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September 27, 2016


The Daily Brief

Kutztown University Employee of the Month August 2016 Sharon Young
Photo L to R:  Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, university president; Sharon Young, August employee of the month  


Sharon was nominated by Pamela L. Sicher who had this to say in her nomination:   "Sharon not only meets the mission, vision and strategic plan of this University, but far exceeds it. Sharon is an invaluable asset to KU. Working in the IT office, I can imagine is an ever changing and stressful environment.  I have never known a time that I have contacted Sharon with an issue that she did not resolve it calmly, quickly and in a composed manner. Her interactions with people of all knowledge levels in computers is professional and caring. She is an excellent listener and does not rush you, or make you feel inadequate when asking questions. She gives explanations as to why computer issues may be occurring and educates you at the same time with helpful hints for you to try, should the issue arise again. She is always smiling, approachable and has a positive attitude that rubs off onto those she comes in contact with. Sharon also always goes out of her way to have her schedule, fit your issues, and not the other way around. I strongly recommend Sharon for this nomination."   Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council.  A winner will be selected each month and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year.  The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by Dr. Hawkinson.   For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit    



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Evacuation Drills, Campus
11 a.m. Wendy Ryan, National Science Foundation STEM Seminar, 260 BH
11 a.m. Promotion Committee Info Session, 22 RL
3 - 5 p.m. Dr. Cristal Truscott, Frederick Douglas Institute, MSU Alumni Auditorium




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

Slow moving cold front exits stage right contributing to any morning showers ending and giving way to some sunshine. Highs will be in the low 70s.

New edition of "Weather & Climate Chat" with Dr. Michael Davis and Monsoon Mike Regensburger available by clicking here.  Besides discussing the week's weather, Dr. Davis shares some interesting climate news to Monsoon Mike.




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, September 27, 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 - safety/EOPQuickRefGuide.pdf  Thank you for your cooperation.
                Jeff LaGamba CET, assistant director, Environmental, Health and Safety



The second informational session organized by the University Promotion Committee is today at 11 a.m. in 22 RL. If you are applying for promotion this year or in future, you may find the session helpful. Also, the Department Chairs and chairs of DPC may be benefited from these sessions as well.  The third and last session will be on Monday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., 100C RL.  The members of UTC will also be there to address tenure related issues.
                Mahfuzul I Khondaker, Department of Criminal Justice  


Today at 11 a.m. in 260 Boehm, Kutztown Biology faculty member Dr. Wendy Ryan, and undergraduate student, Tammy Weidman, will present a seminar titled: "Assessing the Response of Zooplankton to Environmental Change, One by One."  This is the first seminar for this academic year sponsored by the National Science Foundation supported KU-STEM program.
                Christopher F. Sacchi, Biology   


Dr. Cristal Truscott will be speaking at KU today, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium in the McFarland Student Union.  She will speak about her work in theatre and social justice.  Truscott is the founder of Progress Theatre, a Houston-based touring ensemble. The group is compiled of artists committed to using theatre to promote anti-racism engagement and to encourage social consciousness and cultural awareness. Truscott will be speaking on her experiences working with and founding Progress Theatre and her roll in social justice.  Progress Theatre, founded in 2000, has performed to audiences throughout the country. Truscott has branded these performances as Neo-Spirituals, a cappella musicals that use a unique acting and performance methodology developed from African American performance traditions and aesthetics. All of the members of Progress Theatre are trained and experienced in diversity dialogues and group facilitation to create theatre in communities.   


Effective October 3, the Rohrbach Library will be opening at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday to accommodate the needs of our students. The complete list of our regular hours will be as follows:
Sunday: 2 p.m. - midnight
Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. - midnight
Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Please share with your students.
                Jennifer A. Tanzos, administrative assistant, Rohrbach Library   


Please excuse the students participating the Actors Creating Theatre production of  "Reasons to be Pretty" and allow them to make up work missed in class this Tuesday or Thursday evening for dress rehearsal and a performance. Students have a letter from me to present to their professors.
                Carl Seiple, faculty advisor, ACT   


Alpha Beta Alpha at Kutztown University will hold a Banned Books Fair Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., in the KU Campus Store located in the McFarland Student Union.  The event is being held in conjunction with American Library Association's Banned Books Week. The event is free and open to the public.  Attendees will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with their favorite banned book.  Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.   


Tune into "Kutztown Live" this afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. This afternoon, host Juliana Jablonski speaks with Lori Donofrio-Galley from the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, spotlighting another interesting local business. Following Lori, Juliana chats with Valerie Reidout and Dr. Andrea Kirshman, discussing the Center for Academic Success & Achievement (CASA). "Kutztown Live" is Kutztown University Radio's premier campus and community issues talk show. You can stream KUR live at  A podcast of the program will be available about 24 hours after the live airing.
                Michael Regensburger, KUR   


Techno music and lasers go together perfectly, and that is the mix that is Hypnotica! This program offers a mixture of techno and ambient electronic music taken directly from the late night rave scene. Reflecting influences from hip-hop, soul and pop, this dance-based program with a rock-band feel will shake your entire body with pulsing beats, incredible imagery and dazzling laser light effects. The event will be held in Grim on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Do not miss out on this great event. Sponsored by Association of Campus Events.
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE advisor   


Kutztown University Presidential Ambassadors are looking for well-rounded students who demonstrate academic success, leadership potential and a strong commitment to Kutztown University. KUPA is asking any faculty or staff members who know of a strong candidate to have them contact the Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations office at 610-683-4110 or have their recommended student download an application at  Applications will be accepted through November 4.  Thank you for your help in finding strong members.
                  Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations   


The KU Alumni Relations office is accepting nominations for the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This award is presented annually to one faculty member who has served Kutztown University in a manner which sets him or her apart from faculty colleagues. Any current full-time tenured faculty member at Kutztown University is eligible for nomination. Nominations may be submitted by anyone associated with Kutztown University: faculty members, administrators, staff, students and alumni. The award is presented during the opening day ceremony of the fall semester. The recipient will receive $2,000 and a plaque.  Nominations forms are being forwarded to all dean's offices. You may also download a nominations form online at  Deadline is March 1, 2017.  Please contact the alumni relations office with any questions.
                Alex Ogeka, director, Alumni Relations   


You can create checklists in D2L? Checklists can help students track their progress and assignment completion in a course or on a particular an assignment. The Checklist article will help you set up a checklist 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   


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

Job Number Title   Posting end date:
2016-0170 internal NEW - Custodial Worker 1 - 1st shift Full Time 9/30/16
2016-0171 Internal NEW - Custodial Worker 1 - 1st shift Full Time 9/30/16
Asst Athletic Coach 2016-17 Assistant Athletic Coaches Temporary PT Continuous
Clerical Pool 2016 Fall Clerical Pool Full Time 12/1/16
2016-0107 Athletic Training Intern 2016-17 -  Reposted Temporary PT Continuous
2016-0098 Utility Plant Operator 2 Full Time 10/14/16
2016-0159 Director of Residence Life Full Time 10/7/16
2016-0156 MR2 - HVAC/Plumbing - 2nd shift Full Time 9/30/16
2016-0169 Director of International Admissions and Services Full Time 10/7/16






Wednesday, Sept. 28

7 p.m.                   Field Hockey vs. Mercyhurst - Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats)  

Friday, Sept. 30

1 p.m.                   Women's Soccer vs. Indiana (Pa.) - Keystone Field (Live Stats)

7 p.m.                   Women's Volleyball vs. Seton Hill - Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)  

Saturday, Oct. 1 - Family Day

1 p.m.                   Women's Soccer vs. California (Pa.) - Keystone Field (Live Stats)

1 p.m.                   Women's Volleyball vs. California (Pa.) - Keystone Arena (Live Stats)

6:05 p.m.             Football vs. West Chester - Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video)  

Sunday, Oct. 2

Noon                     Women's Golf hosts Kutztown Fall Invitational - Moselem Springs Golf Club (Fleetwood, Pa.)  

Monday, Oct. 3

Noon                     Women's Golf hosts Kutztown Fall Invitational - Moselem Springs Golf Club (Fleetwood, Pa.)  



Redshirt-sophomore running back Craig Reynolds and redshirt-junior defensive end Steve Plousis of the Kutztown University football team both earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Athlete of the Week honors on Monday for their tremendous performances against Millersville on Saturday. Reynolds was named the PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week, while Plousis was named the PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week.



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