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June 24, 2016


The Daily Brief

Dr. and Mrs. Hawkinson Old Main Clock Tower 

Dr. and Mrs. Hawkinson made their first visit to the clock tower of Old Main this week along with Mr. and Mrs. Pichini.  There they added their signatures to the hundreds that exist on the beams of the historic structure, some dating back to the building's construction in 1893.  The Reading Eagle chronicled the visit.  You can read the story by clicking here.  (A Reading Eagle subscription is required.)



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

High pressure in control. Sunny skies will rule the day. High temperature in the low 80s. Winds northeast at 3-5 mph.




(Historical facts have been compiled from the KU Archives and Special Collections of the Rohrbach Library; the archives of the Keystone; Kutztown Patriot, Allentown Leader and Reading Eagle; and Beacon on the Hill by Dr. Lee Graver.)

June 26, 1895:  After feeling ill in the early morning hours, Keystone State Normal School senior Mary S. Snyder passes away at 3 a.m. in her dormitory in Old Main.  She was set to graduate at the top of her class the next day.  Physicians at the time declared her death from a swelling of the brain due to "overstudy."  Her death made headlines across the state.  She is buried in her hometown of Jacksonwald, Pa., just outside of Reading.  It is believed that this may have been the beginning of the legend of the ghost of Mary which is said to walk the halls of Old Main. 



The sixth annual Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival will present a week of truly exceptional concerts and workshops June 25 - July 2.  These events feature gifted students from around the world, internationally acclaimed guest artists and members of KU's talented music faculty. All events are free and open to the public.  The festival will present six different programs featuring an incredible variety of musical styles, covering everything from Bach to the present day. Each concert will feature varied ensembles, including piano duos, string quartets, woodwinds, and small chamber orchestras. The KU Summer Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition is open to all Festival participants, who may compete with their choice of concerto or showpiece of appropriate length and difficulty.  The first prize winner will be awarded a sponsored trip to Greece during the spring of 2017, in order to perform as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. For more information and the concert/workshop schedule, please visit or call 610-683-4550.


All Kutztown University staff are welcome to attend the Kutztown Folk Festival during your lunch break from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. free of charge. Please present your Kutztown University ID for admittance.  The festival is scheduled from July 2 - 9. We look forward to seeing you!


Friday, June 24, the Copy Center's Insite system will be unavailable as a result of Kutztown Publishing Company being closed and relocating that same day to Snowdrift Road in Fogelsville.  Operations are expected to resume on Monday, June 27.
                Barbara A. Miller, manager, Copy Center



Just a note to all departments that use KU blanket purchase orders for the KU Campus Store. Our fiscal year ends as of 6/30/16, so all existing purchase orders will be closed out at the end of that day. You will all need to process new blanket purchase orders for KU Campus Store as of 7/1/16, which will be open until 6/30/17. Just make sure any purchase orders processed before 6/30/16 are denoted that they won't start until 7/1/16. Any questions, feel free to call me at x64163 or email me at
                Marlo Rohrbach, retail accounting specialist, KU Campus Store




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