Cal Poly Report — June 13, 2018

Please note: Cal Poly Report will be published monthly during the summer, on July 11 and Aug. 15.


Great Grads Show the Strengths, Struggles and Accomplishments of the Class of 2018

 Alexandrea "Mickey" Guerra, Ana Padilla, Ariel Crisostomo, Marcos Ramirez-Santos, Frank Gonzalez and John Franzia
Cal Poly ends its academic year each June with a heartfelt goodbye to thousands of graduates who will soon begin careers or continue on with advanced studies and address the world’s problems with innovation, creativity and confidence earned through their Learn by Doing education. More than 4,800 graduates are eligible to take part in commencement June 16 and 17. Each of this year’s graduates has a unique story of success and perseverance, along with thoughts on how their university experience has shaped them as they prepare to make their way in the world. Meet six outstanding members of the Class of 2018:
Alexandrea “Mickey” Guerra, an agriculture science major in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, who wants to help a new generation of farmers and ranchers. She’ll return to campus this fall in pursuit of a master’s degree in agriculture education as well as the agriculture credential program.
Ana Padilla, a city and regional planning major in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, who aims to work with a company or organization that helps neighborhoods for disadvantaged communities. Since February 2017, she has worked as a planning intern at the Caltrans District 5 headquarters in San Luis Obispo.
Ariel Crisostomo, a biomedical engineering major in the College of Engineering, who found her niche while touring Cal Poly as a high school student. After graduation, she will join Penumbra Inc., a Bay Area-based global healthcare company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets medical devices that address challenging medical conditions and significant clinical needs.
Marcos Ramirez-Santos, a psychology major in the College of Liberal Arts, who found that Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing education challenged and prepared him for his goal of pursuing a doctorate in school psychology. Upon graduation, he will work full-time as a behavior technician at the Kids Connections Developmental Therapy Center assisting clients diagnosed with autism.
Frank Gonzalez, a physics major in the College of Science and Mathematics, who transferred to Cal Poly from Merced College. His goal of obtaining a physics degree began when his family relocated to Los Banos, Calif., from Guadalajara, Mexico, during his junior year of high school. Gonzalez will begin graduate physics studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee in the fall.
John Franzia, a business major in the Orfalea College of Business, didn’t start out as a business major. He changed his major twice, and then took some time to pick a concentration.  He will begin his career as a risk consultant for financial institutions with Ernst and Young in San Francisco. He’s also interested in going back to graduate school, ultimately wanting to help grow companies and be a mentor to developing business leaders.
Read their full stories here. 

Recipients Named for 2017-2018 Outstanding Staff Award

 Danielle Borrelli, Doug Brewster and Thomas Moylan.Three employees have been recognized for the 2017-2018 Outstanding Staff Award: Danielle Borrelli, information technology consultant for ITS — California Cyber Training Complex; Doug Brewster, equipment technician III for the College of Science and Mathematics — Biological Sciences Department; and Thomas Moylan, administrator II for the College of Science and Mathematics — Center for Coastal Marine Sciences Department. The recipients will be honored during Fall Convocation in September. (Borrelli, Brewster and Moylan are pictured from left to right.)

Student Affairs Announces Gift Aimed at Eradicating Student Homelessness

Student Affairs has announced a multi-year gift by the family of an architectural engineering alumnus that aims to erase student homelessness. Created in honor of late Cal Poly alumnus Donald Tanklage (a 1957 graduate), The Tanklage Family Initiative to End Homelessness at Cal Poly Fund will give a total of $150,000 to assist students struggling with homelessness and housing stability. “I’m beyond grateful to the Tanklage family for partnering with Student Affairs to take on the challenge of erasing student homelessness,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for student affairs. “Because of their generosity and care for others, Cal Poly will be able to help struggling students obtain housing and keep them focused on their academics.” The new fund will be administered through the Cal Poly Cares program, which provides emergency grants for eligible students unable to afford expenses —including housing — that are central to their academic success and wellbeing. Since its inception in 2015, Cal Poly Cares has provided more than $800,000 in emergency grants to 539 students, including $213,000 for housing and meals.

OUDI Shares State of Diversity and Inclusion at Cal Poly

Office of University Diversity & Inclusion logoThe Office of University Diversity and Inclusion recently shared a Diversity Action Initiatives document with the campus community outlining the existing and future strategies, tactics and initiatives focused on improving diversity and developing a more inclusive culture on campus. In an accompanying video, Jozi De Leon, vice president for diversity and inclusion, announced that the university will create a new position in OUDI — an associate vice president of diversity and inclusion — to help further the university's implementation of new initiatives. Cal Poly will also continue to work toward other goals: continuing to focus on campus climate; diversifying our faculty, staff and students; and embedding diversity in the curricula, co-curricular areas and in Learn by Doing. De Leon said a major goal is to move toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. "In addition," De Leon's message to campus read, "we will continue to work on finding ways to increase our student diversity so it more closely resembles the demographics of the state, provide additional support and opportunity for our first generation and low-income students, and continue to advance equity in our graduation rates."

Corporation Donates $5 Million to New Science and Agriculture Complex

The Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors approved the largest single contribution in its history with a $5 million contribution to construction of the new Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex. The move took place during the April 27 board of directors meeting. The proposed building will house collaborative laboratory and teaching space for three colleges: the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Support for this important university project aligns with the corporation’s role and strategic directive to advance Cal Poly’s educational mission. The corporation contribution is made possible by allocating general administration and facility reserve funds available from business and facility operations restructuring.

Parking Changes Coming to Campus Include New Business Hours and More Parking Spaces

Effective June 18, the Public Safety Reception Center in the University Police Building (No. 36), and the Visitor Information Center at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus will have new business hours. The Public Safety Reception Center's hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Visitor Information Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services such as purchasing long-term or short-term permits, citation payments and appeals, and alternative transportation options are always available at This fall, in conjunction with the opening of the yakʔitʸutʸu residential community, the university will offer increased parking options for campus visitors. The new parking structure will provide parking primarily for campus visitors and residents. Effective July 1, visitor and sponsored guest permits will be $10 for daily parking and can be coordinated through the Transportation and Parking Services Department. Transportation and Parking Services can be reached at ext. 6-6654 or

Cal Poly Announces Keynote Speakers, Honorary Doctorate Awardees for Spring Commencement Ceremonies June 16 and 17

Wyatt Oroke, left, and Andy JassyAmazon’s Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, the world’s leading cloud computing platform, and Wyatt Oroke, the inspiring Cal Poly alumnus-turned-teacher who gained fame on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” will deliver keynote addresses at three spring 2018 commencement ceremonies June 16 and 17 at Cal Poly. Oroke (at left in photo) will address the nearly 1,500 eligible graduates from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics at 9 a.m. and about 1,600 eligible graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and Orfalea College of Business at 3 p.m. on June 16. Jassy (at right in photo) will address more than 1,600 eligible graduates from the College of Engineering and College of Architecture and Environmental Design at 9 a.m. June 17. Read more about the speakers here.  In addition, President Armstrong will honor wine visionary Jerry Lohr; Margaret Fortune, who leads a network of California charter schools; and retired PG&E executive Ed Halpin, who for five years oversaw the utility’s nuclear assets, including Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, with honorary doctorate degrees at the commencement ceremonies. Lohr, a key supporter of Cal Poly’s wine and viticulture program, will receive the honor Saturday during the 9 a.m. ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics. Fortune, whose network of charter schools in Northern and Southern California help young people from disadvantaged families attend college, will be honored later that day during the 3 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Orfalea College of Business. Halpin will be honored during the 9 a.m. Sunday ceremony for the College of Engineering and College Architecture and Environmental Design. All ceremonies will take place on campus at Spanos Stadium. For more information, visit

Campus Members Invited to Volunteer at Upcoming California Cyber Innovation Challenge 

The California Cybersecurity Institute in San Luis Obispo invites members of the Cal Poly community to volunteer for the 2018 California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC is a statewide high school cybersecurity competition designed to introduce more students to the field of cybersecurity. This year’s competition highlights the challenges of securing healthcare information and devices due to the growing importance of protecting the progress of medical technology against impending cyber threats. The challenge will take place in a medical office scenario at the California Cybersecurity Institute and focus on both the ethical and technical issues of a ransomware attack on a medical facility. Make a difference by volunteering as you help to develop the next generation of cyber defenders and work to promote and improve STEM education. Whether you are new to technology or experienced in writing code, this event has a position for everyone. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. This competition features state-of-the-art forensic tools used to extract digital evidence. Positions available include administrative support, communication and outreach, general tech support, photo/video support, team mentors, and venue setup/teardown. Volunteers are needed for the California Cyber Innovation Challenge Workforce Development Summit on Friday, June 22, the Cyber Innovation Challenge on Saturday through Monday, June 23-25, and setup support June 20-26. To learn more, contact Danielle Borrelli at or ext. 6-1341. Applicants must complete a Livescan (find locations at Volunteers can sign up at

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Student Success

Honors Showcase Recognizes Achievements of Graduating Seniors and First-Year Group Service Projects

Honors Program students at their June 1 showcase and graduation ceremony.The University Honors Program gathered on June 1 to celebrate the achievements of this year's graduating class and recognize first-year student projects. This year's graduates presented their senior project findings at the annual Honors Showcase and Graduation Ceremony. Each graduate received a traditional bright gold and green Honors stole in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the program. Honors Program staff, peers and supporters from across campus recognized the graduates for their tremendous accomplishments. During the event, the Honors Program presented Outstanding Student and Outstanding Honors Faculty awards to biological sciences major Alex Campbell, English major Jeanne Bay, communication studies Instructor Sheree Twisselman Davis and ethnic studies Assistant Professor Alpen Razi. The honorees were recognized for their exceptional commitment to the Honors Program, its mission and ideals. In addition, 57 first-year students were recognized for their dedication to service. In fall 2017, these students enrolled in a three-quarter first-year learning experience focused on environmental, social, economic and political facets of sustainability. As individuals and in teams, students researched elements of sustainable communities in a local and global context, while exploring resilience and systems-thinking as strategies for addressing complex problems. The yearlong interdisciplinary experience satisfied a general education course requirement and incorporated a number of high-impact educational practices, including collaborative projects, service learning, research, diversity learning and e-portfolios. As part of this course, 11 student teams partnered with the Center for Service in Action and local community organizations including Garden House-Morro Bay, RISE, GRID Alternatives, Friends of 40 Prado, and One Cool Earth (Earth Genius) to complete yearlong service projects. Example projects included the design of an outdoor garden and reflection space, understanding homelessness in San Luis Obispo, creation of a solar energy jobs guidebook, planning a campus community garden, and development of a sustainable living guide for students. Project posters will be on display in the Honors office in Kennedy Library through the end of the academic year.

University Art Gallery to Exhibit the Work of 2018 Graduates Until June 16

Mallory Harris The University Art Gallery will present “This Must Be The Place,” featuring multi-disciplinary works by students graduating from the Art and Design Department until June 16. Works by the following artists will be featured in the University Art Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34): Carter Broad, Vivien Cheung, Ally Evans, Lauren Goldenberg, Mallory Harris (pictured), Julia McClintock, Noelle Merrihew, Carlie Meyers, Amanda Parra-Settles, Vianca de la Parra, Chloe Plant, Alana Primes, Thomas Stoekinger, Anna Teiche, Lela Welch, Olivia Witt, Roslyn Yeager and Solstice Zaranski. The gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Honors Program Students Raise $800 for Local Non-Profit Through 'Heart Project'

Photo of four paintings of hearts completed as part of the Honor Program's Heart Project.Earlier this year, Honors Program students carried out the "Heart Project,” a month-long fundraising event for local non-profit organization Jack’s Helping Hand. Jack’s Helping Hand works with families of children with diseases and disabilities, especially cancer, and helps to ease the stress and financial burden that comes with such experiences. For the Heart Project, students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to paint canvases with their artistic expressions of a heart in exchange for a donation. At the close of the project, our community came together to paint 90 canvases and raise $800. The heart canvases are currently displayed in the Honors Office, but will ultimately be donated to Jack’s Helping Hand and other local organizations including Stand Strong and the 40 Prado homeless center. Seeing our Honors community come together with the greater Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo communities was incredibly uplifting. In the end, a local San Luis Obispo company generously matched the $800 donation­, allowing the program to give Jack’s Helping Hand $1,600. Honors students look forward to building our community partnerships and continuing fundraising efforts with Jack's Helping Hand.


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Faculty & Staff

Faculty Promotion and Tenure Awards Announced

President Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have announced the promotion of 51 faculty members and the award of tenure to 23 faculty members effective in the 2018-19 academic year. The promotions include 29 to the academic rank of professor or librarian, and 22 to the rank of associate professor or associate librarian. Armstrong and Enz Finken extend their congratulations and appreciation to those faculty members receiving promotion and/or tenure. Find the complete listing here.

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 will begin her new role on June 27. Hadaway-Mellis will provide visionary leadership for all aspects of student health and wellbeing, including medical services, counseling services, health education, and campus wellbeing. 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 the University of California, 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.

2017-18 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awardee Announced

Kim SprayberryThe Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. This year’s awardee is Dr. Kim Sprayberry, a veterinarian and associate professor in the Animal Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. As highlighted in the nominations received, Sprayberry has a great impact on the success of her students, fostering professional growth and encouraging them to strive for success both personally and academically. She will be recognized at the Fall Conference general session in September, will receive a cash stipend and will have an award citation posted in the Kennedy Library. For more information on the outstanding faculty awardees, visit the Academic Advising website.

University Housing Welcomes Faculty-in-Residence

From left to right, Oscar Navarro, Nishanta "Nishi" Rajakaruna and Nathan Heston, will be University Housing's first faculty in residence. University Housing welcomes its first Faculty-in-Residence. Nathan Heston, lecturer in the Physics Department; Oscar Navarro, assistant professor in the School of Education; and Nishanta "Nishi" Rajakaruna, associate professor in the Biological Sciences Department, will serve as mentors in student communities next year. Heston, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, has engaged students on solar energy projects and sustainable technology research. He was also faculty advisor for Engineering without Borders. Navarro earned his Ph.D. from UCLA. He was a high school teacher and community organizer, which informs his research on social justice education, critical professional development and the schooling experiences of students of color. Rajakaruna, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, researches the influence of unusual soil on plant diversity and distribution. Heston (at right in photo) will live in Cerro Vista with his family, Navarro (left) will live in Poly Canyon Village, and Rajakaruna (center) will live in yakʔitʸutʸu.

Transportation and Parking Services Wins International Award

 Cheryl Andrus, Maxime DeJonge, Marlene Cramer, Gaven Hussey, Amy Voorhies and Tara Beecher.Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) brought home a 2018 Parking Matters award from the recent International Parking Institute conference and expo in Orlando, Florida. One of only 12 winners, TAPS earned the designation for its “My Other Car Is” campaign that launched during fall 2017 to encourage students, faculty and staff to seek out and take advantage of alternative transportation options to get to and from campus. The Parking Matters awards recognize outstanding parking-related marketing, public relations or communications programs or campaigns. Other 2018 winners included the city of Portland, the Seattle Department of Transportation, Stanford University and Cornell University. Details on each of the programs are featured in the June issue of The Parking Professional. (Pictured from left to right: Cheryl Andrus, Maxime DeJonge, Marlene Cramer, Gaven Hussey, Amy Voorhies and Tara Beecher.)

University Marketing to Host Website Workshop June 20

Join University Marketing for an interactive website workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 102. Presenters will give share insights and actionable best practices regarding search engine optimization (SEO), meta data and website content auditing. The event is part of a summer series of workshops aimed at sharpening skills among staff, student assistants and faculty who manage and create content for Cal Poly websites. The workshops 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 at via the website redesign wiki, or direct questions to

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

Use Coursework to Help Cal Poly Reduce Landfill Waste

Photo of someone talking to volunteers at a Zero Waste booth

The Energy, Utilities and Sustainability Department is seeking faculty interested in helping the university reduce the amount of waste it sends to the landfill. One way that faculty can participate would be to assign students to participate in waste management event support as a part of coursework. A hands-on learning experience, Zero Waste Ambassadors are trained and equipped to staff Zero Waste stations at major Cal Poly events. Ambassadors educate event attendees on Cal Poly’s recycling and composting initiatives and help ensure event waste is properly sorted to maximize diversion from landfills. During the 2017-18 academic year the Zero Waste Ambassadors Program worked more than 15 events and helped divert over 90 percent of waste from landfills. For more information, contact Zero Waste Coordinator Anastasia Nicole at or ext. 6-1029.

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, June 21, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 107: "Retirement Basics" from 11:30 to 11:40 a.m., followed by a Q&A from 11:40 p.m. to noon; "Retirement Basics" 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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Proposals Due July 6 for ‘Flipping Your Classroom’ Summer Workshop

Illustration of a number of people interacting with technology to work on a problem.The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is accepting proposals from faculty who would like to "flip" a portion of their courses to replace lecture time with hands-on Learn by Doing activities. Candidates will receive a $1,200 stipend upon successful completion of all workshop activities and attendance at four face-to-face meetings. Lunch and resources will be provided. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your proposal soon to secure your spot. The August session will be held Aug. 7-21, with a final project due Aug. 31. Required in-person meeting dates will be held Aug. 10, 14, 17 and 21. The application deadline has been extended to July 6. Learn more here. Questions? Contact Pam Dougherty 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, June 21; 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. 

Four Units Now Available at Bella Montana

Photo of the Bella Montana community.Faculty and staff housing options are increasing as more Bella Montana homes are now on the market. There are currently four affordable units open within walking distance to campus. Bella Montana is a unique housing community of 69 individually-owned homes designed exclusively for Cal Poly faculty and staff. Each home was thoughtfully crafted with distinctive layouts and amenities, and offer a range of square footage options. The available units include three different floor plans ranging from 1,026 square feet with two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths to 1,614 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. The community is located within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and schools. The homes available for sale range in price from $341,954 to $434,000. Visit for more information. 

New NINJIO Training Video 'Ransomware is Everywhere' Now Available

Screenshot of the video showing that a computer had been hacked.This month’s NINJIO information security training video, “Ransomware is Everywhere,” takes a look at how the city of Atlanta fell prey to ransomware. An analyst in this episode didn’t follow company policy and let a family member access his computer, who then put a personal shared drive on his desktop. The mishandling led to a major disruption in the city’s power grid that left thousands temporarily without power and cost the city millions of dollars in damages. 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.

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Saeed NikuSaeed Niku, professor of Mechanical Engineering, is retiring after nearly 36 years of teaching. Since starting his career at Cal Poly, Niku has taught as many as 15 different classes, ranging from mechanics to design, including two that he created himself, Philosophy of Design and Robotics. He also served as the coordinator of the Master of Science in mechanical engineering program for the last 24 years. He also wrote four engineering textbooks, two of which are translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. On campus, Niku was the faculty advisor for the Hillel Club, the student organization that celebrates Jewish heritage, for 16 years. Though Niku plans to continue teaching through the Faculty in Early Retirement Program, he will use his newfound free time to continue with his favorite hobbies: writing, woodworking and furniture design.

Ellen StierEllen Stier, Information Technology Services (ITS) chief of staff, will retire on June 30 after 34 years of service to Cal Poly. Stier began her career on campus as a department secretary in the Computer Science and Statistics Department in the College of Science and Mathematics. While in the Computer Science Department in the College of Engineering, she received the College of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award in 1989 and the Cal Poly Outstanding Staff Award in 1999-2000. She moved to ITS in 2006, when she was given leadership opportunities to pursue her passion for helping others grow and creating effective and efficient processes for budget, human resources and communications. Around the office, colleagues revere Stier as a devoted, innovative and compassionate leader who exudes grace and expertise in all she does. Upon retirement, Stier looks forward to traveling the country, creating barn quilts and enjoying ordinary days.  An ice cream social will be held to honor Stier’s accomplished career and contributions to the campus from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, on O’Neill Green.

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Catastrophic Leave

Amanda Sanchez, custodian in Facilities Management — Custodial Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

911 Text Messages Now Available for Emergencies

Illustration reading 9-1-1 Call if you can Text if you can'tThe University Police dispatch center was recently equipped to receive and respond to 911 text messages. This is a service for people with hearing and speech impairments, or those in emergency situations who are unable to make a voice call. The program was rolled out earlier this spring on campus and is being implemented across the country. UPD stipulates that texting should only be used as a last resort. Here are some other points to keep in mind:
— You will be asked for your location after texting 911.
— Texting 911 requires a data plan and is not available while your device is roaming. 
— 911 text messaging does not accept photos or videos. 
— Avoid using abbreviations, difficult language, languages other than English, or emojis in your text.
— 911 texts are to be sent only to 911; no group texts allowed.
— Remember, it is a crime to text with a false emergency.

Recreation Center Announces Membership Update

A photo of the exterior of the Recreation Center.It’s been six years since the opening of the expanded Recreation Center following a student referendum for a remodeled facility with additional recreational space. When voting in 2008, students chose to increase their student fees to allow for the expansion and renovation of the Recreation Center we know today. 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 available to students and Cal Poly community members. 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, 2018. Eligible members are invited to experience the Recreation Center and its amenities free of charge during Free Rec Fridays on June 22 and 29. For more information or to purchase a membership, visit the Membership webpage or contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or

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 reimagined burger that is delicious, healthier and more sustainable. Participants can vote once a day at The burger is available at Bishop Craft Burger and Myron’s bistro-style restaurant for a limited time.

Changes to Local Calling Procedures Affect Campus Phones

To accommodate the new 820 area code, calls from campus telephones must include the 805 or 820 area code when placing a local call. As of June 2, the proper dialing procedure for local calls is 7-1-[area code]-[seven-digit number] — otherwise the campus phone system will add 1-805 to any calls that use only a seven-digit number. ITS suggests updating your campus telephone speed dials, fax machines, multi-function devices, security alarms and address books accordingly. For more information on the introduction of the new area code, visit the California Public Utilities Commission website. For technical service issues, go to

Summer Family Fun Days To Be Held at the Cal Poly Recreation Center

A photo of two boys in the Rec Center pool.Bring the whole family to the Recreation Center this summer for Family Fun Days every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 22 to Sept. 2. Enjoy the leisure pool, ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts and more. Sandcastle building, pool toys and lawn toys including hula hoops, paddle ball and bean bag toss will all be available. Recreation Center members may sponsor up to two adult guests and up to six children in accordance with a supervision ratio of two children per one adult. Entry fees are $5 for children up to 15 years old and $10 for adults. Water and small snack items are permitted. For more information, visit the Family Fun Days FAQ and Guest Prices and Guidelines pages or contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or

Spots Still Open in Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center Summer 2018 Poly Trekker Program

A photo of children running across a gym floor.The annual summer Poly Trekkers program at the ASI Children’s Center still has available spots. The program is open to children who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade (6 to 10 years old). Join us for crafts, field trips, sports activities, and a good deal of fun — all while taking advantage of the experiences offered on campus. Registration is available for sessions 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8. Registration ends June 15. For more information, contact Children's Center Administrative Assistant Lauren Mosley at ext. 6-1267 or

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

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Fire Protection Engineering Presents Talk June 14 on London Grenfell Tower Fire

 Failure to Understand Complexity in Tall Building Design with photos of the building on fire and Professor Jose L. ToreroUniversity of Maryland Professor José L. Torero will speak about the London Grenfell Tower fire tragedy from 1:10 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). This fire was an extreme example of a technological failure with important policy dimensions. Torero's presentation will discuss, in the context of the Grenfell Tower fire, the design of the building envelope and its role on guaranteeing the safety of building occupants as well as the knowledge gaps generated through complexity and that reduce the designers’ capacity to predict performance. One year later, the performance assessment remains undisclosed, but several buildings housing a low-income population have been evacuated. The expectation is that within the next few months the number of evacuated buildings might reach the hundreds. The associated social impact is going to be enormous. The real question is not only how this failure occurred, but also how a solid regulatory system can deliver a situation where 100 percent of the buildings tested failed the regulatory requirements. Torero is serving in the Grenfell Tower inquiry to provide “oversight of all the technical experts including identification of relevant work streams and addressing any gaps between experts.” He works in the field of fire safety engineering, specializing in the behavior of fire in complex environments such as forests, tall buildings, novel architectures, tunnels, aircraft and spacecraft.

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 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.

#104918 — University Payroll Manager (Administrator I). Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services — Payroll. Salary commensurate with background and experience. (Anticipated hiring range: $6,250 to $7,500 per month.) Open until filled.

#104923 — Administrative Analyst/Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Non-Exempt). ITS — Associate Vice President. $3,288 to $4,636 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,000 to $5,000 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.

#104867 — Senior Manager of Personnel (Administrator I). ITS — Business Operations. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104925 — IT Personnel Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I). ITS — Customer and Technology Support. $3,897 to $6,647 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,897 - $6,000 per month.) 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.

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.

Irrigation Support Specialist/Engineer I/II, Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC), $44,907-$77,667 per year.

Assistant Supervisor, Myron's, Campus Dining, $12.21-$15.26 per hour.

Full Cook, Campus Dining, $12.21-$15.26 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.

Teacher — Children's Programs, $15.44 per hour with excellent benefits. Seeking candidates with infant/toddler experience. Position open until filled. Review of applications begins June 25.

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