KU Coun­cil of Trustees ap­proves hon­orary doc­tor­ate for lo­cal nat­u­ral­ist

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The Kutz­town Univer­sity Coun­cil of Trustees ap­proved on March 2 the award­ing of an hon­orary doc­tor­ate de­gree to Scott Wei­den­saul, which will be pre­sented at the in­sti­tu­tion’s 2017 Spring Com­mence­ment on May 13.

A long-time board mem­ber at nearby Hawk Moun­tain in Kemp­ton, Wei­den­saul is a Penn­syl­va­nia-based nat­u­ral­ist and au­thor. He was a fi­nal­ist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in gen­eral non­fic­tion for his book “Liv­ing on the Wind: Across the Hemi­sphere with Mi­gra­tory Birds.”

Wei­den­saul, who at­tended KU, be­gan his writ­ing ca­reer in 1978 with a weekly nat­u­ral his­tory col­umn in the Pottsville Repub­li­can. He be­came a full-time re­porter for the news­pa­per, a po­si­tion he held un­til 1988 when he left to be­come a free­lance writer.

Wei­den­saul has writ­ten more than two dozen books. His lat­est book is the “Peter­son Ref­er­ence Guide to Owls of North Amer­ica and the Caribbean,” which was pub­lished in 2015.

Wei­den­saul’s writ­ing has ap­peared in dozens of pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Audubon (for which he is con­tribut­ing editor), Bird Watcher’s Di­gest and Na­tional Wildlife, among many oth­ers. He lec­tures widely on con­ser­va­tion and na­ture, and di­rects the or­nitho­log­i­cal pro­grams for Na­tional Audubon’s famed Hog Is­land Cen­ter on the coast of Maine.

Wei­den­saul is also an ac­tive field re­searcher whose work fo­cuses on bird mi­gra­tion. He is a co-di­rec­tor of Project Owl­net, a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort among nearly 125 band­ing and re­search sta­tions across North Amer­ica study­ing owl mi­gra­tion. He has directed a ma­jor ef­fort to study the move­ments of north­ern saw-whet owls, one of the small­est and least-un­der­stood rap­tors in North Amer­ica.

Wei­den­saul co-founded Project SNOW­storm, which uses cut­ting-edge track­ing tech­nol­ogy to study snowy owls, and is a founder of the Crit­i­cal Con­nec­tions project, which is track­ing the mi­gra­tion of birds that breed on Na­tional Park lands in Alaska. He is also part of a con­ti­nen­tal ef­fort to un­der­stand the rapid evo­lu­tion, by sev­eral species of western hum­ming­birds, of a new mi­gra­tory route and win­ter­ing range in the East.

In other busi­ness from the pub­lic ses­sion, the KU Coun­cil of Trustees ap­proved agree­ments of aca­demic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the univer­sity and Ming Chuan Univer­sity of Tai­wan, Tap­wan; and the univer­sity and Ro­dale In­sti­tute of Kutz­town. Sign­ing agree­ments were held with the two or­ga­ni­za­tions over the past two weeks.

Coun­cil ap­proved new in­tern­ship agree­ments for KU students with the Bor­ough of Em­maus, Em­maus, (Geog­ra­phy), Buck­sMont Party Rental, New Bri­tain, Pa. (Sport Man­age­ment), Child and Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vice Pa., Read­ing, (So­cial Work), Christ Church Chil­dren’s Cen­ter, Fleet­wood, (Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion), Edi­son Court, Inc., Doylestown, (So­cial Work), Ex­eter Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment, Read­ing, (Crim­i­nal Jus­tice), Hur­ri­cane Ju­nior Golf Tour, Jack­sonville, Fla. (Sport Man­age­ment), JK En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, LLC, Con­shohocken, (Geog­ra­phy), Ma­cungie Po­lice Depart­ment, Ma­cungie, (Crim­i­nal Jus­tice), Miracle League of the Le­high Val­ley, Sch­necksville, (Sport Man­age­ment), The Sal­va­tion Army of Pottstown, Pottstown, (So­cial Work), Se­cu­rity Guards, Inc., Read­ing, (Com­puter Science), United Sports, Downingtown, (Sport Man­age­ment).

Coun­cil ap­proved con­sent agenda items con­sist­ing of se­lect pur­chases and con­tracts (un­der $100,000 and $100,000 and over).

They also ap­proved the cap­i­tal bud­get, which in­cludes projects slated for 2019 through 2022.

The KU Coun­cil of Trustees next pub­lic board meet­ing is sched­uled for April 13, at 3 p.m.

Scott Wei­den­saul

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