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Cal Poly Report - Oct. 31, 2012


Campus Visits Set for Student Affairs VP Candidates

President Jeffrey D. Armstrong has 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 over the next three weeks. The candidates and their visit dates are:

- Kevin D. Rome, Ph.D., vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, North Carolina Central University, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

- Keith B. Humphrey, Ph.D., assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, University of Arizona, Nov. 5-6

- 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

Staff, faculty, students and the campus community are invited to attend Open Forums on Oct. 31 for Rome, Nov. 5 for Humphrey, 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, UU204. Curriculum vitae and interview schedules for the finalists are available online.

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 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.

Academic Senate Votes on Proposition 30

Cal Poly's Academic Senate voted on Oct. 23 to take a position on Proposition 30, the initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot that will affect the amount of state funds Cal Poly will receive this academic year. View the senate's resolution online.

In Memoriam

Robert "Bubba" Floth

Longtime staff member Robert “Bubba” Floth died Oct. 13 after undergoing surgery to replace a heart valve. He had been home recovering when complications set in. Floth was a part of the Cal Poly family for the last 27 years, serving in both Housing and Distribution Services. Those who had the pleasure of hearing Bubba share his stories about sports and family (especially his grandchildren) will remember how he had a way of making them all come alive. Read Floth's obituary in the Paso Robles Press.

Campus Announcements

Sage Restaurant Closed Nov. 2 for Private Reception

Sage Restaurant will be closed Friday, Nov. 2, for a private reception, re-opening the following day for normal business hours. For other restaurant and market hours, visit the Campus Dining web site.

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 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 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.

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 this resource.

ASI Rec Center to Host Personal Trainer Nov. 1

A certified personal trainer will be in the lobby of the Recreation Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1. Stop by during those hours. and leave with the valuable fitness information you’ve been looking for. More information about the ASI Rec Center is available online.

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, 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. RSVP to Maureen Conner at ext. 6-2935 or mzconner@calpoly.eduMore information is available online.

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 your own 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 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.

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.


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)

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.

#102684 - Director of Advancement, College of Science and Mathematics, Administrator II, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 21, 2012.

#102694 – Lead Data Warehouse Analyst, Analyst Programmer – Career, IS-ITS-Information Services, $4,314-$8,831 per month (anticipated hiring range: $5,000-$7,084 per month). Closes: Nov. 13, 2012.  

#102697- HRIS Analyst, Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Administration and Finance-Human Resources, $3,845-$5,770 per month. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 9, 2012.

#102699 – Commander, Administrator II, Administration & Finance - University Police, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 26, 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.

Unit Manager, Campus Dining, $16.18-$19.83 per hour. Requires a high school diploma or equivalent with five years of food service experience, including two years of supervisory experience as a manager directly responsible for an operation. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, be computer-literate and be able to lift and move 50 pounds. 

Unit Supervisor, VG Café, Campus Dining, $13.43-$16.46 per hour. Requires high school diploma or equivalent with four years of food service experience, including two years of supervisory experience. Must have excellent customer service and communication skills and be well-organized. Requires ability to lift/move 50 pounds. Must be able to work late nights, weekends and holidays.

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.