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Cal Poly Report — Oct. 12, 2016


Public Comments Sought on University Master Plan's initial Study

The public is invited to view and comment on the university's Initial Study for the environmental impact report for its Master Plan 2035. Copies of the Initial Study are available for review in person or online. Comments can be made in writing or during a public meeting to be held later this month. The university's master plan is being updated to guide campus development over the next 20 year, while accommodating student enrollment, enhancing the quality of campus life and continuing a high standard of educational instruction. The plan will also identify needed improvements and facilities, providing the university with a framework to implement future goals and programs. The Initial Study has been prepared for the Master Plan under the California Environmental Quality Act, which indicates that future campus projects might have significant environmental impacts. Those impacts will be addressed by the EIR prepared by the university. The 30-page document is available online at; click on the Related Documents tab. Printed copies are also available for review at Kennedy Library and the San Luis Obispo City-County Library, 995 Palm St. A public meeting regarding the Initial Study and scope of the EIR will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the University Union (No. 65), Room 220. Written comments will also be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Read more here.

'Inclusion Starts with Me' Diversity Fair to Be Held in UU Plaza on Oct. 12

Join the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity in welcoming new and returning students, faculty and staff from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.12, at the UU Plaza. Student groups, campus departments and organizations will have booths with information and activities celebrating "Inclusion Starts with Me." President Armstrong will speak, and student groups will present and perform. Music and food will be available. Come, enjoy and participate! For more details, contact OUD&I at ext. 6-2281.

Whole Foods' Co-CEO Walter Robb to Speak in Chumash Auditorium on Oct. 13

The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability is hosting Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb for an on-campus discussion from 11:10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Chumash Auditorium. Discussion will include the changing consumer landscape, the economics of organics and agricultural trends. A Q&A will be held after the talk, moderated by Hunter Francis, director of the Center for Sustainability. Robb has a 40-year history in the natural foods industry. He opened his first natural foods store, Mountain Marketplace, in Weaverville, Calif., in 1976. Ten years later, he began managing Berkeley Living Foods in the Bay Area. He joined Whole Foods Market in 1991, becoming president of the company's Northern Pacific region, which grew from two to 17 stores in eight years. In 2010 he was named co-CEO along with John Mackey. Read more here.

Jim Hayes Symposium to Feature Five Distinguished Journalists at Oct. 14 Panel

Five veteran journalists will discuss preparing the next generation of news gatherers at the Jim Hayes Symposium, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, in the Advanced Technology Lab (No. 7). The event is part of Mustang News' 100-Year Anniversary celebration. Panelists include: Susan Goldberg (pictured), editor in chief, National Geographic Magazine; Cal Poly alumnus and ABC News correspondent David Kerley; Christian Hendricks, vice president of products, marketing and innovation for McClatchy Inc; Andrew Paley, director of product design, Narrative Science; and Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify and Hacks/Hackers. Cal Poly alumnus and Los Angeles Times correspondent Peter King will moderate, and Kevin Riggs, senior vice president of Randle Communications, will be the master of ceremonies. Additionally, there will be an Innovation Showcase at 3 p.m. and a keynote address from Goldberg to open the Kennedy Library's exhibit on Cal Poly student media. To learn more about the Jim Hayes Symposium and the centennial celebration activities, visit the Mustang News anniversary webpage.

Inaugural Mustang Media Hall of Fame Inductees include 'Weird Al' on Oct. 15

The Mustang News centennial celebration will culminate with a Spotlight Gala at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Ben Bradlee Jr., former deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe, will give the keynote address. Bradlee led the paper's 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on abuse in the Catholic Church. His team's investigation was the basis for the movie "Spotlight." The Journalism Department will also induct the inaugural class of the Mustang Media Hall of Fame, which will include alumni "Weird Al" Yankovic and Bruce McPherson, former California secretary of state. The honor is designed to recognize the accomplishments of extraordinary Cal Poly students, faculty and staff who have made vital contributions to student media at Cal Poly. George Ramos, a Los Angeles Times journalist and former Journalism Department chair, and Robert E. Kennedy, Cal Poly president from 1967 to 1979, will be honored posthumously. To learn more about the Spotlight Gala, visit the Mustang News anniversary webpage.

Cal Poly Completing $460,000 Street and Parking Lot Lighting Project

A $460,000 project to upgrade street and parking lot lights on the Cal Poly campus has improved lighting for the safety of students, employees and visitors, while lowering the university's utility costs. The project replaced 500 light fixtures with energy-efficient LED lights in the 150-acre campus core and outlying areas. Work began in June and was completed in October. The new lights will save more than 300,000 kilowatt hours every year, saving more than $30,000 annually on electricity. The project was funded in part by a $73,000 CSU Chancellor's Office grant as part of an energy retrofit program. When complete, the project is expected to result in a PG&E rebate of more than $70,000. The oldest light fixtures were installed in the 1960s. "The lamps have been changed many times, but the fixtures themselves have been here for a long time," said Dennis Elliot, director of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability. Read more here.

ITS Can Help You Become More 'Cyber Aware' this Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a collaboration between government and industry to provide Americans the resources needed to stay secure online. Cal Poly will be participating for the sixth time with Information Technology Services (ITS) distributing materials on campus, sharing tips through social media, and staffing booths in the University Union to raise awareness about safe browsing, strong passwords, phishing and social media safety. For more information, visit Cal Poly's NCSAM web page or follow ITS on Twitter @CP_ITS.

Cal Poly to Host Oct. 20 Forum for 24th Congressional District Candidates

Cal Poly is hosting a forum for the candidates seeking to represent the 24th Congressional District, Salud Carbajal and Justin Fareed, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Spanos Theatre (No. 44). The candidates will respond to select questions supplied from the theater audience and KSBY's social media platforms. KSBY News anchor Carina Corral will moderate the event. The station will broadcast the first hour live on KSBY-TV (NBC) and live-stream the entire event at Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come basis. Approximately 350 seats will be available to the public. Doors will close at 6:15 p.m.; the live broadcast will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Event organizers have also set aside 100 seats for students (with student ID), also available on a first-come basis. Unfilled student seats will be released to the general public at 6:05 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the university, KSBY-TV, the League of Women Voters, the College of Liberal Arts and the Political Science Department.

Faculty & Staff

Administration and Finance Division Offers First Customer Satisfaction Survey

Email invitations were sent to employees and students to participate in the inaugural Administration and Finance Division Customer Satisfaction Survey. Its purpose is to help AFD understand worker satisfaction levels with service units over the past 12 months. The survey will help determine what works well and what needs improvement. Respondents will be entered into a prize drawing; for every unit rated completely, respondents receive an entry into a drawing for an iPad mini, a $30 gift certificate for the University Store, or a $20 gift certificate to Starbucks. The more departments rated in the survey, the greater the chances of winning!

Improve Your Office 365 Skills in ITS' Tips & Tricks Session on Oct. 12

Information Technology Services (ITS) will host an Office 365 Tips and Tricks sessions from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 218. The session will cover best practices to improve your Office 365 Calendar skills and also discuss new features that Microsoft has recently rolled out. For more information, email

Faculty Urged to Place Winter Quarter Textbook Adoptions by Oct. 14

The University Store is seeking textbook adoptions for the winter quarter. The deadline for requisitions is Friday, Oct. 14. This will give store officials time to enter all courseware information before PASS (Plan a Student Schedule) goes live on the portal on Monday, Oct. 24. It also helps the store expand rental options and shop the used-book market to make courseware more affordable for students. Faculty can submit adoptions here or email them to For more details on the benefits of early textbook adoption, check out this flier.

Unmasking Microaggressions Workshop Set for Noon on Oct. 19

Learn about microaggressions — what they are, how they harm and how to stop them — at an hourlong workshop titled Unmasking Microaggressions starting at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 114. To learn about scheduling a training for a department or group, contact Kari Mansager, program director of the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, at ext. 6-7367 or

Four Finance Dashboard Workshops to Be Held Through December

Four workshops for dashboards — the official reporting system for end users of the university's financial system — are being offered in October, November and December. The 90-minute workshops, limited to 12 people, will teach participants how to use and navigate finance dashboards to better manage financial resources. Attendees must have security access to the dashboards. If you lack access, fill out a CMS Access Request and allow five working days for approval. Beginning workshops are scheduled: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19; 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26,; and 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. An intermediate workshop will he held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. To sign up and see additional training opportunities, visit and click on the appropriate link. Send questions to

University Cashiers Office Temporarily Relocates to Recreation Center on Oct. 19

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 19, the University Cashiers Office will be temporarily relocated to the Ticket Office in the Recreation Center (No. 43) while its offices are being renovated. The renovations are expected to be completed by the end of January, when the University Cashiers office operations will return to its permanent location in the Administration Building (No. 1).  

Faculty Advising Workshop is Set for Oct. 21  

University Advising will offer a training for new faculty advisors from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 21. The Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising workshop provides an introductory overview of curriculum, advising tools, university policies, the registration process, and the advising structure at Cal Poly. To register for this workshop, click here.

Documenting Workflow Trainings to Be Held Oct. 21 and Oct. 28

Many staffers perform tasks that are not thoroughly documented. Documenting Your Workflows workshop will provide the tools and techniques to document that essential tasks have been performed. These include screenshot and screencast software as well as document templates. The resulting resources, which save time and reduce errors, can be invaluable when handing off a task to a co-worker. Workshops will be held 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 28. Each session is limited to 12 participants.
To sign-up and to see additional training opportunities, visit and click on appropriate sign-up link. Emain questions to

Kennedy Library Accepting Course Reserve Requests for Fall Quarter

Kennedy Library invites faculty to submit course reserve requests so materials are immediately accessible to students. Library materials or personal copies of faculty materials can be placed on reserve. Materials may include books or eBooks, textbooks, instructors’ personal books, articles, solutions, videos or materials in other formats. Book excerpts and articles can also be made available via PolyLearn. College librarians can help faculty who need help finding relevant library materials. Kennedy Library provides additional support for instructors interested in adopting low-cost and freely available course resources, including library-licensed e-books and journal articles. Course reserves can be made in person or online. For more details, view the Open and Affordable Resources Guide or contact Dana Ospina at

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus Through Dec. 9

The Statistics Department provides a consulting service to facilitate research design and data analysis in a variety of disciplines. Consulting is offered through Friday, Dec. 9, by appointment only. The service supports faculty and staff projects and research, and provides help to students working on senior projects and graduate research. Consultant Jeff Sklar is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, he can lead seminars or provide tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on computer packages available at Cal Poly. For details, including what each client should bring to a consulting session, visit the Statistics Department web page. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, or to schedule a consultation, email

International Center Seeking Hosts for Local Activities

The International Center needs faculty and staff for the Poly Hosts program to host international students for various activities, such as an informal dinner at a Poly Host's home, seeing a movie, meeting at a coffee shop, or celebrating holidays or family occasions. The volunteer commitment will help international students experience the community outside of the traditional academic setting. Poly Hosts will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures while sharing their own. To learn more about becoming an International Poly Host or to apply, visit the International Poly Hosts web page.

CSU Handbook Offers Tips for Politically Active During Election Season 2016

With the 2016 election season in full swing, university legal counsel encourages employees to review the CSU handbook on election issues. The handbook is designed to educate faculty and staff on appropriate ways to become involved in elections without using university resources or appearing to represent the university, unless authorized by law. The handbook offers general guidance only. Specific questions related to elections or political activity can be directed to the appropriate dean’s office or supervisor, who will consult with the Office of University Counsel.

Nov. 14 Is the Deadline for Proposals for Baker/Koob Endowments

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, Nov. 14, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. This year, $28,500 in grant funding is available. Grants typically range from $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. Past grant recipients include a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Winners will be announced before the holidays, and projects can begin in January. Students have one year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the Provost's website or by contacting Mike Miller at or ext. 6-5773.

Student Success

Twenty-Five Students Receive Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation Scholarships

The Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation awarded $3,500 scholarships, valued at nearly $90,000, to 25 Cal Poly students at an Oct. 7 luncheon in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The students represent five of the university's six colleges. Sixteen students were first-year recipients and eight were second-year scholars. Matthew Avila, who graduated in June with bachelor's degree in mathematics, was the only third-year recipient. He is seeking a single-subject credential to teach middle or high school math. "Since its inception, the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation has helped more than 230 Rogers Scholars at Cal Poly fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams," said President Armstrong. Col. John Rogers, foundation president and son of Mary Stuart Rogers, greeted each student. Additionally, Col. Rogers' daughter Janet presented a commemorative gift to each recipient. Launched in the 2000-01 academic year at Cal Poly, the Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship Program honors students who demonstrate academic excellence, personal integrity, leadership and community service. Scholarships are awarded to full-time junior, senior and credential students who have demonstrated a commitment to their personal growth. Preference is given to students from Stanislaus County. The fund has awarded more than $1.5 million to Cal Poly students over the years.

Students Honored for Contributions to 'Fresh Voices' Composition Textbook

Nearly 30 students (including civil engineering major Diego Rivera, pictured with his parents) from a variety of majors in colleges across the university were honored at the third-annual "Fresh Voices" Award Reception held Oct. 7 in the University Art Gallery. "Fresh Voices: Composition" at Cal Poly is the 10th edition of the paperback textbook that features a collection of student essays and artwork. These works represent the effort, commitment and talent of students who complete first-year composition courses, said Brenda Helmbrecht, an instructor in the English Department and director of writing and editor of the compilation. The Composition Program believes students learn a great deal about writing by reading and studying the work of their peers, she added. "Fresh Voices" is a required text in most sections of ENGL 102, 113, 133 and 134. The essays in the collection are typical of the intellectual engagement encouraged in Cal Poly writing classes. Each year, hundreds of students submit their work to be considered for publication in this collection. Honorees were lauded by their professors and received a copy of the collection and a certificate of achievement.

Campus Announcements

Cal Poly University Store to Host National Student Day Celebration

The Cal Poly University Store is joining hundreds of other campus stores across the nation and Canada on Thursday, Oct. 13, to celebrate the sixth annual National Student Day. The event, sponsored by the National Association of College Stores, is dedicated to celebrating students. The University Store has a day of activities planned. For more information on National Student Day, visit

Relax on RTA's Route 10X: Just an Easy Hour from Orcutt to Cal Poly

Commuting to Cal Poly from Orcutt, Santa Maria or Pismo Beach on the 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. work schedule? Check out the new RTA Express Bus Route 10X, which travels from Orcutt to Cal Poly in an hour. Lower your daily stress by not driving to campus or parking, while doing your part to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicle trips to the university. Traveling with RTA, let's riders enjoy the commute with a book, listen to music, meet new people, or kick back and watch a movie on a laptop or mobile device. Riders also earn incentives for making this their smart commute choice. Register at, log daily smart commutes and earn polycard cash each day you ride the bus. Check out the Route 10X schedule Email questions to or call ext. 6-6680.

Faculty and Staff Associations Are Hosting October Events

Cal Poly has five Faculty and Staff Associations that are sponsoring events in October. The American Indian FSA is collecting school and camping supplies for tribes gathered at Standing Rock Reservation in protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. A collection box is in the Ethnic Studies office in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 136. The Chicana/Latino FSA is hosting a Fall Convocation from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Chumash Auditorium. The Asian Pacific Islander FSA's Fall Welcome event is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 in UU Room 220. Enjoy food, meet new people, reconnect with others and learn how to support the API FSA community. For more information on these and other Faculty and Staff Association organizations, click on the below links:
American Indian and Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association
Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association
Black Faculty and Staff Association
Chicana Latino Faculty and Staff Association
Pride Faculty and Staff Association

Cal Poly Corporation Board to Meet Oct. 21 in Building 15

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold its regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more details, or to get a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at or ext. 6-1131.

Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Open to Tours on Oct. 29

Bring the family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 29. The fall open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, and lots of interactive displays on the pier that is more than a half-mile long. Kids can put their faces in the water and breathe through a scuba respirator, learn why whales migrate and discover what a red tide is. Faculty and students will be available to answer questions. Visitors can also explore ongoing research into local marine life, including projects aimed at protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. Safety rules require closed-toe walking shoes to walk on the pier. It is on Avila Beach Drive, just west of the San Luis Creek Bridge. Parking is limited near the pier, so visitors should use the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier. Read more here.

Speak German? Stop By Julian's Cafe in the Library for a Conversation on Oct. 12

The German Conversation Table will meet from 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Julian’s Cafe in Kennedy Library every other Wednesday starting Oct. 12. The Russian Conversation Table will meet from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the same location on opposite Wednesdays starting Oct. 19. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Conversations will be faculty-led. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at or ext. 6-2757.

Preschool Learning Lab Has Full-Day Openings Available for Fall Quarter

The Preschool Learning Lab has several full-day openings for children 3 to 5 years old. For more information, email Patty Clarkson at or visit the lab’s website.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop Scheduled for Oct. 20

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops for fall quarter will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15; and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Al Liddicoat, associate vice provost of Academic Personnel, will lead the workshops. In addition, representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. Trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290. For more information, visit the Equal Opportunity website. To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

Next Training Session for Class and Event Scheduling Set for Oct. 21

University Scheduling will offer information sessions for the new space and event scheduling system, 25Live. Training will include information on how to check the availability of a particular location. Sessions will take place 9-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Monday, Dec. 19 in the Science North Building (No. 53), Room 215. For more information, contact University Scheduling at ext. 6-5550 or

Cal Poly Foundation Board Meeting to Be Held Nov. 5 in the ATL

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its next public meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Pay for Campus Parking Meters Using Smartphone App Parkmobile

Parking Services has launched a mobile payment option for parking meters on campus. Parkmobile, a mobile payment solution, lets people pay for parking with a smartphone or tablet. The parking app can also alert motorists when their meter is about to expire, providing the option to extend parking time remotely. The meters will still take quarters for payment. To utilize the service, you must first download the mobile app or register at the company’s website. After registering, motorists can immediately use Parkmobile to pay for parking via the mobile app, website or toll-free number.

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. The bin is available during regular Health Center business hours. For more information, visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website.

Hungry? Consider These Campus Dining Options

Several dining locations are being updated to provide a variety of options while the Vista Grande dining complex is under construction.
The Avenue will extend hours to serve the late-night crowd, and a floorplan redesign will accommodate more guests. Three of The Avenue’s venues are also transforming into new eateries: Bishop’s Burgers has replaced Fusion Bowl; Picos, a Califormia fresh-Mex restaurant, takes the place of City Deli; and Zen Bowl, an Asian-style bowl restaurant, has replaced Tapango’s.
— In the University Union, Ciao! restaurant has become Mustang Station. The restaurant will still serve pizza and calzones, while expanding its menu to offer a variety of appetizers, and beer and wine for customers 21 and older. 
Myron’s, a new fine-dining restaurant, is upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19). Named after Myron Angel, an editor and historian who led efforts to create Cal Poly, the restaurant features a menu of fresh, local American cuisine.
— Two food trucks have also been added — the Central Coaster and a Starbucks truck.
Campus Market and the Sandwich Factory have revamped their layouts. Both venues will enhance and expand their product offerings to include more fresh, whole foods. 
For additional information, visit the Campus Dining website.

Approved Caterers and Program Enhancements Announced

Procurement Services has announced the approved caterers for on-campus events this academic year. Several new caterers have been added to the list and several chose not to reapply. The program now allows catering to be paid with a ProCard. Several caterers are also approved to serve alcohol. All approved caterers must provide Zero Waste service. Find the list of approved caterers on the Administration and Finance website.

Get Your Kicks at Pick-up Soccer Games on Mondays and Thursdays

Join the fun and friendly faculty and staff soccer group. The action starts at 12:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and the group plays until too tired to keep going — generally, a little less than an hour. To be added to the email list, send a note to Brian Self at or Rachel Henry at

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.


Gallery to Exhibit Work by Alumnus and Retired Apple Exec Hiroki Asai

The University Art Gallery is presenting a retrospective of design work by artist and alumnus Hiroki Asai, considered Apple’s most influential creative director, through Friday, Nov. 4, in the University Art Gallery. The exhibit will focus on the myriad projects Asai oversaw while at Apple, including packaging, retail store graphics, website, the online store, direct marketing, videos and event graphics. The gallery is on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). For more information, contact Garet Zook at ext. 6-1571 or Read more here.

Secondary-Level Strengths-Based Workshop Set for Oct. 20

University Advising will host a second-level workshop on StrengthsQuest training. The workshop will cover how the strengths-based development program can help attendees identify their natural abilities and develop the latest strategies for applying them. Preregistration is required. It will be held 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E29. To register, click here.
For more information about StrengthsQuest training, visit Strengths at Cal Poly or For more information, contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

Catch a Screening of Immigration Film and Q&A with Filmmaker on Oct. 12

Filmmaker Mary-Lyn Chambers will be on hand for a special screening of her short film “Debris (Escrombos)” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 1. The film is a high-stakes, coming-of-age drama that follows 12-year-old Ana as she tries to flee violence in Central America. Caught in the gears of an immigration center in the U.S., she finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for. After the screening, Chambers will host a Q&A about filmmaking and navigating the male-dominated film industry. This event is free and open to the public. Funding for this event is made possible by the the CSU Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA) and the College of Liberal Arts. For more information, visit the Science, Technology and Society Minors Program website, or contact Kayley Weldon at ext. 6-1525 or

Talk on Conservatives in Academia to be Held Oct. 13

Jon Shields will present “Elephants Without Borders: Conservatives in the Academy” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 107, as part of CLA Speaks, the College of Liberal Arts' speaker's series. Shields, an associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, will discuss various reasons why university professors are dominated by liberals and offer an inside look into the life of a conservative professor. For more information, contact Denise Curtis at or ext. 6-2985.

Emeritus Professor Emeritus to Discus Physics Education on Oct. 13

Physics Professor Emeritus Randy Knight will present a colloquium titled “What Do We Know about the Teaching and Learning of Physics?” from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Science North Building (No. 53), Room 215. The talk will focus on 10 key points taken from four decades of physics education research and how to apply those conclusions in the classroom. Knight, who has written multiple textbooks, was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013 for his contributions to physics education.

Student Newspaper Centennial Display to Open Oct. 14 with Reception

The centennial of Cal Poly's student newspaper will be celebrated in “100 Years of Delivering the News,” an exhibit opening Friday, Oct. 14, at Kennedy Library. It will launch with an opening reception from 2-3 p.m. on the library's second floor. The Journalism Department and Kennedy Library collaborated to develop the display using archives and student-led research going back to the paper’s roots in 1916. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 9, chronicles the history of student journalism at Cal Poly along with a compelling story on the future of the media. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website. Read more here.

Hostage Negotiator and Author to Speak Oct. 21 in Advanced Technology Lab 

Psychiatrist Mark Goulston will share insights on how to improve negotiation skills at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories' Keck Lab (No. 7). His talk will focus on how to increase the ability to get your message through to anyone. Goulston has trained the FBI and police in hostage negotiations, was a crisis psychiatrist for 30 years, and was a UCLA professor of psychiatry for 25 years. He has written several best-selling books, including "Just Listen," "Get Out of Your Own Way," and "Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life." The event is co-sponsored by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow his talk.

Oct. 22 Koi Pond Memorial to Reveal a Mustang in Landmark Rock Formation

A project revitalizing Cal Poly's koi pond memorial north of Spanos Stadium has made it easier to see the outline of the head and mane of the university mascot in the serpentine rock outcropping — just in time for Homecoming. A viewing spot will be hosted during the tailgate barbecue prior to the Mustangs' football game against UC Davis on Saturday, Oct. 22. The tailgate will be held from 3 to 5:45 p.m. A special viewing-frame will make it easier to distinguish the mustang's head and mane. It will be in place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the memorial located between the Business Building (No. 3) and the stadium rose garden. The rock outcropping honores Ted Howe, the former head of the Ornamental Horticulture Department who died in 1952. Recent work included removing invasive vines and bamboo. In addition, butterfly bushes were planted, and a growing collection of multicolored koi fish were added to the pond. Read more here.

'Wild Kingdom' Host Peter Gros Coming to the PAC on Oct. 22

Peter Gros, co-host of of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" on Animal Planet, brings to Cal Poly his live multimedia stage production filled with exotic animals, adventure discussions and hilarious bloopers from past shows. Some lucky audience members will even be able to join in the fun on stage at the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. On the TV show, Gros provides the link between the original series, which aired from the 1960s through the 1980s, and the new specials. This ensures the specials remain true to their original heritage. For more details about the show and tickets, visit the PAC website. Read more here.

Kennedy Library to Offer Presentations for Open Access Week on Oct. 24-30

Kennedy Library will host presentations as part of Open Access Week, a global event when academic and research communities share the benefits of unrestricted online access to research. These include:

Open Access and Government Transparency, from 11:10 to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the library, Room 111H. Foaad Khosmood, professor of computer science, will discuss Digital Democracy, a unique Cal Poly project aimed at increasing government institutions' transparency.

A brief introduction: What is ORCID and how do researchers and universities use it? from 11:10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 27, in the library, Room 111H. Robert Peters, technical operations director at Open Researcher and Contributor ID, will share how ORCID uses identifiers, providing open tools for creating trustworthy connections between researchers and their contributions and affiliations.

The Open Locker, ongoing, from Monday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 30 on the library's second-floor landing. Developed by Cal Poly's Free Culture Club, the Open Locker promotes less restrictive copyright licenses and the free sharing of creative works. Be sure to bring a USB-friendly device to download Open Access Week's free content!

Conversation and Movie Planned with Palm Theatre Founder Jim Dee on Oct. 26

Palm Theatre founder and Cal Poly alumnus Jim Dee will speak 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the UU (No. 65), Room 204. In 1988, Dee opened The Palm to provide alternative cinema to San Luis Obispo. It is one of the first and only solar-operated movie theaters in the world. Dee will discuss how film can personalize stories of social struggle and injustice and provoke change. He will also screen the 1948 Italian neorealist film “Bicycle Thieves,” directed by Vittorio De Sica. For details, contact Kayley Weldon at

Workshop on Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers Starts Oct. 27

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology will offer a five-part workshop titled “Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers through Inclusive, Effective and Equitable Practices” beginning Thursday, Oct. 27. The workshop will focus on methods to include students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups in undergraduate research and help them excel. Research has shown that students in these groups benefit from undergraduate research experiences but often face barriers to participation. For more information, visit the CTLT website or register now.

Oct. 27 Talk on How Spying and Self-Promotion Lead to Innovation

UC Santa Barbara Professor Paul Leonardi will give a talk, "How Spying, Eavesdropping and Self-Promotion Can Lead to Innovation in the Digital Age," from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Chumash Auditorium, (No. 65), Room 207. Through a series of studies of automotive engineers, mobile app designers, bankers and telecommunications professionals, Leonardi builds a theory of communication visibility that helps explain how the increasing social transparency of the workplace is changing organizations and the lives of those who work in them. Leonardi earned his doctorate from Stanford University and teaches technology management at UCSB. To learn more, visit the Communication Studies website or contact Krista Burke at or call ext. 6-2553.

Cal Poly Authors to Discuss Buddhism, Political Theory and The Dude on Nov. 4

Matthew Moore (pictured), associate professor in political science, will discuss his 2016 book, "Buddhism and Political Theory," with philosophy Professor Joe Lynch. The conversation promises enlightenment as well as entertainment, as suggested by Lynch's chapter in "The Big Lebowsky and Philosophy" titled "Buddhism, Daoism and Dudeism." The discussion will take place from 10-11:30 a.m Friday Nov. 4, in Kennedy Library, Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. The event is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series at Kennedy Library. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud. For more information, visit the library's website.

Music Department Announces 2016-17 Events

The Music Department will start the 2016-17 season with the Cal Poly Choirs’ Fall Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Performing Arts Center. Music Professor Thomas Davies will celebrate his final year as director of choral activities and vocal studies with a “Year of Thanksgiving” concerts. The Oct. 29 concert is aptly titled “New Beginnings … New Horizons.” Additional season highlights will include faculty member John Astaire performing his first solo percussion recital Nov. 4. Additional fall events will include the Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert, Bandfest Concert, Fall Jazz Concert, “A Christmas Celebration” Choir Concert, and Symphony Fall Concert. The new year will be ushered in with a solo piano recital by W. Terrence Spiller, followed by Bach Week. A complete list of events is available on the Music Department website. For more information, call ext. 6-2406 or email Printed versions of the event brochure are available upon request.

Cal Poly Choirs Kick Off 2016-17 Season on Oct. 29

Cal Poly's 2016-17 choral ensembles will be introduced in a concert featuring various styles — from 18th-century motets to folk songs and spirituals — at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Performing Arts Center. PolyPhonics, the University Singers and the Early Music Ensemble will present the “New Beginnings … New Horizons” fall concert, which begins conductor Thomas Davies’ final year as director of choral activities and vocal studies at Cal Poly. He and his wife, Susan, are in their 34th year of teaching at Cal Poly. The University Singers will open the program with “In virtute tua” (“In Thy Strength”) by Polish born Grzegorz Gorczycki, who studied in Prague and Vienna. “Erev shel shoshanim” ("Evening of Roses"), an Israeli folk song, will follow, and the ensemble will conclude with Z. Randall Stroope’s “Sure on this Shining Night.” In honor of Halloween, PolyPhonics will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Nächtens” (“Nightly Visions”), Kurt Weill’s “Kiddush” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on” ("So They Say”). The Early Music Ensemble will present several madrigals, and all three ensembles will combine to present two well-loved spirituals, “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” and “My Lord What a Mornin.” The concert will close with Beethoven’s famous “Hallelujah” from “Mount of Olives.” Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. Read more here.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the new Events Calendar. The site includes 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 the university scheduling page for additional information. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

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, Oct. 12
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13
Women's Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15
Swimming and Diving hosts Green vs. Gold Meet, Anderson Aquatic Center, 10 a.m.
Cross Country hosts Cal Poly Invitational, Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country
Course, 9 a.m.
Men's Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21
Wrestling hosts Green vs. Gold Meet, University Union Plaza, noon.
Women's Volleyball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22
Women's Golf hosts Cal Poly Invitational, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, 8 a.m.
Football vs. UC Davis (Mustang Family Weekend/Homecoming),
Spanos Stadium, 6 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23
Women's Golf hosts Cal Poly Invitational, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, 8 a.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.

#104186 - STRIDE Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), College of Science and Mathematics – Kinesiology. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 27.

#104218 - Lead Building Service Engineer, Administration and Finance – Facilities. $5,370-$6,807 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 18.

#104230 - Administrative Support Assistant II – 10/12, College of Science and Mathematics – Kinesiology. $2,116-$3,433 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 27.

# 104201 - Parking and Events Coordinator (Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Exempt I/II), University Police – Parking and Commuter Services. Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt I: Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,897 - $4,800/mo. Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt II: Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,693-$5,800/mo. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 14.       

#104226 - Educational Opportunity Counselor (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs - Student Academic Services. $4,204 - $5,989 per month. Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,204-$4,414 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 14.

# 104203 - Distribution Services Manager (Administrator I), Administration and Finance - Distribution Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 4.

# 104222 - Director of Development OCOB (Administrator I), Orfalea College of Business - Advancement. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 4.

# 104227 - Director of Student Clubs and Organizations (Administrator I), Student Affairs - Dean of Students. $60,000-$70,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 3.

#104206 - Director of Academic Assessment (Administrator II), Academic Affairs – Academic Programs. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 20.

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. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Catering Cook, Campus Dining, $13.46-17.95 per hour

ASI Employment Opportunities

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