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April 7, 2016


The Daily Brief

Computing and Information Science Educators 

On April 1 Dr. Dale Parson and his students Danielle Emily Hoch and Genevieve Smith, pictured left-to-right, closed out day one of the 31st Annual PA Computing and Information Science Educators Conference with a performance of computer music and interactive computer graphics in Grim Planetarium. PACISE is an organization of the computer science departments of PASSHE universities, with other regional colleges and universities participating. Dr. Parson performed processed audio feedback, Genevieve performed an accompanying spoken word piece using the JAWS reader, and Emily transformed their sounds into graphics that she projected onto the dome. The event was well attended by PACISE participants.

Computing and Information Science Educators   

On April 2 Dr. Dale Parson and his students Hallie Langley and Danielle Emily Hoch, pictured right-to-left, presented their research paper "Timbral Data Sonification from Parallel Attribute Graphs" at the 31st Annual PA Computing and Information Science Educators Conference, hosted this year at Kutztown. PACISE is an organization of the computer science departments of PASSHE universities, with other regional colleges and universities participating. Their research, which was sponsored by grants from the PASSHE Faculty Development Program and the Kutztown University Research Committee, translates established means for visualizing data into novel means for detecting patterns in data by listening to sounds generated from that data. Parson, Langley and Hoch received the Best Faculty Paper Award for their work.


(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

9:30 a.m.

Digital Media and Mobile Device Forensics, BH 261

11 a.m.

Faculty First Thursday, Rickenbach Theater (135)

11 a.m.

Philosophy Club Meeting, MSU 312

11 a.m.

Women's Veterans Luncheon, Rec Center 200

11 a.m.

The Psychology of Terrorism, AF 200

4 p.m.

University Senate, AF 103

5 p.m.

Travel Around the World with Tomatoes, Multicultural Center

6 p.m.

Dinner with Golden Bears, MSU 218

6 p.m.

Hex Sign Painting, Rohrbach 18

7 p.m.

Pieces of Planets Meteorite Talk, Planetarium

7 p.m.

Allies Drag Show, Schaeffer Auditorium

7 p.m.

Food Chains Film Discussion, Boehm 145

7:30 p.m.

Chamber Trio Faculty Recital, Georgian Room

8 p.m.

MSU Movie Series, MSU 183




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

Periods of rain and dreary, but slightly and temporarily milder as a warm front passes and a cold front approaches, ushered by a low pressure. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. About a half to three quarters of an inch of rain will fall. 




(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.)

In April, 1887, Keystone State Normal School opens a new chapel building which is connected to Old Main via two bridges.  The building contains a kitchen and dining room on the first floor, a chapel for 1,200 on the second floor and recitation rooms and dormitory rooms on the third floor.  The chapel is now known as the Georgian Room and the building is the C wing of Old Main. 




On April 1 three students from the department of computer science and information technology, Tom Kratz, Ryan Harrington, and Danielle Emily Hoch presented their paper "TextbooKU: A Mobile App that Helps Students Trade Textbooks and Save Money" at the 31st Annual PA Computing and Information Science Educators Conference, hosted this year at Kutztown. PACISE is an organization of the computer science departments of PASSHE universities, with other regional colleges and universities participating. The students submitted a paper for PACISE based on work that they are doing in Dr. Joo Tan's Software Engineering I and II courses.


Tune in to "Kutztown Live" today at 2 p.m. on KUR for an interview with KU alum and famous musician Rick Vito, coming to KU for a special concert Friday. Also during the show, Shantae interviews Mr. Andy Ostrowski, independent politician running for office. You can stream KUR live at


Please excuse the following Honors Program students from classes on Monday, April 11, 2016. Felcia Trievel, Myla Deganich, Valerie Korsick, Sara Wingert, Zachary Reitnauer, Amber Steet, and Alyssa Blasko. They will be traveling to Harrisburg to participate in the PASSHE Honors Student Conference. 
Johanna Forte, director, Honors Program


April 7, 9:30 a.m., Boehm 261
On Thursday, April 7, from 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. in BH261, CEO Sean Donahoo of Disruptive Solutions, an employee and veteran-owned small business, will present cases that Disruptive Solutions have encountered, cyber security career tracks and tips to breaking into this industry.  This is a free presentation.  All are welcome to attend.


April 7, 11 a.m., MSU 312
The Philosophy Club will meet Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in MSU 312.  No designated speaker - instead:  "Do We Enjoy Being Free?  An open forum philosophical discussion on happiness and freedom with a basis on Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism."
Jordan Dancy, president; Allan Back, faculty advisor


April 7, 11 a.m., Rickenbach Theater (135)
For April's College of Visual and Performing Arts' First Thursday presentation, Dr. Angela M. Cirucci, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, will share her research: "The Structured Self." Angela will discuss the materiality of digital structures and the related implications for identity formation. Faculty and students are invited to join in the conversation.


April 7, 11 a.m., Rec Center 200
Kutztown University Office of Veterans Services and Military Club at KU Women Veterans Committee presents our 2nd Annual Women Veterans Luncheon on Thursday April 7 at 11 a.m. - noon, in 200 Recreation Center. This is a free event for all campus women veterans and current military. Seating is limited so we require RSVPs at If you have any questions, we can be reached in the Veterans Center, 262 MSU or at 484-646-4145.


April 7, 11 a.m., Academic Forum 200
"The Psychology of Terrorism" on April 7 from 11 - noon in 200 AF. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology. Contact: James D. Jackson for additional information at For additional information on speaker: J.M. Brown, is a University of Pennsylvania-trained South Asianist, and a Seminary-educated Theologian, Sundar J.M. Brown specializes in Intelligence Analysis of Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and HUMINT Operations. His concentrations include terror groups and terror acts in West Bengal (India), Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Philippines and cross-link with terror groups and terror acts in the Middle East and Africa. His primary expertise is the intersection of Terrorism and Theology. His present research focuses on the apocalyptic themes resonant in terrorist ideologies and on theological components informing the radicalization and de-radicalization of Violent Religious Extremists and Militants. He is the founder and director of the annual IntelliGen Conference on Religion & Violence.
                James Jackson


April 7, 4 p.m., Academic Forum 103
The next meeting of the University Senate will be held today, Thursday, April 7, at 4 p.m. in AF 103.
The agenda and attachments can be found on the Senate website by clicking on the following link:
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, University Senate


April 7, 5 p.m., Multicultural Center
Come and journey with the Multicultural Center as we continue the series of Traveling around the World on Thursday, April 7 at 5 p.m. The featured food this month will be tomatoes. KU Alum, Daniel Kemper of Rodale Institute, will do a short presentation on tomatoes and a hands-on demonstration. There will be a sampling of foods from recipes with ties to Peru and Dominican Republic. There will also be information on the history of the tomato, fun facts and different types of tomatoes. This will be held in room 104 of the Multicultural Center. All are welcome!
                Jeann Cengeri, office manager, Multicultural Center x34807


April 7, 6-8 p.m., MSU MPR 218
Dinner with Golden Bears is scheduled for April 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Multipurpose room. This is a KU student's opportunity to enjoy a free, delicious meal while socializing and networking with fellow Golden Bears.  Tables will center on the topics of finance, marketing, sport management, education, special education, computer science, criminal justice, English/professional writing, geography, law, psychology, science, social work, art, communication design and electronic media. Please encourage your students to take the opportunity to network with successful KU alumni working in the field. Students may register at and log-in through the student link.  This event is sponsored by the KU Foundation and Alumni Relations office and the KU Presidential Ambassadors.



April 7, 7 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
Allies of Kutztown University will be holding its 10th annual Drag Show tonight, April 7, at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The show features both professional and student performers.  All donations collected from the event benefit charitable LGBTQ focused organizations such as TransCentralPA, Trevor Project, and The Pennsylvania Youth Congress.


April 7, 7 p.m., Planetarium
Dr. Erin Kraal discusses meteorites.  Talk includes the "Birth of the Solar System" planetarium show.


Apr. 7, 7 p.m., Boehm 145
Slavery, in the 21st century? Here in the US? Food Chains tells the story of a nimble, history-making farm labor organization whose struggles for human rights in the tomato fields have made waves nationwide. The film's 30-minute classroom cut will launch discussion between a brilliant anthropologist bringing a deep understanding of Chester County's mushroom laborers, and the Supervising Attorney of Philadelphia's esteemed legal aid organization Friends of Farmworkers, our guests at the screening. Students in many disciplines will take something home from two inspiring speakers and this award-winning documentary. Please feel free to distribute the poster and to encourage students to attend.  The first in a two-film series, Food Chains: Activism, Agriculture, and the Ethics of Eating. This event is funded by a Kutztown University Sesquicentennial grant.


April 7, 7:30 p.m., Georgian Room
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.


April 7 and 8, 2 p.m.; MSU 183
April 9; 2 and 8 p.m.; MSU 183
This week's MSU Movie Series film is Dirty Grandpa 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 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free. Check out the MSU movie website for more information.



April 4 - 14 & April 18 - 28, Keystone Pool
The KU women's swimming team is running a learn-to-swim lesson program for children. Two sessions are being offered from Monday, April 4 - Thursday, April 14 and Monday, April 18 - Thursday, April 28. For more information contact Tim Flannery at or ext. 3-4359


April 8, 7:30 p.m., Georgian Room
Join Bear Voices and AfterHours Vocal Jazz Ensemble in a free concert Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Georgian Room in Old Main. Includes jazz standards for solo and chorus, plus a medley from Les Mis and Jai-ho from Slumdog Millionaire.


April 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Philadelphia
The Anthropology Club and the Dept. of Anthropology/Sociology are sponsoring a field trip to the Mütter Museum of medical history on April 10.  We will leave KU at 9 a.m. and return by about 3 p.m.  The cost will be $5 per student, the remainder being covered by the Anthro Club.  There is limited seating so please contact Dr. David Webb (x34245; right away.


April 11, 12; 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 first candidate has been added.

April 11-12           Candidate 1
April 19-20           Candidate 2
April 28-29           Candidate 3


April 12, 11 a.m., Lytle 228
On April 12, the KU Math Club will host Mr. Hank Youngerman, a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), who has volunteered to be the CAS Liaison to Kutztown University.  Mr. Youngerman will give a presentation at the Math Club meeting at 11 a.m. in LY 228. During his presentation, Mr. Youngerman will address the following questions: What is an Actuary?   Why be an Actuary?  What skills are needed to be an Actuary?  How do you become an Actuary?  Mr. Youngerman graduated from Georgetown University in 1977. He became an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries in 1980 and then a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1983. Mr. Youngerman has about 35 years of casualty actuarial experience, in pricing and reserving, and in working for insurance companies, consulting firms, and government regulators.  


April 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sharadin Arts Building Atrium
You are all invited to the annual Freshman Foundations Exhibition!
Each year this exhibition features the exemplary work from our freshman foundation level visual art students enrolled in Drawing I, Drawing II, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. The exhibition runs April 13-24, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Atrium Lobby of the Sharadin Arts Building. Faculty, please share with all your students, friends and family!


April 16, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Boehm Science Center
Spring 2016 Science, Technology and Math Open House - The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is holding a Science, Technology and Math Open House Saturday, April 16. Prospective students will have the opportunity to talk with faculty, current students, alumni and admissions personnel. The event will include tours of the campus and the science, math and technology research and academic facilities. For more information, please visit:, or call the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ext. 3-4305.
                College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


April 16, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., MSU
Kutztown University will host its 18th Annual Children's Literature Conference on Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the MSU. Participants will have the opportunity to attend presentations by award-winning authors and illustrators Emily Arnold McCully, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Daniel Kirk and Jonathan Bean. Regular admission is $50, but KU student admission is only $10! Community Day on Friday, April 15 is from 2-3:30 p.m. and free to everyone! Looks great on a résumé! See our website for more information:


April 17, 8 a.m., Outside MSU
Come one, come all from your department to run in the Military Club at Kutztown University Keystone Warriors 5K! The campus department with the most registered participants on their team and actual runners on April 17 will be the winners of this year's trophy, engraved with their department name.  The Office of Student Accounts has won this challenge two years in a row. Will they make it three years?  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 10:30 a.m. on the MSU lawn.  To register:  $30/person. $25/person with teams of five or more.  Point of Contact: Jeff Davis,; president of the Military Club at Kutztown University


April 17, 12 p.m., North Campus Water Tower
Join the KU Society of Physics Students for the 10th Annual Cantalobber Competition. They and other local high school and college physics programs will attempt to launch cantaloupes as far as possible with their homemade catapults, trebuchets, and other devices. The event begins at 12 p.m. on Sunday April 17, at the north campus water tower on the KU campus. For more information, contact Dr. Justin Smoyer ( or Dr. Amber Boyer (


April 17, 3:30 - 7 p.m., South Campus DMZ
Suicide prevention supporters will join and walk together to raise awareness about suicide, one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Pre-register on line at  to help instill a sense of hope and community by walking together.  Join a team or walk as an individual.  Walkers may register the day of the walk.


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





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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