Cal Poly Report — Jan. 8, 2020 


Cal Poly Float Wins Director Award at 2020 Rose Parade

Cal Poly universities' float, Aquatic Aspirations, on the parade route during the 131st Rose Parade held New Year's Day.“Aquatic Aspirations” received the Director Award for the most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials at the 131st Rose Parade held New Year’s Day. The float, which features a submarine exploring a sunken shipwreck that is also home to a colorful array of marine wildlife, was designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. It is the seventh time in 72 appearances that a Cal Poly float has featured an ocean-related design — this year celebrating the parade’s theme, “The Power of Hope.” “We’ve never won the Director Award before,” said Sidney Strong, an industrial engineering major who’s president of Cal Poly SLO Rose Float. “It’s both related to the design and the decorations of the float. I’m just so proud of our team for everything we’ve done this past year. It’s real exciting to get not only a prestigious award but one that combines multiple aspects of our program and really focuses on our success overall.” The float was the second float and fourth overall participant at the Pasadena classic. Students said that getting a spot so early in the parade lineup may have been a first for the schools, which have been a parade mainstay since 1949. Read more here.

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.

Cal Poly Experience Innovation Lab Receives $500,000 Donation from George P. Johnson

The future of experience marketing and design is in expert hands as the world’s leading experiential marketing agency — George P. Johnson (GPJ), part of the Project Worldwide agency network — pledged $500,000 to develop an experiential learning lab at Cal Poly. The Experience Innovation Lab will be both a research and creative space to design immersive personal, technological and digital experiences in collaboration with industry partners and GPJ clients. It will engage students in invaluable, real-world experience design and marketing — all part of the Learn by Doing philosophy at the university. “Cal Poly’s hands-on educational model provides the perfect environment for students, faculty and industry partners to come together in the new Experience Innovation Lab to dream and create,” President Armstrong said. “We are grateful for George P. Johnson’s support of Learn by Doing at Cal Poly.” The Experience Innovation Lab, a place for burgeoning experiential marketing leaders and experience designers to grow and innovate, will be part of the Boswell Ag Tech Center, which is included in the $125 million William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation, now under construction. Learn more here.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Earns Statewide Teaching Award

Brian SelfBrian Self, a mechanical engineering professor who has championed active learning techniques, is one of four faculty members in the CSU system to earn the Wang Family Excellence Award, taking the CSU’s sole Outstanding Faculty Teaching honor. The $20,000 award recognizes faculty members who show extraordinary commitment and dedication and who distinguish themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. The distinction caps off a long list of accolades Self has received during his two decades as an educator. “Dr. Self continues to impress his peers with successful teaching methods that maximize student performance while also increasing their interest, helping to prepare them for future careers,” said Amy S. Fleischer, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Engineering. “His leadership is one of the reasons Cal Poly’s Mechanical Engineering Department ranks among the nation’s best.” Self has taught at Cal Poly since 2006, after serving seven years as a professor with the U.S. Air Force Academy. Prior to his education career, he worked as a biomedical research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory. In his nominating letter, President Armstrong noted Self’s dedication to active learning strategies, which involve students more directly in the learning process. Through those strategies, Self has helped improve the success rates of students taking the challenging Engineering Dynamics course. Read more here.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs Earn High Rankings in 2019-20 DesignIntelligence National Survey 

Cal Poly Architecture Professor Thomas Fowler and architecture students Emma Entress and John Kim Jr. review conceptual work in a third-year design studio.Cal Poly’s landscape architecture and architecture programs have been ranked No. 1 in a national survey of the country’s top-ranked architecture and design schools. The university’s landscape architecture program is the No. 1 most hired-from program among all accredited undergraduate and graduate schools with more than 35 graduates, according to the 2019-20 DesignIntelligence rankings. Cal Poly’s undergraduate architecture program continues to be ranked the No. 1 most hired-from school among public universities in the U.S. that average more than 100 architecture graduates each year. In addition, three CAED faculty members were named among the nation’s most admired educators. Thomas Fowler, professor in the Architecture Department (pictured left with students); Omar Faruque, head of the Landscape Architecture Department; and David Watts, associate professor in the Landscape Architecture Department, were honored for excellence in environmental design education and as outstanding professors in their fields. They are selected by DesignIntelligence staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students. Read more here.

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 celebrate a campus community member who leads with love and hope to create a better campus for all. Wednesday, Jan. 8, is the last day to submit nominations for the 2020 MLK Legacy Award. The recipient is someone who is integral to creating a legacy at Cal Poly that centers diversity, equity and inclusion. Click here to nominate a faculty or staff member who most represents the values reflected by King's legacy. The Jan. 15 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 community. 

Campus Community Invited to Participate in Campus Dialogue and Speaker Series in January

CPX Logo with text reading Share it. Shape it. Change it.Several upcoming events and learning opportunities in the yearlong CPX — Cal Poly Experience — initiative are planned in winter quarter to keep the campus informed and provide additional learning opportunities on various diversity, equity and inclusion topics. The entire campus community is invited to attend and learn more about the upcoming action planning process and how they can get involved in contributing to an everyday culture of inclusion. Events include: 
— The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) will facilitate a campuswide dialogue from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The dialogue will provide an overview of the intersections of the recommendations for diversity and inclusion put forward by the Collective Impact working groups and in the CPX Final Report, and how these diversity and inclusion efforts are aligned with the university strategic plan and the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accreditation process. The dialogue is free and open to the entire campus community; no registration is required. Refreshments will be offered.
— An online distinguished speaker series will be held Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, available to all campus community members via Zoom webinars. The series will feature renowned researchers and scholars giving informative talks on various topics. Registration details will be announced in the coming week.

Cal Poly Contributes to Study on Ways to Increase Sea Otter Population

Sea otters frolicking offshore amid kelp beds and rocky shoals have become an iconic image of the California coastline. But researchers say it may draw away attention from the value of other habitat — estuaries — that could truly help the endangered species in its recovery. A new study concludes that California could more than triple its population of 3,000 southern sea otters to nearly 10,000 by repopulating the San Francisco Bay — the largest estuary on the coast. “Sea otters are widely associated with kelp forests in the minds of both the scientific community and the general public,” said Lisa Needles, a Cal Poly biology professor and member of the research team. “However, over the last two decades, we’ve seen the resurgence of sea otters in two estuaries: Morro Bay and Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County. This led us to realize that not only did they occur in estuaries in large numbers in the past, but they’re also integral to the ecosystem health of estuaries, just as they are in kelp forests.” Read more here.

Students in Cal Poly College Prep Programs Advance to Higher Education at Rates Higher Than National Average 

Local high school students who participated in Cal Poly TRIO pre-college preparation programs advanced to institutions of higher learning at higher rates than those at TRIO programs nationally. Following the 2018-19 academic year, 87% and 94% of Cal Poly TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound (UB) participants, respectively, advanced to four-year public and private universities, community colleges, and vocational or trade schools. Both Cal Poly programs outpaced national averages for all ETS (79.7%) and UB (85.6%) programs in postsecondary enrollment outcomes. In addition, all 2018-19 academic participants in Cal Poly’s programs graduated high school. “TRIO programs were created to support students who might otherwise never consider continuing their education beyond high school,” said Susie Sandstrom, director of Cal Poly TRIO Pre-College Programs. “Our goal is to empower students and, in turn, the families and communities that support them. We’re proud to play a role in helping these students achieve new heights academically.” The programs, which are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, work directly with economically disadvantaged and potential first-generation college students. Learn more here.

Student Success

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.

Architectural Engineering Students Win National Timber Strong Competition

Cal Poly architectural engineering (ARCE) and construction management (CM) students savor the completion of their competition final structure that features a curved roof and an architectural protuberance on the left that added to the aesthetic quality of the front of the building. On the first floor, left to right, are students Dolores Herrera, fourth year ARCE; Jonathan Lin, third year CM; John Leone, fourth year ARCE; and Anna Luehrs, fourth year ARCE. On the second floor (L-R) are team captain Lilliann Lai, fourth year ARCE; and Audrey Luu, second year ARCE.Six architectural engineering (ARCE) and construction management students won the inaugural iteration of the national Timber Strong Competition, held Nov. 12 in Anaheim as part of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) annual conference. Cal Poly’s team consisted of five ARCE students: Dolores Herrera, fourth year; team captain Lilliann Lai, fourth year; John Leone, fourth year; Anna Luehrs, fourth year; Audrey Luu, second year; and third-year construction management student Jonathan Lin. ARCE faculty member Kevin Dong served as the team’s faculty advisor. The competition required the design and construction of a two-story timber structure. Students produce design drawings, a technical report, poster and structure that is constructed on site in a 90-minute timed event. The Cal Poly ARCE team won by making some unique design and construction decisions. They used balloon framing for their construction rather than the more standard platform construction used by all of the other competitors. Their structure featured a curved roof and an architectural protuberance on the front wall that added to the aesthetic quality of the building. “The competition established an invaluable bridge between learned classroom concepts and hands-on practice for engineering and construction management students,” Lai said. Read the full story here.

Student Team Wins Convention Management Competition

 Assistant Professor Kevin Lin, Olivia Larsen and Luke Haley (back row l to r); and Courtney Frickman, Morgan Cutter and Chrissy Baur (front row l to r).A proposal to create an annual convention for home share and vacation rental owners to enhance their knowledge, network and property-management skills led to a first-place win for a team of students from the Experience Industry Management Department. The five-person team won first place at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) annual student competition for the proposal, called the “Home Sharing Proposal Experience (HSX).” The theme of the competition was to create a convention or meeting that encourages the idea of face-to-face interactions in a digital era. The Cal Poly team included senior recreation, parks and tourism majors Morgan Cutter, Luke Haley and Olivia Larsen; Courtney Frickman, a senior business administration major with an event planning and experience management minor; and Chrissy Baur, an exchange student from Germany. They were advised by Assistant Professor Kevin Lin, whose research interests include facilitating better design, delivery and evaluation of engaging experiences through the use of data and technology. Read more here.

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 1: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon starting Jan. 14.
— Section 2: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon starting Feb. 11.
Questions? Email

Nominations Open for Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award

The Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award recognizes the contributions of student employees to the university community and honors their efforts. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020. Eligible candidates include state, ASI, Cal Poly Corporation and University Store student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. All student employees at Cal Poly are eligible for consideration. Faculty and staff may nominate more than one student. Cal Poly’s 2019-20 Outstanding Student Employee will be announced during the OSEY Reception on April 23. The winner is entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. To print the 2019-20 OSEY nomination form, go to:, scroll down to "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year" and click on the link. Forms are due to Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 7. Questions? Contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

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Faculty & Staff

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

New Brand Resources Available on the Cal Poly Wiki

The University Marketing team has updated a handful of branded resources for campus on its wiki pages. Users will now find a color guide PDF, Word document templates for a meeting agenda, and design file templates for an informative one-sheet. The team also recommends a slight update to the branded email signature specifications: increasing your first and last name's font size to 14 pt for ADA accessibility. All these resources, plus PowerPoint presentation templates, font activation guides and university logo files, are available on the University Marketing Wiki. Anyone with questions about the tools can email

Save Money and Reduce Stress with Vanpool

Looking for a stress-free commute? Save time and money by joining or starting a Cal Poly vanpool group. Transportation and Parking Services is hosting a vanpool event from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Facilities Building (No. 70), Room 110, for anyone interested in starting or joining an existing vanpool. Food will be provided for all who RSVP to Similar to a carpool, a vanpool holds more people, usually coworkers or students who live near each other. A vanpool direct from Los Osos to Cal Poly is getting ready to launch. 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 incentives and rewards such as paid parking for two days per month. Want to know more? RSVP to

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. Please send any questions 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

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

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

Catering Rings in the New Year with a New Menu

Photo of fresh vegetables with text reading Catering the Mustang WayUniversity Catering is starting off 2020 with some exciting new offerings. In addition to an updated menu that will include a delicious breakfast bowl, expanded taco bar, and Santa Maria-style barbecue, an option of china and glassware rentals will be available to help enhance an event. The new menu will begin Jan. 1, 2020, and china and glassware rentals are available via a sales coordinator. University Catering provides service to all indoor and outdoor campus locations and offers a large array of menus for any occasion, so bring these  new menu items to your next event. Contact the Catering Sales Office with any questions at ext. 6-1177 or The new catering menu is available at


Skip MontgomeryAfter 34 years of service at Cal Poly, Skip Montgomery retired Jan. 1. Montgomery was first hired as a custodian in 1985, and in 1998 became a stock clerk in the Facilities Warehouse, where he worked to track and maintain supplies to support his colleagues in what was then called Facilities Services. In May 2007, Montgomery transferred to the Fleet Services Shop, then called Transportation, where he finished his career. Montgomery was reclassified to an administrative support assistant II in 2008, and in October 2018 to a service writer (administrative support coordinator). A well-known figure in the Fleet Services Shop, Montgomery was responsible for intake service requests and speaking with customers from across campus. In addition to his service at Cal Poly, Montgomery retired as a captain in 2001, after serving in the Army National Guard for 20 years. An avid car enthusiast, Montgomery looks forward to having more time to spend as a race car pit crew member for his good friend, as well as  horse camping with his wife. His colleagues and friends at Cal Poly wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.

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

Amy Wiley, lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts — English, 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 Susan Bratcher at ext. 6-5850 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Stalking Awareness Month Starts Jan. 9 in UU Plaza

 Know it. Name it. Stop it. With photo of a person holding their hand up in a stop motion.Safer’s kick-off booth for Stalking Awareness Month will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the UU Plaza. There will be information about all of Safer’s upcoming events, and special stickers and buttons for Stalking Awareness Month. There will also be therapy dogs at the booth, so come by to pet a cute pup. Safer’s “Know It” booth will start the following week’s programming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in UU Plaza, and will have information about types of stalking behaviors that are often left out of larger conversations around recognizing unhealthy behaviors. Safer is also partnering with Blast 825 to add a “Stalking in Pop-Culture” themed section to its regular trivia night. That event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Blast 825 in downtown San Luis Obispo (733 Higuera St.). For more information visit Safer’s website at or email

Envision Your 2020 at the Cal Poly Recreation Center

Envision your 2020 #Dedicate the DecadeTake the time to focus on you! Dedicate the decade to your health and wellness. The Recreation Center is here to 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.

Cal Poly to Host National Qualifying Event for USA Pentathlon

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.

'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

Extended Education to Offer Cloud Academy

Graphic for Extended Education Cloud Academy Extended Education will offer a Cloud Academy Professional Certificate program. The Cloud Academy will begin its sequential cloud series with “Cloud Fundamentals” this winter. The online class will be held Tuesdays and Thursday, Jan. 14 through March 5 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There are only a few spots left in the Cloud Fundamentals course starting Jan. 14. Staff receive 15% off the course fee. The Cloud Professional Certificate program consists of three class offerings and is an online, non-credit class series designed for those seeking to understand cloud technology and prepare for a career managing and developing solutions using cloud technologies. The program gives participants a hands-on Learn by Doing experience with Amazon Web Services cloud technologies and prepares them for AWS Cloud Certification exams. Students who complete the three-class series will be awarded a professional certificate and 12 continuing education units (four CEUs per class) from Cal Poly Extended Education. Learn more here or by calling ext. 6-2053. Register here.

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  

Illustration of a California license plate with text reading This is Your Parking PermitLicense plate recognition (LPR) went live across campus at the start of fall quarter. To stay compliant, all faculty and staff must ensure that license plate information is correct and that their vehicle is linked to an active permit. This can be done in the parking account. Once a vehicle is linked to an active permit, the physical permit will no longer be necessary. For more information about LPR, visit the TAPS website at Employees are asked to log onto the parking account to make sure their license plate number is correct and linked to an active parking permit. All students, faculty and staff can access and update information, purchase permits, and pay or appeal citations via the parking account.

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'Beyond the Surface: The Photograph as Object' Exhibition to Open Jan. 9

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 exhibit will open with a talk by Smithson and several of the artists at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the University Art Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). A reception will follow from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery. Learn more about the exhibition and other upcoming University Art Gallery shows. 

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Recital Jan. 10 at Cal Poly

W. Terrence SpillerPianist and music Professor W. Terrence Spiller will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. Spiller will perform works from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The first half will feature two sonatas by Austrian composers written during the empire’s heyday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K. 330, and Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, Op. 143. The second half will feature compositions from the empire’s Hungarian side: Franz Liszt’s transcendent “Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude” from his “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses,” and Zoltán Kodály’s exciting “Dances of Marosszék.” Tickets for the recital 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.

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. 

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

Wednesday, Jan. 8
Men's Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10
Wrestling vs. Northern Illinois, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11
Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. Fresno State, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

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.

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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. 

#494655 — Groundsworker, Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $32,832-$59,400 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $32,832-$38,412 per year. Open until filled.

#494582 — On-call Stage Technician, Performing Arts Center. $18.06-$33.66 per hour. Anticipated hiring range: $20 per hour. Open until filled.

#494693 — Accountant, Administration and Finance — University Campus Programs. $43,968-$84,876 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $52,800-$67,200 per year. Open until filled.

#494406 — Administrative Assistant II (11/12), College of Liberal Arts — Political Science Department. $28,596-$50,508 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $30,084-$37,404 per year (based on 111/12 pay plan where 11 months of salary is paid out over 12 months). Open until filled.

#494691 — Stagehand (Laborer), Administration and Finance — Performing Arts Center. $16.09-$29.12 per hour. Anticipated hiring range: $17- $20 per hour. Open until filled.

#494709 — Fleet Service Advisor (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Administration and Finance — Facilities Management and Development. $38,400-$67,668. Anticipated hiring range: $38,400-$50,400. Open until filled.

#494027 — Acquisitions Specialist (Library Service Specialist III), Academic Affairs — Library — Information Resources. $40,452-$78,060 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $40,452-$54,888 per year. Open until closed.

#494707 — Custodial Supervisor (Administrator I), Administration and Finance Division — Facilities Management and Development. $45,000-$125,004. Anticipated hiring range: $55,200-$66,000. Open until filled.

#494479 — Support Services Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Student Affairs — Disability Resource Center. $37,380-$67,668 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $45,600-$52,800 per year. Open until filled.

#494753 — Instructional Support Technician I, College of Science and Mathematics — Kinesiology and Public Health Department. $41,028-$74,244 per year. Anticipated hiring range: $52,800-$58,800 per year. Open until closed.

#494784 — Administrative Support Coordinator — CLA Temp, College of Liberal Arts. $25,620-$46,332 per year. Temporary hire anticipated hiring range: $25,620-$29,736 per year. 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.

There are no new listings at this time.

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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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