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September 9, 2015


The Daily Brief

Best Regional University US News & World Report

Kutztown University has again been selected as a Best Regional University in the North Region by US News and World Report.  KU was ranked as a first tier school at 131.  US News and World Report ranked nearly 1,800 schools.  View the rankings here.



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4:30 - 7 p.m.      Food Tasting Show, South Side Café
7p.m.                    KUBoK Training, AF 101



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

Areas of morning fog to start. Chance of afternoon showers with an approaching cold front. The threat for rain looks primarily after 2 PM. High temperature in the low 90s. Winds south at 5-10 mph. Rainfall total between .1-.25" with higher amounts locally.




(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 9, 1872:  The Reverend Abraham R. Horne, then superintendent of the Williamsport Schools, is offered the position of principal of Keystone State Normal School, a job he would hold until 1877 when he is not reelected as principal. Horne is often criticized for allowing students of the opposite sex to meet behind closed doors and is even vilified in the Reading Eagle for the scandalous activities.  Students are furious over Horne's dismissal and so many abandon the Keystone that only ten students graduate the following year.  After leaving KSNS he becomes principal of the Academics Department at Muhlenberg College.  He also served on the Allentown School Board and has a school building named in his honor by the district. 




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 - http://www2.kutztown.edu/Documents/public%20safety/EOPQuickRefGuide.pdf. 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

KUBoK Neighborhood Watch will be holding a training session on Wednesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. in the Academic Forum (Room 101). KUBoK welcomes students, faculty & staff, and community members to volunteer. Volunteers walk every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings downtown. If you cannot make the training event or have any questions about KUBoK, please contact the Graduate Assistant, Alana Greene, via e-mail at kubokwatch@gmail.com.
                Office of Student Involvement

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Imschweiler to the position of Executive Assistant in the Provost's Office, effective September 8, 2015. Please join me in congratulating Anne.
                Dr. Anne E. Zayaitz, acting provost and vice president, Academic and Student Affairs.

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

There is a few more required tasks which will complete the essential repair work to the steam manhole located in the road on South Campus Drive. In order to accomplish the work safely South Campus Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, September 9. Barricades will be up to direct traffic around the east side of the Bear Plaza. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
                Tom Green, director, Facilities Energy Management and Campus Utilities

The following Management vacancy is available on campus. These positions are open for current employees only:

Executive Assistant to Dean CLAS
College of Liberal Arts and Science
Posting End Date: 9/16/2015

Internal positions are posted at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kutztownedu/default.cfm?promotionaljobs=1. Please direct any questions and comments to http://www3.kutztown.edu/hr/askhr.html or call extension 31353.
                Human Resources




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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