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November 11, 2015


The Daily Brief


Veterans Day 2015
Veterans Day coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also marks the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). Today we honor all men and women who served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Thank you to all Veterans for serving our country honorably during war and peacetime, and for protecting our freedoms.

Office of Veterans Services



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7:35 a.m.

Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony, Flagpole, Schaeffer Auditorium

11 a.m.

Veteran's Writing Workshop, MSU 157

12 p.m.

Writing Workshop, Writing Center, OM 132

12 p.m.

Veteran's Entrepreneurship Workshop, MSU 157

4:35 p.m.

Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony, Flagpole, Schaeffer Auditorium

7 p.m.

Robert Gibb, Free Public Reading, Grim 100

7 p.m.

Refugee Crisis, MSU, alumni Auditorium




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


Cloudy skies but mild. High temperature in the low 60s. Northwest winds at 6-9 mph.




(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. 11, 1938:  The first Armistice Day is celebrated, a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.  In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower struck the word Armistice and declared the day Veteran's Day.



Free Tall Brewed Coffee for veterans, active duty service members & their spouses on Veterans Day!

Please excuse students from the following courses Wednesday, Nov. 11 to attend the Brooklyn Museum of Art as part of their course requirements.
ARC/HUM/WGS  211 Women in the Arts-Dr. Stewart, Dr. Bloom and Dr. Wunder
ARC 300 Visual Culture-Dr. Stewart
ARU 110 Explorations in Art Education-Dr. Wunder
                Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Art Education & Crafts

Kutztown University's Military Club will mark Veteran's Day with two flag ceremonies on Wednesday, Nov. 11.  At 7:35 a.m. the U.S. flag will be raised and at 4:35 p.m. the flag will be lowered.  Both services will take place at the flagpole in front of Schaeffer Auditorium. The ceremonies, similar to those held at United States military posts around the world, are designed to show respect and reinforce a connection to past and current service. All veterans and current service members are invited to render honors during the ceremonies.  The ceremonies are a part of Veterans Awareness Week at the university. 

Please alert your students, the University Writing Center is hosting a writing workshop, "Academic Stress and Stress with Writing: Using the Writing Process" on Wed. Nov. 11, from 12-1 p.m. in Old Main 132- the UWC.
                Patricia Pytleski, director, Writing Center

KU Alum and National Poetry Series award winner, Robert Gibb, 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. 

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

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

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.

The Kutztown University Healing Environment Advocate Response Team (HEART at KU) invites caring, energetic and dedicated individuals to register for the Berks Women in Crisis 66-hour Domestic Violence training seminar. BWIC provides a free 66-hour training every spring semester at KU; training is open to all students, staff, and faculty. The application will open Nov. 10, 2015 on KUnited. To register visit: Training at KU starts Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, meeting Thursdays and most Saturdays until April. For a sample schedule visit: We will be glad to discuss options for those with scheduling conflicts due to religious obligations or military service requirements. Please feel free to share this information with students. Fully trained, certified HEART advocates have the opportunity to participate in the 24/7 Hotline response team, become a part of the HEART at KU peer education program, volunteer at BWIC and enhance their professional resume. For questions, please stop by the Women's Center at 126 Old Main or contact Grace Hill,  or Mary Borst at
                Grace Hill and Mary Borst, Women's Center & GLBTQ Resource Center

The Commission on Human Diversity is pleased to announce our 6th Annual Diversity Conference on Feb. 26, 2016. This year's theme, "Speaking Out: Voices of Social Justice for All!" provides Kutztown University's students, staff, and faculty a venue to showcase the important work being done in every department to promote social justice issues. We are also interested in perspectives of presenters from outside the university, whom we encourage to submit proposals.
Please save the date and we hope faculty will incorporate this into their Spring Syllabus where appropriate.  Proposals are due December 6.
Call for proposals:
                Jerry Schearer, chair of the Commission on Human Diversity

To celebrate National French Week across the U.S.A. the French Embassy is launching its second Festival Albertine 2015 featuring established and emerging intellectuals with politically engaged voices and diverse cultural perspectives. Among the daring American voices are the New Yorker's David Remnick, graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson, author Katie Rolphe and writer and former president of PEN American Center Francine Prose. 
                Dr. S. Pascale Dewey, Department of Modern Language Studies

Kutztown University's Department of Music will host the 2015 Woodwind and Brass Day on Thursday, Nov. 12 beginning at 8 a.m., in Schaeffer Auditorium. The daylong event is open to any high school-age woodwind or brass player, or any public or private school or studio teacher interested in exploring woodwind or brass instruments.  Local vendors will be available for the students to try out instruments and to purchase accessories. The vendors will provide free instrument check-ups and minor repairs.  Highlights of the day include master classes with KU faculty and the Monumental Brass Quintet. A mass wind ensemble by the KU Wind Ensemble, KU Jazz Ensemble, and the Jazz Band will be held for those who wish to participate. Neil Hoffman will be holding a special introductory class on the basset horn for those interested.  This year's featured guest is the Monumental Brass Quintet (MBQ). Other featured guest artists include flute teacher and repair technician VSJ Flutes, Dr. Virginia Schulze-Johnson and oboist Nobuo Kitagawa. Register at   Registration before Nov. 2 is $25 with a free t-shirt included. After that deadline t-shirt can be purchased for $10. After Nov. 9, please register on-site, the cost will be $30 and the t-shirt can be purchased for $10.
For more information contact Daniel Neuenschwander, instructor of music at  or 484-646-4348. 

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 - 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


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