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August 28, 2018

Kutztown University Daily Brief

KU President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University leadership and alumni addressed the Class of 2022 and commenced the 2018-19 academic year at Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 26, at O’Pake Field House. All new freshmen students were in attendance. The event was sponsored by the KU Alumni Association.KU President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University leadership and alumni addressed the Class of 2022 and commenced the 2018-19 academic year at Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 26, at O'Pake Field House. All new freshmen students were in attendance. The event was sponsored by the KU Alumni Association.


Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger
People tend to think that once school starts, it's all autumn leaves and pumpkin spice, but Mother Nature says "whoa, not quite yet." Day Two of our three to four day heat wave will bring us temperatures deep into the 90s and heat index values around 100. Blame a Bermuda high pressure for this flashback to early July. Stay cool.


Thank you to the many KU students, faculty and staff who helped volunteer for move-in day Saturday, Aug. 24. KU had more than 500 people help our new students throughout the day and we have heard many amazing things from parents and families about the assistance they received. We sincerely appreciate everyone who volunteered their time and effort to help welcome all of the new Golden Bears to the KU family.
     Jenni Rach, Office of Student Involvement

I am happy to share that we have a recent KU graduate applying for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Argentina. I am seeking three to four faculty volunteers to be on the Campus Evaluation Committee. The meeting will be Friday, Sept. 21, time to be determined. The time commitment is one to two hours for the interview and one to two hours to review the student's Fulbright application in advance of the interview. Committee members should have working knowledge of one or more of the following: Argentina, Fulbright program, education or teaching English language learners. Please email if you are interested.
     Nicole Becker, assistant director, International Admissions and Services


The class list tool allows instructors to add and remove users within their courses? Official course enrollments are processed twice daily through MyKU. However, instructors have the ability to add guest instructors, course assistance or independent study students to any of their courses at any time. The Add and Remove Course Participants article will walk you through the process of adding or removing users from your course.
Visit the D2L Solutions Center for step-by-step guides for all your D2L needs.
     The Office of Distance Education


The date for "Let's Talk Diversity: What defines you?" with guest facilitator, Tiffany Clayton, director of Student Involvement and Leadership and coordinator of Multicultural Programs, Albright College, is 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept.13, Multicultural Center. If you received a MCC events list, please mark the date change. Thank you.
     Rhonda Branford, director of Multicultural Services

The Kutztown Pipe Band is offering free group lessons for anyone interested in learning to play the bagpipes this fall semester.  Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to join. Musical background is helpful but not required. Visit the band webpage or contact Dr. Laura Sherrod ( for additional information.
     Laura Sherrod, Department of Physical Sciences

 - Megan O'Byrne (Ph.D. University of Utah) joins the faculty this fall after spending the last three years at KU as an adjunct. She is a critical/cultural rhetorician and researches the communication of social protest.
 - Marco Ehrl (Ph.D. Texas A&M University) joins the faculty upon completion of his doctorate. His research explores European political crisis narratives.
 - Jim Schnell (Ph.D., Ohio University) has taught at universities in Ohio, China, Cambodia and Vietnam. Much of his research focuses on cross-cultural issues. He is a Fulbright Scholar and retired from the U.S. Air Force (Reserve).
Thank you for helping our new colleagues feel at home at KU.
     Diana Ebersole, Chair, Department of Communication Studies

These are the non-instructional positions open on campus on our job board at For internal job postings, please go to "Menu" and click on "Internal Vacancies."
     Human Resources


Aug. 30

11 a.m. Unity Day
Schaeffer Lawn


Aug. 30

1 p.m. WSOC vs. Charleston (WV)
Keystone Field (Live Stats)
Sept. 1 1 p.m. WSOC vs. Slippery Rock
Keystone Field (Live Stats / Live Video)





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