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Cal Poly Report — Sept. 28, 2016


Cal Poly Named Best in the West for 24th Consecutive Year

Cal Poly is once again the best public, master’s-level university in the West — the 24th straight year the university has earned the distinction in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook. The 2017 guidebook lists Cal Poly in a tie with Saint Mary’s College for ninth place overall in the West for regional universities (up from from 10th place last year) and above all other public universities in the region. The Western regional list includes 124 public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.” The College of Engineering moved up two spots to No. 5 on the list of best master's/bachelor's program in the nation. Among specialty programs, the college’s environmental engineering program is lauded as the best master’s/bachelor’s program in the nation, the civil engineering program ranks third, electrical engineering is tied for fourth, and mechanical engineering is ranked fifth. For more on the story, visit the Cal Poly news website.

Interim Dean Announced for the Orfalea College of Business

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken has announced that Kevin Lertwachara (pictured on the left) will lead the Orfalea College of Business as interim dean starting in November. Lertwachara joined the college as an information systems professor in 2004 and has served as the college’s associate dean for undergraduate programs for two years. Enz Finken also announced that marketing Professor Stern Neill will serve as interim associate dean for undergraduate programs. Neill joined Cal Poly in 2008 and has since become visiting scholar at Yashan University in China. Lertwachara and Neill will lead the transition as Dean Scott Dawson steps down. Dawson lost his wife, Bridget, in a bicycling accident in July and plans to return to Portland, Ore., to be closer to family and friends. He led the college for two years, making key improvements to alumni outreach, career-readiness initiatives, and international experiences for students. Cal Poly will soon begin the search for a permanent dean.

Cal Poly Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Help Disadvantaged Students Get to College

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant to Student Affairs to help junior high and high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The grant will support 500 participants each year through Cal Poly’s Educational Talent Search, a U.S. Department of Education-funded program designed to assist participants attain a post-secondary education. Part of Student Academic Services, Educational Talent Search provides counseling and support to participants through various programs, campus tours, SAT/ACT prep courses, college application/FAFSA assistance, parent workshops, and academic, career and financial counseling. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Police Department Welcomes New K-9 Partners

The University Police Department has added two new members, German shepherd dogs Xello and Brisan, to its force. The dogs and their handlers, Paul Davis (Brisan) and Stephanie Pipan (Xello), have undergone training to perform key functions on campus, including locating missing persons and replacing officers in some high-risk activites. The dogs will also participate in the animal science and veterinary programs. The dogs were hand-selected for temperament in Germany by veteran K-9 trainers. The acquisition was supported by various fundraising efforts. A dinner Saturday, Oct. 22, will raise funds for the dog team's ongoing operations.

Cal Poly Grads Have Some of the Lowest Student Debt in the Nation

Cal Poly graduates who finance their education with student loans enter the workforce owing an average of less than $22,000 — among the lowest debt compared to peers across the nation, a survey from LendEDU. Cal Poly ranked 144 out of 1,300 public and private colleges and universities in the nation — and 70th among public schools in the U.S. — among the lowest student loan debt per borrower. For more, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Marine Sciences Program Welcomes First Students This Fall

The Biological Sciences Department now offers a bachelor’s degree in marine sciences. The program welcomed its first group of about 60 majors this fall. More than 400 prospects applied for the degree program, which includes extensive experienced-based learning. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree allows students to focus in marine biology, chemistry, oceanography or engineering of marine instrumentation. Cal Poly’s location and facilities, including the Cal Poly Pier, provide ideal support for a marine program. Graduates will be prepared to take jobs with government agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, pursue a graduate degree, or enter a number of marine-related fields, such as scientific diving.

Faculty & Staff

CAFES Hires Several New Leaders

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has filled several leadership roles with experts across multiple disciplines. 
— Jim Prince will join the college as associate dean of research from CSU Sacramento.
— Greg Brown will serve as the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department head. Brown joins the campus from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland.
— Peter Livingston will serve as BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department head. He was a managing partner at Bosque Engineering and an associate professor of practice in the Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering Department at the University of Arizona.
— Johan (Job) Ubbink will serve as the Food Science and Nutrition Department head. He was at ETH Zurich’s Department of Health Sciences and Technology as an instructor, the University of Bristol’s School of Physics as an honorary fellow, and The Mill Food Concept and Physical Design firm in Switzerland as a principal scientist.
For more information, visit the CAFES website.

Caution Advocated During Election Season

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 is intended as 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.

RPTA Department Renamed to Reflect Industry Trends

The name of the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department has changed to the Experience Industry Management Department. The new name encompasses the national shift that blends tourism, travel, experiences, social media, travel platforms, sustainability, food, wine, culinary arts, culture, sports, outdoor recreation, conventions and meetings, and events. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Sept. 28 Event to Honor Distinguished Scholarship Award Recipients

The campus community is invited to attend an event honoring the 2015-16 Distinguished Scholarship Award recipients. It will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (Building 7). The recipients are Professor Ronald Den Otter of the Political Science Department, Professor Peggy Papathakis of the Food Science and Nutrition Department, and Professor William Siembieda of the City and Regional Planning Department (pictured left to right). Provost Enz Finken is hosting the event in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186. As part of the event, the faculty members will make the following presentations:
— 2:15 p.m.: Den Otter, “In Defense of Plural Marriage”
— 2:45 p.m.: Papathakis, “From SLO to Malawi: A Quest to Improve the Nutrition of Pregnant Women and their Babies"
— 3:15 p.m.: Siembieda, “Building Safe and Resilient Communities”

Applications for CIE Faculty Fellows Program Due Oct. 6

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has developed a Faculty Fellows program that supports full-time faculty of any rank by providing three years of funding to those who are committed to bringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking into their courses, co-curricular experiences and research. CIE Fellows receive up to $5,000 per year to cover faculty time and costs associated with developing course content, co-curricular programs or research pertaining to innovation and entrepreneurship. Over its four-year history, the CIE Fellows program has supported 12 faculty members (three per year), representing all six colleges. Applications are due by midnight Thursday, Oct. 6. To apply, visit the CIE website.

Learn About Opportunities to Teach or Research Abroad

The International Center is hosting the fall Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, on Dexter Lawn. International Center staff will answer questions about pursuing educational activities that involve teaching, research or serving as resident director. In case of rain, the fair will relocate to Chumash Auditorium. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Abroad website.

Faculty Advising Workshop to be Held Oct. 21  

University Advising will offer a training workshop for new faculty advisors from 10 a.m. to noon 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.

Grant-Writing Workshop to be Offered Two Times This Fall

A nine-week workshop on grant writing will be offered this fall at two different times this fall: Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m., both in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. Participants can attend whichever session works for their schedule in a given week. The workshops are open to faculty and staff and will provide a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, grants analyst for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, 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.

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 assistance 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 information, view the Open and Affordable Resources Guide or contact Dana Ospina at

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, Dec. 9, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research, and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Jeff Sklar will serve as the consultant. He is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, he will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department web page for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, or to schedule a consultation, email

International Center Seeking Hosts for Local Activities

The International Center is seeking 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 and for an application, visit the International Poly Hosts web page.

Catastrophic Leave

Beth Crane, in Landscape Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Rachel Kline at ext. 6-7419 or

Alejandro DeLaCruz, custodian in University Housing, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or email to request a donation form.

Celeste English, administrative support assistant in Facilities Support Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Rachel Kline at ext. 6-7419 or to request a donation form.

Nick Gradi, in the Facilities Multi Craft crew, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or

Ron Reynolds, auto equipment mechanic in Facilities Services Transportation, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Rachel Kline at ext. 6-7419 or to request a donation form.


Previously Announced Retirements

Mary McNally, communications specialist, will retire from University Communiations. There will be a root beer float social at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, on her last day in the office. The social will be held at the picnic table outside Heron Hall.

Bill Sydnor, Academic Skills Center coordinator, will retire after 35 years of service. Student Academic Services will host a reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (Building 28).

Student Successes

Landscape Architecture Student Earns Award of Excellence

Landscape architecture student Brandon Cornejo earned the 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Student Research Award of Excellence for his feasibility study that examined the use of epiphytes – plants with the ability to grow without soil – in landscapes. Cornejo’s winning paper is titled “Integration of Epiphytes in Designed Landscapes.” He is among 22 student award winners selected from 271 entries representing 71 schools. The awards honor the top work of landscape architecture students in the U.S. and around the world. The winners will receive their awards Oct. 24 at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Team Takes First at National Floral Design Competition

The Floral Design Team earned first place in the student design competition at the American Institute of Floral Designers 2016 Symposium. In all, 52 contestants representing 11 colleges, including Texas A&M and Missouri State University, took part in the national competition. The students also took top honors in several individual categories: agricultural science major Kirsten Smith tied for first place in the Duplication Arrangement category. In the Wedding Bouquet Design category, agricultural and environmental plant sciences majors Sara Do and Dawn Mones placed second and fourth, respectively.

Campus Announcements

Benefits and Wellness Fair to be Held Sept. 29

Human Resources will host its annual Benefits and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 from 10, in the Performing Arts Center lobby. The fair will offer the opportunity to learn more about plans and changes effective January 1, 2017. Nearly 20 vendors are expected to attend, including representatives from various medical plans, investment groups, and local wellness companies.

Update Health Care Options by Oct. 7

The CSU Open Enrollment period is underway and will end Friday, Oct. 7. During Open Enrollment, eligible employees can enroll in or make changes to their benefit plans (health, dental, vision, FlexCash, Tax Advantage Premium Plan, and voluntary benefits), and enroll or re-enroll in the Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) plans. Annual enrollment in HCRA and DCRA plans is not automatic. Changes to the 2017 benefit plans include new premium rates; Blue Shield NetValue will no longer be available; UnitedHealthcare will be newly available in San Luis Obispo County; Optum Rx will be the new mail order pharmacy; and there will be a new pharmacy manager for all health plans except Blue Shield Access+. Also, The Standard Life Insurance and AFLAC Critical Illness Insurance are offering “guarantee issue” during Open Enrollment; if the subscriber has not previously been denied, plans can be obtained without answering medical questions. For more information, visit the Human Resources Open Enrollment website.

Preschool Learning Lab Spaces Available for Fall Quarter

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

Training Sessions Offered for Class and Event Scheduling

University Scheduling will offer information sessions for the new space and event scheduling system, 25Live. The training will include information on how to check the availability of a particular location. The trainings will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in Science North (Building 53), Room 215, on Friday, Sept, 30, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18, and Monday, Dec. 19. For more information, contact University Scheduling at ext. 6-5550 or

Campus to Celebrate Rideshare Week Oct. 3-7

To celebrate rideshare week Oct. 3-7, Commuter Services is partnering with SLO Regional Rideshare to offer incentives for commuting choices that reduce traffic congestion, parking demand and greenhouse emissions while improving the campus community, personal finances and maybe even health. Commuter Services staff will be available to discuss various commuting options from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, on Dexter Lawn. Commuters are urged to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take the bus during Rideshare Week and beyond. Employees earn incentives by logging qualifying commuting activity at The website tracks the reduction of single-occupant vehicles by employers; the employers are ranked by the size of the organization and geographic area. For more information, visit the Parking website.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Fall Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops for fall quarter will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 28; 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. Additional representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will be available to answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (Building 33, Room 290). For more information, visit the Equal Opportunity website. To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

Smartphone App Available for Campus Parking Meters

Parking Services has launched a mobile payment option for parking meters on campus. Parkmobile, a mobile payment solution, enables people to pay for parking with a wireless handheld device. The parking app can also alert motorists when their meter is about to expire, providing the option to extend parking time remotely. Quarters will also continue to be a valid form of payment. To utilize the service, consumers 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 will be available during regular Health Center business hours. For more information, visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website.

Campus Dining

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 will replace Fusion Bowl; Picos, a Califormia fresh-Mex restaurant, will replace City Deli; and Zen Bowl, an Asian-style bowl restaurant, will replace Tapango’s.
— In the University Union, Ciao! restaurant will 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, will open this fall, upstairs in Building 19. Named after Cal Poly’s founder, Myron Angel, the restaurant will feature a menu of fresh, local American cuisine.
— Two food trucks will also be added— the Central Coaster and a Starbucks truck.
Campus Market and Sandwich Factory are revamping 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 in the 2016-17 academic year. Several new caterers have been added to the list and several chose not to reapply. The program has been enhanced to include the ability to pay for catering with a ProCard. Several caterers are also approved to serve alcohol. All approved caterers are required to provide "Zero Waste" service. The list of approved caterers can be found on the Administration and Finance website.

Pick-up Soccer Games Held on Mondays and Thursdays

Start fall quarter off right by joining 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 they are 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.


Cal Poly Cows on Parade Through April 2017

Cal Poly is joining San Luis Obispo County’s largest public art display and charity benefit with five cows entered in CowParade San Luis Obispo County. The exhibit features 101 life-sized cow statues, each decorated by sponsored artists, displayed in locations across the county through April 2017. The Cal Poly entries include the Moostang and Legends of Cow Poly. The cows will be auctioned at a gala in May 2017. Proceeds from the Cal Poly cows will benefit Cal Poly entities. Proceeds from other cows will benefit The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, ARTS Obispo, California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation and selected charities. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Gallery to Exhibit Work by Alumnus and Retired Apple Exec

The University Art Gallery will present a retrospective of design work by artist and alumnus Hiroki Asai, considered Apple’s most influential creative director, from Thursday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Nov. 4. The exhibit will open with a talk by Asai at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Keck Hall of the Advanced Technology Lab (Building 7). A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the University Art Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). 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. For more information, contact Garet Zook at ext. 6-1571 or

Slow Money Founder to Particpate in Fundraiser and Panel to Benefit Small Food and Farm Operations Oct. 6 and 7

The Center for Sustainability will co-sponsor a food and wine fundraiser featuring Slow Money founder Woody Tasch. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles. Proceeds will benefit Slow Money SLO, a nonprofit organization that provides business development support and facilitates peer-to-peer lending to small, local food and farm businesses in the county. Tasch is the author of “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.” He launched Slow Money to help catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility that support sustainable agriculture. Tasch will be part of a panel discussion on “Growing Small Food and Farm Businesses,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Grange Hall at 2880 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Day at Swanton Pacific Ranch to be Held Oct. 9

The annual Cal Poly Day at the university's 3,200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch will be held Sunday, Oct. 9. The event includes a Santa Maria-style barbecue lunch; train rides on the 1/3-scale, steam-powered train; railroad and ranch activities; live music; and a showcase demonstration by the Cal Poly Logging Team. An extension of Cal Poly's agriculture and forestry disciplines, the ranch was donated by College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences alumnus Al Smith. The cost is $30 for adults; children ages 4 to 10 are $15 each; admission is free for children 3 and under. Early registration is recommended as the event sells out each year. For more information and to register, visit the Swanton Pacific Railroad website.

Two Levels of Strengths-Based Workshops Oct. 11 and 20

University Advising will host introductory and second-level workshops 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 those strengths. Preregistration is required. Both workshops will be held in the Science Building (No. 52).
— Introductory: from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Room E28. To register, click here.
— Secondary: from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 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.

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

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 (Building 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

Exhibit on 100 Years of the Student Newspaper to Open with Reception Oct. 14

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


Hostage Negotiation Trainer and Author to Speak Oct. 21 

Psychiatrist Mark Goulston will share insights on how to increase negotiation skills at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories' Keck Lab (Building 7, Room 2). His talk will focus on how to increase the ability to get through to anyone. Goulston has trained the FBI and police in hostage negotiations, was a crisis psychiatrist for 30 years, and was a professor of psychiatry at UCLA for 25 years. He has authored 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 being co-sponsored by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

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.

Discounts Available for Cal Poly Arts Performances and Subscriptions

Faculty and staff are eligible to purchase tickets to all Cal Poly Arts regular season shows at the student price, a 20 percent discount off regular adult-priced seats at the Performing Arts Center. Student pricing is also available to all K-12 students. Additional savings are available off the student-discounted prices by ordering a subscription of four or more shows from the 2016-17 season. The 31-event season offers a wide array of unique artists from all of the performing arts genres, including Broadway, theater, comedy, speakers, world music/dance, classical music, live concerts, ballet and modern dance, and family fun. Season subscriptions and individual show tickets are available. For information and ticket orders, visit the Cal Poly Arts website, or call the Ticket Office at ext. 6-4849.

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.


For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, Sept. 30
Women’s Soccer vs. Hawaii, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6
Men’s Soccer vs. CSUN, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Irvine, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#104155 - Administrative Support Assistant II; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Animal Science. $2,539-$4,120 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 5.

#104204 – International Student Advisor (Student Services Professional IB), Academic Affairs, International Center. $3,402-$4,812 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,402-$3,742 per month). Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 5.

#104207 – Administrative Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Academic Affairs, Academic Programs and Planning. $2,539-$4,120 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 5.

#104202 – Operations Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Academic Affairs, Extended Education. $2,846-$4,619 per month. Closes Sept. 28.

#104184 – Scholarship and Student Support Coordinator (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist I/II), University Development, Gift Planning. Public Affairs/Communication Specialist I: $2,923-$4,740 per month. Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II: $3,515-$5,704 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 27.

#104196 – Ticketing Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Administration and Finance, Performing Arts Center. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 26.  

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

#104212 – Associate Vice President of Development Operations (Administrator III), University Development. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 19.

#104181 - CAFES Director of Facilities (Administrator II); College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 9.

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 positions listed below. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

Administrative Assistant, Children's Programs. Position open until filled; anticipated start date September or October. $14.30 per hour with excellent benefits.