Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report - April 6, 2011


Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Explores Clean Technology at April 14 Forum

Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship invites students, faculty, alumni and the community to join some of the most innovative minds in the industry at the upcoming Entrepreneurship Forum “Clean Tech: Innovation in the Built Environment” at 5 p.m. April 14 at the Cal Poly Tech Park.
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photo of cheeseCal Poly Helps Organize Inaugural Global Cheese Technology Forum Slated for October in Reno

Cheese and whey production in the Western U.S. and its place in the global economy will be the theme for this year’s Global Cheese Technology Forum being held Oct. 11-12 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nev. The conference is being organized collaboratively by the Dairy Products Technology Center at Cal Poly and the Western Dairy Center at Utah State University.
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Orfalea College of Business Again Named to Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s List of Top B-Schools

For the third consecutive year, Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has been named to Bloomberg Business Week magazine’s list of the nation’s top undergraduate business colleges. This year, Cal Poly was ranked No. 73 and was one of only three public universities in California to be included on the list.
Details on Cal Poly's Bloomberg ranking

Faculty and Staff

Library and ITS to Merge into Information Services

Tim Kearns, who has served nearly six years as vice provost for Information Technology Services and chief information officer, will return to the Computer Science faculty this summer. Kearns says he's looking forward to teaching and pursuing research in computational neuroscience.

Mike Miller, dean of the Kennedy Library, has agreed to take on the additional duties of overseeing ITS and merging the two into one division, Information Services. Besides his library experience, Miller has degrees in Information Science and Interactive Telecommunications and has worked extensively with IT and academic technology people at Stanford University and the University of Michigan. Miller will become the new CIO effective mid-July.
Read Provost Koob’s memo

Wayne Montgomery Retirement Celebration April 13

After 29 years of dedicated service to students, faculty and staff, Engineering Librarian Wayne Montgomery will retire April 22. The Robert E. Kennedy Library invites the campus community to celebrate Montgomery's retirement and honor his many contributions to the campus through his service as a librarian and a member of the Cal Poly faculty. Join us Wednesday, April 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Kennedy Library, Room 511. For more information, contact Gayle Chipman at ext. 6-1491 or

Campus Announcements

Digital Commons Surpasses 10,000 Item Mark

Congratulations to Joseph Lynch (Philosophy Department) and the editors of "Between the Spices," whose journal helped DigitalCommons surpass the 10,000 item mark. The DigitalCommons@CalPoly is the university’s digital archive, providing open access to faculty and student research, scholarship and creative works, as well as relevant documents created by administrative offices, departments and programs at Cal Poly. View online at:
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photo of tomatoTomato Mania is Here

Tomato Mania runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Bring cash or checks to get through the line quickly. The Tomato Mania 2011 Catalog is on the Poly Plant Shop web site now. Visit the web site or the plant shop for all your favorite tomato varieties.

Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Associationto Meet Friday

The next general meeting of the Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) for current and interested members is set fo noonr Friday, April 8, in the English Building, Room 210.

Agenda items include an update on fundraising and other activities, including planning for the Spring Speaker Series. The CLFSA is also conducting a survey to get feedback from current and potential members about our meeting times, activities and other comments/suggestions. Take the survey.

For future notifications about meetings and events or for more information, contact CLFSA Secretary Debra Valencia-Laver at

Open Forum Announcing New Enrollment Management Dashboards is Friday

Join the Office of the Registrar and the PolyData Warehouse Support Team from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, in Philips Hall as we introduce the new look of the SA Enrollment Management Dashboards and several new pages that will be available under the following tabs: Enrollment Planning, Student Lists, Grade Analysis, Academic Status, and Graduation Information. There will be a demonstration of these new pages, and users will find out how they can request access. For more information, contact Patty Warnick-Wait at ext. 6-2723 or

Deadline for Women's & Gender Studies Scholarship Nominations is April 11

The Women's & Gender Studies Department is now accepting nominations for the following scholarships: the Susan Currier Memorial Scholarship; the James M. Duenow Scholarship; the Vicki and Darell Farrer Scholarship; the Steve Harmon Scholarship; the L. Diane Ryan Scholarship; the Nell E. Spradlin Scholarship for the Recognition of Individuality; and the Shirley H. Walker Scholarship. Visit the Women’s & Gender Studies web site for scholarship criteria and nomination instructions, or contact Andrea Nash at Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 11.

Employment Equity Facilitator Training Workshops Available

The Office of Employment Equity will offer EEF Training from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Fisher Science, Room 290. Martha Cody, director of Employment Equity, will lead the training. Carolyn Johnson from Academic Personnel and Rhiannon Ricketts from Human Resources will be available to answer questions about faculty and staff recruitment. To enroll in the training, contact Sumi Seacat at ext. 6-7387 or

photo of caduceusWellness Presentation

A Blue Shield Representative will be on campus April 12, providing techniques to cope with stress and sleep deprivation. This presentation is the first of a series of Wellness presentations which Blue Shield will provide for ALL employees, regardless of whether they are enrolled in Blue Shield or not. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn tips on how to minimize stress and live a healthier life.

The presentations will be held in the Corporation Administration Building, Room 135. Presentations will be offered at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and will last no longer than one hour. Space is limited, so call Human Resources at ext. 6-6871 to reserve a seat.

Outstanding Student Employee Reception is April 14

A reception for the 29 nominees for Cal Poly's Outstanding Student Employee of the Year is set for 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 14, in the Albert B. Smith Alumni & Conference Center. President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each student nominee. Cal Poly's 2010-11 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year will be announced during the reception.

Cal Poly student employees, supervisors and supporters of student employees are welcome to attend. Attendees will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees give to the university. Congratulations to this year's outstanding student employees.

President's Diversity Award Nominations Due April 22

The President’s Diversity Award is designed to celebrate campus units that have exhibited commitment to the value of cultural diversity. Provided that deserving entities are nominated in each category, the award is shared between a recognized student organization and another unit of the university or auxiliary (such as a department or program). Each winning unit receives a $1,000 augmentation to its budget for one year. Visit the Inclusive Excellence web site and get the nomination form.

Any faculty, staff or student may nominate an eligible campus unit for this award. Nomination information and the electronic nomination form can be found on the Inclusive Excellence site. Deadline for all submissions is April 22.

sage restaurant logoSage Catering brings new, experienced staff and an enhanced menu to campus

Sage Catering warmly welcomes its new catering manager, Jennifer Graham, to the campus community. Graham brings more than 20 years of event planning and restaurant management experience to the organization. Sage is also proud to welcome its new and accomplished catering chef, Chris Dunham, and new sales associate Sarah Chatfield to the team. Sage proudly announces its newly enhanced catering menu. There are dozens of new recipes, á la carte items, bulk products and updated policies to meet your catering needs on any budget. Visit the Sage Catering website to view the new menu, staff bios and more.

What’s New in Dining This Spring?

Check out the new food items, nutrition keys with in depth online info, and great deals at various restaurants on campus. Visit the Campus Dining web site for more information.

Bella Montana, a Faculty and Staff Housing Community

Visit the Bella Montana Homes web site for available homes for sale.


Poet Rudy Francisco to Perform April 6 at Cal Poly

Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry welcomes poet Rudy Francisco from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Chumash Auditorium. He combines activism and poetry to enlighten the minds of those who witness his performance. Francisco makes a conscious effort to cultivate young poets and expose youth to the genre of spoken-word poetry through workshops and performances at schools and community centers.
Details on Francisco

WWII Discussion and Photo Presentation is Thursday

Photographer Thomas Sanders will discuss “The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of WWII,” Thursday, April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Math and Science Building, Room 227. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Art Department.

Cal Poly to Host 600 Teens for Math, Science and Engineering Competition on April 9

Cal Poly will host more than 600 middle and high school students from Central California as they test their math, science and engineering skills in hands-on competitions during MESA Day on April 9.
Details on the competition

FPAC 25th Anniversary Grand Gala Dinner April 9

Join us April 9 for the event of the year as we celebrate the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center's 25th Anniversary. Enjoy delectable hors d'oeuvres and fine wine in the Rossi Grand Lobby. Reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Black Tie. Tickets are $750 or $6,000 for a table for eight. Because this event is on stage, space is very limited.
More on the anniversary dinner

Cal Poly Wine Festival set for April 9

The annual Cal Poly Wine Festival, a benefit for the university's Wine and Viticulture Program, is set for Saturday, April 9, from 1-4 p.m. at the Santa Margarita Vineyards. This student-run event draws more than 1,000 wine enthusiasts, Cal Poly students and alumni. It features more than 100 participating wineries from throughout California, appetizers from Central Coast restaurants and live music. The 2011 festival will again include a barbeque with winemakers from participating wineries on Friday, April 8, at the Leaning Pine Arboretum on campus.
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Le Comte OrySee The MET Live in HD: Rossini’s Le Comte Ory on April 10

Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. See the encore performance April 10 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
More information on Rossini's Le Comte Ory

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.

#102330 – Office/Programs Assistant, Administrative Support Assistant II, Academic Programs, International Education & Programs, $2,505 - $3,758 per month. Closes: April 15, 2011.  

Executive Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site at to view detailed information about the following vacancies and to complete the management application to apply for the positions shown below. Please submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-6570.

#102322 – President's Chief of Staff, Administrator III, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: May 2, 2011.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site 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.

#102316 - Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Modern Languages and Literatures Department, College of Liberal Arts ext. 6-2269. Closes: May 9, 2011.

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. To view job postings and/or apply for any regular-benefited position at Cal Poly Corporation, visit our web site. For assistance contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Managing Director – Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, $54,912 - $79,560 per year. Requires MS degree in Business or equivalent and five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the coordination and supervision of entrepreneurship and innovation programs, including Small Business Development Centers, technology business incubators, technology consulting firms, and Centers for Entrepreneurship.

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 job opportunities at this time.