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Student Organizations


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

Applied Digital Art Club serves as a magnification of important concepts within the Applied Digital Arts major. This group encourages further exploration of basic themes within the program, introducing specialized techniques and exercises. While focused on the Applied Digital Arts major, students of all areas of study are encouraged to join. Advisor: Prof. Ed O'Brien

Art Club members organize and discuss gallery openings, First Friday events, exhibitions, group shows, visiting artist lectures, and demonstrations. Advisor: Heather Ramsdale

Art History Club is dedicated to expanding the interest and knowledge of art and art history to any and all Kutztown University students. The club offers a safe, yet fun, educational environment for those who desire to explore what the art world has to offer from the past and present. Involvement in group discussions, museum trips, guest lectures, and other group events such as fundraisers are intended to help members advance in this field personally and or professionally. Advisor: Pierette Kulpa

The Clay Club is an association of students devoted to working with clay as a medium for artistic expression. Through this association, students work together to sponsor community events, educate others about the value of craft objects and processes, and ignite a passion for the handmade in the larger community. Fundraising events may support charitable causes, fund visiting artist demonstrations, and sponsor students in their pursuit of outside opportunities. The Clay Club holds regular Open Studio nights, an annual Bowl-A-Thon, Class Nights, Sales of Student Work, and Therapy Nights. Find them on Instagram at @kutztownclayclub. Advisor: Prof. Gwendolyn Yoppolo

Contemporary Crafts Club is an organization dedicated to students' professional development as artists, to practicing new techniques, and challenging their artwork, while learning about contemporary artists and art. The club achieves its goal of promoting craft and student craftspeople through sales, invited artists, exhibitions, and events. The Contemporary Crafts Club holds an annual Fashion Show highlighting student work in all areas of the Crafts Program. Find them on Instagram at @ku_contemporarycrafts. Advisors: Prof. Liz Hamilton Quay and Prof. Sophia Park

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

The goal of the Metals Society is to get more students on campus interested in the amazing metals program that KU has to offer, along with giving previous and currently enrolled metals students a real-world metalsmithing environment.  Metals society hosts the annual jewelry sale. Students learn techniques and apply that to one-of-a-kind and unique production jewelry. Find them on Instagram at @kutztownmetals. Advisor: Prof. Sophia Park

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


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

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 during the Spring semester to perform a wide variety of wind band literature including standard repertoire, recently published compositions, and selections from festival lists. Students need to contact the KU Department of Music to arrange an audition for membership. Director: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander

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 Sinfoniathe 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. Soo Goh

Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women. Advisor: Dr. Susanna Loewy

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: Professor Rebecca Ostermann

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. This ensemble meets year round with students auditioning for membership each semester. Director: Prof. Daniel Neuenschwander


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


Film Club provides students with 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. Advisor: Prof. Cara Cotellese