Daily Brief

April 22, 2024

Spring at KU

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

High pressure extends eastward. After some patchy morning frost, mostly sunny skies are expected. High temperature near 63.


Kutztown University Council of Trustees Meeting

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet Thursday, April 25, McFarland Student Union Building.
Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.:
- Academic and Student Affairs Committee, 323 MSU.
- Finance, Property, and Audit Committee, 322 MSU.
- Human Diversity Committee, 325 MSU.
- University Relations and Athletics and Advancement Committee, 324 MSU.
The Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m., 250 MSU.

Office of the President

SSHE Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for non-represented (management), nurses, faculty and police is April 22 through May 3. If you do not have changes, no action is required during Open Enrollment. View the Open Enrollment website for employee information, including the premiums for the 2024-2025 plan year. There are no plan changes, but you can find full information on the Open Enrollment page. Please reach out to Jeanette Forster with any questions.

Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

GEPAC External Reviewers - Open Forum for Faculty and Staff

The General Education Program and Assessment Committee (GEPAC) would like to announce that Kutztown University’s General Education program will host two external reviewers Monday, April 22, as part of its five-year program review process. Faculty and staff are cordially invited to an open forum with the external reviewers 1:30-2:30 p.m., 250 MSU. Any questions may be emailed to GEPAC at gepac@kutztown.edu.


Hip-Hop at KU: Moments Create Movements

Empower the creatives. Empower the community. Empower the culture. Moments Create Movements is a grant-funded program from the KU Research Committee. Marlene N. Fares and Stephen Walker, with the support of faculty, staff and student organizations, are bringing you the dopest hip-hop experience. Join us as we pay homage to hip-hop with our workshops and showcase.
 - DJing Workshop: 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 22, Little Theatre, Schaeffer Auditorium. Explore the world of mixing with DJ Trix, aka Dr. Sirrakos.
 - Graffiti Workshop: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 113 Sharadin. Graffiti artmaking with Dra. Sotomayor.
 - Writing Workshop: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, Multicultural Center. Poetics of hip-hop with Chana and Stephen.
 - Moments Create Movements Hip-Hop Showcase: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, Schaeffer Auditorium.

Marlene Fares, Academic Enrichment

Film Crew on Campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 24-25

Admissions and University Marketing will be working with a camera crew on campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 24-25. We will be filming in most campus buildings and common areas, including classrooms. Please email Jory Wamsley at wamsley@kutztown.edu if you are not comfortable with your class being filmed and we will make appropriate arrangements. Thank you.

Jory Wamsley, Admissions

Take Your Child to Work Day 2024

The Commission on the Status of Women is sponsoring Take Your Child To Work Day Thursday, April 25. The job-shadowing day is intended to give children a glimpse into the working world through the guidance of their parents. It is designed to inspire and build a strong educational foundation for young children. Celebrate this holiday with us by arranging for your child to come into the office, or to follow you on your daily tasks. We’re sure it will have a positive lasting effect. The schedule of events for the day and the registration link are on the Women's Center Engage page.

Diane Biehl, Commission on the Status of Women / Women's Center

University Curriculum Committee

The University Curriculum Committee will meet 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, Zoom. The link can also be found on the UCC Document Submissions SharePoint page. Please contact Brian Meares at meares@kutztown.edu with any questions.

Brian Meares, University Curriculum Committee

Title III Grant Information Sessions, April 29-30

Did you hear KU received a Title III Grant, but not sure what it is or how it may affect you? Do you know what a high-impact practice (HIP) is or how it helps our students succeed? Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop into one of the upcoming information sessions to hear more about where we are with the grant and answer your questions:
 - 1 p.m. Monday, April 29, via Zoom (RSVP to receive link).
 - Noon Tuesday, April 30, 183 MSU, Alumni Auditorium.
RSVP for reminder email and Zoom link. If you unable to attend, but have questions, contact Brandy Leininger at leininger@kutztown.edu to set up a 1:1 meeting.

Brandy Leininger, Academic Affairs

AVP and Dean of Students Open Forums

The search committee for the position of AVP and Dean of Students invites students, faculty and staff to the candidate open forums. The search committee will be soliciting your responses to the candidates through a survey sent after the forum. The curriculum vitae for each candidate will be posted the day before each campus visit. A link will be provided at a later date.
- Candidate A: 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 183 MSU (Alumni Auditorium).
- Candidate B: 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 183 MSU (Alumni Auditorium).
- Candidate C: 3 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 183 MSU (Alumni Auditorium).
- Candidate D: 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, 183 MSU (Alumni Auditorium).

Matt Assad, Search Committee Chair


Phi Alpha Theta Inducts New Members

The history department inducted new members into the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society during a ceremony Tuesday, April 16. Congratulations to: Michael Adams, Olivia Bing, Sarah Boettger, Kevin Castelitto, Lars Cederberg, Jordan Folks, Parker Gnall, Matthew Graczyk, Matthew Hainey, Nikolai Kochel, Patrick McCord, Luke Milone, Maria Angeles-Molinelli, Whitney Myers, Leilani Neal, Zach Thomas, Ashley Tocci, Brandon Weinstein, Aaron Wessner and Alexis Wright.


Computer Science and Information Technology Thesis Presentation

Pei Hua Lin, graduate student in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, will give a presentation on her thesis research 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, via Zoom. The university community is invited to this thesis presentation titled “Exploring Optimizer Performance on Hard Knapsack Problems: A Comparative Study of Five Approaches.” For more information, please contact Dr. Yun Lu, professor, mathematics.

Yun Lu, Mathematics

Runner-Up at Pennsylvania Sports Business Case Competition

Congratulations to students Andrew Mann, Tyler Monahan and Isiah Fernandez for their outstanding performance at the Pennsylvania Sports Business Case Competition and winning second place. Their talents and skills have shone brightly in this competition, showcasing the high caliber of students in the sport management program.

Soojin Kim, Sport Management

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 22 1:30 p.m. GEPAC External Reviewers
250 MSU 
April 22 4 p.m. Hip-Hop at KU: DJ Workshop
Little Theatre, Schaeffer
April 23 11 a.m. CSIT Thesis Presentation
April 23 7:30 p.m. Concert: Rock Ensemble III
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 24-27 -- Bearfest 45
April 24 11:30 a.m. Dissertation Defense: Kealsey McNeil
April 24 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Old Main Concourse 
April 24 3 p.m. Hip-Hop at KU: Graffiti Workshop
113 Sharadin
April 24 7 p.m. Hip-Hop at KU: Writing Workshop
Multicultural Center
April 24 7:30 p.m. Concert: Rock Ensemble II
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 25 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee
April 25 1:30 p.m. Council of Trustees Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
April 25 3 p.m. Council of Trustees Plenary Session
250 MSU
April 25 7:30 p.m. Concert: Rock Ensemble I
Schaeffer Auditorium
April 29 1 p.m. Title III Grant Information Session
April 30 9 a.m. LVHN Mobile Mammograms
Student Recreation Center
April 30 Noon  Title III Grant Information Session
183 MSU
April 30 3 p.m. AVP and Dean of Students: Candidate A
183 MSU
April 30 6:30 p.m. Hip-Hop at KU: Showcase
Schaeffer Auditorium

Date Time Event
April 23 1 p.m. Softball vs. Millersville (DH)
North Campus Field (Video | Stats)
April 26 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Shippensburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Video | Stats)
April 27 Noon Women's Lacrosse vs. Millersville 
Keystone Field (Video | Stats)


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