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March 24, 2016

 

The Daily Brief

MascotMadness Round 2 

MASCOT MADNESS UPDATE
Avalanche and Rammy are tied!!  We need votes to move on to the Final Four.  Voting ends at 9 a.m. www.kubears.com/VoteAvalanche

  


  

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Kutztown University is embarking on the most significant market research project in institutional history, with the end result being the creation of our overarching brand, brand elements, and key messages. Our partner firm, Ologie, will be visiting campus this week to conduct a discovery visit and gather insight into who we are, what we do, and what makes Kutztown University the institution it is and hopes to be as we serve our variety of audiences.  Here's where everyone can get involved - a survey will be distributed to all students, faculty, and staff within the next week or so. This will be the most critical component to gathering information and will give you the opportunity to share your experiences as part of the KU community. Stay tuned to your email for that message coming in April.
                Jennifer Umberger, University Marketing

 


 
Student Research
Over spring break, Xavia Hobson (pictured right) presented her independent research at the 87th annual Eastern Psychological Association's conference in NYC.  A senior psychology major, Xavia worked with her research advisor, Dr. Catherine Best (pictured left), to investigate adolescent girls' beliefs and attitudes about friendships during competitive contexts.  Xavia was able to travel to the conference as an award recipient of the KU Undergraduate Research Fund.
 

 

TODAY'S EVENTS

(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

9:30 a.m.

Security Concerns, 261 Boehm

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NIRSA/Day Health and Wellness EXPO, Student Recreation Center

11 a.m.

Mathematics Colloquium, 260 Boehm

11 a.m.

Lecture on Islam and Terrorism,102 AF

11 a.m.

Institutional Climate, 3 OM

4:30 p.m.

Visiting Artist, 120 Sharadin

5 p.m.

Housing Discussion, Dixon Hall Conference Room

5 p.m.

An Evening of Poetry and Philosophy, 223 MSU

6:30 p.m.

Flash Drama, 101 AF

7 p.m.

"Secret Lives of Stars" Planetarium Show, 100 Grimm

7:30 p.m.

Big Band Bash, Schaeffer Auditorium

8 p.m.

"Laser Beatles" LASER Light Show, 100 Grimm

8 p.m.

"Concussion" MSU Movie Series, MSU Alumni Auditorium

 

 

TODAY'S WEATHER

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

One more day with high pressure in control. Partly Sunny skies and very nice, but some increasing clouds are possible later ahead of a cold front. Nice and warm with temperatures around 70, helped by a stiff south breeze at around 15 mph.
 

 

THE SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

THIS MONTH IN KU HISTORY

(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 24, 1917:  The Keystone State Normal School men's basketball team defeats Mansfield 24-11 to win the state normal school championship.  The team, which finished the season 18-0, kept Mansfield from scoring a single basketball except for 11 free throws.  This is the first championship of any kind for K.S.N.S.
 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RETENTION SYMPOSIUM
The Retention Symposium will take place on Friday, March 25, at 3:00 p.m. in 200 Academic Forum.
                Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president
  


  

MIDDLE STATES COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION CAMPUS VISIT
KU is beginning the decennial institutional accreditation self-study process which will culminate in Spring 2018 with an external team visit and an accreditation decision. On Tuesday, March 29, Dr. Andrea Lex, Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief of Staff for Middle States, will be meeting with faculty, students and staff to discuss expectations, purpose and procedures for the accreditation process, and to assist us with preparations for the self-study. An open forum will be conducted with faculty and students from 11:10 to 11:40 a.m. and with staff from 11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in 250 MSU. Please take the time to meet with Dr. Lex and to learn about institutional accreditation. Refreshments will be served.
                KU Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee

  


  

THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI), ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE (ASAC), JEFFREY B. WALKER PRESENTS "SECURITY CONCERNS AND OPPORTUNITIES."
On Thursday, March 24 from 9:30-10:50 a.m. in 261 BH, ASAC Jeffrey B. Walker will discuss security concerns and opportunities in the areas of forensics and technology.  Jeffrey B. Walker has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience.  A number of his responsibilities include Counterterrorism Division (CTD) in Washington, D.C., Acting Unit Chief and a Supervisor in the Global Extremist Financial Investigative Unit (GEFIU), Supervisory Special Agent in the Baltimore Division, Legal Attaché in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Supervisory Special Agent in the Philadelphia Division. Free presentation. All are welcome to attend.
                Thiep Pham, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology




  

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY'S NIRSA/DAY HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO
The event will take place on Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Over 35 vendors, fitness classes, FREE fitness assessments, KU Push contest, test your fitness level and save a life and donate blood. Staff and faculty can earn 10 points (Highmark Blue Shield) for your recorded attendance at NIRSA/Day Health & Wellness EXPO.
                Frances Cortez Funk, director, Health Promotions, Alcohol and Other Drug Services

  


  

WHO'S WHO IN THE POLITICS OF MATH EDUCATION: COLLOQUIUM BY DR. MARK WOLFMEYER
The campus community is invited to the Department of Mathematics Colloquium on Thursday, March 24 in 260 Boehm. Refreshments will be served at 11 a.m., and the talk will begin at 11:10 a.m. Our speaker is Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer, assistant professor, Department of Secondary Education. His talk, "Who's Who in the Politics of Math Education," will be an interactive presentation on the effort to standardize mathematics curriculum through the Common Core State Standards. For a full abstract of the talk, please go to the following link. http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/liberal-arts-and-sciences/departments/mathematics/seminars-and-events.htm





INSTITUTIONAL CLIMATE COMMITTEE
The committee will meet on Thursday, March 24, at 11 a.m. in 3 OM (Women's Center Oasis) to discuss the qualifications and responsibilities of the ombudsperson position.
                Jo Cohen, chair




  

THANK YOU
I would like to thank everyone for the cards, gifts, and condolences during the loss of my father.
                Donna Redline

 


  

DR. S. AMJAD HUSSAIN LECTURE ON ISLAM AND TERRORISM
The Kutztown University Department of Philosophy has arranged a special public lecture by Dr. S. Amjad Hussain on "Islam and the Contemporary Challenge of Terrorism" on Thursday, March 24, at 11 a.m. in 102 Academic Forum. Hussain, op-ed columnist, The Toledo "Blade," Professor Emeritus, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery/College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Professor Emeritus, humanities/College of Literature, Languages and Social Sciences, The University of Toledo. The lecture will be followed by a discussion. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join us for a discussion of this important issue.
                M. Ashraf Adeel, Department of Philosophy




  

VISITING ARTIST LECTURE - DARLENE FARRIS-LABAR THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Visiting Artist Darlene Farris-LaBar will be at Kutztown on Thursday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 120 Sharadin.

Darlene Farris-LaBar is an associate professor of art at East Stroudsburg University. Her educational background includes a MFA from the School of Art and Design at SUNY, Purchase College, a BFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an AAS in Digital Media Arts from the College of Technology in New York City. Her art requires scholarly research through environmental interaction and the studying of a variety of eco-systems. It focuses on preserving various plant species of the natural world through the use of 3D digitally designing and printing. Her work can be viewed here: http://www.darlenefarris.com/
                Ron Longsdorf, Department of Art Education and Crafts




  

AN EVENING OF POETRY AND PHILOSOPHY
The Kutztown University Department of Philosophy will present an "An Evening of Poetry and Philosophy" on Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in 223 MSU.  Dr. M. Ashraf Adeel, professor of philosophy, recently published a book of 65 poems written in Urdu under the title, "Hawa kay hath khaali hain (Empty-Handed Cosmic Winds)." In celebration of this publication, we are arranging a reading of his poems in translation with commentary by Dr. Andrew Vogel, professor and chair of the English department, and professor S. Amjad Hussain, op-ed columnist, The Toledo "Blade," Professor Emeritus, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery/College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Professor Emeritus, humanities/College of Literature, Languages and Social Sciences, The University of Toledo.
                John Lizza, chair, Department of Philosophy




  

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING DISCUSSION
Kutztown University is discussing a possible two-year, on-campus housing requirement that could begin as early as fall 2017. There will be presentations on this topic in the Dixon Hall Conference Room, Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m. These presentations are open to the university community. Please contact the Housing and Dining Services Office in 106 Old Main with questions.
                Kent Dahlquist, director, Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services




  

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH SPRING 2016 FLASH DRAMA
The Department of English's spring Flash Drama, Maxwell Anderson's "Both Your Houses," will be read Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in 101 AF. Alan McClean the newly elected representative from Nevada has appointed to the house Appropriations Committee. Appalled by the influence peddling, he tries to clean up the budget and the systemic corruption. But first he has to investigate his own election. The 1933 Pulitzer-prize-winning play demonstrates that American politics changes names, but not its nature. Cast includes: Andy Arnold, Derek Mace, Karise Mace, Amy Botwright, Nicole McClure, Chris Weedman, Ann Delong, Sandy Leonard, Margaux Griffith, Heather Flyte, Cody Myers, Luke Sullivan, Susan Nazzaro, Jennifer Stephens, Qisha Farrell.
                Carl Seiple, Department of English




  

BIG BAND BASH
KU Jazz Studies Presents the 10th Annual Big Band Bash on Thursday, March 24, in Schaeffer Auditorium. Come join us for a night of swing with music from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and other giants of the great big band period of American Music. Jazz Ensembles I and II will play music from the swing era in a battle of the big bands style reminiscent of the great battles of Basie and Ellington or Miller and Dorsey. Prof. Emeritus Joe Piscitelli will be the master of ceremonies.  The event is free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. For more information, please email Director of Jazz Studies Kevin Kjos at kjos@kutztown.edu




  

PLANETARIUM EVENTS on March 24 in Grim 100 (The Planetarium):
7 p.m.: "Secret Lives of Stars" Planetarium Show - FREE admission
8 p.m.: "Laser Beatles" LASER Light Show - $5 tickets available at the Planetarium
Planetarium Schedule:  www.kutztown.edu/planetarium




  

SOCIAL WORK COMMUNITY FORUM
The Department of Social Work majors (BSW, MSW, and DSW) are expected to attend the Department of Social Work 13th Annual Community Forum (Immigrant and Refugee Children and their Families: A Systemic, Ethical Response) all day (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Friday, March 25, in Schaeffer Auditorium. Please excuse students from classes; they will be responsible for making up any missed assignments. If you have any questions or wish to confirm a student is a Social Work major and participated in Forum, please contact Dr. Sharon Lyter at lyter@kutztown.edu. Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.
                Dr. John Vafeas, chair, Department of Social Work

  


  

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION
We will have modified hours for Friday, March 25 to Monday, March 28. Please note that the Cub Café will be closing at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25 and will re-open with normal hours on Monday, March 28. South Side Café will be open normal hours all weekend to best serve our campus community. For the full list of hours, please visit our website: www.Kutztown.campusdish.com.  Thank you and have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

  


  

MSU SPECIAL WEEKEND HOURS
The McFarland Student Union will be operating under the following hours for the holiday weekend:
Friday, March 25: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, March 26: 1-10 p.m.
Sunday, March 27: 1 p.m.-midnight
Normal hours resume Monday, March 28




  

CET WORKSHOP
We're in the middle of March Workshop Madness! Save the upcoming dates for these exciting CET/DE Workshops.  To find out more about Our Teaching and Learning Workshops, visit our webpage, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter

Friday, March 25, noon - 1 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium, Little Theater
Dr. Kevin Kjos, Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Trumpet
Applying the Creativity of a Musical Ensemble to Classroom Teaching

Join Dr. Kevin Kjos at the Schaeffer Auditorium Little Theater as he discusses how teaching a performance ensemble can be applicable to classroom teaching by rehearsing and demonstrating with the KU Jazz Ensemble-I in a club-like setting.

  


  

STEAMWORKS SCHEDULE UPDATE
Strike a perky pose before the green screen of STEAMworks' video studio, fire up a 3D printer, and learn to repair your dog-eared favorite books this week, all in 18 Rohrbach Library! 
Thursday: E-Books Unshelved, noon - 1 p.m.
Friday: 3D Printer Basics, 3 - 4 p.m.
Questions? Happy to help at ext. 6-4175 or steamworks@kutztown.edu
STEAMworks is a pan-disciplinary initiative of Rohrbach Library. http://library.kutztown.edu/STEAMworks

  


 

INVITED TALK: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TERRORISM
"The Psychology of Terrorism" on April 7 from 11 - noon in 200 AF. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology. Contact: James D. Jackson for additional information at jackson@kutztown.edu. For additional information on speaker:  http://upenn.academia.edu/SundarJMBrown

Sundar JM Brown, is a University of Pennsylvania-trained South Asianist, and a Seminary-educated Theologian, Sundar J.M. Brown specializes in Intelligence Analysis of Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and HUMINT Operations. His concentrations include terror groups and terror acts in West Bengal (India), Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Philippines and cross-link with terror groups and terror acts in the Middle East and Africa. His primary expertise is the intersection of Terrorism and Theology. His present research focuses on the apocalyptic themes resonant in terrorist ideologies and on theological components informing the radicalization and de-radicalization of Violent Religious Extremists and Militants. He is the founder and director of the annual IntelliGen Conference on Religion & Violence.
                James Jackson

  


 

DO NOT AVERT YOUR EYES Free Screening of the interactive short film "Immovable Diety of Happiness III," presented by Studio Arts/Digital Media Studio. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, Schaeffer Auditorium.
                Department of Fine Arts

 


 

RENTAL REGALIA FOR COMMENCEMENT
In preparation for spring commencement, faculty in need of regalia may rent maroon attire through KUSSI at no cost to you. Academic attire is required for individuals participating in the commencement program. The deadline to place an order for rental attire is Friday, April 1, 2016.

To place an order for rental attire, please contact Laurel Brandt by email lbrandt@kutztown.edu with the following information:
                First and Last Name
                Height
                Degree
                Area of Study
                Alma mater

Rented attire can be picked up in the KUSSI Service Center, 171 McFarland Student Union, starting Monday, May 2, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. It must be returned immediately following the graduation ceremony to KUSSI in the faculty robing area.
                Matt Assad, business services manager, KUSSI




 

ALICIA GARZA, CO-FOUNDER OF #BLACKLIVESMATTER MOVEMENT
Alicia Garza, a founder of the #blacklivesmatter movement, will be at KU on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. This is a free event, open to the public, that includes lecture and Q&A. Tickets are available at the MSU Information Desk Box Office.  
Brief highlights about Alicia Garza:
                A rising community leader, she galvanizes individuals to fight against the social injustice, police brutality and systemic racism plaguing our country.
                She is a dedicated advocate for improved working conditions and employment rights for underserved, minority communities.
                As a queer black woman, she discusses her own adversities, inciting action against the rifeness of race, gender and sexual orientation discrimination.
                A brief video: http://www.kepplerspeakers.com/video/garza-alicia/

This event is made possible by these generous event sponsors: Multicultural Center, Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services, Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations, Off Campus Advisory Council through Student Government Board, Women's Center, GLBTQ Center, Communication Studies Department, English Department, Social Work Department, Commission on Human Diversity, Commission on the Status of Minorities, and Frederick Douglass Institute. https://orgsync.com/68692/news_posts/150965
                Leah Cassellia, director, Student Involvement




 

MSU MOVIE SERIES
This week's MSU Movie Series film is "Concussion" which will be shown in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information.
http://www.kutztown.edu/MSUMovies




 

WHY TEACHERS SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS
March 31, 6 - 8 p.m., Academic Forum room 101

A panel of leaders in the fields of education and policy will speak on the key political issues that impact students and teachers today.  Panelists will respond to key questions that bridge the intersections of politics and education and the evening will end with a Q & A session. 

 

 

GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS

BOWLING TO BE BROADCAST BY KUTV
Women's bowling ECC Championships will be broadcast by KUTV this weekend.  Cara Cottelese and her staff will be there all weekend live at Hiester Lanes for the entire event, and we are very excited by that.  Link will be posted on http://www.kubears.com and also at http://www.eccsports.org​   Admission to Hiester Lanes is FREE and we would love to have as many come to watch in person as we can!  Start at 10:30 a.m. on Friday March 25, 9:30 a.m. on Saturday March 26.    This is the Inaugural ECC Women's Bowling Championships.   Teams participating are Kutztown, Adelphi, Franklin Pierce, Felician, Daemen & Molloy.    Seeding Round Robin matches begin Friday, and Double Elimination Baker Best 4 of 7 Bracket begins on Friday Evening.   The ECC Champion will be crowned by approx. 6 p.m. on Saturday Evening
 


  
UPCOMING GOLDEN BEAR HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS

Thursday, March 24
1 p.m. Baseball vs. East Stroudsburg (DH) (North Campus Field) Live Stats

Friday, March 25

All Day Women's Bowling hosts ECC Championships (Hiester Lanes; Reading, Pa.)
2:30 p.m. Softball vs. Shippensburg (DH) (North Campus Field) Live Stats
Saturday, March 26
All Day Women's Bowling hosts ECC Championships (Hiester Lanes; Reading, Pa.)
1 p.m. Men's & Women's Tennis vs. West Chester (Keystone Tennis Courts)
Tuesday, March 29
2 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Shippensburg (Keystone Tennis Courts)
4 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Philadelphia U. (Keystone Field) Live Stats

 

 


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