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May 18, 2016


The Daily Brief

KU Bookstore Clearance Dot Sale Extended 

KU Campus Store - We've extended our clearance event through the month of June! Stop by in-store to grab your KU gear for summer spirit days. Discounted while supplies last. 



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

Low pressure will move to our south. Slight chance of a morning shower. Shower threat will end by late morning and skies should become partly sunny by afternoon. High temperature in the mid 60s. Winds north at 6 mph.




(Historical facts have been compiled from the KU Archives and Special Collections of the Rohrbach Library; the archives of the Keystone; Kutztown Patriot, Allentown Leader and Reading Eagle; and Beacon on the Hill by Dr. Lee Graver.)

May 18, 1949:  Dr. James S. Grim, a professor of biological science at Keystone State Normal School and Kutztown State Teachers College for 45, passes away.  Grim was a pioneer in the study of science at the school.  He is also known for accidentally releasing an alligator on campus.  The story below is from the Keystone Patriot.  The alligator, which did not survive the cold November weather, was found in the bushes outside of what is today the Multicultural Center. 

Some time ago a friend of the Keystone State Normal School sent from the southland to Dr. James S. Grim, professor of biology, a live alligator. This grim saurian was studied in class. Then it was taken to Dr. Grim's house for safe keeping and preservation for further study of its habits. As is well known reptiles of this sort are amphibious. So from time to time, his alligatorship had to be put in a tub of water. Several days ago the 'gator became restless. So he was put in his tub. But, by and by, when watchful eyes were averted, he got out of the tub and went - no one knows whither. Whether he struck for the Saucony and reaching it is now disporting in its waters or whether he has paddled his way down that stream and into Ontelaunee, thence into the Schuylkill and may now be nearing Reading on his way to the sea and his southern home, or is only hiding in some out of the way place in the premises, no one knows. His whereabouts are a mystery which no amount of searching has to this time solved. Fearing that at any time he may emerge from some hiding place, mothers of little folks on Normal Hill are especially watchful of their children now-a-days. For the recapture of the scaly saurian, the doctor has offered a reward, which all the older urchins in the neighborhood of the Normal are trying by diligent search for the creature to win. At present writing the reward has not been won or demanded.



The following non-instructional vacancy is available on campus.  This position is open for current employees only.

Administrative Assistant 1 / HR Associate
Human Resources
Posting End Date: 5/23/2016

Internal positions are posted at Please direct any questions and comments to or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources


During the summer the Facilities Department has hired two engineering interns from PSU to help us update our deferred maintenance information for the campus buildings.  To complete this work they will be traveling through all of the buildings on campus so we wanted you to be aware of their presence and what they are doing.  Their names are Joshua Walker and Daniel Keller and they have been supplied with ID badges.  If you see them please welcome them to KU.
                Terry D. Brown


The following camps/conferences will be on campus from May 20 - 26:

05/23/16 - 08/04/16

Lehigh Valley Velodrome

05/27/16 - 05/29/16

AFBE Basketball Tournament

Please make them feel welcome on our campus.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Conference Services (x31359). 
                Terry Sitler, director, Conference Services  



4x800M Relay Team Wins PSAC Title
Kutztown University's men's 4x800m relay team made history for the second straight year at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Last year, a school-record was set. Saturday, that record was broken again in a title-winning run at Mansfield University. The quartet of Naeb Mengisteab, Devonte King, Andrew Thompson and Jared Luckanitz turned in the best relay of their careers Saturday. They won the race by more than two seconds with a final time of 7:45.28, breaking last year's school-record that Mengisteab and Thompson were a part of in a second-place run.
Read the complete story here.




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