Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report - September 22, 2010


Alison ConeMustang Athletics Director Alison Cone
Announces She Will Retire in December

Alison Cone, Cal Poly’s director of athletics since 2004, will retire in December after 16 years at Cal Poly. “This is the right time in our execution of our strategic plan for me to move on,” Cone said. “We have great coaches in place, and they have the right focus on developing our student-athletes for success on the field, in the classroom and in their professional lives." Interim President Robert Glidden said a national search will be conducted over the next few months and timed so the next Cal Poly president can select Cone’s successor.

photo of cowCal Poly to Host Dairy Producer Symposium Oct. 15-16

Cal Poly’s Dairy Science Department and the Cal Poly Dairy Farm Advisory Team will host the Third Annual Cal Poly Fall Dairy Producer Symposium and Symposium Sale on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Future of Milk Price.” The event kicks off Friday night with a barbeque at the Cal Poly Dairy from 5 to 7 p.m. The first annual symposium sale follows at 7 p.m. in the Dairy Pavilion on campus. Sale attendees can bid on 60 live lots that include 40 lots of Jersey and Holstein cows and 20 lots of embryos. Admission to the sale is free and tickets for the Friday night BBQ prior to the sale event are $10.
Read more on the symposium and sale

Pablo Ramos and daughterArchitectural Engineering Student is Cal Poly's
2010 Hearst Scholar

Cal Poly architectural engineering student Pablo Ramos, a young father who grew up in Santa Maria, has been named a 2010 Hearst Scholar. Ramos grew up in a single-parent home in a tough part of town. An internship at his community college helped him discover a passion that would propel him to higher education - and Cal Poly.

Faculty and Staff

Zeuschner is Interim Director for IEP

On Aug. 30, Raymond Zeuschner, professor emeritus of Communication Studies, was named interim director of International Education and Programs (IEP). John Battenburg is on leave. For questions, e-mail IEP at

The Cal Poly Valladolid Fall Program invites faculty to apply for the resident director and/or for faculty positions to teach in the fall 2011 program. Interested faculty can contact William Martinez for a copy of the application and information materials. He can be reached at 756-1212 or Deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 5, 2010. For information on the program, check

Changes in the Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar, having increased enrollment management, technology, curriculum and academic policies initiatives, has modified its staffing structure to better serve students and the campus community. 

Academic progress counselors (APC), formerly known as evaluators, will report directly to the registrar. Helen Bailey will serve as assistant registrar and will take charge of day-to-day operations and serve as the general contact for all campus inquiries concerning evaluations. APC staff roles have not changed, and faculty and staff may continue to work with their individual APC contact without change or interruption.

Maureen Muller will concentrate her efforts on the upcoming PeopleSoft 9.0 implementation, the new EDI/OCR implementation for incoming transcripts, ERS reporting, and day-to-day supervision of degree audit and transfer articulation staff.
For more information about the Office of the Registrar and staffing changes, contact Cem Sunata at ext. 6-6012.

Faculty and Staff Asked to Protect Student Information

•        Insure privacy when asking for a student’s Empl ID number and discussing confidential information.
•        Do not leave "graded" papers unattended or display student scores or grades publicly when in conjunction with the student name, Empl ID, Social Security number or any other personal identifier. Papers, scores and grades may be posted using a code known only to you and the student. That code may NOT include a sequential part of the Empl ID or SSN.
•        Only when necessary, ask for only the last four digits of the Empl ID on exams and other documents to identify different students with the same name.
•        Keep only those student records necessary for the fulfillment of your teaching or advising responsibilities.
•        Keep any personal records relating to individual students separate from their educational records. (Remember: Private notes concerning a student that are intended for your own use are not part of the student's educational record.)
•        Properly dispose of (shred) all papers and documents pertaining to students.
•        Refer requests for student educational record information to the Office of the Registrar at ext. 6-2531.
•        Be mindful of email content and be sure that you are sending confidential information to the proper recipient.
•        Do not share student educational record information with other faculty or staff members of the university unless their official responsibilities provide for a legitimate educational interest.
•        Do not share information from a student’s educational record, including grades and advising information, with parents or others outside the university, including within letters of recommendation, without written consent from the student.

For questions, visit, or contact Patty Warnick-Wait at ext. 6-2723 or

Campus Announcements

get your green on logoGet Your Green On!

A groundswell of spirit is taking place at Cal Poly. The university is encouraging students, faculty and staff to Get Your Green On! every Thursday. The spirit campaign kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. in UU Plaza. The goal is to celebrate Cal Poly's rich traditions, support all our student-athletes and show our pride for Cal Poly. We want to SEE a SEA of Green every Thursday and at every athletics event!

Prizes for the best display of Green and Gold at the Sept. 23 spirit rally include:
- Four $25 campus dining gift cards
- Two tickets to see Bill Cosby on Sunday, Sept. 26, courtesy of Cal Poly Arts
- Free book rental for the quarter courtesy of El Corral Bookstore
- Cal Poly GREEN gear courtesy of El Corral Bookstore
- Cal Poly jerseys courtesy of Mustang Athletics
- One iPad courtesy of Mustang Maniacs

Visit the Cal Poly Spirit Page and stay tuned for more spirit events.

photo of a gavelFree Legal Advice Available

ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding to provide free legal advice to all currently enrolled Cal Poly students, faculty and campus staff. Radding provides free consultations the first and third Friday of every month in the ASI Business Office conference room in the University Union. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281.

photo of calpersCal Poly Open Enrollment Period Brings Changes to Your Benefit Plans

Important benefit changes are coming that may have a fiscal impact on how much you pay for your benefit plans. The annual benefits Open Enrollment period is the time to learn about plan changes and make decisions about your coverage options. This year’s Open Enrollment period for Cal Poly state employees begins Sept. 13 and ends Oct. 8.

Highlights include: Health, dental and vision coverage for children of benefits-eligible employees is being extended to age 26.  (Previously terminated dependents must be added during Open Enrollment); Both San Luis Obispo County medical groups will be available for members of the more economical Blue Shield NetValue HMO plan.

Read the Benefits Newsletter for premium rates, health plan comparison chart and benefit plan changes coming in 2011. Visit the HR Benefits web site to review benefit plan details and download an Enrollment Worksheet. All Enrollment Worksheets requesting an Open Enrollment change must be received in Human Resources as soon as possible, but no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 in order to be processed. Questions can be directed to Human Resources at ext. 6-5436.

Employment Equity Facilitator Training

An Employment Equity Facilitator (EEF) training will be offered for faculty and staff participating on faculty or staff recruitments on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 15, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Fisher Science, Room 290. Martha Cody, director of Employment Equity, will lead the training. Carolyn Johnson of Academic Personnel and Carrie Wilemon from Human Resources will join Cody for a Q&A on faculty and staff searches. For more information, contact Sumi Seacat at or ext. 6-7387.

Employee Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Immunization Information

University Housing and the San Luis Obispo Public Health Department will offer 500 free TDaP immunizations to students and staff Thursday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Poly Canyon Village Plaza.

San Luis Obispo Public Health Department continues to report a significant outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in the San Luis Obispo area. Vaccination is the best prevention and requires a TDaP booster - pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria. Immunization protects against illness and quarantine. For more information about pertussis and local updates, visit or call the Public Health Information Line at 805-788-2903.

logo for bella montanaBella Montana Homes Available for Resale and Rent

Two- and three-bedroom Bella Montana homes are now available for faculty and staff (see resale list). There are also homes available for rent (see rental list). For more information, visit the Bella Montana website.

New Salad, Soup and Hot Foods Bar at The Avenue

There’s a new 17-foot salad, soup and hot foods bar at The Avenue with more than 33 different toppings to choose from. Through Oct. 1, everything at the bar is 50 percent, so come in and try it for yourself! (Discount excludes Grab & Go items.)

Share the Ride!

The university vanpool has openings for the Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and North Coast vans. For more information, contact Susan Rains at ext. 6-6680 or

photo of rideshare logoCelebrate Ride Share Month on Oct. 6

October is Rideshare Month! Please come by the Commuter Services booth at the Via Carta Mall on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to enter the "Commute for Cash" Challenge and have a chance to win prizes. We will have information on Vanpooling, Zipcar, Transit and Carpooling. Come join the fun!!

Early Notice of Deadline for Extramural Funding Initiative (EFI) Proposals

The Extramural Funding Initiative provides support to assist faculty in submitting competitive proposals for extramural funding. The deadline to submit proposals for awards of mini-grants, assigned time and additional compensation for 2011 is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. For full application and submission instructions, please visit the Research and Graduate Programs website or call the RGP office at ext. 6-1508.


Dan HicksPop Arrives in Spanos Theatre with Dan Hicks Sept. 24

Hear pop classic Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks Friday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Spanos Theatre. Long considered one of pop music’s truly original figures and America’s finest songwriters, Hicks serves up sharp, dry-witted lyrics and clever musical fashion, attitude and swagger with an outlaw eccentricity and insightful charm for a totally unique sound.
Details on Hicks at

BRAVOSLO! Free Performing Arts Showcase

Back by popular demand BRAVOSLO! will offer a preview of its upcoming season. The free arts showcase is set for Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features more than 20 organizations that perform at the Cohan Center and Spanos Theatre throughout the year. Mini performances are all day in Harman Hall and the Pavilion; talk to participating performance groups at their lobby exhibits and pick up information about their upcoming seasons.

Music Faculty in Recital Sept. 25

Cal Poly music faculty Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano; Brynn Albanese, violin; and Suzan Azaret Davies, piano, will perform in recital Saturday, Sept. 25. This night of blockbusters features works by J.S. Bach, Gustav Mahler, Giuseppe Verdi, Charles Gounod, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner and Sergei Prokofei. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $6 for seniors and students.
Get details on the Music Department web site

All Aboard! Visit Swanton Pacific for Cal Poly Day Sept. 26

Cal Poly Day at Swanton Pacific Ranch is set for Sunday, Sept. 26. The event promises train rides, tours of the ranch facilities and a Santa Maria-style BBQ. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 8 and under. Cost includes the barbeque and limitless train rides. For more information contact Ed Carnegie at 995-3659.

Bill CosbyComedy Great Bill Cosby at the Cohan Center Sept. 26

See one of America’s most popular comedians, Bill Cosby, live at the Cohan Center on Sunday, Sept. 26. Cal Poly Arts presents Cosby in two performances: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cosby has dazzled generations of fans with his comedy routines, also captured on his iconic albums and best-selling books such as “Fatherhood” and the groundbreaking The Cosby Show. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. A Cohan Center favorite, The Cos returns for two “face-hurtingly” funny shows.
Details on Cosby at

Benise Performs in 'Spanish Guitar' Sept. 29

Concert, performance and history blend in “The Spanish Guitar,” set for Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cohan Center. Recently filmed for PBS, The Spanish Guitar is a “Latin Riverdance” -- an epic tale that integrates live performance with brilliant choreography, orchestral pieces, and footage of the artist’s voyage across the globe.  An evening of passion, music and dance starring international guitar sensation Benise, this stunning concert features the enchanted Spanish guitar as the keeper of stories of glory and tragedy through times and worlds gone by.
Details on Benise at

Job Vacancies

State Employment Opportunities

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

#102164 – Executive Director for Human Resources, Administrator III, Administration and Finance, Human Resources, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Oct. 1, 2010.  

#102165 – Credential Analyst I/II, College of Science & Math, School of Education, Credential Analyst I: $3,192 - $4,530 per month. Credential Analyst II: $3,496 - $4,965 per month. Open until filled. Review begins: Sept. 24, 2010.

#102166 – Assistant Director of Advancement, Communications and College Relations, Administrator I,
Orfalea College of Business, Advancement, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Oct. 4, 2010.  

#102170 – Coordinator of Greek Affairs, Student Services Professional II, Student Affairs, Student Life & Leadership: $3,519 - $5,002 per month. Open until filled. Review begins: Oct. 11, 2010.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment website at to complete an application and apply for any of the positions shown below. Submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application, unless otherwise specified in the ad.

There are no new openings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate corporation operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. For an application, visit Human Resources in the Corporation Administration Building, check the web site at or call ext. 6-1121.

There are no new openings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit to complete an application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, contact the ASI Business Office in UU, Room 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new openings at this time.