Daily Brief

March 8, 2023

KUR Wins Best On-air Pledge Drive at 2023 Annual Broadcasting Awards

Kutztown University Radio (KUR) won Best On-Air Pledge Drive at the 83rd Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference that took place Feb. 24-25, in New York City. KUR was nominated for seven awards in different categories for the second consecutive year. The conference awards colleges and universities for exceptional programming and student radio stations on the national level. Student and vice president of KUR, Abby Regensburger, won the Best On-Air Pledge Drive Award for her Planned Parenthood fundraiser broadcast. Students and all KUR nominees (James Zipprodt, Linda Zuniga, Brandon Carnegie, Mitchell Smedley, Jack Heym, Kaylee Brulliea, Jake McDaniel and Aliza Leibowitz) were direct runners-up for their nomination categories. Those included Best Specialty Show (non-music), Best Community Outreach Event, Best Spot News Interview, Best Sports Talk Program and Best Program Director.

University Relations

Justin Soumas

Justin Soumas Promoted to Lieutenant

Interim Police Chief David Drezek is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Soumas to the rank of lieutenant. Lt. Soumas brings twenty years of law enforcement experience to the command position. Soumas started his career as a police officer with the Fleetwood Police Department in April 2001. He was hired as an officer by Kutztown University Public Safety and Police Services on Sept. 9, 2003, and was promoted to detective corporal in 2011. Soumas is married to Angela, his wife of twenty years, and is the proud parent to Aiden and Ryleigh. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree at Kutztown University. The men and woman of KUPD wish you the best of luck on your promotion.

David Drezek, Public Safety and Police Services


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

Canadian high pressure remains over the Great Lakes. Sunny skies will rule. The tight pressure gradient will allow for gusty winds that will diminish some by late evening toward the overnight. High temperature near 44.


Chambliss Faculty Research Award: Call for Nominations

We invite you to submit nominations for the 2024 Chambliss Faculty Research Award. The Chambliss Faculty Research Award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, recognizes the very highest achievement in research and scholarship. Each year up to two awards can be given. The award includes a medal engraved with the awardee’s name, a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $250. Please note that there is the expectation that each awardee will present a lecture on some aspect of their work in Spring 2024 or Fall 2024. To recommend a colleague or to self-nominate, please send a letter of nomination and a curriculum vitae for the nominee to Karen Rauch, chair, Chambliss Faculty Research Award Selection Committee, by Monday, April 17, 2023. All materials should be submitted electronically to the email address rauch@kutztown.edu.

Karen Rauch, Office of the Provost

Rape, Aggression and Defense Training

Rape, Aggression and Defense Training (RAD), provided by Public Safety and Police Services, is free to female faculty, staff and students. Training is scheduled 6 p.m. March 20, 22A Old Main, and March 21 and 23, Georgian Room, Old Main. You must attend all three sessions to complete the RAD program. Email dsantos@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4860 to sign up.

Danielle Santos, Public Safety and Police Services

Deadline for Abstract: 24th Annual Berks County Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference

Please remind your students that the deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, March 13. The conference will be hosted at KU on April 22.

Kerri Gardi, Career Development Center

Business Skills for Success for Entrepreneurs

The Business Skills for Success (Spanish on Tuesdays, English on Thursdays) is a five-week accelerated webinar series that is for early-stage and existing business owners who want to take their business to the next level. During the five-week seminar, the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center will utilize an innovative blended learning model for education. Our model uses, in addition to class lessons, online business plan workshops, one-on-one business consultations and interaction with business professionals and entrepreneurs. During the first class, participants will also select special topics that they desire to do a deep dive into as a cohort. In the last session, participants will present their pitches to the business consultant. This educational model fortifies the learning capacity of the student and ensures greater entrepreneurial success. This five-week class can include the following topics: Business Planning, Defining a Business Model, Marketing & Sales Growth, Best Practices for Maintaining Credit Worthiness, Zoning & Codes, Financing, Social Media, Website Analytics, Record Keeping, Special Topics Selected by the Cohort.
This program is valued at $1,499 and thanks to our partners and sponsors you can participate at a low cost of $50.

Rachael Wolfe, KUSBDC

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
March 8 10 a.m. Clay Club Cup Sale
Rohrbach Library Lobby
March 8 Noon CMP Discussion
March 9 7:30 p.m. KU Presents:The Kingdom Choir
Schaeffer Auditorium
March 13-17 All Day Spring Break
No classes; Offices are open.
Date Time Event
March 8 4 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Shepherd
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)
March 11 Noon Baseball vs. Lincoln (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats)
March 11 1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Lock Haven
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)
March 11 2:30 p.m. Baseball vs. Lincoln (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats)

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email , TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at . Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Kutztown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity that it operates, including admissions and employment. Any inquiries regarding the application of Title IX at Kutztown University may be made to Bradley Davis, the university’s Title IX coordinator, located in Old Main A-Wing, Room 02A, by phone at 610-683-4782 or by email at . You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at .