Daily Brief

May 12, 2022

President Hawkins with graduation student dressed in cap and gown

Senior Send Off

President Hawkinson and the KU Foundation hosted the Senior Send Off Saturday, raising a toast to this weekend's Class of 2022. Follow commencement coverage this weekend at https://www.kutztown.edu/Commencement2022.

University Relations

two pieces of Professor Emeritus James Malenda metal art work. Sculptures of gears with blue and green

Professor Emeritus Art Collection

Professor Emeritus James Malenda, who taught in the Department of Art Education and Crafts for 27 years, has recently had nine of his metal and enamel works placed in the permanent collection of five major museums throughout the U.S.A. The Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, California, which is dedicated to the promotion, awareness, understanding and appreciation of modern enameling as a vibrant art form, has placed these works in: The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Arkansas Museum of Fine Art, Little Rock, Arkansas; and The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California.

University Relations

German Honor Society inductees: Claire Sprang, Lauren Pash

MLS Inducts Students into German Honor Society

The Department of Modern Language Studies is pleased to publicly congratulate its 2022 German Honor Society inductees: Claire Sprang, Lauren Pash and Gwen Rearich (not pictured). Please join all the MLS faculty in congratulating these students.

Dawn Slack, Modern Language Studies

Robert Mineo 2022 PASBDC State Star

Robert Mineo, the Financing Assistance Program director at Lehigh University SBDC, was announced as the 2022 State Star for Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (PASBDC). Mineo first joined the Pennsylvania SBDC as a graduate student at Lehigh University, and then joined the team full time after graduation. Since then, he has utilized his tenure with the PASBDC to become a crucial member of the Lehigh SBDC and PASBDC network as a whole. "Rob represents our more than 100 business consultants across the commonwealth through his passion for helping entrepreneurs start, grow and prosper. Rob has established himself as one of our outstanding experts and top producer of helping clients acquire capital," said PASBDC director Ernie Post. Prior to this year’s State Star Award, Mineo’s excellence in the financial sector has won him many awards during his time at the PASBDC. Since 2014, when he won his first PASBDC capital award, he has ranked at or very near the top of the entire network every year in total capital and/or number of loans secured. Each year, America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Network recognizes top performers nationwide at its annual conference. A special presentation honoring the ASBDC 2022 State Stars will be held during the national conference this September.

Francene Dudziec, Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center


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History Awards and Honor Society Induction

The Department of History's year-end celebration was held April 21. Congratulations to all.
Phi Alpha Theta history honor society inductees: Corrie Baker, Morgan Bentley, Thomas Brown '21, Alyssa Casaleno, Sienna Cowley, Robert Crites, Adam Dolga, Kevin Donton, Amelia Fair, Cameron Flynn, Josh Lamanna, Brandon Micciche, Lauren Pash and Emma Streb.
Scholarship winners:
- Mazzaferri: Maria Angeles-Molinelli, Kevin Donton and Emma Streb
- Victor Story: Margaret Carroll
- Esther Willits: Anthony Batista
- Yashek: Kaylee Pfeiffer
Senior awards winners:
- Beck American History Award: Angie Hernandez
- Mazzaferri Award: Nathan Burleigh
- Martin Luther King Jr. Award: Julivette Torres '21
- Outstanding Seniors: Kendre Hone, Nora Harrison, Louis Cosmi, Carly LaRiviere and Lauren Pash

Michael P. Gabriel, Department of History

CS&IT Best Capstone Project Award

The Best Capstone Project award is announced every semester by the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CS&IT) based on the projects evaluated by CS&IT faculty. CS&IT senior students work on these projects for two semesters and then present those in a school event at KU. There were five projects presented Thursday, May 5 and there was a tie between two teams. Therefore, both teams were announced as winners of the award. Dr. Lisa Frye, the department chair, presented the award to the winners in a small ceremony held Wednesday, May 11. The winner projects/teams are:
- Splat Studio (Anastasia Gill, Tyler Laudenslager, Tyler Nazzaro)
- YouVents (Andrew Gendy, Andrew Zammetti, Travis Bubb)
Congratulations to both teams.

Tauqeer Hussain, Department of Computer Science & Information Technology

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
May 12 9 a.m. Faculty Well-being Event
Concourse, Old Main
May 13 5 p.m. Graduate Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse
May 14 9 a.m. COE & CLAS Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse
May 14 2 p.m. COB & VPA Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse
May 16 5 p.m. AFSCME 2234 Membership Meeting
203 Academic Forum


Softball Gears Up for NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Atlantic Regional softball tournament is coming back to North Campus Field. For the second straight year, No. 20 Kutztown softball received the top seed in the region and will host a four-team pod in regionals, beginning Thursday, May 12. The No. 1 seeded Golden Bears (37-13 overall) will take on No. 8 Fairmont State in the opening game of the tournament 11 a.m. Thursday. The second game of the day will be between the two other teams in the pod, No. 4 Mercyhurst and No. 5 West Virginia Wesleyan, scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. first pitch. There will be three games Friday, the first is the winner’s bracket game at 10 a.m., followed by two elimination games at 12:30 and 3 p.m. The championship is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, with a second game, if necessary, to be played right after. Tickets will be available to be purchased in advance or at the door. Ticket pricing Session (daily ticket) - $10 per person (includes KU staff), $5 children/student/seniors; Tournament Pass (all days/games) - $24 per person, $12 children/student/seniors (children under 2 are free).

C.J. Hemerly, Sports Information

Date Time Event
May 12 11 a.m. Softball vs. Fairmont State
NCAA Atlantic Regional Softball Tournament
North Campus Field
May 12 1:30 p.m. Mercyhurst vs. West Virginia Wesleyan
NCAA Atlantic Regional Softball Tournament
North Campus Field
May 13 10 a.m. NCAA Atlantic Regional Softball Tournament
North Campus Field
May 13 12:30 p.m. NCAA Atlantic Regional Softball Tournament
North Campus Field
May 13 3 p.m. NCAA Atlantic Regional Softball Tournament
North Campus Field
May 14 1 p.m. NCAA Atlantic Regional Softball Tournament
North Campus Field


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