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Cal Poly Report — April 15, 2015


Cal Poly Submits Interim Accreditation Report

Cal Poly recently submitted the WASC 2015 interim accreditation report addressing two main issues: progress in addressing diversity, including the diversity of faculty, staff and students, the campus climate, and the effectiveness of various initiatives to support diversity and achievement of underrepresented students; and an update on the assessment of undergraduate learning outcomes. The principle authors of the report were Bruno Giberti, faculty coordinator for Academic Policies, Assessment & Accreditation; Annie Holmes, executive director of the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity; and Mary Pedersen, vice provost, Academic Programs & Planning. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is the regional accrediting agency serving public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. To view Cal Poly’s interim report, visit the WASC Accreditation Web page.

Econ Professor Helps Establish U.N. Index for Green Economies

Eduardo Zambrano, associate professor of economics in the Orfalea College of Business, will present research findings at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Friday, April 17, in Geneva, Switzerland. Zambrano is part of a team of international scholars helping UNEP develop an index to measure progress towards a “green economy.” The project is part of the U.N.'s mission to encourage nations to set measurable goals for sustainable development that contributes to a country's social, economic and environmental stability. Zambrano was selected based on his previous work with the U.N.’s Human Development Index, a summary measure of average achievement in three key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable, and having a decent standard of living.

Cal Poly Honored for Efforts to Increase Diversity on Campus

NRMC award presentationCal Poly was among 31 institutions nationwide named to the 2014 list of “Colleges and Universities Committed to Diversity” at the 15th annual Minority Access National Role Models Conference in Washington, D.C., last October. The award that recognized Cal Poly’s recent efforts to enhance diversity and inclusive excellence was presented to Annie Holmes, at left, executive director for University Diversity & Inclusivity. “Cal Poly has made tremendous strides in our efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and students and is committed to furthering those efforts while enhancing the campus climate so that all community members can be successful.” she said. The Minority Access nonprofit group has earned national acclaim for advancing educational, research and employment opportunities through a variety of programs. To learn more about diversity initiatives at Cal Poly, visit visit the University Diversity & Inclusivity website.

Former Cal Poly Provost Recovering from Heart Surgery

Former Cal Poly Provost Paul J. Zingg is recovering from heart bypass surgery. He has served as president of CSU Chico since 2004. Prior to that, he was at Cal Poly for 11 years. He served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 1995-2004, and as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1993-95. Rollin C. Richmond was named acting president at the Chico State campus while Zingg recovers.


Submission Guidelines Revised for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. A new policy has been developed to help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information. Submissions are now required to come from, or be approved by, the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format and a Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

Faculty & Staff

History Professor Releases New Book 'Scientists at War'

History Professor Sarah Bridger released her latest book, "Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research." Bridger discusses the contributions scientists made to military weapons from the atomic age of the 1940s through the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) in the 1980s and the moral dilemmas those scientists face during times of conflict. For more information, visit the CLA website.

Alcohol Service Request Trainings to be Held April 15

Administrative Compliance Services is offering a training session for those who plan events with catering and alcohol services. The training will be held from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Science North (Building 53), Room 213. The focus will be how to submit an Alcohol Service Request form via the portal using eForms. For more information, email or call ext. 6-5447.

April 17 Deadline for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Nominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. The award recognizes a current or former faculty member’s superior achievement in fundraising. The recipient will receive campuswide recognition. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 17. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit nominations. Email nomination materials to Delores Lencioni, Office of the Provost, at Questions may be directed to Lencioni at ext. 6-2187. For more information and the nomination form, visit the Provost’s website.

Open Forums Set April 20-22 for Assistant Director, Cross Cultural Centers

Three finalists for the assistant director for Cross Cultural Centers position have been invited to visit campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the candidates' Open Forums scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. in UU 220 on Monday, April 20; Tuesday, April 21; and Wednesday, April 22. For more information, contact Joy Harkins at ext. 6-6749.

Deadline for 2015 President’s Diversity Award Nominations is April 24

The deadline for nominations for the 2015 President’s Diversity Awards is April 24. The award honors faculty, staff, students and on-campus organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the value of cultural diversity. Categories recognize individuals (student, staff and faculty); a student organization; and a university or auxiliary group, which includes departments and programs. Individual awardees receive $500. The winning student club or organization will receive a $1,000 sponsorship toward a campus event. The department or group winner will have $1,000 added to its budget. For more details, visit the University Diversity & Inclusivity website.

April 24 Deadline to Nominate Students for New Women’s & Gender Studies Scholarships

The Women’s & Gender Studies Department announced Friday, April 24 will be the nomination deadline for 11 new scholarships that support student work and finances. The majority of scholarships support students in the College of Liberal Arts, and criteria range from being a part of a specific college to holding particular personal values. Students, including incoming fall 2015 freshmen, need nominations from a faculty or staff member. The new scholarships include: the Susan Currier Memorial Scholarship ($1,200); James M. Duenow Scholarship ($300); Nell E. Spradlin Scholarship for the Recognition of Individuality ($500); and the Ralph R. Wilmar Women’s Educational Opportunities Scholarship ($2,000). For more details, contact Paige Wopschall at

Respondents Needed for Survey on Undergraduate Research Experiences

A team from Cal Poly LSAMP is surveying faculty, advising staff and students in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, to better understand how undergraduate research is conducted here. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. The deadline to participate is May 22. To participate, visit the Undergraduate Research website. Faculty and staff members can also participate in an open-ended, half-hour video interview. The survey and interview are confidential. To participate, contact Noya Kansky at For more details about the project, visit the LSAMP website. LSAMP, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM, is a statewide project to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups graduating from the CSU with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics disciplines.

Faculty and Staff Discount Available for Kids' STEM Summer Camp

Two sessions of Kids Learn STEM summer camp will be offered July 13-17 and 20-24, available to fifth- through eighth-grade students. The sessions will feature hands-on learning about forensics in a Learn by Doing Lab from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Discounts are available to faculty and staff, though discounted spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, call ext. 6-2053.

Date Change: Collaborative Advising for Student Success, Workshop II, May 7

Collaborative Advising for Student Success, Workshop II, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). The date change is intended to allow the smaller work group to complete its recommendations and options, which will be included as part of the agenda for Workshop II. This iterative process will help the entire group to create goals and a shared vision for a university advising model that can best support student success. For more information, contact Carrie Canine at or ext. 6-5709.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Spring and Summer

The schedule for spring and summer employment equity facilitator workshops has been released. The workshops will be held in Fisher Science (Building 33), Room 290 as follows: from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 8; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 8; 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 7; and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Martha Cody, director of equal opportunity, will lead the workshops. She will be joined by Jen Myers from Academic Personnel and Chrystal Pope or Taj Knudsen from Human Resources. They will answer questions and provide information on the faculty and staff recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will be available to answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387. For more information, visit the website for the Office of Equal Opportunity.

End-of-Year Deadlines for Contracts and Procurement Services

Contracts and Procurement Services has announced deadlines for submitting purchase requisitions (including approval, budget check and backup). Transactions received on or before the dates below will be processed in the current fiscal year:
— Requisitions of $50,000 and over must be budget-checked, approved and all backup received by Friday, April 10.
— Requisitions of $2,501 to $49,999 must be budget-checked, approved and all backup received by Friday, May 1.
— Requisitions of $2,500 and under must be budget-checked, approved and all backup received by Friday, June 5.
— Change Orders must be received in C&PS by Friday, May 29.
These will be processed in fiscal year 2015/16, which begins July 1:
— ProCard charges recorded after Monday, June 15.
— Petty cash transactions processed after 4 p.m Monday, June 22.
— Direct buy and staff reimbursement requests received in Accounts Payable after Friday, June 19.

Training for Charter or Shuttle Bus Services

The Contracts and Procurement Office will host a training on how to request charter or shuttle bus service at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, in the Administration Building (Bldg. 1), Room 133. The bus process applies to all campus departments, clubs, athletics, club sports and most events. A new bus quote request form has many features that are not being fully utilized. Attendees will learn how to complete a bus request form to get the most accurate and timely quotes for a trip. All aspects of the process will be covered, from filling out the form to paying the final invoice. To register, email

Catastrophic Leave

Theresa (Tess) Serna Ramirez, an administrative support coordinator in the Journalism Department has qualified for catastrophic leave. To donate leave credits during her extended leave of absence, contact Joy Sisler at ext. 6-5755 or to request a donation form.

Pedro Andres, a custodian in Facilities Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. To donate leave credits during his extended leave of absence, contact Britni Wissler at ext. 6-7419 or to request a donation form.


Doug PiirtoDoug Piirto is retiring after 30 years of service to Cal Poly. Piirto started at Cal Poly in 1985 and was the Department Head for the Natural Resources Management Department from 2001 to 2014. He enjoys teaching students, wood-working and outdoor field trips to local forests. He and his wife, Mary, plan to travel to the Piirto Family Farm in Michigan and to Finland. The Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences Department invites the campus community to a reception honoring Piirto for for his commitment to students and teaching. It will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. Appetizers and beverages will be served. No RSVP necessary.

Student Successes

Cal Poly Faculty and Students Celebrate the Restart of the Large Hadron Collider

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator began its second act on April 5. After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulated around the Large Hadron Collider, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With the collider back in action, Cal Poly professor Jennifer Klay and her students will be heading back to CERN this summer to help collect and analyze data for the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved in the laboratory. These collisions — hundreds of millions of them every second — will lead scientists to new and unexplored realms of physics, and could yield extraordinary insights into the nature of the physical universe. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Journalism Faculty and Students Recognized with National Honors

Mustang News won a multitude of awards from the College Media Business and Advertising Managers, California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Mustang News took home 13 awards, including three first-place honors, from the College Media Business and Advertising Managers’ (CMBAM) 43rd Annual Advertising Awards Competition held March 18-21 in Chicago. Staffers were recognized in the categories of Best Designer, Best Advertising Manager, Best Public Relations or Marketing Manager, Best Online Display Ad, Best Self-Promotion Multimedia Ad Campaign, Best Social Media Strategy, and Best Group Promotion. Mustang Media General Manager Paul Bittick was presented the JoAnn Daughtee Distinguished Service Award. Created to recognize long-time members of CMBAM, the award honors individuals who have shown dedication, commitment and sacrifice for the betterment of student media programs. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

April is Pride Month at Cal Poly

Pride Month Banner: Once Upon a Pride April is Pride Month, a month-long celebration of Cal Poly's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community sponsored by Cal Poly's Pride Center. The goal is to spark dialogue that promotes awareness of LGBTQIA identities and reduce stereotypes. Pride Month includes educational and social events that are open to all members of the Cal Poly community. Follow Pride Month activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #CPpridemonth. Learn more about Pride Month and opportunities to get involved by visiting the Pride Center website. For more information, email

Computer Science Professor to Talk on Data Security Crisis April 16

Zachary Peterson in front of block wallZachary N. J. Peterson, assistant professor of computer science and a faculty member with the university’s Cybersecurity Center, will present “Cyber CSI: Working to Solve the Data Security Crisis” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 16, in the Kennedy Library, Room 111-C. Peterson will discuss the security implications of data storage systems and issues with encrypting mobile device data. He will address the challenges of digital forensics, a branch of forensic science encompassing the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices, often in relation to computer crime. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jeanine Scaramozzino at or visit the Kennedy Library website.

April 16 Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees to be Held

Nominees for Cal Poly's Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 16, at the Albert B. Smith Alumni and Conference Center (Building 28). President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each of the 37 student nominees. The 2014-2015 OSEY will also be announced. The event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors, and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

Central Coast Lean Hosts Workshop on ‘Liberating Structures’ to be Held April 17

Central Coast Lean, a research and community outreach program of the Orfalea College of Business, will host a workshop titled “The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures” from  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Monday Club in San Luis Obispo. The workshop aims to provide efficient business strategies designed to streamline meetings, decision-making and leadership for intelligent growth. Keith McCandless, specialist in business strategy and organizational development, will facilitate the workshop. The presentation will also contain a Learn by Doing component that addresses specific challenges from audience members. The presentation will benefit leaders in higher education and various community organizations. For pricing details and registration, visit Central Coast Lean website.

Spring Exhibit to Feature Intersecting Identities April 17-June 5

The Kennedy Library in collaboration with the MultiCultural Center will present “I Am Cal Poly: Campus Stories About Identity,” an exhibit designed to engage visitors in conversations about the meaning of intersecting identities, on exhibit from April 17-June 5. The exhibit features student stories told through photos and personal narratives. It was inspired by artist and UCSB faculty member Kip Fulbeck. The exhibit is accompanied by portions of Fulbeck’s multiracial identity project, a traveling exhibit titled “kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa.” Fulbeck will be the featured speaker at a reception for both exhibits from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the library’s second floor cafe area. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly’s 2015-17 Catalog Available Online

2015-17 catalog coverCal Poly’s 2015-17 Catalog is available online and is effective from summer 2015 through spring 2017. A pdf version is available on the university website.

Kennedy Library to Present Conversation About RFID on April 20

Kennedy Library will present a conversation on “Living with an Internet of Things: RFID and Our Future,'featuring Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor of RFID Journal from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, April 20, in the second floor café lounge. Many believe that radio frequency identification (RFID) will radically transform information technology and the way we do business in the near future. It is a key enabler of the Internet of Things, allowing companies to track and manage parts, containers, tools, finished goods and other real-world objects in real time, with little or no human intervention. Roberti, Founder and Editor of RFID Journal is the world’s leading RFID expert. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with RFID technologies during a hands-on meet and greet before the event. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Retirement Income Strategies Seminar to be Held Three Times on April 22

Human Resources is offering a seminar on investment planning three times, from 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, in UU 218. Presented by Valic Financial Advisors, this seminar addresses the five risks associated with retirement, including longevity, healthcare, inflation, investment and withdrawal, and explains how the income planning process can help manage those risks. It is ideal for employees approaching retirement. To register, visit the Valic website and use code 4116SAN11AA.

Entrepreneurship in Food, Wine Industry to be the Focus of April 22 Forum

“Eat More Innovation: Food & Wine for Entrepreneurs” is the title of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s spring forum set for 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Performing Arts Center. The forum will explore the dynamic world of food and wine and is designed for local business owners and young entrepreneurs exploring the food and wine industry. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with a panel of entrepreneurs who have aligned their passion for great taste with business practices, innovation and success. The P.E.N. (Pitches, Exhibits, Networking) portion of the evening will feature an interactive exhibit of projects in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences. Attendees will have the chance to compete for prizes. The forum is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website. For tickets, visit the registration site.

Presentation on Surviving an Active Shooter to be Held April 23

George Hughes, chief of University Police, will present “Seconds to Save Lives: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 23, in Chumash Auditorium. The program will provide an overview of proactive safety measures for an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds, and what people on campus can do to increase personal safety. The event is open to faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the University Police Department at ext. 6-6654, or email

Financial Advising Seminar to be Held Three Times on April 23

Human Resources will present a financial planning workshop from Savings Plus. The same 45-minute workshop will held three times, at 11 a.m., and 12:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in UU 216. Titled "Put Savings Plus to Work for You," the workshops demonstrate the benefits of saving for retirement, how Savings Plus can help you reach your financial goals, and details about how to enroll, invest and prepare if you are near retirement. There are two options available for eligible (CalPERS) employees: a 401k and a 457 plan. Both offer convenient payroll deductions on a pre-tax or after-tax basis and other benefits. The seminars will be led by Ralph Hoskins, certified financial planner. No pre-registration is required. If you are unable to attend and want additional information, contact Hoskins at 805-459-2005 or, or visit the Savings Plus website. One-on-one appointments are available for complex financial planning guidance.

Cal Poly Corporation Board Meeting to be Held April 24

The Cal Poly Corporation board of directors will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. It is open to the public. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet May 2

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). For more information about the meeting, or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Hospitality Expert to Visit Campus as Executive-in-Residence May 4-8

Jim RogersThe Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department, in conjunction with Martin Resorts, will host Jim Rogers, CEO of Kampgrounds of America (KOA) as an executive-in-residence during National Tourism Week, May 4-8. Rogers is known nationally for his work in the hospitality industry and appeared on the CBS reality show “Undercover Boss.” Rogers will lecture in classes and share his hospitality expertise and experience management concepts and practices with faculty, students and administrators. There will be opportunities for Cal Poly students, faculty and staff to interact with Rogers during his visit including keynote presentations on and off campus.

California Secretary of Agriculture to Keynote Cal Poly Resilient Food Systems Conference Set for May 8-9

Agriculture Secretary Karen RossThe Center for Sustainability will host the Resilient Food Systems Conference on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9. The event will bring together leaders in the food and agriculture sectors to discuss current initiatives on better health, thriving communities and resilient food systems. The keynote speaker will be Karen Ross, California’s secretary of agriculture. The conference will take place in Cal Poly’s Multi-Use Activity Center in the ASI Recreation Center. Conference attendance is free and open to the public, however registration is requested. Tickets are required for Friday’s lunch and for the Saturday afternoon reception. Detailed agenda information, exhibitor and sponsor forms, and registration links are available on the Center for Sustainability website.

Inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week to be Held May 8-16

Inclusive Excellence Week flyerThe Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity announced the inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week, formerly the Diversity Colloquium, the week of May 8-16. The week will include programs and events that bring awareness to many aspects of diversity, in an effort to foster a welcoming and inclusive campus climate for faculty, staff and students. Events will feature speakers and performances sponsored by departments across campus. To sponsor an event or program, contact Annie Holmes at


Career Services Offers Resource to Help Find Summer Workers

Career Services will offer the SLOCAL Summer Jobs program to help find temporary and part-time workers during the summer months. SLOCAL Summer Jobs will be advertised on MustangJOBS April 6-17, before registration begins for summer classes -- a prime time to hire student employees for summer 2015. For more information, visit the Career Services website.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, June 5, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Steve Rein will serve as the main consultant. John Walker will also consult. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, these consultants will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, email Faculty, staff, and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department Web page for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

Pick-Up Soccer

Ready to enjoy the great spring weather, shed a few pounds and make some new friends? Play faculty/staff pick-up soccer on Thursdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. The games are usually played on the field behind the Rec Center and tennis courts but the locations is changed occasionally. To be added to the email list, email Brian Self or Rachel Henry at

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

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


Cal Poly to Screen Documentary on Media and Bio Artist Joe Davis April 15

Cal Poly will host a screening of Peter Sasowsky’s award-winning 2010 documentary “Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 112. A discussion will immediately follow. The documentary hones in on the godfather of bio-art, Joe Davis, who combines intimate images of the body with deep-space, and encodes Greek poetry with transgenic organisms to explore relationships between art, science and the physical world. The film explores how Davis collaborates with some of the best minds at MIT and Harvard to discover our place in the universe, and to reassess what it means to be human. For more information, visit the website for “Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis.”

Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra to Appear on April 17

Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba will deliver the rhythm and sounds of Cuban music to Spanos Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. His rich voice will be surrounded by all-acoustic orchestra featuring syncopated Cuban rhythms, deep bass lines, jazzy horn arrangements, and melodic piano and guitar. Tickets $38 for the public and $30.40 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Cal Poly’s 2015 Open House Features New and Traditional Events April 17-19

A variety of new and traditional events will be featured April 17-19 at the 2015 Open House. For detailed information on events in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, visit the Cal Poly News website. For an overview of events, visit the Cal Poly News website. For more information, visit the New Student & Transition Programs website.

Open House Concert Set for April 17

Open House ConcertThree Cal Poly music ensembles featuring more than 100 of the university’s finest student musicians will perform at this year’s Open House Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The ensembles include the Cal Poly Symphony, Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and University Jazz Band I. Tickets to the concert are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by phone by calling SLO-4TIX (756-4849). For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.

Poly Royal Rodeo to Ride Again April 17-18

Competitor on horseback with two people by his side and a crowd in the backgroundThe 75th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will be held during Open House. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, and at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Fun for the whole family, the event will feature performances by eight teams, including Cal Poly's winning rodeo team, which has earned 44 national titles since 1986. General admission tickets are $10; children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased through the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Music Department to Present Open House Recital April 18

Open House Recital studentsMusic Department will present an Open House Student Recital at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218, on campus. The recital is one of many events scheduled for Cal Poly’s 22nd annual Open House. The repertoire will be varied, illustrating different genres and styles. Several of the performers will present works that will also be on their upcoming senior recitals. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

'The Bobs' A Cappella Group to Perform on April 18

The a cappella group The Bobs will display their vocal mastery and irreverent sense of humor at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Spanos Theatre. Regarded as a band without instruments, The Bobs use just their voices and body percussion to fill a room with an orchestra of harmonious sound and comedy, performing unique covers and original tunes. Tickets range from $38 for the public and $30.40 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Music Department to Present All-State Music Festival Concert April 19

The Music Department will host the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert, featuring some of the state’s best high school musicians, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Performing Arts Center’s Harman Hall. The concert will also feature the winner of the festival’s solo competition, accompanied by pianist and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies. Tickets to the concert are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by phone by calling SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

Art & Design Department to Host Acclaimed New York-based Painter on April 21

Berryhill artworkThe Cal Poly Art & Design Department will host New York-based painter Michael Berryhill from 5:10 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 150. Nestled between the territories of drawing and painting, Berryhill’s work fuses an intuitive expressionism with a self-aware painting language constructed from art historical styles. He seeks to create art that honors the medium’s valuable history while also addressing his own in-process sensory reactions, and taste of contemporary conditions of painting. His paintings often manage to evoke experiences both complete and open, and sophisticated yet raw. Berryhill has received positive reviews from notable publications including Art in America and L Magazine. Additionally, he was named one of the “2013 25 Emerging Painters to Watch” in Modern Painters. 

Paul Taylor Dance Company to Return to the PAC on April 25

The Paul Taylor Dance Company (PTDC) will return to the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The performance will feature a contemporary dance program with a range of emotions and vitality, including a good dose of wicked humor. A free pre-show lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Philips Lecture Hall. The lecture will be led by Moon Ja Minn Suhr, emeritus professor of dance and a member of PTDC. Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $24-$50 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more information, go to the Cal Poly Arts website.

“Preparing for the Workforce” Panel Discussion to be Held April 27

Information Systems Association (ISA), the Orfalea College of Business and Career Services will host “Preparing for the Workforce,” a panel discussion about gender equality in the workforce from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 27, in Chumash Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Being Your Personal Advocate.” The event will feature female business leaders from the technology sector, including several Cal Poly alumni, who will share their own experiences and answer questions. University Provost Kathleen Enz Finken will serve as moderator. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly to Host Discussion of God and Ideology on April 28

Phil WanderPhil Wander, a Loyola Marymount University communication studies professor, will give a talk titled “God, Ideology and Thousand Crane Criticism” at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the University Union (No. 65), Room 220-90. Wander, a leading scholar in communication studies, will discuss how people around the world can explore alternative creative, inclusive and enlightened solutions to the most pressing contemporary issues. He will make the case for the superiority of creativity over conventional notions of intelligence as a means to improve society. Wander also believes that tapping into unexplored creative potential helps individuals gain a desire to be proactive about change. His research is primarily concerned with re-discovering silenced voices in art and criticism.

Cal Poly to Host Bullying and Harassment Expert on April 30

Dorothy EspelageA national expert on bullying and harassment will present “Bully Prevention: Promoting Healthy Behaviors and Positive School Climate” from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Chumash Auditorium. Dorothy L. Espelage, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, will discuss the pervasiveness of bullying and harassment in the U.S., exploring why such a culture has continued to grow and offering ideas on what leads to bullying behaviors on university campuses. In addition, Espelage will outline her efforts to develop programs that reduce bullying and create safe spaces for children and youth. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Kennedy Library to Present ‘Historic San Luis Obispo Shared Through GIS’ April 30

Natural resources and environmental sciences lecturer David Yun, San Luis Obispo’s geographic information services supervisor, will present “Historic San Luis Obispo Shared Through GIS” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 30, in the Kennedy Library, Room 111-C. Yun will discuss how the scanning of historic maps and documents using GIS tools has provided new ways to visualize and connect to information from the past. He will also demonstrate online mapping and Web apps to show users how to find and view historic buildings, chart the growth of San Luis Obispo over the decades, and compare side-by-side maps of San Luis Obispo today with how it appeared more than 100 years ago. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

That’s the Key, Cal Poly’s A Cappella Ensemble, to Perform May 8-9

Cal Poly a cappella ensemble That’s the Key will perform its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. The group has performed at numerous events this academic year, including the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market and Alpha Kappa Psi’s charity ball for clean drinking water around the world. The ensemble also competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella West Quarterfinal in San Diego in January. That’s the Key includes 17 students from various majors who sing original arrangements of popular music. Admission at the door is $5. Proceeds fund the group’s competition and travel fees for the upcoming academic year. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on May 16

Bring the kids and the camera and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16. The spring open house will feature interactive displays, including 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 protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.


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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#103618 – International Center Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I), Academic Affairs, International Center. $3,897-$6,022 per month. One year appointment, with possible extension. Open until filled. Review begins April 23.

#103617 – Program Assistant/Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional I B), College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Student Academic Servies. $3,238-$4,580 per month. Temporary through June 30, 2016. Open until filled. Review begins April 16.

#103613 – Buyer II, Purchasing Specialist (Buyer II), Administration & Finance, Contracts and Procurement. $3,656-$5,650 per month. Open Until Filled. Review begins April 17.

#103591 – Software Developer (Analyst Programmer – Career), Information Services, Information Technology Services, Application Development & Integration. Up to three positions available. $4,372-$9,217 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$7,084 per month. Open until filed. Review begins May 3.

#103622 - Equipment Technician (Equipment Technician II – Mechanical), College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Support Shop. 10/12 pay plan position (benefited). $3,123-$4,824 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 17.

#103593 – Clinical Laboratory Scientist II, Student Affairs, Health Services. Up to three positions available. One full-time, 10/12 pay plan position (benefited). Anticipated hiring range: $3,920-$4,706 per month. Two hourly, per diem, part-time, temporary through June 30, 2016, with possible extension (non-benefited). Anticipated hiring range: $19.92-$35.00 per hour. Open until filled. Review begins April 17.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website 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.

#103597Full-Time 12-Month Lecturer (ELM/MAPE Coordinator), Mathematics Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-1227. Review begins May 4.

#103599Full-Time Lecturer in Mathematics, Mathematics Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-1227. Review begins May 8.

Part-Time Lecturer Pools – Pools are opening for the 2015-16 academic year.  Visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to search department of interest.

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. All positions have excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, paid sick leave/vacation and holidays. To view job postings and/or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

There are no new openings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new openings at this time.