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April 28, 2014


The Daily Brief

Seniors majoring in Elementary Education: PreK-4; Mallory Bobak, Kelsey White and Lisa Dunphy along with Associate Professor, Dr. Kristen Bazley, recently presented at the Global Summit on Childhood in Vancouver, Canada.


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1 p.m.                   Asst. VP of Enrollment Mgt. Candidate, MSU 312

5 p.m.                   Percussion Ensemble, Schaeffer Auditorium

6:30 p.m.             Baseball vs. Albright, First Energy Stadium, Reading

7:30 p.m.             Piano Palooza, Georgian Room, Old Main



Managers retreat start time - Kindly note that the Managers' Retreat on Wednesday, April 30 will start at 8:30 a.m. -not at 9 a.m. as originally announced!



Berks County Special Olympics - As a part of KU's commitment to the community, we will once again be hosting the Berks County Special Olympics on Wednesday, April 30.   The F-1 parking Lot (behind Stratton Administration Center) and the F-4 Lot (between University Field and the new outdoor basketball courts) will have limited access in an effort to accommodate the buses transporting the Special Olympics participants to University Field.   Faculty and staff who normally park in F-1 or F-4 will have the option of parking in A-2 (near Beekey Education Building) and riding the shuttle to Stratton, or parking in any other faculty/staff space and walking.   The shuttle stop at lot A-2 will be clearly marked along College Boulevard.  The first shuttle loop begins at 7 a.m.   The shuttle will also run in the afternoon from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. to return employees to the A-2 lot.   Several parking spots in F-1 will be reserved for KU employee handicapped parking and for daily business purposes only.  


We ask that all employees please be aware of the event date and plan accordingly.   We truly appreciate your cooperation in helping our university support such a worthy cause.   Everyone is invited to stop down to the stadium next Wednesday to cheer on the athletes.   Any questions feel free to contact me at x3-4834.  Thanks again for your support.

               Honey Svoboda, Conference Services



Retirement Reception - You are invited to a Celebration Reception in honor of Dr. Robert Martin, Professor of Geography, on the occasion of his retirement, on May 2, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graduate Center lobby.  Cake and beverages will be available.  Please stop by to celebrate his amazing 30 year K.U. career and wish him well in his retirement!



It is with sadness that we report the passing of Donna DeLong's father, Dale Brobst, Thursday evening, April 24.  Please include Donna and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Drs. Roger Hibbs and Donna Steslow, Department of Business Administration



Please join me in congratulating all the 2014 Business Idea Challenge Award winners. They are:

•1)                  Ryan Sabitina, Seiya Marin, Daneesha Davis, Odalis Matos and Kyle Stagg. Their business idea of GeoCampus won the 2nd Place Award - $1000.

•2)                  Tristan Winkler, Michael Weiss, and Nick Fulop.  Their business idea of Rental's R'Us won 5th Place Award - $100.

•3)                  Erika Sallavanti, Cameron Lipnicky, and Katelyn Tatum. Their business idea of NO-OVIKU won the Honorable Mention Award - $50.


This business idea challenge is hosted by Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industries.  A record high number of students from four universities participated this year.  As more students participate, winning an award in this challenge has become more and more demanding over the years. These students have demonstrated outstanding qualities to stand out from the crowds. If you have any questions or comments, please email Dr. Sue Kong at


Piano Palooza:  April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room, featuring works by Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin, Saint-Saens, Albert Lavignac, Bizet and Rachmaninoff, ranging from one piano, two hands to two pianos, eight hands. Also featuring a work for keytar and piano!



World renowned pianist Dr. Charles Abramovic will perform Piano Concerto No. 1 by Franz Liszt with the Kutztown University Orchestra on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The concert also features Overture to Egmont by Beethoven and Laudate Jehovam, omnes gentes by Telemann which includes a performance by the Kutztown University Chamber Choir. Abramovic is the faculty chair of Keyboard Studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music, Philadelphia.  He performs regularly with artists such as Midori, Sarah Chang, Viktoria Mullova, and Kim Kashkashian and has appeared as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Colorado Symphony and the Florida Philharmonic.



Congratulations to winners of the recent Gen Ed elections - General Education Assessment - Kim Shively;  General Education Committee  - Patricia Derr and Nancy Zimmerman.  

Anke Walz, chair, APSCUF-KU Nominations & Elections



The search committee for the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management invites faculty, students, and staff to open forums with the candidates for this position. Please consider joining us as your feedback is important to the search process. The candidate's resumes are available in the Office of the Vice President Enrollment Management, 109 Stratton Administration Center.

3) Mr. Ricardo Ortegon, Monday, April 28 at 1 p.m.; McFarland Student Union 312

4) Mr. Greg Potts, Tuesday, April 29 at 1 p.m.; McFarland Student Union 312

Tammy Moyer, Enrollment Management



The University Senate will meet on Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in room 101 of the Academic Forum.

Deryl Johnson, University Senate, President



The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Friday, May 2, 4:30pm in MSU 116.    Professor Zachary Abrahams, Department of Philosophy, Cornell University, will be speaking on:  Levels of Explanation in Cognitive Science.  All are welcome.      ["Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the Disability Services Office prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email or, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations.  Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations."] 

Phoenix Strouse, President   Joseph Jedwab, Advisor 



There is no shortage of great music on campus this week.  The KU Music Department has several concerts and recitals coming up:


April 28, Percussion Ensemble, 5 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium

April 28, Piano Palooza, 7:30 p.m., Georgian Room, Old Main

April 29, Senior Recital - Gert Ruelens, Piano, 7:30 p.m., Georgian Room, Old Main

April 29, Jazz Ensemble II, 7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium

April 30, Jazz Ensemble I, 7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium

May 1, University Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium

May 3, Senior Recital - Nathaniel Labe, Percussion, 3 p.m., Georgian Room, Old Main



Open Enrollment for PASSHE health benefits (Non-PEBTF) will run from April 28, 2014 through May 9, 2014 for an effective date of July 1, 2014.  This is your annual opportunity to change plans, add or remove dependents.  Newsletters pertaining to your specific benefit group were emailed by PASSHE on Friday, April 25, 2014 and will be posted on the H.R. website.

Jean Adam, Benefits Manager



Monday, April 28 6:30 p.m. Baseball vs. Albright, First Energy Stadium, Reading



Baseball clinched a spot in the PSAC playoffs with two wins versus East Stroudsburg over the weekend.  The team will head to Butler, Pa. to take on Seton Hill Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. 



The Kutztown University women's golf team won its season-finale on Sunday afternoon with a 41-stroke win at the East Stroudsburg Invitational at the Glen Brook Golf Club. It is Kutztown's sixth win of the season, tying the single-season school record previously set last season.