Daily Brief

Sept. 14, 2023

Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research

Kutztown University and the Kutztown University Foundation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research Saturday, Sept. 9. This project was part of "Together, We’re Golden," Kutztown University’s first 100% student-focused, comprehensive campaign. The center is named for Dr. Richard G. Wells, professor emeritus, and Dr. Willis M. Rapp, member of KU Foundation Board and professor emeritus. The facility opened during the 2023 spring semester and is home to KU’s growing collection of music, photos and artifacts, along with the rare and valuable vintage collection of mallet percussion instruments that have been acquired over three decades. It is a working facility, open to students as well as researchers, and will allow access to play the instruments as well as view the one-of-a-kind materials unique to the center.

University Relations


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

Finally the persistent humidity and showers are gone and we start a nice meteorological autumn stretch today with fair skies and highs only about 72 with refreshing northerly breezes.


Faculty Awarded Promotion, Fall 2023

The Office of the President is pleased to announce the following faculty were awarded promotion effective fall semester 2023.
Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
- Michele Baranczyk, Psychology
- Michael Covello, Art & Design
- Marco Ehrl, Communication Studies
- Kristina Fennelly, English
- Richard Heineman, Biology
- Jonathan Joy, Cinema, Television and Media Production
- Brandon Krieg, English
- Sandra Leonard, English
- Megan O’Byrne, Communication Studies 

Associate Professor to Professor
- Michael Davis, Geography
- Christopher Habeck, Biology
- Julia Hovanec, Art Education
- Lauren Moss, Counselor Education & Student Affairs
- Robert Portada, Philosophy and Government
- Stephen Stoeffler, Social Work
- Juliana Svistova, Social Work
- Mark Wolfmeyer, Secondary Education

Office of the President

Bagpipes Calling

Enjoy an evening of the powerful music of the Great Highland Bagpipes brought to you by the Kutztown Pipe Band 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, Schaeffer Auditorium. This presentation will feature music and educational explanations of this fascinating instrument and the distinct culture of Scotland. All ages are welcome and questions from the audience are encouraged. The event is free and no registration is required. Join us for an unforgettable evening.
The Kutztown Pipe Band is a student club at Kutztown University and a nonprofit group in the Borough of Kutztown. Band members are a diverse group of individuals, including faculty, staff and students from Kutztown University, members from local schools, and residents of the Borough of Kutztown and nearby communities. Visit www.kutztownpipeband.com for more information.

Laura Sherrod, Physical Sciences/Kutztown Pipe Band

JCPenney Suit Up Event

You are invited to attend a KU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, JCPenney, Lehigh Valley Mall. Get up to 50% off professional clothing. This event is exclusively for KU faculty, staff, students and alumni. Please bring your KU ID. No registration needed, just show up.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

"If Not Now, Then When?"

Health and Wellness Services and the President's Roundtable on Alcohol & Other Drugs are pleased to host Nicole Charlanza, a harm reduction specialist. One of the best ways to fight the stigma around opioid use disorder and show your support is to educate yourself and your communities. We invite you to spend an hour with us 11 a.m. to noon, Sept. 21, 145 Boehm Science Center.

Frances C. Cortez Funk, Health and Wellness Services

Print Center Items

The KU Print Center is here to help with your stationery item requests including letterhead, envelopes, presentation folders and more. Just send us an email at printcenter@kutztown.edu or call ext. 3-4116.

Ilene Stroh, Print Center


Annual Report Drop-In Workshops

Do you have questions about completing your program's annual report for the Office of Assessment? Drop by the CEL noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 and Michele Baranczyk will be there to answer any questions in person. Can't make Friday? Zoom workshop drop-in hours will be offered 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. See the September Newsletter for the Zoom link.

Michele Baranczyk, Office of Assessment

Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) Fall 2023 Events and Services

The Center for Engaged Learning is happy to announce the first of many events and services available during the 2023-24 academic year. Join us as we explore learner-centered teaching through "Making Learner-Centered Teaching Work" by Phyllis Blumberg in the Innovative Pedagogy Book Club. This book explores how we as educators can pivot aspects of our teaching to be more effective for student learning. This book uses practical examples and applications across different disciplines supported by teaching and learning research. The Innovative Pedagogy Book Club meets throughout the academic year. If you’re interested, please fill out this handy form, or visit the CEL Events web page.
Join a learning circle. A learning circle is a small group of faculty and instructional staff who meet—with the support of the CEL—throughout the semester to discuss a learning topic that they can explore as a group, collaborating to develop expertise. See our CEL Services web page, or fill out the registration form to find out more about the learning circles being offered this fall, or about forming your own learning circle.
We are currently pairing mentees with mentors. If you would like to request a faculty mentor, or if you would like to become a faculty mentor, please visit our Faculty Mentoring web page or fill out this handy form. For more information, you can also download the faculty mentoring handbook from the Faculty Mentoring web page. The CEL Faculty Mentoring Program is open to all faculty.
Center hours for the fall semester are:
- 9 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. Monday.
- 9-11 a.m. Tuesday.
- 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.
- 9-11 a.m. Thursday.

Center for Engaged Learning

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Sept. 14 10:50 a.m. Test of the KU Alert System
Sept. 14 11 a.m. Faculty Promotion Information Session
Sept. 14 11 a.m. Fall Cookie Chat
CEL, 6 Rohrbach Library
Sept. 14 11 a.m. Suicide Prevention Program
102 Academic Forum
Sept. 14 3 p.m. Provost Open Hour
Bears Den, MSU
Sept. 14 7 p.m. Bagpipes Calling
Schaeffer Auditorium
Sept. 15 Noon Annual Report Drop-In Workshop
CEL, 6 Rohrbach Library
Sept. 15 1 p.m. Open Forum: Asst Dean LAS
202 Academic Forum
Sept. 18 5 p.m. AFSCME Monthly Meeting
200 Academic Forum
Sept. 18 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
22A Old Main 
Sept. 19 10 a.m. Rohrbach Library Open House 
Rohrbach Library 
Sept. 19 11 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
de Francesco Building
Sept. 19 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
Georgian Room, Old Main 
Sept. 21 11 a.m. "If Not Now, Then When?"
145 Boehm Science Center
Sept. 21 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
Georgian Room, Old Main 
Sept. 21 7 p.m. Planetarium Show: "Solar Superstorms"
Grim Science Building

Free Golden Bear Football Tickets

Cheer on the Golden Bears against Mercyhurst. KU faculty and staff get four free tickets to regular season home football games. Access by logging in for tickets with your KU login Once you have an account set up, you will also have access to discounted or free tickets to other campus events. Contact boxoffice@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4092 with questions.

KU Box Office

Women's Soccer Hosting Operation 143 Food Drive

Kutztown Women's Soccer will be hosting a food drive for Operation 143 during their game vs Shippensburg University 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.
Started in 2011, Operation 143 is a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing food to students in the Pottstown community and beyond whom would go without it over the weekend. They work to help homeless and food insecure students succeed by addressing the issue of childhood hunger. Operation 143 serves alongside individuals and organizations to collect food and materials. Volunteers pack these items every Wednesday evening, which are sent out to qualifying students who discretely pick up each Friday. The process begins again for the following weekend. The backpacks contain enough food for dinner Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday along with some snacks and water. 
During the game, Operation 143 will be accepting specific non-perishable food items along with cash and check donations. Their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Operation143/) also has a link to donate – 100% of what you donate through there goes to them as there is no fees. If you choose to bring in food items, please take a look at the donation list on the website (https://operation143.org/about-us/). They need specific types of items as all of the packs need to contain food that students do not need to heat up or be refrigerated. Shopping list includes: Tuna To-Go, Compleats, Spaghettios/Ravioli, Chicken & Beef Soups, Fruit Cups/Applesauce, Granola Bars/Fruit Bars, Pop-Tarts, Cereal (Single Serve), Non-refrigerated Milk, Snack Packs, Fruit Snacks, Bottled Water, Juice Boxes, Pudding. 

Maddy Reed, Women's Soccer

Date Time Event
Sept. 15 4:30 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Cedar Crest
Keystone Courts
Sept. 15 5 p.m. M/W Cross Country vs. DII/DIII Challenge
North Campus Course
Sept. 16 Noon Football vs. Mercyhurst
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Video)
Sept. 16 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Shippensburg
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email , TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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