Cal Poly Report — Feb. 19, 2020 


Celebrate the Groundbreaking of Cal Poly’s New Plant Conservatory Feb. 28

Rendering of the new plant conservatory.
The campus community is invited to join President Armstrong, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics Dean Wendt, and faculty and supporters from across campus to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Cal Poly Plant Conservatory from 3-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, near the entrance to Poly Canyon. The new conservatory will feature a tropical house, desert house, cool tropical house, a propagation greenhouse and research greenhouses. The Plant Conservatory will also feature a living wall facility located on the outward face of the new facility, while the interior will house experimental living wall units for student research donated by Habitat Horticulture. The facility is being moved and upgraded as part of the construction of the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation. For more information, visit the Facilities Management and Development website.

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

Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy Project Receives  Support for Statehouse Coverage System

Professors Lindsay Grace, left, of the University of Miami and Foaad Khosmood of Cal Poly are co-primary investigators for a grant that will allow artificial intelligence to aid statehouse reporting.A $200,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is helping the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy develop an artificial intelligence system that will strengthen news coverage of state and local governments. Researchers aim to build a prototype news wire service — called AI For Reporters — in which narrative content covering state legislatures is automatically generated from primary data sources and can be distributed to local and regional news organizations for publication. The ambition is to empower hometown media to receive articles specifically covering the activities of their state representatives and issues of local/regional significance they currently lack because of limited reporting resources and/or being overlooked by traditional wire services. “An informed citizenry is crucial to a healthy democracy, but the public is rapidly losing access to this type of information,” said Foaad Khosmood, primary investigator on the grant and a senior research fellow at the institute. (Khosmood is pictured at right in the photo with professor Lindsay Grace of the University of Miami. They are co-primary investigators for the grant.) Learn more about the collaboration.

Tickets Available for March 17 Annual Service Awards Luncheon 

Annual Service Awards Luncheon logoTickets for the Annual Service Awards Luncheon will be available for purchase starting Wednesday, Feb. 19, for $15 each. State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2019 will be honored at the Annual Service Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Recreation Multi-Activity Center (MAC). Directional signage will be posted along the walkway between the Recreation Center and Mott Gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased online using the link on the event flyer and will be sent via email or can be picked up at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, located at the Performing Arts Center, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Award recipients have received an email with a link to RSVP to the event (awardees are required to RSVP to participate in the award ceremony). Questions? Contact the committee chair at The committee is compiling photos for a slide show presentation at the luncheon. Send photos of the awardees to by Friday, Feb. 28. There is limited seating, so purchase tickets early to ensure attendance at this special event.  

Poly Royal Rodeo Celebrates 80 Years on April 17 and 18 at Cal Poly; Tickets on Sale

A competitor participates in the 2019 Poly Royal Rodeo.The 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will once again be staged in Spanos Stadium, bringing a lively performance to commemorate eight decades of history. New this year, the Poly Royal PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Classic will take place in Spanos Stadium on Friday, April 17. The Poly Royal CINCH Chute Out will be held Saturday, April 18, followed by a concert presented by ASI. The venue allows for a capacity of 11,000 spectators each night. Tickets are sale at All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rodeo Program. Friday’s new Poly Royal PBR Classic, part of the PBR Velocity Tour, brings the top bull riders from around the world for a one-night-only competition. Read more here.

Student Success

Students Use Technology to Fight Human Trafficking

Cal Poly senior Zahnae Aquino demonstrates the virtual reality simulation she created of an illicit massage business to further the California Cybersecurity Institute’s effort to help disrupt human trafficking.Senior Zahnae Aquino pulled a virtual-reality headset over her eyes and her office in the university’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) melted away. Clutching a pair of controllers, she moved through rooms in a virtual massage business, searching for clues to determine whether the business was operating legally or was one of an estimated 9,000 illicit massage businesses across the U.S., according to nonprofit organization Polaris. Aquino, a computer science major, is one of nearly a dozen Cal Poly students who spent the past six months working at the CCI on projects intended to help the fight to end human trafficking. The CCI has also announced the launch of a new venture: the Trafficking Investigations Hub, which will provide focused training and research for law enforcement, first responders, advocacy and educational groups, and cybersecurity professionals. Cal Poly will partner with organizations, including the Global Emancipation Network, a nonprofit organization that uses cutting-edge data analytics to disrupt human trafficking operations and find victims. “We have some amazing and passionate students doing things that weren’t on our radar even five years ago in this fight against human trafficking,” said CCI Operations Coordinator Danielle Borrelli. Learn more about the student projects on the newly launched Cal Poly News site.

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Faculty & Staff

History Professor Earns International Book Prize

Molly LobergHistory Professor Molly Loberg was recently awarded the Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for her book titled “The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914-1945.” The Hans Rosenberg prize is presented each year by the Central European History Society for the best book in the field. Loberg accepted the award at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in New York City in January. “The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin” focuses on the post-World War I metropolis and on how political and commercial entities fought for the attention of the city’s crowds through advertisements, posters, parades and violence. The prize committee praised Loberg’s new perspectives on Berlin’s iconic 1920s culture and her examination of subsequent Nazi uses of the city. The committee noted, “The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin” gains power from comparison to current-day struggles in other streets in cities all over the world.” Loberg has taught at Cal Poly since fall 2007 and has produced numerous acclaimed articles and presentations focusing on consumer culture and German history, among other subjects. Last quarter she spoke about “The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin” as part of the Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series. The conversation can be heard here.

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 is 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.

New Interruption-Free Learning Zone Open to Faculty and Staff Members

Photo of people sitting around a table with text on a screen reading Mindfulness Workshops and Workplace Wellness.Employee and Organization Development introduces the Learning Café, a new personal study room creating more space for Cal Poly employees to learn and grow. Open to all faculty and staff members, the learning space offers not only a quiet place to study, but also a spot to take advantage of online learning opportunities through the Cal Poly Learning Hub and LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Café is located in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 125, with six individual computers available for online training as well as space for in-person activities. Faculty and staff members can also create a personal learning plan with the help of an Employee and Organization Development professional. Managers and directors can schedule training opportunities in the Learning Café for their direct reports. The space is now available for use during drop-in hours from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and also by appointment. With the Learning Café, the Employee and Organization Development team looks forward to providing ample space for all faculty and staff members to use while enriching the overall Cal Poly experience. Learn more here.

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.

Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s set for Feb. 20

Photo of crabcakes with Myrons logoJoin friends and colleagues for a crawfish boil at Myron’s Mixer from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. The event’s special cuisine will feature crab cakes, shrimp and grits, gumbo, salad and a pastry known as king cake. Two glasses of beer or wine are included, all for only $6.50. There will also be a raffle to win lunch for two at Myron’s. Mixers are first come, first served, and space is limited, so be sure to come early to guarantee your spot. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Recreation Center. For additional information, visit

Degree Planner Hands-on Training Sessions Offered

Photo of Cal Poly campus in the background with text reading Degree PlannerThe Office of the Registrar invites all faculty and staff to delve into the mechanics and features of Degree Planner, the student tool replacing PolyPlanner. Beginning spring 2020, students will use Degree Planner to plan their course requirements. Degree Planner works in congruence with Schedule Builder and the Degree Progress Report to create a more streamlined, personalized planning platform. The System Management Unit will lead the training series and introduce attendees to the intricacies of this new software. Participants are highly encouraged to complete the Data Security and FERPA training prior to attending. As space is limited, registration is required. All sessions will be held in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111B. Attend any of the following training sessions:
— Session 1: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 21.
 Session 2: noon to 2 p.m Thursday, Feb. 27.
— Session 3: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 28.
— Session 4: noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5.
Though unlikely, times and locations may vary. For the most up-to-date details, visit the Upcoming Training Opportunities calendar.

'Disability Tapas' Presentations to be Held on Wednesdays Through Winter Quarter

Disabilities come in many different forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for some snack-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. Presentations are geared toward faculty and staff (students are welcome), and offered every Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Building (No. 124). Room as listed below. Or attend via Zoom at Past presentations are viewable at actual "tapas" will not be available, there will be a good variety of chocolate offered. The presentations include:
— Feb. 19: "How to be a Disability Ally - Strategies for Identifying and Addressing Ableism" (Room 117).
— Feb. 26: "Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities, Part I" (Room 224). 
— March 4: "Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities, Part II" (Room 117).
 —March 11: "Supporting Students with Autism" (Room 117).
The presentations are provided by the Disability Resource Center, which can be reached at or ext. 6-1395.

Staff and Faculty Can Apply or Renew Passports on March 5

Logo for Cal Poly International CenterThe International Center, in conjunction with the USPS Passport Agency, invites interested faculty and staff to renew or apply for their first-time passport on Thursday, March 5. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. Attendees must bring the necessary documents for their application on the day of the event, and will also have the ability to have their passport-compliant photos taken by an agent for an additional fee. Find more information here regarding required documents, fees and acceptable methods of payment. Anyone with questions can email Ingrid Almaguer at Interested staff and faculty can sign up for a 15-minute appointment here. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

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.

Teaching with Canvas This Spring? Canvas Migration Request Form Due March 6

Canvas LogoAnyone teaching with Canvas this spring and those who have a PolyLearn course that they would like to migrate into Canvas is asked to fill out the Canvas Migration Request Form by Friday, March 6. Those not teaching with Canvas this spring don’t need to worry about migrating their PolyLearn courses. The Cal Poly Canvas Support Team will be migrating all PolyLearn-Moodle courses from this academic year into Canvas for use in fall 2020 and beyond. Canvas workshops will be offered during spring break. Registration for these workshops will begin March 9. Stay tuned for more information on Canvas workshops and events. For more information about Cal Poly’s transition to Canvas, visit

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.

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.  


Laura Wunsch, accountant II for the Cal Poly Foundation, is retiring after 15 years of service to the university. Wunsch is a Cal Poly alumna with a degree in business administration. Prior to her career with Cal Poly, she attained 30 years of accounting experience with local businesses. Wunsch began her Cal Poly career at the Corporation in 2005. She started as the Cal Poly Corporation senior accountant and was transferred to Cal Poly Foundation around 2013. Wunsch was an integral part of converting the accounting system to PeopleSoft in 2014. She helped maintain and ensure the accuracy of the Cal Poly Foundation ledger. In retirement, Wunsch looks forward to traveling and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. Her incredible knowledge, expertise and dedication will be greatly missed.​​​​​​

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Campus Announcements

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).

2020 Aspire to Grow Conference to be Held March 4 in the PAC

Logo for Aspire to Grow 2020 Conference with illustration of a sun rising over agricultural fields.The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will host the second annual Aspire to Grow Conference, exploring innovation in food and agriculture, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The symposium will focus on new technologies and developments and the role diversity of thought and experience plays in achieving these. Keynote speaker Kemba Marshall, director of veterinary services for Purina Animal Nutrition, will discuss her educational and career journey as a woman of color. Leaders from Amazon, Dole and other organizations will also discuss their journeys in their respective fields. The Aspire to Grow Conference aims to inform and empower students from across campus about the many and varied career opportunities in these industries. It will also create a forum for students to learn from and network with companies for which diversity and inclusion are an essential part of their visions, and that have recognized that workplace diversity increases productivity, innovation, and other factors that provide a competitive edge. For more information, visit


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.  


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 Kicks Off March 6

Photo of a female yoga teacher correcting a students' hand in a yoga class.Aspiring yoga teachers and those 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. Non-members will receive Recreation Center access during the five-month training series. Visit ASI Access for program registration and the ASI website for the training schedule and additional information. Questions? Contact Eric Alexander, assistant coordinator — fitness programs, at or ext. 6-1789.

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Reading with New York State Poet Laureate Set for Feb. 20

Alicia Ostriker, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and New York State Poet Laureate, will read at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 286. Ostriker has been called "America's most fiercely honest poet" by Progressive, and is also a prolific scholar and critic. Her poetry collections include “Waiting for the Light,” awarded the Berru Award from the Jewish Book Council; “The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog”; “The Book of Seventy,” which received the Jewish National Book Award; “No Heaven”; “The Volcano Sequence”; “Little Space,” a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; “The Crack in Everything,” winner of the Paterson Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award; “The Imaginary Lover,” winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; “A Woman Under the Surface”; “Once More Out of Darkness”; and “Songs.” The event is sponsored by WriterSpeak and is free and open to the public.

Art and Design Alumni Show Opens Feb. 20

Photo of an alumni's work.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.

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players to Present The Mikado at the PAC on March 3

Promotional photo for The MikadoNew York Gilbert and Sullivan Players will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. The new production of "The Mikado"  combines the real-life characters of Victorian London’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company with the imagined setting of Titipu. At the heart of this tale is a romantic triangle that takes the usual course of thwarted love to “happily ever after.” Tickets range from $28-$52 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.

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.

Flutist Marley Eder to Present a Free Workshop March 6 at Cal Poly

Marley EderThe Music Department will host flutist Marley Eder for a performance workshop at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Titled “Strategies and Tips for Stressful Situations,” the workshop is intended to help students prepare for a variety of performances, including auditions, competitions and recitals. Eder is a top prizewinner several competitions. In March 2019, he performed with members of Denmark’s Odense Symphony on Medici TV as a semi-finalist in the 2019 Nielsen International Flute Competition. He has been a featured soloist with ensembles including the Eastern Music Festival Symphony, Louisiana State University Philharmonia and the Colburn School of Music’s Orchestra da Camera. He plays principal flute with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and on March 7, he will be the soloist at the group’s performance of Mozart’s “Concerto for Flute and Harp,” with Marcia Dickstein.  The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

Flutist Suzanne Duffy to Perform at March 8 Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert

Suzanne Duffy, left, and Antonio G. BarataThe Winter Wind Bands Concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert is titled “Winds of Change.” Music Professor Antonio G. Barata has composed a work with the same name that will be premiered by the Wind Ensemble. Guest soloist and Cal Poly flute instructor Suzanne Duffy will perform Stephen Bulla’s “Rhapsody for Flute” with the group, which will conclude its set with Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.” The Wind Ensemble will perform these works, and others, for the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference to be hosted March 18-21 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. At the March 8 concert, the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will perform music by John Philip Sousa, plus works from the expanded wind band repertoire, including Aaron Perrine’s “Tears of St. Lawrence” and Steven Bryant’s “The Machine Awakes.” The Chamber Winds will complete Robert Kurka’s “Good Soldier Schweik Suite,” the first part of which the group performed at the Bandfest concert in November. 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

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 (doubleheader), 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Women's Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27
Men's Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Friday, Feb. 28
Baseball vs. Michigan, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 29
Women's Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Baseball vs. Michigan, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 1
Baseball vs. Michigan, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.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. 

#496072 — Recruiting Associate (Administrative support Assistant II), Student Affairs — Career Services. $32,460-$45,948 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $33,600-$37,000 per year. Open until filled.

#496065 — Administrative Support Coordinator 12 Month, Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics. $34,152-$61,776 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,800-$54,000 per year. Open until filled.

#496139 — Assistant Director for Residential Student Experience (Student Services Professional IV), Student Affairs — University Housing. $64,212-$91,596 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $64,212-$69,800 per year. Open until filled.

#496125 — University Housing Personnel and Resource Manager (Administrator I), Student Affairs — University Housing. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#496095 — Financial Analyst II (Administrative Analyst/Specialist 12 Month), Administration and Finance — Budget and Finance. $46,764-$84,612 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $56,400-$66,000 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.

Director of Information Technology, Information Technology. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Catering Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $15-16 per hour.

Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $15-16 per hour.

Coffee Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $15-16 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.

There are no new listings at this time.

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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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