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November 19, 2015


The Daily Brief

2015 Faculty Recognition and Achievement Ceremony

The honorees and presenters from the 2015 Faculty Recognition and Achievement Ceremony held yesterday in the McFarland Student Union.  Left to Right: Dr. Andrew Arnold and Dr. Avidan Milevsky, recipients of the Chambliss Faculty Research Awards; professor emeritus Dr. John Schellenberg; Dr. Phillip Reed, recipient of the John P. Schellenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; professor emeritus Dr. Carlson Chambliss; and Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, KU president.



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

11 a.m.

Traveling Around the World: Coconuts, MC 104

11 a.m.

Tattoo Artist Shanghai Kate: From Voodoo to Vogue, Schaeffer Aud.

2 - 4 p.m.

Head Shot Photographer, Old Main 159

5 p.m.

World Philosophy Day, AF201

5:30 p.m.

Geocaching Quest, Bears Den

6:30 p.m.

Fall Flash Drama, MSU 116

7 p.m.

Gasland, BH 260

8 p.m.

MSU Movie Series Vacation, MSU Alumni Auditorium




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


Mainly cloudy and dreary with rounds of rain showers and steadier periods of rain as a slow moving cold front moves through. Some of the rain could be heavy at times. Milder, but offset by a stiff southeast wind in the 10 to 20 mph range. Highs in the low to mid 60s. Rainfall totals when all is said and done in the range of three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a quarter.




(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. 19, 1935:  Under the direction of Miss Evelyn Robbins, an art department instructor, a class in jewelry making is begun at Kutztown State Teachers College.  The class meets every Tuesday night at 7 p.m.




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 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

Tattoo artist Shanghai Kate will present, "From Voodoo to Vogue," a lecture on the global history of women and tattoos on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Also known as the Godmother of Tattoos, Kate Hellenbrand has been a tattoo artist since 1972. Her award-winning work has appeared in all major tattoo magazines and she is a writer for Tattoo Planet, Ink, Skin and Ink and International Tattoo Art magazine. Kate co-produced the exhibition TATTOO at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. Kate has appeared on the Today Show, the Tonight Show, Prime Time Access and numerous documentaries on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and TBS. She is the only woman in TATTOO NATION, a documentary charting the evolution of black and grey fine-line tattooing from prison to photorealism. The lecture is free and open to the public. Please join us. 
                Department of Art Education & Crafts

The English Department will present the Fall Flash Drama Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire on Thursday Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in MSU 116.  Admission is free.  This quirky, dark comedy about a 16 year girl whose body ages over four times faster than normal, focuses on her struggles with high school dating, while coping with her dysfunctional family and body.  Flash Dramas are unrehearsed readings like table readings, when actors first gather to read a script aloud. Spontaneous, fresh, and surprising.  Faculty readers: Dr. Arnold, Dr. K. Mace, Dr. Delong; and students Cody Meyers and Susan Nazzaro. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

This week's MSU Movie Series film is Vacation 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.

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Multicultural Center in room 104 for the next Traveling Around the World series starting at 11 a.m. There will be a brief presentation from a student about coconuts and their uses in Jamaica. Also, there will be papers on the history, fun facts and recipes from the food samplings available. There will be a trivia game done as well. Come out and get educated on coconuts. All are welcome.
                Jeann Cengeri, Multicultural Center x34807

5:30 p.m. meet at Bears Den Gallery in MSU. Geocaching Quest - Find hidden treasures on KU Campus 
7 p.m. BH 260 "Gasland" Josh Fox gets an offer from a natural gas company interested in exploring his land in Pennsylvania's Delaware River Basin. Follow Josh as he investigates the environmental risks of fracking.

Please attend a candlelight vigil to remember those who have been impacted by the atrocities that have occurred all over the world recently.  We will be lighting candles and holding vigil while giving thanks for all that we do have.  The event is 4 p.m. Sunday Nov. 22 in front of Schaeffer Auditorium.  Immediately following the event will be the first event of the 5 Days of Thanksgiving in Schaeffer Auditorium at 5 p.m.  Please come out and show your support for those both near and far while celebrating all the good that we do have in our lives.
                Student Government Board

CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Nomination Deadline Feb. 12 - Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students graduating December 2015 or May 2016 for this prestigious award.  Nominees should exemplify an exceptional individual achievement in one or more of the following areas: 

a) Successfully completed research projects
b) Original artwork of high quality
c) Artistic performances (music, chorus, drama, etc.) of high quality
d) Original writing in literature or meritorious writing in other fields
e) Noteworthy achievements in athletics
f) Outstanding service to the Kutztown University community

Up to twelve medals (2 gold, 4 silver, 6 copper) provided by retired faculty member Dr. Carlson Chambliss are issued annually to selected students.  The nomination form can be found at For more information, contact Dr. Andrea Kirshman, Associate Provost for Retention and Student Success, at

Tune in for our Thursday community interest block on Kutztown University Radio. At 11:30 a.m., Lyme Disease is the topic on "What's the Story" with Jo Painter. At noon, exposing unexposed music on "The Cyberden" with Mike McVicar. At 1, "This Way Out," the GLBTQ magazine. At 1:30 "Fifty One Percent," the women's magazine. And at 2, "Kutztown Live," KUR's own campus/community issues talk show. Special guest today Dan Vallie, Founder of the Radio Confer Institute. KUR is your community interest 24/7 radio station. Stream us live

Thank you to every family, student group, office, and department who contributed to the Thanksgiving Food Boxes.  The Kutztown University Community contributed 55 boxes to Friend Inc. If by chance you still have a box in your office that you forgot to bring the COC, or maybe we forgot to pick up, they are still distributing boxes to families through Friday - it's not too late! Just drop it off in the COC (MSU 281) or email me at and we will pick it up on Thursday. Our goal is 100 boxes for Christmas boxes - so start collecting now! Thanks again to the KU community on behalf of the COC, Friend Inc, and the 250+ families served!
                Jerry Schearer

Join us for the 77th Annual Art Education Conference at Kutztown University on Friday, Nov. 20 in Schaeffer Auditorium and the Sharadin Arts Building. The purpose of this year's conference is to develop a dialogue furthering creative ways of exploring narrative through time-based media. Keynote speaker, Joanna Priestley, is a distinguished artist based in Oregon. Priestley has made 26 award winning films about subjects dear to her heart: abstraction, botany, landscape, aging and human rights. Her animations have won awards in film festivals all over the world. Priestley's lecture will begin at 9 Schaeffer Auditorium and at 1 p.m. a retrospective of her films will be shown. Guest speaker Camilla Rockwell, a documentary filmmaker, director and producer based in Vermont will lecture at 10:30 a.m. in Schaeffer. Rockwell has produced films on creativity and the arts, healing and well-being, aging and dying, and the role of nature in children's health and development. At 1:15 p.m. Rockwell's film, Mother Nature's Child, will be shown in Sharadin 205. These events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by ACE, KU Foundation and the Department of Art Education & Crafts. 
                Peg Speirs, Art Education & Crafts

The McFarland Student Union will be operating under the following holiday hours:
Tuesday, November 24 - 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25 - 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29 - CLOSED
Resume normal operating hours on Monday, November 30
                Jennifer Tanzos, secretary, MSU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host the second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Merit Badge University for Boy Scouts starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. This event is open to Boy Scouts from the Hawk Mountain, Minsi Trails, Baltimore Area and National Capital Councils.  During the event, KU student groups will run merit badge sessions for Scouts on a number of topics, including chemistry, electronics, geology, oceanography, plant science and weather. Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity will run registration. Currently, 126 Scouts are signed up to attend this event.  Registration for the event will be from 8-9 a.m., and sessions will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. For more information, visit the Alpha Phi Omega KUnited page at

KU's new dance group, Afro-Caribbean Collision Dance Group, is holding "Heritage Night" on Friday, November 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Unity Room. Students & staff are welcomed to enjoy introductions to KU's new dance group, Afro-Caribbean Collision, as they embark on a night filled with history, music, photos, and games to teach you about West Africa and the Caribbean Islands culture, history of dance, and more.
                Tytianna Johnson, vice president, Afro-Caribbean Collision Dance Group

On Friday, Nov. 20, the Biology Department will be hosting a Student Research & Internship Symposium. Department alumna Chelsea Ray will be providing the opening talk at 9 a.m. in BH 262, and the student presentations will begin at 10 a.m.  All are welcome to attend.  Please see the  Biology Department web page for a full schedule of the student presentations. 

Thanksgiving Break Hours are posted on our website
We will run modified hours Tuesday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 29.
Normal Hours will resume Monday, Nov. 30.
Thank you and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving from all of us at Kutztown Dining!

A photographer will be available for head shot photos for any faculty or staff member needing one on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 2 - 4 p.m. in Old Main 159.  The background is maroon.  Please avoid wearing red or small prints.  If you have any questions please email me at  Thank you.
                Dave Johnson, University Relations  



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