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February 28, 2017

 

The Daily Brief

KU and Rodale Institute Research Affiliate Agreement
Photo Attached:  Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost, Kutztown University; Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University; and Jeff Moyer, executive director, Rodale Institute sign a research affiliate agreement Monday, Feb. 27.  Watch video of the event by
clicking here on on the photo above. 

Kutztown University and the Rodale Institute, Maxatawny Township, signed a cooperative agreement on Monday, Feb. 27, that will establish research affiliates for the mutual benefit of both institutions.  The agreement will create opportunities for students to partner with university faculty and Rodale Institute personnel on field research in the areas of soil health, organic practices for farming and pest management, composting and pollinators.  Students will also be able to intern at the Rodale Institute.  Rodale Institute personnel will now be able to perform collaborative research with KU faculty and students; have access to university research laboratories; the opportunity for its research affiliates to offer guest lectures, when invited by KU faculty; access to Rohrbach Library; parking on the KU campus; and a KU ID card, identifying the status as research affiliate.  

 

 

TODAY'S EVENTS

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1:30 p.m. The Guide, 101 AF
4:30 p.m. MCC Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
4:30 p.m. Mardi Gras, South Dining Hall
6 - 8  p.m. Therapy Night, 108 SH
7 p.m. Movie "Men of Honor," 116 MSU
7:30 p.m. "A Good Death," 135 LC

 

 

TODAY'S WEATHER

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

Clouds and some sun around today and very mild, but with a warm front around, they'll be the chance for a few rain showers at pretty much any time. Highs in the low to mid 60s. Light sound winds. Precipitation amounts around a tenth of an inch.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


DAILY BRIEF READER SURVEY
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                University Relations


  
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
These are the non-instructional positions are open on campus on our job board at http://employment.kutztown.edu.
 


 
SUPPORT FOR THE WEIDA FAMILY
We are saddened to report that Glenn Weida (Facilities landscaping crew) and his wife, Janie, lost their home in this weekend's storms. The Facilities department is currently coordinating a collection of cards, well wishes, and donations for Glenn and his family.  Cards and contributions can be sent to the attention of Debbie Bond in Facilities.
                Will Meeker, Director of Facilities Campus Services


  
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH THANK YOU
I would like to thank the members of my "KU Family" in the Physical Sciences Department who nominated me for the "Employee of the Month".
In addition, I would like to thank everyone who expressed congratulations.
KU is filled with wonderful employees and I am fortunate to work with and among these individuals.
                Donna Moore, Dept. of Physical Sciences



TECH TUESDAYS: DID YOU KNOW...?
D2L has a built-in audio feedback tool for Assignment submissions? Do you spend hours writing out feedback for students? The audio feedback tool can save you time! Instead of typing feedback, you can record a voice narration of feedback. Not only does this save time, it also makes the feedback more personal for the learner! The Audio Feedback article outlines the steps to create audio feedback.
Need more information about working with D2L? Visit the D2L Solutions Center for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education


  
MULTICULTURAL CENTER DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORKSHOPS
Feb. 28 and March 2
The Multicultural Center (MCC) offers scheduled diversity and inclusion workshops for the campus community. A three-part inclusion training, "Inclusion Insights" utilizes the work of sociologist, Dr. Steve Robins and incorporates video clips, discussions and activities. It is scheduled for: 
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4:30 - 6 p.m., Part 2 - The Lazy Brain
Thursday, March 2, 11 a.m. - noon, Part 3 - Unintentional Intolerance
Individuals are encouraged to attend all three sessions. 
Part 3 is not offered for individuals who haven't attended part 1 and 2.
Register by contacting branford@kutztown.edu
Special note: Any student group or department can request the workshops or a condensed version based on their schedules by contacting branford@kutztown.edu Thank you.
                Rhonda Branford, director of Multicultural Services, Multicultural Center


  
THE GUIDE, A STUDENT-CENTERED MOBILE APP
Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m., 101 AF
Kutztown University will be launching "The Guide" a mobile app product during Summer Connections in an effort to increase student retention. Dr. Hilton and Dr. Zayaitz invite you to attend a presentation on February 28, at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in 101 AF.

Guide is a student-centered mobile app that provides students with the support that will assist with their student success.  The Guide helps students navigate roadblocks to graduation and make better choices along the way. Combining best practice research, student-centered design, and a proprietary analytics engine, Guide will allow Kutztown University to scale their existing student success initiatives with defined paths to college success, ongoing responsive guidance, and automated interventions.

If your schedule allows, please attend to find out more about this program.
                Tammy Moyer, special project coordinator, Academic Affairs


  
MARDI GRAS
Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m.
Join ACE, the Office and Housing Residence Life and Dining Services in celebrating Mardi Gras! Join us in South Dining Hall for delightfully tasty treats to thrill the taste buds, super fun activities, like painting with a twist, a cool DJ, henna, photo booth and juggler. Don't miss out on this awesome celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The celebration starts at 4:30 p.m. We'll see you there.
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor  


  
THERAPY NIGHT PRESENTED BY THE CLAY CLUB
Feb. 28, 6 - 8 p.m., 108 SH  
Therapy Night will be Feb. 28, from 6 - 8 p.m. in 108 Sharadin. 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.


 
FREE MOVIE AND POPCORN NIGHT - "MEN OF HONOR"
Feb 28, 7 p.m., 116 MSU
The Veterans' Services Center is proud to host a screening of the film, "Men of Honor," starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. in 116 MSU. This is a fantastic film based on the extraordinary true story of Carl Brashear, the first African American Navy Master Diver. We hope to see you there!
                Veterans Services Center


 
COMMUNICATION STUDIES PRESENTS "A GOOD DEATH" BY DR. LOU CLARK
Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., 135 LC
Please join the department of Communication Studies for a performance of "A Good Death" on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in 135 Rickenbach. This performance piece is written and performed by Dr. Lou Clark and explores the intersections of compassion and labor through the eyes of hospice care workers. Scholarship by Dr. Deborah Way is melded with Clark's autoethnographic account of her own experiences of loss, love and work as she recognizes, relates and re(acts) to the timeless question of what constitutes a good death.


 
STUDENT TRUSTEE SEARCH
Feb. 28 Nomination Deadline
March 20 Application Deadline
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees is searching for a new Student Trustee. Faculty and staff, please nominate those students who could best serve the university as its student trustee. To qualify, a student must be a full-time undergraduate student and will have completed 32 or more credits by the beginning of the 2017 Fall Semester, are in good standing, have a GPA of at least a 2.5 and will graduate no sooner than May 2019. The student trustee is a full voting member of the council. The nomination deadline is Feb. 28, 2017. All nominations must be submitted in writing and must include the student's name, address and local telephone number. We will immediately contact students nominated for the position. Those nominated will need to complete an application by March 20. For more information about the position or to download an application please visit https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/student-trustee-search.htm. Forms are also available in the President's Office, at the Information Desk in the McFarland Student Union, in the residence halls and in the Rohrbach Library. If you have any questions, feel free to call Toyia Heyward in the Office of the President at 610-683-4102 or send an email to heyward@kutztown.edu.
                Nykolai M. Blichar, chairperson, Student Trustee Search Committee


 
ASH WEDNESDAY DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES
March 1
Distribution of Ashes will be held at the Saint Christopher Catholic Newman Center at 12:10 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Mass will be offered the same day at 9 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main. All are welcome to attend.


 
WIND ENSEMBLE HIGH SCHOOL TOUR
March 1 and 2
On Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2, students in the KU Wind Ensemble will be touring and performing at high schools in Pa., Va. and Md. Please excuse them from classes on those days. As is expected, students are responsible for all missed class work and assignments. Thanks for your understand professional courtesy.
                Daniel Neuenschwander, director of bands


  
OFFICE OF SOCIAL EQUITY TRAINING
March 1, 3 p.m.
The Office of Social Equity will offer its second Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Sexual Harassment Training of the semester on Wednesday, March 1, at 3 p.m., 312 MSU. This session should last approximately 30-45 minutes. If you would like to attend, please register by e-mail at jfox@kutztown.edu. Please obtain approval from your supervisor if necessary. 
Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Sexual Harassment Training is also available from the Office of Social Equity through Desire2Learn (D2L). As a reminder, all faculty and staff members should complete this training on a yearly basis.
                Jesus Peña, Deputy to the President for Compliance, Equity and Legal Affairs & Title IX Coordinator


 
SEX SIGNALS
March 1, 7 p.m.
The mega-hit Sex Signals is coming to MSU 183 on March 1 at 7 p.m. Encourage your students and join us for the "real life funny sort-of-improv program about consent and bystander intervention."
                Residence Life


  
ROHRBACH LIBRARY COLLECTION
March 1, 3 p.m.
The Rohrbach Library contracted with Sustainable Collection Services to review the print titles in our Main Collection. Using their data-driven analysis, librarians plan to remove books that no longer support the current curriculum from the collection. We invite all interested faculty to attend an open session to review the data analysis. Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in 29 RL and Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m. in 22 RL. Please attend.
                Bruce D. Gottschall, Rohrbach Library


 
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Nominations Deadline March 1
The College of Education announces a new initiative to recognize highly qualified COE graduates with our Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. We seek to bestow this honor on 2-4 recipients each year. The award recognizes a career of extraordinary accomplishment, based on significant contributions to a field related to our College, which should involve outstanding professional experience, scholarship and/or service to the community. Award recipients are selected by a committee and will be honored during a late spring celebration.

Nominations should include: (1) a detailed letter (2-3 pages) from a nominator that provides specific information about the person's "career of extraordinary accomplishment"; (2) one additional letter of reference; (3) if possible, the nominee's current resume; and (4) contact information for both the nominator and the nominee. The information should be emailed to Cheryl Faust, administrative assistant to the COE dean, at cfaust@kutztown.edu, or mailed (or delivered) to Cheryl Faust, College of Education, 231 Beekey Education Center, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 19530. For more information, contact Cheryl at 610-683-4253. The submission deadline is March 1, 2017.


 

 

GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS


BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS: KUTZTOWN MEN'S BASKETBALL WINS SECOND-STRAIGHT PSAC EAST TITLE
The No. 6 Kutztown University men's basketball team closed out its regular season by clinching the outright Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East title with its 16th straight win over West Chester University, 91-85, on Saturday afternoon inside of Hollinger Field House.  This is KU's (24-2, 20-2 PSAC) second straight outright PSAC East title and the fourth in program history.  The 16-game winning streak marks the second longest in the history of the program, while the 24 wins are the third-most in school history.  Kutztown, who receives a bye in the First Round of the PSAC Tournament as the one seed, will host a Quarterfinal against the winner of fourth-seeded Bloomsburg and fifth-seeded West Chester this Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.


 
TRACK AND FIELD POSTS 1 CHAMPION, TWO SCHOOL-RECORDS FALL
McKenzie Fagan won a conference championship in the high jump, Ashley Stewart broke the school-record in the 400m, and Anthony Bullaro broke the school-record in the 60m hurdles on Sunday to highlight KU's weekend at the PSAC Championships at Edinboro University. The KU women finished in sixth place, while the men finished in seventh.


  
MEN'S BASKETBALL HOME PLAYOFF GAME - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m. at Keystone Arena. The nationally-ranked KU men's basketball team will host a PSAC Quarterfinal game with a chance to go to the Final Four. KU's opponent will be determined Monday night, so be sure to come out to Keystone Arena, Wednesday night at 7PM for playoff basketball!


  
FOUR WRESTLERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS
The Kutztown University wrestling team worked its way through the consolation brackets Saturday as five placewinners led KU to a sixth-place finish at the 2017 Super Region I Championships at Mercyhurst University, highlighted by four Golden Bears finishing in the top-four of their weight class to qualify for nationals.  It marks the ninth straight year - and 11th of the last 12 - that KU has finished in the top-six of 15 at regionals.  125-pounder Austin Petril (Clifton Heights, Pa./Upper Darby (Ursinus)), 165-pounder T.C. Warner (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Bloomsburg)), 197-pounder Jeff Reimel (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and heavyweight Ryan Appleby (Belvidere, N.J./Belvidere) will represent Kutztown at the NCAA National Championships in Birmingham, Alabama in two weeks on March 10-11.


  
UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, March 4
12 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Felician - Keystone Field (Stats)

 

 


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