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Jan 21, 2014

 

The Daily Brief

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

I am pleased to report that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accepted Kutztown University's 2013 Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend Kutztown on the quality of the report.  The Commission requests that we continue to implement an organized and sustainable assessment process, showing evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and resource allocation and in the evaluation and improvement of student learning outcomes.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to the successful completion of the PRR process. 

F. Javier Cevallos, President

 

 


 

2013 W-2 Form now available on ESS. For all PASSHE employees who elected to receive their 2013 W-2 form online in Employee Self Service, the form is now available to view, print and/or save. Please see ESS for instructions how to retrieve your 2013 W-2. Users encountering any problems with ESS should notify HR using Ask HR. For those employees receiving a paper W-2 form, forms should be mailed out within the next two weeks. That mailing date will be announced later.

 

Jennifer Weidman, Payroll Manager

Human Resources

 


 

 

The KU cheerleading team is stranded in Florida as their flight home has been cancelled. Please excuse them from classes today and tomorrow.

    Jordan Benedict

 


The CONNECTIONS Orientation staff will be present in the lobby of the MSU all day today, January 21, to answer questions and provide assistance for any new students.

 

Lisa Grabowski, coordinator of New Student Orientation Programs

 


 Below please find the list of academic department chairs for Spring Semester 2014

DEPARTMENT

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

Academic Enrichment

Edwin

Nieves

Anthropology/Sociology

James

Delle

Art Education & Crafts

John

White

Athletics

Martha

Anderson

Biology

Carol

Mapes

Business Administration

Roger

Hibbs

Communication Design

Todd

McFeely

Communication Studies & Theatre

Claire

Van Ens

Computer Science

Linda

Day

Counseling/Student Affairs

Margaret

Herrick

Counseling/Psychological Services

Bruce

Sharkin

Criminal Justice

Mahfuzul

Khondaker

Electronic Media

Helen

Bieber

Elementary Education

Jeanie

Burnett

English

Janice

Chernekoff

Fine Arts

Cheryl

Hochberg

Geography

Richard

Courtney

History

Andrew

Arnold

Instructional Technology/Library Science

Andrea

Harmer

Mathematics

Paul

Ache

Modern Language Studies

Karen

Rauch

Music

Jeremy

Justeson

Philosophy

John

Lizza

Physical Sciences

Edward

Simpson

Political Science

Kristin

Bremer

Psychology

Anita

Meehan

Rohrbach Library

Bruce

Gottschall

Secondary Education

Theresa

Stahler

Social Work

John

Vafeas

Special Education

Debra

Lynch

Sport Management and Leadership Studies

Lorri

Engstrom

 

Elsa Collins
Office of the President

 


 

 

 

As we begin the Spring 2014 semester, we would like to remind our campus community that the Office of Distance Education is continuing to offer "brown bag" sessions to departments and groups. These sessions are informal gatherings to discuss both the technical and methodological sides of using D2L for your online or face-to-face classes. Meeting times are flexible, and sessions are typically hosted by the interested departments or groups. As always, interested individuals may host in their office, or can visit the Academic Forum, Room 205. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

 

  1. Creating News/Announcements in D2L
  2. Uploading content to D2L from Publishers, zip files, or individual files
  3. Setting up the Gradebook in D2L
  4. Creating your quizzes and question banks in D2L
  5. Using the HTML Editor in D2L
  6. Creating Dropboxes in D2L 
  7. Using TurnItIn in D2L for Plagiarism detection

Contact Jim Brenneck at 610-683-4636 or Brenneck@kutztown.edu  for more information. 

 


  

Now in its fifth year, Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment: the PASSHE Virtual Conference provides an opportunity to engage with education professionals from around the world-all from the comfort of your office or home. The most recent conference attracted 319 PASSHE faculty and staff over the two weeks that it was held. The 60 one-hour sessions are all delivered live via Blackboard Collaborate and allow you to interact with the presenters and your fellow participants. Sessions are chosen by selecting the best and most current sessions from other conferences in the past year. We invite the presenters to do their sessions again-virtually. Presenters have been from all over the U.S. plus Nepal, Australia, Canada, and England. And, as always, the conference remains totally free to PASSHE faculty and staff. For more details, visit: http://www.passhe.edu/inside/asa/DEConf/Pages/2014-Sessions-by-Date.aspx

To Register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PASSHEVirtualConference

  


  

ON THE WALL / OFF THE WALL, Lanny Sommese, A poster retrospective: Sharadin Hall Communication Design gallery (3rd floor) and student gallery, Jan. 21 - Feb. 2; Artist lecture: Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 to 8 p.m. in Sharadin 120. Reception at 6:30 p.m., outside Sharadin 120.

 

A retrospective of 50 of Lanny's masterfully funny, shocking, and insightful posters include iconic works on topics from protesting wars to celebrating the arts. The posters are conceptual, simple, and illustrative, and use bold images in interesting ways. They range in production technique from silkscreen to offset to digital print, and from dense renderings to simple line drawings, photographs and graphic shapes.

 "Lanny's work transcends the boundaries of language and can be understood by anyone regardless of origin... his posters drawn with a croquill pen which are then enlarged... celebrate the work of the hand - certainly an endangered species in the digital age. His expressive line work achieves an emotional response that no extant computer program could ever duplicate" - Chip Kidd.

For nearly 40 years, the posters of Lanny Sommese have been exhibited in the major museums around the world including the Library of Congress; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Deutsch Geshichte, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Toyoma, Japan; Hong Kong Heritage Museum; and the Poster Museum at Willinow, Warsaw, Poland. Lanny is currently a Distinguished Professor, Head of Graphic Design and a fellow of Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Together with his wife, Kristin, he runs the award-winning design studio Sommese Design. Their work has appeared in hundreds of design annuals and books. This exhibition has shown at the Knauer gallery at the Swope Music Building at West Chester University, the Recitation Hall Gallery at the University of Delaware, and will be travelling next to Philadelphia University. Sponsored by the Communication Design Department of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. E-mail lemon@kutztown.edu for more information.