Daily Brief

November 30, 2020

Maroon with lighter shaded triangles in the background in left bottom corner, and lighter silhouette of standing bear on the right. In circles are the images of Nathan Hayduk on the left,  and Dr. Brian Kronenthal on the right.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announces the publication of the November issue of The Collage featuring senior political science and German dual major Nathan Hayduk and Dr. Brian Kronenthal, associate professor of mathematics.
     Courtney Morstatt, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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

A very active and wet day for Monday. Abundant moisture ahead of approaching low pressure. Convective parameters looking rather impressive for late November. Could be some storms that produce heavy rain and strong winds. High temperature in the mid-60s. Winds south at 10-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph. Rainfall totals between 1.0-2.0 inches.


We are in the process of implementing a new procedure. Please disregard any emails you received from BOA (WORKS). No action is required at this time. I will be sending out a “Welcome” email within the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mvink@passhe.edu. Thank you.
     Mary Vink, Procurement

Dec. 2
The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology is proud to announce the fall Senior Seminar Software Engineering Demo Day on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Join us on Zoom https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/97563917119. Presentations are 8 a.m. to noon and poster sessions are 1-3 p.m. Student projects include web, mobile and voice-controlled apps, PC games, remote monitoring app and robot controller. See the website for more info: https://sites.google.com/view/csc355demoday2020.
     Donna DeMarco, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology


Dec. 2-4
Information Technology will be holding training sessions on a new MyKU feature: staff and academic department appointment scheduling. There is no need to register. Feel free to attend any of the below Zoom meetings: https://kutztown.zoom.us/my/kusoftdev
- Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 3, 2-3 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
     Holly Fox, Information Technology

Dec. 3
The University Curriculum Committee will meet 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, via Zoom. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91950007023. A meeting password is required to attend. Please contact Lisa Brennan at ext. 3-4220 or brennan@kutztown.edu for the password.
     Lisa Brennen, University Curriculum Committee
Dec. 7 – deadline
The KU Commission on Human Diversity is pleased to announce its 11th annual Conference on Human Diversity that will be held virtually Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Please save the date and consider offering a presentation, panel or workshop session. This year's theme, “Diversity in a Virtual World: Toward Equity and Inclusion,” encourages presentations related to diversity, equity and inclusion in a virtual world. Students and scholars are welcome to present on any topic related to human diversity. Please submit your presentation ideas at: https://bit.ly/3fzcz1R by Monday, Dec. 7. Please share this call for presentations.
     Stephen W. Stoeffler, Commission on Human Diversity

Dec. 8
Please join us 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, as we celebrate Petritsa Chatzitziva’s retirement. She has provided more than 15 years of service to Kutztown University. During her time at KU, Petritsa has worked in both the Multi-Cultural Center and the Office of Student Involvement where she worked with many students and assisted in the planning of hundreds of university programs. We hope you join us to wish her well. Join Zoom Meeting: https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/92457195509
     Amanda Garcia, McFarland Student Union

Dec. 10
Our final blood drive is noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, Keystone Field House. With students off campus, we need the support of our faculty and staff to reach our goal. Please register to give and invite your friends and family to do so as well. This is open to the public and is COVID compliant. Preregister: https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81780
      Jerry Schearer, Community Outreach Center


On Nov. 5, six student business ideas were pitched to a panel of judges to win a cash prize. The winners were:
- First place: Yvonne Kanyi with Beauty Square, offers skin care and cosmetic services to serve the Kenya and East Africa markets.
- Second place: Aishwarya Singh with College Cram, an app that is designed to help college students succeed in their academics.
- Third place: Katelyn Wehr with Knees Up Events, provides a one-stop-shop for planning a wedding.
     Paige Brookins, KU Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, College of Business

The American Legion awarded three of 35 American Legion Legacy Scholarships to Kutztown University students. Scholarship recipients are:
- Sgt. June McQueen, a junior in business administration/finance, is serving in the Army National Guard as a combat medic, emergency care.
- Spc. Micah Marushak, a sophomore in criminal justice, is serving in the Army Reserve as a military police.
- Spc. Jonathan Fernezan, a senior in information technology, is serving in the Army Reserve as a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer.
A special thank you to the American Legion Ray A. Master Post 217 who presented the awards.
     Office of Military and Veterans Services

Dylan Gaspar ’16, M’18, mathematics and computer science, and Drs. Yun Lu, Myung Song and Fran Vasko, professor emeritus, Department of Mathematics, published “Simple population-based metaheuristics for the multiple demand multiple-choice multidimensional knapsack problem” in the International Journal of Metaheuristics. This article is the first literature presenting efficient and effective solutions for this problem. Statistical analyses were used to evaluate the methods.
     Myung Song, Department of Mathematics


Nov. 30

8 a.m.

University Opens/Classes Resume

Dec. 3

11 a.m.

University Curriculum Committee

Dec. 3

4 p.m.

University Senate

The University Writing Center will operate virtually for the remainder of the fall semester. UWC online hours:
- 2-9 p.m., Sunday.
- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday.
Go to https://kutztown.mywconline.com.
     Patricia Pytleski, University Writing Center
Let us help you recognize your graduate in a personalized way. Contact the KU Print Center for personalized yard signs, personalized banners, personalized boxes you can fill with whatever you want (swag, snacks, etc.). Contact us at printcenter@kutztown.edu or call ext. 3-4116.
     Amanda Rizzuti, KU Print Center Manager

Do you have a topic and presentation that you think would be a great fit for the Frederick Douglass Institute? We want to hear from you. The Frederick Douglass Institute is looking for three presenters for the spring discussion series. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at ext. 3-4448 or fdouglass@kutztown.edu.
     Yessica Gutierrez, The Frederick Douglass Institute

The next meeting of the University Senate will be held 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, via Zoom Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956 https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/97587342472. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in University Senate D2L. Please email any Senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.
     Steve Lem, University Senate

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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