Cal Poly Report — April 3, 2019 


Take the CPX Survey Starting April 9 and Help Create a More Inclusive Campus 

 Share it. Shape it. CHANGE IT.Next Tuesday, April 9, a personalized email will be sent to all campus community members to complete the short, confidential CPX (Cal Poly Experience) Survey. The survey is a key part of a yearlong call to action to lead Cal Poly on a path toward greater equity and inclusion. The university is asking all students, staff and faculty to take about 15 minutes to complete the survey and share their experiences and perspectives related to diversity, equity and inclusion at Cal Poly. Every voice matters and every experience shared will make a difference. The information gathered through the survey and the CPX Listening Sessions, which were held March 12-14, will support the development and refinement of the university’s programs and services to create a more equitable, inclusive campus community so that every person can feel a sense of belonging and inclusion. Current students, staff and faculty will receive an email to take the survey from diversity and inclusion expert Damon A. Williams and his research team at the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation. Visit to learn more. Campus community members can use #CPXperience and #CPX on social media to tell their story, share their participation in the survey, and encourage others to take it.

John Smith Named Cal Poly Men’s Basketball Head Coach 

John Smith, recently named head coach of the Cal Poly men's basketball program.John Smith, who most recently helped Cal State Fullerton to three successive postseason appearances as the team’s associate head coach, was named head coach of the Cal Poly men’s basketball program on March 28. The announcement was made during a press conference by President Armstrong and Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman. Smith helped guide the Titans to one of the most successful periods in program history. During Smith’s final three seasons, Cal State Fullerton qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament and earned a berth in the College Postseason Tournament in both 2017 and 2019. The Titans averaged 18 wins per year over the last three seasons and finished among the top four programs in the Big West Conference standings. With Smith playing a pivotal role in Cal State Fullerton’s recruiting efforts, eight Titans earned All-Big West honors during his final three seasons. “I’m very excited and can’t wait to get started,” said Smith. “Cal Poly is a program that I’ve had my eye on for a while, and it’s a type of program you want to land at. This program has high-character players who are academically driven. Those are two things that are a precursor for success. It’s a competitive group of players who are capable of being successful within this conference. These were all factors that made the job very attractive to me.” Prior to his successful tenure at Cal State Fullerton, Smith served as head coach at Riverside City College from 2004-13. Read the full news release.

Cal Poly Foundation Board Chair Recognized with Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award

 Higher-resolution version available upon request.)Cal Poly Foundation Board Chair William H. Swanson has been recognized by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer with the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award (Swanson is pictured at right in photo, Spencer at left). The award is the highest honor the secretary can confer upon a civilian employee. It is granted only to those who have given distinguished or extraordinary service to the Department of the Navy and is reserved for contributions that are so unusual or significant that recognition at the Secretary of the Navy level is deserved. Swanson, former chairman and CEO of Raytheon, a Cal Poly alumnus (B.A., Industrial Engineering ’72), and board chair of the Cal Poly Foundation since 2014, worked as a principal on the Secretary of the Navy Cybersecurity Readiness Review from October 2018 to March of this year. Swanson, along with three other principals and a select Navy team, reviewed and examined the Navy’s current cybersecurity practices and issued a comprehensive report with groundbreaking discoveries and recommendations that will help ensure that the Department of the Navy is prepared to combat the cybersecurity challenges of today and the potential cyber warfare threats of tomorrow. Read the full news release.

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

College of Architecture and Environmental Design Welcomes Prospective Students and Families at Open House Weekend April 12-13

Photo of three students looking at some papers on a desk The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) will welcome hundreds of prospective students, their families and the community to campus during Cal Poly’s Open House weekend April 12-13. Numerous events will be open to the public including student work exhibits, various tours and the popular Poly Royal Alumni Beer and Wine Garden. The college will host the Design Village Competition on April 26-28. Teams of students from Cal Poly and other colleges and university architecture programs will construct unique temporary shelters in Poly Canyon. Open House is the university’s annual showcase of Learn by Doing and the facilities that make that possible. For the latest schedule of CAED Open House events, see the Upcoming Events section on the CAED homepage at:

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.

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.

Cal Poly Research Aims to Promote Healthy Feeding Patterns and Weight Gain for Bottle-Fed Infants

Alison VenturaCal Poly is looking for mothers who are bottle-feeding their babies to participate in a three-month study that aims to promote healthy feeding patterns and weight gain for bottle-fed infants. Participants will receive as many free baby bottles as they need and $100. Eligible participants are mothers with newborns to 6-month-old infants who are feeding their babies expressed breast milk or formula. During the 12-week study, research assistants will visit mothers in their homes four times and observe mothers and infants during bottle-feeding. Researchers will also measure the babies to assess infant growth and development. “An infant’s first year is a critical period for growth and development that sets the stage for later eating behaviors, dietary preferences, and obesity risk,” said Alison Ventura, a professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department who’s leading the study. Mothers who want to learn more or participate can contact Noemi Alarcon at ext. 6-5694, email, or visit the Healthy Kids website at Read the full news release.

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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Student Success

Student-Run Annual Tomato Spectacular Plant Sale to be Held April 6-7 

Justin Williams, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major and head grower for the project, working in the greenhouse. More than 70 different types of tomato plants will be available at Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale (formerly known as Tomato Mania) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop. Staff and faculty can also purchase the plants during a presale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5. Brandywine, Early Girl, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Homestead, and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Nature’s Bites, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project. The plants cost $7, with a quantity discount given for five or more plants. This year the program is directed by a team of six students who have grown more than 5,000 tomato plants from seed to provide home gardeners with quality plants that will produce fresh tomatoes throughout summer. "Tomato Spectacular embodies Learn by Doing at Cal Poly and gives students the opportunity to get involved directly in the industry and experience hands-on learning,” said Beth Funke, a junior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major. “There are so many different dynamic aspects of working in agriculture. Being involved in the tomato enterprise demonstrated that developing social media skills to sell the plants was just as important as growing them.” (Pictured is Justin Williams, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major and head grower for the project, working in the greenhouse.) For more information, follow Cal Poly Tomato Spectacular on Facebook and Instagram. View the full Tomato Spectacular 2019 catalog here.

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

Wednesday Walks with the Provost Start April 310 p.m. at the Administration Building and continuing around campus in a counter-clockwise direction.

Make the most of the beautiful campus we work on, grab a colleague, and meet up with Provost Enz Finken for Wednesday Walks. Join the provost each Wednesday starting April 3 at 12:10 p.m. to get your steps in, get to know the provost better, and meet new people. The walk will take approximately 30 minutes at a moderate pace. Everyone is welcome and may join in at any point along the route. Rain or inclement weather will cancel the walk. Questions may be directed to the Office of the Provost, ext. 6-2186.

Adobe Creative Cloud Available for Faculty and StaffIllustration with a red background and text reading Make it with Adobe Creative Cloud. Download apps now.

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


Volunteers Needed for PolyCultural Weekend April 5-7

Parent and Family Programs and the MultiCultural Center invite faculty and staff to volunteer at PolyCultural Weekend (PCW). Volunteers are needed at parent and supporter events during PCW to mingle with parents, families and supporters; answer questions; and provide them with resources they can access throughout their student’s Cal Poly journey. Food, drinks and name tags will be provided for all faculty and staff volunteers. The two supporter events are:
— PCW Supporter Mixer: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the PAC Pavilion. Welcome parents, families and supporters to Cal Poly. Heavy appetizers and wine will be offered.
— PCW Supporter Breakfast: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 7, on Dexter Lawn. Mingle with PCW participants including students, families and friends and hear brief remarks from campus leadership as the PCW experience wraps up.
Sign up here.

Applications Due April 5 for TIDE: Teaching Inclusion and Diversity Everywhere Program

Photo of a wave.Applications are being accepted from faculty members interested in participating in TIDE: Teaching Inclusion and Diversity Everywhere, now in its fourth year. This program creates a community of colleagues who collaborate as they deepen their personal insights and practical knowledge of diversity principles and inclusive teaching practices. The integrated program first introduces participants to inclusive teaching practices and principles of diversity and equity, and then provides support for applying those insights to teaching and learning experiences. The extended program begins in early summer 2019 and continues through fall quarter. Tenure-line faculty and lecturers with 2018-19 teaching assignments are welcome from all disciplines. A $1,500 stipend is available for eligible participants. Applications are due Friday, April 5. Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 12. Learn more and apply.

Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Offered in 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

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

Proposals Due April 19 for Center for Expressive Technologies Grant Opportunity

The Center for Expressive Technologies (CET) has announced a grant opportunity to tenure-track/tenured faculty in all colleges for use during the 2019-20 fiscal year (July 1, 2019, to June 1, 2020). CET Seed Grants are designed to support Learn by Doing experiences at the intersection of technology and human expression. Projects should explore how new and emerging technologies shape our world by critically engaging in the making and use of those technologies. Projects should be transdisciplinary, bringing together faculty members from different departments and fields. Proposed projects should also strive to improve the human experience by enhancing values such as community, justice, education or beauty through creating unique configurations of technology, people and expression. The Center for Expressive Technologies is particularly interested in funding pilot and development projects that have the potential for later grant funding that engage faculty, students and community/industrial partners. These could include: developing technologies to support public interest groups; community development and community engagement about and via new technologies; immersive environment design, and serious play that addresses pressing socio-technical challenges facing our society. Funds are available for student research assistants, materials and equipment, as well as limited funds for travel to support the research, preferably for student travel. Awards will range from $1,000 to $4,000. Email proposals by by Friday, April 19, to Learn more about the grant 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

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Catastrophic Leave

Christine Nelson, health educator in Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Education, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Woods at ext. 6-5265 or to request a donation form.

David Retz, lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Software Engineering, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Lani Woods at ext. 6-6320 or to request a donation form.

Sean Moore, custodian in Facilities Management — Custodial Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

Erika Diaz Cota, administrative analyst/specialist in University Housing, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Schmidt ext. 6-1585 or to request a donation form.

Campus Announcements

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.

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.


Comedian Iliza Shlesinger Comes to the PAC on April 5Promotional photo of comedian Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. After being the only woman and youngest comedian ever to win NBC's Last Comic Standing, Shlesinger began a late night limited-run talk show, "Truth & Iliza," on Freeform. Shlesinger just premiered Elder Millennial, her fourth Netflix stand-up special for the streaming service. Tickets range from $35-$45 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.


Coastal Performing Arts Foundation Presents “West Side Story” at the PAC April 5-7

Graphic reading West Side Story Coastal Performing Arts Foundation will present Coastal Youth Theater’s production of “West Side Story” featuring Coastal Chamber Youth ballet dancers. Performances in Spanos Theatre will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. Tickets range from $28-$32 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.

Havana Cuba All-Stars Performs at the PAC on April 7

Promotional photo of the six members of Havana Cuba All-StarsHavana Cuba All-Stars will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. This high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles, featuring some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, “Son Cubano” style to salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of cultural beats, promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens. In concert with dynamic Cuban dance couples, the All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions. Tickets range from $30-$46 for faculty, staff and 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.

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.

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.

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, April 5
Softball vs. Hawai’i, Bob Janssen Field, 5 p.m.
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 6
Softball vs. Hawai’i (Doubleheader), Bob Janssen Field, 1 and 3:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sunday, April 7
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9
Baseball vs. Fresno State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

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.

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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. 

#105265 — Data and Budget Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Non-exempt), Student Affairs — Cal Poly Scholars. $3,288-$6,162 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,167-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled.  

#105275 — Assistant Director of Student Affairs Technology (Administrator I), Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. (Review begins April 25.)   

#105231 — International Student Advisor (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — International Center. $4,179-$5,942 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,179-$4,300 per month.) Open until filled.   

#105230 — Customer Support Specialist (Information Technology Consultant — Foundation), Student Affairs — Technology. $3,470-$6,486 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,000-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled. (Review begins April 5.)  

#105260 — Creative Services Coordinator (Graphic Designer I), Student Affairs — Athletics. $3,224-$5,665 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,224-$3,900 per month.) Open until filled. 

#105261 — Student Services Professional IB/II (Admissions Counselor/Officer), Academic Affairs — Admissions. SSP IB: $3,685-$5,213 per month. (SSP IB: Anticipated hiring range: $3,685-4,057 per month). SSP II: $4,179-$5,942 per month. (SSP II: Anticipated hiring range: $4,179-$4,300 per month.) Open until filled. This internal recruitment is open to Cal Poly employees only (state, Corporation and ASI).

#105264 — Payroll Technician (Payroll Technician II), Administration and Finance — Payroll Services. $3,101-$5,449 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,101- $3,820 per month.) Open until filled.

#105218 — Coordinator, New Student and Transition Programs (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs — New Student and Transitions Programs. $4,179-$5,942 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,179-$4,300 per month.) Open until filled.

#105221 — Black Academic Excellence Center Coordinator (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs — Connections for Academic Success. $4,554-$6,488 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,554-$5,167 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 online. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

#105193 — Full Time/Temporary Lecturer, Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, 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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