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May 9, 2016


The Daily Brief

2016 KU Commencement 

More than 1,300 graduates celebrated commencement exercises on Saturday.  To view photos from the events click on the links below.  Thank you to all for making the day a wonderful success.
Morning ceremony photos - Colleges of Business and Education
Afternoon ceremony photos - Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts


 James Sowerwine KU History 

The Department of History hopes you will join us in wishing long time professor Dr. James Sowerwine a very happy and well-earned retirement.  Jim is retiring effective this semester, and he will leave a huge hole in our hearts and in our curriculum!  No one taught the Middle East like Jim! History professors past and present gathered at Ozgoods last Thursday night to celebrate his long and successful career. Unfortunately, we ran out of time in the semester to have a cake and going away party for the university as a whole, but if you would like to wish him well, you may send him a card at: 206 S. Haas Street, Topton, PA 19562.
                Andrew B. Arnold, chair, History Department



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

We break the cycle of last week! High pressure provides for mostly sunny conditions. High temperature near 70. Winds west at 7-12 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.)

In May, 1867, Keystone State Normal School finishes its first school year with 263 men and 55 women enrolled.  While approximately 56 percent of teachers in Pennsylvania were women, in the Pa. German counties male teachers outnumber female three to one.   




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


Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, gifts and kindness following our house fire two weeks ago.  Joseph, the puppies and I are doing well and are adapting to our new way of life. We lost things but those can be replaced.  What we value the most we still possess.  I am very grateful to be a part of Kutztown University's caring campus community and feel blessed by the outpouring of love and support.  Thank you. 
Mary J Borst, Social Work and University Senate


On May 22, the Allentown Band will present its 11th Annual Side by Side Concert with 50 of the area's top high school musicians performing side by side with the Allentown Band for a public concert. Tickets $10.00 at the door. This year two separate Side the By Side Concerts will present the opportunity for over 100 high school musicians to work with the Allentown Band and internationally acclaimed Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij, who will share conducting responsibilities with Ronald Demkee on the concert. De Meij received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. His award-winning original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements have garnered international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world. His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings has been recorded by a myriad of ensembles that includes The London Symphony Orchestra. He currently maintains posts with both the New York Wind Symphony and the Kyushu Wind Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan. He is the appointed regular guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela - part of the celebrated Venezuelan educational system El Sistema. This will be his first Lehigh Valley engagement.


The summer construction season is quickly approaching and I wanted to make you aware of some of the projects that will be starting this week or soon thereafter that may affect your travel around campus.  Questions or concerns should be addressed to the identified Project Manager (PM).

Rohrbach Library Exterior Window Replacement. PM is Chris Scott,
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,
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,
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,
The residence hall will be closed for renovations until the Fall of 2017.

Rickenbach South End HVAC Upgrades.  PM is Bill Leech,
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,
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,

Lytle Lane Re-paving.  PM is Steve Wilson,
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,
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,
The eastern portion of the lot will be closed for re-paving.  Dates to be determined.


The fitness center area of the Student Recreation Center will be closed next week, May 9 - 13 due to a flooring project. We will however remain open with access to the track, basketball and racquetball courts. The building will open at 8 a.m. all next week with regular hours resuming on Monday, May 16, at 6 a.m. 


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.



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