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November 28, 2017

Kutztown University Daily Brief

Two KU students, Grant Fickes, mathematics major, and Charles Saternos, computer science major, gave talks on their current mathematics research at the PASSHE Undergraduate Research Conference held at Millersville University of Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Two KU students, Grant Fickes, mathematics major, and Charles Saternos, computer science major, gave talks on their current mathematics research at the PASSHE Undergraduate Research Conference held at Millersville University of Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Grant Fickes' talk was entitled "Edge-Distinguishing Chromatic Number" and Charles Saternos' talk was entitled "A Population-Based Metaheuristic Approach for Solving the Multi-Demand Multidimensional Knapsack Problem." Dr. Tony Wong (Grant Fickes' mentor) and Dr. Yun Lu and Dr. Francis Vasko (Charles Saternos' mentors) also attended this conference.
     Fran Vasko, Department of Mathematics

KU Astronomy Club visits the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, ten members of the astronomy club and co-advisor Dr. Erin Kraal, visited the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C. Students visited the Air and Space Museum and Natural History Collection. The Astronomy Club meets Tuesday from 5 - 6 p.m. on the third floor of Grim and all students are welcome to join. The club has many different majors.
     Erin Kraal, Department of Physical Sciences


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

About as perfect as you're going to get for late November. Sunny with highs in the mid-50s, which is about 5 to 10 degrees above normal temperature-wise. Light south winds with high pressure in control.


We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Jayne Siegfried, mother of our dear friend and colleague, Jennifer Weidman, assistant director of Human Resources. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, at Longswamp UCC, 200 Clay Road, Merztown, Pa. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Mrs. Seigfried's family. Messages of condolence can be sent to Jennifer and her family at 112 E. Smith Street, Topton, PA 19562.
     Sharon Picus, Human Resources

Nov. 28, 11 a.m.
The last dog therapy event of the semester will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to noon in 218 MSU. Several dogs will be 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 and Psychological Services

Nov. 28, 11 a.m.
The RISE/Act 101 program is hosting a lunchtime workshop, "The GIO Effect - Go Inspire Others," 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28 in 223 MSU. Our speaker is Giovanni Negron-Garcia, a first-year Kutztown University student who is a Board of Governors recipient, RISE student and Admissions tour guide. The workshop is open to the entire campus. Please share with your students and encourage them to attend.
     Center for Academic Success and Achievement

Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Be part of the action and come see a funnel cake record attempt. A TV production crew will attempt to make a 30" funnel cake to break an American record for a soon-to-be-announced travel food series. Bring all your excitement and some warm clothes at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, Kutztown Fairgrounds, Building B-9, 450 Wentz Street, Kutztown, Pa. to witness the feat at noon.
     Kutztown Folk Festival

Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
The Residence Life Office would like to invite the Kutztown community to join us Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in 218 MSU for Skylar Kergil, a musician, artist, author, transactivist and YouTuber. Skylar started documenting his transition from female to male on YouTube in early 2009. Now he travels to perform, educate and share his stories. The event will end with a book signing of Skylar's book, "Before I Had the Words."
     Stacey Green, Residence Life

Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Clay Club's Holiday Sale is Monday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Lobby of Old Main.  Come see what the students in the Ceramics Studio have been up to. Handmade items make excellent holiday gifts.
     Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Department of Art Education and Crafts

Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.
David Kriz, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science, will be giving a presentation on his thesis research at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec.12, in 158 Old Main. The university community is invited to this thesis presentation, titled "A Sentiment Analysis-Based Model for Controlling Tone in Written Composition." For more information, please contact Dr. Schwesinger, associate professor, Department of Computer Science.
     Dylan Schwesinger, Department of Computer Science

The Office of International Admissions and Services just launched a new study abroad website. This site offers a robust study abroad program search, application management system and a student locator feature to find out where in the world KU students are studying and traveling at any given time. You can link to the site via
     Nicole Becker, International Admissions and Services

The KU Print Center can produce and install wall graphics for you. Show your school spirit. Contact us at or 610-683-4116.
     KU Print Center


Nov. 28 11 a.m. - noon Pet Therapy
218 McFarland Student Union Building
Nov. 28 11 a.m. "Go Inspire Others,"  Giovanni Negron-Garcia
223 McFarland Student Union Building
Nov. 28 11:30 a.m. Funnel Cake Record Attempt
Building B-9, Kutztown Fairgrounds
Nov. 29 3 - 4:30 p.m. COE Dean Search Open Forum Faculty/Staff
183 McFarland Student Union Building
Nov. 30 9:30 a.m. SBDC Google workshop
Formal Dining, MSU
Nov. 30 7:30 p.m. A Chanticleer Christmas, KU Presents!
Schaeffer Auditorium
Nov. 30 8 p.m. Skylar Kergil, speaker
218 McFarland Student Union Building
Dec. 1 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food Drive
McFarland Student Union Building
Dec. 2 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Christmas on the Farm
Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center
Dec. 2 7:30 p.m. Chamber Singers
Georgian Room, 163 Old Main



Corrected information - sorry for any inconvenience ~ Daily Brief

Nov. 29 7 p.m. WBB vs. Jefferson
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)
Dec. 2 1 p.m. Women's Swimming vs. Lock Haven
Keystone Arena
Dec. 2 1 p.m. WBB vs. Mercyhurst
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)
Dec. 2 3 p.m. MBB vs Mercyhurst
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)
Dec. 3 1 p.m. WBB vs. Gannon
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)
Dec. 3 3 p.m. MBB vs. Gannon
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Watch)


Candidate A for the position of Dean in the College of Education will visit campus:
Monday, Nov. 27, 3 - 4:30 p.m. - Faculty and Staff open forum - 183 MSU
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 11-11:50 a.m. - Student open forum - 145 BH
The candidate's name, cover letter and curricula vitae are posted at:
     College of Education




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