Cal Poly Report — Jan. 30, 2019 


Cal Poly To Launch a Campus Experience Survey This Spring

Damon A. Williams, pictured speaking at Cal Poly on Jan. 24, 2019.As part of Cal Poly's Inclusive Excellence Action Plan, a 12-month call to action announced Jan. 24, the university will launch a series of initiatives designed to accelerate progress in achieving diversity and inclusion goals on campus. Damon Williams, a nationally recognized expert on Inclusive Excellence, will work with Cal Poly to:
— Conduct a campus climate survey in April 2019. The Campus Experience Survey will develop an evidence-based understanding of the lived experiences of students, faculty and staff, which will allow Cal Poly to drive new tactics and actions to spark change. 
— Hold multiple listening sessions to give the entire campus community a chance to share their experiences at Cal Poly. Sessions will be held in March.
— Guide students, faculty, staff and administrators to understand the results of the survey and to develop a responsive plan of action. Throughout the process, workshops, professional development, training programs and other learning opportunities will be offered to thousands of campus citizens to increase their diversity and inclusion skills and abilities. 
— Help the university develop accessible measures of progress toward achieving the action plan.
Visit to learn more about the initiative and view a video of the announcement.

University Police Department Officer Receives CSU Life Saving Medal

Cal Poly University Police Department Officer Chad Reiley with K-9 Brisant.A 12-year veteran of the University Police Department was honored by the CSU for saving the life of a suicidal student in 2016. Officer Chad Reiley, who has worked in law enforcement for 22 years, is the first UPD officer to receive the inaugural CSU lifesaving medal — the fourth highest award issued by the 23-campus CSU. “I’m glad I was able to get a student help when he needed it,” the officer said. The CSU board of trustees created an award policy last August to recognize university police officers who engage in activities that “go above and beyond the course of normal duties and result in honor being brought to themselves, their campus and the CSU.” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White presented the medal and a certificate to the officer. “The CSU is remarkably fortunate to have compassionate and courageous men and women serving in peace-keeping roles across all our campuses,” White said. “Truly, the colleagues we honor are deserving of the commendations we are awarding them. In addition to their own acts of courage, they represent the strength and commitment of all their co-workers within the university’s police department.” Read the full news release here.

Cal Poly Named One of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2019 

 2017 & 2019 Cal Poly Most Promising Place to Work in Student AffairsThe American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently named Cal Poly as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2019. The university previously earned the distinction in 2017. Cal Poly was selected from hundreds of higher education institutions across the country for its focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and workplace environment. Additional categories included family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities, among others. “I’m honored to receive this amazing award on behalf of our division,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “This is an award for every person in Student Affairs and all of our partners throughout the university who have made this possible. I am proud of our Student Affairs staff for the work they do every day and for their efforts to create an environment that is welcoming, safe and equitable for all.” Cal Poly is one of three CSU campuses to receive the national award this year, alongside California State University-Channel Islands and Sonoma State University. The complete findings will be published in the March 7, magazine edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Read the full news release.

Graphic Communication Department Achieves Fundraising Goal of $200,000 with Contribution Match from Quad/Graphics

Joel Quadracci and the Steinbach family present a matching contribution of $100,000 to the Graphic Communication Department’s Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment.The Graphic Communication Department this week announced the achievement of its $200,000 fundraising goal for the Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment, thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from Quad/Graphics. The matching contribution was presented by Quad/Graphics Chairman, President and CEO Joel Quadracci during Cal Poly’s annual International Graphic Communication Week celebration held Jan. 23 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. The initial $100,000 raised for the endowment came from family and friends of Eric Steinbach; Quad employees; Cal Poly alumni, faculty and staff; and corporations and investment funds. Proceeds from the Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment will be used to award student scholarships and for graphic communication program development. Read the news release to learn more.

Cal Poly to Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

For the 27th consecutive year, the Orfalea College of Business will provide free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Clinics will be held in San Luis Obispo, Oceano and Santa Maria in February and March. Cal Poly’s on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 2 through March 16. Sessions at the other locations will be by appointment. More than 125 Cal Poly accounting students will prepare tax returns as part of this year’s VITA program, which is sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. These IRS-certified students will prepare returns that will be reviewed and filed by Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants. Students will prepare basic forms for local individuals and families earning less than $54,000. These include 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms. The Cal Poly clinic will be held on the third floor of the Business Building (No. 3). Read the full news release.

Cal Poly Corporation Approves Four Business Items 

The Cal Poly Corporation board of directors approved four important business items during its Jan. 25 meeting, including a major renovation to Building 19 (Dining Complex), project support for a new beach volleyball complex, an updated beverage contract, and the establishment of a facility planning and design reserve. After the new Vista Grande Dining Complex opens in fall 2019, Cal Poly Corporation is planning to move forward with the renovation of Building 19, which currently houses 805 Kitchen, The Avenue and Poly Deli. The student-centric dining facility is part of larger improvements envisioned for the University Union, which aims to improve the overall student experience on campus. Taking inspiration from the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Chelsea Market in New York, and Krog Street Market in Atlanta, Building 19 will be home to nine separate food venues with outside seating and a deck. Building 19 was completed in 1961. The board also approved corporation staff assisting with the contract for an NCAA beach volleyball facility proposed for the south side of Mott Athletics Center; authorized staff to negotiate with beverage companies for pouring rights on campus; and established a $200,000 facilities planning and design reserve to streamline select minor capital improvement projects.

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Student Success

Space Systems Team Competes in National Contest at Kennedy Space Center

Members of Cal Poly Space Systems invited to the Alka-Rocket finals included aerospace students Miles Grove, Lauren Fukaye, Chris Larkin and Dylan Stewart.The Cal Poly Space Systems team was invited to compete at the national Alka-Rocket finals at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida — one of five universities represented in the contest, held in December. Created by Bayer, a pharmaceutical and life sciences company, the challenge invites students to create rockets powered by Alka-Seltzer effervescent tablets. While the tablets can provide heartburn relief, they can also produce a reaction strong enough to launch small rockets, which is why the so-called Alka-Rockets are often used in American science classes to demonstrate the principles of chemistry and physics. A panel of judges, including former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison, invited Cal Poly Space Systems to compete in the challenge after seeing the design, execution and creativity of its rocket, which the team spent four months designing and building with a launcher. During the contest, the Cal Poly rocket went roughly 200 feet high. The competition provided great hands-on experience. “Many of the newer members worked on the project to help them get more involved in the club, which was a great experience, especially with all of the more knowledgeable members as mentors,” said Lauren Fukaye, Cal Poly Space Systems’ public relations officer.

28 Student-Athletes Earn Big West All-Academic Honors

Twenty-eight Cal Poly student-athletes earned 2018 Big West Conference Fall All-Academic Team honors. The Big West championship-winning Mustang women’s cross country team led the way with 10 selections, followed by the men's cross country squad — also conference champions earlier this year — with seven student-athletes earning the distinction. Cal Poly’s women’s soccer team followed with five honorees, and the men’s soccer and women’s volleyball programs each also saw a trio of student-athletes honored. Three student-athletes represented Cal Poly volleyball — back-to-back conference champions and NCAA Tournament participants, who ranked No. 22 in the final National Top 25 Poll. Cal Poly’s 28 honorees were the third-most around the conference, just one behind the 29 apiece from UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. To make the team, student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average through the most recent quarter; completed at minimum one full academic year at the institution, and competed in 50 percent or more of their team’s respective games, matches or meets (or in the case of cross country, if under 50 percent, entered the conference championships). Read the full news release.

Society of Women Engineers Hosts 200 Students in Robotics Competition

Members of the Society of Women Engineers team who hosted the Central Coast VEX "Turning Point" tournament.Cal Poly’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted approximately 200 middle and high school students from 21 California schools — including five San Luis Obispo County schools from Nipomo to Paso Robles — on Jan. 19, for the California Central Coast VEX “Turning Point” Tournament, a regional qualifier for the state championship. Teams competed against the clock and each other, said Cassidy Elwell, SWE’s Robotics chair. Each match featured four robots from four different teams that were randomly placed together. Teams formed two alliances that competed against each other in the 12-foot square competition ring in the Advanced Technology Lab. Elwell is a VEX alumna who learned about Society of Women Engineers and College of Engineering after meeting Cal Poly volunteers when she competed as a high school student at Cal Poly in 2014 and 2015. Teams from San Luis Obispo and Santa Clara were named tournament champion. Four other teams also earned awards at the daylong event. Elwell said it was a success and also provided participants and their parents the opportunity to interact with “Cal Poly engineering students and SWE members, and explore the campus and engineering research labs. The VEX Competition was successful and inspirational for the competitors due to our 60-plus Cal Poly student volunteers and 20 community volunteers who served as judges, robot inspectors, referees, team queuers and more. With a new wave of STEM leaders emerging, it was so exciting to see how passionate these students already are. We cannot wait to see what the 2019-20 VEX Robotics game has in store!”

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

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Faculty & Staff

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 at left.)

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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.

Special Brunch at Myron's Open to Campus Community Feb. 1

Photo of eggs Benedict and some salad with Myron's logo.Myron's is hosting brunch on Friday, Feb.1, and is pulling out all the culinary stops. The two-hour special event will feature braised beef short rib benedict, poached Alaskan king crab benedict, smoked salmon avocado toast, vegan stuffed portobello mushroom, roast beef tenderloin with eggs and Cal Poly chorizo bacon, as well as a chef-attended omelet station. For $25.50 — three meal credits for students on a dining plan — visitors can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage, entrée and crepe dessert. The brunch will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Myron's, located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Recreation Center. No reservations are needed; this is a first-come, first-served event. Following a private event, Myron’s will open for a late lunch from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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.

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.

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

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.

RSVP by Feb. 19 for Retired Faculty and Staff Club Luncheon Feb. 27

Rendering of the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex on the Cal Poly campusJoin the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club as it learns about the planned Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex, and get an update on the College of Liberal Arts at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Dairy Innovation Institute (No. 18-A). The program will include a luncheon and guest speakers Phil Bailey, director of Frost Endowment, who will provide an overview of the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex building; and Kathryn Rummell, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, who will provide highlights of the College of Liberal Arts and the Expressive Technology Studios (ETS) to be housed in the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex. Grounded in the Learn by Doing mission, the new ETS — located in the heart of campus — will create an interdisciplinary space that brings together technology with the liberal arts. Learn more about the ETS at The cost is $16. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148. RSVP by Feb. 19.

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Campus Announcements

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.

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.  

Language Conversation Tables to Meet This Quarter

The German Conversation Table meets every other Thursday starting Jan. 17 from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, near Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library. The Italian Conversation Group will meet every Thursday starting from 5 to 6 p.m. in the World Languages Lab, Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 128. The Russian Conversation Table will meet every other Thursday starting Jan. 24 from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, in Kennedy Library. The Vietnamese Group meets every Friday at noon in the Center for Service in Action Lounge in the Science Building (No. 52) Room E22. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details are on the World Languages and Cultures Department website.

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


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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.


Faculty Member's Play 'Ghost Ship' Showing at Cuesta College

Photo of a student at Cuesta College performing Cal Poly Lecturer Philip Valle's play "Ghost Ship"A production of Theatre and Dance Department Lecturer Philip Valle’s latest play, “Ghost Ship,” which made its debut at Cuesta College last November, has additional showings Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 and Feb. 6-9 at Cuesta. The Cuesta Drama Department’s production of “Ghost Ship” has also been chosen to compete for national awards at the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Los Angeles from Feb. 12-16. Cuesta College performing arts Instructor bree valle directed the production. “Ghost Ship” — a tragedy without explanation, a mystery without escape — is an immersive, multisensory excursion for adults 18 years and older. Each passage is 45 minutes and limited to 16 seats. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at All proceeds will support student travel expenses to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Philip Valle has written several original works; a production by the Cuesta College Drama Department of his play, “pool ’63,” received five national awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and was selected as the U.S. representative at the 2015 International University Theatre Festival in Mexico City. (Pictured is Cuesta student Jade Forzetting as Madame Lascaux; the photo was taken by Cal Poly student Casey Wieber.)

Professor Emeritus to Speak on Science and Arms Control in Former Soviet Union

Physics Professor Emeritus David HafemeisterPhysics Professor Emeritus David Hafemeister will present a talk titled “Back Channel Negotiations in Moscow at the End of the Cold War” from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 31, in Science North (No. 53), Room 215. Hafemeister will speak about his experiences representing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the former Soviet Union during the final two weeks of the country’s existence in December 1991. This experience was the culmination of his science-based outreach to the USSR on arms control issues that spanned more than a decade. Hafemeister served as an advisor on nuclear weapons and arms control issues for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Governmental Affairs Committees, the Office of Senator John Glenn, the Office of the Under Secretary of State, and multiple other governmental offices and agencies.

Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza Come to the PAC on Feb. 2

Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza are pictured, left to right, in a publicity photo.Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Spanos Theatre, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Grammy Award-winning master guitarist Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Eliaza perform fan-favorite songs as well as the children’s music of folk icon Lead Belly. This highly interactive concert is filled with a variety of folk traditions that are homespun, sophisticated and artful. Audiences are invited to sing and dance along in what might be called a casual — and subversively educational — party atmosphere. Tickets are $18 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.

SLO Symphony Presents 'Spanish Guitar' Concert at the PAC on Feb. 2

Photo of the SLO Symphony performing.SLO Symphony will perform its third concert of the season, "Spanish Guitar," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Miossi Hall, presented by SLO Symphony. The show will feature works by Turina, Rodrigo, Sierra and Rimsky-Korsakov, and will feature guitarist Jason Vieaux. Tickets range from $20-$87 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.


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.

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

Robert E. Kennedy Library Conversations with Cal Poly Authors to Continue Feb. 22

 From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back."Katya Cengel, freelance writer and journalism lecturer at Cal Poly, will discuss her new book, "Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back," published by the University of Nebraska Press, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).  to Cengel has published in many high-profile publications, including The Washington Post, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. Margaret Bodemer, a specialist in Southeast Asia who teaches both Asian and American history at Cal Poly, will serve as Cengel’s conversational partner. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. More information about a this event can be found online here. Visit Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors to explore previous events and podcasts.


Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Saturday, 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. 

#105168 — Assistant Director for Scholarships (Administrator I), Academic Affairs — Financial Aid. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 22. 

#105169 — Tutor Coordinator (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning — University Writing and Rhetoric Center. $4,179-$5,942 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,179-$4,300 per month.) Open until filled. 

#105170 — Human Resources Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. $2,600-$4,458 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600-$3,000 per month.) Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 8.

#105171 — Director of Data Management (Administrator II), President's Office — Data Management. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 22.

#105160 — Oppenheimer Family Equine Center Manager (Administrator I), Academic Affairs — College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Animal Science. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 19.

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.

#105156 — Full Time/Temporary Lecturer in Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

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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