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Oct 10, 2013


The Daily Brief


 George Sirrakos

Dr. George Sirrakos, assistant professor of secondary education, has been named a PDK Emerging Leader for his work in helping advance the belief that traditionally marginalized students can also be successful in science.  Sirrakos is one of twenty-five selected for this honor across the nation.  PDK International is an association representing almost 30,000 educators in the United States.  Dr. Sirrakos is one of 25 emerging leaders selected from across the country.  Congratulations Dr. Sirrakos!




We are saddened to report the death of Benjamin Galli, an electronic media major from Coatesville, Pa., who passed away on Monday, Oct. 7.


Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service at 10 a.m. this morning, at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation, 389 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. Please view his complete obituary here.



A highlight video from Saturday's Golden Bear Plaza dedication is now on YouTube.  Click here to view it. 


Call for nominations of faculty for the Kutztown University Faculty Research Award.  The KU Faculty Research Award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, is meant to recognize the very highest achievement in research and scholarship and can be awarded only once in a person's career.  Each year, up to two awards can be given.  Last year, the awardees were Dr. Kunal Das, Department of Physical Sciences, and Dr. Maximiliano Zuniga, Department of Modern Languages.  Each award includes a gold medal engraved with the awardee's name, a certificate of recognition, and a cash prize of $250.  The awards are made at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony.  Please note that there is the expectation that each awardee will present a lecture on some aspect of his or her work the following spring or fall. 


Please send a nomination letter and a curriculum vitae for the nominee to Carole Wells, chair, Chambliss Faculty Research Award Committee, 319 Stratton Administration Center, by Oct. 25, 2013.

Carole Wells, vice provost and dean, Graduate Studies



Would you like a record of your participation in the Fall 2013 Willingness call? If so, please do the following: log in to KUnited, click on the My Tools button, then click My Requests and select Forms. The completed form will be there and can be downloaded in a pdf format.


Thank you to the more than forty of you who submitted willingness-to-serve forms for Fall 2013. The Committee on Committees will be meeting to make appointments in the coming weeks.

Jennifer Schlegel, chair, Committee on Committees



The Office of Student Involvement will be assisting with an upcoming event called "Walking in the Shoes of...", sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute.  This program welcomes high school students who currently live in foster care to come to campus for a day and experience college life through classroom and mentorship experiences.  The event this fall is taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 13. 


We are assembling bags of KU give-aways for each of the 40 students.  What do you have that you can contribute?  Your donations of items will be appreciated!  Please contact Leah Cassellia at or x3-4867. 


The Office of the Provost is sponsoring lunches for small groups that include a combination of KU students, faculty and staff. (Dr. Vargas will not be in attendance at these lunches.)  The goal is that these individuals will get to know one another and, in turn, become more knowledgeable about the members of our campus family.  So that there is no financial strain on the individuals, the group members will each be given money in the form of a Paw Pass to be used at a venue on campus.  There is a need for faculty to participate so that lunch groups are "balanced" with students, faculty and staff.


Are you available at noon on a Tuesday or Thursday? Or at 11 a.m. on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday?  These are times that are most likely that a group of 3-4 people would be able to get a table in the Cub Cafe or Academic Forum.  Sign up on KUnited by visiting  Please use your full KU email address to log in and your email password.  You will be contacted with the information of the others you will be eating with so you can schedule your lunch.  Contact Leah Cassellia if you have any questions, or need more information at:, or call x3-4867.

Leah M. Cassellia, director, Office of Student Involvement



This Friday, Oct. 11, from 7-9 p.m. Eckhaus Art Gallery will be having an opening for artist Lewis Galli who is displaying his photo and mixed media work through the month of October. Live music and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see a lot of people out to support the arts in Kutztown!

Eckhaus Art Gallery is located at 157 W Main St., Kutztown across from Betty's, next to Pretzel Revolution.


Today, Oct. 10 in MSU 183, Alumni Auditorium - Salome Heyward, Esq., a legal expert on the ADA and disability issues will be speaking through the morning according to the following times and topics: 

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Human Resources, Employment and the ADA, Physical Facilities

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.-Disability issues in Student Affairs areas:  Admissions, Residential Life, Health and Wellness, Counseling, Judicial Affairs, Recreational Services, and more.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Accommodations in the Classroom and Accessible Technology in the University - IT and Online classes- what do we need to do?

These sessions promise to be informative, with great examples and opportunity for questions. You are invited to attend all sessions.  Refreshments will be available.

Patricia Richter, director, Disability Services




Friday, October 11- Women's Volleyball vs. Millersville- 7 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats | Live Audio

Saturday, October 12- Women's Volleyball vs. Shippensburg- 1 p.m. (Keystone Arena) Live Stats | Live Audio

Saturday, October 12- Football vs. Cheyney- 1:05 p.m. (University Field) Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video



Kutztown Men's Rugby jumped two spots in the national rankings to number 4 after a 45-15 win over nationally-ranked Davenport University Saturday.  Kutztown heads to State College this Saturday at 2 p.m. to face the Nittany Lions of Penn State who are currently ranked 5th in the nation. This will be the first East Conference game of the year.  View coverage of KU men's rugby at

 Kutztown Ice Hockey travels to Kalamazoo, Michigan, this weekend to take on Louisville, Texas State and Dayton Universities.  You can follow their progress on Twitter at @kutztownhockey or online at  Go Golden Bears!