Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report - October 21, 2009


photo of cowUniversity Postpones Reduction of Dairy Herd

Cal Poly announced today that it is putting on hold its plan to reduce the size of its dairy herd. In announcing the decision, Dave Wehner, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science, said alumni and dairy industry supporters have come forward with offers to help the university find a solution to the problem of maintaining the herd in an economically sustainable way.
Read more about the plan

Cal Poly Grad Greens the National RecordPelosi Congratulates Tapella on Greening the National Record

Under the direction of U.S. Public Printer and Cal Poly alum Bob Tapella (B.S., Graphic Communication, 1991), the U.S. Government Printing Office has begun producing the daily Congressional Record using 100 percent recycled paper. The Congressional Record is the official and complete proceedings of Congress, printed daily. This is the latest in Tapella's efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the Federal Government.
Read more about the Congressional Record on Recycled Paper

Faculty and Staff

Applications Available for International Faculty-Led Programs

International Education and Programs invites faculty to apply to teach in the Australia Study Program in winter 2011, the Thailand Study Program and Cal Poly at Sea Program in spring 2011, and the London Study Program and Peru Study Program in summer 2011. Faculty application forms are available in deans’ offices, at or in the International Education and Programs Office in the Mathematics and Science Building, Room 145. The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 13.

photo of craig russellMusic Professor's Book About California Mission Music Published

Professor Craig Russell (Music) had his latest book, "From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions"  
released this summer by Oxford University Press. The book explores the various styles and traditions of music heard during California's  
Mission period, and the appendix contains more than100 facsimile photos from mission manuscripts as well as a detailed catalogue with tables of contents for the preserved missions sources.  There are also several complete music editions, so that musicians can revive this lost heritage.

Food Science Professor Spends Summer in Iraq

Food Science Professor Hany Khalil spent the summer in Iraq working with Balad Canning Factory, the country's second largest food processing plant. In an effort to quell sectarian violence, U.S. and coalition forces are stepping up development work. Khalil was implementing an agribusiness development project for the United States Agency for International Development. The focus of the project was on revitalizing tomato paste production to pre-war level to provide a market for farmers and employment for the community. Agriculture development work in Iraq is closely coordinated with the military and provincial reconstruction teams. Khalil directs the CSU Consortium for International Development which is dedicated to utilizing CSU faculty expertise in development project.


Don Ryujin, College of Liberal Arts - named Interim Department Chair of the Ethinic Studies Department, effective Sept. 14.

Catastrophic Leave Drive for Connie Vieira

Connie Vieira, custodian in Facility Services has qualified for personal catastrophic leave Those wishing to donate vacation and/or sick leave to help Vieira remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact Geri Bolivar in Facility Services at ext. 6-2321 or to request a donation form.

photo of wickershamRetirement Reception for Dave Wickersham Set for Oct. 27

Dave Wickersham, Academic Affairs analyst/programmer, is retiring after more than 30 years of service. Wickersham began his career at Cal Poly in the Office of Academic Records working as the development supervisor for eight years. He accepted a position in ITS and for the next 14 years served in several capacities, including coordinator of Data Technologies. He returned to Academic Affairs, filling various roles, including assistant director of systems in the Financial Aid office. He also worked on the implementation and technical support of Imaging and the PeopleSoft Student Administration system. A reception in his honor will be held from 2 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Baja Surf on S. Perimeter Road. Please stop by to wish him well!


photo of box of candyDid You Know? Satisfy A Sweet Tooth

Did you know that Cal Poly Corporation has See's Candy discount certificates? Employees can puchase See’s Candy Gift Certificates at a discount from the Cal Poly Corporation cashiers. A great gift idea or a treat for yourself.

Campus Announcements

Chancellor to Provide Supplemental One-Time Funding

The campus has learned from the Chancellor's Office that the campus will receive a supplemental budget allocation of $1.3 million. This funding is one-time money and is to support additional course sections. We are working with the deans to plan the use of the funds to provide the courses that students need to make progress to their degree.

WASC with Us!  We Need Your Input

Our Polytechnic Identity, Learn-by-Doing, Integration and Student Learning, Teacher-Scholar Model -- we’ve heard these phrases, but what do they mean to you and what should they mean for Cal Poly? The campus self-study addresses these themes, and we need your opinion. Participate by commenting on the draft report, available online at, or come to an open forum 9-10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26 in Fisher Science, Room 285.

HR Offers Employees Resource Guide

During challenging economic times, many of our family and friends are struggling with the financial and emotional aspects of a deep recession. Human Resources and Academic Personnel recognize that Cal Poly staff are not immune to the stresses related to the economic situation. HR has developed a resource guide with information, resources and helpful his for employees called 'Surviving Tough Economic Times.' The guide is available at

Campus Dining Now Offers Hot Meals on Wheels

Curbside Grill, the newest restaurant on campus, is rolling out to various locations near you! The mobile restaurant is packed with popular breakfast, lunch and dinner items such as $2 Korean tacos, $3 sweet potato fries, $4 bacon and egg sandwiches, and $5.75 buffalo chicken sandwiches. To find out where Curbside Grill will stop next, follow Curbside on Twitter at to receive location updates. Scheduled stops for Oct. 19-23: Breakfast: Monday-Thursday 7:30-9 a.m. at California Blvd. and North Stadium;  Lunch: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. near the Frank E. Pilling Building and the Graphic Arts Building; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the H2 parking lot.

photo of mumsPoly Plant Shop Holds 40th Anniversary Sale

Visit the Poly Plant Shop on Via Carta Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 for their 40th anniversary sale. Enjoy 40 percent off select grasses and pottery. One-gallon nursrey containers, regularly $6, are on sale for $4. Six-inch foliage and fresh cut bouquets are also $4. Pick up new and unusual succulents on sale. Visit the Poly Plant Shop for more information.

Student-run Public Relations Firm Seeks Clients

Central Coast PRspectives, the Journalism Department’s student-run PR firm, seeks clients for winter and spring quarters of 2010. CCPR does pro bono public relations work on behalf of nonprofit organizations and small businesses in the San Luis Obispo area. Service is provided by students in the Journalism Department’s public relations concentration. CCPR students provide more than 1,300 hours of free services each academic year for clients who need PR help but can’t get it from one a local agency. For examples of CCPR’s previous work for local clients and a description of the services offered, visit E-mail to arrange for services.

Cal Poly Cat Program “2010” Calendars on Sale Now

A purr-fect holiday gift for animal lovers, the nonprofit Cal Poly Cat Program 2010 calendars contain photographs and vivid descriptions of cats that are up for adoption or have been adopted from the on-campus cat shelter.  Limited supplies of calendars are available for purchase at El Corral Bookstore or Poly Plant Shop for $13. Proceeds pay for vet bills and shelter supplies. For more information contact Edie Griffin-Shaw at ext. 6-5220.

photo of flu virusGet Your Seasonal Flu Shot Oct. 21

Employment Equity has partnered with Maxim Health Systems to offer the annual Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic for Faculty and Staff from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 21 in UU-220. Both seasonal influenza ($25) and pneumonia ($45) immunizations will be available on a first-come-first-served basis and will be administered by health professionals. Check or cash accepted for payment.  Please note this is not an H1N1 (swine flu) immunization. If you are interested in an H1N1 immunization, contact your personal health care provider.  For additional information, contact Sumi Seacat at ext. 6-7387 or  

College of Liberal Arts Hosts Constitution Day 2009

The College of Liberal Arts will host Constitution Day from 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the PAC Lobby. The annual event features Sonu Bedi, assistant professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. Bedi will present “Rejecting Rights: Reframing the Debate.” The lecture focuses on his new study, which challenges the concept of rights, arguing that they jeopardize our liberty and undermine democratic debate. Employing political theory and constitutional law to state its case, the study rethinks the relationship between liberty and democracy. The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and the Political Science Department. For more information, contact Ronald den Otter at ext. 6-6147.

Cat Program to Hold Annual Car Wash Fundraiser Oct. 24

The nonprofit Cal Poly Cat Program (CPCP) will hold its Annual Car Wash FUN-Raiser Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at Sunset North Car Wash, 1023 Marsh St. in San Luis Obispo. Fifteen percent of the day’s gross sales will be donated to CPCP. Tickets can be purchased at the car wash Oct. 24 or can be bought in advance and used when convenient. This is also Cal Poly’s “Make a Difference Day,” and a Cal Poly student group will work with the cat group to help raise money for the program. Proceeds pay for veterinary expenses and cat shelter supplies. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Ellen Notermann at ext. 6-1625. For more information about volunteering or adoption, contact Edie Griffin-Shaw at ext. 6-5220.

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Award Begin Oct. 26

Nominate your most outstanding and inspiring professor by Dec. 4. Any student or alum may submit one or more nominations on the nomination Web site, The nomination period begins Monday, Oct. 26, and ends Friday, Dec. 4. Nominations should include the professor’s name and department and a supporting statement containing evidence of merit based upon the nomination criteria listed for this year’s award.

Final Inclusive Excellence Training Assessment Workshop Set for Oct. 27

Over the course of the next year Cal Poly will offer a number of workshops regarding Inclusive Excellence at Cal Poly. The Diversity Training Task Force has been assessing training materials and trainers for these campuswide workshops. The final of the two prospective trainers will be on campus with a preview of their services, and you are encouraged to attend and provide your feedback. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Faculty and staff should check with their supervisors to obtain approval for participation. For more information and to register to attend, contact Kim Wilson at ext. 6-7282.

Sidewalk Sale at El Corral Bookstore Oct. 27-29

Visit El Corral Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 27-29 in the breezeway. Save up to 75 percent on Cal Poly clothing and gifts, student supplies, computer peripherals, general books, textbooks, seasonal gift merchandise and more. Shop online at

Information Session on Captioning Media Set for Oct. 29

ITS will host an information session in Phillips Hall from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 29. Learn more about Cal Poly’s policies, guidelines and processes to provide universal access to media information posted on Web sites or Blackboard or used in classroom presentations. Luanne Fose and Dan Mull will share specific information about media captioning for Web-based video, podcasts, DVDs and more. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Foundation Board Meeting Set for Nov. 7

The Cal Poly Foundation Board of Directors will hold its board meeting, which is open to the public, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Albert B. Smith Alumni Center on the Cal Poly campus.  For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call Sandra Ogren, vice president for Advancement, at ext. 6-1445.


image of art by cal poly facultyUniversity Art Gallery Now Showing Faculty Work

The University Art Gallery’s current exhibition showcases new creative research and artwork in graphic design, photography, drawing, painting, glassblowing, installation and art history. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31, and the gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesday through Saturday in the Dexter Building, Room 171. New sculpture lecturer Brian Priest’s work includes a piece that compresses the entire dictionary spoken into one sound. Professor Bob Howell and Assistant Professor Tera Galanti collaborated on a video and sound installation that is activated by an infrared sensor. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeff Van Kleeck, University Art Gallery coordinator, at ext. 6-1571 or

Hands on Health graphicGet Your HANDs on Health this Halloween

Cal Poly's STRIDE will host its first annual HANDS on Health collaborative event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, showcasing health in a fun and interactive way. The entire county is invited to partake in this free event on the Cal Poly campus. It will showcase national and regional research in health, nutrition and fitness for an audience of educators, medical professionals, students and scientists.
More on HANDs on Health

Photo Exhibit on Farm Workers' Lives at Kennedy Library through Nov. 30

A free photo exhibit documenting the daily lives and struggles of California’s farm workers, presented in Spanish and English, will be on display at Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library through Nov. 30.
Find out more about the photo exhibit documenting California's farm workers

Job Vacancies

#101970 – Chemical Hygiene Specialist, Equipment Technician III, Specialized Equipment, Administration & Finance, Facility Services, Environmental Health and Safety, $4,053-$6,080/month. Closes: Oct. 29.

#101973 – Administrative Support Assistant II, Library, Library Administration, $2,505-$3,758/month. Closes: Oct. 29.