Cal Poly Report — March 21, 2018

Please note: Cal Poly Report will not be published on March 28 during the academic holiday. CPR will resume on April 4.


High School Students to Compete in Statewide Cybersecurity Challenge

Logo for the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic DevelopmentAs part of California’s continued leadership in strengthening career pathways for cybersecurity, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and Cal Poly will host the 2018 California Cyber Innovation Challenge, set for June 22-25. Twenty teams of high school students will compete at the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) in San Luis Obispo on June 23-25, following a cybersecurity workforce development summit June 22. “In addition to training students on cyber forensics, we will provide hands-on learning opportunities for the next generation of cyber defenders,” said Cybersecurity Center Director and Vice President of Information Technology William J. “Bill” Britton. “Being a part of the Innovation Challenge is a big step toward realizing that goal of strengthening cybersecurity.” Over the next few months, teams of high school students from across California will compete in timed cybersecurity challenges designed to replicate the many different threats that cybersecurity professionals face. Eight winners from designated regional cybersecurity competitions will earn automatic entry to the statewide tournament in San Luis Obispo, and the remainder will come from an “at-large” selection process that will draw teams from areas that do not have regional competitions. The 2018 event will include a digital forensics challenge and other challenges with an overall focus on highlighting the importance of cybersecurity in healthcare. Learn more here.

Campus Invited to Join in Learning Chumash Names

Rendering of the new residential housing community off Grand Avenue.yakʔitʸutʸu, Cal Poly’s newest freshman residential community, will open this fall at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus. The complex is dedicated in honor of the Northern Chumash, who have been close advisors to the project, supporting milestones in planning, construction and education. Each of the seven residence halls is named after a local Chumash tribal site. The campus community is encouraged to learn and practice the names and meanings, available on the University Housing website. To schedule a brief learning session at an upcoming staff meeting with University Housing’s street team, contact or ext. 6-6274.

Design Village Competition Moves to Earth Day Weekend, April 20-22

A photo of Cal Poly Design Village from the 2017 competition.A temporary city of unique, student-built shelters will spring up in Poly Canyon over Earth Day weekend, hosted by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. One of the college’s largest and most-anticipated events, the annual Design Village competition draws hundreds of students to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they design, build and inhabit structures in Poly Canyon. This year’s competition, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 20-22 to coincide with Earth Day. Designed by teams of students from across the country, submissions must be built in 12 hours or less, use off-the-grid electricity, and provide shelter to the team for the weekend. The entries will be judged on their craftsmanship, sustainability, design excellence, suitability to the theme of “Balance,” and public response. A free shuttle service will be provided to Poly Canyon on Saturday, April 21, from the intersection of Village Drive and Truckee Road starting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with continuous service every 20 minutes. CAED will also welcome hundreds of new students, their families and the community to campus April 13-14 during Open House weekend. Numerous events are open to the public during Open House, including student work exhibits, various tours and a Hearst Lecture with Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley, principals at architecture firm Norman Kelley. Go here to learn more about Design Village. Learn more about Open House events on the CAED website.

College of Engineering Dean Finalists Complete Visits to Campus March 21-22

Photo of a College of Engineering building.President Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have accepted the recommendation of the College of Engineering Dean Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Bob Crockett, to invite three finalists for the position to visit campus. Two of the finalists have visited campus; the third will visit March 21-22. The finalists and their visit dates are:
· Amy S. Fleischer, Ph.D.; professor and chair, Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University; March 15-16.
· Crist S. Khachikian, Ph.D.; associate vice president, Research and Graduate Studies, California State University, Northridge; March 19-20.
· Elizabeth J. Orwin, Ph.D.; professor and chair, Department of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College; March 21-22. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Orwin's open forum from 11:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 21, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).
Curricula vitae and interview schedules are available on the Academic Personnel website:

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Student Success

Engineering Students Assist NASA MarCO CubeSat Flight to Mars

Two briefcase-size satellites that underwent testing and preparation at Cal Poly recently traveled to Vandenberg Air Force Base in conjunction with an historic NASA mission to Mars that is scheduled to launch in May. Despite their small size, the twin communications-relay satellites, called Mars Cube One (MarCO), will enter the history books. “These are the first CubeSats to go interplanetary,” said Ryan Nugent, a staff aerospace engineer at Cal Poly. “That’s the big one. Nobody would have imagined that 10 or 20 years ago.” CubeSats are based on a standardized small size and modular use of off-the-shelf technologies. Many have been made by university students — some even by high school students — since the standard was created by a Cal Poly professor and his counterpart at Stanford University in 1999 in order to promote and develop the skills necessary for creating small satellites intended for low-Earth-orbit operations. Since the first CubeSat was launched in 2003, more than 700 have been lifted off into Earth orbit using extra payload mass available on launches of larger spacecraft. MarCO — 12 inches tall, 4 inches deep and 8 inches wide — arrived on campus Feb. 28. Over the next 17 days, engineers from Cal Poly and the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena assisted in inserting, or integrating, the satellites into the deployment boxes that will eject each CubeSat into space. In addition, Cal Poly students also spent nearly 15 hours wrapping the deployment boxes in protective gold aluminized Kapton tape. Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Student Affairs Staff Honored at National Higher Education Conference

Career Services' Freshman Focus Team Counselors are pictured with the 2018 ACPA president, center.The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) honored the following people at its national industry conference last week:
— President-elect of ACPA Foundation for 2019-21: Keith Humphrey, vice president for student affairs.
— Diamond Honoree Class of 2018 award: Jo Campbell, assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director, University Housing.
— California College Personnel Association, Outstanding Volunteer Award: Yukie Murphy, director of educational research and communications for Student Affairs.
— Career Services Commission, Innovations Award: Cal Poly’s Freshman Focus Team, counselors Ashley Eberle, Mallory Stoffel, Travis Raynaud and Katie Ottoson.
— California College Personnel Association, Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Kelsey Hayes, graduate student assistant for the Center for Leadership.
(Pictured are Career Services’ Freshman Focus Team Counselors with the 2018 ACPA president, center.) 

CalPERS to Host Two Classes at Cal Poly on March 22

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is hosting two classes to help employees plan and prepare for retirement and the retirement process. The classes will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 2. The morning class, "Planning Your Retirement," is aimed at employees who are near retirement and want to learn how to plan for retirement and the process of retiring. The afternoon class is for early- to mid-career CalPERS members who want a head start on understanding their retirement benefits. To register for a CalPERS class, go to your MyCalPERS account and follow these instructions: How to Enroll in a Class through MyCalPERSDon’t have a MyCalPERS account? Follow this link to register for a MyCalPERS account. For questions or assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-5436 or

Workshop on Workplace Change to be Held March 22

Although change happens in an instant, our adaptation to it can be a slow process during which we go through many transitions. A March 22 workshop will cover common reactions to workplace change, the 4-stage transition process and what to expect, and ways to become more adaptable and cope with the stresses of change. Join Employee and Organization Development for a workshop from our Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) — Empathia. Register in Skillsoft for the workshop from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 22, in the Administration and Finance Training Room (located in University Police Department, No. 36, Room 105).


CTLT Offers Self-Paced, Fully Online Accessibility Workshops 

Close-up of keyboard with green access key.Do you want to attend a workshop on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space? The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is offering three fully-online, self-paced workshops to help faculty create accessible instructional materials. A $100 stipend per workshop is available for those eligible. Enrollment is limited, so choose only one of the following workshops for spring 2018: 
1. Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations (available April 16 to May 4).
2. Creating Accessible PolyLearn Pages (available April 23 to May 11).
3. Creating and Captioning Accessible Video (available May 7 to May 25).
Interested in all three? Then register for Creating Accessible Course Materials, a fully online facilitated workshop offered April 23 through May 20. A $300 stipend is available for those eligible. For more information, contact Pam Dougherty


Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Offered in Spring 2018

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

Fidelity Investments to Offer Web Workshops on Making the Most of your Social Security

Fidelity Investments manages the CSU Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) plan that allows employees to save for retirement on a tax deferred basis. Fidelity is now offering a virtual education series for the CSU. The next workshop is Make the Most of your Social Security, which will help participants understand different Social Security choices and how to put a plan in place to prepare for living in retirement. The web workshops will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, and 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5. Register at least three days in advance using your Cal Poly email address. Reserve a spot here for the April 3 workshop and here for April 5.


Performance Management Workshop for Managers 

Photo of a hand writing Performance in large font Human Resources is offering three two-hour sessions on performance management in March and April. Performance management means being clear about expectations, evaluating and documenting performance, providing ongoing feedback, and planning with your employees for their development. Managers, did you know that fair and accurate feedback can improve employees’ performance by 39 percent, according to the Corporate Leadership Council? One of the keys to effectively supervising others is, of course, performance management. The sessions will highlight the value of the performance management process, provide tips and tools for preparing and delivering the evaluation for represented and non-represented employees, and offer important do's and don’ts of performance management. Register for one of the following sessions, to be held in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105:
Session 1: Wednesday, March 14, 2 to 4 p.m. Register here.
Session 2: Thursday, March 29, 9 to 11 a.m. Register here.
Session 3: Tuesday, April 10, 2 to 4 p.m. Register here.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Luncheon to be Held April 18 on Campus

The Retired Faculty and Staff Club, open to all Cal Poly retirees, will hold a lunch and optional tour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104. The program will showcase Quality of Life Plus (QL+), which was founded at Cal Poly to generate and foster innovations that aid and improve the quality of life for those injured in the line of duty. The lunch program will feature biomedical engineering Professor Lily Laiho, Ph.D., and several of her students. The cost is $16, which includes lunch. Several reserved parking spots will be available near the center in Parking Lot H2. These spots should be used by those who have challenges walking a great distances. RSVP by Wednesday, April 11, to Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148. For more information on the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club, visit

Summer 2018 Poly Trekker Registration Registration Opens in April

Photo of children running across a gym floor.The annual summer Poly Trekkers program is back at the ASI Children’s Center. The eight-week program is open to children who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade (6–10 years old). Join us for crafts, field trips, sports activities and a good deal of fun while taking full advantage of the experiences offered on the Cal Poly campus. Registration for the Poly Trekkers program will be held April 9–13 for Children's Center alumni and Poly Trekker alumni, with open enrollment running from April 16–June 15. For more information, contact Lauren Mosley at ext. 6-1267 or

Applications Being Accepted for the Cal Poly Learning Lab Preschool

 "Watch our learning grow!"Open to the entire campus community, the Cal Poly Psychology and Child Development Preschool Learning Lab is accepting applications for new students for the 2018-19 school year. Children of faculty and staff receive priority. The program focuses on inquiry-based learning experiences that encourage each child’s natural interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Lab offers a low teacher-child ratio, while providing a high-quality preschool atmosphere that supports the development needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. The application process closes on May 1. For more information, visit

CSU’s Got Talent Webinar Examines Collective Wisdom on March 22

CSU's Got Talent graphicCSU Systemwide Professional Development continues its CSU's Got Talent series — live webcasts highlighting the most sought-after presentations on CSU campuses.  This month’s author, Alan Brisken, Ph.D., presents, “The Five Essential Practices of Collective Wisdom.” Based on nine years of research, this presentation will show how we can reliably tap into the extraordinary co-creative potential that exists whenever human beings gather together. Learn how to bridge reflection and inquiry with effective action. All employees are invited to join Employee and Organization Development as it brings this webcast production from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, in Science North (No. 53), Room 202, or see the Employee and Organization website for connection information.

New NINJIO Training Video Available on Text Message Scams

Graphic of a woman holding a phone.Check out this month’s four-minute NINJIO information security training video to see how hackers are using text messages, or “smishing” to trick you into giving up your personal information. 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. To learn more about “smishing” and find out how to protect yourself, visit the ITS Security website.

Kindergarten Information Night to be Held at Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center March 21

Photo of an adult watching a child color with a marker.An informational meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center for families interested in learning more about the developmental kindergarten program. The program emphasizes the development of social competence and provides support for each child to develop skills needed for academic success. No RSVP required. Learn more at

Career Services Diversity Funding Committee Announces Winter Awards

Graphic of two hands with text reading "Career Services Diversity Funding Committee"The Diversity Funding Committee (DFC) was established by Career Services and campus collaborators, with support from the Career Partners Program, to foster diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly. Each quarter, the DFC allocates funding to campus events to increase understanding of diversity and inclusion. The following DFC recipients are planning events related to diversity and inclusion during winter and spring 2018:
Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association: APIFSA Spring Picnic.
Center for Service in Action: Change the Status Quo: Social Justice Conference.
Disability Resource Center: Global Accessibility Awareness Day Celebration.
— MultiCultural Center: Students of Color Summit.
— New Student and Transition Programs: Week of Welcome Supplemental Workshops.
— Pride Faculty Staff Association: Bowling with Pride.
— Women Involved in Software and Hardware: Diversity in Engineering Panel.

University groups and departments can apply for funding to support campus events that increase understanding of and appreciation for diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit the Diversity Funding Committee website.

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In Memoriam

Photo of Jean Marie McDillCal Poly Professor Emeritus Jean Marie McDill, Ph.D., died Dec. 8, 2017. McDill taught in the Mathematics Department from 1973 until 2006. She was one of the first women to teach in the department, and she was a wonderful mentor to female faculty who were hired after her. Starting in the early 1990s, McDill worked with other early adopters of instructional technology to create “Interactive Differential Equations” (IDE), a set of tools for visualizing phenomena involving differential equations. She also co-authored a well-received textbook, “Differential Equations and Linear Algebra.” A memorial concert will be held on Saturday, March 24, at Castoro Cellars (1315 N. Bethel Road in Templeton). At 6:30 p.m. family and friends will share remembrances, followed by a memorial concert at 7:30 p.m. The family would like to thank SLOFolks, of which McDill was a founding member, for organizing this concert.

A celebration of life will be held for former physics Professor James Kalathil from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Monday Club at 1815 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. For more information on Kalathil’s life, see his obituary.

Photo of Augie Garrido in a Mustangs jersey.Augie Garrido, who coached baseball for three seasons at Cal Poly before guiding Cal State Fullerton and Texas to a total of five national championships and compiling a record 1,975 career victories, died Thursday in Newport Beach, Calif. Garrido, 79, died of complications following a stroke. Garrido coached at Cal Poly from 1970-72 and his 84-63-1 record with the Mustangs included a 39-11-1 campaign in 1971 with Mike Krukow as one of his pitchers. Garrido coached a pair of no-hitters — Dean Treanor in a 2-0 win over Cal Poly Pomona in 1970 and Les Ohrn in a 1-0 triumph, also against Cal Poly Pomona, in 1971.


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Campus Announcements

Career Services Hosts Failure Wall at Kennedy Library Through March 23

Cal Poly Career Services Failure Wall graphicCareer Services is hosting an interactive Failure Wall exhibit through March 23 in the first-floor gallery of the Kennedy Library (No. 35). This interactive display is an opportunity to help students learn from their setbacks and missteps, and realize that failures build resilience and community. The Cal Poly community is invited to share, reflect and discuss these experiences by posting notes, drawings and personal stories on the wall. For more information, visit Career Services’ event calendar.

Final STRIDE Seminar of the Quarter to be Held March 22

Kinesiology Professor Cory Greever will be present the final STRIDE seminar of the quarter from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 22, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 121. His talk, “Do neuroendocrine responses to moderate-intensity exercise mediate acute improvements in executive functioning in preadolescents,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, email

Extended Education to Offer Jewelry and Photography Classes

Photos of photography to illustrate the types of work that could take place in this class.Extended Education will offer two new classes this spring. "Alternative Process Photography" will be held Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. April 7 through May 5 (no class April 14). Explore alternative photographic processes as you learn to produce photographs in non-traditional ways. This hands-on class explores historic photographic processes such as the cyanotype, pinhole photography, and the photo transfer process thorough an introduction to the materials and the creation and evaluation of the photographic image. "Jewelry Design" will be held Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. May 12 through June 9. The class is an introductory jewelry design course exploring cold connections in metal arts, where participants will learn the basics of contemporary jewelry design and produce unique works of art. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053.

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

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


Cal Poly Open House Recital Set for April 14

Graphic reading Open House RecitalThe Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for the 25th annual Open House. The program will open with a string trio, followed by two solo vocalists, a saxophone quartet, barbershop quartet, jazz combo and two brass ensembles. The student performers are from a variety of majors, and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Music Department staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the singers. The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For information on parking, visit the Open House Guest Parking and Transportation website. For more information on the recital, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar 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

Thursday, March 22
Baseball vs. Dartmouth, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 23
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Cal Poly Invitational, Miller and Capriotti Athletics Facility, 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Dartmouth, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 24
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Cal Poly Invitational, Miller and Capriotti Athletics Facility, 10 a.m.
Baseball vs. Dartmouth, Baggett Stadium, noon.

Sunday, March 25
Men’s Tennis vs. Boise State, Mustang Courts, noon.

Wednesday, March 28
Women’s Tennis vs. Hawaii, Mustang Courts, noon.

Friday, March 30
Women’s Tennis vs. Long Beach State, Mustang Courts, noon.
Softball vs. UC Riverside (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 and 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 31
Softball vs. UC Riverside, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3
Baseball vs. CSU Bakersfield, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 8
Men’s Tennis vs. Hawai’i, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Riverside, Mustang Courts, 1:30 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.

#104784 — Administrative Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Academic Affairs — Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,897 to $6,326 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,897 to $5,600 per month). Open until filled.

#104748 — Software Developer (Analyst Programmer — Career), Information Technology Services — Application Development and Information Management. $4,372 to $9,877 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,417 to $7,500 per month). Open until filled.

#104790 — Early Childhood Teacher (Early Childhood Teacher — 10/12), Academic Affairs — College of Liberal Arts. $2,127 to $4,076 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,417 to $2,583 per month). Open until filled.

#104786 — Analyst Programmer — Career (Analyst/Programmer — Career), Information Technology Services — Enterprise Application Services. $4,372 to $9,877 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,372 to $7,500 per month). Up to two positions available. 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.

Project Coordinator, Mobile Health Unit, Kinesiology, $18.72-$28.08 per hour. 

Center Finance Manager, Irrigation Training and Research Center, $51,792-$77,667 per year.

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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