I am pleased to welcome Dave Johnson to the position of assistant director of University Relations/communications. Dave’s primary responsibilities will include handling media relations and publicity for all news-related activities. He will also serve as executive editor of Tower magazine and the Daily Brief. Dave comes to KU from Albright College where he served as manager of Marketing Communications since 2005. He has also worked for the Reading & Berks County Visitors Bureau and the City of Reading. Dave has a bachelor’s degree from IUP and a master’s from Penn State. He will be located in Schock Education House, room 201 and can be reached by phone at x3-4180 or email at email@example.com. Please join me in welcoming Dave to KU!
Matt Santos, director, University Relations
The Kutztown University Writing Center is now open. Our friendly and talented tutors are ready to help your students with any writing assignment in OM 132. Open hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.
Amanda Morris, director
The deadline is fast approaching for the Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Awards. Don’t miss out on this very prestigious honor for senior students you know. For more information, please contact Dr. Andrea Kirshman, assistant vice provost, Academic and Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. A nomination form can be found at http://www2.kutztown.edu/AcademicAchievementAwards.
Andrea Kirshman, assistant vice provost, Academic & Student Affairs
Thinking about offering a Learning Community? Attend this workshop to gather more information about current practices in higher education as well as what has worked here at KU. This workshop takes place Wednesday, Mar. 6, 10-11 a.m., in MSU 312. The deadline to complete paperwork to offer a fall 2013 Learning Community will only be extended to faculty attending this workshop. RSVP to email@example.com by Mar. 1.
Andrea Kirshman, assistant vice provost, Academic & Student Affairs
Science Olympiad Needs Volunteers - Looking for something to do over Spring Break? Volunteers are needed to help KU host the Regional Science Olympiad. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 20 (snow date: Mar. 21). We are expecting 28 high schools and 16 middle schools from Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties. There will be more than 600 students competing in a variety of science disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. Check out our website at http://www.kutztown.edu/acad/physci/olympiad/ . You do not need a science background to be a volunteer. We need help with registrations, lobby info, food sales/delivery, set-up, scoring, event assistance and so much more. If interested, contact our volunteer coordinators: Dr. Daniel Aruscavage firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Gregory Setliff at email@example.com.
Faculty wanted for judging, scoring data and for the Appeals Board. A science background is not necessary. Are you good at understanding and enforcing rules? The Appeals Board will arbitrate issues between supervisors and coaches over rule disputes. Faculty interested should respond to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joann S. Monko, chemistry instructor, Physical Sciences
The KU Department of Geography will hold an informational meeting for those students interested in joining the Geography Club. The Geography Club is open to students from all majors. The meeting will take place Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m., in the Graduate Center, room 01. Proposed activities and election of officers will be among the topics discussed. Please join us for geography and pizza.
Dorothy Siravo, secretary, Department of Geography
Department of Social Work 11th Annual Community Forum, Healthcare Policy Implications Across the Practice Continuum, Mar. 15, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MSU. Forum 2013 raises awareness of up-to-date healthcare delivery, policy reform, and ethical issues across levels and systems of care. Experts in healthcare identify best practices. Social work professionals serve as catalysts to build and strengthen alliances that promote effective and ethical healthcare practices across the practice continuum. We invite community leaders, agency executives, policy makers, social workers, human services professionals, faculty, alumni, and students. Full-day attendees receive six social work continuing education credits, including three ethics credits. To register by Mar. 8, please visit http://socialwork.kutztown.edu. Questions? Please contact Dr. Sharon Lyter, forum chair, email@example.com or x3-4235.
Today a fundraising strategies program will be hosted by the Office of Student Involvement through the Student Organization Support series (S.O.S.). The event will be held in MSU 223 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about fundraising ideas and resources available on campus as well as how to navigate the new sales and solicitation procedures at KU. Please RSVP today on KUnited to save your spot at this one time program! You can find more information and register at https://kunited.kutztown.edu/organization/osi/calendar/details/225979.
Drew Griffith, graduate assistant, Office of Student Involvement
February is Traumatic Brain Injury Month. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by a blow to the head. The severity of the injury may range from minor, with few or no lasting consequences, to major, resulting in profound disability or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.4 million people suffer TBI each year in the United States and about 50,000 people die from the injury. Estimates of the number of people who have survived a TBI range from 2.5 million to 6.5 million. The range is broad because mild TBI often goes unreported. A newsletter regarding TBI as well as other wellness opportunities can be found on the H.R. website under the Healthy U logo.
Jean E. Adam for Campus Wellness Committee
Have you always wanted to get to know other members of the campus community? Would you enjoy being treated to lunch? The office of the Provost will be sponsoring lunches for small groups that include a combination of KU students, faculty and staff. (Dr. Vargas will not be in attendance at these lunches.) The goal is that these individuals will get to know one another and, in turn, become more knowledgeable about the members of our campus family. So that there is no financial strain on the individuals, the group will be given a money in the form of a Paw Pass to be used at a venue on campus.
Are you available at noon on a Tuesday or Thursday? Or at 11 a.m. on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday? These are times that are most likely that a group of 3-4 people would be able to get a table in the Cub Cafe or Academic Forum. Sign up on KUnited by visiting http://kunited.kutztown.edu and clicking on "Meet and Eat!" at the top of the page. Please use your full KU email address to log in, and your email password. You will be contacted with the information of the others you will be eating with so you can schedule your lunch. Thank you for your participation!
Leah M. Cassellia, director, Office of Student Involvement
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that it is celebrating Socrates Day on Feb. 18. Professor George Rudebusch of Northern Arizona University, a world renowned expert on Socrates, has kindly agreed to help us celebrate the activities of the day, including:
1) Ancient Philosophy class at noon-1:50 p.m., Discussion on Dialogue Euthyphro
2) Meeting with students and faculty interested in Socrates life and Philosophy at 2-3 p.m. in A Wing OM 309 (open to the entire University)
3) Public lecture on “Socrates, Guilt, and Salvation” 5 p.m. at MSU 183 Alumni Auditorium
Professor Rudebusch has published extensively on Socrates. His work brings Socrates’s teaching to life for a contemporary audience by connecting them to our living concerns. His books, Socrates, Pleasure, and Value, 2002 Oxford University Press, and Socrates, 2009 Blackwell, are known for bringing a breath of fresh air to topics in Socrates’ philosophy.
We invite all students, faculty, and staff to join us at the public lecture and informal meeting with Prof. Rudebusch. For more information, please visit www.kutztown.edu/philosophy.
M. Ashraf Adeel, associate professor, Philosophy
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Zaremski as the new director for KU Presents! Robin will be responsible for further establishing KU Presents! as the center of cultural life at Kutztown University and the regional community, by bringing innovative live music, theater and dance to campus and, soon, to the newly renovated Schaeffer Auditorium.
Robin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from West Chester University in 1984, a juris doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 1987 and a certificate in Recording Arts and Sciences from the UCLA Extension Program in 1993. Prior to joining KU Presents!, she served as the executive director of Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks and as business manager for the performing arts center at Bethlehem’s ArtsQuest.
Robin can be reached at x3-1580, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office is located in the Stratton Administration Building, room 107. Please join me in welcoming Robin to Kutztown University.
John Green, associate vice president, Communications, Marketing & External Affairs
Please join us in welcoming Nicole Becker to the Office of International Admissions. She will be coordinating Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, The International Student Organization, New International Student Orientation and assisting with immigration. Nicole brings six years of admissions experience and is transitioning from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Nicole can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or at x6-4257.
Robyn Apgar, associate director, International Admissions
The KU Math Club will have its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. in Lytle 218. Our speakers will be Jesse Bailey, Zach Moran, and Emily Snyder, who recently competed in the 2013 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) organized by COMAP. They will discuss their solution to the problem of determining an effective, feasible, and cost-efficient water strategy to meet the projected water needs of China in 2025.
KUVA's visiting artist series is bringing in photographer Carolyn Monastra on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Sharadin 120. Carolyn visited 14 countries and all seven continents for her latest series which documents landscapes affected by climate change. In addition to showing her photography, she will talk of her travels, her on-going writing on her project-blog, and her alliance with fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas and global warming issues.
Rose DeSiano Galjanić, assistant professor, Fine Arts
Looking for summer employment? The Office of Conference Services is hiring students to serve on the Conference Services staff team for the summer of 2013. This is an opportunity to work/learn/live with people of many diversified backgrounds. Good benefits (includes housing and meals) and pay. Applications are due by Feb. 20, and can be picked up in the Office of Conference Services (Education House) or on-line at http://www.kutztown.edu/admin/confServ/conference. Feel free to contact Terry Sitler or Honey Svoboda in the Office of Conference Services at x3-1359 with questions.
Laura Jones, Conference Services
Theron Cook’s art, which will be on display throughout the main floor of Rohrbach Library for Black History Month, explores themes of love and life. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Rohrbach Library room 100B. At the reception, author and Reading, Pa. native David Nazario will read from his new book, “I’m David, Christianity is Goliath: Why Love is More Important than Religion.”