Daily Brief

April 29, 2021

Rectangular image: on the left on gold background are the words: Caelan Brooks, research projects, nominated by Dr. Kunal Das, physical sciences. The right of the image is maroon background with an image of a gold medallion in the upper left corner and a square headshot image of Brooks on the right.

CHAMBLISS GOLD MEDAL: CAELAN BROOKS
Caelan Brooks, Bear, Delaware, is a physics major graduating in May. She is awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Gold Medal in the category of successfully-completed research project. Brooks has conducted high-quality physics research that has led to innovations in two separate areas of physics: atomic molecular and optical (AMO) physics and biophysics, resulting in one peer-reviewed paper published and three more in development. Her work has been recognized by multiple awards and by acceptances into some of the top physics doctorate programs in the world. Brooks will continue her education at Harvard University. Read More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

Image of gold, Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society, insignia pin.

GAMMA THETA UPSILON INITIATION CEREMONY
Congratulations to the following outstanding Kutztown University students who were inducted into the Gamma Psi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society, Thursday, April 22: Zachary Glass, Abby Pastir, John Sandala and Michael Skamarakus. A search for qualified students will be conducted next spring in advance of our next annual initiation ceremony.
     Richard Courtney, Department of Geography

WEATHER

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

Slow-approaching front brings lots of clouds today along with the chance for showers and thunderstorms, any of which could be locally heavy and provide some drenching downpours. It will still be warm, although not as warm as yesterday. Highs today closer to 75 with breezy southwest winds.

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

BEST PAPER AT ANNUAL PASSHE COMPUTING CONFERENCE
On Saturday, April 10, Dale Parson of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology won the Best Faculty Paper Award for “Simulated Contact Tracing of COVID-19 Propagation at Kutztown University for Fall 2020,” at the 36th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators. Patrick Earl presented “Assessing a Scholarship Program for Underrepresented Students in Computer Science and Information Technology” and students Faith Evans and Alexis Peoples presented research posters. https://research.library.kutztown.edu/cisfaculty/13/
     Dale E. Parson, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

ICC CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY OPEN FORUM
The third Institutional Climate Committee open forum to discuss data from the “Culturally Engaging Campus Climates” survey will be held 3 p.m., today, Thursday, April 29, via Zoom, All are invited. Please see the ICC website to preview our Executive Summary.
     Christopher Weiler, Institutional Climate Committee

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS VIRTUAL AWARD CEREMONY
Please join the College of Business at our senior awards virtual ceremony, as we honor the graduating senior recipients. The ceremony is 5 p.m., Thursday, April 29, via Zoom: https://kutztown.zoom.us/s/96974728520. Congratulations to each awardee.
     Katie Bowen, College of Business

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

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

April 29

5 p.m.

COB: Virtual Award Ceremony
Zoom

April 30

6 p.m.

KU Presents! Performance
Schaeffer Lawn - rear

May 4

11 a.m.

COVID-19 Returning to the Workplace
KUSBDC: Online

May 5

Noon to 7 p.m.

Miller-Keystone: Final Blood Drive of Semester
Student Recreation Center: Pre-register

May 6

1 p.m.

HR Basics Bootcamp for Small Business Owners
KUSBDC: Online

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet remotely on Thursday, April 29. There will be no physical location for the meeting as a safety precaution given the current COVID-19 crisis and current social-distancing guidelines.
- An Executive Session will be held at 11:30 a.m.
- Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 917 0127 7191
Passcode: 244625
Dial: 646-876-9923
- Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 935 0919 3766
Passcode: 572185
Dial: 646-876-9923
     Office of the President

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

REGISTRATION FOR CET SUMMER TEACHING CONFERENCE
The CET is pleased to announce the CET Summer Teaching Conference held virtually on Wednesday, June 2, and Thursday, June 3. This is a one-and-a-half-day event with keynote speakers, faculty presentations, roundtable/panel discussions and more. Please click here for the conference website to find more information on tentative program and keynote speakers. Please register for the conference via the link below by Wednesday, May 26. https://forms.office.com/r/iLwUfxTVGY. Registered colleagues will receive the conference zoom link by Thursday, May 27. Furthermore, the registered participants will be entered into a drawing for the book, "Creating Wicked Students," authored by one of our keynote speakers, Paul Hanstedt.
     Yun (Amy) Lu, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching

FINAL BLOOD DRIVE OF SEMESTER - MAY 5
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our drives this year. Our April drive was a little short, so we are hoping to fill every time slot for our May drive. Please consider donating if you can noon to 7 p.m., Monday, May 5, in the Student Recreation Center, west gym. Please share this information with friends and family. Pre-Register: https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81784
     Jerry Schearer, Community Outreach Center

FIRST DESTINATION CAREER OUTCOMES SURVEY
Faculty and staff please remind graduating students to complete their First Destination Career Outcomes Survey in Handshake before graduation (and again at three and six months). Employer and graduate school information is shared with academic departments for your use and benefit.
      Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

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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