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December 4, 2015


The Daily Brief

William Close Earth Harp  

KU Presents! welcomes William Close and the Earth Harp Collective to Schaeffer Auditorium tonight for a sold-out performance. Before the event, enrich your understanding of music and enhance your appreciation of acoustical 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. The demonstration will conclude with a spectacular finale - the new KU Tesla Coil Orchestra performing an unconventional concert of lightning and sound. Making Waves! is free and open to the public.



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4:30 p.m.

Philosophy Club, Deanna Smith, "Are We Free To Be Happy," GC 200

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

KU Society of Physics Students, "Making Waves!" Schaeffer Little Theatre

7:30 p.m.

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, Schaeffer Auditorium

8 p.m.

MSU Movie Series "Mission Impossible 5," MSU Alumni Auditorium




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


Strong high pressure moves in for Friday and will stick around for the weekend. Skies should be fair and we should see ample sunshine. High temperature in the upper 40s. Winds west at 5-7 mph.




(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. 2, 1892: Mary Edna Rickenbach is born in nearby Ontelaunee Township. She goes on to graduate from Keystone State Normal School in 1912, and then earns her bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University. She serves KSNS as director of training. During the 1920s, she reorganizes the laboratory school (currently the rear portion of the Stratton Administration Building) which was named in her honor. She then serves as the dean of women from 1938 to 1963.  The Rickenbach Research and Learning Center was dedicated in her name on May 24, 1969. She dies Dec. 1, 1984, just one day shy of her 92nd birthday.



FIRST FRIDAY DISCOUNT DAY - The holidays are upon us, so get in the giving spirit with our First Friday discount! Regular priced KU apparel and gift items are 20% off today only! Happy Holidays Golden Bears!
                Andrea Tremper, marketing coordinator & graphic designer, KUSSI


The KU Philosophy Club will meet Friday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Graduate Center 200. Professor Deanna Smith, Department of Philosophy, Lehigh Carbon Community College, KU alumna, will speak on
"Are We Free To Be Happy?" Dinner reception follows. All are welcome. ["Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the Disability Services Office prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email or, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations."]
                Joshua Steinberg, president; Allan Bäck, advisor


THANK YOU to my colleagues and co-workers who attended the gallery reception for Academic Images Wednesday evening. Your support and encouragement mean so much more than you know. Special thanks to Martha Stevenson and Rhonda York at Rohrbach Library for a perfectly executed event. The exhibit will be up until the end of the semester.
                Dorothy Siravo, secretary, Department of Geography


The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery in the Sharadin Art Building is pleased to exhibit artwork from graduates in the Art Education, Crafts, and Communication Design Departments. The December Senior Exhibition opens this Saturday, Dec. 5 from 12 - 4 p.m. and the public reception is Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 - 4 p.m. The exhibition runs until Friday, Dec. 10. Please visit the gallery website for hours and directions. The gallery is free and open to the public.


The 2016 KU Winter Program in London student roster is now set. Twenty-two students will be traveling to London, England, during the winter session to study The Roots of American Democracy with Dr. Andrew Arnold and American Modernists in London with Dr. Andrew Vogel.

Please congratulate and wish safe travels to: Devin Gacke, Elizabeth Geisinger, Jessica McKenney, Marissa Greiner, Marla Weible, Megan Luckenbaugh, Zoe Heller, Victoria Smurthwaite, Justin Hirthler, Emily Riekers, Katherine Douventzidis, Abby Gifford, Adrianna Veneri, Amanda Gruninger, Colleen Daly, Erin Stoops, Sage Gerhart, Stephanie Thomas, Tara Pennypacker, Rachael Hamilton, Cassidy Zapusek and Zachary Weltz.
                Dr. Derek Mace, program director, KU Winter Program in London


Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society will be hosting a fundraiser in the lobby of Old Main Monday, December 7, and Tuesday, December 8, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be freshly brewed Dunkin Donuts coffee and various baked goods for purchase. Please come out to support their fundraising efforts.
                Gail Craig, advisor


The following non-instructional vacancy is available on campus.  This position is open for current employees only.

Maintenance Repairman 2 - HVAC/Plumbing (2nd Shift)
Posting End Date: 12/17/2015
Internal positions are posted at  Please direct any questions and comments to  or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources


The water service feeding Old Main A, B and D-Wing (C, E, F and I-Wing will not be affected) will be shut down on Saturday, December 5, at 5 a.m. to repair a water main leak. You may expect the water to be off most of the day. Water will be restored once the repairs have been made.  Sorry for any inconvenience.
                Kyle Mills, director, Facilities Operation & Maintenance


This week's MSU Movie Series film is Mission Impossible 5 which will be shown in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information.


There will be a screening of the KU football and Celebrate Marimba documentaries produced by the Event and Documentary class of the Electronic Media Department on Monday, Dec. 7, in Rickenbach 135.  The KU football documentary will screen at 6 p.m. and the Celebrate Marimba documentary will screen at 7 p.m.  The students have been hard at work all semester covering many live events including all home and away football games and the Celebrate Marimba event. They have followed the action all semester long and have now put together short documentaries on both the football team's season and the events surrounding the Celebrate Marimba concert. Please join us for the first official showing of their work.


Rohrbach Library is extending hours for finals week. Here is our updated schedule:

Friday, December 4                         7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 5                     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 6                     10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Monday, December 7                      7 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Tuesday, December 8                     7 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Wednesday, December 9                7 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Thursday, December 10                  7 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday, December 11                      7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


The Multicultural Center will be open with extended hours during Finals Week. The building is wireless, has computers and printers, free Scantrons for students, and light refreshments during evening hours, December 6-9. Please advise students.

Sunday, December 6                      6 p.m.-midnight
Monday, December 7                      8 a.m.-midnight
Tuesday, December 8                     8 a.m.-midnight
Wednesday, December 9                8 a.m.-midnight
Thursday, December 10                  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 11                      8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                Jeann Cengeri, Multicultural Center 


The McFarland Student Union will be operating under the follow hours for exam week:
Sunday, December 6                      11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday, December 7 through Thursday December 10   7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday, December 11                      7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 12                  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 13                    Closed




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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