Daily Brief

April 1, 2024

Open Forum - Ryan Hartnett Middle States VP Liaison

Meet Dr. Ryan Hartnett, Middle States Vice President Liaison, 12:30 p.m. today, Monday, April 1, 145 Boehm, at the Open Forum for Middle States Self-Study. Hartnett joined the staff of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) as vice president for Institutional Field Relations in March 2024. In this role, he serves as a liaison to member institutions, providing advice to institutions and assisting them with accreditation activities. Prior to joining MSCHE, Hartnett served as provost at Villa Maria College (N.Y.), leading as both Chief Academic Officer and Student Affairs Officer. In this role, he also served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer, leading his institution through the self-study process and other accreditation activities. Prior to serving at Villa Maria College, Hartnett served as Dean of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies at Trocaire College (N.Y.). Hartnett has experience with the Commission as a peer evaluator and team chair for self-study and follow-up visits. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, concentrating in the areas of philosophy of science, metaphysics and bioethics. He also holds a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.

Middle States Steering Committee


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

Weak area of low pressure moves off the coast during the day. Showers are possible in the morning until mid-afternoon. High temperature near 51.


President's Open Hour

Faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his open hour 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 301 Stratton Administration Center. President Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding KU. If you are planning to stop by, please call the Office of the President, 610-683-4101 to RSVP.

Office of the President

Open Hour with Provost

Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop by and chat with Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, during her open office hour 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 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, Academic Affairs

SGB's Personal Care Items for KU Students

Join the Student Government Board and help support KU's Bear Essentials Food Pantry by helping us collect personal items, such as toiletries, hygiene products, self-care items and school supplies. Through Friday, April 19, drop off any new personal products in the donation boxes located in the Community Outreach Center. Let's work together as a campus community to help others in need.

Amanda Garcia, Community Outreach Center

Composition/Writing Consultations

Make an appointment with Composition Coordinator Amy Lynch-Biniek to discuss any sticky wicket in your composition course, writing assignments or plans for Fall 2024 classes. Drop in 1-3 p.m. any Monday or Wednesday, either in-person at 132B Lytle Hall or via Zoom. You can also make an appointment by email at lynchbin@kutztown.edu.

Amy Lynch-Biniek, English

Call for Study Abroad/Away KU-Led Program Proposals

Study abroad and study away proposals for KU-Led Programs are now available for faculty and staff interested in leading programs in the following terms:
Winter 2025 
 - Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, May 1.
Spring 2025
 - Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, May 1.
Summer 2025 
 - Proposal Deadline: Sunday, Sept. 1.
Those interested in submitting proposals can do so on the MyGLOBALKU portal by clicking "Start a KU-Led Proposal". Email Dr. Christina Kinney at studyaway@kutztown.edu if you have any technical issues or proposal questions.

Christina Kinney, Office of International Education and Global Engagement

Human Library

The Human Library returns to Kutztown University 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, Rohrbach Library. The Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally interact with. It creates a safe space for people to engage, whether this is one-on-one or in small groups, to encourage people to “un-judge” a book by its cover. Visitors to our library will have an opportunity to borrow "Human Books" and to engage in conversation with the books. The library tailors its approach to each person’s biases and prejudices, instead of approaching diversity and inclusion with a one-size-fits-all solution. Books are KU students, staff, faculty and community members. Click here for a list of this year's human books. You will have to "check-out" the book to have a one-on-one conversation for about 20 minutes and return the human book to the shelf once done. Please encourage students and staff to attend. Please visit the Engage webpage to register for this event.

Patricia Ann Brenner, Commission on Human Diversity

2024 Entrepreneurship Week April 8-12

The College of Business and the KU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are proud to present Entrepreneurship Week 2024, Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12. This annual event provides students and the local community with valuable insights, strategies and tools from experts to help launch or strengthen their businesses. Events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cob@kutztown.edu.

Katie Bowen, College of Business


CEL Workshop: 30 Minutes of Recess

Recess isn’t just for kids. Join your playground monitor Erin Kraal and get your daily recess with the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) 11:10-11:40 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 6 Rohrbach Library. In 30 minutes, we’ll have fun and learn a few key research outcomes of using playful approaches in our teaching. For more information, please visit the link below.

Center for Engaged Learning

Spring 2024 Late-Start Courses Attendance Verification Process

The initial attendance verification for late-start courses, which is required federally for awarding of financial aid, is available in Starfish Wednesday, March 27 through Tuesday, April 2. Faculty should indicate whether students have attended or have never attended by utilizing one of two flags. Please be sure to verify the attendance status of every student. For additional assistance, please visit Starfish in D2L, email starfish@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4217.

Cheryl Brattley, Student Success and Academic Excellence

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 1 12:30 p.m. Middle States Self-Study Open Forum
145 Boehm
April 1 3:30 p.m. President Hawkinson Open Hour
301 Stratton
April 2 10 a.m. Human Library
Rohrbach Library
April 2 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Bears Den MSU
April 4 9 a.m. Law School Forum
218 MSU
April 4 11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday Presentation 
103 Wells-Rapp Center 
April 4 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting
202 Academic Forum
April 4 7 p.m. Spring Book Review
183 MSU
April 4 7 p.m. Drag Show
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 6 -- Accepted Student Reception
April 7 2 p.m. KU Presents: Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling
Schaeffer Auditorium (Tickets)

Date Time Event
April 2 1 p.m. Softball vs. West Chester (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
April 2 6 p.m. Acrobatics and Tumbling vs. Caldwell
Keystone Arena (Video)
April 5 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Lock Haven 
North Campus Field (Stats)
April 6 1 p.m. Softball vs. Shippensburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Stats)
April 6 2 p.m. Acrobatics and Tumbling vs. Iona 
Keystone Arena (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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