Cal Poly Report — Jan. 23, 2019 


Kickoff Event for New Inclusive Excellence Action Plan Set for Jan. 24

President Armstrong and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Jozi De Leon encourage students, faculty and staff to attend the Inclusive Excellence Action Plan Kickoff Event at noon Thursday, Jan. 24, in Spanos Theatre (No. 44). The campus community is invited to learn more about the exciting universitywide program that will accelerate Cal Poly's progress on campus diversity and inclusion goals.

Architecture Professor Tom Fowler Receives Prestigious CSU Teaching Award

Thomas FowlerIn recognition of extraordinary commitment and dedication, architecture Professor Thomas Fowler has been selected a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award by the CSU. The annual award, established in 1998, recognizes four outstanding CSU faculty members and one staff member who have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. For more than 23 years, Fowler has helped shape Cal Poly’s top-ranked public architecture program. He is nationally recognized as an influential innovator in the field of architectural education and has inspired generations of students who have gone on to achieve success in both their personal and professional lives. “Tom is an educator’s educator, admired for his collegiality, creativity, empathy, humor and undying enthusiasm for design students and design teachers,” said Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). “Our Architecture Department is a pretty special place where teaching is excellent, inspired and also a bit magical, and Tom is an essential component of that.” Read the full news release here.

Cornel West Speaks to Campus Community in Visit to Cal Poly; Camille O'Bryant Honored with MLK Legacy Award

Associate Dean Camille O'Bryant, left, and Jamie Patton, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, diversity and inclusionRenowned professor, philosopher, author and activist Cornel West captivated hundreds of campus community members at two separate events Jan. 16, including a student-focused “fireside chat” and the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dinner. Cal Poly’s inaugural MLK Legacy Award was also bestowed during the dinner to College of Science and Mathematics Associate Dean and kinesiology Professor Camille O’Bryant, recognized as a strong advocate of inclusion and equity efforts for underrepresented students. The award salutes a campus community member who upholds the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by leading with love and hope to create a legacy of diversity, equity and inclusion. “Camille is a tireless advocate for our students and a staunch supporter of their success, both academic and personal,” said Dean Wendt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “I’m incredibly proud that Camille is a member of our college. She daily helps us become a better community.” O’Bryant joined the faculty at Cal Poly in 1999, and her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus have been a focus of her teaching, scholarship and service to the campus and local community. She serves as chair of the college’s Inclusion and Equity Committee, a group of faculty and staff who focus on addressing policies and practices that are barriers to student success. She is also the co-founder and a moving force behind the university’s Love, Empathy, Respect campaign, a grassroots initiative designed to reinforce to students that Cornel West at the fireside chat on Jan. 16 with Julie Garcia, left, of the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, and student Leilani Hemmings. the university remains an inclusive community. “Camille inspires me every day with the loving way she challenges the status quo,” said Bryan Hubain, assistant dean of students and director of the Cross Cultural Centers, which organized the dinner in Chumash Auditorium to honor King and raise awareness about the lives and experiences of people of color at Cal Poly. The Cross Cultural Centers and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) hosted the fireside chat. Love — particularly transforming love into moments of unity and lifting up fellow humanity — was a common theme throughout West’s thought-provoking talk. Read some of West's remarks here, or watch a video of the fireside chat. And read the full news release on O'Bryant and the MLK Legacy Award.

Vice President for Research Finalists to Visit Campus Through Jan. 29

From left, Alicia J. Knoedler, Renee A. Reijo, and Luis A. VazquezProvost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken has accepted the recommendation of the Vice President for Research Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Richard Savage, to invite three finalists for the position to visit campus. The finalists and their visit dates are below. All open forums will be held in the Advanced Technologies Laboratory (No. 7).
— Alicia J. Knoedler, Ph.D.; research development and research leadership consultant; visited Jan. 16-17. The open forum was held Jan. 17.
— Renee A. Reijo Pera, Ph.D.; vice president for research and economic development, professor of cell biology and neurosciences, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Montana State University; Jan. 22-23. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 23.
— Luis A. Vazquez, Ph.D.; associate vice president for research and graduate studies, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate School; professor of counseling/educational psychology; New Mexico State University; Jan. 28-29. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 29.
More information is available at (Knoedler, Pera and Vazquez are pictured from left to right in photo.)

Five Regional CASE Awards for University Marketing

Photo of the cover of Fall 2018 Cal Poly Magazine with Polywood Bl sign.University Marketing earned five Awards of Excellence from the western U.S. regional chapter of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The awards were announced in January and honored work published in 2018. CASE received more than 600 nominations for the awards, from schools including the University of California campuses, Stanford, Cal Tech and BYU. The awards included:
— Gold in the Digital Magazines category for Cal Poly Magazine.
— Silver in the General Interest University Magazines, 30k to 75k category for Cal Poly Magazine.
— Silver in the Design: Magazine Covers category for “Polywood,” the fall 2018 issue of Cal Poly Magazine.
— Bronze in the Design: Illlustrations category for “Polywood” in the fall 2018 issue of Cal Poly Magazine.
— Bronze in the General Information Videos category for “Jake Javier.”
The awards will be formally presented at the CASE regional conference in Anaheim, California, in February. This is the third time in recent years that University Marketing’s publications have won regional CASE Awards. The department has also earned Circle of Excellence Awards from CASE’s international organization.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Opens a Manufacturing Lab Available to Entrepreneurs

Joanna Birns, a Cal Poly student and customer success representative at startup Flume Inc., works on one of the startup’s products in the HotHouse Annex.The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has opened a new facility to expand opportunities for new products, ideas and companies on the Central Coast. The new 4,100-square-foot space, named the HotHouse Annex, is at 75 Higuera St., in the Pacific Coast Center, in San Luis Obispo. The space will serve to provide a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, expand entrepreneurial infrastructure, and promote commercialization of products while continuing the CIE’s mission of developing potential new companies — all to help mitigate the economic impact to the region as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. implements the decommissioning process of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. “The HotHouse Annex will allow the CIE to expand its programming into the manufacturing sector so that we can help to create a more diversified and resilient local economy,” said CIE Executive Director Tod Nelson. “This project is expected to generate significant impacts for the economic health and vitality of the Central Coast while increasing the CIE’s already-substantial role in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.” The new facility includes a lab for product development that allows for prototyping and early-stage manufacturing. Startups will also have access to CIE resources that include mentors, Advisory Board and connections to angel investors and seed-fund resources. In addition, entrepreneurs will be able to apply for the CIE Accelerator and Incubator programs as well as the Small Business Development Center — a CIE-hosted program. (In the photo, Joanna Birns, a student and customer success representative at startup Flume Inc., works on one of the startup’s products in the HotHouse Annex.)

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Student Success

Multicultural Business Program to Host Week of Identity and Diversity Events, Jan. 22-25

Multicultural Business program students are hosting ID Week with four days of panels, workshops and other events discussing identity and inclusion from Jan. 22-25, culminating in the fourth annual Leadership Beyond the Resume conference. ID Week, which will feature dialogues facilitated by such student organizations as the Multicultural Business Program, Women in Business, the Hispanic Business Student Association, and the Cal Poly Accounting Club, is new this year. Its goal is to provide attendees a better understanding of identity and how it fosters inclusion in the workplace. The conference will be the capstone that synthesizes the week’s identity discussions with professional development, promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace while preparing students from historically underrepresented backgrounds for challenges they may face in their careers. Participants will walk away from ID Week and Leadership Beyond the Resume with a sense of belonging and social responsibility as they forge ahead in their careers and create positive change in their communities. The leadership conference, now in its third year, has received strong support from the broader Orfalea College of Business community. In November, MBP students raised $6,500 — 130 percent of their goal — through Cal Poly’s Spur Change crowdfunding initiative, to cover the costs of speakers, workshops, food and other conference expenses. Read the full news release, or learn more at

Panetta Intern to Speak Jan. 17; Applications for 2019 Congressional Internship Program Due Jan. 30

Political science major Philip Abarquez pictured with Leon and Sylvia Panetta.Cal Poly’s 2018 Panetta Intern, political science major Philip Abarquez, will talk about his recent experience at the institute and working in a California congressional office in Washington, D.C., during an information session from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 102. In addition, applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Matriculating third- or fourth-year, junior or senior students from any major who meet the program requirements are encouraged to apply. This prestigious Learn by Doing experience provides an opportunity for students to enhance their education by providing encouragement in the exploration of Congress, civil leadership, and community and public service. Once selected, students participate in a two-week training session in August at the Panetta Institute, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working in a Capitol Hill office of a California congressional delegation member. The cost of the program is fully funded to allow participation by any qualified student, independent of family income. Complete program requirements and details are available at The application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31.

Orfalea College of Business, Marketing Evolution Start Student-Run Business Analytics Agency

The Orfalea College of Business is developing an on-campus business analytics agency thanks to a partnership with Marketing Evolution Inc. and its founder, Rex Briggs, who help Fortune 500 firms improve marketing returns through data analysis. The student-run agency will give current students the opportunity to deliver innovative, analytics-based solutions to real companies around the world. It will allow for cross-disciplinary cooperation, so students can diversify their knowledge and gain expertise in high-demand subjects, including data modeling, automation, artificial intelligence and more. Marketing Professor Brennan Davis, who has worked with Briggs on analytics projects and scholarships in the past, serves as the agency’s director. After fielding applications this fall, Davis selected a team of student fellows, who began work this month as part of BUS 454: Marketing Projects or BUS 464: Applied Senior Projects Seminar. During their weekly course meetings this winter term, the fellows run in-depth analytics and study the results to provide companies with marketing strategies. “The field of business analytics is growing pretty rapidly,” Davis said. “Companies are realizing that their data can provide all kinds of valuable insight into how they should market themselves or their products, how they should operate. Working in an agency like this, our students are going to have connections, desirable skills and real experience. They’re going to be in high demand.” Read the news release here.

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Faculty & Staff

Aerospace Engineering Professor, Air Racing’s 'Secret Weapon,' Seeks Another Championship in Abu Dhabi

Cal Poly Professor Paulo IscoldOnce regarded as the “secret weapon” for airplane racing’s most successful pilot, Professor Paulo Iscold hopes to build on his championship résumé in February when he leads a team at the Red Bull Air Race’s season kickoff in Abu Dhabi. As a plane designer, the aerospace engineering professor has broken nine world speed records. As the race engineer and team tactician for air racing champion Kirby Chambliss, he modifies planes and provides crucial pilot strategy. “I’m a really competitive person,” Iscold said. “I like to win. It keeps me sharp on the engineering level, because I get to compete with really good people around the world.” Red Bull Air Race began in 2003. The championship is based on the annual points accumulation from eight races in scenic urban locations around the globe — including places such as France, Budapest and Russia. Each Red Bull Air Race pilot works closely with a team, which is similar to a Formula One race car pit crew. In his role with Team Chambliss, Iscold modifies the plane’s aerodynamics and control systems. Then he uses software he created to analyze each course. That sophisticated software allows Iscold to look at a variety of parameters, including the aircraft’s bank and pitch angles, acceleration and more. He uses that information to create a simulation video over the race course. The pilot then tries to imitate what the plane on the video does. Read the full news release here.

Make a New Year’s Resolution for Diversity and Inclusion

Sample of a poster to use for Inclusion Every Day, reading My Name is ... I'm working toward Inclusion Every Day in 2019 by ...January is the time for making resolutions and change for the coming year, so the College of Liberal Arts invites faculty and staff to participate in its New Year's Resolution campaign by making a resolution surrounding diversity and inclusion. The college encourages faculty and staff to fill out the resolution sign with a personal commitment to "Working Toward Inclusion Every Day," and post the sign on their door or window to show their plans for 2019. Suggestions include talking about your commitment toward developing your cultural competence, increasing your knowledge of inclusive teaching strategies ,or joining a book circle via CTLT on diversity and inclusion. Stating your commitment to learning more about inclusive design or supporting undocumented students and their communities are ways you can make a difference this year. Take a selfie with your resolution and share to social media using the hashtag #workingtowardinclusioneveryday.

Transportation and Parking Services Seeking Input in Survey Through Jan. 31

Image for the Transportation and Parking Services Survey, with icons showing different modes of transportation including walking, bus, electric vehicle, bicycle and car. Cal Poly has engaged Walker Consultants to help the campus develop a long-term parking plan and to improve alternative transportation options. Toward this end, a survey has been prepared in collaboration with Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), Cal Poly Sustainability, and faculty members from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. As part of this process, TAPS will learn more about the parking and travel patterns of current students, faculty and staff and gauge attitudes toward parking and transportation-related issues. To determine these characteristics, input is needed from the campus community. The transportation and parking survey was sent via campus email on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and will be active through Jan. 31.  

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 101: Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 25.
— 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

Employee Parking Now Available in New K-2 Lot Behind North Mountain Residence Halls

Image of a map showing the 192 parking spaces in the newly designated K2 parking lot.Staff and faculty can now take advantage of a newly designated parking location near the core of campus. The newly designated K2 parking lot consists of the northern section of the R1 lot off Klamath and Truckee roads. The redesigned R1 parking lot consists of the southern two terraces of parking spaces located directly across Klamath Road from Trinity Hall, south of Mountain Lane. The K2 parking lot is designated as a staff/faculty lot from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The 192 parking spaces now available in the K2 lot were redesignated from the Grand Avenue structure over winter break to alleviate morning and evening traffic congestion. The unmarked spaces in the Grand Avenue structure will continue to be available to employee permit holders. The new K2 lot can be accessed via Village Drive and Mountain Lane from North Perimeter Road. For more details on available parking spaces in lots, visit the faculty and staff parking page at

Center for Service in Action Seeking Proposals for 17th Annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference

Call for Proposals flyer for the Center for Service in Action Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference, with proposals due Jan. 27The 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 gain a newfound sense and understanding of social justice and how they can take ownership of their role to advance social change. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners and elected officials are invited to present on an array of topics during an hour-long workshop during the main event on Saturday. Workshop sessions will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Sessions will be sorted into tracks based on expected proficiency of attendees. Topic tracks from previous years include: de-stigmatization, Gender and Sexuality, Education and Campus Activism, Undocumented Ally Training, and Race and Leadership. A separate program proposal form for each proposed workshop will need to be submitted; the form can be downloaded from the CSQ website. Forms should be submitted by email to They are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Late proposals will not be accepted. Notification of proposals’ status will take place by Feb. 1 or sooner.

New workshop on 'Interpersonal Workplace Relationships' to be Held Jan. 30-Feb. 27

Photo of people working together at a desk in a work environment.Extended Education will offer a new workshop on how to create and nurture workplace relationships. “Interpersonal Workplace Relationships” will be held Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. from Jan. 30 through Feb. 27. In this 10-hour program, Program Coordinator Sara Ahmadi, Ph.D., will present techniques to examine and develop workplace relationships through the lens of transpersonal psychology. The workshop will focus on learning more about ourselves in our workplace, troubleshooting the existing issues/problems, developing a holistic understanding of the issues from different perspectives, practicing how to address the issues and building more creative, efficient and compassionate relationships at work. Members of the same department or cross-department work groups are encouraged to take the course together. Complete the course and earn 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit). For more information, contact the Extended Education office at ext. 6-2053 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to

Employees may be Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

File photo of College of Engineering students seated around a desk, talking and working on a project.The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. This benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures, fees and deadlines, visit the Educational Fee Waiver Program website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee has announced a call for proposals for fiscal year 2019-20 for any activities seeking first-time recognition. An Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) is an extracurricular "out-of-class experience" that provides enrichment to students and enhances their learning at Cal Poly. IRAs are closely linked to an academic program and/or the University Learning Objectives, but IRA funds cannot be used to fund specific projects or field trips as part of an academic course. Forms, instructions and relevant information can be found at Proposals for new IRAs will be due to college deans by Feb. 1. The call for continued recognition and funding requests for currently recognized IRAs will go out separately in late January and are due in March.

Sign up for Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias Workshops 

Illustration-outline of two people talking to each other with thought bubbles over their heads.Sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias workshops will be available in January and February. The first workshop in the series, Exposing Hidden Bias, brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming its impact in our work and relationships. Participants learn how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn resources available for additional learning and involvement. The second workshop in the series, Responding to Hidden Bias, focuses on responding to your own and others’ biases. Participants will have the opportunity to dig deeper to develop and practice ways to respond to intentional and unintentional bias and learn of resources for additional learning. Attendance is encouraged at the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop as a baseline prior to attending the Responding to Hidden Bias workshop. Select the preferred workshop for more information and to register: Exposing Hidden Bias and/or Responding to Hidden Bias. Questions? Contact Employee and Organization Development at or ext. 6-7478.    

Improved Website Shows When Courses Are Typically Offered 

The Office of the Registrar hosts a website that displays Term Typically Offered information for courses, using data provided by academic departments. The website, which has recently been improved, provides faculty and staff with a view of the same information available to students in their PolyPlanner. An academic department can request a customized feed of their courses to display and automatically refresh on its own website by sending an email to the Office of the Registrar at

Accessibility Workshops for Faculty To Be Offered in Winter 2019

Illustration of a keyboard with a green "access" keyCal Poly is committed to creating a culture of access for an inclusive learning environment. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is offering the following accessibility workshops for faculty in winter 2019:
— Creating Accessible Course Materials: From Jan. 28 through Feb. 24, join your faculty peers in an online, four-week workshop to create accessible course materials. The workshop covers principles of universal design, use of PolyLearn tools, accessible document design, video captioning and a culminating activity to create an accessibility action plan. A $300 stipend is available for those eligible. Expect to spend 28-40 hours total over four weeks. Enrollment is limited. Learn more and register.
 Self-Paced Accessibility Workshops: The CTLT also offers three online, self-paced workshops to help faculty create accessible instructional materials. A $100 stipend per workshop is available for those eligible. Expect to spend seven to 10 hours total per workshop. Choose from among the following for winter 2019: 
— Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations
— Creating Accessible PolyLearn Pages
— Creating and Captioning Accessible Video

Learn About Digital Commons at Jan. 24 Workshop

 A Hands-on WorkshopJoin Academic and Scholarly Communication Services for a workshop called "Distinguish Your Researcher Presence" from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 24, in Kennedy Library Computer Lab 216B. In this workshop, you can learn about the benefits of contributing your scholarship and that of your students to Cal Poly’s institutional repository, Digital Commons. Faculty are often required to demonstrate the impact of their research on the curriculum, students, Cal Poly and academia in general. Digital Commons offers tools to help measure your research impact and increase it, including tools for tracking citations and documenting what types of organizations around the world are viewing and downloading your scholarship. Anyone with questions can email

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In Memoriam

Ladd CaineAfter fighting cancer for a year and a half, Ladd Caine passed away at home with his family. Caine served for 15 years as equipment technician in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department but was wellknown for helping students and faculty across the college and campus. He brought 20 years of machinist experience to campus and was never shy about sharing his expertise in helping to get something made. He also occasionally shared stories from a lifetime of colorful experiences. Caine formally retired just this year and was able to spend more time in recent months with his wife, Jill, and daughter Jessica (Mechanical Engineering, '14). Caine will be missed particularly by those who've spent time in the manufacturing labs of Building 41.

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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 Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Jan. 25

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. This is a public meeting. For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Information Security Forum on Data Privacy Set for Jan. 28 

Photo of an Apple iPhone in someone's hand.The Information Security Office will host a forum at 11:10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in UU 220 to help students, faculty and staff learn strategies for protecting their data and privacy. In the spirit of Data Privacy Day, which also falls on Jan. 28, the Information Security office hopes to raise awareness of privacy issues in our connected, digital, “always on” information age. Questions? Cntact Doug Lomsdalen at ext. 6-7686 or

Cal Poly Foundation Board Meeting to be Held Feb. 2

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion Room. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Save the Date for a Zero Waste Forum on Jan. 31

Photo of a booth during a past Zero Waste event.Join fellow faculty and staff for a forum on Zero Waste from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in UU 220. Zero Waste Coordinator Anastasia Nicole will give a presentation on progress made toward campus Zero Waste goals, and faculty and staff will present Learn By Doing Zero Waste projects involving students. Then participants will interact and discuss ideas to further Zero Waste in their departments or specialties, including how to engage students in these efforts. Students are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served; attendees are requested to RSVP so that organizers know how much food to order to maintain a Zero Waste event. For more information, contact Nicole at or ext. 6-1029.

Extended Education to Offer Memoir Writing Workshop Feb. 9

Photo of a woman with a notebook and pen in her hand, looking out a window.Extended Education will offer a half-day Memoir Writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9. The workshop will be led by New York Times bestselling memoirist Franz Wisner, who will teach writers of all levels the basics of penning a memoir about structure and story arcs, common do's and don'ts, character development, dialogue, description, editing, agents and publishing options, promotion and distribution. For more information, contact the Extended Education office ext. 6-2053 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to


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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.


Cal Poly to Present Bach Week Jan. 22-26

Graphic for Bach Week.The Music Department will present Bach Week Jan. 22-26. The first four events will take place on campus: at 6 p.m. Jan. 22, an Akademie lecture titled “Baroque Dance and the Cello Suite” will be presented by Catherine Turocy, a leading choreographer, reconstructor and stage director in 17th- and 18th-century period performance, and joined by cellist Barbara Spencer, in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Pavilion. At 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, the guest artists of Mensa Sonora California will coach Cal Poly students in instrumental repertoire from the Baroque era in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). At 3:10 p.m. Jan. 24, guest artist Matthew Goinz will coach several Cal Poly voice students in repertoire from the Baroque era in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. The final three events will take place in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: At 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Bach Week Directors David Arrivée and Scott Glysson will give a free pre-concert talk on the Friday and Saturday concerts. A chamber concert titled “Music Royal and Divine” will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 25. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, the week concludes with “Bach in the Mission IX: Music for the King.” More details are available in the news release. Admission to the campus events is free, though parking will be enforced. For more information on visitor parking on campus, visit Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services website. Tickets for the concerts are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Bach Week website or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406. 

National Geographic Live with Astronaut Terry Virts Comes to the PAC on Jan. 23

Terry VirtsNational Geographic Live — "Terry Virts: View from Above" begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Harold Miossi Hall. The event is co-presented by the Performing Arts Center and Cal Poly Arts. Virts always wanted to be an astronaut, so it’s not surprising to learn the former International Space Station commander’s favorite planet is Earth. It was when he was farthest away from his home that he most appreciated the beauty of our world, and he shares that perspective through stunning photos and videos he took through the station’s 360-degree viewing module. Tickets range from $17-$56 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.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall to Perform at the PAC on Jan. 26

Herb Alpert and Lani HallHerb Alpert and Lani Hall will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Creator, innovator, musician, producer, artist and philanthropist Herb Alpert is a man with profound passions — and a list of platinum hits: “The Lonely Bull,” “A Taste of Honey,” “Rise” and “This Guy’s in Love with You,” to name a few. At his core, Alpert’s main passion is his wife, Lani Hall, a Grammy Award-winning vocalist and former lead singer with Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. The pair’s concert will feature a retrospective evening of some classic Tijuana Brass & Brazil ‘66 songs, American standards and Beatles hits. This will be an illustrious evening, showcasing their amazing careers. Tickets range from $25-$41 for students, faculty and staff 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.

MET Live in HD: 'Adriana LeCouvreur' Screened at the PAC on Jan. 27

Photo from the Metropolitan Opera's "Adriana LeCouvreur"The Metropolitan Opera’s "Adriana LeCouvreur" will be screened live in HD at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on — for the first time at the Met — the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London. 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.

Martha Redbone Presents 'Bone Hill: The Concert' at the PAC on Jan. 27

Martha RedboneMartha Redbone will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Spanos Theatre, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Native American-African American soul singer Martha Redbone presents an original musical production, "Bone Hill," one woman’s return to her childhood homeland on Kentucky’s Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, where her family has dwelled for centuries. This epic journey covers 200 years of Redbone’s native family history in the Appalachian Mountains — traveling back in time and spanning four generations of women in a Cherokee family, exploring their lives and stories. Bone Hill is a story about the family’s commitment to the land, to the simplicity and sacredness of that connection, and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish it. Tickets range from $31 for students, faculty and staff 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.

Campus Community Invited to an Evening With Ted Bunch on Jan. 29

Graphic for An evening with Ted Bunch including Bunch's photo and the title of his talk, "It Takes Courage to Stand Up for What's Right" on Tuesday, Jan. 29The campus community is invited to an exclusive keynote address with internationally renowned violence prevention advocate Ted Bunch, as Stalking Awareness Month concludes. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the PAC and is free to all faculty, staff and students. Ted Bunch is the chief development officer of the organization, "A Call to Men," which works to promote a healthy and respectful manhood, and shift attitudes and behaviors that devalue women, girls and other marginalized groups. In his talk, "It Takes Courage to Stand Up for What's Right," Bunch will focus on the topics of bystander intervention and how to create a culture of respect, equity and value for all. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, and the College of Liberal Arts. Learn more and register.

Watch a Film About Pizza on Jan. 29

Close-up photo of several slices of pizza with text reading Free Film ShowingFilm director Matteo Troncone will screen his documentary "Arrangiarsi (Pizza and the Art of Living)" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Keck Lab (No. 7), Room 2 on campus. The documentary follows Matteo when life falls apart and he moves into a 1985 VW van. He traces his roots to Naples, the birthplace of pizza, and discovers "arrangiarsi," the art of making something from nothing. A question-and-answer session with Troncone will follow the screening. This World Languages and Cultures Department event is sponsored by the Frederic E. Steck Family Foundation. For more information, contact Teresiana Matarrese at ext. 6-2097 or

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.


Event Calendar

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24
Women’s Basketball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Men’s Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Barbara, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Wrestling vs. Oregon State, Mott Athletics Center, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Alumni, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

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.

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.

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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. 

#105157 — Director of Assessment (Administrator II), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 11.

#105158 — Communications Specialist for Academic Affairs (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II — Exempt), Academic Affairs — Office of the Provost. $3,515-$6,173 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,900-$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.

Catering Sales Associate, Campus Dining, $16.55-$24.84 per hour.

Catering Service Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $14.00-$18.68 per hour.

Research Assistant, Kinesiology, $16.55-$24.84 per hour.

California Center for Construction Education Program Manager, Construction Management, $52,832-$79,227 annually.

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/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Food Program Supervisor (Children's Center), $17.50/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled. 

Teacher, $15.44/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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