Daily Brief

April 18, 2022

Vanessa Baybruck holding her Chambliss Academic Achievement Gold Medal certificate

Vanessa Maybruck – Gold Medal

Vanessa Maybruck, from Allentown, Pa., is an Honors student, a mathematics and mathematics education dual major with a minor in biochemistry graduating in May. Maybruck was awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Gold Medal for outstanding service to the university community and successfully completed research project(s). She has been actively involved in multiple organizations on campus, including the mathematics department Peer Mentor Program, the Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society, the KU Honors Club and the KU Choirs. She has made outstanding contributions to the KU chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the IOTA chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society (DAP). She has served as president of AWM for more than two years, where she co-organized and coordinated several events focused on empowering women, celebrating diversity and navigating male-dominated careers as women. It was primarily her leadership that made these events a success. Maybruck has made other significant contributions to the campus community through her efforts to promote disability awareness and improve campus accessibility for individuals with disabilities. She had multiple leadership roles as an active member of DAP and is the current president. Under her leadership, DAP members worked to create guidelines for making large-scale campus events more accessible to all, where she hopes to publish these guidelines for general campus use. Maybruck is KU's nominee for the State System's Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. Maybruck plans to obtain her Ph.D. in applied mathematics to become a professor and prolific mathematical modeler.

University Relations

Pinchas Zukerman Closes the KU Presents Season

With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today's most sought after and versatile musicians - violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. Performing with Canadian Juno Award-winning Amanda Forsyth, considered one of North America's most dynamic cellists, and pianist Shai Wosner, internationally recognized for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight, the Pinchas Zukerman Trio will present unforgettable evening of musical mastery 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Visit www.KutztownPresents.org for the evening's program. Tickets: are $48, $41 for seniors and students and can be purchased on line or by calling 610-683-4092.  KU Faculty/Staff can access $41 tickets and KU Students $10 tickets by logging into ticketing with their MYKU credentials.

Amy Botwright, KU Presents!


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


Ann Gundry Remembrance Service

Please join us 4 p.m. today, Monday, April 18, Old Main Concourse to celebrate Dr. Ann Gundry's life on her birthday.  RSVP encouraged but not required, to Dina Hayduk, hayduk@kutztown.edu. Dr. Gundry taught at KU for 37 years in the department of physical education, until her retirement in 2004.  During her time here, Ann served as the director to the Women’s Center from 1991-2004, and was a founding faculty member of what was then called the Women’s Studies Minor.  Ann created several student scholarships, and was active in the faculty union, APSCUF.  She established the Dr. Constance P. Dent and Dr. Ann T. Gundry Distinguished Speaker Series in collaboration with the Kutztown University Women’s Center and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, which allowed us to bring Madonna Thunderhawk, Ilyasah Shabazz and Feminista Jones to campus. Ann paved the way for so much of what we do through Allies, FMLA, WGS and both the Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Resource Center. We are grateful to have known such a remarkable, generous, determined human.

Women's Center

AFSCME Membership Meeting

AFSCME 2234 members, please join us for our monthly membership meeting at 5 p.m. today, Monday, April 18, in 203 Academic Forum. If you have any questions, please attend and we will be glad to address your concerns.

Christina Ferris, AFSCME

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

Faculty Artist Series: Daniel Immel, Piano

Department of Music Faculty member Daniel Immel will present a solo piano recital entitled "Waterfire" 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Schaeffer Auditorium. The program will feature music by Bach, Debussy, Chopin and Vine. The program is free and open to the public and will be live-streamed as well for those who cannot be in attendance.  

Daniel Immel, Department of Music

SBDC: Cybersecurity Basics for Remote Work

Please join us 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, for a SBDC workshop: Cybersecurity Basics for Remote Work. In this webinar, you will learn how to understand the importance of cyber safety, recognize the need for password-protected Wi-Fi, utilize multi-factor authentication, and learn phishing basics and how to avoid falling for them.

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center

International Careers and Languages Panel

The Modern Language Studies Department and the Career Development Center present a panel on language study and international career opportunities noon to 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in 287 Old Main and on Zoom. Panelists include Soeren Eberhardt, localization and internationalization expert at Microsoft; KU alumnus Jeremiah Gwozdziewycz, a cryptolinguist and signals intelligence analyst with the United States Army; alumnus Nathan Hayduk, an intern with the Foreign Commercial Service; and Margot Welk, an independent social impact consultant, formerly of USAID. Meet the Panelists here.

Lynn M. Kutch, Modern Language Studies

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 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, Old Main concourse (east side). 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

Author Reading

Join us 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 183 McFarland Student Union as Colleen O'Brien and Jeffrey Voccola read from their recently-published book. Book signing will follow.

Jeffrey Voccola, Department of English

Elder Care Workshop

Ann Barlett from the Berks County Area Agency on Aging will share information about the various programs, services and resources available for older adults, adult children of aging parents, caregivers, etc. 11 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 260 Boehm Science Center. Highlights include:
- Care at Home
- Information on in-home services and eligibility for the funded in-home care programs
- Supportive Services
- Caregiver Support program, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Services to Seniors
- Home-Delivered Meals, Senior Community Centers, PA MEDI program
- Ombudsman Advocacy for long-term care residents
- Elder Abuse Awareness and Protective Services
- Health & Wellness programs, promoting independence and healthy lifestyles
- Resources
This event sponsored by the Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Women is open to faculty, staff and students. Join us in person or via Zoom Meeting ID: 982 5919 5199 Passcode: 175964. RSVP by April 19, 2022 to ronan@kutztown.edu

John Ronan, Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Women

24th Annual Kutztown University Children's Literature Conference

The 24th annual Kutztown University Children's Literature Conference is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, McFarland Student Union. It is $5 for students to attend, and free for all staff to attend. However, you must register on our website: http://kuchildrensliterature.weebly.com. Speakers include Anna Raff, illustrator of many children’s books, Jonah Winter, author of children’s books that promote social and racial justice, environmental awareness and facts, Stacy McAnulty, author of children’s books that focus on many different areas of science, and finally Elizabeth Zunon, author of children’s books that reflect her childhood of growing up on the Ivory Coast. All presenters have won numerous book awards. For more information visit our website.

Roseanne Perkins and Emily Blumetti, EMLT

Edward Luckey Ed.D. Dissertation Defense

The College of Education announces Edward Luckey will defend his Education Doctorate dissertation, "Banding and Belonging Together: Insights of Newly-Recruited ELL Musicians," 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, via Zoom

Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 18 4 p.m. Dr. Ann Gundry Remembrance Reception
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 Arts Building
April 18 7:30 p.m. Faculty Artist Series: Daniel Immel, Piano
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 19 Noon International Careers and Languages Panel
287 Old Main | Zoom
April 19 7:30 p.m. Single Reed Concert
Georgian Room
April 20 8 a.m. Well-Being is Fire
April 20 9 a.m. KU Inspires-A Celebration of Research/Creativity
Rohrbach Library and 183 MSU
April 20 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym Student Recreation Center
April 20 11 a.m. Open Hour with Provost
East Concourse, Old Main
April 20 4 p.m. UGRC Faculty Mentorship Award Ceremony
183 McFarland Student Union | Zoom
April 20 6 p.m. KU Arts Society Induction Ceremony
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 20 7 p.m. Voccola & O'Brien Book Reading
183 McFarland Student Union
April 20 7:30 p.m. KU Presents: Pinchas Zuckerman Trio
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 21 11 a.m. Elder Care Workshop
260 Boehm | Zoom 932 5919 5199 PC: 175964
April 22 5 p.m. Wind Ensemble Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 23 8:30 a.m. KU Children's Literature Conference
McFarland Student Union
April 25 7:30 p.m. Music Monday
Schaeffer Auditorium

Date Time Event
April 20 3 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. PSU Berks
Keystone Courts
April 20 5:30 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. ESU
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Live Video)
April 22 10 a.m. Women's Golf at PSAC Championships
Berkleigh Golf Club
April 23 10 a.m. Women's Golf at PSAC Championships
Berkleigh Golf Club
April 23 Noon Baseball vs. ESU (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats)
April 23 1 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Shippensburg
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Live Video)
April 23 2 p.m. M/W Tennis vs. Davis & Elkins
Keystone Courts


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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Non-Discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.