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April 1, 2016


The Daily Brief

Latin Americans: 500 Years of History 

Please join the Department of Modern Language Studies on Monday, April 4, in 218 MSU for another installment of our continuing series, "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History." The detailed outline of events is as follows:

11 a.m. - noon:  Interactive session on Caribbean Latino immigration. Discussion led by Dr. Robert Portada, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will focus on Caribbean immigration patterns to the U.S., from both historical and personal perspectives.

Noon - 1 p.m.:  Screening of the PBS series Latino Americans "Episode 6: Peril and Promise." One hour documentary chronicling Latino immigration from 1980 into the 21st century will be shown in its entirety.

1-1:45 p.m.:  Discussion of Latino Americans "Episode 6: Peril and Promise." Post-viewing discussion led by Dr. Christine Coleman Núñez, Department of Modern Language Studies, will focus on the integration of Latino cultures in contemporary American society and the question of cross-cultural identity.

All are welcome for all or part of the event.
                Christine Coleman Núñez, Department of Modern Language Studies




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9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Bake Sale, Geographical Society, MSU Lobby

4 p.m.

"Catch Me if You Can," MSU Alumni Auditorium

8 p.m.

"In the Heart of the Sea," MSU Alumni Auditorium




(Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger)

More clouds than sunshine today as a low pressure-ushered cold front heads in. It'll remain very warm and windy with chances for showers or even a thunderstorm popping up at any time. Highs in the 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Don't get used to the warmth. A shot of unseasonable chill is coming this weekend, especially Sunday. Sorry!




(Historical facts have been compiled from the KU Archives and Special Collections of the Rohrbach Library; the archives of the Keystone; Kutztown Patriot, Allentown Leader and Reading Eagle; and Beacon on the Hill by Dr. Lee Graver.)

April 1, 1834: Pa. Governor George Wolf signs into law the Free School Act. The Act provided that each county should be a school division, and every ward, township, or borough a school district. It provided for the election of school directors and for annual meetings in each county of the county commissioners and a representative of each school board in the county. These joint meetings would decide whether a county school tax should be levied for the support of common schools. Kutztown Borough accepts the act, Maxatawny Township waits until 1852.




BAKE SALE Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. April Fool's Day - Is it what it appears to be? Stop by for some sweet treats at the MSU lobby, next to Starbucks. The Geographical Society appreciates your support.


In preparation for spring commencement, faculty in need of regalia may rent maroon attire through KUSSI at no cost to you. Academic attire is required for individuals participating in the commencement program. The deadline to place an order for rental attire is today, Friday, April 1.

To place an order for rental attire, please contact Laurel Brandt by email with the following information:
                First and Last Name
                Area of Study
                Alma mater

Rented attire can be picked up in the KUSSI Service Center, 171 McFarland Student Union, starting Monday, May 2, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. It must be returned immediately following the graduation ceremony to KUSSI in the faculty robing area.
                Matt Assad, business services manager, KUSSI


TUNE INTO PCN ON SUNDAY AT 9:30 A.M. - KU will be featured in two segments on the State System's weekly show, "Infinite Opportunities." Watch segments on KU's Presidential Ambassadors and Student Government. Also, KU alum and chair of the Board of Governors, Guido Pichini '74, will be interviewed.


Frank Abagnale, author of "Catch Me If You Can," is coming to Kutztown University to speak on today's security challenges and tactics for safeguarding information. Hosted by the Association of Campus Events, this event will take place on April 6, at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Detailed in his best-selling book, "Catch Me If You Can," Abagnale reveals his past life of serving time in French, Swedish and U.S. prisons only to be released after five years on the contingency that he assist the federal government. He has now worked for over 40 years as an advisor and consultant to hundreds of financial institutes, corporations and government agencies around the world. Abagnale has more than 14,000 institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs.

Watch the film, "Catch Me If You Can," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, in the Alumni Auditorium (183 MSU) on Fri., April 1, at 4 p.m.

For more information please contact Petritsa Chatzitziva at


This week's MSU Movie Series film is "In the Heart of The Sea" which will be shown in the McFarland Student Union 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.


The Office of International Admissions is happy to announce that we are now accepting scores from the Pearson Test of English (PTE) for admissions. Applicants may substitute scores from the PTE in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS scores. A minimum overall score of 53 will be required, which correlates with the TOEFL and IELTS minimum required scores of 79 and 6.5, respectively.

PTE was established in 2009. In 2015, PTE had more than 100,000 test takers. About 60 percent of the test takers are from India, with the remaining 40 percent of scores coming in from all over the world. PTE is a very secure test. It is also very efficient - students can register, take the test and receive their results in about a week. They can send official scores to as many institutions as they like without paying extra for score reports.

We are very excited about the expanded potential for international recruitment as a result of Kutztown University accepting the PTE test.
                Nicole Becker, interim associate director, International Admissions


April is the Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was established to stress the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately two million military children, ranging in age from newborn to 18 years old. Care of military children sustains our fighting forces and strengthens the health, security and safety of our nation's families and communities.
                Office of Veterans Services


Please join the Kutztown University Football Team as we kickoff our 2nd Annual Be The Match bone marrow donor registry drive. Be The Match Registry is a national marrow registry that helps patients diagnosed with various types of blood cancers find a donor to help save their lives. The event will be held on April 5, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in McFarland Student Union. All it takes is 20 minutes and a cheek swab. Stop by and help save a life. For more information on the registry visit
                Marcel Quarterman, assistant football coach


"GIFFORD PINCHOT, FATHER OF AMERICAN CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY" - a short documentary hosted by Mr. Joseph Frassetta, district manager for the PA Bureau of Forestry. Presented by the Geographical Society on Tuesday, April 5, from 11 a.m. - noon at 120 Sharadin. Light refreshments will be served. This event is FREE and open to the campus community.
                Dorothy Siravo, secretary, Department of Geography


Assistant Professor Angela Cirucci, Communication Studies, will present "The Structured Self" on Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in 135 Richenbach Theater. The Structured Self is an on-going project that explores how digital spaces shape our identities and create new cultural norms and expectations. Dr. Cirucci's research is situated in investigating the ways in which digital spaces act as material objects that have explicit and implicit implications for identifications and culture.

All are invited to attend, learn about the work our faculty are doing, and participate in the discussion.
                William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts


Rick Vito, a KU alumnus and world famous blues guitarist, will present a benefit concert for the Greg Purdon '70 Memorial Scholarship on April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Tickets are $20 general admission. Vito mixes rock and roll styling with a strong presence of slide-guitar blues. A former member of Fleetwood Mac, Vito is featured on several of their albums. He has also performed with Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Brown and Boz Scaggs.
                Faith Linsky, Kutztown University Foundation


Every year on World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates its international "Light It Up Blue" campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism.

On Friday, April 1, Kutztown University will celebrate World Autism Awareness Day by lighting up the Graduate Center and the Alumni Plaza fountains blue. Show support by wearing blue on Friday and by meeting at the Grad Center at 12:15 p.m. for a group photo. 
                Office of Disability Services


All faculty and staff are invited to attend "How to Increase your Effectiveness when Interacting with Students with Autism" with guest presenter, Jane Thierfeld Brown, Monday, April 4, 3:30-5 p.m. in 200 AF.
Students on the autism spectrum are attending college in increasing numbers. The students in this population add diversity and richness to our campus, but also bring some challenges to the classroom, residence halls and campus community. KU is proud to be one of four schools included in the PASSHE and PDE Autism Initiative to increase retention and graduation rates of students on the spectrum. Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, a noted expert on autism in higher education, will be on our campus through Tuesday to meet with various departments to help the university better serve this population. 
                Linda Lantaff, Disability Service


This is a notification that one At-Large Faculty seat will be open on Senate. The three-year term begins August 2016. All permanent and tenure-track teaching and non-teaching faculty with a minimum of three years of full time employment are eligible to run for this elected position. The constituency served is all KU faculty. Nominations will be accepted beginning Friday April 1 at noon, and close Monday April 11 at noon. Please watch your KU inbox for notification to self-nominate.  Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.
                Lisa Norris, secretary, University Senate






Friday, April 1


2 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs. Edinboro (Keystone Field) Live Stats

Saturday, April 2


1 p.m.

Baseball vs. West Chester (DH) (North Campus Field) Live Stats

2 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs. Slippery Rock, Senior Day (Keystone Field) Live Stats



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