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September 8, 2015


The Daily Brief

 McFarland Student Union Spirit

Congratulations to the staff at the McFarland Student Union on receiving the Spirit Bear trophy for last week!


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ALL DAY                Monday Class Schedule



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


Partly Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.




(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.)


September 7, 1917:  Stakeholders of Keystone State Normal School approve the dissolution of the corporation that operated the school and the sale of all assets to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  A new nine-member board of trustees was formed and the state assumed $242,000 in debt held by KSNS.




Parent's Day Pre-Game Event Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
The Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies along with the SLAM Club is hosting the Second Annual Frisbee (Disc) Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2-4 p.m. on the fields next to the football stadium, before the night football game. Everyone is welcome and we are encouraging departments, alumni, families and groups of students to enter a team of 2 - 4 members. If you can walk you can compete in Frisbee (Disc) Golf! Disc Golf is played like traditional "ball" golf, but with flying discs instead of balls and clubs. One point (stroke) is counted each time the disc is thrown. The goal is to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible.  Teams will use one disc and will rotate team members who throw the disc until the hole is completed. The course will be 10 holes, and great prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. There will also be a "Closest to the Hole" award. Remember the most important rule: "The one who has the most fun wins!" The cost is only $5.00 dollars per team.  
                Dr. Lorri F. Engstrom, chair, Department of Sport Management & Leadership Studies

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

You can use Blackboard Collaborate to create online rooms (or meeting spaces) that can be used to hold a virtual, synchronous (real time) class meeting. All you need is a computer with a microphone and an internet connection!

Check out our Blackboard Collaborate at KU webpage for more information on using Collaborate. The Collaborate Online Room Setup Guide will help you add an online room to your D2L course!

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

Noesis [now merged with Shoptalk ] is an intellectual discussion group open to all members of the Kutztown University community. We typically discuss work in progress or an article of common interest. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the paper to be discussed or on being on the email list, please contact:

Noesis will meet on Friday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Student Union MSU 312 [Please note location change.]. Professor Michael Gabriel, Department of History, will speak on:

The Sound of Silence
Investigating an Acoustic Shadow at the Battle of Bennington

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 email or, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations."]
                Allan Bäck, Department of Philosophy

I wish to thank my coworkers for the cards and get well wishes and prayers.  Thank-you so much
                Kathleen Keffer

Come and get some puppy love on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6-7 p.m. in the Old Main Georgian Room. There will be several dogs in attendance, so take a break and come and get some "canine therapy." This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Please encourage your students to come and make sure you stop by too!
                Aimee Adams, Counseling & Psychological Services

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Fiorini to the position of Management Technician in the LAS Dean's Office, effective Sept 8, 2015.  Please join me in congratulating Julie!
                Dr. David Beougher, acting dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The University Writing Center is a free service for students, offering advice and assistance with writing assignments from any course or subject. Tutors can assist you in improving your composing process, as well as with difficulties with development, organization, style, documentation, and mechanics. The UWC is located in Old Main 132. Its hours are Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 10-4, and Mon and Wed evenings 6-9. Besides our hours during the week, we will also be open select Sundays near midterms and final exams. Please call 610-683-4733, email, or come in to Old Main 132 to set up an appointment.(,
We will open the third week of the semester on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.
IN CLASS UWC INFORMATION SESSIONS: If you would like one of our tutors to come to your class to bring handouts and to familiarize students with the Writing Center (with a 5-10 minute talk), please contact me, Patricia Pytleski, with the desired date and time ( Or let me know if you would like to bring a class to the Writing Center for a tour or would like a tutor to help with an assignment in your classroom.



 Avalanche honored Mascot Madness

On Saturday, Avalanche was honored at halftime for his Mascot Madness Championship.  State System Chief of Staff Randy Goin, Jr., presented Avalanche with the official trophy.  President Hawkinson awarded our furry friend a box of his favorite food, whoopie pies.


Wednesday, Sept. 9 - Women's Soccer at Lock Haven - 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 - Women's Volleyball vs. NY Institute of Tech. - 7:15 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 - Women's Golf at Evann Parker Memorial
Saturday, Sept. 12 - Football at IUP - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 - Field Hockey at East Stroudsburg
Saturday, Sept. 12 - Women's Golf at Evann Parker Memorial
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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