Cal Poly Report — Sept. 20, 2017


Cal Poly Named Best in the West for 25th Straight Year

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.For the 25th consecutive year, Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News and World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook. The 2018 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 11th place overall in the West for regional universities. Cal Poly’s College of Engineering ranked No. 7 on the list of best engineering master's/bachelor's programs in the nation, in a tie with Bucknell University of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Among specialty programs, the college’s computer engineering program was ranked No. 2 nationwide; civil engineering tied for second; and aerospace, electrical and mechanical engineering each ranked third. Cal Poly also ranked sixth in the West for most veteran-friendly universities — a listing that shows military vets and active-duty service members which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them make pursuing a college education more affordable. Cal Poly is also the top-ranked public university in this category. Read more here.

College of Liberal Arts Dean to Retire in August 2018

College of Liberal Arts Dean Doug EppersonDoug Epperson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will retire in August 2018. He has been the dean since 2012. Epperson has been a strong proponent for interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. He helped to introduce four new minors that combine the studies of science, technology and society. He is also committed to diversity and inclusion. He formed a standing inclusivity and diversity committee for both students and faculty, and he hired an associate dean for diversity and curriculum. “Under Dean Epperson’s leadership, the College of Liberal Arts has achieved a new level of excellence,” said Provost Kathleen Enz Finken. “He has been instrumental in understanding and promoting the critical role of the arts, humanities and social sciences in our polytechnic environment.” Epperson previously served as dean at Washington State University and associate dean at Iowa State University, where he was an administrator and professor in the Psychology Department for more than 25 years. The university will begin the recruitment process for the college’s next dean this fall, with the aim of appointing the next dean before summer. Read more here.

Cal Poly Hosts First UndocuWeek

UndocuWeek will be held Sept. 18-22.Cal Poly is offering its first UndocuWeek from Sept. 18-22. Organized by the Undocumented Student Working Group, this event is designed for undocumented students and students in mixed status families. Events and workshops focus on wellness and self-care, internship and career options, legal resources and updates, and financial aid and scholarships options. Some events are open to faculty and staff allies. For more information, visit the website or email The week’s activities are sponsored by the Career Services Diversity Support Fund.

New Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy Now in Effect on Campus

Be Well campaign for a smoke and tobacco free campus.The California State University system has implemented a "smoke and tobacco free" policy, effective Sept. 1, to promote a healthy and safe campus for students, faculty, staff and guests. Smoking and the use of tobacco products, as well as the use of nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all Cal Poly property, including indoor and outdoor spaces owned and operated by campus auxiliaries. The policy also includes off-campus space or facilities leased by the campus, as well as off-campus university sponsored events. A "Be Well" campaign will increase the awareness of the smoke-, vapor- and tobacco-free policy on campus; more information and resources are available to support and empower those who want to quit smoking. If policy compliance remains a challenge after extensive campus education and outreach, the university reserves the right to issue fines for infractions. Learn more at

Strawberry Center Named in $4.5 Million Grant for Disease Research

Strawberries The Cal Poly Strawberry Center, along with a team of scientists throughout California and Florida, has been awarded a $4.5 million grant to identify strawberry plants with natural disease resistance. The grant, from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), was awarded to improve the disease resistance and sustainable production of strawberries throughout the nation. The Cal Poly Strawberry Center will receive about $480,000 of the grant funding for research on campus, which will be headed by Director Gerald Holmes and plant pathologist and Professor Kelly Ivors. The center will conduct field and laboratory research aimed at accelerating the development of disease-resistant strawberry cultivars and pathogen detection techniques. “This grant allows the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to play a central and critical role in a national project of great importance to the strawberry industry,” Holmes said.

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Student Success

Architecture Student Takes First Place in Steel Design Competition

Architecture fifth-year student Kevin Herhusky took first place in the open category of the 2017 Student Steel Design Competition, organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and supported by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Herhusky was awarded first place in the competition’s Category II, which allowed students to freely investigate steel design. His project, the Public Factory, aims to rebuild “an industrial icon of Detroit’s past in order to galvanize its future.” The building would be constructed in phases, on the site of a former department store in downtown Detroit. “The project idea developed out of an initial interest in Detroit and several of the problems the city is currently facing, and continued to grow through research and design iteration,” Herhusky said. “I was surprised and excited to hear I had been awarded. It is a huge honor and a great motivator, as I get ready to start my fifth-year thesis project.” Architecture Department Lecturer Margarida Yin was Herhusky’s faculty sponsor. View his project here.

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Professors Win $140,000 USDA Grant to Teach Environmental Science Communication

Yi-Wen Chiu, assistant professor in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, left, and English Professor Jason Peters.Yi-Wen Chiu, an assistant professor in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, and English Professor Jason Peters were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grants are funded through NIFA’s Higher Education Challenge Grants Program, which aims to help higher education institutions teach the next generation of food and agricultural science professionals. Chiu and Peters will receive approximately $140,000 over three years to pilot an undergraduate curriculum that combines environmental science and rhetoric. One goal of the new curriculum is to teach students how to best communicate about sustainable agriculture. The curriculum will consist of required courses in environmental life-cycle analysis combined with courses in public rhetoric and environmental communication. Chiu and Peters plan to publish the results of this collaboration, contributing to the development of interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability at other institutions around the world.

Distinguished Scholarship Award Winners to be Honored Sept. 29

From left, Professor Jay Singh, Associate Professor Suzanna Phelan, and Professor Patrick Lin.
The 2016-17 Distinguished Scholarship Award winners — Jay Singh, professor of industrial technology and Packaging Program director; Associate Professor Suzanne Phelan of the Kinesiology Department; and Professor Patrick Lin of the Philosophy Department — will be honored at a presentation from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Faculty, staff and students are invited to join Provost Kathleen Enz Finken at the event, hosted in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee. For more information, call the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186 or go to A welcome and remarks at 9 a.m. will be followed by presentations from each award winner:
— 9:15 a.m.: Singh will present "Cradle-to-Cradle: The Value Proposition of Packaging."
— 9:45 a.m.: Phelan will present "Obesity Epidemic: Lifestyle Interventions from Preconception to Postpartum."
— 10:15 a.m.: Lin on "Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: The Big Picture." 
A reception will follow at 10:45 a.m.

New University Store Director Brings 20 Years' Experience to Cal Poly

David Watts started working with Follett Higher Education when he was a student at San Diego State University. Now, 20 years later, he has taken over the helm at the Cal Poly University Store. The new director of the University Store arrived a couple of months ago to ensure a smooth transition of management of the on-campus store, as well as Cal Poly Downtown and the University Store e-commerce site. Watts previously worked at California State University, San Bernardino, and in his time with Follett, has worked at UC Berkeley, University of Kansas, the Claremont Colleges, and the Coastal Community College District. Transitioning University Store management to Follett will bring a wider range of affordable course material options to Cal Poly faculty and students as well as the opportunity to offer more Open Education Resources (OER) content and courseware, some of which are free. There is also a 10 percent discount program for faculty and staff.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Sept. 21

Faculty and staff mixer at Myron's restaurant.Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is welcoming back faculty and staff this fall with a mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. The event will feature items from the new fall Myron’s menu plus one glass of beer or wine for $6 per guest. The mixer will offer a special tasting of the chef’s cheese plate, arugula and tomato salad, meat board, and a crudité platter. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Recreation Center. For more information, visit

Starr LeeAfter a 16-year tenure with the Cal Poly Corporation, Starr Lee, director of administration and legal affairs, will be moving to California State University, Monterey Bay to serve as the associate executive director for the University Corporation. Lee has served as legal counsel to the Corporation since 2001. Prior to her time at Cal Poly, Lee lived and worked as a lobbyist-lawyer, doing management analysis, and serving as a project manager. During this transition, Will Marchese, Facilities and Capital Projects manager, will be taking over legal affairs and contract administration responsibilities. Marchese is a licensed attorney with a background in contracting, advising and negotiating terms and conditions, and as legal counsel providing general business advice and support. Business operations support, as well as the associated business and finance policy and compliance, will be centralized under Dan Banfield, senior director of Business and Finance. Human resources and employment policies and related issues will continue to be directed to the Human Resources office, under Kacey Chun. Corporation administration and governance, board support and policies, and associated CSU and university delegations and policies, will be directed to the corporation’s executive director’s office.

Learn How to Apply CliftonStrengths with Students in Workshop Series

University Advising has scheduled the first of a two-part CliftonStrengths — formerly Strengths Quest — workshop series from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. In CS 100, you will discover your innate talents through reflective activities that equip you with the foundation to apply strengths with students. University Advising will also hold a CS 200-level workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Science Building, Room E28. During CS 200, you’ll interact with colleagues and explore ways to mentor, advise or teach students using CliftonStrengths. To register for the CS 100 workshop, click here. To register for the CS 200 workshop, click here. For more information about CliftonStrengths for Students, visit and If you have any questions, contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

New Sessions Added for Exposing Hidden Bias Workshop

New sessions added for Exposing Hidden Bias workshop.The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity (OUDI) and Employee and Organization Development have added new sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop on Sept. 22, Oct. 25, Nov. 9 and Nov. 30. The Exposing Hidden Bias workshop brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming the impact in our work and relationships. Learn about diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly, how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn about resources available for additional learning and involvement. View sessions and register here.

Course Reserves Offer Easy, Affordable Access to Course Materials

Kennedy Library encourages instructors to place course-related materials on reserve early in fall quarter to ensure that all students have access, although requests are accepted at any time. Course Reserves give students easy access to library books, instructors’ personal book copies, and media materials such as DVDs, videotapes, slides, and audio recordings. Book excerpts and articles can also be made electronically available via PolyLearn. To use the Course Reserves program, complete the online submission form or use the online submission computer station at the Access Services department in Kennedy Library. Kennedy Library also provides support for instructors interested in adopting low-cost and freely available course resources, including library-licensed e-books and journal articles. Visit the Open and Affordable Resources Guide for more information.

Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising Workshop to be offered Oct. 6

Are you new to faculty advising at Cal Poly and would like some information and support? Have you been advising for a while, and want a refresher? University Advising will offer a training workshop for undergraduate faculty advisors from 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 6, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48. 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 for this workshop, click here.

Principles of Supervision Workshop Offered by Employee and Organization Development

Principles of Supervision workshopWould you like to optimize your role as a supervisor? Are you interested in gaining additional skill in ensuring the work gets done, engaging people to perform and influencing your group to work as a team? After a successful pilot offering this summer, Employee and Organization Development will again offer the Principles of Supervision workshop with two separate two-day sessions in late September and late November. The program will provide the information and tools needed through the following five modules on two non-consecutive days:
— The Role of the Supervisor: Managing Performance
— Developing Direct Reports
— Guiding and Managing the Work
— Managing Relationships
— Managing Yourself
These fall 2017 opportunities require a commitment to attend both days of the session as well as management approval, and are subject to availability. The two-day session starting in late September will be held Sept. 28 and Oct. 12; the second session will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 12. Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 4:45 p.m. (with the on-campus location to be determined). Learn more and register here.

Revised Academic Calendars Are Available Online

Revisions have been made to the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic calendars because the new option to hold common final exams on Saturday may not count as an academic work day. The calendars are available online. The revisions are as follows:
— 2017-18 academic calendar: The “summary of calendar days” found at the end of the calendar has been revised to indicate there is a total of 170 academic work days, instead of 173 days. There have been no changes to actual dates in the academic calendar.
— 2018-19 academic calendar: An evaluation day has been added on March 25, 2019, the day before winter quarter grades are due, in order to meet the minimum requirement of 170 work days in an academic year. The “summary of calendar days” has been updated as well.

New Book and Learning Circles Announced for Fall Quarter

Book and Learning Circles.Employee and Organization Development has announced its fall 2017 Book and Learning Circles. What was originally comprised of only Book Circles — reading a book and discussing as a group — has now been expanded to include discussions related to videos, articles and online courses, known as Learning Circles. These different options are intended to address employees’ varied learning styles and provide opportunities that encourage open sharing, exploration and discourse. 
— Book Circles: The fall 2017 Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three sessions. Participants will receive a print copy of the book, with some books available as e-books and audiobooks. The books include: “Overcoming Bias” by Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman; “Brian Rules” by John Medina; and “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott. Learn more about the books here.
— Learning Circles: Two Learning Circles are being offered in fall 2017. The first Learning Circle, “Work-life Essentials: Mindfulness, Leadership and Inclusion,” will involve reading an article or watching a video over the course of three sessions. Participants will receive articles and videos in advance of live sessions. The second Learning Circle is a facilitated, weekly group discussion that supplements the free online course, called “The Science of Happiness.” The online portion of the course is offered by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center via the edX online platform. In addition, Genie Kim and Jeff Williams will facilitate a weekly group discussion. To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Fall Quarter

Three Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for fall quarter: from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20; 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. The workshops will be led by Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Al Liddicoat, vice provost for Academic Affairs and Personnel. 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). Visit for more information. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

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Kimi IkedaAfter 35 years of service to Cal Poly, Kimi Ikeda, chief operating officer for Information Technology Services (ITS) will retire Friday, Sept. 29. Ikeda’s career began as a work-study student employee in Athletics followed by various administrative roles in Administration and Finance (AFD). Most notable in her career was the assistance she provided to the CSU in establishing the housing management structure needed prior to the conveyance of property from the U.S. Army to CSU Monterey Bay. Ikeda moved to Academic Affairs in 1996, where she worked behind the scenes supporting numerous presentations to the legislature that ultimately resulted in Cal Poly’s ability to pursue campus based fees — the first being implemented in 1996. She has led many team efforts including the conversion and implementation of a new student administration system, and an earlier graduation initiative where the efforts resulted in notable increases in Cal Poly’s four, five and six-year graduation rates. For more than 30 years, Ikeda worked behind the scenes, where she likes to be, making a positive difference that has been felt by many. ITS will hold an ice cream social in Ikeda’s honor at the Cal Poly Plant Shop from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The plant shop will be open for business as usual during that time.

Manny Magana.Manny Magana is retiring Friday, Sept. 29, from Cal Poly after 23 years of service. Magana graduated from Cal Poly in 1989 with a degree in mathematics. Magana began his career with the Admissions Office in 1994 as a programmer. He worked on the legacy SIS system and developed macros written in Word for direct mail (U.S. Postal Service) communication to students. In 2004, Magana became part of the PeopleSoft Student Administration team, writing and modifying reports for Admissions, Financial Aid and the Office of the Registrar. He was involved in many projects and efforts during his tenure at Cal Poly, including the Multi-Criteria Admissions (MCA), which he continues to support. For the last 10 years, Magana has provided a wide variety of ad hoc data sets and reports to the campus at large and has developed and modified PeopleSoft reports in support of Academic Affairs' initiatives and reporting needs. His retirement plans include some traveling, home gardening projects, horticulture and hiking. He also plans to spend more time with his friends and to volunteer for a variety of community projects.

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Catastrophic Leave

Kristine Roberts, administrative support assistant II in the Cal Poly International Center, 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 Azucena Perez at ext. 6-6118 or to request a donation form.

Stephanie Roberson, administrator II in the Performing Arts Center, 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 Marilyn Carlson at ext. 6-7555 or to request a donation form.

Edgar Cainglit, custodian in University Housing, 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 Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Greg Hardy, custodian in Facilities 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 Celeste English at ext. 6-7274 or to request a donation form.

Miriam Rabban, administrative coordinator in the Cal Poly International Center, 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 Cheri Baumgarten at ext. 6-1576 or to request a donation form.

Sharif Sharifi, administrator II in ITS – Info Security Office, 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 805-756-1508 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 at 805-756-6173 or to request a donation form.

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.

Kurt Brown, instructional support technician III in the College of Liberal Arts – Art and Design, 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 Whitney Haas at ext. 6-1149 or to request a donation form.

Guadalupe (Yanet) Aguilar, custodian in Facilities 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 Celeste English at ext. 6-7274 or to request a donation form.

Erika Cota Diaz, administrative analyst/specialist in University Housing Administration, 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 Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Jeffrey Porter, network analyst in University Housing Administration, 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 Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Shannon Lutze, payroll analyst in Fiscal Services — Payroll 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 Lisa West at ext. 6-5868 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Changes Made to Transportation and Parking Services

Cal Poly Transportation and Parking ServicesAs the campus grows, so does the demand for parking and alternate transportation methods on campus. In an effort to better serve our community and take into consideration the true function of the parking operations at Cal Poly, Parking Services has been rebranded as Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS). Transportation and Parking Services' goals are to move the campus forward in an efficient manner while maximizing the utilization of department resources and to build stronger relationships with our community to address the current and future demands of the Cal Poly campus. Transportation and Parking Services has revised a number of the Parking Fee Rates and the Parking Rules and Regulations for the 2017-18 academic year. Visit Transportation and Parking Services to review all updates. Transportation and Parking Services is committed to increasing and expanding sustainable alternative transportation options. Our focus is on promoting alternative transportation option as well as our commitment to ensuring a safe parking experience when visiting the Cal Poly campus. Visit for more information.

Campus Community Invited to Sept. 27 Workshop for an Academic Support Network Initiative 

Student Affairs and Academic Programs and Planning are sponsoring a series of workshops designed to create a shared vision for academic support across campus, including tutoring services and supplemental instruction. The first in the series will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Over a three-month period, participants will create a shared vision and compelling goals for an equally accessible network of academic support, examine critical issues related to academic support that need attention, identify models for a student academic success network, and define the direction for a coordinated approach to academic support services. The workshops are open to campus leadership, the advising community, faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Shelly Wolf at ext. 6-5709. Seating is limited to 150 people. To RSVP by September 20, click here.

Volunteers Needed for Annual Creek Clean-Up Day Sept. 30

Creek clean-up day planned Sept. 30Join family, friends and neighbors at this annual county-wide volunteer effort, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30. Cleaning the creeks helps protect  wildlife and improves the beauty of San Luis Obispo County. Fall is an important time to remove trash before winter rains arrive and wash debris and trash into the ocean. Check in at one of seven locations throughout the county that morning. For more information, visit Cal Poly's Environmental Health and Safety website at

Campus Invited to 10th Annual Fall Convocation Sept. 28

The Chicanx/Latinx Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) will hold its 10th annual Fall Convocation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Chumash Auditorium (UU 207). The event is open to students, faculty and staff. To add your name to the email list for future notifications about meetings and events, contact Debra Valencia-Laver at For more information, visit the CLFSA website or the group’s Facebook page.

Study Abroad Fair to be Held Sept. 28

Study Abroad FairThe International Center will showcase its programs at the Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, on Dexter Lawn. Explore the variety of study abroad opportunities available — with more than 400 programs in 75 countries — hear from former study aboard students who will be on hand to share their experiences, and learn how to make a study abroad experience a reality. Study Abroad programs can be anywhere in length from a spring break trip to a year aboard. Students will return home with an excellent education, broadened communication skills, a new perspective on culture and a willingness to learn. These intangible skills are highly valued by employers and can help you compete in a global market.

Cal Poly Queer Studies Minor Launch Party on Wednesday, Oct. 4

The Women's and Gender Studies Department will host a Queer Studies Minor Launch Party from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Kennedy Library Atrium (No. 35). Everyone on campus is invited to celebrate the new minor with desserts and light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Women's and Gender Studies Department website or email

Dean of Students and Student Academic Services Have Moved, Expanded Services

At the end of spring quarter, several departments within the Dean of Students office and Student Academic Services exchanged office spaces. In addition, Parent and Family Programs and Commencement joined the Dean of Students department.
Dean of Students departments are now located in the Hillcrest Building (No. 81), with the following programs found there: Dean of Students Office; Parent and Family Programs and Commencement; Student Rights and Responsibilities; Student Support, Success and Retention (which serves the Hunger Program and Cal Poly Cares). Other Dean of Students programs can be found in the following buildings:
Science Building (No. 52): Center for Service in Action, Men and Masculinity, and the Veterans Success Center.
University Union (No. 65): Center for Leadership, Club Sports, Cross Cultural Centers (MultiCultural Center, Pride Center, and Gender Equity Center), Safer, and Student Clubs and Organizations.
In addition, Fraternity and Sorority Life is now located in the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). For updated individual office locations in the Hillcrest Building, please refer to the Cal Poly Directory. Student Academic Services departments now located in the Science Building include all Educational Opportunity Program counselors, the Cal Poly Scholars program, the office of SAS Assistant Director Mardel Baldwin, and the administrative office of Judy Holloway and Angela Marino. Phone numbers remain the same.

Campus Dining Unveils New Food Options Across Campus

805 KitchenThis fall, the campus community has a number of new dining options available. Renovations to Campus Dining facilities, including an update to two venues in The Avenue and a reboot of the former 19 Metro, took place throughout the summer, resulting in seven new restaurants as well as numerous upgraded and improved menus at established locations. The changes were done in line with Campus Dining’s effort to lessen the campus’s environmental impact through programs, products and services that reduce Cal Poly’s “foodprint.” Additionally, a registered dietitian is available to accommodate dietary restrictions, develop educational programs and improve overall student health. The following are some of the new venues and offerings on campus.
— 805 Kitchen: Campus Dining’s all-you-care-to-eat venue featuring a variety of eclectic cuisines including sustainable eats, Mediterranean fare and an action station.
— 805 Café: Located in the atrium of 805 Kitchen, 805 Café offers a variety of salads, sandwiches and pastries as well as Sambazon Acai Bowls, and Whalebird Kombucha.
— Canyon Café: This modern diner features local ingredients and homemade recipes for everything from breakfast burritos and burgers, to a side of crispy onion rings.
— Poly Deli: The campus’s new sandwich shop features breakfast sandwiches served all day and artisan-crafted creations made with fresh baked bread from a local bakery.
— Student Choice: Twice a quarter, Campus Dining will survey students, and its chefs will design a menu featuring the favorite fare.
— Shake Smart: Offering freshly blended protein shakes, organic acai bowls and all-natural sandwiches. Shake Smart is located outside the Recreation Center.
— Tu Taco: Build your own burrito from a variety of fresh, flavorful ingredients, or simply order your favorite tacos from the menu.

Cal Poly to Attend Fall Career Fair Sept. 27-28

Cal Poly career fair.Cal Poly will attend the upcoming Cal Poly Fall Career Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 27-28. Human Resources’ Talent Acquisition team will attend both days, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and have information on all currently posted staff and management jobs, especially those of interest to graduates and those to soon graduate. For more details about the Fall Career Fair, visit the Career Services website. To view all current staff and management job openings, visit the Cal Poly Jobs website. If your department would like to participate at the Cal Poly Career Fair booth, please contact Caroline Cerussi at ext. 6-5475.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, Dec. 1, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research, and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Jeff Sklar will serve as the consultant. He is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, he will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, or to schedule a consultation, email

Parent and Family Programs Accepting Items for Poly Parent News

Poly Parent News accepting submissions.Parent and Family Programs is now accepting submissions from campus partners for Poly Parent News. The dynamic monthly newsletter is designed to communicate timely and exciting university information, resources, events and reminders to parents and supporters of Cal Poly students. With an audience of more than 11,000 parents, Poly Parent News is a great opportunity to showcase a department or program. To submit content, complete the Poly Parent News Content Submission form. To view past newsletters, visit For questions, concerns or comments, contact program coordinator Bailey Hamblin at or ext. 6-1580.

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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.


Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist to Speak at Cal Poly Sept. 20

Jose Antonio VargasOn Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity (OUDI) is hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and social activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who will speak on the struggles of undocumented immigrants in today’s America. Vargas will give a keynote speech as part of “Undocu Week,” organized by the Undocumented Student Working Group and the Cal Poly Dream Center. His talk, “Define American,” will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A screening and discussion for his film “Documented” will precede his talk from 2 to 4 p.m. Both events will be held at Spanos Theatre and are free and open to the public. For more information or for accommodation requests, call OUDI at ext. 6-2250.

Jodi Evans of CODEPINK to Speak on Campus Sept. 23

Jodi Evans, the co-founder and director of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, will give a talk titled “Growing a Local Peace Economy and Divesting from the War Machine” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 213. Evans will argue that, “Wars are robbing our schools, our healthcare, our children and their future.” Participants will learn how to divest and be the catalyst to change local culture into one that thrives and grows peace in a just transition. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and SLO Speaks. For more information, email or click here.

Cal Poly Music Graduate to Discuss Career Development in the Music Industry Oct. 5

Mike AnnuzziThose wanting to learn about music business, marketing, songwriting and more, are invited to attend a Music Department presentation at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. Mike Annuzzi, a 2009 graduate of the Music Department, will guide a discussion on career development in all aspects of the music industry. Annuzzi is a Silicon Valley-based music professional who has performed more than 1,000 shows in the past five years and visits the Central Coast regularly. He was a featured artist at the 2017 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention at the Anaheim Convention Center. He recently launched Music Accelerator, a blog-cast website that offers support to music professionals and aspiring professionals. On March 19 in Paso Robles, he spoke on a panel for CC Music-Con (Central Coast Music Convention) on the topic of music distribution. The free presentation is open to Cal Poly students and members of the campus community. It is sponsored by the Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly Music Department Announces 2017-18 Events

Music Department 2017-18 eventsThe Music Department's next new season event is set for Oct. 28, when Scott Glysson, Cal Poly’s new director of choral activities and vocal studies, will conduct the Cal Poly Choirs in a concert titled “Reflections on Life and Love” at 8 p.m. in Mission San Luis Obispo. On Dec. 3, Jeff Midkiff, a nationally active soloist and composer, will perform his Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra, “From the Blue Ridge” with the Cal Poly Symphony at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The concert, titled “Music from the New World,” features works that draw on America’s diverse musical traditions. Additional fall events include: Nov. 4 — Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert; Nov. 12 — Bandfest 2017: Earth; Dec. 1 — Fall Jazz Concert; and Dec. 2 — Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope (two performances). The department will ring in the new year in with a solo piano recital by W. Terrence Spiller on Jan. 12, and Bach Week Jan. 16-20. The complete list of events for the 2017-18 season, which runs through June —including free offerings — is available on the Music Department’s calendar website. For more information, call ext. 6-2406 or email the department. Printed versions of the event brochure are available on request. Tickets are on sale at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849.

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

Thursday, Sept. 21
Women’s Soccer vs. Denver, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22
Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Men’s Soccer vs. CSU Bakersfield, Paso Robles Horse Park, 11 a.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 4:30 p.m.
Football vs. Northern Arizona, Spanos Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24
Women’s Soccer vs. Santa Clara, Spanos Stadium, noon.

Monday, Sept. 25
Men’s Soccer vs. Portland, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Riverside, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Irvine, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Men’s Soccer vs. Cal State Fullerton, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Riverside, Spanos Stadium, 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.

#104607 — Emergency Management Coordinator (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), University Police — Emergency Management. $3,897-$6,453 per month. Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,897-$5,500 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 20.

#104609 — Analyst/Programmer — Career, Information Technology Services — Enterprise Application Services. Up to two positions available. $4,372-$9,877 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$8,300 per month depending on qualifications and position. Open until filled.

#104608 — Financial Aid Counselor (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,935-$5,595 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 25.

#104616 — Coordinator for the National Network for Peer Accountability (WITH US) (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs — WITH US. $4,204-$4,417 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 27.

#104612 — Network Analyst — Service Lead (Network Analyst — Career), Information Technology Services — Enterprise Network Services. $4,372-$9,401 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $6,667-$8,750 per month. Open until filled.

#104604 — Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Office of the Dean. $3,115-$5,161 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Sept. 28.

#104606 — Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Engineering — Dean's Office. $3,115-$5,161 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,200-$4,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 2.

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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