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May 4, 2017


The Daily Brief

Emma Billig
Emma Billig, of Kutztown, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award.  Billig is graduating this month with a degree in communication studies. She received the award for her outstanding service to the Kutztown University community. In a collaboration with fellow Copper Chambliss Award recipient Kayla Fusselman, Emma helped to write and publish a book on the history of Kutztown University. The book was highlighted throughout the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Billig's next project will be to write a children's book.

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

Emily Bogner
Emily Bogner, of Lancaster, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award.  Bogner graduated in December with a degree in geology. She received the award for her successfully completed research projects. Bogner has played a key role in a number of important research projects during her time at KU. She has traveled to Utah to conduct studies on quicksand conditions that trapped pre-historic Utahraptors and methane-generated mud volcanoes.  She also spearheaded a project involving Triassic microbial mats. Bogner's research has contributed to a number of international academic journals and her work involving the methane-generated mud volcanoes was presented at the National Geological Society of America Meeting in Vancouver.

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

L to R - Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. C. J. Rhoads ’82, Dr. George J. Zimmerman ’73, Dr. Morell D. Boone ’64 and Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean, College of Education at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony April 24.
L to R - Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. C. J. Rhoads '82, Dr. George J. Zimmerman '73, Dr. Morell D. Boone '64 and Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean, College of Education at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony April 24. 

Kutztown University College of Education recently honored three graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the inaugural year of the award. Receiving recognition were Dr. Morell D. Boone '64, Dr. C.J. Rhoads '82 and Dr. George J. Zimmerman '73.  Read the complete story here.

Dr. Hawkinson and Sylvia Conrad
Congratulations to Sylvia Conrad, Office of the Registrar, on being named KU Employee of the Month for March 2017.  Sylvia was nominated by Ben Trout.   Read Ben's nomination here.  




(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

11 a.m. College of Business Dean Open Forum, deFran 210
1 p.m. Baseball vs. Bloomsburg (DH), North Campus Field
2 p.m. William Mowder Retirement Reception, Sharadin Atrium
4 p.m. University Senate, AF 103
6 p.m. Philosophy Club, MSU 312
6 p.m. Clay Club Pet Therapy and Picnic, Sharadin 108
7:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble I Recital, Schaeffer Auditorium




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


Clouds will be on the increase throughout today as a pretty strong low pressure from the Tennessee Valley starts to move in from the west. That system will provide copious rain tomorrow. But as for today, just slowly clouding up, and remaining cool and crisp with highs around 64. Northeast breezes turning southeast.




Join the team, have fun and make a difference. Volunteers help to make this not just the Kutztown Folk Festival, but a true Kutztown community event. Your time and talent make a big difference to our visitors and to the success of the festival. As a volunteer, you are one of the most important people our visitors interact with.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out and submit the form below. Festival dates are July 1 - 9, 2017. Volunteer as little or as much as you would like. Volunteers can receive complimentary passes, apparel and food vouchers.

May 9, 1 - 3 p.m.
Please stop by the Old Main Lobby, next to the Women's Center, on May 9 from 1 - 3 p.m. and join in the celebration of the retirement of Claire Van Ens, Chair of Communication Studies, former director of Women's and Gender Studies, and former director of the Women's Center.  Bring your favorite Claire stories and help shower her with laughter and love.
                Mary J Bononno, University Senate

AFSCME 2234 members, please be advised of our Membership Meeting will be Monday, May 15, at 5 p.m. in MSU 223.  Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of every month.  Refreshment will be provided.  Please plan to attend and become involved in your union.
                Chris Ferris, Secretary Local 2234

Faculty, please encourage your students to consider summer sessions at KU.  Registration and information can be found at
Session I              May 30 - June 29
Session II             July 10 - Aug. 10
10 Week              May 31 - Aug. 10




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

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, 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

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.

May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Ensemble I will perform pieces written for the band, New York Voices, Gordon Goodwin and many others, Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kevin Kjos, director of jazz studies, at

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

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.
                                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




Due to rain in the forecast for Friday, the Golden Bears doubleheader against Bloomsburg has been moved up to today at 1 p.m.    


Softball at PSAC Championships, Quakertown, Pa.

Track & Field at PSAC Championships, Bloomsburg, Pa.

Thursday, May 4
1 p.m.   Baseball vs. Bloomsburg (DH) - North Campus Field (Live Stats)



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