Cal Poly Report — May 15, 2019 


Power of Doing Campaign Takes First Public Steps with Major Gifts

From left to right, Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, James Boswell, John Ronca, Cameron Boswell, Bridget Dias, Cody Boswell, Catherine Wurzel, and George Wurzel, during the announcement of the Boswells’ $10 million gift made in honor of George Wurzel.
The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing has taken the first major steps of its public phase as Cal Poly has begun work on a multidisciplinary complex and announced two major donations totaling $60 million:
— A $10 million donation from Jim and Suzanne Boswell and the James G. Boswell Foundation to transform Cal Poly's agricultural landscape and create a lasting legacy for students by constructing a new plant sciences building; and
— A $50 million planned gift from an anonymous donor, to be used generally in support of student success and Learn by Doing.
Cal Poly launched the capital campaign — the largest fundraising initiative in university history, with a goal of $700 million by 2021 — in support of the university’s signature hands-on learning approach. The university already had raised over $556 million from more than 51,000 donors before marking the launch of the campaign’s public phase May 3 and announcing the two newest gifts. The $10 million gift from Jim and Suzanne Boswell and the James G. Boswell Foundation was made in honor of the family’s longtime friend and colleague George Wurzel and will unite multiple disciplines to focus and enhance work in plant, earth and soil sciences along with agricultural engineering in one state-of-the-art complex. The George Wurzel Plant Sciences Building will include classrooms and labs and will be adjacent to greenhouses, processing facilities and a farmers market. The $50 million anonymous donation is a planned gift aimed at general support for the university’s Learn by Doing programs. Read the full news release.

President’s Diversity Awards Celebrate Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Cal Poly

Cal Poly staff, faculty, students and President Armstrong gather for a photo after the 2019 President's Diversity AwardsMembers of the Cal Poly community gathered May 9 to celebrate and recognize efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the university at the 2019 President’s Diversity Awards. “Elevating diversity and inclusion on a university campus takes the whole campus,” said Jozi De Leon, vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. “I’m happy to be working on a campus where people are involved throughout the university. I see all of you. I know the great work that you’re doing.” The awards recognized individual members from the faculty, staff, and student communities as well as contributions from a recognized student organization and university group. Awardees are:
Faculty: Physics Department Assistant Professor Louise Edwards.
Staff: Chief Data Officer Dave Dobis and University Housing Learning Community Coordinator Davona Mason.
Students: Katie Ettl and Gianna Bissa.
Campus Organization: Chicanx Latinx Faculty Staff Association.
Excellence in Inclusive Design: University Housing.
Student Group: PolyCultural Weekend.

Cal Poly Named a Top Producer of 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Cal Poly has again been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The distinction was in the Master’s Colleges and Universities category for the 2018-19 academic year. Cal Poly’s latest Fulbright scholars are Nayree Barnett and Erica Jorgenson, both staff members in the university’s International Center, and Professor Peggy Papathakis of the Food Science and Nutrition Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Barnett, study abroad coordinator in Cal Poly’s International Center, traveled to Taiwan to take part in a two-week International Education Administrator Seminar in March 2018. Jorgenson, study abroad coordinator in the International Center, participated in a two-week U.S. Administrators in International Education seminar in October 2018 in Germany and Belgium. Papathakis, professor of nutrition, is spending 10 months in Malawi, Africa, teaching and helping to build the curriculum for a nutrition training program for clinical dietitians at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine. This is Papathakis’ second Fulbright Scholarship; she received one as a doctoral student in 2001. Read more here.

Share your Thoughts Starting May 28, be Entered to Win an iPad Mini

Tell Us and Win - graphic for Administration and Finance Customer Satisfaction SurveyWe won’t know unless you tell us, so Administration and Finance wants to hear from you. Starting May 28-June 19, all students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences with all things A&F. The confidential survey will help determine which areas, including Human Resources, Facilities, Police Services, as well as every other unit and department within A&F, are performing well or may need improvement. The survey will be accessible through a personalized link that will be emailed to all students, faculty and staff on May 28. The email will come from AFD Customer Satisfaction Survey. The feedback and input from these universitywide surveys will help A&F create a better campus climate through improved services and new amenities. A&F is made up of eight units, each of which will have separate surveys. Participants are being asked to rate only the departments from which they have received services. Each time a participant completes a survey, their name will be added into a grand prize drawing for a chance to win an iPad Mini or one of nearly 75 gifts, including Starbucks gift cards, tickets to shows at the Performing Arts Center, gift baskets, free meals at 805 Kitchen, and a week’s entry to the Cal Poly Recreation Center. Tell us and win.

Celebrate Love, Empathy, Respect at Unity Carnival Day May 19

Love Empathy Respect #mustangsUNITEDThe campus community is invited to Unity Carnival Day, an event designed to bring together faculty, staff and students from throughout campus for a day of friendly competitions and carnival-themed activities. The event, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, on the Lower Sports Complex (near the H-12 parking lot), is organized by Mustangs United, a new student club that supports the “Love, Empathy, Respect” campaign to create an environment at Cal Poly that embraces these values. There will be activities for individuals and teams comprised of participants from different clubs that take part in the event. Unity Carnival Day is free; register here to attend. Any accommodation requests can be made by emailing student Manmit Singh Chahal at Learn more about the Mustangs United Club at the group on Facebook, and use the #MustangsUNITED hashtag on social media.

Hunger Awareness Day to Take Place May 23

The campus community is invited to Cal Poly’s annual Hunger Awareness Day. This year’s theme is “Food is your right.” Stop by Dexter Lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Thursday, May 23, for free locally-produced food, fun and interactive activities, and to learn more about food insecurity with a focus on Cal Poly’s campus and local communities. Booths and representatives from campus basic needs resources such as CalFresh Outreach, Cal Poly Food Pantry, Mustang Meal Share, Swipe Out Hunger, Pop Up Poly Produce (Cal Poly grown!) and more will showcase their offerings. For more information, contact Gabi Tinsely at

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Student Success

Students Present Science and Mathematics Research May 16-17

A student discusses his research during a past research conference with the College of Science and Mathematics.The 19th annual College of Science and Mathematics Student Research Conference will take place May 16-17 in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33). The campus community is invited to view posters and see presentations from more than 350 student researchers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Students will present their findings from innovative projects ranging from neutrino detection to microbial communities. For more information, visit the conference website.

Cal Poly American Marketing Association Chapter Ranks in Top 15 at International Conference 

The entire team, including students AJ Gold, Aristarchus Nunez, Alisa Frost, Hallie Magee, Krystal Lai, Allison Ziegler, Karlin McNiel, Larry Tran, Lili Jullien, Ryan Campbell, Sunny Han, Tali Pilip, and Professor Lisa SimonThe American Marketing Association (AMA) Chapter recently earned a Top 15 ranking out of 388 chapters that attended the 2019 AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. Twelve Orfalea College of Business students from Cal Poly’s AMA traveled to compete in a variety of team and individual events. This year, the chapter improved its overall ranking as a team/chapter, earning the best overall ranking that it has received since attending the conference. The chapter received outstanding recognition in all six categories being judged: chapter planning, professional development, community impact, fundraising, membership and communication. The team competitions also went well for Cal Poly, which received honorable mention in the case competition, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal; first place for chapter exhibit; third place for marketing strategy; and third place in the Sabre competition, a business simulation. The team was led by Professor Lisa Simon and student Krystal Lai, the AMA chapter’s vice president of nationals. As vice president, Lai is in charge of the organization and logistics of the team, as well as submitting the chapter’s annual report about the chapter’s activities over the course of the year.

Four Student Entrepreneur Teams Split More Than $30,000 in Cal Poly’s Innovation Quest

Student entrepreneur team ButeoButeo, a student innovation project that is developing a bird detection and deterrent technology for berry crop farmers, took first place at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) 14th annual Innovation Quest (iQ) competition. The team of six Cal Poly students received the Innovation Award and $15,000 for technology that uses autonomous fixed-wing drones to help vineyard managers and berry farmers protect their crops from birds and gain quantifiable feedback on the health of their vines. The interdisciplinary team is made up of business administration students Jackson Reznicek, Kendall Melton and Rocky Tschappat, computer engineering students Kyle Wuerch and Sean Wallace, mechanical engineering student Ryan Dunn, and computer science graduate student Hayden Hudgins. Nearly 50 teams comprising approximately 150 students and recent alumni applied for the iQ competition, with 11 selected as finalists competing for cash prizes in front of a panel of judges with a broad range of entrepreneurial experience. Four teams were honored at the event held April 27 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. Read the full news release.

Cal Poly Sends LightSail 2 on its Milestone Space Mission

Photo of the LightSail 2 CubeSat Cal Poly has sent The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat on a road trip that will lead to its launch from Cape Canaveral aboard one of the most powerful rockets in use today. Cal Poly aerospace engineer Ryan Nugent recently packed the LightSail 2 spacecraft into a protective plastic case and caught a commercial flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the first leg of a road trip that will ultimately end in orbit above the Earth. He delivered the CubeSat to the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque. Integration with Prox-1, the device designed to protect LightSail 2 during the intense launch and later into space, took place May 7. LightSail is a citizen-funded project to send a small spacecraft, propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth's orbit — a concept outlined by Carl Sagan on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” back in 1976. Cal Poly has been very involved in the project development, testing and ground station monitoring over the past five years. LightSail 2 is a follow-up to a solar sail demo flight conducted in 2015. The Planetary Society’s CEO Bill Nye visited Cal Poly in 2014 and 2016 during testing of the two iterations of the spacecraft.

Three students seeking internships pose outside the Cal Poly Recreation Center.Did you know that of all the college students who participate in internships during college, half of those are unpaid? Internships are one of the most important factors employers use when deciding whether to hire a recent college graduate — a troubling finding when some students cannot accept unpaid positions. The Career Services Internship Scholarship Program will allow Career Services to offer funding for unpaid internships for the first time and help students who lack the financial means gain invaluable career experience. Even a small donation of $5-$10 can have an impact. To donate, visit

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Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on May 16

Photo of a quesadillaThis week is the final Myron’s Mixer of the academic year. Join your friends and colleagues from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, for chicken flautas, cheese and roasted pepper quesadillas, tri-color chips, verde tomatillo salsa, fire grilled tomato salsa roja, warm hatch chile queso fundido, southwestern roasted corn salad, plus two glasses of beer or wine for only $5. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Cal Poly Recreation Center. For additional information, visit

Final Session to be Held May 16 for Faculty to Learn About FERP, Retirement and Beyond This Academic Year

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. This workshop will be held in the Academic Affairs Conference Room in the Administration Building (No. 1, Room 301) on 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

Administration and Finance Starts Compost Collection in Break Room

Zero Waste Program Coordinator Anastasia Nicole, left, and Cindy Villa, senior vice president, Administration and Finance, demonstrate the new compose bin in the Administration Building break room.Curbside compost collection has started within the city of San Luis Obispo with the completion of an anaerobic digester, providing a unique opportunity for Cal Poly to expand waste diversion on campus. A new project was born when Casey Smith, administrative analyst in the Cashier’s Office, reached out to the Energy, Utilities and Sustainability team in Facilities to ask if employees could participate in compost collection. The new “Food Waste Only” collection bin in the Administration Building (No. 1) will accept coffee grounds, banana peels and other food scraps to divert this waste stream out of the landfill and into creation of clean energy and nutrient-rich compost. Administration and Finance joins the ASI Children’s Center, Campus Market, the University Union, Poly Canyon Village and Cerro Vista in starting compost collection programs in 2019, helping Cal Poly make progress toward its Zero Waste and carbon-neutrality goals. In the photo,  Zero Waste Program Coordinator Anastasia Nicole, left, and Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa, senior vice president, Administration and Finance, demonstrate the new compost bin in the Administration Building break room. Others interested in collecting compost in their building or break room should contact Nicole at

Scholarship Nominations Due June 7 to Recognize Student Who Has Overcome Tragedy or Hardship

The Courtney Elizabeth Smyth Memorial Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor the memory of Courtney Elizabeth Smyth, a Cal Poly student whose short life was marked by a spirit of resilience in the face of adversity. Each year since its inception, the university has been able to acknowledge a truly unusual student who has overcome personal tragedy or hardship, suggesting an inner strength and a commitment to maintain academic progress. The awardees have collectively formed a legacy of perseverance that is both humbling and inspiring. The scholarship amount is $6,000. Send letters of nomination to Joy Pedersen at, or the Dean of Students Office, located in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E7, by Friday, June 7. Letters should include the name of the nominee, a description of the nominee’s personal strengths and potential for success and insight into the character of the nominee and his/her ability to excel under personal adversity.

LastPass Information Sessions Set for May 22 & 23

LastPass logoThe Information Security Office will host two information sessions about LastPass, a password management tool available to all faculty and staff, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 24, and from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 23, in UU Room 220. LastPass helps you streamline your workflows by securely managing the login information for all your online accounts with a single password. A LastPass representative will be available at the information sessions to answer questions. To reserve your spot, register at For more information about LastPass or to request an account prior to the event, visit

2018-19 Federal Work-Study Program Ends June 15

The last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for 2018-19 is Saturday, June 15. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any late payrolls will be processed through regular student pay since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. During finals week, Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours. There is no Federal Work-Study during summer quarter. The 2019-20 Federal Work-Study Program will resume Thursday, Sept. 19.



All staff and faculty are welcome to join President Armstrong for a retirement celebration honoring Provost Kathleen Enz Finken on Wednesday, June 5, in the Rossi Grand Lobby of the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center. Refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 6 p.m., with remarks at 4 p.m. Stop by to extend your appreciation and good wishes to Enz Finken, who is retiring from Cal Poly after serving seven years as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.


Al HauckAl Hauckdepartment head of the Construction Management Department, will retire in July following 17 years at Cal Poly. Hauck received the Bautzer Faculty University Award from the CSU Division of University Advancement, and the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. He has served 15 years on the board of trustees for the accrediting body American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Hauck was integral in the private fundraising for the Construction Innovations Center (No. 186); it would not be the building it is today without his dedication. The campus community is invited to attend a retirement party from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28).

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Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16

The campus community can recognize the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 16, by engaging in several activities. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion of people with various disabilities. Visit for a list of virtual activities you can do to mark the day.


Talks of Eating Disorders, Weight Stigma and Body Inclusivity to be Presented May 20

Photo of various fruits, vegetables and grainsThe Food Science and Nutrition Department's Dietetic Internship, Campus Health and Wellbeing, and Extended Education will present a series of talks on eating disorders, weight stigma and body inclusivity on Monday, May 20, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). While the three presentations will build off each other, it is not necessary to attend the entire workshop series. Feel free to attend one or two of the presentations, or even just a part of a session, depending on what your schedule will allow. The sessions are:
— 9:30-11 a.m.: Eating Disorders in 2019 — What to Know and How to Help. What you need to know today to be able to identify, support, treat and/or appropriately refer clients/students/loved ones with eating disorders and disordered eating.
— 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: A Heavy Price — The Effects of Weight Stigma and What to Do About It. Topics discussed will include relevant research pertaining to weight stigma and its effect on society, how to identify the subtle messages of weight stigma, how to facilitate self-exploration of internalized weight stigma, and how to address and decrease weight stigma in professional and personal settings.
— 2:30-3:30 p.m. Implementing Body Inclusivity — Don’t Weight! This presentation will include practical advice, experiential embodiment exercises, tools and resources for you to help others expand their understanding of health and move toward body acceptance and true well-being.

Ice Cream Social for Cal Poly Veterans to be Held May 23

Illustration of an ice cream cone with text reading Cal Poly Veterans and Supporters Ice Cream SocialInformation Technology Services (ITS) will host an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23, on O’Neill Green to honor all Cal Poly faculty and staff veterans and their families and supporters. The event is an opportunity for veterans, families and supporters from across campus to come together to share experiences, build connections, and foster a greater sense of community. ITS values the contributions of veterans in their service to our country and to Cal Poly. Ice cream, cookies and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to to attend.

Campus Dining Launches Mobile Ordering With Tapingo

Logo and photo of coffee, with graphic reading Tapingo. Wait less. Live more.Eating on campus just became more convenient. Campus Dining recently launched Tapingo, a mobile app that allows customers to order, pay for food and drinks, and simply walk up to a window and pickup. Now the campus community can order from their phones and get the food they want, where they want it, when they want it. The Tapingo app links to university dining plans, allowing customers to use meal credits or declining balance funds, or they can simply link debit or credit cards. The app is available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

License Plate Will Become Your Permit with New License Plate Recognition Software

Logo for License Plate RecognitionTransportation and Parking Services (TAPS) will implement license plate recognition software this summer to help better manage traffic flow and parking patterns throughout campus. Physical permits will no longer be necessary since your license plate will now become your permit. All students, staff and faculty can access and update information in their parking account online as well as purchase permits, pay or appeal citations, and update personal and vehicle information. To remain compliant, log into your parking account to ensure all information is accurate.

Cooking in the Canyon Now Offered as Team-Building Experience

Illustration for Cooking in the Canyon Team Building classesCampus Dining is excited to offer a private team-building experience through its Cooking in the Canyon classes. The hands-on cooking course will provide departments and clubs with instruction in specialty cooking techniques, all the ingredients and equipment necessary and recipes to take home. Available Monday through Friday in Canyon Café, these two-hour classes are highly informative while also allowing room for mistakes in a fun, lighthearted environment. For $750 per private event, as many as 20 people will learn techniques to craft each entrée, as well as indulge in delicious samples. Cooking in the Canyon class menus include sushi making, pasta making and appetizer party. Each course will provide local craft beer and wine for guest groups over 21, and other enticing refreshments such as mocktails for groups under 21. For more information, or to reserve a class, contact Assistant Dining Director Russell Monteath at

New Date for Eighth Annual Mustang Mile Obstacle Course, Now Set for May 30

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 has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. 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

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 Bike to Work Day, Friday, 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

3WINS Program Offers Free Fitness Classes

Logo for 3 Wins FitnessThe Kinesiology Department, in collaboration with Campus Health and Wellbeing, is offering free fitness classes to staff, faculty and community members through a program called 3WINS. All fitness levels are welcome. Participants need to arrive 15 minutes early to the first class to fill out paperwork and should wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing. Look for staff wearing 3WINS T-shirts and signs. Classes meet weekly. The sculpt/group fitness class meets at the Recreation Center from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and on the Health Center Lawn from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The yoga class meets on the Health Center lawn from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. Contact or visit for more information.

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


National Geographic Live with Brian Skerry Comes to the PAC on May 15

Brian SkerryUnderwater photographer Brian Skerry will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center. Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Using his camera to communicate, Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater to tell the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths and offer such intimate portraits of creatures they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Tickets range from $17-56 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.

Free speaker Event Featuring Diversity Expert and Author Robin DiAngelo to be Held May 17

Photo of Robin DiAngelo with text to promote her talk, Seeing the Racial Water The Cal Poly community is invited to attend “Seeing the Racial Water,” a free event featuring keynote speaker Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., author and affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington. The event, at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, in Miossi Hall, is presented by Student Affairs, in partnership with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, Extended Education, Employee and Organization Development, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, and the International Center. DiAngelo’s 90-minute talk will explore what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless and yet is deeply divided by race. Her address will also examine a host of related topics and issues, including the ways race shapes lives, white racial identity development, and how to create an essential foundation for building the white racial literacy needed to move toward greater equity. For more information, visit

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Pianist 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.

Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour to Perform at the PAC on May 19

Brandon RidenourBrandon Ridenour will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Heralded as “the trumpet of the future,” Ridenour’s wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician — paired with his passion for composing and arranging — are evident in his versatile performances and unique repertoire. Ridenour’s expansive afternoon recital will include trumpet solos and pieces accompanied by organist Katya Gotsdiner-McMahan, who will return to the Forbes Pipe Organ, and selections with Peter Dugan on piano. The program will feature works for trumpet and piano arranged by Ridenour and written by composers George Gershwin, Claude Debussy and Dave Brubeck. Ridenour will also perform highlights from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s epic “Scheherazade.” Tickets cost $28 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 Music Department Recitals to be Held May 21, 31 and June 4, 7

Graphic reading Music Department Free EventsThe Music Department has numerous free student recitals through the rest of the academic year. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, will be the Spring Quarter Student Piano Recital in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, "An Evening of Woodwinds and Strings" will be held at the United Methodist Church in San Luis Obispo. Several Cal Poly music ensembles will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire featuring woodwind and string instruments. The concert will include performances by a woodwind quintet, saxophone ensembles, string quartet and cello ensemble. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, Polyrhythmics, Cal Poly's percussion ensemble, will perform in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The concert will feature Ed Argenziano's popular “Stinking Garbage,” a Stomp-like number that puts waste management items to musical use — including a kitchen sink! At 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, "All That Brass" will be presented by at the United Methodist Church. A variety of brass ensembles will perform, as well as the Cal Poly Trombone Choir and a faculty trio. For more information and a complete event listing, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406. 

Sketch Comedy Show About Dating Abroad Set for May 22

Illustration of cameras for Dating Abroad, a sketch comedyThe Cal Poly International Center and Sex. E will present “Dating Abroad, A Sketch Comedy” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Phillips Hall. Sex. E, featuring a Cal Poly alumni cast, will perform a sketch comedy show about dating abroad. Students will learn about dating abroad through this interactive and innovative approach to prevention education. The presentation is open to everyone and free pizza will be provided.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Works That Evoke Spring on May 25

Photo from a past performance of the Arab Music EnsembleThe Arab Music Ensemble’s Spring Concert will celebrate seasonal themes at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Spanos Theatre. The program is blooming with themes of spring and will include popular Lebanese music, amusing bits of theater and energetic dances. The ensemble will be joined on stage by professional guest artists Faisal Zedan, percussion, and Fathi al-Jarrah, violin. Al-Jarrah, born in Aleppo, Syria, is considered one of the great contemporary masters of classical Arabic music. Zedan, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Oum Dbaib, Syria, has worked with such musicians as Aieto Moreira, The Gorillaz and Joan Baez. San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell, a Cal Poly alumna, will lead her dance troupe in original choreography that dialogues with the music. Samuel Shalhoub, a composer, performer, lecturer in the Liberal Studies Department and president of the Coast Unified School District board of trustees in Cambria, is directing the Arab Music Ensemble in its third concert of the 2018-19 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.

Sing Your Heart Out to Sing-A-Long 'Sound of Music' on May 25

An illustration of Julie Andrews in an iconic scene from The Sound of MusicPAC Outreach Services will present a screening of the classic Academy Award-winning film "The Sound of Music" at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25. This event is complete with subtitles so everyone can sing along with the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein score. The show features a live host, interactive prop bags and a costume contest. Come as Maria, any von Trapp family members, nuns, goats, a ray of golden sun, or brown paper packages tied up with strings. Tickets are $12 for children (ages 12 and under) and $18 for adults. 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. This event is a fundraiser supporting PAC Outreach Services, serving over 10,000 students annually.

Cal Poly and Vancouver, B.C., Choral Groups Find Common Ground in Music

Members of the Cal Poly choirs More than 1,000 miles separate San Luis Obispo and Vancouver, British Columbia, but at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, choruses from both cities, having traveled nearly 3,000 miles, will convene on the stage of Carnegie Hall to perform together as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. The performance will feature 34 singers from Cal Poly and will be the second Carnegie Hall performance for Cal Poly Choirs. Cal Poly Choirs and the Vancouver Bach Choir of British Columbia will collaborate on performances of Joseph Haydn’s popular “Te Deum (for Empress Marie Therese)” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely heard “Sparrow Mass,” (Missa brevis in C major). Scott Glysson, director of Cal Poly Choirs, will conduct the Haydn piece, and Leslie Dala, director of the Vancouver ensemble, will conduct Mozart’s composition, written when the composer was 19 or 20 years old. “Performing in Carnegie Hall is an opportunity and honor to which all musicians aspire,” Glysson said. “We look forward to thrilling audiences with the joy and splendor of these two wonderful choral works.” Members of the Wilton High School Symphonic Chorus of Wilton, Connecticut, will join both choruses, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble will accompany both works. For more information on the production, visit the Carnegie Hall website.

‘RSVP XXIV: Invitation’ to be Staged May 28, 30 at Cal Poly

Photo to illustrate the RSVP show, including the silhouette of someone on a guitar with an alien space ship in the background. The Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will stage its annual transmedia concert, this year titled “RSVP XXIV: Invitation,” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, May 28 and 30, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. This is the 24th season of the series that combines a variety of media elements including music, dance, costume and lighting to convey its story. “This show answers the question: what do heavy metal, a promised land and aliens have to do with each other?” joked RSVP Artistic Director Antonio G. Barata. The production is a thoughtful trace of a famous rock star’s life, the choices he faces during his career, his rise to iconic fame and artistic influence and the invitation to his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The composition, performance, soundscape and staging combine the creativity of students in Barata’s Sound Design classes with choreography by Evan Ricaurté, an architecture senior. 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.

'Dialogues des Carmelites' to be Screened at the PAC on June 1

Photo from the Metropolitan Opera's Dialogues des CarmelitesThe Metropolitan Opera’s "Dialogues des Carmelites" will be screened in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in Miossi Hall presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche, and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress. 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.

Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands to Send Off Director at Jazz Night Concert on June 1

Paul RinzlerPaul Rinzler will direct Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands for the last time at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 1, in Spanos Theatre. Rinzler has been the director of jazz studies at Cal Poly since 1997. Under his tutelage, the University Jazz Bands have won first place at collegiate jazz festivals and performed hundreds of gigs on and off campus. The concert will feature two big bands — with vocalists — and two combos. Among the pieces to be performed will be one of Rinzler’s compositions, “One More Time.” Other works include “Tank!” from the Japanese anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop;” “Fever,” which was made popular by the great jazz vocalist Peggy Lee; and “I’m Late,” as recorded by Maureen McGovern. Concertgoers are invited to attend a reception honoring Rinzler on the theatre’s patio following the concert. Beginning this fall, Arthur White will be Cal Poly’s new director of jazz studies. White previously served as director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri and Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. 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 Choirs to Present ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ Concert on June 2; Post-Concert Retirement Reception to Honor Jacalyn Kreitzer

Jacalyn KreitzerThe Cal Poly choirs will present a concert titled “For the Beauty of the Earth,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Performing Arts Center. It will consist of works about — and inspired by — the natural world. The first half will feature the Chamber Choir and University Singers, with works by Charles Stanford, Claudio Monteverdi, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Imant Raminsh and others. The remainder of the concert will feature the Advanced Women’s Chorus and PolyPhonics. Voice teacher Amy Goymerac will be the soprano soloist on “Les sirènes"  (“The Mermaids”) by Lily Boulanger. Scott Glysson will conduct the concert, and Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs. There will be a post-concert retirement reception honoring Jacalyn Kreitzer in the PAC’s Grand Lobby. Kreitzer has taught voice at Cal Poly for nearly 25 years. A renowned opera singer, she founded the Student Opera Theatre program and directed 15 of its productions. She received the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Lecturer award in 2002, and in 2015 she was honored for outstanding achievement in the performing arts by ARTS Obispo. 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.

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