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May 6, 2016


The Daily Brief

Atrium Sculpture ContestAtrium Sculpture Contest Osle  L to R; Emily Pellini (finalist from Millersville University), Vice Chancellor Peter Garland, Chancellor Brogan, Josh Cox (finalist from Kutztown), Emma Osle (finalist from Kutztown. Not pictured Zhane Warner Duncan, finalist from East Stroudsburg University.  Emma Osle receiving the award from Peter Garland, PASSHE Vice Chancellor.

Fine Arts Junior Emma Osle won the Dixon Center Atrium Sculpture Contest.  This biennial contest solicits proposal from State System art students to propose a suspended sculpture to build and install in the atrium of the Dixon Center.  The winning sculpture remains on view for 2 years.  The winner receives a $1000 prize plus $1000 for materials to build the sculpture.  Emma's proposal will be on view beginning Fall 17.


Claire Santa Oxfam CHANGE
Claire Santa, a junior Bio/Molecular Cell major, was one of 50 students selected nationwide to participate in Oxfam America's CHANGE Initiative Program to be held July 23-28 at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. Selection to the CHANGE Initiative Program is highly selective and prestigious. Claire is the president-elect of Oxfam America at KU and has been actively involved in the group's many endeavors. Please join me in congratulating her on this achievement.


Alpha Phi Sigma
Twenty-five criminal justice majors who were inducted as the 2016 members of the KU's KAPPA ALPHA Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma) on April 19, 2016.



KU Mathematics Awards 2016Kappa Mu Epsilon 2016
Please join the Department of Mathematics in recognizing the following students' achievements, which were recognized at our graduation celebration on April 29:

Nathaniel Benjamin, Mugridge Research Symposium Silver Medal & Kryptos cryptanalysis competition TURING level of achievement

Dylan Gaspar, Mathematics Undergraduate Research Award

Richard Lichtenwalner, J. Dwight Daugherty Award

Laura Myers, Kappa Mu Epsilon Award

Kevin Ruppert, Mathematics Award & William Lowell Putnam Competition & Kryptos cryptanalysis competition TURING level of achievement

Danielle Sienko, Mugridge Research Symposium Bronze Medal

Jiao Xu, Mathematics Scholarship & Mugridge Research Symposium Gold Medal

Casey Charterina, Jacob Christ, Odysseus Fox, Logan Hartman, Jacob Kramer, Lisa Lawson, Jiao Xu, and Guozhi Zhang were inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society.



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11 a.m.

Softball in NCAA Second Round, Charleston WV (See below for details)

6 p.m.

Residence Halls Close




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

Rainy day in store as the omega block holds and low pressure develops off the Delaware coast. This week has been for the ducks! Periods of rain throughout the day. Rain could be heavy at times. High temperature in the mid-50s. Winds northeast at 5-9 mph. Rainfall between .75-1".




(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 6, 1989:  Dr. David E. McFarland is inaugurated as the 10th president of Kutztown University.  The week of events is kicked off with a concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony. 



Kutztown University will initiate summer hours beginning May 9, 2016, the Monday following commencement. These hours will remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch. Anyone who has a need to maintain the normal winter hours may submit a request through their supervisory line. Approval for such a request will be at the vice presidential level.

In addition, President Hawkinson encourages everyone to show their Golden Bear pride all summer long by wearing your maroon and gold or other appropriate casual clothing every day.  Every day is spirit day this summer!
                Gerald L. Silberman, vice president for Administration and Finance



The following non-instructional vacancies are available on campus.  These positions are open for current employees only.

Maintenance Repairman 2 - HVAC/Electrical
Posting End Date: 5/20/2016

Custodial Worker 1 - 2nd shift
Posting End Date: 5/10/2016

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


ANNUAL FIRE ALARM TESTING will be conducted in the university's education and general purpose buildings, during the next several weeks. This testing is performed to ensure the alarm and mass notification systems are properly functioning. While every effort has been made to schedule this testing around classes, events and other special activities during the daytime hours, test technicians will also be conducting testing during the evenings and some Saturdays due to unavoidable conflicts during the weekday. We appreciate your cooperation while we ensure our life safety systems are operating optimally.
                Jeffrey LaGamba, CET, assistant director, Environmental, Health and Safety



Volunteers play a key role in the success and longevity of the Kutztown Folk Festival. Volunteer greeters meet guests with a "hello" and a smile as they enter the Festival gates. Hand out daily programs, answer questions and assist with directions. If you have a few hours available, why not join the team and make a difference! Volunteers can receive complimentary admission passes, apparel and food vouchers. If interested please visit


May 6 is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Military spouses embody strength, loyalty, and commitment. They stand beside those who stand behind our flag, giving their all and making tremendous sacrifices. They shoulder the burdens of countless moves and stressful deployments, and they uphold their end of the bargain. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate the force behind the force and show these home front heroes the full support of a grateful Nation.
                Office of Veterans Services


KU Campus Store - Today only! 20% off all KU apparel and gift items for the first Friday of May! Time to gear up for summer Spirit Days!


I am very sorry to announce the passing of Maryanna Niemczyk on Tuesday, May 3. Professor Niemczyk was in the nursing department 1982-1998. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 10, at Immaculate Conception Church, Douglasville, Pa., visitation at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m.
                Claire Andrews, retired faculty


Family and friends are invited to a public visitation on Monday evening, May 9, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown. Funeral services and burial in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown, will be private at the convenience of the family.  The family requests contributions be made in Jeffrey's memory to the Jeffrey Y. DeLong Memorial Fund c/o Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 292, Kutztown, PA 19530-0292, to benefit local charitable organizations.

Read Jeffery's obituary here.


KU Campus Store - From now through May 6, stop by KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace to take advantage of our dot sale clearance event! Grab some gear for the best prices!
                Andrea Tremper, marketing coordinator and graphic designer



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



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




The Kutztown University softball team was down but not out as the Golden Bears went on a five-run, seventh-inning rally to steal their opening game of the Atlantic Regional, 5-4, against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival West Chester University on an overcast Thursday afternoon at the University of Charleston Softball Field.  Entering the game, West Chester (47-8) was undefeated against Kutztown, holding a 4-0 advantage in the regular season.  KU improved to 5-0 against WCU all-time in the NCAA Tournament.  With the win, KU will play the winner of Lock Haven/Charleston, a game that was called due to weather late last evening in a 0-0 tie.   They will finish that game at 10 a.m. today.  KU will play at 11 a.m. today, May 6, in the next round of the double-elimination regional tournament. 
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