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Cal Poly Report — Jan. 13, 2016


Cal Poly Gets $300,000 Grant to Improve Desalination Technology

Cal Poly chemistry Professor Shanju Zhang received a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to use nanotechnology to improve desalination techniques by using far less energy than traditional methods. With California’s ongoing drought, this new technology could provide long-term relief for the Golden State and beyond. Although a strong El Niño is expected to bring much-needed rain to the state this year, experts predict it might not be enough to erase four record dry years. Coastal communities have identified the ocean as a potential water source, but for many the technology is cost-prohibitive. Seawater is desalinated after being pushed under pressure through a series of osmosis membranes. This is an energy-intensive process. Zhang and a group of students are experimenting with integrating a layer of carbon nanotubes into a desalination membrane, which would change the way the seawater flows. Because water flows through nanotubes much faster than it flows outside of them — up to a million times more quickly — the speed of the water moving through the tubes provides the necessary pressure. Large molecules, such as salt, are too big to fit into the tubes and so will not pass through the membrane. “These new materials will reduce the cost of water purification and improve efficiency,” Zhang said.

Campus Police Chief to Give Jan. 14 Talk on Surviving Active-Shooter Incident

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Seconds to Save Lives: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium in the UU. George Hughes, University Police chief, will present an hourlong program that includes the proper reaction to an active-shooter situation, how law enforcement agencies respond, and what can be done to reduce injuries and save lives. Questions? Contact University Police at ext. 6-6654 or email

Orfalea Students and Staff Participate in Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Eight student leaders from the Orfalea College of Business and four Orfalea Student Services staffers attended the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles in November. Peer advisors and mentors discussed issues of diversity and explored ways to create a more inclusive campus environment. Through workshops centered on gender identity, race, privilege and LGBTQ issues, the Cal Poly contingent and 95 counterparts from colleges and universities around the country challenged their biases and explored ways to lead their organizations toward greater inclusivity. Last month, the group reviewed their experience with Orfalea College of Business deans and administrators. Students proposed their plan to promote diversity and social justice in the college, which includes a conference for student leaders in spring quarter. For more information, contact Orfalea Student Services at ext. 6-2601.

University Police to Hold 5K/10K to Benefit Proposed Campus K-9 Unit, Jan. 30

University Police is hosting a 5K/10K Fun Run on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Laguna Lake Park to raise money to bring a police dog to Cal Poly. All funds raised will go directly toward the purchase of a K-9 unit and equipment. The dog will provide additional protection and services to the campus and surrounding community. Register in advance at or on race day starting at 7:30 a.m. The run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. The park is at 504 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Registration is $45 and includes a barbecue for participants immediately following the race. For more details, contact Officer Paul Davis at

‘Mark Twain’ Rescheduled to March 13 After Hal Holbrook Loses His Voice

The “Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight” show has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Christopher Cohan Center. Patrons holding tickets for the Jan. 9 show can use those same tickets for the new performance date. If you’re unable to attend on March 13, contact the Ticket Office for an exchange or refund. Last weekend’s show was postponed because Holbrook suffered a sudden bout of laryngitis. For more details, call ext. 6-4849, email, or stop by the Performing Arts Center prior to March 13 to exchange tickets for another Cal Poly Arts performance or to get a full refund. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Submission Guidelines Revised 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. A new policy has been developed 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

Deadline for Spring Textbook Adoptions is Jan. 15

The deadline for faculty members to submit spring 2016 textbook adoptions to the University Store is Friday, Jan. 15. This will allow time for all courseware information to be entered before PASS goes live on the Cal Poly Portal on Tuesday, Jan. 26. It also allows the University Store to make courseware affordable and available. Visit Faculty Online Adoption or email to place adoptions. For more details, visit Cal Poly University Store online.

Feb. 1 Deadline for Faculty Applications for 2017 Global Program in Australia

The International Center invites faculty from all colleges to apply to teach with the Cal Poly in Australia study abroad program during winter quarter 2017. The program seeks faculty with strong teaching records who can offer general education (preference for upper-division GE Area C and D) or specialty courses appropriate to the Australia program (such as agribusiness, wine and viticulture or business). The program offers an opportunity to offer a true Learn by Doing experience to students abroad. Program highlights include:
-- Housing provided in a centrally located apartment in Adelaide, South Australia's cosmopolitan coastal capital
-- Program is seven weeks long (January-mid-February) during Cal Poly's winter quarter
-- Two Cal Poly faculty offer two Cal Poly courses each
-- Group size of 25-35 students and class size of 16-25 students
-- Group activities include two-day tour to Kangaroo Island, multiple winery tours, and day trip to a wildlife park
For applications and information regarding qualifications and deadlines, visit the Study Abroad website. Questions? Email to

Alexis Bradfield Named CAFES Director of Development

Alexis Bradfield has been named director of development for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. She joined CAFES last May as an advancement coordinator and was recognized as being very personable, adaptive and a quick learner. Prior to joining Cal Poly, the CAFES alumna fine-tuned her listening skills and customer-centric approach in the hospitality industry. Bradfield (pictured with Russ Kabaker, at left, CAFES’ assistant dean for advancement & external relations, and Grant Kirkpatrick, director of development) will transition to her new role by the end of March. She holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks, and tourism administration from Cal Poly and a second bachelor’s in hospitalities and tourism management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management.

College of Engineering Announces Annual Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Engineering announced recipients of industry and donor-sponsored faculty awards and outstanding staff awards at the college’s winter meeting held last month. Civil engineering Professor Tryg Lundquist, (at left) recognized as one of the top experts in the field of algae biofuels, received the $1,000 Raytheon Excellence in Teaching and Applied Research Award. During his eight years at Cal Poly, Lundquist has been awarded many grants. To date, he has received approximately $3 million for research on the use of algae for simultaneous wastewater treatment and biofuel production, an area in which he has authored seminal publications.
The Don & Paula Heye Award for Outstanding Club Advisor went to civil engineering Professor Garrett Hall, (at right) who has served as advisor to the award-winning Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team for more than seven years. For the past three years he has co-advised the Cal Poly Society of Civil Engineers, which was recognized last May as the most outstanding chapter of 323 student groups in 16 countries.
The Don & Paula Heye Award for Outstanding Teaching was presented to Gary Perks, lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Department. Perks (below, left) teaches a wide range of classes in electrical engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering. In addition to the high evaluations he receives from students, he is recognized for pioneering online course delivery for the department and the college, including the innovative use of testing centers for online delivery of exams for students across the nation. Martin Koch, technical support staff in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Lani Woods, an analyst specialist in Electrical Engineering since 2007, received Outstanding Staff Awards. Koch joined Cal Poly in 1984 and has served as both technician and lecturer for the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. Woods is considered “indispensable” by faculty and the department leadership,and the “go-to” person for anyone needing help with a department-related issue.

Allen Estes Named American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow

Allen Estes headshotAllen Estes, professor and head of the Architectural Engineering Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, was named a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. ASCE is the nation’s oldest national engineering society. This year’s class of fellows will be recognized at the Outstanding Projects and Leadership awards banquet in March 2016. "Professor Allen Estes is a national leader in architectural engineering education who is advancing curriculum through industry engagement, teacher training and curricular assessment,” said Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of the college. “We are grateful for his leadership of the Architectural Engineering Department and congratulate him for achieving the honor of election to ASCE fellow." For more information, visit the CAED website.

College of Engineering Names Meredith Bryntensen as Director of Development

Meredith Brynteson has been named director of development for the College of Engineering. She comes to Cal Poly from Pacific University in Oregon, where she served as associate director of annual giving. She managed a donor portfolio; coordinated comprehensive direct mail, email and phone-a-thon solicitations; oversaw a faculty and staff giving program; and implemented a reunion-giving program for select milestone years. In her role at Cal Poly, she brings great energy and enthusiasm to the position as the college continues to build its donor pipeline for major and planned gifts, and campaign priorities. Brynteson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Pacific University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Students Are Given Affordable Access to Course Materials for Winter Quarter

Kennedy Library encourages instructors to place course-related materials on reserve early in winter quarter to ensure that all students have access, although requests are accepted at any time. Course Reserves give students easy access to library books, instructors’ personal book copies, and media materials (including DVDs, videotapes, slides and audio recordings). Book excerpts and articles can also be made available electronically via PolyLearn. To utilize the Course Reserves program, complete the online submission form, or use the online submission computer station at the Access Services Department in Kennedy Library. The library provides additional support for instructors interested in adopting low-cost and freely available course resources. For more information, contact Dana Ospina at, or visit the Open and Affordable Resources Guide.

Nine-Week Grant Writing Workshop Starts Jan. 14

A nine-week workshop on grant writing will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays starting Jan. 14 in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 203. The workshop is for faculty and staff interested in research or research administration and 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 in mid-March, 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.

Call for Proposals for New Instructionally Related Activities Due Jan. 29

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee has announced a call for proposals for any activities seeking first-time recognition for the 2016-17 academic year. An instructionally related activity (IRA) is an out-of-class experience that provides enrichment to students and enhances their learning. IRA programs and activities are partially sponsored by an academic dean or department and are integrally related to a formal instructional offering, though not tied to any one course. Examples of IRAs are the symphony, Engineers Without Borders, and the Elevator Pitch Competition. Requests for recognition and funding are initiated through faculty or staff advisors who submit the proposals to college deans. Proposals for new IRAs must be submitted to Academic Programs by Jan. 29. Criteria, forms, instructions and other relevant information can be found on the Academic Programs 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

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 and might 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

Learn by Doing Scholar Award Application Period to Open Feb. 22

Professor Kevin Taylor accepting award from President Armstrong.The application period for the 2016 Learn by Doing Scholar Award will open Feb. 22. The faculty award celebrates the scholarship of teaching and learning by honoring outstanding contributions to Learn by Doing. The award recognizes a published work and a work in progress, with awards of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Recipients will be selected by a committee of tenured faculty representing all six colleges. Launched last year, the award is administered by Kennedy Library and open to all faculty. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.


Cornel Morton has retired after 13 years of service at Cal Poly. He served the last three years in the Admissions Department as senior advisor to the provost for outreach. He enjoyed working alongside admissions staff and appreciated the great efforts the department puts forward in bringing talented students to Cal Poly. In addition, Morton served 10 years as vice president for student affairs. While at Cal Poly, he promoted collaboration for student retention and success as well as promoting staff and faculty development. He continues to be a strong advocate for diversity and social justice. Prior to coming to the Central Coast, he served five years as associate vice president of student affairs at Kent State University. Morton has been intricately involved in local community service as a board member at French Hospital Medical Center, Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast, and The Prado Day Center. He will continue his community service in retirement while also having more time for his family and travel. All of his colleagues wish him well in retirement.

Dennis “Skip” Parks retired after 15 years service at Cal Poly. He joined the university in 2000 and served 10 years as dean of continuing education and university outreach. Between 2010 and 2015, he was assistant vice president for university and community engagement. Parks served as president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education, a dynamic network of professionals dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education. He also held several positions with the University Professional Continuing Education Association, the leading organization for professional, continuing and online education. He was national president of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and commissioner for California State University’s Commission on the Extended University. During his career, he gave more than 40 presentations on continuing education and university engagement throughout the U.S. and Europe. Parks will continue his community service while also having more time for family and to pursue his passion for cycling. Over the next few months, he will train for a 500-mile bicycle race in Utah. His Cal Poly colleagues wish him the best in retirement.

Previously Announced Retirements

Longette (Loni) LaRose will retire after 18 years of service. A retirement reception will be held ‪from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 13), in Fisher Science, (Building. 33), Room 285. Remarks will begin about 2:45 p.m.   

Dr. Karen Hord-Sandquist, medical director in Health Services, will retire in January. She started at Cal Poly as a staff physician in 2011 and was promoted to medical director two years later. During her tenure, she has guided the Health Services medical staff through times with record-breaking patient census. She will be missed by all of her colleagues.

Carol Freeman, family nurse practitioner in Campus Health and Wellbeing - Health Services, will retire from Cal Poly in January after 31 years of service. She has treated thousands of students, spanning two generations with quality medical care and compassion. She will be greatly missed by all of her Campus Health and Wellbeing colleagues.

Student Successes

Mustang Marching Band to Perform in Chinese New Year Parade Feb. 20

The Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band will participate for the third consecutive year in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 20, in San Francisco. The parade, with an estimated crowd of more than 1 million, was named one of the top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association. The band’s more than 210 members perform at nearly 50 occasions on campus each year, including athletic events and university functions. It participated in the Chinese New Year Parade for the first time in 2014 and was among 15 marching bands that year. Cal Poly was awarded first place in its category both years. The 2016 parade will celebrate the “Year of the Monkey” with floats, dragon dancers and other festive entries. It will be broadcast live on local television stations KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF Channel 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Architecture Students Sweep Top Awards in National Steel Design Competition

Two Cal Poly teams placed first in their respective categories in a national contest to create novel designs in structural steel buildings. The 2014-15 Steel Design Student Competition attracted 500 entries from architectural colleges and universities across the U.S. The contest challenged students — working individually or in teams — to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Two fifth-year architecture students took first place with a vision for a public library in New Orleans that incorporated digital technology and served as a cultural agent in the community. A fourth-year architecture student took first in the open category with a resource center designed to help women in India improve their communities and empower themselves. Awards will be presented this spring. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Two Student Startups Receive $5,000 VentureWell Grants

Four students who comprise the Higea teamTwo Cal Poly student startups are among 50 multidisciplinary entrepreneurial teams from across the nation to receive $5,000 grants from VentureWell, a nonprofit that supports invention, innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education, government and philanthropy. Cal Poly was the only school with two teams chosen to participate in the program. Higea Technologies and Mantis Composites have been active in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). Higea Tech (pictured), which uses magnetic nanotechnology to separate oil and water recovered from oil spills, was launched last spring at CIE’s Innovation Quest competition. Mantis Composites aims to take rapid prototyping in new directions by using 3-D printing technology to construct and print carbon fiber materials. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Applications for Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program Due Feb. 4

The application deadline for the 2016 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C., is Tuesday, Feb. 4. The 18th annual program is open to all registered juniors or seniors — from any major — who meet program requirements. Cal Poly’s 2015 representative, Courtney Jacobson (pictured with institute founders Leon and Sylvia Panetta), is a fourth-year business major who is minoring in sustainable agriculture. This prestigious Learn by Doing internship lets students enhance their education by providing encouragement in the exploration of Congress, civil leadership, and community and public service. Once selected, students participate in a two-week training session in August at the Panetta Institute in Seaside, Calif., followed by 11 weeks working in the Capitol Hill office of a California congressional delegation member. The program is fully funded; selected students pay nothing. For more details, including complete program requirements and details, visit the provost's website.

AFD to Host Monthly Open Labs Starting Jan. 19 for Financial Transactions

Administration and Finance Division Business Services group is introducing a new Open Lab resource that will be available after each month-end close. The purpose is to help employees review and reconcile financial records and transactions or to get answers to questions. Sessions will be held on the 18th of each month (or the first subsequent working day if the 18th falls on a weekend). All open labs will be held in Administration (No. 1), Room 133. Dates and times are: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Thursday, Feb. 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Friday, March 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; April 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; May 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; June 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. For additional details, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Seven-Day-a-Week Parking Enforcement Delayed

A plan to begin enforcing weekend permit parking has been delayed and did not begin Jan. 1 as previously reported. Parking is currently enforced — and permits required — Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions? Check the parking website for updates and Parking Rules and Regulations.

New Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2016

The new standard mileage reimbursement rate is 54 cents per mile for business miles driven in your personal vehicle. The new rate went into effect Jan. 1. Employees also need to submit travel reimbursement requests on the updated Travel Claim Form (version 1/1/16) available on the Fiscal Services website.

Cal Poly Vanpool Has Openings for Riders

Here's how to improve your morning and afternoon commutes in three words: Cal Poly Vanpool! Reduce your commute stress and make some new friends. Plus, save money on fuel, parking permits and personal vehicle maintenance costs. There are openings on vans in North County and South County and Santa Maria for workers with 7:30 a.m.-to-4 p.m. schedules. Those who work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. can get on the wait list and be contacted when a spot becomes available or as additional vans or routes are added. Cal Poly has 11 employee vans in operation, with more than 160 van riders. With paid ridership, participants receive two days per month of flex parking, a chance to accrue quarterly reward incentives, and the opportunity to meet new people. For more details, contact Commuter Services at or ext. 6-6680. Check out the Vanpool schedule online.

Cal Poly Human Resources to Attend Winter Career Fair, Jan. 20-21

Human Resources will attend all upcoming Cal Poly job fairs starting with the Winter Career Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and Thursday, Jan. 21. The department’s Talent Acquisition team will attend both days, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and have information on all currently posted jobs, especially those of interest to graduates and those to soon graduate. For more details about the Winter Career Fair, visit the Career Services page. To view all current staff and management job openings, visit the Cal Poly Jobs website.

Finance Dashboard Workshops Scheduled for Jan. 20 and Feb. 17

Two workshops 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 9-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Each 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 sign up for the Jan. 20 session, visit To enroll in the Feb. 17 workshop, visit this surveygizmo site. For additional training opportunities, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

Open Forums for Managing Director of PAC Set for Jan. 21 and 27

The search for a new Performing Arts Center managing director continues as three candidates have been invited to campus. Faculty, staff and students, as well as clients and community partners, can attend the open forums. The first two forums will be held in the PAC Pavilion (No. 6) from 1:30-2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 27. The third date will be announced when confirmed. The position provides overall direction, leadership, organization and supervision of the center, ensuring that program concepts and services reflect and enhance the educational mission and address the needs of the performing arts community. The Performing Arts Center is a university facility designed to meet the interests of both campus and community arts groups. It’s the result of a partnership among Cal Poly, the city of San Luis Obispo and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center. Open since September of 1996, the center incorporates the Christopher Cohan Center, including the 1,289-seat Sidney Harman Hall, the 180-seat Philips Hall classroom, the multipurpose Pavilion that holds up to 400; and the older 498-seat Spanos Theatre. For more details about the facility, visit the PAC website.

CAFES to Host NIFA Grants Workshop, Jan. 27

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will host an online grantsmanship workshop with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Agricultural Sciences (No. 11), Room 211. The session will feature information about NIFA grant programs, including the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative, the Small Business Innovation Research Program, and other grant programs of particular interest to non-land-grant colleges and universities. It will also include where to find information on NIFA grant opportunities and tips for successfully submitting applications. For details or to RSVP, email

Apply Now for Business Analytics Master's and Certificate Programs

Orfalea College of Business’ new master of science in business analytics program is accepting applications for its first cohort. The program is driven by a holistic approach to data analytics, combining qualitative reasoning with quantitative tools. Students will learn to identify key business problems, translate them into relevant data questions, and apply data analytics to tell a story and guide concrete business actions. The program culminates with an industry project using data analysis to solve the real-world problems that companies of all sizes face day to day. The master's program is complemented by a five-course certificate program tailored for local working professionals, which will be offered over summer and fall quarters. For more information about both programs and application links, visit the Orfalea College of Business 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 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 at ext. 6-5153 or visit its website here.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Winter Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 14; 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 be there to 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. All trainings will be held in Fisher Science, (Building 33) Equal Opportunity Conference Room (Room 290). To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387. For more information, visit the Equal Opportunity website.

Housing Events Offer Opportunity for Student Outreach

Departments can sponsor University Housing events or partner with the department to present an event to students. The events strive to meet the learning goals of building life skills, character, awareness and academics. Events include Cooking in the Canyon, fireside chats, office hours and movie nights. Housing also offers large-scale social events in each learning community every Friday and Saturday night. For a schedule of events, visit the Inter Housing Council website. For more information, contact Jessica Fred at

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus Through March 11

The Statistics Department provides a consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a variety of disciplines. Consulting is available by appointment only through Friday, March 11. The service supports faculty and staff projects and research, and assists students working on senior projects and graduate research. Heather Smith is the main consultant; John Walker will also consult. They can advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, they can lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. If you have a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, the pair can arrange possible lectures. For more information, including what a client should bring to a consulting session, visit the Statistics Department website or email

CSU Tax-Sheltered Annuity Program to Change in April 2016

The CSU will consolidate its tax-sheltered annuity program from five vendors (TIAA-CREF, VALIC, MetLife, ING/Voya, and Fidelity) to one, Fidelity Investments. In the coming months, employees will receive communications directly from the CSU and Fidelity Investments regarding the transition, plan options and timelines. For more information, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Amendment to Gun-Free School Zone Act in Effect

On Oct. 10, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 707 amending The California Penal Code section 626.9, which prohibits, with certain exceptions, the possession of firearms on CSU campuses. The Gun-Free School Zone Act imposes criminal penalties on individuals who bring firearms on school grounds, including higher education institutions. Section 626.9(i) provides that:
— Any person who brings or possesses a firearm on campus, or to buildings owned or operated for student housing, teaching, research, or administration by a university or college, which are contiguous or are clearly marked university property, shall be punished by imprisonment for up to three years An exemption exists for individuals who have written permission of the university or college president.   
— Sections 626.9(h)-(i) do not apply to peace officers, armored vehicle guards, authorized security guards, military forces engaged in the performance of duties and authorized retired peace officers. Persons with concealed-weapons permits are no longer exempted as of Jan. 1.
— As a result, anyone who possesses a concealed weapons permit and brings or possesses a firearm upon the grounds or building of the Cal Poly campus is in violation of the Gun-Free School Zone Act and subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.


University Art Gallery to Exhibit Work by Erin Curtis Jan. 14-Feb. 5

The Art and Design Department presents “100% Acrylic,” an exhibit featuring the work of painter and installation artist Erin Curtis starting Thursday, Jan. 14, in the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34). The evening will start with a talk by Curtis at 5:10 p.m. in the KTGY Gallery in the Engineering West Building (No. 21), Room 105, across Dexter Lawn. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery. “100% Acrylic” 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.

Bach Week to be Presented Jan. 19-24

The Music Department will present Bach Week Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 19-24, with presentations and performances on campus, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and in Santa Barbara. “Inside Bach Week,” will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The week will begin with faculty members Thomas Davies and David Arrivée discussing the week’s repertoire in the context of Bach’s life. A lecture titled “The Role of the Evangelist in Bach’s ‘Passions,’” will be at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. At 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center, Chicago-based baritone Daniel Eifert will give a vocal master class focusing on musical interpretation. On Friday, Jan. 22, Mensa Sonora California will perform “Bach and Sons” at 8 p.m. in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, 751 Palm St. The week will culminate with two performances of the “St. John Passion,” with Davies leading the ensemble of students and professionals: a 30-voice choir, a 22-piece orchestra, and vocal soloists. The first performance will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The second performance will take place in Santa Barbara’s historic Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St., at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24. For more information, visit the Bach Week website.

A Celebration of Mexican-American Heritage Featuring Los Lobos Jan. 22

A new, high-energy musical, multimedia production featuring Grammy Award-winners Los Lobos and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano dancers will celebrate the Mexican-American experience through song and dance at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Performing Arts Center. The evening will feature brilliant music, stunning costumes and choreography, and images of famous Mexican-Americans who have contributed to the United States. Los Lobos (above) has continued to evolve artistically over the past 30 years, while never losing sight of its humble roots as “just another band from East L.A.” The band has come to be known for its powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music. Ballet Folklorico (at right) was founded in 1967 in Oakland and has been on a mission to empower its community and educate the public about Mexican culture and folklore using music, dance and traditional art forms. Tickets range from $35.20-$64. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘Transcend’ Jan. 22-23 and 28-30

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 46th annual concert, “Transcend,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 28-30, in the Spanos Theatre (Building 44), on campus. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on all days, with a matinee scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 23. The concert will feature the choreography of guest artists Wade Madsen and David Dorfman. Madsen is a professor at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Dorfman is chairman of the Dance Department at the Connecticut College in New London and artistic director of David Dorfman Dance. Student-choreographed pieces will include two created by Larissa Clawson (mathematics) and Natalie Higgins (psychology), and one co-created by Sarah Dirk (anthropology and geography) and Erica Croft (architectural engineering). Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, seniors and children. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

‘The Cat in the Hat’ Comes to the PAC on Jan. 24

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” The hilarious live stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic “The Cat in the Hat” will be performed by Childsplay, a leading national professional children’s theater troupe, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Performing Arts Center (Building 6). From the moment the tall feline in red-and-white striped top hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother are in store for an over-the-top antidote to a dull, rainy day. With some tricks (and a fish) — and Thing Two and Thing One — the fun’s never done with “The Cat in The Hat.” Tickets are $24 for adults, and $12 for students and children. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Acclaimed Stage Director to Present Vocal Master Class on Jan. 28

German stage director Daniel Witzke will present a vocal master class from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. Several of the Music Department’s leading voice students will perform and be critiqued. Witzke, considered one of the most respected and accomplished producers for new American musicals in the German-speaking world, works extensively in opera and musical theater in Europe and the U.S. Witzke has worked as an audition and acting coach for more than 15 years and has translated several original off-Broadway musicals into German. He was appointed resident director for Seattle Opera in May 2012. The free master class is open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra to Perform at PAC, Jan. 29

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, skilled performers from New Zealand who live to entertain, will perform Friday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Christopher Cohan Center. The band’s repertoire is a superbly eclectic collection of songs, including “ukulele-fied” versions of rock and pop classics by Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Salt-N-Pepa, and many more. The band’s No. 1 rule is: “If you know the words, sing along. If you don’t know the words, sing along!” Young ukulele performers from Mission Prep and Templeton Middle School also will be featured during the evening’s program. Tickets range from $22.40-$58. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Moscow Festival Ballet to Perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Chopiniana,’ Jan. 31

The famed Moscow Festival Ballet, whose dancers speak to the soul through the body, will perform a double full-ballet evening of Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet" (at left) and Mikhail Fokine's rarely seen work “Chopiniana” on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Christopher Cohan Center. The troupe includes 50 skilled dancers. Shakespeare's tragic love story is beautifully danced to Tchaikovsky's majestic score and illuminated with brilliant choreography and radiant costumes in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. Often described as a "romantic reverie," "Chopiniana" (at right) portrays a dream world where ballerinas bathed in moonlight dance around a young poet. The enchanting oeuvre is realized through the music of Chopin and the choreography of Fokine. A free preshow lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in the Philips Lecture Hall, led by Moon Ja Minn Suhr, a Dance Department faculty emeritus. Tickets range from $24-$60. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

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This Week's Home Games

Thursday, Jan. 14
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 16
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Cruz, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 4:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17
Wrestling vs. Duke, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Upcoming Home Games

Thursday, Jan. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 23
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 4 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.

#103909 – Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Liberal Arts – Advancement. $3,115-$4,913 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,115-$3,427 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 19.

#103907 – Executive Recruiter (Administrator I), Administration and Finance – Human Resources. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 8.

#103913 – Warehouse Worker, Administration and Finance – Contract and Procurement Services. $2,656-$4,186 per month. Open until filled. Review begins
Jan. 22.

#103914 – HVAC Technician (Building Service Engineer), Administration and Finance – Facilities. $4,863 - $6,279 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,863-$5,193 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 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.

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

Technical Coordinator, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, $44,033-$66,040 per year

AP/Inventory Clerk II, Campus Dining, $15.91-$23.87 per hour

CalWave Project Administrator, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, $39,168-$57,262 per year

Strategic Analyst, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, $44,033-$66,040 per year.

Senior Programmer, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, $58,552-$87,838 per year.

Unit Supervisor, Sandwich Factory, $15.91-$23.87 per hour.

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.