Cal Poly Report — Oct. 7, 2020 


A New Issue of Cal Poly Magazine Launches

Cover of the fall issue of Cal Poly Magazine.In the fall issue, Cal Poly Magazine looks to the stars. In anticipation of alumnus Victor Glover’s first visit to the International Space Station, you’ll find a profile of the astronaut and a timeline chronicling a century of Cal Poly aeronautical and aerospace achievements. Hear from students who Learn by Doing in the cadaver lab, faculty infusing inclusive teaching across the university, and alumni educators connecting with their students virtually. Explore all the articles in this digital edition at

Cal Poly Aims to Improve Health Equity Through New Institute

The Women and Infants Mobile Health Unit. Photo by Brittany App.A group of faculty members is aiming to create the Cal Poly Institute for Community Health Training and Research to work with community partners in mobilizing a social movement to improve community health and promote health equity in California and beyond. The project, led by Professors Suzanne Phelan and Marilyn Tseng of the Center for Health Research and the Kinesiology and Public Health Department, will include faculty from all six colleges at Cal Poly. The program is inspired by the Jamkhed Comprehensive Rural Health Project, which was founded in 1970 in the Indian state of Maharashtra to bring healthcare to rural, low-income and marginalized citizens. Today, the Jamkhed CRHP provides services that impact 500,000 people in the state annually. The Jamkhed Model includes working with community health advocates to identify and address health concerns within their own communities, providing training to enhance advocacy skills and providing evidence-based tools for community change. The plans for the Cal Poly project include a mobile health team to provide healthcare and connect the community with resources as well as a robust research and evaluation program to continually improve the program and inform its impact. 

Cal Poly Seeks to Transform, Expand Access to Cybersecurity in California

Cal Poly is working to develop research and training programs at the intersection of cybersecurity technology and ethics — and increase collaborations with leading firms and agencies in the fields — to address the challenge of access to technology and build the university’s reputation as a leader in cybersecurity research and training. Through the Transforming Access to Cybersecurity in California (TrACC) project, Cal Poly researchers with backgrounds in public policy, sociology and computer science and software engineering are studying the challenges faced by communities and organizations with less access to cybersecurity training, technology and resources.  “Rural communities, nonprofits, and local and regional governments are all examples of constituents in California that have a need for cybersecurity tools, but they do not have the same level of access to the technology or to the professionals as major corporations,” said Elizabeth Lowham, interim dean of Graduate Education at Cal Poly and a member of the research team. The team also includes Martin Battle of the Political Science Department; Bruce DeBruhl and Dongfeng Fang of the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department; Matthew Harsh of the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts Department and the Center for Expressive Technologies; Kylie Parotta of the Social Sciences Department; and Anika Leithner, chair of the Political Science Department. The California Cybersecurity Institute is a key partner and collaborator on the project. Read the news release.

Cal Poly Takes Home Sustainability Awards at Three Conferences

Photo of Cal Poly's solar farm.Cal Poly was recognized for efforts to become a more environmentally sustainable campus. The university was awarded the Direct Project Engagement Award for 2020 by the EPA for generating more than 10 million kilowatt-hours of green power every year. This was accomplished by Cal Poly’s long-term power purchase agreement with REC Solar for the Gold Tree Solar Farm that will generate $17 million in savings over the next 20 years of the agreement. In July, Cal Poly was honored at the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference for best practices in Partnerships, Communications and Planning Committee category. Specifically, Cal Poly was commended for a project, "Optimizing the Business Case for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience," which references the university’s Climate Action Plan. Cal Poly was also applauded for two studies at the conference: a comprehensive Utility Master Plan and customization of the Climate and Energy Scenario Analysis. In addition, the university received a best practices award for Water Efficiency/Site Water Quality for the Reimagining Water — Reuse, Renewal, Resilience and Research project, which was created to develop an on-campus recycled water system and more. Learn more at

Cal Poly Researchers Seek Model for Practical Solutions to Climate Crisis on the Central Coast

A team of researchers is launching an effort to coordinate and develop practical local solutions to the unique environmental challenges facing the Central Coast due to the climate crisis. The collaboration — including faculty, students and staff, plus local stakeholders — will focus on climate resiliency on the Central Coast. Initially, the team will study the vulnerabilities of the local community to locate areas where major changes or interventions can be made. They will work to understand what impediments to those changes exist and offer climate-smart solutions that help boost the local economy and protect local infrastructure. One leverage point the team has identified is the ocean, building off the work of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and the momentum to support a strong and sustainable “blue economy” in California. Additionally, the team plans to collaborate with the SLO Climate Coalition and with students from several departments on campus, including City and Regional Planning, Social Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Software Engineering, to perform GIS-based analysis of local energy usage and resiliency. Read the news release.

Professor Releases New Roadmap for AI and Policing Ethics Research

Ryan JenkinsCal Poly Philosophy Professor Ryan Jenkins, right, and University of Florida professor Duncan Purves have released a 30-page report, “Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Predictive Policing: A Roadmap for Research,” funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Considering that the way forward in technology ethics and policy is often unclear at the early stages, the report maps key interdisciplinary and entangled issues to guide policymakers, police and community members and to scaffold research over the coming years. Predictive policing uses artificial intelligence to forecast future criminal behavior based on historical data. This technology is already used in more than 60 police U.S. departments. This and similar technologies — such as facial recognition and algorithmic recidivism “risk scores” — have come under intense scrutiny in the wake of widespread concerns about bias in the computer algorithms that governments rely upon to decide the fate of citizens. This ambitious and wide-ranging report, available online, illuminates questions that weave throughout the interplay between law enforcement, technology development, and broader society. Read the news release.

Employees Asked to Comply with State Law and CSU Election Policy 

With the upcoming election, it is important that all faculty and staff comply with state law and CSU policy regarding the use of CSU resources in connection with election issues. Section 8314 of the California Government Code provides: (a) It is unlawful for ... any state or local appointee, employee or consultant, to use or permit others to use public resources for a campaign activity, or personal or other purposes which are not authorized by law. In this context, “public resources” means any property or asset owned by the state or any local agency, including, but not limited to, land, buildings, facilities, funds, equipment, supplies, telephones, computers, email system, vehicles, travel and state-compensated time. (Cal. Gov’t Code § 8314(b)(3).) CSU policy regarding what election-related activities are allowed and what activities can be prohibited, as well as guidelines on how to exercise appropriate discretion, are set forth in the CSU Handbook of Election Issues published by the Office of the General Counsel.

Student Success

Illustration reading Join us National Transfer Student Week Oct. 19-23National Transfer Student Week Celebration to be Held Oct. 19-23

Join Cal Poly's Transfer Center in celebrating National Transfer Student Week. Employees are encouraged to share the week’s events with any transfer students they work with. All events are included online at Events are open to the entire campus community. Learn more about the transfer student experience and how to help support transfer students' success at the Transfer Panel at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Questions? Email


Calm Your Thoughts with New Coloring Book by Students and Staff

Cover of the Calm Your Thoughts with Tater Tots coloring book. Illustrations by Sasha Menshikova and Isabela Presedo-Floyd"Calm Your Thoughts with Tater Tots: A Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Coloring Book" was crafted by student assistants and staff from Kennedy Library’s Creative Works department during spring quarter 2020. The coloring book was created as a grounding project for creativity, encouragement and relaxation, following adrienne maree brown’s #pleasureactivism, and offers an example of how to use virtual resources offered by the library. The coloring book is being shared in partnership with Campus Health and Wellbeing’s PULSE and academic advisors. The coloring book offers the campus community some lines to color in or outside of and a recipe for comfort food. The coloring book is open to all to use and enjoy. Access and download the book from this link: . A limited number of printed coloring books will be produced and shared. Look for announcements and updates on the Library’s Instagram @KennedyLibrary. Illustrations by Sasha Menshikova (Art and Design, '20) and Isabela Presedo-Floyd (Art and Design, '20) /Kennedy Library.

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Faculty & Staff

Applications Accepted Oct. 1-21 for Early Exit Program

As a mitigation strategy to offset the university‘s budget deficit and to potentially minimize future cuts, Cal Poly is implementing an Early Exit Program (EEP) and accepting applications from Oct. 1-21. Employees must separate on or before Dec. 30, 2020. The EEP provides the opportunity for employees who are CalPERS-retirement eligible with five years of service at Cal Poly to voluntarily resign and collect a severance package from the university. Employees may, but are not required to, retire upon separation. Human Resources will host a virtual Zoom information session followed by Q&A from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. Click here to participate. More information about the EEP is available at This is a one-time, non-precedent setting program.

Apply to be a 2020-2021 BEACoN Research Faculty Mentor

The BEACoN program is now soliciting applications for faculty mentors (tenure-track and lecturers) at the link below by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. The BECAoN program provides funded undergraduate students an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member (about 10 hours per week for winter and spring quarters) on a research project. While the program focuses on the mentorship of underrepresented students (both in research and professional development), research proposals on all topics will be considered. Keep in mind that these proposed projects should be able to be executed virtually, should the COVID-19 situation worsen (and at the very least must follow all safety guidelines regarding COVID-19). The faculty who are selected for this research mentoring initiative will receive $1,000 per quarters ($2,000 total) through a Faculty Service payment (which is taxed). Students who are matched for this initiative will receive $1,500 per quarters ($3,000 total) distributed via financial aid. Student mentees/research assistants are expected to have 100 hours of work per quarter. For more information and a link to the application, visit

Open Enrollment Open Through Oct. 16

Illustration of stop lights with text reading Ready Set EnrollOpen Enrollment, employees' annual opportunity to review and update their current benefits for the upcoming year, is now open through Oct. 16. Employees can enroll, change or cancel CalPERS health, dental, vision, FlexCash, Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA), Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or voluntary benefits plans. You must enroll or re-enroll in HCRA and DCRA during open enrollment to participate in 2021. The effective date for all changes made during the Open Enrollment period is Jan. 1, 2021. Note: For plan year 2021, United Health Care HMO will only contract with CCPN and will no longer be contracted with Physician’s Choice medical network. Blue Shield Trio HMO is a new low-cost plan that will be contracted with Physician’s Choice. View the Benefits Open Enrollment webpage for 2021 rates, plan information and more. Alternatively, visit the Human Resources Virtual Front Desk through Zoom, or call HR Employee Support Services at ext. 6-2236 to chat with a HR representative.

CalPERS To Host Virtual Workshops on Retirement

CalPERS logoCalifornia Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) will virtually present two sessions of its Planning Your Retirement workshop to help employees within one to five years of retirement learn how to plan for retirement and the process of retiring. The workshop will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Click here for detailed information on how to enroll. Questions? Visit the Human Resources Virtual Front Desk through Zoom, or call HR Employee Support Services at ext. 6-2236 to chat with a HR representative.

Disability Faculty Staff Association Fall Meeting and Cabinet Elections to be Held Oct. 30

Logo for Disability Faculty Staff AssociationIn honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Disability Faculty Staff Association (DFSA) invites faculty and staff to its fall meeting from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 30, via Zoom at The DFSA will discuss programming ideas for the 2020-21 academic year and the inaugural elections for the association's first cabinet. Faculty and staff can sign up to be on the DFSA mailing listserv at and find the DFSA on social media at and

Workshop on Strengths Training from a Social Justice Perspective to be Offered Oct. 13

Explore an assets-based approach to mentoring and advising students that is designed to increase equity and inclusion by focusing on the intersections of strengths, social/cultural identity and social context. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 13. This training is supported by the ENGAGE S-STEM Scholarship and Mentoring Program (National Science Foundation DUE 1834128, 1834154) and is open to all interested faculty and staff. Prior experience with CliftonStrengths is welcome but not required. Register at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sign Up for Duo Multi-Factor Authentication Before Dec. 4

Illustration of Musty the Mustang holding a phone in one hand and a laptop in the otherStarting Dec. 4, Cal Poly will require all students, faculty and staff to begin verifying their identities with Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) when logging into web-based services. MFA is a commonly used security method that requires two or more forms of identity verification in order to access a particular resource. In most cases, an MFA user first provides their username and password (one form of authentication), then follows a prompt to send a code by telephone or text to their mobile device (second form of authentication). It’s commonly used for accounts that contain sensitive or private information, like email or online banking. Cal Poly uses the Duo MFA app, which is currently required to log in to the Virtual Private Network (VPN), Virtual Computer Labs, Last Pass and the Common Management System (CMS). After Dec. 4, MFA will be required for all web-based services where Cal Poly credentials are used to log in. To learn more about MFA and to get step-by-step instructions for enrolling in Duo, visit

PeopleSoft Upgrade: Student Administration, HR Administration and Student Center Applications Unavailable Oct. 23-25

Photo of a smart phone showing the My Cal Poly Portal during a PeopleSoft outageThe Student Administration, Human Resources Administration and Student Center applications, accessed through the My Cal Poly Portal, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, through noon Sunday, Oct. 25, due to a required upgrade to the PeopleSoft system. During the maintenance window, links in the “Employee Info” and “Personal Info” sections of the “Personal Info” tab on the portal will also be unavailable. This upgrade is required to ensure that Cal Poly stays up-to-date with security patches and bug fixes. If you have questions or need help, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

Logo for ADA30 Americans with Disabilities Act (1990-2020) – Celebrate the ADA! – July 26, 2020.Every week in October, the Disability Resource Center will present a tip to raise accessibility knowledge for the campus community. Tip No. 2 is to provide alt text for images. Alt text (image description) is critical for allowing a screen reader user to understand the content of the image. If images do not have alt text, screen readers will simply say “image” or “graphic.” 
— Be specific and succinct. Describe the purpose of the image in the fewest possible words. 
— Describe function/information, not aesthetics. 
Don’t start with “a photo of” or “an image of.” For example, consider the description for the image associated with this report: “Logo for ADA30 Americans with Disabilities Act (1990-2020) – Celebrate the ADA! – July 26, 2020.” As a test, ask yourself, "What information am I trying to convey with this image?" For more guidance on image alt text, visit Cal Poly’s Accessibility homepage

V: Drive is Moving to SharePoint Document Libraries

 Drive to SharePointOver the next few months, Cal Poly’s department file shares (also known as the V: drive) will be migrated to SharePoint document libraries in the Microsoft 365 cloud. Just like the U: drive, which was migrated to OneDrive in September, the V: drive is being discontinued in favor of a more accessible and robust cloud storage solution. SharePoint document libraries offer seamless collaboration on projects and department files, and the documents saved there are accessible from the OneDrive app. SharePoint is easy to access from anywhere, without a VPN connection. Each department will migrate their files from the V: drive to SharePoint at their own pace, at the direction of the IT staff in that area. The IT staff are coordinating with Information Technology Services (ITS) to complete the transition by the end of the year. Anyone with questions about the file share migration project should contact the IT staff in their department.

Retired Faculty and Staff Fall Quarter Program to be Held Virtually Oct. 8

The Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Association’s (RFSA) fall quarter program will be held virtually from 2-2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. This quarter’s program will feature a live presentation and interactive question-and-answer session with President Armstrong. Register for the virtual event. The Zoom meeting link and password will be provided upon your registration. Questions about the event can be directed to RFSA President Bill Kellogg at

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Catastrophic Leave

Shawn Bellue, administrative support coordinator in Office of the Registrar— Records and Registration, 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 Maureen Muller at to request a donation form.


Campus Announcements

Celebrate Creation of New Outdoor Living Areas with Cool Treats Pop-Up on Oct. 8

Students sit alone or in pairs with face coverings at tables with brightly colored umbrellas on Mustang Way.More than 200 tables, 400 chairs, 200 brightly colored umbrellas and 20 Adirondack chairs have been added to six new outdoor living areas across campus in an effort to further support student success throughout the pandemic. From noon-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, Campus Dining will celebrate the new areas by handing out free ice cream and popsicles to students, faculty and staff outside Mustang Station in the UU. By offering expanded outdoor spaces, students now have more safe places to study, attend virtual classes, eat and responsibly socialize outside of their residences. The umbrellas were installed over the past week to create shade and a more pleasant environment on the PAC Plaza, Mustang Way, Dexter Lawn, Bonderson Quad, Campus Market, and Poly Canyon Village. Adirondack chairs have been placed in the UU area and Dexter Lawn. To facilitate connectivity, ITS created 30 new WiFi hotspots to provide coverage for the new areas. All of the tables and chairs were sourced from Campus Dining operations, including excess new outdoor furniture from Vista Grande, and furniture scheduled to be removed from the Dining Complex (No. 19), which closed last quarter in preparation for the upcoming renovation. These new areas were created through partnership with the university, ASI and the Cal Poly Corporation. The team, comprised of colleagues from across campus, moved quickly within the last month to create, plan and execute the program.

 Drop! Cover! Hold on!Practice Earthquake Safety with the Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut is right around the corner at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Major earthquakes can happen anywhere you live, work or travel. The annual ShakeOut is your chance to practice how to protect yourself and consider ways you can prepare your home and workspace for an earthquake. Practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" with family members and secure heavy items in your home. Create a family emergency communications plan and make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher and a whistle. For more earthquake safety tips, check out "How to Prepare for an Earthquake" and visit the Department of Emergency Management.


Celebrate Food Day All Month Long

Food Day is a nationwide event dedicated to celebrating food while addressing food system issues. This year, campus clubs and programs will release Instagram videos about healthy eating and lifestyles, every Monday and Friday at noon on @calpolyfoodday. Students, faculty and staff can submit pictures of their homemade meals and recipes for a chance to win a prize every Wednesday in October. Check in on Friday, Oct. 9, for a video from the campus peer health education team, HEAT (the Health Enrichment Action Team), and Monday, Oct. 12, for a video from Campus Dining.

Cal Poly Farm Produce Stars in Vista Grande Venues

Produce grown at the Cal Poly Farm including lettuceCampus Dining is again working with the Cal Poly Farm to feature student-grown produce in its dishes and venues throughout campus. Fruits and vegetables from the Cal Poly Farm have been used in Campus Dining cuisine for many years, including salads at Red Radish and seasonal dishes at Myron’s Bistro. Last January Executive Chef Rensford Abrigo started working directly with the farm to procure more of its produce. This fall, the avocados from the farm are the stars of the avocado toast at Brunch, the heirloom tomatoes are highlighted in the Panzanella salad at Hearth, the romaine lettuce is the base of the Caesar salad at Streats, and the green onions feature prominently in the ramen at Noodles. The weekly produce shipments feature a rotating menu of standard items as well as seasonal yields that are used in special dishes or simply sold whole at the markets, such as the oranges sold at the markets last winter.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month: Healing House with text reading Healing from the Inside Outfrom the Inside Out

Join Safer in learning and healing together. For Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month this year, Safer is highlighting the "triple pandemic" of domestic violence, institutional racism and COVID-19. Safer will offer education on these intersections, reflection prompts, a webinar on trauma-informed virtual environments, and opportunities to get involved through pledges and community art engagement. Follow the outreach campaign all month on Instagram at @calpolysafer.

SKY Happiness Retreat for Students, Staff and Faculty

Sky Campus Happiness The SKY Happiness Retreat is a powerful three-day weekend resilience program for students, staff and faculty. Cal Poly is offering two, three-day weekend virtual retreats this fall from Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 24-26. Participants will immerse themselves in an evidence-based breath work and meditation practice (SKY Breath Meditation), participate in social connection and teamwork activities, gain stress-management and leadership skills, and engage in emotional intelligence practices. The weekend retreat is fun, rejuvenating and focused on participants' current and future well-being. Interested participants should register using this online form. Questions? Email

Cal Poly Preschool Learning Lab Reopens 

Playground equipment at the Preschool Learning Lab.The Psychology and Child Development Department’s Preschool Learning Lab — which is open to the entire campus community — has reopened and is accepting applications for children ages 3-5 years old to attend 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children of faculty and staff receive priority. The program focuses on inquiry-based learning experiences that encourage each child’s natural interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The lab offers a low teacher-child ratio, while providing a high-quality preschool atmosphere that supports the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. For more information, visit or contact Director Patty Clarkson at

Statistical Consulting Service Available During Fall

The Statistics Department provides a 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 Tuesday, Nov. 24, by appointment only. Ulric Lund will serve as the consultant. He is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, he 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


Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis to Discuss California's Role in Space and Cybersecurity Oct. 8

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis with text reading California's Role in Supporting America's Cybersecurity Future October 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. PSTJoin California Lt. Gov. and CSU Trustee Eleni Kounalakis as she discusses California’s critical role in supporting America’s space and cybersecurity future at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. As the ending keynote speaker of Cal Poly's week-long Space and Cybersecurity Symposium, Kounalakis will tie together conversations from the symposium’s speakers to address California's unique capabilities in supporting America's future in space. The event is free and open to all staff, faculty and students. To register, go to

Cal Poly Arts to Present Music and Conversation Series Starting Oct. 17

The Muse Hour with Karamo BrownCal Poly Arts is presenting a four-evening, live-stream music and conversation series, The Muse Hour, presented in partnership with Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and Tacoma Arts Live. The first episode will air live at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 with Karamo Brown, three-time Emmy Winner and culture expert on the Netflix reboot of "Queer Eye."  Speaking on the topic of “Making Your Mark in the World: Creating Awareness and Change,” Karamo will share his thoughts as a black man, openly gay man, son of immigrant parents, Christian, single father and former social worker on how he strategically utilizes these numerous identities to achieve success. The event will be moderated by SLO County Medical Examiner Dr. Joye Carter and will be followed by a Q&A session with audience members. Tickets are $11.50 and are available through

RSVP for Sustainability Month 2020

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, "Green Girl" Leah Thomas, Xiuhtezcatl (X) Martinez, and CSU Chico AS President Breanna “Bre” Holbert.October is Campus Sustainability Month. Join various Cal Poly and CSU groups throughout October for a series of virtual events to educate and inspire students, staff and faculty on sustainability and social justice. This year's headlining event, "Climate Justice = Social Justice: Conversations Exploring the Intersections of People, Planet and Power," will feature one more live session. From noon-1 p.m. Oct. 14, join a panel conversation with "Green Girl" Leah Thomas, Xiuhtezcatl (X) Martinez, and CSU Chico AS President Breanna “Bre” Holbert as moderator. The event is open to students, staff and faculty at all 23 CSU campuses with the goal of empowering people to connect the dots between environmental and racial justice and to get out the vote this November! RSVP for the event here. Virtual meeting details will follow in the coming weeks. There will also be multiple student-hosted virtual events throughout the month: Sustainability Speed Dating from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 7Zero Waste Cooking Lesson from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 13, Social Justice Movie Discussion from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 19, and Sustainability Jeopardy from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 27. Questions? Contant Sustainability Coordinator Kylee Singh at

Cal Poly Virtual Music Faculty Showcase Set for Oct. 23

Music Faculty Showcase with images of faculty to performThe Music Department will present a virtual Music Faculty Showcase and post-recital discussion at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The event is part of Cal Poly’s Mustang Family Week. Christopher J. Woodruff, on trumpet, will perform “Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury” by Benjamin Britten; Mark Miller, trombone, will perform “On Your Own Now” by Steven Verhelst; Emily Lanzone, violin, and Laura Gaynon, cello, will play the first two movements — Adagio and Allegro — from the Violin Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3, by Arcangelo Corelli; Lisa Nauful and Nick Waldron, bassoon, will be joined by Cal Poly alumna Emmie Banninger (Music, ’17) to play some bassoon trios; and Arthur White and David Becker, saxophone, and Ken Hustad, bass, will perform “Inner Urge” by Joe Henderson. Heidi Butterfield, oboe, will play “Two Pieces for Two Oboes and English Horn” by Gordon Jacob. The selection is written as an oboe trio for which all parts will be played and recorded by Butterfield. Paul Woodring, who is also the university organist, will perform “Theme and Variations” by Hendrik Andriessen on the Forbes Pipe Organ in the Performing Arts Center. Woodring will play piano with two other recitalists: Hustad, bass: Adagio from the ballet “Unforgettable 1919” by Dmitri Shostakovich; and Alba Franco-Cancél, pert-soprano: “Pueblito, mi Pueblo” (“Little Village, My Village”) by Carlos Guastavino and “Zapateado” from “La tempranica” by Gerónimo Giménez. Tickets are sold at the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.

Join the Cal Poly Mustangs Monster Mash Virtual Fun Run

Monster face with text reading Monster Mash Virtual Fun RunCompete in a virtual fun run to benefit scholarships for Cal Poly student-athletes. Participants can choose to run a mile, 5K or 10K and complete their race at any point between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Compete in several virtual challenges such as a costume contest and pumpkin-carving contest for the chance to win fun prizes. Every participant will receive a race T-shirt and goody bag. After you've completed your run, submit your distance and time to be featured on the Finisher’s List on and receive your Finisher’s Certificate. All proceeds benefit the Mustang Athletic Fund, which supports scholarships for Cal Poly student-athletes. For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Lacey Buck at lbuck@calpoly.eduLearn more and register

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

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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

Per guidance from the Big West and Big Sky conferences, all of Cal Poly's fall sports events have been postponed until 2021. Check for updated information on fall sports.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

For all available job openings, visit All new positions opened this week are listed below. To apply, go online and complete the application form. Current employees can also find job postings at CSU Careers, an internal job site for CSU employees. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236. 

#497735 — Emergency Hire Phlebotomist (Phlebotomist/Clinical Lab Assistant), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $15.61-$29.82 per hour. Anticipated hiring range: $22-$25 per hour. Open until closed. 

#497804 — Assistant Emergency Services and Business Continuity Manager (Administrator I), Administration and Finance — Public Safety. Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Open until closed.

#497712 — Health Services Receptionist (Administrative Support Assistant II 10/12), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing. $2,254-$3,827. Anticipated hiring range: $2,254-$2,700 per month based on (10/12) work schedule. This position is paid under the 10/12 pay plan, where the salary for 10 months is distributed over 12 months. Open until closed.

To find internally posted positions, start from the Cal Poly Portal. Click “Cal Poly Jobs” on the left-hand menu. On the next page click “Apply.” All internally and externally posted positions appear there. For a full list of available jobs, go to

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Visit for all available job openings. The part-time lecturer pools are now open. Visit for current openings, further information and how to apply. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844. 

There are no new listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

Meat Processing Postdoctoral Fellow, Animal Sciences, $62,108.80-$93,204.80 per year.

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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