Cal Poly Report — Feb. 6, 2019 


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. Read the full news release.

Vice President for Student Affairs Recognized by National Industry Association 

Portrait of Keith Humphrey, Cal Poly's vice president for Student Affairs.The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) has named Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs, as its 2019 Innovative Practice Award recipient. The award honors student affairs practitioners for their innovative approach to creating co-curricular experiences that positively impact students. “I am honored to receive this award from my fellow colleagues and peers in student affairs,” said Humphrey, who served as ACPA president from 2012-13. “This award is not possible without our fantastic Student Affairs team, which helps create life-changing experiences that allow our students to learn and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.” Humphrey was recognized for his transformative work, including:
— Enhancing education during Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome that addresses the dangers of alcohol poisoning.
—  Launching WITH US, the National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly.
— Demonstrating leadership during the construction and opening of the yakʔitʸutʸu first-year housing community.
— Establishing the donor-supported Cal Poly Cares Program, through the generosity of Cal Poly Foundation Board members.
— Relationship-building and policy advocacy efforts as co-chair of the City-University-Community College Neighborhood Wellness/Community Civility Task Force in San Luis Obispo.
He will be formally recognized March 4 at the 2019 ACPA national convention in Boston. Read the full news release.

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.

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Student Success

Nominations for Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Due Feb. 8

Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award recognizes the contributions of student employees to the university community and honors their efforts. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year, from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019. Eligible candidates include state, ASI and Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. Faculty and staff may nominate more than one student. The 2018-19 Outstanding Student Employee will be announced during the OSEY Reception on April 11. The winner is entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during the National Student Employment Week, the second week of April. To print the 2018/19 OSEY nomination form, go to Scroll down to "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year" and click on the link. Forms are due to Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 8. Questions? Contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Order Student-Arranged Flowers for Valentine's Day by Feb. 13Photo of a large bouquet of pink roses and other types of purple flowers.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Order Valentine’s Day arrangements, bouquets and plant gifts from the Poly Plant Shop today. The campus shop offers a variety of stunning cut flowers and foliage, arranged by a student floral design crew. Tropical plants and succulents grown by students in Cal Poly greenhouses are also available for purchase. Orders can be made by phone from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The deadline to order Valentine’s Day arrangements for campus delivery is 2 p.m., Feb. 13. Pick-up orders can be placed until 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Students will also sell flower arrangements  in the University Union from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.  

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Faculty & Staff

Administration and Finance Welcomes New Internal Auditor

Dan DiPaola was recently appointed as executive director of internal audit for Administration and Finance. He will be responsible for providing independent oversight and objective consultation to protect, add value and strengthen management of the university and all affiliated entities (including Cal Poly Foundation, Cal Poly Corporation and ASI). DiPaola spent eight years as global director of internal audit at Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, where he established initial functions and was responsible for staff that oversaw entities in 15 global locations. He brings expertise in data analytics, risk assessment, global oversight, fraud/forensic investigations and strategic alignment, as well as years of experience with operational, financial and compliance audits. DiPaola graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. “Dan brings decades of high-level knowledge and global experience to campus and will help us further streamline functionality and increase efficiency universitywide,” said Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa, senior vice president for Administration and Finance and chief financial officer. DiPaola started in his new position Feb. 4.

Women and People of Color in STEM Panel and Discussion Session Set for Circular, green logo reading Love, Empathy, Respect #mustangsUnitedFeb. 14

The Cal Poly Inclusivity Group will present a Women and People of Color in a STEM panel and discussion session from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in UU 220. The panelists will discuss current issues facing women and people of color in STEM fields followed by small group discussions and time for audience questions. Panelists include physics Professor Louise Edwards, computer science Professor Foaad Khosmood, College of Science and Mathematics Associate Dean Camille O’Bryant, industrial and manufacturing engineering Professor Lizabeth Schlemer, and biology Professor Francis Villablanca. 

Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s Set for Feb. 7

Myron’s will offer a taste of Thailand during the faculty and staff mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. The menu will offer vegan yellow curried tofu with jasmine rice, red curry shrimp with brown rice stir fry and mint, chicken pad Thai with lettuce cups and peanuts, vegetarian spring rolls with sweet Thai chili sauce, Thai noodle salad, and a mixed greens salad with mint, basil, cilantro, daikon radish and cucumber. Two glasses of beer or wine will also be included, all for only $5. There will also be a chance to win lunch for two at Myron’s in a raffle contest. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For more information, visit

Nominate a Faculty Advisor for the 2018-19 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award by 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

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

Applications Now Being Accepted for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards 

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize faculty members who are advancing Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy through research on Learn by Doing. The awards acknowledge scholarly research that goes beyond descriptive examples of Learn by Doing projects and recognizes how faculty are directly contributing to the pedagogical understanding and practice of Learn by Doing. There are two awards each year: the Completed Research Award of $2,000 recognizes research that has been externally reviewed and shared through publication or presentation, and the Proposed or In-progress Award of $1,000 recognizes promising research proposals or research in-progress and supports faculty in completing and sharing their findings. All current faculty members are eligible to apply for either award. Individual and team (collaborative) applications are welcome and may include students and non-Cal Poly researchers. Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. Monday, March 11. Applicants will be notified in May, and winners will be publicly recognized by the president during Fall Conference 2019. Application procedures and criteria for the award categories are available on the Kennedy Library website at The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards were established in 2014 and are financially supported by the Library Dean’s Advisory Council in recognition of the quality, significance and impact of Learn by Doing scholarship.

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.)

Compliance Training Now Available in the Cal Poly Learning Hub

Graphic with a drawing of a tree and text reading Cal Poly Learning HubRequired compliance and safety training is now available through the Cal Poly Learning Hub, powered by SumTotal. This includes "Sexual Harassment Prevention," "Defensive Driving," and the "Injury and Illness Prevention Program," among others.  New employees or employees with overdue assignments in the previous system, Skillsoft, will begin receiving email notifications of assigned training. Going forward, all assignments and reassignments will come from the Cal Poly Learning Hub via Visit the Cal Poly Learning Hub directly by using the link now available in the My Apps section of the Cal Poly Portal. Use the Cal Poly Learning Hub Training Guides and Videos found on the website to assist in exploring the Cal Poly Learning Hub. Implementation of a new technology can sometimes bring unexpected challenges and Employee and Organization Development asks for flexibility and understanding while it works through issues. If you experience an issue or have questions, email

Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Offered in Winter 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 102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 8.
— FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 8.
Click here for more information about the Faculty Advisor Training Series. Questions? Contact Christina Wolfe-Chandler, advisor training coordinator, at ext. 6-5735 or

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Faculty and Staff Invited to Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association Feb. 6 Meeting

The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is pleased to invite interested faculty and staff to its meeting from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in UU 216. The association’s vision, mission and events are available on the BFSA Website. Contact co-chairs Bryan Hubain,, and Camille O’Bryant,, with any questions.


Student Dietetic Internship Program Offering Nutrition Counseling; Sign up by Feb. 8

Photo of a woman reviewing something on a computer with another woman, whose back faces to the camera.Ready to develop new, healthy behaviors? The Food Science and Nutrition Department’s student Dietetic Internship program is offering free, individualized nutrition and wellness coaching to help faculty and staff develop new, healthy habits that promote personal wellness. Participants will work one-on-one with a senior-level nutrition counseling student for four sessions, each lasting 30 to 60 minutes and scheduled around participants' availability. The participant and their coach will find solutions to wellness challenges and set achievable goals each week. Sessions will be tailored to individual needs and priorities, such as: healthy food preparation, food labels, physical activity, healthy weight, grocery store tours, meal planning and more. This is a Learn by Doing and graded experience for students, as they enhance their nutrition counseling skills. The sessions are open to the entire campus community. Participants commit to attending four sessions when signing up here by Feb. 8. All sessions are confidential. Contact Director Kati Fosselius, M.S., R.D.N., at ext. 6-6132 or with any questions.

Learn How to Protect Yourself from Fraud with New NINJIO Training Video 

Illustration of a FBI officer wearing a vest and holding a badge standing outside a law enforcement vehicle.Check out this month’s new four-minute NINJIO information security training video, “You Never Call,” available on the new Cal Poly Learning Hub to learn how to protect yourself and Cal Poly from fraud. The video details the dangers of business email compromise, which happens when an attacker gains access to an individual’s business email account and imitates the owner of the account in order to defraud them and their employer. NINJIO releases a new security topic each month, aimed at spreading security awareness. All videos are available through the Cal Poly Learning Hub under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal. Type “NINJIO” in the search bar at the top of the page to access them.

International, Graduate and Extended Education to Host Valentine’s Day Blood Drive on Feb. 14

Image of a woman given blood with the text Blood Drive Sponsored by Cal Poly International, Graduate and Extended EducationA blood drive will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, by International, Graduate and Extended Education. A Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) bus will be parked on the concrete walkway on Dexter Lawn, near the Dexter Building (No. 34). Scheduled donations are prioritized over walk-ups, please sign up for an appointment. Donors are encouraged to hydrate well and eat a hearty meal before donating. Sign up here or contact Lisa Gray at for more information.

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Catastrophic Leave

Ann Wilenius, administrative analyst in Information Technology Services, 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 Myrna Garcia-Rios at ext. 6-5578 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

International Center to Offer a Taste of the World 2019 on Feb. 6

Banner graphic for A Taste of the World at Cal Poly from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6, 2019 at Campus Market.The International Center will host A Taste of the World 2019, offering free food on Via Carta Mall (Campus Market) from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. This free event will feature international cuisine, activities and music from all over the world. It is open to all. The food will be prepared by students taking Food Science and Nutrition Department faculty member Arlene Grant-Holcomb's FSN 344: Institutional Foodservice II course. For more information, click here or email Watch a video from last year's event at

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


New Class Schedule for Cooking in the Canyon

Photo of one of the Campus Dining chefs and class participants during a Cooking in the Canyon class.Cooking in the Canyon, Campus Dining’s popular one-hour cooking class at Canyon Café, has a new class schedule. The free weekly class will be held every Tuesday, with a noon to 1 p.m. class and a 5 to 6 p.m. session, which will rotate weekly. For example, the homemade pasta class will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, and again from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. The sushi class will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and again from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Open to all students, faculty and staff, the classes offer the chance to learn how to make simple, delicious and healthful meals using recipes with unique themes like healthy fats, plant-based, sustainable, farmers market and more, all under the tutelage of a Campus Dining chef. These hour-long sessions offer helpful culinary tips and tricks to those of all experience levels. Learn how to meal prep for an easy week or glean some fun Mardi Gras ideas. To reserve a spot, fill in this form: Classes are limited to 14, so be sure to sign up soon.

Photo of torsos of two people sitting opposite each other, gesturing with handsDo you need legal advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to current students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a free 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. No matter what the issue, advice and guidance is available. Winter quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, and March 8. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office conference room located on the second floor of the McPhee University Union in Room 212.

Beautiful Bella Montana Unit Now Available

Photo of several of the Bella Montana homes in San Luis Obispo.Interested in working within walking distance to campus? A Bella Montana home is now on the market. The craftsman-inspired unit has three bedrooms and two baths throughout 1,298 beautifully appointed square feet. The distinct, thoughtfully crafted layout offers an upstairs patio, stainless steel appliances, maple kitchen cabinets as well as a two-car garage. Bella Montana is a unique housing community of 69 individually owned homes designed exclusively for Cal Poly faculty and staff. The community is located within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and schools. Visit for more information.


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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.


Violinist Joshua Bell to Perform at the PAC on Feb. 7Photo of Joshua Bell

Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. He continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, sheer beauty of tone, and charismatic stage presence that embodies a restless curiosity, passion and universal appeal. Bell returns to Miossi Hall stage with his touring accompanist, Haywood, an accomplished pianist. Tickets range from $38-$78 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.

Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert Set for Feb. 8

File photo from the 2018 Night at the Mission concert at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.Several of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. “A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a chamber wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartets, a large clarinet ensemble and a brass choir. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

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Darwin Days Events Celebrate Evolution On Feb. 7-8

Faculty from the Biological Sciences Department will give short talks on advances in evolution from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 106. At 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, a one-hour tour will leave from the Cal Poly Plant Shop to visit the Leaning Pine Arboretum and highlight evolutionary changes in plants. The tour is led by professors Jenn Yost, Matt Ritter and Bob Field. The events are sponsored by the Cosmic Evolution Project. For more information, visit the Cosmic Evolution Project website.


Russian National Ballet Theatre’s 'Sleeping Beauty' Comes to the PAC on Feb. 10

Photo of dancers in the Russian National Ballet.The Russian National Ballet will perform "Sleeping Beauty" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. More than 50 dancers of one of Russia’s foremost ballet companies will imbue vibrant performances with the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet. This full-scale production of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovski’s crown jewel is sumptuous in its scope, featuring choreography by Russia’s legendary Marius Petipa. Tickets range from $28-$52 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.

Broadway Musical 'Kinky Boots' Comes to the PAC on Feb. 14

Promotional photo for the production of Broadway musical Kinky Boots"Kinky Boots" will come to the PAC at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Inspired by true events, "Kinky Boots" will take attendees from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in England to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, as Charlie Price struggles to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business. Help arrives in the unlikely form of a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. "Kinky Boots" won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Tickets range from $69-$99 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.

Celtic Nights to Perform 'Oceans of Hope' at the PAC on Feb. 16

Promotional photo from Celtic Nights performance of Oceans of Hope featuring several dancersCeltic Nights performs "Oceans of Hope" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Returning with a brand-new "Oceans of Hope" production, Celtic Nights captures the very essence of who we are and where we come from. It tells the tale of our hopes and dreams of a better place, of liberty and freedom and, above all, family. This is a story of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is a heart-warming story of people emigrating across oceans from all nations to free themselves from hunger, war, persecution and famine, escaping all to find a better place. Through music, song and dance, this is an immigrant tale told through “Irish eyes.” 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.

'Carmen' to be Screened Live at the PAC on Feb. 17

Photo from the Metropolitan Opera's production of Carmen.The Metropolitan Opera’s "Carmen" will be screened live in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere. 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.

When Social Media Companies, Research Ethics and Human Rights Collide — Feb. 19

Mary Gray, Ph.D., with Microsoft Research and Indiana University, will give a talk, “When Social Media Companies, Research Ethics, and  Human Rights Collide,” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7). Gray is a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a senior researcher at Microsoft Research. She chairs the Microsoft Research Lab Ethics Advisory Board. Gray’s research studies how technology access, social conditions and everyday uses of media transform people’s lives. For more information, contact Patrick Lin at

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.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Women’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8
Men’s Tennis vs. U. San Francisco, Mustang Courts, noon.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Fresno State, Recreation Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Wrestling vs. Air Force, Mott Athletics Center, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16
Women’s Tennis vs. Santa Clara, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. Nevada, Mustang Courts, 2 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. 

#105181 — Executive Recruiter (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins March 4.   

#105180 — Brand Storyteller (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II), Academic Affairs — University Marketing. $3,515-$6,173 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,000-$5,500 per month.) Open until filled.

#105176 — Lead Custodian, Administration and Finance — Facilities. $2,713-$4,988 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,713-$3,700 per month.) Open until filled.

#105177 — Groundsworker, Administration and Finance — Facilities. $2,736-$4,806 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,736-$4,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#105179 — Budget Analyst II (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Administration and Finance — Budget and Finance. $3,897-$6,846 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,000-$6,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#105146 — Equipment Technician (Equipment Technician III — Specialized Equipment), Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics. $4,107-$7,214 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,500-$6,690 per month.) Open until filled.  

#105174 — Information Technology Consultant (Information Technology Consultant — Career), Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics. $4,372-$10,478 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,000-$6,500 per month.) Open until filled. 

#105175 — Custodial Manager (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Facilities. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 25.

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.

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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