Daily Brief

April 3, 2024

Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin

One of the most sought-after and revered saxophonists in the world, the charismatic and dynamic Lakecia Benjamin, fuses traditional conceptions of jazz, hip-hop and soul. See this amazing player, formidable composer and arranger 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, Schaefffer Auditorium, as the final performance of the 2023-24 KU Presents! Performing Artists Season. KU faculty and staff can access discounted tickets by logging in for tickets using their MyKU log-in credentials.

KU Presents!

Beth Lattanzi's Dissertation Defense

Please join us for Beth Lattanzi's dissertation defense titled, "Searching for Equity Within Children's Literature: A Professor and Students' Journey of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging," 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 245 Beekey. The chairperson is Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder and the dissertation committee includes Dr. McGeehan and Dr. Perkins.

Catherine McGeehan, College of Education

KU Graphis International New Talent Awards 2024 Winners

Five students from the Department of Art and Design had work selected for inclusion in the Graphis International New Talent Annual 2024. This is a significant honor because thousands of pieces of design and advertising work are submitted from across the globe. We are proud to recognize the following students winners:
 - Roseld Languatan won a Silver medal for his Health and Safety Poster Series for the Boys and Girls Club from Professor Kate Clair’s Design Pioneers course.
 - Kelsey Dicker won an Honorable Mention for the design of her EverFiber Branding and Annual Report from Professor Kate Clair’s Corporate Publications course.
 - Emily Juliano won an Honorable Mention for her Hunger Games Trilogy Book covers from Professor Karen Kresge’s Introduction to Type course.
 - Kelsey Dicker won an Honorable Mention for her Workshop Branding from Professor Kate Clair’s Advanced Branding course.
 - Molly Heller won an Honorable Mention for her Hyperpop Met Gala Album Cover from Professor Karen Kresge’s Advanced Type course.
 - Abby Lichtfus won an Honorable Mention for her Melioration Popup Album Design from Dr. Denise Bosler’s Advanced Type course.
To see all the work visit the link below. 

Kate Clair, Art and Design


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

Rain and wind continue. There may even be a thunderstorm this afternoon. Rain may be heavy at times. High temperature near 45.


KU Advance Exciting News

KU’s much anticipated non-credit learning system featuring Coursera is here. Get ready to elevate your skills and knowledge with our cutting-edge platform. To access the course catalog, click here. Select "Login," "Student Login," and create an account. One move closer. Your career acceleration starts with KU Advance. For questions, contact extendedlearning@kutztown.edu.

Office of Vice Provost

You're Invited to the Diversity Marketplace

Join the KU Multicultural Center for our annual Diversity Marketplace, celebrating April's Diversity Month, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 218 MSU, with vendors, local businesses, KU student organizations, offices and resources. We will also have a food truck and hot chocolate. There will be several vendors across Pennsylvania that are invited and will be selling products from jewelry, skincare, hair care, candles, apparel, paintings and more.

Angelica Mishra, Multicultural Center

Faculty First Thursday Presentation

Please join us 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 4, 103 Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research, for the "Faculty First Thursday Presentation." We will share a brief history on the development of the Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research and the events that have led us to open this one-of-a-kind building, which has become a global destination for researchers, historians, performers and enthusiasts. We will then highlight some of the key instruments, people and their historical significance in our collection. This free presentation is open to the entire university community and is presented by the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean's office, including Dr. Matthew Coley and Frank Kumor. Refreshments will be served 10:30-11 a.m. 

Joselyn Wynter, Office of the CVPA Dean

Philosophy Club Meeting

The KU Philosophy Club will meet 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 312 MSU. Christian Van Slooten will present: "Moral Error." All are welcome. Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the Disability Services Office prior to the event at 610-683-4108, dso@kutztown.edu or TDD number: 610-683-4499 in order to discuss accommodations.  Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.

Allan Bäck, Philosophy and Government

Take Steps Toward a Longer, Healthier Life and Walk With Us

Incorporate purposeful walking into your daily routine. Every Wednesday in April, there will be one morning walk from 9-10 a.m. and one afternoon walk from 2-3 p.m. We will begin at the Health Center and then travel to the north side of campus. In case of rain, we will be at the Student Recreation Center. All are welcome. For more information, please call 610-683-4240; modifications are also available.

Frances C. Cortez Funk, Health and Wellness Services

Golden Bear Gallop

The Community Outreach Center is excited to announce our first-ever Golden Bear Gallop - a 5K that you can walk or run on the beautiful north side of KU's campus. KU faculty/staff cost is $20. All funds raised will be donated to the "Helping Paws Emergency Fund" to help current KU students in an emergent financial need. Please use the link below to sign up. For any questions or concerns, please email volunteer@kutztown.edu.

Amanda Garcia, Community Outreach Center

Meet the Candidate: Director, New Student Orientation

Our first candidate for the director of New Student Orientation will be on campus 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 116 Stratton. A printed resume will be available for those attending the session. Attend the open forum for campus partners to get to know the candidate and ask questions.

Leah M. Cassellia, Search Committee


Undergraduate Research and Creativity Mentorship Award Ceremony

The campus community, family and guests are invited to the Undergraduate Research and Creativity (UGRC) Mentorship Award ceremony 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 183 MSU, following the KU Inspires Conference. The 2024 recipients are Dr. Darren Achey, Professor Michael Covello, Dr. Kyleigh Ivory and Dr. Dylan Schwesinger. Please congratulate our award recipients and plan to show your support in person at the event. For more information about the award and a list of past recipients, click here.

Lynn M. Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 3 Noon Diversity Marketplace
218 MSU
April 3 3:15 p.m. Candidate: Director, New Student Orientation
116 Stratton
April 4 9 a.m. Law School Forum
218 MSU
April 4 11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday Presentation 
103 Wells-Rapp Center
April 4 11 a.m. Philosophy Club Meeting
312 MSU
April 4 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting
202 Academic Forum
April 4 7 p.m. Spring Book Review
183 MSU
April 4 7 p.m. Drag Show
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 6 9 a.m. Accepted Student Reception
April 7 2 p.m. KU Presents: Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling
Schaeffer Auditorium (Tickets)
April 8 7:30 p.m. Concert: Dark Sky World Premiere with
KU Percussion, Choirs and Heartland Marimba Quartet
Wells-Rapp Center
April 9 11 a.m. Young Entrepreneurs Panel
101 de Francesco
April 9 7:30 p.m. Concert: Percussion Ensemble with
Heartland Marimba Quartet and KU Choirs
Georgian Room, Old Main
April 10 10 a.m.  Dissertation Defense: Beth Lattanzi
245 Beekey
April 10 Noon Women Entrepreneurs Panel Luncheon
218 MSU (RSVP)
April 10 7:30 p.m. KU Presents: Lakecia Benjamin
Schaeffer Auditorium (Tickets)

Date Time Event
April 6 1 p.m. Softball vs. Shippensburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
April 6 2 p.m. Acrobatics and Tumbling vs. Iona 
Keystone Arena (Video)
April 7 1 p.m. Softball vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
April 7 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Lock Haven (DH)
North Campus Field (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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