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Dr. Christopher Bloh and Dr. Anke Walz Give Remarks at Commencement

May 9, 2012

KUTZTOWN, PA - Dr. Christopher Bloh and Dr. Anke Walz have been selected to present remarks at this weekend's commencement ceremonies. Dr. Bloh will speak at the morning ceremony; Dr. Walz, in the afternoon. In keeping with tradition, the speakers are selected based on nominations submitted by the senior class.           

Dr. Christopher Bloh, associate professor of Special Education, has been with the university since the fall of 2006, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  His area of interest is applied behavior analysis, specifically, verbal behavior. He helps prepare future teachers to manage their classroom environments. In addition to preparing future teachers at Kutztown University, Dr. Bloh provides consultation for school districts requiring intensive behavioral supports for their students. Working with teachers and administrators to increase the communicative ability of students with autism is a passion of his. Before coming to KU, he worked as a special education teacher for students with physical and cognitive disabilities for the School District of Philadelphia, as an autistic support teacher at the Green Tree School in Philadelphia, and provided direct care for adults with intellectual disabilities in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Bloh received the student-nominated KU Ambassador of Learning award in spring 2009 and was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2002 for teaching service to children with autism. 

Dr. Anke Walz, associate professor of mathematics, has been with Kutztown University since 2002, and teaches geometry classes for the university. She earned her doctorate from Cornell University and her master's degree from the Technical University Berlin in Germany. Prior to KU, Dr. Walz served as a visiting assistant professor with Gettysburg College. Dr. Walz has co-published on the interactive rendering of n-Dimensional Polyhedra, the Bellows Conjecture and also "Defending Einstein" Hans Reichenbach's Writings on Space, Time and Motion. She is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Association of Women in Mathematics and serves as a manuscript reviewer for The American Mathematical Monthly. Dr. Walz is an honorary member of Delta Phi Alpha, the German Honor Society.