Dr. Heather H. Thomas, or “Doc Thomas,” was essentially destined to be a poet. She grew up on the second floor of the Reading, Pa. house once occupied by poet Wallace Stevens and was charmed by the poetry of Robert Burns that her grandmother read to her. Through a passion for creativity and words, Dr. Thomas pursued a career in writing. Having had seven books of poetry published, previously serving as the Berks County Poet Laureate, receiving numerous writing awards and teaching creative writing and poetry at KU for 25 years, she has had quite a career that is nowhere near its end.
After 13 years in the journalism field, Doc decided to take her writing career in a different direction. She was drawn to KU because there was a job opening at the university that was the right fit and the campus is close to her home. When talking about her work at the university, she said, “The best part of this job is being able to meet writing students in the community and keep in touch with them.” In addition to teaching, she is the co-advisor of the Shoofly Literary Magazine. The magazine gives KU students an opportunity to submit their creative work for publication.
Dr. Thomas received her bachelor's in English from the University of Pennsylvania, her master's in English/creative writing from Temple University and her doctorate in English from Temple University. She resides along the Schuylkill River in Muhlenberg Township where she enjoys yoga, gardening, tango, cooking and reading. This summer, she is teaching during Summer II, taking a short trip to Los Angeles to visit her son and preparing for the fall semester.
Erin Bauer, University Relations intern
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(Announcements and other information that have previously appeared in the Daily Brief.)
ESS/SAP training for Purchase Requisitions and Storeroom reservations is
today, Aug. 1 -
portal is an alternate/user-friendly way to put your purchasing requests and
reservations into SAP. Plan to attend one of the listed training sessions below;
space is limited.
9 - 10 a.m. held in Library Room 16, or
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. held in the IT training room (Stratton Admin, room 102)
Please call x3-4136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Tammy Moyer, Purchasing Department
Summer 2012 programming continues in full force! In addition to all of our regular programming, please tune-in today, Aug. 1 during Mike Regensburger's show "Monsoon Mike's Community Jukebox" for another very special interview. At 2 p.m., catch Canadian smooth vocalist Jenny James chatting with Mike. Tune-in for a truly special "Monsoon Mike's Community Jukebox" 1-4 p.m. tomorrow!
Michael Regensburger, manager, KUR
Professor Ron Longsdorf, Department of Art Education and Crafts, will be participating in Make it, Break It, Rebuild it, a multi-disciplinary art exhibition and series of performances, Sept. 7-15, 2012, as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The project needs funding and support by Fri, Aug. 17, so please email me for more information at email@example.com.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is pleased to welcome new associate dean, Dr. David Beougher, to the Kutztown University family. For the past several years, Dr. Beougher has served as assistant professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Beougher has also held various positions at Eastern Michigan University, including chair of the Department of Military Science and Leadership.
Dr. Beougher has presented at international and national conferences in his field and received several grants. He has been published in diverse venues and served in different capacities on a variety of committees, including those dedicated to teaching excellence, student thesis advising, admissions, assessment of organizational goals and veteran’s affairs. He holds current professional and academic association memberships with The Medieval Academy of America, The Historical Society, The Society for Military History, and Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society). In addition to Dr. Beougher’s academic background, he brings many years of military experience in leadership, assessment, budget supervision and logistics management. He has served as strategic planner, operations officer and executive officer during his deployments to Germany, Iraq and Turkey.
Dr. Beougher received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor's from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Anne E. Zayaitz, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is changing its email address from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com to be in alignment with the office name and website address.
Nancy D Wunderly, director, Admissions
Schaeffer Lane will be closed today, Wednesday, Aug. 1, to allow for installation of the new gas line for Schaeffer Auditorium. Please use Luckenbill Road or the road at the Education House to access North Campus from Main Street during this time. Questions or concerns should be addressed to Jeff Mosser, project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry D. Brown, director, Facilities Project Services
The following camps/conferences will be on campus from 7/29/12 – 8/5/12:
7/29 - 8/1 KU Field Hockey
7/29 - 8/2 KU Volleyball
7/29 - 8/2 Rage Soccer
7/29 - 8/3 KU Cross Country
7/29 - 8/3 KU Art Education VIII
8/5 Backenstose Family Reunion