Cal Poly Report — May 22, 2019 


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 Tuesday, May 28, through Wednesday, 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.

Professor Receives $500,000 for Innovative LGBTQ+ Mental Health Training Program

Professor Jay Bettergarcia meets with student assistants to discuss the next phase of the SLO ACCEPTance project.Psychology Professor Jay Bettergarcia and the QCARES program have received a $519,700 grant to support the SLO ACCEPTance Project, a mental health training program in San Luis Obispo County that aims to address a long-identified need for mental health services for local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) community members. Through a nine-month intensive program, the SLO ACCEPTance (Affirming Cultural Competence Education and Provider Training) Project will train mental health professionals to provide affirming services for the local LGBTQ+ community. The project will be funded for four years by San Luis Obispo County’s Mental Health Services Act. “San Luis Obispo County lacks well-trained affirming therapists, especially for transgender and gender non-binary clients, and many LGBTQ+ community members travel outside of the county to find support,” said Bettergarcia, principal investigator on the project. “As a semi-rural county, more is needed to build the infrastructure of well-trained professionals that can meet the mental health and wellness needs of the LGBTQ+ community in San Luis Obispo.” The project is a collaboration involving Bettergarcia and expert researchers, therapists and trainers across California. The team also includes Cal Poly master of public policy student Elissa Feld as project coordinator, recent Cal Poly graduates Emma Wedell and Amanda Shrewsbury as QCARES lab managers, and several Cal Poly student researcher assistants. Read more here.

Jeong Woo to Lead Construction Management Department

Jeong WooJeong Woo has been appointed department head of the Construction Management Department, effective fall 2019. Woo will succeed Allan Hauck, who will retire in July and continue teaching part time. Woo holds a master's degree in construction management and a doctorate in architecture from Texas A&M University. He earned an undergraduate degree in architectural engineering from Kyungwon University in South Korea. Woo has directed the Construction Management Program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering since 2014 and has served as a faculty member there for the past 12 years. He has been an active coach of winning Associated Schools of Construction and Design Build Institute of America regional and national competition teams. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Construction Methods, Estimating, Scheduling, BIM, Project Management, and Senior Design-Build Studio. Woo has consulted and worked for a wide variety of construction and design firms, most recently with Autodesk, developing online curricula for Autodesk Design Academy. Much of his early career was spent as an estimator and project engineer for major international projects. Woo has been very successful at attracting major research and development grants, recently in the area of developing net-zero energy projects and smart grid innovations. He is an active scholar who has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors Meeting Set for May 31

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 31, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. This is a public meeting. For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Career Services Accepting Donations of Professional Clothing for Annual Clothing Closet Through Sept. 20

Photo of different articles of clothing including a shirt, blouse, work pants, dress and button-down shirt.Career Services will host its annual Clothing Closet event on Friday, Sept. 27, for the purpose of providing free, work-appropriate clothes to students in need. First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs and interviews. Faculty and staff are asked to consider donating dry-cleaned, gently used, contemporary professional clothing. For more details on appropriate donations, refer to this resource: Clothing Closet. Donations can be dropped off at Career Services (No. 124) through Sept. 20. Metered and 30-minute staff parking is available nearby. Questions? Call Career Services at ext. 6-2501.

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Student Success

English Major Wins Academy of American Poets Prize

Cal Poly English major Katherine FlitschEnglish major Katherine Flitsch, of San Luis Obispo, recently won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest for her poem “Howl for the Piedly Pious,” which investigates faith in 21st century America through a poem inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.” Flitsch will receive a $100 award from the Academy of American Poets, and her poem will be considered for the $1,000 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award.  “‘Howl for the Piedly Pious’ pays homage to Ginsberg in its lines and rhythms but shapes its own significance as an exploration of faith in the 21st century,” said poet Rebecca Morgan Frank, who judged this year’s contest. “It digs into the realities of examining faith while living as a human in this world, streaming services and all. A standout in sound and sense, the poem builds complexity of thought through song.” Cal Poly English major Kavya Makam, of Cayucos, received first honorable mention in the contest for “Men of Andhra Pradesh,” which will be included in the 2019 edition of Byzantium, Cal Poly’s award-winning literary journal. Second honorable mention went to English major Vanya Truong, of Pacific Grove, for her poem “my hands take things apart.” 

Nine Projects Need Support on Spur Change Crowdfunding Platform

Spur Change logoNine projects are seeking support this spring through Spur Change, a digital crowdfunding platform launched last fall where colleges, units, programs, clubs and organizations can secure funding for projects that enhance the Learn by Doing experience. Hosted and managed by Annual Giving, the Spur Change platform gives project sponsors the opportunity to use the power of crowdfunding by reaching out to networks to raise funds for their featured projects. Visit to learn more and donate. By giving, you can help: support 175 fifth-year architecture seniors raise funds for their end-of-the-year thesis exhibit; support the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Perspectives and Impact Conference on campus; support the design and construction of an exoskeleton to allow a student with cerebral palsy to walk; help the Cal Poly Disc Golf club raise money to construct a course; assist students in the National Electrical Contractors Association Club enhance infrastructure in Ghana; send nine students in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department to the National Women’s Studies Association Conference; fund scholarships to alleviate financial stress for students with unpaid internships; support ongoing Aware Awake Alive research and awareness through WITH US; and support WOW leader training, events and programming. Learn more here.

Graduating College of Architecture and Environmental Design Students Invite Public to View Exhibits

Christy O'Hara, a faculty member in Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department, reviews the work of the Winter Quarter 2019 Fifth-Year Landscape Architecture ShowcaseFifth-year architecture and landscape architecture students will cap off a year of intensive research and design work by showcasing about 190 thesis projects to the public in late May and early June. Titled “SHOW!,” the 16th annual Fifth-Year Architecture Thesis Showcase will celebrate the research and design work of 172 students, serving as a pinnacle moment in their undergraduate education. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24, in the Cal Poly Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center. The exhibition continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 25 in the same venue. For more information, visit The landscape architecture graduating class will hold its “Capstone Studio Showcase: Margarita’s Mixtape” on June 7. The show reflects the creativity, dedication and talent of 14 members of the Senior Studio class. The show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the historic Dallidet Adobe and Gardens, 1185 Pacific St. in San Luis Obispo. Learn more at Pictured: Landscape architecture faculty member Christy O'Hara reviews the work of the Winter Quarter 2019 Fifth-Year Landscape Architecture Showcase.

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

Newer Faculty Breakfast Set for June 7 

Photo of breakfast foods, including coffee, croissants, orange guide and fruit.All newer faculty (tenure-line faculty and lecturers) are invited to the Spring Quarter New Faculty Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 7 — the last day of classes — in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology Learning Commons, located in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. The event is an opportunity to reconnect with other recent hires from across campus and to reflect on the year's experiences. The theme of this breakfast is professional mentoring and growth, work/life balance, and well-being. A hot breakfast and coffee catered by SLO Provisions will be provided, starting at 8:30 a.m. Register to ensure enough food is ordered, and feel welcome to bring a faculty colleague. Register here.

Some Applications Unavailable During PeopleSoft Upgrade June 7-9

The Student Administration, Human Resources Administration and Student Center applications accessed through the My Cal Poly Portal will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, to noon Sunday, June 9, for a required upgrade to the PeopleSoft system. During the maintenance window, links in the “Employee Info” and “Personal Info” sections of the “Personal Info” tab on the portal will also be unavailable. This upgrade is required to ensure that Cal Poly stays up to date with security patches and bug fixes. If you have questions or need help, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or

Career Services Diversity Funding Committee Announces Spring Awards

Illustration of two hands holding what could be seeds or flower petals with text reading Career Services Diversity Funding CommitteeEach quarter, the Diversity Funding Committee (DFC) allocates funds to campus events to increase understanding of diversity and inclusion. The DFC was established by Career Services and campus collaborators, with support from the Career Partners Program, to foster diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly. The following DFC recipients are planning events during spring and fall 2019:
— Gender Equity Center: Original Womxn’s Narratives, April 13.
— Music Production Union: Operation Drip Drop, April 19.
— Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: SHPE End-of-the-Year Banquet, May 10.
— Omega Xi Delta: Lantern Festival, May 11.
— Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs: Seeing the Racial Water with Robin DiAngelo, May 17.
— Men and Masculinities Program: Manifest Keynote Event with Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D., May 23.
MultiCultural Center: Students of Color Summit, May 25.
— Black Student Union: BSU Recognition Banquet, May 31.
— Student Academic Success: Black Commencement Ceremony, June 14.
— Be Body Positive Club: Brie Mathers from Love the Skin You’re In, fall 2019.
— Veterans Success Center: Welcome Open House, Sept. 20.
— Swipe Out Hunger: WOW Club Showcase, Sept. 22.
— Dream Center: UndocuWelcome 2019, Oct. 7-11.
University groups and departments can apply for funding to support campus events that increase understanding of and appreciation for diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit the Diversity Funding Committee website.

Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association logoBlack Faculty and Staff Association Invites Campus Community to June 5 Meeting

The Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) invites interested faculty and staff to its June meeting from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in UU 219. The association’s vision, mission and events are available on the BFSA website. Contact co-chairs Bryan Hubain,, and CamilleO’Bryant,, with any questions.


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.

Workshops Available for Managers on Performance Management and Progressive Discipline

Photo of a hand with a marker underlining the word Performance Human Resources will offer several two-hour sessions for MPP (Management Personnel Plan) employees in May. According to the Corporate Leadership Council, fair and accurate feedback can improve an employee's performance by 39 percent. One of the keys to effectively supervising others is performance management — being clear about expectations, evaluating and documenting performance, providing ongoing feedback, and planning with your employees for their development.  And, if there is a pattern of unacceptable performance, a disciplinary action may be necessary. Human Resources will offer sessions on “Performance Management and Evaluation” and “Progressive Discipline and Corrective Action.” The Performance Management workshop highlights the value of the performance management process, provides tips and tools for preparing and delivering the evaluation, and offers important do's and don’ts. The Progressive Discipline workshop highlights communicating performance expectations, documenting performance problems, coaching employees to success, and provides tools for corrective action. Registration is limited to MPP employees. The sessions are (click the links to register; if no courses are visible, select “Express Interest”):
Performance Management and Evaluation: Thursday, May 30, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
Progressive Discipline and Corrective Action: Friday, May 31, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

LastPass Information Sessions Set for May 22 and 23

LastPass logoThe Information Security Office will host two information sessions about LastPass, a password management tool available to 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 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 a spot, register at For more information about LastPass or to request an account prior to the event, visit


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.

Campus Announcements

New Mentoring and Networking Platform Available for Students and Alumni

Photo of three people walking near Dexter Lawn with text reading Cal Poly Career ConnectionsCareer Services and Alumni Engagement have partnered to launch Cal Poly Career Connections, an exclusive online networking and mentoring platform for Cal Poly students and alumni. Career Connections offers students a way to easily connect with alumni to seek career advice and mentoring.  The platform provides alumni an opportunity to support and engage with current students and to network with other alumni. The platform launched for alumni on May 16. Students will be invited to join on June 3 and can log in through their portal. Cal Poly faculty and staff who graduated from Cal Poly are invited to join Career Connections as alumni mentors. For more information, visit

Final Health Disparities Seminar of the Year to Address Cancer Health

Scarlett Lin Gomez, director of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, will wrap up the Center for Health Research’s health disparities series at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, in Phillips Hall (No. 6, Room 124). Gomez will present her research on the social determinants of health in cancer health disparities and the multilevel drivers of those disparities. The Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry is a participant in the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, the End Results Program and in the California Cancer Registry. For more information, contact the Center for Health Research at

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.

Photo of a strawberry smoothieVolunteers Needed for Nutrition, Heart and Gut Health Research

Faculty and student researchers from the Food Science and Nutrition Department are looking for postmenopausal women to participate in the ReCHARGE with Strawberries project, a research project looking at the impact of strawberries on heart and gut health. Women who participant will be eligible to receive $350, free gut microbiome and heart health assessments, and a free diet consultation driven by participant goals. If you or someone you know are interested in participating, learn more by visiting, calling ext. 6-1175, or emailing


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.

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

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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.


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.

Terrell StrayhornDiversity Scholar Terrell Strayhorn to Give Keynote Lecture May 23

In conjunction with the Manifest Art Gallery Exhibition, the Men and Masculinities Program will host acclaimed scholar, speaker and educator Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D., for a keynote lecture titled, “Dissonance and Resolve in Finding Your Tune: Using Notes of Belonging and Equity for Success.” The lecture will be held from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Performing Arts Center lobby. In this lecture, Strayhorn will leverage his research and expertise to demonstrate the impact of equity and sense of belonging on student success. This event is free and open to all. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one our country's most notable diversity scholars. For more information, contact Nick Bilich (, or visit


Free Music Department Recitals to be Held May 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. 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. 

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.

Saxophone Soloist to Perform at Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert June 9

Laura KramerCal Poly’s Spring Band Concert, titled “Color of Sound,” will feature the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the Performing Arts Center. The Wind Orchestra will open the program with Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” (“Light and Gold”) followed by Alex Shapiro’s “Tight Squeeze,” Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F and Steven Bryant’s “Bloom.” Guest saxophone soloist Laura M. Kramer will perform on James Stephenson’s “Möbius Trip” with the Wind Ensemble, which was part of the national consortium that commissioned the work. The program will conclude with David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4, which was inspired in part by the composer’s fascination with President Abraham Lincoln, and his funeral train in particular. Kramer, who teaches saxophone and theory at Cal Poly, is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Noir Quartet. She has performed her original saxophone works at various national concerts, including for the California State University at Fullerton’s annual New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, What’s Next? ensemble concerts, and for the Midwest Composers Symposium. She performed on Presidio Brass’ “Rhapsody in Brass” album. Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff will conduct the concert. Tickets 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 Symphony Concludes Season with Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 4 and Café Musique on June 8

Members of Cafe MusiqueThe symphony will pair the art of tango with personal struggles against fate in its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will be joined by guest ensemble Café Musique for performances of two tangos in the first half — Jacob Gade’s “Jalousie” and Carlos Gardel’s “Por una Cabeza,” both arranged by Tim Simonec, a notable film score composer. Café Musique has performed around the world and on the stages of several world-class music festivals. The group has shared the stage with the David Grisman Quintet, Los Lobos and Doc Severinsen. The group is comprised of violinist Brynn Albanese, accordionist Duane Inglish, guitarist Craig Nuttycombe, Fred Murray, who plays bass and sings, and Eric Williams, who plays guitar, ukulele, bouzouki and sings. Albanese also teaches violin at Cal Poly. The second half of the program will feature Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. In a rare departure, the Russian composer explained the meaning of this work — “fate, the decisive force which prevents our hopes of happiness from being realized” — in a letter to his patron, Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck. Symphony Director David Arrivée will conduct the concert. Tickets 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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Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for available job openings. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#105327 — Assistant Marketing and Fan Experience Coordinator (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II), Athletics — Marketing/Communications. $3,515-$4,362 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,000-4,362 per month.) Open until filled. Review begins June 3.

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Research Associate, Entomology, Strawberry Center, $52,832 to $79,227 annually.

Accounting Specialist, Accounting and Finance, $22.02-$33.04 per hour.

Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs Administration, $70,262-$105,393 annually.

Agricultural Management Specialist, Swanton Pacific Ranch, Davenport, California, $22.02-$33.04 per hour.

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Building Service Worker (Recreational Sports), $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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