Daily Brief

March 28, 2024

Grabiella DeMarco, Hannah Sellers, and Dr. Adrienne Oakley at the Geological Society of America meeting.

Boring Sediment Tells Exciting Stories of Post-Ice-Age Climate

Marine Science major Gabriella DeMarco and Organismal Biology major Hannah Sellers, working with Dr. Adrienne Oakley in Marine Sciences and Geology, presented their research at the Geological Society of America meeting in Manchester, N.H.
 - "GPR and vibracore analyses from Custis Pond, Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve (SNDP), Eastern Shore, Virginia reveal late Pleistocene-Holocene environmental change in the lower Chesapeake Bay" analyzed geophysical soundings of sediments with Ground Penetrating Radar, ground-truthed by samples in 15-foot deep drill holes to analyze changes in the coastal environment since the last ice age.
 - "Detailed micro and macro-fossil analyses of vibracores from Custis Pond, Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve (SNDP), Eastern Shore, Virginia reveal late Pleistocene-Holocene environmental change in the lower Chesapeake Bay" examined the pollen and diatoms buried in the sand and silt during the same time from which they documented ecological changes. 
The two projects complement one another and are an excellent example of the multi-disciplinary nature of research in the Marine Sciences.

Kurt Friehauf, Physical Sciences

Pre-Law Society to Host Public 2024 Law School Forum Thursday, April 4

The Pre-Law Society of Kutztown University cordially invites the public to the 2024 Law School Forum 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 218 McFarland Student Union. The event is aimed at providing future law students with critical insights into legal education. This informative event is a prime opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a legal career to meet and engage with representatives from eight prominent law schools. Attendees will gain access to resources and information essential for making informed decisions about their legal education paths.

University Relations


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

Sorry Phillies and Mets fans. Have to wait one more day for baseball. Today’s periods of rain from a slow-moving front and low pressure have called off the big local MLB games today, and for good reason, because who wants to play in periods of chilly rain showers with highs around 51 when tomorrow will be much brighter, drier and a little milder (albeit windy).



Dr. Laree Trollinger, former chairperson of the Department of Music, passed away Thursday, March 21. She was initially hired (as the first woman in the music department) in 1967 to be a specialist in music for the elementary grades and in vocal performance, and taught a course that was required of all elementary education majors. Trollinger was with Kutztown University for 33 years and taught courses in music history, music appreciation, voice and jazz history. Professor Emeritus Richard Wells came to KU in 1968 and recalls many of the senior faculty of the Department of Music serving as chair, including Roy Thomas, Frank Siekmann, Jim Mayberry, Ed Shatkowski and Trollinger. By the time Dr. Willis Rapp came to KU in 1986, Trollinger was the department chair. Rapp recalls that it was Trollinger who made the case with the upper administration that applied music private instruction was critical for the development of the music major, and that it should be part of each music faculty member’s regular teaching load. It was her tenacity on this matter that led to the establishment of regular private instruction for all music majors. Trollinger was awarded her DMA from Temple University in 1979, served as the music department representative on the Faculty Senate from 1975-1977, and also served on the university’s Graduate Council from 1999-2001. As a member of the KU Foundation’s Hancher Society, she created an endowed scholarship for a music education major in the names of Gary and Laree Trollinger. A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd, Wyomissing, PA. The link to the full obituary is below.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Willis M. Rapp, Professor Valerie Trollinger, Department of Music

President's Open Hour

Faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his open hour 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 301 Stratton Administration Center. President Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding KU. If you are planning to stop by, please call the Office of the President, 610-683-4101 to RSVP.

Office of the President

McFarland Student Union Closed Sunday, March 31

McFarland Student Union (MSU) is closed this Sunday, March 31.

Amanda Garcia, MSU Operations

University Senate Meeting

The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 202 Academic Forum. The agenda may be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the April 2024 SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate representative changes to senate@kutztown.edu.

Lisa Frye, University Senate

Volunteer Service Activity in Kutztown for Students and Student Groups

Calling all dog lovers to join the Borough of Kutztown Police Department's Dog Walker Watch program. Kutztown Police Department is organizing a community crime watch program that anyone may participate in while going about their daily business in town. Are you passionate about keeping our neighborhoods safe? Do you enjoy taking evening strolls with your furry companions? Then the Dog Walker Watch program may be just the right service activity for you. It is a community-based crime prevention program aimed at promoting safety and awareness in our neighborhoods. By participating, you become the extra eyes and ears of law enforcement helping to deter crime and keeping our streets safe. Why Participate? Connect with your neighbors and local law enforcement, learn valuable crime prevention tips and help create a safer community for everyone. To learn more, please bring your furry friends and join us 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, Kutztown Train Station, 232 Railroad Street, Kutztown, PA. For more information, please contact Corporal Sanchez at 610-683-3545, ext. 326 or email . Together we can make a difference.

Dr. Eric F. Johnson, History

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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 1 3:30 p.m. President Hawkinson Open Hour
301 Stratton
April 2 10 a.m. Human Library
Rohrbach Library
April 4 9 a.m. Law School Forum
218 MSU
April 4 11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday Presentation 
103 Wells-Rapp Center 
April 4 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting
202 Academic Forum

Date Time Event
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 (Stats)
April 2 1 p.m. Softball vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
April 2 6 p.m. Acrobatics and Tumbling vs. Caldwell
Keystone Arena (Video)


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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