Cal Poly Report — Jan. 29, 2020 


Cal Poly Study Identifies the Top Strategies for Successful Weight Loss Maintenance

Suzanne PhelanJust in time for the new year, a new study led by kinesiology and public health Professor Suzanne Phelan shows that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, building healthy dietary, self-monitoring and psychological coping strategies may be the keys to success. Results published in the journal Obesity found that some of the most effective behaviors and psychological strategies reported by those maintaining their weight loss included choosing healthy food, tracking what they ate and using positive self-talk. The study looked at the weight management strategies of almost 5,000 members of WW (formerly Weight Watchers) who reported losing an average of about 50 pounds and keeping it off for more than three years. Researchers compared this group to a control group of more than 500 people with obesity and who reported not gaining or losing more than five pounds in more than five years. “People who maintained their successful weight loss the longest reported greater frequency and repetition in healthy eating choices,” said Phelan (pictured). “These findings are encouraging for those working at weight loss maintenance. Over time, weight loss maintenance may become easier, requiring less intentional effort.” Read more here.

Cal Poly to Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

For the 29th consecutive year, the Orfalea College of Business is providing free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Cal Poly’s on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 1 through March 14. More than 100 Cal Poly accounting students will prepare tax returns as part of this year’s VITA program, which is sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. These IRS-certified students will prepare returns, and Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file the returns. Students will prepare basic forms for local individuals and families earning less than $54,000. The Orfalea College of Business has hosted VITA clinics on campus since 1991. In the last decade, students have helped prepare more than 7,000 tax returns for community members. The clinics serve as a valuable, hands-on senior project, allowing students to prepare returns, interact with clients and help underserved communities. Students also have the chance to work with faculty members and tax professionals. This year’s VITA program is led by faculty members Trisha Daughtrey and Michelle Curry. Learn more here.

Philosophy Professor Awarded Grant to Study Predictive Policing

Ryan JenkinsPhilosophy Professor Ryan Jenkins received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the ethics of using artificial intelligence to assist police officers in anticipating crime before it happens. Researchers from Cal Poly — including philosophy professors Patrick Lin and Keith Abney — and the University of Florida have partnered to conduct the study, which was awarded $509,946 to fund three years of research. Artificial intelligence can be used to predict criminal activity in advance based on past crime statistics of a particular area. By taking this historical data into account, the AI tries to predict the time and location of possible crimes. However, the morality of “predictive policing” is subject to considerable debate. Those in favor of the practice believe it to be an asset to police departments, providing a tool to make police work more efficient. Critics maintain that the technology violates the rights of those within communities targeted by the algorithm and reinforces racial bias among police officers. Jenkins (pictured) and the research team plan to analyze the ethical dilemmas involved in predictive policing in general, develop equitable solutions to problems arising from the establishment and implementation of this technology, and determine best practices with regard to the design and use of the technology. Their ultimate goal is to work directly with police departments to make their use of the technology more ethical, humane and just. Learn more here.

Rose Float Launches Concept Contest for 2021 Float

Cal Poly Rose Float is accepting submissions for its Rose Float Concept Contest, which will help shape the entry in next year’s Rose Parade. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. The 2021 float, like every other since 1949, will be designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, to celebrate the 2021 parade theme. The universities’ float is one of only six self-built entries and the only one constructed by students. Celebrating education’s ability to open doors, open minds and change lives, the theme of the 132nd Rose Parade is “Dream. Believe. Achieve.”  Organizers encourage people who love to sketch, tell stories or draw fanciful images to enter. Conceptual entries should be a black-and-white sketch, no larger than 11 by 17 inches, that illustrates or describes an idea rather than a finished design. Animation ideas are welcome. Submissions should include the contestant’s name, phone number and email address on the back of the entry. Digital copies should be emailed to, with the subject line “2021 Concept.” Learn more here.

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. To learn more and to support the efforts of the CCC, visit

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

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

Back to Shortcuts

Faculty & Staff

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

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.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Jan. 30

Photo of fish tacosCome to Myron’s Bistro from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, for the first faculty and staff mixer of the quarter. This Taco Thursday will offer fish tacos, carnitas tacos, crudités platter, salad, and chips and salsa. Two glasses of beer or wine are also included, all for only $6.50, along with a raffle contest to win lunch for two at Myron’s in a raffle contest. Note that mixers are first come, first served. Space is limited, so be sure to come early to guarantee your spot. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Cal Poly Recreation Center. For additional information, 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

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.

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:
— Feb. 11, noon: "Care for Family Members." It can be emotionally challenging for family members as they try to balance their work and children in addition to taking care of loved ones. Learn about common reactions and active loving as well how to involve other family members and how to care for the caregiver.
— 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 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. 

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.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

Former Dean Bailey and President Armstrong with a past award recipient.The Cal Poly Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in the scholarship of teaching and advancement of Learn by Doing pedagogy. The awards acknowledge research that goes beyond descriptive examples of Learn by Doing projects and recognizes research directly contributing to the pedagogical understanding and practice of Learn by Doing. Two awards are presented, with a cash prize of $2,000 for the career award and $1,000 for the emerging career award. Faculty self-nominate for the award. Individual and team applications are welcome for both awards. The Learn by Doing Scholar Award applications are reviewed by one tenured faculty member from each college and the library. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, March 9. Applicants will be notified in May, and winners will be publicly recognized during Fall Conference 2020. Award details, application procedures, and evaluation criteria are available on the library website at (Pictured is faculty member J. Kevin Taylor, who received the Learn by Doing Scholar Award for Published Research in May 2015, with President Armstrong and Phil Bailey, dean emeritus of the College of Science and Mathematics.)

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

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

Disabilities come in many different forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for some snack-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. Presentations are geared toward faculty and staff (students are welcome), and offered every Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Building (No. 124). Room as listed below. Or attend via Zoom at Past presentations are viewable at actual "tapas" will not be available, there will be a good variety of chocolate offered. The presentations include:
— Jan. 29: "Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome" (Room 224).
— Feb. 5: "Disability Accessibility and Inclusion Strategies for Events, Meetings and More!" (Room 224).
— Feb. 12: "Supporting Students with ADHD" (Room 117).
— Feb. 19: "How to be a Disability Ally - Strategies for Identifying and Addressing Ableism" (Room 117).
— Feb. 26: "Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities, Part I" (Room 224). 
— March 4: "Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities, Part II" (Room 117).
 —March 11: "Supporting Students with Autism" (Room 117).
The presentations are provided by the Disability Resource Center, which can be reached at or ext. 6-1395.

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


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.

Back to Shortcuts

Catastrophic Leave

Pedro Andres, custodian in Facilities Management — Custodial Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him 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.

Alberto Jimenez, custodian in University Housing — Custodial Operations, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 to request a donation form.

Grace Harklerode, custodian in Facilities Management — 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.

Back to Shortcuts

Campus Announcements

Online Distinguished Speaker Series Continues Jan. 30 

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 second online CPX Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, Jan. 30:
From 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Learn about the latest research on the history and impact of affirmative action on Asian Americans in higher education. 
From 12:45-2 p.m.: Gain a deeper understanding of current national data and academic trends for underrepresented minority students, best practices that advance academic achievement outcomes among Latinx students, and much more. 
From 2:15-3:30 p.m.: Learn about research-based best practices for increasing the representation of faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
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 The series continues on Feb. 6.

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

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.

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

Photo of a strawberry smoothie.Nutrition, Heart, and Gut Health Research Volunteers Needed

Faculty and student researchers from the Food Science and Nutrition Department are looking for additional postmenopausal women to participate in the "ReCHARGE with Strawberries" project, a research project looking at the impact of strawberries on heart and gut health. Women who participant will be eligible to receive $350, free gut microbiome and heart health assessments, and a free diet consultation driven by participant goals. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in participating, learn more at, call ext. 6-1175, or email



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 competing 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. Visit ASI Access for program registration. Anyone with questions can contact Eric Alexander, assistant coordinator — fitness programs, at or ext. 6-1789.

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

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

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.

Back to Shortcuts


Iranian Student Cultural Organization to hold Iran-Iraq Panel Discussion Jan. 31

The Iranian Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) will host a Iran-Iraq panel discussion from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 31, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 106. The event will feature a historical overview on current events by history Professors Sarah Bridger and Farah Al-Nakib, as well as Iranian diasporic perspectives by current ISCO students. Light food and refreshments will be provided. For more information, email Ethnic Studies Professor Alpen Razi at

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 ‘Change the Subject’ Documentary, Discussion on Feb. 4

Promotional photo for Change the Subject documentary The Kennedy Library invites community members to a screening of the documentary “Change the Subject” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 4, in the Spanos Theatre. Dartmouth College student activists and librarian Jill Baron, who are featured in the documentary, will hold a panel discussion after the screening with moderator Adrienne Garcia-Specht. The film tells the story of Dartmouth College students who were committed to advancing the rights and dignity of undocumented people by challenging the use of the term “illegal aliens” as a subject heading in the library catalog. The students’ advocacy took them from Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library to Congress, demonstrating how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library's events page or contact Catherine J. Trujillo, curator of Creative Works at Kennedy Library, at ext. 6-6395.


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

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.

Back to Shortcuts


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

Upcoming Events @ Home

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

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.

Back to Shortcuts

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. 

#494624 — Administrative Support Coordinator I (12 month) — History. Student Affairs — College of Liberal Arts. $45,000-$54,000 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $34,152-$61,776 per year. 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.

#494803 — Temporary One-Year Planning/Project Analyst. Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $39,456-$76,164. Anticipated hiring range: $48,000-$66,000. Open until closed.

#494793 — Planning/Project Analyst. Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $39,456-$76,164 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $51,600-$66,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494929 — Project Manager (Administration and Finance) (Management Personnel Program), Administration and Finance. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494871 — Construction Inspector, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#494920 — Communications Specialist (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist), Academic Affairs — College of Architecture and Environmental Design. $35,076-$63,396 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $50,400-$62,400 per year. Open until filled.

For a full list of available jobs, go to

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

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.

Back to Shortcuts

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.

Back to Shortcuts

Related Content