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Student Organizations

Art & Design

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool, and vital cultural force. Advisor: Prof. Karen Kresge

Art Club members organize and discuss gallery openings, First Friday events, exhibitions, group shows, visiting artist lectures, and demonstrations. Advisors: Dr. Daniel Haxall and Prof. Rose DeSiano

Contemporary Craft Club supports school and community craftspeople in furthering craft exploration.

Digital Media Club is dedicated to promoting digital art. The club is involved with art contests, visiting artist talks, museum, and gallery trips that help students gain technological and artistic experiences with digital media. Advisor: Prof. Rebekkah Palov

Eckhaus is a student-run gallery. Students curate and install shows, run summer art camps, create publicity, manage the business, and plan visual arts events with the regional community. Advisor: Karen Stanford

National Art Education Association provides opportunities for art education students to work with children and get involved with the community. Advisor: Prof. Nicole Romanski

Sketchbook Club meets weekly to sketch personal and group projects, not class assignments. Students from all majors are welcome to drop in. Meetings begin at noon, Fridays, Sharadin 209. Advisor: Kevin McCloskey

The Waldorf Education Study Group is an organization of interested individuals, both Kutztown University affiliates and outside community members, who come together to discuss readings about Waldorf Education and host workshops with visiting artists and academics. Advisor: Dr. Carrie Nordlund

Communication Studies

CAPS@KU is the artistic and intellectual center at Kutztown for faculty and students interested in the aesthetic, historical, literary, practical, and theoretical explorations of performance in global perspective - storytelling, theatre, dance, oral interpretation, performance art, and performative "roles" in everyday life. Advisors: Dr. Lisa Weckerle and Dr. Deryl Johnson

Communication Career Club provides students with experiences and activities that help them grow as effective communicators. Members expand their knowledge, poise, and confidence.

Lambda Pi Eta (Xi Kappa Chapter) is the National Honors Society for Communication Studies majors.

Public Relations Club offers dynamic, real-world public relations and portfolio building experiences through a fun and collaborative environment. The club hosts PR events and speakers, and visits off-campus PR firms and companies. Advisor: Dr. Joseph Harasta

Electronic Media

Film Club provides students the unique opportunity to write, produce, and direct their own short films, documentaries, and PSAs. Completed projects may be used as components of the senior portfolio and may be submitted to local and national film festivals for possible exhibition. Students develop personal projects while focusing on the collaborative nature of the movie making process. Advisor: Prof. Michael Johnston

Mic Check is produced by students and volunteers from the community. The show highlights Kutztown's music scene, bringing in local bands to play and talk about their music. Advisor: Prof. Cara Cotellese

National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho) is a student and professional society whose  purpose is the goal of encouraging and rewarding scholarship and accomplishment among students of broadcasting, to establish meaningful communication between student and professional broadcasters, and to foster integrity in the use of the powerful instruments of radio, television, film, cable, and its' many associated businesses and industries. Advisor: Prof. Cara Cotellese

Newsbreak is Kutztown University's own nightly newscast serving the Kutztown Borough Community, Kutztown University, and over 90,000 homes in Eastern Berks County and the Lehigh Valley. Advisors: Prof. Cara Cotellese and Prof. Cliff Neill


Bear Voices, KU's a cappella ensemble, sings a variety of harmonious songs from doo-wop to Billy Joel to Rockapella. Director: Dr. Hank Alviani

Chamber Singers, a highly select ensemble of mixed voices, sings a wide variety of choral music by composers from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Director: Dr. Hank Alviani

Commercial Music Ensemble plays classic songs from pop to rock to rhythm and blues to funk and beyond by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and others. The band consists of a rhythm section, horn section, and vocalists. Auditions are held twice a year, and both music and non-music majors are invited to participate. Advisor: Prof. Nate Radley

Concert Band meets in the fall semester to perform a wide variety of wind band literature including standard repertoire, recently published compositions, and selections from festival lists. Director: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander

Jam Club is all about getting together and playing music with others. All instruments, styles and skill levels are welcome. Advisor: Prof. George Graf

Jazz Combos, ranging in size from vocal-guitar duets to quartets to septets, meet weekly with a faculty member in master class setting. Jazz Combos may perform on formal Combo Concerts, record selections for KU Jazz Studies CDs, and perform around the area. Advisor: Prof. Scott Lee

Jazz Ensemble I rehearses and performs professional level music written for the jazz orchestra, performs with guest artists and records a CD each year for public distribution. Director: Dr. Kevin Kjos

Jazz Ensemble II rehearses and performs big band music from the 1940's to today, focusing on principles of jazz ensemble performance, improvisation, and arranging. Director: Dr. Kevin Kjos

Kappa Kappa Psi is the National Honorary Band Fraternity; the Zeta Mu Chapter was chartered in 1972. Advisor: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander

The Kutztown University Marching Unit (KUMU), an energetic part of the campus community, provides music, marching and entertainment for all KU Golden Bears' football games, select away games, marching band festivals/competitions, professional sporting events, parades and campus spirit building activities. Director: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander  

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is an organization of American music educators dedicated to advancing and preserving music education as part of the core curriculum of schools in the United States. Members are automatically members of Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) which sponsors annual workshops, conferences, and music festivals. Advisor: Dr. Valerie Trollinger

Percussion Ensemble performs concert and traditional music for percussion in both large ensemble and small chamber group settings. Director: Dr. Frank Kumor

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the largest and oldest men's social fraternity in music, promotes brotherhood, service, and American music. Membership is open to any student with a love of music, regardless of major. Advisor: Dr. Todd Rober

Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women. Advisor: Dr. Marie-Aline Cadieux

The Kutztown University Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of wind band literature, including standard repertoire, recently published compositions and selections from festival lists. It is comprised of students from all facets of university life, regardless of major, who wish to continue making music throughout their collegiate years. Director: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander

Tau Beta Sigma is the National Honorary Band Sorority; the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter was chartered in 1972. Advisor: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander

University Choir, the largest choral ensemble on campus, performs masterworks from the standard major choral repertoire at the highest level of excellence, often with orchestral accompaniment. Director: Dr. Hank Alviani

University Orchestra, a full symphony orchestra of strings, winds, brass and percussion, performs four concerts per academic year, both on and off campus. Director: Dr. Peter Isaacson

Vocal Jazz Do you like songs written by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin? Do you like to hear them sung by groups like The Modernaires, The Four Freshmen, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and The Ink Spots? If you do, then you'll love KU's AfterHours. The group is made up of student singers and musicians majoring in a wide variety of academic disciplines. Members are chosen through competitive auditions held twice each year. Advisor: Prof. Neal Kirkwood

Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top woodwind, brass, and percussion students at the university who have demonstrated a commitment to a high level of musicianship. Director: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander

Theatre & Dance

Spotlight Players is a theatre, musical theatre, film and performance art community that collaborates to create new, alternative, and unique theatre, musical theatre, film and other performance opportunities, while also promoting the performing arts at and around Kutztown University.

Swing Dance Club holds weekly lessons on campus to teach swing dancing and takes frequent field trips to dance halls in the area.