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March 7, 2014


The Daily Brief


The Reverend Frank Schaefer, a former United Methodist pastor who was defrocked by the church for officiating his son's wedding to another man, will speak at 2 p.m. today in MSU218.  Schaefer is here as a part of the Pride and Prejudice Diversity Conference.  For a complete schedule of events click here.  



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9 a.m.-3 p.m.     Annual Diversity Conference: Pride & Prejudice, MSU

4:15 p.m.             Noesis: Natural Disaster, Political-Economy, and the Built Environment, MSU 322

7 p.m.                   Karaoke Night, South Dining Hall

8 p.m.                   MSU Movie Series film Frozen, MSU Alumni Auditorium


Expert Needed - The Reading Eagle is looking for one of our faculty members who can speak to the history of the chocolate industry in Berks County.  If you are willing and able to be interviewed on the subject please email me at  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Dave Johnson, University Relations



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



The Verve Pipe brings a concert of original songs for the kid in all of us on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. In 2009, 90's alternative rock band The Verve Pipe released A Family Album, an original collection of songs intended for the entire family, with fun and inventive lyrics set to the memorable melodies the band is known for.  In 2013, the follow-up, "Are We There Yet?," was released to critical acclaim.


All tickets are $12 and can be purchased with check or cash at the MSU Information Center or with credit card at  With ticket purchase, children ages 5-12 can participate in a sculpture workshop with KU's NAEA at 11:30 am. Email to reserve space.

KU Presents!



Greg Adler will present his senior euphonium recital on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room. 



The Faculty Artist Concert Series presents Heart and Soul featuring Dr. Maria Asteriadou, Monday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The Department of Music presents a unique recital traversing 150 years of musical genius and five countries, featuring works by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Ravel, Bartok, and Hadjidakis. Containing these great composers' most heartfelt, direct, and personal expression, the pieces are true landmarks in the development of the expressive capabilities of the piano.  Heralded as "an artist with intense personality, virtuosic flair, unusual poise and intimate contact with style" by The New York Times, Greek pianist Maria Asteriadou is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. 


Kutztown University Fibers Club and PSECU is sponsoring TEXTILES NOW 2014, a Biennial Fibers/Textiles Area Exhibition at Eckhaus Gallery, 157 West Main Street, Kutztown. The show features the work of 30 undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and current faculty of the Crafts and Art Education Department. The exhibition dates are  March 6-30. The closing reception is March 27 from 6 -8 p.m.

Michael Radyk, assistant professor, Fibers, Crafts & Art Education Department



SALUTE:  A Message from Veterans Services in Honor of Women's History Month


The month of March is dedicated to women veterans who need to get more of the recognition they deserve.


Ladda Tammy Duckworth was born in March of 1968 in Bangkok, Thailand. During her teenage years, she moved to Hawaii where she graduated from high school and later, obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Hawaii, but she didn't stop her education there. Duckworth then earned a master's degree at George Washington University, and then finally relocated to Illinois, where she enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University.


Duckworth got involved with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps with the Illinois Army National Guard.  Duckworth was deployed to Iraq in 2004, and shortly after, her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.  The explosion caused Duckworth to lose both of her legs and full function in one of her arms.  Her extreme loss didn't stop her from being involved.  She was promoted to major general, awarded the Purple Heart, and was an advocate for better medical care for wounded Soldiers.


After Duckworth's recovery, she was appointed as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. She worked hard towards programs that would provide better mental health support, health care and housing.


Things only got better for Duckworth from there, when President Barack Obama was elected, he chose Duckworth as the assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Finally, in 2012, she became the first disabled woman to ever be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat representing Illinois.


Duckworth's perseverance and courage has set an admirable example that will be remembered for many years to come.




Sarah Griffiths, Communication Studies, 2015, KU Veterans Services