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February 21, 2017


The Daily Brief

Kutztown University and Ming Chuan University (MCU), Taipei, Taiwan, have signed an agreement to collaborate and establish an exchange program for the mutual benefit of both institutions.
L to R:  Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, KU president are joined by Dr. Li-Tien Wang, special assistant to the president, Ming Chuan University, as they sign an exchange agreement.  

Kutztown University and Ming Chuan University (MCU), Taipei, Taiwan, have signed an agreement to collaborate and establish an exchange program for the mutual benefit of both institutions.  Both universities will offer student and faculty exchange programs that promote scholarly activities and multi-cultural understanding.  Students and faculty may participate in a semester or year-long exchange.  Founded in 1957, MCU is home to approximately 17,000 students on three residential campuses in Taiwan.  MCU offers a master's degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language program at Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Mich.  MCU is the first United States-Accredited university in Asia.  



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11 a.m. Pet Therapy, MSU 218




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


Another nice day, a little cooler than yesterday and DEFINITELY cooler than this past Sunday as we may see some increase in clouds in the afternoon ahead of a warm front, but still should see a fair amount of sunshine. Expect highs around 50. Light south winds. Warm front slips through tonight with some showers around. Then we’re off to the races with temperatures again Wednesday and Thursday.





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                University Relations

Faculty, do you have students interning this semester with a Berks or Lehigh County non-profit organization and not being financially compensated?  Encourage them to submit an application to be considered for one of several $1,000 scholarships donated by area employer, Air Products, as part of their Community Internship Program. Visit: to learn more.
                Linda Kerschner, Career Development Center

Campus Pack is a set of collaborative learning tools (Wikis, Journals, Blogs, Podcasts) that can be integrated right into your D2L course? Campus Pack provides instructors the ability to track individual student contributions, as well as set unique permissions for each tool. The Campus Pack articles can help you set up a Wiki, Journal, Blog, or Podcast in your course. Need more information about working with D2L? Visit the D2L Solutions Centerfor lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education

These are the non-instructional positions are open on campus on our job board at


Feb. 21, 11 a.m., 218 MSU
Dog Therapy is back! Come and get some puppy love on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. - noon 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

Feb.  22, 3 p.m.
Join visiting art therapist, Laura Zeisler, ATR-BC, LCSW, for a lively discussion.  Following the lecture, a hands-on experiential will delve deeper into the role of creativity in community art making.  Zeisler has over 20 years of professional experience as an Art Therapist-in-Residence for schools, community art centers, Art Museums, hospice, and oncology units (pediatric and adult).   Currently she is working on a documentary video, Why Meaning Matters
3 - 4 p.m.            Lecture in Sharadin Art Building 120
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Experiential in Sharadin Art Building 121

Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.
The Kutztown University Slavic Club invites you to MASLENITSA, a celebration featuring the Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble and St. Mary's Traditional Ukrainian Dancers of Allentown on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Following their performances, refreshments including Ukrainian pancakes will be served in the lobby. We are grateful to Dr. Paula Holoviak for bringing these groups to our campus and to ACE for sponsoring this event. Contact Dr. Mary Theis (, a club advisor, for more information about this FREE event.

Feb. 23, 11 a.m.
On Thursday, Feb.23, from 11 a.m. - noon in RL 22 the Rohrbach Library and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching are sponsoring the workshop "Open Education Resources." Ruth Perkins will discuss OER, the emerging resource consisting of openly licensed educational materials that can be used as an alternative to textbooks. Particular attention will be paid to Temple University's Alternative Textbook Project.  For more information please contact Ruth Perkins ( or Gil Clary (

Feb. 23, 12 p.m.
Students on the autism spectrum are attending college in increasing numbers. The students in this population add diversity and richness to our campus but also bring some challenges to the classroom, residence halls and campus community.  KU is proud to be one of four schools included in the PASSHE and PDE autism initiative to increase retention and graduation rates of this population.  Please join us on Thursday, February 23, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in AF 101 for the presentation Teaching and Advising Students on the Autism Spectrum with guest presenter and noted expert, Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown.  Learn strategies for engaging and responding to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as best practices for various settings including the classroom, laboratory, studio, and one-on-one advising.

Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Dr. Luke Barnes, a postdoctoral researcher at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, will present a lecture entitled "A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely-Tuned Universe," Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the KU Planetarium, Grim Science Building.  The event is free and open to the public.  He'll address "Fine-Tuning in the Context of Bayesian Theory Testing" at 4:30 p.m. in MSU 183.  The planets, stars and galaxies that fill the night sky obey elegant mathematical patterns: the laws of nature. Why does our Universe obey these particular laws? As a clue to answering this question, scientists have asked a related question: what if the laws were slightly different? What if it had begun with more matter, had heavier particles or space had four dimensions? For more information on the event contact Dr. Joseph Jedwab, KU Department of Philosophy, at or click here.  For more information on Barnes, visit

Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., AF 201
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is pleased to sponsor the panel, "Redistricting: The Real Voter Fraud," on Feb. 23 in 201 AF from 6:30-8 p.m. The panel will feature State Senator Judy Schwank representing Pa.'s 11th Senatorial District and Diana G. Dakey representing Fair Districts Pa. This is a non-partisan event designed to inform the electorate. A question and answer session will follow the speakers' presentation. This event is open to the public. Please contact Steve Lem ( with questions.
                Steve Lem, Political Science and Public Administration

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium for a celebration of music in the spirit of New Orleans Mardi Gras.  The KU Music Government will host a Scholarship Benefit Concert ($5 suggested donation) with performances by select student groups, faculty and guests. Audience members will have the opportunity to decorate souvenir masks before the concert and are invited to meet the performers at a reception of light refreshments at the end of the evening.  All proceeds from the concert will directly benefit students in the Department of Music.

Feb. 28, 6 - 8 p.m.  
Sharadin 108
Therapy Night will be Feb. 28, from 6 - 8 p.m. in Sharadin 108.  Join the Clay Club for an evening of fun and relaxing activities focused on the needs of craftspersons and artists.  Activities will include yoga, Henna, clay, snacks, hand massages and creating homemade hand salve scented with essential oils.




Saturday, Feb. 25
1 p.m.   Women's Lacrosse vs. Chestnut Hill (Andre Reed Stadium)



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