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Cal Poly Report — Jan. 11, 2017

Editor's note: The deadline to submit items to Cal Poly Report has been extended. Submissions must now be received by 12:30 p.m. the Friday before publication, starting this week.


Cal Poly Float Wins Founders’ Trophy at 2017 Rose Parade

Cal Poly universities’ “A New Leaf,” featuring an animated family of chameleons exploring the wonders of a vibrantly colorful world around them, received the Founders’ Trophy for the most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization at the 128th Rose Parade on Jan. 2. The float — the only student-built entry — was designed and built by teams of students from both campuses. The 18- by 55-foot entry was just under 30 feet tall, with the largest chameleon measuring about 25 feet long and 7 feet tall. The students developed an intricate mechanism to raise and lower some of the flowers on the largest chameleon, making its stripes appear to change color from orange to yellow. Construction chair Sara Novell, a mechanical engineering junior, explained the process: “We have about 2-inch-thick foam, which we cut into strips and drilled holes and put in dowels. Half of the strips are moving and half are stationary, so you basically kind of have a checkerboard.” During Decorations Week in Pasadena, the float was adorned with thousands of flowers — including about 9,500 roses and 4,200 Gerbera daisies. The chameleons were covered in about 32,500 button mums, said decorations chair Belen Castillo, a forestry and natural resources junior. Awards were announced two hours before the start of the 5½-mile parade down Colorado Boulevard. “I’m always overjoyed to have their work rewarded with a banner,” said Josh D’acquisto, Rose Parade float advisor. “It’s kind of that cherry on top that says not only did you compete at this level but you took home a trophy as well.” The schools were also honored for their commitment to California’s flower farmers. It’s the sixth consecutive year the float has earned the “California Grown” designation from the California Cut Flower Commission, which recognizes an entry decorated with at least 85 percent of cut flowers and plant materials from the Golden State. The Cal Poly universities’ float has about 94 percent of cut flowers and plant materials from California, including orange and yellow marigolds grown on the San Luis Obispo campus. Go here to see an animation test of the float.

2017 Poly Royal Rodeo Moves to Alex G. Spanos Stadium

The 77th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will offer a whole new spectator experience as it moves to a premiere arena — Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The rodeo will be held April 7-8 at Spanos Stadium. The new venue will nearly double the capacity for spectators. “The Poly Royal Rodeo has been held at the Cal Poly rodeo grounds for more than 70 years,” Coach Ben Londo said. “Relocating the rodeo is monumental. This will not only improve the spectator experience, but it will also allow the Cal Poly Rodeo program to make history by potentially becoming the largest college rodeo in the country.” The Poly Royal Rodeo, held during Open House weekend, is deeply rooted in the university’s history. College rodeo athletes from all over the West Coast will compete for a championship title in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The rodeo will also include stunts, clown acts, calf dressing and more. The cost of hosting the rodeo at the stadium will be paid for by sponsorships, donors and ticket sales. Last year nearly 6,000 people attended the standing-room only rodeo. Spanos Stadium can accommodate more than 11,000 guests. The 2017 rodeo will feature two back-to back evening performances followed by a headline concert Saturday night, with the act to be announced at a later date. Tickets will go on sale in February at All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo program.

Top 20 Under 40 Winners Have Ties to Cal Poly

More than half of the honorees in The Tribune newspaper’s Top 20 Under 40 recognition have ties to Cal Poly — either as alumni or as staff or faculty members. The Tribune announced the roster of its annual competition in mid-December. The event honors the accomplishments and achievements of women and men under 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their professions and a profound commitment to community service. Ninety-five individuals were nominated for the honor. Those with Cal Poly connections include: Ryan Amborn, president, West Coast Auto & Towing (Industrial Technology, '02, M.S. '03); Chris Blake, director of Mission Advancement, Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School (Liberal Studies, '00); Chet Brandenburg, chief product officer, MindBody Inc. (Computer Science, '01); Christie Tjong Clemons, sales manager, Fidelity National Title (Speech Communications); Joel Conn, owner and veterinarian, Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic (Biological Sciences, '02); Marissa Greenberg, associate small animal veterinarian, Animal Care Clinic (Animal Science, '02); Lance Iunker (pictured), project director, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly (Political Science, '15); Melissa James, director of economic development, Economic Vitality Corp., who joined the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce this month as director of economic initiatives and regional advocacy (Social Sciences, '05); Sarah Ketchum, financial adviser and limited partner, Edward Jones (Business Administration, '05); Dan Knight, a Cal Poly lecturer and attorney, licensed contractor, and owner of Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing; Eric Linkugel, manager of Business Customer Success at PG&E (Industrial Technology '01, M.S. '02); Anthony William Overton, science teacher and activities director, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, Paso Robles High School (Chemistry, '10); Mi Young Shin, music education director, San Luis Obispo Symphony (Music, '00); and Fatma Spanton (pictured), director, Cal Poly Conference & Event Planning.

Winter Book Circles Help Bring the Campus Community Together

Winter quarter offers faculty and staff a chance to learn and further connect through book circles. Patrick O’Sullivan, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, said the center has been hosting the events — typically several books each quarter — for the past several years for faculty and staff — basically anyone who sees themselves as an educator. Books are selected “for things we think will resonate with the goals and challenges that educators face every day. Ultimately it’s to help improve our professional work, but I think there’s a personal development component to it as well and a personal reward on top of that.” Indirectly book circles help build community. “That theme actually runs through everything that we do,” he added. “And the folks who’ve been showing up at the book circles consistently say it is so wonderful to meet folks from different disciplines … and how much we share in our dedication to students, our passion for interesting ideas and always wanting to improve.” This winter, CTLT will sponsor five books, including Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which is also Cuesta College’s 2017 Book of the Year that will bring Lacks’ family members for an April 12 talk at the college. Two new book circles this year are being sponsored by Human Resources' Employee and Organization Development. They are “Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald; and “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works,” by Dan Harris. “It’s fun to read something with other people and then engage in a conversation with a variety of perspectives,” said Lanaya Gaberel, director of Employee and Organization Development. “Just to hear somebody talk about the same book that you just read from an entirely different vantage point brings a lot of light to it and understanding of each other’s worlds and perspectives.” And an added boon is that the campus becomes a little closer. “One of the other really good benefits is that you get a cross-campus mix of people together,” Gaberel said. “I’m in HR, but I might get to know somebody over in the library or Housing — just based on us being in the same book circle. It’s a really good way to connect people across campus, as well.”

Student Success

Students Selected for Big West, Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of Week

After helping the Mustang women's basketball team to a 2-0 start in conference play, junior guard Dynn Leaupepe (pictured at left) was selected as both the Big West Player of the Week and Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday, Jan. 9. The previous week, senior forward Hannah Gilbert (pictured at right) was named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week. Between Cal Poly's back-to-back wins in Mott Athletics Center — 78-67 in the Blue-Green Rivalry over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Jan. 5 and 79-68 against CSUN on Saturday, Jan. 7 — Leaupepe averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Gilbert went 5-for-8 from the floor on New Year’s Eve in a shortened game at CSU Bakersfield while scoring a team-high 12 points. It was Gilbert’s second Coca-Cola accolade of the season — she also was selected on Nov. 28. The Mustangs (6-8) head out on the road, visiting UC Riverside (7-7, 1-0) at 5 p.m. Thursday for an ESPN3-broadcast game before traveling to Long Beach State (10-6, 1-0) for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday, Jan. 14.

Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Scholars To Celebrate Launch of 4-Year Engagement Curriculum Jan. 17

The Cal Poly Scholars program invites the campus community to join in celebrating the launch of its 4-Year Engagement Curriculum. As part of an 18-month strategic initiative, the effort brought together collaborators from Student Academic Services, University Housing, Career Services, the Mustang Success Center, Admissions and Recruitment, and the academic college advising centers. The CP Scholars program will present its new curriculum at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Poly Canyon Village Aliso Conference Room, followed by a reception to celebrate the strategic effort. University staff, faculty and leadership are invited to attend the curriculum launch (or request a digital copy of the curriculum) to learn more about the future of CP Scholars as it continues to grow into a campuswide program.

Start the New Year with Fellow Administrative Staff Members

All administrative assistants, administrative support coordinators, and administrative analysts are invited to join the Staff Learning Community. This community supports, trains and networks with each other throughout the year in conjunction with campus needs. Attend the group's first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Topics will include LIVE25 and a listening session by ITS with food sampling from SLO Provisions. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Library, Room 511. Visit the WIKI space to learn more at For further information contact Cindi Jenkins at or ext. 6-5570.

StrengthsQuest trainings set for Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

University Advising has announced the next StrengthsQuest training workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon (location TBD). Come learn how Gallup's strengths-based development program can help you identify your natural abilities and provide you with the latest strategies for applying your strengths! A SQ 200-level training will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon (location TBD). The SQ 200 training is designed as a follow up to the 100-level training and is a great way to build on strengths knowledge. SQ 100 participation is a prerequisite. To enroll in the SQ 100 workshop, click here. To enroll in the SQ 200 workshop, click here.  For more information about StrengthsQuest, visit and  Anyone with questions can contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

Information Literacy Workshops with Megan Oakleaf on Jan. 19

Faculty and staff are invited to attend one or two workshops facilitated by nationally recognized expert Megan Oakleaf, head of the RAILS (Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) project and an associate professor at Syracuse University. The research includes outcomes-based assessment, evidence-based decision-making and information literacy instruction. Workshop I:  Teaching and Learning Information Literacy will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and Workshop II: Rubric Design to Support Information Literacy will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Both sessions will be in the Advanced Technology Lab (No. 7) on Thursday, Jan. 19.  For more information and to RSVP, visit the Academic Programs website.

Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising Workshop Offered Jan. 27

Are you new to faculty advising and want some information and support? Have you been advising for a while and want a refresher? University Advising will offer a training workshop for faculty advisors from 10:10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 27 in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E-48.  The Nuts & Bolts of Faculty Advising workshop provides an overview of university policies, curriculum advising tools, the registration process and the advising structure at Cal Poly. To register, click here.

Grants Available to Support Faculty Scholarship

The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program seeks to help faculty remain engaged in disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust scholarship programs focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The annual program funding helps provide internal resources to help faculty — including lecturers — pursue a broader array of professional activities. The deadline to submit proposals for awards of mini-grants, assigned time and additional compensation for the 2017-18 academic year is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. For an application and submission instructions, visit the Office of Research and Economic Development website or call the office at ext. 6-5153.

Share and Expand Your Perspective With a Book Circle

Employee and Organization Development is offering two book circles that are open to all employees. Each book circle includes three sessions starting in early February. Participants will receive a copy of the book. The first book, "Blind Spot" by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, uses stimulating exercises and illustrative examples to explore unconscious bias and strategies for reducing it in the workplace, classroom and beyond. The second book, "10% Happier" by Dan Harris, explores the scientifically supported benefits of mindfulness, and the author’s humorous journey into the world of secular meditation. To sign up, visit

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Staff Award  

Staff employees, faculty members and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award for the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, Corporation or ASI, who have completed at least three years of employment as of Dec. 31, 2016 (10-month employees are eligible). Employees represented by Bargaining Unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award and student assistants are not eligible. Visit the Administration & Finance website to get the Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Planned Winter Quarter

Three Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for winter quarter: 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12; 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15; and 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Al Liddicoat, associate vice provost of Academic Personnel, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290. Go here for more information. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

Provost to Host Open Hour Sessions for Faculty, Staff in January and February

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken will host two Open Hour sessions for staff and faculty in winter quarter. This is an opportunity to meet with the provost in a casual setting. The hourlong sessions will be held in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. The first will be Thursday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. for faculty and 2 p.m. for staff. The second is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m. for faculty and 2 p.m. for staff. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit the Provost's website.

Grantsmanship Workshop Offered Winter Quarter

A nine-week grant writing workshop will be offered at two different times this winter, beginning Thursday, Jan. 12, and Friday, Jan. 13. Thursday sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and Friday sessions from 3 to 4 p.m., both in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. Participants can attend the session that fits their schedule any given week. 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 in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and staff from the Office of Research and Economic Development and University Development. 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.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year Award

Faculty and staff members can nominate student workers for the university's 2016-17 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award. Nominees from state, ASI and Corporation must have completed at least six months of part-time work during the academic year, which runs from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017. Nominees can be federal or non-federal Work-Study students. The student nominees will be announced in April. The winner will be entered into the state competition and may go on to regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during the National Student Employment Week, held during the second week of April. Go here to print the 2016/17 OSEY nomination form. Scroll down to Student Assistant Forms, and click on the link. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 3. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Academic Senate Seeks Candidates for CSU Faculty Trustee

The Academic Senate is seeking candidates for the faculty trustee position. It is a year-round commitment involving full release from campus responsibilities. Consideration is given to a tenured faculty member who does not hold an administrative position other than department chair/head or equivalent. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, professional achievement and university service. In addition, individuals must have experience with CSU academic governance. Duties include attending all CSU board of trustee, Trustee Committee, Senate Plenary and Senate Executive Committee meetings. The faculty trustee serves a two-year term and typically visits several campuses to meet with faculty and discuss board of trustee actions. The Academic Senate CSU Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee will review campus nominations Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Academic Senate CSU will select at least two nominees at its March meeting. Those who are interested should contact the campus Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258. All required materials must be submitted to Gladys Gregory by Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Call for Proposals for New Instructionally Related Activities

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee has announced a call for proposals for fiscal year 2017-18 for any activities seeking first-time recognition. An Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) is an "out-of-class experience" that provides enrichment to students and enhances their learning at Cal Poly. IRAs are closely linked to an academic program and/or the University Learning Objectives, but IRA funds cannot be used to fund specific projects or field trips as part of an academic course. Go here for forms, instructions, and relevant information. Proposals for new IRAs will be due Jan. 27, 2017. The call for continued recognition and funding requests for currently recognized IRAs will go out separately in January 2017 and be due in March.

Quarter Plus Call for Proposals

Quarter Plus seeks proposals from faculty members interested in participating in an intensive academic experience for incoming first-year students held in the late summer session before fall term beings. A schedule has been proposed for 2017 with classes running from Aug. 14 to Sept. 8. There are 14 instructional days tentatively planned with classes scheduled four days per week and a separate day for a final. Enrollment is dependent upon program participation — it's typically capped at 40 students for most classes but has historically been lower. Faculty are paid directly from Extended Education as additional compensation per Self-Support Personnel Policies. Courses that will be considered for the session include the following attributes: a faculty member able to commit to the Quarter Plus session with no other instructional assignments in the summer term; a class with requirements under 56 hours with values similar to a four-unit lecture class or a three-unit lecture and one-unit activity class (contact Extended Education at to inquire about other unit values or hour requirement; lab courses will not be considered); or an introductory level class with no prerequisites. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until the session curriculum is full. Complete a proposal in five minutes using an online form. 

Learn to Create Dynamic Dashboards in Excel

The course "Using PivotTables, PivotCharts and Advanced Charts in Excel 2013" is available in Skillsoft for any employees who regularly summarize large sets of data. One of the most powerful tools that Excel 2013 provides is the collection of PivotTables, PivotCharts and PowerPivot, which allows a user to dynamically summarize, organize and display large amounts of data without the need to input complex formulas or spend long hours manually reorganizing a spreadsheet. Data can be easily summarized in various ways using drag and drop, with results communicated using advanced chart elements, such as trend lines. For additional information, contact Employee and Organization Development at ext. 6-5343.


James Feld, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), retired on Nov. 24, 2016, after more than 30 years of service at Cal Poly. Feld started his career as a student employee before graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Computer Science. After becoming a full-time employee, Feld advanced his career to lead the network design, implementation and support on campus for more than 25 years. During his tenure, campus networking evolved from a few terminals connecting to the campus mainframe to a comprehensive, campuswide, high-speed network with thousands of connections per day, often making Cal Poly the top user of the internet in the CSU system. His team was responsible for the first network connections in the residence halls, the first wireless network, and for extending Cal Poly's network to off-campus locations. Feld represented Cal Poly on the CSU’s Network and Telecommunications Alliance and did a stint as the organization’s chairperson.

Campus Announcements

Finalists for Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion to Visit Campus

The search committee for the vice president and chief officer for diversity and inclusion, in concurrence with President Armstrong, have invited four finalists to visit campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums scheduled in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion from 2:10 to 3 p.m. as follows: on Jan. 23, Paulette Granberry Russell, senior advisor to the president for diversity and director, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at Michigan State University; on Jan. 26, Nathalia Jaramillo, deputy chief diversity officer and professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University; on Jan. 30, William Lewis, principal member at ZeroIN HR Solutions; and on Feb. 2, Josephine De Leon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion and professor in the Educational Specialties Department at the University of New Mexico. Additional information for each finalist is available on the President’s Office website.

Rec Center Turns 5, Free Guest Access Available Jan. 17 to Celebrate

The Recreation Center will turn 5 in January. It opened its doors to the renovated and expanded facility on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at 6:01 a.m., and operations have not slowed down since. To celebrate the milestone and thank members, ASI will provide free guest access on Tuesday, Jan. 17 to eligible members of the Cal Poly community. (A complete list of eligible members is available here.) Door prizes, Rec Center trivia, nostalgia photos, and giveaways will occur throughout the day. In addition, $5 guest passes are available throughout January. Go here for more information.

Campus Wellbeing Collaborative Set for Jan. 27

Campus Wellbeing will host the Campus Wellbeing Collaborative on Friday, Jan. 27, a quarterly meeting open to all interested students, staff and faculty. Learn and share ideas concerning Campus Wellbeing. The meeting will take place in UU 220 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Networking will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m., followed by several presentations from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Campus Wellbeing updates, student initiatives, and staff and faculty initiatives. RSVP to

Human Resources to Attend Winter Career Fair on Jan. 25-26

Human Resources will attend the upcoming Winter Career Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Recreation Center Main Gym (No. 43, Room 100). The Talent Acquisition team will have information on all currently posted jobs that may be of interest to graduates and soon-to-be graduates. For more details, visit the Career Services page. To view all current staff and management job openings, visit the Cal Poly Jobs website.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet on Feb.4

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The meeting is open to the public. For more information or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Quarterly Luncheon Feb. 2

The Retired Faculty and Staff Club's quarterly luncheon — open to all Cal Poly retirees — will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, with a presentation on the Cal Poly Hanger. College of Engineering students and faculty will talk about student projects and clubs currently operating out of the existing structure, as well as the plans for a new building. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with an optional facility tour after the program at the Advanced Technologies Lab (No. 7). The cost is $16, which includes lunch. RSVP to Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148. For more information on the club, visit

Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program Seeks Applicants for 2017

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. The program is open to matriculating junior or seniors from any major. This prestigious Learn by Doing experience allows students to enhance their education by working in the nation's capital, and through civil leadership and community and public service. Interns participate in a two-week training session in August at the Panetta Institute in Monterey, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working in a Capitol Hill office of a California congressional delegation member. The cost of the program is fully funded to allow participation by any qualified student, independent of family income. Complete program requirements and details are available at The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 3.

General Purpose Conference Rooms Available for Meetings

In the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), the university recently added two general purpose conference rooms, which faculty and staff may schedule for meetings. To request a conference room, add any of the following rooms to a meeting invitation in Outlook Calendar: 10-241-erhart-ag (24-capacity, features a digital projector and screen), 26-100-graphic-arts (10-capacity), 26-109-graphic-arts (18-capacity, features a digital projector and monitor display), 47-24B-fac-ofc (20-capacity). For additional information, visit the University Scheduling website.

New Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2017

Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage reimbursement rate is 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven in a personal vehicle. To ensure business mileage for travel is reimbursed at the correct rate, travelers must submit reimbursement requests on the updated travel claim form.

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 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.


Cal Poly to Present Bach Week at Various Locations Jan. 17-22

The Music Department will present Bach Week Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 17-22, with presentations and performances on campus, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and in Santa Barbara. The first event, "Inside Bach Week," will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Faculty members Thomas Davies and David Arrivée will take a look at the week's repertoire in the context of Bach's life and, in the case of the cantata, as it functioned in the religious context of the Lutheran church year. At 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center, early music specialists David Wilson, violin, and Paul Hale, cello, will give a master class focusing on the musical interpretation of Baroque string music. Several Cal Poly students will present works to be discussed. An addition to Bach Week is the "Akademie" lecture series. This year's lecture is "Bach and the Enlightenment," at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center. The lecture will explore Bach's life and music in the context of the Enlightenment. Musical discussion will focus on Bach's "Musical Offering," part of which will be performed on Friday's chamber concert. Philosophy Professor Paul Miklowitz and Arrivée will host this inaugural session. On Friday, Jan. 20, Mensa Sonora California will perform "Bach and the Court of Frederick the Great" at 8 p.m. in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The concert will include a portion of Bach's "Musical Offering," inspired by his visit to the court of King Frederick II of Prussia, and works by composers active at this court, all played on period instruments. The week will culminate with two performances of works for larger ensembles: the motet "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied," the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto with Mensa Sonora California artists as soloists, and Cantata 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," the source for "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." The first performance, "Bach in the Mission VII," will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The second performance, "Bach at Trinity," will be in Santa Barbara's historic Trinity Episcopal Church at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Admission to the campus events is free. Tickets for the concerts are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Bach Week website or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Art Gallery to Host Retrospective of Michael Miller Jan. 12-Feb. 10

The University Art Gallery will present a retrospective of work by Michael Miller, a former faculty member in the Art and Design Department and mentor and friend to many, from Thursday, Jan. 12, through Friday, Feb. 10. An opening reception and celebration of life will take place Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. in the University Art Gallery, Room 171 of the Dexter Building (No. 34). In 2012, Miller was diagnosed with brain cancer, and over the next two years the tumor affected the area of the brain responsible for language. Miller, who died Nov. 14, 2014, faced this devastating loss with courage and took the opportunity to devote more time to his spiritual and meditation practice. He also continued his daily practice of drawing, and the detailed drawings and vibrant watercolors that fill his sketchbooks, along with the sensitive and thought-provoking writings he composed during his illness, are a testament to the remarkable talent and brilliant intellect for which Miller was known. These never-before-exhibited sketchbooks will be on view during the University Art Gallery retrospective. Admission to the art gallery is free. It is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Benefit Recital Jan. 13

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give a benefit recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The first half of Spiller’s program contains a pair of traditional Austrian masterworks: W.A. Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, K. 311, and Franz Schubert’s monumental “Impromptus,” Op. 90. The second half of the program explores romantic and impressionistic color with Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “Souvenir of Puerto Rico,” Claude Debussy’s set of three pieces, “Images, Book I,” and Mily Balakirev’s notorious and compelling “Islamey. Purchase tickets at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. More information on the Music Department calendar website. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund.

Brass Ensembles to Host Professional Trumpeter on Feb. 3

Phil Snedecor, principal trumpeter for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Central Pennsylvania, will present a master class for Cal Poly music students from 2:10 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Room 216 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The master class is free and open to the public. During the class, several of the Music Department’s leading brass students will perform and be critiqued. Snedecor has performed and toured throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. He attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he was awarded the prestigious Performers Certificate and was a member of the school’s premiere brass quintet, the Canterbury Brass. He was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and held positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera. He will be featured in the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Feb. 4 concert in the Performing Arts Center. The master class is sponsored by the Music Department and the San Luis Obispo Symphony. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website at

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the 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 complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Thursday, Jan. 12
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19
Women’s Basketball vs. Hawaii, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20
Wrestling vs. Wyoming, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m. Read a preview here.

Saturday, Jan. 21
Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22
Wrestling vs. Air Force (Homecoming), Performing Arts Center (Harman Hall), noon. Read a preview here.

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.

#104303 - Scholarship Financial Aid Counselor (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs - Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,858 - $5,485 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Tuesday, Jan. 24.

#104306 - Coordinator of Student Development (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs – University Housing - Support Services & Programs. Temporary, full-time. $3,858 - $5,485 per month. Multiple positions available with a start date of August 2017. Review begins Thursday, Jan. 19.

#104286 - Collaborative Space Architect (Information Technology Consultant – Expert), Information Technology Services - Customer and Technology Support. $6,249 - $10,857 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $6,249 to $8,000 per month. Open until filled.

#104304 - Health Educator, Campus Health and Wellbeing - Health Education. Anticipated hiring range: $4,060 - $5,300 per month. Open until filled.

#104305 - Procurement Specialist - Goods and Services (Buyer I), Administration and Finance - Procurement Services. Buyer I: $3,293 - $5,344 per month. Buyer II : $3,656 - $5,936 per month. Closes Wednesday, Feb. 1.

#104300 - Business Intelligence Analyst (Analyst Programmer – Career), Information Technology Services - Application Development and Information Management. $4,372- $9,683 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $6,956 - $9,667 per month. Open until filled.

#104301 - Data Analyst (Analyst Programmer – Career), Information Technology Services - Application Development and Information Management. $4,372- $9,683 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $6,956 - $9,667 per month. Open until filled.

#104302 - Data Warehouse Engineer (Analyst Programmer – Career), Information Technology Services - Application Development and Information Management. $4,372- $9,683 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $6,956 - $9,667 per month. Open until filled.

#104294 - Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non-Exempt, College of Engineering - Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. $3,288 - $5,695 per month. Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,288 - $3,617 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Friday, Jan. 13.

#104307 - Emergency Clerical Pool, Temporary clerical positions (90-day max.) ASA I ($12.21 - $19.82 per hour). ASA II ($14.65 - $23.77 per hour). ASC I ($16.42 - $26.65 per hour). ASC II ($17.97 - $29.19 per hour). Continuous hiring through Friday, June 30.

#104288 - Emergency Technical Pool, Temporary technical positions (90-day max.) Operations Specialist - Foundation ($14.01 - $22.75 per hour). Operations Specialist - Career ($16.02 - $28.53 per hour). Equipment Systems Specialist - Foundation ($16.60 - $26.96 per hour). Equipment Systems Specialist - Career ($19.55 - $34.91 per hour). Information Technology Consultant - Foundation ($20.02 - $34.58 per hour). Information Technology Consultant - Career ($25.22 - $55.86 per hour). Continuous hiring through Sunday, Dec. 31.  

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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

There are no listings at this time.