Cal Poly Report — Oct. 17, 2018 



Participate in the Great Shake Out on Oct. 18

Great California Shake Out logoCal Poly’s Department of Emergency Management will be participating in the Great Shake Out on Thursday, Oct. 18. The worldwide earthquake drill, which will start at 10:18 that morning, is designed to teach survival and recovery tactics in the event of a major earthquake. During this drill DEM will test the Poly Alert text and email systems, as well as the campuswide Big Voice (public address) speaker system. Everyone who is signed up for Poly Alerts will receive a text about the drill, and trial announcements will be heard from campus loud speakers. As a part of the DEM’s mission to maintain a risk-based emergency management program, participation in the drill will help students, faculty and staff be ready for disasters that may impact campus. For more information on procedures and how to get involved in the Great Shake Out, contact Anthony Knight, director of emergency management, at or at ext.6-6658. The Great Shake Out website also provides more information about the event at

Diversity and Inclusion Collective Impact Forum Slated for Oct. 26

The campus community is invited to a forum discussing the university’s collective impact efforts from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 26, in UU 220. The collective impact approach allows multiple campus groups to rally around a common agenda and shared measurements for diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly with the help of the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion’s centralized infrastructure. At the forum, OUDI leaders will discuss specific recommendations made by strategy groups in the spring, which focused on curriculum, campus climate and the recruitment and retention of faculty and students. Attendees can expect to learn about next steps for collective impact work and find opportunities to participate in a variety of ongoing strategy groups. The event will recognize and celebrate the hard work to advance collective impact efforts in the past year. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend, enjoy light refreshments, and connect with others. For more information, on OUDI’s collective impact work, visit

Strategic Plan logoThe university is still accepting input and the campus community is encouraged to visit the  Strategic Plan website to learn more about the process, the foundation planning documents, and most importantly, to view the draft of the plan (in brief and extended versions). Pay special attention to the strategic priority and goal levels, which are furthest along. The lower levels of the plan, including the potential initiatives and tactics, and the potential measures of success, are presented more as illustrations of how goals might be achieved than as specific university commitments. Working groups will be formed and continue to develop these aspects of the plan during the 2018-19 academic year, after the final plan is completed and adopted by the university. Provide feedback by attending an open forum from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Berg Gallery, in the Architecture Building (No. 5), Room 105. Or provide a written comment via the online form on the Strategic Plan website.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs Earn High Rankings in 2018-19 DesignIntelligence National Survey

Photo of the Architecture and Environmental Design Building on campus.Cal Poly’s Bachelor of Architecture program continues to be regarded as No. 1 among public universities in the U.S., according to the 2018-19 DesignIntelligence rankings of the country’s most admired architecture and design schools. Out of more than 50 accredited undergraduate programs in the nation’s public and private schools of architecture, Cal Poly placed third overall among the 35 ranked by DesignIntelligence. Cal Poly’s architecture program also placed in the top three in 11 out of 12 undergraduate design education focus areas in the annual survey of hiring professionals about which undergraduate programs are best preparing students for professional practice. “We are exceptionally proud of our students, faculty and staff in sustaining excellence in architectural design education that continues to be recognized by the profession,” said Professor Margot McDonald, who has served as head of the Architecture Department since 2013, when the program was first ranked No. 1 in the nation by DesignIntelligence. In addition, Cal Poly’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is No. 1 among public universities on the West Coast and garnered sixth place in the national ranking of the 25 most admired public and private undergraduate design schools. “We are proud that our program continues to be rated one of the top in the nation, year after year,” said Professor Omar Faruque, chair of the Landscape Architecture Department. “This would not be possible without our dedicated and talented faculty, who oversee a robust five-year curriculum that prepares graduates for success in their future professions.” Read more here.

Cal Poly Police Seeks Votes by Oct. 31 to Win a New K-9 SUV

Officer Chad Reiley and K9 BrisantCal Poly Police K-9 Officer Chad Reiley and his K-9 Brisant need the help of the campus community in their quest to win a new sports utility vehicle for the campus police department. Vested Interest in K-9s, a nonprofit that provides bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement, is sponsoring the contest, which runs through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The K-9 team with the most votes will win a new Chevrolet Tahoe PPV (police pursuit vehicle). “Winning this vehicle would be a huge benefit to our program,” Reiley said. Brisant, who has shown his furry face at multiple community events throughout the county, is one of two K-9 units on campus. To help Reiley and Brisant win the SUV, participants are urged to vote once per day at through the end of the month.


Planning Underway for Use of $300,000 Grant to Address Gender-Based Violence

Cal Poly’s Sponsored Programs Office and Safer are seeking input from the campus community as they work on a plan, in conjunction with numerous other on- and off-campus partners, to bolster the university’s gender-based violence support services. Earlier this year, Cal Poly was awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of head shot of megan stuartJustice, which will allow the university to increase its focus on addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. Cal Poly was one of 53 universities nationwide to receive the Campus Program grant through the federal Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. The grant will help  bolster bystander intervention and prevention programming and improve access to victim and advocacy services at Cal Poly and in the San Luis Obispo community, according to Megan Stuart, Cal Poly’s Department of Justice project coordinator. Stuart and Safer are conducting focus groups with various organizations on campus to get a better understanding of students’ perceptions of current prevention education on campus. A Coordinated Community Response Team composed of students, faculty and representatives from the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo police departments, RISE, Safer, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Equal Opportunity and the MultiCultural Center, among others, is working to finalize plans for use of the grant funds. Stuart is also starting a grant newsletter. To sign up for it or learn how to provide input on current prevention education, contact Stuart at For counseling and advocacy services and referrals, contact Safer at ext. 6-2282.

Admissions Office Has Moved to yakʔitʸutʸu

The Admissions Office has officially moved! The new location is on the second floor of the new residential community yakʔitʸutʸu building (No. 172-H). Questions? Email Liz Sprouse  at

Cal Poly Researchers Assessing LGBTQ Mental Health Services, Seeking Participants

QCARES logoQCARES, the Queer Community Action, Research, Education, and Support team led by Cal Poly psychology Professor Jay Bettergarcia, received a $25,000 grant from San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health through the state Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to evaluate mental health services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBQ+) individuals in San Luis Obispo County. QCARES will assess the quality of local services offered and identify the barriers to mental health care for the LGBTQ+ community. The grant represents the first time San Luis Obispo County MHSA funds have been used to target LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness. The group is seeking LGBTQ+-identifying individuals who are 14 and older to participate in a survey, a focus group or both to help researchers learn more about access to services, barriers to accessing care and experiences with support services throughout the county. Results of the study will help create community development initiatives that support countywide LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness. For more information about the project, visit the QCARES website. Read more here

Campus Invited to Attend Cal Poly Parking Master Plan Open Forum Oct. 22

Cal Poly Parking Master Plan logoTransportation and Parking Services (TAPS) is holding an open forum for its Parking Master Plan from 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Advanced Technology Lab (Building 7). Walker Consultants, a leading parking consultant in the U.S. that is working with Cal Poly on this comprehensive plan, will facilitate the conversation. All campus community members are invited to attend this interactive event aimed to collect input into the future of parking as well as transportation programs on campus.

Cal Poly Announces New Endowment to Support Education in Graphic Communication

Cal Poly has established an endowment in honor of the late Eric Steinbach, former president of publishing solutions for Quad/Graphics Inc. and a member of the university’s Graphic Communication Department advisory board for 24 years, who died in February. The Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment supports education in the Graphic Communication Department. Funds will provide annual scholarships for students studying graphic communication management and/or technology and provide resources for program development related to curriculum, labs and faculty and staff. The establishment of the endowment has three goals. The first goal, which already has been met, was to raise $25,000 needed for vesting. The second goal is reaching $100,000 by the end January 2019, and the third goal is growing the endowment to $200,000. The endowment is seeking support to reach the $100,000 goal. To meet the third goal, Quad/Graphics and the Quadracci Family’s philanthropic organization, the Windhover Foundation, has committed to match the first $100,000 of donations, doubling the amount available to $200,000 for scholarships and professional development. Endowment contributors will be formally recognized at Cal Poly’s 2019 International Printing Week Banquet, to be held in January, when the matching gift will be presented. For more information on contributing, contact Ken Macro at Contributions can be made online; or mailed to the Graphic Communication Department. Read more here

Celebrate Sustainability Month and Food Day on Oct. 17-18

Cal Poly Food Day and Campus Sustainability Month organizers are hosting two days of fun and educational events. Learn what Campus Dining and partners do to prevent food waste and feed students in need at a panel presentation “Love Food, Hate Waste” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. Don’t miss the Sustainability and Food Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, on Dexter lawn. There will be plenty of free food to sample as well as fun activities taking place. RSVP to the Facebook event page.


Bike Auction Raises $2,000 for Campus Transportation Safety Programs

Dozens of bicycles in Cal Poly Police bike racksCal Poly Police’s fall bike auction found riders for 99 abandoned or unclaimed bicycles and netted more than $2,000 to support alternative campus transportation programs. Bids ranged up to $299, but most successful bidders scored a ride for about $25, said Marlene Cramer, associate director of the department’s parking services. “Some went for $10,” she said. “Some went for $100.” The biannual silent auction on Oct. 8 had students queued up to the end of the parking lot in search of bargains, according to reports. The bikes had been impounded since the last auction held during spring quarter. The majority of bikes were abandoned by students and never claimed. Cramer said the money will fund bicycle and pedestrian safety programs on campus. The next sale will be in the spring of 2019.

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Student Success

Meredith Phillips Named Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of Week

Head shot of Meredith PhillipsFreshman middle blocker Meredith Phillips has been named this week’s Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the No. 12-ranked Mustangs volleyball team with a dozen kills in the team’s Oct. 12 sweep over rival UC Santa Barbara. The 6-foot-3 kinesiology major from Houston, Texas, tied her career-high with thec12 kills against the Gauchos while hitting .750 and committing no errors on 16 attacks. She also added two block assists and raised her season hitting percentage to .290 in the 3-0 win. The win was Cal Poly’s 16th straight victory. Overall, the Mustangs are 17-1 this season and a perfect 7-0 in Big West Conference play and are in first place, one match ahead of Hawai’i. Read more here

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Students to Attend Session of U.S. Tax Court

Representatives from the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic will attend the Trial Calendar Call for the U.S. Tax Court at the federal courthouse in Fresno on Monday, Oct. 22. Accounting students, under the direct supervision of attorney and LITC US Tax Court logoExecutive Director Lisa Sperow, will assist unrepresented tax court petitioners with their pending cases. The Cal Poly LITC is unique as the only LITC within a business college in the nation permitted to participate in the U.S. Tax Court’s Calendar Call Program. Cal Poly’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic is one of a dozen IRS-supported clinics in California. LITCs ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system by educating low-income taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities and providing pro bono representation to taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS The story of the LITC and its student accountants goes beyond mere dollars and tax sense; it is providing new hope to taxpayers whose futures once seemed bleak and uncertain, while inspiring a new generation of students embarking on accounting careers. For more information on the Cal Poly LITC, visit Read more here

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Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s Features Taco Thursday on  Oct. 18.

Photo of tacosMyron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, will host Taco Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 as the first mixer of the 2018-19 academic year. The menu includes grilled fish tacos and carnitas tacos with avocado mousse, mango pineapple salsa, cabbage, micro cilantro and queso fresco along with black bean and avocado enchiladas with roja sauce and lime cream. Sides will include classic chips, salsa and guacamole, as well as a jicama salad with chipotle and honey vinaigrette. For dessert, delicious tres leche cake will be served. Two glasses of beer or wine will also be included, all for only $5. Myron’s is upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit

Join Cal Poly Men’s Soccer for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Oct. 21

A Cal Poly soccer player advances with ballIn appreciation for what faculty and staff members do for the university, Cal Poly Athletics will offer four free general admission tickets to the men’s soccer match on Sunday, Oct. 21, as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Cal Poly will host UC Irvine in the final regular season home match at 5 p.m. in Spanos Stadium. All faculty and staff can claim their free tickets to the match by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Spanos Stadium box office on the night of the match. For more information or to purchase tickets to other men’s soccer matches, visit

Research 'Week' to Focus on Supporting Researchers, Building Collaboration

Research week logoCal Poly researchers now have a “week” for them — and lucky researchers may win an iPad and other prizes. The Office of Research and Economic Development is hosting a series of events Oct. 23-24 to provide support and enhance collaboration for research at Cal Poly. Plug Into Research Support will give faculty, staff and student researchers the opportunity to meet with research administration, grants development and sponsored programs staff to learn about support programs, funding opportunities, compliance processes and intellectual property protection. Attendees can get their questions answered, pick up some Cal Poly research swag, and be entered in a prize drawing. This resource fair-style event will be held in the high bay of the Bonderson Project Center (No. 197), Room 107, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Refreshments will be provided. Later that day, from 3:10-5 p.m., Research Lightning Talks will feature brief four-minute presentations by 10 research faculty seeking collaborators from departments all over campus. The talks will be followed by a networking session with beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Researchers seeking information on how to get started with funded research or improve rejected proposals should attend the Grants 2.0 Workshop from 8:10-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Representatives from the Office of Research and Economic Development and Hanover Research will present information on grant administration, funders and funding and proposal development. Both the Research Lightning Talks and the Grants 2.0 Workshop will be held in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For more details, visit ORED website or call ext. 6-5153.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Oct. 26

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular scheduled meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124, on campus. This is a public meeting.  For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Nominations Due Oct. 31 for Distinguished Scholarship Award

The Distinguished Scholarship Award recognizes the scholarship, research and creative activity of both junior and senior faculty members across all disciplines at Cal Poly. Faculty are encouraged to nominate their fellow faculty members for this award as well as notify their students about it. See the Distinguished Scholarship Award website for more information. Nominations are due by Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, contact the Academic Senate Office at ext. 6-1258 or

Fidelity Investments 403(b) One-on-One Appointments and Presentation on Oct. 29-31

Fidelity Investments logoA Fidelity Investments representative will be on campus to discuss retirement issues Oct. 29-31. All sessions will be held in Administration Building (No. 01), Room 133. Fidelity’s “Create a Budget, Ditch Your Debt, and Start Saving for the Future” presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Administration Building (No. 01), Room 133. No preregistration is necessary. Fidelity Investments representative George Nofel will answer questions about retirement savings and investment options during individual appointments to any faculty and staff member who already is enrolled in a 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plan. The sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 31. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To schedule an in-person consultation, visit:


Guidelines Offer Aids for Navigating Stormy Seas of 2018 Election csu election booklet coverSeason

With the 2018 election season in full swing, university legal counsel encourages employees to review the CSU handbook on election issues. The handbook will educate faculty and staff on appropriate ways to become involved in elections without using university resources or appearing to represent the university, unless authorized by law. The handbook is intended as general guidance only. Specific questions related to elections or political activity can be directed to the appropriate dean’s office or supervisor, who will consult with the Office of University Counsel.

Human Resources to Offer Training Sessions on Recruitment Process Throughout Fall Quarter

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 offered weekly through Nov. 8 and bi-weekly thereafter through the end of the quarter. Sign up at


Facilities Management and Development to Host Nov. 7-8 Fall Summit and Open House; To Attend, Register by Nov. 1

Department logo w  photos showing electical, concrete and classroom activitiesFacilities Management and Development will host its Fall Summit and Open House on Wednesday, Nov.7, and Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Facilities Building (No. 70). The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The summit will include more than a dozen sessions spread over two days that showcase the breadth and scope of Facilities initiatives, processes and ways to improve work stations. Day 1 kicks off with a 9 a.m. coffee with the department’s leadership team followed by a day and half of fun, informative sessions, a raffle, giveaways and lunch. Sessions include: Office Ergonomics: Let's Get Comfortable!, Keep it Safe! Information Security and Confidential Shredding Services, Facilitating the Future — A Facilities Management and Development Overview, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet — Cal Poly’s Push Toward Zero Waste, and many more. To see the full agenda or to register, click here. Follow Facilities on its Inside Cal Poly! Facebook page. Questions? Contact: Facilities Help Center at ext. 6-5555 or email

Deadline for Baker/Koob Endowment Proposals is Nov. 5

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, Nov. 5, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. The endowments will have $51,000 available to support the proposals. The typical range for grants is up to $2,500 for individuals and a maximum of $5,000 for group projects. A faculty committee representing all six colleges will review proposals. Successful past grant proposals represented a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Recipients will be announced before the holidays and projects can begin in January. Students have a year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the provost's website.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to be Held Nov. 10

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion Room. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.


Photo of two students at a past commencement ceremony.Sign Up to Receive Commencement Communications

Faculty and staff are invited to sign up to receive important information about Fall Commencement 2018, taking place Saturday, Dec. 15. Sign up today by visiting to begin receiving emails about tickets, parking, regalia, celebratory events and more. For more information, contact the Commencement office at or ext. 6-1600.

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In Memoriam

James H. Maul passed away Oct. 11, 2018, in Santa Rosa. He was 91. He was born in Covina, where he met and married Beverly Wagner. He graduated from USC with a degree in architecture and began his “green” architecture in Southern California. Maul moved his family to Morro Bay. He taught architecture at Cal Poly and continued his successful and extensive environmental architecture with projects spanning throughout San Luis Obispo County. He spoke eloquently about respecting the environment and leaving the smallest imprint. He loved spending time with his wife, family and friends. He enjoyed lots of adventure, travel, pen-and-ink sketching, flying his plane and dedicating time to the environment and community. His wife, Beverly, preceded him in death on June 19, 2017. The couple is survived by six children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A public celebration of life gathering for the couple will be announced in the coming months.

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Campus Announcements


Campus Dining Celebrates National Food Day on Dexter Lawn on Oct. 18 

Food Day Logo 2018Come celebrate National Food Day with Campus Dining for plenty of fun, tasty and educational opportunities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, on Dexter lawn. Sample local treats from Edna’s Bakery and LA and SF Specialty produce. Participate in Lucy’s Juice’s "Fender Blender" competition for a chance to win a prize. Drop by 805 Kitchen, where Campus Dining will feature Beyond Burger, a delicious vegetarian burger, at its action station, and at 805 Café, Sambazon will hand out free samples and information. This is the fourth year Campus Dining has participated in National Food Day, an annual celebration designed to encourage Americans to examine food policies and food-related issues.

Students, Faculty and Staff Still Needed for ‘Franken Fall’ and Halloween  Marathon Reading of 'Frankenstein'; Reserve a Time Slot by Oct. 19

Frankenfall Logo“Franken Fall” is a series of interdisciplinary events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein.” The Cal Poly community is invited to participate in this international and historic celebration. Campus events will begin on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a daylong public reading of the novel in Kennedy Library. Event organizers are seeking 125 readers from across disciplines and colleges for five-minute readings from the 1818 edition of the novel. Students, faculty and staff interested in reading should sign up for a time slot before Friday, Oct. 19. This performance is part of the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s Frankenreads, a worldwide marathon reading of the novel, and Cal Poly will join more than 450 institutions across the globe in this exciting undertaking. Future Franken Fall events include a screening of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein,” a Kennedy Library exhibit of student projects, and a talk by Gillen D’Arcy Wood titled “Frankenstein and Climate Change.” Events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library website.

Cal Poly to Honor its Arboreal Roots at Oct. 24 Arbor Day Ceremonial Planting

Canopy of a Palo blanco tree (Acacia willardiana)Cal Poly will host a tree planting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to honor the university’s commitment to its trees on what is the nation’s most-diverse urban campus forest. The university, recognized since 2014 as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA, chose to host its Arbor Day not in the spring but later because fall is the ideal time of year to plant trees on the Central Coast. The event, open to all, will take place at 11 a.m. at the northernwest side Clyde P. Fisher Science Hall (No. 33) near North Perimeter Road. “We’ll be planting a palo blanco tree (Acacia willardiana), the first of its kind on the Cal Poly campus,” said Professor Matt Ritter, the Cal Poly Conservatory director, adding that landscape services staff will be joined by Botany 121 students, conservatory volunteers,Plant Sciences and Plant Medicine clubs members and representatives. “As we move to more and more  drought-tolerant species on campus in an effort to save water on the landscape, we need to experiment with drought-tolerant, yet beautiful trees. Palo blanco, which comes from the Sonoran Desert in Northern Mexico is a beautiful, papery barked, weeping acacia.” The tree has a lifespan of 50 years and can grow to 20 feet high. Cal Poly is among 13 California colleges or universities and more than 350 other schools to carry the Tree Campus USA designation. But it stands apart from the rest, boasting the largest variety of tree species on a university campus in the nation. For more information about Tree Campus USA visit the Facilities website

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Award Continue Through Nov. 28

The nomination period for the Distinguished Teaching Award continues through Wednesday, Nov. 28. The award recognizes faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching and inspire their students. The award is especially significant since only students and alumni —  those who have been touched by the faculty — are eligible to submit nominations. The rigorous evaluation process is conducted by peer faculty members and is based on reviews of written documentation and extensive in-class visitations. Any student or alumnus may submit one or more nominations on the Academic Senate website.


21st Annual Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament to Begin Oct. 19

rueling volleyball toruney logoJoin ASI Recreational Sports and Campus Health and Wellbeing for the 21st annual Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Recreation Center. Pam and Ed Reuling, parents of Cal Poly alumnus Mark Reuling, created a memorial endowment to honor their son, who lost his life to bipolar disorder. Each year, the tournament aims to raise funds for the Reuling Memorial Endowment and to promote education and prevention programs regarding bipolar disorder and depression for the campus community. Students, faculty, staff and campus community members are eligible to participate, including alumni, retirees/emeriti and partners/dependents of current employees. The tournament has two divisions: a faculty/staff division held indoors in the Recreation Center Rec Gym from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and a student division held at the Recreation Center sand volleyball courts from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration costs $60 for each six-person faculty/staff team and $40 for each four-person student team. All participants will receive an event T-shirt. One team member can register and pay for the entire team through ASI Access for faculty/staff registration and student registration. For more information, contact Greg Avakian, ASI recreational sports director, at ext. 6-5846 or The tournament caps off ASI Student Government’s Buck the Stigma Mental Health Awareness Week that starts on Monday, Oct. 15, and will include daily events to educate and eliminate stigmas involving mental health disorders.

Vietnamese Language and Culture Group to Meet Each Friday

The Vietnamese Group welcomes students, staff and faculty who are interested in learning or expanding their knowledge of the Vietnamese language, culture and history. The group will meet Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Center for Service in Action Lounge, in Room E24 of the Science Building (No. 52). Participants do not need to know any Vietnamese prior to attending; they just need to have an interest! Welcome! Xin mời bạn! For more information, email Professor Margaret Bodemer at

Oct. 19-20 Succulentopia Shows Why Succulents May Be the Perfect Plants

Poster for Succulentopia!More than 125 varieties of succulents will be available at the Succulentopia plant sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop. More than 2,500 plants will be available for purchase. Five students are involved in the student-run project, one of several such hands-on experiences offered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Horticulture and Crop Science Department. In this sale, size determines the plant: 4-inch pots, $4.50; 4.5-inch pots, $5.50; 6-inch succulent garden, $12.50; 8-inch succulent garden, $25; and additional large plants priced accordingly. Read more here

Oct. 25 Workshop to Explore How to Use Cal Poly Solar Farm for Research

Several students listen to instructor at Cal Poly Solar FarmREC Solar and the Cal Poly Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability department will host a workshop and discussion about using the Cal Poly Solar Farm digital dashboard from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 112. Questions? Contact Kylee Singh, Cal Poly’s sustainability coordinator, at


Russian and German Conversation Tables Open on Alternative Thursdays

Russian conservation table logoPractice your language skills, learn more about German and Russian cultures and meet new friends. The German Conversation table, which will be open every other Thursday through Nov. 15. (The next meeting is Oct. 18.) It meets from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the faculty fishbowls near Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library. The Russian Conversation table, also meets at the same time and location every other Thursday through Nov. 29. Anyone interested in speaking German and Russian or just listening is welcome. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at or Olga Dekhtyar at


The Power of Privilege (Recorded TED Talk) to be Shown Nov. 29

Tiffany Jana during her TED TalkEmployee and Organization Development will lead a Nov. 29 discussion about “The Power of Privilege,” a TED Talk by Tiffany Jana, co-author of “Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences,” and co-founder of the diversity and inclusion management consulting firm TMI Consulting Inc. The talk helps attendees understand what it means to talk about privilege and what can be done with that power. Jana, in her candid TED Talk, shares that people are not powerless against unconscious biases and can use privilege for good. This Learning Circle occurs from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Join in and watch the recorded TED Talk, then engage in open sharing, exploration and discourse. Register here.  


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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

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Texas Woman's University Professor to Discuss Intelligence in Arts on Oct. 19


Matthew HenleyMatthew Henley, dance professor at Texas Woman’s University, will give a lecture about intelligence in the arts from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Henley will discuss philosophical, cognitive and neuroscientific justifications for viewing artistic practice and arts education as environments for the manifestation of intelligence. Adopting a neurodiversity framework, Henley will frame the revaluation of artistic ways of knowing and being in the world as a diversity and inclusion strategy, leveraging individual aptitudes in the arts as a way to support academic, professional and personal success. Henley will also choreograph a piece for Cal Poly’s Orchesis Dance Company, and the public is invited to watch a rehearsal from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the dance studio in Crandall Gymnasium (No. 60, Room 6). Henley earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies and bachelor of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Arizona. While in Tucson, Henley worked with Orts Theater of Dance, an aerial modern dance company. After graduating, he moved to New York City and began working with Randy James Dance Works, where he taught extensively throughout the New Jersey and New York public school systems. In 2004, he became a member of the Sean Curran Company, where he danced until moving to Seattle. He earned a master of fine arts in dance and a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Washington. For more information, email Professor Christy Chand at

Cal Poly Music Faculty Showcase Recital To Be Held Oct. 19

 Heidi Butterfield, Lisa Nauful, Barbara Spencer and Paul Woodring.The Music Department will present a faculty showcase recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Recital coordinator Christopher J. Woodruff said the intent of the recital is to enable music students to see their instructors perform. Up to 12 faculty members are slated to perform, including Amy Goymerac, soprano; Brynn Albanese, violin; Heidi Butterfield, oboe; Keith Waibel, clarinet; Laura Kramer, baritone saxophone; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Mark Miller, trombone; Barbara Spencer, cello; John Astaire, percussion; and Ken Hustad, bass. Woodruff will play trumpet. University organist and staff accompanist Paul Woodring will play piano. The program will include a variety of works, including the 20th century works “Valse Miniature” from Serge Koussevitsky’s “Morceaux,” and a movement from Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.” More recent works are Donald Erb’s “Diversion for Two,” Bruce Broughton’s “Oliver’s Birthday” and Matthew Peterson’s “Smooth, Fat, Nasty.” Waibel, Spencer and Woodring will perform a piece by local composer Alan Boehmer titled “Remembrances.” Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is free after 5 p.m. in the Grand Avenue parking structure (Lot 130). For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Comedian Tom Papa to Perform at the PAC on Oct. 19

comic tom papaComic Tom Papa performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Papa is one of the country’s top comedic voices, finding success in film, TV, radio and podcasts, as well as on the live stage. One of Jerry Seinfeld’s favorites, Papa returns to the PAC with his signature old-school charm tinged with hilariously offbeat musings on life and its absurdities. His new book, “Your Dad Stole My Rake … and Other Family Dilemmas,” was released in June. The opening act is Paul Morrissey. Tickets range from $24-$39 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website. The show is for ages 13 and older.


Cirque Mechanics Performs at the PAC on Oct. 20

Cirque Mechanics performs 42 FT — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Inspired by contemporary circus, Cirque Mechanics finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American industrial ingenuity. This new theatrical production displays a raw quality rarely found in modern circus as their edge-of-your-seat, breathtaking signature style is wrapped in acrobatics, mechanical marvels and just a bit of clowning around. Tickets range from $36-$62 ($29-$50 for student, faculty and staff) and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

MET Live in HD: ‘Aida’ at the PAC on Oct. 21

a scene from the opera AidaThe Metropolitan Opera’s “Aida” is screened live in HD at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met "Aida," with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production. (Encore). Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico at the PAC on Oct. 23

Promotional photo from Ballet Folklorico de MexicoBallet Folklórico de Mexico performs at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Direct from Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts and under the direction of its founder, Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico de México is hailed as the original and best Mexican folk-dance ensemble — delivering colorful movement and a musical tribute to the glorious culture of Mexico. Seventy-five stellar performers draw upon pre-Hispanic rituals as well as Mexican history and folklore to create an inspiring evening of world music and dance. Tickets are $35-$65 for adults and $28-$52 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon-6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or by going online on the PAC website.

Broadway Musical ‘Finding Neverland’ Comes to the PAC on Oct. 25

Promotional photo from Finding Neverland.Finding Neverland hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically acclaimed Academy Award-winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters — Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. Tickets range from $69-$99 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon-6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors Continues Oct. 26

Graphic reading Latinx Writing Los Angeles Victor Valle, professor emeritus of journalism and now serving in the Ethnic Studies Department, will discuss his 2018 edited volume, "Latinx Writing Los Angeles: Nonfiction Dispatches from a Decolonial Rebellion." This collection of nonfiction writing illuminates divergent, hybrid Latinx histories and cultures. Valle's conversational partner will be José A. Navarro, assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Department. The discussion will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. The event is part of Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud.

Cal Poly Choirs’ 2018-19 Season Begins on Oct. 27 with ‘Luminous Night of the Soul’choir members perform in SLO Mission

Cal Poly’s 2018-19 large choral ensembles will be introduced at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. PolyPhonics and the University Singers will present a fall concert titled “Luminous Night of the Soul,” which will showcase the talent of the Cal Poly vocal program and give listeners a taste of the year to come. The University Singers will perform a portion of the well-known “Solemn Vespers” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as modern works by Craig Hella Johnson and Gwyneth Walker. PolyPhonics, the university’s premier choir, will perform Ola Gjeilo’s “Luminous Night of the Soul” along with a string quartet composed of Cal Poly students. The choir will also perform Ēriks Ešenvalds’ “Only in Sleep.” Several vocal solos will highlight the diversity and skill of the department’s student vocalists. Paul Woodring is the accompanist for the choirs. Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson conducts the choirs. 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.

Photo of Svyani DuoSvyati Duo's Oct. 28 Classical Music Concert Canceled; Refunds Are Underway

Due to an artist injury that precludes international travel, the Sunday, Oct. 28, Svyati Duo organ/cello concert has been canceled. Cal Poly Arts hopes to be able to reschedule the pair’s appearance. The Cal Poly Ticket Office will automatically issue refunds for all ticket purchases: credit card refunds will appear within five to seven business days; refund checks should be received within two weeks. Cal Poly Arts apologizes for any inconvenience.


Pilobolus Dance Company’s ‘Shadowland’ Comes to the PAC, Nov. 3

A scene from Shadowland with sillouetted dancers against a purple-yellow backdropThe athletic, always entertaining Pilobolus Dance Company brings its unique new creation “Shadowland” — a first-of-its-kind presentation of multimedia, shadow play and dance — to the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Created after years of experimentation with short-form shadow play, “Shadowland” is part shadow act, part dance, part circus and part concert. It was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the playfully surreal animated TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and is propelled by a rhythmic original score by the popular American musician, producer and film composer David Poe. “Shadowland” combines Pilobolus’ legendary approach to modern dance with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia innovation — including multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes and a mind-bending merging of projected images and front-of-screen choreography that leverage darkness and light. A pre-show lecture by dance Professor Diana Stanton will take place at 7 p.m. in the PAC’s Philips Lecture Hall. Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $31.20 to $69 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; by calling ext. 6-4849; or going online at See a trailer of the show here.

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, Oct. 17
Men’s Soccer vs. Sacramento State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19
Women’s Soccer vs. Hawai’i, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20
Football vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Irvine, Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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.

#105057 - Director of Data Management (Administrator II), The President's Office - Data Management. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Thursday, Nov. 8.

#105040 - Assistant Director Facility Operations (Administrator II), Administration and Finance - Facilities Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open Until Filled. Review begins Wednesday, Nov. 7. 

#105045 – Laborer, Administration and Finance – Facilities. $2,798-$4,901 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,798-$3,800 per month). Open until filled.

#105047 - Light Automotive Equipment Operator, Administration and Finance – Facilities. $3,093 - $5,433 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,093-$4,700 per month). Open until filled.

#105056 – Custodian, Administration and Finance – Facilities. $2,600-$4,074 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600- $3,000 per month). Open until filled.

#105042 - Director of Development (Administrator II), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. $3,726-$13,150 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,000-$7,084 per month). Open until filled. Review begins Thursday, Nov. 8.

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 new 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 new 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.

Coordinator - Recreational Sports. Annual salary $52,794 with excellent benefits.  Position open until filled.

Coordinator - Aquatics and Safety. Annual salary $52,794with excellent benefits.  Position open until filled.

Assistant Coordinator - Accounting. $22.50/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Teacher. $15.44/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.


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