THE DAILY BRIEF
Friday, November 2, 2012
I want to thank the many individuals who helped our university through Hurricane Sandy. Our facility workers, housing staff and custodial workers, and Aramark employees were crucial to our efforts. We had four residence coordinators who lived on-campus throughout the storm and a number of housing student staff who cared for the students in the Academic Forum. I also want to thank our police officers, security guard crews and nurses, and members of the emergency management team for their leadership and efforts. We also had staff helping compile volunteer lists for PASSHE and keeping our radio station on the air, and some faculty who showed up at the Academic Forum to visit our students. Please know that my office and the university community are truly grateful for all that you did. Thank you all very much!
F. Javier Cevallos, president
University Relations, University Marketing and Conference Services have taken-up temporary residence in the Kemp Building (HR) until the Education House power is restored. The best way to reach us is to email or phone the main line, x3-4000, to be transferred.
The University Room Scheduler Program (EMS) is back online and up and running. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused and have greatly appreciated the understanding that was shown by everyone during this extended outage. Please email us with any questions that you may have at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Terry L. Sitler, director, Conference Services
On Thursday, November 8, the USAF Ceremonial Brass Quintet from Washington, D.C. and Kasper Skinsnes, proprietor of Stomvi Instruments & Mouthpieces will be guests at the Second KU Brass Day hosted by the KU Department of Music and the KU Marching Unit. KU brass students will be augmented by local high school and area professional musicians in a day-long event devoted to the betterment of brass playing. The culmination of the day will be a performance by the USAF Ceremonial Brass Quintet in the Georgian Room at 7:30 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Individuals interested in attending should contact the KU Music Department at x3-4550 or send an email to Dan Neuenschwander at email@example.com.
Daniel Neuenschwander, director, KU Marching Unit
Flexible Spending Open Enrollment for 2013 will run from Nov. 5-16. Please note that FSA plans require an annual enrollment to participate every year. For 2013, the maximum annual election for the Medical Reimbursement FSA has been reduced from $3,500 to $2,500. This change is required under PPACA (healthcare reform). Information including the FSA Reference Guide and ESS Enrollment Instructions are available on the H.R. Website.
Jean Adam, Benefits Manager
Due to extenuating circumstances as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the following changes are being made to the Administrative Calendar:
1) The last day to withdraw from classes has been extended from Friday, Nov. 2-9 at 5 p.m.
2) Registration for spring 2013 has been extended through Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.
Michelle Hughes, University Registrar
Academic Rental Regalia Reminder – Any faculty members who are participating in the December Commencement ceremony and need rental regalia, please contact Amanda Schaeffer at x3-4044 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to request rental attire has been extended until Friday, Nov. 9. For more information, please visit the Commencement website.
Fall Graduation Festival - KUSSI is sponsoring the Fall Graduation Festival on November 5 and 6, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room, MSU. Please encourage all graduating seniors to attend this one-stop graduation shop. They will be able to purchase their caps & gowns at a special Graduation Festival price, receive graduation tickets, and visit with various campus departments and outside vendors who can assist them with a variety of needs associated with graduation. Students may stop by at their convenience. If you have any questions, please call Matt Lowther at x6-4338.
Matt Lowther, student services coordinator, KUSSI
Below is a list of our updated schedules:
Football vs. LIU-Post has been rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 17; 1:05 p.m. kickoff
Wrestling @ the University of Maryland has been cancelled
Bowling @ FDU has been cancelled
All other previously scheduled events will go on as planned.
In case you missed out on or had difficulties receiving the October Issue of the Kutztown Dining Dish "e-newsletter", please visit www.kutztown.campusdish.com and click the Faculty & Staff tab to check it out! Remember to reserve your seat at the next Faculty & Staff Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Chef Jeff has planned a traditional Thanksgiving meal, so come and enjoy a quiet lunch in MSU223, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please email email@example.com with reservations and questions.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
(Announcements and other information that have previously appeared in the Daily Brief.)
The Psychology Department wishes to inform the campus community that our administrative assistant, Jean Waxler, passed away on Oct. 30. We deeply appreciate the service she rendered to our staff and students; we will especially miss Jean’s quirky sense of humor. A memorial service will be held this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., 739 Penn Ave., West Reading. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her memory to: Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 69, Mohnton, PA 19540. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Anita Meehan, chair, Psychology Department
Please join us for the 4th Annual Sharadin Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The awards ceremony and reception begins at 11 a.m. in the Atrium Lobby. On this day we acknowledge the Visual and Performing Arts by highlighting the significant accomplishments of our faculty, students and staff over the past year. At 6:30 p.m. Dr. Edward J. Sullivan will give a Lecture in SH 120.
William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual & Performing Art
This week's MSU Movie Series film is “The Dark Knight Rises" to be shown in the MSU Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information. http://www.kutztown.edu/divisions/studentservices/departments/msub/programs/submovies.asp
John Alfero, technical services coordinator, Student Union & Involvement Services
Kutztown University student-athletes
continue to shine in the classroom with record breaking graduation rates.
According to the annual Federal Graduation Rate Report released on October 25 by
the NCAA, KU athletes graduate at a significantly higher rate than the national
average. The 72 percent graduation rate of KU student-athletes easily dominates
the national student-athlete average of 55 percent. “We are very proud of our
continued success in the classroom,” KU athletics director Greg Bamberger
said. “Academic success is a priority of our department and it takes commitment,
determination and discipline from our student-athletes, coaches and many others
to make it happen.”
Anthropology Club Field trip - The Anthropology Club is sponsoring a trip to the Penn Museum (Philadelphia), tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 3. We will leave by 9:30 a.m. and return by about 6 p.m. All students are invited to join us, so long as space is still available, but seating is limited. Basic admission is $7, but the Anthropology Club will cover $2 of the cost. Therefore, $5 is required to sign-up and reserve a seat in one of the vans. For details and to sign up, please see Dr. Webb in OM469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date: Thursday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. - Dr. Lynn M. Kutch and students in the graphic novel class will welcome Nick Sousanis, doctoral candidate in the education program at Columbia University's Teachers College. Sousanis is completing his entire dissertation in comic form. He will give a talk on the inspiration and creative process behind his work. From his blog: http://www.spinweaveandcut.blogspot.com/ "I do hope that it helps open doors within the academic community for other visual-verbal scholarly works, as well as other forms already in existence or still-to-be-imagined. But I don't see this as becoming the new standard. Rather, I hope it contributes to raising the question of what 'standard' means, and providing an example that others will take up in their own way, by their own means of working." More information closer to the date.
Are you interested in becoming a certified advocate for victims of relationship and sexual violence? Join us for an information session on Monday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in MSU183, Alumni Auditorium. At this meeting you will receive information about the HEART@KU program on campus, and how to become a HEART advocate. For more information, please visit the Women’s Center, OM126, or email email@example.com
Shannon Magee, writing intern, KU Women's Center
AFSCME members - At November’s meeting we will be starting the process of taking nominations for an open trustee position in Local 2234. If you would be interested in this position, please plan to attend our Nov. 19 meeting at 7 p.m. at Janelle’s Catering in Bowers.
Chris Ferris, AFSCME
You are invited to attend the Military/Veterans Meet & Greet - Thursday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – noon at the Multicultural Center Unity room. Drop-by to meet fellow military and veteran KU students, faculty & staff. Hear about some of the exciting initiatives to support you! And free food and a gift!
ADA Task Force – Veteran’s Group
World Poverty: Explanations & Responsibilities – KU celebrates UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day with a lecture by distinguished philosopher Thomas Pogge, the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in Boehm145.
Dr. Pogge’s work on global poverty has stirred a huge ethical debate on this vital issue. His lecture will address issues pertaining to severe global poverty and is expected to critique the current state of human rights and suggest ways for improving global justice.
You are cordially invited to attend the lecture and encourage your students to do the same. If you need seats for an entire class, please contact the Philosophy Department at x3-4230. For more information, please visit: http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/liberal_arts/philosophy/philosophyday.asp. Sponsored by the KU’s Department of Philosophy, the Office of the President and the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
M. Ashraf Adeel, Department of Philosophy
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