Cal Poly Report — Oct. 30, 2019 


Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Host 10th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum on Nov. 4

The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host the 10th annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum — a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly, Cuesta College, and Allan Hancock College entrepreneurs — on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Performing Arts Center. The forum — free and open to the public — will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students will have 90 seconds each to pitch their cutting-edge innovations and business ideas. Judges will select two winners: one from Cal Poly and another from Cuesta or Allan Hancock. Winners will receive $1,000, and the attendees will pick an overall “audience choice,” who will take home $500. Haley Pavone, the founder and CEO of Pashion Footwear, is the forum’s keynote speaker. Pavone won the 2016 Elevator Pitch Competition with a proposal for convertible heels that has developed into Pashion Footwear, a startup in the CIE’s Incubator program. Advance registration is required. For more information about the event and to register, visit


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.

Cal Poly Police K-9 Zeus Needs Your Votes

K-9 Zeus with handler Officer Stephanie Pipan.Cal Poly Police Department K-9 Zeus is entered in a contest that could net up to $5,000 to support his training costs. The Aftermath K9 Grant is awarded to U.S. law enforcement agencies and first responders for use toward maintenance of an existing K-9 unit and/or creation of a new unit. Zeus is one of 59 other K-9 units entered to win. Voting will be held from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3, and participants can vote once every 24 hours at the quick link or on Instagram. The top seven K-9 units with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be awarded between $500 and $5,000. Everyone in the Cal Poly community is being asked to vote for Zeus every day until Nov. 3 at or visit Instagram at @aftermathk9grant.

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!    

Women's Club Invites Campus to Tour Cal Poly Food Pantry

The campus community is invited to join the Cal Poly Women’s Club for an informational tour of the campus Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2. Meet in front of the Health Center (No. 27) near the Community Garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a donation (find more information and an Amazon wish list at To RSVP or for more information, contact Val Barboza at or text 805-264-5901.

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


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Student Success

Second Bill Drafted by Students Signed into Law

Cal Poly students pictured in the California State Capitol in Sacramento during a visit to lobby for their proposed legislation.Cal Poly students drafted a bill that was signed into law by Gov. Newsom on Friday, Oct. 4, and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Senate Bill (SB) 467, which was introduced by Senator Bill Monning and co-sponsored by Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, requires the UC and CSU systems to place cost of attendance information on their websites. The students wrote the bill in Cal Poly’s California Bill Project class, which is taught by political science Professor Chris Den Hartog, with help from former Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian. In the California Bill Project class — which spanned three quarters — students were asked to choose a problem they wanted to address, to develop a specific policy that would help, and to think critically about the pros and cons. Last spring quarter, the students traveled to Sacramento to lobby for their proposed legislation. Last academic year was the second time the Bill Project classes were offered and the second time the drafted bill became law. The first bill (AB2385), which requires textbook publishers to disclose major differences between editions — potentially saving students money — was signed into law in August 2018.

Student Volunteers ‘DigBio’ by Helping Digitize Plant DataA student transcribing information from a herbarium specimen as part of a global event.

More than 110 student volunteers generated invaluable scientific data by transcribing information from images of herbarium specimens as part of the fifth WeDigBio: the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections on Oct. 17-18. Cal Poly’s Hoover Herbarium was one of five California herbaria to host a WeDigBio event. Students joined volunteers across the globe to help natural history collections create digital data about physical specimens, such as pressed, preserved plants stored in collections called herbaria. In California, volunteers completed more than 2,700 transcriptions. These events were supported through the California Phenology Collections Network, a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration that aims to digitize nearly 1 million herbarium specimens. To learn more, visit

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

Cal Poly Corporation Marketing and Communication Wins Five International Awards

Photo of a platinum MarCom award.Cal Poly Corporation’s Marketing and Communication department recently received several honors for campaigns promoting the excellence and hard work of Campus Dining, Cal Poly Corporation, Administration and Finance, the CSU Chief Procurement Officers Association, and Cal Poly Print and Copy. The department took home one platinum and two gold awards, as well as two honorable mentions from MarCom Awards, one of the largest creative competitions in the world, administered by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. The platinum award recognized a 2018-19 annual report created for the CSU Chief Procurement Officers Association. Two gold awards honored the corporation’s Deliver the Difference campaign and the creation of a Vista Grande Dining Complex website. The department also received honorable mentions for the newly redesigned Cal Poly Print and Copy website and the Administration and Finance "Tell Us and Win" customer satisfaction survey campaign. To see all the 2019 winners, visit

Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations Open Through Nov. 28

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

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Staff Award    

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

Distinguished Scholarship Award Nominations Due Nov. 4

The Distinguished Scholarship Award recognizes the scholarship, research and creative activity of both junior and senior faculty across all disciplines represented at Cal Poly. Faculty are encouraged to nominate their fellow faculty members for this award and to notify their students about the award. See the Distinguished Scholarship Award website to read more about the award and view past recipients. Nominations are due Nov. 4. For more information, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258, or

Join Cal Poly Women’s Soccer for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Nov. 1

Photo of a Cal Poly women's soccer player on the field.As part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night, Cal Poly Athletics is offering four free general admission tickets to the Cal Poly Women’s Soccer game on Friday, Nov. 1. The Mustangs will take on UC Irvine at 7 p.m. in Spanos Stadium. Faculty and staff can claim their free tickets to the game by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Spanos Stadium box office on the night of the game. For more information or to purchase tickets to other women’s soccer games, visit

Brock Center Offering Holiday Photo Sessions Nov. 8-11 

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

New NINJIO Information Security Training Video: 'USB Nation' 

Illustration of a computer screen with a skull and text reading Ransom! Send 0.25 bitcoin Pay upLearn more about protecting yourself and your organization from malicious code and ransomware in this month’s four-minute NINJIO information security video, “USB Nation.” The episode highlights the risks associated with using USB flash drives and encourages reporting stray or suspicious flash drives to your department IT coordinator. All NINJIO training videos are available on the Cal Poly Learning Hub under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal. 


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.  

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

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.

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.


David MasonDavid Mason will retire from on Dec. 30 after 31 years of service, and a reception will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the PAC lobby. Mason began his time at Cal Poly as a student in 1982 and never left. He started as a student assistant in Disabled Student Services (now Disability Resource Center or DRC) and transitioned into a state position in 1988 with Student Academic Services as a database programmer. He moved to ITS as the first dedicated PC support person. Mason’s next transition was to the Administration and Finance division to start the ANTS support group. Academic Affairs was his next home, where he implemented the ImageNow system and started the DOTS support group. After a two-year stint with ITS, he returned to Academic Affairs to wrap up his career. Cal Poly is a family tradition for Mason. His parents, his wife, and their two daughters are all Cal Poly Proud alumni. He and his wife plan to move to Carson City, Nevada, to start the next chapter of their lives.

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Catastrophic Leave

Brandi Strain, administrative analyst in Facilities Planning, 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

New Bulk Bins Make Campus Market more Sustainable and Healthy

Photo of bulk food bins at Campus Market.Campus Market is a more sustainable place to shop, thanks to the addition of more than 70 new bulk bins. Students, faculty and staff can now shop from a plethora of healthy dry food supplies such as oats, pasta, trail mix and candy items at the neighborhood market located off of University Drive. Shopping from bulk bins not only significantly reduces food waste, but also reduces the plastic waste that comes with pre-packaged foods. Purchasing bulk items is not only beneficial to the environment, it is beneficial to each individual’s health as the bins feature a wide variety of organic and gluten-free options. The idea to implement bulk bins at Campus Market was originally proposed by students in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s sustainable environments minor. Registered dietician and Sustainability Coordinator Kaitlin Gibbons said she hopes shoppers take advantage of the bins and that Campus Market looks forward to receiving feedback. Campus Market will soon offer reusable containers and bags available for purchase. Bulk bins are the latest step in Cal Poly’s journey to becoming a zero-waste campus and will further pave the way for more sustainable processes on campus.

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

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 Wednesday, Oct. 30. 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

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

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.

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.

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New Kennedy Library Exhibit Opens Nov. 1 to Highlight Special Collections and Archives

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

Jon Batiste and Stay Human Come to the PAC on Nov.1

Jon BatisteJon Batiste will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. The Grammy-nominated performer is back by popular demand, and returns to the Central Coast with his band, Stay Human. Batiste’s combination of exuberant charisma, jaw-dropping talent, and dapper sense of style is awe-inspiring. As fans of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” already know, the artistry and excitement created by Batiste and Stay Human make any concert an absolutely special evening. Tickets range from $46-78 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.

'Massenet’s Manon' to be Screened at the PAC on Nov. 3

Promotional photo from the Metropolitan Opera's Massenet's ManonThe Metropolitan Opera’s "Massenet’s Manon" will be screened live in HD at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. A take on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury, "Massenet’s Manon" features one of the truly unforgettable, irresistible and archetypal female characters in opera. While the story is firmly set in class and gender issues of the past, the character of Manon is timeless, convincing and familiar. Soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Manon in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, and Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score. Tickets are $12 for students, faculty and staff 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.


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.


An Evening with David Sedaris to be Presented at the PAC on Nov. 5

David SedarisDavid Sedaris will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant authors addressing the human condition. “Calypso,” his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times bestseller and the Washington Post’s Best Book of the Year. Join the celebrated author and famed NPR personality for an all-new evening of irreverent musings, laugh-out-loud monologues, and readings from new and unpublished works. The show is for those ages 16 and older. Book signings will be held in the lobby following the event. Tickets range from $32-$48 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.

SLO Symphony to Perform American Classics at the PAC on Nov. 9

Promotional photo for the San Luis Obispo Symphony performing American Classics.The San Luis Obispo Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Miossi Hall. The SLO Symphony continues the tradition of honoring the nation’s great composers with American Classics. Always a popular offering in their “Concerts in the Cohan” series, this event highlights American musicianship with both classic favorites and exciting contemporary pieces. The event will feature guest soloist Mark Hetzler on trombone. The repertoire includes Gershwin’s “Overture to Girl Crazy”, Hetzler’s “Three Views of Infinity”, Sung’s “Rockwell Reflections”, and Copland’s “Suite from Billy the Kid.” Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for Symphonic Forays, an intimate discussion with Music Director Andrew Sewell and special guests that precedes each concert. Tickets range from $20-$87. 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.

'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.


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.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

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.

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 available job openings, visit and To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#494265 — Lead Custodian, Student Affairs — University Housing. $32,556-$61,656 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $36,000-$46,800 per year. Open until closed.

#493930 — On-site Specialist (Info Tech Consultant, 12-month), Information Systems and Technology — Client Services and Portfolio Management. $52,464-$129,504 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $65,000-$75,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494327 — Laborer, Facilities Operations — Custodial Services. $33,468-$60,576 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $33,468-$37,200 per year. Open until filled.

#494288 — Administrative Support Assistant (10/12 month), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $2,383-$4,209 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,383-$2,650 per month. Open until filled.

#494326 — Custodian, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $31,200-$50,352 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $31,200-$36,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494313 — Student Support, Success and Retention Student Services Coordinator (Student Service Professional III), Student Affairs — Dean of Students. $56,292-$80,196 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $56,400-$66,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494295 — Registered Nurse II, Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $4,083-$7,878 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,083–$5,148 per month. 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. 

#494285 — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Computing — Ethical Theory, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#494264 — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Sociology — Race and Quantitative Methods, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#494292 — Tenure-Track — Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History (Europe and the Americas), College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#494154 — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Graphic/Interaction Design, College of Liberal Arts. 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.

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

Administrative Assistant, CIE, $16.88-$25.34 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.

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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