Daily Brief

April 4, 2023

Aerial view Old Main



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

A pleasant mixture of clouds and sunshine today behind a dry and weak warm front that moved through in the past 18 hours. High temperatures will be warm and springlike at about 72.


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 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in 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

Natasha Paremski

Masterclasses with Natasha Paremski will be held 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5, Schaeffer Auditorium. These masterclasses are free and open to the public.
Pianists on Stage
A recital with all KU pianists who have worked with guest artist Natasha Paremski during her residency at KU will take place 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, Schaeffer Auditorium.  

Courtney Smith, Department of Music

Maintenance, Facilities and Campus Services Appreciation Day

Maintenance, Facilities and Campus Services Appreciation Day is 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, lobby, Sharadin Arts Building. Pick up an appreciation sticker at the KU Campus Store and join the celebration. All are invited to come out and thank the hardworking people who keep our buildings working and warm, those who support all faculty, staff and students, and the groundskeepers who keep our campus looking so beautiful.
     Thank you. Your daily contributions make it possible for us to learn at KU every day.

Kate Clair, Brandon Krieg, Essence advisors, and Frances Cortez Funk, Health and Wellness Committee, Health and Wellness Center

Second Annual Diversity Marketplace

Multicultural Services is hosting the second annual Diversity Marketplace noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, on the DMZ. All are welcome to attend. The event will feature more than 20 local vendors, two food trucks, prizes and more. The first food truck, La Frikitona, serves Puerto Rican cuisine and will be stationed on the DMZ from noon to 2 p.m. The second food truck, Kona Ice, will be there 2-4 p.m. Tickets are free and first come, first served. In the event of bad weather, an updated date or location will be communicated.

Angelica Mishra, Multicultural Center

Intercollegiate Art History Symposium

The Department of Art and Design will host the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium Saturday, April 15, 120 Sharadin Arts Building. Students from many Pennsylvania colleges and universities will present their research on diverse topics related to art history. Everyone is welcome. The schedule of presentations is listed below. For more information, email ltice@kutztown.edu.
8:50-9 a.m. Opening remarks by Dr. Bradley Shope
9-10:35 a.m. Session 1: Women, Beauty and Representation
-Taylor Goodman, Messiah University, "Empowerment and Oppression: The Shifting Portrayals of Judith"
-Hallie Wilson, Lehigh University, "Facial Cosmetic: Gender, Beauty and Society in the Work of Ana Mendieta"
-Erin Rizzetto, Kutztown University, "The Self-Representation of Artemisia Gentileschi"
-Katie Huss, Lycoming College, "In the Parlor: Victorian Entertainment and the Cult of True Womanhood"
10:45 a.m.–noon Session 2: Interpreting Artists, Exhibitions, and Institutions
-Elizabeth Hutchinson, Messiah University, "Collaborative Change: A Transforming Relationship Between Artists and the Institution"
-Sophia Stefanowski, Kutztown University, "Caravaggio’s Violent History in Relation to His Art"
-Sophie McQuaide, Bucknell University, "The Perversity of Pink: Portia Munson and the 1994 Bad Girls Exhibition"
1-2:15 p.m Session 3: Forming Cultural Identities
-Aubrey Chambers, Lycoming College, "Interwoven Identities: Textiles as Formative and Reflective Elements of Culture"
-Peter Marcellino, Penn State University, "The Kasubi Royal Tombs: Kabakaship, Religious Conflict and the Rise of Cultural Unity"
-Abigail Platero, Albright College, Audience, Context and Patronage: Their Impacts on European Religious Art During the Renaissance"
2:30-3:45 p.m. Session 4: New Pedagogies and Connections
-Deirdre Sullivan, Gettysburg College, "Reimagining the Renaissance: A Comparative Study of Depictions of Divine Servants through ArcGIS Storymaps"
-Ian Butz, Muhlenberg College, "Utilizing Visual Art in Elementary School Social Studies Classrooms to Teach Truthful Stories of Native American History"
-Maxwell Schofield, Lehigh University, "Why AI Art is Not the Problem"

Lisa Tice, Art and Design

Tuesday Tea Party

The Office of Residence Life, Housing and Dining will be hosting a “Tuesday Tea Party” 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 223 MSU Formal Dining Room. The event was created to connect students and faculty/professors outside the classroom and help them make professional connections with each other. At the "Tuesday Tea," there will be DIY terrariums, raffles, yummy food, tea and a panel of professors who will “spill the tea” with everyone who attends. We hope to see you there.

Christine Gordon-Claytor, Housing & Residence Life

KU Inspires Celebrates Research in the Arts and UGRC Faculty Awards

Join us for a special evening of creative writing, music and presentation of UGRC Faculty Mentorship Awards 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, 13G Schaeffer Auditorium. A reception will follow. The 2023 recipients include Drs. Colleen Clemens, Nicole Johnson and Dale Parson. Please see tentative program here and RSVP here.

Lynn Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity


Spring 2023 Attendance Verification for Partial Semester and Later Start Courses

For the Spring 2023 partial semester and later start courses, we are using the Starfish platform for attendance compliance utilizing the “progress survey” function of Starfish. The initial attendance verification, required federally for awarding of financial aid, is available from March 30 to April 6. Faculty are able to indicate whether students have attended or have never attended by utilizing one of two flags. Please be sure to verify your most current roster before completing. Students who have just added a course and a meeting has not yet occurred since that change, should be marked as attending. For additional assistance, please visit Starfish in D2L, email starfish@kutztown.edu, or call 610-683-4217.

Cheryl Brattley, Center for Student Success & Academic Excellence

Request for Faculty Participation in Research on Power-Sharing and Inclusion

Faculty voices are needed. Please consider participating in a one-hour Zoom focus group on power-sharing and inclusion in higher education classrooms. Participants will be provided a $20 gift card. Click the Doodle Poll Link to indicate your interest and availability. You will be contacted by research assistant, Megan Tewksbury, once your focus group has been scheduled. The primary investigators of the study are Meghan Owenz, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, Kutztown University (owenz@kutztown.edu) and Laura Cruz, Ph.D., associate research professor, Penn State University (lxc601@psu.edu). The study has received approval from University IRB, approval number 07112022. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns, KU IRB Committee at 484-646-4167.

Meghan Owenz, Department of Psychology

Employment Opportunities

These are the non-instructional positions open on our online job board at https://employment.kutztown.edu (Menu to OOC postings):

Job Number Job Title Job Term Advertise To
2023-0060 (internal) NEW - Academic Department Secretary - Communication Studies  (internal) Full Time 4/7/23
2023-0059 NEW - Student Billing and Collections Manager (TEMP) Full Time 4/16/23
2023-0052 NEW - General Maintenance Repairman 2 Housing Zonal Maintenance Full Time 4/16/23
2023-0056 NEW - Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs Full Time 4/16/23
2023-0051 Vector Control Specialist Full Time 4/10/23
2023-0053 Labor Relations & Classification Manager Full Time Continuous
2023-0017 Management Technician, College of Business (Reposted) Full Time 4/10/23
OOC 23-04 Legal Fellow Full Time 4/19/23
2022-0157 Patrol Officer Full Time Continuous
2022-0200 Help Desk Analyst (Reposted) Full Time 4/10/23
2022-23 Custodial Pool 2022-23 Custodial Worker 1 Pool Full Time 6/30/23
2022-23  Asst Coaches 2022-23 Assistant Athletic Coaches Part Time 6/30/23
22-23 Clerical Asst Pool 2022-23 Clerical Assistant Pool Full Time 6/30/23
Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 5 Noon Second Annual Diversity Marketplace
April 5 1 p.m. Maintenance Appreciation Day
Lobby, Sharadin Arts Building
April 5 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Bears Den Mc Farland Student Union
April 6 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting
103 Academic Forum | Zoom
April 13 9 a.m. Mobile Mammograms
Parking Lot, Student Recreation Center
Date Time Event
April 4 2:30 p.m. Softball vs. Millersville (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 4 3 p.m. Baseball vs. Wilmington
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 6 6 p.m. Acro&Tumbling vs. Caldwell and ESU
Keystone Arena (Video)
April 7 2 p.m. Baseball vs. Shepherd
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
April 8 1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Shippensburg
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)
In Case You Missed It

Student Trustee Search

Faculty and staff, please nominate those students who could best serve the university as its student trustee. Kutztown University Council of Trustees is searching for a new student trustee. A student is qualified if he/she is a full-time undergraduate student and will have completed 30 or more credits by the beginning of the 2023 fall semester, is in good standing, has a GPA of at least a 2.5 and will graduate no sooner than May 2025. The Council of Trustees, the governing body of the university, is composed of an eleven-member board, one of whom is an undergraduate student. The student trustee is a full-voting member of the council. The nomination deadline is April 7. All nominations must be submitted in writing and must include the student's name, email address and telephone number. We will immediately contact students nominated for the position.
     For more information about the position or to download an application please visit https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/student-trustee-search.html.
     Forms are available in the Office of the President, MSU Information Desk, residence halls, Multicultural Center, Student Recreation Center and Rohrbach Library. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Toyia Heyward, Office of the President, at 610-683-4102 or heyward@kutztown.edu.
     Application deadline is April 14.

Evan Santos, Student Trustee Search Committee


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.