Daily Brief

April 13, 2022

Shani Trebatoski wearing a mask and holding her Chambliss Academic Achievement copper medal

Shani Trebatoski - Copper Medal

Shani Trebatoski is an art education and crafts major graduating in May from York, Pa. She was awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Copper Medal for successfully completed research project(s). Trebatoski has served as an undergraduate research assistant over the course of summer 2020 and summer 2021. Throughout the last 2+ years, she has been fully involved in the data collection and use of narrative methodologies during a research study funded by the National Art Education Foundation and a KU Bears Grant. During her study, she used narrative research – a qualitative method focused on gathering the stories of participants –to collect participants’ lived experiences to better understand the complexity of being an educator in a changing teaching landscape with specific attention to how one's own identity impacts one's role as an educator. This research is timely, as the field of art education reflects and examines the role of professional identity on views of the learner and curriculum creation that promotes equity, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility. She has been an integral part of this project; she coded the data that was collected, organized and maintained the software that contains files pertinent to each participant, maintained a field/research journal, participated in data reflections and researched background material that was vital to the study. Trebatoski co-authored a research article that focused on how white educators engage in critical social action that has been accepted for publication. She also participated in state and national scholarly presentations. She is currently teaching elementary students in Reading, where the knowledge gained from this research is being actively utilized as she works with diverse learners. She will be serving elementary students in the Reading School District and will be presenting at the undergraduate KU Inspires research symposium this April.

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KU and RACC Sign B.S. Physics: Engineering Technology Dual Admissions Transfer Agreement

Kutztown University president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson signed an agreement Monday, April 4, with Reading Area Community College president Dr. Susan Looney to provide a seamless transfer for RACC students to enter the KU Bachelor of Science in Physics: Engineering Technology. Under the dual admissions agreement, Reading Area Community College students will be guaranteed admission into KU's B.S. Physics: Engineering Technology degree program with third year (junior) status at Kutztown University on the condition that they meet specific criteria.

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KU baseball team smiling and holding up a banner that says "Kutztown Baseball 125th Anniversary Season"

Baseball Celebrates 125 Seasons

KU's baseball team recently celebrated its 125-year anniversary. Prior to the team's doubleheader Sunday, a celebratory brunch was held in the MSU that was attended by almost 40 former players spanning six decades. Congratulations to all for contributing to a longstanding tradition of excellence.

Sports Information


Kutztown University's Department of Cinema, Television and Media Production will host Tower Talks, a new speaker event on campus, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, Rickenbach Auditorium. The event features KU alumni, faculty, staff and students and is a great way to showcase the talent that is part of the KU experience. There are two featured speakers this year. KU alumnae and one of the stars from Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, Talia McKinney, will speak about her career journey into the heart of New York City as a woman of color. KU student and Reading City councilman, Wesley Butler, will share his experience running for Reading City Council. Both talks are designed to be an inspiration to audience members with themes of hard work, determination, reaching goals and finding success.

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KU Student Entrepreneurs to Compete in State System Startup Challenge

Three student entrepreneurial teams will compete in the annual State System Startup Challenge, including Kutztown University graduate students Shantal Ewell and Kevin Smith. Students will pitch their original business plans to a panel of judges for a chance to win funds to support their start-up or expand their business. PCN (The Pennsylvania Cable Network) will air the competition live 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, as well as PCN Select. Ewell's and Smyth's original plan, The Schedula Degree Planner, is an online platform that would redefine the way college students and advisors interact. The platform creates a personalized degree plan so students can avoid unnecessary courses to graduate in four years or less while improving the efficiency of advisors and the graduation rates of universities.

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


International Campus and Community Day

April 13 is inaugural International Campus and Community Day. The International Town and Gown Association is promoting this special day to recognize the essential, powerful relationship between campuses and their communities. Kutztown University is partnering with Kutztown Community Partnership (KCP, a non-profit organization located in the Borough of Kutztown), to bring a world-class, one-of-a-kind Keith Haring Fitness Park to campus to help promote health and wellness in the Kutztown community. The interactive fitness park will be located on the corner of Baldy Street and Normal Avenue, where Haring's art will be integrated into every element. Keith Haring was a legendary activist and artist who revolutionized pop art through his graffiti-like pieces full of abstract lines and colorful flairs. This project is an incredible opportunity for the Kutztown community to pay reverence to one of its native sons, as Haring was born and raised in Kutztown.

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Open Hour with Provost

Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop by and chat with the provost, Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, during her open office hour 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Starbucks, McFarland Student Union. Faculty and staff who would like to have a conversation, but for whom this time does not work, are welcome to contact the Office of the Provost at 610-683-4155 to schedule a time to meet.

Office of the Provost

Clay Club Visiting Artist Cristina Tufiño

Clay Club visiting artist Cristina Tufiño will present 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, 123 Sharadin Arts Building. Tufiño is an interdisciplinary artist who uses clay, cement, video, photography and installations to explore identity, landscape, cultural values and her personal experiences and memories.

Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

APSCUF/APSCURF Student Scholarship

The Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties at Kutztown University will grant two $500 scholarships and The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculties will grant two $250 scholarships to undergraduate students returning for fall 2022. Recipients of the scholarships will be determined on the basis of their participation in campus service and solidarity activities as well as academic record. Please encourage your students to apply. For more information and instructions on how to apply, view the flyer at the link below. Deadline to apply is April 22.

Andrew Mashintonio, Department of Biological Sciences/Student Liaison Committee

Recreation Center Special Hours

The Student Recreation Center:
- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 15
- Closed Saturday, April 16
- Closed Sunday, April 17
Keystone Hall Swimming Pool:
- 8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 15
- Closed Saturday, April 16
- Closed Sunday, April 17
Regular hours will resume Monday, April 18

Tracy Turner, Recreational Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 13 International Campus and Community Day
April 13 4 p.m. Meet and Greet: Talia McKinney
(Bravo Network's Million Dollar Listing)
Alumni Auditorium, 183 MSU
April 13  7 p.m. Tower Talks: Talia McKinney and Wesley Butler
Rickenbach Auditorium
April 14 1:30 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Starbucks, McFarland Student Union
April 18 4 p.m. Remembrance Reception: Dr. Ann Gundry
Old Main Concourse
April 18 5 p.m. AFSCME Membership Meeting
203 Academic Forum
April 18 7 p.m. Clay Club Visiting Artist: Cristina Tufiño
123 Sharadin
April 19 Noon Languages and Careers Panel
287 Old Main | Zoom
April 19 7:30 p.m. Single Reed Concert
Georgian Room
April 20 All Day KU Inspires-A Celebration of Research and Creativity
Rohrbach Library and 183 MSU
April 20 4 p.m. UGRC Faculty Mentorship Award Ceremony
183 McFarland Student Union | Zoom
April 20 4 p.m. Cook Off Crowning
April 20 6 p.m. KU Arts Society Induction Ceremony
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 20 7:30 p.m. KU Presents: Pinchas Zuckerman Trio
Schaeffer Auditorium

Date Time Event
April 14 9 a.m. M/W Track & Field vs. Mondschein Multi
Andre Reed Stadium
April 15 2 p.m. M/W Tennis vs. Shepherd
Keystone Courts
April 15 2 p.m. Baseball vs. Shippensburg
North Campus Field (Live Stats)
April 15 2:30 p.m. Softball vs. Mansfield
North Campus Field (Live Stats)
April 16 1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Millersville
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Live Video)
April 16 1 p.m. Softball vs. Bloomsburg
North Campus Field (Live Stats)


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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