Daily Brief

May 6, 2022

KU Rock Ensemble Wins Three Downbeat Student Music Awards

Kutztown University's Rock Ensemble I received two 2022 Downbeat Student Music Awards and a singer in the ensemble, Delacey Lora (shown above), has been named ‘Best Singer’ in the Pop, Rock and Blues category. These are the seventh, eighth and ninth Downbeat awards for the program, the first time the KU ensemble has won three awards in a single year and was also named the winner in each category. The Downbeat Music Awards are the equivalent of a student Grammy Award and are considered the highest, most important and most competitive honors in the collegiate music field. The ensemble is under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Kjos, director of Commercial Music Studies, who has been at KU since 1998.

University Relations


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Gordon Goldberg

The Department of History sadly announces the passing of Dr. Gordon Goldberg.  During his 35-year career at Kutztown, Gordon served as Department Chair, President of the University Senate and was the founder and first director of the KU Honors Program.  He also helped establish the university chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society.  Gordon retired in 1999, and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rose Lee, and a son and a daughter.  His obituary can be found at:

Michael P. Gabriel, Department of History

May Parents and Family Bulletin

This month’s edition of the KU Parents and Family Bulletin has been sent to registered subscribers and can be found online.

Bryan Salvadore, University Relations

Biology Department Student Award Winners

The Biology Department would like to congratulate all of the  senior awardees:
- Samuel Gundy Early Achievement Scholarship in Biology:  Given to the two students earning the highest combined average score in all three biology core courses. Devon Becker and Alayna Rea.

- Academic Excellence Awards: Given to graduating seniors in the life sciences who graduate with a QPA in the major of 3.8 or higher.  Taiwo Dairo (PreMed), Pamela Edris (Marine Science), Sheriel Jimenez (PreMed), Gennyka Liebenthal (PreMed), Patrick Marison (Molecular/Micro/Cell), Faith Readinger (EnvSci/Bio).

- Outstanding Student in Major/Track Award: Given to graduating seniors with the highest QPA in each biology track.  Patrick Marison (Molecular/Micro/Cell), Taiwo Dairo (PreMed), George Karalis (Allied Health), Pamela Edris (Marine Science), Faith Readinger (EnvSci/Bio).

- Ronald R. Rhein Biology Scholarship:  Emily Leggiero.

- CPUB Award:  Zachary Glass.

- Cyrus E. Beekey Award in Biology: Faith Readinger.

- Outstanding Student in Biology:  Patrick Marison.

- Research Recognition Award:  Hannah Langkamer-Smith.

Cristen Rosch, Department of Biology

Business Administration Senior Award Winners

The College of Business would like to congratulate all the accounting, finance, marketing, management and supply chain management senior awardees:
- Robert Weiss CPA Memorial Award for Excellence in Tax – Brianna Casuso
- Accounting Club Service Award – Shawna Kline
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Award – Sebastian Buckley
- Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Award – Kevin Cannon
- Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Award – Tu Bang Huynh
- Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award – Joao Pedro Simoes
- Overall Top Academic Achievement in Finance Award – Kevin Dang
- Applied Investment Management Leadership Award – Joao Pedro Simoes
- Financial Management Association, KU Chapter Leadership Award – Heather Mastrangelo
- Outstanding Achievement in Personal Financial Planning Award – Nessa Cartagena
- American Advertising Federation Award – Margaret Davis
- American Marketing Association Service Award – Rachel Dusman
- Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Award – Madeleine Reilly
- Outstanding Academic Achievement in Management Award – Madeleine Reilly
- Outstanding Achievement in Management Award – Jaclyn Rodick
- Outstanding Academic Achievement in Logistics & Supply Chain Management Award –  Nathan Williams
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Service Award – Phillip Castrine

Katie Bowen, College of Business

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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


KU Softball Advances to PSAC Championship Game

The Kutztown University softball team advanced to the PSAC championship game for the first time since 2013 with come-from-behind victories over Bloomsburg (4-3) and Mercyhurst (9-5), Thursday. The Golden Bears, ranked 24th in Division II, hit a pair of home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off the Huskies before overcoming a 5-1 deficit against the Lakers with eight unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings. KU is currently lined up to play Saturday at 11 a.m., weather permitting, in Game 18 of the tournament against an opponent yet to be determined. As the lone remaining unbeaten team, the Bears can win the title with a victory in Game 18 or Game 19, if necessary. Thursday's game recaps and tournament info can be found at the following links: PSAC Championship Central; Bloomsburg RecapMercyhurst Recap.

Matt Heffelfinger, Sports Information

Date Time Event
May 7 11 a.m. Softball PSAC Championship Game #18
Veterans Park, Quakertown
(Live Video | Live Stats)


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