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September 28, 2017

Kutztown University Daily Brief

MOPTA 2017

KU faculty and students at the Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications Conference (MOPTA 2017)
Eric Landquist, Yun Lu and Francis J. Vasko, Department of Mathematics, and KU Mathematics students Mason Smith and Daniel Steinberg, the only undergraduate students invited to present, gave talks at the Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications (MOPTA 2017) Conference at Lehigh University, August 16-18. Drs. Lu and Vasko presented "An undergraduate uses OR to improve Final Exam Scheduling at her university," (co-authored with Danielle Sienko, Paul Ache and Ted Witryk). Dr. Landquist and Mr. Smith presented "Applying the Jaya Algorithm to a Model Predicting Student Success," (co-authored with Sarah Kilgore). Mr. Steinberg presented "Utilizing Methane in Wastewater Treatment," (co-authored with Joseph Ritzko). MOPTA is an international conference with world renowned speakers and attendees (e.g., Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, and the Ukraine).


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

The crazy September heat spell is over thanks to a cold front and now cooler, more autumnal weather is moving in for the weekend. Plenty of sunshine today with cooler highs in the mid 70s and much lower dew points. Winds will be a little gusty at times out of the north. Lows tonight will slip into the upper 40s. Similar story for the coming few days with only the slightest chance of a shower possible. All the details on this pattern on the latest 'Weather & Climate Chat' podcast with Dr. Michael Davis & Monsoon Mike. Listen here:


Sept. 29, 11 a.m.
Dr. Hawkinson will be dedicating the second tree in the Memorial Grove on Friday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m., immediately in front of the Rohrbach Library. We will be remembering those students, faculty and staff who passed away during the 2016-2017 academic year including students Megan Dasovich and Ryan Dorfman and faculty/staff Dr. Okan Akcay and Karen Lorish. Family members of these individuals will be present for the dedication. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
     Office of the President

Oct. 1, 5 - 7 p.m.
Fourteen short, student-chosen films--on topics ranging from childhood obesity to robotics to an autistic savant who commandeers NYC subway trains--are screening this Sunday, 5 - 7 p.m. in STEAMworks on the Ground Floor of Rohrbach Library (former AV Center, old-timers). Drop in, for any length of time, for some popcorn, drinks, and discussion; encourage your students to do the same.
     Bruce Jensen, STEAMworks, Rohrbach Library

Oct. 18, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Calling all faculty!  You are invited to join us for our second Annual Faculty Appreciation Reception, hosted by the KU Foundation Board, Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Wiesenberger Alumni Center. Please RSVP to

Did you miss Tuesday's "Kutztown Live" on KUR? "Kutztown Live" is your campus radio station's weekly campus and community issues radio magazine. This past week, host Juliana Jablonski interviewed Lori from the NE Berks Chamber of Commerce and her special guest Rick McFeely of Richard McFeely Agency-Nationwide of Flying Hills. Later in the show, special interviews discussing "Her Campus' and 'Community Outreach." Listen to the show at:
     Michael Regensburger, KUR

Honorary Degrees are granted to men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare and improvement of their community, region, Kutztown University, the State of Pennsylvania, the United States, or to humanity at large. The Kutztown University Honorary Degree Committee is currently seeking nominations of distinguished individuals for the award. Please contact Melissa Nurczynski <> for further information about the degree. The official nomination form can be found at this link: Honorary Doctorate Nomination Form . The deadline for nominations is November 1. The committee will be meeting to consider the nominations in mid-November.
     Melissa Nurczynski, chair, Honorary Degree Committee

Application Deadline: Monday, Oct. 23
Please share with your students/student employees: In order to be considered for this distinction, a candidate must meet the following minimum requirements:
-be cleared to participate in the fall 2017 commencement ceremony
-have a grade point average at or above 3.0
-demonstrated service to the university community and a record of good university citizenship and cooperation
-demonstrated evidence of meaningful co-curricular involvement
-be in good disciplinary standing
-must be available to interview and present your speech
-submit a completed application
Finalists will be chosen to participate in an interview process to determine the student who will provide a brief address that communicates the spirit of the day (approximately 3 - 5 minutes) at the fall 2017 Commencement ceremony.
     Andrea Kirshman, associate provost, Retention and Student Success

As we continue to meet the needs of our students through the food pantry, please know we have appreciated the community's generosity. We have been seeing approximately 80 students in recent weeks and are in need of people who are willing to provide and serve a snack on each of the Wednesday pantry dates. The sign up with all the details can be found here:
     Leah Cassellia, director, Office of Student Involvement

These non-instructional positions are open on campus on our job board at For internal job postings, please go to "Menu" and click on Internal Vacancies.


Sept. 28 11 a.m. UCC, 29 RL
Sept. 28 11 a.m. We Can't Agree to Disagree, Philosophy, 312 MSU
Sept. 28 11 a.m. Chuck Wendig Reading, English, 103 AF
Sept. 28 11 a.m. Jerry Shen, Mathematics, 120 LY
Sept. 28 Noon Bitcoin & Blockchain Meetup, MSU 325
Sept. 28 5 - 9 p.m. German Script Workshop, 2 GC
Sept. 28 7 p.m. True Cost Filming, 250 MSU
Sept. 29 9 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference, 218 MSU
Sept. 29 11 a.m. Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony, Library Lawn
Oct. 1 1 - 5 p.m. The Potato Project Harvest, PGCHC
Oct. 1 5 - 7 p.m. Documentary Film Night, STEAMworks, RL



Saturday, Sept. 30
Women's soccer vs Mercyhurst 1 p.m. - Keystone Field
(Live stats)






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