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Matthew West Difference Maker Mr. Matthew West, Difference Maker
As part of the sesquicentennial celebration of Kutztown University, alumns were encouraged to submit stories as to how KU faculty were difference makers in their lives.  Mr. West has the honor of being put forward as a difference maker to Hope Rothermel (class of '09).
Journal of Cultural Geography Dr. Steven M. Schnell, past editor of The Geographical Bulletin, has been selected as the new editor of the Journal of Cultural Geography, a nationally and internationally recognized publication.
Paddler's Guide Dr. Richard S. Courtney had 16 customized DEM shaded relief maps published as background images in A Paddler's Guide to the Schuylkill River Water Trail: Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia.  The Guide is available from the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area web site.
R. Ziegenfus Difference Maker Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, Difference Maker
As part of the sesquicentennial celebration of Kutztown University, alumns were encouraged to submit stories as to how KU faculty were difference makers in their lives.  Dr. Ziegenfus has the honor of being a difference maker to Mark Allegranzi (class of '92).
R. Courtney Difference Maker Dr. Richard S. Courtney, Difference Maker
As part of the sesquicentennial celebration of Kutztown University, alumns were encouraged to submit stories as to how KU faculty were difference makers in their lives.  Dr. Courtney has the honor of being put forward as a difference maker to Renee (Miller) Kamen (class of '97) and Zachary Graves (class of '15).
D. Siravo Difference Maker Mrs. Dorothy Siravo, Difference Maker
As part of the sesquicentennial celebration of Kutztown University, alumns were encouraged to submit stories as to how KU faculty or staff were difference makers in their lives.  Mrs. Dorothy Siravo, Department Secretary, has the honor of being put forward as a difference maker by Alysha Kane (class of '14).
Dr. Richard A. Crooker Dr. Richard A. Crooker Retires
After 30 years of dedicated service to the Kutztown University Department of Geography, Dr. Crooker retired following the conclusion of the Spring 2015 semester.  In his retirement, Dr. Crooker plans to continue to publish scholarly research adding to his already outstanding list of publications.  Dr. Crooker also looks forward to spending time with his grandson, and at the beach.  Congratulations Dr. Crooker on your well earned retirement! 
Book cover Dr. Mathias J. Le Bossé co-authored the second edition of The Europeans: A Geography of People, Culture, and Environment with Robert C. Ostergren of The University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The book has been hailed as "A superb introduction to European geography..." and "Well written and admirably comprehensive..." by book reviewers.  The book was published in 2011 by the Guilford Press.  Dr. Le Bossé expects to soon begin working on the third edition.
Bob Ziegenfus Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus honored for his work preserving agricultural land in Berks County.  Follow this link for details.
Davis testimony announcement Dr. Michael A. Davis gave testimony in Rep. Steve McCarter's House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on "Perception vs. Reality and the Science of Global Warming and Climate Change" on Tuesday, August 26 @ Curtis Arboretum in Wyncote, PA. More details can be found at www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.
Book cover Dr. Richard S. Courtney produced 16 maps for publication in The Colonial Caribbean: Landscapes of Power in the Plantation System authored by James A. Delle, formerly chair of the Kutztown University Department of Anthropology and Sociology.
Book cover Dr. Richard S. Courtney produced 18 color maps for the second edition of  Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity by Saenger, Malt, and Crilley.  The book is available for purchase through the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society website and at many local bookstores.
Dr. Robert N. Martin Dr. Robert N. Martin Retires
After 30 and one-half years at KU, Dr. Robert N. Martin retired at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.  He does so after establishing an enviable track record of scholarly work, conference presentations, and successful alumni.  A big send off for Bob was held in the lobby area of the Graduate Center on May 2.  Many current students, faculty and administrators, and alumni came to pay tribute to Bob.  We wish Bob Martin all the best in his well-deserved retirement.