Cal Poly Report — April 24, 2019 


Campus Community Invited to Preview the Updated Cal Poly Brand April 30

Text image reading Meet the Cal Poly Brand You Helped Shape April 30The campus community will get its first look at the refreshed Cal Poly identity, brand and logo on Tuesday, April 30. Faculty, staff and students are invited to join President Armstrong to officially open the new Welcome Center at 9:30 a.m. in building 172H in yakʔitʸutʸu. The center is the first campus space to be outfitted with the updated branding, colors and graphics. After a ribbon cutting, the Cal Poly community is invited to a brand experience event on Mott Lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to see the evolution of the Cal Poly logo, explore the updated brand colors, and give feedback on new website designs. Enjoy snacks, music and spirited giveaways. Cal Poly’s brand goes far beyond a new logo; it aligns the university’s visual, narrative and digital presence so we can better serve our state as a top-tier learning institution. For more than a year, University Marketing led the brand development process, which involved more than 6,500 survey responses from the Cal Poly community through market research and creative testing. Look for new branding to be put into use on campus in the fall. Anyone with questions about the Cal Poly brand can reach out to University Marketing at

Share Your Experience in the CPX Survey and Help Make Campus More Inclusive

Logo for CPX - Cal Poly Experience. Share it. Shape it. Change it.Thank you to those campus community members who have already shared their experience and feedback in the CPX — Cal Poly Experience — Survey. For those who have not taken it, there is still time to complete the short, confidential survey. Students can now access the survey through the My Cal Poly Portal; look for the CPX Survey pop-up and click the "Take the Survey" link. Faculty and staff members should continue to check their Cal Poly email to participate. A link to take the confidential survey was sent April 9 from Damon Williams (  If you do not see the email, check your spam and junk folders. Cal Poly wants to hear from every student, staff and faculty member so that the university can develop robust action plans to change and improve the campus experience. The data collected in this important study will inform current and future initiatives to further support student and employee success and inclusion. Learn more at

College of Architecture and Environmental Design to Host Annual Design Village Competition April 26-28 in Poly Canyon

A temporary community of unique, student-built shelters will spring up in Poly Canyon April 26-28 during Cal Poly’s Design Village competition, hosted by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. One of the college’s largest and most-anticipated events, the annual competition draws nearly 400 students from 14 schools throughout the Golden State to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they design, build and inhabit structures in rural Poly Canyon, located about a mile from the heart of campus. This year, 52 projects will be constructed — including 23 by Cal Poly students. Designed by teams of students, structures must be built or reassembled within 12 hours, using hand- and battery-powered tools (and off-the-grid electricity), and must shelter the student team for the weekend. As an added challenge, each team must carry or push their building materials up to the Poly Canyon construction site. This year’s theme, “Synthesis,” encourages designs that integrate into the natural environment “in a manner that creates a compelling sensory experience” that appeals “to one of the five senses through the integration of systems thinking, with an emphasis on sustainable design phases.” Learn more at or read the full news release.

Participate in Safety Days with Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety will host a number of events throughout campus to celebrate Cal Poly Safety Days from April 29 to May 3. The week will include events and activities aimed at engaging the campus community to raise awareness of workplace safety and health. Cal Poly Safety Days commemorates the International Labor Organization’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which has acted to improve occupational safety and health for the past 100 years. Planned events include bike and pedestrian safety, lab safety giveaways, fire safety demos and a special Mixer at Myron’s Bistro on Thursday, May 2. All departments are encouraged to participate to learn and celebrate Cal Poly’s commitment to student and employee safety and health. Contact Kathryn Villareal for more information at

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet April 26

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. 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.

Safer Presents Take Back the Night on April 25

Graphic for SAFER event Take Back the Night on April 25 in Mission PlazaJoin Safer at Take Back the Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Mission Plaza in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event will include live music by student musicians Dudeo Perez, student speakers and performances, interactive exhibits, free refreshments, a march through Farmers Market and a resource fair. Featured student speakers and performers include Amelia Myerhoff, Gabriella Guillen and Zahnae Aquino. The event will close with a candlelight vigil led by Mayor Heidi Harmon and a moment of silence to honor those who have lost their lives to sexual and gender-based violence. The event is free, family-friendly and open to all. For more information, visit

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 4

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 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.

Thirty-One Days of Wellness Kicks Off April 29 with Fair on Dexter Lawn

Graphic for 31 Days of Wellness by Campus Health and WellbeingCampus Health and Wellbeing invites the campus community to participate in the third annual 31 Days of Wellness. Throughout May, with the support of campus and community partners, Campus Health and Wellbeing will showcase the multiple aspects of healthy living. From community wellness, social relations, emotional health, career development, academic success, financial wellbeing and physical health, there will be something for everyone. Students, staff and faculty are invited to come to the Kick-Off Fair from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, April 29, on Dexter Lawn. Discover opportunities for wellness where you work, study and play. Download the Cal Poly Now App and look for the “Be Well at Cal Poly” guide for a full list of events at Be sure to follow @mycpwell on social media for updates and inspiration! Questions? Email


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Student Success

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Major Named Outstanding Student Employee of the YearCal Poly student Marco Zuniga

Marco Zuniga, a graduating senior majoring in liberal arts and engineering studies with minors in philosophy and architectural engineering, was recently named Cal Poly’s 2018-19 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. Zuniga, of San Jose, was the unanimous choice among 51 student nominees (pictured at a reception, below). Zuniga is the California Cybersecurity Institute’s (CCI)’s lead virtual and augmented reality and 360 video designer since May 2018. “From Day One, he showed an accelerated, unique Learn by Doing aptitude that I have yet to see in others," his supervisor, CCI Business Services Coordinator Danielle Borrelli, said. "His ability to deliver solutions to complex problem sets and needs is truly remarkable.” In addition to his many contributions to the CCI, Zuniga repeatedly gives his energy, humility and excellence. His outstanding leadership roles include participation in Poly Reps (where he was named Poly Rep of the Year in 2017), giving CCI tours to students, parents, heads of state and business leaders; carrying a full class load; and being the main liaison between the DXHub, CCI and the Central Coast Cyber Forensics Lab. Zuniga has also been honored by the Western Association of Student EmploymPhoto of most of the 51 students who were nominated for Outstanding Student Employee of the Year at an April 11 reception at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center.ent Administrators (WASEA) as regional and state employee of the year. All the student nominees were recognized at an April 11 reception at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center. Borrelli accepted the framed certificate of appreciation from President Armstrong for Zuniga, who was unable to attend. WASEA President Donya Gadley, of North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, also attended and congratulated all students, including Zuniga, for their achievements. 

CSU Gender, Race and Sexuality Undergraduate Conference Accepts Five Cal Poly Papers

Five Cal Poly papers were accepted for the first CSU Gender, Race and Sexuality Undergraduate Conference, which will take place at Fresno State University on Friday, April 25. Political science senior Kate Ettl, ethnic studies seniors Carlos Gomez and Lailani Hemmings-Pallay, and communication studies seniors Julia Shaw and Madison Wiese, submitted papers and were accepted to the conference. The conference will be an opportunity for the students to present and discuss their work and network with students and faculty in the fields of women's and gender studies, ethnic studies, queer studies, and other related fields.

Cal Poly Team Wins 2019 Regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon

Left to right, Hannah Neer, Selby Boerman, Assistant Professor Zack McFarlane, Sarah Dreyer, and Kaitlyn McFarlan at the University of IdahoA team of four animal science majors took first place at the 2019 Western Section American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, held April 5-6 in Moscow, Idaho. The team, consisting of Selby Boerman of Montague, California; Sarah Dreyer and Kaitlyn McFarlan, both of Exeter, California; and Hannah Neer of Bishop, California, competed in four events, including a written exam, oral presentation, a practicum of eight labs, and a quiz bowl. The topic of the oral presentation was: “How to increase consumer confidence/education in animal agriculture.” Assistant Professor Zach McFarlane of the Animal Science Department coached the team. This is the first time in 20 years that Cal Poly has participated at the regional contest. The team advances to the national American Society of Animal Science competition in Austin, Texas, in July. Read the full news release.

Cal Poly Greek Life Organizations Recognized at Annual Conference

Photo of some Cal Poly Greek Life members are the recent Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values conference.The three governing councils of Cal Poly Fraternity and Sorority Life were recently recognized for their achievements at the annual Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values conference. The recognitions included:
— Cal Poly’s InterFraternity Council received the Jellison Best of the West award, and was also recognized for its work in the following categories: accountability, education and collaboration.
— The university’s Panhellenic Council received the Sutherland Best of the West award and was also awarded for its work in the following categories: accountability and innovation.
— Cal Poly’s United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC) received recognition in the categories of collaboration and innovation. 
— Fraternity and Sorority Life Lead Coordinator Shawnna Renee Smith received the Outstanding Professional of the Year – Order of Omega award for her continued work with the Cal Poly organizations.
For a full list of AFLV awards by Cal Poly, visit

Second Annual Spanish Language Debate Set for May 3-5

The Cal Poly Debate Team, Communication Studies Department and World Languages and Cultures Department will host the second annual Spanish language debate Legados de Valladolid, May 3-5, on campus. The inspiration for this debate is the Junta de Valladolid (1550-1551), the first moral debate held by a colonizing force regarding the legitimacy of colonization. The impact of colonization continues today, and Legados de Valladolid Debate provides a forum to examine current political trends, national and international policies and pervasive ideologies that affect the global political climate. Students will present responses to the following motion: Any increase in border security should be tied to an increase in expediency for legal immigration. The public is invited to attend, participate and vote in the final debate from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 111.

Student-Run Succulent Sale to be Held May 10-11

Photo of students and others shopping at a past succulent saleMore than 100 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly’s Succulentopia plant sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop. More than 4,000 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. The cost of the plants is determined by size: 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.

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Faculty & Staff

Training on University Recruitment Process to be Held April 24, May 8 and June 19

Talent Acquisition will offer upcoming training sessions on the university’s recruitment process and best practices on the following Wednesdays: April 24, May 8 and June 19. The Talent Acquisition — Best Practices Training provides guidance for search committee members and is required for all individuals serving on a staff or management hiring committee. Learn and explore the recruitment process, including behavioral interviewing practices, and candidate selection and assessment techniques. Some of the course content includes: social recruiting and attraction techniques, overview of compensation philosophy, behavioral interviewing, application scoring rubric and interview guide. Sign up here.

Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association logoBlack Faculty and Staff Association Invites Campus Community to May 8 Meeting

The Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is pleased to invite interested faculty and staff to its May 2019 meeting from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in UU 219. The association’s vision, mission and events are available on the BFSA Website.  Contact co-chairs Bryan Hubain,, or Camille O’Bryant,, with any questions.

UndocuAlly Training Available in April Through June

Continuing into June, a four-hour UndocuAlly Training is available to students, faculty and staff, sponsored by the Dream Center and the UndocuAlly Working Group. The purpose is to increase awareness on topics and issues pertaining to undocumented students at Cal Poly. Through this training, participants can become better equipped to support individuals of all statuses in our current socio-historic-political contexts. Participants will have the opportunity to examine their beliefs, raise their awareness, and begin the process of critiquing systems that are harmful to undocumented individuals. They'll also pledge to commit to enhancing ally-ship practices for access, equity and inclusion. Sign up here for part one, "UndocuAlly Training #1: Foundational Knowledge." To sign up for the rest of the series and view the dates, times and locations, visit One session with all three parts of the training will be held on Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here to participate. For those unable to attend the public trainings, private trainings with organizations or departments can be arranged. For more information, contact

Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan 403(b) Workshops to be Held in May

Fidelity Investments representative George Nofel will be on campus Thursday and Friday, May 9-10, conducting one-on-one appointments and presenting the following workshops to help employees learn more about Social Security and the 403(b) supplemental retirement savings plan. The workshops include:
— noon on Thursday, May 9: "When and How to Claim Social Security." Understand how Social Security works and what you should consider before you claim your benefit.
— noon on Friday, May 10: "Get Started and Save for the Future." Understand the benefits of saving in your workplace savings plan and how to enroll. 
Register here for the workshops or one-on-one appointments. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. 

10 p.m. at the Administration Building and continuing around campus in a counter-clockwise direction.Join the Provost for Wednesday Walks

Make the most of the beautiful campus we work on, grab a colleague, and meet up with Provost Enz Finken for Wednesday Walks. Join the provost each Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. to get your steps in, get to know the provost better, and meet new people. The walk will take approximately 30 minutes at a moderate pace. Everyone is welcome and may join in at any point along the route. Rain or inclement weather will cancel the walk. Questions may be directed to the Office of the Provost, ext. 6-2186.


Workshop on Problem Solving to be Held May 2

 Good for People. Good for Business.Join Employee and Organization Development for a workshop on problem solving from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Administration and Finance Training Room, located inside the University Police building (No. 36, Room 105). Identifying what type of thinker you (and those around you) are can lead to quicker problem solving. Learn your thought process as well as steps in problem solving, the difference between an immediate and long term problem, how to develop possible solutions, how to problem solve with others, and how to implement solutions. Employee and Organization Development will bring the workshop from Cal Poly's Employee Assistance Provider — Empathia. Register here on the Cal Poly Learning Hub. 

Workshop for Faculty on Retirement and Beyond Offered in May

Join staff from Human Resources and Academic Personnel for information on CalPERS pension and Cal Poly benefits after retirement, specifically during the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) years and beyond. This workshop is geared toward faculty employees considering retirement and entering FERP within the next one to five years. The workshops will be held in the Academic Affairs Conference Room in the Administration Building (No. 1, Room 301), on the following dates:
— Thursday, May 2, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
— Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Register through SumTotal on the Cal Poly Portal. Anyone who has difficulty registering can contact Lindsay Howell at ext. 6-6574 or

Informational Session on Medicare to be Held May 15

Human Resources has partnered with local nonprofit organization Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) to provide an information session on retirement and Medicare. Spouses and partners are also welcome to attend. Learn more and register. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Anyone with questions can contact or ext. 6-5436.

'Disability Tapas' Offered Every Thursday in Spring Quarter 

Disabilities come in many different forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center for some snack-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. The presentations are geared toward faculty and staff, and offered every Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E26. (Note the new location.) Participants can also attend via Zoom at Topics and dates include:
— April 25: Supporting Students with Autism 
— May 2: Supporting Students with ADHD 
— May 9: Supporting Students with Autism 
— May 16: ADA/504 Accommodations: Equitable Access and Legal Considerations 
— May 23: Accessible Learning Spaces: Addressing Mobility and Visual Access Needs  
— May 30: Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities
— June 6: Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome 
For more information, contact the Disability Resource Center at or ext. 6-1395.

RSVP by May 7 for Retired Faculty and Staff Spring Luncheon

Cal Poly Strawberry Center wordmarkJoin the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club as it learns about and tours Cal Poly’s Strawberry Center at its luncheon on Wednesday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will include a luncheon, guest speaker, a tour of the research and growing facility, and conclude with strawberry varietal tastings. The tour of the research center and growing grounds will require some walking on uneven ground. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Leprino Foods Dairy Innovation Institute (No. 18-A). Parking is available next to the institute. The cost is $16. Reservations are required. RSVP by May 7 to Gail Simmons at 805-462-9148 or

Proposal Development Opportunity Available to New Researchers

The Office of Research and Economic Development, in partnership with Hanover Research, is offering a proposal development opportunity to a cohort of early career investigators. Hanover, via a yearlong Grants Academy, will support researchers in identifying, pursuing and securing competitive extramural funding for research and scholarship. Faculty may be eligible if they are interested in obtaining external funding for research, are new to research and/or are junior faculty, and are willing to devote the time to produce a high-quality proposal(s) within six to 12 months. Faculty interested in participating in the 2019-20 Grants Academy should submit applications via before midnight Wednesday, May 1. Applications require a brief description of research interests, a summary of prior grant writing and submission experience, a list of sponsors and/or programs that have been identified as potential sources of funding, and an idea of planned accomplishments gained by participating in the Grants Academy. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of spring quarter, and the academy will begin fall quarter. More information is available by contacting the Office of Research and Economic Development at or ext. 6-5153.

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Catastrophic Leave

James Scarborough, lecturer in College of Liberal Arts — Communications Studies, 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 Rocio Alvear at ext. 6-2554 or to request a donation form.

Shelly Landers, student services professional II 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 Helen Bailey at ext. 6-6313 or to request a donation form.


In Memoriam

Don WhiteFormer Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department chair and faculty member Don White passed away March 21, 2019. White started his career as a professor in 1987. He later served as department chair until retiring from Cal Poly in 2009. During his tenure as department chair, White was instrumental in the creation of an industry partnership to enhance the educational objectives of the Engineering Management Program (EMP). For nearly a decade, he teamed with faculty from the Industrial Engineering Department and the Orfalea College of Business to forge partnerships between Cal Poly and Fortune 500 companies. White’s efforts resulted in a multidisciplinary, collaborative model, $700,000 in donations, and more than 30 industry-defined projects. The excellent reputation of the EMP Industry Partnership resulted in an affiliation with MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing Program. Faculty and staff remember White as a determined, visionary, collaborative, goal-oriented and caring person who loved life and all that it offered. “Don will be missed by many, but never forgotten by those of us who were fortunate enough to have known him,” said Dana Azevedo, a former colleague. “It was an honor for me to have worked with Don. His life was well-lived.” A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Grace Central Coast, 1350 Osos St. in San Luis Obispo. See White’s obituary for more information. 

Campus Announcements

Nominations Sought by May 1 for Annual Cal Poly Community Service Awards

Photo of a shovel scooping dirt with text reading Center for Service in Action. Dean of Students, Embrace Your Unlimited PossibilitiesThe Center for Service in Action is hosting the 33rd annual Cal Poly Community Service Awards, and nominations are due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Awards for the categories of individual faculty, staff and student contributions, along with student organizations and community partner of the year will be awarded during a ceremony on May 16. President Armstrong presents the awards and recognizes recipients for their efforts. More information about the history of the awards, details on each category, and a link to the nominations form can be found here. Anyone with questions about the nomination process can email the Center for Service in Action at

Health Disparities Seminar on April 25 to Feature Cal Poly Study

The Center for Health Research’s April health disparities seminar, “A qualitative exploration of sexual assault victimization perceptions in the LGBT+ College Students,” will take place  at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, in Phillips Hall, located in Room 124 of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center (No. 6). Professor Jay Bettergarcia from the Psychology and Child Development Department and Professor Christine Hackman from the Kinesiology and Public Health Department will discuss their study and their aim to fill gaps in the scientific literature by providing context about the consequences of victimization in queer and transgender-identified college students. For more information, contact

Seeking Submissions for Resiliency Project

Are you Resilient?The Resiliency Project is a faculty-student research project about the experience of being resilient — of encountering obstacles and maintaining or regaining mental and physical well-being. All members of the campus community are invited to visit the website and submit essays or videos about their own experiences of resiliency. (The instructions are on the website). For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

Applications Open to Student Clubs for International Events and Activities Grant

Logo for Cal Poly International Center The Cal Poly International Center will award up to six $500 grants to support international events and activities that will take place during the 2019-20 academic year. The International Center Events and Activities Grant is intended to provide supplemental financial support to recognized student clubs seeking to host activities, programs and special events that enhance the internationalization efforts at Cal Poly. Applicants must show how the event/activity will promote international engagement, enhance diversity and inclusion, and benefit the campus community. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 28. Learn more here and visit the website.

Mindfulness Meditation Group Now Meeting Mondays

Illustration of a busy female practicing yoga.The Mindfulness Meditation Group is meeting every Monday that classes meet (i.e., not during exams, holidays or breaks) from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the lower level Conference Room in the Health and Wellness Center (No. 27, Room 11). We will meditate silently for 30 minutes, starting at 12:15 p.m. (Headphones for guided meditations are welcome.) Mindfulness meditation is a non-religious exercise of paying attention to your present-moment experience. Many people find it calming and relaxing. No experience is necessary. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. For more information, contact political science Professor Matthew J. Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

Language Conversation Tables to be Held Spring Quarter

The German Conversation Table started April 4 and will meet every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Faculty Fishbowl 220, in Kennedy Library, near Julian’s Café. The Italian Conversation Group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the World Languages Lab, located in Room 128 of the Agriculture Building (No. 10). The Russian Conversation Table meets every other Thursday starting April 11 from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Faculty Fishbowl 220, in Kennedy Library. The Vietnamese Group meets every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Center for Service in Action Lounge in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E22. The Spanish Language Table meets every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Multicultural Lounge in UU 217. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details about each conversation table are available on the World Languages and Cultures Department website.

Cultural Commencement 2019 Sign-Ups Open

Photo from a past cultural commencement ceremony.Cal Poly’s Cultural Commencement ceremonies are annual celebrations recognizing the culture and accomplishments of graduating students. Faculty and staff are asked to help spread the word to students around campus who may be interested in participating. The university offers seven Cultural Commencements including:
— American Indian and Indigenous Commencement
— Asian Pacific Islander Commencement
— Black Commencement
— Chicanx/Latinx Commencement
— Disability Commencement
— Lavender Commencement (LGBTQ+)
— South West Asian North African (SWANA) Commencement
Students can sign up online at For more information, contact Commencement at or ext. 6-1600.

Celebrate Cal Poly Earth Week April 21-27Logo for Earth Week

Staff, faculty and students are invited to a variety of fun and educational events during Earth Week from April 21-27. You won't want to miss out on the Make Waves Film Festival, Solar Farm tour, and Sustainability Fair, which will include more than 30 booths, and free food and prizes. For details on each event, visit the official Facebook page at Questions? Contact Sustainability Coordinator Kylee Singh at


Want to earn a $15 Starbucks Card By Walking and Driving?

Participate in a two hour Cal Poly Kinesiology and Public Health research study, and earn a $15 gift card to Starbucks.  The study, run by Professor Sarah Keadle, is looking for participants who are between the ages of 30 and 59 and are in good physical health. Participants will wear activity monitors and participate in one of two testing conditions, walking on a treadmill at varying speeds/inclines followed by a self-paced walking around campus or walking on a treadmill then driving. Interested? Questions? Email

Nominations for the 2019 Sustainability Awards Due April 26

Former Green Campus Team Manager Molly Barker, center, received the Outstanding Student of the Year award in 2017.

The Cal Poly Sustainability Awards celebrate members of the Cal Poly community who have exhibited commitment to the value of the university sustainability imperatives. The awards are an opportunity to recognize individual members from the faculty, staff, and student communities as well as contributions from a recognized campus organization. Individual recipients will receive a $500 award, and the recognized group will receive a $1,000 sponsorship. Nominators and candidates will be invited to an awards ceremony where winners will be announced. Nominators submitting multiple nominations must complete a new form for each candidate. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday April 26, through the following nomination form: Questions? Contact Sustainability Coordinator Kylee Singh at (Former Green Campus Team Manager Molly Barker is pictured receiving the student award in 2017, above.)

Student Staff Needed to Help at Spring Commencement Ceremonies 

Photo of two female students hugging at a previous commencement ceremony, surrounded by other graduating students.Spring Commencement 2019 is just around the corner!  Spring Commencement is a campuswide effort to create a memorable experience for graduates and guests. The Commencement Office is currently seeking student staff to work the Spring Commencement ceremonies. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to sign up to take part in celebrating the achievements of Cal Poly’s graduates! Students are paid $13 per hour and receive meals during certain shifts. Students can sign up work Commencement here: Anyone with questions or needing more information can contact Commencement at or ext. 6-1600.

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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.


Surfrider's 'Make Waves' Film Festival to be Held April 24

Logo for the Surfrider Make Waves Film FestivalAs part of Earth Week 2019, the Cal Poly Surfrider Club will host a film festival of student-made films from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday April 24, in Room 2 of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The films will highlight the beauty of the outdoors, showcase students' connections to the natural world, and share inspiring stories of how we can protect it for future generations. There will be food, live music, raffle prizes, T-shirts and stickers along with the student-made films. All donations will support Cal Poly Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force, Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Rise Above Plastics, and Coastal Protections programs. Space is limited so be sure to buy tickets early at

Cal Poly to Present Second Annual Clarinet Festival on May 5

Photo of the clarinet ensemble from a previous concert.The Music Department will present all things clarinet at the second annual Clarinet Festival at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The performance will include a variety of ensembles from both on and off campus, including solos, duos, trios and quintets showcasing a variety of styles and genres of music from classical and chamber to jazz. The Wind in the Reeds, a Central Coast community clarinet group, will be a featured guest ensemble. A total of 30 combined clarinetists will perform together for the grand finale, Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Marche Militaire Français.” The performers range in age from 17 to 82. Cal Poly faculty member Keith Waibel, who directs Cal Poly’s clarinet ensembles, is the concert organizer. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

Celebrity Gossip Expert and BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen to Speak May 8

Photo of Anne Helen PetersenJoin Anne Helen Petersen, Ph.D., at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E27 for a talk on her book, "Too fat, too slutty, too loud: The rise and reign of the unruly woman.” The book includes 10 essays, each focusing on a famous woman (and, in one case, a pair of women) whose behavior provokes public outrage. The subjects include Hillary Clinton, Melissa McCarthy, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Caitlyn Jenner, Serena Williams and Lena Dunham. Critics of these individuals describe them as the women who won’t shut up, who’re too brazen, too opinionated — in short, too much. The conversation-starting book was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017 and one of Cosmopolitan’s “Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down This Summer.” This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, and seating is open.

Society of American Forester CEO to Speak May 9 on Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

Terry BakerTerry Baker, CEO of the Society of American Foresters, will give a keynote address titled “Leadership: The Challenge of Being Yourself” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the PAC Pavilion. The talk, sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, the Career Services Diversity Funding Committee and the Society of American Foresters, is open to all faculty, staff and students. Baker was named the first African American to lead the 118-year-old Society of American Foresters in September 2012. His talk will address diversity and inclusion through the personal and professional journey of a person of color who is a national leader in natural resource management, an industry that has historically had very little diversity and many barriers to entry.

Cal Poly Chamber Choir to Perform Works in the Requiem Tradition on May 11

Photo of members of Cal Poly Chamber Choir standing outside Philips Hall at Cal Poly.The 24-member Chamber Choir will present a concert of two requiems at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The concert will open with the spectacular and rarely performed “Musikalische Exequien” (“Funeral Music”) composed by Heinrich Schütz in 1636. “The requiem mass, or funeral mass, of the Roman Catholic Church has been a text set to music since the 15th century,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities. The second half of the concert will feature John Rutter’s “Requiem.” Completed in 1985, it combines elements from the traditional Latin text with modern English. The performance will feature a seven-piece chamber orchestra of Cal Poly students and professional musicians, including faculty member Samuel Shalhoub, lute, and staff accompanist Paul Woodring, organ. Glysson will travel to New York with 34 Cal Poly students — including five from the Chamber Choir — to perform at Carnegie Hall on May 25 as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. 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.

Is Love a Necessary Revolutionary Affect? Talk Set for May 14 on 'Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action in Silicon Valley'

Photo of various images illustrating gentrification in the Bay Area and the name of Gay Shame, a queer direct action group based in San Francisco.On Tuesday, May 14, the Women's and Gender Studies Department will present a talk by  Eric Stanley, Ph.D. (they/them), "Is Love a Necessary Revolutionary Affect? Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action in Silicon Valley" at 4:40 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Stanley will discuss Gay Shame, a queer direct action group based in San Francisco, and its work confronting the hypergentrification of the Bay Area propelled by the tech industry. Describing itself as “a virus in the system,” Gay Shame utilizes its collective “bad attitudes” to “instigate, irritate and agitate to build cultures of devastating resistance.” Stanley argues that Gay Shame’s negative relationality shows the ways in which the Left’s focus on love as a revolutionary affect actually accelerates racial capitalism’s motors of accumulation and dispossession — and how queer hate functions as an alternative. This event is is free and open to the public.

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Friday, April 26
Baseball vs. USC, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 27
Softball vs. Long Beach State (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 and 3:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. USC, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 28
Baseball vs. USC, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Long Beach State, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Friday, May 3
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 4
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 5
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7
Baseball vs. Pepperdine (DH), Baggett Stadium, 5 and 6 p.m.

Friday, May 10
Softball vs. UC Santa Barbara (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 3 and 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 11
Softball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Bob Janssen Field, 1 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. 

#105299 — Technical Project Management (Information Technology Consultant — Career), Information Technology Services — Portfolio Management. $4,372-$10,478 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $6,700-$9,167 per month.) Open until filled.  

#105300 — International, Graduate, Extended Education (IGEE) Web/IT Coordinator (Information Technology Consultant — Career), Academic Affairs — Extended Ed. $4,372-$10,478 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,417-$6,250 per month.) Open until filled. 

#105297 — Retention Specialist (Student Services Professional III), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning — University Advising. $4,554-$6,488 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,554-$5,167 per month.) Open until filled.  

#105295 — Senior Manager of Personnel for ITS (Administrator I), Information Technology Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. Part-time lecturer pools are being opened this month. Visit for current openings, further information and how to apply.

#105215 — Full Time Temporary Lecturer, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#105287 — Full Time Temporary Lecturer, Graphic Design/Interactive Media , College of Liberal Arts. 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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