Daily Brief

Aug. 22, 2022

Old Main

Thank You to our Dedicated Faculty and Staff

The Kutztown University Foundation would like to thank all the faculty and staff members who contributed and volunteered in our fundraising and engagement efforts this past fiscal year. Your commitment to KU supports Together, We’re Golden, a 100% student-focused initiative and the largest fundraising campaign in university history.
We greatly appreciate your commitment to last fall’s 1866 Minute Giving Challenge. KU faculty and staff alone raised $19,787 with 139 total donors. We also had 19 volunteers from campus organizations/departments and 18 representatives from athletics. Save the date for this year’s 1866 Minute Giving Challenge on Oct. 18 and 19.
Thank you for your leadership in helping to ensure KU students have every chance to create lives they envision for themselves. We wish you the best of luck with the start of the new semester. Together, We’re Golden.

Jillian Lovejoy, Kutztown University Foundation


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

Cold front moves through during the day and will bring rain and storms into the forecast. Rain could be heavy at times and flash flooding could be possible. High temperature near 80. Winds south at 5 mph. Rainfall between 00.5-00.75" except higher amounts possible with storms.


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. 22.

Jennifer Weidman, Human Resources

Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration

Please join us Friday, Aug. 26 for the Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration at Schaeffer Auditorium. Dr. Hawkinson and Cabinet members will provide university updates. Light breakfast will be available in the lobby starting at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. Please click on the link for the online registration.

Office of the President

Update: Vice Provost of Extended and Lifelong Learning and Dean of Graduate Studies

As many of you know, we are restarting the search for a vice provost of Extended and Lifelong Learning and dean of Graduate Studies. In this interim period, Dr. John Ward has agreed to serve as acting dean of graduate studies, in addition to his role as dean of the College of Education. Dr. Karen Rauch has agreed to serve as acting vice provost, in addition to continuing her leadership of assessment and accreditation. I extend my thanks to both Dr. Ward and Dr. Rauch for their dedication and willingness to serve.

Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, Provost

KU Email Signature

We are excited to share our accessible email signature for staff and faculty. This signature features the university’s official maroon color and is accessible for all audiences by removing gold and any logos. In this document, you will find instructions for Outlook on PC, Mac and the web app (OWA). We encourage the entire campus community to welcome and utilize this new signature to further advance our brand both on and off campus, and to align our efforts toward accessibility.

University Relations

How to use Daily Brief to Promote Events, Announcements, Updates to Campus

The Daily Brief is an online publication provided to the faculty and staff of Kutztown University by the Office of University Relations to publicize current events and issues relevant to the KU community. It is published year round Monday through Friday. All employees can submit items to the Daily Brief. To submit items for the Daily Brief, please complete the Daily Brief submission form before 2 p.m. the day prior to publication. If you are a coordinator of an official university-sponsored event and have timely updates that impact events before the next issue of the Daily Brief is sent (i.e., time and/or location change, event cancellation, etc.), email the notification and any rescheduling information to University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu. You must send from your kutztown.edu email address and include your contact information.

University Relations

Bear Essentials - Weekly Student Email Newsletter

Bear Essentials is the student email newsletter sent every Wednesday to all students throughout the academic year. If you have an announcement or an event that is of interest to and open to all students, Bear Essentials is your place. The deadline for submission is noon the Tuesday before publication. This year's first issue will be sent Wednesday, Aug. 24, so the deadline is noon, Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Josh Leiboff, Web and Digital Media

KU Business Services

The Office of KU Business Services encompasses KU ID cards, mail counter services and vehicle registration and permits.  We are located in 107 Academic Forum and our phone number is 610-683-4825. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any of these services.

Jennifer Prevoznik, Office of Business Services

Secretarial Technology Opt In

Secretarial Technology (Sec Tech) is an informal listserv designed for staff or anyone to receive weekly technology tips for basic office programs and functions. Software programs include Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point (both desktop apps and Microsoft 365), Adobe Acrobat DC, Photoshop, InDesign and more. Email fiorini@kutztown.edu to opt in.

Julie Fiorini, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Inclusive Job Descriptions: Why Do They Matter, and How Do You Write One

If you serve on search committees, are a hiring manager, or assist in writing job descriptions for open positions at KU, please consider joining this free webinar, "Inclusive Job Descriptions: Why Do They Matter, and How Do You Write One," scheduled 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. The webinar hosted by Academic Impressions, is geared toward helping you generate quality candidate pools by using more inclusive language in your position announcements. Click here to register.

Jerry Schearer, Diversity and Inclusion


On behalf of the Department of English and friends of Professor Emeritus, Dennis Bonser, we are saddened to share that Dennis passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10. A Funeral Mass was held Aug. 19. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kutztown University Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Kutztown, Pa 19530, with designation to the Men’s & Women’s Basketball programs. Read more about Dennis' 2005 Hall of Fame induction here. Visit his memorial page at the following link.

Department of English

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Aug. 22 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Standard Administrative Office Hours
Aug. 26 8 a.m.
9 a.m.
Faculty and Staff Convocation Celebration
Continental Breakfast
Schaeffer Auditorium


KU Football Ranked 13th in AFCA National Poll

The Kutztown University football team finished off its historic 2021 season ranked a program-best eighth in the final American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Poll. KU is positioned to remain near the top of DII football during 2022, as the Golden Bears were voted 13th in the preseason AFCA Top 25 poll released by the organization. The reigning PSAC champion Golden Bears received four first-place votes and were selected second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division preseason poll.

Sports Information


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.