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Cal Poly Report - Oct. 24, 2012


Dairy Products Technology Center Celebrates 25 Years

Diary Products Technology CenterJoin the Cal Poly Dairy Products Technology Center from Oct. 25-27 in celebration of 25 years of excellence with a series of special events. "We will bring together new and old friends, graduates, and key industry partners – all of whom helped make the DPTC a success," said Phil Tong, director of the center. "It's a special opportunity to catch up with fellow colleagues, enjoy some Cal Poly ice cream, see what exciting changes are occurring at Cal Poly, and learn about how you can get more involved in shaping the future of the DPTC." Visit the DPTC online for more information and a complete schedule of events.

ASI Announces Additional Payment Options for Rec Center Membership

ASI Recreation CenterASI is pleased to announce that in the near future, Cal Poly faculty and staff will be able to pay for their annual Recreation Center membership through automatic monthly payroll deduction. “We have heard from the Cal Poly community the need to re-evaluate the membership fee options for faculty and staff,” said Lindsey Lee, Recreational Sports coordinator – membership and staff services. For eligible faculty and staff to obtain the lowest possible monthly rate of $40.67, they will need to purchase an annual membership in a lump sum of $488 or sign up for monthly payroll deduction for a minimum term of one year. “ASI is excited to offer this option to faculty and staff,” said ASI President Katie Morrow. “We hope this opens the Recreation Center experience to more members of the Cal Poly community.” Full-time students will continue to pay the same quarterly fees, which equate to $36 per month. In collaboration with President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, on-campus partners, the university and state controller, ASI is working hard to implement this process and hopes to have it available before winter quarter. ASI will provide additional information as it becomes available. For more details about the Rec Center, visit ASI online.

Catastrophic Leave

Olivia Morales

Olivia Morales, administrative support assistant in the College of Liberal Arts, Political Science Department, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate sick leave and/or vacation leave to help Morales remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact Charlotte Lopez-Schermer at ext. 6-2985 or to request a donation form.

In Memoriam

Patricia Lee Engle

Patricia Lee Engle, retired faculty member and past chair of the Psychology and Child Development Department, died Sept. 24 after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Engle, 67, was an internationally recognized early child development expert who spent her life circling the globe helping developing nations improve nutritional and educational opportunities for children. She did research and program implementation work in Guatemala, India and many other nations as senior advisor for early childhood development for the United Nations Children's Educational Fund (UNICEF). Read Engle's obituary in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Campus Announcements

Matthew Roberts to Lead CAP Project

Matthew Roberts, director of Contracts, Procurement and Risk Management (CPRM), is undertaking a special one-year assignment to lead a campuswide effort to update and complete the Campus Administrative Policies (CAP). The assignment, initiated by the Office of the President, is to be completed during the 2012-13 fiscal year. During that period, Dru Zachmeyer, associate director of CPRM, will assume Roberts’ director duties.

Cal Poly Employees Urged to Seek Flu Shots

With the arrival of fall and the flu season, Cal Poly employees are being urged to visit the American Lung Association’s flu vaccine finder website. Last year, Americans missed more than 70 million workdays because of the flu. The average person with health insurance can expect to pay more than $130 fighting the ailment, with visits to the doctor and medication. On the vaccine finder site, enter a ZIP code for a list of nearby pharmacies (including Costco, CVS, Rite-Aid, Vons, Target, Kmart, Wal-Mart and the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department) that are offering flu vaccines. The site gives users the option of narrowing a search to specify the type of flu vaccine (i.e., flu shot, intradermal, high dose or flu nasal vaccine). The site also provides addresses and phone numbers, so that users can check hours of operation and verify the health insurance programs accepted by each pharmacy. Students can receive a flu vaccine at the Student Health Center on campus for $9.

Green Campus Program Urges Conservation for Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month. Last year, Cal Poly used about 43.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which cost the school $4.4 million. That's the equivalent of 30,000 metric tons of CO2, or the emissions from burning 3.4 million gallons of gasoline. The Green Campus Program encourages employees to reduce energy usage by turning off the lights when you leave the room, shutting down your computers when you leave the office, and unplugging all electronics not in use. During the month of October, submit a photo, video, or short description of what you are doing in your department to save energy to The employee with the best submission will have a $100 Amazon gift card delivered to them at the end of the month. Find out more about the many energy awareness month activities taking place in San Luis Obispo.

International Photography Competition for Faculty and Staff Announced

International Education and Programs (IEP) invites the campus community to celebrate International Education Week by participating in the first annual Cal Poly International Photography Competition for Faculty and Staff. The photography competition will highlight the research, teaching and travel-abroad experiences of Cal Poly faculty and staff. IEP supports efforts to internationalize Cal Poly's campus. A nominal submission fee will be charged, with proceeds benefiting the International Education Endowment that provides students with the opportunity to study or do an internship abroad. The show will be held in the UU Gallery located in the Epicenter from Nov. 5-16. The opening will be Monday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m., when award winners will be announced. Visit the IEP Photography Competition website for more information and a submission form.

University Store to Host Clearance Sale Oct. 23-25

The University Store will host a large clearance sale  Oct. 23-25. Select products will be marked 50 to 75 percent off their retail prices, so don’t miss out on the savings! More information is available the University Store website.

LGBTQIA Faculty Staff Association Plans Oct. 24 Social

The LGBTQIA Faculty Staff Association invites all Cal Poly LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, ally) faculty and staff and allies to attend a Fall Welcome Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Pappy McGregor’s, 1865 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo (upstairs meeting room). Come learn about this new association, socialize and celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. Appetizers will be served.

Cal Poly Corporation Board to Meet Oct. 26

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in Conference Room 124 of the Corporation Administration Building. This is a public meeting. For more information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Corporation Executive Director Bonnie Murphy at ext. 6-1131.

Cal Poly Compost Available for Bulk Sale Oct. 27

For the first time in more than two years, Cal Poly compost – produced with assistance from Cal Poly students – will be available for bulk sale between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Cal Poly Composting Site, off Mt. Bishop Road (follow the signs). Cal Poly compost will be sold for $30 per yard. Bring a trailer, truck or bucket and fill it with Cal Poly compost. For more information contact the Agricultural Operations Department at ext. 6-2563.

Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology to Host
Inaugural Instructional Innovation Showcase on Oct. 30

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology invites faculty and instructional-related staff to the first-ever Instructional Innovation Showcase scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Advanced Technology Lab (Building 07). The event is an opportunity for networking and collaboration among educators across campus who share an interest in innovative and effective use of technology to enhance student learning. The highlight will be three five- to seven-minute presentations by Cal Poly faculty sharing their innovative technology-enhanced approaches to teaching and learning:
- Francisco Fernflores (associate professor, Philosophy) - "Students Collaborating to Write a Textbook Chapter with iPads"
- Jerusha B. Greenwood (assistant professor, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration) - "Saving Time Grading: Enhancing Feedback to Students Through Technology"
- Joe Ragsdale (associate professor and interim department head, Landscape Architecture) - "PODWALKS: Rethinking Field-Based Lectures Through Mobile Technology"
Wine and cheese will be served. RSVP by Oct. 25 to or ext. 6-7002. For additional information, visit the CTLT website.

Special Holiday Meals and Pies Available  from Village Market Beginning Nov. 1

Village Market Holiday MealsFrom Nov. 1-16, Village Market will offer 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

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop Set for Nov. 1

An employment equity facilitator workshop is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Fisher Science (Building 33), Room 290. Martha Cody, director of Employment Equity, will lead the workshop. She will be joined by Jen Myers from Academic Personnel and Karen Stubberfield from Human Resources, who will answer questions and provide information on the faculty and staff recruitment process. Sumi Seacat will be available for questions on the hiring of non-citizen employees. Contact Seacat at or ext. 6-7387 if you would like to attend.

Nominations Sought for Distinguished Scholarship Award Through Nov. 2

Nominations are being sought for Cal Poly’s Distinguished Scholarship Award. Students, faculty and alumni are encouraged to nominate Cal Poly faculty for the award, which recognizes the scholarship and creative activity of junior and senior faculty across all disciplines represented at Cal Poly. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 2. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Distinguished Scholarship Award website.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet Nov. 3

The Cal Poly Foundation Board of Directors will hold its next meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Performing Arts Center. For more information about the meeting, or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-1445.

Cal Poly to Host Nov. 3 Workshop with Storyteller Kendall Haven

Kendall HavenMaster storyteller, science consultant, author and oceanographer Kendall Haven will facilitate a workshop for all educators (teachers, students and faculty) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Math and Science (Building 38), Room 131. The free event is sponsored by the Liberal Studies Department. RSVPs are required, as space is limited. To RSVP, contact Maureen Conner at ext. 6-2935 or mzconner@calpoly.eduMore information is available online.

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.

Have Lunch for as Low as $5.25 with Fast Pass

All you care to eat lunch at 19 Metro station for just $5.25, only with Fast Pass. Get yours today on the Campus Dining website.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

Visit the Bella Montana Homes website for available homes for sale.


MultiCultural Center's Latino Heritage Series Continues Through Nov. 1

Cal Poly’s MultiCultural Center continues to host a series of events in celebration of Latino Heritage Month. All events are free and open to the public.
- “Spanish Influences on Filipino Culture,” 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in UU 220 – Rosalie Salutan Marquez, president of the Filipino American National Historical Society in San Luis Obispo and a retired teacher from the Filipino community, will speak about the Spanish influences in Filipino culture.
- “Dia de los Muertos,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, location TBA – Join the MultiCultural Center in celebrating the Day of the Dead. More details to come.
The MultiCultural Center cultivates a campuswide community that represents and celebrates the diversity of Cal Poly’s student body. For more information, contact Jessica Hernandez at ext. 6-6249 or, or visit the MultiCultural Center Web site.

Cal Poly to Host Kathryn Cathcart for Vocal Master Class Oct. 23

Kathryn Cathcart, music director of the San Francisco Conservatory Opera Workshops, will present a vocal master class at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center on campus. Several of the Cal Poly Music Department’s leading voice students will perform and be critiqued. The public is welcome to attend. A longtime employee of the San Francisco Opera and Opera Center, Cathcart served as that organization’s former director of musical studies from 1988 to 1997, assisting in the selection and artistic supervision of the many young artists’ training programs, including the Merola Opera Program, Western Opera Theater, and the Adler Fellowships. Cathcart has served on the coaching staffs of the Cologne, Germany, and San Francisco operas and has conducted opera in Europe, North America and South America. She has also frequently appeared as a vocal recital accompanist and collaborator. She headed her own organization, the San Francisco Concert Opera, for several seasons, presenting lesser-known works from the operatic repertory in concert form. Cathcart helped launch a revision of the young artists' program of the New National Theatre in Tokyo, where she continues to coach and teach. She also teaches and conducts at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Cathcart holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Northwestern University. She recorded a CD with soprano Susan Stokes that was released in 2001. The free master class is made possible by Cal Poly’s Opera Workshop and is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar.

Safer to Host Run to Remember Oct. 24

Cal Poly’s Safer (sexual assault and relationship-violence prevention program) will hold its annual Run to Remember 5K fun run Wednesday, Oct. 24, beginning in UU Plaza. The event aims to celebrate the life of every survivor of sexual assault and show the community’s commitment to ending violence. Cost to run is $5, with 100 percent of proceeds going to help fund Safer and the San Luis Obispo County SARP (Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention) Center’s programs and resources. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., and the run will begin at 6 p.m. There will be live music, speakers (including San Luis Obispo mayor Jan Marx and Cal Poly ASI President Katie Morrow), spoken-word performers, and more. All Cal Poly staff and faculty members are welcome to attend and bring family and friends. Visit Safer online for more information.

Penn State Professor to Discuss the Mayan Calendar Oct. 24

Douglas J. Kennett, professor of Environmental Anthropology at Penn State University, will present "The Mayan Calendar and the End of Time" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Kennett will provide an overview of the Mayan calendar system and discuss his current research program designed to determine if the co-efficient used to correlate the Mayan and Christian calendars is correct and if the Mayan calendar's great cycle will indeed end this year. Emphasis will be placed on the historical significance of the Mayan calendar and the importance of accurately correlating it with the Christian calendar for understanding the collapse of classic Maya society between A.D. 850 and 1000. The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Social Sciences Department. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Terry Jones or the Social Sciences Department at ext. 6-2752.

University of Tennessee Professor to Address Effects of
Physical Activity at
Oct. 25 Talk

The Kinesiology Department and STRIDE present Gregory W. Heath, Guerry professor of health and human performance and assistant provost for research and engagement at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 in Fisher Science, Room 286. Heath will provide an overview of The Lancet Series on Physical Activity, which address the health impact of physical inactivity on selected non-communicable diseases; the current prevalence of inactivity among adults and adolescents; a review of the determinants and correlates of physical activity; a summary of the evidence of physical activity interventions that work; use of cellular phone technology in promoting physical activity; why some people are physically active and others are not; and how to address the pandemic of physical inactivity from a systems approach. This event is open to all. For more information, contact Kristina Wong in the Kinesiology Department at ext. 6-0673 or No reservations required.

Cal Poly Faculty Chamber Recital Set for Oct. 26

The Cal Poly Music Department will present a faculty chamber recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. This marks the third year of chamber recitals in which faculty join forces to perform masterworks of chamber music – both beloved gems and lesser known works. The concert will begin with Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Viola da Gamba and Cembalo, performed by Jeanne Shumway, cello, and Paul Woodring, harpsichord. The first half will conclude with a piano duet. Susan Azaret Davies and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will perform Franz Schubert's "Fantasia" in F minor, Op. post. 103. After intermission, Davies and soprano Katherine Arthur will perform songs by Hugo Wolf. Davies will then join Shumway and Paul Severtson, violin, for a performance of Ernst Bloch's "Three Nocturnes." The evening will conclude with two pieces by Jeremy Cohen: "Habanera" and "Tango Eight," performed by Brynn Albanese, violin, and Ken Hustad, bass. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar.

Research Scholar to Present Nov. 1 Talk on Planet Venus

The Research Scholars in Residence Program will sponsor a Nov. 1 presentation by Bob Field on "Venus One Helluva Planet." Field will use his studies on the structure and evolution of our solar system to present interesting facts and pose tantilizing questions about the second planet from the sun. This seminar will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 510B of the Kennedy Library. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the Research and Graduate Programs office at or ext. 6-1508.

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)

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.

#102675 – Assistant Program Coordinator, Student Services Professional II - 10/12, Student Affairs - Student Life and Leadership, $2,933-$4,168 per month. Up to three positions. Closes: Nov. 2, 2012.    

#102683 – Admissions Advisor, Administrative Support Coordinator II, Academic Affairs - Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid, $3,074-$4,615 per month. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 5, 2012. 

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

#102690 – Groundsworker, Administration & Finance - Facility Services, $2,700-$4,050 per month. Open until filled. Closes: Oct. 29, 2012.  

#102691 – Custodial Manager, Administrator I, Administration & Finance - Facility Services. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 15, 2012.

#102692 – Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences - Horticulture & Crop Science, $2,808-$4,212 per month. Closes: Nov. 1, 2012.

#102696 – Director of Advancement, College of Liberal Arts, Administrator II, College of Liberal Arts. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 19, 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.

PART-TIME LECTURER POOLS – Pools are open in all departments for 2012/13 academic year. Visit to search department of interest.


#102676, Department Head/Tenure Track Position – BioResource and Ag Engineering, BioResource and Ag Engineering Dept., College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-2378. Review begins: Feb. 1, 2013.

#102671, Tenure Track Position – Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, Recreation Parks & Tourism Dept., College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-1288. Review begins: Nov. 5, 2012.

#102647, Tenure Track Position – Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, Recreation Parks & Tourism Dept., College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-1288. Review begins: Nov. 1, 2012.


#102636, Tenure Track Position – Coastal Physical Oceanographer, Physics Dept., College of Math and Science, ext. 6-1752. Review begins: Dec. 3, 2012.

#102654, Tenure Track Position – Plant Systematist, Biological Sciences Dept., College of Math and Science, ext. 6-5242. Review begins: Nov. 15, 2012.

#102677, Tenure Track Position – Mathematics Education, Mathematics Dept., College of Math and Science, ext. 6-1227. Review begins: Dec.7, 2012.

#102678, Tenure Track Position – Applied Mathematics, Mathematics Dept., College of Math and Science, ext. 6-1227. Review begins: Dec. 7, 2012.


#102670, Tenure Track Position – Accounting, Accounting Dept., College of Business, ext. 6-1543. Review begins: Nov. 12, 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.

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.