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March 31, 2016


The Daily Brief

Mascot Madness

Avalanche has a slight lead over Bloomsburg's Roongo.  Cast your vote before 9 a.m. at

In the west Shippensburg trails Slippery Rock 46% - 54%


Ghanaian Dancer Nani Agbeli 

Nani Agbeli, noted dancer and drummer from Ghana, will perform with the Kutztown University African and World Percussion Ensembles on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The program will also include student dancers and singers. Agbeli previously visited campus in February 2014. Also on the program will be performances by World Percussion ensembles focusing on music from Brazil and the Caribbean that has roots in African-derived traditions. Dr. Frank Kumor, director of Percussion Studies, leads these groups, and has published and presented multiple clinics on world music traditions.  Known for his energy, athleticism and precision on stage, the charismatic Agbeli is one of the leading Ghanaian dancers of his generation. Born into a family of prominent dancers and drummers in Ghana's Volta region, he was trained by his father, the late Godwin K. Agbeli, who performed with the Arts Council of Ghana Folkloric Company and later served as chairman of the Ghanaian National Association of Cultural Groups. Agbeli went on to study with artists at the National Arts Center in Accra and, for many years, led the award-winning cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. For nine years, he served as the lead drum and dance instructor at the Dagbe Cultural Center, a school that trains domestic and international students in Ghanaian traditional arts.  Agbeli will work with KU students during his week-long residency on campus preparing for the performance. His residency is sponsored by the Multicultural Center, a Sesquicentennial Academic Grant, the Association of Campus Events and the Department of Music.


Reverse Transfer Agreement  KU RACC L to R:  Dr. Susan Looney, provost and senior vice president, Academic Affairs, Reading Area Community College (RACC); Dr. Anne Zayaitz, acting provost and vice president, Academic and Student Affairs, Kutztown University (KU); Briana Zdradzinski, KU and RACC student; Dr. Anna D. Weitz, president, RACC; Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, president, KU. 

Students who began their studies at a community college in Pennsylvania before transferring to a university within Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education might already have earned enough credits to receive their first degree.  And now there's an easy way for them to get it, through the newly launched "reverse transfer" initiative.  The 14 community colleges in the state and 14 State System universities today signed a statewide reverse transfer agreement that will allow students who have earned at least 60 total credits to apply for an associate's degree from the community college where they started.   Read the story here.




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8 - 9 a.m.

Vote for Avalanche

4 - 4:45 p.m.

Counselor Connect, 141 OM

6 - 7 p.m.

Dog Therapy, 218 MSU

6 - 8 p.m.

"Why Teachers Should Be Involved in Politics," 101 AF

7:30 p.m.

Nani Agbeli with KU African and World Percussion Ensembles, Schaeffer Auditorium

8 p.m.

"In the Heart of the Sea," MSU Alumni Auditorium




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

Partly Sunny conditions giving way to increasing clouds ahead of a low pressure and associated cold front. It'll turn quite breezy again with gusts from the south up to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Showers should move in after about 4 p.m. and continue overnight with even the chance of a thundershower in spots. Mild with highs in the upper 60s. Lows tonight only dipping to about 58.




(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 30, 2006:  Retired General Colin L. Powell visits Kutztown University.  He is treated to an international dinner of zebra and goat before his speech on leadership.



I would like to extend a sincere thank you for all the love and support. I greatly appreciate the cards, emails and other expressions of sympathy. Your kindness means a great deal to my family and me during this difficult time.
                Toyia Heyward, Office of the President


Please excuse the following students who will be spending Thursday, March 31 in the Reading School District observing art educators as part of the course ARU 110 Explorations in Art Education.

Katie Beam, Kelsey Binder, Jessica Fosburg, Becky Guillen, Carlee Haase, Abigail Hess, Josh Holloway, Kimberly Katzgrau, Jolyn Rodrian, Holli Kline, Jenn Martin, Alyssa Solomon, and Maria Sunick.
                Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Art Education and Crafts


Tune in to "Kutztown Live" this afternoon at 2 p.m. for an interview with the organizers behind the upcoming "Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention" happening on campus next month. Find out how you can participate and all about this wonderful, life-saving event. You can stream KUR online at


COUNSELOR CONNECT invites the campus community to dialogue with Lisa Fulton, M.Ed., president of the Pennsylvania School Counseling Association. Ms. Fulton will discuss the role and function of school counselors, and share questions commonly asked in a school counseling job interview Thursday, March 31, 4-4:45 p.m., 141 OM.
                KU Counselor Connect


Come and get some puppy love Thursday, March 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. in 218 MSU. There will be several dogs in attendance, so there will be plenty of tail wags and sloppy kisses to go around. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Please encourage your students to come and make sure you stop by too!
                Aimee Adams, Counseling & Psychological Services


March 31, 6 - 8 p.m., 101 Academic Forum

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. 


This week's MSU Movie Series film is "In the Heart of The Sea" 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.


CATERING POLICY - Student groups, clubs, organizations, etc. when using university or Kutztown University Student Services Inc. (KUSSI) funds for food purchases you must use Aramark catering.  Your guide for catered events, meetings, socials, etc. can be found at  This outlined policy is in the contract between Kutztown University and Aramark. You may use your KUSSI funds to purchase pizzas, chips, pretzels and soda (must be Pepsi products). This policy does not affect individuals using personal funds for food delivered to you on campus. Any questions please email
                Kent Dahlquist, director, Dining Services


The Office of Admissions is hosting the third Accepted Student Day program this Saturday, April 2. We are expecting approximately 1000 guests to attend. The official program will be delivered to offices participating in the event. Please contact Jade Eggleston at with questions about the program. We thank you in advance!
                Office of Admissions


The fund awards yearly scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year in the amount of $500 each to mature Berks County women who are returning to school to pursue a degree.  Academic excellence is expected and financial need must be demonstrated.  Deadline is May 27.  Guidelines and applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.
                Linda Bowen, scholarship coordinator


Clinical Services will be closed on Monday, April 4, from 9:15 - 11 a.m. for a special staff development meeting.
                William Lendzinski, assistant director, Health and Wellness Clinical Services


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 with the following information:
                First and Last Name
                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

Kutztown University will host its 18th Annual Children's Literature Conference on Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the MSU. Participants will have the opportunity to attend presentations by award-winning authors and illustrators Emily Arnold McCully, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Daniel Kirk and Jonathan Bean. Regular admission is $50, but KU student admission is only $10! Community Day on Friday, April 15 is from 2-3:30 p.m. and free to everyone! Looks great on a résumé! See our website for more information:




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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