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December 1, 2017

Kutztown University Daily Brief

Christmas on the Farm

Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Christmas on the Farm will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Pa. Dutch folklife demonstrations, live animals, kid's activities, the Martin Sister's Band, local folk artists and more. Dare to visit the Belsnickel. Don't forget to visit Christmas in Kutztown after you've been at the farm.
     Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center

Jess Disciullo and Sierra Fry

L to R: Jess Disciullo and Sierra Fry

KU Communication Design senior, Sierra Fry, and M.F.A. candidate Juss Disciullo gave presentations Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in the Rare Book Collection. The two students were chosen as Denker Fellows of 2017 by the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association. For more information see and
     Ann Lemon, Department of Communication Design

Thomas Beebee, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature and German department head; Richard Page, associate professor of German and Linguistics; Lynn Kutch
L to R:  Thomas Beebee, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature and German department head; Richard Page, associate professor of German and Linguistics; Lynn Kutch

On November 15, Lynn Kutch, professor of German, Modern Language Studies, guest lectured for Dr. Thomas Beebee's Genre Fiction Course (with a focus on comics) at Penn State University (PSU), College Park, Pa. She also presented a workshop, "How to Teach with Comics," for the faculty and graduate students of PSU's Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature, as well as the greater campus community.


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

High pressure moves into the Ohio River Valley. The pressure gradient will be somewhat tight so expect some wind during the day. Early morning stratocumulus should give way to mostly clear skies by mid to late afternoon. High temperature near 50. Winds northwest at 6-11 mph.


KU Presents is excited to congratulate Amy Botwright and her family on their new addition. Connor James Lieberman arrived on Friday, Nov. 24 at 10:27 a.m. He was 7 lbs. 5.5 oz. and 20 inches long. All are doing well at home, adjusting to their new schedules.
     Bryan Zellmer, KU Presents!

Recently, we have been asked by faculty and staff how they can support KU students from the foster care system. Many of the more than 45 KU students from the foster care system desire the support a parent would normally provide. In collaboration with ChildPromise, we invite you to "Share the Care" and provide a care package for a student, which can consist of non-perishable foods, encouraging notes, gift cards and toiletries. Please deliver your gift as a complete package in an unsealed box or bag to Susan Mangold, 119 Stratton. Care packages will be accepted year round.
     Warren Hilton, vice president, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Dec. 3, 5 p.m.
Come make a card on the new Cricut, or print an ornament or a top. Check in at the library's open-access makerspace, STEAMworks, your local DIY Gift Idea Station this Sunday, Dec. 3, from 5 - 7 p.m.  Start off the final four weeks of 2017 enjoying a holiday film and indulging in snack foods that you can soon renounce with a well-intentioned resolution or two. or ext. 6-4175 for more.
     Bruce Jensen, Rohrbach Library

Dec. 6
Senior Seminar Demo Day is Wednesday, Dec. 6, in 223 MSU. Group presentations are from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Poster session is from 1 - 4 p.m. CSC355 is the capstone class for CSIT majors. Students have worked more than two semesters on a large single project. Within the project, teams have done the requirements, design, implementation, integration, test and delivery for a real-world client. Demo Day presents their journey through the product development effort and lessons learned. Presentations and posters will include three perspectives: the application developed; software engineering theory; and project tools. Stop by during the day to see the students' presentation.
     Donna DeMarco, Computer Science and Information Technology

Dec. 7, 11 a.m.
Fidelity is offering a workshop, "Thrive," on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Kemp Building. If interested in attending this workshop, you can register at the link provided on the H.R. Website under Retirement Counselors on Campus. Supervisors are asked to be as liberal as possible within operational requirements in allowing employees to attend this session.
     Jean Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources

Dec.7, 4 p.m.
The next meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in 202 AF. The agenda and attachments can be found on the Senate website by clicking on the following link:
Refreshments, including hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, will be served beginning at 3:30 p.m.
     Andrew Arnold, president, University Senate

Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.
Join STEAMpunk Casey Vanatta and make creative vinyl-adorned mugs for the holiday season. Casey's hand-lettered designs will inspire you and you'll see how easy and fun it is to create adorable gifts. Everyone is welcome. Free for KU students; $5 materials fee for community members and KU staff. Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in STEAMworks, 18 Rohrbach Library. Seats are limited. Sign up now.
     Bruce Jensen, Rohrbach Library


Kutztown Community Partnership, in collaboration with Kutztown University, is holding its annual Christmas in Kutztown event on Saturday, Dec. 2, noon - 6 p.m. Come out and have a great time celebrating the holiday season. Also, stop by the Furniture Farm table to visit Mark Prevoznik, Facilities, and see his locally-made woodwork.
     Jennifer Prevoznik, KU Card Office


Dec. 1

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food Drive
McFarland Student Union Building
Dec. 2 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Christmas on the Farm
Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center
Dec. 2 7:30 p.m. Chamber Singers
Georgian Room, 163 Old Main
Dec. 3 5 p.m. STEAMworks Sunday Funday
Rohrbach Library
Dec. 4 11 a.m. Frederick Douglass Institute
Walking In The Shoes Of
Dec. 4 3 p.m. COE Dean Search Open Forum Faculty/Staff
183 McFarland Student Union Building
Dec. 6 All Day CSIT Senior Seminar Demo Day
223 McFarland Student Union Building
Dec. 7 11 a.m. Fidelity Workshop, Thrive
Kemp Building
Dec. 7 11 a.m. Bart Bailey, Frederick Douglass Institute
103 Academic Forum
Dec. 7 4 p.m. University Senate
202 Academic Forum
Dec. 7 6:30 p.m. Mugstravaganza at STEAMworks
18 Rohrbach Library



Dec. 2

1 p.m. Women's Swimming vs. Lock Haven
Keystone Arena
Dec. 2 1 p.m. WBB vs. Mercyhurst
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)
Dec. 2 3 p.m. MBB vs Mercyhurst
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)
Dec. 3 1 p.m. WBB vs. Gannon
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)
Dec. 3 3 p.m. MBB vs. Gannon
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)


Dec. 1
The following students will be attending the American Anthropological Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., today, Friday, Dec.1. Please allow them to make up any missed work. Vale Deeter, Evelyn Kunce, Danielle Cannon and Tabitha Martinez.
     David Webb, Anthropology

Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.
David Kriz, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science, will be giving a presentation on his thesis research at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec.12, in 158 Old Main. The university community is invited to this thesis presentation, titled "A Sentiment Analysis-Based Model for Controlling Tone in Written Composition." For more information, please contact Dr. Schwesinger, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science.
     Dylan Schwesinger, Department of Computer Science




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