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PLEASE NOTE: This will be the final Cal Poly Report of the 2014-15 academic year. Cal Poly Report will be published July 1 and 29 and Aug. 26, returning to its regular weekly schedule Sept. 23. Because there can be a large volume of content with the monthly issues, please submit as early as possible, but no later than 12:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

Cal Poly Report — June 10, 2015


Cal Poly Receives One of the Largest Land Donations in Its 114-Year History

Stu and Jan BartlesonA Santa Maria couple has made the commitment to donate a 450-acre avocado and lemon ranch in southern San Luis Obispo County valued at $11.3 million — one of the largest private land donations in the university’s history. Stuart “Stu” and Jan Bartleson and President Armstrong made the announcement at a press conference held at the ranch on Los Berros Road, three miles south of Arroyo Grande. The donation will vastly expand the 11 acres of lemons and 15 acres of avocados already growing on campus. Both crops are used to enhance students’ educational experience. The new ranch has 104 acres of avocados and 131 acres of lemons. Stu moved to Santa Maria in 1958, and with his partner, Slim Minor, developed housing developments and shopping centers in the area and throughout the state. Jan moved to Santa Maria in 1978. She was a real estate broker and a partner in the Point Sal Dunes project in Guadalupe. She co-developed Casa la Cañada in Lompoc, Bakersfield, Paso Robles and San Bernardino. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website, or see coverage from the Tribune or KSBY.

Cal Poly Announces Keynote Speakers for Spring Commencement Ceremonies

GoDaddy CEO and technology pioneer Blake Irving, Madonna Inn owner and philanthropist Phyllis Madonna, and KTTV anchor and Cal Poly alumna Laura Diaz will deliver keynote addresses at three spring 2015 commencement ceremonies June 13 and 14. Madonna will also be awarded an honorary doctorate degree. Cal Poly will confer degrees on more than 3,000 graduates in the three ceremonies. For more information about spring commencement, visit the Commencement website. For more information about Madonna's honorary doctorate, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Receives Grant to Study Expanding the Technology Park

Tech Park picCal Poly received roughly $500,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to research expanding the Technology Park on campus. Cal Poly was one of 12 universities and economic development organizations from around the country to receive funding as part of the 2014 Science and Research Park Development Grants program. The Regional Innovation Strategies program, run by the EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is a new initiative designed to advance regional innovation and capacity-building activities. The initial phase will study market feasibility and programming to ensure that any new facilities will meet the needs of the university for the next 20 to 30 years. Secondary studies will investigate how additional facilities can help diversify and stimulate the regional economy by attracting businesses, creating high-paying technical jobs and developing new industry clusters. For a list of award recipients, visit the EDA website. For more information on the Tech Park, visit the Office of Research & Economic Development’s website or contact Jim Dunning at

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

President Presents Diversity Awards

President Armstrong presented the President’s Diversity Awards at the Performing Arts Center on May 22. Recipients and the respective award included Jose Navarro, Faculty Award; Renoda Campbell, Staff Award; Rocio Gonzalez, Student Award; PRISM, Campus Office/Department Award; and RISE, Student Group Award. The President’s Diversity Awards are designed to celebrate faculty, staff, students and organizations on campus that have exhibited commitment to the value of cultural diversity.

English Professor Emeritus Awarded Fulbright to Teach in Bulgaria

Carol MacCurdyEnglish Professor Emeritus Carol MacCurdy was selected to receive a 2015-16 Fulbright Award. The Fulbright Program offers scholars the opportunity to research and teach in a variety of disciplines in more than 155 countries, with the aim of building relationships across continents. MacCurdy will teach courses on American literature at the University of Plovdiv in Bulgaria from January 2016 through June 2016. She will also give presentations at local conferences, serve on interdisciplinary panels, and build relationships with Bulgarian scholars. MacCurdy taught at Cal Poly from 1987 until her retirement in 2014. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Professors Honored by Orfalea College of Business

Floyd and ZambranoEconomics Professor Eduardo Zambrano was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year at the Orfalea College of Business' Senior Awards Ceremony May 29. Zambrano's peers nominated him for his ability to weave real-world issues into his courses to enhance Learn by Doing. He is also involved with the United Nations’ Environmental Programme, where he has helped develop an index to assess a country’s efforts to become ecologically and socially sustainable. Information Systems Professor Barry Floyd was also named Emeritus Faculty of the Year, a student-nominated award. He was recognized for building strong industry connections that benefit students in the classroom. He also developed unique opportunities for students to test software for leading companies and discuss gender in the workforce with alumni in the technology sector. For a full list of faculty honors, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

Marshall McFarland to Fill Seat on Coast Unified School Board

Faculty member Marshall "Lee" McFarland was provisionally appointed to fill a seat on the Coast Unified School District board. McFarland has an extensive background with companies, including Westinghouse Electric, 3M and Burroughs and a diverse range of community-service experience. The selection process was rigourous, with a field of highly qualified candidates vying for the seat. For more information, read the article in The Cambrian.

2014-15 Federal Work-Study Program Ends June 13

Saturday, June 13, is the last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for 2014-15. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any late payrolls will be processed through regular student pay since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. During finals week, Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours. There is no Federal Work-Study during the summer quarter. The 2015-16 Federal Work-Study Program will resume Monday, Sept. 21. 

Teaching & Learning Institute Offers Critical Thinking Training, June 15-19

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology will offer a one-week institute to support Cal Poly instructors in the design of significant and signature critical thinking assignments. The institute will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Monday through Friday, June 15-19, in Kennedy Library, Room 51. Participants will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion. In addition, they will have several opportunities to share their work with the campus community. For more details and to register click here.

Workshop on 'Flipping Your Classroom' set for June 15 and Aug. 17

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) is offering summer workshops to convert a key module of an existing course into a flipped model of instruction. The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online, outside of class, and moving “homework” into the classroom. Two workshops are scheduled: Monday, June 15 and Aug. 17. The goal is to improve student learning in course modules that deliver key concepts using the flipped model. By shifting lectures and discussions online, there is more in-class time for hands-on Learn by Doing. A stipend is offered for completion of the workshop. For registration and details about the workshops, visit the CTLT website.

Finance Dashboard Workshop Set for June 17

Administration & Finance will host a seminar on Dashboards, the official reporting system for financial system end-users. The workshop will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 and will teach attendees how to use and navigate Dashboards to effectively manage the university’s financial resources. Participants must have security access to the Dashboards. To obtain access, fill out a CMS Access Request form. Allow five working days for approvals and implementation. The workshop, held at the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105, will be limited to 12 participants. To register, click here. For a schedule of additional workshops, visit the Administration & Finance website. For more details, email

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 or ext. 6-7354.


Bill KelloggBill Kellogg will retire at the end of August after 32 years of service as a professor and department head for the Agricultural Education & Communication Department. Kellogg is widely known as a champion for students. In addition to his role as a professor and program leader, he has served as an advisor to numerous student organizations, including the Agriculture Ambassadors, Alpha Tau Alpha and CAFES Open House Committee. He also trained hundreds of students, faculty and staff in CPR and fire safety, and has donated his construction expertise in pouring a variety of concrete projects throughout campus to facilitate Learn by Doing experiences for students. He and his wife, Debbie, are retiring together. They are both looking forward to spending more time with their children and grandchildren. Friends and colleagues can honor Kellogg through support of the Bill and Debbie Kellogg Agricultural Education Scholarship Endowment. Contributions can be made payable to Cal Poly Foundation. 

Maurnie HigginbothamMaurnie Higginbotham is retiring after 30 years of service to the Cal Poly Corporation (CPC). She started her career in Accounts Payable and went on to serve as an inventory clerk, accounts payable supervisor, and accounting specialist. She has served CPC as the fixed asset guru and as a liaison to other programs and departments. She is looking forward to spending time with her six grandsons, traveling and shopping. Higginbotham’s last day will be Monday, June 22. She has asked for no formal reception, though colleagues are welcome to stop by and wish her well in retirement.

Previously Announced Retirements
Mike Miller will retire at the end of July after serving the university for nine years, first as dean of Library Services and then as vice provost for Information Services and chief information officer. Provost Kathleen Enz Finken will host a reception in his honor from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 in the Kennedy Library Atrium.


Biological Sciences Student Awarded NSF Research Fellowship

Biological sciences graduate student Paul Carvalho was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowship. The grant will fund three years of his master’s and doctoral programs, allowing him to continue researching fisheries, work that he started as an undergraduate at Cal Poly. The fellowship supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is the second consecutive year that a Cal Poly biological sciences student has been awarded the fellowship. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Students Win 2015 TransUnion Hackathon

An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students won the TransUnion Consumer Interactive Hackathon 2015, held April 17-18. The Hackathon was hosted by TransUnion, a credit reporting agency that also manages diverse sets of data to help consumers reach responsible decisions about their finances. The event brought together about 50 students from a variety of disciplines as developers, engineers, designers and marketers. Each of the 10 teams was given 12 hours and a choice of three challenges developed by the company to produce a final product for TransUnion judges. Among the panel judges were members of the company’s Consumer Interactive Group and the chief marketing officer. The winning team earned a grand prize of $7,000 for its Web and iOS application named Smart Loans. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Entrepreneurship Student Honored for Near-Perfect GPA

Kaitlin Siemering and Professor Jon YorkThe Orfalea College of Business recently gave its top academic honor to Kaitlin Siemering, a business administration major concentrating in entrepreneurship. Siemering, who is originally from Woodinville, Wash., earned the Academic Excellence and Delta Sigma Pi award for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.968, the highest of any senior in the college. She also won the Outstanding Graduating Senior award in entrepreneurship for helping create the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s first kids’ camp called “Launch It!” which will debut this summer. Siemering was also one of 15 students in the college who received scholastic achievement awards for holding a GPA above 3.85. Siemering is graduating a year early and will go on to attend law school at NYU. For a full list of student and club honors, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

College of Engineering Announces 2015 Outstanding Graduates

The College of Engineering announced its 2015 Outstanding Graduates at the collegewide Project Expo held May 29. The students honored included the top senior for academic excellence and three graduating seniors recognized for service to the college, university and community. The Student Volunteers of the Year were also announced. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

English Major Wins Academy of American Poets Award

English major Marissa Ahmadkhani won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest. Ahmadkhani took top prize for her poem “On Remembering,” which renders the aftermath of a love relationship. The contest was sponsored by the English Department and the Academy of American Poets. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Honors Programs Presents Awards for Outstanding Service

graduating honors program studentsThe University Honors Program presented outstanding student and faculty awards at the Honors Showcase and Graduation Ceremony on May 27. The Outstanding Honors Student award was presented to James Sofranko, who is majoring in psychology, with a minor in women's and gender studies. The Outstanding Honors Faculty awards were presented to D. Kenneth Brown, associate professor of philosophy, and Dylan Q. Retsek, a mathematics professor. The honorees were recognized for their exceptional commitment to the Honors Program, its mission and ideals. The ceremony also included presentations on senior project findings from 32 students from 20 majors and all six colleges.

ASI Announces Club and Club Advisor Awards

ASI Club Services logoASI Club Services and the Dean of Students Office announced the winners of the 2014-15 annual Club Awards. Each recommendation demonstrated the excellence of Cal Poly student organizations and the commitment of club advisors. Congratulations to the following recipients:
— Club of the Year: American Marketing Association
— Club Sport of the Year: Triathlon
— New Club of the Year: Cure SLO
— Independent Student Organization of the Year: Phi Sigma Kappa
— Event of the Year: ‘Build an Engineer Day,’ Society of Women Engineers
— Advisor of the Year: Helene Finger, Society of Women Engineers
Other advisors nominated include Jeff Alexander, Black Student Union; Melinda Rojo, Lambda Sigma Gamma; Garrett Hall, Society of Civil Engineers; and Eric Kasper, Society of Civil Engineers. For more information, contact Trisha Sanchez, assistant coordinator for club services at ext. 6-5213 or

Final Demos of Office 365 to be Held June 10

Information Technology Services will offer demonstrations of Office 365 from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, in Kennedy Library, Room 111B. The demonstration is part of the rollout of the Cal Poly Office 365 suite, which includes email, calendar, contacts and other collaboration tools. ITS will discuss this summer’s migration from Zimbra to Office 365 and highlight new features that include 50 GB of email per account. The demonstrations are the final opporutnity to preview Office 365 prior to the migration from Zimbra.

Two-Day Mental Health First-Aid Workshops to be Held June 11-12

A two-day training sponsored by Counseling Services is designed to help the campus community better respond to mental health crises. Mental Health First Aid will teach attendees to recognize the signs of mental and substance-use disorders, assess the situation and provide help, understand the impact of these disorders, and identify local resources. The sessions will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 11-12. Reservations are required, and attendance at both days of training is required. Sessions will take place in the Campus Health & Wellbeing office (Building 27). For more information, contact Hannah Roberts, community prevention and intervention coordinator, at

Seminar on Savings Plus to be Held June 11

Human Resources will present a financial planning workshop, "Put Savings Plus to Work For You,"  at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in UU 219. The workshop will examine the benefits of tax deferred savings accounts; how Savings Plus can help employees reach their financial goals; and details about how to enroll, invest and prepare for those near retirement. The Savings Plus program is a long-term savings program designed by the state of California to supplement employee retirement income. There are two deferred compensation plans available for eligible employees: 401k and 457 plans. Both plans offer convenient payroll deductions on a pre-tax or after-tax basis, and other benefits. To be eligible to enroll, employees must be a state CalPERS member. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To register, call 805-459-2005, email, or visit the Savings Plus Program website. For complex financial planning guidance, one-on-one appointments are also available.

Pride Center to Host Lavender Commencement on June 12

Lavendar Commencement logoThe campus community is invited to attend the Pride Center's eighth annual Lavender Commencement celebration honoring the accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and ally graduates from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. In addition to graduate recognition, the Pride Center will present annual awards for student ally of the year, faculty/staff ally of the year, and the Lavender Leadership award for outstanding student leadership. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact

Nominations Requested for Off-Campus Catering Vendors Required by June 15

Contracts & Procurement (C&P) will continue the program that allows registered and approved off-campus vendors to cater events, with the exception of alcohol service, which will continue to be provided exclusively by University Catering.  Service providers will be needed for events that range from delivery and set-up to full-service catering. C&P will accept applications to become a registered vendor in June and expects to have an approved list in late July. Current caterers will automatically be invited to renew their application. For more information or a list of approved caterers, visit the Administration & Finance website. To submit suggestions for companies you would like to be invited to apply, email by Monday, June 15, with the name and contact information.

Financial Planning Seminar to be Held Three Times on June 17

Social Security card against different denomination billsHuman Resources is offering a free, hourlong seminar on Social Security three times on Wednesday, June 17, in UU 218. The sessions will be held at 11 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Presented by Valic Financial Advisors, the seminar will discuss when to claim Social Security benefits, how to maximize your benefits, and where Social Security fits in with your overall retirement income plan. You will learn about the cost of retirement, Social Security benefits and bridging the income gap. To register, visit the Valic website and use code 4116SAN11AA.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops to be Held June-August

Employment equity facilitator workshops will be held in June, July and August in the Fisher Science (Building 33), Room 290. Three sessions will be held: 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 the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), will lead the workshops. Jen Myers in the Office of Academic Personnel and Chrystal Pope or Taj Knudsen from Human Resources will answer questions and provide information on faculty and staff recruitment. Ethan Kuster, an OEO administrative analyst, will discuss 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.

Cal Poly Cat Program Accepting Donations

The Cal Poly Cat Program (CPCP) is a volunteer organization in its 23rd year providing emergency care, shelter and adoption services for cats found on and off campus. CPCP also provides hands-on experience for pre-veterinary students and other interested parties. Cats are spayed/neutered; tested for leukemia and feline HIV; given vaccinations; and socialized, if needed, so that they are ready to be adopted from the on-campus shelter or the program’s permanent PetSmart location. The program is funded entirely by donations. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit the Cal Poly Giving website. Product donations are also accepted, including the grain-free salmon and sweet potato dry food available in the orange bags at Costco, paper towels, trash bags, disinfectant wipes and laundry soap. For more information about the program or donating, contact Ellen Notermann at or ext. 6-1625.

Campus Network Upgrade Will Continue Through August

Information Technology Services, working with the Chancellor’s Office, is upgrading the campus network. Phase I work is in progress to build a parallel network to replace the existing network. Although you may notice technical staff working in your areas, no outages will occur during this first phase of the project. Phase II is expected to occur from mid-July to mid-August. This will involve moving the campus community to the new network, which will cause brief outages during the migrations. Notice will be given prior to any scheduled network outages due to the network upgrade. Once a firm schedule has been received from the vendor, further information will be available on a project website. Network connectivity issues or questions? Call the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000.

Cal Poly Recreation Center to Host Free Rec Fridays on June 19 and 26

people on treadmill at Rec CenterThe Recreation Center invites faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, emeriti, spouses and registered domestic partners for complimentary use of the facility and classes on Fridays, June 19 and 26. This includes use of gyms and weight rooms, racquetball courts, pools, and group exercise classes. To learn more about Recreation Center programs and activities or hours of operation, visit the Recreation Center website. For a schedule of group exercise classes, view the fitness schedule. 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. 6-6335 or

Mothers Needed for Bottle-Feeding Study

If you are a mother 18-40 years of age and are bottle-feeding your baby 0-6 months of age, you may be eligible to participate in a Cal Poly study on how bottle-feeding influences infant feeding. The study consists of three two-hour visits, which will take place on campus. Mothers will be compensated $75 for time and travel. If interested, call ext. 6-5546 or email

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.


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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.

#103712 – Women’s Basketball Team Operations Intern (Helper/Aid), Academic Affairs, Athletics. One-year appointment, with possible extension. $9-$16.68 per hour. Open until filled. Review begins June 11.

#103713 – Men’s Basketball Team Operations Intern (Helper/Aid), Academic Affairs, Athletics. One-year appointment, with possible extension. $9-$16.68 per hour. Open until filled. Review begins June 11.

#103705 – Archives Processor and Projects Coordinator (Library Services Specialist III), Academic Affairs, Library, Special Collections & Archives. $3,371-$5,555 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,371-$3,708 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 16.

#103703 – Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner, Student Affairs, Counseling Health & Wellness, Health Services. Anticipated hiring range for physician assistant $4,742-$6,576 per month. Anticipated hiring range for nurse practitioner $4,742-$7,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 16.

#103702 – Registered Nurse II, Student Affairs, Counseling Health & Wellness, Health Services. $3,403-$5,607 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,403-$3,855 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 22.

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.

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

Tenure-Track Position in Accounting, Accounting Department, Orfalea College of Business, ext. 6-1543. Review begins Aug. 1.

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.

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.