KU to Host Open Classroom Days during Homecoming Week for Alumni and Campus Community

Dr. Pabon teaching in classroom

Dr. Amber Pabon, Secondary Education

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching is very happy to offer a new event for the greater Kutztown University community. KU’s Open Classroom Days give KU alumni and the campus community the opportunity to visit a class during Homecoming week, Oct. 24-25. 

A list of available courses can be found below. Alumni will have early access to register for Open Classroom Days beginning Monday, Sept. 30. The campus community will be able to register beginning Thursday, Oct. 3.

Registration is required and limited seating is available. Register Online Today.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Folk, professor of English, at 484-646-4366 or at folk@kutztown.edu.

Here is the list of open classrooms:

Calculus I: MAT 181 | Lytle 203 | TH 10/24, 10-10:50 a.m., and F 10/25, 2-2:50 p.m.

Dr. Brian Kronenthal, Mathematics Department

This class will be studying derivatives and their applications. There may be a quiz at the start of Friday’s class (10 seats at 10 a.m. and four seats at 2 p.m. open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Calculus II: MAT 182 | Lytle 218 | F 10/25, 10-10:50 a.m.

Dr. Yun Lu, Mathematics Department

This class will examine how to determine the convergence of different types of series (two seats open to alumni and other faculty).

 

Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature: ENG 132 | Lytle 206 | F 10/25, 2-2:50 p.m.

Dr. Curt Herr, English Department

The class will be watching the end of the Oscar nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague." This documentary follows the early days of the AIDS activist group ACT-UP and their heroic tactics to change the face of AIDS education, treatment and drug testing (four seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Cultural Anthropology: ANT 010 | Academic Forum 202 | F 10/25, 10-10:50 a.m.

Dr. Khori Newlander, Anthropology Department

TBA (10 seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

The Digital Self: COM 360 | Learning Center 225 | TH 10/24, 3-4:20 p.m.

Dr. Angela Cirucci, Communication Studies Department

This course explores theories of identity as applied to digital spaces. On the 24th we will be discussing gender within Pinterest and video games (10 seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff. Note: This class sits in a circle. Visitors are welcome to join the circle or sit outside of it).

 

Electromagnetism I: PHY 316 | Boehm 105 | F 10/25, 1-1:50 p.m.

Dr. Sudarshan Fernando, Physical Sciences Department

This class will examine magnetic vector potential (five seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

General Chemistry I: CHM 100 | Boehm 261 | F 10/25, 11-11:50 a.m.

Dr. Julie Palkendo, Physical Sciences Department

This course will classify different types of chemical reactions: precipitation, acid-base and redox, writing balanced equations, and predicting what kind of products are formed in each type of reaction. Solubility rules and stoichiometry concepts will also be utilized (15 seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

General Chemistry II: CHM 102 | Boehm 261 | F 10/25, 12-12:50 p.m.

Dr. Darren Achey, Physical Sciences Department

This course will cover the fundamentals of acids, bases and pH, and how they intertwine with the concept of chemical equilibrium (20 seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

German Culture Through Film In English: GER 260 | Old Main 138 | F 10/25, 2-2:50 p.m.

Dr. Lynn Kutch, Modern Languages Department

A cultural history of German film, taught in English. In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives." The discussion takes up topics of surveillance, trust, and government overreach (five seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

History of Civilizations A: HIS 014 | Lytle 106 | F 10/25, 10-10:50 a.m. and 11-11:50 a.m.

Dr. John Stanley, History Department

The course explores the history of the world before 1600. Specific focus is given to religion, gender, philosophy, literature and creative activities (five seats open to alumni only).

 

Instructional Technology in Education: LLT 321 | Rohrbach Library 16 | TH 10/24, 9:30-10:50 a.m.

Dr. Andrea Harmer, Library and Learning Technologies

Teacher candidates will be populating their classroom websites with all of the projects they have designed for their future students to date. This will give them an opportunity to show off their work to others and should be fun for all (six seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Introduction to Public Administration: POL 115 | Rohrbach Library 29 | TH 10/24, 12-1:20 p.m. and 1:30-2:50 p.m.

Dr. Paula Holoviak, Political Science and Public Administration Department

This class will feature a special program by PA Draw the Lines (a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating gerrymandering in PA). This will be a hands-on class working with software in a library computer lab (10 seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Literature & Film: ENG 141 | Lytle 228 | TH 10/24, 9:30-10:50 a.m.

Dr. Nicole McClure, English Department

Students will be presenting on significant adaptations of H.G. Wells's novel War of the Worlds, specifically those that appear in the Spielberg film of the same name (10 seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Mathematical Physics I: PHY 245 | Boehm 105 | F 10/25, 11-11:50 a.m.

Dr. Sudarshan Fernando, Physical Sciences Department

This class will discuss power series solutions of ordinary differential equations (five seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Network Programming: CSC 328 | Old Main 159 | W 10/23, 3-4:20 p.m. and 4:30-5:50 p.m.

Dr. Lisa Frye, Computer Science and Information Technology Department

This course will discuss client algorithms and libraries. The algorithms will be how client software connects to a server. Libraries are a collection of code that can be utilized by multiple pieces of software at a time. Utilizing the socket library will be a focus (three seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Perspectives on American (U.S. Public) Education: EDU 100 | Beekey 235 | W 10/23, 12-1:20 p.m. and 2:00-3:20 p.m.

Dr. Amber Pabon, Education Department

This class will feature warm up, partner discussions, mini-lecture, whole group discussions and student reflections on learning (five seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration, and staff).

 

Psychology of Gender: PSY 208 | Old Main 141 | TH 10/24, 1:30-2:50 p.m.

Dr. Michele Baranczyk, Psychology Department

In this class, we will be discussing gender differences in emotional experience and display. The class will be some lecture with lots of class discussion (three seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Reading, Writing, & Teaching Unified English Braille: SPU 200 | Beekey 113 | TH 10/24, 12-1:50 p.m.

Dr. Nicole Johnson, Special Education Department

In this class, we will be learning some new Braille contractions, Brailling and working on strategies to teach students who are blind. Visitors are welcome to come to part or all of the class. Usually, in the first 15-20 minutes we go over logistics, so I recommend coming around 12:30 p.m. (six seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration, and staff).

 

Social Games and Communication: COM 243 | LC 106 (SMASH) | TH 10/24, 9:30-10:50 a.m.

Dr. Jessica Robinson, Communication Studies Department

Held in the Social Media Analytics Strategic Hub (SMASH), this class focuses on the socialization that happens in video game worlds. Topics include identity, gender, engagement and addiction, teams and friendship, professional play and spectatorship, and the differences, similarities and affordances between genres (such as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft being compared to a first-person shooter like Call of Duty, or a life simulator such as The Sims). Thursday, Oct. 24, is a "spotlight" day, where students will be playing a game during class time and discussing various aspects of the user interface, play style and communication components (five spaces open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff. Note: The SMASH does not have additional seating and has a strict cap of 25 students, so participants may need to stand).

 

Typography: CDE 130 | Sharadin 212 | TH 10/25, 12-2:50 p.m.

Professor Dannell MacIlwraith, Communication Design Department

Students will be working on book cover designs (five seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).

 

Writing for Social Media: WRI 250 | Old Main 130 | TH 10/24, 4:30-5:50 p.m.

Dr. Kelly McBride, English Department

This class focuses on completing the Social Publishing zone of the Four Zones of Social Media. Students will have finished with blog posts that week for a dental practice located in Lancaster, Pa., and will be in the process of peer editing (five seats open to alumni, other faculty, administration and staff).