Daily Brief

December 24, 2020

Square screenshot individual images of Alexis Pursell, Amanda Remick and Rachel Speranza are inlaid at the top of an image of a snow covered Alaskan landscape.

Kutztown University is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its relationship with an unexpected place – the Lake Peninsula School District in Alaska. Dr. Kristen Bazley, associate professor in the College of Education, started the Kutztown University Liaison Project in 2010. The program pairs KU students in undergraduate and graduate teacher-education classes with children in an Alaskan classroom to provide instructional assistance, both online and in person. The KU students hone their teaching skills while tutoring students in remote villages across the school district in Bush, Alaska, which serves 13 isolated villages along the Alaskan Peninsula. Read More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

Square with individual screenshots of the three special education majors, and their supervisor, who presented at the 2020 TASH Conference.

Special education majors Kailey Smith, Robin Smith and Tori Bissinger (supervised by professor Kyleigh Ivory) present their poster titled, “Teachers' Perceptions of Preparedness Working with Students with Chronic Medical Conditions: A Review,” at the 2020 TASH Conference. See this and other UGRC stories in our gallery at: www.kutztown.edu/ugrc
     Lynn M Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity


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

An ugly (but warm) Christmas Eve. Temperatures will spike to near 60 out ahead of a dynamic system which contains a low pressure and a cold front. Rain will move in in the afternoon and continue, heavy at times Christmas Eve night with even a thunderstorm possible. Rapidly melting snowpack will contribute to some flash flooding and fog as one to two inches of rain fall. Winds will be high and Santa sure will need Rudolph to guide the way tonight. That strong cold front then swings through before dawn Christmas morning and any leftover rain showers may end as a couple snow showers as temperatures plummet throughout the day from a 12:01 a.m. high of about 60 down to the 20s by the end of Christmas Day. Hopefully your holiday is better than this forecast.


Kutztown University has adjusted its reopening plan for the start of the spring semester. Classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19, using a 100% online format for the first two weeks. Residence halls will open Friday, Jan. 29. Dining halls will open at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29. Classes will return to originally-scheduled course modalities, including face-to-face instruction, beginning Monday, Feb. 1. KU also has instituted additional mitigation efforts and testing protocols for students' and employees’ return to campus in January. Read more at https://www.kutztown.edu/spring2021.
     University Relations


A reminder before the break to have students (undergraduate and now graduate) submit proposals for the KU Inspires Celebration of Research and Creativity. Link to proposal form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fzp0rbpt2SG5a_rCGzqEojzrpWgCqbFP2ZsOoN2wN0M/edit
– Paper presentations (in person or virtual); 15 minute paper presentations.
– Poster sessions (virtual).
– Displays of artwork, zines, digital projects (virtual).
– Performances.
– Short film festival (virtual).
– Graduate student paper (in person or virtual).
– Graduate student poster (virtual).
     Lynn M Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity


Starting 7 a.m., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, Penn Power Group will be on campus servicing emergency generators throughout the week. During this time, the generators will be serviced and run which could trigger warning alarms. Alarms may be noticeable in certain residence halls but will not be audible in other locations. This will not disrupt power to any building. The biggest annoyance will be the noise when the generators are running. This will be brief and likely not noticeable at most locations. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
     Will Meeker, Campus Services, Facilities


Dec. 25-Jan. 3

All Day


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