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Dec 3, 2013


The Daily Brief


Dr. Desalegne Mengesha Degefaw, Academic Vice President of the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, will visit Kutztown University on Monday, Dec. 9. at 4 p.m. in AF 103.   He will give a presentation to faculty, students and staff on "Opportunities for Institutional partnerships between Kutztown University and the University of Gondar."  Currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Ohio State University, Dr. Degefaw is exploring possible program linkages with various Departments at Kutztown University.  For further information about his visit and presentation, please contact Dr. Pietro Toggia at


The K.U. Electronic Ensemble will perform tonight at 7:30pm in the Georgian Room of Old Main.  The ensemble features electric guitar, electric bass, electronic violins, synthesizers and an electronic trumpet performing familiar and not so familiar tunes from the 1700s to 1980s.  Tonight's performance will include songs by Lindsey Sterling, Rush, Pink Floyd and the Beatles as well as a medley of tunes from Phantom of the Opera and an electronic arrangement from J.S. Bach's St. Matthew's Passion.



KU Jazz Ensemble I will be performing a concert of America's Classical Music this Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.  In addition to pieces written for jazz ensemble by composers past and present, the group will be presenting a rare performance of George Gershwin's 1924 version, often referred to as the "Jazz Band Version" of his masterpiece, "Rhapsody in Blue."  KU faculty member Dr. Daniel Immel will be the pianist.  The group will also be playing pieces made famous by The Buddy Rich Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, a new work by the great pianist, Geoff Keezer, and tunes for vocalist and jazz orchestra from the Great American Songbook.  Please join us for a fun night of what - Ahmad Alaadeen called "America's Gift to the World."



The Kutztown University Foundation and Office of Alumni Engagement would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 3rd Annual KU Foundation Chili Cook-Off.  Stop by the Wiesenberger Alumni House on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to sample a variety of chilies, and vote for your favorite.  So take a break during finals week to enjoy a complimentary chili lunch on us!  Drinks and corn bread will also be available. 

Mary Neuenschwander, events coordinator, KU Foundation & Alumni Engagement


Kutztown University will host Pet Therapy Day on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MSU 218, to help relieve KU students from the pressure of final exams. Animals from the Peacable Kingdom Petting Zoo will be available, as well as a large selection of therapy dogs.  Faculty and staff are welcome to come relieve stress as well.

Please be advised that KU has once again begun receiving SCAM phone calls regarding Copier/Printer supplies.  If you are contacted directly, please do not respond with any information regarding your departmental equipment. Neither the KU Purchasing Dept, nor our authorized copier dealer, Edwards Business Machines, are currently working on any project requiring information.  How should you handle these calls?  You can either: politely tell the caller that you are not authorized to release that information, forward their call to anyone in our department, advise the caller to contact the KU Purchasing Dept or simply terminate the call.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please feel free to contact anyone of the Purchasing Dept staff and we will be glad to work with you.

Barbara Reitz, Purchasing Manager



The Events Advisory Council (EAC) has established the deadline for early consideration for room reservations & activities scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year as March 14, 2014 (at 4 p.m.). All faculty and staff members should have recently received (by email) the detailed procedures for registering events/facilities.  If you have not received the information please contact the Office of Conference Services.  Departments and organizations may submit early registration requests for their events by using the EMS Web Requester.   Reminder - any early registration request for a student organization must be submitted by that organization's advisor.  If you have any questions regarding the process feel free to contact my office at x31359 (or email at  Thank you.

Terry L. Sitler, director, Conference Services



The Copy Center will be relocating from the Academic Forum room 107 to the Stratton Administration Center room 107 on Dec. 18.  Normal business operations will resume Dec. 19 at the new location.


Elizabeth Pflugler, assistant director, Business Services



Community Outreach Center is sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in MSU 218. Sign up at COC office MSU 281, email , or online at Sponsor code 1336.

Kelly Kulp, graduate assistant, Community Outreach Center


2013 Staff/Faculty Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in MSU Formal Dining Room. Start this buffet meal with tossed greens w/toppings & dressings and a soup du jour with rolls/butter. Then for your entree choose from a stuffed chicken breast, flank steak, vegetable lasagna, roasted red potatoes, green beans w/bacon & parmesan cheese and buttered corn. And of course don't forget the assorted desserts and beverages.


Due to limited space reservations must be made by Friday Dec. 6 by emailing Scott Moyer at The cost is $14.95pp payable on the day of luncheon and you will receive a complimentary $2 off coupon when you purchase a combo meal in The Cub Cafe. You will receive a confirmation email. So come and enjoy a nice relaxing lunch with your friends! I look forward to seeing. you there!

Scott Moyer, Cub Café manager, ARAMARK



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.



Grade rosters are now available in MyKU for all fall 2013 courses. Please remember that ALL grades must be submitted electronically by 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  If you find that any of your rosters are missing, please notify me immediately.  Any grades that are not submitted by the due date must be submitted on a Grade Change Form.  No exceptions will be made.  Please remember if you need help, you will find a copy of the grading manual on the website at:

Michelle Hughes, Registrar



Saturday, December 7 - Women's and Men's Basketball vs. West Chester - 1 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats - W | Live Stats - M | Live Audio