Cal Poly Report — March 20, 2019 

Please note: Cal Poly Report will not be published March 27 during the academic break. Regular publication will resume April 3.


CPX Survey Launches April 9 to Gather Data to Create Actionable Change 

 Share it. Shape it. CHANGE IT.Thanks to all the campus community members who took the time to share firsthand accounts of their experiences at Cal Poly during CPX Listening Sessions last week. The sessions are an essential part of the CPX (Cal Poly Experience) Study, which also includes a campuswide survey starting April 9. Those who were unable to attend a listening session are encouraged to put any comments they might have shared there into the survey. The information gathered through the CPX Listening Sessions and CPX Survey will be used to assess current perspectives, attitudes and experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion at Cal Poly. A personalized email will be sent April 9 to all students, faculty and staff to complete the short, confidential survey from diversity and inclusion expert Damon A. Williams and his research team at the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation. The aggregate data from the CPX Study will be released in fall 2019. The results will support the development and refinement of the university’s programs and services to create a more equitable, inclusive campus community. Learn more at Campus community members can use #CPXperience and #CPX on social media to tell their story, share their participation in the survey, and encourage others to take it.

Campuswide Power Outage Planned for March 30

PG&E plans to shut off power to the campus while performing maintenance and repairs to equipment on Saturday, March 30. All electrical power to the campus will be temporarily unavailable. This outage is scheduled for 12 hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. During the outage, only student residents and essential personnel required for critical operations should be present on campus. It is recommended that all other personnel reschedule any planned work for after the outage has ended. All systems that do not have alternative emergency generator power will be impacted by the outage. Departments that typically utilize equipment requiring electrical service on Saturdays are advised to plan for the outage. All electrical equipment, including computer work stations, should be powered down at the close of business Friday, March, 29. Web-based services, including the portal and email, will still be available off-campus. Questions? Contact the Facilities Management and Development Help Center at ext. 6-5555 or

 Presented by the Honors Program; Got Extra Meal Credits? Donate them to our local homeless shelter 40 Prado!Campus Dining Meal Credits Can be Donated to the Prado Day Center

Students with extra meal credits near the end of the quarter have the opportunity to donate to the Prado Day Center. Campus Dining and the Honors Program have partnered up to give back to the community and assure that extra student meal credits don’t go to waste. Students can donate up to 10 meals. For each donation Campus Dining will provide a meal consisting of a sandwich or wrap, whole fruit and milk. A donation booth for the Prado Day Center will be set up in the UU from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

Faculty Community Breakfast on Student Inclusion and Well-Being to be Held March 22 

Logo for the Center for Teaching, Learning and TechnologyWith a focus on student inclusion and well-being, this year’s winter Community Breakfast is an opportunity for faculty to learn from the expertise of those who work with students outside the classroom. By bringing together representatives from Campus Health and Wellbeing, Dean of Students, the Black Academic Excellence Center, Cross Cultural Centers, and the Dream Center, the Community Breakfast will raise awareness, increase motivation and prompt commitments to specific actions for inclusion and well-being support for students, including those who are underrepresented on campus. Early career faculty of all ranks are invited to the breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. Friday, March 22, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. Though geared toward new(er) faculty, the winter breakfast is open to all educators. Hot breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Register here.

Cal Poly Wins Medal in National Cheese Competition

Photo of a female student in the process of cutting curd at the Cal Poly Creamery.Cal Poly earned a third-place award for its student-produced Grand Gouda against some of the top cheesemakers in the nation at the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. The university also placed fifth with its Smoked Gouda. The contest, held every other year in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the nation’s largest and most prestigious technical cheese judging competition. This year, a record 2,555 entries from 35 states competed for awards in 116 classes of cheese and butter from March 5-7. Much of the credit for Cal Poly’s success goes to students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, about 20 of whom work part time in the dairy plant and help manufacture cheeses and other products, such as chocolate milk and ice cream, under the supervision of Creamery Plant Manager Jennifer Pelayo. This fall Cal Poly introduced three new cheeses, including the two winners, as part of a larger revisioning of the Cal Poly Creamery’s facility, equipment and products. “The gouda is what I have worked with the most,” said Tina Truong, a food science senior. “It feels absolutely fulfilling to tell my friends that a cheese I helped make won an award and to hear in response that they can't wait to try it.” Read the news release.

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Student Success

Seven Cal Poly Scholars Receive $5,000 Scholarships from a Partnership Between Dignity Health and Cal Poly

 CommonSpirit Health Chief Human Resources Officer Darryl Robinson; Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong; student Byungcheol So of Torrance; and Alan Iftinuik, CEO of Dignity Health’s French Hospital Medical Center. Not shown are students Serena Cortez of Menifee; and Madelin Skinner of Santa Rosa.Seven students were awarded renewable scholarships under a partnership between Dignity Health and the Cal Poly Scholars program for first-generation college students and underrepresented groups on campus. Under the arrangement, scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to five years were awarded to qualifying students seeking careers in the medical or health fields and who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, nutrition, kinesiology or business. This supplemental funding will offset some of the costs for tuition and housing while students pursue a bachelor’s degree. The inaugural group of Dignity Health Scholars, all from the Golden State, were honored Feb. 7 at an on-campus reception. They include: Serena Cortez of Merifee; Valeria Diego of Sacramento; Jumeika Lopez-Arteaga of Seaside; Madelin Skinner of Santa Rosa; Byungcheol So of Torrance; Emmaline Voorheis of Paso Robles; and Rieanin Zamora of Long Beach. Four are studying nutrition, two are biochemistry majors, and one is a biology major. Piloted in fall 2012 in the College of Engineering, the first cohort of Cal Poly Scholars included 11 eligible partner high school graduates. The program now spans across all six academic colleges. It continues to grow each year; this past September, Cal Poly increased the total number of students served to 260. Further significant expansion of the program is planned beginning in fall 2019 through the Cal Poly Opportunity Fee. Read the news release.

Student-Athletes Raise Record $3,300 for Hearst Cancer Resource Center

Block P, Cal Poly’s NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, raised more than $3,300 as part of the Big West Conference’s 12th annual February Coin Drive. The Mustangs collected $3,344 for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center. The amount represents the most the Mustangs have ever raised in a single year (as well as the second-highest total among the conference’s nine universities for 2019). Combined over the past eight years, student-athletes have raised $11,179 through the drive, with previous causes including the Jessie Rees Foundation and CURE International. Donations were collected at home games and matches, as well as online. By finishing in the top three in the conference, Cal Poly’s committee receives a cash prize toward its 2019-20 budget. Block P — chaired by women’s tennis senior Caroline Williams and men’s swimming senior Dominic Dalpiaz — assists in organizing community service projects for all student-athletes, including the annual Adopt-an-Angel program and reading programs in local schools. Read the full news release.

Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees to be Held April 11

Nominees for Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 11, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each of the 44 nominees. The 2018-19 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year will also be announced. This event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

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Faculty & Staff

Volunteers Needed for PolyCultural Weekend April 5-7

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

Fidelity Investments Appointments Available March 25

The Cal Poly campus Fidelity Investments representative, George Nofel, will host individual appointments for faculty and staff on Monday, March 25, to answer questions about retirement savings and investment options for those already enrolled in the 403(b). Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To schedule an in-person consultation, visit

Campus Dining Receives Award for $2 Million in Chick-fil-A Sales in 2018

Photo of an unidentified person holding a plaque for the Chick-fil-A two million dollar award The campus community has spoken with their wallets. Campus Dining was recently awarded the Two Million Dollar Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in sales by Chick-fil-A. Of 362 Chick-fil-A licensee locations, Cal Poly was only one of 52 to break $2 million in sales in 2018 — an achievement considering the campus Chick-Fil-A location has no drive-thru and is only open nine months of the year. With a 23.16 percent sales increase over 2017, Cal Poly brought in an astounding amount, surprising even Chick-fil-A representatives.

Join Transportation and Parking Services for Free Bowling March 29

Transportation and Parking Services wants to thank everyone who is participating in a vanpool and carpool with some free pizza and friendly competition. The “Find your Lane” event at Mustang Lanes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, to celebrate current participants and introduce colleagues who might be interested in sharing a ride to campus. Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on carpool mates, show your skills, eat pizza and socialize with others who are working to build a better Cal Poly carpool community. For more information on commuting to campus, visit

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

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

Annual Tomato Spectacular Presale for Faculty and Staff Set for April 5

Photo of a male Cal Poly student tending to a tomato plant, with dozens of plants on tables around and behind him, at the Horticulture Unit on campus.More than 70 varieties of tomato plants will be available to staff and faculty during a presale of Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop on Via Carta Road off Highland Drive. Brandywine, Early Girl, Homestead, Abe Lincoln Improved and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Bumble Bee Surprise, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project. The plants cost $7, with a quantity discount given for five or more plants. This year the program is directed by a team of six students who have grown nearly 5,000 tomato plants from seed to provide home gardeners with quality plants that will produce fresh tomatoes throughout summer. Students began seeding the plants in early February and have tended to them in the campus greenhouses. For more information, call ext. 6-1106 or visit @CalPolyTomatoSpectacular on Facebook to see the 2019 catalog.

Sprain and Strain Workshops for Office Workers to be Offered March 25, 29

Sprain Strain Workshops are back by popular demand. There are three opportunities for faculty and staff to participate in the interactive workshops, which will all be held in the Facilities Building (No. 70), Room 110: from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 25, and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 29. The training offers hands-on safety instructions customized for office workers, including how to set up your workstation, safe lifting and material handling techniques for typical office tasks, and stretching exercises to prevent sprain and strain injuries. Participants will engage in a Learn by Doing experience, while enjoying snacks and raffle prizes. Contact Kathryn Villarreal at ext. 6-5427 to register for one of the sessions.

Proposals Due April 19 for Center for Expressive Technologies Grant Opportunity

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

International Professional Development Grants Are Available for Faculty and Staff

Logo for Cal Poly International CenterThe Cal Poly International Center has announced International Professional Development Grants to support well-thought-out professional development opportunities for faculty and staff who make direct contributions to campus internationalization efforts. Faculty or staff may propose to participate in an activity that will enhance his or her international experience and knowledge, foster relations between Cal Poly and an international partner, and improve the campus experience for international students at Cal Poly and/or support Cal Poly students engaging in study abroad. Activities may include faculty development seminars, developing collaborative research, international symposia, familiarization visits, workshops, international education conferences, etc. Preference will be given to proposals that indicate cost sharing, tie the work into unit and division-level internationalization goals, and provide clear plans and means of disseminating the information and experiences from the grant opportunities. One to two grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded per cycle, with two cycles a year. To learn more, go to "Faculty/Staff Opportunities" on the International Center website and click on the appropriate grant type (or click here for the faculty grant and here for the staff grant).

Applications Being Accepted for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards 

Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 22, for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards, which 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. Applicants will be notified in May and winners will be publicly recognized by President Armstrong 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.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Sign up for Commencement Communications

Photo of two people wearing green caps and gowns and hugging in Alex G. Spanos Stadium during a commencement.Faculty and staff are invited to sign up to receive Spring Commencement 2019 emails to stay informed about commencement ceremonies, events, parking, tickets and more. Cal Poly’s Spring Commencement 2019 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. This year, three colleges will be represented at two evening ceremonies at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Sign up for email communications by visiting Emails will be distributed throughout spring quarter. The ceremony schedule is as follows:
— Saturday, June 15 at 5 p.m.: College of Architecture and Environmental Design; College of Engineering; and College of Science and Mathematics.
— Sunday, June 16 at 5 p.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Orfalea College of Business; and College of Liberal Arts.
Each ceremony will run approximately three hours including name reading. For more information about Spring Commencement, contact the Commencement office at or ext. 6-1600.

Trainings on University Recruitment Process to be Offered March 27

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

CalPERS to Host Workshops at Cal Poly on April 10

CalPERS logoCalifornia Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) will host workshops on campus Wednesday April 10, to help employees learn more about CalPERS retirement benefits. They workshops will include:
— Planning Your Retirement (for members one to five years from retirement): Learn how to plan for retirement and the process of retiring.
— Your CalPERS and You (for early to mid-career members): This class will help members get a head start on understanding their retirement benefits.
Enrollment is limited and attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Learn more and register here. Anyone with questions or needing assistance can contact Human Resources at ext 6-5436 or

Accessibility Workshops Available to Faculty Members This Spring

Close-up illustration of a computer keyboard with a green "access" key Interested in creating accessible learning materials for your students? The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) offers the following accessibility workshops for faculty members in spring 2019:
— Creating Accessible Course Materials: April 15-May 12. Join faculty peers in an online, four-week workshop to create accessible course materials. This workshop covers principles of universal design, PolyLearn tools, accessible documents, video captioning and an Accessibility Action Plan. A $300 stipend is available for those eligible. Expect to spend 28-40 hours over four weeks. Enrollment is limited. Learn more and register.
— Self-Paced Accessibility Workshops: Would you like to attend an accessibility workshop on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space? The CTLT 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 per workshop. Choose from among the following for spring: 

StrengthsFinder Codes Will No Longer Be Issued to New Students in Fall 2019

The Strengths leadership team, made up of staff and faculty from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, has decided to discontinue issuing StrengthsFinder codes to new students effective with the fall 2019 incoming class. Gallup, the parent company to CliftonStrengths, has more than doubled the price of the assessment, making it cost prohibitive to continue to provide codes for all students. Individual groups and classes are still welcome to use Strengths within their groups and can purchase codes for incoming students. Alternative assessments are available at low or no cost for students, faculty and staff.  The Center for Leadership will continue to provide in-class workshops and leadership development opportunities for students. For more information, visit or email

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In Memoriam

Zane MottelerZane Motteler, who joined the Computer Science Department in the fall of 1982 as a faculty member, died Jan. 3, 2019. Motteler worked for the department for over 10 years and was instrumental in the initial development of the Computer Engineering program, which launched in 1989. He was involved in the Computer Science Accreditation Commission and played a significant role in the accreditation of the computer science program. After leaving Cal Poly, he worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before retiring from the laboratory and from Computing Accreditation Commission activities. After retirement, Motteler moved with his wife, Marilynn, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he kept busy with his hobby of genealogy and volunteered in a number of activities. Members of the Retired Faculty and Staff club praise Motteler’s professional demeanor and moral character.


Campus Announcements

Third Annual Family Day at the PAC to be Held March 31

Photo of a woman offering face painting to a family at the PAC.Bring the whole family to the free Family Day at the PAC on Sunday, March 31. Starting at 2 p.m., the PAC Main Lobby will be filled with crafts, activities and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Featured local organizations will be on hand to share information about programs for young people in our community. At 3 p.m., Miossi Hall will open for a magical performance by The Amazing Max. This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show is great for audiences of all ages. The Amazing Max is a magic show with a mind of its own. What's truly amazing is not only what happens on stage, but also what happens in the audience. Operating from the principle that "every show is unique because every child brought to the stage is unique," Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends. Event sponsors include The Tribune, KSBY and the city of San Luis Obispo. Family Day at the PAC is presented by the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but all attendees must present a ticket. Click here to register online or call the Cal Poly Ticket Office at ext. 6-4849.

Project Management Professional Certification Exam Preparation Class Offered April 15-17

Photo of two people looking at a blackboard which is covered in sticky notes.Cal Poly Extended Education will offer a Project Management Professional Certification Exam Preparation Class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15-17. This class will prepare individuals to pass the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional Certification Exam. The class includes an extensive overview of the 10 project management subject areas: integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communication, risk, procurement and stakeholder management. Participants will hone their expertise to a razor-sharp edge during a comprehensive review of the 10 major project management subject areas. This class satisfies the 35-contact hour requirement participants need to qualify to take the PMP examination. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.

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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.


'La Fille du Regiment' to be Screened at the PAC on March 24

Photo from the Metropolitan Opera's "La Fille du Regiment"The Metropolitan Opera’s "La Fille du Regiment" will be screened live in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks — including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. Tickets are $12 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.

Career Retrospective 'Pilgrim’s Process: The Poetry of Michael Hannon' Runs Through March 29

 The Poetry of Michael HannonSpecial Collections and Archives in Kennedy Library presents more than five decades of creative output by the California-born, Los Osos-based poet Michael Hannon. "Pilgrim's Process" celebrates Hannon’s craft and reveals the processes of writing, rewriting, interpreting, collaborating and making that have resulted in numerous limited-edition books, chapbooks and broadsides. Generous loans from the archives of the poet and his closest collaborators enrich the exhibit, which is punctuated by poetry-infused sculpture, mail art, and altered objects. In addition to original manuscripts, letters and notebooks, the exhibit displays a generous selection of journals, magazines, annuals and trade publications. Highlights include detailed explorations of key works such as "Burn Down the Zendo" (Ninja Press), "The Sea Gazer" (Turkey Press), "Seeking the Open Heart" (Simplemente Maria Press), "Pilgrim's Process" (Hoopsnake Press), and "The Color of Smoke" (El Moro Press and Blue Earth Press). A reading by Hannon filmed at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos is also featured. Special Collections and Archives is located on the fourth floor of Kennedy Library (No. 35). Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (Artwork from "Pilgrim’s Process" used with permission from William T. Wiley.)

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

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


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

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

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

Promotional photo of the six members of Havana Cuba All-StarsHavana Cuba All-Stars will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. This high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles, featuring some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, “Son Cubano” style to salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of cultural beats, promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens. In concert with dynamic Cuban dance couples, the All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions. Tickets range from $30-$46 for faculty, staff and students. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.


Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Present Cabaret-Style Showcase on April 12

Photo of a dozen students in Student Opera Theatre posing for a photo to promote their cabaret-style showcaseCal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) will present a 1930s and ’40s cabaret-style showcase of works from the “Great American Songbook” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Spanos Theatre. There will be delightful solos, duets and trios — comprising music majors and minors — that will perform works by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. The songs will include the beloved “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Paper Moon,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” “God Bless America” and “Night and Day.” The show will also include the tap and jazz dance talent of Cal Poly music majors Zahra Rothschild and Sheridan Liaw; psychology major Kylie Capella; and civil engineering major Rachel Klemm. A combo will accompany the singers: Dave Becker, saxophone; Paul Woodring, keyboards; Adam Levine, guitar; James Gallardo, bass; and John Astaire, drums. The performance is produced and directed by CPSOT founder Jacalyn Kreitzer. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly Open House Recital Set for April 13

Image with text reading Open House Recital on green background with musical notes.The Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for Cal Poly’s 26th annual Open House. The program will include string ensembles, a saxophone quartet, barbershop quartet, jazz combo and brass ensembles. The student performers are from a variety of majors and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Music Department staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the soloists. The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information on the recital, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

'Die Walkure' to be Shown at the PAC on April 14

Photo from the Metropolitan Opera's "Die Walkure"The Metropolitan Opera’s "Die Walkure" will be screened live in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. Tickets are $12 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website. Note: The date of this event has been moved from March 30 to April 14 due to a scheduled power outage on campus.

Event Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, March 22
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Cal Poly Invitational, Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Complex, 2 p.m.
Baseball vs. Saint Mary’s, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Cal Poly Invitational, Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Complex, 9:30 a.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. Nevada, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Saint Mary’s (doubleheader), Baggett Stadium, 1 and 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 24
Women’s Tennis vs. CSUN, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Saint Mary’s, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Monday, March 25
Men’s Golf hosts Cal Poly Match Play Championship, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, 7 a.m.

Tuesday, March 26
Men’s Golf hosts Cal Poly Match Play Championship, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, 7 a.m.

Friday, March 29
Beach Volleyball vs. CSU Bakersfield, Sacramento State and CSUN, Pismo Beach Pier, 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 30
Beach Volleyball vs. Long Beach State, Pismo Beach Pier, noon.
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Irvine, Mustang Courts, noon.

Sunday, March 31
Beach Volleyball vs. UC Davis and Hawai’i, Pismo Beach Pier, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 2
Baseball vs. Santa Clara, Baggett Stadium, 6 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. 

#105213 — Photography/Video Technician (Instructional Support Technician II), College of Liberal Arts — Art and Design Department. $3,436-$6,034 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,125-$4,767 per month.) This position is paid under the 11/12 pay plan, where salary for 11 months is distributed over 12 months with July off (with pay, benefits and vacation/sick leave accrual continuing through the month off.) Open until filled. (Review begins April 3.)

#105214 — Administrative Support Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics — Physics. $2,600-$4,458 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,000-$3,400 per month.) This position is paid under the 11/12 pay plan, where salary for 11 months is distributed over 12 months with a month off (with pay, benefits and vacation/sick leave accrual continuing through months off.) Open until filled.

#105222 — Assistant Dean of Development and External Relations (Administrator III), Academic Affairs — College of Engineering — Advancement. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. (Review begins April 15.)  

#105212 — General Manager, Mustang Media Group (Administrator I), Academic Affairs — College of Liberal Arts — Journalism. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. (Review begins April 13.)

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.

Graphic Designer, Marketing and Communications, $45,801-$68,723 annually.

Warehouse Specialist, Campus Dining, $14.36-$21.53 per hour.

Assistant Supervisor, Campus Market, Campus Dining, $14-18.68 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new listings at this time.

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