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March 29, 2016


The Daily Brief

Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) in Denver, Co. March 2016.  SAGEEP is an annual international conference hosted by the Environmental and Engineering Geophysics Society, the premier society dedicated to near surface geophysics.  

Geology Higgins 

Geology major Ryan Higgins presented the geophysical results of a PASSHE-funded study of Utah mud volcanoes.​  This research was done with Physical Sciences-Geology faculty Dr. Laura Sherrod and Dr. Ed Simpson, geology students Kaley Miller, Kelly Morgano, and David Vales, and recent KU graduate Emily Snyder.  

Geology McDermott  

Geology major Ricky McDermott presented the results of an interdisciplinary geophysics and archaeology investigation of historic Stoddartsville, Pa.  This research was done with Physical Sciences-Geology faculty Dr. Laura Sherrod and Anthropology faculty Dr. Khori Newlander​ as part of the 2015 summer archaeology field course instructed by Dr. Newlander.  Geology major Ryan Higgins and recent graduate Johnryan Mascione were co-authors in this project.

Geology Vera     

Geology major Jake Vera presented the results of a geophysics service project with the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area.  This research was done with Physical Sciences-Geology faculty Dr. Laura Sherrod and undergraduate Rich Sammel as part of a GEL 358 class project in Fall 2015.  Additional information on this work was published in the Daily Local at the time of the field work:



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11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Grad Fest, Multipurpose MSU

11 a.m.

Pa. Banking Secretary, 210 DF & Managing Finances Workshop

11 a.m.

"Real Time Virtual Classroom," CET Workshop, 158 OM

11:10 a.m.

Faculty, Middle States, 250 MSU

11:50 a.m.

Staff, Middle States, 250 MSU

7 p.m.

Black Lives Matter, Schaeffer Auditorium




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

High pressure resumes control and we're under mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid-50s. Very windy conditions continue, out of the west at 10 to 20 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.)

March 29, 1906:  Cyrus E. Beekey is born.  Beekey graduated from Albright College in 1927 before going on to earn his master's degree and doctorate from Cornell University. He taught mathematics in the Reading School District from 1927 - 1929 and then taught biology at Reading High School until 1943.  Beekey joined the faculty of Kutztown State Teachers College in 1943 as a physics professor, teaching cadets of the Army Air Corps.  In 1944 he was named a biology professor and assistant dean of instruction.  Beekey would also serve as dean of admissions before being named president of Kutztown State College in 1967.  In 1968 he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Albright College before retiring in 1969.  The Beekey Education Center at Kutztown State College was dedicated in his name in October of 1972.  He died in 1974 at the age of 68.




To all faculty and staff, our market research survey is now live. You will be receiving the survey link in an email that will be coming from Dr. Hawkinson. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts and KU experiences so that your opinions can help inform our brand. Thank you for your time and attention!
                Jennifer Umberger, University Marketing


The following members of the KU community have been elected to serve on the following committees:

Strategic Planning and Resources: K. Wanamaker (Non-Teaching Faculty), H. Fox (Professional Staff), D. Steslow (College of Business), M.A. O'Neill (College of Education), P. Ache and C. Mapes (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); C. O'Brien (to complete a two-year term vacated by an LAS representative)

Committee on Committees: Y. Lu (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Grade Appeal Board: L. Sherrod (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
VACANCY to be filled in Fall Election: representative for College of Visual and Performing Arts. Spring call for nominations produced no nominees.

Thanks and appreciation to these colleagues, and to all nominees who are willing to devote their time and abilities to University Service. Senate also appreciates all who took the time and care to vote!
                Lisa Norris, secretary, University Senate


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 210 deFran. 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.


Today 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


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


Kutztown University Office of Veterans Services and Military Club at KU Women Veterans Committee presents our 2nd Annual Women Veterans Luncheon on Thursday April 7 at 11 a.m. - noon, in 200 Recreation Center. This is a free event for all campus women veterans and current military. Seating is limited so we require RSVPs at If you have any questions, we can be reached in the Veterans Center, 262 MSU or at 484-646-4145.


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 two years in a row. Will they make it three years?

To register:  $30/person. $25/person with teams of five or more.

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


All faculty and staff are invited to attend "How to Increase your Effectiveness when Interacting with Students with Autism" with guest presenter, Jane Thierfeld Brown, Monday, April 4, 3:30-5 p.m. in 200 AF.
Students on the autism spectrum are attending college in increasing numbers. The students in this population add diversity and richness to our campus, but also bring some challenges to the classroom, residence halls and campus community. KU is proud to be one of four schools included in the PASSHE and PDE Autism Initiative to increase retention and graduation rates of students on the spectrum. Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, a noted expert on autism in higher education, will be on our campus through Tuesday to meet with various departments to help the university better serve this population. 
                Linda Lantaff, Disability Service


Today at 11 - 11:45 a.m., 158 Old Main
Dr. Dale Parson, Computer Science and Information Technology
"Real Time Virtual Classroom"
Real Time Virtual Classroom, or RTVC, is an approach to blended distance learning adopted by Kutztown University's Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. In this session, Dr. Parson will outline their approach to using D2L, Blackboard Collaborate and other interactive tools and techniques for providing real-time interactive classes. This presentation is a part of the Computer Science Department's "Research and Teaching Tuesday" series.

Save the upcoming dates for these exciting CET/DE Workshops.
Thursday April 14, 11 - 11:45 a.m., 17 Rohrbach Library
Drs. Angela Cirucci and Keith Massie, Communication Studies, with Dr. Moe Folk, Digital Rhetoric and Multimodal Composition
Teaching with Social Media - Redux!

To find out more about Our Teaching and Learning Workshops and to view past workshops, please visit our webpage, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter.


The following non-instructional vacancy is available on campus.  This position is open for current employees only.

Clerk Typist 2 - ½ time
Library Science/Instructional Technology
Posting End Date: 4/12/2016
Internal positions are posted at Please direct any questions and comments to or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources


KUBoK is a volunteer coalition of KU students, staff, faculty, and community members coming together to maintain the safety of our community. Our goal is to help ensure the safety of our community and its members. We walk the streets of Kutztown from Thursday to Saturday night during peak social hours to escort students home and create a sober presence. We are looking for dedicated faculty and staff members who want to help us continue to reach our goal. It would be great to increase the representation of faculty and staff members in KUBoK. This program also provides an opportunity to interact with students in a non-academic way. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact the Graduate Assistant, Alana Greene, via e-mail at


Effective July 1, the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology will change to the Department of Library and Learning Technologies. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Andrea Harmer at 610-683-4301 or
                Michelle Kiec, acting dean, College of Education


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:

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.
                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.


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. 





KU Baseball Hultz    

Kutztown University pitcher Kurtis Hultz was one of three honored by throwing out the first pitch on East Stroudsburg University's Military Appreciation Day as part of its doubleheader against KU on Saturday, March 26 at Mitterling Field. (Read the entire story.)


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


4 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




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