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PLEASE NOTE: Cal Poly Report is published monthly during the summer academic break. The next issue will be published Aug. 31. The first issue of fall quarter will be published Sept. 28.

Cal Poly Report — July 27, 2016


Cal Poly Universities Unveil Rendering of 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade Float, ‘A New Leaf’

The Cal Poly Rose Float team has announced the 2017 Cal Poly universities’ Tournament of Roses Parade float, “A New Leaf.” It was designed by students from Cal Poly and their counterparts at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is already under construction. “A New Leaf” features an animated family of chameleons exploring the wonders of a vibrantly colorful world. It will be the only student-built float in the upcoming New Year’s Day classic, which is being held a day later — Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 — because of the parade’s “Never on a Sunday” policy. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly and Lucia Mar School District Receive $600,000 Grant to Prepare New Generation of Teachers

The School of Education and the Lucia Mar Unified School District (LMUSD) have been awarded a $600,000 grant by the S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation to expand practice-based training for new K-8 teachers in implementing the state’s math and science standards. The grant will fund standards-based professional development for three groups. Future teachers will receive hands-on practice in many areas, including instructional design and classroom management. Current district teachers who mentor these teaching candidates will learn effective coaching and evaluation techniques, as will the Cal Poly faculty who oversee the students. Cal Poly’s efforts will be led by education professors Tanya Flushman and Leah Wood. Cal Poly is among 11 California State University campuses earning S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation grants. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Business Student Visits White House for United State of Women Summit

Business administration student Hannah Poplack represented Cal Poly at the White House for the United State of Women Summit. The summit featured President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, and myriad civic and business leaders. Poplack was invited to attend the event because of her leadership of Cal Poly's Women in Business Association (WIB), which she co-founded in 2015 and led as its co-president. WIB is a student club that provides resources and networking opportunities for female students to build personal and professionals skills that will help them thrive in their careers. For more about the White House event, visit the summit web page. For more about WIB, visit their website.

EPIC Summer Camp Introduces Teens to Engineering

Almost 500 teens visited campus this summer as part of EPIC, Engineering Possibilities in College. The program introduces seventh through 12th graders to careers in engineering through hands-on labs and experiments in a variety of disciplines. Now in its 10th year, the event targets underserved students and those who may not have considered a career in engineering. This year, EPIC is collaborating with regional offices of the Migrant Education Program to expand access to hands-on learning experiences for 79 students who are sons or daughters of migrant farmworkers who work in California’s agricultural, dairy, lumber or fishing industries. Forty-six percent of the 2016 EPIC campers are underserved minorities, up from 31 percent last year. Almost 40 percent are female. About 39 percent are first-generation college-bound students. For more information, visit the EPIC website.

Faculty & Staff

Graphic Communication Institute to Offer its First Bilingual Workshop

The Graphic Communication Institute (GrCI) will hold its first bilingual workshop Aug. 22-23. Presented in English and Spanish, the two-day workshop will present information on color management and press optimization. Fabian Ruiz, director of the Printing Industries of America in Latin America, will lead the workshop with support from Cal Poly experts in digital and traditional imaging and print communication. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Earn Green by Going Green on Your Commute

Faculty and staff can accrue quarterly incentives when biking, walking, carpooling in a personal vehicle, vanpooling in a Cal Poly van, or using the RTA or SLO Transit system to commute to work. Commuters that qualify earn $0.15 per day by recording the commutes on the iRideshare website. Those interested in carpooling or adding people to their carpool can find also interested rideshare partners on the website. Last quarter 147 participants collectively recorded more than 6,000 trips. Three participants are selected at random each quarter to win prizes. Last quarter's winners were Mary Padilla from ITS, Elizabeth Williams from Budget and Finance, and Ann Roy from the Cal Poly Corporation. For more information, contact Cheryl Andrus at or ext. 6-6680.

In Memoriam

Loren Nicholson, professor emeritus and former Journalism Department chair, died June 25 at his home in San Luis Obispo. He was 94 years old. He grew up in San Jose during the Depression and served as a private in the U.S. Army's 407th Infantry Division – part of General Patton's Third Army. Nicholson earned a journalism degree from San Jose State and an MBA from Stanford. He launched his career at Sunset Magazine. He joined the Journalism Department in 1960, retiring in 1976. Nicholson was a prolific and popular author of Central Coast history. His most popular book, “Rails Across the Ranchos: The Pacific Coastline of Southern Pacific Railroad,” was published in three editions between 1993 and 2002. The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum recognized his contribution to the preservation of local railroad history. For more information, contact Mary Glick at ext. 6-6738 or

Professor Emeritus and former Aerospace Engineering Department Chair Jin Tso passed away June 6. Tso was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher from the time he came to campus in 1988 until his retirement in 2014. Tso taught in the area of thermodynamics with a special interest in wind tunnel testing, working with students on drag and turbulence testing. As department chair from 1997 to 2003, Tso led the effort to incorporate space systems into the program. As a result of his leadership, the department name changed from Aeronautical to Aerospace Engineering, signaling its focus on the future. Tso cared deeply about the department and student success. He was esteemed by colleagues and students for his humor, positive energy, dignity and integrity. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his children, John and Jenny.

Student Successes

Sociology Senior Selected for Congressional Internship Program

Malcolm Mills, a sociology major from Rancho Cucamonga is Cal Poly’s 2016 representative to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program. Mills, 21, will spend two weeks in August training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working full time in the office of a congressional representative. Nominted by President Armstrong, Mills worked as a community advisor in the freshman dorms from 2014-16. He is interested in a career in criminal law or law enforcement. The Panetta Institute scholarship covers all student costs — offering an equal opportunity for all qualified candidates. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Transportaiton Engineering Club is Top Student Regional Chapter for Third Straight Year

For the third year running, Cal Poly’s Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) club reigns as the best in the west. Cal Poly was awarded the Student Chapter of the Year award at the ITE Western District Annual Meeting held July 10-13 in Albuquerque, N.M. The award was based on student groups’ annual reports. Cal Poly’s submission ranked first out of 23 reports from universities in the 13-state region. The chapter was also recognized for the the group's website, recognizing the effectiveness of the website's design and communications. Individual Cal Poly students were recognized as the region's outstanding undergraduate student and outstanding graduate student. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Donate Blood on Campus Aug. 30

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host an on-campus blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, on Mott Lawn. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a life-saving blood transfusion. Each donation could save as many as three lives. With donation restrictions placed on travelers to Central and South America due to the Zika virus, there could be a shortage soon. Those who are eligible can make an appointment in advance on the United Blood Services website, email Mary Padilla at, or join the ITS team on Mott Lawn. A snack will be provided. Donors will be entered in a raffle. Regular blood donors can donate every 56 days.

Grand Avenue Closed Through Summer at Pacheco Way

To accommodate construction, Grand Avenue is closed to through traffic at Pacheco Way through the summer. The parking structure at the Performing Arts Center will remain open and accessible, but there will be no access to North Perimeter Road via Grand Avenue. To accommodate the closure, SLO Transit and RTA bus stops will be relocated to Kennedy Library, and the Amtrak bus stop will be relocated to the Performing Arts Center Loop. To access campus, including parking lots along North Perimeter Road, employees and visitors may prefer to enter campus via California Boulevard or Highland Drive. For updates on summer construction projects, visit the “Grand Detour” website.

Note Summer Hours for Parking Enforcement and Services

The University Police Department reminds the campus community of the following changes to parking facilities and services during the summer academic break:
— Parking permits will be required and paid parking at meters will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
— The Visitor Information Center on Grand Avenue will remain open to accommodate visitors parking in the Grand Avenue Parking Structure, but the hours will be limited to 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
— The hours for the University Reception Center (Building 36) will remain the same, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to assist with parking needs or questions. 
For more information, email or call the reception center at ext. 6-6654. For more information on parking and traffic announcements, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, Aug. 12, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research, and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Karen McGaughey will serve as the main consultant. She is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, she will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department web page for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, to schedule a consultation, email

Facilities Custodial Services Announcement

Custodial service hours for select state buildings have changed. These changes will not impact the level of cleaning service that buildings receive. For a detailed list of the custodial service that Facilities Management and Development provides, visit the department website. For information regarding custodial service, contact the Facilities Help Center at ext. 6-5555.

Vanpool Openings

The Cal Poly Vanpool allows riders to earn rideshare credits and save gas money and wear-and-tear on their vehicle. There are openings on vans serving all areas. Additional vans are being considered for the North Coast (Morro Bay/Los Osos) routes. New riders receive a $20 discount on the first month's service if they are referred by a vanpool rider. The referring rider also gets a $20 discount. For more information, contact Cheryl Andrus, Commuter Services coordinator, at ext. 6-6680 or Be sure to ask about a free trial ride.

Dining Hours Reduced During Summer

Due to limited customer traffic, Campus Dining has reduced the hours that on-campus eateries will be open during the summer. For a list of locations and operating hours, visit the Campus Dining 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 or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

PLEASE NOTE: Cal Poly Report is published monthly during the summer academic break. The next issue will be published Aug. 31. Submissions are due no later than 12:30 p.m.. Thursday, Aug. 25.


Cal Poly Foundation Board Meeting to be Held Aug. 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, Aug. 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.

Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band to Play at Madonna Inn Aug. 27

The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its “almost golden” 49-year reunion with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom. The predecessor to today’s University Jazz Bands, the ensemble of 20 musicians will recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other big bands of the 1940s through the ‘60s. Music major and bassist Troy Hanson — a winner of the 2015-16 Cal Poly Collegians’ Jazz Scholarship — will join in the performance. Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to the Collegians Jazz Scholarship are welcome. Seating is guaranteed only for those who make a reservation and dine in the Madonna Inn Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come basis. To make dinner reservations, call 805-543-3000. For more information about the performance, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Discounts Available for Cal Poly Arts Performances and Subscriptions

Faculty and staff are eligible to purchase tickets to all Cal Poly Arts regular season shows at the student price, a 20 percent discount off regular adult-priced seats at the Performing Arts Center. Student pricing is also available to all K-12 students. Additional savings are available off the student-discounted prices by ordering a subscription of four or more shows from the 2016-17 season. The 31-event season offers a wide array of unique artists from all of the performing arts genres, including Broadway, theater, comedy, speakers, world music/dance, classical music, live concerts, ballet and modern dance, and family fun. Season subscriptions are on sale now; individual show tickets will be available as of 10 a.m. Friday, July 29. For full season information and ticket orders, visit the Cal Poly Arts website, or call the Ticket Office at ext. 6-4849.

Event Calendar

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

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

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


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, Aug. 10
Women’s Soccer vs. Westmont (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 17
Men’s Soccer vs. Stanford (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21
Men’s Soccer vs. Loyola Marymount (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 26
Women’s Soccer vs. San Francisco, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 28
Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Mary’s, Spanos Stadium, noon.

Saturday, Sept. 10
Football vs. San Diego, Spanos Stadium, 6:05 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11
Women’s Soccer vs. CSU Bakersfield, Spanos Stadium, noon.
Men’s Soccer vs. Fresno Pacific, Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.

Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#104132 – Office Coordinator (Administrative Support Assistant II), University Housing, Residential Life and Education. $2,539-$4,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 2.  

#104131 – Temporary Emergency Clerical Pool, Temporary clerical positions (90-day maximum). ASA I: $12.21-$19.24 per hour; ASA II: $14.6- $23.07 per hour; ASC I: $16.42-$25.87 per hour; ASC II: $17.97-$28.34 per hour. Continuous hiring through Dec. 31.

#104134 - User Experience and Web Designer (Information Technology Consultant, Career), Library Information Technology. $78,312-$79,000 per year. Closes Aug. 13.  

#104117 - Club Sports Coordinator (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs, Dean of Students.  $3,434-$4,881 per month. Open until filled.

#104127 - Men and Masculinity Coordinator, Safer (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs, Dean of Students.  $3,434-$4,881 per month. Open until filled. Review begins July 28. 

#104032 - Analyst/Programmers for Information Security, Enterprise Apps, and App Development and Information Management (Analyst Programmer, Career), Information Technology Services. Salary varies by position and is commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

# 104119 – Network Analyst, Career, Information Technology Services, Wi-Fi Networking and Communications. $6,667-$8,750 per month. Open until filled.
#104115 - Medical Assistant 10/12, Student Affairs, Campus Health and Wellbeing, Health Services. Anticipated hiring range: $2,166- $2,270 per month. Open until filled.

#104128 - Program Manager of Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Administrator I), Student Affairs, Dean of Students. $2,441-$8,434 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 8. 

#104130 – Program Support Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant I), Academic Affairs, Extended Education. $2,116-$3,335 per month. Closes July 31.

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.

#103962 – Full-Time Lecturer in Engineering Surveying, Precision Agriculture, and Computer-Aided Design/Drafting; BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; ext. 6-2378. Open until filled.

#104095 – Assistant/Associate Professor; Animal Science Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; ext. 6-1241. Review begins Sept. 15.

#104108 – Full-Time Lecturer, Aerospace Engineering Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-6345. Review begins July 28.

#104120 – Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2554. Review begins October 14.

#104114 – Tenure Track, Economics Department, Orfalea College of Business, ext. 6-2784. Review begins Nov. 1.

#104129 – Full-Time Lecturer, Industrial Technology and Packaging Department, Orfalea College of Business, ext. 6-1754. Review begins Aug. 14.

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.

Cal Poly Downtown Store Supervisor, University Store, $18.35-$27.53 per hour.

Office Assistant, Sponsored Programs, $13.80-$20.70 per hour.

Supervisor, Starbucks, Campus Dining, $13.80-$20.70 per hour.

Assistant Supervisor, Catering Services, $13.46-$17.95 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 UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

Information Technology, Programmer. Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 5. $24.25 per hour with benefits.