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Oct 30, 2013


The Daily Brief

 Don Hanson

Don Hanson presented a seminar entitled Morphed: The Transformation of Whales from Four-legged Land Dwellers to Today's Marine Giants Tuesday morning. 



Changing of the Guard - For 28 years, a majority of them in the old, dark and dank coal fired early 20th century facility, Mr. Mike Reese has been keeping the steam heat flowing throughout the campus every winter.  Mike is one of those guys who has a job that largely is out of sight, out of mind, but without whom the campus simply could not operate. I can attest to the fact that during the latter days of the old coal plant, Mike was probably the only one around who could have, and did, keep us operating. Whether it was climbing into a flooded manhole or operating the latest in steam plant technology in the new (2007) plant, Mike was always there, making sure that the rest of us did not have to give a second thought to the fact that it takes a ton of work and a ton of knowledge and expertise to keep such a large and complex system working.  However, all good things eventually must come to an end, and as of tomorrow, Nov. 1, Mike Reese will be retiring from Kutztown University. If you know Mike, I am sure he would appreciate a fond farewell message.  If you don't know Mike, taking the time to acknowledge one of the most dedicated University behind-the-scenes guys I know would certainly be welcomed as well.  Good luck Mike, you will be missed more than you probably would ever know.

R. Jeff Grimm, AVP,  Facilities


The annual Berks Guild Juried Craft Show will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday in the O'Pake Fieldhouse. Due to this event, the E-1 (Keystone Hall) parking lot will be closed as follows:

•1)      Friday, Nov. 1 - the South end (the 2 rows closest to the Field House) will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m.  The remainder of this lot will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday.

•2)      Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 2-3 - the entire E-1 parking lot will be closed.


The E-1 parking lot will reopen on Sunday evening.  Please find alternate parking locations for this time period - potential options are lots E-2, F-1, F-6.  Thank you very much for your cooperation in this matter. 


Also, all faculty/staff/students will be admitted free of charge into this event by showing your KU ID.  I hope you have time to visit and enjoy the Holiday Craft Show.

Terry L. Sitler, director, Conference Services


Kutztown University's Career Development Center (CDC) celebrates National Career Development Month with a kickoff event today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union (MSU) lobby. Please encourage your students to attend.  Special programs will run the entire month.


Water Shut Down Notice - The Water Service at Lytle Hall will be shut down on Sunday, Nov. 3 starting at 7 a.m. and will be down until 9 a.m.  in order to make repairs to a leaking backflow preventer at that location. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Kyle Mills, director, Facilities Maintenance


The Kutztown University electronic media department will broadcast the Nov. 1 football game between Kutztown and Fleetwood High Schools.  The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be played at University Field on the KU campus.  Viewers can watch the game live on KUTV or online at  KUTV is available on Service Electric Cable in the Lehigh Valley (channel 266) and Birdsboro (channel 24).  Fleetwood HS is coming off of a record season with five wins, the most in program history.  Kutztown HS is 0-9 this year and hoping for their first victory.  New to the game this year will be the Hall of Fame Trophy, a traveling trophy kept by the winning school each year.  It will be presented by Matt Diehl, Fleetwood Athletic Director and Mick O'Neil, Kutztown Athletic Director.




Sandra Muth, custodian in Deatrick Hall, has undergone surgery and is currently at home recuperating. Get well messages may be sent to her at: 332 North Cedar St. , Kutztown, PA 19530.

Glenn Ruhe, custodial supervisor, HARS



It is with great sadness that we inform the university family of the death of Bonnie Ammann's mother, Isla. Bonnie is a custodian in the Housing and Dining services department. Messages of sympathy may be sent to Bonnie and her family at: 24 Apple Lane, Fleetwood, PA 19522.

Glenn Ruhe, custodial supervisor, HARS



I wish to thank and acknowledge all those friends and coworkers that donated leave time to me during my recent surgery.

Sandra Muth, custodian, HARS


Hungry?  Come on down and enjoy the buffet at the South Side Cafe, in the South Dining Hall today!  Breakfast $5.85, lunch $6.95 or dinner $7.95.

Kent Dahlquist, Dining Services



Tomorrow is the Autumn Wellness Expo - making changes to improve your health will be held on Thursday Oct. 31, in the MSU multipurpose room from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., over 41 vendors!

Staff and faculty visit the KU Wellness Committee table to enter to win Sorrelli® Jewelry or a magazine subscription.  Please share with your students an opportunity to experience interactive displays from experts in the field. FREE fitness assessments, healthy eating tips, information on stress reduction, healthy eating, care of tattoos and tattoo removals, A Running Start, thinking of Lasik surgery, Wal-Mart Vision, Caron Foundation, gambling addiction, alcohol screenings, sexual health, HIV testing, HEART, safety for students, breast cancer awareness, mental health awareness, caffeine and your body, organ donation and more.

Frances C. Cortez Funk, director, Health Promotion and Alcohol & Other Drug Services



Penn Museum Trip - The Anthropology Club and the Department of Anthropology/Sociology are sponsoring a trip to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.  The Penn Museum is officially The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  It houses collections on Egypt, Greece, Rome and several other ancient civilizations.  Our group will be leaving campus at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, returning about 3 p.m. that afternoon.  Students should plan to get lunch at a nearby restaurant of their choice (there are several to choose from), or bring a bag lunch to eat in the museum.  The admission cost is $10, half of which will be reimbursed by the Anthropology Club.  To sign up, please see Dr. David Webb, in OM 469, call x3-4245 or e-mail A $5 deposit is required to reserve a seat in the van, and seating is quite limited!

David Webb, Anthropology



Road Trips to the Real World!   Please let your students know that they are invited to 'get out there over winter break' to open houses sponsored by area employers to learn first-hand about a career field and explore internship and job opportunities. To see this year's list, visit KU Career Network ( or  Signups begin November 1st **There is a $10 fee per site visit**

Linda Kerschner, Career Center


The Kutztown University Vegetarian Education group is hosting a vegan cooking demo with Amber Van Wert, a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and current chef at Horns in Bethlehem and Sprig & Vine Pure Vegetarian in New Hope, PA. The event is free and open to the public and will take place Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in MSU 157. For more information, please contact Lou Ryan at or visit the Facebook event page:



Saturday, November 2 - Field Hockey vs. East Stroudsburg - 1 p.m. (University Field) Live Stats

Saturday, November 2 - Women's Soccer vs. Mercyhurst - 1 p.m. (Keystone Field) Live Stats





KU Women's Rugby remained unbeaten Saturday with a 28-5 win over Lock Haven capturing the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference (MARC) Northern Division Title.  The Golden Bears will now enter the semi-final round of the MARC Championships taking on either the University of Delaware or East Stroudsburg University this Sunday at 11 a.m.  The game will be played at KU no matter who the opponent.


KU Men's Rugby remained unbeaten as well with a decisive 71-10 win over Wheeling Jesuit.  The men spend the next two weeks on the road before their playoff action begins.