Programs & Activities
There are so many options to choose from that will add to your on-campus living experience and many opportunities to get involved in the life of Kutztown's campus. For more information, please contact the Residence Life Office.
Residence Life Annual Events
Welcome Week Programs
During Welcome Week, there are a variety of meetings, programs, and activities sponsored or run by Residence Life.
8am-4pm: Bear Essentials Marketplace (DMZ)
- Purchase plants, posters, and potentially other items for your room you may have forgotten to bring or planned to get after you moved in, conveniently located on the DMZ under the big tent.
- Meet with a variety of offices on campus to learn about the resources and opportunities available to you as a Golden Bear.
5-7pm: Building and floor meetings (Residence Hall)
- These meetings introduce residents to the staff of the building and to review some important information regarding living in the residence halls.
9pm: RHA's Opening Weekend Evening Activities (DMZ)
- These activities provide students an opportunity to meet each other and have fun together on their first night on campus.
9:30pm: Hall council info meetings (Residence Hall Rec Room)
4-7pm: Kick Off Carnival & Dinner (DMZ)
7-9pm: Grill Out Chill Out (Tailgate Plaza Grills and Basketball Courts)
7-9pm: Bears at Night - Bingo (South Dining Hall)
For more information on campus events for Welcome Week, check out Engage.
Golden Bear Blitz
The Golden Bear Blitz is an initiative that focuses on the success and retention of KU students. Representatives from multiple offices across campus as well as members of the faculty will be on hand both days to assist students. The concept of the Blitz is that of one stop shopping. Participating offices and faculty will be able to answer questions and provide services to students on site. If they cannot meet the need of the student in the moment, the faculty and staff will set up an appointment for the student to come meet with them in their actual office space.
Find out more information here: Golden Bear Blitz
Bears at Night
Bears at Night events occur on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights throughout the semester. Click here for the Bears at Night Fall 2019 calendar or see below:
In Living Color with a Twist
Dancing with the Dead (Silent Disco)
Donut Stress Craft Night
Halloween themed Nailed it
Fall Fun Fest
Back in My Day (4 square and Matball)
HARLOween is an event each October that invites the families of Kutztown to bring their children to campus to participate in a variety of Halloween themed children's activities, including trick or treating through Lehigh Hall. Additional activities can be found in the basements of Lehigh Hall and Berks Hall.
2019's HARLOween will be Sunday, October 20th 2-5pm in Berks and Lehigh Halls. To sign up for trick or treating, or to donate children's hats/gloves or monetary donations for CONCERN of Berks County, stop by the front desk in Lehigh Hall.
Deck The Halls
The Sunday before Finals week is Deck The Halls day when each hall decorates their lobby or other designated common area in a theme. That evening President Hawkinson and the RHA executive board will visit each hall. The President will deliver cookies to each hall and the RHA executive board will judge each hall's decorations to determine a winner for the Deck the Halls contest. Information on rules and judging criteria will be announced at a hall council meeting in November.
Bearfest is one of Kutztown University's longest standing traditions. Bearfest is a multi-day event toward the end of the academic year that is planned and run by a committee of students who start meeting in the Fall.
Bearfest 42 will be April 22-25, 2020. For more information on Bearfest, such as how to join the committee or contribute to the event, click here.