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Dec 2, 2013


The Daily Brief


The world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to spread their mission of nurturing and perpetuating the art form of New Orleans Jazz with this celebration of the winter holidays TOMORROW at 7:30 p.m. Deriving its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. This special holiday performance will include "Blue Christmas," "Swingin' in a Winter Wonderland," "Bells will be Ringin'" and "The Dreidel Song" performed New Orleans-style. The evening will open with KU's Jazz Ensemble I. Tickets are $28 ($15 for students, $10 for KU Students) and can be purchased with check or cash at the MSU Information Center or with credit card at or x3-4092.

KU Presents!



Kutztown University's GLBTQ Resource Center will host daylong educational workshops and displays meant to create awareness of HIV and AIDS issues on Monday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MSU Multipurpose Room (218). During the event participants can view two 3-by-6-foot panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is a handmade pieced quilt that was nominated for the Novel Peace Prize in 1989 and is the largest community art project worldwide. Allies of Kutztown University, the Health and Wellness Center of Kutztown University, Lehigh Valley Health Network's AIDS Activities Office and other community and campus organizations will be onsite with information and will offer HIV/HCV testing.


KU World AIDS Day continues with a screening of "How to Survive a Plague" at 6 p.m. in MSU Alumni Auditorium (183). This award-winning documentary uses never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s to tell the story of how the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and the Treatment Action Group fought for medical innovation to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Following the film, Dr. Curt Herr, Kutztown University professor of English, will talk about his experiences living in New York during the AIDS crisis. For more information please contact the GLBTQ Resource Center at x6-4111 or



President's Holiday Celebration - President Cevallos and Mrs. Josée Vachon Cevallos cordially invite you and your family to a holiday celebration on December 8, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. in the Georgian Room of Old MainPlease respond by Dec. 4 to 610-683-4103 or by email:  and indicate the number of guests and children. Please consider bringing new toys, nonperishable food items, toiletries and pet supplies for a donation to be given to Friend, Inc.



Doorbuster Deals at the KU Student Bookstore & Dixon Marketplace - From now through Dec. 20, save big on select apparel, gift and Skullcandy Ink'd headphones. The Bookstore is also featuring a variety of art gift sets as part of the sale.  For a preview of our Doorbuster Deals, check out the catalog online at  KU Student Bookstore customers can also enjoy a free gift bag with purchases of $10 or more, while supplies last.  

Amanda Schaeffer, public relations manager, KUSSI



The following students will be on a Taxonomy of Vascular Plants class field trip to Longwood Gardens on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Please excuse them from any missed classes and allow them to make up any missed work. The students are: Jenna Bachman, Tara Caton, Andrew Douventzidis, Jason Ellis, Hannah Fairley, Courtney Haffner, Kamri Jacobs, Briana Luancing, Robert Marra, Alyson Natale, Anthony Paolucci, Robert Roos, Ashley Snyder, Chelsea Trout, Michael Valentine, Rebecca Whiteash.

Carol C. Mapes, professor, Biology Department



The University Senate will meet on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in AF 101.

Deryl Johnson, president, University Senate



College of Visual & Performing Arts Faculty First Thursday!  Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, assistant professor of Art Education and Crafts, will present "Creating Dialogue: White Teachers in Diverse Classroom Settings".  On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. in Sharadin 120. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder's presentation will open a fluid and engaging dialogue around one's professional identity with considerations to socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity.  The conversation will begin by sharing personal teacher histories and individual experiences with identities as white teachers in diverse settings.

William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts



New to KU!  Please welcome the following employees who begin their careers at Kutztown today:

Dawn Schadler                  Facilities

Barbara Rahn                    Purchasing



Improved version of Desire2Learn -  As we approach the end of another semester, we are preparing for the next Desire2Learn upgrade from version 10.0 to version 10.2.  The upgrade will happen for ALL PASSHE Universities beginning at 12:01 a.m. and ending at approximately 6 p.m., Dec. 14.  Although the upgrade is incremental and not the wholesale change we saw last winter, here are some of the enhancements you can look forward to:

  • Streamlined content interface: the new system features a more powerful "add content" area that allows key course elements (Discussions, Quizzes, Dropboxes, etc.)  to be created more efficiently, allowing for a more intuitive and user-friendly experience.
  • Simplified HTML editor: the new HTML editor makes creating content within D2L much more efficient.
  • Updated Discussion interface: the new interface more clearly defines forums and topics, and allows you to quickly see new postings, manage subscriptions, and reply to threads.

Want a preview? A  "What's New in D2L 10.2" video via KUOnline's YouTube channel is now available so that anyone can see the enhancements in action.  Visit or the KUOnline page for more details: . Please note that all D2L support videos will be modified accordingly and made available after the upgrade is complete. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you.

Douglas Scott, manager, Distance Education



Please excuse the following students from classes on Dec 3, Dec 4, and Dec 6. They will be touring with the Sunshine Players production of "Once Upon an Apple" to area elementary schools. Please allow them to make up any work missed.

Johanna Forte, Advisor


Samantha Brannen

Anne Bonnefoi

Anissa Contento

Alexa Korber

Trisha Tomasko



The Institutional Climate Committee will meet on Thursday Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. in the Senate Conference Room (OM 127). All members of the University Community are invited to attend.

- ICC, Senate



The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4:30p.m. in Graduate Center 200.  Professor Krista Thomason, Philosophy Department, Swarthmore College, will be speaking on:

The Moral Value of Envy

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; Allan Bäck, Advisor



Find out why Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards - "Strength in Stress Management" is a 45-minute video presentation which can be viewed at your convenience any time between Jan. 21, 2014 through May 30, 2014.   To register for this program, please visit the H.R. website for Health & Wellness Programs and select "Strength in Stress Management".  For those participating in Healthy U wellness program, completion of this program counts as 25 points toward your goal of 70 points.  Registration is open through Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.   Further information including a link to the video will be emailed to registrants by Jan. 21, 2014.  Enjoy!

Jean E. Adam, Benefits Manager