Cal Poly Report — April 18, 2018


Amy S. Fleischer to Lead College of Engineering 

Amy FleischerProvost Kathleen Enz Finken has announced that Amy S. Fleischer, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Villanova University, will become dean of the College of Engineering effective July 16. Fleischer succeeds Interim Dean Jim Meagher, a longtime professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department who has served as dean for the past year after previous dean Debra Larson joined CSU Chico as provost. Fleischer, who has taught at Villanova University since 2000, is also director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Energy Smart Electronic Research Center and the NovaTherm Research Laboratory. Her research interests include the broad topics of sustainable energy system design and thermal management of electronic systems. Fleischer also led the development of the McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and founded of the “Engineering is for Girls! Day,” at Villanova University. She has served in numerous leadership roles at Villanova University, including as a member of the College of Engineering’s Leadership Committee, founding chair of the college’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, a steering committee member of the university’s program in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a member of the universitywide committee on diversity and inclusion. “It is a true honor to be named dean of Cal Poly’s College of Engineering,” Fleischer said. “The College of Engineering has always been known for its outstanding engineering educational programs and its deep commitment to Learn by Doing. This commitment and passion is incredibly exciting, and I look forward to working side-by-side with the talented faculty, staff and students of the college to advance our strategic initiatives, increase our national and international visibility and expand our opportunities.” Read more here.

'Teach On!' Series Planned for Spring Quarter

Banner announcement for Inclusion Starts with Me Teach On! series.Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the Winter Teach-In, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion will host a "Teach On!" series for spring quarter. Faculty and staff will present workshops on Thursdays from April 19 through May 24 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 220. The schedule is: April 19, "Supporting Undocumented Survivors of Gender-based Violence," featuring Zulema Aleman; April 26, "White Skeptics," featuring Megan Lambertz-Berndt; May 3, "The Impact of Privilege: Masculinity, Sexual Assault, and the Entertainment Industry," featuring Nick Bilich; May 10, "Science and Fake News: Distinguishing Actual Science From 'Alternative Facts,' and the Influence on Public Policy," featuring Ben Ruttenberg; May 17, "Myth vs. Fact About Undocumented Students," featuring Katherine Zevallos Pastor and Zulema Aleman; and May 24, "Wakanda Forever: Race, Gender and the Revolutionary Mind: An Analytical Discussion of Black Panther," featuring Blanca Martinez-Navarro, Blaze Campbell, Denise Isom, Jenell Navarro, Oscar Navarro and Steve Ross. All events are open to the campus community. For more information, contact, or visit OUDI's Facebook page.

Activities and Events to be Held for Cal Poly Earth Week April 17-19

Graphic reading Earth Week April 17-19Cal Poly Earth Week 2018 will take place from April 17-19, with three fun-filled days of events and activities related to sustainability on campus. Events will include a green careers panel, a tour of Cal Poly's new solar farm, a campus litter clean-up, a sustainability club showcase, and more. There will be fun and engaging ways for students, staff and faculty to get involved. You can sign up to volunteer, attend the events and even win prizes throughout the week! Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with sustainability programs and leaders on campus and spread the spirit of environmental culture. Contact Kylee Singh at or ext. 6-5397 for more information. Find the full listing of events at

NASA Mars InSight Mission Visiting Cal Poly April 28

A photo of the robotic lander for the Mars InSight Mission.The Mars InSight Mission Roadshow is coming to campus at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Chumash Auditorium.  The mission, led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, will be the first to study the deep interior of Mars. The Roadshow presentation comes ahead of InSight’s scheduled pre-dawn launch on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the first interplanetary mission to launch from Vandenberg and the west coast. The findings are expected to advance understanding of how all rocky planets, including Earth, formed and evolved. (InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.) Featured speaker Troy Lee Hudson, a technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will offer a presentation about the InSight mission and explain how the robotic lander will help scientists make comparisons between seismic activity between Earth and Mars.  Cal Poly engineering students assisted in the preparation and testing of two briefcase-size satellites that will relay data from InSight to Earth during the historic mission. The twin communications satellites are the first CubeSats to be used for an interplanetary purpose. For more information about the event, call ext. 6-2448 or visit For additional information about the mission, visit: More information about NASA's journey to Mars is available at


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Student Success

Students Honored at University Gallery’s Annual Juried Art Show; Exhibit Open Through May 11

One of the exhibits at the 2018 Juried Student ExhibitionBest in Show honors went to individuals and a team of students in sculpture, graphics, digital media, two-dimensional art, video and photography at the April 12 reception/opening of the 2018 Juried Student Exhibition at the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building. The showcase of artwork made in the Art and Design Department is on display through May 11. The show was juried by painter and sculptor Peter Charles, a San Luis Obispo resident who has exhibited work in many museums and galleries throughout the U.S. As juror, Charles chose the artwork for the biggest student art showcase of the academic year. “Selecting is a tough job, because only about one third of submitted pieces make the cut,” said Gallery Specialist Garet Zook. Best of Show honorees included: Steve Paek, an electrical engineering junior, for his sculpture “60 Inch”; art senior Anh-thu Luu for “Station No.1 Office Supplies” in the graphic design category; Matt Hansen (pictured below), an art senior, for “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” in digital media; Anna Teiche for her painting “Triad” in the 2D category; and a team of art  A Spacetime Odyssey” iseniors made up of Ryan Hutson, Joanne Mendoza and others for their video “Food Waste.” Honorable mention honors went to: Thomas Stoekinger for his sculpture “Yesterday”; art senior Mallory Harris for “XO” and art sophomore Lukas Wegmuller for “In Our Own Likeness” in the 2D category; and Mariah Okuna, an art senior, for “Gemini Eye Care” in the graphic design category. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more at

April 19 Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees

Nominees for Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 19, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa, CFO and senior vice president of Administration and Finance, will give remarks and congratulate the 32 nominees. The 2017-18 OSEY will also be announced. This event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

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Faculty & Staff

Nominations Open for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Ray Fernando, the 2017 AwardeePhilanthropy

Nominations re being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. The award celebrates visionary leaders who have forged critical partnerships to advance the mission of Cal Poly. Nominees may be current or former faculty members who have been instrumental in comprehensive development and fundraising efforts. The award recipient will receive campuswide recognition at the Fall Conference General Session. Faculty, staff and current students are encouraged to submit nominations. The nomination form and more information are available at The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, April 23. Email nomination materials to Jeanne Scott, Office of the Provost, at (Pictured is 2017 awardee Ray Fernando.)

Center for Service in Action Seeking Nominations for 32nd Annual Cal Poly Community Service Awards

Text reading Center for Service in Action, Dean of Students, over a photo of a shovel in dirtThe Center for Service in Action is hosting the 32nd annual Cal Poly Community Service Awards, and nominations for this recognition are due at 5 p.m. Monday, April 30. Awards for the categories of individual faculty, staff and student contributions, along with student organizations and community partner of the year will be awarded during a ceremony on Thursday, May 10. President Armstrong personally presents the awards and recognizes recipients for their efforts. More information about the history of the awards, details on each category and a link to the nominations form can be found here. For questions about the nomination process,  email the Center for Service in Action at

Service Learning Showcase to be Presented on May 2

Service Learning logo with hands holding each other.Service Learning Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year will present the Service Learning Showcase of course redesign proposals from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the lobby of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 1. The event is organized by the Center for Service in Action and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. This poster-session style event will be an opportunity to view and discuss the latest innovations of service learning developed by faculty. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information,contact Anurag Pande, faculty liaison for Service Learning, at, or Bradley Kyker, senior coordinator for the Center for Service in Action, at

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet April 27

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124, on campus. This is a public meeting. For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Join Colleagues on Wednesday Walks with the Provost

Map showing the route for Wednesday Walks with the Provost.Make the most of the beautiful campus we work on, grab a colleague and meet up with Provost Kathleen Enz Finken for her Wednesday Walks. The weekly walks will continue through May 30. Walks start at 12:10 p.m. outside the Administration Building (No. 1), head down North Perimeter Road to California Boulevard, cuts through O’Neill Green to South Perimeter and up Mustang Way. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes at a moderate pace. Everyone is welcome and may join in at any point along the route. In the event the provost is off campus, another member of the executive leadership team will lead the walk. Rain or inclement weather will cancel the walk. Questions should be directed to the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186. Go to to view a map of the route.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Thursday, April 19

A photo of ribs with herbs and a small dish of barbecue sauce.Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is bringing southern barbecue to San Luis Obispo from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19. The event will feature items from the Myron’s menu plus one glass of beer or wine, for $6 per guest. The mixer will offer a special tasting of barbecue ribs, fried green tomato slide with pimento cheese and baby arugula, cornbread, coleslaw, potato salad and bread pudding with caramel sauce. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit


Read and Discuss: 'Whistling Vivaldi' Introduces the Phenomenon of Stereotype Threat

 how stereotypes affect us and what we can do."Join a Book Circle through Employee and Organization Development to read and discuss "Whistling Vivaldi" over three meetings in April and May. Through personal stories and research results, author Claude M. Steele paints a compelling picture of how simply being aware of negative stereotypes toward our social group diminishes our ability to perform. Steele describes how he came across the psychological phenomenon he named “stereotype threat” and how this phenomenon fundamentally changed the way psychologists thought about how stereotypes shape our lives. He sheds light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays outs a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities. For more information and to register, visit the Book and Learning Circles website.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 5th

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion Room. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Webinar to be Offered April 26 on Effective Business Writing

CSU's Got Talent logoJoin Employee and Organization Development for a webinar on Effective Business Writing. Every message you send is a reflection of your professionalism and your organization's credibility. In the battle for the reader's attention, thoughtfully written, carefully worded communications that are on-target and free from mechanical errors are sure to come out on top. In this session, Nancy Flynn will provide expertise on the important aspects of different communication channels, deciding which format to use, grammar rules for business writers, social media writing, and keys to writing effective email. Employee and Organization Development will share this webinar from the CSU's Got Talent series from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, in the AFD Training Lab in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105. For more information, click here.

Learn to Apply CliftonStrengths with Students in Upcoming Workshop Series

University Advising has scheduled the first of a two-part CliftonStrengths workshop series from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 3, in the English Building (No. 22), Room 313. In CS 100, participants will discover their innate talents through reflective activities that will equip them with the foundation to apply strengths with students. University Advising will also hold a CS 200-level workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10, also in the English Building (No. 22), Room 313. During CS 200, participants will interact with colleagues and explore ways to mentor, advise or teach students using CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsQuest). 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 Questions? Contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

50/50 Day' to be Held April 26 with Film and Discussion

Graphic reading 50/50 Day What would the world be like if it were more gender balanced? How would it change our homes, our communities and even our planet? From opportunity to access to equal pay, and much more, "50/50 Day" is committed to helping everyday people become champions and active participants in the changes our world so desperately needs. On April 26, Cal Poly will join thousands around the world who will be screening the "50/50 Day" film and engaging in discussions about how we are going to get to a more gender-balanced world that is better for everyone. Click here to register to attend from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Lunch will be served. And check out some highlights from the 2017 event.

Pride Faculty Staff Association Announces Its Spring Quarter Event Schedule

PRIDE faculty staff association logoThe Cal Poly Pride Faculty Staff Association (PFSA) has announced its spring quarter schedule of events. The schedule of events, including Pride Month events and after-hours socials, can be found online here. PFSA events are open to all LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and graduate students as well as allies. Individuals interested in learning more and staying updated on PFSA events and programs can sign up for the PFSA mailing list here. Individuals can also join the PFSA on Facebook to stay connected with local events and services.

Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association Spring Picnic to be Held April 21

Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander faculty and staff are invited to the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Faculty and Staff Association spring social from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, on O'Neill Green. Friends and family are welcome. Bring a blanket and a dish to share; some food will be provided. The API Faculty and Staff Association is committed to supporting Asian-Pacifics in higher education to become stronger leaders and to create networking and social opportunities. Questions? Contact Samantha Tran, APIFSA planning committee member, at

Cal Poly Women’s Club May Luncheon Set for May 5

The Cal Poly Women's Club annual luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, 255 Country Club Drive. This year's program includes guest speaker Courtney Kienow, the university's director of community relations. Installation of the new board of directors will take place and lunch will be served. Bring a friend and RSVP before Monday, April 23, with your meal preference. The RSVP form can be found at For more information, contact Val Barboza at

PeopleSoft System Upgrade Planned for April 19-23, Some Applications Unavailable

Photo of someone accessing the Cal Poly Portal home page.The Student and Human Resources Administration and Student Center applications, accessed through the My Cal Poly Portal, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, until noon Monday, April 23, due to a required upgrade to the PeopleSoft system. During the maintenance window, links in the “Employee Info” and “Personal Info” sections of the “Personal Info” tab on the portal will also be unavailable. Once the PeopleSoft upgrade is complete, the current link to “Student and HR Administration” in the “My Apps” column on the left side of the portal home page will be split into two new links: “Student Administration” for student services and “HR Administration” for human resources services. This upgrade will help Cal Poly prepare for the CSU’s systemwide transition to a Common Management Systems (CMS), which will support human resources, financial and student services administration functions for all 23 campuses. The project aims to provide more efficient, effective and high-quality service to CSU students, faculty and staff. If you have questions or need help, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or

Webinar to be Offered April 25 on Quality Time for the Time-Pressed Family

Photo of a woman looking at a computer screen along with the Empathia logoJoin Employee and Organization Development for a webinar on the many advantages and all the dynamics that come into play when making time for regular family meetings. Family meetings provide opportunities for parents and children to come together to share experiences and plan family activities. Family meetings promote harmony, cooperation and leadership by providing time to establish rules, make decisions and recognize positive aspects of family life. Employee and Organization Development will share a webinar from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) Empathia from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. Register in Skillsoft.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Spring Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for spring quarter from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Elena Morelos, director of Academic Employment, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be available 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.

Workshop on Expanding Your Sphere of Influence to be Offered April 26

Empathia logoLeadership has less to do with title and position and more to do with an individual's ability to influence others. You can lead others from anywhere in the organization, and when you do, you make the organization better. How can we cultivate influence when we don't have "manager" in our title? Join Employee and Organization Development for a workshop focused on a discussion of the qualities of effective leaders, understanding influence, key traits to expanding our influence, and strategies for building leadership skills. Employee and Organization Development will offer a workshop from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) Empathia from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Administration and Finance training room in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105. Register in Skillsoft.  


Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Offered in Spring 2018

University Advising is pleased to host a Faculty Advisor Training Series that introduces undergraduate faculty advisors to academic advising core competencies. Register for each workshop using the links below:
— FA 101: Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 20, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
— FA 102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 4, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
— FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising: 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 11, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48.
Click here for more information about the Faculty Advisor Training series. Questions? Contact Advisor Training Coordinator Christina Wolfe-Chandler at ext. 6-5735 or

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Photo of Lisa HensleyLisa Hensley, personnel analyst in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, will retire May 4 after 12 years at Cal Poly and three decades in human resources. Hensley joined Cal Poly in 2006 in the Human Resources Department. Three years later, she moved to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Hensley worked at the Santa Maria Bonita School district for 11 years and as the vice president of finance at Miner’s Hardware for seven years. She is looking forward to traveling, gardening and volunteering in the community. Her first trip will be to Walt Disney World in Florida with her two daughters. Please join us in celebrating her career from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Myron’s, located in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Rec Center. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

David DeeringDavid Deering, who joined the Art and Design Department as its studio art technician in 2007, will retire in summer 2018. Throughout the years, Deering has carried a tireless, positive attitude and genuine good nature toward his work and his colleagues: faculty, staff and students alike. He has been a tremendous help in transitions that involved supporting new faculty, acquiring and maintaining a diverse range of equipment and tools, and creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all. His kind spirit, humor and willingness to say “yes” to nearly any undertaking made him a beloved teammate. Notably, he has been the subject of several profile essays by Cal Poly students, one featured in Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly (Vol. 1/1, Article 9). No matter his task, Deering always focused on creating a better environment for Cal Poly and its students. He now looks forward to rest and relaxation with his wife, Joyce. A retirement reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Myron’s, located in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center.

Bob HowellRobert (Bob) Howell retired from the Art and Design Department after 43 years of service. As a professor of photography with interests that ranged from studio art to design to programming, Howell was instrumental in developing the art and design program and overseeing its initial accreditation with National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Students benefited from his teaching and mentoring in professional and general education courses in photography. Howell sent projects up on the space shuttle; photographed landscapes in (almost) total darkness; compressed and expanded photographic time; worked on a vehicle that could become invisible; and long before Google began photographing the Earth, designed a device that shoots exceptionally clear panoramas in spaces that are too small for photographers to enter. His work has been displayed in Washington, D.C., at the Corcoran Gallery, the Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian. He embodies Learn by Doing and passed this on to his students. A retirement reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Myron’s, located in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center.

Jean WetzelJean Wetzel, a professor of art history at Cal Poly since 1996, will retire in spring 2018. She is beloved and admired by her students for her passion and commitment to teaching. Her research and publications have focused on the interaction of professional and amateur artists and collectors in the Yuan dynasty, women artists of the courtesan class in the Ming dynasty, imagery of women in Buddhist art, and the work of contemporary Chinese women painters. Wetzel’s contributions to the Art and Design Department include introducing the first courses in Asian art history, and a course focused on feminist theory and women artists in Europe and the U.S. She played a leading role in creating the art history minor in 2007, and she has contributed to the Asian studies and women and gender studies minors at Cal Poly. Wetzel also taught in the London study abroad program in 1999 and 2003. She was honored as Teacher of the Year by the College of Liberal Arts Student Council in 1999. A retirement reception will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Myron’s, located in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center.

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Campus Announcements

Dean of Library Services Finalists Visiting Campus April 16-24

President Jeffrey Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have accepted the recommendation of the Dean of Library Services Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Librarian Katherine O'Clair, to invite three finalists for the position to visit campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the Open Forum scheduled for each finalist. The finalists and their visit dates are: 
· Cyril Oberlander, dean of University Library, Humboldt State University, visited campus April 16-17. The Open Forum was held April 16.
· The visit for Stephanie R. Walker, dean of Libraries and Information Resources, University of North Dakota, has been canceled.
· Adriana Popescu; interim dean of Library Services, Cal Poly; April 23-24. The Open Forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Monday, April 23, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).
Curricula vitae and interview schedules are available on the Academic Personnel site:

Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Open to Tours on May 5

A student shows a child how to breath through a scuba mask on the Cal Poly pier during a previous open house event.Community members are invited to tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5. The spring open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, and many more interactive displays. Professors and students will be available to answer questions. Attendees are encouraged to bring cameras to take photos of seals, pelicans and other sea creatures, and the incredible coastal views from the pier. The pier is just over a half-mile long (1.2 miles round trip). Displays will be located at the ocean end. This is a walking tour; safety rules require everyone wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels). The Cal Poly Pier is located on Avila Beach Drive, just west of the San Luis Creek Bridge. Parking is very limited near the pier. Tour attendees are encouraged to park in the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier. For more information, call ext. 6-6777. Rain will cancel the event.

Women in Business Club to Hold Defining Her Future Conference on April 20

Illustration for the Defining Her Future Conference reading Finding Your Way with a drawing of a roadCal Poly student club Women in Business will hold its third annual Defining Her Future conference at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 20. Faculty, staff and students are invited to spend the day surrounded by passionate, empowered women and men from across campus and various industries. Defining Her Future 2018 will provide an opportunity to listen to executive breakout panels, network with industry professionals and grow as leaders. Listen to a keynote session from renowned business leaders, choose from six breakout sessions and sit in on an Allyship Panel moderated by a representative from the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI). Defining Her Future is free and open to all faculty, staff and students from all majors, ages and genders — there will be something for everyone. Register here:

Cal Poly to Host Food Distribution Site on April 24

Logo for Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo CountyCampus Health and Wellbeing is partnering with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to host an on-campus food distribution site from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, near Mott lawn. The Food Bank Coalition administers The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) once a month at no cost to low-income families and individuals to help with nutrition assistance. This service is being provided to ensure that all students, faculty and staff have access to nutritious foods. Campus Health and Wellbeing will continue to support this food distribution site every fourth Tuesday of the month. For more details visit or follow @mycpwell on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  For more information, contact Christine Nelson at

Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice Event Planned for April 25

Close-up photo of jeans reading "demin day wear jeans for justice 4.25.18"Safer and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) invites the campus to participate in Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice on Wednesday, April 25. A coffee kick-off will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. in the UU Chandler Lounge (Room 208). Denim Day began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the survivor was wearing jeans at the time of her assault, according to Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization that has run the Demin Day campaign for 19 years. In a statement, the Chief Judge argued, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” This verdict became a symbol of the injustice sexual assault survivors face all over the world and a call to stop victim blaming. Show solidarity by wearing jeans and stop by for free coffee and treats. Fill out this form to show your support for Denim Day and other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.

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, June 15, 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 and John Walker will serve as the consultants. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, they will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages 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 to 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

Extended Education to Offer Children's Picture Book Writing

Photo of children's books.Extended Education will offer the Children's Picture Book Writing series this spring. Children’s Picture Book Writing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays April 19 through May 17. Join published author and teacher Cindy Neuschwander in this introductory class, which offers an in-depth look at this genre. In addition, The Mind of a Child class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5. Explore 10 universal themes that occur in picture books. This class will give adults a peek into what children are thinking and what resonates with them. Character Development, a one-day class, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, and will touch on recognizing and crafting unforgettable characters. Students will look at examples of strong characters and learn how to create one. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.

Women in Cybersecurity Leadership Forum to be Held May 9

An interactive panel featuring leaders in technology from industry, government, law enforcement and higher education will speak at a Women in Cyber Leadership Forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Topics include the state of security in government, industry and education; law enforcement and digital forensics, the Fourth Amendment and California Electronic Communications Privacy Act; hackers and the human factor; internships and career opportunities in cybersecurity; ransomware and zero-day threats; and the future of cybersecurity. Panelists include Alison Robinson, associate vice president of information technology at Cal Poly; Nicole Raymer, regional sales director for West Oblong Industries; Melanie Donaldson, enterprise account manager for MSAB, a pioneer in forensic technology for mobile device examination; Alyssa Habling, senior account manager for Bugcrowd, which connects organizations to a global crowd of trusted security researchers to identify vulnerabilities; Patricia McQuaid, Cal Poly management information systems professor; Danielle Borelli, business services coordinator, California Cybersecurity Institute; and Stephanie Cervantes, retired chief information technology security officer for the California Department of Justice. The event is free and open to the campus community and the public. Register at Questions? Contact Jimmy Baker at or ext. 6-2948.

Law Enforcement Technology Advancement Day to be Held May 9 at California Cybersecurity Institute

The campus community is invited to attend Law Enforcement Technology Enhancement Day, a daylong training event at the California Cybersecurity Institute at Camp San Luis Obispo. Attendees will hear from cyber training experts, attend demonstrations and experience the CCI’s immersive training environment. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. Register and view a full schedule of events at For more information, contact CCI’s Jimmy Baker at or 703-303-4233.

Extended Education to Offer Math Academy This Summer

Drawing of math concepts.Extended Education will offer Math Academy this summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27. The Math Academy provides enrichment activities to ensure participants are well-prepared to meet future academic challenges. Participants will work on fun, rich tasks that include multiple access points, multiple methods of solving the problem, hands-on components, collaboration and communication. Through this program, participants work through the processes required to comprehend and solve rich problems, improving critical thinking and reasoning skills required at the college level. (Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I.) Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053. Register here.

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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.


ABC News Correspondent to Interview Hollywood Writer and Producer April 19

ABC News correspondent David Kerley (Journalism, ’79) will interview Hollywood writer and producer Kevin Falls (Journalism, ’78) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The two accomplished Cal Poly journalism graduates will return to campus to talk about the art of storytelling. Falls is currently working on the hit NBC series “This Is Us.” He was head writer on “The West Wing,” created the NBC series “Journeyman” and co-created TNT’s “Franklin & Bash.” Falls was also the screenwriter for two movies, “The Temp” and “Summer Catch.” Kerley is based in Washington, D.C., and contributes regularly to all ABC News broadcasts, including “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” Kerley has been honored with national and regional Emmy Awards, a Peabody, and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 6-2508 or email

Second Annual Family Day at the PAC set for Saturday, April 21

A man and his child watch a group perform at the 2017 Family Day at the PAC.The second annual Family Day at the PAC will be held Saturday, April 21. This free community event promises to entertain with a day full of music, crafts and a special performance by Versa-Style, a Los Angeles-based dance troupe. The day kicks off at 2 p.m. with activities in the PAC Main Lobby and Plaza. At 3 p.m., doors to Harman Hall open for a highly energetic performance by Versa-Style. Both children and adults will enjoy the troupe's combination of '90s hip-hop, salsa, Afro-Cuban dance styles and more. Sweets will be provided by SLO Provisions. Event sponsors include The Tribune, KSBY and the city of San Luis Obispo. Family Day at the PAC is presented by the Performing Arts Center. Click here to register online or call the Cal Poly Ticket Office at 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. 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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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, April 20
Beach Volleyball vs. Feather River, Pismo Beach, 8 a.m.
Beach Volleyball vs. Vanguard, Pismo Beach, 10 a.m.
Beach Volleyball vs. San Jose State, Pismo Beach, 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. Long Beach State, Baggett Stadium, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, April 21
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Softball vs. CSUN (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mustang Courts, 2 p.m.
Baseball vs. Long Beach State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 22
Baseball vs. Long Beach State, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. CSUN, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Friday, April 27
Baseball vs. UCLA, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 28
Baseball vs. UCLA, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 29
Baseball vs. UCLA, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1
Baseball vs. Santa Clara, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 5
Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 6
Softball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9
Baseball vs. San Jose State, Baggett Stadium, 6 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.

#104842 — Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II), College of Liberal Arts. $4,057 to $5,769 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057 to $4,300 per month). Open until filled. (Review begins April 19.)

#104859 — Director of Library Technology (Administrator II), Library — Information Technology. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104831 — General Engineering Program Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I), College of Engineering. $2,486 to $4,852 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,000 to $4,000 per month). Open until filled.

#104770 — Computer Support Specialist (Information Technology Consultant — Career), Library — Information Technology. $4,372 to $9,877 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,372 to $5,100 per month). Open until filled.

#104853 — Administrative Support Coordinator I (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Parent and Family Programs/Commencement. $2,846 to $4,852 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,846 to $3,949 per month). Open until filled.

#104852 — Faculty Program and Executive Recruitment Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Academic Affairs — Academic Personnel. $3,115 to $5,060 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,400 to $4,100 per month). Open until filled.

#104864 — Accountant (Accountant I), Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services — General Accounting and Finance. $3,664 to $6,667 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,664 to $5,200 per month). Open until filled.

#104857 — Registered Nurse 10/12 (Registered Nurse II), Student Affairs — Health Services. $3,403 to $6,188 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,403 to $4,852 per month). Open until filled.

#104871 — Human Resources Assistant (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. $2,600 to $4,328 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600 to $2,947 per month). Open until filled.

#104870 — Director of Real Estate Education Initiatives (Administrator II), Orfalea College of Business. Salary commensurate with background and experience. (Anticipated hiring range: $6,667 to $10,000 per month). Open until filled.

#104869 — Information Technology Consultant — Career (Temporary) (Information Technology Consultant — Career), College of Liberal Arts. $3,498 to $8,138 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,498 to $4,160 per month). Open until filled. (Review begins April 27.)

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.

Assistant Coordinator — Accounting. $22.50 per hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Coordinator — Facility Operations (Recreation Center). Annual salary $52,794 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled; review of applications begins April 17.

Building Service Worker — $15.00 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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