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April 19, 2016


The Daily Brief

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

The Office of Veterans Services would like to congratulate our veteran and military student inductees into SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society. Tatiana Alvarez (PA Army National Guard), Chabelli Cabrera (PA Army National Guard), Devon Knipe (PA Army National Guard), David Schaeffer (Army), Heather Willever (Air Force) were our inaugural veterans.


American Association of Geographers
Pictured from left to right: Analyse Gaspich, Shana Rose, Dr. Michael Davis, Chris Madden.

The Kutztown University Department of Geography sent three students to the American Association of Geographers annual meeting in San Francisco from March 30-April 2. The AAG Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone with an interest in geography and related disciplines. On exhibit was the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. Geography majors Shana Rose and Chris Madden, along with Geography minor Analyse Gaspich, presented their research and displayed their posters in the exhibit hall. Analyse presented "Variability in Pennsylvania Winter Snow Totals, 1980-2010"; Shana presented "Temperature and Precipitation Variability Effects on Texas Agriculture"; and Chris presented "Oscillations in the Winter Polar Jet Stream Over North America". Their research was done with Geography faculty Dr. Michael Davis


Kutztown Choir
Members of the Kutztown Choir who performed Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and American Rhapsody by Z. Randall Stroope conducted by Z. Randall Stroope in Carnegie Hall March 28, 2016.
Top row, left to right: Marcus Feld, Elizabeth Weimar, Matt Murphy, Kathryn Brooks, Brynna Mullins, Dace Campbell, Patrick Wales; middle row: Maura Keck, Erica Malinowski, Anissa Contento, Jessica Lotufo, Marissa Leo, Andrea McNamara, Jeanette Aiello; seated: Andi Hollenbach, Gwynevere Isabella, Dr. Stroope, Dr. Hank Alviani (Kutztown University Director of Choral Studies), Blair Boyer



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Headshot Photography, MSU 322

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

English Book Sale, LY 167

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Faculty Staff Open Forum, Provost Candidate 2, AF 102

4 p.m.

Peace Corps Info Session, MSU 116

6 p.m.

Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, MSU 218




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

It was last Tuesday at around noon that the rain cleared out and the sun came out. It hasn't left since, except for night times of course. And it won't leave until it looks like Friday. Another mostly sunny day today but a touch cooler than yesterday's around 80. Highs today around 70. Northerly breezes 5 to 20 mph. Also, check out the latest edition of "Weather & Climate Chat" with Dr. Michael Davis and Monsoon Mike recorded just yesterday in the KUR Studios. Does this great pattern end on Friday for good, or is the weekend back to nice conditions again? It's discussed right here, along with a tribute to hurricane scientist Bill Gray, who passed away this past weekend. Listen to the podcast here:




(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, 1934:  The Council of Trustees hosts a banquet in honor of Dr. Amos C. Rothermel '86 who has announced his retirement after 35 years as principal and president of Keystone State Normal School and Kutztown State Teachers College respectively.  Rothermel was born in 1864 in nearby Richmond Township and graduated from the Keystone State Normal School in 1886. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1891.  He was so talented in his studies that he was able to teach United States history at KSNS while earning his degree.  Immediately upon graduation he was elected vice principal of KSNS and rose to the rank of principal in 1899.  He would lead the school through its transition to the degree-granting Kutztown State Teachers College in 1928 and retired in 1934 after 43 years of service to his alma mater.    During his tenure the school graduated more than 6,000 students.  Rothermel died in 1946 at the age of 82.  Rothermel Hall was dedicated in his name in October 1960.



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 and 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.
                Lisa Grabowski, advisor, Oxfam America at KU


Please encourage your students to attend the Peace Corps Visit Tuesday, April 19, in the MSU
Info Table: 11-2 MSU "D" (across from Bear's Den/Starbucks)
Info Session: 4-5:30 MSU 116
Peace Corps offers a way for students and graduates to make a difference, travel, and gain experience. Come and learn about Peace Corps to see how your skills can be put to use to make a difference! Opportunities in agriculture, business, education, community development, environment, health, and information technology.
                Linda Kerschner, office manager, Career Development Center


Please join Housing and Dining Services in congratulating Jason Garcia on his new position as Associate Director of Housing for Facilities. Jason begins his new duties this week. Jason has been at Kutztown University since 2005. His first position was as a Residence Coordinator, then Area Coordinator and most recently Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life. Best of luck Jason.
                Kent Dahlquist, director, Housing and Dining Services


Please excuse the following students from class on Wednesday April 20.  They will taking a tour at Liquid Interactive, departing at 9 a.m. and returning approximately 12:30 p.m.: Matt Sauchelli, Jeremy Lowery, Brandon Scott, Mary Kimmel, Amanda Ferraro, David Kreis, Harold Baguinon, Ankit Gyawali, Jonathan Araujo, James Steffen, Genevieve Smith, David Schaeffer, Andrew Steele, Tamara Jennings, Nina Schnyder, Chris Landes, Jonathan Lynch
                Lisa Frye, Computer Science & Information Technology Department


The Office of Veterans Services would like to thank all the participants and sponsors of the Military Club at KU 5K Run/1M Walk on April 17. We would also like to recognize all the hard work that the members of the Military Club at KU and volunteers put into the project, including the sorority Epsilon Sigma Alpha.  This event is a major fundraising activity for the Military Club at KU and the proceeds, in excess of $7,000, benefit Keystone Warriors, formerly Keystone Wounded Warriors.


You can create a random quiz to help promote academic integrity in your course? A randomized quiz will pull a set number of questions from a question bank stored in the Question Library. To get started, you should establish a substantial question bank in the Question Library that contains many quiz questions. Next, set up a randomized quiz to pull questions from your question bank. A large question bank ensures every student will receive a quiz slightly different than his/her peers. This active approach will prevent students from testing in groups. The Question Library Guide and the Random Question Quiz Guide will help you to implement a random quiz in your course.  Need more information about working with D2L? Visit our Faculty Resource Page for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education


April 25, 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m., MSU 250
The Computer Science and Information Technology Department will host a Senior Seminar Presentation Day Monday, April 25, MSU 250. Students will present their senior seminar projects from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and be available for a poster session from 1 - 3 p.m. Stop by to see some computer science senior seminar projects!
                Lisa Frye, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology


April 25, 7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
Kutztown University will announce its designation as an All Steinway School on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The official announcement will be followed by Piano Palooza, a concert featuring a parade of pianos and pianists including Kutztown University's two Steinway concert grand pianos next to the 'Living Legends Steinway Concert Grand.' The latter has been toured and performed on by such greats as Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman.  The piano is being provided for the concert by Jacobs Music, Whitehall, Pa.  The event is free and open to the public.  (More Information)


April 26, 11 a.m., Old Main 158
Adib Farah, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT), will be giving a presentation on his MS thesis research at 11 - 11:45 a.m., April 26, in OM 158. The university community is invited to this thesis presentation, titled "Designing and Implementing Data Workflow for Big Data Systems While Exploring Data Analytics." For more information, please contact Dr. Tauqeer Hussain, Associate Professor, CSIT at

Jazz II and the Brand New Commercial Ensemble is Wednesday, April 27.
Jazz I is Thursday, April 28.
Neal Kirkwood Birthday Concert Friday, April 29. 
All the concerts are in Schaeffer Auditorium's Little Theater at 7:30 pm and are free. 

The Jazz Ensemble I concert will feature the return of two of our fabulous alums -- Kristin Grassi, vocals (she won the Collegiate Jazz Vocalist Downbeat Student Music Award a few years ago) and Matt Cochran, trumpet.
Jazz Ensemble II and the Commercial Ensemble will present big band tunes and commercial tunes by Stevie Wonder.
Neal's Birthday will feature a variety of ensembles from KU Jazz Studies. 
Let me know if you need any more information.  And if you are attending and can get to the Little theater a bit early, that might be a good idea as its limited seating.
                Kevin Kjos, director of Jazz Studies  



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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