Cal Poly Report — Oct. 2, 2019 


Cal Poly Launches Faculty Expert Guide

Cal Poly has launched a faculty expert guide to serve as a resource for members of the news media looking to connect with world-class experts on a wide variety of issues. This publicly available guide will also help the university promote its faculty members to a wider audience and enhance the standing of departments, colleges and the university by raising the profile of faculty members. Cal Poly’s faculty members have deep knowledge of many critical and timely topics, including autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, geology and fault systems, LGBTQ mental health and wellness, voting rights and the electoral system, public health, obesity, and wildfires. With nearly 1,500 faculty members across the university, Cal Poly is able to offer numerous resources to working journalists seeking expert commentary on a variety of topics. The expert guide currently includes about two dozen faculty members, and we hope to increase the number of participants every year. The expert guide is now available at Questions? Email Cynthia Lambert, University Communications, at

Many Events Planned for Campus Sustainability Month in October

Graphic reading Sustainability Month and Food Day 2019Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. Throughout the month, Cal Poly organizes events to engage and inspire students, staff and faculty to become sustainability change agents. Save the date for the following events: 
— Eco Reps Garden Workshop: Oct. 8, 11 a.m to noon, Food Pantry Garden located on the lawn of the Health Center (No. 27).
— City of San Luis Obispo Climate Action Planning: Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 113.
— Zero Waste Pledge Workshop: Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to noon, No. 186, Room C203.
— Sustainability Speed Dating: Oct. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., UU 220.
— Swap, Don't Shop: Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dexter Lawn.
— Food Day Festival: Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dexter Lawn.
— Artifishal Film Screening, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to noon, UU 220.

License Plate Recognition is Live, Repurpose Your Physical Permit and Win

Image of a California license plate with text reading EZAS123.This summer, Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) piloted license plate recognition (LPR) software that will make the parking operation more sustainable and improve the parking experience for the campus community. LPR is now live across campus and physical permits are no longer necessary. To stay compliant, all faculty and staff must ensure that their license plate information is correct and linked to an active permit. This can be done in the parking account. Since physical permits are not necessary, TAPS is collecting those physical parking permits for repurposing. Cal Poly community members who drop off their permits in the Cal Poly Police Building (No. 36) will be entered into a raffle for prizes throughout fall quarter. For more information about LPR, visit the TAPS website at

Oct. 4 is Deadline for Mustang Family Weekend Department and College Event Submissions

A group of individuals, one wearing a Cal Poly shirt, posing on campus.Mustang Family Weekend 2019, from Oct.25-27, is quickly approaching, and Parent and Family Programs would like the campus community's help to make this weekend a memorable experience for parents, supporters, friends and students. Roughly 8,000 guests are anticipated to participate in an exciting weekend full of campuswide events, tours, spirited activities and Learn by Doing opportunities. Colleges and departments interested in hosting an event should complete the Mustang Family Weekend 2019 Intent to Participate form by Friday, Oct. 4. All event details will be published on the Cal Poly Now Parents and Supporters guide. Anyone with questions about Mustang Family Weekend can contact Parent and Family Programs at ext. 6-6799 or

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Illustration of fists raised in the air with text reading October Domestic Violence Awareness Month Shatter the Silence Stop the ViolenceSafer is hosting National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with events and trainings throughout the month of October in collaboration with campus and community partners. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend events and show support for survivors of domestic violence. Please visit the bottom floor of Campus Health and Wellbeing in the Health Center (No. 27), to pick up a purple awareness ribbon. If you would like a Safer presentation for your department, fill out the form to request a presentation. For a full listing of events and a digital copy of the calendar, visit the Safer website. Contact Kara Samaniego,, for additional details.

Register for Free CPX Events Oct. 17-18

 Share it. Shape it. CHANGE IT.Seats are still available for the two-day Strategic Diversity Leadership Institute, a series of sessions that will dive deeper into the results from last spring's CPX (Cal Poly Experience) listening sessions and campuswide survey. On Oct. 17-18, come hear the results of the CPX study and learn how the campus community can turn this data into actionable change to create a more equitable, inclusive environment for all. Diversity expert Damon A. Williams and his team will return to campus to present findings from the CPX Survey from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Cal Poly Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center. On Friday, Oct. 18, Williams and his team will engage the campus in deeper conversations during a daylong series of sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All of the events are free, but registration is required to attend. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The keynote and all of the sessions will be livestreamed. Register and learn more here

Graphic showing permitted and prohibited bags for Cal Poly Football's clear bag policy.Clear Bag Policy Now in Place for Football Games

Cal Poly is adopting a Clear Bag Policy to maintain the safety and security of football games while increasing the efficiency for fans entering event venues. Due to national and global events, security officials have deemed backpacks and large bags as heightened security threats. Cal Poly Athletics is dedicated to enhancing fan safety and security measures and the use of clear bags is a recommended best practice throughout the industry. Cal Poly clear bags are available for purchase at the University Store. For more information, visit

Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 14

File photo of Cal Poly graduates celebrating.Save the date for Fall Commencement 2019, taking place Saturday, Dec. 14. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Cal Poly Recreation Center Main Gym. The 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize graduate candidates from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Science and Mathematics. Candidates from the Orfalea College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts will be honored at the 1 p.m. ceremony, and candidates from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and the College of Engineering will be recognized at 4 p.m. Immediately following each ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception in the Julian A. McPhee University Union Plaza, located across from the Recreation Center. Anyone with questions can contact the Commencement Office at ext. 6-1600 or

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Student Success

Biology Student Receives CSU Trustees’ Award and $6,000 Scholarship

Morgan receives the Trustee Emeritus Kenneth Fong Scholar award from, left, Adam Day, chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees, and CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White on Sept. 24 in Long Beach. Morgan was among 23 students from throughout the 23-campus CSU system to be honored for superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need.A biology senior who overcame childhood homelessness and dyslexia to pursue a career in science has received a 2019 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to one student from each of the CSU system’s 23 campuses. Like his counterparts throughout the state, Nathaniel Morgan, 25, was selected for superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need. As part of the recognition, he will receive a $6,000 scholarship as the state’s Trustee Emeritus Kenneth Fong Scholar. “It is an honor to receive this award because it means that someone out there recognizes the hard work I have been putting into my education over the last few years,” said Morgan, who moved to Atascadero to attend Cuesta College about five years ago. “I feel that for college students, having someone remind you that you are working hard and putting in the effort is important, especially during those times when you are tired and feel like you have been in school forever.” Morgan, in center of the photo, received the award from, left, Adam Day, chairman of the California State University board of trustees, and CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White on Sept. 24 in Long Beach. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Volunteers, Including WOW Groups, Pull 101 Pounds of Trash from Local Creeks

A group of volunteers, including WOW students, pose with some of the material they collected.Cal Poly and the Central Coast Partners for Water Quality teamed up with local nonprofit ECOSLO to rid local waterways of trash during the annual SLO County Creeks to Coast Cleanup. Led by Environmental Health and Safety, 65 Cal Poly volunteers, many of whom came from WOW groups, spread throughout 1.7 miles of Stenner and Brizzolara creeks on Sept. 21. The Cal Poly volunteers picked up 56 pounds of trash and 45 pounds of recyclables, including bottles, cans, receipts, construction material, three shopping carts, two mattresses and metal pieces from an old window frame. The volunteers were part of a larger, countywide clean-up effort that included nearly 1,840 volunteers, covering 102 miles of beaches, parks, lakes and creeks. The collective haul of garbage from the entire SLO County Creeks to Coast Cleanup, rounded out at an astounding 12,400 pounds of trash and 825 pounds of recyclables.

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Faculty & Staff

Interim Provost Mary Pedersen To Hold Open Office Hours for Staff on Oct. 10

Graphic reading Office Hours with Interim Provost PedersenInterim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Pedersen will hold open office hours for staff who would like to speak to her, ask questions and learn more about Academic Affairs’ strategic priorities. Open hours for staff members will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. Light food and refreshments will be available. RSVP here for this session. Open hours for faculty members will be held on Oct. 31. More information can be found on the provost's website. Questions? Contact the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186.

UndocuStories Panel to be Held Oct. 8Logo for Cal Poly Dream Center with a butterfly in the middle of a green circle

Learn about the lived experiences of undocumented students at Cal Poly during the UndocuStories panel from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. As part of UndocuWelcome week, the UndocuStories event will offer faculty and staff the chance to engage with student panelists and learn from their narratives and expertise. This workshop is offered as a partnership between the Dream Center and the Center for Teaching, Learning and TechnologyRegistration is appreciated, but not required. Contact Sarah Macdonald at with any questions or requests for accommodations.

Campus Health and Wellbeing Welcomes New Prevention Specialist

Jennifer MacMartinSafer, now residing within Campus Health and Wellbeing, has welcomed Jennifer MacMartin as the new prevention specialist for gender-based violence initiatives. MacMartin graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in women’s and gender studies and most recently served as the volunteer manager at RISE, a local nonprofit that addresses sexual and intimate partner violence. She is looking forward to returning to her roots, and  contributing to the invaluable work that Safer provides on campus. MacMartin's role is to provide primary prevention education and trainings to students, faculty and staff and is available to consult with all areas of campus to ensure that we are addressing the roots of gender- and power-based violence within our community. MacMartin can be reached by email at

Brian FischerExtended Education Videographer Brian Fischer Wins Marketing Award

The Extended Education marketing team announced that videographer Brian Fischer has won the Gold 2019 UPCEA Marketing Award for Level Up Your Summer at Cal Poly. Fischer’s win is in the Streaming/On-demand Content category. He will receive his award at the 2019 UPCEA Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar in New Orleans in December. Founded in 1915, UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing and online education. The UPCEA Marketing Awards program receives hundreds of high-quality submissions and recognizes the top marketing and creative work across UPCEA's membership. 


Proposals Due Nov. 4 for Baker/Koob Endowments

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, Nov. 4, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. The endowments will have $70,000 available to support the proposals. The typical range for grants is a maximum of $2,500 for individuals and a maximum of $5,000 for group projects. A faculty committee representing the six colleges will review proposals. Past grants have represented a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Winners will be announced before the holidays, and projects can begin in January. Students have one year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the provost's website.

CPC Appoints Budget and Finance Advisory Committee

The Cal Poly Corporation board of directors unanimously approved the formation of a Budget and Finance Advisory Committee at its April 26 meeting. This committee will monitor and review corporation budgets and financial performance, and will report to the board on the overall financial health of the organization. In its inaugural year, the committee will include board and non-board members. The committee will be chaired by board member Patrick Mullen, region director, customer service for PG&E. Members of the committee include: College of Architecture and Environmental Design Professor Phil Barlow, College of Science and Mathematics Associate Professor Steven Rein, Associate Vice President for Financial Services Angela Kraetsch, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Ed Rainbolt, ASI Associate Executive Director Dwayne Brummett, and University Controller and Foundation Treasurer Marc Benadiba.

Staff Parking Available in K-2 Lot Behind North Mountain Residence Halls

Map of a portion of Cal Poly to show the K-2 parking lot.Staff can take advantage of a designated parking lot near the east side of campus. The reconfigured R-1 parking lot consists of the southern two terraces of parking stalls located directly across Klamath Road from Trinity Hall, south of Mountain Lane. The area located north of Mountain Lane has been designated as the K-2 parking lot. The K-2 parking lot is designated as a staff lot Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The K-2 lot can be accessed via Village Drive and Mountain Lane from North Perimeter Road and is marked and available for staff parking.

Campus Dining Launches New Safety Program

Graphic with a drawing of a bee and word SafeCampus Dining is launching a new enhanced comprehensive safety training program for its employees that will cover an expanded list of expected and potential hazards. The "Be Safe" program will train Campus Dining employees on all safety aspects of their positions from lifting, cutting and handling hot items to crisis response and communication, chemical spills, and other critical safety matters. All trainings will be supported by exercises and communication materials. “Safety training in all aspects of Campus Dining, from food preparation and handling standards to how to react to a hostile situation, is becoming more of a priority each year,” Campus Dining Assistant Director Russell Monteath said. “The ‘Be Safe’ program is another significant step that we can take to ensure the overall safety of our students, faculty, staff and employees.” The training program will start this fall.

Accessibility Workshops for Faculty to be Offered in October

Image of a keyboard with a green "access" key Cal Poly is committed to creating a culture of access for an inclusive learning environment. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is offering two fully online self-paced accessibility workshops for fall 2019 to help instructors create accessible course materials. A $100 stipend per workshop is available for those eligible. Expect to spend seven to 10 hours total per workshop. Both workshops are available between Oct. 7-25. Click the links to view workshops descriptions and register for: ​Creating Accessible Documents and Creating and Captioning Accessible Video.

Canvas Coming in Winter 2020, CTLT Support is Available

Graphic of circle with red circles and semi-circles to with item on Canvas.This year, Cal Poly will begin the transition from its Learning Management System, PolyLearn-Moodle, to Canvas. The two systems will run alongside one another during winter, spring and summer 2020, with Canvas fully implemented next fall. Canvas will position Cal Poly for the future by supporting its diverse pedagogical needs, incorporating native mobile features, and complying with accessibility requirements. Additionally, Canvas will offer instructors greater grade display options, easy activity weighting, and a SpeedGrader for quick entry of text or video feedback for grading. Currently, faculty can work in the Canvas Sandbox to learn more about the tools and try to migrate their courses from PolyLearn-Moodle to Canvas themselves. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will provide assistance via an online self-paced course, online discussions, as well as face-to-face and video consultations for Sandbox play. During the transition timeline (winter-fall 2020), the CTLT will provide online resources, workshops, face-to-face consultations, synchronous video consultations, email and phone support. Additionally, it will acquire 24/7 email/phone support by Instructure (Canvas) and automated migration of PolyLearn-Moodle courses into Canvas. For more information on Canvas and the available tools, support and resources during the transition, visit

Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Offered Fall 2019

University Advising will host a Faculty Advisor Training Series that introduces undergraduate faculty advisors to academic advising core competencies. Register for each workshop using the links below. All workshops will be held in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
— FA 101: Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 4.
— FA 102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit: 10:10 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 25.
— FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 22.
Click here for more information about the Faculty Advisor Training series. Questions? Contact Christina Wolfe-Chandler, advisor training coordinator, at ext. 6-5735 or

Tickets on Sale for Oct. 12 Open House at Swanton Pacific Ranch - Free Bus Transportation Available

Photo of three people standing in an orchard at Swanton Pacific RanchFaculty and staff are invited to an open house event at Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Event highlights will include walking tours and demonstrations highlighting its natural beauty, ecological diversity, integrated and sustainable land management practices, educational programs and research-based restoration projects. Tours will feature botanical communities, sustainable forestry, creek restoration, the new field camp development, the Al Smith house and the Swanton Pacific Railroad. To purchase tickets, visit Free bus transportation, courtesy of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, is available to all faculty and staff, departing from the Agricultural Sciences Building (No. 11) at 7 a.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m. Event tickets are required. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Children age 5 and over may ride the bus; all ages are welcome at the event. To reserve a seat on the bus, visit

New Book and Learning Circles Set for Fall

Image of book cover "The ONE Thing"Employee and Organization Development is excited to announce its fall 2019 Book and Learning Circles. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in these conversations, including a Book Circle, where participants read a book and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where attendees view a video or read an article before discussing as a group.
— Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of multiple sessions. The first book, "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller, helps readers discover why choosing to focus on only one thing allows them to achieve the success they want. The second book, "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown, works to dispel the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
— Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article, and participating in a discussion during a single session. In the learning circle "How to Let Go of Being a 'Good' Person — And Become a Better Person," Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior — like why it’s hard to spot biases and acknowledge mistakes — and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes.
To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

Campus Announcements

Campus Can Now Use Grubhub, not Tapingo, for Campus Dining Venues

Illustration of tacos, a drink and a bag with Grubhub logoThe campus community can now save time and receive special offers through the Grubhub app. Earlier this year, Grubhub purchased Tapingo, the app used by Campus Dining for mobile ordering. Just last week Grubhub officially began integrating Tapingo into the Grubhub app. Users now must use the Grubhub app for all their mobile food ordering from Campus Dining venues. The switch is pretty simple: Since Tapingo is no longer active, users just need to download the Grubhub app and login. All Tapingo accounts have been migrated to Grubhub, and users can simply sign in with their previous login information. If users didn’t previously use the Tapingo app, they can open a Grubhub account and in settings under My Grubhub and confirm California Polytechnic as their campus. This change provides access to all Campus Dining venues except Yogurt Creations and Shake Smart and is a one-stop app for food off campus as well.

Language Conversation Tables Meeting in Fall Quarter

The German Conversation Table, which started Sept. 26, meets every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls (220), near Julian’s Café on the second floor of Kennedy Library (No. 35). The Russian Conversation Table meets every other Thursday starting Oct. 3 from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls on the second floor (220) of Kennedy Library. The Italian Conversation Group meets every Monday from 6:10 to 7 p.m. in the World Languages Lab in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10) Room 128. The Vietnamese Language and Culture roundtable meets every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Center for Service in Action Lounge in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E22. The Spanish Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon in the UU Plaza. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details about each conversation table are on the World Languages and Cultures Department website

Study Abroad Fair Set for Oct. 3

Graphic reading Study Abroad Fair The Cal Poly International Center will showcase its programs at the Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, on Dexter Lawn. Explore the variety of available Study Abroad opportunities and listen to former Study Abroad students share their experiences. With more than 500 programs in 75 countries, the Study Abroad program can make international study a reality. Programs range from a spring break trip to a year abroad. Participants will return home with an excellent education, broadened communication skills, a new perspective on culture and a willingness to learn. These intangible skills are highly valued by employers and can help individuals compete in a global market.

Restrictions to Trails and Roadways in Poly Canyon Oct. 5 During Mountain Bike Race 

The Cal Poly Cycling Club will host the Second Annual Poly Canyon Classic, an all-day mountain bike competition, on Saturday, Oct. 5. To safely accommodate the campus event, there will be restrictions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on many of the trails and roadways in Poly Canyon, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Experimental Structures Laboratory area and the agricultural lands beyond Patterson Ranch. Anyone planning to hike or ride in that area should expect some impacts during that time. Guests are welcome to attend the race and cheer on the competitors. Visit the Cal Poly Cycling website for more information at

Statistical Consulting Service Available Through Dec.13

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, Dec. 13, by appointment only. Heather Smith will serve as the consultant. She is available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, the department will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what to bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

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: Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, 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.

Kennedy Library’s Tech Checkout Temporarily Moving to the Natatorium

Photo of someone checking out an item from the Tech Checkout deskKennedy Library’s Tech Checkout services have temporarily relocated to the Natatorium in Building 46, which also houses the Information Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk. With this move and other initiatives, ITS and Kennedy Library are partnering to provide the campus community with the highest level of service and ensure that students, faculty and staff have access to the technology resources they need. The tech checkout counter in the Natatorium, across from Spanos Stadium, checks out laptops, projectors, cameras and other equipment for up to five days, rather than the three hours previously offered from the library tech checkout window. Reservations can be made online at Technology accessories, including adapters, headphones, calculators and chargers, will still be available for rent at the front desk in Kennedy Library. Tech checkout services are expected to return to the library later this academic year.

Mindfulness Meditation Group to Meet This Year on Campus

Photo of rocks stacked on water on a beach.The Mindfulness Meditation Group is meeting on campus again this year. The group meets every Monday that classes meet (i.e., not during exams, holidays or breaks) from 12:10 to 1 p.m., in the Lower Level Conference Room in the Health Center (No. 27), Room 11. The group will meditate silently for 30 minutes, starting at 12:15 p.m. (Headphones for guided meditations are welcome.) Mindfulness meditation is a non-religious exercise of paying attention to your present-moment experience. Many people find it calming and relaxing. No experience necessary. All are welcome — faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

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Lecture-Recital on Spirituals to be Presented Oct. 3

Diane White-ClaytonThe Music Department will host guest artist Diane White-Clayton for a lecture-recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45).  Titled “The Many Colors of Spirituals,” White-Clayton’s presentation will be a musical journey of Afro-American spirituals as they made their way from the plantation to the concert stage. From classical arrangements by prominent African American women composers to a cappella soul-stirring folk renditions, the program will feature powerful spirituals that accompanied marches of the Civil Rights era and will include audience participation as White-Clayton teaches a selection in a “down-home” congregational style. White-Clayton is a native of Washington, D.C., where she began performing at 4 years old in the Baptist church where her father pastored. She was conducting choirs by the age of 9 and composing by 11. She travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad as a classical and gospel vocalist, pianist, conductor, clinician and speaker. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

Film Screening and Discussion of 'Shusenjo' Set for Oct. 8

Poster for film Shusenjo - the Main Battleground of the Comfort WomenJoin director Miki Dezaki for a film screening and discussion of "Shusenjo" from 6:10 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 121. The legacies of World War II, especially the sexual enslavement of Korean women known as Comfort Women, continue to strike a sensitive chord within East Asia. "Shusenjo" delves into the most contentious debates, which sit at the intersection of Japanese and Korean nationalism, racism, militarism and women's rights. The film uncovers hidden intentions regarding the Comfort Women issue within contemporary Japan.

Astrophysicist to Speak on Cosmic Evolution Oct. 9

Image from space to accompany talk on cosmic evolutionUC Santa Cruz Astrophysics Department Chair Raja Guha Thakurta will discuss how the materials that compose human beings and other life forms were synthesized inside the Sun's ancestral stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Spanos Theatre. Our Milky Way galaxy, which is dominated by dark matter, and other galaxies like it serve as chemical recycling plants and are responsible for the richness and complexity of the periodic table of elements. Thakurta will also discuss the lives and times of galaxies: galaxy cannibalism and mergers, black holes, gravitational waves and the growth and evolution of galaxies from the tiniest ripples in the fabric of the early universe. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by CESAME (Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education) and the Cosmic Evolution Project. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Cosmic Evolution Project website or email


College of Engineering Diversity/Inclusion Speaker Series Kicks Off Oct. 10

James H. DickersonThe College of Engineering will kick off the quarter's Diversity/Inclusion Speaker Series with the presentation "Using Science for Good Every Day," by James H. Dickerson. The event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7). An inventive leader with an extensive research and communications track record in the physical sciences, Dickerson joined Consumer Reports in January 2017. As the organization’s first chief scientific officer, he is responsible for scientific and technical oversight of all relevant CR activities. An internationally recognized expert in nanoscience and electrochemistry, Dickerson has more than 15 years of experience effectively translating scientific concepts for academic, industrial, government and public stakeholders. In 2019, Dickerson was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his longstanding contributions to physics diversity through mentoring, outreach and leadership to assure quality science continues to underpin all of Consumer Reports’ product evaluations.

Cal Poly Faculty to Present Lecture-Recital on Schumann’s ‘Myrthen’ on Oct. 12

Graphic with title Schumann Lecture-Recital and photos of the three Music Department members Emma Levine, Katherine Arthur and Paul WoodringThe Music Department will present a faculty lecture-recital on Robert Schumann’s “Myrthen,” Op. 25, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Emma Levine, who teaches music appreciation at Cal Poly, will begin the presentation with a talk on the “Myrthen” (Myrtles). The cycle is a collection of 26 poems set to music, which Schumann composed in 1840 as a wedding gift for his wife, Clara, in the midst of an agonizing legal battle with her father. Soprano Katherine Arthur, who teaches applied and class voice at Cal Poly, will sing 15 of the songs from the cycle in German. Included in the selections are some of the most famous songs Schumann wrote: “Widmung” (Dedication), “Der Nussbaum” (The Walnut Tree), “Die Lotosblume” (The Lotus-Flower) and “Du bist wie eine Blume” (You Are Like a Flower). Arthur said the songs were composed at the height of the Romantic era, and during the few years of Schumann’s most prolific output. Paul Woodring will accompany on piano. He is an accompanist and music coach at Cal Poly, and also the university organist Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

UC Berkeley Director of Curriculum for Data Science and Information Division to Speak Oct. 17

“The Pedagogy of Data Science: Experiences from UC Berkeley,” will be presented by Eric Van Dusen, director of curriculum in the Division of Data Science and Information at UC Berkeley, from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Business Building Silo (No. 3), Room 213. Data science as a field is being driven by increased demand for statistical applications across disciplines, increased quality of digital information, computing capacity to handle that information, increasing scope of open source software and open science approaches throughout various fields. Teaching data science often requires elements of computer science coding and statistical inference at the same time. UC Berkeley has created a large and popular introductory class in coding and statistics, accessible to all students at the university, and is a replacement for a statistics prerequisite that many majors have. The hurdles encountered in developing this curriculum and the benefits of this pedagogical approach will be presented during this event.

New Director of Jazz Studies to Give Recital with Guests on Oct. 18

Arthur WhiteNew Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White will perform a jazz saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The program will feature the world premiere of his first long-form jazz work, “Pictures of the Heartland.” The nine-movement suite is a musical homage to a variety of beautiful, if not iconic, landscapes in Kansas and Missouri. White is a Kansas native who spent several years of his professional career teaching and performing throughout the Midwest. He will perform with members of his band, MERGE, as well as vibraphonist Joe Locke and legendary drummer Peter Erskine. Information on White is on the Music Department faculty website. Locke is a three-time winner of the prestigious Jazz Journalists Association Vibraphonist of the Year Award. He is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. Erskine appears on 700 albums and film scores. He has won two Grammy Awards and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Berklee College of Music. Fifty albums have been released under his name or as co-leader. 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.

Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors Continues Oct. 25

 Politics, Consumption and Urban Space, 1914-1945"History Professor Molly Loberg will discuss her recent book, "The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space 1914-1945," with Christian Anderson, assistant professor of German in the World Languages and Cultures Department. Loberg is a Fulbright Scholar and Humboldt Fellow, and in 2013 won the History Article Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians for the best article by a woman historian in all fields. Anderson engages in phenomenological research on cultural production in German-speaking Europe and has conducted research on Berlin, focused specifically on the central site where the Berliner Stadtschloss is currently being situated. The conversation will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. Light refreshments will be served, and the audience will be invited to engage in the conversation. More information about this event can be found here. To explore previous events and podcasts, visit Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors page.

Film poster for "Shock and Awe" movieCLA Speaks to Preview Film and Discussion on the Search for Truth on Nov. 4

During the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, one group of reporters at the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau went out on a limb to report the truth. Rob Reiner’s 2018 film “Shock and Awe” tells the story of bureau chief John Walcott and his reporters on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, join the College of Liberal Arts for a viewing of the film and a guided discussion afterward with Walcott and journalism professor and former KCOY news anchor/reporter Patti Piburn about the relationship between our government and the news media then —and today. CLA Speaks is the annual speaker series for Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts. Learn more about CLA Speaks.


Event Calendar

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Thursday, Oct. 3
Women’s Soccer vs. Long Beach State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
Football vs. Montana State, Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11
Women’s Volleyball vs. Hawai’i, 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. Visit and for available job openings. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#493077 — Retention Specialist (Student Service Professional III), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning. $4,691-$6,683. Anticipated hiring range: $4,554-$5,167. Open until filled.

#494126 — Associate Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement (Administrator III), University Development. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494128 — Primary Care Physician — Emphasis on Reproductive Health. Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $125,148-$212,556 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $12,000-$12,500 per month based on a 10/12 schedule. Open until filled.

#494094 — Enrollment Engagement Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist 12 months) Academic Affairs — Admissions. $46,764-$84,612 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $60,000-$70,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494023 — Resource Sharing Specialist (Library Service Specialist II), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning. $37,212-$71,796 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,000-$45,660 per year. Open until filled.

#494027 — Acquisitions Specialist (Library Services Specialist III), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning. $40,452-$78,060 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,452-$54,888 per year. Open until filled.

#494069 — GENE Administrative Support Coordinator, Academic Affairs — College of Engineering. $34,152-$61,776 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $36,000-$48,000 per year. Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. Part-time lecturer pools are being opened this month. Visit for current openings, further information and how to apply.

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 job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Registered Dietitian and Sustainability Coordinator, Campus Dining, $53,892-$80,808 per year.

Custodian, Campus Dining, $15-$21.55 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.

Building Service Worker, $15.23/hour 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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