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Cal Poly Report — Feb. 3, 2016


Cal Poly Students Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol

Twenty-one Cal Poly students were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday. The students were selected based on team or individual accomplishments, including a team that raised $600,000 for a net zero solar home that was judged third best in the nation, and participation in high-profile events such as the Tournament of Roses Parade, with a TV audience of 100 million viewers. Eighteen students are from California, including three from San Luis Obispo County. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

ASI to Hold Forums Feb. 10 and 18 on UU Renovation and Expansion

ASI will hold two open forums to educate the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo communities about a potential renovation and expansion of the University Union. The forums will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, and 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 18, in UU 204. The proposed remodel is part of the master plan for ASI-managed facilities, developed through surveys, focus groups and open forums with students and campus partners. The research identified the UU as the ASI-managed facility with the greatest need for improvement. In a 2015 survey of more than 4,800 students, 68 percent indicated they were likely to support a fee increase to pay for renovation and expansion of the UU. Students will have an opportunity to vote on the subject in an advisory student referendum Feb. 24-25. For more information on the referendum, including the proposed project components and fee information, visit the Create the UU website.

Poly P Renovated and Ready for Reservations

A campus icon for decades, the Poly P has undergone several months of renovations by the California Conservation Corps to prevent erosion and create safer access. The 50-by-35-foot Poly P is now open to the public for hiking. ASI has also initiated a process through which students and campus groups can make reservations to decorate the local landmark for six days, Monday through Saturday. The respective group will have to repaint the Poly P white on the following Sunday. Reservations to will be accepted starting Monday, Feb. 8. For more information, visit the ASI website.

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

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 HR, 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.

Nominations for Outstanding Staff Award Needed by Feb. 5

Staff employees, faculty members, and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2015-16 award is Friday, Feb. 5. To be eligible, nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, Corporation or ASI who have completed at least three years of employment as of Dec. 31, 2015. Ten-month employees are eligible. Employees represented by bargaining unit No. 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award, and student assistants are not eligible. The Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form can be found on the Administration and Finance website.

Feb. 5 Deadline for Outstanding Student Employee Award Nominations

President Armstrong with recipient of Student Employee of the Year award.Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the university's 2015-16 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016. Eligible candidates include state, ASI and Cal Poly Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. Cal Poly’s OSEY will be announced in April. The winner will be entered into the state competition with a chance to go on to regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during National Student Employment Week, the second week of April. To print the nomination form, go to the Administration and Finance website and scroll down to Student Assistant Forms. Submissions are due to Barbara Rollins in Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 5.

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.

Grants Applications 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.

Authorization Process and Timelines for International Travel

illustration of plane flying around the worldAll international travel conducted as Cal Poly business must go through the International Center. Travel abroad may include activities such as attending conferences, participating in tours, conducting funded research, or taking students on non-credit international field trips. International travelers must use the updated forms on the International Center website. Travel requests must be submitted to the International Center by the appropriate deadlines: individual travel, 30 days prior to travel (60 days for high-hazard destinations); group travel, 90 days (120 days for high-hazard destinations and 180 days for trips that require fee approval). Early submission is recommended to allow additional time for internal deadlines. The International Center will process the paperwork and submit it to the Provost's Office on the traveler's behalf. Expenses related to international travel should not be incurred until the traveler has completed the travel authorization process and received written approval for travel. For more information, visit the International Center website and click on International Travel Authorization.

Join Faculty and Staff Mailing List for Cross Cultural Centers

Seven staffers of the Cross Cultural CentersThe Cross Cultural Centers (CCC), including the Gender Equity, MultiCultural and Pride Centers, serve to encourage student development and education by heightening awareness of the intersection of perspectives regarding race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and immigration status. Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote the CCC's events to students and colleagues and offer course or extra credit to attend events as appropriate. To sign up for the CCC's mailing list, click here. Events are listed on the CCC's calendar. For more information, email

In Memoriam

Max T. Wills, professor emeritus in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 21. Wills was born in Austria and then moved to the Pacific Northwest with his family. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Puget Sound and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Washington. Wills worked for the Shell Development Company in Emeryville, Calif., before beginning his career at Cal Poly in 1967. Wills was instrumental in developing the Polymers and Coatings Program at Cal Poly. He was recognized internationally for his work developing new methods for analysis of volatile organic compounds, especially in coatings, and his methods are now used worldwide. Wills retired from active teaching more than a decade ago but continued laboratory research work until his death. Wills was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Currier, professor and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts. He is survived by two children, Anne Lindquist and Max Wills; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial in his honor at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Baker Center (No. 180). 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.

Student Successes

Journalism Students Recognized with National First-Place Awards

Mustang News took home 16 national awards — including four first-place Pinnacle Awards — at the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association joint ACP/CMA National College Media Convention held late last year in Austin, Texas. Olivia DeGennaro, now a reporter and producer for KRNV in Reno, Nev., won a first-place CMA Pinnacle Award for Best Investigative Story. Mustang News staffers also received first-place awards for the Best Rate Card/Media Kit, Best Viral Video and Best Online Ad. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Interdisciplinary Team Places Second at Construction Management Competition

An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students captured second place in the four-year college category at the 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition. The competition challenged students to prepare a land acquisition proposal, including building cost estimates, a construction schedule, projections for cash flow and return on investment, and marketing and risk analysis. The team of business, architecture and construction management students collaborated to complete each aspect of the proposal before presenting their proposals and defending their project to a panel of industry experts. This year’s second-place award marks the 11th time since 2001 that Cal Poly has finished in the top five at the competition. For more information, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

Campus Announcements

Campus to Host Feb. 4 Debate for 24th Congressional Candidates 

The Capital building.Eight candidates running for the Congressional seat being vacated by Lois Capps will discuss their priorities and the major issues facing local constituents and the nation in a debate from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Spanos Theatre. KCBX FM News Director Randol White will moderate the discussion including Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian; Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal; Justin Fareed, businessman; Steve Isakson, engineer; Citizens Congress Director Bill Ostrander; and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider. Individuals who have recently requested paperwork to file for candidacy have also been invited to participate. The candidates will address the federal government’s role in higher education, economic growth and prosperity, environmental sustainability and water policy, and social divisions including political polarization. Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions about issues not covered in the main discussion. Admission is free and open to the public; however, space is limited and registration is required. Complimentary parking is available in the Grand Avenue parking structure when a ticket to the event is presented.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet Feb. 6

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 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.

Conflict Resolution Workshop to be Held Feb. 9

The Cross Cultural Centers are holding a workshop on conflict resolution from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the San Luis Lounge (UU 221). The workshop will feature the “peace-making” model, useful for interpersonal and group transformation, and provide participants with practical tools for individual action. For more information, email

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

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

Ave the date with flags and Feb. 10 1-4 p.m.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 the Via Carta Walkway in front of Campus Market. Taste their delicious international recipes, get a henna tattoo, watch belly dancers, and listen to musicians play traditional instruments. For more information, email

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.

Finance Dashboard Workshop Set for Feb. 17

A workshop on the use and navigation of finance dashboards, the official reporting system for end-users of the university’s financial system, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. The workshop is limited to 12 participants who will learn how to effectively manage the financial resources they oversee. Participants must have security access to the dashboards. Those who don't have access must fill out a CMS Access Request. Allow five working days for approvals and implementation. To enroll, click this link. For additional training opportunities, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

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 summit Feb. 19 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 in 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 Change the Status Quo: A Social Justice Conference 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.

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.


Another Type of Groove to Celebrate Black History Month Feb. 3

The MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry will celebrate Black History Month with artist Judah 1 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Chumash Auditorium in the UU. David M. Oliver, whose stage name is Judah 1, began writing poetry and songs at age 7. Since his best friend committed suicide at age 15, Judah 1 has been on a mission to teach young men to harness the power of their voices, community, faith and knowledge. Another Type of Groove is a spoken-word poetry event held at Cal Poly the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year. Each event includes a poet and an open mic segment. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert to be Held Feb. 5

Night at the Mission text in front of illustrated moonSeveral of Cal Poly’s student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo. “A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a string quartet, saxophone quartet, clarinet ensemble, trumpet ensemble, brass choir, brass quintet and woodwind quintet. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

University Art Gallery to Exhibit Work by Erin Curtis Through Feb. 5

Sample of Erin Curis' artworkThe Art and Design Department presents “100% Acrylic,” an exhibit featuring the work of painter and installation artist Erin Curtis. The exhibit will run through Friday, Feb. 5, in the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34). It will include Curtis’s most recent paintings and several on-site installations, some of which will involve the energetic participation of art and design students. Installation elements include items that have been premade in the studio, ready-made materials such as contact paper, and site-specific painting and sculptural totem pieces made in the gallery. The installations will spill from the walls onto the floor, hang from the ceiling and protrude from the walls. Curtis is a Washington, D.C.,-based artist whose work is influenced by visual languages of abstraction from around the globe and across history. She is particularly influenced by textiles, ritual body decoration and architectural ornamentation. The University Art Gallery is free and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is on the ground floor near the entrance to the Dexter Building. For more details visit the Art Gallery website.

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.

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists Feb. 20

Dancers on stage.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.

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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This Week's Home Games

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4
Women’s Basketball vs. Hawaii, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 5
Men’s Tennis vs. Saint Mary’s, Mustang Courts, noon
Wrestling vs. Oregon State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Hawaii (ESPNU), Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 7
Men’s Tennis vs. San Diego State, Mustang Courts, noon

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.

#103928 – Program Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Academic Affairs, International Center, $2,539-$4,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 8.

#103920 – EOP Advisor/Coordinator/Specialist and Study Session/Student Success Seminar Coordinator (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs, Student Academic Services. Up to two positions available. $3,746-$5,325 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,746-$4,008 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 15.

#103927 – Grants Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Exempt I), Academic Affairs, Research and Economic Development, Grants Development Office. $3,897-$6,142 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 15.
#103922 – External Relations Director (Administrator I), Academic Affairs, Library Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 22.

#103915 – HR Generalist (Confidential Administrative Support II), Administration and Finance, Human Resources. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 12.

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.

#103903 Assistant Professor, Graphic Communication, Graphic Communication Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2257. Review begins Feb. 22.

#103912 Full-Time Lecturer, Finance, Finance Area, Orfalea College of Business, ext. 6-1606. Review begins March 1.

#103924 Chemical Oceanography, Tenure-Track Position, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, College of Science and Mathematics, ext. 6-2694. Review begins April 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.

Operations Manager, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, $50,772-$76,148 per year.

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.