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October 1, 2015


The Daily Brief



October is Homecoming Month! 
Make sure to register and find out all that is planned for this exciting weekend.



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)


11 a.m.                 Philosophy Club, MSU 312
11 a.m.                 Spanish for Modern Business Introduction, DF 109
11 a.m.                 Faculty First Thursday, Sharadin 120
4 p.m.                   University Senate Meeting, AF103
5 p.m.                   Around the World with Corn, 104 Multicultural Center
8 p.m.                   MSU Movie Inside Out, MSU Alumni Auditorium
9 p.m.                   Fire Alarm Testing, Stratton Administration Building




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


Mainly Cloudy with some rounds of rain showers possible. New precipitation amounts of upwards of a quarter inch are possible. Sharply cooler than recent days and raw. Highs no better than the 50s. Gusty northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.





(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.)


Oct. 1, 2005:  Avalanche, KU's award-winning mascot, arrives on campus during halftime of the KU vs. West Chester football game.  Avalanche is named in honor of the nickname of then Kutztown State College's sports teams from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s. In 1961, Golden Bears replaced Golden Avalanche as the nickname for Kutztown's sports teams, and Golden Bear mascots soon followed. 





For those planning to attend Family Day this weekend:  

·         The pre-game activities scheduled for under the tent on the DMZ from 3 pm - 6 pm, have been moved to the Student Recreation Center.
·         Women's tennis vs. Edinboro, originally scheduled for 11 a.m., has been cancelled.

We hope you will join us this Saturday, October 3.

This week's MSU Movie Series film is Inside Out which will be shown in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information.

Enjoy an extraordinary free Friday-morning performance in Schaeffer Auditorium Oct. 9, 10:15 a.m.  - 11:45 a.m. with the Dalí Quartet, among today's freshest voices in Classical and Latin-American music.  Anchored in both Venezuela's El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this exciting string quartet creates an extraordinary experience that will take you on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination, excellence, and surprise as central to its art.  The 2015-2016 Brandywine Artists in Residence at West Chester University, their residency's special focus is on Latin American music. For their Friday workshop, titled Music of the Americas, KU hosts youth musicians from Allentown School District's El Sistema Lehigh Valley program.  This free performance is part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, an initiative of the Department of Modern Languages with help from Rohrbach Library.  See for many more exciting events throughout our region. Supported by generous grants from the KU Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Library Association.

Nominations are being accepted for the John P. Schellenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  This award was established by John P. Schellenberg, emeriti Professor of Physical Sciences, faculty, alumni, and friends to recognize an early career faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding work within the mission of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET).  To be eligible for the award, an individual must have been on the faculty full-time at least three but not more than seven years and will be chosen based on the following three areas: pedagogy and curriculum innovation, learning technology innovation, and assessment and/or research on learning. The recipient will be announced at the November 18 Faculty Recognition Ceremony and be awarded with a $1000.00 check and framed certificate. Please submit a nomination letter and curriculum vitae to Carole Wells, 319 Stratton Administration Center by Oct. 5, 2015.  Nominated candidates are also required to submit their own letter (two page maximum) clearly outlining their qualifications in all three CET mission categories.

CONNECTIONS Transfer Orientation Announcement

Transfer Orientation Dates for Spring 2016.   The dates for transfer student orientation for the spring 2016 semester are:

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (Schaeffer Auditorium)
Thursday, Jan. 14 (Academic Forum)

*A separate orientation will be held for first-time freshmen and family members on Wednesday, January 13 in the Academic Forum

Fall 2016 Transfer Orientation dates are:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

More information, including a schedule of activities, will be released soon.
                Lisa Grabowski, coordinator of student orientation

The Department of Secondary Education would like to announce that Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer recently published a book titled, "Philosophy of STEM Education: A Critical Investigation." The primary focus of this book is to ask critical questions about what aims the STEM initiatives have and what assumptions they hold about teaching STEM.
                The Department of Secondary Education

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting the first of three Fall Open Houses on Friday, October 2nd.  Please join us in welcoming 300 students and their family members to campus.  Please note that the event this year will begin in the Keystone Arena.  Registration begins at 8:30 am in the Keystone Lobby, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am we host the Academic and Student Services Marketplace in the O'Pake Fieldhouse and the welcome address begins at 9:30 in the Keystone Arena.  The event concludes around 2:00 pm.  The next Fall Open Houses take place on Friday, October 23 and November 6.  A complete schedule can be found by clicking here
                Nancy Wunderly, director of admissions

Tune in to Kutztown University Radio (KUR) at 11:30 a.m. for a special edition of Jo Painter's "What's the Story," an especially important edition if you know someone close to you looking for a job. Did you know there 500 manufacturers who employ over 30,000 people and they are struggling to find good employees? That's what Jo's guest Deb Heffner of the "Greater Reading Economic Partnership" claims and she wants people to know about a big holiday this Saturday called "Berks Manufacturing Day." Hear the story on KUR's weekly community interest segment "What's the Story," always sharing informative stories for the listening public. Stream KUR live at

I wish to convey a sincerest thanks to everyone who expressed their sympathy, condolences and support to my family at the passing of my son.   The cards, letters, phone and email messages, prayers, and visits meant the world to us as we struggled with our loss.  Please know that your generosity and thoughtfulness have touched us deeply.  Knowing that we were not alone helped us bear our grief and sadness.  

Thank you for being there for us.
                David J. Reimer Sr., IT generalist

The Multicultural Center continues with this worldly series with Corn/Maize on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. in 104 Multicultural Center. There will be a brief presentation by International Student, Sasha-Lee Hayward of South Africa on Putu Pap(corn porridge). Also there will be a corn trivia plus sampling of foods from different cultures made from corn. Papers on the history, consumption, rituals and fun facts will be available as well. Please come and join us for this educational and tasty event.
                Jeann Cengeri, x34807, Multicultural Center

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (KU) is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. KU is pleased to announce the availability of its annual security and fire safety reports at:  The Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Kutztown University and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. It also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, inclusive of policies concerning sexual assault. The Fire Safety Report contains statistics and information about fire safety awareness and campus policies.

Kutztown University Presidential Ambassadors are looking for well-rounded students who demonstrate academic success, leadership potential and a strong commitment to Kutztown University.  KUPA is asking any faculty or staff members who know of a strong candidate to have them contact the Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations office at 610-683-4110 or have their recommended student download an application at  Applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 27.  Thank you for your help in finding strong members. 

The University Senate Meeting will take place today at 4 p.m. in AF 103.
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, University Senate

The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Thursday, Oct.  1, 11 a.m. in MSU 312.   Cody Mayak will speak on:

How the Mind Can Move a Goat
Jaegwon Kim on Mental Causation

All are welcome.      ["Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the Disability Services Office prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email or, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations.  Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations."] 
                Joshua Steinberg, president; Allan Bäck, advisor

Food Pantry This Week  
For those students in need, there is a Food Pantry distribution this week on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Friend, Inc.  Here is some more information:  No appointment needed.  

If you need a ride, we will have a van that leaves at 10:30am, and at 11:10am from the MSU for those that do not have their own transportation.  Please email Leah Cassellia at so we know to expect you at the van.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Correy Kenney at  Any questions can be addressed to Leah Cassellia at  Thank you!  ​
                Leah M. Cassellia, director, Office of Student Involvement

College of Visual & Performing Arts Faculty First Thursday
Assistant of Communication Design, Ann Lemon, will present "The cool new thing is old hot type: learning with Letterpress" on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Sharadin Arts Building, Room 120.  All Faculty and students are invited to attend, learn about the work our faculty are doing, and participate in the discussion.
                William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts

Spanish for Modern Business Minor Meet, Greet (and Eat)! The Department of Modern Language Studies invites the campus community to join us on Thursday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., DF 109 to find out about the exciting new Spanish for Modern Business Minor! Everyone is invited to attend (and eat pizza)! Please share this announcement with your students, advisees and colleagues! Contact Dr. Dawn Slack, Department of Modern Language Studies, DF 13,
                Dr. Dawn Slack, Modern Language Studies


Wear Pink
In conjunction with their respective home matches, the Kutztown University field hockey and women's tennis teams will show their support for cancer research next Saturday, Oct. 3.  The tennis match is against Edinboro at 11 a.m. at the Keystone Courts, and field hockey takes on Slippery Rock at 1 p.m. at Andre Reed Stadium.

Friday, Oct. 2 - Women's Tennis vs. Mercyhurst - 2 p.m. (Keystone Courts)
Friday, Oct. 2 - Field Hockey vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas - 4 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats
Friday, Oct. 2 - Women's Volleyball vs. Cheyney - 7 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 3 - Women's Volleyball vs. West Chester - 1 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 3 - Field Hockey vs. Slippery Rock - 1 p.m.(Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 3 - Football vs. Millersville - 6:05 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats | Live Video
Sunday, Oct. 4 - Women's Golf Kutztown Fall Invitational (Moselem Springs Golf Club)




Saturday, Oct. 3 - Men's Ice Hockey vs. Rutgers, 8 p.m. (Body Zone, Wyomissing)
Saturday, Oct. 3 - Men's Rugby vs. St. Bonaventure, 12 p.m. (Rugby Pitch, Luckenbill Rd.)
Sunday, Oct. 4 - Men's Soccer vs. Lehigh, 11 a.m. (Andre Reed Stadium)



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