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April 4, 2016

 

The Daily Brief

Mascot Madness Final Round 

AVLANCHE IN MASCOT MADNESS CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY
Our beloved Golden Bear takes on Slippery Rock University's Rocky the title of Mascot Madness Champion.  Voting begins today at 9 a.m. and runs until tomorrow at 9 a.m.  Please vote at the link below. 
www.kubears.com/voteavalanche




 

GEAR UP 

On March 1 and 22, the Kutztown University GEAR UP Program (www.PAGearUp.org) hosted 8th grade students from the Allentown School District for a campus visit focused on the visual and performing arts. Professor Kevin McCloskey along with Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder and her art education students worked together to teach a special art workshop on graphic novels. Visiting 8th grade students also had the opportunity to play theater games with Kutztown University's student group, Actors Creating Theater, as well as tour the campus and eat in the South Dining Hall. The GEAR UP Program thanks the Departments of Communication Design and Art Education and Craft, and encourages other departments to partner with GEAR UP to provide experimental learning opportunities for our visiting students. Faculty stipends and program planning support are available; please contact Peter Bond at PBond@Kutztown.edu  or 610-683-4424 for more information.
                Peter Bond, regional manager, Pa. State GEAR UP-3



  
Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown Austism

INCREASE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS
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. Please join us at 3:30 p.m. today in 200 AF to learn how to increase your effectiveness when interacting with students with Autism.  
                Linda Lantaff, Disability Services

 

TODAY'S EVENTS

(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

9 a.m.

Mascot Madness Voting Begins

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Latino Americans, 218 MSU

3 p.m.

Increase Your Effectiveness, AF 200

7:30 p.m.

KU Chamber Players, Georgian Room, Old Main

 

 

TODAY'S WEATHER

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

Rain for much of the day. This is in association with a fast moving low pressure system and cold front. Winds will be stiff throughout the day as well. High temperature in the low 50s. Winds southwest at 9-13, gusting to 25 mph. Rainfall between .1-.25".
 

 

THE SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

THIS MONTH IN KU HISTORY

(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, 1866:  The original normal school building is opened to students.  It included a large center section and a west wing built to match the Maxatawny Seminary which sat on the east side of the center building.  Plans for the buildings were allegedly drawn up without an architect and constructed by Garst & Mast, Reading, for a price of $27,705.67.  By 1895 all sections of this building had been razed and replaced by the existing Old Main.  
 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


LATINO 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




 

KU CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT TONIGHT
The KU Chamber Players, conducted by KU student Tyler Readinger, will perform an evening of three unique concertos that showcase different combinations of solo instruments and chamber orchestra.  The concert begins tonight, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main.  It is free and open to the public.  The soloists will be KU faculty members pianist Maria Asteriadou and flutist Susanna Loewy; KU flute student Fawn Guasta; former KU Summer Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition winner, cellist Andres Sanchez, currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music; and guest artist Kurt Nikkanen, concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. The program will feature the Doppler Andante and Rondo for two flutes and string orchestra; the Haydn Concerto in C Major for cello and chamber orchestra; and the Mendelssohn Double Concerto for piano and violin in D minor, written by the great composer at the age of 14.  A bake sale of homemade baked goods will conclude the concert. Please join us for an evening of elegance, enchantment and delight.




 

CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT
Clinical Services will be closed on Monday, April 4, from 9:15 - 11 a.m. for a special staff development meeting.
                William Lendzinski, assistant director, Health and Wellness Clinical Services




  

FACULTY RECITAL
The Department of Music will present a Faculty Chamber Trio Recital on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main. Dr. Soo Goh will be joined by oboist Nobuo Kitagawa and KU faculty, Dr. Maria Asteriadou to perform chamber music for oboe, clarinet, and piano.  Join us for an evening of beautiful music. Admission is free.




 

FACULTY PUBLICATION
A book by Dr. Bill Donner in the Anthropology/Sociology Department has just been published:
William W. Donner, Serious Nonsense: Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge and Pennsylvania German Heritage (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016). Serious Nonsense introduces readers to Pennsylvania German cultural practices that tourists rarely see and that outsiders, including most scholars, rarely learn about. The book explores the origins of the versammlinge and details the practice's significance since the 1930s, when the first meetings of the Pennsylvania German groundhog lodges were held. Much as they did then, versammlinge today follow a pattern of prayers, patriotism, and speeches extolling values associated with Pennsylvania German identity, as well as theatrical and oral events that humorously contrast a simpler past with a more complex and confusing present. And the groundhog lodges feature one Pennsylvania German tradition that has become familiar in popular culture: groundhog weather prognostication.
Recently Dr. Donner, Dr. Schlegel and Patrick Donmoyer presented a workshop on the Pennsylvania German.  You can view that workshop in its entirety here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWkf7lVamxQ




  

NAMI ON CAMPUS PRESENTS ARIELLE LEE BAIR, MSW, LSW
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6 - 7:30 p.m., AF 202   Open event
​"Grief and Loss Following Family Member Suicide"​​​​ 
Arielle will speak about her experiences after the loss of her husband to suicide 2 years ago.




  

NEW TO KU
Please welcome the following individuals who begin their careers at KU this week. 
Eric Fargo, assistant football coach
Cheryl Najda-Kull, registrar's secretary




  

STEAMWORKS
Good times in the library!  Your chock-full-of-creativity week begins with the Amazing Hard Drive Clock workshop, Monday at 11am. Learn to make videos and to repair books Tuesday, Then its Patrick Donmoyer's fabulous hex sign workshops: http://library.kutztown.edu/hex.  Don't miss Thursday's Mini Maker Faire hosted by the Kutztown Technology Association!  Everything's free. Check our site's Workshops and Events pages for more.  Questions? Happy to help at 6-4175 or steamworks@kutztown.edu
STEAMworks is a pan-disciplinary initiative of Rohrbach Library. http://library.kutztown.edu/STEAMworks




  

KU FOOTBALL MARROW DONOR REGISTRY DRIVE
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 http://bethematch.org/.
                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




  

APSCUF MEMBERS MEET AND DISCUSS RE: PET PROCEDURE
Current APSCUF-KU President, Dr. Paul Quinn, will be available to discuss concerns regarding current department PET procedure with full members of APSCUF-KU 11 a.m. - noon Tuesday, April, 5, in 200 Graduate Center. Please check out the APSCUF-KU public calendar for various events and deadlines: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=apscuf.org_6b1ju7d7imaqsljou0ddu6jt88@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York
                Colleen Fitzgerald, APSCUF-KU




  

"CATCH ME IF YOU CAN"
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.

For more information please contact Petritsa Chatzitziva at chatzitz@kutztown.edu.

  


  

UNIVERSITY SENATE
The next meeting of the University Senate will be held on Thursday, April 7, in 103 AF.
The agenda and attachments can be found on the Senate website by clicking on the following link: 
http://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administration/university-senate/next-meeting-agenda-and-attachments.htm
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, Senate




  

NEW HIRES
I would like to officially welcome our two new full time employees, Devon Weidenhammer (counter staff) Cheryl Najda-Kull (administrative assistant to the Registrar). Please take a few minutes to stop by and welcome them.
                Ted Witryk, registrar




  

COLLEGE OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS FACULTY FIRST THURSDAY!
Assistant Professor Angela Cirucci, Communication Studies, will present "The Structured Self" on Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in 135 Rickenbach 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




  

NOW ACCEPTING THE PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH (PTE)
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




 

RICK VITO AND HIS BLUES BAND BENEFIT CONCERT ON FRIDAY, APRIL 8.
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 PM 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.




  

 

 

GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS

UPCOMING GOLDEN BEAR HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS

Wednesday, April 6

 

3 p.m.

Baseball vs. Wilmington (North Campus Field) Live Stats

Friday, April 8

 

2:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Millersville (North Campus Field) Live Stats

Saturday, April 9

 

12 p.m.

Women's Golf hosts Spring Invitational (Moselem Springs Golf Club; Fleetwood, Pa.)

1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Mansfield (DH) (North Campus Field) Live Stats

 

 


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