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Sept 12, 2013


The Daily Brief

 Art Exhibition

Kutztown University professor of communication design, Kevin McCloskey, will host a reception for printmaking studio Médula Negra's first U.S exhibition, on Monday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in the  second floor gallery of the Rohrbach Library.  "Médula Negra," which means Black Bone Marrow, of Xalapa, Mexico, is the studio of two young printmakers, Javier Arjona and Sebastian Fund. Prints in the exhibition include woodcuts from Arjona's 2012 series, Metal Para Sordos (Heavy Metal for the Deaf), and Fund's current project, Huellas Lejanas (Distant Footprints), which involves printing with abandoned shoes he finds in the streets.  Curated by professor McCloskey, who visited Xalapa this summer to meet the artists, the exhibition runs Sept. 15 to Oct.15, to correspond with National Hispanic Heritage Month 2013. 


There will be a test event of the Emergency Demand Response system on Friday Sept. 13 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. This important test is being scheduled by the PJM Interconnect (Pennsylvania, Jersey, and Maryland) who is the operator of the regional electricity grid. PJM is requesting that we reduce our power draw to 3,878 kW. Normally this time of year the campus would be drawing about 5,000 kW. Therefore, for that hour you may experience a slight increase in the space temperature. We also request that you turn off all unnecessary electrical equipment such as coffee pots, radios, TVs, unused computers, and lights. Thank you for your cooperation.
Tom Green, director, Facilities Energy Management & Campus Utilities

 The first Fall 2013 Planetarium Event is tonight, Sept. 12: "Birth of the Solar System" in the Planetarium (GR 100) at 7 p.m. and lunar observing (weather permitting) in the Observatory (GR 300) at 8 p.m., free admission. For more information and future events, find the KU Planetarium on FACEBOOK and

To the KU campus community, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all the cards, notes, and kind expressions of sympathy to us during the recent loss of our daughter Kristy's husband, Matt Risell.  Kristy, a 2004 KU alumna, was deeply touched by everyone's kindness.
Laurie Norman and Family

Rohrbach Library Open House - Reminder - The Library will be having an open house on Sept. 19 (Talk Like a Pirate Day) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will explore the library and discover the resources and services that we offer while having some fun and possibly winning a prize. Professors and student groups can use this event for credit by having students fill in the course/group information on the back of their raffle tickets. They can only "purchase" their tickets after collecting their doubloons at each stop on the tour. We will compile all the tickets and notify the professor or group with a list of attendees.  Prizes include four $25 gift cards to the student book store, library cups and candy, library bags, and prizes donated from local businesses. The PDF of the open house flyer is available at:  Please contact Karen Wanamaker for more information.
Karen J. Wanamaker, assistant professor, Librarian 

Need fast, effective study tips? Encourage your students to join the Department of Academic Enrichment for "Fast Pass To Learning" on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. - noon in the lobby of the Rohrbach Library Coffee Shop. The event focuses on practical study skills and access to academic success resources, including Tutoring Services. Students will rotate through stations, picking up Fast Pass cards with tips and QR codes that link to tutorials and helpful websites. Free healthy snacks included! We hope you will announce the event and encourage students to attend. 
Laura Scappaticci, Coordinator for Student Success 

Take control and become fit this semester with Insanity
- Intensify your workout!  Insanity workshops will be offered to the campus community on Mondays in the Student Recreation Center.  Get ready to sweat 4:50-6 p.m. in room 200.  Sessions are open to the campus community and sponsored by Health Promotion and Alcohol & Other Drug Services as a Healthy Campus 2020 initiative.  For more information please contact (Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 , Dec. 2).
Frances C. Cortez Funk, director, Health Promotion and Alcohol & Other Drug Services 


All members of the campus community are invited to the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching's first Conversations on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for the 2013-2014 academic year.  On Sept. 17,  at 4 p.m. in the Library room 100B, the CET is hosting a book discussion with the Provost.  The book is Tinto's (2012) Completing college: Rethinking institutional action and the e-book version can be found at:  Tinto is a major figure in the study of student retention.
E. Gil Clary, assistant vice provost for assessment, Office of Assessment



Saturday, Sept. 14
Men's and Women's Cross Country at Division II/III Challenge - 10 a.m. (North Campus)