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Nov 8, 2013


The Daily Brief


The Kutztown University Visual Arts Program (KUVA) is participating in the 37th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Kutztown is one of only four colleges in the country and the only public school invited to participate. If you go to the show KUVA is in booth 208.  View a photo gallery from the show.


Registration for the campus wellness program "Maintain Don't Gain" begins Monday, Nov. 11 and runs through Friday, Nov. 15.  The program will begin Nov. 18 with the distribution of the first newsletter. For those participating in the Healthy U Wellness Program, participation in this campaign is worth 5 points. Registration should be completed using the H.R. Website and clicking on the  icon below the program overview.  Be sure to also take a look at other programs available which may have open registration.

Jean Adam, benefits manager, HR



Health & Wellness Services' is sponsoring a wellness initiative for the campus community by providing CPR and AED certification for interested students, staff and faculty.  Staff members have been trained by ProCPR, an organization that follows the American Heart Association's guidelines. The certification requirements include completion of an internet course and a hands-on skills test that will be facilitated by a skill evaluator.  Materials and test cost $29, payable to the ProCPR company. The skill evaluator fee of $35 will be waived for the university community. To schedule training, please email Dolores Hess at

Gail P. Hirsch, medical records manager, Health Administrative Services



The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching is hosting its third event in the 2013-2014 Conversations on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning series on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in RL 100B.  This conversation's topic is Quality Writing Experiences that Facilitate Thinking and Deep Learning, and contributors include Patricia Derr (History), Amy Lynch-Biniek (English), and Lynn Kutch (Modern Language Studies). Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join us.

E. Gil Clary, Office of Assessment



Please share with students who may be interested in studying abroad. A Study Abroad Fair will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in MSU 218 (Multipurpose Room) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Representatives from several programs, including the National Student Exchange (NSE) program, will be at the fair to provide information and answer questions. There will also be staff on site from the KU International Office and the KU Financial Aid Services Office. Information tables will be in the MSU lobby from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 and Dec. 3; info sessions are offered in Boehm 104 on Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. & Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. For more information about study abroad and NSE, visit  

Nicole Becker, assistant director, International Admissions



Politically-motivated students are invited to enroll in COM370: Rhetoric of Citizenship - a course exploring the interconnection between public discourse and democratic citizenship. Guest speakers during the semester will include Cara Cotellese, professor from Electronic Media, discussing commercial pressures on the modern media industry; and Xavier Aponte, recent KU graduate and current Project Manager for the Kutztown Community Partnership, discussing how young people can get involved in their communities.  Please contact Dr. Ron Grapsy, 235 Rickenbach, for more information.  Limited seats left!

Ron Grapsy, assistant professor, Communication Studies



Dr. Eric Johnson, associate professor of history, was elected school board director this week for the Kutztown Area School District. Please congratulate him on his willingness to serve the children in our community.

Kurt Friehauf, professor, Geology


YOU too can become a HEART at KU advocate.  The Kutztown University Healing Environment Advocate Response Team (HEART at KU) invites caring, energetic and dedicated individuals to attend an Information Session about training to become a HEART at KU advocate on Thursday, November 14 at 6 p.m. in MSU 223, the Formal Dining Room. Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC) provides a free 63-hour training every spring semester at KU; training is open to all students, staff, faculty, and members of the community. The application, syllabus and schedule of sessions will be provided at the info session, as well as opportunities to ask questions and hear from BWIC and HEART participants. Training at KU starts Thursday, January 23, 2014, meeting Thursdays and most Saturdays until April. Fully trained, certified  HEART advocates have the opportunity to participate in the 24/7 Hotline response team, volunteer at BWIC and enhance their professional resume. To receive information after the November 14 meeting, please visit the Women's Center at 126 Old Main or contact Grace Hill, or Mary Borst at

                Grace Hill, Women's Center & GLBTQ Resource Center


12 Years a Slave, the critically acclaimed new film based on the astonishing pre-Civil War memoir of Solomon Northup, is now in theaters-ones that are at least thirty miles from Kutztown.

But don't despair: Your friendly neighborhood Rohrbach Library has Northup's book for you to borrow and read on your tablet, e-reader, computer, etc. Need help with that? You can ask us. By the way, we also have a copy in print.  Maybe you want to know more about Northup's case-why not unfold a clipping from the New York Times of Jan. 20, 1853? Rohrbach has that, too!

                Rorhbach Library

Please join us for a screening of the classic film, The Boys in the Band on Wednesday, November 13 at 6 p.m. in the Kutztown University GLBTQ Resource Center, Old Main 4. This timeless and controversial film explores gay urban life in the 1960s. A discussion that follows connects the film to the present day. For more information on the film visit:

                Grace Hill, Women's Center & GLBTQ Resource Center



Follow the KU football team on the road for the final time tomorrow as the Golden Bears travel to north central PA to take on Lock Haven, the newest member of the PSAC East.   The game can be heard live on the radio on WEEU 830 AM in southeastern Pennsylvania and throughout the world on   Broadcast time is 12:45 p.m. Be sure to tune in as the Golden Bears try to make it two victories in a row.   Also, be sure to make plans to be on hand for the 2013 season finale, next Saturday, Nov. 16 against Edinboro.  Kickoff will be 1:05 p.m. at University Field.



Saturday, November 9 - Women's Swimming vs. LIU Post - 1 p.m. (Keystone Pool)



KU Women's Rugby will take on Shippensburg for the conference championship Saturday at 1 p.m. on the north campus rugby pitch (Luckenbill Rd. across from the softball field).