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RFSA Spring Quarter Program Now Available for Streaming

Apr 24, 2021


The Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Association's spring quarter program, conducted virtually, featured a presentation and discussion with College of Science and Mathematics Dean Emeritus Phil Bailey, director of the Frost Fund and former associate vice president for Academic Affairs. Bailey shared images of the ongoing construction of the William and Linda Frost Center for research and Innovation. Attendees learned about this historic gift to the University as well as other construction projects taking place at Cal Poly. During COVID-19, Cal Poly continues to move forward with the construction of facilities that will play an important role in the future of the University.

The program was emceed by RFSA President Bill Kellogg and included a Question and Answer session facilitated by RFSA Vice President Jim Murphy.

In case you missed it, you can watch it here.

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RFSA Adds New Board Position; Appoints Lisa Hensley

Apr 23, 2021


Under the leadership of past president Joe Grimes, RFSA has been working on hosting "coffee hours" as part of our regular programming. Thank you to those of you who completed our recent on-line survey.

At our Spring Quarter meeting on April 22, 2021, the membership approved adding a new position to the RFSA Board: Coffee Hour Facilitator. The membership also approved appointing Lisa Hensley to fill this new Board position. Congratulations, Lisa, and welcome to the RFSA Board! Stay tuned on Facebook and on our website for more information about when and where our first Coffee Hour will occur.

Spring Quarter Program to Feature COSAM Dean Emeritus Phil Bailey

Apr 15, 2021


Retired Faculty and Staff Association President Bill Kellogg and Vice President Jim Murphy invite retired members of the Cal Poly community to join an interactive virtual presentation and discussion from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, with College of Science and Mathematics Dean Emeritus Phil Bailey, director of the Frost Fund and former associate vice president for Academic Affairs. Bailey will share pictures of the ongoing construction of the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation. Attendees will learn about this historic gift to the university, as well as other construction projects taking place at Cal Poly. During COVID-19, Cal Poly continues to move forward with the construction of facilities that will play an important role in the future of the university. Click here to register for this event. The Zoom meeting link, password, and instructions will be emailed to you once you've signed up to attend.

RFSA Winter Quarter Program Now Available for Streaming

Mar 10, 2021


The Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Association's Winter Quarter program was conducted virtually on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The program, hosted by RFSA President Bill Kellogg, focused on the COVID-19 pandemic in San Luis Obispo County, including Cal Poly. A panel--consisting of Katelyn Mazer from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department; Aydin Nazmi, a faculty member in the Food Science and Nutrition Department and member of the Cal Poly COVID-19 testing task force; and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey--spoke with attendees on topics related to COVID-19. The program included a Question and Answer session facilitated by RFSA Vice President Jim Murphy.

In case you missed it, you can watch it here.

Volunteers Needed for Isolation and Quarantine Care Calling

Feb 8, 2021


University Housing and the Isolation and Quarantine Support Team (IQST) are hard at work responding to and supporting students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When campus residents test positive, the world they know changes. They are reassigned to isolation apartments on campus, typically with students they do not know. To protect community health, they are not permitted to leave their apartments during their ten-day isolation. While many students take these challenges in stride and continue their academic journey uninterrupted, others struggle.

Campus Health & Wellbeing is asking for your help in reaching out to students in isolation, to ensure that no student goes without contact from the Cal Poly community while they recover.

If you volunteer as an IQ Care Caller, you will be assigned a queue of up to ten students to call each day. This is intended as a general check-in to show students that Cal Poly cares as they recover. You will have the training and resources you need to support students and answer their non-medical questions. If questions arise that you cannot answer, you will have access to an IQ coordinator and medical provider to help those students.

Campus Health & Wellbeing is especially in need of weekend volunteers. Without classes, students can feel more alone during this time and fewer folks are available for support. 

Campus Health & Wellbeing expects calls and outreach would involve about an hour each day, and would be grateful if you are able to support students through Winter quarter. To express your interest in volunteering, contact Hunter Simmons, Isolation and Quarantine Coordinator, Campus Health & Wellbeing.

Winter Quarter Program to Feature Panel Discussing COVID-19

Jan 20, 2021


The Retired Faculty and Staff Association’s winter quarter program will be conducted virtually Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 2-3pm.  The program will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic in San Luis Obispo County, including Cal Poly.  A panel consisting of county Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein; Aydin Nazmi, a faculty member in the Food Science and Nutrition Department and member of the Cal Poly COVID-19 testing task force; and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey will update attendees on topics related to COVID-19. Click here to register. The Zoom meeting link, password and instructions will be emailed upon your reply. Questions about the event can be directed to RFSA President Bill Kellogg.

Issue with Upcoming macOS Big Sur Release

Nov 8, 2020


The following information is from Information Technology Services's Fall 2020 Newsletter:

Apple is expected to release macOS Big Sur in the next few weeks. Unfortunately, the current versions of Global Protect virtual private network (VPN) and Sophos antivirus software do not function properly on Mac computers running the Big Sur operating system. 

At this time, we recommend that members of the Cal Poly community who use GlobalProtect VPN and/or Sophos on a Mac do not download macOS Big Sur until both GlobalProtect and Sophos come out with an upgrade that resolves the issue. If you have a state-managed computer, no action is required on your part.

We are working with both GlobalProtect and Sophos on this issue, and when they release new versions, we will make them available to campus as quickly as possible. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information. Since the exact release date of macOS Big Sur is unknown, we are not sure exactly when that will be.

CSU Seeks Help from Emeritus Faculty

Oct 9, 2020


The CSU Foundation is seeking volunteers to help review the CSU Foundation's Aspiring Teachers Scholarship for CSU Bakersfield and Fresno State students. A volunteer will typically review 25 applications and rate them based on a scoring rubric. The estimated time for completing a review is 2.5-3.0 hours. Reviewers will receive the applications electronically to review from home. 

The scholarship provides awards of $10,000 to full-time students interested in working with bilingual or English language learners who are in a teacher credentialing program. Former teacher education faculty might be interested in this review.

Applications will be sent out between Monday, October 5, 2020 and Monday, October 19, 2020. They are due a week after received.

If interested, please email Wendy Chavira Garcia, Development Manager, CSU Foundation.

RFSA on Facebook

Jul 16, 2020


We're on Facebook! Check us out! We're actively updating our status on Facebook, with frequent posts, photos, and more. Follow us on Facebook to see what's new and stay in touch!

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Retirees Assisting Cal Poly

Jul 15, 2020


This is a challenging and sometimes difficult time for the students, faculty and staff of the university. It is also a time when our retirees may be able to provide much needed talent and assistance. Some examples of possible assistance that may be important are the following:

  1. Assisting in the advising of struggling students
  2. Helping faculty
    1. As a guest lecturer
    2. In the development of course material
    3. In grading
    4. In observing students while they are taking exams online

If you are interested, please contact the appropriate associate dean:

They will be able to discuss with you the assistance that you would be able to provide.

—Joe Grimes, Past President, RFSA

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