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Cal Poly Report — March 22, 2017

Please note: Cal Poly Report will not be published on March 29 during the academic break. The next issue will be published April 5; items should be submitted by Friday, March 31.


California Community Foundation to Offer $2 Million in Scholarships to Benefit Underrepresented Minority Students at Cal Poly

Underrepresented minority students admitted to Cal Poly for the 2017-18 school year will be eligible to receive a total of $2 million in scholarships from two funds through the California Community Foundation, one of the top 100 private, nonprofit charitable organizations in the nation by asset size and total giving. More than 20 students will benefit from the two scholarship funds over the next five years. Awards for the entire $2 million, which will be administered by the California Community Foundation on behalf of anonymous donors, will be announced later this year. The two scholarship funds will benefit Cal Poly students exclusively. These scholarships will also enhance campus diversity initiatives and outreach efforts to attract African-American, Hispanic-Latino, Native American and Hawaiian-Pacific Islander students. More than half of all California public high school graduates are Latino or African-American. “We are extremely excited by these opportunities that will benefit some of the best and brightest underrepresented students in our state and nation,” said President Armstrong. “We’re thankful for these gifts to our students and look forward to welcoming more than 20 new scholarship recipients to campus this fall.” Learn more about the scholarships here.

Donation Funds HD Upgrade to Student-Run TV Studio at Cal Poly

Thanks to a $100,000 donation to the Journalism Department from Bill and Cheryl Swanson, the university’s student-run television studio will be outfitted with the latest cameras, switchers and other equipment, allowing students to broadcast in high definition. “We chose to make this donation because we believe in Learn by Doing, and Cal Poly students deserve the best,” said Bill Swanson, chairman of Cal Poly’s Foundation Board and retired chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Raytheon Company. The total cost of the renovations will be about $125,000. The remodeled, state-of-the-art facility will be ready for students to use in spring quarter, in early April. A formal dedication of the new facility, named the Bill and Cheryl Swanson Broadcast Studio, will take place Friday, May 5. Maintained by the Journalism Department and the College of Liberal Arts, the studio is a broadcast laboratory where students produce a live 30-minute weekly newscast, a weekly sports show, and numerous talk and interview shows. Cal Poly alumnus Bill Swanson learned of the need for an upgraded studio at last year’s Evening of Green and Gold, the university’s annual donor recognition event. When he stopped by the booth for the student-run media group, Mustang News, graduating journalism senior Leah Horner explained the potential benefits for students. Bill Swanson invited Horner to make a presentation at the upcoming Foundation Board meeting. After the presentation, the Swansons offered to fund the studio upgrade.

Carbon Farm Planning Workshop to be Offered April 12 at Swanton Pacific Ranch

The Center for Sustainability and the Petaluma-based Carbon Cycle Institute will host a daylong Carbon Farm Planning Workshop led by Jeff Creque on Wednesday, April 12, at Swanton Pacific Ranch near Santa Cruz. Carbon farming uses cutting-edge agricultural practices to build healthy, carbon-rich soils and profitable farms and ranches, as well as to improve the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or soil organic matter. A Carbon Farm Plan evaluates and quantifies how on-farm practices can sequester carbon while providing other environmental co-benefits such as increased on-farm resilience, water retention and natural fertility. The Carbon Farm Planning Workshop will include presentations, group discussions and field activities to introduce participants to the scientific and applied basis for carbon farming, conservation practices that sequester carbon in row crops, rangelands and forests, how to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits using COMET-Planner, and how to develop a Carbon Farm Plan. Creque is a director at the Carbon Cycle Institute and co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project. Learn more and register here.

NASA Team Leader to Discuss Missions on April 12

Fran Bagenal, a team leader on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and a working group chair for the Juno mission to Jupiter, will share discoveries about these worlds at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in Spanos Theatre. The talk is free and open to the public. The two missions are among the most exciting in space exploration. New Horizons, which launched in 2006, became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto up close and yielded stunning images of the dwarf planet. The successful flyby in July 2015 provided scientific results that were beamed back to Earth through October 2016 and far exceeded NASA’s expectations. The mission has potential additional targets to explore in the coming years in the Kuiper Belt — a group of large, frozen bodies that orbit the sun in the outer region of the solar system. Bagenal, a research scientist and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will speak about how New Horizons came to be, how the spacecraft got to Pluto, and how the findings challenge the current understanding of ice worlds in the outer solar system. The talk will also cover ongoing discoveries from NASA’s Juno mission, which launched in August 2011 and has been in orbit around the gas giant Jupiter since July 4, 2016. The most recent 55-day orbit was completed Feb. 2, and its next close flyby is March 27. During its 20 months in orbit, the satellite soars low over Jupiter’s cloud tops — as close as about 2,600 miles. During these flybys, it can probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover to study its auroras and to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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Student Success

Mustang Media Group Wins More Than 20 Awards at National College Media Convention

Mustang Media Group, the Journalism Department’s student-run news organization, received 22 awards — including nine first-place awards — from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and the California College Media Association (CCMA) at the Midwinter National College Media Convention held March 2-5 in San Francisco. First-place winners included Ayrton Ostly for Best Sports Story, Brendan Matsuyama for Best Infographic, Ellen Fabini for Best Online Advertisement and for Best Color Advertisement, Erica Patstone for Best Advertising Campaign, Jordan Triplett for Best Black and White Advertisement, and Maggie Hitchings and Nikki Petkopolous for Best Online Campaign. Mustang Media Group also took home three first-place awards for Best Advertising Special Section, Best Overall Newspaper Design and Best Use of Social Media. Other award winners included Patstone, third place in Best Sales Promotion; Cara Benson, second place in Best News Video; Peter Gonzalez, third place in Best Podcast; Brendan Abrams, third place in Best Headline Portfolio; Matt Lalanne, Best Sports Photo; and Will Peischel, third place in Best Feature Story. Mustang News staff was also awarded second place for Best Multimedia presentation, an honorable mention for Best Photo Series and third place for Best Newspaper Website. In the ACP Best of Show competition, Mustang News placed first for Best Multimedia Package, second for Best Newspaper Four-year Weekly and fifth for Best Website Large School. (Student award-winners pictured above, are (top row, left to right) Zack Spanier, Hannah Avdalovic, Olivia Proffit and Celina Oseguera; (bottom row, left to right) Naba Ahmed, Gurpreet Bhoot, and Cara Jean Benson. Photo by Matthew Lalanne.)

Cal Poly Polo Women’s and Men’s Teams Advance to Nationals

The women’s and men’s polo teams recently won the regional title at the 2017 Western Intercollegiate Regionals and qualified to compete in the national intercollegiate championships. Both teams will travel to the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club to compete for the national title April 3-9. “These two teams are clearly the strongest in the region and are ranked fourth in the nation,” Coach Megan Judge said. Dairy science major Jillian Tietje and animal science major Trista Noland were honored as all-star players from the women’s team. Biomedical engineering major Theo Anastos and environmental management major Sayge Ellington were honored as all-stars from thmen’s team. In addition, biomedical engineering major Leah Torres was selected for the sportsmanship award. Other team members include: master’s education student Hannah Heitzig, animal science major Miriam Flock, environmental management major Bridget Hobscheid, biomedical engineering major Maggie Papka, agricultural business major Stone Rush, computer engineering major Jeremy Kerfs and agriculture business major Connor Kanen. Learn more here.

Society of Women Engineers Names Five Outstanding Members

Five students from the College of Engineering recently received awards as Outstanding Women in Engineering from the Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers. The awards were given at SWE’s annual Evening With Industry held Jan. 26 at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. The event attracted 350 students, faculty, staff and industry representatives. In addition to the five honorees, 45 student scholarships totaling $50,500 were awarded. The Outstanding Women in Engineering awardees were chosen based on faculty recommendations, demonstrated leadership, related work experience and grade point average. Recipients included: Kate Cuddington, of Boulder, Colo, an architectural engineering senior; Katie Davis, of Bellingham, Wash., a computer science graduate student; Ashley Kim, of Irvine, Calif., a civil engineering graduate student specializing in transportation; Myra Lukens, of Vancouver, Wash., a computer science senior; and Kristen Temby, of Morro Bay, Calif., a biomedical major. Read about the students here.

Animal Science Student Takes Second Place at Competition

Animal science senior Gabriella Hernandez, of Chino Hills, won second place at the American Society of Animal Science’s Midwestern undergraduate student oral competition on March 14 in Omaha, Nebraska, for research related to using an activity monitor to track swine behavior. Two other animal science seniors, Tivon Brown, of Berkeley, and Yanisse Montano, of Visalia, also attended the conference and were invited to present during the oral competition. Professor Rodrigo Manjarin is advising the students. Brown presented on the influence of seminal additives on sow fertility. Montano presented on piglet creching (placing piglets into a warm box at birth) decreasing protein content in colostrum. Hernandez began her research during the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ inaugural 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program in summer 2016. The college-sponsored program, aimed at undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential, was intended to give students the opportunity to have an immersive, hands-on research experience during the summer which might not be possible during the school year. Hernandez and Manjarin collaborated with Kansas State University on the research. Hernandez plans to pursue a master’s degree at Cal Poly after graduation in the spring. (Pictured left to right: Professor Lindsey Hulbert of Kansas State University, Hernandez, Brown and Professor Manjarin.)

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Faculty & Staff

Paul Bittick Recognized as Journalism Educator of the Year

The California Journalism & Media Affiliates recently named Paul Bittick, Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group general manager, as the 2017 Journalism Educator of the Year — Four-Year Division. The award recognizes leadership and support that goes beyond the journalism program and has impact across campus, community and local or regional associations. Only one educator from all California campus media associations earns this prestigious honor each year. As general manager, Bittick has been proactive in developing new revenue streams such as special sections, events and video services. He recently worked with faculty and students to create the first student-run “native advertising” agency within Mustang News. “This award for Paul is most noteworthy because there's only one given out each year in the whole state and recipients are selected by their peers,” said Mary Glick, Journalism Department chair and previous Educator of the Year award recipient. Bittick came to the Journalism Department in 2002 with more than 25 years of experience in the newspaper industry. He served in a variety of roles for daily newspapers and worked as a freelance writer for the Associated Press for more than 20 years covering college and professional sports. Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, the 2016 honoree, presented Bittick with the award at the California College Media Association Awards Banquet on March 4 in San Francisco. Previous educators of the year nominate current contenders for awards at the university, community college and high school level. The awards are funded by the California Press Foundation. (Photo of Bittick and Kingsley-Wilson, above, by Joe Wirt of CNPA Services Inc.)

Two Summer Workshops Offered for Faculty Seeking To Enhance Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum

The Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum course redesign program is for faculty who seek to weave diversity and inclusivity into their educational practices. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity (OUDI). During two summer 2017 workshops, participants will work with a cohort of colleagues to learn inclusivity principles and practices and then each will redesign a course to be taught in Fall 2017. The application deadline for the program is Monday, March 27. The program is limited to 20 participants; stipends are available. Tenure-line faculty and lecturers are welcome from all disciplines, including those not typically associated with diversity and inclusivity learning goals. More information and online applications are available on the CTLT website.

Human Resources Launches New Employee Orientation

Beginning in April, Human Resources will host a monthly orientation for Cal Poly’s newest employees with the goal of connecting new hires to campus culture, colleagues and information. Effectively orienting new employees is critical to their success, enabling them to quickly integrate and establish productive working relationships. In addition to making new employees feel welcome, it is important for new hires to be provided with the information and connections that will help them thrive — including foundational knowledge about Cal Poly’s history, mission, culture, organization and values. The orientations will typically be held the first Monday of the month. They are primarily for new full-time staff and management employees; however, new tenure-track faculty starting outside of the regular hiring cycle will also be invited. Managers will receive advance notice about specific orientation dates and times for their new employees. For additional information about the orientations, which start April 3, contact Employee and Organization Development at or at ext. 6-7478.

Newer Faculty Community Breakfast Set for March 24

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology invite faculty and teaching staff to our New(er) Faculty Community Breakfast for winter quarter. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. This quarter's topic is "Students In Distress," which focuses on the increasing rates of social and emotional challenges our students face during their campus experiences. This is an opportunity to better understand what might be going on in the minds of the young people showing up in our classrooms. Enjoy breakfast and find out ways to become better prepared to provide appropriate support and referrals to campus professionals. Go here to register. For more information, contact CTLT at or ext. 6-7002.

Vanpool Openings Available for Cal Poly Commuters

How do you commute to work? Ever thought of trying vanpool? There are openings on all vans for employees with a 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. work schedule, traveling from the northern and southern parts of San Luis Obispo County north and Santa Maria. Give it a try for a week and see how it works for you before officially joining. Interested in driving for vanpool? If you have an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule, contact Cheryl Andrus for information about getting another vanpool on the road and promoting Cal Poly's healthy, climate-responsible commuting options. Anyone with questions can email or call Andrus at ext. 6-6680.

'Key Conversations' Workshop to be Held April 13

Employee and Organization Development will host a “Key Conversations” workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Keck Lab (Room 2). A key conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong. These conversations — when handled poorly or ignored — may lead to strained relationships and poor results. This workshop will cover common causes of conflict, benefits and examples of key conversation, planning for the interaction and specific steps for conducting the conversation. To register, click here and select “enroll” on the SkillPort site.

One-on-One Appoinments on Savings Plans Available to Employees

Employees have the opportunity to save toward retirement by investing pre-tax contributions in tax-deferred plans through the 403(b) plan, administered by Fidelity, or the 401(k)/457 plans, both administered by the Savings Plus Program. Contributions are made through payroll deductions, prior to federal and state taxes being calculated. Fidelity Investments representative Christel Whittier and Savings Plus representative Ralph Hoskins, a certified financial planner, come to campus twice a month to meet one-on-one with employees. Visit the Human Resources benefits page under "Quick Links" to register for an appointment. The Savings Plus 401(k) and 457 plans also offer a Roth (after-tax) option. Only state employees who are CalPERS members may participate in the Savings Plus plans. You can find additional information and/or enroll in a plan on the Savings Plus and Fidelity Net Benefits websites.

Grant Writing Workshop Offered in Spring Quarter

A workshop on grant writing is being offered two times per week this spring: from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and 3 to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The nine-week program begins April 6 and is open to faculty and staff interested in research or research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik from the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) and staff from the offices of Research and Economic Development, University Development, and Corporation Human Resources. The seminar will be a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. Topics will include sources of funding, types of awards (grants, contracts and gifts), marketing ideas, how to approach sponsors, reading requests for proposals (RFPs) what to include and not to include, abstracts, budgets and justifications, indirect costs, payroll and purchasing, and intellectual property and review processes. Writing and analysis will be done every week and participants may bring their own examples for assistance and critique. By the end of the quarter, participants should be able to complete the bulk of a proposal and will learn about related contacts and resources at Cal Poly. The workshop, hosted by CAFES, will be held in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. For more information, contact Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Annual Service Awards Luncheon Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the annual Service Awards Luncheon are on sale for $12. State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2016 will be honored at the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Chumash Auditorium. Tickets are available from Tracy Watson in ASI at ext. 6-1292 and Jennifer Luedtke, Corporation, at ext. 6-6446. Photos are also being compiled for a slide show presentation at the luncheon. Send scanned photos of the awardees to by Friday, March 31. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early.

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Greg Lampman, project manager for Facilities Management and Development, will retire after more than 21 years of service. Facilities Planning and Capital Projects invites campus community members to wish him well in retirement from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 24, in the Facilities Building (No. 70), Conference Room 110.

Sean Vahey, data warehouse service lead with Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire on Thursday, March 30, after nine years of service. Vahey has played an instrumental role in developing innovative solutions to improve the performance and reliability of Cal Poly's enterprise data warehouse. He served as lead developer on the data project for PolyPlanner that allows colleges to compare course demand with course offerings, supporting student success. Vahey also collaborated with the Office of Institutional Research to support the analysis of graduation and retention rates as part of the larger graduation initiative led by the Chancellor's Office. Upon retirement, Vahey looks forward to traveling and spending more time with his wife, Terry. ITS will hold a reception in Vahey’s honor from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 24.

Kimberly Perez, director of general accounting/associate controller, will retire Thursday, March 30, after nearly 18 years of service. A Cal Poly graduate, Perez was hired as an accountant II and was progressively promoted as she took on additional assignments and responsibilities, most notably GAAP reporting, automating the property system and working with the Chancellor’s Office staff on myriad accounting policy changes. Upon retirement, Perez plans to continue to reside in San Luis Obispo, pamper her dogs and cats more than they are already accustomed to, and continue her volunteer work as president of the nonprofit Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay.

Dana Azevedo, administrative analyst with the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department, will retire on Friday, April 14, after 28 years of service. Before her 12 years in IME, Azevedo worked in University Scheduling; the Provost’s Office; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science's Dean’s Office; and for nine years as a programmer and systems administrator for El Corral Bookstore. She also served on several campuswide committees, including the Master Planning Committee, the Administrative Advisory Committee on Computing, and the Campus Wellbeing Committee. She planned innumerable professional and social events for students, faculty, alumni and industry partners. Azevedo has always been an analyst’s analyst, comfortable with the door shut, crunching numbers and databases. Whether scheduling classes, balancing budgets or resolving some sticky personnel issue, Azevedo has always offered solutions to create a fairer, more humane and more efficient university. She looks forward to spending more time traveling on her motorcycle and being with her family. Campus friends are invited to a reception in her honor hosted by the IME Department from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 220.

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Campus Announcements

Career Services Launches Diversity Funding Support

The Diversity Funding Committee (DFC) was established by Career Services and campus collaborators, with support from the Career Partners Program, to foster diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. Applications are now open for DFC’s first-ever cycle of awards. Any faculty, staff or student group, or university department is welcome to apply for funding to support a campus or community event that increases understanding of, and/or appreciation for, diversity and inclusion. To apply, visit the Diversity Funding Committee Web page and complete the web-based application by 4 p.m. Friday, April 14. Please note that events must occur by Tuesday, Oct. 31. The DFC will announce award recipients in May. For additional information, email the committee at

Commuting Delays, Limited Parking Expected in Early Spring Quarter

There are many scheduled events at the beginning of spring quarter that will have an impact on parking and traffic throughout campus. Expect commuting delays and extremely limited parking during the first two weeks of spring quarter due to:
— Green + Gold Tours, set for Monday, April 3, through Thursday, April 6;
— Open House on Friday, April 7, through Saturday, April 8; and
— Green + Gold Tours from Monday, April 10, through Friday, April 14.
Drivers are encouraged to consider using alternative modes of transportation: carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or walk to campus. For specific information regarding campus parking and road closure updates, go to the Parking and Commuter Services website.

Foliage Plant Sale at Poly Plant Shop Continues Through March 24

A buy three, get one free indoor and tropical foliage plant sale will continue through Friday, March 24, at the Poly Plant Shop. The student-run retail store, located in the Environmental Horticultural Science Building (No. 48) on Via Carta Road off Highland Drive, offers students the opportunity to work in a retail environment to get hands-on experience in all aspects of garden center management and operation. All proceeds benefit student horticulture programs. The Poly Plant Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. For more details, call ext. 6-1106 or go to

Biggest, Loudest Event on Campus to be Held April 8 at Open House

About 60 students are preparing for the 39th annual Poly Royal Tractor Pull, which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at this year’s Open House. Billed as the biggest, loudest event on campus, the pull will be held in the pasture across from the Crops Unit on Mt. Bishop Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 or younger. New this year, the ticket concessions booth will accept cash, checks and credit cards. A snack bar and apparel booth will be open to the public at noon, but will only accept cash. Proceeds from the student-run event help fund scholarships. Last year, the tractor pull and the club’s scholarship endowment provided $30,000 in scholarship money for students.

Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees Set for April 12

Nominees for the Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 12, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each of the 34 nominees. The 2016-17 OSEY will also be announced. This event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors, and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

Cal Poly Earth Week Proposals Due March 22

The Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department is looking for presentation or activity proposals from the campus community for Earth Week. The series begins with Zero Waste Day on Tuesday, April 25; continues with Climate and Clean Technology Day on Wednesday, April 26; and ends on Thursday, April 27, with Local Food and Water Day. Faculty, staff and students should submit a form for each proposed presentation, activity or to reserve a booth. Proposals can include movie screenings, tours or panels. Presentations will be sorted based on the theme of the day and room availability. Selected presenters will be notified by April 1, and communication will include information to schedule your time slot based on availability. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Questions? Email Kylee Singh at or visit

Student Academic Services to Move This Summer

Coming summer 2017, Student Academic Services will move to the Science Building (No. 52). Students and colleagues will be able to visit the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Cal Poly Scholars program, and the SAS main office in this new location. The department looks forward to the move, bringing it will be closer to the campus core and additional student resources. Student Academic Services staff will continue to be available at their same phone numbers and email addresses. Also, the previously announced Cal Poly Dream Center will open in the Science Building in spring 2017.

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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.


Family Day at the Performing Arts Center Set for April 1

A free community arts event, Family Day at the PAC, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Performing Arts Center's Harman Hall. The free performance, "Story Pirates," celebrates the words and ideas of young people. The Story Pirates believe that children have the best ideas. The group reworks kids' original ideas into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors. The Family Day performance will feature a story created by Los Osos Middle School students. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the public to interact with participating arts groups at interactive exhibits and pick up information about their upcoming seasons. Sweets will be provided by SLO Provisions. The event is sponsored by The Tribune, KSBY and the City of San Luis Obispo. It is presented by the Performing Arts Center and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center.

Cesar Chavez Celebration Planned for April 4

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity invites the campus community to watch the documentary, “Prejudice and Pride” from the series “Latino Americans,” from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 114. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on Chicanx activism. A light lunch will be served. Anyone with questions can email

Sarajevo Photographer's Series on Display Through March 24

“Sarajevo 1992-1995: Years of Peril,” a photographic series taken during the war by artist Milomir Kovačević, is on display at the University Art Gallery though Friday, March 24. Kovačević is a photographer from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a prolific career both in his homeland and in Paris, where he has been living and working since 1995. Between 1978 and 1995, he was a photographer for various journals in Sarajevo. He earned acclaim for his images of prisons, flea markets, rock concerts, soccer fans, political rallies, and most significantly, the war. In 2007, the president of France awarded him the National Order of Merit at the rank of Knight (Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite) for his achievements in photography. During the siege of Sarajevo (1992-96), Kovačević took more than 30,000 black-and-white photographs — images that captured the paradoxes of life inside the besieged city and depicted in a non-commercialized fashion the tragedy and humanity of his fellow citizens. The gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is in Room 171 in the Dexter Building (No. 34). Learn more here.

Open House Recital Set for April 8

The Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The instrumental chamber recital is one of many scheduled events for the 23rd annual Open House. There will be performances by a clarinet and strings quintet, clarinet trio, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, brass quintet and percussion ensemble. The student performers are from a variety of majors and most are involved in the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Symphony, University Jazz Band, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For information on parking, visit the Open House Guest Parking and Transportation website. For more recital information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Student Opera Theatre to Present Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ April 7-8

Cal Poly’s Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, in the Spanos Theatre. “The operetta is a sublime and hilarious marriage of clever verse and beautiful music,” said music faculty member Jacalyn Kreitzer, CPSOT’s founder and producer. “It’s a farce filled with puerile policemen, ludicrous lovers, pathetic pirates and an eccentric major general.” Kreitzer selected “Pirates of Penzance” for this year’s semi-staged production in honor of Thomas Davies, director of choral activities and vocal studies, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. As with other CPSOT productions, students in “The Pirates of Penzance” will sing lead, comprimario and ensemble roles; and the chorus, stage managers, assistant director, assistant producer, make-up, costume designers and stage craftsmen are also students from a wide variety of majors. Some roles are double cast to provide as many educational opportunities as possible. Marcy Irving, founder and director of Central Coast Gilbert and Sullivan, will direct the production in concert style. Davies will conduct, and Paul Woodring will play the orchestral parts on piano. Woodring is a Music Department staff accompanist and the university organist. 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.

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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

Thursday, March 23
Baseball vs. Nebraska, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 24
Baseball vs. Nebraska, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Invitational (hammer and discus), Cuesta College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 25
Baseball vs. Nebraska (DH), Baggett Stadium, 1 and 4 p.m.
Softball vs. CSU Bakersfield (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 and 3 p.m.
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Invitational, Cal Poly Track, 11 a.m.

Sunday, March 26
Women’s Tennis vs. Cal State Stanislaus, Mustang Courts, noon.

Tuesday, March 28
Women’s Tennis vs. Hawai’i, Mustang Courts, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1
Softball vs. UC Santa Barbara (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 2
Softball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Bob Janssen Field, 1 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.

#104387 — Interim Director of Industry Outreach (Administrator II), Information Technology Services — California Cyber Training Complex. One-year appointment with possibility of extension. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Open until filled.

#104399 — Project Manager (Administrator II), Facilities Planning and Capital Projects. Two-year appointment with possibility of extension. Salary commensurate with experience. Up to (2) two positions available. Open until filled.

#104404 — Director of University Accounting and Reporting (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — University Accounting and Reporting. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

#104405 — Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Capital Projects (Administrator III), Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104402 — Director of Development for Student Affairs (Administrator I), Student Affairs — Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

#104406 — Police Officer Cadet, University Police Department. Temporary, full-time. Not to exceed more than seven (7) months. $3,576 per month Open until filled.

#104403 — Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Office of the Dean. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 13.

#104389 — Customer and Business Services Receptionist (Administrative Support Assistant II), Facilities Services. $2,539-$4,120 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 24.

#104391 — Lead Custodian, Facility Services — Custodial Services. $2,713-$4,610 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 24.
#104392 — Custodian, Facility Services — Custodial Services. $2,319-$3,765 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 24.

#104393 — Temporary Full-Time Custodian, Facility Services — Custodial Services. $2,319-$3,765 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 24.

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.

There are no 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.

Maintenance Technician I (Three-year, temporary), $21.54 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position closes April 5.

Food Program Assistant, $13.88 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position closes March 31.

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