Cal Poly Report — May 2, 2018


Baker Forum on Friday to Feature 'Our Collective Journey Begins: Real and Raw, An Intimate Dialogue to Get Us on Track'

The Cal Poly Seal.The campus community is invited to attend this year's Baker Forum, "Our Collective Journey Begins: Real and Raw, An Intimate Dialogue to Get Us on Track," from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Performing Arts Center. This year's recent incidents have provided an opportunity for real dialogue that will help the university transform. Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith, a diversity specialist at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington who is consulting with Cal Poly to lead the university in some initial healing steps, will deliver the keynote address, "Journey to October." The forum will also include a dialogue with panelists José Navarro, assistant professor, Ethnic Studies Department; Leilani Hemmings Pallay, an ethnic studies student; Professor Patrick Lin, Philosophy Department; Professor Stan Yoshinobu, Mathematics Department; Bryan Hubain, assistant dean of students and director of the Cross Cultural Centers; and San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon. The Baker Forum was established in 2002 by the Cal Poly’s President’s Council of Advisors on the occasion of two decades of service to Cal Poly by Warren J. Baker and his wife, Carly. The biennial event provides an opportunity for campus and community members to come together in an issue-focused setting designed to foster dialogue, highlight issues of critical importance and stimulate creative responses. Learn more at

College of Liberal Arts Dean Finalists to Visit Campus May 7-18

President Jeffrey Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have accepted the recommendation of the College of Liberal Arts Dean Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Josh Machamer, professor and chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, to invite four finalists for the position to visit campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the open forum scheduled for each finalist. The finalists and their visit dates are below. All open forums will be held in the PAC Philips Hall (No. 6, Room 124):
— Michelle M. Camacho, Ph.D.; faculty administrator, University Relations; professor, Department of Sociology; University of San Diego; May 7-8.  The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 8.
— Jon B. Gould, Ph.D.; professor, School of Public Affairs; director, Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research; chair, Department of Justice, Law and Criminology; affiliate professor, Washington College of Law, Women’s Studies; American University; May 10-11. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10.
— Madhavi M. McCall, Ph.D.; associate dean, College of Arts and Letters; professor of political science; San Diego State University; May 14-15. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 15.
— Kate Drowne, Ph.D.; associate dean for academic affairs, College of Arts, Sciences, and Business; professor, Department of English and Technical Communication; director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society; Missouri University of Science and Technology; May 17-18. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 17.
Curricula vitae, biographies and candidate photos are available on the Academic Personnel website:

Events Planned Throughout May for Inclusive Excellence Month

OUDI Logo - a square with green, orange and yellow colors.May at Cal Poly is Inclusive Excellence Month, hosted by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion to raise campus awareness of diversity and inclusion. Programs, workshops and panel discussions will be held throughout the month. Events planned for the next week include:
— "Another Type of Groove" spoken word from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the UU Plaza.
— "The Life of Dolores Huerta" Learning Circle from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the University Police Department training room (No. 36, Room 105).
— "Queer Inhumanisms: Thinking with Race and Disability" featuring Mel Chen of UC Berkeley, at 2:10 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).
— "Dolores Huerta: Change Maker and Civil Rights Leader," featuring a talk by Huerta  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Chumash Auditorium.
See the full list of events for the entire month at Questions? Email

Architectural Engineering Program Wins National Award

Students from the Architecture and Architectural Engineering departments work on an interdisciplinary senior project that required them to conceptually design and then build complex shell structures.The Architectural Engineering (ARCE) Department has earned the 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers Walter LeFevre Award, recognizing the program’s efforts to promote the highest professional standards in licensures, ethics and professionalism. The national award was established in 2007 and is given annually to an ABET-accredited civil, architectural or construction engineering program. This is the first year the ARCE Department has won the award — it was recognized with an honorable mention in 2016 and 2017. The department, which won in the large program category, was singled out for its high percentage of ARCE faculty members with both Professional Engineer (P.E.) and Structural Engineer (S.E.) licenses, the practitioner path to tenure and promotion for faculty, and the two-decade track record of an 85 percent pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (required to receive a P.E. license). Other factors include the real-world, hands-on emphasis of the curriculum; the interdisciplinary collaboration with the Architecture and Construction Management departments; the support of the structural design industry; the international experiences available to students; and the accomplishments of the Structural Engineer Association of California/Architectural Engineering Institute student chapter. Department Head Al Estes will accept the award on behalf of the department at the Civil Engineering Department Heads conference May 29 in Philadelphia. (Pictured are students from the Architecture and Architectural Engineering departments working on an interdisciplinary senior project that required them to conceptually design and then build complex shell structures.) Read more here.

Kennedy Library Renovation Concept Presentation To Be Held May 8

Photo of a working model used to develop the building program concepts.Kennedy Library thanks the campus community for its ongoing participation in imagining the future spaces, services and experiences in the library. As a conclusion to phase one of the library renovation project, architects from BNIM will present the design concept to the campus. This concept has been developed based on feedback from the campus community. The presentation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and provide input. Woodstock’s Pizza will be provided. Learn more at (The photo shows a working model used to develop the building program concept.)

New Responding to Hidden Bias Workshops To Be Held Spring Quarter

Drawing of two figures talking to each other.The campus community is invited to attend a workshop titled Responding to Hidden Bias, which 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 of resources for additional learning. This workshop is at the request of those who already attended the Exposing Hidden Bias workshops focused on increasing awareness of unconscious bias and strategies for avoiding its impact in our work and relationships. Participants are encourage to first attend the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop as a baseline prior to registering for the Responding to Hidden Bias workshop. Select the preferred workshop for more information and to register:  Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias.

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Student Success

Political Science Junior Selected for Panetta Institute for Public Policy's Congressional Internship Program

Political science junior Philip "RJ" AbarquezA political science major seeking to study law is Cal Poly’s 2018 representative to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program. The program gives students the opportunity to work and study in Washington, D.C. Philip “RJ” Abarquez will spend two weeks in August training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, followed by 11 weeks in the nation’s capital working full time in the office of a congressional representative. He is among 26 students from around the Golden State taking part in the program. Participants were nominated by their respective campus presidents. Abarquez, who will graduate next year before pursuing a law degree, has dreamed of running for public office. “My hope,” he said, “is that this internship will shine a light on what it takes to succeed as a public employee in the political arena.” The Panetta Institute awards scholarships to students from each of the 23 CSU campuses along with one each from Dominican University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California, and Santa Clara University. This year is the 20th anniversary of the celebrated program, recognized as one of the leading internship courses in the nation because of the rigorous training it provides. The program is open to all academic majors. Abarquez is the 18th Cal Poly student to participate in the program since 2001. Read more here.

Mustang Media Group Wins 15 National Awards

Student leaders from Mustang Media Group post for a photo with their awards from the College Media Business and Advertising Managers annual 2018 awards ceremony.Mustang Media Group (MMG), the Journalism Department’s student-run media group, received national recognition with 15 awards during the College Media Business and Advertising Managers annual 2018 awards ceremony in March. Three of the awards — including two first-place titles — went to individual students. “Over the past 12 years, Mustang Media Group has established itself as one of the top advertising, marketing and business programs in the nation,” MMG General Manager Paul Bittick said. “These awards confirm that standing and attest to the quality of the student media group.” This year, the two first-place individual awards went to journalism senior Hannah Avdalovic, who was named Best Marketing and Public Relations Manager in the nation; and communications studies senior Emily Manos, who was named Best Advertising Manager in the nation. Journalism junior Bianka Pantoja took home a second-place title for Best Sales Representative in the nation. MMG received 12 other awards, including three first-place awards for Best Digital Sales Increase, Best Audience Engagement Strategy and Best Social Media Strategy. Read more here.

Dairy Challenge Team Takes First at American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

The Cal Poly Dairy Challenge TeamThe Dairy Challenge Team earned first place at the 17th annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, held April 12-14 in Visalia, California. The win marks the fourth time in five years that Cal Poly has won the Dairy Challenge Platinum Award. The students assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm and developed a farm analysis that included a list of recommendations related to facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction and animal health. The Cal Poly team ranked first in its division. In all, 235 students from 28 states representing the top animal and dairy programs in the U.S. and Canada competed at the event. The Cal Poly team members on the winning team were Anthony Echeverria, Amber LaSalle, Matt Ruby and Tony Lopes. The team was coached by dairy science Lecturer Rich Silacci, Assistant Professor David Vagnoni and Professor Julie Huzzie. Students Hannah Neer, Elisabeth Regusci and Tate Nelson also competed at the event.   

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Faculty & Staff

Philosophy Professor Patrick Lin Selected for Fulbright Specialist Program in Iceland

Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Patrick LinPatrick Lin, a professor in the Philosophy Department and director of the Cal Poly Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants at academic host institutions abroad for a period of two to six weeks. As a Fulbright Specialist, Lin will spend two weeks this summer at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, organizing an “Emerging Arctic Conflicts, Law and Ethics” workshop. The two-day international workshop, June 18-19, will develop scenarios on future Arctic conflicts and explore their emerging legal and ethical implications. As melting ice opens up new waterways in the region, Lin and other experts predict increasing political and economic competition for those trade routes and new access to energy and mineral resources — making the Arctic frontier into a potential geopolitical flashpoint.

Faculty Meet and Greet to be Held May 10

Faculty with any interest in funding and research to practice collaborations related to: bystander intervention; social justice; violence prevention; health promotion; harm reduction; sexual assault and harassment; hate, bias and discrimination; hazing and bullying; and alcohol and other drugs misuse and abuse, are invited to attend a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). Faculty who have an interest in collaborating on funding and researching related topics are invited to attend, meet colleagues with similar interests, and be the first to hear about a new research funding opportunity. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP by email to and learn more about with us at WITH US is a national multi-issue bystander intervention research center at Cal Poly, Student Affairs. The Center was established to prevent harm and lives lost to hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias, and other forms of campus-based violence among college students.

'Teach On!' Series Planned for Spring Quarter; Next Event May 3

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

Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association Oki Momo Fundraiser Set for May 5

Oki Momo Asian Grill in San Luis Obispo plans to donate 15 percent of its profits on
Saturday, May 5, for Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association (APIFSA) scholarships.  The scholarships’ aim is to support students with financial need who have made significant contributions to Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The APIFSA is committed to supporting Asians and Pacific Islanders in higher education to become strong leaders and to create networking and social opportunities. Questions? Contact Samantha Tran, APIFSA planning committee member, at

Workshop on Assertive Communication to be Offered May 10

Empathia logoJoin Employee and Organization Development for a workshop from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 10, to learn how to appropriately assert yourself when communicating with co-workers and others. There is a fine line between communicating assertively and aggressively. The webinar will discuss three styles of interpersonal behavior; assertiveness assessment; steps to becoming more assertive; using "I" statements, and tips for saying "no." Employee and Organization Development will offer a workshop from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) Empathia. Register in Skillsoft. The workshop will be held in the Administration and Finance training room, located in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105.

Society of Women Engineers to Hold Build an Engineer Day on May 12; Register by May 5

The Society of Women Engineers invites students to its semi-annual Build an Engineer Day when several engineering clubs host fun, hands-on labs such as launching mini rockets and engineering a mechanical hand. This event gives all students — male and female — the opportunity to spend the day on campus and experience multiple engineering activities led by current engineering students and SWE volunteers. This event is perfect for middle schoolers; however, fifth and ninth graders can benefit as well. Build an Engineering Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), near Engineering Plaza. There is no fee for participants referred by Cal Poly faculty or staff — be sure to type "CP Faculty/Staff" in the "Other" question when registering. To register, fill out this google form. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Questions? Email

Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s Set for May 3

Photo of noodles on a plate.Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is bringing tastes from around the world to the mixer from 4 tp 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3. The mixer will offer a special tasting of Thai noodle salad, jumbo shrimp boraccho with tequila, lime and smoky salsa, Asian braised short rib sliders with red cabbage slaw, gazpacho shooters and chocolate dipped churros. The cost is $6 per guest, which includes two glasses of beer or wine. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit


Retired Faculty and Staff Club to Receive Library Updates on May 16

The Retired Faculty and Staff Club will meet at Kennedy Library on Wednesday, May 16, to get an update on library projects and tour and discuss a new exhibit, "Building the Cal Poly Campus: 1902-2022," presented by Special Collections and Archives. The exhibit showcases artifacts from University Archives that reveal the evolution and expansion of the Cal Poly campus and features work created by current students. Visit to learn more. The event is free and will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 409. Reservations are required; those who signed up at the April 18 luncheon do not need to RSVP again. RSVP to Gail Simmons by Thursday, May 10, at 805-462-9148 or Several reserved parking spots will be available in the parking lot across from the library near the Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197) in parking lot H-2. The parking spots are intended for those who are challenged to walk a great distance.

Join Colleagues on Wednesday Walks with the Provost

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

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Photo of Dolores FloresDolores Flores, IT personnel analyst, will retire on Friday, May 4, after 17 years of service. Flores began her work on campus as a personnel assistant for Academic Personnel before working as a personnel analyst at the Orfalea College of Business for eight years. In her last three years, she has been an integral part of the Information Technology Services human resources activities, bringing wisdom, grace and commitment to excellence in all she does. In addition to her work, Flores encouraged the successes of fellow staff, faculty and students on campus with her involvement in the Chicanx Latinx Faculty Staff Association and as advisor to Cal Poly’s Ballet Folklórico club. Upon retirement, Flores looks forward to spending more time with her family, volunteering with her church and traveling with her husband. She has requested a private send-off, but you may send well wishes to

Jeanne SchraderJeanne Schrader, beloved administrative assistant and mom to the Admissions Division, is retiring from Cal Poly in May. Schrader's 10 years of service to Cal Poly began in 2008, when she started in University Housing Business Services. Two years later, she joined the Advancement office in the College of Engineering. In May 2012, Schrader was named administrative analyst for Admissions and Vice Provost of Enrollment and Chief Marketing Officer James Maraviglia. Her loyalty and devotion to the campus community has been exceptional and many will miss her kindness, warmth and thoroughness. Before Schrader and her husband, Mike (of Cal Poly's Facilities Management), retire to their hometown of Highland, California, the Admissions Division will honor her with a send-off reception open to all friends and colleagues from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Chumash Auditorium in the UU.

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

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

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

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Catastrophic Leave

Andy White, parking officer in Public Safety, 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 Kathleen Cook at ext. 6-6675 or to request a donation form.

Amy Wiley, lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts — English, 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 Susan Bratcher at ext. 6-5850 or to request a donation form.

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In Memoriam

 Reginald H. Gooden; Earl D. Huff; John C. Syer; Secretary Nancy Brady; Warren W. DeLey, associate dean, Division of Social Sciences; Susanne I. Moran; Allen K. Settle; George G. Clucas; and Richard B. Kranzdorf.Richard Kranzdorf, longtime professor in the Political Science Department from 1971 to 2008, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Bob and Corky's assisted living home in San Luis Obispo at the age of 80. Early in life when Parkinson's disease was unforeseen, Kranzdorf said he wanted four words to mark his tombstone: "He gave a damn." The list of what Kranzdorf cared about is extensive: social justice, the students that he taught at Cal Poly, and the town of San Luis Obispo. Kranzdorf earned his bachelor’s in 1958 and master’s in 1959 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1961, Kranzdorf joined the Peace Corps and began his travels in Africa, teaching journalism and piano at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka for two years. He earned a doctorate in political science from UCLA in 1974. Unconventional, Kranzdorf spent his time and money on what he deemed important: causes, travel, and people in need. He indulged himself in simple pleasures: concerts, films at the Palm Theatre, running, his men's group, getting together with friends, food, outdoor activities, books and newspapers. A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, at Congregation Beth David. Contact if you plan to attend. Read Kranzdorf’s full obituary here. (The Political Science Department, 1976-77, is pictured. Seated, left to right: Department Head William Alexander, John Culver, Carl Lutrin, Randal Cruikshanks, Carroll McKibbin. Standing, left to right: Reginald Gooden; Earl Huff; John Syer; Secretary Nancy Brady; Warren DeLey, associate dean, Division of Social Sciences; Susanne Moran; Allen Settle; George Clucas; and Richard Kranzdorf.)

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Wellness Month to Feature Wellness Fairs, Activities and Events

Graphic for Cal Poly Wellness Month in May Calling all faculty, staff and students — Campus Health and Wellbeing is hosting the second annual Cal Poly Wellness Month. The 31 Days of Wellness happens in May during Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us for Wellness Fairs, Learn @ Lunches, fun activities and events. This annual event is made possible by many campus and community partners who support campus well-being. Wellness isn't just about our physical health; wellness is a part of our community well-being, social relationships, emotional health, career development, academic success, financial well-being and physical health. Help us celebrate our Cal Poly legacy of wellness on campus by supporting our campus and community partners who make it all happen. Join the fun by downloading the Cal Poly Now App and using the “Be Well at Cal Poly” guide to register and see all the events. Learn more at or email

Registration Open for Seventh Annual Mustang Mile

Graphic of a mustang with text reading Mustang Mile Obstacle Course 2018Experience a revamped version of the classic Cal Poly tradition with this year’s seventh annual Mustang Mile: Obstacle Course from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the new Doerr Family Field and Miller and Capriotti Athletics Facility. Grab a team of five to compete in 12 different activities including a sandbag carry, potato sack race, trivia and inflatable obstacles. Mustang Mile is held each year in honor of Carson Starkey. Presented by ASI Intramural Sports in collaboration with Aware Awake Alive, Mustang Mile seeks to provide health and wellness resources that will educate students on the signs of alcohol poisoning and the dangers of binge drinking. All participants are invited to a free barbecue hosted by the Fraternity and Sorority Life office from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Recreation Center MAC plaza. Prizes will be awarded to winners of different categories, including best costumes and quickest completion time. Only one team member is required to register. The registrant must be a Recreation Center member, but non-members may participate. Visit ASI Access to register. The cost is $50 per team. For more information, contact ASI Recreational Sports Coordinator Sean Pellerin at ext. 6-7501 or

Save the Date for Information Security Forum on May 30

Photo illustration with keyboard and globe reading "Online Security Tips for Smarter Travel"The Information Security Office will host an information security forum open to staff, faculty and students at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, in UU 220. Just in time for summer travel, the forum will provide a focused discussion on mobile device security and provide tips to prevent personal data loss while traveling with mobile devices. The information security team will be on hand to answer questions about secure mobile device travel. Questions? Contact Doug Lomsdalen at ext. 6-7686 or Learn more at

Poly Body + Being Workshops To Be Held in May

Photo of a woman doing Olympic weight lifting with two spotters in the Rec Center.Poly Body + Being is here to help participants reach their fitness and wellness goals with interactive classes at the Recreation Center that all members of the campus community can experience. Embark on your wellness journey with these upcoming workshops:
— May 4 and 16, 12:15–1:15 p.m.: Navigating Nutrition. Open to the campus community.
— Every Thursday, May 10–May 31, 5–6:30 p.m.: Women and Weights.
— Friday, May 11, 1:30–3 p.m.: Practice of Balance.
— Saturday, May 12 and 19, 9:30–11:30 a.m.: Olympic Lifting.
— Tuesday, May 15, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.: Energy Max. Open to the campus community.
All workshops located in the Training Room are complimentary to the campus community, including non-members. Workshops that are not held in the Training Room will be available to the campus community with a purchase of a day pass. All workshops are complementary for Rec Center members. No registration is required. View the complete list of offerings on ASI Access under the fitness tab. For more information, contact Cal Poly Recreation Center Wellness Graduate Assistant Danielle Jones at

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

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

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

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

Women in Cybersecurity Leadership Forum to be Held May 9

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

Extended Education to Offer Math Academy This Summer, Sign up by July 1

Illustration of different math concepts.The Cal Poly Math Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27. The Math Academy provides enrichment activities to ensure participants are well-prepared to meet future academic challenges. Participants will work on fun, rich tasks that include multiple access points, multiple methods of solving the problem, hands-on components, collaboration and communication. Through this program, participants work through the processes required to comprehend and solve rich problems, improving critical thinking and reasoning skills required at the college level. Completion of Algebra I is a prerequisite. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053. Register here by July 1.

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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.


‘Predictive Policing and the Demands of Justice’ Talk to be Held May 3

Duncan Purves, assistant professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Florida at Gainesville, will present "Predictive Policing and the Demands of Justice" from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 3, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 114. Purves' research explores ethical theory, bioethics and environmental ethics, focusing especially on emerging technologies, harm, death and our obligations to future generations. In his talk, he will discuss the increasing use of predictive algorithms by police departments in the U.S. to anticipate and deter criminal activity by identifying geographic regions that are at high risk for crime. The use of so-called place-based predictive algorithms in policing has faced negative public attention, but very little academic scrutiny. For more information, contact Ryan Jenkins at

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 11 at Cal Poly

Photo of Pianist W. Terrence Spiller Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The recital is the third in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. This year’s program includes Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 22; Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”; Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2; and Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111, which Spiller calls a masterpiece and the composer’s final sonata. Tickets are $14 for the public and $9 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406. 

2018 Juried Student Exhibition Open Through May 11

One of the exhibits at the 2018 Juried Student ExhibitionBest in Show honors went to individuals and a team of students in sculpture, graphics, digital media, two-dimensional art, video and photography at the April 12 reception/opening of the 2018 Juried Student Exhibition at the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building. The showcase of artwork made in the Art and Design Department is on display through May 11. The show was juried by painter and sculptor Peter Charles, a San Luis Obispo resident who has exhibited work in many museums and galleries throughout the U.S. As juror, Charles chose the artwork for the biggest student art showcase of the academic year. “Selecting is a tough job, because only about one third of submitted pieces make the cut,” said Gallery Specialist Garet Zook. Admission to University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more at

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 11
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15
Baseball vs. Pepperdine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 20
Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#104876 — Career Readiness Professional (Student Services Professional II), Orfalea College of Business. $4,057 to $5,769 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057 to $4,300 per month). Open until filled.

#104879 — Strategic Business Services Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Athletics. $3,115 to $5,316 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,500 to $4,000 per month). Open until filled.

#104877 — Assistant Director of Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Administrator I), Dean of Students. $2,502 to $8,818 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,000 to $5,900 per month). Open until filled.

#104866 — Plumber (Plumber), Administration and Finance — Facilities Operations — Plumbing. $5,211 to $6,729 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,211 to $5,732 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.

#104881 — Admissions Officer (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $4,057 to $5,769 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057 to $4,200 per month). Open until filled.

#104880 — Financial Aid Scholarship Counselor (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs – Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $4,057 to $5,769 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,057 to $4,200 per month). Open until filled.

#104855 — Temporary, Part-Time Administrative Support Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), College of Engineering — Biomedical Engineering. $2,600 to $4,328 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600 to $3,609 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.

There are no listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

There are no listings at this time.

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