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March 30, 2017

 

The Daily Brief

 
Dr. Kaoutar El Mounadi and Zachary Snodgrass at the Gordon Research Conference
Zachary Snodgrass, a senior majoring in molecular/micro/cellular biology presented his research on "Genome-wide expression profiling of the response of the fungus Neurospora crassa to the plant defensin MtDef4" at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on antimicrobial peptides in Ventura, CA.  Zachary was the only undergraduate student at the conference. Zachary has been conducting research with Dr. Kaoutar El Mounadi (left) on her project aiming at using plant defensins to design strategies to increase resistance of crops to fungal diseases. Zachary will be graduating in May 2017.
 


   
2017 Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society induction
The following students were inducted into Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society on March 22. Gamma Sigma Alpha is for junior and senior students who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA or a 3.5 or higher in any semester of their junior or senior years and are members in good standing of a fraternity or sorority that fall under the United Greek Council umbrella.  

Jamie Bailey, Morgan Louise Bright, Jessica M Burns, Alexis Carson, Savannah Ruth Conroy, Courtney Crawford, Kara DeRosa-Goss, Danielle Donato, Colleen C. Donnelly, Kacie Dumas, Olivia Ewing, Sage Gerhart, Abby N Gifford, Gabriella Giltner, Hannah Grass, Rebecca Haines, Abigail E. Hess, Amy Marie Hetherington, Haley M Heydt, Marisa L. Kingsbury, Nicole Kirby, Alyssa Breanne Krepps, Haley Layton, Sage Mae Linkhorst, Samantha Marcotte, Kaitlynn A. Mervine, Gabrielle Montesano, Morgan Brooke Murray, Katie Pressler, Amanda JoAnn Purcell, Abagail Rambo, Nancy Reichert, Brittany A. Rightmire, Amanda Lyn Roarty, Samantha Roberts, Christina Sarro, Deidre H Schneider, Alexis Margaret Schwartz, Amy Sehulster, Jennifer Lois Smith, Jessica Snyder, Michele Sonnet, Maria Sparacio, Brittany Strosser, Arielle Christine Thomas, MaKayla Lynn Vincent, Samantha Walker, Amanda P. Weaver, Savannah Weaver, Kathleen M. Whalen, Madeline Wilson and Dana Marie Wolff    

 

TODAY'S EVENTS

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10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Entrepreneurial Marketplace, lobby MSU
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thrive Into Wellness, RC
11 a.m. Broad-winged Hawk Seminar, 261 BH
11 a.m. Philosophy Club, 323 MSU
11 a.m. Geographical Society, 260 BH
11 a.m. Women Veterans Luncheon, 223 MSU
11 a.m. Resources for Caregivers of the Elderly, 157 MSU
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Entrepreneurial Women's Panel, 218 MSU
1:30 - 3 p.m. Entrepreneurial Success and Women Certifications, 218 MSU
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Carol Dignazio's Retirement Reception, 318 OM
7 p.m. Allies Drag Show, Schaeffer Auditorium
7:30 p.m. Worldwinds-Clarinet and Shakuhachi Duo, Georgian Room

 

 

TODAY'S WEATHER

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

 

Partly Sunny in the a.m. Increasing clouds in the p.m. ahead of another soaking rain tonight and tomorrow. Highs in the 50s. Light southeast breezes.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


UNIVERSITY BRANDING SESSIONS
You've had the first glimpses of the new branding. Join us tomorrow, Friday, at 12:00 or 12:30 pm to learn the full story! We will be in MSU 312. We hope to see you then!


 
CPS PET THERAPY
April 4, 6 p.m.
Come and get some puppy love 6 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 218 MSU. There will be several dogs in attendance, so take a break from studying and come and get some "canine therapy." This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Please encourage your students to come and make sure you stop by too.
                Aimee Adams, Counseling and Psychological Services


 
STUDENT ORGANIZATION ADVISOR NEEDED
Each student organization on campus is required to have a KU faculty or staff member to serve as an advisor to the group. On occasion, there is a student organization in need of an advisor. Currently this group is in need: Students for Life
A description of the advisor's role and responsibility can be seen here: https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/student-involvement/student-organization-support/advising-a-student-organization.htm
Please contact Leah Cassellia at casselli@kutztown.edu, if you are interested in this opportunity.


 
UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ELECTION RESULTS
The following are the election results for university committee positions that fall under the purview of the University Senate. Their terms begin August 2017.

Strategic Planning and Resources Committee:
                VPA-  Soo Goh 
                Committee on Committees:
                Professional Staff - Sue Mangold
                VPA - Heather Ramsdale

Grade Appeal Board:
                COE - Denise Farrah
                LAS - Perry Lee
                Grad Faculty - Kunio Matsuma

On behalf of the University Senate, congratulations and thanks to these colleagues. And many thanks to everyone willing to run for these positions, and to all who voted.
                Lisa Norris, secretary, University Senate

 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD

Below you will find events scheduled for the current week.  Events further out are located in the "In Case You Missed It" section.  If you don't see your event, please submit it to us at dbrief@kutztown.edu

ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP WEEK
March 28 - 30
Join the College of Business. Register for Entrepreneurial Leadership Week at https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/business/events/entrepreneurship-week.htm.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Week is a celebration of student innovators who want to change the world, bring a creative new idea to life or launch a new business.  This three-day event will be filled with various activities, workshops and panels for students and business leaders looking to get into the mindset of an entrepreneur and take their ideas to the world.  We welcome you to join the College of Business' Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and the multitude of experienced and innovative speakers in some fun and educational activities designed to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us.


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


  
BROAD-WINGED HAWK SEMINAR TODAY
March 30, 11 a.m. The KU-STEM program in Biology will host a seminar that will be presented today by Dr. Laurie Goodrich, director of Long Term Monitoring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  The seminar, "Chasing Broad-winged Hawks to Brazil and Back: Conserving a Long Distance Migrant" will take place 11 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 261 Boehm.  All are invited.
                Chris Sacchi, Biology and Environmental Science


  
PHILOSOPHY CLUB
March 30, 11 a.m.
The Philosophy Club will meet 11 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 323 MSU. John Lizza will discuss "Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation." All are welcome and invited to attend.
                Joseph Jedwab, faculty advisor, and Laura Berkel, president


  
WHY SHOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN G.I.S., GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS?
March 30, 11 a.m., 260 Boehm
The Geographical Society of Kutztown University invites all majors, faculty and staff to come experience our guest speaker, KU alumna Mr. Grant Ervin, Deputy Geographic Information Officer, Office of Innovation and Technology, City of Philadelphia. Grant will talk about how GIS is used in a variety of ways in the workplace. If you are a Business, Criminal Justice, Geography, Political Science major or anything in between you won't want to miss this. GIS courses are offered every semester and open to all majors.


  
ANNUAL WOMEN VETERANS' LUNCHEON
March 30, 11 a.m.
The Veterans Services Center and Women Veterans Committee proudly present our Annual Women Veterans Luncheon 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 30, in 223 MSU. It is open to all KU veterans/military affiliated students, faculty and staff. This year our focus will be on "planting a seed" to achieve personal success, and our keynote speaker is from "Dress For Success-Allentown." We will provide free lunch, gifts, resources and the chance to win a FitBit. Please RSVP to veterans@kutztown.edu by March 23.
                Veterans Services Center


 
RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS OF THE ELDERLY
March 30, 11 a.m.
Bill Bender, ACSW, LSW, a gerontology expert, discusses challenges and resources for caregivers of the elderly 11 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 157 MSU. Please join us. 
                KU Commission on the Status of Women


 
CAROL DIGNAZIO IS RETIRING
March 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
After 42 years of service to KU, Carol Dignazio, secretary, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, is retiring. Her last day is Friday, March 31. To celebrate, the department invites members of the campus community to stop by 318 Old Main A-Wing for a slice of cake and to congratulate Carol on her retirement 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30.
                Steve Lem, chairperson, Department of Political Science and Public Administration


 
WORLDWINDS - CLARINET AND SHAKUHACHI DUO
March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Worldwinds, a clarinet and shakuhachi duo will perform a recital 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30, Georgian Room. The shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown flute that is traditionally made with the bamboo. Deborah Andrus (clarinet) and Nora Nohraki Suggs (shakuhachi) will present a program by American and Japanese composers. There will be a masterclass before the concert 6 - 7 p.m. in the Georgian Room where participants will get a hands-on experience of what it is like to play the shakuhachi. Join us.
                Soo Goh, Department of Music


 
ALLIES DRAG SHOW TO FEATURE SHANGELA
March 30, 7 p.m.
Allies of Kutztown University will present their annual Allies Drag Show 7 p.m., Thursday, March 30, Schaeffer Auditorium. This year's show, sponsored by the Association of Campus Events, will feature special guest Shangela. The show will also feature many other professional and student drag performers. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Trans Lifeline. Shangela is most commonly known from participating and making it to the top five contestants on two seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race. Since then Shangela has made several television appearances, being featured on shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, Glee and the Community. For more information on this event please contact Christine Price, director of the GLBTQ Resource Center at price@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4655.


 
DIGITAL FORENSICS EXPERT, LANCE HAWK PRESENTS "Digital Forensics in the Modern Age"
March 31, 9 a.m.
On Friday, March 31, from 9 - 9:50 a.m. in 260 BH, Lance Hawk will address concerns with the Clouds. He will also be discussing the latest forensics tools and processes. Lance Hawk has more than 30 years of professional experience in various fields of computer security. He is the owner and operator of Computer Forensics and IT Security Solutions, LLC, specializing in computer forensics, threat management and IT security solutions. All are welcome.
                Thiep Pham, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology


  
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE CONFERENCE COMMUNITY DAY
March 31, 2 p.m.
Come to our free community day March 31 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. to see presentations by authors/illustrators Bryan Collier and Deborah Hopkinson in MSU Multipurpose Room and Lauren Castillo in the MSU Auditorium. It is open to the public and anyone may attend. See our website for more information. http://kuchildrensliterature.weebly.com/free-community-day.html


  
19TH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S LITERATURE CONFERENCE
April 1, 8:30 a.m.
Kutztown University will host its 19th Annual Children's Literature Conference on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union building. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in room 183, Alumni Auditorium. This year's conference will feature presentations from Lauren Castillo, a Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator from Harrisburg, Pa., whose novel Nana in the City was nominated and selected to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal in 2015; Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor, and Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator who visits schools across the country teaching and talking about art; Deborah Hopkinson, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Award and Orbis Pictus Honor Award-winning author from Portland, Ore.; and Rosemary Wells, the author of the vastly popular Max & Ruby series. For more information about the event, visit www.kuchildrensliterature.weebly.com, or contact Sarah Bryski at childlitconfku@gmail.com.


  
HONOR STUDENT BEAD FOR LIFE AND BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER
April 1 Saturday, April 1, in the MSU, Honors Program students will be selling "Beads for Life" products made by women in Africa and baked goods made by the Honors students to raise funds for a service project in Mexico this summer. The Bead for Life products support women in Africa in pursuing educational efforts that lead to better housing and other provisions for their families while also providing a small percentage to the fundraising efforts for the Honors students' project. The proceeds from the baked goods will be directly applied to the service trip. Support two causes at once, and check out the Children's Literature Conference.
                Mary Ann O'Neil, Elementary Education, and coordinator, Graduate Reading


  
NOBODY'S FOOLS CONCERT IN GRIM PLANETARIUM, HOSTED BY DR. DALE PARSON
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-guarde 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 parson@kutztown.edu  for more information.
                Dale Parson, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology


 
STUDENT DOCUMENTARY:  "A FALLEN ANGEL"
April 1, 6 p.m.
Electronic Media major Tyler Snyder will present his film, "A Fallen Angel," Saturday, April 1, at 6 p.m. in Rickenbach Auditorium. The piece chronicles the life of Shania Rupp, a woman from Topton, Pa., and a KU student who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016. Rupp's mother has been telling Shania's story in the hopes that it will help prevent others from falling victim to addiction. 


  
ART EDUCATION AND CRAFTS SENIOR EXHIBITION
March 25 - April 2
The Miller Gallery in the Sharadin Arts Building will be presenting the Art Education and Crafts Senior Exhibition from March 25 - April 2. The public reception is 2 - 4 p.m., Sunday, March 26. The exhibit features artwork in all mediums from students graduating with degrees in Art Education and Crafts.


  
YOUNG ARTISTS PIANO COMPETITION
April 2, 2 p.m.
In recognition of Kutztown University's new All Steinway designation, the university will hold a Young Artists Piano Competition 2 p.m., Sunday, April 2, Schaeffer Auditorium.  The competition is open to all high school aged students. Applications and a video submission are due Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Participants will be expected to complete two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire not exceeding 20 minutes. No arrangements, pop or Broadway compositions will be accepted. Finalist who pass the video audition will be invited to compete at Kutztown University on April 2. Awards and prizes include: 
Each winner will participate in piano master class at KU, as well as performances in New York City, Philadelphia and Kutztown during fall of 2017.
1st prize: $500 and full tuition scholarship to the KU Summer Chamber Music Festival, July 1 to 8.
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $200
The competition application can be found online at https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/visual-and-performing-arts/majors-and-minors/music/concerts-and-events/ku-young-artists-piano-competition.htm.  For more information contact Dr. Maria Asteriadou at asteriad@kutztown.edu or (484) 646-4154 or Dr. Daniel Immel at immel@kutztown.edu or 610-683-1592. 

 

 

GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS

 
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!


  
UPCOMING HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS
*Due to recent weather, please stay tuned to KUBears.com for possible schedule changes


Saturday, April 1
11 a.m. Men's & Women's Tennis vs. Millersville - Keystone Courts
1 p.m.   Baseball vs. Lock Haven - North Campus Field (Live Stats)
1 p.m.   Women's Lacrosse vs. Mercyhurst (Alumni Day) - Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats)

 

 


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