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May 12, 2017


The Daily Brief

Dr. Karen L. Rauch has been named associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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.    


Wolfmeyer Sirrakas and Emdin
Dr. Wolfmeyer at the Routledge booth in AERA's book exhibit hall, next to his latest book Mathematics Education: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2017). Dr. Sirrakos with his co-editor Dr. Emdin at the Sense Publishers booth in AERA's book exhibit hall.  They are holding a copy of their newest book Between the World and the Urban Classroom (Sense, 2017).

At the 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting April 27 to May 1 in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. George Sirrakos and Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer both presented their works through peer review and had their most recent books on display in the AERA book exhibit hall.  

Dr. Sirrakos presented 3 pieces of work and had his book signing for Between the World and the Urban Classroom, which sold out in the book exhibit. The three papers he presented were titled "Refraining Access to STEM for Urban Students of Color", "Development and Validation of the Questionnaire Assessing Connections to Science (QuACS)", and "Exploring Reality Pedagogy Through Students' Perceptions of the Learning Environment and Attitudes Toward Science".  

Dr. Wolfmeyer was the chair for (Re)Considering STEM Education for Social Justice and Sustainability in which he also presented a paper titled "Technology and Early Childhood Education: A Look at Disrupting Racist Frameworks." He presented a poster titled "Continuing the Spiral: Ecofeminism, Eco-Justice, and Mathematics Education" and was a discussant for a session titled To Hell with Good Intentions: Illich and AERA. His most recent book with Routledge Math Education: A Critical Introduction also sold out in the book exhibit.  

Robert Ziegenfus and Richard Courtney
L to R: Dr. Robert Ziegenfus and Dr. Richard Courtney
At the May 4, 2017 initiation ceremony for GTU, Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, former faculty of the K.U. Department of Geography and founding member of the Gamma Psi chapter of GTU, graciously presented to the Department the original Gamma Psi Charter of February 10, 1965. Dr. Ziegenfus had the charter beautifully framed for display in the Department office. The members of Gamma Psi gratefully acknowledge this gift.
                Dr. Richard Courtney, chair, Department of Geography  

Who Got Beef
Rohrbach Library presented its first award for Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration & Research last week. Six zinesters took honors for works of exceptional merit. First runner-up Who Got Beef?, by Matthew Diaz (Psychology) and Zeke Kitchen (Electonic Media) introduces readers to some of hip-hop's notable feuds. 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.  



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9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Don't Throw that Out, Women's Center, OM 3
5 p.m. Graduate Commencement, O'Pake Fieldhouse
6 p.m. Residence Halls Close




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


As weak low pressure skirts south of us, high pressure will remain in place for the day Friday. Increasing moisture ahead of the next system will produce a thick layer of stratus. High temperature near 60. Winds east at 5-9 mph.

Commencement looks rainy as low pressure moves in from the west. Expect cloudy conditions and periods of moderate to heavy rainfall.




Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m - Masters-level degrees for all colleges
Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. - College of Education and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. - College of Business  and College of Visual and Performing Arts
Doors open 90 minutes prior to each event. 
To watch a live stream of the events visit

The new KU pocket folders have arrived. Over the years, departments have ordered or picked up folders through the Office of University Relations. Beginning today, please place folder orders through the Materials Reservation system (via as you would other items such as letterhead, envelopes, etc. Please note the folders will cost $0.25 each or $43.75 for a box of 175, and the inventory number is 23071.
                Camille DeMarco, Publications

Please be advised there will be an electrical contractor upgrading the street lights on South Campus Drive Monday and Tuesday, May 15 and 16. South Campus Drive will not be closed to traffic while the work is being completed.
                Thomas Green, Facilities Energy Management and Campus Utilities


South Dining Hall 2nd floor 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
1st floor closed
Starbucks MSU 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cub Cafe MSU 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Book & Brew Library 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Academic Grounds AF 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
International Eatery AF 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Chick-fil-A AF 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Forum Food Court AF 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Smoothies Rec Center closed


Did you know that by sending your copy jobs (tests, course materials, hand-outs, etc.) to the KU Print Center the cost is less than using your department's copier? Also, it will keep the copier open for quick copy needs (1 - 25 copies). We can handle last minute requests and provide same day service and delivery. You can simply email us the files and instructions or use the online ordering site.
                Your KU Print Center Team




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 won its opening NCAA Tournament game Thursday on its ability to bunt. It took the lead on a squeeze-play in the second, and broke a tie with a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error to score the runner from first base as KU rolled to a 2-1 victory over Bloomsburg University at West Virginia Wesleyan's Culpepper Field.  The win avenged a sizeable KU loss to Bloomsburg last week at the conference championships, and sends KU to the winner's bracket tomorrow, Friday, May 12, at 10 a.m. against the winner of West Virginia Wesleyan. 
*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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