Cal Poly Report — Oct. 23, 2019 


Speakers Report Results of CPX Survey and Next Steps

Jozi De Leon, Cal Poly's vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officerCal Poly unveiled the results of the  Cal Poly Experience (CPX) survey, as the university enters the second phase of an ongoing diversity and inclusion initiative that began earlier this year. The survey results provide  a comprehensive picture of the experiences of students, faculty and staff; highlight areas for improvement; and lay out a clear path forward. Diversity, equity and inclusion expert Damon A. Williams shared the survey results Oct. 17 at a keynote address to kick off the Strategic Diversity Leadership Institute. The results show more negative experiences and greater challenges at Cal Poly among campus community members from traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups. The report also found an extraordinary and widespread level of awareness about diversity, equity and inclusion and a concern for others even when one’s own experience is comfortable. With the results, the university will develop a series of action plans this academic year that spell out specific goals and strategies for the campus community. These action plans will build on past and ongoing efforts by many university community members and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion to thread diversity and inclusion throughout the university. “The campus has been waiting for the survey results to further inform actions and connect the work that has come before,” said Jozi De Leon, vice president of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer (pictured). “Through this work, I envision that we will create a culture of inclusion on our campus in which every student and every employee can show up every day knowing they are welcome and they belong.” Learn more here. The survey’s executive summary and full report are also available online.

Cal Poly Is First University to Sign Agreement to Assist U.S. Strategic Command in Monitoring Objects Orbiting the Earth

Cal Poly, which has been at the forefront of small satellite design, build and monitoring, has signed the first agreement between an academic institution and the U.S. Strategic Command to expand an international program tracking tens of thousands of objects in Earth orbit. Rear Adm. Richard Correll, who oversees plans and policy for U.S. Strategic Command, and President Armstrong recently signed the agreement joining more than 100 commercial and foreign nations working together to expand space situational awareness — the ability to monitor, understand and predict natural and manmade objects in orbit around the Earth. Cal Poly already works closely with Air Force Space Command’s 18th Space Control Squadron, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, that does all the tracking and maintains the space catalog for USSTRATCOM. The squadron tracks more than 23,000 softball-size objects. These include more than 1,300 satellites, the International Space Station, and other items often known as debris that move through space at speeds up to 18,000 mph — more than 20 times the speed of sound. Read the news release.

Center for Research and Innovation Open Forum Sessions Set for Oct. 29, 31 

In advance of construction of the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation (naming pending Board of Trustees approval), Facilities Management and Development invites the campus community to attend two open forum sessions. The sessions are intended provide answers about the construction project, how occupants in adjacent buildings will be impacted, and what steps are being taken to minimize disruption. Sessions will be held:
— Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 1-2 p.m. in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285
— Thursday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-noon in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 285.
Additionally, project support staff can speak to classes or at department meetings.  To schedule a meeting, contact Jessica Hunter at For project information, follow Inside CalPoly and visit

Chumash Auditorium Closed for Renovation

Rendering of the renovated Chumash Auditorium in the Cal Poly University Union.Chumash Auditorium closed for renovation on Oct. 1. ASI is enhancing the many functions of the space while also capitalizing on advances in lighting, sound, staging and more. Information-gathering sessions were held last fall, followed by a design and planning process. Renderings and a full list of auditorium amenities are available at ASI projects. Chandler Lounge and the TV lounge on the second floor of the University Union will also be renovated with construction to begin in December. The project is slated to be completed by next fall. The Cal Poly Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center (MAC) has been designated as an alternative event venue during the renovation. ASI thanks campus community members for their patience as it works to improve the facilities to better meet the needs of students and the campus community. Anyone with questions about the project can contact Ron Skamfer, director — ASI facilities management, at

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Student Success

Cal Poly Athletics Graduation Success Rate Climbs to 85%

Several Cal Poly athletes photographed at last year's Commencement.Cal Poly’s Graduation Success Rate among its 550 student-athletes increased to 85%, according to the NCAA Graduation Rates Report released recently by the NCAA. That figure represents a 3% rise from a year ago and a 16% increase over the past nine years. Men’s cross country and track and field led the way with a 20% improvement in its GSR and a 25% increase in its Federal Graduation Rate. The current Graduation Rates Report compiles data about students and student-athletes entering as freshmen in 2012, the most recent graduating class for which the required six years of information is available. Eight of Cal Poly’s athletic teams posted a GSR of over 90%, equaling the numbers of a year ago. They include men’s golf, men's basketball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball and women’s swimming and diving. Men’s golf, men's soccer, men’s tennis and women's swimming and diving posted 100% graduation success rates. Men’s tennis and women's swimming and diving are the lone Mustang teams with an FGR score of 100%. Read more here.

Engineering Students Take on New Challenges Posed by Disabled Veterans

Army medic Peter Way was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Afghanistan in 2003. He endured 12 years of complications from his injuries before electing to have his right leg amputated above the knee. In January 2014, he was matched up with Rory, a black Labrador provided by America’s VetDogs. Rory, trained to calm vets, even waking them during nightmares that are common amongst those with post-traumatic stress disorder, is Way’s constant companion. The retired major has asked Cal Poly students to creating a more accessible vehicle ramp to assist Rory getting in and out of Way’s truck.Years after being wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade, Peter Way was dangerously close to becoming another suicide statistic. But a dog named Rory helped the Army veteran regain his life. Now he’s hoping Cal Poly students will make Rory’s life a little easier by creating a more accessible vehicle ramp. “If you can help me out, you’d be affecting two lives,” the former Army medic from a suburb near Augusta, Georgia, told students in a video message. “Rory will last a lot longer. It’s about $50,000 to train a service dog, and Rory is extra, extra special.” Way (pictured) was among several veterans who offered challenges to students recently through the Quality of Life Plus (QL+) program, which pairs vet needs with student senior projects. The program was launched in 2008 and the campus QL+ Lab opened a year later by alumnus Jon Monett (Industrial Engineering, ’64). The challenges are issued to students at the start of the fall quarter, when students can bid on which projects they wish to work on the entire school year. This year teams were formed for nine projects. Read the news release.

Succulentopia to Offer Over 7,000 Plants Oct. 25-26

Photo of a succulent gardenMore than 150 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly's Succulentopia plant sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Horticulture Unit at the Poly Plant Shop. More than 7,000 plants will be available for purchase. Five students are involved in the student-run project, one of several such hands-on experiences offered by the university's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Horticulture and Crop Science Department. The cost of the plants will range from $4.50 to $7 for 4-inch plants. Larger plants are priced accordingly, mostly below $12; 6-inch succulent garden, $12.50; 8-inch succulent garden, $25.

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Faculty & Staff

Interim Provost Mary Pedersen To Hold Open Office Hours for Faculty on Oct. 31

Graphic for Office Hours with Interim Provost PedersenInterim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Pedersen will hold open office hours for faculty members who are interesting in speaking with the interim provost, asking questions and learning more about Academic Affairs’ strategic priorities. Open hours for faculty members will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. Halloween snacks and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for this session, click here. Contact the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186 with any questions.

College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center Adds Services, Changes Name

Cal Poly logo with text reading Student Services College of Science and MathematicsThe College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center has been renamed College of Science and Mathematics Student Services. In addition to student advising and pre-health career efforts, the office now receives and routes all student forms and petitions needing a dean’s signature and directly oversees student success efforts, students of concern, APDQ (academic probation/disqualification) and readmission, student programs, initiatives and events. Student Services now offers two appointment types: same-day and planned appointments. Sign-ups for same-days open at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday; same-days are 20-minute advising appointments that are offered from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Planned appointments are still 30 minutes and may be booked with the first available advisor, or by selecting the first available appointment for a specific advisor up to two weeks in advance. Students may schedule all appointment types via Calendly. Student Services is still in the Science North Building (No. 53), Room 211.  

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Oct. 25

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. This is a public meeting. For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.


CalPERS to Host Workshops Oct. 23

CalPERS logoCalifornia Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 23, hosting workshops to help employees learn more about CalPERS retirement benefits. The workshops include:
— Your CalPERS and You (for early to mid- career members). This class will help members get a head start on understanding their retirement benefits.
— Planning Your Retirement (for members one to five years from retirement). Learn how to plan for retirement and the process of retiring.
Enrollment is limited and attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Learn more and register. Anyone with questions or needing assistance should contact Human Resources at ext. 6-2236 or

'Disability Tapas' Offered Every Wednesday

Disabilities come in many forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for some bite-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. Presentations are geared toward faculty and staff — students are also welcome — and offered every Wednesday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Student Services Building (No. 124), Room 224, or attend via Zoom at The dates and topics are:
— Oct. 23: ADA/504 Accommodations: Equitable Access and Legal Considerations
— Oct. 30: Supporting Students with Autism 
— Nov. 6: Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Getting Good Grades with Gadgets
— Nov. 13: Accessible Learning Spaces: Addressing Mobility and Visual Access Needs
— Nov. 20: Supporting Students with ADHD 
— Dec. 4: Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome 
For more information, contact the Disability Resource Center at or ext. 6-1395.

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

ITS Service Desk Has Moved to the Library

Photo of the exterior of Kennedy Library.The Information Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk, PolyCard Services and Tech Rentals are now serving campus from their new location, Suite 114E in the Hub24 Computer Lab, inside Kennedy Library. The more central location offers students, faculty and staff more convenient access to key technology services. For service information and business hours, visit Anyone with questions can contact the ITS Service Desk at or ext. 6-7000. 


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

Adobe Sign is Coming to Cal Poly

Small graphic of a scribbled signature and text reading Adobe SignAlong with 15 other CSU campuses, Cal Poly will soon be migrating from DocuSign to Adobe Sign, Adobe’s cloud-based e-signature service. The migration to Adobe Sign will be completed in phases and is expected to be finalized by February. The project team, which includes representatives from Information Technology Service (ITS), Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Administration and Finance, is currently taking inventory of the DocuSign templates being used across campus to identify what should be moved over to Adobe Sign. Adobe Sign training will be provided to Cal Poly users who are new to the service, to help ease the transition. The project team will continue to update campus as the migration progresses and there are more details to share. Anyone with questions can email

Sprain Strain Workshops Return to Campus Oct. 28-30

Participants in a past Sprain Strain WorkshopBack by popular demand, the Sprain Strain Toolbox Workshops are returning to campus. These sessions will address office ergonomics and are geared toward anyone who sits at a desk. Participants will learn movements and stretching to prevent injury at work and tools to avoid injury due to sprains and strains in all areas of life. Three opportunities will be offered for staff and faculty to participate in this energetic, interactive and entertaining workshop. Participants will enjoy snacks and raffle prizes. Sessions will be held in the Facilities Building (No. 70):
— Monday, Oct. 28: 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
— Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29-30: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Sprain Strain Toolbox Workshops are sponsored by Facilities Management and Development, and Environmental Health and Safety. To register or for more information, contact Kathryn Villarreal at ext. 6-5427.

Employment Equity Facilitator Training Now Available Online

The Employment Equity Facilitator (EEF) Training is now available on the Cal Poly Learning Hub. Each recruitment search at Cal Poly requires at least one of its members to be trained as an EEF. Now, you no longer need to wait for and attend a workshop to become certified. You can access the online training at any time.  More information can be found on the Office of Equal Opportunity’s EEF website: Questions? Contact

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.

Beautiful Bella Montana Unit Now Available for Sale

File photo of the Bella Montana housing communityInterested in living within walking distance to campus? A 1,314-square-foot craftsman-inspired three-bedroom, two-bath unit is for sale at Bella Montana. The distinct, thoughtfully crafted layout offers amenities such as stainless steel appliances, bamboo flooring and a two-car garage. Bella Montana is a unique housing community of 69 individually-owned homes designed exclusively for Cal Poly faculty and staff. The community is located within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and schools. Visit for more information.  

CTLT To Stream CanInnovate Webinar on Oct. 25

On Friday, Oct. 25, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will host the CanInnovate Webinar, which will spotlight emerging, creative practices in the Canvas Learning Management System by California Community College faculty, staff and administrators across their 114 colleges. The all-day event will include multiple learning sessions that will be streamed in Kennedy Library, Room 209. A schedule of the sessions may be found here. All faculty and staff are welcome to join any of the sessions. Registration is not required, but is required for lunch. Click here to RSVP for lunch. For more information on the Canvas transition, please visit

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Meets Nov. 6 for Discussion with 'Lives Well Lived' Filmmaker Sky Bergman

Movie poster for Lives Well Lived filmThe Retired Faculty and Staff Club will hold a luncheon and program Wednesday, Nov. 6, featuring Professor Sky Bergman, who teaches photography and video in the Art and Design Department. Bergman will discuss her her nationally recognized film, "Lives Well Lived," and her plans for the future. Visit to view a trailer for her film. The Nov. 6 event will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The cost is $20, and reservations are required. RSVP to Gail Simmons at 805-462-9148 or by Oct. 30. Several reserved parking spots will be available at the Performing Arts Center parking structure (Parking Lot G5). These spots should be used by those challenged to walk a great distance from the parking lot to the PAC lobby. "Lives Well Lived" is a feature documentary film by Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3,000 years of experience, 40 people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. The film will not be shown at the luncheon.

Catastrophic Leave

Grace Harklerode, custodian in Facilities Management — 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.

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Campus Announcements

Image of a child in a coat, scarf and beanie with text reading Coats for KidsThis month, the campus community is asked to consider donating a coat to the Coats for Kids drive. This annual campaign, led by Rotaract SLO, collects new and gently used coats of all sizes to donate to families in need on the Central Coast. On behalf of Rotaract SLO, Information Technology Services (ITS) will be collecting coats through Thursday, Oct. 31. There are four collection boxes on campus, located in the ITS main office in the Pilling Building (No. 14) Room 115, the Information Security Office in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 101, Chase Hall (No. 115), and at the Service Desk in the Hub24 Computer Lab at Kennedy Library. Questions? Contact Kathryn Hammer at ext. 6-2560 or

Learn How Many Calories You Burn During Everyday Activities

The Center for Health Research is recruiting research participants for a study on burning calories that will require four hours of participation over two days. Subjects will wear activity monitors, a face mask and backpack that will measure their calories while sitting, walking and driving. Participants will receive a $30 Target gift card and must be between the ages of 18-65 and able to drive a car. Email or call ext. 6-1785 for more information.

Facilities Fall Summit and Open House Set for Nov. 7-8

Photos of various Cal Poly employees from Facilities Management and Development with text reading Fall Summit and Open House Come to the third annual Facilities Fall Summit and Open House on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-8, hosted in the Facilities Building (No. 70). The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Nov. 7 with a coffee-and-mingle hour with the Facilities leadership team, followed by interesting, informative and engaging sessions, a raffle, giveaways and lunch. Interested in sustainability, events, ergonomics, vehicles, construction on campus or just want to learn more information to help make your Facilities requests easier? We have a session for you! Registration will close at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Go to to view the full agenda and register. Don’t forget to follow Facilities on Inside CalPoly for updates on the Fall Summit and everything Facilities related. Questions? Contact Jessica Hunter at ext. 6-7568 or and the Facilities Help Center at ext. 6-5555 or

Writing and Learning Center Offers Free Tutoring to all Students

Photo of students studying and writing at the Writing and Learning Center at Kennedy Library.The University Writing and Rhetoric Center has transitioned into the Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives. Based out of Kennedy Library, this office coordinates a variety of programs and services, including the Graduation Writing Requirement, and provides a comprehensive menu of academic resources for all students, such as the new Writing and Learning Center. At the Writing and Learning Center, peer consultants offer free tutoring in any subject to all students. Students can engage in individual and small-group tutoring sessions with trained undergraduate consultants on any activity, assignment, writing project or exam. Representatives from the center are available to visit any class, club or committee meeting and present an introduction to the center’s services. The center’s staff also can collaborate on the design and delivery of workshops to address specific student learning objectives or explore other opportunities to develop learning support services. For exact hours and locations of tutoring sessions and more information on the center’s services, visit the Writing and Learning Center website.

Conversations with Cal Poly Authors Available in DigitalCommons@Cal Poly

Poster images, podcasts and transcripts of Kennedy Library's longstanding Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series are now permanently available in the campus institutional repository DigitalCommons@CalPoly. Conversations was launched in 2011 and continues today. This series encourages informal discourse across disciplines and provides a relaxed venue for audience interaction surrounding the content of books our faculty have written. The definitive podcasts and transcripts of these events provide a permanent record of some of the arduous intellectual activity at Cal Poly and the vibrant posters created for the events, which highlight the exceptional talents of Kennedy Library's student graphic designers. Kennedy Library invites you to explore the richness of these events at

Extended Education to Offer Cloud Academy Professional Certificate Program

Graphic reading Cal Poly Extended Education Cloud Academy Professional Certificate Extended Education’s Cloud Academy will begin its sequential cloud series with “Cloud Fundamentals” this winter. This online class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., starting Tuesday, Jan. 14, through Thursday, March 5. The Cloud Professional Certificate program consists of three class offerings and is an online, non-credit class series designed for those seeking to understand cloud technology and prepare for a career managing and developing solutions using cloud technologies. The program gives participants a hands-on Learn by Doing experience with Amazon Web Services cloud technologies and prepares them for AWS Cloud Certification exams. Students who complete the three-class series will be awarded a professional certificate and 12 continuing education units (four CEUs per class) from Cal Poly Extended Education. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053. Register here. Let Extended Education know if you're interested in attending an online info session with instructors Kurt Colvin, Ph.D., and Darren Kraker. There's also an opportunity to attend an informational session.


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Watch an Open Rehearsal with Choreographer Kathleen Helm on Oct. 25

Kathleen Helm, a Cal Poly alumna, poses with other dancers.Choreographer Kathleen Helm, a Cal Poly and Orchesis Dance Company alumna, will create a new piece of choreography for Orchesis. The public is invited to watch her work any time between 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, in the dance studio in Crandall Gym (No. 60), Room 6. After graduating from Cal Poly with a B.S. in recreation administration and a minor in dance, Helm earned an M.F.A. in dance from CSU Long Beach and an M.A. in dance education from the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education program at Hunter College. She was selected as the alumni choreographer by the Orchesis directors from a pool of strong applicants who have all dedicated their lives to dance after graduating from Cal Poly. Helm has performed with Chicago's Deeply Rooted Dance Theater II and the Nouveau Chamber Ballet. In 2015, she was named a Breaking Glass artist, a platform that recognizes young and emerging female choreographers. Visit the Theatre and Dance Department website for more information.

Cal Poly Music Faculty Showcase Their Expertise in Recital on Oct. 25

Faculty Showcase graphic with 11 photos of faculty members performing at the showcase eventSeveral applied music faculty will perform at the Faculty Showcase Recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Christopher J. Woodruff, trumpet, and John Astaire, percussion, will perform “Southern Cross” by Mutsuhito Ogino; Laura M. Kramer, saxophone, will perform “Maï” by Ryo Noda; Emily Lanzone, violin, and Ken Hustad, bass, will perform a duet by Reinhold Glière; Lisa Nauful, bassoon, and Barbara Spencer, cello, will perform a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi; and Heidi Butterfield, oboe, and Paul Woodring, piano, will perform a movement of an oboe concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Brynn Albanese and Ken Habib will be joined by guest artists Linda Ashworth, qanun; Troy Hanson, bass; and Keeth CrowHawk, percussion; for three works that share an Arabic melodic mode. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly Choirs Preview New Season on Oct. 26 with ‘Cry Out!’

Image with three photos of three of Cal Poly's choral groups.The Cal Poly Choirs will present a season preview concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. Titled “Cry Out,” the concert celebrates the choral tradition of passionate and powerful singing, said Scott Glysson, director of choral activities. All four Cal Poly choral groups will perform: PolyPhonics, University Singers, the Women’s Chorus, and Chamber Choir. These groups, as well as several soloists, will give the audience a taste of what is to come for the numerous 2019-20 choral concerts. Highlights include John Mackey’s “Rumor of a Secret King,” described as an exciting and rhythmically complex work; a setting of the William Blake poem “The Lamb” by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen; selections from the famous “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten; a selection from J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor; and a delightful lesser-known “Magnificat” setting by J.S. Bach’s son, C.P.E. Bach. The concert will conclude with a gospel piece featuring guest artist Thomas Bolling Epps. Paul Woodring is the accompanist for the choirs. Glysson conducts the choirs. 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.

Movie poster for the Shock and Awe filmCLA 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.


Theatre and Dance Department Announces 2019-20 Season

The Theatre and Dance Department's 2019-20 production season opens with a politically and sexually charged Greek comedy “Lysistrata.” Production dates are Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and Nov. 7-9 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. In January, the Orchesis Dance Company will be celebrating 50 years with the concert “50” on Jan. 17-18 and 23-25 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Additionally, 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.

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

Saturday, Oct. 26
Football vs. Sacramento State (Mustang Family Weekend), Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Barbara, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27
Women's Soccer vs. Cal State Fullerton, Spanos Stadium, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Women's Volleyball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1
Women's Soccer vs. UC Irvine, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2
Men's Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Women's Soccer vs. UC Riverside, Spanos Stadium, 2 p.m.

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.

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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. 

There are no new listings at this time.

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. 

#494280 — Tenure-Track Faculty — Pure Mathematics, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#494317 — Temporary, Part-Time Assistant Diving Coach — Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Programs, Athletics. Open until filled.

#494272 — Tenure-Track Position — Colloid Chemistry, College of Science and Mathematics. 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 job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Front End Developer/Digital Marketer, Marketing and Communications, $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. 5.

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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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