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January 5, 2017


The Daily Brief

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More than 1,650 students have been named to the Fall 2016 Dean's List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean's List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.  Students who have requested privacy (FERPA) are not included in this announcement.  Click here to view the list.




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All Day Science Olympiad, Various Campus Locations
10 a.m. AlphaGraphics on-line training
2 p.m. AlphaGraphics on-line training




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

Weak low pressure forms off the Georgia coast and makes a journey up and off the coast around North Carolina. The result will be an increase in clouds throughout the day after some sun as the system approaches and some light snow possible overnight tonight. It’ll feel like the depths of winter today with highs not even making freezing and breezy west winds 10+ mph.




Kutztown University will host the Berks County Science Olympiad on Thursday, Jan. 5. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the McFarland Student Union (MSU). A meeting, including all the participants, will be held in the MSU multipurpose room at 8:20 a.m., followed by the competition at 8:40 a.m. at various locations on campus. The competition will conclude with an awards ceremony at approximately 2 p.m. in the MSU. In case of inclement weather the event will take place Friday, Jan. 6. The schools participating in the competition include: Bayard Rustin (West Chester), Boyertown, Central York, Exeter, Fleetwood, Governor Mifflin, Hamburg, Henderson (West Chester), Reading, Schuylkill Valley, Sun Valley, Twin Valley, West Chester East, Wilson and Wyomissing area. Thank you for welcoming these students to our campus. 

Jan. 17, 10 a.m.
On Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. in Old Main 158, Wissam Malke, a candidate for the Master of Science degree in Computer Science, will present a 20-minute overview of his research into "Machine Listening with Very Small Training Datasets." This research builds on a data sonification project for analyzing data by converting them to sounds that humans can use to classify the data by classifying the sounds. Data sonification is an audio counterpart to graphical data visualization. Mr. Malke's work entails using data mining software to allow a computer to listen to and classify the sounds, and hence the underlying data. Refreshments will follow. The Kutztown University community is invited to attend.

The Events Advisory Council (EAC) has established the deadline for early consideration for room reservations and activities scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year as 4 p.m. Mar. 10, 2017.

All faculty and staff members should have recently received an email containing detailed procedures for registering events/facilities. If you have not received the information, please contact the Office of Conference Services. Departments and organizations may submit early registration requests for their events by using the EMS Web Requester. Reminder - any early registration request for a student organization must be submitted by that organization's advisor. With the new Protection of Minors policy being implemented on campus some event requests may be required to provide additional information on your reservation. If this affects your reservation you will be given additional instructions.

If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to contact my office at x31359 or email Thank you.
                Terry L. Sitler, director, Conference Services

Starbucks in the Bear's Den is open! Come in Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., to enjoy your favorite beverages, snacks and sandwiches until Jan. 20. Normal hours will resume Jan. 23. We will be running some great specials through the remainder of winter break!
• Until Jan. 9, when you buy a bag of Christmas blend coffee, receive a free tall cup of coffee, and get an ornament for $3.
• Receive 25% off all holiday coffee and select mugs, cups, and tumblers (cannot be combined with other offers).
• Cranberry Bliss Bar Trays and Ugly Sweater Cookie trays are only $11 (regularly $13.95)!
· Bearistas are buy 2, get 20% off both while supplies last!
                John Scheers, Aramark

Proposals due Jan. 6
The Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity is seeking presentation proposals related to the various dimensions of multiculturalism, diversity, social justice, inclusion and equity in all areas of life and education. Although this has traditionally been a "diversity" conference, in recent years the CHD has also seen the need to give voice to social justice issues, fighting for equity for all. This is seldom an easy process. It involves seeking to understand things that are difficult, empathizing with people who are not like you, stepping back to listen and not speaking over others and opening yourself up. This can cause you to be challenged, to stretch you, and sometimes make you feel uncomfortable. We want this conference to be a time for people to really share what the world or the idea of diversity or the concept of social justice looks like to you and then helps us see a future that brings your vision to reality.  Proposals can be submitted by students, staff, faculty, community members, and professionals in the field. Proposals centered on our theme of "Social Justice and Diversity: Sharing Perspectives & Envisioning the Future" will be given highest consideration.  Proposals can be for poster presentations, workshops, panel discussions, facilitated discussions-or maybe you have a new way to present this important information. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR STUDENTS or people outside the university if you feel they may contribute.
7th Annual Conference of the Commission on Human Diversity, Kutztown University will take place, Friday, March 3, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  We welcome and encourage you to submit your proposal by January 6, 2017.
                Jerry Schearer, vice-chair, Commission on Human Diversity

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the reimbursement rate for use of a personal automobile for official State System travel has decreased to $0.535 cents per mile.
                Office of Accounts Payable

The KU Print Center, managed by AlphaGraphics, is OPEN! To place an order call 610-683-4116 or email Barbara Miller at We will be rolling out the online ordering sites beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Check the Daily Brief or the KU Print Center Website for log-in instructions and additional training sessions. An official Welcome Package with paper samples, notepads and more information about the Print Center will be circulated via inter-office mail. Our hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Any orders needed immediately please just call or email. The onsite team will be: Barbara Miller, Customer Service Manager and Patrick McCloskey, Production Associate.

Training Sessions
AlphaGraphics/KU Print Center Online Ordering Training

Topic: KU Online Ordering Training
Date and Time: Thursday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m.
Event number: 663 687 085
Event password: KUAG
Panelist password: The Event has no Panelist Password
Host key: 564962 (Use this to reclaim host privileges.)
Event address for attendees:
USA Toll: 1-240-454-0879
Access code: 663 687 085
Topic: KU Online Ordering Training
Date and Time: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m.
Event number: 666 242 610
Panelist password: The Event has no Panelist Password
Host key: 242456 (Use this to reclaim host privileges.)
Event password: KUAG1
Event address for attendees:
USA Toll: 1-240-454-0879
Access code: 666 242 610
                Jennifer Prevoznik, KU Card Office




The KU athletic department will be participating in a month-long food drive, called "Bears Give Back," throughout the month of January. All non-perishable food donations collected during that time will be given to the on-campus food pantry and Friends Inc.  Fans are encouraged to participate and donations will be accepted at basketball games on Jan. 9, Jan. 12, Jan. 18, and Jan. 25, as well as at track and field's Golden Bear Invitational on Jan. 12-13, women's swimming's home meet against Lock Haven on Jan. 14 and wrestling's Kutztown University Duals on Jan. 20-21.  Anyone who brings one non-perishable food donation to any of the basketball games will be given a ticket that can be redeemed for a free hotdog or bag of chips. Then at the game on Jan. 25, which is sponsored by the KU Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), a donation will gain entrance to a drawing for a Giant gift card.  In addition to accepting donations at athletic events, Kutztown will also have designated donation boxes set up throughout Keystone Hall throughout the month. The athletic department encourages all students, student-athletes, faculty, administration and fans alike to be a part of this initiative and help the "Bears Give Back.



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