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October 16, 2017

Kutztown University Daily Brief


Its On Us


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

High pressure to settle into the region. Skies will clear and we should see ample sunshine. The big story will be the much cooler temperatures. Strong cold air advection to occur as stiff northwest winds usher in some unseasonably cool air. High temperature near 60. Winds northwest at 10-15 mph.


At the KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace today, Monday, Oct. 16, only. Thanks to the football team for this Pawbucks Monday.

AFSCME is selling Chick-fil-A Original Sandwich Combo Meal coupons for $5 (a $6.35 value). The $5 coupon offer is valid at the Academic Forum and is valid until May 2018. A convenient lunch or for use as stocking-stuffers during the holidays. To purchase your coupons contact Ray Dunkle by email or call Annette Christman at 610-683-4540.
     Annette Christman, AFSCME

PEBTF Open Enrollment for AFSCME and SCUPA employees will run from Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 through Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 for an effective date of Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. This is your annual opportunity to review your medical plan options and choose a plan that meets your needs. PEBTF Open Enrollment newsletters detailing plan updates were mailed to members on Monday, Oct. 2; the newsletter is posted on the PEBTF's website. All Open Enrollment elections should be made through Employee Self-Service (ESS). No action is necessary if you are satisfied with your current plan. The State System will be emailing members on Monday, Oct. 16, with detailed information.
     Jean Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Open Enrollment for all employee groups will run from Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 through Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 for calendar year 2018. You must elect an FSA each year even if you are currently enrolled. There are two types of FSA accounts: Medical Reimbursement Account for out-of-pocket expenses not paid by insurance and Dependent Care Account which can be used to pay for child or elder care expenses including day care, before/after school care and summer day camps. **NOTE: A Dependent Care FSA is not related to health care expenses for a dependent. For 2018, the Medical Reimbursement Account limit has been increased to $2,600. Open Enrollment elections should be made through Employee Self Service (ESS). The State System will be emailing members on Monday, Oct. 16, with detailed information.
     Jean Adam, benefits manager, Human Resources

The Department of Communication Studies is offering a special "High Anxiety" section of COM010 Fundamentals of Oral Communication in Spring 2018 semester. If you are aware of any of your advisees who may benefit from the High Anxiety Section of COM 010 Fundamentals of Oral Communication, please consider having students contact Dr. Jermaine Martinez by email:, or direct students to the following website:
     Dr. Jermaine Martinez, Department of Communication Studies

Fire Alarm Systems
The fire alarm system consists of a fire alarm panel and devices such as, manual pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors, strobes, horns and voice notification system. All campus buildings and residence halls have a centralized automatic fire alarm system. The fire alarms systems are monitored 24/7 by University Police. Activation of a fire alarm is either manual (alarm pull stations) or automatic (smoke detectors, heat detectors or sprinkler flow); which sounds alarms throughout the building. All campus buildings are equipped with manual alarm pull stations which are located at the building exits. All fire alarm systems are thoroughly inspected annually by a certified technician and have backup power.
     Jeffrey LaGamba, CET assistant director, Environmental Health and Safety
Oct. 16, 5 p.m.
We will be taking nominations for officers and executive board members at our next membership meeting today, Monday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. in 223 MSU. If you are interested in running for an office, please plan to be there. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month. Food will be provided. Please plan to attend and become involved in your union.
     Chris Ferris, secretary, Local 2234

Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.
Join Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson and Wynnie on a walk around campus today, Monday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. Walkers should meet on the back porch of the President's residence. Waste bags will be provided for those who bring their own dogs. Refreshments will be served at the President's residence at the conclusion of the walk.

Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Faculty, please invite your students and join us for KU's first Story Slam Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in 183 MSU. The inaugural theme is free speech. A story slam is an opportunity to share five minutes of your biography with a room full of people who enjoy a well-told tale. It is a fun-filled competition where you will laugh, shed tears, and bear witness to memorable moments and testimonies. Join us, express yourself, and earn a chance to win some great prizes. $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Sponsored by: Association of Campus Events, Communications Studies Department, English Department and the Lehigh Valley Story Slam.
     Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor

Oct. 18, 9 a.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
The Library and Learning Technologies department is pleased to host speaker and author, Sharon Flake, winner of two Coretta Scott King awards and the YWCA Racial Justice award. There will be a book signing, hot chocolate bar, cookies, swag and a visit from Avalanche. And it's free. Please go to our website for more info:
     Library and Learning Technologies

Oct. 19, 6 p.m.
Dr. Walsh Coates will be hosting a Doctor of Education Open House on Thursday, Oct. 19, 6 - 8 p.m. in 227 BK. The open house is open to all interested faculty and prospective students. Please contact the Secondary Education office at ext. 3-4259 or visit the Education Doctorate website for more information.
     Education Doctoral Program

There are a few tickets left for the Washington D. C. trip on Saturday, Oct. 21. Ticket price is $20 for non-KU students. The bus leaves MSU parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. Hurry up and get your ticket at 153 MSU while they last. If you have questions, please contact Petritsa Chatzitziva at ext. 3-4043.
     Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor


Application Deadline: Monday, Oct. 23
Please share with your students/student employees: In order to be considered for this distinction, a candidate must meet the following minimum requirements:
-be cleared to participate in the fall 2017 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
-submit a completed application
Finalists will be chosen to participate in an interview process to determine the student who will provide a brief address that communicates the spirit of the day (approximately 3 - 5 minutes) at the fall 2017 Commencement ceremony.
     Andrea Kirshman, associate provost, Retention and Student Success

Oct 28
"It's Good to be Golden" is this year's theme for Kutztown University's 2017 Homecoming celebration. Please join us Saturday, Oct. 28, to be part of the fun. FanFest, sponsored by PSECU, runs from 1:30 - 4 p.m. on the DMZ.  Free activities include inflatables, zip line, balloon animals, caricatures and free food. After the game continue the fun at S'more Homecoming behind Risley Hall. Enjoy toasting marshmallows, creating s'mores, indulging in the dessert bar and crafting the perfect cup of cocoa at the hot chocolate bar. For questions, or a full listing of events, please visit or call the Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations office at 610-683-4110. 
     Mary Neuenschwander, associate director of Alumni Relations, KU Foundation

Nov. 3, 8 a.m.
Indie Game Speaker: Doug Kavendek, will be the guest speaker for the CSC320 Game Development course Friday, Nov. 3, from 8 - 8:45 a.m. in 159 Old Main. Learn how a video game developer applied his skills to build a 3D medical simulator and an educational turn-based immunology game called ImmuneQuest for his company. Doug will also speak about his Frightshow Fighter game that he and his two friends have developed. Everyone is welcome.
     Thiep Pham, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

Nov. 6, 11 a.m.
Veterans' Green Zone Awareness Training will be held Monday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. - noon in 116 MSU. Free lunch will be provided. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. This training is designed to raise awareness and sensitivity to the specific needs/concerns of students who are veterans or military-affiliated. Attendees will receive certification as a "Green Zone Advocate." Our mission is to designate as many advocates as possible across campus. Please RSVP at by Tuesday, Oct. 31.
     Veterans Services


Oct. 16 5 p.m. AFSCME, 223 MSU
Oct. 16 5:30 p.m. Walks with Wynnie, President's patio
Oct. 18 9 a.m. Teen Library Day, SA
Oct. 18 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Faculty Appreciation, Wiesenberger Alumni Center
Oct. 19 6 - 8 p.m. Education Doctorate Open House, 227 BK
Oct. 21   Fall Admissions Open House, various locations
Oct. 21 2 p.m. Rugby vs. Army West Point, Rugby Pitch


Tuesday, Oct 17

7 p.m.     FH vs Mansfield, Andre Reed Stadium

Saturday, Oct 21
1 p.m.     Women's soccer vs Seton Hill (Senior Day), Keystone Field
10 a.m.   Women's tennis vs LeMoyne, Keystone Courts
10 a.m.   Men's Tennis vs LeMoyne, Keystone Courts


Oct. 17
The rain from Tropical Storm Nate on Oct. 9, made it impossible to perform our annual fall fertilizer and weed control application on that day. The application is rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct.17. Since the application could not be performed when there were no scheduled classes, the application will be modified from the original posting. The application in the common areas and around buildings will consist only of fertilizer. There will not be any weed control applied around buildings or in common areas. Weed control applications will only take place on and adjacent to our athletic fields. The athletic fields should be completed early in the morning and can be accessed as soon as they are dry. The common areas can be accessed at any time.  The entire campus-wide treatment should be completed by 11 a.m.
     Will Meeker, director of Campus Services, Facilities




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