Daily Brief

August 12, 2019

KU OBSERVATORY DISCOVERS NEW EXOPLANET

KU OBSERVATORY DISCOVERS NEW EXOPLANET
Kutztown University's Observatory has discovered another exoplanet, KELT-23Ab. The discovery was featured in an article in the Astronomical Journal with KU student Daniel Johns, undergraduate physics and astronomy major, and his advisor Dr. Phill Reed, professor of Astronomy and Physics, serving as the lead authors. KU student Ryan Rauenzahn is also a contributing author. The 0.6-meter on-campus research telescope at KU captured the exoplanet passing in front of a star July 3, 2018, but more than a dozen other telescopes and 50 additional co-authors were involved in the discovery. Read More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Marketing and Communications

WEATHER

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

High pressure remains in place. Sunny skies are expected. Clouds will be on the increase during the day. High temperature in the mid-80s. Winds southwest at 5-9 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACULTY AND STAFF CONVOCATION AND CELEBRATION
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration on Friday, Aug. 23, in Schaeffer Auditorium. A continental breakfast will be served in the lobby at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m.

The Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration will be a chance for us to celebrate all of our achievements and recognize many of our award-winning faculty and staff members. The event will also provide insight on the new initiatives on campus. New employees will be introduced and faculty, staff and student leaders will be acknowledged for their service. The Employees of the Month will be recognized and the Employee of the Year will be announced as well as the coaches of the year. A special presentation will be made providing updates on Admissions and the Enrollment Management Plan. The Kutztown University Foundation will also provide an update of their progress this past year, including the building of the Hampton Inn. The event will culminate with the presentation of the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Award for Excellence in Teaching. Finally, I will close the event with my “State of the University” address wherein I will share accomplishments and challenges we will be facing in the coming year.

I would also like to invite you to attend the Freshman Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. in O’Pake Fieldhouse. This event allows us to formally welcome our freshman to academic life at Kutztown University. Academic regalia is not required.
Please click on the link below for the online registration no later than Monday, Aug. 19.
https://fs7.formsite.com/kutzuniv/2019FSCC/index.html

I hope you can join me as we embark on the upcoming academic year.

     Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President

FALL 2019 ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT CHAIRS

Department Name

Chairperson

Academic Enrichment

Dr. Edwin Nieves

Anthropology and Sociology

Dr. Bill Donner

Art

Dr. Daniel Haxall

Art Education

Dr. Julia Hovanec

Athletic Faculty

Mr. Jack Entriken

Biological Sciences

Dr. Christopher Sacchi

Business Administration

Dr. Roger Hibbs, Chair
Dr. Su Kong, Asst. Chair

Communication Design

Ms. Denise Bosler

Communication Studies

Dr. Diana Ebersole

Computer Science and Information Technology

Dr. Lisa Frye

Counseling and Psychological Services

Dr. Bruce Sharkin

Counselor Education and Student Affairs

Dr. Helen Hamlet

Criminal Justice

Dr. Jonathan Kremser

Cinema, Television and Media Production

Ms. Cara Cotellese

Elementary Education

Ms. Tracy Keyes

English

Dr. Andrew Vogel, Chair
Dr. Anthony Bleach, Asst. Chair

Geography

Dr. Richard Courtney

History

Dr. Andrew Arnold

Library & Learning Technologies

Dr. Andrea Harmer

Mathematics

Dr. Paul Ache

Modern Language Studies

Dr. Christine Coleman Núñez

Music

Dr. Jeremy Justeson

Philosophy

Dr. John Lizza

Physical Sciences

Dr. Edward Simpson

Political Science and Public Administration

Dr. Steve Lem

Psychology

Dr. Gregory Shelley

Rohrbach Library

Ms. Susan Czerny

Secondary Education

Dr. George Sirrakos

Social Work

Dr. John Vafeas

Special Education

Dr. Anne Brawand

Sport Management and Leadership Studies

Ms. Elizabeth Rogol 

     Office of the Provost

FREE INTRODUCTORY BAGPIPE LESSONS
The Kutztown Pipe Band is offering free introductory lessons to anyone interested in learning to play the bagpipes. Group lessons start the first week of September and are open to all faculty, staff, students and members of the surrounding community. The band is also open to any current pipers and drummers interested in participating. This summer was the band's first performance season since beginning free lessons in August 2017. Band members participated in the Kutztown Memorial Day Parade, the Kutztown Folk Fest and will perform at Muhlenberg's Riverfest at the end of the month. The Kutztown Pipe Band was recently featured on BCTV's Acoustic Roadshow. Contact sherrod@kutztown.edu if you are interested in starting this September.
     Laura Sherrod, Department of Geology

UPCOMING EVENTS

None

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE
Aug. 12
The 24/7 computer lab in Old Main will reopen Monday, Aug. 12. Please use the north side of the building to gain access to the lab. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chris Scott at ext. 3-1562 or scott@kutztown.edu.
     Chris Scott, Facilities Project Services Office

WEBSITE TRAINING SESSION FOR STUDENT WORKERS
Do you hire students to assist in website tasks? Perhaps you are looking for a training session, or training refresher for yourself. We have scheduled one session every week in August for these needs. All users must go through training in order to gain access to the CMS. Users can sign up for a session at this link. Without signing up, participants will not have proper permissions in place, and training will not be effective. Please contact Kelly Smith  with any questions.
     Kelly Smith, Marketing and Communications

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

Non-discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.