Daily Brief

Dec. 17, 2021

Photo of the commencement stage in O'Pake Fieldhouse.

More than 475 students will be awarded degrees during KU's fall commencement Dec. 17-18, at O'Pake Fieldhouse. KU's graduate ceremony for master's degree candidates is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17. The undergraduate ceremony is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Kamar Bennett will serve as the graduate speaker, Jordan A. Metzger will serve as the undergraduate speaker and Dr. Julia L. Hovanec, associate professor of art education, will serve as the faculty speaker. KU will provide live video, photos and more, of its commencement ceremonies. A special thank you to students and professors from Cinema, Television and Media Production for teaming with the Marketing and Communications office to provide live coverage. Read More.
     University Relations

You might notice a few fresh faces on the homepage at www.kutztown.edu. One of them is Rylee Derr, a senior, majoring in Elementary Education/Pre-K-4 and Special Education/K-8. Find out why Rylee chose KU and all about her majors here.
     University Relations

Photo of Rylee Derr standing in front of a classroom chalkboard holding an elementary picture book open.
Photo of the 12 fall 2021 Honors Program graduates.

The Honors Program recognized its twelve fall graduates with the awarding of medals, cords, and certificates Wednesday, Dec. 15, in 250 McFarland Student Union. These students successfully completed all of the requirements of the Honors Program, including the Capstone project. Please stop by Honors Hall and be inspired by the work submitted from: Jadesola Alatishe (Finance), Tiersa Curry (Anthropology), Rebecca Domas (Art History), Camille Kester (Computer Science and Applied Digital Arts), Mason Kester (Communication Design), Courtney O'Connell (Computer Science), Josh Ristovski (Communication Design), Rebecca Roux (Anthropology and Environmental Science), Rebecca Schweitzer (Professional Writing), Daniel Stevens (Geography and Geology), Melissa Stough (English) and Sabrina Vagasky (Computer Science).
     Jennifer Schlegel, Honors Program


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

Cold front passes through on Friday. The passage will be dry as relative humidity values will be exceptionally low. Winds will pick up some and we may flirt with a minimal level of wildfire potential. High temperature in the mid-50s. Winds west at 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph.


Roman Altshuler, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, was selected for the inaugural year of the Marc Sanders Foundation’s Philosophy in the Media fellowship. Out of 264 applicants, 30 were selected to receive training from media industry professionals in order to increase the visibility of philosophy in public media through training and contacts in Op-Ed, long-form writing, or podcasting. Altshuler was selected for the Op-Ed writing workshop.
     Roman Altshuler, Department of Philosophy  

The electrical panel in Berks Hall was replaced and power restored to the entire building. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
     Kyle Mills, Facilities Maintenance

Holiday reminder: Please prepare USPS Mail, Express Packages, UPS and FEDEX packages for processing no later than Dec. 22 to guarantee the mail will be posted and packages shipped out before the holiday break begins.
     Mail Services & Storeroom

Student Recreation Center
Dec. 20-23 and Jan. 3-22
Student Recreation Center
– 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
– No group exercise classes
– Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2
Keystone Hall Swimming Pool
– 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday
– Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday
– 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
– Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2
     Tracy Turner, Recreation Services





Dec. 17

11 a.m.

Brenda McCauley Retirement
Student Recreation Center

Dec. 17

1 p.m.

Pam Reinhart Retirement
Lobby Academic Forum

Dec. 17

5 p.m.

Graduate Commencement
Keystone Fieldhouse

Dec. 18

10 a.m.

Undergraduate Commencement
O’Pake Fieldhouse

Dec. 21

7 p.m.

“Season of Light” Holiday Planetarium Show (Sold Out)
Planetarium, 100 Grim Science Building

Dec. 24-Jan 2


University closed

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.

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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.