Cal Poly Report — Sept. 19, 2018 


Cal Poly to Implement Out-Of-State Fee to Improve Access for Low-Income and First-Generation California Students

Photo of an entrance to Cal Poly.Cal Poly will implement a new fee aimed at increasing access to academically qualified low-income and first-generation undergraduate students in California. The funds will improve the quality of the university’s Learn by Doing education by creating greater access to Cal Poly for a broader range of qualified prospective students, resulting in a more diverse and intercultural on-campus experience for all students. The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will be assessed on all newly enrolled out-of-state undergraduate students starting in fall 2019 and will be phased in over four years. All current students will be exempt from the fee. The new fee will result in the expansion of the Cal Poly Scholars program and provide financial assistance for high-achieving California students who meet Cal Poly’s rigorous academic admission requirements but can’t afford to attend the university. “The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will improve our already renowned Learn by Doing education by opening our doors to hundreds of academically excellent students who otherwise would not have the opportunity,” President Armstrong said. “The diverse backgrounds and experiences these students will bring to Cal Poly will benefit all of our students and our entire campus community. And our state will benefit in turn from the hands-on experience, problem-solving acumen and collaborative spirit these scholars will bring to their careers after graduation." Armstrong said Cal Poly will leverage these funds with donations from alumni, faculty, staff, parents of students, employers, foundations and corporations, as has previously been done with the Cal Poly Scholars program. After the Cal Poly Opportunity Fee was first proposed in winter 2018, the university sought feedback from the campus community to help determine whether to move forward. This process provided university leadership with invaluable perspective and input from nearly 10 percent of the student body, as well as faculty and staff and other members of Cal Poly’s campus community. The revised plan incorporates numerous modifications based on that feedback. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Contributes to National Study that Finds Ways to Reduce Excess Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Suzanne PhelanCal Poly contributed to a large, national study that found lifestyle interventions can help pregnant women with overweight and obesity reduce unhealthy weight gain during pregnancy. Gaining excessive weight during pregnancy increases the risk of serious delivery and birth complications for mothers and their babies, and these risks are compounded in women with obesity. A new group of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded trials — including one conducted by Cal Poly involving Central Coast women — showed that pregnant women can safely limit weight gain with diet, exercise and behavioral interventions. With 1,150 participants, this was the largest set of trials in the U.S. to target pregnancy weight gain in women with overweight or obesity. The trials included diverse socioeconomic groups, which means the findings — published in the journal Obesity— are applicable to a large population. “It’s been difficult to find ways to help women with overweight or obesity during pregnancy because the recommended weight gain is less than for other women,” said Suzanne Phelan (pictured), a professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department who directed the Cal Poly study. “Now we can say with some certainty that it’s possible to help women manage their weight during pregnancy, and there are a number of different lifestyle approaches that work.” Read more here.

'The Language of the Land’ Exhibit on Display at Kennedy Library Through Oct. 19

Illustrations of the newest seven residence halls at Cal Poly.The campus community is invited to learn and explore the land and the language of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe within a new exhibit on display at Kennedy Library through Oct. 19. The exhibit, “yatspuktʔɨnɨsmuʔ — The Language of the Land,” is on display in the first-floor Community Gallery when the library is open (view library hours here). The interactive exhibit locates visitors in yatspu (the land) and yaktʔɨnɨsmuʔ (the language) of yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and region. With the tribe, Cal Poly named its new residential complex yakʔitʸutʸu (our community) and its seven buildings after seven villages, sparking interest in the Chumash languages. Come learn more about the language and relations of yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, starting with these seven locations. Find out where they are, what they mean, and how to say and write them. The exhibit was created through the work of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini language core group, University Housing, English Department faculty member Alicia Moretti, and alumna Anna Teiche, who graduated in June. For more information about yakʔitʸutʸu, visit

Cal Poly Research Center Launches Benchmark Survey on Student Health, Safety Issues

Logo for With Us - The National Network for Peer Accountability With Us — The National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly has launched a new student benchmark survey today to help California public universities learn more about critical health and safety issues impacting students. The National College Student Bystander Benchmark Survey partners with universities in the California State University and University of California systems to gain a better understanding of student perceptions, experiences and bystander intervention actions around: sexual assault and intimate partner violence; hate, bias and discrimination; hazing; and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Results of the first-year pilot study will establish baseline knowledge of college student bystander attitudes, motivations and behaviors to help develop future safety and wellness programming on public campuses across the state. In 2019, With Us intends to expand survey participation to universities nationally. “This invaluable study will shine a critical light on ways we can make campuses safer for students,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for student affairs. “This information will inform important decisions being made on behalf of students and help us assess the impact of our work.” Read more here.

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Student Success

From Gang to Mustang: Aerospace Student Shares His Comeback Story

Aerospace engineering student Jeffrey AparicioAs he prepares for another school year at Cal Poly, aerospace engineering student Jeffrey Aparicio doesn’t have to go far for a reminder of his dark past: All he has to do is look at some of the tattoos on his body. While Aparicio committed crimes ranging from armed robbery to residential burglary as a member of a Sacramento gang, he has since turned his life around. And today he gives back by inspiring others with his comeback story. Raised in San Jose and Sacramento, Aparicio lost his father to liver disease when he was 13. After watching his father die, Aparicio eventually sought out older role models, who happened to be gang members. As a juvenile, he was arrested for weapons-related offenses. At one point, he did enroll in community college, but just as he was trying to leave the gang lifestyle behind, a fellow gang member called him to do a residential burglary. According to Sacramento Superior Court, Aparicio served eight months for residential burglary. As his sentence was coming to an end, he was summoned to a cell by fellow gang members facing murder charges. Aparicio feared they would either make him do something that would add to his sentence or punish him for some wrongdoing. Instead, they shook his hand. “They just told me, ‘You have a second chance. Go out there and don’t come back.’” And he didn’t. After jail, he re-enrolled at Cosumnes River College, where he earned seven associate degrees. He also became a math tutor and competed in a math competition. When he decided to transfer, Aparicio was accepted by several major universities, including Cal Poly. Aparicio plans to work in industry a few years, then return to his junior college as an educator. Read his story here.

Mustang Media Group Named ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist

Mustang Media Group, the Journalism Department’s student-run media organization, received national recognition this week with its first Newspaper Pacemaker finalist nomination from the Associated Collegiate Press’ (ACP) 2018 competition. The Pacemaker Awards, collegiate journalism’s pre-eminent awards, are granted by the Associated Collegiate Press, a national college media association, and have been presented annually since 1927. The Newspaper Pacemaker finalists uphold the highest standards in college student media and are evaluated on journalism content, coverage and design, according to the organization’s website. ACP nominated 37 schools for the national honors, distinguishing Mustang News among the best student media in the country. This national recognition holds great weight for Cal Poly’s journalism program and student-run media organization. Mustang News’ student-run integrated newsroom ensures that every story is informative of the Cal Poly community and published at the highest professional standards. Read more here

Bill Written by Political Science Students Signed into Law

Photo of Cal Poly students working on a class project.A California State Assembly bill written by Cal Poly political science students, AB 2385, has been officially signed into law. The bill amends Section 66406 of the Education Code and calls on college textbook publishers to inform students about the differences in textbook editions, potentially saving students money statewide. The California Bill Project class gave students the opportunity to draft a bill and work with state legislators to pass the bill through the California State Legislature. Students from the California Bill Project class worked with Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, former Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and faculty advisor Chris Den Hartog to research and draft the bill throughout the 2017-18 academic school year. In May, the students traveled to Sacramento to lobby for the bill. Three of the students testified at an Assembly Higher Education Committee hearing on the bill; other students stood to briefly express their support after the testimony. The committee voted 12-0 to recommend passage of the bill and sent it to the floor, with a vote of 71-0 in favor. On July 5, AB 2385 passed the Senate Floor with a vote of 35-0, followed by a final Assembly Floor vote of 76-0 on Aug. 9. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Aug. 27.

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Faculty & Staff

Make Changes to Benefit Plans During Open Enrollment Through Oct. 5

Open Enrollment, which is open through Friday, Oct. 5, is the time to make changes to your health and dental plans, to enroll in or cancel the VSP Premier vision plan, and to enroll in or cancel the MetLaw legal plan. It is also the time to enroll in the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) savings plans for 2019. (Participants must re-enroll in HCRA/DCRA each year). Open enrollment changes become effective Jan. 1, 2019. Mark your calendar for the annual Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Chumash Auditorium. Over 30 vendors are expected to attend, including representatives from health, dental and vision plans, voluntary plans, the LifeMatters employee assistance program, on-campus resources and local wellness providers. Attend a Lunch and Learn event hosted by Human Resources to learn more about your benefits and upcoming changes. For detailed information and a schedule of events, visit

More Sessions of Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias Workshops Are Now Available

Illustration of different people holding hands, with an empty space between two of them.With continued interest from the campus community in exploring unconscious bias, Employee and Organization Development has recently added additional sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias and the Responding to Hidden Bias workshops during fall quarter. The first workshop in the series, Exposing Hidden Bias, brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming its impact in our work and relationships. Participants will learn how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn resources available for additional learning and involvement. The second workshop in the series, Responding to Hidden Bias, focuses on responding to your own and others’ biases. Participants will have the opportunity to dig deeper to develop and practice ways to respond to intentional and unintentional bias, and learn of resources for additional learning. Attendance at the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop is encouraged as a baseline prior to attending the Responding to Hidden Bias workshop. Select the preferred workshop for more information and to register: Exposing Hidden Bias and/or Responding to Hidden Bias. Questions? Email or call ext. 6-7478.

Help Out-of-State Students Find a Home Away from Home

Cal Poly student Sara Hiner from Denver is pictured with her local sponsor, retired San Luis Obispo police Capt. Dan Blanke, right.Faculty and staff are invited to become a local sponsor to an out-of-state or international student this year through the Local Connections program. Local Connections aims to connect out-of-state students with members of the San Luis Obispo community for occasional meals, activities and/or general support. Sponsors help foster a sense of community for these students in their new home away from home. This unique program offers students the chance to find and form a lasting support system during their Cal Poly journey and provides the opportunity to meet, connect and build friendships with other out-of-state students. Local residents who participate in the program get the opportunity to connect with students and become a valued resource during their transition to SLO and time at Cal Poly. Your local knowledge, support and friendship will make a significant difference for these students who are far from home! Learn more and apply today at (Cal Poly student Sara Hiner, from Denver, Colorado, is pictured with her local sponsor, retired San Luis Obispo Police Department Capt. Dan Blanke, at right in photo.)

Career Services Launches Tool for Faculty and Staff to Support Students in Career Readiness

Graphic showing the Career Services model In collaboration with the Career Services Advisory Council and campus stakeholders, Career Services has launched the Career and Life Success Model to guide students in developing the competencies they need to be successful in jobs, graduate school, and other opportunities after Cal Poly. The model organizes professional competencies into four core themes while the critically important meta-themes, emotional intelligence and diversity and inclusion, are woven throughout. Career Services recognizes that preparing students for life after Cal Poly is the responsibility of our entire campus community, and this model strives to provide faculty and staff with the language and resources they need to support students in developing critical career readiness competencies. Consider infusing the resources from the model when you talk with students about their future plans. You can also connect with your college specialist career counselor to discuss strategies for integrating career development and this model into your curriculum and programming.

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New Security Awareness Video Illustrates the Danger of Public Wi-Fi

Check out this month’s four-minute NINJIO information security training video that shows how small, portable devices can be used to gain access to your data — especially in public Wi-Fi hotspots. Learn what you can do to protect sensitive data. New NINJIO videos are released every month, aimed at spreading awareness about a range of security topics. All videos are available through Skillsoft under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly portal.

Federal Work-Study Program Update Shared for Fall Quarter

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is extremely limited and the fund is fully awarded. Regretfully, the Financial Aid office is unable to make any new FWS awards during fall quarter. Earnings are monitored monthly, and depending on utilization, the office can sometimes move to its wait list in the winter or spring quarters. Students without work study should be advised to contact the Financial Aid office and ask if they can be added to the FWS wait list. There are specific criteria, and not all students are eligible for FWS. Students (not employers) need to make the request and it can be done via e-mail (, phone at ext. 6-2927, fax at ext. 6-7243 or in person. The Financial Aid office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to limited funding, the wait list may or may not be activated in any given year. However, students on the wait list who are otherwise eligible are given priority for FWS in the following year. Questions? Contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Group Meetings to be Held This Year

Photo of smooth stones stacked on a beach.The Mindfulness Meditation Group will meet on campus again this year. Mindfulness meditation is a non-religious exercise of paying attention to your present-moment experience. Many people find it calming and relaxing. All are welcome. No experience necessary. The group meets Mondays that classes meet (i.e., not during exams, holidays or breaks) from 12:10 to 1 p.m., in the lower-level Conference Room at Campus Health and Wellbeing (No. 27). The group will meditate silently for 30 minutes, starting at 12:15 p.m. Headphones for guided meditations are welcome. For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

Faculty Invited to Apply for a CIE Faculty Fellowship by Sept. 27

The alliance of faculty from all colleges and disciplines is a key factor in the growth of the entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Faculty Fellows program serves as the catalyst. Within each of Cal Poly’s six colleges, the CIE Faculty Fellows incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into their coursework, serve as CIE ambassadors within the college they represent, and help guide students through various entrepreneurial career paths. See who’s in the community of the CIE Faculty Fellows. To learn more about the CIE Faculty Fellows program, contact Lynn Metcalf at lmetcalf@calpoly.eduApplications close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

New and Continuing Employees Invited to Join a Faculty Staff Association

The Faculty Staff Associations welcome all new and continuing faculty and staff to the 2018-19 academic year. Faculty Staff Associations (FSAs) are social and community-building groups for faculty, staff and, in some cases, graduate students. The FSAs host a variety of events, programs and initiatives including socials, social justice efforts, mentorships with students, educational opportunities and more.
Faculty and staff are invited to join any or all of the following FSAs:
— American Indian and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association
— Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association
— Black Faculty Staff Association
— Chicanx/Latinx Faculty Staff Association
— Disability Faculty Staff Association
— Pride Faculty Staff Association
— Women’s Faculty Staff Association
For more information about the FSAs and upcoming events, visit the All Faculty Staff Association website.

Accessibility Workshops Available for Faculty in Fall 2018  

Illustration with hands raising toward different accessibility ideas such as closed captioning, a person in a wheelchair, Braille and othersCal Poly is committed to creating a culture of access for an inclusive learning environment. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is offering the following accessibility workshops for faculty for fall 2018:
Creating Accessible Course Materials, Oct. 8 through Nov. 5. Join your faculty peers in this online, four-week workshop to create accessible course materials. This workshop covers principles of universal design, use of PolyLearn tools, accessible document design, video captioning and a culminating activity to create an Accessibility Action Plan. A $300 stipend is available for those eligible. Expect to spend 28-40 hours total over four weeks. Enrollment is limited. Learn more and register here.
Accessibility Workshops. Attend an accessibility workshop on your own time, at your own pace, in your own space. The CTLT offers three online, self-paced workshops to help faculty create accessible instructional materials. A $100 stipend per workshop is available for those eligible. Expect to spend seven to 10 hours total per workshop. Choose from one of the following workshops for fall quarter. Enrollment is limited. 
— Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations 
— Creating Accessible PolyLearn Pages 
— Creating and Captioning Accessible Video 
Accessible Document Design Workshops, customized for your department or program. Choose a time and place and we will come to you. This 50-minute in-person workshop provides hands-on, step-by-step guidance to help faculty create an accessible Word document and convert it to an accessible PDF. Focus on course syllabi or a document of your choice. For more information, contact Pam Dougherty at padoughe@calpoly.eduLearn more and complete a request form here.

New Disability Faculty Staff Association Launched

A new Disability Faculty Staff Association (DFSA) has been launched. The DFSA's mission is to foster a welcoming, accessible and inclusive campus and work environment for all faculty and staff. The DFSA recognizes and celebrates disability, whether temporary or permanent, as diversity and the intersections of multi-identities. The DFSA welcomes those with disabilities and allies. Join the DFSA at the following upcoming events:
— Disability Awareness Month Booth: 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 11, in UU Plaza. Join the DFSA for disability awareness games and activities, give-away prizes and a photo booth.
— Disability Faculty Staff Association Working Social: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in UU 219. Socialize with members of the DFSA and provide input on future goals, activities, events and initiatives.
For more information about the DFSA, visit the new Faculty Staff Association website. The DFSA welcomes anyone who would like to get connected and involved! Those interested can sign up for the mailing list to receive updates on meetings, socials, and other events and information.

New Book and Learning Circles Set for Fall

 The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"Employee and Organization Development is excited to announce its fall 2018 Book and Learning Circles. You are invited to participate in these enriching conversations, including Book Circle, where you read a book and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where you view a video or read an article before discussing as a group. Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three sessions. The first book is "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking" by Susan Cain. This valuable read argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. The second book, "Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing" by Vernā Myers, explores the value of diversity, the challenges to successful diversity and inclusion efforts, and provides tools for enhancing campus practices. The third book, "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell, explores the factors that decide the difference between successful and unsuccessful people — learn what rock stars, geniuses and computer programmers have in common and that success is not a matter of IQ, ingenuity or natural genius. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article and participating in a discussion during a single session. The first learning circle is "How Not To Be Ignorant About the World," which demonstrates the high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what we know and provides four strategies for quickly becoming less ignorant. The second learning circle is "The Power of Privilege," which helps to understand what it means to talk about privilege and what can be done with the power. The third learning circle is "Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce," in which Malcom Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness. To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

Empathia Workshop on Sept. 28 to Examine Personal Resilience and Energy Management

Empathia logoJoin Employee and Organization Development for an in-person workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, from Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) Empathia. One factor influencing our stress level is how well we manage energy. The concept of energy management is based on a new way of looking at self-discipline. It challenges the widely held view that time management and juggling tasks is the key to work/life balance. The content of this workshop includes the paradigm shift, energy management principles, the engaged versus the stressed versus the disengaged, and developing positive rituals. Register by clicking here for the workshop in the training room in the University Police Building (No. 36, Room 105).

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Fall Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled for fall quarter from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Oct. 16; and Wednesday, Nov. 14. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Elena Morelos, director of Academic Employment, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290. Visit for more information. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

Learn How to Reserve a General Purpose Conference Room 

Photo of a conference room in the Graphic Arts building on campus.In addition to department-managed conference rooms on campus, there are five general purpose conference rooms that are also available to staff and faculty for scheduling meetings. These rooms support the demand for space for committee, department, and business meetings and are not for scheduling office hours or classes. To request a general purpose conference room, add any of the following rooms to a meeting invitation in Outlook Calendar: 10-241-erhart-ag (located in the Erhart Agriculture Building, it is 24-capacity, features a digital projector and screen), 26-100-graphic-arts (in the Graphic Arts Building, 10-capacity), 26-109-graphic-arts (18-capacity, features a digital projector and monitor display), 47-24B-fac-ofc (in Faculty Offices North, 20-capacity), 52-D27 (in the Science Building, 12-capacity, features a digital projector and screen). Be sure to select ‘Request response’ in the invitation to prevent time conflicts. You will receive an email notification from the Office of the Registrar once the room reservation is confirmed. For additional information, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Employees Invited to Open House at Swanton Pacific Ranch

Photos from Swanton Pacific Ranch.Faculty and staff are invited to an open house at Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Event highlights will include walking tours and demonstrations highlighting its natural beauty, ecological diversity, integrated and sustainable land management practices, educational programs and research-based restoration projects. Tours will feature sustainable forestry, organic and u-pick crop production, creek restoration, holistic rangeland and livestock management, the Al Smith house, and the future Swanton Pacific Education Center and Field Camp. To purchase tickets, visit

New Skill Building Platform Coming This Fall

sumtotal logoSumTotal, a new learning tool that will replace Skillsoft, is coming to Cal Poly this fall. The SumTotal platform allows for continuous learning — anytime, anywhere, on any device — so employees can develop new skills when needed. Consisting of thousands of videos, courses and books, SumTotal allows participants to watch, listen or read in short, cohesive segments that fit their needs and help build toward larger learning objectives. These scenario-based learnings and embedded self-assessments will help users apply and retain lessons. When done, participants will have full access to personal learning records. SumTotal offers the opportunity to learn digital tools, concepts and soft-skills even with a tight schedule. Look for more information coming soon.

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Catastrophic Leave

Christine Reed, administrative support coordinator in Information Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Eileen Faley at ext. 6-5578 or to request a donation form.

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.

Pat Hermenegildo, administrative support coordinator in Financial Aid, 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 Linda Ortiz at ext. 6-1304 or to request a donation form.

Galen Ricard, public affairs communications specialist in the College of Engineering -Advancement, 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 Cara King at ext. 6-5374 or to request a donation form.

Landy Ponce, custodian in University Housing Custodial Operations, 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 Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Jay Taylor-Burns, administrative support coordinator in the Office of the Registrar, 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 Maureen Mueller at ext. 6-2038 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Help Keep San Luis Obispo Clean on Good Neighbor Day Sept. 29

Photo of three students holding trash bags during a previous clean-up day.Off-Campus Programs continues to serve the San Luis Obispo community by celebrating and participating in the upcoming Good Neighbor Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29. The day is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, families and community members to celebrate each other and the beautiful location that we are lucky to call home. In partnership with Cal Poly ASI, the city of San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo Police Department, Off-Campus Programs will lead a neighborhood cleanup filled with treats, celebration and more. Come meet your new neighbors, share stories and help keep San Luis Obispo one of the happiest cities in America. There will be two meeting locations to sign up for:  Santa Rosa Park, at Santa Rosa and Oak streets; and Throop Park, 510 Cerro Romauldo. Bring walking shoes and invite your neighbor. Click here to RSVP. For more information, contact Off-Campus Programs at or ext. 6-5841.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Service to Campus Community

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, Dec. 7, by appointment only. Steve Rein will serve as the consultant. He is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, he will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what to bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

Photo of vegetables at a farmers market.Want a Farmers Market on Campus? Complete a Survey to Share Your Opinion

Campus Health and Wellbeing wants to hear from you. Staff is planning to host a campus farmers market featuring Cal Poly and community vendors and wants to get input from the campus community on locations, preferred time of day, frequency and more. To participate, complete this brief survey. Anyone with additional questions can contact Christine Nelson at

Study Abroad Fair to be Held Oct. 4

Graphic illustration reading Study Abroad FairThe Cal Poly International Center will showcase all of its programs at the Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on Dexter Lawn. Explore the variety of study abroad opportunities available and hear from former study abroad students who will be on hand to share their experiences. With over 500 programs in 75 countries, the Study Abroad program can make international study a reality. Study Abroad programs range in length from a spring break trip to a year abroad. Participants will return home with an excellent education, broadened communication skills, a new perspective on culture, and a willingness to learn. These intangible skills are highly valued by employers and can help you compete in a global market.

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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.


Music Department Announces 2018-19 Events

Music Department 2018-19 events The Music Department's 2018-19 season begins with three faculty recitals. On Sept. 29, violinist Brynn Albanese will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works. She will be joined by faculty members Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, percussion. Albanese and guest guitarist Jack Cimo will also perform some duets together. On Oct. 6, “Brahms Songs” will be presented by Katherine Arthur, soprano; Paul Woodring, piano; and David Arrivee, lecturer. It will be a delightful afternoon of performance and exploration of many well-known and loved Brahms songs. On Oct. 19, up to 12 faculty members are slated to perform, including Amy Goymerac, soprano; Heidi Butterfield, oboe; Laura Kramer, baritone saxophone; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Christopher J. Woodruff, trumpet; John Astaire, percussion; and Ken Hustad, bass. University organist and staff accompanist Paul Woodring will play piano. Additional fall events include: Oct. 27 — Choirs’ Fall Concert: Luminous Night of the Soul; Nov. 30 — Bandfest 2018; Dec. 1 — Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope and Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert; Dec. 2 — Symphony Fall Concert: The Symphony Dances; and Dec. 7 — Fall Jazz Concert. The complete list of events through June —including free offerings — is available on the Music Department’s calendar website. For more information, call ext. 6-2406 or email the department. Printed versions of the event brochure are available on request.

Music Department Faculty Recital Set for Sept. 29

Brynn Albanese, the department’s applied violin and viola instructor, above left, will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works as well as duos with faculty members Ken Hustad, bass, top right; and John Astaire, timpani, bottom right; and guest guitarist Jack Cimo, bottom left.The Music Department will present a faculty recital with violinist Brynn Albanese at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Albanese, the department’s applied violin and viola instructor, will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works as well as duos with faculty members Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, timpani. She will also perform with guest guitarist Jack Cimo. The solo works are “Passacaglia in G Minor for Unaccompanied Violin” by Heinrich Ignaz Von Biber, “Tango Etude No. 1” and “Tango Etude No. 3” by Astor Piazzolla, a movement from “Sonata for Solo Violin,” Op. 115, by Sergei Prokofiev and a movement from “Sonata in G Minor” by J.S. Bach. For the duo performances, Hustad and Albanese will perform the first movement of Edgar Meyer’s Concert Duo for Bass and Violin; Astaire and Albanese will perform David Avshalomov’s “Diversion, Violin and Timpani” (“Terwilliger”). Cimo and Albanese will close the program with “Café 1930” from Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango.” Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is free in the Grand Avenue parking structure. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Music Department Presents ‘Brahms Songs’ Oct. 6

Katherine Arthur, left; Paul Woodring, center; and David Arrivee.The Music Department will present “Brahms Songs,” a faculty lecture-recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). David Arrivée will begin the presentation with a talk about Johannes Brahms and his compositions. Katherine Arthur, soprano; and Paul Woodring, piano; will perform two sets of eight Brahms songs. Between the sets, Woodring will perform the Intermezzo in A Major, one of Brahms best-loved short piano pieces. Arthur says the presentation offers an opportunity to get to know Brahms through an overview of the man and composer and through a journey of some of his most well-known songs. Arthur teaches both applied and class voice at Cal Poly; Woodring is an accompanist and music coach at Cal Poly, and also the university organist; and Arrivée is the director of the Cal Poly Symphony, teaches theory and musicianship, and coaches chamber ensembles. The recital is open to the public. Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is free in the Grand Avenue Parking Structure. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.  

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Saturday, Sept. 22
Men’s Soccer vs. Westmont, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23
Women’s Soccer vs. Cal Baptist, Spanos Stadium, 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28
Women’s Soccer vs. CSUN, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Football vs. Montana, Spanos Stadium, 4:05 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30
Women’s Soccer vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, noon.
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6
Women’s Volleyball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Riverside, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

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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.

#105032 — Assistant Director, Office of Equal Opportunity (Administrator II), Academic Affairs — Office of Equal Opportunity. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#105025 — Planning/Project Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist I — Non-Exempt), Administration and Finance — Facilities. $3,288-$6,162 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,288-$3,617 per month.) Open until filled.

#105030 — Personnel Analyst (Administrative/Analyst Specialist — Non-Exempt), Academic Affairs — College of Science and Mathematics — Dean's Office. $3,288-$6,162 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,288-$5,000 per month.) Open until filled. Internal recruitment only.

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.

#104928 — Full-Time Lecturer — Anatomy and Physiology, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104930 — Assistant Professor in Experience Industry Management, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#104929 — Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#104962 — Early Intervention Specialist, Counseling Services. Open until filled.

#104937 — Physics Tenure-Track Position in Physics Education Research, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104961 — Tenure-Track Faculty Member in Elementary Science Education, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104934 — Assistant Professor in Thermal-Fluids/Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104971 — Department Head (Tenure Track) in Construction Management, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Open until filled.

#104932 — Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Systems and Controls, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104968 — Vertebrate Spatial Ecologist Tenure-Track Position, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104946 — Assistant Professor — Diversity and Organizational Behavior, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104978 — Assistant Professor of English — Linguistics and TESOL, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104977 — Assistant Professor — African American History, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104958 — Assistant Professor — Media Law and Ethics, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104955 — Tenure-Track Position, Business Law, Orfalea College of Business. Open until filled.

#104909 — Tenure-Track Position, Accounting, Orfalea College of Business. Open until filled.

#104994 — Assistant Professor of Criminology and Gender, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104979 — Tenure-Track Faculty Psychology/Sociology of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104973 — Kinesiology and Public Health Tenure-Track Faculty — Public Health — College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#104953 — STS/IS Program Director AY (Tenure Track) – College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#105004 — Full-Time Lecturer — Electrical Engineering — College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104993 — Assistant or Associate Professor — Computer Science and Software Engineering — College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#105001 — Tenure-Track Position — Marketing — Orfalea College of Business. Open until filled.

Executive and Academic Management Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment website to view detailed information about the following vacancies and to complete the management application to apply for the positions shown below. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-6574.

#105009 — Dean, College of Liberal Arts (Administrator IV). Open until filled.

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.

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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.

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