To improve the quality of services to our students and consistent with the realignment that took place at the beginning of the year, I would like to announce that effective October 10, 2011, Dr Trisha Scarcia-King will provide leadership and direction for the operations of the McFarland Student Union through the Division of Administration & Finance. Ms. Leah Cassellia will assume the lead responsibilities for the Office of Student Involvement through the Division of Academic & Student Affairs."
Congratulations to Dr. Avidan Milevsky, associate professor of
psychology, on his book, "Sibling Relationships in Childhood and
Adolescence," published by Columbia Press. The Washington Post picked-up on the
story - -up a short introduction to Dr. Milevsky's
Congratulations to Dr. Avidan Milevsky, associate professor of psychology, on his book, "Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence," published by Columbia Press. The Washington Post picked-up on the story -http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/campus-overload/post/tips-for-younger-siblings-of-college-freshmen/2011/09/30/gIQADcwGLL_blog.html. And the UR video team worked
-up a short introduction to Dr. Milevsky's work,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6bMQOnDEQE&feature=channel_video_title
The Keystone Field House was dedicated to the late Pennsylvania State Senator,
The UR video team was on the spot with coverage:
Waiting for Superman --- The fate of our country won't be determined on a battlefield, it will be determined in the classroom. Sponsored by the KU Dept. of Secondary Education, all education majors are encouraged to join us for a screening of this incredible film that addresses education in America today and where the future may lead. Monday, Oct., 17 at 6 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium, MSU. For more information, please visit http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/
Regina Iannello, graduate assistant, Department of Secondary Education
As part of the campus wellness initiative, we are pleased to offer programs that cover healthy eating, exercise and life style habits that may reduce the risk of chronic disease. The first program being offered is “Maintain Your Mind” - Registration began Monday, October 3 and runs through Friday, October 7, 2011 with a program start date of October 10, 2011. Information on this program as well as the other programs being offered is available on H.R. website at: http://hr.dept.kutztown.edu/health.html. For those employees with Healthy U wellness program (not PEBTF members), completion of programs offered will earn points (as indicated for each program) toward completion of Phase 5 requirements.
FOR AFSCME & SCUPA EMPLOYEES ONLY: The PEBTF Open Enrollment period is underway and will run through October 21, 2011. Open enrollment is your annual opportunity to select a new health plan and/or add or remove dependents from your coverage. Please review open enrollment information including PEBTF newsletter and detailed instructions on making changes via Employee Self-Service (ESS) on the H.R. website. We encourage all employees to use ESS to make updates; however, paper forms are also available on the website. Paper forms must be received in H.R. by October 21, 2011. Documentation for any new dependents added to coverage must be verified in H.R. by October 28, 2011. For those employees hired on or after 08/01/03 who pay a plan buy-up fee for Highmark PPO coverage: Note that rates are decreasing for 2012. Also note that the UCCI Dental HMO plan will no longer be available after 01/01/12: Those employees enrolled in the Dental HMO will automatically be transferred to the UCCI Dental PPO plan.
Jean Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources
TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus October 13, November 3 (change in date) and December 15 for one-on-one counseling sessions at H.R. in the Kemp Building. Appointments are first-come, first-served and can be made by scheduling online at: www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or by calling their Philadelphia Office at 800-842-2010.
VALIC representative will be on campus October 26 for one-on-one counseling sessions at H.R. in the Kemp Building. Appointments are first-come, first-served and can be made by calling 800-892-5558, ext 88418 or online at https://my.valic.com/consultations and enter registration code: 9862KUT11AA.
Jean Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources
Interested in running a Summer 2012 Study Abroad Program? Interested faculty members must contact Anesah Akari (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of International Programs for information and applications. Initial proposals must be submitted no later than Oct. 28, 2011. In order to ensure all relevant approvals and financial reviews take place, proposals must be received by the above deadline in order to run during Summer 2012. Any proposal received after October 28, 2011, will not be considered for the Summer 2012 sessions.
Anesah Akari, coordinator, International Student Services
Students are invited to talk with President Cevallos in an open meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to noon in Boehm 145. Dr. Cevallos welcomes your thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding Kutztown University.
Toyia S. Reed, Office of the President
Twice a year at Kutztown University we experience nature’s wonderful transition between the warm and cold seasons and along with this the limitations inherent in our university’s institutional heating and cooling systems. In most cases our building heating and cooling system configuration does not allow for simultaneous operation of both systems. Therefore, in order to activate the heating system we have to close down the cooling system. This process is a time consuming building by building effort. Once the transition is made, it is not possible to try to convert back just for a period of a day or two of abnormal weather.
During these change of weather periods we have to choose a target date that hopefully will cause the least discomfort overall for the entire community. Sometimes the warm days are directly followed by cold nights. Since our community includes a large population of resident hall students, the cooler nights are a major consideration in timing the transition. The cold versus warm weather stabilizes around mid October, however, we prepare to be able to make the transition by Oct. 1, if a prolonged cold weather pattern is established. Actually, exactly the opposite has occurred this September. Normally this transition process can be completed in five to seven working days for the entire campus and the buildings are transitioned in a pre-established priority manner. If there are problems with some of the buildings’ heating system once activated, it could take longer for those facilities. We expect to have all systems on line by early next week at the latest, barring any unforeseen major issues. As always, your patience and understanding during this transition period is greatly appreciated.
R. Jeff Grimm, assistant vice president, Facilities
The Office of International Programs has started a new program - KU Conversation Partners is a cross cultural dialogue between international students and native English speakers at KU. The goal of this program is to create the opportunity for meaningful interaction and friendships between the US and international students.
Please share this program with your students! Students who are studying or speak a foreign language can apply to our Conversation Partner Program and we will try to match them with a native speaker of the language they are studying. After students are matched with a partner, they can meet as often as they want, based on their schedules. The program is unstructured and they can take part in activities that interest both of them, like coffee, soccer, or lunch. Many people meet for an hour and spend half an hour speaking English and the other 30 minutes speaking the other language. It’s a great way to improve their language skills and get to know great people!
For more information, stop by The Office of International Programs or email Jen Topp at email@example.com.
Jennifer Topp, graduate assistant, Office of International Programs
Video coverage - - KU Rugby teamed-up with CMI Plastics, Victory for a Cause and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley to name three more champions - the young beneficiaries of fundraising efforts by the club. http://www.youtube.com/user/KutztownUniversity?feature=mhee#p/u/0/XoOqKJLJ1Jo
The KU Philosophy Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. in MSU 323. Milo Crimi will be speaking: Ockham's Ups↑ and Downs↓.
Zachary Groff, president and Allan Bäck, Advisor
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., Oct. 6, 11-11:50 a.m., MSU 250.
Kerri Gardi, Director, Career Development Center
TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Oct. 13, Nov. 16, and Dec. 15, for one-on-one counseling sessions at H.R. in the Kemp Building. Appointments are first-come, first-served and can be made by scheduling online at: www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or by calling their Philadelphia Office at 800-842-2010.
Jean E. Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources
"Malos Tratos" Print Exhibition, Oct. 4 - 16, CVPA Student Gallery, Sharadin. Artist's reception: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Eckhaus Event: Mexican Potluck Dinner & Oaxaca Videos. Free. Thurs., Oct 6, at 6 p.m. 157 W. Main St. Kutztown
Charla (Chat) with language students (in Spanish) catered by La Cocina Mexicana, Tues. Oct 11, at 11 a.m. in Defrancesco 120. Non-Spanish speakers welcome; advanced students will translate. For more info on all these events, please visit http://illustrationconcentration.wordpress.com
Kevin McCloskey, professor, Communication Design Dept.
The Student Union Art Gallery is featuring "Questions of Metamorphosis" a series of prints by Daniel Green. The exhibition will run until Thursday, Oct. 13. There is a catered opening reception scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, from 7 - 8 p.m. We hope to see you there.
Alicia Bonilla-Puig and Elizabeth Emmett, gallery coordinators
The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) will conduct a continuation meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m., in MSU 312, to consider the remaining curricular proposals on its September agenda, which can be found online at http://www.kutztown.edu/committees/ucc/. Individuals and/or departments with proposals on the agenda are invited and encouraged to attend to answer any questions that may arise.
, chair, University Curriculum Committee