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March 20, 2017


The Daily Brief


Kutztown University brand launch graphic

Today marks the beginning of bringing our brand to life, and we are intentionally beginning on campus. You will notice new banners being installed along Main Street and South Campus Drive in the coming week or so, and no doubt your new desktop wallpaper when you logged into your computer this morning. We're thrilled to begin this new phase of our KU journey, so buckle up and get ready for so much more!

Congratulations to Nancy Scheidt, Human Resources, on being named KU Employee of the Month for February 2017.
Congratulations to Nancy Scheidt, Human Resources, on being named KU Employee of the Month for February 2017.   
Nancy was nominated by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Martha Johnson who had this to say in her nomination:  "Nancy does work that affects every single employee here at the university, to some degree. She works tirelessly to see that anyone who works overtime, or beyond their regular hours, gets all that they have earned and deserve. I can't imagine how difficult it is to calculate all the different ways that hours worked and overtime get figured out (retro pay, etc.). No way would I want that job or responsibility.  She cares about her job and does the best she can do. Through it all, Nancy always has a positive attitude and is always asking, "How things are going?" and "How are you doing?" She just really cares.  Nancy is an asset to this university, and when she retires, she will be sorely missed. There are fewer and fewer people who are "Old School," and know how to do things that computers can't always do; or at least check what computers do as a backup if needed. Nancy is one of those, and I feel that somehow we need somebody like her in her position.   I am also grateful for her knowledge and willingness to answer questions when they arise. I am thankful that I get paid correctly, knowing that Nancy has done her job right! Nobody deserves this award better!" For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit   



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5 p.m. AFSCME 2234 meeting, 136 OM
6 - 7 p.m. Pet Therapy, 218 MSU




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


The Spring Equinox arrived at 6:29 a.m. High pressure in control and mostly sunny skies are expected. Some increasing cloud cover by the evening ahead of the next disturbance. High temperature near 50. Winds northwest at 6-8 mph.




March 21, 8 a.m.
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.

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

Remember, when purchasing IT type of items (printers, peripherals, monitors, etc.) with your P-Card, you are still required to obtain pre-approval from the IT Department.  IT must ensure that the items you are purchasing will work with our network, will be sufficient for the job you are purchasing the item to do, AND so it gets delivered to the correct person.  Most IT items are delivered to the IT if you contact them ahead of time with what you are looking to purchase, they will then know who it belongs to when it gets delivered.  Majority of IT items are also tagged and inventoried before delivery.  If an item is delivered directly to your office, please contact the IT Help Center.  If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Center - x31511 - or Barb Rahn - x34831.


April 17, 1 p.m.
Kutztown University will host a Respect My Red Leadership Training on sexual misconduct for student leaders, educators, counselors, administrators, principals and coaches in K-12 and higher education, on Monday, April 17, beginning at 1 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  Attendees can preregister at  The cost is $50 for adults, $25 for students with proper school identification and $15 for Kutztown University students.  Opening remarks and workshops will be facilitated by national experts and will run from 1 - 6 p.m.  Katie Koestner, executive director, Campus Outreach Services, will serve as keynote speaker at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  Koestner's speech is free and open to the public.  For a complete schedule or to register visit, call 866-966-9012 or e-mail  For more information contact Christine Price, director, KU Women's Center and GLBTQ Resource Center, at or 610-683-4655.

In honor of Women's History Month, each week the Veterans Services Center would like to recognize the exemplary military service of one of our female student veterans/active duty on campus. This week we honor Spc. Tatiana Alvarez, United States Army National Guard (2013-Current)-92G Culinary Specialist, 628th Aviation Support Battalion, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division. Thank you for your service!
                Veterans Services Center

Please join us in congratulating Geography major, Tianna Andrews, on her KU Bears Award.  This award was established in order to facilitate freshmen and sophomore undergraduate student research with faculty in their field.  Early stage research can pave the way for future development of a project as students enter their junior and senior level standing.  Tianna will be researching how climate change is affecting atmospheric instability across the Mid-Atlantic region.  She will be collecting surface temperatures, atmospheric moisture, and convective available potential energy (CAPE), a commonly used instability parameter in meteorology for severe weather forecasting.  Tianna will also be learning how to analyze the data in IDL, a computer programming code used by geoscientists.  The role of climate change on atmospheric instability has been studied on a nationwide level extensively, but remains fairly limited when assessing regional implications of changes in atmospheric instability.  The goals of this project are to identify changes in atmospheric instability that can potentially lead to increases in the amount of thunderstorms and severe weather and to produce a manuscript to submit for publication.
                Department of Geography

Please note that the following students will be attending the National Broadcasting Society National Annual Convention from March 21 to March 26 in New York City.

Blase Basile, Elizabeth Baiera, Nathan Colosimo, Eric Geyer, Jeremy Hafner, Jeremy Hoban, Matthew Terhune, Benjamin Thomas, Alexandra Walton, Barry Weaver, Daniel Willingmyre and Jonathan Wolosyn.     It's an opportunity for our members to meet with current industry players from all over the country. They will be interacting with other chapters and will participate in panels about a multitude of topics, technology, networking, job search, and making contacts that are essential for their future careers. They also get a chance to attend many shows that record in the New York City area. The educational and career opportunities for these students when they attend this convention tremendously enhance the prospects for our students.  Those members attending have been informed that they are responsible for making up any work or arrangements to keep up with all of their classes they may miss due to this event.
  Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
                Cliff Neill, NBS-Aerho Kutztown University Chapter advisor, Department of Electronic Media

April 1, 6 p.m.
On Saturday April 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a free concert of acoustic and computer-processed folk / jazz / avant-guard music in the Grim Planetarium that is open to the public. The featured guest performer is Ken Gehret, a multi-instrumental and multi-genre musical genius known for playing and hosting the Lyons Fiddle Festival, Berks Acoustic Music Festival, Berks Jazz Fest, and many other regional venues. Gehret will perform on guitars, banjo, fiddle, dobro, and accompany many of the other musicians. Other performers include graduate student Chelsea Smarr on harp, Professors Laura Sherrod on electronic bagpipes, Phill Reed on visuals, Dan Talley / Miles DeCoster / Dale Parson on guitars and banjo, and regional musician Andrew Koenig. There will be one or two sing-alongs! Doors open at 5:40 p.m.. Contact  for more information.
                Dale Parson, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

March 29, 4:30 p.m.
ACE is hosting a bus trip to see the Philadelphia 76ers play the Atlanta Hawks! If you're interested in seeing this game, tickets can be purchased in the Student Involvement Center, MSU 153. Tickets are $ 15 for KU students and $30 for non KU students. The date of the game is Wednesday, March 29 and the bus will leave the MSU Parking Lot at 4:30 p.m.
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE Advisor     




Below you will find events scheduled for the next week.  If you don't see your event, please submit it to us at  

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

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 121 Beekey.  Bring your lunch, light refreshments will be provided.

March 21, 4 - 5 p.m.
Make the most of your time and learn the shortcuts and tips in MyKU. With fall 2017 advising starting, now's the time to review your MyKU know-how. We are offering the following workshops that will cover topics ranging from advising holds, transcripts, reports and much more. Feel free to drop by during any of the following workshop sessions:

Tuesday, March 21                                          4 - 5 p.m.                             200 Stratton
Friday, March 24                                               2 - 3 p.m.                             200 Stratton
Tuesday, March 28                                          11:15 - 11:45 a.m.             200 Stratton
                Holly Fox, director, Enterprise Software Development

March 23, 11 a.m.
You are invited to the Freshman Foundation Exhibition reception in the Sharadin Art Building, on Thursday, March 23, 11a.m. - 1 p.m., come see the outstanding student work done by student's in Drawing I, Drawing II, 2-D Design and 3-D Design, refreshments will be served.  
                Rhonda Wall, Department of Art Education and Crafts

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. Dr. Ostaric of Temple University will talk about "The Poetic Absolute in the Philosophy of Early Romantics" before poetry reading by Heather H. Thomas, Claire McQuerry, Margaux Griffith, M. Ashraf Adeel, and student poets.  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 21, 7 p.m.
Based on a true story of an interracial marriage that made history, the award winning film "Loving" leaves no one indifferent. Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama. Come and join us in the film showcase on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in MSU 183. Sponsored by ACE, BSU, MAC, & NAACP.

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
The ninth installment of the Kutztown University Model United Nations Conference will 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

March 25
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting admitted first-year and transfer students for fall 2017 at Accepted Student Day this coming Saturday, March 25.  Many of the attendees make their final college choice based upon their experience at these events.  Please help us welcome the admitted students and their families to the Golden Bear community!
                Office of Undergraduate Admissions   



Register now for 19th annual great golden bear golf scramble 

Sign-up now to be a part of the 19th Annual Great Golden Bear Golf Scramble on Monday, June 12. The scramble will be held at the Rich Maiden Golf Course in Fleetwood, Pa. for a 1 p.m. shotgun start, and includes a new low price for 2017!

*Due to recent weather, please stay tuned to for possible schedule changes

Tuesday, March 21
4 p.m.                   Women's Lacrosse vs. Shippensburg - Keystone Field (Live Stats)

Thursday, March 23
2:30 p.m               Men's and Women's Tennis vs. Harford C.C. - Keystone Courts

Saturday, March 25
1 p.m.                   Women's Lacrosse vs. Gannon - Keystone Field (Live Stats)
1 p.m.                   Baseball vs. Millersville (DH) - North Campus Field (Live Stats)

Postseason (off campus)
March 24-26       Women's Bowling at East Coast Conference Championships - Ridge, NH



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