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October 22, 2015


The Daily Brief

"Same old tune? Using music to keep our students!" PA Modern Language Association Conference 2015 

On Friday Oct. 16, 2015, Matthew Bello and Kelly Esslinger, both Spanish BSED seniors, present at the PA State Modern Language Association Fall Conference. Their presentation, "Same old tune? Using music to keep our students!" is based on individual research done for their honors capstone projects.  Pictured with them is co-chair of the conference and KU Spanish professor, Dr. Nancy Zimmerman.  Eleven other German and Spanish teacher candidates will be participating in the conference as well, thanks to grants from Modern Language Studies, Secondary Education, and the KU Foundation.




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11 a.m.

Brian Smith, UGG Founder, COB Featured Speaker Series, AF 200

11 a.m.

Philosophy Club, MSU 312

11 a.m.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, DF210

11 a.m.

Institutional Climate, Women's Center, OM3

3 p.m.

Financial Aid Session, Boehm 145

4-6 p.m.

Digital Visual Exhibition, Miller Gallery

6 p.m.

Stefanie Posavec, Sharadin 120

8 p.m.

Ant Man, KU Movie Series, MSU Alumni Auditorium




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

Partly Sunny skies with more sun in the morning and more clouds in the afternoon as a cold front slowly approaches. Slight chance of a passing sprinkle or shower in the afternoon or evening but only a small chance. I think most areas stay dry and this front passes mainly dry. One more mild day before the bottom drops out again. Highs in the low to mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 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. 22, 1966:  Ground is broken for a new library on campus, now known as the Rohrbach Library.  The 69,521 square-foot project costs $1.336 million and takes two years to complete.  Books were moved in to the building from the former library, now the Graduate Center, on Nov. 14, 1968.



Please join us today, Oct. 22,  for the College of Business Featured Speaker, Brian Smith, founder of the world famous UGG Australia Brand, at the Academic Forum room 200 at 11 a.m. Smith is one of the most sought after international business leaders in the country today. He is committed to teaching entrepreneurs how to leverage their most precious assets from within, and to recognize and pursue their passions to create a fulfilling and successful life. Brian has authored the book "The Birth of a Brand - Launching Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Soul," and will be presenting his knowledge and experience to attendees.
                College of Business

Kutztown University's Rho chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society will be holding a fundraiser/bake sale today, Oct. 22 in the McFarland Student Union Building from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 23, Kutztown University will host a Homecoming Super Spirit Day.  From 9 - 11 a.m. the Spirit Patrol will be out campus looking for the best displays of Golden Bear pride.  We will have 5 additional teams out looking for the best showing.  A gallery of Spirit Day photos will be posted on social media.  Help us paint campus maroon and gold and kick-off Homecoming with some KU pride. 

The National Science Foundation KU-STEM Scholars program will offer a seminar by biologist Dr. Erika Iyengar from Muhlenberg College entitled: "Stuck on you: Free-loading marine snails & a scientist's research trajectory". The seminar will be today, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. in BH 145. All are welcome.
                Chris Sacchi, Biology

The KU Philosophy Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. in MSU 312. Milo Crimi, UCLA Philosophy Department [and KU grad], will speak on:
Infinite Regress
Diving into the Eddy of a Hopeless Process:
Russell on Bradley's Regress
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

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

The Institutional Climate Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. in the Women's Center Oasis (OM- 3). The agenda includes a review of the ICC's recommendation to reinstate the Ombuds position, the flow chart on academic and student and employee support services, and the diversity dialogue trust talks program. All are welcome. 
                J Cohen, chair, ICC

Tune in for a special edition of "Kutztown Live" with Shantae Taylor at 2 p.m. During the hour, Shantae chats with former Congressman Joe Sestak who is walking 17 miles across the Lehigh Valley to address slow historical growth of small business in Pennsylvania.  Prior to Shantae's show, make sure to catch Jo Painter on "What's the Story" at 11:30 a.m., always sharing interesting stories from around Berks County. This week's topic: exorcism. KUR is always interesting and informative, especially on Thursdays with all of our community interest talk programming! Stream KUR Live at
                Michael Regensburger, KUR

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

Financial Aid Progress Policy information sessions will be held for the campus community. These sessions will help students understand the academic requirements for Financial Aid. Advisors are also welcome. Sessions will be offered, Oct. 19-23, in Boehm 145. Please encourage your students to attend. Times are listed at:
                Lisa Schroeder, Financial Aid

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

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

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.             letters  A - L                       Stratton Administration Bldg
                                                                                                First Floor Conference Room, rm 111

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.             letters  M - Z                     Rohrbach Library
                                                                                                Leisure Reading Room, rm 105

1 - 3 p.m.                            letters  A - L                       Rohrbach Library
                                                                                                Leisure Reading Room, rm 105

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

In preparation for fall commencement, faculty in need of regalia may rent maroon attire through KUSSI. Academic attire is required for individuals participating in the commencement program. The deadline to place an order for rental attire is Oct.  30, 2015.

To place an order for rental attire, please contact Laurel Brandt by email with the following information:
·         First and Last Name
·         Height
·         Degree
·         Area of Study
·         Alma mater

Rented attire can be picked up in room 170, McFarland Student Union, starting Dec. 7, 2015 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. It must be returned immediately following the graduation ceremony to KUSSI in the faculty robing area.
                Matt Assad, business services manager, KUSSI

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.

International Storyteller and KU Alum, Kristin Pedemonti shares here tales from from her recent trip to Iran.  Her two exciting, free, performances are: Monday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. and Tues. Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. in MSU's Alumni Auditorim. Kristin Pedemonti is sponsored in part by a grant from the Sesquicentennial Committee.
                Dr. Deryl Johnson, Comm. Studies

On Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Lu Ann Cahn, author, reporter and television personality, will deliver a keynote address at Kutztown University as a part of National Career Development Month.  The event will take place in the Georgian Room of Old Main.  Cahn is the author of the inspirational memoir I Dare Me, an entertaining look back on a year that changed everything for her. The book grew out of a blog called Year of Firsts, which chronicled this veteran journalist, mother and survivor's daily adventures as she pushed herself to try something new for every single day - an effort to get her life "unstuck," as her daughter put it.  She went on this year long adventure while working her full time "day job" as an 8-time Emmy award-winning journalist with NBC10 News in Philadelphia. Cahn's journey eventually led to a major career change. In December 2014, she left her 40 year career in broadcast news to dare audiences across the country and to help launch the next generation of communicators at Temple University. Cahn is the Director of Career Services for Temple's School of Media and Communication.  Cahn is well known in Philadelphia where she worked for WCAU-TV for 27 years.  Read the entire release here.



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.

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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