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Cal Poly Report — April 13, 2016


Vista Grande to be Replaced with Dining Complex

The Cal Poly Corporation has announced plans to replace Vista Grande restaurant with a state-of-the-art dining facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer, with project completion planned for fall 2018. The existing 16,899-square-foot building will be replaced with a three-story, 35,000-square-foot facility. The new building will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. It will feature large patios outside with comfortable seating and fireplaces. Inside, there will be six micro-restaurants serving a variety of healthy cuisine. The interior will accommodate 350 seats, including lounge areas with game tables and other elements that promote a social experience. A transition plan has been developed to support dining demand, including renovating several of Campus Dining’s existing restaurants, expanding hours of service, and creating several new dining concepts. The Cal Poly Corporation will also purchase two new food trucks to help fill the dining gap. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Corporation website.

Cal Poly Again Ranked High for Return on Investment by

A Cal Poly education continues to be one of the best values among the nation’s top schools, has announced. The university ranks 15th among the nation’s public universities and No. 32 among all institutions for return on tuition investment, according to a new listing from the online salary, benefits and compensation information company. Among public California institutions, Cal Poly is second in ROI behind UC Berkeley. In addition, in a separate recent ranking, Forbes named Cal Poly as one of the 300 Best Value Colleges in the U.S. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Open House Events Planned Across Campus April 14-16

The campus community is invited to attend Open House April 14-16. Events include the traditional Poly Royal Parade, student project showcases, concerts, Design Village, a rodeo, truck and tractor pull, family-friendly Kids Fair, and more than 200 clubs and organizations hosting booths with food and activities. For more information, visit the Open House website.

Faculty & Staff

Workshops on Assessment Planning for Program-Learning Outcomes Start in Spring

Academic Programs and Planning and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will offer a workshop series to help participants develop strategies to design, launch and act on assessment plans for program-learning outcomes. The spring workshops will consist of two Wednesday sessions from noon to 3 p.m. in Kennedy Library (Building 35), Room 202A. The first session, Preparing for Assessment, will be offered April 27. The second session, Launching Assessment, will be held May 4. Pizza and salad will be served. Learning from Assessment will be offered in the fall. Programs beginning or undergoing an assessment review cycle are strongly encouraged to nominate a team of two to four faculty and staff members to participate in the workshops and working groups. To register or for more information, visit the CTLT website.

Nominations for President's Diversity Awards Due April 22

The President’s Diversity Awards celebrate members of the Cal Poly community who have exhibited commitment to campus diversity imperatives. The awards recognize individual faculty, staff, and students as well as contributions from a recognized student organization and university group. Individual recipients receive $500 awards. The recognized groups will each receive a $1,000 sponsorship toward a program or event, or a budget augmentation. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 22. The nomination form can be found on the website for the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity. For more information, contact Kari Mansager at

Talk on How to Foster Student Leadership Skills to be Held April 22

The Center for Leadership and Service will host a presentation on the results of the 2015 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, an international student leadership bench-marking survey. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, in UU 219. Attendees will learn about the current state of student leadership at Cal Poly and effective practices to foster leadership skills among students. For more information, contact Lauren Irwin, coordinator in the Center for Leadership and Service, at

Proposals Due April 25 for Second Round of Baker/Koob Endowments

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, April 25, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. Proposals must include faculty recommendations. There will be $50,000 available to support the proposals. The typical range for grants is $1,000 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for group projects. A faculty committee representing Cal Poly’s six colleges will review proposals. Previous grants represented a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Winners will be announced and projects can begin in late May. Students have one year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the provost's website.

Student Successes

American Marketing Association Chapter Wins Big at Collegiate Conference (April 20)

Cal Poly's chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) was named one of the top 25 chapters in the nation at AMA's International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. Cal Poly business students took second place awards in three categories, including sales, video and SABRE (Strategic Allocation of Business REsources) business simulation. Cal Poly also reached the semifinal rounds of the marketing strategy and pitch competitions. Marketing student Chris Melchione received an honorable mention from the University Sales Center Alliance. Lecturer Lisa Simon advises the club and coached the students for the event. For more on the club, visit the chapter website.

Campus Announcements

Foreign Language Conversation Tables Open

German, Russian and Vietnamese conversation tables are open to anyone who would like to learn a language; hear one spoken; or talk about relevant topics, including culture, customs, food or history. Three conversation tables will meet regularly during spring quarter in Kennedy Library (Building 35). Rooms and times as follows:
— German Table: 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café; April 13 and 27, May 11 and 25.
— Russian Table: 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café; (opposite Wednesdays) April 20, May 4 and 18, and June 1. 
— Vietnamese Table: 11:15 a.m. to noon in a faculty fishbowl, Room 220A; Thursday, April 21, May 5 and 19, and June 2.
For more information, contact Rachel Ellersieck at ext. 6-1216 or

April 16-17 Training Offered to Facilitiate Body Image Workshops

Counseling Services is seeking faculty, staff and student volunteers to become workshop facilitators for The Body Project Collaborative. The national initiative focuses on improving body positivity on college campuses. A mandatory two-day training will take place April 16 and 17 in the Health Center (No. 27). Training is free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Leadership roles will begin in fall 2016. For more information, contact Sarah Park at

April 18 Open Lab Offered to Help Reconcile Financial Transactions

The Administration and Finance Division (AFD) will host an open lab from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133. Lab sessions will be held after each month-end close to help employees review and reconcile financial records and transactions or to get answers to questions. Sessions will be held the 18th of each month through May and on June 20, though times vary. For more information, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

Savings Plus Workshop and Individual Sessions Offered April 20

The local representative for Savings Plus will present a 45-minute retirement workshop at 11:30 a.m. April 20, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133. No pre-registration is necessary. Savings Plus is a program that offers 401k and 457 deferred compensation plans. Both plans offer convenient payroll deductions on a pre-tax or after-tax basis and other benefits. To be eligible to enroll, an employee must be a State CalPERS member. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one account review, contact certified financial planner Ralph Hoskins at 805-459-2005 or

April 21 Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees

Nominees for Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 21, at the Alumni Conference Center (No. 28). The reception will celebrate the achievements, contributions and exceptional service that student employees provide to the university. The 2015-16 OSEY will also be announced. The event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet April 22

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 22, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. This is a public meeting. For further information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, contact Ann Roy at Extension 6-1131.

StrengthsQuest Training to be Offered April 26

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a StrengthsQuest training workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 26. Hosted by University Advising, the workshop will use the strengths-based development program to help participants identify natural abilities and develop strategies for applying their strengths. To enroll in the workshop, click here. For more information about StrengthsQuest, visit the Cal Poly StrengthsQuest Web page or the StrengthsQuest website. For more information, contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 7

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

CIE and Extended Ed Launch Summer Camp for Kids

Launch It! is a five-day summer camp for fifth- through eighth-grade students that will focus on the fundamental building blocks of entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. Through hands-on, team-based activities, students will learn about identifying and solving problems, the process of customer development, marketing, basic finance, and how to pitch a product. Two sessions are available, June 13-17 and 20-24. Students will get to experience the Cal Poly campus, the HotHouse downtown, interact with business professionals and young entrepreneurs, and better understand the benefits of a college education. To register, contact Extended Education at ext. 6-2053. For more information, visit the Extended Education website.

Faculty and Staff Discount Available for Kids' STEM Summer Camp

Sessions of Kids Learn STEM summer camp will be offered July 11-15 and 18-22, available to fifth- through eighth-grade students. The sessions will explore Chemistry in Action with hands-on experiments in Cal Poly's Learn by Doing Lab from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Discounts are available to faculty and staff, though discounted spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, call ext. 6-2053. For more information, visit the Kids Learn STEM website.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, June 3, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Jeff Sklar will serve as the main consultant. Andrew Schaffner will also consult. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, these consultants will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, email Faculty, staff, and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department Web page for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

Free Food Samples from Local Vendors to Celebrate Earth Day

Campus Dining will celebrate Earth Day a few days early, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. Students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy free food samples from local vendors Campus Dining uses to reduce Cal Poly’s food-print and support sustainable dining. Vendors include Edna's Bakery, Harvest Santa Barbara, Family Tree Produce and Greener Fields Together.

Submission Guidelines 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. 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.


Entries Sought for Community Flower Show

The Horticulture Honor Society is seeking submissions for the Community Flower Show to be held Saturday, April 16, as part of Open House activities. Campus and local community members are invited to enter specimens from perennials, annuals, bulbs, blooms from flowering shrubs, roses and container plants. Judging will be conducted by Cal Poly students. Registration will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15; all entries are due between 6:30 and 8 a.m. April 16. The flower show will be held at Environmental Horticultural Science Unit (No. 48). The show will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16. For more information or a list of entry sections and classes, contact Virginia Walter at ext. 6-2897.

Student Art Exhibit to be on Display April 14 to May 13

The University Art Gallery will present the 2016 Juried Student Exhibition from April 14 to May 13. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of student work made in Art and Design Department classes. Student photography, video, painting, drawing, graphic design and sculpture will be showcased. Located on the ground floor of the Dexter building (No. 34), the gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, contact Garet Zook at or ext. 6-1571, or visit the Art Gallery website.

Center for Leadership and Service to Celebrate First Anniversary on April 14

Celebrate the first anniversary of the Center for Leadership and Service's from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in UU 217. Staff, faculty and students are invited to stop by for cake and festivities. The event is a great way to meet the staff and learn more about the center's programs and goals. For more information, email

Two Student Concerts to be Held During Open House

The Open House Concert will feature more than 100 of the university’s finest student musicians from the Cal Poly Symphony, the University Jazz Band I, and the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. A student recital will be held at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit the Cal Poly News website.

All-State Concert Set for April 17

Some of the state’s best high school musicians will take center stage at the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Students arrive Friday for chair placement auditions and attend Cal Poly's Open House Concert that night. A solo competition will be held Saturday, and the festival concludes Sunday after the concert. The winner of the solo competition will perform Sunday, accompanied by pianist and Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849). For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Talk on Preparing Veterans for Careers in Agriculture to be Held April 21

Michael O’Gorman, executive director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, will talk about issues facing rural America and the effort to prepare veterans for careers in agriculture from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 21, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E27. A leading organic farmer for more than 40 years, O’Gorman will discuss the issues that drove him to start the Farmer Veteran Coalition and the tremendous growth the organization has experienced in the last seven years. The coalition is providing leadership in a national effort to prepare members of the U.S. military for careers in agriculture and the food system. The event will also feature Oscar Gonzales, California executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Tickets Available for Al Smith Day at Swanton Pacific Ranch

The annual Al Smith Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, Calif., 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. Attendees will have the chance to ride the historic one-third scale, steam-powered trains, tour the facilities, and hear updates on railroad activities and plans, all while a live band plays. A Santa Maria-style barbecue lunch will be served at noon. The event honors alumnus Al Smith, who donated the 3,200-acre ranch to Cal Poly when he died in 1993. The ranch serves as a living lab for rangeland, livestock and forestry operations for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Tickets include the barbecue lunch and unlimited train rides. Prices are $15 for children and $25 for adults if postmarked prior to April 13. To download the registration form, visit the CAFES website.

Presentation to be Held Aril 28 on the Public Image of the Scientist

Leah Ceccarelli, professor of rhetorical theory and criticism at the University of Washington, will present an analysis of the public image of scientists in contemporary culture. Her talk will be from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the PAC Pavilion (Building 6). Ceccarelli will present three case studies as a demonstration of how the character of the scientist occupies the role of both hero and fool in public address and contemporary culture. She will argue that understanding the rhetorical possibilities for representing the scientist in contemporary public address can help society select depictions that benefit society and reject depictions that are harmful. For more information, contact Krista Burke at or ext. 6-2553.

Student A Cappella Ensemble to Perform May 6-7 

Cal Poly a cappella ensemble That's the Key will perform its spring concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The group includes 14 students from various majors who sing original arrangements of popular music. Admission is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the group's competition and travel fee fund. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Kennedy Library to Display ‘The Living Library’ Through June 3

An exhibit that showcases Cal Poly’s efforts toward sustainability and resilience will be on display at the Kennedy Library through Friday, June 3. A Student Sustainability Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to noon April 22 in Kennedy Library’s Second Floor Commons. “The Living Library” highlights the university’s united efforts toward sustainability and resilience through art, architecture, agriculture, engineering, public policy and community service. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

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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Upcoming Home Games

Saturday, April 16
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Davis, Mustang Courts, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19
Baseball vs. Fresno State, Baggett Stadium, 6 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.

#103991 – Assistant Coordinator, Safer (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs, Dean of Students. $3,434-$4,881 per month. This position is paid under the 11/12 pay plan. Open until filled. Review begins April 11.

#104019 – Career Services Office Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Exempt I), Student Affairs, Career Services. $3,897-$6,142 per month. Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,897-$4,287 per month. Open Until Filled. Review begins May 9.

#104012 – Administrative Support Assistant II, College of Science and Mathematics, Mathematics. $2,116-$3,333 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,116 -2,350 per month. This position is paid under the 10/12 pay plan. Open until filled. Review begins April 22.

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.

#104018 Full-Time Lecturer in Sociology, Social Sciences Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2752. Review begins May 9.

#103992 Full-Time Lecturers in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, College of Science and Mathematics, ext. 6-2694. Review begins May 4.

Part-Time Lecturer Pools – Pools are opening for the 2016-17 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.

Teacher, Children’s Center, $14.30 per hour plus benefits. Seeking candidates with infant and toddler experience. Position open until filled. Review of applications begins May 31.