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Cal Poly Report — April 6, 2016


Digital Democracy Platform Launches New Interactive Features for 2016

The Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) launched new features for its online platform, Digital Democracy. The new features include the addition of floor sessions to the searchable archive, an email alert system, organization profiles, and custom video storing and editing capabilities. The features enhance and expand Digital Democracy’s efficacy and make California state government more transparent and accessible to its citizens, and provide broader opportunities to improve civic engagement. Digital Democracy was built by Cal Poly students and faculty at the IATPP. The tool uses voice and facial recognition technology, data mining, and natural language processing to provide access to state legislative policy hearings and floor sessions. The searchable functionality allows users to identify key capitol players and their connections to campaigns, interest groups and other legislative actions. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Women’s Polo Wins Title at 2016 Western Regionals

The women’s section of Cal Poly’s Polo Team won the regional title at the 2016 Western Regionals and qualified to compete in the Intercollegiate Nationals at the University of Connecticut from April 4-9. Cal Poly will compete against Cornell today, April 6, in the first round of competition. Fiona McBride (animal science) and Jillian Tietje (dairy science) were selected to compete on the all-star women’s team. The men’s team competed as well but was eliminated in the preliminary round. Theo Anastos (biomedical engineering) was selected to participate on the all-star men’s team. The team’s horses won Best Playing String, and Trompo, a chestnut gelding, was selected as the Best Playing Pony. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty & Staff

Nominations Open for President's Diversity Awards

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

Service Learning Showcase to be Presented April 7

Service Learning Faculty Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year will present the service learning showcase of course redesign proposals from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, on the mezzanine level of the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demo Lab (Building 187). The event is organized by the Center for Service in Action and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. The event will be an opportunity to view and discuss the latest innovations of service learning developed by Cal Poly faculty. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Anurag Pande, faculty liaison for Service Learning, at, or Bradley Kyker, coordinator for the Center for Service in Action, at

Grant Writing Workshop to Start April 7

A nine-week workshop on grant writing will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays starting April 7 in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 203. The workshop is for faculty and staff interested in research or research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, grants analyst in CAFES, and staff from Grants Development, Sponsored Programs and University Development. 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.

Deadline Extended to April 8 for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Nominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. The award recognizes a current or former faculty member’s superior achievement in fundraising. The award recipient will receive campuswide recognition. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 8. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to submit nominations. Email nomination materials to Jeanne Scott at The nomination form and more information are available on the provost’s website.

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.

Catastrophic Leave

Leonor Urtiz, custodian, 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 Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or (correction in email address from last week's issue) to request a donation form.

In Memoriam

There will be a memorial service for Max T. Wills, professor emeritus in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Baker Center, Building 180, Room 101. Depending on attendance, the service may be moved to the Baker Center lawn. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Wills’ memory to the Max T. Wills Memorial Scholarship. An online memorial is available on Facebook. For more information, contact Ruzena Brar at or ext. 6-6534.

Student Successes

Students Win National Packaging Contest

An interdisciplinary Cal Poly team won first place at the 48 Hour Repack, a national packaging competition that challenges students to design and prototype unique packages in two days. Industrial technology and packaging students Brooke Billmeyer and Mackey Peek teamed up with art and design student Samuel Barber to redesign coffee pod containers. Their design, titled Pacific Roast, featured interlocking hexagonal boxes made from recycled materials that accommodate Keurig K-Cup products. The team traveled to Atlanta, Ga., for the final portion of the competition in March. Cal Poly took second at the 48-Hour Repack in 2015. For more details, see the competition website.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Saves Clients $1.3 million in 2015

Cal Poly’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) closed the files on 2015 with major success. Staffed by student accountants and volunteer and faculty attorneys, the clinic worked on 109 cases, closing 69 of them. The LITC helped save its clients $1.3 million in liabilities and gain $28,000 in refunds. The clinic also handled 21 U.S. Tax Court Cases during visits to the Federal Courthouse in Fresno, Calif. The LITC was awarded a $95,000 grant from the IRS for 2016, a significant increase from the previous year. The Orfalea College of Business matches grant funding to support the clinic’s work serving local clients who face significant tax fines, fees and levies. For more information on the LITC, visit the LITC Web pages.

Campus Announcements

Input Sought on Parking and Commuter Experiences

A consultant is conducting an operational assessment of the Parking and Commuter Services program. The campus community is invited to share their experiences, perceptions, ideas and concerns related to accessing campus at the following meetings:
— Pizza and Parking: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the UU Plaza. Share feedback and grab a slice of pizza.
— Open Meeting: 1:10 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105.
— Coffee, Commuting and Parking: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, Via Carte Mall at Campus Market. Coffee and pastry provided.
— Open Meeting: 1:10 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105.
Feedback can also be provided through a survey available online.

Mustang News to Celebrate 100 Years of Bringing News to Campus

Mustang News’ commemorative 100th Anniversary Edition will be published Thursday, April 14. Started in 1916 as the Polygram, the newspaper has also been known as the Polytechnic Californian, El Mustang and Mustang Daily before becoming Mustang News in 2014. Over the past century, students from all colleges and many majors have helped deliver the news for campus. The campus community is invited to acknowledge the accomplishments of faculty, staff and students in this special edition. For information, visit the Mustang News website.

One-on-One Consultations with Fidelity Investments Available Through April 8

Representatives from Fidelity Investments will be on campus to assist faculty and staff with enrollment in the CSU 403B retirement plan with Fidelity. They will also answer questions about retirement savings and investment options. Appointments will be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Thursday, April 8, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Rooms 118 and 224. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, visit the Fidelity website.

Facilitators Sought for 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.

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

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.

Medication Disposal Bin Installed at Health Center

The Health Center has installed a medication disposal bin in an effort to combat drug abuse. The bins are a place to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications. This will ensure that deposited medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The bin will be available during regular Health Center business hours. For more information, visit the Drug Enforcement Agency 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

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.


Talk on Global Water Crisis to be Held April 6

Author Seth Siegel will present “The Imminent Global Water Crisis” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Spanos Theatre. Siegel, a board member of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of “Let There Be Water,” a recently published book in which he describes the world’s water crisis and posits that Israel’s water engineering and innovative processes can provide a solution. The U.S. government predicts that 40 of its 50 states — and 60 percent of the Earth's land surface — will soon face alarming gaps between the supply and growing demand for water. Without immediate action, it is anticipated that food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability will likely result. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Another Type of Groove Celebrates Pride Month on April 6

The Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s “Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry” celebrates Pride Month with artist Blake Williams at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Chumash Auditorium in the UU. Williams has been singing and performing since he could talk. He is an accomplished spoken-word poet (with credits that include the Nuyorican in NYC). He has toured as a vocalist internationally (2008 Continental Voice and Brass), has held the lead role at more than five theater companies (including leads in “Newsies” and “The Last 5 Years”), and is working as a model, actor and singer in Hollywood. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Library to Host April 7 Talk on Apple vs. FBI

Zachary Peterson, assistant professor of computer science and a faculty member of the Cybersecurity Center, will present “Cyber CSI II: Apple vs. FBI — Encryption, Privacy and Policy” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 7, in the Kennedy Library Café Lounge. Peterson will discuss the case between Apple and the FBI, the implications of encrypting data on mobile devices, and the challenges of maintaining data privacy in the digital age. He will also examine the implications of the high-profile case for both government policies and the private sector. The Data Studio is hosting the free public event. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information visit the Kennedy Library website.

Diversity and Excellence in Higher Ed to be Topic of April 7 Talk

Visiting Cal Poly Professor Gilda L. Ochoa will give a free public presentation titled “Unpacking Diversity and Excellence: Lessons for Institutions of Higher Education” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Ochoa is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts' Susan Currier Visiting Professorship for Teaching Excellence for winter quarter 2016. She is teaching two courses in the Ethnic Studies Department, “Cultural Production and Ethnicity” and “Chicana/o-Latinas/os and Education.” Her talk will explore how seemingly well-intended movements for diversity and celebrations of academic excellence can maintain the status quo and reproduce inequality in institutions of higher education. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Tomato Mania Plant Sale Returns April 8-9

More than 70 varieties of tomato plants will be available at the annual Tomato Mania plant sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, at Poly Plant Shop. the Central Coast’s biggest tomato plant sale will feature even more varieties than in past years. The annual student-run enterprise project is directed this year by a team of six students who have grown more than 3,700 tomato plants from seed. The students began seeding the plants in early February and have tended to them in the campus greenhouses. The Poly Plant Shop is located in Environmental and Horticulture Science (Building 48) on Via Carta Road. For more information, call ext. 6-1106 or follow Cal Poly Tomato Mania 2016 on Facebook.

Kennedy Library to Display ‘The Living Library’ Exhibit April 12-June 3

An exhibit that showcases Cal Poly’s efforts toward sustainability and resilience will be on display at the Kennedy Library Tuesday, April 12, until Friday, June 3. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 12 in Kennedy Library’s Second Floor Commons. 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.

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 is 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.

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.

Registration Closes April 8 for Book Circles on Anti-Racist Publications

Antiracist essayist, author, and educator Tim Wise will visit campus May 11 as the keynote speaker for Inclusive Excellence Week. In preparation for his visit, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will host book circles in conjunction with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity. The book circles will discuss three of his works: “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity,” and “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority.” Books will be provided for those who wish to participate. The group will meet twice to discuss the works before Wise’s visit and have a follow-up meeting to debrief. Book circle registration closes April 8. Book orders will be submitted based on registration, and books should be available by the end of the following week. Discussion groups will be scheduled based on participant availability. To learn more about the book circles and to register, visit the CTLT 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

Friday, April 8
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 9
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.
Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton (double header), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 10
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Monday, April 11
Men’s Tennis vs. UNLV, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 12
Baseball vs. California, Baggett Stadium, 5 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.

#103976 – Marketing and Fan Experience Coordinator (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II/III), Student Affairs, Athletics Marketing/Communications. Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II: $3,515-$5,538 per month. Public Affairs/Communications Specialist III: $4,104-$6,468 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 11.

#103988 – Budget Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non-Exempt), Information Technology Services, Business Operations. $3,288-$5,529 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 12.

#104003 – Information Technology Service Desk Specialist (Information Technology Consultant - Foundation/Career) Information Technology Services, Technology Support. Up to four positions available. Foundation level: $3,470-$5,819 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,470-$5,000 per month). Career level: $4,372-$9,401 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$6,000 per month). Open until filled. Review begins April 24.

#103972 - Assistant Dean of Students for Title IX Outreach, Support and Investigations (Administrator I), Student Affairs, Dean of Students. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $60,000-$70,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins April 30.

#104015 - Associate Dean of Students for Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Administrator I), Student Affairs, Dean of Students. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $70,000-$85,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins April 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.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Molecular Nutrition; Food Science and Nutrition Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-2660. Review begins April 17.

#103974 Assistant/Associate Professor of Nutrition; Food Science and Nutrition Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-2660. Review begins April 27.

#103978 Full-Time Lecturer in Physics, Physics Department, College of Science and Mathematics, ext. 6-1752. Review begins May 2.

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.

Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations. Annual Salary $50,440. Position open until filled. Review begins April 18. Anticipated start date June 1.