Cal Poly Report — Aug. 15, 2018

Please note: Cal Poly Report will resume regular, weekly publication on Sept. 12.


Julie Garcia Named Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Julie A. GarciaJulie A. Garcia has been serving as interim associate vice president for diversity and inclusion for the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) since June 29. Garcia, who has served as associate chair for the Psychology and Child Development Department since 2014, has been involved in diversity and inclusion work throughout her 11 years at Cal Poly. In her role as AVP, Garcia will lead the BEACoN mentoring program, the Collective Impact initiative, and help with strategic planning around campuswide diversity and inclusion efforts. As associate chair, Garcia facilitated the internship program, took a leadership role in department diversity efforts and a successful program review, and introduced a new course, "The Social Psychology of Prejudice." At the college level, she served on the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Diversity Committee. Universitywide, Garcia has led trainings for the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and was selected as the faculty speaker for the TEDxSLO Conference, where she gave a talk on tangible ways people can challenge their implicit biases. Garcia has also led numerous faculty and staff associations on campus, including serving as past president of Chicanx Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, and as a founding member of the Pride Faculty and Staff Association. At Cal Poly, she has received the California Faculty Association Distinguish Educator Award in 2011 and the College of Liberal of Arts Richard K. Simon Outstanding Scholarship Award in 2012. Garcia's research on stereotyping, prejudice, intergroup relationships, social identity and underrepresentation in STEM has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Cal Poly Honored at California State University Technology Awards

Photo of the award that Cal Poly/AWS received at CSU Technology Awards.The Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub), part of the university’s Information Technology Services division, won the Collaborating Across Boundaries Award at the CSU's 2018 Tech Awards. The silver award was given in recognition of Cal Poly’s launch of the DxHub with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in fall 2017. The DxHub is dedicated to developing solutions to civic problems through technology while providing hands-on learning experiences for students. The DxHub innovation team is comprised of Cal Poly and AWS employees and employs student interns and researchers. “I’m very happy to accept this honor on behalf of Cal Poly and the DxHub,” said Paul Jurasin, DxHub program director, who accepted the award in Sacramento. “The relationship between Cal Poly and AWS gives us a unique opportunity to solve real-world problems by engaging the public sector and utilizing Amazon’s powerful innovation concepts.” The 2018 Tech Awards are a component of the Cal State Tech Conference, in which academic technology and information technology departments across all CSU campuses and the Chancellor’s Office convene to network, collaborate and learn how technology enhances the CSU experience.

Economics Professor Earns Award for Innovative Food Waste Research Paper

Economics Professor Steve HamiltonProfessor Steve Hamilton and a colleague received an Elsevier Atlas Award for their research paper on strategies to salvage and sell cosmetically flawed produce. Hamilton and Timothy Richards of Arizona State University, in their research titled “Food Waste in the Sharing Economy,” analyzed ways in which “sharing economy” businesses similar to Uber and Airbnb can reduce the 40 percent of edible but “ugly” produce that goes to waste in the U.S. The paper was published earlier this year in Food Policy, a multidisciplinary journal featuring original research. Their solution is commercial peer-to-peer mutualization systems that directly connect buyers and sellers. And in the same way that Uber connects drivers to riders or Airbnb connects hosts to visitors, similar businesses are connecting growers to consumers, putting “ugly” produce on the market. The focus of their research is an app called Imperfect Produce. It allows growers to list food that fails the eye test — misshapen potatoes, curved carrots and discolored apples — and users who are undeterred by the appearance to purchase the listed items at a 30 percent to 50 percent discount. The bottom line is customers save money, growers make money, and edible food avoids the landfill. “It’s a two-sided platform, so the goal is mutual benefit,” said Hamilton, who is recognized internationally for his research and consulting related to environmental and land-use regulation, energy and water markets, groundwater managements and antitrust. “In order for this type of business to grow, growers want to see that the buyers are there, and vice versa.” Read more here.

Cal Poly to Name Center for Wine and Viticulture in Recognition of Two Key Donors

Matt Steel (left), general manager at JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, and Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards, at the Cal Poly Center for Wine and Viticulture groundbreaking in May. (High-resolution version available upon request.)In recognition of the generosity and philanthropic support of two vital donors to the building of Cal Poly’s Center for Wine and Viticulture, the center will be named the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, a family-run winery that focuses on Bordeaux varieties and Syrah in west Paso Robles, donated $2.5 million to Cal Poly’s campaign to build the Center for Wine and Viticulture. The center will be co-named for Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards, an industry icon also based in Paso Robles who also committed $2.5 million in funding. “The local wine community has stepped forward in support of this project, solidifying a partnership with Cal Poly that will not only benefit students for years to come but will provide the rigorously trained talent that the wine industry depends on,” said Andrew Thulin, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. A public event will be held once construction is complete. The JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture is anticipated to open in late 2019. The JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture will include a 15,600-square-foot winery and a 12,000-square-foot grange hall. The buildings will include crush, fermentation, barrel, sensory, bottling, enology and viticulture rooms, as well as teaching and research labs, a bonded winery, offices, and community and industry meeting spaces. Matt Steel, above left, general manager at JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, and Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards, are pictured at the May 4 groundbreaking. Read more here.

Journalism Department Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Four new members will be inducted into the Journalism Department Mustang Media Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Cal Poly. The 2018 inductees are music industry executive Bruce Flohr, advancement professional Susan Houghton, political consultant and KCRA-TV analyst Kevin Riggs, and former KCPR faculty advisor and broadcaster Ed. J. Zuchelli. This year’s inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame and KCPR Through the Decades Gala, part of a weekend celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cal Poly’s student radio station, KCPR-FM. The gala will take place on campus at the Multi-Activity Center, starting with a 5 p.m. reception. Dinner and program will follow at 6 p.m. The Journalism Department Mustang Media Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the student media organizations in the Journalism Department, distinguished themselves professionally or demonstrated social responsibility in giving back to their profession, community or Cal Poly. Tickets for the gala are available online. Read more about the inductees here.

Campus Dining Wins Grand Prize in National Competition

Screenshot of a Campus Dining website showing the University Catering page.The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) recently announced University Catering as one of the grand prize recipients for the NACUFS 2018 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. University Catering received this honor for Catering-Online Menu and Catering Special Event. “Each day we work to create a better dining experience on campus and to support the success of each student who walks through our doors,” Catering Manager Cynthia Stocker said. “This is great recognition for our entire team and really emphasizes the work and pride that we put in to everything we do.” Colleges and universities from across North America, 116 in total, submitted entries in five categories. A team of six judges and a committee chair examined each entry carefully to select top candidates in each category. The award winners were publicly recognized at a luncheon on July 14, culminating with the announcement of the grand prize winners. All winners are listed online at

Cal Poly and Bugcrowd Join Forces to Improve Cybersecurity and Train Next Generation of Cyber Defenders 

Bugcrowd, the leader in crowdsourced security, and Cal Poly announced a coordinated effort to address the growing cybersecurity issues affecting our government, economy and daily lives. The two entities are embarking on a two-year program to conduct research that benefits the cybersecurity community, develop products to help organizations prevent and remediate cybersecurity issues, and provide real-world, hands-on training for students through the California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) at Cal Poly. Bugcrowd will collaborate with faculty and student researchers at its offices while working closely with military and industry thought-leaders in security, cloud and computer infrastructure. Bugcrowd is also providing grants to develop the CCI, opportunities for security and data analytics internships to Cal Poly students, and a Bug Bounty program with Cal Poly’s White Hat Club to offer real-life hack-a-thon experiences that will help students build their skills and career prospects in the security industry. “Since there is no crime today that does not involve a cyber component, Bugcrowd’s valued support enables the CCI to provide research and training for preparation against cyberattacks,” said Jimmy Baker, director for industry outreach at the CCI. “Graduate and undergraduate students will work in tandem with leading academic researchers and private sector experts like Bugcrowd. With access to real-world data and the opportunity to solve prevailing security challenges, the students will gain a competitive advantage that will benefit the broader community and technology ecosystem.” Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Leads the Way at 20-Year Celebration of ExCEEd

Architectural Engineering Department Head Al Estes, far left, with other Cal Poly attendees of the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Teaching Workshop.The American Society of Civil Engineers celebrated 20 years of the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop, and Cal Poly has sent more professors — 18 — than any other U.S. university. Professors from the Architectural Engineering (ARCE), Civil Engineering and Construction Management departments have attended. During the intense weeklong workshops, participants from universities across the nation attend seminars, demonstration classes and participant classes. Each participant teaches three classes in front of their peers and extensive assessments follow. ARCE Department Head Al Estes has served as a faculty member at 29 of the 41 workshops, another statistic that leads the nation. “These workshops provide a sustained, far-reaching and positive impact on generations of engineering students,” Estes said. More than 100 people attended the gala celebration, held during the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) annual conference in Salt Lake City. Estes served as a co-emcee for the event and presented a paper, “Celebrating 20 Years of the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop.” Cal Poly helped sponsor this event, along with the other nine schools on the ExCEEd leader board.

University Marketing Wins Awards for Student Videos

Cal Poly sophomore Jake Javier, left, and a plate of food made by student Jimmy Wong.Two videos featuring Cal Poly students were named excellence winners in the educational institution video production category at the 2018 Videographer Awards. Cal Poly's University Marketing department created a feature video on sophomore Jake Javier, who overcame a major spinal cord injury to become a biomedical engineering student (at left). The video team also stepped into the kitchen with food science student Jimmy Wong, who creates unique tasting menus in his own pop-up restaurant. Hundreds of videos from around the world were judged in this year's Videographer Awards by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Both clips were part of the spring edition of Cal Poly Magazine at

Additional Sessions of Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias Workshops Now Available

Illustration showing various people holding hands, with a blank space in the middle of two of them.As the campus community continues to be interested in exploring unconscious bias, Employee and Organization Development has added more sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias and the Responding to Hidden Bias workshops, starting in July through December. The first workshop in the series, Exposing Hidden Bias, brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming its impact in our work and relationships. Participants will learn how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn resources available for additional learning and involvement. The second workshop in the series, Responding to Hidden Bias, focuses on responding to your own and others’ biases. Participants will have the opportunity to dig deeper to develop and practice ways to respond to intentional and unintentional bias, and learn about resources for additional learning. Participants are encouraged to attend the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop prior to attending the Responding to Hidden Bias workshop. Select the preferred workshop for more information and to register: Exposing Hidden Bias and/or Responding to Hidden Bias. Questions? Email Employee and Organization Development at or call 6-7478.

Welcome New Mustangs at Fall Move-in Sept 14-16

A student is pictured moving in with Musty the Mustang in 2017.University Housing invites all faculty and staff to volunteer to help new and returning students move into the residence halls during Mustang Move-in, Sept. 14-16. This is a fun way to be one of the first to welcome students and their supporters to campus. As a volunteer, you may do the following:
— Welcome new students and their supporters.
— Provide directions and answer questions.
— Help unload cars and move belongings.
— Collect rolling carts.
— Coordinate student volunteers (leads only).
Departments are welcome to coordinate teams. All volunteers will receive a meal voucher and a Mustang Welcome T-shirt. Help create a positive and welcoming experience for our new students! To learn more and sign up, visit the Mustang Welcome Team Volunteer Sign-up Webpage.

University Housing to Host Information Sessions About the yakʔitʸutʸu Residential Community

You’re invited to attend an information session about the yakʔitʸutʸu (means “our community”) residential community. Learn about building designs and features, customs and cultures of the Northern Chumash, and how to effectively and thoughtfully communicate building and complex names. More than two years ago, Cal Poly formed a historic partnership with the Northern Chumash, the Indigenous peoples of San Luis Obispo County. Opening this fall, yakʔitʸutʸu will house 1,475 first-year students in seven residence halls located at the Grand Avenue entrance of campus. Each residence hall is named after yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash villages throughout the Central Coast. RSVP to attend one of the following information sessions:
— Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2–3:15 p.m. (general session).
— Friday, Aug. 24, 10–11:30 a.m. (marketing and communications).
— Monday, Aug. 27, 2–3:15 p.m. (general session).
All sessions will be held in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 114. For more information, contact Julia Bluff at 805-756-1584 or email,

Learning Circle 'Diversity is Being Invited to the Party: Inclusion is Being Asked to Dance'  Set for Aug. 23

Learn and Grow graphicJoin Employee and Organization Development in viewing a recorded talk and then engage in open sharing, exploration and discussion from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. In this talk from AppNexus’ inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum, Vernā Myers explores actionable strategies for leadership success. Vernā Myers is an author, speaker, lawyer, entrepreneur, and cultural innovator who dynamically and humorously engages with the audience over tough questions: How do we disrupt the status quo in order to move beyond leveling the playing field to creating a new field altogether?  In this talk, Verna shares the importance of inclusion and provides clear strategies for leading the way on embracing differences and building an inclusive community. Register here.

Mental Health First Aid Training to be Held Aug. 21-22

Graphic reading USA Mental Health First AidCounseling Services is offering Mental Health First Aid, a national certification training to support the campus community in responding to mental health crises. Open to faculty, staff, students and community members, the training will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 107. Participants must attend both days of the training to earn the certification. Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders, implement a five-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help, understand the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and identify local resources. Trainings are provided free of charge through Campus Health and Wellbeing. Reservations are required. To make reservations and for more information, contact Ryan Shurson, Counseling Services associate director of clinical services, at 

Empathia Workshop Exploring Motivating Others Set for Aug. 28

Empathia logo with text reading "Good for People. Good for business."Challenged with trying to motivate others? This workshop helps people explore simple, easy-to-implement strategies for inspiring and rewarding enthusiasm, energy and productivity in individual employees and work teams. Join Employee and Organization Development for an in-person workshop from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) — Empathia. Register by clicking here for the workshop, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Administration and Finance Training Room in the University Police building (No. 36), Room 105.  

'Lunch and Learn' at Upcoming Presentations Aug. 16

Human Resources' Benefits and Employee Services Team (BEST) will give brief presentations and be available to answer questions about employee benefit programs during upcoming "lunch and learn" opportunities. Stop by during lunch to learn about the benefits of working at Cal Poly on the following date and times: 
— Thursday, Aug. 16, in the University Union (No. 65), Room 219: "Voluntary Plans — Did You Know?" from 11:30 to 11:40 a.m., followed by a Q&A from 11:40 p.m. to noon; "Voluntary Plans — Did You Know?" from noon to 12:10 p.m., followed by a Q&A from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.; and "New Employees Benefit Enrollment Tips" from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
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Graphic of someone holding a photo reading "Is that you?"Two-Step Verification for CSU's Common Financial System to be Required Starting Sept. 3

Employees who use the CSU Common Financial System (CFS) will be required to use two-step verification starting Monday, Sept. 3. CFS users who have not started using Duo to verify their identity upon logging in can refer to the 2-Step Verification Quick Start Guide to get started before the mandatory cutoff next month. The CSU chose Duo to enhance security of state accounts, and it will soon be implemented in other Cal Poly systems as well. Duo is currently available to all Cal Poly faculty and staff. Need assistance or have questions? Contact your department IT coordinator or the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000.

International Center Seeking Hosts for Local Activities with International Students

The International Center is seeking faculty and staff for the International Poly Hosts Program. Volunteers will host international students for short, cross-cultural day visits that include activities such as an informal dinner at a Poly Host's home, going to the beach, meeting at a coffee shop, or celebrating holidays/ family occasions. This program is intended to help international students experience the community outside of the traditional academic setting. Poly Hosts will also have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures while sharing their own. Please refer to the Poly Hosts Application to learn more about the program and to apply.

PeopleSoft Finance Outage To Be Held Aug. 24-26

Access to the PeopleSoft Common Financial System (CFS) production environment will be unavailable beginning Friday, August 24 at 5 p.m. until Sunday, August 26 at 9 a.m., in order to facilitate the migration of the CMS Finance databases to a new platform. This CSU-wide downtime includes access to student services such as CFS and CFS Data Warehouse. If you have any questions, contact your department IT coordinator or the ITS Service Desk at 6-7000. 

ITS Media Resource Center Announces Modified Summer Hours

Photo of someone checking something out from the Media Resource Center.Information Technology Services’ Media Resource Center will remain open under modified hours this summer to meet the campus’s technology equipment needs. Stop by Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to check out laptops, projectors, cameras, GoPros and more.  More information about the Media Resource Center and online reservations can be found at

New Website to Give Faculty and Staff Term Typically Offered Information for Courses

The Office of the Registrar has launched a new website that displays Term Typically Offered (TTO) information for courses, using data provided by the academic departments. The website, which refreshes on a nightly basis, provides faculty and staff with a view of the same information available to students in their PolyPlanner. An academic department can request a customized feed of their courses to display and automatically refresh on their own website by sending an email to the Office of the Registrar at

Help Out-of-State Students Find a Home Away from Home

Cal Poly student Sara Hiner, from Denver, Colorado with local sponsor retired SLOPD Capt. Dan Blanke at right.Faculty and staff are invited to become a local sponsor to an out-of-state or international student this year through the Local Connections program. Local Connections aims to connect out-of-state students with members of the San Luis Obispo community for occasional meals, activities and/or general support. Sponsors help foster a sense of community for these students in their new home away from home. This unique program offers students the chance to find and form a lasting support system during their Cal Poly journey and provides the opportunity to meet, connect and build friendships with other out-of-state students. Local residents who participate in the program get the opportunity to connect with students and become a valued resource during students' transition to SLO and time at Cal Poly. Your local knowledge, support and friendship will make a significant difference for these students who are far from home! Learn more and apply today at (Cal Poly student Sara Hiner, from Denver, Colorado, is pictured with her local sponsor, retired San Luis Obispo Police Department Capt. Dan Blanke, at right.)

Learn About Latest Hacking Threat in New NINJIO Training Video 

Illustration showing computers and mobile devices, a coin and an evil hacker face.Check out this month’s four-minute NINJIO information security training video to learn more about protecting your data and devices from the latest hacking threat: cryptojacking. The video illustrates what can happen when cryptojacking — a hacking attempt aimed at mining cryptocurrency from your accounts — takes hold of a device. What first appears to be a device malfunction is revealed to be a cryptojacking attack. Watch and learn how cryptojacking software might find its way on to your devices and how you can defeat it with anti-virus software browser plug-ins. NINJIO releases a new security topic each month, aimed at spreading security awareness. All videos are available through Skillsoft under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal.

Human Resources to Offer Training Sessions on University Recruitment Process 

Human Resources will offer training sessions on the university’s recruitment process. The Talent Acquisition — Recruitment Process Training provides step-by-step guidance through the revised recruitment process and is required for all individuals serving on a staff or management hiring committee. Come learn and explore new resources, forms and processes as they pertain to recruitment. Some of the course content includes: recruitment data plan, revised HR101 and HR101B forms, application scoring rubric, interview guide, compensation and updated outreach guidelines. The trainings will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 23, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 289. Sign up at

Principals of Supervision illustrationPrinciples of Supervision Workshop To Be Offered by Employee and Organization Development 

Would you like to optimize your role as a supervisor?  Are you interested in gaining additional skills in ensuring the work gets done, engaging your people to perform and influencing your group to work as a team?  Employee and Organization Development is offering the next session of the highly regarded Principles of Supervision workshop.   Recent workshop participants said they “can use these tips immediately” and were excited “to put what (was) learned into action.” Principles of Supervision will bring helpful information and tools through two non-consecutive days running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, and Thursday, Sept. 13. Find more information and register here.

Campus Resource Fair for Newer Employees To Be Held Sept. 17

Photo of three people talking over coffee at a table.The Campus Resource Fair is ideal for new(er) employees — including faculty, staff and administrators hired during the previous year — as it brings together service providers and organizations on campus to provide essential information regarding services, benefits, ways to continue to explore and connect at the university, and more. Representatives from nearly three dozen campus organizations, service providers and clubs will staff tables during the fair. Attendees can chat one-on-one with representatives to get personalized support and gather reference materials. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and Employee and Organization Development, the Campus Resource Fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Pavilion at the Performing Arts Center. No registration is needed. Questions? Contact Employee and Organization Development at or ext. 6-7478.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Fall Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for fall quarter from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, Sept. 12; Tuesday, Oct. 16; and Wednesday, Nov. 14. 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 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.

New Skill-Building Platform Coming This Fall

SunTotal logoSumTotal, a new learning tool that will replace Skillsoft, is coming to Cal Poly this fall. The SumTotal platform allows for continuous learning — anytime, anywhere, on any device — so Cal Poly employees can develop new skills when needed. Consisting of thousands of videos, courses and books, SumTotal allows participants to watch, listen or read in short, cohesive segments that fit their needs and help build toward larger learning objectives. These scenario-based learnings and embedded self-assessments will help users apply and retain lessons. When done, participants will have full access to personal learning records. SumTotal offers the opportunity to learn digital tools, concepts and soft-skills even with a tight schedule. Look for more information coming soon.

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Dawn Annoni, who is retiring after 35 years at Cal Poly.Dawn Annoni, ASI assistant coordinator of orientation and recruitment, will retire at the end of the month after 30 years with ASI and 35 years at Cal Poly. Annoni started as a receptionist and has held many positions with ASI including secretary of facilities and operations, office manager, and human resources technician. Her contributions to ASI and to the thousands of students and staff members over the years will be missed. ASI wishes Annoni the best as she embarks on her next adventure! A retirement reception will be held in her honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28).

David RossDave Ross will retire from Cal Poly this month after more than 19 years. Ross joined Information Technology Services (ITS) in June 1999 and has supported campus customers in multiple capacities over the years. Ross directed teams during the campus migration from the Student Information System (SIS) to PeopleSoft and worked on the launch of the Cal Poly portal, data warehouse, and identity management systems. He also led efforts to successfully deploy the ITS billing system. A passionate tennis player and world traveler, Ross has played an integral part in Cal Poly achieving its teaching and learning mission and will be missed by his colleagues and customers. At Ross' request, no retirement celebration will be held.

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Catastrophic Leave

Charlotte Rinaldi, student services professional III in University Advising, 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 Shelly Wolf at ext. 6-5709 or to request a donation form.

Landy Ponce, custodian in University Housing — Custodial Operations, 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.

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Campus Announcements

Career Services Accepting Donations of Professional Clothing

Cal Poly student Mikaela Manzano.Career Services will host its fourth Clothing Closet event on Sept. 27 to provide free, work-appropriate clothes to students in need. The event also marks the grand opening of Career Services’ permanent clothing closet. First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs and interviews. Several students attended an event in September 2017, including second-year student Mikaela M., who said: "I thought this was a great thing because sometimes it's really hard to find business clothes and these are free! I don't have a lot of professional clothing and the variety and stuff that they had was really great." Faculty and staff are asked to consider donating dry-cleaned, gently-used, contemporary professional clothing. For more details on appropriate donations, refer to: Clothing Closet. Donations can be dropped off at Career Services (No. 124) through Sept. 14. Metered and 30-minute staff parking is available nearby. Questions? Call Career Services at ext. 6-2501.

yakʔitʸutʸu Open House set for Sept. 4  

Illustration of the new residential community at Cal Poly.Faculty, staff and students are invited to an afternoon open house to preview the yakʔitʸutʸu housing community on Sept. 4. Guided tours of buildings will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Named in honor of the Indigenous peoples of San Luis Obispo County, the Northern Chumash, yakʔitʸutʸu features seven buildings that collectively house 1,475 first-year students. Located at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus, the LEED-designed community includes a roof-mounted 1.1 megawatt solar system, a campus welcome center, open space with native plants, study and community rooms, laundry facilities, office and workspace, among other amenities. To learn more about yakʔitʸutʸu, visit

Recreation Center Reminds Users of Upcoming Rate Adjustment

Photo of the exterior of the Rec Center at Cal Poly.It’s been six years since the opening of the expanded Cal Poly Recreation Center following a student referendum for a remodeled facility with additional recreational space. Students voted in 2008 to increase their own student fees to allow for the expansion and renovation of today's Recreation Center. Not only did the building grow in size, but so did ASI’s commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive fitness and wellness locale for participants to recreate, relax and socialize. Since then, the facility has recorded over 7 million entries, and participants have experienced numerous amenities, social and recreational programs, and health and wellness benefits. In order to operate and maintain the cutting-edge Recreation Center and ensure member rates are consistent with the student University Union Fee, a rate adjustment for non-students will go into effect on Sept. 1 as follows:
— Faculty/Staff/Administration/Auxiliary/Employees/Non-Enrolled Students: $45.
— Alumni, Emeritus, Household, Affiliates: $50.
For more information or to purchase a membership, visit the Memberships page or contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or

Want a Farmers Market on Campus? Complete a Survey to Share Your Photo of vegetables at a farmers market.Opinion

Campus Health and Wellbeing wants to hear from you. Staff is planning to host a campus farmers market featuring Cal Poly and community vendors and wants to get input from the campus community on locations, preferred time of day, frequency and more. To participate, complete this brief survey. Anyone with additional questions can contact Christine Nelson at

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, Aug. 31, 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. 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. To schedule a consultation, email

Information Technology Services to Host Third Annual Blood Drive on Aug. 28

Two men standing in front of the United Blood Services truck.Sign up now for the blood drive taking place on Tuesday, Aug. 28, hosted by Information Technology Services (ITS). A United Blood Services bus will be on Dexter Lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. and will prioritize scheduled donations over walk-ups, so be sure to sign up early. The event is the only one of its kind on campus during summer, coming just in time to alleviate a seasonal dip in donations. Donors are encouraged to eat a hearty breakfast before donating. For more information, contact Mary Padilla at

Mechanical Engineering Students Seeking Input on Problems to Solve

Mechanical engineering students complete yearlong team-based senior projects in which they design, build and test a mechanical system to meet a sponsor’s needs.  The project results in a final report and tested prototype for the sponsor. Project sponsors include companies, non-profit organizations, community members, student clubs, and faculty and staff. On-campus sponsors pay prototype material expenses, while off-campus sponsors pay a course fee and prototype expenses. For more information, visit This fall, the department is looking to start 40 new projects. Anyone with a project idea to propose can visit or contact Peter Schuster at

Extended Education Project Management Professional Certification Exam Preparation Class

Photo of a whiteboard with text and sticky notes showing a class scheduleExtended Education will offer a Project Management Professional Certification Exam Preparation class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10-12. This class prepares individuals to pass the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional Certification Exam. The class includes an extensive overview of the 10 project management subject areas: integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communication, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management. Participants will hone their expertise to a razor-sharp edge during a comprehensive review of the 10 major project management subject areas. This class satisfies the 35-contact hour requirement participants need to qualify to take the PMP examination. Learn more here or call ext. 6-2053.

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


Collegians Alumni Big Band to Perform Reunion Concert Aug. 25

A photo of the Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band from the 2017 performance.The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its annual reunion with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo. Twenty alumni musicians will gather to recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other famous ensembles of the big band era. Winners of the 2017-18 Cal Poly Collegians’ Jazz Scholarship — trombonists Kent Giese and Davis Zamboanga — will join in the performance. Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to Cal Poly’s Collegians Jazz Scholarship are welcome. The Collegians draw a full house every year, and seating is guaranteed only for those who make a reservation and dine in the Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come basis. To make dinner reservations at the Madonna Inn Steak House, call 805-543-3000. For more information about the performance, contact Phil Steck at 530-277-0966. For more information about the Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band, visit the group’s website.

Music Department Announces 2018-19 Events

Music Department 2018-19 events The Music Department's 2018-19 season begins with three faculty recitals. On Sept. 29, violinist Brynn Albanese will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works. She will be joined by faculty members Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, percussion. Albanese and guest guitarist Jack Cimo will also perform some duets together. On Oct. 6, “Brahms Songs” will be presented by Katherine Arthur, soprano; Paul Woodring, piano; and David Arrivee, lecturer. It will be a delightful afternoon of performance and exploration of many well-known and loved Brahms songs. On Oct. 19, up to 12 faculty members are slated to perform, including Amy Goymerac, soprano; Heidi Butterfield, oboe; Laura Kramer, baritone saxophone; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Christopher J. Woodruff, trumpet; John Astaire, percussion; and Ken Hustad, bass. University organist and staff accompanist Paul Woodring will play piano. Additional fall events include: Oct. 27 — Choirs’ Fall Concert: Luminous Night of the Soul; Nov. 30 — Bandfest 2018; Dec. 1 — Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope and Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert; Dec. 2 — Symphony Fall Concert: The Symphony Dances; and Dec. 7 — Fall Jazz Concert. The complete list of events 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.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Thursday, Aug. 16
Women’s Soccer vs. Marquette, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24
Men’s Soccer vs. Fresno Pacific, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 26
Women’s Soccer vs. Boise State, Spanos Stadium, noon.

Thursday, Aug. 30
Women’s Soccer vs. San Jose State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2
Women’s Soccer vs. Utah Valley, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6
Women’s Volleyball vs. UCLA, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7
Women’s Volleyball vs. UCLA, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8
Football vs. Weber State, Spanos Stadium, 6:05 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.

#104942 — Financial Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I). Administration and Finance — Facilities — Support Services. $3,288-$5,983 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,288-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#104959 — Career Readiness Advisor (Student Services Professional III). Orfalea College of Business. $4,421-$6,299 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,421-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#104957 — Career Counselor (Student Services Professional IB/II). Student Affairs — Career Services. Temporary, part-time. SSP IB Level: $3,578-$5,061 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,578-$4,057 per month). SSP II Level: $4,057-$5,769 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057-$4,160 per month.) Open until filled.

#104956 — Information Technology Consultant — Career College of Liberal Arts. $4,372-$10,173 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,500-$5,200 per month.) Open until filled. (Review began July 25.)

#104965 — Ticketing Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II). AFD — Performing Arts Center — Admin.  $3,115-$5,475 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,115-$3,500 per month). Open until filled. Internal recruitment only.

#104960 — University Judicial Coordinator (Student Services Professional III). Student Affairs — Dean of Students. $4,554-$6,488 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,554-$4,800 per month.) Open until filled.

#104948 — Electrician. AFD — Facilities — Poly Canyon Village. $5,373-$6,938 per month. (Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,373-$6,400 per month.) Open until filled.

#104950 — Groundsworker. AFD — Facilities — Landscape Services. $2,736-$4,806 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,736-$3,356 per month.) Open until filled.

#104941 — Plumber. AFD — Facilities Operations — Plumbing. $5,543-$7,146 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,543-$5,910 per month.) Open until filled.

#104972 — Psychiatrist (Physician — 10/12 Pay Plan). Student Affairs — Health Services.  $11,043 - $17,389 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $14,216-$17,389 per month.) Open until filled.

#104981 — Vice President for Research (Administrator IV). Academic Affairs — Research and Sponsored Programs. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#104980 — Primary Care Physician (Physician — 10/12 Pay Plan). Student Affairs — Health Services.  $10,225-$16,103 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $10,225-$12,405 per month.) Open until filled.

#104975 — Events Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II). $3,115-$5,475 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,500-$4,250 per month.) Open until filled.

#104985 — Director of Finance, Personnel and Operations (Administrator II). Orfalea College of Business. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. (Anticipated hiring range: $7,500-$10,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#104976 — Custodian. Student Affairs — University Housing. $2,600-$4,074 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600-$3,500 per month.) Up to two positions available. Open until filled.

#104990 — Program Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I). Academic Affairs — Extended Education. $2,846-$4,998 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,000-$3,800 per month.) Open until filled.

#104991 — IT Policy Analyst and Compliance Officer (Administrator I). ITS-Technology, Policy and Security. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#104995 — Access Specialist (Student Services Professional II). Student Affairs — Disability Resource Center. $4,179-$5,942 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,179-$4,300 per month.) Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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

#104928 — Full-Time Lecturer — Anatomy and Physiology, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104930 — Assistant Professor in Experience Industry Management, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#104929 — Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#104962 — Early Intervention Specialist, Counseling Services. Open until filled.

#104937 — Physics Tenure-Track Position In Physics Education Research, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104961 — Tenure-Track Faculty Member in Elementary Science Education, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104934 — Assistant Professor in Thermal-Fluids/Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104971 — Department Head (Tenure Track) in Construction Management, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Open until filled.

#104932 — Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Systems and Controls, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104968 — Vertebrate Spatial Ecologist Tenure-Track Position, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104946 — Assistant Professor — Diversity and Organizational Behavior, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104978 — Assistant Professor of English — Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104977 — Assistant Professor — African American History, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104958 — Assistant Professor — Media Law and Ethics, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Senior Irrigation Engineer III/IV, Irrigation Training and Research Center, $70,262-$121,555 per year.

Contract and Grant Analyst II/III, Sponsored Programs, $44,907-$64,729 annually.

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.

Coordinator — Aquatics and Safety. Annual salary $52,794 with excellent benefits.  Position open until filled; review of applications began July 27.

Coordinator — Recreational Sports. Annual salary $52,794 with excellent benefits.  Position open until filled; review of applications began July 27.

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