Cal Poly Report — Nov. 22, 2017

Please note: Cal Poly Report will be published two more times in 2017: Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. The newsletter will not be published during the winter break. Weekly publication will resume Jan. 10, 2018.


Fall 2017 Commencement Set for Dec. 9

Komal Ahmad, Cal Poly's fall commencement keynote speaker.Nearly 1,000 students are eligible to graduate in three ceremonies at Cal Poly’s 34th annual fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 9. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Cal Poly Recreation Center. The theme for this year’s commencement is “Mustangs Forever.” The ceremonies will include a retrospective slideshow of the graduating students during the processional, the “proud pinning” ceremony and a celebratory surprise. “Commencement marks a transition in the lives of our dedicated graduates,” President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said. “They will carry Learn by Doing forward throughout their careers and lives.” The keynote speaker is Komal Ahmad (pictured at left), founder and CEO of Copia, a Bay Area nonprofit-turned-public benefit corporation that tackles poverty by redistributing surplus food to feed people in need. About 10,000 visitors are expected to attend fall commencement’s three ceremonies. Each 90-minute ceremony will be live-streamed online with closed captioning for those unable to attend. For more information on ceremonies, parking, shuttles and live stream links, click here.

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College of Liberal Arts Fall 2017 Your Impact Magazine is Now Online

The fall 2017 Your Impact magazine highlights how giving shapes Learn by Doing in the College of Liberal Arts. In this issue read about alumnus Tim Humphreys, a longtime supporter of the Political Science Department; learn how the student-run television station received a technology boost, thanks to the generosity of Bill and Cheryl Swanson; and see how alumni answer the call when students reach out for donations during the Cal Poly Phonathon. Read Your Impact online now at


Discount Tickets Available for ‘An Evening with Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’ Nov. 30  

Captain "Sully" SullenbergerDiscounted tickets are available for staff, faculty and students to “An Evening with Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Performing Arts Center. Discounted tickets range from $32 to $120 for this one-time event, which directly benefits the Center for Leadership. Sullenberger is a renowned safety expert, speaker and author who rose to prominence after his heroic actions during the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese and lost all engine power. Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles safely executed an emergency landing on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew on board. Tickets may be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tickets can also be reserved by phone at ext. 6-4849 or online at

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Student Success

Architecture Student Wins Trip to Italy for Grand-Prize Piece in 14th Annual Vellum Competition

Photo of the grand prize winning entry, a desk with attached lamp, by architecture student Josh Miller. Shown at the 14th Annual Vellum competition.Architecture major Josh Miller took the grand prize at the 14th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition, hosted by San Luis Obispo-based Vellum Design Build and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. For his entry, a side table with an attached lamp, Miller will get to travel to Milan, Italy, next April for Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world. There were about 165 entries in this year’s competition, held Nov. 3 and 4 in downtown San Luis Obispo. Other architecture student winners included: Mackenzie Stickney, the AIA: Modern Master Award; Marcus Simons, the Dr. Daniel Lewis: 100% Pure Award; Phillip Harris, the Studio 2g: Cradle to Cradle Award; Rachel Robinson, RRM Award; and Ilko Iliev, the ga+d Award. Learn more about Vellum and view the award-winning pieces here.

Buy a Student-Grown Poinsettia at Annual Holiday Sale in December

Photo of poinsettias. The annual holiday plant sale kicks off Dec. 1 and runs through mid-December at the Poly Plant Shop.Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale, with more than 2,000 plants and dozens of varieties and colors, will kick off Friday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 3, and run through mid-December at the Poly Plant Shop. The flowering holiday plants are grown by students in the university’s Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project, which begins every spring. Six students, all majoring in agricultural and environmental plant sciences, are overseeing the enterprise project: Jacob Mattlin, Allana Childs, Jonathan Briggs, Gage Willey, Killian Vendler and Cody Martinez. Horticulture unit manager Christopher Wassenberg is overseeing the project. This year’s poinsettia project offers more than 30 cultivars, from classic reds and whites to speckled, pink and orange varieties. Sizes range from small plants in four-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching four feet high. Prices are $5 to $55. In addition to poinsettias, the Poly Plant Holiday Sale also features student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts.

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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. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2017-18 award is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. To be eligible, 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, 2017 (10-month employees are eligible). Employees represented by bargaining unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award, and student assistants are not eligible. The Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form can be found on the Administration and Finance website.

Dec. 7 Workshop Focuses on Increasing Female Faculty in STEM Careers

Image of Sue RosserSue Rosser, special advisor of research development and external partnerships for the CSU Chancellor’s Office, will be the keynote speaker at a campuswide presentation from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The event, sponsored by Provost Kathleen Enz Finken, is about supporting and increasing the participation of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academic careers. Rosser will share her experiences making effective, sustainable change within university systems as well as her research findings on STEM equity and power. After the presentation, she'll host a discussion in the Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 203, with STEM faculty about their experiences at Cal Poly. Rosser is involved in several Advance grants, which seek to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers around the nation, and she supports Cal Poly’s efforts to address STEM equity issues on campus through the pursuit of a National Science Foundation Institutional Transformation Advance grant. RSVP by Friday, Dec. 1. Questions? Contact for more information.

Share Your Opinion on the Best Courses for Cal Poly Employees

Image of a person browsing courses on Skillsoft.Skillsoft has thousands of courses, videos and books on a wide variety of topics, like time management, Excel, process improvement, web development, mindfulness and cybersecurity. If you were going to recommend a course to a colleague, what topic would you choose and which course would you recommend? Employee and Organization Development is asking employees to take five minutes to find a course of interest, watch a portion of it, and tell them what you think. The top courses, books and videos will be published at Rate your choice here.

Drop-In Training Session to be Held on Curriculum Management System

Are you a faculty member new to the online Curriculum Management system used for submitting 2019-21 catalog proposals, or would you like a refresher? A drop-in/open lab training session will be held at 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 217D. No RSVP is required. Schedule a one-on-one or group training session by sending an email to

Extended Education to Offer Winter Drawing and Painting Classes

A sketch of a bear.Extended Education will offer two drawing classes during winter quarter. They include:
Drawing with Mixed Media: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Jan. 6 through Feb. 10, 2018. Create painterly drawings of still life subjects or interiors. Use charcoal, gouache and tinted paper to create a masterpiece. Choose a range of color accents and textured paper to enhance any work. The enrollment deadline is Dec. 15.
Drawing and Sketching Pets, Animals and Birds: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Feb. 17 through March 24, 2018. Learn to portray animals and birds in their environment. Use pencils, pens and watercolors to capture any subject. Discover how to simply depict fur, feathers, backgrounds and other details. The enrollment deadline is Dec. 31. Learn more here or call ext. 6-2053.

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Campus Announcements

Get an Update on Collective Impact at Cal Poly on Nov. 28Logo for the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) held two forums during fall quarter to inform participants about the "collective impact framework" and gain input about potential strategy groups for collaboration on diversity and inclusion. OUDI has compiled the feedback, developed a preliminary plan for collective impact at Cal Poly and would like to share it with the campus community. Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear a report from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Chumash Auditorium (Room 204) in the University Union. Questions? Email or call ext. 6-2250.

STRIDE Monthly Seminar Addresses Breastfeeding on the Central Coast

Join STRIDE for its monthly research seminar from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 30, in Room 101 of the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180). Leslie Mehigan, coordinator for the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition and regional breastfeeding liaison for Santa Barbara County’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; and Lindsey Arevalos, lactation specialist and project coordinator at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, will present "Breastfeeding on the Central Coast: Where are we and what are the community’s needs?" Questions? Email Susan Staub at

Inside Higher Ed Webinar About Moving to the Cloud Now Available Online

Graphic of clouds and lightbulb.On Nov. 9, Information Technology Services (ITS) collaborated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host a webinar for Inside Higher Ed, titled “Cal Poly’s Future-Proof Strategy for Cloud Adoption.” Paul Jurasin, director of new programs; and Dustin DeBrum, manager of enterprise applications, discussed how ITS is approaching the migration of the university's technology infrastructure to the cloud, the opportunities for innovation that it presents, and the collaborative relationship the university has with AWS. Cal Poly announced in June that all core applications would be moved to the AWS cloud. A recording of the webcast is available at

New Mindfulness Meditation Group

A new mindfulness meditation group will meet from 12:10 to 1 p.m. every Monday in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 201. Mindfulness meditation is a non-religious exercise of paying attention to your present-moment experience. Many people find it calming and relaxing. No experience is necessary. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

PK-12 Educator Symposium on Supporting Immigrant Students and Their Families Set for Dec. 2

PK-12 Educator Symposium to be held Dec. 2.Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the PK-12 Educator Symposium: Supporting Immigrant Students and Their Families from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2, in the BioResource and Agricultural Education Building (No. 8), Room 123. Guest speakers include teachers from local schools and education programs. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the School of Education, the Dream Center and the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success (CCC-USS). For more information, visit the CCC-USS Facebook page or email The Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success is dedicated to creating and sustaining a system to support undocumented students in our region so that they can achieve their personal and professional goals. The next meeting for the coalition is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Jaffa Cafe in Arroyo Grande (206 E. Branch St.). New members are welcome.

Presentation to be Held Nov. 27 on New Technology to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

A presentation, "How to save the world, or carbon capture by temperature swing adsorption," will be held Nov. 27The Office of Research and Economic Development is sponsoring a presentation, "How to Save the World, or Carbon Capture by Temperature Swing Adsorption," by John Dunning, a Cal Poly Research Scholar in Residence. He will discuss a developing technology that can capture carbon dioxide and contain the gas so that it cannot contribute to global warming. The presentation will be held at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. All faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Allie Walter in the Office of Research and Economic Development at or ext. 6-5153, or visit the Research Scholars in Residence website.

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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.


Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 1

The University Jazz Bands will present their Fall Jazz Concert on Dec. 1, 2017.The University Jazz Bands will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Spanos Theatre. The musical diversity that has always characterized jazz will be showcased as the jazz bands perform funk from Tower of Power, the Latin jazz of Tito Puente and Mario Bauza, traditional jazz by Miles Davis and Joe Henderson, contemporary jazz by Pat Metheny and more. Two big bands featuring four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalist will demonstrate the “wall of sound” for which big bands are famous. Two jazz combos will also perform. The bands are directed by Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly Choirs to Present ‘Holiday Kaleidoscope’ Dec. 2

Cal Poly Choirs to present "Holiday Kaleidoscope" on Dec. 2, 2017.The Cal Poly Choirs, led by Scott Glysson, will present the festive “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center. PolyPhonics, the University Singers and Early Music Ensemble will be joined in the concert by three local high school choirs: Cabrillo (Lompoc), Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Additional special guests will be featured, including string and brass players and special guest speakers. Works to be perfomed include “Magnificat in G Major” by Charles Stanford, a selection from the “All Night Vigil” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and various arrangements of popular carols and seasonal tunes. Newer works include “Serenity” by Ola Gjeilo, “The Rune of Hospitality” by jazz composer Alf Houkom, and a spiritual setting by Moses Hogan. Audience members can participate in a carol sing-along. Staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs on piano and organ. Jennifer Peterson conducts the Cabrillo High School choir, Holly Banfield conducts the Morro Bay High School choir and Colleen Chester conducts the San Luis Obispo High School choir. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Symphony Opens Season with ‘Music from the New World on Dec. 3

Jeff MidkiffThe Cal Poly Symphony, conducted by David Arrivée, will be joined by composer and mandolin soloist Jeff Midkiff for its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Performing Arts Center. Midkiff (at left) will perform his Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra, “From the Blue Ridge.” The concerto draws on the composer’s deep experience in the bluegrass musical tradition and reflects his own roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Midkiff has performed the concerto across the nation, including a performance with the Boulder Philharmonic at the Kennedy Center. The symphony will also perform Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World,” written in 1893. Dvořák wrote to a friend, “The Americans expect great things of me. I am to show them the way into the Promised Land, the realm of a new, independent art, in short a national style of music!” While Dvořák did draw upon American sources such as spirituals, plantation songs and Native American melodies, he created a masterpiece that never leaves his native Bohemia far behind. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

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. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. 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.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, Nov. 24
Women’s Basketball vs. Robert Morris, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26
Women’s Basketball vs. San Francisco, Mott Athletics Center, noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 28
Women’s Basketball vs. CSU Monterey Bay, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Men’s Basketball vs. Pepperdine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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.

#104666 — Instructional Support Technician I, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Food Science and Nutrition. $3,419-$5,662 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Dec. 5.

#104684 — Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Student Affairs — Alumni Relations. $3,115-$5,161 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 30. 

#104658 — College of Engineering Web Coordinator (Information Technology Consultant — Career), College of Engineering — Marketing and Communications. $4,372-$9,877 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $5,000-$6,250 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 2.

#104683 — Director of Internal Audit (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

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.

There are no listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for open positions. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no listings at this time.

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