Daily Brief

May 5, 2022

KU Receives Two-Year NSF Grant to Improve Equity in STEM

Dr. Laurie McMillan, associate dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and her team of co-principal investigators, Dr. Michele Baranczyk, assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Moira Conway, assistant professor of geography, and Dr. Lyn McQuaid, associate professor of mathematics, have been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Catalyst grant. The $299,875 grant (NSF-2153776) will support a project titled "Research, Educate and Value Equity at All Levels in STEM" (REVEALS). The project will use an intersectional lens to identify the underlying drivers of systemic gender inequities affecting STEM faculty and culminate in a five-year plan to advance organizational change. While the REVEALS project focuses on faculty in the natural and social sciences, the findings will benefit the entire university community by contributing to ongoing campus initiatives that support justice, equity, diversity and inclusiveness. The findings will be shared with NSF ADVANCE networks in order to allow the project at Kutztown University to serve as a model for other colleges and universities.

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Three students and professor wearing masks and standing in front of a screen with a zoom class open

Geography Annual Awards

The Department of Geography recently held its annual awards ceremony. We congratulate the following award recipients:
- Anna Wood – Justham Family Memorial Award: Outstanding senior student in geography graduating class with the highest cumulative GPA.
- John Sandala – C. Josephine Moyer Geography Award: Outstanding geography major in graduating class.
- Macy Turner – Delaware Valley Geographical Award (DVGA): Outstanding student in geography in graduating class.
- Abby Wheeler – Robert and Rosalin Ensminger Award: Geography major in sophomore or junior class.
Pictured in the photo, l-r, are Dr. Mike Davis, Macy Turner, John Sandala and Anna Wood. Not present: Abby Wheeler.

Richard Courtney, Department of Geography

Gamma Theta Upsilon Initiates (some standing in the back, others kneeling in the front) ion stage in KU auditorium, in front of a slide.

Gamma Theta Upsilon Initiation Ceremony

Congratulations to the following outstanding Kutztown University students who were recently inducted into the Gamma Psi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society: Paul Ache, Jaylin Calistro, Stefan Grove, Nicholas Harms, Emily Leggiero, James Luma, and Macy Turner.  A search for qualified students will be conducted next spring in advance of our next annual initiation ceremony.
Pictured in the photo are GTU members (back row, l-r) Anthony DeFusco, Nicholas Harms, Zachary Glass, Stephan Grove, John Sandala, Jaylin Calistro; (front row, l-r) Macy Turner, Emily Leggiero, Courtney Moyer.

Richard Courtney, Department of Geography


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The Passing of Dr. Gordon J. Goldberg

We regret to inform the campus community of the death of our valued colleague Gordon J. Goldberg, Ph.D. The founder and first director of the Honors Program, Dr. Goldberg served Kutztown University for 35 years in many ways such as faculty, department chairperson and president of University Senate. Visitation is at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, May 5, at Congregation Brith Sholom, 1190 Macada Rd., Bethlehem, and services will follow at 11 a.m. Contributions can be made to the The Gordon and Rose Lee '88 Goldberg Honors Scholarship, Kutztown University Foundation.

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Congratulations to Tiffany Hoffman

Please join the Office of Accounts Payable in congratulating Tiffany Hoffman and her husband, Steve, on the birth of their son, Conor Scott Doyne. Conor was born Saturday, March 26. Both baby and mother are doing wonderful. Any cards or well wishes can be forwarded to the accounts payable office, and we will make sure Tiffany receives them.

Tammy Moyer, Financial & Business Services

Jacqui Althouse Leaving KU

Jacqui Althouse, management technician in Transportation Services, is leaving KU after fifteen years to pursue another employment opportunity effective Friday, May 6. While we will miss her effervescent and disarming personality, we are excited that she has accepted a position that will allow her to spend more time with her beautiful little girl Ava. Thank you, Jacqui. You will be missed. If you would like to send well wishes to Jacqui, feel free to reach her via email at jalthouse@kutztown.edu.

Anne Reel, Transportation Services

Sport Management Senior Award Winners

The College of Business would like to congratulate the sport management senior awardees:
- Outstanding Academic Achievement in Sport Management Award – Jackson Brown
- Outstanding Achievement in Fitness Administration – Zoe Texidor
- Sport Management GRIT Award – Max Bosch
- Outstanding Achievement in Department of Sport Management – Kayla Argen
- Outstanding Achievement in Coaching and Athletic Administration – Logan Kemp

Katie Bowen, College of Business

T-Mobile Sponsorship of Keith Haring Fitness Park

The Kutztown University community is invited to the announcement of the T-Mobile sponsorship of the Haring Fitness Park 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 5, Schaeffer Auditorium Lawn. Members of the KU and T-Mobile staffs will host a short program, and free Kona Ice will be available while supplies last, as well as giveaways by T-Mobile. The Haring Fitness Park is currently scheduled to open this fall, and will feature the artwork of Kutztown native and world-renowned artist Keith Haring. We hope to see you 11 a.m. today behind Schaeffer.

University Relations

May University Senate Meeting

The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in 103 Academic Forum. The meeting may also be accessed via Zoom Meeting ID: 974 5408 8514 PC: 428969. The agenda is on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and May 2022 SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.

Steve Lem, University Senate

Planetarium Show

Please join us 6 p.m. today, Thursday, May 5, for our new "Dinosaurs at Dusk" planetarium show,  100 Grim Science Building. Learn about dinosaurs and the origins of flight with special guest Dr. Ed Simpson. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. No tickets required.

Phillip Reed, Physical Sciences

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
May 5 11 a.m. T-Mobile/Keith Haring Fitness Park Sponsor
Schaeffer Lawn
May 5 11 a.m. University Senate
103 Academic Forum
May 5 6 p.m. Jazz 1 Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 5 6 p.m. Dinosaurs @ Dusk with Dr. Ed Simpson
KU Planetarium
May 5 7 p.m. Latin Ensemble Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 6 4:30 p.m. Philosophy Club Meeting
322 MSU | Zoom
May 11 9 a.m. Faculty Well-being Event
Concourse, Old Main
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

President Hawkinson in a group with the women's golf team on the field, all of them wearing KU Nike branded uniforms

President Hawkinson Visits Women's Golf Team

President Hawkinson visited the Golden Bear women's golf team as part of the PSAC Championships at Berkleigh Golf Club, Kutztown, Friday, April 22.

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