Daily Brief

March 6, 2024

Geology Students Make Big Splash at Professional Conference

KU geology students represented 100% of the students attending the annual meeting of Pennsylvania Professional Geologists this year, making a significant impression on the industry professionals at the conference. Students Sierra Smart (SS), Maddy Will (MW), Jamie Cook (JC), Alayna Rea (AR) and Gabrielle D’Amore (GD) attended the workshop to prepare college students for professional life, as well as attended professional talks about geologic issues in the commonwealth. They ate lunch with the state geologist of Pennsylvania (Dr. Gail Blackmer) and networked with professional geologists, making connections for jobs and internships. They also observed that KU is a major provider of geologists in the mid-atlantic region, meeting KU alumni AJ Davis '07 (A), Jeff Christopher '07 (J), Sean Burns '15 (S), Brandon Stickler '14 (B1) and Brandon Trate '08 (B2) pictured here, plus others out of frame. Dr. Kurt Friehauf thought it was beautiful to see the different generations of KU geologists mixing so fluidly, sharing memories of their time in college and talking about life beyond classes – like the span of two decades of time fused together to blend into the present moment (higher resolution image here).

Kurt Friehauf, Department of Physical Sciences - Geology

Signe signing postcards from students.

Animator Signe Baumane's Visit to KU

Esteemed independent animator and director Signe Baumane visited KU Monday, Feb. 19 as the keynote speaker for the Equity in the Arts program. Her workshop and screening of her feature-length animated film, "My Love Affair With Marriage," was well attended by students and faculty. Students were engaged with the film, asked thoughtful questions and lined up at the end for personalized signed postcards from Baumane.

Liz Van Verth, Art and Design


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

Low pressure approaches the region and brings widespread rainfall. Most of the rain should hold off until the mid-afternoon. High temperature near 55.



Our deepest condolences are with Christine Hartline, medical records assistant, with the passing of her husband, Dick, who passed away Saturday, March 2. Expressions of sympathy for Christine and her family may be sent to the Health Center.

Mandi Volkert, Health and Wellness Services

Old Main - Domestic Water Emergency Repair

The water service feeding Old Main will be shut down 3 a.m. Saturday, March 9 to repair a water main leak. You may expect the water to be off most of the day. Water will be restored once the repairs have been completed. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Kyle Mills, Facilities

What Does it Mean to be a Woman? Juried Art Exhibition for Women's History Month 2024

What does it mean to be a woman? The juried art exhibition is in celebration of Women’s History Month and is on exhibit March 1-27, Rohrbach Library. The jurors, Dr. Katy Ballard and Sophia Villalobos, chose artworks from Kutztown University’s undergraduate submissions that responded to the question, "What does it mean to be a woman?" Dra. L.C. Sotomayor II, assistant professor of art education and Frederick Douglas Institute (FDI) Scholar, curated the art exhibition. The featured artists are Erika Moriarity, Alyson Witman, Brielle Fritz, Hailey Stumpo and Morgan Allen.

Dra. L.C. Sotomayor, Art Education

Spring Break Hours: Student Recreation Center

Spring break hours for the Student Recreation Center are:
 - Closed Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10.
 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 11-15.
 - Closed Saturday, March 16.
 - The Keystone Hall Pool will be closed March 9-16.
 - Regular hours resume 1-11 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

Tracy Turner, Student Recreation Center

Student Group Invitation to Accepted Student Reception

Calling all student clubs and organizations: the Admissions Office is hosting the annual "Accepted Student Day Reception" Saturday, April 6. We are looking for representatives from student clubs to join us in welcoming and mingling with prospective students. More than 400 prospective students will be in attendance - this is a great way to advertise your club. We are also looking for student groups featuring musicians, dancers and other types of performances to perform at the event. If your group is interested in attending, fill out the form below.

Abigail Cosgrove, Admissions

KU to Celebrate Women’s History Month with Keynote Speaker Chanel Miller

In honor of Women's History Month this March, Kutztown University is excited to announce a special event featuring Chanel Miller, a renowned writer and artist, as the keynote speaker as well as a series of events.

University Relations

Frederick Douglass Institute Lecture Series Presents Dr. SungEun Min

The Fredrick Douglass Institute cordially invites the campus community to our 2024-25 Lecture Series featuring esteemed FDI Scholar, Dr. SeungEun Min. Join Min as he delivers his lecture "The Korean Wave (Hallyu) 3.0: "Rethinking Eurocentric Education through South Korean Culture and Education" 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 7, Multicultural Center Unity Room. We will begin with refreshments, announcements and networking opportunities. Min's lecture will be 11-11:50 a.m., following a Q&A. Building on the momentum of Hallyu 2.0, defined by the spread of Korean pop culture via online platforms, this lecture series foresees the emergence of Korean Wave 3.0 (Hallyu 3.0). It asserts Korean education as a compelling force poised to contest the Eurocentric curriculum and instruction, challenging the Northern/Euro-centric dominance in global knowledge production in the field of education. Rooted in the personal narratives of a former South Korean elementary teacher, the lecture aims to provide insights and perspectives on this transformative wave. Don't miss this enlightening opportunity to delve into the evolving landscape of global education and cultural exchange. Join us as we rethink traditional paradigms and embrace the diversity of knowledge. For more information, email fdouglass@kutztown.edu or follow us on Instagram @ku_douglass_institute.

Dr. Amber Jean-Marie Pabon, The Frederick Douglass Institute

Rape, Aggression and Defense Training

Rape, Aggression and Defense (RAD) Training, provided by Public Safety and Police Services, is free to female students, faculty and staff. Training is scheduled for the following:
 - 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, 22A Old Main.
 - 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19,  Georgian Room, Old Main.
 - 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 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, KU Public Safety and Police Services

2024-25 Graduate Assistant Requests

Applications for graduate assistant requests are open for the 2024-25 academic year. While we will maintain the current number of centrally funded GA positions, there is an application process that is now required:
 - All GA position requests must use the "Graduate Assistant Request" form found here.
 - A separate application should be submitted for each position, even if the responsibilities are similar across positions.
 - Applications are due Friday, March 8. We will evaluate all submissions and make Fall 2024 GA appointments accordingly.

Melissa Lincoln, Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies


APSCUF/APSCURF Student Scholarship

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) will grant two $500 scholarships and The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculties (APSCURF) will grant two $350 scholarships to undergraduate students returning for Fall 2024. Recipients of the scholarships will be determined on the basis of their participation in campus service and solidarity activities, as well as their academic record. Please encourage your students to apply. For more information and instructions on how to apply, view the flyer at the link below. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 19.

Andrew Mashintonio, APSCUF Student Liaison Committee

Comp Conversations: Talking to Students About Language and Power

Teaching writing intersects in many ways with power. What are the acceptable forms, formats and phrases? In what contexts? Using the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s “This Ain’t Another Statement! This Is A DEMAND for Black Linguistic Justice” as a starting point, we’ll discuss how professors might address language, correctness and power in their classrooms 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 6 Rohrbach Library and Zoom.

Amy Lynch-Biniek, English

Contemporary Trends in Documentary Animation

The "Faculty First Thursday Presentation" will be held 11-11:50 a.m. for presentations and 11:50 a.m. to noon for Q&A Thursday, March 7, 120 Sharadin Arts Building. Jacob Rivkin, assistant professor, Art and Design, will present "Contemporary Trends in Documentary Animation." Documentary films often turn to talking head interviews or panning over photographs when bridging gaps in the archival record. However, animation as a medium, either within nonfiction films or as complete documentary projects, has the potential to weave together connections between the past and the present, directly and metaphorically, in more varied and creative ways. This presentation will explore how animation can be an essential aspect of storytelling in documentary narratives. From implementing techniques like colorfully designed characters, to mind-bending transitions between ideas, to experimental renderings and analog drawings, using animation in contemporary documentaries provides novel approaches to truth-telling. This free presentation is open to the entire university community and is presented by the Dean’s Office, College of Visual and Performing Arts. We look forward to seeing you there.

Joselyn Wynter, CVPA Dean's Office

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
March 6 All Day Miller Keystone Blood Drive
218 MSU
March 6 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Old Main Concourse
March 7 10:45 a.m. FDI Lecture Series: Dr. SeungEun Min
MCC Unity Room
March 7 11 a.m. Comp Conversation: Language and Power
6 Rohrbach and Zoom
March 7 11 a.m. Contemporary Trends in Documentary Animation
120 Sharadin
March 7 2 p.m. COE Dissertation Defense: Mara Thompson
245 Beekey
March 7 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting 
202 Academic Forum
March 7 6 p.m. Women's History Month Keynote Speaker: Chanel Miller
218 MSU


Hot-Shooting Women's Basketball Downs Mansfield Monday in PSAC First Round; KU at West Chester Wednesday Night

Third-seeded KU women's basketball held a consistent double-digit lead in the second half to take care of sixth-seeded Mansfield 66-48 Monday evening in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First Round game at Keystone Arena. Kutztown will now take on the two seed, West Chester, in the PSAC quarterfinal round 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at West Chester's Hollinger Fieldhouse.

Sports Information

Weinberg Wins Regional Title; Four Golden Bears Qualify for NCAA DII Wrestling Championships

Matthew Weinberg claimed the regional title at 184 lbs., while Dalton Gimbor, Bailey Gimbor and Wayne McIntyre all punched their ticket to nationals as the Kutztown University wrestling team finished third at the NCAA Super Region I Championships Saturday, March 2, Keystone Arena. The four Golden Bears heading to the NCAA DII National Championships tie the most the program has sent since joining Super Region I in 2011. Weinberg, the Gimbors and McIntyre will make the trip to Park City, Kan. March 15-16 to compete in the NCAA DII Championships at Hartman Arena.

Sports Information

Date Time Event
March 6 5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball at West Chester
PSAC Quarterfinals
West Chester, Pa. (Video | Stats)
March 8 Noon Baseball vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
March 9 11 a.m.  Women's Lacrosse vs. Tampa
Keystone Field (Video | Stats)
March 9 11 a.m. KU at NCAA DII Indoor Men's Track & Field Championships
Joe Jardin, Pole Vault
Pittsburg, Kan. (Video | Results)

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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