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Cal Poly Report — March 16, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: Cal Poly Report will be on hiatus during the academic break March 21-25. The next edition will be published March 30.


Cal Poly Showcased as Exemplary Engineering Ethics Program

Cal Poly was recognized as a top university for ethics in engineering education. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) included Cal Poly among 25 universities in the report “Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers: Exemplary Education Activities and Programs.” Published by the NAE’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES), the report is a resource for institutions and educators working to strengthen and expand their ethics programs and improve the capabilities of practicing and future engineers. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Three Startup Companies Complete CIE Incubator Program

Three new companies recently graduated from the SLO HotHouse Incubator, a program in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) devoted to taking businesses from startup to sustainable. CIE provides a structured, two-year program for startups to receive individual coaching from subject-matter expert mentors, including assistance with product development and business management. CIE works closely with the startups to move them through the commercialization process to a successful launch. Since its inception in 2010, six out of 12 graduating incubator companies are running businesses in San Luis Obispo County, added 30 new jobs to the overall economy and 19 locally. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Open House Names 2016 Grand Marshalls

Former California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and Col. Joseph Righello, commander of Camp San Luis Obispo, will serve as grand marshals in the 2016 Poly Royal Parade on Saturday, April 16. Righello and McPherson, both Cal Poly alumni, were selected for their embodiment of this year’s Open House theme, “Celebrating the Mustang Legacy,” and for contributions to Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo communities. Cal Poly’s 23rd annual Open House will take place April 14-16. The event allows admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni and the San Luis Obispo community to spend the weekend exploring what Cal Poly and the surrounding San Luis Obispo area has to offer. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News 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 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

Kaiwi-Lenting Recognized as ACPA Diamond Honoree

Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting, director of New Student and Transition Programs for Student Affairs, received the Diamond Honoree award at the international ACPA (American College Professional Association) Conference in Montréal, Canada. She received the award for her outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs. The award recognized the Cal Poly alumnus for more than 20 years of dedicated service, leadership, and contributions to orientation and transition programs. Her efforts include mentoring thousands of students and staff through programming that includes Open House, Summer Orientation, and Week of Welcome, and efforts to advance the volunteer efforts with professional organizations.

New(er) Faculty Community Breakfast to be Held March 18

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology invites faculty and teaching staff to the New(er) Faculty Community Breakfast for winter quarter. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, in UU 204. The topic is “Students in Distress,” which focuses on the increasing rates of social and emotional challenges students face during their campus experiences. It is an opportunity to better understand what might be going on in the minds of the young people showing up in classrooms and to become better prepared to provide appropriate support and referrals to campus professionals. Breakfast will be provided, so registration is requested. For more information, contact Cindi Jenkins at or ext. 6-5570.

Learn by Doing Scholar Award Applications Due March 21

The Learn by Doing Scholar Award application period is open through March 21. The unique faculty award celebrates the scholarship of teaching and learning by honoring outstanding contributions to Learn by Doing. Launched last year, the award recognizes both a published work and a work in progress with awards of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The recipients are selected by a committee of tenured faculty representing every college and administered by Kennedy Library. Tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty may apply. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library Website.

Open Forum for Timekeepers of Student Assistants to be Held March 23

Faculty and staff timekeepers for student assistants are invited to an open forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Staff from Payroll Services and Human Resources Departments will answer questions and discuss related topics, including the new Student Employment Request Form, required background checks, and requirements for Federal Work Study new hires. To RSVP, contact Jennifer Hiatt at by Friday March 18.

Nominations Due April 1 for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Nominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. The award recognizes a current or former faculty member’s superior achievement in fundraising. The award recipient will receive campuswide recognition. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 1. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to submit nominations. Email nomination materials to Jeanne Scott at The nomination form and more information are available on the Provost’s website.

Tickets Available for Service Awards Luncheon April 4

The annual Service Awards Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Chumash Auditorium in the UU. The event will honor State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2015. Tickets are $12. The Mediterranean buffet will include honey and cumin-roasted chicken, rice pilaf, braised Brussel sprouts, Greek salad, spinach- and feta-stuffed spanakopita, dessert and a beverage. Photos are being collected for a slide show presentation. Submit scanned photos of award recipients to by Friday, March 25. Tickets are available from Dawn Rudder in Fiscal Services at ext. 6-5871 and Jennifer Luedtke in the Corporation at ext. 6-6446.

Grant Writing Workshop to Start April 7

A nine-week workshop on grant writing will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays starting April 7 in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 203. The workshop is for faculty and staff interested in research or research administration. It 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, 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.

Proposals Due April 25 for Second Round of Baker/Koob Endowments

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, April 25, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. Proposals must include faculty recommendations. There will be $50,000 available to support the proposals. The typical range for grants is $1,000 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for group projects. A faculty committee representing Cal Poly’s six colleges will review proposals. Grants that have been awarded in the past represented a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Winners will be announced and projects can begin in late May. Students have one year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the provost's website.


Previously announced Retirement Receptions

Ed Bruns, network analyst in Information Technology Services' (ITS) Enterprise Infrastructure Services, will retire Wednesday, March 30. A retirement reception will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 25, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 1.

Catastrophic Leave

Tracie Walser, nurse practioner in the Health Center, 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 Woods ext. 6-5265 or to request a donation form.

Student Successes

Construction Management Students Dominate National Competition

Construction management students won big at the 29th annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 6 and 7 competition in Reno, Nev. Six of 12 Cal Poly teams brought home trophies – including four first-place wins in the Heavy-Civil, Virtual Design and Construction, Pre-construction Services, and Electrical Systems categories. Cal Poly placed second in Concrete Solutions and third in Mechanical Systems. The competition challenges teams of six students to solve real-life construction management problems in nine categories. Teams were given 18 hours to create and present deliverables to a panel of industry experts; deliverables included modeling, estimating, scheduling and site logistics. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Grand Avenue Construction to Cause Delays During Spring Break

Underground construction along Grand Avenue will be underway during spring break, March 19-26, resulting in lane closures and traffic delays. There will also be an influx of prospective students and families at this time for campus tours. To avoid the congestion, enter campus on California Boulevard or Highland Drive. The transit stops located on Grand Avenue near the University Union will be closed during this time. SLO Transit and Regional Transit will route buses to the stop near Kennedy Library instead. Transit riders are advised to allow time in their schedule to arrive and depart from Kennedy Library.

March 18 Open Lab to Help Reconcile Financial Transactions

The Administration and Finance Division (AFD) will host an open lab from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 18, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133. Lab sessions will be held after each month-end close to help employees review and reconcile financial records and transactions or to get answers to questions. Sessions will be held the 18th of each month through May, and on June 20, though times vary. For more information, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

Recreation Center Hosts Free Rec Fridays in March

The Recreation Center invites eligible members of the Cal Poly community (alumni, employees, retirees/emeriti, and the partners/dependents of current members) to use the Recreation Center for free on Fridays, March 11, 18 and 25. This 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 ID and proof of eligibility are required for entry. For more information, contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or


Medication Disposal Bin Installed at Health Center

The Health Center has installed a medication disposal bin in an effort to combat drug abuse. The bins are a place to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications. This will ensure that deposited medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The bin will be available during regular Health Center business hours. For more information, visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website.



SLO Film Fest to Feature Student Shorts March 16

Short films produced by students in the media arts, society and technology minor will be featured from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Palm Theatre (817 Palm St.). Shown as part of the San Luis Obispo Film Festival, the shorts will include a cross-section of original content, including conflict and connection, magic and murder, and love and loss. Tickets are $5 for students and $12 for the general public. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the event at the Palm Theatre box office; they are not available ahead of time. For more information, contact Kayley Weldon at ext. 6-1525 or, or visit the SLO Film Fest website.

Futurist to Speak March 17 on the Future of Technology

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will host futurist Dave Evans from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in Spanos Theater. Evans will discuss his vision of technology’s evolution in the coming decades. Evans is chief technology officer and co-founder of Stringify, a startup focused on transforming the Internet of Everything (IoE). Prior to starting Stringify, he served as the chief futurist for Cisco. An expert on emerging technologies, Evans holds a number of patents for RFID (radio-frequency identification), Connected Car, virtual people, and mobile phone technologies. His visionary acumen has garnered global attention on topics such as the Internet of Everything and The Net Effect, IoE’s transformational impact and the role of the network. He has been included on media lists of the most influential thought leaders, and his views have been shared in Forbes Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, The New York Times, Politico, TechCrunch, CNN, MSNBC, and others.

University Art Gallery Features Graphic Designer Tad Carpenter Through March 18

The University Art Gallery features the work of Tad Carpenter, internationally acclaimed graphic designer, through Friday, March 18. The exhibit features the design work of Carpenter Collective. A variety of Carpenter’s work is on display, including logos, posters, books, sketches and fan flag. He has worked with clients such as Target, Macy’s, Coca-Cola, Ray-ban, Nick Jr., MTV and Adobe. For more information, contact Garet Zook at ext. 6-1571 or, or visit the University Art Gallery website.

Lecture on ‘The Natural World and Art’ to be Held March 30

Kennedy Library’s Data Studio will host a discussion featuring Jenny Kendler and Ruta Saliklis on the intersections of art, activism and natural sciences from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 30, in Kennedy Library, Room 111H. Kendler is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist and social entrepreneur. Saliklis is director of exhibitions and development at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. The discussion is part of an ongoing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) event series, which incorporates the arts into STEM subjects. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Another Type of Groove Celebrates Pride Month on April 6

The Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s “Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry” celebrates Pride Month with artist Blake Williams at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Chumash Auditorium in the University Union on campus. Williams has been singing and performing since he could talk. He is an accomplished spoken-word poet (with credits that include the Nuyorican in NYC). He has toured as a vocalist internationally (2008 Continental Voice and Brass), has held the lead role at more than five theater companies (including leads in “Newsies” and “The Last 5 Years”), and is working as model/actor/singer in Hollywood. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Diversity and Excellence in Higher Ed to be Topic of April 7 Talk

Visiting Cal Poly Professor Gilda L. Ochoa will give a free public presentation titled “Unpacking Diversity and Excellence: Lessons for Institutions of Higher Education” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Ochoa is the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts' Susan Currier Visiting Professorship for Teaching Excellence for winter quarter 2016. She is teaching two courses in the Ethnic Studies Department, “Cultural Production and Ethnicity” and “Chicana/o-Latinas/os and Education.” Her talk will explore how seemingly well-intended movements for diversity and celebrations of academic excellence can maintain the status quo and reproduce inequality in institutions of higher education. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Open House Concert Set for April 15

The Open House Concert will feature more than 100 of the university’s finest student musicians from the Cal Poly Symphony, the University Jazz Band I, and the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit the Cal Poly News website.


All-State Concert Set for April 17

Some of the state’s best high school musicians will take center stage at the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Students arrive Friday for chair placement auditions and attend Cal Poly's Open House Concert that night. A solo competition is held Saturday, and the festival concludes Sunday after the concert. The winner of the solo competition will perform Sunday, accompanied by pianist and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849). For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Book Circles Forming to Discuss Anti-Racist Publications

Antiracist essayist, author, and educator Tim Wise will visit campus May 11 as the keynote speaker for Inclusive Excellence Week. In preparation for his visit, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will host book circles in conjunction with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity. The book circles will discuss three of his works: “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity,” and “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority.” Books will be provided for those who wish to participate. The group will meet twice to discuss the works before Wise’s visit and have a follow-up meeting to debrief. Book circle registration closes April 8. Book orders will be submitted based on registration, and books should be available by the end of the following week. Discussion groups will be scheduled based on participant availability. To learn more about the book circles and to register, visit the CTLT 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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Upcoming Home Games

Saturday, March 19
Men’s Tennis vs. Iowa, Mustang Courts, noon.

Friday, March 25
Men’s Tennis vs. Denver, Mustang Courts, noon.
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Invitational, Cal Poly Track, 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 26
Track and Field hosts Share-SLO Invitational, Cal Poly Track, 11 a.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. Boise State, Mustang Courts, noon.

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.

#103946 – Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II); College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Advising. $3,746-$5,325 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 21.

#103968 – On-Call Public Affairs/Communication Specialist Pool, College of Liberal Arts. Temporary, part-time. Public Affairs/Communication Specialist I: $16.86-$26.55 per hour. Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II: $20.28-$31.95 per hour. Media Production Specialist I: $16.86-$28.04 per hour. Media Production Specialist II: $20.28-$31.95 per hour. Graphic Designer I: $18.60-$29.33 per hour. Graphic Designer II: $21.44-$33.80 per hour. Continuous hiring through June 30, 2017.

#103973 – Data Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I); Academic Affairs; Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,897-$6,022 per month. Closes March 28.

#103970 – Assistant Dean and Director of Cross-Cultural Centers (Administrator I), Student Affairs, Dean of Students. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $60,000-$70,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins April 6.

#103969 – Assistant Dean of Students for Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Administrator I), Student Affairs, Dean of Students. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $60,000–$70,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins April 6.

#103944 – Writing Proficiency Exam Proctor (Casual Worker), College of Liberal Arts, Writing Skills Program. $16.17 per hour. Closes May 15.

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.

Food Buyer, Campus Dining, $15.91-$23.87 per hour.

Communication Coordinator, Marketing and Communication, $44,033-$66,040 per year.

Senior Accounting Analyst, Conference and Event Planning, $50,772-$76,148 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.