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October 20, 2015


The Daily Brief

Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Conference 
Erich Lenz, a senior History major, and Sheila Joy, a December 2013 History graduate, made presentations at the Pennsylvania Historical Association annual conference in Grantville, PA, on Oct. 10.  Erich's poster presentation was entitled "The Light Shines On: How America Preserves its Historic Lighthouses," while Sheila participated in the "Pennsylvania History & Social Media" round table. Sheila is completing her MA in public history at Shippensburg University, where she's a graduate assistant in the university library and archive.
            Michael P. Gabriel, Department of History

Latino Americans 500 Years of History

Please help kick off our year of programming related to the "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" on Thursday, Oct. 22.  This first program in our series will begin at 11 a.m. in DF 210 with a 30-minute interactive session dealing with Latino stereotypes, followed by a presentation of Episode 1 of the PBS "The Latino Americans" series: "Foreigners in their Own Land."  The one-hour documentary screening will be followed by a 30-minute wrap-up discussion.  All are welcome for any part of the session they are able to attend.  Please visit for complete program information for the 2015-2016 academic year.
                Dr. Christine Coleman Núñez, chair, Department of Modern Language Studies



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10 a.m. - 3 p.m.                Chi Alpha Epsilon Fundraiser, Old Main
11 a.m.                             Palatine German Brass Band, Schaeffer Auditorium Courtyard
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.              Dog Therapy, Old Main Lobby
7 p.m.                                Immigration Forum, MSU 183 



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


High pressure remains in control and winds swing around to the southwest, equating to more sunny weather but also milder, as well. Daytime highs rebound nicely to around 65.




(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. 2, 1989:  Ground is broken for a new residence hall facility now known as University Place.  The $7.9 million project had been started more than a decade earlier by then director of housing Bob Watrous.  At the ground breaking ceremony President McFarland is not satisfied with using the ceremonial gold shovel and climbs into a backhoe and makes a much larger break in the ground.  Opening in 1991, the facility adds a much-needed 400 new beds to campus. 


As a part of the KU Sesquicentennial Celebration, please be sure to visit the Old Main Concourse inside the main entrance portico for the "150 Years of Kutztown University of Pa. Memorabilia Display."  

This special display of historical KU artifacts is open weekdays from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. through September of 2016.  It will also be open for special occasions, such as this weekend's 2015 Homecoming.  This weekend's hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.  

The display features 11 cases of historic memorabilia, including nine cases in the rear concourse and two permanent cabinets on the wings.   Historic photographs are on display throughout the concourse.   In addition, the entire concourse has new carpeting and furniture, thanks to the efforts of KU facilities. 

Kudos to the members of the Sesquicentennial History Subcommittee for their outstanding efforts to celebrate KU's past: Bill Bateman, chair; Susan Czerny; Patti Derr; Patrick Donmoyer; and Jason and Karen Graver.  Also, special thanks to Karen Stanford and Carol Sztaba for their assistance.  Be sure to stop by to see the humble beginnings of KU as the Keystone State Normal School!




The various initiatives mentioned in President Hawkinson's Opening Day Address and the status of their implementation are now available for review.  The "President's Initiatives: Checklist" can be viewed by clicking here:

A visiting brass band from Germany will perform a short concert today at 11 a.m. in front of Schaeffer Auditorium.  Please come out and welcome our visitors who have come to tour the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center and enjoy their musical gift to us. 

Please welcome the following employees who have started their careers at KU this week.

Zachary Halabura, groundskeeper/laborer
Junelle Jacob, Math Department secretary

You can take course attendance inside D2L? The attendance tool allows you to track student presence in your course, groups, or discussions. Students can view their attendance history so they always know where they stand in regards to the attendance policy. The Attendance Setup Guide and Taking Attendance Guide will help you set up an attendance register and take attendance in your course.  Need more information about working with D2L? Visit our Faculty Resource Page for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education

We heard you! For your convenience, we have developed a featured items menu available at the MPR buffet. We will continue to offer a full salad, grill items, deli and soups! 

Tuesday, Oct. 20:
Baked Ham, Meatball Rigatoni, Scalloped Potatoes, General Tso Stir Fry, Ziti Casserole

Wednesday, Oct. 21:
BBQ London Broil Turkey Breast, Beef, Turkey, and Tomato Macaroni Casserole, Cajun Brown Rice, Sweet Chili Pineapple Tofu Stir Fry, Kielbasa Macaroni and Cheese

Thursday, Oct. 22:
Roasted Beef Round Eye, Chicken Parmesan, Steamed Green Beans, Cheddar and Chive Mashed Potatoes, Ziti Casserole

Friday, Oct. 23:       
Adobo Pork Loin, Broccoli Shrimp Stir Fry, Citrus Honey Roasted Red Potatoes, Roasted Corn Chowder, Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Don't forget! We have added Grab & Go; salads, sandwiches, snacks, & more; and bottled beverages for your convenience. All items are priced as marked and should be purchased separately from the buffet. Thank you. 

Good Morning!  Today's Pcard Distribution Schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. - noon                  letters  A - L                       Rohrbach Library
                                                                                                Leisure Reading Room, rm 105

10 a.m. - noon                  letters  M - Z                     Stratton Administration Bldg
                                                                                                First Floor Conference Room, rm 111

1 - 3 p.m.                            letters  A - L                       Stratton Administration Bldg
                                                                                                First Floor Conference Room, rm 111

1 - 3 p.m.                            letters  M - Z                     Rohrbach Library
                                                                                                Leisure Reading Room, rm 105

We will continue to offer card distribution at the above locations, at various times, thru the end of this week.  Any cardholders that still have their old JPMorgan Chase credit cards, and those that were issued temporary Bank of America cards, are encouraged to bring their cards along when picking up your new Pcards.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this transition please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to seeing you soon. 
                Procurement Services, Card Systems Administrators:  Barb Rahn & Barb Reitz

Kutztown University's Rho chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society will be holding a fundraiser today, Oct. 20 in Old Main (across from the Women's Center).  From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. you can purchase coffee (flavor shots available), designer cupcakes, cookies, brownies, biscotti, and donuts.  Please come out to support their efforts.


Come and get some puppy love on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Old Main Lobby. There will be several dogs in attendance, so take a break from studying and come and get some "canine therapy." 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 & Psychological Services


KUSSI is sponsoring the Fall Graduation Festival for December Graduates on Tuesday Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Georgian Room, Old Main. Please encourage all graduating seniors to attend this one-stop graduation shop. Both undergraduates and graduate students will be able to purchase their caps & gowns, receive graduation tickets, and visit with various campus departments and outside vendors who can assist them with their needs associated with graduation. Students may stop by at their convenience. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Tremper at x3-1339.  *Please note parking will be limited near Old Main that day so please plan ahead.


The following non-instructional vacancies are available on campus.  These positions are open for current employees only.

Posting End Date: 10/23/2015

Maintenance Repairman 2 - HVAC/Plumbing
Posting End Date: 11/02/2015
Internal positions are posted at Please direct any questions and comments to or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources

Amelia Frank-Vitale is a doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. A 2001 graduate of Reading High School, she holds a master's degree in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University and a bachelor's in Anthropology from Yale University. A former fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, her research focuses on Central American migration through Mexico and the intersections among the war on drugs, organized crime groups, party politics, and the varieties of violence faced by undocumented migrants. Her doctoral project will focus on communities in Central America and the families of migrants who have disappeared.

Eduardo García is an activist and photojournalist born in Mexico City. His work has been focused primarily on questions of indigenous peoples in Mexico, Central American migration, disappearance and social movements in Latin America. Trained by World Press Photo, he has been a contributor for Al Jazeera America, Lado B (Mexico), La Garganta (Argentina), and The Clinic (Chile). His photos have also appeared in publications for United Nations Women. Eduardo has served as the coordinator of the Puebla chapter of Amnesty International and is also a permanent volunteer with the migrant shelter Hermanos en el Camino in Oaxaca.

Come out to MSU 183 today, Oct.  20 at 7 p.m. to check it out!
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor




Former Kutztown University pitcher and two-time MLB World Series Champion Ryan Vogelsong returns to KU  on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Former Kutztown University pitcher and two-time MLB World Series Champion Ryan Vogelsong returns to KU  on Saturday, Oct. 24. He will be honored by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the KU President's Office at a private ceremony and will have his #14 jersey retired publically during halftime of KU's 1:05 p.m. homecoming football game at Andre Reed Stadium. 
Vogelsong, a 2005 inductee to the KU Athletics Hall of Fame, was a stellar pitcher and third baseman for the Kutztown University baseball team from 1996-98. He wore #14 in each of his three seasons at KU and will be the first KU baseball player to have his number retired.
Vogelsong was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft, KU's highest-ever draft choice.  He made his Major League debut on Sept. 2, 2000, against the Chicago Cubs. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001, and played four seasons with the Pirates.  He returned to the Giants in 2011.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Women's Soccer vs. Mansfield - 3 p.m. (Keystone Field) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 24 - Women's Soccer vs. Mercyhurst - 12 p.m. (Keystone Field) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 24 - Women's Swimming vs. Misericordia & E. Stroudsburg (Keystone Pool)
Saturday, Oct. 24 - Football vs. E. Stroudsburg - 1:05 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 24 - Field Hockey vs. E. Stroudsburg - 7 p.m. (Andre Reed Stadium) Live Stats  




Saturday, Oct. 24 - Women's Rugby vs. University of Delaware, 11 a.m., Rugby Pitch
Saturday, Oct. 24 - Men's Rugby vs. Army, 1 p.m., Rugby Pitch



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