Daily Brief

April 4, 2024

Alumni Plaza Foutain in summer

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

The significant low pressure systems that brought us some very ugly weather the past few days are finally starting to lose their grip and today will be better than the past two, but it will still be far from perfect as wrap-around effects will continue for at least another day or two. Mostly cloudy skies will prevail today with scattered showers and thunderstorms; any thunderstorm of which could produce some hail. High around 54. West winds.


Spirit Fridays

Fridays at KU are Spirit Fridays. All faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to wear maroon and gold and/or Kutztown University apparel on Fridays throughout the year. The KU Campus Store offers 20% off apparel and gifts the first Friday of every month as part of its First Friday Sale (in-store and online).

University Relations

No Parking in Lot F4 on Friday, April 5th

Lot F4 (faculty and staff lot) by Andre Reed Stadium will be closed Friday, April 5 for an event on campus. Please park in lots F1 and F3. Thank you for your assistance.

Danielle Santos, KU Public Safety and Police Services

Spring Book Review

Please join the department of Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Technologies, with the Library and Learning Technologies program, for our annual Spring Book Review 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, Alumni Auditorium MSU. Each participant will have the opportunity to leave with free books, the chance to develop and submit professional book reviews for publication in the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) along with snacks and other goodies. We hope to see you there.

Shelby Schwoyer, Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Technologies

Allies Annual Drag Show

Join us for a fun and talent-packed evening with professional performers and more student performances than ever at the annual Allies Drag Show 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, Schaeffer Auditorium. The iconic Sharron Ann Husbands will co-host the event with our featured performer this year, Kornbread Jeté, from season 14 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Click here for free tickets.

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Imaginative Rendition of The Ugly Ducking Sunday, April 7

Founded in 2007 by four professional dancers, Lightwire Theater was a semi-finalist in “America’s Got Talent” in 2012 that has toured the United States and traveled all over the world to great acclaim. Using their signature combination of electroluminescent effects, puppetry, dance and music, they will create unforgettable images that will thrill audience members of all ages. Come see "The Ugly Duckling"  2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, Schaeffer Auditorium as part of the KU Presents! Family Series. KU faculty and staff may access discounted tickets by logging in with their MyKU login.

KU Presents!

P-Card Training

Are you new to using a KU purchasing card or need a refresher on how to monitor and reconcile your P-card purchases? The Regional Procurement Office (RPO) will conduct a WORKS training 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 10. Please email Mary Vink at mvink@passhe.edu for the invite or if you have any questions. 

Mary Vink, RPO

Elder Care Workshop

Ann Barlet, Public Advocacy and Outreach Manager, Berks County Area Agency on Aging and Robert R. Kreitz, Attorney at Law with Kreitz and Gallen-Schutt, will present a workshop on elder care 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 18, 102 Academic Forum, 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 on-campus attendees. Please RSVP by noon Thursday, April 11, to pytleski@kutztown.edu to attend along with your choice of lunch:
- Bavarian Ham and Swiss on a Pretzel Roll.
- Chicken Caesar Wrap.
- Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Spicy Hummus.
This event is sponsored by Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Women.

Patricia Pytleski, Commission on the Status of Women


Chambliss Faculty Research Awards

We invite you to submit nominations for the 2025 Chambliss Faculty Research Award. The Chambliss Faculty Research Award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, recognizes the very highest achievement in research and scholarship. Each year, up to two awards may be given. Each award includes a medal engraved with the awardee’s name, a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $250. Please note that there is the expectation that each awardee will present a lecture on some aspect of their work in spring or fall 2025. To recommend a colleague or to self-nominate, please send a letter of nomination and a curriculum vitae for the nominee to Karen Rauch, chair, Chambliss Faculty Research Award Selection Committee, by Monday, April 22. All materials should be submitted electronically to rauch@kutztown.edu.

Karen Rauch, Provost's Office

Cadieux Farewell Recital

Come to this year's Silvertrust Series Recital and bid farewell to Dr. Marie-Aline Cadieux, who will perform with faculty members Aileen Razey (clarinet), Maria Asteriadou (piano), Peter Isaacson (violin) and Michael Gamon (viola). Louis Farrenc's clarinet trio, Rachmaninoff's cello sonata and Rontgen's string trio are among the works on the program. The recital is free and open to the public with refreshments to follow.

Marie-Aline Cadieux, Music

STEM Summer Camp Recruitment

The NOYCE Scholarship Program will host the second STEM Summer Camp for middle school students (current sixth-eighth grade students) July 15-19. Last year’s STEM summer camp was a great success. More than 10 faculty members from different STEM fields were involved in this camp. They designed and led various fun and educational activities for 40 middle school students. Faculty and student recruitment forms may be found online.

Ju Zhou, Mathematics

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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. Allies Drag Show
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 4 7 p.m. Planetarium Show: Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
100 Grim
April 5 Noon Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Awards
183 MSU
April 6 9 a.m. Accepted Student Reception
O'Pake Fieldhouse
April 7 2 p.m. KU Presents: Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling
Schaeffer Auditorium (Tickets)
April 7 3 p.m. Cadieux Farewell Recital
Georgian Room
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 | Video)


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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