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February 25, 2016


The Daily Brief

Dr. Lauren Moss and Kevin Gee PSCA 2016 

Dr. Lauren Moss, assistant professor, Counseling and Student Affairs, and Kevin Gee, graduate student-M.S. School Counseling proudly represented KU at the 60th annual Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA) Conference held Feb. 18 in Hershey, Pa.  Dr. Moss was honored as the PSCA Counselor Educator of the Year for her dedication to excellence in preparing school counselors.  Mr. Gee was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for his commitment to professional development as a school counselor-in-training. Dr. Moss and Mr. Gee also presented a conference session, "'Sweet' Groups for School Counselors."
                Dr. Margaret Herrick, chairperson, Counseling and Student Affairs


(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

11 a.m.

KU Philosophy Club, MSU 312

11 a.m.

Open Forum STUDENTS, VP Enrollment Mgm, AF 200

11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Institutional Climate Committee, OM 3

4:30 p.m.

Yoko Ishii, Visiting Researcher, AF 101

6 - 7 p.m.

Pet Therapy, MSU 218

8 p.m.

MSU Movie, "The Good Dinosaur," MSU 183




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

Things will be a little less wet than yesterday with just a few showers around not really amounting to much, but the wind sure won't be calm, coming from the southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. It also won't really be sunny yet, either, as a disturbance behind yesterday's storm swings through providing a lot of clouds. Hang in there, though. Better weather returns tomorrow.




(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.)

Feb. 27, 1988:  Yolanda King, eldest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, visits KU to give a lecture entitled "A Dream Deferred." 



The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Thursday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. in MSU 312. Cody Mayak will speak on:  "There's No Present Like the Present: A discussion of Bertrand's Russell's theory of time"
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."]
                Jordan Dancy, president; Allan Bäck, advisor


SAVE the DATES!  The VP for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs Search Committee is preparing for on campus candidate visits.
Please mark your calendars for the following open forums.

Feb. 25:  Warren Hilton will be on campus interviewing.

Thurs., Feb. 25 - Open Forum
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., STUDENTS (AF 200)

Candidates C.V.s will be available (KU login required) on the Announcements page at:
                Anne E. Zayaitz, Ph.D., Chair, VP for Enrollment Mgt. & Student Affairs Search Committee


The Institutional Climate Committee will meet on Thursday, Feb. 25, in OM 3 (Women's Center Oasis) at 11 a.m., and with President Hawkinson at 2 p.m., to discuss reinstating the ombusdsperson position at KU. All are invited to attend.  
                Jo Cohen, ICC chair



KU Visiting Researcher Yoko Ishii will present her research findings "Living in the Past and Future:  Anthropological Fieldwork of Gikuyu Immigrants in Maryland" Thursday, Feb. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Academic Forum 101.  Yoko Ishii, from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo has been with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology since April of 2015, although her fieldwork has taken place in Baltimore.  All are welcome and faculty are welcome to encourage students to attend.  This event is being sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.  A reception with food and beverages will immediately follow the presentation and Q & A.
                Joleen Greenwood, chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology


Come and get some puppy love today, Feb. 25, from 6 - 7 p.m. in MSU 218. There will be several dogs in attendance, so there will be plenty of tail wags and sloppy kisses to go around. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Please encourage your students to come and make sure you stop by too!
                Aimee Adams, Counseling & Psychological Services


The Commission invites you and your students to our 6th Annual Diversity Conference. This year's theme is "Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice for All!" Friday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sessions begin on the hour, so you or students may come for the whole day or just a session or two. More details and registration at:
                Jerry Schearer, associate dean, Academic & Student Affairs



In preparation for President Hawkinson's inauguration, faculty in need of regalia may rent maroon attire through KUSSI at no cost to you. Academic attire is required for individuals participating in the inauguration program. The deadline to place an order for rental attire is Friday, March 4.

To place an order for rental attire, please contact Laurel Brandt by email with the following information:
                First and Last Name
                Area of Study
                Alma mater

Rented attire can be picked up in room 171, McFarland Student Union, starting Monday, April 11, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those that also plan to rent regalia for commencement may keep their rental until the spring commencement. If you prefer KUSSI to store your regalia until commencement, you can return it to a KUSSI employee in the faculty robing area after the inauguration ceremony.
                Matt Assad, business services manager, KUSSI



SCIENCE OLYMPIAD NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! - Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break? Want to add a little something to your resume? Volunteers are needed to help KU host the CE Regional Science Olympiad on Wednesday, March 9, (snow date: Thursday, March 10). The Science Olympiad is a competition held on campus that hosts 29 high schools and 15 middle schools from Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties. 700+ students will compete in approximately 50 events based in science disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology - and we need YOUR help to make all that happen! You do not need a science background to be a volunteer. We need help with registrations, lobby info, food sales/delivery, set-up, scoring, event assistance and so much more. You can judge an event or help with the Appeals Board. Club advisers - get your club involved! Please contact our volunteer coordinators: Dr. Gregory Setliff at or Dr. Daniel Aruscavage at if you are interested, and check out our website at for more information. We look forward to having you as part of the team!
                Joann S. Monko, instructor, Physical Sciences
                Eric Laub, instructor, Physical Sciences


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

Clerk Typist 2 
Communication Studies
Posting End Date: 3/9/2016

Clerk Typist 2 
Housing and Residence Life
Posting End Date: 3/9/2016

IT Generalist 1 / Digital Technology Specialist
Information Technology
Posting End Date: 2/29/2016

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


Thursday's "Kutztown Live" may be the busiest and most epic of its 11 year history. Of course, "Kutztown Live" is Kutztown University Radio's weekly campus/community issues talk show. Let's break it down. At 2:00 p.m., host Shantae Taylor interviews former government official Katie McGinty about her primary run for Senate against Joe Sestak (heard a few weeks ago on KUR) and John Fetterman (who we hope to have on soon) (Note: KUR is also reaching out to Republican Pat Toomey for an attempted future interview). Then at 2:20, Shantae welcomes Jennifer Sommers to the airwaves to talk about her presentation later on-campus regarding successfully and amazingly coming back from a stroke to finish her schooling. At 2:35, Shantae speaks with Mireille Liong, owner of "Going Natural" Natural Hair Care Products for African Americans. The show wraps up around 2:50 p.m. with an interview with Student Government President Joe Scoboria. This is one "Kutztown Live" you DO NOT want to miss. If you do, however, it will be podcasted for listening at a later date, but why wait? Tune into KUR now and be ready for 2 p.m.!


Application Deadline:  Monday, March 14, 2016

Applications will be accepted from graduating seniors cleared to walk at the spring 2016 Commencement ceremony. 
In order to be considered for this distinction, a candidate must meet the following minimum requirements:

·         be cleared to participate in the spring 2016 commencement ceremony

·         have a grade point average at or above 3.0

·         demonstrated service to the university community and a record of good university citizenship and cooperation

·         demonstrated evidence of meaningful co-curricular involvement

·         be in good disciplinary standing

·         must be available to interview and present your speech (speech need not be memorized)

In addition, each candidate must submit a completed application available at: Application UG.pdf
Finalists will be chosen to participate in an interview process to determine the candidate of choice who will be expected to provide a brief address that communicates the spirit of the day (approximately 3-5 minutes) at the spring 2016 Commencement ceremony.
                Andrea Kirshman, associate provost, Retention and Student Success


This week's MSU Movie Series film is "The Good Dinosaur" 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.


Spring Willingness to Serve (appointed positions) opened on Friday, Feb. 5, and will close Friday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. Please head on over to KUnited to participate by using this link:   
To log in, you will use your full KU email address as your username, and your KU Windows password for your password.  Please be aware that you can only submit this form once.  Should you have any problems with KUnited access or with form completion, please direct questions to Leah Cassellia at or 610-683-4867.  Any questions that are Senate-specific can be sent to Thank you for your willingness to serve!


"Immigrant and Refugee Children and their Families: A Systemic, Ethical Response."  
March 25, 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
Forum 2016 explores systemic ethical responses to the regional needs of immigrant and refugee children and their families. We invite community leaders, agency executives, policy makers, social workers, human services professionals, faculty, alumni, and students.  Full-day attendees receive 6 social work continuing education credits, including 3 ethics credits.  To register, please follow this link: FORUMRegistration2016.  Questions?  Please contact Valerie Siegrist, graduate assistant, at:


A feature story on KU's Will Adams of the men's basketball team ran on the front page on Sunday's edition of the Reading Eagle Sports section. "Where There's a Will, There's a Way. Orphaned at the age of 2, Will Adams has persevered through impoverishment, injury and cancer, and has found a home at Kutztown U." Read the story here:  



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