KU's chapter of the international honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, inducted 57 new members last night.
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 Payment Solutions.
Please make any online payments prior to noon Wednesday or after 9 a.m. on Friday. The Bursar’s Office remains open during this time and is able to accept cash or checks in our office like normal. Access to MyKU will not be affected during this conversion, only online payments will be unavailable.
Wendy A. Pursell, bursar, Financial Business Services
Faculty Recognition Ceremony - The Faculty Recognition Ceremony will be held today at 3 p.m. in MSU, room 250. Faculty members who have received tenure, been promoted, or distinguished themselves during 2010-2011 will be recognized. The Chambliss Faculty Research and John P. Schellenberg Awards will also be presented.
Carlos Vargas-Aburto, provost and vice president, Academic & Student Affairs
The Strategic Plan Task Force invites the campus community to an Open Forum from 11 - 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 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
KU student, Caitlin Smith, receives BWIC Award! Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC) is holding their 6th annual Celebration of Peace fundraising event on Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Yashek Social Hall at 555 Warwick Drive, Wyomissing, Pa. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.
This event marks BWIC’s 35 years of providing safety, life and hope to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Kutztown University student, Caitlin Smith, will be receiving the first-ever Youth Voices for Change Award at the celebration. Her on and off campus activism earned her this honor. Currently interning at the KU Women’s Center, Caitlin has been a volunteer, student employee, and Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and LGBTQ activist for several years. A trained KU HEART Advocate, she was a Peace Works intern with BWIC last spring, a CAMPpeaceworks facilitator this summer and is currently working weekends at the Safe House.
Tickets cost $75. Of the ticket price, $50 is tax deductible. RSVPs need to be made to BWIC by Dec. 5: reservation cards can be picked up in the Women’s Center, OM 126. For more information, please visit BWIC’s website at http://www.berkswomenincrisis.org/Fundraisingevents.html.
Chelsea Brink, writing intern, Women's Center
Need art for your home or office? Join the Honors Club on Dec. 2 from 8 p.m.- 12 a.m. in the Bear's Den (MSU) for live performances, a raffle, KU student art auction, free coffee and a bake sale. You'll be glad you did.
Johanna Forte, director, KU Honors Program
Holiday Movie Marathon on Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.- 12 a.m. in MSU 157 and 183. Free Waffles-N-Ice Cream Station plus holiday crafts.
6 p.m. - A Christmas Story
8 p.m. - 8 Crazy Nights
10 p.m. - Elf
The Community Outreach Center is offering five different Alternative Spring Break trips from March 10-18, 2012. The trips include New York City, Pochohantas State Park, Assateague Island and two Habitat for Humanity trips to Cleveland, Ohio and Blount County, Tennessee. Applications are available now in the Community Outreach Center in MSU. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenna Shikoff, Maya Rogers & Ethan Baldwin, coordinators, Alternative Spring Break
Lavender Grads Celebration - The Lavender Grads celebration will be held on Dec. 8 in the GLBTQ Resource Center, OM 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cake and light refreshments will be served at 11 a.m. This celebration is to honor the accomplishments of Kutztown University‘s LGBTQ individuals and their allies.
Chelsea M. Brink, writing intern, Women's Center
Make the most of your winter break by doing employer site visits - Road trips to the real world - Join us for exciting employer site visits, learn about careers, make contacts for internships and jobs, improve your networking skills, & meet other college students from across the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic. All majors & class years welcome to explore careers with 30+ companies in: Publishing, Non-Profits, Broadcast Media, Retail, Pharmacy and Healthcare, Insurance, Finance, Accounting, etc. Here are just a few local employers who will be hosting students: Aramark, Philadelphia, PA; MOD Worldwide, Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA; Prime Rehabilitation Services, Toms River, NJ; City Year Philadelphia, PA; Target, Springfield, PA; Deloitte, Parsippany, NJ; Elko & Associates (Accounting), Media, PA . Registration: Begins Nov. 21 and ends Dec. 2. http://www.eace.org/committees/roadtrips.html
Resume Lab - Apply your resume knowledge in a computer lab setting where you can develop and create your resume or make changes to an existing resume with the guided assistance of a CDC staff member. Bring a flash drive (or your own laptop if you'd like) to save your work. Thur., Dec. 1, 11-11:50, DeFran 27
Job Search & Networking - Find out why a good resume isn’t all you need to land that job. This workshop will cover the Six Sure Steps to Success, the art of networking, and tips to locating those “hidden jobs” (it’s more than Monster or CareerBuilder.) Beginning the job search process can seem overwhelming…we’ll show you how to break it down into manageable tasks so you meet your goal….your career. Thur., Dec. 1, 11-11:50, MSU 250
Kerri Gardi, director, Career Development Center
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 March 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 email@example.com or drop by MSU 281 for more information.
Dr. Adrienne Oakley and five Kutztown University undergraduate students are midway through their six-week oceanographic research cruise in the central Pacific Ocean. They have been out on the open ocean for three weeks collecting geophysical data on the nature of the ocean floor. Dr. Oakley and her students welcome you to share their adventures via their photo-rich daily blogs that tell tales of rough seas, whales pods, life on a scientific research vessel, and other exciting experiences -- http://www.kutztown.edu/JOCMS2011/blog.html. The website for the cruise also provides a maps of their current locations and an explanation of the science behind the study http://www.kutztown.edu/JOCMS2011/index.html.
Kurt Friehauf, professor, Physical Sciences Department
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
Please excuse the following students from classes on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, and Dec. 2. They will be on tour to area elementary schools with the Sunshine Players. Shoshana Roberts, Stephanie Shober, Maria Kleback, Eric Feurer, Felicia Featherby, Jared Bailey, Merril (Jack) Rodgers, Steven Baist, Samantha Dennis, Davis Krater, Kirby Sybert, Timothy Schumacher.
Johanna Forte, advisor, Sunshine Players
Looking for a unique gift for your co-worker, family member or friend? Check out the new gourmet “KU” coffee, tea and chocolate gift baskets at the KU Student Bookstore. Also new this year are our BBQ Grill Sets, Avalanche woven throw blankets, collector’s rocks glasses and more. Click here to view our holiday catalog online and make it a KU Holiday.
KU Student Bookstore
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