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Cal Poly Report — April 19, 2017


Cal Poly to Build Solar Farm as Part of Net Zero Plan

Cal Poly will break ground this summer on a solar farm that will generate renewable energy, create Learn by Doing opportunities for students and save the university millions of dollars. The facility, to be erected adjacent to Highway 1 on the western side of campus, will be financed, designed, constructed and maintained by REC Solar, one of the nation’s largest solar providers. REC Solar, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, was founded by Cal Poly graduates in 1997. The 18.5-acre solar farm is slated for completion in winter 2017. It will include more than 16,000 individual solar panels with a capacity of 4.5 megawatts (AC) and will generate more than 11 million kWh per year — enough to power more than 1,000 homes, or about 25 percent of Cal Poly’s total needs. In addition to the environmental benefits, the energy produced by the solar farm will result in direct savings on Cal Poly’s utility bills totaling about $17 million over 20 years. The solar farm is being financed by REC Solar via a power purchase agreement, which allows Cal Poly to purchase energy at a lower rate, without paying any upfront costs for the system construction and maintenance. “This is the first major energy project Cal Poly has undertaken since we committed to achieving climate neutrality,” said Dennis Elliot, director of energy, utilities and sustainability. “This is a huge step toward our goal of climate neutrality, and we are very excited about using this new facility to support student hands-on Learn by Doing.” Learn more here.

Student Aims to Set International Land Speed Record in Solar-Powered Vehicle

The Prototype Vehicles Laboratory (PROVE Lab) has announced aerospace engineering freshman Lacey Davis as the driver to set a new international land speed record for the world’s fastest solar-powered vehicle — but to complete this goal, the PROVE Lab needs to raise $20,000 by the end of April. Building an ultra-lightweight car out of carbon fiber composites with over 100 square feet of solar panels and efficient electric wheel motors remains a challenging and expensive task for the PROVE Lab team. The team is confident that its design will beat the existing 56-mph record. “We know from our simulations and testing that this thing should top 65 mph — fast enough to get a ticket on the freeway,” said project manager Will Sutton. To achieve the goal, the lab has launched a public crowdfunding campaign to raise the final funds to complete construction of the car and to have the record officially certified by this summer. “It’s such a unique, futuristic car — actually, it’s more like a spaceship,” Davis said. “We’re aiming to go freeway speeds on the same kind of power it takes to run a toaster, and I’ll be lying nearly flat inside to keep the car body as streamlined as possible.” Davis, who wants to become an astronaut after completing her degree, mentors students at El Camino Middle School in Santa Maria in designing a miniature version of the solar car. Unlike other electric cars, the PROVE Lab solar car has no batteries or any other form of energy storage. Learn more about the car here.

Cal Poly Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Cal Poly has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. This is the first time the university has applied for a STARS rating. Recognizing the value of the STARS framework, Cal Poly pursued the rating to establish benchmarks for its sustainability efforts. Cal Poly rated highest in the areas of curriculum, campus engagement, planning, and water and greenhouse gas emissions management. “The STARS Silver Rating is a remarkable achievement for our university,” said Dennis Elliot, director of energy, utilities and sustainability. “This recognition reinforces our commitment to sustainability and will help us drive continued improvement for our campus.” Learn more here.

Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Open to Tours on May 6

Community members are invited to bring the whole family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6. The spring open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, and many more interactive displays. Kids can put their face in the water and breathe through a scuba respirator, learn why whales migrate and find out what a “red tide” is. Professors and students will be available to answer questions. Guests may tour the displays at their own pace and explore ongoing research into local marine life, including projects aimed at protecting Morro Bay’s ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. For more information, call ext. 6-6777. Rain will cancel the event. Learn more here.

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Student Success

Cal Poly Names Outstanding Student Employee of the Year

Molly Barker, a senior majoring in agricultural systems management, was recently selected as Cal Poly’s 2016-17 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. Barker, of Lompoc, was unanimously selected among 34 student nominees. She has been a Green Campus team manager in Facilities — Energy, Utilities and Sustainability since September 2015. The Green Campus program works to promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship at Cal Poly. Her nomination rose to the top due to her strong work ethic, critical thinking skills, determination, and her desire to reach beyond her comfort zone. “Molly’s kindness and light-heartedness has made her a pleasure to work with and have on the team,” said her supervisor, Sustainability Coordinator Kylee Singh. “She maintains a positive attitude no matter her workload, and her passion and dedication to learning and growing as an employee shine through and rub off on those around her.” Academically, she has hit the Dean’s List every quarter. On April 12, a reception recognizing all 34 nominees was held at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center. During the reception, Barker was congratulated by President Armstrong. Student employees and their supervisors were invited to attend the reception and celebrate the important achievements made by all student employees.

Cal Poly Students Engage in Food Justice During Spring Break Trip

The inaugural cohort of students in the Cal Poly Food Justice Service Learning Project recently returned from its first “Alternative Spring Break,” a weeklong trip working with FoodLink for Tulare County, a nonprofit food bank that provides food and nutrition education to individuals and families there. Food justice is the right of all people to grow, sell and consume healthy food. It encompasses issues such as food access, wages and conditions of food system workers, as well as community-based food movements. Six undergraduate students majoring in animal science, business, nutrition, and environmental management and protection spent the week learning about and engaging in food justice issues relevant to Central Valley families at a number sites including local schools, non-profits, and Fresno State. Two student coordinators also attended. First-year nutrition major Micaela Wu said the trip solidified her desire to seek a career in community based nutrition outreach. “I learned how food injustice is ingrained with other issues such as racial discrimination and politics, and that you can’t solve one without focusing on the whole,” Wu said. Cal Poly students also interfaced with UC Berkeley and UCLA student groups who were on similar experiential learning spring break trips. The experience was funded by an Instructionally Related Activities grant. (The team is pictured above at a community garden in Pixley, California. From left to right: Lluvia Santana, Micaela Wu, Jocelyn Swan, Sarah Miller, Amanda Silacci, Josephine Rodriguez, Allison Warren and Jose Martinez-Luna.)

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Faculty & Staff

Student Affairs Wins Multiple Awards at National Conference

Student Affairs received two awards during the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) convention in Columbus, Ohio, in late March. The division was honored at the convention for being named one of the “most promising places to work in Student Affairs” for 2017. Cal Poly was one of 18 institutions recognized by ACPA and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education earlier this year for its intentional steps to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace environment. In addition, the California College Personnel Association (CCPA), which serves as an ACPA state chapter, recognized Center for Leadership Coordinator Lauren Irwin (pictured below) as its Outstanding New Professional for 2017. Irwin, who joined Cal Poly in 2015, is a Santa Maria native who earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and education studies at UCLA, as well as a Master of Arts degree in student affairs administration at Michigan State University. In her role for the Center for Leadership, Irwin coordinates leadership skill-building programs, including the Emerging Leaders Series and StrengthsQuest education.

Cal Poly Corporation Welcomes New Manager of Facility Operations and Capital Projects

Will Marchese has joined the Cal Poly Corporation as manager of facility operations and capital projects. Marchese will oversee short- and long-term facilities projects, supporting the missions of the university and the corporation through maintenance, enhancement and development of facilities. Prior to his current position, Marchese served as a project manager with Cal Poly’s Facilities Management and Development department, where he planned and executed a wide variety of projects from design to construction. Previously he worked as a contract analyst at UC Santa Barbara, supporting the Davidson Library expansion and renovation project, an $80 million capital project. Marchese is a California-licensed general contractor and a licensed attorney with experience in private and public works projects, bankruptcy proceedings, and contract analysis and negotiation. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Davis and a juris doctor of law degree from Lincoln Law School.

Faculty Encouraged to Take Survey on Student Engagement

Faculty members are encouraged to take the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE). The survey asks questions about student engagement at Cal Poly 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 to 25 minutes to complete and responses are confidential. More information about FSSE is available on the FSSE website.

Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s Thursday, April 20

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s new bistro-style restaurant, is hosting a faculty and staff mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The event will feature menu tastings as well as beer and wine for a cost of $5 per guest. The mixer will offer a special tasting of Myron’s new spring menu, including tequila grilled shrimp skewers, roasted strawberry salad, croque-monsieur and harvest pasta. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Recreation Center. Go here for additional information.

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.)

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.

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 from April 12 through May 24. The German Conversation Table will meet every other Wednesday from April 19 through May 31. For more information, contact Angelica Browne at or at 805-801-3214.

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 are 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 to promote 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. For more information on the Retired Faculty and Staff Club, 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. A SQ 200-level training is also scheduled 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. 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 21

The Administration and Finance Division Business Connection (ABC) is hosting an Open Forum where Interim University Controller Marc Benadiba will discuss changes to the Hospitality Policy and the revised Hospitality Justification form. The forum will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. 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.

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Karen Weller, manager of special projects for the Administration and Finance Division, will retire on April 30 after more than 28 years of service. A graduate of Cal Poly, Weller started as a business systems analyst/programmer in ITS, where she became the coordinator of business systems. After earning her master's and project management professional certification, she managed implementation projects such as the Student Pay System, T2, PeopleAdmin, ImageNow, and Absence Management and led the effort on the ABC Fall Summits. Join us to celebrate her retirement from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133.

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Catastrophic Leave

Kristina Wong, administrative support coordinator ll, in the College of Science and Mathematics — Kinesiology, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Julia Jones at ext. 6-2546 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Nominations for Cal Poly President's Diversity Awards Due April 21

Nominations for the President's Diversity Awards are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 21. Nominate an individual faculty or staff member, student, campus department/organization or student organization for a chance to win $500 for individual awards and $1,000 for departments/student groups. Nomination forms are available here. Winners will be announced at the President's Diversity Awards ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the Kennedy Library Atrium (No. 35). Anyone with questions can contact the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity at

Register Now for 31 Days of Wellness Campus Challenge in May

During the month of May, Campus Health and Wellbeing will host the 31 days of Wellness Campus Challenge. Students, staff and faculty are eligible to participate. Participants can enroll as an individual, student team or department team (10 per team). Registering for the challenge makes you eligible to win prizes, free gear and participate in fun community and social activities. Campus Health and Wellbeing is partnering with many campus and community organizations to make this a fun and eventful challenge. Anyone interested in getting involved should email Register here; follow on social media @mycpwell on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Preschool Learning Lab Spaces Available Starting Fall Quarter

The Preschool Learning Lab has full day openings for preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old starting this fall. The Psychology and Child Development Preschool Learning Lab provides a high-quality preschool environment that supports the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. A focal point of the Preschool Learning Lab curriculum is to offer innovative inquiry-based learning experiences that support children’s natural interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For more information, contact Patty Clarkson at or visit the website at

Real Estate and Finance Conference Slated for April 21

The Real Estate club will host a conference, Building Your Future, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Business Silo (No. 3, Room 213). The event, led by finance Professor Larry Gorman, brings alumni and professional speakers to Cal Poly to discuss evolving opportunities in real estate investments, lending, development, brokerage and construction. Break-out sessions and panel discussions will help students, academics and professionals understand more about the changing real estate environment. For more information, contact club leader Eric Bet at

Campus Wellbeing Collaborative to Meet April 20

The Campus Wellbeing Collaborative will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in UU 220 with several speakers to discuss positive psychology and campus initiatives. Speakers include Jennifer Pedrotti, the associate dean for diversity and curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts, who has worked on campus initiatives including “I am Cal Poly” and “Unite Cal Poly;” and Kari Mansager, program director for the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, who has been key in developing and implementing the “Inclusion Starts with Me” campaign. More information is available at

Cal Poly Corporation Board Meeting to be Held April 28

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more information or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice Event Planned for April 26

Safer and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity invites the campus community to wear jeans for Denim Day: Wear Jeans for Justice on Wednesday, April 26. A coffee kick-off will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. Denim Day began in 1999 as a part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the survivor was wearing jeans at the time of her assault. The judge said she must have helped the perpetrator remove her jeans and thus wasn’t “really” raped. This verdict became a symbol of the injustice sexual assault survivors face all over the world and a call to stop victim blaming. Show solidarity by wearing jeans and join us for free coffee and treats. Fill out this form to show your support for Denim Day.

Programs to Recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here's how you can get involved:
— Invite a guest speaker from Counseling Services to speak to your class, club or department. Presentation topics can include college student mental health, college students and substance (mis)use, QPR Suicide Prevention Certification, and stress management, as well as the Red Folder: Assisting Students in Distress training.
— Attend a free QPR Suicide Prevention Certification Training with Counseling Services from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. Reservations are required.
— Attend a free Mindful Monday: Stress and Anxiety Release Workshop at 4:10 p.m. any Monday with Counseling Services. Drop-ins are welcome.
— Attend a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification Training with Counseling Services from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19. Lunch is included; reservations are required.
For questions about Mental Health Awareness Month or to sign up for any of the above programs, contact Hannah Roberts, assistant director of Community Prevention and Outreach, Counseling Services at Go here for more information.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 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, May 6, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Tomato Mania Plant Sale to be Held April 22-23

More than 70 varieties of tomato plants will be available at the annual Tomato Mania plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22- 23, at Poly Plant Shop. Old fashioned goliath hybrid, moonglow, beefsteak, shady lady, Alaskan fancy, and a selection of cherry tomato plants are just some of the varieties that will be available during the annual student-run enterprise project. The plants cost $6. This year the program is directed by a team of six students who have grown more than 5,000 tomato plants from seed to provide home gardeners with quality plants that will produce fresh tomatoes throughout the summer. Proceeds benefit the Horticulture and Crop Science Department. Poly Plant Shop is in the Environmental Horticultural Sciences Building (No. 48) on Via Carta Road off of Highland Drive. For more information, call ext. 6-1106 or follow “Cal Poly Tomato Mania 2017” on Facebook.

Human Resources to Attend Spring Career Fair April 19-20

Human Resources will attend the 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 soon to 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.

Kennedy Library Student Assistant Showcase Set for May 4

Join us for a showcase of library student assistant projects from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), at the second floor Julian’s Café area. All are welcome to come learn about students’ contributions to University Archives digitization projects, creative peer-to-peer education models, and specialized support for data-intensive projects and programs. Attendees at this interactive, drop-in event will be able to discuss innovative student programs with library faculty, staff and student leaders.

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 Senior Vice President 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

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; the leaders of Blue Apron, UPS Customer Solutions and Imperfect Produce will give keynote presentations. 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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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.


'Teach On' Series Planned for Spring Quarter, Next Workshop April 20

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the Winter Teach-In, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity announces 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 20 will focus on "Fake Islam and How to Respond: 10 Widely-Held Misperceptions About Islam and What You Can Do About Them," featuring Stephen Lloyd-Moffett of the Philosophy Department. All events are open to the campus community. For more information, contact

University Art Gallery to Exhibit Student Art from April 20 to May 19

University Art Gallery will present the “2017 Juried Student Exhibition,” a vetted showcase of work created by students in the Art and Design Department. The exhibit will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, and will continue through Friday, May 19. Jurors for this year’s exhibit are Emma Saperstein, gallery coordinator for the Harold J. Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College, and Hillary Amborn, founder and creative director of the graphic design firm Seachange Studio in San Luis Obispo. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). For more information, contact Garet Zook at ext. 6-1571 or

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).

CLA Speaks Presents Floyd Norman, Animator for Disney and Pixar

Floyd Norman, the first African-American artist to find a career position in animation at the Disney Studio, will give a talk as part of the College of Liberal Arts’ CLA Speaks series from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 213. Starting in 1956, he worked on “Sleeping Beauty,” “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and “The Jungle Book,” among other films. Beyond Disney, he worked as an animator for multiple TV series, including “Sesame Street” and “Fat Albert.” He also worked for Pixar as a story artist on “Toy Story 2” and “Monsters Inc.” In 2016, he became the subject of a feature-length documentary film, “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.” For more information, contact Susan Bratcher at or at ext. 6-5850.

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.

Muslim Scholar Dalia Mogahed to Speak April 29

Dalia Mogahed, a Muslim-American scholar and one of the nation’s most influential voices on Islam, will present “Islamaphobia: A Threat to All” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in Chumash Auditorium. Mogahed will explore the current environment for Muslim-Americans and address misconceptions about Islam. Mogahed serves as director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and tours the globe speaking to audiences about Islam in the contemporary world. Mogahed’s talk — sponsored in part by the university’s Muslim Student Association, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, Cross Cultural Centers, Associated Students, Inc. and Student Affairs — is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer period. For more information, contact Stephen Lloyd-Moffett, professor of religious studies, at or ext. 6-2475. Learn more here.

CLA Speaks Presents Jeff Pruchnic and ‘What Is Virtual Life?’

Jeff Pruchnic will give a talk, “What Is Virtual Life?” as part of the College of Liberal Arts’ CLA Speaks series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 112. Pruchnic will discuss the cultural implications of the recent expansion of “virtual worlds,” computer-generated environments that simulate elements of the natural world. More specifically, he’ll argue that these virtual worlds can provide strategies for thinking through problems in the real world, such as environmental crises or how to promote the use of more sustainable resources. For more information, contact Dustin Stegner at or at ext. 6-1277.

Cal Poly Alumna Presents on Gershwin’s Concerto in F on May 5

Alumna Jessica Getman will give a presentation on George Gershwin’s Concerto in F at 3 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Getman is the managing editor for the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which is in the process of making a critical score of the concerto for publication. Timothy Freeze, the concerto’s primary editor, will join Getman to discuss the scope of the initiative, “The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition,” their experience of working with the Gershwin families and with Schott Music Publishing, and the process of making a critical score for a such a complex composition. On May 6, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will perform the Gershwin Initiative’s edition at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature pianist Ji and will be conducted by Rei Hotoda, associate conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work at the University of Michigan, Getman is a film musicologist focusing on music in television and science fiction media. A Cal Poly graduate, she holds two master’s degrees from Boston University in historical performance and musicology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

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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 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.

Friday, April 28
Beach Volleyball hosts Big West Conference Championships, Pismo Beach, all day.

Saturday, April 29
Beach Volleyball hosts Big West Conference Championships, Pismo Beach, all day.
Track and Field vs. UC Santa Barbara (dual meet), Cal Poly Track, 11 a.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.

#104434 — Facilities Automation Control Specialist (Facilities Control Specialist), Administration and Finance — Facility Services. $5,370-$6,807 per month. Open until filled. 

#104433 — Electrician, Administration and Finance — Facility Services. $5,109-$6,597 per month. Open until filled.

#104446 — Marketing Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Non-Exempt), Academic Affairs — International, Graduate and Extended Education. $3,288-$5,695 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 25.

#104448 — Administrative Support Assistant II (Campus Health & Wellbeing — Counseling Services), Anticipated hiring range: $2,539-$2,900 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 27.

#104443 — Lead Interactive Web Designer / UX Specialist (Information Technology Consultant — Career), University Marketing. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Open until filled.

#104432 — Research Analyst (Research Technician III), Academic Affairs — Institutional Research. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $4,476-$6,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 5.

#104441 — Administrative Support Coordinator I — 11/12, College of Science and Mathematics — Statistics. $2,609-$4,234 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 27.

#104409 — Student Financial Services Director (Administrator II), Fiscal Services — Student Financial Services. Salary Commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

#102947 — On-Call Police Dispatcher I, Administration and Finance — University Police Department. $17.86-$29 per hour. Temporary, one year with possible extension. Up to two positions available. Open until filled.

#104447 — Marketing Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Academic Affairs — International, Graduate and Extended Education. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Closes April 26.

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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

There are no listings at this time.

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