Cal Poly Report — Feb. 5, 2020 


Cal Poly Receives $225,000 CalRecycle Grant to Support Campus Recycling Efforts

A $225,000 state grant will help Cal Poly increase beverage container recycling and support other campus recycling programs as the university works to create a zero waste campus. The Energy, Utilities and Sustainability Department will use the funds from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, to purchase and install about 690 blue beverage container recycling bins in interior/exterior hallways, courtyards and student dorm rooms. The department will also place a dozen sets of Big Belly solar compactor stations — smart, sensor-equipped waste and recycling stations that communicate real-time status to ground crews to enable efficiencies — in busy and high-volume areas throughout campus. Officials are planning to place the first four compactor stations in front of Campus Market, at the top of Mustang Way, in front of Kennedy Library, and on the ground floor of the R3 parking lot at Poly Canyon Village. The grant will also pay for education, social media, outreach events and student staffing. Learn 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

Pride Center Announces New Resource Tool, Cal Poly OUTList

Photo of some people carrying a large rainbow flag and text reading THE OUTLIST Cal Poly Cross Cultural CentersThe Pride Center has launched the Cal Poly OUTList, a resource tool created by the Pride Center to promote visibility, awareness, networking and community among the Cal Poly and Central Coast community. The OUTList features profiles of staff, faculty and affiliates at Cal Poly. Their presence on this list speaks to their willingness to be contacted as an informal resource for other faculty, staff and students. It is not required that you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community to be on this list, and allies are encouraged to submit profiles. Click here to submit a profile.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Adds New Faculty Fellows to Inspire Startups and Innovation

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has added four educators to its Faculty Fellows advisor program to inspire startups. The latest fellows include College of Engineering faculty members Hani Alzraiee (Civil Engineering) Lauren Cooper (Mechanical Engineering), Chris Heylman (Biomedical Engineering) along with Javin Oza (Chemistry and Biochemistry) from the College of Science and Mathematics. The CIE was formed in 2010 to provide students with the tools needed to develop the skills and cultivate the mindset of an entrepreneur. Since then, more than 100 startups have been created, along with over 1,000 jobs. The CIE Faculty Fellow program began in 2012 to help build the university’s entrepreneurship culture. Many fellows bring their own startup and innovation experience to the assignment. The CIE also encourages faculty fellows to work with each other. Cooper, for example, is already working with fellows from Architecture and Agribusiness on a project designing spaces that will encourage mental wellness. Learn more here.

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

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.

ASI, Cross Cultural Centers to Host Feb. 10 Events Featuring Spike Lee 

Spike LeeOn Monday, Feb. 10, ASI and the Cross Cultural Centers (CCC)  will host events featuring Oscar-winning director, writer, actor and producer Spike Lee. ASI will host a moderated discussion with Lee from 7:10 to 8 p.m. in the Cal Poly Recreation Center Main Gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m. This event is free to Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff with a valid student or staff ID. Tickets will be available for $20 to the greater campus community from the Cal Poly Ticket Office starting on Jan. 27. No video or audio recording will be allowed. Visit for more information. Prior to the moderated discussion, an inaugural Cross Cultural Centers fundraising dinner will support the CCC’s efforts to create a culturally rich environment at the university and within the broader community. Purchase tickets to the dinner at To learn more and to support the efforts of the CCC, visit

Student Success

2020 TEDxSanLuisObispo Conference 'Xpanding Horizons' Set for Feb. 8

Graphic reading TEDx San Luis Obispo, Xpanding Horizons on Feb. 8TEDxSanLuisObispo, a student-run and independently organized TED event, will hold its fourth annual conference at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Performing Arts Center. The speaker lineup includes nine speakers, including the event's first  dual talk. Speakers include Rich Ferguson, a magician who has been featured on "The Ellen Show," "The Tonight Show," and others; Katie Patrick, author and host of the book and its sister-podcast, "How to Save the World," who has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, on the BBC, and more. Topics include prison reform, virtual reality, and sexual assault prevention. Ticket price includes swag, photo opportunities on the TED carpet, an art showcase and networking opportunities. For the full speaker lineup, to buy tickets, or to learn more, go to RSVP to the event page at

Students Can Apply by Feb. 7 to Receive a Free Passport 

Passport Caravan logo with illustrations of landmarks in other countries.The International Center announced that its Cal Poly affiliated partner CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is sponsoring 50 free passports for students to become first-time passport holders. The CIEE Passport Caravan is coming to Cal Poly on Thursday, March 5. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share this opportunity with eligible students to help them receive a free U.S. passport. The event is part of CIEE’s support of Generation Study Abroad, an initiative to make study abroad possible for more U.S students by breaking down the three major barriers to study abroad: cost, curriculum and culture. Students must apply by Friday, Feb. 7. Selected applicants will be notified of their status no later than Friday, Feb. 14. The goal of Generation Study Abroad is to double the number of American students who study abroad. Students are encouraged to apply for this opportunity if they meet the following criteria: 
— Must be a U.S. citizen.
— Are in need of a new passport — not a passport renewal.
— Are available on March 5 for a short appointment on campus.
— Are a current freshman, sophomore or junior enrolled at Cal Poly.
More information is available here. Questions? Contact Ingrid Almaguer at

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

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

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 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 and on the menu will be build-your-own Frito chili boats (gluten-free, vegetarian option available), cookies, and iced tea and lemonade. Registration is requested and is available at

Join Cal Poly Basketball for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Feb. 5

Photo of a Cal Poly basketball player from a recent game.As a sign of appreciation for everything faculty and staff members do for the university, Cal Poly Athletics is offering four free general admission tickets to the men’s basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 5, as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. The Mustangs will take on Long Beach State at 7 p.m. in Mott Athletics Center. Faculty and staff can claim their four free tickets to the game by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Mott Athletics Center Box Office on the night of the game. For more information or to purchase tickets to other Cal Poly men’s basketball games, visit

Student and HR Administration, Student Center Applications to be Unavailable Feb. 8

The Student and HR Administration, and Student Center applications, accessed through the My Cal Poly Portal, will be unavailable on Saturday, Feb. 8, from midnight to 5 p.m., due to a required upgrade to the PeopleSoft system. During the maintenance window, links in the “Employee Info” and “Personal Info” sections of the “Personal Info” tab on the portal will also be unavailable. This upgrade is required to ensure that Cal Poly's PeopleSoft system stays current on security patches, performance improvements and bug fixes. Anyone with questions or needing help can contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or​​​​​​

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.

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

CalPERS Benefits Education Event Set for Feb. 7 and 8

CalPERS logoCalPERS will host its CalPERS Benefits Education Event (CBEE) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo. This free event will provide an opportunity to learn about and prepare for retirement, whether a participant is early in their career or close to retirement. Attend informative classes to learn about benefits, programs, and more, as well as to speak with representatives from CalPERS and the university's partner organizations. Learn more and register.

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 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. 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.

New NINJIO Information Security Training Video 'Hook, Line, and Spoofer' Now Available

Illustration of a log in page for a bank and someone holding their cell phone with a verification code.A new NINJIO information security video, “Hook, Line, and Spoofer,” is now available on the Cal Poly Learning Hub. In this four-minute episode, watch see how telephone scams play off a person's emotions, creating urgency and legitimacy. When faced with a caller who claims to be from your bank or other institution and demands personal information, it’s important to keep yourself safe by telling them that you will call back using the official telephone number for the organization. Check out the video to learn how to recognize these messages.  All NINJIO training videos are available on the Cal Poly Learning Hub under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal.

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 Starts Feb. 1

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 beginning Feb. 1 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.

Adobe Sign Now Available Through the Portal

Adobe Sign logo for Cal PolyAdobe Sign is now available under My Apps in the My Cal Poly Portal, as the university gets closer to completing the transition from DocuSign to Adobe Sign to route forms and facilitate electronic signatures. Students, faculty and staff can expect to begin receiving documents for signature via Adobe Sign (using the email address from a number of campus departments. Faculty and staff wanting to learn some basics about Adobe Sign can attend one of two live-training webinars from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Feb. 6. No registration is required, just use the following link at the time of the webinar: For additional video tutorials, support and training materials, visit Adobe's Learn and Support Center. At this time, no new templates or processes should be created in DocuSign. Anyone with questions should contact their area's Divison or Document Unit Coordinator (PDF), or email


Degree Planner and Schedule Builder Joint Information Sessions Set for Feb. 6

Graphic reading Degree Planner/Schedule BuilderThe Office of the Registrar invites all faculty and staff to learn more about the interrelated functionalities of Degree Planner (replacing Poly Planner) and Schedule Builder (replacing PASS). Associate Registrar Daniel Parsons of the System Management Unit and Assistant Registrar Michele Reynolds of the Curriculum, Catalog and Scheduling Unit will lead the sessions. Each session will present identical information, serve as a general introduction to these new student tools, and allow ample time to address questions and concerns. Registration is not required. Attend the following information sessions:
— Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111B
Though unlikely, times and locations may vary. For the most up-to-date information about all upcoming training opportunities, visit the Upcoming Training Opportunities calendar. 

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.

Canvas Workshops Available to Departments by Request 

Stock photo of people sitting in a classroom with computers, listening to an instructor.Through the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s “Workshops by Request” program, departments can schedule a workshop on Cal Poly’s new learning management system, Canvas, for their faculty and staff. Learning Management System Administrator Tonia Malone and the Canvas support team are available to come to department meetings and provide workshops on Canvas topics, including:
— Introduction to Canvas.
— Content Creation in Canvas.
— Communication Tools in Canvas.
— Assessment Tools in Canvas.
— PolyLearn Migration into Canvas.
— Three Ways to Create a Syllabus for Canvas.
For more information and to schedule departmental sessions, visit Additional workshops on Canvas through the CTLT  will be offered throughout winter quarter. For more information on Cal Poly’s transition to Canvas, visit


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. Thank you for helping us spread some love in love-filled February.

International Center Offers Taste of the World 2020 on Feb. 5

Graphic for Cal Poly International Center A Taste of the WorldThe International Center will host Taste of the World 2020 with free food from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, on Via Carta Mall (outside Campus Market). This free event will feature international cuisine, activities and music from all over the world. It is open to all campus community members. The food will be prepared by students enrolled in Heather Donovan's and Eric Blanco’s FSN 344 Institutional Foodservice II. For more information, watch a video, visit or email

Campus Dining Value Menu Provides New Low-cost, High Nutrition Choices

Photo of a breakfast burrito with text reading Value MenuNew foods high in nutritional value and low in price will provide campus community members more diverse offerings than ever before through Campus Dining’s Value Menu. Dining venues across campus will now feature a variety of delicious items all under $4, in addition to those already offered. The most inexpensive item starts at $1. Tu Taco junior breakfast burritos, Red Radish Junior Autumn Harvest Salad, Poly Deli quesadillas and many more options reflected on nearly every on-campus menu will ensure all students, faculty and staff members can make sensible choices for their bodies as well as their wallets. Campus Dining will also offer sweet treats such as Lucy’s ice cream cones.


Online Distinguished Speaker Series Wraps Up with Two Sessions Feb. 6

Photo of a snack pack that will be offered for clubs or organizations hosting a viewing party during the CPX Distinguished Speaker Series.Grab some friends or colleagues and tune into the final online CPX Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 6:
From 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Want to help make Cal Poly more inclusive, but don’t know where to start? Join this conversation and learn how. 
From 12:45-2 p.m.: Small things can have big impacts. Learn about unconscious bias and microaggressions, and how your actions affect others.
Snack packs — pictured — are available for any student clubs or organizations hosting viewing parties. To reserve one, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at ext. 6-1521 or email Return the snack pack box to the office (located in the Administration Building, No. 1, Room 206) for reuse. The online series is available online via Zoom. Register at

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.

Photo of two people sitting at a desk, talking and gesturing with their hands.Do you need legal advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding for 34 years to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to currently enrolled Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff. Radding provides a free 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. No matter what the issue, advice and guidance is offered. Legal consultation can provide the foundation to take the most effective steps necessary for a situation. Winter quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, and March 13. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office Conference Room located in UU 212.

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Cal Poly to Present Free ‘Night of Chamber Music’ Feb. 7

Photo of the Brass ChoirSeveral of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. “A Night of Chamber Music” will feature performances by a brass quintet, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, a large clarinet ensemble, a brass choir and a jazz combo. This annual event, formerly called “Night at the Mission,” has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

Metta Quintet to Perform at the Spanos Theatre on Feb. 7

Photo of the members of Metta QuintetThe Metta Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Spanos Theatre presented by Cal Poly Arts. Featuring some of today’s most compelling jazz artists, Metta Quintet is the official resident ensemble of the New York City-based not-for-profit JazzReach Inc. In keeping with JazzReach’s commitment to cultivate new generations of jazz listeners and performers, the quintet will burn through some fiery selections of significant jazz compositions, classics and standards and then invite a select group of local student musicians to “sit in and groove out” with the band. Tickets are $19 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.

Mustang Marching Band to Perform in Chinese New Year Parade Feb. 8 in San Francisco

The Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band at the 2018 Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.The Mustang Marching Band has been invited to participate for the sixth time in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 8, in San Francisco. The Mustang Band performed for the Chinese New Year Parade for the first time in 2014 and was among 15 marching bands that participated. It has been awarded first place in the adult marching bands category at each appearance. Prior to the parade, the band will continue the tradition of performing some of its favorite pep and post-game tunes with the UC Davis Marching Band in front of the Ferry Building. The parade began in the 1860s as a means for Chinese community in San Francisco to educate and share their culture with the greater community. The parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. The parade will celebrate the “Year of the Rat” with floats, dragon dancers and other festive entries. Over 1 million attendees are expected to line the parade route, and the event will be broadcast live. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

A.J. Croce to Plays at the Spanos Theatre on Feb. 8

A.J. CroceA.J. Croce will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Spanos Theatre, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce — a golden-voiced “everyman” who died young — left a legacy of some of pop music’s most memorable songs. Multi-instrumentalist son A.J. Croce weaves a concert of his father’s song classics with touching stories, as well as some of A.J.’s own tunes and songs that influenced them both. Audiences around the country have enjoyed such timeless songs as “Operator” and “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim.” While fans have been able to hear Croce’s recorded music for decades, now for the first time in more than 40 years, they can experience it live. Tickets are $41 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.

The Gershwins’ 'Porgy and Bess' to be Screened at the PAC on Feb. 9

Promotional photo for Progy and BessThe Gershwins’ "Porgy and Bess" will be screened live in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. "Porgy and Bess" tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, who attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin’ Life, her drug dealer. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker and Ryan Speedo Green. Tickets are $12 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.

Waipuna Comes to the PAC on Feb. 9

Photo of Waipuna, a group comprised of three performersWaipuna will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Spanos Theatre, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Waipuna’s bold new sound is a collaboration of three talented individuals from celebrated Hawaiian musical families. The performers’ eclectic musical backgrounds yet similar tastes in music have led to their unique sound that one critic dubbed as “authentic roots with a contemporary energy, sensibility and joy.” Winners of multiple Na Hoku Awards for Hawaiian music, Waipuna brings a fresh and contemporary energy to Hawaiian classics and the Island sound, preserving tradition while moving it into the 21st century. The dancers of local hālau hula NĀ MELE O KE KAI, directed by Kumu Hula Sylvia Ke’alalaua’eokalani Hambly will perform with Waipuna. Tickets are $36 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.

Cirque Éloize to Perform at the PAC on Feb. 11

Promotional photo from Cirque EloizeCirque Éloize will perform "HOTEL" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. A leader in the contemporary circus world for 25 years, Cirque Éloize has seamlessly intertwined the circus arts with other art forms and technology to thrill audiences seeking sensually rich entertainment. Its creations, including the popular Saloon presented at the PAC in 2018, have been performed for more than 3.5 million people over 5,000 times in 575 cities around the world. "HOTEL" welcomes attendees into a timeless art deco world where strangers meet and lives intersect just long enough for tales and memories to be forged. (There will be fog and haze effects.) Tickets range from $31-$55 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.

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.

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.    

Event Calendar

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Men's Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6
Women's Basketball vs. Hawai'i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7
Men's Tennis vs. Fresno State, Mustang Courts, noon.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Women's Tennis vs. San Jose State, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Hawai'i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9
Women's Tennis vs. Sacramento State, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.

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.

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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. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#494989 — Facilities Worker II — Multi Craft, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $58,224-$73,176 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $58,224-$60,000 per year. Open until filled.

#493430 — Coordinator of Student Development (Student Service Professional II), Student Affairs — University Housing. Anticipated hiring salary: $51,648 per year. Open until filled.

#496047 — Basic Needs Coordinator (Student Service Professional III), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $56,292-$80,196 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $56,292-$68,220 per year. Open until filled.

#496036 — Student Services Professional 1A — College of Liberal Arts — Emergency Hire. Academic Affairs — College of Liberal Arts. Emergency hire anticipated hiring salary: $20.27 per hour. 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. 

#495001 — Tenure Track, Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering — College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#494752 — Department Head, Agribusiness — College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#494866 — Department Head, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences — College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#494775 — Tenure Track, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Librarian, Kennedy Library. Open until filled.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new listings at this time.

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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