Cal Poly Report — May 8, 2019 


Cal Poly Launches Second-Ever Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign to Advance and Support Learn by Doing on Campus

President Armstrong speaks during the Evening of Green and Gold May 3, 2019
President Armstrong announced the kickoff of The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing at the Evening of Green & Gold on Friday, May 3, with an ambitious goal of raising $700 million by 2021. As the second comprehensive fundraising campaign in Cal Poly's history, The Power of Doing will have a direct impact on students, departments and programs across campus with focused support and funding to ensure that Learn by Doing continues to evolve well into the future. With over $556 million already committed by over 51,000 donors, funds will go toward the three main campaign pillars of empowering students, empowering excellence, and empowering innovation — all of which will help provide new opportunities for innovation and research. Specifically, this includes increased scholarship funding, better supported programs, additional classroom and lab spaces, more state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, expanded collaborative spaces for interdisciplinary projects, greater research opportunities, more industry partnerships, and more hands-on learning and real-world problem-solving for students. Learn more about The Power of Doing at, the university’s newly launched campaign website.

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.

Cal Poly Previews Refreshed Branding and Plans Brand Trainings July 23 and 24

Thank you to the faculty, staff and students who took part in the preview of Cal Poly’s refreshed branding on April 30, including a grand opening of the new campus Welcome Center in yakʔitʸutʸu. The preview was the culmination of more than a year of comprehensive market research, creative development, and user testing to form a data-driven marketing strategy that distinguishes the university and its Learn by Doing philosophy. If you have questions about the brand strategy project, check out a brief Q&A on the University Marketing website or send an email to Faculty and staff can also explore more details about each step in the brand development process on the University Marketing Wiki. University Marketing will share guidelines on the narrative and visual expressions of the brand at training events on July 23 and 24. Faculty, staff and student assistants can sign up for the trainings and to receive email updates on the brand. The campus can expect to see the refreshed branding in action beginning this fall.

Campus Invited to Celebrate the President’s Diversity Award Nominees and Recipients May 9

File image of plaque and flowers from a previous diversity awards eventJoin the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion and the President’s Office in recognizing this year’s nominees and recipients of the President’s Diversity Awards from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. Light refreshments will be provided. The President’s Diversity Awards celebrate members of the Cal Poly community who have exhibited a commitment to diversity. The awards are an opportunity to recognize individual members from the faculty, staff, and student communities as well as contributions from a recognized student organization and university group.

Open Forums Set for May 15-16 to Answer Questions about Construction on Center for Research and Innovation

Rendering of the exterior of the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and InnovationIn anticipation of construction of the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation (naming pending CSU Board of Trustees approval), Facilities Management and Development invites the campus community to attend an open forum session. The sessions are intended provide answers to questions about the construction project (formerly known as the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex), as well as how occupants in adjacent buildings will be impacted, and what steps are being taken to minimize disruption. The sessions will be held:
— 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Facilities Building (No. 70), Room 110.
— 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285.
— 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in Facilities Building  (No. 70), Room 110.
In addition, project support staff will be available to speak to classes or department meetings. To schedule a meeting, contact Jessica Hunter at For project information, follow Inside CalPoly or visit

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

Transportation 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 Cal Poly Farmers Market Comes to Mustang Way in May

Text reading Cal Poly Farmers' MarketCampus Health and Wellbeing hosted the first Cal Poly Farmers Market on May 7 at Mustang Way. The market will occur bi-weekly — the first and third Tuesdays of the month — from May through November and will feature San Luis Obispo County farmers and Cal Poly vendors. The effort is a part of Campus Health and Wellbeing’s goal to ensure that all students, staff and faculty have access to local, seasonal and nutritious foods. In 2018, the CSU Chancellor’s Office awarded Cal Poly $130,000 to support Basic Needs. The funding includes $30,000 for The Sustainable Food Hub Project, which provides accessible services, support and resources such as the Cal Poly Farmers Market, the Community Garden, and the Cal Poly Food Pantry. The project was developed in collaboration with Cal Poly Sustainability, LocalsOwn, the University Honors Program, Dean of Students, and Student Affairs Technology to embed technological solutions with physical services, resources and support that help the campus community access nutritious food. Read the full news release.

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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Student Success

Political Science Major Selected for Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program

Christine LamA political science major seeking a career in public service is Cal Poly’s 2019 representative to the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program, which gives students the opportunity to work and study in Washington, D.C. Christine Lam will spend two weeks in August training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, followed by 11 weeks in the nation’s capital working full time in the office of a congressional representative. Her studies include classes in American politics (with an emphasis in public policy) as well as science and risk communication. The 19-year-old junior from San Francisco is among 25 students from around the Golden State selected for the program this year. Participants were nominated by their respective campus presidents. Lam is a first-generation college student. She plans to graduate in two years and earn a master’s in public policy by 2022. “My goal is to become a legislative aide or policy analyst where I can create policies that help underrepresented groups,” she said. “I hope to create policies that increase equity and access to resources.” Lam is the 19th Cal Poly student to participate in the Panetta Institute program since 2001. Read the full news release.

Seven Cal Poly Teams Earn Public Recognition Awards

Photo of student-athletes studying and working on computers and phones inside an athletics facility. Photo courtesy Cal Poly AthleticsSeven intercollegiate athletics teams have been recognized by the NCAA for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates. Earning public recognition awards for the 2017-18 academic year are the Mustangs men’s golf, wrestling, beach volleyball, softball, women’s tennis, women’s track and field and women’s volleyball squads, the NCAA announced Wednesday. Six of the teams compete in the Big West Conference, giving Cal Poly the most among all schools in the conference. UC Davis is second with five and Long Beach State third with four. The Mustang men’s golf team, coached by Scott Cartwright, has earned a Public Recognition Award for six consecutive seasons. Women’s track, women’s tennis and beach volleyball were recognized for the second year in a row. The wrestling team was honored for the second time, while softball and women’s volleyball earned their first Public Recognition Award. Read the full story here.

Student Project Turns into Business Helping Parkinson’s Patients

Sidney Collin works on one of her devices, called the Gaitway, at her company’s space at the SLO HotHouse in San Luis Obispo.A student project to help a local military veteran has become a business designed to help patients with Parkinson’s disease overcome a debilitating and dangerous symptom known as “freezing of gait.” De Oro Devices, based in San Luis Obispo, recently edged out six other startups for a $100,000 investment during the second annual Central Coast Angel Conference Pitch Competition held in April. De Oro Devices founder Sidney Collin (pictured), who graduated from Cal Poly in March with a biomedical engineering degree, said the product will formally launch in September. After her second year at Cal Poly, Collin was matched by a professor with Jack Brill, a Korean War veteran from San Luis Obispo who has Parkinson’s, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Brill experiences “freezing of gait,” a condition where signals sent from his mind are not being delivered to the leg muscles, resulting in the sudden onset of immobility. While working on the project as part of the Quality of Life Plus (QL+) program, which pairs the challenges of wounded vets with student projects, Collin piggybacked on research showing that audio and visual cues can interrupt freezing of gait to re-establish the brain-body connection and restore mobility. Her device, called the Gaitway, is slightly bigger than a computer mouse and easily attaches to a cane or walker. When a patient gets stuck, he or she can activate an audio cue (a metronome beeping noise) or a visual one (a green laser line that projects on the ground), which will interrupt the freezing of gait. Read the full story.

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

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

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

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.

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

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. 

'Disability Tapas' Offered Every Thursday in Spring Quarter 

Disabilities come in many different forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center for some snack-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. The presentations are geared toward faculty and staff, and offered every Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E26. (Note the new location.) Participants can also attend via Zoom at Topics and dates include:
— May 9: Supporting Students with Autism 
— May 16: ADA/504 Accommodations: Equitable Access and Legal Considerations 
— May 23: Accessible Learning Spaces: Addressing Mobility and Visual Access Needs  
— May 30: Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities
— June 6: Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome 
For more information, contact the Disability Resource Center at or ext. 6-1395.

Campus Announcements

Guest Chef Event Running May 8-10 in 805 Kitchen

Graphic illustration for Guest Chef weekThis week, local chefs and a “Top Chef Masters” alumna will be taking over the Made to Order (M.T.O.) Action Station at 805 Kitchen for the first edition of the Guest Chef Series at Campus Dining. The guest chefs will serve up their freshly prepared signature dishes from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, May 8-10. The cost is one meal credit or $10.65. Featured chefs include former personal chef to Prince and current Campus Dining Executive Chef Rensford Abrigo on Wednesday, celebrity chef Jenn Louis of "Top Chef Masters," on Thursday, and local sushi chef Saeed Keshtgar on Friday. Abrigo's menu includes buttermilk-soaked fried chicken, hush puppies with chive crème fraîche, Cajun style potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, collard greens, spicy green beans, watermelon frisée salad, bread pudding with créma glaze and cranberry muffins. On Thursday, Louis will offer summer vegetable minestrone, colcannon Irish potatoes with cabbage, grilled romaine with muhammara and tahini, kale salad with strawberries, oil-cured olives and preserved lemon. On Friday, Keshtgar will serve California deluxe rolls, vegan California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, salmon rolls, Asian seaweed salad and vegan pho.

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

Spring Volunteer and Service Fair to be Held May 14

Graphic reading Center for Service in Action Volunteer and Service FairThe Center for Service in Action will host a volunteer and service fair for the Cal Poly community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, on Dexter Lawn. Ever wanted to serve on a board of directors, an advisory committee, or engage in meaningful service at a local nonprofit or governmental agency? Come by the Volunteer and Service Fair to speak to representatives from organizations that are doing amazing work in San Luis Obispo County. Several community partner agencies will be present to share how service can take shape for faculty, staff and students.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Language Conversation Tables to be Held Spring Quarter

The German Conversation Table started April 4 and will meet every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Faculty Fishbowl 220, in Kennedy Library, near Julian’s Café. The Italian Conversation Group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the World Languages Lab, located in Room 128 of the Agriculture Building (No. 10). The Russian Conversation Table meets every other Thursday starting April 11 from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Faculty Fishbowl 220, in Kennedy Library. The Vietnamese Group meets every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Center for Service in Action Lounge in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E22. The Spanish Language Table meets every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Multicultural Lounge in UU 217. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details about each conversation table are available on the World Languages and Cultures Department website.

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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.

Panel to Explore DNA Analysis, Identity and Belonging in May 9 Event

Joanna MountainMore than 5 million people have provided their DNA to 23andMe for analysis — seeking to learn more about genetic ancestry, their health, and/or themselves. Estimates indicate that, in total, genetic ancestry testing companies have sold more than 25 million direct-to-consumer kits. A panel from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, will explore what DNA can and cannot tell you/us about identity and belonging. Panelists include Joanna Mountain, 23andMe’s senior director of research (pictured); Alvin Tillery Jr., director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University; and two Biological Sciences Department faculty members, Jean Davidson and Francis Villablanca. The event, held in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7), is sponsored by the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Mathematics.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Event Calendar

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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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Employment Opportunities

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. 

#493073 — Instructional Support Technician II, Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics. $3,748-$6,582 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,400-$5,800 per month.) Open until filled. Apply through PageUp.

#105309 — Senior Academic Advisor, Mustang Success Center (Student Services Professional III), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning — University Advising. $4,554-$6,488 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,554-$6,488 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.

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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.

Conference and Event Coordinator, Conference and Event Planning, $45,801-$68,723 annually.

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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