Cal Poly Report — Jan. 22, 2020 


Ethnic Studies Chair Denise Isom Receives Cross Cultural Centers’ Annual MLK Legacy Award

Denise IsomThe recipient of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award, Ethnic Studies Department Chair and Professor Denise Isom, works with determination and devotion to create a more just, equitable and diverse campus. “Those who nominated her described her as someone who works diligently to create a culture of care and radical love,” said Beya Makekau, interim director of the Cross Cultural Centers. Isom, who gave the closing remarks at the Jan. 15 MLK event, recalled a quote from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech: “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope," she quoted, adding, “King sets us up for the reality of hope and struggle. Hope comes not from wishful thinking but from struggle. It must be hewed. The kind of work we have been doing on this campus has literally transformed this space. Yes, we are standing on mountains, a lot of us. Yet we keep winning. We have started programs, festivals, courses. People have come to this campus and not just survived but thrived.” During its annual celebration honoring Dr. King, the Cross Cultural Centers also announced two finalists for the legacy award: Stan Yoshinobu, a mathematics professor in the College of Science and Mathematics, and Robert Flores, a professor and department head in the Agricultural Education and Communication Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Read more here.

Register and Host a Viewing Party for Online Distinguished Speaker Series Starting Jan. 23 

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 online CPX Distinguished Speaker Series starting Thursday, Jan. 23. The series continues Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Learn how to create an everyday culture of inclusion, starting with two sessions Jan. 23:
— From 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., learn why efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at Cal Poly are critical and how you can get involved. Key differences between the centennial generation (those born in or after 1998) and past generations will be shared, as will strategies to engage and partner with students on campus climate issues.
— From 12:45-2 p.m., hear an overview of higher education experiences of LGBTQIA students and how to be an ally. 
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 The online series is available online via Zoom. Register at

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors Meeting Set for Jan. 31

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Corporation Administration Building, Conference Room 124, on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo, California. This is a public meeting. For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Cal Poly Foundation Board Meeting to be Held Feb. 1

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion Room. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Campus Dining Makes Combating Food Insecurity Easier

Photo of a campus dining employee smiling as she accepts a credit card from a customer.The campus community can now help support students in need through Feed Cal Poly, the university’s latest step toward alleviating food insecurity. Feed Cal Poly gives all students, faculty and staff the opportunity to donate to the Cal Poly Basic Needs Initiative to ensure all Mustangs have access to the resources they need to succeed in every aspect of their university lives. Donations can be made by cash or credit card at any Campus Dining venue register. After donating, guests will receive a receipt at the register with their donation amount for tax purposes.  Campus Dining currently allows first-year students to donate to Mustang Meal Share through their dining plans.  

Student Success

Nominations Open for Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award

The Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award recognizes the contributions of student employees to the university community and honors their efforts. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020. Eligible candidates include state, ASI, Cal Poly Corporation and University Store student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. All student employees at Cal Poly are eligible for consideration. Faculty and staff may nominate more than one student. Cal Poly’s 2019-20 Outstanding Student Employee will be announced during the OSEY Reception on April 23. The winner is entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. To print the 2019-20 OSEY nomination form, go to:, scroll down to "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year" and click on the link. Forms are due to Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 7. Questions? Contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Applications Due Jan. 29 for Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program

Photo of past interns in the Panette Institute Congressional internship programApplications are being accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 29, for the 2020 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Matriculating third or fourth year, junior or senior students from any major who meet the program requirements are encouraged to apply. This prestigious Learn by Doing experience provides an opportunity for students to enhance their education by providing encouragement in the exploration of Congress, civil leadership, and community and public service. Once selected, students participate in a two-week training session in August at the Panetta Institute, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working in the capitol office of a California congressional delegation member. The cost of the program is fully funded in order to allow participation by any qualified student, independent of family income. Complete program requirements and details are available through the Office of the Provost's website.

Students Can Apply by Jan. 31 to Receive a Free Passport 

The CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) 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, Jan. 31. 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

Registration Open to Students for Global Leadership Series 

Logo reading Global Leadership SeriesLooking to earn a leadership certificate in just four weeks? Registration is open now for the Global Leadership Series (GLS). This series allows students to engage in a leadership journey specifically gauged toward applying their leadership skills to different cultures. Over the course of four weeks, students will explore personal, local, national and global issues within leadership and identify the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to navigate these different contexts. Section times are as follows:
— Section 2: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon starting Feb. 11.
Questions? Email

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Faculty & Staff

Professors to be Honored for Distinguished Scholarship Jan. 29

Text reading Distinguished Scholarship Award Forum on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, with photos of the three award winners.The 2018-19 Distinguished Scholarship Award winners — Beth Chance of the Statistics Department, John Bellardo of the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, and Marni Goldenberg of the Experience Industry Management Department — will be honored at a presentation from 2:10-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7). Faculty, staff and students are invited to join Interim Provost Pedersen at the event, hosted in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186 or visit the Office of the Provost's website. The event schedule is:
— 2:10 p.m.: Welcome and remarks.
— 2:20 p.m.: Beth Chance, "Recent Developments in Statistics Education."
— 2:50 p.m.: John Bellardo, "CubeSats: Small Satellites Enable Learn By Doing at Cal Poly and Beyond."
— 3:20 p.m.: Marni Goldenberg, "Understanding Outcomes: Qualitative Discovery in the Outdoor and Adventure Fields."
A reception will follow at 3:50 p.m.

University Marketing Wins Seven CASE Awards

Last week CASE District VII, the West Coast region of a national organization promoting higher education, announced that  University Marketing won seven awards for recent work. The awards include four Gold awards for Cal Poly Magazine Online, the digital viewbook for prospective students, the university’s new visual brand system, and a feature video about the results of the Learn by Doing experience. The department received two Silver awards for Cal Poly Magazine overall and a video highlighting a recent architecture student project helping to rehabilitate the town of Paradise, California; and a Bronze award for the design of a magazine cover about the same story. A group of representatives from University Marketing will travel to the CASE regional conference in San Francisco in March to receive the awards.

Draft Campus Administrative Policies Available for Review

Several draft Campus Administrative Policies (CAP) are available for review until Sunday, Feb. 23, at The CAP policies are "Information Technology Services" (CAP 1200), "Data Management" (CAP 152), and "Construction Approval" (CAP 322.2). CAP is the central repository for high-level policies that guide Cal Poly’s administrative structure. They include locally developed policies, guidelines and governing regulations as well as information on externally developed laws, rules or regulations under which the university operates. Feedback should be submitted to

Winter Quarter Head Shot Clinic to be Held Jan. 30

Examples of professional portraits taken in the Founders Room in the Performing Arts Center.Faculty and staff are invited to have a professional portrait taken from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Performing Arts Center (No. 6) Founders’ Room (Room 304). Campus photographer Joe Johnston will take head shots of all current faculty and staff. No registration is required. Faculty and staff members will be photographed on a first-come basis. Their new image can be used to update professional platforms. This service is provided free by University Marketing. Questions? Reach out to

Degree Planner and Schedule Builder Joint Information Sessions Set for Jan. 31, 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 either of the following information sessions:
— Session 1: 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 107.
— Session 2: 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. 

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

Fraternity and Sorority Life Seeks Faculty and Staff Advisors

Fraternity and Sorority Life is seeking faculty and staff advisors who are interested in supporting academic development for fraternities and sororities. Serving as a faculty or staff advisor is a great way to assist with the academic needs and challenges that some students face throughout the year. The advisor role includes meeting with academic officers twice per quarter to discuss chapter academic performance, opportunities for academic achievement, and other academically related issues or concerns; sharing educational resources; and facilitating workshops, when applicable. Academic faculty/staff advisors assume no liability for chapter operations. The advisor role requires a one-year commitment. To learn more,  contact Shawnna Smith, lead coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, at

CTLT Seeking Canvas Goodwill Ambassadors

Logo for CanvasThe Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is looking for faculty who have taught with the Canvas LMS for at least a year to serve as Canvas Goodwill Ambassadors during Cal Poly’s transition to Canvas from PolyLearn-Moodle. Selected candidates will assist the CTLT in promoting Canvas on campus by answering questions, sharing teaching techniques with Canvas, demonstrating a Canvas feature in a department meeting, and placing a Canvas Goodwill Ambassador sign on their office door. Participants can earn up to a $300 stipend, and applications can be submitted through the CTLT website. Anyone with questions can email For more information about the transition to Canvas, visit

25Live Trainings Available in January

The web application 25Live is used by Cal Poly for space and event scheduling, as well as for publishing event information to the University Events Master Calendar. Join the Office of the Registrar's University Scheduling team to learn more about “How to Create Searches and Run Reports” using 25Live. Registration is not required. The session will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 217D.

Accessibility Workshops for Faculty Now Available for Winter 2020 Quarter

Photo of a computer keyboard with a green "access" button under the caps lock buttonFaculty, do you want to make your course materials more accessible for students? The following workshops provide guidance to help faculty members create accessible course materials, including an accessible Word document, a video with captions, and an accessible Canvas page. Each workshop requires seven to 10 hours total, and can be completed anytime during winter quarter. Each workshop provides a $100 stipend for eligible faculty upon completion. These workshops are for faculty only. Questions can be directed to Pam Dougherty with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Learn more and register for the following workshops:
Creating Accessible Documents.
Creating Accessible Videos.
Creating Accessible Canvas Content.

Digital Projects Lab Presents Introduction to Data Visualization on Jan. 31

Photo of people in a workshop looking at a map projected onto a screen.Join Numeric and Spatial Data Specialist Russ White from 10:10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, for a hands-on introduction to data visualization. This workshop will get attendees started with easy-to-use tools to turn data into compelling visuals. No prior experience is required, and all campus community members are welcome. For inspiration before this workshop, stop by the new Kennedy Library exhibit "Impact: The Visual Communication of Information," located at the Kennedy Library Gallery at the Commons. The exhibit includes examples of visualization from disciplines across campus. Learn more at

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.

Extended Education’s Quarter Plus program is Hiring a Learning Assistant Coordinator for Summer 2020

Graphic for Quarter + programThe Quarter Plus Program has announced an opportunity for a faculty member to serve as the program’s Learning Assistant Coordinator. The primary focus of the Quarter Plus Program is to provide an intensive academic experience for incoming students. The program offers first-year students an opportunity to begin their college experience early while accelerating their academic studies before the rush of the fall quarter. The role includes serving as the primary point of contact for the Quarter Plus Program’s Learning Assistants and designing and facilitating the training program for them. Qualifications include experience with student leadership and student development, eligibility for an extra compensation assignment during spring and summer 2020, and familiarity with the Quarter Plus program. Anticipated compensation is $100 hour with 100 hours work expected. Learn more about the position, learn more about Quarter Plus, and apply today. Questions? Contact Dianna Previs in Extended Education at

GE 2020 Faculty Advising Training to be Held in January

Gold box with text reading General Education 2020The Office of the Registrar invites all faculty advisors to learn more about the new General Education 2020 template. Associate Registrar Helen Bailey of the Evaluations Unit will lead the training and discuss specific differences between the new template and previous catalogs, how these changes might impact students and what tools are available to assist in the advising process during this transition period. Registration is not required. The following training sessions will all be held in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46:
— 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
— Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
— 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
— 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Jan. 24.
Though unlikely, times and locations may vary. For the most up-to-date details, visit the Upcoming Training Opportunities calendar.

Webcast on Time Management Set for Jan. 28

Logo for CSU's Got Talent seriesAll employees are invited to join Employee and Organization Development as it hosts another edition of the CSU’s Got Talent series. Executive coach and speaker Audrey Reille, MBA, Ed.D., will present a webcast titled “Time Management: What Gets in the Way and How to Reclaim Control Over Your Schedule.” Come discover what beliefs and habits keep you overworked and overwhelmed. Find freedom and personal empowerment by rethinking how to get more work done in less time. The webcast will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Administration and Finance Training Room (located in the Cal Poly Police Building), No. 36, Room 105. Register through the Learning Hub at Time Management: What Gets in the Way. Alternatively, you may view the webcast independently from your desktop computer or phone by going to


Debbie Hart is retiring after 12 years of service to Cal Poly. Hart arrived at Cal Poly as an art and graphic design student in 1982, working as a student assistant in the Computer Science Department for three years. She left the area after graduation but returned to the Central Coast in 2007. After working in a couple of temporary assignments, she was hired in 2009 as an administrative analyst in Research and Graduate Programs, later the Office of Research and Economic Development. During her 10-plus years in this office, she has expanded her expertise and responsibilities and retires from her role as the compliance/information officer, in which she become central to the campus’s research compliance activities and the operations of the office. In retirement, Hart is looking forward to spending more time on artistic pursuits and traveling with her family and friends. Please join the Office of Research and Economic Development in celebrating Hart from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23, at Woodstock's Pizza (1000 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo).

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Catastrophic Leave

Maria Fonseca Cordova, custodian in Facilities Operations — Custodial Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

Renee Elliott, administrative analyst in Financial Aid, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Linda Ortiz at ext. 6-1304 or  to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Winter Volunteer and Service Fair to be Held Jan. 28

Center for Service in Action Logo and text reading Volunteer & Service FairThe Center for Service in Action will host a volunteer and service fair for the Cal Poly community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, on Dexter Lawn. Ever wanted to serve on a board of directors or an advisory committee, or engage in meaningful service at a local nonprofit or governmental agency? Come by the Volunteer and Service Fair to speak to representatives from organizations that are doing amazing work in San Luis Obispo County. Several community partner agencies will be present to share how service can take shape for faculty, staff and students.

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

Cal Poly to Host Anti-Human Trafficking Summit Jan. 26-28

The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host an anti-human trafficking summit Jan. 26-28 on campus, including a community panel and resource fair, student project showcase, documentary film and talk with a human trafficking survivor, and training sessions for law enforcement. “The summit aims to raise awareness of the Cal Poly community and the general public, and provide specialized training to law enforcement to combat one of the greatest human rights violations of our time,” said Cal Poly CCI Program Manager Martin Minnich. From 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan.  26, a community panel and resource fair will provide information and resources to identify and respond to human trafficking as it occurs within San Luis Obispo County and beyond. At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Minnich will announce the launch of the Trafficking Investigations Hub at the CCI. From 4-6 p.m., an Emmy-nominated documentary film on human trafficking, “Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America,” will be shown. One of the human trafficking survivors featured in the movie will speak and answer questions after the film. From 6-7 p.m., Cal Poly students will present projects representing the work they have completed over the past six months to help combat human trafficking. These events are open to the public and free to attend. Learn more here.

Stalking Awareness Month Wraps Up With 'Stop It' Week 

 Know it. Name it. Stop it. With photo of a person holding their hand up in a stop motion.Tuesday’s “Stop It” booth in the UU Plaza will wrap up Stalking Awareness Month with tips on keeping yourself safe online and resources for survivors of stalking. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At Thursday’s “Coffee with Cops” event, Cal Poly police will answer questions and share information, including what counts as reportable stalking behavior, how to report stalking behavior, and options when seeking protection from stalking. Free coffee and doughnuts will be provided. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 30, from in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E03. For more information, visit Safer’s website at or email

Register by Jan. 24 for SKY Happiness Leadership Training 

Do you want to be happier? Less stressed? More aware? Are you interested in self-care or mindful leadership? Students, faculty and staff are invited to join Campus Health and Wellbeing and attend a SKY Happiness Leadership Training at Cal Poly. Register now for the three-day event that will empower student leaders through personal development, soft skill-building, public speaking, organizing skills, regular practice of SKY techniques, training in meditation facilitation, and assistance from SKY trainers. SKY is a program of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), in collaboration with The Art of Living Foundation. Founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, IAHV’s mission is to offer programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. The program is free to attend and is open to all faculty, staff and students. Click here to register. The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 24, and space is limited to 55 participants. The location will be announced soon. Questions? Contact or ext. 6-6181.

Cal Poly to Host 2020 International Graphic Communication Week Jan. 21-24

A student sets type at the Shakespeare Press Museum on Cal Poly's campus.The Graphic Communication Department will host International Graphic Communication Week from Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 21-24. The week, which celebrates Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, is dedicated to enriching student awareness of career paths, industry contacts and Graphic Communication Advisory Board involvement. Cal Poly has celebrated this event annually since 1984 with a lecture series of industry professionals, a celebration banquet and the department’s largest career day of the year, in which companies can take a sneak peek at the best of the best future leaders in the industry. Additionally, Cal Poly’s Shakespeare Press Museum, a 19th century working printing museum, celebrates 50 years in 2020. The department will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and an Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. The museum contains rare letterpress equipment, over 500 fonts of handset type, and a variety of printing papers. In addition to serving as a museum, student volunteers and a faculty advisor function as a letterpress printing office, which can produce greeting cards, wedding invitations, bookmarks, posters and personal projects. Learn more here.

Language Conversation Tables Set for Winter Quarter 

The German Conversation Table started Jan. 9 and meets every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, near Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library (No. 35). The Russian Conversation Table starts Jan. 16 and meets every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, in Kennedy Library. The Vietnamese Language and Culture Roundtable meets every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E26. The Italian Conversation Table meets every Thursday starting Jan. 16 from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the World Languages Lab in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 128. The Spanish Conversation Table meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon on the lawn between the Science Building (No. 52) and the Avenue. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details about each conversation table are on the World Languages and Cultures Department website

Learn About Pioneering Research at the Cal Poly Solar Farm on Jan. 30

Photo of the Cal Poly solar farm with sheep running under some of the panels.Students, staff and faculty are invited from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 30 to hear from various campus experts about the collaborative research happening on the Cal Poly Solar Farm. Attendees will learn how they can contribute to climate change solutions by making renewable energy more effective, more efficient, and reduce its environmental impact. Learn how to bring solar farm data into the classroom, lab or research project. The event, located in the Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 213, is free and includes lunch. RSVP here.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services 

The Statistics Department provides a free statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Monday, March 23, by appointment only. Jeff Sklar and John Walker will serve as the consultants. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, they will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what to bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

Envision Your 2020 at the Cal Poly Recreation Center

Envision your 2020 #Dedicate the DecadeTake time to focus on you! Dedicate the decade to your health and wellness. The Recreation Center can help you achieve your vision, whatever your goals are. Get started today by becoming a member or purchase a day pass for $10. No sign-up fees and low monthly membership rates are available. Conveniently located on campus, you can stop by on your lunch break, before work or after dark. Experience  state-of-the-art equipment, complimentary group fitness classes, gymnasiums, racquetball courts, lap and leisure pools, locker room amenities, and more. Members can sign up for one free personal training session with a nationally certified personal trainer. Visit Memberships or contact ext. 6-1366 or to get started.

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, Jan. 17, 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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Theatre and Dance Department Presents Orchesis Dance Concert Jan. 23-25

Photo from the Orchesis Dance Company's show "50"Orchesis Dance Company will perform "50" on Jan. 23-25 at Spanos Theatre, presented by the Theatre and Dance Department. In 1969, Professor Moon Ja Minn Suhr established the Orchesis Dance Company at Cal Poly. Its first dance performance was held in 1970 and now, 50 years later, the Cal Poly community is invited to watch this year’s company as the members dance choreography inspired by previous concert titles and program cover artwork. “50” will feature performances in the genres of ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary by faculty and students as well as guest artists. 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.

Annual Bach Week Jan. 21-25 Will Showcase the Masterpiece Mass in B Minor

Bach Week logoThe Music Department will present Bach Week Jan. 21-25. The first four events will take place in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), including: Two master classes with guest artists will be held Jan. 23: an instrumental class at 11:10 a.m. and a voice class at 3:10 p.m. Two events will be held Jan. 24 at the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo: At 7 p.m., Baroque music specialist John T. Brobeck will give a pre-concert lecture, followed by a chamber concert at 8 p.m. The week will culminate with one of the most important choral orchestral works of all time: Bach’s Mass in B Minor. At 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Brobeck will lecture on the history, composition and legacy of the work in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. Members of Cal Poly’s Chamber Choir, Symphony and faculty will join with guest artists to perform the Bach Week finale, Mass in B Minor, at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Performing Arts Center’s Miossi Hall. Admission is free to events in the Davidson Music Center and to the lectures; parking will be enforced. There is a suggested donation at the door for the Jan. 24 concert of $15 for the public and $10 for students. Tickets for the Jan. 25 finale concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Bach Week website or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406. 

'Wozzeck' to be Screened at the PAC on Jan. 26

Photo from a scene in the Metropolitan Opera's WozzeckThe Metropolitan Opera’s Alban Berg’s "Wozzeck" will be screened live in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Wozzeck is a 30-year-old Leipzig militiaman who earns extra money for his mistress and child by acting as regimental servant of the captain and by being subject of the doctor's experiments. He assassinated his mistress and was condemned to death after trying in vain to demonstrate his insanity. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts baritone Peter Mattei’s highly anticipated debut as Wozzeck. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the cast includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the drum-major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the captain. 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.

Emanuel Ax to Perform at the PAC on Jan. 28

Photo of Emanuel AxEmanuel Ax will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Emanuel Ax is a Grammy-award winning American pianist and a teacher at the Julliard School of Music. He is a frequent, committed partner for chamber music and has worked regularly with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the virtuoso’s program will include Beethoven’s Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, “Für Elise;” Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, and more. Tickets range from $36-72 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.

An Evening with George Winston Set for Feb. 1 at the Spanos Theatre

Photo of George WinstonGeorge Winston will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Spanos Theatre, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Winston has inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, Winston’s music is evocative, offering listeners a chance to take a step back from their perpetually busy lives and let their minds wander. His latest release, "Restless Wind," is a portrayal of Winston’s place in a chaotic world — his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace. Tickets are from $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.

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.

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.

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, Jan. 23
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Cruz, Anderson Aquatic Center, noon.
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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. 

#494903 — Liberal Studies Department Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator), College of Science and Mathematics — Liberal Studies. $34,152-$61,776 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,800-$54,000 per year. Open until closed.

#494852 — Personnel and Payroll Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator), Student Affairs — University Housing. $34,152-$61,776 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $38,400-$54,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494105 — Access Specialist (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs — Disability Resource Center. $51,648-$73,440 per year. Anticipated hiring salary: $51,648 per year. Open until closed.

#494943 — On-Call Custodian, Administration and Finance — Facilities. $15-$24.21 per hour. Anticipated hiring salary: $15 per hour. Open until filled.

#494981 — Emergency Hire Painter, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $31.17-$39.38 per hour. Emergency hire anticipated hiring salary: $31.17 per hour. Open until filled.

#494755 — Police Officer, Administration and Finance — Public Safety. $56,184-$86,820 per year. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

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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.

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.

Director — Recreational Sports. Annual salary: $101,530 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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

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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