Cal Poly Report — Jan. 16, 2019 


College of Liberal Arts Dean Finalists to Visit Campus Jan. 14-18

Mitchell P. Smith, top, and Philip J. Williams Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken has accepted the recommendation of the College of Liberal Arts Dean Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Josh Machamer, to invite two finalists for the position to visit campus. The finalists and their visit dates are below. All open forums will be held in the PAC Philips Hall (No. 6, Room 124):
— Mitchell P. Smith, Ph.D.; Max and Heidi Berry Chair in International Studies; professor and chair of the Department of International and Area Studies; associate dean for academic affairs, College of International Studies, The University of Oklahoma; Jan. 14-15. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 15.
— Philip J. Williams, Ph.D.; director, Center for Latin American Studies; professor of political science, University of Florida; Jan. 17-18.  The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 18.
More information is available at (Smith is pictured above, left in photo; Williams is below.)

Vice President for Research Finalists to Visit Campus Jan. 16-29

From left, Alicia J. Knoedler, Renee A. Reijo, and Luis A. VazquezProvost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken has accepted the recommendation of the Vice President for Research Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Richard Savage, to invite three finalists for the position to visit campus. The finalists and their visit dates are below. All open forums will be held in the Advanced Technologies Laboratory (No. 7).
— Alicia J. Knoedler, Ph.D.; research development and research leadership consultant; Jan. 16-17. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 17.
— Renee A. Reijo Pera, Ph.D.; vice president for research and economic development, professor of cell biology and neurosciences, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Montana State University; Jan. 22-23. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 23.
— Luis A. Vazquez, Ph.D.; associate vice president for research and graduate studies, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate School; professor of counseling/educational psychology; New Mexico State University; Jan. 28-29. The open forum will be held from 11:10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 29.
More information is available at (Knoedler, Pera and Vazquez are pictured from left to right in photo.)

Fireside Chat with Cornel West Set for Jan. 16

Black and white headshot of Cornel West; photo also includes Cal Poly wordmarkA fireside chat with renowned educator, philosopher, author and activist Cornel West will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The event is geared toward students but open to the campus community. A livestream of the fireside chat will be available at Later that evening, West will give the keynote talk at the university’s second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner, which honors King’s legacy by inspiring transformational change and raising awareness about the lives and experiences of people of color at Cal Poly. During the fireside chat, West will engage in a moderated question-and-answer session with attendees. The chat is free and open to all campus community members; seating is limited and first come, first served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. West is best known for his works “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters,” his memoir “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud,” and his most recent book, “Black Prophetic Fire.” He is a frequent guest contributor on CNN, C-SPAN and the Bill Maher Show. This event is hosted by the Cross Cultural Centers and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI). Watch the fireside chat livestream here.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Jan. 25

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 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.

Transportation and Parking Services Seeking Input in Survey Starting Jan. 22

Image for the Transportation and Parking Services Survey, with icons showing different modes of transportation including walking, bus, electric vehicle, bicycle and car. Cal Poly has engaged Walker Consultants to help the campus develop a long-term parking plan and to improve alternative transportation options. Toward this end, a survey has been prepared in collaboration with Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), Cal Poly Sustainability, and faculty members from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. As part of this process, TAPS will learn more about the parking and travel patterns of current students, faculty and staff and gauge attitudes toward parking and transportation-related issues. To determine these characteristics, input is needed from the campus community. The transportation and parking survey will be sent via campus email on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and will be active through Jan. 31.  

Cal Poly Foundation Board Meeting to be Held Feb. 2

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 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.

Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In Set for Feb. 21

Banner ad reading Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In Workshop Schedule Thursday February 21As part of the university’s continuous commitment to diversity and inclusion, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is pleased to announce the third Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The event is open to the campus community and will feature several Cal Poly educators. The Inclusion Starts with Me Teach In is a partnership with the CLA, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI), and Academic Affairs. View a full schedule of Teach In events at


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Student Success

Panetta Intern to Speak Jan. 17; Applications for 2019 Congressional Internship Program Due Jan. 30

Political science major Philip Abarquez pictured with Leon and Sylvia Panetta.Cal Poly’s 2018 Panetta Intern, political science major Philip Abarquez, will talk about his recent experience at the institute and working in a California congressional office in Washington, D.C., during an information session from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 102. In addition, applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Matriculating third- or fourth-year, junior or senior students from any major who meet the program requirements are encouraged to apply. This prestigious Learn by Doing experience provides an opportunity for students to enhance their education by providing encouragement in the exploration of Congress, civil leadership, and community and public service. Once selected, students participate in a two-week training session in August at the Panetta Institute, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working in a Capitol Hill office of a California congressional delegation member. The cost of the program is fully funded to allow participation by any qualified student, independent of family income. Complete program requirements and details are available at The application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31.

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Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Corporation Hires New Human Resources Director

The Cal Poly Corporation (CPC) has selected Jennifer Wharton as director of human resources. She is originally from Cambria and graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a degree in business administration. Wharton brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to the position, including seven years as human resources manager for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Prior to that she served as human resources manager for Stanislaus County. In 2009 Wharton and her family returned to Cambria, where she and her husband own and run 927 Beer Co. She joined the CPC team this January, succeeding Kacey Chun, who took a position as senior manager of personnel for Information Technology Services (ITS). The corporation is thrilled to bring Wharton’s skills and experience to head the Human Resources Department.

Make a New Year’s Resolution for Diversity and Inclusion

Sample of a poster to use for Inclusion Every Day, reading My Name is ... I'm working toward Inclusion Every Day in 2019 by ...January is the time for making resolutions and change for the coming year, so the College of Liberal Arts invites faculty and staff to participate in its New Year's Resolution campaign by making a resolution surrounding diversity and inclusion. The college encourages faculty and staff to fill out the resolution sign with a personal commitment to "Working Toward Inclusion Every Day," and post the sign on their door or window to show their plans for 2019. Suggestions include talking about your commitment toward developing your cultural competence, increasing your knowledge of inclusive teaching strategies ,or joining a book circle via CTLT on diversity and inclusion. Stating your commitment to learning more about inclusive design or supporting undocumented students and their communities are ways you can make a difference this year. Take a selfie with your resolution and share to social media using the hashtag #workingtowardinclusioneveryday.

Employee Parking Now Available in New K-2 Lot Behind North Mountain Residence Halls

Image of a map showing the 192 parking spaces in the newly designated K2 parking lot.Staff and faculty can now take advantage of a newly designated parking location near the core of campus. The newly designated K2 parking lot consists of the northern section of the R1 lot off Klamath and Truckee roads. The redesigned R1 parking lot consists of the southern two terraces of parking spaces located directly across Klamath Road from Trinity Hall, south of Mountain Lane. The K2 parking lot is designated as a staff/faculty lot from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The 192 parking spaces now available in the K2 lot were redesignated from the Grand Avenue structure over winter break to alleviate morning and evening traffic congestion. The unmarked spaces in the Grand Avenue structure will continue to be available to employee permit holders. The new K2 lot can be accessed via Village Drive and Mountain Lane from North Perimeter Road. For more details on available parking spaces in lots, visit the faculty and staff parking page at

Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s to be Held Jan. 17

Photo of tomatoes, feta, olive oil and Greek olives Myron’s will offer a Mediterranean meal for this month’s faculty and staff mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. The menu will include chicken or falafel lavash roll-ups with hummus, romaine and tomato, as well as Mediterranean meatballs, tomato and cucumber feta salad, tabbouleh salad, tzatziki, hummus, and baba ganoush, plus two glasses of beer or wine, all for only $5. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win lunch for two at Myron’s. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Rec Center. For additional information, visit

Applications Now Being Accepted for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards 

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize faculty members who are advancing Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy through research on Learn by Doing. The awards acknowledge scholarly research that goes beyond descriptive examples of Learn by Doing projects and recognizes how faculty are directly contributing to the pedagogical understanding and practice of Learn by Doing. There are two awards each year: the Completed Research Award of $2,000 recognizes research that has been externally reviewed and shared through publication or presentation, and the Proposed or In-progress Award of $1,000 recognizes promising research proposals or research in-progress and supports faculty in completing and sharing their findings. All current faculty members are eligible to apply for either award. Individual and team (collaborative) applications are welcome and may include students and non-Cal Poly researchers. Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. Monday, March 11. Applicants will be notified in May, and winners will be publicly recognized by the president during Fall Conference 2019. Application procedures and criteria for the award categories are available on the Kennedy Library website at The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards were established in 2014 and are financially supported by the Library Dean’s Advisory Council in recognition of the quality, significance and impact of Learn by Doing scholarship.

Center for Service in Action Seeking Proposals for 17th Annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference

Call for Proposals flyer for the Center for Service in Action Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference, with proposals due Jan. 27The Center for Service in Action is hosting the 17th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Conference on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23. The conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. Through guest speakers, inspiring workshops and engaging sessions, students will gain a newfound sense and understanding of social justice and how they can take ownership of their role to advance social change. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners and elected officials are invited to present on an array of topics during an hour-long workshop during the main event on Saturday. Workshop sessions will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Sessions will be sorted into tracks based on expected proficiency of attendees. Topic tracks from previous years include: de-stigmatization, Gender and Sexuality, Education and Campus Activism, Undocumented Ally Training, and Race and Leadership. A separate program proposal form for each proposed workshop will need to be submitted; the form can be downloaded from the CSQ website. Forms should be submitted by email to They are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Late proposals will not be accepted. Notification of proposals’ status will take place by Feb. 1 or sooner.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee Award

Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the university's 2018-19 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award. Nominees must have completed at least six months of part-time student employment during the academic year, June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019. Eligible candidates include state, ASI and Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. The 2018-19 Outstanding Student Employee will be announced in April. The winner is entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during the National Student Employment Week, the second week of April. To print the 2018-19 OSEY nomination form, go to, scroll down to "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year" and click on the link. Forms are due to Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 8. Questions? Contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or Faculty and staff members are asked to share this information with supervisors of student employees.  

Employees may be Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

File photo of College of Engineering students seated around a desk, talking and working on a project.The 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 Terizza Miller at

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee has announced a call for proposals for fiscal year 2019-20 for any activities seeking first-time recognition. An Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) is an extracurricular "out-of-class experience" that provides enrichment to students and enhances their learning at Cal Poly. IRAs are closely linked to an academic program and/or the University Learning Objectives, but IRA funds cannot be used to fund specific projects or field trips as part of an academic course. Forms, instructions and relevant information can be found at Proposals for new IRAs will be due to college deans by Feb. 1. The call for continued recognition and funding requests for currently recognized IRAs will go out separately in late January and are due in March.

Sign up for Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias Workshops 

Illustration-outline of two people talking to each other with thought bubbles over their heads.Sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias and Responding to Hidden Bias workshops will be available in January and February. 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 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 is encouraged at the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop 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? Contact Employee and Organization Development at or ext. 6-7478.    

Black Faculty and Staff Association Invites Campus Community to Winter MeetingsCal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association logo

The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is pleased to invite interested faculty and staff to their winter quarter meetings, which are scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in UU 219; Wednesday, Feb. 6,  in UU 216; and Wednesday, March 6, in UU 219.  The association’s vision, mission and events are available on the BFSA website. Questions? Contact co-chairs Bryan Hubain at and Camille O’Bryant at


Retired Faculty and Staff Club to Learn about Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex at Luncheon Feb. 27

Rendering of the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex on the Cal Poly campusJoin the Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club as it learns about the planned Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex, and get an update on the College of Liberal Arts at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Dairy Innovation Institute (No. 18-A). The program will include a luncheon and guest speakers Phil Bailey, director of Frost Endowment, who will provide an overview of the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex building; and Kathryn Rummell, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, who will provide highlights of the College of Liberal Arts and the Expressive Technology Studios (ETS) to be housed in the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex. Grounded in the Learn by Doing mission, the new ETS — located in the heart of campus — will create an interdisciplinary space that brings together technology with the liberal arts. More information about the ETS at The cost is $16. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148. RSVP by Feb.19.

Undergraduate Research's Coffee and Connections to be Held Jan. 25

Photo of a cup of coffee with Coffee & Connections event information Coffee and Connections is open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff to participate in conversation focused on undergraduate research and to connect aspiring undergraduate researchers to potential research mentors. The next Coffee and Connections event will be held from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 121. Feel free to stop by or stay the whole time. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the California State University-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) program at Cal Poly. Questions? Email or call ext. 6-2875.

Improved Website Shows When Courses Are Typically Offered 

The Office of the Registrar hosts a website that displays Term Typically Offered information for courses, using data provided by academic departments. The website, which has recently been improved, provides faculty and staff with a view of the same information available to students in their PolyPlanner. An academic department can request a customized feed of their courses to display and automatically refresh on its own website by sending an email to the Office of the Registrar at

Accessibility Workshops for Faculty To Be Offered in Winter 2019

Illustration of a keyboard with a green "access" keyCal 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 in winter 2019:
— Creating Accessible Course Materials: From Jan. 28 through Feb. 24, join your faculty peers in an online, four-week workshop to create accessible course materials. The 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.
 Self-Paced Accessibility Workshops: The CTLT also 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 among the following for winter 2019: 
— Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations
— Creating Accessible PolyLearn Pages
— Creating and Captioning Accessible Video

Learn About Digital Commons at Jan. 24 Workshop

 A Hands-on WorkshopJoin Academic and Scholarly Communication Services for a workshop called "Distinguish Your Researcher Presence" from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 24, in Kennedy Library Computer Lab 216B. In this workshop, you can learn about the benefits of contributing your scholarship and that of your students to Cal Poly’s institutional repository, Digital Commons. Faculty are often required to demonstrate the impact of their research on the curriculum, students, Cal Poly and academia in general. Digital Commons offers tools to help measure your research impact and increase it, including tools for tracking citations and documenting what types of organizations around the world are viewing and downloading your scholarship. Anyone with questions can email

'Disability Tapas' Offered Every Thursday

Disabilities come in many different forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for some snack-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. Presentations are geared toward faculty and staff and offered every Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 218 (attendance is also available via Zoom at Dates and topics are as follows:
— Jan. 17: Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Getting Good Grades with Gadgets 
— Jan. 24: Adjustment to Disability
— Jan. 31: Supporting Students with ADHD 
— Feb. 7: Supporting Students with Autism 
— Feb. 14: ADA/504 Accommodations: Equitable Access and Legal Considerations 
— Feb. 21: Accessible Learning Spaces: Addressing Mobility and Visual Access Needs 
— Feb. 28: Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities 
— March 7: Accessible Learning Spaces:  Addressing Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Student Needs
— March 14: Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome
For more information, contact the Disability Resource Center at or ext. 6-1395.

Five Crucial Skills: Principles of Supervision Workshop Offered by Employee Managing performance, developing direct reports, guiding and organizing the work, managing relationships and managing yourself. and Organization Development

Employee and Organization Development is offering another session of the highly regarded Principles of Supervision workshop, starting Jan. 31. Would you like to optimize your role as a supervisor? Are you interested in gaining additional skills to ensure the work gets done, to engage your people to perform, and to influence your group to work as a team? Recent workshop participants said they “can use these tips immediately,” and were excited “to put what (was) learned into action.” Principles of Supervision will offer helpful information, tools and techniques through four half-days running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb. 14, March 7 and March 21, in the University Police Building Training Room (No. 36, Room 105). Get more information and register here.

Proposals for Cal Poly Grant Program Due Feb. 7

The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program, supported by funds from the Provost’s Office and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, is intended to help faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The annual funding from the program is intended to provide more internal resources to help faculty pursue a broader array of professional activities. The deadline to submit proposals for 2019-20 is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.  For full application and submission instructions, visit the Office of Research and Economic Development website, find information on InfoReady, or call the office at ext. 6-5153.

Participate in New Book and Learning Circles this Winter

Image of the book cover of "White Fragility"Employee and Organization Development invites employees to participate in enriching conversations through a Book Circle, where participants read a book and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where they view a video or read an article before discussing as a group.
— Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three to four sessions. The first book is "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking" by Susan Cain. This book argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. The second book, "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo, draws on academic scholarship and her extensive experience as an educator on racial and social justice issues to explain the phenomenon of white fragility and to suggest ways to engage in more meaningful conversations about racism. The third book, "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman, states that our view of intelligence is too narrow and that our emotions offer insight into another kind of intelligence that marks people who excel, involving self-awareness, impulse control, persistence and empathy.
— Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article and participating in a discussion during a single session. The first Learning Circle, "Learning About the Brain Changes Everything," summarizes the practical implications of neuroscience research for our work and personal lives. The second Learning Circle is "How to Speak So that People Want to Listen," in which Julian Treasure explains why people may not be listening to you and demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with true empathy. The third 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. To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

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Catastrophic Leave

David Retz, lecturer in electrical engineering and computer science and software engineering, 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 Lani Woods at ext. 6-6320 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Information Security Forum on Data Privacy Set for Jan. 28 

Photo of an Apple iPhone in someone's hand.The Information Security Office will host a forum at 11:10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in UU 220 to help students, faculty and staff learn strategies for protecting their data and privacy. In the spirit of Data Privacy Day, which also falls on Jan. 28, the Information Security office hopes to raise awareness of privacy issues in our connected, digital, “always on” information age. Questions? Cntact Doug Lomsdalen at ext. 6-7686 or

Language Conversation Tables to Meet This Quarter

The German Conversation Table meets every other Thursday starting Jan. 17 from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, near Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library. The Italian Conversation Group will meet every Thursday starting from 5 to 6 p.m. in the World Languages Lab, Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 128. The Russian Conversation Table will meet every other Thursday starting Jan. 24 from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, in Kennedy Library. The Vietnamese Group meets every Friday at noon in the Center for Service in Action Lounge in the Science Building (No. 52) Room E22. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details are on the World Languages and Cultures Department website.

Save the Date for a Zero Waste Forum on Jan. 31

Photo of a booth during a past Zero Waste event.Join fellow faculty and staff for a forum on Zero Waste from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in UU 220. Zero Waste Coordinator Anastasia Nicole will give a presentation on progress made toward campus Zero Waste goals, and faculty and staff will present Learn By Doing Zero Waste projects involving students. Then participants will interact and discuss ideas to further Zero Waste in their departments or specialties, including how to engage students in these efforts. Students are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served; attendees are requested to RSVP so that organizers know how much food to order to maintain a Zero Waste event. For more information, contact Nicole at or ext. 6-1029.

Kick Off Your Fitness and Wellness Journey at the Recreation Center

Photo of people lifting weights during a fitness classIt’s a new year! Commit to reaching your 2019 goals with a membership to the Recreation Center, the premier destination for fitness, recreation, relaxation and wellness on campus. Members have access to state-of-the-art equipment, a variety of complementary group fitness classes, multiple exercise rooms, an indoor track, six gymnasium courts, six racquetball courts, equipment check-out at The Pro Shop, personal training, an Olympic-size lap pool, leisure pool, sand volleyball courts, recreation areas, relaxation zones, the ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park and rental center, wellness workshops, and ASI Recreational Sports programming including aquatics classes, scuba, specialized fitness and martial arts classes, ASI Intramural Sports and more. The cost is $45 per month for faculty, staff, administration and auxiliary employees, and $50 per month for alumni, emeritus, household and affiliates. Members can also sign up for one free personal training session with a nationally certified personal trainer at the Membership Services Desk. Stop by today for a tour, or purchase a day pass for $10 to experience all that the Recreation Center has to offer. Visit the Memberships page or contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or for more information.

Applications Due Jan. 21 for International Events and Activities Grant 

Cal Poly International Center logoThe International Center will award up to six $500 grants to support international events and activities that will take place during the 2018-19 academic year. Applications must be from an officially recognized club at Cal Poly. The deadline to apply is Jan. 21. Click here for more details. 

Extended Education to Offer Memoir Writing Workshop Feb. 9

Photo of a woman with a notebook and pen in her hand, looking out a window.Extended Education will offer a half-day Memoir Writing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9. The workshop will be led by New York Times bestselling memoirist Franz Wisner, who will teach writers of all levels the basics of penning a memoir about structure and story arcs, common do's and don'ts, character development, dialogue, description, editing, agents and publishing options, promotion and distribution. For more information, contact the Extended Education office ext. 6-2053 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to


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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.


Orchesis' Dance Concert ‘Tabula Rasa’ to Debut Jan. 18

The 49th annual Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company concert, "Tabula Rasa," will transform the stage into an open space. Guest artists, faculty and students have created pieces in multiple genres that embrace the idea of a blank slate, learned knowledge and perception. See the show on Jan. 18-19, and 24-26 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 19 at 2 p.m., in Spanos Theatre. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center website or at the PAC ticket office.

Lily Tomlin Comes to the PAC Jan. 18-19

Lily TomlinLily Tomlin performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Come for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. This unique comic artist takes her audience on what The Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. Her long list of awards includes a Grammy, two Tonys, six Emmys, an Oscar nomination, two Peabodys, and the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She currently stars on the Netflix hit “Grace & Frankie.” Don’t miss this warm and uniquely affecting experience filled with comical insights and wildly, witty observations about the human condition. An audience question-and-answer session will follow. The show is for ages 13 and older. Tickets range from $40-$80 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

MET Live in HD: 'La Traviata' at the PAC on Jan. 20Photo from the Metropolitan Opera's La Traviata

The Metropolitan Opera’s "La Traviata" will be screened live in HD at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo. Tickets are $12 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

Cal Poly to Present Bach Week Jan. 22-26

Graphic for Bach Week.The Music Department will present Bach Week Jan. 22-26. The first four events will take place on campus: at 6 p.m. Jan. 22, an Akademie lecture titled “Baroque Dance and the Cello Suite” will be presented by Catherine Turocy, a leading choreographer, reconstructor and stage director in 17th- and 18th-century period performance, and joined by cellist Barbara Spencer, in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Pavilion. At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, in the PAC Pavilion is a new Bach Week event: a chamber concert by cellists Spencer, Jeanne Shumway and Hilary Clark. At 11:10 a.m. Jan. 24, the guest artists of Mensa Sonora California will coach Cal Poly students in instrumental repertoire from the Baroque era in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). At 3:10 p.m. Jan. 24, guest artist Matthew Goinz will coach several Cal Poly voice students in repertoire from the Baroque era in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. The final three events will take place in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: At 7 p.m. Jan. 25, Bach Week Directors David Arrivée and Scott Glysson will give a free pre-concert talk on the Friday and Saturday concerts. A chamber concert titled “Music Royal and Divine” will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 25. At 8 p.m. Jan. 26, the week concludes with “Bach in the Mission IX: Music for the King.” More details are available in the news release. Admission to the campus events is free, though parking will be enforced. For more information on visitor parking on campus, visit Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services website. Tickets for the concerts are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Bach Week website or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406. 

National Geographic Live with Astronaut Terry Virts Comes to the PAC on Jan. 23

Terry VirtsNational Geographic Live — "Terry Virts: View from Above" begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Harold Miossi Hall. The event is co-presented by the Performing Arts Center and Cal Poly Arts. Virts always wanted to be an astronaut, so it’s not surprising to learn the former International Space Station commander’s favorite planet is Earth. It was when he was farthest away from his home that he most appreciated the beauty of our world, and he shares that perspective through stunning photos and videos he took through the station’s 360-degree viewing module. Tickets range from $17-$56 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849 or online on the PAC website.

Watch a Film About Pizza on Jan. 29

Close-up photo of several slices of pizza with text reading Free Film ShowingFilm director Matteo Troncone will screen his documentary "Arrangiarsi (Pizza and the Art of Living)" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Keck Lab (No. 7), Room 2 on campus. The documentary follows Matteo when life falls apart and he moves into a 1985 VW van. He traces his roots to Naples, the birthplace of pizza, and discovers "arrangiarsi," the art of making something from nothing. A question-and-answer session with Troncone will follow the screening. This World Languages and Cultures Department event is sponsored by the Frederic E. Steck Family Foundation. For more information, contact Teresiana Matarrese at ext. 6-2097 or

Robert E. Kennedy Library Conversations with Cal Poly Authors to Continue Feb. 22

 From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back."Katya Cengel, freelance writer and journalism lecturer at Cal Poly, will discuss her new book, "Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back," published by the University of Nebraska Press, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).  to Cengel has published in many high-profile publications, including The Washington Post, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. Margaret Bodemer, a specialist in Southeast Asia who teaches both Asian and American history at Cal Poly, will serve as Cengel’s conversational partner. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. More information about a this event can be found online here. Visit Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors to explore previous events and podcasts.

Event Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, Jan. 18
Wrestling vs. Northern Colorado, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24
Women’s Basketball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Men’s Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

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

#105143 — Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Advising. $4,179-$5,942 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,179-$4,300 per month.) Open until filled.   

#105153 — Academic Employment Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I). Academic Affairs — Academic Personnel. $2,846-$4,998 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,300-$3,800 per month.) Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 1.

#105154 — Human Resources Generalist (Confidential Admin Support II), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. $4,233-$9,514 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $6,250-$7,083 per month.) Open until filled.   

#105155 — Procurement Support Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Non-exempt), Administration and Finance — Strategic Business Services — Procurement Services. $3,288-$6,162 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,800-$4,800 per month.) Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application for any of the positions shown below. The complete listing of faculty position openings is posted on the website. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

#105150 — Tenure-Track Faculty, Associate/Full Professor in Wine Making Strategy, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, open until filled.

#105140 — Tenure-Track Faculty, Associate Professor of Material Engineering, College of Engineering, open until filled.

#104909 — Tenure-Track Faculty, Instructional Faculty in Accounting, Orfalea College of Business, open until filled.

#105118 — Tenure-Track Faculty Member in Educational Leadership and Administration, School of Education, College of Science and Mathematics, 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.

There are no listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

Building Service Worker (Recreational Sports), $15/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Food Program Supervisor (Children's Center), $17.50/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled. 

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

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