Cal Poly Report

CP Sports News

Please note: The last issue for the fall 2015 academic period will be Wednesday, Dec. 9. Cal Poly Report will be on hiatus during the academic holiday. The deadline for the Dec. 9 issue is 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

Cal Poly Report — Dec. 2, 2015


Alumnus Makes Donation to Athletics: $10 Million for Golf Program

Bill and Cheryl Swanson with members of the women's golf programRetired Raytheon Co. Chairman William H. (Bill) Swanson (Electrical Engineering, 1973) and his wife, Cheryl, have donated more than $10 million to the Cal Poly golf program — the largest single gift in the history of Cal Poly Athletics and among the largest ever cash donations to a collegiate golf program in the U.S. The Swansons’ $10.188 million gift will be used to provide immediate cash support for scholarships and establish an operating endowment named the “Swanson Cal Poly Golf Program.” Supporting the men's and women's golf programs, the endowment will fund new scholarships, focusing on engineering and first-generation student-athletes; support participation in better national tournaments, positioning the teams to compete for Big West and national championships; and afford more robust travel and recruiting budgets, and improved equipment and gear. For more on the record Athletics donation, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Fall Commencement Scheduled for Dec. 12

Three grads in cap and gown with the words "Mustangs Forever"Fall commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Recreation Center main gym. The theme, Mustangs Forever, celebrates the ongoing spirit and pride of being part of the Cal Poly family as alumni. Festivities will include a photographic retrospective and entertainment by student musicians, followed by a reception in the UU Plaza after each ceremony. In the event of rain, commencement will be held in the Recreation Center Multi Activity Center. The ceremonies will be as follows:
— 9 a.m., College Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics;
— 1 p.m., College of Liberal Arts and the Orfalea College of Business;
— 4 p.m., College of Architecture and Environmental Design and College of Engineering.

President to Host Holiday Reception for Campus on Dec. 10

President and Mrs. Armstrong invite the campus community to join them for a holiday reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Rossi Grand Lobby of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. All faculty, staff and spouses/partners are welcome. Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. For more information, contact the Office of the President at ext. 6-6000 or

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

Nominations Sought for Student Employee Award

Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the university's 2015-16 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year: June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016. Eligible candidates include State, ASI and Cal Poly Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. Cal Poly’s OSEY will be announced in April. The winner is entered into the state competition and might go on to the regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during National Student Employment Week, the second week of April. To print the nomination form, go to the Administration & Finance website and scroll down to Student Assistant Forms. Submissions are due to Barbara Rollins in Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 6.

Candidates for Director of University Diversity & Inclusivity to Visit Campus

Four finalists for program director for the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity have been invited to campus. Two have completed their visits: Cesar Margarito, assistant director, Gear Up, UC Santa Cruz, and Kari Mansanger, founding director of Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (C.A.R.E.) at UC Merced. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the remaining forums:
— Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2 to 3 p.m., UU 207: Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, research associate, Future Stewards Program, Rochester Institute of Technology;
— Thursday, Dec. 3, 9 to 10 a.m., Engineering West (No. 21), Room 105-A: Everette Brooks, assistant director, University Clubs and Organizations, Cal Poly.

CLFSA to Hold General Membership Meetings Dec. 2

The Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) will hold a general meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the English Building (No. 22), Room 211. The CLFSA is open to faculty, staff and administrators who have an interest in Chicana Latino issues in education and who are committed to promoting the goals and objectives of the association. To have your name added to the email list for notifications about meetings and events or for more information, visit the CLFSA website or email Debra Valencia-Laver at

New(er) Faculty Breakfast to be Held Dec. 11

Newer tenure-line faculty and lecturers are invited to the Fall Quarter Community Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in Chumash 204. The session will provide coaching and advice for preparing Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) in anticipation of the January submission deadline. A hot breakfast will be catered by Splash Café. Register here by Tuesday, Dec. 8, to ensure enough food is ordered.

Fall 2015 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics Now Available

The fall 2015 publication InfoBrief is now available on the Institutional Research (IR) website. The briefs are two-page summaries of the most recent admissions and enrollment statistics. Feedback on the publications is invited. Contact the IR office with questions or feedback at ext. 6-2204 or


Jean DeCostaJean DeCosta is stepping down from the dean of students position on Dec.12 after 21 years of service. In lieu of retirement, she has been asked to assume an interim leadership position as the executive director of university diversity and inclusivity. DeCosta joined Cal Poly in 1994 as the coordinator of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). She became director of campus relations in 2000, overseeing employment equity, EAP and Ombuds. In 2003, she was promoted to her current position overseeing student engagement programs, including the Center for Leadership and Service, Cross Cultural Centers, Center for Service in Action, clubs and club sports, students’ rights and responsibilities, fraternity and sorority life, and the Safer program, which focuses on sexual assault prevention and Title IX compliance. She also works with students to resolve university-related concerns that may interfere with their ability to be successful and graduate. She is also active on several campus committees, including substance use and abuse, women’s safety, campus fees, retroactive withdrawal, care, and behavioral intervention. DeCosta is known for working collaboratively and compassionately with students, parents, faculty and staff to help students make effective decisions and further their academic success. The campus community is invited to a celebration in her honor from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E-11.

Mary ShafferMary Shaffer, ITS policy and compliance officer, will retire on Dec. 31 after more than 35 years of service. She has worked at the junction of technology and policy, guiding campus efforts to make the best decisions during periods of major change. Her work on the IT Responsible Use Policy has become a model used throughout the CSU, and she was instrumental in implementing the Accessible Technology Initiative at Cal Poly. She also helped develop Cal Poly’s Information Security Program, accessibility and security websites, and other essential resources, including CSU policies and standards. Many will know her from her extensive work with campus committees and coordination of IT policy issues. Prior to joining ITS in 1984, Shaffer worked in Extended Education at Cal Poly and Sonoma State University, her alma mater. In retirement, she looks forward to spending more time with her husband and pets, watching movies, taking photographs, and visiting every national park and presidential library. A retirement reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Keck Lab.

Longette (Loni) LaRose will retire after 18 years of service, three with the Cal Poly Corporation and 15 years State-side. Larose currently supports the Liberal Studies Department in the College of Science and Mathematics. She has also worked in the Biological Sciences Department and in Advancement at the university and college levels. She has provided exceptional service to Cal Poly students and is known for her positive personality, kind disposition and dedication to supporting students. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues. A retirement reception will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Fisher Science, (No. 33), Room 285. Remarks will begin at about 2:45 p.m.    

Frank Limon, Distribution Services and Warehouse manager, will retire at the end of the year after 35 years of service. Those who would like to wish him well are welcome to drop by the warehouse or email Limon at flimon@calpoly.

Ken Danko, supervising carpenter, recently retired after 32 years of service. Feel free to email Danko with well wishes at

Campus Announcements

CSU Tax-Sheltered Annuity Program to Change in April 2016

The CSU will consolidate its tax-sheltered annuity program from five vendors (TIAA-CREF, VALIC, MetLife, ING/Voya, and Fidelity) to one, Fidelity Investments. In the coming months, employees will receive communications directly from the CSU and Fidelity Investments regarding the transition, plan options and timelines. For more information, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Cal Poly Cheese Gift Packs Available for the Holidays

Four types of Cal Poly cheese, packaged.This holiday season, give friends and family award-winning Cal Poly cheeses, made and packaged by Cal Poly students. Ten cheese varieties are available in five gift pack arrangements. Gift packs can be shipped or picked up at the Cal Poly Creamery for a limited time. Gift packs sell out every year, so order early. For a list of cheeses, packages and prices, or to place an order, visit the University Store website, call ext. 6-6644, or email

Housing Events Offer Opportunity for Student Outreach

Departments can sponsor Universwity Housing events or partner with Housing to present an event to students. The events strive to meet the learning goals of building life skills, character, awareness and academics, including Cooking in the Canyon, fireside chats, office hours and movie nights. Housing also offers large-scale social events in each learning community every Friday and Saturday night. For a schedule of events, visit the Inter Housing Council website. For more information, contact Jessica Fred at

Mental Health First Aid Training to be Held Dec. 3-4 and 7-8

Counseling Services is offering a national certification training to support the campus community in responding to mental health crises. The training will be offered twice and will be held in the Campus Health and Wellbeing Center (No. 27). Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders, implement a five-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help, understand the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and identify local resources. Reservations are required.
— Thursday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
— Monday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Attendees must attend both days of each respective training to earn the certification. Trainings are free and include refreshments. For more information, contact Hannah Roberts, assistant director of community prevention and intervention, at

Annual Poinsettia Sale to Begin Dec. 4

A field of poinsettias in a large hothouseMore than 2,800 plants in more than 30 different varieties and colors will be available for purchase during Cal Poly's annual poinsettia sale, which kicks off at the Poly Plant Shop Holiday Sale Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6. The sale runs through mid-December. The flowering holiday plants are grown by students in the university's Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project, which begins every spring. In addition to poinsettias, student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts will be sold during the holiday sale. The Poly Plant Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Dec. 4 Event to Feature Speaker from SLO Wellness Center

The Recreation Center will host the Rec Center Huddle, an event featuring Dr. Rex Stevens from the SLO Wellness Center, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Recreation Center Training Room. The drop-in social seeks to connect members with wellness resources and create a sense of community. Stevens will speak at noon with advice on how to be motivated to stay healthy during the holiday season, incorporate exercise into travel plans, and maintain good eating habits when sweets and treats abound. There will also be a raffle, giveaway, and information about Recreation Center programs, services and amenities.The event is open to faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and their household members. Recreation Center membership is not required. For more information, contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or

Dec. 7 Forum to Cover Parking Updates and Changes

University Parking will host an open forum from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in UU 220 to discuss parking updates and changes expected to take effect early in 2016. The discussion will be led by Chief of Police George Hughes.

Recreation Center to Host Free Rec Fridays in December

The Recreation Center invites members of the Cal Poly community (alumni, employees, retirees/emeritus, and spouses/registered domestic partners) to use the Recreation Center for free on Fridays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Admission includes group exercise classes, use of gyms, weight rooms, racquetball courts, pools, and the climbing park. To learn more about Recreation Center programs and activities, visit the Recreation Center website. Photo ID and proof of eligibility (Cal Poly ID or Alumni Association card) are required for entry. For more information, contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or


Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 4

Student playing onstageImprovisation and rhythmic grooves will be on display when the Cal Poly big bands and jazz combo present their annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Spanos Theatre. The two Cal Poly big bands will illustrate the "wall of sound" — the classic term for a big band playing at full strength. The jazz combo will feature contemporary jazz and a student composition. Among the pieces to be performed are "Nightfall" by Adam Theis, leader of the Jazz Mafia musicians' collective of San Francisco and a leader in incorporating rap and hip-hop into jazz bands; "Deedle's Blues," as performed by the vocalist Diane Schuur with the Count Basie big band; "Don't Stop Now" by Wayne Horvitz, composer and keyboardist with John Zorn's band Naked City; and "I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco," written for jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Exhibit to Feature Photographs by Clint Baclawski Through Dec. 4

Art by Clint Baclawski, the grass on a sports fieldAn exhibit titled “Lush,” featuring the work of photographer Clint Baclawski, is open through Friday, Dec. 4, in the University Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34). The gallery is filled with 64 panels of 128 LED bulbs, which appear to illuminate the image from within. The 128 linear feet of images feature blades of grass on a soccer field. The entire image captures the length of the field; corner post to corner post. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Choirs to Present 'A Christmas Celebration' Dec. 5

Four performers with graphic of holiday plantThe Cal Poly Choirs will present their annual holiday spectacular, "A Christmas Celebration," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. PolyPhonics, the University Singers, Early Music Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble will perform holiday favorites and new works. Staff members Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs and perform solo works for piano and organ. A composition by music major Corey Hable, titled "O magnum mysterium," will premiere as part of the performance. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a carol sing-along. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

'Bandfest' to Rock the House Dec. 6

Members of the Mustang Marching Band performing during marchNearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The concert will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Mustang Marching Band in an evening of bold and powerful works for the modern wind band and the traditional stadium marching band. The Wind Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble will combine forces with a work especially suited to a concert band of more than 135 performers: Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture.” The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements it is performing at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional favorites, the band will perform popular hits such as Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and music from the James Bond and “Mission Impossible” movie series. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

A Cappella Group ‘Take It SLO’ Sets Two Holiday Performances for Dec. 6

Take It SLO performersTake It SLO, a Cal Poly a cappella ensemble, will present its annual Holiday Concert at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The 13-member vocal ensemble will perform a variety of songs designed to raise the holiday spirit and some new works and old favorites, all arranged by students. The group’s members represent a variety of majors. Take It SLO has released multiple CDs, including “Let It SLO,” its Christmas album featuring songs the group will perform at the Dec. 6 shows. In addition, the group has a five-song recording called “SLO Motion,” released in spring 2014. Albums are available for download from iTunes, Spotify and Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $7 for the public and $5 for students. For more information, email

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

For the complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts available.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Men's Basketball vs. IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne), Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Women's Basketball vs. Fresno State, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Fresno State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 12

Women's Basketball vs. Loyola Marymount, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

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.

#103887 – Procurement Specialist (Buyer III), Administration and Finance, Contract and Procurement Services. $4,024-$6,341 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Dec. 7.

#103885 – Accounting Technician II, Administration and Finance, Fiscal Services, Accounts Payable. $3,010-$4,746 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Dec. 7.

#103888 – Manager of Emergency Management and Business Continuity (Administrator II), Administration and Finance, University Police. $36,350-$122,120 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $75,000-$110,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins Dec. 28.

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.

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. Visit the Corporation website to view job postings and/or apply. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

There are no new job 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 job openings at this time.