Cal Poly Report — June 12, 2019 

Cal Poly Report will be published monthly during the summer, on July 10, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4.


Spring Great Grads Look Back on Struggles, Accomplishments and Forward to Their Futures 

Pictured clockwise from top left, Mia Alexander, James Carlson, Aubree Charlesworth, Antonio Aguilar Gomez, Sherry Saroufeem and Jorge Valdez
More than 5,100 graduates are eligible to take part in Commencement on June 15 and 16. They will address the world’s problems with innovation, creativity and confidence earned through their Learn by Doing education. Each of this year’s graduates has a unique story of success and perseverance, along with thoughts on how their university experience has shaped them as they prepare to make their way in the world. Meet six outstanding members of the Class of 2019:
Mia Alexander might be the Class of 2019’s comeback kid. The sociology major never believed that one day she would be “walking as a Mustang and a graduate of Cal Poly,” nor that a story of lost potential could both turn around and have a happy ending.
James Carlson, an environmental earth science major, applied to Cal Poly in 2011 as an economics major but decided to attend Allan Hancock College “to figure out exactly what I was passionate about.” He transferred from Hancock in fall 2017.
— As a teenager, Aubree Charlesworth couldn’t wait to get out of the classroom; as a future elementary school teacher, she’s eager to get back in. On June 15, Charlesworth will complete the second of her three-stage goal at Cal Poly: receiving her multiple subject teaching credential.
— Antonio Aguilar Gomez’s trajectory is now clear. After graduation, the computer science major and first-generation college student from Los Angeles will begin his career as a software engineer working for Microsoft Azure — Microsoft Corp.’s growing cloud computing service, in Redmond, Washington.
— As a high school student in Cairo, Egypt, Sherry Saroufeem knew she wanted to study construction management. She just didn’t know where — certainly she didn't think that it would be halfway across the world at a school known for Learn by Doing.
— Jorge Valdez already has post-retirement plans: Launching a nonprofit organization “to help as many people from different areas possible” and “maybe one day start a financial planning and wealth management firm that tailors to low-income communities.” The 22-year-old business administration major may have to hurry; he hopes to retire by age 35.
Read the full profiles here.

Cal Poly Collaborates with Amazon Web Services to Launch Initiative for Harnessing Satellite Data to Solve Global Challenges

Cal Poly announced the Satellite Data Solutions (SDS) Initiative built on Amazon Web Services to harness data from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to address the planet’s most critical challenges. These challenges include forecasting natural disasters and assessing their impact, helping relief workers seek alternative access routes for delivering cargo or medical supplies, and weather tracking in order to alert ships and aircraft. The initiative, which was announced at the AWS Public Sector Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C., is part of the Digital Transformation Hub (DxHUB) that was formed by Cal Poly and AWS to solve real-world challenges by providing innovation guidance to public sector organizations and their experts while offering Cal Poly student’s hands-on learning experience. As the number and variety of satellites increases and new capabilities to perform data analytics evolves, there are tremendous opportunities to improve access to data collected by space-based platforms. With that data, it’s possible to provide services not previously available to the public, including rapid assessment of areas impacted by natural disasters such as tornados or earthquakes. Read the news release.

Share Your Thoughts in Customer Satisfaction Survey and Win

Graphic reading Tell us and Win! Administration and Finance Customer Satisfaction SurveyAdministration and Finance wants to hear from you. Now through June 19, all students, faculty and staff have an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences with all things A&F. This confidential survey will help determine which areas, including Human Resources, Facilities, Police Services, and every other unit and department within A&F, are performing well or may need improvement. The survey is accessible through a personalized link that was emailed to all students, faculty and staff on May 28. The email will come from AFD Customer Satisfaction Survey. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder. The feedback and input from these surveys will help A&F create a better campus climate through improved services and new amenities. Participants are being asked to rate only the departments from which they have received services. Each time a participant completes a survey their name will be added into a drawing for a chance to win one of nearly 75 gifts, including Starbucks gift cards, tickets to shows at the Performing Arts Center, gift baskets, free meals at 805 Kitchen, and a week’s entry into the Cal Poly Recreation Center. Tell us and win.

Campus Community Members Recognized at 2019 LEAD Awards

Students, faculty and staff are pictured during the 2019 Leadership and Engagement Achievements of Distinction (LEAD) AwardsThe Dean of Students offices, in partnership with ASI and University Honors, recognized students, student organizations, faculty and staff during the 2019 Leadership and Engagement Achievements of Distinction (LEAD) Awards on May 20. The four categories of awards and award winners are:
— Leadership in Action: students Manmit Chahal, Hannah Simon, Sarah Galicinao, Zoha Qader, Sam Rolander, and Grace Van Kirk.
— Event of Excellence: Xicanx Youth Conference, A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss, PolyCultural Weekend, OWN: Originial Womxn’s Narratives, and Defining Her Future: A Women in Leadership Conference.
— Collaboration: Alpha Chi Omega, The Garden Club, and students Gabriel Medina-Kim and Monique Rea.
— Allyship: Fraternity and Sorority Life recognizes Beya Montero, lead coordinator of Cross Cultural Centers; Center for Service in Action recognizes Experience Industry Management Department part-time lecturer Jenn Prentice and Assistant Professor Andrew Lacanienta; Clubs and Organizations recognizes Sheri Boscaro, executive director for accounting excellence in the Orfalea College of Business, and Ryan Baker, ASI coodinator of event management; Center for Leadership recognizes Nate Alcorn, senior coordinator for New Student and Transition Programs, and Solina Lindahl, adjunct economics faculty member; and the Cross Cultural Centers recognize Heather Domonoske, lead coordinator of the Center for Leadership, and Dean Wendt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

Cal Poly to Host Paradise Students, 28 Other Teams at Statewide Cybersecurity Championship June 21-23

Students from Achieve Charter School in Paradise, California, participated in a regional cyber competition in spring 2019.For the third straight year, Cal Poly will host hundreds of high school and middle school students and test their ability to solve cybercrimes in the California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) on June 21-23. For the first time, students from Achieve Charter School of Paradise, California, will take part — less than a year after the Camp Fire destroyed more than 18,800 structures in Butte County last November, including the students’ homes and school. The team is comprised of six middle school students. “They are so excited about the competition,” said Jorge Rojas, the team’s coach and middle school history teacher at Achieve Charter, which is now holding classes in portable trailers behind a church in Chico. “They already know that they really enjoy technology. Now they can understand that they can actually do a lot with it if they want to pursue it as a career.” Achieve Charter competed in a regional California Mayors Cyber Cup event in the spring, with the middle school team — pictured in the photo — placing first. Twenty-nine high school and middle school teams from across the state will compete in two divisions at the CCIC, a California-focused, statewide cybersecurity championship competition that aims to deepen students’ interest in the growing field of cybersecurity. The competition embodies Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing motto, as students experience live, immersive environments representing real-world scenarios. Learn more by reading the news release or visiting the CCI website.

Next Cal Poly Farmers Market Set for June 18

Photo from the first Cal Poly Farmers Market on Mustang Way showing several booths and people purchasing vegetables.Campus Health and Wellbeing continues to host the Cal Poly Farmers Market on the first and third Tuesdays of the month on Mustang Way (near the University Union and Mott Lawn) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The next market will be held June 18; the market will run from June through November. It will feature 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. Read the full news release.

University Union Starbucks to Close During Renovation

Rendering of the renovated Starbucks coffee shopThe Starbucks located inside the University Union will be closed for construction starting Monday, June 17, and re-open in late September. But worry not — starting that same morning, the Starbucks truck will be 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 (Building 65), the Dining Complex (Building 19), and the University Union Plaza, into a cohesive “University Union Neighborhood.”

Cal Poly Choral Conductor and Students to Travel to Kenya in July

From left to right, Scott Glysson, Jenna Hansen, Mady Frei, Zahra Rothschild, Sheridan Liaw, Erin Ichimura, Michaela Donofrio, India D’AvignonScott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities, will travel to Kenya July 1-8 to lead a choral conducting workshop in Nairobi at the invitation of the Kenyan government and Kenyatta University. Six Cal Poly students will accompany him and give a performance with members of Kenyan choirs. This will be a return visit to Kenya for Glysson, who first traveled there in September as a U.S. representative in the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program. Glysson will lead a weeklong choral conducting workshop for conductors in and around Nairobi. During the workshop, Kenyan conductors will have an opportunity to conduct a lab choir comprised of several Kenyan choral groups and Cal Poly students, while Glysson will coach them on gesture, technique and style. The workshop will culminate in a concert. The students, all music majors studying voice, are Michaela Donofrio of San Antonio; Mady Frei, of Elk Grove, California; Jenna Hansen, of Sacramento, California; Sheridan Liaw, of Newark, California; and Erin Ichimura and Zahra Rothschild, both of San Francisco. Music Professor India D’Avignon, the Music Department’s incoming chair, will accompany the group. 

New Campus Administrative Policy Available for Review

Visit the CAP website for details about Campus Administrative Policy 322.1, Donor Funded Construction Project Policy. The policy will be added to the Facilities Planning and Capital Projects section of CAP 320. The policy is under review until July 12. Employees may submit comments until that date. Visit to read the policy and learn how to provide input.

Chumash Auditorium Renovation and Alternative Venue Scheduling

Photo of the interior of Chumash AuditoriumIn October, ASI will begin a renovation of Chumash Auditorium and lounge spaces on the second floor of the University Union. The auditorium is expected to be closed for renovation from Oct. 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Upgrades to the auditorium include improved lighting, an extended stage, green room, live-streaming capabilities, acoustic partitions and a check-in counter. The Cal Poly Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center (MAC) has been designated as an alternative event venue during this time. Department reservations can be submitted for the 2019–20 academic year beginning June 15. Contact your scheduling entity to submit requests. For updated information on ASI-managed facility projects, visit the ASI projects website. For questions regarding reservations in ASI-managed facilities, contact Facility Scheduling Assistant Coordinator Jessica Twaddle at

Volunteers Needed for Cal Poly Thrift

Students pose under a sign reading Save the World, Shop CP Thrift.Students, staff and faculty can help make campus move out more sustainably. Move-out is one of the most wasteful times of year, as many items that could be reused often get tossed into the landfill bins. This year, Cal Poly Thrift hopes to divert materials from the landfill waste stream, and they are in need of volunteers to help. Shifts are available now through June 15, but help is especially needed on Saturday, June 14. Sign up here to volunteer. Students moving out can consider donating resuable items to CP Thrift. Click here for a complete list of acceptable items to donate and donation locations. Questions? Contact CP Thrift coordinator Darin Son at

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Student Success

Thesis Show for Graduating Art and Design Seniors Runs Through June 14

 Globs,  Gloops, Gradients.Graduating seniors with concentrations in studio art, photography and video, and graphic design will display their most accomplished and current work during the BFA Show in the University Art Gallery through June 14. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, in University Art Gallery, located in the Dexter Building (No. 34). The show exhibition, titled "What the Wall Said," is free and open to the public. Come witness the culmination and refinement of the variety of skills taught in the Art and Design Department. Works will be shown by Rachel Alman, Kori Tyler Bartlett, Victoria Berceau, Riley Chapman, Christopher Dahl, Alexa De Cardenas, Melanie DelaCruz, Claire Ferguson, Nick Imbriale, Devin Jane, Elvis Li, Eva Olsen, Emily Musgrove, Ian Pearman, Kaiya Peralta, Linda Polley-Wald, Mary Powell, Haley Sylvers, Hannah Travis, Michelle Leigh Watson and Grace Wodecki. Learn more at (Sylvers is pictured with her pieces, from left to right: Globs, Gloops, Gradients.)

Students Take Top Honors at CFA Investment Research Challenge

Students from the Orfalea College of Business pose for a photo with finance Professor Cyrus Ramezani.Two student teams from the Orfalea College of Business participated in the CFA Institute's Research Challenge competition sponsored by the CFA Society of San Francisco. Kourtney Brunings, Shanon Darley, Francesca Gilles, Junai Testa, Sid Toriggino, Liam Dunn, Ziad Hijazi, Scout Hollister, and Sean Burke represented Cal Poly at the event in San Francisco. The students competed against teams from Northern California universities. The competitors were charged with analyzing and making buy/sell/hold recommendations for the Gap Inc. (Stock Symbol GPS). The Cal Poly teams took second and fourth place among 17 teams. The students were advised by finance Professor Cyrus Ramezani and finance alumnus Scott B. Kirk (CFA, '05).

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Faculty & Staff

Faculty Promotion and Tenure Awards Announced

President Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have announced the promotion of 59 faculty members and the award of tenure to 31 faculty members effective in the 2019-20 academic year. The promotions include 31 to the academic rank of professor, and 28 to the rank of associate professor. Armstrong and Enz Finken extend their congratulations and appreciation to those faculty members receiving promotion and/or tenure. Find the complete listing here.

2019 Learn by Doing Scholar Award Winners Announced

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize and encourage faculty scholarship on the pedagogy of Learn by Doing across all disciplines. 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. The winners of the 2019 Learn by Doing Scholar Award for Completed Research are Javier de la Fuente, Ph.D., assistant professor of industrial technology and packaging; Irene Carbonell, lecturer of industrial technology and packaging, and Mary LaPorte, Ph.D., professor of graphic design, for their paper titled “Design Thinking as a Framework for Teaching Packaging Innovation.” The article discusses a long-term pedagogical study to improve creativity and innovation of student work in a design-related discipline by developing and providing students with a Design Thinking Project-Based Learning framework. The winner of the Learn by Doing Scholar Award for Proposed and In-progress Research is Sara Bartlett, lecturer in the Psychology and Child Development Department, for her research on the “Effectiveness of Intergenerational Service Learning Programs for Psychology of Aging.” Ideally this work will provide support for Cal Poly curricular revisions to enhance and expand students’ knowledge and attitudes about aging. These revisions may enable more students to work in critical professions as Baby Boomers age and demand more support services. The winners will be publicly recognized during Fall Conference. For more details, visit

Maren Hufton Named Director of Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator

Maren HuftonMaren Hufton has been appointed director of Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX coordinator and will begin July 1. Under the direction of Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Personnel Al Liddicoat, Hufton will be responsible for implementing student, employee and third-party equity policies and procedures that comply with federal and state and CSU non-discrimination and affirmative action laws and policies. Hufton is a partner at Stradling, a law firm headquarted in Newport Beach, where she has practiced for more than a decade. An experienced litigator and corporate attorney, Hufton focused on investigations and compliance counseling, serving as a subject matter expert on investigation technique and best practices, and advised clients and colleagues regarding building a culture of compliance, managing risk, establishing internal controls and addressing employment matters. Hufton holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor's degree in history from UC Davis.

Rachell Smith Joins California Center for Construction Education Team

Rachell SmithRachell Smith has been named program manager of the California Center for Construction Education (CCCE), an educational outreach unit in the Construction Management Department. A primary goal of the CCCE is to establish and sustain high levels of engagement with the architecture, engineering and construction industry. In her new role, Smith will serve as the connector between student studies, the construction management faculty, and industries serving the built environment. As a third-generation graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in graphic design and a minor in graphic communication, Smith is familiar with the Cal Poly community. She is also the daughter of a construction management alumnus. Post-graduation, she worked in advertising in San Francisco before returning to San Luis Obispo to work for a multimedia company.  Her most recent San Luis Obispo-based position was with Collaboration Business Consulting, where she managed a portfolio of more than 500 small- to medium-sized businesses and acted as their advocate and liaison. During her tenure at Collaboration, Smith built strong relationships within the construction/manufacturing industries in San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles. Read the news release.

Professor Wins Outstanding Education Award at International Builders Show

Scott Kelting, left, and an unidentified woman, as he receives an Outstanding Education Award at a show in Las Vegas.Construction management faculty member Scott Kelting was awarded the Outstanding Education Award by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapters program. The award recognizes and encourages high-quality standards in teaching construction education. “This is a well-deserved award for Dr. Kelting,” Construction Management Department Head Allan Hauck said. “He has led our efforts in developing innovative coursework related to the housing industry and the construction management practices for residential development. His students recognize Scott’s expertise in these areas and appreciate his dedication to this field.” Educators are recognized for their voluntary extracurricular activities, including those with construction industry organizations, as well as their construction experience and professional initiatives. Kelting, who has taught at Cal Poly since 2007, serves as faculty advisor to the Real Property Development Minor, the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, and the NAHB and Associated Schools of Construction student competition teams. Kelting’s research and professional development is focused on housing. Kelting received the award at the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in February.


The 2018-19 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awardee Announced

Lauren KologziejskiThe Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. This year’s awardee is Lauren Kolodziejski, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Communication Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts. As highlighted in the nominations received, Kolodziejski has a great impact on the success of her students, fostering professional growth and encouraging them to strive for success both personally and academically. She will be recognized at the Fall Conference general session in September, will receive a cash stipend, and will have an award citation posted in Kennedy Library. For more information on this year’s outstanding faculty awardee as well as past winners, visit the Academic Advising website.

Mark Your Calendar for University Marketing's Brand Trainings July 23-24

University Marketing will share guidelines on the narrative and visual expressions of the refreshed Cal Poly brand at training events on July 23 and 24. Sessions will cover topics ranging from strategic planning to graphic design, storytelling and web strategy. Faculty, staff and student assistants can sign up for the trainings and to receive email updates on the brand and the training sessions. Members of the campus community can expect to see the refreshed branding in action beginning this fall. Faculty and staff can also explore more details about each step in the 18-month brand development process on the University Marketing Wiki. Anyone with questions about the brand strategy project can check out a brief Q&A on the University Marketing website or send an email to

TAPS Shares Updates on Upcoming License Plate Recognition Launch

Text reading License Plate RecognitionThis summer, Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) will launch license plate recognition (LPR) software that will make the parking operation more sustainable and improve the parking experience for faculty and staff throughout campus. This new technology coincides with staff multi-year permits expiring on June 30, 2019. All faculty and staff on payroll deduction must update vehicle and mailing information using this link before June 30. Once updated, a permit will be mailed. The physical permit will need to be displayed in the vehicle throughout the summer months. Starting with the 2019-20 academic year, faculty and staff may begin to transition into the permitless LPR system and will have until the end of fall quarter to complete the switch. Going permitless means your physical permit will not be necessary, your license plate becomes your permit. This requires an accurate license plate in your parking account to remain compliant. Anyone with a parking permit will need to ensure that the vehicle they drive to campus is registered in the permitless system by Dec. 20. To register, log into your parking account.

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.

Earn Continuing Education Units with the Cal Poly Learning Hub

Photo of Bishop Peak with text over it reading Cal Poly Learning HubThe Cal Poly Learning Hub can help participants earn continuing education units (CEUs) that recognize time and effort spent in sharpening professional skills. CEUs are offered for many professional organizations, including the Project Management Institute (PMI), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and CompTIA. To find these courses in the Learning Hub,log in at Under "My Apps," select the "Cal Poly Learning Hub," and then select the "Library" icon and choose the "Certification" link. For more information, visit the Learn and Grow website. To receive more tips like this, sign up for the monthly Learn and Grow Newsletter.

Share Your Input on a New Year of Workshops

Photo of a group of young smiling people with arms outstretched toward the viewerEmployees can join Human Resources each month at lunchtime for a variety of workshops designed to support well-being and work/life balance. Human Resources is in the planning stages for the 2019-20 academic year and would like to hear what topics are of interest to employees. Click here to vote for your favorite topics or add suggestions. The workshops are hosted by Human Resources and presented by Empathia/Life Matters Employee Assistance Program.

Give Feedback to Career Services on Fellowship Education Program

Text reading Cal Poly Career Services Fellowships!Career Services offers customized appointments and programming to support students who apply for fellowships to fund international experiences, undergraduate research, service and leadership opportunities, and graduate school. Faculty and staff in every department guide students in applying for fellowships. The Career Services Fellowship Education Program needs your help to measure students’ fellowship outcomes and track the fellowship advising happening throughout campus. If you supported a student in applying for a fellowship this year, reach out to Ashley Eberle, fellowship program coordinator, at or ext. 6-5962 to have a brief conversation that will help Career Services better understand advising efforts happening campuswide.

Tech Checkout to Switch to Summer Hours

The Tech Checkout counter in the Old Natatorium Building (No. 46) will be closed from Monday through Friday, June 17-21, for the academic holiday. It will also observe a reduced summer schedule from Monday, June 24, through Wednesday, Sept. 18. Stop by the Old Natatorium between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday this summer to check out laptops, cameras, audio equipment and more. You can reserve items online at Questions? Contact the ITS Service Desk at or ext. 6-7000.

New Book and Learning Circles Set for Summer

Photo of the book cover of "Daring Greatly"Employee and Organization Development has announced its summer 2019 Book and Learning Circles. Employees are invited to participate in enriching conversations in a Book Circle, where attendees read a book and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where participants view a video or read an article before discussing as a group.
— Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three sessions. The first book, "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown, works to dispel the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. The second book is "Crucial Conversations" by Kerry Patterson and colleagues. A “crucial conversation” is defined as one in which the stakes are high, the participants have different perspectives/opinions and emotions run strong. The book focuses on mastering crucial conversations to get things done while building relationships.
— Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article and participating in a discussion during a single session. In the first learning circle, "Three Questions That Will Positively Change the World," Shola Richards introduces three transformative questions that will positively transform how we work, live and lead and a way to ensure that people stay committed to putting strategies into action. The second learning circle is "Listening to Shame" with Brené Brown, who humorously and vulnerably explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. To view a full description and to register, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

New Voicemail System Coming July 16

Installation of a new Cal Poly voicemail system is planned for Tuesday, July 16. No impact to phone service is anticipated, however, mailbox options will change and anyone with a campus phone number will be prompted to record a new outgoing message once the new system is in place. Any saved voicemails on the current system will still be accessible through Oct. 31. More information will be shared as the installation date nears. Anyone with questions can contact their area telephone coordinator or the Service Desk at

Webcasts on Personal and Professional Success Offered Monthly for All Employees 

Graphic for CSU's Got Talent training showing a film scrollAll employees are invited to join Employee and Organization Development as it presents monthly webcasts from the CSU's Got Talent series. These live webcasts feature innovative and essential training for professional and personal success. The webcasts will be held from 10-11 a.m. in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 125. Alternatively, these webcasts can be viewed independently from a desktop computer or phone. Visit to view the webinar independently. Select a link to register for a specific webcast:
— "Finding Confidence in Conflict." July 30 from 10 to 11 a.m.
— "The Seven Habits of Highly Fulfilled People: Journey from Success to Significance." Sept. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.
— "Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work and Succeed with Any Type of Boss." Oct. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m.
— "Don’t You Know Who I Am? How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility." Nov. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m.

R Statistical Software Workshop to be Offered Aug. 19-21

A graphic reading "useR SLO" over an illustration of Bishop Peak.Interested in doing more with your data?  The Statistics Department is here to help. The department will hold a three-day R workshop from Aug. 19-21 that is free for faculty and staff. Whether you are brand new to R Statistical Software or an experienced user, this workshop could be useful. The workshop will include everything from the basics of manipulating and visualizing data to advanced analysis and interactive graphics. Time will be given to selected advanced topics for particular applications of interest. These may include, but are not limited to creating maps, visualization and analysis of network data, and analysis of biological data. Visit the workshop website for more information or to register.

Get Remote Access to Cal Poly Resources with Virtual Private Network Service

Are you traveling this summer but still have work to do? Cal Poly’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) service allows you to securely access campus technology resources including the wiki, file shares, certain software and more from wherever you are. The VPN service, available through GlobalProtect, uses new technology with enhanced security features and replaces the previous campus VPN provider, Pulse Secure. To access GlobalProtect VPN, you are required to confirm your identity with Duo, Cal Poly’s two-factor authentication tool. For more information, visit If you have questions about accessing specific technology resources via VPN, ask your local tech support. For other questions or help, contact the Service Desk at

Cal Poly Upgrades to LinkedIn Learning June 19

Logo for Linkedin LearningOn June 19, Cal Poly will upgrade from to LinkedIn Learning — a highly personalized learning experience designed to help participants achieve their goals through learning. LinkedIn Learning, which is based on, has the same great content but provides an even more personalized experience. The service will remain free for faculty, staff and student employees. When the upgrade is complete, employees will still access LinkedIn Learning through their Cal Poly Portal under My Apps or on the Staff and Faculty Training tab. Don’t worry, all previous learning activity and history from will be seamlessly transferred to LinkedIn Learning. For more information about the upgrade, visit the Learn and Grow website

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. Just go to, enter your Cal Poly email address, and you will receive an email from Sophos Home with instructions. 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. If you’ve previously installed Symantec on a personal device and you want to keep it protected, you can uninstall it then download Sophos before Sept. 30. In the coming months, all university-owned machines will also be migrated to Sophos software. Anyone with questions about Sophos on their work computer should contact their local tech support. Anyone with other questions or needing help can contact the Service Desk at

2018-19 Federal Work-Study Program Ends June 15

The last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for 2018-19 is Saturday, June 15. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any late payrolls will be processed through regular student pay since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. During finals week, Work-Study students may `work up to 20 hours. There is no Federal Work-Study during summer quarter. The 2019-20 Federal Work-Study Program will resume Thursday, Sept. 19.


Terizza MillerTerizza Miller, administrative analyst/specialist, will transition into retirement this summer after 15 years of dedicated service to Cal Poly. She began her Cal Poly career in Payroll but was quickly drawn to Human Resources. Throughout her HR career, Miller has been responsible for a variety of services, including new employee orientation, recruiting, and disability leaves processing; but she is best known as the face of the CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program. Miller has helped hundreds of employees and their dependents achieve their educational goals through this program in which she takes much pride and pleasure. She is also a Cal Poly alumna, who graduated with honors in natural resources management. Prior to her career with Cal Poly, she was a park guide at Hearst Castle. Rumor has it she is one of a few to have taken a dip in the Neptune Pool. Miller is looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her husband and family in retirement. In addition to her incredible knowledge and service, her infectious joy and kindness will be truly missed.

Michele Bullock is retiring from Cal Poly Corporation (CPC) on June 28, after more than 13 years of service. Bullock joined CPC in 2006 as a customer service assistant. Since that time, she has been the smiling face who greets everyone entering the CPC Administration Building. Throughout her career, Bullock became the CPC administrative support assistant and was truly the pulse of the Business Office. She was the focal point of office communication and supervised many student assistants. She helped keep CPC on track with the Tickle Card system, preparing the monthly Business Office calendar, and opening and closing purchase orders. Her kindness, friendship, enthusiasm and contagious laugh will be sorely missed.

Mason Medizade, left and Jesse MaddrenMechanical engineering Professors Jesse Maddren and Mason Medizade will retire from Cal Poly this summer. Maddren (at right in photo) joined the department in 1999 and revitalized the Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Concentration (HVAC&R) program through fundraising and industry partnerships. He was awarded the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnerships in Philanthropy in 2014 for his work in the HVAC&R program. Medizade joined the department in 1984 and has been a leader in the petroleum industry and taught thermal science classes. The mechanical engineering community is grateful for their service and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Richard N. SavageRichard N. Savage, Ph.D., dean of graduate education, will retire from Cal Poly on July 15. Savage will be honored with a retirement reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, on the patio between the Science Building (No. 52) and the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180). “Teaching and impacting students’ lives at Cal Poly has been my greatest joy,” Savage said. “I am looking forward to new adventures in retirement and hope that I can continue to contribute to the academic and spiritual foundation of young engineers and scientists.” Savage, who has been with Cal Poly since 2003, previously served as department chair for both the Biomedical Engineering and the Materials Engineering departments. He was named director of graduate education in 2013 and was selected as dean in 2017. “I am grateful for Dr. Savage’s years of service and his commitment to our students. He has provided excellent leadership with the goals of strengthening our graduate programs and increasing their visibility,” said Provost Kathleen Enz Finken. “I wish him all the best in his retirement.” For more information about the reception, contact Kim Infante at ext. 6-6554 or

Kathleen Sherman, director of Human Resources Partner Services, is retiring after nearly four years at Cal Poly. Sherman has 27 years of HR management experience, including 10 years with the CSU, first as associate director of academic personnel at CSU Monterey Bay before transitioning to Cal Poly in September 2015 in her current role of managing employee and labor relations efforts for staff and management. Sherman has taken great pride in building positive and collaborative relationships with colleagues that she has partnered with along the way. She will relocate to her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she and her three furry friends will be closer to family. The campus community is invited to attend a retirement party from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133.

Martin KochAfter 35 years in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department and the College of Engineering, Martin Koch retired March 8. Koch worked half time has a lecturer and half time as an electro-mechanical technician III. He was instrumental in the development and continued growth of Cal Poly’s foundry program for metalcasting and the Net Shape Manufacturing Lab. He pioneered the concept of 3D printing at Cal Poly and recently worked to install a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing printer for stainless steel powder. Koch's philanthropic efforts with Haas Automation, the Gene Haas Foundation, Melfred Borzal, and Autodesk resulted in more than $1 million in student scholarships, software training, lab improvements and in-kind donations. Koch routinely volunteers to help students, faculty and staff from Cal Poly and beyond, providing labs for the California FFA State Finals Ag Mechanics contest, offering welding workshops for EPIC (Engineering Possibilities in College), and for 16 years, hosting the California Industrial and Technology Education Association (CITEA) Conference for Manufacturing Technology Educators. A reception celebrating Koch's indelible legacy at Cal Poly will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the Bonderson Engineering Project Center High Bay (No. 197).


Al Hauck

Al Hauckdepartment head of the Construction Management Department, will retire in July after 17 years of service at Cal Poly. Hauck received the Bautzer Faculty University Award from the CSU Division of University Advancement, and the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. He has served 15 years on the board of trustees for the accrediting body American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Hauck was integral in the private fundraising for the Construction Innovations Center (No. 186); it would not be the building it is today without his dedication. The campus community is invited to attend a retirement party from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28).


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Catastrophic Leave

Kirsten Cullen, registered nurse in Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Karen Woods at ext. 6-5265 or to request a donation form.

Gabe England, facilities maintenance mechanic in Facilities Management — Engineering 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.

Ray Valdez, 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.

Kelli Medeiros, administrative support assistant in Student Affairs, 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 Joette Eisengart at ext. 6-7193 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Participants Needed for Study on Diet, Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

Faculty and student researchers from the Food Science and Nutrition Department and the Kinesiology Department are looking for participants for a study on how diet and exercise may decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes and improve the health of Type 2 diabetics. Eligible participants include males and females ages 35 to 65, with or without Type 2 diabetes. Each person will participate in a 12- to 16-week nutrition and exercise intervention. Enrollment in the study will conclude July 31. Participants will receive a $150 gift card from a major retail store. For more information, email Professor Scott Reaves at or visit

Spend Your Summer at the Cal Poly Recreation Center

Photo of a woman and other class members lifting weights during a class at the Cal Poly Recreation Center Break up your summer days with a visit to the Cal Poly Recreation Center, the premier destination for fitness, recreation, relaxation and wellness on campus. Take advantage of quieter exercise rooms, open fitness classes with no reservations required, and Family Fun Days happening Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 21 to Sept. 1. Membership also includes state-of-the-art equipment, complimentary group fitness classes, an indoor track, six gymnasium courts, six racquetball courts, equipment check out at The Pro Shop, the Leisure Pool, sand volleyball courts, the ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park and equipment rental center, 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. Stop by for a tour from 1 to 5 p.m., or purchase a $10 guest pass that can be applied to a membership. Visit the memberships page, or contact ext. 6-1366 or for more information.

Summer Family Fun Days at the Cal Poly Recreation Center

Photo of two boys in a swimming pool.Bring the whole family to the Cal Poly Recreation Center this summer for Family Fun Days every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 21 to Sept. 1. Recreation Center members and their families are invited to enjoy the leisure pool, ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, and more during their visit. Members may sponsor up to two adult guests and six children per day. Daily entry fees are $5 for children up to 15 years old and $10 for adults. Summer pass fees are $60 for children and $120 for adults. Water and small snack items are permitted. Please note the leisure pool will be closed June 21 and 22 due to a campus hot water outage, and the Recreation Center will be closed June 23 due to a campus power outage. For more information, visit the memberships page, or contact Membership Services at ext. 6-1366 or


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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.


Cal Poly Honor Choir Festival Concert Set for June 29

From left to right, Cal Poly Choral Director Scott Glysson, music Professor Meredieth Brammeier, and Paul WoodringHigh school singers from throughout the state will combine with Cal Poly singers for the second annual Cal Poly High School Honor Choir Festival Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. The concert is the culmination of a three-day festival, and will feature a chamber women’s chorus of 16 singers. The concert centerpiece will be the “Messe basse” by Gabriel Fauré. The soprano soloist will be music Professor Meredieth Brammeier, who is also a composer. One of her works will be performed in the concert. Paul Woodring will play organ and piano, and Scott Glysson will conduct. Admission is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. Donations will be accepted at the door to support the Cal Poly Choral Program. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

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, time TBA    

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. 

#105364 — Associate Director, Business Operations (Administrator II), Academic Affairs — College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Swanton Pacific Ranch. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled. (Review begins July 5.)

#105361 — Warehouse Coordinator (Storekeeper I), Administration and Finance — Facilities Services — Facilities Warehouse. $2,743-$4,819 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,000-$4,000 per month.) Open until filled.

#493375 — Manager of Strategic HR Services (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#493407 — Talent Acquisition Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II — 12 month), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. $31,200-$53,496 per year. (Anticipated hiring range: $31,200-$40,800 per year.) Open until filled.

#493200 — Learning Technology Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — 12 month), Administration and Finance — Human Resources. $56,316-$98,904 per year. (Anticipated hiring range: $66,000-$90,000 per year.) Open until filled.  

#105339 — Information Technology Consultant, College of Liberal Arts — Graphic Communication. $4,372-$10,478 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,500-$5,417 per month.) Open until filled. (Review begins June 27.)

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.

There are no new listings at this time.

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 new 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.

Accounting Supervisor — Business ServicesAnnual salary: $53,586 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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