Cal Poly Report — March 4, 2020 


Provost Finalist Open Forums to be Held Between March 9 and March 20

On behalf of the Provost Consultative Search Committee, co-chairs Amy Fleischer, College of Engineering dean; and Dustin Stegner, Academic Senate chair; announce that four finalists will be invited to visit campus between March 9 and March 20. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the open forum for each candidate on the following dates:
— Monday, March 9, 11:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7).
— Thursday, March 12, 11:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Performing Arts Center Pavilion.
— Monday, March 16, 11:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Advanced Technologies Laboratories.
— Thursday, March 19, 11:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Advanced Technologies Laboratories. 

Spring Commencement Ceremony Schedule Announced

Students at a past spring Commencement ceremony.Cal Poly’s Spring Commencement will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. This year, each college will be represented at six separate ceremonies at Spanos Stadium. The ceremony schedule is as follows:
— Saturday, June 13, 8 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
— Saturday, June 13, 1 p.m.: College of Architecture and Environmental Design
— Saturday, June 13, 5 p.m.: College of Engineering
— Sunday, June 14, 8 a.m.: Orfalea College of Business
— Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m.: College of Science and Mathematics
— Sunday, June 14, 5 p.m.: College of Liberal Arts
In addition to the college ceremonies, the university will host nine Cultural Commencement ceremonies:  American Indian and Indigenous Commencement, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Commencement, Black Commencement, Chicanx/Latinx Commencement, Disability Commencement, Jewish Commencement, Lavender (LGBTQ+) Commencement, Monarch Commencement, and South West Asian North African (SWANA) Commencement. Faculty and staff are invited to sign up to receive commencement emails at to stay informed about ceremonies, events, parking, tickets and more. For more information, contact the Commencement office at or ext. 6-1600.

Event Highlights The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing

Cal Poly alumnus Colonel Frederick “CJ” Sturckow with Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong at an event in Los Angeles.More than 175 alumni, supporters and friends celebrated Cal Poly and The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing on Feb. 22 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Guests heard from former NASA astronaut and current test pilot for Virgin Galactic, alumnus Colonel Frederick “CJ” Sturckow (Mechanical Engineering, ’84), at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion under the historic Space Shuttle Endeavor. The event highlighted Cal Poly’s commitment to empowering student success and also featured current student Lacey Davis, a fourth-year aerospace engineering major and dance minor.

University Events Calendar Web Address Has Changed 

The University Events Calendar has been updated. Visit the new site,, and update any bookmarks or links you have saved with the previous URL. The previous site,, will direct users to the new webpage for a short period of time. The new Events Calendar webpage will provide information on what’s happening at Cal Poly, outline how to begin the event planning process on campus, highlight campus event planning policies, and catalog resources to assist those who are scheduling a campus event. Contact the Office of the Registrar, University Scheduling, with any questions related to this transition at

University Housing to Host Information Session About the yakʔitʸutʸu Residential Community

Cal Poly yakʔitʸutʸu residence community.Learn about Cal Poly's historic partnership with the Northern Chumash Indigenous people of San Luis Obispo, their customs and culture, the building designs and features, and how to effectively and thoughtfully communicate building and complex names during an information session about the yakʔitʸutʸu residential community. The event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 114. yakʔitʸutʸu, which means “our community," houses more than 1,600 first-year students in seven residence halls at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus. Each residence hall is named after yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash villages throughout the Central Coast.  For more information, contact Julia Bluff at ext. 6-1584 or email

Career Services Accepting Donations of Professional Clothing Through May 1

Career Services is accepting donations for its Professional Clothing Closet. Clothing closet donation bins have been placed in 11 locations across campus. Find a location here. First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs and interviews. Consider donating clean, gently used, contemporary professional clothing. For more details on appropriate donations, visit the Clothing Closet webpage or call ext. 6-2501. Donations can be dropped off through May 1.

International Women’s Day Activities Planned March 8-13

Graphic reading International Women's Day An Equal World is an Enabled World with photos of the four speakers.The International Center will host International Women's Day activities the week of March 8-13. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the University Union (No. 65), Room 220, the International Center will co-host a panel "An Equal World is an Enabled World." Hear panelists discuss their own experiences and learn more about what you can do to challenge gender stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, and improve situations for all. Refreshments will be provided. Learn more here.Panelists, from left to right in photo, are Joni Roberts, assistant professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department; Coleen Carrigan, associate professor in the Social Sciences Department; Ning Zhang, associate professor in the Political Science Department; and Olivia Bảo-Khanh Trần, coordinator for Womxn and Gender Equity Initiatives in the Gender Equity Center. 


Carly PearceCountry Singer Carly Pearce to Perform April 18 at Cal Poly

Carly Pearce, a nominee for the Country Music Association’s 2019 new artist of the year, will take the stage as the headline musical performance during the 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo Saturday, April 18, at Spanos Stadium. Pearce will perform after the Poly Royal Cinch Chute Out. ASI will host the concert, which is open to the public. Pearce’s No. 1 debut, “Every Little Thing,” designated her the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015 and one of only three women to accomplish the feat in the last decade. The Poly Royal Rodeo is the marquee event on campus during Cal Poly’s annual Open House. With a performance each night, followed by a concert  Saturday night, many of the 45,000 people on campus that weekend will have an opportunity to enjoy Poly Royal Rodeo weekend.

Student Success

16 Students Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol on March 2

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, his wife, Sharon Armstrong, accompany Cal Poly student who were recognized on the floor of the California state Senate and Assembly on March 2.Sixteen students were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, March 2. “Our students are doers who take pride in the creative process — building a vehicle that gets people across the country faster; creating a light-weight concrete canoe that slices through the water more efficiently; constructing a bicycle capable of setting speed records; and helping to explore the cosmos by finding — and harvesting — extraterrestrial sources of ice,” President Armstrong said. “They are our ambassadors of Learn by Doing. They represent like-minded counterparts in all six of our colleges. Their successes, in and out of the classroom, were recognized by our lawmakers in Sacramento show that these young people are leaders ready to take on real-world challenges and succeed.” Read more about the students.

Students Win San Francisco CFA Investment Research Challenge

Left to right, students Michael Guidi, Jack Stegeman, Sage Casaga , Nahum Hernandez, Yousef Eissa, HaRim Lee, Elena Perry, Alex Lustig, Michael Lefkowitz, and Jackson Yates A team of students from the Orfalea College of Business took first place at the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge competition sponsored by the CFA Society of San Francisco. Finance and economics students Michael Guidi, Jack Stegeman, Sage Casaga, Nahum Hernandez, Yousef Eissa, HaRim Lee, Elena Perry, Alex Lustig, Michael Lefkowitz and Jackson Yates (left to right in photo) represented Cal Poly at the competition in San Francisco. The students competed against 12 teams from 10 Bay Area universities. The competitors were charged with analyzing and making buy/sell/hold recommendations for Electronic Arts (Stock Symbol EA). The Cal Poly team will advance to the Americas Regional competition in New York City in April, where they will compete against over 50 universities from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. The students were advised by Finance Professor Cyrus Ramezani and finance alumnus Scott B. Kirk (CFA, '05).

Construction Management Students Set New Team Record at Regional Competition

Cal Poly construction management first-place Commercial team members are (back row) Skylar Shrank, Tyler Morales, Shaina Suanico and Andrew Kline (coach). In the front row are Marco Reza (co-captain), Will Myers, Avery Spector (captain), Parker Doshier and Sophie Stewart.Construction management students brought home 10 awards, including six first-place trophies, in their best showing ever at the 2020 Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 and 7 Student Competition. The teams earned more than twice as many awards as their nearest competitor with six first-place trophies, two second-place awards, one third-place award, and an award for best presentation at the competition, held in early February in Sparks, Nevada. They competed against 1,540 students on 207 teams from more than 50 U.S. universities. Cal Poly construction management students have been competing in the ASC region 6 and 7 competition since its inception in 1988. Their impressive success at the 2020 competition marks their best year yet. The six first-place teams include the Commercial (pictured), Concrete, Electrical, Heavy-Civil, Preconstruction, and Project Management teams. The Mixed-Use Team and Mechanical Team placed second, the Integrated Project Delivery Team placed third, and the Sustainability Team won the Best Presentation Award. Read more here.


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Faculty & Staff

 Top row – Soukita Thipsouvanh, Laura Hunkler, and Erika Wagner. Bottom row – Denise Lazar, Jack Sandoval, and Melinda McCann. Higher-resolution photos are available upon request.Several Cal Poly Student Affairs professionals were recognized recently by industry peers for their contributions to advancing social justice, orientation and transition programming, leadership and service, and student conduct. Staff members in Career Services, New Student and Transition Programs, the Office of the Dean of Students, and University Housing received awards from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), respectively. “These industry awards speak to the professionalism and care that our staff emphasizes in helping our students achieve success during their time at Cal Poly – and beyond our campus too,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “I’m grateful for their efforts and accomplishments because it’s the students who ultimately benefit most from their support.” Read more here.

Tickets Available for March 17 Annual Service Awards Luncheon 

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

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

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

OUDI Collecting Names of Those Attending NCORE in May 

 start the conversationThe National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will be be held from Wednesday, May 26 (pre-conference), through Saturday, May 30, in New York City. The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) seeks to host a reception for Cal Poly attendees during the conference, and is collecting the names and contact information of people attending via this online form. Anyone who hasn't registered but would like to attend can contact Staci Robseboro ( for access to Cal Poly’s group discount rate.

Learn About Passphrases in NINJIO Information Security Training Video 'Passphrase for Days'

Illustration of a woman with a password and a passphrase written on the graphic.Watch this month’s information security video from NINJIO, “Passphrase for Days,” to see how passphrases are secure and practical. Learn how password reuse can compromise your accounts and how a seemingly short but complex password can easily be broken. All NINJIO training videos are available on the Cal Poly Learning Hub under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal. Cal Poly offers a free password manager for faculty, staff and students called LastPass, which securely stores and generates unique passwords and passphrases. It helps protect online accounts and lets you seamlessly log in with a single master password or passphrase. For more information about LastPass, visit

Degree Planner Hands-on Training Sessions Offered March 5

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

Retired Faculty and Staff Association Luncheon at Kennedy Library Set for March 25

Dean of Library Services Adriana Popescu and her team will hold a luncheon and conversation with the Retired Faculty and Staff Association from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 (during the academic break), at Kennedy Library (No. 35). The dean will solicit input from attendees on what programs, services and spaces should be maintained in the renovated building, what should be changed, and what is no longer needed. Attendees will also tour an exhibition, “Impact: The Visual Communication of Information,” which runs through April 19. More details about the exhibit can be found at Attendees can inquire at the library's front desk for the location of the luncheon. RSVP by March 18 to Ashley Marie Laguna at Because of space limitations, the number of attendees will be limited, so reserve a space early.


Garry Smith, analyst/programmer for Academic Affairs, Technical Services, is retiring after five years of service to Cal Poly. Smith earned a degree in business administration and management information systems from the University of Arizona in 1978. Smith started his career in Cupertino with a small computer timesharing company, and then for 12 years wrote code for medical billing, inventory control, fleet maintenance and the State Center Community College District. He spent more than 25 years of his career with a household hardware distributor. Smith moved to the Central Coast eight years ago to retire, but restless and missing the technical challenges, he joined Cal Poly to write ad hoc reports and get the Institutional Reserach Fact Book online in 2016. In retirement, Smith looks forward to skiing, hiking, sailing and traveling to visit family and friends.

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Campus Announcements

Campus Dining Chefs to Compete in March Madness-style Cooking Tournament

Photo of four Cal Poly Campus Dining chefs with their last names- Janes, Albright, Abrigo and Dunham and text reading Chef Madness.This month, Campus Dining chefs will face off in a three-week gastronomic tournament of champions. Chef Madness will pit four chef teams in spatula-to-spatula competition in 805 Kitchen, preparing delicious foods in three elimination rounds in which students and faculty members get to decide who will be crowned the champion. During the first two rounds, on March 4 and 11, chefs are challenged with putting their own spin on the dish of the week. Then, in the final round on March 18, judges will rate the two remaining chef teams’ meals one last time to choose who wins the title. The cookoffs begin at 11 a.m. each Wednesday, and judging begins at noon. Once the chefs prepare their dishes, 805 Kitchen guests can also sample them and pick their favorite.

Join Campus Dining for National Nutrition Month

Logo reading Powered by Plants, National Nutrition Month 2020March is National Nutrition Month and Campus Dining will celebrate with tasty samples, healthy tips, and a variety of nutritious events that focus on the importance of eating right. With this year’s theme of “Powered by Plants,” visitors can expect healthful and plant-based items at each dining location throughout the month or March. Campus Dining registered dietitian Kelsey Mccourt, along with her team of Choose Well Ambassadors, will be available to answer questions and engage in nutrition-related conversation — just look for the green coats. Mccourt will take over the Campus Dining Instagram account (@cpcampusdining) on Tuesdays in March with healthy tips and recipes highlighting plant-powered options across campus. Healthy samples can be found in 805 Kitchen on the Tuesday, March 10, and Tuesday, March 17. Each week of March will have a different focus, starting with the importance of variety, followed by meal planning, cooking skills, and consulting a registered dietitian. For a schedule of events and more information visit the Campus Dining event page on Facebook, and follow campus dining at @cpcampusdining.

Wilderness First Aid Training Course to be Offered at the Cal Poly Recreation Center

A group of people hiking and carrying a stretcher. Photo by Kyle Wilson.ASI Poly Escapes is partnering with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to offer a Wilderness First Aid certification course at the lowest price on the West Coast. Ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals in remote locations, this fast-paced, hands-on course will teach participants how to provide effective first-aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, in the Recreation Center Training Room. Student registration costs $180 and non-student registration costs $220. Students can register at ASI Access. Others can register by emailing or visiting Poly Escapes at the Recreation Center. Questions? Contact Matt Eaton, coordinator — outdoor recreation, at ext. 6-6355 or Photo by Kyle Wilson.

Health Kids Lab Seeking Mothers for Infant Feeding Study

The Healthy Kids Lab in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department is recruiting moms with babies younger than six months to participate in a 12-week infant feeding study. The goal of this study is to learn about how different baby bottles may impact infant feeding and growth. Mothers who agree to participate will be provided with free new bottles to feed their baby. All study assessments will occur in the mothers’ homes. In addition to receiving free baby bottles, participants will be eligible to receive $100 cash for completing all study assessments. For more information, call ext. 6-5694 or email

Yoga Teacher Training Kicks Off March 6

Photo of a female yoga teacher correcting a students' hand in a yoga class.Aspiring yoga teachers and those seeking a deeper, more comprehensive yoga experience can transform their relationship with their practice and their life by completing yoga teacher training. A 200-hour "LEVITYoGA" program at the Cal Poly Recreation Center will connect participants to a vast body of knowledge passed on through a multi-generational lineage of yoga teachers with deep roots in India. Non-members will receive Recreation Center access during the five-month training series. Visit ASI Access for program registration and the ASI website for the training schedule and additional information. Questions? Contact Eric Alexander, assistant coordinator — fitness programs, at or ext. 6-1789.

Participants Needed for Sedentary Screen Time Study

Sedentary screen time consumes more than half of discretionary time and is the single most prevalent use of time for adults in the U.S. outside of work and sleep. Participants are needed for a study on the best ways to reduce the use of screen time and increase health outcomes. The study is led by Professor Sarah Keadle in Cal Poly's Center for Health Research and is conducted in partnership with Arizona State University. Eligible participants must be between the ages of 23 and 64, own a smartphone or tablet and have internet access with no limit on the amount of data. Anyone interested in participating or learning more about the study, which is called StandUPTV, is asked to call ext. 6-5506 or fill out an interest form.

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

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

Discover How Cattle Restore Land Health and Social Wellbeing in Seminar with Optional Field Tour and Barbecue March 6

Swanton Pacific RanchCal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch is hosting a series of featured speakers on campus March 6 to discuss the importance of cattle management in restoring wildlife habitat and reducing fire risks. The event, titled “Cattle: Discover How Cattle Restore Land Health and Social Wellbeing,” will be held from 12:40 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 101. A tour of Cal Poly’s nearby Escuela Ranch and barbecue will follow from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Speakers — including Devii Rao of the UC Cooperative Extension; Loren Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch; Cal Poly Professor Marc Horney; and Grey Hayes, a restoration ecologist at Swanton Pacific Ranch — will discuss the growing movement for conservation grazing and opportunities for learning, research and teaching at Swanton Pacific Ranch. To reserve a spot at the barbecue and on the tour, email Hayes at or call 831-227-7163.

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

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

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

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

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

Suzanne Duffy, left, and Antonio G. BarataThe Winter Wind Bands Concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert is titled “Winds of Change.” Music Professor Antonio G. Barata has composed a work with the same name that will be premiered by the Wind Ensemble. Guest soloist and Cal Poly flute instructor Suzanne Duffy will perform Stephen Bulla’s “Rhapsody for Flute” with the group, which will conclude its set with Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.” The Wind Ensemble will perform these works, and others, for the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference to be hosted March 18-21 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. At the March 8 concert, the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will perform music by John Philip Sousa, plus works from the expanded wind band repertoire, including Aaron Perrine’s “Tears of St. Lawrence” and Steven Bryant’s “The Machine Awakes.” The Chamber Winds will complete Robert Kurka’s “Good Soldier Schweik Suite,” the first part of which the group performed at the Bandfest concert in November. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Talk to be Held March 10 on 'No-State Solution: Palestine and the Question of Queer Theory'

Jasbir K. PuarJasbir K. Puar, professor and graduate director of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University, will give a talk at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) about nation-state based queer theory from the last three decades. Puar's talk will explore what queer theories of anti-nationalism, non-nationalism, and no-state solutions could entail, converging with work in black and Indigenous studies and movements in Palestine. For more information, contact  

Alumnus to Discuss Journey from Undocumented Immigrant to Apple Engineer

Cal Poly alumnus Enrique DiazFormer Apple Engineer Enrique Diaz will be the College of Engineering's next diversity and inclusion speaker from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 12, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratory (No. 7). In 1970, Diaz's teenage mother moved him from Guanajuato, Mexico, to California’s Central Valley, where she worked to support herself and her 2-year-old son. By eighth grade, Diaz had lived in eight different locations, sometimes “squatting” on vacant property, and his family needed food stamps, clothing programs, housing programs and other social services to make ends meet. As a result, Diaz carried shame throughout his childhood and suffered from very low self-esteem. But his mother was committed to making certain he and his siblings made the most of America’s public education. He was good in math and became one of the first in his family to attend college, earning a computer engineering degree from Cal Poly. After graduating, he was offered a job at Apple Computer (eventually, Apple Inc.) and worked as a research and development scientist there for 23 years. ​​​​​​Learn more here.

Cherish the Ladies Comes to the PAC March 12

Promotional photo of Cherish the LadiesCherish the Ladies will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. The long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish American super group  formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Over the past 35 years, the group has toured the world, played at the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 17 critically acclaimed albums, including its latest release, "Heart of the Home." Tickets range from $23-$43 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.

'Why Be Good?' to be Screened with Live Musical Score at the PAC March 14

Photo of Christian Elliot and the Forbes Pipe Organ in the background.The Forbes Organ Series will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts in partnership with the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The newly restored 1929 silent comedy "Why Be Good?" starring San Luis Obispo icon Colleen Moore will be screened with a live musical score provided by famed organist and silent film accompanist Christian Elliott playing the Forbes Pipe Organ. Considered a lost film for many decades, a 35 mm print was discovered in an Italian archive in the late 1990s. Enjoy the rare opportunity of experiencing a silent film the way it was meant to be seen and heard — with a genuine period-authentic accompaniment provided by a renowned solo film organist. Tickets are $25 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.

Arab Music Ensemble to Host Iranian and Tajik Guest Artists in March 14 Concert

Members of the Arab Music Ensemble perform during a past concert.The Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of Arab, Iranian and Tajik music that includes popular dance from the Eastern Mediterranean at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in Spanos Theatre. The guest artists performing Iranian and Tajik music will include Nasser Sabouri on vocals, Azadeh Nemat Gorgani on piano, Maruf Noyoft on robab (short-necked lute), and Faisal Zedan on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum), and darabukka (goblet drum). The director of the ensemble of guest artists will be Neema Hekmat on santur (hammered dulcimer). In this unique program, all of the musicians will be on stage for the duration of the show performing their respective Arab, Iranian and Tajik music traditions. Adding to the intercultural collaboration, the songs, “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” and “Edelweiss,” first made popular in the U.S., will be sung in English as well as in Arabic and Persian. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly Choirs’ ‘Traditions’ Concert to Feature Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble on March 15

Promotional photo of Bay Area ensemble KitkaAll of Cal Poly’s choral ensembles will perform at the Choirs’ Winter Concert, “Traditions,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the Performing Arts Center. The University Singers, Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus will sing arrangements of American folk music and African American spirituals, early and modern American classical music, and an adaptation of a Native American chant. The award-winning Bay Area ensemble Kitka will open the second half of the program. Kitka is a professional small ensemble with ties to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands. Its members have performed, taught and conducted cultural exchange activities in Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine, as well throughout the U.S. and Canada. PolyPhonics, Cal Poly’s premiere choir, will conclude the program with repertoire it will perform while on a spring break tour of San Diego from March 20-22. Faculty members Suzanne Duffy, flute; Amy Goymerac, soprano, will each be featured on the program. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Photo of the Alumni Show inside University Art Gallery.Art and Design Alumni Show Continues Through March 17

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


Tap Dance Company Dorrance Dance Comes to the PAC March 17

Promotional photo of Dorrance Dance tap company.Dorrance Dance will perform "SOUNDspace" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. New York City’s Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company and one of the hottest ensembles touring today. Their work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new dynamic and compelling context — not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it rhythmically, technically and conceptually. Through myriad sounds and textures of the feet, "SOUNDspace" explores what is most captivating and exceptional about tap dancing: movement as music. Tickets range from $30-54 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.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page.

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

Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, March 6
Women's Tennis vs. Pacific, Mustang Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Baylor, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 7
Baseball vs. Baylor, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 8
Women's Tennis vs. Seattle, Mustang Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Baylor, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10
Men's Tennis vs. Gonzaga, Mustang Tennis Complex, noon.

Thursday, March 12
Softball vs. Notre Dame, Bob Janssen Field, 5 p.m.
Baseball vs. Oklahoma, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 13
Men's Tennis vs. Utah State, Mustang Tennis Complex, noon.
Softball vs. Saint Mary's, Bob Janssen Field, 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Santa Clara, Bob Janssen Field, 5:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. Oklahoma, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 14
Men's Tennis vs. BYU, Mustang Tennis Complex, noon.
Softball vs. Santa Clara, Bob Janssen Field, 3 p.m.
Baseball vs. Oklahoma, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.
Softball vs. Saint Mary's, Bob Janssen Field, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 15
Women's Tennis vs. U. San Francisco, Mustang Tennis Complex, 10 a.m.
Softball vs. Notre Dame, Bob Janssen Field, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Oklahoma, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

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

#496322 — Financial Manager (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#496325 — Custodial Laborer, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $33,468-$60,576 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $33,468-$37,200 per year. Open until closed.

#496323 — Temporary Accounting Technician, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $2,710-$4,906 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,000-$3,600 per month. Open until filled.

#496324 — Temporary Customer Business Services Administrative Support Assistant II. Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $2,705-$4,592 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,705-$3,000 per month. Open until closed.

#496336 — Custodian, Student Affairs — University Housing. $32,460-$50,352 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $32,460-$36,000 per year. Open until closed.

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: $60,016 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Assistant Director — Wellness and Fitness. Annual salary: $75,428 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Club Services Assistant. Salary: $18.30/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until 9 p.m. on March 6. 

Administrative Assistant II — University Union (Temporary Full Time). Salary: $22.64/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Assistant Coordinator — Recruitment. Salary: $25.01/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Assistant Coordinator — Marketing and Assessment. Salary: $25.01/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Teacher. Salary: $16.14/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until 9 p.m. on March 16.

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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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