Daily Brief

Dec. 15, 2022

Fall 2022 Commencement Set for Saturday, Dec. 17

More than 410 students will be awarded degrees during Kutztown University's fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 17, at O'Pake Fieldhouse. Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president, and Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will preside. KU's graduate ceremony for master's and doctoral degree candidates is scheduled for 9 a.m., followed by the undergraduate ceremony at 1 p.m.

University Relations


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

A wintry mix of precipitation is likely for the first half of the day with the tendency for things to change to plain rain by later on. Be cautious of slick roads until that full changeover occurs. Winds will be on the increase as low pressure wraps up off to our immediate east. High temperatures around 36. East winds gusting to about 20 mph, and as high as 40 mph tonight.


Kutztown University Council of Trustees Meeting

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet Thursday, Dec. 15.
Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.
- Academic & Student Affairs Committee, 323 MSU.
- Finance, Property and Audit Committee, 322 MSU.
- Human Diversity Committee, 325 MSU.
- University Relations & Athletics and Advancement Committee, 324 MSU.
The Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m. in 250 McFarland Student Union Building.

Office of the President

Canceled-Karen Essig Retirement Party

The retirement party scheduled today for Karen Essig has unfortunately been canceled. If you would like to wish her well please feel free to stop by the registrar's office.

Ben Trout, Office of the Registrar

Nuventive Training for Administrative Units and Offices

Did you miss our Nuventive trainings last month? No worries, we have added a fourth session to the schedule. Please join us 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 for a how-to training. Topics include viewing and entering yearly assessment reports, as well as five-year program reviews. Karen Rauch will facilitate the sessions via Zoom; meeting ID: 966 7220 4558 Passcode: 852050.

Karen Rauch, Office of the Provost

2023-2024 Early Event Registration Deadline - March 11, 2023

The Office of Conference and Event Services has established the deadline for early consideration for room reservations and activities scheduled for the 2023-24 academic year as noon March 10, 2023. For detailed information and guidelines on the process please go to the 2023-2024 Early Event Registration website. Please consider the following when planning your events for the 2023-24 academic year:
- All requests must be entered by a faculty or staff member in the EMS Room Reservation System.
- Any early reservation requests for a student organization must be submitted by that organization’s advisor.
- Any events received after noon March 10, will be handled on a first come basis.
- All events submitted outside of the 2023-24 academic year will be handled at the appropriate time according to scheduling policies.
If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to call ext. 3-4105 or email jgarcia@kutztown.edu.

Jason Garcia, Office of Conference and Event Services

DSO Welcomes New Assistant Director: Assistive and Computer Technology

The Office of Disability Services is pleased to welcome Amber Leidy as the assistant director: Assistive and Computer Technology. Amber will serve as the department expert on assistive and computer technology as it relates to accessibility of the campus and provision of accommodations. To contact Amber, please email aleidy@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4108.

Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

Name Change for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that as of Jan. 2, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching will embrace a broader mission at Kutztown University to include supporting faculty in their creative and scholarly work, as well as service. After consultation with various stakeholders, we are changing the name to “The Center for Engaged Learning.” Additionally, we are integrating the Office of Distance Education into the CEL and Douglas Scott will join incoming faculty director, Dr. Erin Kraal, as an integral member of the leadership team in the center. We look forward to the vision and energy that this merger will bring. Please direct any questions to Dr. Karen Rauch, interim vice provost for Extended and Lifelong Learning.

Karen Rauch, Office of the Provost

Winter Break Hours

Student Recreation Center
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 to Friday, Jan. 20
- Closed Monday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Jan. 2
Keystone Hall Pool
- Closed Monday, Dec. 19 to Monday, Jan. 2
- 8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 to Friday, Jan. 20 

Tracy Turner, Student Rec Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Dec. 15 1:30 p.m. COT Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
Dec. 15 Canceled Karen Essig Retirement
Dec. 15 3 p.m. Council of Trustees Plenary Session
250 McFarland Student Union
Dec. 15 6:30 p.m. Extreme Planets
Planetarium, Grim Science Building
Dec. 16 10 a.m. Nuventive Training for Administrative Units and Offices
Zoom ID: 966 7220 4558 Passcode: 852050
Dec. 16 1 p.m. Susan Haas Retirement
209 Stratton Administration Center
Dec. 17 9 a.m. Graduate Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse
Dec. 17 1 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse
Dec. 19 5 p.m. AFSCME 2234 Membership Meeting
203 Academic Forum
Dec. 21 6:30 p.m. Season of Light Holiday Planetarium Show
Grim Science Building

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 .