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November 6, 2015


The Daily Brief

Kutztown University named to Victory Media's Military Friendly Schools list 

Victory Media has named Kutztown University to their 2016 Military Friendly® Schools list.
Now in its seventh year for post-secondary schools, Victory Media's Military Friendly® ratings recognize colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses.  Kutztown has been named to the list since 2012.   Click here for the complete story.



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12 p.m.

CET Workshop, RL 16

7 p.m.

Fleetwood vs. Kutztown High School Football, Andre Reed Stadium

8 p.m.

MSU Movie Series "Trainwreck," MSU 183




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

Low pressure will cross Ontario today. The attached cold front will pass later in the day. Areas of morning fog under overcast skies. Showers possible by afternoon. High temperature in the mid 70s. Winds southwest at 6-11 mph. Rainfall totals less than .1" with higher amounts locally.




(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. 6, 1934:  Tired of the large variety of names used to refer to Kutztown's athletic teams, the staff of the Keystonia college yearbook announces a campaign to decide on a single identity.  Up until this time the school was referred to as the Keys, the K-towners, the Maroon and Gold, the Flying Dutchmen and even the Sauerkrautians.  From this point forward though, the teams were known as the Golden Avalanche, the name used by reporters for the Keystone.  Gold was one of the school colors and avalanche referred to the fact that Kutztown teams were always being "snowed under" by competitors.  Soon after, the Allentown and Reading newspapers began using the name and it stuck until 1961.  Shortly after the school became Kutztown State College Dean of Students John White branded KSC the Golden Bears.  White was then referred to as "Papa Bear."  



FIRST FRIDAY DISCOUNT DAY - It's getting chilly here at Kutztown, so bundle up with some maroon and gold fall apparel and accessories. Stop in to KU Campus Store for 20% off KU Apparel and Gift items today only! Stay warm, Golden Bears! 
                Andrea Tremper, KUSSI

Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world.
Montréal Canadiens is the oldest hockey team in the world that has played without interruption.
6 rue Donnacona, Québec, is the address of the narrowest house in North America. It is only 3.7 m (12 ft.) wide.  Maple syrup is a treat enjoyed around the world, and 80% of it is produced in Québec.
                Dr. S. Pascale Dewey, professor, Modern Languages

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, Conn., 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

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.

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 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, 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 tonight, 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

Channel 39 WLVT will be featuring the Kutztown University Percussion Ensemble this Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Tune in to find out more about the Center for Mallet Percussion Research at Kutztown University.
                Department of Music

Friday is the last day to purchase 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. Tickets 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!

On Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. Kutztown University will present Celebrate Marimba in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The concert, a part of the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration, will feature 150 musicians playing more than 75 instruments.   Guest conductors include Dr. Willis M. Rapp, KU professor emeriti; Dr. Frank Kumor, KU professor of percussion; and guest artist, Gordon Stout, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame inductee, who will conduct a new work he has written for this special concert.  Performers will include KU music alumni, KU percussion students and marimba performers from across the country.  Even though the concert is SOLD OUT you can still enjoy the performance live on KUTV or the web.  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

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

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

The Kutztown University Visual Arts Program (KUVA) has been invited to participate in the 39th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Craft Show, held Nov. 12 - 15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Kutztown is one of only four colleges in the country and the only public school invited to participate. The other schools attending are Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Ga., Temple University and Moore College of Art and Design, both of Philadelphia. This is the fourth consecutive year that KU has been invited to participate in this event.  The show is an excellent opportunity to showcase the creative products of KU students. In addition, students involved with this event will obtain real-world experience at a prestigious venue and meet and connect with other working studio crafts people who make a living through their art.  The 2015 show will feature 195 of the finest craft artists in the United States. The participating artists have been selected from more than 1,000 applications through a rigorous jury process. KU students will show in the ceramics, textiles and metals categories.  For more information, please visit

Those students participating are:  ceramics * - Phil Vera; textiles -  Amanda Seanor, Kimberly Abraham; metals - Melissa Way, Christina Shelly
Alumni participating include: Alexandra White, Caroline Gervalis, Emily Shaffer, Beth Wilson and Simone Evans

*Some students who are participating are not listed due to a privacy request (FERPA).

Kutztown University will hold its 77th Annual Art Education Conference, "Exploring Time-Based Media: Strategies for Developing Narratives," on Friday, Nov. 20, from 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The conference will showcase speakers and workshops from all academic levels including K-12 art teachers, university professors and other professional artists.   The conference is open to the public.  Registration is $75 for adults, $35 for students not attending KU and is free for current Kutztown University students.  Participants may register at  Guest speakers include Camilla Rockwell, and keynote speaker Joanna Priestly.  Rockwell is a documentary filmmaker and director who began her career in film working with the legendary Ken Burns. Priestly, an artist and animator, has made 26 award-winning films. Her work has been shown on PBS and BBC as well as in art museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Center for Contemporary Art in Poland. Aside from making films, Priestly teaches animation workshops all over the world and runs an apprenticeship program at her home studio in Portland, Ore., a retrospective of her films will be played during the afternoon session of the conference.  All are welcome to attend a pre-conference event on Thursday Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Tattoo artist Shanghai Kate will present, From Voodoo to Vogue, a global history of women and tattoos. Kate Hellenbrand has been a tattoo artist since 1972. She is an author and lecturer who has had her award-winning work in all major tattoo magazines. For more information on this event please contact Dr. Peg Speirs at or visit the department of art educations website at

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.

                Jerry Schearer, chair of the Commission on Human Diversity



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. 

The Kutztown University field hockey team was honored with five All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selections announced Wednesday by the league office. Senior forward Anna Behm has been named Athlete of the Year and head coachMarci Scheuing has been named Coach of the Year.  Senior defender Rayann Fink and senior goalkeeper Kayla Denlinger joined Behm on the All-PSAC First Team. Junior Courtney Ueberroth earned Second Team honors and sophomore Courtney Konowal was named to the Third Team. KU has three All-PSAC First Team selections in a single season for the first time since 2007.




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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