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March 23, 2017


The Daily Brief

It's Good To Be Golden
So, what happens when you meet a prospective student at a visit day, at the grocery store, or in the elevator while you're wearing your KU gear, and you are asked, "What is Kutztown University all about?" Here's our 30 second version of that answer.   

At Kutztown, we're all works in progress. Whether you know exactly what you want to do, or you're still deciding, this is your time to explore. To try, to fail, and to go places you never thought possible. And you'll never do it alone. We believe in having each other's backs. That creating a strong community empowers individual freedom. And that with the right support, resources, and challenges, you'll grow, not into someone new, but into yourself. Because at your best, there's no limit to what you can do. It's good to be golden.  

Last week, winter storm Stella dumped about 15 inches of snow on campus, sometimes at a rate of 2-4 inches per hour.  More than 100 members of the Facilities Department, on three shifts, were responsible for cleaning 4 miles of roadway, 8 miles of sidewalks and stairs and more than 30-acres of parking area.  Many personnel stayed on campus in Golden Bear Village South on Monday night in anticipation of the storm and again on Tuesday night because of the nearly impossible travel conditions.  Crews began snow removal operations at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and continued around the clock until Wednesday evening, when they were all able to finally make it back home, where many had to clean up their own properties.  

"The storm was especially challenging because of the frigid temperatures, intense snowfall rates and high winds which exposed personnel to extreme wind chill factors and near blizzard conditions at the height of the storm," said Terry D. Brown, associate vice president of Facilities Maintenance and Construction.  "They have endured long hours in some of the worst conditions, but have done so with a positive, can-do attitude.  I owe them my thanks and gratitude for a job well done."  

Despite the challenges, KU's dedicated crews worked tirelessly during the storm to maintain primary roads, walkways, and building entrances in passable condition.  Post storm cleanup has also been difficult because of the drifting snow and cold temperatures, but crews persisted and campus was able to open at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.  

A variety of equipment was used during the storm including 1 large front end loader with box plow and bucket, 4 plow trucks with salt spreaders, 2 skid loaders with buckets, 1 Kabota tractor with a snow blower attachment and bucket, 4 Kabota utility vehicles with plows and salt spreaders, more than 15 walk behind snow blowers, and of course many shovels.   

Crews spread more than 30 tons of salt during the clean-up.
"The job of snow removal is essential not only for the operation of the university, but for the safety of our community," said Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, university president.  "Our crews put forth a Herculean effort and we are extremely grateful for their hard work, dedication and commitment to KU."      



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Freshman Foundation Exhibition, Sharadin Art Building
11 a.m. Philosophy Club, MSU 323
12 p.m. Children's Literature Across Campus
2:30 p.m. Timothy Renick, How GSU Eliminated the Achievement Gap, AF 101
2:30 p.m. Men's and Women's Tennis vs. Harford CC, Keystone Courts
4:30 p.m. Philosophy and Poetry, MSU 223
7:30 p.m. United States Army Woodwind Quintet, Schaeffer Auditorium




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


High pressure in control provides one more day of partly sunny skies and less wind than yesterday. Highs in the 40s.




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 TODAY, March 23. Voting began at 8 a.m. 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.

March 27
Amazon @Kutztown University on Monday, March 27
Dave Sprinkel and his AWS (Amazon Web Services) team will present about the cloud, AWS and their integration with the Amazon online marketplace on Monday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the Viewpoints Room, South Dining Hall.  The Networking Dinner will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the Amazon presentation is from 7 - 8:30 p.m.  There will be a Q&A session.  The presentation is free but RSVP is required.  This event is being host by the Kutztown University Technology Association (KTA) and the AITP Kutztown University Student Chapter (KU AITP).  If interested, please RSVP to  Please note: Limited seating.
                    Thiep N. Pham   

On behalf of the Science Olympiad Community, Coaches and Staff, we THANK YOU all for your support and volunteer efforts in making this past Science Olympiad a tremendous success!  What you may not realize as you're busy "working the trenches" is how just impactful your efforts truly are to these up-and-coming scientists.  You're contribution to the University is equally commendable as this is, for a good many of the participants, their first "College Experience"...And you have surely made it memorable!  Thanks so very much to our army of volunteers - you are AWESOME!  A very SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to Facilities, the Custodial Staff and everyone else who moved a mountain of nasty white stuff  - THANK YOU!!!
Eric Laub and Joann Monko - KU Site Coordinators
Steven Salloum - Assistant Site Coordinator

March 27 & 28
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
Click the link below to view information on both candidates.
                Cathy L Kreitz, on behalf of the COE search committee

Dr. Roman Altshuler of the Philosophy Department was recently interviewed by 3:am Magazine about his work on the philosophy of time and action.  His interview also appears in the Leiter Reports, which is a widely followed website about philosophy and the profession.
                John Lizza, chair, Philosophy Department

March 30, 11 a.m.
Please Join Us! 
Bill Bender, ACSW, LSW, a gerontology expert, discusses challenges and resources for caregivers of the elderly on Thursday, March 30, at 11 a.m. in MSU 157.
                KU Commission on the Status of Women



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
The KU Middle States Steering Committee members are: Kenneth S. Hawkinson (ex-officio), Carole Wells (chair), Gil Clary (co-chair, assessment), Gerald Silberman (co-chair, planning and resource allocation), Paul Ache, Brian Meares (document evidence collection), Jesus Pena, Krista Prock, Matthew Santos, Margaret Simons (graduate assistant), Natalie Snow (institutional research), John Stanley (editor), Barth Yeboah, and Anne Zayaitz. This committee meets every two weeks and is charged with (a) ensuring that the timetable is implemented as planned; (b) coordinating and promoting communication within the University about the Self-Study process; (c) facilitating institution-wide review of and responses to the draft of the Self-Study; (d) overseeing the completion of the final Self-Study document; and, (e) making arrangements to host the Evaluation Team.  For more information on KU's ten-year Middle States self study, 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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