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November 10, 2015


The Daily Brief

KU Military Times Best for Vets
Military Times announced the Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings yesterday and Kutztown University has ranked 82nd on the list of 4-year schools.  It is the second of three Pennsylvania schools on the list and the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school included.  Drexel University ranked 52nd and the University of Pittsburgh came in at 88. In their sixth year, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times' annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

Robert Gibb Public Reading at KU
Robert Gibb, KU Alum and National Poetry Series award winner, will be giving a free public reading in the KU Planetarium, Grim 100, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. Reception and book signing to follow. His books are available in the KU Bookstore and will be available for purchase at the reading. This event is co-sponsored by the KU English Club and English Department as part of the KU Sesquicentennial Celebration.  




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All Day

Medal of Honor Remembrance Display, Rohrbach Library

11 a.m.

Military History Presentation, MSU 116

4 p.m.

Peace Corps Information Session, MSU 116




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


Mainly Cloudy & raw with periods of rain and/or showers continuing into tonight as Low pressure heads off the coast. Breezy. Highs in the mid to upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Precipitation totals when all is said and done most likely between a quarter and a half inch with some higher amounts possible in areas.  





(Historical facts have been compiled from the KU Archives and Special Collections of the Rohrbach Library; the archives of the Keystone; Kutztown Patriot, Allentown Leader and Reading Eagle; and Beacon on the Hill by Dr. Lee Graver.)


Nov. 10, 1964:  Graduate programs in education in English, social studies, French, German, Spanish, Russian, biology and mathematics are approved to be offered at Kutztown State College. 





A photographer will be available on Friday, Nov. 13, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Academic Forum room 101, to take head shot photos of any faculty or staff needing such a photo.  The background is maroon, please avoid wearing reds or any small patterns.  If you have any questions please contact me at  No appointment is necessary. 
                Dave Johnson, University Relations

Nov. 10 is the official birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine Corps traces its roots back to the Second Continental Congress in 1775, which established a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. Semper Fidelis, Latin for "Always Faithful," became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder that "a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps." Marines are elite warriors who courageously and honorably face down the threats of our time. Marines have led the way in every conceivable action, across oceans and on every continent, winning America's battles on land, air and sea. The Marine Corps marks this occasion with an annual Birthday Ball, the reading of a birthday message from the Commandant, and the cutting of a birthday cake. Today we celebrate your proud legacy.
                Office of Veterans Services

Maintain Don't Gain newsletter campaign registration is open through Nov. 20 with the first newsletter to be sent to registrants on Nov. 23.  This is an eight-week self-directed program designed to help individuals maintain their weight during the holiday season and to avoid the cumulative effects of gradual weight gain.  Please visit the H.R. Website for a listing of campus wellness programs available to employees.  Registration information is available on the website and is open now for many programs to be held during the year.  For those participating in the Healthy U wellness program, applicable points are listed for each program. 
                Jean Adam, Benefits Manager

Due to scheduling conflicts on Tuesday, Nov. 10, the HR Department's ability to process background checks for staff and students will be very limited. If you need to come to HR for your background check, we recommend you do so on a day other than Nov. 10. If you need to come that day, please be prepared for delays in completing your online Child Abuse application, or registering for the FBI clearance in HR on that day. This does not apply to those returning their background check results.
                Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

PEACE CORPS INFO SESSION TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 4-5:30 P.M., MSU 116. Please encourage your students to participate in a presentation with Q&A by a Peace Corps representative to learn about the service organization.
                Career Development Center

With the world facing one of its most striking refugee crises in the history, it is important to be aware of what is happening. Come by to learn from the first-hand experience of KU faculty member and the chair of Social Work department, Dr. Vafeas, on the conditions and stories of refugees that he witnessed this past summer in his homeland Greece. Having seen the refugee boats from Turkey and having discussed the situation with professionals directly involved in the crises, Dr. Vafeas is ready to provide insights to the story and members from KU Model United Nations Club will suggest some solutions to the problem. Do not miss this opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the global refugee crisis. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov.  11 at 7 p.m. in MSU, Alumni Auditorium.   Sponsored by: Association of Campus Events, Kutztown University Model United Nations Club, Social Work Department and Social Welfare Club
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement

Flexible Spending Account -The annual Open Enrollment window for the Medical Reimbursement (Health Care) and Dependent Care (daycare/eldercare) Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will be open through Nov. 20, 2015.   NOTE:  The FSA plans require an annual enrollment each year to participate.  The maximum election amounts allowed for the FSA plans are $2,500 for Medical Reimbursement and $5,000 for Dependent Care. Information on the Flexible Spending plans can be found on the PASSHE Website.

State System Employee Benefits - A special Open Enrollment for health benefits for Management, OPEIU and SPFPA will be available from Nov. 9 - 20, 2015.  Emails were sent out to affected employees by PASSHE, Employee Benefits on Nov. 2, 2015.  An Open Enrollment page with detailed changes to the health and prescription plans has been added to the PASSHE Website.  Effective Jan. 1, 2016, HMO plan options will be removed.  The only health plan option will be the Highmark PPO Blue plan.  You may want to consider a Medical Reimbursement account under Flexible Spending due to new deductibles and prescription cost increases.  Please review the information carefully.  All Open Enrollment changes should be made via Employee Self Service (ESS), select the Benefits tab, Benefits Enrollment, select plan and follow the directions on the election page.

You can link D2L assignments to Grades? Linking assignments, such as Quizzes, Dropboxes, and Discussions, to the D2L grade book allows you to automatically transfer student scores on an assignment directly to a grade item, eliminating the need to manually enter grades. The Dropbox Setup Guide and the Quiz Setup Guide will help you link your existing D2L assignments to items in the grade book.  Need more information about working with D2L? Visit our Faculty Resource Page for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education

KUBoK Neighborhood Watch is holding a holiday basket giveaway during the first week of December. We are seeking KU campus offices and departments to donate a holiday gift basket for our giveaway. The proceeds raised from ticket sales from the baskets will be used to support KUBoK. The baskets will be displayed on campus in the McFarland Student Union Building on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and at the Ladies Tea on Wednesday, Dec. 2.  If your office or department is able to put together a cellophane wrapped gift basket, please drop it off at the Office of Student Involvement in the McFarland Student Union Building, room 153, by Monday, Nov. 23. Gift cards are also accepted and appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact me at KUBoK appreciates all of the support!

On Nov. 12 in Academic Forum, room 200, at 11a.m., KU students will have the chance to meet Joseph McIlvaine, special assistant to the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, as part of the College of Business Featured Speaker Series. Born in Bryn Mawr, PA, McIlvaine spent 5 years in the Detroit Tigers minor league system before setting off on his executive career.   He started as a scout for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. He was named the Director of Scouting for the New York Mets, subsequently being elevated to Director of Player Personnel, and later Vice President of Baseball Operations. From 1984-1990 the Mets finished either first or second, won 2 NL East titles, and the 1986 World Series.  He then became Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager of the San Diego Padres from 1990-1993.  Afterwards, he moved back to New York rejoining the Mets as their GM from 1993-1997.  For the last 17 years he has been Special Assistant to the GM for the Minnesota Twins, and currently, the Seattle Mariners.




Friday, Nov. 13 - Women's Volleyball vs. Shippensburg - 7 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday, Nov. 14 - Women's Volleyball (Senior Day) vs. Millersville - 1 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday, Nov. 14 - Women's Swimming vs. Juniata - 1 p.m. (Keystone Pool)
Saturday, Nov. 14 - Football (Senior Day) vs. Clarion - 1:05 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats | Live Video
Saturday, Nov. 14 - Men's Basketball vs. SUNY-ESF - 5:30 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats

KU All-Time Football Team

In celebration of 100 Seasons of Kutztown University football, KU released its All-Time Football Team Saturday morning at a public ceremony at O'Pake Fieldhouse.  33 players were named to the team, spanning from 1936 to 2012. Making up the team were 18 offensive players, 13 defensive players, which included one two-way player, and three specialists.  Fans across the world voted for who they felt were the best of the best of KU football. 2,499 submissions were cast, as voting was spread across six voting periods from Jan. 28 to April 18, culminating with the KU Spring Game. Once voting was completed, a selection committee convened to review the voting and finalize the All-Time Team.  To see the entire team click here.

The Kutztown University men's cross country team finished sixth out of 22 teams on Saturday at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals and sophomore Steve Maine  qualified for the NCAA National Championships following a seventh place finish.  Kutztown's sixth place finish was its best result at the NCAA Regionals since a fifth place showing in 2002. KU had all five of its top finishers rank inside the top-55 of the race.

Following an outstanding season, the Kutztown University field hockey team was honored with five All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selections announced Wednesday by the league office. Senior forward Anna Behm has been named Athlete of the Year and head coach Marci Scheuing has been named Coach of the Year.  Senior defender Rayann Fink and senior goalkeeper Kayla Denlinger  joined Behm on the All-PSAC First Team. Junior Courtney Ueberroth earned Second Team honors and sophomore Courtney Konowal was named to the Third Team. KU has three All-PSAC First Team selections in a single season for the first time since 2007.


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