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May 2, 2017


The Daily Brief

Chelsea Johnson, of Lititz, Pa., has been awarded a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award.

Chelsea Johnson, of Lititz, Pa., has been awarded a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award.  Johnson graduated in December 2016 as a biology major with a focus in organismal biology and ecology.  Johnson received the award for her successfully completed research projects. Johnson's research examined the physical health of migrating flocks of predatory birds along the Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania. For her research, she developed her own body condition index based on body mass and wing measurements and compare these measurements to over 37 years of data records. She has presented this research for Hawk Mountain, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America and both the North American Ornithologist Conference, located in Washington, D.C., and its international conference. Johnson has been recognized by the Commonwealth of Pa. University Biologists, Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society and the Eagle Hill Institute and has been named to the Dean's List at both Kutztown and Slippery Rock Universities. In the future, Johnson hopes to continue to study avian ecology and conservation at the graduate level.  

(Each Chambliss Award recipient will be individually featured in the Daily Brief throughout the next two weeks.)  

Samita Kafle and Matthew JunkerAbhimannyu Rimal and Carsten Sanders

Biochemistry majors Samita Kafle (left) and Abhimannyu Rimal presented their research projects entitled "Investigating the Roles of Essential Domains of Inhibitors of Apoptosis Protein (DIAP1) in the Inhibition of Caspase Function" and "Regulation of the Catalytic Activity of Cytochrome c Heme Lyase (CCHL) by a Conserved Glutamic Acid", respectively, at the 28th Annual Saint Joseph's University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium in Philadelphia on April 21. Kafle is shown with her research mentor Dr. Matthew Junker in front of her poster at the research meeting.  Rimal stands in front of his poster next to his research mentor Dr. Carsten Sanders.​    



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10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Clay Club's Spring Sale, OM Lobby
6 - 10 p.m. STEAMWorks Celebration, Rohrbach Library
7:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble II, SA




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


Any morning clouds and lingering showers should easily clear into at least partial sunshine as the day goes on today. It’ll be windy with speeds at times gusting past 20 mph. Highs in the upper 60s, which is right around normal for this time of year as high pressure moves in behind last evening’s cold front.

What does the rest of the week hold? Dr. Davis and Monsoon Mike did a Facebook ‘livestream’ yesterday on the ‘Kutztown University Radio’ page. Check the archive for details on our next rainmaker and perhaps some unseasonally cool temperatures. The broadcast archive is pinned to the top of the ‘Kutztown University Radio’ Facebook page at




Jazz Ensemble II, I and the Pop Ensemble will present concerts this week!  Jazz Ensemble II will play Ellington, Basie, Kenton and Sinatra among many others Tuesday, May 2.  KU Commercial Ensemble will play the music of the Beatles, John Mayer, Ray Charles, Buffalo Springfield, Amy Winehouse and others Wednesday, May 3 and finally Jazz Ensemble I will perform pieces written for the band, New York Voices, Gordon Goodwin and many others, Thursday, May 4.  All events begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium and are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kevin Kjos, director of jazz studies, at

These non-instructional positions are open on campus on our job board at


The Comptroller's office would like to remind campus that faculty and staff should not collect any monies unless authorized by the Comptroller's Office.  A link to the University's Collection of Funds (A&F-0002) is attached and can be found in the policy directory on the KU website.
                John Nadolski, comptroller

May 4, 2 p.m.
It's official! After 17 years of service to KU, Dr. William J. Mowder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, is retiring on June 1.  To celebrate, the university community is invited to stop by Sharadin Atrium Lobby on Thursday, May 4 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. for a slice of cake and to congratulate Bill on his retirement.
                Michelle Kiec, associate dean, CVPA

Attention Faculty: KU Campus Store has only received textbook adoption information for 45 percent of fall courses and 52 percent of summer courses. Submitting your adoption now makes it possible for students to receive fair cash value for their used books before they leave for the semester. This also allows them to pay it forward by putting used textbooks on the shelf for students who need them next semester. With no adoption, students will receive little to nothing for their textbooks. If you are not requiring a textbook for a course, we need to know that too. KU Campus Store website is a student resource for finding out what textbooks are required and optional for all of their courses. Thank you for submitting your textbook adoptions as soon as possible.
                KU Campus Store




May 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Clay Club will hold its Spring Sale in the lobby of Old Main. Spectacular ceramic artwork made by members of Kutztown's ceramics community will be offered for sale. These unique creations make great Mother's Day gifts.

PARTY! Celebrating our STEAMworks community
May 2, 6 - 10 p.m.
Food! Making! Fun! It's a reception for the artists who gave us the new STEAMworks mural! An awards ceremony for the zinesters who participated in the library's inaugural research prize! It's a screening of a film about an internationally ignored song stylist trapped between genders! And a grateful celebration of the many STEAMworkers and makers and visitors and visionaries who made our makerspace so fabulously fascinating this school year! The Mural! Jenna Kazmar and Logan Hanning at work! The coveted Zine Award: Its backstory 
                Robert Jensen, Rohrbach Library

May 3, 9 a.m.
Justin Price, senior forensics examiner, FBI Computer Analysis and Response Team, will be discussing the digital forensic program, capabilities, casework, a typical day and opportunities 9 - 9:50 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, 203 AF. Please feel free to also invite your students.
                Thiep Pham, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

May 3, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The computer science students will be presenting their senior projects on Wednesday, May 3 in MSU 223. The presentations will be 9:30 a.m. - noon and the poster session will be 1 - 3 p.m.. Please stop by to see computer science senior projects.
                Lisa Frye, chair, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

May 3, 2:30 p.m.
May 9, 2:30 p.m.
May 10, 3 p.m.
The search committee for director for First -Year Experience invites faculty, staff and students to open forums with the candidates for this position. Please consider joining us as your feedback is important to the search process. The candidate's resumes are available in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) Rohrbach Library 26 and also will be available at the open forum.
                                Wednesday, May 3         2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at MSU 183
                                Tuesday, May 9                 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at AF 101
                                Wednesday, May 10       3 - 4 p.m. at MSU 183
                Valerie Reidout, on behalf of the search committee for the director for First -Year Experience

May 4
The College of Business will host its fourth candidate for dean Thursday, May 4. The candidate's vita can be found at  (Kutztown University login credentials are required to access the link).
                College of Business

May 4, 4 p.m.
The next meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in 103 AF.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:45 p.m.
The agenda and attachments can be found on the Senate website by clicking on the following link:
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, University Senate

May 4, 6 p.m.
The Philosophy Club welcomes Dr. David Hershenov, Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo, to campus on Thursday, May 4.  Dr. Hershenov will present "The Moment that You Die and Cease to Exist" at 6 p.m. in MSU 312.
                Joseph Jedwab, club adviser; Laura Berkel, club president

May 4, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Clay Club will be hosting a Therapy Night and Picnic in the Ceramics Studio, 108 SH, and in the courtyard outside the studio. Everyone is invited to join us for Henna tattoos, pet therapy, hand massages, clay activities, and yoga. Veggie burgers and spring rolls will be available. Yoga will start at 7 p.m. - bring a towel.

April 24 - May  5
Open Enrollment for PASSHE benefits (non-PEBTF employees) will be held April 24 through May 5. Open Enrollment e-mails indicating "What's New for 07/01/17" were sent to employees on 04/21/17. The e-mail directs employees to the State System website for detailed plan information. All changes should be made through Employee Self-Service; no action is required if you wish to remain in the same medical plan and have no dependent changes. Changes made during the Open Enrollment window will have an effective date of July 1. 
                Jean E. Adam, benefits manager





Softball at PSAC Championships, Quakertown, Pa.

Track & Field at PSAC Championships, Bloomsburg, Pa.

Wednesday, May 3
3 p.m.   Baseball vs. Chestnut Hill - North Campus Field (Live Stats)

Friday, May 5
1 p.m.   Baseball vs. Bloomsburg (DH) - North Campus Field (Live Stats)



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