Cal Poly Report — July 11, 2018

Please note: The next issue of Cal Poly Report will be published Aug. 15. Cal Poly Report will resume regular, weekly publication on Sept. 12.


English Department Chair Kathryn Rummell to Serve as Interim Dean of College of Liberal Arts

Kathryn RummellKathryn Rummell has been appointed interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, effective Aug. 16, Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken announced in June. Rummell will succeed current Dean Doug Epperson, who will retire in mid-August. Rummell has served as chair of the English Department since 2008, where she has led two successful program reviews, overseen significant revisions to the major and graduate curricula, and created the department's first advisory board and student career program. Prior to her role as chair, she served as associate chair for six years. Outside of the department, she has been especially invested in the General Education (GE) program, serving as chair of the area A/C committee for seven years and spearheading the first GE Writing Assessment at Cal Poly. Rummell was the recipient of the university’s first Outstanding Advisor Award in 2002 for her work with undergraduate students. On the national level, Rummell was elected to the Executive Committee for the Association of Departments of English and served from 2013-16. On the state level, she has maintained active participation in the CSU's English Council, including serving as president for four years and vice president for two. Her work in these organizations has provided her with an understanding of the state and national higher education landscape, particularly for English and humanities programs, Enz Finken said in an email to the campus community. Rummell earned her doctorate and master's degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she specialized in 18th-century British literature and African-American literature. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Centre College in Kentucky. She joined Cal Poly in 1997 as an assistant professor, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2003, and was promoted to full professor in 2008.

Professor Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Create Nutrition Training Program in Africa

Cal Poly nutrition Professor Peggy PapathakisNutrition Professor Peggy Papathakis has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to spend 10 months in Malawi, Africa, teaching and helping to build the curriculum for a nutrition training program for clinical dietitians at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine. Papathakis joined Cal Poly’s Food Science and Nutrition Department in 2006 determined to engage in nutrition research in developing countries and provide global experiences for Cal Poly nutrition students. In the last decade, more than 30 students have worked on her numerous research studies focused on improving the nutritional intake of pregnant women in the small country of Malawi, in southeastern Africa. Papathakis will now continue her efforts in Malawi by developing the curriculum and supervising students in a new nutrition program for Malawian students seeking careers in the field of nutrition and dietetics. This is Papathakis’ second Fulbright Scholarship; she received one as a doctoral student in 2001 to conduct research in South Africa on the dual impact of breastfeeding and HIV on a woman’s nutritional status. “In Africa, only a handful of countries produce nutrition professionals. Malawi has decided to educate and support nutrition professionals and to hire them — creating a class of nutrition-focused workers who will be immediately able to work in the field,” Papathakis said. “While there, I will teach similar courses to what I teach at Cal Poly, such as medical nutrition therapy and diet for prevention and treatment of diseases.” Read more here.

Cal Poly Appoints New Director for TRIO Achievers Program

Ethny StewartStudent Affairs has named alumna Ethny Stewart as director of the federally funded TRIO Achievers program. She assumed her new position in early June. In her role, Stewart oversees all aspects of the program, including budget administration, staff supervision and compliance with all grant rules and regulations mandated by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, she implements university-specific policies and procedures for the program, as well as provides personal and academic advising to program participants. “We are thrilled to welcome Ethny Stewart to our department,” said Mardel Baldwin, assistant director of Student Academic Services. “She brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous positions that will further enhance our TRIO Achievers Program. In her brief tenure as director, Ethny has already made a great impact on our students, staff and faculty.” Prior to joining Cal Poly, Stewart served as assistant director of outreach and diversity initiatives and coordinator of UC LEADS program for the Graduate Division at UC Santa Barbara. Read more here.

Cal Poly Wins Three Awards in Statewide Sustainability Best Practices Competition

First-year Honors Program students, from left, Charlie Gibbons, a sophomore from Fountain Valley, Calif, who is majoring in environmental management and protections; Blaine Benham, a junior studying biology from San Diego; and mechanical engineering juniors Cayla Quinn of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Sophie Spencer of Phoenix work on a solar panel installation in Santa Maria. A team of six honors students (including those pictured) partnered with GRID Alternatives to create a solar energy jobs guidebook in support of their yearlong service project. Photo by Matthew Aoun, a project coordinatorCal Poly has won three awards among California’s public and private universities and colleges for its sustainability programs in academics, student leadership and waste reduction. The university will be honored for the 2018 Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards Competition at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference to be held July 9-13 at UC Santa Barbara. CHESC honors private and public California colleges and universities that demonstrate effective energy efficiency projects and innovative sustainability practices in operations and academics. Campuses include California’s 114 community colleges, as well as the 23 campuses of the CSU system and the nine UC campuses. “It’s wonderful to see Cal Poly students and faculty recognized in this years’ awards competition.” said Dennis Elliot, director of energy, utilities and sustainability. “The work we do in Facilities Management and Development on energy, water and waste is vitally important, but to see Cal Poly students and faculty recognized for their sustainability innovation and leadership makes me proud that Cal Poly is educating the next generation of professionals who will tackle the challenges of climate change on a global scale.” The University Honors Program received a Best Practice Award in the Sustainability in Academics category for a three-quarter, first-year learning experience in which students investigated environmental, social, economic and political facets of sustainability using both a historical and contemporary lens. Read more here.

Computer Science Professor Leads Students on New Quest to Find Sunken History Off Malta

Kolton Yager (left) navigates an automated underwater vehicle through the rocky shore as a student from Harvey Mudd College and Mitchell Keller (right) help guide him.A year after Zoë Wood and her students found a sunken World War II bomber, the computer science professor has brought a new team to the Mediterranean Sea, hoping technology they developed will help them discover more hidden history. Wood and three students are currently in Malta, a postcard-worthy island 50 miles south of Sicily that is rich with history and culture. It’s also a mecca for divers seeking sunken ships, some of which date back centuries. This marks the third and final year of a $250,000 National Science Foundation-funded project pairing the Cal Poly contingency with Christopher Clark, from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., and Timmy Gambin, a professor at the University of Malta. During the four-week trip, the group wants to find wrecks and then use an automated underwater vehicle (AUV) to collect data that will allow them to generate 3-D digital reconstructions. “I’d be most excited to find something from before World War II,’ said Kolton Yager, a Cal Poly computer science student from Murray, Utah. “Ships have been crossing the Mediterranean for centuries, but it’s not often that something truly ancient survives lifetimes on the bottom of the sea.” Yager is joined in the expedition by fellow Cal Poly students Bonita Galvan, a software engineering student from San Antonio, Texas, and Mitchell Keller, a computer science major from Paso Robles. Through the centuries, numerous ships have capsized in the area as a result of turbulent seas, storms and big swells. While most marine archaeologists have explored those shipwrecks through diving, that can be dangerous. The torpedo-shaped AUV, however, can explore deeper depths than typical scuba divers — around 330 feet. The team uses sonar and a GoPro camera to record data and images. Last year, Wood and her students found a rare British warplane that had made an emergency on-the-water landing during World War II. This year’s team began by mapping and visualizing known wrecks and surveying coastal regions. You can follow the group’s adventures at Learn more here.

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Student Success

Concrete Canoe Team Repeats as National Champions in Dominating Performance

Cal Poly’s concrete canoe 11-member team and a few supporters pose for a photo after Monday’s canoe races in San Diego’s Mission Bay. The team won three of the four competitions including all of the canoe races. The boat, “van Gogh,” was 19-1/2 feet long and weighed 178 pounds.The concrete canoe team repeated as national champions over the weekend, nearly sweeping the entire event with a visually stunning canoe that channeled Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. This is the fifth time Cal Poly has won the “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering,” having previously taken the honors in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2017. “I’m not too surprised, because we were all very confident in the products and efforts that we put out,” said project manager Brandon Friedman, a civil engineering junior. “Still, it’s pretty humbling.” American Society of Civil Engineers’ 31st annual National Concrete Canoe Competition was held June 23-25 in San Diego; presentations were made on the campus of San Diego State, and racing heats were held in Mission Bay’s DeAnza Cove. In addition to winning the overall competition, Cal Poly finished first in Oral Presentation; Final Product; and the racing component by margins of 2 to 18 seconds: Women’s Final Sprints; Men’s Final Sprints; Coed Final Sprints; Women’s Slalom/Endurance Race; and Men’s Slalom/Endurance Race. The team finished third in Design Paper. Overall, the team finished with 95 points, well ahead of the University of Florida (78.6), Université Laval (60) and Shanghai’s Tongji University (58). Cal Poly received a $5,000 scholarship and the “Civil Engineering Cup.” Each year, some 200 colleges and university teams are challenged to design and produce a canoe made of concrete. This year’s Cal Poly canoe was an art piece, with a theme honoring van Gogh, the post-impressionist painter and some of his famous works, including “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.” Read more here.

Students Create Final Piece for Disabled Man to Participate in SLO Triathlon

 Joseph Cornelius rides in a bike trailer as his father leads the way on a bicycle during the Project Expo. The trailer was designed and built by Cal Poly mechanical engineering students. Father and son will participate in the annual SLO Triathlon on Sunday, July 22.Engineering students have once again contributed to the heart-warming story of Joseph Cornelius, creating a unique bike trailer that the special needs man can use to participate in the July 22 SLO Triathlon with his father. Cal Poly students have now completed three projects that Joseph can use to compete in each of the triathlon events. Joseph, 24, has cerebral palsy, which prevents him from walking or talking. Those symptoms became apparent when the Los Osos, California, resident was a baby, said his father, John Cornelius. As Joseph grew older, Cornelius could see that his son reacted well to assisted walks. And soon he began running marathons with Joseph, pushing his son in a wheelchair. Eventually, the Special Olympics paired with Cal Poly students to help the father and son participate in triathlons. In 2014, students created a 6-foot by 4-foot flotation device — the “Aquabullet” — that allowed Joseph to glide on water, feeling the sensation of swimming, as he’s towed by a swimmer. And in 2017, students created a jogger for Joseph. That left one more event: bicycling. Since Joseph’s previous trailer lacked safety and comfort features, three mechanical engineering students set out to create a new trailer. The students — newly graduated Keely Thompson and Ryan Meinhardt, and senior Curtis Wathne — were all members of Cal Poly’s Human Powered Vehicles Club, whose members love to ride bikes. The trailer they designed has a steel roll bar, a five-point racing harness, a custom seat and an attachment that allows the trailer to stay upright in the event of a bike crash. The team first introduced Joseph to the trailer during the Project Expo, a College of Engineering’s annual display of student projects, in May. Once Cornelius pedaled off on his bike, Joseph smiled in his trailer, Thompson said. “In that moment, we all gave a huge sigh of relief that Joseph loved the trailer,” she said, “and were so excited to see him and John happy.” Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Names 2017-18 Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Photo of individuals recognized by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences with outstanding faculty and staff awards.Twelve individuals were recognized by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences with outstanding faculty and staff awards: Marianne Wolf, Wine and Viticulture, Outstanding Faculty Award; Christine Cobb, Agribusiness, Outstanding Staff Award; Rodrigo Manjarin, Animal Science, New Teaching Award; Ann De Lay, Agricultural Education and Communication, Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award; Chris Surfleet, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences, New Scholar Award; Scott Steinmaus, Horticulture and Crop Science, Sustained Excellence in Scholarship Award; Franklin Gaudi, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, Outstanding Lecturer Award; Kim Sprayberry, Animal Science, CAFES Outstanding Mentor Award; and Cortney Newby, Swanton Pacific Ranch, Early Career Staff Award. The college also recognized Jaymie Noland, Animal Science; Karen Aguilar, Dean’s Office; and Donna Packard, Dean’s Office; with the Dean’s Special Recognition Award for their outstanding contributions to the college. The recipients were honored during the college’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony.

Student Affairs Names New Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellbeing

Tina Hadaway-Mellis

Cal Poly has named longtime healthcare administrator and medical professional Tina Hadaway-Mellis as its new assistant vice president for Student Affairs Health and Wellbeing. She began her new role on June 27. Hadaway-Mellis provides visionary leadership for all aspects of student health and wellbeing, including medical services, counseling services, health education, and campus well-being. She brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to Cal Poly, including budget oversight, operations and strategic planning for healthcare programs. For the past four years, she has served as the clinical services director for UC Berkeley, where she was responsible for guiding her department’s strategic development, fiscal performance, operational oversight and organizational planning, among other duties. Hadaway-Mellis has also served as a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care since 2009, conducting on-site surveys to ensure best practices in medical operations for college health, office-based and ambulatory surgery centers throughout the country. Her experience includes more than a decade as a healthcare professional. She later served in health administration for medical practices, surgery centers and ambulatory care centers in Northern California, including Sequoia Surgical Pavilion in Walnut Creek.

Action Required During Campuswide Wi-Fi Upgrade on July 19

On Thursday, July 19, Information Technology Services (ITS) is updating the campus wireless network to improve Secure Mustang Wireless and eduroam. As a result, users will see a one-time, pop-up window asking them to verify a new certificate. ITS will send out an email to the campus community on July 18 with steps to guide users through the certificate verification process. For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed for Mustang Move-In Sept. 14-16

University Housing invites all faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer and help our newest students move into the residence halls during Mustang Move-in, September 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 Mustang Welcome T-shirt. Help create a positive and welcoming experience for our new students! To learn more and sign up as a volunteer, visit the Mustang Welcome Team Volunteer Interest Form webpage.

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 first attend the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop as a baseline 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.

Administration and Finance Releases New Strategic Plan

Administration and Finance (A&F) has officially launched its newly developed strategic plan. The collaborative effort of more than 300 A&F and Cal Poly employees was focused on creating a plan to transform the division into a forward-leaning organization, positioned to provide excellence and strategic leadership for the university. More than a year in the making, the plan establishes ambitious goals and lays out six strategic directions, each with numerous goals and objectives. Strategic directions include:
— Provide effective and innovative stewardship of institutional assets and resources.
— Create a culture of world-class service.
— Attract, develop and retain a diverse and talented workforce.
— Engage, partner and collaborate.
— Create a safe, vibrant and attractive campus environment.
— Make sustainability a core part of Cal Poly and A&F culture.
From here, each unit within A&F will develop its own strategic plan that will incorporate strategic directions, tactical goals and operational metrics in support of the overall Administration and Finance plan. For more information and to view the plan, visit

University Marketing to Host Website Workshop July 18

Staff, student assistants and faculty who manage and create content for Cal Poly websites are invited to join University Marketing for the next installment of an interactive website workshop series. The next “Web Summer Camp” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 102. Presenters will share best practices to help professionals use personas to write website content and engage specific audiences. The event is part of a summer series of workshops that will help campus prepare for the planned website redesign that will be phased in beginning in 2019. View the full schedule of workshops and RSVP via the event’s Google form. Learn more about the project via the website redesign wiki, or direct questions to

Two-Step Verification for State Accounts To Be Implemented at Cal Poly

Graphic for DUO, depicting a login screen, a mobile phone verifying a user and a screen reading Success.The CSU has chosen a product, Duo, for use across the system to enhance the security of state accounts. The CSU Chancellor’s Office recommends that each campus enable two-step verification for all vital systems. To prepare for this change, ITS recommends staff and faculty enable two-step verification today. When logging on to a computer, identity is authenticated by providing the correct combination of username and password. Two-step verification strengthens this process by requiring two factors to verify your identity before access is permitted. This includes:
— Something you know, usually your username and password.
— Something you have, like a phone (mobile or office phone) or tablet.
The first system to be enabled is CSU’s Common Financial System (CFS). Duo will be implemented for additional systems once CFS is complete. On Aug. 1, ITS will enable Duo on the login page for CFS, and it will be mandatory to use on Sept. 3. Users are urged to begin using their Duo credentials in August so they can successfully log in before use is mandatory. Follow step-by-step procedures at 2-Step Verification: Quick Start. Users who have questions or need assistance should contact their department IT coordinator or the Service Desk at ext. 6-7000.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held Aug. 4

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 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.

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

Lunch and Learn with Benefits and Employee Services Team at Upcoming Presentations

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, July 19, in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105: "Educational Fee Waiver" from 11:30 to 11:40 a.m., followed by Q&A from 11:40 a.m. to noon; "Educational Fee Waiver" from noon to 12:10 p.m., followed by Q&A from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.; and "New Employees Benefit Enrollment Tips" from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Click the following links for campus maps and building floor plans. For more information, visit Check the Aug. 15 issue of Cal Poly Report for additional presentations on Aug. 16.

Learn Security Awareness in New NINJIO Training Video

A graphic showing two Amazon search results - one with a red stamp over it reading Fake, another is RealThis month’s NINJIO information security training video, “Update Double Take,” is not only applicable at work but at home, too. As the number of cyber-crime attacks continue to grow, keeping pace with the varying methods criminals use requires continuous awareness. In this episode, viewers will learn how an employee introduced a hacker into his network through Google Ad search results — otherwise known as malvertising. 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 Cal Poly Portal.

RSVP by July 18 for Retired Faculty and Staff Tour of Gardens Planned for Oct. 17 in Fresno

Retired faculty and staff are invited to sign up for a tour of the Forestiere Underground Gardens and Shinzen Japanese Gardens in Fresno on Wednesday, Oct. 17. It will be an opportunity to spend a day with fellow retirees while enjoying the gardens. Attendees are encouraged to reserve a spot early. All sites are accessible. A Teppan-Yaki lunch will be ordered at the Sakura Chaya restaurant in Fresno. Lunch options are: Lunch Special Tio Trio ( includes beef, chicken and shrimp), Hibachi Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Hot and Spicy Chicken, Sukiyaki Style Beef (with green onions and mushrooms) and Hibachi Tofu and Vegetable. Drinks are not included. Learn more about the Forestiere Underground Gardens at and the Shinzen Friendship Garden at Attendees will leave at 6:30 a.m. from the Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, and return to the same location at 6 p.m. The cost is $67 per person. RSVP to Gail Simmons by Wednesday, July 18, at 805-462-9148 or Simmons must receive payment by Thursday, July 26. Attendees may also let Simmons know if they want to be picked up at the K-Mart parking lot in either Arroyo Grande or Paso Robles. The event will be canceled if there are not enough signups. Learn more about the Retired Faculty and Staff club at

Read a Book, Watch a TEDTalk or View a Video in New Book and Learning Circles This Summer

Logo for Learn and Grow showing an illustration of a person who also appears to be a tree, with large leaves Employee and Organization Development is excited to announce its summer 2018 Book and Learning Circles. The campus community is invited to participate in enriching conversations by joining a Book Circle, where participants read a book and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where attendees view a video or read an article before discussing as a group. Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three sessions. The first book, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey, has been called one of the most compelling books on the subject ever written, and has empowered and inspired readers for more than 25 years. The second book, "Somebodies and Nobodies" by Robert W. Fuller, contemplates the role of rank in our lives. Readers will discover how rank informs our worldview and how the negative effects on our personal relationships and social institutions can be overcome. The third book,  Hidden Biases of Good People""Blindspot" by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, uses stimulating exercises and illustrative examples to explore unconscious bias and strategies for reducing it in the workplace, classroom and beyond. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article, and participating in a discussion during a single session. The first learning circle is "Great Leadership Comes Down to Only Two Rules," which takes a lightning-fast tour of leadership and suggests it comes down to only two rules. The second learning circle, "The Power of Introverts," highlights the extraordinary talents and abilities of introverts in a culture where being social and outgoing are prized. The third learning circle, "Diversity is Being Invited to the Party: Inclusion is Being Asked to Dance," explores the value of diversity and inclusion and provides actionable strategies for being a leader in this area. To view a full description and register, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

Human Resources to Offer Training Sessions on University Recruitment Process 

Human Resources will offer upcoming 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 in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 289, on the following dates: Thursday, July 26; and Thursday, Aug. 23. Sign up at

Procurement Services Seeking Input on Off-Campus Catering Vendors 

Beginning in August, off-campus catering vendors that are registered and approved by Procurement Services will be an option for catering on-campus events. Procurement Services will start accepting applications from off-campus catering vendors in June and expects to have an approved list available in late August. The unit is now seeking input on which off-campus vendors the campus community would be interested in having available to cater an event — including breakfast, lunch, dinner, breaks and receptions. Events can be as simple as a delivery and setup or a full-service catered event. Email with any suggested vendors so that Procurement Services can invite them to submit an application. 

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Operations Specialist Ricardo Uc will retire this month from Cal Poly as one of the longest-serving employees in Information Technology Services. Working with ITS since 1985, Uc has been a champion of data center evolution. He oversaw the change of the university’s data center from the time of punch cards to the introduction of the IBM mainframe, then updating to Dell servers, and now to the current cloud environment. In addition to his work, Uc is the sitting Unit 9 Representative for CSUEU and was an integral part of the negotiating team that produced the latest collective bargaining agreement. Uc is a passionate and hands-on leader who will be missed on campus. He looks forward to devoting more time to his family, as well as home improvement projects during retirement. At Uc’s request, no retirement celebration will be held, but he may be reached at

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Catastrophic Leave

Tod Nelson, administrator III in Orfalea College of Business, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Debra Tuson at or ext. 6-5098 to request a donation form.

Michael (Ladd) Caine, equipment technician III in College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Brenda Flood at or ext. 6-2342 to request a donation form.

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In Memoriam

David GeorgeCal Poly Professor Emeritus David L. George died at Bayside Care Center in Morro Bay on May 11. George graduated at the top of his high school class while lettering in football, basketball and baseball. After attending Mira Costa College in Oceanside, he transferred to San Diego State University with a football scholarship. He graduated with a history degree in 1961. He married Barbara Gabriel in 1964 and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1961-67. George earned his master’s degree in political science from SDSU and his doctorate in political science from the University of Oregon. He completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, and was a visiting professor at SDSU. He also completed a fellowship at Yale University, where he studied political psychology with Irving Janis, researching group dynamics like building consensus through conformity without thoroughly analyzing ideas or concepts. George served for a year in the CSU Chancellor's Office developing and implementing the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences for use by professors in the CSU system. He was a political science professor at Cal Poly from 1970 until his retirement in 2005. He influenced generations of students to aspire, excel and achieve. He challenged conventional thinking and encouraged excellence in research. George was a voracious reader of professional journals and nonfiction books and articles relating to history, social justice, culture and politics.

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Campus Announcements

Photo of a mascot for the blood donation drive.Information Technology Services to Host Third Annual Blood Drive on Aug. 28

Mark your calendars — Information Technology Services (ITS) will host a blood drive on Dexter Lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. The event is the only one of its kind on campus during the summer quarter, coming just in time to alleviate United Blood Services’ summer dip in donations. Donors are encouraged to eat a hearty breakfast before donating. To sign up and fill out a fast track health questionnaire to save time at the event, visit For more information, contact Mary Padilla 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

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. 17-19. 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.

Campus Dining Burger Again in the Running for James Beard Award

Photo of Campus Dining's Blended Burger.For the second time this academic year, Campus Dining has a burger in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project. The Bishop Mountain Burger, the brainchild of Executive Chef Ken Kline, is built on a foundation of 100 percent grass-fed sirloin from Swanton Pacific Ranch, blended 50/50 with portabella mushrooms and stacked tall with melted gruyere cheese, a thick heirloom tomato slice, shredded lettuce, avocado, bacon and chipotle sauce on a buttered and toasted brioche bun. The Blended Burger Project is an innovative program by the James Beard Foundation that strives to inspire a re-imagined burger that is delicious, healthier and more sustainable. Participants can vote once a day at The burger is available at Myron’s bistro-style restaurant.

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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.


Inaugural Cal Poly Honor Choir Festival Concert Set for Aug. 4

Photo of two singers with a photo of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.High school singers from throughout the state will combine with Cal Poly singers for the Cal Poly High School Honor Choir Festival Concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson established the festival to provide an opportunity for talented high school singers to perform great music alongside collegiate singers and work with accomplished conductors. The three-day festival will culminate with a concert at the mission. The centerpiece will be the “Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo” by Joseph Haydn. Glysson said, “This piece is often referred to as ‘The Little Organ Mass’ and is a charming work for choir, soprano solo, strings and of course, organ, played by University Organist Paul Woodring on Cal Poly’s brand-new portative organ.” Woodring will also serve as the accompanist for the festival. The soprano soloist will be Amy Goymerac, a Cal Poly alumnus and recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other repertoire will include works by Eric Whitacre, Camille Saint-Saëns and André Thomas. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. Donations will be accepted at the door to support the Cal Poly Choral Program. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406. 

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.

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

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Women’s Soccer vs. Westmont (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Aug. 22
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.

#104924 — Staff Writer (Temporary). (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist I). College of Engineering — Advancement. $2,923 to $4,980 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,500 to $4,200 per month.) Open until filled.

#104903 — Instructional Support Technician III (Instructional Support Technician III). College of Science and Math — Kinesiology and Public Health. $4,107 to $7,004 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,000 to $5,600 per month.) Open until filled.

#104922 — Associate Director of Inclusivity for University Housing (Administrator II). University Housing – Administration. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. 

#104885 — Radiologist Technologist/Medical Assistant (Radiologic Technologist), Student Affairs — Health Services. $2,958 to $5,379 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,958 to $3,800 per month.) Open until filled.

#104935 — Control Specialist (Facilities Control Specialist) AFD — Facilities — Engineering Services. $5,647 to $7,159 per month (Anticipated hiring range: $5,647 to $6,290 per month.) Open until filled. 

#104939 — Facilities Worker II (Facilities Worker II) AFD — Facilities — Carpenter Shop. $4,541 to $5,707 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,541 to $5,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#104951 — Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I) College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. $2,846 to $4,852 per month (Anticipated hiring range: $3,000 to 3,500 per month.) Open until filled.

#104949 — Program Support Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I). Academic Affairs — Extended Education. Part-time, $2,846 to $4,852 per month (Anticipated hiring range: $2,846 to $4,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#104945 — Student Services Professional II (Multicultural Engineering Program Academic Advisor) College of Engineering — Engineering Student Services. $4,057 to $5,769. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057 to $4,300 per month.) Open until filled.

#104943 — Administrative Support Assistant I — Administration and Finance — Payroll Services. $2,600 to $3,609 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600 to $3,133 per month.) Open until filled.

#104938 — Assistant Athletic Trainer (Athletic Trainer II) Student Affairs – Athletics. $3,886 to $7,099 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,166 to $5,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#104944 — Payroll Technician II AFD — Fiscal Services — Payroll Services. $3,101 to $5,290 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,101 to $4,431 per month.) Open until filled.

#104936 — Women’s Basketball Team Operations Intern (Helper/Aid) Student Affairs — Athletics. $10 to $17.48 an hour. Open until filled.

#104895 — Lead Automotive/Equipment Mechanic — Facilities Operations — Transportation Services. $5,373 to $6,938 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,373 to $5,740 per month.) Open until filled.

#104931 — Temp Groundsworker Pool (90-day max), $15.78 to $26.92 per hour. Continuous hiring through Dec. 31.

#104915 — Research, Scholarship and Publishing Specialist (Library Services Specialist IV) Library — Academic Services. $3,524 to $5,639 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,500 to $5,200 per month.) Open until filled.

#104933 — Library Facilities Manager (Administrator I) Library — Administration Service. $75,000 to $80,000 per year. Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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

There are no listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

Custodian, Campus Dining, $13.75-$20.91 per hour.

IT Support Analyst I/II, CPC IT, $18.72-$32.39 per hour.

Salad Maker, Campus Dining, $14.00-$15.87 per hour.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering, $25.40-$38.09 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

There are no listings at this time.

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