Daily Brief

April 14, 2023

Broadway and TV Star Laura Benanti Closes KU Presents! Season

Tony award-winner and five-time Tony award nominee Laura Benanti is a highly celebrated stage and screen actress. Her TV and film roles include "Gossip Girl", "Younger", "Worth", "Tick-Tick…Boom!" and many guest appearances. In 2019, Benanti made a triumphant return to Broadway as Eliza Doolittle in Lincoln Center's acclaimed production of "My Fair Lady". Since making her Broadway debut at the young age of 18 as Maria in "The Sound of Music" opposite Richard Chamberlain, Benanti has wowed audiences in numerous musicals and plays. Her performance 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, Schaeffer Auditorium will feature songs from Broadway, jazz-influenced torch songs and comedic takes on beloved favorites with a liberal dose of her charming wit and humor. 
Tickets: $48, $43 for seniors and students. KU faculty and staff: $43; KU students: $10. KU faculty, staff and students access discounted tickets by using their MyKU Login

KU Presents!

Big Art Day

Big Art Day, coordinated by faculty in the Department of Art & Design, is bringing three KU alumni back to campus to share their insight and experience on varied careers in the arts. The morning event will be held 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 21, 120 Sharadin Arts Building and the afternoon events noon to 2 p.m., second floor Atrium Gallery (the lobby outside of the Miller Gallery). Joining us will be Rachel Heberling ‘06, who is the executive director of Frontline Arts, a printmaking center in Branchburg, N.J.; Allison McCann ‘13, who is publications manager at UCLA’s Center for Early Global Studies; and Kristyn Rohrer ’18, who is a ceramic sculptor at Nampara Arts Cooperative in Morgantown, W.Va. Heberling, who majored in studio arts with a concentration in printmaking, received her MFA in 2011 from Ohio State University and has had an impressive career serving as studio manager and director, artist assistant and teacher. McCann graduated from Kutztown with a BFA in studio art with a concentration in drawing and minors in art history and German studies: communication and culture. She earned her Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Pittsburgh and her research interests focus on 14th-century illuminated manuscripts from Bohemia. Prior to her appointment as publications manager at the CMRS, she worked in the publications department at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Ca. Rohrer earned her B.A. from Kutztown in sociology in 2018, the diversity and inequality track with a dual minor in crafts and German studies: communication and culture in 2018. She currently works at a community studio and has recently completed a post-baccalaureate program at West Virginia University. She recently showed work in a group show at the Clay Art Center of New York.

Pierette Kulpa, Department of Art & Design


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

High pressure moves off the Virginia shoreline. Sunny skies and warm temperatures are expected. High temperature near 85.


KU Composition Conference

The KUCC celebrates excellent students in writing and composition. All KU faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend panels throughout the day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 17, McFarland Student Union. Please encourage your students to attend to see excellent student writing showcased and to participate in the poetry reading, 1-2 p.m., Formal Dining Room MSU.

Sandra Marie Leonard, Department of English

Piano Palooza

The Department of Music will present the annual Piano Palooza with works for two pianos/multi pianists and percussionists by Bach, Bartok, Copland, Lutoslawski, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Schnittke. The performers include faculty, students and alumni, as well as invited guest faculty and students from Greece. The concert is free and open to the public 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, Schaeffer Auditorium. In the event you cannot attend in person, you can watch the live-stream by clicking here.

Maria Asteriadou, Department of Music

Tuesday Tea Party

The Office of Residence Life, Housing and Dining will be hosting a “Tuesday Tea Party” 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 223 MSU Formal Dining Room. The event was created to connect students and faculty/professors outside the classroom and help them make professional connections with each other. At the "Tuesday Tea," there will be DIY terrariums, raffles, yummy food, tea and a panel of professors who will “spill the tea” with everyone who attends. We hope to see you there.

Christine Gordon-Claytor, Housing & Residence Life

For Caregivers of the Elderly

Join us for an elder-care workshop: Berks County Area Agency on Aging with Ann Barlett 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 20, 260 Boehm or via Zoom Meeting ID: 931 8410 7622 Passcode: 742349. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students. A box lunch is available to attendees on campus. RSVP by noon Monday, April 17 to pytleski@kutztown.edu to attend and your choice of:
- Bavarian ham and Swiss on a pretzel roll
- Tuna salad ciabatta with fresh romaine and sliced tomato
- Deli sliced turkey and Swiss on hearty wheat bread
- Chicken Caesar wrap
- Grilled vegetable ciabatta with grilled vegetables, spicy hummus and lettuce
Sandwiches come with mustard, mayo, potato chips, assorted crave-worthy cookies and bottled water.
This event is sponsored by Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Women.

John Ronan, Commission on the Status of Women


APSCUF-KU Spring 2023 Union Leadership Election Results

KU is pleased to announce the spring 2023 Union Leadership election results.
APSCUF KU Vice President: Kerri Cebula
APSCUF KU Treasurer: Anke Walz
- Marlene Fares
- Mahfuzul Khondaker
- Thomas Robinson
- Lindsey Runell
- Mary Rita Weller
- Mark Wolfmeyer
- Jonathan Joy (current delegate)
Alternate Delegates:
- Kaoutar El Mounadi
- Robert Kilker
- Brandon Krieg
- Stephen Oross (current alternate delegate)

Albert Fu, APSCUF-KU

Heather Miller Dissertation

The Department of Social Work announces Heather Miller, MSW, LSW, will be defending her dissertation, "Relational Connections for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Policy Content Analysis," 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, chaired by Dr. Yasoda Sharma.

Sharon Lyter, Department of Social Work

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 14 10 a.m. Well-Being Day
223 McFarland Student Union
April 14 7:30 p.m. Faculty Piano Recital-Daniel Immel
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 15 7:30 a.m. Children's Literature Conference
McFarland Student Union
April 17 9 a.m. KU Composition Conference
McFarland Student Union
April 17 5:30 p.m. AFSCME Monthly Member Meeting
103 Academic Forum
April 17 7:30 p.m. Piano Palooza
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 18 11 a.m. Tuesday Tea Party
Formal Dining Room McFarland Student Union
April 19 1 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Old Main Concourse
April 19 7:30 p.m. KU Presents! Laura Benanti
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 20 11 a.m. Employee Planetarium Matinee Show
Grim Science Building
April 20 11 a.m. Elder Care Workshop
260 Boehm Science Center
April 20 11 a.m. Lunchtime Concert
Center for Mallet Percussion Research
April 21 9 a.m. Big Art Day
120 Sharadin Arts Building
April 21 4 p.m. UGRC Faculty Awards
13G Schaeffer Auditorium
Date Time Event
April 14 2 p.m. Baseball vs. Mansfield
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 16 11:30 a.m. Women’s Golf vs. Spring Invitational
Moselem Springs Golf Club
In Case You Missed It

Faculty Piano Recital - Daniel Immel

Department of Music keyboard faculty member Daniel Immel will present "Blizzardry" 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, Schaeffer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public and will feature music by Beethoven, Gershwin, Chopin, Liszt, Enescu and Schulz-Evler. The concert will also be live-streamed. For more information, email Dr. Immel at immel@kutztown.edu.

Daniel Immel, Department of Music


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