PLEASE NOTE: This is the final summer issue of Cal Poly Report. Publication will return to the regular weekly schedule Sept. 23. Because there can be a large volume of content with the monthly issues, information should be submitted as early as possible, but no later than 12:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.
Cal Poly Report — August 26, 2015
Fall Conference General Session Set for Sept. 14
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the annual Fall Conference General Session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. The recipients of the 2014-15 faculty and staff awards will be honored during the event, including those recognized for Distinguished Scholarship, Distinguished Teaching, Outstanding Staff, Outstanding Faculty Advisor, Learn by Doing Faculty Scholar, and the Provost's Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. Those giving fall greetings and remarks include Labor Council Representative Graham Archer, ASI President Owen Schwaegerle, Academic Senate Chair Gary Laver, and President Armstrong. Immediately following the Fall Conference General Session will be a farmers market-style reception featuring Cal Poly products and produce. Spouses and partners of employees are welcome.
Cal Poly Receives $1.45 Million Grant to Assist Low-Income, First-Generation Students
Cal Poly has received a $1.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities with support services to succeed in college. The funding comes from the TRIO Student Support Services Program. Cal Poly was among 20 CSU campuses to receive grants that support academic tutoring, counseling services, financial literacy support, mentoring programs and career counseling — services that help place students on a pathway to success in meeting their educational goals. Cal Poly will receive $289,325 annually during the five-year grant cycle to assist 250 new and continuing students each year. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
CRP Hosts Statewide Climate Action Planning Conference
The City & Regional Planning Department, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), hosted the second California Climate Action Planning Conference in August. The event drew more than 200 professionals from around the state to discuss changes in the field, including the new 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets, advances in climate planning, updated protocols and guidance, and climate adaptation and resilience at the local and regional level. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
Cal Poly Provides Innovative Solutions for Agriculture During Record Drought
Cal Poly’s Irrigation Training & Research Center (ITRC) will begin its second year of classes to help the agriculture industry combat the economic and employment impacts of the current drought. The training offers a variety of basic and advanced courses for professionals to update their technical skills and gain exposure to new advances in irrigation technology. The first round of classes included more than 265 professionals in 25 classes with more than 6,300 hours of training. The training was conducted with funding from the state of California. For more information, visi tthe ITRC website.
Entries Sought for Fifth Annual TechPitch Competition
Cal Poly, Softec, and the Economic Vitality Corp. (EVC) are accepting applications from startups in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties for the fifth annual TechPitch competition. Entrepreneurs interested in participating can submit an executive summary of their business plan to the TechPitch website by midnight Monday, Sept. 14. Selected startups will receive professional consulting, contacts and opportunities from affiliate organizations and will get help accessing capital. Six applicants will be selected to present their technology-related business ideas to a panel of industry experts and investors. The winner will receive the $5,000 grand prize. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
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.
Associate Vice President Karen Webb to Retire; Reception Set for Aug. 27
Karen Webb, associate vice president for Administration & Finance, is retiring after almost 20 years of service. During her tenure, Webb advanced from associate director of budget and analytic business services to interim vice president for Administration & Finance. She will be greatly missed by her Cal Poly family as she begins this new chapter of her life. There will be a farewell reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Alumni House.
Associate Dean Mark Shelton to Retire; Reception Set for Sept. 24
Mark Shelton, associate dean in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, is retiring after 33 years of service to Cal Poly. He will return in the fall to teach part time under the faculty early retirement plan. Shelton started at Cal Poly in 1982 as an assistant professor in the Crop Science Department and served as the interim head of that department in 1996. He has served as associate dean since 1997, overseeing farm operations and research and graduate programs. Since 2012 he has split his time between two positions, associate dean and executive director of the CSU Agricultural Research Institute. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 206.
Student Affairs Appoints Assistant Director of Cross Cultural Centers
Student Affairs named Ruth de Jesus assistant director of the Cross Cultural Centers. Under the general direction of the dean of students, de Jesus is responsible for managing administrative and programmatic operations of the Cross Cultural Centers, including the MultiCultural Center, Pride Center, and Gender Equity Center. Before coming to Cal Poly, she worked at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa. for nine years, focusing on the retention and success of underrepresented students of color through mentoring, academic advising and professional development. She earned a Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to her work in higher education, de Jesus worked with faith-based communities and nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy, college access, and services to homeless families.
Candidates for Career Services Executive Director to Visit Campus Aug. 31 and Sept. 8
Two finalists for the executive director position in Career Services have been invited to visit campus Aug. 31 and Sept. 8. Each candidate will present a vision and strategy for developing a universitywide employer partnership model for Cal Poly. Both presentations will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in UU 220. The dates are as follows:
— Eileen Buecher; director of recruiting and external relations; Emory University; Monday, Aug. 31;
— Kevin Gaw; senior director, Career Services; Georgia State University; Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Orfalea College of Business Adds Career Readiness Advisor
Orfalea College of Business Student Services recently added a new professional advisor to help spearhead the college’s goals to support students' career readiness and success in the hiring process. The career readiness advisor will work with Cal Poly Career Services, employers and alumni to develop new programs that prepare business students to compete for in-demand positions. The advisor will also coordinate events, including alumni panels, industry tours, and mentoring opportunities with industry professionals. Chelsea Kidwell will be the first person to fill the new post, joining a team of three other professional advisors, 20 specially trained peer advisors, and 32 peer mentors who provide comprehensive resources for business students throughout their college career. For more details, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.
Recreation, Parks & Tourism Prof Named One of Five Up-and-Coming Professionals
Keri Schwab, a professor in the Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department, was recently named one of five up-and-coming professionals by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Schwab’s key industry involvements and her thoughts on the future of the parks and recreation industry were highlighted in the 50th anniversary commemorative edition of Parks and Recreation Magazine, the association’s official publication. For more information, see the NRPA magazine.
Kennedy Library Accepting Course Reserve Requests for Fall Quarter
Kennedy Library invites faculty to submit course reserve requests before the first week of instruction so materials are immediately accessible to students, although requests are accepted at any time. Library materials or personal copies of faculty materials can be placed on reserve. Materials may include books or eBooks, textbooks, articles, solutions, videos or materials in other formats. Book excerpts and articles can also be made available via PolyLearn. If requested materials are in Kennedy Library’s subscribed electronic journals or books, the library will link to the electronic version in accordance with licensing allowances. Course reserves can be made in person or online. College librarians can help if faculty need assistance finding relevant library materials.
2013-14 Graduate Status Report Available; Help Sought Soliciting Responses from 2014-15 Grads
Career Services has completed the Graduate Status Report (GSR) for the 2013-14 graduating class. The information is used by academic departments across campus for accreditation, recruitment and advancement purposes. To view the report and historical data, visit the GSR webpage. Career Services is also collecting data for the 2014-15 report. To ensure the most accurate reporting possible, Career Services asks departments, colleges and faculty to use their personal connections to encourage 2014-15 graduates to complete the survey. Click here for the survey Web page. For more information, contact Seth Igarta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFD Business Connection to Host Second Annual Fall ABC Summit Sept. 9-10
The Administration & Finance Division (AFD) Business Connection (ABC) will host the second annual Fall ABC Summit Sept. 9-10 with more than twice as many subjects/sessions as last year. The two-day event will provide training and networking opportunities for staff and management who support and/or approve critical finance and human resource functions. The ABC Summit will provide a high-level overview of topics that employees will encounter during their tenure at Cal Poly and specific tracks and classes that support budget and human resource job functions. Sessions will include Fiscal Policies & Procedures Overview, Funds – Sources and Uses, Hospitality Overview, Facilities Overview, Public Records Act, and other AFD business topics. Due to limited space, registration will be required. For more information and a link to sign up for sessions, go to the AFD website, email email@example.com, or call Karen Weller at ext. 6-7668 or Dawn Rudder at ext. 6-5871.
Save Money and Learn: CSU Fee Waiver Benefit Available
The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. The benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures and deadlines, visit the Administration & Finance website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6-7354.
Irma Castillo, custodian in University Housing, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Breanne Bielawa at ext. 6-1585 or email@example.com to request a donation form.
Debra Moreno, administrative analyst/specialist in Admissions, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Jeanne Schrader at ext. 6-1304 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a donation form.
Finance Students Excel on CFA Exam
A group of finance students in the Orfalea College of Business achieved a pass rate of 67 percent on the latest Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 Exam — well above the national average of 42 percent. The students who took the 2015 exam also improved upon their 2014 Cal Poly peers’ pass rate of 61 percent. The CFA designation requires passing three rigorous exams that each require an average of 300 hours of study. Candidates need an average of four years to pass the three exams. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
Open Enrollment Period to be Sept. 14 - Oct. 9
The annual CSU Open Enrollment period for State employees will start Monday, Sept. 14, and run through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. During this time, employees will be able to enroll, change or cancel benefits for CalPERS health, dental, vision, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA), Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA), FlexCash, Tax Advantage Premium Plan, and voluntary benefits plans. Open Enrollment is an opportunity for faculty and staff to review and update benefits for the upcoming year. Changes can be submitted through the Cal Poly Portal, in the “Personal Info – My Benefits” section. Review all options and costs carefully before making any enrollment decisions for yourself and family members. The effective date for all changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be Jan. 1, 2016. For more information, visit the Administration & Finance website. Questions can be directed to Human Resources at ext. 6-5436 or email@example.com.
Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association to Hold Meeting Aug. 27
The Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) will plan its annual fall convocation and other events for the 2015-16 academic year at a meeting to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in Erhart Agriculture (Building 10), Room 241. The CLFSA is open to all faculty, staff and administrators who have an interest in Chicana Latino issues in education and are committed to promoting the goals and objectives of the association. The meeting is open to members and interested parties. To be added to the group’s email list or for more information, contact Debra Valencia-Laver at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit its Facebook page or the CLFSA website.
Volunteers Sought to Greet New Student Residents Sept. 11-13
Faculty and staff are invited to help welcome nearly 5,000 students scheduled to move into residence halls for the 2015-16 academic year. Move-in is scheduled Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13. The Mustang Way Welcome Team will greet new students and their families, answer questions, and assist with move-in. Shifts will run from 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. each day. Volunteers will get a T-shirt and badge and be asked to attend an orientation meeting at the Housing office (Building 31) on the day of their shift. Pastries and orange juice will be provided. Volunteer registration is requested. To register, click here. For more information, email email@example.com or call ext. 6-1226.
Russian Conversation Table to be Held Every Other Thursday Through Fall Quarter
Cal Poly will host a Russian Conversation Table at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Julian’s Café on the second floor of the Kennedy Library. The roundtable will continue every other Thursday through Dec. 3. The first Russian Conversation Table will bring together Russian-speaking faculty to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with individuals interested in learning or hearing the Russian language and finding out more about the culture. All levels of speakers are welcome. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for 2015-16 Academic Year
The monthly Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for the 2015-16 academic year. Martha Cody, director of Equal Opportunity, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will be available to answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room (Building 33, Room 290). To view the workshop schedule, visit the Equal Opportunity website. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at email@example.com or ext. 6-7387.
HR Website Updated with Forms and Resources
The Human Resources Forms Web page has been updated. The HR101 Staff/MPP Personnel Action Request Form is now accessible. The form has been updated to include employment awareness for the newly implemented 1,000 hour fiscal-year limit requirement for intermittent CSUEU (CSU Employee Union) employees, Affordable Care Act health benefits notification requirement for employees working in excess of 30 hours per week, and new options in the recruitment actions section. The new HR138 Staff Employee Performance Evaluation Form and its accompanying resources are also available. As noted in training sessions, the Staff/MPP Employee Evaluation Cycle has shifted from a fiscal year review to an annual review on each employees’ original start date. For more information, visit the Forms or Performance Evaluation Guides Web pages, call ext. 6-2236, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expect Brief Outages as Network Upgrade Continues
Information Technology Services (ITS) is upgrading the campus network, and completing the project will require brief network outages in specific areas through winter Quarter 2016. The outages will occur as each area is moved from the old network to the new one. Affected departments will be given advance notice. The project schedule is posted on the Campus Network Initiative project website. ITS will work with technical staff in each building as the outages are scheduled. The network project is part of ongoing efforts to improve the speed, reliability and security of the network. For more information, visit the project website or call the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000.
New List of Approved Caterers Released; Meet-and-Greet Set for Sept. 9
The Strategic Business Support Services (SBSS) Department released the approved list of caterers for on-campus events for 2015-16. The list is available on the Administration & Finance website. There are new caterers on the list and several that choose not to reapply. SBSS will hold a meet-and-greet from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, during the ABC Summit hosted by AFD. For the location of the meet-and-greet, email Casey Humphreville at email@example.com or Melissa Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick-up Soccer Games Held on Thursdays
Enjoy the last days of summer with the fun and friendly faculty and staff soccer group. The action starts at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, and the group plays until they are too tired to keep going – generally, a little less than an hour. To be added to the email list, send a note to Brian Self at email@example.com or Rachel Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Administrative Policies Update
Cal Poly is continuing its review of Campus Administrative Policies. For more information on proposed draft policies, visit the CAP Drafts webpage.
Alumni Big Band to Play at Madonna Inn Aug. 29
The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its 48-year reunion with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom. The 20-member ensemble will recreate the jazz and swing music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other big bands. Music major Troy Hanson, bass player and winner of the 2014-15 Cal Poly Collegians' Jazz Scholarship, will join the performance. The alumni band is comprised of Cal Poly graduates from the late '40s to the early '60s. The predecessor to today's University Jazz Bands, the band was founded as a student band in 1937 by then-Music Department Head Harold P. Davidson. Admission to the performance is free; contributions to the Collegians jazz scholarship are welcome. The Collegians draw a full house every year, and seating is guaranteed only for those who make a reservation and dine at the Madonna Inn Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. For dinner reservations, call 543-3000. For more information about the performance, email Collegians member Bob Alberti at email@example.com or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406, or visit the Cal Poly News website.
GrCI to Exhibit Work at Central Coast Book and Author Fair Sept. 20
The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (GrCI) will display an exhibit of work at the Central Coast Book and Author Fair on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SeaCrest oceanfront Hotel in Pismo Beach. The publishing arm of the Graphic Communication Institute, GrCIPress collaborates with Central Coast authors to publish books on Central Coast topics. The authors will be present to discuss their work and sign copies of the books. Books will be available for purchase.
Faculty Member to Present Free Vocal Recital Sept. 25
Music Department faculty member and lyric soprano Meredith Brammeier will present a recital with pianist Susan Azaret Davies at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the Spanos Theatre. The recital will include arias from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion,” Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment,” and Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe.” The concert will also feature works by George Frideric Handel, John Dowland, Victor Herbert and Richard Strauss. Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to the Music Department Scholarship Fund are welcome. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.
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Discount Season Tickets Available to Faculty and Staff
Cal Poly Athletics is offering faculty and staff two general admission tickets to attend all fall ticketed Mustang sports for $100. That is a savings of $146 for all 33 home sporting events, including football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball. To order tickets, call ext. 6-4849.
Friday, Aug. 28
Men’s Soccer — vs. UNLV, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4
Women’s Soccer — vs. Stanford, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13
Women’s Soccer — vs. San Jose State, Spanos Stadium, noon.
Friday, Sept. 18
Women’s Soccer — vs. Dayton, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball — vs. San Diego State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Women’s Volleyball — vs. Loyola Marymount, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Football — vs. Northern Iowa, Spanos Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Men’s Soccer — vs. College of Charleston, Spanos Stadium, noon.
Women’s Soccer — vs. California, Spanos Stadium, 2:30 p.m.
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.
#103768 – Contracts Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Exempt I), Research & Economic Development, Grants Development. $3,897-$6,142 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 3.
#103792 – Civil Engineering Instructional Support Technician III (Instructional Support Technician III), College of Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering. $4,107-$6,473 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,107-$5,134 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 2.
#103761 – Community Services Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Administration & Finance, University Police. $3,115-$4,913 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 1.
#103787 – Academic Advisor, Mustang Success Center (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs, University Advising. $3,746-$5,325 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,746-$4,166 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 1.
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.
#103764 – Kinesiology Tenure-Track Position in Kinesiology, Kinesiology Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-2546. Review begins Oct. 16.
#103769 – Biological Oceanographer Tenure-Track Position in Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-5242. Review begins Sept. 16.
#103648 – Physics Tenure-Track Position in Physics, Physics Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-2448. Review begins Oct. 1.
#103774 – Physics Tenure-Track Position in Physics Education, Physics Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-2448. Review begins Oct. 1.
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 entity 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. Visit the Corporation website to view job postings and/or apply. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.
Catering Cook, Campus Dining, $13.46-$17.95 per hour.
Catering Service Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $13.46-$17.95 per hour.
Behavioral Health Counselor, Kinesiology, $18.35-$27.53 per hour.
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.
Accounting Technician I (A/R and Fixed Assets). Full-time with excellent benefits, $16.20 per hour. Open until filled. Review of applications begins Sept. 8.