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Cal Poly Report — Dec. 7, 2016


UPD Honored for Alcohol Enforcement and Prevention

University Police has received the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Outstanding Performance Award for the department's outstanding work addressing alcohol-related crime on and around campus through the ABC Grant Assistance Program (GAP). Funding is used to reduce the sales of alcoholic beverages to minors and obviously intoxicated buyers as well as illegal solicitations of alcohol and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs. The Cal Poly department is one of only two agencies in California to receive the Outstanding Performance Award. "This award is a testament to our officers and staff, who work hard to help our campus community members keep health and safety top of mind," said university Police Chief George Hughes. "Underage drinking and overconsumption of alcohol are important issues for our campus, and we are grateful for the ABC's support and recognition in addressing them." University Police used GAP resources in the 2015-16 academic year to address alcohol-related crime through a three-pronged approach of education, intervention and enforcement. Read more here.

Mr. and Mrs Armstrong to Host Holiday Reception in PAC Lobby on Dec. 8

President Armstrong and his wife, Sharon, will host a holiday reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Rossi Grand Lobby of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. In partnership with local nonprofit, Jack's Helping Hand, guests are invited to bring a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or gift card that will be distributed to children throughout the community. Spouses and partners are welcome. If you have questions, please contact the Office of the President at ext. 6-6000 or email

'Tis the Season for Faculty/Staff to Save at University Store Dec. 7 to 8

The University Store is offering two days of big savings for faculty and staff. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, shop the Semi-Annual Customer Appreciation Sale one day early and receive 30 percent off apparel, gifts and supplies. On Thursday, Dec. 8, faculty and staff can take advantage of exclusive discounts on Apple products: Choose any in-stock Mac or iPad and save up to $300 (8 percent) off the regular academic price of eligible Apple products. Also on that day, faculty and staff will receive 20 percent off Moshi tech accessories and can enter a drawing at the Tech Center desk for the chance to win an iPad Pro. For additional information on the sale, visit the University Store website.

Annual Plant Sale Offers Red, White and Variegated Poinsettias

The annual poinsettia sale, with 2,930 plants and dozens of varieties and colors, continues through mid-December. Sizes range from plants in 4-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching 4 feet tall. Prices are $5 to $50. The holiday plant tradition features colorful blooms grown by students in the Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project. Five students, all agricultural and environmental plant science majors, are overseeing the enterprise project: Josh Cortez, Samantha Senet, Sonny Bergen, Killian Vendler and Cody Martinez. Professor Virginia Walter is the project advisor. This year's poinsettia project offers more than 15 red, eight white and 17 variegated varieties. In addition, student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts are available in the Poly Plant Shop building (No. 48) on Via Carta Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call ext. 6-1106 or visit the Poly Plant Shop website.

New(er) Faculty Community Breakfast is Dec. 16; RSVP by Dec. 9

All newer faculty — both tenure-line faculty and lecturers — are invited to the Fall Quarter Community Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the last day of finals week, at the Advanced Technology Labs building (No. 7). The session will provide coaching and advice for preparing Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) in anticipation of the January submission deadline. A quick overview about Affordable Learning Solutions will also be presented by Kennedy Library.  A hot breakfast catered by Splash Café will be provided. To help with the catering order, please register by Friday, Dec. 9 at

History Lecturer Kathleen Cairns Publishes Tome on State Chief Justice Rose Bird

The University of Nebraska Press has published "The Case of Rose Bird: Gender, Politics, and the California Courts," by Kathleen Cairns, lecturer in the History Department. The book traces the rise and fall of California's first female state Supreme Court Chief Justice. Appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1977, Bird ran into a firestorm of criticism over her lack of judicial experience and her perceived antagonism toward the death penalty. After a decade-long campaign, in November 1986 conservatives succeeded in ousting her. Opponents utilized new (for that time) political strategies, including direct mailers, 30-second sound-bite ads and multi-million dollar fundraising. The success of this effort fueled big-money campaigns targeting judges nationally, based on arguments that they thwarted the public will. The continued assault on judges has threatened judicial independence, forcing jurists to become politicians, since, in too many cases, one controversial decision can end a career, Cairns wrote.       

Alumna Kristina Santiago's Basketball Efforts Honored on Dec. 3

Cal Poly honored alumna Kristina Santiago, women's basketball's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, by retiring her jersey before the Mustang basketball game against Pepperdine in Mott Athletics Center on Dec. 3. Santiago — a forward who wore No. 12 — scored 1,953 points and made 850 rebounds during her 2007-12 playing career. The product of Righetti High School in Santa Maria helped the Mustangs win back-to-back regular-season Big West Conference championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12. As a senior, she was fifth in the nation in scoring, averaging 23.4 points along with 9.9 rebounds while earning AP All-American honorable mention recognition. Santiago has gone on to an accomplished pro career. Santiago's No. 12 is the second jersey to be retired in program history. Read more here.

Admissions Sets Another Record With Nearly 57,000 Applications

Cal Poly has received another record total of applications for the 2017-18 academic year. The university received 56,896 applications for freshmen and transfer student slots for next fall. The interest eclipsed last year's record 56,768 applications for admission in fall 2016. The application deadline was Nov. 30. More than15,000 students waited until the last two days to submit their applications, which reflected a trend across the California State University system of late submissions for applications, James Maraviglia, associate vice provost of marketing and enrollment development, told The Tribune newspaper. Cal Poly has received record applicant pools in 22 of the past 24 years. The university is expected to enroll about the same number of new students next fall as it did this academic year — 4,400 freshmen and 900 transfer students, Maraviglia said. "Demand has been incredibly strong and growing for over two decades," he told the newspaper.

Nearly 900 Expected to Walk at Fall Commencement on Dec. 17

Approximately 900 students are eligible to graduate in three ceremonies at the 33rd annual fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 17. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the main gymnasium in the ASI Recreation Center. They will include a retrospective slideshow of the graduating students during the processional, the "proud pinning" ceremony and a celebratory surprise. In addition, a large LED screen will be set up to project the ceremony for all guests to see. "For the first time, undergraduates will adorn Cal Poly green gowns which embrace and enhance the spirit and pride felt at commencement," said Anthonia Edgren, who is helping to organize the event. "Master's degree candidates will continue to wear the traditional black gowns." The 90-minute ceremony will be live-streamed online with closed captioning for those unable to attend. About 10,000 visitors are expected to attend. The theme for this year's commencement is "Mustangs Forever." The keynote speaker is Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (pictured), the Uganda-born co-author of "The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village." In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. The organization provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV-AIDS. In addition to two schools, it operates a library, a community agriculture and nutrition program known as Desire Farm, a medical clinic and a clean water system. It also offers support services to the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time. Read more here.

Student Success

Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week is Basketball's Kyle Toth

Senior guard Kyle Toth on the men's basketball team has been named Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week. He helped lead the Cal Poly men's basketball program with 17.5 points per game during victories against the University of Texas at San Antonio (59-47 on Dec. 1) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (82-70 on Dec. 3) and going on average 3-for-5 from three-point range. Toth, ranked eighth among more than 4,000 NCAA Division I players with a 54.7 (29-for-53) percent three-point mark, started the week with a game-high 18 points during the home victory against UTSA. Two nights later against Texas A&M, Toth finished 5-for-8 from three-point range and with 17 points. Cal Poly's leader with 12.4 points per game, Toth has sank more three-pointers (29) than any Big West Conference players this season. As a team, Cal Poly (5-4) opens a six-game road trip with a 4 p.m. matchup at Fresno State on Saturday, Dec. 10. Read more here.

Faculty & Staff

Help Improve Fire Safety on Campus by Avoiding These Typical Hazards

A campuswide inspection by the Office of the State Fire Marshal revealed three common hazards: improper use of extension cords; outlet strips plugged into outlet strips; and propped-open fire doors. Extension cords are for temporary use — not prolonged periods. Extension cords are more susceptible to damage and overheating than sources connected to permanent building wiring. Plug outlet strips directly into a wall outlet — not into another outlet strip. This can cause the circuit to trip or overheat. Finally, fire doors should remain closed, not propped open for any length of time. Fire doors have an automatic closer designed to prevent the spread of smoke and flames in a blaze. For any fire and life safety questions, contact Environmental, Health and Safety at ext. 6-6665.

Workshop on First Global Program in Beijing Set for Dec. 8

An information session on the opportunity to study politics and culture in China as part of the first Cal Poly global program will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 107. The four-week summer program — CUBE to US: China Political Relations — will provide a unique opportunity for students to collaborate with Chinese and international students in Beijing. Discussions with Chinese counterparts, joint-research projects and collaborative field trips will be integrated into the course structure and content. Living in Beijing and traveling to museums, universities, the Great Wall and other historic sites in China's capital and Xi'an will enhance each student's understanding of China's political, social and cultural foundations and realities. For more information, contact Ning Zhang at or ext. 6-2887, or visit the Study Abroad web site.

Grantsmanship Workshop Offered Winter Quarter

A nine-week grant writing workshop will be offered at two different times this winter, beginning Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan.13. Thursday sesssions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m., both in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. Participants can attend the session that fits their schedule any given week. Workshops are open to faculty and staff and will provide a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, grants analyst in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and staff from the Office of Research and Economic Development, and University Development. 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.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee Award

Faculty and staff members can nominate their student workers for the university's 2016-17 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award. Nominees from state, ASI and Corporation student employees must have completed at least six months part-time work during the academic year, June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017. Nominees can be Federal or non-Federal Work Study students. The 2016/17 Outstanding Student Employees will be announced in April. The winner will be entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during the National Student Employment Week, held during the second week of April. To print the 2016/17 OSEY nomination form, visit Scroll down to Student Assistant Forms, and click on the link. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 3. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Five-Day Routing Deadline for Grant and Contract Proposals to Start in January

The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Grants Development Office are implementing changes in the review process of grants and contracts starting in January. In the 2015-16 academic year, the offices processed paperwork for $32 million in grants and contracts. To assure proper campus review and processing of these proposals, and to provide appropriate support to faculty and staff seeking external funds to support their projects, the offices are implementing a five-day routing deadline for all proposals. A signature-ready copy of any grant/contract proposal must be received by the Office of Research-Grants Development Office at least five working days prior to the proposal-submission deadline. This includes proposals in which the university is a subawardee or otherwise involved. A signature-ready copy includes final, compliant budget with budget justification, near-final drafts of sponsor-required documents (such as project abstract, project narrative, management plans, facilities information and other proposal-specific documents), as well as written commitments from third-party collaborators or cost-share providers. In addition, electronic versions of all final proposal documents must also be provided to GDO at least one business day in advance of the submission deadline. This allows time for proper file merging and conformance with sponsor format and transmission directives. For more details, visit the Grants Development Office website.

Academic Senate Seeks Candidates for CSU Faculty Trustee

The Academic Senate is seeking candidates for the faculty trustee position. It is a year-round commitment involving full release from campus responsibilities. For consideration, you must be a tenured faculty member who does not hold an administrative position other than department chair/head or equivalent. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, professional achievement and university service. In addition, individuals must have experience with CSU academic governance. Duties include attending all CSU Board of Trustee, Trustee Committee, Senate Plenary and Senate Executive Committee meetings. The faculty trustee serves a two-year term and typically visits several campuses to meet with faculty and discuss board of trustee actions. The Academic Senate CSU Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee will review campus nominations Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Academic Senate CSU will select at least two nominees at its March meeting. If you are interested, contact the campus Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258. All required materials must be submitted to Gladys Gregory no later than Wednesday, Jan. 11.

PolyLearn Support is Available in Wake of Exciting Summer 2016 Changes

PolyLearn, the university's branded version of the Moodle learning management system software, was upgraded this past summer. Are you up to date on the changes? Many of the program's exciting new changes have been promoted through PolyLearn emails, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's newsletter and Fall Conference workshops. For many faculty members, the PolyLearn Gradebook poses the greatest change. To learn more about it, visit the support site for step-by-step instructions and videos. Faculty can schedule a face-to-face consultation via the online form to connect with the correct support person for your needs and schedule. Questions? Email To learn more about the changes in PolyLearn, visit the "What's New in PolyLearn this Fall" web page.

University Rolls Out DocuSign Electronic Signature Service

To advance campus operations and boost productivity, Cal Poly has started using DocuSign — an eSignature program that lets users electronically send, sign and approve documents. More sustainable than paper forms, DocuSign is also a faster method for obtaining required signatures. The tool, which is commonly used for mortgage documents, is secure, trackable, and legally binding. This has been a cooperative project between the Administration and Finance Division's Network and Technology Services and Information Technology Services. After a successful pilot phase, AFD is using DocuSign for many of its human resources and payroll forms. Staff can now electronically sign forms such as fee waivers and benefits elections. ITS has rolled out DocuSign with a number of units on campus and will continue to expand it campuswide. If you are interested in learning more about how DocuSign can work in your department, visit the DocuSign information page on the Service Desk website, or look up the DocuSign Unit Coordinator assigned to your area.


Dan Mull, a member of the Customer Technology & Support team with Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire Friday, Dec. 16, after 19 years of service. During his tenure, Mull has played an instrumental role in many initiatives directly impacting student success. He helped design more than 200 instructional spaces — most still in use. Mull has been a passionate advocate for accessibility and integrating those concepts into technology and physical spaces. He looks forward to devoting more time to his family, hiking, surfing and pursuing his love of music as well as his parallel professional life as the Audio Doctor, the only factory authorized audio service business on the Central Coast.

A farewell dessert reception for Lois Kelly, who is retiring after more than 11 years as director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Administration Building Lobby (No. 1). Kelly came to Cal Poly in the spring of 2005 after 34 years working in financial aid and admissions at colleges and universities in four states. During her Cal Poly tenure, resources expanded from 9,000 to more than 13,000 recipients, and funds provided now exceed $155 million. In addition, for 12 years she has kept score at Women's Volleyball home games.

Patty Greig, associate director for ASI Children's Programs, will retire in December after 33 years of service at Cal Poly. Greig graduated from Cal Poly after attending two years, during which she helped start the infant/toddler program. She returned in March of 1983 and has been an instrumental figure in building and expanding ASI Children's Programs and mentoring student employees. Current and former Children's Center parents, children and students are invited to an open house reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Orfalea Family and ASI Children's Center (No. 133).

Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Cheese Packs Make a Tasty Treat for the Holidays

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further than Cal Poly's award-winning, student-made cheeses. Ten cheese varieties in five gift-pack arrangements are available. Gift packs can be shipped or picked up at the Cal Poly Creamery exclusively during the holiday season. Visit for additional information and to place your holiday order.

Time[scape]lab Art Show on Display in University Gallery Through Dec. 16

University Art Gallery's imaginative end-of-the-year show, Time[scape]lab and the artist collaborative's body of work titled "Confabulatores Nocturni," is on display through Thursday, Dec. 16. Time[scape]lab is made up of architects Brian and Katherine Ambroziak, professors who teach at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville's College of Architecture and Design, and Andrew McLellan, who has degrees in architecture and creative writing. The artists' work features a significant bias towards the act of writing and collage.  Their methods of representation rely heavily on two-, three- and four-dimensional montages to provide a fragmented reading open to personal interpretation, the development of various time signatures from a single vantage point, the application of time-based media that allow for further transformation of the image and the application of sound. The gallery is free and open to all from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is in the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 171. Read more here.

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 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 or a downloadable 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.


Lecture-Recital on Copland's 'Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson' on Dec. 10

The Music Department will present a lecture-recital of composer Aaron Copland's music inspired by Emily Dickinson's poems at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The event will feature soprano Katherine Arthur, pianist Paul Woodring and guest lecturer Mary Kay Harrington. According to Arthur, it will explore the inspiring genius of Dickinson's poetry as represented in Copland's "Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson," a cycle of songs written for solo voice and piano featuring subject matter close to the Amherst, Mass., poet: nature, death, life and eternity. Arthur and Woodring will perform the works after Harrington discusses Dickinson's life and poetry. Arthur teaches voice at Cal Poly and singing classes through the San Luis Coastal Adult School. Admission is $5 at the door. More information on the Music Department calendar website. Read more here.

Forbes Pipe Organ Holiday Concert Sing-along to be Held Dec. 18

The annual Forbes Pipe Organ Holiday Concert and Sing-Along will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. This traditional holiday concert features a collection of carols on the Forbes Pipe Organ with an interactive twist as audience members are encouraged to sing along. Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Center's outreach programs and the two participating community choirs, the Vocal Arts Ensemble and Central Coast Children's Choir. Tickets are $18 for the public and $12 for students. For more information, visit the Performing Arts Center website.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the new Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page for additional information. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

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


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Saturday, Dec. 17
Women's Basketball vs. San Francisco, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Wrestling vs. West Virginia, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 5
Women's Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7
Women's Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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.


#104279 - Event Operations Assistant (Athletic Equipment Attendant I), Athletics - Event Operations. Temporary, part-time. $13.82-$22.42 per hour. Anticipated hiring range: $13.82-$15.01 per hour. Close date Friday, Dec. 16.

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.

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. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

There are no listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

Assistant Coordinator - Communications (Two-Year, Temporary) Hourly rate: $20.18. Position open until filled; review of applications begins Jan. 5. Anticipated start date Feb. 1.