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March 31, 2017


The Daily Brief

It's Good To Be Golden
You've had the first glimpses of the new branding. Join us today, Friday, March 31 at noon or 12:30 p.m. to learn the full story. We will be in 312 MSU. We hope to see you then.
                University Marketing  

Kayla Mellinger and Carly anastasio winners of the Department of Social Work's Diversity Prize.
The faculty of the Department of Social Work sponsor and fund an annual Diversity Prize, awarded each year to the students who provide the most creative, comprehensive presentation on the celebration of diversity in their own lives.  We are pleased to announce that the 2017 winners are Kayla Mellinger (left), BSW student, and Carly Anastasio (right), MSW student. Each received a cash award of $500, presented at the 14th annual Community Forum.
                John Vafeas, chair, Department of Social Work

Department of Social Work's Annual Community Forum March 24, 2017.
The Department of Social Work held its annual Community Forum on March 24. Guests included community leaders, agency executives, policy makers, social worker professionals, and KU faculty, staff, alumni and students. Keynoted by the Pa. Secretary of Corrections, almost 800 participants filled Schaeffer Auditorium for day-long presentations on the first of a series of three community forums affecting family functioning. This year's "Family in Environment: Part I-Incarceration" explored systemic ethical responses to the regional needs related to incarceration and its impact on family systems. As with every forum topic, participants were encouraged to use knowledge gained for action to solve problems related to the issues raised. The department acknowledges the work of our student volunteers, faculty, staff and primarily Dr. Sharon Lyter, chair of the event. The support of the dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the provost, as well as prime sponsor, Service Access and Management Inc., made this event possible.
                John G. Vafeas, chair Department of Social Work




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9 a.m. Digital Forensics in the Modern Age, 260 BH
Noon & 12:30 p.m. Branding Launch, 312 MSU
2 p.m. Children's Literature Conference, Multipurpose, MSU




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


A low pressure moves up the Ohio River Valley. Plenty of moisture coming north via a strong low level jet. Periods of moderate to heavy rain. High temperature in the mid-40s. Winds southeast at 10 mph, gusting to 22 mph.




April 3, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his free hour 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 3. Free hours will occur on the first Monday of the month in 303 Stratton. Dr. Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding Kutztown University.
                Office of the President

It's official!  Bob Watrous, associate provost for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs/Dean of Students, is retiring March 31. The university community is invited to join in a celebration in his honor on Friday, April 14 from 3-5 p.m. in 250 MSU. Contributions toward a gift will be collected in the Dean of Students Office, 119 AD. Cards for recording memories of working with Bob will be available to guests at the celebration. Those who can't make the celebration are invited to complete a card ahead of time in the Dean of Students Office. Questions can be directed to Faith Riedel at 3-1396.  Hope to see you there!
                Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Jones.  Bill taught in the Department of Mathematics from 1966 until his retirement in 2002.  Memorial services will be held 4 p.m., Sunday, April 2, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Mary Ann Hamm, officiating. Inurnment in Fairview Cemetery, Kutztown. Family and friends may call 3 - 4 p.m., Sunday, in the church. Bill's obituary can be found at
                Paul Ache, chair, Department of Mathematics

April 6, 11 a.m.
Dr. Michelle Kiec, associate dean will present "Get Out of the Office! See the World!" 11 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 120 Sharadin Arts Building at the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Faculty First Thursday. All are welcome to attend, to learn about the work our college faculty are doing and participate in the discussion.
                William J. Mowder, dean, College Visual and Performing Arts

MCC graduate assistant, Arashi Mesa-Melo coordinated and designed our annual Women Who Inspire booklet in recognition of Women's History Month. Please see the results of the beautiful piece with articles from students and staff online at the following link:
We appreciate and thank those who contributed to this project.
                Rhonda Branford, director, Multicultural Services/MCC  



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

March 31, 9 a.m.
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

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.

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, or contact Sarah Bryski at

April 1
Saturday, April 1, in the MSU, Honors Program students will be selling "Bead 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

April 1, 6 p.m.
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  for more information.
                Dale Parson, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

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. 

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.

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  For more information contact Dr. Maria Asteriadou at or (484) 646-4154 or Dr. Daniel Immel at or 610-683-1592. 




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

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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