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October 7, 2016


The Daily Brief

Danielle Sienko published MSOR Connections

During the academic year 2015-2016, Drs. Paul Ache, Yun (Amy) Lu and Francis Vasko, Department of Mathematics, guided Danielle Sienko's senior project work on grouping final exams so that the number of students that have three final exams occurring in the same day are reduced. .  This work was done with the input and cooperation of Ted Witryk, University Registrar.  Her approach has been implemented with the Fall 2016 semester.  With the help of Natalie Snow, Director of Institutional  Research, this summer, we analyzed Fall 2016 data and if the "old" final exam schedule had been used, the number of students with three exams on the same day would have been 956.  With the new system that is being used this semester, the number of conflicts is only 416.  A paper just published in MSOR (mathematics, statistics, and operational research) Connections (V15, N1, pp 33-38, 2016) discusses this novel approach to assigning class time periods to final exam days.   



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7 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. Shippensburg - Keystone Arena




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

High pressure over New England will produce a sunny day. Ridge axis to bisect our region so strong atmospheric subsidence will occur. Pretty nice day in store! High temperature in the mid-70s. Winds northeast at 7 mph.

Latest edition of "Weather & Climate Chat" with Dr. Michael Davis and Monsoon Mike Regensburger is now up. The two Michaels discuss a topic that's been on meteorologists' minds for days ... what's up with Hurricane Matthew. Listen to the podcast here:




The State System of Higher Education Board of Governors today approved a new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree for Kutztown University.  The program will be run by the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.   Currently, KU offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree. Within that program, are two tracks: software development and information technology.  Creating the new major in information technology, and eliminating the track option, will respond to student and employer demand at the local, state and national levels.  Read the story here.  


Stop by to score 20% off on all KU apparel and gift items for our First Friday Discount Day! Prepare for fall weather with some maroon and gold cold gear. 

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 Dr. Jonathan Kremser for further information about the degree.  The official nomination form can be found at this link:  Honorary Doctorate Nomination Form .  Deadline for nominations is November 1. The committee will be meeting to consider the nominations in mid-November.
                Jonathan Kremser, chair, Honorary Doctorate Committee

Do you know all the advisor reports available on MyKU?  Do you know how to generate which advisees are in Academic Jeopardy or their GPA for the major?  Could you wish use a little one-on-one training for MyKU before advisement begins?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then take heart! Help is available. Holly Fox, Director of Enterprise Software Development at KU will be available for three hours on October 14, to help us prepare for advisement.

Whether you're a MyKU novice or expert, Holly will be available for your questions. Drop in hours are between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  From 1-2 p.m., Holly will lead a 45-minute session focusing on how to generate reports such as the Detailed Advisement List.

October 14 - 200 Stratton
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                   Drop in/Open Session
1 - 2 p.m.                            Generating Reports on MyKU
This session will be available in person or online.  To attend online:  please contact Holly before Oct. 14 ( to access the link.

Sponsored by Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, CASA, and Andrea Kirshman and Deryl Johnson (KU reps. for the State System Student Engagement Team).

Oct. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The following Professional Writing majors will be completing the required Professional Writing Comprehensive Exam on Friday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please excuse them from any missed classes and allow them to make up any missed work.  Berry, Sarah; Boccardo, Jessica; Brajkovich, Morgan; Gibson, Shannon; Johle, Bryce; Keer, Adrienne; Kinsman, Jacob; Nave, Ashley; Pagliei, Kristan; Rineer, Kassidy; Whitesall, Donald
                Todd Dodson, Professional Writing Comprehensive Exam Coordinator

Oct. 7 Registration deadline
One more week to register for the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Ninth Summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education on Nov. 2-4, 2016, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 7. Individuals or their respective departments are responsible for their own registration, but we would like to know who from KU is planning to attend. We will also help connect folks who might be looking to share transportation and/or lodging. If you are attending, please send a quick email to For more information and to register:


In preparation for fall commencement, faculty in need of regalia may rent maroon attire through KUSSI at no cost to you. Academic attire is required for individuals participating in the commencement program. The deadline to place an order for rental attire is Friday, November 4, 2016.

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 171, McFarland Student Union, starting Monday, December 12 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. It must be returned immediately following the graduation ceremony to KUSSI in the faculty robing area.
                Jim Scally, Auxiliary Services Coordinator, KUSSI





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

Saturday, Oct. 8
12 p.m.                 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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