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Cal Poly Report — May 20, 2015


LightSail CubeSat Mission Blasts Off from Cape Canaveral

Chirps from space are a welcome sound to a team of Cal Poly CubeSat engineering faculty and students. And more are on the way in the wake of the launch of The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft Wednesday, May 20, aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. After LightSail, a solar sail owned by the Planetary Society, a nonprofit space advocacy group headed by CEO Bill Nye, separates from the launch rocket, its autonomous flight sequence will boot, commanding the antenna to deploy. Students manning the Cal Poly Earth Station in Engineering IV will be listening. First possible contact was scheduled at 11:19 a.m. when the spacecraft was in range of the Cal Poly ground station; however, since it was initially bunched with nine other chirping CubeSats, it may take additional passes over campus before LightSail’s signal can be conclusively heard. LightSail is in a CubeSat about the size of a loaf of bread, but once in space its reflective sails will stretch out to the size of one side of a tennis court. The Planetary Society is testing the sail to show that the sun's energy can be harnessed to propel a spacecraft. The other CubeSats also have Cal Poly ties, said John Bellardo, (pictured) an associate professor of computer science. These include three OptiCubes that will provide on-orbit targets for ground assets to calibrate sensors for orbital debris studies and small-object tracking improvements. “Possible tests for the OptiCubes include initial orbit determination of small objects using small telescopes here on campus,” he said. Furthermore, all the CubeSats were housed in eight Poly-Pico Orbital Deployers, or P-PODs, built by Cal Poly. The P-PODs were integrated into a structure, dubbed ULTRASat, that was bolted to the bottom of the rocket’s second stage. Seven P-PODs contain nine National Reconnaissance Office-sponsored CubeSats, while one P-PODs contained a NASA-sponsored satellite. The Planetary Society’s Nye visited Cal Poly last summer for a sail deployment test. Cal Poly’s team also provided environmental testing of the LightSail in advance of Wednesday’s launch.

Faculty Honored with Inaugural Learn by Doing Scholar Award

The inaugural Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipients were named at the More than a Motto Conference on May 15. Dr. J. Kevin Taylor, (pictured with President Armstrong) who chairs the Kinesiology Department, was honored for published research — “Learning Design through the Lens of Service: A Qualitative Study” that appeared last spring in the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering. The committee also acknowledged the study’s co-authors: Dr. David Hey, Dr. Brian Self, Dr. Lynne Slivovsky and Dr. James Widmann.The award included $2,000. In the second award, Dr. Steffen Peuker, the James L. Bartlett, Jr. assistant professor in mechanical engineering ,was recognized for planned and in-progress research for a proposal highlighting three teaching innovations: team-based learning, service learning, and a challenge to students to design their process for becoming a “world class engineering student.” The committee also acknowledged the collaboration of Dr. Jennifer Mott. The award included $1,000. The Learn by Doing Scholar Award was established this year to acknowledge and inspire formal scholarship and research at Cal Poly. Faculty nominees were selected from applicants across the university by a committee of peers. For more details, vist

Psychology Professor Receives $100,000 STEM Grant

Julie GarciaPsychology Professor Julie Garcia received a $100,000 grant for the project “Identity Threats in Higher Education: Implications for College Outcomes of Under-Represented Students of Color.” The Russell Sage Foundation grant will allow Garcia to continue collaborating on the project with Sabrina Zirkel from Mills College and Mary Murphy from Indiana University. The team is investigating reasons behind the lack of black and Latino/a students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, despite recent college enrollment data showing an increase in numbers of students of color. Garcia has been a member of Cal Poly’s Psychology & Child Development Department since 2007. She earned a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

Professor Phillip Tong Receives 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award

Dairy Science Professor Phillip Tong will be honored with the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award by the Southern California section of the Institute of Food Technologists. The award commemorates his continuing and meritorious service to the food science and technology industry in the southwest United States. Tong has spent more than 30 years studying, researching, teaching and developing dairy foods. He was instrumental in establishing Cal Poly’s Dairy Products Technology Center, and he served as its director for more than 15 years. The center has worked with a number of companies to develop a wide range of food, ingredients and processes. Tong will received the award May 20 in Cypress, Calif., from the IFT, which has been committed to advancing the science of food since its founding in 1939. The organization has more than 17,000 members in nearly 100 countries.

Kristen Cardinal Named Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kristen O'Halloran Cardinal, a biomedical and general engineering professor, was named the 2014-15 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. Cardinal earned kudos for helping engineering students through ongoing support and work as an advisor, according to nomination forms. She will be honored at the Fall Conference general session in September. The award includes a $1,200 stipend. For more information on awardees, visit the Academic Advising website.


History Professor Named Cambridge Visiting Research Fellow

Matthew Hopper, a professor in the History Department since 2006, received the
2015-16 Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge. Hopper will spend nine months in Cambridge, England, starting next January, writing and researching material for his new book project, “Liberated Africans in the Indian Ocean World.” “Receiving this fellowship is an extraordinary honor for me,” Hopper said. “I’ve had wonderful support from my recommenders, advisors and colleagues, as well as from my college, department and students at Cal Poly, and my family. I hope to make them all proud.” Hopper will be based in Wolfson College and affiliated with the Centre of African Studies. He will have access to leading scholars and critical archival materials necessary to finish his book, which explores the history of 10,000 enslaved Africans who were captured at sea by the British Royal Navy in the western Indian Ocean from 1858 to 1888. Many were taken to one of seven locations within the British Empire in the Indian Ocean. Hopper earned a doctorate in history and a master’s in African studies from UCLA, and a master’s in history from Temple University.

Cal Poly On Track to Exceed Water-Saving Goals

As the California drought worsens, Cal Poly continues to cut its demand for water. In the 2013-14 school year, total water use was cut 23 percent — earning the university a Sustainability Best Practice Award to be presented by the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at San Francisco State in July. This is the third Best Practice Award that Cal Poly has received for water conservation. Cal Poly has stepped up its goals to reduce all “potable” water use 25 percent by 2016. This summer and fall, more projects will be implemented, including the installation of a wireless weather-based irrigation system, as well as removing 28 percent of irrigated lawns in the campus core. These former turf areas will be covered with mulch, with trees watered by drip irrigation. When rains return, the mulched areas will be re-landscaped using native, drought tolerant and Mediterranean plants. In addition, ultra-low-flow fixtures will be installed in eight state and one University Housing Building. Under the leadership of President Armstrong, Cal Poly has chosen to adopt a policy that seeks to drive water use as low as possible, within the constraints of funding, technology, and programmatic needs. For more details about Cal Poly’s Drought Response, turf reduction plan, and ongoing conservation efforts visit: Drought Response; Turf Reductions; or Sustainability Report.

Realignment of the Office of Equal Opportunity

In an effort to better align with personnel support and resources, the Office of Equal Opportunity now reports to the Office of Academic Personnel. Martha Cody remains as OEO’s director and campus Title IX coordinator. She is responsible for implementing and maintaining employment policies and procedures that comply with state and federal non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations, laws and regulations. The office also is staffed by Ethan Kuster, an administrative analyst who joined the office in January. Its mission is to expand, strengthen and support inclusive excellence, respect for differences, multiculturalism, and collaboration within Cal Poly's work and educational communities. The Office of Equal Opportunity is in the Fisher Science Building, (Building 33), Room 33.

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

Lecture and Workshops by Rhetoric and Composition Scholar Set for May 28-29

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a lecture, “Assignments by Design: Writing and Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum,” by rhetoric and composition scholar Dan Melzer, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 28, in Kennedy Library Room 202A. Working with Cal Poly's own critical thinking assessment data, Melzer will discuss the relationship between critical thinking and assignment design. Faculty are invited to bring an assignment to draft, revise or finalize to one of the following workshops. The workshops will be facilitated by Melzer and held in Room 202A:
— Thursday, May 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
— Thursday, May 28, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
— Friday, May 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required by Friday, May 22. For more information or to register, visit the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology website or call ext. 6-5570.

Finance Dashboard Workshops Set for June 17

Administration & Finance will host two seminars 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 for the June 17 class, click here. For a schedule of additional workshops, visit the Administration & Finance website. For more details, email

May 21 is Deadline to Apply, Nominate School of Education Interim Director

The School of Education invites applications and nominations for an interim director in an internal search limited to Cal Poly academic and administrative employees. It is a
12-month position with a three-year appointment beginning July 1, 2015, and ending August 31, 2018.  The director will report to the dean of the College of Science & Mathematics (CSM) and is responsible for all aspects of the School of Education, including academic programs, student success, faculty and staff recruitment and development, personnel actions, strategic planning, organizational structure, program alignment within the school and the university, professional relationships with the Central Coast-area education community, and effective use of resources. Submit applications to Phil Bailey, CSM dean, at, with a copy to Daniel Parsons, credential analyst in the School of Education, at Review of applications begins upon receipt with official review starting May 21. For application information and position requirements, visit the CSM website.

Respond on Undergraduate Research Experiences by May 22

Faculty, advising staff and students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are asked to complete a survey to help educators understand how undergraduate research is conducted on campus.The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, and the deadline is Friday, May 22. To participate, visit the Undergraduate Research website. Faculty and staff members can also participate in an open-ended, half-hour video interview. The survey and interview are confidential. The survey is being conducted by
a team from Cal Poly LSAMP, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM. LSAMP is a statewide project to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups graduating from the CSU with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics disciplines. To participate, contact Noya Kansky at For details about the project, visit the LSAMP website.

Statistics Professors Publish Textbook on STEM Applications

Statistics professors Matt Carlton and Jay Devore recently had “Probability with Applications in Engineering, Science and Technology” released by Springer Publishing. The textbook grew out of the authors’ experience teaching probability — Statistics 325, Introduction to Probability Models; Statistics 350, Probability and Random Processes for Engineers; and Statistics 425, Probability Theory. The book has many examples and more than a thousand varied exercises, with applications from a wide variety of fields. For more information, read a review from Mathematical Association of America.

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.

Newer Faculty Community Breakfast Set for June 5

Newer faculty — both tenure-bound and lecturers — are invited to the Spring Quarter Community Breakfast from 9-11 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 by June 2 at:

Flipping Your Classroom – Summer 2015 Offered by CTLT

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology 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:


Donald Hartig will retire in June after more than 35 years of teaching mathematics at Cal Poly. Hartig taught vector calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, real and complex analysis, abstract algebra, partial differential equations and mathematical software. He created manuals and supplements for several courses, and his current project is the Great Maple Book, which will assist users with Maple software, a commercial computer algebra system. Throughout his career, Hartig participated in seminars and colloquiums and presented papers at special sessions or national meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. He holds his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in math from UCSB, Ohio University in Athens and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y, respectively. Send your well-wishes to

Previously Announced Retirements
Tony Domingues will retire after 36 years in the CSU and 30 years at Cal Poly. After graduating from Cal Poly in 1978, Domingues began his career at Humboldt State University as an academic counselor. In 1985 he joined Cal Poly as the university's first director of student support services. He has served as the senior assistant director of admissions, recruitment and financial aid since 2004. He is a founding committee member of the Chicana Latino Faculty Association and has served as advisor to numerous student cultural clubs. Domingues will continue his love for community service in retirement while also having more time for family, music and the outdoors. 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.

Student Successes

Cal Poly Students Succeed at Statewide Competition

Four Cal Poly students won prizes at the 29th annual CSU Student Research Competition, a competition among 200 students from 23 California State University campuses, at Cal State San Bernardino on May 1-2. Ten Cal Poly projects were presented; the Mustangs tied for the most first place awards, and were second in most awards overall. First-place winners included: Kevin Campbell, a graduate biomedical engineering student from South Lake Tahoe, and his partner Kristina Bishard, an undergraduate biomedical engineering student from Arvada, Colo., for their project on the use of a dairy protein to protect against UV-induced damage in human skin cells; Shaker Funkhouser, an undergraduate physics student from La Quinta, researched an energy extremum principle for charged black holes; and Mikaela Vournas, an undergraduate anthropology and geography student from Simi Valley, reported on the association between urbanization and dietary changes among indigenous Fijians. Mathew Thomson, a graduate economics student from Hatfield, United Kingdom, received a second-place award for his work on the impact of asset sell-offs by the Federal Reserve Bank on short-term interest rates. Also representing Cal Poly were biomedical engineering students Kristen Temnyk and Scott Herting; statistics student Isabel Litton; biochemistry students Isabelle Noxon, Leanna Monteleone and Megan Cruz; and polymers and coatings students John Abdou and Cheyenne Liu. All participants were nominated by their respective colleges, and then selected in a preliminary competition at Cal Poly. Final competitors submitted written papers and made oral presentations to juries of experts.

Cal Poly Student Named ASLA Scholarship Recipient for 2015

A Cal Poly student is one of three university students across the nation to receive the 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows Scholarship. Rachel SantaOlalla, who plans to graduate in December 2016 with a bachelor’s in landscape architecture and a minor in land rehabilitation, said it was a “shocking feeling that I rarely ever feel” to learn she will receive the $4,000 scholarship. “I’ve become comfortable with the professional world through my ASLA endeavors, which have benefitted me as a student, an emerging professional and as a person,” she said. “It felt very rewarding to be recognized for my enthusiasm in the field.” SantaOlalla, 25, was a team leader of a project that received an ASLA national award of excellence last November for a playground Cal Poly students designed and built at an orphanage in Alexandria Township, South Africa.She will attend the professional organization’s annual convention at McCormick Place in Chicago, Nov. 6–9, to receive her scholarship certificate.

Campus Announcements

President’s Community Service Awards to be Presented May 21

The 29th annual President's Community Service Awards will be presented to students, faculty, staff and community agencies from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, on the
patio of the University Home, the president's residence. The awards recognize contributions that impact unmet community needs and partnerships built between the university and community agencies. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Jackie McCook in the Center for Community Engagement at or ext. 6-5338. For more information, visit the Dean of Students website.

Cal Poly to Host ‘Yoga in America’ May Lecture , May 26

Cal Poly’s Religious Studies Program will host a lecture exploring the history of yoga on Tuesday, May 26, on campus. “From Turbans to Yoga Pants: Race, Sex and the Feminization of American Yoga,” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Bioresource & Agricultural Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123. Led by Cal Poly faculty member Anna Pokazanyeva, the talk will discuss the complex history of racial profiling, sexual politics and spiritual privilege, as it relates to modern yoga practices. This is the second in a two-part series. UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Philip Dislippe kicked off the lectures with “The Lost Early History of Yoga in America” on May 19, in the Baker Center. He introduced yoga’s 130-year history and how it has changed in the United States.

Get a Free Biometric Screening May 27 and a Chance to Win $250

Human Resources will make free biometric screenings available to all employees from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. Health professionals with Anthem Blue Cross and Maxim Health Systems will conduct the screenings, which will require a small blood sample from participants. The screening takes 15 minutes and is confidential. The exam will provide immediate results on blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To register, click here, and follow the steps outlined. Participants should bring their health insurance cards. Visa gift cards valued at $50 to $250 will be given to 11 randomly selected participants.

BFA Show Opening at University Art Gallery May 28

The University Art Gallery will complete its exhibition lineup of the 2014-15 academic year with the BFA show, where graduating seniors from studio, graphic design and photography concentrations display their most accomplished and current works, on Thursday, May 28, on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 171. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. The show, titled “Exit,” runs through June 14. Patrons will see the culmination and refinement of the great variety of skills taught in Cal Poly’s Art & Design Department The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bike Month to Feature Bike Fairs on May 28

Celebrate Bike Month at events across the county May is Bike Month, and the Cal Poly community can celebrate at a bike fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28 in Via Carta Mall Plaza, by the Campus Market. Sponsored by SLO Regional Rideshare, the bike fair will feature complimentary brunch, free bike registration, a bike fix-it station hosted by Cal Poly Wheelmen, a SLO Transit bike rack demonstration, raffle prizes, giveaways, bike safety information and more. For more information on Bike Month events throughout the county, visit the SLO Regional Rideshare website. For more information, contact Commuter & Access Services at ext. 6-6680 or

University Store Announces 1901 Sale for May 28

In honor of Cal Poly's founding, the University Store is holding a 1901 Sale on Thursday, May 28. Faculty, staff and students can choose from select Cal Poly sweatshirts for $19.01. Efforts to found Cal Poly, with its Learn by Doing philosophy, began when local newspaper editor Myron Angel organized a group in 1894 to lobby for a state school in San Luis Obispo. On March 8, 1901, Gov. Henry Gage signed legislation that established the California Polytechnic School — a polytechnical high school. Classes began Oct. 1, 1903.

Cal Poly Creative Writers to Read at 25th Anniversary Byzantium Event May 28

Cal Poly’s English Department will host a reading and celebration for the 25th edition of Byzantium, the department’s literary annual, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Sally Loo's Wholesome Café, 1804 Osos St., in San Luis Obispo. Fully overseen by undergraduate students, the award-winning publication features poems and stories written by Cal Poly undergraduate and graduate students from all majors. Each piece is selected through the annual Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest. For a list of winners and more details, visit the CLA website. “Locals hear about Cal Poly students excelling in the sciences, but this is an equivalent celebration of extraordinary student accomplishment in the literary arts,” said English Professor Kevin Clark, Byzantium faculty advisor. “It is a stunning physical representation of student efforts and talent.”

Cal Poly to Celebrate Feminist and Queer Studies Journal Launch May 29

Cal Poly will host a celebration for the release of the 2015 issue of Sprinkle: An Undergraduate Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo. The 139-page seventh edition features a new collection of essays that consider issues of gender, sexuality, queer history and experience. The release party will recognize the journal’s editorial board, local contributors and donors.

Cal Poly Corporation’s Board of Directors to Meet on May 29

Cal Poly Corporation’s Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting Friday, May 29 at 8:30 a.m. in the Corporation Administration Building, Room 124. This is a public meeting.  For more details about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, visit or contact Ann Roy at 756-1131.

Library to Host Talk on Collaborations in Architecture & Engineering on May 29

Book Cover with stairwell and name of bookClare Olsen, assistant professor at Cal Poly, and Sinead MacNamara, assistant professor at Syracuse University, will discuss their book, “Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering,” at 10 a.m. May 29, in Kennedy Library, Room 111H. A question-and-answer session will follow. The talk is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series at Kennedy Library. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Recordings of past talks in the series are available as podcasts on the Kennedy Library SoundCloud site. For more information, contact Karen Lauritsen at ext. 6-7549 or or visit the Kennedy Library website.

Mental Health First-Aid Workshops to be Held in June

A pair of two-day trainings sponsored by Counseling Services in June 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. All sessions will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The first will be held Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2. The second will take place Thursday, June 11, and Friday, June 12. Reservations are required, and you must attend both days of each respective training. Sessions will take place in Campus Health & Wellbeing. For more information, contact Hannah Roberts, community prevention and intervention coordinator, at

Spring Exhibit to Feature Intersecting Identities on Display Through June 5

African-American student with sign saying " am an African-American aerospace engineer and I am capable of reaching new heights! I am Cal Poly"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.

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 or ext. 6-7387. For more information, visit the website for the Office of Equal Opportunity.

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

Donate Clothes Career Services Professional Clothing Closet Project Continues

Faculty and staff are invited to donate work-appropriate attire for the Clothes Closet Project this month. The effort will support students who cannot afford professional clothing for career fairs, interviews, or their first week of work. Donate new, clean or gently used clothing at Career Services (Building 124). For more information, call
ext. 6-2501 or visit the Career Services website.

Complaints Prompt Reminder About Campus Smoking Policy

Cal Poly has designated smoking areas for visitors and members of the campus community who choose to smoke, as spelled out in Campus Administrative Policy 171 (CAP 171). A map of the designated smoking areas is on the Administration & Finance (AFD) website. Ash receptacles must be located within a designated smoking area; receptacles outside a smoking area will be removed. Smoking outside of a designated smoking area, within the campus core, is prohibited by campus policy. When outside the campus core, smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of any building entrance, window or air intake equipment. Review the campus smoking policy on the AFD website. Email questions about campus policy to and about facilities to


Cal Poly Students to Present ‘Onward & Upward’ Dance Concert May 20-22

Cal Poly students will present “Onward & Upward,” the annual spring dance concert, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22, in Spanos Theatre. This year’s performance will exhibit the artistry of student dancers and choreographers from majors across campus. Student-run and choreographed, the dance concert features 25 dances spanning a variety of genres including ballet, tap, Bollywood, jazz, contemporary, modern and hip-hop. Tickets are $14 for the public, and $10 for students. For full details, visit the CLA website.

Cal Poly Brass Groups to Perform ‘All That Brass!’ on May 21

Brass EnsembleThe Cal Poly Brass Ensembles, featuring many of the university's top brass players, will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 21 in the sanctuary of the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. The concert, titled “All That Brass!,” will feature Cal Poly’s Brass Choir and Trumpet Ensemble performing compositions and arrangements by composers J.S. Bach and Chris Hazell. Highlights will include Hazell’s joyful “Three Brass Cats” and “Infinite Ascent.” The church is at 1515 Fredericks St. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.

Early Music Ensemble to Present ‘The Glory of Venice' on May 22

picture of the city of Venice with "Glory of Venice" captionThe Early Music Ensemble will present its annual spring concert, "The Glory of Venice," at 8 p.m. May 22 in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The concert will feature 15 student musicians performing works from 1530-1630 — the years that Venice was a major music center. The choir will sing from various locations in the mission church, demonstrating how music was performed in St. Mark's Venetian cathedral. Sacred music, madrigals and street songs will all be featured. Music Professor Thomas Davies will conduct the ensemble. Paul Woodring, music staff member, will accompany the ensemble. Tickets are $14 for the public, $12
for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

Arab Music Ensemble to Feature Program of Music and Dance on May 23

Belly dancers on stageThe Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a diverse program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. May 23 in the Spanos Theatre. The concert will feature some of the most celebrated instrumental, vocal and poetic repertoire composed and performed by artists such as Tatyos Efendi from modern-day Turkey, Fairuz and the Rahbani Bros. from Lebanon, and Farid Al-Atrash from Syria. Tickets are $12 for the public and $9 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Sell-Out Improv Comedians Return to Perform at PAC on May 28

Ryan Stiles with three other improv comediansRyan Stiles will return with a troupe of improvisational comedians in “Whose Live Anyway?” at 7:30 p.m. May 28 in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The group is returning for an encore performance after two sell-out events at the PAC. Tickets range from $28-$58 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Latin Jazz Trombonist to Perform with University Jazz Bands on May 30

Wayne Wallace and his tromboneTrombone player Wayne Wallace, specializing in Afro-Cuban and Latin music, will perform with Cal Poly’s best student jazz musicians at 8 p.m. May 30 at the Performing Arts Center. A five-time Grammy nominee, Wallace is an accomplished arranger, educator and composer for film and television, known for the use of traditional forms and styles in combination with contemporary music. He will appear with two of Cal Poly’s big bands, composed of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalist. Two Cal Poly student jazz combos will also perform. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

‘Take It SLO’ A Capella Ensemble To Perform Twice May 31

Take it SLO group outdoorsTake It SLO, one of Cal Poly’s a cappella ensembles, will present its spring concert at 1 and 7 p.m. May 31 in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. The 16-member student ensemble will sing a variety of popular songs arranged by the students and alumni of the group. The group includes students from a variety of majors, including business, microbiology and engineering. Admission is $7 at the door for the public and $5 for students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Student Ensemble to Stage ‘RSVP XX: Kinship/Being Frank' Concert on June 2, 4

RSVP XX with graphic background imageThe Music Department student production ensemble RSVP will stage “RSVP XX: Kinship/Being Frank” at 8 p.m. June 2 and June 4 in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. This marks the 20th season of the transmedia series that celebrates electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. Transmedia refers to storytelling in the digital age, weaving together separate plot threads through traditional and new media outlets. Inspired by biological diversity, the beauty of the natural environment, and the worrisome trajectory of humankind’s use and misuse of them, this year’s production will take the audience on a visual, sonic, introspective and multicultural tour of humankind’s relationship to its world, creation, the transcendent and the mundane. The show will exhibit a wide array of musical styles and genres, including background material adapted from scientific, theological and spiritual traditions. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Wind Bands to Perform in Concert with Guest Artists June 5

Laura Kramer and Antonio BaratoSaxophonist 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

Susan DuffyThe 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.


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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.

#103683 – Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (Administrator III), Student Affairs – Dean of Students. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated Annual Salary Range: $130,000 - $145,000. Open until filled. Review begins June 5.

#103693 – Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs – University Advising. $3,673 - $5,221 per month. Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,673 - $4,166 per month. Closes June 5.

#103691 – University Scheduling Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I), Academic Affairs – Office of the Registrar. $3,897 - $6,022 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 25.

#103651 – Custodian (Temporary), Administration and Finance - Facility Services – Custodial Services. Up to 10 positions available. One year appointment, with possible extension. $2,319 - $3,583 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 22.

#103653 – Administrative Support Assistant II, Administration and Finance - Facility Services – Support Services. 6 months and 1 day appointment, with possible extension. $2,539 - $3,922 per month. Anticipated Hiring Range: $2,539 - $2,792 per month. Open until filled. Review beings May 22.

#103692 – Assistant for Communications and Records (Confidential Office Support II), Presidents Office. $2,277 – $5,062 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 22.

#103674 – Assignment Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Student Affairs – University Housing – Housing Administration. $2,539 - $3,922 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 27.

#103529 – Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Liberal Arts – History Department. $2,846 - $4,396 per month. Closes May 27.

#103681 – Gallery Specialist (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II), College of Liberal Arts, Art & Design. $3,515-$5,429 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,515-$4,042 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 5.

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.

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.

Payables/Inventory Account Clerk I, Campus Dining, $12.67-$18.37 per hour.

Holistic Resource Management Apprenticeship, Swanton Pacific Ranch, $10-$14 per hour.

Irrigation Support Engineer/Specialist I, Irrigation Training & Research Center, $41,002-$64,220 per year.

Sponsored Programs Manager, Sponsored Programs, $54,912-$79,560 per year.

Assistant Supervisor, Catering, $10.54-15.28 per hour.

Custodian, Campus Dining, $13.37-$20.07 per hour.

Director, Educational Talent Search, $48,024-$68,412 per year.

Director, Student Support Services, $48,024-$68,412 per year.

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.