Daily Brief

March 27, 2024

Students at NCECA conference.

Ceramics Students Give Classes The Slip To Learn at NCECA

Gwendolyn Yoppolo, associate professor of Art and Design, traveled with 17 students to Richmond, Va. to attend the 58th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference. Young KU artists drew in ideas from diverse creators both visually and through conversations with other artists. With 17 students attending, the KU group had an intellectual critical mass, resulting in after-hours discussions outside of the conference in which students molded, sgraffitoed and burnished what they learned into new ideas of their own. Yoppolo exhibited her work with Gandee Gallery and in the group exhibition "Women working with clay: A shared purpose."  KU Fine Arts student Aspen Moreno presented the results of their experimental "Exploration of Rare Earth Oxides in Crystalline Glazes"  in which they systematically altered the chemical compositions of glazes and firings. They developed a guide for other artists who wish to produce specific aesthetic effects in their ceramic artwork.

Kurt Friehauf, Clay Club

Dane Fegely and Dr. Sarah Tindall

Geologic Research That Could Save Lives

Geology student Dane Fegely presented research that he did with Dr. Sarah Tindall, professor of Geology, at the Geological Society of America meeting in Manchester, N.H. Their presentation titled "Analyzing inaccessible outcrops in an interactive gaming environment," described how they built a precise three-dimensional photogrammetric model of a geologic outcrop using hundreds of quickly-snapped cell phone images, then compared orientation measurements taken on the outcrop in the field with measurements made in a VR-type gaming environment. This research has tremendous potential for geologists working in dangerous environments where drones could safely image surfaces and allow geologists to analyze the data intelligently from a safe distance (either in the field or revisiting the outcrop virtually in the lab).

Kurt Friehauf, Physical Sciences


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

Frontal passage will generate afternoon showers. Mostly cloudy conditions. High temperature near 50.


Open Hour with Provost

Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop by and chat with Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, during her open office hour 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, Old Main Concourse. Faculty and staff who would like to have a conversation, but for whom this time does not work, are welcome to contact the Office of the Provost at 610-683-4155 to schedule a time to meet.

Anne Imschweiler, Office of the Provost, Academic Affairs

Rita's Discount Cards Available

Are you interested in supporting the Community Outreach Center (COC)? We are selling 10% discount cards that will work all summer at the Kutztown and Hamburg Rita's for $5. Don't miss out on a great treat for this summer. Stop by the COC to purchase one. Thank you.

Amanda Garcia, Community Outreach Center

Adjusted Hours: Student Recreation Center

Please note the adjusted hours for the Student Recreation Center:
 - 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 29.
 - Closed Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31. 
Keystone Hall Pool hours:
 - 8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 29.
 - Closed Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31.
Regular hours resume Monday, April 1.

Tracy Turner, Rec Center

Faculty First Thursday Presentation

Please join us 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 4, 103 Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research, for the "Faculty First Thursday Presentation." We will share a brief history on the development of the Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research and the events that have led us to open this one-of-a-kind building, which has become a global destination for researchers, historians, performers and enthusiasts. We will then highlight some of the key instruments, people and their historical significance in our collection. This free presentation is open to the entire university community and is presented by the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean's office, including Dr. Matthew Coley and Frank Kumor. Refreshments will be served 10:30-11 a.m. 

Joselyn Wynter, Office of the CVPA Dean

Cookie Chat: Building Strong Alumni Networks Into Our Courses and Programs

Come chat with faculty members Julie Palkendo of Environmental Science, Gary Chao of Business Administration and Tim Kast from the KU Foundation about programs that link our current students with our devoted alumni. Participants will learn about how the different types of programs in science and business might translate to your areas 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 6 Rohrbach Library. The featured cookie will be golden caramel because it’s good to be golden. For more information, please visit the link below.

Center for Engaged Learning


Spring 2024 Late-Start Courses Attendance Verification Process

The initial attendance verification for late-start courses, which is required federally for awarding of financial aid, is available in Starfish Wednesday, March 27 through Tuesday, April 2. Faculty should indicate whether students have attended or have never attended by utilizing one of two flags. Please be sure to verify the attendance status of every student. For additional assistance, please visit Starfish in D2L, email starfish@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4217.

Cheryl Brattley, Student Success and Academic Excellence

Study Abroad/Away Faculty and Staff Workshop

The Office of International Education and Global Engagement is partnering with The Forum on Education Abroad to offer two interactive workshops Friday, April 5, for KU faculty and staff interested in learning more about studying abroad. Participants can register for one or both of the sessions online. If you have any questions or concerns, please email studyaway@kutztown.edu.
 - Current Trends in Education Abroad will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Forum on Education Abroad is the Standard Development Organization for education abroad. This workshop will engage participants in understanding how the "Standards of Good Practice" were developed, how they can be applied to innovative education abroad program models and where to find resources to support new program development. Drawing on data compiled as part of The Forum on Education Abroad State of the Field, this session will also introduce participants to the current trends and challenges in education abroad. Key themes will include moving beyond traditional education abroad, accessibility, supporting underserved/underrepresented students and supporting well-being on education abroad.
 - Drinks and snacks will be provided noon to 1 p.m. Leading Short-Term Programs will be held 1-4:30 p.m. This workshop will cover the life-cycle of short-term education abroad program development. Using the Standards of Good Practice as a guide, participants will work collaboratively with each other in identifying opportunities to apply the Standards to their unique course design.

What You Will Gain:
 - Understand how the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad relate to the lifecycle of a short-term program.
 - Understand the needs of various stakeholders in the design and delivery of short-term education abroad programs.
 - Improve and streamline the collaborative nature of developing short-term education abroad programs.
 - Enhance student learning outcomes on short-term education abroad programs.

Christina Kinney, Office of International Education and Global Engagement

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
March 27 11 a.m. Fiscal Year End Prep - SourcePoint 
March 27 Noon Internship and Job Fair
218 MSU
March 27 2:30 p.m. LAS Associate Dean Search - Candidate C
201 Academic Forum 
March 27 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Concourse Old Main 
March 28 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee 
March 28 11 a.m. Cookie Chat
6 Rohrbach Library
March 29 8:45 a.m. 20th Annual Social Work Community Forum 
Schaeffer Auditorium
March 29 Noon EDD Dissertation Defense: Christopher Thomas
227, 229 Beekey
April 1 12:30 p.m. Middle States Self-Study Open Forum
145 Boehm
April 2 10 a.m. Human Library
Rohrbach Library
April 4 11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday Presentation 
103 Wells-Rapp Center 


Sromovski, Brenneman Land All-ECC First Team Honors for Women's Bowling

Chloe Sromovski and Madison Brenneman were recognized among the best bowlers in the East Coast Conference Friday, March 22, with the Kutztown University duo being named First Team as the ECC announced its 2023-24 all-conference teams.

Sports Information

Date Time Event
March 27 3 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Bloomsburg
Keystone Field (Video | Stats)
March 29 2 p.m. Softball vs. Bloomsburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
March 30 1 p.m. Softball vs. Mansfield (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
March 30 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Bloomsburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Video | 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 DSO@kutztown.edu, 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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