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April 21, 2017


The Daily Brief

Dr. Carsten Sanders and Xinlei Wan
Dr. Carsten Sanders and Xinlei Wan
Kutztown University Biochemistry major Xinlei Wan presented her research on the biosynthesis pathways of electron transport proteins at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science hosted by King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., from March 31 - April 2.

On Saturday, April 1, the Department of Mathematics hosted the Spring 2017 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware (EPaDel) regional conference.

On Saturday, April 1, the Department of Mathematics hosted the Spring 2017 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware (EPaDel) regional conference. The conference drew more than 130 participants from colleges and universities across the region, and featured three invited speakers, two workshops, and numerous faculty and student contributed talks (including five talks by KU faculty and three talks by KU students).
                Brian Kronenthal and Tony Wong, Department of Mathematics and conference local coordinators

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 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.    



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10 a.m. Transfer Orientation, MSU 183
12 p.m. Chambliss Academic Achievement Awards, MSU 218
1 - 10 p.m. Art Auction, MSU 250
1 p.m. Baseball vs. Mansfield, North Campus Field
7 p.m. Earth Day Swing Dance, MSU 218
7:30 p.m. Dr. Daniel Immel Recital, Georgian Room




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


Low level clouds linger for the morning. Chance of some shower and thunderstorm activity in the morning followed by some improvement by the afternoon. Maybe a few peeks of sun by the afternoon as well. High temperature in the mid-70s. Winds east at 7 mph. Rainfall between .1-.25" with higher amounts where storms occur.




The Office of University Relations promotes Kutztown University through a variety of internal and external media. The KU Information Channel, or KUIC, is an electronic television bulletin board that is carried on KU's cable access channel and can be viewed in more than 100,000 households. KUIC can be accessed on campus on Service Electric Cablevision channels 24, 524 (HD tier) and 99. Channels 24 and 524 is also carried throughout eastern Berks County.  KUIC can also be viewed on Kutztown's Hometown Utilicom channel 191, and Service Electric channel 266 in the Lehigh Valley. We are currently negotiating to add the Lehigh Valley feed to the HD tier.  The purpose of the channel is to provide information related to Kutztown University, specifically in the categories of events, academics, student life, news and sports and channel programming.  In addition to carrying written messages, the channel transmits video, still images, and national news and weather feeds. The majority of audio is provided by the KU radio station, KUR. Be sure to see details on how to submit information on your event at
                University Relations

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Roxanne Grim to the university and to the TRIO Student Support Services Program. She is the new Clerk Typist II, effective April 17. She would love to meet you, so please stop by 121 OM and introduce yourself.
                TRIO Student Support Services Program

April 24, 7:30 p.m.
The concert on Monday, April 24 will present a Piano-dance-a-thon, showcasing a number of exciting pieces inspired by dance forms, for a variety of combinations of pianos and pianists. Works by Chopin, Dvorak, Fenty, Grieg, Khatchaturian, Korsakow, Moszkowski and Schubert, including a transcription by KU alumni Colin Shecktor for seven pianists, one piano, will be performed by KU piano students, KU faculty Maria Asteriadou, and KU alumni, pianists Michael Scales and Geert Ruelens. Invited guests will include the Berks Piano Quartet, the Zeng brothers and the New York Theater Ballet dancers, Amanda Treiber and Steven Melendez.
                Department of Music

Please join us in welcoming more than 100 new transfer students and their families to campus today for new student orientation. The event will take place in MSU 183 starting at 10 a.m.
                CONNECTIONS Orientation




Below you will find events scheduled for the current week.  Events further out are located in the "In Case You Missed It" section.  If you don't see your event, please submit it to us at

April 21
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, 1 - 10 p.m.
The honors program is hosting an art auction 1 - 10 p.m., Friday, April 21, 250 MSU (Presidents' room). Artist will receive a portion of the sale, and profits will be donated to the Berks County Art Fund. 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 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 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, 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, 7:30 p.m.
The University Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Ina Grapenthin with assistance from Trucilla Sabatino,  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." 

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.  

April 24
The College of Business will host its third candidate for dean Monday, April 24. The candidate's vita can be found at (Kutztown University login credentials are required to access link).
                College of Business

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


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 153 MSU, across from the bookstore while supplies last! For more information contact Petritsa Chatzitziva at, x3-4043.

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 26, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, April 26, from 9 - 9:50 a.m. in AF 203, alumni Lawrence Santos '14 and Bryant Smith '07 of The Guardian Life Insurance will discuss their roles as digital forensics and IT security experts.  They will also share their KU experiences and the transition to their current career.
                Thiep Pham, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

April 26, 3 p.m.
Are you addressing your audience? Is your message too long or too short? Do you have trouble beginning and ending a note? Would you like to refresh your writing skills? Join us at the Effective Communication Workshop 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 200 Graduate Center to work with your peers in a faculty-led session with Dr. Janice Chernekoff, Department of English. RSVP to Julie Fiorini ( by Monday, April 24. Please bring 2-3 copies of a draft memo or e-mail (real or hypothetical) to the meeting.
                Julie Fiorini, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

April 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble will present "Music of Recollections, Memories, and Sentimentals," 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27. The concert will include the Pennsylvania premiere of Morning Rush by J.R. Trimpe, a fast-paced composition that captures the spirit of an intense morning commute; Colonial Song from Sentimentals No. 1 by Percy Aldridge Grainger; and La Forza Del Destino Overture by Giuseppe Verdi. The Wind Ensemble will also present Illuminations by Mark Camphouse which honors the life and legacy of Robert D. Jorgensen, professor of music emeritus and director of bands emeritus at the University of Akron, who passed away in 2015.  KU Director of Bands Daniel Neuenschwander was a student of Jorgensen.  KU was one of the commissioning institutions for Camphouse's piece.  The ensemble will close with Barnum & Bailey's Favorite (March) by Karl L King. This classic American circus march honoring the closing of Barnum & Bailey's circus this year.  For more information visit or call 610-683-4550.

April 30, 5 p.m.
Kutztown University Clinical Services will host an Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention on Sunday, April 30, from 5 - 7 p.m. The walk, which is in its third year, will take place on the DMZ, located on the south side of campus between Old Main and the South Dining Hall. All proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Out of the Darkness Walk official t-shirts as well as many information tables on suicide prevention will be provided for walkers at the event. To register online visit Walkers are also able to register on the day of the walk between 3:30 - 5 p.m. All pre-registered and walk up registrants must check-in the day of the walk. For more information contact Kathy Loomis at or 484-646-5927. 




The KU field hockey team recently welcomed 5th grade students from Lauer’s Park Elementary School in Reading.
The KU field hockey team recently welcomed 5th grade students from Lauer's Park Elementary School in Reading.  The students were exploring what it is like to attend college.  A video of some of the day's activities can be found at the link below.


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    




Fourth Annual Kutztown Rugby 7s Tournament 

Tomorrow, KU men's rugby plays host to 10 teams from the mid-Atlantic region for a full day of non-stop rugby action for its 4th Annual Kutztown Rugby 7s Tournament. KU is fielding four teams for this tournament, so you're sure to catch Golden Bear action. The first game kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and the final should begin around 5:30 p.m.  Can't make it on Saturday?  Special thanks to Professor Cara Cotellese and KUTV for providing live streamed tournament coverage.
Come see us at the Rugby Pitch, located on Luckenbill Road. Run with the Bears!



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