Cal Poly Report — Feb. 20, 2019 


Cal Poly Names Philip Williams as Dean of College of Liberal Arts 

Philip WilliamsPhilip J. Williams, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, has been named as the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken announced. Williams succeeds Interim Dean Kathryn Rummell, longtime chair of the English Department, who has led the college since August after the retirement of previous dean Doug Epperson. Williams earned his master’s degree in Latin American Studies and doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford. He is a native of California and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA. He has taught political science since 1987, first as an assistant professor at Truman State University in Missouri from 1987-89 and as an assistant, associate, and then full professor at the University of Florida. He served as chair of the university’s Political Science Department from 2004 to 2007. Williams has a long record of commitment to diversity and inclusion at the University of Florida, including his support of undocumented students and his leadership since 2009 of the Center for Latin American Studies, a campuswide hub that leads and supports initiatives to increase academic engagement, research collaboration, and international education opportunities focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. Read the full news release.

Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In Set for Feb. 21

Banner ad reading Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In Workshop Schedule Thursday February 21As part of the university’s continuous commitment to diversity and inclusion, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is pleased to announce the third Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The event is open to the campus community and will feature several Cal Poly educators. The Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In is a partnership with the CLA, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI), and Academic Affairs. View a full schedule of Teach In events at

Pixar Pro Will Share Her Lighting Magic in College of Engineering Diversity Series

Photo of Danielle Feinberg, with text reading Cal Poly Engineering Diversity Inclusion Speaker SeriesDanielle Feinberg, whose TED Talk about working at Pixar Animation Studios has inspired scores of girls to pursue computer science, will give a talk, “The Art and Science of Bringing Imagined Worlds to Life,” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 21, in the auditorium of the Advanced Technologies Laboratory (No. 7). Feinberg, who is the director of photography and lighting at Pixar, has worked on several blockbuster films, including “WALL-E,” “Finding Nemo” and “Coco.” Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, she attended summer camps and after-school programs for elementary students interested in computer programming and engineering. Eventually, she went to Harvard, where she was one of few women pursuing computer science. At 22, she joined Pixar, working first as a technician on “A Bug’s Life,” before quickly becoming a vital part of the franchise’s trademark lighting magic. She frequently mentors girls to motivate them to pursue STEM-related fields and speaks throughout the country. Her talk is part of the Cal Poly Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series.

Cal Poly Corporation Marks 10 Years of Support for Prado Day Center

Cal Poly Corporation and Campus Dining are proud of their ongoing efforts to support the Prado Day Center, a service center for the homeless community in San Luis Obispo. The bi-monthly effort was started by Carly Baker, wife of Cal Poly President Emeritus Warren Baker. Several corporation employees are part of a group of Cal Poly supporters who volunteer their time the third Monday of every other month, serving lunch to about 120 Prado Day Center clients. Campus Dining prepares and provides part of the meal that is served by the Cal Poly group. Carly Baker and Sharon Armstrong, President Armstrong's wife, have continued to make the volunteer service a priority, with the assistance of Campus Dining and Cal Poly Corporation. “We have been so fortunate to have the ongoing support of the Cal Poly community,” said Mary Parker, president of the People’s Kitchen board of directors. “They play a very important role in our organization’s success.”

Pre-Register for Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference Feb. 22-23

Banner ad for Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference, including a photo of a woman with a megaphoneThe Center for Service in Action is hosting the 17th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Conference on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23. The conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. Through guest speakers, inspiring workshops and engaging sessions, students will leave the conference with a newfound sense and understanding of social justice and how they can take ownership of their role to advance social change. This year’s theme is Redefining Boldness, and includes a White Privilege Symposium. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to Preview Night on Friday evening for a moderated panel discussion and question-and-answer session on "Leadership, Law Enforcement and Social Justice." The panel will be comprised of student activist leaders; Keith Humphrey, vice president of Student Affairs; Kathleen McMahon, dean of students; University Police Chief George Hughes; and San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell. The opening keynote speaker on Saturday is Kristin Deal, Ph.D., from the University of Denver, who is a leading scholar on white privilege, with a special emphasis on allyship. Preregistration for the all-day conference on Saturday is now live at Presale conference fees are $10 for students and $25 for faculty, staff and community members. Fees include breakfast, lunch and a tote bag with conference materials. Those interested in underwriting the cost of students to attend should email the Center for Service in Action at

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Student Success

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Student Earns AVA Digital AwardRyan Vannucci

Liberal arts and engineering studies senior Ryan Vannucci received a Gold Award in the AVA Digital Awards Competition for his video on Oblong Technology for Student Use. Vannucci produced the video and works with Oblong technology through the California Cybersecurity Institute at Cal Poly. AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication.

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Faculty & Staff

Buy Tickets Now for Annual Service Awards Luncheon on March 12

Annual Service Awards  LuncheonTickets for the Annual Service Awards Luncheon will be available for $15 each starting Feb. 13. State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2018 will be honored at the Annual Service Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Chumash Auditorium. In accordance with Cal Poly’s sustainable practices, printed flyers will not be distributed. For the flyer with a complete listing of awardees, visit the Service Award Website. Tickets can be purchased online and will be sent via email or are available to pick up at will call at the Cal Poly Ticket Office (Performing Arts Center) from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All award recipients have received an email with a link to RSVP to the event. Awardees are required to RSVP to participate in the award ceremony. Contact the committee chair at if you have any questions. The Annual Service Awards Committee is compiling photos for a slide show presentation at the luncheon. Send photos of the awardees to by Friday, Feb. 22. There is limited seating; purchase a ticket early to ensure your attendance at this special event. Buy tickets at

Join Women’s Basketball for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Feb. 21

A Cal Poly women's basketball player during a game.As a sign of appreciation for everything faculty and staff members do for this university, Cal Poly Athletics is pleased to offer four free general admission tickets to the women’s basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 21, as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. The Mustangs will be taking on UC Riverside at 7 p.m. in Mott Athletics Center. Faculty and staff can claim their free tickets by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Mott Athletics Center box office on the night of the game. For more information or to purchase tickets to other women’s basketball games, visit

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Feb. 21

Photo of ahi tuna with rice, noodles and greens.A poke bowl bar will be offered at the faculty and staff mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Myron’s Bistro. The menu will offer poke bowls with your choice of ahi tuna or tofu, wonton chips, cucumber salad, Asian chicken salad in lettuce cups, shrimp shumai, steamed pot stickers, vegetable spring rolls and mochi for dessert. Two glasses of beer or wine will also be included, all for only $5. There will also be a raffle chance to win lunch for two at Myron’s, located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit


Trainings on University Recruitment Process to be Offered Feb. 27 and March 27

Human Resources will offer upcoming training sessions on the university’s recruitment process on Feb. 27 and March 27. The Talent Acquisition — Recruitment Process Training provides step-by-step guidance through the revised recruitment process and is required for all individuals serving on a staff or management hiring committee. Come learn and explore new resources, forms and processes as they pertain to recruitment. Course content includes recruitment data plan, revised HR101 and HR101B forms, application scoring rubric, interview guide, compensation and updated outreach guidelines. Sign up here.

Nominations Due March 1 for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

The 2018 recipient of the Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy, Dr. Benoit LecatNominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. This award celebrates visionary leaders who have forged critical partnerships to advance the mission of Cal Poly. Nominees may be current or former faculty members who have been instrumental in comprehensive development and fundraising efforts. The award recipient will receive campuswide recognition at the Fall Conference General Session. Faculty, staff and current students are encouraged to submit nominations. The nomination form and more information are available at The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. Email nomination materials to Jeanne Scott, Office of the Provost, at (The 2018 awardee, Wine and Viticulture Department Head Benoît Lecat, is pictured.)

Sign Up to be a First-Year Success Program Coach

The First-Year Success Program (FSP) is an academic workshop for first-year students on academic probation for the first time. The workshops will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, and 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 12. Commitments for the program include leading a breakout session for four to six students during one of the workshops, holding a follow-up meeting with each student in your group, and serving as a point of contact throughout the quarter if your student needs any help or guidance. Coaches will be asked to attend a training session from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, March 18. Learn more about the program at here to RSVP as an FSP coach.

Workshop on Communicating Cooperatively at Work Set for Feb. 22

Logo for Empathia  with tagline good for People good for business.Employee and Organization Development is offering a workshop, "Communicating Cooperatively at Work," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the University Police Department Training Room (No. 36, Room 105). Cooperation among individuals and between teams is essential to promoting both productivity and job satisfaction. This workshop will offer specific steps for producing clear communication and respectful relationships — exactly what’s required to get results. Join Employee and Organization Development for its in-person workshop from Employee Assistance Provider — Empathia. Register here on the Cal Poly Learning Hub.

Nominations for the 2018-19 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award Due March 4

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash stipend and be recognized by President Armstrong at Fall Conference in addition to having a picture and award citation posted in the Kennedy Library. One faculty member is recognized annually. Note that the nomination should describe the nominee’s academic advising services, activities and interactions as distinct from the nominee's teaching responsibilities, as well as include any special activities that relate to student development. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to nominate faculty for this award. However, at least one letter must come from a current student, and no self-nominations will be recognized. Nomination information and a link to the nomination form is available here. The deadline for all submissions is 5 p.m. Monday, March 4. Questions? Contact Shelly Wolf at ext. 6-5709 or

Distinguish Your Research Presence Workshop to be Held Feb. 28

Photo of two people talking while facing a computer screen with text below reading Distinguish Your Researcher PresenceThe library’s Academic and Scholarly Communication Services department will hold the Distinguish Your Research Presence workshop from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 216B. In this workshop, faculty can learn about the benefits of contributing their scholarship and that of their students to Cal Poly’s institutional repository, Digital Commons, to distinguish their researcher presence. Faculty are often required to demonstrate the impact of their research on the curriculum, students, Cal Poly and academia in general, and many funding agencies require research be made publicly available. Digital Commons offers tools to help measure faculty research impact and increase it, including tools for tracking citations and documenting what types of organizations around the world are viewing and downloading scholarship. It also provides an avenue to comply with funding agency requirements.


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Catastrophic Leave

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 at ext. 6-1585 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.

James Scarborough, faculty lecturer in the Communications Studies Department, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Rocio Alvear at ext. 6-2554 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

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

Extended Education To Offer Introduction to Home Brewing in March

Photo of a home brewing class showing a few large pots in which beer is being brewed.Extended Education will offer an Introduction to Home Brewing class from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and 16. Learn the basics of home brewing through a hands-on approach at a brewing facility. Students will brew and bottle their own small-batch beer under the instruction of an industry expert. Participants will brew during the first session and bottle during the second session. At the end of the course, participants will have homemade beer to take home and share with friends. Learn more and enroll here. Note: Participants must be 21 or older to enroll; IDs will be checked.

Do You Want to Lose Weight?

Researchers at Cal Poly are conducting state-of-the-art research to find out how to implement healthy behaviors using virtual reality technology. The study includes comprehensive weight loss treatment at no cost and a $20 stipend for participating! Call ext. 6-5506 or email to see whether you qualify.

Student-Focused 2019 Aspire to Grow Conference to be Held March 1

Photo of a smiling woman holding lettuce with the Aspire to Grow conference logoThe College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is hosting the student-focused Aspire to Grow Conference from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Philips Hall (Room 124) of the Performing Arts Center (No. 6) There are more than 21 million jobs associated with food and agriculture in the U.S., and related industries contribute nearly a trillion dollars to the nation’s gross domestic product. The Aspire to Grow Conference aims to inform and empower students from across campus about the many and varied career opportunities in these industries. It will also create a forum for students to learn from and network with companies for which diversity and inclusion are an essential part of their visions and those that have recognized that workplace diversity increases productivity, innovation and other factors that provide a competitive edge. Panel speakers include representatives from U.S. Department of Agriculture, G3 Enterprises, Famous Software, and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. For more information, visit

Cal Poly Learning Hub is Now Available with New Opportunities for Your Development

Aerial photo of the Cal Poly campus with the text Cal Poly Learning Hub, Thousands of videos, courses, books and in-person workshops for your learning and improvement Employee and Organization Development is excited to announce that the Cal Poly Learning Hub, powered by SumTotal, is now available to all staff, faculty and student employees. The Learning Hub supports both in-person and online learning activities including thousands of workshops, courses, books and videos. Register for an in-person workshop, track external training, or view digital resources on topics covering technology tools, business concepts and soft-skills. Find the Cal Poly Learning Hub in the "My Apps" section of the Cal Poly Portal. Campus members are encouraged to use the Training Guides and Videos found at to assist in exploring the learning hub. Implementation of a new technology can sometimes bring unexpected challenges, and Employee Organization and Developments asks for flexibility and understanding while it works through issues. Email with any issues or questions. 

New Interdisciplinary Studies Major Accepting Individualized Change of Major Agreements

The new interdisciplinary studies major in the College of Liberal Arts is now accepting Individualized Change of Major Agreements (ICMAs)  from all majors across campus. The interdisciplinary studies (IS) program provides Cal Poly students with opportunities to explore connections between and across traditional areas of academic inquiry. For more information, check out the IS website at

Graphic illustration for Experience Industry Management Department's 2019 Auction and Dinner with an illustration of a hot air balloon reading Sky's the LimitCal Poly Experience Industry Management Auction and Dinner to be Held Feb. 23

The Experience Industry Management Department’s Annual Auction and Dinner, called "Sky’s the Limit," will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Multi-Activity Center. The evening will feature a live and silent auction and dinner, bringing students, alumni, faculty and friends together. All of the proceeds from the event — which is entirely planned, managed and designed by students — will directly benefit the continued growth of Cal Poly’s nationally recognized Experience Industry Management program.  For more event details or to purchase tickets, click here. Anyone with questions about this year’s auction and dinner can 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.


'And Then They Came For Us' Film Screening Feb. 20

The College of Liberal Arts and the English Department will host a screening of "And Then They Came For Us" from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Advanced Technology Laboratoroies (No. 7), Room 2. Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei, Satsuki Ina, and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, the film brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. A question-and-answer session will follow with Ina, professor emeritus in the School of Education at CSU Sacramento. She has a psychotherapy private practice in Oakland, where she specializes in the treatment of community-based, historical trauma. For more information, contact Roberta Wolfson at

International Guitar Night to be Held at the PAC on Feb. 20Publicity photo of one of the young guitar prodigies who will perform at the PAC on Feb. 20.

International Guitar Night, presented by Cal Poly Arts, begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Miossi Hall. Guitar luminaries with distinct styles from around the world contribute to an evening of musical fireworks, showcasing the diversity of the acoustic guitar. Guest host Luca Stricagnoli, Italy’s explosive contemporary showman, is joined by two of France’s acclaimed young prodigies — swing guitarist Antoine Boyer and flamenco guitarist Samuelito — plus groundbreaking Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan. These masters will perform solos, duets and lively quartets to create an evening of blazing guitar wizardry, demonstrating the breadth of the instrument and their awe-inspiring skills. Tickets range from $20 to $32 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.

Presentation on Redefining the Kilogram To Be Held Feb. 20

The Office of Research and Economic Development is sponsoring a presentation, "Science by Committee? The New Kilogram," by Ted Hill, Ph.D., at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285. The talk will survey the colorful process of defining the kilogram, the international politics behind it, and a new statistical principle that arose from studying alternative re-definitions. Hill is a Cal Poly Research Scholar in Residence. All faculty, staff, students and members of the community are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Kate Kravets in the Office of Research and Economic Development at or ext. 6-5153, or visit the Research Scholars in Residence webpage.

CLA Speaks: Author of '#BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation' to Speak Feb. 21

Photo of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Ph.D., a widely sought public speaker and writer specializing in the subjects of black politics, social movements and racial inequality in the United States, will give a talk as part of CLA Speaks on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center. In her most recent book, “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,” she surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and the persistence of structural inequality. In 2016, Taylor was named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the United States. The talk is free and open to the public. Help promote CLA Speaks by downloading and sharing the event flyer with students and colleagues.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Works of Love Feb. 23

Photo of members of the Arab Music Ensemble from a previous performance.The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Winter Concert will feature the theme of love through music and dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Performing Arts Center. “The deep, passionate love of the works in the concert will be presented in a ‘wasla’ or suite of ‘muwashahat,’ one of the longest continuously performed genres of high art music in the world,” said Samuel Shalhoub, acting director of the ensemble. A special feature of the concert will be the suite titled “Alf Layla Wa Layla” or “A Thousand and One Nights,” a four-movement composition based on Persian, Arabic and Indian stories. The ensemble will be joined on stage by critically acclaimed guest artists Faisal Zedan, percussion; Fathi al-Jarrah, violin; and Elias Lammam, accordion. San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead her dance troupe in original choreography that dialogues with the music. 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. 

Cal Poly Alumnus to Present ‘Looking Outward: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Composition’ on Feb. 26

Cal Poly Music Department alumnus Brandon J. RolleAlumnus Brandon J. Rolle (Music, Political Science, ’10) will present “Looking Outward: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Composition” at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). He will discuss pathways for modern composition, with an emphasis on the influence of programming, audio synthesis and sonology on the creative process. He will share lessons drawn from his experiences in the industry, graduate school and freelance work with the intent of giving students increased awareness of the trends, possibilities and practicalities of a career in composition. In addition to composing, Rolle is a conductor, educator and concert organizer. He teaches at UC Santa Barbara, where he will soon earn his doctorate. The free presentation is open to students and members of the campus community. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

'We Shall Overcome': A Musical Celebration of Martin Luther King Comes to the PAC Feb. 27

Photo of composer and conductor Damien Sneed"We Shall Overcome," a gospel and musical celebration, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and curated by musical director, multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor Damien Sneed, We Shall Overcome showcases a repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders. Interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches, an awe-inspiring assemblage of vocalists tie together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. Tickets range from $30-$46 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.

Filmmaker to Screen 'Ghost Tape #10' on Feb. 27

Filmmaker Sean David Christensen, a graduate of the Center for Visual Anthropology at USC, will screen his documentary film "Ghost Tape #10" from 6:10 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.  27, in Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center (No. 6). The Ghost Tape was a propaganda tape developed by U.S. forces during the American/Vietnam War. Christensen was able to locate a copy of it, and traveled to Vietnam to do further research. A discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the screening. For more information, contact Maggie Bodemer at ext. 6-1617 or

Theatre and Dance Department Presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ Feb. 28-March 2, 7-9

The Theatre and Dance Department will present William Shakespeare’s final play “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2 and March 7-9 in the Spanos Theatre on campus. “The Tempest” features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including Thomas J. Bernard, costume designer; Clint Bryson, technical director; Brian Healy, scenic and lighting designer; new faculty member Karin Hendricks, intimacy director; and theatre arts juniors Samantha Boyarsky, props designer, and Anna Bubier, sound designer. In addition, about 40 students from a variety of majors are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance. Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). The performance is sponsored by the Theatre and Dance Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program.

University Jazz Bands to Showcase Improvisation at Just Jazz Concert on March 2

Photo of members of the University Jazz Bands at a previous performance.The art of improvisation will be showcased at University Jazz Bands annual Just Jazz concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Performing Arts Center. “The excitement and surprise inherent in the art of improvisation will be in the hands of a new generation of jazz musicians,” said Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies. “Their personalities really shine through in a way that makes it easy for an audience to appreciate and to accompany the musicians on the journey that is jazz improvisation.” Two big bands — each with four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and a vocalist — as well as two smaller jazz combos, will present jazz repertoire from several different eras and styles. Included will be “Rush!” from the anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop”; “Big Swing Face,” originally recorded by the big band drummer Buddy Rich; an epic combination of jazz and hip-hop titled “Grass is Greener”; as well as traditional jazz, Latin jazz and more. 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. 

Symphony to Feature Student Soloists and Music of Space at Winter Concert March 3

From left to right, Grant Smith, Victor Wei, Laila Zaidi, Clay X. Froelich, Justin Privitera and Nico BorstCal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert will showcase the talents of student soloists at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the Performing Arts Center. The Student Soloist Showcase will include performances by six instrumentalists, all winners of the Music Department’s Solo Competition in November. The soloists are Grant Smith, who will perform Josef Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 2, third movement; Victor Wei, who will play Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Saxophone Concerto “Cyber-bird,” Op. 59, second movement; Justin Privitera, who will play Franz Strauss’ Horn Concerto, Op. 8, third movement; Nico Borst, who will perform Joseph Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major, first movement, and duo Clay X. Froelich, violin, and Laila Zaidi, viola, who will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante,” KV 364, first movement. The soloists represent a variety of majors and several colleges on campus. The orchestra will also perform Michael Giacchino’s suite from “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” and Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter,” from “The Planets.” 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. 

San Francisco Symphony Horn Player to Present Master Class March 9, Perform in Concert March 10

Jessica ValeriJessica Valeri, a horn player with the San Francisco Symphony, will present a master class for music students at 3:10 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). During the class, several of the Music Department’s leading horn students will perform and be critiqued. The Cal Poly Wind Bands will feature Valeri in the groups’ winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Performing Arts Center. The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will open the program with music from the long-running British science fiction TV show, “Doctor Who,” followed by works from the expanded wind band repertoire, including Claude Debussy’s “Girl With the Flaxen Hair” and John Mackey’s “The Rumor of a Secret King.” The Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble will perform in the program’s second half. The program will conclude with Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in B-flat Major. Christopher J. Woodruff, director of bands, will conduct the concert. Valeri has participated in many recording projects including a 2012 Grammy-nominated recording with The Bay Brass, and has played with the Grand Teton, the Arizona and the Lakes Area music festivals. She currently serves as a coach for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and as a musician advisor in the planning and programming of the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music educational concerts. Tickets for the concert are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. The master class is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

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

Thursday, Feb. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22
Baseball vs. Cal, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23
Women’s Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Baseball vs. Cal, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24
Men’s Tennis vs. Arizona, Mustang Courts, noon.
Baseball vs. Cal, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 25
Women’s Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 7 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Women’s Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 7 a.m.
Baseball vs. CSU Bakersfield, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Women’s Golf vs. San Diego State, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Arroyo Grande, 8 a.m.

Friday, March 8
Men’s Tennis vs. UNLV, Mustang Courts, noon.
Softball vs Iowa State, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Utah State, Bob Janssen Field, 3 p.m.
Baseball vs. Columbia, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 9
Beach Volleyball vs. CSUN, CSU Bakersfield (Pairs Tournament), Pismo Beach, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. Sacramento State, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Softball vs. Utah State, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. Columbia (doubleheader), Baggett Stadium, 1 and 4 p.m.
Softball vs. Iowa State, Bob Janssen Field, 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 10
Softball vs. Iowa State, Bob Janssen Field, 10 a.m.
Baseball vs. Columbia, Baggett Stadium, noon.
Men’s Tennis vs. Denver, Mustang Courts, noon.

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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. 

#105192 — Administrative Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Academic Programs and Planning — Center for Teaching and Learning Technology. $3,115-$5,475 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,333-$4,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#105190 — Records Associate (Administrative Support Coordinator I-11/12), Academic Affairs — Office of the Registrar. $2,609-$4,582 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,300-$3,800 per month.) This position is paid under the 11/12 pay plan, where salary for 11 months is distributed over 12 months with either July or August off (with pay, benefits and vacation/sick leave accrual continuing through months off). Open until filled.   

#105191 — Front of House Supervisor* (Instructional Support Assistant II), Administration and Finance — Performing Arts Center. $2,755-$4,840 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $15-$19 per hour). Open until filled. *Non-statutory supervisor/lead as defined by the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA). 

#105186 — Facilities Worker II, Administration and Finance — Facilities — Carpenter Shop. $4,677-$5,878 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,677-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

Grant Program Assistant, School of Education, $16.55-$24.84 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

Building Service Worker (Recreational Sports), $15.00/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Building Service Worker (University Union), $15.00/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Teacher (Children's Center), $15.44/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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