Cal Poly Report — Nov. 6, 2019 


Cal Poly Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Cal Poly’s efforts to increase its sustainability rating include the 18.5-acre Gold Tree Solar Farm, which was dedicated in January 2018. Visible from Highway 1, the facility’s more than 16,000 individual solar panels have a capacity of 4.5 megawatts (AC) and can generate more than 11 million kWh per year — enough to power more than 1,000 homes, or about 25 percent of Cal Poly’s total power needs.Cal Poly has earned a STARS Gold Rating — the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s second highest honor — in recognition of the university’s sustainability achievements. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, or STARS, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education, including academics, engagement, operations, planning, administration, innovation and leadership efforts. “The STARS Gold Rating recognition reinforces Cal Poly’s commitment to sustainability while fostering additional Learn by Doing opportunities for students in all six of our colleges,” President Armstrong said. “This rating also helps propel us toward a major long-term campus goal of trimming our carbon footprint and transforming Cal Poly into a net zero campus by 2050." Cal Poly’s efforts to increase its sustainability rating include the 18.5-acre Gold Tree Solar Farm (pictured), which was dedicated in January 2018. Visible from Highway 1, the facility’s more than 16,000 individual solar panels have a capacity of 4.5 megawatts (AC) and can generate more than 11 million kWh per year — enough to power more than 1,000 homes or about 25 percent of Cal Poly’s total power needs. Read more here.

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

Cal Poly Awarded $340,000 Grant to Analyze and Innovate Cybersecurity Solutions for Space Satellites

Cal Poly has received a $340,091 grant to conduct a Space Operations Challenge series utilizing the university’s Digital Transformation Hub and California Cybersecurity Institute aimed at increasing the safety and security of thousands of satellites in orbit. Along with the convenience that satellites provide comes a cybersecurity risk for companies, governments and everyday users. “In today’s global economy, there are more services and demand for services being provided by satellites than ever before," California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) Program Manager Martin Minnich said. "Cal Poly, with our involvement in the development of CubeSats and our close proximity to Vandenberg Air Force Base and the 30th Space Wing, is strategically positioned to help with the national conversation in civilian and governmental applications.” The grant funding comes from the California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE), a program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Cal Poly students and faculty members will create six specific “challenges” and work with a private company or public agency to find a solution to each issue. Read 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.

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

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Student Success

Cal Poly Business Student, Allan Hancock Film Student Win Elevator Pitch Competition

Photo showing the winners of the Elevator Pitch CompetitionA Cal Poly business first-year student and a film student from Allan Hancock College were $1,000 winners at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s 10th annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum — a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College entrepreneurs — held Nov. 4 in the Performing Arts Center on campus. In addition, a biomedical engineering senior received the $500 “audience choice” award. Ten students from Cal Poly, Hancock and Cuesta Colleges had just 90 seconds each to pitch their cutting-edge innovations and business ideas. They were evaluated by a panel of four judges. Cal Poly’s Alexandra Joelson’s winning pitch was for Intego Sportswear — a company that seeks to provide athletes with hassle-free, inexpensive and protective gear for their sports equipment, starting with The Cleat Guard, a silicone-like mold that slips onto the bottom of any cleat to prevent the pegs on the bottom of the cleats from wearing down. Tyler Little of Hancock College pitched his product, the Jupiter Wrench — an electric-powered wrench with a wireless charging toolbox. Cal Poly student Clara Taegan Brechtel, whose idea was the top pick of attendees, pitched a device that helps physical therapists monitor patient recovery progress for people receiving physical therapy following ACL reconstruction surgery.

Students Take Top Spot at Southwest American College of Sports Medicine Meeting

Students from the Kinesiology and Public Health Department pose at the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine Annual Region Chapter Meeting in Costa Mesa, California, on Oct. 26Kinesiology and Public Health Department students Cami Christopher, Rachel Barnett and Cameron Swick placed first in the quiz bowl competition at the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine annual regional chapter meeting on Oct. 26 in Costa Mesa, California. They will represent the region at the upcoming national meeting. The students edged out the second place team, also from Cal Poly, by one point, and Christopher took the top spot in the individual undergraduate student competition. In addition, 10 students presented research posters at the meeting.

Cal Poly Team Wins National Student Food Marketing Challenge

Several students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences showcased their marketing expertise in a real-world setting and won first place in a national food marketing challenge Oct. 19-20. The team took first place for the second year in a row at the Food Distribution Research Society’s National Student Food Marketing Challenge in Seattle. Agricultural communication senior Emma Manoukian and agribusiness seniors Victoria Cohen, Katie Kelley, and Anna Hilbert created a market plan addressing specific challenges for an agribusiness company selected prior to the competition. They presented their findings to academia and industry judges, with three teams advancing to the final round to present to representatives of the company. Assistant Professor Cristina Connolly advised the team. Read more here.

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

Join ITS to Celebrate Veterans on Nov. 7

Veterans Day Reception November 7thIn honor of Veterans Day and those who serve our country, Information Technology Services (ITS) is inviting all veterans, their families and supporters to join them for some sweet treats from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Pilling Building (No. 14), Suite 115. The event is an opportunity for ITS to show its appreciation for the contributions of veterans, but you don’t have to be a veteran to attend — everyone is welcome to come together in support. Anyone with questions or who would like to be kept informed about future events can contact

Womxn's Faculty and Staff Association to Meet Nov. 15, Dec. 13

Logo for WFSA - Womxn's Faculty and Staff Association Join the Womxn's Faculty and Staff Association for its final two fall meetings, set for Friday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Dec. 13, at noon in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 109. The group has changed its name to Womxn’s Faculty and Staff Association to more clearly express the intention to explicitly include women of color, trans women, and other womxn who have historically been excluded and further marginalized by virtue of multiple, intersecting identities. The mission of the Womxn’s Faculty and Staff Association is to create a network to connect, empower and advocate for self-identified womxn at Cal Poly. Anyone with questions or those wanting to join the association's email list should email

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.

Cal Poly Photo Library Continues to be Updated with Fresh Photography from Around the University

Screenshot of Cal Poly's photo library home page with arial photo of the campus and Bishop Peak.University Photographer Joe Johnston has been collecting and sharing branded images through University Marketing’s Photo Library. Recent additions include photos from WOW, students at work on Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz, the Human Powered Vehicle Team practicing for its record-breaking run, fresh photos from in and around the Kennedy Library, a history class trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara for research, the CultureFest Block Party, and much more. The photos are available for download by faculty and staff to be used across Cal Poly properties like websites, newsletters, social media, presentations, etc. Try searching by keyword to find photos for your needs. Anyone with tips for a great Learn by Doing photo opportunity can email Johnston 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 workshop schedules will be posted on the Canvas support site by Friday, Nov. 8. 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

Brock Center Offering Holiday Photo Sessions Nov. 8-11 

Photo of a family posing for a holiday photo.The Brock Center for Agricultural Communication is offering holiday photo sessions for faculty and staff again this year. Now through Nov. 11, sessions are available Friday to Sunday at a rate of $75 for 45 minutes at Cuesta Park, 2400 Loomis St. in San Luis Obispo. Photo packages include 15 to 20 high-quality digital images provided on a thumb drive after your session. Visit to sign up. Questions? Email

First Year Success Program Seeking Coaches

Are you looking for an opportunity to work alongside students to support their academic journey? Here is your chance! The First Year Success Program (FSP) is looking for graduate students, faculty and staff who want to volunteer a small amount of time to work with freshman on academic probation. Coaches will facilitate a group of four to eight students on academic probation, lead conversations of student experiences, guide students with goal planning/setting for upcoming quarters and pinpoint resources for students. The time commitment is a two-hour training session, a two-hour FSP workshop and a potential one-on-one follow-up with students from the small group. The program is looking for people who represent different areas of Cal Poly. Click here to sign up. Questions? Contact Lara Jimenez at or Kara Hitchcock at

Retired Faculty and Staff Share Update on Emeritus Parking Placards

The Retired Faculty and Staff Club advises emeritus parking permit holders to continue to display their emeritus parking placards when parking on campus. The new online parking registration platform has not yet been rolled out to emeritus pass owners.

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program Accepting Applications

Photo of a few hands and text reading Center for Service in ActionThe Center for Service in Action (CSA) and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) invite faculty to apply individually or in teams to be Service-Learning (SL) Faculty Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year. Service learning combines learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. The purpose of the program is to support faculty expanding the number of service-learning courses offered across campus. Stipends are available. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. The details of the program can be found here and the online application can be submitted here. Any questions about the program should be directed to Anurag Pande (, faculty liaison for Service Learning.


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

Mei Gaffey, administrative support coordinator in College of Liberal Arts — Ethnic Studies, 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 Joy Sisler at ext. 6-5755 or to request a donation form.

Maria Fonseca Cordova, custodian in Facilities Operations — Custodial Services, 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 Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

Carrie South, administrative support coordinator in Agribusiness, 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 Diane Pipoly at ext. 6-5001 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

First-Generation Celebration Planned for Nov. 8

The campus community is invited to Cal Poly’s inaugural First-Generation Celebration on Friday, Nov. 8, in UU Plaza. Universities across the nation will celebrate alongside Cal Poly, the Council for Opportunity in Education, and the Center for First-Generation Student Success. The celebration starts at 9 a.m. in UU plaza with coffee and doughnuts and continues until noon with a postcard-writing station, games, and exciting first-generation swag. The First-Generation Celebration day is organized by a campuswide planning committee. Questions can be directed to committee members: Ana Cabezas of Campus Health and Wellbeing,; Dawin Whiten of the Mustang Success Center,; Ethny Stewart of TRIO Achievers,; Kari Howell of Cal Poly Scholars,; and Nelitza Morales of TRIO Achievers, Join us to celebrate our #firstgenmustangs!    

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.

Julian's Now Offering 'SLOstainable Loyalty Program'

Photo of two reusable coffee mugs reading Julian's Cafe BistroJulian’s Café, the caffeine-hero for late nights in Kennedy Library, recently implemented a "SLOstainable Loyalty Program." The program includes a Julian’s Loyalty Card that grants users a free beverage (up to $5) for every 10 purchased with a reusable cup, along with a coupon for 20% off the purchase of a Julian’s-branded mug or tumbler. This program was originally developed by students Camryn Monticello, Allie Jones, Emma Mabe, Daniel Prieto and Spencer Egbert as a part of their Communications 217 class. The group of students proposed the idea to Campus Dining Assistant Director Russell Monteath, who saw great value in their idea and decided to bring it to life. “I think this loyalty program is a great way to not only provide a good deal to customers, but to also further Campus Dining’s ongoing effort to increase sustainable practices on our campus,” Monteath said. Start a Julian’s loyalty card today by ordering with a reusable cup, and learn more about Campus Dining’s programs, products and services that reduce the campus’ “foodprint” at


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

Photo of two people talking, gesturing with their hands.Do you need legal advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding for 34 years to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a free 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. No matter what the issue, advice and guidance is available. Legal consultation can provide a foundation to take the most effective steps necessary for your situation. Fall quarter appointments are available from noon to 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office conference room located in UU 212.

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Theatre and Dance Department Announces 2019-20 Season

Photo from a performance of the Theatre and Dance Department's production of Greek comedy LysistrataThe Theatre and Dance Department's 2019-20 production season has opened with a politically and sexually charged Greek comedy “Lysistrata.” See the show (pictured)  Nov. 7-9 at 8 p.m. In January, the Orchesis Dance Company will celebrate 50 years with the concert “50” on Jan. 17-18 and 23-25 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. In addition, in winter quarter, the department will produce Thornton Wilder’s American classic “Our Town” — a remarkably universal yet personal portrait of our collective humanity — on Feb. 27-29 and March 5-7 at 8 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. In May, the season wraps up with the award-winning contemporary musical “The Last Five Years,” — a non-conventional story simultaneously told backward and forward. Shows will be May 7-9 and 14-16 at 8 p.m. and May 10 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in Spanos Theatre. More information is available on the Theatre and Dance Department’s website.

'The Hip Hop Nutcracker' Comes to the PAC on Nov. 10

Promotional photo for The Hip Hop Nutcracker.The Hip Hop Nutcracker will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers. Just like in the original, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets, and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" will take attendees on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. Tickets range from $26-$30 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.

National Geographic Photographer Jodi Cobb Comes to the PAC on Nov.12

National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb.Join veteran National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb on Nov. 12 on a whirlwind retrospective of a distinguished career that has spanned four decades. The event will start at 7:30 p.m in Miossi Hall and is presented by Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center in partnership with the Cal Poly International Center. Known for breaking through barriers and going undercover to reveal hidden societies, Cobb has captured fascinating glimpses of worlds such as Japan’s secret Geisha culture and the cloistered lives of Saudi Arabian women. Her landmark story “21st Century Slavery” exposed a wide range of human trafficking, generating more reader accolades than any other story up to that point in National Geographic’s history. Travel with Cobb as she chronicles her public and private path from young photojournalist to world-renowned photographer. Tickets range from $17-$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.

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.

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.

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. 6
Women's Basketball vs. Fresno State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Women's Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

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.

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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. 

#494366 — Part-time/Full-time Temporary Custodian, Student Affairs — University Housing. Salary varies. Open until filled.

#493687 — Operating Systems Analyst/Platform Delivery Analyst (Operating Systems Analyst), Information Technology Services — Infrastructure Services. $52,464-$129,504 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $70,000-$85,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494451 — Emergency Groundsworker, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $15.78-$28.56 per hour. Anticipated hiring range: $15.78-$17.36 per hour. 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. 

#494397 — Tenure Track — Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

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.

Accounting Analyst, Campus Dining, $22.46-$33.70 per hour.

Research Scientist, Marine Sciences, $62,108-$93,204 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.

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.

Building Service Worker, $15.23/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Administrative Assistant I - University Union (Temporary Full Time). Salary:  $17.43/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until Nov. 12.

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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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