Daily Brief

April 29, 2024

Pearson and Johnson at conference

AAUP Presentation

Dr. Denise Pearson, vice chancellor and chief DEI officer for PASSHE, and Dr. Deryl Johnson, professor of communication studies at KU, recently presented at the American Association of University Professor’s (AAUP) General Education, Pedagogy and Assessment Conference in Providence, R.I. Their talk was titled, “General Education, Curriculum Diversity, and Inclusive Pedagogy:  Policy Matters through a DEI Lens.”

Sky Franciscus, Communication Studies


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

An upper level high pressure builds across the eastern U.S. Mostly sunny and warm conditions are expected. High temperature near 85.


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

Students in Harrisburg Today

Student representatives from the Student Government Board and students who participated in the Career Development Center's Washinton Center for Internships and Academic Seminars program will be visiting the Capitol today, Monday, April 29, to meet with legislators to thank them for their support and advocate for continued funding for PASSHE. They will have individual meetings with legislators, a tour of the Capitol building and a welcome from the house floor. We ask that faculty please excuse the following students who are participating and allow them to make up any work missed as they are representing Kutztown University in Harrisburg all day.
TWC students:
 - Ethan Bortz, Sarah Brown, Stephanie Crogan, Lis Feliz Medrano, Vic Huacon, Elizabeth Kolb, Grace Levy, Ryan Maneval, Olive Mulbah, Makayla Pfister, Mark Phanor and Chris Scarmack.
SGB students:
 - Gavin Stone, Angela Hernandez, Madeline Graves, Olivia Hartman, Victoria Fisher, Cole Herndon, Giovannie Estronza-Acevedo, Julianna Horning, Lucy Cooper, Elizabeth Kolb, and Kyra Richards.
Thank you to Sandy Green, trustee, community liaison and government relations assistant, for helping to organize the day, along with the staff who have been working with the students and also attending the day: Kerri Gardi, Jerry Schearer and Lisa Kowalski. Please contact the Dean of Students Office with any questions or concerns.

Jerry Schearer, Dean of Students, SGB Advisor

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

Piano Palooza

We are excited to present the Piano Palooza concert with works for multi pianos/pianists 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, Schaeffer Auditorium. The program will feature works by Debussy, Khachaturian, Lavignac, Grieg, Beethoven/Skoryk, as well as the monumental "Liebeslieder Waltzes" by Brahms with singers and "The Planets" by Holst with visual accompaniment prepared by the KU Planetarium. Please join us for this unique evening of music and spectacle.

Maria Asteriadou, Music

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. 
- 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

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. Wednesday, May 1, 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

Empowering Kutztown University Faculty and Staff: Integrating Generative AI into Your Work

Join us noon Thursday, May 2, for an enlightening Lunch and Learn session provided by KU ADVANCE. Learn to harness the potential of generative AI in your professional and personal life. This session on AI promises to be an exciting lunch hour, offering a deep dive into the fundamentals of generative AI, its practical applications and the ethical considerations it entails. Through interactive activities and collaborative strategy development, you'll gain hands-on experience and the skills necessary to seamlessly integrate AI tools into your daily life. Don’t miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of AI integration, enhancing efficiency and innovation in your work at Kutztown University. Register now to secure your spot and start your journey towards becoming an AI-savvy professional.

Office of Vice Provost

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 note, your changes have not been fully submitted if you do not get an email confirmation.

Jeanette L Forster, Human Resources


Communication Studies Senior Showcase

The Communication Studies Senior Capstone Showcase event provides graduating seniors the opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate their years of hard work in the major. The last Wednesday of each semester is reserved for soon-to-be graduates, their friends and family, as well as the campus community and rising seniors to hear from and learn about Senior Capstone projects. Majors spend the last semester of their undergraduate academic careers developing and implementing projects that reflect the principles and fundamentals of the Communication Studies discipline. Many graduating seniors work on their projects for several semesters. These can range from scholarly research projects to working with local businesses developing everything from public relations and publicity plans to creating online and social media content, as well as large-scale strategic communication initiatives. Capstone night also celebrates graduating seniors through awards, and overall, it gives them a special occasion to display their four years of academic growth via a fun and festive evening. This year's event will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 223 MSU.

Joseph Harasta, Communication Studies

Faculty Student Course Assistant Requests Due May 3

Faculty can request a "Student Course Assistant" (SCA). SCAs can both support classroom content as well as provide study sessions. To learn more about the SCA position, review the full job description at the Tutoring Services website. Please complete the Student Course Assistant Request Form by Friday, May 3. When we receive your request, Tutoring Services will reach out to the student identified to confirm interest in the position. If you have questions, email tutor@kutztown.edu.

Adam Troxel, Tutoring Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
April 29 1 p.m. Title III Grant Information Session
April 29 7:30 p.m. Concert: Piano Palooza
Schaeffer Auditorium
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
May 1 3 p.m. AVP and Dean of Students: Candidate B
183 MSU
May 1 5 p.m. Communication Studies Showcase
223 MSU
May 1 7:30 p.m. Concert: Jazz Ensemble II
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 2 Noon Integrating Generative AI into Your Work
Zoom (RSVP)
May 2 3 p.m. AVP and Dean of Students: Candidate C
183 MSU
May 2 7:30 p.m. Concert: Jazz Ensemble I
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 3 3 p.m. AVP and Dean of Students: Candidate D
183 MSU


Women's Basketball Scholarship Golf Outing

Please consider joining us for the KU Women's Basketball Scholarship Golf Outing. This amazing and important fundraiser is a scramble tournament featuring great food, prizes, contests and more. The outing will be Friday, June 14, Macoby Run Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $500 per foursome and limited space is available. To sign up, please click the link to register today. This event does sell out annually, so we hope to see you out on the course. Thank you from the KU women's basketball team.

Janet Malouf, Athletics

Date Time Event
May 1 12:30 p.m. Softball vs. California (Pa.)
PSAC Championships
Quakertown, Pa.
May 1 4 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. West Chester
(Video | Stats)
May 2 10:35 a.m. Baseball vs. East Stroudsburg (DH)
Allentown, Pa. (Video | Stats | Tickets)
May 3-5 All Day Track and Field at PSAC Championships
Shippensburg, Pa.


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 , 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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