Cal Poly Report — May 1, 2019 


Cal Poly Opens New Welcome Center 

President Armstrong and other university and community leaders cut the ribbon on the new Welcome Center on April 30Visitors have a new first stop when they arrive on campus: the Welcome Center. President Armstrong and San Luis Obispo’s civic leaders cut the ribbon to officially open the new space in the yakʔitʸutʸu housing community on Grand Avenue. San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold presented Cal Poly with a special proclamation commemorating the event. The 3,200-square-foot space serves as a one-stop shop for newcomers taking tours or finding events at Cal Poly. The center includes a 142-seat auditorium that will be used for presentations. “We consider this a new ‘front door’ for our campus,” Armstrong said. “This space aims to be beautiful, inviting and inclusive, helping visitors navigate our campus while getting to know the Learn by Doing philosophy that empowers students to succeed.” More than 55,000 visitors came to campus in 2018, including prospective students and their families getting to know San Luis Obispo for the first time. In 2014, a university report estimated the local economic impact of visitors to campus exceeded $21 million annually. The Welcome Center is the first space on campus to feature the university’s new logo and updated branding now debuting after a year-long development effort. The refreshed brand aims to help Cal Poly keep pace with competing institutions and ensure that the university can continue to live out its mission to serve the state of California with the best education possible. Read more here.

Take 15 Minutes to Complete the CPX Survey by May 7

Photo of a CPX activation event on Dexter Lawn with the board reading Are you surviving or thriving? Tell us.It's time. The CPX — Cal Poly Experience — Survey will close on Tuesday, May 7, so now is the time to share your experiences, perceptions and recommendations to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at Cal Poly. Take 15 minutes to complete the confidential survey and help improve the campus experience for you and future students, faculty and staff members. Look for a link in your email from Damon Williams ( to take the survey (check your junk and spam folders too). Students can also take the survey through the portal. Stop by the final CPX activation booth from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 2, on Dexter Lawn to talk about your Cal Poly experiences, take the survey, receive self-care resources, and pick up some free food and swag. Learn more at

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 4

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Free Food and Coffee to be Offered in May for Bike to Work Day

Illustration of a bicycle with text reading Bike MonthTransportation and Parking Services (TAPS) is hosting a number of free events throughout May to inspire and support all campus community members who participate in Bike Month. Snacks and coffee will be available for those who ride their bike to campus on National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8, and Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17. The May 8 event will feature snacks, drinks and free swag from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Dexter Lawn. On May 17, swing by Mustang Way (near the UU) from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for free food and coffee. With 7,000 bike rack spaces on campus, riding is a great option when choosing a commute. Nearly 33 percent of all staff and faculty live within 5 miles of campus, making for an easy bike-friendly commute that will help to open parking spaces and decrease the university’s carbon emissions. TAPS encourages everyone to participate in this year’s Bike to Work Day in its effort to get Cal Poly to become carbon-neutral. Participants can log their bike commute at You can plan your day and find other rewards and incentives for Bike to Work Day at

Register for the Eighth Annual Mustang Mile Obstacle Course on May 16

Photo of a team finishing an event at a previous Mustang MileGather a team of four to compete in 12 obstacles and activities at the eighth annual Mustang Mile Obstacle Course, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Doerr Family Field and Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Complex. Obstacles include a sandbag carry, army crawl, sack race, inflatable games and more. Presented by ASI Intramural Sports in collaboration with WITH US, Mustang Mile is held in honor of Carson Starkey and seeks to educate students on the signs of alcohol poisoning and dangers of binge drinking. Visit ASI Access to register. The cost is $50 per team of four. Only one team member is required to register and must be a Cal Poly Recreation Center member. Non-members are welcome to participate. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Individuals under 16 are welcome to attend as supporters. Participants are also invited to enjoy a free barbecue hosted by the Fraternity and Sorority Life office and visit a variety of booths at the Wellness Fair sponsored by Campus Health and Wellbeing. For more information, contact ASI Recreational Sports Director Greg Avakian at ext. 6-5846 or

Second Annual Social Justice Education Conference To Be Held May 4

Text reading 2nd annual Social Justice Education Conference The second annual Social Justice Education Conference (SJEC) will be held at Santa Maria High School at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at 901 S. Broadway in Santa Maria. This year's conference theme is "Doing What We Know is Right: Ethnic and Gender Studies for Every Student." Join educators, advocates and community members who are dedicated to creating and implementing social justice in their classrooms, school sites and districts. The event is designed for PK-12 educators to showcase their work and efforts to support social justice curriculum in the classroom, as well as to build a network of resources and expertise in social justice education across the Central Coast. The SJEC is a collaboration between the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, Santa Maria Joint Union School District, and Cal Poly's School of Education and Office of University Diversity and Inclusion. Visit the CCC-USS website for more information.


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Student Success

Students Win Prestigious Cup at Graphic Arts Conference

Cal Poly students are awarded the Kipphan Cup at the 2019 TAGA conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pictured from left to right are TAGA President Liam O’Hara, Cal Poly TAGA President Lauren Helms, Erica Taylor, Jessica Rose, Nicole Cullop, Ana Gonzalez, Aileen Vasquez, Kayleigh Macdonald, Hannah Nguyen, and Bruce Leigh Myers, TAGA vice president for educationCal Poly won the Kipphan Cup — for the second time in three years — at the annual conference of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), held March 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cal Poly’s TAGA team, comprised of 25 graphic communication students, was awarded the top prize for its technical journal, a high-quality student-produced publication that showcases a range of complex printing processes. Scoring is based on technical writing, design, production quality and the quality of an online supplement. Eight students attended the conference and accepted the award: Cal Poly TAGA President Lauren Helms, of Scotts Valley, California; Erica Taylor, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Jessica Rose, of Del Mar, California; Nicole Cullop, of Centennial, Colorado; Ana Gonzalez, of Lompoc, California; Aileen Vasquez, of Seaside, California; Kayleigh Macdonald, of San Jose, California; and Hannah Nguyen, of Elk Grove, California. Students in the Cal Poly chapter began work on their journal last September. They assembled technical papers and, in two cases, invited student scholars to produce a technical paper specifically written for the journal. While the technical papers were written and edited, the team worked on the design and planning of their printed journal. Production began in January. Hundreds of hours of work are spent each year in production. The Kipphan Cup will be on display in the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department office for the next year. Read the full news release.

Second Annual Spanish Language Debate Set for May 3-5

The Cal Poly Debate Team, Communication Studies Department, and World Languages and Cultures Department will host the second annual Spanish language debate Legados de Valladolid on May 3-5 on campus. The inspiration for this debate is the Junta de Valladolid (1550-1551), the first moral debate held by a colonizing force regarding the legitimacy of colonization. The impact of colonization continues today, and Legados de Valladolid debate provides a forum to examine current political trends, national and international policies, and pervasive ideologies that affect the global political climate. Students will present responses to the following motion: Any increase in border security should be tied to an increase in expediency for legal immigration. The public is invited to attend, participate and vote in the final debate from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 111.

Student-Run Succulent Sale to be Held May 10-11

Photo of students and others shopping at a past succulent saleMore than 100 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly’s Succulentopia plant sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop. More than 4,000 plants will be available for purchase. Five students are involved in the student-run project, one of several such hands-on experiences offered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Horticulture and Crop Science Department. The cost of the plants is determined by size: 4-inch pots, $4.50; 4.5-inch pots, $5.50; 6-inch succulent garden, $12.50; 8-inch succulent garden, $25; and additional large plants priced accordingly.

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Faculty & Staff

Campus Dining Welcomes New Executive ChefRensford Abrigo

Rensford Abrigo has joined the Campus Dining team as one of three executive chefs. Abrigo hit the kitchen running right before Open House, bringing his experience as the culinary manager at Vandenberg Air Force Base to join the team of chefs who bring delicious food to the campus community. A certified executive chef, Abrigo studied at the Culinary Art Institute of Las Vegas and was one of the youngest chefs to work for Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. During that time he served as the chef for Prince during the opening of a club at Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and was on the culinary team at Caesar’s Palace. He recently took a tour of Cal Poly with his son, a hopeful Mustang, and said that when the executive chef position came up at Cal Poly, it was fate. Campus Dining welcomes Abrigo to the kitchen.

UndocuAlly Training Available Through June

Continuing into June, a four-hour UndocuAlly Training is available to students, faculty and staff, sponsored by the Dream Center and the UndocuAlly Working Group. The purpose is to increase awareness on topics and issues pertaining to undocumented students at Cal Poly. Through this training, participants can become better equipped to support individuals of all statuses in our current socio-historic-political contexts. Participants will have the opportunity to examine their beliefs, raise their awareness, and begin the process of critiquing systems that are harmful to undocumented individuals. They'll also pledge to commit to enhancing ally-ship practices for access, equity and inclusion. Sign up here for part one, "UndocuAlly Training #1: Foundational Knowledge." Visit to sign up for the rest of the series and view the dates, times and locations. One session with all three parts of the training will be held on Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here to participate. For those unable to attend the public trainings, private trainings for organizations or departments can be arranged. For more information, contact

EHS-Sponsored Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s Set for May 2

Photo of burgersJoin Environmental Health and Safety for a special faculty and staff mixer in the spirit of Safety Days at Myron’s from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2. The menu will offer Tuscan panzanella salad, a crudités platter, shrimp remoulade shooters, chicken and waffles, and sliders. Two glasses of beer or wine are also included. The first 50 guests get in free courtesy of EHS; the cost is $5 for all other attendees. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit

Maintenance Scheduled May 5-8 for Curriculum Management System

The curriculum management system for online forms and electronic workflow to submit proposals for the catalog will be restricted to view-only status from Sunday to Wednesday, May 5-8, for scheduled maintenance. Questions? Email

LastPass Password Manager Available to All Faculty and Staff

Text image of LastPass logoFaculty and staff can now download LastPass, a password manager, at no cost on their work computers. Streamline your workflows by creating a single password for a LastPass account, and it will securely manage the login information for all of your other online accounts. The Information Security Office will host an session, "Protecting Your Passwords with LastPass," from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 23, in UU 220. Attendees can learn more about LastPass and ask questions. Anyone with questions about the event can contact Doug Lomsdalen at ext. 6-7686 or For more information about LastPass and to request an account, visit

Training on University Recruitment Process to be Held May 8 and June 19

Talent Acquisition will offer upcoming training sessions on the university’s recruitment process and best practices on Wednesday, May 8, and Wednesday, June 19. The Talent Acquisition — Best Practices Training provides guidance for search committee members and is required for all individuals serving on a staff or management hiring committee. Learn and explore the recruitment process, including behavioral interviewing practices, candidate selection and assessment techniques. Some of the course content includes: social recruiting and attraction techniques, overview of compensation philosophy, behavioral interviewing, application scoring rubric and interview guide. Sign up here.

Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association logoBlack Faculty and Staff Association Invites Campus Community to May 8 Meeting

The Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is pleased to invite interested faculty and staff to its May 2019 meeting from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in UU 219. The association’s vision, mission and events are available on the BFSA website.  Contact co-chairs Bryan Hubain,, or Camille O’Bryant,, with any questions.

Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan 403(b) Workshops to be Held in May

Fidelity Investments representative George Nofel will be on campus Thursday and Friday, May 9-10, conducting one-on-one appointments and presenting the following workshops to help employees learn more about Social Security and the 403(b) supplemental retirement savings plan. The workshops include:
— noon on Thursday, May 9: "When and How to Claim Social Security." Understand how Social Security works and what you should consider before you claim your benefit.
— noon on Friday, May 10: "Get Started and Save for the Future." Understand the benefits of saving in your workplace savings plan and how to enroll. 
Register here for the workshops or one-on-one appointments. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. 

New NINJIO Training Video Highlights Danger of Sharing Sensitive Information on Social Media

Illustration of a man with a phone in one hand and showing a peace sign in the other, with computers in the backgroundThis month’s Information Security Training video from NINJIO shows how an employee put his company in jeopardy after sharing sensitive data over social media. "Up, Upvote and Away" highlights the need to understand data classification standards in your organization. It also highlights the dangers of sharing sensitive company information on social media and shows the importance of following company protocol to avoid similar mistakes. Visit the Cal Poly Learning Hub to watch the video and learn more about sharing information responsibly at Cal Poly.

Workshop on Problem Solving to be Held May 2

 Good for People. Good for Business.Join Employee and Organization Development for a workshop on problem solving from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Administration and Finance Training Room, located inside the University Police building (No. 36, Room 105). Identifying what type of thinker you (and those around you) are can lead to quicker problem solving. Learn your thought process as well as steps in problem solving, the difference between an immediate and long term problem, how to develop possible solutions, how to problem solve with others, and how to implement solutions. Employee and Organization Development will bring the workshop from Cal Poly's Employee Assistance Provider — Empathia. Register here on the Cal Poly Learning Hub. 

New Sessions Added in May for Faculty to Learn About FERP, Retirement and Beyond

Join staff from Human Resources and Academic Personnel for information on CalPERS pension and Cal Poly benefits after retirement, specifically during the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) years and beyond. This workshop is geared toward faculty employees considering retirement and entering FERP within the next one to five years. Two new workshops have been added (the May 2 and 7 workshops are at capacity). All of the workshops will be held in the Academic Affairs Conference Room in the Administration Building (No. 1, Room 301). The new sessions will be held on:
— Wednesday, May 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
— Thursday, May 16, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Register through SumTotal on the Cal Poly Portal. Anyone who has difficulty registering can contact Lindsay Howell at ext. 6-6574 or

Informational Session on Medicare to be Held May 15

Human Resources has partnered with local nonprofit organization Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) to provide an information session on retirement and Medicare. Spouses and partners are also welcome to attend. Learn more and register. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Anyone with questions can contact or ext. 6-5436.

RSVP by May 7 for Retired Faculty and Staff Spring Luncheon

Cal Poly Strawberry Center wordmarkJoin the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club as it learns about and tours Cal Poly’s Strawberry Center at its luncheon on Wednesday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will include a luncheon, guest speaker, a tour of the research and growing facility, and conclude with strawberry varietal tastings. The tour of the research center and growing grounds will require some walking on uneven ground. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Leprino Foods Dairy Innovation Institute (No. 18-A). Parking is available next to the institute. The cost is $16. Reservations are required. RSVP by May 7 to Gail Simmons at 805-462-9148 or

In Memoriam

Silas PompaSilas Pompa passed away April 6, surrounded by family and friends in Houston, Texas. Pompa, 42, approached his battle with cancer as he did all challenges in life, with positivity and grace. Pompa began his career at Cal Poly in 2007 as an administrative analyst in Facilities and was promoted to finance manager in 2014.  In March 2016, Pompa became the director of customer and business services for Facilities Management and Development. His family and friends are proud of his success in his career at Cal Poly and equally proud of his character outside of work. Pompa was well known to take time from his day, no matter how busy, to buy a meal for someone in need or drop everything to support a friend or family member with a shoulder to lean on. Pompa was a devoted family man whose greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Laura, and his two daughters, Valerie and Annie, or as Silas called them, “his angels.” Pompa was gentle, kind and had a great sense of humor. He is greatly missed by his colleagues and friends at Cal Poly.

Campus Announcements

Develop Healthy Behaviors Through Nutrition and Wellness Coaching 

Photo of red apples.The Food Science and Nutrition Department is offering free, individualized nutrition and wellness coaching to help campus community members develop new, healthy habits that promote personal wellness. Participants will work one-on-one with a senior-level nutrition counseling student in four sessions, each lasting 30 to 60 minutes and scheduled around each participant's availability. Each participant and their coach will find solutions for wellness challenges and set achievable goals each week. Sessions will be tailored to individual needs and priorities, such as: healthy food preparation, food labels, physical activity, healthy weight, grocery store tours, meal planning and more. This is a Learn by Doing and graded experience for students as they enhance their nutrition counseling skills. Participants commit to attending four sessions when they sign up at no later than Friday, May 3. All sessions are confidential. Contact lecturer Kati Fosselius, director of dietetic internships, at ext. 6-6132 or with questions.

Had Gestational Diabetes During a Previous Pregnancy? Interested in Losing Weight?

Cal Poly's Center for Health Research is running a no-cost weight loss study specifically for women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM). Participants will receive free health education and compensation for study assessments. You may qualify if you had GDM and are willing to be followed for up to two years or through your next pregnancy. For more information, email Casey Heaney at

Thirty-One Days of Wellness to be Held in May

Graphic for 31 Days of Wellness by Campus Health and WellbeingCampus Health and Wellbeing invites the campus community to participate in the third annual 31 Days of Wellness. Throughout May, with the support of campus and community partners, Campus Health and Wellbeing will showcase the multiple aspects of healthy living. From community wellness, social relations, emotional health, career development, academic success, financial wellbeing and physical health, there will be something for everyone. Download the Cal Poly Now app and look for the "Be Well at Cal Poly" guide for the full list of events at Be sure to follow @mycpwell on social media for updates and inspiration! Questions? Email

Participate in Safety Days with Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety will host a number of events throughout campus to celebrate Cal Poly Safety Days from April 29 to May 3. The week will include events and activities aimed at engaging the campus community to raise awareness of workplace safety and health. Cal Poly Safety Days commemorates the International Labor Organization’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which has acted to improve occupational safety and health for the past 100 years. Planned events include bike and pedestrian safety, lab safety giveaways, fire safety demos and a special Mixer at Myron’s Bistro on Thursday, May 2. All departments are encouraged to participate to learn and celebrate Cal Poly’s commitment to student and employee safety and health. Contact Kathryn Villareal for more information at

Nominations Sought by May 1 for Annual Cal Poly Community Service Awards

Photo of a shovel scooping dirt with text reading Center for Service in Action. Dean of Students, Embrace Your Unlimited PossibilitiesThe Center for Service in Action is hosting the 33rd annual Cal Poly Community Service Awards, and nominations are due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Awards for the categories of individual faculty, staff and student contributions, along with student organizations and community partner of the year will be awarded during a ceremony on May 16. President Armstrong presents the awards and recognizes recipients for their efforts. More information about the history of the awards, details on each category, and a link to the nominations form can be found here. Anyone with questions about the nomination process can email the Center for Service in Action at

Seeking Submissions for Resiliency Project

Are you Resilient?The Resiliency Project is a faculty-student research project about the experience of being resilient — of encountering obstacles and maintaining or regaining mental and physical well-being. All members of the campus community are invited to visit the website and submit essays or videos about their own experiences of resiliency. (The instructions are on the website). For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

Applications Open to Student Clubs for International Events and Activities Grant

Logo for Cal Poly International Center The Cal Poly International Center will award up to six $500 grants to support international events and activities that will take place during the 2019-20 academic year. The International Center Events and Activities Grant is intended to provide supplemental financial support to recognized student clubs seeking to host activities, programs and special events that enhance the internationalization efforts at Cal Poly. Applicants must show how the event/activity will promote international engagement, enhance diversity and inclusion, and benefit the campus community. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 28. Learn more here and visit the website.

Mindfulness Meditation Group Now Meeting Mondays

Illustration of a busy female practicing yoga.The Mindfulness Meditation Group is meeting every Monday that classes meet (i.e., not during exams, holidays or breaks) from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the lower level Conference Room in the Health and Wellness Center (No. 27, Room 11). We will meditate silently for 30 minutes, starting at 12:15 p.m. (Headphones for guided meditations are welcome.) Mindfulness meditation is a non-religious exercise of paying attention to your present-moment experience. Many people find it calming and relaxing. No experience is necessary. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

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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.


Beethoven’s 'Eroica' to be Performed at the PAC on May 4

SLO Symphony performs its fifth concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Miossi Hall. The show will feature Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Walton’s Crown Imperial March and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.” Tickets range from $20-$87. 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 to Present Second Annual Clarinet Festival on May 5

Photo of the clarinet ensemble from a previous concert.The Music Department will present all things clarinet at the second annual Clarinet Festival at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The performance will include a variety of ensembles from both on and off campus, including solos, duos, trios and quintets showcasing a variety of styles and genres of music from classical and chamber to jazz. The Wind in the Reeds, a Central Coast community clarinet group, will be a featured guest ensemble. A total of 30 combined clarinetists will perform together for the grand finale, Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Marche Militaire Français.” The performers range in age from 17 to 82. Cal Poly faculty member Keith Waibel, who directs Cal Poly’s clarinet ensembles, is the concert organizer. 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.

Celebrity Gossip Expert and BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen to Speak May 8

Photo of Anne Helen PetersenJoin Anne Helen Petersen, Ph.D., at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E27 for a talk on her book, "Too fat, too slutty, too loud: The rise and reign of the unruly woman.” The book includes 10 essays, each focusing on a famous woman (and, in one case, a pair of women) whose behavior provokes public outrage. The subjects include Hillary Clinton, Melissa McCarthy, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Caitlyn Jenner, Serena Williams and Lena Dunham. Critics of these individuals describe them as the women who won’t shut up, who’re too brazen, too opinionated — in short, too much. The conversation-starting book was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017 and one of Cosmopolitan’s “Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down This Summer.” This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, and seating is open.

Society of American Forester CEO to Speak May 9 on Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

Terry BakerTerry Baker, CEO of the Society of American Foresters, will give a keynote address titled “Leadership: The Challenge of Being Yourself” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the PAC Pavilion. The talk, sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, the Career Services Diversity Funding Committee and the Society of American Foresters, is open to all faculty, staff and students. Baker was named the first African American to lead the 118-year-old Society of American Foresters in September 2012. His talk will address diversity and inclusion through the personal and professional journey of a person of color who is a national leader in natural resource management, an industry that has historically had very little diversity and many barriers to entry.

Cal Poly Chamber Choir to Perform Works in the Requiem Tradition on May 11

Photo of members of Cal Poly Chamber Choir standing outside Philips Hall at Cal Poly.The 24-member Chamber Choir will present a concert of two requiems at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The concert will open with the spectacular and rarely performed “Musikalische Exequien” (“Funeral Music”) composed by Heinrich Schütz in 1636. “The requiem mass, or funeral mass, of the Roman Catholic Church has been a text set to music since the 15th century,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities. The second half of the concert will feature John Rutter’s “Requiem.” Completed in 1985, it combines elements from the traditional Latin text with modern English. The performance will feature a seven-piece chamber orchestra of Cal Poly students and professional musicians, including faculty member Samuel Shalhoub, lute, and staff accompanist Paul Woodring, organ. Glysson will travel to New York with 34 Cal Poly students — including five from the Chamber Choir — to perform at Carnegie Hall on May 25 as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. 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.

Internationalization Symposium 2019 to Feature Guest Speaker Andrew Gordon May 14

Hero image for talk with Andrew Gordon, found of Diversity Abroad Teaches You.Guest speaker Andrew Gordon, CEO and founder of Diversity Abroad, social entrepreneur, diversity and inclusion champion, and international education expert, will discuss "The Power of Diversity in Global Education" from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). “Beyond stamps in your passport and (Instagram)-worthy photos, study abroad and other global programs can set you apart and help you develop personally, professionally and academically, regardless of your major,” Gordon said. His talk will highlight five qualities that can be developed or enhanced when we immerse ourselves in other cultures, push the limits of our comfort, and open ourselves to appreciate and embrace difference. This event is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering, the College of Science and Mathematics, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Affairs. Click here to learn more about the event.

Celebrate 20 Years of X-Ray Vision of the Universe During May 14 Talk

Illustration of Chandra, NASA's X-ray observatory Since 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has provided X-ray vision of the otherwise invisible high-energy universe. Rodolfo Montez Jr., an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will give a broad overview of the scientific contributions enabled by Chandra at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in Spanos Theatre. Now in its 20th year of operation, Chandra continues to have great impact in the astrophysical community, including discoveries about objects in our own solar system and those at the farthest reaches of the universe.

Is Love a Necessary Revolutionary Affect? Talk Set for May 14 on 'Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action in Silicon Valley'

Photo of various images illustrating gentrification in the Bay Area and the name of Gay Shame, a queer direct action group based in San Francisco.On Tuesday, May 14, the Women's and Gender Studies Department will present a talk by  Eric Stanley, Ph.D. (they/them), "Is Love a Necessary Revolutionary Affect? Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action in Silicon Valley" at 4:40 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Stanley will discuss Gay Shame, a queer direct action group based in San Francisco, and its work confronting the hypergentrification of the Bay Area propelled by the tech industry. Describing itself as “a virus in the system,” Gay Shame utilizes its collective “bad attitudes” to “instigate, irritate and agitate to build cultures of devastating resistance.” Stanley argues that Gay Shame’s negative relationality shows the ways in which the Left’s focus on love as a revolutionary affect actually accelerates racial capitalism’s motors of accumulation and dispossession — and how queer hate functions as an alternative. This event is is free and open to the public.

Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence SpillerPianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 17 at Cal Poly

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The recital is the fourth in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. This year’s program includes Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1; Sonata in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2; and concludes with the thunderous masterwork, Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata.” Tickets are $9 for students and $14 for the public. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund. Tickets for the recital 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.


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, May 3
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 4
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 5
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7
Baseball vs. Pepperdine (DH), Baggett Stadium, 5 and 6 p.m.

Friday, May 10
Softball vs. UC Santa Barbara (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 3 and 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 11
Softball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Friday, May 17
Baseball vs. UC Riverside, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
Baseball vs. UC Riverside, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 19
Baseball vs. UC Riverside, Baggett Stadium, 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. 

#105305 — Office Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Student Affairs — University Housing. $3,115-$5,475 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,200-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled.   

#105303 — Lead Groundsworker, Administration and Finance — Facilities — Landscape. $3,091-$5,430 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,750-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#105304 — University Housing Equipment Maintenance Assistant (Equipment Maintenance Assistant), Student Affairs — University Housing. $3,128-$5,497 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,200-$4,300 per month.) Open until filled. 

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. Part-time lecturer pools are being opened this month. Visit for current openings, further information and how to apply.

#105301 — Full-Time Temporary Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#105302 — Full-Time Temporary Lecturer, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering. 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.

Research Assistant, Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center, $16.55-$24.84 per hour.

Human Resources Coordinator, CPC Human Resources, $19.09 to $28.64 per hour.

Sous Chef II, Campus Dining, $19.09 to $28.64 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

Building Service Worker (Recreational Sports), $15.23/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Building Service Worker (University Union), $15.23/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Accounting Supervisor — Business Services. Annual salary of $53,586 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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