Students Named to the University of Vermont Dean’s List

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester:

Jillian Rathman of Wernersville

Emma Heffner of Reading

Matthew Blanchet of Reading

Kutztown University Radio Launches ‘Radio for Pets’ in 2019

Kutztown University Radio has embarked in a new venture in 2019; beginning at the turn of the New Year, KUR’s daytime format has become ‘Radio for Pets’, easy listening radio for the relaxation of pets and their humans.

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Pet health tips, animal news and the Humane Society Pet of the Week are featured hourly on KUR. Local pet owners can send in photos of their pets to be featured on KUR’s social media channels and possibly KUTV.

An improved playlist of more than 3,400 easy-going songs spanning seven decades will be featured as KUR’s Radio for Pets production.

Listeners

Send your pet photos to kur@kutztown.edu and KUR may feature the photos on its social media pages and KUTV. Be sure to include your pet’s name and where they’re listening from!

Make a resolution in 2019 for you and your pets to listen to KUR, where we play Billy Joel to Ed Sheeran and Frank Sinatra to Whitney Houston.

How to Listen

  • Online: https://tunein.com/radio/KUR-s45175/
  • On-campus at 1670 AM
  • Locally on Service Electric or Hometown Utilicom Channels 24, 191, 266 and 524.
  • Online around the world streaming at www.kutztown.edu/KUR
  • On smart phones by downloading the “Tune-In” app and searching for Kutztown
  • And on ANY phone, cell or landline, simply by dialing (563) 999-3101.

Carlie Abraham Named to Hamilton College Dean’s List

Carlie Abraham of Reading has been named to the dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.

Abraham, a sophomore, is a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School.

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research- and writing-intensive framework. Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries. Additional information about the college can be found at www.hamilton.edu.

Tammy Starner Wert named KU Employee of the Month for October 2018

Congratulations to Tammy Starner Wert, executive assistant to the vice president for the Division of University Relations and Athletics, on being named Kutztown University Employee of the Month for October 2018.

Wert’s nomination from Matt Santos reads like this:

“Tammy Wert epitomizes the university’s goal of promoting a caring campus community.

“During the 2017-18 academic year, Tammy was thrust into a situation where her attitude, work ethic and commitment were crucial to the success of the university and Division of University Relations and Athletics. After going through the entire fall semester under interim leadership, Tammy was faced with even greater trials in the spring semester.

“As the new vice president, I promoted Tammy (after a search early in the semester) from administrative assistant to executive assistant. Her new management duties coincided with the departure of the director of marketing, the director of communications, the editorial graduate assistant, and the loss of one of her direct reports, who passed away after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

“Tammy stepped up considerably, helping our office conduct personnel searches for replacements for all vacancies, while helping to perform the duties in both the management and clerical areas. She became sole editor of the Daily Brief, while assisting to manage the central switchboard as needed, and maintaining daily duties — including, but not limited to — budget management, scheduling for the vice president, helping with RFPs and handling customer complaints.

“Tammy served as the search committee chair for both the director of Communications and the clerk typist 2/PM operator positions. She was instrumental in helping candidates through the interview process and providing orientation for each new employee as they joined the staff.

“I was most impressed with Tammy’s handing of the illness and eventual passing of our beloved co-worker, Cheryl Peckham, who served as our afternoon operator and clerk typist 2 in University Relations for the past five years. Tammy worked closely with Cheryl and her co-workers on the first floor as they dealt with the cancer diagnosis, extended leave, and eventual passing in April. Tammy’s mix of professionalism and personal caring were a true attribute to everyone in such a sensitive situation.

“Tammy kept a positive attitude throughout the trials and tribulations of the year, working extra-long hours, often making the university and the success of the office and division a priority. It was typical to see her leave after 6 p.m. throughout the semester as she would try to catch up on her work, or just stay ahead.

“While Tammy played a key role in the success of the university’s Sesquicentennial Celebration two years ago, I believe she played an even bigger role this year, ensuring the success of our university.

“I recommend Tammy Wert strongly, and without hesitation, for KU Employee of the Month!”

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council. A winner will be selected each month and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by President Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit kutztown.edu/hr.

Bally Community Preschool plans open house

Bally Community Preschool will hold an open house from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.

Teachers will be available to meet potential new students; everyone is welcome to visit.

We have experienced, certified teachers and offer music and Spanish instruction in a Christian environment.

We are accepting registrations for the Winter Play & Learn class for 2-year-olds. There are also openings available for the current school year in the 3- and 4-year-old classes.

For more information, call the preschool office at 610.845.1600, or visit ballycommunitypreschool.org.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Dec. 28, 2018

  • Police investigated the report of fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 500 block of East Walnut Street.

Dec. 31, 2018

  • Police arrested Rinat Smagulov, 22, of Richboro, for public drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of Constitution Boulevard.

Reading Public Library to present productivity enhancement workshop

Reading Public Library will host a productivity and performance-enhancement workshop entitled “Optimize your Time” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Main Library, 100 S. 5th St.

Adrean Turner, owner of Turner Coaching, Training, and Consulting, LLC, will host the program designed to encourage personal achievement. Using proven strategies from her book, “FIT for Success,” Adrean will share ways to increase self-awareness and set goals. Participants will develop a vision board and gain tools to excel in 2019.

The event is free of charge, and pre-registration is not required. For additional information, contact the Reading Public Library Reference Department at 610.655.6355.

PREVIEW: Women’s Basketball Looks to Keep Streak Alive at Bloomsburg

1/4/2019 | Women’s Basketball

KU Game Notes | Live Stats | Live Video | Audio

The Kutztown University women’s basketball has been playing its best basketball of the season of late, sporting a three-game win streak, its longest such streak since last season. KU will look to make it four when it travels to take on Bloomsburg University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division showdown tomorrow, Saturday, at 1 p.m. at Nelson Field House.

The Golden Bears (6-7 overall, 4-2 PSAC) are winners of three straight and currently sit atop the East Division, along with the Huskies (8-5, 4-2), who have lost three-of-four.

These two teams have seen each other quite a bit over the last two seasons. They met twice last year during the regular season, splitting the contests with each home team winning. KU and BU also squared off in the first round of the PSAC Tournament last Feb. at Keystone Arena, as the Maroon and Gold came out on top to advance to the quarterfinals. Bloomsburg also competed in the KU Conference Challenge tournament to open up the season.

Kutztown has defeated Holy Family (Jan. 2), West Chester (Dec. 29) and Gannon (Dec. 19) by a combined 10 points as it continued its streak of scoring at least 66 points in each of the last six games. The KU defense, which ranks fifth in the PSAC, allowing just 63.7 points per game (ppg), has given up less over its current win streak, 61.6 ppg. KU’s full-court pressure and defensive intensity has helped create turnovers and east transition looks on the opposite end. Kalee Fuegel seems to always be around the ball and is tied for fourth in the PSAC with 30 steals.

The Golden Bears rank fourth in the conference with 7.3 made three-pointers per game. One of the main contributors to those numbers is sophomore Rylee Derr. Derr is averaging 18.3 ppg, eighth-best in the PSAC, an increase of 4.7 ppg from her freshman campaign. Derr has made 40 three-pointers this season, tops in the PSAC. She has scored a total of 50 points over the last two contests.

Karen Lapkiewicz has found a groove over the last couple of weeks. Her 10.2 ppg is a career-high by 2.7 ppg for the junior, and ranks second on the team. Brianna Tarabocchia ranks in the top-20 in the league with 7.0 rebounds per game.

Bloomsburg has three players averaging in double-figures, including Alyssa Mack (14.5 ppg), Taylor Montana (12.9) and Emma Saxton (11.1).

The Huskies have played seven common opponents with Kutztown this season. They defeated Fayetteville State, Lincoln, Pitt-Johnstown, Gannon and Mercyhurst. They fell to IUP and Holy Family, the team that KU beat 68-56 in its last game this past Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Still somewhat early in PSAC-play, this first-place showdown could go a long way in determining high seeding in the postseason.

Live stats, video and game notes are available via the links above, which can also be accessed on www.kubears.com.

Off the Pitch with Three-Time All-American Maddie Mohr

None in her sport have done it before her. Few all-time in any sport have accomplished it. Two weeks ago, Kutztown University women’s soccer student-athlete Maddie Mohr earned All-American status for the third consecutive year, becoming the first three-time All-American in program history and just the 18th all-time in KU athletics lore to achieve the feat.

Mohr was voted First Team All-America by the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II list for the second straight year.

In 2017, Mohr was the program’s first-ever First Team honoree. She backed that recognition up with a second First Team award in a row, and now can call herself a three-time All-America after being voted Third Team by D2CCA as a freshman.

Mohr is just the 18th Kutztown University student-athlete all-time to be recognized as a three-time All-American.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Mohr on hearing of the All-America recognition. “I didn’t have quite the season that I had the last two years. I was definitely excited and just kind of taken aback from it. It’s really rewarding, and to be able to come in right away as a freshman and contribute and have success is amazing because you don’t expect it. It just makes me work harder and gives me more goals to try and accomplish.”

So with all of the national accolades and overall success, why Kutztown?

“Looking back on it sometimes you question what if,” said Mohr. “But I knew a couple of girls on Kutztown when I was being recruited and they were really good players and the program was really good, so there was that success that drew me. When I came to campus on a visit it just clicked. The program looked like a culture I wanted to be a part of.”

This season alone she has been named to the All-Atlantic Region First Team by United Soccer Coaches and D2CCA for the third straight year and also to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First Team for the third time.

Mohr started in all 20 games this season, recording three goals and an assist, and was a strength for KU both on the offensive and defensive third. Kutztown finished the 2018 season 14-4-2 and qualified for both the PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Region Tournaments for the third straight year.

“I think we’ve held ourselves to a higher standard of late,” Mohr said. “We don’t always expect to get into these tournaments because it is really hard to, but they are always our main goals that we work towards. Each year the freshmen come in and know of the success we had the year before and they just know we want to keep that standard.”

The Elizabethtown native has started in 65-of-66 games through her first three seasons. She ranks fifth in program history with 28 career goals and is seventh with 64 career points. Her senior year in 2019 may very likely push her even further up the record books, but the team-player that she is, Mohr wants more than individual attention and awards.

“We want to advance far in the tournaments, but as a senior, I definitely want to win PSAC’s,” said Mohr. “That is something that has been a goal of ours since our freshmen year and beyond. Everybody on our team wants to accomplish that. We want it to be successful in our last run.”

Mohr, along with her classmates in Jenna Bracken, Kristina Miller, Emily Zwiercan, Schyler Ackerman, Kaylee Kupiec and Courtney Browning, and redshirt-sophomore Chelsea Fadio all entered the program at the same time. This class needs 13 wins next season to become the all-time winningest class in program history. They have averaged almost 17 wins a season in their three years at Kutztown.

“Coming in as freshmen, we just seemed to all click right away,” said Mohr. “Compared with other classes I thought that we were all really close, which definitely helps us on the field. The success that we’ve had in our three years is a testament to a lot of them and helps us stay so close because we want to keep pushing each other to get even better.”

To prepare, each offseason Mohr and her teammates run, lift and try to play wherever they can. Sometimes it can be even harder than the work during the fall season.

Off the pitch, Mohr has other talents, including balancing a spoon on her nose. She enjoys watching American Horror Story and playing lacrosse, but one of her passions outside of helping the KU soccer program is being around four-legged friends.

“I love dogs,” said Mohr. “I am like obsessed with them. I dog sit over the summer and watch a bunch of them. I have a cockapoo named Cooper. I like fuzzy dogs, but probably my favorite type is a pitbull.”

Mohr and the women’s soccer program soon will look to take that one last step at a championship.