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April 18, 2016


The Daily Brief

Ike Okorji and Rob Pallett Berks' Got Talent    

Congratulations to KU students Rob Pallett and Ike Okorji who won first place the "Berks' Got Talent" competition early last week at the Miller Center at RACC- the first time KU has won in the competition's 10-year history.  Best friends since their freshmen year, Okorji and Pallett, performed vocals and on guitar to defeat musicians and performers from Albright, Alvernia, Penn State Berks, Penn State Schuylkill and RACC. Both are frequent participants at Open Mic Nights, KUsic and other talent showcases and were the winners of the KU's Got Talent show held in early March, sponsored by ACE.  Okorji is a senior and a psychology major from Philadelphia. Pallett is a senior and a marketing major from Bensalem.

Jessica Kolvites National Student of the Year Council for Exceptional Children

Senior Jessica Kolvites from the College of Education Program on Visual Impairments receiving the National Student of The Year Award through the Division of Visual Impairments and Deaf-blindness at the Council for Exceptional Children conference in St. Louis, MO on April 14. Read her story here.



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

5 p.m.

AFSCME Meeting, MSU 250

6 p.m.

Presidential Debate, MSU 183

7 p.m.

Y.M.E.N. & W.O.M.E.N., Multicultural Center 104

7:30 p.m.

Wind Ensemble Concert, Schaeffer Auditorium

8 p.m.

CUS Week of Wisdom, Multicultural Center 206

9 p.m.

Senior Guitar Recital, Little Theater, Schaeffer Auditorium




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

High pressure remains entrenched creating a continuation of the past several days. Sunny skies are expected. High temperature in the upper 70s. Winds north at 6 mph.




(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 13, 1964:  Ground is broken for Beck Hall.  The 54,000-square-foot building costs $760,000 to construct.  In May, 1965, the building is dedicated in honor of Bright W. Beck '12.  Beck was a 1912 graduate of Keystone State Normal School and held degrees from Bucknell and Columbia Universities. He was chair of the social studies department at KSNS and Kutztown State Teachers College.  He later became dean of men at the school, retiring in 1951. He passed away in 1970. 



April 18, 7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
The KU Wind Ensemble will perform their spring concert tonight, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The concert will be highlighted by the announcement of the first ever Kutztown University Presser Scholar.  Only institutions with recognized, high-quality music programs are considered for Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.  Each institution selected must maintain an enrollment of at least 60 undergraduate music majors.  The Presser Scholar is awarded to an outstanding music student finishing his or her junior year and at least one-third of the student's credits over four years must be outside the field of music.  The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 by the will of the late Theodore Presser.  It is solely dedicated to music education and music philanthropy. 


Please welcome the following individuals who begin working at KU this week.
Reynold Joseph, custodial worker 1; Rachel Perzchowski, library technical services technician; Alyssa Achey, fiscal assistant, Accounts Payable;  Janice Hipple, custodial worker 1; Euphemia Garza, housing secretary.


Dr. Eric Johnson and Dr. Tony Wong have been elected to serve as At-Large faculty representatives to University Senate beginning in August 2016. For their three-year terms, they will be representing all teaching and non-teaching faculty. On behalf of the University Senate I want to thank them for their willingness to serve, as well as thank all who took the time to vote.
                Lisa Norris, secretary, University Senate


April 18, 5 p.m., MSU 250
AFSCME 2234 members are advised of our membership meeting with time and location changes.
Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of every month and April 18, 2016 our monthly Union meetings will be held on KU campus at 5 p.m. in McFarland Student Union 250.
Refreshment will be provided. We will be voting on the delegates to attend the AFSCME International Convention, July 18-22, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. Please plan to attend and become involved in your union.
                Chris Ferris, secretary, Local 2234


April 18, 6 p.m., MSU 183
The Model United Nations Club presents: The 2016 Presidential Debate. This event is an open debate in which members of the Model United Nations Club will represent the current presidential candidates:  Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Sanders and Trump. The club will present their views and policies and a question and answer session will be provided for students to participate in. Dr. Ronald Grapsy will be moderating the event. The event will be held on Monday, April 18 at 6 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Building (MSU) 183.
                Petritsa Chatztziva, Office of Student Involvement/Model United Nations Club Co-Advisor  


April 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., MSU 322
A photographer will be available to take headshot photos for any faculty or staff member who needs one on Tuesday, April 19, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in MSU 322.  The background is maroon in color.  Please avoid wearing red, maroon or any small patterns.  If you have questions, please email me at


April 19, 20; April 28, 29
Candidates for the position of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs will visit campus over the next few weeks.  Please view the website below for candidate information and a schedule of open forums available to students, faculty and staff.  Candidates' names and curricula vitae will be posted one week before their visit to campus.  The second candidate has been added.

April 19-20           Candidate 2 - Dr. Anne Zayaitz
April 28-29           Candidate 3


April 19, 20, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Lytle 167
Support the KU English Club by stopping by their book sale in Lytle 167 on April 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are literary treasures just waiting to be discovered.
                Liz Geisinger, president, KU English Club


April 19, 6 p.m., MSU 218
Please join the members of Oxfam America at KU for the Annual Hunger Banquet, Tuesday, April 19th, 6 PM in MSU 218. This free event draws focus on hunger and poverty issues along with the unequal distribution of resources in the world. This year's event will feature KU grad and humanitarian aid worker, Troy Spier who will share his experience working with refugees in the Republic of Macedonia and Lesvos Island, Greece. Cash donations will be accepted to aid Syrian refugees. Please share this information with interested students and members of the KU community. RSVP is appreciated to by April 15. You can also sign up at the Community Outreach Center located in the McFarland Student Union Building.
                  Lisa Grabowski, advisor, Oxfam America at KU



Wednesday, April 20
4 p.m.                   Women's Lacrosse vs. Bloomsburg (Keystone Field) Live Stats

Friday, April 22
2 p.m.                   Women's Lacrosse vs. Seton Hill (Keystone Field) Live Stats

Saturday, April 23
1 p.m.                   Baseball vs. Bloomsburg (Senior Day) (North Campus Field) Live Stats
1 p.m.                   Softball vs. West Chester (North Campus Field) Live Stats  




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