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PLEASE NOTE: Cal Poly Report is published monthly during the summer academic break. The next issue will be published July 27.

Cal Poly Report — June 29, 2016


City of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly and Cuesta College Honored for Strengthening Town/Gown Partnerships

The City of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly and Cuesta Community College were honored with the Larry W. Abernathy Award at the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The Abernathy Award is given out annually to the city and university that best exemplify the mission of the ITGA: strengthening town/gown partnerships. In this case, an exception was made to recognize all three organizations for their collaborative roles in producing the San Luis Obispo Neighborhood Wellness/Community Civility Effort (Civility Report) and the report Neighborhood Wellness 2.0, which outlined the progress made on each of the initiatives included in the civility report. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Invites Local Teachers to Participate in Statewide Summit

Cal Poly will host the local gathering of the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning on July 29 that is open to all California pre-K-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators. Teachers will come together at nearly 40 locations across the state to share ideas, build networks, and learn the latest strategies for implementing the new California standards in their classrooms. Building on momentum from last year’s event, which drew 15,000 teachers, the summit will feature nationally renowned speakers, TED-style EdTalks highlighting local teachers, and discussions led by teachers, for teachers. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Student Success Fees to Fund 24-Hour Collaborative Study Spaces in Kennedy Library

The Student Success Fee Committee voted unanimously to allocate $500,000 to improve Kennedy Library’s study spaces, responding to years of student surveys requesting more access to 24-hour study spaces and additional group study rooms. Summer 2016 renovations will transform the first floor’s northern wing into a 24-hour peer-to-peer learning and collaboration zone, doubling the current 24-hour space, adding four new collaborative study rooms, and providing new services and opportunities to engage with data, technology and media. Student Success Fees are also funding the summer construction of eight new collaboration rooms on the third floor, increasing the number of library group study space by 50 percent. For updates, a calendar, and before-and-after images of the transformation, visit the library’s online renovations page and gallery.

Faculty & Staff

Management Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

The Management, Human Resources and Information Systems Area recently honored Professor Taryn Stanko with the David Peach Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, established by the late Professor Peach’s family, recognizes an outstanding teacher/scholar faculty member in Management or Human Resources Management with a $5,000 award. Stanko earned the award because of her ability to design and manage a meaningful learning environment, inspire students, and foster student learning and student success. For more information, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

Student Affairs Names David Groom Associate Dean

David Groom, the associate dean of student development and chief conduct officer at Houston Baptist University, has been named the associate dean of students for the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. He brings a unique blend of experiences with student conduct and restorative justice, student involvement, campus recreation, and commuter life, as well as being an adjunct professor. Groom will be responsible for all programs, policies, and procedures relating to student conduct and disciplinary matters. He will also ensure that the CSU Executive Orders describing disciplinary procedures are administered in a fair, impartial manner and are applied in ways that maintain the integrity and safety of the university community.


Business College Announces New Assistant Dean

Amy Carter has been named the assistant dean for student success in the Orfalea College of Business. Carter has served as director of Student Services in the college since 2009. As assistant dean, she will be responsible for growing student support programs, enhancing students' career readiness and academic resources, maintaining the college's graduation rates, and promoting diversity and inclusivity initiatives. Carter will continue to oversee Orfalea's comprehensive student support services while serving as a point of contact for sensitive student issues. The announcement comes after the retirement of assistant dean Kris McKinlay.


Bryan Hubain Named Assistant Dean in Student Affairs

Bryan Hubain has been named the assistant dean in the Dean of Students Office and director of the Cross Cultural Centers. The diversity specialist for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Hubain brings a wide array of teaching, facilitation and professional experiences to Student Affairs. He has led lectures and presentations on topics such as inclusion, gender and race equity, multicultural education and leadership theory, and published articles on race issues in noted educational periodicals. Hubain has a doctorate in higher education from the University of Denver. His doctoral research focused on a "queer intersectional analysis" of narratives of black, gay international students.


Academic Affairs Announces Organizations Changes

Academic Affairs announced organizational changes designed to create greater efficiency by aligning functions and services:
— Academic Programs and Planning has relocated to a newly renovated space shared with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology on the third floor of the Kennedy Library. The move maximizes the synergy between these units, the library and the Honors Program while providing greater accessibility to the campus community.
— Three additional positions now report to Mary Pedersen, senior vice provost for Academic Programs and Planning. The new reports are Brian Tietje, vice provost for International, Graduate and Extended Education; Cem Sunata, registrar; and Mauricio Saavedra, executive director for Institutional Research.

Following last year’s placement of the Mustang Success Center in Academic Programs and Planning, the changes align all of the units directly associated with academic programs and program support. The realignment has helped launch several collaborations with Students Affairs, including the Re-Imagining the First Year of College initiative and the Collaborative Council on Student Success.

In addition to those changes, Kimi Ikeda, associate vice provost for Systems and Resources in Academic Affairs, will continue to collaborate with Bill Britton, visiting interim chief information officer and Cybersecurity Center director. They are facilitating the organizational realignment in ITS. While working with ITS, Ikeda will retain her budget management responsibilities in Academic Affairs and the Office of the Provost as well as her data systems role.  

Student Successes

Cal Poly Teams Sweep Packaging Competition

Four teams of Cal Poly students took home first-, second- and third-place awards and an honorable mention in this year’s Institute of Packaging Professionals Ameristar Student Packaging Awards Competition. The interdisciplinary teams combined industrial technology and packaging students with art and design students to create packaging solutions for a variety of consumer needs. Each team developed a physical prototype of their product complete with branded graphics. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Steel Bridge Team is Top in the Nation

The Steel Bridge team was the highest U.S. contender second overall at the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Student Steel Bridge Competition, which brought together 48 student teams from around the world. Cal Poly’s strong showing marked the school’s sixth straight year of placing in the event’s top 10 and its second straight year as runner-up. The competition is designed as a comprehensive, real-world student project that challenges students to produce a scale-model bridge that satisfies stringent requirements in the categories of stiffness, lightness, construction speed, display, efficiency and economy. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Discounted Registration Available for Kids Learn Stem Day Camp

Two sessions of Kids Learn STEM Summer Day Camp will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11-15 and 18-22. Fifth through eighth-grade students are eligible to participate in the action-packed educational sessions, Chemistry in Action, held in the Learn by Doing Lab on campus. Faculty and staff get 10 percent off the regular registration fee. Several discounted registrations remain on a first come, first served basis. To register, call Extended Education at ext. 6-2053. For more on the program, visit the Extended Education website.

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 may 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. Blood donors can donate every 56 days; regular donors should make sure their next donation is scheduled before July 6 to participate in the campus event.

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 questions, email or call the reception center at ext. 6-6654. For more information on parking and traffic announcements, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Get to Work with Your Eyes Closed

Join the Cal Poly Vanpool, and spend your commute relaxing with friends and colleagues. Riders also save money on fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance. There are openings from Santa Maria and areas in San Luis Obispo County for the 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift. Those who work the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift can get on the wait list for openings or the addition of new vans or routes. Riders receive two days flex parking per month and accrue quarterly reward incentives. For help with another way to commute, contact Cheryl Andrus in Commuter Services at or ext. 6-6680.

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

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 July 27. Submissions are due no later than 12:30 p.m.. Thursday, July 21.


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 this 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

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.

#104107 -  Web User Experience Designer (Information Technology Consultant, Career), Administration and Finance, Network Technology Services. $4,372-$9,401 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,750-$5,350 per month. Open until filled. Review begins July 7.

#104110 – Assignment Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Student Affairs, University Housing, Administration. $2,539-$4,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins July 5.

#104112 – On-Call Laborer (Laborer), Student Affairs, University Housing, Planning and Logistics. One year appointment with possible extension. $16.09-$25.36 per hour. Closes Dec. 31.

#104074 - Director of Fiscal Services/University Controller (Administrator III), Administration and Finance, Fiscal Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins July 14.

#104103 - Customer and Technology Support Manager (Administrator II), Academic Affairs, Information Technology Services, Technology Support. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins July 15.

#104102 - Director of Student Affairs Technology (Administrator II), Student Affairs, Administration. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $75,000-$80,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins July 16.

#104105 - Associate Director, Office of Equal Opportunity (Administrator II), Academic Affairs, Office of Equal Opportunity. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Opened until filled. Review begins July 17.

#104104 - Assistant Director, Office of Equal Opportunity (Equal Opportunity Investigator) (Administrator II), Academic Affairs, Office of Equal Opportunity. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Opened until filled. Review begins July 17.

#104090 - Purchasing Specialist -  Technology Solutions (Buyer II/Buyer II), Administration and finance – Contracts & Procurement Services. Buyer II: $3,047 - $4,803 per month.  Buyer III: $4,024 - $6,341 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 16.

#104089 - Procurement Specialist - Athletics and Student Housing (Buyer I/II), Administration and finance – Contracts & Procurement Services. Buyer I: $3,293 - $5,188 per month. Buyer II: $3,047 - $4,803 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 16.

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.

#104048 – Full-Time Lecturer in Goat/Sheep Production; Animal Science Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; ext. 6-1241. Review begins July 23.

#104049 – Full-Time Lecturer in Livestock Production, Evaluation and Exhibition; Animal Science Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; ext. 6-1241. Review begins July 16.

#104082 – Information Systems – Tenure Track, Management Department, Orfalea College of Business, ext. 6-5308. Review begins Sept. 15.

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.

Lead Baker, Campus Dining, $13.80-$20.70 per hour.

Administrative Coordinator, Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning, $15.91-$23.87 per hour.

Irrigation Support Engineer/Specialist I, ITRC , $44,033-$66,040 per year.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job openings at this time.