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February 8, 2017


The Daily Brief

KU Presents "Shadowland" by Pilobolus
KU Presents! welcomes internationally acclaimed Pilobolus Dance Theatre tonight, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Shadowland is a universal and intimately portrayed experience that is both intensely dramatic and comedic. The story is a surreal experience of a young girl's sensational world as she comes of age. As the first theatrical event of its kind to tour the globe, Shadowland incorporates multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to create an evening-length performance that merges projected images and front-of-screen choreography.  A limited number of tickets are still available for $40 ($20 for students, $10 for KU Students with ID) and can be purchased with check or cash at the MSU Information Center or with credit card at or x34092.  Before the performance, join Pilobolus and the KU Society of Physics Students for an interactive experience. Learn the science behind how light travels and how shadows are made. 6:15 p.m. in Schaeffer Little Theatre.
                KU Presents!



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10 a.m. - 4 p.m. I Heart KU Week, MSU
2 p.m. Secretaries Meeting, AF 203
6:30 p.m. Spa Night, MSU 218
7:30 p.m. KU Presents! Pilobus, Schaeffer Auditorium




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

Near record warmth for our area to start the day. Skies will be partly cloudy for most of the day. Strong cold front to swing through later in the day ushering in some cold air from the northwest. Low pressure to develop over West Virginia and move east overnight. Our first significant snow of the season is expected. Stay tuned to our respective Facebook weather pages to stay updated on the potential winter storm. High temperature in the mid 50s. Winds southwest at 8-11 mph becoming northwest by afternoon.




There have been a number of concerns and questions raised regarding recent comments in the press by State System leaders concerning the state of our university system. 

Please know that discussions regarding the future of the System have been ongoing since last spring, including among legislative leaders and many others both in and outside the State System.  I have full confidence that the Board of Governors and Chancellor Frank Brogan have the best interests of our System and students in mind, as they prepare to consult with all stakeholders in this important initiative to deal with the financial strains on our System from rising costs and reduced resources. This strategic review also will help us ensure our universities are positioned to meet the needs of our students and the Commonwealth into the future.

The university presidents, trustees, Board of Governors members, faculty, staff, students, and others will be consulted throughout the review process and the upcoming study the System will conduct. While closings and/or mergers were mentioned as options that other states have explored as the result of similar reviews, the Board Chair and the Chancellor made it clear that they have no "preconceptions" about what is the right solution for Pennsylvania.  Although we do not yet know the outcomes of this study, we do know that all outcomes will have at their core the needs of the System's current and future students. 

My letter to the KU community the first day of spring semester spoke of the challenges we will face in the coming months and years.  Let me assure you that KU will continue its mission of providing an affordable, high-quality education for many years to come!  

We look forward to participating in this study and are hopeful that the resulting recommendations will help us all deal with the current challenges.  

The CONNECTIONS Orientation Office revised 2017 orientation schedule has been sent through campus email to all faculty and staff.
Changes include:
·         the date arrangement of the freshmen/parent cycle dates for June
·         the addition of a freshman/parent orientation on Thursday, July 13, 2017
·         transfer orientation dates moving to Friday's in June (9th and 23rd)
·         the final freshmen and transfer orientation dates in August moving to (August 22-Freshmen, August 23-Transfer)
Please note this information on your calendar and feel free to contact Lisa Grabowski, Coordinator of Student Orientation, with any questions at extension 64235.

Non-instructional positions are open on campus on our job board at


There are many offices, departments, committees, commissions, student organizations, and individual faculty that do a multitude of programs, guest speakers, etc in the area of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism.   We would like to keep a repository/record of these programs - but I'd also like to help facilitate as much cross promotion of these as possible through the various outreaches on campus including through the Commissions, the Inclusion Centers, the SGB Diversity Council, etc - not to replace any of your normal advertising and outreach, but to supplement it through collaboration.     To start with if you or your related office, or department, or student organization   has or will be planning anything for February (African American History Month) or March (Women's History Month) -or any other upcoming events/speakers, etc...please email me with the relevant information, or webpage, or flyer.  Thank you.
                Jerry Schearer, associate dean for inclusion and outreach

I Heart KU Week is February 6-10.  Be sure to stop by the table in the MSU every day this week from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. to show your love for donors, students, faculty/staff, and parents. Enjoy this week to celebrate all that is great about KU! 

Feb. 8, 2 p.m.
"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 AF 203.
                Julie Fiorini, CLAS


Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Need a moment of relaxation? Well, this is the event for you! Spa Night is a night of relaxation and pampering! There will be massages to calm and relax you, haircuts for the men, eyebrow waxing to get your eyebrows on fleek, manicures and pedicures for pretty hands and feet, snacks, excitement and fun. This event is free to all KU students, so come on out and treat yourself to a little pampering, you deserve it. Come out on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the MSU 218. We look forward to seeing you!
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE Advisor

Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.
The College of Education will be hosting an Open House for the new Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning program.  We invite anyone who would like to learn more to attend.  The Open House will take place on the second floor of Beekey Education Center, room 229.  Please contact Dr. Patricia Walsh Coates for more information or register through the link below.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

6:30 p.m. Sign-In and Reception with Faculty
6 45p.m. Program Overview
7:15 p.m. Admissions Overview & Questions

Register today!  

Feb. 9, 11 a.m.
The College of Education Scholarship Brown Bag Series continues with Professors Angel Bestwick and Chris Weiler of the Department of Elementary Education speaking about "Preparing Them for the Profession: Use of Lesson Plan Study to Improve Pre-Service Teacher's Critical Thinking and Instructional Design."  Their presentation/discussion will take place on Thursday, February 9, 11-11:50 a.m., in BK 121.  KU faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, are invited.  Feel free to bring your lunch; light refreshments will be provided.

Feb. 9, 11 a.m.
Please join us for a training session on how to use the Online Ordering portal:
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Event number: 661 712 646
Event password: KUTraining
Event address for attendees:
Audio conference information - it is important you call in for Audio
USA Toll: 12404540879
Access code: 661 712 646
We thank you in advance for attending. 
                The KU Print Center Team

Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., AF 102
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is pleased to sponsor the panel, "Redistricting: The Real Voter Fraud," on Feb. 9 in 102 AF from 6:30-8 p.m. Moderated by the Kutztown Democratic Club, 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, Department of Political Science and Public Administration

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

Feb. 10, 1 p.m.
An Open Forum for the university community to meet a candidate for the position of special assistant for enrollment management and diversity recruitment will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at 1 - 1:45 p.m. in the Academic Forum Room 103.
                Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Feb. 16, 11 a.m.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m - noon in RL 22 the Rohrbach Library and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching are sponsoring the workshop "Creative Commons and Quality Scholarship." Susan Czerny will discuss how Creative Commons both differs from and compliments current copyright protocols and how to find quality research with Creative Commons licenses in open access journals.  For more information please contact Ruth Perkins ( or Gil Clary (

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
The next University Curriculum Committee (UCC) meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year will be held on Feb. 23, 2017.  The deadline for submission of all proposals for this meeting is 12 p.m. (noon) on Thurs., Feb. 9.  Please submit new proposals prior to this deadline to the UCC SharePoint Drop Off Library, at http://intranet/sites/committees/ucc/submissions.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. French at ext. 3-1312.
                Ms. Bethany French, secretary, University Curriculum Committee




Shoot for Success 


Wednesday, Feb. 8
5:30 p.m.             Women's Basketball vs. Mansfield - Keystone Arena (Stats | Video)
7:30 p.m.             Men's Basketball vs. Mansfield - Keystone Arena (Stats | Video)
*Dean's List Honors at halftime of women's game

Tuesday, Feb. 14
7:30 p.m.             Wrestling vs. East Stroudsburg (Senior Night) - Keystone Arena



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