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April 26, 2017


The Daily Brief

Margariete Malenda, a graduating senior from Fleetwood, Pa., has been awarded a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award.
Margariete Malenda, a graduating senior from Fleetwood, Pa., has been awarded a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award.  Malenda is a geology major minoring in chemistry. She received the award for her successfully completed research projects and outstanding service to the Kutztown University community. Malenda has completed five different projects at six locations in the U.S., resulting in seven research presentations at international conferences in Vancouver, San Francisco, Denver, and Baltimore. She has co-authored two full-peer reviewed scientific journal articles with a third currently in the review process.
Malenda is a member of the Physics Society, Geology Club, International Students Organization and a founding member of the Geophysical Society. In addition to her philanthropic service activities, she is currently planning an education outreach program for the Girl Scouts of America. Malenda has been named to the Dean's List every semester of attendance and was named a Dean's Star Scholar in spring of 2016 and was the Kutztown University Foundation Endowment Recipient for Conference Travel in the fall of 2016. 
Malenda has received a number of grants throughout her four years, including the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union Scholarship, Pennsylvania Committee of Professional Geologist 1st Place Essay Winner and Kutztown University Undergraduate Research Grant. Malenda's future goal is finding water resources for poor villages in third world countries.

(Each Chambliss Award recipient will be individually featured in the Daily Brief throughout the next two weeks.)  

Dr. Carissa A. Pokorny-Golden has been named as the new associate dean of the College of Education, effective May 13.     
Dr. Carissa A. Pokorny-Golden has been named as the new associate dean of the College of Education, effective May 13.   She is currently serving as interim associate dean. Pokorny-Golden has served as an associate professor of English and supervisor of secondary education at KU since 2004.  Prior to that she taught English at Lehigh Carbon Community College and Pleasant Valley School District, Monroe County. 
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ALL DAY Spring Evacuation Drills
9 a.m. Digital Forensics and IT Security, 203 AF
10:30 - 3:30 p.m. National Walk at Lunch Day/H.R. Open House, Kemp Building
3 p.m. Effective Communication Workshop, 200 GC




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


Low pressure off the New Jersey coast will continue to move northeastward. This will allow a series of weak atmospheric disturbances to enter the region. Some scattered shower activity for the morning but the precipitation threat will end by noon. Mostly cloudy conditions for the afternoon. High temperature in the upper-60s. Winds north at 3-6 mph. Rainfall less than .1".




Art explorations in Reggio Emilia honor the child as a self-initialing capable explorer. Kindergarten through second-grade children are invited to explore art centers offered by Kutztown University with art in alternative settings students as the facilitators. Children will be able to move independently from one aesthetic and sensory experience to the next based on their interests and needs.  One session is available Wednesday, April 26, 3:45-4:30 p.m.  For information and registration, visit: 
                Carrie Nordlund, Department of Art Education and Crafts

April 27, 11 a.m.
The Philosophy Club will meet at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 27, in MSU 323. Dr. Alex Priou, Department of Philosophy, will discuss "Plato at a Glance." All are invited to attend.
                Joseph Jedwab, advisor; Laura Berkel, president

April 30, 3 p.m.
Kutztown University's Performing Dance Portmanteau (PDP), will present Legends, their 6th Annual Spring Showcase on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.   The doors to the event will open at 2:30 p.m. and attendees can expect performances inspired by legends ranging from iconic musical artists to movies. Tickets are $5 for general admission, and $3 with a KU ID. Dances will vary in style, including hip hop, tap, Irish, ballet lyrical contemporary and musical theater.  Performing Dance Portmanteau is a performing dance company on KU's campus that was introduced in 2010 and has since grown exponentially. This year the organization is celebrating a record-breaking enrollment for the club with over sixty dancers. This talented group of students includes a wide range of experience levels from never having danced a day in their lives, to having danced for almost every of their lives. As a club, they perform at various events around campus, take part in community service and at the end of each year they host an annual showcase. For more information, contact Alyssa Blasko at

May 3, 9 a.m.
On Wednesday, May 3, from 9 - 9:50 a.m. in Academic Forum 203 (AF203), Justin Price, senior forensics examiner, FBI Computer Analysis & Response Team, will be discussing the digital forensic program, capabilities, casework, a "typical" day and opportunities.  Please feel free to also invite your students.
                Thiep Pham, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

To coordinate programs, education sessions, or other celebrations of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month next fall; we would like to know of any offices/departments/or student groups that are planning to have any kind of event, display, etc.   If your know of anything being planned, please email by May 10.  Thank you.
                Jerry Schearer, associate dean for inclusion and outreach




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 22 - 30
The Miller Gallery will be exhibiting artwork from senior fine art majors from April 22 through April 30.
The exhibition was juried by David Mickenberg, director of the Allentown Art Museum. 
A closing reception will be held in the Sharadin Atrium, 2 - 4 p.m., Sunday, April 30. On that same day the Eckhaus Gallery at 157 West Main St., will open their Salon de Refuses from 3 - 5 p.m. This exhibit displays artwork declined by the Miller Gallery's juror.
                Karen Stanford

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
Chick-fil-A is hosting an All About Admins Day 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 26. If you show a KU ID for faculty or staff, you will receive a free medium order of french fries with your purchase.


April 26, 9 a.m.
Alumni Lawrence Santos '14 and Bryant Smith '07 of The Guardian Life Insurance will discuss their roles as digital forensics and IT security experts Wednesday, April 26, from 9 - 9:50 a.m. in 203 AF. 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, 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, 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.. 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 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 27, 11 a.m.
The Veterans Services Center is hosting an end of year picnic 11 a.m., Thursday, April 27 on the MSU Lawn. Come join in our celebration of another great year with food from Mission BBQ, lawn games, music and prizes. All are welcome. Free for veterans and military-affiliated. $5 for non-military affiliated, to raise money for the Veteran's Emergency Fund. Hope to see you there.
                Veterans Services

April 27, 6 - 10 p.m.
Stop by Dixon Marketplace 6 - 10 p.m., Thursday, April 27 for our Customer Appreciation event with giveaways, prizes, discounts and deals. Don't miss out.

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 honors 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 5 - 7 p.m., Sunday, April 30. 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. 




Middle States Commission on Higher Education Logo

KU Middle States Working Group V members are Paul Ache (liaison), David Beougher (co-chair), Su Kong (co-chair), Mary Eicholtz, Johanna Forte, William Mowder, Edwin Nieves, Any Pfeiler-Wunder, Lindsey Runell, Christopher Sacchi, Cynthia Stunkard, Patricia Walsh-Coates, Michael Weber, Andrew Wernicki.  This Working Group is charged with examining relevant documents, policies, procedures, and processes and making recommendations for institutional improvement related to assessment of educational effectiveness.  For more information on KU's ten-year Middle States self study, visit




Saturday, April 29 (SENIOR DAY)
1 p.m.   Baseball vs. Shippensburg (DH) - North Campus Field (Live Stats)
1 p.m.   Softball vs. Millersville (DH) - North Campus Field (Live Stats)



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