Poly Parent News: February 2020

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Director's Message

This time of year our students are focused on setting goals, attending career fairs, securing housing for next year, registering for classes, and exploring summer internships and study abroad opportunities. Many graduating students are eagerly looking toward spring commencement! Remember that this is a great quarter to send some love to your student through snail-mail. Care packages, cards, photos of pets, or even a little Valentine’s gift will brighten your student’s quarter.

What plans does your student have for spring break? What about summer break? Will they stay in San Luis Obispo to work? Will they come home for a visit or start an internship in the summer? Maybe your student would enjoy joining Cal Poly’s Alternative Breaks program to spend their summer break doing community service in an amazing location.

Remember that the staff and volunteers at Parent and Family Programs are available to support you. Please stay in touch by reaching out to us anytime!

Tessa Espinoza, M.Ed.
Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement

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Spread the Word Not Germs

With one of the worst cold and flu seasons upon us, it is important to share critical health information with your student so they can keep themselves healthy and access the resources they need when they do get sick.

Here are some tips from Campus Health and Wellbeing on keeping your student well:

  • Remind your student to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day after using the restroom, before eating, and when using computers and mobile devices. Washing hands is a top preventer for the flu.
  • Remind them of the common flu symptoms such as a fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), and please note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
  • Also, reassure your student that they only need to see a doctor if they are experiencing serve symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, and if flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
  • And lastly, please encourage your student to stay home and rest for at least 24 hours after their fever has gone. Drinking lots of water, washing their hands, wiping down and cleaning their rooms, and resting, are all ways to prevent your student from getting the flu.

Please also share these on-campus resources and information with your student:

  • Nursing Hours
    • Nursing services such as wart treatment, wound care, shots, and TB tests are offered on a walk-in basis only.  Walk-in hours for Nursing Services are:
      • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8-11 AM and 2:30-4 PM
      • Wednesday: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
  • After-Hours Nurse Advice
    • Call (805) 756-1211 to reach an after-hours nurse advice line. Your student may discuss any health-related concerns privately and confidentially.
  • Health Center Portal
    • Your student’s connection for scheduling appointments, filling out health forms and receiving messages from their on-campus health care provider.
  • Flu Vaccine
    • The 2018-19 flu vaccine will be available at the beginning of September at no charge to your student! Encourage them to visit the Health Center during our regular nursing hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 - 11:00 AM, 2:30 - 4:00 PM; Wednesday: 9:00 - 11:00 AM, 2:30 - 4:00 PM).
  • Medical Services
  • Medical Emergencies and Nearby Facilities

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Secure Continuing Student Housing this Month

It seems like it was just yesterday you were moving your Mustang in. Believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about next year’s housing.

University Housing provides two different options for continuing student housing. The first of these are the on-campus Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village apartments. These apartments come with full kitchens, Wi-Fi and regular cleaning service, providing your students with a convenient option designed to help them succeed. The second option is the Cal Poly Lofts. Located in downtown San Luis Obispo, this community places an emphasis on entrepreneurship, creativity and collaboration. The Cal Poly Lofts offers fully-renovated and furnished studio and one and two-bedroom apartments with entertainment, restaurants and the SLO Hot House, just across the street.

Apply, sign the housing contract and submit the non-refundable $500 initial payment to secure your spot in an apartment on campus. You can return to the application any time until Feb. 18 to edit your living options.

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Spring Quarter Registration is Approaching

The turnaround time between winter and spring quarter happens quickly so it is important that your student is looking ahead and making the necessary preparations.

Student registration for Spring Quarter 2020 starts on February 24 and ends on March 13. Open enrollment for all students begins March 14, 2020.

Your student can find their exact registration appointment (the day and time at which they can begin registering) in the Student Center of their PolyProfile. For a general listing of registration appointment categories, visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

If your student feels uncertain or unconfident with the registration process or determining their course and major requirements, encourage them to reach out to any of the many academic advising resources on campus. Some of these resources include:

  • Poly Planner
    • All students are required to plan their anticipated course schedules out a quarter ahead of time via their Poly Planner.
  • Mustang Success Center
    • The Mustang Success Center is a great resource for first-year students looking for some guidance as they navigate their schedules and the registration process. Drop-in hours are from 9am-6pm, Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm on Fridays in Building 52, Room D37.
  • College-Specific Advising

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Is Your Student Graduating this Spring? Sign Up for Commencement Emails

Parents, supporters, family, and friends can sign up for Spring Commencement 2020 information emails to stay in the loop about commencement ceremonies, regalia, parking, tickets, and more.

You can also follow Commencement on social media on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest news and announcements.

Visit for ongoing updates and new information throughout commencement season!

Contact the Commencement Office at (805) 756-1600 or with any additional questions or for more information.

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Cal Poly’s Day of Giving

February 13 is Poly Gives, Cal Poly's Day of Giving - the day when our amazing alumni, parents and friends give back to the Cal Poly they love, and our incredible students show their appreciation for the thousands of generous donors, faculty and staff who help make Learn by Doing possible.

Taking the form of hand-written thank you notes, thank you photos and videos, and personal messages sent from students to donors, faculty and staff, our students take great pride in acknowledging those who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact in their lives.

We know that Cal Poly parents and their student have chosen to join the Cal Poly community for the endless potential it offers. The diversity of ideas and wealth of Learn by Doing opportunities in every area of campus life bring out the best in our students. We have found that the partnership between private and public support is what allows us to do our very best work and provide services and opportunities to our community. As parents, you are an integral part of the Cal Poly community and we encourage you to become involved. Your support and efforts enhance the student experience.

Become a Poly Gives Ambassador! Sign up to increase your impact! From $5 to $5,000 – show your support of Cal Poly, Learn by Doing and student success by joining us on February 13th.

Learn more and watch the countdown timer!

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Plan a Summer Break with Purpose

Alternative Breaks offers a chance to raise students' self-awareness, supplement their educational experience with the university, and demonstrate Cal Poly's enthusiasm to make a positive impact outside of the campus community. Students are immersed in another culture, which provides the opportunity to examine social issues and reflect on their own positions of power and privilege. Volunteer excursions give Cal Poly students a chance to make a lasting contribution and work together to develop skills as global citizens.

All trips include pre-trip orientation workshop, evening group reflections, and free time in the evenings to explore the area. All trips are led by Cal Poly staff.

Below are the upcoming 2020 Spring & Summer Break trips:

Seattle Spring Break: March 22 – 28, 2020

  • Participate in meaningful community service projects
  • Serve around issues of homelessness, food insecurity, and addiction
  • Earn the emerging leadership certificate
  • Make lasting connections and friends
  • Application deadline: Mon, 2/3

Italy Summer Break: June 14 - 27, 2020

  • Participate in meaningful community service projects
  • Serve Vietnamese students at an orphanage and sports camp
  • Experience immersive cultural excursions
  • Grow in your intercultural competence
  • Make lasting connections and friends
  • Application deadline: Mon, 2/24
  • Info Sessions:
    • Mon, 2/3 10AM UU 216
    • Thurs, 2/6 10AM UU 216
    • Mon, 2/10 3PM UU 216
    • Thurs, 2/13 3PM UU 216
    • Tues, 2/18 2PM UU 216
    • Thurs, 2/20 10AM UU 216

Nepal Summer Break: June 14 - 27, 2020

  • Participate in meaningful community service projects
  • Serve Vietnamese students at an orphanage and sports camp
  • Experience immersive cultural excursions
  • Grow in your intercultural competence
  • Make lasting connections and friends
  • Application deadline: Mon, 2/24
  • Info Sessions:
    • Mon, 2/3 10AM UU 216
    • Thurs, 2/6 10AM UU 216
    • Mon, 2/10 3PM UU 216
    • Thurs, 2/13 3PM UU 216
    • Tues, 2/18 2PM UU 216
    • Thurs, 2/20 10AM UU 216

If you would like more information about applying to an Alternative Breaks experience, come to an information session or contact us at or (805) 756-5338.

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Mindful SLO: Connect Be Well

Meet Ana and Kerri

Ana and Kerri are an amazing resource in the SLO community for parents and students who want to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Ana & Kerri write weekly to connect by compassionately sharing from their professional and lived experience- Emotional Science, being shared from their hearts to yours. Conversations and research being shared in a way that feels like we're face-to-face. The letters are intended to create space for the reader not to feel alone while navigating parenting and adulting. LOVE LETTERS create a way to CONNECT & BE WELL. CONNECT BE WELL creates and supports programs and practices that promote social, emotional, and academic equity for all students.


MindfulSLO, Anna and Kerri’s local think-tank, was created in the process of researching, connecting, seeking resources, asking questions, and wanting to fill in the gaps. They had a need to better understand what was missing and how to seek solutions and create change. Their writing is a local offering of our research and our way of helping create dialogue between parents, students, and our community. It's a way to encourage all to connect and be well!

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Redefining Boldness: It's Time to Take Action and Change the Status Quo

The Center for Service in Action is excited to announce the 18th Annual Change the Status Quo: Social Justice Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

This conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. Through guest speakers, inspiring workshops, and engaging sessions, students will leave the conference with a new-found sense and understanding of social justice, and how they can take ownership of their role in moving the needle with regard to social change. This is the 18th annual student-led CSQ Conference hosted by the Center for Service in Action.

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is political and social activist, scholar, author, educator and National Women’s Hall of Fame honoree, Angela Davis. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program – and of Feminist Studies. 

Attendees are welcome from on Cal Poly campus and off; this conference is designed to bring people together to discuss and demand change. Students, staff, faculty, community members and other institutions are encouraged to attend!

This conference promises to be an exciting opportunity to discuss social justice issues with keynote speakers, workshops, breakfast and lunch, and the opportunity to see a student-led conference devoted to issues in social justice. 

Encourage your student to register today!

Please contact with any questions or inquires. 

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Resource Spotlight – Safer

Cal Poly has a variety of great resources for a diverse student body. Each month we will highlight one that may be beneficial or of interest to your student.

Safer is Cal Poly’s confidential advocacy, education and support resource for addressing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Safer is available for walk-in appointments or your student can schedule a confidential appointment ahead of time online. All crisis counseling is provided by state-certified advocates.

Your student can also explore Safer’s online resources on the following topics:

Safer serves a diverse body of student victims/survivors and aims to empower all students with resources and knowledge; below you will find various intersectional resources housed on Safer’s website:

For more information or resources, contact Safer at or 805-756-2282. Safer’s crisis counseling services can be found in the Health Center (Building 27) Room 184.

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Dancing Until Every Kid has the Opportunity to be Cal Poly Proud

Cal Poly Dance Marathon was established in 2016 under Children's Miracle Network. We fundraise year-round and host a dance marathon event every winter in San Luis Obispo. All proceeds go to Cottage Children's Medical Center (CCMC) located in Santa Barbara.

​Our Dance Marathon is a 12-hour event, packed with food, guest speakers, volunteer entertainers, and lots of music! This nationwide movement will be taking place on February 22nd 12 PM – 12 AM right on Cal Poly’s campus! Registered dancers and guests can leave at any time but every person has the opportunity to dedicate 12 hours to dancing For the Kids.

Become a Sponsor- all of our efforts could not have been done without the help of our sponsors. We are already working hard to raise money to make a difference for the kids at Cottage Children's Medical Center but we could do so much more with your gracious support.

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First Flights: SLO to San Diego

Four months after the announcement of the addition of a direct flight from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, passengers zipped up their luggage several days ago in preparation for a warm supper time setting. The flight, which takes 1 hour and 7 minutes, was set to depart Tuesday January 21, 2020 just after 2 p.m. The SoCal-bound vessel can carry up to 76 people and, as of Monday evening, there were limited seats available for Tuesday's inaugural flight." That's a large number of passengers that have the potential through the year, it can increase our seat numbers quite a bit," San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport Deputy Dir. Craig Piper said. "But it's all based on the use by the community as well as tourists who may be coming to the area."

The SLO to San Diego connection will be operating on a once-daily basis and marks the eighth direct flight to and from San Luis Obispo. "For San Diego, there's a lot of tourism, whether it's from here to there," Piper said. "Obviously, we want to bring people in, the community wants to bring people in and spend dollars here. There’re also parents, there kids go to Cal Poly. so that gives them the opportunity to be able to go back and forth much easier than driving." Learn more.

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Did You Know? Details on Proposition 13

At the end of the 2019 legislative session, the California Legislature passed and the Governor signed AB 48, a $15 billion facilities bond measure.  The measure will be on the March 3, 2020 ballot and is called Proposition 13 (Prop 13).  If passed, Prop 13 will provide resources for our State's public preschool, K-12, and college campuses to improve facilities ($9 billion for preschools and K-12 schools and $2 billion each for the CSU, UC, and community college systems).  Funds will be used to support and address flaws in older buildings and provide safe, reliable and modern classrooms.  Priority will be targeted at projects that focus on fire and safety issues, seismic deficiencies, and critical deferred maintenance for buildings. 

Additional Information on Prop. 13 can be found at

Thank you for your interest in Prop 13.  Please note that the information provided was meant to serve as an informational item only.  As a state entity, neither Cal Poly as an institution nor its state employees can utilize state resources to advocate for candidates or ballot initiatives.  Individuals that wish to advocate in favor or opposition to elections issues must do so on their own, as their opinion will not be reflective of any official position by the University.  Similarly, individuals must use non-Cal Poly resources, such as a personal email or other personal resources.  

More information can be found in the CSU Handbook of Election Issues:

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Recommended Parent Reading List

Ever wish there was a how-to guide on parenting college students? While there might not be a manual on raising young adults, there are several helpful resources, articles, and books to help you support your student. Each quarter Parent & Family Programs will recommend a recent and relevant book or article for parents and supporters of students of all identities and backgrounds.

Winter Quarter Reading Recommendation: “The Gift Of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed” by Jessica Lahey

In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults.

Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s wellbeing, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.

Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education, Lahey reminds us. Teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight—important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom.

Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.

Want to start a local Cal Poly parent reading circle? Browse Facebook for the many local Facebook groups created and maintained by current and past Cal Poly Proud parents. Happy reading!

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 Important Dates and Deadlines

February 1 | Third monthly installment of housing and dining payment plan due for new Winter/Spring 2020 residents.

February 6 | PASS available for Spring 2020 Quarter

February 15 | Academic holiday | Washington's birthday observed. Campus administrative offices closed.

February 18 | Continuing students must submit the 2020 Continuing Student Housing application and finalize roommate groups before midnight in order to be eligible for the first round of room selection for campus apartments.

February 20 | Student Center opens for registration appointments. Students can enroll up to 16 units and waitlist up​ to 16 units in the first round of registration.

February 20 | Continuing students select rooms and apartments for the 2020-21 academic year.

February 25 | 2020 Spring housing application opens.

February 27 | Last day to cancel spring quarter housing and dining without financial penalty.

March 1 | First monthly installment of housing and dining payment plan due for new Winter/Spring 2020 residents.

March 1 | Cal Poly Lofts assignments are viewable in the My Profile portion of your Housing Portal.

March 6 | End of first round of registration appointments​.

March 9 | Second round of registration appointment rotations. Enrollment increases to 22 units and waitlist remains at 16 units. Registration fees due 4pm. Excludes Financial Aid and other certain student groups. Contact the Student Accounts office for more information.

March 13 | End of second round of registration appointments.

March 14 | Open Enrollment Begins.

March 16-20 | Winter quarter finals.

March 18 | Housing room assignments for Spring Quarter 2020 are available in the Housing Portal. Housing fees post to Student Account.

March 21 | First payment is due for new Spring residents.

March 24 | 1st financial aid disbursement.

March 25 | Financial aid deferred fees past due.

March 22-March 28 | Spring Break

March 28 | End of Housing License period for Winter Quarter 2019 Residence Halls, Cerro Vista Apartments and Poly Canyon Village Apartments.

March 29 | Beginning of Spring Quarter 2019 license period for Residence Halls, Cerro Vista Apartments and Poly Canyon Village Apartments. New students begin moving in at 3 p.m. University Housing Offices are open 3-6 p.m.

March 30 | Spring quarter 2020 classes begin.

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Upcoming Events

February 1 | SLO Symphony | 7:30-10pm | Performing Arts Center

The San Luis Obispo Symphony takes you on a sublime journey to Heaven and Earth with selections that celebrate the beauty of divine myth, and of everyday life. Featuring guest soloist soprano Amy Goymerac.

Be sure to arrive early for Symphonic Forays, an intimate discussion with Music Director Andrew Sewell and special guests that precedes each concert. Learn more about the evening’s musical selection, composers, and soloists in an up-close-and-personal conversation. Symphonic Forays begins at 6:30 pm and is FREE to all ticket holders! Seating is general admission.

February 2 | Men’s Tennis v Fresno State | 12-3pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 4 | “Change the Subject” Documentary Film and Panel Q&A | 6-8pm | Spanos Theatre

“Change the Subject" shares the story of a group of college students, who from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples.  In partnership with staff at Dartmouth, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment through the use of the term “illegal aliens” as a subject heading in the library catalog. Their advocacy took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

February 5 | Men’s Basketball v Long Beach State | 7-9:30pm | Mott Gym

February 5 | National Geographic Live – Steve Winter | 7:30-9:30pm | Performing Arts Center

“I was so drawn to seeing change begin because of these stories I’ve worked on.”


Dedicated explorer and award-winning photographer Steve Winter will take you from Asian jungles, where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalayan home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar and into the Hollywood Hills in pursuit of the American cougar. Co-author of “Tigers Forever,” Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

Premium tickets include a VIP Reception with speaker on the night of the event

*Due to other events taking place on campus, we recommend arriving early.

February 6 | Women’s Basketball v Hawaii| 7-9:30pm | Mott Gym

February 7 | Men’s Tennis v Fresno State | 12-3pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 7 | JazzReach/The Metta Quintet| 7-9pm | Performing Arts Center

The Metta Quintet is the official resident ensemble of the NYC-based not-for-profit, JazzReach, Inc.  In keeping with JazzReach's commitment to cultivating new generations of jazz listeners and performers, the quintet will burn through some fiery selections of original material, jazz classics and standards and then invite a select group of local student musicians to "sit in and groove out" with the band.

February 7 | Cal Poly’s A Night of Chamber Music | 7:30-9pm | Performing Arts Center

Several of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. “A Night of Chamber Music” will feature performances by a cello ensemble, chamber wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartets, a large clarinet ensemble and a brass choir.

The free concert is presented by the Cal Poly Music Department. For more information, visit the department's calendar website, call 805-756-2406 or email the department.

February 8 | Women’s Tennis v San Jose State| 11am-2pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 8 | Women’s Basketball v Long Beach State | 2-4:30pm | Mott Gym

February 8 | Men’s Basketball v Hawaii | 7-9:30pm | Mott Gym

February 9 | Women’s Tennis v Sac State | 11am-2pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 9 | MET Live – The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess | 2-5pm | Performing Arts Center

Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston, who attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin’ Life, her drug dealer.

David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker, and Ryan Speedo Green.

New Production - Encore Screening

February 9 | Waipuna | 7-9pm | Performing Arts Center

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Waipuna's bold new sound is an exciting collaboration of three talented individuals from celebrated Hawaiian musical families.  The performers' eclectic musical backgrounds yet similar tastes in music have led to their unique sound that one critic dubbed as "authentic roots with a contemporary energy, sensibility and joy."  Winners of multiple Na Hoku Awards for Hawaiian music, Waipuna brings a fresh and contemporary energy to Hawaiian classics and the Island sound, preserving tradition while moving it into the 21st century. February 14 | Kinky Boots | 7:30-10pm | Performing Arts Center

February 11 | Cirque Eloize - Hotel | 7:30-10pm | Performing Arts Center

A leader in the contemporary circus world for 25 years, Cirque Éloize has seamlessly intertwined the circus arts with other art forms and technology to thrill audiences seeking sensually-rich entertainment. Its creations, including the popular Saloon presented at the

PAC in 2018, have been performed for more than 3.5 million people over 5,000 times in 550 cities all over the world. Hotel welcomes you into a timeless art deco world where strangers meet and lives intersect just long enough for tales and memories to be forged. This breathtaking and exhilarating evening of acrobatics and live music will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. (Fog and haze effects)

February 12 | Evolution Symposium | 7-9pm | Business

It's Darwin’s 211th Birthday!

Please join faculty of the Biological Sciences department for a series of short talks highlighting the wonderful discoveries we have made since Darwin and Wallace presented their ideas about natural selection and the evolution of life. The evening is hosted by the Cosmic Evolution Endowment and CESAME.

February 13 | Center for Health Research Health Disparities Series | 11am-12pm | Business

February 14 | Men’s Tennis v Pepperdine | 12-3pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 14| Wrestling v CSU Bakersfield | 7-9:30pm | Mott Gym

February 15 | Men’s Tennis v LMU | 12-3pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 15 | Women’s Basketball v CS Fullerton | 2-4:30pm | Mott Gym

February 15 | Wrestling v Arizona State | 7-9:30m | Performing Arts Center

February 16 | Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic | 8-10pm | Mott Gym

Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt. Experience this rare opportunity featuring the multi-platinum artist in an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. An up-close and personal event punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences. Performing some of his biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions;” the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience.

February 18 | Baseball v Pepperdine | 6-9pm | Baggett Stadium

February 20 | Baseball v BYU | 6-9pm | Baggett Stadium

February 20 | CLA Writers’ Series | 6-7:30pm | Engineering West

Alicia Ostriker/Academy of American Poets, sponsored by the Cal Poly English Department and the CLA Writers' Series.

February 20 | Men’s Basketball v UC Davis | 7-9pm | Mott Gym

February 20 | Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources & the Environment Minor Program | Keck Lab

The Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources and the Environment Minor program, supported by the Ethnic Studies Department, and the Natural Resources Management and the Environmental Sciences Department, are pleased to present guest speaker, Karuk Tribal member, Lisa Hillman. This event is free, and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

February 21 | Baseball v BYU | 6-9pm | Baggett Stadium

February 22 | Baseball v BYU (double-header) | 1-7:30pm | Baggett Stadium

February 22 | Men’s Basketball v UC Riverside | 7-9:30pm | Mott Gym

February 23 | Women’s Tennis v UC Davis | 10am-2pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 23 | Men’s Tennis v Pacific | 2-5pm | Mott Tennis Courts

February 23 | Cellist Barbara Spencer and Friends | 3-4pm | Davidson Music Center

A fun afternoon of chamber music in contrasting styles. The concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s beautiful Trio in B-flat Major “Gassenhauer,” Op. 11; Claude Bolling’s “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio”; and Ernest Bloch’s “From Jewish Life.” Spencer will be joined by Susan Azaret Davies, piano; Caroline Tobin, clarinet; Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, percussion. $5 at the door.

February 27 | Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital | 11am-12pm | Davidson Music Center

A free recital presented by Cal Poly Music Department student instrumentalists.

February 27 | Race & the Construction of Pain in the Prison Lab | 2-4pm | Science

Between 1952 and 1974, University of Pennsylvania doctor and Professor Albert Kligman performed skin experiments on the predominantly black captive population of Holmesburg Prison, Philadelphia. Comparing close-up images of skin with photographs taken under the microscope, or photomicrographs, the talk examines how scientific instruments of seeing into shallow spaces of the body established the visual language of race and pain in the prison laboratory. Operating at infinitesimal sites of the captive body, this visual relationship between race and medical science pointed to a pained expression of captive agency inextricable from scientific method, and magnified the intimate relationship between histories of racist experimental practice and the scientific rationality of racism itself.

Cristina Mejia Visperas is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She holds a PhD in Communication and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She examines the intersections of race, state violence, and the life sciences, and her work is deeply engaged in Visual Culture Studies, Science and Technology Studies, African American Studies, and Disability Studies. She is currently writing a book manuscript on the visual culture of postwar medical science research conducted in prisons.

February 27 | Men’s Basketball v UC Irvine | 7-9:30pm | Mott Gym

February 27 | Our Town | 8-10pm | Spanos Theatre

Hailed by many as "...the greatest American play ever written," Our Town provides a poetic look at life in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.  Through three acts of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity," this re-imagining of Thornton Wilder's classic story is a remarkably universal yet personal portrait of our collective humanity; an American tale about family, friendship, love, death, and a life worth living.

February 28 | Baseball v Michigan | 6-9pm | Baggett Stadium

February 28 | Our Town | 8-10pm | Spanos Theatre

Hailed by many as "...the greatest American play ever written," Our Town provides a poetic look at life in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.  Through three acts of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity," this re-imagining of Thornton Wilder's classic story is a remarkably universal yet personal portrait of our collective humanity; an American tale about family, friendship, love, death, and a life worth living.

February 29 | Central Coast Regional Middle School Science Bowl | 8am-5pm | Baker

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These team’s face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

February 29 | Women’s Basketball v CSUN | 2-4:30pm | Mott Gym

February 29 | Baseball v Michigan | 4-7pm | Baggett Stadium

February 29 | Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert | 7:30-9:30pm | Performing Arts Center

The jazz ensembles at Cal Poly are moving forward in 2019–20 under new leadership, as the Music Department welcomes Arthur White as its new director of jazz studies. White was previously the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri and Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He looks forward to creating a new legacy for jazz at Cal Poly, while honoring the foundation of excellence established by his predecessors.

February 29 | Our Town | 8-10pm | Spanos Theatre

Hailed by many as "...the greatest American play ever written," Our Town provides a poetic look at life in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.  Through three acts of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity," this re-imagining of Thornton Wilder's classic story is a remarkably universal yet personal portrait of our collective humanity; an American tale about family, friendship, love, death, and a life worth living.

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