KU names new admissions director

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

University officials announced the hiring of Krista D. Evans on March 25, who will assume duties as director of admissions in May.

“We are excited to have someone with Krista’s expertise join us,” said Dr. Warren Hilton, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “Her experience will assist us and build on our recent enrollment success.”

Evans has over two decades of experience in admissions, including nearly 20 years at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where she served as interim director from 2016 to 2018.

Evans began her career at Penn State as an intern in the admissions office and later became an admissions counselor at Cedar Crest College in Allentown in 1998.

After a year, Evans was hired as an assistant director of admissions at Lehigh in 1999, moving up through the years to associate director, senior director and interim director. Today, she serves as Lehigh’s senior associate director, “directing all facets of the admissions visit team and welcoming 35,000 visitors to campus annually.”

Additionally, at Lehigh, she manages on-campus recruitment and matriculation programs and works in coordination with deans, associate deans, faculty and staff “to execute effective programs.”

“During my visit to campus, I met with President Hawkinson, Dr. Hilton and the admissions staff, and was incredibly impressed at their commitment to the community. I know I’m joining a family of dedicated admissions professionals, many of whom are proud alumni,” Evans said. “I look forward to contributing my knowledge and skills to advance Kutztown’s mission and am grateful for the opportunity to work in such a vibrant, diverse and collaborative environment.”

Evans has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State, a master’s in counseling psychology and a certification in secondary school counseling from Lehigh.

 

College of Business speaker emphasizes networking in pursuing career goals

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

A crowd of over 100 came out to the Tuesday, March 5. installment of the College of Business’s Featured Speaker Series held in the DeFrancesco building

The event featured Andrew Rubenstein, director of group sales for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown.

Rubenstein spoke to students about his individual career path in sports sales and various trends impacting the industry overall, including advances in technology and the changing habits of consumers.

Rubenstein, a 2011 Ohio University graduate, began his career in the same state with the Cleveland Gladiators arena football team.

From there, Rubenstein emphasized the importance of networking, particularly in his experience moving away from the Gladiators.

“I started to interview around. I interviewed with the Cleveland Indians and the Grand Rapids Griffins,” said Rubenstein. “The way I actually got the interview with the Indians was … making cold calls to people who had been to a Gladiators game before, and someone picked up the phone and said, ‘Human resources, this is the Cleveland Indians.’”

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Rubenstein said he apologized and explained he was calling for that reason, though he emailed later explaining he was inquiring about an open position and didn’t want to discuss it at work. He  accepted the position in Grand Rapids.

“Something that I did and I would encourage each of you to do, no matter who you’re talking to, is to stay in touch with those people,” said Rubenstein. “Whether it’s passively through posting on LinkedIn, or a little more proactively in reaching out to them for a phone conversation.”

By doing so, he received an opportunity with the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team and moved out to the West Coast.

“That [job] was a huge learning curve,” said Rubenstein. “Something that is extremely tough in this industry is that, once you get with a team, you start to build up your own book of contacts, and you start to build relationships. In the beginning, it’s a lot of grunt work, it’s a lot of cold calls, a lot of face-to-face meetings, but as you get to year two, year three, year four, year five with the team, a lot of your sales start to come from referrals.”

Rubenstein spent two and a half years with the Padres and began looking for a managerial role. At the time, the American Hockey League—the second-tier hockey league in North America, of which the Phantoms are a member—was expanding towards the West Coast. As a result, Rubenstein found an opportunity with San Diego’s AHL team. Shortly after, he moved into a director of ticket sales role with Tuscon’s AHL affiliate.

“Personally, I didn’t see myself staying in Tuscon, Arizona,” Rubenstein said. He moved back to the East Coast with IMG Sports, a company that partners with universities to handle ticket sales and management aspects of sports teams. He was at Temple University with IMG and added that it wasn’t a good fit.

“Sometimes, with third parties and a university, the third party can be thinking one thing, and the university could be thinking another thing, and it might not gel,” said Rubenstein.

Photo courtesy of Kaylee Lindenmuth, The Keystone

From there, Rubenstein said he came across the Lehigh Valley position a month after he began at IMG.

“It was a position the Lehigh Valley Phantoms had never had before,” said Rubenstein. “But they said, ‘Hey, the newness of the team is wearing off, and group sales can help keep things elevated.”

Rubenstein added, “Truthfully, for me, outside of that position with the Griffins, every other position has come from me knowing someone or me having a conversation with someone versus blindly applying online.”

 

KU bowling hosts Bowl for the KUre

By Lauren Gudknecht
Staff Writer

The KU Women Golden Bears held the Bowl for the KUre tournament, hosting a total of ten teams, from Feb. 2-3, 2019. Sophomore Keanna Delp had an outstanding opening day at Jay Lanes, totaling a 1,002 series to earn All-Tournament Team status.

Delp held a 200.4 average and contributed 200+ games to place fifth in individual standings. She recorded a 233 game, which was her high game of the day. Dana Henry assisted the team with a 195 game to win the third match against Chestnut Hill College.

Kutztown’s JV and Molloy’s JV had an excellent five baker matches. Freshman Lindsey Gotwalt held a 19.2 frame average, following her was freshman Molly Agnello with a 17.0 frame average and lastly Freshman Kelly Normandin with a 16.5.

Ashley Fister with a 19.0 frame average and Renee Riffey with a 19.4 frame average both ended Sunday in top 15 for individuals, as well as winning All-Tournament Team Honors.  The 25th ranked KU women’s bowling team had a perfect 5-0 record on Sunday to win the Bowl for the KUre baker challenge.

The following weekend, the Lady Bears held the Golden Bear Classic at Berks Lanes, hosting 16 teams. Lindsey Gotwalt obtained a 19.3 frame average and a 1,935 total pinfall, and behind her was captain Angela Kozma with a 17.9 frame average and a 2,352 total pin fall and, lastly, Delp with a 17.4 frame average and 2,319 total pinfalls.

The Golden Bears placed 9th overall and averaged 186 over the weekend. Only 42 days left until the Lady Bears take on the East Coast Conference Championships at Hiester Lanes.

 

Review: “The Dissolution of Unrequited”

By Nickey Siegerman
Staff Writer

International Bestselling Author Len Webster has completed her book series, “The Science of Unrequited,” after three years. This series will rip your emotions to shreds and try to tape them back together again; it is written with anger, love, fighting, acceptance, moving on, loss and more integrity and respect than most authors would give these characters.

What started as a small story of best friends for life and an unrequited love turned into a mature, engaging love story that didn’t give us a moment to breathe or a moment of happiness until the very end.

The longest book yet, “The Dissolution of Unrequited” wrapped up the story points we waited for. It took our hearts and swayed them to and fro, making us wonder what was about to happen.

With this being the fourth book in the series, it’s hard not to spoil some of the smaller aspects from past books. Why did AJ give up Stanford and go to Duke? What happened during prom? What happened during the road trip from Duke to Brookline? Who is Connecticut? These simple questions have all been answered by book four.

Keeping as many spoilers out, book four does what you expect. The storyline includes a flashforward, following the pair out of college, and brings readers back to the present during the couple’s sophomore year of college. We progress forward in both aspects, learning about Evan and AJ through college and a few years following as well.

We watch them both suffer and love and fall apart. We watch AJ arrive home for a family matter and journey back to her location. We see interactions between the couple that make us question who they are with one another and if we even want them together or not. But by the end, there truly is a dissolution to unrequited.

With each book title revealed through the story, perfectly hidden between the words and phrases, so organic it takes your breath away, Webster crafted a novel of perfect secrets, surprises and endings we find ourselves happy with because the characters are happy.

Our female lead, while emotional and driven by her love, also recognizes how smart and talented she is. A woman like Alexandra “AJ” Parker following her dreams of being a famous physicist is important to present to today’s younger generation. Women are told they cannot do what men can do, they cannot be in the same jobs, earn the same money or be held to the same standard.

AJ breaks down those walls with each novel as a stepping stool. She is presented with wonderful opportunities, helps create formulas and works for very powerful people in the physicist world, and it all started when she was in high school.

If Webster’s words don’t shake you to your core, expose you to the love that you’ll feel between this pair of friends since birth—their families, their friends, their story—then maybe the subtle messages will.

AJ is the character more females need to read about and learn from. While an unrequited love is what originally pulled me into the series, I also know that, as a woman, I wanted to share this character with the world.

For more information on Webster, visit her website at lennwebster.com. Find the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or iBooks.

 

KUCD ranked PA’s No. 1 “Best for the Money” Design Program by College Factual

By Shelby Otto
Freeform Editor

KU’s Department of Communication Design has recently been ranked as No.1 on “College Factual” for “Best for the Money” design program in the state of Pennsylvania and No. 12 in the United States.

According to CD department chair and professor, Denise Bosler, this means KU’s CD students are receiving “an excellent education at a very affordable price” in comparison to other universities across the state.

From this vantage point, KU is competing with private universities like Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and widely recognized names like Pennsylvania State University.

The “Best for the Money” ranking is meant to highlight the correlation between quality education and student success versus the cost of going to the university itself. Bosler said the “College Factual” survey takes into account, “what an expected college graduate salary is versus how much they spent for school, the total amount of student loan debt, the program’s diversity breakdown” and many other determining factors.

When asked why KU’s CD program is so successful, Bosler emphasized that more than anything, “One of the things that we hear back from most of our students is how prepared they are.”

According to the press release on KU’s website, CD students are taught “a common foundation of art and design knowledge in their freshman and sophomore years” and are then able to follow that, “building specialized knowledge through upper-level coursework in graphic design, advertising design, illustration and interactive design.”

Since Bosler herself is an alumna of the program and worked in the industry prior to returning to the university, she is able to vouch for this and work that experience into her own educating practices.

According to communication design professor Vicki Meloney, the design field is extremely competitive and it is hard to be successful in if you do not absolutely enjoy what you do.

“We foster that love of design in our students,” she said, also stating that faculty instills “appreciation for visual communication [in students] through out-of-class events,” such as this month’s annual Designathon.

Going into its 14th year, Designathon is an 18- to 24-hour event that allows for faculty, students and alumni to collaborate on a multitude of design projects meant to benefit local not-for-profit organizations and companies.

Each year, the department event receives over 100 students’ participation, almost the entire faculty and anywhere from 15 to 20 alumni. On average, the event works with 35-42 companies and organizations, creating and completing projects that these places would not normally be able to afford.

“Most are local businesses because we like to serve our community. We like to teach the students how to give back,” Bosler said.

“We are most impressed by the quality of design that our students do,” Meloney states. Students put together projects such as posters, logos, brochures and murals during this time.

A prominent example of a Designathon project includes the Keith Haring-inspired mural on the back of the Kutztown Community Library. The event also works to create promotional advertisements, brand material and even web design for local organizations and companies.

In this way, students are able to find a specialization they are interested in without conforming to the tradition of “concentrations,” a practice where students focus on only one specialized topic and receive an education in that field alone, which can often be very limited in such a technologically diverse society.

KU’s design program introduces students to the industry of our contemporary era, where individuals of the trade work in a multiplicity of practices among various teams and groups.

“While it’s an honor to receive this recognition, [professors] in the CD department don’t find it that shocking,” Meloney claims. “We feel like the work we do every day rivals the bigger schools.”

Not only are KUCD students receiving a quality education in accordance with money spent, they are being taught to share that talent, passion and education with the local community, learning how to apply those skills to the real world around them and, finally, being recognized holistically and individually as both an artistic student body and as creative individuals.  

“Our students are successful,” Bosler stated. “That is our goal; that is our ‘why.’”

 

 

Men’s basketball defeats Mansfield 86-61 after second-half rebound

By Kyle Krajewski
Sports Editor

The KU men’s basketball team saw four different players score in the double digits in an 86-61 victory over Mansfield on Feb. 16. After a week’s rest from play following a loss to West Chester the previous Saturday, the Golden Bears were ready to get right back into play and compete for a playoff push.

Prior to the game, redshirt-senior Anthony Lee was honored with a commemorative ball for his 2,000-point milestone in his career as a Golden Bear. He also received a plaque for earning the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Media Pete Nevins Player of the Year award earlier in the week. During the game, Lee led the team with a game-high 29 points as well as 10 rebounds to account for his first double-double of the season. He also completed the game with six assists, three steals and one block.

KU was off to a really slow start in the first half of the game, being down by as much as 15 points (33-18) with about six minutes left in the half. The team managed to go on a 17-5 run and head into the locker room down by just three: 38-35.

To begin the second half, the Golden Bears scored six of the first eight points to take the lead 41-40 early in the half and would never look back. With 51 points in the second half, the team showed dominance over Mansfield, scoring over twice as much as them (23).

Freshman Da’Quan Granberry recorded a personal season-high and career-high of 15 points along with six rebounds. Junior Josh Townsend joined Lee in recording a double-double himself, his second in a row and fifth in the last eight games, with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Facundo Arens was the fourth Golden Bear with double-digits, adding 11 points to the score along with four rebounds and five assists.

Freshman Kyree Generett made his first collegiate start for the Golden Bears and made the most of it as he tallied six points and three assists. Freshman Austin Laughlin and sophomore Kiyon Hardy scored four and three points for KU respectively.

 

Allies to host KU Drag Show

By Emily Hynes
Copy & Line Editor

One of the biggest events Allies of Kutztown University hosts on campus is the KU Drag Show. This will be the third show Allies President Mikaela Wendel has put together.

Additionally, ACE partnered with Allies three years ago, which enabled Allies to make the show even bigger.

“Once ACE stepped in and partnered with us, it really elevated the show. It stopped being just a bunch of college kids having fun and turned it into something bigger. The first year they partnered with us, we raised about $700,” said Wendel.

With the help of ACE, they are able to book major acts, such as Alyssa Edwards, their special guest at last year’s show.

This year’s drag show will be held April 4 at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.

Though the show is free to attend, there will be event supporters requesting donations, and it is suggested attendees donate to the performer.

“The money goes directly to charities that are chosen by our general assembly,” Wendel stated.

Last year, Allies was able to raise $1,000, and the money went to Valley Youth House, which helps at-risk youth, and Lambda Legal, who engage with LGBTQ+ legal issues.

This year, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown was selected as one of the charities. The center’s pride program manager, Ariel Torres, will be performing as Elektra Fearce in the KU Drag Show for the second year.

When asked about future plans for Allies, Wendel said, “I’m really confident in how far we’ve come. We’ve been working hard to be more proactive. We’ve been wanting to offer safe space training to businesses so that they can put the safe space sticker in their window so members of the LGBTQ community can see it and think ‘here is a space I will be accepted.’”

Allies of Kutztown University is an all-inclusive club on campus with a focus on LGBTQ+. The club is also open to straight allies.

The LGBT center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is located in Old Main next to public safety and is open to all.

 

KU equestrian team looks forward to Regionals

By Margaret Hobbs
Recruitment & Retention Manager

Members of KU’s equestrian club team are preparing for Regionals, an annual horse show event, taking place March 30 at Palermo Show Stable.

Several teammates each year compete at show competitions to qualify. So far, for their Western team, Lauren Poole and Angie Pomponio will be competing, and for the English team, Ellie Melanson, the team’s vice president, qualified back in November.

“It’s the bad rides that make you a better rider,” said Melanson. “The horses that are a challenge and make you work are always the ride we remember most.”

Hard work and dedication aren’t the only things motivating teammates to qualify.

Terry Gilroy, president of the equestrian team, said, “All of our riders have achieved great success this season so far. As a team, we are very proud of our regional qualifiers every year and hope it gives them the motivation to go even further.”

With the Western team’s show season finished, their Regional qualifiers are preparing for their rides at the event. The English team, however, still has one show left for the chance to qualify for Regionals at their last seasonal show on March 17.

Aleasha Ettinger, freshman and team treasurer said, “Making it to Regionals is a big deal. It means you’ve worked hard both in your home grounds and in the show ring.”

With weekly riding lessons and meetings, multiple fundraising and community service events, such as a Chipotle fundraiser back in September, the Merchant Trick-or-Treat with the Kutztown community and their plans to do their annual Pop’s Malt Shoppe fundraiser, the team strives for not only good competitions, improvement and individual and team winnings, but also for everyone involved to have fun.

Each year, team members look forward to rewarding themselves for their accomplishments, such as their annual end of the year banquet in May.

“I believe our qualifiers focus on their individual strengths and weaknesses to perform to the best of their ability,” said Ettinger,. “But we are also keeping in mind just to have fun with it. At the end of the day the real reward is that we are all here for the love of horses and the joy we get out of the sport, and the experience and growth as a rider.”

 

Golden Bears record personal bests; qualify for PSACs in track & field

By Kyle Krajewski
Sports Editor

KU hosted the Last Chance Qualifier on Feb. 15 in which both the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed to allow athletes a chance to qualify and push themselves for the upcoming PSAC Championships.

The men’s team saw NCAA Provisional qualifying marks from Xavier Feliciano in the pole vault and EJ Umoh in the weight throw. For the women’s team, Ally Tama and Katie Seegert finished one-two in the pole vault, each earning an NCAA-Provisional mark of 3.65 meters, which ties for second all-time in program history.

For the women’s team, Kelly Groth managed to beat her personal best and previous school-record in the 55-meter by crossing the finish line in 7.22 minutes. Jerenita Sokan finished the 55-meter with a PSAC-time of 7.46 minutes and recorded a PR in the event.

Becca Hemingway jumped a top-10 height in school history with a PR in the long jump by clearing 5.56 meters. Hemingway also won the high jump with a PSAC-qualifying mark of 1.60 meters. Joanne Mason also found herself in the record books with a top-10 time in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.47 minutes.

Ashley Petre finished second in the weight throw and recorded a PSAC-throw of 16.10, while Olivia Morano also finished top-five in the event and recorded a PSAC-mark of 14.79.

For the men’s team, Umoh passed his personal best in the weight throw by over three feet with a top throw of 59 feet and 7 inches. This throw moved Umoh up to second in the all-time list at KU. This same mark ties him for 24th best in all of NCAA Division II this season.

Feliciano cleared 15 feet 11 inches to claim first in the pole vault and landed him in the KU top 10 with the eighth-best mark in program history. David Awurumibe claimed the meet-best mark of 6 feet 4.75 inches in the high jump and tied him for 10th in the all-time list.

Da’Vante Parker (triple jump), Stanley Green (55-meter) and Jose Colon-Cruz (800-meter) were all winners in their respective events at the meet.

For KU as a whole, many athletes already qualified for PSACs in their events. During this meet, nine new qualifiers and 38 new personal bests came as a result and the Golden Bears look poised to compete in postseason events.

 

Words and actions carry lasting effects

By Donovan McCargo

Bias Response Task Force, Co-Chair
Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students

A few days ago, my office received reports regarding several incidents of inappropriate racial references and the use of hate symbols. While these acts remain under investigation, such messages serve to counter our institutional values and commitment to diversity. These acts, regardless of the intent, are not proper for the higher education space and serve no purpose toward the education process.

While freedom of speech and expression are hallmarks of American society and democracy, it is important to remember that, though we may have various beliefs, ideologies and backgrounds, no one deserves to be intentionally demeaned or offended nor subject to racism, bigotry, discrimination or harassment.

Individuals within our community are responsible for these offensive acts, and not just these, but many others—some reported, some not. We should all be mindful that our words and actions carry lasting effects on real people on our campus. I am uncertain that we may be able to end racism, discrimination, bullying or other deeply held beliefs and actions that continue to divide our communities, but I offer the following ideas and advice toward making gains for strengthening our human bond:

1- Hold your friends and others accountable for saying or doing things that are intentionally hurtful toward others.

2- If not for the purpose of educational dialogue or discourse, be mindful and try to refrain from using terms, language and/or images that hurt people.

3- Report incidents of biasi.e. racism, discrimination or harassmentor notify an office listed on the Bias Response website (www.kutztown.edu/deanofstudents).

4- Challenge your deeply held beliefs and ideals by getting to know someone who is different than yourself, either in your class, work, your living space or through getting involved on campus.

5- Be respectful and kind to yourself and others. It is an invaluable exchange for the human heart.

So many of us, myself included, love this place. I pray that KU continues to thrive as a place in which all who work, learn and live here can do so to the fullest extent possible. I wish you all the very best.