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March 22, 2017


The Daily Brief

Kutztown University Has a Powerful Story That's Just Waiting to be Told
Now, we are always looking for key messages to share something about ourselves, about KU. Here are just 5 of the new ways to do just that.

•     Kutztown University is located in a beautiful rural setting with a traditional campus. It's the type of place you imagine when you think of college. But that's not all we have to offer-there's much more than meets the eye.
•     We have a warm, welcoming community that's grounded in a Middle-American work ethic. Our students may not always be at the top of their class, or they may be undecided when they arrive at KU, but they are people of strong character who are willing to work hard to realize their potential. And through one-on-one attention, we are able to fuel that growth.
•     Our students come to Kutztown because they'll be supported and challenged. This atmosphere enables a transformative experience for our students. But we don't expect them to change who they are-we want to help them become the best versions of themselves.
•     When students leave Kutztown, we want them to be prepared for their personal and professional lives. That means knowing how to always persevere in the face of a challenge, working hard for personal validation, not external praise, and always doing more than the minimum that's expected.
•     This journey of personal growth starts as a KU student. But when students leave here, they're capable of accomplishing whatever goals they set for themselves. Because when a person of the right character and work ethic meets a supportive yet challenging environment, the result is someone who is fully prepared for their future.

Freshman Foundation Exhibition
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.  




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12 p.m. KU Internship and Job Fair, MSU 218




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


After last night's cold front passage, strong high pressure moves out of Canada and settles over the region, ushering in cold air in the process. Pretty tight pressure gradient sets up so we will be having a windy day. Plenty of sunshine though! High temperature in the low-30s. Winds northwest at 14-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph.




Avalanche, Kutztown University's Golden Bear mascot, was victorious in the first round of Mascot Madness on Tuesday, defeating Blaze the Vulcan, the mascot of California University (PA) with 79% of the vote. Avalanche moves on to Round Two to face Ernie, the mascot of Clarion University, on Thursday, March 23. Voting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday at  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.  Round three will take place March 28 and the championship on April 3.

Please encourage your students to attend the KU Internship & Job Fair today, Wed, March 22 in MSU 218 from 12-3 p.m.  69 employers are registered and are seeking applicants from all majors. Students are expected to attend professionally dressed with resumes in hand. Many students have found success in finding internship and job opportunities. Students may find a detailed list of employers by visiting KU Career Network: 
                Linda Kerschner, Career Development Center

Today is the last day of Store Rewards. Stop by with your textbook and art supply receipts from October 18 - March 21 to receive five percent back in store credit.

The Department of Communication Design is thrilled to announce that senior, Meredith Shriner's art work "Sea Salt and Lime" has been accepted into the 2017 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition Exhibit. This competition is billed by the SOI as, "Presenting the premier showcase for college-level illustration students. Every year since 1981, the Society of Illustrators has recognized top students throughout the world through an exhibit, catalog, reception and scholarship awards." This year 2,349 students participated from 78 colleges and universities across the United States. The work will be exhibited at The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, from May 9 to June 3. To illustrate the significance of this achievement according to the SOI website in 2016, approximately 260 student illustrations and six student animations were exhibited from 2,095 entries. Great job Meredith!
For more information please contact Prof Cunfer at
Elaine Cunfer, Department of Communication Design

All faculty and staff are invited to an open forum, 11 - 11:45 a.m., to meet the candidates for the position of associate dean, College of Education.
                Monday, March 27, 241 BK          Dr. Emma Savage-Davis, professor, Coastal Carolina University
                Tuesday, March 28, 218 BK          Dr. Carissa Pokorny-Golden, associate professor, acting associate dean, COE
                Cathy L Kreitz, on behalf of the COE search committee

May 12
Dorney Park and Kutztown University have collaborated in the development of an educational experience that will benefit the children of the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We call it Thrill U. Our goal is to provide a stimulating and challenging exploratory experience for high school students. KU will once again participate in a collaborative project that engages future teachers in serious work with leading educators and the community. For science and mathematics teachers, this represents a living classroom replete with experiential activities and a forum for examining the connections between theory and practice. For Dorney Park, this is an opportunity to showcase their outstanding amusement park. No math or physics knowledge required to volunteer! We extend to you the opportunity to participate in our annual Thrill U day that will be held on May 12, 2017.  For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Elias at

Please join us in congratulating the following 2017 Kutztown University Bringing Experiences About Research in Summer (KU BEARS) awardees and dedicated faculty members. This award was established in order to facilitate undergraduate student research with faculty.  The goals are twofold: to develop the necessary skills set of undergraduate students to help them become student researchers and to provide faculty members with paid student research assistants.  By assisting faculty members in their research, students selected for the program will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting advanced research in their field.  I would also like to thank the Research Committee for their input on the KU BEARS applications and all involved at KU for supporting this Program of Distinction.
                Mr. Jeff Werner, Director- Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects

Student Name Student Major Faculty Member Department
Jenna Kanyak Secondary Education - Chemistry Darren Achey Physical Sciences
Emily Sakal History Andrew Arnold History
Zachary Young Geography Moira Conway Geography
Patrick Keating Physics Kunal Das Physical Sciences
Tianna Andrews Environmental Science/Geography Michael Davis Geography
Eric Coberly Biology-Molecular/Micro/Cell Kaoutar El Mounadi Biology
Nina Schnyder Computer Science/Software Development Lisa Frye Computer Science/Information Technology
Alec Leidy & Margot Shrift Environmental Science/Biology Chris Habeck Biology
Jenna Ruoss Environmental Science/Biology Alexander Hernandez Biology
Mackenzie Storm Biochemistry Matthew Junker Physical Sciences
Hailey Fleishman & Alexandria Blackman Social Work Yoon Mi Kim Social Work
Carly Plesic & Danielle Cannon Anthropology Khori Newlander Anthropology & Sociology
David Lescallette & Melanie Weidner Art Education Amy Pfeiler-Wunder Art Education and Crafts
Braden Luancing Mathematics Thiep N. Pham Computer Science and Information Technology
Malik Thomas Physics-Engineering Physics Paul Quinn Physical Sciences
Celina Dickison Marine Science/Biology Wendy Ryan Biology
Kathleen O'Neill Social Studies Secondary Education Christine A. Saidi History
David Nunez Contreras Biochemistry Carsten Sanders Physical Sciences
Qu-dir McKendrick Physics- Engineering Physics Justin Smoyer Physical Sciences
Haley D'Agostino & Emily Schallmo Biology Matthew D. Stone Biology
Grant Fickes Mathematics Wing Hong Tony Wong Mathematics




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

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, 11 a.m.
The Philosophy Club will meet on Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m. in 323 MSU.  Ron Drummond looks at "Seeking a date in another possible world" - a commentary on Dr. Neil Sinhababu's paper on transworld love, dating and the implications of modal realism.  All are welcome.
                Joseph Jedwab, faculty advisor, and Laura Berkel, president

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 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, 2 - 3 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:

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 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




Middle States Commission on Higher Education Logo
On Nov. 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? For more information visit



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!


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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