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November 4, 2015


The Daily Brief

On Saturday, Oct. 31, 110 eighth grade students and parents from the Allentown School District participated in the GEAR UP program's Student and Parent / Guardian Day here at Kutztown University. Visiting students were able to talk with current Kutztown students, eat in the dining hall, tour the campus, and participate in three different hands-on activities in art, engineering, and leadership. A special thank you to the following Kutztown students for volunteering: Lilian Alcantara, Kimberly Coronado, Crysten Herrera, Noeli Perez, Kathleen O'Neill, Donell Gordon, Brandon Rodriquez, Mounir Mulhem, Thursday Currence, and Adrian Perez.



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3 p.m.

AVP Facilities Candidate, MSU 183

6 p.m.

Planetarium Show,  KU Planetarium

7:30 p.m.

Woodwind Ensemble, OM Georgian Room




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


High pressure in control. Fair skies are expected. High temperature in the low 70s. Winds light and variable.




(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.)


In November 1935 it is announced that Kutztown State Teachers College will employ 145 laborers to completely regrade campus behind Old Main, removing all "unsightly shacks and buildings."  A new parking lot for the athletic field was added behind what is today Stratton Administration Building.  In front of Old Main along the state highway, the ground is regraded and new sidewalks added.  All funding is provided by the Works Progress Administration to give relief to those unemployed during the Great Depression. 



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The Observatory will be open tonight 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. and there will be a planetarium show ("Birth of the Solar System") at 7 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.
Planetarium Website:

The Woodwind Ensemble will present a recital, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room, Old Main.

Come and get some puppy love on Thurs., Nov. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Old Main Lobby. There will be several dogs in attendance, so there will be plenty of tail wags and sloppy kisses to go around. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Please encourage your students to come and make sure you stop by too!
                Aimee Adams, Counseling & Psychological Services

PEBTF Open Enrollment for health benefits (AFSCME & SCUPA) closes on November 6, 2015.  This is your annual opportunity to review your medical plan choices for 2016.  If you are happy with your current plan, you do not need to do anything during Open Enrollment.  If you did not receive the Open Enrollment newsletter mailed by PEBTF on 10/02/15, it is available on the PEBTF Website

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 November 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 November 9, 2015 - November 20, 2015.  Emails were sent out to affected employees by PASSHE, Employee Benefits on 11/02/15.  An Open Enrollment page with detailed changes to the health and prescription plans has been added to the PASSHE Website.  Effective January 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.
                Jean Adam, Human Resources

OCAC is selling tickets to the Reading Royals vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits game at the Santander Arena! The game is this Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m. and the bus departs from the MSU parking lot at 5:30 p.m. You also have the option to drive individually. Ticket sales for non-students can be purchased for $10 from the Office of Student Involvement (MSU 153). The ticket purchase includes: a Reading Royals hat, transportation to and from Kutztown, reserved seating, a FREE voucher for a future game, and much more!
Come to MSU 153 to get your tickets today! Gather up a group and don't miss out on your chance to see this game! If you have any questions, please contact!
                Office of Student Involvement

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 November 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

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.  

The campus community is invited to meet the candidates for the position of Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Maintenance and Construction on the dates listed below.  Your comments and feedback are welcome.  Supervisors are asked to be as flexible as possible in allowing employees to attend, subject to operational needs.  Attendance is voluntary. Click here to view candidates' resumes.





Nov. 4, 2015

3 p.m.

MSU 183

Patrick Sampsell

The following non-instructional vacancy is available on campus.  This position is open for current employees only.

Maintenance Repairman 2 - HVAC/Electrical
Posting End Date: 11/17/2015

Internal positions are posted at Please direct any questions and comments to or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources

Please stop by the Sharadin Atrium Lobby on Wednesday, November 18 from noon-6 p.m. for the Holiday Print Sale and fundraiser to assist students who are planning to travel to Venice, Italy in January for the Venice Printmaking and Book Arts course (FAR 385). This sale will feature original prints and photographs by both students and faculty in the Fine Arts department, and all proceeds will go directly to defraying costs for the participating students who will be traveling to Venice. This is a great opportunity to get original artwork for your home or office or to shop for holiday gifts while supporting our students. Please spread the word to staff and students as well, we look forward to seeing you then!
                Serena Perrone, Fine Arts

Just a few reminders as we all learn the new p-card processes together:

Reconcile your items as you have in the past, but once signed by the supervisor the reconciliation packet should be returned to the cardholder.       

The cardholder needs to SCAN (following the directions below) all of the monthly documentation (log/statement/receipts) into ONE (1) .PDF document and email it to:
Your .PDF FILE NAME and the email SUBJECT LINE of each month's paperwork MUST reflect the following information and in the order presented below.

a. University (ESU or KU)
b. Month (2-digits) - BILLING MONTH*
c. Calendar Year (last 2-digits)
d. Cardholder's Name (first initial and last name)
e. Examples:      KU0915BREITZ
* Remember the BILLING MONTH is the ENDING DATE of the statement.  For example, if the billing period is August 28, 2015 through September 27, 2015...then the BILLING MONTH is September (09).

It is very important for the email subject line and the .PDF file name to be exactly the same, and follow the above instructions for the system to work properly.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email or call me at or X34831
                Barb Rahn, card systems administrator

College of Visual & Performing Arts Faculty First Thursday!  Mark Mahosky, Professor of Fine Arts, will present "WORK" Painter Mark Mahosky will talk about his residency at Gettysburg National Military Park and recent paintings are sculptures in his show Paper View on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. in Sharadin Arts Building Room 120.  "All Faculty and Students are invited to attend, learn about the work our faculty are doing, and participate in the discussion"
                Dr. William J. Mowder, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Please share the following information with your students. 

For those in need, there is a food pantry distribution this week on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Friend, Inc.  Here is some more information: No appointment needed.  For students needing transportation a van will leave at 10:30 a.m. and at 11:15 a.m. from the MSU.  Please email Leah Cassellia at so we know to expect you at the van. 

If you are interested in volunteering between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., please contact Leah Cassellia at  Any questions can be addressed to Leah Cassellia at  Thank you! 

The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Thursday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. in MSU 312.   Professor Joseph Jedwab, Philosophy Department, will speak on:  "I do Believe in Spooks!  The cognitive science of religion and the prima facie rationality of belief in God"

All are welcome.      ["Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the Disability Services Office prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email or, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations.  Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations."]
                Joshua Steinberg, president; Allan Bäck, advisor

The next meeting of the University Senate will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 in AF 103.
The agenda and attachments can be found on the Senate website by clicking on the following link:
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, Senate



Saturday, Nov. 7 - Football vs. Shippensburg - 1:05 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats | Live Video

KU Football 100 Seasons  

  The grand finale celebration of 100 seasons of Kutztown University Football will be held this Saturday, November 7, as the KU football team gets set to host the first of two-straight home games to wrap up the 2015 season.   The festivities Saturday begin at 10 a.m. at O'Pake Fieldhouse with the ceremony to unveil the all-time Kutztown University football team.  The event is free and open to the public.   Then, at 1:05 p.m. at University Field at Andre Reed Stadium, the action heats up as the Golden Bears host division rival Shippensburg in a game to determine the champion of the PSAC East.   The Raiders will capture at least a share of the title with a victory.  Kutztown will capture a share of the title with a win on Saturday, and a win by East Stroudsburg at West Chester.   Game tickets are available in the KU Athletic Office during business hours, and will be available at the gate on game day.  KU faculty and staff can get up to four free tickets with a valid KU ID.   KU students are admitted free with a valid KU ID. 



Saturday, Nov. 7 - Ice Hockey vs. Muhlenberg (Body Zone) - 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 8 - Ice Hockey vs. Army (Body Zone) - 11:30 a.m.



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