club will host a film festival of student-made films from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday April 24, in Room 2 of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The films will highlight the beauty of the outdoors, showcase students' connections to the natural world, and share inspiring stories of how we can protect it for future generations. There will be food, live music, raffle prizes, T-shirts and stickers along with the student-made films. All donations will support Cal Poly Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force, Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Rise Above Plastics, and Coastal Protections programs. Space is limited so be sure to buy tickets early at

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, April 13
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Riverside, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mustang Courts, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Irvine, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.

Friday, April 19
Men’s Tennis vs. Hawai’i, Mustang Courts, noon.

Friday, April 26
Baseball vs. USC, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 27
Softball vs. Long Beach State (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. USC, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 28
Baseball vs. USC, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Long Beach State, Bob Janssen Field, 1 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. 

#105283 — Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Student Affairs — Career Services. $2,846-$4,998 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,400-$3,800 per month). Open until filled.   

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. Part-time lecturer pools are being opened this month. Visit for current openings, further information and how to apply.

#105234 — Full-Time Temporary Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow — Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, open until filled.

#105228- Full-Time Temporary Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow — Transportation Engineering, College of Engineering, open until filled.

#105134 — Full-Time Temporary Lecturer, Mathematics, College of Science and Mathematics, 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.

There are no new 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.

There are no new listings at this time.

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