Daily Brief

January 27, 2020

Dr. Warren Hilton Receives Keeper of the Dream Award

HILTON RECEIVES KEEPER OF THE DREAM AWARD
Dr. Warren Hilton, vice president, Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Kutztown University, received Wissahickon Faith Community’s Keeper of the Dream Award for his work with Kutztown University’s PROFS program supporting foster care youth and his community service with health care and youth initiatives. Dr. Nathaniel Williams, CEO of ChildPromise, Inc., and Pastor Charles Quann, Bethlehem Baptist Church and ChildPromise, Inc. board chair, presented Hilton with the award at a Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Remembrance on Jan. 19. Click here to learn more about KU PROFS program.
      University Relations


L to R: Dr. Nathaniel Williams, Dr. Warren Hilton and Pastor Charles Quann

WEATHER

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

Partly to mostly cloudy skies as an area of disturbed weather follows the St. Lawrence River. Clouds may slightly break in the afternoon as more stratocumulus clouds move through. High temperature in the low 40s. Winds west at 7-12 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS SEARCH CANDIDATE A
Jan. 27
An open session for the campus community to meet candidate A for the position of assistant director of International Admissions will be held 10:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 27, in the Dixon Hall conference room. Read the candidate’s resume and cover letter here.
     Lisa McSparron, Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

PRESIDENT'S OPEN HOUR
Feb. 3
Faculty and staff are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his open hour in 303 Stratton Administration Center. Upcoming open hours are: Monday, Feb. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2-3 p.m. and Monday, April 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m. President Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding KU. If you are planning to stop by, please call the Office of the President, ext. 3-4101 to RSVP.
     Office of the President

CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Feb. 7– Nomination Deadline
Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students who graduated in December 2019 or will graduate in May 2020 for this prestigious award. Nominees should exemplify an exceptional individual achievement in one or more categories. A list of categories and a nomination form can be found at http://www.kutztown.edu/AcademicAchievementAwards.
     Andrea Kirshman, Office of Retention and Student Services

LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING SENIOR CITIZENS EVENT
March 19
Please join us for “Caregivers of the Elderly: Legal Issues Affecting Senior Citizens,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in 250 McFarland Student Union. Robert Kreitz, Esq., an elder care attorney, will be speaking about eldercare and related legal issues. Sponsored by the Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Women. Please RSVP to Pytleski@kutztown.edu, imschwei@kutztown.edu, or melchionne@kutztown.edu.
     Patricia Pytleski, KU Commission on the Status of Women

CARRY-OVER LEAVE BALANCES
The rollover to the new leave year has been completed and balances have been updated. Employees should be aware that carry-over leave balances must be used by Friday, April 10. After that time, carry-over leave balances will be processed according to the applicable agreement. Don't wait until the last minute to review your balances and use carry-over leave. https://portal.passhe.edu/irj/portal
     Jennifer Weidman, Office of Human Resources

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Now is the time to submit nominations for the January 2020 Employee of the Month.
https://fs7.formsite.com/kutzuniv/EOM/index.html
     Alexis Martin, Office of Human Resources

FIRST GEN AT KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
Twice a month, the First Gen Initiative will inform faculty and staff of unique first-generation student stressors, tips and facts through the Daily Brief. Our goal is to make KU’s first-generation students feel more supported and prepared. Check out our website for more resources and information. https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/orientation/first-gen-at-ku.html
     Lana Gonzalez, First Gen Initiative

UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER

Please encourage your students to visit the University Writing Center, a free service offering advice and assistance with writing assignments from any course or subject. Located in 100 C Rohrbach Library, hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Please contact wrcenter@kutztown.edu with any questions. https://kutztownwritingcenter.wordpress.com/
     Patricia Pytleski, University Writing Center

AFSCME MILITARY VETERANS

Council 13 is looking for members who served or are currently in the military. If you have served, please email Chris Ferris, ferris@kutztown.edu, or Kat Fisher, kfisher@kutztown.edu, with your contact information. AFSCME is organizing a veterans networking group to support each other and to recognize their service and experiences.
     Chris Ferris, secretary, AFSCME 2234

FIRST GRADUATES OF SOCIAL MEDIA THEORY AND STRATEGY PROGRAM
At the Fall 2019 commencement, Katelyn Melder and Jericho Dar became the first two graduates of the new Social Media Theory and Strategy (SMS) program. Melder has already taken a position as the social media manager for Women in Technology International (WITI).
     Keith Massie, Department of Communication Studies

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan. 27

10:45 a.m.

Open Forum: Asst. Dir. International Admissions
Conference Room, Dixon Hall

Jan. 28

11 a.m.

FDI: Evolution of Black Political Thought
250 McFarland Student Union

Jan. 29

11 a.m.

Open Forum: Asst. Dir. International Admissions
Conference Room, Dixon Hall

Jan. 30

10:45 a.m.

Open Forum: Asst. Dir. International Admissions
Conference Room, Dixon Hall

Jan. 30

4 p.m.

Inclusion Center’s Progressive Dinner
Begin at 126 Old Main

Feb. 3

3:30 p.m.

President’s Open Hour
303 Stratton Administration Center

Jan. 29

5:30 p.m.

WBB vs. Bloomsburg
Keystone Arena (Live stats / Video)

Jan. 29

7:30 p.m.

MBB vs. Bloomsburg
Keystone Arena (Live stats / Video)

Feb. 1

4 p.m.

WREST vs. Mercyhurst
Keystone Arena

Feb. 1

6 p.m.

WREST vs. Gannon
Keystone Arena

BAGPIPE LESSONS WITH THE KUTZTOWN PIPE BAND
The Kutztown Pipe Band is offering free intro-to piping lessons during the spring semester. If you are interested in learning to play the bagpipes, or if you already know how to play pipes or drums and would like to participate in the band, please contact sherrod@kutztown.edu for more information.
     Laura Sherrod, Kutztown Pipe Band

CLAY CLUB WHEEL THROWN POTTERY WORKSHOP
On the Surface: Embellishing Wheel Thrown Forms. Do you want to learn how to throw on the wheel? Join our artist in residence, Julia Palmer, to develop your skills in clay. You will create and refine wheel-thrown forms and then dive deep into adding detail to your works through surface decoration. Classes will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 3 through March 30, in 108 Sharadin Arts Building. Four weeks for $75 or eight weeks for $125. Contact kuclayclub@gmail.com to register. https://www.facebook.com/kutztownclayclub/
      Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

NEWLY UPDATED: 2020 SPRING ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT CHAIRS AND SECRETARIES

Department Name

Chairperson

Department Secretary

Academic Enrichment

Tom Stewart

Nancy Brynildsen

Anthropology & Sociology

Bill Donner

Lori Dahlquist

Art

Daniel Haxall

Dorothy Siravo

Art Education

Julia Hovanec

Tracy Reidenhour

Athletic Faculty

Jack Entriken

 

Biological Sciences

Christopher Sacchi

Chris Ferris

Business Administration

Mahfuzul Khondaker, Chair
Su Kong, Asst. Chair
Abdul Sraiheen,
Asst. Chair

Arian Hungaski

Cinema, Television and Media Production

Michael Johnston

Melissa Lincoln

Communication Design

Denise Bosler

Kathy Traylor

Communication Studies

Diana Ebersole

Sandy Himmelreich

Computer Science & Information Technology

Lisa Frye

Cindy Sutjak

Counseling \ Psychological Services

Bruce Sharkin

Charlene Johnson

Counselor Education & Student Affairs

Helen Hamlet

Pam Hopstetter

Criminal Justice

Jonathan Kremser

Dena Lewis

Elementary Education

Tracy Keyes

Heather Arbuckle

English

Andrew Vogel, Chair
Anthony Bleach,
Asst. Chair

Andrea Buno

Geography

Richard Courtney

Laurel Delaney

History

Andrew Arnold

Anne Cardinal

Library & Learning Technologies

Andrea Harmer

Wendy Stettler

Mathematics

Paul Ache

Jennifer Webb

Modern Language Studies

Christine Coleman Núñez

Merlene Oswald

Music

Jeremy Justeson

Fran Melchionne

Philosophy

John Lizza

Stacy Kushner

Physical Sciences

Edward Simpson

Caecilia Holt

Political Science & Public Administration

Robert Portada

Stacy Kushner

Psychology

Gregory Shelley

Christy Derr

Rohrbach Library

Susan Czerny

 

Secondary Education

George Sirrakos

Vale Deeter

Social Work

John Vafeas

Andrea Snyder
Mary Bononno

Special Education

Anne Brawand

Cheryl Oberheim

Sport Management and Leadership Studies

Elizabeth Rogol

Deb Peter

ACCOMMODATIONS

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 DSO@kutztown.edu, 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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Non-discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.