Office of Student Union
The McFarland Student Union fosters a welcoming atmosphere that enhances diversity, student life, and the 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 then approve.
Amanda Garcia, Assistant Director of MSU Operations, Greek Life, and Commuter Student Services
Heather Pafchek, Operations Event Services Administrative Assistant
Emmanuel Douge, Technical Services Coordinator (Part-Time) and Graduate Assistant MSU Operations
Maria Mendolia, Graduate Assistant of Greek Life and Commuter Services
Sophia Valeriano, Graduate Assistant MSU Operations
Kean MacLelland, Graduate Assistant MSU Operations
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
274 McFarland Student Union Building
Kutztown, PA 19530
MSU Student Staff Directory
Information Center Assistant
Graphic Designer and Webmaster
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.
Graphic Designer and Webmaster: Designs advertisement pieces for the MSU, MSU Art Galleries, and elements for the MSU Website. Maintains the MSU website by keeping the information on it current.
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:
- Download an application or pick up an application at the Information Desk or in McFarland Student Union Information Desk
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
"Working at the MSU has given me the opportunity to be a leader and work on a team. Working with the staff this semester has given me plenty of learning opportunities, and I look forward to continuing to work next year." —Tyler Eberts, Building Assistant
"Working at the MSU has taught me strong teamwork skills that can be applied in everyday life. My co-workers are great friends of mine. This job has also taught me how to give constructive criticism. It is a wonderful job and I couldn't imagine working anywhere else! —Haley Schupp, Information Desk Worker
"Working at the MSU has been a very colorful experience. The staff are always working to provide help to others and when your feeling down, they joke to bring you back up." —Rachel Zuppo, Art Gallery Coordinator
Tickets can be purchased for various performances and cultural events. Please stop by the MSU Information Center for ticket sales information. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check, however, credit cards cannot be used.
Information Center Box Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium Box Office Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
More information on Schaeffer
Advisory Board and Grant Program
Purpose and Role:
The McFarland Student Union (MSU) Advisory Board recommends and reviews issues related to policies, procedures, programming, and facility management to the Director of the Student Union, who in turn has decision-making authority regarding the use of the MSU.
The MSU Advisory Board was established by the University President as a means to provide student participation in the decision making and governance process for the Union. The Advisory Board, through the Director of the McFarland Student Union and the Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance, recommends policies and procedures for consideration by the University President. Specifically, the University President charges the Advisory Board to:
- Advise the Director regarding the nature of programs, services, and activities; and allocation of physical space in the McFarland Student Union to ensure the needs of students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholder interests are served.
- Assist the Director in an advisory capacity in reviewing, formulating, and recommending space allocation policies, procedures, and decisions relative to McFarland Student Union operations for approval to the President of the University.
The Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from the following organizations: Student Government Board, Association of Campus Events, Off-Campus Advisory Board, Residence Hall Association, Greek Council, Office of Student Union and Involvement Services, Student Activities, New Student Programs, Conference Services, Physical Facilities, Administrative Services, Off-Campus Student Life, and the Division of Student Services and Campus Life.
Advisory Board Grant Program
A Matching Grant Program for the evening, weekend and diversity programming in the McFarland Student Union.
Who Is Eligible to Receive Funding?
- Student Organizations
- Individual student(s) (graduate or undergraduate)
- Administrative Offices
- Academic Departments
Types of Programs Eligible
- Programs that are open to the University community, held in the McFarland Student Union, and support its mission are eligible to receive individual grants.
- Programs must be student-centered and involve student attendance and/or participation.
- Programs are not to be profit-driven. Fund-raisers must provide the campus community with opportunities for attendance/participation, and funds generated must be used for the benefit of the entire community.
- Groups requesting funds are eligible for up to $250.00 per event, per year.
- Programming funds will be considered on a matching basis of up to 50%.
- For example: If the total costs of Group ABC's program are $400, then they would be eligible for a $200 grant; If the total cost of their event is $800.00, then the ABC group is eligible for the maximum grant of $250.00.
- All funds allocated must be used in adherence to the University's collection and accounting policies.
Funding Process and Policies
- Groups requesting a grant must demonstrate a clear need for consideration of funding.
- Grant money must be used directly for the production of the program: honorariums, travel expenses, publicity, production, refreshments, etc.
- Requesting groups must fill out an application and a complete budget outline and submit it to the Student Union Operations Office (MSU 274). A copy of any pertinent contracts and price quotations must accompany budget outlines.
- A request for funding must be submitted approximately 4 weeks in advance of the anticipated program.
- The McFarland Student Union Advisory Board will review grant requests at monthly board meetings.
*Priority will be given to groups sponsoring programs that are held on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings and support and promote cultural diversity.*
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
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