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April 26, 2016


The Daily Brief

Dr. Gregory A. Jones KU President's Medal 

Dr. Gregory A. Jones, head coach, Kutztown University men's rugby club, was presented the Kutztown University President's Medal on Friday, April 22, in the President's Residence.  Jones is in his 31st season as head coach of the men's rugby team at KU, a volunteer position.  Born in Shamokin, Pa., Jones' father used to take him to watch rugby matches between the local mining companies. As a student at East Stroudsburg University, he worked toward a degree in physical education and was a member of its Division I wrestling team.  A career-ending injury led him to follow his father's footsteps into the family business. He enrolled in classes at Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, served a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps and completed his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1975.  He also enjoyed an 18-year career playing rugby, which culminated with recognition as one of the Top 100 rugby players in America in 1979 and 1980. 

(Read the complete story here)

Dani Kristich 17th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference

Dani Kristich was one of twenty-seven KU students who presented at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference held at Alvernia University on Saturday, April 16. Kristich's paper, "Nineteenth Century Mourning Attire and Trends in America," was the result of research she conducted for her Art History independent study and HIS 335, Civil War & Reconstruction, course.
                Michael P. Gabriel, Department of History



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11 a.m.

Graduate Thesis Presentation, Old Main 158

3:30 p.m.

Ziegenfus Retirement Celebration, Graduate Center Lobby

4 p.m.

Open Forum, Dean of the College of Education Search, 183 MSU Alumni Auditorium




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

Mostly Cloudy and mild with rounds of rain showers and possibly a thunderstorm as a slow-moving front approaches. Highs in the mid 70's. Gusty southwest winds. Rainfall between a quarter and a half inch. 




(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 26, 1918:  The Keystone State Normal School participates in Liberty Day, a new national holiday proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson.  The day is dedicated to holding liberty loan rallies and raising financial support to sustain the nation's cause.  K.S.N.S. holds a cantata to benefit the Red Cross. 



April 26, 28, May 3 and 5
Candidates for the position of Dean in the College of Education 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 before their visit to campus.
April 26 ­ Candidate 1
April 28 ­ Candidate 2
May 3 ­ Candidate 3
May 5 ­ Candidate 4


April 26, 11 a.m., 158 Old Main
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 158 OM. 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 hussain@kutztown.edu


April 26, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Graduate Center Lobby
The campus community is invited to a Celebration Reception in honor of Dr. Robert Ziegenfus, professor of Geography, on the occasion of his retirement. We will have cake and beverages in the Graduate Center lobby from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please stop in to celebrate his amazing 34-year career here at Kutztown University and wish him well in his retirement!  See you there.
                Dorothy Siravo, secretary, Department of Geography


May 1, 1 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium Room 114
On Sunday, May 1, the KU and Community Trombone Choir will present their Spring concert at 1 p.m. in the Richard Wells Rehearsal Room, 114 Schaeffer Auditorium. There will be trombone choir, trombone quartet, and music for trombone with piano accompaniment. Admission is free and open to the public. See you there with your friends and family.
                Daniel Neuenschwander, director of bands


The following non-instructional vacancy is available on campus. This position is open for current employees only.

Clerk Typist 2 / Information Center Assistant
Student Union Operations
Posting End Date: 5/9/2016
Internal positions are posted at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kutztownedu/default.cfm?promotionaljobs=1. Please direct any questions and comments to http://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/human-resources/ask-hr.htm or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources


April 28, 11 a.m., AF 101
APSCUF full members are invited to a M&D April 28, in 101 AF from 11 a.m. - noon to discuss state recommendation on Departmental Evaluation, Tenure, and Promotion Policies.
                Colleen C. Fitzgerald, APSCUF-KU


Please join us in congratulating the following students who were inducted in the National History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta on April 20:
Brynn Albanese, Daniel Aston, Sean Bachman, Jennifer Baron, Matthew Bello, Patricia Canize, David Gieringer, Zak Gondolfo, Charles Gring, Jacob Homan, Jordan Kupper, Erich Lenz, Peter Njuguna, James Reese, Emily Reinertson, Jessica Schwindenhammer, Spencer Wambold and Carolyn Wasser.

The following awards and scholarships were given during the same event: Anthony J. Mazzaferri Scholarship - Derek Hueske, Esther Willits Scholarship - Carly Plesic, Bright and Lucille Beck American History Award - Brynn Albanese, Anthony J. Mazzaferri Award - Aaron Hardenstine, Outstanding Achievement in History: Kevin Rhodes, Kate Heffner, and Adam Reichard. History Club's Professor of the Year - Dr. John Stanley.
                Andrew Arnold, chair, Department of History


You can link D2L assignments to Grades? Linking assignments, such as Quizzes, Dropboxes, and Discussions, to the D2L grade book allows you to automatically transfer student scores on an assignment directly to a grade item, eliminating the need to manually enter grades. The Dropbox Setup Guide and the Quiz Setup Guide will help you link your existing D2L assignments to items in the grade book.  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


Thank you to all who made the 3rd Annual Kutztown University 7s Rugby Tournament a success over this past weekend. With 22 teams arriving on campus, and countless family members and fans, we sincerely appreciate the efforts of the custodial team, facilities, campus police and public safety, and more. Our most sincere appreciation to Cara Cotellese and Barry Peterson and the KUTV crew who worked a tireless day to provide live streaming coverage. Special thanks to Will Meeker for making sure the fields were cut and lined appropriately, and that our safety barriers were set; and to Anthony Schappell whose care and attention throughout the day made sure everyone had an easy time of managing the tournament.
                Kutztown University Men's Rugby


Open Enrollment for State System health benefits (non-PEBTF) will be held April 25, 2016 through May 6, 2016. This is your annual opportunity to enroll in a health plan, waive coverage, change health plans and add or remove covered dependents. Information is available on the State System website. Please be sure to select the correct employee group. Changes to coverage should be made via the Employee Self Service portal.
                Jean Adam, benefits manager


A "Special" Open Enrollment window for Voluntary Group Life Insurance for all "eligible" employees will be held from April 25, 2016 through May 6, 2016 for an effective date of July 1, 2016.  Eligible Employees may elect up to one times their annual salary without evidence of insurability (EOI).    Employees can also elect to enroll or increase spousal group life insurance:  For currently enrolled spouses, an additional $5,000 in coverage; for new spousal enrollments, up to $10,000 without evidence of insurability.  Employees may elect more than those coverage amounts but enrollment would be dependent upon CIGNA's underwriting approval.  *NOTE:  Employees must be enrolled in coverage for spousal enrollment.  For additional information on voluntary employee and spouse life insurance, please refer to the State System voluntary insurance webpage.  Employees should use Employee Self Service (ESS) to enroll or increase employee / spouse life insurance during this special enrollment event.
                Jean Adam, benefits manager  





Friday, April 29
1 p.m.   Baseball vs. Millersville (DH) (North Campus Field) Live Stats  



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