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Cal Poly Report — July 12, 2017

Please note: Cal Poly Report is published monthly during the summer. The next editions will be published Aug. 9 and Sept. 6.


Cal Poly-UNC Online Program Improves Weight Loss After Childbirth

An online weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income, at-risk mothers during the year following pregnancy, according to a study by Cal Poly kinesiology Professor Suzanne Phelan (pictured) and Deborah Tate of the University of North Carolina. Nearly one in four women in the U.S. retain more than 10 pounds of their pregnancy weight and gain additional weight the year after they give birth. Postpartum weight retention is more common among low-income, Hispanic women, and few programs have effectively addressed this challenge for multicultural, low-income women. Phelan and Tate’s work aims to change that, and the results of their initial study are promising. The researchers designed an internet-based weight loss program as an addition to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The research program — Fit Moms/Mamas Activas — included a website with weekly lessons, instructional videos, a web diary, automated responses based on participants’ progress, text messages and monthly face-to-face groups at the WIC clinics. Participants in the online program lost an average of seven pounds compared to two pounds for those who received only the standard WIC care. Read more here.

Sixteen Teams Compete in Cyber Innovation Challenge

After two days of intense competition among 16 high school cybersecurity competition teams, North Hollywood High Team Togo won the second annual California Cyber Innovation Challenge, held at Camp San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly on June 24 and 25. Coast Union High School in Cambria was recognized as best new cyber team. More than 100 student competitors completed timed cybersecurity challenges designed to replicate the many different threats that cybersecurity professionals face, from attacks on critical infrastructure to attempted breaches of consumer data on connected devices. Informed by this new understanding of the wide variety of careers that require cybersecurity knowledge, student competitors are already looking ahead to the 2018 innovation challenge at Cal Poly. The California Cyber Innovation Challenge is part of a statewide campaign to expand access to technology career pathways for students and empower businesses to support cybersecurity education and training. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and Cal Poly lead the event, in conjunction with government, academic and business leaders. Learn more here.

Fundraiser Set Up for Emeritus Staff Member Who Lost Home in Fire

Lisa Bruce, a financial aid counselor who retired from Cal Poly on June 1, and her husband, Mickey, a retired Caltrans employee, lost their home in the Hill Fire in the Santa Margarita area in late June. A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit the Bruces, whose house was one of four homes destroyed in the fire east of the town of Santa Margarita. The fire burned an estimated 1,600 acres. Lisa Bruce, a Cal Poly alumna who worked for the university for 16 years, said the family is still missing two pets. Go to to learn more.

Research Finds Mothers Distracted During Breast and Bottle Feeding

Mothers are distracted nearly half the time they’re breast or bottle feeding their infants, according to a study by Cal Poly kinesiology Professor Alison Ventura published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. More than one in four mothers reported distractions from electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and televisions. At a time when attention is at a premium due to the technological advances, Ventura and her research team are interested in understanding the effects that distraction during feeding has on infants. Determining how often distraction occurs is just the start. For this study, 75 mothers who were already participating in infant-feeding studies were asked to keep a diary of feeding patterns for one to six days. Mothers also completed a questionnaire on infant behavior, mothers’ engagement, and mothers’ perception of infants’ eating. Learn more about the study here.

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Student Success

Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team Wins National Title

Cal Poly’s Concrete Canoe Team — and its canoe named Meraki — was named the national champion at the American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe Competition, held June 17-19 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The national title included a $5,000 award. “Meraki translates from Greek into ‘pouring one’s heart and soul into a project,’ ” said Ian Buchanan, the team project manager. “Seeing it translated into a major win was especially uplifting.” Twenty teams from the U.S. and Canada competed at ASCE’s 30th annual event — advancing to the nationals from a competitive field of more than 200 teams. The finals are the culmination of more than a year of effort to research, develop and build a boat out of a substance used in the foundations of most modern buildings. Not only did the 20 concrete canoes have to float, they also had to travel quickly through the water. Learn more here.

Orfalea College of Business Honors Outstanding Students and Faculty

The Orfalea College of Business honored its 2016-17 outstanding students and faculty at the college’s annual Senior Awards Ceremony on June 2. Two accounting seniors received the Academic Excellence and Delta Sigma Pi Award for maintaining the highest grade point averages among the college’s nearly 800 graduating seniors. Laura Byron maintained a 3.99 GPA, while classmate Bradley Gritsch completed his studies earlier this year with a 3.99 GPA. Twenty other business seniors received scholastic achievement awards for holding a GPA above 3.85. Cal Poly’s chapter of the American Marketing Association, one of the college’s oldest organizations, was named Club of the Year for its campus and community involvement. Accounting lecturer Tim Ridout was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year for his ability to bring real-world business situations into the classroom. Students voted on the award. Management and human resources Professor Taryn Stanko received the Emeritus Faculty of the Year Award after being nominated by her colleagues. She has taught undergraduate and master’s level negotiation courses since 2014. Visit the Orfalea College of Business website for a complete list of award winners. (Byron is pictured receiving the Academic Excellence and Delta Sigma Pi Award from interim Dean Kevin Lertwachara.)

Packaging and Design Students Earn National Awards

For the second consecutive year, four teams of Cal Poly students took first-, second- and third-place awards and earned an honorable mention in the 2017 Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Competition. Interdisciplinary teams included industrial technology and packaging students and art and design students to create packaging solutions for a variety of consumer needs. Each team developed a physical prototype of its product complete with branded graphics. Industry experts judged entries on environmental impact, marketing, product protection and economics. Award-winning teams will be honored at the PackExpo industry conference in November. The first-place award was given to “Tea Stems,” a convenient alternative to tea bags. Second place went to SticKit, a two-in-one packaging system that dispenses insulin syringes and safely houses used syringes. Vera Cruz Surf Wax earned the third-place award. La Habra Avocado oil earned an honorable mention. Read more about the award winners here.

Student Researchers Help Locate WWII Wreckage Near Malta

A joint Cal Poly/Harvey Mudd College student research expedition, in partnership with University of Malta archaeologists, recently helped locate a historic plane off the Malta coast. Using an autonomous underwater vehicle and mapping technology they had developed, the students found the remains of the Fairey Swordfish, a biplane torpedo bomber used by the Royal Navy in the 1930s and during World War II. Cal Poly team members were software engineering senior Amy Lewis, computer science senior Roslyn Patrick-Sunnes, and computer science graduate student Sam Freed. Computer science Professor Zoë Wood and Harvey Mudd engineering Professor Chris Clark led the project and guided the research process. The maritime archaeology project, in its second year, is part of ICEX (International Computer Engineering Experience), a monthlong summer research program that gives students the opportunity to apply their technical knowledge in an international context and to further their research education. For more details and photos, visit the students’ ICEX blog or view the Malta TV report.

BRAE Students Take Second at AgBot Challenge

A team of students from the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department earned second place at the AgBot challenge June 23-25 in Rockville, Indiana, winning $15,000. The team was charged with creating an unmanned robotic device that could autonomously move through a field and plant up to four rows of seeds. The team, consisting of BRAE majors Ryan Vyenielo, Charlie Ross, Dillon Beatty, Caleb Fink, Austin Della, Nate McCarthy and Matthew Valentine, was one of seven teams to compete in the seeding competition. Other teams included Muchowski Farms, Virginia Tech, Colorado Mesa University, Ohio State, Team Lairdscape and PeeDee Precision Ag. The first-place winner, Team Lairdscape, was headed by a farmer, Kyler Laird, who used the driverless tractor that he presented at the competition to plant more than 500 acres of corn last spring.

New Rainworks Club Wins National Student Design Competition

One of Cal Poly’s newest clubs, Cal Poly Rainworks, won first place in the WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff Student Design Competition, a key student event during the annual World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, held in late May by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The competition challenges undergraduate senior students to solve real-life infrastructure problems with “practical yet innovative” solutions. Civil engineering students Delaney Nelson and Patrick Nagle led the design team’s winning creekside revival stormwater management project. Cal Poly Rainworks, founded last year by Nathan Hanson, a civil and environmental engineering graduate student, was created expressly to involve students in national design competitions related to the environment and water resources. “The intensely interdisciplinary nature of the WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff contest showed students, firsthand, how much civil and environmental engineering contribute to a water resources project,” Hanson said. Learn more here. (Pictured from left to right: Nelson, Nagle and Hanson.)

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Faculty & Staff

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Names 2016-17 Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Nine individuals were recognized by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences with outstanding faculty and staff awards.Nine individuals were recognized by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences with outstanding faculty and staff awards: David Headrick, Horticulture and Crop Science, Outstanding Faculty Award; Carl Whisenant, Animal Science, Outstanding Staff Award; Sarah Bisbing, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences, New Teaching Award; Jerusha Greenwood, Experience Industry Management, Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award; Kelly Ivors, Strawberry Center, New Scholar Award; Mark Edwards, Animal Science, Sustained Excellence in Scholarship Award; Kirk Sturm, Experience Industry Management, Outstanding Lecturer Award; Brian Greenwood, Experience Industry Management, CAFES Outstanding Mentor Award; and Molly Lear, Food Science and Nutrition, Early Career Staff Award. The college also recognized College of Science and Mathematics Dean Phil Bailey for his outstanding contributions to the Cal Poly campus. The recipients were honored during the college’s annual faculty and staff awards ceremony.

Dr. Richard N. Savage Named Dean of Graduate Education

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken has announced that Richard Savage, professor of biomedical engineering, has accepted the position of dean of Graduate Education. Savage, who has been serving as interim dean of Graduate Education since September 2016, has been an advocate for graduate student success across all aspects of campus life and has participated in forming policies that have strengthened the graduate programs. He has served as the department chair for both the Biomedical Engineering and Materials Engineering departments; director of Graduate Education, and is currently the director of the Cal Poly Microfabrication Lab. Savage joined Cal Poly in spring 2003 after a 20-plus-year professional career in industry. He brings a strong background in both managing and advancing technologies and educational programs that serve our global society. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Juniata College and a doctorate in analytical chemistry/material science from Indiana University.

New Director of Budget and Finance Named for Academic Affairs

Edward “Ed” Rainbolt has been named the new director of budget and finance for Academic Affairs starting July 10. Rainbolt has more than 25 years of financial and tax experience, including 12 in public accounting as a CPA. In the private sector as a CFO, he developed extensive knowledge in budgeting and forecasting, and designed in-depth financial and accounting reporting systems to track organizational financial success. Most recently, Rainbolt was the vice president of finance and accounting for Evoke Research and Consulting, a federal management consulting firm in Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, University College. In his new role, Rainbolt will help to ensure the accuracy and completion of budget processes, provide financial analysis, advise Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken on long-range fiscal planning, assist in developing and tracking annual budgets, provide leadership for and guidance to the Academic Affairs financial personnel, and collaborate with his finance counterparts in other divisions. Originally from the East Coast, Rainbolt and his family have lived on the Central Coast since 2013.

College of Engineering Welcomes New Marketing and Communications Director

The College of Engineering is pleased to introduce Charlotte Tallman, who succeeds Amy Hewes as director of marketing and communications. Before moving to the Central Coast, Tallman served as director of communications for New Mexico State University Advancement. She earned a degree in journalism and mass communications from New Mexico State University prior to her career as a newspaper reporter. From there she worked as a managing editor for a regional magazine, created her own writing and editing business and then joined the advancement world. Tallman can be reached at or ext. 6-6402.

Student Affairs Welcomes New Director of Assessment and Research

Cal Poly welcomes Dr. Kevin Grant as the new director for student affairs assessment and research. In this role, Grant will lead division-wide assessment and research practices to measure the effectiveness of strategic initiatives within Student Affairs, including co-curricular learning, student outcomes and student engagement as they relate to student success. Grant, who joined Cal Poly in late June, previously served as assistant dean of student affairs at Biola University. He holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs, and brings more than 15 years of higher education assessment and research experience to the position. He also completed the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy and now serves as faculty for Co-Curricular and Student Affairs Assessment and Effectiveness for the academy. Grant relocated to San Luis Obispo from Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife, Amber, and their children.

Student Affairs Appoints Interim Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellbeing

Longtime healthcare executive John Ruffner has been appointed to a one-year term as interim assistant vice president of campus health and wellbeing, effective July 5. Student Affairs will launch its search for a permanent assistant vice president in the fall. Ruffner will manage the Campus Health and Wellbeing department and focus on increasing efficiencies, exploring new partnerships, and expanding funding sources to meet growing demands for student healthcare services. Dr. David Harris, executive director for Campus Health and Wellbeing, will remain in his current role and focus his efforts on patient care, accreditation, fund development and planning. Ruffner has worked in numerous leadership positions in healthcare, from managing large hospital systems in metropolitan areas such as San Francisco, to his most recent position as an executive for the Cuesta Medical Group in San Luis Obispo. In addition, he has held teaching and academic administration positions at numerous institutions, including San Diego State, UC Berkeley and St. Mary's College. Ruffner holds master’s degrees in public health and social work.

Learn to Perform Calculations Using Functions in Excel

The course, "Performing Calculations Using Functions in Excel 2013," is available in Skillsoft for anyone who needs to perform calculations in Excel and would like to learn how to use formulas. Being able to use formulas to do complicated calculations not only simplifies your work but also helps to reduce the number of errors that can arise in such complex tasks. This course introduces the basic concepts and terminology associated with formulas and functions. It also covers various ways of referring to cells and cell ranges and demonstrates how to use basic functions including logical and IF-type functions. For additional information, contact Employee and Organization Development at or at ext. 6-7478.

OUDI Offers Two Upcoming Trainings for Campus Community

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity is offering two upcoming training opportunities for the Cal Poly community. “Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bias,” will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 21. Participants will understand the impact of everyday bias, explore barriers to responding, and develop and practice ways to respond to everyday bias. Spots for the training can be reserved through SkillPort. The second training, “Unmasking Microaggressions,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. Participants will learn about microaggressions: what they are, how they harm and how to stop them. Reserve a spot for this training through SkillPort. Both trainings will be held in the Ethnic Studies Conference Room in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38, Room 114). Anyone with questions can email

Many Employees Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

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, fees and deadlines, visit the Fee Waiver Program website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at

Share and Expand Your Perspective With a Book Circle

Employee and Organization Development is offering three book circles, and all staff and faculty are welcome. Each book circle involves three sessions starting in July. Participants will receive a copy of the book; an audio version will be made available. The first book is "Radical Candor" by Kim Scott, who shares her experience at companies including Google and Apple, where she built her career around a simple goal: “Creating BS-free zones where people love their work and working tougher.” The key is guidance — giving it, receiving it and encouraging it. The second book is "Brain Rules" by John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist. This fun and engaging read provides 12 research-based, practical tips to help optimize memory, reduce stress, improve sleep and more. The third book, "The Hidden Brain" by Shankar Vedantam, explores various topics asking the same question — what if our actions are driven not by our conscious values and beliefs but by hidden motivations we’re not even aware of? To view a full description and register to attend, visit Book Circles at

Call For Proposals for Colloquium on Teaching and Assessing Writing

Cal Poly educators are invited to submit proposals to present effective practices for teaching and assessing writing at the Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Teaching and Assessing Writing on Monday, Sept. 11. The event, which will be held in the afternoon, will bring together colleagues invested in developing students' writing practices to exchange innovative and effective writing instruction and evaluation practices. It is sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and the English Department, and will be held in CTLT's new Teaching and Learning Commons in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Aug. 11. Details and the proposal submission form is available on the CTLT website.

Field Day at Strawberry Research Fields to be Held July 27

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend a field day, hosted by the Strawberry Center, from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 27, on campus at the strawberry research fields near the Technology Park. Lunch will be provided. The results of 10 experiments will be on display, including two variety trials that demonstrate the susceptibility of 90 strawberry varieties to two soilborne diseases: Verticillium wilt and Macrophomina charcoal rot. Other demonstrations will include current projects on labor-saving automation for strawberry production. The presenters include Gerald Holmes, director of the Cal Poly Strawberry Center, plant pathologist Kelly Ivors and bio-engineer John Lin. Two hours of Continuing Education units (CEUs) have been approved by Department of Pesticide Regulation for the event. To register for the free event, visit For more information, visit

Principles of Supervision Workshops Launched by Employee and Organization Development

Would you like to optimize your impact as a supervisor?  Are you interested in further enhancing your ability to engage people to perform, influence your group to work as a team and generally ensure the work gets done? To provide just that, Employee and Organization Development will launch the Principles of Supervision workshop series in July. The program will provide information and tools through five modules on four half-days: "The Role of the Supervisor: Managing Performance," "Developing Direct Reports," Guiding and Managing the Work and Managing Relationships"; and "Managing Yourself." These sessions will be a pilot, so participants will also be asked to evaluate the series through pre- and post-surveys, feedback discussions and regular follow-up. The summer 2017 opportunity is reserved for employees under the management personnel plan (MPP), and enrollment requires a commitment to attend all sessions as well as management approval, and is subject to availability.  Future offerings will be available to non-MPP employees. The series will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22 and Sept. 5. Go here for more information and to register.

Free Online Learning Opportunities Available on Open Labs

Employee and Organization Development is offering open labs to provide a space where employees can invest in their own professional development. Learn independently or in small groups by taking online training courses, reading articles, watching videos or using your own projects as a learning opportunity. Labs are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Fridays in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105. Employees may come and go anytime during that two-hour block. Open labs allow you to schedule time in a quiet environment away from your desk where you can work at your own level and pace on topics of interest. Resources include thousands of online, self-paced courses, videos, books and articles. Courses range from 30 minutes to several hours in length and can be viewed in short sections until completed. Topics range from desktop software, such as Excel, Access and PowerPoint, to business skills, such as meeting facilitation, project management and interpersonal skills (e.g. emotional intelligence and cross-cultural communication). A learning specialist will be present to provide assistance accessing the learning system or finding an appropriate course. View available dates and sign-up here or just stop by. Bring headphones if you have them. Contact Employee and Organization Development with any questions at or ext. 6-7478.

Career Services Accepting Donations of Professional Clothing

Career Services will host its third Clothing Closet event on Friday, Sept. 22, to provide free, work-appropriate clothes to students in need. The event also marks the grand opening of Career Services’ permanent clothing closet. First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs and interviews. Faculty and staff are asked to consider donating clean, gently used, contemporary professional clothing, ties, belts and shoes. Donations can be dropped off at Career Services (No. 124) through the end of August. Metered and 30-minute staff parking are available nearby. For more information, call Career Services at ext. 6-2501.

Proposals Due Sept. 18 for Learn by Doing Campus Conference

Cal Poly faculty and staff, individually or in teams, as well as students working with faculty, staff or alumni mentors, are invited to submit proposals for More than a Motto: Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Conference, to be held Nov. 3 in partnership with Kennedy Library. Following the success of the 2015 inaugural conference and the 2017 book publication, the second Learn by Doing campus conference is an opportunity for the university to come together to showcase and celebrate the university’s unique institutional identity. The event will feature a poster gallery and 50-minute oral presentations on active learning, undergraduate and graduate student research, and students’ interactions in the field. The conference, which will happen in accordance with Homecoming Weekend, is an opportunity for alumni to join the campus community in honoring the Learn by Doing legacy. Proposals are due Sept. 18. For more information and submission guidelines, visit the More than a Motto website.

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Brent Mooney retired June 30 from Cal Poly Corporation after 33 years of service. Mooney began his career with the Cal Poly Foundation (now Cal Poly Corporation) in 1984 as a Warehouse Specialist for Food Service (now Campus Dining). In 2003, Mooney was promoted to Warehouse Unit Manager where he maintained receiving, warehousing and distribution operations. Mooney said of his retirement, “I won’t miss the hectic pace, seemingly impossible demands or the many frustrations. But I will miss the many fine people and great friends I have gained.” His retirement plans include some traveling, home and vehicle projects, riding bikes, backpacking and motorcycling. He also plans to spend more time with his wife and to volunteer for a variety of community projects and his church.

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Catastrophic Leave

Sharif Sharifi, information security officer in Information Technology Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Dolores Flores at ext. 6-5578 or to request a donation form.

Johannah Varland, administrative analyst/specialist in Research and Special Projects – Grants Development, 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 Debbie Hart at ext. 6-1508 or to request a donation form.

Patty Warnick Wait, administrative analyst-specialist in Academic Affairs – Technical Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Alisa Williford-Smith at ext. 6-6173 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Mapping Conference to be Held July 31 through Aug. 3

An international panel of renown scholars on participatory mapping will converge at Cal Poly from July 31 to Aug. 3 for a three-day conference/colloquium featuring topics such as land and marine planning and management, urban and regional planning, rural development, indigenous rights, social justice and participatory governance. The conference will focus on participatory mapping, a spatially explicit method used by researchers and cartographers to engage local participants in decisions involving land use planning, mapping of indigenous places and territories, and the development and allocation of environmental resources. “This is a field that is growing globally in importance,” said Greg Brown (pictured), head of the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department and organizer of the event. “There is a global desire for people to want to be involved in the decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the prosperity of future generations.” Academics, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, students, and information technology professionals are encouraged to attend. Key speakers include Piotr Jankowski, a professor from San Diego State and leader in participatory mapping; Marketta Kytta, a professor of land use planning and urban studies at Aalto University in Finland; and Gregor MacLennan, program director at Digital Democracy in Oakland. Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the conference/colloquium free of charge, but should register by contacting Espie Wilkinson at For more information and the program schedule, visit

Be a Hero and Donate Blood on Campus on Aug. 29

Save three lives by donating blood at an on-campus blood drive hosted by Information Technology Services (ITS) from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, on Mott Lawn. Make an appointment online or by emailing Mary Padilla at To save a little time, complete a Fast Track Health History Questionnaire online prior to your appointment. Walk-ups are also welcome.

Seeking Infants for Feeding Study

Parents with infants up to 6 months old are invited to participate in a paid infant-feeding study. The purpose of the study is to learn more about factors that influence infant feeding behaviors. The study consists of two to three, two-hour visits to an on-campus lab. Breast- or bottle-feeding babies are eligible to participate. Families will earn up to $30 in Target Gift Cards for participating in this study. For more information, call or text 805-242-1206 or email

California Climate Action Planning Conference to be held Aug. 24-25

In the U.S., leadership on climate action is needed more than ever. California and its communities have emerged as national and international leaders in addressing the climate crisis. To enhance Cal Poly's leadership and keep its momentum, the City and Regional Planning Department — in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) — is proud to host the third California Climate Action Planning Conference on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24 and 25, at Cal Poly. Plan now to learn and network with over 150 fellow professionals in climate action, sustainability and resilience. This conference will provide innovative, in-depth sessions by leaders in the field. Program content includes the new Scoping Plan, pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice. A draft schedule is available on the conference website as well as a sign-up for an email notification list (if you didn’t receive this announcement directly). Faculty, staff and students must register but can attend for free. Register here.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held Aug. 5

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

School of Education Hosts Conference by Teachers for Teachers

On Friday, July 28, the School of Education will host the local meeting of the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, which will bring teachers across the state together for a day of learning led by teachers, for teachers. The summit is a unique opportunity for teachers to collaborate, re-energize ahead of the new school year and be part of a lasting teacher network. The summit will feature TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, Edcamp discussions on teacher-selected topics, and opportunities for networking and sharing ideas and resources with fellow teachers. The event is free to all California pre-K to 12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. For more information, visit the School of Education website.

Mechanical Engineering Students Looking for Problems to Solve

Mechanical engineering students complete yearlong team-based senior projects in which they design, build and test a mechanical system to meet a sponsor’s needs. The project results in a final report and prototype parts for the sponsor. Project sponsors include companies, nonprofit organizations, community members, student clubs, and faculty and staff. For more information, visit This fall, the Mechanical Engineering Department is looking to start 40 new projects. If you have a project idea you’d like to propose, visit or contact Peter Schuster at

Recreation Center Summer Family Fun Days Offered Through Sept. 3

This summer, Recreation Center members are invited to bring their families for a play day at our facility on all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 23 to Sept. 3. Come enjoy the Recreation Center’s amenities together, including the leisure pool, ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park, gym, courts and more. Current members may sponsor up to six supervised guests, including children. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for minors. For more information, contact Cal Poly Recreation Center membership services at ext. 6-1366 or at

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. 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 issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


Collegians Alumni Big Band to Celebrate 50-Year Reunion with
Aug. 26 Performance

The Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its 50-year reunion — and the 80th anniversary of the band’s founding — with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo. The band’s annual gathering draws more than 20 alumni musicians — Cal Poly graduates from the late 1940s to the early ’60s — to recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other famous ensembles of the big band era. Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to Cal Poly’s Collegians Jazz Scholarship are welcome. The Collegians draw a full house every year, and seating is guaranteed only for those who make a reservation and dine in the Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come basis. To make dinner reservations at the Madonna Inn Steak House, call 805-543-3000. For more information about the performance, contact Collegians member Bob Alberti at or 805-461-5993. For more information about the Collegians Alumni Big Band, visit the group’s website.

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. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

For complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Sunday, Aug. 13
Women’s Soccer vs. Fresno State (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 16
Men’s Soccer vs. Fresno Pacific (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26
Football vs. Colgate, Spanos Stadium, 4:05 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10
Men’s Soccer vs. Saint Mary’s, Spanos Stadium, 4 p.m.

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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.

#104530 — Assistant Director of University Accounting and Reporting (Administrator I), Fiscal Services — University Accounting and Reporting. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

#104531 — Administrative Support Assistant II — 11/12, College of Liberal Arts — World Languages and Cultures Department/Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts. $2,327-$3,777 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,327-$2,560 per month. Open until filled. Review begins July 13.

#104534 — Storytelling and Marketing Specialist (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II), University Marketing. $3,515-$5,704 per month. Open until filled. Review began July 10.

#104516 — Access Specialist (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs — Disability Resources Center. $3,858-$5,485 per month. Open until filled. Review began July 10.  

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application for any of the positions shown below. The complete listing of faculty position openings is posted on the website. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

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.

Custodian (10-Month), Cal Poly Corporation Campus Dining, $13.73-$21.72 per hour.

Catering Service Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $13.73-$18.31 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.

There are no listings at this time.

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