April 16, 2020
CAMPUS UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT HAWKINSON
It has now been one month since my message went out to our university community announcing the many changes we have undertook to move nearly all our functions online or through some form of virtual communication. Nearly all our offices are open and we are continuing to serve our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and broader community to the best of our ability. Be assured that people are working around the clock to continue our services and fulfill our mission of providing a college education to our students. Let me summarize many of the actions taken so far (read online).
Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University
A mix of clouds and sun with an afternoon shower possible from a disturbance. Chilly highs in the mid-40s. West winds a little gusty at times.
KU CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION CENTER
The most up-to-date information is at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo.
– Administrative offices remain open utilizing email and phone communication.
– Remote online learning continues through summer sessions.
– Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Corona Virus Information site.
Office of University Relations
DR. R. CHAD BROWN
Please join me in congratulating R. Chad Brown on the successful defense of his dissertation, “I Understand Things Differently: The Influence of Atypical Social Development Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education,” Tuesday, April 14. Brown will graduate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology and Technology. Way to go Chad.
Andrea Kirshman, Retention and Student Success
WELCOME MELINDA QUIÑONES NEW MCC DIRECTOR
Melinda Quiñones started as the director of the Multicultural Center Monday, April 13. She has her bachelor’s and MBA from DeSales University. She has served DeSales as the assistant director of Multicultural Recruitment, associate director of Enrollment Management, and recently served as the director of Residence Life for six years. Quiñones is currently pursuing her doctorate at East Stroudsburg University in Higher Education and Leadership.
Jerry Schearer, Office of Inclusion and Outreach
ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES OPEN FORUM
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences welcomes candidates for the position of associate dean. Open forums to meet the candidates will be held as follows. The candidate’s CV, links to the Zoom meeting, and instructions for SSO Zoom authentication can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/liberal-arts-and-sciences/associate-dean-search.html.
– Candidate A: 11-11:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 21.
– Candidate B: 11-11:50 a.m., Thursday, April 23.
– Candidate C: 11-11:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 28.
Karen Rauch, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, search committee
TRANS AND NONBINARY SUPPORT GROUP
The GLBTQ Resource Center is offering trans and nonbinary support group online via zoom weekly to KU students who identify with this community. It is being held 7 p.m., Fridays through the end of the semester. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the meeting ID and password.
Christine Price, GLBTQ Center
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet remotely Thursday, April 16.
There will be no physical location for the meeting as a safety precaution given the current COVID-19 crisis and current social distancing guidelines.
– An Executive Session will be held at noon.
– Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 713 866 698
– Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 333 226 512
Office of the President
There are no face-to-face events planned at this time.
KNAPPENBERGER STEPPED INTO UNIQUE LEADERSHIP ROLE THIS SEASON
Hanging around the field during a collegiate softball game, you may hear a lot of cheers and chants and instruction from both coaches and players. But at a Kutztown University softball game, the voice of soft-spoken senior Taylor Knappenberger (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) is one that may get lost in the shuffle. Read More.
FOURTH CET ZOOM SESSION ABOUT ONLINE TEACHING
The CET, partnered with the Office of Distance Education, presents our fourth Zoom session about online teaching, "Checking in: Online Teaching Show and Share," presented by Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer. This Zoom session can be accessed through the link https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/390059274 at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 16. Everyone is welcome. Participation certificates will be provided. Take care, stay healthy and be safe.
Yun (Amy) Lu, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching
POINTS OF PRIDE: MARCH, APRIL
From new scholarships to our first fully-online undergraduate degree, Kutztown University has much to be proud of. Check out our updated Points of Pride from March and April. https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/points-of-pride.html
Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications
MUSIC STUDENTS GO DIGITAL
Kutztown University's talented students are holding virtual recitals from their homes, and we'll share them with the campus community as part of a #MusicMonday series on social media. Check out this first video from Adrianna Howden, who recorded her performance of composer Alexander Scriabin's Etude in C-sharp minor Op. 2, No. 1. Thanks to KU's Department of Music for sharing these great examples of student work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGwXN0FwbI4
Leanne Recla, Office of Marketing
STANDOUT ONLINE MOCK INTERVIEWS
StandOut provides the opportunity for Kutztown University students to practice interviewing using a webcam and microphone. Students can record a practice interview and submit it to the Career Development Center to get feedback. www.kutztown.edu/standout
Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center
VIRTUAL SELLBACK NOW AVAILABLE
KU Campus Store is proud to launch Virtual Sellback Wednesday, April 8, through Friday, May 22. Hosted by Nebraska Book Company, students can conveniently view their textbook sellback quote online and receive a prepaid shipping label. Click the link for more information: https://kubstore.com/textbook-sellback.
Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY’S (VIRTUAL) PLANETARIUM AND (REMOTE) OBSERVATORY
It was great to see so many of you Saturday night on Zoom. It was a lot of fun to chase down this comet and take more pictures of it. Here's a set of images we took that shows the comet breaking apart as it approaches the Sun: http://faculty.kutztown.edu/preed/data/ATLAS_break-up.png. We will have the (virtual) Planetarium and (remote) Observatory open on Zoom again soon. Stay tuned for details.
Phill Reed, Department of Physical Sciences
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