Cal Poly Report — June 5, 2019 

Cal Poly Report will be published one more time this academic year, on June 12. The newsletter will run monthly during the summer, on July 10, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4.


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.

Adrienne Ratner Named Assistant Vice President for Academic Personnel, Employee and Labor Relations

Adrienne RatnerAdrienne Ratner has been appointed assistant vice president, employee and labor relations in the Office of Academic Personnel. Ratner, who started her new role June 3, brings broad experiences as an attorney in the public sector, specializing in employment law. Most recently, Ratner served as deputy county counsel for San Luis Obispo County, where she provided strategic advice and coaching to department heads, oversaw investigations, mediated complaints and represented the county in disciplinary appeal hearings. Under the direction of Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Personnel Al Liddicoat, Ratner will provide training, coaching and consultation to deans, associate deans, department heads and chairs, with respect to all academic employee labor relations matters. Ratner earned a bachelor's degree from Reed College and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She also holds a teaching credential from Mills College.

Architecture Faculty Member and Alumni Named Fellows by the American Institute of Architects

Cal Poly Professor Thomas Fowler speaks to high school students as part of the Internnect internship program, which provides opportunities for teens from schools in Tulare and Kings counties to gain career experience.A faculty member and two alumni have been named fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their contributions to the architecture profession and to society. Architecture Professor Thomas Fowler was selected to join the AIA College of Fellows, the organization’s highest membership honor. Fowler, who has helped shape Cal Poly’s top-ranked public architecture program for more than 23 years, teaches undergraduate and graduate students and is the director of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s (CAED) graduate program in architecture. He was also recognized this year with Cal Poly’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award by the California State University. Two Cal Poly alumni have also been elevated to the AIA College of Fellows: Robert J. Condia, who earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cal Poly in 1980, and Lee E. Salin, who graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Condia is an architecture professor at Kansas State University; Salin is the managing principal of Anderson Brulé Architects in San Jose, California. In addition, the AIA recognized alumnus Frank Mahan, a 2003 architecture graduate, with the Young Architects Award. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers. Fowler, Condia and Salin will receive fellowship medals June 7 during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Nationwide, the AIA’s Jury of Fellows elevated 115 AIA members to its College of Fellows. Only 3% of the AIA members have this distinction. Read the news release.

Awards Recognize Student, Employees Commitment to Sustainability

Award recipients for the Sustainability Awards are pictured with President Armstrong.Several individuals and an organization were recognized May 30 at the university’s first Sustainability Awards. The awards celebrate members of the Cal Poly community who have exhibited commitment to the value of the university sustainability imperatives. Awardees are:
— Sustainability Organization Award: Climate Change Action Research Group, for its work to support sustainability through research projects, collaboration with other campus organizations and faculty members, and efforts to engage the campus and community to promote sustainability on campus.
— Student Sustainability Champion: Darin Son, technical intern for the Green Campus Team, who led the development of Cal Poly Thrift in partnership with University Housing, which makes it easier for students moving out of residence halls to donate unwanted items.
— Staff Sustainability Champions: Cindy Lowe and Erin Foote. Lowe, a zero waste technician, works to minimize waste in every building on campus; Foote, instructional support technician in the Food Science and Nutrition Department, brought compost/food waste disposal to the ASI Children’s Center and recycling and food waste disposal to the culinary lab on campus.
— Faculty Sustainability Champion: Physics Professor Peter Schwartz, for his effort to integrate sustainability into coursework and pursuing research and extracurricular activities that expose students to a wide range of sustainability issues.

Cal Poly Dedicates New Community Garden for Campus Community 

Cal Poly and CSU leaders and Cal Poly students pose in front of a garden plot in the new Food Pantry GardenMore than 50 people, including campus and CSU officials, attended the June 4 groundbreaking for Cal Poly's first community garden. On Saturday, students prepped the Food Pantry Garden’s site, peeled back a portion of the Health Center lawn, helped assemble the 8-by-4-foot raised-bed plots and mulched the bare ground. Ultimately, the 1,200-square-foot site will have eight plots — rented to 16 individuals — students, staff or faculty members — or campus groups. The Food Pantry Garden is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing Department as well as the Honors Program and Facilities’ Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department. 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 Farmer’s Market, the Community Garden and the Cal Poly Food Pantry. Campus Health and Wellbeing and partner groups are using about $5,000 to make the Food Pantry Garden a reality while emphasizing the importance of health and sustainability. “The Food Pantry Garden will be a perfect way to create space for those who want to garden as a hobby and support a great cause,” said Kylee Singh, Cal Poly sustainability coordinator. Learn more about the garden.

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Student Success

Students Creating Prosthetics for Boy Who Lost Fingers in Fiery Crash

Ryan Kissinger tests mechatronics with Julian at the boy’s home in Los Angeles.While the wounds on 10-year-old Julian Reynoso’s hands are healing from a deadly drunken driving accident, a team of Cal Poly engineering students is working to restore the boy’s quality of life by creating a pair of prosthetic hands that will help him be a kid again. In April of 2018, Julian was traveling with his family in their minivan through a Los Angeles intersection when a suspected drunken driver ran a red light and plowed into their vehicle, which was dragged 25 feet before catching fire. Bystanders frantically worked to pull Julian and his mother from the fiery wreckage, but they could not save Julian’s father, Juan, 34, sister Emma, 6, and brother Sebastian, 5 months. While Julian survived the horrific accident, 85 percent of his body was burned, and he lost all or parts of nine fingers. Last fall, Ryan Kissinger (pictured with Julian), a mechanical engineering student and co-lead of the Hands for Julian team, became aware of the boy’s needs through the Quality of Life Plus (QL+) club on campus. After accepting Julian’s challenge, Kissinger assembled a team of seven other students, from the mechanical, biomedical and electrical engineering programs. Soon after meeting Julian at the QL+ lab, the students learned that he Janis Iourovitski, left, a general engineering student, and Leila Assal, a biomedical engineering student, arrange a set of mechanical fingers on a rubber mold of Julian’s right hand.would need two very different prosthetics, matching the level of disability for each hand. As a result, the team has been developing a bionic hand, with motorized fingers, which can be activated by the nub of his left hand. But after they had created molds of Julian’s hands, created computer models and began working on prototypes, they discovered a new challenge. “The accident was so recent, the scar tissue has changed — the swelling has changed,” said mechanical engineering student Austin Conrad, who is co-lead with Kissinger. “And to top it all off, aside from the injuries changing because it’s so recent, he’s 10 — so he’s growing.” Because the size and shape of Julian’s hands are transforming, the team has had to constantly modify the prosthetics they’re designing. At the same time, they have to complete the project by the end of the school year so they can present Julian his hands at Cal Poly on Saturday, June 8. Read the news release.

Architecture Students Finish Work on Vision for Rebuilding in Paradise

Cal Poly student Pacific Austin of San Ramon, California, discusses her project during an April trip to Paradise, California.Third-year architecture students are wrapping up an intense, six-month project to envision how the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California, could rebuild. The students’ work, which started less than two months after the Camp Fire devastated the Northern California town last November, traveled one last time to Paradise on June 2-3 to present their final projects to the community. The students will speak at the AIA Conference on Architecture on June 6. “The students are so invested,” said architecture faculty member Stacey White who, along with faculty member Kent Macdonald, has led the students as they took their ideas from a conceptual phase to a fully designed building. “It’s not theoretical. When they design these projects, they're picturing the people they’ve met from Paradise and doing what they can to make them proud.” During three previous trips, the architecture students met with numerous residents, asked questions and listened to what community members said they wanted for their town. Their projects — including a town hall, a recreation center, an entrepreneurship center, mixed-use housing and healthcare facilities — reflect the desire of Paradise residents to create a more walkable community that can meet the needs of longtime residents and create jobs and opportunities for new arrivals. In the photo, student Pacific Austin discusses her project during an April trip to Paradise. Read the news release.

Statistics Students Win Multiple Awards at UCLA Data Hackathon

Cal Poly students pose for a photo at a DataFest eventTwo teams of statistics students took home top awards at the UCLA Datafest. “Above Average” received the award for best data visualization, and “Team Wranglers” won the Judges’ Choice award. The competition gives students the chance to do hands-on analysis of real-world big data provided by large companies. There were 75 teams from five universities at the competition. Students had just under 48 hours to analyze the data, decide what questions they might be able to answer, and produce insights and visualizations.

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.)

Protheroe, Van Winden Named Cal Poly's Athletes of the Year

Joe Protheroe, left, and Torrey Van WindenWomen’s volleyball standout Torrey Van Winden, who led the Mustangs to their second straight Big West Conference championship, and Joe Protheroe, a record-breaking fullback on the football team, have been selected as Cal Poly’s female and male athletes of the year for the 2018-19 academic year. The awards were presented at the annual Night of the Mustang presented by Block P, Cal Poly’s letterman’s club, in Mott Athletics Center. Named Big West Player of the Year last fall, Van Winden also was placed on the All-Big West first team as well as the Big West All-Academic Team. The junior from Napa, California, majors in recreation, parks and tourism administration. Other postseason honors for Van Winden include AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and a spot on the AVCA Pacific North All-Region Team. Protheroe, the first Mustang football player to earn Cal Poly’s male athlete of the year award since Ramses Barden in 2009, earned seven All-American honors in the Football Championship Subdivision last fall, rushing for school records of 1,810 yards in his senior season and 4,271 yards in his Mustang career. He earned first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors three times, was named Cal Poly’s most valuable player by his teammates, and finished fourth in balloting for the 2018 Walter Payton Award. Read the news release.

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Faculty & Staff

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.

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:
— "Successful Performance Reviews: How to Give Them and How to Receive Them." June 5 from 10 to 11 a.m.
"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

Newer Faculty Breakfast Set for June 7 

Photo of breakfast foods, including coffee, croissants, orange guide and fruit.All newer faculty (tenure-line faculty and lecturers) are invited to the Spring Quarter New Faculty Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 7 — the last day of classes — in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology Learning Commons, located in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 209. The event is an opportunity to reconnect with other recent hires from across campus and to reflect on the year's experiences. The theme of this breakfast is professional mentoring and growth, work/life balance, and well-being. A hot breakfast and coffee catered by SLO Provisions will be provided, starting at 8:30 a.m. Register to ensure enough food is ordered, and feel welcome to bring a faculty colleague. Register here.

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


Some Applications Unavailable During PeopleSoft Upgrade June 7-9

The Student Administration, Human Resources Administration and Student Center applications accessed through the My Cal Poly Portal will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, to noon Sunday, June 9, for a required upgrade to the PeopleSoft system. During the maintenance window, links in the “Employee Info” and “Personal Info” sections of the “Personal Info” tab on the portal will also be unavailable. This upgrade is required to ensure that Cal Poly stays up to date with security patches and bug fixes. If you have questions or need help, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or

Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association logoBlack Faculty and Staff Association Invites Campus Community to June 5 Meeting

The Cal Poly Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) invites interested faculty and staff to its June meeting from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in UU 219. The association’s vision, mission and events are available on the BFSA website. Contact co-chairs Bryan Hubain,, and CamilleO’Bryant,, with any questions.



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.

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken

All staff and faculty are welcome to join President Armstrong for a retirement celebration honoring Provost Kathleen Enz Finken on Wednesday, June 5, in the Rossi Grand Lobby of the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center. Refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 6 p.m., with remarks at 4 p.m. Stop by to extend your appreciation and good wishes to Enz Finken, who is retiring from Cal Poly after serving seven years as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.




Wyatt BrownLongtime horticulture and crop science Professor Wyatt Brown will retire at the end of spring quarter, ending a distinguished career that began in 1990 in the then-Crop Science Department as a vegetable scientist/postharvest physiologist. He has served as the horticulture and crop science assistant department head since 2008. During his nearly three decades at Cal Poly, he taught or helped to teach 14 courses and supervised 11 graduate students. During his tenure, Brown also helped to bring in nearly $2 million in grant funding. He was awarded two patents; one in 2015 and one in 2019 and was awarded the university’s Distinguished Scholarship Award (2015), among other accolades. He plans to return to campus one quarter a year to teach his signature Postharvest Technology class and will work with a UC Davis colleague to conduct postharvest research and co-author a book, “Preparing Fruit for Consumers.” He looks forward to having more time to pursue gourmet cooking, traveling, spending time with friends, increasing his overall fitness and his proficiency in Spanish and Japanese.


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.

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

Guadalupe Tejeda, custodian in University Housing — Custodial Operations, 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 Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

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.

Kennedy Library Calling for Campus Submissions on Visual Information by June 7

Photo of two people labeling a drawing of a heart on a whiteboardKennedy Library is seeking submissions from the campus community for an upcoming exhibition focusing on the diversity of visual communication. Society is consumed by images from the news and social media to advertising and on the web, but people don’t just consume images, they create them. These images communicate messages — they inform. At their best, this visual communication tells a story that draws us in, compels us to think differently about critical issues, and makes visible something otherwise unseen. Kennedy Library's exhibition will draw from a multitude of methods in courses and activities across the campus, and display the influences of visual communication in a wide range of fields including statistical data, geography, art, design, engineering, business, entrepreneurship, performance and physics. Kennedy Library is calling for submissions from faculty, staff and students who represent unique perspectives on their visual understanding the world, within their research, classes and co-curricular activities at Cal Poly. Submissions should touch on one or more of the following themes: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice; Environment and Sustainability; Technical Communication; and Creative Expression. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 7. Learn more about how to submit at Anyone with questions can contact Catherine Trujillo at or Mark Cabrinha at

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


Photo of a strawberry smoothieVolunteers Needed for Nutrition, Heart and Gut Health Research

Faculty and student researchers from the Food Science and Nutrition Department are looking for postmenopausal women to participate in the ReCHARGE with Strawberries project, a research project looking at the impact of strawberries on heart and gut health. Women who participant will be eligible to receive $350, free gut microbiome and heart health assessments, and a free diet consultation driven by participant goals. If you or someone you know are interested in participating, learn more by visiting, calling ext. 6-1175, or emailing

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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 Symphony Concludes Season with Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 4 and Café Musique on June 8

Members of Cafe MusiqueThe symphony will pair the art of tango with personal struggles against fate in its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will be joined by guest ensemble Café Musique for performances of two tangos in the first half — Jacob Gade’s “Jalousie” and Carlos Gardel’s “Por una Cabeza,” both arranged by Tim Simonec, a notable film score composer. Café Musique has performed around the world and on the stages of several world-class music festivals. The group has shared the stage with the David Grisman Quintet, Los Lobos and Doc Severinsen. The group is comprised of violinist Brynn Albanese, accordionist Duane Inglish, guitarist Craig Nuttycombe, Fred Murray, who plays bass and sings, and Eric Williams, who plays guitar, ukulele, bouzouki and sings. Albanese also teaches violin at Cal Poly. The second half of the program will feature Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. In a rare departure, the Russian composer explained the meaning of this work — “fate, the decisive force which prevents our hopes of happiness from being realized” — in a letter to his patron, Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck. Symphony Director David Arrivée will conduct the concert. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Saxophone Soloist to Perform at Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert June 9

Laura KramerCal Poly’s Spring Band Concert, titled “Color of Sound,” will feature the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the Performing Arts Center. The Wind Orchestra will open the program with Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” (“Light and Gold”) followed by Alex Shapiro’s “Tight Squeeze,” Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F and Steven Bryant’s “Bloom.” Guest saxophone soloist Laura M. Kramer will perform on James Stephenson’s “Möbius Trip” with the Wind Ensemble, which was part of the national consortium that commissioned the work. The program will conclude with David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4, which was inspired in part by the composer’s fascination with President Abraham Lincoln, and his funeral train in particular. Kramer, who teaches saxophone and theory at Cal Poly, is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Noir Quartet. She has performed her original saxophone works at various national concerts, including for the California State University at Fullerton’s annual New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, What’s Next? ensemble concerts, and for the Midwest Composers Symposium. She performed on Presidio Brass’ “Rhapsody in Brass” album. Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff will conduct the concert. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Event Calendar

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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. 

#105353 — Special Events Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Student Affairs — Athletics. $3,115-$5,475 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $3,500-$4,000 per month.) Open until filled. (Review begins June 14.)   

#493348 — Senior Project and Change Manager (Administrator II), Administration and Finance. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#105351 — Planner/Estimator/Scheduler, Administration and Finance — Facilities. $3,907-$6,861 per month. (Anticipated hiring range: $4,500-$5,500 per month.) Open until filled.  

#493333 — Academic Advisor-Mustang Success Center (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — Academic Programs and Planning — University Advising. $50,148-$71,304 per year. (Anticipated hiring range: $50,148-$51,600 per year). Open until filled.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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

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.

Administrative Assistant II — Recreational Sports. $21.24/hour with excellent benefits. Position closes on June 7. 

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

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