Cal Poly Report — Oct. 21, 2020 


Make an Appointment for Free COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Updates and InformationCal Poly is now providing free COVID-19 tests to campus community members as a preventative measure to more quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. This comprehensive ongoing testing initiative is one of several prevention initiatives in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Ongoing testing is required for on-campus student residents and students coming to campus for in-person classes, to work or access other services. The ongoing testing program is now available to Cal Poly state, ASI and Cal Poly Corporation employees. Faculty teaching face-to-face courses and faculty and staff physically working on campus are strongly encouraged to participate. Employees working virtually are also welcome to participate. The testing site is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. Employee testing will take place on the following dates:
— Monday-Friday, Oct. 19-23.
— Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 26-28.
— Monday-Friday, Nov. 16-20.
For more information, to register and sign up for an appointment, visit

Cal Poly Collaborative Seeks Pandemic Stories from Underrepresented Community Members

A group of faculty and staff members have established the Central Coast Public Humanities Collaborative to support storytelling projects that cultivate greater understanding of communities on the Central Coast, especially from those whose voices have not been heard historically. The team includes Farah Al-Nakib of the History Department; Padma Maitland of the Architecture Department; Steven Ruszczycky of the English Department and the Women’s, Gender and Queer Studies Department; Tom Trice of the History Department; and Grace Yeh of the Ethnic Studies Department. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the collaborative focused on gathering and sharing Central Coast residents’ stories during the outbreak through its Central Coast COVID-19 Snapshots project. The team is inviting community members to share their experiences through interviews, online submissions or a collective journaling project to help create a space for communities to process such a significant and world-altering period. Additionally, the team offers community members workshops in which they can learn about resources and receive guidance on ways to document their experiences. Community members can sign up for the journaling project, submit stories and learn more at

OUDI Announces Campus Conversation Series in Partnership with Student Affairs

Campus ConversationsThe Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI), in partnership with Student Affairs, is launching a yearlong conversation series, “Campus Conversations: Social Justice, Social Change and Building Community.” This new series responds to the campus’ call for more opportunities to engage around critical issues and the need to create more spaces for the campus to gather, learn, discuss and find ways to move forward as a living, learning, equity-minded community. Each quarter, the series will provide opportunities to come together to discuss current topics, and it will highlight other events and opportunities from around the university. For fall quarter, the Campus Conversations series will include a panel discussion (part of a pair of events from the campus’ Elections Working Group) on Oct. 22 about election fears and social-engaged responses (see Events section). The second conversation in the series, on Nov. 19, will be an update and discussion on OUDI’s agenda and vision for the year. Additional opportunities to engage in conversation include an election discussion and processing space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) students on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and the "State of Indigeneity" on Thursday, Nov. 12. click Click here to learn more about the Campus Conversations series, including dates, times and Zoom links to events. Questions? Contact Ryan Adserias (

Startup Companies Complete Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Incubator Program at Cal Poly

Three startup companies with more than a dozen employees and nearly $1.7 million in venture capital funding have completed the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) HotHouse Incubator Program. All three companies plan to continue to grow their ventures in San Luis Obispo County. “CIE provides a structured, two-year program for early-stage startups that includes all the resources needed to facilitate smarter, faster growth,” CIE Economic Development Director Judy Mahan said. “After working closely with these companies over the course of their development, we are excited to see where the future takes them as they continue to expand and grow locally.” Since its inception in 2010, the CIE has promoted regional economic development. To date, these three companies have created 13 jobs, benefitted from 880 hours of one-on-one consultations and raised $1,695,000 in venture capital. Learn more about them here.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Oct. 30

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting virtually using Zoom at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. This is a public meeting. The agenda will be posted by Oct. 23. To join the meeting, request the Zoom webinar link and call-in information, or obtain a copy of the agenda, email or visit Public comments for this meeting must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, via email to 

California Cybersecurity Institute Hosts 400 Middle School and High School Students at Virtual California Cyber Innovation Challenge

Two teams from Southern California high schools earned top honors at the fourth annual California Cyber Innovation Challenge — the cybersecurity championship for the Golden State — that was hosted earlier in October by Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI). The 2020 challenge was a California-focused cybersecurity competition that attracted more than 400 high school and middle school students from throughout the state who competed in two divisions at the three-day, virtual event, held Oct. 2-4. The competition focused on navigating an immersive, 3D experience for challenge participants. It featured a live-immersive environment at Cal Poly’s digital range, located east of campus at Camp San Luis Obispo. Nearly 80 student teams responded to a fictional storyline of a hacked satellite falling to Earth. They engaged in multiple hands-on, space-themed set designs to solve the cyber mystery of how the satellite was attacked. Read the full news release.

Student Success

Students Chosen to Participate in Produce Marketing Conference  

Four College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences students were selected to participate in one of the world’s largest produce marketing conferences, the Fresh Summit Convention and Expo. Instead of a four-day conference in Dallas, Texas, senior agriculture communications majors Camille Silvera and Emma Blaire, senior agriculture and environmental plant science major Stephen Chang, and senior agribusiness major Nicholas Wharrie attended a virtual event. Over the four-day period, Fresh Summit offered multiple opportunities to learn about careers in the produce industry. Fresh Summit brings together fresh produce buyers and sellers, creating maximum exposure for students interested in employment in the industry. The conference consisted of insight sessions at which seasoned industry leaders gave customized presentations about the depth of the industry. Live education sessions given by educational programs discussed current issues, proposed new curriculum for professors, and gave students insight into the latest industry trends. With live networking sessions, the students were able to meet with leadership groups like the Produce Marketing Association and Center for Growing Talent board members, industry advisors, and guest speakers to provide personal networking and advisory opportunities. Each student participant was also paired with a career ambassador (mentor) to maximize their experience, facilitate networking opportunities and answer questions.

Illustration reading Join us National Transfer Student Week Oct. 19-23National Transfer Student Week Celebration to be Held Oct. 19-23

Join Cal Poly's Transfer Center in celebrating National Transfer Student Week. Employees are encouraged to share the week’s events with any transfer students they work with. All events are included online at Events are open to the entire campus community. Learn more about the transfer student experience and how to help support transfer students' success at the Transfer Panel at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Questions? Email


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Faculty & Staff

Applications Accepted Through Oct. 21 for Early Exit Program

As a mitigation strategy to offset the university‘s budget deficit and to potentially minimize future cuts, Cal Poly is implementing an Early Exit Program (EEP) and accepting applications from Oct. 1-21. Employees must separate on or before Dec. 30, 2020. The EEP provides the opportunity for employees who are CalPERS-retirement eligible with five years of service at Cal Poly to voluntarily resign and collect a severance package from the university. Employees may, but are not required to, retire upon separation. More information about the EEP is available at This is a one-time, non-precedent setting program.

Funding Available for Inclusion and Equity Activities

Gears reading Inclusion Diversity, Equity, Access, Social JusticeThe College of Science and Mathematics' inclusion and equity fund provides support for events or activities that fulfill the mission, vision and objectives of the CSM Inclusion and Equity Committee. Faculty, staff and students from any unit on campus are invited to submit a proposal. Proposals must be received and approved during the academic year in which the funds will be used. Proposed projects, programs or events must comply with Cal Poly campus and San Luis Obispo County policies. Submit proposals a minimum of four weeks prior to the project, program or event to allow the committee time to receive and review them. Members of the college's Committee for Inclusion and Equity will review proposals on a rolling basis and will notify participants of their acceptance status within two weeks of submission. Contact Camille O’Bryant at for more information.

Winter Quarter Textbook Adoptions Deadline is Oct. 30

Textbook adoptions Winter 2021 Cal Poly University StoreThe winter course material adoption deadline is Friday, Oct. 30. Adopting on time contributes to the affordability of course materials. By submitting adoptions by the due date, the University Store has time to source used and rental inventory, which translates to savings for students. The University Store’s adoption tool, Follett Discover, has now been integrated into Canvas. Go to go to, login, click into Canvas and then on Follett Discover. Watch a Follett Discover demo video to learn more at Throughout the pandemic and during the hybrid learning environment, the bookstore continues to be available to support learning and student success. The Courseware Team is available at ext. 6-1171 or for more information or to answer questions.

First-Year Success Program Coaches needed for Winter Quarter

First Year Success Program Academic ProbationLooking for an opportunity to support students in their journey at Cal Poly? The First-Year Success Program (FSP) is looking for graduate students, faculty and staff from across campus who want to serve as coaches for first-time freshmen who are on academic probation for the first time. FSP coaches will support a small group of first-year students by facilitating growth-centered conversations, engaging in goal setting and skill development, and exploring resources that students can use to help them move toward success in future quarters. FSP will provide a training and information session to discuss the details of the program and provide materials. FSP is looking for diverse members from the university community that represent all areas of Cal Poly, so all levels of experience and background are welcome. Sign up or express interest by Nov. 20! Questions? Contact Kara Hitchcock at

Admissions and Information Technology Services Enhance Admissions Process Review Application

Admissions began working with Information Technology Services (ITS) in 2018 to make significant improvements to an application used to execute the university's comprehensive admissions process review. The partnership has resulted in several enhancements to the Multi-Criteria Admission (MCA) application, which will be implemented in the fall 2021 cycle and benefit applicants, staff and system resources. The most significant improvements are the elimination of the transfer supplemental application and the creation of a degree-audit to ensure the applicant has the courses necessary to begin in their desired major/field of study. Admissions and ITS have also created an automated articulation tool that utilizes courses from ASSIST to ensure applicants have the correct sequences. This has significantly reduced the time it takes to run the MCA selection process, resulting in the ability to deliver decisions to applicants sooner. The Admissions Office thanks those who provided the time and resources necessary to accomplish its goals to help move the institution forward while eliminating hurdles for applicants.

Share Ninjio Information Security Videos with Friends and FamilyNINJIO logo

Ninjio, the creators of quick, compelling information security videos, have made its content available to friends and family of Cal Poly. Ninjio releases animated, story-based episodes every month that are designed to educate individuals about cybersecurity. Episodes are three- to four-minutes long and the storylines use real-life security breaches to teach a lesson about avoiding potential security threats. Help your loved ones stay informed and secure by sharing Ninjio videos with them this month, in honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Just follow the instructions on the "Self-Help" section of the ITS websiteto sign them up via email.


Disability Faculty Staff Association Fall Meeting and Cabinet Elections to be Held Oct. 30

Logo for Disability Faculty Staff AssociationIn honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Disability Faculty Staff Association (DFSA) invites faculty and staff to its fall meeting from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 30, via Zoom at The DFSA will discuss programming ideas for the 2020-21 academic year and the inaugural elections for the association's first cabinet. Faculty and staff can sign up to be on the DFSA mailing listserv at and find the DFSA on social media at and

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month  

Every week in October, the Disability Resource Center will present a tip to raise accessibility knowledge for the campus community. Tip No. 4 is using color and color contrast. Color is often overlooked as an accessibility concern. Colorblindness is the inability to differentiate between certain colors, getting colors mixed up, or not seeing colors clearly. Relying on color alone to convey information and improve readability makes it difficult for a colorblind person to use your website. The visual presentation of text and images of text should have a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1. 
— Test your color choices with a color contrast checker. 
— Test your color choices in monochrome. 
— Do not use color alone to provide information. 
— Never use yellow type on a white background. 
— Always test color in infographics and maps. 
For more information, visit Cal Poly’s Accessibility homepage

Learn with Colleagues Across the CSU

CSU The California State UniversityNow that many in-person classes are offered virtually, CSU Systemwide Learning and Development, in collaboration with the Cal Poly Employee and Organization Development department, have a unique opportunity to extend professional development courses beyond campus borders for faculty, staff and student assistants across the CSU. Professional development topics include leadership, self-coaching, hidden bias, work-life integration, and respect in the workplace. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t delay. Click here to register.

Sign Up for Duo Multi-Factor Authentication Before Dec. 9

Illustration of Musty the Mustang holding a phone in one hand and a laptop in the otherCal Poly will require all students, faculty and staff to begin verifying their identities with Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) when logging into web-based services, starting Dec. 9. The date was pushed back to Dec. 9 from Dec. 4 to accommodate faculty submitting grades on Dec. 8. MFA is a commonly used security method that requires two or more forms of identity verification in order to access a particular resource. In most cases, an MFA user first provides their username and password (one form of authentication), then follows a prompt to send a code by telephone or text to their mobile device (second form of authentication). It’s commonly used for accounts that contain sensitive or private information, like email or online banking. Cal Poly uses the Duo MFA app, which is currently required to log in to the Virtual Private Network (VPN), Virtual Computer Labs, Last Pass and the Common Management System (CMS). After Dec. 9, MFA will be required for all web-based services where Cal Poly credentials are used to log in. Emeritus faculty and staff members are not required to use MFA. To learn more about MFA and to get step-by-step instructions for enrolling in Duo, visit

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Richard CavalettoRichard Cavaletto, a much-respected member of Cal Poly, is retiring after 30 years of dedication to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. He has worked as an executive associate dean in the dean’s office since 2012, directly impacting thousands of students in his work overseeing undergraduate programs. Cavaletto came to Cal Poly as an associate professor in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department in 1990, eventually becoming head of the department. He also served as the director of the Agricultural Safety Institute from 1992–12. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards for his service and dedication, and most notably impacted student success. Dr. C, as he is known to students, has served as the advisor to numerous student clubs, including the college’s Club Council, helping students achieve their leadership potential. Join us in signing a virtual card for him here, where you can add comments and/or upload photos.

Eileen AmaralAfter three decades of dedicated and dynamic service to Cal Poly, Eileen S. Amaral (Agricultural Education, ’82) is retiring as executive director of Donor Relations within University Development. Amaral's connection to Cal Poly began as an undergraduate earning a Bachelor's of Science degree and teaching credential, and continued as a Cal Poly employee during Warren Baker’s tenure as president. She gained experience with philanthropy and donor stewardship during the fledgling years of advancement at Cal Poly and enjoyed being a part of University Development’s growth as a division. Later, Amaral expanded her expertise with an accreditation from the Protocol School of Washington, allowing her to become the university’s first Protocol Officer. Under Amaral's leadership, Donor Relations evolved from a small, newly formed department to a highly effective team that supports the President’s office, colleges and units across campus with major donor stewardship, recognition strategies and special events for key university constituents. Whether overseeing principal-level donor recognition projects or award-winning gala events, Amaral consistently guided others to focus with zeal on what is at the heart of philanthropy at Cal Poly — students and Learn by Doing. This contributed to Donor Relations earning a Gold Circle of Excellence Award from CASE for The Power of Doing event held in May 2019, as the public launch to what would become the most successful campaign in CSU history. Amaral will devote more time to family, her book club, soccer and traveling. Her attention to quality, fun and style was appreciated and will be greatly missed.


Campus Announcements

Celebrate Food, Win PrizesVirtual Food Day 2020

Food Day is a nationwide event dedicated to celebrating food while addressing food system issues. This year the Food Day Team is partnering with campus clubs and programs to release tasty tutorials, helpful resources, and fun videos about healthy eating on Instagram (@calpolyfoodday) every Monday and Friday at noon. In addition, students, faculty and staff can submit pictures of their own homemade meals and recipes for a chance to win a prize every Wednesday in October. Check in on Oct. 23 for a video from Sustainability and Oct. 26 for a video from CalFresh.


Vote By Mail Ballot Dropoff Available at Kennedy LibraryBallot box outside Kennedy Library at Cal Poly.

The book drop box (pictured) in front of Kennedy Library is now being used as a ballot drop box location for the Nov. 3 general election. This box is a safe and secure space for voters to drop off their completed ballots. Signage is in place informing library patrons to return their materials to a separate book drop box across the street from the library. The ballot drop box at Kennedy Library is one of three in the city of San Luis Obispo and one of 19 in San Luis Obispo County. For a full list of ballot drop box locations and voter service centers, Access a full list of ballot drop box locations and voter service centers here.

Employees Asked to Comply with State Law and CSU Election Policy 

With the upcoming election, it is important that all faculty and staff comply with state law and CSU policy regarding the use of CSU resources in connection with election issues. Section 8314 of the California Government Code provides: (a) It is unlawful for ... any state or local appointee, employee or consultant, to use or permit others to use public resources for a campaign activity, or personal or other purposes which are not authorized by law. In this context, “public resources” means any property or asset owned by the state or any local agency, including, but not limited to, land, buildings, facilities, funds, equipment, supplies, telephones, computers, email system, vehicles, travel and state-compensated time. (Cal. Gov’t Code § 8314(b)(3).) CSU policy regarding what election-related activities are allowed and what activities can be prohibited, as well as guidelines on how to exercise appropriate discretion, are set forth in the CSU Handbook of Election Issues published by the Office of the General Counsel.

Own a Home Within Walking Distance of Campus

Bella Montana housing communityA beautifully appointed home is available for purchase at Bella Montana. The 1,029-square-foot home, located at 555-B Paseo Bella Montaña (La Cumbre), has two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, convenient indoor laundry, a spacious one-car garage, a beautiful deck for outdoor living and energy-saving appliances. Surrounded by beautiful coastal foothills, Bella Montana offers an opportunity to own a home 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 home is ideally located in 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 iconic Highway 1.

Cal Poly Takes Home Sustainability Awards at Three Conferences

Photo of Cal Poly's solar farm.Cal Poly was recognized for efforts to become a more environmentally sustainable campus. The university was awarded the Direct Project Engagement Award for 2020 by the EPA for generating more than 10 million kilowatt-hours of green power every year. This was accomplished by Cal Poly’s long-term power purchase agreement with REC Solar for the Gold Tree Solar Farm that will generate $17 million in savings over the next 20 years of the agreement. In July, Cal Poly was honored at the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference for best practices in Partnerships, Communications and Planning Committee category. Specifically, Cal Poly was commended for a project, "Optimizing the Business Case for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience," which references the university’s Climate Action Plan. Cal Poly was also applauded for two studies at the conference: a comprehensive Utility Master Plan and customization of the Climate and Energy Scenario Analysis. In addition, the university received a best practices award for Water Efficiency/Site Water Quality for the Reimagining Water — Reuse, Renewal, Resilience and Research project, which was created to develop an on-campus recycled water system and more. Learn more at

SKY Happiness Retreat for Students, Staff and Faculty

Sky Campus Happiness The SKY Happiness Retreat is a powerful three-day weekend resilience program for students, staff and faculty. Cal Poly is offering two, three-day weekend virtual retreats this fall from Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 24-26. Participants will immerse themselves in an evidence-based breath work and meditation practice (SKY Breath Meditation), participate in social connection and teamwork activities, gain stress-management and leadership skills, and engage in emotional intelligence practices. The weekend retreat is fun, rejuvenating and focused on participants' current and future well-being. Interested participants should register using this online form. Questions? Email


Join in a Discussion Oct. 22 on Election Fears and Socially-Engaged Responses

Election Fears and Socially Engaged ResponsesThe Elections Working Group and Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) are sponsoring a roundtable discussion from 4-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, on "Election Fears and Socially-Engaged Responses." This discussion will feature experts from around campus, including Denise Isom, interim vice president for diversity and inclusion; Amber Williams, assistant professor in the Psychology and Child Development Department; Michael Latner, associate professor in the Political Science Department; and Bryanna Gay, ASI secretary of student rights. The roundtable, moderated by the chair of the Elections Working Group and Associate Dean of Students Blanca Martinez-Navarro, will also provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in breakout room discussions. Join in using Zoom meeting ID: 867 4627 7118. Questions? Contact Ryan Adserias ( or Martinez-Navarro (

Cal Poly Virtual Music Faculty Showcase Set for Oct. 23

Music Faculty Showcase with images of faculty to performThe Music Department will present a virtual Music Faculty Showcase and post-recital discussion at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The event is part of Cal Poly’s Mustang Family Week. Christopher J. Woodruff, on trumpet, will perform “Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury” by Benjamin Britten; Mark Miller, trombone, will perform “On Your Own Now” by Steven Verhelst; Emily Lanzone, violin, and Laura Gaynon, cello, will play the first two movements — Adagio and Allegro — from the Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3, by Arcangelo Corelli; Lisa Nauful and Nick Waldron, bassoon, will be joined by Cal Poly alumna Emmie Banninger (Music, ’17) to play some bassoon trios; and Arthur White and David Becker, saxophone, and Ken Hustad, bass, will perform “Inner Urge” by Joe Henderson. Heidi Butterfield, oboe, will play “Two Pieces for Two Oboes and English Horn” by Gordon Jacob. The selection is written as an oboe trio for which all parts will be played and recorded by Butterfield. Paul Woodring, who is also the university organist, will perform “Theme and Variations” by Hendrik Andriessen on the Forbes Pipe Organ in the Performing Arts Center. Woodring will play piano with two other recitalists: Hustad, bass: Adagio from the ballet “Unforgettable 1919” by Dmitri Shostakovich; and Alba Franco-Cancél, pert-soprano: “Pueblito, mi Pueblo” (“Little Village, My Village”) by Carlos Guastavino and “Zapateado” from “La tempranica” by Gerónimo Giménez. Tickets are sold at the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.

Policy Talk Show: Local, Statewide and National Issues on the 2020 Ballot

The Elections Working Group is sponsoring a panel discussion from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, "Policy Talk Show: Local, Statewide and National Issues on the 2020 Ballot." The discussion will be moderated by Thanayi Jackson, a faculty member in the History Department, and features campus and community experts including San Luis Obispo Council Member Erica Stewart, assistant director, personnel and marketing, Campus Health and Wellbeing; Marilyn Tseng of the Kinesiology and Public Health Department, and Ben Ruttenberg of the Biological Sciences Department. Come explore ways to approach the ballot, with a particular focus on local issues as well as health and environmental issues at all levels. Join using Zoom meeting ID: 813 6617 6639 Questions? Contact Elena Keeling ( or Thanayi Jackson (

Join the Cal Poly Mustangs Monster Mash Virtual Fun Run

Monster face with text reading Monster Mash Virtual Fun RunCompete in a virtual fun run to benefit scholarships for Cal Poly student-athletes. Participants can choose to run a mile, 5K or 10K and complete their race at any point between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Compete in several virtual challenges such as a costume contest and pumpkin-carving contest for the chance to win fun prizes. Every participant will receive a race T-shirt and goody bag. After you've completed your run, submit your distance and time to be featured on the Finisher’s List on and receive your Finisher’s Certificate. All proceeds benefit the Mustang Athletic Fund, which supports scholarships for Cal Poly student-athletes. For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Lacey Buck at lbuck@calpoly.eduLearn more and register

‘Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions’ Panel Discussion Set for Nov. 5

Stephanie Shonekan and Keith JacksonThe Music Department will present a virtual panel discussion titled “Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The guest panelists will be Stephanie Shonekan, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of music at the University of Missouri, and Keith Jackson, dean of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White will moderate the discussion. “Whether obvious, subversive or unintentional — and for a variety of reasons — racism has long been present in music institutions,” White said. “Recent world and national events have not only given pause to dismissal of discussions related to this issue, but in fact, have proven the necessity for an open and frank discussion about race and diversity in music programs across the country. This panel will discuss the realities of racism and experiences in personal careers. It will address why certain literature and pedagogical methods are more pervasive than others and the potential for affecting change through increasing diversity and inclusion.” The event is free and open to the public. More information about the panelists and the presentation is on the department’s calendar website.

The Muse Hour Continues Nov. 8 with Lila Downs

The Muse Hour with LIla DownsCal Poly Arts is presenting a four-evening, livestream music and conversation series, The Muse Hour, presented in partnership with Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and Tacoma Arts Live. The second episode will air live at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, with Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs.  Known for her compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling this global music icon sings in Spanish and English. Her exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. A passionate human-rights activist, Downs' lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold.  This event will feature a conversation about current Latinx issues with several songs and will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Tickets are $11.50 and are available through


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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Per guidance from the Big West and Big Sky conferences, all of Cal Poly's fall sports events have been postponed until 2021. Check for updated information on fall sports.

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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. 

#497745 — Police Dispatcher II, Administration and Finance — University Police Department. $42,156-$76,224 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $57,600-$64,800 per year. Open until closed.

To find internally posted positions, start from the Cal Poly Portal. Click “Cal Poly Jobs” on the left-hand menu. On the next page click “Apply.” All internally and externally posted positions appear there. For a full list of available jobs, go to

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Visit for all available job openings. The part-time lecturer pools are now open. Visit for current openings, further information and how to apply. 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.

There are no new listings at this time.

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.

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