Cal Poly Report — Feb. 12, 2020 


Cal Poly Celebrates Six Patents for Research in 2018-19

Cal Poly recognized the record six patents faculty researchers obtained last academic year for a range of concepts including medical devices, construction and packaging materials, and a device that has the potential to bring light and electricity to people living off-grid in developing nations. From left, Jim Dunning, associate vice president for corporate engagement and innovation, which oversees the commercialization of research that takes place at the university, Andres Martinez, Chad Immoos and Phil Costanza for a pair of medical test devices; Jay Singh for a new packing material; and Taufik for a DC-DC converter.Faculty researchers received a record six patents last academic year for a range of concepts including medical devices, construction and packaging materials, and a device that has the potential to bring light and electricity to people living off-grid in developing nations. “These are not continuations of patents that we’ve already been awarded. They are all original patents that we filed two or three years ago,” said Jim Dunning, associate vice president for corporate engagement and innovation, the office that oversees the commercialization of research that takes place at the university. Dunning said that obtaining a patent takes several years to achieve, and the six patents granted in the 2018-19 academic school year speaks to the breadth and scope of research and innovation activities ongoing at Cal Poly. Read more here. Pictured from left: Dunning and faculty members Andres Martinez, Chad Immoos and Phil Costanza for a pair of medical test devices; Jay Singh for a new packing material; and Taufik for a DC-DC converter.Photo of an iPhone displaying the new Cal Poly app


Cal Poly Launches New Mobile App 

The new Cal Poly mobile app launched this week for Apple and Android devices. Just in time for spring quarter registration, students can now more easily register for classes, check their schedules, and view their account balance from their smartphones. Other helpful features of the app include maps, campus safety resources, and the ability to register for fitness classes at the Cal Poly Recreation Center. The Cal Poly app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.  


Cal Poly, City Collaboration Leads to Record Low Noise Complaints and Citations

San Luis Obispo residents continue to see positive results from shared efforts by the city and Cal Poly to reduce neighborhood issues near the campus, including noise complaints and citations. Over the past 10 years, the city has experienced a steady decline of noise complaints, which dropped by 52 percent, from 2,584 complaints in 2009 to a low of 1,228 in 2019. Noise citations also dropped within that same time span, from a high of 263 in 2010 to 149 in 2019. From 2018-19 alone, the city experienced a one-year reduction of 15 percent in noise complaints, while citations dropped by 27 percent. “I’m excited to see that our collaboration with the city is paying off," Dean of Students Kathleen McMahon said. "Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and alumni are an integral part of the San Luis Obispo community — and they pride themselves on being good neighbors. I look forward to additional partnership opportunities with the city and community members so that we can make even more progress.” Read more here.

Celebrate Cal Poly and Giving with Poly Gives Feb. 13

Cal Poly students pose to promote Poly GivesThursday, Feb. 13 marks the fourth annual Poly Gives, a campuswide day celebrating the university's donors, faculty and staff, and their special impact on the student experience at Cal Poly. The week leading up to giving day, students will learn  how to engage in philanthropy through community service and will participate in campus appreciation events that acknowledge the faculty, staff and donors who make a difference in their lives. Annual Giving invites the campus community to join in Poly Gives on Feb. 13 by making a gift to an area of campus they care about, stopping by UU 220 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fun and freebies, or sharing a message of what they love about Cal Poly on social media with the hashtag #PolyGives. You can also encourage friends and family to support student programs and clubs, as well as colleges and departments, at

Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In Offers Numerous Workshops on Feb. 13

Logo for Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In workshop scheduleThe College of Liberal Arts (CLA) has announced the fourth Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The Teach In features a variety of talks and workshops centered around equity and social justice designed to inform and inspire, including:
— "1619 — The 400-Year Anniversary of American Slavery (Research in African Chattel Slavery and its Legacies)."
— "From Disability Rights to Disability Justice: Access, Inclusion and Intersectionality."
— "Building White Allyship in the Classroom: How to Address Campus Bias Incidents."
— "Equitable Teaching Practices in College STEM Courses."
— "Let's Talk About Sex! What do Biologists Have to Say about Sex and Gender?" 
— "Using Wikipedia to Teach Queer Politics."
View a full schedule of Teach In events at

Angela Davis to be Keynote Speaker at 18th Annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice Leadership Conference

 Social Justice Leadership Conference, February 29. 2020The Center for Service in Action will host the 18th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Leadership 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. Through guest speakers, inspiring workshops and engaging sessions, students will leave the conference with a newfound sense and understanding of social justice, and how they can take ownership of their role to advance social change. This year’s keynote speaker is world-renowned political and social activist, scholar, author, educator, and National Women’s Hall of Fame honoree Angela Davis. Pre-registration for the all-day conference is now live at Early bird conference fees are only $10 for students and $30 for faculty, staff and community members. Fees include breakfast, lunch and a tote bag with conference materials.  Those interested in underwriting the cost of their students to attend should contact the Center for Service in Action by email at

Cal Poly Police to Hold Walkie Talkie Thursdays Starting Feb. 20

Walkie Talkie Thursdays graphicJoin Cal Poly Police Chief George Hughes for a new event: Walkie Talkie Thursdays. On the third Thursday of each month, get outside, and walk and talk with campus community members in a casual atmosphere to discuss issues, ask questions, and learn about each other. Participants can meet in the University Union at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, for a 30-minute walk. No speeches or specific topics are planned, just informal conversations about what matters to you. These events are part of the Cal Poly Police Department’s goal of advancing the practice of community policing by building relationships between police officers and community members one walk at a time. No RSVP is required. Future Walkie Talkie Thursdays will be held March 19, April 16, and May 21 (locations to be announced).

Student Success

Poly Reps Honor Employees at Annual Terrance Harris Excellence in In the photo, professors Jennifer Prentice and Kevin Lin are pictured with students Daryn Berger and Luke Haley.Mentorship Awards

Twenty-five faculty and staff members were honored Jan. 30 at an event recognizing the mentors and leaders who have motivated members of Poly Reps, the university’s voluntary ambassador program, to each achieve their accomplishments. The Terrance Harris Excellence in Mentorship Awards, held since 2017, recognize staff, faculty and friends who have made an impact on current Poly Reps. Harris provided mentorship and leadership for a decade as advisor to the group from 2005-15, and as a former member, he exemplifies the spirit of what being a Poly Rep truly encompasses, said Poly Reps President Ileana Terrazas. Click here for the full list of honorees. In the photo, professors Jennifer Prentice and Kevin Lin are pictured with students Daryn Berger and Luke Haley.


Honors Students Create More Than 100 Tie Blankets for Stand Strong

Students in the Cal Poly University Honors Program pose with one of the tie blankets they made this fall.This fall, the University Honors Program’s first-year class and learning assistants teamed up to create tie blankets for local nonprofit group Stand Strong. The activity was designed to address a specific Honors Program learning objective, namely that students “demonstrate a strengthened sense of community, civic responsibility, and philanthropy.” The program strives to build a strong community while providing its members with service learning opportunities. Formerly the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County, Stand Strong has been providing support and resources to survivors of domestic violence since 1977 with a mission to end domestic violence countywide. During the fall, Honors students raised more than $1,000 in donations for Stand Strong and provided more than 100 blankets — double last year’s totals from a similar campaign. The program thanks its donors for their support and its students for their hard work in making this project a reality. 

Place a Valentine's Day Order with the Poly Plant Shop by Feb. 13

Photo of a flower bouquet.Student-designed floral arrangements are available for order from the Cal Poly Plant for Valentine’s Day. Stock includes roses, mixed arrangements, wrapped flowers, orchids, succulent gardens and more. The Poly Plant Shop offers students the opportunity to work in a retail environment to get hands-on experience in all aspects of garden center management and operation. Orders for delivery on campus and pick up must be placed by 2 p.m. on Feb. 13. To place an order, call the Poly Plant Shop at ext. 6-1106 or visit

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Faculty & Staff

Nominate a Faculty Advisor for the 2019-20 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Nominations opened Feb. 10 for the  Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash stipend and be recognized by President Armstrong at Fall Conference in addition to having his/her picture and award citation posted in the Kennedy Library. One faculty member will be recognized annually. The nomination should describe the nominee’s academic advising services, activities and interactions as distinct from the nominee's teaching responsibilities, as well as include any special activities that relate to student development. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to nominate faculty for this award. At least one submission must come from a current student, and no self-nominations will be recognized. Nominations will close on Monday, March 2. More information and a link to the nomination form is available here.

Campus Invited to Community Lunch Table on Feb. 19

Logo for the Office of University Diversity and InclusionThe Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) is beginning a new tradition, the Community Lunch Table, which offers the campus community an opportunity to have lunch, meet new people, and build community. The first Community Lunch Table will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in UU 220. Lunch is provided, including a build-your-own Frito chili boat (gluten-free, vegetarian option available), cookies, and iced tea and lemonade. Registration is requested and is available at

Caution Advocated During Election Season

With the 2020 primary election season in full swing, university legal counsel encourages employees to review the CSU handbook of election issues. The handbook is designed to educate faculty and staff on appropriate ways to become involved in elections without using university resources or appearing to represent the university, unless authorized by law. The handbook is intended as general guidance only. Specific questions related to elections or political activity can be directed to the appropriate dean’s office or supervisor, who will consult with the Office of University Counsel.

First Year Success Program Seeking Coaches

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 first-year students who are on academic probation for the first time. Coaches will facilitate a group of four to eight first-year students, lead conversations of student experiences, guide students with goal planning/setting for upcoming quarters and explore resources for students to utilize moving forward. The time commitment will be a two-hour training session, a two-hour FSP workshop and a potential one-on-one follow-up meetings with students from the small group. We are looking for members from our community who represent different areas of Cal Poly. Click here to sign up. Questions? Contact Kara Hitchcock at 

Office of the Registrar to Offer Training Sessions on Schedule Builder 

Birds-eye view photo of a few people at a table studying with text reading Schedule Builder, Hands-on training sessionsThe Office of the Registrar invites all faculty and staff to gain a greater understanding of Schedule Builder, Cal Poly’s new online class schedule management system. Schedule Builder is replacing PASS in April 2020. Beginning with the summer 2020 schedule, students will use Schedule Builder to find, select and enroll in classes directly from the platform. Assistant Registrar Michele Reynolds of the Curriculum, Catalog and Scheduling Unit will lead the training series and introduce attendees to the features of this new student tool. As space is limited, registration is required for either of the following training sessions:
— Session 1: 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 12, Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111B.
— Session 2: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111B.
Though unlikely, times and locations may vary. For the most up-to-date details,  visit the Upcoming Training Opportunities calendar.

Registration Open for Workshop on Inclusive Course Design

Illustration of the outline of a person's head with drawings of cogs and wheels  An online, five-week workshop from April 13-May 17 will provide an overview of Inclusive Course Design in higher education, including methods and strategies to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning to course materials, activities and assessments. Participants will apply best practices and practical strategies in course design to increase access, reduce barriers, and improve the learning experience for all students. The time commitment is a total of 30-40 hours (six to eight hours per week). A $300 stipend is available for eligible faculty. The workshop will be facilitated by Pam Dougherty, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology instructional designer and accessibility specialist. Enrollment is limited, so register soon. Questions? Email Register here.

Feb. 27 Workshop Will Showcase Online Portfolio Platform Portfolium

PortfoliumFaculty, staff and students are invited to an upcoming workshop to learn more about Portfolium, an online portfolio platform that students and alumni can use free of charge to showcase their projects, skills and experiences to employers, mentors and peers. The workshop will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Career Services Building (No. 124), Room 117. Portfolium can help students in their internship and job searches by visually demonstrating their academic and professional stories. Cal Poly has maintained a partnership with Portfolium since 2015. Feel free to refer students and/or stop by to learn more about how students can create their own Portfolium. For more information about Portfolium, check out the resource toolkit on the Career Services website.  

Faculty and Staff to be Offered Free Entry to the Cal Poly Recreation Center

Photo of people in a gym class doing push ups.Faculty and staff are encouraged to check their mailboxes for an exclusive offer from the Cal Poly Recreation Center, which will include a free $10 guest pass or $10 off a new or renewed membership. The Recreation Center is conveniently located on campus, and members can stop by on their lunch break, before work or after dark. The Recreation Center is here to help members dedicate the decade to health and wellness. The facility offers a variety of fitness and wellness options for any routine, including cardio and fitness weight spaces, three fitness studios, beach volleyball courts, gyms, racquetball courts, open recreation areas, and an Olympic-size lap pool. To redeem this offer, present the "Lunch Break Getaway" coupon to the Membership Services front desk. Questions? Visit Memberships, or contact ext. 6-1366 or

RSVP for Retired Faculty and Staff Winter Luncheon and Program on Feb. 27

Join the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Association and learn about the Cal Poly Student Affairs division at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Elks Lodge, 322 Elks Lane in San Luis Obispo. The program will include a campus update from featured guest speaker Keith Humphrey, vice president for student affairs. Humphrey leads one of the largest divisions on campus by delivering high-impact programs and services that advance student learning, development and success. His senior executive role is responsible for securing necessary funding, staffing facilities and planning to successfully operate a division with more than 30 departments and 500 staff members. The vice president for student affairs has responsibility for the care and wellbeing of more than 20,000 students and 42,000 parents and supporters. The cost is $20. Reservations are required. RSVP to Gail Simmons — and indicate if you want a vegetarian entree — at 805-462-9148 or by Feb. 17. Parking is available at the Elks Lodge.

Human Resources Offering All New Workshops 

Empathia logoJoin Human Resources as it provides workshops every month from Cal Poly's Employee Assistance Provider, Empathia. Register here or in the Cal Poly Learning Hub. The workshops include:
— March 17, noon: "Embracing Diversity." Diversity in the workplace adds a special richness and a unique set of challenges. Learn to find similarities with others, about individual biases, and strategies for being more inclusive.
— April 21, noon: "Stress-Sleep Correlation." Sleep is not optional; it is as important as food, water and breathing. Learn the benefits of sleep, effects of sleep deprivation, common causes of poor sleep, and how to develop healthy sleeping habits.
Learn more about upcoming Human Resources workshops and events at

New Voluntary Employee Benefits Offered for 2020, Special Enrollment Period Ends Feb. 29

Logo for The Standard insurance coThe CSU has announced an opportunity for eligible employees and their dependents to enroll in new critical illness, accident and voluntary life insurance during a special enrollment period through Feb. 29. Employees can enroll for these benefits directly through The Standard insurance company website. The Standard Insurance Co. is hosting multiple webinars as well as an on-campus meeting on Feb. 12 for employees to learn more about these benefits. Visit the Benefits Event Page for details.

Fidelity Investments Representative to Visit Campus in February and March

Fidelity Investments logoCal Poly's Fidelity Investments representative, George Nofel, will be on campus to offer individual appointments in February and March. These appointments are available to all faculty and staff to answer questions about retirement savings and investment options regarding the 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan. In addition, a Roth contribution option is now available in the 403(b) plan. The Roth option allows participants to make after-tax contributions to their Fidelity account and withdraw those contributions and accumulated earnings tax-free (subject to the terms of the plan). To schedule an appointment, visit Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Faculty and staff can view and register for upcoming benefit related events on the Human Resources website. Visit to learn more.


Susan OlivasSusan Olivas is retiring from Cal Poly after 14 years of dedicated service to the university. A Cal Poly alumna (Social Sciences, ’90), Olivas returned to campus in 2005 with Academic Affairs as a member of the PeopleSoft Project. She became a lead academic class scheduler and administrator for the university master calendar of events before becoming associate registrar for Catalog, Curriculum and Scheduling in 2010. In this role, Olivas has been instrumental in bringing new technology to campus, including converting the academic catalog to an online format, as well as implementing an online curriculum management system allowing academic departments to review and propose course and program changes through an electronic workflow system. She has led many behind-the-scenes projects, such as the coding and enforcement of course prerequisites that have influenced the day-to-day running of the university. Students will also have seen Olivas' impact on campus. As a member of the Classroom Upgrade Strike Team, she has advocated for additional seats and teaching space for academic classes, as well as identifying university lecture rooms for remodeling and improvement. Olivas has been a mentor, trusted colleague and friend to many. Most recently she was recognized with the Outstanding Staff Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Her ability to lead by example, with compassion and foresight, will be missed. The campus community is invited to join the Office of the Registrar for a retirement celebration from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Rossi Grand Lobby of the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center.

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Campus Announcements

Spread the Love to Troops in FebruaryPhoto of books with text reading Send Love to our Troops, BOOKS TREATS & THANK YOUS

Career Services and the Center for Military-Connected Students are collecting new or gently used books and nonperishable treats to send to U.S. troops and veterans through Operation Paperback. Anyone who wants to contribute is asked to bring books or treats between Monday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 14, to the Career Services Front Office (No. 124) or the Center for Military-Connected Students in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E4. Career Services and the Center for Military-Connected Students thanks faculty, staff and students for helping them spread some love in love-filled February.

Own a Home Within Walking Distance of Campus

Photo of the Bella Montana residential housing complex.For the first time in more than 10 years, four beautifully-appointed homes are available for purchase at Bella Montana. These thoughtfully designed homes come with personal courtyards, patios and decks, contemporary kitchens, elegant living areas, attractive baths and energy-saving appliances. Surrounded by beautiful coastal foothills, Bella Montana is located in San Luis Obispo, one of the most livable cities in California. The nearby location offers an enhanced lifestyle as homeowners enjoy more time for the things they love, a hike after work, lunch at home, or more time with family. The homes are part of a 5.3-acre planned housing community that was designed and crafted with Cal Poly employees and their families in mind. Located within walking distance of campus, shops and restaurants, Bella Montana encompasses 69 individually owned homes on Highland Drive near Highway 1. Learn more at

Develop New, Healthy Behaviors Through Individual Coaching

Photo of sliced citrus fruits.The Food Science and Nutrition Department is offering free, individualized Nutrition and Wellness Coaching to help faculty and staff develop new, healthy habits that promote personal wellness. Participants will work one-on-one with a senior-level nutrition counseling student for four sessions, each 30 to 60 minutes, scheduled around their availability. The participants and their coach will find solutions for their wellness challenges and set achievable goals each week. Sessions will be tailored to  individual needs and priorities, such as: healthy food preparation, food labels, physical activity, healthy weight, grocery store tours, meal planning and more. This is a Learn by Doing and graded experience for students, as they enhance their nutrition counseling skills. Participants commit to attending four sessions when they sign up here: All sessions are confidential. Contact faculty member Kati Fosselius, a registered dietitian, at ext. 6-6132 or with any questions.

Type 2 Diabetes Student Research Project Seeks Participants

Faculty and student researchers from the Food Science and Nutrition Department are seeking individuals ranging in age from 35 to 65 years with Type 2 diabetes to participate in a 16-week study on how altering diet and exercise may improve their health. The study will provide hands-on research opportunities for students. Personalized nutritional and dietary guidance will be provided for each participant as well as for exercise workout plans. Participants will also receive $150 in gift cards. For more information, email Professor Scott Reaves at or visit

Yoga Teacher Training Information Session Set for Feb. 12

Photo of someone doing yoga with an instructor correcting their movements.Anyone who is an aspiring yoga teacher or seeking a deeper, more comprehensive yoga experience can transform their relationship with their practice and their life by completing yoga teacher training. A 200-hour "LEVITYoGA" program at the Cal Poly Recreation Center will connect participants to a vast body of knowledge passed on through a multi-generational lineage of yoga teachers with deep roots in India. A free informational session with lead teachers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center (MAC). Classes begin March 6. Non-members will receive Recreation Center access during the five-month training series. Visit ASI Access for program registration. Anyone with questions can contact Eric Alexander, assistant coordinator — fitness programs, at or ext. 6-1789.

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Susan Currier Visiting Professor to Speak on Feb. 13

Anna Rios-RojasAnna Ríos-Rojas, the 2019-20 Susan Currier Visiting Professor at Cal Poly, will give a talk at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion (No. 6). The talk, titled "Pedagogies of the Broken-hearted: Notes on a Pedagogy of Breakage, Women of Color Feminist Decolonial Movidas, and Armed Love in the Classroom/Academy," will delve into how feminist, praxis-oriented educational interventions have shaped teaching as an act of “armed love”— a transgressive movement to interrupt processes of domination. Ríos-Rojas is an associate professor in the Department of Education Studies at Colgate University. Her research engages with immigrant and migrant youth’s struggles for more expanded forms of belonging and greater humanship in Spain, Costa Rica and the U.S. Learn more about the Susan Currier Memorial Lecture, which is this year's keynote event of the Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In

An Evening with Travis Tritt to be Held Feb. 16 at the PAC

Travis TrittTravis Tritt will perform at 8 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 16, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Enjoy a special evening with the CMA and Grammy Award-winning country artist in an intimate solo-acoustic setting. The event will be punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences. Performing some of his biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions;” the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience. Tickets range from $35-70 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.

Religious Studies Program to Host Talk on 'Secret Swedenborg' Feb. 20

The Religious Studies program invites the campus community to join students of religion for a talk on "Secret Swendenborg" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Science North Building (No. 53), Room 215. The talk will explore the spiritual teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose eclectic teachings are 300 years old, yet still unknown by many. The Swedenborgian church is experiencing a revival, however, and Cal Poly alumnus David Higgins, who has been studying Swedenborg for 25 years, has been invited to talk about his teachings. Learn more about Religious Studies.

Art and Design Alumni Show Opens Feb. 20, Reception at 7 p.m.

The Art and Design Department and the University Art Gallery will welcome back 12 alumni from a range of graduating classes. The concentrations of graphic design, studio art and photo/video are all represented in the first Alumni Show to be presented by the University Art Gallery in 10 years. The exhibit runs Feb. 20 through March 17, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the University Art Gallery. Learn more

Feb. 21 'Spark Talk' to Discuss Computing for Everyone — Not Just Computer Science 

Illustration of a light bulk with text reading Digital Projects lab DATA GIS STATS Spark Talks Short Conversations to share Bold Ideas Computing for EveryoneJoin an informal conversation about an initiative with professors Zoe Wood and Aaron Keen to spread computing skills across the curriculum at Cal Poly.  Such skills are becoming more important in all disciplines and employments, including those grounded in the humanities, arts and social sciences.  Come learn and bring your thoughts and ideas about what this might look like in your field or domain. This conversation will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 216B. Students, staff and faculty from across the colleges are encouraged to attend. Click here for more information.

Cellist Barbara Spencer to Perform with Guests on Feb. 23 

Barbara SpencerMusic Department faculty member and cellist Barbara Spencer will present a recital with guest performers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Cal Poly bassoon instructor Lisa Nauful and music Professor David Arrivée, harpsichord, will join Spencer for a performance of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier's "Suite," Op. 40. Faculty emeriti Caroline Tobin, clarinet, and Susan Azaret Davies, piano, will perform with Spencer the Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer,” by Ludwig van Beethoven. The program will conclude with faculty members Ken Hustad, bass, and John Astaire, percussion, joining with Spencer and Davies for the “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio” by Claude Bolling. Spencer teaches cello and directs the Cal Poly Cello Ensemble. She was a freelance musician for motion picture and television studios in Los Angeles. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.    

Theatre and Dance Department to Present 'Our Town' starting Feb. 27

Graphic illustration for the performance of "Our Town" with a drawing of a church and full moon.The Theatre and Dance Department will perform "Our Town" from Feb. 27-March 1, and March 5-7, at the Spanos Theatre. Hailed by many as “the greatest American play ever written,” "Our Town" provides a poetic look at life in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Through three acts of “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity,” this reimagining of Thornton Wilder’s classic story is a remarkably universal yet personal portrait of our collective humanity. It is an American tale about family, friendship, love, death and a life worth living. Tickets are $20 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.

Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert to Include Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble on Feb. 29

Photo from a past Winter Jazz ConcertThe Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles will be joined by the Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble for the Winter Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert, which falls on leap day this year, will feature the Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble, Cal Poly Jazz Band and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Arthur White. The big bands are comprised of 20 members each, and the vocal jazz group has 14 singers. The bands will play a mix of classic and contemporary jazz by a variety of composers, including Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Bob Mintzer. The vocal jazz set will include an arrangement of Radiohead’s “Reckoner,” and Robert Watson’s “Another Time, Another Place,” arranged by White. The Cuesta College Jazz Ensemble, led by Ron McCarley, will perform a guest set. The is the first time the Cal Poly and Cuesta College jazz bands have appeared in concert together in the Performing Arts Center. 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 Symphony to Feature Student Soloists, ‘The Moldau’ and ‘Finlandia’ at March 1 Concert

  Timothy Shanks, Molly Gooch, Annemarie Schalde, Jenna Hansen, Marianna Pallas, Talia Phillips-Ortega, Joshua MuellerThe Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert will showcase the talents of student soloists at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will highlight performances by winners of the Music Department’s Solo Competition in November. The instrumentalists are hornist Marianna Pallas, who will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Romance in F Major,” Op. 36; violinist Timothy Shanks, who will play Saint-Saëns’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso”; and flutist Talia Phillips-Ortega, who will perform Arthur Foote’s “A Night Piece.” The vocalists are soprano Molly Gooch, who will sing Jules Massenet’s “Frère! Voyez! … Du gai soleil” from “Werther”; soprano Annemarie Schalde, who will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s “Volta la terrea” from “Un ballo in maschera”; soprano Jenna Hansen, who will sing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Deh vieni non tardar” from “Le nozze di Figaro” and bass Joshua Mueller, who will perform Jerry Bock's “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” The symphony will also perform Bedřich Smetana’s “The Moldau” and Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia.”  “Finlandia” will be conducted by music major Kent Giese. 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.

Political Theorist Langdon Winner to Speak at Spanos March 3Langdon Winner

Join the College of Liberal Arts for CLA Speaks, a talk and discussion with political theorist Langdon Winner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Spanos Theatre. In the talk, titled “Democratic Shaping of Technology: Its Rise, Fall and Possible Rebirth,” Winner will discuss the transformative power of developments in technology. Although largely forgotten today, there was  a moment when prospects for democratic deliberation, debate and decisive shaping of significant emerging technologies were taken seriously, including at the highest levels of America government. Learn what became of these initiatives in this talk. For more information, visit

Duo Montagnard to Give a Free Recital March 3 at Cal Poly 

Joseph Murphy, left, and Matthew SlotkinThe Music Department will present a recital by Duo Montagnard at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. Based in Pennsylvania, saxophonist Joseph Murphy and guitarist Matthew Slotkin formed Duo Montagnard in 2002. The ensemble has performed more than 300 concerts in all 50 states, in 20 countries and on six continents. The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than 40 works. The performance will include music written especially for saxophone and guitar by California composers, including Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Laura M. Kramer, who teaches saxophone and composition. Her work, “on the edge,” explores soundscapes inspired by the variety of terrains that can be viewed from tall cliffs when hiking in California. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors Continues March 6

Illustration of a lizard with text reading Conversations with Cal Poly AuthorsWith the launch of Census 2020 and in this contentious presidential election year, Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors will offer some timely food for thought from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. Political science Professor Michael Latner will discuss his co-authored book, "Gerrymandering in America: the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty." His conversational partner will be Foaad Khosmood, Forbes Professor in Computer Engineering, whose work as a research fellow for the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy has been pivotal for the innovative and important work of Digital Democracy. Latner’s research explores political participation, representation, and civic technology, and he combines these topics in hands-on coursework where students vie to create “optimal” online gerrymandered maps. Light refreshments will be served, and the audience will be invited to engage in the conversation. Explore previous events and podcasts at Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors.

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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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, Feb. 14
Men's Tennis vs. Pepperdine, Mustang Courts, noon.
Wrestling vs. CSU Bakersfield, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Men's Tennis vs. Loyola Marymount, Mustang Courts, noon.
Women's Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Arizona State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Baseball vs. Pepperdine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20
Baseball vs. BYU, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21
Baseball vs. BYU, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22
Baseball vs. BYU (DH), Baggett Stadium, 1 and 4 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23
Women's Tennis vs. UC Davis, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Men's Tennis vs. Pacific, Mustang Courts, 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 24
Women's Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Women's Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 8 a.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

For all available job openings, visit All new positions opened this week are listed below. To apply, go online and complete the application form. Current employees can also find job postings at CSU Careers, an internal job site for CSU employees. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#496007 — Events and Stewardship Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator), University Development — Donor Relations. $37,380-$67,668 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,000-$55,000 per year. Open until filled.

#496059 — Assistant Director, Parking and Events (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Public Safety. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494861 — University Housing Depot Lead Support Associate (Laborer), Student Affairs — University Housing. $33,468-$60,576 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $33,468-$44,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494878 — Accounting Technician (Accounting Technician II), Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services. $36,120-$65,388 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,200-$45,600 per year. Open until filled.

#496078 — Information Technology Program Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Information Technology Services. $46,764-$84,612 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $56,400-$72,000 per year. Open until filled.

For a full list of available jobs, go to

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Visit for all available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. 

There are no new listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view all available job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Sous Chef I, Campus Dining, $17-$22 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.

Assistant Director — Wellness and Fitness. Annual salary: $71,837 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Club Services Assistant. Salary: $17.43/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until 9 p.m. on Feb. 14. 

Administrative Assistant II — University Union (Temporary Full Time). Salary: $21.56/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.

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