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March 17, 2017


The Daily Brief

Today you may have a sneak peek into some of the new branding. Stay tuned next week for more details. Beginning as early as today, you will see a change to the default desktop background picture on campus computers.  Although we hope that you will embrace the new image, customized background images will be able to be reinstated.  Please follow these instructions if you need to return to your custom background

Mascot Madness
Avalanche Set to Defend Two-Time Crown in 2017 Mascot Madness Competition Avalanche, Kutztown University's Golden Bear mascot, is set to defend his 2015 and 2016 titles of Mascot Madness Champion. The 2017 competition begins Tuesday, March 21, at 8 a.m. when Avalanche takes on Blaze the Vulcan, the mascot of California University (PA). Votes will be collected for 24 hours through a Survey Monkey poll.  The Mascot Madness Competition pits the 14 mascots from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education against each other in one-on-one single elimination matches until a champion is named. On Thursday, March 23, the winner of the Kutztown/California (PA) matchup goes against the winner of Clarion and Cheyney.  Round three will take place March 28 and the championship on April 3.




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ALL DAY Science Olympiad,
1 p.m. Multicultural Center Reopens




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


Surface high pressure near the Carolina coast will produce clear skies. Ample sunshine for the day. Winds may be gusty to start but should diminish as the day progresses. Winds will shift to the southwest later in the day bringing up some relatively warm air although we will still be below average temperature wise. High temperature in the mid-30s. Winds west at 6-9 mph.




The Central Easter Regional Science Olympiad has been moved to today, Friday, March 17. 

March 17, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Multicultural Center is closed the morning of Friday, March 17, and will open at 1 p.m.
                Rhonda Branford, director of Multicultural Center

March 19, 4 p.m.
The Kutztown University Department of Music and its Center for Mallet Percussion Research will host a concert celebrating the careers of xylophone greats George Hamilton Green and his brother Joseph. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main. Performing will be the Kutztown University Percussion Ensemble featuring Bob Becker and the Green's New Novelty Orchestra featuring guest soloists David Harvey and Jon Singer. A preconcert discussion on the Green brothers will begin at 4 p.m. in the Georgian Room. All events are free and open to the public. 

March 20, 5 p.m.
Attention AFSCME 2234 members; we will be accepting nominations for an open Trustee position at our March 20 meeting.  If you are interested in this position, please attend our meeting or give your name to a member of the Executive Board. This position is for three years.  We will also be voting on delegates to attend Council 13 AFSCME Convention to be held at The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center April 28-30. 
Hoping to see you at our March 20, meeting in 136 Old Main at 5 p.m.
                Chris Ferris, secretary, AFSCME Local 2234

March 20, 6 p.m.
Please join us on Monday, March 20 from 6 - 7 p.m. in 218 MSU for an evening with the dogs! We think puppy kisses and belly rubs are the perfect way to celebrate the first day of spring ~ please join us if you think so, too!
                KU Counseling and Psychological Services

Application Deadline:  Monday, March 20
Applications will be accepted from graduating seniors cleared to walk at the spring 2017 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 2017 commencement ceremony
                have a grade point average at or above 3.0
                demonstrated service to the university community
                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:
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 2017 Commencement ceremony.
                Andrea Kirshman, associate provost, Retention and Student Success

March 20 Application Deadline
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees is searching for a new Student Trustee. Faculty and staff, please nominate those students who could best serve the university as its student trustee. To qualify, a student must be a full-time undergraduate student and will have completed 32 or more credits by the beginning of the 2017 Fall Semester, are in good standing, have a GPA of at least a 2.5 and will graduate no sooner than May 2019. The student trustee is a full voting member of the council. The nomination deadline is Feb. 28, 2017. All nominations must be submitted in writing and must include the student's name, address and local telephone number. We will immediately contact students nominated for the position. Those nominated will need to complete an application by March 20. For more information about the position or to download an application please visit Forms are also available in the President's Office, at the Information Desk in the McFarland Student Union, in the residence halls and in the Rohrbach Library. If you have any questions, feel free to call Toyia Heyward in the Office of the President at 610-683-4102 or send an email to
                Nykolai M. Blichar, chairperson, Student Trustee Search Committee

March 20 - April 27
The women's swim team will offer Learn to Swim Lessons for children ages 3 and older.   Lessons begin March 20 and run until Thursday, April 27. For more information please contact Tim Flannery at or at ext 3-4359.

March 21, 11 a.m.
Dr. Andrea Harmer and Dr. Michelle Sims, Department of Library and Learning Technologies, will discuss:
"STEAM Petting Zoo:  Developing the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity)"
on Tuesday, March 21, at 11 a.m. in Beekey 121.  Bring your lunch, light refreshments will be provided. 

March 23, 4:30 p.m.
The Departments of Philosophy and English are jointly celebrating Philosophy and Poetry Day to honor American women during Women's History Month on Thursday, March 23, 4:30 p.m. in 223 MSU. Students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to join us in this exciting event of interaction between the fascinating areas of philosophy and poetry. Both KU faculty and student poets will read their work. We are grateful to the Association of Campus Events (ACE) and Women's Centre for co-sponsoring the event.
                Dr. M Ashraf Adeel, Department of Philosophy

March 23, 7:30 p.m.
The United States Army Woodwind Quintet will present a concert at Kutztown University on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Founded in 1996, The U.S. Army Band Woodwind Quintet is one of the Army's premiere chamber ensembles. An element of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," the quintet is frequently called upon in support of high-level military and civilian events at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, and other locations around Washington, DC.

Abstract Submission Deadline March 24
The annual Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference website is now live (   As always, we want to have a strong number of KU students participating on Saturday, April 22, at Penn State-Berks.  Please inform the students you are working with on research and creative projects to submit their abstract by the submission deadline of March 24.
                Linda Kerschner, Career Development Center

March 24, 8:30 a.m.
"Family in Environment: Part I-Incarceration"  
March 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
Forum 2017 explores systemic ethical responses to the regional needs related to incarceration and its impact on family systems. We invite community leaders, agency executives, policy makers, social workers, human services professionals, faculty, staff, alumni, and students. To register, please follow this link:
Questions?  Please contact Brittany Fritchman, Graduate Assistant, at:

March 24, 6 p.m.
The Kutztown University Department of Communication Design will host their 12th annual Designathon on Friday, March 24, through Saturday, March 25.  The event will kick off at 6 p.m. in the Academic Forum.  More than 100 students, ten faculty and seven alumni will work for 24 hours to create work to satisfy the needs of local non-profit agencies.  The agencies will meet with designers to see the final products on Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m. in the Academic Forum.  Begun in 2005 with 50 students and ten non-profit agencies, Designathon has continued to grow over the past 12 years, offering valuable products for the community and work experience for KU students.  This year a group of 15 KU alumni will host their own Designathon at a site in Jersey City, NJ.  For more information visit or contact Vicki Meloney, associate professor, Department of Communication Design, at 484-646-4143 or

March 24, 7:30 p.m.
KU Department of Music faculty members Dr. Jeremy Justeson, saxophone, and Dr. Daniel Immel, piano, will present a Faculty Artist Series concert on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main.  The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature pieces by Robert Muczynski, David Osbon, Frederic Chopin, Joan Tower and John Williams.  The duo will be joined by Dr. Michelle Kiec, clarinet, for Gregory Wannamaker's "Ragahoro Breadkown."

March 25
On behalf of the KU Model United Nations team, it is an honor to invite you to participate in the ninth installment of the Kutztown University Model United Nations Conference to take place Saturday, March 25.  With more than thirty KU students involved in planning and running the conference, this will be an experience like none other.  There will be four exciting committees for our distinguished delegates:
•             General Assembly: Peacebuilding Commission
•             Crisis: Room where it happens: 1774
•             Specialized: Article V Convention of the States
•             Crisis: Hunger Games- Does Pan-Am have a future?
For more information, contact Mason Smith or visit the KU Model United Nations webpage.   



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Welcome to the new Daily Brief feature --- Middle States Moment. Over the next three semesters, the Middle States Steering Committee will provide regular updates in the Daily Brief on the decennial or 10-year institutional self-study process. If you have questions about these announcements, would like to provide feedback, or are interested in participating in this important process, please contact either Carole Wells (Chair, Steering Committee), Jerry Silberman (Co-Chair, Planning and Resource Allocation), or Gil Clary (Co-Chair, Assessment). Kutztown University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1944. As an institutional accrediting agency, MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Middle States region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions. We look forward to sharing more Middle States Moments with you in the days ahead! For more information visit




Recently senior Kurtis Hultz was featured in the Kutztown Patriot for his work on and off the mound. 
Read his story here.

Kutztown University men's basketball senior Josh Johnson will be one of 20 Division II student-athletes to compete in the 2017 Reese's Division II College All-Star Game on Friday, March 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. (CDT) at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The game will be played during the NCAA Division II Elite Eight on the day between the semifinals and championship games. 
Johnson is a two-time All-Atlantic Region selection for Kutztown - just the second player in KU men's basketball history to be recognized as All-Region twice in a career. He was also awarded All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division three times, including being voted the 2016 PSAC East Athlete of the Year and 2017 PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Year to become the first player in league history to receive both honors.  Johnson led KU and was second in the PSAC with a 62.7 field goal percentage, which currently ranks 13th in the NCAA and fifth in the program's single-season history. He also led the Maroon and Gold at 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, which were eighth and ninth, respectively, in the league. The two-time team captain's 1.5 steals and 15.2 points per contest were 15th and 18th, respectively, in the conference's rankings.   Johnson ends his career in the top-seven in program history in several statistical categories, including second all-time with 883 rebounds and 669 field goals. His 1,702 points rank third, while his 345 career free throws are fourth. He is sixth all-time with a 59.8 field goal percentage and seventh with 124 blocks.

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