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April 27, 2017


The Daily Brief

Brittany Larkin 2017 Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award
Brittany Larkin, of Cranberry Township, Pa., was awarded the Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award for her successfully completed research projects.  Larkin is a special education/visual impairment major graduating in May. She has conducted original research on cortical visual impairment. Last year, she presented her research, titled "Effective Practices for Working with Students Who Have Cortical Visual Impairments," at The National Council for Exceptional Children Conference. Larkin has served as a student with the Pennsylvania Association for Educational and Rehabilitation and the National Division on Visual Impairments. Her research and articles have been published in Visual Impairment and Deaf-Blind Quarterly, an invitation-only publication on visual impairment studies. Locally, she has done presentations on vision loss for the Lion Club chapter, helped organize a Dine in the Dark event at the Vision Resource Center in Reading and even volunteered to tutor underclassmen in Kutztown University's vision program. Larkin has been named to the Dean's List every semester since 2014.
(Each Chambliss Award recipient will be individually featured in the Daily Brief throughout the next two weeks.)  

Department of History Award CeremonyDepartment of History Award Ceremony
The History Department held its annual ceremony on April 18 to recognize our outstanding students. The ceremony was comprised of three parts: Scholarships, Awards, and Phi Alpha Theta Induction. Scholarship winners were: Gregory White, Shiyi Ding, Evan Musto and Lucas Fick.  Senior Award winners were: Carolyn Wasser, Mackenzie Francis, Cherylann McGuire, Teddy Werkheiser, Derek Hueske and Daniel Aston.  Distinction of the Comprehensive Exam: Cherylann McGuire, Emily Reinertson, Jessica Schwindenhammer.  History Club award winners were: Martin Luther King Jr. award: Cherylann McGuire and Professor of the Year: Dr. Robert Reynolds.  Phi Alpha Theta inductees were: Sam Barbary, Tyler Blessing, Alyssa Brophy, Kaleb Daubert, James Devine, Mackenzie Francis, Derek Hueske, Holli Kline, Stephen Machuga, Cherylann McGuire, Kathleen O'Neill, Erin Palmer, Carly Plesic, Maria Sparacio, Teddy Werkheiser and Gregory White (not all inductees are in the picture)  We congratulate all the winners and initiates on their outstanding academic achievements.
                Andrew B. Arnold, chair, History Department  

BIO/MAR 226 Marine Biology Class Field Trip 2017. Science, sun (a little at least), and a beach cleanup activity capped off a weekend field trip for 20 KU students at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.
BIO/MAR 226 Marine Biology Class Field Trip 2017. Science, sun (a little at least), and a beach cleanup activity capped off a weekend field trip for 20 KU students at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.  



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ALL DAY Spring Evacuation Drills
11 a.m. The Philosophy Club, MSU 323
11 a.m. Veterans Services Picnic, MSU Lawn
6 p.m. Customer Appreciation, Dixon Marketplace
7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble, SA




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


It is time to start getting awarded for all the dreary weather earlier this week. A ridge of high pressure takes control today and sunshine should be much more prevalent today than it has been. The day could still start a bit on the cloudy or even foggy side. But once that burns off, expect a much nicer afternoon with temperatures responding very nicely, heading to the upper 70s. Light southeast winds. Watch for a thundershower or two possible overnight tonight as a weak cool front passes through.




May 1, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff are invited to meet with President Hawkinson during his free hour 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 1. Free hours occur on the first Monday of the month in 303 Stratton. Dr. Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding Kutztown University.
                Office of the President

The next Transfer Orientation is Thursday, May 25. Freshmen and Parent-Family Orientation begins Wednesday, May 31.
                CONNECTIONS Orientation Programs

May 4
The College of Business will host its fourth candidate for dean Thursday, May 4. The candidate's vita can be found at  (Kutztown University login credentials are required to access link).
                College of Business

I would like to thank the campus community for the many expressions of sympathy and kindness our family received due to the passing of my father-in-law, Joseph Kuzma.  We have a goal of a Caring Campus Community in our University's Strategic Plan and I can tell you that the campus achieved and exceeded that goal in the eyes of myself and my family. 
                Jerry Silberman, Administration and Finance




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 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 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.
Customer appreciation event 6 - 10 p.m. at Dixon Marketplace 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, 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

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. 





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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