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February 23, 2017


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Presented by Kutxown University Departments of Philosophy and Physics, Dr. Luke Barnes, University of Sydney, "A Fortunate Universe" 

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? Presented by Kutztown University Departments of Philosophy and Physics. For more information on the event contact Dr. Joseph Jedwab, KU Department of Philosophy, at or click here.  For more information on Barnes, visit



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11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Customer Appreciation, KU Campus Store
11 a.m. COB Featured Speaker, AF 200
11 a.m. Open Education Resources, RL 22
12:30 p.m. Teaching and Advising Students on the Autism Spectrum, AF 101
4:30 p.m. Fine-Tuning in the Context of Bayesian Theory Testing, MSU 183
6:30 p.m. Redistricting: The Real Voter Fraud, AF 201
7 p.m. A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely-Tuned Universe, Planetarium
8 p.m. MSU Movie Series, MSU 183




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


The incredible February of 2017 continues with more near record high temperatures today with highs around 70. Clouds and some sun will be the rule with a few showers around with a warm front near the area.
Latest ‘Weather & Climate Chat’ with Monsoon Mike and Dr. Michael Davis is right here, discussing this incredible warmth and some potential causes:




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                University Relations

The Facilities Organization extends our deepest heartfelt sympathies to Art Chaffee and his wife, Donna, on the sudden passing of their son, Nate, on February 19.  Art is a long time custodian in Facilities Management.  Nate was a 2012 graduate of Kutztown University who loved soccer and basketball. 

A funeral service will be held at noon Monday at Schuylkill Church of the Brethren, Pine Grove.  In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions in his memory be made to H.L. Snyder Funeral Home., 139 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove PA 17963 to help with the funeral costs.  If you'd like you may also send condolences to the family online at Please keep Art and his family in your prayers.
                Terry Brown, asst. vice-president, Facilities

Application Deadline:  Monday, March 20
Applications will be accepted from graduating seniors cleared to walk at the spring 2017 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 2017 commencement ceremony
                have a grade point average at or above 3.0
                demonstrated service to the university community
                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:
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 2017 Commencement ceremony.
                Andrea Kirshman, associate provost, Retention and Student Success

Feb. 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
We are having our Customer Appreciation event in-store! Photo Booth, prize wheel, discounts, art demos and more!  Stop by from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to join in.

Feb. 23, 11 a.m.
The Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies welcomes Kevin Morganti '09, retail operations manager for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in Academic Forum 200.  All are welcome to hear how his degree in Sport Management has opened doors to the world of professional sports.

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, 12:30 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, 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

Feb. 23 - 26
"The Hunting Ground," the award-winning documentary about rape culture on college campuses, and how it has affected five women.  The movie, brought to you by the MSU and the KU Women's Center, will be shown in MSU 183, Alumni Auditorium at the following times:
Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 & 24, 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 & 26, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission is free.

We encourage you to come to the Rohrbach Library and participate in our annual tradition - The READ posters.! Our READ posters are featured throughout the library. We are open to working with individuals, groups and clubs. From Feb. 20 to March 10, stop by room RL 24 at the following times:
                Mondays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                Thursdays:, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
                Fridays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information check our blog:
                Dan Stafford, Rohrbach Library





Saturday, Feb. 25

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



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