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Cal Poly Report - Nov. 7, 2012


Campus Visits Continue for Student Affairs VP Candidates

President Jeffrey D. Armstrong accepted the recommendation of the Vice President for Student Affairs Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Stephan Lamb, to invite four finalists for the position to visit campus in October and November. Two candidate visits remain:

- Melynda Huskey, Ph.D., dean of students and assistant vice president for student services, Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Washington State University, Nov. 8-9

- Melissa M. Vito, Ed.D., vice president for student affairs, University of Arizona, Nov. 15-16

Kevin D. Rome, Ph.D., vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, North Carolina Central University, visited Cal Poly on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Keith B. Humphrey, Ph.D., assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, University of Arizona, visited Nov. 5-6.

Staff, faculty, students and the campus community are invited to attend Open Forums on Nov. 8 for Huskey and Nov. 15 for Vito. Each forum will run 2:10 to 3 p.m. in the left wing of Chumash Auditorium, UU 204. (Forums were held Oct. 31 for Rome and Nov. 5 for Humphrey). Curriculum vitae and interview schedules for the finalists are available online.

Personnel Changes Announced for University Advancement

The University Advancement Division has announced several personnel changes:

Media Relations - Stacia Momburg, who has led university's Public Affairs Office, has joined Athletics as assistant athletic director for marketing and communications. Until a permanent director of media relations is hired at the campus level, Ellen Cohune, director of communications for the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, will add to her existing responsibilities by serving part-time as Interim Director of Media Relations effective immediately. Please contact her related to all media inquiries at ext. 6-2933 or

Alumni Relations - Tracee de Hahn, who has served as executive director of alumni relations and executive vice president of the Cal Poly Alumni Association, has stepped down to pursue other interests. Until a permanent replacement is hired, alumni programs and annual giving will be lead by Assistant Vice President for University Advancement Adam Jarman. He can be reached at (805)756-6776 or

Corporate and Foundation Relations - Beth Brenner, who has directed corporate and foundation relations, has accepted the position of assistant dean of advancement and external relations in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences. Until a permanent replacement is named, direct inquiries to Ruzena Brar at ext. 6-6534 or or Tanya Kiani-Hauck, interim associate vice president for development, at ext. 6-7507 or

Subway to Host Grand Opening on Nov. 16

The new Subway restaurant on campus welcomes the entire campus community to participate in a grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Subway will give away free 6-inch sub sandwiches to the first 500 customers at the event, along with exciting door prizes such as a 40-inch LED TV, iPad, and Subway gift cards. (Participants must be present at the event to win these prizes.) For more information, visit

Changes to Cal Poly's Wireless Network Set to Begin Nov. 12

Information Technology Services (ITS) added a second WiFi network, called “Secure Mustang Wireless,” last year. As part of its ongoing commitment to network security, ITS will phase out the old, unsecure Mustang Wireless network beginning Monday, Nov. 12. A schedule showing when specific buildings will be switched over is available online. Cal Poly users are encouraged to switch now to Secure Mustang Wireless to protect their devices. All campus wireless users will need to switch over by the end of the phased project, set for Dec. 14. If you are unsure which wireless network you are using, find out online how to check or contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 for assistance. To avoid any interruption in WiFi connectivity on campus, users must first configure their devices to connect to Secure Mustang Wireless. It won’t work without the one-time configuration step.  Instructions on how to do this are available online. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their LAN coordinator for assistance. If you do not know who that person is, call the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000. Anyone needing assistance may also visit the ITS Service Desk in the Natatorium (Building 46, across the street from Spanos Stadium).

Tour the Cal Poly Pier Nov. 17

Cal Poly Pier Open HouseBring the kids and the camera and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Interactive displays on the pier for the fall open house event will include special touch-tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a "discover SCUBA" experience, and more. Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. The pier is the hub of research for Cal Poly's Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and the SLOSEA program. Since its donation to the university by the Chevron Corp. (formerly Unocal) in 2001, the pier has been used by 1,500 students per year for classes or research activities. Find out more about the pier open house.


Lynn Cook

Lynn Cook is retiring after 32 years of service. Cook joined Cal Poly in 1980 with the Audio Visual Department. In 1981, she transitioned to the General Office, a clerical support office for departments on campus. During 10 years in that role, she served as support staff and then managed the office until its closure in 1991. Since 1991, Cook has been with the University Advancement Division, spending 18 years in Alumni Relations and the last three years in Development. During her tenure with the Alumni Association, she was the “first impression,” providing internal and external stakeholders with great service and warm hospitality. University Advancement will host an off-campus reception honoring Cook. For more details, contact Amanda Oeser, donor relations coordinator, at ext. 6-5718.

Campus Announcements

Vanpool Openings Available Around the County

There are currently vanpool openings in Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and the North Coast. For more information, contact Commuter Services at ext. 6-6680 or

Career Services Announces Campus Access to Vault's Career Insider

Career Services has announced that free and exclusive use of Vault’s Career Insider is now available to Cal Poly students, alumni, faculty and staff. Users can access a powerful online library of career guides, employer profiles, industry blogs and discussions, and job boards. Through the My Cal Poly Portal, log in to MustangJOBS, click on the "Career Insider" logo and set up a personalized account to make the most of this resource.

Information Services to Host EDUCAUSE 2012 Online Sessions Nov. 7-9

Information Services will host a series of concurrent online sessions Nov. 7-9 from the annual conference hosted by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. A total of 54 sessions will be offered, covering a wide range of topics, including mobile applications, cloud computing and social media; IT leadership, organization and decision making; use and impact of analytics; emerging technologies, innovative strategies, and current and future trends affecting IT, libraries and teaching and learning. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend the online sessions in the Kennedy Library. Since seating is limited, attendance will be on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve a space, register online now. There you will also find a link to the EDUCAUSE website with detailed descriptions of each session. Registration must be completed by Nov. 5. Participants will receive a confirmation email Nov. 6 listing the sessions and room locations in the library. For questions, contact Information Services at ext. 6-2966.

Fall Gathering Celebrating Women Set for Nov. 7

Staff and faculty are invited to attend the Fall Gathering Celebrating Women, sponsored by the President's Office, the Status of Women Committee, and the Gender Equity Center. The gathering will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby and will feature panelists representing the diverse experiences of female faculty and staff at Cal Poly. President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Provost Kathleen Enz Finken will share a few words about the importance of this event and of women’s experiences at Cal Poly. Lunch will be served. For more information, call ext. 6-2600 or contact Veronica Heiskell.

HR to Present VALIC Financial Seminars on Nov. 8

Human Resources has announced an opportunity for Cal Poly employees to attend financial seminars presented by VALIC on Nov. 8. The seminar, titled “Planning for Financial Security” and featuring financial advisor Gerry Carnahan, will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 133 of the Administration Building. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Register for all seminars online. The registration code is 7766SAN11AB.

Nov. 8 Workshop to Address Domestic Partner Benefits

The LGBTQIA Faculty Staff Association invites all faculty and staff to attend a workshop presented by Human Resources on Domestic Partner Benefits from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in UU 216. Bring lunch and questions. The LGBTQIA Faculty and Staff Association provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and ally employees at Cal Poly. Learn more online.

Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association to Meet on Nov. 9

The next meeting of the Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) will take place from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in University Housing, Room 201. BFSA will provide snacks and iced tea. Please bring a bag lunch. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Contact Camille O’Bryant or Preston Allen with questions.

Disability Resource Center to Present Nov. 13 Webinar on Faculty Issues

The Disability Resource Center is sponsoring a Nov. 13 webinar on "Faculty Issues: An Exploration of the Obligation Institutions Have to Properly Manage the Participation of Faculty in the Accommodation Process." It will be presented by Salome M. Heyward, a civil rights attorney with more than 35 years of experience in the field of disability discrimination law and disability management. His firm has provided training products and services to more than 450 clients in the past three years. The webinar will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Services Building, Room 224. RSVP to ext. 6-1395.

Special Holiday Meals and Pies Available  from Village Market Through Nov. 16

Village Market Holiday MealsThrough Nov. 16, Village Market is offering a special selection of holiday meals, pies and seasonal side dishes, including traditional cornbread stuffing, French apple pie and more. Orders can be placed online, by phone at ext. 6-1959, or at Village Market, located in Poly Canyon Village. This program is only offered for a limited time, so don’t miss out. Find more information at

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Award Sought Through Nov. 30

The nomination period for Cal Poly's annual Distinguished Teaching Award is open through Nov. 30. Nominate your most outstanding and inspiring professor. Any student or alumnus may submit one or more nominations on the nomination website. Nominations should include the professor’s name and department and a supporting statement containing evidence of merit based on the criteria listed for this year’s award.

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MultiCultural Center Hosts Native American Heritage Series in November

Cal Poly’s MultiCultural Center will host a series of events in celebration of their Native American Heritage Series. All events are free and open to the public.
- “Another Type of Groove”- 7:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7 in Chumash Auditorium. Poet Lorna Dee Cervantes. Open mic opportunities will be available to students, staff and community members.
- “Film Screening: The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian Save the Man”- 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Chumash Left Wing. A discussion on the role of Native Americans in modern American media will follow the film. Topics will include the absence of Native American representation in the news and its effect on members of Native American reservations.
- “Queer People of Color (QPOC) - Redefining Beauty Pageants: A Discussion of Beauty Across Cultures – 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15  in Chandler Lounge (University Union). Join the MultiCultural Center and Pride Center for a cross-cultural discussion of beauty and how it’s showcased in beauty pageants.
For more information, contact Jessica Hernandez at ext. 6-6249 or, or visit the MultiCultural Center Web site.

Theatre and Dance presents 'God's Ear' Nov. 8-10, 15-17

God's Ear PosterThe Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department presents its fall production, “God’s Ear” by Jenny Schwartz, Nov. 8-10 and 15-17. The play is a beautiful and haunting story about loss that also contains wonderful comic and fantastical scenes. A young couple struggles with the death of their son. The wife begins to lose her grip on reality, lashing out at her husband, mutilating herself and hearing voices. To avoid his family, the husband goes on business trips, cruises bars and pursues an affair. The couple’s daughter finds solace in reading and conversing with imaginary characters. Surrounding the three central figures are a group of colorful and fantastical characters: they include the tooth fairy, a transvestite flight attendant, G. I. Joe, a barfly, and a man on the prowl who advocates wife-swapping. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday- Saturday, Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 in Spanos Theatre. General admission is $15; students and seniors are $12. To make reservations, call ext. 6-2787. An art competition and exhibition complements the production. The gallery in the backstage area of Spanos Theatre will open to the public 45 minutes prior to curtain and for 30 minutes immediately following the conclusion of the show. This special exhibition is free.

Kennedy Library to Exhibit Personal Archives of Architect Julia Morgan

Julia MorganThe Kennedy Library announces the opening of its fall exhibit, "Atelier Morgan: The Personal Archives of Architect Julia Morgan," with a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the library. The reception will be followed with a lecture by historian Victoria Kastner from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Business Rotunda. Both events are free and open to the public. California’s first licensed female architect, Morgan designed more than 700 structures in California, including Hearst Castle. The exhibit will feature visual representations of Morgan's craft and design aesthetic, alongside Cal Poly student architecture work inspired by her design. Kastner's lecture is part of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s 2012 Hearst Lecture Series. Kastner is the Hearst Castle historian and author of two books: "Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House" and "Hearst's San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land." Read more about the exhibit online. (Image Credit: Julia Morgan Studio Portrait, Paris, c. 1900 | Courtesy Special Collections, Kennedy Library)

University Art Gallery to Display Faculty Work Nov. 9-Dec. 7

University Art GalleryCal Poly's University Art Gallery will showcase new creative research and artwork by faculty members in the Art and Design Department from Nov. 9 through Dec. 7. The exhibit, titled “The Department of Art and Design Faculty Creative Research Triennial,” will include artwork in graphic design, photography, drawing, painting, video and art history, as well as “olfactory art.” The public is invited to an artists' reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the gallery, in the Dexter Building, Room 171. The free exhibit is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Career Services to Host Call to Serve Speaker Nov. 13

Career Services on Nov. 13 will host a speaker from the Call to Serve Speakers Bureau: Cara Peck, an alumna from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff member in San Francisco. The day will include class visits, meetings with Career Services staff, and two presentations that are open to the campus community. The first presentation, from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Student Services Room 117, will focus on “Careers in Public Service: A Federal Insider’s Perspective.” Peck will enlighten attendees about opportunities in the federal workforce and the rewards of federal service. The second presentation, from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in Erhart Agriculture Room 206, will focus on “The EPA’s Promotion of Renewable Energy in Agriculture." Peck will discuss her work, which is focused on promoting the production and utilization of renewable energy, particularly using biogas (a dairy manure by-product) as a fuel source. The Call to Serve Speakers Bureau is a dynamic, diverse group of federal employees from across government who educate audiences about the federal workforce and inspire a new generation to serve.

Warren Miller Ski Film 'Flow State' to Premiere Nov. 13 on PAC Big Screen

Warren Miller’s 63rd annual winter sports film, "Flow State," will premiere at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 on the Christopher Cohan Center’s big screen as a fundraiser for the Performing Arts Center’s Outreach Program. In the film, host Jonny Moseley guides viewers to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond with some of the most celebrated athletes on the planet. The title refers to the "flow state," a place of such singular focus and connection with the environment that the faster you ride, the slower time passes. Patrons at the event will receive a free day lift pass to China Peak (restrictions apply) and have the chance to win from an array of door prizes, courtesy of Mountain Air Sports. One patron will walk away with the grand prize, a full-season pass to China Peak. More information is available online through the Performing Arts Center.

Former NBC News Correspondent George Lewis to Speak Nov. 15

George Lewis, NBC News Correspondent for more than 40 years before retiring earlier this year, will speak at the 2012 Phi Beta Delta Honors Lecture during International Education Week. Lewis covered international events including the Vietnam War, the Iran hostage crisis, the Tiananmen Square revolt in China, and Operation Desert Storm. Lewis has won three Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award during his career covering events abroad. The event will run 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Alumni House, with a reception starting at 4:30 p.m. RSVP to Dianne DeTurris at ext. 6-1515 or

Cal Poly to Present Bandfest on Nov. 17

BandfestMore than 275 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The show, titled “The Year of the Dragon,” will feature the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Pride of the Pacific Mustang Marching Band in an evening of bold and powerful works for the modern wind band and the traditional stadium marching band. The performance celebrates the Chinese Year of the Dragon by featuring works inspired by the mystical, natural and supernatural aspects of human existence. The Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra will take the audience on a journey that explores both the seen and unseen universe. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar.

Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season with ‘Music and Image’ Nov. 18

Cal Poly SymphonyThe Cal Poly Symphony will perform music inspired by and interpreted through visual art at its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. The centerpiece of the concert is a collaboration with Sky Bergman, an internationally exhibited and published photographer and chair of Cal Poly’s Art and Design Department. Bergman will re-interpret Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with her own images of people and cultures from across the globe. Mussorgsky’s music was inspired by illustrations by the composer’s friend, Viktor Hartmann. The ensemble will also perform Respighi's “Trittico Botticelliano,” inspired by three Sandro Botticelli paintings: “Spring,” “The Adoration of the Magi,” and “The Birth of Venus.” The concert will begin with music from a current form of visual art: video games. 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.

***REVISED*** #102689 – Assistant Coordinator, Safer, Student Services Professional II - 10/12, Student Affairs - Student Life and Leadership, $2,933-$4,168 per month. Close date extended: Nov. 9, 2012.

#102702 – Community Standards Coordinator, Student Services Professional III, University Housing - Residential Life & Education, $3,834-$5,462 per month, open until filled. Review begins Nov. 28, 2012.   

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 job opportunities 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. To view job postings and/or apply for any regular-benefited position at Cal Poly Corporation, visit its 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.

There are no new job opportunities 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 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job opportunities at this time.