Faculty were recognized at a ceremony yesterday afternoon for achievements, tenure and promotion. Dr. Michael Gabriel (left with Dr. Cevallos
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The Strategic Plan Task Force invites the campus community to an Open Forum from 11 - 11:50 a.m. today, in AF, room 203, to discuss proposed revisions to the Strategic Plan. Faculty, students and staff are encouraged to join in a conversation with our strategic planning consultant, Dr. Stephen Reno, members of Cabinet, and the Strategic Plan Task Force.
F. Javier Cevallos, president
I am very pleased to announce that Benjamin Trout joined our staff as the new degree auditor on Oct. 10. Ben comes to us from ITT Technical Institute, in King of Prussia, where he held the position of registrar. He has a B.A. in Film and Media Arts, from the School of Communication at Temple University. Ben can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone x3-4479.
Michelle Hughes, registrar, Registrar's Office
Flexible Spending Accounts – Important information has been added to H.R. website regarding updates for those enrolled in Flexible Spending Accounts. Please take a moment to review.
Jean Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources
Please welcome fifth graders and their parents today from Lauer’s Park Elementary School in Reading who are part of the Financial Aid Office’s “College Can Be a Reality” early awareness outreach program. This is the seventh year of the program and today’s visit will include interactive activities in the MSU, Boehm Science building, S. Dining Hall, and Keystone Hall. Thank you to KU students, staff, and faculty who agreed to help us today and who offered donations and support.
Joan L. Holleran, associate director, Financial Aid
This week's MSU Movie Series film is 30 Minutes or Less which will be shown in the MSU Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information. http://www.kutztown.edu/divisions/studentservices/departments/msub/programs/submovies.asp
John Alfero, technical services coordinator, Student Union & Involvement Services
OCAC and KCP are asking students to enter to win a poster contest promoting an environmentally-friendly Kutztown downtown and win gift cards ranging from $25-$75. Hand in a hard copy of your poster at the Community Outreach Center 281 MSU or email it in a .pdf to email@example.com by Dec. 16. Contact OCAC for more details, or see our poster "Make Your Mark" around campus.
The PASSHE Academy is a new initiative
designed to expand personal and professional development and wellness
opportunities for all PASSHE employees. The Academy makes some employee
development programs offered at one university available to employees at all
PASSHE universities. And most are offered free of charge. Visit the PASSHE
Academy web and registration site at www.passhe.edu/academy. Courses are
available now and will be updated on an on-going basis. (If training is
scheduled during your workday, please be sure to get supervisory approval in
advance of registering. If there is a cost associated with the training, you
would need pre-approval from your supervisor for funding.)For
more information, please contact Alexis Martin in HR at
· KU offers some wellness initiatives similar to those offered through the PASSHE Academy. These can be found at http://hr.dept.kutztown.edu/health.html
· Have an idea on a future program for the PASSHE Academy? Click here to access the Training Needs Assessment Survey.
KU Community (Students/Staff/Faculty) - Online payments (MyKU,
ARD’s, Bear Bucks and Flex Dollars) will be unavailable from Wed., Nov.
30 at noon, through Friday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. to accommodate the
conversion of the credit card and e-check processing to the MyKU Hosted
Candidates for initiation may be elected from all academic disciplines. Selection is made on the basis of superior academic performance supported by good character. To be considered for a membership invitation, seniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their class and juniors in the top 7.5 percent.
The students join a select group of more than 900,000 outstanding students from colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines who have been inducted into the society over the past century. Please congratulate these students for their academic success: Please click here for the PDF list of students: http://www.kutztown.edu/news/brief/2011/November/11-11-30Reedlist.pdf
Elaine Walls Reed, president, Phi Kappa Phi
The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Anne Zayaitz as Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences effective Dec. 3, 2011.
For the past two and a half years Dr. Zayaitz has served as Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Zayaitz has also held various positions at Kutztown University including Associate Dean, CLAS, Interim Associate Dean, CLAS, University Ombudsperson, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology.
Dr. Zayaitz has attended the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Millennium Leadership Institute and the American Council on Education/Office of Women in Higher Education, 73rd National Leadership Forum. She has received several grants, given various presentations, published, and done volunteer work. She holds current Professional and Academic Association memberships with the American Council on Education, the American Society of Microbiology and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Zayaitz received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University and her A.B. from Duke University.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Zayaitz on her appointment as Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Carlos Vargas-Aburto, provost and vice president, Academic Affairs
KU Foundation & Alumni Engagement Open House Chili Cook-Off - All members of KU faculty and staff are invited to come out to the Wiesenberger Alumni Center at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, for an open house, chili cook-off lunch provided by members of the Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement staff. On offer for lunch will be multiple types of chili (beef, turkey, vegetarian), prepared with care by members of the Foundation & Alumni Engagement staff. Attendees are invited to judge which chili is the best. Please drop by for a fun, first-come, first-served lunch and a chance to learn more about the KU Foundation & Alumni Engagement office.
On Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. in DF 109German/English BSEd student Tyler Cressman will present a Senior Seminar Project on German school reform and the German school system.
Tyler has been working with Uwe Klemm, English teacher at the Anger High School in Jena, Germany. Through spoken and written interviews, Tyler has collected information on the recent school reforms, standardized testing in Europe, and has also learned about Mr. Klemm's experience as a teacher in the former East Germany, and how life has changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Accounts Payable Reminder: The current standard mileage rate for personal vehicles is 51 cents per mile. Although the IRS announced an increase to the standard automobile mileage rate from 51 cents to 55.5 cents, PASSHE does not support a change at this time. The rate will stay at 51 cents per mile. If you have any questions please call Accounts Payable at x3-4147. Thank you.
Denise Schell, Accounts Payable
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), a professional organization in the College of Education, and the education honor society of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) would like to thank the more than 200 staff members and teacher candidates who donated to the "Giving Tree," a holiday charity initiative conceptualized by leaders of these two groups. After collecting items for three weeks before Thanksgiving, we were all very pleased to pack and send eight big boxes of food and supplies to each of the following designated charities: Animals in Distress, Hillside SPCA, and Last Chance Ranch. We were also pleased to send seven big boxes of food to Schuylkill County Pet Food Pantry; eight big boxes of new and gently used clothes and games, plus food to Berks Women in Crisis; ten big boxes of new and gently used winter clothes to People for People Charter School; and over 1,000 pounds of food to the Berks County Food Bank. Everyone expressed heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful donors from Kutztown University. As advisors for these two groups, we want to say thanks again to all of our hard workers and wonderful donors.
Dr. Kristen Bazley, Dr. Linda McMillan and Dr. Denise Darrah, Department of Elementary Education Faculty Advisors, ACEI and KDP
The Department of Secondary Ed. and Rohrbach Library are sponsoring the movie Race to Nowhere on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., in MSU Alumni Auditorium. This is a call to action for educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions preparing youth through education. Admission is $3.00 donation.
Regina Iannello, graduate assistant, Secondary Education
Looking to help out our community or need volunteer hours? Operation Snowflake is an event sponsored by OCAC that asks student organizations to help shovel driveways of the elderly when it snows. This event runs till Mar. 31, the time and date will be announced depending on the snowfall. All materials will be provided, and prizes will be rewarded to returning volunteers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by MSU 281 for more information.
College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty First Thursday - Dr. Todd R. Rober, assistant professor in the Department of Music, will present “Echoes of the Incas: A Visual and Aural Journey on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. in the Sharadin Arts Building, room 120. Dr. Rober will recount his four-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu through visual images and music. The Presentation will be more of a travelogue than a lecture, but will provide information about the Inca history, culture and music, and many pictures of the journey. Come find out what the trek is like, and how you can participate in this memorable experience as well.
William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Just a friendly reminder that the University Senate meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in AF, room 203. Prior to our meeting, light refreshments will be served in the area outside of room 203, so come early if you can. If you are a Senator and cannot attend, please arrange for a substitute to represent your constituency.
The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) will meet on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m., in MSU 312, to consider the curricular proposals on its November/December agenda, which can be found online at http://www.kutztown.edu/committees/ucc/agenda.html. Individuals and/or departments with proposals on the agenda are invited and encouraged to attend to answer any questions that may arise.
R.S. Schaeffer, chair, University Curriculum Committee