Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report - Nov. 3, 2010


Graphic Communication Student Takes First in National Poster Contest

Brandon Lutze, a Cal Poly Graphic Communication senior, took first place in the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation 2010 Student Design Competition in the Post Secondary category. Lutze and his Cal Poly adviser, professor Lorraine Donegan, received a two-day paid trip to attend GRAPH EXPO 2010 in Chicago. Lutze was presented with a $2,000 check for his poster on the theme of “Rethink Print.”
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Cal Poly Tech Park rendering

Cal Poly Tech Park is Officially Open for Business

The new Cal Poly Technology Park is open and aiming to be the place where business, Cal Poly research and Cal Poly ideas blend and grow on campus. A project of Cal Poly and the California Central Coast Research Partnership (C3RP), the Cal Poly Tech Park is intended to serve as a home on campus for technology-based businesses, particularly firms engaged in applied research and development.
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photo of mcchrystalGen. Stanley McChrystal to Speak Dec. 2 at Cal Poly

Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a pivotal leader in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2009, will appear as part of Cal Poly Arts’ lecture series Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly. McChrystal, a four-star general, will speak on America’s global role and its security issues in a lecture titled “The State of International Affairs and the Security Challenges Facing America.”
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Faculty and Staff

photo of papathakisCAFES Faculty Member Presents at Global Conference

Peggy Papathikis presented her abstract, titled "Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition: Where We Are Now and Where We Want to Go," in Durban, South Africa on Sept. 19 as part of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) symposium at the National Nutrition Congress in South Africa.
Read the Abstract


Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association to Meet Nov. 5

The Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) will hold a general meeting for current and interested members Friday, Nov. 5 at noon in Faculty Offices North, Room 24B. The agenda will cover a review of our Fall Convocation event, student outreach efforts and planning for speakers and events in the winter and spring quarters.

To add your name to the e-mail list for future notifications about meetings and events or for more information, contact Debra Valencia-Laver, CLFSA secretary, at

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop is Nov. 19

The Employment Equity Facilitator workshop is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room 301. It will be the last workshop offered during fall quarter. The workshop will be led by Martha Cody, director of Employment Equity. Cody will be joined by Carolyn Johnson from Academic Personnel and Carrie Wilemon from Human Resources to answer questions about faculty and staff recruitment. For more information or to sign up for the workshop, contact Sumi Seacat at or x6-7387.

Deadline for State Faculty Support Grant Proposals

The State Faculty Support Grant program supports research, scholarship and creative activities that help faculty remain current in their disciplines and contribute new knowledge. The intent of the program is strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The deadline for faculty to submit proposals for awards of mini-grants and assigned time for the 2011-12 year is Jan. 21, 2011. For guidelines and an application form, visit the Research and Graduate Programs web site or call the RGP office at ext. 6-1508.

Campus Announcements

photo of holiday hamHoliday Hams are On Sale Now

It’s that time of year. Cal Poly student-produced holiday hams are now on sale. Whole and half hams are available for $3.25 per pound and quantities are limited. The fully cooked hams are custom prepared using Cal Poly’s special blend to ensure the finest product possible. All hams are cured to enhance natural flavor and improve tenderness. The hams are then slow cooked and smoked with a natural hardwood smoke. Hams are vacuum packaged and ready for the holidays. Order now by calling the Cal Poly Meats Lab at ext. 6-2114, or email your order at

Science Cafe is Today

Cal Poly’s Science Café will host Liana Forest, a local consultant for creative change and Pam Stein, a social ecologist and psychologist on Nov. 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Kennedy Library, 2nd floor learning café. Forest and Stein will provide a scientific view on change in society and talk about heir research and individual experience with the Transition Towns Initiative – a world-wide, grassroots effort to address challenges such as climate crises, economic instability and the need for energy efficiency. The goal is to empower collective genius for creative change. The event is free and open to the public.

LEAP Meeting is Nov. 4

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) will host a fall reception for Asian Pacific Islander faculty, staff and the campus community. The event is set for Thursday, Nov. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in UU 220. Meet other members of LEAP and learn about upcoming events. Don Ryujin will present a brief lecture on his research on Asian Americans and cultural views about mental health services. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Joy Harkins at

photo of tanner's workUniversity Art Gallery to host Santa Barbara artist Joan Tanner

The University Art Gallery will host an lecture by Santa Barbara artist, Joan Tanner at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Science Building, Room E27. A reception follows in the gallery of the Dexter Building, Room 171. Tanner's large scale kinetic sculptures will be on exhibit Nov. 4 through Dec. 3. The lecture and opening reception are free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the University Art Gallery web site.  

photo of oppenheimerPeter Oppenheimer to Speak Nov. 5

Peter Oppenheimer, Cal Poly alumnus and Apple’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will appear as a part of the Orfalea College of Business’ Distinguished Speakers Series on Friday, Nov. 5 at 1:10 p.m. in the Silo. All majors are invited to attend. For more information about the event, visit the Orfalea College of Business web site.

Foundation Board Meeting Set for Nov. 6

The Cal Poly Foundation Board of Directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Performing Arts Center. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-1445.

Zimbra 6 "Tips and Tricks" Forum Set for Nov. 10

ITS invites faculty and staff to attend a "Tips and Tricks" forum on Zimbra e-mail and calendar from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in UU 220. Forum content is based on specific feedback from academic and administrative units across campus about how the Zimbra upgrade can help you be more productive. Questions and suggestions are welcome from all attendees.

logo for I E WeekInternational Education Week is Nov. 15 – 19

Cal Poly’s International Education & Programs (IEP) will celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 15-19 by collaborating with campus departments, clubs and programs to heighten international awareness. A schedule of IE Week events on campus can be found on the IEP web site.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to build international understanding, promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment, and attract future leaders from abroad to study and exchange ideas in the United States. More information can be found at

image of cape posterTaiwan Film Double Feature Set for Nov. 18

The History Department, the Asian Studies Minor and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles present a public screening of two films about Taiwanese music.

“Cape No. 7” (2008) is a Taiwanese comedic and romantic film about rock music and the legacy of Japanese colonialism in Taiwan. The film is in Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese languages (with English subtitles). It won three awards at the 2008 Taipei Film Festival and is the second top grossing film in Taiwan's history (after "Titanic").

Director Wei Te-Sheng humorously weaves together stories of a WWII-era romance between a Japanese teacher and his Taiwanese student, and the tribulations of a struggling Taiwanese rock band.

"The Rhythm in Wulu Village” (2003) is a Taiwanese ethnographic documentary film about the eastern Taiwanese Bunun Aboriginal people and their unique polyharmonic choral singing. In the 1950s, their song “Tribute to a Good Harvest” overturned Western musicologists' theories about the historical progress of music. However, the Bunun people still face questions of poverty and of the disappearance of their culture and traditions.

The double feature is set for Thursday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in UU 220. For more information, contact Andrew Morris, ext. 6-2845, or at

Colloquium to Honor George Cotkin and Rafael Jimenez-Flores

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an interdisciplinary colloquium Thursday, Nov. 18 from  3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Library, 2nd Floor Café. Interim President Robert Glidden and Provost Robert Koob, in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee, will host the colloquium to honor the professional and creative work of Professor George Cotkin of the History Department, and Professor Rafael Jiménez-Flores of the Dairy Science Department. Cotkin and Jiménez-Flores were the recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Scholarship Award. Cotkin will present “Diving with Moby-Dick and Other Demons.” Jiménez-Flores will present “Milk as a Source of Inspiration for Foods of the Future: A Cal Poly Team Approach.” A social hour will follow the presentations. Seating is limited; reservations are encouraged. Call ext. 6-2186 by Nov. 15, or e-mail

Get Your Green On!get your green on logo

A groundswell of spirit is bubbling up at Cal Poly. The Mustang Maniacs, with support from Athletics and El Corral Bookstore, are urging students, faculty and staff to Get Your Green On! every Thursday. The goal is to celebrate Cal Poly's rich traditions, support all our student-athletes and show our pride for Cal Poly. We want to SEE a SEA of Green every Thursday and at every athletics event! Visit the Cal Poly Spirit Page, and stay tuned for more spirit events.

Bella Montana, A Faculty and Staff Housing Community

Visit the Bella Montana Homes web site for available homes for sale or rent.

Now Available: Holiday Meals and Desserts from Village Market

This holiday season treat your family and friends to something special. Village Market offers a wide selection of holiday meals, desserts, and a la carte side dishes. Receive $5 off your next holiday meal order by using promo code “HOLIDAYS2010” when placing your order online. Place orders online today at the Campus Dining Holiday web site, stop by Village Market in Poly Canyon Village or call ext. 6-1959.

Wear Green and Save 10 Percent on Food with Campus Dining

Here’s another great reason to show your Cal Poly pride. Wear your Cal Poly green shirt or sweatshirt on Thursdays and receive 10 percent off prepared food purchases at Campus Market, the Avenue and Curbside Grill. To qualify, wear a green shirt with a Cal Poly logo. This special discount begins Thursday, Oct. 28. Offer excludes clothing, school supplies and groceries.


Another Type of Groove to Feature Poet Ike Torres Nov. 3

Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry brings poet Ike Torres to Cal Poly’s campus Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium. Torres is a Chicano/Native spoken word artist, student and activist from Sacramento. He has been performing since 2005 and has been a member of the Sacramento Slam Team (2005 and 2006). He blends the disciplines of theatre and spoken word as well as comedy to bring his words to life.
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Imago Theatre Stages ‘ZooZoo’ Nov. 4

flying frog dancerDefying classification, the Imago Theatre has populated international stages with characters and beings as diverse as comedic amphibians, animated paper bags, insomniac hippos, mischievous penguins, and metamorphosing humans. In the comical “ZooZoo,” Imago will mesmerize the audience with acrobatic and sly movement while tantalizing the senses, the intellect and the passions. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Christopher Cohan Center. Students and children receive a 50 percent discount on tickets.
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Takin' it to the Streets Nov. 4, 9 and 15

Seniors in the Orfalea College of Business marketing program have partnered with Chevrolet and its affiliate to conduct on-campus marketing as a class project. The partnership will help students gain hands-on skills in experiential marketing, a growing segment in today’s marketing mix. Promotional events begin today on Dexter Lawn.
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Music Faculty Autumn Recital Set for Nov. 5

This faculty chamber ensemble recital includes the following and more! Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Davidson Music Center, Room 218. Works include "Sextet for piano and wind instruments," op. 6 by Ludwig Thuille, "Deux Interludes for flute, violin and harp" by Jacques Ibertand, and "Piano Quartet in E-flat major," Op. 47 by Robert Schumann. Featured faculty include Susan Azaret Davies, piano; Shelly Granger, flute; Brian Hermanson, clarinet; Jennifer Dodson, horn; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Shelly Granger, flute; Brynn Albanese, violin; Jennifer Sayre, harp; Brynn Albanese, violin; Paul Severtson, viola; Jeanne Shumway, cello. Tickets are $5 at the door.
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Click Clack Moo CowsChildren’s “Click Clack Moo” Arrives On Stage Nov. 7

Bring the family to “Click Clack Moo” on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Cohan Center. All day long, Farmer Brown hears “click clack moo, clickety clackety moo ...” as his cows type and protest their working conditions. Based on the award-winning book of the same name by Doreen Cronin, this hilariously “moo-ving” new musical by Theatreworks USA teaches the young ones all about compromise and caring. It’s appropriate for ages 4 and older.
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Award-Winning Native American Photographer Coming to Cal Poly Nov. 8

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center will present photographer Peggy Fontenot on Nov. 8 to display and discuss her works. Her exhibit, titled “Surviving Assimilation: The Contemporary Native American,” will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in UU 204 (Right Wing Chumash). Fontenot has been exhibiting her work nationally since 1991 and has won numerous awards. Her exhibit displays the prosperity of Native American culture despite governmental attempts at assimilation.
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Job Vacancies

State Employment Opportunities

The official listing of staff and management vacancies is posted at To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#102129 – Assistant Director of Advancement, Administrator I, College of Engineering, Advancement, salary is commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 28, 2010.  

#102193 – Academic Advisor, Student Services Professional IB, Student Affairs, Student Academic Services, $3,102-$4,388 per month. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 12, 2010. 

Executive Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site at to view detailed information about the following vacancies, and to complete the management application to apply for the positions shown below. Please submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-6570.

#102191 – Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Administrator III, Intercollegiate Athletics, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Dec. 3, 2010.

#102185 – Interim Chief of Staff, President's Office
(internal search open to current Cal Poly employees only), Administrator III, Office of the President, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 1, 2010.

#102181 – Vice President for University Advancement, Administrator IV, University Advancement, salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins: Nov. 22, 2010.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site at to complete an application and apply for any of the positions shown below. Submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application, unless otherwise specified in the ad.

There are no new openings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate corporation operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. For an application, visit Human Resources in the Corporation Administration Building, check the web site at or call ext. 6-1121.

There are no new openings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit to complete an application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, contact the ASI Business Office in UU, Room 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new openings at this time.