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Cal Poly Report — Feb. 10, 2016


Fire Protection Engineering Among Top Online Engineering Graduate Programs

Cal Poly’s online master’s degree program in fire protection engineering was ranked among the best in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Online Programs rankings released in January. Cal Poly was tied for 25th place overall and ranked fifth among universities in the West in the Online Graduate Engineering Programs category. U.S. News plans to include the online program rankings in both the “Best Graduate Schools 2016” and “Best Colleges 2016” guidebooks, which will be published later this year. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

RPTA to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with NFL Hall of Famer

The Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration Department will commemorate its 40th anniversary Saturday, Feb. 27, at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. The event, which includes the department's annual fundraising auction and dinner, will honor distinguished alumni and past and present faculty. This year's honored guest is NFL Hall-of-Famer Dan Fouts, whose daughter, Shannon, is a student in the department. Fouts will auction an autographed football and throw a pass to the winner of the football. Tickets are $50 or $75; $35 for students. For more information, visit the student-built event website.


Student Affairs to Host Welcome Reception for Dean of Students

The campus community is invited to a welcome reception for Kathleen McMahon, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, Ed.D. The reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at ext. 6-0327, or

Feb. 16 Talk to be Held on the Racial Pipeline to Prison

Ethnic Studies will host Victor Rios, author and award-winning professor of Sociology at UCSB, for the talk “Punitive Social Control, the Youth Control Complex, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in UU 220. Rios will discuss issues of racial profiling, policing and incarceration of youth of color, and how those issues create barriers for educational equity. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Yolanda Tiscareno at ext. 6-1707 or

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.

Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Engineering Announces Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Engineering announced recipients of industry and donor-sponsored faculty awards and outstanding staff awards. The presentations were made at the College of Engineering’s winter meeting in December. Civil Engineering Professor Tryg Lundquist was awarded $1,000 with the Raytheon Excellence in Teaching & Applied Research Award. The Don & Paula Heye Award for Outstanding Club Advisor was presented to Civil Engineering Professor Garrett Hall, and the Don & Paula Heye Award for Outstanding Teaching was presented to Gary Perks, lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Department. Martin Koch, technical support staff in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Lani Woods, analyst specialist in Electrical Engineering, received this year’s Outstanding Staff Awards. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Feb. 10 Faculty Presentation to Focus on Getting Beyond Google as an Information Source

A baby in a business suit looking at an open laptop.The Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT) will feature a talk, "Getting Students beyond Google: Developing Critical Mindsets about Information Sources in First-Year English and Calculus," by librarian Kaila Bussert from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The Faculty Showcase events are a platform for colleagues to share insights and observations about signature critical thinking assignments developed and implemented over the past quarter. Pizza and salad will be served. For more information, visit the Faculty Showcase page on the CTLT website.

Applications for Grants to Support Faculty Scholarships Due Feb. 16

The deadline for proposals for mini-grants, assigned time and additional compensation through the Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program for the 2016-17 school year is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. RSCA helps faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. Annual funding from the program provides more internal resources to help faculty, including lecturers, pursue a broader array of professional activities. For full application and submission instructions, call the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at ext. 6-5153 or visit the ORED website.

Learn by Doing Scholar Award Application Period Open Feb. 22 Through March 21

The Learn by Doing Scholar Award application period will be open from Feb. 22 through March 21.  The unique faculty award celebrates the scholarship of teaching and learning by honoring outstanding contributions to Learn by Doing. Launched last year, the award recognizes both a published work and a work in progress with awards of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The recipients are selected by a committee of tenured faculty representing every college and administered by Kennedy Library. Tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty may apply. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library Website.

Feb. 22 Workshop to be Held on Supporting Undocumented Students

Supporting undocumented students in courses, curriculum and on campus will be the topic of a workshop to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The workshop is a collaborative effort between the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology; LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation); and the Cal Poly Dreamers Working Group, an ad-hoc campus group comprised of faculty, staff and administrators who are invested in the experiences of undocumented students at Cal Poly. The workshop will examine the experiences of undocumented students and provide information for teaching, advising and mentoring. Those attending will be better prepared to immediately support undocumented students, and the training will satisfy the first component of the three-part ally training series. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, contact Robin Parent at

Call for Proposals for Continuing Instructionally Related Activities

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee (IRAAC) has announced a Call for Proposals for any activities seeking continuing IRA recognition for the 2016-17 academic year. Requests for continuing IRA recognition and funding are initiated through faculty or staff advisors, who submit the proposals to the college deans. Proposals for continuing IRAs are due March 12. Criteria, forms, instructions and other relevant information can be found on the Academic Programs website.

Faculty Member Sought for Corporation Board

The Academic Senate is seeking nominations from tenured faculty to serve on the Cal Poly Corporation board of directors for the 2016-19 term. A description of the role and responsibilities is available online. Interested faculty should complete an Expression of Intent and Willingness to Serve form available on the Academic Senate website. The completed form must be received by the Academic Senate office by Wednesday, March 2. For more information, call the Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258. 

Workshops on Eradicating Racism in the Classroom to be Held March 3 and 10

Gilda Ochoa, the 2015-16 Susan Currier Visiting Professor, will lead workshops on eradicating racism in the classroom from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, March 3 and 10, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The workshops will explore how classroom spaces might perpetuate inequality; the significance of race, class and gender in the classroom; and strategies for building community and enhancing classroom participation. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
–– March 3, "Race, Class, and Gender in the Classroom" addresses the significance of race, class, and gender in the classroom, with an emphasis on classroom materials and teaching approaches;
–– March 10, "Building Community in the Classroom" emphasizes concrete strategies for fostering dialogical, student-centered and feminist classroom spaces.
To register, visit the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology website. For more information, contact Robin Parent at


Don Weegar, manager of ITS Communications Design and Installation Services, will retire Friday, Feb. 26 after 20 years of service. Weegar attended graduate school at Cal Poly, where he studied city planning before working for architecture firms in San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles. He applied his architecture skills in the design and implementation of telecommunications infrastructure throughout campus, including several high-profile projects such as implementation of a telephone system and the telecommunications infrastructure for Poly Canyon Village. He rose through the ranks from temporary employee to manager and guided a loyal staff to pursue unsurpassed service excellence. He and his wife, Jane (also a Cal Poly retiree), are looking forward to easing into retirement by hitting the road with their Airstream trailer before spending time at his grandparents’ Kansas farm and their own cabin in a remote area of San Luis Obispo County. A retirement reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7, Room 1).

Student Successes

Cal Poly Receives National AIAS Chapter Honor Award

Cal Poly received the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Chapter Honor Award at the AIAS Forum, the largest gathering of architecture students in the world. The Honor Awards recognize outstanding achievements made by students, educators and practitioners who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to the education and development of architecture students. Cal Poly was chosen because of its consistent growth and stability while providing outstanding education and professional programs to its members. For more informaiton, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Information About Transitioning to New TSA Vendor

As part of the CSU transition to Fidelity Investments in April, Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) contributions were frozen at close of business Friday, Feb. 5. The Early Choice window for investment selections and enrolling/re-enrolling will begin Monday, March 7, and will apply to the April pay period.
The following are provided to assist participants with the transition:
–– A Letter from the Chancellor's Office was mailed to the home address on file.
–– For more information, visit the What's New Benefits page.
–– A Transition Guide will be mailed to participants' home address.
–– A dedicated website will provide up-to-date information.
–– Representatives from the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Fidelity and Aon Hewitt will be on campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in UU 220 to answer questions about the transition. No reservations are needed.

CSU Fee Waiver Benefit Available to Employees

The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management 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 Human Resources website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at or ext. 6-7354.

Interview Question Database Created for Selection Committees

The Human Resources Talent Acquisition Team has created the Interview Question Database (IQDB). The first iteration combines all approved interview questions into a single document that can be filtered by unit, job code, classification series, recruitment or question. Future iterations will add features and improve usability. To access the IQDB, log in to the Recruitment Web page. Questions from the database do not need to be re-approved by Human Resources, though new questions or changes will need to be reviewed and approved. To provide feedback, contact Samson Blackwell at For more information, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Next Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop to be Held Feb. 17

Illustrated scaleEmployment Equity Facilitator workshops are scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Martha Cody, director of Equal Opportunity, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will 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. The trainings will be held in the Fisher Science Building (No. 33), Equal Opportunity Conference Room (Room 290). To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387. For more information, visit the Equal Opportunity website.

Volunteers Needed for Osteoporosis Study

Female faculty and staff members are invited to participate in a research study on osteoporosis that will be used as part of a master’s thesis. Researchers hope to learn more about how the body reacts to a single bout of exercise while wearing a weighted exercise suit. Results from this study will further the body of research surrounding the effects of exercise on osteoporosis and may influence future treatment and maintenance options. The study will consist of two exercise trials and six blood draws over a two-week period in Kinesiology Department facilities. Women between 45 and 65 years old who are post-menopausal, have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, are sedentary or lightly active, and have abstained from taking any osteoporosis medication for at least six months may be eligible to participate. For more information, contact kinesiology graduate student Haley Terndrup at 650-353-0677 or by Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Business Students to Prepare Tax Returns for Low-Income Households

Student and client looking at paperworkStudents from the Orfalea College of Business will provide tax return preparation assistance at no charge for individuals and families with annual incomes less than $54,000 through the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Nearly 100 accounting students will prepare tax returns as part this year’s VITA program, which is sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. The IRS-certified students will prepare returns; Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file them. The students will also staff additional VITA clinics in Santa Maria, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande in partnership with the United Way of San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties. For clinic dates, times and locations, visit the VITA Web page.

Vista Grande Closed for Lunch Friday, Feb. 19

Vista Grande Restaurant will be closed for lunch Friday, Feb. 19. The Burger Bar will remain open for its regular hours that day.


Students to Present Food, Dance and Customs from Around the Globe Feb. 10

The International Center invites the campus community to enjoy the food, dance, music and activities of cultures from around the world. Food science and nutrition students will prepare international cuisine for a free Taste of the World event from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, on Via Carta Walkway, in front of Campus Market. Taste the delicious international recipes, enjoy music, get a henna tattoo, and watch performers from the Cal Poly Bellydance Club. For more information, email In case of rain, the event will be held in Food Processing (Building 24), Room 103.

Black History Month to be Topic of Book Club Discussions Feb. 10 and 24

The Cross Cultural Centers will offer two book club discussions for faculty and staff to honor Black History Month in February. The Wednesday, Feb. 10, discussion will be on "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie." The discussion Wednesday, Feb. 24, will focus on the book, "Property." Both sessions will start at noon. For more information, or to register for either event, email Ruth de Jesus at

University Jazz Bands to Present ‘Just Jazz’ Feb. 19

A vast range of today’s jazz music — parody, intimate combos and epic compositions — will be on display at the annual "Just Jazz" concert presented by the University Jazz Bands at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The concert will feature Cal Poly’s best student jazz musicians in two big bands and two jazz combos. The performance will include “Grass is Greener,” a wide-ranging, epic composition that moves from hip-hop to psychedelia; “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” a big band parody version of the original by rocker Alice Cooper; and “Rush,” from the Japanese anime cartoon “Cowboy Bebop." Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849.

Cal Poly to Host Central Coast Lean Summit Feb. 18–19

Central Coast Lean Summit text in front of image of a SLO peak.The Central Coast Lean program in the Orfalea College of Business will showcase “lean” advances in healthcare, accounting, entrepreneurship, local government and higher education during a two-day summit Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18-19, in the Performing Arts Center. The fifth annual Central Coast Lean Summit has chosen “Leadership on Board” as its theme and will focus on innovations, trends and best practices to help managers lead meaningful change. The event will begin with two pre-summit workshops Feb. 18 to delve into lean accounting and production preparation processes applicable in industries such as healthcare. The Feb. 19 summit will feature a keynote address titled “Leading a Culture of Excellence” led by Sam MacPherson, co-founder and executive director of The Lean Leadership Academy and former chief of training for the Elite U.S. Army Special Forces. Cal Poly staff and faculty will also present during the summit along with local businesses leaders and members of government organizations. For more information and to register, go to the lean summit Web page.

Discussion on Technology and the Autonomy of Reproduction to be Held Feb. 19

Jennifer Denbow, assistant professor of political science, and Brian Beaton, director of the Center for Expressive Technologies, will discuss Denbow’s book, “Governed Through Choice: Autonomy, Technology and the Politics of Reproduction," as part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Kennedy Library, Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions. Light refreshments will be served. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

'Change the Status Quo' Conference to be Held Feb. 19-20

The Center for Service in Action and Student Community Services will host the 14th annual social justice conference, Change the Status Quo, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20. Preview Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in UU 220. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Chumash Auditorium. Open to the San Luis Obispo community, Change the Status Quo aims to challenge social norms to make lasting changes in local communities and around the world. Participants will be encouraged to challenge stereotypes, prompt solutions, use education to make a lasting change, and to take small actions that, collectively, can make a great difference. The conference will include more than 20 workshops on a variety of issues presented by faculty, community members, nonprofits and students. For more information, visit the Dean of Students website.

Arab Music Ensemble to PDancers on stage.erform with Guest Artists Feb. 20

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a diverse program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The show will feature traditional and contemporary art-music genres, including the “muwashshah,” one of the oldest continuously performed art music genres in the world and which, in this case, has an especially long 32-beat metric mode. Additional genres to be featured will come from the shared music traditions of the Ottoman era, including the short introductory “dulab” and the more elaborate “samai” with its 10-beat metric mode. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Statistical Phenomenon to Detect Fraud to be Topic of Talk on Feb. 23

The Office of Research and Economic Development will sponsor a presentation, "Looking Out for Number One," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The presentation will introduce Benford's Law, a statistical phenomenon used by the IRS to detect fraud. The presentation will include a discussion of the law's colorful history and other recent applications in science and engineering. The talk will be presented by Ted Hill, a Research Scholar in Residence and professor emeritus of mathematics at Georgia Tech, and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Allie Bakaly in the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at ext. 6-5153 or the ORED website.

'The History of Alchemy' Discussion and Demonstration to be Held Feb. 25

Kennedy Library will host an interactive discussion with Zahra Alghoul, lecturer in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the library’s second floor café lounge. “The History of Alchemy: the quest of the philosopher’s stone,” will cover alchemy’s impact across civilizations and its influence on modern chemistry. Over the centuries, alchemy has evolved from the attempt to transmute cheap metals into gold into the experimental practice of making medicines and improving laboratory equipment. Members of Alpha Chi Sigma will assist Alghoul in demonstrating ancient alchemical experiments. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert to Highlight American Music on Feb. 27

Music written by several prominent American composers will be featured during the Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. Titled “America … America,” the musical extravaganza will include music from an array of American traditions, including musical theater, spirituals and American classical. Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics and The University Singers will be accompanied by Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring. The choirs are conducted by Music Professor Thomas Davies. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $12 for students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849.

Cal Poly to Host California Wind Band Festival March 2–5

Bands from California, Japan and Washington, D.C., will participate in the California Wind Band Festival, a four-day series of performances -- all starting at 8 p.m. -- Wednesday through Saturday, March 2–5, in the Performing Arts Center. A highlight of the festival will be a free performance by the U.S. Army Field Band. The festival will open March 2 with a performance by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble, followed by two groups from Japan: the Shizuoka Community Band “Concert Liberté,” and the Shimizu Wind Orchestra. The March 3 performance will feature the Kansai Student Federation Concert Band from Osaka, Japan, and the CSU Long Beach Wind Symphony. On March 4, the festival's showcase event will include a performance by the U.S. Army Field Band from Washington, D.C. Admission to the March 4 event is free, but tickets are required. Soloists include the principal trumpeter of the Chicago Symphony and principal trombonist for the New York Philharmonic. The festival will conclude March 5 with a performance by the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra, followed by the Cal Poly Pomona Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

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, Feb. 13
Baseball vs. Alumni, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Arizona State, Mott Athletics Center, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Wrestling vs. Boise State, UU Plaza, 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 15
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Davis, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, 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.

#103919 – Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, Administration and Finance, Facilities Operations. $4,575-$5,846 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 11.

#103918 – Lead Building Service Engineer, Administration and Finance, Facilities, Engineering Services. $5,112-$6,479 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 11.

#103934 – Per Diem Physician, Student Affairs, Campus Health and Wellbeing, Health Services. $80-$100 per hour. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 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.

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 University Union (Building 65), Room 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job openings at this time.