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October 3, 2016


The Daily Brief

Nykolai Blichar "It's On Us"

Kutztown University student Nykolai Aleksandor Blichar has been selected to serve on the It's On Us Student Advisory Committee.  Blichar, a political science major from Palmerton, Pa., is one of 28 students serving on the committee.  Those selected are from colleges and universities across the country including Fordham University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, the University of Connecticut and Williams College.  The It's On Us 2016-2017 Student Advisory Committee is made up of a variety of students studying political science and government to mathematics, gender and sexuality studies, psychology and public health. Selected members are all highly engaged in their school, through leadership roles in student governments, LGBTQ groups, Greek life and multicultural groups. Many have experience working around the issue of sexual assault, whether as volunteer crisis counselors, peer educators, or leading bystander intervention training. Students serving on the committee are those that take the lead on their campuses and mobilize their peers to create cultural and systemic changes. The It's On Us Student Advisory Committee was created to further empower young people to step up and to be a part of the solution.



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10 a.m. UPC Open Forum, RL 100 C
Noon Women's Golf Fall Invitational, Moselem Springs Golf Club
1 - 3 p.m. Nicholas Sanelli, Sex Trafficking, 183 MSU (Alumni Auditorium)
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. President Hawkinson's Free Hour, 303 Stratton
5:30 p.m. Walk with Wynnie, President's Residence back porch




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

Low pressure begins to pull away from the region. Scattered showers will remain in the forecast but the threat for precipitation decreases as the day progresses. High temperature in the low 70s. Winds northwest at 7 mph. Rainfall less than .1"




It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time professor and coach Dan Hinkle, who died yesterday afternoon.  Details on services will be posted as soon as they are available.  Messages of sympathy can be sent to his wife Lois at 419 Baldy Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.  Please look for further information in tomorrow's Daily Brief. 


On September 23, the union (APSCUF) that represents the faculty at the 14 State System universities called for an October 19 strike date if their contract is not settled.  With the date quickly approaching, KU's administration has been working hard to put contingency plans in place should a strike actually occur.
In the event of a strike, the university will remain open and students will be instructed to report to class as usual.  On Friday, letters were sent from President Hawkinson to all individuals covered by the APSCUF bargaining agreement, detailing their options should a strike take place. These letters were sent via KU email and U.S. mail to home addresses.  Non-represented employees and employees covered by the AFSCME, OPEIU, SPFPA and SCUPA collective bargaining agreements also received information via KU email and U.S. mail at their home addresses regarding their duties in the event of a strike. These letters are very important. Please be sure to read them carefully.  Additional information is accessible through our website under news and announcements at
Any follow-up questions should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.
                Matt Santos, University Relations  


Oct. 3, 1 - 3 p.m.
Human rights activist Nicholas Sanelli will share his story about sex trafficking on Monday, Oct. 3, from 1 - 3 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium in the McFarland Student Union. Sanelli will present an open and honest discussion about his experience with sex trafficking. He will cover addictions, trauma, gender identity, mental health and the risk factors for sex trafficking. Nicholas is an advocate for humanizing domestic sex trafficking as well as addiction, and this presentation will discuss these issues and bring awareness to them.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Maria Sanelli, KU FDI director at  


Oct. 3, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his free hour on Monday, Oct. 3, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Free hours will occur on the first Monday of the month in 303 Stratton. Dr. Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding Kutztown University.


Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to take a walk with Dr. Hawkinson and his dog, Wynnie, on Monday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. Walkers will meet on the back porch of the President's Residence. Dog waste bags will be provided for those who bring their dogs. Refreshments will be served upon return to the President's residence.


Oct. 3, 10 a.m.
The third and last informational session organized by the University Promotion Committee is today at 10 a.m. in RL 100 C. If you are applying for promotion this year or in future, you may find the session helpful. The Department Chairs and chairs of DPC may be benefited from these sessions as well. The members of UTC will also be there to address tenure related issues.


Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
In honor of LGBT History Month, the nation's most awarded LGBT journalist Mark Segal will speak at Kutztown University on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium in the McFarland Student Union.  The event is free and open to the public.  Respected by his peers for pioneering the idea of local LGBT newspapers, Segal is one of the founders and former president of both The National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. He is known as the nation's most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. His memoir, "And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality" was released in October and has become a best seller.  Read the full release here.   


Application Deadline:  Monday, Oct. 24, 2016
Applications will be accepted from graduating seniors cleared to walk at the fall 2016 Commencement ceremony. In order to be considered for this distinction, a candidate must meet the following minimum requirements:
·         be cleared to participate in the fall 2016 commencement ceremony
·         have a grade point average at or above 3.0
·         demonstrated service to the university community and a record of good university citizenship and cooperation
·         demonstrated evidence of meaningful co-curricular involvement
·         be in good disciplinary standing
·         must be available to interview and present your speech (speech need not be memorized) In addition, each candidate must submit a completed application available at: Application UG.pdf
Finalists will be chosen to participate in an interview process to determine the candidate of choice who will be expected to provide a brief address that communicates the spirit of the day (approximately 3-5 minutes) at the fall 2016 Commencement ceremony.
                Andrea Kirshman, associate provost, Retention and Student Success  


Oct. 6, 4 p.m., 102 AF
The next meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. in 102 AF.
The agenda and attachments can be found on the Senate website by clicking on the following link:
Note: All University Senate meetings for 2016 will be held in 102 AF.
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, University Senate  


Effective today, Oct. 3, the Rohrbach Library will be opening at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday to accommodate the needs of our students. The complete list of our regular hours will be as follows:
Sunday: 2 p.m. - midnight
Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. - midnight
Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Please share with your students.
                Jennifer A. Tanzos, administrative assistant, Rohrbach Library


The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Thursday, October 6  11am in MSU [SUB] 323.   There will be a panel discussion on:  Can You Feel Safe in a Safe Space?
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 or, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations.  Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations."] 
                Levi Walbert, president; Allan Bäck, advisor  


Please welcome the following individuals who join the KU community this week.
Joni Klopp, assistant director of Admissions
Jonathan Troyer, patrol officer


KU Faculty - Please consider nominating students who completed internships during the fall 2015 - summer 2016 period. We are a member of PennACE and have had several students nominated each year thanks to your promotion and recognition of our outstanding student interns (technical, liberal arts, and business)!  The process for nominating students is simple.  Please recognize your students for the wonderful & interesting work they did last academic year through summer.  For details go to:
                Kerri Gardi, director, Career Development Center    



Golden Bear football


Monday, Oct. 3
noon                     Women's Golf hosts Fall Invitational - Moselem Springs Golf Club (Fleetwood, Pa.)  

Wednesday, Oct. 5
2 p.m.                   Men's Tennis vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas - Keystone Courts  

Friday, Oct. 7
7 p.m.                   Women's Volleyball vs. Shippensburg - Keystone Arena (Live Stats)  

Saturday, Oct. 8
noon                     Women's Soccer vs. Clarion - Keystone Field (Live Stats)
1:05 p.m.              Football vs. Bloomsburg - Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video)
3 p.m.                   Women's Volleyball vs. Millersville - Keystone Arena (Live Stats)
7 p.m.                   Field Hockey vs. West Chester - Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Live Video)



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