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Cal Poly Report — April 26, 2017


Campus Community Invited to May 3 Announcement of Historic Gift to Cal Poly

The campus community is invited to attend the announcement of a historic gift to the university at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. Thanks to a generous donation from William and Linda Frost, this gift — the largest in California State University history — will transform undergraduate research at Cal Poly, help the university produce innovative, workforce-ready professionals, and enhance Cal Poly’s excellent reputation nationwide. Please join the Frosts, CSU Chancellor Timothy White, President Armstrong and College of Science and Mathematics Dean Phil Bailey for the announcement of this historic gift.

Cal Poly Shines in Latest Return-on-Investment Report

A Cal Poly education pays dividends for decades, according to the latest ranking of return on investment among the nation’s top colleges and universities. Cal Poly ties for No. 29 for all institutions nationally in the 2017 rankings, up from No. 32 a year ago, with California residents netting a 20-year return on investment of nearly $680,000, according to the online salary, benefits and compensation information company. Cal Poly in-state students rank No. 3 among state public institutions, No. 6 among all California colleges and universities and No. 17 among the nation’s public institutions. The PayScale list includes the weighted total cost for a graduate based on in-state tuition rates along with the 20-year net return on investment. The list also includes ROI for students from out of state. For Cal Poly, the total cost for in-state residents is $98,300, and return on investment is $678,000. For out-of-state students, cost is $143,000 versus an ROI of $633,000. The university ranked 17th (in state) and 24th (out of state) on the site’s list of best value public colleges for 2017.

Community Service Awards to be Presented May 11

The 31st annual Cal Poly Community Service Awards will be presented to students, faculty, staff and community agencies from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. The awards recognize contributions that impact unmet community needs and partnerships built between the university and community agencies. Reservations are requested by May 5 and can be made by contacting Philip Goodwin in the Center for Service in Action at or ext. 6-5338. For more information, or to make a nomination — the deadline is May 1 — visit the Dean of Students website.

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Student Success

Business Students Compete, Learn at International Marketing Conference

The Orfalea College of Business sponsored 12 students to attend the 39th annual American Marketing Association (AMA) International Collegiate Conference from March 15-18 in New Orleans. Students used their Learn by Doing education to participate in competitions, listen to talks given by industry professionals and attend career development workshops. The students prepared for two quarters for their competitions, striving to gain marketing insight to bring back to Cal Poly’s AMA chapter and the college of business. Students Christopher Stubblefield, Christopher Walden, Reese Woodard and Marshall Zia took second place out of 30 schools in the simulation competition. In addition, Cal Poly AMA’s chapter was recognized for its outstanding performance in all six functional categories, including chapter planning, professional development, membership, communications, fundraising and social impact/community service. For these reasons, the chapter has been ranked as AMA’s top 12 collegiate chapter out of 400 clubs. Overall, Cal Poly AMA’s chapter continues to succeed and be ranked as one of the top chapters at the International Collegiate Conference. This recognition is due to the tremendous dedication of the students, who put in hours working outside of class to prepare for their competitions.

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Faculty & Staff

Orfalea College of Business Programs Rank No. 1 Nationwide

Two programs in the Orfalea College of Business recently received recognition by Cal Poly’s Packaging Program was ranked as the No. 1 program in the nation, and the Master of Science in taxation program was ranked No. 1 for value among graduate tax programs nationwide. The Packaging Program is led by its director, Professor Jay Singh, who has been instrumental in building a strong team of packaging faculty, including professors Koushik Saha, Ajay Kathuria, Javier de la Fuente and Irene Carbonell. Learn more here. Cal Poly’s new 100-percent online M.S. in Packaging Value Chain program, which merges packaging supply chain, analytics, marketing and design, will debut in fall 2018. The M.S. tax program is led by Professor Rodney Mock, who has helped the program cultivate a sterling reputation with major firms and corporate partners. The network of Cal Poly alumni in accounting has also expanded significantly, with graduates exceling in public accounting, private industry and government positions. Learn more here.

Faculty Encouraged to Take Survey on Student Engagement

Faculty members are encouraged to take the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE). The survey asks questions about student engagement at Cal Poly from the faculty perspective. FSSE is administered every three years and accompanies a student version that is administered simultaneously — the National Survey of Student Engagement. Faculty are also asked to encourage first-year and senior students to fill out the NSSE. First-year and senior students can access the NSSE link in their student portal or email. FSSE and NSSE responses are confidential. More information about FSSE is available on the FSSE website.

Cal Poly's Car Sharing Program Zipcar Surpasses 1,000 Members

Have you signed up for Zipcar, Cal Poly's car sharing program? The university just surpassed 1,000 Zipcar members — a noteworthy milestone and the third CSU to do so. Cal Poly's program has eight cars conveniently located throughout campus, with designated parking, allowing you to run lunchtime errands and have confidence there will be a place to park when you return. Alleviate the costs associated with an individually owned department vehicle by registering for an individual account or opening a department account. You can rent by the hour or day, with insurance and fuel included. Anyone with questions can visit or call ext. 6-6680.

Thriving in a Chaotic World Workshop Set for May 11

Join Employee and Organization Development when it hosts the Thriving in a Chaotic World workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Keck Lab (No. 7, Room 2). This workshop offers practical ideas that will help you begin to reduce stress right away as an overall lifestyle change. The workshop will cover causes of stress, the art of resiliency, mindset and attitudes, habits and actions, connections and relationships, and using LifeMatters (Cal Poly’s Employee Assistance Program). To register, click here and select “Enroll” on the SkillPort site.

Free Biometric Screenings Available on May 10

Human Resources has announced free biometric screenings available to all employees. Anthem Blue Cross and Maxim Health Systems will be on campus conducting the screenings from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, in Room 2 of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The 15-minute exam will provide you with immediate results including blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). Participation is by appointment only. Go here to reserve your spot. Participation can earn you points in the 31 Days of Wellness Campus Challenge hosted by Campus Health and Wellbeing. Register for that challenge here.

Cal Poly Women's Club May Luncheon Set for May 20; RSVP by May 3

Mark your calendars for the annual Cal Poly Women’s Club luncheon on May 20 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, 255 Country Club Drive in San Luis Obispo. This year’s program includes recognition of the club’s past presidents, a fashion show with apparel from Rosa’s Boutique in Pismo Beach and the installation of the 2017-2018 new officers. RSVP by Wednesday, May 3. For more information or to RSVP, contact Pat Iqbal at

Thousands of Free Online Courses Available in Open Labs

Employee and Organization Development is offering open labs where you can take online training courses of your choice. Labs are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Fridays in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105. Feel free to come and go anytime during the two-hour block. Open labs allow you to schedule time in a quiet environment away from your desk where you can work at your own level and pace on topics of interest. Resources include thousands of online, self-paced courses that range from 30 minutes to several hours in length, all of which can be viewed in short sections until completed. Topics range from desktop software, such as Excel, Access and PowerPoint; to business skills, such as meeting facilitation, project management and interpersonal skills like emotional intelligence and cross-cultural communication. A learning specialist will be present to provide assistance accessing the learning system or finding an appropriate course. View available dates and sign up here or just stop by. Please bring headphones if you have them. Anyone with questions can contact Employee and Organization Development at or ext. 6-7478.

Take Part in Russian and German Conversation Tables This Quarter

Practice speaking and listening to another language at conversation tables this quarter. Both conversation tables will take place from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in Faculty Collaboration Room ("Fishbowl") 220D in Kennedy Library (No. 35). The Russian Conversation Table is meeting every other Wednesday through May 24. The German Conversation Table is meeting every other Wednesday through May 31. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at or at 805-801-3214.

Expanded On-Campus Employee Assistance Services Now Available

Human Resources has announced an expansion of employee assistance services. Thanks to a collaboration between Campus Wellbeing and San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health, confidential face-to-face intervention and referral services are now available on campus. Lauren Rocha, county behavioral health prevention and outreach coordinator and Cal Poly wellness promotion specialist, will be on campus part time to provide students, staff and faculty with information and education about campus and community resources. Drop-in times are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Health Center (No. 27), Room 173B, and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cross Cultural Centers in the UU (No. 65), Room 217. For appointments or more information, contact Rocha at 805-503-2101 or, or visit the Campus Wellbeing website. Confidential employee assistance and enhanced wellness services are available 24/7 by contacting Life Matters by Empathia at 800-367-7474 or (use "calpoly" — not case sensitive — when prompted for the company password).

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Set for Spring Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, and Friday, June 2. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Al Liddicoat, associate vice provost of Academic Personnel, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources can answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290. Go here for more information. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

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Karen Weller, manager of special projects for the Administration and Finance Division, will retire on April 30 after more than 28 years of service. A graduate of Cal Poly, Weller started as a business systems analyst/programmer in ITS, where she became the coordinator of business systems. After earning her master's and project management professional certification, she managed implementation projects such as the Student Pay System, T2, PeopleAdmin, ImageNow, and Absence Management and led the effort on the ABC Fall Summits. Join us to celebrate her retirement from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133.

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In Memoriam

Former Cal Poly professor William Thurmond died at home in San Luis Obispo on April 12, the day after he turned 91. Thurmond was born in Lodi, California, to Roy Jefferson Thurmond and Lucille Frances Bollinger. In 1944, Thurmond graduated mid-year from St. Helena High School, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. During his enlistment he attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Thurmond received his A.B. in 1948, M.A. in 1950, and Ph.D. in 1958 in zoology from UC Berkeley. In 1949, he married Naomi Richter. They relocated to San Luis Obispo in 1951, where he taught in the Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department until 1990. In 1960, he was Director of the National Science Foundation Summer Science Program at Cal Poly. For seventeen years, he served as the faculty advisor for the Cal Poly Chinese Students' Association. Bill is survived by daughter, Sydni Thurmond-Hamill (Bruce); son, Brian Thurmond (Elaine); and grandchildren, Braelyn and Whittaker Hamill, and Emma Thurmond; sisters, Dorothy Chapman, Roberta Thurmond, and Faith Whitley; close friend, Jerry Swanson; and numerous nieces and nephews from both his and Naomi’s families. Thurmond was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi; brother, Carl Thurmond; and sister Joanne Whaley. In remembrance, consider a donation to the Central Coast Parkinson Support Group or a charity of your choice. Read the full obituary here.

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Campus Announcements

ASI Recreational Sports Introduces Poly Body + Being Program

ASI Recreational Sports introduces the Poly Body + Being wellness program at the Recreation Center. Each quarter, world-class experts in nutrition, diet and exercise for interactive classes will be presented for all members of the Cal Poly community. These complimentary fitness and wellness workshops are designed to support healthy bodies and minds. Register for workshops at They include:
— Better Balancing You from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Training Room.
Life can be a true balancing act. Learn to manage food, relationships, fitness and fun in this interactive workshop with health and fitness expert Louellen Ferreira. She’ll teach you how to better balance your life and leave you feeling recharged.
— Back Strength + Fitness, Level 1, a three-part progressive class from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m Monday, May 1, 8, and 15, in Studio 3.
— Diet + Weight Loss, Level 1, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Training Room.
— Navigating Nutrition, a four-part progressive class from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 10, 24, and 31, in the Training Room.
— Shoulder Strength + Fitness, a three-part progressive class from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 11, and 18, in Studio 3.
— Back Strength + Fitness, Level 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 20, in Studio 3.

Earth Week Events to Continue Through Thursday, April 27

Facilities Management and Development's Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department is hosting a series of events, film screenings and presentations in support of Earth Week this month. On Wednesday, April 26, leaders from REC Solar will participate in a panel presentation to discuss the Cal Poly Solar Project and the future of renewable energy in recognition of Climate and Clean Tech day from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Keck Lab (No. 7). On Local Food and Water day, Thursday, April 27, World Wildlife Fund Senior Vice President Jason Clay will talk about his goal of creating global standards for producing and using raw materials from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Keck Lab. For more details about these events and to see the complete list of Earth Week activities, visit Questions? Email Kylee Singh at

'Teach On' Series Continues April 27

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the Winter Teach-In, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity announces its first ever "Teach On!" series for spring quarter. Faculty will present workshops from 11 a.m. to noon most Thursdays in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 222. The series on April 27 will focus on “#Inclusion Starts With Me: How to Confront Bias” featuring Carrie Lagner and Julie Garcia from the Psychology and Child Development Department. All events are open to the campus community. For more information, contact

Earth Day Celebration at Campus Dining Venues on April 27

The campus community is invited to join Campus Dining in celebrating Earth Day on April 27. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. students, faculty and staff can get free tastings of locally sourced, Earth-friendly foods outside 19 Metro in the atrium. Edna’s Bakery, Family Tree Produce and Coca-Cola will be present at the event. In addition to the food sampling in the atrium, 19 Metro will feature a special Earth Day-inspired station that will serve dishes including veggie lasagna, stir fry and fresh quinoa berry salads. At Mustang Station and The Avenue, Chef Tables will also be set up, where Campus Dining’s executive chefs will cook up sustainable dishes for purchase. With this event, Campus Dining aims to inspire students to celebrate the planet with Earth-friendly food.

Preschool Learning Lab Spaces Available Starting Fall Quarter

The Preschool Learning Lab has full day openings for preschool children ages 3 to 5 starting this fall. The Psychology and Child Development Preschool Learning Lab provides a high-quality preschool environment that supports the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. A focal point of the Preschool Learning Lab curriculum is to offer innovative inquiry-based learning experiences that support children’s natural interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For more information, contact Patty Clarkson at or visit the website at

Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice Event Planned for April 26

Safer and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity invites the campus community to wear jeans for Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice on Wednesday, April 26. A coffee kick-off will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. Denim Day began in 1999 as a part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the survivor was wearing jeans at the time of her assault. The judge said she must have helped the perpetrator remove her jeans and thus wasn’t “really” raped. This verdict became a symbol of the injustice sexual assault survivors face all over the world and a call to stop victim blaming. Show solidarity by wearing jeans and join us for free coffee and treats. Fill out this form to show your support for Denim Day.

Cal Poly Corporation Board Meeting to be Held April 28

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more information or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Programs to Recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here's how you can get involved:
— Invite a guest speaker from Counseling Services to speak to your class, club or department. Presentation topics can include college student mental health, college students and substance (mis)use, QPR Suicide Prevention Certification, and stress management, as well as the Red Folder: Assisting Students in Distress training.
— Attend a free QPR Suicide Prevention Certification Training with Counseling Services from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. Reservations are required.
— Attend a free Mindful Monday: Stress and Anxiety Release Workshop at 4:10 p.m. any Monday with Counseling Services. Drop-ins are welcome.
— Attend a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification Training with Counseling Services from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19. Lunch is included; reservations are required.
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Month or to sign up for any of the above programs, contact Hannah Roberts, assistant director of Community Prevention and Outreach–Counseling Services, at Go here for more information.

Campus Community Invited to Launch of Book Exploring Learn by Doing Impact

The campus community is invited to a book launch celebration for "More than a Motto: The Meaning Behind Cal Poly's Learn by Doing Signature" from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34). The book’s 22 case studies highlight unique and important contributions from students, faculty and staff to the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Each case study was selected by an editorial board with representation from across campus and exemplifies educational excellence in the colleges as well as through co-curricular and multidisciplinary campus activities. In the spirit of Learn by Doing, the book was written and designed by four faculty and staff members with assistance from students during the design process; students in University Graphic Systems printed the book’s first 1,000 copies on its Heidelberg Press — the largest print job the students have ever undertaken. The book is dedicated to College of Science and Mathematics Dean Phil Bailey, a long-standing supporter of Learn by Doing. "From the outset with this project, the Cal Poly community has been incredibly supportive, and we appreciate the countless contributors who've helped make this book a reality," lead author Brian Greenwood said. "The impact Learn by Doing has on the campus culture is palpable, and we're excited to celebrate and highlight that which makes Cal Poly truly unique." The book will be available for purchase at the event, and a dedication ceremony for Bailey will take place from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 6

The Cal Poly Foundation Board of Directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

New CSUwide Library Software Platform to Launch June 27, Promoting Inter-Campus Collaboration

Kennedy Library, along with all of the CSU libraries, will launch a new shared online library platform in June. The familiar search box on the library homepage will take Cal Poly users to the new system, OneSearch, starting June 27. In partnership with the vendor, Ex Libris, CSU libraries will migrate all data and operations to a multi-tenant, cloud-based technology. “This unified library management system will offer, for the first time, a central catalog which will allow all of our CSU community to discover and access scholarly content from across the system,” Interim Associate Dean Tim Strawn said. 
“We are already looking at a number of collaborative initiatives once we get past the implementation phase. Perhaps the most exciting change is that users at any CSU campus will be able to order physical items directly from other campuses.” The Link+ catalog will be replaced by the new system’s interlibrary loan, CSU+. Link+ requests can be placed through May 26. For any questions or concerns about the new system, contact Strawn at or ext. 6-1485, or a college librarian:

Kennedy Library Student Assistant Showcase Set for May 4

Join us for a showcase of library student assistant projects from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), at the second floor Julian’s Café area. All are welcome to come learn about students’ contributions to University Archives digitization projects, creative peer-to-peer education models, and specialized support for data-intensive projects and programs. Attendees at this interactive, drop-in event will be able to discuss innovative student programs with library faculty, staff and student leaders.

Cal Poly to Build Solar Farm as Part of Net Zero Plan

Cal Poly will break ground this summer on a solar farm that will generate renewable energy, create Learn by Doing opportunities for students and save the university millions of dollars. The facility, to be erected adjacent to Highway 1 on the western side of campus, will be financed, designed, constructed and maintained by REC Solar, one of the nation’s largest solar providers. REC Solar, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, was founded by Cal Poly graduates in 1997. The 18.5-acre solar farm will include more than 16,000 individual solar panels with a capacity of 4.5 megawatts (AC) and will generate more than 11 million kWh per year — enough to power more than 1,000 homes, or about 25 percent of Cal Poly’s total needs. In addition to the environmental benefits, the energy produced by the solar farm will result in direct savings on Cal Poly’s utility bills totaling about $17 million over 20 years. The solar farm is being financed by REC Solar via a power purchase agreement, which allows Cal Poly to purchase energy at a lower rate, without paying any upfront costs for the system construction and maintenance. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Open to Tours on May 6

Community members are invited to bring the whole family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6. The spring open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, and many more interactive displays. Kids can put their face in the water and breathe through a scuba respirator, learn why whales migrate and find out what a “red tide” is. Professors and students will be available to answer questions. Guests may tour the displays at their own pace and explore ongoing research into local marine life, including projects aimed at protecting Morro Bay’s ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. For more information, call ext. 6-6777. Rain will cancel the event. Learn more here.

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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. 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 weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


CLA Speaks Presents Floyd Norman, Animator for Disney and Pixar

Floyd Norman, the first African-American artist to find a career position in animation at the Disney Studio, will give a talk as part of the College of Liberal Arts’ CLA Speaks series from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 213. Starting in 1956, he worked on “Sleeping Beauty,” “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and “The Jungle Book,” among other films. Beyond Disney, he worked as an animator for multiple TV series, including “Sesame Street” and “Fat Albert.” He also worked for Pixar as a story artist on “Toy Story 2” and “Monsters Inc.” In 2016, he became the subject of a feature-length documentary film, “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.” For more information, contact Susan Bratcher at or ext. 6-5850.

Conversation with Cal Poly Authors Set for April 28

Ning Zhang, associate professor in the Political Science Department, and Andrew Morris, professor in the History Department, will discuss Zhang’s book, "Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture." The conversation will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, in Kennedy Library (No. 35) Room 111H.  There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. Go here for more information.

Muslim Scholar Dalia Mogahed to Speak April 29

Dalia Mogahed, a Muslim-American scholar and one of the nation’s most influential voices on Islam, will present “Islamaphobia: A Threat to All” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in Chumash Auditorium. Mogahed will explore the current environment for Muslim-Americans and address misconceptions about Islam. She serves as director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and tours the globe speaking to audiences about Islam in the contemporary world. A board member of the World Economic Forum, her analysis of the Islamic world has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, the Harvard International Review and many other journals. As executive director of and senior analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Mogahed created the largest, most comprehensive study of the Islamic world, with more than 50,000 interviews representing Muslims in more than 35 predominantly Muslim nations. The research led to a book she co-authored with John Esposito, titled “Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.” The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Stephen Lloyd-Moffett at or at ext. 6-2475. Learn more here.

CLA Speaks Presents Jeff Pruchnic and ‘What Is Virtual Life?’

Jeff Pruchnic will give a talk, “What Is Virtual Life?” as part of the College of Liberal Arts’ CLA Speaks series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 112. Pruchnic will discuss the cultural implications of the recent expansion of “virtual worlds,” computer-generated environments that simulate elements of the natural world. More specifically, he’ll argue that these virtual worlds can provide strategies for thinking through problems in the real world, such as environmental crises or how to promote the use of more sustainable resources. For more information, contact Dustin Stegner at or at ext. 6-1277.

‘The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch and the Discovery of the Honeybee Language’ to be Discussed May 2

Tania Munz, vice president for research and scholarship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, will present her recent book, “The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch and the Discovery of the Honeybee Language” from 6:10 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 102. Munz’s book focuses on Karl von Frisch, who discovered that honeybees communicate to their hive mates via intricate “dances.” Von Frisch, declared one-quarter Jewish by the Nazi government, made this discovery under the Nazi regime and fought to save both himself and his discovery by researching a “bee plague” under the auspices of the Nazi Ministry for Food and Agriculture. For more information, contact Molly Loberg at or at ext. 6-5706.

Cal Poly Alumna to Present on Gershwin’s Concerto in F on May 5

Alumna Jessica Getman will give a presentation on George Gershwin’s Concerto in F at 3 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Getman is the managing editor for the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which is in the process of making a critical score of the concerto for publication. Timothy Freeze, the concerto’s primary editor, will join Getman to discuss the scope of the initiative, “The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition,” their experience of working with the Gershwin families and with Schott Music Publishing, and the process of making a critical score for a such a complex composition. On May 6, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will perform the Gershwin Initiative’s edition at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature classical pianist Ji and will be conducted by Rei Hotoda, associate conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work at the University of Michigan, Getman is a film musicologist focusing on music in television and science fiction media. A Cal Poly graduate, she holds two master’s degrees from Boston University in historical performance and musicology and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 12

Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The recital is the second in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. The program, which contains four sonatas, begins with Beethoven’s first piano sonata, Opus 2 No. 1 in F minor, followed by Opus 101 in A major, Opus 13 in C minor (“The Pathetique”), and concluding with Opus 31 No. 3 in E-flat major. Tickets for the concert 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. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund.

University Art Gallery to Exhibit Student Art Through May 19

The University Art Gallery will present the “2017 Juried Student Exhibition,” a vetted showcase of work created by students in the Art and Design Department. The exhibit will continue through Friday, May 19. Jurors for this year’s exhibit are Emma Saperstein, gallery coordinator for the Harold J. Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College, and Hillary Amborn, founder and creative director of the graphic design firm Seachange Studio in San Luis Obispo. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). For more information, contact Garet Zook at ext. 6-1571 or

Kramer and Panic Duo To Present Composition Master Class, Recital on May 25

Composer and saxophonist Laura M. Kramer will present a master class and recital with Panic Duo on Thursday, May 25, on campus. The composition master class will be at 11 a.m. Kramer and the duo will discuss the premiere of Kramer’s new work for saxophone, violin and piano, which will be premiered at the evening recital. In addition, they will perform reading sessions of student compositions. The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. Works for combinations of saxophone, violin and piano will be performed by composers Jennifer Higdon, Robert Muczynski and Evan Chambers. Kramer’s new work, “Reflections Through Shattered Mirrors,” will have its world premiere. Panic Duo, based in Los Angeles, is comprised of violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe. They have performed in the Los Angeles-based new music concert series Tuesdays at Monk Space and been featured on the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Kramer teaches musicianship, saxophone and theory at Cal Poly. She earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from USC, with concentrations in theory, saxophone and electroacoustic media. Both events are open to the public and will be in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The master class is free and the recital is $5 at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

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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. 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. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

For complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, April 28
Beach Volleyball hosts Big West Conference Championships, Pismo Beach, all day.

Saturday, April 29
Beach Volleyball hosts Big West Conference Championships, Pismo Beach, all day.
Track and Field vs. UC Santa Barbara (dual meet), Cal Poly Track, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 2
Baseball vs. Pepperdine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 5
Softball vs. Hawai’i, Bob Janssen Field, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 6
Softball vs. Hawai’i (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 2 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#104432 — Research Analyst (Research Technician III), Academic Affairs — Institutional Research. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $4,476-$6,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 5.

#104441 — Administrative Support Coordinator I – 11/12, College of Science and Mathematics — Statistics. $2,609-$4,234 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 27.

#104464 — Financial Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I)
Facilities Customer and Business Services. $3,897-$6,326 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 4.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application for any of the positions shown below. The complete listing of faculty position openings is posted on the website. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

There are no 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 job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Catering Services Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $13.46-$17.95 per hour

Warehouse Unit Manager, Campus Dining, $18.35-$27.53 per hour

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 listings at this time.

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