Daily Brief

Sept. 8, 2023

Nordlund Receives 2023 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Carrie Yvonne Nordlund, professor of art education, received Kutztown University’s 2023 Wiesenberger Award for Excellence in Teaching. The annually presented award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated superlative teaching skills and service to the university. The award was presented during the 2023 Kutztown University Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration Friday, Aug. 25.

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Hellert on the left, Nicholson in the middle, President Hawkinson on the eft holding trophy.

Nicholson Recognized as 2023 Dr. Dorothy Moyer Women’s Coach of the Year

Head lacrosse coach Kristen Nicholson was named the 2023 Dr. Dorothy Moyer KU Women’s Coach of the Year, awarded during the university's Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration Friday, Aug. 25. In just her second season at the helm, Nicholson led the Golden Bear women’s lacrosse team to a record-tying 13 wins, their first-ever IWLCA national ranking and first-ever NCAA Division II Championship tournament appearance. The program, which won one game two seasons ago, and four games last year, not only posted its first winning season since being reinstated in 2008 but tied the school record for wins in a season of 13 set during the program’s first stint in 1982. She is the first coach in her sport in school history to win this annual award.

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Hellert on the left, Folmar in the middle, President Hawkinson on the right.

Folmar Recognized as 2023 Dr. Dennis Roth Men’s Coach of the Year

Head baseball coach Eric Folmar was named the 2023 Dr. Dennis Roth KU Men’s Coach of the Year, awarded during the university's Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration Friday, Aug. 25. Folmar put the Golden Bear baseball program back on the map, especially when it comes to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He led the Golden Bears to a 15-win turnaround from the 2022 season with a 26-19 record, the most wins since 2014, and 12-12 mark in the conference, finishing tied for fourth in the PSAC East Division. This was despite being picked last in the preseason poll.

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Mariupol, 4" x 3", oil on board, 2021

Professor Mahosky has Upcoming Exhibition in Philadelphia

Professor Mark Mahosky, Department Of Art & Design will show his recent work with an opening reception 6 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 14, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia. The show entitled "Vignettes and Souvenirs" features over 40 paintings and 20 small sculptures created in the last five years with an emphasis on 2022-23. He will also discuss his work at the gallery 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. The show closes Saturday, Nov. 4. For more information visit the Fleisher/Ollman website. 

Mark Mahosky, Department of Art & Design

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


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

Morning fog will burn off giving way to mostly sunny skies. A chance for showers and storms lingers into the afternoon. High temperature near 90.


September Parents and Family Bulletin

This month’s edition of the KU Parents and Family Bulletin has been sent to registered subscribers and can be found online.

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony - We Will Never Forget

Please join Army ROTC and KU Student Veterans Association (formerly the Military Club) as they remember and honor those who lost their lives 8-8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, MSU and Rohrbach Library lawn. Music by Kutztown Pipe Band, a "Moment of Silence and Tribute" display. No formal program.

Department of New Student Programs and Military & Veterans Services

Walk with Wynnie Monday, Sept. 11

Faculty, staff and students are invited to walk with Wynnie, the First Dog of Kutztown University, as she takes President Hawkinson and Ann Marie on a walk Monday, Sept. 11. Walkers should meet at 5 p.m. on the patio behind the President’s House for a 45-minute walk around campus, with light refreshments after the walk. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Other dogs are welcome to attend. Pet waste bags will be provided.

Office of the President

Kutztown University to Host Hungarian Pianist János Kéry

The Department of Music will host a recital given by Hungarian pianist János Kéry, who teaches at the world-renowned Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, Schaeffer Auditorium. Dr. Kéry will present a lecture-recital on the Hungarian Rhapsodies of Hungarian composer/pianist Imre Székely,  as this year marks the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
János Kéry began his piano and composition studies in Debrecen, Hungary, continued at Boise State University, and later in the piano department of the Liszt Academy in Budapest where he graduated with honors. In 2000, he was awarded the Artisjus Prize and became a member of the Hungarian Society for Music. He won Eötvös and DAAD scholarships for his postgraduate studies at the University of Music in Saarbrucken, Germany, where he gained two further master’s degrees in 2001 (Konzertreife) and 2015 (Solistenprüfung). He was awarded the degree of DLA (Doctor of Liberal Arts) in May 2015 by the Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he has been a member of the piano faculty since 2004.
The recital is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Daniel Immel at immel@kutztown.edu or at (610) 683-1592.

Daniel Immel, Department of Music

Free Ticket for "COVID Queertet"

A second viewing location has been added for Dr. Deryl Johnson's new play, "COVID Queertet." The play will be broadcast live from Plays and Players Theatre as part of the Philly Fringe Festival. Free admission, but ticket required; go to Kutztown University Tickets to reserve yours now.  Pre-show music provided by the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus. For more information:  www.kutztown.edu/covidqueertet.

Deryl Johnson, Communication Studies


Spring 2024 Learning Communities

If you are interested in offering a Learning Community for the Spring 2024 semester email kirshman@kutztown.edu to receive the form. The due date for the form to be submitted is Thursday, Sept. 14. If you need additional information or time to complete the form please contact me.

Andrea Kirshman, Student Success & Academic Excellence

Building Evacuation/Fire Drills - Residence Halls

Residence Halls Evacuation/Fire Drills will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 15. Please review the evacuation egress routes posted in hallways of the building you occupy in advance of the evacuation drills. Some slight impedance of student punctuality is expected. Please excuse this when/if necessary. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Gary W. Fleming, EH&S

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Sept. 11  8 a.m. 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
MSU and Rohrbach Library Lawn
Sept. 11 5 p.m. Walk with Wynnie
President's Residence, patio
Sept. 12 10 a.m. Anthropology and Sociology Open House
464 Old Main (fourth-floor D-wing)
Sept. 12 7 p.m.  János Kéry Guest Artist Recital
Schaeffer Auditorium
Sept. 14 11 a.m. Faculty Promotion Information Session
Sept. 14 11 a.m. Fall Cookie Chat
CEL, 6 Rohrbach Library
Sept. 14 7 p.m. Bagpipes Calling
Schaeffer Auditorium
Date Time Event
Sept. 8 4:30 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Bentley
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Video)
Sept. 9 11 a.m. M/W Tennis vs. Chestnut Hill
Keystone Courts
Sept. 9 3:30 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Mansfield
Andre Reed Stadium (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.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

Non-Discrimination Statement

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at . Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Kutztown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity that it operates, including admissions and employment. Any inquiries regarding the application of Title IX at Kutztown University may be made to Bradley Davis, the university’s Title IX coordinator, located in Old Main A-Wing, Room 02A, by phone at 610-683-4782 or by email at . You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at .