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March 12, 2014


The Daily Brief


The KU Geology Club hosted an educational outreach event this weekend as part of the Spring Township Family Nature Series. Nearly 30 children, ranging in age from 4 to 9 years old, explored the science of fossils, dinosaur bones and minerals in a program designed and presented by the KU Geology Club students.  (Photo releases for the children were unavailable so faces had to be blurred.  We apologize to the Geology Club)


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10 a.m.-4 p.m.                 Allies Bake Sale, MSU
11 a.m.-2 p.m.                  Liberty Mutual Consultation Day, KU Foundation
3 p.m.                                   "Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs" Tour, Rohrbach Library
3 p.m.                                   German Stammtisch!, LRC (DF109)
3-8 p.m.                               CASA Study Zone, 28 Rohrbach Library
7 p.m.                                   "Ultimate Universe" Planetarium Show, Grim Science Building



Kutztown University will host a Computer Music Seminar, featuring a performance by Dr. Margaret Schedel, an assistant professor in the Department of Music at Stony Brook University, from 6 - 9 p.m., Saturday, March 29 in the Grim Planetarium.  Schedel, who is an accomplished composer and cellist, specializes in interactive media and is on the board of the International Computer Music Association. In addition to performing several processed cello pieces, Schedel will give a presentation on her involvement as a woman in computing research. The event will also feature a performance by KU student performer Nicole Cresse, who will co-compose one piece of music and perform on the electric violin, with Schedel on the cello, and Dr. Dale Parson, an associate professor of computer science at KU, on the electronic banjo. The music will be digitally processed to extend the sonic range of each stringed instrument.  All performances will feature video art projected onto the planetarium dome. Custom computer software written at KU will translate the live music into graphical visualization on the dome. The three musicians will literally be playing the planetarium as a musical-visual instrument.  KU students will assist with the graphical visualization. This event is free and open to the public.



We are pleased to inform the University Community that Mr. Bob Watrous, Associate Provost and Dean of Students has been named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation.  Bob currently serves as Second Vice President of the Kutztown Lions Club.  Lions Clubs International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This Fellowship Award (LCIF) is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipient of this award becomes a model because of the exemplary service to his club and the community for which it serves.  Please join me in congratulating Bob on this achievement and thank him for his contributions to our community.

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



The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Thursday, March 13, 11 a.m. in MSU 323.    Jay Winkleman will be speaking on:  "Plato's Rebellion Against the Aristocracy".  An analysis of The Republic claiming that Socrates was fundamentally anarchistic.

Phoenix Strouse, president and Allan Bäck, advisor


Early Reservation Requests for 2014-2015 Academic Year:  The Events Advisory Council (EAC) has established the deadline for early consideration for room reservations and activities scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year as Friday, March 14, 2014 at 4:00pm.  This is a firm deadline in order to be included in the early reservation process. Departments and organizations may submit early registration requests for their events by using the EMS Room Scheduler at 


If you are unable to submit your request via the web program you may send your requests by email to  Reminder - any early registration requests 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 x3-1359 (or email at  Thank you.

Honey Svoboda, KU Conference Services



Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center will host a 'blessing of the soil' in honor of St. Gertrude's Day, at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 16 in the newly reconstructed kitchen garden of the historic Sharadin Farmhouse.  Dr. William Woys Weaver, internally known historian and author of 16 books, including "As American as Shoefly Pie," will give a short presentation on the history and gardening customs surrounding St. Gertrude's Day. A book signing will follow the traditional blessing of the soil. This event is free to the public, and registration is not required. For more information, call 610-683-1589 or visit the PGCHC Facebook page at



The Military Club at KU is hosting the 2014 Wounded Warrior 5K Run/ 1Mile Walk on Sunday, April 6.  We anticipate a great community turnout and would love to see a lot of KU participation.  To encourage participation, Veterans Services will award a 'mystery' prize (it'll be nice, we promise) to the KU office or department that has the most runners and/or walkers participating in the race.  Names will be verified from completed registration forms and the race time sheet.  To sign up for the race go to, pick up a race form from the Veterans Center (MSU 262), or we can email you a race form pdf. Race tee-shirts are guaranteed for all who register by Mar 21. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 6!


Race Details - Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pre-Registration fee: $25 ($15 for children under 10) / $30 on Race Day

Team Rate: $20 per runner/walker if you sign up with a team of five or more

Registration Time: 8 - 9:40 a.m. (outside of the McFarland Student Union)

Race Time: 10 a.m.


Contact or for more information.

KU Veterans Services




Governor Tom Corbett kicked off the new Veterans Designation for Pennsylvania driver's licenses and identification cards. The designation, an American flag with the word "Veteran" beneath it, will appear on the front of the license or identification card.  Qualified applicants include those who received a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty/DD214 or equivalent, for service in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component, or the National Guard who were discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.


There is no fee for the Veterans Designation. Veterans holding a non-commercial driver's license or identification card can immediately apply for the designation online. Commercial Driver's (CDL) must apply via mail.  Visit and click on the American Flag/Veterans Designation icon for details.  "The veterans' designation on drivers' licenses and identification cards now provides immediate recognition for veterans who may not otherwise have any military identification," said Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, adjutant general of Pennsylvania. "While participation is completely voluntary, it allows veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits that they are eligible for."

KU Veterans Services



Planetarium Show Tonight, 7 p.m. in the Grim Science Building - From the edge of space and time, through vast fields of wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our solar system, this show will take audiences on a grand tour of the universe and let them experience its most provocative secrets.   "The Ultimate Universe" is a journey from the edge of the universe through space and time to reach our home planet, witnessing the major components of the cosmos along the way. See the transformation of galaxies in collision, experience the devastation of a star's death, and feel the immense power of erupting volcanoes on Jupiter's moon.  This event is free and open to the public.



The Kutztown University Women's Center will screen two films during the spring 2014 semester. "Girl Rising" (Richard Robbins, 2013) will be screened on Wednesday, March 26 at 2 p.m. in the Academic Forum room 201.  "Not My Life" (Robert Billheimer, Richard Young, 2011) will be screened on Tuesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in the Academic Forum room 101. Both films retain and display themes that are meant to incite emotion and thought from the audience on important social issues, geopolitical problems and economic trends from the perspective of women.  Robbins' "Girl Rising" is a feature which promotes female education across the globe, while Billheimer and Young's "Not My Life," narrated by Glenn Close, is a documentary on human trafficking that will surely spark emotional responses to the film's unapologetic and truthful approach to this underground, multi-billion dollar industry.