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Feb 21, 2014


The Daily Brief


Former secondary education professor and Kutztown University football head coach
Dr. Al. F. Leonzi
passed away Wednesday afternoon after a brief illness. He was 71 years old.
Memorial services will be held at the dates below: 
Sunday, Feb. 23 - 6-8:30 p.m. - viewing at Heintzelman Funeral Home in Schnecksville, PA 
Monday, Feb. 24 - mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in Orefield, PA
Leonzi was a professor of secondary education at KU beginning in 1969 until his retirement in 2005 as professor emeritus. He served as the department chairman from 1980-83.   He was a member of the Kutztown University football team's coaching staff for more than 25 years, including six seasons as head coach. Between 1993 and 1997, Leonzi was the full-time head coach, during which the Golden Bears had .500 or better records three of the five seasons. He also stepped in as an interim head coach in 1984.  Leonzi was inducted into the Kutztown Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Read the Morning Call's story

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Congratulations to Dr. Jake Sewall, Assistant Professor of Geology and Environmental Science Department of Physical Sciences, for his contributions to a recent article in the NY Times
Read the story here


Kutztown University's Human Diversity Commission is sponsoring a conference on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (GLBTQA) issues entitled "Pride & Prejudice: GLBTQA Issues Today," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 7 in the MSU.  Keynote speakers for this event are state Rep. Brian Sims, distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate; and the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a pastor who was defrocked by the United Methodist church for officiating at his gay son's wedding. 
This is a free event and open to the public, but preregistration is required. To register, visit For more information, please contact Jerry Schearer, KU's associate dean for inclusion and outreach, at or x3-4923.



FREE Smoking Cessation Classes on Campus! Classes start on Feb. 27, 4:45 -5:45 p.m. Please contact Teresa Tieman, Prevention Specialist from The Council on Chemical Abuse to reserve your seat and for location of the class 610-376-8669 x136.  Nicotine patches are available FREE of charge for participants.

Frances C. Cortez Funk, director, Health Promotion and Alcohol & Other Drug Services



"If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live." ~ Albert Einstein  The K.U. Geographical Society presents More Than Honey, an award-winning documentary on the relationship between mankind and honeybees, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 in Boehm 261.  This thought-provoking event is open to all faculty, staff and the general public.

Dorothy Siravo, secretary, Geography Dept.



SALUTE:  A Message from Veterans Services in Honor of Black History Month


Equality has come a long way since the 1800's, and we should be proud that our state stepped up to give African-Americans a homecoming they deserved.


Who knew a city so close to Kutztown would be known for something so prestigious? After more than 185,000 African American Soldiers from twenty-five states were excluded from the 1865 Grand Review military parade in Washington D.C., Harrisburg wanted to make it right. Harrisburg's Garnet Equal Rights League organized a three-day event in October 1865 with speeches and a ball for the returning Soldiers to enjoy. A century and a half later, a re-enactment of the parade took place in October 2010, showing remembrance for such a unifying time in history.  Source: African American Patriots and the Civil War: Harrisburg Launches a National Event by Todd Mealy

KU Veterans Services


On Saturday, April 12, the Elementary Education Department will be hosting its 16th Annual Children's Literature Conference. This year's featured Authors/Illustrators include: CYBLS Award recipient, Frank Serafini; Two-time Newbery Honors recipient, Jim Murphy; and Three time Caldecott Medal recipient, David Wiesner. Registrations for the event will be accepted up until the week of the conference, registration forms can be found on our website  KU students, faculty and staff are also invited to attend a presentation by Frank Serafini, Friday, April 11 from 2-3 p.m. in the MSU Alumni Auditorium or a presentation by David Wiesner & Jim Murphy, Friday, April 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the MSU Multipurpose Room.

Megan Borascius, graduate assistant, Elementary Education Department 








Evening classes cancelled due to weather conditions will be made-up according to the following schedule.  Exceptions to this will be subject to approval by the Provost.


Classes Canceled                    Make-up Date

Monday evening                    First Friday of the month

Tuesday evening                    Second Friday of the month

Wednesday evening             Third Friday of the month

Thursday evening                  Fourth Friday of the month


Below I have provided a comprehensive schedule of the make-up dates for all the evening classes missed (so far) for the spring 2014 semester.


Classes Cancelled                                          Make-up Date

Tuesday, January 21, 2014                          Friday, February 14, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014                          Friday, March 7, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014                    Friday, February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014                      Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014                            Friday, March 14, 2014 



Please note that the Tuesday, January 21, 2014 classes that were to be made-up on Friday, February 14, 2014 are now scheduled for Friday March 14, 2014.




It is the responsibility of faculty to ensure that coursework missed because of weather related class cancellations will be adequately covered during the time remaining in the semester.  We ask that you continue to communicate to students any substantive change in your original course syllabi, such as a change in weighting of assignments, or a change in the type or number of assignments, with a copy to your department chair and Dean.  Any questions regarding specific arrangements should be directed to the Dean.


Possible make up methods include but are not limited to: using on-line technology, additional course assignments; face-to-face the following Tuesday or Thursday at 11:00, or another time that works for the faculty member and ALL of the students.  Plans for make-up should not create conflict with regularly scheduled course times.


If you make the decision to use the Tuesday/Thursday at 11:00 time slot or any other time slot, it will be the responsibility of the faculty member to inform the department chair who in turn will submit the information to Ms. Shanna Youse to enter into room scheduler.  This allows the reservation of the room as an academic need instead of an event.   It is the faculty member's responsibility to ensure that all students in the class are informed of and agreed to the make-up date and time.


I kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility with the students in meeting the class expectations.

Carlos Vargas-Aburto, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs




Saturday, Feb. 22 - Track and Field Hosts Last Chance Invitational - 8:00 a.m. (O'Pake Field House)

Saturday, Feb. 22 - Women's and Men's Basketball vs. Shippensburg - 1 & 3 p.m. (Keystone Arena)