Cal Poly Report — Jan. 9, 2019 


Cal Poly Float Wins Extraordinaire Award at 2019 Rose Parade

Cal Poly Universities float in the 2019 Rose ParadeCal Poly universities’ “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of animated extraterrestrials on an alien planet communicating through music, received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary float at the 130th Rose Parade held New Year’s Day. The float, designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Cal Poly Pomona, celebrates this year’s parade theme, “The Melody of Life,” by paying homage to music as a language for all. “It’s the first time we’ve gotten this award, so we’re really excited about it,” said Sara Novell, a mechanical engineering senior who’s president of Cal Poly SLO Rose Float. On the float, astronauts Morgan and Sally travel deep into outer space and land on a distant alien planet. Unable to communicate through language, they use musical instruments to share their message of goodwill with a handful of aliens, leading to out-of-this-world fun and some Students pose with a California Grown Certified banner prior to the Rose Parade.unexpected good times. “The Cal Poly Rose Float is Learn by Doing on an international stage — one of our most well-known student-designed and built projects,” said President Armstrong, who was in Pasadena to watch the parade. The schools were also honored for their commitment to California’s flower farmers. It’s the eighth consecutive year the float has earned the “California Grown” designation from the California Cut Flower Commission. The Cal Poly universities’ float included 90 percent of cut flowers and plant materials from California — including some that were grown on the Cal Poly campus. Read the full news release here.

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

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

Provost 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.
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Cornel West to Headline Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Event Jan. 16 

Renowned educator, philosopher, author and activist Cornel West will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Chumash Auditorium. West is slated to speak around 7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Cross Cultural Centers, the dinner honors King’s legacy by inspiring transformational change and raising awareness about the lives and experiences of people of color at Cal Poly. West’s speech is part of a broader visit to campus that will include a “fireside chat” and other meetings with campus community members Jan. 16. 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. The dinner event will also include a silent auction to benefit the Evergreen Campaign, which supports the Cross Cultural Centers’ ongoing programming, services and educational opportunities for students. Tickets to the Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner are $90 per person, $700 per table, or $1,000 per “gold sponsor” table, which includes an autographed book by West. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Cal Poly Partners with SLO Noor Foundation to Provide Mobile Health Clinic in Northern Santa Barbara County

Photo of the mobile clinic, which will be offered in a repurposed RV.Cal Poly recently partnered with the SLO NOOR Foundation to provide free medical care to uninsured mothers and infants in Santa Maria and Guadalupe in a mobile clinic four days a week. Services will include obstetrics and gynecology, women's health, family medicine, nursing and pediatrics. Local nurses, doctors, physician assistants, social workers and Dignity Health medical residents are helping staff the Mobile Health Unit, which is funded by private donations. Patients may receive care in the repurposed RV in English, Spanish and Mixtec languages. The mobile clinic will provide services at eight sites in Santa Maria on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, and at two locations in Guadalupe on Mondays and Thursdays — so that uninsured families and migrant workers will have more convenient access to health care. Sponsors hope that access to prenatal care will lead to fewer pregnancy and delivery complications. Staff will also provide programs that could lead to healthier weight and eating habits for moms and infants. “Research indicates that mobile health clinics have helped prevent emergency room visits and improved access to care,” said Suzanne Phelan, director of the Center for Health Research at Cal Poly and the lead on the project. “These results translate into savings as high as $20 for every dollar invested in a mobile unit.” Read the full news release here.

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.

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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.

Environmental Health and Safety and Students Team Up on Cal Poly Creamery Safety Enhancement Project

Photo of BRAE students on the bridge above the truck so they can easily access the top hatch.A group of BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE) students recently finished construction on a safety enhancement project at the Cal Poly Creamery, with help from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). A group of seniors saw a safety flaw when observing how milk is extracted from trucks for testing and decided to design a safer, more efficient process. Before milk can be used to make dairy products at the creamery, it must be tested to meet several qualifications. In order to extract milk from the truck for testing, student assistants climb to the top of the 10-foot truck with a sterile ladle, gather a sample from the hatch at the top, and then descend the ladder, being careful to keep the sample safe. The BRAE students saw this procedure as a problem waiting to happen and consulted EHS in creating a better design. The campus creamery now has a truck pull-up spot where a bridge sits above the truck with a platform, stairs, guardrails and handrails so creamery staff can easily access the truck’s top hatch, gather a sample, and safely come back down a set of stairs. EHS played a big role in the design process, helping the students assure each element met California building code requirements and California Occupational Safety and Health regulations. Environmental Health Specialist Tim Hastings assisted the students in meeting these requirements, including height and width of the stairs and bridge, as well as earthquake stability regulations.

Cal Poly’s 10th CubeSat Mission Blasts Off From New Zealand in December

A student at the student-run PolySat research labAfter a weather delay, Cal Poly’s milestone 10th CubeSat mission launched Dec. 15 from New Zealand to study radio wave interference in the ionosphere — the first time NASA CubeSats will have a dedicated ride to orbit on a commercial launch vehicle. ISX, or Ionospheric Scintillation explorer, is a three-unit CubeSat, a class of mini-satellites (built in 10-centimeter units), that is about the size of a loaf of bread. “This was a big mission for us with a tight schedule,” said Grigory Heaton, a senior studying aerospace engineering and physics, who is the co-mission lead for the ISX mission for PolySat, the student-run research lab. “Most of the assembly occurred last winter. It’s awesome that we get to have this spacecraft launched while most of the students who worked on the assembly itself are still here at Cal Poly.” ISX will be launched into an orbit with an altitude of about 500 kilometers — about 30 miles higher than the team’s last satellite, DAVE, or Damping and Vibrations Experiment, which launched in September from Vandenberg Air Force Base. ISX will be “in a fairly polar orbit, so the satellite will fly over almost all points on Earth at some point,” Heaton said. The project began in 2015 as a joint effort with SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization. The satellite was funded by the National Science Foundation. SRI developed the payload design and construction, and the interpretation of mission data. PolySat students handled the CubeSat design and construction and, upon ISX reaching orbit, will conduct the ground station operations, Heaton said. Read the full news release.

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Faculty & Staff

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

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

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.  

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. 10: Supporting Students with Autism 
— 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

New workshop on 'Interpersonal Workplace Relationships' to be Held Jan. 30-Feb. 27

Photo of people working together at a desk in a work environment.Extended Education will offer a new workshop on how to create and nurture workplace relationships. “Interpersonal Workplace Relationships” will be held Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. from Jan. 30 through Feb. 27. In this 10-hour program, Program Coordinator Sara Ahmadi, Ph.D., will present techniques to examine and develop workplace relationships through the lens of transpersonal psychology. The workshop will focus on learning more about ourselves in our workplace, troubleshooting the existing issues/problems, developing a holistic understanding of the issues from different perspectives, practicing how to address the issues and building more creative, efficient and compassionate relationships at work. Members of the same department or cross-department work groups are encouraged to take the course together. Complete the course and earn 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit). For more information, contact the Extended Education office at ext. 6-2053 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to

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Catastrophic Leave

Lilianne Tang, student services professional in Dean of Students — Cross Cultural Centers, 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 Laurie Kobliska at ext. 6-5833 or to request a donation form.

Pedro Andres, custodian in Facilities Management — Custodial Services, 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 Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

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.

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Updated Hours of Operation for Cal Poly Key Shop 

Effective Jan. 7, the Key Shop will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Questions? Contact the Facilities Help Center at ext. 6-5555 or, or the Key Shop at ext. 6-5220 or


Photo of torsos of two people sitting opposite each other, gesturing with handsDo you need legal advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to current students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a free 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. No matter what the issue, advice and guidance is available. Winter quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, and March 8. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office conference room located on the second floor of the McPhee University Union in Room 212.

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.


Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Benefit Recital Jan. 11

Music Department Chair W. Terrence SpillerPianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give a benefit recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the Spanos Theatre. The first half of Spiller’s program will feature works by three distinctly different composers: J.S. Bach, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Béla Bartók. The first work is one of Bach’s most popular suites, the English Suite in G MinorBWV 808. The second work is the poetic “Notturno,” by Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant and prodigiously talented sister. The first half will close with Bartók’s early 20th-century work, “15 Hungarian Peasant Songs.” The second half explores works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, all of which have a connection to his close friend, the great Viennese violinist Fritz Kreisler. The first work is the monumental “Variations on a Theme of Corelli.” Dedicated to Kreisler, this work’s theme is the iconic tune “La Folia.” The recital closes with transcriptions by Rachmaninoff of two short character pieces by Kreisler: “Liebesfreud” (“Love’s Sorrow”) and “Liebeslied” (“Love’s Joy”). Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406. 

Jon Batiste To Perform at the PAC on Jan. 12

Jon BatisteJon Batiste performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Harold Miossi Hall. Presented by Cal Poly Arts, this unique, intimate solo piano concert marks Batiste’s Central Coast debut. There’s something utterly awe-inspiring about Jon Batiste’s combination of exuberant charisma, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style. In a flash, he transitions from belting a note to busting a dance move to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard) to commanding the piano with virtuosic skill and artistry. The New Orleans-bred, New York-based musician balances a demanding international performance schedule with his role as bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and artistic director at large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Tickets range from $41-$57 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.

Joshua Stafford Organ Recital to be Held at the PAC on Jan. 13

Joshua StaffordOrganist Joshua Stafford performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Harold Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts. Praised for his meticulous technique, innate musicality and constant musical engagement, Stafford has been winning competitions and winning over audiences around the country. Already in demand as a recitalist, improviser and choral accompanist known for his technically flawless and nuanced performances, Stafford has performed at many notable venues and was the 2016 first-place winner of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. Stafford’s afternoon concert will include Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture” and “Allegro” from Symphony No. 8, Franck’s Final in B-flat, Vierne’s “Romance” from Organ Symphony No. 4, and various works by Liszt. Tickets are $28 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. 

Career Retrospective 'Pilgrim’s Process: The Poetry of Michael Hannon' Runs Through March 29

 The Poetry of Michael HannonSpecial Collections and Archives in Kennedy Library presents more than five decades of creative output by the California-born, Los Osos-based poet Michael Hannon. "Pilgrim's Process" celebrates Hannon’s craft and reveals the processes of writing, rewriting, interpreting, collaborating and making that have resulted in numerous limited-edition books, chapbooks and broadsides. Generous loans from the archives of the poet and his closest collaborators enrich the exhibit, which is punctuated by poetry-infused sculpture, mail art, and altered objects. In addition to original manuscripts, letters and notebooks, the exhibit displays a generous selection of journals, magazines, annuals and trade publications. Highlights include detailed explorations of key works such as "Burn Down the Zendo" (Ninja Press), "The Sea Gazer" (Turkey Press), "Seeking the Open Heart" (Simplemente Maria Press), "Pilgrim's Process" (Hoopsnake Press), and "The Color of Smoke" (El Moro Press and Blue Earth Press). A reading by Hannon filmed at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos is also featured. Special Collections and Archives is located on the fourth floor of Kennedy Library (No. 35). Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (Artwork from "Pilgrim’s Process" used with permission from William T. Wiley.)

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. 11
Wrestling vs. CSU Bakersfield, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12
Swimming and Diving vs. UC San Diego, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18
Wrestling vs. Northern Colorado, 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. 

#105020 — Financial Manager (Administrator I), AFD — Facilities. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#105151 — Campus Photographer (Media Production Specialist I), Academic Affairs — University Marketing. $2,923-$5,417 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,583-$5,417 per month.) Open until filled.   

#105152 — University Accounting and Reporting Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Non-Exempt). Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services. $3,288-$6,162 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,800-$4,700 per month.) Open until filled.  

#105137 — Office Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I). Student Affairs — University Housing — Operations. $2,846-$4,998 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,846-$4,915 per month.) Open until filled. 

#105124 — Administrative Support Assistant II, Academic Affairs — College of Architecture and Environmental Design — Architectural Engineering. $2,600-$4,458 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,000-$3,400 per month.) Open until filled.  

#105147 — Parking Community Service Specialist — (Community Service Specialist I), Administration and Finance — UPD — Transportation and Parking Services. $2,600-$4,370 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,800-$4,200 per month.) Open until filled.  

#105148 — Director of Parent Philanthropy — (Administrator I), University Development. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. (Anticipated hiring range: $5,417-$6,667.) Review begins Jan. 21.

#105125 — Physician Assistant, Student Affairs — Health Services. $5,690-$10,659 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $7,500-$7,917 per month.) Open until filled. Review began Dec. 31. This position is paid under the 10/12 pay plan, where the salary for 10 months is distributed over 12 months. The salary listed above is the salary that will be received every month. The incumbent will have two months off, to be determined by the medical director at the date of hire (with pay, benefits and vacation/sick leave accrual continuing through months off).

#105145 — Lead Custodian, Student Affairs — University Housing — Custodial Operations. $2,713-$4,988 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,000-$3,650 per month). Open until filled.

#105133 — Program Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Student Affairs — New Student and Transition Programs. $2,846-$4,998 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $2,846-$3,500 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.

#105144 — Tenure-Track Faculty, Associate/Full Professor of Environmental Policy, Law and Justice, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, open until filled.

#105142 — Tenure-Track Faculty, Associate/Full Professor in Soil Ecology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, open until filled.

#105141 — Tenure-Track Faulty, Associate/Full Professor of Soil Resources Management, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, open until filled.

#105139 — Temporary Full-Time Lecturer/Associate Director of Bands, College of Liberal Arts — Music, open until filled.

#105135 — Tenure-Track Faculty, Assistant Professor of Architectural History, Theory and Criticism, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, open until filled.

#105138 — Tenure-Track Faculty, Associate Professor — Heavy Civil Construction, College of Engineering, 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.

Salad Maker, Cal Poly Campus Dining, $14-$16.19 per hour.

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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