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November 17, 2017

Kutztown University Daily Brief

Kutztown University geology students at Mount Rainier Oct. 22 -25, Seattle, Wa.
Congratulations to Kutztown University geology students Lara Ilsemann*, Quinn Kaufman, Sara Maguire, Willow Reichard-Flynn*, Adam Cole, Liam Doyle*, Beau Haag*, Patrick Taaffee, as well as recent KU geology alumni Danielle Sulthaus, Kaley Miller, Margariete Malenda, for their success presenting their geological research at the international Geological Society of America conference Oct. 22 - 25 in Seattle, Wa. These students worked with Drs. Erin Kraal, Edward Simpson, Tom Betts, Jacob Sewall and Kurt Friehauf doing original scientific research. Kutztown University was one of the best-represented undergraduate institutions at the meeting with 7,500 scientists in attendance. 
(*students in photo with glacier-enshrouded stratovolcano Mount Rainier in the background - it was a long, beautiful hike in snow!)

Kasandra Cruz and Dr. Dawn Slack at the Pa. State Modern Language Association conference Oct. 6 -7 in Grantville, Pa.
KU undergraduate Kasandra Cruz (biochemistry major, Spanish minor) presented her research "Heritage/Native Speaker Advantage in the Spanish Classroom: Perception v. Reality," at the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association conference Oct. 6 - 7 in Grantville, Pa. Ms. Cruz's research was the culmination of a faculty/student research project between Dr. Dawn Slack, Modern Language Studies, and Ms. Cruz begun in Spring 2017. Ms. Cruz was the only undergraduate student to present her original research in her own session at this long-running and respected conference. Thanks to the Undergraduate Research Committee for awarding her a grant to help with conference expenses.


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

Ridge of high pressure settles into the region as low pressure exits east toward the Canadian maritime provinces. Some cirrus clouds to spill over the ridge during the day. Ample sunshine in store. High temperature in the upper-40s. Northwest wind at 8-10 mph.


Dr. John Ettling, President of SUNY Plattsburgh and the Middle States Evaluation Team Chair, conducted a very successful preliminary campus visit on Thursday, Oct. 26. He met with students, faculty, staff, and administrators to review the self-study process and to provide feedback on the self-study document. 

Please review the draft of the self-study located on our Middle States website at: Your comments and feedback are extremely important and greatly appreciated. Please forward these to by Friday, Dec. 1.
     Middle States Steering Committee

40% off all bottoms at KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace.

Nov. 19, 5 - 7 p.m.
Come to Kutztown's open-access makerspace to enjoy an open hack and snack night this Sunday, Nov. 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. Learn how you can use fun tools like our new Cricut Maker and a fleet of 3D printers, and make something you can bring home. Last week's fun looked like this, and more information is yours for the asking at ext. 6-4175 or
     Robert Jensen, Rohrbach Library

Nov. 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This is a day to remember individuals killed and bullied due to anti-transgender prejudice and violence. Allies, Friends of Rachael, and GLBTQ Resource Center staff members have coordinated a display of backpacks with victim information in observance of this day of remembrance from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Old Main Concourse. For additional information on the Transgender Day of Remembrance visit:
     Christine Price, director, GLBTQ Resource Center and Women's Center


If you would like a sample pack of the papers we keep in the print center and are ordered online please call 610-683-4116 or email
     KU Print Center

Health and Wellness Center
The Health and Wellness Center will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

McFarland Student Union
The following hours will be in effect at the McFarland Student Union Building for the week of Thanksgiving:
Monday, Nov. 20 7 a.m. - midnight
Tuesday, Nov. 21 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 23 Closed
Friday, Nov. 24 Closed
Saturday, Nov. 25 Closed
Sunday, Nov. 26 11 a.m. - midnight

Student Recreation Center and Keystone Hall Swimming Pool
  Rec Center Pool
Tuesday, Nov. 21 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. 8 - 9 a.m., noon - 1 p.m., 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. 8 - 9 a.m., noon - 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 23 Closed Closed
Friday, Nov. 24 Closed Closed
Saturday, Nov. 25 Closed Closed
Sunday, Nov. 26 1 - 11 p.m. 7 - 10 p.m.
*Group exercise classes will conclude Tuesday, Nov. 21 after the 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Yoga class with the addition of Cheryl's BodyPump class Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 12:15 p.m. Regularly scheduled classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

The Department of Geography would like to thank all those that had a hand in organizing Geography Awareness Week events, foremost our faculty and students, especially the Geography Club. We are grateful for the show of support from our geography alumni and emeriti for Monday's mixer. The cross-discipline support from Dr. Adrienne Oakley and Dr. Anne Brawand is most appreciated. We also want to acknowledge the encouragement from many other faculty across campus, who encouraged their students to attend. We hope they came away enlightened. Thank you. Remember - without geography you are nowhere.


Nov. 17 8:30 a.m. Art Education and Crafts Conference
Schaeffer Auditorium
Nov. 17 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Social Work Conference
Multipurpose Room, 218 McFarland Student Union
Nov. 20 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Allies - Transgender Day of Remembrance
Old Main Concourse
Nov. 20 5 p.m. AFSCME
223 McFarland Student Union


The Friends of the Kutztown Community Library invite you to our Holiday House Tour: Pathways Through History on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Travel back three hundred years on a self-guided tour of six historic locations in Maxatawny and Upper Macungie townships. Homes date from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Light refreshments will be served at the Zion's Union Church, Maxatawny. Advance tickets: $20 available at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown; day-of tickets: $25 available at Zion's Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Rd., Kutztown. Call 610-683-5820 for more information or check out our events calendar at .
     Mary Edwards, Business Office



Nov. 20, 5 p.m.
Our next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. in 223 MSU. There will be no election in November as the nominated candidates were unopposed. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month. Food will be provided. Please plan to attend and become involved in your union.
     Chris Ferris, secretary, Local 2234




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