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Cal Poly Report — March 9, 2016


Cal Poly Named a Top University for Aerospace and Defense Industries

Cal Poly was named a top school for the aerospace and defense industries in the 2015 Workforce Study compiled by Aviation Week & Space Technology. The magazine compiled its list of top schools based on preferred suppliers of skills, the school from which the most graduates were hired in 2014, and the top schools as identified by young professionals who believe their alma mater and its reputation have a direct correlation to their career success. Cal Poly ranked first in the category in which young professionals assessed the reputation and impact of their alma mater on their careers. 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

CAED Names Assistant Dean of Development and External Relations

Lorna Malcolm has been named the assistant dean of development and external relations for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Malcolm’s responsibilities will include fundraising, marketing and communications, special events, and alumni relations for the college. Malcolm, a 19-year veteran of fundraising for higher education and nonprofits, holds dual master’s degrees in public administration/nonprofit management and international relations. Her experience includes coordinating major gifts, campaign planning, alumni affairs, donor relations and marketing. Most recently, she served as the senior director of development at the University of Arizona and held similar roles at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and Long Island University.

Remaining Candidate for Director of University Housing to Visit Campus

Four finalists for assistant vice president for Student Affairs/executive director of University Housing have been invited to visit campus. Three candidates have already visited: Steve Logan, executive director of University Housing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Michael Kaptik, interim associate vice chancellor and dean of students, Office of Student Affairs, University of Hawaii at Mānoa in Honolulu; and Kevin Williams, director of residential life, University Housing and Residential Life, Philadelphia’s Temple University. The campus community is invited to attend the remaining open forum:
-- Monday, March 14, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., Aliso Residence Hall (No. 171A), Room 7: Jo Campbell, doctoral graduate assistant, Division of Student Affairs and Campus Activities, Ohio’s Bowling Green State University.
For candidates’ résumés and additional information, visit the Housing website.

Nominations for Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award Due March 9

Nominations for Outstanding Faculty Advisor will be accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. The award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The recipient will receive a $1,200 cash stipend, be recognized at Fall Conference, and have his or her picture and award citation posted in Kennedy Library. One faculty member is recognized annually. The nomination should describe the nominee’s academic advising services, activities and interactions, as distinct from the nominee's teaching responsibilities, and include special activities that relate to student development. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to submit nominations. At least one letter must come from a current student, and no self-nominations will be recognized. For more information and the nomination form, visit the Academic Advising website.

Discussion on Antiracist Works in Curriculum set for March 11

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will host a brown bag lunch workshop in March to discuss the works of Tim Wise, an author, educator and antiracist essayist, who will deliver the keynote speech May 11 for Inclusive Excellence Week. The brown bag lunch, "White Like Me," will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, in Kennedy Library, Room 511. The session will be an opportunity to discuss ways to include Wise’s works in curriculum, and antiracist and inclusive pedagogies with colleagues. Pizza and salad will be provided, so advance registration is requested. To register, visit the CTLT website. For more information, email Robin Parent at

Tickets for Service Awards Luncheon on Sale March 11

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 and will be available March 11. They usually sell out in several days. 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. 6-2849.

Proposals for Continuing Instructionally Related Activities Due March 12

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee (IRAAC) has announced a call for proposals for any activities seeking continuing IRA recognition for the 2016-17 academic year. Requests for continuing IRA recognition and funding are initiated through faculty or staff advisors, who submit the proposals to the college deans. Proposals for continuing IRAs are due March 12. Criteria, forms, instructions and other relevant information can be found on the Academic Programs website.

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.

Nominations Sought 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.

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.


Ed Bruns, network analyst in Information Technology Services' (ITS) Enterprise Infrastructure Services, will retire Wednesday, March 30, after more than 30 years of service to Cal Poly. Bruns studied electronic engineering at Cal Poly in the early ‘80s, before starting his career with ITS. He was a key contributor in the early days of Cal Poly’s data network infrastructure, and in June of 1998 began working in the Network Administration Department, designing and building networks for the many new buildings that came online during that time. Bruns applied his electronic engineering skills in the design and implementation of the telecommunications infrastructure throughout campus, including several high-profile projects such as the campus network and the telecommunications infrastructure for Poly Canyon Village. His contagious smile and humorous wit will be greatly missed as he and his wife, Terri, (also a Cal Poly retiree), look forward to spending more time with family and friends. 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.

Student Successes

Cal Poly Students Rank in Western Dairy Challenge

Cal Poly dairy science students took top honors at the 11th annual Western Regional Dairy Challenge, a three-day educational competition designed to prepare students for dairy careers. Teams were comprised of four or five students from the participating universities, replicating real-world working situations. Cal Poly students were on three teams that earned platinum ranking and three that earned gold. Professor Stan Henderson coached 23 students in all aspects of a working dairy farm, including facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction and animal health. Select Cal Poly students will advance to the North American Dairy Challenge April 7-9 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Campus Announcements

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 I.D. and proof of eligibility are required for entry. For more information, contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or

Mental Health First Aid Training to be Held March 10-11 and 15-16

Counseling Services will offer Mental Health First Aid, a national certification training, to support the campus community in responding to mental health crises. The training will be offered twice and will be held in the Health Center (No. 27). Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders, 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.
— Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Participants must attend both days of each respective training to earn the certification. Trainings are free and include refreshments. For more information and to RSVP, contact Hannah Roberts, assistant director of community prevention and intervention, at

Workshop on 'Microaggressions in the Workplace' to be Held March 15 and 22

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity will offer a two-part workshop/webinar on “Microaggresions in the Workplace.” It will be presented by Academic Impressions from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, March 15 and 22, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 202A. Microaggressions can be described as subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or other non-dominant group that unintentionally or unconsciously reinforce a stereotype. Microaggressions in the classroom, office environment and institution can lead to hostile and non-inclusive spaces that inhibit learning, the ability to work, and a sense of belonging and community. This two-part workshop is designed to help participants be more aware of personal biases and stereotypes and their influence on organizational climate. It also helps identify strategies to confront and remove microaggressions and bullying actions from the workplace. For more information, visit the CTLT website.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop to be Held March 15

An Employment Equity Facilitator workshop is scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes and answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. The training will be held in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33) Equal Opportunity Conference Room (Room 290). To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387. For more information, visit the Equal Opportunity website.

March 18 Open Lab Offered 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.

Volunteers Needed for Osteoporosis Study

Women are sought for a research study on osteoporosis that will be used as part of a master’s thesis. Researchers hope to learn more about how the body reacts to a single bout of exercise while wearing a weighted exercise suit. Results from this study will further the body of research surrounding the effects of exercise on osteoporosis and may influence future treatment and maintenance options. The study will consist of two exercise trials and six blood draws over a two-week period in Kinesiology Department facilities. Women between 45 and 65 years old who are post-menopausal, have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, are sedentary or mildly active, and have abstained from taking any osteoporosis medication for at least six months may be eligible to participate. Participants are not limited to campus employees. For more information, contact kinesiology graduate student Haley Terndrup at 650-353-0677 or

University Store Spring Sidewalk Sale set for March 8-10

Visit the University Store during the Spring Sidewalk Sale March 8-10. Students, faculty and staff can save 50-75 percent off selected apparel.

Approved Caterers Required for On-Campus Events

Cal Poly has 27 approved caterers to choose from for on-campus events. They are listed on the Administration and Finance website. Unless listed, caterers are not authorized to provide service on campus. For more information about on-campus events, click the link for Catered Events on Campus. Approved caterers are also eligible to cater off-campus events. For more information, contact Contracts and Procurement at or ext. 6-2232.


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 to Feature 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.

Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education 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.

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 12
Men’s Tennis vs. UNLV, Mustang Courts, noon.

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.

#103942 – Academic Advisor, Mustang Success Center (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs, University Advising. $3,746-$5,325 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,746-$4,166 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 1.

#103965 – Records Associate (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Academic Affairs, Office of the Registrar. $2,846-$4,484 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 18.

#103954 – VPSA Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Student Affairs, Administration. $2,846-$4,484 per month. Closes March 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.

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.

Research Associate, Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center, $38,168-$57,262 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.