Cal Poly Report — Sept. 4, 2019 

Cal Poly Report is published monthly during the summer. Weekly publication will resume Sept. 18.


Convocation Set for Sept. 12

Screenshot of CalPoly Presidential Seal and Convocation 2019Faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Convocation event at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Performing Arts Center. Dean Wendt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, will serve as emcee. The theme of this year’s general session is "Cal Poly: Past, Present, and Future." The program includes the presentation of awards; President Armstrong will give the university address. The general session will be live-streamed on the Fall Conference website, which also includes schedules for events and meetings throughout the weeklong Fall Conference. A reception will immediately follow at approximately 4 p.m. in the PAC Plaza, with food and entertainment. Spouses and partners of employees are welcome to attend. The awardees are:
— Distinguished Scholarship: John Bellardo, Beth Chance, Marni Goldenberg
— Distinguished Teaching: John Chen, Dale Clifford
— Outstanding Staff: Marilyn Allison-Bullock, Susan Olivas, Brenda Trobaugh
— Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Lauren Kolodziejski 
— Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy: Brian Granger
— Learn by Doing Scholar Award: Irene Carbonell (completed research), Javier de la Fuente (completed research), Mary LaPorte (completed research); Sara Bartlett (proposed or in progress)
More information, including profiles of the award winners, is available online at

Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University and Among the Top 25 Overall in the West in Forbes Rankings

Cal Poly has once more been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges, and has cracked the list of Top 25 public and private universities in the West. Cal Poly rose to No. 24 in the rankings among public and private universities in the West, up from 37 last year. Overall, the university was 115th — up from last year’s 137— among the 650 public and private not-for-profit universities in the U.S. ranked in the 12th annual America’s Top Colleges list. Cal Poly also improved its ranking among all public universities, rising to 28th in the nation. “Student success is central to our mission at Cal Poly, and our Learn by Doing approach provides students with daily opportunities to apply theoretical, classroom learning to real-world challenges,” Cal Poly President Armstrong said. “These rankings are a welcome recognition of how we prepare students to be successful in their professions and to enrich their communities.” Read the news release.

Campus Invited to Hear CPX Survey Findings, Attend Sessions Oct. 17-18 

 Share it. Shape it. Change it.Save the Date! On Oct. 17 and 18, Damon Williams and his team will return to campus to present the results of the Cal Poly Xperience (CPX) Survey conducted during the 2019 spring quarter, and to lead a daylong Strategic Diversity Leadership Institute (SDLI). Williams will present findings from the CPX Survey from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Cal Poly Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center. On Friday, Oct. 18, Williams and his team will engage the campus in deeper conversations during a daylong series of sessions in the Strategic Diversity Leadership Institute (SDLI) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited for these sessions, and access will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration information will be posted on the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion website in early September.

Cal Poly Universities’ 2020 Tournament of Roses Float Dives into Ocean Exploration

An artist rendering of the Cal Poly universities' 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade floatThe Cal Poly universities’ 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade float will feature an underwater exploration scene that would have made Jacques Cousteau proud. The entry, as shown in an artist’s rendering, will feature a submarine navigating around a sunken shipwreck that has become home to colorful marine wildlife. The title of the float, “Aquatic Aspirations,” was announced over the weekend, though it was actually decided a few months ago. “This year, we started our concept contest in January, when we collect concepts from the community and our team,” said Sydney Strong, president of the team at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The Cal Poly team works on the float year-round with its counterparts from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. After reviewing 110 concepts, the Cal Poly universities’ teams narrowed the list to five and ranked them, before sending to the Tournament of Roses for approval. The Pasadena-based organization had previously set this year’s theme: The Power of Hope. The Cal Poly team is coming off a successful year. The 2019 rockin’ space-themed “Far Out Frequencies” won the prestigious Extraordinaire Award — the first time the two campuses had received this float honor. Read the news release.

History-Making Small Satellite Mission to Mars, Honored as Mission of the Year, Has Ties to Cal Poly

 Matthew Szczerba, Cal Poly aerospace student Kate Parkinson, Ben Malphrus, Kerri Cahoy, Elliott, Chloe Hart, Emily Clements, and Cal Poly computer science Professor John Bellardo. (Photo by AIAA)A pair of briefcase-size satellites — tested and packed for launch at Cal Poly — that traveled to Mars were honored as “Small Satellite Mission of the Year” by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. NASA’s Mars Cube One, or MarCO, included the two CubeSats — compact satellites made up of cube-shaped units — nicknamed WALL-E and EVE. The twins, which were designed and built at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, flew behind NASA’s InSight lander after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 5, 2018. The spacecrafts traveled more than 300 million miles on their 6-1/2 month trek to the red planet. It was the first deep space mission for a CubeSat — a worldwide standard for small satellites originally developed 20 years ago as a collaboration between Cal Poly’s CubeSat Lab and Stanford University. WALL-E and EVE underwent two weeks of testing and preparation at Cal Poly in the spring of 2018. Aerospace engineers from Cal Poly assisted their counterparts with JPL and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc., with a nearby office in the Cal Poly Technology Park, in inserting, or integrating, the satellites into the deployment boxes that ejected each CubeSat into space. (In the photo JPL engineer Glen Elliott,center, holds the 2019 Small Satellite Mission of the Year Award alongside others who supported the MarCO mission. From left: Matthew Szczerba, Cal Poly aerospace student Kate Parkinson, Ben Malphrus, Kerri Cahoy, Elliott, Chloe Hart, Emily Clements, and Cal Poly computer science Professor John Bellardo.) Read the news release.

Cal Poly to Host Annual Demo Day Entrepreneur Event on Sept. 6

The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host its annual Demo Day to showcase six startups Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo. The event culminates the CIE’s 2019 HotHouse Summer Accelerator program — an intense 12-week program that helps students and recent graduates who have developed new products and ventures. Representatives of the six participating companies will give demonstrations and pitches and answer questions about their entrepreneurial efforts. The highly coveted summer accelerator program provides $10,000 in seed money to each company, hands-on strategic business guidance from Cal Poly faculty and mentors, as well as dedicated office space at the HotHouse in downtown San Luis Obispo. The budding entrepreneurs receive training, introductions to investors and resources to help their startups move forward. The members of this summer’s crop of CIE Accelerators, who constantly worked with advisors and pivoted over the course of the program to progress their startups, will show how their hard work has paid off. Read more here about this year's accelerator cohort.

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Student Success

Solar Car Created by Cal Poly Students Reaches 51 MPH, Just Shy of World Record

Members of Cal Poly’s Prototype Vehicle Laboratory gather around their solar-powered car named Dawn. The team attempted to establish a new world record in August, but reached 51 mph, 5 mph shy of the 2014 record.In a “Star Wars”-like setting in the Mojave Desert, a solar car created by a team of Cal Poly students eclipsed 50 mph this month, just shy of a world record. While the team did not break the 56-mph record set in Japan in 2014, it overcame many obstacles to reach a clocked speed of 51 mph. “It shows that with a little improvement, we can easily go 65 mph,” said Lacey Davis, an aerospace engineering student who drove the car. Davis is a member of Cal Poly’s Prototype Vehicle Laboratory, also known as the PROVE Lab. For roughly three years, she and her teammates have worked to build and refine a solar-powered car that could break the world speed record. A little over a week ago, the team hoped to do just that at El Mirage Lake, located about 50 miles northwest of Victorville in San Bernardino County. The idea to pursue a world record came from Graham Doig, a former aerospace engineering faculty member who had created record-breaking solar cars himself. Read more here.


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Faculty & Staff

A&F Names New Associate Vice President for Financial Services

Angela KraetschAdministration and Finance has announced that Angela Kraetsch has been appointed associate vice president for financial services effective Sept. 23. Kraetsch brings more than 19 years of experience in progressive responsibility for accounting, budget, financial management and oversight. She is currently the director of finance for the city of Santa Clara and has direct responsibility for municipal services, budget, treasury, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, warehouse, general accounting, audit and Stadium Authority. In her current role, she stewards a budget of over $1 billion and serves as chief financial officer for Silicon Valley Power, the city-owned electric utility, as well as the treasurer for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. Kraetsch is a graduate of Troy State University and is a certified public accountant (CPA).

Alison Ventura Named Commissioner of Agency Supporting Local Families and Children

Alison VenturaAlison Ventura, an associate professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department, was recently selected to serve as a commissioner for First 5 San Luis Obispo, a public agency responsible for allocating funds to and providing support for local programs focused on the health and early development of children prenatal to age 5. Through her role as commissioner, Ventura will support First 5 SLO’s efforts and decision-making processes through involvement in strategic planning, assessment of community needs, and grant proposal review. She will also serve as an advocate for the agency and for its overarching goal of supporting local families with young children.

Switch to eduroam Before Sept. 8 to Stay Connected to WiFi 

Photo of Kennedy Library with a laptop computer in the foreground and text reading eduroam - secure wifi at Cal Poly and beyondThe SecureMustangWireless network is being decommissioned and will no longer be available after Sunday, Sept. 8. You’ll need to update your devices’ wireless internet settings to eduroam by Sept. 8 to continue accessing campus Wi-Fi. If you’ve never connected to eduroam before, it requires a one-time setup using your full Cal Poly email address (including the and password. For help getting connected, and more information about the unique benefits of eduroam, visit

Student Affairs Staff to Present Doctoral Dissertation Research Sept. 9

The Dean of Students office invites the Cal Poly community to join three of its staff members as they present their doctoral dissertation research at noon on Monday, Sept. 9, in UU 220. Come hear how their research demonstrates the diverse, interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to work within Student Affairs. This is a brown-bag session, and drinks and dessert will be provided. The presenters are:
— Blanca Martinez-Navarro (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers), "The Influence of Race and Space: An Analysis of the Well-Being of Youth in Civil Gang Injunctions," UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
— Bryan S. Hubain (Pronouns: He/Him/His), "The Spaces Between Us: A Queer <=> Intersectional Analysis of the Narratives of Black Gay International Students," University of Denver.  
— David Groom (Pronouns: He/Him/His), "A Framework for Courage: The Characteristics, Behaviors, and Developmental Experiences of Executive Administrators who Exhibited Courageous Leadership During a Change," Azusa Pacific University.

Office of the Registrar Offers 25Live Trainings Sept. 4 and 30

The web application 25Live is used by Cal Poly for space and event scheduling, as well as for publishing event information to the University Events Master Calendar. A new, mobile-friendly version of 25Live is being released to campus on Monday, Sept. 9. Join the University Scheduling team from the Office of the Registrar at one of the below training sessions on “How to Check Location Availability” in the newest version of 25Live. Advance sign up not required. The sessions will be held:
— Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2:10 to 3 p.m., in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 124.
— Monday, Sept. 30, 10:10 to 11 a.m., in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 217C.

Staff Appreciation Barbecue and Football Game Set for Oct. 5

Graphic reading Universitywide Staff Appreciation TailgateSave the Date — the annual universitywide staff appreciation barbecue/football game event is scheduled for Oct. 5. In appreciation for all you do for Cal Poly all year long, you are invited to a fun-filled day, including a barbecue, ice cream bars and a football game. All staff will receive an email invitation with a link for complimentary tickets (up to four per staff member; additional tickets may be purchased). The tailgate barbecue will be held from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. on O'Neill Green; kickoff follows at 5:05 p.m. in Spanos Stadium for the Cal Poly football game versus Montana State.

Join Human Resources for New Workshops

Empahia logoJoin Human Resources as it offers workshops every month from Cal Poly's Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) — Empathia. Register here or through the Cal Poly Learning Hub on the My Cal Poly Portal. Workshops include:
— Sept. 27, noon: Stress Fitness. The workshop provides a new view of stress as an impetus for building strength. This class introduces a medley of mind/body strategies for maintaining well-being while succeeding.
— Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.: Dealing with Difficult People. The workshop offers an alternative view of "difficult people," and insightful strategies to better cope with their behavior, increase cooperation and improve team productivity.
— Nov. 20, noon: Holiday Stress. Create a holiday season that is relaxed, fun and comfortable for you and your family. Learn to cope with the expectations, holiday blues and more. Learn more about upcoming benefits workshops and events at Learn more about upcoming Learn and Grow workshops at

Help Out-of-State Students Find a Home Away from Home

A Cal Poly employee poses with a student by kayaks in Morro Bay.Faculty and staff are invited to become local sponsors to out-of-state and international students this year through the Local Connections program. Local Connections aims to connect out-of-state students with members of the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community for occasional meals, activities and/or general support. As a local sponsor, you will get the opportunity to connect with students and become a valued resource during their transition to campus life. Your local knowledge, support and friendship will make a significant difference for Mustangs who are far from home. Learn more and apply today at

Support Students by Signing Up for Resume Clinics

C​​​​​areer Services is seeking campus partners to join them in providing students feedback on their resumes at any of their three Fall Resume Clinics. These events offer students an opportunity to have their resumes reviewed during a 10-minute consultation in preparation for the Fall and Computing Career Fairs. If you would like to assist, sign up here by noon Friday, Sept. 6. Volunteers are recommended to attend a brief training from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Student Services Building (No. 124), Room 224. For those who cannot attend the training, follow-up materials will be provided via email. The resume clinic dates and times are:
— Monday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to noon.
— Monday, Sept. 30, 9 to 11 a.m.
Career Services serves a high volume of students at these events, and the participation and support of their campus partners helps make this possible.  

International Center Seeking Hosts for Local Activities with International Students

The International Center is seeking faculty and staff for the International Poly Hosts Program. Volunteers will host international students for short, cross-cultural day visits that include activities such as an informal dinner at a Poly Host's home, going to the beach, meeting at a coffee shop, or celebrating holidays or family occasions. This program is intended to help international students experience the community outside of the traditional academic setting. Poly Hosts will also have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures while sharing their own. Refer to the Poly Hosts Application to learn more about the program and to apply.

Employees may be Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

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


RSVP by Oct. 17 to Visit The Getty Center in Los Angeles with the Retired Faculty and Staff Club

Photo of the exterior gardens of The Getty Center in Los Angeles.Retired faculty and staff are invited to visit The Getty Center on Thursday, Oct. 17. Spend the day with fellow retirees while enjoying the amenities of The Getty Center, which is known for its architecture, gardens and view overlooking Los Angeles. Permanent and temporary exhibits, including a temporary Notre Dame Cathedral exhibit, will be on display during the club visit. All sites are accessible to those with disabilities. Wheelchairs are provided at no cost by The Getty Center. Attendees will leave from the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in San Luis Obispo at 6 a.m. and from the former K-Mart parking lot in Arroyo Grande at 6:25 a.m. Attendees will leave The Getty Center at 2 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and $50 after Sept. 15. Receipt of your check reserves your spot. The bus trip and snacks on the bus are included in the price. A meal is not included, but guests can buy lunch at a formal restaurant, large café, small café and coffee carts at The Getty Center. You are encouraged to reserve early, as the first 30 people will be eligible for a free 45-minute tour of The Getty Center. (The 30-person limit is a rule of The Getty Center.) The space on the bus is limited to 56 attendees. RSVP to Gail Simmons at 805-462-9148 or She will provide you with the address to send the payment to when you RSVP. Attendees may also let Simmons know if they want to be picked up at the PAC or in Arroyo Grande.


Chris CallChris Call will retire on Friday, Sept. 27, after 12 years of service. Call began her Cal Poly career in Administration and Finance (A&F), where she was instrumental in upgrading the Cal Poly Police Department’s parking system. From there, she transitioned to A&F’s Information Security office where she helped build the Information Security Program. Call later continued her work in Information Security for Information Technology Services (ITS). In her current role as Innovation Challenge Manager for the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub), Call works with students, faculty and members of the public sector to develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges. She looks forward to enjoying all that retirement has to offer, including spending time with friends and family and hiking new trails. A reception will be held in Call’s honor at Charlie’s Place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.

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Campus Announcements

University Housing Seeking Volunteers to Welcome Mustangs at Fall Move-In

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

Cal Poly's Brand Comes to Life

Photo of attendees of Cal Poly's Brand Conference sitting at tables during an event in the PAC Pavilion.Thank you to the roughly 250 staff, faculty and students who attended the first Brand Conference on Aug. 28 and 29. The interactive training sessions hosted by University Marketing shared tools, resources and best practices that will help professionals across campus clearly convey Cal Poly’s impact on California and beyond. The university and many departments have already started to use the refreshed brand components and will continue applying updated visuals, messaging and strategy throughout the next year. If you weren’t able to attend a Brand Conference training, you can register now for make-up sessions happening in September and October in addition to photography and videography training, website workshops, design support office hours, and student information sessions throughout fall quarter. The University Marketing website is your hub for information on the brand guidelines, including links to resources, logo files, templates, imagery and more. You can find more background information on the brand development process on the University Marketing Wiki. If you have any questions about brand resources or training sessions, send an email to

New Cal Poly Health and Resource Fair Coming Sept. 26

Two popular events from last year — the Campus Resource Fair and the Health and Wellness Fair — are joining this year to bring employees insightful information about the array of resources and support available to them. The new Health and Resource Fair will bring together more than 80 representatives in one location where attendees can chat one-on-one with health care and insurance providers, community organizations, on-campus service providers and clubs to get personalized support, gather reference materials, and so much more. Sponsored by Human Resources, Employee and Organization Development, and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the Health and Resource Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Chumash Auditorium. Registration is not required. Information is available on the Health and Resource Fair webpage. Contact Human Resources at or ext. 6-2236 with questions.

Office of the Registrar to Host Inaugural Summit Oct. 9

The Office of the Registrar will hold its inaugural summit on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Performing Arts Center. This on-campus conference offers an opportunity to learn more about the Office of the Registrar and its interaction with faculty, staff and students. Each of the four units within the office (Records; Evaluations; Systems Management; and Curriculum, Catalog and Scheduling) will host a variety of sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from enrollment troubleshooting to the articulation process. The day will conclude with information on what’s coming from the Office of the Registrar, including an overview of Degree Planner, Schedule Builder and CourseLeaf CLSS. Visit for up-to-date information on conference sessions. To best accommodate attendees, registration is required. 

Two Cal Poly employees pose inside the blood drive mobile center.

Thank You to Blood Drive Participants

The campus blood drive on Aug. 21, hosted by Information Technology Services (ITS), brought in 31 units of blood to help alleviate Vitalant’s (formerly United Blood Services) summer drought. Thank you to the members of the Cal Poly community who donated and helped save 93 lives!


Applications Being Accepted for the Cal Poly Learning Lab Preschool

The Cal Poly Psychology and Child Development Preschool Learning Lab — which is open to the entire campus community — is accepting applications for new students for the 2019-20 school year. Children of faculty and staff receive priority. The program focuses on inquiry-based learning experiences that encourage each child’s natural interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The lab offers a low teacher-child ratio, while providing a high-quality preschool atmosphere that supports the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. For more information, visit

Join Vanpool and Help Get One More Car off the Road

Looking to save time and money? Do both at the same time by joining or starting a Cal Poly vanpool group. A vanpool is like carpool, except it holds more people, usually it’s a group of five to 15 people who commute together. Typically, a vanpool consists of coworkers or students who live near each other, and can meet up easily at a central location. Some vanpool participants take turns driving, others cover the full commute costs of the everyday driver. There are a number of local vendors that provide vanpool services in San Luis Obispo County, including Enterprise Vanpool and Ride-On Transportation. These vendors have competitive pricing that includes a complete service package, vehicle registration, insurance and maintenance. In addition, SLOCOG offers a vanpool subsidy that could cover 50 percent of your monthly commute costs, and Cal Poly vanpool groups enjoy other subsidies such as two days per month parking, as well as incentives and other rewards. See if you qualify for subsidies when you apply to create a vanpool. Want to know more? Call Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) at ext. 6-6680 or email

Join TAPS for Free Bowling on Sept. 6

Graphic with bowling ball and pins reading Find Your Lane.Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) invites the campus community for the second "Find Your Lane" free pizza and bowling event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The event, held in partnership with SLO Rideshare to promote vanpool and carpool options on campus, is aimed at helping Cal Poly employees learn more about alternative transportation options — and, if interested, helping them find a vanpool near them. Using vanpools to commute can reduce the cost of getting to and from work, often saving riders between $2,000-$16,000 per year, and helps to reduce emissions. This is a great opportunity to cheer on vanpool mates, show your skills, eat pizza, and socialize with others who are working to build a better Cal Poly community. For more information, visit

Cal Poly and WW Recruiting Participants for New Study

Researchers at Cal Poly and WW (formerly Weight Watchers) are seeking participants for a weight loss study called the WW Success Survey. The study is one of the first of its size to focus on identifying and studying the strategies of both WW and non-WW individuals to understand the most effective ways to lose weight and maintain weight loss. Participants receive one month of free online WW membership for completing the study, which consists of completing a series of online questionnaires now and one year from now. For eligibility information, visit the study’s website. Questions? Email or call ext. 6-5694.

Learn How Many Calories You Burn During Everyday Activities

The Center for Health Research is recruiting research participants for a study on burning calories that will require four hours over two days. Participants will wear activity monitors, a face mask and backpack that will measure their calories while sitting, walking and driving. Participants will receive a $30 Target gift card and must be between the ages of 18-65 and be able to drive a car. Email or call ext. 6-1785 for more information.

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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.


Music Department Announces 2019-20 Events

Image of the Cal Poly Music Departments 2019-20 event brochure, with photos of several of the musicians and performers.The Music Department's 2019-20 season will begin with a guest artist lecture-recital and three faculty performances. On Oct. 3, guest artist Diane White-Clayton will present a lecture-recital titled “The Many Colors of Spirituals,” a musical journey of Afro-American spirituals as they made their way from the plantation to the concert stage. On Oct. 12, a lecture-recital on Robert Schumann’s “Myrthen” (“Myrtles”), Op. 25, will be presented by Katherine Arthur, soprano; Paul Woodring, piano; and Emma Levine, lecturer. On Oct. 18, Arthur White, Cal Poly’s new director of jazz studies, will perform the world premiere of his first long-form jazz work, “Pictures of the Heartland.” There will be a Faculty Showcase Recital on Oct. 25 with at least eight faculty performers. Additional fall events include: Oct. 26, Choirs’ Fall Concert: Cry Out; Nov. 15, Bandfest 2019: Boston Brass!; Nov. 16, Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert; Nov. 22, Fall Jazz Concert; Dec. 6, Symphony Fall Concert: Teamwork; and Dec. 7, Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope. The complete list of events through June — which includes dozens of free offerings — is available on the Music Department’s calendar website. For more information, call ext. 6-2406 or email the department. Printed versions of the event brochure are available on request.

Event Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

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.

Sunday, Sept. 15
Men's Soccer vs. Gonzaga, Spanos Stadium, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19
Women's Soccer vs. Washington, Spanos Stadium, 5 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Westmont, Spanos Stadium, 7:30 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. 

There are no new listings at this time.

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.

#493790 — Full-Time Lecturer — Structural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#493601 — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Information Systems — Management, Human Resources and Information Systems, Orfalea College of Business. Open until filled.

#493512 — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Finance — Orfalea College of Business. Open until filled.

#493579 — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Philosophy — Metaphysics, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#493226 — Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor of Postharvest Microbiology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#493452 — Tenure-Track Faculty Assistant/Associate Professor of Forestry, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#493567 — Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#493393 — Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor of Nutrition, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#493510 — Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, open until filled.

#105381 — Assistant Pitching Coach, Women’s Softball,  Athletics. Open until filled.

#105393 — Assistant Wrestling Coach, Athletics. Open until filled.

#105391 —Assistant Diving Coach, Men’s Swimming, Athletics. Open until filled.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Administrative Support Assistant, CPC Executive Office, $15-$21.96 per hour.

Graphic Design Coordinator, CIE, $19.47-$29.21 per hour.

Custodian, Campus Dining, $15.00-$21.55 per hour.

Lead Cook, Campus Dining, $15.00-$21.96 per hour.

Accounting Specialist, Campus Dining, $19.47-$29.21 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

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