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May 11, 2017


The Daily Brief

Karen L. Rauch
Dr. Karen L. Rauch has been named associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Rauch, who has served as interim associate dean since July 2015, has been with the university since 2001 and she served as chair of the Department of Modern Language Studies from 2010-2014.  In her new position, Rauch will be responsible for coordinating course schedules and faculty workloads for 14 departments, overseeing assessment for all departments in the college, awarding and tracking all college scholarships, advocating for students and offering academic support services.    Read the complete story here.


Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University; Emily Engleman; James Ludlow, president, Liquid Interactive, and member of the KU Council of Trustees
Photo:  L to R Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University; Emily Engleman; James Ludlow, president, Liquid Interactive, and member of the KU Council of Trustees

Liquid Interactive and Kutztown University announced the recipient of a scholarship from Liquid Interactive, Allentown, on Monday.  The recipient is Emily Engleman, a sophomore business administration major from Lancaster, Pa. The agreement, which was announced in December, will provide a one-time scholarship to a KU student interested in digital marketing.

The Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies recently celebrated our student award winners.
The Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies recently celebrated our student award winners.  They are: Marissa Linquist, Dean May, Rebecca Spencer, Matt Benvenuto, Michael Wasco, Tyrel Ward, Alex Plate, Cody Kimmel and Jenna Altomare.  Not pictured are Connor Herlihy and Peter Henninger.

Mike Tripoli and Jarrett Patterson Rohrbach Library award winners
Rohrbach Library presented its first award for Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration & Research last week. Six zinesters took honors for works of exceptional merit. Top prize winner Shar-Peibriel by Mike Tripoli (Biology and Communication Design, left) and Jarrett Patterson (Communication Design, right) was acclaimed for its graphic polish and its amusing story inspired by classical sources. The panel of judges included Jeanie Burnett (College of Education), Robyn Underwood and Allan Bäck (Liberal Arts & Sciences), Kevin McCloskey (Visual & Performing Arts), Martha Stevenson (Director of Library Services), and nationally known cartoonist/author Joan Reilly among others. The library presented Patterson and Tripoli with a five hundred dollar prize. In addition, they and two teams of runners-up each receive a full-color press run of their zines. Congratulations to all the students who participated; their collaborations will find a permanent home in the Zine Library facing Rohrbach's coffee shop.     



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9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Don't Throw that Out, Women's Center, OM 3




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


Increasing amounts of clouds throughout the day as a complex low pressure approaches the area from the Tennessee Valley, which will make Friday and the first part of the weekend quite ugly. A shower or two is possible in the afternoon today with highs in the mid-60s.




Kutztown University has registered with and been approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to provide a new financial planning undergraduate degree program. An independent certifying organization, CFP Board owns the CFP® and Certified Financial PlannerTM certification marks, which it awards to individuals who meet its education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements. Students completing the financial planning program at KU will have met the education requirement for CFP® Certification Examination administered by CFP Board. 
Read the complete story here.

The KU Student Success Team was formed in early April and meets weekly. President Hawkinson's charge for the team is to focus on retaining current students. Modeled on the work of Dr. Larry Abele at Florida State University (FSU), this team is empowered to take action to remove barriers that impede students' progress to graduation. The team will focus on impacting persistence of all students, but especially for student populations most at risk for attrition including African American students, Latino students, Pell recipients and first-generation college students. This approach resulted in a 90 percent retention rate and 65 percent four year graduation rate at FSU.

Members of the KU Student Success Team include:
Dr. David Beougher, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Mr. Terry Brown, Assistant VP for Facilities; Dr. Gil Clary, Assistant Provost for Faculty and Academic Administration; Mr. Matt Delaney, Acting Assistant VP for Administration and Finance; Ms. Jacqueline Fox, Assistant Director of Social Equity; Dr. Warren Hilton, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs; Dr. Andrea Kirshman, Associate Provost for Student Retention and Success; Ms. Susan Mangold, Student Assistance Coordinator; Mr. Bernard McCree, Director of Financial Aid; Dr. Ed Nieves, Faculty Chair of Department of Academic Enrichment; Ms. Desiree Reasoner, Director of Residence Life; Mr. Jerry Schearer, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Outreach; Dr. Jennifer Schlegel, University Senate Chair (Faculty); Mr. Ted Witryk, Registrar; Dr. Anne Zayaitz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society, on May 5: Stacey Hart, Shannon Golden, Robert Koch, Serena Mang, Diego Manzano-Ruiz, Karina Naugle, Charles Poli and Jordan Russial.

The Career Development Center would like to congratulate the following students on completing one of the Career Development certificates this semester! Career Success Certificate (Juniors/Seniors) - Amber Albert, Victoria Fulforth, Joseph Garcia, Kimberly Groff, Ashraf Hassan, Victoria Hildebrandt, Samantha Kahres, Ashley Minnig, Stacy Strauss, Lauren Szkolnicki and Joeylynn Woodring. Career Exploration Certificate (Freshmen/Sophomores) - Alexis Barr and Shauna Carty.



Below you will find events scheduled for the current week.  Events further out are located in the "In Case You Missed It" section.  If you don't see your event, please submit it to us at

The Communication Design department announces the opening of "Evolve", the MFA design show.  The show is on view from through May 12.

May 8 - 12
The Women's Center is again sponsoring Don't Throw That Out from May 8 - 12. The following donations will be accepted: food, personal care items, toys, clothing (no winter clothing), art supplies, paper goods and cleaning supplies. Items can be dropped off at the Women's Center Oasis, Old Main 3, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at Residence Hall donation boxes.

May 12
Dorney Park and Kutztown University have collaborated in the development of an educational experience that will benefit the children of the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We call it Thrill U. Our goal is to provide a stimulating and challenging exploratory experience for high school students. KU will once again participate in a collaborative project that engages future teachers in serious work with leading educators and the community. For science and mathematics teachers, this represents a living classroom replete with experiential activities and a forum for examining the connections between theory and practice. For Dorney Park, this is an opportunity to showcase their outstanding amusement park. No math or physics knowledge required to volunteer! We extend to you the opportunity to participate in our annual Thrill U day that will be held on May 12.  For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Elias at

May 15, 5 p.m.
AFSCME 2234 members, please be advised of our Membership Meeting on Monday, May 15, at 5 p.m. in MSU 223. We will be discussing changes to our local constitution. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month. Refreshments will be provided. Please plan to attend and become involved in your union.
                Chris Ferris, Secretary Local 2234

May 17
On May 17, Tomlinson Bomberger will be on campus to complete our annual spring fertilizer and weed control application. They will start around 6:30 a.m. Please avoid walking across turf areas until they have dried. Depending on the weather on that day, the turf is typically dry within 30 minutes of the application being finished. A rain date has not been scheduled. Should the application be postponed because of rain, a new date will be posted in the Daily Brief. Thank you for your patience.

May 20
Please be advised of the campus wide electrical shutdown on May 20. Old Main will lose power at 2 a.m. and the entire campus will lose power at 6 a.m. Power will be restored to the entire campus by noon on May 20. There are numerous generators on campus that will be enabled during the shutdown, however, some generators provide power to the entire building while others may only power emergency lighting. Please contact me if you require additional information.
Thank you for your cooperation.
                Thomas Green, Facilities Energy Management and Campus Utilities



The Kutztown University softball team has earned its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. KU is the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Region and looks ahead to a first-round matchup against No. 6 Bloomsburg University on Thursday, May 11, at noon at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  You can watch the Golden Bears online by visiting the link below.  *Note: Video stream is free, but requires fans to create a free account before game.
Tournament Central (Live Links, Directions, Bracket)



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