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November 5, 2015


The Daily Brief

KU University Choir
Twelve Kutztown University students, members of the KU University Choir, participated in the Annual Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association Festival at Susquehanna University October 29-31. They performed a varied program with more than 60 students from eight other Pennsylvania colleges and universities under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Eric Nelson from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. The concert in front of a standing-room-only audience was the concluding performance of the American Choral Directors Association-Pennsylvania Fall Conference. The students are Alex Acosta, Brandyn Black, Anissa Contento, Katherine Cruz, Marcus Feld, Marcus Giordano, Nicolas Gerber, Kaitlyn Good, Rachel Miller, Bryna Mullin, Patrick Wales, and Elizabeth Weimar. Their director is Dr. Hank Alviani, Associate professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies.



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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)

Temperatures won't be as crazily warm today as the past few with more clouds around than the past few days as a weak disturbance floats through, but it'll still be mild for early November. Expect highs in the upper 60s. Also, look out for a few showers around associated with that disturbance, but totals will only be in the tenth-of-an-inch category. Soft south winds.




(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. 8, 1960:  John F. Kennedy is elected president of the United States.  In a mock election at Kutztown State College, Nixon is the winner 464-288.  The leaders of the campus Republicans are certain Nixon will be triumphant in the national election, so certain that they promise to push peanuts down Kutztown Road with their noses if Kennedy wins.  They make good on their promise that evening. 



82% of Quebecers speak French. Montréal is the second largest French-speaking metropolis after Paris.
Québec territory is three times the area of France. Flight time from Montréal to New York is one hour.
Québec's lakes are so numerous that people can't agree on their number. Some say there are 500,000!
Officially, there are 8,274 lakes over 1.2 square miles in size.
                Dr. S. Pascale Dewey, professor, Modern Languages

Make sure to tune in to another edition of "Kutztown Live," KUR's campus and community-issues talk show today from 2 to 3 p.m. One of today's special guests is local reputation expert, speaker, master marketer, and author Pamela Gockley. Pamela has a new book out and host Shantae Taylor will ask her all about it. Stream KUR live anytime at
                Michael Regensburger, KUR

The Department of Special Education is sad to announce the passing of retired faculty member, Loline Sechevich (Saras).  Loline received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Bloomsburg University and received her Doctorate of Education from Penn State University. During her 30 year career, she worked as a speech language clinician with the Capitol Area Intermediate unit in Camp Hill and was an Educational Consultant throughout Central Pennsylvania. Loline taught courses at Bloomsburg and Penn State Universities and for the last 21 years she was a professor at Kutztown University retiring in 2009. 
                Debbie Lynch, chair, Special Education

We want to record and remember this momentous year for many more years to come. If you created, produced, or ordered any type of promotional item(s) for KU's 150th - no matter how large or small -- please send one sample to the University Relations Office in the Education House. Examples of items could include: Tshirt, tote bag, rally towel, window cling, etc.  Printed materials also welcome. Everything will be placed in a box and stored for KU's next, big anniversary.

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 Department of Modern Language Studies, together with interested students, is organizing a new KU Chapter of "Global Brigades: Business Brigades"!  Through this KU chapter, students earn leadership experience and apply their business and skills by providing workshops on financial literacy and general business advice while on short trips to rural Panama and Honduras.  The information session is this Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m., in DF 109!  Interested students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend!
                Dr. Dawn Slack, 

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

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

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

Visiting musician Kevin Schempf will be at KU today, Nov. 5, to give a clarinet master class for KU clarinet students at 4 p.m. and perform a recital at 7:30 p.m.  Schempf is an Associate Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State University and solo clarinetist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and many others. Annually he performs at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and he has recently performed at fEARnoMUSIC in Portland, CrossSound in Alaska, and with the TILT Dance Company in Hawaii. Funding for this event comes from a Kutztown University Sesquicentennial Grant. For more information contact Dr. Soo Goh at

This week's MSU Movie Series film is Trainwreck 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.

ENGLISH LEARNING COMMUNITY visits The Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe Houses
Please excuse the following students for the English Learning Community trip to Hartford CT on Friday Nov. 6.

Julien Lebron                     Allyson Conrad  Morgan Bailey
Emily Dietrich                     Natalie Rude
                Carl Seiple, English Department

Nov. 6, 12 - 1 p.m., RL 16
Dr. Moe Folk, Associate Professor, Digital Rhetoric & Multimodal Composition
Assigning, Designing, and Assessing Student Reflections

Join Moe Folk and participate in an interactive session focused upon utilizing student reflections to strengthen outcomes and pedagogy. Attendees should bring an assignment they want to pair with student reflections (or at least have a specific course in mind).

Future Workshops

Nov. 13, 12 - 1 p.m., RL 16
Dr. Annmarie Cordner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice - Turning Things Upside Down: The Whys and Hows of Flipping the Classroom

Nov. 20, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., RL 16
Dr. Lee Weyant, Professor, Management - Google+ Communities for the Classroom

Our last workshop featuring Krista Prock was a valuable look into how you can leverage the extensive resources and services that Rohrbach Library provides. Thank you to all who attended!
                Doug Scott, Distance Education

PEBTF Open Enrollment for health benefits (AFSCME & SCUPA) closes on Nov. 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 Nov. 9, 2015 - Nov. 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 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.
                Jean Adam, Human Resources

Please excuse all students enrolled in foundations design visual art courses: ART 31 and ART 32 for an all-day field trip to New York City to view museums and galleries. The field trip is a requirement of the courses and students should be allowed to make up any missed work.
                Profs Graf, Longsdorf, Rogers, and Wall; Art Education and Crafts Dept

KUTV, Kutztown University's television stations, will broadcast the Fleetwood High School Tigers vs. Kutztown High School Cougars football game on Friday, Nov. 6.  The game will be held at Kutztown University's Andre Reed Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.  The live telecast will begin at 6:25 p.m. and will include performances by the marching bands from Fleetwood (pre-game) and Kutztown (halftime), as well as the Cougars pre-game senior player recognition.  Replays can be viewed Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.  The game will be produced by Kutztown University's Electronic Media Department.  Students from both high schools will work with KU faculty and students to produce the live broadcast. The game will be hosted by Matt Santos, director, KU University Relations, and Gregory Bamberger, KU athletic director. KUTV can be viewed on Service Electric Cablevision channel 24 in eastern Berks County; Kutztown's Hometown Utilicom channel 191; and Service Electric channel 266 in the Lehigh Valley.   It can also be viewed worldwide online at

OCAC is selling tickets to the Reading Royals vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits game at the Santander Arena! The game is this Saturday, Nov. 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 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, November 13. Please email submissions with your name, major, graduation year, and your attached poem to
                Writing Center





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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