Cal Poly Report — Aug. 7, 2019 

Cal Poly Report is published monthly during the summer. The next issue will run Sept. 4. Regular, weekly publication will resume Sept. 18.


Professor’s Device Could Provide Light to Millions Living in the Dark

Cal Poly electrical engineering professor Taufik, who uses only one name, holds a prototype of said his soon-to-be patented device that could provide light to the more than 1.6 billion people living far off the grid. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has told Taufik that the patent would be awarded this fall.An electrical engineering professor said his soon-to-be patented device could provide light to the more than 1.6 billion people living far off the grid. The Multiple Input Single Output DC-DC Converter with Equal Load Sharing on Multiple Inputs — or MISO — makes it possible to combine the input of multiple low-power electricity sources into one stronger output source. It was developed by Professor Taufik and former student Owen Jong, who earned an electrical engineering bachelor’s degree in 2012. Taufik has one name, which is common in his native Indonesia, where much of the population lives on remote islands with limited electricity. “MISO allows any type of low-power energy device — solar, wind, water in a stream, even human-powered generators like a bicycle — to be connected to one house,” Taufik said. “It’s collecting multiple little sources of energy into one bigger source. In the developing world, a little electricity goes a long way. Just keeping a light on at night is huge.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently notified Taufik that the patent would be awarded for MISO this fall. Read the news release.

Cal Poly’s Efforts Help Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 'Sail on Sunbeams,' Reaching a Milestone

 The Planetary Society)The man who co-created CubeSats at Cal Poly said he’s proud to see the Planetary Society take his technology to new heights with solar sails. “It is a huge score for CubeSats and for the team at Cal Poly,” said Jordi Puig-Suari, a retired Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor. “It is the beginning of a new way to travel in space.” The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 — a CubeSat, or miniature satellite — was prepared with student assistance at the College of Engineering, which also acted as mission control last week during the deployment of the CubeSat’s Mylar sail. On Aug. 1, the Planetary Society announced that LightSail 2 had successfully raised its orbit in space solely on solar power. Puig-Suari proposed the CubeSat with Stanford University Professor Bob Twiggs in 1999 as a way for students to create spacecraft. LightSail 2 is roughly the size of a loaf of bread. That’s still large enough to carry an 18-foot sail. Once that sail was deployed, navigation was performed autonomously with an on-board algorithm, and LightSail was propelled by photons from the sun. Previously, spacecraft had to travel with fuel — which eventually runs out, noted Bill Nye, the Planetary Society’s CEO. Solar powered spacecraft can continue much longer, paving the way for traveling much further. “For me it’s very romantic that you’d be sailing on sunbeams,” Nye said. Read the news release.

Volunteers Sought to Welcome Mustangs at Fall Move-In

New and current Cal Poly students pose with family for a photo during Mustang Move-In.University Housing invites all faculty and staff to volunteer to help new and returning students move into campus residence halls and apartments during Mustang Move-in, Sept. 13-16. This is a fun way to be one of the first to welcome students and their supporters to campus. As a volunteer, you may:
— Welcome new students and their supporters.
— Provide directions and answer questions.
— Help unload cars into rolling carts and direct students to buildings.
— Collect rolling carts.
— Coordinate student and staff volunteers (lead volunteers).
Most students will arrive Sept. 14 and 16. Departments are encouraged to coordinate a date and time for teams of staff. All volunteers will receive a meal voucher,  Mustang Welcome Team T-shirt, and a commemorative pin. Help create a positive and welcoming experience for our new students! To learn more and sign up, visit the Mustang Welcome Team Volunteer Sign-up webpage

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering Ranks Among Nation’s Best in Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Illustration of a badge reading ASEE Diversity Recognition Program - BRONZEThe College of Engineering was recognized recently by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as a national leader in inclusive excellence. The ASEE, a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and engineering education, launched the National Diversity Recognition Program in April with the support of over 200 engineering schools and colleges. After reviewing Cal Poly’s application, an ASEE committee rated Cal Poly at the Bronze level, the highest ranking issued during the first round of ratings. “This award affirms and recognizes the many efforts we have undertaken to be more inclusive,” said College of Engineering Dean Amy S. Fleischer. “At the same time, we will continue to take more steps to improve diversity, inclusion and equity. By creating an inclusive and diverse community, we will foster a diversity of ideas that will fuel great innovation.” The rating was the first national effort to publicly recognize institutions for their success in building a diverse workforce. Read more about the college's diversity and inclusion initiatives

Cal Poly Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Beach Volleyball Complex

Photo of construction starting on the beach volleyball complex at Cal Poly, on the south side of Mott Athletics Center. Photo courtesy Cal Poly Athletics.The beach volleyball program made history in 2019 by making its first NCAA championship. Recently, more history was made as the university broke ground on a beach volleyball complex on campus. The Mustang Beach Volleyball Complex will feature five regulation-size NCAA beach volleyball courts, seating for up to 250 spectators, a state-of-the-art LED video scoreboard that will be positioned on the south side of Mott Athletics Center, lights around the facility, and an outdoor shower. “We are delighted that with the leadership of our loyal Mustang supporters, we are able to begin construction on what we believe will be one of the finest on-campus facilities in the country,” Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman said. “This will help Coach Todd Rogers continue to recruit and develop some of the best beach volleyball student-athletes in the country and further cement our position as a top 10 Division I program.” Since the inception of the program in 2014, the team has played its home matches in Pismo Beach — about 10 miles away from campus. This new 35,000 square-foot complex will be located between Mott Athletics Center and Mustang Tennis Complex, next to Anderson Aquatic Center. The beach volleyball complex will replace the outdoor basketball courts. Learn more here.

Cal Poly to Bring Learn by Doing to Global Hacker Convention

Cal Poly’s Cybersecurity Institute, with funding and technical support from global healthcare company Abbott, bring an immersive hospital set for one of the world’s largest hacker conventions from Aug. 8-11 in Las Vegas. The set includes a detailed laboratory and a surgical room, shown in these photosCal Poly's California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) and global healthcare company Abbott will bring a hands-on experience to this year’s Biohacking Village at DEF CON, one of the world’s largest hacker conventions, Aug. 8-11 in Las Vegas. With funding and technical support from Abbott, CCI designed an immersive hospital set with separate rooms for radiology and a picture archiving and communication system, a pharmacy, laboratory, surgical room, and patient/ICU/neonatal unit. Conference attendees will be challenged to defend the hospital from a cyberattack through capture the flag exercises that ultimately aim to find solutions to cybersecurity risks in the public healthcare system. “Cal Poly students, faculty and staff are excited to participate in this year’s conference and bring Learn by Doing into an immersive, medical set design that will be featured at one of the world’s premier cyber conferences,” CCI Program Manager Martin Minnich said. Cal Poly students helped to create the set design and a digital comic book-style story that will be handed out to DEF CON attendees who visit the Biohacking Village. Last year, over 5,000 visitors attended the Biohacking Village at DEF CON with interests in security, medical, technology, engineering, devices and fabrication. Read the news release.

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Student Success

Student Donations Distributed to SLO County Nonprofit Organizations

Sydney Sierras, nutrition major from San Jose, helps sort donated clothes as SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon talks to some constituents.

University Housing donated more than 8 tons of food, clothing and other goods to San Luis Obispo County nonprofit organizations — items that were collected from residents in student housing during the end-of-school move-out in mid-June. That includes more than 6,600 pounds of prepackaged food that was donated to four nonprofits, according to housing officials. San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon assisted students in collection efforts during the second of the five-day move-out collection period, June 11-15. Darin Son, a 2019 environmental engineering graduate, who led a team of dozens of students in a project to reduce the amount of waste generated at the conclusion of the school year, said 15,356 pounds of goods were donated to local nonprofit organizations. Cal Poly students will also be the beneficiaries of the donations. The Cal Poly Food Pantry, which is a resource for students needing food, received 972 pounds of canned and jarred food items. Moreover, Son said she and other students who oversee CP Thrift, the two-year-old campus thrift store initiative, diverted more than 6,000 pounds of reusable items from the landfill specifically for use by incoming first-year and transfer students. Read the news release.

College of Architecture and Environmental Design Students Design Homes for Fire-Damaged City of Weed

Students and faculty members pose in the container with the exterior wall panels. In the top row, from left to right, are construction management students Jeremiah Eseed, of Brentwood, California; Brent Underwood, of Arroyo Grande, California; and Brendan Mulholland, of Grass Valley, California. In the bottom row, from left to right, are construction management students Luis Badillo, Matthew Sharman, of San Jose, California; Patrick Shami, of San Rafael, California; construction management faculty member Greg Starzyk; construction management student Avery Spector, of Sacramento, California; architecture faculty member Maggie Kirk; and construction management student John Espino. Five years after the Boles Fire tore through the Northern California city of Weed, an interdisciplinary team of students have finished an 18-month-long project to design workforce housing. On July 16, a shipping container with 25 pre-constructed exterior wall panels departed Cal Poly bound for Weed, where they will be connected together to create a 1,300-square-foot home that will be used as a model for future homes on a nearly 1-acre site destroyed in the 2014 blaze. “This is a quintessential Learn by Doing project and a phenomenal educational opportunity,” said Cal Poly architecture faculty member Maggie Kirk, who collaborated with architectural engineering and construction management faculty to lead students in the design project. Cal Poly was asked by Great Northern Services, a community-based nonprofit in Weed, to design workforce housing that could be built in panels at Cal Poly, shipped to the city of about 3,000 and erected on-site in collaboration with students from the College of the Siskiyous this fall. Thirty-six Cal Poly architectural engineering, architecture and construction management students began the project in 2017. They visited Weed, surveyed the subdivision at 780 S. Davis Ave., marked out parcels, and began sketching ideas. Teams of students each offered a design for a 6,150-square-foot lot. The teams presented their proposals to Great Northern Services leaders, who chose a winning proposal but were so impressed by the student work that they combined two plans for the final house design, Kirk said. A team of Cal Poly construction management students, led by faculty member Greg Starzyk, built the panels this past spring. Read the news release.

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Faculty & Staff

Rodeo Coach Named National Coach of the Year; Poly Royal Rodeo Named Regional Rodeo of the Year

Cal Poly Rodeo Coach Ben LondoCal Poly Rodeo Coach Ben Londo was named the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Coach of the Year at College National Finals Rodeo in June. In addition, the Poly Royal Rodeo was named the Regional Rodeo of the Year. “It is truly an honor to be named national coach of the year,” said Londo, who was selected by his peers and the NIRA board. “It is a humbling experience, to say the least, as many other coaches are equally deserving. I am very thankful to be recognized.” Londo was named head coach of the Cal Poly Rodeo Team in 2013. Since that time, he has grown the program to be one of the largest collegiate rodeos in the nation. Londo was named Coach of the Year for the West Coast Region in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Cal Poly’s Poly Royal Rodeo was named the College Rodeo of the Year for the West Coast Region for 2016 and 2017 — a testament to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by Londo, the team, and the program’s supporters to move Poly Royal Rodeo to Spanos Stadium, making it one of the largest collegiate rodeos in the nation. Read the news release.

Engineering Professors Plan to Expand CubeSat, Programming Education with Lockheed Endowments

Pauline Faure, right, with Amy S. Fleischer, dean of the College of Engineering.Two assistant professors were recently granted Lockheed Martin Endowed Professorship Awards, which will help increase accessibility to space with mini satellites, among other endeavors. Pauline Faure, assistant professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department, and Maria Pantoja, assistant professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, each received a $25,000 award. The awards recognize faculty members who contribute new knowledge in the field of engineering; partner with industry; involve students with advanced ideas; and Maria Pantojaenhance teaching by introducing state-of-the-art topics in the classroom. The awards provide time and resources for professional growth and development to enrich the educational experiences of Cal Poly students. In addition to their mini satellite work, the faculty members also plan to expand the use of parallel computing to study earthquakes, Hawaiian bird calls, and wine production. Faure said her main goal is to facilitate access to space to more people through STEM education, using mini-satellites called CubeSats as a tool. CubeSats, co-created by retired Cal Poly faculty member Jordi Puig-Suari, have allowed students and private citizens worldwide to become more involved in space research. Several CubeSats developed at Cal Poly have been launched into space. Read the news release.

Campus Health and Wellbeing Welcomes Dr. Michael Corrigan

Michael CorriganMichael Corrigan, M.D., has joined the Cal Poly Campus Health and Wellbeing department as the Dr. Art James Sports Medicine Physician. Corrigan joins Cal Poly from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UM), where he has served as chief of sports medicine since 2007. Corrigan also served as the UM medical review officer and the athletics and medical Liaison to UM Summer Camps. He completed his undergraduate training at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, followed by medical school at Wayne State University, and sports medicine training at the University of Notre Dame. During his 16 years of service at Michigan, Corrigan has held several positions, including chief of sports medicine, chief of medical clinics, chief of specialty clinics, interim medical director, chair of infection prevention, compliance officer, and faculty for the sports medicine fellows. He established the first primary care Sports Medicine Clinic at UM’s University Health Service (UHS) department, and helped create a Sleep Disorders Clinic, Eating and Body Image Concerns Clinic, PrEP care and Transgender care at UHS. Corrigan is excited to immerse himself in Campus Health and Wellbeing and Cal Poly Athletics.

Register Now for the Brand Conference Aug. 28-29

Graphic for the University Marketing Brand Conference with the dates August 28 & 29Registration is now open for Cal Poly’s first Brand Conference happening Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28-29. Staff, faculty and student assistants can sign up for individual sessions at the conference focusing on visual design, web content, storytelling, and the brand review process. These sessions will prepare professionals on campus to begin using the brand this fall. Lunch will be provided on both dates of the conference. Registration closes Aug. 20. See the full schedule of sessions on the University Marketing website and complete your registration today.

Photo of two people standing in front of the mobile blood donation truck, in 2018.Campus Blood Drive Scheduled for Aug. 21 

Sign up now to donate blood on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the annual summer blood drive, hosted by Information Technology Services (ITS). Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) will be on Dexter Lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors are encouraged to eat a hearty breakfast and drink plenty of water before donating. Appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment, go to For more information about the event, contact Mary Padilla at


Coastal Communities Physicians Network Coming to Cal Poly on Aug. 28

Coastal Communities Physicians Network (CCPN) will offer a presentation on Aug. 28 to provide an opportunity for employees to learn how to get the most value from their provider network services. CCPN is a physician group affiliated with Cal Poly HMO health plans. CCPN administers a network of providers that promote wellness and preventative care with locations throughout San Luis Obispo County. The event will be held in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 114. Two sessions will be offered, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Click here to register.

New Empathia Workshops Available to Employees

Empathia logo reading "Good for people. Good for Business."Join Human Resources as it brings workshops every month from Employee Assistance Provider, Empathia. Register here or in Skillsoft. Workshops include:
— Aug. 22, noon: "Seven Strategies for Less Stress." This workshop offers a fun and fast-paced review of simple and effective ways to release yourself from the negative effects of stress and boost your own well-being.
— Sept. 27, noon: "Stress Fitness" will provide a new view of stress as an impetus for building strength. This class introduces a medley of mind/body strategies for maintaining well-being while succeeding.
— Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.: "Dealing with Difficult People." This workshop offers an alternative view of "difficult people," and insightful strategies to better cope with their behavior, increase cooperation and improve team productivity. 
Learn more about upcoming Human Resources workshops and events.

Employees may be Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

Five students, four women and one man, sit at a table in a classroom, with other people in the backgroundThe fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. This benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures, fees and deadlines, visit the Educational Fee Waiver Program website. For more information, contact Fee Waiver SLO at

New Antivirus Protection Software Available to Faculty and Staff  

Faculty and staff can now download Sophos Home antivirus software to their personal devices at no cost, using just an email address. Go to, enter your Cal Poly email address, and an email with instructions will be sent from Sophos Home. Symantec antivirus software was previously available, but as the threat landscape has changed, so has need for more robust security tools. Cal Poly’s license with Symantec will expire on Sept. 30, at which point the software will no longer be updated or supported. Employees who have previously installed Symantec on a personal device and want to keep it protected can uninstall it and then download Sophos before Sept. 30. All university-owned machines are also in the process of migrating to Sophos software. Anyone with questions about Sophos on their work computer contact their local tech support. Anyone with other questions or needing help can contact the Service Desk at  

Principles of Supervision Workshop to Cover Essential Supervisory Skills

Principals of supervision logo with five different colored cogs Employee and Organization Development is offering another session of the highly regarded Principles of Supervision workshop. Would you like to optimize your role as a supervisor? Are you interested in gaining additional skills to ensure the work gets done, engage your people to perform, and influence your group to work as a team?  One recent participant in the workshop said, “This was a great session. I can use these tips immediately.” Another said “I wish that I had taken this when I first became a supervisor; it gave me exactly what I needed.” Principles of Supervision will bring helpful information and tools through four non-consecutive half-days running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day on Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, and Oct. 8. Find more information and register here.


Illustration of three boats with dollar signs.Learn How a Small Increase Can Make a Big Difference with the CSU Supplemental Retirement Plan

One of the steps to help boost a employee's retirement savings when they receive a salary increase is to enroll in the CSU 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan (“SRP”), or if they're already enrolled, they can increase your deferral amount. By raising the amount they contribute to the CSU 403(b) SRP by even just a small amount, employees can improve their chances of reaching their retirement goals. Whether retirement is a long way off or right around the corner, by participating in the CSU 403(b) SRP, an employee could make a big difference in preparing for their future. Check it out via Enroll in the CSU 403(b) SRP at


Illustration of a man plugging a USB drive into a company network.New NINJIO Information Security Video About Suspicious Behavior in the Workplace 

This month’s three-minute NINJIO information security video, “Blame Game,” highlights the importance of following security protocols. Keeping an organization’s private data safe is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of role or rank, especially at Cal Poly. Watch the video to learn more about what constitutes “suspicious” behavior and when to report it. This episode and past NINJIO training videos are available on the Cal Poly Learning Hub under the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the My Cal Poly Portal.

Retirees Should Continue to Display Emeritus Parking Placards 

Cal Poly will phase in a license plate recognition system in place of parking permits, with full implementation beginning this fall. Retirees with emeritus placards should continue to display them until otherwise notified. It is important to keep your vehicle license plate information up to date. Update your information by logging into the Cal Poly Portal. Click on the “Money Matters” tab, scroll down and click on “online parking services" link, and then click on the vehicles at the top of the page. To add a vehicle, click "add vehicle" and enter your vehicle information. To delete a vehicle, select the vehicle listed and then click "delete." Vehicles with outstanding citations will not be removed until all citations are paid or appealed. Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) will provide Open Labs to assist with account updates. Open Lab information can be found online. Go to, click on the banner at the top of the page for "License Plate Recognition," and view the section titled "How can I verify that the license number I have on record is correct?" Questions? Contact TAPS at ext. 6-6654.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Shares Update on Website Problem

The software used to develop the Retired Faculty and Staff Club website is out of date and no one has the knowledge required to update it. The club is exploring options for the future and will get it operational as soon as possible. In the meantime, the club will keep members updated through emails, newsletters and Cal Poly Report submissions. The club apologizes for any  inconvenience that this might cause. Anyone with questions can contact club President Joe Grimes at or 805-540-0678.


Johannah Varland Johannah Varland has retired as staff emeritus after 13 years in the Office of Research and Economic Development. She worked 12 years as a grants analyst for Cal Poly Corporation Sponsored Programs, supporting the College of Engineering, and her last year as the contracts analyst for the Grants Development Offices. Varland worked closely with the Aerospace Engineering Department on all 11 of the revolutionary Cal Poly CubeSat satellite launches to date. Varland's legacy to Cal Poly is her success forging innovative ways to administer the complex contracts and unique requirements of this pioneering chapter in space technology. Working within this international community underscored the need for export control protocols, and Varland took the initiative to work collaboratively to make this highly regulated arena manageable. Prior to retirement, Varland qualified for catastrophic leave for ovarian cancer, now in remission, receiving weeks of leave donations from her treasured co-workers. “This overwhelming generosity sustained me during a most difficult time, and your loving support is forever appreciated,” she said. Her years at Cal Poly cap a career of public service in nonprofit, city, county, state and federal agencies. In retirement she will continue serving as head gardener for the Estero Community Garden in Morro Bay, which she co-founded in 2004.

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Catastrophic Leave

Janelle York, administrative analyst in the Grants Development Office, 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 Amy Velasco at ext. 6-2982 or to request a donation form.

Stacy Neely, administrative support assistant in the University Writing and Rhetoric Center, 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 Dawn Janke at ext. 6-2066 or to request a donation form.

Brandi Strain, administrative analyst in Facilities Planning, 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 Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Farmers Market Announces Summer Dates 

Photo from a farmers market on Mustang Way on campus.Campus Health and Wellbeing continues to host the Cal Poly Farmers Market during the summer months on Mustang Way (near the University Union and Mott Lawn). The market is held on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 3:30–5:30 p.m. Bring your colleagues, friends and family to purchase Cal Poly products, seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and more. The market, which will run through November, features San Luis Obispo County farmers and Cal Poly vendors. The effort is a part of Campus Health and Wellbeing’s goal to ensure that all students, staff and faculty have access to local, seasonal and nutritious foods. In 2018, the CSU Chancellor’s Office awarded Cal Poly $130,000 to support Basic Needs. The funding includes $30,000 for The Sustainable Food Hub Project, which provides accessible services, support and resources such as the Cal Poly Farmers Market, the Community Garden, and the Cal Poly Food Pantry. The project was developed in collaboration with Cal Poly Sustainability, LocalsOwn, the University Honors Program, Dean of Students, and Student Affairs Technology to embed technological solutions with physical services, resources and support that help the campus community access nutritious food. Contact for more information.

Help Researchers Study the Best Combination of Activity and Sedentary Time

Researchers at Cal Poly’s Center for Health Research are recruiting participants ages 18-75 in good physical health for a new project studying the best combination of activity, sitting and sleeping time for a healthy lifestyle. Participants will be compensated $50 for completing the study, which includes attending two visits totaling an hour, wearing activity monitors and completing online diaries about daily activities. Questions? Interested? Email

Statistical Consulting Service Available During Summer

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 Thursday, Sept. 5, by appointment only. John Walker 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

University Union Starbucks Closed During Renovation

Rendering of the renovated Starbucks coffee shopThe Starbucks located inside the University Union closed for construction June 17 and will re-open in late September. But worry not — the Starbucks truck is parked in front of Mott Athletics Center. The UU Starbucks will undergo major renovations that will modernize the space to align it with current franchise standards. This transformation will improve wait times and flow to generate a better customer experience. The construction project is part of the wider, more encompassing University Union enhancement project that kicks off this summer and will transform the University Union (No. 65), the Dining Complex (No. 19), and the University Union Plaza into a cohesive “University Union Neighborhood.”

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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.



Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page.

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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, Aug. 9
Women’s Soccer vs. Westmont (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.    

Saturday, Aug. 24
Men’s Soccer vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (exhibition), Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31
Football vs. U. San Diego, Spanos Stadium, 2 p.m.   

Thursday, Sept. 5
Women’s Volleyball vs. North Texas, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.    

Friday, Sept. 6
Women’s Volleyball vs. Wichita State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Pepperdine, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7
Women’s Volleyball vs. San Jose State, Mott Athletics Center, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
Men’s Soccer vs. Fresno Pacific, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for available job openings. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#105388 — Administrative Support Coordinator I, Academic Affairs — Cal Poly International Center. $2,846-$5,148 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,300-$3,800 per month.) Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 15.  

#105392 — Senior Custodial Manager (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 23.

#105389 — Assistant/Associate Athletic Director, Compliance (Administrator II), Student Affairs — Athletics. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 21.

#105383 — Program Coordinator (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs — Cal Poly Scholars. $4,304-$6,120 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,304-$4,500 per month.) Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 7.

#105384 — University Cashier (Accounting Technician II), Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services — University Cashiers. $3,010-$5,449 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,500-$3,900 per month.) Open until filled.   

#105385 — Landscape and Turf Integrated Pest Management Specialist (Pest Control and Spray Specialist), Administration and Finance — Facilities. $2,990-$5,404 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,990-$3,700 per month.) Open until filled.   

#105386 — Senior Internal Auditor (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Internal Audit. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. Review begins Aug. 9.   

#105387 — Custodian, Administration and Finance — Facilities. $2,600-$4,196 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,600-$3,000 per month.) Open until Filled.

#493476 — Data Analyst (Analyst/Programmer — Career), University Development — Data and Systems. $52,464-$129,504 per year. (Anticipated hiring range: $80,000-$90,000 per year.) Open until filled.

#105382 — Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. $3,897-$6,846 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,400-$5,400 per month.) 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.

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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.

Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $15-19.05 per hour.

Assistant Supervisor, Starbucks, Campus Dining, $15-19.05 per hour.

Assistant Cook, Cal Poly Campus Dining, $15-$16.51 per hour.

Salad Maker, Cal Poly Campus Dining, $15-$16.51 per hour.

Irrigation Support Engineer/Specialist I/II, Irrigation Training and Research Center, $46,716-$80,808 annually.

Full Stack Developer/Digital Marketer, Marketing and Communications, $62,108-$93,204 annually.

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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