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February 2, 2017


The Daily Brief

KU High School Mathematics Day for Girls
L to R: Sera Karahoca, Lyn McQuaid, Amy Lu, Ju Zhou, Dianne McCready and Michelle Savescu

The women of the Department of Mathematics hosted a High School Mathematics Day for Girls on January 11. Despite the inclement weather, over 60 female students and faculty from eight local high schools came to campus for this event. The goal was to interest young women in continuing to study mathematics and to pursue careers involving mathematics, the sciences, technology and engineering by offering role models and mentors. For more information, please click here.




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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spring Involvement Fair, MSU
11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday, 120 Sharadin Arts
4 p.m. University Senate, 103 AF




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

Might actually have more sun today than clouds, which has been kind of rare this winter, with high pressure finally in control for a couple days. Highs in the 30s with west winds 5 to 15 mph.




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Feb. 2, 4 p.m., 103 AF
The next meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in 103 AF.
The agenda and attachments can be found on the Senate website by clicking on the following link: 
Note: All University Senate meetings for Spring 2017 will be held in 103 AF.
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, University Senate

Feb. 2, 11 a.m.
Drs. Diana Ebersole and Keith Massie, Department of Communication Studies, will be presenting "Parental Perspectives on 'Technoparenting' and 'Technoprivacy' in 21st Century Families," their research project on the roles of technology and social media in family communication process, Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. in 120 Sharadin Arts Building. All are welcome to attend, to learn about the work our college faculty are doing and participate in the discussion.
                William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

"How Best to Interact With and Respond To Students When They Are Angry, Upset, Stressed or Distressed: A Program for Support Staff" by Dr. Bruce Sharkin, Counseling and Psychological Services. This program is designed to help support staff members in their handling of difficult or challenging situations involving students. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 2-3 p.m. in 280 OM. Please RSVP to by Monday, Feb. 6.
                Julie Fiorini, CLAS

Students who are registered with the DSO and have approved accommodations will be approaching you to discuss their academic needs and to deliver an accommodation letter from the DSO. Please take some time to review the accommodation letter with the student, discuss the student's needs, and determine how you will provide the approved accommodations in your class. The accommodation letter should be retained for your records and the confirmation form on the second page should be completed and returned to the DSO via inter-office mail as soon as possible. Some students may be self-advocating for the very first time. Please be patient and helpful as the student explains his or her need for accommodations.  Contact the DSO at 610-683-4108, if you have any questions regarding accommodations.
                Pat Trexler, DSO

Faculty, we offer in class information sessions, tutors to assist with an in class assignment, and class tours of the UWC. Contact me to schedule ( Also, check out our online help and workshop materials at Information for Faculty. You can always find new PowerPoint presentations, handouts, activities, related to writing in the classroom, such as Writing an Effective Thesis, Understanding Plagiarism, Plagiarism Handout, Instructions for APA Workshop, Instructions for Writing Process Workshop, Introduction to APA Format, APA Header Sample, The Writing Process, Useful Signal Phrase Verbs.

The University Writing Center is a free student service, offering advice and assistance with writing assignments from any course or subject including reference sources for numerous citation methods from a variety of disciplines. Tutors can assist your students improve their composing process, development, organization, style, documentation and mechanics. Students can schedule an appointment at 610-683-4733, email, or come in to 132 Old Main. Our hours are Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Mon and Wed 6 - 9 p.m., and additional select Sundays near midterms and final exams.
                Patricia Pytleski, director, University Writing Center

On Saturday, Feb. 18, KU Foundation and Alumni Relations is hosting an event in the PPL Center, Allentown, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms take on the Hartford Wolf Pack.  The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Enjoy a $5 food voucher as well as great seats for this game. Enjoy hearing the national anthem performed by the KU Trombone Choir. The cost for this event is $20.  Children 3 and under are complimentary. Please visit  to register for the game. If you have any questions, please call 610-683-4110.
                Cheryl Swavely, KU Foundation and Alumni Relations

Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
ACT the student performance group will present their production of the eight-time Tony Award winning rock musical Spring Awakening this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium.  Based on Franz Wedekind's late 19th century modern drama, Spring Awakening explores the period's sexual repression set against its children coming of age. Tickets available through KU Presents! Box office, MSU Desk and  $8 students, $10 General Admission.
                Carl Seiple, Department of English/ACT advisor

Please encourage your students to drop by the MSU this today, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the spring Involvement Fair. More than 116 organizations, clubs and groups will be here to talk to them about joining. There's no better time to get involved.
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor

KUR, Kutztown University's multiple award-nominated and winning radio station is live with their new Spring schedule! Check out the entire rundown and listen live all at
Michael Regenburger, manager, KUR

Come see authors/illustrators Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Deborah Hopkinson and Rosemary Wells on April 1. Admission is $10 for all college undergraduate and Kutztown graduate students. $70 general admission. Free community day presentation on March 31. See our website for more information and registration.
                Sarah Bryski

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Commission on Human Divesity's Diversity and Social Justice Conference. This year's theme is "Social Justice and Diversity: Sharing Perspectives and Envisioning the Future" and will be held on March 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All workshops start on the hour - so you may attend all day or individual sessions. Staff, faculty, students and the community are welcome to attend. Registration is now open using this link, please feel free to share it:
                Jerry Schearer, associate dean for Inclusion and Outreach

Nomination deadline Feb. 10
Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students graduating December 2016 or May 2017 for this prestigious award.  Nominees should exemplify an exceptional individual achievement in one or more of the following areas: 
a) Successfully completed research projects
b) Original artwork of high quality
c) Artistic performances (music, chorus, drama, etc.) of high quality
d) Original writing in literature or meritorious writing in other fields
e) Noteworthy achievements in athletics
f) Outstanding service to the Kutztown University community

Up to twelve medals (2 gold, 4 silver, 6 copper) provided by retired faculty member Dr. Carlson Chambliss are issued annually to selected students.  The nomination form can be found at For more information, contact Dr. Andrea Kirshman, Associate Provost for Retention and Student Success, at




Saturday, Feb. 4 (Play4Kay)
1 p.m.    Women's Basketball vs. Lock Haven - Keystone Arena (Live Stats)
3 p.m.    Men's Basketball vs. Lock Haven - Keystone Arena (Live Stats​)



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