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Please note: This is the last issue for the fall 2015 academic period. Cal Poly Report will be on hiatus during the academic holiday, resuming publication on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Cal Poly Report — Dec. 9, 2015


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's main gym. This year, 975 students are eligible for undergraduate and graduate degrees. 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.
To read about Great Grads from the fall Class of 2015, visit the Cal Poly News website.
For parking information, see the Administration and Finance website.

Cal Poly Named One of Nation’s Top Four Colleges of Agriculture

Cal Poly has been ranked one of the top four colleges of agriculture in the nation by Campus Explorer, a website that assists more than 30 million students a year with college planning. According to Campus Explorer, Cal Poly has everything, including its own creamery, organic farm, and irrigation research center. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

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

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces New Faculty Fellows

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has named three professors to its Faculty Fellows program: graphic communication Professor Charmaine Farber, computer science Professor David Janzen, and architecture Professor Clare Olsen. The fellows incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into coursework, serve as CIE ambassadors within their discipline, and help guide motivated students through the different entrepreneurial career paths. This year’s fellows were selected from a pool of 16 applicants based on specific plans to introduce innovative measures into the classroom. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Learn by Doing Scholar Award Application Period to Open Feb. 22

The application period for the 2016 Learn by Doing Scholar Award will open Feb. 22. The faculty award celebrates the scholarship of teaching and learning by honoring outstanding contributions to Learn by Doing. The award recognizes a published work and a work in progress, with awards of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The recipients are selected by a committee of tenured faculty representing every college. Launched last year, the award is administered by Kennedy Library and open to all faculty. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Staff Award

Staff employees, faculty members, and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2015-16 award is Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. To be eligible, nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, Corporation or ASI, who have completed at least three years of employment as of Thursday, Dec. 31. Ten-month employees are eligible. Employees represented by bargaining unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award, and student assistants are not eligible. The Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form can be found on the Administration & Finance website.

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.

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


Kathleen Pennington, Cal Poly Corporation marketing coordinator, is retiring after 25 years of service. Pennington started her Cal Poly career as the only staff member with five students handling marketing for Campus Dining. At the time, it was big news that 19 Metro introduced a second option for dinner, as students only had a single choice. Pennington has developed thousands of communication pieces for Campus Dining and the Corporation. She is known for her commitment to supporting student success and a can-do attitude. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family and learning the banjo. A reception will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the Marketing and Communication Department in the Corporation’s administrative offices (No. 19).

Ron Regier, retiring managing director of the Performing Arts CenterRon Regier, managing director of the Performing Arts Center, will retire after more than 28 years of service. First hired to manage Cal Poly Arts in 1987, he was selected to plan the opening of the Christopher Cohan Center in 1995 and has served as the PAC’s managing director ever since. Reiger has been a performing arts professional since 1977, first as a teacher, theatrical designer and technical director at Duke University, then as director of The Commons, a community cultural center in Columbus, Indiana. Known as a true collaborator and arts leader across campus and throughout the San Luis Obispo community, he will be greatly missed by his colleagues. In his honor, the PAC invites campus to drop in for a pizza lunch in Harman Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

Previously Announced Retirements
Mary Shaffer, ITS policy and compliance officer, will retire on Thursday, Dec. 31, after more than 35 years of service. 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. 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.

Campus Announcements

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 University 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. Events include 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

Poinsettia Enterprise Project in Full Bloom

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 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.

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 Friday, Dec. 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

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.

Amendment to Gun Free School Zone Act to be Effective Jan. 1

On Oct. I0, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 707 amending The California Penal Code §626.9, which prohibits, with certain exceptions, the possession of firearms on CSU campuses. California Penal Code §626.9, known as the "Gun Free School Zone Act," imposes criminal penalties on individuals who bring firearms on school grounds, including higher education institutions. Section 626.9(i) provides that:
— Any person who brings or possesses a firearm upon the grounds of a campus, or buildings owned or operated for student housing, teaching, research, or administration by a public or private university or college, that are contiguous or are clearly marked university property, unless it is with the written permission of the university or college president shall be punished by imprisonment for one, two or three years.   
— Sections 626.9(h)-(i) do not apply to several categories of individuals, including: peace officers, armored vehicle guards, authorized security guards, military forces engaged in the performance of duties, and authorized retired peace officers. Until this amendment, persons with concealed weapons permits were also included in the list of individuals that were exempted. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the exception that allows a person holding a license to carry a concealed firearm to possess a firearm on the university has been deleted.
— As a result, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, any person who possesses a concealed weapons permit and brings or possesses a firearm upon the grounds or building of the Cal Poly campus is in violation of the Gun-Free School Zone Act and subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.


Forbes Pipe Organ Holiday Concert to be Held Dec. 20

Ornament with text about Forbes Organ Concert and Sing-AlongThe annual Forbes Pipe Organ Holiday Concert and Sing-Along will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. This traditional holiday concert features a collection of carols on the Forbes Pipe Organ with an interactive twist as audience members are encouraged to sing along. Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Center’s outreach programs and the two participating community choirs, the Vocal Arts Ensemble and Central Coast Children’s Choir. The seasonal celebration is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $18 for the public and $12 for students. For more information, visit the Performing Arts Center website.

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Benefit Recital Jan. 8

Spiller at the keyboardPianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give a benefit recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, in the Spanos Theatre. Spiller's program will start with two sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven: the Sonata in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2, followed by the Sonata in D major, Op. 28, also known as "The Pastorale." The second half of the program will begin with Francis Poulenc's "Les Soirées de Nazelles" and will conclude with five préludes from Sergei Rachmaninov's Préludes Op. 23 and Op. 32. Tickets are $9 for students and $14 for the public. Proceeds will benefit the Music Department Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

Bach Week to be Presented Jan. 19-24

The Music Department will present Bach Week Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 19-24, with presentations and performances on campus, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and in Santa Barbara. “Inside Bach Week,” will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The week will begin with faculty members Thomas Davies and David Arrivée discussing the week’s repertoire in the context of Bach’s life. A lecture titled “The Role of the Evangelist in Bach’s ‘Passions,’” will be at 11:10 a.m. Jan. 21 in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center. At 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center, Chicago-based baritone Daniel Eifert will give a vocal master class focusing on musical interpretation. On Jan. 22, Mensa Sonora California will perform “Bach and Sons” at 8 p.m. in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The week will culminate with two performances of the “St. John Passion,” with Davies leading the ensemble of students and professionals: a 30-voice choir, a 22-piece orchestra, and vocal soloists. The first performance will take place at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The second performance will take place in Santa Barbara’s historic Trinity Episcopal Church at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24. For more information, visit the Bach Week website.

Acclaimed Stage Director to Present Vocal Master Class Jan. 28

German stage director Daniel Witzke will present a vocal master class from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. Several of the Music Department’s leading voice students will perform and be critiqued. Witzke, considered one of the most respected and accomplished producers for new American musicals in the German-speaking world, works extensively in opera and musical theater in Europe and the U.S. Witzke has worked as an audition and acting coach for more than 15 years and has translated several original off-Broadway musicals into German. He was appointed resident director for Seattle Opera in May 2012. The free master class is open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

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.


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Saturday, December 12

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

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Women's Basketball vs. Sacramento State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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.

#103872 – Director for Customer and Business Services (Administrator II), Administration and Finance, Facilities Services, Customer and Business Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 4.

#103880 – Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Office of the Dean. $3,115-$4,913 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 5.

#103883 – Web Consultant (Information Technology Consultant, Foundation), Information Services, Information Technology Services, Application Development and Integration. $3,470-$5,819 per month. Closes Dec. 14.

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.

#103870 Department Head, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, 12-month (Tenure-Track), BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-2161. Review begins Feb. 16.

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.