KU former associate professor of mathematics dies at 64

By Julia Grimaldi

Professor Randy Schaeffer Photo courtesy of University Relations

Associate Professor Randy Schaeffer
Photo courtesy of University Relations

Professor Randy Schaeffer passed away on Oct. 22, 2014 at 64-years -old.

According to a KU press release, Schaeffer was an associate professor of mathematics who taught both undergraduate and graduate level classes and supervised student teachers since 1980. In 2013, he received KU’s Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Schaeffer also gave much more to the university. “He served as Chair of the University Curriculum Committee, Chair of the General Education Committee, the Advisor for the mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon, President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (EPCTM), immediate past Co-Editor of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) Magazine, and former President and current Treasurer of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Mathematics Association (PASSHEMA),” according to a KU press release.

Professor Schaeffer also helped revise the university’s general education curriculum and oversaw new general education requirements. He was on KU’s Sesquicentennial Committee and served on the Alumni Board.

In 1972, Schaeffer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kutztown University.

Condolences can be sent to Randy’s partner, KU Professor Emeritus Bill Bateman, at 611 N. 5th St., Reading, Pa., 19601. The family encourages donations to the Randy Schaeffer Math Scholarship Fund, set up through the Kutztown University Foundation. Donations to this fund can be made at

http://www.kutztownUfoundation.org, or mailed to the KU Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Kutztown, Pa. 19530.

The viewing and memorial service took place on Oct. 27 in Schaeffer Auditorium, the viewing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the memorial service from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. At 2:30 on the same day, the burial took place at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Pa.

Golden bears take down East Stroudsburg behind solid rushing attack

By Jeffrey Smyth

James Wah Jr scampers up the middle

James Wah Jr scampers up the middle

After dropping their past two home games, KU needed a trip out of Berks County to get back on track. They did just that against a very good East Stroudsburg football team as the bears rolled to a 31-16 win at Eiler-Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The 4-4 Golden Bears knew going in they had their hands full against one of the most prolific passing attacks in the 6-2 East Stroudsburg Warriors. ESU was led by quarterback Matt Soltes who entered the game third in Division II in passing at 358.9 yards per game and total offense at 402 yards per game.

The running attack for KU was anchored by an experienced offensive line that churned out yards the whole game. James Wah Jr. and Terry Williams combined for a total 316 yards rushing. Wah Jr. posted a career-high 205 yards and Williams posted his third 100-yard outing of the season.

Williams has topped the century mark in three of his last five games. Wah has tallied 343 rushing yards and three touchdowns in his last four games.

After a scoreless first quarter the Golden Bears’ offense started to surge. Wah Jr. gave KU a late 10-6 first half lead with a 42 yard dart to the endzone, but it wasn’t until the second half when the Bears scored three straight scores putting the Warriors away.

Chad Barton connected with receiver Kellen Williams twice with a second Wah Jr. score in between. Barton threw for 236 yards, 107 of which went to Williams. Barton currently boasts a 21-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His 21 touchdown passes are good for third in the PSAC.

The Golden Bear defense continued to shine, surrendering just one touchdown and 240 yards to an offense that averages 527.1 yards per game, good for fifth in Division II.

Senior Sam Dougan led the defensive incursion with a game high seven tackles, including one sack.

He now ranks ninth in school history with 259 career stops.

Dougan, Michael Gallagher Steve Plousis and Eric Condron brought down Soltes for a season-high four sacks.

The road win for the Golden Bears marks their fourth of their last five meetings against the Warriors.

KU looks to continue to build momentum for its home-finale this Saturday, Nov. 1 against Lock Haven University for Senior Night. The game will honor the last remaining members of KU’s PSAC championship team in 2011.

Kickoff is set for a 1:05 p.m. start at University Field at Andre Reed Stadium.

Embrace Autumn at KU

By Ashley Fries

Campus trees during autumn                                        Photo by Ashley Fries, The Keystone

Campus trees during autumn Photo by Ashley Fries

It is that time of year again—autumn, we can truly see the wonders of nature unfold right before our eyes.

Sometimes we forget to take advantage of this wondrous season.

All the leaves are at their peak of changing color, making the trees otherworldly. We are all too busy to take notice. Just slow down, take a minute and breathe in the fall air. Look around at our beautiful campus, transformed, mostly unnoticed.

This weather is perfect for drinking hot beverages. Whether you like hot chocolate, cider or coffee, grab a cup and sit outside for a bit.

Walk around and try not to think about anything; relax and enjoy the weather, the beautiful sights and the serenity.

This season is perfect for other outdoor activities: frisbee, soccer, running, etc.

It is not so hot that you will sweat and not too terribly cold, either.

Now is the perfect time to go out and be active before winter comes.

This weather is also the perfect excuse to cuddle with someone in your favorite blanket and watch a good movie.

It is also the perfect excuse to read a good book, either inside or outside.

Furthermore, it is perfect weather for relaxing by a warm fire.

Whether it is by a campfire outside, or by the fire in the Fireside Lounge, there is something about staring at the warm flames dancing when it is cold outside.

In my opinion, fall is the best season. The crunch of leaves underfoot is music to my ears.

But there is so much more that happens in this season. For example, Halloween is just around the corner and the evidence is everywhere.

Decorations are up, and people are deciding on their costumes so they can go out and have a great time with friends.

Very popular Halloween activities are haunted houses. But, if you do not know what to do or cannot leave KU, there is still plenty to do on campus.

On Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., Allies is showing an interactive screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult classic film, in MSU 218.

Also on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., there is a pumpkin carving social in the Multicultural Center 104.

Four pumpkin carvings. From left to right, cat, cat with wings, ghosts and zombie. Photo by Ashley Fries

Four pumpkin carvings. From left to right, cat, cat with wings, ghosts and zombie.
Photo by Ashley Fries

If you carve a pumpkin, be sure to take a picture and post it to The Keystone’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thekeystone.

The three students whose pumpkins get the most likes wins.

First place wins a $50 gift card. Second place wins a $25 gift card. Third place wins a $10 gift card.

Make sure you submit your photo for a chance to win.

Not sure what to do on Halloween? Go to Video Game Night on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. in the MSU 218.

There will be casual gaming, a costume contest and tournaments for Mario Kart, Left for Dead, Skull Girls and more.

Look around—you are sure to find something to do. Fall is an extraordinary season that is often taken for granted.

Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the moment before it is too late.

From The Keystone staff, we hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

KU Well Represented at EAPSU Fall 2014

By Mike Downing

Nine members of the KU English Department traveled to California University of Pennsylvania in early October to attend the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities’ annual fall conference.

Professor Carl Seiple led a team that included Andrew Vogel, John Ronan, Patrick Walters, Carissa Pokorny-Golden, Todd Dodson, Jonathan Shaw, Patricia Pytleski and Michael Downing.

KU English has a long history with EAPSU, including Carl Seiple and John Ronan’s service as treasurer and Mike Downing’s service as webmaster and current vice president.

In addition, Linda Cullum and Carl Seiple organized the fall 2001 conference. Curt Herr and Jennifer Bottinelli organized the 2008 fall conference. Todd Williams helped to coordinate the 2012 spring undergraduate conference, and Patrick Walters will be taking the reins as webmaster as of January 1.

Others have published in EAPSU Online, the organizations’ online journal, which Carl Seiple will be editing next year, and dozens of KU English faculty have presented papers at the conferences over the years.

Paper titles at the fall conference were as follows:

Andrew Vogel, “The Gospel of Good Roads: Walt Whitman, Republican Geog­raphy, and 21st Century Learning Objectives”

John Ronan, “Dickinson’s Perspectival Analysis of Christianity”

Patrick Walters, “Cracking a Closed Culture in Immersion Journalism”

Carissa Pokorny-Golden, “Incorporating Literary Theory across the English Studies Curriculum”

Todd Dodson, “School Days” (creative nonfiction)

Patricia Pytleski, “Teaching Writing From the High School to the College Classroom: Accounting for Prior Learning, Encouraging Creativity, or Shifting Blame?”

Michael Downing, “Advising College News­papers in the 21st Century: Print, Digital, or Hybrid?”

EAPSU is committed to promoting scholarship and service opportunities for students and faculty across the PASSHE system and beyond. The group hosts an undergraduate conference each spring as well as a faculty/ graduate conference each fall.

Next fall, the group will celebrate its 35th anniversary at Slippery Rock University.

Website: www.eapsu.net

Off-Campus students to host Halloween social

By Sarah GittlemanUntitled

For the first time, Briar Cliffs is allowing students to host a Halloween decorating contest and trick-or-treating within the housing community.

The event begins Friday, Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m., kicking off with the decoration contest. Three Cliff houses will win prizes from the categories: happy Halloween, creepy and creative and house of horror. Ellen Overcast, property manager of the Cliffs, will be judging the competition.

Trick-or-treating follows after at 6 p.m. Briar Circle South will first visit North side to trick-or-treat for an hour, then at 7:30, North side will go to South for their hour. A Public Safety committee has been put together to patrol either side of the Cliffs while students are out collecting candy.

“I want to build a community where we can protect each other and be able to make our own safe environment to live in,” said Darion McGowan, student and Cliff resident.

The idea first formed about a month ago from Darion and some neighbors. Several discussions later, the group started to patch together serious plans and, STET with Ellen’s approval, they were set into motion.

“We have a community where we all hang out together and talk to our neighbors,” Darion said, “I wanted to take advantage of that and do something that can set this year apart form others.”

As Halloween approaches, and more elaborate decoration plans come to life, Darion holds high hopes for the night. He said everyone in the community is really getting into the spirit.

“Neighbors put up decorations every day, brag about their houses and give each other ideas,” he said. “But everyone claims to have a rabbit to pull out of their hat for Halloween night.”

All are welcome to come to the Cliffs to STET participate in the holiday fun, but are asked to be respectful to the community and its residents.

If this Halloween is a success, Darion wants to work with the Cliffs to plan similar events later this year and next school year.

EAC represents KU at People’s Climate March

By Casey Moore

Students hold up signs in New York City. From left to right: Zach Hoffman, Luke Wynn, Tom Grbas, Ben Johnson, Shaun Hauschild, Jordan Laverty, Cathryn Pugh, Rob Marra, Jeremy Griffin, Mike Valentine, Christina Radley, Casey Moore Photo courtesy of EAC

Students hold up signs in New York City.
From left to right: Zach Hoffman, Luke Wynn, Tom Grbas, Ben Johnson, Shaun Hauschild, Jordan Laverty, Cathryn Pugh, Rob Marra, Jeremy Griffin, Mike Valentine, Christina Radley, Casey Moore
Photo courtesy of EAC

On Sept. 21, 2014, over 400,000 people flocked to the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March. This event was sparked by The United Nations Climate Summit, which took place on Sept 23.

Many of the world’s leaders discussed the importance of environmental action. Among its attendees were U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Jane Goodall (the former vice-president), Al Gore, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

The march started at 11:30 a.m. in Columbus Circle and was composed of many diverse groups and organizations from all over the world. It was a family friendly event and many brought their young children to emphasize the need for a brighter, carbon-free future. Some of the main concerns touched upon at the march were fracking, tar sands oil, the Keystone XL pipeline and carbon gas emissions.

A group of twelve students, who are members of the Environmental Action Club at Kutztown, attended the march. They toted handmade signs that read “No Co2 moment,” “It’s Time To Cut Carbon,” and “There Is No Planet B,” among others. At the end of the walk, freshman Jeremy Griffin remarked, “Today, we made history.”

Sketchbook Club welcomes students from all majors

By Joshua Herring

Students enjoying Sketchbook Club                   Photo courtesy of Kevin Mccloskey

Students enjoying Sketchbook Club Photo courtesy of Kevin Mccloskey

Kutztown’s freshest art organization, the Sketchbook Club, has quickly established a growing community of creative students. Formed out of the desire to make art outside of the classroom, the club has become a place for students to escape the pressures of school and learn from each other.

“We have an incredibly diverse group of creative people at different skill levels who can feed off of each other,” says Sketchbook Club founder and President Christina Davies. Each week, more and more students fill room 209 of the Sharadin Art Building at noon on Fridays.

“The club is open to everyone,” says Davies. “Even for those who aren’t art majors, Sketchbook Club is meant for being open and expressive with other people. It is a lot of fun.”

At the start of this fall semester, the club finally became an official student organization, overseen by advisor and illustrator professor Kevin McCloskey. Beginning first as the Sketchbook Initiative in 2013, it wasn’t until the spring of 2014 that the club began to see at least a dozen students attend every week.

Davies began to spread her idea about starting the Sketchbook Initiative. She says the idea first came to her at freshman orientation, when her sister asked Professor McCloskey if there were any drawing clubs. “We were shocked to hear that there really weren’t any,” says Davies.

After her first semester at Kutztown, she created the Sketchbook Initiative as a small gathering of her friends to draw together because, she says, “unless I had a set time each week to do my own stuff, my sketchbook would fall to the wayside.” Originally, the club met in the Bear’s Den. “It became a way of dealing with the stresses of our major, a reminder of how fun art is, and to spend time with one another.”

Now, she says, “It’s much bigger than I ever thought it would be during my time here.”

The club eventually drew recurring crowds of students. At meetings, people chat, listen to music and just draw, according to Davies. “A lot of the time we show our sketchbooks to one another and sometimes we look at cool art tutorials or illustrations that inspire everyone to make good art.”

The essential appeal of Sketchbook Club is its laidback atmosphere. Students get the impression that, as Davies says, “If you just want to get better at drawing, that’s what this club is for, no matter what your skill level.”

Other than being a space to make art and interact, Sketchbook Club sometimes hosts speakers and participates in group projects. This fall’s first meeting featured a discussion with local comic book creators and in December, art director and sketchbook enthusiast, Danny Gregory will be doing a talk. Also, McCloskey is talking with the modern language studies department about having the club involved in illustrating a bilingual children’s book.

“At Sketchbook Club, we inspire one another to do better,” said Davies. To anyone interested in joining, she says, “It’s just a matter of picking up a pencil.” Her only requirement of members is to make an effort to draw.