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December 20, 2016


The Daily Brief

Leah Cassellia, KU Employee of the Month November 2016
Congratulations to Leah Cassellia, Student Involvement, on being named KU Employee of the Month for November 2016. 

Leah was nominated by Bob Watrous who had this to say in her nomination:

"As Director of Student Involvement, Leah works tirelessly on developing character among students in the co-curricular arena. In general, she manages the KUnited platform through which students can record the meaningfulness of their co-curricular involvement, produces and coordinates many university wide student engagement programs such as Welcome Week, Homecoming and many others that enhance the student learning experience by promoting opportunities for their leadership development and civic engagement. This includes her working with the Student Government Board in securing students to become involved in campus committees and campus governance ( Strategic Goal 3: Objective 2) Annually she works to assist students in their civic development by coordinating student voter registration through TurboVote a nonpartisan organization that teaches students about the elections process and coordinates the various voting resources that exist in the community.( Strategic Goal 2: Objective 3) Through her efforts KU is listed in the top 15 of all colleges and universities on the number of students registering to vote. She secured a Votes Everywhere grant that provided student employment opportunities for 2 students to become directly involved in this process. She worked with the Student Government board to facilitate the securing of transportation to the particular voting poll used by students in the Residence Halls. She also worked with the Berks County Office of Elections to assure that students who vote can have a positive experience as a first time voter either at the local poll or wherever the student would want their vote to count.
On Election Day (November 8, 2016), when a problem arose at the polling location, Leah spent the day at the polling location to assist students navigate that experience. Her involvement, while not a requirement of her job, on that day at the polls was most appreciated by the Elections Department staff and the students she assisted.

While it is customary for KU through Leah's unit to produce programs, her work in this voter registration and student election experience went far beyond normal expectations and exemplifies her dedication to the students of KU. She accomplished this with a strong degree of professionalism, and enthusiasm.

She always presents herself in a positive way and would be deserving of this recognition just about any time. In this past month, her efforts with Homecoming and more importantly the elections process she is most deserving of this recognition at this time."

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council.  A winner will be selected each month and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year.  The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by President Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit 

KUSSIE Faculty Staff Appreciation Days
Celebrate Faculty Staff Appreciation Days at the KU Campus Store this week.   



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

All Day Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days, KU Campus Store
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. AlphaGraphics Training, KU Card Office Webex Meeting
1 - 2 p.m. "Key Principals When Dealing with Others," Staff Professional Development, 280 OM



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

Cold high pressure remains in control making for a partly sunny Tuesday with highs in the 30s. Light southwest winds.



KUSSI would like to thank you for your continued support of our organization. Shopping at your campus store directly benefits Kutztown University students. The surplus of our retail operations is used to endow scholarships and subsidize student activity fees. Please enjoy 15 percent off on tech accessories and art supplies and 25 percent off any regular priced apparel and gift items (in store purchases only) now through Friday, Dec. 23. Happy Holidays!


AlphaGraphics Lehigh Valley is excited to be the onsite print service provider for KU!  Please join them for training on the Online Ordering site that they will be hosting.  They will be offering six different sessions before year end and will host more in the New Year.  The sessions are simple to participate in, you will type in the URL provided and password and then enter the meeting as a guest.  A dial in number will be available.  You can log in from anywhere as this will be hosted through Webex meetings.  To access the document with the training information and URL links, please visit the KU Card Office website (faculty and staff page) at: and scroll to the bottom where you will see a link to click on titled: AlphaGraphics Lehigh Valley - Online Ordering training document

The available dates for the trainings are:
Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Dec. 20, 1 - 2 p.m.
Staff are invited to participate in an upcoming professional development opportunity: "Key Principals When Dealing with Others" by Dr. Ron Stoffey, Department of Psychology, on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 1-2 p.m. in 280 Old Main.  The meeting will be highly participative with a short introduction highlighting key principles when dealing with others followed by role plays.  In advance of the meeting, please email Dr. Stoffey ( a short scenario that you recently encountered in dealing with a difficult person, what they did, and what was the outcome. We will be able to use real scenarios in role plays to put the key principles into action. To reserve your seat RSVP to .
                Julie Fiorini, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Dec. 21, 6 - 7 a.m.
Notice: There will be an Electrical shutdown at Deatrick Hall on Dec. 21, from 6 - 7 a.m. that will effect Beck Hall and the Stratton Administration Building (New Section). Please make sure you turn off your computers and printers when you at the end of the day Dec. 20. If you have any questions please contact the Facilities Project Office- Chris Scott x31562.


This is a reminder that any travel expenses or invoices that need to be postmarked and paid this year should be forwarded to and received by our office no later than Dec. 21 in order to be processed with our last check run on Dec. 22.  Otherwise, processing will resume after the holiday break.  Thank you.
                Raquel Dumlao, Accounts Payable Supervisor


Take a break from grading or celebrate the end of your grading by checking out the latest edition of the Department of Modern Language Studies' newsletter Language Links.
In this issue: 
·         KU MLS Hosts World Language Educators' Conference
·         Day of the Dead Celebration
·         Student Wins "Outstanding Graduate in Spanish" Award
·         Hildesheim Exchange to Expand
·         Student Abroad Reports from Hildesheim
·         German Alumnus Completes PA-German Musical Tour in Germany
·         Rohrbach's 'zine celebration Features Exhibit of MLS Student's Work
·         Students Represent KU at Business Event
·         St. Nikolaus Day Celebration
·         New KU Slavic Club
·         Student wins MLS's Top Departmental Honor
·         MLS Has Moved to Old Main!  



Senior offensive lineman Jordan Morgan has been named to the Associated Press Little All-America First Team for the second straight season, as the 2016 edition was released Friday.  The Little All-America team honors players from Division II, III and NAIA.
After receiving the award for the first time as a junior in 2015, Morgan is the second player in program history to earn two AP Little First Team All-America honors, joining John Mobley (1994-95).
Morgan has also been named First Team All-America this year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA).  A redshirt-senior offensive tackle, Morgan is a two-time All-America selection and was named the Gene Upshaw Award winner as the top lineman in Division II.
The team captain became the first offensive lineman in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) history to be named the PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year and made the All-PSAC East First Team for the third consecutive season.



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