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Cal Poly Report - May 2, 2012


Daniel Galvan is Cal Poly's Student Employee of the Year

Daniel Galvan, a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Spanish, was recently selected as Cal Poly’s 2011-12 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. Galvan, originally from Riverside, Calif., was unanimously selected from 36 student nominees. He was the year's most highly recommended candidate, and those who recommended him for the award said he is a well-respected leader who inspires those around him and provides outstanding services to his department. Galvan’s nomination also won recognition in the regional and state competitions sponsored by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators (WASEA). This is the second consecutive year Cal Poly’s outstanding student employee also won both state and regional awards. Galvan and Cal Poly's other 35 outstanding student employee nominees were recognized at a reception April 12 (during National Student Employment Week) at the Albert B. Smith Alumni and Conference Center on campus. During the reception, Galvan was congratulated by Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and by Jackie Biron, a representative from WASEA. He received a framed certificate of appreciation and a plaque from WASEA recognizing him as the 2011-12 Northern California Student Employee of the Year and WASEA’s regional 2011-12 Student Employee of the Year.

CMS/PeopleSoft HCM Outage Set for May 17-23

Beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 17, PeopleSoft HCM (Student & HR Administration) will undergo a major systems upgrade. This will affect various campus administrative services such as Employee and Student Self Service, Enrollment Registration, Admissions, Degree Progress Reports, Financial Aid, Student Finance, Student Payroll System, Human Resources, and Temporary Faculty Processing. During the upgrade, the PeopleSoft HCM system will be unavailable. It is expected to be back up no later than 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. The upgrade is required to maintain vendor support of applications and improve reliability of the system. During this outage, the Common Financials System (CFS) will remain available. PolyData (Data Warehouse) will remain available throughout the outage with PeopleSoft HCM data as of 7 p.m. May 16. For information during the outage, visit or contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or

Cal Poly Grad Named National Teacher of the Year

A Cal Poly speech communication graduate who teaches seventh-grade English in Burbank, Calif., was named the 62nd National Teacher of the Year. Rebecca Mieliwocki was recognized recently by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House.
More on Mieliwocki

Reception Set for May 18 for Architecture Dean R. Thomas Jones

President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design invite the campus community to a reception honoring Dean R. Thomas Jones’ service to Cal Poly. After serving as the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s dean for nine years, Tom is stepping down to join the Architecture faculty in expanding the College's Learn by Doing programs. The reception is set for 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Engineering West, Room 105A. For more information, contact Donna Parker at ext. 6-1414. To RSVP, email by May.

Catastrophic Leave

Tess Serna Ramirez

Tess Serna Ramirez, administrative support coordinator in the Journalism Department, has qualified for personal Catastrophic Leave. She will not be able to work through the end of the May. Those who would like to donate vacation and/or sick leave to help her remain on pay status should contact Carson Crain, in the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office at ext. 6-5755 or


Art Chapman

Professor Emeritus Art Chapman died April 9. He taught at Cal Poly for 37 years in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Department of Architecture. Chapman taught introductory and advanced classes in computer-aided design, building science and design studio, and heplayed a pivotal faculty role in the architecture graduate program. He received his undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Mathematics from Cal Poly in 1970 and earned his master's degree in Computer Science from Penn State in 1972. After graduate school, he worked for architectural firms in New York and Los Angeles before his return to San Luis Obispo to begin his teaching career at Cal Poly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chapman’s honor to the Cal Poly Newman Center,, or to a charity of your choice.

Student Success

Cal Poly Team Places Second in Regional Human Resource Games

A team of three Cal Poly undergraduates took second place at the recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Pac West Regional Case Competition at Pepperdine University in Malibu.Better known as the “HR Games,” the competition tasks students with presenting their analysis and action plans for a company experiencing a downsizing and presenting those ideas to a panel of senior-level human resource executives. Cal Poly’s team was comprised of Orfalea College of Business seniors Michael Grimaud and Nicole Shane and Graphic Communication senior Veronica Kopp. Grumaud and Shane are officers in the university’s Human Research Management Association (HRMA), a student organization that encourages participation in the annual HR Games. Shane also served as team captain. Students receive some financial assistance from Cal Poly’s Instructionally Related Activities program. Grimaud is from Moorpark, Kopp is from San Ramon and Shane is from Irvine. Ten teams from across the Pacific West region competed in the 2012 tournament. Cal Poly and the University of Nevada, Reno ultimately competed head-to-head in the finals. In addition to a plaque, the Cal Poly trio received $2,000 to help them achieve their educational goals.

Campus Announcements

ASI Rec Sports to Offer Youth Swim Lessons

ASI Recreational Sports will offer summer youth swim and water polo lessons at the Recreation Center. Swim lessons consist of two-week sessions with nine 40-minute classes in each. There are six levels to choose from for children 12 months to 14 years old. You and your child may attend a free swim assessment session at the Recreation Center to determine which class level is appropriate. Water polo lessons will be two-week sessions of eight 60-minute classes and are offered for boys and girls ages 10-13. Swim lessons begin June 18, and water polo begins July 9. The entire community is eligible to enroll their children; a Recreation Center membership is not required, though space is limited. Registration begins May 14 at the Recreation Center front desk; online, phone, or mail-in registration is not available. Each session is $55. Learn more about ASI’s Summer Youth Programming on the ASI website. For questions, contact the Recreation Center at ext. 6-1366 or

Office of Ombuds Services Provides Student Assistance

The Office of Student Ombuds Services provides students with an informal, independent, impartial and confidential resource to assist in the resolution of university-related complaints or concerns. The Student Ombuds is committed to hearing about students’ experiences, assisting them in understanding applicable university policies and procedures, and - as appropriate - helping them to resolve informally any university-related concerns. The staff adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of
Practice of the International Ombuds Association. Student Ombuds Patricia Ponce normally will be available to see students in the Student Ombuds Services office (Kennedy Library, Room 113) daily between 10 a.m. and noon or by appointment. Contact Ponce at or ext. 6-1380. See for more information.

Poly Trekker Registration is Under Way

Registration for Poly Trekkers Summer Program 2012 is now under way at the Orfalea Family & ASI Children’s Center. This exciting program is for school-aged children who have completed kindergarten through the fourth grade (approximately 6 to 10 years old).  The program will run June 18 to Aug. 17 (closed July 4). The program is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extended care will be offered August 20-22.  There are many different scheduling options for this summer, including the full nine-week program or individual one-week sessions to fit in with a busy summer schedule. Also offered are Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday only options for the full nine-week program.  Poly Trekkers includes a highly qualified staff with a superior ratio of one adult to every 10 children.  A nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the program fees. The children participate in art, crafts, recreational games, field trips (on and off campus) and fun. For more information or to register, contact the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center at ext. 6-1267.

Office of the Registrar to Change Web Domain Names

The Office of the Registrar – currently found online at – will change to the new domain name effective May 2. The change will affect all pages under the domain names of,, and Those domains will become pages under the umbrella. Campus departments with affected links are receiving further details via email. Contact the Office of the Registrar at for assistance.

Nominations Sought for Courtney Elizabeth Smyth Memorial Scholarship

Nominations for the Courtney Elizabeth Smyth Memorial Scholarship are being sought from faculty and staff for students who have overcome personal tragedy or hardship that suggests an inner strength and a commitment to maintain academic progress. Letters of nomination are due May 18 and should include the nominee’s name; a description of the nominee’s personal strengths and potential for success; and insight into the character of the nominee and his/her ability to excel under personal adversity. Student must be planning on enrolling full time in the 2012-13 academic year. Direct letters of nomination to: Courtney Elizabeth Smyth Memorial Scholarship, c/o Student Life & Leadership, University Union, Room 217. For more information, call Stephan Lamb at ext. 6-6509.

Get Better, Not Bitter: Strategies for Embracing Challenges on May 2

Paul Wesselmann is returning to Cal Poly to share a handful of simple-yet-powerful techniques for helping people bring their best, fullest selves to work, school and life. The event is sponsored by Human Resources Work Life Programs & Services. It will run from noon to 1 p.m. May 2 in Phillips Hall in the Performing Arts Center. Participants will leave this session armed with specific techniques for facing and embracing inevitable challenges. Wesselman is known as The Ripples Guy to his 5,000 Facebook Friends and the 30,000 subscribers who receive his brief inspirational messages and texts via text and email. He has spoken on campus several times over the past eight years. Search for "The Ripples Guy" on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, or Google to learn more about Wesselman and his work. Wesselmann has a special treat for people who confirm their attendance via Facebook or email. Either click ATTENDING on this link: or send a blank email to

University Housing Faculty and Staff Recognition Brunch May 3

The University Housing Department will host its annual appreciation brunch at 11 a.m. May 3 in the Performing Arts Center to honor faculty and staff for their commitment to working with students in University Housing learning communities. Enjoy student performances and projects, to be followed by the presentation of this year's Faculty/Staff Scholar of the Year awards. Please RSVP to Debbie Peck at If you are interested in finding out about the various opportunities for faculty and staff to participate with students in our learning communities, have a specific interest you would like to share, or have a question, contact Tina Muller at

Contracts, Procurement and Risk Management Plans May 7 Open Forum

The next Contracts, Procurement, & Risk Management open forum has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, May 7 in UU220. Several important topics will be discussed, including Fiscal Year-End Financial Deadlines; Print Partners and the New Cal Poly Logo; Copier Refresh Program Update; and International Travel Insurance Processes. Participation by all departments is encouraged.

University Police Department Plans Spring Bike Auction May 8-9

The University Police Department will hold its Spring Bike Auction May 8-9. Bikes will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in front of the campus police station. Up for bid will be abandoned bicycles that have gone unclaimed for six months or more. Minimum opening bid is $5. Winners will be notified and can pick up their bikes May 10 or 11. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the campus bike safety program. For more information, contact Kathy Cook with the University Police Department at ext. 6-6675 or

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop Planned for May 10

And Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop will be offered for faculty and staff from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10 in Fisher Science, Room 290. Martha Cody, director of Employment Equity, will lead the workshop. She will be joined by Carolyn Johnson from Academic Personnel and Carrie Wilemon from Human Resources for a Q&A on faculty and staff recruitment. To enroll, contact Sumi Seacat at

Office of the Registrar to Hold Open Forums on Degree Progress Report on  May 11, 16, and 24

The Office of the Registrar will hold a series of open forums to familiarize the campus community with significant changes in the Degree Progress Report that coincide with the PeopleSoft upgrade. Staff and faculty members who use this advising tool are encouraged to attend to learn about these changes. The same content will be covered at each forum, to be held on: May 11, 10 to 11 a.m. in UU 220; May 16, 1-2 p.m. in Dexter Building, Room 227; and May 24, 11 a.m. to noon in the Math and Science Building, Room 204.  Note: Attendance at one of the first two forums is preferable, as they occur prior to the upgrade. For more information, contact Helen Bailey at ext. 6-6313 or

Human Resources to Host Wellness Presentation on May 16

A Blue Shield representative will be on campus May 16 providing techniques to cope with stress and sleep deprivation. This presentation is the first of a series of Wellness Presentations that Blue Shield will provide for all employees (whether or not they are enrolled in Blue Shield). 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 Chumash Auditorium. Presentations will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 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.

Grants Development Office Announces Spring Workshop on May 23

The Grants Development Office announces a spring workshop for faculty who would like assistance with research funding. A workshop on Grant Budgeting is set for 2-4 p.m. May 23 in Room 114 of the Math and Science Building. View this PDF file online for more details, or call the Grants Development Office with questions at ext. 6-2982.

2011-12 Federal Work-Study Program Ends June 9

Saturday, June 9, 2012 is the last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for 2011-12. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any 'late' payrolls will be processed through regular student pay, since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. During finals week, Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours. There is no Federal Work-Study during the summer quarter 2012. The program will resume Sept. 18, 2012.

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Free Baroque Performance Set for May 3

The Cal Poly Music Department will host a free Baroque oboe performance by Laura Osbaldeston at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center on campus. Osbaldeston will be joined by soprano Mary Rawliffe-Fairbanks, cellist Jeanne Shumway and harpsichordist Paul Woodring. The program will begin with the J.S. Bach aria "Gerechter Gott, ach, rechnest du" from Cantata No. 89, for soprano, obbligato oboe and continuo; followed by Antonio Vivaldi's Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in G minor, RV 28; and G.F. Handel's aria "Meine Seele hört im Sehen," hymn for soprano and continuo, HWV 207. Osbaldeston was born in San Luis Obispo and grew up in South Africa where she attended the National Highschool for the Arts, majoring in oboe and piano performance. She later studied at the California Insitute of the Arts under Alan Vogel, oboe, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord. Osbaldeston went on to study Baroque oboe at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music with Alfredo Bernardini, followed by a master's degree at the Schola Cantorum Basliensis in Basel, Switzerland. She currently resides in Alsace at the border to Basel, Switzerland, where she teaches piano lessons and works as a freelance oboist. If time allows, Osbaldeston will talk about her studies and professional life in Europe and the pursuit of authentic performance practice. The presentation is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts and Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Mark Reuling Volleyball Tournament May 4

Cal Poly faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 14th Annual Mark Reuling Volleyball Tournament at the Recreation Center on Friday, May 4. Recreation Center membership is not required to participate or attend. The tournament welcomes new teams and ongoing rivalries to play for big trophies while promoting campus awareness of depression and bipolar disorders. Faculty and staff teams will play 6x6 indoor volleyball from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who aren’t interested in playing are invited to cheer on the teams of their colleagues. The parents of Mark S. Reuling (B.S., Construction Management, 1989) created a memorial endowment to honor their son, who lost his life to bipolar disorder. All of the proceeds of the tournament will go to the Reuling Endowment, which is designated to assist Health and Psychological Services to conduct education and prevention programs for students, faculty and staff regarding bipolar disorders and depression. Registration is available on the ASI website at or at the Recreation Center front desk. For more information, contact the Intramural Sports office at ext. 6-6044 or

Indigenous Chaos to Perform May 4 at Cal Poly

Indigenous Chaos – a group of three generations of family members who present a mix of political comedy, music, parodies, skits and poetry – will perform from 6:30 to 10 p.m. May 4 in Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The group is comprised of members of the Serna family, who created their own group in 2000 after years of entertaining audiences as members of El Teatro Campsino. Indigenous Chaos traces its roots to 1974, when farmworker and father of 15 Guadalupe Serna moved his family to San Juan Bautista, Calif., to join El Teatro Campesino as a songwriter, singer and stage and movie actor. Indigenous Chaos has performed alongside Rudo Revolutionary Front, Chusma, Culture Clash, El Teatro Campesino, Baktun 12 and Bad Karma. Members have also appeared individually as guest artists with such groups as Chicano Secret Service, HeadRusH Crew and Rudo Revolutionary Front. For more details on the May 4 performance, contact Gloria Velasquez with the Modern Languages & Literatures Department at ext. 6-2992 or

Cal Poly Authors, Faculty to Speak on Local Climate Action Planning May 4

Kennedy Library invites the community to the next Conversations with Cal Poly Authors event featuring the authors of the 2011 book, “Local Climate Action Planning.” The book was co-authored by City and Regional Planning Professor Michael Boswell and Assistant Professor Adrienne Greve, along with Tammy Seale, sustainability and climate change services manager at PMC. The authors will be joined by Elizabeth Lowham, Political Science assistant professor and director of Cal Poly’s Master of Public Policy program. The event will run 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 111H at Kennedy Library. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the library's web site for more information, or call ext. 6-7549.

Students Plan Flavor of SLO Event to Benefit
United Way of San Luis Obispo on May 6

The public is invited to taste, sip and mingle at the Flavor of SLO, a fundraising benefit from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Jack House and Gardens on Marsh Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. Six Cal Poly communication studies seniors are organizing the event as their senior project. Flavor of SLO will showcase the food, wine and beer of San Luis Obispo. A silent auction and raffle is planned featuring donations from many local businesses. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit United Way of San Luis Obispo County. Presale tickets are $30 for students and $45 for adults. Prices will cost an additional $10 at the door. For more information, visit Flavor of SLO’s website or email

Gender Equity Center Presents "Phallacies - The Bro Code" May 7

Cal Poly's Gender Equity Center will present "Phallacies - The Bro Code" from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 in Chumash Auditorium. "Phallacies" is a men's health dialogue and theater program created through the Center for Health Promotion at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The program uses theater and comedy skits to portray different aspects and stereotypes associated with masculinity, and to encourage a more positive and encompassing expression of masculine identity. The Bro Code is an assumed list of rules among some men. Through monologues and skits, Phallacies aims to use comedy to show the ridiculousness of such rules and raise awareness about the negative impact the Bro Code has on men and society. Phallacies seeks to create a Cal Poly community where individuals can be themselves, without feeling constrained by laws restricting one's behavior.

Music Department to Honor Deceased Colleagues at Two May Performances

The Music Department will honor two deceased colleagues in May: Roy Main and Ross Sears. The life of Main, who died May 9, 2011, will be celebrated at noon Saturday, May 12, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center on campus. Cal Poly faculty, students, alumni and guests will perform. Main had been Cal Poly's low-brass teacher and trombone choir director. He also taught trombone at Cuesta College and performed with local jazz groups. Main served on the faculties at CSU Los Angeles and Long Beach before he came to the Central Coast. A tribute for Sears, who died on March 18, 2012, will be held at 5:30 p.m Thursday, May 17, in Cal Poly's Spanos Theatre. The Music Department will be joined by the San Luis Obispo Symphony and Festival Mozaic in presenting musical performances and personal remembrances. Sears had been Cal Poly's percussion teacher and percussion ensemble director. For more information, call the Cal Poly Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit

Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble Presents ‘Treasures of Tudor England’ May 18

The Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble will present “Treasures of Tudor England” at 8 p.m Friday, May 18, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. Conducted by Thomas Davies, the 12-member vocal ensemble will perform a wide variety of works – both sacred and secular – from the pen of Henry VIII to William Byrd, the favorite composer of Queen Elizabeth I. The first half of the concert will feature music from the great cathedral tradition. Anthems for Protestant England by Orlando Gibbons, Richard Farrant, Thomas Tallis and Christopher Tye will be paired with works for Catholic England, highlighted by Byrd’s great “Mass for Five.” Secular music – from traditional madrigals by John Dowland, George Kirby and Thomas Morley, to works by Henry VIII – will be featured in the second half. The audience will also be treated to special surprises by Michael East, Thomas Weelkes and Thomas Ravenscroft. Paul Woodring will accompany the ensemble on harpsichord and organ. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar.

Gender Equity Center to Present First Gender Symposium May 19

The Gender Equity Center will hold its first Gender Symposium on Saturday, May 19 on campus. Its the first of what the center plans to make an annual event. This year, the symposium will focus on exploring gender and how it relates to and intersects with religion, race and culture. Dr. Jason Laker, professor of Counselor Education at San Jose State University, will be the keynote speaker. Cal Poly students, faculty and staff members will facilitate workshops and panel discussions. Participation is limited to the first 90 registrants, so reserve your space now. To register or for more information about the event, visit the Gender Equity Center online or contact Nick Bilich at

Hip-Hop Composer, Trombonist Adam Theis to be Featured with Cal Poly Big Band May 19

Composer and trombonist Adam Theis, leader of the Jazz Mafia musicians’ collective of San Francisco, will perform during Cal Poly Jazz Night at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. Theis will play trombone with the University Jazz Band No. 1 in a set of his compositions for hip-hop big band. The University Jazz Band No. 2 and two jazz combos will also perform. The University Jazz Bands are directed by music Professor Paul Rinzler. Theis, who specializes in incorporating hip hop and rap into his jazz big band, was awarded the prestigious Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation Emerging Composers Grant. Theis has performed with numerous Bay Area musicians and national acts including Carlos Santana, Bobby McFerrin, KRS-One, Booker T. Jones, Benny Maupin and Lavay Smith. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar.

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.

#102573 – Network Analyst – Career, College of Engineering, salary range: $4,314-$8,831 per month, anticipated hiring range: $4,314-$4,745. Open Until Filled. Review begins: May 11, 2012.  

#102575 – Analyst Programmer – Career, ITS-Collaboration Support, salary range: $4,314-$8.831 per month, anticipated hiring range: $4,314-$5,833. Closes: May 20, 2012.  

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.

#102568, Animal Science Lecturer AY – College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, CAFES-Animal Science, ext. 6-1241. Review begins: May 25, 2012.

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 website. For assistance contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

All positions have excellent benefits provided, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement program, paid sick leave/vacation and holidays. Apply online at CPC Human Resources, San Luis Obispo, CA  93407, AA/EEO.

Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Engineering, $58,240 - $84,396/year, requires B.S. degree in Engineering (preferably Aerospace Engineering) plus two years’ experience OR MS degree in Engineering plus one year experience in satellite container integration and testing, including test plan development. Must have experience working with secondary small satellite payload accommodations in U.S. and foreign launch vehicles and understand ITAR regulations. Must be able to travel. 

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 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job opportunities at this time.