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Cal Poly Report — Nov. 25, 2015


Swanton Pacific Ranch Joins U.S. Forest Service Research Program

Agreement will expand climate change research at Santa Cruz property as it joins 80 experimental forests in the U.S.
Researchers working in a hillside of redwoods at Swanton Pacific RanchCal Poly and the USDA Forest Service signed an agreement to include the university’s Swanton Pacific Ranch near Santa Cruz, Calif., in the federal Experimental Forests and Ranges program. The U.S. Forest Service’s system of Experimental Forests and Ranges provides places specifically designated and administered to enable the research necessary for developing improved methods of forest management. The five-year agreement between the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station will facilitate an increase in research projects at the 3,200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch, aimed largely at monitoring and attempting to predict the effects of climate change on the nation's farm, range and forest lands. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Architecture Program Rated No. 2 Nationally by DesignIntelligence 

Landscape Architecture Ranked No. 6, and Two Faculty Members Lauded in Annual Report
Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program was rated No. 1 in the 2016 DesignIntelligence ranking of the 34 best public architecture and design schools in the country. The program was rated No. 2 in the nation among public and private institutions. The bachelor of landscape architecture program earned the No. 6 spot in the national ranking of public and private schools. Both programs garnered the “Best in the West” title, placing No. 1 in undergraduate programs in top schools in the Western states. In addition to program rankings, the DesignIntelligence annual report honors excellence in education and educational administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. This year, two Cal Poly faculty members were recognized with this honor. Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, and Keith Wiley, a lecturer in the Architecture Department, received the Most Admired Educators Award. For more information, go to the DesignIntelligence website.

Graphic Communication Receives $2.3 Million to Preserve Printing Industry History

(L to R): Lawler, Prince, FieldRaymond J. Prince, a printing industry professional, has donated $2.3 million to the Graphic Communication Department to preserve the history and knowledge of the printing and imaging industry. The gift – the largest ever to the department – will fund endowed scholarships honoring Professor Emeritus Gary Field and Professor Brian Lawler, ongoing support for the Raymond J. Prince Graphic Arts Collection housed at Cal Poly, and a bequest that will fund growth and education of the collection. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Annual Poinsettia Sale to Begin Dec. 4

A field of poinsettias in a large hothouseMore than 2,800 plants in more than 30 different varieties and colors will be available for purchase during Cal Poly's annual poinsettia sale, which kicks off at the Poly Plant Shop Holiday Sale Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6. The sale runs through mid-December. The flowering holiday plants are grown by students in the university's Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project, which begins every spring. In addition to poinsettias, student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts will be sold during the holiday sale. For hours and information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

President to Host Holiday Reception for Campus on Dec. 10

President and Mrs. Armstrong invite the campus community to join them for a holiday reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Rossi Grand Lobby of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. All faculty, staff and spouses/partners are welcome. Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. For more information, contact the Office of the President at ext. 6-6000 or

Submission Guidelines Revised for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. A new policy has been developed to help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information. Submissions are now required to come from, or be approved by, the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format and a Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty, Staff Honored for Securing $26 Million in Grant Funding in 2014-15

The provost and dean with faculty members recognized for patents.The Office of Research and Development honored faculty and staff who received $26 million in grants and whose research resulted in four patents for the university in the 2014-15 academic year. Those honored at the Nov. 10 reception include:
— Professor Wyatt Brown and lab technician Jim Green from the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences for an anti-browning product that extends the shelf life of fresh-cut produce;
–– Mechanical Engineering Professor John Chen, whose patent aides in the detection of internal defects in layered composite material found in a wide array of commercial products, from passenger jets and cars to personal-use products;
— Professor Jordi Puig-Suari and Austin Williams of aerospace engineering for CubeSat, nano-satellites that piggyback on the launches of larger satellites;
— Professor Tryg Lundquist, a civil and environmental engineering professor, and alumna Tricia Compas-Markman for an extension of the DayOne Waterbag, a portable water purification system that can save lives after water systems fail due to natural disasters.
Also acknowledged for career accomplishments:
— Stuart Styles and Charles Burt, director and chairman of the board respectively for the Irrigation Training and Research Center. Each has procured more than $20 million in external funding for the center;
— John Keller, director of Cal Poly’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, and Nelda Olvera of Student Academic Services, who have each secured $5 million in external funding.
For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty Fellowships Awarded to Business Professors

The three faculty membersThe Orfalea College of Business named Professors Chris Carr, Larry Gorman and Eduardo Zambrano recipients of the Jacobsen Faculty Fellowship. A fellowship is awarded to a faculty member in each of the following areas: accounting, finance and economics. It is awarded for outstanding efforts to inspire students and leverage industry connections to enhance career readiness. Rich Jacobsen (Business Administration, '85) and his wife, Margaret, established the fellowship this year. The award provides financial support for three years, allowing the educators to develop and enhance Learn by Doing initiatives in and out of the classroom. For more details, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

New(er) Faculty Breakfast to be Held Dec. 11

Newer tenure-line faculty and lecturers are invited to the Fall Quarter Community Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in Chumash 204. The session will provide coaching and advice for preparing Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) in anticipation of the January submission deadline. A hot breakfast will be catered by Splash Café. Register here by Tuesday, Dec. 8, to ensure enough food is ordered.

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

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

CLFSA to Hold General Membership Meetings Dec. 2

The Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) will hold a general meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, 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

Fall 2015 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics Now Available

The fall 2015 publication InfoBrief is now available on the Institutional Research (IR) website. The briefs are two-page summaries of the most recent admissions and enrollment statistics. Feedback on the publications is invited. Contact the IR office with questions or feedback at ext. 6-2204 or


Previously Announced Retirements
Johnny Rios
, interim custodial manager for University Housing, will retire Tuesday, Dec. 1, after 42 years of dedicated service. A retirement reception will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, in the Poly Canyon Village Conference Room (No. 171, Room A-7).


Dairy Cattle Judging Team Ranks High in National Contest

Dairy team holiday ribbons and award certificatesThe Dairy Cattle Judging Team ranked fourth in the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest that included 17 top dairy college programs from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho, Colorado and California. The Cal Poly contingency was the highest-ranking team in judging Jersey breed dairy cattle. The team also placed second and third judging Holstein and Guernsey, respectively. The 42nd annual North American International Livestock Exposition is the world's largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition, with 10 different species of livestock competing over the show's 18-day run. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Former Nuclear Exec to Discuss Industry's Unlearned Lessons Dec. 1

Arnie GundersonThe Electrical Engineering Department is hosting Arnie Gundersen for a talk on “Expect the Unexpected: Nuclear Power’s Unlearned Lessons,” from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Forbes Building (No. 20-A). Gunderson served as an industry executive who coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants across the U.S. until he reported botched inspections to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector general. He will discuss unresolved safety issues for older plants, like Diablo Canyon, and proposed new designs. He will also discuss the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and how, five years later, most of the technical issues that caused the meltdown still plague the industry. His talk is presented by Fairewinds Energy Education, which strives to educate the public and legislators about nuclear power and other energy issues.

Donation Deadline Nears for Holiday Gift Drive Held by Center for Service in Action

The Center for Service in Action invites campus to participate in its annual holiday gift drive. The goal is to ensure that all needy San Luis Obispo youth receive gifts this holiday season. Gifts will be distributed through area agencies that focus on families and children. Gift requests can be found hanging from giving trees in the Center for Service in Action (No. 52, Room E-22), the Center for Leadership and Service (No. 65, Room 217), the ASI Student Government office (No. 65, Room 202), and on the second floor of Kennedy Library. Gifts must be returned to the Center for Service in Action by Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Mental Health First Aid Training to be Held Dec. 3-4 and 7-8

Counseling Services is offering a national certification training to support the campus community in responding to mental health crises. The training will be offered twice and will be held in the Campus Health and Wellbeing center (No. 27). Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders, implement a five-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help, understand the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and identify local resources. Reservations are required.
— Thursday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
— Monday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Attendees must attend both days of each respective training to earn the certification. Trainings are free and include refreshments. For more information, contact Hannah Roberts, assistant director of community prevention and intervention, at

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

Dec. 7 Forum to Cover Parking Updates and Changes

University Parking will host an open forum from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in UU 220 to discuss parking updates and changes expected to take effect early in 2016. The discussion will be led by Chief of Police George Hughes.

Recreation Center to Host Free Rec Fridays in December

The Recreation Center invites members of the Cal Poly community (alumni, employees, retirees/emeritus, and spouses/registered domestic partners) to use the Recreation Center for free on 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

Updates to Driver Authorization Forms, Van and Power Cart Driver Training

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has updated the Request to Operate Vehicles on University (State) Business (ROVUB) form to include check boxes for passenger van drivers, power cart operators, and campus drivers with commercial driving licenses. Forms may be accessed in the same location on the Administration and Finance website. Any forms printed previously should be updated. Also, new online training courses are available on the Skillport system for van drivers and power cart operators. Skillport is the CSU-wide online training program accessed through the portal. New van and cart drivers will automatically be enrolled in the appropriate training when the corresponding box is checked on the ROVUB form. EHS requests all current cart and van drivers submit updated ROVUB forms so that training can be assigned.

First Aid and CPR Training Held Monthly

Environmental Health and Safety offers monthly American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) training on campus. To view course offerings or enroll, visit the Instructor Led Courses section of Skillport, the CSU-wide online training program accessed through the portal. Departments may also schedule training for groups of up to 10. The cost is $29 per person, which covers the Red Cross certification fee and materials used in the course. For more information, contact Vivian Longacre at

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 is intended to 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.


Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 4

Student playing onstageImprovisation and rhythmic grooves will be on display when the Cal Poly big bands and jazz combo present their annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Spanos Theatr. The two Cal Poly big bands will illustrate the "wall of sound" — the classic term for a big band playing at full strength. The jazz combo will feature contemporary jazz and a student composition. Among the pieces to be performed are "Nightfall" by Adam Theis, leader of the Jazz Mafia musicians' collective of San Francisco and a leader in incorporating rap and hip-hop into jazz bands; "Deedle's Blues," as performed by the vocalist Diane Schuur with the Count Basie big band; "Don't Stop Now" by Wayne Horvitz, composer and keyboardist with John Zorn's band Naked City; and "I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco," written for jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson. Tickets are available at 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 Choirs to Present 'A Christmas Celebration' Dec. 5

Four performers with graphic of holiday plantThe Cal Poly Choirs will present their annual holiday spectacular, "A Christmas Celebration," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. PolyPhonics, the University Singers, Early Music Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble will perform holiday favorites and new works. Staff members Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs and perform solo works for piano and organ. A composition by music major Corey Hable, titled "O magnum mysterium," will premiere as part of the performance. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a carol sing-along. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

'Bandfest' to Rock the House Dec. 6

Members of the Mustang Marching Band performing during marchNearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The concert will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Mustang Marching Band in an evening of bold and powerful works for the modern wind band and the traditional stadium marching band. The Wind Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble will combine forces with a work especially suited to a concert band of more than 135 performers: Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture.” The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements it is performing at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional favorites, the band will perform popular hits such as Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and music from the James Bond and “Mission Impossible” movie series. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

A Cappella Group ‘Take It SLO’ Sets Two Holiday Performances for Dec. 6

Take It SLO performersTake It SLO, a Cal Poly a cappella ensemble, will present its annual Holiday Concert at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The 13-member vocal ensemble will perform a variety of songs designed to raise the holiday spirit and some new works and old favorites, all arranged by students. The group’s members represent a variety of majors. Take It SLO has released multiple CDs, including “Let It SLO,” its Christmas album featuring songs the group will perform at the Dec. 6 shows. In addition, the group has a five-song recording called “SLO Motion,” released in spring 2014. Albums are available for download from iTunes, Spotify and Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $7 for the public and $5 for students. For more information, email

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

For the complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


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Friday, Nov. 27

Women's Basketball vs. Santa Clara, Mott Athletics Center, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Women's Basketball vs. Montana State, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. University of Antelope Valley, Mott Athletics Center, 7:30 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.

#103881 – Prospect Research Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Non-Exempt), University Advancement, Campaign and Donor Relations. $3,288-$5,529 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,292-$3,417 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 29.

#103882 – Coordinator of Student Development (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs, University Housing, Residential Life and Education. Temporary, full-time. $3,746-$5,325 per month. All new employees will start at $3,746 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Dec. 7.

#103884 – Director of Budget and Finance (Administrator III), Administration and Finance, Budget and Analytic Business Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Dec. 18.

#103874 – Applications Support Consultant (Information Technology Consultant, Career), Information Services, Information Technology Services, Enterprise Applications. Internal recruitment. $4,372-$9,401 per month. Closes Dec. 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.

#103820 Full-Time Lecturer, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-2341. Review begins Jan. 4.

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

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new job openings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job openings at this time.