Daily Brief

August 15, 2019

Pictured left to right: Dr. Kaoutar El Mounadi and Claire Santa

Pictured left to right: Dr. Kaoutar El Mounadi and Claire Santa

Claire Santa, a senior majoring in environmental science/biology, presented her research at the Plant Health Conference organized by the American Phytopathological Society in Cleveland, Ohio. Santa’s research involved using essential oils as an alternative to chemical fungicides in the control of early blight disease of tomatoes. The research was supervised by Dr. Kaoutar El Mounadi and funded by a KU BEARS grant.
    Kaoutar El Mounadi, Department of Biology


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

Nearby boundary along with associated ripples of energy combined with a northeasterly wind may lean today a bit on the cloudier side but we should see some sunshine as well. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible, especially in the afternoon. Highs around 80. Humid.


Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity needs a new on-campus advisor for the Kutztown chapter. This historically Latino-based fraternity has been active at KU since 2010. Please contact Isaed Popa at ipopa836@live.kutztown.edu if you are interested in helping advise these young men.
     Jenni Rach, Office of Student Involvement


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.

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

     Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President


Aug. 19

5 p.m.

AFSCME 2234 Meeting
114 Sharadin Arts Building

Aug. 21

1 p.m.

Website open working session
200 Stratton Administration Center

Women's basketball discount cards

The Kutztown University women's basketball team is selling discount cards for $10, $5 for students, that will enable you to save money each time you support a business in Kutztown. For more information and to order, contact head coach Janet Malouf at malouf@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4667. Cards will also be sold in the athletics office in Keystone Hall. Discount cards are valid August 2019 through June 2020. To view the locations and discounts, please visit this link.
     C.J. Hemerly, Sports Information

Aug. 21
The web office has scheduled open working sessions to provide support for users working on their sites. This is an opportunity for users to ask questions and receive support for website tasks. The next session will be held 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, in 200 Stratton Administration Center. This is only for users who have already been trained in the new version of Ingeniux. You can see all available dates on this form. Registration is appreciated, but not required for open sessions. Please contact Kelly Smith if you have any questions.
     Kelly Smith, Marketing and Communications


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


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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