Daily Brief

April 27, 2022

Kutztown University welcome sign with daffodils growing in the foreground

Administrative Professionals Day; Thank you from President Hawkinson

Today is Administrative Professionals Day and I want to thank the many administrative professionals at our university for the wonderful service they provide to our students, faculty and staff. As we deal with this pandemic, it is important to recognize your contributions in helping us to fulfill our mission. As administrative professionals, you provide the fundamental attributes that give structure to the day, and you provide the frame to many actions. You are the foundation of your department or unit, the cog that holds the wheel together, the water that primes the well.
     Especially on a college campus, the administrative professional is the one most likely to have the institutional history, experience and dedication to ensure the office runs smoothly. You are often selfless in your commitment to help students, supervisors, peers and others. As professionals, and caring people, you will rise up to face adversity and not hesitate to put in the extra effort to complete a task or project. This university is stronger because of the good work you do. Thank you, for all you do for Kutztown University.

Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, President

Group of students smiling in front of a smart board with a slide that says AST 242: Exoplanets

KU Astronomers Attend CPC Astronomers' Meeting

Kutztown University was well-represented at the 42nd annual Central Pennsylvania Consortium (CPC) Astronomers’ Meeting with a diverse group of KU astronomers. Lauren Murphy (B.S. Physics/Astronomy), Rain Czine (B.S. Physics/Astronomy), Kylee Smith (B.S. Comp. Sci., B.S. Physics/Astronomy) and Zachary Raup (B.S. Physics/Astronomy) presented their work with NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) exoplanet mission, including the announcement of a new planet discovery. Emelly Tiburcio (B.S. Chemistry) presented her spectroscopic analysis of Hydrogen-alpha emission from the accretion disk in the interacting binary star system KU Cygni. All of the students’ projects were done using the C. R. Chambliss Astronomical Observatory on KU’s campus, and they were supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Professor Phill Reed’s presentation highlighted results from the course-based research projects in KU’s Exoplanets course, including eight new TESS exoplanets that were co-discovered by KU students, since 2019. First-year student Genevieve Macfarlane (B.S. Physics/Astronomy) and sophomore Alexander Serrano (B.S. Physics/Engineering) also attended the meeting. As a special guest at the conference, KU professor emeritus Dr. Carlson Chambliss spoke about his nationally-renowned award medal programs within the American Astronomical Society. The 2022 CPC Astronomers’ Meeting was held at Gettysburg College on April 23.

Phill Reed, Department of Physical Sciences

KU basketball team players, coaches, and Avalanche smiling in a group in the gymnasium

KU 3V3 Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to all the students who competed in the 2022 Kutztown University 3 v 3 basketball tournament championship. This year's winners are: Laquan Drago (UGRD Business Administration), Lloyd Smith (GRAD Sociology) and Ishmail Ebo (GRAD Education). The Department of Sport Management & Leadership Studies would like to give a big shout out to everyone involved in the inaugural KU 3V3 Basketball Tournament which was held Saturday, April 23. The event was created, organized and presented by the students in SPT330 Event and Facility Management. The class has provided the students exciting learning opportunities to practice their skills and knowledge obtained from sport management required courses. The objective of the experiential learning is to help students build confidence and the reflective skills necessary in the sport industry.

Yongjae Kim, Department of Sport Management & Leadership Studies


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Summer Hours

Summer hours begin today, Monday, May 16 and remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 19, a week before the start of classes. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch. Anyone who has a need to maintain the normal academic year hours may submit a request through their supervisory line. Approval for such a request will be at the vice-presidential level and should be communicated to Human Resources.

Jennifer Weidman, Human Resources

SSHE Open Enrollment - April 18-29

Open enrollment for non-represented (management), nurses, faculty and police is April 18-29. If you do not have changes, no action is required during open enrollment. View the Open Enrollment website for important health plan and increased employee premium information for the 2022-23 plan year. Please reach out to Jeanette Forster with any questions.

Jeanette L Forster, Human Resources

Clay Club Juried Student Exhibition

Join us for a reception and to view ceramic art created by current students 7-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 27, Bear's Den Gallery, McFarland Student Union. The exhibit continues until April 29.

Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

Rock Ensemble I Concert

The award-winning Rock Ensemble I will give its final performance 7:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, April 27, in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The band will play tunes from a wide variety of rock artists including Tower of Power, The Beatles, Soundgarden, Sammy Rae, David Bowie, Chicago and Silk Sonic, to name a few.  Bring your dancing shoes and celebrate the close of another fabulous academic year.  This event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Kjos, Music

Clay Club Spring Sale

Come purchase an original handmade work of art made by one of our current ceramics students 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 2, MSU Lawn.

Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

Fall 2022 Transfer Orientation Event

Please join us in welcoming more than 60 new students and their families who will participate in the first of five Transfer Orientation Programs, Thursday, April 28. The new transfer students will begin course work this fall. 

Lisa Grabowski, New Student Orientation Programs

First Destination Outcome Survey for Seniors

Faculty and staff, please remind graduating students to complete their First Destination Career Outcomes Survey in Handshake before graduation and again at three and six months. Employer and Graduate School Information is shared with academic departments for your use and benefit.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 27 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
April 27 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Starbucks, McFarland Student Union
April 27 7 p.m. Clay Club Juried Student Exhibition & Reception
Bear's Den Gallery, MSU
April 27 7:30 p.m. Rock Ensemble I Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 28 All Day Transfer Orientation
April 28 11 a.m. UCC
April 28 1:30 p.m. COT Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
April 28 3 p.m. Council of Trustees
250 McFarland Student Union
April 28 11 a.m. KU Philosophy Club
250 McFarland Student Union
April 28 7 p.m. Open Recovery Meeting
Health & Wellness, Beck Hall
April 29 7 p.m. Spring Choir Concert
Georgian Room, Old Main
May 2 10 a.m. Clay Club Spring Sale
MSU Lawn
May 2 1:30 p.m. Vice Provost Search Open Forum/Candidate B
312 MSU | University Vice Provost Search
May 2 3:30 p.m. President's Open Hour
303 Stratton Administration Center
May 4 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
May 4 1:30 p.m. Vice Provost Search Open Forum/Candidate C
312 MSU | University Vice Provost Search
May 5 6 p.m. Dinosaurs @ Dusk with Dr. Ed Simpson
KU Planetarium

Date Time Event
April 27 1 p.m. Baseball vs. USciences (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Live Video)
April 29 2 p.m. Baseball vs. West Chester
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Live Video)
April 30 1 p.m. Softball vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Live Video)


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.

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