Daily Brief

April 26, 2021

Rectangular image: on the left on gold background are the words: Thomas Messina, original artwork, nominated by Holly Tienken, Communication Design. The right of the image is maroon background with a headshot of Messina and an image of a silver medallion in the upper right corner.

CHAMBLISS SILVER MEDAL: THOMAS MESSINA
Thomas Messina, Blandon, Pa., graduated in December with a degree in communication design. He is awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Silver Medal in the category of original artwork of high quality. Messina has earned awards in multiple international competitions for his artwork. He earned second place against more than 200 international submissions in the 2020 Society of Publication Designers Student Competition for a two-page editorial spread, earning a summer mentorship with Michael Wilson, creative director of Made Visible Studio, along with a cash prize. Read More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

Image of daffodils with blue sky and Old Main Clock Tower in background.

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY HONOR SOCIETY ANNOUNCES AWARD RECIPIENTS
Every semester, Kutztown University’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success awards nine individuals for their dedication toward student success and growth. The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society.

The Excellence in Service to Students Award recipients are: Erica Stratton, Office of the Dean of Students; Donray Bennett, Admissions; and Jesus Pena, Division of Equity and Compliance. The Excellence in Teaching Award recipients are: Dr. Kurt Friehauf, Physical Sciences; Dr. Phillip Reed, Physical Sciences; and Dr. Colleen Clemens, English. The Honorary Membership Award recipients are: Baron Vanderburg, Admissions; Laura Fahy-Leo, Admissions; and Dr. Lisa Weckerle, Communication Studies.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

Jamie Sterner's design for Goodwill Bag. Circular design with the words I Love Goodwill in blue bubble letters in middle of several miscellaneous items that may be found at Goodwill stores.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN STUDENT WINS CONTEST FOR GOODWILL BAGS
Kutztown University senior Jamie Sterner had her design selected as the winner of Goodwill Keystone Area's Bag Design Contest. Her winning design will be featured in Goodwill's reusable bag collection in fall 2021 in their retail stores. In addition to being featured on their bag, Sterner receives a $200 gift card to a Goodwill Keystone Area retail store, will have her artwork featured on the Goodwill website and displayed in their spring newsletter. Sterner, a native of Muncy, Pa., and Muncy High School, is a dean's list student and is set to graduate this May with a degree in communication design.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

WEATHER

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

Tranquil conditions as high pressure settles into the region. A little on the cool side thanks to northwestern flow. High temperatures in the upper-50s. Winds northwest at 10-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN MEMORY OF DR. THOMAS A. SEAY
It is with deep sadness that we inform the Kutztown community of the passing of Dr. Thomas A. Seay on April 18. Tom was an emeritus faculty in APSCURF and professor in the Department of Counselor Education for 33 years before retiring in 2006. Tom helped found the Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family program, and he was a longtime representative advocate of APSCUF. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Tom’s memory to the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004, or online at www.aclu.org or to the Last Chance Rescue, 9 Beck Road, Quakertown, PA 18951.
     Department of Counselor Education and Student Affairs

OUTDOOR CLAY CLUB EXHIBITION AND BOTANY CLUB SALE

Come view ceramics created by current ceramics students and plants for sale in a socially-distanced exhibition, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 26, Sharadin Loading Dock 2. Contact kuclayclub@gmail.com for information. https://www.kutztownclayclub.org
     Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

ICC CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY OPEN FORUM
The second Institutional Climate Committee open forum to present a summary, analysis and lead an open discussion of the data from the student, staff and faculty “Culturally Engaging Campus Climates” surveys will be held 3 p.m., today, Monday, April 26, via Zoom. All are invited. Please see the ICC website to preview our Executive Summary.
     Christopher Weiler, Institutional Climate Committee

FDI APRIL 2021 DISCUSSION GIVEN BY JAMES JACKSON
The Frederick Douglass Institute presents the April 2021 discussion: "The Influence of Freemasonry in Forming Black Racial Identity: A Cultural and Historical Perspective," given by Dr. James Jackson, 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 27, via Zoom. Please join us for our final discussion for the 2020-2021 academic year.
      Kim Shively, Frederick Douglass Institute

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet remotely on Thursday, April 29. 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 11:30 a.m.
- Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 917 0127 7191
Passcode: 244625
Dial: 646-876-9923
- Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 935 0919 3766
Passcode: 572185
Dial: 646-876-9923
     Office of the President

UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING
The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m., Thursday, April 29, via Zoom: Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and April 29, 2021, SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.
     Steve Lem, University Senate

FINAL BLOOD DRIVE OF SEMESTER - MAY 5
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our drives this year. Our April drive was a little short, so we are hoping to fill every time slot for our May drive. Please consider donating if you can noon to 7 p.m., Monday, May 5, in the Student Recreation Center, west gym. Please share this information with friends and family. Pre-Register: https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81784
     Jerry Schearer, Community Outreach Center

JOIN THE KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMER'S COUNCIL

I am inviting staff and faculty to join the Programmer's Council. The purpose of the council is to improve communication, foster collaboration and potentially create new events among the university’s departments and organizations. The council encourages a diverse and comprehensive program calendar, consistent with the university’s academic values and departmental missions, while promoting fiscal responsibility. For more information please email blichar@kutztown.edu.
      Nykolai Blichar, Office of Student Involvement and Community Outreach Center

FDI ANNOUNCES ANNUAL MUSIC COMPOSITION WINNERS
The Frederick Douglass Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the "Celebrating Black Female Composers" Music Composition Contest for 2020-21:
– First prize goes to Aaron Springer.
– Second prize to the Center City Drive Band.
– Third prize to Khalid Akeel-Guiden.
– Honorable mentions for Jodi Dorsett and Ishmail Ebo.
– High school prize winner is Anna Gutzler (Wilson H.S.).
Normally, there is a concert to celebrate the musicians and their works, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are presenting links to their compositions through the FDI website. Congratulations to all the winners.
     Kim Shively, Frederick Douglass Institute

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR COVID VACCINATION

Employees requesting administrative leave to get their COVID vaccine should note "COVID vaccine" in the comments section of the leave request and provide proof of vaccine to Human Resources. Please direct any related questions to AskHR.
     Jennifer Weidman, Human Resources

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

April 26

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clay Club and Botany Club Outdoor Sale
Sharadin Loading Dock 2

April 26

3 p.m.

ICC Campus Climate Survey Open Forum
Zoom

April 27

11 a.m.

FDI April 2021 Discussion Given by James Jackson
Zoom

April 27

4 p.m.

UGRC Faculty Mentorship Awards Ceremony
101 Academic Forum, Zoom

April 28

5-7 p.m.

COM and SMS Senior Showcase
Virtual

April 28

7:30 p.m.

Arts Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Class
Zoom

April 29

1:30 p.m.

Council of Trustees: Committee Meetings
Zoom Meeting ID: 917 0127 7191 Passcode: 244625

April 29

3 p.m.

Council of Trustees: Plenary Session
Zoom Meeting ID: 935 0919 3766 Passcode: 572185

April 29

3 p.m.

ICC Campus Climate Survey Open Forum
Zoom

April 29

4 p.m.

University Senate Meeting
Zoom Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956

April 30

6 p.m.

KU Presents! Performance
Schaeffer Lawn - rear

Date

Time

Event

April 26

2:30 p.m.

M/W TEN vs. Harford
Keystone Courts

April 28

4 p.m.

WLAX vs. West Chester
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)

UGRC FACULTY MENTORSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Faculty Advisory Board and the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects invite you to the first annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Faculty Mentorship Awards Ceremony. The four awards (2 STEM and 2 non-STEM) recognize excellence in faculty engagement with undergraduate researchers. Each award carries $500 in professional development funds. The ceremony will take place in person 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in 101 Academic Forum, with the option to join virtually using this Zoom link.
     Lynn M Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity

SSHE OPEN ENROLLMENT
Open enrollment for non-represented, nurses, faculty and police is April 19-30. If you do not have changes, no action is required during open enrollment. View the Open Enrollment website for important health plan and employee premium information for the 2021-22 plan year. Please reach out to Jeanette Forster with any questions.
     Jeanette Forster. Office of Human Resources

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.