Please join the English Department in congratulating Moe (Robert) Folk
this year's John Schellenberg Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and
innovative pedagogy, particularly with the use of technology.
Andrea Buno, secretary, English Department
Make plans now to join KU alumna and music education major Caitlin Bement '10 at a hurricane relief concert at the Goggleworks this Sunday, Dec. 9, 8-11 p.m. Tickets are just $25 with all profits going to the American Red Cross. "Home for the Holidays: A Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit" includes dancers, singers and actors. For information, please contact the Goggleworks in Reading, Pa.
Kevin Kjos, Department of Music
It is with sadness that we share with the Kutztown University community of the passing of Peter Miller, who was a former Chairman of Anthropology/Sociology Department and an anthropology professor at Kutztown University. For those who are interested, contributions in Peter’s memory can be made to the Kutztown University Foundation/Men’s Lacrosse Club or the American Cancer Society.
Anthropology and Sociology Department
We are very sad to report that Mary Grega Yash, 90, formerly of Hazleton and Ridgewood, mother of Prof. Nancy Latanision (Library Science/Instructional Technology Department), passed away on Friday, Nov. 30.
Eloise M. Long, chair, Library Science/Instructional Technology
KU Jazz Ensemble II and the top ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, will be having concerts this week. Jazz II Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Jazz I Thursday, Dec. 6. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in MSU multi purpose room and are free and open to the public. Jazz Ensemble I CDs will be on sale as well. Great stocking stuffers!! For more information, please contact Kevin Kjos at email@example.com or x3-1583.
KU students in the new Middle Level Teacher Certification Program presented poster displays on their Malawi Literacy Project and Bullying at the Middle Level at the annual conference of the National Association Multicultural Education in Philadelphia this past week. These six seniors, who comprise the AMLE (Assoc. for Middle Level Education) executive board, were mistaken for doctoral students several times, and the research on bullying has been accepted for presentation at EERA (Eastern Educational Research Association) as a finished research paper. The students are: Dana Wright, Steven Viglianti, Kelsey Main, Bridget Gargin, Andrew Snyder, and Julie Phegley. Matthew Kuna and Ky Watson (both freshmen education students) also attended the conference collecting information and networking with the goal of starting a KU campus chapter of NAME. For more information or to get involved with NAME, please contact Dr. Carol Watson or Dr. Mary Ann O'Neil.
Carol E. Watson, assistant professor, Education
Traveling Around The World, Part 2: The Cocoa Bean - Join us for this informative, fun and tasty event learning about the Cocoa Bean (chocolate). You will learn the history, some non-food uses and have a tasting of different foods made with chocolate. The event runs from 11 a.m. -1 p.m., but you can drop-by anytime on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Multicultural Center in room 104.
Jeann Cengeri, office manager, Multicultural Center
All members of KU faculty and staff are invited to come out to the Wiesenberger Alumni Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 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 Foundation & Alumni Engagement office.
Stephanie Deni-Iaeger, KU Foundation & Alumni Engagement
Please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 1-3:30 p.m. in Wiesenberger Alumni Center for cake and coffee as we bid farewell to Sean Dallas who will be leaving KU at the end of the month.
University Relations & Marketing staff
Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center will host its annual Christmas on the Farm, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, on the Heritage Center grounds. This free event will include a visit from Belsnickel (Pennsylvania Dutch Santa), folk-life demonstrations, artisans, children's activities, food, music and fun.
Congratulations to KU baseball coach Chris Blum for his induction into the Muhlenberg School District Hall of Fame, joining nine others in the 2012 ceremonies. The inductees, chosen based on their accomplishments in sports and their careers, were honored at a recent dinner in Spring Township. Blum was an all-county baseball player at Muhlenberg who went on to play at Elizabethtown College. At KU, Blum has won more games than any baseball coach in school history.
The KU Philosophy Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in MSU312. Professor Steven Gimbel, the Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Gettysburg College, will talk about his book "Einstein’s Jewish Science." For more information on Professor Gimbel, please visit http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Gimbel/e/B001JP428Q
Jenn Dum, president and Allan Bäck, advisor, KU Philosphy Club
Basket Extravaganza! Come see the display of over 30 gift baskets filled with goodies this Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 5 and 6 in the MSU Lobby. Try to win the basket or baskets of your choice for only $1 a ticket. All proceeds support the KUBoK Neighborhood Watch. Hope to see you there!
Susan Mangold, KUBoK Neighborhood Watch
We are excited to announce that faculty and staff now have the option to receive 2012 W-2’s electronically via ESS. Your consent is required to receive your W-2 via ESS, otherwise a paper W-2 will be mailed to you. Through Dec. 15, 2012, please log-in to ESS and from the “Payroll” tab follow the instructions to elect electronic delivery. Please direct any question to Ask HR.
Also, please take this opportunity to verify that your home address is correct if you choose paper delivery. Through ESS, you can verify and/or make changes to primary phone number, emergency contact, ethnicity and educational information.
Jennifer Weidman, manager, Payroll
There is still time to RSVP for the President’s Holiday Celebration - all faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend with their families. The celebration is this Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 – 3 p.m. in the Georgian Room, OM. Kindly respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of adults and children attending as soon as possible. For your enjoyment, the planetarium show, “Season of Light” will be presented in the Grim Science Building at 3:15 p.m.
Please consider bringing new toys, nonperishable food items, toiletries and pet supplies for a donation to Friend, Inc.
Mark your calendars, because the new and improved version of Desire2Learn (D2L) is coming on Dec. 15 - As we approach the end of another semester, we are preparing for the next Desire2Learn upgrade from version 9.4 to version 10.0. The version upgrade will happen for all PASSHE Universities beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 15, and ending at approximately 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Below are some of the enhancements you can look forward to:
• Redesigned interface: the new system features a redesigned interface that relocates key elements to the foreground, allowing for a cleaner, more intuitive and user-friendly experience.
• New course navigation bar: course navigation now features grouped items for a more streamlined, student and faculty centered experience.
• New navigation "minibar": a new navigation minibar allows users to move between courses without returning to "My Home".
• Enhancements to the Discussion area: a "Must Post First" option requires students to post a message before being able to participate in or view classmates' posts.
"What's New" in D2L 10.0 demonstration sessions have been scheduled for the following dates/times (please note these are not hands-on sessions).
• Dec. 12, 9-9:45 a.m. (Beekey 209); 1-1:45 p.m. (Beekey 109)
• Dec. 13, 10-10:45 a.m. (Boehm 107); 11-11:45 a.m. (Boehm 107)
• Dec. 14, 9-9:45 a.m. (Beekey 209); 1-1:45 p.m. (Beekey 209)
Please RSVP directly to Bo Zigner, email@example.com or x6-5828.
Bo Zigner, manager, Office of Distance Education
College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty First Thursday - On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. in Sharadin120, Denise Bosler, associate professor of Communication Design, will present her new book, "Mastering, Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design" and introduce you to typography’s everyday relationship with the world around us. Almost everything we look at includes information that needs to be communicated. At the heart of all of that communication is type: visual interesting, interactive, expressive and captivating.
William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
The United Greek Council is collecting blankets and coats for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. All blankets and coats can be brought to the Office of Student Involvement in MSU 153 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!
Leah M. Cassellia, associate director, Office of Student Involvement
Open house in the Career Development Center on Thursday, Dec. 6. Please register today by calling x3-1382.
5-6 p.m. - New Offerings (Boston Reed programs hosted by Kutztown University):
Clinical Medical Assistant
Fiber Optics Training
Canine Training & Management
Linda Friscia-Oppé, Career Development Center, Professional & Workforce Services
As the end of the fall semester approaches, do you find your dorm or apartment filled with left over boxes of cereal? Art supplies? Packs of Ramen noodles? Don't throw that out! During the week of final exams - Dec. 10-14 - the Women's Center Oasis at OM3, and the residence halls will have donation boxes set-up where you can donate non-perishable food items, household goods, linens, art supplies, toys, feminine products and new or used clothing. All donations will be sent to local charities. For more information, please contact Kutztown’s Women’s Center, OM 126, at x3-4655.
Shannon Magee, writing intern, KU Women's Center
The Language Resource Center (DF 107/109) is offering "Language Crunches", student-led group tutoring/review/study sessions for German, Spanish and French 011, 012, 103 & 104 students over the next two weeks to help students in these classes prepare for their final exams. Please share the following with your students and advisees as may be relevant. All sessions will be in the Language Resource Center DF 107/109.
Spanish Sessions: Wed., Dec. 5 (3-4:30 p.m.); Thurs., Dec. 6 (1:30-3: p.m.); Thurs., Dec. 6 (4:30-5:30 p.m.); Fri., Dec. 7 (1-2 p.m.)
French Sessions: Tues., Dec. 4 (3-4 p.m.); Wed., Dec. 5 (11 a.m. - noon); Fri., Dec. 7 (10 - 11 a.m.)
German Sessions: Tues., Dec. 4 (4:30-5:30 p.m.); Wed., Dec. 5 (9-10 a.m.); Mon., Dec. 10 (9-11 a.m.)
When you come to the center, please check-in with the student assistant on duty and let them know that you are here for the Language Crunches. More information and a poster is available on our website http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/liberal_arts/lrc/.
Deanne Cobb-Zygadlo, director, Language Resource Center