Daily Brief

April 23, 2021

Rectangular image: on the left on gold background are the words: Emilie Laychock, Research Projects, Nominated by Dr. Phillip Reed, Physical Sciences. The right of the image is maroon background with a headshot of Laychock and an image of a silver medallion in the upper right corner.

CHAMBLISS SILVER MEDAL: EMILIE LAYCHOCK
Emilie Laychock, Hummelstown, Pa., is a physics and astronomy major graduating in May. She is awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Silver Medal in the category of successfully-completed research project. Laychock participated in an exoplanet discovery project funded by the National Science Foundation. She spent 10 weeks during the summer of 2019 working as a research assistant at the MINERVA-Australis Observatory in Australia, a new, world-class astronomical observatory performing cutting-edge measurements of the masses of newly-discovered exoplanets. She tested the telescopes' capabilities to perform high-precision measurements of exoplanet candidates. Read More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

VIDEO: ART EDUCATOR EXHIBIT AT SHARADIN
Congratulations to Kutztown Middle School student artists and Kutztown University preservice art educators who exhibited their co-constructed Big Idea Books at the Sharadin Building Atrium Gallery. The artworks stemmed from a curriculum project designed by Kutztown Middle School art teacher, Kris Tuerk, and Kutztown University professor of art, Carrie Nordlund. Thanks to Jesse Todero, the current Kutztown Middle School art education student teacher, who curated the exhibition. Watch video on Instagram.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

KU BUSINESS WON SECOND AT WEINMAN CASE COMPETITION
The seventh annual Weinman Cup Case Competition took place at Townson University on April 15. Kutztown University team, Dylan Drager (senior) and Philip Castrine (junior) with the advisor of Dr. Rajeev Kumar, won second place this year. They had 30 days to develop short- and long-term global sourcing strategies for a food company. Their presentation included a solution with the analysis of finance, operations, regulations and socio-economics. As the judge mentioned, “Kutztown team chose a different option to the other teams but the way Kutztown proposed is much closer to what the industry is doing now.”
     Gary Chao, Department of Business Administration

WEATHER

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

High pressure slides to our south. Sunny skies are expected. Wind will be a factor thanks to the tight pressure gradient. High temperature in the low-60s. Winds west at 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SSHE OPEN ENROLLMENT
Open enrollment for non-represented, nurses, faculty and police is April 19-30. If you do not have changes, no action is required during open enrollment. View the Open Enrollment website for important health plan and employee premium information for the 2021-22 plan year. Please reach out to Jeanette Forster with any questions.
     Jeanette Forster. Office of Human Resources

2021 OUT OF THE DARKNESS CAMPUS WALK

Get your walking shoes on and your team ready for Kutztown University's seventh Annual Out of the Darkness Walk. Kutztown University's NAMI KU Chapter has partnered with Penn State Berks Campus for a virtual walk which will take place Sunday, April 25. A walk ceremony with participation from students and faculty representing both campuses will be held 3 p.m., via Zoom. Resources and information for students and community members will be provided during our ceremony. All proceeds from this event benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Hope walks here in Berks County at Kutztown and Penn State. https://bit.ly/3lWOdUl
     Patricia Brenner, Counselor Education/NAMI KU

UGRC FACULTY MENTORSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Faculty Advisory Board and the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects invite you to the first annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Faculty Mentorship Awards Ceremony. The four awards (2 STEM and 2 non-STEM) recognize excellence in faculty engagement with undergraduate researchers. Each award carries $500 in professional development funds. The ceremony will take place in person 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in 101 Academic Forum, with the option to join virtually using this Zoom link.
     Lynn M Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity

UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING
The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m., Thursday, April 29, via Zoom: Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and April 29, 2021, SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.
     Steve Lem, University Senate

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

April 23

6 p.m.

KU Presents!
Schaeffer Lawn - rear

April 25

3 p.m.

2021 Out of the Darkness Campus Walk
Register

April 26

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clay Club and Botany Club Outdoor Sale
Sharadin Loading Dock 2

April 26

3 p.m.

ICC Campus Climate Survey Open Forum
Zoom

April 27

11 a.m.

FDI April 2021 Discussion Given by James Jackson
Zoom

April 27

4 p.m.

UGRC Faculty Mentorship Awards Ceremony
101 Academic Forum, Zoom

April 28

5-7 p.m.

COM and SMS Senior Showcase
Virtual

April 28

7:30 p.m.

Arts Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Class
Zoom

April 29

1:30 p.m.

Council of Trustees: Committee Meetings
Zoom Meeting ID: 917 0127 7191 Passcode: 244625

April 29

3 p.m.

Council of Trustees: Plenary Session
Zoom Meeting ID: 935 0919 3766 Passcode: 572185

April 29

3 p.m.

ICC Campus Climate Survey Open Forum
Zoom

April 29

4 p.m.

University Senate Meeting
Zoom Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956

Date

Time

Event

April 23

1 p.m.

SB vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

April 24

noon

BB vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

OUTDOOR CLAY CLUB EXHIBITION AND BOTANY CLUB SALE
Come view ceramics created by current ceramics students and plants for sale in a socially distanced exhibition, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 26, Sharadin Loading Dock 2. Contact kuclayclub@gmail.com for information. https://www.kutztownclayclub.org
     Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

AFSCME LOCAL 2234
AFSCME Local 2234 will be handing out a coupon to all members who were “essential” during the winter months. We appreciate your efforts during these trying times. Please see one of the Executive Board members for this coupon. Local 2234 will also be selling a Wawa coupon for $5 which you can exchange at Wawa for a “shorti hoagie” at any store.
      Christina Ferris, Department of Biology and APSCUF

ACCOMMODATIONS

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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