Daily Brief

Dec. 18, 2023

Fall 2023 Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2023. Watch the on-demand replay, read stories and view photos of Saturday’s ceremony on the commencement coverage webpage.

University Relations

Graduate walking across stage

Thank You from President Hawkinson

I want to express my deepest gratitude to all those who made this past weekend's commencement ceremony a success. So many contributed to the weekend events: the administrators and staff who planned and worked the event, the custodial and grounds crews who prepared the buildings and beautiful landscaping, the police and security personnel, the volunteers, the Department of Music and Department of Cinema, Television and Media Production for enhancing our ceremonies and allowing families across the world to watch our ceremony, our faculty, students and their families and friends. I'm proud to be among you all. Thank you.

Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President


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

Strengthening low pressure moves through the area. Heavy rain is expected to continue during the morning hours. Temperatures drop and winds increase later in the day. High temperature of 56.

Flood warnings are widespread this morning. Watch out for flooded roadways. Turn around, don't drown.


Thank You from the Commencement Staff

A tremendous thank you to the many staff and volunteers who contributed to the success of the commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16. We appreciate the KU community effort that makes our graduations so meaningful to our students and their guests. A special thank you goes out to the members of our facilities crew who work tirelessly behind the scenes, often jumping in to help manage unexpected challenges that arise. The KU Golden Bear spirit shines brightest as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates. Thanks for helping to make it all possible.

KU Commencement Staff/Dean of Students

The Frederick Douglass Institute Announces the Spring 2024 Critical Book Club

The Frederick Douglass Institute invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the Spring 2024 Critical Book Club (hybrid format). Our collective reading will be "The 1619 Project," edited by MacArthur Fellow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Howard University professor Dr. Nikole Hannah-Jones. "The 1619 Project" has been a New York Times and Amazon best seller. In addition, the text has been expanded into a six-part docuseries on Hulu. Join FDI Scholars Dr. Leslie Sotomayor (Art Education) and Dr. SeungEun Min (Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Learning Technologies) as they facilitate our discussion on this provocative, long-form journalistic text that draws from historical research, literature and the arts to examine the origins and aftermath of U.S. slavery. Are you interested in participating? Critical book club participants receive a free copy of the book, a reading calendar, additional resources and goodies. Our meetings will be in person and via Zoom. You can complete the quick registration form using this link to receive your book and the calendar. We look forward to engaging in robust cross-cultural dialogue in a psychologically safe and inclusive space for all campus community members.

Amber Jean-Marie Pabon, Frederick Douglass Institute

2024-2025 Early Event Registration Deadline

The Office of Conference and Event Services has established the deadline for early consideration for room reservations and activities scheduled for the 2024-25 academic year as noon Friday, March 8. For more detailed information and guidelines on the process, please visit the website below. 
Please consider the following when planning your events for the 2024-25 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 Friday, March 8 will be handled on a first-come basis.
 - All events submitted outside of the 2024-25 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, Conference and Event Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Dec. 18 1 p.m. Nuventive Training
Dec. 19 9 a.m. Nuventive Training
Dec. 20 7 p.m. "Season of Light" Holiday Show 
100 Grim
Dec. 21 11 a.m. Nuventive Training


Golden Bear Athletics Recognized by Council of Trustees

The KU Council of Trustees recognized the success of Golden Bear athletics from this past fall season at its December meeting Thursday, Dec. 14, highlighted by KU’s national champion field hockey team. Coaches and team captains of KU women’s soccer, football and field hockey teams were in attendance.

Sports Information


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