Cal Poly Report — Nov. 13, 2019 


Administration and Finance Division Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

Photo of the Gold Tree Solar FarmStatewide sustainability awards continue to stack up for Cal Poly’s solar farm and other efforts to move the campus toward net zero status. The university was honored for its innovative sustainability practices with three awards from two statewide organizations between July and October. The Facilities Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability department, along with Strategic Business Services, received a California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, or CHESC, best practice award over the summer. And last month, that sustainability department and the campus’s Transportation and Parking Services were honored at the California Higher Education Collaborative Conference at UCLA with a pair of honors. The 4.5-megawatt Gold Tree Solar Farm — which can produce enough power to meet one quarter of the campus’ needs — was recognized at both sustainability conferences. At the California Higher Education Collaborative Conference, held Oct. 1-3, Transportation and Parking Services garnered a sustainability award for its innovative parking plan that launched at the start of the 2017-18 academic year and was fine-tuned during the 2018-19 year. Read more here.

Three Trees to be Planted at Nov. 19 Arbor Day Ceremony

Tree Campus USA logoCal Poly will host a tree planting to honor its arboreal commitment to what is the nation’s most-diverse urban campus forest on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Three trees will be planted on North Poly View Drive, the inner campus loop, near the western end of the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180) and on the south side of Science North (No. 53). The annual campus Arbor Day event will take place at 2 p.m. Biology Professor Matt Ritter and members of Facilities Management and Development department will lead the program. The new trees include a pair of spotted gums (Corymbia maculata). In addition, a Cook pine (Araucaria columnaris), will honor the work of Cal Poly alumnus Jason Johns, who earned a master’s in biological sciences in 2017. Cal Poly’s commitment to trees extends back to its earliest days. The Founders Tree, located on California Boulevard, is a majestic valley oak that was planted by the school’s first graduation class in 1906. The university is among 16 California colleges or universities and more than 380 other schools across the U.S. to carry the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. But Cal Poly stands apart from the rest, boasting the largest variety of tree species on a university campus in the nation. Campus officials have inventoried 6,600 trees and nearly 550 varieties in the campus core alone.

Cal Poly Values and Salutes its Veterans on West’s One of the Most Vet-Friendly Campuses 

The university’s veterans center has helped bolster the university’s standing as one of the most veteran-friendly schools in the western U.S. This fall U.S. News & World Report named Cal Poly the best public, master’s-level university in the West in its annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook. Cal Poly, with about 550 veteran and military dependent students, was also selected the second most veteran-friendly school among colleges and universities in 15 Western states. That is thanks in part to the campus’s recently rechristened Center for Military-Connected Students (which opened in early 2015 as the Veterans Success Center). “For the military-connected community to have a dedicated space to call their own is the best way to increase the likelihood of our students succeeding — graduating, finding a great job, moving out into the world and accomplishing all those goals that you set for yourself,” said Kari Leslie, the center’s first full-time coordinator. Cal Poly has a diverse military-connected community of about 100 veterans, including some active duty, many in reserve status, and more than 450 military dependents. Over the past 18 months, demand at the center has increased dramatically — from about five people a day using the center’s resources in 2018 to an average of about 45 on any given day this school year. As a result, the center has evolved into a welcoming place to study, hang out, get answers to veteran-benefit questions and other issues. Read more here.

Professors to Develop Food Safety Training Program for Leafy Greens Growers with $214,000 Grant

Each year an estimated 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A two-year collaborative project between professors at Cal Poly and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria aims to reduce that number. Three Cal Poly professors representing diverse areas of discipline in the College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences have formed a partnership with Allan Hancock College to train socially disadvantaged farmers in food safety compliance. The project is funded by a $214,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Agribusiness Professor Jeta Rudi Polloshka, an applied economist, is heading the two-year project at Cal Poly, which will develop and implement a training program for leafy green farmers in the Santa Maria region in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Cal Poly professors Amanda Lathrop, food science, and Karen Cannon, agricultural communication, will address produce safety plans and food safety communications aspects of the project. Allan Hancock Professor Erin Krier, who coordinates the community college’s agriculture program, is also collaborating with the group. Read the news release.

Campus Invited to Nov. 21 Dialogue Session to Discuss CPX Data and Next Steps

CPX Logo reading Share it. Shape it. Change it.The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) invites students, faculty and staff to a campus dialogue session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Attendees will have an opportunity to collectively process the results of last spring’s Cal Poly Experience (CPX) survey and listening sessions, and discuss the steps that need to be taken to put the data and recommendations into action. The action planning process, which will continue through spring quarter, will result in a universitywide five-year plan to create a more equitable, inclusive and diverse campus. Space for the Nov. 21 dialogue is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage their students to attend the session. Anyone who was unable to attend the keynote address revealing the results of the CPX survey can watch it on YouTube. The CPX Reports are posted on OUDI’s website

Ten Projects Need Support on Spur Change Crowdfunding Platform

Spur Change logoTen projects are seeking support through Dec. 4 on Spur Change, a digital crowdfunding platform launched last year 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. To learn more and donate, visit By giving, you can help: support the Cal Poly Black Alumni Chapter’s mission to build and strengthen bonds between alumni and students; help fund medical expenses for the Cal Poly Cat Program; send the Latinos in Agriculture club to a national conference; send members of the Food Science Club to professional conferences; help Imagen Y Espíritu Ballet Folklórico de Cal Poly in its effort to secure, promote, and preserve the Mexican culture; send improvised comedy team Smile and Nod to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer; help Multicultural Business Program students fund the Leadership Beyond the Resume Conference; help students produce and attend TEDxSanLuisObispo; start the Garden Club farm; and send an all-female group of scientists to present research at the World Congress of Herpetology in New Zealand. Learn more here.

Campus Invited to Donate to Mustang Holiday Gift Drive by Dec. 6

Photo of the back of a child's head looking at a decorated Christmas tree.The Center for Service in Action (CSA) invites all students, staff, faculty and families to contribute to the Mustang Holiday Gift Drive. Campus community members can contribute by either picking up a gift tag and purchasing a gift ($20-30 value) for a child in need this holiday season, or donate money via the Mustang Holiday Gift Drive's Spur Change crowdfunding website. The CSA will use the donated money to purchase the remaining gifts at the end of the drive to ensure as many children as possible receive gifts this holiday season. To pick up a gift tag, visit one of the Giving Trees located throughout campus: on the first floor of Kennedy Library (No. 35), the second floor of the University Union (No. 65), and the CSA office in the Science Building (No. 52, Room E22). Campus members can also arrange to have a CSA staff member bring the tags to an office, staff meeting or other event by contacting Kaylee Roe at Each tag represents a specific request supporting local children and families in need. Bring newly purchased, unwrapped gift items to the CSA office by Friday, Dec. 6, to help make a child smile this holiday season. For more information about the Mustang Holiday Gift Drive, visit the Center for Service in Action website.

Campus Market to Accept CalFresh Payments 

Campus Market is now accepting CalFresh payment on approved items. CalFresh, known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federal program that provides low-income individuals with an EBT card and ancillary funds to purchase nutritious foods at grocery stores and farmers markets. Campus Dining’s application was recently approved by the USDA to accept CalFresh payments. To assist in the endeavor that every student can be successful and stay focused on their studies, Campus Dining and other Cal Poly organizations have implemented programs to fight student hunger, including Mustang Meal Share and the Cal Poly Food Pantry. CalFresh cards will be accepted at all registers at Campus Market. Have questions or need a little help yourself? Inquire about the program by contacting Campus Health and Wellbeing at or ext. 6-1211.

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Student Success

Packaging and Design Students Win Gold at National Competition

Professors and students hard at work on “Pokémon Battle Arena.” Photo by Joe JohnstonWith their focus on highlighting the joy and interactivity of unboxing a product, three interdisciplinary teams received first place, honorable mention, and shout-out awards at the Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) 2019 Student Design Challenge. The PPA event is considered perhaps the most rigorous packaging design competition in the nation. This year more than 50 student teams from 13 universities submitted entries. Cal Poly students developed their entries as Learn by Doing projects during one of the recurring collaborations between packaging and design courses taught earlier this year. Students were challenged to design packaging for a gaming platform that enhances the unboxing experience and can be used while playing the system. The university’s top entry earned first place with “Party Box,” an innovative portable packaging system for a gaming console that becomes a projector and gameboard. The design was created students Sam Baber, Morgan McKean, Vance Perkins and Samantha Phan. A second Cal Poly team designed the entry “Pokémon Battle Arena” (pictured) and earned one of the two honorable mention awards. Learn more here.

Architecture Students Take First Place, Honorable Mentions in National Steel Design Competition

Rendering of architecture student Curt Budd's design, "Interlace."Architecture students took first place and two honorable mentions in a national steel design competition with projects for an extensive transit center in Los Angeles, a new neighborhood center in Detroit, and a transportation system for the future. The students competed in the 2018-19 annual Steel Design Student Competition, administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). All three competed in the same category, which challenged them to design a transportation center with components such as international, regional, and local train stations, bus terminals, ports, airports and spaceports in a major urban location. Third-year architecture student Curt Budd, of University Place, Washington, won first place with his entry, “Interlace,” an intermodal transit center at Union Station in Los Angeles that aimed to blur the line between transit and social infrastructure (pictured). Architecture students Andrew Swaim, of Livermore, California, and Scott L’Esperance of Castle Rock, Colorado (near Denver) won honorable mentions for their projects, “Arch 2082” and “Interchange,” respectively. Learn more about the projects

Cal Poly Holiday Cheese and Wine Gift Boxes Feature Student-Made Products

Photo of three Cal Poly wines and several cheesesJust in time for the holidays, the Cal Poly Creamery has new award-winning cheeses and traditional favorites, available in a variety of gift box arrangements. Click here to order your cheese selections in time for holiday delivery. The Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department has also created holiday wine, cheese and chocolate gift packs. To purchase, click here. Thank you for supporting students and Cal Poly's Learn By Doing tradition.

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Faculty & Staff

Distribution Services Wins Innovation Award

Members of Distribution Services pose with their award.Distribution Services received the 2019 Innovation Award from the University Logistics and Supply Chain Association (ULSCA) at its annual conference in Tempe, Arizona, in October. ULSCA supports supply chain and logistics in higher education, with members across the country. The innovation award is presented to a member organization for a project or initiative that demonstrates supply chain best practices and strategic support solutions. Cal Poly Distribution Services Manager Scott Coffman accepted the award on behalf of his team for the recent reimagining of the student resident package and mail distribution process. Innovations included a new "hub and spoke" package delivery method and the implementation of package lockers and virtual mail at Pacheco Post in yakʔitʸutʸu. The 250 locker system allows for 24/7 package pickup for student residents and has saved hundreds of employee hours. The "hub and spoke" package delivery method has significantly improved distribution efficiency, reduced the university's carbon footprint, and increased safety on campus by reducing large vehicle traffic in the campus core. “These improvements have immensely benefited our student residents and staff,” Coffman said. 

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myrons Nov. 14

Photo of turkey sandwiches.It’s Thanksgiving Thursday at Myron’s on Nov. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. Come enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with miniature turkey, havarti and cranberry sandwiches, fried turkey stuffing, crudités, apple pie tarts, and pecan pie tarts. Two glasses of beer or wine will also be included, all for only $6.50. There will also be a chance to win lunch for two at Myron’s in a raffle contest. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit

Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations Open Through Nov. 28

The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching at Cal Poly. Only students are able to submit nominations, so faculty are encouraged to notify their students of the award. The deadline to nominate is Thursday, Nov. 28. The nomination form and more information about the award can be found on the Distinguished Teaching Award webpage. For more information, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258 or at

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Staff Award    

Staff employees, faculty members, and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2019-20 award is Friday, Dec. 20. To be eligible, nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, corporation or ASI, who have completed at least three years of employment as of Dec. 31, 2019 (10-month employees are eligible). Employees represented by bargaining unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award, and student assistants are not eligible.  The Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form can be found on the Administration and Finance website.

CSU Starts New 'Higher Ed ReWired' Podcast Series

Graphic for CSU Higher Ed ReWired PodcastThe CSU is launching a new podcast, "Higher Ed Rewired," to engage higher education leaders in a conversation, expand the discussion of implementing high-quality instruction, address institutional challenges and highlight innovation that has the potential to enhance student success. With topics ranging from student food and housing insecurity to learning in mathematics, this podcast gives an in-depth perspective of the changing landscape of higher education.  All episodes can be found at For more information, contact Employee and Organization Development at, or ext. 6-7478.  To receive more tools like this, sign up for the monthly Learn and Grow Newsletter.

Workshop on Holiday Stress to be Offered Nov. 20

Join Human Resources and Cal Poly's Employee Assistance Provider (EAP), Empathia, for an informative workshop at noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, on holiday stress. Create a holiday season that is relaxed, fun and comfortable for you and your family. Learn to cope with the expectations, holiday blues and more. Space is limited. Register here or through the Cal Poly Learning Hub on your My Cal Poly Portal. Learn more about upcoming benefits workshops and events at

New Learning Management System Canvas to be Available in Winter 2020

Canvas logo with text below it reading canvasAs Cal Poly transitions from its learning management system PolyLearn (Moodle) to Canvas, faculty members will be able to use Canvas for their classes during winter quarter. Starting Monday, Dec. 9, faculty will be able to log into Cal Poly Canvas to develop their winter 2020 courses. Faculty members who are planning to teach in Canvas in winter 2020 are asked to use the online form to request that a PolyLearn (Moodle) shell be migrated into Canvas for winter 2020 teaching. Faculty who plan to teach in Canvas for spring 2020 may request to have their PolyLearn courses migrated in March. Visit the Canvas Support website to learn how PolyLearn content can be redesigned for Canvas. Canvas workshops are now open for registration. Click here to register. Phone and chat support and online self-paced courses are available 24/7 through Canvas. Additionally, face-to-face workshops, consultations, and support site resources are available through the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). For more information and regular updates, visit


Doug GatesDoug Gates is retiring after 39 years of dedicated service in the Kennedy Library. He will be honored with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Kennedy Library, Room 511. Gates arrived at Cal Poly as a graduate student in 1980 and immediately started working in the library as he pursued his second master’s degree. Though he crowned his degree with a thesis on the history of Eagle Ranch, the lure of working in Kennedy Library proved inexorable, and for the next four decades he fulfilled a variety of vital roles, moving through several official classifications. His most public-facing work has been in providing reference services, and Gates has been the afternoon linchpin of the library's reference services for the better part of this century. He has also performed yeoman service in executing much-needed maintenance of the library’s physical collections. Gates’ career has spanned the transition from print-based resources to digital resources. It is a tribute to his flexibility that he never missed a beat in this transition, and for the last nine years, he has ably mentored the student assistants who staff the library’s research help service point. Gates jokes that it is “easy to reminisce about the ‘good old days’ of the card catalog, but that doesn’t mean you’d actually want to use one.” More than anyone, Gates is amazed and thrilled by the much broader and easier access to information now available to students and faculty. For more information about the retirement reception, contact Brett Bodemer,

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Catastrophic Leave

Emily Shipley, administrative support assistant in the Office of the Registrar, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Alisa Williford at ext. 6-6173 or to request a donation form.

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In Memoriam

Ken SchwartzCollege of Architecture and Environmental Design faculty emeritus Ken Schwartz, who left a lasting legacy to the college and university during his 36 years on campus, died Oct. 20. Schwartz, 94, served the CAED from 1952 until his retirement in 1988. During his tenure he was a founding faculty member of the Architectural Engineering Department, director of the City and Regional Planning Department, associate dean and interim dean of the college. “Ken’s legacy of contributions to Cal Poly and to the city of San Luis Obispo shaped the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s academic programs, pioneered our engagement with communities, and continues to inspire us to act with the best interest of students at heart,” Dean Christine Theodoropoulos said. Schwartz also served as mayor of San Luis Obispo for a decade and played an important role in the development of Mission Plaza. His work with students to create a conceptual plan for a downtown plaza in the late 1960s culminated in its realization in the '70s. Tentative plans for a memorial service is being made by the Schwartz family for Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Jack House, 536 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo. Learn more here

Jack Spaulding, holding the megaphone in the photo, died Sept. 23, 2019. Photo dated 1948.Cal Poly alumni and avid supporter Jack Spaulding died Sept. 23, in Petaluma, California, among family members. Spaulding, 97, has a long Cal Poly history, beginning in 1946 as a mechanical engineering student. Spaulding earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and had a 30-plus year career with Unocal Corp. Spaulding and his family moved back to San Luis Obispo in the 1960s and enjoyed all the county had to offer. Spaulding served on the Cal Poly Alumni Association board of directors, and received the Cal Poly Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 2005. Spaulding attended many athletic events and is an emeritus member of the Mustang Athletic Fund board of directors. He was a beloved member of our Cal Poly family and will be missed. A memorial service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Reis Family Mortuary, 991 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo. Spaulding's obituary can be read here. (Spaulding is holding the megaphone in the photo, dated 1948.)

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Open to Tours on Nov. 16

File photo of young people on the Cal Poly Pier during a previous Open House event.Community members are invited to bring the whole family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.16. The open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, and many other interactive displays. Kids can put their face in the water and breathe through a scuba respirator, learn why whales migrate, and find out what a “red tide” is. Professors and students will be available to answer questions. Guests may tour the displays at their own pace and explore ongoing research into local marine life, including projects aimed at protecting Morro Bay’s ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents off the Central Coast. This is a walking tour; safety rules require everyone wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels). Learn more here.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held Nov. 16

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. For more information or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Illustration of a shot with text reading Get Your Flu ShotFlu Vaccinations Offered to Employees on Nov. 21

Campus Health and Wellbeing has collaborated with Rite Aid Pharmacy and Kennedy Library to bring a flu shot clinic for employees to campus as part of an ongoing effort to promote health and well-being across our community. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Rite Aid will administer flu vaccinations to employees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kennedy Library (No. 35) on the second floor, next to Julian's. Employees may use their insurance benefits (bring your insurance card) or pay $28 for the vaccination. Payment is due at the time of service. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

International Education Week to be Held Nov. 18-22

Banner for International Education Week.Events will be held from Nov. 18-22 for International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Events include:
— Monday-Friday, Nov. 18-22: Internationally themed menus all week at 805 Kitchen.
— Tuesday, Nov. 19: International coffee and tea time from 11 a.m. to noon in the Dream Center in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E11.
— Wednesday, Nov. 20: Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a panel discussion will share reflections on the transitions in Eastern Europe. The discussion will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. Refreshments provided.
— Wednesday, Nov. 20: Mini Language Workshops — 20-minute language sessions from around the world — will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E28. Find sessions at The event is co-sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures Department.
— Thursday, Nov. 21: Join the Mochi Making Workshop, a hands-on, fun lesson on how to make mochi. Held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 123.
For more information, go to

Help Build a Better Dining Experience, Win an Apple HomePod, Electric Scooter and More

Image of Cal Poly cornhole game, an electric scooter and an Apple homepod with text reading win prizes for feedbackCampus Dining aims to create a better dining experience and is looking for feedback from the campus community. Creating an eclectic, on-trend dining experience is a job that takes frequent tweaking and research, and this annual fall survey is a big part of that process. Each person who completes the survey, which takes roughly eight minutes, will be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three prizes: an Apple HomePod, an electric scooter, or a Cal Poly cornhole game. Each fall Campus Dining seeks feedback from students, faculty and staff as it works to improve the customer experience, and to develop more innovative ways to deliver its products and serve the campus. The survey is open from Monday, Nov. 4, through Friday, Nov. 15, and can be accessed at

Events Planned Nov. 11-15 for GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week

Text reading GISdayJoin Kennedy Library and the San Luis Obispo GIS Users Group for GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week. Events will explore the role of Geography and GIS (geographic information systems) in society, including in science, engineering, business, government, recreation, mobile applications and more. The SLO GIS Users Group will host the annual GIS Day event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the downtown San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St. This event features a map gallery, exhibitors, presentations, and networking with local GIS professionals working in academia, local government, private industry and nonprofits. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Russ White, data and GIS specialist in Kennedy Library, will host a hands-on workshop, "Intro to Web Mapping," in Kennedy Library (No. 35), 216B, introducing web mapping tools in ArcGIS Online to add, visualize, analyze and share geospatial data on the web. All students, staff and faculty are welcome, and no prior experience is required. More information is available on the calendar at

Center for Service in Action Seeking Proposals by Nov. 15 for 18th Annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice Leadership Conference

Graphic for Change the Status Quo event and call for proposals.The Center for Service in Action is hosting the 18th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Conference on Saturday, Feb. 29. The conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions, and make lasting social change. This year’s keynote speaker is political and social activist, scholar, author, educator and National Women’s Hall of Fame honoree Angela Davis. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, she has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners and elected officials are invited to present hourlong workshops during the conference breakout sessions. A separate program proposal form for each proposed workshop will need to be submitted; the form can be downloaded from the CSQ website. Forms should be submitted by email to by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Late proposals will not be accepted. Notification of proposals’ status will take place no later than Dec. 6. Workshop sessions will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. The sessions will be sorted into tracks based on the expected proficiency of attendees. Topic tracks from previous years include: De-stigmatization, Gender and Sexuality, Education and Campus Activism, Undocumented Ally Training, and Race and Leadership.

22nd Annual Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament to Be Held Nov. 15

Image of a volleyball for the 22nd annual Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament.Join ASI Recreational Sports and Campus Health and Wellbeing for the 22nd annual Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Cal Poly Recreation Center. Students, faculty, staff and Cal Poly community members are eligible to participate, including alumni, retirees/emeritus, and partners/dependents of current employees. The tournament consists of two divisions: a faculty/staff division held indoors in the Recreation Center Rec Gym from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a student division held at the sand volleyball courts from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration costs $60 for each six-person faculty/staff team and $40 for each four-person student team. The tournament aims to raise funds for the Reuling Memorial Endowment and to promote education and prevention programs regarding bipolar disorder and depression for the campus community. Registration includes an event T-shirt, and Woodstock’s Pizza will be provided for the student division. One team member must register and pay for the entire team through ASI Access for faculty/staff registration and student registration. Contact Jevon Smith, coordinator, Recreational Sports, at ext. 6-7546 or for more information. The tournament kicks off ASI Student Government’s Buck the Stigma Mental Health Awareness Week that starts Monday, Nov. 18, and will include daily events to educate and eliminate stigmas involving mental health disorders.

Cal Poly Meats Accepting Orders for Holiday Ham

Photo of a hamGather around the table with your family and friends and enjoy a delicious Cal Poly ham. Cal Poly Meats is now taking orders for this year's holiday season. The bone-in hams are selling for $4.25 a pound and are available as whole or half hams. Cal Poly Meats is where academics meets industry. The J and G Lau Family Meat Processing Center is staffed by students and offers a small market open to the public Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit Place your order for a Cal Poly ham by emailing

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World-Renowned Italian Pianist Gloria Campaner to Perform Nov. 13 at Cal Poly

Gloria CampanerCal Poly will host Italian pianist Gloria Campaner for a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The Venetian-born performer is regarded by critics and the public as one of the most interesting young pianists of Italy’s new generation. Since her stage debut at the age of 12 with the Venetian Symphony Orchestra, she has earned more than 20 first-prizes in national and international piano competitions. Her career as a soloist and chamber musician has led her to be a guest of some of the world’s most prestigious festivals. Campaner is known for her versatility and interest in innovative performance. She has collaborated with renowned jazz and contemporary musicians as well as ballet and modern dancers. At Cal Poly, she will perform two touchstones of romantic piano repertoire: Robert Schumann’s “Kinderszenen” and Frédéric Chopin’s “Préludes.” The recital is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Music and World Languages and Cultures departments, and Fredric E. Steck. 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.

Dance Work ‘FLEX’ about Filipino Migration to be Performed at Cal Poly Nov. 14

Graphic illustration for FLEX dance work.Central Coast native Jay Carlon will bring his dance and theater piece about his family’s Filipino migration story to Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. A discussion, moderated by Professor Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns from UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department, will follow the performance. “FLEX” is an in-depth focus on colonization, obedience, resistance and solidarity. The work is dedicated to the director’s father Honorio Carlon, who was part of the first large wave of Filipinos to migrate to the U.S. and the Central Coast in the 1920s as agricultural migrant workers. "FLEX" also draws from Jay Carlon’s experiences as a competitive wrestler as the characteristics and dynamics of wrestling parallel that of his multicultural identity as the youngest of 12 in a Filipino, Catholic, working-class family. Carlon was born and raised in Santa Maria and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2016, he started CARLON, a multidisciplinary dance company that creates evocative site-responsive theater. The performance is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information, visit

Boston Brass to Present Master Class Nov. 14, Perform in Bandfest Concert Nov. 15

Members of Boston Brass pose for a photo.Internationally known touring ensemble Boston Brass will present a master class at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Musicians Jeff Conner and Jose Sibaja, trumpet; Chris Castellanos, horn; Domingo Pagliuca, trombone; and William Russell, tuba, will work with Cal Poly brass students. Student soloists and chamber groups will perform and then receive input from the professionals. The master class is free and open to the public. The Cal Poly Bands will feature Boston Brass in the Bandfest Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The show will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Ensemble, Mustang Marching Band and Wind Orchestra. The Wind Orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas P. Waldron, the new associate director of bands. Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff will conduct the Wind Ensemble. Boston Brass will join the two bands with their arrangements of “Malagueña” and “Pluto: The Lost Planet.” The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional school songs, the band will perform music by Blood, Sweat and Tears; Blue Swede; and The Who. 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.

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists in Nov. 16 Concert

Photo of performers at a previous Arab Music Ensemble performance.The Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Spanos Theatre. The ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Critically acclaimed guest artists will join the ensemble: Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (Arabic violin), and Faisal Zedan on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum), and darabukka (goblet drum). Both musicians were raised in Syria performing the types of music on the program and are currently based in the Bay Area. San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the dance troupe in complementary choreographies that dialogue with the music in selected famed pieces. Music Professor Ken Habib, a composer, performer and ethnomusicologist, will direct the show. The concert features some of the most celebrated repertoire of the region by famous composers, performers and poets, including Abdel-Halim Hafez, Morsi Gamil Aziz, Mounir Mourad, and Sayyid Darwish of Egypt; Fairuz, Philemon Wehbe, and the Rahbani Brothers of Lebanon; and the legendary Ottoman-era Armenian composer, Tatyos Efendi. 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.

George Lopez Brings 'The Wall World Tour' to the PAC on Nov. 16

George LopezGeorge Lopez will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Named by Time magazine as one of the “most influential Hispanics in America,” Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, late-night hosting, popular stand-up tours and HBO comedy specials. The beloved icon brings his latest show to the PAC for an evening of outrageous fun delivered through comic observations on everyday occurrences as well as taking sharp aim at culture shocks, politics, pop culture and more. Comedian Bryan Kellan opens the show, which is open to those 16 years and older. Tickets range from $40-$110. 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.

Raúl Prieto Ramírez Comes to the PAC on Nov. 17

Raul Prieto RamirezRaúl Prieto Ramírez will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Prieto Ramírez's performances have been described as “sizzling,” “iconoclastic” and “transcendent.” Performing a wide-ranging classical and popular repertoire on the Forbes Pipe Organ with the flair and bravado of a matador, this Spanish master has a riveting way of entertaining audiences young and old, music experts, and casual listeners. His afternoon recital includes Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564; Liszt’s paraphrases on arias from Aida and Rigoletto and his Mephisto Waltz; and César Franck’s Pièce héroïque. Tickets are $25 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.

Mandy Patinkin to Perform 'Diaries' at the PAC on Nov. 20

Mandy PatinkinMandy Patinkin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. This new show presents the acclaimed actor, singer and storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of show-stopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. "Diaries" is a marriage of many of Patinkin's favorite Broadway and classic American tunes, along with selections from his newest recording. From Randy Newman to Stephen Sondheim, and Harry Chapin to Rufus Wainwright, Patinkin offers a dazzling musical journey. Tickets range from $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 Presents Annual Fall Jazz Concert with New Director on Nov. 22

Photos from a past jazz concertA new era for jazz at Cal Poly begins with the Fall Jazz Concert led by new director Arthur White at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Spanos Theatre. The Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble, formerly University Jazz Band I; and the Cal Poly Jazz Band, formerly University Jazz Band II; will perform, as will the newly re-formed Cal Poly Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Through the years Cal Poly jazz groups have performed with jazz luminaries James Carter, Kevin Mahogany, Louie Bellson, T.S. Monk, Arturo Sandoval and Joshua Redman, among others. The bands have gone on numerous performance tours and perform at a variety of festivals, including the annual Pismo Beach Jubilee by the Sea in October. White, a saxophonist, gave his Cal Poly debut recital Oct. 18, premiering his new work, “Pictures of the Heartland,” with vibraphonist Joe Locke and drummer Peter Erskine. 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.

Percussion Sensation STOMP to Perform at the PAC on Nov. 30

Promotional photo for the show STOMPSTOMP will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. Tickets range from $44-$84 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.

Event Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, Nov. 15
Men's Basketball vs. Simpson, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16
Wrestling vs. San Francisco State, Richard O'Neill Green, 3 p.m.
Football vs. Eastern Washington, Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20
Women's Basketball vs. Sacramento State, Mott Athletics Center, 11 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 22
Women's Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23
Wrestling vs. Buffalo, Mott Athletics Center, noon.
Women's Volleyball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 29
Women’s Basketball vs. Old Dominion, Mott Athletics Center, noon.

Saturday, Nov. 30
Women’s Basketball vs. Lamar, Mott Athletics Center, 2:30 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. For all available job openings, visit and All new positions opened this week are listed below. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#494396 — Assistant Coordinator of Marketing (Public Affairs/Comm Spec, 12 Month), Student Affairs — Athletic Department. $35,076-$63,396 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $35,076-$45,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494442 — Inventory and University Housing Depot Manager (Administrator I), Student Affairs — University Housing. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494454 — Irrigation Specialist, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $35,880-$64,848 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $45,600-$54,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494376 — Facilities Control Specialist, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $72,408-$91,812 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $76,800-$87,600 per year. Open until filled.

#494458 — Construction Inspector (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494447 — Program Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Academic Affairs — Cal Poly’s Extended Education. $34,152-$61,776 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $36,000-$45,600 per year. Open until filled.

#494290 — Director of Development (Administrator I), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — University Development and Alumni Engagement. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494431 — Director of University Housing Business and Finance (Administrator II), Student Affairs — University Housing. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

For a full list of available jobs, go to and

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for all available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. 

There are no new listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view all available job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Administrative Analyst, Corporate Engagement/Innovation, ORED, $40,497-$60,756 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.

There are no new listings at this time.

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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.

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