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KUPRIDE - 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
Employees enrolled in the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) with Fidelity, ING, TIAA-CREF or VALIC: Changes have been made to investment funds effective Jul. 27, 2012. The employee notice has been posted to the H.R. website and notices were mailed by the vendors to participants. You can view a summary of investment funds available under the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) on the PASSHE website.
Jean Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources
Patty Frandsen, registrar and events coordinator for the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, will moving on to a new career and we wish her the best. We would like to invite you to a going-away party for Patty on Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. We will be serving cake and coffee. Please come out if you can! RSVP to Amanda Richardson at email@example.com by noon today.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction Notice - On Friday, Aug. 3, from 6-7 a.m., there will be a brief electrical power outage affecting Kemp, Risley, Old Main, University Field, Sharadin, Graduate Center and the President’s residence. Questions or concerns should be addressed to Jeff Mosser, project manager, at email@example.com.
The following camps/conferences will be on campus from 7/29/12 – 8/5/12:
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