Daily Brief

April 26, 2023

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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. 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

Eric Bittenbender, Nathan Boyd, Sara Cabry, Andrew Carducci, Samantha Dunlap, Melissa Fatzinger, Reilly Hastings, Alex Kowalchuk, Kylie Krantz, Sarah Lazarchak, Olivia Mastroeni, Declan Mullen and Michael Weisser.

New Cohort of Phi Alpha Theta Members

Thirteen students were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Tuesday, April 18. Those inducted were Eric Bittenbender, Nathan Boyd, Sara Cabry, Andrew Carducci, Samantha Dunlap, Melissa Fatzinger, Reilly Hastings, Alex Kowalchuk, Kylie Krantz, Sarah Lazarchak, Olivia Mastroeni, Declan Mullen and Michael Weisser.

Michael Gabriel, Department of History


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

Area of disturbed weather to pass over us during the day. This may produce some shower activity during the afternoon. High temperature near 58.


Ushers Still Needed for May Commencement

Please email kirshman@kutztown.edu if you are able to help out at the undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13. Thank you.

Andrea Kirshman, Student Success & Academic Excellence

Open Hour with Provost

Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop by and chat with Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost, during her open office hour 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, the Bears Den, MSU. Faculty and staff who would like to have a conversation, but for whom this time does not work, are welcome to contact the Office of the Provost at 610-683-4155 to schedule a time to meet.

Anne Imschweiler, Office of the Provost

33rd Annual Friend, Inc. Community Services Annual Benefit Auction

Are you looking for a fun night out with good food and a great cause? Attend and/or participate in the 33rd annual Friend, Inc. Community Services Annual Benefit Auction 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Kutztown Fairgrounds. Friend, Inc. supports the residents of northeastern Berks county.  This includes providing KU students with a food pantry available to them adjacent to campus and services that will support their other basic needs. Friend, Inc. depends on generous people like you to support their programs that address food insecurity, provide direct and referral assistance in utility and housing support along with medical assistance, budget counseling, career education and facilitates relevant partnerships with other service providers. Friend, Inc. Community Services is a multi-service 501(c)(3) agency that is committed to strengthening the lives of those living in northeastern Berks county.
Auction - https://www.friendinc.org/benefit-auction/
Online Bidding site - http://friend.cbo.io

Leah Cassellia, Office of Student Involvement

Join Us for CSC355 Software Engineering Demo Day

The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology is proud to announce the fall Senior Seminar Software Engineering Demo Day Tuesday, May 2, 218 MSU. Presentations are 9 a.m. to noon and poster sessions are 1-3 p.m. Students have worked for two semesters on their projects, including web and mobile apps.

Dylan Schwesinger, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

Procurement Retreat

Save the date. Kutztown University is having our first procurement retreat Thursday, May 18. We are still working on the agenda, but we wanted to share the date with our KU community so you can put a hold on your calendar (please clear with your supervisor first.) We will have procurement-shared services team members on campus for the day to provide in-person training on specific topics, answer our procurement questions and discuss the procurement process and who we need to contact for assistance. More information will follow at a later date with registration information. Feel free to contact Tammy Moyer if you have a topic you want the team to address during this retreat.  

Tammy Moyer, Financial and Business Services

Completion of the First Destination Survey for Students

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


History Year-End Celebration

The department of history held its year-end celebration Tuesday, April 18. Congratulations to the following students.
Scholarship Winners:
- Willits, Brandon Weinstein
- Story, Samantha Dunlap
- Mazzaferri, Maria Del Carmen Angeles-Molinelli, Andrew Carducci and Nikolai Kochel
Senior Awards:
- Beck: Corrie Baker
- Mazzaferri: Reilly Hannan
- Outstanding Seniors: Caden Dailey, Amelia Fair, Alyssa Katz, and Lauren Weiss
- MLK, Jr: Eric Bittenbender
- Outstanding Minor: Kelsey Meriwether

Michael Gabriel, Department of History

SGB Members Headed to Harrisburg for Advocacy Days

Ten members of the Student Government Board will be going to Harrisburg for PASSHE Advocacy Day, Wednesday, April 26 to talk to legislators about the importance of higher education. Please thanks these SGB students for representing KU: Kayla Sherry, Makayla Roccia, Oliva Hartman, Sabrina Betterly, Victoria Fischer, Angela Hernandez, Elizabeth Kolb, Sara Lienbach, Damere Jackson,and Lilly Thomas. They will be off-campus all day and appreciate having an excused absence from class as they are officially representing Kutztown University.

Jerry Schearer, Interim Vice President and Dean of Students

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 26 2 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Bears Den McFarland Student Union
April 26 7:30 p.m. Tower Talks
103 Wells-Rapp Center
April 27 All Day Take Your Child to Work Day
Campus | Engage
April 27 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee
April 27 11 a.m. Chat GPT, Center for Engaged Learning
6 Rohrbach Library | Zoom
April 27 1:30 p.m. COT Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
April 27 3 p.m. Council of Trustees Meeting
250 McFarland Student Union
April 29 9 a.m. English Language Learner Conference
Boehm Science Center
Date Time Event
April 26 1 p.m. Softball vs. Wilmington (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 27 2 p.m. Baseball vs. East Stroudsburg
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 28 TBA Women’s Golf at PSAC Championships
Berkleigh Golf Club
April 29 TBA Women’s Golf at PSAC Championships
Berkleigh Golf Club
April 29 1 p.m. Softball vs. Shippensburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 29 1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. East Stroudsburg
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 30 TBA Women’s Golf at PSAC Championships
Berkleigh Golf Club

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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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.