Daily Brief

April 10, 2024

Communication Design Students Win Addy Awards

A group of nine students, along with associate professor Summer Doll-Myers and assistant professor Dannell MacIlwraith, attended the American Advertising Awards Thursday, March 14, Cedar Crest College, Allentown Pa. Among them, five communication design students, Emma Blomiley, Rachel Colameco, Emily Stough, Kate Foley and Rachel Moss, won awards. A KUCD MFA candidate was also awarded the highest honor of "Best in Show." All gold Addy winners will be moving on to the national Addy Awards.

Dannell MacIlwraith, Art and Design

Ana Bogata

Ana Bogota's Dissertation Defense

Ana Bogota will defend her dissertation 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 245 Beekey. The title of her dissertation is, "A Teacher and Her Language Minoritized Students in a Translanguaging Mathematics Classroom: Activating and Suppressing Our Full Linguistic Repertoires for Increased Mathematical Reasoning and Sense-Making." The committee members are Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer, Dr. Helen S. Hamlet and Dr. Kate Seltzer.

Catherine Vigilante, EDD

Ninth Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI KU) Campus Club will host the ninth annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. The event will begin with a brief ceremony, where those who have died by suicide are remembered. Walk proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Our own KU radio will DJ the event. Please consider joining us and or donating to AFSP. Registration information can be found in the link below.

Patricia Ann Brenner, NAMI KU


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

Mostly cloudy with some showers, especially in the morning. A few breaks of sun possible late in the day. High near 70.


CEL Workshop: 30 Minutes of Recess

Recess isn’t just for kids. Join your playground monitor Erin Kraal and get your daily recess with the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) 11:10-11:40 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 6 Rohrbach Library. In 30 minutes, we’ll have fun and learn a few key research outcomes of using playful approaches in our teaching. For more information, please visit the link below.

Center for Engaged Learning

Multicultural Greek Council "Who Run It" Showcase

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is hosting the spring showcase step show, "Who Run It," 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, Schaeffer Auditorium. Come out and support these students and their organizations, learn more about each chapter and see a variety of incredible performances. The event is free to attend. Please reach out to Laura Young in Student Involvement at Lyoung@kutztown.edu if you have any questions.

Laura Young, Student Involvement

KU Children's Literature Conference

Kutztown University is hosting the 26th Annual Children’s Literature Conference 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13, MSU. Every year, the conference hosts acclaimed authors and illustrators who share their processes for creating thoughtful, impactful and significant children’s stories. This year, the conference committee is proud to welcome NYT Bestselling Author Beth Ferry, Whitney Award Winner Jennifer A. Nielsen, (Kutztown’s very own) author/illustrator John Steven Gurney and Coretta Scott King Award Winner Carole Boston Weatherford. Librarians, educators, university instructors and students are all welcome to join in the yearly tradition of celebrating children’s literature. Visit kuchildrensliterature.weebly.com for more information.

Amy Kennedy, EMLT

Recycle Your Eclipse Glasses

Don't know what to do with your eclipse glasses? I am collecting used, but undamaged eclipse glasses to send to schools in Latin America so school-aged children can view the October 2024 annular eclipse. I will be sending them to Eclipse Glasses USA, Provo, Utah. You can either drop them off in my office or send them in campus mail, 231 Beekey, no later than Wednesday, May 15. Thank you.

Cheryl Faust, College of Education

University Curriculum Committee

The next University Curriculum Committee (UCC) meeting will be held Thursday, April 25. The proposal deadline is noon Thursday, April 11. Please submit proposals to the UCC SharePoint site. Contact Brian Meares at meares@kutztown.edu with any questions.

Brian Meares, University Curriculum Committee

Take Your Child to Work Day 2024

The Commission on the Status of Women is sponsoring Take Your Child To Work Day Thursday, April 25. The job-shadowing day is intended to give children a glimpse into the working world through the guidance of their parents. It is designed to inspire and build a strong educational foundation for young children. Celebrate this holiday with us by arranging for your child to come into the office, or to follow you on your daily tasks. We’re sure it will have a positive lasting effect. The schedule of events for the day and the registration link are on the Women's Center Engage page.

Diane Biehl, Commission on the Status of Women / Women's Center


APSCUF/APSCURF Student Scholarship

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) will grant two $500 scholarships and The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculties (APSCURF) will grant two $350 scholarships to undergraduate students returning for Fall 2024. Recipients of the scholarships will be determined on the basis of their participation in campus service and solidarity activities, as well as their academic record. Please encourage your students to apply. For more information and instructions on how to apply, view the flyer at the link below. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 19.

Andrew Mashintonio, APSCUF Student Liaison Committee

Last Day for Tutoring

The last day for tutoring for Spring 2024 is Wednesday, May 1. Students can sign up for tutoring in Starfish by using the "Tutor" link next to their course or by using the "I Need Help" button. If a student would like to meet with a trained peer to discuss time management, organizational skills or test-taking strategies, an Academic Peer Mentor (APM) is a great resource. Students can sign up for APMs in Starfish under "My Services." Please encourage your students to take advantage of these services. Tutoring Services is located at 26 Rohrbach Library. Contact Tutoring Services at 610-683-4207 or tutor@kutztown.edu with questions or visit the website for additional information.

Adam Troxel, Tutoring Services

GEPAC Rating Day Professional Development Event

We invite faculty to join us 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, MSU, for Gen Ed Rating Day. All norming and rating for general education A1-A4 work products (written and oral communication) collected in Fall 2023 will take place during this dedicated workshop time. The new Category A: Analytic Rubrics can be found here. We are excited to continue developing analytic rubrics as they provide dimensional outcomes for the entire SLO. This process will help us close the loop as we take these outcomes back into the classroom for improved student learning. Thanks to everyone who participated in the revising process for these rubrics. Coffee and lunch will be served at the event. Please register at the link below. For any questions or concerns, please email gepac@kutztown.edu.

General Education Program and Assessment Committee

2025-2026 Fulbright Student Competition

We are excited to announce that the 2025-2026 Fulbright Student Competition cycle officially launched Tuesday, April 2. This prestigious program offers a unique opportunity for our talented students to engage in international educational exchange, fostering mutual understanding and cultural enrichment. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistant Programs in various countries around the world. This life-changing experience allows students to pursue their academic passions, develop leadership skills and build lasting connections with communities abroad. Faculty members play a crucial role in identifying and mentoring potential Fulbright applicants. Your support and guidance can make a significant difference in a student's decision to apply and their success in the competition. We encourage you to inform your students about this incredible opportunity and inspire them to explore the possibilities that Fulbright offers. Students interested in applying for the Fulbright Student Competition should contact either Carl Sheperis (sheperis@kutztown.edu) or Derek Mace (mace@kutztown.edu) for further information and assistance. Please note that the internal deadline for applications to be considered at Kutztown University will be Monday, Sept. 23. This internal deadline ensures that our students have ample time to receive feedback, refine their applications and submit a competitive package to the national Fulbright committee. We kindly ask for your support in promoting the Fulbright Student Competition among your students and encouraging them to take advantage of this transformative opportunity. By working together, we can help our students unlock their full potential and make a lasting impact on the world.

Dr. Carl Sheperis, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 10 10 a.m.  Dissertation Defense: Beth Lattanzi
245 Beekey
April 10 11 a.m. P-Card Training 
April 10 Noon Women Entrepreneurs Panel Luncheon
218 MSU (RSVP)
April 10 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Old Main Concourse
April 10 7:30 p.m. KU Presents: Lakecia Benjamin
Schaeffer Auditorium (Tickets)
April 11 11:10 a.m. CEL Workshop: 30 Minutes of Recess
6 Rohrbach Library
April 12 Noon Societal Impact and Sustainability Panel Luncheon
Georgian Room
April 12 7 p.m. "Who Run It" Showcase
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 12 7:30 p.m. Alumni Concert and Chamber Players
Georgian Room
April 13 8 a.m. KU Children's Literature Conference
April 16 5 p.m. Indian Cultural Celebration
Multicultural Center
April 17 8 a.m. Dissertation Defense: Ana Bogota
245 Beekey 
April 18 11 a.m. Elder Care Workshop 
102 Academic Forum (Zoom

Date Time Event
April 10 3 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. East Stroudsburg
Keystone Field (Stats | Video)
April 12 4 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. California (PA)
Keystone Courts
April 13 1 p.m. Softball vs. Lock Haven (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats | Video)
April 13 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Shepherd (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)


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