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October 6, 2015


The Daily Brief

Lynn Kutch "Enhancing and Sustaining University Programs through Consortium Building"

Dr. Lynn M. Kutch, Department of Modern Language Studies, recently published the article "Enhancing and Sustaining University Programs through Consortium Building" in the anthology Taking Stock of German Studies in the United States: The New Millennium (Camden House). The article discusses the formation and goals of the PASSHE German Studies Consortium, an initiative that resulted from a 2012 PASSHE Collaboration Grant that Dr. Kutch secured in cooperation with Dr. Luke Springman (Bloomsburg Univ).  




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11 a.m.                 Commuter Student Welcome Luncheon, MSU250
11 a.m.                 Finding Internships Info Session, Career Development Center
4:30 p.m.             Chamblis Lecture, AF201
7 p.m.                   Volleyball vs. East Stroudsburg, Keystone Arena



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


Partly Sunny and delightful with high pressure in control. Highs in the low 70s. Soft northwest breezes.




(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. 6, 1933:  Pa. Governor Gifford Pinchot orders all farming activities at Kutztown State Teachers College to cease by Jan. 1, 1934.  The governor declares that all stock be disposed of and the farm leased by May 1934.  Kutztown holds a public sale of farming equipment and stock on December 15, 1933.



Professor Cheryl Hochberg, chair of the fine arts department, will present the fall 2015 Chambliss Faculty Lecture today, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Academic Forum, room 201. This event is free and open to the public.

Hochberg's lecture is entitled, "How Strange! Recent Creative Projects and Collaborative Endeavors." Working in both studio and travel settings, Hochberg uses animal subjects as a platform to explore the often unsettling and unknowable nature of the physical world. This lecture will address her recent projects, including her paintings, prints, constructions and collaborative endeavors. She will also situate this work within the larger context of her other academic and community-based creative activities.

In addition to teaching drawing and professional practice courses at KU, Hochberg also serves as advisor for Eckhaus, the student-run gallery on Main Street in Kutztown, and is on the board of Allentown FUSE. Her work has been exhibited at locations throughout the U.S., including the Allentown Art Museum, Montgomery College/Takoma Park, The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, Pa. and Sweetbriar College. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions, most recently at the Ice Box and the Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia, the Womanmade Gallery in Chicago and the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Hochberg's work can also be seen in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, the Westinghouse Corporation and the Lehigh Valley Hospital

A Sense of Wonder is a play written and performed by Kaiulani Lee.  It is a story about Rachel Carson's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it! Environmentalist and Pennsylvania native, Rachel Carson was named as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine.  Come out to experience this one woman play about Rachel Carson tomorrow, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in MSU 183! 
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor

Due to the flu shots being offered in HR on Thursday, Oct. 8, we will only be able to accommodate one person at a time for background checks. If you need to come to HR for your background check, we recommend you do so on a day other than Oct. 8. Otherwise you should be prepared for delays in completing your background checks in HR on that day. This does not apply to those returning their background check results, only those coming to complete their applications for checks.
                Jennifer Weidman, Human Resources

An additional Walk with Wynnie has been added on Oct. 12.  Join the Hawkinsons for a walk around campus led by Wynnie.  Meet at 5:30 on the patio behind the president's house.  The walk will be cancelled in case of rain. 

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

Patrol Officer
Public Safety and Police Services
Posting End Date: 10/11/2015

Custodial Worker 1 - 3rd shift
Posting End Date: 10/10/2015

Clerk Typist 2
Housing and Residential Services
Posting End Date: 10/20/2015

Custodial Worker 1 - 1st shift
Posting End Date: 10/10/2015

Custodial Worker 1 - 2nd shift
Posting End Date: 10/10/2015

University Nurse
Health and Wellness Center
Posting End Date: 10/15/2015

Management Technician
Financial and Business Services - Budget
Posting End Date: 10/10/2015

Clerk Typist 2
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Posting End Date: 10/19/2015

Internal positions are posted at Please direct any questions and comments to or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources

You can create Group Discussions in D2L? Group Discussions allow you to break a large class into smaller discussion groups to make the discussion forum more manageable for both the instructor and the student, creating a more collaborative and rich discussion. To set up Group Discussions, you must first set up Groups. See the  Creating Groups document for more information. Once your groups have been set up, D2L can automatically create a group-restricted topic for each of your discussion forums. The Creating Group Discussions guide outlines the process of creating Group Discussions.

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

The Department of Modern Language Studies and Rohrbach Library are honored to have been awarded an NEH/ALA grant entitled "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History", which is a public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries.  A schedule of events at KU and nearby communities can be found at  For more information or a poster of the KU events, please contact Christine Coleman Núñez at
                Christine Coleman Nunez, Modern Languages

Honorary Degrees are granted to men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare and improvement of their community, region, Kutztown University, the state of Pennsylvania, the United States, or to humanity at large. The Kutztown University Honorary Doctorate Committee is currently seeking nominations of distinguished individuals for the award. Please contact Anne Zayaitz for further information about the degree and for official nomination forms.  The committee will be meeting to consider the nominations in mid-November.
                Anne Zayaitz, acting provost/vice president, Academic and Student Affairs

Alan Altamarino, a 27-year old artist from Oaxaca, Mexico is at KU for a 2-week residency. He is exhibiting large-scale woodblock prints of women, his favorite subject matter in the Sharadin Student Gallery. Dates: Oct 6- 12. Meet the artist reception: Thurs Oct 8 at 4 p.m. His visit is supported by a Sesquicentennial Fund Grant.  More info and sample image here:
                Kevin McCloskey, 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. This fall's workshops will be held on Friday afternoons in the Rohrbach Library. Please see below for details. Participants will receive a certificate of recognition.

Oct. 9, 12 - 1 p.m., RL 28
Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek, Coordinator of Composition and Associate Professor, Composition & Rhetoric, with Dr. Moe Folk, Associate Professor, Digital Rhetoric & Multimodal Composition.
Comp Conversations Across the Curriculum - Join Amy Lynch-Biniek and Moe Folk, for a friendly and open conversation about student writing and writing assignments. Rather than present on a specific topic, Amy invites you to bring your questions, problems and success stories for participants to wrestle with together. Feel free to bring a writing assignment or activity from your class to share or discuss.

Future Workshops

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

Oct. 30, 12-1PM, RL 16
Krista Prock, Information Literacy Librarian, Rohrbach Library - Leveraging Library Resources to Enable Student Information Literacy

Nov. 6, 12 - 1 p.m., RL 16
Dr. Moe Folk, Associate Professor, Digital Rhetoric & Multimodal Composition - Assigning, Designing, and Assessing Student Reflections

Nov. 13, 12 - 1 p.m., RL 16
Dr. Annmarie Cordner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice - Turning Things Upside Down: The Whys and Hows of Flipping the Classroom

Nov. 20, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., RL 16
Dr. Lee Weyant, Professor, Management - Google+ Communities for the Classroom




Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Volleyball vs. East Stroudsburg - 7 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Wednesday, Oct. 7 - Women's Soccer vs. East Stroudsburg - 2 p.m. (Keystone Field) Live Stats
Friday, Oct. 9 - Volleyball vs. Lock Haven - 7 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Saturday, Oct. 10 - Volleyball vs. Pitt-Johnstown - 1 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats
Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Women's Soccer vs. Bloomsburg - 3 p.m. (Keystone Field) Live Stats  




Saturday, Oct. 10 - Men's Ice Hockey vs. Lasalle, 8 p.m. (Body Zone, Wyomissing)  


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