PLEASE NOTE: Next week's issue, June 10, will be the final Cal Poly Report of the 2014-15 academic year. Cal Poly Report will publish July 1 and 29 and August 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 3, 2015
Professor to Talk about Investigating Nepal Earthquakes on June 4
Robb Moss, associate professor of Geotechnical, Earthquake and Risk Engineering, was part of a reconnaissance team funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate the recent Nepal earthquakes. Moss will present some of his observations and experiences from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 4, in the Kennedy Library. The objectives of the scientific earthquake reconnaissance team were to assess the earthquake effects, including ground shaking, landslides, fault rupture, liquefaction and ground failure; collect perishable data; and communicate the lessons learned to local stakeholders, the Nepali people, and to the broader international earthquake community. The trip was the ninth reconnaissance trip that Moss has participated in but was one of the “craziest” due to numerous aftershocks and ongoing ground movement. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.
Engineering Students Unveil Newest PolyHouse Makeover
Each spring, Cal Poly's industrial and manufacturing engineering project management class completes a home renovation service project to help a local family or individual struggling with issues related to disabilities. This year, the PolyHouse team transformed the Atascadero home of a 21-year-old girl with Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Her mother and younger brother assist her with her daily living needs, including feeding, bathing, dressing, and transferring. Because her bedroom is on the second floor, her mother carries her up and down the stairs several times a day. The 18-member PolyHouse team installed a stair lift; made the bathroom, doorways and backyard wheelchair accessible; and installed hardwood floors. In addition, SunRun donated solar panels that will provide all of the family’s electric power needs. For coverage of the unveiling, visit the websites for The Tribune or KSBY.
Eight New Members to be Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame in October
Cal Poly will induct eight former Mustang student-athletes into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 2, including one player that became a coach at Cal Poly. The 2015 class of inductees include swimmer Jack Adam, baseball outfielder Tom Beyers, wrestler and coach Lennis Cowell, football players Damone Johnson and Craig Johnston, softball star Lisa Modglin, soccer player Gina Oceguera, and track and field and women's soccer standout Sharon Day-Monroe. The induction ceremony will be held in Chumash Auditorium. The players will also be honored at halftime during football game against Idaho State on Saturday, Oct. 3. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Athletics 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.
Faculty Tenure and Promotion Awards Announced
President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Provost & Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have announced the promotion of 45 faculty members and the award of tenure to 24 faculty members, effective in the 2015-16 academic year. The promotions include 26 to the academic rank of professor and 19 to the rank of associate professor or associate librarian. Armstrong and Enz Finken extend their congratulations and appreciation to those faculty members receiving promotion and/or tenure. A complete list can be found here on the Academic Personnel website.
Recipients Named for 2014-15 Outstanding Staff Award
Three employees have been recognized with the 2014-15 Outstanding Staff Award: Maria Arvizu-Rodriguez, academic advisor in Student Academic Services; Donald Popham, project and event manager in Facility Services; and Donetta Rosson, administrative support coordinator in the Agricultural Education & Communication Department. The recipients will be honored during the Fall Conference general session in September, when they will receive a plaque and a monetary award. For more information about the recipients and their accomplishments, visit the Administration & Finance website.
RPTA Prof Selected for First Sunset Magazine Tourism Award Advisory Board
Bill Hendricks, professor and head of Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department, recently served on an inaugural advisory board for the Sunset Magazine Travel Awards. Recipients of the awards were announced in Sunset Magazine’s June issue, released this week. Hendricks was one of 12 travel industry experts from throughout the West to judge finalists and choose winners in several travel award categories including: best beach town, best food town, best wine country hotel/resort, and other travel industry innovative ventures, experiences and destinations. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
CAED Faculty Awarded $70,000 to Support Teacher-Scholar Activity
Six faculty members in Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) have been named 2015-16 Teacher-Scholar Award recipients. The awards, totaling $70,000, are made possible with support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and AVRP Studios, a San-Diego based company offering planning, architecture, and interior design services. Three faculty members will receive funding to employ Hearst Student-Scholar Fellows: Meridith Sattler, assistant professor of architecture, Sandy Stannard, professor of architecture, and Joe Ragsdale, associate professor of landscape architecture. Ed Saliklis, professor of architectural engineering, was named the Hearst Teacher-Scholar Fellowship recipient; Mark Cabrinha, associate professor of architecture, received the Hearst Scholarship in Education award; and Dale Clifford, assistant professor of architecture, was the AVRP Studios Housing Innovation Award recipient. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
Newer Faculty Community Breakfast Set for June 5
Newer faculty — both tenure-bound and lecturers — are invited to the Spring Quarter Community Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 5, in Chumash Wing Room 204. The event — held on the last day of classes before finals week — marks the completion of the academic year and is an opportunity to connect with recently hired colleagues from across campus. Come to also learn about important topics and key resources that are essential to your professional success at Cal Poly. The focus will be ideas, opportunities and resources that can enhance your teaching. Hot breakfast and coffee are provided. Please RSVP for the breakfast by June 2 by clicking here.
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. 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. Allow five working days for approvals and implementation. The workshop, held in University Police (Building 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Monday, June 15, through Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. in Kennedy Library, Room 51. Participants will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the institute. 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: 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 further details about the workshops, visit the CTLT website.
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 email@example.com or ext. 6-7354.
Ken Brown, a tenure-track member of the English Department faculty from 1991 to 2001, passed away May 23 after suffering a cardiac aneurysm in April. Brown was active in several campus entities, including the Black Faculty & Staff Association and the Newman Catholic Center. He left Cal Poly in 2001 to pursue priesthood and had served the Archdiocese of Monterey as pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Arroyo Grande since 2008. Brown received a bachelor's degree in English from Xavier College and a doctorate in African-American studies from the University of Iowa. He will be remembered for his unremitting joy, professional dedication, hearty laugh and inspirational oratory. A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, and a vigil at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3; both will be held at St. Patrick's Church. His funeral Mass will be held later this month at Xavier College in New Orleans.
Previously Announced Retirements
Tony Domingues will retire after 36 years in the CSU and 30 years at Cal Poly. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 5 in UU 220.
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 June 16 in the Kennedy Library Atrium.
Multidisciplinary Team Takes Second Place in Low-Income Housing Competition
A multidisciplinary team of Cal Poly students took second place at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Challenge in San Francisco. Cal Poly's was the only undergraduate team to compete in the final round. The team partnered with local nonprofit People's Self-Help Housing to develop plans for a 30-unit affordable housing complex for at-risk and homeless veterans, located in Atascadero. The project is named Vestri Vita, which means “your life” in Latin. The ADA-compliant design included a counseling center; first aid resources; and a “maker space,” a facility with resources geared to helping veterans reintegrate into the community. Cal Poly’s "Green Team" (pictured) included architecture, city and regional planning, construction management, and finance majors. Architecture Professor Kent Macdonald and Finance Professor Pratish Patel advised the students through the five-month research and planning process. For more information, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.
Graphic Communication Students Earn Top Honors in Packaging Challenge
A team of graphic communication students took home awards for Best Concept and Best Graphics in the annual Phoenix Challenge Flexo Packaging Competition. A yearlong challenge, the Cal Poly team worked with The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville, a live theater and restaurant in Oceano, to develop a pop-up mailer shaped like a theater. The mailer’s design includes Soft Touch Coating, augmented reality elements and a butter-scented envelope seal to engage consumers. For more information, visit the CLA website.
Two-Day Mental Health First-Aid Workshops to be Held June 11-12
A two-day training sponsored by Counseling Services will help the campus community better respond to mental health crises. Mental Health First Aid will teach you 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, June 11, and Friday, June 12. Reservations are required, and you must attend both days of training. Sessions will take place in Campus Health & Wellbeing. For more information, contact Hannah Roberts, community prevention and intervention coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Demos of Office 365 to be Held June 4, 9 and 10
Information Technology Services will offer demonstrations of Office 365 from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 4; 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9; and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, in Kennedy Library, Room 111B. The demonstrations are 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.
Rec Center to Hold Open House on June 5
The Recreation Center invites faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and emeriti to participate in the first-ever Rec Center Huddle from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 5. The casual open house allows the campus community to tour the Rec Center and learn about programs and amenities. Local chiropractor and Cal Poly alumnus Rex Stevens of SLO Wellness Center will lead an informal discussion at 5 p.m. The event will include informational booths, healthy snacks, and an opportunity to ask questions. RSVPs are requested by Thursday, June 4. To RSVP, click here.
Spring Exhibit to Feature Intersecting Identities on Display Through June 5
An exhibit designed to engage visitors in conversations about the meaning of intersecting identities, “I Am Cal Poly: Campus Stories About Identity,” will be on display in the Kennedy Library through June 5. The exhibit features student stories told through photos and personal narratives. It was inspired by artist and UCSB faculty member Kip Fulbeck. The exhibit is accompanied by portions of Fulbeck’s multiracial identity project, a traveling exhibit titled “kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa.” For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.
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 you reach your financial goals; and details about how to enroll, invest and prepare if you are 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 email@example.com, or visit the Savings Plus Program website. For complex financial planning guidance, one-on-one appointments are also available.
Nominations Requested for Off-Campus Catering Vendors Required by June 15
Contracts & Procurement 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 an 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 15, with the name and contact information.
Financial Planning Seminar to be Held Three Times on June 17
Human 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, will lead the workshops. Jen Myers 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6-1625.
Facilities Department Launches Portlet to Track Active Construction Projects
The Facilities Project Portlet has been introduced to provide up-to-date information on active projects through the Cal Poly portal. Information will include estimated costs and funding source information (a chart-field). For instructions on how to use the portlet or to add a customized tab, visit the Administration & Finance website. For more information, contact Jessica Hunter at ext. 6-7568 or email@example.com.
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 6-7000.
The Cal Poly Vanpool allows riders to earn rideshare credits and save gas money and wear-and-tear on their vehicle. There are vans available for commuters from Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Orcutt, Santa Maria and Templeton. For more information, contact Dominique Bonino, Commuter & Access Services coordinator, at ext. 6-6680. Be sure to ask about a free trial ride.
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.
Wind Bands to Perform in Concert with Guest Artists June 5
Saxophonist Laura Kramer and composer Antonio G. Barata, both Cal Poly music faculty members, will be the guest artists at the Wind Bands Spring Concert at 8 p.m. June 5 in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The Wind Ensemble will accompany Kramer in the premiere performance of her latest composition, “That Takes Care ’a That,” a two-movement work for solo tenor saxophone and wind band. The Wind Ensemble will also perform the world premiere of Barata’s newest piece, “Leviathan." Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.
Flutist Suzanne Duffy to Perform with Cal Poly Symphony on June 6
The Cal Poly Symphony will perform its season finale at 8 p.m. June 6 in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. The centerpiece of the concert is a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The program will also include “Poem for Flute and Orchestra,” featuring Suzanne Duffy, flutist and music faculty member. Tickets to the concert are $12 and $14 for the public, and $9 and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.
For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit gopoly.com. Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts available. Mustang Athletics will return in August!
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.
#103707 – Irrigation Specialist, Administration & Finance, Facility Services, Landscape Services. $2,990-$4,616 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 5.
#103708 – EOP Academic Advisor/Coordinator/Specialist (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs, Student Academic Services. $3,673-$5,221 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 4.
#103710 – Program Services Coordinator (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II), Administration & Finance, Performing Arts Center. $3,515-$5,429 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 10.
#103709 – Accounting Technician III, Administration & Finance, Fiscal Services, Accounts Receivable. $3,426-$5,293 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 10.
#103653 – Administrative Support Assistant II, Administration & Finance, Facility Services, Support Services. $2,539-$3,922 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,539-$2,792 per month. Open until filled. Review beings June 9.
#103623 – Admissions Officer (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs, Admissions, Recruitment & Financial Aid. Up to two positions available. $3,673-$5,221 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 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. 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.
#103598 – Assistant/Associate Professor in Meat Food Safety/Microbiology, Animal Science Department, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-1241. Review begins June 22.
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.
Accounting Technician I (AR and Fixed Assets), full-time, $16.20 per hour, including benefits. The application period closes Saturday, June 13.