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September 10, 2015


The Daily Brief

 Ecological Society of America

 Main photo (L to R): Dr. Chris Sacchi, David Grow, Megan Grandinetti, Rosa Malloy, Dr. Chris Habeck. Panel photos (L to R): David Grow, Megan Grandinetti, and Rosa Malloy with her Mentor, Dr. Matt Stone.

The Kutztown University Biology Department and Environmental Science Program was well-represented by students, alumni and faculty at the 100th Annual Ecological Society of America Conference in Baltimore, Md.

Indirect effects of white-tailed deer on Microstegium vimineum abundance in a post-agricultural woodland - Hannah D. Fairley '15, (Environmental Science-Biology Alumnus) and Dr. Christopher W. Habeck, KU Department of Biology.

Decay of leaves and macroalgae and their relation to detrital food webs - Megan E. Grandinetti '13 (KU Environmental Science-Biology Alumna, Scott A. Grubbs, Albert J. Meier and Delaney Rockrohr, all of the Biology and Center for Biodiversity Studies, Western Kentucky University . 

Distribution and abundance of invasive plant species along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Pennsylvania - David A. Grow (Environmental Science-Biology), KU Department of Biology, Marian Orlousky, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Boiling Springs, Pa, Christopher W. Habeck, KU Department of Biology.

A comparison of nest predation between mainland and isolated nesting areas of the diamondback terrapin in coastal Virginia - Rosa L. Malloy '15, (BS Environmental Science-Biology Alumna)  and Matthew D. Stone, both of the KU Department of Biology.

A comparative study of floral traits and pollination biology of milkweed, Asclepias, species in Jamaica and Pennsylvania - Christopher F. Sacchi, KU Department of Biology

Andrew Houck '13, (BS Biology - Organismal Biology and Ecology Alumnus), KU and Joseph D. Sacchi, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University.


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4 p.m.                   Mathematics Colloquium, Lytle 228
6 p.m.                   The Hunting Ground Documentary, MSU Alumni Auditorium
6 - 7 p.m.            Dog Therapy, Georgian Room, Old Main
8 p.m.                   MSU Movie Series, Perfect Pitch 2, MSU Alumni Auditorium



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


Passing, slow-moving cold front will bring rounds of rain showers, a thunderstorm or two, and perhaps some rounds of heavier rain, some of which could lead to some flash flooding in one or two spots. It'll be the first real "rain" we've had in a while, so the ground is dry and runoff potential is high. Much, much cooler with temperatures only in the mid-70s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall accumulations could be around three-quarters of an inch or better.




(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.)


A 1918 audit of the treasury reveals unpaid student accounts dating back to 1910.  With the institution now under state control, the first formal budget in school history was introduced and students required to pay their accounts in full before attending classes.




In honor of those lost on September 11 and those who served in the wake of the terrorist attacks, tomorrow's Spirit Day will be about showing your patriotic pride.  Wear your red, white and blue or your service uniforms.  The spirit patrol will be out looking for the best patriotic display.  Extra points for those who can combine KU spirit and patriotic pride. 

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

This Fall, the Office of Distance Education will be offering a Friday afternoon D2L workshop series, which will take place in RL 29. Thinking about enjoying an early happy hour? What could be happier than a D2L workshop? It's like a party in your course, and everyone's invited!

For more information regarding the session topics, please view our handy online registration form.
                Douglas Scott, Distance Education

You are invited to join the Office of Distance Education and the CET for the 2015 Learning Technologies Open House to be held on Friday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the President's Room, MSU 250. The Open House is being hosted jointly by KU and West Chester University, and will feature interactive sessions by faculty members from both universities. More information and the schedule of presentations will be made available prior to the event.

We are currently calling for presentations that advance digital age learning by helping educators leverage technology to enhance learning experiences, empower students, encourage collaboration, introduce real-world problem solving, and promote information literacy. We invite faculty at all levels and from all departments to submit proposals.

To register or propose a presentation for the event, please use this handy web form!
                Douglas Scott, Distance Education

EVACUATION DRILLS, required by Pennsylvania life safety regulations, are intended to ensure the efficient and safe use of the exit facilities available in case of an emergency. Order and control are the primary purposes of the drill. The evacuation drills will be conducted beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, weather permitting, and continue through the week. Classroom faculty and staff should be familiar with the basic procedures by guiding building occupants to the nearest available exit, and standing clear from the building at least 100-feet to allow full evacuation of all occupants. Information on building evacuation procedures can be found by visiting the following link and scrolling to Page 3 - Thank you for your cooperation.
                Jeff LaGamba CET, assistant director, Environmental, Health and Safety

The first University Curriculum Committee (UCC) meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year will be held on September 24. The deadline for submission of all proposals for this meeting is 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, September 11. Please submit new proposals prior to this deadline to the UCC SharePoint Drop Off Library, at http://intranet/sites/committees/ucc/submissions. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. French at ext. 3-1312.
                Ms. Bethany French, secretary, University Curriculum Committee

Numerical Ranges: From Matrices to Pretty Pictures; September 10 at 4 p.m. in Lytle 228.

Dr. Patrick Rault of SUNY Geneseo will speak at our first colloquium of the semester on September 10 in Lytle 228. Refreshments will be served at 3:45 p.m. and the talk will begin at 4 p.m. The abstract follows.

In Philadelphia there are coin machines which take two quarters and a penny and output a flattened penny with an impression of the Liberty Bell. Mathematical functions share this sort of property, and in this talk we will specifically be learning about dot products and matrix products.

The Numerical Range is a map which uses these products to define a function, like the Liberty Bell coin machine, which inputs a matrix and outputs a two-dimensional picture in the complex plane. These pictures include ellipses, triangles, and some bizarre egg-shaped curves.

We will discuss some number theoretic results by the speaker's students, as well as a deep integer invariant of these matrices which we call the Gau-Wu number.
                Eric Landquist, Mathematics

UNSOLVED! History's Greatest Ciphers; Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. in Boehm 261.

Dr. Craig Bauer of York College will speak on Sept. 15 in Boehm 261. Refreshments will be served at 3:45 and the talk will begin at 4 p.m. The abstract follows.  While developments in cryptanalysis have forced enciphering techniques to become more and more sophisticated, there remain scores of ciphers stretching back to antiquity that remain unsolved. These were created variously by professional cryptographers, amateurs, artists, killers, and victims. In some cases the identity of the author is also unknown. The talk covers many of these mysteries, along with some mathematics that provides a glimmer of hope for those seeking the solutions. These solutions could reveal the identity of a serial killer or spy, provide the exact location of buried treasure worth millions, expose a secret society, illuminate our understanding of ancient history, or even rewrite the history of science.
                Eric Landquist, Mathematics

President Hawkinson hosted the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the first Garden Party of the Year last week at the President's Residence.   Garden parties are also planned for the College of Business/Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce this week, the College of Education/Kutztown Area School Board, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences this semester.

There are still tickets available to go to the Phillies game on Friday, September  11. Come to MSU 153 to buy your tickets. KU students $15, non-KU students $30. Bus departs at 4:30pm from MSU parking lot.
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor

Members please join us for our next Union meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 at Janelle's Catering Hall in Topton, Pa. at 7 p.m.  Please plan to attend, there will be a guest speaker, Dave Stauffer, relaying information regarding the Union Plus Mortgage Program.
                Chris Ferris, secretary AFSCME 2234

Big "Kutztown Live" coming up from 2 to 3 p.m. with your host Shantae Taylor. During the show, Shantae will sit down with new KU President Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson at around 2:20 for an exclusive live radio interview. Later in the hour, local folk legend Keith Brintzenhoff of the "Toad Creek Ramblers" will join Shantae for details on some current projects he's working on. This is one "Kutztown Live" you won't want to miss. Stream KUR online at, listen on-campus on your AM radio at 1670 AM, download the "TuneIn" app on your smartphone and search "Kutztown," turn your TV onto KU-TV and listen to the audio for KUR, or dial (610)-465-7860 on any phone, cell or landline, for a live audio feed of KUR. See you from 2 to 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 11 - Women's Volleyball vs. NY Institute of Tech. - 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 - Women's Volleyball vs. Southern NH - 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 - Women's Volleyball vs.Philadelphia - 5:30 p.m.


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