Daily Brief

April 14, 2021

Arial view of Keystone Field and South Campus.

SUMMER CAMPS AND CONFERENCES SET TO RETURN TO KU
Kutztown University will host in-person summer events, day camps and residential camps to both internal and external groups during the Summer 2021 season (May 9 through Aug. 7). Health and wellness protocols have been created to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Contact KU's Office of Conference Services for more information at 610-683-1359 or conferenceservices@kutztown.edu.
     Office of Conference Services

Sculpture by Tip Toland, an award-winning sculptor of hyper-realistic ceramic figures.

VISITING FIGURATIVE CERAMIC ARTIST TIP TOLAND
Demonstration of sculpting a bust, 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 21. Artist Lecture at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 22. Tip Toland is an award-winning sculptor of hyper-realistic ceramic figures whose work is subtly autobiographical: within a frozen moment, teeming with humanity, exists a vessel for her thoughts and feelings. Contact kuclayclub@gmail.com for information.
     Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Department of Art

Logo of KU Composition Conference: New Normals, 2021

KUTZTOWN COMPOSITION CONFERENCE
Come out and celebrate student writing at the KUCC, and encourage your students to attend. Panels run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, via Zoom. See asynchronous panels and the live program schedule at https://research.library.kutztown.edu/compconf/2021/Panels/.
     Sandra M. Leonard, Department of English

WEATHER

Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger

Low pressure moves up the East Coast and will bring a risk of showers and rain by the afternoon hours. High temperature in the mid-60s. Winds southwest at 5-10 mph. Rainfall less than 0.10 of an inch.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PCARD RECONCILIATION
Before the 15th of each month, please complete the following to reconcile your p-card:
- Log into WORKS.
- Upload receipts for every transaction.
- Make any changes to the cost center and/or GLA.
- Sign off on the transaction.
Once you sign off, it will go to your approver. It will then go to the Office of Accounts Payable for the final audit before it goes to budget. Thank you.
     Mary Vink, Office of Procurement

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE PROCEDURES: TAX EXEMPTION FORM
Please continue to provide the Pa. Sales Tax Exemption form when completing business with vendors in the state of Pennsylvania for proper invoicing. The Pa. Sales Tax Exemption certificate for Kutztown University can be located on the Accounts Payable website at: https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/accounts-payable/electronic-forms.html. Thank you.
     Office of Accounts Payable

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE PROCEDURES
Check Requisition forms should be utilized for travel candidates and student reimbursements only. All other expenses should use a pre-approved Kutztown University Purchase Order, Service Purchase Contract or Purchasing Card. Conference fees should be entered in the Travel Management System. Please contact apinvoice@kutztown.edu for any questions. Thank you.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/accounts-payable.html
     Office of Accounts Payable

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Staff and faculty, please submit all travel request and travel expense reports through the Travel Management System available in the ESS Portal for reimbursement. This includes conference fees for virtual conferences. The use of all overnight and non-overnight carbon forms has been discontinued. Reference guides for the TMS are available on the Accounts Payable Overnight and Non-Overnight travel websites. Additional questions can be directed via email to accounts payable at apinvoice@kutztown.edu.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/accounts-payable.html
     Denise Spease, Office of Accounts Payable

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS AND THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS
The Department of Social Work announces Alicia Chico, LSW, will defend the Doctor of Social Work dissertation, "School Social Workers and Threat Assessment Teams: Exploring Roles, Perceptions, and Outcomes," 1 p.m., Thursday, April 15, via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 924 6433 8073 Passcode: bkFNUXoyOUh2TDVVSjJhYUZOWXN3UT09
     Janice Gasker, Department of Social Work

VALUE PLACED ON SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK: A STUDY

The Department of Social Work announces Jennifer Marshall, LSW, will defend the Doctor of Social Work dissertation, "Awareness of and Value Placed on School Social Work: A Study of Pennsylvania’s Public School Administrators," 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, via Zoom
Meeting ID: 844 2677 6666 Passcode: 6V39fk
     John Vafeas, Department of Social Work

APRIL 21 BLOOD DRIVE
Blood supplies are low in our area due to COVID reducing the number of drives. The drive is open to the public. Returning and first-time donors are welcome. COVID mitigation measures will be in place. Appointment times available noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, O'Pake Field House. Pre-register for your time slot. https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81783
      Jerry Schearer, Community Outreach Center

2021 OUT OF THE DARKNESS CAMPUS WALK
Get your walking shoes on and your team ready for Kutztown University's seventh Annual Out of the Darkness Walk. Kutztown University's NAMI KU Chapter has partnered with Penn State Berks Campus for a "virtual walk" which will take place Sunday, April 25. A walk ceremony with participation from students and faculty representing both campuses will be held 3 p.m., via Zoom. Resources and information for students and community members will be provided during our ceremony. All proceeds from this event benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Hope walks here in Berks County at Kutztown and Penn State. https://bit.ly/3lWOdUl
     Patricia Brenner, Counselor Education/NAMI KU

UNIVERSITY SENATE AT-LARGE POSITIONS

The following individuals were elected to serve at At-Large Faculty Senators effective August 2021: Jennifer Schlegel and Pierette Kulpa. The following individuals were elected to serve at At-Large Professional Staff Senators effective August 2021: Elyse Levandowski, Christine Price and Amanda Garcia. Please join me in offering them congratulations.
      Cara Cotellese, University Senate

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

April 14

9 a.m.

Kutztown Composition Conference
Zoom

April 15

1 p.m.

Alicia Chico, LSW, dissertation defense
Zoom

April 15

7 p.m.

Visiting Ceramic Artist Lecture with Mac McCusker
Virtual

April 15

7 p.m.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Upending Racism”
Register

April 16

6 p.m.

Full Spectrum Exhibition Reception
Zoom

April 17

8:45 a.m.

Children’s Literature Conference
Zoom

April 19

2 p.m.

Nicole M. Wack Ed.D. dissertation defense
Virtual

April 19

6 p.m.

Big Art Day
Zoom

April 19

7 p.m.

Music Mondays
KutztownUnivMusic

April 20

Noon

Kids and Money – PSECU Webinar
Register

April 21

Noon

Blood Drive
Register here.

April 21

1 p.m.

Jennifer Marshall, LSW, dissertation defense
Zoom Meeting ID: 844 2677 6666 Passcode: 6V39fk

April 21

4 p.m.

Visiting Artist Tip Toland demonstration
Zoom

April 22

1 p.m.

Visiting Artist Tip Toland lecture
Zoom

Date

Time

Event

April 14

4 p.m.

WLAX vs. Bloomsburg
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)

April 16

noon

BB vs. East Stroudsburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

April 17

1 p.m.

SB vs. East Stroudsburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

NICOLE M. WACK ED.D DISSERTATION DEFENSE
The College of Education announces Nicole M. Wack will defend her Doctor of Education dissertation, "Bridging barriers in inclusive classrooms: Avenues for communication between general education teachers and families,” 2 p.m., Monday, April 19, via Zoom. Visit our Ed.D. dissertation page for more information: http://tinyurl.com/15j26gx4.
     Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

EMELI SOSA INTERVIEW ON 'COOL JAZZ WEEKLY'
KUR's internationally-syndicated cool jazz radio show “Cool Jazz Weekly” interviewed KU's own Emeli Sosa of the Kutztown University Jazz Ensemble. If you missed the airing, you can listen on demand here.
     Mike Regensburger, KUR 

WINDSOR & NEWTON PROFESSIONAL PAINTS 75% OFF MSRP
Shop and save 75% off all professional Windsor & Newton acrylic/oil/watercolor paints.
In-store only; while supplies last.
      Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION TRAINING
The Institutional Climate Committee, a committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, would like to take this opportunity to support the recent decision of the State System's Executive Leadership Group, which includes our KU leadership, to offer Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for all members of our university community.

Data from Kutztown University’s recent Culturally Engaging Campus Environments Survey reflect a need for our campus community to coalesce around common language and understandings of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and to reaffirm the common goals, vision, and mission set forth in the DEI action items outlined by Dr. Hawkinson in his email to the community.
ICC sees this type of training as a critical beginning step toward meeting our campus goals.

Finally, we encourage evaluating the training’s effectiveness through data collection and analysis. The ICC is committed to being part of this important process.
     Institutional Climate Committee

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

These are the non-instructional positions open on our online job board at http://employment.kutztown.edu (Menu to OOC postings):
     Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

Job Number

Job Title

Job Term

Advertise To

2021-0025

NEW - New Student Orientation/Veterans Services Secretary (internal)

Full Time

4/26/21

2021-0024

Assistant Director, DSO - Assistive and Computer Technologies

Full Time

4/23/21

2021-0022

Assistant Director of Admissions Hispanic/Latino Recruitment

Full Time

4/18/21

2021-0006

Assistant Director Facilities Energy Services and Utilities

Full Time

Continuous

Asst Coaches

2021 Assistant Athletic Coaches

Temporary Part Time

5/31/21

Custodial Pool

2020-21 Custodial Worker 1 Pool

Full Time

Continuous

Clerical Pool

2020-21 Clerical Pool

Full Time

Continuous

OOC 2021-003

SAP Business Analyst for Human Resources/Payroll

Full Time

4/18/21

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

Non-discrimination Statement

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 email at pena@kutztown.edu 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 email at OCR@ed.gov.