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Dec 5, 2013


The Daily Brief

 Get a Room Winner

The grand prize winner for the Get A Room Program is Heather Luster, a first year education major.  Heather will receive free housing for the Spring 2014. The Get A Room Program is designed to help our first time students become more familiar with Kutztown University and the support system that is in place to help with transitioning to life at KU.   39 first year students successfully completed program, all receiving a waived $75 housing application fee for Fall 2014/Spring 2015. 



Please welcome fifth graders and their parents today from Lauer's Park Elementary School in Reading who are part of the Financial Aid Office's "College Can Be a Reality" early awareness outreach program.  This is the ninth year of the yearlong program that promotes staying in school and putting higher education in an at-risk child's future.  Today's visit will include interactive activities in the Alumni Auditorium, Boehm Science Center, South Dining Hall, and Keystone Hall.  Thank you to Kutztown University students, faculty, and staff who generously agreed to help us today and who offered donations and support.

Joan L. Holleran, associate director, Financial Aid



Lambda Sigma Upsilon will create a human red ribbon today at 11 a.m. on the lawn behind the MSU.  The project is a part of AIDS Awareness.  Please join us if you are available.


Don't forget to stop and check out the vendors at the 2013 Holiday Marketplace today, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in MSU 218.  KUBoK will also be hosting its annual basket giveaway with over 30 baskets of goodies, gift cards and more at the event. Drop by to get some of your holiday shopping done from some great local businesses and vendors.

Jenni Rach, assistant director, Off Campus & Greek Life Programs



This week's MSU Movie Series film is "Paranoia" which will be shown in the MSU Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information.

John Alfero, technical services coordinator, McFarland Student Union



The University Writing Center will be open during finals week Monday, Dec. 9 through Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tutors are available to help your students with their final writing projects.

 Amanda Morris, director, University Writing Center



Please join the Purchasing Office in welcoming our new employee Barb Rahn.  Her primary responsibilities will include catering and commodity purchases.  She can be reached at x3-4831 or

Tammy Moyer, Purchasing Office



I would like to thank my co-workers and the Kutztown University community for all the cards and get well wishes. Words cannot express how much they have helped brighten up my days of recovery. I am so looking forward to my return to work next year. Sitting around not being able to do anything, can be very upsetting. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. Thank you once again.

Susan Miller, HARS custodian 



McFarland Student Union will be operating under extended and/or adjusted hours during Finals Week:

Sunday, Dec. 8 through Thursday, Dec. 12 - 7 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 - 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec.  15 - CLOSED

Jennifer Tanzos, secretary, McFarland Student Union



The University Senate Meeting will take place today, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in AF 101. Light refreshments

are available starting at 3:30 p.m. The complete agenda and attachments are linked to the Senate home page at:

Deryl Johnson, University Senate President



Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Awards - Nomination Deadline, Feb. 7
The Kutztown Academic Achievement Awards were established through a generous gift provided by Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, who served as a member of the Kutztown University faculty from 1970 until 2003. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the exceptional individual achievements of a select group of senior students as their careers at Kutztown University draw to a close. Faculty and staff at Kutztown University are encouraged to nominate students worthy of consideration for this prestigious award. The criterion requires that the nominee exemplify an individual achievement in one or more of the following areas in order to be considered for one of the twelve awards. The areas of achievement are:

a) Successfully completed research projects
b) Original artwork of high quality
c) Artistic performances (music, chorus, drama, etc.) of high quality
d) Original writing in literature or meritorious writing in other fields
e) Noteworthy achievements in athletics
f) Outstanding service to the Kutztown University community

Dr. Chambliss has provided the resources for up to twelve medals (2 gold, 4 silver, 6 copper) to be issued annually to the students selected for this award. In addition, each student recipient will receive a certificate acknowledging conferral of the award. The nomination form can be found at For more information, please contact Dr. Andrea Kirshman, assistant vice provost, Academic and Student Affairs, at
        Andrea Kirshman, assistant vice provost, Academic & Student Affairs



Two student clubs (SIFE and AMA) along with Haydenfilms Institute (HFI) and HPL501c3 Institute  will be celebrating a Public Service Announcement Showcase presenting its Youth Media Initiative (YMI) program at Kutztown University in MSU Alumni Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.  All Kutztown University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.  Also expected in attendance will be Kutztown alumni and award-winning director, Michael Attardi, Senator Judith L. Schwank (D-11th), Reading Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer, and Chief of Police William M. Heim, as well as Haydenfilms 4.0 Online Film Festival Winner, Johnny Ray Gill, who also served as Executive Producer during the YMI. Gill, an actor and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, is best known for roles on NBC's "Harry's Law", HBO's "True Blood", and currently plays Kerwin Whittman in the new television series "Rectify" on the Sundance Channel. For further information, contact Chad Fry, SIFE president.

CJ Rhoads, advisor, SIFE


Please inform your students to join Tutoring Services and the Academic Coaches for finals tips and tricks. They can get tips on test-taking and finals week strategies from friendly, knowledgeable students. Academic Coaches will be in the lobby of the library Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6 - 9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 8 - 10 p.m.

Laura Scappaticci, coordinator,  Student Success



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