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May 3, 2016

 

The Daily Brief

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists 2016 

KU BIOLOGY STUDENTS PRESENT AT THE 47TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY BIOLOGISTS
Please join the Biology Department in celebrating the achievements of the following Biology major students who presented their research at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists (CPUB) held at Millersville University of Pennsylvania on April 16, 2016: David Grow, Antonina Esposto (platform presentations); Alyssa Boswell, and Christie Ellis (poster presentations).   More kudos to David Grow who was honored as the KU CPUB Outstanding Student.  The following research advisors attended the meeting with the students:  Drs. Dan Aruscavage, Marilyn Baguinon, and William Towne. 
                Dr. Marilyn C. Baguinon, KU Biology Department CPUB Director
 


 


Brittany Larkin Penn-Del AER Student of the Year Education Scholarship

LARKIN AWARDED ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION OF THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENT OF THE YEAR EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP 
KU education major Brittany Larkin has been awarded the Pennsylvania - Delaware Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Penn-Del AER) Student of the Year Education Scholarship.  Larkin is a junior from Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pa.  She competed against graduate students and working professionals for the award.  This is the second year in a row that a Kutztown University student has won the award.  The Penn-Del AER Scholarship was designed to reward one outstanding university student with a merit scholarship. Applicants need to be AER members, enrolled in a full or part-time program, and majoring in the following certification areas: Low Vision Therapist, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Rehabilitation Counseling, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, or Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, as well as live or work within Pennsylvania or Delaware.

 

TODAY'S EVENTS

(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

10 a.m.

College of Education Dean Candidate Open Forum, MSU 183

 

 

TODAY'S WEATHER

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

Remember that gorgeous stretch of about two weeks of sunshine back in mid-April? Yeah, that's all it is. A memory. We're now in a seemingly similarly long stretch of dreary weather, but if this is any solace, we need the rain! Mostly cloudy skies today with rain showers or a few periods of rain throughout the day. Cool with highs in the low 60s. Also, check out the latest edition of "Weather & Climate Chat" with Monsoon Mike & Dr. Michael Davis. When does the sun ever return? Find out here: https://youtu.be/H4-hpdXCMqY
 

 

THE SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

THIS MONTH IN KU HISTORY

(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 3, 1995:  Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speaks to an invitation-only audience at KU's sixth annual Decision Makers Forum.  She met privately with students for a panel discussion before making her speech.  She speaks of democracy since the fall of communism and what it was like to be the first female prime minister. 
 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU FROM GUIDO PICHINI '74
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved in President Hawkinson's inauguration, and for making my receipt of an honorary doctorate a very special day.  I don't think that the event could have been handled in a more professional manner. My family and friends could not stop extolling how well things were handled....from the parking, to the staff that greeted and helped the guests access the various locations......I thought that the entire day went extremely well, and I am grateful to all who made it possible.   I know the challenges associated with planning and implementing an inauguration, and the entire KU team stepped up to make it all happen.  Kudos to all involved!
                Guido M. Pichini '74, chairman, PASSHE Board of Governors 




  

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DEAN SEARCH CANDIDATES
May 3 and 5
Candidates for the position of Dean in the College of Education will visit campus over the next few weeks. Please view the website below for candidate information and a schedule of open forums available to students, faculty and staff. Candidates' names and curricula vitae will be posted before their visit to campus.
http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/education/dean-search.htm
May 3 ­ Candidate 3
May 5 ­ Candidate 4




  

UNIVERSITY CONTRACT COMMITTEES ELECTION RESULTS
The results of the spring 2016 election for University Contract Committees have been verified. The results follow:

University Tenure Committee: Four (4) members to serve two (2) year term
Lisa Weckerle (Communication Studies)
Duane Crider (Sports Management & Leadership Studies)
Aimee Adams (Counseling & Psychological Services)
Carissa Pokorny-Golden (English)

University Promotion Committee: Two (2) members to serve two (2) year term
                A special election will be run in fall 2016 to fill the final open position for a two (2) year term.
Lynn Kutch (Modern Language Studies)
Yun (Amy) Lu (Mathematics)

University Sabbatical-Leave Committee: Four (4) members to serve two (2) year term; Two (2) members to serve one (1) year term.

Two (2) year term:
Patricia Kelleher (History)
Gregory Hanson (Modern Language Studies)
Rose DeSiano Galjanic (Fine Arts)
Ann Lemon (Communication Design)

One (1) year term:
Judith Rauenzahn (Psychology)
Jonathan Kremser (Criminal Justice)




 

SUMMER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
The summer construction season is quickly approaching and I wanted to make you aware of some of the projects that will be starting the week of May 9, 2015 or soon thereafter that may affect your travel around campus.  Questions or concerns should be addressed to the identified Project Manager.

Rohrbach Library Exterior Window Replacement.  PM is Chris Scott, scott@kutztown.edu
To safely accommodate work at the Main Entrance it will be closed from 5/9/16 through 5/27/16.  During this time you will need to use the rear entrance on the North side of the building to enter/exit.  Please follow posted detours.

Graduate Center Exterior Masonry Repair.  PM is Chris Scott, scott@kutztown.edu
To safely accommodate work at the Main St. entrance to the facility, it will be closed from 5/9/16 until the project is completed in early August.  During this time the rear (North) entrance to the building will remain open and should be used to enter/exit the facility.

SDH Renovations.  PM is Jeff Mosser, mosser@kutztown.edu
The SDH will remain closed for renovations through the summer.  The second floor will re-open on a limited basis on June 25 in support of Conference Services.  The facility will re-open for full services in mid to late August.

Deatrick Hall Renovations. PM is Chris Scott, scott@kutztown.edu
The residence hall will be closed for renovations until the Fall of 2017.

Rickenbach South End HVAC Upgrades.  PM is Bill Leech, leech@kutztown.edu
Six classrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors of the south end of the building will be off-line while a new HVAC system is installed.

Boehm Rooms 306 & 308.  PM is Chris Scott, scott@kutztown.edu
Both rooms will be offline for the summer while renovations are performed to install a Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer.

Roof Replacement at the Academic Forum.  PM is Chris Scott, scott@kutztown.edu

Lytle Lane Re-paving.  PM is Steve Wilson, wilson@kutztown.edu
Between May 9th and 23rd Lytle Lane will be closed from North Campus Drive to the Academic Forum for paving.

Admin Lot F1 Re-surfacing.  PM is Steve Wilson, wilson@kutztown.edu
The southern portion of the lot closest to the stadium will be closed for re-paving.  Dates to be determined.

Lytle Lot A5 Re-paving.  PM is Steve Wilson, wilson@kutztown.edu
The eastern portion of the lot will be closed for re-paving.  Dates to be determined.




  

OPEN ENROLLMENT STATE SYSTEM HEALTH BENEFITS
Open Enrollment for State System health benefits (non-PEBTF) will be held April 25, 2016 through May 6, 2016. This is your annual opportunity to enroll in a health plan, waive coverage, change health plans and add or remove covered dependents. Information is available on the State System website. Please be sure to select the correct employee group. Changes to coverage should be made via the Employee Self Service portal.
                Jean Adam, benefits manager




  

VOLUNTARY GROUP LIFE INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT
A "Special" Open Enrollment window for Voluntary Group Life Insurance for all "eligible" employees will be held from April 25, 2016 through May 6, 2016 for an effective date of July 1, 2016.  Eligible Employees may elect up to one times their annual salary without evidence of insurability (EOI).    Employees can also elect to enroll or increase spousal group life insurance:  For currently enrolled spouses, an additional $5,000 in coverage; for new spousal enrollments, up to $10,000 without evidence of insurability.  Employees may elect more than those coverage amounts but enrollment would be dependent upon CIGNA's underwriting approval.  *NOTE:  Employees must be enrolled in coverage for spousal enrollment.  For additional information on voluntary employee and spouse life insurance, please refer to the State System voluntary insurance webpage.  Employees should use Employee Self Service (ESS) to enroll or increase employee / spouse life insurance during this special enrollment event.
                Jean Adam, benefits manager




 

MILITARY FAMILY APPRECIATION MONTH
May is Military Family Appreciation Month. This is a time to honor the sacrifices of our military families, they sustain and support the Service members who defend our Nation.  On behalf of the Office of Veterans Services, Thank you.




  

PET THERAPY DAY
Tomorrow, May 3, students can come and de-stress with fun pets and animals at 10 a.m. in MSU 218.




 

TECH TUESDAYS: DID YOU KNOW...?
You can copy your course content to another course shell? With the end of the semester upon us, the Fall 2016 semester is undoubtedly in the back of your mind! If you are teaching the same course, or even if you want to reuse some of your course content, you can quickly copy the content into your new course. You can always copy all content, or just select items. Content can be copied between any two courses in which you have an instructor role. The Copy Course Contents Guide outlines the process of copying course content.
Need more information about working with D2L? Visit our Faculty Resource Page for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education

 

 

GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS

Chad Barton 2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society 

  

BARTON NAMED TO NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION HAMPSHIRE HONOR SOCIETY
Redshirt-senior quarterback Chad Barton of the Kutztown University football team was recently named to the 2016 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.  Read his story here.
 


  

KU SOFTBALL GETS AT-LARGE BID TO NCAA TOURNAMENT
The wait is over and the season continues for Kutztown University softball. KU earned an at-large bid and the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic Region Tournament, and will face No. 3 West Chester University in a First Round matchup on Thursday, May 5, at 12 p.m. at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. 
Get all the details here.




  

TWO KU FOOTBALL PLAYERS GIVEN NFL OPPORTUNITY
Two Kutztown University football players will get their shot at the next level. Wide receiver Anthony Kelly signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, while running back Terry Williams was invited to rookie minicamp by the New York Giants.  Read their story here.





GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS HONORS STUDENT ATHLETES
Kutztown University athletic teams announced their MVP's and Coaches Award honorees on April 26, at the annual All-Sports Banquet held inside O'Pake Field House.  Reading the story here

 

 


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