Kutztown University Ranked Among Best Colleges for Student Voting

Kutztown University Ranked Among Best Colleges for Student Voting

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University was recently named to Washington Monthly‘s 2018 America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting. KU was among 132 schools to be recognized from a pool of nearly 1,500 colleges and universities.

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A part of Washington Monthly‘s College Guide and Rankings – which rates colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research, and public service – this is a first-of-its-kind list of the schools doing the most to turn students into citizens. KU’s inclusion on the list demonstrates the commitment Kutztown has made to promote civic engagement among the student body, encouraging students to vote and actively participate in community decisions.

Kutztown was 1-of-3 institutions named from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), including California University and West Chester University.

According to Washington Monthly, just 16 percent of 18-24 year olds reported voting in the 2014 midterms, compared to 59 percent of adults ages 65-74. The gap was not much smaller in the 2016 presidential elections, with just 39 percent of 18-24 year olds reported voting compared to 70 percent of 65-74 year olds.

Kutztown participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, which offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates. KU also participates in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan awards program recognizing colleges and universities for improving civic learning, political engagement, and student voting rates.

Using data from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and NSLVE at Tufts University, Washington Monthly featured a list of national universities that met all four of its scoring criteria:

  • Participates in NSLVE, which allows colleges to calculate their voter registration and turnout rates.
  • Make their NSLVE data (including voter turnout rates) publicly available.
  • Sign up for ALL IN, which helps colleges develop action plans around civic engagement.
  • Make their ALL IN action plans publicly available.



The polls open an hour from this post appearing. Make your voice heard: vote today between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Problems voting? Call the Votes PA election day hotline at 877.868.3772 or REPORT ELECTION COMPLAINT. Hotline operators can answer questions about polling locations, voter registration status, voter rights, voting complaints and more.

For information on where to vote, call 610.478.6490 or visit the Office of County Election Services website or visit votespa.com/Pages/default.aspx.

SAVE THE DATE: Hurricane Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast

SAVE THE DATE: Hurricane Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast

Bally Mennonite Church, Route 100 in Bally, will be serving a pancake breakfast, including pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, OJ, tea, and coffee in the Church Fellowship hall Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
Donations of all amounts are appreciated.
For more information, call the church office at 610.845.7780 or visit ballymc.org
Proceeds from this pancake breakfast will provide funds for the long term relief efforts of the Mennonite Disaster Service. Here is a great way to help those who are suffering in the aftermath of these disastrous hurricanes, while enjoying fellowship and a great breakfast.

Become Part of an All-Star Pack: We’re Hiring 

Become Part of an All-Star Pack: We’re Hiring 

Are you an animal lover looking to join a lively and caring pack?
Humane Pennsylvania is seeking a full-time facilities maintenance technician to maintain our buildings and properties in Berks and Lancaster counties.
Excellent benefits, competitive salary. Pleasant, self-motivated individuals sought, clean driving record and current driver’s license are required.
Applicants with maintenance, repair and/or landscaping experience are preferred.
Non-smokers please. Humane Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please forward resume and cover letter to:
Damon March, Chief Operating Officer
Humane Pennsylvania
Fax: (610) 921-7999

Central Penn news

Central Penn news

Mark your calendars; here’s what’s happening this month: Business, Shakespeare, World War II and pets…

June 13 – Faculty Lecture on Women and World War II

When: Wednesday, June 13, 12:10 – 1:10 p.m.

Who: Judith Dutill, assistant professor of communication

What: “Media Representation: Women, Work and World War II”

Cost: Free. Open to the public.

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

June 30 – Petapalooza

When: Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Who: Lovable, adoptable homeless animals from shelters in the Central Pa. area.

Cost: Free. Open to the public.

Where: Central Penn College Campus

Note: Rescheduled from May 19 due to rain.

Alvernia University Names PLEX to Honor Longest-Serving President

Alvernia University Names PLEX to Honor Longest-Serving President

Tom and Helen Flynn Complex to be centerpiece of new East Campus

READING – During a groundbreaking ceremony for Alvernia’s new Recreation, Wellness and Health Sciences Complex, the university’s Board of Trustees announced that it had unanimously voted to name the facility the “Tom and Helen Flynn Complex.” The Flynn PLEX will be the centerpiece of Alvernia’s new East Campus.

After 14 years of transformational leadership, the extraordinary journey of Thomas F. Flynn as president of Alvernia University will end June 2019. During his tenure as the longest serving president in Alvernia’s history, the university became a comprehensive, regional university, guided by its inclusive Franciscan core values, now recognized as a national leader in community service and civic engagement.

Helen Flynn, Dr. Flynn’s wife and partner in many university activities, and recently retired as director of the Mifflin Community Library, is now a volunteer librarian and board member within the Berks County library system. She is the first recipient of the inaugural award recognizing a library professional for mentoring and leadership in Berks County.

“As a couple, Tom and Helen have been outstanding role models for Alvernia and the entire community,” said Angel Helm, Alvernia board member and Plex campaign co-chair. “You have loved Alvernia like you love you own family. So, it’s only fitting that we place your signatures on Alvernia’s, most ambitious project ever — the PLEX — to be forever known as the Tom and Helen Flynn Complex.”

Due to open in the fall of 2019, the innovativeTom and Helen Flynn Complex is the largest, most ambitious, expansion in university history, adding more than 100,000 square feet of academic, recreation and athletic space and 15 acres to campus. It will include a major academic building in addition to a fieldhouse and indoor track that will expand recreational opportunities for all students and support Alvernia’s 22 varsity athletic teams.

The Flynn PLEX will house leading-edge inter-professional education programs, designed to promote shared learning and integrative practices across a broad spectrum of healthcare and human service fields. This real world clinical approach helps students develop expertise within their individual disciplines while enhancing understanding of other fields and demonstrating the importance of teamwork and effective communications in integrated patient care.

As a university with prominent healthcare and human services programs and a long-time commitment to the local community, Alvernia will expand its popular doctorate in physical therapy and other successful health science programs with the new facility. Expansion of those programs will significantly grow the number of Alvernia trained nurses and healthcare professionals produced each year.

“Like many of their fellow students, many of these individuals will continue to work and live in Reading and Berks County after graduating, contributing to both the local community’s civic vitality and the region’s economy, and helping to directly address a demonstrated shortage of healthcare workers in the area,” said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, who plans to remain in the area, making a new home in Reading.

“I look forward to my new work nationally and to a more relaxed lifestyle, but I will not be leaving Alvernia behind,” said Flynn, 65, reflecting on the next stage of his life, including almost 20 years served as a college president. “I will continue to rejoice in the achievements of our students and alums and be a passionate advocate for Alvernia.”

Wrestling Takes Times Out of National Championship Schedule to Spend Day with Cedar Rapids Boys & Girls Club

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CEDAR RAPIDS – From pool, to board games, to ping pong to BINGO, members of the Kutztown University wrestling program enjoyed their Thursday afternoon by playing games and interacting with the local Cedar Rapids Boys & Girls Club.

Kutztown is in Iowa preparing for this weekend’s NCAA National Championships (preview). Before competition heats up on Friday, the KU wrestling travel party spent Thursday with the local youth, learning about hobbies and dreams, and also teaching about what it takes to be a college wrestler.

Austin Petril, Jeff Reimel, Ryan Appleby and Anthony Petril represented KU, talked about where they were from, and signed autographs to cap a memorable day in Cedar Rapids.

Be sure to follow the Golden Bears at nationals this weekend on www.KUBears.com.

Mayor Sandy Green Presented Kutztown University President’s Medal

Kutztown Borough Mayor Sandy Green is presented the Kutztown University President’s Medal by Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president of Kutztown University.

Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president of Kutztown University, presented the KU President’s Medal to outgoing Kutztown Borough Mayor Sandra “Sandy” Green on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at a ceremony in the President’s Residence.

“Sandy has spent countless hours on campus assisting her community and our students,” said Hawkinson. “She is an inspiration and has made a lasting impact.”

Born on a farm in Maxatawny Township, Green is a lifelong resident of the Kutztown area. She has served the past 12 years as mayor of the Borough of Kutztown, the first female to hold that position.

“I am greatly humbled and honored to receive this medal,” said Green. “I have been blessed with an amazingly supportive and loving family. I am so thankful for the gift they’ve given me for the past 12 years.”

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