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November 23, 2016


The Daily Brief

Happy Thanksgiving from Kutztown University 

Honey Svoboda, KU Employee of the Month October 2016

Congratulations to Honey Svoboda, Conference Services, on being named KU Employee of the Month for October 2016. 

Honey was nominated by Lisa Grabowski who had this to say in her nomination:  
"Behind every great event, is a well-organized planner. A well-organized planner, has the ability to think on their feet, anticipate the needs of others and work in cooperation with many to get the job done. The end result, is an efficient production, happy faces and great memories of time spent on the campus of Kutztown University. That is what Honey Svoboda accomplishes each day. Strategic goals 2 and 3 site Community Engagement and a Caring Campus Community. Honey embodies these goals in her daily work by showing a professional and concerned approach to her management of the conference system - no small feat by any means. Juggle numerous requests, both on and off campus, is daunting, but Honey is always polite, professional and kind. During the summer, when KU hosts hundreds of camp participants, Honey works in tandem with many on and off campus constituents to ensure a successful and positive experience for everyone. Her commitment to Kutztown University and to her work is very apparent. She not only meets, but exceeds the university goals. She is a treasure and someone to count on to help your event run smoothly and make it shine!"  

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council.  A winner will be selected each month and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year.  The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by President Hawkinson.  

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit  



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

High pressure builds in from the west. Skies should be clear. Winds will be noticeably weaker than the past several days. High temperature in the mid-40s. Winds west at 5-7 mph.  



Wednesday, Nov. 23 the only dining venue open is the South Dining Hall 1st floor which will CLOSE at 10:15. Normal hours of operation will being on Monday.  There is no time more fitting to say Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
                Aramark & Dining Services  


As valued customers, we are continuously working to elevate your catered experience. Beginning on Monday November 28, 2016 you will notice a change in our catering program. At each delivered catering event, we will provide you an opportunity to let us know how satisfied you are with our service. You will notice a 5 x7 sign with "Your Voice Counts" cards. These cards provide you with a link to take a voluntary, brief survey to let us know how we are doing. In addition, the catering survey via CaterTrax will be delivered in the same fashion, this new question format will create a deeper understanding of how you rate our services and will assist in addressing the necessary steps to respond accordingly. We thank you in advance for your continued participation and feedback.
                Kutztown Catering Team   


I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to the KU Campus Community for each and every act of kindness extended to me and my family during my mom's recent illness and passing.  Your thoughtfulness, care and concern has lifted us up and carried us forward during these most difficult days.  For that, we are forever grateful.
                Karen Thayer   


Each student organization on campus is required to have a KU faculty or staff member to serve as an advisor to the group.  On occasion, there is a student organization in need of an advisor.  Currently there is one organization seeking an advisor: Equestrian Team.   Advisors are expected to do the following:
·         To complete the Cleary Act online training in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics act (Clery Act).
·         To be kept aware of all organization activities and events. Communication is the key to any relationship.
·         To have meetings on a regular basis. This helps establish and maintain lines of communication.
·         To respect student leaders, general members, and fellow advisor(s).
·         To solve problems in an efficient and proper manner.
·         To review and sign various documents, as well as complete online reservations and forms.
·         To have the opportunity to be heard on relevant topics and during decision making processes.
·         To not be responsible for running the group (remember, that's why they call it a student organizations).
If you are interested in this volunteer role, please contact Leah Cassellia at
                  Leah Cassellia, director, Office of Student Involvement   


The Commission on Human Diversity is please to host its 7th Annual Conference on Friday, March 3. This is a great opportunity for faculty, staff, students and the community to discuss issues, become informed, and share. This year's theme is "Social Justice and Diversity: Sharing Perspectives and Envisioning the Future." Call for proposals will be available soon.                 Jerry Schearer, vice-chair and conference chair, Commission on Human Diversity   


Math Kangaroo Competition is an annual international math competition designed for 1st graders to 12th graders.  Please find more information at the following website:  In the past, there is no Math Kangaroo Centers in Allentown Area.  Recently, Kutztown University was registered as one of the Math Kangaroo centers. We will have a Math Kangaroo Day on the Third Thursday in March from now on. The Math Kangaroo Competition or Math Kangaroo Day of 2017 is on 3/16/2017, the 3rd Thursday in March.  The registration deadline for the competition of 2017 is 12/15/2016 and the registration fee is $20.  Please feel free to share this information with your friends and families. If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me at  


College of Visual and Performing Arts' Faculty First Thursday. Dr. Angela Cirucci, Communication Studies, will be presenting: "Beyond "Lurkers" and "Nonlurkers": Investigating Social Network Site Usage Habits, Personality, and Self-Concept. On Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. in 120 Sharadin Arts Building. In her talk, Dr. Angela Cirucci, will explore what interaction and non-interaction (lurking) looks like in our contemporary digital media landscape where users can post, like, share, and comment on posts, images, an news content. All are welcome to attend, learn about the work our college faculty are doing and participate in the discussion.
                William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts   


Candidate Search Open Forum: Director of International Admissions and Services Monday, November 28 at 11 a.m. in 250 MSU Tuesday, November 29 at 11 a.m. in 183 MSU Thursday, December 1 at 11 a.m. in 250 MSU   



HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER The Health and Wellness Center will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
                William Lendzinski, assistant director, Clinical Services  

The APSCUF-KU office will be closed 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 through 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28.
                Colleen Fitzgerald, APSCUF-KU  

Rohrbach Library's building hours for the holiday week is as follows: Wednesday, Nov. 23:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday Nov. 26 Sunday, Nov. 27:  6 p.m. - midnight Resume normal hours on Monday, Nov. 28.  

The Student Recreation Center and Keystone Hall Swimming Pool will be operating under the following special hours for the Thanksgiving Break:  

Wed., Nov. 23 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Pool 8 - 9 a.m., noon - 1 p.m.
Thur., Nov. 24 - Sat., Nov. 26 Closed  
Sun., Nov. 27 Regular hours  

Group exercise classes will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 22 with the following schedule: Spinning Express noon-12:30 p.m., CX Worx 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m., Yoga 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. The regular group exercise class schedule will resume on Sunday, Nov. 27.
                Student Recreation Center  

DINING SERVICES Wednesday, Nov. 23 the only dining venue open is the South Dining Hall 1st floor which will CLOSE at 10:15. Normal hours of operation will being on Monday.  There is no time more fitting to say "Thank you" & Happy Thanksgiving                 Aramark & Dining Services    



The Kutztown University women's soccer team is Final Four bound.  A spectacular defensive effort - that produced KU's school-record tying 13th shu­tout - allowed Emily Zwiercan's 55th minute goal to serve as the game-winner as KU shutout Bridgeport 1-0 in its Elite Eight matchup on blisteringly cold and windy day at Rockwell Field on Sunday afternoon.  Kutztown will play No. 1 Western Washington (22-0-1) in the ­­Final Four, hosted at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 1. The winner advances to the National Championship on Saturday, Dec. 3 to play the winner of No. 2 Grand Valley State (22-1-1) and No. 5 Columbus State (21-2).  Read the complete story here.  



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