- Severe Weather Alert

Kutztown University Closed.

Last Updated: 3/21/18 at 5:33 a.m.

The University is closed for Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  Full weather info.

Additional weather-related schedule information.

Bookmark and Share

March 28, 2016


The Daily Brief

PA Banking Secretary 

Robin L. Wiessmann, secretary of the Pa. Department of Banking and Securities, will speak to Kutztown University students on Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. in room 210 of the deFrancesco Building. Wiessmann will make an announcement regarding efforts to recruit students from KU and other State System of Higher Education campuses to work for state government agencies. She will be accompanied by Doug Hassenbein, assistant investment education coordinator with the Pa. Department of Banking and Securities. He will present an information session entitled Save and Invest: Managing Your Finances, in which students will learn how to setup budgets, manage monthly expenses and build for the long-term.



Four Kutztown University geology students attended the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists in Harrisburg where they built professional networking connections with senior geologists in our state. These four Kutztown University geology students made a big impression not only because they spoke well, but also because they constituted 80% of all students from all universities in Pennsylvania in attendance.  Pictured here: Alex Ewing, Kaitlin Lento, Casey Michalowski, and Derek Stefano with Dr. Kurt Friehauf


Kutztown University honored the following students at our annual Gamma Sigma Alpha induction on Wednesday, March 23. Gamma Sigma Alpha is a national honor society for students who are members of a social Greek organization and have at least a 3.5 GPA in their junior or senior year. The 35 students inducted were Kathrine Becker, Derek Bennett, Erica Caruso, Katherine Clauhs, Natalie Connor, Shannon Daugherty, Cara Dawson, Lynnae Edwards, Sarah Finger, Marissa Fish, Kelly Flanagan, Shelby Gallis, Adelen Geiger, Allison Geist, Caitlin George, Lauren Gibbs, Gabrielle Guido, Tasha Harwick, Lindsey Hessmiller, Brittney Holdan, Savannah Kelly, Robert Leiss, Megan Monzo, Madisen Ody, Melissa Petty, Courtney Pintabone, Briana Poteat, Kelly Quinlan, Christina Reich, Samantha Scott, Courtney Stone, Ivy-Lynn Swazzo, Dayanna Willis, Katelyn Wilson and Nicole Yencho.
                Jennifer Rach, assistant director, Off Campus and Greek Life Programs, Student Involvement



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Graduation Festival, Multipurpose Room MSU

7:30 p.m.

"Immovable Diety of Happiness III," Schaeffer Auditorium




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

Strengthening low pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a cold front through the area Monday. Rain showers are expected all day with the greatest chance occurring in the morning. High temperature near 60. Winds west at 10-14 mph. Rainfall 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.)

In March 1934, the state Emergency Relief Board allocates $180 to Kutztown State Teachers College to create 12 student worker positions.  Each student earns 30 cents an hour and can make up to $15.  The students are selected based on financial need and are hired to assist faculty department chairs. 



On Tuesday, we are scheduled to launch the university's new homepage.  It is just the homepage that is changing at this time. The rest of the website will keep the current design until we can embark on a complete redesign later this year. Ingeniux users who have logged into the content management system (CMS) since December have been notified that the CMS will be down for this upgrade starting at 4:30 p.m. today through the entire day tomorrow.  If you have not logged into the CMS recently, please don't make tomorrow the first day you try. No updates or publishes will be possible during this time.
                Josh Leiboff, University Relations


Effective July 1, 2016, the Department of Fine Arts will change to the Department of Art and Art History. Please share this notice with everyone in your office (or division). Should you have any questions, please contact Professor Cheryl Hochberg at 3-4540, or hochberg@kutztown.edu.
                William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts


BALTIMORE TICKETS FOR STAFF/FACULTY - We're off to Baltimore - home of the National Aquarium! The aquarium houses sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish among more than 17,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest, a 4-D Immersion Theater, the Living Seashore touchpool, and an Australian exhibit featuring a 35-foot waterfall. Then drop-by the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum for a visit - it's among the nation's most dynamic cultural and educational institutions and because it is a wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history, it is also among the most unique. Primarily, the presentation of life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry defines its uniqueness. The trip is Saturday, April 2. The bus leaves MSU at 8 a.m. and returns later that night. $40 for staff, faculty, non-KU students.  
                Sean Dallas, graduate assistant, Office of Student Involvement


EVACUATION DRILLS, REQUIRED BY PENNSYLVANIA LIFE SAFETY REGULATIONS, are intended to ensure the efficient and safe use of the exit facilities available in case of an emergency. Order and control are the primary purposes of the drill. The evacuation drills will be conducted beginning Tuesday, April 5, and continue through Thursday, April 7, weather permitting. Classroom faculty and staff should be familiar with the basic procedures by guiding building occupants to the nearest available exit, and standing clear from the building at least 100-feet to allow full evacuation of all occupants. Information on building evacuation procedures can be found at Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedure PDF or by visiting the Safety and Emergency Information webpage (www.kutztown.edu/safety) Thank you for your cooperation.
                Jeff LaGamba CET, assistant director, Environmental, Health and Safety


This is a notification that one At-Large Faculty seat will be open on Senate. The three-year term begins August 2016. All permanent and tenure-track teaching and non-teaching faculty with a minimum of three years of full time employment are eligible to run for this elected position. The constituency served is all KU faculty. Nominations will be accepted beginning Friday April 1 at noon, and close Monday April 11 at noon. Please watch your KU inbox for notification to self-nominate.  Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.
                Lisa Norris, secretary, University Senate


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


Fourteen Kutztown University students will perform in New York City's Carnegie Hall on Monday, March 28, joining 150 singers from New York, N.Y.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Savannah, Ga. in a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs and American composer Z. Randall Stroope's American Rhapsody, conducted by Dr. Stroope.  Members of the Kutztown University choral program Jeanette Aiello, Blair Boyer, Dave Campbell, Anissa Contento, Marcus Feld, Marissa Leo, Jessica Lotufo, Erica Malinowski, Andrea McNamara, Bryna Mullins, Matt Murphy, Jon Tice, Patrick Wales, and Elizabeth Weimar, directed by Associate Professor Dr. Hank Alviani, will rehearse in New York City March 26-28 after spending the past two months learning the music independently. This is the second year in a row a Kutztown University choral group has performed in Carnegie Hall.


Please excuse the following students from classes on Monday, March 28, and possibly the morning of Tuesday, March 29. They will be performing in Carnegie Hall, New York City, Monday night and will return to Kutztown about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday:

Jeanette Aiello, Blair Boyer, Dave Campbell, Anissa Contento, Marcus Feld, Marissa Leo, Jessica Lotufo, Erica Malinowski, Andrea McNamara, Bryna Mullins, Matt Murphy, Jon Tice, Patrick Wales and Elizabeth Weimar
                Hank Alviani, director of Choral Studies


I would like to thank everyone for the calls, cards, and emails of condolences after the unexpected passing of my mother-in-law Deborah Steffy.
                David J. Reimer Sr., Information Technology


KUSSI is sponsoring the Spring Graduation Festival on Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, MSU. Please encourage all graduating seniors to attend this one-stop graduation shop. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be able to purchase their caps and gowns, receive graduation tickets and visit with various campus departments and outside vendors who can assist them with a variety of needs associated with graduation. Students may stop by at their convenience. If you have any questions, please call Andrea Tremper at x3-1339. *Please note: Parking will be limited that day. Please plan ahead. 


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


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


Tue, March 29 in DeFran 210 from 11 - 11:50 a.m.
Faculty please encourage your students to attend.  Freshman to graduating seniors: learn basic ways to start building money and wealth for your long term plans. Yes, money is tight during college and the first years of employment! But...a young age, a long time horizon and a small sum of money invested regularly are powerful building blocks of wealth accumulation. Regardless of college major, learn basic saving and investing concepts that will benefit you throughout your career. See how to take advantage of an employer's investing plans and how to move your nest egg during career moves, downsizings or layoffs.  This is not a sales event.  Also learn about career opportunities for all majors with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities and other state government agencies.



Think Before You Click    

Kutztown University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has developed its initiative of smart social media and technology use with its "Think Before You Click" campaign. SAAC produced six informative videos which can be found at Think Before You Click


The East Coast Conference (ECC) announced its All-Conference and major award winners on Friday night at its inaugural ECC Women's Bowling Championships held at Hiester Lanes in Reading. Five Kutztown University bowlers earned All-ECC status, as the program also brought home Bowler of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year honors.  Read the complete story here.  



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

Wednesday, March 30


3 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs. Bloomfield (Keystone Courts)

Friday, April 1


2 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs. Edinboro (Keystone Field) Live Stats

Saturday, April 2


1 p.m.

Baseball vs. West Chester (DH) (North Campus Field) Live Stats

2 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs. Slippery Rock, Senior Day (Keystone Field) Live Stats




The Daily Brief is published Monday through Friday except holidays by the Office of University Relations.
To submit items for the Daily Brief, please e-mail dbrief@kutztown.edu by 2 p.m. on the day prior to publication.
Entries can be a maximum of 150 words. PLEASE INCLUDE SUGGESTED RUN DATES IN THE SUBJECT LINE (Max 4). Please no attachments.
For more information or to see prior issues of the Daily Brief, please visit the daily brief homepage.

Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the KU Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event
at 610-683-4108 or e-mail accommodation@kutztown.edu in order to discuss accommodations.
Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.

Nondiscrimination Statement
Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of
gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Students do not receive the Daily Brief. Submit items for Bear Essentials.