End of Semester Bookstore Events
Dec. 3-14 - Cash for your Stash – Students can sell back their stash of used textbooks for cash in the Bookstore or Dixon Marketplace.
Stash-ing Through the Snow – Holiday Doorbuster Deals at the Bookstore and Dixon Marketplace. Preview the sale items on our website.
Accente' Fashion Accessories – Check out our limited time pop-up store at the Bookstore. Cold weather accessories, hats, scarves, and more. Fresh fashion at fabulous prices!
Dec. 10-14 - Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days – We invite all of our faculty and staff to enjoy 25% off any regularly priced apparel and gifts at the Bookstore during finals week. Free gift bags are also available for any purchases of $10 or more, while supplies last. Please present KU ID at the register to receive your discount. Happy Holidays from KUSSI!
Commencement is Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m., in the O’Pake Fieldhouse. More than 600 baccalaureate and master’s degree candidates are expected to process for the Colleges of Education, Business, Visual & Performing Arts, and Liberal Arts & Sciences.
The commencement ceremonies will again be broadcast online through Ustream.tv, an interactive broadcast platform, enabling the families and friends of the graduates to view the ceremony live through a web connection. A link to the broadcast will be posted on the KU homepage, www.kutztown.edu. Access to the video is free and available around the world.
Graduate student remarks will be provided by Gregory Brooks, who will receive a Master of Education in secondary education and instruction and a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with a physics concentration. Undergraduate remarks will be provided by Chevon Lyne Ocasio, who is earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Faculty comments will be provided by Dr. Dan S. Benson, associate professor of management, College of Business.
Gregory Brooks is earning a Master of Education in secondary education and instruction. In 2010, he received a bachelor’s in physics also from KU. Outside of his studies, Mr. Brooks is an assistant coach for the university’s rugby club and serves as the team’s academic advisor. Mr. Brooks’ student teaching experience is extensive, and he has taught AP Physics, College Prep Physics and Physical Science Investigations. During his undergraduate career at KU, Mr. Brooks worked as a volunteer during move-in weekend, at optimist club events and also volunteered with the university/Borough of Kutztown neighborhood watch, KUBoK. He is dedicated to helping other students with their academic success and has worked as a peer tutor. Following graduation, Mr. Brooks is looking forward to beginning his teaching career.
Chevon (Chevy) Lyne Ocasio is earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Ms. Ocasio began her undergraduate education at Kutztown University in 2011, after graduating from Reading Area Community College with an associate degree in business administration. During her time at KU, Ms. Ocasio held several campus and community leadership positions, including a reign as president and vice president of the Allies of KU. Ms. Ocasio also served as the Lehigh Valley Regional Chairperson for the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition and was a member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance through which she performed in The Vagina Monologues. She has worked as a supplemental instructor for the business statistics course and has volunteered at several KU events, most notably at the Special Olympics, the Science Olympiad and with Friend Inc. A resident of Reading, Pa., Ms. Ocasio has recently completed the H&R Block Income Tax Course and is looking forward to a career in finance.
Dr. Dan S. Benson, associate professor of management, has been with Kutztown University for 32 years. A committed life-long learner, Benson received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received doctorate from Temple University in Higher Educational Leadership. Benson has extensive experience working in administration and university governance. He is acting chair of the Professional Studies department and, for 20 years, served as chair of the Management Department. He has served as the chair of the University Strategic Planning and Resources committee and also chaired the College of Business Strategic Planning Committee. For three years, he served as KU’s MBA coordinator and, for two years, managed the College of Business International Exchange Program. Benson is also active in endeavors outside of teaching; attending and presenting at regional and national conferences. He helped develop and lead the KU American Business Immersion Program from 2006-2008, which exposed MBA students from India to various American businesses.
The Multicultural Center will have the following extended hours during Finals Week.
Monday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m.- midnight
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.- midnight
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.- midnight
Thursday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
The building is wireless, and there are computers and printers for use by the students. Light refreshments will be served during the evening hours of Sunday-Wednesday.
Jeann Cengeri, office manager, Multicultural Center
The Student Recreation Center and Keystone Hall Swimming Pool will be operating under the following schedule during finals week:
Dec. 10-12, Regular Hours of Operation
Dec. 13, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (Pool 8-9 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.)
Dec. 14, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (Pool 8-9 a.m., 12-1 p.m.)
Dec. 15-16, CLOSED
*Last day of evening group exercise classes will be Dec. 13, lunchtime workouts will continue through Dec. 14. We will also have lunchtime group exercise available over winter break beginning on Jan. 2, 2013…more information to follow.
Tracy Turner, office manager, Recreational Services
Mark your calendars, because the new and improved version of Desire2Learn (D2L) is coming on Dec. 15 - As we approach the end of another semester, we are preparing for the next Desire2Learn upgrade from version 9.4 to version 10.0. The version upgrade will happen for all PASSHE Universities beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 15, and ending at approximately 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Below are some of the enhancements you can look forward to:
• Redesigned interface: the new system features a redesigned interface that relocates key elements to the foreground, allowing for a cleaner, more intuitive and user-friendly experience.
• New course navigation bar: course navigation now features grouped items for a more streamlined, student and faculty centered experience.
• New navigation "minibar": a new navigation minibar allows users to move between courses without returning to "My Home".
• Enhancements to the Discussion area: a "Must Post First" option requires students to post a message before being able to participate in or view classmates' posts.
"What's New" in D2L 10.0 demonstration sessions have been scheduled for the following dates/times (please note these are not hands-on sessions).
• Dec. 12, 9-9:45 a.m. (Beekey 209); 1-1:45 p.m. (Beekey 109)
• Dec. 13, 10-10:45 a.m. (Boehm 107); 11-11:45 a.m. (Boehm 107)
• Dec. 14, 9-9:45 a.m. (Beekey 209); 1-1:45 p.m. (Beekey 209)
Please RSVP directly to Bo Zigner, firstname.lastname@example.org or x6-5828.
Bo Zigner, manager, Office of Distance Education