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

Cal Poly Report — June 8, 2016


Great Grads Highlight the Strengths of the Graduating Class

Each year, Cal Poly bids adieu to thousands of graduates who are ready to tackle the world’s problems with innovation, technical savvy and roll-up-their-sleeves-and-get-to-it moxie. Each of this year’s roughly 4,200 graduates has a unique story of success and perseverance along with thoughts on how their university experience has shaped them as they get ready to make their way in the world — plunging into careers or continuing on with graduate studies. Visit the Cal Poly News website to read about six members of the Class of 2016 who’ll graduate June 11-12 and take their Learn by Doing education into the world.

Four Honorary Doctorates to be Awarded at Commencement

Four honorary doctorates will be awarded during the commencement ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Science and Mathematics at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11. The recipients (pictured clockwise from top left) include Chuck Harrington (B.S., Agricultural Engineering, 1981), chairman, CEO and president of Parsons Corp.; Jose Zaglul, president of EARTH (la Escuela de Agricultura de la Region Tropica Humida) University; Paul McEnroe, a developer of the UPC bar code; and Tina Hansen McEnroe (Credential, 2000), educator, and co-founder with her husband of the McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic. For more information on the recipients, visit the Cal Poly News website. More than 4,200 graduates are eligible to take part in the ceremonies June 11 and 12. For more on commencement, click here.

Grand Avenue to Close Through Summer at Pacheco Way

To accommodate construction, Grand Avenue will be closed to through traffic at Pacheco Way from Monday, June 13, 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.

Faculty & Staff

Recipients Named for 2015-16 Outstanding Staff Awards

Three employees have been recognized for the 2015-16 Outstanding Staff Award: Launnie Gin, instructional support technician for the Horticulture and Crop Science Department; Ray Kisch, lab coordinator in Industrial Technology and Packaging; and Alexandra Kohler, assistant director of Campus Health and Wellbeing. The recipients will be honored at the Fall Conference general session in September, where they will receive a plaque and monetary award. For more information about the recipients and their accomplishments, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Faculty and Student Awards Announced for Honors Program

The University Honors Program presented outstanding student and faculty awards at the Honors Student Showcase and Graduation Celebration on May 25. The Outstanding Honors Student award was presented to Brooke Matson, a communication studies major and political science minor, and Jaimie Savitz, a nutrition major with minors in psychology and food science. Outstanding Honors Faculty awards were presented to Ryan Alaniz, in social sciences, and Tom Trice, history. The recipients were recognized for their exceptional commitment to the mission and ideals of the Honors Program. The event also included senior project presentations from 23 graduating Honors Program students and research project presentations from 60 first-year Honors Program students.

Faculty Promotions Announced

President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have announced the promotion of 46 faculty members and the award of tenure to 17 faculty members, effective with the 2016-17 academic year. The promotions include 32 to the academic rank of professor and 14 to the rank of associate professor or associate librarian. Armstrong and Enz Finken extend their congratulations and appreciation to those faculty members receiving promotion and/or tenure. A complete list can be found on the Academic Personnel website.

Linda Vanasupa Recognized as Leader in Inclusive Engineering Education

Materials Engineering Professor Linda Vanasupa received the 2016 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Leader in Engineering Education Award, which honors individuals who have created new approaches to engage and create an inclusive environment for engineering undergraduate students. Vanasupa will receive the award at the WEPAN Change Leader Forum June 14 in Broomfield, Colo. WEPAN is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1990 to be a catalyst for change to enhance the success of women in the engineering professions. For more information, visit the WEPAN 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

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.

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.

Former President Kennedy’s Memoir Digitized

Kennedy Library Special Collections and Archives has digitized “Learn by Doing: Memoirs of a University President” by former Cal Poly President Robert E. Kennedy. Kennedy chronicled Cal Poly’s evolution from a struggling vocational school to a competitive four-year university. The book also traces Kennedy’s 39-year tenure at Cal Poly, from his arrival in 1940 as a journalism professor through his presidency from 1967 to 1979. First published in 2001 for Cal Poly’s centennial, the book continues to serves as a source of information on Cal Poly’s signature Learn by Doing pedagogy. Though the book is in regular demand, it is out of print. Its digitization will allow those interested in Cal Poly’s history to easily access and search through the book. For background on the book’s creation and access to it, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Catastrophic Leave

Erika Cota, administrative analyst/specialist in University Housing, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Patty Warnick Wait, administrative analyst/specialist in AA Technical Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator, Alisa Williford-Smith at ext. 6-6173 or to request a donation form.

Campus Announcements

Red Cross First Aid Courses Offered Monthly

Environmental Health and Safety offers monthly American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) training on campus. To see the course offerings or to enroll, visit the Instructor Led Courses section of Skillsoft, the CSUwide online training program accessed through the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the Cal Poly Portal. Departments may also schedule training for groups of up to 10. The cost is $29 per person, which covers the Red Cross certification fee and course materials. For more details, contact Vivian Longacre at

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

The last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for the 2015-16 academic year is Saturday, June 11. 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.

Recreation Center to Change Guest Fee Rates

The Recreation Center will reduce the non-student guest rate from $10 to $5 through June 30. On July 1, the student rate will increase from $5 to $10, so the one-visit guest pass will be $10 for all guests. A new five-visit pass will also be available to eligible members of the Cal Poly community (alumni, employees, emeriti, and the partners/dependents of existing members) for $40, or $8 per visit. For more information about Recreation Center memberships, guest access and rates, contact membership services at ext. 6-1366 or

Nominations Requested for Off-Campus Catering Vendors

Contracts and Procurement will continue the program that allows registered and approved off-campus vendors to cater events. Service providers will be needed for events that range from delivery and set-up to full-service catering. Contracts and Procurement will accept applications to become a registered vendor in June and expects to have an approved list in August. Current caterers will automatically be invited to renew their application. For more information or a list of approved caterers, visit the Administration and Finance website. To submit suggestions for new catering companies that may be invited to apply, email with the name and contact information. For more information, contact Melissa Swanson at ext. 6-6755 or

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.

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: This is the final weekly issue of Cal Poly Report for the 2015-16 academic year. The next issue will be published June 29.


University Art Gallery to Host Student Show Through June 11

University Art Gallery will showcase student artwork in the “Gallimaufry” exhibit from 5 p.m. Thursday, June 2, until 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Gallimaufry is defined as a confused mixture, which appropriately describes the range of processes used in this year’s show. Some of the mediums include wet-plate photography, paintings made with wood stain, wearable sculpture, and jewelry made with wood and copper. The gallery is in the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 171. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The gallery will also be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, for the Art and Design Department graduation ceremony. For more information, visit the University Art Gallery website.

Recreation Center Hosts Free Rec Fridays June 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 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 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

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

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


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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.

#104087 - Connections for Academic Success Coordinator (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs, Student Academic Services. $4,082-$5,815 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,082-$4,490 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 14.

#104041 - Enterprise Application Services Manager (Administrator II), Academic Affairs, Information Technology Services, Enterprise Applications. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins July 1.
#104088 - Men's Basketball Team Operations Intern (Helper/Aid), Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics. Temporary, full-time. One year with possible extension. $10-$16.68 per hour. Open until filled. Review begins June 17.   

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.

#104077 – Assistant/Associate Professor of Landscape Horticulture, Horticulture and Crop Science Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; ext. 6-1237. 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.

Catering Assistant Manager, Campus Dining, $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.