Daily Brief

August 17, 2020

President and Mrs. Hawkinson each carrying a tray of Christmas cookies through lobby to distribute to students in residence hall.


BERKS COUNTY LIVING FEATURES HAWKINSON
Dr. Hawkinson is featured, with other Berks County presidents, in the August 2020 edition of Berks County Living magazine. “Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson: Looking Ahead to Kutztown University’s Future: His favorite pastime is getting lost in a historical fiction novel, but Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Kutztown University's 12th president, is always looking toward the future. He envisions KU as an educational institution and a portal into the wonder of the region’s culture, a goal accomplished by fostering partnerships with local organizations like the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, the Rodale Institute and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Strengthening the bonds between the university and its neighboring communities, with the goal of making the dream of college a reality for more students, is at the forefront of his mind.” Read more.
     University Relations

WEATHER

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

Foggy start to the morning but the fog should lift by mid-morning giving way to partly sunny skies. A cold front passes by the afternoon/evening and we should see additional cloud cover and possible shower activity. High temperature near 80. Winds southwest at 5 mph. Rainfall less than 0.1 inch.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

STANDARD ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE HOURS
Just a reminder, the university returns to standard administrative office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with an hour lunch, today, Monday, Aug. 17.
      Sharon Picus, Office of Administration and Finance

KU COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES
The Kutztown University council of trustees issued a resolution of unanimous support this week for Kutztown University president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and the KU cabinet, administration, faculty and staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This is quite an honor coming from chairman Ludlow and our council of trustees, who have been so supportive of Kutztown University through the years," Hawkinson said. "We thank them for this honor, and I thank the many members of the KU community who have worked so hard to contribute to the success of the university during these trying times."
Read the resolution on KU's News and Media webpage.
     University Relations

JOHN P SCHELLENBERG AWARD AND CHAMBLISS FACULTY RESEARCH AWARDS
Celebrate our faculty members who will receive The John P. Schellenberg Award for Teaching and Learning and the Chambliss Faculty Research Awards on Friday, Aug. 21, during our virtual Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration. Information will be sent via Announcements Friday morning.
     Office of the President

WELCOME DR MCMILLAN

Please welcome Dr. Laurie McMillan, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. McMillan comes to Kutztown from Millersville University where she served as assistant dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She previously served as chair of the English and Modern Language Studies Department at Pace University. McMillan earned her Ph.D. in English Literature at Duquesne University. Welcome Dr. McMillan.
     College of Liberal Arts and Studies

HILBERT NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH FOR FEB. 2020
Congratulations to Lynn Hilbert, custodial worker in Facilities, on being named KU Employee of the Month for February 2020. Read Lynn's nomination here.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

AFSCME MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Please join AFSCME Local 2234 for our monthly membership meeting, 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17. The link will be sent to our personal email listing maintained by our Local. Hope to see you then.
     Chris Ferris, secretary, Local 2234

LAST CET SUMMER ZOOM SESSION
The CET provides our last summer session as a discussion forum for our faculty to ask questions and share ideas with our colleagues regarding the fall teaching, 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18. This session will be accessed through the Zoom link https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/390059274. All are welcome and participation certificates will be provided. I hope to see you there.
     Yun (Amy) Lu, CET

CATERING BOXED-MEAL PROGRAM

Kutztown University Catering is proud to announce a new catering program that provides a collection of individually-boxed meals for breakfast, lunch and snacks that are sure to please all appetites. Each individual box is hand crafted and packaged for convenience and well-being. Please visit us at https://Kutztown.catertrax.com to see our fall 2020 catering options. Contact us at catering@kutztown.edu or ext. 3-4680 to plan your next order.
      Julia Scheffler, Dining Services

ROHRBACH LIBRARY REOPENING
Rohrbach Library will be reopening Wednesday, Aug. 19, for students, staff and faculty. Schedule is as follows:
– Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Friday, Aug. 21: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Saturday, Aug. 22, and Sunday, Aug. 23: closed.
Normal semester hours resume Monday, Aug. 24:
– Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to midnight.
– Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Sunday: 2 p.m. to midnight.
    Jennifer Tanzos, Rohrbach Library

UPCOMING EVENTS

There are no face-to-face events scheduled at this time.

FACULTY AND STAFF CONVOCATION AND CELEBRATION
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us for the virtual Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration on Friday, Aug. 21. The Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration will be a chance for us to celebrate all of our achievements and recognize many of our award-winning faculty and staff members. This year you will have the opportunity to view presentations by each member of President’s Cabinet and the Emergency Management Team. I hope you can join me as we embark on the upcoming academic year.
     Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President

JONES NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2020
Congratulations to Laura Jones, work control specialist in Facilities, on being named KU Employee of the Month for January 2020. Read her nomination here.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

ELECTRONIC ACCOMMODATION LETTERS FOR STUDENTS

The Office of Disability Services has eliminated paper accommodation letters and moved to an electronic accommodation letter-request system. Students who are registered with the DSO will request their accommodation letters through MyKU. An automated email version of the accommodation letter will be sent directly to the professor via email. Students are instructed to reach out to their professors to discuss how their accommodations will be implemented in their courses.
     Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

KU PRINT CENTER RELOCATION

The KU Print Center, managed by AlphaGraphics, has relocated to 106 Academic Forum. For all of your print needs, please contact them via email at printcenter@kutztown.edu or by phone at 610-683-4116. https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/print-center.html
      Ilene Stroh, KU Print Center

INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO PLAY THE BAGPIPES?
The Kutztown Pipe Band is offering free introductory bagpipe lessons, with in person and online options available during the Fall 2020 Semester. Lessons start in September and are open to everyone: faculty, staff, students and community members. Contact sherrod@kutztown.edu for additional information.
http://faculty.kutztown.edu/sherrod/KPB.aspx
     Laura Sherrod, Department of Physical Sciences/Kutztown Pipe Band
 
RECREATION CENTER MEMBERSHIPS
Current Student Recreation Center Members - If your membership has been affected by the closure or if you are unable to utilize the facility under the new policies and guidelines for the fall 2020 semester, please email or call Tracy to discuss your membership options. We will reopen Saturday, Aug. 22, see our website for details. We closed the facility effective March 16. We can place your membership on hold, we can extend memberships or we can issue refunds accordingly. If you have items in your lockers that you need to retrieve, please contact Tracy to set up a time to access the locker room at tturner@kutztown.edu or 484-646-4202.
     Tracy Turner, Student Recreation Center

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.