Cal Poly Report — Nov. 20, 2019 


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

CPX Logo reading Share it. Shape it. Change it.Stop by for coffee, tea, doughnuts and conversation during a campuswide dialogue session hosted by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Students, faculty and staff 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

Campus Community Invited to Participate in Search for Next CSU Leader 

The listening tour for the search for the new CSU chancellor started successfully last week. CSU Trustee Jean Picker Firstenberg, who chairs the Special Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor, has asked that every campus encourage faculty, staff, students and alumni to share their thoughts by providing input virtually. Visit the chancellor recruitment website to learn more or submit a nomination at:

Cal Poly Unveils New Beach Volleyball Facility With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Cal Poly athletic department celebrates the unveiling of a new on-campus beach volleyball complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16.After more than four months of construction, Cal Poly Athletics celebrated the unveiling of the new on-campus beach volleyball complex Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Mustang Beach Volleyball Complex features five regulation-size NCAA beach volleyball courts, seating for up to 250 spectators, a state-of-the-art LED video scoreboard positioned on the south side of Mott Athletics Center, lights around the facility, and an outdoor shower. "This facility will help Coach Todd Rogers continue to recruit and develop some of the best beach volleyball student-athletes in the country and further cement our position as a top 10 Division I program,” Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman said. Since the inception of the program in 2014, the team has played its home matches in Pismo Beach — about 10 miles  from campus. The new 35,000-square-foot complex is located between Mott Athletics Center and the Mustang Tennis Complex, next to Anderson Aquatic Center. Read the news release.

Cal Poly Recognized for Saving Students $4.2 Million in Instructional Materials

Blue graphic reading Open Educational Resources AL$ and AB798The CSU Chancellor’s Office announced that Cal Poly faculty members saved more than $4.2 million for students in the 2018-19 academic year by creating or providing high-quality open educational resources (OER) for their courses. That puts Cal Poly in third place among the campuses participating in the Chancellor’s Office Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative. Overall, the CSU saved $31.6 million through the program, an increase of almost $13 million over the previous year. Cal Poly has participated for several years in the program, which aims to provide OER materials at no- or low-cost while simultaneously achieving teacher and student learning objectives. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology provides guidance to assist faculty in discovering or creating OER materials. Individuals and departments can receive stipends for material curation to reduce student costs. For more information, visit the CTLT website.

Get to know Mustang Band, QL+ Projects and More in Cal Poly Magazine

Cover of Cal Poly Magazine, with photo of a prosthetic hand and headline reading Helping HandsHave you ever wondered what it’s like to march (and dance) with the Mustang Band? Or how it feels to design a life-changing prosthetic for a veteran? Or how challenging it can be to run your own startup? Mustangs past and present share their experiences in the latest issue of Cal Poly Magazine. You’ll also find stories on the history of the senior project, new Mustang Athletics coaches, a scientist’s new novel about climate change, and faculty advocacy for mental health resources in the LGBTQ+ community. Read articles and watch videos from this edition at or find a print copy in Cal Poly Magazine rack throughout campus. If your department would like a few extra print copies, reach out to

Illustration of a California license plate with text reading This is Your Parking PermitLicense plate recognition (LPR) went live across campus at the start of fall quarter. To stay compliant, all faculty and staff must ensure that license plate information is correct and that their vehicle is linked to an active permit. This can be done in the parking account. Once a vehicle is linked to an active permit, the physical permit will no longer be necessary. Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) is collecting the physical parking permits for repurposing, and all campus community members who drop off their outdated permits in the University Police Building (No. 36) may win fun prizes throughout fall quarter. For more information about LPR, visit the TAPS website at Employees are asked to log onto the parking account to make sure their license plate number is correct and linked to an active parking permit. All students, faculty and staff can access and update information, purchase permits, and pay or appeal citations via the parking account.

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

Illustration with a cuddly koala and presents and text reading Mustang Holiday Gift Drive.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.

Illustration of a snowflake with text reading Information Technology Services Annual Toy Drive, November 18-December 13Information Technology Services (ITS) has teamed up with the Central Coast Toys For Tots again this year for a toy drive benefiting local children in need. Now through Friday, Dec. 13, bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the campus collection boxes to brighten a child’s holiday. Collection boxes are located in the Pilling Building (No. 14) Room 115, Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room, 16, the south entrance of Chase Hall (No. 115), the Natatorium (No. 46), the ITS Service Desk in Kennedy Library's Hub24 Computer Lab (No. 35, Suite 114E), and the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center (No. 133).

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Student Success

Engineering Students Create Large, Motorized Advent Calendar for Cambria Christmas Market

Cal Poly students work on installing an Advent calendar for the Cambria Christmas Market. The students are, from left, Sigrid Derickson, Oma Skyrus and Danny Clifton, all mechanical engineering majors, and Silvia Calinov, an industrial and manufacturing engineering student.A team of engineering students blasted Christmas music on campus as they brainstormed a large, motorized Advent calendar that will be featured at this year’s Cambria Christmas Market. “It was a holiday jam,” said Sigrid Derickson, a mechanical engineering senior. “Funny thing is, it happened in March.” Eight months later, their efforts will be a new highlight of the eighth annual market, described as a Central Coast “Winter Wonderland.” Based on Christmas markets in Europe that date to the Middle Ages, The Cambria Christmas Market, housed primarily at the Cambria Pines Lodge, features 2 million lights in dioramas and displays, plus artisan vendors, food, live music and more. The calendar project is sponsored by the lodge, which operates the market. About five years ago, another team of engineering students built a popular 12 Days of Christmas installation that has been a feature of the market ever since, so organizers asked the College of Engineering to create another project. Read more here.

Last Chance to Visit the Fall Craft Sale on Nov. 20

Illustration for ASI Craft Center Fall 2019 Craft SaleThe final day of the ASI Craft Center’s Fall Craft Sale will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the UU Plaza. Handmade items from students and local vendors will be available for purchase, including jewelry, art, crafts and more. The sale is the perfect time to shop for holiday gifts while supporting students and local artists. For more information, contact ASI Programs Coordinator Missi Allison-Bullock at or ext. 6-6342.

Architecture Senior Rethinks Love Seat to Win 16th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design

Lena Vogler, a Cal Poly architecture senior, and her winning design, Rollplay An architecture senior from Pacific Palisades won the top prize at the recent 16th annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition in downtown San Luis Obispo. Lena Vogler received the Space Architects’ Milano Grand Prize, for her entry, Rollplay, an adjustable loveseat. She will get an all-expenses paid trip to Milan, Italy, in April for the Salone International del Mobile — the world’s largest trade fair that annually showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the globe. Vogler edged out more than 200 projects that ranged from tables and chairs to light fixtures, toys and other furniture design solutions. This year's exhibition was the largest Vellum Furniture Competition to date. Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design-and-build firm, and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly teamed up to sponsor the annual two-day competition that asks students to conceive and construct projects that range from tables and chairs to light fixtures, toys and other furniture design solutions. Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

TAPS Awarded for Spearheading Sustainable Solutions in Parking

Transportation and Parking Services employees pose with the Focus on Efficiency AwardTransportation and Parking Services (TAPS) has received recognition for reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions via a new parking system that launched in 2017. TAPS came away from the California Higher Education Collaborative (CHEC) Conference, held Oct. 1-3, with a Focus on Efficiency Award for assigning parking zones to commuter students. After acknowledging student frustration with the previous parking system, which required the purchase of general parking permits for lots throughout campus, TAPS created a zoned system to relocate parking away from Cal Poly’s core. This included eliminating short-term permits in various zones, differentiating prices of permits for different parking areas on campus, and adding a lottery to ensure each student had a fair opportunity to purchase a permit. With fewer students circling lots searching for parking, TAPS successfully decreased traffic flow and emissions. Cal Poly is the only campus in the CSU system with this type of parking program in place, which also required no new software or equipment. TAPS representatives will continue to look for sustainable solutions that best serve students’ interests.

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

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

Campus Transition to Adobe Sign is Underway

Adobe Sign logoCal Poly is currently in transition from DocuSign to Adobe Sign to route forms and facilitate e-signatures. At this time, no new templates or processes should be created in DocuSign. Moving to Adobe Sign will happen in phases. Administration and Finance will be one of the first divisions to begin the migration. Students, faculty and staff may begin to receive notifications from Administration and Finance via Adobe Sign (using the email address in the coming weeks. By February 2020, all campus divisions will be transitioned to Adobe Sign. The project team will continue to update campus users as the migration progresses and there are more details to share. Anyone with questions can reach out to their area’s Document Unit Coordinator (DUC) or email

25Live Trainings Available in December and January

The web application 25Live is used by Cal Poly for space and event scheduling, as well as for publishing event information to the University Events Master Calendar. Join the Office of the Registrar's University Scheduling team at one of two training sessions on “How to Check Location Availability” in the newest version of 25Live. Registration is not required. The sessions will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111B; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Kennedy Library, Room 217D.

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.

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,

Chris KittsChristopher L. Kitts is retiring after more than 24 years of service to Cal Poly. He will be honored with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Fischer Science Hall (No. 33), Room 385. After earning his doctorate from UC Santa Cruz, Kitts arrived at Cal Poly in September 1995, fresh off a post-doctoral appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory. At that time, he was the first Biological Sciences Department's tenure-track hire in 17 years. Kitts taught mostly general microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial physiology in his first decade at Cal Poly. He also developed and taught courses in proposal writing for both graduate students and seniors in his department. During this time, Kitts co-founded the Environmental Biotechnology Institute, which was renamed the Center for Applications in Biotechnology when he began as the director in 2011. In 2008, he became chair of biological sciences, taking the department through a major transition as 15 tenured faculty retired in the first two years of his stint as chair. Throughout his time on campus, he has been most recognized for his ability to make people feel welcomed, part of a team, and encouraged to fully express themselves as professionals. His proudest accomplishments are the students who stay connected and bless him with knowledge of their vibrant lives. He’s also proud of the traditions of collegiality and teamwork that he nurtured as department chair, center director, and interim dean of research. In retirement, Kitts is looking forward to working with many more students on wild and improbable research projects as professor emeritus. For more information on Kitts' retirement reception, contact the Office of Research and Economic Development at, or the Biological Sciences Department at

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Campus Announcements

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. Please note, the room location has changed to the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10,) Room 206. 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

Campus Dining Celebrates International Week with Global Delicacies

 Enjoy international cuisine at venues across campus, with icons of different campus restaurants.Campus Dining will serve cuisine from around the world, including chicken shawarma, banh mi, soba noodles and more in celebration of International Week, Nov. 18-22. 805 Kitchen will offer a world tour of tastes with Italian, Cajun and French dishes as well as a Korean taco bar. Look for Mediterranean chicken shawarma and Moroccan chickpea bowls at Campus Market, while Bishop Craft Burgers will serve a mouth-watering Hawaiian burger with grilled pineapple and black forest ham. Head to Mustang Station for fiesta chorizo pizza and a seared ahi tuna soba noodle salad at Red Radish. Additional creations at Poly Deli include a banh mi sandwich as well as a Cubano sandwich at Myron’s Bistro. Student Choice in The Avenue will offer Chinese, and all campus salad bars will have a Greek salad option with black olives, red onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and lemon oregano dressing. Visit any of these campus restaurants to see what International Week brings to the table.

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.

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.

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New Kennedy Library Exhibit Highlights Special Collections and Archives

Photo of nuts and hard candy with text reading Eye Candy & Mixed NutsKennedy Library’s Special Collections and Archives marks 50 years of collecting with “Eye Candy and Mixed Nuts,” an exhibit that spotlights absorbing subjects that are documented and expressed in a variety of forms — from original manuscripts and photographs, to publications and audio recordings. Highlights include a focused look at modernist architect Mark Mills; Julia Morgan and her role in designing Hearst Castle, which celebrates its centennial in 2020; contemporary book arts “in conversation” with rare books on printing technology and typography; cultural history in San Luis Obispo County; a first edition of Charles Darwin’s influential book on orchids and insect fertilization; records from the Cal Poly Pride Center; and a recent donation of inventive works by Joe D’Ambrosio, an engineer-turned-artist and book binder. The exhibit is located on the fourth floor of the library and runs from Friday, Nov. 1, through Monday, March 30, 2020. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the library’s event page:

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.

'Madama Butterfly' to be Shown at the PAC on Dec. 1

Promotional image for "Madama Butterfly" operaThe Metropolitan Opera’s "Madama Butterfly," by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, will be  screened live in HD at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. The title character of "Madama Butterfly" — a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage — is one of the defining roles in opera. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made "Madama Butterfly" timeless. Tickets are $12 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.

Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes to Perform at the PAC on Dec. 4

Image of Pink MartiniPink Martini will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Pink Martini’s “little orchestra” draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ‘50s, and crosses genres to make an eclectic, modern sound. This concert will include some seasonal pieces from the ensemble’s holiday album "Joy to the World," popular favorites from throughout the band’s 25-year career, and songs from Pink Martini’s latest release, "Je dis oui!," taking the audience on a musical trip around the world to France, Iran, Armenia, South Africa and more. Tickets range from $36-$76 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 Symphony Opens Season with ‘Teamwork’ on Dec. 6

File photo of the Cal Poly SymphonyThe Cal Poly Symphony celebrates the many kinds of teamwork that are uniquely possible on campus in its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Performing Arts Center. The program begins with music from the album “Charlie Parker with Strings,” performed by guest saxophonist Dave Becker. The newly formed Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra will perform the first movement of Leoš Janáček’s “Idyll for String Orchestra.” The first of two works that explore the story of Romeo and Juliet will conclude the first half of the performance: the full orchestra will present music from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet, “Romeo and Juliet,” with large screen projections crafted by student teams from the Art and Design Department, under the guidance of Sky Bergman. The orchestra will join forces with a student team from the liberal arts and engineering studies major to present video game music with visual projections on the interior of Miossi Hall. This immersive experience will include the works “Tetris Theme,” “Advent Rising – Muse” and “Final Fantasy – Liberi Fatali.” The concert will conclude with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,” a 20th-century re-telling of the Romeo and Juliet story.  Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music  Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly Choirs to Present Third Annual ‘Holiday Kaleidoscope’ on Dec. 7

File photo from a Cal Poly Choirs' holiday kaleidoscope concert.Cal Poly’s Choirs will continue a tradition of community collaboration in the annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Performing Arts Center. This year’s concert will include the Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers directed by Jennifer Peterson, and the Central Coast Youth Chorus directed by Melody Svennungsen. The directors are both Music Department alumnae. A student orchestra of 25 instrumentalists from the Cal Poly Symphony will be featured on several pieces, including a carol sing along. The University Singers will perform works by C.P.E. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and more. The Cal Poly Chamber Choir will perform Hans Leo Hassler’s famous “Dixit Maria” as well as a new arrangement of “Deck the Hall” by faculty member Laura M. Kramer. The Cal Poly Women’s Chorus will perform selections from Benjamin Britten’s celebrated “Ceremony of Carols.” PolyPhonics will close the program with Felix Mendelssohn’s “Ave Maria” and John Mackey’s “The Rumor of a Secret King.” Scott Glysson conducts the university choirs, and staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs on piano and organ. 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

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

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.

Saturday, Dec. 7
Men's Basketball vs. Siena, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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. 

#494459 — Donor Relations Events Specialist (Administrative Support Coordinator), University Development and Alumni Engagement. $37,380-$67,668 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,000-$55,000 per year. Open until filled.

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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.

Lead Cook, Campus Dining, $15-$21.96 per hour.

Cook, Campus Dining, $15-$18 per hour.

Assistant Cook, Campus Dining, $15-$16 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

Coordinator — Event Management. Annual Salary: $53,586 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Director — Recreational Sports. Annual Salary: $101,530 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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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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