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September 20, 2016


The Daily Brief

KU at MOPTA 2016

Dr. Eric Landquist, Dr. Yun Lu and Dr. Francis J. Vasko, Department of Mathematics, and Mr. Dylan Gaspar (BS Math and BS CS May 2016) presented papers at the Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications (MOPTA 2016) Conference at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., August 17-19. Dr. Eric Landquist and Mr. Dylan Gaspar jointly presented the paper entitled "The Euclidean Steiner Cable-Trench Problem," Dr. Yun Lu and Dr. Francis J. Vasko jointly presented two papers.  The first paper entitled "An Empirical Study of Population-Based Metaheuristics for the Multiple-Choice Multidimensional Knapsack Problem" was joint work with Mr. Kenneth Zyma when he was a computer science GA working under the direction of Dr. Vasko and Dr. Lu. The second paper was entitled "What is the Best Continuous Metaheuristic to Solve the Set Covering Problem?"  Also, Dr. Vasko and Dr. Lu were organizers and session chairs for two sessions on metaheuristics. 

The goal of the MOPTA conference is to present new developments from different areas of optimization.  Because this conference has been held annually at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., since 2009, one might perceive this to be a local conference. However, nothing could be further from the truth! This is a highly international in scope conference with world renowned speakers and attendees. This year in addition to speakers from prestigious academic institutions in the USA such as Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, and Stanford, there were speakers from Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, India, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Oman, Scotland, and Taiwan.



(Click Here for the Central Calendar)

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Geographical Society Bake Sale, Outside MSU

10:50 a.m.

Test of the KU Alert System

11 a.m.

Kevin Hines Presentation, Academic Forum 101

11 a.m.

Final Exam Forum, Boehm 145

5:30 p.m.

Kevin Hines Reception, Boehm Lobby

6 p.m.

Rape Aggression Defense Class, Georgian Room, Old Main

6:30 p.m.

Kevin Hines Lecture, Boehm 145

7:30 p.m.

Music Faculty Recital, Schaeffer Auditorium




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

Skies begin to clear today after any residual precipitation from our storm exits stage east. Expect highs in the low to mid 80s, as we kick off another spell of above-normal temperatures for the time being. Light northerly winds. The latest edition of Dr. Michael Davis and Monsoon Mike Regensburger's "Weather & Climate Chat" is now available at:  The two Michaels finally see some less warm and more fall-like weather in the distant future. When does that hit?



There will be a test of the KU Alert system on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:50 a.m.  All components of the alert system, including e-mail, text messaging, and building speaker systems will be activated.



Geographical Society Bake Sale - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. outside MSU, at the stairs to the library. Start your week with something sweet and stop by for a treat. Rain or shine, we'll be there!


Please plan to attend on Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., in 145 Boehm and help us craft the most effective final exam policy. Your input is valued. Copies of the current and proposed policies are available on the University Senate website at:
Thank you and hope to see you there.
                Jennifer Schlegel, president, University Senate



The KU Health and Wellness Center will host Kevin Hines, award winning mental health speaker, Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in 145 Boehm Science Center. Hines will sign copies of his book immediately after his presentation. A reception for Hines will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Boehm lobby. Hines will offer a presentation at 11 a.m. in 101 Academic Forum, followed by a book signing in the same location. Hines, author of "Cracked, Not Broken," is a mental health advocate, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19 years of age, he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Hines now travels across the world to tell his story. Hines' will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. His compelling story has touched diverse, global audiences within colleges and universities, high schools, corporations, clergy, military, clinicians, health and medical communities, law enforcement organizations, and various industries. His book will be available for purchase at the event for a discounted price of $25.



"Kutztown Live," KU Radio's premier campus/community issues talk show roles hits the air at 3:05 p.m. with host Juliana Jablonski interviewing two special guests. At about 3:05 p.m., Juliana will sit down with Dr. Christine Saidi to discuss her being awarded a $200,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Grant. Then at around 3:20 p.m., Juliana speaks with KU Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Dr. Warren Hilton. In addition, later in the show, Juliana will be joined by Reading-area talk radio legend Nick Lawrence for some topical conversation. This is one full "Kutztown Live" you won't want to miss and just another reason why KUR is your award-winning community radio station. You can stream KUR on your computer at



Dr. Sujith Ravi (Temple University) will present a talk titled "Recognizing the Impact of Wildfires on Ecosystems - Use of LiDAR and Rare Earth Element Tracers" to the public on Thursday, September 22, from 11-11:50 a.m. in 104 Boehm Science Building.  LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is an airborne laser scanning system that maps the elevation of the Earth's surface with millimeter precision. Dr. Ravi uses LiDAR to map soil microtopography and vegetation structure. Rare Earth Elements (REE) are heavy metals that occur in vanishingly small concentrations, but which are characteristic of different soil and rock types. Dr. Ravi uses REE data to quantify and track soil erosion.

This talk is part of the Geophysical Society of Kutztown University's fall speaker series. Please contact Dr. Laura Sherrod or Margariete Malenda for more information on this or other talks in this series.
                Kurt Friehauf, Department of Physical Sciences



Thursday, September 22
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Student Participation - This is a great opportunity to expose students to a variety of our resources (physical, digital, and human).
Course/Organization Credit - If you would like to use this library event for credit or extra credit in your class or as a student organization requirement, you can tell the students to fill in your name and the course/organization on the top of their orientation form. Once we compile all the forms, we will let you know which of your students participated. If you plan to offer credit for your students or send an entire class or group, please let us know. It helps us to be better prepared for the day.
Prizes - On the day of the open house, there will be treats around the library as well as some giveaways. The grand prize is a GoPro Camera. Students who successfully complete the orientation form will be entered into a drawing for the prizes.

Please encourage your students to take part in the library open house.


Campus Pack allows you to implement Wikis, Journals, Blogs, or Podcasts directly into your D2L course shell? Campus Pack is a set of collaborative learning tools that can be integrated into the learning management system (D2L). These tools can be used to create private journals, course blogs, or collaborative wikis. Campus Pack provides instructors the ability to track individual student contributions, as well as set unique permissions for each tool. The Campus Pack section of the D2L Solutions Center will help you set up a Wiki, Journal, Blog, or Podcast in your course!

Need more information about working with D2L? Visit the all new D2L Solutions Center for lots of how-to videos and documents!
                The Office of Distance Education



New this semester, KU Campus Store has grab-and-go meal options available for you to enjoy! Choose from a variety of sandwiches, drinks and snacks. Meal Deal options are available including a sandwich, soda or water and small bag of chips for $4.50.
                Andrea Tremper, KUSSI



Dear Friends, We sincerely appreciate your words of comfort, flowers, sympathy cards, and coming to my mother-on-law's (Rosemary Imschweiler) viewing.  During this difficult time, support from the KU family has been heartwarming.  I feel fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of people. Thank you, Anne and Dale Imschweiler



These are the non-instructional positions are open on campus on our job board at

Job Number



Posting end date:


NEW - MR2 - HVAC/Plumbing - 2nd shift

Full Time



Associate Dean of College of Business

Full Time



Utility Plant Operator 2

Full Time



Athletic Training Intern 2016-17 - Reposted

Temporary PT



Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Full Time



Custodial Worker 1 - Pool

Full Time



Director of Residence Life

Full Time


Asst Athletic Coach

2016-17 Assistant Athletic Coaches

Temporary PT


Clerical Pool

2016 Fall Clerical Pool

Full Time




Would you like to enhance your public speaking and leadership skills?  Do you fear public speaking? Then this meeting is for you!  This is opened to all students, staff and faculty as well as community members.

Please join us Wednesday for our open house to see what it is all about!  For more information, visit:  
                Dolores Hess, director, Health and Wellness; VP of Membership



Please welcome Joseph Elia, MR2 - HVAC / Electrical, to KU as he begins his career here this week.



The Department of Music will present a Fall Faculty Welcome Recital on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. KU music faculty will collaborate to perform a variety of pieces as a way to welcome the community to the new academic year. Join us!





Tuesday, Sept. 20
7 p.m.                Field Hockey vs. Shippensburg - Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Live Video Link)

Wednesday, Sept. 21
2 p.m.                Women's Tennis vs. Univ. of the Sciences - Keystone Courts

Monday, Sept. 26
4 p.m.                Women's Soccer vs. Holy Family - Keystone Field (Live Stats)


On Saturday, Sept. 10, Avalanche received his official Mascot Madness crown from Chancellor Brogan of the State System of Higher Education.  View video of the ceremony here.  



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