Daily Brief

Dec. 6, 2023

KU Prepares Teachers to Lead with the Launch of KU Teacher Leadership Academy

Kutztown University proudly introduces the Kutztown University Teacher Leadership Academy, a transformative initiative dedicated to nurturing and empowering the next generation of education leaders. The university announced its inaugural partner with the program at an event Thursday, Nov. 30, with Schuylkill Valley School District. Building on a legacy of excellence in teacher education, Kutztown University has consistently produced influential educators. The KU Teacher Leadership Academy is the university's latest commitment to advancing educational practices and fostering the development of educators who will lead with innovation and impact.

University Relations

(L to R) Kassidy Kostick, Maren Cole, Alessia Matha, Bertha Minnick, and Ashley Stewart.

Fall 2023 Inductees of The Criminal Justice Honor Society - Alpha Phi Sigma

The Kappa Alpha chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma) was established in 2008. Seven new members were inducted for Fall 2023.

Dr. Pietro Toggia, Department of Criminal Justice

(L to R) Senior Julianna Clark, Dr. Nicole Johnson, Dr. Kathleen Stanfa, and Senior Olivia Nyce

"Getting in Touch With Literacy" Conference, Florida

Students and faculty in the Special Education Visual Impairment program presented original research at the "Getting in Touch with Literacy" Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Nicole Johnson, Special Education


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

Scattered snow flurries this morning will give way to mostly cloudy conditions. A few peeks of sunshine are possible. High temperature near 40.


President's Holiday Celebration

Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and Mrs. Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson invite you and your family to a Holiday Celebration 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, Georgian Room, Old Main. Kindly reply by Wednesday, Dec. 6 with the number of guests through the online reply form.

Office of the President

Twelve Days of Deals - Day Six

Today is day six of "12 Days of Deals." Save 30% off hats. Each deal is valid until Tuesday, Dec. 12 and excludes other sales and promotions.

Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store

Local Color: Cultivating Communities by Gwendolyn Yoppolo

When you grow a plant, you grow an ecosystem and participate in communities of ancestry, place and culture. In this presentation titled "Local Color: Cultivating Communities," professor Gwendolyn Yoppolo will tell stories about plant-based color from her research connected to the KU-Rodale Institute collaborative dye garden project 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 120 Sharadin Arts Building. Rooted in the principles of regenerative agriculture, the dye garden project also investigates notions of native and invasive plants while analyzing cultural understandings, relationships of power and ways of relating to plants. Tending the dye gardens has been an act of intimacy with these plants and our campus communities, dwelling in the histories of each and envisioning how our relationship to plants, people and places can provide us with sources of color and inspiration. Faculty First Thursday presentations provide an opportunity for faculty to present their ongoing work to colleagues and students from across the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This free presentation is open to the entire university community and is presented by the Dean’s Office of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Refreshments will be served 10:30-11 a.m. and presentations will be 11 a.m. to noon.

Joselyn Wynter, CVPA Dean's Office

Chambliss Undergraduate Student Academic Achievement Awards

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate undergraduate students graduating December 2023 or May 2024 for this prestigious award. Nominees should exemplify an exceptional individual achievement in one or more categories. A list of categories and a nomination form can be found here. The nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 12.

Andrea Kirshman, Student Success & Academic Excellence


Philosophy Club

The KU Philosophy Club will meet 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Heart and Hearth, 466 W. Main Street (a few doors from Stratton Administration Center). Allan Bäck will present "Wabi Sabi," a Japanese aesthetics and ethics. Reception follows. All are welcome. Persons with a disability and who require accommodation should notify the Disability Services Office before the event at 610-683-4108 or dso@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4499 to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.

Allan T. Back, Philosophy and Government

Spring 2024 Student Course Assistant (SCA) Requests

Tutoring Services is now accepting requests from faculty for Student Course Assistants (SCA) for Spring 2024. Learn more about the SCA position by clicking here. To request an SCA, please complete the Student Course Assistant & First-Year Experience Guide Request Form: Spring 2024. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact tutor@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4207.

Adam Troxel, Tutoring Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Dec. 6 7:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble II Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
Dec. 7 10:30 a.m. "Local Color: Cultivating Communities" Presentation
Sharadin Arts Building
Dec. 7 2 p.m. VPA Associate Dean Search Candidate 2
202 Acadaemic Forum
Dec. 7 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting 
103 Academic Forum
Dec. 7 7:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble I Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
Dec. 8 1 p.m. COB Associate Dean Search Candidate C
106 de Francesco
Dec. 10 1 p.m. President's Holiday Celebration
Georgian Room, Old Main
Dec. 10 3 p.m. Golden Bear Dance Company Fall Showcase
Schaeffer Auditorium
Dec. 11 2 p.m. VPA Associate Dean Search Candidate 3
202 Academic Forum
Dec. 11 7:30 p.m. Holiday Concert
Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research
Anchors at news desk.

Athletics Success Featured on WFMZ

Kutztown University was featured on Tuesday, Dec. 5, evening's WFMZ newscast, promoting the athletics success this fall. Watch online.

University Relations

Dec. 6 5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Holy Family
Keystone Arena
Video | Stats
Dec. 9 1 p.m. Women's Swimming vs. Kean
Keystone Natatorium
Dec. 9 3:30 p.m. Football at Colorado School of Mines
NCAA National Semifinals
Golden, Colo.
Video | Stats

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 .