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March 5, 2014


The Daily Brief


Nicholas Evans, junior computer science/software development major, was awarded a $1500 Carole and Ray Neag Undergraduate Research Grant to develop a server architecture for large format local multiplayer gaming.   Evans plans to transform the gamer's experience by using movie theater or planetarium projection screens to display game graphics and action to many players at the same time. Participants will be able to use a device that connects to Wi-Fi to act as the controller, with a touch screen for optimal performance. Funds from the Neag grant will be used to upgrade Evans' hardware, hopefully enabling up to 200 users to play at the same time.

Read his story here.




Nominate a student to be a Presidential Ambassador.  Ambassadors are selected based on their academic record (2.75 GPA or higher), their enthusiasm about their experiences at KU, their professional demeanor, participation in university activities, interpersonal communications skills, and the ability to be an active member for at least three semesters.  During spring recruitment, we are looking for freshmen and sophomores who fit these qualifications.  Please submit your nominees to by March 24. Referred students will be invited to our Recruitment Social on March 26 to learn more about the organization and how to become a member. 


Science Olympiad STILL Needs Volunteers - Volunteers are needed to help KU host the Central Eastern Regional Science Olympiad on March 20, (Snow date: March 21). You do not need a science background to be a volunteer. We need help with registrations, lobby info, food sales/delivery, set-up, scoring, event assistance and so much more. You can judge an event or help with the Appeals Board.  Please contact our volunteer coordinators:  Dr. Daniel Aruscavage at or Dr. Gregory Setliff at if you are interested, and check out our website at for more information. We look forward to having you as part of the team!

Joann S. Monko, chemistry instructor, Physical Sciences


CASA is sponsoring a Study Zone for Mid-Terms Week!  The Study Zone will take place March 10-12, 2014 from 3 - 8 p.m. in Rohrbach Library Room 28.  This will be a quiet place students can study and we will have academic coaches and the Writing Center on site to assist them.  The students will also receive free Scantrons, blue books, pencils, highlighters and coffee.  If you have any questions feel free to contact   

 Andrea Kirshman, Associate Provost


KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY POLICY FOR MAKE-UP OF EVENING CLASSES:  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


Therefore, the following is the make-up date for evening classes for the March 3, 2014 cancellation:

                                             Classes Cancelled                                          Make-up Date

                                             Monday, March 3, 2014                             Friday, April 4, 2014


It is also expected that all work missed due to weather closings will be made-up for day classes, i.e.:   Monday, March 3, 2014

Penny Oswald, assistant to the Provost for Faculty Relations and Academic Administration


Experience the innovative collaboration of Temptation of the Muses on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  Anchored by Kenji Bunch's "Concrete Stream," Temptation of the Muses features Nai-Ni Chen dancers interpreting Ahn Trio renditions of works by Pat Metheny, David Balakrishnan, Ron Yedidia and The Doors.  Performance tickets are $28 (Students $15, KU Students w/ID $10) and available with check or cash at the MSU Information Center or with credit card at or x34092. Tickets are still available for the Asian Buffet at 5:45. Dinner tickets are $25.

KU Presents!


KU Faculty, Staff & Students:  New York City Art Buses...... March 29, April 12 and May 3.

Spend the day in New York on your own at the museums, galleries and stores.   Leave KU from Parking Lot B1, west of Boehm Science Building at 9 a.m.  Tickets may be purchased at MSU Information Desk:  Bearbucks, Cash, Checks payable to KUSSI.  Tickets are $20.00.  First come, first served!

William J. Mowder, dean, College of Visual and Performing Art



The deadline is quickly approaching for the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Idea Challenge. The annual Business Idea Challenge encourages local college students to consider and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. The competition is open to students from Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks and Reading Area Community College. The deadline to submit plans is March 17 and cash prizes will be awarded at the Chamber Board of Directors meeting on April 17 after the shark tank panel of judges hears the finalists pitch their plans on April 3 or 4, 2014. Guidelines and other information are available at  Kutztown teams have won this competition two of its three years. Please encourage students to submit for this competition!

Pamela A. Krauser Vargas, executive director, Research Center



Kutztown University's Health Promotion and Alcohol and Other Drug Services Office, in collaboration with the Sport Management and Leadership Studies Department, Campus Wellness Committee and the KU Health Ambassadors will host the Spring Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 13 in the McFarland Student Union. The event will feature more than 40 vendor tables of wellness experts, who will meet with participants to share healthy lifestyle tips. Additionally, attendees can participate in free alcohol screenings, fitness assessments, HIV testing and more. This year's theme will be Shades of Green.



Please join us for the Women & Disability Project: Education, Awareness, And Advocacy & Leadership on Tuesday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in McFarland Student Union 183. Women leaders with disabilities discuss struggles with access, barriers to employment and education, and how they worked to succeed. Members of the panel include Betsy Valnes, founding executive director of the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) and board of directors member for the US International Council on Disability and the World Disability Union; Josie Badger, a youth coordinator at the Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center, author for "Launching into Adulthood," and Ms. Wheelchair America 2012;  Kathryn Buschan, a Kutztown University Special Education professor with research interest in transition skills and supports for high school students with disabilities; and KU Special Education  and Women's & Gender Studies student, Staci Forrest. Classes are welcome. Cosponsors of this program are the KU Commission on the Status of Women, Disability Services, Multicultural Services, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Women's Center and Women's & Gender Studies.

Grace M. Hill, director,Women's Center & GLBTQ Resource Center


Please excuse the students listed below from classes on Friday and Saturday as they will be attending the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference in NYC.  Please allow them to make up any missed work.  Thank you.

Matt Cech, Braden Stone, Pat Dietrich, Brandon Conniff, Tim Lind, Zach Esposito, Nick Gorrie, Matt Davis, Alicia Carson, Haley Bianco, Dillon Snyder, Victoria Tagliamonti, Ashton Rosenberger, Ashley Chuck, Lindsey Bonilla, Ryan Moore, Shawn Thomas, Steve Maugeri, Tyler Fleming

Mike Regensburger, KUR