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March 21, 2017


The Daily Brief

Mascot Madness
Avalanche Set to Defend Two-Time Crown in 2017 Mascot Madness Competition
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.

Kutztown University Has a Powerful Story That's Just Waiting to be Told
We begin with our foundation. Born out of research, this is the simple description that answers three succinct questions: What do we do? How do we do it? Why does it matter?

At Kutztown University, we believe breakthroughs are within everyone's reach. We embody this by providing a dynamic, supportive environment where hard work and ingenuity thrive. Our approach empowers students' individuality and imparts the self-assurance to live their potential.

This is what is considered our positioning statement. Simply, it is a different way of talking about what we do as an institution of higher education. The way this is shared is different and is own-able by Kutztown University. This is the beginning of how we differentiate ourselves.




(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

8 a.m. Mascot Madness
11 a.m. College of Education Brown Bag Series, 121 Beekey
11 a.m. APSCUF-KU workshop, 103 AF
4 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Shippensburg - Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats)
4 p.m. MyKU workshop, 200 Stratton




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


Weak system exits this morning. Any lingering sprinkles will be gone and some thinning of the clouds may occur. Highs in the low 50s. Cold front moves through dry tonight tanking our temperatures and it’s back to winter tomorrow. Spring? What spring?

Dr. Michael Davis and Monsoon Mike got together again yesterday to record another one of their almost-weekly “Weather & Climate Chat” podcasts where they recap last week’s snowstorm, a look ahead to hopefully some spring weather eventually, and something special some of Dr. Davis’ students are doing in a couple of weeks.




The Office of University Relations promotes Kutztown University through a variety of internal and external media. This week, the staff added a new feature to our award-winning homepage focusing on a successful young alum. Our first subject is Ryan Paynton '12, who is using his business and communications background at Google. The Difference Makers program also continues on the homepage, and features faculty and staff from the present and past. You can read about Ryan Paynton and catch up on Difference Makers at

These are the non-instructional positions are open on campus on our job board at


The Respondus LockDown Browser can create a more secure testing environment for online quizzes. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within D2L. When students use the browser, they are unable to print, copy/paste, navigate the web, or access other applications on their computer. The Respondus LockDown Browser article provides more information, as well as instructions for requiring it on a quiz.  Need more information about working with D2L? Visit the D2L Solutions Center for lots of how-to videos and documents.
                The Office of Distance Education

Let's get rewarded! Please stop by KU Campus Store today and tomorrow with your textbook and art supply receipts from October 18 - March 21 to receive five percent back in store credit.

Visit our website to get some important tips and information: Just click on the pdf link "Helpful Tips for Designing Your Document"
Jennifer Prevoznik, customer service coordinator, KU Card Office

March 26
Please encourage your students to attend this Sunday's "Meeting of the Minds" workshop, 7:30 - 10 p.m. in Rohrbach Library, where they'll have a chance to meet collaborators, refine their ideas, and boost their chances of winning this year's research-based Rohrbach Library Award for Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Publishing and the $500 that accompanies the honor. The event is at STEAMworks, room 18 on the library's downstairs ground floor. Details at
                Bruce Jensen, Rohrbach Library

March 30
2017 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Day/Health and Wellness Expo Thurs., March 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Recreation Center, with more than 35 vendors and free assessments. Staff and faculty, stop by at the Wellness Committee's table for a gift and information on how to earn Healthy U points.
                Dolores Hess, Health and Wellness Services

Sponsored by the Military Club at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa., April 22 - The proceeds will go directly to support the Keystone Warriors (KW), a tax exempt charitable organization (501(c)3) which supports injured and wounded veterans and their families who are from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The cost is $35 for individuals.
Last year we reached a milestone of $20,000 raised for veterans in need of support over the last three years of races. We would like your support.
Donations are greatly appreciated. More info at
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Matt Stefancin at 484-241-7346 or e-mail at
                Veterans Services and Military Club at KU

The KU Men's Basketball staff is holding a summer basketball day camp from June 19 - 23. The cost of the camp is $175. It is for boys and girls in grades 3-12 who have played basketball or who would like to learn how to play. The camp runs daily from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Keystone Arena. If you are interested in signing up or would like more information on the camp, please contact Tom York, assistant coach, Men's Basketball at 610-683-4366(O) or e-mail  All proceeds from the camp go toward men's basketball scholarships. Come out and support men's basketball and elevate your game.
                Thomas J. York, assistant coach, Men's Basketball

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 it is intended to do, and that it gets delivered to the correct person. Most IT items are delivered to the IT department ... so if you contact them ahead of time with what you are looking to purchase, they will know who it belongs to when it gets delivered. The 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.




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

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, 11 a.m.
If you have the time, please come to our grievance workshop Tuesday, March 21 at 11 a.m. in 103 AF. Sara Miller, APSCUF Labor Relations expert, will be on hand with members of our grievance committee to provide a brief overview of the article and to answer your questions.
                Amanda Morris, president, KU APSCUF

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 is 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, Thursday, March 23, 11 a.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, Art Education & Crafts Dept.

March 23, noon - 1 p.m.
The Children's Literature Across Campus special interest group will meet from noon - 1 p.m., Thursday, March 23 in 22 Rohrbach Library. Any faculty or staff member with an interest in children's literature is invited to attend. We discuss information about assignments, events, and ideas that involve children's literature and try to collaborate and share for the benefit of all.
                Karen Wanamaker, Rohrbach Library

March 23, 2:30 p.m.
The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs is pleased to host Dr. Timothy Renick  ( of Georgia State University (GSU) on Thursday, March 23, 2:30 - 4 p.m. in 101 Academic Forum. Dr. Renick will be presenting "How GSU Eliminated the Achievement Gap." All are welcome to attend.
                Division of Enrollment Management

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 Center 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 its 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, 10 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 30 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  



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On November 21, 2013, following submission of the five-year Periodic Review Report, the Commission reaffirmed Kutztown University's accreditation.  The ten-year self-study will be completed in Spring 2018 and will address the seven Standards for Accreditation and 15 Requirements of Affiliation. The self-study review is being led by a 13-member Steering Committee, 27-member Extended Steering Committee, and seven Working Groups. This process will be guided by the following questions: (1) Are we fulfilling our mission? (2) Are we providing students with high quality learning experiences? (3) Are our assessments providing evidence that is sufficient for us to make improvements in the educational experiences we provide? And (4) Are we introducing innovative practices as part of continuous improvement?



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!


Tuesday, March 21
4 p.m.                   Women's Lacrosse vs. Shippensburg - Andre Reed Stadium (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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