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Cal Poly Report - March 7, 2012


Cal Poly to Extend Engineering Summer Camp to Middle Schoolers with $15K Grant

This year, Cal Poly will extend its engineering summer camp, Engineering Possibilities in College (EPIC), to middle school students. Previously limited to high school students, EPIC is a week-long camp designed to attract students to engineering, especially those who may not have considered it as an area of study or a future career. Expansion of the program will be facilitated with a $15,000 donation from the Goodrich Foundation. EPIC will use the grant to create a comprehensive career camp experience designed specifically for middle school students. The young campers will be immersed in hands-on labs and activities that include robots, spaceships, solar cars and cities of the future. The program will be offered in an informal environment that includes a spectrum of games, play, and challenging activities that foster creativity, exploration, teamwork and personal empowerment. The students will also get tours of Cal Poly Engineering facilities and local engineering companies.
More on the grant

Academic Senate Releases List of Senators for 2012-13

Cal Poly's Academic Senate has released a list of the senators for the 2012-13 term. The list available online here. For more information, contact Academic Senate Analyst Margaret Camuso at ext. 6-1258 or, or visit the Academic Senate's web page.

Cal Poly Unveils New Graphic Standards Manual

As part of an ongoing effort to refresh its university branding, Cal Poly has unveiled its new Style Guide & Identification Standards Manual. The manual is available here in downloadable PDF format. The style guide contains rules and procedures for applying cohesive and consistent standards to the university’s visual representations. This includes rules for the use of the Cal Poly name, logo and university seal, as well as color and font standards for university publications. In approving the manual, President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said: “The Cal Poly Style Guide and Identification Standards Manual paves the way to promote our many outstanding accomplishments with a unified visual ‘voice’ — a voice that effectively communicates to our varied audiences the core values and strengths that form the cornerstone of Cal Poly’s reputation. … With the implementation of these updated identification standards, we have additional help in advancing Cal Poly’s interests.” Any questions about the new style guide or the ongoing branding effort should be directed to Stacia Momburg in the university’s Public Affairs Office at ext. 6-6260 or

Student Success

Cal Poly English Majors Head for England's Lake District

Six senior English majors will Learn by Doing by spending spring break in the Lake District in northern England, where they will engage with and contribute to the rich literary traditions of this region. The students will visit the homes and haunts of many literary giants and stay in a historic building where poets Coleridge and Southey lived. The trip will include hikes known to be favorites of local authors, including one day-long journey between the homes of the Wordsworths and Coleridge. During and after the trip, the students will write, design and produce their own "Literature of the Lake District" book, including poetry, travel and environmental writing, fiction, and children's literature. The student participants are Lacey Buck, Sarah Horne, Brita Shallcross, Jenna Stafford, Kate Sugar and Elana Wolin. They will be joined by English department assistant professors Catherine Waitinas and Brad Campbell. “I never expected that I would end my college career by literally walking in the footsteps of the great writers of one of the most fascinating literary locations in the world," Horne said. "This is one of very few experiences that I believe is truly ‘once in a lifetime.’”

Bill Zito Scholarship Awarded to Two Orfalea College Students

Seniors Paul Marchetti and Katherine Worland from the Orfalea College of Business were each honored with a Bill Zito Scholarship from the PMMI Education & Training Foundation. The $750 award recognizes their academic achievements and dedication to advancing their future careers in the packaging industry. To qualify, Marchetti and Worland were required to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in packaging professions, maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, indicate involvement in extracurricular activities, and receive a recommendation from a faculty member within the packaging program.

In Memoriam

Norman Richard Eggen

Retired Cal Poly Animal Science Professor Norman Eggen died March 1, 2012, in San Luis Obispo. Eggen taught at Cal Poly for 11 years before retiring in 1986 to become the sole proprietor of the Old Country Deli in San Luis Obispo.
Read Eggen's obituary in The Tribune (San Luis Obispo)

Campus Announcements

Institutional Planning & Analysis Publishes Fall 2011 Fact Book

Cal Poly’s Office of Institutional Planning & Analysis has published the Fall 2011 issue of the Fact Book. This is an annual comprehensive publication of historical trend data on admissions, enrollment, degrees awarded, faculty/staff data, and financial aid. The Fall 2011 Fact Book can be found, along with previous issues, at the IP&A website.

Campus Continues to Celebrate Women’s HERstory Week through March 8

Women’s HERstory Week is a chance to celebrate women in history and discuss the status of women today. There will be presentations from the Gender Equity Center, Pride Center and Multicultural Center along with film screenings. Upcoming events include:
- Wednesday, March 7: The History of Women at Cal Poly, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., UU 216
- Thursday, March 8: Black Women in Television, noon to 1 p.m., UU 219

For questions, contact Nikki Lanshaw at

PolyLearn (Moodle) Fast Track Workshops March 19 - 23

Blackboard will be retired at the end of the Winter 2012 term. In addition to regularly scheduled workshops and online resources, Moodle Fast Track Workshops will be held during Spring Break. Morning and afternoon sessions and open lab times will be held March 19-23. Spaces are filling quickly, so sign-up today online. If you have questions, contact the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000 or

Wellness Seminar to Address 'Dealing with Addictions' March 27

The March Wellness Seminar, titled "Dealing with Addictions" will be held in UU 220 from noon to 1 p.m. March 27.
Human Resources’ Work Life Programs & Services is sponsoring the Wellness Seminar Series, which is presented by Community Action EAP. The seminar will focus on identifying signs and symptoms of addictions, learning how to confront constructively, and discussing various types of assistance available. For more information, visit the Work Life Programs & Services website.

Inaugural Club Recognition Awards Set for April 25

ASI and Student Life and Leadership will host the Inaugural Club Recognition Awards on April 25. The event will honor club officers and advisors for their hard work and dedication to Cal Poly clubs during the 2011-12 academic year. Clubs that have received national awards/recognition this year will be honored. And the club, sport club and Independent Student Organization (ISO) of the year will be announced. Student organizations are comprised of volunteer officers and advisors who put in many hours of hard work bringing life to the Cal Poly campus and providing students with various opportunities to embrace the Learn by Doing philosophy. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations for the club, sport club, and/or ISO of the year. Nominations forms can be found on the ASI website and are due to ASI Club Services no later than 5 p.m. April 13. Completed forms can be emailed to or delivered to UU Room 203. For more information about the Inaugural Club Recognition Awards, contact Michelle Crawford at ext. 6-2324 or

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

Visit the Bella Montana Homes web site for available homes for sale and lease.


‘Opening Our Eyes’ to Screen March 7 at Cal Poly

The Department of Art and Design will host a free screening of the film “Opening Our Eyes” by filmmaker Gail Mooney at 4 p.m. March 7 in Engineering West Room 206. Mooney will answer questions after the screening. In the summer of 2010, Mooney and her daughter, Erin Kelly, embarked on a 99-day journey around the globe in search of ordinary people who were making a positive difference in the world. This documentary tells the stories of 11 people of those people.

Astrophysics Experiments by Cal Poly Faculty and Students to be Featured March 8

The Research Scholars in Residence Program will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Roger Grismore titled "Astrophysics Experiments at Cal Poly." Grismore will discuss the experimentation conducted by students and faculty on the radioactivity of artifacts recovered from space, such as meteorites, lunar samples, and space vehicle parts. This seminar will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Room 111-H of the Kennedy Library. All Cal Poly faculty, staff, students and members of the community are welcome. For more information, contact the Research and Graduate Programs office at or ext. 6-1508.

Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Partner with OperaSLO for Performances March 8-10

The Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre has a unique opportunity to work with Brian Asher Alhadeff, Opera San Luis Obispo artistic director, in three performances of "Classic Scenes from Opera and Musical Theatre": 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. Puccini's one-act opera "Suor Angelica" will be included in the performances, along with scenes from Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier," Mozart's "Così fan tutte," the mad scene from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," and a medley from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma." This newly established "co-opera" with Cal Poly's Student Opera Theatre and OperaSLO is intended to promote Cal Poly's Learn by Doing educational philosophy and OperaSLO's educational outreach programs. For more information, visit the Music Department web calendar.

Cal Poly to Host UC Davis Gamelan Ensemble for Free Concert March 9

The UC Davis Gamelan Ensemble will give a free performance at 3 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. The ensemble will perform a selection of pieces on its West Javanese gamelan salendro as part of an exchange of ethnomusicology ensembles with Cal Poly. The ensemble will be joined by dancer Ben Arcangel, who will perform classical West Javanese dance. The gamelan salendro consists of hanging bronze gongs, gong chimes, metallophones, drums and rebab (spike fiddle) tuned to a pentatonic scale. Gamelan salendro is associated with various theater and dance genres in West Java, Indonesia, and provides courtly listening music as well. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform March 10

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and the larger Middle East with special guest artists at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Spanos Theatre. Both old and new vocal and instrumental selections by some of the most celebrated composers and performers of Arab art and popular music will be performed. Traditional Turkish and contemporary Greek music as well as a Syrian television theme and treasured folk songs will also be featured. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar

Cal Poly to Honor Nisei and Support Tsunami Relief
with Video Piano Performance March 11

Cal Poly will host a video screening and benefit piano concert to honor CSU Nisei recipients and support relief efforts for Japanese communities affected by last year’s tsunami. The screening and concert are set for 2 p.m., Sunday, March 11, in Harman Hall of the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Members of the Cal Poly student chapter of the American Red Cross will be on hand to accept donations to the tsunami relief effort. The screening honors recipients of honorary bachelor’s degrees the CSU Board of Trustees awarded to Japanese-American students forced into internment camps during World War II by the U.S. government. The video provides an oral history and highlights the experiences of Cal Poly honorary degree recipients Frank Suzuki and Kazunori Katayama, along with recipients from other CSU campuses.

Kennedy Library Exhibits Joe Schwartz’s Photography

Kennedy Library announces an exhibit of Joe Schwartz’s photography. The 98-year-old folk photographer was honored at the Feb. 6 Cal Poly colloquium “Celebrating Diversity" at the Performing Arts Center for a lifetime of work documenting the virtues of diversity. The exhibit is up until June 29 in Special Collections and University Archives on the fourth floor. Special Collections is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call 805-523-2305 or email for more information. Go here to learn more about Special Collections.

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.

#102502 – Grants Analyst, Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I, Academic Affairs – Grants Development, up to two positions available, $3,845-$5,770 per month, open until filled, review begins March 8, 2012.

#102482 - HR Assistant, Administrative Support Assistant II, Administration and Finance - Human Resources, temporary full-time, one-year appointment, $2,505-$3,758 per month, closes March 16, 2012.

#102510 – Communications, Publications and Web Specialist, Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II, College of Science & Mathematics - Dean Operations, $3,469-$5,201 per month, open until filled, review begins March 16, 2012.    

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 job opportunities 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. To view job postings and/or apply for any regular-benefited position at Cal Poly Corporation, visit our website. For assistance contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

All positions have excellent benefits provided, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement program, paid sick leave/vacation and holidays. Apply online at CPC Human Resources, San Luis Obispo, CA  93407, AA/EEO.

There are no new job opportunities 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 job opportunities at this time.