Miller Gallery hosts Kati Toivanen’s “Transmutations”

Artwork featured in Toivanen’s exhibit in the Miller Gallery. Photo by Lindsey Borgman, The Keystone

Artwork featured in Toivanen’s exhibit in the Miller Gallery.
Photo by Lindsey Borgman, The Keystone

By Josh Herring

An exhibition of Kati Toivanen’s digitally composed photography is currently on display at The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery. “Transmutations,” as Toivanen calls it, scatters the gallery’s walls and walkways with an innovative collage of aesthetically mystifying images.

Toivanen’s exhibition opened on Thursday, Sept. 4, at which the artist herself appeared. Upon entering the visually puzzling presentation, one is overwhelmed with a sense of wonder. According to the gallery’s director, Karen Stanford, over 200 students and members of the Kutztown community shared this experience on the opening night.

“Students at the reception wanted to know what the photographs were pictures of and they seemed very intrigued by her techniques,” said Stanford. Also on opening night, Toivanen presented a speech where she revealed some of the elements in the images, such as melted gummy bears, glass vases, grapes, fake flowers and miscellaneous thrift store items.

Among the photographs were also interactive pieces that students were permitted to handle, as well as a video projection, all which incorporate similar elements and techniques. “The exhibition is very soft,” said Stanford. “Her video is soothing to watch and you can recognize the imagery from the work in the frames.”

Originally, Toivanen applied for the Artist in Residency project, but the position was given to Hannah Bertram. “We were intrigued by Toivanen’s ideas and asked her to have a solo exhibition instead,” said Stanford. “Her work’s mysterious imagery as well as her play with scale was interesting to us and we wanted to see more.”

“Transmutations” will be featured at the Miller gallery until Sunday, Oct. 5. The following exhibit will be a large, multi-faceted show called “Engage: Color, Ritual, and Material Studies,” opening on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. According to Stanford, the exhibit will feature ten artists; one from Africa and nine from around the country, who will show how they “use color, ritual and material manipulation both in their own practice and in their teaching.”

Co-sponsored by the Art Education department and curated by professor Michael Radyck, “Engage” will conclude on Friday, Nov. 21. There will be a workshop conference that “will provide the opportunity for K-12 teachers, academics, researchers, artists, designers and students to exchange ideas and participate in a day long engagement with the art.”

Also, in January, the gallery will be constructing an exhibition with Michael Covello, the 2015 Artist in Residency. According to Stanford, volunteers are currently needed to help him produce prints in order to supplement a mixed media installation.

The Miller Gallery hosts five exhibitions every year: three for professionally working artists all around the world, and two for graduating students. “It presents students with the opportunity to see the work of professional artists in person and visit a world class space for free,” said Stanford. “The gallery committee, consisting of myself and members of the arts faculty, is looking for artists with established careers, feasible projects and great, thought-provoking work.”

The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. More information on the exhibitions at the Miller Gallery can be found at

Choosing tea over coffee offers students health benefits

KU student Joseph Walters makes the big decision of what to drink: coffee or tea.            Photo by Jaylynn McClendon, The Keystone

KU student Joseph Walters makes the big decision of what to drink: coffee or tea.
Photo by Jaylynn McClendon, The Keystone

By Jaylynn McClendon

Have you ever considered swapping your morning coffee for a hot cup of tea? Lucky for you, it’s just as easy to get your hands on tea as it is to get coffee here at KU.

Tea can be purchased at any of the six places on campus that provide coffee and contain eight different varieties of tea at four of those locations. This hydrating alternative provides a milder caffeine boost and offers numerous health benefits.

Caffeine is the ingredient in coffee that gives the boost you rely on in the mornings. It is the large amount of caffeine in coffee that causes your body to react in negative ways such as headaches, intense bowel movements, or a sudden depletion of energy. The good thing about tea is that it also contains caffeine but in a lower dosage. According to the Mayo Clinic, a brewed cup of tea has a minimum of 14 mg of caffeine and coffee has a minimum of 95 mg; making the switch to tea’s lower mg level can both create positive side effects and eliminate the negative effects of too much caffeine.

Green tea in particular contains an amino acid called L-Theanine that is proven to decrease stress levels and aid in battling anxiety. It is seen as a natural relaxant. This tea also contains many antioxidants (molecules that protect other molecules from free radicals). This can be compared to the rusting of a pipe. Antioxidants help to keep the pipe free of rust or break down the rust that is already polluting it. Now imagine that happening in the body with molecules and diseases. According to WebMD, the antioxidants found in green tea may interfere with the growth of breast, skin and lung cancer among many others.

Coffee, like tea, is rich in antioxidants, but your body cannot afford to drink as many cups of coffee as it can tea without becoming overcaffeinated.

By consuming multiple cups of tea, you can keep your caffeine level low while fighting stress and future disease. So do your body a favor and go buy a cup of tea, or two.

Eckhaus art gallery makes changes to staff and upcoming artist schedule

Eckhaus located at 157 West Main Street. Photo by Lindsey Borgman, The Keystone

Eckhaus located at 157 West Main Street.
Photo by Lindsey Borgman, The Keystone

By Joshua Herring & Kaitlyn Amodei

Kutztown’s student-run art gallery, Eckhaus, kicked off the fall 2014 semester with a reception honoring KU Art Club grant recipients Victoria Beck, Joshua Cox, Katie Dixon, Christina Fritz, Kelsey Katzgrau and Joseph Painter.

The recipients discussed the organizations they worked with, networking experiences, and future plans for their evolving careers. The reception brought together an audience ranging from students, professors and locals interested in what the university has been doing for the art students.

Eckhaus will offer the community new events and exhibitions during the 2014-2015 school year. Led by a fresh and motivated staff of student management, interns and volunteers, the team at Eckhaus has made dynamic changes to their organization geared toward expanding the arts within Kutztown.

“It gives amazing work experience to students like myself that want to get involved in art management. It’s a great organization that bridges KU to the borough of Kutztown and involves a lot of community engagement,” said Assistant Manager of Public Relations, Setrag Shahikian.

The gallery’s primary mission is to bring the arts into the community and to engage the town in the world of art.

In order to accomplish this, the new Co-Directors, Danielle Kristich and Breann Young, have organized an additional management team of communication students, Shahikian and Yoo Juhn, to help coordinate public relations and organize special events. The team will also focus on incorporating more professional artists into the fall schedule.

“We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from university and community about these efforts and we’d like go further with them. I’m really excited for everyone to see the artists we have picked,” said Young.

The first exhibition at Eckhaus will be created and presented by John Garrett Slaby from Friday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Oct. 3. His presented work will be an array of original oil paintings in different conceptual series that are “a mixture of simplicity and detail,” according to Young. She says that she is excited for this show and that “he is bringing a group of equally creative friends.”

The subsequent exhibition this fall will feature author Kristen Pedemonti presenting the works of children and teachers from her travels around the world on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Artist Dani Fisher will exhibit pottery and paintings from Monday, Oct. 20 to Thursday, Oct. 30 and will teach a workshop on Sunday, Oct. 26. Artist Erika Stearly follows with the “Take A Painting” project from Saturday, Nov. 1 to Tuesday, Nov. 25 where the community can come create paintings at the gallery.

The co-directors wanted to organize something that Kutztown hasn’t seen before, with new artwork and from different places and cultures. “Variety was our key. Variety gives us the chance to reach out to all different interests in the community,” said Kristich.

Open Mic Nights will appeal to other interests, which are hosted at the Eckhaus gallery every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students and members of the community are invited to come play music, read poetry, perform stand-up or practice monologues. All events and exhibitions are free to the public.

Eckhaus is a non-profit, student run organization whose mission is to bring enrichment to the community as well as its students and volunteers. More information about Eckhaus can be found on, including hours of operation, contact information, upcoming events, and how to sign up for their new monthly newsletter.

KU prepares for Family Day

By Taylor Ohlinger

KU is partnering with its Division of Student and Academic Affairs in order to host its annual Fall Family Day on Sept. 27, an event in which families are encouraged to come spend a day immersed in KU’s culture.

The day will start off at 9 a.m. at South Dining Hall with the tenth annual Bear Tracks for Life, benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Registration for this event begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 8:45 a.m. Online registration can also be found at KUnited. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. and the one-mile fun-run at 9:10 a.m. There will be a post-run celebration in which all participants are welcome to join.

Other events include a Scholastic Book Fair for all ages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rohrbach Library. The MSU movie series will also be hosting viewings of Maleficent at 11 a.m. in MSU 218, and 2 p.m and 8 p.m. in MSU 183. Students and parents are invited to relax and enjoy free popcorn.

Jerry W. Schearer, associate dean for inclusion and outreach is in charge of planning Family Day. “We are excited this year about the ‘space’ theme being continued from CONNECTIONS and Welcome Week,” said Schearer. “That’s why we chose some of the inflatables like lunar slide and the moon bounce. This year we will feature laser tag for the first time at Family Day.”

These activities will take place at the Family Day tent on the DMZ.

For those who love sports, Kutztown’s women’s soccer will be hosting California University of Pennsylvania at 3 p.m. at Keystone Field. This will be followed by KU Golden Bear football vs. Cheney at 6 p.m. at University Stadium.

A full schedule can be found online at KU’s website.

Experience puppy love all throughout the semester

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For those that missed tonight’s Pet Therapy Day, the therapy dogs will be back more days this semester. Come on Oct. 2, Oct. 14 and Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. and Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. All events last an hour and are held in the MSU Multipurpose Room.

Photos by Emily Leayman, The Keystone

Electronic media department shows off new mobile broadcast vehicle

The EM department presents its new vehicle behind Shaeffer Auditorium. Photo courtesy of KU’s electronic media department

The EM department presents its new vehicle behind Shaeffer Auditorium.
Photo courtesy of KU’s electronic media department

By Julia Grimaldi

Sept. 8, 2014 at 3 p.m. was an important date for electronic media majors at Kutztown University. Behind Shaeffer Auditorium, KU’s electronic media department revealed its new mobile broadcast vehicle, which is now held in the garage at Rickenbach Research and Learning Center.

Before the new vehicle, the electronic media department had a production truck that served them for well over 30 years. However, this truck is no longer road worthy. This became a disadvantage to students looking for remote production experience in a live broadcast environment.

The new vehicle is a Wells Cargo trailer from MGS Trailers in Denver, Pa. that was custom built to fit the department’s needs at the Wells Cargo plant in Mcadoo, Pa. The 20-foot trailer contains up-to-date equipment from the old vehicle, as well as some new equipment. The new equipment includes multi-viewer monitors, a new video switcher and digital record and playback capabilities.

Technician Barry Peterson and electronic media major and present co-op intern Dustin Seyler did most of the interior installation of the vehicle, including wiring and equipment. Troy Weidner and Ryan Peterson also put time into the project.

The mobile broadcast vehicle will primarily be used in TVR 375, Event and Documentary Production, a required class for all electronic media majors.

Students in this class will use the vehicle to cover live events like sports games and concerts. The vehicle may also be used for some extra-curricular events to make it possible for non-majors to have the opportunity to use it.

Covering live events is very important to the electronic media department. “In live TV Murphy’s law rules – anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. In that situation, the students have to be able to think very quickly on their feet to resolve the issue as quickly as they can to get the show back on track, so it gives them ability to problem solve [and] think critically,” said Professor Helen Bieber, chair of the Electronic Media Department. In order for this to happen, students must have experience with live production, which the mobile broadcast vehicle certainly provides.

The continuous support of Dr. Vargas and previous Dean, Dr. Anne Zayaitz from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, made this project possible.