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December 1, 2015


The Daily Brief

KU Geology Club 

Kutztown University geology students Anthony Bauer, Emily Bistran, Vince Brinkmeyer, Kurtis Brown, Alex Ewing, Ryan Higgins, Austin Huff, Kaitlin Lento, Casey Michalowski, Kelly Morgano, Ashley Richardson, Derek Stefano, and Jake Vera participated with KU geology professor Dr. Kurt Friehauf.

The Kutztown University Geology Club students visited an exploration diamond drill rig that was actively boring to explore limestone in the area.  Lehigh-Hanson Cement Co. invited our students to the site in the interest educational outreach - good corporate citizenship.  The drill uses a diamond-encrusted tubular bit to penetrate bedrock, producing a long tube of drill core roughly the diameter of a can of spray paint.  Geologists analyze drill core to observe the rock types, fracture patterns, and other subsurface features buried down to 400-feet beneath the soil base.  Students received no class credit for their time - just good old, first-hand, practical experience. 



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10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

KUBoK Basket Giveaway, MSU

1:30 p.m.

Brunilda Kondi, DF 114




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

A warm front and associated low pressure system slowly traverse the area Tuesday and Wednesday. The result will be two dreary days with a moderate amount of rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Cold front sweeps in behind this system later Wednesday and sunshine but cooler and windy conditions end the week. One word of caution: Very rural northern stretches of our coverage area may begin as a touch of freezing rain early Tuesday. If that happens, it will be brief before temps spike into the 40s. However something to keep an eye on if you're in areas like northern Schuylkill or elevations of Carbon and Monroe. If you're in areas like that, just take an extra check on the roads before venturing out early on Tuesday. You should be fine later in the morning.




(Historical facts have been compiled from the KU Archives and Special Collections of the Rohrbach Library; the archives of the Keystone; Kutztown Patriot, Allentown Leader and Reading Eagle; and Beacon on the Hill by Dr. Lee Graver.)

Dec. 1, 1988:  Dr. David E. McFarland, a university administrator from Missouri, is named the 10th president of Kutztown University, a job he would hold for fourteen years.  He replaces Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton who passed away in October 1987. 



KUBoK will be hosting its basket giveaway in the McFarland Student Union today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are 1 for $1, 6 for $5, and 12 for $10. Stop by to enter to win some of these great baskets that include gift cards, t-shirts, and plenty more!
                Office of Student Involvement

Brunilda Kondi, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from the University of Tirana, Albania, will be giving her talk "Bringing Poetry Therapy into the Albanian Community" on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in DF114. Please contact Todd Williams in the English department for more information
                Todd Williams, Department of English

Please welcome Kenneth Brown, enrollment data specialist. Mr. Brown started on Monday, Nov. 30.
                Human Resources

KU Jazz Ensemble I will be performing on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. (next week, can you believe it?) in the INTIMATE space of the Black Box Theater, located in Schaeffer Auditorium right below the lobby.  This is a free but ticketed event, due to the limited seating.  Tickets may be obtained at the McFarland Student Union information desk.  Give me a call if you need more information at 31583 or send me an email at
                Kevin Kjos, director, Jazz Studies

TECH TUESDAYS: DID YOU KNOW...? D2L can release the final calculated grade to students at any time during a course? Releasing the calculated grade to students near the end of the semester will let them know exactly where they stand going into the final exam. After the final, students will know their final grade for the course prior to receiving official grades from MyKU. The Releasing Grades guide will help you release grades to your students. You can also check out the Releasing Grades video.  Need more information about working with D2L? Visit our Faculty Resource Page for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education

There are some great photos located at the link below.  You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view the photos.

Avoid a lost, stolen or misplaced W-2 by enrolling for on-line W-2s. On-line W-2s are usually available prior to any sent in the mail. Do not delay tax filing because you cannot find your printed W-2. Requesting a duplicate printed W-2 takes time. Online W-2s can be accessed & printed at any time after they are released. Last day to sign up for an on-line W-2 is Dec. 25, 2015. Go to the Employee Self Service Tab; select Payroll, then Update W-2 Election. You must read and sign the Electronic Form W-2 Disclosure Notice to receive your W-2 on-line. Please contact HR with any questions.
                Jennifer Weidman, Human Resources

Friend Inc. Food Boxes due Dec. 14. Thanks to everyone who contributed for Thanksgiving - we collected 55 boxes. Our goal for Christmas is 100! For a list of needed items please click on this link and download the file from KUnited:
                Jerry Schearer, associate dean, Inclusion and Outreach

Enrich your understanding of music and enhance your appreciation of physics by joining the KU Society of Physics Students as they present an exciting and interactive workshop Making Waves! in Schaeffer Auditorium's Little Theatre from  6:15 to 7:15 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 4. Explore the wonders of acoustical physics as they wiggle springs, vibrate molecules, and create sound waves, concluding with a spectacular finale - the new KU Tesla Coil Orchestra performing an unconventional concert of lightening and sound.  This event is free and open to the public.
                KU Presents!

Nicole Cresse, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science & Information Technology, will be giving a presentation on her thesis research at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, in Old Main 158. The university community is invited to attend this thesis presentation, titled "An Investigation of At-Risk College Students Through Data Mining and Predictive Analysis".
                Lisa Frye, professor, Department of Computer Science & Information Technology

The University Curriculum Committee will meet on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Please note the meeting room change (Rohrbach Library Room 17). It is always helpful for those who have proposals on the agenda to be present at the meeting to answer potential questions.
                John G. Vafeas, chair, UCC

The following non-instructional vacancies are available on campus.  These positions are open for current employees only.

Clerk Typist 2
Posting End Date: 12/14/2015

Custodial Worker 1 - 3rd shift
Posting End Date: 12/4/2015

Custodial Worker 1 - 3rd shift
Posting End Date: 12/4/2015

Purchasing Agent 1
Procurement Services
Posting End Date: 12/4/2015

Internal positions are posted at Please direct any questions and comments to or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources

Last week of classes

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 3

Dec. 4

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Old Main 132

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Old Main 132

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Old Main 132

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Old Main 132


6 - 9 p.m.
Library first floor

6 - 9 p.m.
Library first floor


Finals Week

Dec. 7

Dec. 8

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Old Main 132

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Old Main 132

6 - 9 p.m.
Library first floor

6 - 9 p.m.
Library first floor


The Rohrbach Library presents Academic Images, a photo exhibit by Dorothy Siravo.  Please join us for a gallery reception on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4:45 p.m. in the library on the 1st floor across from the Book & Brew.
                Martha Stevenson, director of library services, Rohrbach Library  



Friday, Dec. 4 - Women's Basketball vs. Pitt-Johnstown - 5:30 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Friday, Dec. 4 - Men's Basketball vs. Pitt-Johnstown - 7:30 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday Dec. 5 - Women's Basketball vs. Indiana (Pa.) - 2:00 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday Dec. 5 - Men's Basketball vs. Indiana (Pa.) - 4:00 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats


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