North American Organ competition - Be sure to make plans to drop by the Georgian Room tonight, May 10 for the finals of the North American Classical Organ Competition - KU has two of the six finalists! Two Kutztown University students, Doreen Smeck and Geert Ruelens, will compete for the top prize of $3,000 starting with an informal concert at 9 a.m. and culminating in a final performance at 7 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main. Both events are free and open to the public. A reception is to follow immediately after the concert. Dr. Ina Grapenthin of the KU Department of Music is participating as a judge in the competition. The 9 a.m. performance is a 20-minute program of the contestants’ choosing, played for the judges and the public. The judges will choose the top three performers after the 7 p.m. concert, where the audience will be invited to vote for the candidate of their choice by submitting a $5 ballot. The top three performers will receive cash awards from Rodgers Instruments for $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively. Smeck and Ruelens are also the youngest participants in the competition. Prior to the final round, contestants participated in regional rounds in Los Angeles and Baltimore.
Dan Blanchard from the Department of physical sciences and his wife Melissa Armstrong are joyful to announce that they are the proud adoptive parents of two boys, Christopher (age 5) and Anthony (age 4). While the boys have been living with Melissa and Dan since Aug. 20, 2010, their adoption was finalized on Apr. 20. Everyone is doing well. If you are thinking about adopting and want to know what it’s like, please contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kutztown softball selected to NCAA tournament for ninth straight season - The Kutztown University softball team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional tournament. The Golden Bears (39-14 overall) will open against California University of Pennsylvania (28-12) in a regional pod hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania Friday, May 14 at a time to be determined.
Kutztown is making its ninth consecutive appearance and 14th trip overall to the NCAA Division II tournament under head coach Judy Lawes, who is in her 24th year at the helm of the Golden Bears. Kutztown is 17-27 all-time in the NCAA Division II tournament.
You Missed It:
(Announcements and other information that have previously appeared in the Daily Brief.)
KU’S Caleb Tracey selected to Rugby Junior All-America squad -
Caleb Tracey of the Kutztown University men’s rugby team has been selected to
the Men’s Junior All-American (JAA) Under-20s squad. Tracey and the JAA team
will compete for the International Rugby Board (IRB) Junior World Rugby Trophy
Tournament this summer in the country of Georgia.
The JAA squad consists of mostly collegiate players and will take on Pool A opponents from Samoa, Russia and Uruguay. The tournament kicks off May 24 and concludes on June 5. The USA will take on Samoa in its opener on May 24 at Avchala Stadium in Tbilisi. The match will begin is 2 p.m. local time.
Tracey is a 6-6, 240-pound freshman from Cape Elizabeth, ME. He started every match for the KU rugby team this spring and was one of the team’s standout players. In February, Tracey received the opportunity to train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. H will spend one week with the JAA team in London, England, beginning May 14 to prepare for the international showdown with the world’s best.
KU’s Zack Jessell, a freshman from Pittsburgh, PA, was selected as an active reserve for the team. Jessell will be on stand-by to replace any injured players.
The Golden Bear men’s rugby team finished the spring with a 3-4 record in the highly competitive Collegiate Premier League. In addition to Kutztown, the CPL includes Army, Dartmouth, Delaware, Navy, Penn State and Rutgers.
The full JAA team can be found at the link below to Rugbymag.com.
Our office mourns with our director, Bernard McCree, in the passing of his father, Jimmie McCree of Virginia Beach, VA. A memorial service celebrating his life will be Friday, May 13, in Norfolk, VA at 12 Noon. Your expressions of sympathy can be sent to Bernard via the Financial Aid Services Office.
Financial Aid Services Office
PASSHE Open Enrollment (not for PEBTF covered AFSCME & SCUPA employees) – The Open Enrollment period will run from April 25 through May 25, 2011 for an effective date of July 1, 2011. Important information for the upcoming plan year including Expansion of Coverage for Adult Children (up to age 26) and new Plan Costs can be found on H.R. website under Featured H.R. News at: http://hr.dept.kutztown.edu/ Changes can be made via Employee Self-Service System (ESS) or via paper forms returned to H.R. Office by May 25, 2011.
Jean E. Adam, Benefits Manager
The PR committee of the Modern Language Studies department is pleased to announce the e-publication of its latest newsletter, Language Links. Be sure to forward it to students or colleagues who would be interested. Please follow this link to the Summer 2011 newsletter: http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/liberal_arts/language/Newsletter/MLS_Summer_2011.pdf
MLS PR Committee
The Reading Eagle published a story about the Early Learning Center on Saturday – here’s the link to the story: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=306367
Tomlinson Bomberger will be doing the annual fertilization and broadleaf weed control to the general campus on May 10. The turf is safe to go on once the products dry on the grass, however we are recommending to try and avoid going on grassy areas until May 11, if possible. If you have any questions, please contact Will Meeker at x6-4336.
Will Meeker, assistant director, Campus Services
|HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH!|