Office of Student Union
The McFarland Student Union fosters a welcoming atmosphere that enhances diversity, student life, and academic experience.
As the hub of the Kutztown University campus, the McFarland Student Union fosters a welcoming atmosphere that enhances diversity, student life, and the academic experience, while maintaining a reputation of quality customer service that supports our internal community and campus guests.
The MSU features Starbucks and the Cub Café dining hall which contributes to bringing together students and staff on a daily basis for food, fun, and interaction in a comfortable atmosphere. The Bear's Den which is where Starbucks is located has helped create a sense of community that was long absent from the union previously. The union prides itself on being a well-rounded facility that offers students and staff many opportunities for formal and informal involvement and services.
Besides the dining hall and Starbucks, the building features an auditorium, three art galleries, a computer lab, an outdoor seating space, and a number of meeting rooms (which help with the union's 3,000 meetings per year). The union has several lounges, including a fireside study lounge and commuter lounge, which are convenient resources and relaxation spots for commuting students during the day. It also houses a credit union and the university campus store and is home to many administrative offices and student organization offices.
Student Roles in the MSU
Student employees play a tremendously important role in the union's operation. Students are responsible for coordinating facility set-ups, opening and closing the facility, managing weekend operations, running the information center, computer facilities, providing production and audio-visual services, and graphic design services. Additionally, the Student Union Advisory Board, composed of students, administrators, and a faculty representative, develop and create policies, which the university vice president and the president than approve.
Leah Cassellia, Sr. Director of McFarland Student Union and Student Involvement
Amanda Garcia, Assistant Director of MSU Operations, Greek Life, and Commuter Student Services
Scott Stamm, Technical Services Coordinator
Laurel Walker, MSU Office Coordinator
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
274 McFarland Student Union Building
Kutztown, PA 19530
The McFarland Student Union employs over 20 students in a variety of part-time positions. Student employees enjoy a flexible schedule and convenient location to work on campus. Students work in the student union seven days a week in the semester and are the chief operating workforce of the union. On average, employees work approximately 10 hours per week and 4 – 6 weekends per semester.
Students are encouraged to apply any time during the semester; however, the bulk of the hiring occurs towards the end of each semester in preparation for the upcoming one. All new hires are trained a week before the start of the semester. Weekly and monthly staff meetings are held to provide updated information and additional training to student staff.
Student Employee and Leadership Opportunities:
Information Desk Assistant: Assists customers on the phone and in-person with various service requests.
Building Assistant: Opens the McFarland Student Union, prepares rooms for events and conducts building rounds.
Building Manager: Manages student employees and operations on weekends/evenings; closes the McFarland Student Union.
Production Crew Assistant: Provides sound, lighting and audio-visual support for performances.
Graduate Assistant: Oversees various operational, programmatic and supervisory functions of the building.
Graduate Office Assistant: Manages the daily functions of the office (*not a graduate assistantship).
To apply for a Student Employee position:
- Submit an application on Engage.
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate a solid work ethic, high academic standards and teamwork.
- If you are selected for an interview, a representative will contact you to schedule an appointment.
- All positions require a minimum of a 2.25 cumulative GPA, except the Building Manager position, which requires a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Building assistants and building managers must be able to lift and move furniture and equipment between 35-50 lbs.
Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at email@example.com or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at OCR@ed.gov.
Testimonials from Student Workers
"The MSU gives me and my fellow co-workers the correct tools to work as a successful team, and I could not be happier with the people that I work with. We are a family, and if it wasn't for them, my amazing graduate assistants, and my incredible boss, I don't know what I would be doing." —Nate Draper, Building Manager
"Working at the MSU has made me feel like a real part of the Kutztown community. I've learned so much about the university, and everyone on the staff brings their own unique strengths to make us a great team!" —Christina Baker, Information Desk Worker
"Working at the MSU has allowed me to learn new receptionist skills and has helped develop my teamwork skills. As a staff, we all work together cohesively so it's always great to know that you're supported. This position is a great opportunity and has helped me develop skills I will need in the workforce." —Breanna Sylvester, Information Desk Worker
"For me, working at the student union has given me a better work ethic and attitude. I'm fortunate to work with such a great staff." —Donovan Levine, Building Manager & Production Assistant
Please stop by the MSU Information Center for ticket sales information.
Information Center Box Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium Box Office Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
More information on Schaeffer
Advisory Board Meetings and Minutes
Any questions regarding the MSU Advisory Board Meeting Minutes Please Contact the MSU Operations Office at MSU@Kutztown.edu or Call 610-683-4087
Policies and Procedures
Click the Links to download and view pdfs of our policies and procedures at the MSU.
Forms and Applications