Women’s Soccer Ranked Second in Atlantic Region in Initial NCAA Regional Poll of Season

Women’s Soccer
NCAA Regional Rankings (10-18-17)

KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University women’s soccer team has been ranked second in the Atlantic Region in the first official NCAA Regional Rankings, released on Wednesday.

The NCAA regional poll is the official poll that will determine the field for the NCAA Tournament next month. This is the first of three weekly regional polls that will be released prior to the live NCAA Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. on www.NCAA.com.

The Golden Bears are 13-1 this year and rank fourth in Division II in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. West Virginia Wesleyan holds the top spot in the Atlantic Region poll with an unbeaten record of 13-0-1.

Six teams from the Atlantic Region will be selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament, including automatic qualification for conference champions. The top-two seeds in the region will host First & Second Round action (two three-team sites) in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 10-12. The Third Round and Quarterfinals will be held on Nov. 17-19 at the top remaining seed in the East Region this year, with the National Semifinal and Championships games returning to Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

West Chester is third in the regional poll at 10-2-1, Gannon is fourth at 9-2-2 and East Stroudsburg is fifth at 9-3-2. Rounding out the top-eight in the Atlantic Region are Slippery Rock (9-4-1), Notre Dame (OH) (9-3-2) and Seton Hill (10-4-1).

Notably, Kutztown’s next two games are against top-eight teams in the region. KU plays at ESU tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., and returns home for Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. against Seton Hill.

1 West Va. Wesleyan 13-0-1 13-0-1
2 Kutztown 13-1-0 13-1-0
3 West Chester 10-2-1 10-2-1
4 Gannon 9-2-2 9-2-2
5 East Stroudsburg 9-3-2 9-3-2
6 Slippery Rock 9-4-1 9-4-1
7 Notre Dame (OH) 9-3-2 9-3-2
8 Seton Hill 10-4-1 10-4-1

Jake Shimabukuro to perform at Kutztown University Oct. 25

Jake Shimabukuro will take the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus. Tickets are $32; $16 for students and can be purchased at www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11a.m. – 4 p.m. 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.

Noted for his solo ukelele arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Jake Shimabukuro shares his unique talent as part of the KU Presents! season at Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium. In 2005, Shimabukuro became an international phenomenon when a video of him performing the George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals around the world. His most recent album, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

Kutztown University Track & Field to Host Four High School Meets in Winter of 2017-18

Men’s Track and Field
Registration Form

KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University will be hosting four high school track & field meets this winter. Please see the registration form for complete information and registration for all four meets.

All attending teams will need to meet their state association and the National Federation of State High School Association (N.F.H.S) rules in order to be eligible to attend.

If there are any questions, please contact KU head coach Ray Hoffman by phone (610-683-1334) or email (hoffman@kutztown.edu), or assistant coach Brady Wert by phone (610-683-4666) or email (bwert@kutztown.edu).

Entry Fees: $20 per person per event & $25 per relay, or the team fee of $200. All entries will be done online through www.directathletics.com.

Deadline: Entry fees must be paid in advance. Only those teams that have paid fees and responded that they will attend a meet will be given access to the online entry procedures.

Friday, Dec. 8: Kutztown Maroon and Gold Inv.: 5:00 p.m. field and 5:00 p.m. running. $20.00 per person per event, $25.00 per relay, or the team fee of $200.00. Men and women are separate ($400 combined).

Saturday, Jan. 13Kutztown Golden Bear H.S. Inv.: 9:00 a.m. field and 9:30 a.m. running. Entry fees as per above. 

Saturday, Jan. 20Douglas W. Wesner Memorial Inv.: 9:00 a.m.field and 9:30 a.m. running. Entry fees as per above. 

Friday, Feb. 2: Wyomissing Area Team Challenge. This invitational is for invited teams only (Wyomissing Area High School Track will make all invitations). 5:00 p.m. field and 5:30 p.m. running. Entry fees as per above.

Kutztown University professor named 2017 Pennsylvania Higher Ed Art Educator

Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder has been named the 2017 Pennsylvania Outstanding Higher Ed Art Educator by the Pa. Art Education Association (PAEA). She is a professor of art education at Kutztown University. She will receive her award at the state conference held Oct. 19 – 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Prior to joining the faculty at KU in 2009, she worked as an elementary art educator with the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and both a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Prior to her move to Pennsylvania, Pfeiler-Wunder was an active member of the Iowa Art Education Association (IAEA), where she served as secretary and member of the Mentoring Committee, and Co-Chair of an IAEA annual conference. She was a 2009 Western Region Leadership participant, 2006 IAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator and the 2007 NAEA Western Region Outstanding Art Educator of the Year.

Pfeiler-Wunder is the coordinator of Graduate Art Education Programs at Kutztown University. She also helped write courses for the new doctoral program in the College of Education. As a graduate student advisor, she is an essential partner in students’ development and growth. She was recently elected chair of the Commission on Human Diversity-a highly significant organization at KU. This ties closely with her life-long passion for social justice issues.

Pfeiler-Wunder has been published numerous times and has designed several new courses at the university including Integrated Curriculum in the Art Class and Discover! Science and Art Integration for the K-12 Educator.

Pfeiler-Wunder is an actively involved scholar and presents extensively at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) regional, and international conferences. She served on the Editorial Board of NAEA’s Art Education Journal, serves on the NAEA Research Commission and is the Higher Education Director-Elect for the NAEA Board.

PAEA actively supports and promotes visual art education through professional development, leadership, and service.

PREVIEW: No. 4 Women’s Soccer Looks to Rebound at ESU

Women’s Soccer
Poll Release

KUTZTOWN | The fourth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team will travel to East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to take on the Warriors in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action. Game time is set for 7p.m. at Eiler-Martin Stadium.

The Golden Bears (13-1 overall, 11-1 PSAC) are coming off of their first loss of the season, after being defeated 1-0 in Sunday’s game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). As the competition concluded, it marked the first time since 2011 that KU has fallen to IUP.

In addition, KU found themselves trailing in a game for the first time all season. After the 32nd minute, IUP’s McKenna Keffel scored the lone goal and KU found themselves unable to recover. It was also the first time Kutztown was shutout since its 3-0 loss to Western Washington University last year during the NCAA Final Four.

KU was previously ranked No. two in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll. After the loss against IUP, the Golden Bears dropped to No.four in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II week 7 poll.

Kutztown is still ranked first in the PSAC standings at 11-1, and rank first in goals scored (44). However, the offense has been struggling the past few games. KU has scored just seven goals in the past three games and looks to regain momentum Wednesday against ESU.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) has been a consistent player for KU. During the IUP game she faced eight shots, allowing just one to be scored. Bracken ranks second in the PSAC for goals against average (.568) and save percentage (.881).

Offensively, both sophomores Maddie Mohr (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) and Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) are at or near the top of the league in different categories. Zwiercan leads the PSAC in points (27) and ranks second for number of goals scored (11) this season, while Mohr is third in the PSAC for goals scored (10).

East Stroudsburg is currently ranked second in the PSAC, with 31 goals scored, just below Kutztown. In the past, ESU has been a tough team to play. The Golden Bears have not come out with a victory since 2015. KU fell to the Warriors last year during both the regular season (1-0) and during the PSAC Championship game (2-1).

Leading ESU in points is Jules Sicker (15), with six goals and three assists. Also contributing are Monica Wood and Haley Skove both with five goals each.

In goal for the Warriors is Jules Harris. Harris is ranked third in the PSAC for both goals against average (.617) and save percentage (.869).

If the Golden Bears drop their game against ESU, it will be the first time they’ve lost consecutive games since the 2015 season. Following the game against East Stroudsburg, KU only has three regular-season games left, one of which being at home.

The next game is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Keystone Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and will also be Senior Day.

Kutztown University to Host an Evening with Kay Haring

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born-and-raised artist Keith Haring.

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born and -raised artist Keith Haring, will host a lecture and book signing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m., in room 223 of the McFarland Student Union Building at Kutztown University. The event is free and open to the public.

Kay Haring’s professional career has been a blend of the for-profit and non-profit realms, including management roles with a community college foundation, and fundraising professional for Planned Parenthood. Both are previous recipients of the award. She has held many board positions for a wide variety of non-profits over the last 20 years, including Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Berks Arts Council, Reading Musical Foundation, AAA Reading/Berks and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii.

Her new book, “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” seeks to investigate an aspect of Keith’s life not extensively covered: his childhood.

“I wrote this story to answer the question, “What was Keith like as a kid?” the answer; “HE WAS ALWAYS DRAWING!” says Haring on a section of her website.

Haring’s talk will map Keith’s journey from Kutztown, Pa., as a student, throughout his astronomical rise to the top of the art world.

Afterwards, Haring will sign copies of her book. Book proceeds will benefit Kutztown University’s GLBTQ Resource Center.

Kutztown University orchestra concert slated for Oct. 21

Dr. Peter Isaacson directs the Kutztown University Orchestra.

The Kutztown University Orchestra will present their first performance of fall semester Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert is dedicated entirely to American music and will feature Libby Larsen’s “Overture for the End of a Century,” Alan Hovhanness’s “And God Created Great Whales,” Michael Daugherty’s “Route 66” and Samuel Barber’s “First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12.”

The concert will also include excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story.

Lead by Dr. Peter Isaacson, the Kutztown University Orchestra has a reputation for musical excellence and sold out performances. Performing standard and contemporary repertoire, the KUO has featured soloists such as Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal winner Sandra Rivers. KUO members also train with notable instrumentalists from Philadelphia, New York and the Lehigh Valley.

The orchestra holds an annual concerto competition with a college and high school division.

Tyler Readinger-Angstadt awarded conducting fellowship with Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Tyler Readinger conducts the Chamber Players at Kutztown University.

Tyler Readinger-Angstadt, a senior music major from Birdsboro, Pa., has been awarded a conducting fellowship with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

The Conducting Fellows Program supports the opportunity for promising conductors to hone their craft and enrich their musical experience through mentorship and participation in the Allentown Symphony Association’s orchestral and community programs.

The Conducting Fellows travel to the Lehigh Valley to work side by side with Allentown Symphony Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, in advance of and during the production of a Classical Series Concert. Along the way, they learn intricacies involved in assembling and leading a regional symphony.

Fellows also meet with Association staff in order to learn the range of activities necessary to operate a symphony orchestra. Their visit includes a stop at the exemplary community-based program, El Sistema Lehigh Valley.

Readinger is the assistant conductor of the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor of the Kutztown University Chamber Players. He began conducting in high school and has since been invited to conduct throughout the community, regionally and nationally.

Currently a student of Dr. Peter Isaacson at Kutztown University, he has also studied with Christian Capocaccia, Georgios Vranos, Gavriel Heine, Willis Rapp and others. He has been invited to guest conduct groups such as the Reading Pops Orchestra and the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic.

Readinger was a fellow of the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, where he worked with conductors Donald Portoy, Jorge Mester, Peter Jaffe, and Victoria Bond. He was also a participant in Diane Wittry’s Beyond the Baton conducting seminar, and has been invited to numerous other conducting institutions. He has collaborated with world class artists such as NYC Ballet concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen, pianist Maria Asteriadou, flautist Susanna Loewy, as well as students from The Curtis Institute, The Manhattan School of Music and Kutztown University.

As a clarinetist, he performs regularly as an ensemble, chamber and solo musician regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has appeared with the Reading Pops Orchestra, Penn Symphony Orchestra, Northern Lights Festival Orchestra, and in festivals across the country. A current student of Dr. Soo Goh, he has performed in master classes for Mark Nuccio, Kevin Schempf, and Michele Gingras to name a few, and studied briefly with Miltos Mumulides, Rie Suzuki and Julie Beth Drey.



  • Police are investigating the report of Theft after items were reported missing from a residence in the 300 block of W Walnut St.
  • Police arrested Alexis Moore, 18 of Hatboro, for Purchase,
    Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or
    Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred at the
    intersection of Maple St and Strausser Alley.
  • Police arrested David Singletary, 18 of Oreland, for Purchase,
    Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or
    Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 200
    block of W Main St.


  • Police arrested Joseph Barrett, 21 of E Stroudsburg, for Violation
    of the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance following an incident that occurred at Turkey Hill Minit Market, 50 W Main St.
  • Police arrested Adam Bagushinski, 22 of Gilbertsville, and Ian
    Christman, 21 of Boyertown, for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W Main St.
  • Police arrested Zachary Corley, 20 of Douglassville, for
    Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of Sander Alley.
  • Police arrested Ty Spang, 20 of Allentown, for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages and for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of N Whiteoak St.
  • Police arrested Alexander Collins, 19 of Flemington, N.J., for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, One Way Roadways and for Minor Prohibited from Operating a Vehicle with any Alcohol in System following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of W Walnut St.


Twin Valley Elementary Center hosts White Cane Day

Students at TVEC get a feel for the challenges of visual impairment during White Cane Day activities Oct. 16.

Twin Valley Elementary Center hosted White Cane Day Monday, Oct. 16. The nationally recognized event brings attention to the need for greater awareness of individuals with visual impairments or blindness who live in our communities.

Fourth-grade student Morgan Roy in Susan Sanger’s classroom is functionally blind; White Cane Day shirts were worn and students in her homeroom participated in “blindness” activities from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday.