Cal Poly Report — Jan. 15, 2020 


Cross Cultural Centers to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Jan. 15 Event 

Illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with text reading Honor Martin Luther King Kr. January 15, 2020, 5-7 p.m. PAC PavilionThe campus community is invited to honor Martin Luther King Jr. at the third annual celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The Cross Cultural Centers hosts the event to honor King’s legacy, to raise awareness of the experiences of people of color at Cal Poly, and to recognize a campus community member who leads with love and hope to create a better campus for all. Several students will speak, and a faculty or staff member will be honored with the 2020 MLK Legacy Award. The celebration is free and open to the campus community. Come to this year’s event and be inspired to follow King’s example to create social change in our corrmmunity. 

Cal Poly to Host National Qualifying Event for USA Pentathlon Jan. 18-19

Photo of two athletes fencingIn January athletes from across the country will come to Cal Poly to compete for a spot on the USA Pentathlon 2020 Olympic team. On Jan. 18 and 19, Cal Poly will host a national qualifying event for roughly 50 athletes competing in the modern pentathlon. This is the second of two qualifiers; the first will be held in Colorado Springs in December. The top four men and four women after both qualifiers will be named to Team USA. The modern pentathlon puts competitors through five distinct events including fencing, swimming, equestrian ride and a laser run, which combines shooting a laser pistol with cross country running — in one day. The female athletes will compete on Saturday, Jan. 18, and the male competitors will compete on Sunday, Jan. 19. Cal Poly is acting as the Local Organizing Committee and host site for the two-day event. Cal Poly Corporation’s Conference and Event Planning is leading the effort. Volunteers are being sought to fill a range of jobs and tasks, from serving as judges and referees, to handing out water to athletes. Click here to sign up and volunteer with the team.


Cal Poly Recognized Among Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2020

Cal Poly has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for the third time by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The university earned the distinction in 2017 and 2019. “It is my honor to once again receive this award, because it serves as a testament to the individuals who continue to create a welcoming workplace atmosphere in which everyone feels valued at Cal Poly,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “I’m grateful to them and to all of our campus partners for making this recognition possible. We will continue to work together for a workplace and campus community that is diverse, equitable and inclusive for all.” Cal Poly was one of 27 universities nationwide — and one of just four in California — recognized for its commitment to workplace diversity, family friendliness, staffing practices, and professional development, among other categories. It was one of three California State University (CSU) campuses to receive the award, along with CSU Channel Islands and Sonoma State University. 

Register and Host a Viewing Party for Online Distinguished Speaker Series Starting Jan. 23 

Text reading Distinguished Speaker Series with CPX logoGrab some friends or colleagues and tune into the online CPX Distinguished Speaker Series starting Thursday, Jan. 23. The series, which continues Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, will feature renowned researchers and scholars giving candid, informative talks on various topics. The series is designed for individuals participating in the action planning process and anyone interested in contributing to an everyday culture of inclusion. The Jan. 23 event includes:
— From 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., learn why efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at Cal Poly are critical and how you can get involved. Key differences between the centennial generation (those born in or after 1998) and past generations will be shared, as will strategies to engage and partner with students on campus climate issues.
— From 12:45-2 p.m., hear an overview of higher education experiences of LGBTQIA students and how to be an ally. 
Snack packs are available for any student clubs or organizations hosting viewing parties. Contact Administrative Support Assistant Kelli Medeiros in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at ext. 6-1521 or email The online series is available online via Zoom. Register at

Cal Poly to Host Anti-Human Trafficking Summit Jan. 26-28

The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host an anti-human trafficking summit Jan. 26-28 on campus, including a community panel and resource fair, student project showcase, documentary film and talk with a human trafficking survivor, and training sessions for law enforcement. “The summit aims to raise awareness of the Cal Poly community and the general public, and provide specialized training to law enforcement to combat one of the greatest human rights violations of our time,” said Cal Poly CCI Program Manager Martin Minnich. From 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan.  26, a community panel and resource fair will provide information and resources to identify and respond to human trafficking as it occurs within San Luis Obispo County and beyond. At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Minnich will announce the launch of the Trafficking Investigations Hub at the CCI. From 4-6 p.m., an Emmy-nominated documentary film on human trafficking, “Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America,” will be shown. One of the human trafficking survivors featured in the movie will speak and answer questions after the film. From 6-7 p.m., Cal Poly students will present projects representing the work they have completed over the past six months to help combat human trafficking. These events are open to the public and free to attend. Learn more here.

Student Success

Students Selected to Help NASA Find Ways to Drill for Water on Mars and the Moon

Members of Cal Poly’s Moon and Mars team include, from left, mechanical engineering students Chris Boone, Westin McHaney, Alex Krenitsky, Aaron Erickson and Ryan Locatelli. Boone is handling telemetry systems; Erickson is in charge of programming and electrical design; Krenitsky oversees linear motion and drilling systems; Locatelli is the water processing lead; and McHaney, is leading the thermal systems effort.A team of mechanical engineering students has been chosen to participate in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge, which aims to further the space agency’s goal of prolonged space missions. Cal Poly and nine other universities were chosen for the competition for their ingenuity and imagination to participate alongside NASA and industry researchers in the quest to demonstrate methods for harvesting water on the Moon and Mars. “NASA is working hard on getting humans back to the moon and onward to Mars,” said Peter Schuster, the team’s faculty advisor. “This project focuses on coming up with potential solutions for some of those challenges. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to work on real NASA challenges and interact with their engineers.” Read more here.

Racing Team Students Win Trip to Tour Maserati Innovation Lab in Italy

Noah Wheeler, left, and Carl Stoye visited several car museums during their trip to Italy. They went to Italy after winning the 2019 VI-grade Virtual Formula international competition for their electric car design.Two engineering students recently toured Maserati’s new Innovation Lab in Italy after becoming the first Americans to win the VI-grade Virtual Formula competition for electric race cars. Maserati is an Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer owned by Italian-American car company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. Vi-grade provides software for auto simulations. Noah Wheeler (left in photo) and Carl Stoye, both mechanical engineering students and members of the Cal Poly Racing team, won the competition by using VI-grade vehicle dynamics software to optimize a virtual formula car to compete in a series of race events. They edged out teams from Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain. A second Cal Poly team finished eighth. “The competition has been run for 10 years or so, and this is the first time that an American team has won,” Wheeler said. Read more here.

Architecture Students’ Work on Rebuilding in Paradise Now Accessible Online 

Illustration with a map of Paradise, California, and text reading Re-envisioning ParadiseDuring fall quarter, students in Lecturer Kent Macdonald’s third-year architectural design studio worked on projects to reconceive the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California. The students’ work now has been uploaded to Digital Commons, the university’s institutional repository, making it accessible to individuals and communities around the world. Operated through the Kennedy Library, the Digital Commons collects, preserves and provides access to scholarly work created at Cal Poly. The “Re-envisioning Paradise: Cal Poly Students Initiate a Path to Recovery” collections contain the students’ projects that depict Paradise as a more socially cohesive, ecologically sustainable, and environmentally secure community while exploring how architectural building projects could realize these goals and additional priorities based on feedback from the city’s residents. The full project can be viewed on the Digital Commons. To read more about the work behind uploading the projects to the Digital Commons, click here

Application Period Open for Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program

Photo showing Panetta Student interns in Washington, D.C.Cal Poly’s 2019 Panetta Intern, Christine Lam, will talk about her recent experience at the Panetta Institute and working in a congressional office in Washington, D.C. during an information session from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E28. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Matriculating third and fourth year, junior or senior students from any major who meet the program requirements are encouraged to apply. This prestigious Learn by Doing experience provides an opportunity for students to enhance their education by providing encouragement in the exploration of Congress, civil leadership, and community and public service. Once selected, students participate in a two-week training session in August at the Panetta Institute, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working in the capitol office of a California congressional delegation member. The cost of the program is fully funded in order to allow participation by any qualified student, independent of family income. The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 29. Complete program requirements and details are available through the Office of the Provost's website.

Registration Open to Students for Global Leadership Series 

Logo reading Global Leadership SeriesLooking to earn a leadership certificate in just four weeks? Registration is open now for the Global Leadership Series (GLS). This series allows students to engage in a leadership journey specifically gauged toward applying their leadership skills to different cultures. Over the course of four weeks, students will explore personal, local, national and global issues within leadership and identify the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to navigate these different contexts. Section times are as follows:
— Section 2: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon starting Feb. 11.
Questions? Email

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Faculty & Staff

Al Liddicoat Named Interim Dean of Orfalea College of Business

Al LiddicoatAl Liddicoat, vice provost of academic affairs and personnel, has been appointed interim dean of the Orfalea College of Business, effective Jan. 1. Liddicoat will remain in this role until a permanent dean is selected through a nationwide search, which began earlier this fall. He succeeded Dean Scott Dawson, who retired after five years at Cal Poly. Liddicoat has served in Academic Affairs leadership for more than 12 years, participating in strategic planning, budgeting and recruitment efforts, as well as leading CSU systemwide initiatives, including chairing the CSU steering committee for a common human resource system. He also has over 10 years of experience in private industry, working for companies including IBM and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Liddicoat joined the Cal Poly faculty in 2002 as a Forbes Assistant Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering, earned tenure in 2006 and full professorship in Computer and Electrical Engineering in 2008. He earned a B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Cal Poly and later his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, as well as an additional M.S. degree in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. He specializes in computer architecture and embedded systems.

Professors to be Honored for Distinguished Scholarship Jan. 29

Text reading Distinguished Scholarship Award Forum on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, with photos of the three award winners.The 2018-19 Distinguished Scholarship Award winners — Beth Chance of the Statistics Department, John Bellardo of the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, and Marni Goldenberg of the Experience Industry Management Department — will be honored at a presentation from 2:10-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7). Faculty, staff and students are invited to join Interim Provost Pedersen at the event, hosted in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186 or visit the Office of the Provost's website. The event schedule is:
— 2:10 p.m.: Welcome and remarks.
— 2:20 p.m.: Beth Chance, "Recent Developments in Statistics Education."
— 2:50 p.m.: John Bellardo, "CubeSats: Small Satellites Enable Learn By Doing at Cal Poly and Beyond."
— 3:20 p.m.: Marni Goldenberg, "Understanding Outcomes: Qualitative Discovery in the Outdoor and Adventure Fields."
A reception will follow at 3:50 p.m.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

Former Dean Bailey and President Armstrong with a past award recipient.The Cal Poly Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in the scholarship of teaching and advancement of Learn by Doing pedagogy. The awards acknowledge research that goes beyond descriptive examples of Learn by Doing projects and recognizes research directly contributing to the pedagogical understanding and practice of Learn by Doing. Two awards are presented, with a cash prize of $2,000 for the career award and $1,000 for the emerging career award. Faculty self-nominate for the award. Individual and team applications are welcome for both awards. The Learn by Doing Scholar Award applications are reviewed by one tenured faculty member from each college and the library. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, March 9. Applicants will be notified in May, and winners will be publicly recognized during Fall Conference 2020. Award details, application procedures, and evaluation criteria are available on the library website at (Pictured is faculty member J. Kevin Taylor, who received the Learn by Doing Scholar Award for Published Research in May 2015, with President Armstrong and Phil Bailey, dean emeritus of the College of Science and Mathematics.)

Sign up for OUDI Monthly Newsletter, Submit Events 

Cal Poly OUDI logoThe Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) has re-launched its monthly newsletter. Read the January edition here, and subscribe to future editions here. Anyone who would like to have their campus diversity and inclusion-related events, announcements and initiatives featured in the OUDI Monthly Newsletter can submit an item for consideration by filling out this Google Form. Submissions for the following month’s edition are accepted through the third Friday of every month. Contact Ryan Adserias ( with questions.

Cal Poly Establishes Office of Institutional Research, Analysis and Effectiveness

As Cal Poly maintains it commitment to make data-driven decisions and recognizes the growing demand for data reporting, availability and analysis, the university has established the Office of Institutional Research, Analysis and Effectiveness (IRA&E). The IRA&E began with the consolidation of Institutional Research and the Office of Data Management in November under the leadership of Chief Data Officer Dave Dobis. IRA&E will serve the entire campus as the central resource for data analysis, institutional effectiveness and be Cal Poly’s single resource for all data requests and data reporting across campus. The office will also establish and maintain data governance, standards, stewardship, policies and procedures. The office will be responsible for the university’s data management, data analysis, data reporting and institutional effectiveness studies. For more information on the Office of Institutional Research, Analysis and Effectiveness, contact Dobis at

'Disability Tapas' Presentations to be Held on Wednesdays Through Winter Quarter

Disabilities come in many different forms and can vary greatly. Join the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for some snack-size information and interactive discussions on a variety of disability-related topics. Presentations are geared toward faculty and staff (students are welcome), and offered every Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Building (No. 124). Room as listed below. Or attend via Zoom at Past presentations are viewable at actual "tapas" will not be available, there will be a good variety of chocolate offered. The presentations include:
— Jan. 15: "Understanding Invisible Chronic Illnesses" (Room 117).
— Jan. 22: "Access Needs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students" (Room 117).
— Jan. 29: "Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive Syndrome" (Room 224).
— Feb. 5: "Disability Accessibility and Inclusion Strategies for Events, Meetings and More!" (Room 224).
— Feb. 12: "Supporting Students with ADHD" (Room 117).
— Feb. 19: "How to be a Disability Ally - Strategies for Identifying and Addressing Ableism" (Room 117).
— Feb. 26: "Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities, Part I" (Room 224). 
— March 4: "Supporting Students with Psychological Disabilities, Part II" (Room 117).
 —March 11: "Supporting Students with Autism" (Room 117).
The presentations are provided by the Disability Resource Center, which can be reached at or ext. 6-1395.

CTLT Seeking Canvas Goodwill Ambassadors

Logo for CanvasThe Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is looking for faculty who have taught with the Canvas LMS for at least a year to serve as Canvas Goodwill Ambassadors during Cal Poly’s transition to Canvas from PolyLearn-Moodle. Selected candidates will assist the CTLT in promoting Canvas on campus by answering questions, sharing teaching techniques with Canvas, demonstrating a Canvas feature in a department meeting, and placing a Canvas Goodwill Ambassador sign on their office door. Participants can earn up to a $300 stipend, and applications can be submitted through the CTLT website. Anyone with questions can email For more information about the transition to Canvas, visit

25Live Trainings Available in January

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. Join the Office of the Registrar's University Scheduling team at one of two upcoming training sessions. Registration is not required.The sessions will be held in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 217D, on the following dates: 
— 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15: "How to Check Location Availability."
— 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29:  “How to Create Searches and Run Reports.”

Accessibility Workshops for Faculty Now Available for Winter 2020 Quarter

Photo of a computer keyboard with a green "access" button under the caps lock buttonFaculty, do you want to make your course materials more accessible for students? The following workshops provide guidance to help faculty members create accessible course materials, including an accessible Word document, a video with captions, and an accessible Canvas page. Each workshop requires seven to 10 hours total, and can be completed anytime during winter quarter. Each workshop provides a $100 stipend for eligible faculty upon completion. These workshops are for faculty only. Questions can be directed to Pam Dougherty with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Learn more and register for the following workshops:
Creating Accessible Documents.
Creating Accessible Videos.
Creating Accessible Canvas Content.

OUDI Book Circle Sign-ups Close Jan. 21

Following the campuswide Strategic Diversity Leadership Institute in October, faculty, staff and students were given the opportunity to select books from the CPX Book Bar. Participants were encouraged to read and then share their books. Anyone who would like to share their book can drop it off at the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, located in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 209. Those who did not get a book are invited to come by and see what OUDI has available. Campus community members are also invited to participate in a book circle. Anyone interested in participating in or facilitating a book circle is asked to sign up here. Sign-ups will close on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and those who volunteered to facilitate will be contacted with more information later that week.

Sign Up for New Book and Learning Circles in Winter Quarter

Image of book cover for "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?"Employee and Organization Development has announced the winter 2020 Book and Learning Circles. Participate in enriching conversations by joining a Book Circle, where you read a book and discuss as a group, or a Learning Circle, where you view a video or read an article before discussing as a group.
— Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three or four sessions. The first book is "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria" by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. This valuable read argues that straight talk about our identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. The second 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.   
— Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article and participating in a discussion during a single session. The first learning circle, "Forget Big Change, Start with a Tiny Habit" with BJ Fogg, shows us that the key to lasting change does not lie in planning big, monumental changes, but in thinking really, really small.  The second learning circle is "How Incivility Shuts Down Our Brains At Work," in which Christine Porath explains how workplace culture impacts individuals and provides a goal of creating organizations that thrive. The third learning circle gives us the opportunity to view and discuss "Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk" by Beverly Daniel Tatum, which covers the formation of racial identity and the impact of avoiding discussions about race.
To view a full description and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at

Extended Education’s Quarter Plus program is Hiring a Learning Assistant Coordinator for Summer 2020

Graphic for Quarter + programThe Quarter Plus Program has announced an opportunity for a faculty member to serve as the program’s Learning Assistant Coordinator. The primary focus of the Quarter Plus Program is to provide an intensive academic experience for incoming students. The program offers first-year students an opportunity to begin their college experience early while accelerating their academic studies before the rush of the fall quarter. The role includes serving as the primary point of contact for the Quarter Plus Program’s Learning Assistants and designing and facilitating the training program for them. Qualifications include experience with student leadership and student development, eligibility for an extra compensation assignment during spring and summer 2020, and familiarity with the Quarter Plus program. Anticipated compensation is $100 hour with 100 hours work expected. Learn more about the position, learn more about Quarter Plus, and apply today. Questions? Contact Dianna Previs in Extended Education at

Request for Research Proposals Due Feb. 6

The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program, supported by funds from the Provost’s Office and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, is intended to help faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The annual funding from the program is intended to provide more internal resources to help faculty pursue a broader array of professional activities. The deadline to submit proposals for 2020-21 is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. For full application and submission instructions, visit the Office of Research and Economic Development website, find information on InfoReady, or call the office at ext. 6-5153. 

GE 2020 Faculty Advising Training to be Held in January

Gold box with text reading General Education 2020The Office of the Registrar invites all faculty advisors to learn more about the new General Education 2020 template. Associate Registrar Helen Bailey of the Evaluations Unit will lead the training and discuss specific differences between the new template and previous catalogs, how these changes might impact students and what tools are available to assist in the advising process during this transition period. Registration is not required. The following training sessions will all be held in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46:
— 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
— Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
— 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
— 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Jan. 24.
Though unlikely, times and locations may vary. For the most up-to-date details, visit the Upcoming Training Opportunities calendar.

Webcast on Time Management Set for Jan. 28

Logo for CSU's Got Talent seriesAll employees are invited to join Employee and Organization Development as it hosts another edition of the CSU’s Got Talent series. Executive coach and speaker Audrey Reille, MBA, Ed.D., will present a webcast titled “Time Management: What Gets in the Way and How to Reclaim Control Over Your Schedule.” Come discover what beliefs and habits keep you overworked and overwhelmed. Find freedom and personal empowerment by rethinking how to get more work done in less time. The webcast will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Administration and Finance Training Room (located in the Cal Poly Police Building), No. 36, Room 105. Register through the Learning Hub at Time Management: What Gets in the Way. Alternatively, you may view the webcast independently from your desktop computer or phone by going to


Debbie Hart is retiring after 12 years of service to Cal Poly. Hart arrived at Cal Poly as an art and graphic design student in 1982, working as a student assistant in the Computer Science Department for three years. She left the area after graduation but returned to the Central Coast in 2007. After working in a couple of temporary assignments, she was hired in 2009 as an administrative analyst in Research and Graduate Programs, later the Office of Research and Economic Development. During her 10-plus years in this office, she has expanded her expertise and responsibilities and retires from her role as the compliance/information officer, in which she become central to the campus’s research compliance activities and the operations of the office. In retirement, Hart is looking forward to spending more time on artistic pursuits and traveling with her family and friends. Please join the Office of Research and Economic Development in celebrating Hart from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23, at Woodstock's Pizza (1000 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo).

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Catastrophic Leave

Renee Elliott, administrative analyst in Financial Aid, 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 Linda Ortiz at ext. 6-1304 or  to request a donation form.

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In Memoriam

Greg BrownNatural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department Head Greg Brown died Jan. 2 surrounded by his wife and family after battling health issues the past few years. Brown joined the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department in 2016, after serving in academic leadership positions at the University of Queensland, Central Washington University, University of South Australia, Alaska Pacific University, and Green Mountain College in Vermont. He was named one of the world’s most impactful scientific researchers by Clarivate Analytics, which recognizes the most frequently cited researchers spanning the globe in 21 fields of sciences and social sciences, representing leading researchers whose papers have supported, influenced, inspired and challenged others. Brown was the first Cal Poly professor to be named to the list and the only professor from the CSU system to be included. “Greg made a tremendous impact during his time here — he was a deep thinker and brought a fresh and unique perspective to the department and college as a whole. I will miss his infectious enthusiasm and commitment to giving his all to everything he approached,” College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Dean Andy Thulin said. A celebration of life was hosted by the college on Jan. 14.

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Campus Announcements

Cal Poly to Host 2020 International Graphic Communication Week Jan. 21-24

A student sets type at the Shakespeare Press Museum on Cal Poly's campus.The Graphic Communication Department will host International Graphic Communication Week from Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 21-24. The week, which celebrates Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, is dedicated to enriching student awareness of career paths, industry contacts and Graphic Communication Advisory Board involvement. Cal Poly has celebrated this event annually since 1984 with a lecture series of industry professionals, a celebration banquet and the department’s largest career day of the year, in which companies can take a sneak peek at the best of the best future leaders in the industry. Additionally, Cal Poly’s Shakespeare Press Museum, a 19th century working printing museum, celebrates 50 years in 2020. The department will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and an Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. The museum contains rare letterpress equipment, over 500 fonts of handset type, and a variety of printing papers. In addition to serving as a museum, student volunteers and a faculty advisor function as a letterpress printing office, which can produce greeting cards, wedding invitations, bookmarks, posters and personal projects. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Farmers Market to Return in Spring Quarter 

The Campus Health and Wellbeing Cal Poly Farmers Market held on Mustang Way will take a break during winter quarter. The market will return in spring quarter and continue to feature San Luis Obispo County farmers and Cal Poly vendors.


Stalking Awareness Month Features 'Name It' Week 

 Know it. Name it. Stop it. With photo of a person holding their hand up in a stop motion.This week’s “Name It” booth on Tuesday, Jan. 21, will have an interactive display where guests can read hypothetical scenarios and assess their personal boundaries in respect to the situations. The booth will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UU Plaza. Then, come eat some popcorn at the “Obsessed” screening and discuss Hollywood’s portrayal of stalking within the movie from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the yakʔitʸutʸu Community Center. To close out this week’s programing, Safer is partnering with Smile and Nod, everyone's favorite Cal Poly improv group, to host a free stalking-themed show from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in Phillips Hall. For more information visit Safer’s website at or email

Register by Jan. 24 for SKY Happiness Leadership Training 

Do you want to be happier? Less stressed? More aware? Are you interested in self-care or mindful leadership? Students, faculty and staff are invited to join Campus Health and Wellbeing and attend a SKY Happiness Leadership Training at Cal Poly. Register now for the three-day event that will empower student leaders through personal development, soft skill-building, public speaking, organizing skills, regular practice of SKY techniques, training in meditation facilitation, and assistance from SKY trainers. SKY is a program of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), in collaboration with The Art of Living Foundation. Founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, IAHV’s mission is to offer programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. The program is free to attend and is open to all faculty, staff and students. Click here to register. The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 24, and space is limited to 55 participants. The location will be announced soon. Questions? Contact or ext. 6-6181.

Language Conversation Tables Set for Winter Quarter 

The German Conversation Table started Jan. 9 and meets every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, near Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library (No. 35). The Russian Conversation Table starts Jan. 16 and meets every other Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Fishbowls, 220, in Kennedy Library. The Vietnamese Language and Culture Roundtable meets every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E26. The Italian Conversation Table meets every Thursday starting Jan. 16 from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the World Languages Lab in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 128. The Spanish Conversation Table meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon on the lawn between the Science Building (No. 52) and the Avenue. No prior experience is necessary for any of the conversation groups, just an interest in the language. More details about each conversation table are on the World Languages and Cultures Department website

Learn About Pioneering Research at the Cal Poly Solar Farm on Jan. 30

Photo of the Cal Poly solar farm with sheep running under some of the panels.Students, staff and faculty are invited from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 30 to hear from various campus experts about the collaborative research happening on the Cal Poly Solar Farm. Attendees will learn how they can contribute to climate change solutions by making renewable energy more effective, more efficient, and reduce its environmental impact. Learn how to bring solar farm data into the classroom, lab or research project. The event, located in the Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 213, is free and includes lunch. RSVP here.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services 

The Statistics Department provides a free statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Monday, March 23, by appointment only. Jeff Sklar and John Walker will serve as the consultants. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, they will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what to bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

Envision Your 2020 at the Cal Poly Recreation Center

Envision your 2020 #Dedicate the DecadeTake time to focus on you! Dedicate the decade to your health and wellness. The Recreation Center can help you achieve your vision, whatever your goals are. Get started today by becoming a member or purchase a day pass for $10. No sign-up fees and low monthly membership rates are available. Conveniently located on campus, you can stop by on your lunch break, before work or after dark. Experience  state-of-the-art equipment, complimentary group fitness classes, gymnasiums, racquetball courts, lap and leisure pools, locker room amenities, and more. Members can sign up for one free personal training session with a nationally certified personal trainer. Visit Memberships or contact ext. 6-1366 or to get started.

Photo of two people sitting at a desk, talking and gesturing with their hands.Do you need legal advice? ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding for 34 years to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to currently enrolled Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff. Radding provides a free 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. No matter what the issue, advice and guidance is offered. Legal consultation can provide the foundation to take the most effective steps necessary for a situation. Winter quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, and March 13. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office Conference Room located in UU 212.

Beautiful Bella Montana Units Now Available for Sale

File photo of the Bella Montana housing communityInterested in living within walking distance to campus? Three craftsman-inspired units at Bella Montana are for sale. The homes offer stainless-steel appliances, indoor laundry and a garage; some have bamboo flooring and a deck. Bella Montana is a unique housing community of 69 individually-owned homes designed exclusively for Cal Poly faculty and staff. The community is conveniently located within walking distance of Cal Poly, as well as restaurants, shopping and schools. For more information, visit  

'Intro to Command Line' Workshop Open to Campus Community on Jan. 17 

Intro to the Command LineStudents, staff and faculty are welcome to attend an introductory, hands-on workshop for computing with the Command Line. Join Data and GIS Specialist Russ White and Digital Archivist Zach Vowell to build skills to navigate with ease, automate tasks, and more when you go beyond the graphic user interface (GUI). The “Intro to Command Line” workshop will be held from 10:10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 216A. No prior experience is required. More information is available at

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Theatre and Dance Department Presents Orchesis Dance Concert Jan. 17-25

Promotional photo for Orchesis Dance Company's show "50"Orchesis Dance Company will perform "50" on Jan. 17-18, and Jan. 23-25 at Spanos Theatre, presented by the Theatre and Dance Department. In 1969, Professor Moon Ja Minn Suhr established the Orchesis Dance Company at Cal Poly. Its first dance performance was held in 1970 and now, 50 years later, the Cal Poly community is invited to watch this year’s company as the members dance choreography inspired by previous concert titles and program cover artwork. “50” will feature performances in the genres of ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary by faculty and students as well as guest artists. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.

Chris Meyer, CEO or George P. JohnsonEIM To Host Jan. 17 Talk on Future of Experiential Marketing 

The Experience Industry Management Department will host Chris Meyer, CEO of George P. Johnson, at 11:10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center (No. 6, Room 124). The event is open to the campus community. Meyer will deliver a keynote presentation titled “The Future of Experiential Marketing.” This interactive presentation will provide an overview of the future of experiential marketing and highlight the partnership between the Experience Industry Management department and George P. Johnson. The event will be preceded by a reception in the PAC lobby from 9:30–10:30 a.m.


Cal Poly to Present Faculty Bass Recital on Jan. 17Ken Hustad

Music Department faculty member and string bassist Ken Hustad will present a recital with guest performers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Hustad will perform the first movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007; and the two Bourrée movements from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009. Guest artists will join Hustad for the other works on the program. Pianist Paul Woodring, an accompanist at Cal Poly, and Hustad will perform two compositions by Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, and “Elegia.” Saxophonist Ron McCarley and guitarist Adam Levine will play jazz trio works with Hustad by Oscar Pettiford, one of the fathers of jazz bass, and other jazz bass giants. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website.

Annual Bach Week Jan. 21-25 Will Showcase the Masterpiece Mass in B Minor

Bach Week logoThe Music Department will present Bach Week Jan. 21-25. The first four events will take place in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45): at 6 p.m. Jan. 21, music Professor Craig Russell will present an Akademie lecture. At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, cellists Barbara Spencer, Jeanne Shumway and Hilary Clark conclude a two-year cycle of the cello suites of J.S. Bach. Two master classes with guest artists will be held Jan. 23: an instrumental class at 11:10 a.m. and a voice class at 3:10 p.m. Two events will be held Jan. 24 at the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo: At 7 p.m., Baroque music specialist John T. Brobeck will give a pre-concert lecture, followed by a chamber concert at 8 p.m. The week will culminate with one of the most important choral orchestral works of all time: Bach’s Mass in B Minor. At 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Brobeck will lecture on the history, composition and legacy of the work in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. Members of Cal Poly’s Chamber Choir, Symphony and faculty will join with guest artists to perform the Bach Week finale, Mass in B Minor, at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Performing Arts Center’s Miossi Hall. Admission is free to events in the Davidson Music Center and to the lectures; parking will be enforced. There is a suggested donation at the door for the Jan. 24 concert of $15 for the public and $10 for students. Tickets for the Jan. 25 finale concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Bach Week website or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406. 

'Wozzeck' to be Screened at the PAC on Jan. 26

Photo from a scene in the Metropolitan Opera's WozzeckThe Metropolitan Opera’s Alban Berg’s "Wozzeck" will be screened live in high definition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in Miossi Hall, presented by Cal Poly Arts and Opera SLO. Wozzeck is a 30-year-old Leipzig militiaman who earns extra money for his mistress and child by acting as regimental servant of the captain and by being subject of the doctor's experiments. He assassinated his mistress and was condemned to death after trying in vain to demonstrate his insanity. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts baritone Peter Mattei’s highly anticipated debut as Wozzeck. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the cast includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the drum-major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the captain. Tickets are $12 for students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4849, or online on the PAC website.

'Beyond the Surface: The Photograph as Object' Exhibition Open Through Jan. 31

Photo of a piece of art created by Aline Smithson, depicting a photo of a class with their faces blurred.The University Art Gallery will present "Beyond the Surface: The Photograph as Object," an exhibition curated by Aline Smithson, from Jan. 9-31. "Beyond the Surface" will feature a variety of interventions and investigations that include sewing, cutting and weaving, all interrogating the material qualities of a physical photograph to create new realities. The University Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). Learn more about the exhibition and other upcoming University Art Gallery shows. 

Event Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, Jan. 17
Wrestling vs. Stanford, Mott Athletics Center, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

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

Saturday, Jan. 25
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Cruz, Anderson Aquatic Center, noon.
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. For all available job openings, visit and All new positions opened this week are listed below. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#494718 — Payment Technician (Accounting Technician I), Administration and Finance — Strategic Business Services. $32,520-$58,872 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $36,000-$43,200 per year. Open until closed.

#494402 — Campus Advocate — Safer Program (Student Service Professional II), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $51,648- $73,440 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $51,648-$56,820 per year. Open until closed.

#494769 — Administrative Support Assistant II — Counseling, Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $31,200-$55,104 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $36,000-$40,800 per year. Open until closed.

#494715 — Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator), Student Affairs — Dean of Students Office. $31,308-$56,628 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $37,380-$48,000 per year. Open until filled.

#494812 — Admissions Officer (Student Service Professional II), Academic Affairs — Admissions. $51,640-$73,440 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $51,648-$56,400 per year. Open until filled.

#494895 — Emergency Hire, Student Services Professional II (SSP II), Student Affairs — University Housing. Anticipated hiring range: $24.83 an hour. Open until closed.

For a full list of available jobs, go to and

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly is currently transitioning to a new applicant tracking system. Visit and for all available job openings. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. 

#494291 — Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Open until filled.

#494389 — Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor — Child Development, College of Liberal Arts, open until filled.

#494388 — Tenure Track, Assistant of Associate Professor  — Computer Science Education, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#494387 — Tenure-Track, Assistant of Associate Professor — Software Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#494453 — Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor — Public Relations and Strategic Communications, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#494557 — Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor — Experience Industry Management, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#494629 — Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of Design and Representation, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Open until filled.

#494681 — Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor, Social Foundations of Education, College of Science and Mathematics. Open until filled.

#494740 — Tenure-Track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Soil Science and Restoration Ecology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. 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 all available job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Center Accounting Assistant, Irrigation, Training and Research Center, $16.88-$25.34 per hour.

Administrative Support Assistant, Educational Talent Search, $15.19-$22.09 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.

Coordinator — Event Management. Annual salary: $53,586 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Director — Recreational Sports. Annual salary: $101,530 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Assistant Director — Wellness and Fitness. Annual salary: $71,837 with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Administrative Assistant II — University Union (Temporary Full Time). Salary: $21.56/hour with excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

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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.

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