Daily Brief

Feb. 7, 2024

Celtic Vocalists Emmet Cahill and Chloë Agnew in Schaeffer Auditorium

Acclaimed Irish tenor Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder and soprano Chloë Agnew of Celtic Woman will perform together 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Schaeffer Auditorium. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this one-time concert will feature songs from Broadway and beloved Irish music, as well as a few love songs. The duo will be accompanied by pianist Seamus Brett, assistant music director of Celtic Thunder. KU faculty and staff can access discounted tickets by logging in for tickets using their MyKU login.

KU Presents!

 (L to R) Marco, August William and Paige Ehrl in the labor room.

Newest Golden Bear

The Department of Communication Studies is excited to welcome a new Golden Bear. Congratulations to parents Marco and Paige Ehrl, who welcomed August William Ehrl last week. 

Emily Cripe, Communication Studies

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Office of Vice Provost


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

Mostly sunny and continued dry and pleasant; a bit milder. High near 47.


Kutztown University and Rodale Institute Collaborative Grant Program

The grant guidelines for the Kutztown University and Rodale Institute Collaborative Grant program have just been released and will be sent to faculty. The program aims to support faculty and student scholarly activities related to regenerative organic agriculture and the agricultural environment in collaboration with Rodale Institute. The many goals are to develop the field of regenerative organic agriculture research and environmental awareness, enhancement of the collaborative relationship between KU and the Rodale Institute, support faculty research and creative activities; and encourage and embrace faculty/student research collaborations. Past grants have been from the sciences and the arts. The deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, March 11. The maximum award is $20,000. Please contact Jeffrey Werner (werner@kutztown.edu) for any questions or concerns.

Heather Arbuckle, Grants and Sponsored Projects

New Cookie Chat: Funding Springboards for your Research and Teaching

Meet Jeff Werner and Susan Lushinsky from the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects to learn about opportunities within KU, PASSHE and external sources (big or small) to help support your research and teaching ideas. Get some tips and ideas to use in your career. The Zoom link is available on the event page. The featured cookie will be Millionaire Bars because 'this is all about the bucks'.

Center for Engaged Learning

Statista - Leading Statistics Resource

The campus community now has access to Statista, a leading provider of statistical reports and analyses. Statista consolidates statistical data on more than 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources. The reports, charts, infographics and statistics found in the database can be downloaded in Excel, PDF, PNG, PowerPoint formats or embedded in webpages.

Bob Flatley, Rohrbach Library


The Office of Student Accounts is saddened to share the passing of Dr. Sharon Dorner-Andelora, mother of Wendy Pursell, director of Student Accounts, mother-in-law to Rich Pursell (KUSSI) and grandmother to Adam Pursell (sophomore and MSU staff). Sharon fought a valiant effort against pulmonary fibrosis for almost 15 years. She was a pioneer for education and women in leadership, actively holding many offices in Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Delta Pi Epsilon (DPE) among many, many others. Earning a doctorate in 1982 from Rutgers University on Women in Leadership and Superintendency, she led by example. However, while she worked hard, volunteered and broke barriers, she also found a way to enjoy 24 years of retirement from teaching, by visiting Hawaii more than 60 times among other sunny locations with her husband of 39 years, Bob. Let this show that one can work hard and contribute but also play hard and enjoy the sunsets. Celebrations of her life well lived will be held in the spring, summer, and of course, in Hawaii. Letters of care and condolences for the family can be directed to the Office of Student Accounts or KUSSI. 


Speak at Ignite Kutztown

We are seeking speakers for Ignite Kutztown. What is Ignite? It’s a speaking event that follows a specific format (more information below). This semester's Ignite will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 135 Rickenbach Learning Center. Mark your calendar to attend and see what this is all about. The basic idea behind Ignite is: "What’s the nerdy passion you want to share with other people?" Make a five-minute speech about it, with 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. The subject of the presentation can be anything you would like as long as you can cover it in five minutes. This can be anything you’re passionate about, from a hobby to a research subject to a general interest. Thus far we’ve had topics ranging from "The Last of Us" to apples to playing with action figures as an adult and many others. In the link below is an Ignite talk about giving an Ignite talk. If you’re stumped for topics, there are many, many YouTube videos of Ignite talks from around the country. Please contact cripe@kutztown.edu for more information.

Emily Cripe, Department of Communication Studies

Ujima Conference 2024: It Takes a Village

Join us for a three-day conference Feb. 20-22 during Black History Month celebrating Black American and African cultures through collective work and responsibility, community and fellowship and social events. There will be workshops, self-care sessions, beauty pop-up shops, facial treatments, massages, and haircuts for men by on and off-campus collaborators. Our conference will host three speakers:
 - Keynote speaker Dr. Denise Pearson, PASSHE vice chancellor and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer.
 - The closing keynote speaker is the founder of Black Girl Environmentalist and Environmental Justice Warrior Wanjiku "Wawa" Gatheru.
 - The guest speaker Master Gunnery Sergeant Joseph H. Geeter III, USMC retired, Philadelphia Chapter 1 National Montford Point Marine Association Commander.
More details and a finalized schedule to be announced soon. RSVPs are encouraged for most events. For more information, please visit our website.

Angelica Mishra, Multicultural Center


Spring 2024 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Opportunities

April is Undergraduate Research and Creativity Month and there are a few ways your students can share their ideas locally. Please visit the webpage below to go to the UGRC website for the links to submission forms and conference websites.
 - "Mugridge Symposium on Math Research" by undergraduates at KU: The submission deadline is Thursday, March 7 to mcloughl@kutztown.edu. The event will be held Thursday, March 28.
 - HECBC (Berks County) at Albright: The submission deadline is Friday, March 1. The event will be held Saturday, April 6.
 - PA Computing and Information Science Educators Conference at KU: submission deadline is  Sunday, Feb. 25. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5-6.
 - Composition Conference at KU: The submission deadline is Friday, March 15. The event will be held Monday, April 15.
 - KU Inspires, A Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity at KU: The submission deadline is Friday, March 8. The event will be held Wednesday, April 17.

Lynn Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Calling All CUREs Faculty

The Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) and Undergraduate Research and Creativity (UGRC) are looking to determine how many KU faculty members implement Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in their courses. If you are currently integrating CUREs into your classes, please complete this brief three-point questionnaire in the link below. In short, a CURE incorporates the following six elements:
 - The embedding of research into the course curriculum.
 - Engagement of all students in the research project.
 - Collaboration of students on the project.
 - Introducing students to the research methodology of the discipline on research projects.
 - The outcomes of the research are unknown.
 - Communication of student outcomes of the research.
Please click here for an expanded description. There is also more information on the survey form.

Lynn Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Free Walk-in Math Tutoring

The Department of Mathematics offers free walk-in peer tutoring for students in mathematics classes from MAT-17 through and including the Calculus sequence. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this valuable resource. Tutors are available 2-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 207 Lytle.

Brian Kronenthal, Department of Mathematics

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Feb. 8 11 a.m. Celebrating Black Literature
227 Beekey
Feb. 13 7:30 p.m. "Malletines Day," KU Percussion Ensemble
Wells-Rapp Center
Feb. 13 7:30 p.m KU Presents! Emmet Cahill and Chloë Agnew
Schaeffer Auditorium

Date Time Event
Feb. 10 2 p.m. Acrobatics and Tumbling vs. ESU and Gannon
Keystone Arena (Video)

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email , TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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