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PLEASE NOTE: The June 8 issue will be the final weekly issue of Cal Poly Report for the 2015-16 academic year. The issue following that will be published June 29.

Cal Poly Report — June 1, 2016


Cal Poly Receives $2.8 Million NIH Grant for Gestational Diabetes Research

Kinesiology Professor Suzanne Phelan received $2.8 million from the National Institutes of Health for ongoing research into ways to prevent the recurrence of gestational diabetes. This condition develops during pregnancy and can cause long-term health problems in mothers and their babies. It can also lead to severe pregnancy and delivery complications. Phelan, her fellow researchers, and a group of Cal Poly students will examine whether improving weight, eating and activity before pregnancy reduces the mother’s long-term risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the baby’s risk of obesity. Through a five-year clinical trial, Phelan’s group will track a group of pregnant women as they implement lifestyle changes such as a different diet and increased exercise. Student researchers will participate in all stages of this research, including recruitment, physical assessment of the women’s weight changes and health, and data analysis. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Progress for the Master Plan Process

Based on campus input, the Facilities Planning and Capital Projects Department has refined the Campus Master Plan and anticipated initial projects during the first few years of implementation. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be published soon. The NOP describes the project and identifies potential areas of concern to be studied in the EIR. The EIR is a document that assesses the potential effects of Cal Poly’s projected development and provides recommendations for issues that may arise. During this process, Cal Poly will host a public scoping session that campus and community members are encouraged to attend. There will be other opportunities for public input, the dates of which have yet to be determined. Those interested in participating or would like to be added to the email list can visit the Master Plan website. Input is encouraged from all members of the campus community.

Faculty & Staff

2016 Learn by Doing Scholar Awards Named

Kennedy Library announced the recipients of the annual Learn by Doing Scholar faculty awards. The faculty members recognized for 2016 are Brian Self (top left) and James Widmann (top right), mechanical engineering, and Alan Kiste and Gregory Scott, chemistry and biochemistry. The annual awards recognize outstanding scholarship related to Cal Poly’s signature Learn by Doing pedagogy. The awards are administered by the library and a cross-college faculty committee. Self and Widmann were recognized for published research with an award of $2,000. “Inquiry-Based Learning Activities in Dynamics” explores what activities develop students’ conceptual understanding and why. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, their work has received widespread validation, and they have engaged in extensive outreach to share their findings. Kiste and Scott were recognized for planned research with an award of $1,000. “Cal Poly Studio Chemistry: An Examination of Student Outcomes” promises deeper understanding about how studio learning environments impact learning outcomes, including attitudes, knowledge, grades and retention. Their work could potentially enhance thousands of Cal Poly students’ learning. The faculty members will be recognized at a library event in October. For more information about this year’s award, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Meet with WOW Students

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in WOW (Week of Welcome) events designed to help students make a personal connection with a Cal Poly professional. Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to share positive experiences at Cal Poly with groups of 15 to 20 students, answer questions, and provide general information about the university and community. Relationship-building experiences have proven to be the most successful events, so faculty and staff are encouraged to open their homes to the student group for a meal and bonding activity. Events can also include pizza nights, ice cream parties, or gathering at a favorite local venue. For more information, contact Brennan Crilly at or ext. 6-2400. To register, visit the Orientation website.

Concepts Requested for Student Projects

This fall, students in the Mechanical Engineering Department will commence 45 team-based, year-long senior projects. The projects will require students design, build and test a mechanical system to meet the needs of a project sponsor and submit a final report and prototype parts to the sponsor. Sponsors can include companies, nonprofit organizations, community members, student clubs, and faculty and staff. To submit a project for consideration, visit the department website or contact Peter Schuster at

Spring 2016 New(er) Faculty Breakfast to be Held June 3

Newer faculty at all ranks are invited to the Spring Quarter Community Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, in Chumash Auditorium (UU 204). The theme is Reflection and Renewal. President Armstrong will provide opening remarks. Patrick O’Sullivan, director of the Center of Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), will present suggestions for how to build a mentoring network and plan for the next academic year. Held at the end of each quarter, the breakfast meetings are an opportunity to reconnect with other newer faculty across campus and learn about important topics and key resources essential to professional success at Cal Poly. Splash Café will cater the event. Registration is requested through the CTLT website.

Survey of International Expertise Due by June 20

The International Center is conducting an international expertise survey designed to gather information on the wide array of regional, academic and linguistic expertise of the Cal Poly community. The information collected will be housed in the International Center and used to support international engagement. Responses will be summarized in a report that will go out in fall 2016. The report will provide an overview of campus expertise but will not identify individuals. The International Center will seek permission from faculty or staff members before releasing identifying information. Responses are due June 20. The first 25 entries will receive a $10 Starbuck’s gift card. All entries will be entered into a raffle for one of five $50 gift cards to the University Store. The survey should take five-10 minutes to complete. Click here to access the survey. For more information, contact Cari Moore, director of the Cal Poly International Center, at or ext. 6-2945.  

Information for Summer Session Instructors

Community Access provides an opportunity through Extended Education for non-Cal Poly students to take Cal Poly classes during summer term on a space-available basis. To register, community members are required to submit a Community Access Registration form with instructor approval. No permission numbers are required. The student will be listed on a separate class list and grade roster. For more information, visit the summer session Web page.


The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will celebrate the following retirements at a staff and faculty awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the Performing Arts Center.  

Rafael Jiménez Flores, professor of dairy science, will retire after 21 years. He helped shape the Dairy Products Technology Center, was active in the research of dairy technology, and most recently directed the Center for Applications in Biotechnology. Jiménez Flores taught a wide variety of classes, including Dairy Microbiology, Dairy Processing, Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts, and Sensory Evaluation of Dairy Foods. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed papers, four patents, and 14 book chapters. He has been an advisor for 44 graduate students and 12 post-doctoral fellows, and has hosted 18 visiting scholars from around the world. He has accepted a position at Ohio State as the J.T. “Stubby” Parker endowed chair in dairy foods.

Robert Spiller, animal science professor and poultry specialist, will retire after 27 years. An alumnus, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cal Poly. Spiller managed the Poultry Center and taught a majority of the poultry science courses at least once over the years, working closely with California’s commercial poultry industry. He created the egg distribution infrastructure for the Cal Poly Poultry Center, opening the path for Cal Poly eggs to be sold to local restaurants and grocery stores. He was also the advisor for the California State FFA Poultry Judging Finals for 30 years. He will continue to teach classes during winter and spring quarters.

Susan Swadener, lecturer with the Food Science and Nutrition Department and head of the Dietetic Internship Program, will retire after 20 years. She has served as the director of the program since its inception and has assisted more than 100 interns in their career pursuits in the nutrition field.

Phil Tong, dairy science professor and longtime director of the Dairy Products Technology Center, will retire after 28 years. Tong was active in research, teaching and outreach and served on many professional organizations. During his nearly three decades at Cal Poly, Tong organized and instructed more than 75 short courses and symposia, served as the advisor to 25 master’s degree students, published more than 100 research and trade articles, presented more than 100 presentations in 10 countries, established the Dairy Ingredients Applications Lab, and taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses. He has served multiple organizations, including as a member of the Center of Excellence of the American Dairy Products Institute.

Gary Weisenberger, lecturer in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE) Department, will retire after 34 years. A Cal Poly alumnus, Weisenberger taught more than 32 different courses, both in the BRAE Department and the College of Engineering. His expertise in mechanical systems includes fabrication, power machinery, welding and design. He advised multiple clubs, including the Tractor Pull Club, and was named the Club Advisor of the Year by the 2016 CAFES Student Council. True to his philosophy of investing in hands-on learning, Weisenberger’s class designed the modular chassis for the Cal Poly Rose Float. He will teach classes during winter quarter for the next two years.

Mark Zohns, professor in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, will retire after 30 years of service. Zohns advised the Agricultural Engineering Society for all but one of his years at Cal Poly, earning the Club Advisor of the Year award multiple times. He also co-advised the Tractor Pull and was recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001. Zohns spent countless hours repairing tools and equipment used by students in labs. With his oversight, students have developed innovative solutions for numerous industries and agencies throughout California, including kelp collection equipment for the city of San Diego and a self-propelled gladiola harvesting system for Por-La-Mar Nurseries in Santa Maria. He will teach classes during spring quarter for the next two years.

Previously Announced Retirements

Kevin Shaw, operations manager for Facilities Management and Development, will retire after more than 32 years of service. Facilities Transportation Services invites campus to wish him well in retirement from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Transportation Services Building (No. 71) or send him an email at

Student Successes

Cal Poly Students Place at CSU Research Competition

Cal Poly undergraduate students garnered two first-place awards and one second-place award at the 30th annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition April 29-30 at CSU Bakersfield. Each spring, students representing campuses throughout the CSU gather at one of the campuses to present the results of their original research, scholarship and creative work to panels of judges. Ten Cal Poly students submitted entries. Finalists submitted papers and made oral presentations to juries of experts. The submissions were judged on clarity of purpose, appropriateness of methodology, interpretation of results, clear articulation of the research, and the students' ability to field questions from the jury and audience. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Companies Selected for SLO HotHouse Program

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has accepted eight startup companies into this year’s SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program, an intense 13-week program designed for students and recent graduates who have developed new ventures and want help making them succeed. More than 25 applicants representing disciplines from across campus competed for a place in the sixth annual accelerator program. Twelve final teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges. The ventures represent a variety of concepts, including virtual reality, devices that aid in preventing sexual assaults, environmentally friendly transportation, and smart irrigation technology for growing wine grapes. To read more about the teams selected, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Mental Health First Aid Training to be Held June 1-2 

Counseling Services is offering Mental Health First Aid, a national certification training to support the campus community in responding to mental health crises. Open to faculty, staff, students and community members, the training will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 1-2, in Campus Health and Wellbeing (Building 27). Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders and implement a five-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help, understand the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and identify local resources. Reservations are required. Attendees must attend both days of training to earn the certification. Trainings are free and include lunch. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Hannah Roberts, assistant director of community prevention and intervention, at

2015-16 Federal Work-Study Program to End June 11

Saturday, June 11, is the last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for the 2015-16 academic year. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any ‘late’ payrolls will be processed through regular student pay since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours during finals week. There is no Federal Work-Study during summer quarter. The 2016-17 Federal Work-Study Program will begin Sept. 22. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins, Federal Work-Study program manager, at

Last Lab Offered June 20 to Help Reconcile Financial Transactions

The Administration and Finance Division (AFD) will host the last open lab of the fiscal year from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133. The lab session is designed to help employees review and reconcile financial records and transactions and have questions answered. For more information, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

Career Services Accepting Donations of Professional Clothing

This fall Career Services will host its second annual Professional Clothing Closet to provide free, work-appropriate clothes to students in need. First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs, interviews and the first week of work. Faculty and staff are asked to consider donating clean, gently used, contemporary professional clothing, including dress shirts, men’s and women’s suits, dress skirts and slacks, blazers, belts, ties and shoes. Donations can be dropped off at Career Services (Building 124) by the end of August. Metered and 30-minute staff parking is available nearby. For more information, visit the Career Services website.

CSU Fee Waiver Benefit Available to Employees

The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. The benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures and deadlines, visit the Administration and Finance website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at or ext. 6-7354.

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: The June 8 edition will be the final weekly issue of Cal Poly Report for the 2015-16 academic year. The following issue will be published June 29.


Student Ensemble to Stage ‘Evangeline’ Concert June 1

The Music Department student production ensemble RSVP will stage the multi-layered production “RSVP XXI: Evangeline” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. RSVP is known for celebrating electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. For the first time in its 21-year history, the ensemble is producing a ballet — though far from the traditional classical notions of that genre. Inspired by Longfellow’s epic poem “Evangeline,” a romantic story of true love in the wake of the Acadian deportation, RSVP superimposes this story onto the diasporic, political and religious realities of today’s Middle East. The performance highlights timely issues such as the consequences of imperialist action, politically generated fear mongering, and the plight of refugees. The music, soundscape and staging combine the creativity of students in Antonio Barata’s Sound Design classes with the choreography of Theatre and Dance Department faculty member Diana Stanton and the students in her dance classes. Tickets are available through the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849.

Vista Grande 'Retirement' Party Set for June 3

Campus Dining is hosting a reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 3 to retire the Vista Grande dining establishment. Faculty, staff, alumni and students are invited to enjoy light appetizers and cake to celebrate Vista Grande's 43 years of service to the campus community. Vista Grande, including VG Cafe, the Burger Bar, and Vista Grande Restaurant (previously Sage), has served as the main residential dining hall for more than 126,000 freshmen since 1973. The doors will close Monday, June 13, to allow for development of the new dining complex. The 16,899-square-foot building will be replaced with a three-story, 35,000-square-foot facility. The new building will be LEED certified and feature integrated interior and exterior dining spaces.

Student Team to Exhibit Pop-Up Art on Local Food and Farming June 3-4

A Cal Poly professor and her students will have a two-day pop-up art exhibit, SLO Map, about food and farming in San Luis Obispo County. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at 669 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo. The exhibit will explore local food systems through art, maps, games, and social media storytelling. Maps, drawings, photos and collages created by visitors will become part of the exhibit. The event is free and appropriate for all ages. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Recreation Center Hosts Free Rec Fridays June 3, 10 and 17

The Cal Poly Recreation Center invites eligible members of the Cal Poly community (alumni, employees, emeritus, and the partner or dependents of existing members) to be guests for the day free-of-charge on Fridays, June 3, 10 and 17. Admission includes group exercise classes, use of locker rooms, showers, gyms, weight rooms, racquetball courts, pools and the climbing park. To learn more about Recreation Center programs and activities, visit the Recreation Center website. For a schedule of group exercise classes, view the fitness schedule. Photo identification and proof of eligibility is required for entry. For more information, contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or

Symphony and Choirs to Present ‘Requiem’ and Tour Preview on June 4

The Cal Poly Symphony and Cal Poly Choirs will perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” and a preview of the orchestra’s repertoire from its upcoming Central Europe tour at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will open with American, Austrian, Czech and Hungarian music to celebrate the Cal Poly Symphony’s tour to Central Europe in June. Works include Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” Antonín Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dance in G Minor,” Op. 46, No. 8, Johann Strauss’ waltz “Wiener Blut,” and Béla Bartók’s “Hungarian Pictures.” After these orchestral works, the Cal Poly Choirs will join the symphony for the premiere performance of faculty member Meredith Brammeier’s “Blow, Winds, Rage, Blow!” set to text from Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” The combined groups will perform one of Fauré’s most-loved works, “Requiem,” Op. 48. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office at ext. 6-4849.

Cal Poly Wind Bands to Perform Anniversary Concert June 5 

Students, faculty and alumni will join forces to present an anniversary concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert is a celebration of three anniversaries: 20 years of performances in the Performing Arts Center; 50 years collaborating with Music Professor Emeritus William V. Johnson, director of bands; and 100 years since the Cal Poly band program began. The concert will include works for wind band that pay tribute to the progression of the Cal Poly bands through the years. The Wind Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble and student soloists will perform. The concert will end with a wind band of Cal Poly alumni from the past 45 years. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or ext. 6-4849.

A Cappella Ensemble Take it SLO to Perform June 5

Take It SLO, a Cal Poly a cappella ensemble, will present its annual Spring Concerts at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The 15-member vocal ensemble will perform a variety of songs, including new works, all arranged by students. Admission to the Spring Concert is $7 at the door for the public and $5 for students. For more information, visit the Take It SLO website, email, or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406

Marketing and Public Policy Conference to be Held June 23-25

Cal Poly will host the American Marketing Association's (AMA) 2016 Marketing and Public Policy Conference June 23-25. This year's theme, fostering change for communities and society, will highlight the ability of policy efforts to impart change at the community and societal levels to impact consumers and improve quality of life. Alumnus Peter Feldman (Business Administration, '89), global product general manager at Amgen, will give the keynote presentation. AMA will also host an intensive workshop and doctoral seminar June 20-23. The event is co-chaired by Brennan Davis, associate professor in the Marketing Area. Registration is open to faculty, staff, students and community members. For event details or to register, visit the AMA website.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

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The schedule of home events has come to a close for the 2015-16 academic year.

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.

#104080 – Stewardship Coordinator (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist I), University Advancement, Campaign and Donor Relations. $2,923-$4,602 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 9.

#104052 – Contract Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non-Exempt), Administration and Finance, Facilities Planning and Capital Projects. $3,288-$5,529 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 3.

#104037 – Facilities Control Specialist, Administration and Finance, Facilities Operations. $5,214-$6,609 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 3.

#104085 – Employer Relations Specialist (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II), Student Affairs, Career Services. $3,515-$5,538 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 7.

#104086 - Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Development (Confidential Administrative Support I), Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Development. $3,430-$6,427 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 8.

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.

#104067 – Assistant or Associate Professor, Cybersecurity, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-7229. Review begins Oct. 3.

#104060 – Tenure-Track Faculty, Industrial Technology Department, Orfalea College of Business, ext. 6-2129. Review begins June 26.

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.

Project Coordinator, Kinesiology, $18.35-$27.53 per hour.

Research Assistant, Kinesiology, $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 UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job openings at this time.