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May 6, 2014


The Daily Brief

Dr. Watson 

Dr. Carol Watson, assistant professor of elementary education, was an invited guest on a panel discussion of Diversity and
Multicultural Education for the Channel 6 (ABC) television program Puerto Rican Panorama. The segment was filmed last week and will air in late May.


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10 a.m.                 Pet Therapy, MSU Lawn

4 - 8 p.m.            Study Zone, Rohrbach 28


Summer Hours - As in past years, the University will initiate summer hours beginning Monday, May 12, the Monday following Commencement.  These hours will remain in effect through Friday, August 22.  Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch.  Anyone who has a need to maintain the normal winter hours may submit a request through their supervisory line.  Approval for such a request will be at the Vice Presidential level.   Enjoy summer! 

Maria Hernandez  Executive Associate to the Vice President Administration and Finance



The Communication Studies Department is pleased to announce that the following students were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor fraternity for Communication Studies. A ceremony was held during the senior capstone presentation on April 27, 2014. These students include: Katilyn Amodei, Meghan Beatty, Laurel Brandt, Brooke Hamm, Ellyn Kershner, Alexander Vigilante, and Christina Wolfe. Additionally, four senior members of LPE will be graduating this semester and include Jillian Boyer, Nicole Brumbley, Amanda Schoell, and Natalie Yuengel.

Mary Eicholtz, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies



The Biology Department is pleased to announce the following student award recipients:

Cyrus E. Beekey Award in Biology: Alexa L. Sicher 
Department of Biology Academic Excellence Award: Ty M. Frank, Ryan E. Geisler, Alexa L. Sicher 

Ronald R. Rhein Biology Scholarship: Ryan E. Kohn
Commonwealth of PA University Biologists Outstanding Student Award: E. Justin Warren
Samuel Gundy Early Achievement Award in Biology: Connor Gable, Briann N. Luancing

Joshua Wentworth Wesner Pre-Medical Scholarship: Claire E. Brookens 
Congratulations to all award winners!!! 

Carol C. Mapes, Chair of Biology       


The Kutztown Folk Festival is seeking volunteers to help greet visitors, hand out our daily program and answer questions. Our volunteers play a very important role at the Festival and it would not be as successful without our wonderful volunteers.  There is nothing that makes an out-of-town visitor feel more special than to hear you say "hello" and greet them with a smile. It also makes it more special for our visitors when our Volunteers greet them in PA Dutch Dialect.  Volunteers can sign up for 2 ½ hour time slots throughout the week.  We would love to have new volunteers sign up to help us out this year.  The festival runs from June 28th through July 6th.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bev Godshall 610-683-6052, Festival Volunteer Coordinator or the Festival Office at 610-683-1597 for more information.



Kutztown University's Office of Student Involvement will host a pet therapy day today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the McFarland Student Union lawn.  Animals from the Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo will be available, as well as a large selection of therapy dogs. Participants will be able to play with therapy dogs and pet exotic and farm animals.

Don't Throw That Out! Please join the Kutztown University Women's Center in our biannual campaign to collect food, new and used clothing, toys, baby items, art supplies, household products, and more for local shelters/agencies. Donations may be dropped off this week through Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at our collection center in the Women's Center Oasis, Old Main 3. Donation boxes are also available in the residence halls, KU Health & Wellness Center and the Community Outreach Center in the McFarland Student Union Building. For additional information, please call the Women's Center, 610-683-4655, or contact Mary Borst or Grace Hill at

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



Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Department of Mathematics Award Recipients:

•·         Lauren Williams - Kappa Mu Epsilon Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics, presented to the B.S.Ed. Secondary Education in Mathematics with the highest GPA in Mathematics courses;

•·         Michael Rex - Kappa Mu Epsilon Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics, presented to the B.S.Ed. Secondary Education in Mathematics with the highest GPA in Mathematics courses;

•·         Lauren Williams - Mathematics Award to the B.S. Mathematics student with the highest GPA in mathematics courses;

•·         Sarah McQueen - Mathematics Award to the B.S. Mathematics student with the highest GPA in mathematics courses; and,

•·         Jennifer O'Brien - Mathematics Outstanding Student Teacher Award.

Paul Ache, chair, Department of Mathematics



Brandon Shimo (Jermyn, PA/Lakeland (Lackawanna)) pitched a complete game shutout to lift the Kutztown University baseball team to a 1-0 win over Millersville University and the 2014 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship. Shimo was named the Tournament MVP. The Golden Bears become the first No. 4 seed to win the PSAC Championship. It took down the top seed in the West in Seton Hill in the first round, the third seed in the West in Pitt-Johnstown in the semifinals, and now the top seed in the East in Millersville in the championship. This is Kutztown's seventh PSAC Championships in program history and first since 2008. It also won in 2008, 2006, 2005, 2002, 1999 and 1966. The Golden Bears won three of those under head coach Chris Blum.


Photos and video can be found here.



Men's and Women's Track and Field had success this weekend at the PSAC Championships.  The men finished 4th and the Women finished 6th.  Kutztown won individual championships with wins from Tyler Brooks in triple jump, Lanny Buck in the pole vault, Zach Fleming in the steeplechase and Richard Gatewood in the long jump, Rosealine Farrell in the hammer throw and Nicole Wildermuth in the discus.



Men's Tennis competed in the NCAA Championships over the weekend beating West Virginia Wesleyan in the first round before falling 5-3 to PSAC champ Edinboro.  This was the second straight year that Kutztown has qualified for the NCAA Tournament, as well as the second straight year it won an opening round match.  This marked Kutztown's 14th appearance in the NCAA Division II championship tournament. The Golden Bears are now 18-14 overall in the NCAA tournament since making their first appearance in 1998.