Daily Brief

December 7, 2020

2020 HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Yesterday would have been our annual holiday celebration for employees of Kutztown University. While we weren't able to gather in person this year, President Hawkinson and his wife, Ann Marie, shared a holiday message with our campus community. In addition, enjoy some holiday performances by KU's clarinet ensemble and university choir. Watch Here.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

WEATHER

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

Low pressure continues to develop off the Carolina coast but will remain south of our region. High pressure scoots in from the west and takes up residence over the Eastern U.S. for the next several days. Partly sunny and chilly tomorrow. High temperature in the upper-30s. Winds northwest at 5-10 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

40% OFF APPAREL AND GIFT
Dec. 7
Save 40% off apparel and gifts with the last Pawbucks of the year.
https://www.kubstore.com
     KU Campus Store

CONFERENCE ON HUMAN DIVERSITY
Dec. 7 – deadline
The KU Commission on Human Diversity is pleased to announce its 11th annual Conference on Human Diversity that will be held virtually Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Please save the date and consider offering a presentation, panel or workshop session. This year’s theme, “Diversity in a Virtual World: Toward Equity and Inclusion,” encourages presentations related to diversity, equity and inclusion in a virtual world. Students and scholars are welcome to present on any topic related to human diversity. Please submit your presentation ideas at https://bit.ly/3fzcz1R by Monday, Dec. 7. Please share this call for presentations.
     Stephen W. Stoeffler, Commission on Human Diversity

PETRITSA CHATZITZIVA'S RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
Dec. 8
Please join us at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, as we celebrate Petritsa Chatzitziva’s retirement. She has provided more than 15 years of service to Kutztown University. During her time at KU, Petritsa has worked in both the Multi-Cultural Center and the Office of Student Involvement where she worked with many students and assisted in the planning of hundreds of university programs. We hope you join us to wish her well. Join Zoom Meeting: https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/92457195509
     Amanda Garcia, McFarland Student Union

TARDIGRADE VIEW - ELECTRON MICROSCOPE STUDENT SHOW
Dec. 8
Curious people of all ages are welcome. Most of the things we see in our everyday lives are smaller than miles, but bigger than grains of sand. Just because we cannot easily see really small things with our naked eyes, that doesn’t mean tiny things don’t play big roles in our world. Kutztown University’s electron microscope enable us to see extraordinarily tiny things – things smaller than a freckle on a flea. Please join KU science students in a live exploration of very tiny things using a very big microscope,7-8:45 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8. Zoom Meeting ID: 933 5733 1703 – Passcode: 488546.
     Kurt Friehauf, Department of Physical Sciences

FREE AUTO BUYING WEBINAR
Dec. 9
For some people, buying a vehicle is a thrilling experience – finding the right one, haggling for the best price and driving away in a new ride. But for others, shopping for new wheels is unpleasant and stressful. As one of the top auto lenders* in Pennsylvania, we know a lot about the buying process. Because of this, we are presenting a free auto buying webinar at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 9. We'll cover tips for buying, differences between buying and leasing and other general financial considerations. Register via the provided link by 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7. This webinar is free and open to everyone. *Based on December 2019 Auto Lender Summary from Experian.
https://campaign.documatix.com/DM/DPS/WebForms/WebForm/E335FA32A55225B9
     Kelly Ann Ryan, PSECU

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Dec. 10
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet remotely Thursday, Dec. 10. There will be no physical location for the meeting as a safety precaution given the current COVID-19 crisis and current social-distancing guidelines.
- An Executive Session will be held at 11:30 a.m.
- Committee Meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 919 7907 3829
Passcode: 071394
Dial: 646-876-9923
- Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 980 6714 1149
Passcode: 198684
Dial: 646-876-9923
     Office of the President

THANK YOU FROM MARIA HERNANDEZ
Many thanks for the beautiful cards and kind messages following the recent death of my mother. Your kindness during this sad time is greatly appreciated.
     Maria Hernandez, Office of Inclusion and Outreach

PUBLICATION
The Department of Biology is pleased to announce a publication by biology faculty members Carol Mapes and Greg Setliff along with faculty member Richard Courtney of geography, and alumnus Kelly Bothur ’13, Bachelor of Science in environmental science/biology. The paper titled: “Range expansion of the Asian Chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmus kuiphilus Yasumatsu (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) in the Mid-Atlantic States,” was published in the Transactions of the American Entomological Society.
     Chris Sacchi, Department of Biology

PCARD HOLDERS/APPROVERS
We are in the process of implementing a new procedure. Please disregard any emails you received from BOA (WORKS). No action is required at this time. I will be sending out a “Welcome” email within the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mvink@passhe.edu. Thank you.
     Mary Vink, Procurement

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Now is the time to submit nominations for the November 2020 Employee of the Month.
https://fs7.formsite.com/kutzuniv/EOM/index.html
     Alexis Martin, Office of Human Resources

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec. 7-12

 

Finals Week
Virtual

Dec. 8

2 p.m.

Petritsa Chatzitziva's Retirement Celebration
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/92457195509

Dec. 9

8 p.m.

Jourdain Fisher Comedy
Virtual; Register at: http://bit.ly/KUPAcomedy1209

Dec. 10

noon

Miller-Keystone Blood Drive
Click here to preregister

Dec. 10

1:30 p.m.

Council of Trustees Committee Meetings
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91979073829

Dec. 10

3 p.m.

Council of Trustees Plenary Session
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/98067141149

Dec. 12

9 a.m.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony
https://www.kutztown.edu/virtualcommencement

SEND PETRITSA WELL WISHES ON HER RETIREMENT
We are creating a video montage for Petritsa for her retirement after 15 years at KU. To submit a video, please use click here.
     Amanda Garcia, McFarland Student Union

WEBINAR SERIES ON SERVICE LEARNING
Faculty interested in incorporating service learning into classes, and staff advising student organizations doing community service may be interested in a series of webinars from Campus Compact. Two good webinars are scheduled in December. Register at https://events.compact.org/20-webinars.
     Jerry Schearer, Community Outreach 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.