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Cal Poly Report — April 12, 2017


Computing Power for Student Learning Gets High-Performance Boost

Seven engineering professors received Silicon Mechanics’ sixth annual equipment grant that brings the latest in high-performance, supercomputing technologies to campus to assist in students’ education and university research. The high-performance computing (HPC) “cluster” aggregates computing power to solve large engineering problems. Cal Poly’s award includes high-performance processing, networking, storage and graphics processing unit technologies, valued at more than $130,000. The HPC cluster will provide tools for sophisticated real-world applications at Cal Poly that will ultimately help students integrate into the workforce upon graduation and allow graduate students to conduct research previously not possible. The areas of research the cluster will enhance or enable at Cal Poly span from computational fluid dynamics to fire dynamics to deep visual learning and cyber security. It will also allow Cal Poly to collaborate with others in the California State University system on research projects. The successful proposal team included aerospace engineering professors Graham Doig, Amelia Grieg and David D. Marshall; computer science and software engineering professors Chris Lupo and Maria Pantoja; electrical engineering Professor Andrew Danowitz; and mechanical engineering Professor Christopher Pascual. This is the first time Cal Poly has received the grant. Read more here.

Cal Poly Technology Park Welcomes Healthcare IQ

Cal Poly has signed a sublease with Healthcare IQ for office space in the university’s Technology Park. Healthcare IQ, an independent data management and analytics company, is known for setting the industry standard for healthcare informatics. Informatics is defined as the science of information and computer information systems. “We are excited to have Healthcare IQ join us as permanent members of the campus community through our Technology Park,” said Jim Dunning, director of economic development and technology transfer. “Healthcare IQ will provide real-world experiences to our students in the areas of data science and analytics.” A project of the university’s Research and Economic Development office, the Technology Park serves as a home for technology-based businesses, particularly firms engaged in applied research and development. Presence in the park enhances the ability of companies to benefit from the expertise and skills of faculty and students. The first phase of the Technology Park project, completed in 2010, encompasses a 25,000-square-foot building and is now 100 percent occupied. Cal Poly is in the conceptual site-planning stages to expand the Technology Park into an Innovation Complex with additional office, research and flexible space to accommodate the private sector’s growing demand to collaborate with the university. For more information about the Technology Park, contact Dunning at ext. 6-5551 or Go here to learn more.

Packaging Program to Host Produce Packaging Seminar May 22-24

Cal Poly’s Packaging Program faculty will host freshPACKmoves, an educational seminar focused on fresh produce packaging, May 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey. The event will look specifically at e-commerce’s growing role in the fresh produce packaging industry as home-delivery services for consumers become increasingly popular. Several industry speakers are scheduled to take part; there will be keynote presentations from the leaders of Blue Apron, UPS Customer Solutions and Imperfect Produce. The event will also include expert panels and interactive discussions on packaging’s role in food waste, traceabilty and food safety, and consumer expectations in e-commerce and retail. On the final day, attendees will tour farms in the Salinas area to survey the complete supply chain, from grower to packer to shipper. The seminar, now in its fourth year, is especially suited to professionals responsible for translating perishable quality initiatives into packaging, supply chain, logistics and food safety solutions for their companies. For more information and registration, visit

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Student Success

Mock Trial Team Earns Bid to Compete at National Championship

A mock trial team has earned a bid to compete at the National Championship Tournament (NCT). This is the first time that a Cal Poly team has earned a spot in the prestigious national tournament. Cal Poly’s A Team finished in the top six teams in its Opening Round Championship Series in Fresno on March 25-26. Team members are Deeksha Kohli from San Jose, Chloe Loomer from Los Gatos, Zackery Michaelson from Visalia, Jesse Quiroz from Orange, Rod Rahimi from San Luis Obispo, and Garrett Rutherford from Girdwood, Alaska. Elizabeth Lowham, chair of the Political Science Department, said “I could not be prouder of our team and the students' awesome work.” Cal Poly sent two teams, an A Team and a B Team, to the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Competition in Claremont in February. At that competition, Cal Poly's A Team advanced to compete at the Opening Round Championship Series in Fresno, where the team earned its bid to the NCT. The NCT is the final round of the American Mock Trial Association's annual national tournament structure, and will take place in Los Angeles April 21-23.

Business Students Finish Second in Annual Finance Competition

A team of business and economics students took second place in the local Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge in Los Angeles. The students competed against teams from USC, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University and Claremont McKenna College on March 3. The teams had to create a valuation report and make investment recommendations on retailer Bed Bath & Beyond. A panel of industry professionals and CFA charter holders judged the presentations. Cal Poly’s team lost to USC by half a point in the final round. Cal Poly teams have won the past three local CFA Institute Research Challenge competitions. This year’s team included economics student Brandon Becker and finance students: Dario Buechi, Jessica Kramer, Jordan Smith and Greg Benedikt. Finance Professor Cyrus Ramezani, who also serves as interim Agribusiness Department chair, advised the students. Scott B. Kirk, a 2005 business administration alumnus and partner at City Capital Management, acted as an industry mentor to the students. Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Coast Guard Names Anthony Knight an Enlisted Person of the Year

Anthony Knight, director of Cal Poly’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM), was recently selected as the U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year. The award recognizes top-performing men and women in the Coast Guard’s reserve enlisted workforce. Knight was selected by a panel of senior enlisted members who evaluated nominees on performance, work ethic, military bearing, standards of conduct and community-service commitment. Knight, who serves at Sector San Francisco’s Incident Management Team Reserve, was recognized for his exceptional leadership and technical acumen. He accepted the award at a ceremony last month in Petaluma. Knight (at left in photo) just celebrated his one year anniversary as DEM director. Go here for additional information on the award.

'Teach On' Series Planned for Spring Quarter

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the Winter Teach-In, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity is excited to announce its first ever "Teach On!" series for spring quarter. Faculty will present workshops from 11 a.m. to noon most Thursdays in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 222. The series on April 13 will focus on “Race-Based Affinity Groups: Fostering Allyship” featuring Megan Lambertz-Berndt of the Communication Studies Department. All events are open to the campus community. For more information, contact

Nominations Open Through April 21 for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Nominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. This award recognizes a current or former faculty member’s superior achievement in fundraising and external support to advance the mission of Cal Poly. The award recipient will receive campus-wide recognition. Faculty, staff and current students are encouraged to submit nominations. The nomination form and more information are available here. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, April 21. Email nomination materials to Jeanne Scott, Office of the Provost, at (Pictured above is the 2016 awardee, Dennis Derickson, chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.)

Take Part in Russian and German Conversation Tables This Quarter

Practice speaking and listening to another language at conversation tables this quarter. Both conversation tables will take place from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in Faculty Collaboration Room ("Fishbowl") 220D in Kennedy Library (No. 35). The Russian Conversation Table will meet every other Wednesday beginning April 12 and ending May 24. The German Conversation Table will meet every other Wednesday beginning April 19 and ending May 31. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at or at 805-801-3214.

Faculty Survey on Student Engagement to Begin April 17

Faculty members will be emailed the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) beginning Monday, April 17. The survey will ask questions about student engagement from a faculty perspective. FSSE is administered every three years and accompanies a student version that is administered simultaneously — the National Survey of Student Engagement. The survey takes 18-25 minutes to complete and responses are confidential. More information about FSSE is available on the FSSE website.

Expanded On-Campus Employee Assistance Services Now Available

Human Resources has announced an expansion of employee assistance services. Thanks to a collaboration between Campus Wellbeing and San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health, confidential face-to-face intervention and referral services are now available on campus. Lauren Rocha, county behavioral health prevention and outreach coordinator and Cal Poly wellness promotion specialist, will be on campus part time to provide students, staff and faculty with information and education about campus and community resources. Drop-in times are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Health Center (No. 27), Room 173B, and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cross Cultural Centers in the UU (No. 65), Room 217. For appointments or more information, contact Rocha at 805-503-2101 or, or visit the Campus Wellbeing website. Confidential employee assistance and enhanced wellness services will continue to be available 24/7 by contacting Life Matters by Empathia at 800-367-7474 or (use "calpoly" — not case sensitive — when prompted for the company password).

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Set for Spring Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, and Friday, June 2. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Al Liddicoat, associate vice provost of Academic Personnel, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources can answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290. Go here for more information. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Quarterly Luncheon to be Held April 20

Join the Retired Faculty and Staff Club on Thursday, April 20, for a presentation by University Police Chief George Hughes on the department's mission in promoting a safe and secure learning environment by working cooperatively with the campus community and the city of San Luis Obispo. Hughes will discuss the history of the department, changes and growth, security and diversity, campus escort services, future hiring and the department's relationship with the San Luis Obispo Police Department. The luncheon is open to all Cal Poly retirees and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The cost is $16, including lunch. RSVPs are requested by Thursday, April 13, to Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148. For more information on the Retired Faculty and Staff Club, visit

Share and Expand Your Perspective With a Book Circle

Employee and Organization Development is offering three book circles that are open to all employees. Each book circle includes three sessions starting in April. Participants will receive a copy of the books. The first book, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Dan Pink, explains the science of motivation and shows the mismatch between what organizations (and bosses) typically do and what really works when it comes to “true” motivation. The second book, “Mindsight” by Dr. Dan Siegel, presents techniques for focused awareness and their impact on our neurobiology, which can have profound implications for our emotional and social wellbeing. The third book, “Blind Spot” by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, uses stimulating exercises and illustrative examples to explore unconscious bias and strategies for reducing it in the workplace, classroom and beyond. To sign up, visit

Learn How to Apply Your Strengths in Upcoming Trainings

University Advising has scheduled the next StrengthsQuest training workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 107. Come learn how Gallup's strengths-based development program can help you identify your natural abilities and provide you with the latest strategies for applying your strengths. We will also be holding a SQ 200-level training from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. The SQ 200 training is designed to be a follow-up to the 100-level training, and is a great way to build on your new Strengths knowledge. SQ100 participation is a prerequisite. To enroll in the SQ100 workshop, click here. to enroll in the SQ200 workshop, click here. Please feel free to invite a colleague by simply passing this message along. For more information about StrengthsQuest, visit and If you have any questions, contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

Open Forums on Hospitality Policy Scheduled for April 14 and 21

The Administration and Finance Division Business Connection (ABC) is hosting two Open Forums in April where Interim University Controller Marc Benadiba will discuss changes to the Hospitality Policy and the revised Hospitality Justification form. The forums will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 14, and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Anyone with questions can email

Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising Workshop to be Offered May 5

Are you new to faculty advising and would like some information and support?  Have you been advising for a while and want a refresher? University Advising will offer a training workshop for undergraduate faculty advisors from 10:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 5, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E48. The Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising workshop provides an overview of university policies, curriculum advising tools, the registration process and the advising structure at Cal Poly. To register for the workshop, click here.

'Key Conversations' Workshop to be Held April 13

Employee and Organization Development will host a “Key Conversations” workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Keck Lab (Room 2). A key conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong. These conversations — when handled poorly or ignored — may lead to strained relationships and poor results. This workshop will cover common causes of conflict, benefits and examples of key conversation, planning for the interaction and specific steps for conducting the conversation. To register, click here and select “enroll” on the SkillPort site.

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In Memoriam

Arlene Chandler, the founder of Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome, died April 4. Chandler, 94, was born in rural Wisconsin to Eleanor and Rueben Bahr. She moved to San Luis Obispo in 1960 as a young widow with two sons for a job at Cal Poly as student activities advisor. One of Chandler’s first accomplishments at Cal Poly was the creation of WOW, a student orientation program that continues today and serves as a model for universities across the nation. She was also involved in the design of the University Union. Chandler advanced to the position of dean of women in 1962 and joined the first teaching staff at Cuesta College in 1965 — the first female professor hired by the college. She retired from Cuesta in 1986 after 31 years. She is survived by her husband, Everett Chandler, of 53 years. They shared many common interests, including in sports, especially Cal Poly basketball and football — rarely missing a game for decades dressed in their green and gold. In 2009, Cal Poly surprised Arlene Chandler with the University Honored Alumni Award for Education at its Homecoming. In 2012, she and Everett were honored with the dedication of the Quiet Study Room at the University Union as the “Chandler Room,” recognizing their many years of support. Arlene Chandler is survived by her sons, Mark J. Chandler (Carolyn Tavares) and Bret A. Chandler (Junko); three step-children, Alan Chandler (Judy Redmond), Ann Chandler (Joe Mikulsky) and Marge Chandler (Jim Archambeault); granddaughter, Lea Chandler; and two step-grandsons, Nick Mikulsky (Elizabeth Lucas) and Greg Mikulsky. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Vokoun, who died of a heart attack at age 39. A celebration of her life is forthcoming. The family asks that any contributions be made in her name to the Community Counseling Center at or 805-543-7969. A guestbook is available at

Wilma Gene Pierce, 91, died March 22. She was born in Indiana in December 1925 to Riley Hart Manning and Mary Olive Charles Manning. Pierce moved to San Luis Obispo in 1949. She worked at the Cal Poly Foundation Business Office for 18 years, retiring at the age of 62. She was an avid bowler and was a part of the Woman's Major League bowling on the Burke Construction Team. Pierce is survived by her son Ray Pierce (Peggy) of Hollister; daughter Patti Pierce-Choban of Paso Robles; grandchildren Lisa (Mark), Danylle (Robert), Nathan (Sara), Caitlin and Caleb; great-grandchildren Amy, Zack, Robbie and Lane. She is preceded in death by her son Eddie Paul; her father Riley; mother Mary; and sisters Pauline, Carrie and Pat. No formal services are planned. Sign her guestbook at

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Campus Announcements

California Secretary of State to Discuss Voter Participation

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will speak on voting rights from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 12, in the KTGY Gallery in Engineering West (No. 21), Room 105A. The recent national election and reports on states restricting voter access has brought the topic of voting to the forefront. The presentation will cover the California model and how the state is working to engage more voters. A question-and-answer session will follow the secretary’s presentation. California Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning will moderate the conversation. The event is sponsored by the Political Science Department and Associated Students, Inc. For more information, contact Sara Wilkinson at ext. 6-2984 or

Cal Poly 2017-19 Catalog is Now Available

Cal Poly’s 2017-19 Catalog is now available online and is effective summer 2017 through spring 2019. Learn more at


CLA Speaks Hosts Incarceration Panel

The College of Liberal Arts’ speaker series, CLA Speaks, will host a panel titled “The Rights and Wrongs of Incarceration” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 114. Although the penalty of incarceration is one of the most serious that can be inflicted on a human being, most Americans are unfamiliar with the basics of what happens before, during and after one is sentenced to prison. The objective of this panel is not only to transcend partisan rhetoric about the issue, but also to appreciate its complexity and offer suggestions about reform. Each panelist will speak about a particular aspect of the process of incarceration, from his or her perspective, to give audience members a better sense of what the government does when it locks someone up and under what circumstances, if any, such a penalty might be justified. Panelists include: Chris Bickel, a sociology assistant professor at Cal State San Marcos; Robert Reyes, assistant chief Probation officer in San Luis Obispo County; Sgt. Juan Busby, a retired correctional officer at the California Men's Colony; Olivia Lopes, in-custody program director at Restorative Partners in San Luis Obispo; and Unique Shaw-Smith, a sociology assistant professor at Cal Poly. For more information, contact Sara Wilkinson at ext. 6-2984 or

Human Resources to Attend Spring Career Fair April 19-20

Human Resources will attend the upcoming Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20. The department’s Talent Acquisition team will attend both days, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and have information on all currently posted jobs, especially those of interest to graduates and those to soon graduate. For more details about the Spring Career Fair, visit the Career Services page. To view all current staff and management job openings, visit the Cal Poly Jobs website.

Campus Dining Offers New Options for Spring Quarter

Campus Dining has introduced several options for spring quarter. The Sandwich Factory now has an express line offering three pre-made sandwiches plus an express-line combo that includes one sandwich, a pickle spear or crudité and a choice of two deli sides. 19 Metro has new menus and stations that will alternate every other day. A Chef's Choice station will feature rotational menus during breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be attended by a chef. Starbucks fresh brewed coffee and iced coffee are now available at The Avenue, 19 Metro Express and the Sandwich Factory. Syrup flavors can also be added at any register. Additionally, The Avenue now offers Tazo tea. During lunch, the Starbucks truck will be at Mott Gym, and the Curbside Grill and Central Coaster food trucks will be at Campus Market. For additional information, visit

Cal Poly Downtown Store Wins Beautification Award

Cal Poly Downtown has received a Beautification Award from the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association for significant aesthetic and physical improvements made to the store. Every year, the association’s design committee honors downtown businesses that are doing their part to keep the downtown area inviting and beautiful. Cal Poly Downtown won the association’s "Tenant Improvements: Interior Award" for the substantial improvements made to its store interior. The Cal Poly retailer relocated in December to a larger site at 767 Higuera St., gaining an additional 1,300 square feet of space in the move. The new Cal Poly Downtown was designed by Jeff Grant, who has designed several other high-profile retail spaces, including the stadium store for the San Jose Sharks and San Francisco Zoo’s gift shop. The new store is outfitted with contemporary fixtures, materials and lighting. It also features stainless steel and natural stone materials that enhance the modern, upscale atmosphere.

New CSUwide Library Software Platform to Launch June 27, Promoting Inter-Campus Collaboration

Kennedy Library, along with all of the CSU libraries, will launch a new shared online library platform in June. The familiar search box on the library homepage will take Cal Poly users to the new system, OneSearch, starting June 27. In partnership with the vendor, Ex Libris, CSU libraries will migrate all data and operations to a multi-tenant, cloud-based technology. “This unified library management system will offer, for the first time, a central catalog which will allow all of our CSU community to discover and access scholarly content from across the system,” Interim Associate Dean Tim Strawn said. 
“We are already looking at a number of collaborative initiatives once we get past the implementation phase. Perhaps the most exciting change is that users at any CSU campus will be able to order physical items directly from other campuses.” The Link+ catalog will be replaced by the new system’s interlibrary loan, CSU+. Link+ requests can be placed through May 26. For any questions or concerns about the new system, contact Strawn at or ext. 6-1485, or a college librarian:

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

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 Friday, June 9, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research, and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Jeff Sklar and Andrew Schaffner will serve as the consultants. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, they will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available. Faculty, staff and students interested in using the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, or to schedule a consultation, email

Earth Week Events Planned for April 25-27

Facilities Management and Development's Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department is hosting a series of events, film screenings and presentations in support of Earth Week in April. In celebration of Zero Waste day, a Q&A session will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, with iFixit founder Kyle Wein in the Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 107. On Wednesday, April 26, leaders from REC Solar will participate in a panel presentation to discuss the Cal Poly Solar Project and the future of renewable energy in recognition of Climate and Clean Tech day from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Keck Lab (No. 7). On Local Food and Water day, Thursday, April 27, World Wildlife Fund CEO Jason Clay will talk about his goal of creating global standards for producing and using raw materials from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Keck Lab. For more details about these events and to see the complete list of Earth Week activities, visit Questions? Email Kylee Singh at  

Career Services Launches Diversity Funding Support

The Diversity Funding Committee (DFC) was established by Career Services and campus collaborators, with support from the Career Partners Program, to foster diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. Applications are now open for DFC’s first-ever cycle of awards. Any faculty, staff or student group, or university department is welcome to apply for funding to support a campus or community event that increases understanding of, and/or appreciation for, diversity and inclusion. To apply, visit the Diversity Funding Committee web page and complete the web-based application by 4 p.m. Friday, April 14. Please note that events must occur by Tuesday, Oct. 31. The DFC will announce award recipients in May. For additional information, email the committee at

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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. 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 weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


NASA Team Leader to Discuss Missions on April 12

Fran Bagenal, a team leader on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and a working group chair for the Juno mission to Jupiter, will share discoveries about these worlds at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in Spanos Theatre. The two missions are among the most exciting in space exploration. New Horizons, which launched in 2006, became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto up close and yielded stunning images of the dwarf planet. The successful flyby in July 2015 provided scientific results that were beamed back to Earth through October 2016 and far exceeded NASA’s expectations. The mission has potential additional targets to explore in the coming years in the Kuiper Belt — a group of large, frozen bodies that orbit the sun in the outer region of the solar system. Bagenal, a research scientist and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will speak about how New Horizons came to be, how the spacecraft got to Pluto, and how the findings challenge the current understanding of ice worlds in the outer solar system. The talk will also cover ongoing discoveries from NASA’s Juno mission, which launched in August 2011 and has been in orbit around the gas giant Jupiter since July 4, 2016. The most recent 55-day orbit was completed Feb. 2, and its next close flyby is March 27. During its 20 months in orbit, the satellite soars low over Jupiter’s cloud tops — as close as about 2,600 miles. During these flybys, it can probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover to study its auroras and to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Soil Foodweb Pioneer to Lead Workshop on Building Healthy Soils

The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability will host a daylong “Healthy Foodweb, Healthy Soils” workshop, led by renowned soil microbiologist Elaine Ingham, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Inn at Morro Bay. Ingham pioneered the soil foodweb concept, underlying the relationship between soil biodiversity and plant productivity. Workshop topics will include soil foodweb principles, soil organism identification, how to make aerobic compost/humus to enhance soil life, making and applying biological extracts and teas, and case studies in improving soil ecosystems. Registration for the workshop is $95 (which includes lunch). Event details and registration is available at In addition, the American Society of Agronomy has approved the course to provide six continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisors (four soil and water management and two nutrient management units).

Conversation with Cal Poly Authors Set for April 28

Ning Zhang, associate professor in the Political Science Department, and Andrew Morris, professor in the History Department, will discuss Zhang’s book, "Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture." The conversation will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, in Kennedy Library (No. 35) Room 111H.  There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. Go here for more information.

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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. 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, or visit the university scheduling page. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

For complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, April 14
Softball vs. Long Beach State (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 15
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Riverside, Mustang Courts, noon.
Softball vs. Long Beach State, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Monday, April 17
Men’s Golf hosts Cal Poly Shootout, Cypress Ridge GC, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, April 18
Men’s Golf hosts Cal Poly Shootout, Cypress Ridge GC, 8 a.m.

Friday, April 21
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 22
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 23
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25
Baseball vs. Fresno State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

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Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

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

#104431 — Academic Advisor, Mustang Success Center (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — University Advising. Anticipated hiring range: $3,858-$4,125 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 4.

#104413 — Landscape Manager (Administrator II), Facility Services — Landscape Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.  

***This internal recruitment is open to Cal Poly employees only (State, Corporation, and ASI)***
#104436 — Administrative Support Coordinator I, Administration and Finance — Strategic Business Services — Procurement Services. $2,846-$4,619 per month. Closes April 19.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application for any of the positions shown below. The complete listing of faculty position openings is posted on the website. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

#104408 — Full-Time Lecturer — Construction Management, College of Architecture and Environmental Design — Construction Management. Open until filled.

#104414 — Full Time Lecturer — Political Science, College of Liberal Arts — Political Science. Open until filled.

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 job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Catering Services Assistant Supervisor, Campus Dining, $13.46-$17.95 per hour.

Warehouse Unit Manager, Campus Dining, $18.35-$27.53 per hour.

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.

Building Service Worker, $14.30 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position closes on April 21.

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