Kayla Jacoby, a sophomore elementary/special education major at KU, decided to join the Coast to Coast for Multiple Sclerosis event this summer along with seven others.
Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a disease that affects and essentially attacks the central nervous system (brain, spinal chord, and optic nerves). In severe cases paralysis may occur.
Jacoby’s desire to participate began in the summer of 2011 as she watched her boyfriend, Cameron Swengel, begin a race across the U.S. She regretted not being able to “experience the full journey of riding with [him].”
“Throughout the 50 days that Cameron and the other riders were gone, I thought to myself how much I would have loved to go see the world with my boyfriend while helping to spread the word about MS,” said Jacoby. Continue reading
After 11 years of serving as the president of KU, Dr. F. Javier Cevallos is conducting a job search for a presidential position elsewhere.
He said 2013 was a good year to look at other career opportunities because both of his two children, Alex and Caroline, could finish high school in the Kutztown Area School District. His daughter, Caroline, is graduating this spring.
“Kutztown has become home to my family and me, and it has been important to me to have a place like Kutztown for my kids to grow up,” said Cevallos in early May. “This area will always hold a special place in our hearts. With many of my professional and personal goals fulfilled, I want to continue to explore and weigh career advancement opportunities in the future.” Continue reading
Will Meeker from Facilities, along with their new partner from Waste Management, introduced a new method of recycling for the campus called single stream recycling on April 30, 2013 in the Academic Forum at 11 a.m.
Meeker, overseer of the core recycling program at the university, started his presentation by explaining to the audience what single-stream recycling exactly was.
“It is a process that no longer requires people to have multiple sorting containers for recycling,” Meeker said. “We are now using a single storage container that can include all the common materials for recycling, such as paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal.”
Meeker then explained the three-phase system that the recycling partnership hopes to achieve in the next several years, beginning by changing the attitude and culture on campus about recycling. Meeker said this is being accomplished through a partnership with Housing Residential Life and Dining Services, and their group, Students Promoting Acts of Recycling at Kutztown (SPARK). These groups work with incoming freshmen and do their best to convey how important recycling is for the campus. Continue reading
In an emotional final interview as a coach at Kutztown University, field hockey head coach Betty Wesner discussed her feelings on leaving the University as KU’s longest tenured coach, and the longest coach of field hockey in PSAC history. Wesner finishes her career at KU in a retirement that is effective as of June 28, 2013, and although she has many positive memories as a Golden Bear coach, not all is well with her departure with the school.
Wesner was quick to note some changes in the University’s athletic program. Although she would not confirm that these changes drove her to have bitterness towards KU’s athletic program, she did say that it was more of a compiling of reasons for her to decide that “the timing was just right.”
“There have been negative changes,” she said. “They’ve negatively affected my program I felt, but I mean it’s putting everything together. It’s just the right time. I feel that I’ve put enough time in here, and it’s time to open a new chapter in my life, so to speak.” Continue reading
Since we can remember, Chase “The Man” Utley has been in red pinstripes representing the infamous P for the Philadelphia Phillies. The California baseball player was drafted with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2000 amateur baseball draft. He debuted for the Phillies April 4, 2003 at the age of 24. Now in his last year of a seven-year contract, the 34 year-old second baseman is on the chopping block.
Utley is nothing short of brilliant when it comes the game of baseball. He is a power hitting second baseman elected as the All-Decade second baseman for the 2000s alongside legends like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. He is a two-time NL Champion and more importantly a 2008 World Series Champion. Additionally, Utley is a five time All-Star and a four time Silver Slugger winner. Continue reading
The 2012 Golden Bear softball team earned the most wins in school history with a record of 52-7. However, they were still unable to accomplish what the 2013 softball team did: win the PSAC Championship.
On May 4, 2013 the KU softball team won the PSAC Championship for the first time. The PSAC tournament finished dramatically in extra innings. The Golden Bears (29-21) defeated the California University of Pennsylvania (36-4) softball team in the tenth inning to win 10-7; senior Brianna Knipe sniped a walk off homer to score three runs and earn the title of PSAC Champion.
California University was by far the toughest team in the tournament. According to the NCAA, California University is currently the seventh best team in Division II softball and the best team in the Atlantic Region. KU was severely under valued before heading into this game. With KU in the No. 10 spot in the Atlantic Region, KU three teams in the PSAC Championships were considered better than them, according to the NCAA. West Chester, at fourth, and Bloomsburg, at eighth, were both defeated by the Golden Bears on their way to the title. Continue reading
Kutztown men’s and women’s tennis head coach Suresh Ramamurthi is no stranger to publicity and praise. Coming into this season, he already had ten total PSAC championships under his belt. After this season, you can up that total to 13 as he coached the men to their eleventh PSAC championship, along with coaching the Golden Bear women to their first PSAC championship.
Coach Suresh also coached the men’s PSAC player of the year in Rushi Amin and the Women’s player of the year in Ridhima Borooah. To top it off, Coach Suresh was named the PSAC coach of the year in both sports. It was a successful year to say the least.
When asked about Borooah winning PSAC player of the year, Coach Suresh gave high praise to her leadership qualities, saying, “She motivated the team by example and was extremely self-motivated, and that rubbed off onto the rest of her teammates. She often reached out to her teammates, giving them tips and tactics that were very useful and instrumental to the team having such a successful season.” Continue reading