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Cal Poly Report — Jan. 18, 2017


'Inclusion Starts With Me' Week Kicks Off Jan. 26

The Office of Diversity and Inclusivity will host a series of special events during "Inclusion Starts With Me" Week from Thursday, Jan. 26, to Thursday, Feb. 2. “The campaign, 'Inclusion Starts With Me,' began in the fall as a reminder to the campus community that we all have to do our part to make sure that we are aware of others, that we are accepting and embracing of differences, and that we strive to reach out to each other,” said Denise Isom, interim associate director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity. A “teach-in” will kick off "Inclusion Starts With Me" Week on Thursday, Jan. 26. This daylong series of events, centered on Dexter Lawn, will feature educators teaching workshops throughout campus. A tweet-chat will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. From 6 to 8 p.m. in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 103, UC San Diego professor David Serlin will present “Boys and Their Toys: Prosthetics, Disability and the Brave New World of Queer Masculinity.” On Monday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. the first episode (“The Differences Between Us”) of the film series “Race: the Power of an Illusion” will be screened and discussed in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 114. The keynote event of the week, “Unite Cal Poly,” will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Performing Arts Center. Billed as Cal Poly’s inaugural celebration of inclusion and diversity, the event will feature critically acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell and music by alternative soul singer Allen Stone. Bell will present his show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.” Unite Cal Poly is free, but only open to the Cal Poly community. Students, faculty and staff with Cal Poly ID cards may pick up two free tickets at the Performing Arts Ticket Office on Grand Avenue. The final event of the week, titled “What Gives?” will be a dialogue on police and community relations from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Congregation Beth David. Panelists include San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell, criminal law attorney Jeff Stein, David Conn of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, and Cal Poly’s Camille O’Bryant, professor in the Kinesiology Department and associate dean in the College of Science and Mathematics, and Bryan Shon Hubain, assistant dean of students and director of Cross Cultural Centers. Congregation Beth David is located at 10180 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. The full events schedule is available on the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity website.

Faculty, Staff Honored for Receiving $32 Million in Grants in 2015-16

Cal Poly honored faculty and staff who received a record $32 million in grants and whose research resulted in five patents for the university in the 2015-16 academic year. The patented inventions include an automotive air-conditioning system, an in-wall air-filtration system, CubeSats (or small satellites that launch as secondary payloads), a computer-implemented process to allow the visually impaired to transform touch into an audio response, and an environmentally benign packing design. “We are celebrating an unprecedented year of externally funded research activity at the university,” Dean Wendt, dean of research in the Office of Research and Economic Development, told about 80 faculty and staff members gathered at the annual reception held in the fall. There are other benefits to campus research, Wendt said. The grants contributed to more than $250,000 in tuition, fees and scholarships for students; funded more than $650,000 in lab equipment in the university’s six colleges; supported the wages of 58 Cal Poly Corporation employees; and paid $1.8 million in wages to more than 800 student researchers. President Armstrong praised the faculty, who in addition to their teaching duties also apply for and oversee the research, and the staff of the Sponsored Programs and Grants Development offices who administer the more than 500 grants. “You are impacting lives. You are helping students succeed,” he told the group. Five university centers that each received more than $1 million and those who manage them were singled out: Stuart Styles and Charles Burt of the Irrigation Training and Research Center (pictured with Armstrong); John Keller and Chance Hoellworth of the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME); Sam Blakeslee and Christine Robertson of the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy; Wendt of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences; and Suzanne Phelan of the Center for Solutions Through Research in Diet and Exercise (STRIDE). In addition, four individuals who secured a combined $50 million in grant funding over their Cal Poly careers were honored. Styles and Burt, director and chairman of the board respectively for Cal Poly’s Irrigation Training and Research Center, each has procured more than $20 million in external funding. Blakeslee, IATPP director, and Trevor Cardinal, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Regenerative Medicine Program, each has procured $5 million in grant funding. Read more here.

SLO HotHouse Offers Community Co-working Space Downtown

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) — which is providing workplace solutions for freelancers, startups and entrepreneurs — has space for new members at its new SLO HotHouse location in the heart of downtown. The SLO HotHouse offers members a comfortable work environment with fast internet, 24/7 access, educational and social events plus business consulting. With more than 15,000 square feet of space, it also offers short- and long-term memberships and an open area for co-working, along with a private phone booth, a lounge, three conference rooms, private offices, dedicated desk spaces and event space. “The SLO HotHouse was created for the community,” CIE Executive Director Tod Nelson said. “San Luis Obispo is full of talented entrepreneurs and visionaries, and the SLO HotHouse provides a collaborative environment. Our co-working space is a melting pot of creativity that generates a level of synergy that results from the proximity and collaboration of like-minded people. New relationships are developed. Ideas are challenged. Problems are solved.” The SLO HotHouse is a community hub with more than 50 individuals and more than two-dozen companies working out of the space. Members include experts in real estate, marketing, law, photography and development. The SLO HotHouse is located downtown at 872 Higuera St. For more information, go to

Students to Prepare Taxes for Low-Income Community Members

For the 25th consecutive year, the Orfalea College of Business is providing tax return preparation assistance at no charge through its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 28 through March 18 on the third floor of the Cal Poly Business Building (No. 3). More than 125 IRS-certified students 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. Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file the forms. No appointments are needed; people will be served on a first-come basis. The program's website,, also features self-help links and forms that can be filled out at home and dropped off at the Cal Poly clinic. Students will also staff clinics in partnership with the United Way in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria on Saturdays from Jan. 28 through April 1. 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

Student Success

Quick-Acting Students Deliver Breech Dairy Calf

The Cal Poly Dairy received its latest addition Thursday afternoon, thanks to the help of three students. As they drove around completing chores on Thursday, Jan. 12, agricultural education master’s student Cody Davis and dairy science junior Will Greenwood (pictured) checked on a pregnant heifer, but only spotted the heifer's tail. When dairy science senior Blayne Jensen stopped by a few minutes later, she saw much more: two feet. The heifer was ready to deliver, but when Davis and Greenwood checked on the baby they learned it was in a breeched position — meaning they would need to intervene in hopes of getting the calf out alive. The three students, aided by Dairy Operations Manager Cedric Blanc, wrapped calving chains around the calf’s legs and used a U-shaped “calf jack” to provide more traction. As the heifer bellowed, they carefully guided the newborn out of her mother, and Greenwood gently carried her to a pile of hay in an adjacent pen. “It’s a huge sense of relief,” Jensen said after the calving. “We got her in time. It’s the best possible outcome.” Soon after birth, the students vaccinated the calf, fed her colostrum — the nutrient-rich milky fluid that appears after giving birth — and treated the calf’s naval wound with iodine to prevent infection. Later, they named the calf PR, due to all of the attention her birth received. She joins about 216 heifers and 223 cows that supply 900 gallons of wholesome milk a day, most of which is sold to the Leprino Foods company to make mozzarella cheese.

Economic Students Attend Industry Conference in Chicago

Thirteen members of the Economics Society attended the Allied Social Sciences Associations’ annual conference in Chicago in early January — the largest conference of economists in the world. The Economics Department provided scholarships for 13 students to attend. Prominent speakers included the former head of the Council of Economic Advisers and Nobel Laureates. The students listened to speakers on topics including the current U.S. economic climate and the economics of national security.
Recent economics graduate Heather Terreri (fifth from left) said she would recommend the conference to anyone considering a future in economics. “With hundreds of presentations to choose from, there was definitely something of interest for everybody who attended,” she said. “I really enjoyed listening to economists from different fields discuss their work and seeing different economists come together to brainstorm improvements to their methods.” Economics senior Emilee Matthews (first at right), a political science minor, attended a presentation called “Economic and Political Analysis of Institutions and Organizations.” “I thoroughly enjoy when economics and economic theory are applied to political philosophy,” she said. “Overall, going to all the sessions I was able to and meeting a Noble Prize Laureate were truly inspirational and motivational experiences.” For more information, go to the Orfalea College of Business website.

Finance Students Network at Women's Leadership Summit

Four female finance students attended the AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit in Boston in November, where they attended educational sessions on leadership development and networked with high-ranking women in finance, accounting and technology. Led by finance faculty member Sharon Dobson, Orfalea College of Business students Dana Mason, Denise Hensley, Melisa Zarate and Catherine Ryan gained real-world insights from women presidents, founders and CEOs of major global corporations through keynotes, panels, workshops and round-table discussions. During the networking session, they met Oracle CEO Safra Catz. The students attended thanks to a generous donation from Oracle. They shared their three biggest takeaways upon their return. “Do not assume what others are thinking; ask,” Zarate said. “We all think in different ways, and learning to ask the right questions is extremely important and allows a team to be transparent and advance in the right direction.” Mason, who listened to a keynote speech titled “How to Say Anything to Anyone,” said it “portrayed the importance of being able to speak up and speak your mind — something I think is extremely important, especially as a woman in the business world.” Hensley said we need to think globally: “Diversity and inclusivity aren’t just regarding race and gender, but cultures beyond our borders. Knowledge on foreign markets and cultures will help us as business leaders through understanding the needs and wants of individuals who may think differently from us.” Go here for more information on the summit.

Rose Parade Float Earns California Grown Honor for Sixth Year

California Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross honored Cal Poly universities’ 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade float “A New Leaf” with a California Grown certification — one of only a handful of floats to receive the designation and the only to receive it for six consecutive years. “The Tournament of Roses Parade really brings the beauty of agriculture to life,” Ross said. “We are thrilled that Miracle-Gro, Cal Poly universities, FTD and Real California Milk have chosen to adorn their floats with flowers from our state’s farmers.” The distinction means that 85 percent of the flowers in each entry’s floral designs are grown in California. Students and university officials gathered Jan. 1 for the announcement in Pasadena. “A New Leaf” also received the Founders’ Trophy for the most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization. The California Grown certification program started six years ago to bring awareness to the fact that four out of five flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from other countries. Today, California flower farmers contribute to 4,500 jobs and have a $12.2 billion annual economic impact in the state or $1.7 million to the state's economy every day.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s Thursday, January 19

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is hosting a faculty and staff mixer on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will feature menu tastings as well as beer and wine for $5 per guest. Menu items will include roasted bone marrow with charred rosemary bread, lamb sliders with peppercorn aioli, roasted beet and carrot salad, braised short ribs with cheesy grits and an apple tart tatin made with Paso apples. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Recreation Center. Go here for additional information.

Seeking Stories on Interesting and Successful Alumni

Do you know a Cal Poly alum who is thriving in his or her career, has an interesting job or career story, or is making an impact on the world? The Creative Services department is looking for interesting alumni stories to showcase the power of a Cal Poly education and experience. If you know of interesting alumni, please email us at with their name and details by Jan. 23.

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 more information, contact Cindi Jenkins at or ext. 6-5570.

19 Metro Fast Passes Offer Dining Savings for Faculty, Staff

Cal Poly’s Campus Dining has 19 Metro Fast Passes available for faculty and staff, allowing participants to save up to 40 percent off the price of dining at 19 Metro — an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant in the center of campus. Passes can be purchased now for the duration of the 2016-17 academic year and will expire after June 16. There are “Day Passes” for breakfast and lunch and “Day and Night Passes” for use during all meal periods. Faculty and staff can purchase the passes here. For venue hours, go to the Campus Dining website.

Learn by Doing Scholar Award Applications Due March 6

The Learn by Doing Scholar Award application period is open through March 6. This award recognizes faculty who are advancing the practice of Learn by Doing by engaging in research about Learn by Doing. The award honors endeavors in two categories: completed work and proposed or in-progress work, with monetary awards of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. The recipients are selected by a committee of tenured faculty representing every college and administered by Kennedy Library. Tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty may apply. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Faculty Reminder for Spring 2017 Textbook Adoptions

The University Store deadline for faculty textbook adoptions for spring 2017 is Friday, Jan. 20. Spring 2017 requisitions are needed by this date to enable the University Store to enter all critical courseware information before PASS goes live on Jan. 27. It also helps the store to offer rental options and shop the used book market to make courseware more affordable and available for students. Faculty can submit adoptions here or email them to For additional information on the benefits of early textbook adoption, go here.

Be Mindful of Your Emotional Intelligence: Build a Proactive Approach

Faculty and staff are invited to enroll in the course "Emotional Intelligence: Building Self-Management Skills" available in Skillsoft, the online learning resource. The most essential skill involved in Emotional Intelligence is self-management. It is often a result of greater self-awareness — when you notice an emotion. An emotional response can take on a life of its own, get hijacked, or escalate into a reaction that is difficult to control. With self-management skills, you begin to control the inward interpretations and outward behaviors associated with strong emotions, regulating how you respond in these situations. Building a proactive approach to emotional intelligence — first with awareness and then a natural flow into self-management — can expand your appreciation for the challenge of controlling emotional impulses and increase your empathy and patience with others. Contact Employee and Organization Development at ext. 6-5343 for additional information.

StrengthsQuest trainings set for Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

University Advising has scheduled the next StrengthsQuest training workshop for Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 218. 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 in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. 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 Planned 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 and 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 and 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 and Staff

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.

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.

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 the 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. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 3. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

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 are due Jan. 27. The call for continued recognition and funding requests for currently recognized IRAs will go out separately in January and are 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. 


Scott Busby, operating systems analyst for Information Technology Services (ITS), retired on Dec. 30, 2016, after 16 years of service to Cal Poly.

Campus Announcements

Director of Academic Assessment Appointed

The Office of Academic Programs and Planning has announced the appointment of Jack Phelan, Ph.D., director of academic assessment. Phelan will oversee university-level assessment of student learning, provide support to departments in all areas of program-level assessment, and facilitate assessment training programs with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Phelan has taught media, technology and science courses at Cal Poly since 2008, and he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Division of Student Affairs in 2010. Phelan holds a master’s degree in teaching and learning with technology and a doctorate in education from Capella University, where he conducted in-depth assessment of his topic, “Enhancing Critical Thinking in Higher Education.” Prior to his career in academia, he worked more than 20 years as a producer, writer and consultant at several internationally recognized media companies, including The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and National Public Radio. 

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, has 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.

Cal Poly Corporation Board Meeting Set For Jan. 27

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8:30 a.m. in the Corporation Administration Building, Conference Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more information or to obtain a
copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Free Legal Advice: Winter Quarter

Need advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a free 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. Winter quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3 and March 17. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281 or email Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office conference room on the second floor of the University Union, Room 212.

Learn More About the CSU Fee Waiver Benefit

The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. This benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures and deadlines go here. For additional information, contact Terizza Miller at or ext. 6-7354.

Campus Wellbeing Collaborative Set for Jan. 27

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

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 Hosting 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. 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.

Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘Synergy’ Jan. 20-21 and 26-28

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s “Synergy,” its 47th annual concert, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 26-28, in the Spanos Theatre (No. 44). Performances will begin at 8 p.m. every night, with an additional matinee performance scheduled at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. The concert will feature the choreography of guest artists Amanda Leise, Ryan Corriston, and Mark Haines with Rita Chenoweth. Additionally, the Orchesis directors chose new work from five students to be included in the production. Tickets for “Synergy” are $20 for the public and $12 for students, seniors and children. They can be bought at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by phone at ext. 6-4849. For more information, contact Christy McNeil Chand at or ext. 6-6436.

CLA Speaks To Present ‘Mutiny, Plunder and Desertion as Direct Action’

Megan C. Thomas of UC Santa Cruz will present “Mutiny, Plunder & Desertion as Direct Action: The Case of the British Occupation of Manila 1762-1764” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Baker Science (No. 180), Room 114, as part of the CLA Speaks series. The talk will focus on the acts of disobedience taken by the British troops, such as plundering, desertion and mutiny, and will approach them as forms of direct action. Thomas teaches political theory at UC Santa Cruz and does research on the history of political thought and Philippine history. She has published a book about 19th-century nationalist thought in the Philippines, orientalism and ideas about race. The free event is open to the public. For more information, contact Denise Curtis at or ext. 6-2985.

CLA Speaks Sets Talk on ‘Boys & Their Toys’

David Serlin of UC San Diego will give a talk, “Boys & Their Toys: Prosthetics, Disability and the Brave New World of Queer Masculinity,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 103, as part of the CLA Speaks series. Serlin is an associate professor of communication and affiliated faculty in science studies, critical gender studies and the interdisciplinary group in cognitive science. He is also the author of “Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America” (University of Chicago Press, 2004). This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kayley Weldon at or ext. 6-1525.

‘Barbies, Pacemakers and Everything in Between: Building a More Ethical Internet of Things’ Topic of Jan. 27 Talk

Irina Raicu of Santa Clara University will present “Barbies, Pacemakers and Everything in Between: Building a More Ethical Internet of Things” at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 27, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 286, as a part of a technology, policy and ethics lecture series. Raicu will discuss the ways engineers and business people connect things to the internet and explore the ethical implications of these connections. Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. She is also an attorney and a certified information privacy professional. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Patrick Lin at or ext. 6-2042.

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

Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert Feb. 10

Several of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. “A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a brass quintet, clarinet and string quintet, string quartet, string quintet, tuba and euphonium ensemble, woodwind quintet, brass ensembles, saxophone quartets, a large clarinet ensemble and a brass choir. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, go to the Music Department calendar website.

Discussion of Caribbean Transnational Narratives to be Feb. 17

Elvira Pulitano, associate professor in ethnic studies, and Spanish professor Karen Muñoz-Christian will discuss Pulitano’s book, "Transnational Narratives from the Caribbean: Diasporic Literature and the Human Experience," from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served.  The talk is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series at Kennedy Library. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud.

Event Calendar

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Upcoming Events @ Home

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.

Saturday, Jan. 28
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Barbara, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.

Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

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

#104292 — Director of Marketing and Communications (Administrator I), College of Engineering — Advancement. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104322 — Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer (Administrator IV), Academic Affairs — Information Technology Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104308 — Administrative Support Assistant II — 10/12, Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics — Physics Department. $2,116-$3,433 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 19.

#104313 — Equipment Checkout Technician (Information Technology Consultant — Career), Information Technology Services — Customer and Technology Support. $4,372-$9,863 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$6,500 per month. Open until filled.

#104323 — Registered Nurse II — 10/12, Student Affairs — Health Services
Anticipated hiring range: $3,403- $4,618 per month. Open until filled.

#104316 — Administrative Support Coordinator II, Student Affairs — Dean of Students. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 6.

#104315 — Coordinator, Center for Service in Action (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs — Dean of Students. $3,858-$5,485 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 6.

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.

Conference Center Office Coordinator, Conference and Event Planning, $18.35-$27.53 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.

Food Program Supervisor, $16.20 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position closes at midnight Jan. 30.