Cal Poly Report — Feb. 22, 2017
Baggett Stadium Enhancement Project Set to Break Ground in June
Construction of the Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse is on track to begin immediately after the conclusion of the 2017 baseball season. The $7.6 million project at Baggett Stadium includes a two-story, 10,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with a lounge and kitchen, meeting and study space, locker room, training room, offices and a therapeutic cold plunge pool. The project is expected to take 12 to 15 months to complete. In addition, new backstop safety netting and seating will be installed this summer and completed by the fall of 2017, raising the capacity of Baggett Stadium to 3,250. “This project will be transformational for our baseball program and cement our place as not only one of the best baseball programs in the country, but also one of the best college baseball venues in the country,” Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman said. DLR Group, hired as the architect for the project, is developing the final construction drawings and working on the interior design of the facility. DLR is nationally renowned for designing sports venues and recently has completed baseball projects with Texas, Oregon, and LSU. Exbon Development Inc., will be the contractor. More than 70 donors, 30 of whom committed $100,000 or more, have contributed to the project. Approximately $500,000 in funding still needs to be secured to fully fund the project. Those wishing to be a part of the project should contact Ashley Offermann, associate director of Athletics for Development, at 805-440-9792 or email@example.com.
Cal Poly Launches CalFresh Outreach Project to Minimize Food Insecurity
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. college students face hunger and food insecurity (lack of or anxiety about adequate food). At Cal Poly, at least 6,000 students are estimated to be food insecure. Hungry students are more likely to encounter academic difficulties and are at higher risk for dropping out. Eleven CSU campuses, including Cal Poly, are taking part in a major CalFresh Outreach project. This effort aims to enroll eligible students in CalFresh, a federal program that provides food money for individuals who qualify. The average participant receives about $150 per month for food. Eligibility requirements can be discussed confidentially, and students can begin the online application with help from trained CalFresh Outreach staff every Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Campus Health and Wellbeing Room in the Health Center (No. 27, Room 173B, main floor). The application process is easy and mostly online. More information is available by emailing the CalFresh Outreach team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling or texting 805-399-0236.
Hyland Named USA Softball National Player of the Week
Right-handed pitcher Sierra Hyland was named USA Softball National Player of the Week on Feb. 14 for a second time during her career. She started her senior season by tossing a pair of no-hitters — including a perfect game versus Creighton on Feb. 11 — winning three times and compiling a 0.91 ERA in 23 innings at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic. Hyland, who also earned her 12th career Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honor on Feb. 13, previously earned USA Softball National Player of the Week praise on March 1, 2016.
Campus Dining Seeks Feedback to Build Better Dining Experience
As part of its “Build a Better Dining Experience” campaign, Campus Dining is inviting members of the campus community to share their thoughts and opinions in exchange for a chance at prizes. The survey is intended to generate feedback that will drive key decisions about the future of Cal Poly’s dining program. The effort is aimed at providing on-trend dining options and world-class facilities for the university. Students, faculty and staff who participate in the survey will be entered in a contest to win one of several prizes. The drawing will award one Apple Watch, two Cal Poly Cornhole games, and five cooking lessons from Cal Poly’s Executive Chef Ken Kline or Pastry Chef Sarah Williams (pictured). The survey takes approximately nine minutes to complete and can be accessed online. The survey period is open now and will run through Sunday, Feb. 26.
Cal Poly Seeks Input on Employees’ Childcare Needs
Recognizing the childcare challenges faced by many employees, the university has established a task force to enhance childcare resources for the campus community. The task force will assess opportunities to expand on- and off-campus childcare resources for employees. To inform this effort, the university is seeking to identify and understand employees’ specific childcare needs. Employees are urged to take a few moments to complete this survey. The survey period closes on Friday, March 3.
Applications for Popular Engineering Summer Camp EPIC Due April 15
EPIC, Cal Poly’s popular engineering summer camp, is accepting applications for four sessions taking place between July 9 and Aug. 4. Five percent of the camper spots are reserved per session for Cal Poly employee dependents, although a partial or full scholarship is not guaranteed. When filling out your dependent’s EPIC application, make sure to state your name and relationship to the dependent under the field marked "List the names of any relatives that have ever worked at Cal Poly." Both the EPIC and scholarship applications are due by April 15. For more information, visit www.epic.calpoly.edu or call ext. 6-6579.
Student Affairs to Host California College Personnel Association Spring Institute
The Student Affairs Division is hosting the California College Personnel Association 2017 Spring Institute, "EDGES: Encouraging Dialogue and Generating Equitable Solutions," on campus Saturday, March 18. Attendees are in store for some great sessions, including a welcome from former ACPA President and current Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and a keynote address from ACPA Executive Director Cindi Love. Early registration is encouraged as it is anticipated that attendance capacity will be reached for this event. The cost is $30 for graduate students, $60 for ACPA/CCPA members and $100 for non-members. Learn more about the institute on the CCPA's website or on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Screening of Documentary on Trauma-Informed Education Offered Feb. 27
A free screening of the documentary film "Paper Tigers" will be offered at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Chumash Auditorium. The film chronicles the experiences of the faculty, staff and students in an alternative high school that attempts to positively intervene and heal children from trauma so they can successfully complete schooling. The screening is sponsored by the School of Education. Light refreshments will be served. For more information on the movie, visit the Paper Tigers website. For more information on the screening, visit the School of Education website.
CP Scholars Program Invites Faculty and Staff to Learn By Doing Lunch on March 2
The Learn By Doing Lunch is an annual opportunity for university leaders, faculty and staff to engage with diverse students in the CP Scholars program. This year, the CP Scholars students are enrolled in 26 fields of study, spread across each of the academic colleges. The Learn By Doing Lunch is an opportunity to meet with diverse young scholars who are on the path to being the leaders and change-makers of the future. This year's lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the main lobby of the Performing Arts Center. A light lunch and coffee will be provided. Direct questions and special dietary requests to Virginia McMunn at email@example.com.
'From Stress to Strength' Workshop to be Held March 7
A workshop “From Stress to Strength,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Keck Lab (No. 7, Room 2). Hosted by Employee and Organization Development, this workshop provides a new perspective of stress, one that advocates viewing stress as an impetus for building strength. We will introduce a variety of mind/body strategies for maintaining well-being while succeeding in the real world. To register for the workshop, click here and select “enroll” on the SkillPort site.
Finance Dashboard Workshops to Start in March
Workshops on dashboards — the official reporting system for end users of the university’s financial system — will start in March. Beginning workshops will train attendees on the use and navigation of the finance dashboards to effectively manage their financial resources. Intermediate workshops will build on skills gained in the beginning workshop. Participants must have security access to the dashboards to take these classes. To obtain access, fill out a CMS access request. Allow five working days for approvals and implementation. The first beginning workshop will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, with an intermediate workshop held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Another beginning workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, with another intermediate workshop set for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17. Beginning workshops will be limited to 12 participants; intermediate workshops will be limited to eight participants. To sign up and to see additional training opportunities, go here and click on the appropriate link. Anyone with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Subjects Research Quarterly Meeting to be Held March 10
The Institutional Review Board will hold its quarterly meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, March 10, in Faculty Offices North (No. 47), Room 24B. Researchers who have a project that will require review of the full membership are advised to submit their proposed projects in advance of the meeting. For more information or to attend the meeting, contact Debbie Hart at email@example.com or ext. 6-1508.
Lygia Smidt, academic affairs coordinator of Application Services, will retire after more than 33 years of service. Hired in 1983 in ITS, Smidt was involved in many projects and efforts, including a redesign of the Multi-Criteria Admissions (MCA) system, which received the CSU Quality Improvement Award. She also served as the technical lead for implementation of the PeopleSoft Student Administration System and as CMS Support Group coordinator. She moved to Academic Affairs 10 years ago and served as the project manager for PolyPlanner and coordinator of Application Services. She has played several key roles, including providing oversight for campuswide ad hoc data requests and support for Academic Affairs initiatives and reporting needs. In retirement, Smidt plans to dedicate more time and energy to volunteer efforts, with an emphasis on senior services and food distribution, and supporting the arts. Stop by Myron’s, located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, to wish her well on her new adventures.
'Patents 101' Presentation to be Held on March 3
John Cabeca, director of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will give a presentation outlining the basics of the patenting process from 10:10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend and learn how to protect their intellectual property. Light refreshments will be served and seating is limited. For more information, visit Kennedy Library’s website.
Cal Poly Corporation Welcomes New Campus Dining Director
The Cal Poly Corporation has welcomed Spyros Gravas as Cal Poly’s new director of Campus Dining. Gravas began his role on campus last month as part of the university’s recent food service partnership with Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. Gravas has 24 years of experience in hospitality operations and food service retail. Chartwells, a Compass Group company, provides food service management for hundreds of university dining environments throughout the U.S. Through this partnership, the Corporation will have access to a broad range of strategic resources and industry expertise. Gravas and Executive Chef Ken Kline will provide on-site management services, working closely with Cal Poly’s dining and corporation teams to assess and improve food operations. Short- and long-term strategies will be implemented to elevate food service quality, product offerings, customer service, operational efficiencies and facilities. The partnership will reinforce the primary role of Campus Dining — to provide exceptional dining services to university students, faculty and staff.
Conference and Event Planning Receives One-Stop Shop Certification
Cal Poly Corporation Conference and Event Planning (CEP) is now One-Stop Shop Certified. The certification ensures that CEP meeting planners will have one point of contact for all services, one all-encompassing contract and one itemized bill at the conclusion of the event or conference. The Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors-International (ACCED-I) provides the certification. ACCED-I is the only professional association dedicated to collegiate conferences and events. The certification is valid for five years, with self-certification required every year. CEP hosts more than 125 conferences and events at Cal Poly each year, offering facilities and conference services to university departments and external organizations. Services include coordination of indoor and outdoor facilities, reservations, food and beverage, registration and reporting, event staffing and many other functions. CEP can accommodate groups of 50 to 500 for events spanning one to 10 days, including recurring events. For more information, visit http://www.calpolyconferences.org/.
Student Tax Preparation Clinics Continue Through March 18
Accounting students and faculty will continue to prepare tax returns at no charge through its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through March 18. The clinics, being held for the 25th consecutive year, are held on campus from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on the third floor of the Business Building (No. 3). More than 125 IRS-certified students in this Learn by Doing senior project will prepare basic forms, including 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms for local residents and students earning less than $54,000 per year. No appointments are needed; people will be served on a first-come basis. Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file the forms. Cal Poly students will also staff clinics in partnership with the United Way in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria on Saturdays through April 1, but will be closed March 25. To make an appointment at one of the United Way clinics off campus, call 805-922-0329, ext. 103. For more information on the VITA program, call ext. 6-2667 (English and Spanish) or visit vita.calpoly.edu.
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. Submissions may run a maximum of three times. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are 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 Friday prior to publication.
‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ to Run Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4
Join six precocious sixth-grade students as they compete to become the spelling bee champion while reflecting on past trials, tribulations and triumphs in the Theatre and Dance Department’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The show will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4, in the Spanos Theatre. The production features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by phone at 805-SLO-4TIX. For more information, contact Heidi L. Nees at firstname.lastname@example.org or at ext. 6-6071.
Winemaker Dinner and Auction at Broken Earth Winery Set for Feb. 25
The Wine and Viticulture Department will host its 22nd annual Winemaker Dinner and Auction Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Broken Earth Winery, 5625 Highway 46 East. The event will honor Jerry Lohr, owner of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, who is a key supporter of Cal Poly’s wine and viticulture program. His own vineyards in Monterey, Napa Valley and Paso Robles frequently employ Cal Poly students and alumni. Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery and Nathan Carlson of Center of Effort Wines will be the featured winemakers, pairing wines with a five-course dinner. Funds raised will support educational trips, guest speakers and student scholarships to attend the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento and the American Society for Wine and Viticulture Conference. The cost is $100 per person and $750 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, click here.
University Jazz Bands to Present ‘Just Jazz’ on Feb. 25
Cal Poly’s best student jazz musicians will display their dedication to America’s great art form — jazz — at the annual “Just Jazz” concert presented by University Jazz Bands at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Performing Arts Center. “Most of the musicians in the jazz bands — as well as in the other Music Department ensembles — are not music majors, but are very dedicated to jazz and enjoy playing it,” said Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler. “The enthusiasm from everyone in the bands is easy to hear and to see at the jazz bands’ concerts.” The students help produce “Just Jazz” and form the direction it will take. This is especially apparent during the improvisations, in which musicians must make up the music on the spot. Students have input into other aspects of the concert as well. Some of the tunes the bands will play include the John Coltrane classic “Lazy Bird,” a jazz/funk arrangement of the Average White Band’s popular “Pick up the Pieces,” a rhythmically complex and multi-meter composition by Todd Munnik titled “Guten Tag, Zigaretten?” (Good Day! Cigarette?), and original compositions by band members. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.
Cal Poly to Host Guest Speaker on 75th Anniversary of the Japanese-American Internment Order
Greg Robinson, a professor of history at the University of Québec at Montréal, will present a talk titled “Wartime Japanese American Confinement: Reflections on Executive Order #9066 at 75.” The event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the lobby of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Feb. 19 marked the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order for the mass incarceration of American citizens and residents during World War II. The order was applied broadly and extensively to Japanese Americans and resulted in the forced confinement in concentration camps of 120,000 people, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens. Robinson, author of multiple books on the subject, will talk about this history and its relevance in 2017. The event is sponsored by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity; College of Liberal Arts; departments of History, Ethnic Studies, and Political Science; and Asian Studies Minor.
Cal Poly to Host the State of the Organic Industry Panel on March 2
The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability will host a panel discussion on the evolution of the organic marketplace from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories’ Keck Lab (No. 7, Room 2). The event is free and open to the public.
Industry leaders from Organic Produce Network, Cal-Organic Farms, Clif Bar & Co. and Taylor Farms will discuss the evolution of the organic market, including its origins, successes, challenges and trends. Panelists include: Tonya Antle, co-founder and executive vice president of Organic Produce Network, who has been recognized as a driving force in the produce industry and for propelling organic produce into the mainstream marketplace; Bob Borda, vice president of organic sales at Cal-Organic Farms, a division of Grimmway enterprises, and a 25-year veteran in the produce industry; Tom Chapman, chair of the USDA’s 15-member National Organic Standards Board and senior sourcing manager of ingredients at Clif Bar overseeing sourcing and contracting for organic ingredients; and Rachel Molatore, sales manager of the West Coast region for Taylor Farms, who has worked in the produce industry for 11 years. For more information, email email@example.com or call ext. 6-5086.
Cal Poly Choirs to Perform ‘Conductor’s Choice’ on March 4
The Cal Poly Choirs will perform favorite works of Thomas Davies, the university’s retiring director of choral activities and vocal studies, for the Winter Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the Performing Arts Center. Titled “Conductor’s Choice,” the concert — a spin down memory lane of the choirs’ choral library — will feature PolyPhonics and the University Singers. The choirs will be accompanied by Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring. PolyPhonics’ program will include “Cry Out and Shout” by Knut Nystedt, “Trois Chansons” (“Three Songs”) by Claude Debussy, “O Tod, wie bitter bist du” (“Oh, Death, How Bitter You Are”) by Max Reger, and other favorites by Randall Thompson and Norman Dello Joio. The University Singers will sing Gabriel Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” (“Hymn of Jean Racine”); selections from “Songs of Innocence” by Earl George; and works for men’s and women’s choruses, including some barbershop. Davies’ final on-campus concert with the Cal Poly Choirs will be on June 11. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.
Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists and Music from Animated Movies in March 5 Concert
The talents of student soloists will be showcased and celebrated at the Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The Student Soloist Showcase will include performances by five instrumentalists and two vocalists, as well as the work of one composer, all winners of the Music Department’s Solo Competition. It will also include a student conductor. The student instrumentalists are Taylor O’Hanlon and Jordan Adams, who will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in C for Two Trumpets, third movement; Kelsey Beisecker, who will play François Devienne’s Flute Concerto No. 8, first movement; Mariso Romo, who will play Ernest Bloch’s “Suite Hébraïque” (Hebrew Suite), first movement, for viola and orchestra; and Kent Giese, who will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto, first movement. The vocalists are Gabriela Crolla, who will sing “Der Schwan” (The Swan) by Cal Poly student composer Corey Hable, and Samantha Foulk, who will perform W.A. Mozart’s “Padre, germani, addio!” (Father, Brothers, Farewell!) from “Idomeneo.” The concert program will also include music from animated movies, beginning with three pieces composed by Joe Hisaishi for Studio Ghibli films: “Merry Go Round of Life” from “Howl’s Moving Castle,” arranged by Fedor Vrtacnik; the main theme from “My Neighbor Totoro”; and “One Summer’s Day” from “Spirited Away.” The program concludes with music from both “Fantasia” films by Walt Disney: J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, arranged by Leopold Stokowski; and Igor Stravinsky’s “Berceuse and Finale” from “The Firebird.” Noah Scanlan, a civil engineering student, will conduct Stravinsky’s work, and Music Department faculty member David Arrivée will conduct the rest of the program. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.
Experience Industry Management Department Annual Auction and Dinner to be Held March 11
The Experience Industry Management (EIM) Department’s annual auction and dinner will be held Saturday, March 11, at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Ave. The event will include live and silent auctions, mysterious activities and a dinner prepared by local caterer Field to Table to highlight this year’s theme, “EIM Unsolved,” which pulls back the curtain on the department’s new name. Auction items can be previewed here. The event — the department’s main fundraiser — is planned and executed by a committee of students, including this year’s event chair Brooke Campbell (’17) and advised by faculty member Jenn Prentice. In addition to celebrating the department’s milestone name change from Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration to Experience Industry Management, the auction and dinner will also pay tribute to the remarkable alumni, students, parents and industry friends who contribute to the department’s success. Tickets can be purchased here. To learn more about the latest in the Experience Industry Management Department, read the winter newsletter here.
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Upcoming Events @ Home
Saturday, Feb. 25
Women’s Tennis vs. Santa Clara, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27
Women’s Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Women’s Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, March 1
Women’s Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 4
Softball vs. Sacred Heart, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Middle Tennessee State, Bob Janssen Field, 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 5
Softball vs. Saint Mary’s, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 p.m.
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.
#104317 — On-Call Custodian (Pool Position), Administration and Finance — Facilities. Temporary, one year with possible extension. $13.38-$21.72 per hour. Open until filled.
#104353 — Scholarship Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Academic Affairs — Financial Aid. $3,897-$6,326 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 6.
#104354 — Director of Budget and Finance (Administrator II), Academic Affairs — Office of the Provost. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.
Faculty Employment Opportunities
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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.
Assistant Supervisor, Cal Poly 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 UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.
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