Cal Poly Report — Nov. 8, 2017

Please note: Because the campus will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day, the deadline for the Nov. 15 issue of Cal Poly Report is 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.


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Experience a life-or-death adventure on Mt. Everest with alumnus John Stenderup. Celebrate WOW's 60th anniversary with a photo essay of this year's event. Learn what Cal Poly faculty researchers are doing to help feed the world's growing population. All these stories and more are in the new issue of Cal Poly Magazine, now on newsstands around campus and online at


Campus Health and Wellbeing to Host Health Fee Adjustment Forum on Nov. 9

Campus Health and Wellbeing invites the campus community to participate in a discussion about the proposed student health fee adjustment. The forum is open to the entire campus community. Students will have the opportunity to submit their comments and share their opinions. The forum will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 9, in UU 220. Learn more about health and wellness services at Unable to attend the forum? View the Cal Poly Health Fee Advisory Presentation online here.

Vet Net Ally Training to be Held for Faculty and Staff on Nov. 9

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 9, during Veterans Awareness Week. The Vet Net Ally Training will be held at 10 a.m. at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). The workshop will focus on understanding the experiences of student veterans. Attendees will receive Vet Net Ally stickers to display in their offices. RSVP to

Campus Dining Seeks Feedback to Build a Better Dining Experience

Prizes for taking a Campus Dining survey include a cornhole set, a GoPro Hero 6 and Amazon Echo Plus.As part of its “Build a Better Dining Experience” campaign, Campus Dining is inviting members of the campus community to share their thoughts and opinions in exchange for a chance at prizes. The survey is intended to generate feedback that will drive key decisions about the future of the dining program. The effort is aimed at providing on-trend dining options and world-class facilities for the university. Students, faculty and staff who participate in the survey will be entered in a contest to win one of several prizes. The drawing includes one GoPro Hero 6, one Cal Poly Cornhole set, and Amazon Echo Plus. The survey takes about nine minutes to complete and can be accessed online at It is open now and will run through Sunday, Nov. 17.

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Student Success

KCPR Ranked First by Great Value Colleges

A sign reading KCPR 91.3, Cal Poly's student-run radio station.Student-run radio station 91.3 KCPR took the No. 1 spot on Great Value Colleges’ list of 30 Amazing College Radio Stations of 2017-18. The list of rankings was released in September and includes university radio stations such as Georgetown University and UC Berkeley. Cal Poly took the top spot based on its “dedication to the students and culture,” according to Great Value Colleges, a website dedicated to helping students make decisions about their college education. “Our programming has moved to appeal to a larger demographic on the Cal Poly campus,” said journalism senior and General Manager Brian Robbins. “We’ve really pushed new music in the last three years, and we’ve gotten a lot more structure as an organization.” Students have opportunities to work in music journalism, production, on-air broadcasting, marketing, graphic design and business administration. The station’s FM radio signal reaches from Paso Robles to the Santa Maria Valley, and can be streamed live from any location online at kcpr.orgRead more here.

University Honors Program Makes Blankets for County Women’s Shelter

Honors Program students donated more than 20 blankets to the Women's Shelter of San Luis Obispo County.During the past several weeks, Honors Program students have been visiting the Honors office and making tie blankets. Honors student assistants coordinated the blanket-making drive as a volunteer opportunity within the first-year course and experience. The program recently donated the blankets to the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County, which works to provide counseling, support and transitional housing for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Dozens of Honors students worked together to tie over 20 fleece blankets, providing valuable service for an important local community organization. Learn more about the Women’s Shelter at

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Nominations Sought for 2017-18 Outstanding Student Employee Award

Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the university's 2017-18 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year, June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018. Eligible candidates include state, ASI and Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. The 2017-18 OSEY will be announced in April. The winner is entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during the National Student Employment Week, held the second week of April. To print the 2017-18 OSEY nomination form, go to and click on the link under "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year." Nomination forms are due to Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 9. Questions? Contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Learn How to Reduce Textbook Costs at Nov. 13 Session 

Affordable Learning Solutions graphic.Textbooks represent a significant expense for students, but the good news is there are ways that faculty can help make their education more affordable. If you would like to learn how to reduce textbook costs for students, join this session. The "Affordable Learning Solutions: Introduction to Open and Affordable Resources" session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 13, in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's Teaching and Learning Commons in Kennedy Library (No. 35, Room 209). Faculty members will increase their awareness of the breadth of affordable and open resources and explore how to incorporate them into their courses. The session is the first stage in a program designed to support faculty and lower-cost educational materials (stipends available). For more information and to register, visit

Many Employees Are Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

A student studying at Cal Poly.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 Educational Fee Waiver Program website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at

Accessible Document Design Workshops to be Offered Weekly

Accessible document design workshop is being offered to Cal Poly employees.Cal Poly is committed to creating a culture of access for an inclusive learning environment. This means ensuring that all campus electronic and information technology resources, including course materials, are fully accessible to students with disabilities. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is dedicated to helping faculty create accessible course materials. Join the CTLT for one of its Accessible Document Design Workshops to create an accessible Word document with hands-on guidance. Workshops are offered weekly through Dec. 1 in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. Bring your own laptop for this 90-minute workshop. The facilitator, Instructional Designer/Accessibility Specialist Pam Dougherty, can be reached at View the workshop dates and register at

Join Cal Poly Volleyball for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Nov. 10

Cal Poly VolleyballAs a sign of appreciation for everything faculty and staff members do for the university, Cal Poly Athletics is pleased to offer four free general admission tickets to the Cal Poly Volleyball match on Friday, Nov. 10, as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. The nationally ranked team will take on UC Davis at 7 p.m. in Mott Athletics Center. All faculty and staff can claim their four free tickets to the match by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Mott Athletics Center Box Office on the night of the match. For more information or to purchase tickets to other volleyball matches, visit

Drop-In Training Sessions 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? Drop-in/open lab traning sessions will be held on the following dates (no RSVP required):
— 11:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 217D.
— 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 217D.
Schedule a one-on-one or group training session by sending an email to

International Center Seeking Employees to Host Students for Thanksgiving

The International Center is seeking staff and faculty members to host international students on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23). A small number of international students remain in the area during Thanksgiving, and the International Center wants to give those students the opportunity to experience a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. Consider opening your home to an international student on Thanksgiving Day and engage in a unique cross-cultural experience! Interested in being a host? Fill out an interest form by Nov. 16. Questions? Email

Holiday Photo Sessions Available to Faculty and Staff Brock Center is offering holiday photos for Cal Poly faculty and staff.

The Brock Center for Agricultural Communication is offering family and holiday photo sessions to Cal Poly staff and faculty from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. The cost is $50 for a 30-minute session on campus. The package includes 10 high-quality digital images. Multiple areas throughout campus and numerous props will be available. To make an appointment, call the Brock Center at ext. 6-6138 or email

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 starting 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 from 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.

Members Needed for Committee to Review Research Involving Human Subjects

Due to the number and variety of research projects involving human subjects at Cal Poly, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is seeking new members. Consistent with federal regulations and the Cal Poly Policy on the Use of Human Subjects in Research, the membership of the committee includes representatives of various races, cultural backgrounds and genders from a range of campus departments involved in human subjects research. The IRB will consider any interested staff or faculty member, but currently has identified a need for candidates who represent social science and business. Also, effective Oct. 18, the IRB will be using an online system, IRBManager, to receive and review all documentation related to human subjects research. Information and instructions on how to use the system are in the section on "The Review Process" in the Procedures and Guidelines for Human Subjects Research. If you are interested in membership or need assistance with the online system, contact Debbie Hart at or at ext. 6-1508.

'Grants 2.0' Workshop to be Held Nov. 16

Are you interested in obtaining funding for research, but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Have you submitted a proposal and had it rejected? If so, plan to attend the Grants 2.0 Workshop, presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development, in collaboration with colleagues from Hanover Research, from 8:10 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Topics will include an overview of Cal Poly’s grant administration, types of funders and funding, RFP analysis, concept development, building relationships with program officers, proposal writing, and detailed tips on developing the “DNA” of a proposal. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Allie Walter at or ext. 6-5153. Additional information on the workshop can be found on the Research and Economic Development website. Learn more here about Hanover Research.

International Education Week to be Held Nov. 13-16

International WeekNumerous events will be held from Nov. 13-16 for International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Campus Dining will have international-themed meals all week to help celebrate. Unless noted, events are open to all. The events include:
Monday Nov. 13
— Semester at Sea: Learn about faculty opportunities from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. A campus advisors information session will be held in the same location from 3 to 4 p.m.
A panel in collaboration with the Cross Cultural Centers on exploring the complexities of identity will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Union, Room 207.
Tuesday Nov. 14
— International coffee and tea time, a chance to interact with international students, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Multicultural Center, Room 217B in the University Union. Event will also include a guest speaker from Career Services.
Wednesday Nov. 15
— A keynote presentation, “Global Gypsy: Romani Music and Human Rights” by Dr. Carol Silverman will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Spanos Theatre.
Thursday Nov. 16
— A Faculty International Opportunities Resource Fair will include information on Faculty Fulbright awards, overseas teaching opportunities and internationally related grants. The event will be held on a drop-in basis from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E28.
For more information, go to

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Catastrophic Leave

Basak Williford, student services professional II — Office of the Registrar, 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 Helen Bailey at ext. 6-6313 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

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.

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.

Research Compliance Information Available for Faculty, Staff and Students

In response to federal requirements, the university has established policies and procedures for protecting people and animals involved in research projects, for addressing instances of scientific fraud, and for regulating the export of materials and information that are considered relevant to national security. All faculty, staff and students should be aware of these policies and follow designated procedures when conducting research. Information on all policies governing research at Cal Poly can be found on the Grants Development 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.


Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘4000 Miles’ Nov. 9-11

Theatre and Dance to open its season with '4000 Miles'The Theatre and Dance Department has opened its season with Amy Herzog’s "4000 Miles," which continues at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11, in Spanos Theatre. “4000 Miles” was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play. Herzog also won the 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. This honest and warmhearted play is a rich study in two characters. While biking across America, 21-year-old Leo spends a month with his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, in New York City. Together, the pair navigates a maze of heartbreak, humor and healing. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office. For more information, contact the Theatre and Dance Department at ext. 6-1465 or

Cal Poly Bands Begin Season of ‘Earth and Sky’ at Bandfest Concert Nov. 12

BandfestNearly 300 students will perform at the annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Performing Arts Center. The Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will present bold and powerful works for the modern symphonic band, including a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary. The afternoon will also include the Mustang Marching Band performing high-energy selections from this year’s athletic band catalogue. The Wind Orchestra begins the concert with performances of Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day.” The Wind Ensemble will continue with performances of Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” Roger Cichy’s “Bugs” and Bernstein’s “Profanation” from his Symphony No. 1. The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional favorites, the band will perform music from “Les Miserables” and hip-hop artist Macklemore. The band will be introduced by Mike Moreno, the “voice” for Cal Poly football. The bands are directed by Interim Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff. 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.

International Education Week Keynote Talk to be Held Nov. 15

Carol SilvermanAs part of International Education Week, a keynote presentation will be made by Carol Silverman, a cultural anthropologist and folklorist who has been involved with Balkan music and culture for more than 30 years as a researcher, teacher, activist and performer. She also explores the phenomenon of “Gypsy” music in relation to issues of appropriation, representation and the negotiation of identities in the world music market. Silverman will speak from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Spanos Theatre. The talk is a collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and the Social Sciences Department. The event is free; seating is on a first-come basis. A parking permit is required; event parking is $10 per vehicle. Learn more at The full schedule of International Education Week events is available 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. 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. 10
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Football vs. Sacramento State, Spanos Stadium, 6:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
Men’s Basketball vs. Holy Names, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 16
Women’s Basketball vs. Grand Canyon, Mott Athletics Center, 11 a.m.

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.

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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.

#104672 — Communication Specialist (Public Affairs / Communication Specialist II), Orfalea College of Business — Dean’s Office. $3,515-$5,818 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,515-$4,833 per month. Open until filled.

#104663 — Per-Diem Phlebotomist/Clinical Laboratory Assistant, Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services. Up to two hourly per diem positions, temporary through June 30, 2019, with possible extension (non-benefited). Anticipated hiring range: $20-$23 per hour. Hours will vary. Applicant must be able to work Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as needed. Open until filled. 

#104674 — Registered Nurse, Student Affairs — Health Services. Anticipated hiring range: $3,403-$4,618 per month. This position is paid under the 10/12 pay plan, where salary for 10 months is distributed over 12 months with July and August off (with pay, benefits and vacation/sick leave accrual continuing through months off). Open until filled.

#104656 — Software Developer/Stack Developer (Analyst/Programmer – Career), Information Technology Services — Application Development and Information Management. Up to two positions available. $4,372-$9,877 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $5,417-$7,500 per month. Open until filled.

#104677 — Educational Opportunity Counselor (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs — Student Academic Services. $4,288-$6,109 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,288-$4,414 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 11. 

#104676 — Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Science and Mathematics — Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education — Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation Program. Temporary, parttime. $1,424-$2,355.50 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 27.  

#104667 — Associate Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships (Administrator I), Financial Aid and Scholarships. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Dec. 8.

#104680 — Vice President of University Development (Administrator IV), Office of the President — University Development. Salary commensurate with background and 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.

Executive and Academic Management Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site to view detailed information about the following vacancies and to complete the management application to apply for the positions shown below. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-6574.

#104620 — Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs (Administrator III — internal recruitment open to full-time Cal Poly employees with tenured full professor rank and status in an academic department), Academic Programs and Planning. Open until filled. Review begin date extended to Nov. 17.

#104653 — Dean, College of Engineering (Administrator IV). Open until filled.

#104662 — Dean, College of Liberal Arts (Administrator IV). Open until filled.

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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