Cal Poly Report — Oct. 9, 2019 


Cal Poly to Expand Computing Opportunities to Students with Help from More than $430,000 in Grants

 Data Science Corps, which will fund a Computing for All course that stresses the computational aspects of data analysis and statistical inference.With more than $430,000 in grant funds, Cal Poly plans to expand computing class offerings across the campus, a move expected to add needed diversity to computer science courses. The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $1.55 million in a pair of grants for a collaborative effort involving Cal Poly’s College of Engineering and several other universities and community colleges. One grant, titled Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education, will help develop and pilot a Computing for All course sequence at Cal Poly, the lead campus, and its partner institutions, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and South Carolina’s College of Charleston. The proposal targets students who traditionally do not take computing coursework in college. “The basic idea is to create a new course that would allow for broad participation in computation from across campus,” said Bruce DeBruhl, an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department (CSSE). “There will be a little programming, but it’s primarily not a programming class.” CSSE faculty members Zoë Wood and Aaron Keen will lead the design of the course, which will explore how students should think about computers, with an ethical component designed by Zach Rentz, a philosophy faculty member. Read more here.

Center for Service in Action Launches Make a Difference Month in October

Graphic urging people to volunteer this October for Make a Difference MonthThe Center for Service in Action is designating the month of October as Make a Difference Month. In the spirit of kicking off the year with a focus on giving back, the monthlong service event aims to connect local organizations with campus community members seeking meaningful service opportunities. The center is actively seeking to partner with San Luis Obispo County organizations and Cal Poly faculty and staff who may be interested in community service opportunities during Make a Difference Month. The campus community is encouraged to consider serving as individuals or as teams from departments and programs on campus. For more information or to sign up for a community service opportunity, visit  Part of the month’s festivities is a Community Volunteer Service Fair to be held on Dexter Lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.  All members of the campus community are welcome to explore opportunities with a wide spectrum of Community Partner agencies from short-term service to joining boards of directors.

Image of someone holding a boom box with text reading Multicultural Center Presents 2019 CultureFest Block Party Come to a CultureFest Block Party on Oct. 12

The campus community is invited to the annual CultureFest Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 12, hosted by the Cross Cultural Centers, in celebration of the incredible diversity and culture that makes up the Cal Poly campus. Stop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the UU Plaza. This year's theme is a "CultureFest Block Party" which seeks to honor the history of communities, in particular communities of color, coming together to celebrate culture and unity through music, food and dance. The family friendly event will include games, activities and performances. Attendees are sure to witness incredible performances and fill their bellies with the best foods to ever hit the Central Coast.


Find out Results of CPX Survey at Oct. 17 Keynote Event 

 Share it. Shape it. CHANGE IT.Hear the results of last spring's Cal Poly Experience (CPX) Survey and listening sessions at a campuswide keynote event Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cal Poly Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center. Diversity expert Damon A. Williams and his team will present the findings and engage the campus in deeper conversations, which continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. A new session has been added:
— Leveraging the CPX Data for Institutional Research and Advancement: Learn how to access the data to advance diversity, equity and inclusion scholarship and overall institutional improvement efforts on campus. The session will be held Oct. 18 from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Mott Athletics Center, Room 205E.
The events are all free, but registration is required. The keynote and all of the sessions will be livestreamed. Find more information and livestream links at In addition, the Student Leadership Institute will host a separate event on Friday, Oct. 18, with several student sessions focused on hands-on leadership skill development and community building. Staff and faculty are asked to help spread the word and encourage all students to also sign up for these sessions. 

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 as well as 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 by Nov. 4. For more information, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258, or

The ITS Service Desk is Moving to the Library on Oct. 14

A file photo of Kennedy Library.On Monday, Oct. 14, the Information Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk, PolyCard Services and Tech Rentals, which are currently located in The Natatorium (No. 46), will move and begin serving campus from their new location in Robert E. Kennedy Library. The new, central location in the library’s Hub24 PolyConnect Lab (Suite 114E), offers students, faculty and staff more convenient access to key technology services. In preparation for the move, Tech Rentals will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 11, and the ITS Service Desk will be closed on Friday, Oct. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Anyone with questions can contact the ITS Service Desk at or ext. 6-7000.


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Student Success

Student Team Wins First Place in Nationwide Adobe XD Competition

Mock up of App made during student IBM iX + Adobe XD Creative Jam competition.Several student teams competed against 52 teams in the nationwide IBM iX + Adobe XD Creative Jam that took place Sept. 27-29, and one Cal Poly team won first place. Adobe Creative Jams is an event series in which teams compete in tournaments that put their creative skills to the test using Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe partnered with IBM iX, the business design services organization within IBM, to host this particular event for college students. The jam focused on finding solutions to help fight climate change, and the challenge — to identify a critical area of need and then conceive, design and build an experience that enables individual or group climate action that is accessible, achievable and measurable — was revealed on  Sept. 27. Over the weekend, two- to five-person teams collaborated on app prototypes and produced full user experiences that used Adobe XD to solve the challenge. Submissions were due at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29, and semifinalists presented their work live on-screen to judges and industry professionals on Sept. 30. The first-place team included Amber Chiang, Sasha Menshikova, Cody Capella and Sam Rogers, art and design students in the graphic design concentration, and Tyler Rathod, a business major with a concentration in information systems. Each team member won $250 and credits for Adobe services. The students’ concept “Loop” solves the problem by presenting environmentally responsible tasks in a way that is manageable, personalized and rewarding. Another Adobe XD Creative Jam will take place on campus Oct. 11–12 and will include participants from eight different CSU schools. For more information, contact Charmaine Martinez at ext. 6-2332 or

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Faculty & Staff

Katherine O'Clair named Associate Dean for Academic Services at Kennedy Library

Katherine O'ClairKatherine O’Clair, who has served as the college librarian for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science since 2009 and department head for Academic Services since January 2019, has been appointed associate dean for Academic Services at Kennedy Library. In her 10 years as college librarian for CAFES, she was highly successful in leading and managing innovative programs, services and resources for students and faculty in the college. In recent years, O’Clair completed formal training programs, including Gallup’s Leading High-Performance Teams course, the Library Management Skills Institute, and the Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Course. As associate dean for Academic Services, O’Clair will play a significant role in all aspects of library planning, budgeting, personnel management, operations, communications, and policy development. She brings a unique set of strengths and talents to her new position that will help support a growing Academic Services department, which will incorporate Kennedy Library’s Special Collections and Archives unit. O’Clair will lead all academic and curricular activities under the Academic Services umbrella to ensure the sustainability of the library’s instructional efforts and allow the library to re-affirm its position as catalyst for student and faculty success.

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.

Chicanx/Latinx Faculty Staff Association Fall Welcome Set for Oct. 10

Graphic reading The 12th Annual Chicanx/Latinx Fall WelcomeThe Chicanx/Latinx Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) will hold its 12th annual Fall Welcome from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the yakʔitʸutʸu community center (No. 172H). This event, open to all, is an opportunity to celebrate Latinx culture and connect with faculty, staff and students. To add your name to the email list for future notifications about meetings and events, contact Debra Valencia-Laver at For more information, visit the CLFSA website.

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

CalPERS is Coming to Cal Poly on 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. 16: Access Needs for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students 
— 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.

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.

Womxn's Faculty and Staff Association Announces Fall Meeting Dates 

Logo for WFSA - Womxn's Faculty and Staff Association Join the Womxn's Faculty and Staff Association for its fall meetings, which will be held the third Friday of the month at noon and the second Friday in December in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 109. Fall meeting dates are Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13. The association has changed its name to Womxn’s Faculty and Staff Association to more clearly express the intention to explicitly include women of color, trans women, and other womxn who have historically been excluded and further marginalized by virtue of multiple, intersecting identities. The mission of the Womxn’s Faculty Staff Association is to create a network to connect, empower and advocate for self-identified womxn at Cal Poly. Anyone with questions or those wanting to join the association's email list should email

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.

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.

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.

Campus Announcements

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

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.

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: 
— 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

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.

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

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.  

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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.

Watch an Open Rehearsal with Choreographer Mike Esperanza on Oct. 11

Mike EsperanzaChoreographer Mike Esperanza will create a new dance for the Orchesis Dance Company that will premier in the Orchesis dance concert “50” in January. The public is invited to watch him work any time between 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, in the dance studio in Crandall Gym (No. 60), Room 6. Esperanza was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Southern California. With a BFA in graphic design from CSU Fullerton, Esperanza's approach to visual construction has influenced a unique movement orchestration on stage. Jessica Abejar of Broadway World described it as “captivating visuals of impeccable lines and shapes.” In 2005, he was awarded the Dance: Creation for Performance grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation. With this distinguished award, BARE Dance Company began. In 2011, BARE was part of the “Innerstate” roster presented by ODC Theater in San Francisco and funded by the Irvine Foundation. In 2014, Esperanza received the Steps Repertory Ensemble Commission Award at the Reverb Dance Festival and a CUNY Dance Initiative grant. He currently teaches at Peridance and Steps on Broadway, and serves as a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center. Contact Christy Chand at ext. 6-6436 or for more information.

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 Rotunda (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.

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.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, 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.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Men's Soccer vs. Cal State Fullerton, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19
Football vs. North Dakota, Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20
Men's Soccer vs. CSUN, Spanos Stadium, 5 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. 

#494109 — Senior Custodial Manager, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494108 — Custodial Night Manager (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494196 — Carpenter, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $64,824-$82,848 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $64,824-$70,956 per year. Open until filled.

#493876 — Electrician, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $68,904-$88,968 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $68,904-$78,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494205 — Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Foundation CEO, University Development and Alumni Engagement. $39,456-$76,164 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $54,000-$66,000 per year. Open until filled.

#493853 — Associate Director of Budget and Finance (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Budget and Finance. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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