Cal Poly Report

CP Sports News

Cal Poly Report — April 5, 2017


Cal Poly Welcomes Community to Open House April 6-8

Cal Poly Open House invites prospective students and their supporters, current students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community to join in Open House festivities Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8. Open House celebrates the achievements of past and current Mustangs and provides prospective students the opportunity to take part in campus traditions and show off their school spirit as they prepare for their time at Cal Poly. On Thursday, April 6, prospective students and their families can visit the campus and Open House’s premiere weekend event, Club Preview Night at Farmers Market, held in downtown San Luis Obispo. On April 7, Admitted Students’ Preview Day will allow prospective students and their families to become acquainted with the students’ future academic careers. Students will be encouraged to start thinking about their course of study as they learn about their future curriculum, hear from college deans, and meet with faculty and current students. That evening, at Friday Nite Invite, prospective students will be able to “have fun, meet each other, and catch a glimpse of the amazing environment Cal Poly has to offer,” event co-chair Brian Moore said. The Poly Royal Celebration will be held Saturday, with more than 200 student clubs and organizations demonstrating the Learn by Doing philosophy. Special events such as the Poly Royal Parade, a Kids’ Fair, live music, the Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull, the Cal Poly Rodeo and more will be showcased. The public is also invited to view the entries for the annual Design Village Competition in Poly Canyon. Learn more about the featured events here.

College of Science and Mathematics Dean Finalists to Visit Campus April 10-21

Faculty, staff, students and the campus community are invited to attend open forum sessions in April for the three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken has accepted the recommendation of the College of Science and Mathematics Dean Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Joe Borzellino, chair of the Mathematics Department, to invite the finalists to visit campus. The finalists and their visit dates are:
— Chris Impey, Ph.D., associate dean and university distinguished professor of astronomy, College of Science, University of Arizona, April 10-11
— Catherine Clark, Ph.D., dean and professor of chemistry, College of Science and Engineering, Western Washington University, April 17-18
— Dean Wendt, Ph.D., dean of research and professor of biology, Cal Poly, April 20-21
Curricula vitae, biographies and interview schedules are available on the Academic Personnel website.
The open forums will run from 11:10 a.m. to noon in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101, on the following dates:
Tuesday, April 11 — Chris Impey
Tuesday, April 18 — Catherine Clark
Friday, April 21 — Dean Wendt
The Consultative Search Committee and others involved in this critical search value the comments of the campus community. Participants and attendees at open forums are encouraged to provide their comments confidentially to one of the committee members listed on the candidate comment sheets, which will be provided at each forum.

Open Forums Set for Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer Finalists

Candidates for the position of vice president for information technology services and chief information officer will visit campus from April 10-12. Open forum sessions will be held at the following times and locations for each of the candidates:
— Thomas Hull, chief technology officer, Moffitt National Cancer Institute, and vice president and chief information officer consultant, USF Florida Polytechnic University, 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Monday, April 10, in Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104.
— Bill Britton, interim chief information officer/director of Cyber Security Center at Cal Poly, 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 2.
— Bob Lim, chief information officer, University of Kansas, 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, in Bonderson Engineering Project Center (No. 197), Room 104.
Each open forum will feature a 20-minute presentation followed by a 20-minute Q&A session. All sessions will be live-streamed. For more information on the finalists and the live-stream link, visit

Back to Shortcuts

Student Success

Team Wins Grand Prize at Annual Graphic Arts Conference

A team of students from the Graphic Communication Department won the Grand Prize Award for the first time in a decade at the Technical Association of Graphic Arts (TAGA) Annual Technical Conference held March 19-22 in Houston. The winning Cal Poly TAGA team was led by team president Mayra Mejia, along with vice president and treasurer Jacqui Luis, production team coordinator Amanda Ornelas, design team coordinator Jasper Lim, digital team coordinator Alan Nguyen, marketing team coordinator Molly McCarthy, and team advisor Peter Schlosser. This is the first time that Cal Poly has won the grand prize, the Helmut Kipphan Cup, in 10 years. In order to compete, each student chapter submits a high-quality journal to showcase its technical papers. While some teams had to outsource some of the work, the Cal Poly students completed 100 percent of their journal in-house. “Our team burst into tears of joy and amazement when our names were called to come up on stage,” Mejia said. “We could not help but think back to all the late nights, hard work and pure dedication it took to complete this journal. The process was stressful, and it may have tested our limits, but there was no way we were going to let broken machines and jammed presses get in our way.” Read more about the award here.

Students Win Second Place in Packaging Competition for March Madness Party Pack

Business administration senior Tom Howell and industrial technology senior Adam Fain won second place in the recent Best of the Best Student Design Presentation Competition conducted by the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. The students won using a project — to create the best possible March Madness party pack — that they completed as part of their industrial technology and packaging 408 course during spring quarter 2016. “My image is to have this package distributed across the entire nation during March Madness, and then have it tailored for graphics per region,” Howell said on a video the students posted on YouTube. “So I want to see ‘tar heel’ blue in North Carolina, maize and blue in Ann Arbor, and then green and yellow all across Oregon. I want this thing to blow up across the nation.” The live, student team design presentation was broadcast to more than 450 faculty and students at 15 to 20 college campuses across the country as the students were given five minutes to “show, tell and sell” their winning entries for cash prizes. Howell and Fain were also part of a team that took second place in the graphics challenge category of the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters’ 2016 annual Student Packaging Design Competition. The first- and second-place winners in that competition then compete in the Best of the Best event. “I had a blast putting this project together,” Fain said.

Students Place High at a National Supply Chain Competition

An interdisciplinary team of students took eighth place in the North American round of the Global Student Challenge, an annual supply chain finance competition hosted by the Supply Chain Finance Community on March 9 in Los Angeles. The team of four competed in a timed business simulation in which they aimed to maximize profits for a hypothetical company while balancing 200 variables including production needs, customer financing, marketing, loan financing and shipment deliverables while avoiding risk of supplier defaults and managing currency exchange changes. Team members included industrial technology and packaging seniors Karan Singh and James MacMillan; information systems senior Makenzie Lary; and marketing senior Michael Di Dio. Cal Poly was the highest-placing undergraduate team out of 450 master’s-level and undergraduate teams in the North American competition. Industrial technology and packaging students Paige Topole and Atlanta Nguyen also helped Cal Poly’s team advance in previous rounds of the challenge. For more information about the competition, visit

Cal Poly Triathlon Team Member Wins 5K Race

Aerospace engineering senior Isaac Blundell, a member of Cal Poly's Triathlon Team, successfully defended his 2016 first-place finish at the 38th annual Redwood Wild River Run on March 25 near Crescent City, Calif. Blundell ran the fastest 5K of the day in a time of 18:41, according to the Del Norte Triplicate. Blundell told the paper that the course was incredible despite having to deal with a little mud. “I love this course,” he said. “We are really lucky that we get to run here through the redwoods with no issues at all. The mud did make it a little more challenging ... but it was navigable. You just had to stay focused as you were running.” Blundell, who started racing in triathlons when he was 12, has been on the Cal Poly team for four years. He'll be part of the smaller Cal Poly team that will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to race on April 22 in the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships. “Triathlon has been such an integral part of my experience at Cal Poly that it would be understating it to say that its enhanced my college experience,” Blundell said. “For most members of the team, it's about more than just training and racing. I've met some of my closest friends from triathlon, and in general the entire team is a pretty like-minded group of people, albeit from a range of different backgrounds. In general, practices are our chance to see friends and hang out and chat; we just do so while swimming/biking/running.” (Blundell, left in photo, is pictured with race director Ralph Hirt and Sheldon Theumler, one of the 15K competitors.)

Back to Shortcuts

Faculty & Staff

Human Resources Launches New Employee Orientation

Beginning in April, Human Resources will host a monthly orientation for Cal Poly’s newest employees with the goal of connecting new hires to campus culture, colleagues and information. Effectively orienting new employees is critical to their success, enabling them to quickly integrate and establish productive working relationships. In addition to making new employees feel welcome, it is important for new hires to be provided with the information and connections that will help them thrive — including foundational knowledge about Cal Poly’s history, mission, culture, organization and values. The orientations will typically be held the first Monday of the month. They are primarily for new full-time staff and management employees; however, new tenure-track faculty starting outside of the regular hiring cycle will also be invited. Managers will receive advance notice about specific orientation dates and times for their new employees. For additional information about the orientations, contact Employee and Organization Development at or at ext. 6-7478.

Time Change for Faculty and Staff Mixer at Myron’s on April 6

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is hosting a faculty and staff mixer on Thursday, April 6, at a new time: 4 to 6 p.m. The event will feature a tasting of Myron’s new spring quarter menu as well as beer and wine for $5 per guest. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Recreation Center. For additional information, visit

Learn How to Apply Your Strengths in Upcoming Trainings

University Advising has announced the next StrengthsQuest training workshop scheduled 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.

Nominations Open 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 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 2016 awardee Dennis Derickson, chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.)

Open Forums on Hospitality Policy Scheduled for April 14 and 21

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 you 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.

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 book. 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 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

Annual Service Awards Luncheon Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the annual Service Awards Luncheon are on sale for $12. State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2016 will be honored at the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Chumash Auditorium. Tickets are available from Tracy Watson in ASI at ext. 6-1292 and Jennifer Luedtke, Corporation, at ext. 6-6446. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early.

Vanpool Openings Available for Cal Poly Commuters

How do you commute to work? Ever thought of trying vanpool? There are openings on all vans for employees with a 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. work schedule, traveling from the northern and southern parts of San Luis Obispo County north and Santa Maria. Give it a try for a week and see how it works for you before officially joining. Interested in driving for vanpool? If you have an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule, contact Cheryl Andrus for information about getting another vanpool on the road and promoting Cal Poly's healthy, climate-responsible commuting options. Anyone with questions can email or call Andrus at ext. 6-6680.

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 conversations, planning for the interaction and specific steps for conducting the conversations. To register, click here and select “enroll” on the SkillPort site.

Applications for Popular Engineering Summer Camp EPIC Due April 15

EPIC, Cal Poly’s popular engineering summer camp, is accepting applications for four sessions taking place between July 9 and Aug. 4. Five percent of the camper spots are reserved per session for Cal Poly employee dependents, although a partial or full scholarship is not guaranteed. When filling out your dependent’s EPIC application, make sure to state your name and relationship to the dependent under the field marked "List the names of any relatives that have ever worked at Cal Poly." Both the EPIC and scholarship applications are due by April 15. For more information, visit or call ext. 6-6579.

One-on-One Appoinments on Savings Plans Available to Employees

Employees have the opportunity to save toward retirement by investing pre-tax contributions in tax-deferred plans through the 403(b) plan, administered by Fidelity, or the 401(k)/457 plans, both administered by the Savings Plus Program. Contributions are made through payroll deductions, prior to federal and state taxes being calculated. Fidelity Investments representative Christel Whittier and Savings Plus representative Ralph Hoskins, a certified financial planner, come to campus twice a month to meet one-on-one with employees. Visit the Human Resources benefits page under "Quick Links" to register for an appointment. The Savings Plus 401(k) and 457 plans also offer a Roth (after-tax) option. Only state employees who are CalPERS members may participate in the Savings Plus plans. You can find additional information and/or enroll in a plan on the Savings Plus and Fidelity Net Benefits websites.

Grant Writing Workshop Offered in Spring Quarter

A workshop on grant writing is being offered two times per week this spring: from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and 3 to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The nine-week program begins April 6 and is open to faculty and staff interested in research or research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik from the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) and staff from the offices of Research and Economic Development, University Development, and Corporation Human Resources. The seminar will be a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. Topics will include sources of funding, types of awards (grants, contracts and gifts), marketing ideas, how to approach sponsors, reading requests for proposals (RFPs) what to include and not to include, abstracts, budgets and justifications, indirect costs, payroll and purchasing, and intellectual property and review processes. Writing and analysis will be done every week and participants may bring their own examples for assistance and critique. By the end of the quarter, participants should be able to complete the bulk of a proposal and will learn about related contacts and resources at Cal Poly. The workshop, hosted by CAFES, will be held in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. For more information, contact Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Back to Shortcuts


Dana Azevedo, administrative analyst with the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department, will retire on Friday, April 14, after 28 years of service. Before her 12 years in IME, Azevedo worked in University Scheduling; the Provost’s Office; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science's Dean’s Office; and for nine years as a programmer and systems administrator for El Corral Bookstore. She also served on several campuswide committees, including the Master Planning Committee, the Administrative Advisory Committee on Computing, and the Campus Wellbeing Committee. She planned innumerable professional and social events for students, faculty, alumni and industry partners. Azevedo has always been an analyst’s analyst, comfortable with the door shut, crunching numbers and databases. Whether scheduling classes, balancing budgets or resolving some sticky personnel issue, Azevedo has always offered solutions to create a fairer, more humane and more efficient university. She looks forward to spending more time traveling on her motorcycle and being with her family. Campus friends are invited to a reception in her honor hosted by the IME Department from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 220.

Back to Shortcuts

Catastrophic Leave

Heidi Schreck, administrative support coordinator in Financial Aid, 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 Jeanne Schrader at ext. 6-1304 or in Admissions.

Sarah Enns, a registered nurse, in Campus Health and Wellbeing-Health Services, 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 Karen Woods at ext. 6-5265 or to request a donation form.

Back to Shortcuts

In Memoriam

Norma Fitton, a Cal Poly employee from 1968-98, died Feb. 21. After graduating high school, Fitton worked full time in Manhattan, New York, and put herself through night school at City College of New York. Fitton and her husband, Dave, moved to California in the 1950s, after Dave returned from the Korean War. Dave Fitton was a schoolteacher, employed by the Cambria Unified School District. Norma Fitton began her career at Cal Poly as a clerical assistant in the Maintenance Services Department. She later worked for the Education Department and later became a clerical support staff member for the Psychology and Human Development Department. She was responsible for providing clerical support to faculty, staff and the newly created Infant and Toddler Lab. She worked with department student assistants and was beloved by a number of the department's faculty and staff members. She loved children and young people. She had a great appetite for board games, compassion for the less fortunate and animals, especially dogs. She participated in local civic activities, volunteered time and energy to many political events and voting platforms. She was a prolific reader, especially novels and mysteries and enjoyed reading the newspaper and completing crossword puzzles. Her favorite activity after she retired was enjoying the Internet with the computer that the Psychology and Human Development Department gave to her as her retirement gift. Daughters Laurie Fitton, of San Luis Obispo; Jeanne Fitton-Hazzard, of Medford, Oregon; granddaughter Cassidy Gillen and grandson Ian Hazzard, of San Luis Obispo; and great grandson Roy David Fitton Jr., of Lompoc, survive her.

Back to Shortcuts

Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Seeking Entrants for Annual Community Flower Show

Community members are invited to enter flower specimens in the annual Community Flower Show on Saturday, April 8, as part of the university’s 24th annual Open House. Event entries may be submitted from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday, April 8. Contestants can enter specimens of perennials, annuals, bulbs, blooms from flowering shrubs, roses and container plants. For a full list of entry sections and classes, contact horticulture and crop science Professor Virginia Walter at Entries will be judged by Cal Poly students, and ribbons will be handed out to the top three entries in each class, as well as the best-of-section, best-of-show, and reserve best-of-show. The flower show will be held at the Environmental Horticultural Science Unit (No. 48), on Via Carta at the north end of campus. The show will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8. It is sponsored by the Cal Poly Chapter of Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honor Society.

2017 Poly Royal Rodeo Moves to Alex G. Spanos Stadium

The 77th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will offer a whole new spectator experience as it moves to a premiere arena — the Spanos Stadium. The rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday, April 7-8. The new venue will nearly double the capacity for spectators. “The Poly Royal Rodeo has been held at the Cal Poly rodeo grounds for more than 70 years,” Coach Ben Londo said. “Relocating the rodeo is monumental. This will not only improve the spectator experience but will allow the Cal Poly Rodeo program to make history by potentially becoming the largest college rodeo in the country.” The Poly Royal Rodeo, held during Open House weekend, is deeply rooted in the university’s history. The best college rodeo athletes from colleges throughout the West Coast will compete for a championship title in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The rodeo will also include the Flying Cowboyz FMX act, famed rodeo clown Clint Sylvester and a headline concert with the Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. The Flying U Rodeo Co., headed by Cotton Rosser and his son Reno Rosser, are producing the two-day event. Tickets can be purchased at All proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo program.

Biggest, Loudest Event on Campus to be Held April 8 at Open House

About 60 students are preparing for the 39th annual Poly Royal Tractor Pull, which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at this year’s Open House. Billed as the biggest, loudest event on campus, the pull will be held in the pasture across from the Crops Unit on Mt. Bishop Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 or younger. New this year, the ticket concessions booth will accept cash, checks and credit cards. A snack bar and apparel booth will be open to the public at noon, but will only accept cash. Proceeds from the student-run event help fund scholarships. Last year, the tractor pull and the club’s scholarship endowment provided $30,000 in scholarship money for students.

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 on campus 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

Last Week to Buy Tickets for Annual Service Awards Luncheon

Tickets for the annual Service Awards Luncheon are on sale for $12. State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2016 will be honored at the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Chumash Auditorium. Tickets are available from Tracy Watson in ASI at ext. 6-1292 and Jennifer Luedtke, Corporation, at ext. 6-6446. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early.

Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees Set for April 12

Nominees for the Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 12, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each of the 34 nominees. The 2016-17 OSEY will also be announced. This event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

Back to Shortcuts

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.


Vellum_13 Redux: An Abridged Version of the 13th Annual Furniture Competition is Open through April 8

The San Luis Obispo firm Vellum Design Build and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design partnered to host the 13th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition, a juried competition among students of the college. This annual event, now in its 13th year, will be exhibiting an abridged version of the furniture competition, showing some of the best pieces in the University Art Gallery through April 8. “This competition provides a forum for students to expeditiously exhibit their design passions with alacrity and a facility for craft,” said co-organizer Tom di Santo, an associate professor in the Architecture Department. “It is amazing to see so many brilliant design/build pieces that the students achieve in such a short period of time.” The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is located in Room 171 in the Dexter Building (No. 34).

Open House Recital Set for April 8

The Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The instrumental chamber recital is one of many scheduled events for the 23rd annual Open House. There will be performances by a clarinet and strings quintet, clarinet trio, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, brass quintet and percussion ensemble. The student performers are from a variety of majors and most are involved in the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Symphony, University Jazz Band, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more recital information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Student Opera Theatre to Present Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ April 7-8

Cal Poly’s Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, in the Spanos Theatre. “The operetta is a sublime and hilarious marriage of clever verse and beautiful music,” said music faculty member Jacalyn Kreitzer, CPSOT’s founder and producer. “It’s a farce filled with puerile policemen, ludicrous lovers, pathetic pirates and an eccentric major general.” Kreitzer selected “Pirates of Penzance” for this year’s semi-staged production in honor of Thomas Davies, director of choral activities and vocal studies, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. As with other CPSOT productions, students in “The Pirates of Penzance” will sing lead, comprimario and ensemble roles. The chorus, stage managers, assistant director, assistant producer, make-up, costume designers and stage craftsmen are also students from a wide variety of majors. Some roles are double cast to provide as many educational opportunities as possible. Marcy Irving, founder and director of Central Coast Gilbert and Sullivan, will direct the production in concert style. Davies will conduct and Paul Woodring will play the orchestral parts on piano. Woodring is a Music Department staff accompanist and the university organist. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

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 talk is free and open to the public. 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. For more information, visit

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.

Back to Shortcuts

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.


For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, April 7
Men’s Tennis vs. UC Irvine, Mustang Courts, noon.
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 8
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Irvine, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 9
Women’s Tennis vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Hawai’i, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11
Baseball vs. Santa Clara, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

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

Saturday, April 15
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.

Back to Shortcuts

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.

#104412 — Undocumented Resource Area Coordinator (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs — Student Academic Services. $3,858-$5,485 per month. Open until filled.

#104426 — Lead Custodian, University Housing — Custodial Operations. $2,713-$4,610 per month. Up to two positions available. Open until filled. Review begins April 7.

#104429 — Personnel Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist I — Non Exempt), University Housing — Administration. $3,288-$5,695 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 13.

#104312 — Information Technology Consultant — Career, University Housing — Residential Life and Education. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Open until filled.

#104410 — Assistant Director of Career Services (Administrator I), Student Affairs — Career Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

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

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.

#104346 — Full-Time Lecturer — Equine, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Animal Science. Open until filled.

#104411 — Assistant/Associate/Full Professor — Accounting and Taxation, Orfalea College of Business — Accounting Area. 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.

Irrigation Support Engineer/Specialist II, ITRC, $50,772-$76,148 annually.

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.

Back to Shortcuts