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March 14, 2016


The Daily Brief

Mathematics Knapsack Problems 

Recently, Dr. Yun (Amy) Lu and Dr. Francis Vasko, Department of Mathematics, and Mr. Ken Zyma (KU MS computer science May 2015) developed a new solution approach (metaheuristic) that is capable of quickly generating very good solutions to large Multiple-Choice Multi-Dimension Knapsack Problem instances.  Their results were published in the International Journal of Metaheuristics (Vol 4, Nos. 3-4, pp 268-293, 2015).  The Multiple-Choice Multi-Dimension Knapsack Problem (MMKP) is a variant of the classic 0-1 knapsack problem.  Due to the high computational complexity of the MMKP, algorithms for obtaining exact solutions for the MMKP are not suitable for most real-time decision-making applications, such as quality adaptation and admission control for interactive multimedia systems, or service level agreement (SLA) management in telecommunication networks.  Lu, Vasko and Zyma tested their metaheuristic for the MMKP on a large (393) number of problem instances available from the research literature.  Their metaheuristic generated better solutions than all other published solution approaches for the MMKP.



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All Day                  Pi in the Sky Day Fundraiser, Votes collected until 3 p.m., Lytle 227



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

Low pressure moving along a nearby stationary front will produce rain showers. Shower threat will be primarily before 3 p.m. Skies will be overcast to mostly cloudy. High temperature in the mid 40s. Winds east at 15 mph. Rainfall totals between .1-.25".




(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.)

March 14, 2009:  It is a great day to be a Golden Bear!  Wrestler Joe Kemmerer wins NCAA wrestling championship, his second national title.  Softball player Steph Denlinger sets career Division II home run record.  Men's basketball wins program's first-ever NCAA playoff game. Women's swimmer Stephanie Jeppeson finishes second at NCAA Championships in 200 yard breaststroke, setting her fourth school record of the championship meet.



Avalanche the KU Golden Bear, the 2015 Mascot Madness Champion, will begin defending his title in the 2016 competition on Wednesday, March 16, when he faces off with Scully of Millersville beginning at 9 a.m.  You must have a Twitter account to vote.  Complete details, including instructions on opening a Twitter account, can be found at


On Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. there will be a Computer Music & Visualization Seminar in Grim Planetarium with presentations and performances by two invited guests, Jaymie Strecker and Steve Mokris of Vuo (, who design and compose with their custom software for creating live, interactive media, and by faculty members from five KU departments, namely: Communication Design (Professors M. DeCoster & J. Miller), Computer Science & Information Technology (R. Kaplan and D. Parson), Fine Arts (R. Palov), Music (A.J. Merlino), and Physical Sciences (A. Boyer & P. Reed), and their students. The event is free, open to the public, and will run from 6 p.m. until about 9 p.m. The event is being hosted by Drs. Parson and Reed.


Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, will offer a presentation tomorrow, March 15, at 8 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.


The KU Men's Basktball team has advanced in the NCAA Regional Tournament.  Players will be out of class until Thursday, March 17.  Faculty members are asked to please excuse them from class.  Student athletes will be responsible to make up all work missed.  Thank you.


The Office of Student Accounts would like to welcome Letitia "Tish" Manwiller to our team! She brings nine years of KU experience with her and is a welcome addition to our family. She will be providing excellent customer service to our students, prospective students, families and related agencies and vendors. Her phone number is 610-683-4149 and her email remains Stop by, send an email, or just say hello & welcome her to our team!
                Wendy Pursell, director, Office of Student Accounts


The KU Math Club is having a Pi Day "Pie in the Face" fundraiser. Three donation bins -- one for each of three faculty volunteers -- are located in the math department office in Lytle 227. The faculty member that has the greatest amount donated in his bin by 3 p.m. on Pi Day, March 14, will get a pie in the face from a student. Please announce this to your students as well. All donations will go to support the activities of the KU Math Club. Thank you to all who have and will donate!
                Eric Landquist, advisor, Math Club


Viewing and funeral service information for KU senior Calvin Heyward, who passed away March 9, is below:

Calvin Talique Heyward Viewing & Funeral Service
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Viewing: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Service: 11 a.m.
Location: Spring Valley Church of God, 2727 Pricetown Rd., Temple, Pa. 19607
Repass immediately following the service at the church.

Support is available to students through KU Counseling Services in the Health and Wellness Center.

The link to Calvin's obituary in the Reading Eagle follows:


The University Room Scheduler Program (EMS) will be offline for maintenance, repairs and upgrades Monday, March 14, at 8 a.m. The Room Scheduler Program should be back online sometime in the afternoon. No one will have access to the EMS program during this scheduled shutdown. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at ext. 3-1359. Thank you.
                Terry Sitler, director, Conference Services


NBS - AERho - The National Electronic Media Association's Annual National Convention is being held in Los Angeles this year from March 12 - 17.  Please excuse the following students, members of the KU Chapter, and allow them to make up work they've missed:   
Tyler Demcher, Kate Boshell, Ryan Vanderhei, John Zuder, Alex Walton, Viviana Vidal, Scott Dombro, Owen Dietrich, Matt Dunstan, Jacob Morrow, Tom Mergen, Eric Geyer, Chris Steele, Jenny Eck, Amanda Sergeyev, Grace Wagner, Kaitlyn O'Connor, Jeff DePalma, Max Hartman, Josh Watkins, Casey Montague, Shantae Taylor, Maryann Ricciuti
                Helen Bieber, chair, Department of Electronic Media


Jerry Brown and his capuchin monkey, Django, will be on campus on Tuesday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Old Main 28.  Django is well trained, well behaved and lots of fun.  She gets along well with people and often climbs on them for a closer look.  Jerry is visiting the Anthropology Club once again to talk about capuchin monkey biology and behavior.  Jerry and Django make a wonderful, educational pair.  Their visit is sponsored this year by the Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology and the Anthro Club.  All are welcome.
                David Webb, advisor, Anthro Club


Thursday, April 7, 6-8 p.m., MSU MPR 218

Dinner with Golden Bears is scheduled for April 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union multipurpose room. This is a KU student's opportunity to enjoy a free, delicious meal while socializing and networking with fellow Golden Bears.  Tables will center on the topics of finance, marketing, sport management, education, special education, computer science, criminal justice, English/professional writing, geography, law, psychology, science, social work, art, communication design and electronic media. Please encourage your students to take the opportunity to network with successful KU alumni working in the field. Students may register at and log-in through the student link.

This event is sponsored by the KU Foundation and Alumni Relations office and the KU Presidential Ambassadors.


Come one, come all from your department to run in the Military Club at Kutztown University Keystone Warriors 5K! The campus department with the most registered participants on their team and actual runners on April 17 will be the winners of this year's trophy, engraved with their department name.
The Office of Student Accounts has won this challenge 2 years in a row, will they make it 3 years!!

To register:

$30/person. $25/person with teams of 5 or more.

Point of Contact: Jeff Davis,; president of the Military Club at Kutztown University.


Noesis, merged with Shoptalk, is an intellectual discussion group open to all members of the Kutztown University community. We typically discuss work in progress or an article of common interest. If you are not already on the email list and would like to be, please tell me.  Noesis will meet Friday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m., Student Union [MSU] 312. Jay Winkleman, Department of Philosophy, will speak on: "Plato's Republic: How to Build a City of Pigs"All are welcome. Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the Disability Services Office prior to the event at 610-683-4108, email, or TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.
                Allan Bäck, Department of Philosophy


Application Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2016
Applications will be accepted from graduating seniors cleared to walk at the spring 2016 Commencement ceremony. 
In order to be considered for this distinction, a candidate must meet the following minimum requirements:

·         be cleared to participate in the spring 2016 commencement ceremony

·         have a grade point average at or above 3.0

·         demonstrated service to the university community and a record of good university citizenship and cooperation

·         demonstrated evidence of meaningful co-curricular involvement

·         be in good disciplinary standing

·         must be available to interview and present your speech (speech need not be memorized)

In addition, each candidate must submit a completed application available at: Application UG.pdf
Finalists will be chosen to participate in an interview process to determine the candidate of choice who will be expected to provide a brief address that communicates the spirit of the day (approximately 3-5 minutes) at the spring 2016 Commencement ceremony.
                Andrea Kirshman, associate provost, Retention and Student Success



AFSCME 2234 members are advised of our membership meeting with time and location changes.  Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of every month and March 21, 2016 our monthly Union meetings will be held on KU campus at 5 p.m. in McFarland Student Union 250.  Refreshment will be provided. 

We will be voting on the individuals to attend the AFSCME Council 13 Convention, May 22-24, 2016 at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA. Please plan to attend and become involved in your union.
                Chris Ferris, secretary, Local 2234



The Kutztown University men's basketball team took down Mercyhurst University on Sunday night, 79-73, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Wheeling Jesuit University.  The Golden Bears advance to the Atlantic Regional final and NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009 where they will face West Liberty, one of the top teams in the nation.  That game will be played tomorrow, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Read the complete story here.


Tuesday, March 15 vs. West Liberty, 7 p.m.                          Live Stats             Video                   



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