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August 28, 2017

Kutztown University Daily Brief

AUGUST 28, 2017

FACULTY AND STAFF CONVOCATION AND CELEBRATION   Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University

On Friday, Dr. Hawkinson presented his annual State of the University address to the campus community. To read his speech please click on the link below. A video of the presentation will be available shortly. Faculty award winners will be individually featured here throughout the next week.


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

High pressure drifts east into New Brunswick. The high will continue to be our dominant weather feature for the first day of the semester. The day will start off mostly sunny but, with east to northeast winds, low-level moisture will build so look for the cumulus clouds to build by afternoon. High temperature in the mid-70s. Winds east at 5-8 mph.


I would like to inform you that Tracey Thompson has tendered her resignation as executive director of the KU Foundation and Alumni Relations. Tracey has been an integral part of the Foundation over the past four years. Under her leadership, the organization reached new heights. The largest single gift in school history was secured and annual fundraising more than doubled. In addition, the Foundation provided nearly $1 million in grants and scholarships to faculty and students at KU. We sincerely thank Tracey for all of her efforts and wish her the best in her future endeavors. Alex Ogeka, senior director of Development and Alumni Relations, and Ed Richmond, the Foundation's chief financial officer, will serve as co-interim executive directors, effective immediately. We will begin a nationwide search in the near future to identify Tracey's permanent successor.
     Bob Landis, president, KU Foundation Board of Directors
Please keep an eye out for an email from me regarding the required annual 2017-18 Protection of Minors training that will need to be completed through If you have any questions regarding access to this training, please contact me at ext. 3-1353. Thank you.
     Jeanette Forster, employment service manager, Human Resources   


Students who are registered with the DSO and have approved accommodations will be approaching you to discuss their academic needs and to deliver an accommodation letter from the DSO. Please take some time to review the accommodation letter with the student, discuss the student's needs, and determine how you will provide the approved accommodations in your class. The accommodation letter should be retained for your records and the confirmation form on the second page should be completed and returned to the DSO via inter-office mail as soon as possible. Please remember that some students may be self-advocating for the very first time. Be patient and helpful as the student explains his or her need for accommodations. Contact the DSO at ext. 3-4108 if you have any questions regarding accommodations.
     Disability Services  


The Information Technology department is offering training for MyKU. If you have questions or just want a refresher on some of the features and capabilities in MyKU, feel free to drop by any of our sessions listed below:
      IT Training Room Stratton 200
      Tuesday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. - noon
      Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2 - 3 p.m.
      Thursday, Aug. 31, 9 - 10 a.m.
If any of the times above are inconvenient, feel free to contact me for one-on-one training.
     Holly Fox, Information Technology  


Please join us in welcoming Stephen Walker, KU alumnus, to the TRIO Student Support Services Program and the Kutztown University community effective Monday, Aug. 21. He looks forward to meeting you and getting reacquainted. Please stop by 121 OM to welcome Stephen to our program.
     TRIO Student Support Services Program, Department of Academic Enrichment  


The Office of Veterans Services is promoting an initiative to encourage military-affiliated students to get more connected on campus through Dec. 8. If students complete an eight-item sign-off sheet, including participation in events through the Veterans Services Center, Career Development Center, and CASA, they will be entered to win a number of prizes, including a free maroon meal plan for spring semester! For more info, please contact Veterans Services at ext. 6-4145.
     Stephanie Casado, Veterans Services  


The Miller Gallery will present the exhibition Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America from September 7 through October 6. Curated by prison art teacher Phyllis Kornfeld, Cellblock Visions is a collection of inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row - the alternative art world flourishing today in American prisons. For more info about this project visit   The exhibition reception is Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4 - 6 p.m. After the reception, Kornfeld will be hosting a public lecture in 120 Sharadin at 6:30 p.m. Kornfeld will also be available for class visits across campus on Sept. 6 and 7. This is a great opportunity for cross disciplinary discussions. To schedule a visit or request more info contact
     Karen Stanford, director, Miller Gallery  

The International Eatery in the Academic Forum Food Court has a Faculty and Staff lunch special every day this academic year. Get a large pizza, four salads, and four fountain drinks for $20. Order must be placed two hours in advance by emailing and

"Sow Compassion, Grow Hope" with SECA, a little bit of compassion goes a long way for those in need. For 40 years, state employees have been demonstrating their generosity and kindness with charitable giving through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA). This year, SECA celebrates this proud legacy of giving with the theme, "Sow Compassion, Grow Hope." Over the past four decades, donations by state employees have grown to over $100 million for participating charities! The 2017 SECA campaign runs September 5 through October 27 and offers easy and flexible ways to give to those in need.
     Frances C. Cortez Funk, coordinator, SECA,

The Kutztown Pipe Band starts today. Lessons for beginners are held Mondays at 1 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Experienced pipers and drummers practice on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Visit for more information or contact Dr. Sherrod directly at if you are interested in learning or participating.
     Laura Sherrod, Geology



Sept. 2 12:05 p.m. Football vs. Assumption - Andre Reed Stadium (Stats | Audio | Video)  
  1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Shepherd - Keystone Field (Stats)  
  5 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas - Andre Reed Stadium (Stats)  
Sept. 4 noon Field Hockey vs. Adelphi - Andre Reed Stadium (Stats)  


Hall of Fame
The Kutztown University Athletics Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 class of inductees. The class includes a former assistant basketball coach, and student-athletes from men's basketball, field hockey, women's swimming, baseball, men's tennis and track & field. The class will be recognized at the induction ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, prior to KU's home football game vs. Slippery Rock, at the Georgian Room of Old Main beginning at 9 a.m. For more information please visit 2017 and 39th Annual Kutztown Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced and Complete List of Kutztown Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees.





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