Annual Service Awards Announced
The Annual Service Awards is a Cal Poly presidential event recognizing the accomplishments of state, Corporation and Associated Students Inc. (ASI) employees who have completed employment milestones of 10 or more years of cumulative service to Cal Poly. Employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2020 will be recognized this year. Although San Luis Obispo County has progressed to the red tier of operations based on the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” an in-person luncheon will not be held this year, as the well-being of our campus community is of the utmost importance. However, honoring the dedicated members of our Cal Poly family is important. Recipients will receive their service award certificate and service pin by mail in the coming weeks. View a listing of service award recipients, and congratulations to all awardees.
Short SSO Outage Planned for March 21
A five- to 10-minute outage of Cal Poly’s single sign-on service (SSO) is expected at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 21, as Information Technology Services (ITS) prepares to perform an upgrade. During this time, the Cal Poly community will be unable to log in to the My Cal Poly Portal, email and calendar, Zoom, Canvas and any other services that require authentication with a Cal Poly username and password. The work being done on March 21 is in preparation for upgrading the SSO service and migrating it to the cloud in April. If you have questions, contact the ITS Service Desk online via Support Center, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling ext. 6-7000.
Account Requests Are Moving to Support Center
Beginning spring quarter, Cal Poly account requests, including the creation or renewal of temporary guest accounts and the creation of new shared department accounts, will be managed through Information Technology Services’ (ITS) virtual Support Center. The Support Center is an online portal that offers a user-friendly interface and streamlined forms where the Cal Poly community can request tech support or one of the many other services that ITS offers. It allows requesters to track the progress of their requests and receive automated updates via email. Previously, account requests have been managed through the Service Request System (SRS), accessed through the Technical Service Request link under My Apps in the My Cal Poly portal. A few specialized services, like software downloads and Common Management System (CMS) requests, are still managed in SRS as ITS takes a phased approach to improving the way students, faculty and staff access technology services. The ITS Service Desk can answer questions. Request support online via Support Center, via email at email@example.com, or by calling ext. 6-7000.
Staff and Faculty Spring Parking Permits Available on March 22
Spring parking permits will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, March 22, and are valid starting March 29. Winter quarter parking permits expire March 26. Faculty and staff can purchase permits online and update their vehicle information using their parking account. Parking permits are required for parking on campus during the spring academic break. Visit Transportation and Parking Services staff page for more information on staff parking.
Faculty Advisor Training Series to be Held in Spring
University Advising is offering a Faculty Advisor Training Series that introduces undergraduate faculty advisors to academic advising core competencies. The series includes:
- FA 101: Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising: April 16.
- FA 102: Assemble Your Faculty Advising Toolkit: April 30.
- FA 103: Building Student Success through Faculty Advising: May 7.
Learn more about the Faculty Advisor Training series. Anyone with questions can contact Christina Wolfe-Chandler, advisor training coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6-5735.
Faculty and Staff Invited to Join New Book and Learning Circles in Spring
Employee and Organization Development has announced the spring 2021 Book and Learning Circles, where participants can engage in enriching conversations and connect with peers across campus. Book Circles involve reading a book over the course of three to five sessions. The books are “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson, who explores how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system; “The Self Care Prescription: Powerful Solutions to Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Increase Wellbeing” by Robyn L. Gobin, which will help participants create a personalized self-care plan and learn techniques for building the life they want to live; and “Lead from the Outside,” in which author Stacey Abrams, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, uses her hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money and failure function in leadership and challenge those ready to make change. Learning Circles involve watching a video, listening to a podcast or reading an article and participating in a discussion during a single session. In “What makes us feel good about our work?” Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. In “The Great Migration and the power of a single decision” journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson shares how a single decision can change the course of history as journalist. In the third Learning Circle, “Delivering Employee Feedback,” Todd Dewett explores how to create a culture driven by meaningful feedback and deliver coaching and suggestions to help your team move forward. To view full descriptions and register to attend, visit the Book and Learning Circles webpage at learnandgrow.calpoly.edu.
Creating Accessible Course Materials Workshop to be Held April 5 to May 2
A four-week fully online workshop will provide tools and strategies to guide faculty in creating accessible course materials. Participants will create:
- An accessible Canvas Page.
- An accessible Word document.
- An instructional video with captions.
- An Accessibility Action Plan for your course.
Time commitment is seven to 10 hours per week, 28-40 hours total, depending on prior skills and experience. A $500 stipend is available for eligible participants. Contact Pam Dougherty with any questions at email@example.com. Learn more and register at Creating Accessible Course Materials.
Service-Learning Town Hall to be Held March 18
Faculty members whose teaching and learning involves service-learning and/or working with the community may want to identify their course with one of the Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) attributes. In accordance with CSU Chancellor’s Office initiatives, Cal Poly’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Center for Service in Action (CSA) will hold a virtual town hall meeting at 11:10 a.m. March 18 to discuss how faculty can self-assess their course. Access the Zoom here. More information about the CEL Attribute for Faculty is accessible here. Featured speakers include CTLT’s faculty liaison for service-learning, Anurag Pande (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and service-learning faculty fellows Sara Bartlett (Psychology and Child Development) and Karen Muñoz-Christian (World Languages and Cultures), who will describe the process of self-assessing their courses. There will also be opportunities for faculty to discuss and self-assess their own community-based learning courses. For further information, contact Anurag Pande at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Education Canvas Modules Available to Embed in Courses
As faculty plan for spring quarter, they are reminded that Career Services offers career curriculum in Canvas modules, which faculty can embed in their courses. The modules were developed by a team of professional career counselors, in consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Career Services Advisory Council, faculty and students. The following modules are currently offered:
- Discovering Career Possibilities.
- Navigating Your Job/Internship Search.
- Resume and Cover Letter.
Each module is designed to be delivered asynchronously and includes several customizable components, such as readings, videos and activities. Faculty are encouraged to complement the material in modules by having a career counselor visit the class synchronously as well. Gain access to curriculum modules or learn more.
Cross Campus Collaboration Courses Allow Professional Development with CSU Colleagues
Many professional development workshops provided by Employee and Organization Development and the Chancellor’s Office that were formerly in person are now offered online. This provides a unique opportunity to extend learning beyond campus borders and offer a new way to share professional development across the CSU. Click the links below to view descriptions and register for the workshops. Registration is limited and on a first-come basis. Don’t delay. Classes in March include:
- Avoiding Bias in Hiring, 1-3 p.m. March 24.
- Branding Yourself, 2-3 p.m. March 24.
- Giving and Leveraging Feedback for Success, 1:30-3 p.m. March 25.
- The Art and Science of Building an Organizational Culture, 10:30 a.m.-noon March 26.
- Virtual Facilitation, 1-4 p.m. March 29.