Daily Brief

Aug. 30, 2023

KU Professor Writes Play; World Premiere Sept. 21 in Philadelphia

"COVID Queertet" is a new play from Kutztown University professor playwright, Dr. Deryl Johnson. The play explores the question of “Who controls your identity after your death?” The world premier is set to debut 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Pa. Set during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the evening takes an ominous turn when four actors begin to examine the artistic works, identities and legacies of Oscar Wilde, Willa Cather, José Sarria and Kutztown, Pa. native Keith Haring. This DEI-themed play explores the contemporary LGBTQ+ issues of identity, suicide and practice of “outing” people. The show features works by Cather, who won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Literature and would have been 150 years old this year, Haring and Sarria, who once spoke at KU.

University Relations

Corporal Amanda George

Corporal Amanda George Promoted to Criminal Investigator

Chief David Drezek is proud to announce the promotion of Corporal Amanda George to criminal investigator. Corporal George started at Kutztown University in August 2004, and was promoted to the rank of corporal in November 2007. Corporal George is the department's R.A.D. and field training coordinator. She will be assigned to the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1st Platoon. Please join our department in wishing Amanda all the best on her new position.

Public Safety and Police Services


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

Chance of showers and storms in the morning before a cold front passes. Skies will clear by the afternoon or evening. High temperature near 81.


Thank You from President Hawkinson

As we begin our first week of the 2023-24 academic year at Kutztown University, I want to express my appreciation to all members of our community. To our faculty who have prepared for their classes and have welcomed our students to the classroom; to all those involved in assisting with orientation, convocations and move-in weekend; to our physical plant members who, despite challenges, worked tirelessly to prepare our campus for the new year and made it look beautiful inside and outside our buildings; and to the countless others who made KU a welcoming place for our students. Congratulations on a job well done.

Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President

Employee of the Month

Now is the time to submit nominations for the August 2023 Employee of the Month.

Alexis Martin, Human Resources

Campus Tickets for KU Faculty and Staff

Use your KU login, create an account and access discounted tickets to KU Presents and other performances, plus receive four free tickets to each regular season home football game.

KU Box Office

10th Annual Reading Fightin' Phils LGBT PrideNight

Join KU at the 10th Annual Reading Fightin' Phils LGBT PrideNight: Reading Fightin Phils vs. Portland Sea Dogs at FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 5. The Reading Fightin Phils are a Minor League Baseball team based in Reading, Pa., playing in the Northeast Division of the Eastern League. 
- Faculty, staff and students can pick up free game tickets at the Boxwood House or at the MSU Information Desk.
- Bus departs MSU Parking Lot at 5:30 p.m. Limited bus seating available. If interested, register for the free bus on Engage. 
- Game time is at 6:45 p.m.

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center


Faculty Promotion Informational Meetings

This semester the University Promotion Committee (UPC) will offer three virtual informational sessions to discuss promotion related issues and address any concerns. The procedures and required documents for tenure and promotion have changed from previous years, so we strongly encourage any promotion candidate to attend this meeting, as well as department chairs and DPC chairs. The members of the University Tenure Committee will also be available. The meetings will be held on Zoom at https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/8962249170 on the following dates:
- 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14
- 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20
- 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12

Nicole Johnson, Special Education

Research Committee 2023-2024 Guidelines

The Research Committee provides funding to faculty and administrators to facilitate their research. The 2023-2024 guidelines are now available, please follow the link below for more information. A letter of intent must be submitted to Heather Arbuckle at arbuckle@kutztown.edu by Monday, Oct. 16 with the title of the proposal only. We require a letter of intent, so the office knows how many proposals to expect. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 30. Please note that there is $70,000 available for funding grants. The Research Committee will make awards in December.

Heather Arbuckle, Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects

Call for Proposals for Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference

Call for proposals for the 2023 Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference: "Advocacy in Action." We cordially invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, activists and independent scholars to prepare presentations for the 7th annual Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference at Kutztown University Friday, Oct. 6. We encourage professionals from a wide variety of fields to submit a presentation proposal. Proposals are due Friday, Sept. 15. We are looking for presentations and workshops with specific learning outcomes focused on the topics of social justice, healthcare, education, academic research, politics and advocacy as it relates to the LGBT community. Please submit proposals through our Form on ENGAGE.

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Aug. 31 11 a.m.  Unity Rally
Schaeffer Lawn 
Sept. 4
All Day
University Closed
Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 5 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doodle Day
MSU and Sharadin Arts Building 
Date Time Event
Aug. 31 3 p.m. Field Hockey vs. New Haven
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Live Video)

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.

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 Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at . Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Kutztown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity that it operates, including admissions and employment. Any inquiries regarding the application of Title IX at Kutztown University may be made to Bradley Davis, the university’s Title IX coordinator, located in Old Main A-Wing, Room 02A, by phone at 610-683-4782 or by email at . You may also contact 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 e-mail at .