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Cal Poly Report — Nov. 12, 2015


Redesigned Cal Poly Magazine Available Online

The cover of Cal Poly Magazine with wine barrels and two people tastingCreative Services has introduced the redesigned Cal Poly Magazine with the food and wine issue. The fall issue features “vinnovators,” innovators in viticulture; innovative new Learn by Doing facilities; and seriously good eats produced by Cal Poly. The issue also includes news on three faculty members selected to advise the United Nations on various issues; what faculty, students and facilities are doing to combat the effects of California’s crippling drought; thoughts from the director of the Women’s Engineering Program; videos; and more. To read the magazine or subscribe to future issues, visit the Cal Poly Magazine website.

Veterans Awareness Week Events Continue Through Nov. 13

The Veterans Success Center will host events through Friday, Nov. 13, that showcase the benefits of public service and opportunities for those who have served the nation. Events include:
Thursday, Nov. 12:
— "Job Opportunities for Engineers and Beyond," from 11 a.m. to noon in the UU Plaza;
— An information session on employment with Southern California Edison will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in UU 220.
Friday, Nov. 13:
— "The Importance of Service," from 11 a.m. to noon in the UU Plaza;
— A reception to thank Northrop Grumman for its support will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Veterans Success Center (No. 52), Room E-4. Campus is welcome to attend.
For more information, email

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

Candidates for the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity Program Director to Visit Campus

Four finalists for program director for the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity have been invited to campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the forums:
— Thursday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. in UU 220: Cesar Margarito, assistant director, Gear Up, UC Santa Cruz;
— Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m., UU 207: Kari Mansanger; founding director; Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (C.A.R.E.); UC Merced;
— Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m., UU 207: Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, research associate, Future Stewards Program, Rochester Institute of Technology;
— Thursday, Dec. 3, from 9 to 10 a.m., Engineering West (No. 21), Room 105-A: Everette Brooks, assistant director, University Clubs and Organizations, Cal Poly.

Forums to Cover Significant Travel Policy Changes Taking Effect Immediately

The Chancellor’s Office has revised the CSU travel policy, effective Nov. 1, to include a number of changes that will provide more flexibility in terms of the types of travel expenses that can be incurred and reduce documentation requirements for travel reimbursement. Fiscal Services-Accounts Payable will lead four open forums to discuss the changes as part of the Administration & Finance Business Connection (ABC) program. Travelers, administrative personnel and approvers are encouraged to attend in order to assist with the preparation and approval of travel reimbursement requests. The changes include an increase in the dollar threshold over which itemized receipts are required and an increase in the maximum allowable hotel rate. The forums will be held on:
— Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1:10 to 2 p.m., Science Building (No. 52), Room E-27
— Thursday, Nov. 19, 11:10 a.m. to noon, Business Building (No. 3), Room 213
— Friday. Nov. 20, 9:10 to 10 a.m., Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 106
— Friday, Nov. 20, 3:10 to 4 p.m., Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101

Nov. 18 Talk on Change in Use of P-Value and Implications for Research

Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association, will give a presentation titled "The p-value: The Misunderstood, Misused and Maligned Statistic" from 11:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7), Room 1. The p-value has been widely used to assess statistical significance in scientific studies. Wasserstein will address the recent controversy over a psychology journal's move to ban the use of p-values in the scientific research it publishes. Wasserstein will describe the origins of the controversy and its importance and will suggest ways to effect positive change for better statistical inference in all disciplines of scientific research. Faculty, staff and students are welcome.

CLFSA to Hold General Membership Meetings Nov. 18 and Dec. 2

The Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) will hold general meetings from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, in the English Building (No. 22), Room 211. The CLFSA is open to faculty, staff and administrators who have an interest in Chicana Latino issues in education and who are committed to promoting the goals and objectives of the association. To have your name added to the email list for notifications about meetings and events or for more information, visit the CLFSA website or email Debra Valencia-Laver at

Grant Writing Workshop Offered Winter Quarter

A nine-week workshop on grant writing will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays starting Jan. 14 in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 203. The workshop is for faculty and staff interested in research or research administration and will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, grants analyst in CAFES, and staff from Grants Development, Sponsored Programs and University Advancement. The seminar will be a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. Topics will include sources of funding, types of awards (grants, contracts and gifts), marketing ideas, how to approach sponsors, reading RFPs (requests for proposals), what to include and not to include, abstracts, budgets and justifications, indirect costs, payroll and purchasing, and intellectual property and review processes. Writing and analysis will be done every week and participants may bring their own examples for assistance and critique. By the end of the quarter, participants will be able to complete the majority of a proposal and will have knowledge of related contacts and resources at Cal Poly. For more information, contact Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

International Center Seeking Hosts for Local Activities

The International Center is seeking faculty and staff for the Poly Host program. Volunteers will host international students for various activities, such as an informal dinner at a Poly Host's home, seeing a movie, meeting at a coffee shop, or celebrating holidays or family occasions. The commitment will help international students experience the community outside of the traditional academic setting. Poly Hosts will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures while sharing their own. To learn more about becoming an International Poly Host and for an application, visit the International Poly Hosts website.


Matthew Roberts, director of administrative compliance services, will retire after 18 years of service. His last day on campus will be Tuesday, Dec. 22. Roberts began his career at Cal Poly in 1997 as a buyer III, specializing in public works, and became director of contract and procurement services within a year. He served as interim chief of staff in 2011 and director of special projects for the Office of the President in 2012. He has served the university with a deep and abiding commitment — and Cal Poly is a better place for his contributions. Always ready with a helping hand and sound advice, he will be greatly missed by his Cal Poly family as he begins this new chapter. Roberts has elected to forego a formal retirement celebration. Please feel free to stop by his office to wish him well.

Johnny RiosJohnny Rios, interim custodial manager for University Housing, will retire Tuesday, Dec. 1, after 42 years of dedicated service. He began his career at Cal Poly in 1973 as a custodian in Muir Hall. He was promoted to lead custodian in 1988, to oversee the custodial teams in Yosemite and Sierra Madre Halls. Rios has served in his current role as a member of the Housing Management Team since 2014. In 2002, he received the Chandler Award, which recognizes outstanding staff members in Student Affairs. The division will host a retirement reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, in the Poly Canyon Village Conference Room (No. 171, Room A-7).


SWE to Host Building an Engineer Day Nov. 14

K-12 student at work on a projectCal Poly's student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host Building an Engineer Day on campus for local 8- to 14-year-olds. Activities will take place from 9:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, throughout the College of Engineering. Club representatives will lead more than 12 labs spanning disciplines such as structural, mechanical, civil, environmental, electrical, materials and agricultural engineering. The event is expected to draw about 250 students from elementary and middle school throughout the San Luis Obispo area and beyond. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Gender Equity Center to Host Masculinity Dialogues Nov. 12

The Gender Equity Center will host its quarterly dialogue from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Chumash Auditorium. Titled PEN15, the event will use comedy to address stereotypes, myths and gender expectations men face today. For more information, email

GrCI Publishes Sixth Book by Local Author; Book-Signing Nov. 15

A Cal Poly faculty emeritus who recently published a memoir about her escape from the Soviet Union in the late 1940s will give a presentation and sign books from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo. Bianca Rosenthal is a former professor and chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Her memoir, “From Czernowitz to the German Order of Merit,” is the sixth book published by GrCIPress, an arm of the Graphic Communication Institute. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

‘Solving Society's Audacious Challenges’ Topic of Nov. 16 Talk by Alumnus

Aaron OpdykeAaron Opdyke, a Cal Poly civil engineering alumnus now working as a research assistant, will present “Solving Society's Audacious Challenges: The Nexus of Engineering and the Humanities” at 6:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Opdyke will discuss the need for interdisciplinary teams to create solutions to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and address climate change. Opdyke, who works at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will also present best practices in high-stakes interdisciplinary collaboration by sharing his recent research in post-disaster recovery. Specifically, he will examine how such collaborations played an integral role in post-disaster recovery efforts following Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in 2013. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

International Education Week to be Held Nov. 16-20

The campus community is invited to attend events celebrating International Education Week Nov. 16-20. Events will highlight the benefits of international education and exchange, including the Internationalization Symposium, International Film Night, Faculty International Opportunities Workshop, Study Abroad Scholarship and Grants Workshop, and more. For more information, visit the International Center website.

Professional Development Events Slated for Nov. 17

Jaymin Patel, college recruiter, professional speaker, and author of "Interview Like a Rockstar — College Edition," will present two free professional development events Nov. 17. Patel will deliver “Network Like a Rockstar" at 11 a.m. in Chumash Auditorium. Sponsored by Career Services, the talk will cover the recruiter decision-making process, personal branding and pitching. The Orfalea College of Business will sponsor his presentation "Interview Like a Rockstar" at 6 p.m. in Spanos Theater, which  will offer practical advice for advancing from initial interviews to job offers. Faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, visit the Career Service's website.

Internationalization Symposium to be Held Nov. 17

The Cal Poly International Center will host the second annual Internationalization Symposium from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) to celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 16-20. The symposium will feature J. Kevin Taylor, interim director of the School of Education, as the keynote speaker and will focus on curriculum internationalization. Faculty and staff are welcome to engage in discussions on fostering global citizenship at Cal Poly. A reception will follow until 6:30 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 10. For more information and to RSVP, visit the International Center website.

Keynote on ‘Building the Library of the Future’ to be Presented Nov. 18

Keith Webster, an expert on envisioning future academic environments and redefining library and information science professions, will give a keynote presentation, “Building the Library of the Future,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Kennedy Library, Room 111-H. Webster is dean of libraries and director of emerging and integrative media initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University. His talk is part of a one-day colloquium on polytechnic libraries hosted by Kennedy Library and the Kennedy Library Advisory Board. Webster’s talk is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visi the Kennedy Library website or contact library administration at ext.6-2345.

Law Professor to Speak on 'Race Citizenship in the Constitution' Nov. 19

USC law Professor Ariela Gross will present “Race Citizenship in the Constitution” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) in observance of Constitution Day. Gross will discuss key aspects of her book, “What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America,” which unearths the legal history of race by recounting stories of racial identity trials in American courts, from the early republic into the 20th century. The racial identity trials – court cases that determined a person’s race as well as their rights and privileges – help explain the history of race and racism in America. Gross will sign books after her talk. Constitution Day is celebrated Sept. 17, but because of Cal Poly’s academic calendar, the university is recognizing it in November. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

CIE Opens Incubator to Local Startups; Applications Due Nov. 22

For the first time, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) will accept community startups into its SLO HotHouse Incubator program. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 22. Startups applying for the program must submit a business plan and answers to a series of questions that a committee will review. The committee will look for companies with technology innovation, scalability and high growth potential. Up to four ventures will be accepted into the intense 24-month Incubator starting Jan. 11, 2016. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Recreation Center to Host Free Rec Fridays in December

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

Dec. 4 Event to Feature Speaker from SLO Wellness Center

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

Free Legal Consultations Available on Campus

ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding to provide free, 15-minute legal consultations to the campus community. During fall quarter, appointments will be available in the ASI Business Office (UU 212) from noon to 2 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 6 and 20 and Dec. 4. To schedule an appointment, call ext. 6-1281.

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


Theatre & Dance Department to Present ‘The Little Prince’ in November

Two performers on set, next to a plane and with stars in the backgroundThe Theatre & Dance Department will present its fall production, “The Little Prince,” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14 and 19-21, in the Spanos Theatre. The play is based upon Antonie de Saint-Exupéry’s popular French novella. First published in 1943, “The Little Prince” is the most-read and most-translated book in the French language. The story is about an aviator that crash-lands in the desert and is visited by the Little Prince, who helps him survive the ordeal. The performance features 12 actors and five handcrafted puppets articulated by four puppeteers. Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 students, seniors, children, faculty and staff. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Nov. 17 Performance to Feature American Indian and Indigenous Artists

The American Indian & Indigenous Faculty Staff Association is hosting a performance by the group Native Voices at the Autry, the only equity theater company devoted exclusively to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights. The event will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Chumash Auditorium. There will be a question-and-answer session with the actors after the performance. This season the company also established the Native Voices Artists Ensemble to support and engage the talents of its native actors, writers, musicians and directors. For more information, contact or

Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on Nov. 21

Cal Poly student with a youth looking at a starfishBring the kids and the camera and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21. The fall open house will feature interactive displays, including special touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a “Discover Scuba” experience and more. Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists Nov. 21

Belly dancers on stage, in front of musiciansThe Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble will be joined by the Chookasian Armenian Folk Music Ensemble and violinist Adel Eskander in its Fall Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Performing Arts Center. The program will feature music and dance from Lebanon and Egypt and music from Armenia, Greece, and the extended region. The Chookasian Armenian Folk Music Ensemble won first place in the Best Traditional Armenian Folk Music category at the 10th annual Armenian Music Awards for its “Passage to Armenia” CD in 2009. The ensemble was also presented the National Gold Medal award by Armenian President Robert Kocharian in 1999. Guest artist Eskander is a critically acclaimed violinist who has performed with many contemporary Arabic musicians and directs the Layali Zaman Orchestra. Dancers will perform well-known Egyptian and Lebanese folk dances, and members of the audience will be invited to participate in an Eastern Mediterranean line dance called the “dabke.” Tickets are available through the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Symphony to Perform Music Inspired by Nature on Nov. 22

Symphony in background with Music Professor Antonio Barata to side of imageThe Cal Poly Symphony will perform three works inspired by nature at its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Performing Arts Center. Titled “Back to Nature,” the concert will begin with Felix Mendelssohn’s overture to “The Hebrides.” The main melody was sketched at the beginning of a visit to Scotland's Hebrides Islands and depicts the undulating sea. The concert will continue with a new work by Music Professor Antonio G. Barata titled “Great Wings,” written in honor of the great size, plight and songs of the humpback whale. The program will conclude with Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” This symphonic poem evokes four scenes, each centered on the pine trees in a certain part of the city: children playing by the pine trees of the Villa Borghese, pine trees near a catacomb, an evening scene among the pine trees of the Janiculum Hill, and a vision of the Roman army marching on the Appian Way. Tickets are available through the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Exhibit to Feature Photographs by Clint Baclawski Through Dec. 4

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

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center's Fall Schedule

The fall schedule for Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center include solo performances by Melissa Etheridge; groups including Riverdance and the Moscow Festival Ballet; and musicals, including "42nd Street" and "Mamma Mia!" For the complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


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Friday, Nov. 13

Wrestling vs. Drexel, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Monterey Bay, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Women's Volleyball vs. Hawai'i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Football vs. North Dakota, Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 6:05 p.m.

Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#103876 – Administrative Support Assistant II, Academic Affairs, Graduate Education. $2,539-$4,000 per month. Closes Nov. 30.

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.

#103852 Agribusiness, Finance and Risk Management, Tenure-Track Position, Agribusiness Department, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-5001. Review begins Dec. 3.

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

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. Visit the Corporation website to view job postings and/or apply. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

There are no new postings 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 postings at this time.