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November 13, 2015


The Daily Brief

KU Jared Box Project 

More than 100 education students at Kutztown University participated in the Jared Box Project this fall.  The group assembled more than 65 boxes which will be distributed to local hospitals.  A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games and fun activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, clinics and as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Kutztown University students studied, under the advisement of Dr. Deborah Johnson, assistant professor of education, the effects of play on hospitalized children and selected items for the boxes found to be most therapeutic and effective in assisting children with cancer and other serious illnesses.  The boxes will be distributed to local hospitals and clinics.


Jaida Montenegro - PASSHE Psychology Conference 2015
Jaida Montenegro presented a poster titled "Perceptions of Family Friendly and Flexible Employment benefits" at the PASSHE Psychology Conference in Slippery Rock, Pa, on Oct. 31, 2015. Jaida (left), a psychology major in her junior year, is pictured with Dr. Anita Meehan (right) advising her project.  Dr. Meehan was improperly identified in yesterday's Daily Brief.  We apologize for the error. 



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Social Work Conference, Georgian Room


Phila. Museum of Art Craft Show, Pa. Convention Center

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Headshots, AF 101

7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball vs. Shippensburg, Keystone Arena

7 p.m.

Primp My Bod, Student Rec Center

8 p.m.

MSU Movie Series, "Minions", MSU Alumni Auditorium




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


We will be caught between a strong low pressure over New England and a strong high pressure over the Great Lakes. This will result in a tight pressure gradient. Blustery conditions are expected. Skies should be mostly sunny due to cold air moving in from the north. High temperature in the mid 50s. Winds northwest at 13-20 mph, gusting to 35 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. 14, 1907:  Keystone State Normal School lays the cornerstone for its new gymnasium building.  Known today as Risley Hall, the building contained an elevated running area, a swimming pool and two bowling alleys.  Despite the $41,000 cost of the building, tuition remains $1.75 per week and room and board $3.75 per week.



KU will host the Google Trekker on campus for photography/street view mapping on Friday, Nov.13 in the afternoon. Discover Lehigh Valley has partnered with Google to utilize its Trekker backpack-mounted camera to work with their partner organizations to conduct this project, and KU was one that was selected. University Marketing will assist with a walking tour of campus (exterior only) so that our campus imagery shows up when someone accesses a Google Map of our campus region. This is a tremendous tool so that visitors can glimpse exactly where they are to park or what building they will visit. In addition, it provides a great virtual tour of campus for out-of-state and international students who may be interested an unable to visit.
                Jennifer Umberger, director, University Marketing

A photographer will be available today, 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

University Relations is deeply saddened to announce the passing of William Weiss Jr., brother of Laurie Norman, university operator.  Condolences may be sent to Laurie in care of University Relations.

This week's MSU Movie Series film is Minions which will be shown in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information.

The Department of Social Work invites you to the 4th Annual Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment, Friday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Georgian Room, Old Main.  Pre-register at:   The Conference aims to contribute to the local-global perspective in social work, utilizing the strategy: Thinking globally and acting locally.  The 2015 conference theme is "Challenges to the advancement of social and economic justice, sustainability, and human rights: Local and global responses."  Presentation topics include but not limited to the following:  Economics, the Environment, and the Body: Making the Connections for Transformative Social Work Practice; U.S. International Food Aid Policy: Whom are we helping? Human Trafficking Today: Global and Local Connections; International Approaches to Managing Atypical Gender Identity in Childhood; Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees: A Media Focused Existential Exercise in Critical Thinking.
Visit the Department of Social Work website for additional information

If you have not completed the library survey yet, please click this link to take it now: 
Our participation rate is good, but we are slightly behind Lock Haven and Mansfield. California University of Pennsylvania is right on our heels. Have your voice heard and help us to have a better participation rate than our peer libraries. Take the survey today!

Monday - Bake Sale, Boehm lobby, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Stay tuned for a complete list of events.

The Department of Philosophy announces its 5th annual UNESCO World Philosophy Day lecture. The series was inaugurated in 2011 by renowned philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky. This year we've invited Harvard philosopher Dr. Mathias Risse, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.  Dr. Risse will deliver "On the Significance of Humanity's Collective Ownership of the Earth for Immigration" on Nov.19 at 5:00 p.m. in AF 201.  The lecture will address issues in global justice pertaining to current immigration crises in the world. It will offer a critique of the current state of affairs and suggest ways for improving global justice on the basis of humanity's collective ownership of the earth.  Please also join us for a pre-lecture reception from 4-4:45 p.m. outside AF 201. 
                M. A. Adeel, Department of Philosophy

The Writing Center welcomes student submissions for its second poetry contest.
We are asking students to submit original poems surrounding the theme, "What Writing Means to Me." With author permission, all submissions will be featured on the KUWC website. One grand prize winner will receive a $25 Paw Pass, KUWC T-shirt, and will have his/her poem published in the Shoofly and the Lehigh Valley Vanguard magazine.   The deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov.  13. Please email submissions with your name, major, graduation year, and your attached poem to
                Writing Center

GREECE COMES TO KU on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium celebrates the educational exchange agreement between Kutztown University and the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dimitrios Chandrakis, violin, Dimitrios Patras, cello, and Athanasios Zervas, saxophone, joined by KU faculty members Maria Asteriadou, piano, Jeremy Justeson, saxophone, and Susanna Loewy, flute, will perform works by living Greek composers such as Dinos Constantinides, Athanasios Zervas and Simos Papanas. The latter's work Pas de Deux for violin and piano will also feature a special guest appearance by the Turning Pointe School of Ballet with choreography by KU Alumna Jaclyn Gailit-Lutz.
The concert will conclude with Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor and is free and open to the public.
                Dr. Maria Asteriadou

THE KU CHAMBER PLAYERS, joined by Kurt Nikkanen, internationally acclaimed violinist and concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, will perform Winter and Spring from the Vivaldi Four Seasons, as well as works by Elgar, Haydn and Mozart. The concert will also showcase KU students Steven Paszkowski, soloist in the first movement of Mozart's D Minor piano concerto, and Tyler Readinger, who will be conducting the Chamber Players in Elgar's Serenade for Strings and the finale of Haydn's Farewell Symphony.

The concert will take place on Monday Nov.16 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

Facts about Quebec, our neighbor to the North: It represents 23% of the total Canadian population. French is the official language but 43% of Quebecers speak both English and French. Quebec GDP is 340 billion or 20% of the entire Canadian economy. Key sectors are: Aerospace, Agri-food, Ground transportation, IT, Life Sciences, Green Technologies, and Mining. Multimedia.

Quebec's relationship with the U.S.A. bilateral trade: 81.5 billion. 70% of Quebec exports go to the U.S. Quebec's main trading partners are: Texas, New York, Ohio, Vermont, and Pennsylvania! Market: New York State is Quebec's number one export marker - more than China, France and Germany combined. Linked economies: Quebec and the U.S. are a model of regional integration. Several major corporations have plants and offices on both sides of the border and run their operations in a tightly linked manner.
                Dr. S. Pascale Dewey, Department of Modern Language Studies  



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


Military Appreciation Day
In honor of those who have served our country, Kutztown University will have free admission and parking to those with veterans/military ID to its season-finale football game on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1:05 p.m. at Andre Reed Stadium.  For full ticket information, call the Athletics Office during business hours, M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at 610-683-4094. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for all events where admission is charged.



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