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Cal Poly Report — September 23, 2015


Cal Poly is Best In the West for 23rd Consecutive Year

Cal Poly has kept its streak alive for 23 years as the best public-master’s university in the West, according to the latest edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guidebook. Cal Poly tied for 10th in the magazine’s overall list of the West’s best universities, which includes 116 public and private institutions in 15 states. The university’s engineering program was ranked the seventh-best master's and bachelor's program in the nation — the same as last year — and the U.S.’s top state-funded institution. In addition, Cal Poly’s civil engineering and mechanical engineering programs were ranked third in the nation — and the best state-funded programs in the country. For the first time, the Orfalea College of Business made the magazine’s list of best undergraduate business programs, and Cal Poly was ranked 10th best veteran-friendly institution among Western universities. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Updates Announced to Master Plan Process

September 2015 Master Plan MapCal Poly released an updated campus concept map and announced several key decisions as part of the ongoing process of updating its master plan, an initiative that the university began last fall. The master plan details the locations, sizes and types of facilities and land uses needed to support the university’s Learn by Doing mission. The information included in the concept map is based on extensive input from the campus and community on several initial conceptual plans first unveiled in April. The new concept map presents refined ideas and concepts under consideration — but does not indicate a specific proposed master plan. For additional information on the master plan update process or to comment on the ongoing update, visit the Master Plan website.

Grand Avenue Parking Lots Close as Housing South Construction Begins

Cal Poly has permanently closed the two large surface parking lots at the campus’s Grand Avenue entrance to make way for the construction of the university’s new Student Housing South complex. Parking Services is prepared to support employees and students and help everyone find the parking resources to fit their needs.
To assist faculty and staff in locating more convenient parking near the campus core, spaces in the top two levels of the Grand Avenue parking structure have been reassigned for staff and faculty. To accommodate important campus special events, the campus has limited residential parking in the R1 lot and reassigned the top two levels as general parking designated as the K1 lot. Commuter general parkers and staff/faculty may also use the K1 lot. However, during campus special events such as the Career Fair and during Spring Tours, the K1 lot will be reserved for special event parking only.
Although the university has enough parking to accommodate the number of vehicles historically brought to campus, parking will not be as convenient and commute times will become longer as outlying lots will need to be used. To avoid potential commuter frustrations, employees and students are encouraged to explore alternative transportation options — including carpooling, vanpooling and subsidized local bus service.
As more outlying parking lots are used during evening hours students, staff and faculty are encouraged to use the two free escort services available on campus to provide safe alternatives to walking alone on campus. Information, including hours of operation for the UPD escort van and walking patrol services, can be found online.
For more information about campus parking and alternative transportation, students, employees and campus visitors are urged to visit the Parking Services website or contact Parking Services at ext. 6-7455 or email

Bachelor’s Degree Grads' Median Salaries Rank 14th in Nation Among Public Universities on Survey

Cal Poly bachelor’s degree graduates rank 14th in the nation among public universities for median salaries, according to’s 2015-16 College Salary Report. Early career graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly earn an average of $57,800, while graduates in mid-career earn $99,500, according to the report. The study also broke out nine different majors/careers. Cal Poly grads tied for fifth in computer science and ranked eighth in physical/life sciences and 10th in communication/journalism. On the list for bachelor's-only graduates, Cal Poly tied for 68th place with USC on the full list of more than 1,000 public and private universities. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Part of Alliance Awarded $75 Million to Develop Institute on Flexible Electronics

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded FlexTech Alliance $75 million over a five-year period to develop the Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for Flexible Hybrid Electronics. The funding will be matched by more than $96 million in cost sharing from non-federal sources. The FlexTech Alliance includes 96 companies; 11 laboratories and nonprofits; 42 universities, including Cal Poly; and 14 state and regional organizations. The institute is part of an initiative sponsored by the Obama Administration to support advanced manufacturing in the U.S. It is the seventh MII announced as part of the program and the first on the West Coast. For more information, visit the FlexTech Alliance website.

Cal Poly Engineers Played Big Role in Small Satellite Mission of the Year

View of space over the sail of the satellitCal Poly Engineering played a pivotal role in a small satellite test flight named Mission of the Year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Conducted by The Planetary Society, the mission tested the LightSail, a small satellite uniquely powered by solar panels that unfurl after the satellite is catapulted into orbit. Cal Poly designed the avionics and UHF communication circuit boards for the CubeSat mission and was the lead organization for commanding the satellite. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly, UCSB Awarded Grant to Study Interstellar Travel

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s scientific feat. That’s the idea behind NASA’s $100,000 Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) grants, one of which was awarded to Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara to make preliminary models of an interstellar spacecraft and propulsion system. The propulsion system would push the four-inch-square, wafer-thin spacecraft to a significant fraction of the speed of light. That would mean that the craft could pass the Voyager spacecraft, which was launched in 1977 and went interstellar in 2013, in a matter of weeks and could reach the next star within a generation, a relatively short time given the distance. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly to Host United Nations University Conference on Drought Resilience

Cal Poly will host the United Nations University Resilience Summit: Disaster by Drought from Oct. 4 to 9. The summit is designed to bring leading academic scientists and researchers together to create effective resilience strategies in all aspects of agriculture, biology, sociology, economics and environment. David Wrathall of the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security will deliver the keynote address. The conference will include panels, workshops and Learn by Doing field trips to give participants a firsthand look at how different communities, businesses and individuals are coping with the drought. Some events will be open to public participation. The event is being coordinated by social sciences Professor Ryan Alaniz. For more information, visit the Disaster by Drought website or contact Alaniz at or ext. 6-6261. To attend open events, visit the ticketing site.

Faculty and Staff Honored for Contributions to Students and the University

Honorees at Fall ConferenceTen Cal Poly faculty members and three university staffers were honored for exemplary service at the 2015 Fall Conference. The Distinguished Scholarship Award was presented to three faculty members: Wyatt Brown, professor in the Horticulture & Crop Science Department; Philip J. Costanzo, associate professor in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department; and Lars Tomanek, associate professor in the Biological Sciences Department. The Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Todd Grundmeier, a mathematics professor; Sandy Stannard, an architecture professor; and Dustin Stegner, an associate professor in the English Department. The Learn by Doing Scholar Award was presented to Steffen Peuker, an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department; and Kevin Taylor, a professor of kinesiology and head of the Kinesiology Department. Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year Award was presented to Kristen Cardinal, an associate professor in the Biomedical & General Engineering Department. The Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy was presented to Jonathan York, co-founder of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Three staff members were honored with the Outstanding Staff Award: Don Popham, project and event manager; Donetta Rosson, an administrative support coordinator in the Agricultural Education & Communications Department; and Maria Arvizu-Rodriguez, an academic advisor for Student Academic Services. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Submission Guidelines Revised for Cal Poly Report

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

Faculty & Staff

Jaymie Noland Named to California Veterinary Medical Board

Jamie NolandJaymie Noland, head of the Animal Science Department, has been appointed to the California Veterinary Medical Board by Gov. Jerry Brown. Noland has been head of the Animal Science Department since 2013. She has been an animal science professor since 1998. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2006 Teacher of the Year Award for the Animal Science Department, and the 2003 Monsanto Agriculture Young Faculty Award. Noland has been an independent thoroughbred breeder consultant since 2008. Prior to joining Cal Poly, she was an associate veterinarian at the Oak Park Veterinary Clinic and the South County Veterinary Hospital and was co-owner and operator at Cal-Tex Feed Yard from 1977-88.

Orfalea College of Business Announces New Area Chairs

Norm Borin and John DobsonThe Orfalea College of Business has announced new Marketing and Finance area chairs. Norm Borin (pictured, left) will lead the college’s Marketing area. He joined Cal Poly in 1992 and served as the area chair from 2002-07. Borin specializes in consumer goods, marketing strategy and sustainable business strategies. He taught at the Copenhagen Business College in Denmark, Seinajoki Polytechnic Business School in Finland, University of the Basque in Bilbao Spain, and Chiang-Mail University in Thailand. John Dobson is the new Finance area chair. Dobson joined Cal Poly in 1990 and has since researched extensively on the connection between financial economics and moral philosophy. More recently, his research has expanded to aesthetics theory, which aims to link the economic understanding of human activity with moral and aesthetic concepts.

Distinguished Scholarship Award Colloquium to be Held Sept. 30

pictures of the three faculty members with name and date of event, Sept. 30The 2014-15 Distinguished Scholarship Award recipients will be honored at an event from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (Building 7). President Armstrong will open the event with remarks at 1:30 p.m. The professors will each present their work in half-hour increments: Lars Tomanek of the Biological Science Department will start at 2 p.m.; Phillip Costanzo of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will present at 2:30 p.m.; and Wyatt Brown of the Horticulture & Crop Science Department will begin at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the presentations. The campus community is invited to the event, hosted by the president in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186.

Retired Cal Poly Professor Donates $250,000 to Wine & Viticulture Department

Paul Founatin, flacked on the right by Andy Thulin, CAFES dean, and on the right by unidentified womanPaul Fountain, a retired viticulture and fruit science professor, has donated $250,000 to the university’s Wine & Viticulture Department so that it can replant its distressed teaching vineyard and make needed improvements. Fountain oversaw the first planting of a three-acre section of the campus Trestle Vineyard 30 years ago. The new vineyard blocks will expose students to more than 100 different wine, table grape and rootstock varieties — a significant increase from the 40 varieties at the prior vineyard. In addition to the extensive demonstration plantings, the donation will provide access to both research and rotational blocks in which students can design and execute research projects. In addition, the donation will pay for ongoing maintenance. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Accounting Professor Honored for Ethics and Professionalism

Steven Mintz (left) being handed the awardAccounting Professor Steven Mintz (pictured at left with Brian Shapiro from the University of St. Thomas) recently received the Accounting Exemplar Award in the public interest section from the American Accounting Association. The award is given annually to an educator or practitioner who has made a notable contribution to professionalism and ethics in accounting. With this honor, Cal Poly becomes the only educational institution to have two faculty members receive the award. Retired accounting Professor Mary Beth Armstrong received the award in 2009. Previous recipients also include Cynthia Cooper, the whistleblower who exposed $3.8 billion in fraud at WorldCom. For more information, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

CE Professor Recognized with Hagen-Smit Award for Outstanding Science

Tracy Thatcher, a professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, and co-author D.W. Layton received the Haagen-Smit Prize presented annually to two outstanding papers published in Atmospheric Environment. Their award-winning paper is "Deposition, Suspension and Penetration of Particles within a Residence." The prize was named in honor of Arie Jan Haagen-Smit, a pioneer in the field of air pollution and one of the first editors of the International Journal of Air Pollution, a predecessor to Atmospheric Environment. The award was created to showcase outstanding science and attract future research.

CIE Faculty Fellow Applications Accepted Through Oct. 23

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 23, for the 2015 Faculty Fellows program in the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE). The program supports full-time faculty of any rank by providing three years of funding to those who are committed to bringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking into their courses, co-curricular experiences and research. CIE Fellows will receive up to $5,000 per year to cover faculty time and costs associated with developing course content, co-curricular programs, or research pertaining to innovation and entrepreneurship. Over its three-year history, the CIE Fellows program has supported nine faculty (three per year), representing all six colleges. CIE Fellows become part of an interdisciplinary community that shares an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship and is committed to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. To apply, visit the CIE website.

Fall Study Abroad Fair to be Held Oct. 1

The International Center is hosting the fall Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, on Dexter Lawn. Bring your questions for International Center staff about pursuing educational activities that involve teaching, research, or serving as resident director. In case of rain, the fair will relocate to the Business Breezeway. For more information, visit the Study Abroad website.

Kennedy Library Accepting Course Reserve Requests for Fall Quarter

Kennedy Library invites faculty to submit course reserve requests so materials are immediately accessible to students. Library materials or personal copies of faculty materials can be placed on reserve. Materials may include books or eBooks, textbooks, articles, solutions, videos or materials in other formats. Book excerpts and articles can also be made available via PolyLearn. If requested materials are in Kennedy Library’s subscribed electronic journals or books, the library will link to the electronic version in accordance with licensing allowances. Course reserves can be made in person or online. College librarians can help if faculty need assistance finding relevant library materials.

2013-14 Graduate Status Report Available; Help Sought Soliciting Responses from 2014-15 Grads

GSR fact sheet Career Services has completed the Graduate Status Report (GSR) for the 2013-14 graduating class. The information is used by academic departments across campus for accreditation, recruitment and advancement purposes. To view the report and historical data, visit the GSR Web page. Career Services is also collecting data for the 2014-15 report. To ensure the most accurate reporting possible, Career Services asks departments, colleges and faculty to use their personal connections to encourage 2014-15 graduates to complete the survey. Click here for the survey Web page. For more information, contact Seth Igarta at

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.


Previously Announced Retirements

Mark Shelton, associate dean in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, is retiring after 33 years of service to Cal Poly. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 206.

Catastrophic Leave

Lisa Bruce, SSP III in Financial Aid, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Jeanne Schrader at ext. 6-1304 or to request a donation form.

Kristine Roberts, administrative support assistant in the Cal Poly International Center, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Jill Victorino at ext. 6-2056 or to request a donation form.

Connie Vieira, custodian in Facilities Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Rachel Kline at ext. 6-7419 or  to request a donation form.

In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus David Peach passed away Sept. 1. Peach joined Cal Poly in 1987 and served as head of the Management Department for seven years. He also led the Graduate Programs office and led several MBA student teams to place in national competitions. The Orfalea College of Business has created a teaching award in Peach’s memory to support outstanding management faculty.

Professor Emeritus James "Jim" Lau passed away on May 24 at the age of 98. Lau served in the Army in World War II and had a 20-year career with the CIA, with numerous postings in such Cold War hot spots as Vienna, Frankfurt, Munich and West Berlin. He joined Cal Poly in 1971 and taught organizational behavior for 18 years. Lau is survived by his wife of 73 years, Arlene, their children and grandchildren.


Cal Poly Researchers Map Shipwrecks with Underwater Robots

Two students on deck over ocean, with research equipment; Malta shoreline in the distanceA research team from Cal Poly and Harvey Mudd College recently traveled to Malta to deploy underwater robots to help map coastal shipwrecks and develop innovative technology for marine archaeology. Students from Cal Poly and Harvey Mudd collaborated with accompanying faculty, local experts and archeologists. Using a diving team and autonomous underwater vehicles at three sites, the team gathered data in video format that will be processed into 3-D photogrammetric imagery, photography that will enable the researchers to map and measure distances between objects. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Academic Calendar Available Online

The 2015-16 Academic Calendar is available online. To view the document, visit the Office of the Registrar's website.

Campus Introduces Campaign to Promote Inclusivity and Wellbeing

The Social/Community Wellbeing Committee of Campus Wellbeing has introduced the campaign “Just say ‘Hi!’” The initiative encourages people to greet at least three others each day in an effort to promote inclusivity and social and community wellbeing. The campus community is encouraged to share this message with friends and use #slosayhi on social media. Campus Wellbeing is committed to helping students, staff and faculty achieve wellbeing and a balanced life in their personal and professional endeavors. For more information on campus wellbeing and this initiative, visit the Health & Wellbeing website.

Staples Named New Campus Office Supplies Vendor

Staples will become Cal Poly's exclusive office supplies vendor on Oct. 6. Staples was selected after a competitive bid process conducted by the CSU. Criteria included cost savings, the breadth of products offered, online capabilities, order placement, delivery and service capability, support, product warranty and maintenance, added value customization, and supplier qualifications and diversity. Orders will be placed through the e-procurement platform, ESM Campus Marketplace. The payment method will be the ProCard. Over the next month, Contracts & Procurement will reach out to current OfficeMax users to verify their delivery location and to provide training for the ESM Campus Marketplace and billing reconciliation. Those who do not have ProCards should contact Jeanette Paolucci in Contracts & Procurement at ext. 6-2234 or to set up a ProCard account.

Workshop on Grant Writing to be Offered Fall Quarter

The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES), the Grants Development Office and Sponsored Programs will offer a nine-week workshop on writing grant proposals. The workshop sessions will be held Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon beginning Sept.  24 in the Erhart Building (No. 10), Room 204. The sessions will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, CAFES grants analyst, and staff from Grants Development, Sponsored Programs and University Advancement. The workshops are open to faculty and staff and will provide 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 (request 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 Sue Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Ernst & Young Executive to Speak on Diversity and Work Culture on Oct. 1

Ken BouyerKen Bouyer, Americas director of inclusiveness recruiting for Ernst & Young will discuss how to foster an inclusive work culture at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in the Business Silo (Building 3, Room 213). As a 25-year veteran of Ernst & Young, Bouyer is responsible for developing and implementing the firm's global recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools. Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend. The Orfalea College of Business will host the talk.

Training to Aid Students with Food Insecurities to be Held Oct. 5 and 20 at Health Center

The Dean of Students, the Financial Aid office, and Campus Health & Wellbeing will offer a workshop for faculty and staff on providing tangible resources and information about campus services for students with food insecurity. The workshop will be offered twice, from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 20. Both workshops will take place in the lower level of the Health Center (Building 27) Room 11. RSVP to Susan Staub at ext. 6-5150 or

Campus Custodial Service Frequencies

A detailed list of campus cleaning frequencies and custodial services can be found on the Custodial Services Web page.  Typical cleaning frequencies for standard areas are as follows:
— Classrooms, restrooms and interior hallways; trash and clean daily
— Labs, department reception areas, copy centers and conference rooms; trash daily and weekly cleaning
— Exterior upper-level walkways and stairwells; weekly cleaning
— Private offices and work stations; monthly cleaning. Occupants are responsible for emptying trash and recycling into community collection stations.
For more information, contact the Facilities Help Center at ext. 6-5555 or send comments to

Russian Conversation Table to be Held Every Other Thursday in Fall Quarter

Cal Poly will host a Russian Conversation Table at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Julian’s Café on the second floor of the Kennedy Library. The roundtable will continue every other Thursday through Dec. 3. The first Russian Conversation Table will bring together Russian-speaking faculty to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with individuals interested in learning or hearing the Russian language and finding out more about the culture. All levels of speakers are welcome. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for 2015-16 Academic Year

The monthly Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for the 2015-16 academic year. Martha Cody, director of Equal Opportunity, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will be available to answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in the Clyde P. Fisher Science Hall (Building 33, Room 290). To view the workshop schedule, visit the Equal Opportunity website. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

HR Website Updated with Forms and Resources

The Human Resources Forms Web page has been updated. The HR101 Staff/MPP Personnel Action Request Form is now accessible. The form has been updated to include employment awareness for the newly implemented 1,000 hour fiscal-year limit requirement for intermittent CSUEU (CSU Employee Union) employees, Affordable Care Act health benefits notification requirement for employees working in excess of 30 hours per week, and new options in the recruitment actions section. The new HR138 Staff Employee Performance Evaluation Form and its accompanying resources are also available. As noted in training sessions, the Staff/MPP Employee Evaluation Cycle has shifted from a fiscal year review to an annual review on each employees’ original start date. For more information, visit the Forms or Performance Evaluation Guides Web pages, call ext. 6-2236, or email

Expect Brief Outages as Network Upgrade Continues

Information Technology Services (ITS) is upgrading the campus network, and completing the project will require brief network outages in specific areas through winter quarter 2016. The outages will occur as each area is moved from the old network to the new one. Affected departments will be given advance notice. The project schedule is posted on the Campus Network Initiative project website. ITS will work with technical staff in each building as the outages are scheduled. The network project is part of ongoing efforts to improve the speed, reliability and security of the network. For more information, visit the project website or call the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000.

New List of Approved Caterers Released

The Strategic Business Support Services Department released the approved list of caterers for on-campus events for 2015-16. The list is available on the Administration & Finance website. There are new caterers on the list and several that choose not to reapply. For more information, email Casey Humphreville at or Melissa Swanson at

Pick-up Soccer Games Held on Thursdays

Join the fun and friendly faculty and staff soccer group. The action starts at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, and the group plays until they are too tired to keep going – generally, a little less than an hour. To be added to the email list, send a note to Brian Self at or Rachel Henry at

Campus Administrative Policies Update

Cal Poly is continuing its review of Campus Administrative Policies. For more information on proposed draft policies, visit the CAP Drafts webpage.


Faculty Member to Present Free Vocal Recital Sept. 25

Music Department faculty member and lyric soprano Meredith Brammeier will present a recital with pianist Susan Azaret Davies at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the Spanos Theatre. The recital will include arias from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion,” Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment,” and Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe.” The concert will also feature works by George Frideric Handel, John Dowland, Victor Herbert and Richard Strauss. Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to the Music Department Scholarship Fund are welcome. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Annual Cal Poly Day at Swanton Pacific Ranch & Railroad to be Held Sept. 27

Swanton railroadThe annual Cal Poly Day at the university's Swanton Pacific Ranch will be held Sunday, Sept. 27. The event includes a barbecue lunch, train rides, railroad and ranch activities, and a special showcase by the Cal Poly Logging Team. Cost is $35 for adults; $25 for alumni; $20 for children 4-10; free for children 3 and under. For more information and registration, visit the Swanton Pacific Railroad website.

Soulful Launch to Cal Poly Arts' 30th Season

Grammy Award-winning legend Mavis Staples and multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne will launch Cal Poly Arts' 30th season on Tuesday, Sept. 29, as part of their national tour, Solid Soul. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mavis is known for songs such as the 1972 hit "I'll Take You There," traditional gospel music, and protest songs that underscored dramatic social change. Singer-songwriter Osborne has garnered seven Grammy Award nominations for her albums and is best known for her 1995 breakout hit "One of Us." For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Video and Imaging Inventor Tim Jenison to Present Documentary
'Tim's Vermeer' and Talk About Art and Science on Campus Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

The back of jenison's head as it's bent over art he is working onTim Jenison, a video and imaging inventor, will present the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” and talk about art and science on campus, Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1. The campus community is invited to a free screening of the 80-minute film at 7 p.m. Sept. 30, in Spanos Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Jenison, who founded NewTek, a hardware and software company that produces live and post-production video tools and visual imaging software for personal computers. In the 2013 documentary, he explores how 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer managed to paint so photo-realistically — 150 years before the invention of photography. The next day, Jenison will talk about his career path and work in a presentation titled “Bending the Rules of Art and Science with Tim Jenison” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1, in Kennedy Library’s second floor café lounge. An exhibit of Jenison’s process work, “Tim Jenison Close-Up,” is featured in the Community Gallery at Kennedy Library from through Oct. 3. For more information, visit the library’s website.

Cal Poly to Host Gender Conference Oct. 9-11

Cal Poly will host the Your True Gender conference Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11. The inaugural three-day event will include talks and appearances by experts and others in the transgender community at Chumash Auditorium. Speakers will include James Green, president of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health; Dr. Marci Lee Bowers, a renowned transgender surgeon; and Janet Mock, a New York Times bestselling author. Organizers encourage transgender people, their families and allies to attend for networking, inspiration and education. Physical and mental health providers who wish to learn about trans communities also are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the Your True Gender website, or contact Adam Serafin in the MultiCultural Center at ext. 6-2582 or

Retired Apple CFO to Speak at Finance Career Fair Oct. 14

FMA Futures in Finance event infoThe Orfalea College of Business and the Financial Management Association (FMA) club will host Cal Poly's first Futures in Finance Career Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Chumash Auditorium. Former Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer (B.S., Agricultural Business, '85) will deliver a keynote address at 12:30 p.m. The campus community and alumni are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the FMA website.


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Thursday, Sept. 24

Women’s Soccer vs. BYU, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 2

Women’s Volleyball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Football vs. Idaho State (Hall of Fame Game), Spanos Stadium, 6:05 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Discount Season Tickets Available to Faculty and Staff

Cal Poly Athletics is offering faculty and staff two general admission tickets to attend all fall ticketed Mustang sports for $100. That is a savings of $146 for all 33 home sporting events, including football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball. To order tickets, call ext. 6-4849.

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.

#103813 – Program Director, Diversity & Inclusivity (Administrator I), Academic Affairs, Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity. $2,441-$8,434 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 10.

#103816 – International Student Advisor (Student Services Professional IB), Academic Affairs, International Center. Temporary, full-time. One-year appointment with possible extension. $3,303-$4,672 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 24.

#103810 – Business Services Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non Exempt), Administration & Finance, Facilities Management. $3,288-$5,529 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,288-$4,200 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 24.

#103818 – Custodial Operations Manager (Administrator I), Student Affairs, University Housing, Housing & Business Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 16.

#103822 – Administrative Support Coordinator I, Academic Affairs, Office of the Registrar. $2,846-$4,484 per month. One-year appointment with possible extension. Internal recruitment. Closes Sept. 28.

#103791 – Engineering Student Services, Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II), College of Engineering, Advising Center. Up to two positions available. $3,746-$5,325 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 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.

#103748 Assistant Professor in Social Work, Social Sciences Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2752. Review begins Oct. 15.

#103749 Assistant Professor in Migration and Gender and/or Ethnicity, Social Sciences Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2752. Review begins Oct. 15.

#103770 Assistant Professor in Public Relations/Strategic Communications, Tenure Track, Journalism Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2508. Review begins Nov. 1.

#103776 Assistant Professor of English - Poetry Writing, English Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-5850. Review begins Nov. 1.

#103777 Assistant Professor of English – Early American Literature, English Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-5850. Review begins Nov. 1.

#103779 Assistant Professor – Organizational Communication, Communication Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2554. Review begins Dec. 15.

#103780 Assistant Professor of Modern Latin American History, History Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2670. Review begins Nov. 10.

#103783 Assistant Professor in Child Development, Psychology & Child Development Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2033. Review begins Oct. 15.

#103784 Assistant Professor in Neuroscience/Biopsychology, Psychology & Child Development Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2033. Review begins Oct. 15.

#103788 Assistant Professor - Photography,  Art & Design Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-1149. Review begins Nov. 15.

#103785 Assistant/Associate Professor in Mechatronics,  Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-5585. Review begins Nov. 30.

#103790 Assistant/Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering – Tenure Track, Biomedical & General Engineering Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-7524. Review begins Jan. 2.

#103800 Assistant or Associate Professor – Software Engineering, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-7229. Review begins Dec. 1.

#103801 Assistant or Associate Professor – Computer Engineering/Computer Science, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-7229. Review begins Jan. 1.

#103806 Assistant or Associate Professor in Fire Protection/Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-5585. Review begins Nov. 16.

#103807 Assistant or Associate Professor in Composite Materials/Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-5585. Review begins Nov. 16.

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.

Network System Analyst, IT, $50,776-$76,164 per year
Director of Campus Stores, Corporation Administration, salary commensurate with experience
Assistant Supervisor, Concessions, Campus Dining, $13.46-$17.95 per hour
Behaviorial Health Counselor, Kinesiology, $18.35-$27.53 per hour

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.