Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report - October 7, 2009


Cal Poly Gets Its HANDs on Health this October

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 of playground and staffChildren Learn What They Live

Cal Poly’s Preschool Learning Lab dedicated a new play area, Miss Josy’s Playground,  in a ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 1. The inspiration of alumna Fran Durekas, the playground was designed to help children learn while they play.
Read the complete story of Miss Josy's Playground

Campus Q&A - Print and Graphic Standards

Q: Does Cal Poly have print and graphic standards available for use by the campus community?
A: Cal Poly's official Graphic Identity Policy is available at Information on appropriate use of the Cal Poly name, Cal Poly word mark and Centennial Seal is available in the document. Proper color use and designer specifications are also available in the policy.

Faculty and Staff

Ethnic Studies Professor Publishes Book

Cal Poly Professor Victor Valle (Ethnic Studies) had his latest book, “City of Industry: Genealogies of Power in Southern California,” released in mid-September by Rutgers University Press. Valle researched public records, media coverage and city archives to expose scandals that transformed a working class city with productive factories into a social, economic and environmental no-man’s land and a wasteland of warehouses. The book details pivotal actions of several key players, including the city’s founder and one of the nation’s biggest private developers.

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, online 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.

Did You Know? Discounted Movie Tickets

photo of movie ticketDid you know that faculty and staff can buy discounted movie tickets for the Downtown Center Cinema and Fremont Theater? Faculty and staff can buy discounted movie tickets at the Cal Poly Corporation cashier's office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets are not valid for special engagement/new release films, but bearers can upgrade tickets for $1 at the box office to see special engagement/new releases.

Campus Furlough Information

Facilities Services Announces Changes to Service

Facilities Services will adjust cleaning service to meet fulough requirements and still maintain campus facilities. Previous cleaning frequency may not be consistently attainable with imposed organization reductions. In order to meet basic campus health and safety requirements, the following tasks are listed by priority for completion.
Restrooms - cleaned daily and stocked to meet need until next shift.
Classrooms - cleaned daily.
Interior hallways - cleaned daily.
Labs – inspected and trash emptied daily, spot cleaned as needed, thoroughly cleaned weekly if possible, but no less than every two weeks.
Reception, copy center, department front office, multi-person areas, conference rooms - inspected and trash emptied daily, spot cleaned as needed, thoroughly cleaned weekly if possible, but no less than every two weeks.
Exterior walkways and entries – cleaned weekly if possible, but no less than every two weeks.
Private/one-person offices and cubicles – trash emptied and cleaned every two weeks.

Campus members requiring trash or recycling service prior to scheduled service should move their own trash to community trash or blue wheeled recycling containers commonly located in facility hallways, break rooms or restrooms. Always place food waste in common use trash receptacles. For additional service due to unique circumstances such as spills, broken glass or other emergency response, contact the Facility Services Work Center at ext. 6-5555 or

Campus Announcements

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 Oct. 12 at

Catastrophic Leave Drive for Marilyn Carlson

Marilyn Carlson, accounting technician in the Cashiering Office of Fiscal Services, has qualified for personal catastrophic leave.  Those wishing to donate vacation and/or sick leave to help Marilyn remain in full pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact Betty Allen in Fiscal Services at ext. 6-2310 or to request a donation form.

photo of library book stacksDigitalCommons@CalPoly Reaches 100,000 Downloads

Computer Science Assistant Professor Christopher Clark's article “Archaeology via Underwater Robots: Mapping and Localization within Maltese Cistern Systems,” is the 100,000th download on the DigitalCommons@CalPoly. Clark's article can be viewed at Read the full news release. Congratulations from the Robert E. Kennedy Library. Faculty interested in archiving their scholarship in the DigitalCommons@CalPoly can contact Marisa Ramirez at or ext. 6-7040.

General Purpose Conference Rooms Can Be Scheduled Using Zimbra Calendar

Cal Poly has general purpose conference rooms on campus that can be scheduled by any faculty or staff through Zimbra Calendar. Conference rooms currently available for scheduling are: Erhart Agriculture Building, Room 241 – seats 24; Graphic Arts Building, Room 205 – seats 12; Faculty Office North Building, Room 24B – seats 20. For instructions on scheduling a general purpose conference room through Zimbra Calendar, contact the University Scheduling office at

Kennedy Library Accepting Requests for Fall Quarter Course Reserves

The Kennedy Library is accepting requests for fall quarter course reserves, including electronic course reserves. Faculty with five or fewer items to place on reserve can complete the submission form at Faculty with more than five items can send a list to To learn more about course reserves, visit or contact Karen Beaton, the library’s new Course Reserves coordinator, at or ext. 6-2535

photo of Tatiana VolkonskyGraphic Communication Institute Publishes Book About Local Princess

In the final stages of publishing by the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Institute (GrCI), "She Cried for mother Russia: A Princess in San Luis Obispo" tells the story of Tatiana Volkonsky, a Russian princess and long-time San Luis Obispo resident who passed away in 1988, never publicly revealing secrets of her past. The author, Friedl E. Semans Bell, a close friend and neighbor of Tatiana, chronicles the princess’s harrowing escape from the brutal Bolsheviks after the 1917 revolution and her subsequent life in Central California. The book and story also have ties to Cal Poly. The princess’s younger son, Alec Kelley, graduated from Cal Poly.  And the author’s father, Hubert Semans, was the first dean of humanities on campus. Sale proceeds will benefit the San Luis Obispo Historical Society and the Graphic Communication and English Departments’ educational programs at Cal Poly. Read the news release

Recreation, Parks and Tourism Stampede Celebration and Fundraiser Set for Oct. 8

To celebrate its new department status, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration invites the Cal Poly community to a free reception at Hotel Corque in Solvang on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Vince Gill concert at 8 p.m. at the Chumash Casino. Tickets are $65 and proceeds benefit REC Excellence. Student tickets are $40 Contact Jim Battersby at 805-773-9502 or for more information.

Corporation Offers Forms Workshops Oct. 14 and 15

The Cal Poly Corporation is will offer workshops on their updated travel forms and documentation. The workshops take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Corporation Administration Building, Room 135. The workshops are designed for staff members who prepare Corporation and/or Foundation Travel Requests and Travel Claims. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Call ext. 6-1451 for a reservation. 

CLFSA to Hold Second Annual Convocation Oct. 15

The Chicana Latino Faculty Association (CLFSA) will hold its Second Annual Convocation for all Latino student organizations and interested faculty Thursday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the O'Neill Green. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Join us to meet and learn more about Cal Poly Latino students and their organizations. For more information, contact Jose Montelongo at

Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic Set for Oct. 21

Employment Equity has partnered with Maxim Health Systems to offer the annual Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic for Faculty and Staff on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon 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  

photo of kittensCat 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, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 be working with the 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.

Passings/In Memoriam

photo of pam and frank calabresePassings: Frank J. Calabrese

Frank J. Calabrese passed away peacefully in San Luis Obispo after a courageous battle with brain cancer.  For the past 30 years,Calabrese devoted his energies and talents to the community of Cal Poly, which he dearly loved, working in various capacities, including instructor in the field of industrial arts and technical specialist in fire and security alarms systems. At the time of his death, he was writing a field guide on industrial fire alarm systems. A memorial celebration of his life will be held in the Cal Poly Business Rotunda, Room 213 at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. A memorial scholarship fund is being established in his name at Cal Poly. Expressions of sympathy and requests for more information on the Cal Poly endowment fund can be mailed to 1900 Willow Drive, Los Osos, 93402.


photo of tomas rileyAnother Type of Groove to Host Poet Tomás Riley on Oct. 7

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove presents Chicano spoken word poet and activist Tomás Riley at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Chumash Auditorium. Riley was featured on HBO’s documentary “Americanos: Latino Life in the United States” and in the PBS series “American Family.” His poetry has been anthologized in “Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam” and in “Chorizo Tongue Fire: The Taco Shop Poets Anthology” in addition to appearing in many other publications, both in written and audio formats. Riley is director of Residencies at Youth Speaks, a literary arts organization for teen writers in San Francisco.
More on Riley's Performance

Roger McGuinn and guitarByrds Guitarist Roger McGuinn in Concert Oct. 10

Cal Poly Arts presents '60s folk great Roger McGuinn and guest Jill Knight in concert Oct. 10. McGuinn, an American singer/songwriter and master guitarist is best known for his success as the leader of The Byrds, seminal founders of the folk/rock movement in the '60s. Now, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer McGuinn brings his unique blend of folk music and musical virtuosity to an intimate solo acoustic show.
More on McGuinn concert

'The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later' On Stage Oct. 12 in Chumash

Cal Poly Arts and Cal Poly’s Pride Center proudly present the public premiere performance of "The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later" at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. The free staged reading of the play will be held at Chumash Auditorium in the University Union Building on campus. It focuses on the long-term effects of gay student Matthew Shepard’s murder on the town of Laramie, Wyo., exploring how Laramie has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate there and across the nation.
Details on the Laramie performance

Watch Master Class with UCLA Voice Professor Oct. 13

Cal Poly's Music Department presents a vocal master class with Juliana Gondek at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Davidson Music Center Room. Six of Cal Poly Music Department’s leading voice emphasis music majors will perform and be critiqued. The public is welcome to attend.
Details on the Opera Workshop

Job Vacancies

There are no new vacancies at this time.