Alex Goshert Performs in Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Muhlenberg College

Forty-five Muhlenberg College students are in the cast of ‘Brigadoon,’ running Oct. 26 through Nov. 4.

Alex Goshert Performs in Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Muhlenberg College

ALLENTOWN – Alex Goshert of Shillington is one of 45 Muhlenberg students performing in the College theatre and dance departments’ Brigadoon this fall.

“The show is unabashed romanticism,” says Muhlenberg theater professor Charles Richter, who directs the show. “It’s a grand, moving tale of lost love. It’s musical theatre on the grandest scale.”

In Lerner and Loewe’s 1947 breakout hit musical, two American tourists happen upon a Scottish village that is only visible once every hundred years. Brigadoon, the town, is beautiful, welcoming and just a little bit magical.

Brigadoon blends music and dance in a very unique way,” Richter says. “People are going to be stunned by the quality of the talent, by how well this cast can serve that unique blend.”

“It’s gorgeous,” says Julian Mone ’19, who plays American adventurer Tommy Albright. “From the ten-part harmonies of a gigantic, beautiful score, to the full-scale ballets and big sung numbers, it’s just Continue reading “Alex Goshert Performs in Magical ‘Brigadoon’ at Muhlenberg College”

Dr. Yun Lu to present 2018 Chambliss Faculty Research Fall Lecture

Pictured from left are Dr. Carole Wells, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, professor emeriti of physical science; Dr. Yun Lu, professor of mathematics; Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president.

Dr. Yun Lu to present 2018 Chambliss Faculty Research Fall Lecture

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University professor of mathematics, Dr. Yun Lu, will deliver the fall 2018 Chambliss Faculty Research Awards lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, in the McFarland Student Union Building’s Alumni Auditorium, Room 183. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lu, a resident of Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, will present Optimization by Metaheuristics. Metaheuristics are high-level problem-independent algorithmic frameworks that provide a set of guidelines or strategies to develop heuristic optimization algorithms. They are generally recognized as efficient approaches to solve complex problems in industry and services, in areas ranging from finance to production management and engineering. Lu will provide an overview of some main metaheuristics and their principles, as well as give examples of how certain metaheuristics are used to solve combinatorial optimization problems.

In Sept. 2017, Lu was awarded the Chambliss Faculty Research Award during the university’s Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration.

Lu has served as co-chair of the Department of Mathematics’ Promotion, Evaluation and Tenure Committee Technology, as well as chair of the Online Teaching Committee and the Tenure-Track Faculty Search Committee. She is a member of various university committees including the Undergraduate Research Fund Committee, the Committee on Committees, the General Education Assessment Committee, the University Promotion Committee and the University Sabbatical Committee. She has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles on the subjects of operations research, mathematics logic and mathematics education.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Anhui University, Heifei, China. She earned both a master’s degree in computer science and a doctorate in mathematics from Wesleyan University.

The Chambliss Award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, professor emeritus, is meant to recognize the very highest achievement in research and scholarship and can be awarded only once in a person’s career.

Kutztown University to honor veterans, service members for “National Veterans Awareness Week” Nov. 5 through 9

Kutztown University to honor veterans, service members for “National Veterans Awareness Week” Nov. 5 through 9

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University is set to host events on campus from Nov. 5 through 9, for its annual support of “National Veterans Awareness Week,” hosted by KU’s Office of Veterans Services.

Events are free and open to the public. Military members and military-affiliated students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Last week, KU was named “Best for Vets” by Military Times for the fifth-straight year. Kutztown was ranked 75th among four-year schools, its highest ranking in school history. Read more.

For more information about Veterans Awareness Week at Kutztown, contact the Office of Veterans Services at veterans@kutztown.edu.

Reading Public Library to feature Franklin Institute Traveling Shows

Reading Public Library to feature Franklin Institute Traveling Shows

READING – Reading Public Library will feature a variety of Franklin Institute Traveling Shows at three different branches in early November.

The shows, sponsored by The Home for Orphans of Odd fellows Foundation, are as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. 5 th St. – Flight. Explore the exciting history of flight and investigate the Bernoulli principle. Mechanical birds, hot air balloons, and even a rocket launch are used to demonstrate the forces of flight.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m., Northeast Branch, 1348 N. 11 th St. – Hot and Cold. Explore the 3 states of matter and challenge ideas about what is hot and what is cold. Use liquid nitrogen to make balloons shrink, bubbles freeze, and a rubber ball shatter.
  • Monday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m., Southeast Branch, 1426 Perkiomen Ave. – Life in Space. Explore the scientific and engineering challenges of getting to space, living and working in orbit, and safely returning to Earth.

All events are free of charge and pre-registration is not required; for more information, call 610.655.6350, ext. 227.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Oct. 19, 2018

  • Police arrested David Daugherty, 23, of Pipersville, for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of Noble Street.
  • Police arrested Andrew Derr, 31, of Coplay, for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of Sander Alley.
  • Police arrested Alexander Heber, 20, of Westfield, N.J., for purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages and for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of Noble Street.

Oct. 20, 2018

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to a window after the window was reported to have been broken following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of West Main Street.
  • Police arrested Ray Talley, 22, of Harrisburg, for public drunkenness following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of West Main Street.
  • Police arrested Morgan Blanchette, 22, of Westminster, Md., for public drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of Sander Alley.

Oct. 21, 2018

  • Police arrested John Bennett, 22, of Charlotte, N.C., for possession of a small amount of marijuana following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 400 block of W Main St.
  • Police arrested Maxwell Henry, 21, of Landenberg, for resist arrest and for public drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W Main St.
  • Police arrested Shannon Darcy, 20, of Warwick, N.J., for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of W Main St.

Oct. 22, 2018

  • After completing their investigation, police arrested John Bogunovich, 26, of Bethlehem, for rape/victim unconscious/unaware; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse/victim unconscious/unaware; sexual assault; aggravated indecent assault without consent; aggravated indecent assault/victim unaware; indecent assault without consent; indecent assault/victim unaware and indecent exposure following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of East Normal Avenue.

Oct. 24, 2018

  • Police arrested Carly Peel, 22, of Fairless Hills, for violation of the borough peace and good order ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of South Whiteoak Street.

Oct. 25, 2018

  • Police arrested Colin Lynch, 20, of Great Meadows, N.J., for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 370 W. Main St.  A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

New York Philharmonic String Quartet Coming to Kutztown University on Nov. 9

New York Philharmonic Pricipal String Quartet, 11/26/16. Photo by Chris Lee

New York Philharmonic String Quartet Coming to Kutztown University on Nov. 9

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet will take the stage at Kutztown University on Friday, Nov. 9, at Schaeffer Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet is comprised of four virtuosi principal musicians from the vaunted New York Philharmonic, equally at home as concerto soloists with the Philharmonic and orchestras around the world. To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, this phenomenal string quartet made its much-anticipated debut at Lincoln Center in March 2017.

The members of this acclaimed ensemble, all multiple prize winners, are Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and Principal Cello Carter Brey. Their concert program includes pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms.

Expect an evening of magnificent music with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet!

Tickets are $35; $32 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm at 610-683-4092.

Established to be the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

In addition to their public concert, the New York Philharmonic String Quartet will provide a lecture and demonstration at local schools. This residency is sponsored by the Kutztown University Arts Society.

Let’s Keep Halloween Scary Safe!

Let’s Keep Halloween Scary Safe!

Every Halloween, monsters, zombies and ghouls fill the streets across the United States to celebrate. With all those excited youngsters walking (and running) around, the trick-or-treaters and motorists each play an important role in making it a safe night.

“On Halloween, motorists need to be especially vigilant between the hours of 4 pm and midnight, when pedestrians are the most vulnerable,” said Ed Welsh, Regional General Manager for AAA Northeast. “Slowing down, and watching for trick-or-treaters who may cross between cars or mid-block may save a life.”

To help make the roadways safer this Halloween, AAA Northeast offers motorists a few easy tips:

  • Avoid Neighborhood ShortcutsIf possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
  • Watch for children in the street. Watch for children walking on streets, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Slow down. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if hit by a car traveling 35 mph compared to 25 mph. What seems like a small difference – just 10 mph – can be the difference between life and death.
  • Drive sober. Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths resulting in an average of one death every 45 minutes. Always designate a sober driver.

AAA also has tips for parents and children:

  • Trick-or-treat together. AAA recommends that parents accompany youngsters at least until the age of 12.
  • Make a plan. Review trick-or-treating safety precautions and plan the route ahead of time. Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Check costumes. Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision and where possible use face paint instead of masks. Check and adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible. Carry a flashlight.
  • Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.

DOGTOBERFEST AT STOUDTS BREWING CO.

DOGTOBERFEST AT STOUDTS BREWING CO.
WHEN: Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: Stoudts Brewing Company
WOW: Only $6 admission
Join us for this German-themed dog-friendly family event.
We’ll be serving up German food with vegan and gluten free options.
There will also be a Dog Parade – pet friendly costumes encouraged. There’s prizes to be won!

Saturday’s Kutztown-West Chester Football Game Televised Statewide as NCAA Showcase Game

10/23/2018 | Football
KUTZTOWN – Fans across Pennsylvania and around the world will be able to watch this weekend’s highly-anticipated showdown between the undefeated football teams of Kutztown University and West Chester University. Game time on Saturday, Oct. 27, is 12:05 p.m. at KU’s University Field at Andre Reed Stadium.

PCN Channel Lineup
As part of the NCAA Division II Showcase, Saturday’s game will air live state-wide on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). PCN is a statewide non-profit 501 c(3) cable television network available to 10 million viewers in more than 3.3 million homes. PCN is the largest statewide privately funded public affairs network in the country.

In addition, it can be viewed online on:
PSAC Digital Network
Division II, PSAC, Kutztown and West Chester Athletics Facebook pages
Division II Twitter
@NCAADII on Periscope app
Cox Sports TV (Tape Delay Only: Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Affiliates listed here.)

Kutztown University’s department of Cinema, Television and Media Production will also broadcast the game Saturday.

  • LIVE on KUTV
    • Service Electric Channel 24, Channel 524 (HD)
    • Hometown Utilicom Channel 191 in Kutztown and eastern Berks County
    • Service Electric Channel 266, Channel 765 (HD) in the Lehigh Valley
    • Online at www.KUBears.com
  • REPLAY on KUTV
    • Sunday after game at 6 p.m.
    • Monday after game at 3 p.m.
    • Tuesday after game at 12 p.m.
  • REPLAY on RCN TV (Football only)
    • Wednesday after game at 8 p.m.

For KU athletic events, fans can stream events through their televisions using the following devices: Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Apple TV. To stream PSAC Network events through these devices, simply search for “PSAC” on any of the compatible devices, and download the free app.

PREVIEW: Women’s Volleyball to Recognize 2018 Senior Class on Saturday Afternoon

10/26/2018 | Women’s Volleyball
KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University women’s volleyball team will honor the five members of its senior class before its final home game of the 2018 season against California University Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m.

The Golden Bears group of five seniors which will be honored pregame consists of Niki Carpenter, Jessica Howe, Amanda Meck, Paige Miller and Brittney Moyer.

Carpenter is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has appeared in 106 career matches. She has accumulated 240 kills and 315 total blocks at KU. This season, Carpenter has appeared in 21 matches, posting 46 kills and 67 blocks.

A three-time PSAC scholar-athlete, Niki is set to graduate in May with a degree in Elementary Education.

Howe is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has appeared in 107 career matches. She has recorded 716 kills and 162 blocks in her time at KU. This season, Howe has appeared in all 23 matches, racking up 115 kills and 50 blocks.

A 2018 team captain, Howe is set to graduate in May with a degree in Business Marketing and minor in Public Relations.

Meck is a three-year member of the Golden Bears and has appeared in 67 career matches. She has

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