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October 13, 2015


The Daily Brief

The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education today passed a resolution honoring the Sesquicentennial of Kutztown University.

The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education today passed a resolution honoring the Sesquicentennial of Kutztown University. Guido M. Pichini '74, chair of the Board of Governors and a member of the Kutztown University Council of Trustees presented the resolution to the board. Accepting on behalf of the university were Susan Pichini, honorary chair of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president of Kutztown University, and Jack Wabby, chair, KU Council of Trustees. 



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11 a.m.                 Successful Interviewing, Career Development Center, Stratton AD
3 p.m.                   Women's Soccer vs. Bloomsburg, Keystone Field
7:30 p.m.             Visiting Musician: Michele Gingras, Clarinet, Georgian Room



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


Varying amounts of clouds but some sunshine possible, as well as a few rounds of passing rain showers as a cold front moves through which will make the rest of the week MUCH cooler. Not much rain, but enough to moisten the ground. Highs in the low 70s. Southwest winds becoming west later today.




(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. 13, 1948:  A rifle range is installed in the basement of Schaeffer Auditorium for use by the U. S. Army ROTC program.  It has a range of 50 feet.



A Kutztown Area School District middle school teacher is seeking an Islamic Middle-Easterner to talk to her class. Contact Dave Johnson, University Relations, at if you or a student you know may be interested.

Please join the Special Education Department in congratulating our colleague Dr. Anne Brawand who was presented with the "Outstanding Researcher Award" on Oct. 3 at the 37th International Conference on Learning Disabilities in Las Vegas, Nevada.
                Debra Lynch, Special Education

I'd like to thank those who sent cards and expressions of sympathy at the passing of my husband, Richard Rabenold. It was nice to be remembered after all these years.
                Nancy Rabenold, retiree, Registrar's Office

You can create group Wikis in Campus Pack? To get started, add a "Journals, Blogs, & Wikis" external learning tool link to your course. Set up a separate Wiki for each group. Then change the permissions in Campus Pack to create private or public group Wikis by restricting each Wiki to a specified group of authors and viewers. This is a great feature that allows you to restrict the editing capabilities of a Wiki to a small group, while still allowing the entire class to view the Wiki. The Group Wiki Guide will help you set up group Wikis in Campus Pack.

Need more information about working with D2L? Visit our Faculty Resource Page for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                Office of Distance Education

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 13, Dr. Michele Gingras, distinguished professor of music at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, will present a master class to KU clarinet students at 5 p.m.  She will also present a Klezmer master class, open to the entire Kutztown music community, at 7:30 p.m., both located in the Georgian room. Klezmer is a traditional folk music associated with Yiddish speaking Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Dr. Gingras will show how to play in Klezmer style and then have the students join her in playing. The Klezmer master class is open to all instruments and students interested in attending are encouraged to bring their own instruments. No prior Klezmer experience is needed for this class. Dr. Gingras is an active recitalist, author, and recording artist. She has performed as a Klezmer musician all over the world and has recorded over a dozen CDs. She has published over 250 articles and reviews for numerous publications as well as written two books of her own, Clarinet Secrets-52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Clarinetist and More Clarinet Secrets-100 Quick Tips for the Advanced Clarinetist. Funding for this event comes from a Kutztown University Sesquicentennial grant.
                Soo Goh, Music

As a part of the launch of the new Digital Communication and New Media minor, the KU English Department will be hosting a Citizen Media Forum on Oct. 14, 2015 in Alumni Auditorium, McFarland Student Union Building room 183. A panel discussion will begin at 5 p.m. and a keynote speaker will present at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature several speakers who are active in the media industry today. They will discuss with students how to be successful in their field. Speakers featured on the panel are: Steve Horn, an investigative, environmental digital journalist from DeSmogBlog, Katie Klabusich, award-winning social media director of the Best of the Left podcast, Zach Roberts, a freelance photo/video journalist and keynote speaker Rick Smith of the Rick Smith show. For more information visit or contact Dr. Kevin Mahoney at or 610-683-4337
                Kevin Mahoney, English

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, West Gym 105, come and enjoy a day full of activities to promote self-esteem, health, and the diverse and realistic portrayal of people's bodies. Activities include information tables, FREE chocolate, food, manicures and more.

Join us at 1 p.m. for Food Guilt No More, as author and activist, Food Mood Girl, Lindsey Smith, helps you uncover patterns of guilt and emotional eating that undermine your relationship with food and shows you how to replace guilt with love.  Lindsey's books include Food Guilt No More, Junk Foods & Junk Moods, The Food Mood Girl's Winter Survival Guide, and 52 Ways to Love Your Body More.  For more information on Lindsey Smith and her books visit:  Food Guilt No More is sponsored by Health & Wellness Center, Multicultural Center & Housing, and Residential Life & Dining Services.

For more information on Love Your Body Day please contact the Women's Center at 610-683-4655 or .
                Mary Borst, Women's Center

Effective Friday, Oct. 16, Barbara Miller will be taking over for Shannon Sibiski in the Copy Center. Barb has been working for Kutztown Publishing at the Albright Copy Center. Due to her experience, we expect a seamless transition.  Shannon's last day is Thursday, Oct. 15. We would like to thank Shannon for her superior customer service and wish her well in her new position.
                Barb Miller, Kutztown Publishing Company

The U.S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, established by the Continental Congress, Oct. 13, 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.  Within the Navy is, what some call the most secretive and powerful fighting component of the Navy; the submarine force. For 112 years, the Navy's submarine force has silently defended the nation under the seas. The submarine force enables the Navy and the nation to win wars, deter wars, defeat terrorists, and ease disasters.  For many Sailors, including those in the submarine force, the Navy's birthday is a time to remember tradition and legacy, all who have lost their lives defending the country throughout the seas, and those who have made us the finest Navy in the world.  We celebrate you today!    Source:
                Office of Veterans Services

Members please join us for our next Union meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at Janelle's Catering Hall in Topton, Pa. at 7 p.m.  Please plan to attend; we will be taking nomination for the Executive Board positions. We will be voting in November for all positions for a two year term.
                Chris Ferris, secretary, AFSCME 2234

The Communication Design department would like to invite you to the opening of The Digital Visual: An Exhibition of Information Design on Oct. 22. Details are available at  The opening will be from 4-6 p.m. at the Miller Gallery, and then our guest speaker, Stefanie Posavec will be speaking in Sharadin 120 at 6 p.m. Stefanie is flying in from London and will be speaking on her process and her recent work, which can be seen at  We hope to see you, and your students, at the opening. Thanks!
                Summer Doll-Myers & Josh Miller, Communication Design

This fall, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET), in partnership with the Office of Distance Education and the Office of Assessment, is hosting a series of Friday afternoon workshops and conversations about teaching and learning. A primary goal of CET is to provide support and assistance to departments, programs, and individual faculty members seeking to integrate innovative practices into their academic objectives.  Our faculty-driven, interactive workshops are designed to expose participants to current pedagogical practices on KU's campus, as well as offering opportunities to reflect on and refine one's own practice. Please see below for details. Participants will receive a certificate of recognition.

Oct. 23, 2:15-3:15 p.m., RL 16
Dr. Lynn Kutch, Associate Professor of German

How to Stimulate Critical Thinking and Increase Student Participation Using Visual Literacy Strategies 
In this engaging and interactive demonstration, Lynn Kutch will showcase field-tested methods of using authentic visuals--such as photographs, graphic novel pages and artwork--to deepen critical understanding of course material and to maximize class participation.

Future Workshops

Oct. 30, 12-1 p.m., RL 16 
Leveraging Library Resources to Enable Student Information Literacy

Nov. 6, 12-1 p.m., RL 16
Assigning, Designing, and Assessing Student Reflections

Nov. 13, 12-1 p.m., RL 16
Turning Things Upside Down: The Whys and Hows of Flipping the Classroom

Nov. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m., RL 16
Google+ Communities for the Classroom

Bring your car or blanket back to campus to attend the Inaugural Drive-In Movie night as part of Homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 25. This double feature will start at 7 p.m. at the Luckenbill Road athletic field with the showing of "Hotel Transylvania." The second feature showing "Hokus Pokus" will start immediately following the first feature approximately at 8:45 p.m. This is a free event for alumni and families, along with Kutztown Community members and University students. Enjoy a night under the stars enjoying two fall classics to wrap up a full Homecoming weekend.  If you are planning to view the movie from your car, we ask that you please register so that we can ensure the best viewing for everyone.
                KU Foundation & Alumni Relations

We've heard you! We know you have a busy schedule. We're here to help!
We're excited to announce...
New! At the Multipurpose Room Lunch Buffet: We have added a grab & go cooler offering a variety of salads, sandwiches, snacks and bottled beverages. Please note: all items are priced as marked and will need to be purchased at the cashier separately from the buffet.

Did you know Grab & Go is still available in all of these locations!?

Academic Forum: Don't have time to sit and eat!? There's a cooler at the International Eatery-Please help yourself and any cashier can help you! Or get Grab & Go items at the
Academic Grounds with your We Proudly Serve Starbucks Coffee.

Bear's Den Starbucks: New this semester-Bistro Boxes!

Rohrbach Library:  Book & Brew-We Proudly Serve Java City Coffee & a delicious array of Salads, Sandwiches, and Snacks!

Check out all of our locations:
                Paige Jensen, Aramark

OCTOBER IS DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH AT KU! On Oct. 29, the DSO will welcome Laura DiGalbo, M.Ed., CRC, LPC to campus to present two informational sessions on psychological disabilities.

Bad Behavior or Mental Illness?
Thursday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Recreation Center Room 200
Encourage your students to attend!

Mental illness is a hidden disability which can cause social barriers like stigma and tolerance for discrimination. Discover who these students are and learn the difference between psychiatric symptoms and "Bad Behavior." Learn strategies on what you can do when interacting with individuals who may experience mental illness. Learn what strides have been made through the ADA and its amendments for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Psychiatric Disabilities - Understanding Student Behavior
Thursday, Oct. 29, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Boehm 261
All faculty and staff encouraged to attend!
Learn strategies for working with students who display odd or concerning behaviors and the difference between a psychiatric disability and inappropriate behavior on campus. Learn strategies for working with students who have mental health illness and what actions to avoid. Discuss the role of the institution and your role in helping these students succeed in the university setting.
                Linda Lantaff, director, Disability Services




Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Women's Soccer vs. Bloomsburg - 3 p.m. (Keystone Field) Live Stats
Friday, Oct. 16 - Women's Volleyball vs. Slippery Rock - 11:30 a.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Friday, Oct. 16 - Women's Volleyball vs. Edinboro - 7 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 17 - Women's Bowling - (All Day) KU Fall Baker Invitational (Berks Lanes)
Saturday, Oct. 17 - Women's Volleyball vs. Mercyhurst - 10 a.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 17 - Field Hockey (Senior Day) vs. Seton Hill - 1 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 17 - Women's Volleyball vs. Gannon - 6 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Sunday, Oct. 18 - Women's Bowling  -(All Day) KU Fall Baker Invitational (Berks Lanes)



Saturday, Oct. 17 - Men's Rugby vs. Wheeling Jesuit, 1 p.m. (Ruby Pitch)
Saturday, Oct. 17 - Women's Lacrosse vs. Temple, 4 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium)
Sunday, Oct. 18 - Ice Hockey vs. Bloomsburg, 4:30 p.m. (Body Zone, Wyomissing)



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