EOC Spotlight: Command Section Drives Campus Response
For more than a year, Cal Poly’s Emergency Operations Center has coordinated the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As public health conditions improve and the campus community works to transition to near-normal operations in the fall, the EOC is winding down, returning many individuals who have worked many hours on the response back to their daily duties. This final Cal Poly Report item on the EOC team focuses on Command, which drives overall emergency policy and coordination. Throughout the pandemic, this team has kept an eye on its top objectives: to ensure the safety of the entire campus community, support academic excellence, and oversee and assist the work carried out by other sections. The command team includes the EOC director and deputy director, the public information officer, safety and liaison officers, and IT support. This team includes Anthony Knight, Dave Lee, Terrance Harris, Tina Hadaway-Mellis, Megan Harrington, Joy Pedersen, David Groom, Kathleen McMahon, Bruno Giberti, Aydin Nazmi, David Korpan, Diego Abeloos, Scott Tucker, Adrian Martinez, Alison Robinson, Beth Gallagher, Matt Lazier and Cynthia Lambert.
President’s Diversity Awards Recognize Achievements to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Several members of the campus community were honored in May during the annual President’s Diversity Awards ceremony, an opportunity to recognize achievements in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. This year featured a new award, the Dolores Huerta Si Se Puede Award for Transformational Leadership, in honor of Huerta’s 90th birthday. The event, hosted by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, included opening remarks by Denise Isom, interim vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and a welcome from President Armstrong. The awardees are:
- Faculty: Amber Williams, assistant professor, Psychology and Child Development.
- Staff: Lilianne Tang, coordinator, multicultural initiatives; and Olivia Tran, coordinator, womxn and gender equity initiatives, Student Diversity and Belonging.
- Student: Ashlee Hernandez, Master of Science degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs.
- Campus Organization: Asian Pacific Desi American Islander Faculty and Staff Association (APIDA FSA).
- Student Group: College of Liberal Arts Student Diversity Committee.
- Dolores Huerta Si Se Puede Award for Transformational Leadership: Beya Makekau, director of Student Diversity and Belonging.
Faculty Members Awarded Promotion and Tenure
President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore have announced the promotion of 43 faculty members and the award of tenure to 36 faculty members effective in the 2021-22 academic year. The promotions include 15 to the academic rank of professor or librarian, and 28 to the rank of associate professor. President Armstrong and Provost Jackson-Elmoore extend their congratulations and appreciation to those faculty members receiving promotion and/or tenure.
See the complete listing of promotions and tenure awards
Cal Poly Honors 2021 Community Service Award Recipients
The university’s annual Community Service Awards, now in its 35th year, recently recognized several campus community members and organizations for their spirit of civic engagement and contributions to the quality of life in San Luis Obispo. The Community Service Award honorees are selected on the basis of a written nomination by a panel of faculty, staff and students, and are given to highlight specific achievements in service. This year’s honorees are:
- Daisy Gonzales and Austin Jones (Service Learning — Student Team)
- Sara Bartlett, Ph.D. (Service Learning — Faculty)
- The Educators of Color Club (Significant Contribution — Organization)
- Larisa Williams (Significant Contribution — Student)
- Oscar Velasco-Vargas (AmeriCorps Member of the Year)
- Veterinary Community Service Enterprise (Outstanding Campus-Community Collaboration)
- Kappa Alpha Theta (Greek Community Contribution)
- Transitions-Mental Health Association — Growing Grounds Enterprises (Outstanding Community Partner)
Read more about this year’s honorees
Jasna Jovanovic Named Director of University Honors Program
Jasna Jovanovic, professor in the Psychology and Child Development Department, has been named the new director of the University Honors Program. Her official start date in this role will be Sept. 1, 2021. Jovanovic has taught at Cal Poly since 2005 and served as department chair for the Psychology and Child Development Department from 2014-20. Among her duties in this role, Jovanovic will lead the first ever institutional review of the Honors Program. Jovanovic succeeds Gregg Fiegel, who directed the Honors Program for over seven years and has made a tremendous impact on the program and the many students who have progressed through this program. Fiegel will be returning to his home department, Civil and Environmental Engineering, on a full-time basis. The Honors Program serves approximately 450 undergraduate students from nearly 60 different degree programs and all six Cal Poly colleges. As designed, the program fosters a supportive learning community where students engage with topics related to sustainability, equity, environmental justice, research, service and leadership.
Learn more about the Honors Program
COVID-19 Vaccination Opportunities Shift for Summer, Thousands More Students Report Being Vaccinated
Many convenient COVID-19 vaccination appointments are still available throughout the Central Coast for those seeking first or second doses. Now that SLO County's mass vaccination clinics are closed, everyone ages 12 and older can access free vaccination appointments at several County Public Health Department Offices and other local providers by visiting myturn.ca.gov or calling 1-833-422-4255. Vaccinefinder.gov also lists appointments available through many local pharmacies. Enrolled students can access vaccination appointments through Campus Health and Wellbeing this summer by calling the Health Center. Students finished spring quarter strong with more than 8,300 reporting they received all necessary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That total represents just under 40% of the overall student population and 73% of on-campus residents. More information on vaccination appointment options, transportation resources and links to public health guidance is on the vaccine page of the coronavirus website.
Accessibility Upgrades Planned for Summer 2021
To continue making the Cal Poly campus a more equitable, inclusive and accessible place for all members of the campus community, Facilities Management and Development (FMD) works closely each year with the Disability Resource Center and the Disability Access and Inclusion Committee to identify, prioritize and implement accessibility improvements throughout campus. Over the summer of 2021, FMD will implement several ADA projects, including restroom upgrades and building entrance ramps to improve accessibility in multiple buildings. Restroom ADA upgrades, which will also upgrade plumbing fixtures to low-flow types to conserve water, will take place in the Administration, Architecture and Environmental Design, Agricultural Sciences, Pilling Computer Science, English and the Science 52 buildings, as well as the H.P. Davidson Music Center. Accessible entrance ramps are planned for construction at the Spanos Theater and the east side of Pilling Computer Science Building. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report accessibility barriers or related concerns to the DRC via the Campus Physical Accessibility Feedback Form. (The link to this secure, anonymous webform is also located on the DRC homepage and the Access to Cal Poly Facilities page.) Concerns reported are brought to the Disability Access and Inclusion Committee, which FMD is a part of, for evaluation of future improvement projects. Your feedback helps make Cal Poly a more inclusive and thriving community for all. Questions? Contact the Facilities Help Center or the Disability Resource Center.