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April 20, 2017


The Daily Brief

Sarah Wingert poster presentation 88th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaelogy

Sara Wingert presented a poster at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology on Saturday, April 8. She won first prize in the student poster contest, beating out several graduate students from the likes of the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, John Nass, president of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, plans to write a feature on Sara in the near future.
                Dr. Khori Newlander, Department of Anthropology & Sociology

Professors Colleen Clemens (English), Moe Folk (English), Keith Massie (Communication Studies), Amanda Morris (English/APSCUF President) and Carlos Rodriguez (Business) traveled to Bayamo, Cuba, to attend the 6th Cuban Congress on Local Development Conference.

Professors Colleen Clemens (English), Moe Folk (English), Keith Massie (Communication Studies), Amanda Morris (English/APSCUF President) and Carlos Rodriguez (Business) traveled to Bayamo, Cuba, to attend the 6th Cuban Congress on Local Development Conference. After presenting their research to other international scholars, they met with representatives, including the vice chancellor, from the University of Granma, the conference host, to discuss developing a potential, ongoing relationship that could benefit both Kutztown students as well as those at University of Granma.   


English Department Honors, Awards, and Scholarships Ceremony

On Monday, April 17, the English Department Honors, Awards, and Scholarships Ceremony honored the following students:  Ashley Stein, Bryce Johle, Kayla Woodington, Stephanie Jack, Madison Gross, Kimberley Winters, Shubham Maini, Macey Tanseco, Allison Conrad, and Justin Sweitzer.  Congratulations!
                Patricia Pytleski and Kristina Fennelly, co-chairs, English Department Honors, Awards  and Scholarships Committee  



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9 a.m. - 4 p.m. KU Composition Conference, 312 MSU
9:30 a.m. Examining the Melting Pot, 218 MSU
11 a.m. COE Brown Bag Series, 121A BK
5 p.m. Printmaking at STEAMworks, RL 18




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


Mainly cloudy Thursday as a warm front/cold front complex nearby causes unsettled conditions. A few showers around anytime and possibly even a thunderstorm. If we can squeak out some sunshine, more of a chance of a thunderstorm as that will destabilize the atmosphere. Warmer today with highs in the low 70s.

Dr. Michael Davis and Monsoon Mike recorded a new edition of their “Weather & Climate Chat” podcast and it is available here: .




Do you have a student or group of students that should be recognized in their hometown media? If so please complete the contribution form found at the link below.  If you have any questions please email me at  Thank you.
                Dave Johnson, University Relations

April 26, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Please join us for National Walk at Lunch Day and a Human Resources Open House Wednesday, April 26. The open house will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Kemp Building. Light refreshments will be provided.  The one-mile walk will begin at noon in front of the Kemp Building. This walk qualifies those participating in the Healthy U wellness program for 25 wellness points.  To qualify for the 25 Healthy U points, you must participate in the one mile walk; however, everyone who does their own walk and stops in at H.R. as part of their walk, will receive a small gift in honor of National Walk at Lunch Day. In order to have a count for refreshments, please register here if you will be attending the open house and/or participating in the walk.
                Jean Adam, Benefits Manager

April 22, 7:30 p.m.
The University Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Ina Grapenthin,  will present a free concert on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main.  The Chamber Singers will perform pieces including "Pilgrims' Hymn" by Stephen Paulus, "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl and Ruth McCall's "Waltzing Matilda."  The choir will perform "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arles, "Beyond the Sea" by Albert Lasry and Charles Trenet and Martin Shaw's "With a Voice of Singing."  The choir will be joined by Dr. Marie Aline Cadieux on cello for Joseph Martin's "The Living Song." 

Three members of the KU faculty have been awarded grants from the State Systems of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Council.  Decisions about funding were made by state system faculty and staff. This year, system faculty submitted 35 proposals with 18 of those awarded. Congratulations to all three of KU's successful applicants. 

Dr. Christopher Habeck - Field margins as historic baselines of biodiversity and ecosystem function in the fertile valleys of Pennsylvania: an experimental vehicle for restoration planning and academic program cohesion.

Dr. Kaoutar El Mounadi - Screening essential oils for their potential use as biofungicides and their ability to inhibit mycotoxin production.

Dr. Yongjae Kim - An eye movement analysis of sport team Facebook usability: a comparison of computer, smart phone, and tablet as presentation modes.
$ 4,000

Please welcome Erica Smith who is the new Info Desk Coordinator at the McFarland Student Union Building effective April 17. Please stop by, say hello and introduce yourself.
                Jeann Cengeri, clerical supervisor, McFarland Student Union

June 19 - 23
The Kutztown University Department of Electronic Media will host a Summer Filmmaking Institute (SFI) June 19-23.    SFI is a week-long filmmaking program designed to provide an intense and rewarding introduction to the ever-evolving world of digital filmmaking. It offers an introduction to the theories and techniques of digital movie making for students of all ages.  On campus housing is available for the duration of the institute. For complete information click here or email   

The Lower Macungie Library will host their third "Great Decisions" program though the Foreign Policy Association.   They are looking for faculty experts to give presentations on the following topics:
-The Future of Europe
-Trade and Politics
-Conflict in the South China Sea
-Saudi Arabia in Transition
-U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
-Latin America's Political Pendulum
-Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
-Nuclear Security

If you are interested, please contact me at  Thank you.
                Dave Johnson, University Relations

Please excuse the following students from afternoon classes on Friday, April 21. They will be meeting at 11:45 a.m. to depart for a mandatory weekend field trip to Wallops Island, Va., in association with BIO/MAR 226 Marine Biology.

Beam, Zachary ; Bernard, Aiden; Dickison, Celina ; Fasbinder, Emily ; Garnand, Alex; Gingalewski, Sam; Heywood, Miranda; Higgins, Caelainn; Howland, Curran; Jaindl, Olivia; Jones, Kaitlin; Kleinfelter, Madisyn;   Lennox, Brian; Mease, Kelsey; Morris, Sarah; Raguz, Brandon; Schmoyer, Richard; Schultz, Amanda; Seibert, Allison; and Weikert, Grace
                Wendy L. Ryan, Department of Biological Sciences

April 21, 7 p.m. The KU Swing Dance Club is hosting an Earth Day Swing Dance with the live band Big & Bad Rockabilly Cats. The event is on Friday, April 21, in the MSU multipurpose room. The dance is free for faculty, staff and KU students, and is $10 for non-students. All proceeds will be donated to The Conservation Fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a beginners lesson at 7 p.m.  The band will play until 9 p.m.  
                Devon Stackonis, KU Swing Dance Club

April 21, 10 a.m.
Transfer Orientation is tomorrow, April 21, in MSU 183. The program starts at 10 a.m. Academic Advising begins at 1:00 p.m. Please join us in welcoming new students and their families to campus.
                CONNECTIONS Orientation

The Department of Secondary Education is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. George Sirrakos' new book, Between the World and the Urban Classroom.  The book is for sale on Amazon and can be found at the link below.

April 26, 7 p.m.
Price is Right Live! ACE is hosting a trip to the Santander Arena on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 for all students, faculty and staff, family and friends. Pick up your tickets in MSU 153, across from the bookstore while supplies last! For more information contact Petritsa Chatzitziva at, x3-4043.

April 25 - 27
Evacuation drills, required by Pennsylvania life safety regulations, are intended to ensure the efficient and safe use of the exit facilities available in case of an emergency. Order and control are the primary purposes of the drill. The evacuation drills will be conducted beginning Tuesday, April 25, and continue through Thursday, April 27, weather permitting. Classroom faculty and staff should be familiar with the basic procedures by guiding building occupants to the nearest available exit, and standing clear from the building at least 100-feet to allow full evacuation of all occupants. Information on building evacuation procedures can be found by visiting the KU home page and clicking on Safety & Emergency at the bottom of the page or by clicking on the link below, then click on the Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedure PDF on right side of the page.  - Thank you for your cooperation.
                Jeff LaGamba CET, assistant director, Environmental, Health and Safety


Middle States Commission on Higher Education Logo
KU Middle States Working Group IV members are Krista Prock (liaison), Bernard McCree (co-chair), Georgeos Sirrakos (co-chair), Gregory Bamberger, Kent Dahlquist, William Donner, Lisa Frye, Kerri Gardi, Dolores Hess, Warren Hilton, Andrea Kirshman, Bradley LaMere, Linda Lantaff, Jason Lanter, Sylvia Pham, Ernest Post, Elizabeth Rogol, Jennifer Umberger and Claire Van Ens.  This Working Group is charged with examining relevant documents, policies, procedures, and processes and making recommendations for institutional improvement related to support of the student experience.  For more information on KU's ten-year Middle States self study, visit


April 20
Take home beautiful linocut prints that you'll make yourself. Tools and materials are supplied the afternoon of Thursday, April 20. All levels are welcome; pure beginners will gather the know-how and techniques to make quality prints on your own. Feel free to bring special paper you want to print on, as well as any pictures, digital or physical, you might like to work with. Spots are limited so register now at
                Bruce Jensen, librarian, STEAMworks!

April 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The English Department's annual KU Composition Conference will take place this Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in 312 McFarland Student Union. This celebration of student writing is open to the public. Programs and snacks will be available. Our featured panel is "The Intersection of Academic, Public, and Personal Writing: Senior English Majors Discuss a Tapestry of Texts," from 11 a.m. - noon. Please consider sitting in on one of the panels and supporting your students' writing. 
                Amy Lynch-Biniek and Kathy Hartman, KUCC Chairs

April 20
Please excuse the following students from class on Thursday, April 20, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They are presenting and attending the KU Composition Conference, sponsored by the English department.
                Amy Lynch-Biniek and Kathy Hartman. KUCC Chairs
Kambria Carlson, Madison Gross, Anna Blanchette, Hannah Hungerford, Megan Stehman, Carly Roncin, Katrina Quinn, Nyzjah Allen, Kori Heffner, Susan Bimbo Nazzaro, Tana Acosta, Alicia McCrady, Megan Reed, Tyler McMaster, Abbigayle Dinger, Edward Probasco, Brian Hare, Kristian Pr'Out, Morgan Cargas, Tori Burks, Tara Galloway, Fraylin Vargas, Amber Headrick,, Uttam Paudel, Jessica Bullch, Noelia Cabrera, Michael O'Mara, Holliann Moninghoff, Jacob Woons, Jacob Short, Lucas Ortner, Amarachi Nhadozie, Kevin Caulfield, Colin Jensen, Seglinda Harrison, Jecee Gosman, Tinky Ding, Sophia Yani,Stephanie Canning, Noel O'Neil, Louie DiMatteo, Lauryn Antoine, Kira Simmins-Henry, Adrianna Dilal, Tyler Grabowski, Brandon Cole, Grace Wein, Cassie Bowlen,  Mackenzie Covert, Hannah Long, Brandon Keffer, Anna Rittenhouse,Victoria Smurthwaite, Sabrina Simmon, Xiana Fontno, Dillon James, Aiesha McCastle, Emma Dunegan

April 20, 9:30 a.m.
Please join Modern Language Studies, along with over 100 K-12 students, on Thursday, April 20, in MSU 218, for a thought-provoking event entitled "Examining the Melting Pot."  All are welcome to attend the showing of the moving 75-minute film, "Don't Tell Anyone", beginning at 9:30 a.m.  This will be followed by a panel discussion on migration experiences from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. led by KU students and faculty, along with community members.  For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Coleman Núñez
                Dr. Christine Coleman Núñez

April 20, 11 a.m.
The College of Education Brown Bag Series concludes the year with Professor Deborah Duenyas of the Department of Counselor Education speaking about "The Professional Experiences of International Counseling Graduates upon Returning to Their Home Country" on Thursday, April 20, 11 - 11:50 a.m. in 121A Beekey. KU faculty, staff and students and community members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
                Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean, College of Education

April 21, 1 - 10 p.m.
The honors program is hosting an art auction in the president's room in the MSU on Friday, April 21 from 1 - 10 p.m. Art submissions are being collected until Wednesday, April 19. Artist will receive a portion of the sale, and profits are donated to the Berks County Art Fund. All are welcome to submit any art pieces. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided at the auction. Contact Amandamae Baettcher for more information at
                Karli Molignoni, Honors Program Executive Board

April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Pianist Dr. Daniel Immel will present a "Los Pasos del Corazón" (The Heart's Footsteps), a faculty recital on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main.  The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature Latin, Brazilian and Spanish piano music for the evening. The program will also feature composers Barrios, Albeniz, Palomo, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Mompou, Nazareth and Ponce.

April 22, 8:30 a.m. Check In, 10 a.m. Start
Sponsored by the Military Club at Kutztown University. The proceeds will go directly to support the Keystone Warriors (KW), a tax exempt charitable organization (501(c)3) which supports injured and wounded veterans and their families who are from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The cost is $35 for individuals.  Last year we reached a milestone of $20,000 raised for veterans in need of support over the last three years of races. We would like your support.  Donations are greatly appreciated. More info at  If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Matt Stefancin at 484-241-7346 or
                Veterans Services and Military Club at KU


April 22
The art bus is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. Departure from MSU parking lot at 9 a.m. Drop off is near the art museums. The trip cost for each person is $20. Open to KU students first, then non-students can sign up on the Monday prior to the scheduled trip so long as seats are still available.  *admission to museums not included*  April 22 trip ticket sales begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 4. Non student ticket sales open Monday, April 17.  All ticket sales take place in 153 MSU, the Office of Student Involvement. Cash or check written to KUSSI accepted for payment.  The office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  





Friday, April 21
1 p.m.   Baseball vs. Mansfield - North Campus Field (Live Stats)

2:30 p.m.             Men's Tennis vs. Edinboro - PSAC Semifinals at Bloomsburg, PA

Saturday, April 22
1 p.m.   Women's Lacrosse vs. Indiana (PA) (Senior Day) (Live Stats)
1 p.m.   Softball vs. Wilmington - North Campus Field (Live Stats)
1 p.m.   Football hosts Spring Game - Andre Reed Stadium



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