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Nov 12, 2013


The Daily Brief


Frank T. Brogan, the recently appointed chancellor of the Pa. State System of Higher Education, will host an open forum for Kutztown University students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11:15 a.m. in the Academic Forum, room 201.  Mr. Brogan will take questions from the campus community and discuss current issues in higher education.


Please be advised that one of the boilers in the central steam plant needs to be retuned today. There will be a period when steam must be discharged from the rear of the plant. The discharge will be loud and visible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tom Green, director, Facilities Energy Management & Campus Utilities



The Commission on Human Diversity is please to host our 4th Annual Diversity Conference on March 7, 2014.   The website is now up for registration and proposals.  Proposals are due by Nov. 29, 2013.  This year's theme is "Pride and Prejudice: GLBTQA Issues Today".  We welcome registrations and proposals from students, staff, faculty, and outside participants.

Jerry W. Schearer, associate dean, Inclusion and Outreach



The KU Card Office will be relocating from MSU 288 to the Academic Forum room 107 beginning Jan. 6, 2014.  Please "bear" with us while we make the transition and get our equipment back up and running.  If you will have any specific requirements during the week of Jan. 6, please contact our office immediately so arrangements can be made in advance. 

Jennifer Santangelo, customer service coordinator, KU Card Office



Susan Miller, custodian in Johnson Hall has recently undergone surgery. I know Sue would appreciate to hear from her coworkers at K.U. while she is recuperating. Cards and good well wishes may be sent to Sue at 3427 Stoudt's Ferry Bridge Road, Reading Pa. 19605.

Glenn Ruhe, Housing, Residential and Dining Services



The next meeting for UCC for this year will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. in MSU 250.  The deadline for submission of all proposals for this meeting is 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Nov. 15.  Please submit new proposals prior to this deadline to the UCC secretary, Bethany French, in the Provost's Office, 309 Stratton Admin.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. French at x3-1312. 

Bethany French, secretary, University Curriculum Committee.



Professor of Spanish, Dr. Maximiliano Zúñiga, will deliver the fall 2013 Chambliss Faculty Research Awards lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the MSU Alumni Auditorium (183). The lecture is free and open to the public.  Zúñiga's lecture will give a brief overview of important aspects of the narrative voices that appear in Alfredo Bryce Echenique's short stories and novels between 1967 and 1988, and analyzes aspects of the narrative voice in Echenique's first novel, "Un mundo para Julius" ("A World for Julius").



Internationally known artist Justin Bua will give a multimedia presentation that links his art to hip-hop culture, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Multipurpose Room. Bua's presentation will use PowerPoint to bring his drawings and paintings to life. Audiences will marvel at Bua's ability to transform himself into a large slice of New York City's multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population to share his experience growing up during Reaganomics and witnessing class disparities amidst the birth of hip-hop.


The Department of Secondary Education and Phi Sigma Pi will be showing the movie, School of Rock, to raise money to benefit local underfunded school districts. The movie will be shown on Monday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in the MSU Alumni Auditorium, room 183. There will be a $2 admission fee to the movie. The Secondary Education Department will also be accepting school supply donations in Beekey 239 up until Nov. 18. For more information please contact Tim Klawiter at

Timothy Klawiter, graduate assistant,  Secondary Education



The Kutztown University Foundation and Office of Alumni Engagement would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 3rd Annual KU Foundation Chili Cook-Off.  Stop by the Wiesenberger Alumni House on December 9th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to sample a variety of chili, and vote for your favorite.  So take a break during finals week to enjoy a complimentary chili lunch on us!  Drinks and corn bread will also be available. 

Mary Neuenschwander, events coordinator, Kutztown University Foundation



Campus Blood Drive - The KU Alumni Engagement Office is teaming up with the Miller-Keystone Blood Center to host a blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of MSU.  Please help support your community blood center.  Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.  Please make note, a photo ID (any photo ID with first and last name) or Miller-Keystone Blood Donor Card are required.  To schedule an appointment, please email or call x3-4110.  Thank you.

Cheryl Swavely, KU Alumni Engagement Office



Please excuse the following students from classes on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 14 for the Jazz Ensemble I Fall Tour:  Alex Acosta, Emily Brown, Ian Brown, Brendan Burke, Chad Butz, Kelly Brosslin, Will Burrier, Chistopher Davidson, Daniella Diaz, Janelle Decker, Tyler Eberts, Zach Gardner, Anthony Guidotti, David Kile, Josh Kravette, Kelsie Krietz, Hannah Orban, Tyler Patchel, Sean Parrish, Garret Shaw, Andy Sitarak, Peter Snyder, Kyle Stauffer , Michael Surkin, Chris Teske, Michael Toolan, Ethan Wightkin, Colin Wolf.

Kevin Kjos,  professor, Music



It's that time of year again! KUBoK Neighborhood Watch (Kutztown University and Borough of Kutztown) is holding a holiday basket giveaway during the Main Street Christmas celebration on Saturday, Nov. 30. The baskets will also be displayed on-campus in MSU on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5. We are currently seeking student organizations and individuals to donate a holiday gift basket for our basket giveaway. The proceeds raised from ticket sales for the basket giveaway will be used to support KUBoK, a volunteer coalition of community residents, and KU students, faculty and staff working and walking together to maintain a safe and friendly community.


If your student organization is able to put together a cellophane wrapped gift basket to be displayed at Main Street Christmas and the holiday basket giveaway table, please drop it off at the Office of Student Involvement (MSU 153, across the hall from the bookstore) or 324 W. Main Street by Nov.  253. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Spencer, Graduate Assistant for KUBoK at 484.646.9070 or 610.683.1383 or at truly appreciates your support. Happy Holidays!

Jenni Rach, assistant director, Off Campus and Greek Life Programs



The KU Philosophy Club will meet next on Thursday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. in MSU 323.  Brendan O'Brien, Philosophy Department, will be speaking on: Anselm is Wrong about God.

An objection to Anselm's ontological argument for the existence of God without the Perfect Island objection.

Phoenix Strouse, president and Allan Bäck, advisor, Philosophy Club



Tune in from 2 to 3 p.m. for "Kutztown Live," KUR's campus and community issues talk radio program. This time around, host Mike Regensburger kicks off the show with representative from the Association of Campus Events (ACE) Juan Rosario to discuss upcoming on-campus programming. Then, at approximately 2:10 p.m., a rare double-edition of our weekly segment "The People Chronicles." This week, "Kutztown Live" is airing TWO "People" segments in a row. In the first, Jackie chats with Eric Savage about the importance of taking care of PEOPLE first, then business. In the second segment, Jackie converses with Stacy Brown about her experience of doing whatever it takes to get healthy after a terrifying health event. This is one jam-packed "Kutztown Live" you won't want to miss and it all comes your way from 2 to 3 p.m. Tune in! 

Michael Regensburger, manager, KUR



Illustrated presentation - T. Edward Bak's Island of Memory: Tues. Nov. 19 in Boehm 261 at 7 p.m. Artist T. Edward Bak traveled to the Aleutian Islands to research his graphic novel, Island of Memory.  It is based on the journeys of Georg Wilhem Steller, a German naturalist with a 1741 Russian expedition to Alaska.  Bak's visit to KU is sponsored by the Depts. of Modern Language, Geography & Communication Design. More info:

Kevin McCloskey, professor, Communication Design



AFSCME 2234 members - We will be holding our Elections on Nov. 13 in the Lobby of Old Main.  The following positions will be voted on: 


President - Gina Andersen, Ray Dunkle (2 year term),

Executive Board  - Eric Furst, Michelle Maness, Letitia Manwiller, and David Phillips (2 year term),

Trustees - Gregg Hartman, Teodora Ruhe, and Rosa Whitaker (1 year and 3 year term). 


Voting will take place from 7-8:00 am, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, and from 3-4:30 pm. All members must vote in person, no absentee ballots will be accepted.

Chris Ferris, secretary, AFSCME 2234



Black Comedy in Rickenbach Theatre!  This farce by renowned playwright Peter Shaffer (Equus, Amadeus) piles on the laughs when a posh cocktail party is plunged into darkness by a power failure (for the characters, that is - for the audience, it's lights up!). Performed by KU students under the direction of Prof. Roxane Rix at 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15 and 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Rickenbach Theatre (LC 135)

Roxane Rix, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies and Theatre



Join us Nov. 16 at KU's annual Community Day Celebration during our 1 p.m. football game vs. Edinboro University! Local non-profit organizations will be on hand to talk about how you can benefit from getting involved.  Also, we will be honoring two alumni who work with the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting our nation's veterans and service members, and support families of fallen soldiers. 



Kutztown University women's soccer was picked as the fifth seed in the six-team NCAA regional.  The Golden Bears (12-6) will take on fourth-seeded West Chester (13-7) in the first round of regional play on Friday, November 15. The game will played at California (PA), the top seed in the region, as game time is set for 2 p.m. Live stats and audio on the Golden Bear Network will be available for Kutztown's first and second round games.  Click here for video of the lady's reaction as they watch the NCAA selection show.



Friday, November 15 - Women's Swimming hosts Golden Bear Invite - 5 p.m. (Keystone Pool)

Friday, November 15 - Women's Volleyball vs. Cheyney (DH) - 6 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats

Saturday, November 16 - Women's Swimming hosts Golden Bear Invite - 10 a.m. / 4 p.m. (Keystone Pool)

Saturday, November 16 - Football vs. Edinboro - 1:05 p.m. (University Field) Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio

Saturday, November 16 - Women's Volleyball vs. West Chester - 2 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats



KU Men's Rugby will take on West Virginia University on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the North Campus rugby pitch in the American Collegiate Rugby Championship playoffs. 



Women's Rugby fell to Shippensburg in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference Championship 41-43 last weekend.  The ladies have still earned a spot in the American College Rugby Conference playoffs beginning next weekend.  Location and opponent to be announced shortly.  Read about the Shippensburg game in Rugby Magazine.