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Cal Poly Report — Jan. 25, 2017


Sixth Annual Central Coast Lean Summit Set For Feb. 9-10

The Central Coast Lean program in the Orfalea College of Business will host the sixth annual Central Coast Lean Summit on Feb. 9 and 10 in the campus Multi Activity Center to showcase successful “lean” strategies in health care, education, government and non-profit agencies. “Starting (or Restarting) Lean in Your Organization” is this year’s event theme. Industry leaders and lean experts will focus on creating high-performing workplaces from the bottom up through improved personal productivity. Lean business practices aim to increase customer value while minimizing waste across all facets of an organization. The philosophy originated in manufacturing but has influenced other sectors to streamline processes and require less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make cost-effective products and services with fewer defects. The event will begin with a Pre-Summit Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 9. Jim Benson, author of “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work Navigating Life,” will discuss continuous improvement processes for back-office employees. Morning and afternoon workshop sessions will be offered, followed by a networking reception for attendees. The Summit on Friday, Feb. 10, will feature a keynote address by author and lean consultant Dan Markovitz. In “A Factory of One,” he will discuss how applying lean concepts can improve worker performance. The Summit will also include interactive workshops led by Orry Fiume, co-author of “Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization,” and Scott Gauvin, CEO of MACRESCO, a management consulting firm. There will also be case-study presentations led by representatives of Stanford Children’s Health, UC San Diego and Zodiac Aerospace. Throughout the event, a “Coaching Café” will give participants a chance to discuss lean challenges and find best practices during a facilitated peer group discussion. Registration is open. Tickets and corporate sponsorship information can be found here.

Parking and Commuter Services Launches New User-Friendly Website

The Parking and Commuter Services department has launched a new website to better inform the campus community on services, policies and events. The former parking website has been completely re-designed with the user in mind. It has a modern design with intuitive navigation based on an analysis of site traffic patterns. The new structure helps users quickly find information with “quick links” to the most visited areas of the website. The homepage also displays “closures today” with regular updates on parking lot closures. A “parking on campus” section provides information on parking lots, space types and pay kiosk locations. The website is a collaboration of Parking and Commuter Services and the Administration and Finance Division (AFD)’s Network and Technology Services. It is the first of many websites that AFD will be revamping to enhance the web experience for the campus community.

Help Prevent Campus Stormwater Pollution

The Environmental Health and Safety department is raising awareness about campus stormwater — its environmental consequences and what campus members can do to minimize these negative impacts. Stormwater is surface water that accumulates after a rainfall and flows off campus buildings, walkways and streets into storm drains. This water is not treated or filtered before it is discharged into the ocean. Polluted stormwater runoff can have harmful effects on wildlife and the recreational uses of streams, creeks and beaches. Campus stormwater can put Avila Beach at harm, potentially contributing to beach closures. The Cal Poly community plays an integral role in preventing this stormwater pollution and keeping campus stormwater runoff clean. For example, employees can prevent stormwater pollution by being mindful of discharges that cause stormwater pollution including trash, food waste, oil and grease, landscape chemicals, pet waste and detergents. Click here for tips on preventing stormwater pollution.

Student Success

Annual Ag Showcase Draws Record Number of Employers

A record number of employers attended the student-organized 28th annual Ag Showcase on Jan. 19. Organized by the Agribusiness Management Club, the event is the largest career fair in the university's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. One hundred employers attended, including Foster Farms, Dow AgroSciences, and growers Mission Produce and Tanimura and Antle Fresh Foods, to speak to hundreds of students seeking jobs and summer internships. The showcase is open to all students — not just agriculture students — underscoring the demand in agriculture for majors that also include engineers and computer scientists. The club's sponsors contributed more than $30,000 to pay for the job fair. "The success of each previous year allows us to bring more companies in," said Agribusiness Management Club President Tyler Harris, an agribusiness junior. "Hundreds of students passed through and internships and job opportunities were being offered." Interviews took place in the afternoon, with follow-up interviews continuing Friday morning. "It just builds year after year," Harris said.

Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week is Tennis' Susanne Boyden

Women’s tennis player Susanne Boyden was named the Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week on Jan. 17 after going 2-1 at the Cal Winter Invitational over the weekend. The freshman from Raleigh, North Carolina, went up against a number of ranked opponents in both singles and doubles play. While holding down the No. 2 spot for the Mustangs, Boyden picked up her first win on Saturday after she went up against Saint Mary’s Kareena Manji, defeating her 7-5, 6-3. The Mustang kept up her momentum the rest of the weekend as she pushed Fresno State’s Katrna Stloukalova to a three-set match and came out with another win, 1-6, 6-2, 7-6. Boyden played at the No.1 spot in doubles play all weekend, with teammates Molly Reed on Day One and Seriana Saltzen on Days Two and Three. Boyden and the rest of the Mustang squad will be back on the courts Feb. 4 to take on San Diego State on the road in Cal Poly's first dual match of the season.

Dairy Science Student Helps U.S. Polo Team to Win in
International Cup

Dairy science sophomore Jillian Tietje, who was chosen for the 2017 International Intercollegiate Polo Team, helped bring the U.S. team to victory against England on Jan. 15 at the WestWorld Equidome in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Getting to play with other players from different universities and diverse backgrounds will definitely add to Jillian's Cal Poly experience," said Megan Judge, coach of the Cal Poly Polo Team. "Polo is a small community, but it is a big world and having a common connection with these students will undoubtedly be an asset to all of their future careers." Read more about the match here.

Architecture Students Chosen for Event With Walt Disney Imagineers

Two architecture students were among 60 students and alumni finalists from around the world selected for a new honor by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Second-year student Liam Hanlon and third-year student Sharon Turek were chosen to participate in a three-day opportunity to engage with Walt Disney Imagineers from May 19-21 in Orlando, Florida. AIAS Imagine: Top 60-at-60 seeks to bring together the top AIAS students in all years of architecture school, including fifth year, graduate students and alumni members in celebration of the organization's 60th anniversary. Hanlon is president of the Cal Poly AIAS and Turek is vice president. AIAS and Walt Disney Imagineering will co-host a weekend of design process exploration. Honorees will be able to participate in a series of lectures, workshops and tours that highlights Walt Disney Imagineering’s approach to design. "I hope to gain insight into the process Disney Imagineering takes for design and utilize the wonderment they create into my own future work," Turek said. Hanlon added that he would like to see "the process of how Disney translates their stories into experiences."

Faculty & Staff

Campus Community Invited to Say Goodbye to Dean Debra Larson

Provost Kathleen Enz-Finken invites all members of the Cal Poly community to bid farewell to Dean Debra Larson. After serving for six years as dean of the College of Engineering, Larson is leaving Feb. 24 to take a new position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Cal State Chico. During her tenure at Cal Poly, Larson worked to improve graduation rates, increase the percentage of the college’s female students and encourage programs such as the new Cybersecurity Center. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7) to wish her well.

Fall 2016 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics Now Available

The Fall 2016 PolyView and Admissions and Enrollment InfoBriefs are now available on the Institutional Research (IR) website. The PolyView report is a short publication containing enrollment, graduation and student demographic data. The InfoBriefs are two-page summaries of the fall admission and enrollment statistics. Contact the IR office at ext. 6-2204 or with any questions about the information contained in the reports. Feedback is appreciated.

Calling All Cal Poly Rideshare Participants for Jan. 26 Photo Op

Faculty and staff members who participate in SLO Regional Rideshare’s program — those who carpool, vanpool, cycle or walk to work and log their trips — are invited to a photo opportunity from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the University Police building (No. 36). The photo shoot will include a Rideshare representative and the campus’ Cheryl Andrus, who oversees the alternative transportation program, and Facilities’ Scott Loosley, who logged the most trips of all participants. Cal Poly is being honored for having the most non-single occupant vehicle trips of any employer in the county in 2016 in the Best Workplaces for Commuters Challenge. Cal Poly’s 208 participants recorded more than 47,000 trips and nearly 850,000 miles in Rideshare’s second annual contest. The university is a nationally recognized Best Workplace for Commuters for offering incentives, tools and services that encourage the campus community to make smart commute choices. Participants are urged to turn out and show their support for the program that offers incentives including cash, prizes and access to special parking spaces. Questions? Contact Andrus at or ext. 6-6680.

Managing Multiple Priorities Workshop Set for Feb. 7

A Managing Multiple Priorities workshop will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) in Room 2. Hosted by Employee and Organization Development, the workshop will discuss strategies for managing your responsibilities when you have competing priorities. Gain a greater sense of control over your time by using proven techniques to plan your day, prioritize tasks, identify time wasters and improve organization. To register for the workshop, click here and select “Enroll” on the SkillPort site.

Modification Made to CSU Travel Policy Changes

In September, the California Legislature passed a bill that prohibits state agencies from requiring, funding or sponsoring travel to certain states — specifically those with laws permitting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Since Jan. 1, travel to these states by employees, officers or members of the CSU system will not be authorized, with limited exceptions. The CSU travel policy has been amended to satisfy the new law and is available for review here. University Campus Program funding sources are considered state funding sources and as such are subject to the prohibition. Travel that is funded from an auxiliary funding source is not subject to this ban.

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 Monday, 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.

StrengthsQuest trainings set for Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

University Advising has scheduled the next StrengthsQuest training workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 25, 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 from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, 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.

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 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

There are still two Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops during winter quarter: 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 hold Open Hour sessions for faculty and staff 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 sessions are Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. for faculty and at 2 p.m. for staff. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit the Provost's website.

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. 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 Friday, 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.

In Memoriam

Cal Poly's oldest alumnus, Harry K. Wolf of Morro Bay, died Jan. 15, a couple of weeks shy of his 108th birthday. Wolf may have been the oldest active radio amateur in the U.S. — since 1936, you could find him on air daily, mostly on 40-meter CW or continuous waveform. Born in 1909 in Paso Robles, Wolf’s lifelong passions included teaching and amateur radio. He built his first radio as a teenager in 1922. After he got his ham ticket, he held the call sign W6NKT for his entire life. Wolf attended Cal Poly from 1927-29, majoring in electrical engineering. He earned his bachelor's degree at North Arizona State Teachers College in 1933, master’s degree in 1941 and doctorate in 1962. While serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he taught navigation to cadets training at Cal Poly. Wolf was instrumental in establishing the Electronics Engineering Department and taught at Cal Poly and Cal Poly Pomona for 31 years, retiring in 1973 as a professor emeritus. He published his autobiography, “The Oak Tree,” in 2009. Wolf was the founding advisor of the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club (CPARC). He signed the club’s original charter in 1947. In 2009, he donated a Yaesu FTDX-9000D transceiver to the club. At 103, Wolf attended the dedication of CPARC’s new 72-foot antenna tower, which enables students, faculty and community members to send and receive radio signals worldwide. Many of those signals came from W6NKT.

Catastrophic Leave

Kristina Wong, administrative support coordinator ll in the College of Science and Mathematics — Kinesiology, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Julia Jones at ext. 6-2546 or to request a donation form.

Campus Announcements

Students to Present Food, Dance from Around the Globe on Feb. 8

The International Center invites the campus community to enjoy the food, dance, music and activities of cultures from around the world. Food Science and Nutrition students will prepare international cuisine for a free “Taste of the World” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, on Dexter Lawn. Taste delicious international recipes, enjoy music from the Arab Music Ensemble, and get a henna tattoo. For more information, visit In case of rain, event will be held in the Business Breezeway.

Accounting Students to Prepare Taxes for Low-Income Community Members Starting Jan. 28

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. 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 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 website also features self-help links and forms that can be filled out at home and dropped off at the Cal Poly clinic. Cal Poly 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 805-756-2667 (English and Spanish) or visit

Inclusion Starts With Me Week Starts Thursday, 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 full schedule of events is available here. The events include:
— A “teach-in” on Thursday, Jan. 26. This daylong series of events, centered on Dexter Lawn, will feature educators teaching workshops throughout campus.
— Also Jan. 26, 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.”
— From 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 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. Unite Cal Poly is free. 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, 10180 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Panelists will include San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell, criminal law attorney Jeff Stein, David Conn of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, 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.

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

Human Resources will attend the upcoming Winter Career Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 26, 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 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 (No. 15), 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 legal 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: 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 in UU 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 updates, student initiatives, and staff and faculty initiatives. RSVP to

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 Set for 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

Applications are being accepted until Friday, Feb. 3, 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 program is free to any qualified student. Complete program requirements and details are available at

General Purpose Conference Rooms Available for Meetings

The university recently added two general purpose conference rooms in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), 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.


Art Gallery Hosting Retrospective of Michael Miller Through Feb. 10

The University Art Gallery is presenting a retrospective of work by Michael Miller, a former faculty member in the Art and Design Department and mentor and friend to many 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. 26-28

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s “Synergy,” its 47th annual concert, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 26-28, in the Spanos Theatre (No. 44). The concert features 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 and 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 and Their Toys’

David Serlin of UC San Diego will give a talk, “Boys and 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 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 concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, 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 on 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.

Music Department Chamber Recital Set for Feb. 19

Pianist and Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies and cellist Barbara Hunter-Spencer will be featured in a chamber recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The program will include Claude Debussy’s Sonate in D Minor, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major and Johannes Brahms’ Trio in a Minor. Clarinet instructor emeritus Caroline Tobin will join Davies and Hunter-Spencer on the work by Brahms. Davies, a lecturer and staff accompanist at Cal Poly, has performed in faculty recitals at Idyllwild Summer Arts and Cal Poly, in-house concerts for Orchestra Novo and Opera San Luis Obispo, in chamber music recitals for Festival Mozaic and a trio performance at Weill Hall in New York City. Hunter-Spencer worked in Los Angeles for 20 years as a session player for the recording industry, television and movies. In addition to teaching cello privately and at Cal Poly, Hunter-Spencer is a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Orchestra Novo and Symphony of the Vines. Tobin is principal clarinet for the San Luis Obispo Symphony and the Santa Maria Philharmonic as well as for Symphony of the Vines, Orchestra Novo and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale Orchestra. She taught clarinet and clarinet ensemble at Cal Poly for six years. Admission is $5 at the door. The recital is sponsored by the Music Department and College of Liberal Arts. For more information, call 805-756-2406 or go here.

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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

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

Thursday, Feb. 2
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 5
Wrestling vs. Northern Colorado, Mott Athletics Center, noon.

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.

#104310 — Assistant Graphic Designer (Graphic Designer I), Academic Affairs — University Marketing (Creative Services). $3,224-$5,235 per month. Closes Jan. 30.

#104320 — Program Coordinator (Extended Education Specialist I), Academic Affairs — Extended Education. $4,026-$5,731 per month. Open until filled.

#104309 — Customer Service Architect (Information Technology Consultant — Expert), Information Technology Services — Customer and Technology Support. $6,249-$10,857 per month. Anticipated hiring range $6,249-$8,000 per month. Open until filled.

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.

Assistant Coordinator — Information Technology (User Support), $24.25 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position open until filled; review of applications begins Jan. 31.

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