Poly Connections

Poly Connections: Connecting Faculty and Staff to spaces, people, and resources across campus.

Poly Connections is an academic-year-long program designed to connect faculty and staff to physical spaces, people and resources across campus.  The weekly events fall under one of 5 themes: Socials, Teacher Training, Researcher Training, Campus Tours, and Campus Resources. Faculty and staff across campus, no matter how long they've been at Cal Poly, are welcome to attend invests of interest.  Please join us for as many events as you are able!

Click on the quarter to view the full schedule and to register for events if required.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Bridget Benson at bbenson@calpoly.edu

Fall 2023

Fall Conference
T Sept 12 10am - 3pm

New Faculty Foundations

New Faculty Foundations (hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT)) is designed to welcome all newer faculty (lecturers and tenure-line) to the Cal Poly community of educators, connect you with other newer faculty, and provide guidance and resources that will help you prepare for teaching at Cal Poly.

Bldg. 007, Rm. 002 Register Here
W Sept 13 9am-2:30pm

Foundations of College Teaching Workshops

The workshops are designed for educators who have had modest amounts of mentoring or guidance on effective teaching. Workshops may be of special interest to faculty who are industry experts hired as lecturers with minimal or no prior college-level teaching experience, as well as to new PhDs from degree programs that had few opportunities to develop teaching skills. Any educator interested in updating and refreshing their teaching knowledge and skills is also welcome.

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 and online Register Here
R Sept 14 2:30-5pm

Foundations of College Teaching Workshops

The workshops are designed for educators who have had modest amounts of mentoring or guidance on effective teaching. Workshops may be of special interest to faculty who are industry experts hired as lecturers with minimal or no prior college-level teaching experience, as well as to new PhDs from degree programs that had few opportunities to develop teaching skills. Any educator interested in updating and refreshing their teaching knowledge and skills is also welcome.

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 and online Register Here
F Sept 15 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Chumash Auditorium - University Union (Bldg. 65) More info here
T Sept 19 2pm-4:30pm

Foundations of College Teaching Workshops

The workshops are designed for educators who have had modest amounts of mentoring or guidance on effective teaching. Workshops may be of special interest to faculty who are industry experts hired as lecturers with minimal or no prior college-level teaching experience, as well as to new PhDs from degree programs that had few opportunities to develop teaching skills. Any educator interested in updating and refreshing their teaching knowledge and skills is also welcome.

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 and online Register Here
W Sept 20 2pm-4:30pm

Foundations of College Teaching Workshops

The workshops are designed for educators who have had modest amounts of mentoring or guidance on effective teaching. Workshops may be of special interest to faculty who are industry experts hired as lecturers with minimal or no prior college-level teaching experience, as well as to new PhDs from degree programs that had few opportunities to develop teaching skills. Any educator interested in updating and refreshing their teaching knowledge and skills is also welcome.

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 and online Register Here
Week 1
R Sept 28 11am - 12pm

General Campus Tour

Join the Polyreps for a 60 minute waling tour of the campus core

Bldg. 172H, Welcome Center No registration required
S Sept 30 9am-11am

Park Playdate

Come join us for a park play date at Meadow Park (even if you do not have kids). Bring your own snacks and drinks and a blanket to sit on if you'd like. There is a playground for kids and a great walking path for all!

Meadow Park No registration required
Week 2
M Oct 2 1:10-2

Intro to the Division of Research

Come learn about how the office of research is organized (grants development office (GDO), sponsored programs (SPO), Research Integrity & Compliance (RIC), and the Office of Student Research) and learn about the process is for submitting and administering grants.

Bldg. 007, Rm. 002 Register here
M Oct 2 asynch

ACUE Certificate in College Teaching Workshop Begins

The curriculum consists of five major units, each with four, five or six modules, addressing core principles and practices of effective instruction. All are online, and are complemented by on-campus facilitation. The 25 modules will be allocated across Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters with support from cohort facilitators for processing and applying content in partnership with cohort peers.

asynch Registration link coming
F Oct 6 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
S Oct 7 1pm-6pm

Paso Wine Tasting & Picnic

Come join in for a social event with colleagues from across campus for some wine tasting and a picnic in Paso Robles.

Meeting place TBD Register by Sept 29
Week 3
T Oct 10 3:10-5pm

CAFES Tour

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences invites you to join for a driving tour with stops to learn about the Colleges’ unique production units and Centers. The bus holds a maximum of 20 people, so sign ups are required. The group will depart from Ag Circle in front of Building 10.

 

Participants will be able to see the Oppenheimer Family Equine Facility, JUSTIN and J.LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture, Trestles vineyard, CP Strawberry Center, Grimm Family Organic Center, OH Greenhouse Complex, Rodeo Grounds, Dairy and Creamery, Meat Processing Facility, Animal Nutrition Center, Poultry Unit, Learning Pines Arboretum and Vet. Center. Learn where the Cal Poly wines, meats, produce, BBQ sauce, jams, ice cream, cheese and eggs are made.

Ag Circle (next to painted cow in front of Bldg. 10) Register by Oct 3
Week 4
W Oct 18 3pm-4pm

CTLT Open House

Opportunity to visit the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology's (CTLT's) new home during the library renovation and connect with colleagues and CTLT staff

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 Registration link coming
S Oct 21 9am-12pm

Cerro San Luis Hike

Come join us for a hike on one of San Luis Obispo's iconic mountains: Cerro San Luis (aka Madonna Mountain). Bring your families and dogs (must be on a leash), snacks and plenty of water. This hike is of medium difficulty

Marsh St. Parking Lot No registration required
Week 5
T Oct 24 12:10pm-1pm

The Regional Economy

Jim Dantona, President/CEO with the SLO Chamber of Commerce will be joining us to talk about the local industries/businesses that make up our current economy, as well as the chamber’s economic vision, Imagine SLO. The economic vision looks to not only support the growth of our entire economy, but how we can all build a better and more connected community

Bldg. 007, Rm. 002 No registration required
Week 6
M Oct 30 12:10pm-2pm

CLA Tour

The College of Liberal Arts invites you on a walking tour highlighting some of their unique teaching spaces: Spanos theater and backstage area, the Swanson Broadcast Studio, GrC printing labs, the Moon-ja Minn Suhr Dance Studio, the University Art Gallery, and the brand new Cashin Expressive Technology Studio. Sign-ups are encouraged with the tour starting at the stair entrance to the UU Plaza

Stair entrance to UU Plaza Register by Oct 26
F Nov 3 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
Week 7
T Nov 7 12:10pm-2pm

CANCELED: Library Lunch & Learn for New Faculty

NA NA
Week 8
M Nov 13 12:10pm-2pm

Health & Wellbeing Open House

Faculty and Staff are welcome to join Campus Health & Wellbeing (CH&W) for an Open House on Monday, Nov. 13, 12:10 to 2 p.m. in the lower patio area of Building 27. This is a great opportunity to learn about CH&W’s Wellbeing Services, which supports the social, emotional and physical health of Cal Poly students through Alcohol and Other Drugs education and programming; PULSE peer-to-peer health education; Food Pantry and Basic Needs support; and Safer prevention education and confidential advocacy resources. 

Bldg. 27 Patio No registration required
Week 9
T Nov 28 1:10pm-2pm

Grading 101

The Office of the Registrar and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will present information about grading: student records, grading symbols, grade changes, withdrawals, academic integrity, contesting a grade, etc.

Bldg. 007, Rm. 002 No registration required
F Dec 1 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
F Dec 1 2pm-4pm

CAFES Tour with Ice Cream! (rescheduled)

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences invites faculty and staff to join for a driving tour with stops to learn about the Colleges’ unique production units and Centers. The bus holds a maximum of 20 people, so sign ups are required. The group will depart from Ag Circle (by the cow) in front of Building 10 at 2:10pm.

 

Participants will be able to see the Oppenheimer Family Equine Facility, JUSTIN and J.LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture, Trestles vineyard, CP Strawberry Center, Grimm Family Organic Center, OH Greenhouse Complex, Rodeo Grounds, Dairy and Creamery, Meat Processing Facility, Animal Nutrition Center, Poultry Unit, Learning Pines Arboretum and Vet. Center. Learn where the Cal Poly wines, meats, produce, BBQ sauce, jams, ice cream, cheese and eggs are made. Participants will also be offered a free scoop of Cal Poly ice cream!

Ag Circle (next to painted cow in front of Bldg. 10) Register by Nov 29th
Week 10
F Dec 8 9:10am-11am

Early Career Faculty Community Coffee

CTLT's community coffees, held at the end of each quarter, are an opportunity to reconnect with other newer faculty from across campus as well as to learn about important topics and key resources essential to your professional success at Cal Poly. Join us!

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 Registration link coming

Winter 2024

Winter Break
R Jan 4 9am-4pm

Foundations of College Teaching Workshops (repeat)

The workshops are designed for educators who have had modest amounts of mentoring or guidance on effective teaching. Workshops may be of special interest to faculty who are industry experts hired as lecturers with minimal or no prior college-level teaching experience, as well as to new PhDs from degree programs that had few opportunities to develop teaching skills. Any educator interested in updating and refreshing their teaching knowledge and skills is also welcome.

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 and online Registration Link Coming
F Jan 5 10am-1pm

New Faculty Foundations (repeat)

New Faculty Foundations (hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT)) is designed to welcome all newer faculty (lecturers and tenure-line) to the Cal Poly community of educators, connect you with other newer faculty, and provide guidance and resources that will help you prepare for teaching at Cal Poly.

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104  Registration link coming
F Jan 5 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
Week 1
M Jan 8 asynch

ACUE certificate in College Teaching workshop continues

The curriculum consists of five major units, each with four, five or six modules, addressing core principles and practices of effective instruction. All are online, and are complemented by on-campus facilitation. The 25 modules will be allocated across Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters with support from cohort facilitators for processing and applying content in partnership with cohort peers.

asynch Registration link coming
F Jan 12 4pm-6pm

Milestone Tavern Social

Come join us at Milestone Tavern for Happy Hour. This is a no host event (i.e. you'll have to buy your own drinks and food).

Milestone Tavern No registration required
Week 2
W Jan 17 12:10pm-2pm

Cal Poly Centers & Institutes Fair

Representatives from 19 Cal Poly centers and institutes will host a table on Mustang Way to tell you about their organizations and how to get involved.

Mustang Way (Pedestrian walkway between UU and Mott Gym) No registration required
Week 3
T Jan 23 12:10pm-2pm

CANCELED: CENG Tour

Rescheduled to Feb 15th due to potential faculty strike

outside Bldg 007 Canceled
S Jan 27 9am-2pm

Cerro Alto Hike

Cerro Alto is one of the tallest peaks in San Luis Obispo County and is a difficult hike (1600 feet (~500 meters)) of elevation gain. Feel free to bring friends, family and dogs (on a leash) who are comfortable with hiking up hill. $5 cash required for parking.

Cerro Alto Campground Carpool sign up by Jan 25th (if you are interested in carpooling)
Week 4
M Jan 29 12:10pm-2pm

Building 52 Open House

Stop by participating offices (New Student and Transition Programs, Educational Opportunity Program, Upward Bound, Latinx/e Center, Black Academic Excellence Center, Graduate Education, Retention, Cal Poly Scholars, Cal Poly Arts, Mustang Success Center, International Center, and Extending, Professional and Continuing Education ) to learn about what the office does to support the Cal Poly community and pick up some free treats and swag.  Print out this building 52 map or just look for balloons as you walk through the building to find participating offices you would like to visit.  

Bldg 52 map

No registration required

F Feb 2 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
Week 5
F Feb 9 2:10pm-4pm

CAFES Tour (repeat)

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences invites faculty and staff to join for a driving tour with stops to learn about the Colleges’ unique production units and Centers. The bus holds a maximum of 20 people, so sign ups are required. The group will depart from Ag Circle (by the cow) in front of Building 10 at 2:10pm.

 

Participants will be able to see the Oppenheimer Family Equine Facility, JUSTIN and J.LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture, Trestles vineyard, CP Strawberry Center, Grimm Family Organic Center, OH Greenhouse Complex, Rodeo Grounds, Dairy and Creamery, Meat Processing Facility, Animal Nutrition Center, Poultry Unit, Learning Pines Arboretum and Vet. Center. Learn where the Cal Poly wines, meats, produce, BBQ sauce, jams, ice cream, cheese and eggs are made. Participants will also be offered a free scoop of Cal Poly ice cream!

Ag Circle (next to painted cow in front of Bldg. 10) Registration link coming
Week 6
M Feb 12 1:10pm-2pm

CENG College Advising

Intended for faculty and staff within the College of Engineering.  Learn about what advising resources are available within the College.

Bldg. 40, Rm. 110 No registration required
M Feb 12 1:10pm-2pm

CAFES College Advising

Intended for faculty and staff within the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.  Learn about what advising resources are available within the College.

Bldg. 74M, Rm. A No registration required
M Feb 12 1:10pm-2pm

CLA College Advising

Intended for faculty and staff within the College of Liberal Arts.  Learn about what advising resources are available within the College.

Bldg. 47, Rm. 31 Register here
M Feb 12 1:10pm-2pm

BCSM College Advising

Intended for faculty and staff within the Bailey College of Science & Math.  Learn about what advising resources are available within the College.

Bldg. 33, Rm 285 No registration required
M Feb 12 1:10pm-2pm

CAED College Advising

Intended for faculty and staff within the College of Architecture & Environmental Design.  Learn about what advising resources are available within the College.

Bldg. 05, Rm. 212 No registration required
M Feb 12 1:10pm-2pm

OCOB College Advising

Intended for faculty and staff within the Orfalea College of Business.  Learn about what advising resources are available within the College.

Bldg. 03, Rm. 341 No registration required
Week 7
W Feb 21 12:10pm-1pm

DRC & Career Services Tour

The DRC and Career Services will be hosting two tours from 12:10-1 and 1:10-2 on Wednesday Feb 21st. The session will begin in the conference room with a brief presentation by Career Services. You will then get to walk through building 124 to see the professional wardrobe closet, interview rooms, quiet study places, testing center, and more. The session will end back in the conference room with a brief presentation by the DRC.

Bldg. 124, Rm. 117 No registration required
Week 8
M Feb 26 1:10pm-2pm

Overview of Clubs & IRAs

Come join us for a presentation about Instructionally Related Activities (IRAs) and Clubs.  Learn about the difference between the two, how each are funded, and how faculty can get involved.  

Bldg. 007, Rm. 002 No registration required
F Mar 1 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
Week 9
M Mar 4 12:10pm-1:30pm

CAED Tour

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED),  invites you on a walking tour that highlights our unique studio based learn by doing spaces.  You will visit studio spaces in our five professional degree programs and our making and display spaces (CAED Support shop, High Bay Lab, dFab Lab, Concrete lab, Gallery spaces, etc.).  Sign-ups are encouraged with the tour starting at Dean’s office Gallery (Room 05-212).

Bldg. 05, Rm. 212 Register by Feb 29
Week 10
F Mar 15 9:10am-11am

Early Career Faculty Community Coffee

CTLT's community coffees, held at the end of each quarter, are an opportunity to reconnect with other newer faculty from across campus as well as to learn about important topics and key resources essential to your professional success at Cal Poly. Join us!

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 Registration link coming

Spring 2024

Week 1
M Apr 1 asynch

ACUE certificate in College Teaching workshop continues

The curriculum consists of five major units, each with four, five or six modules, addressing core principles and practices of effective instruction. All are online, and are complemented by on-campus facilitation. The 25 modules will be allocated across Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters with support from cohort facilitators for processing and applying content in partnership with cohort peers.

asynch Registration link coming
F Apr 5 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
Week 2
M Apr 8 12:10pm-2pm

BCSM Tour

The Bailey College of Science and Mathematics invites you on a walking tour highlighting some of their unique teaching and research spaces: Chemistry and Physics Studio Classrooms, the Frost Center for Research and Innovation, the Statistics and Mathematics Collaboratorium, Learn-By-Doing Lab, and the Cal Poly Plant Conservatory. Sign-ups are encouraged with the tour starting at the Einstein bench located outside of the second floor of the Baker Center for Science (Building 180)

Einstein bench outside of Bldg 180 Sign Ups encouraged
Week 3
F Apr 19 12:10-2

CENG Tour

The tour will highlight some of CENG's unique spaces: the Mustang 60 Shop, the Microelectronics Fabrication Lab, the Innovation Sandbox, and more. Sign ups are not required, but encouraged.  Gather outside of the Advanced Technology Laboratory (building 007) at noon and the tour will depart at 12:10.

outside of ATL (Bldg 007) Sign ups encouraged
Week 4
T Apr 23 8:30am-10am

Learning Support Center, Library Special Collections, and Student Ombuds Services Open House

Join us for coffee and donuts and an open house at the new location for the Learning Support Center, Library Special Collections and Student Ombuds Services spaces in Bldg 26 and learn about these important campus resources.

The Learning Support Center is designed as the one-stop shop for student academic support on campus. Our new space in Building 26 houses the study session, supplemental instruction, and tutoring coordinating offices and includes a dynamic study area where free tutoring and academic coaching sessions take place. Come meet the Learning Support team and hear more about the academic assistance available to your students.

 

Special Collections and Archives acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, interprets, and provides access to primary research materials in their original formats to support discovery, education, and research at all levels and across disciplines. Please stop by to learn more about the campus's collections and how to schedule research visits, classroom visits, and instructional sessions.  

 

The Office of Student Ombuds Services is a campus resource for all Cal Poly students. The Ombuds staff are committed to hearing about students’ experiences. The office offers a safe place to go for assistance in resolving any university related issue, concern, conflict, or complaint. Please stop by to learn more about how you can help students know about our services.  

Bldg. 115, Rm. 110A No registration required
Week 5
F May 3 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here
Week 6
M May 6 12:10pm-2pm

OCOB Tour

Learn about what makes the Orfalea College of Business unique through a walking tour of the business building, highlighting unique learn by doing projects, career readiness initiatives, classroom, and student collaboration spaces.

TBD No registration required
Week 7
T May 14 12:10pm-2pm

North Mountain Open House

TBD

TBD No registration required
Week 8
M May 20 1:10pm-2pm

Intro to Proposal Development and Submission

TBD 

Bldg. 007, Rm. 002 Register here
Week 9
T May 28 12:10pm-2pm

UU Open House

TBD

University Union No registration required
Week 10
F Jun 7 9:10am-11am

Early Career Faculty Community Coffee

CTLT's community coffees, held at the end of each quarter, are an opportunity to reconnect with other newer faculty from across campus as well as to learn about important topics and key resources essential to your professional success at Cal Poly. Join us!

Bldg. 115, Rm. 104 Registration link coming
F June 7 9am-4pm

New Employee Orientation (repeat)

The New Employee Orientation is repeated multiple times throughout the year. It is intended for all new Cal Poly employees, not just faculty, and orients you to campus services like benefits, payroll, ITS, EH&S, public safety, OUDI, and more. This is a full day event from 9-4 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Bldg. 65, Rm. 220 More info here

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