Daily Brief

February 24, 2020

Apollo's Fire Brings Baroque to KU

APOLLO'S FIRE BRINGS BAROQUE TO KU
Feb. 25
This period-instrument orchestra was founded by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeanette Sorrell. The concert will feature Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Schaeffer Auditorium. Tickets are $34 for Kutztown University faculty members and staff and $10 for KU students. The KU community can access their discounted tickets using their MyKU log in. https://tinyurl.com/ApollosFireKU
     Amy Botwright, KU Presents!

WEATHER

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

High pressure slowly slides off the Eastern Seaboard as a low pressure moves in from the southern Plains. Clouds will be on the increase but a very pleasant day overall. High temperature near 60. Winds southwest at 5 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEMORIAL MASS
Feb. 24
A memorial mass will be offered by department members for the late Dr. Richard Close and the late Dr. Cheryl Wilf at 12:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, in the Christopher House. Close and Wilf, faculty emeriti, Department of Political Science, both passed away in late 2019.
      Paula Holoviak, Department of Political Science and Public Administration

STUDENT ABSENCE: KU WIND ENSEMBLE TOUR

Feb. 25 and 26
KU Wind Ensemble students will be off campus touring the Lancaster Region from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26. As a professional courtesy, please excuse student members from class on those days. They are responsible for all class work and assignments and should send you a PDF excuse letter. Thank you.
     Daniel Neuenschwander, Department of Music

GOLDEN BEAR BLITZ
Feb. 25 and 26
Join us for Golden Bear Blitz, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Nancy Jean Stump Seiger ΚΌ54, Multipurpose Room, 218 McFarland Student Union. Do you have questions? Let us set you up for success in the fall. Representatives from the Offices of Residence Life, Housing, Dining, Financial Aid, CASA, Student Accounts, Career Development, Student Involvement, Public Safety, Health and Wellness and Academic Enrichment as well as faculty and the Dean of Students will be present to assist you. There will be food and giveaways.
      Julia Scheffler, Office of Residence Life

PLANETARIUM SHOW
Feb. 26
Join us 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Kutztown University Planetarium, 100 Grim Science Building, for "Beyond the Sun: In Search of a New Earth" an animated planetarium show that follows Celeste on her journey to become an expert planet hunter. This event is free and open to the public. https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/planetarium.html
     Phill Reed, Department of Physical Sciences

TOWARD MOURNING
The Department of Communication Studies invites you to join Dr. Ganster’s performance, “Toward mourning: Eulogies for people who are mostly still alive,” 5:45 p.m., Feb. 26, 27 and 28, in The Miller Gallery. Ganster utilizes storytelling techniques, diverse texts, and yoga practices to explore themes of family, loss, mourning and grief. It is a personal exploration of death and letting go. Learn more at  https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/visual-and-performing-arts/majors-minors-and-certificates/communication-studies.html.
     Sandy Himmelreich, Department of Communication Studies

STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT (SEM) PLAN PROCESS
Thanks to the efforts of many, the work of developing the 2020-2025 SEM Plan has been ongoing since August 2019. This process has helped many universities create a strategic enrollment management vision for their institutions. A summary of the process at Kutztown University along with updates is available on the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs webpage found here.
      Warren Hilton, Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

PROPER DISPOSAL OF TONER CARTRIDGES

The University Storeroom will be picking up used toner cartridges at your office. Please email Mail Services at mailservices@kutztown.edu to schedule a pick up. To assist with the recycling of toner cartridges, please save the original box along with the UPS return label that arrived with your cartridge. Place the used cartridge in the box, seal it and place the UPS return label on the outside of the box. If the cartridge was sent from Fraser and there is no return label included, please contact Fraser Global Support at 1-800-422-8599 or email globalsupport@fraser-ais.com and they will email you a return label. Print out the return label and follow the instructions above.
     Pamela Reinhart, Mail Services and Storeroom

NOMINATIONS GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES
Nominations are now open for upcoming vacancies on the:
- Committee on Committees (one tenure or tenure track faculty rep on COC; one professional staff member).
- Grade Appeal Board: three tenured faculty reps (one LAS; one COE; one graduate faculty).
- Strategic Planning and Resources Committee: two faculty representatives, tenured or tenure track, (one COE; one VPA).
- University Senate: two at-large faculty representatives.
- University Senate: one at-large professional staff representative.
All eligible colleagues are encouraged to nominate for the elections that will follow.
For position questions contact Mauricia John at john@kutztown.edu.
For technical issues contact Leah Cassellia at casselli@kutztown.edu.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administration/governance/university-senate/governance-committees.html
     Mauricia John, University Senate

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb. 25

10 a.m.

Golden Bear Blitz
218 McFarland Student Union

Feb. 25

6 p.m.

Pet Therapy
218 McFarland Student Union

Feb. 25

7:30 p.m.

KU Presents! Apollo’s Fire
Schaeffer Auditorium

Feb. 26

10 a.m.

Golden Bear Blitz
218 McFarland Student Union

Feb. 26

5:45 p.m.

Toward Mourning: Dr. Ganster
Miller Gallery

Feb. 26

7 p.m.

Beyond the Sun; In Search of a New Earth
100 Grim Science Building, Planetarium

Feb. 27

11 a.m.

University Curriculum Committee
29 Rohrbach Library

Feb. 27

11 a.m.

CET Panel Discussion
324 McFarland Student Union

Feb. 27

5:45 p.m.

Toward Mourning: Dr. Ganster
Miller Gallery

Feb. 28

8:30 a.m.

Commission on Human Diversity Conference
218 McFarland Student Union

Feb. 28

5 p.m.

Caribbean Festival-Black History Celebration
218 McFarland Student Union

Feb. 28

5:45 p.m.

Toward Mourning: Dr. Ganster
Miller Gallery

Feb. 28

7:30 p.m.

Horn Chamber Music Recital
Georgian Room, Old Main

March 2

3 p.m.

Social Equities Policy Training
312 McFarland Student Union

Feb. 26

4 p.m.

WLAX vs. Caldwell
Keystone Field (Live Stats)

Feb. 28

4:30 p.m.

WLAX vs. Jefferson
Keystone Field (Live Stats)

Feb. 29

1 p.m.

WBB vs. Shippensburg (Senior Day)
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Video)

Feb. 29

3 p.m.

MBB vs. Shippensburg (Senior Day)
Keystone Arena (Live Stats / Video)

CARRY-OVER LEAVE BALANCES
The rollover to the new leave year has been completed and balances have been updated. Employees should be aware that carry-over leave balances must be used by Friday, April 10. After that time, carry-over leave balances will be processed according to the applicable agreement. Don't wait until the last minute to review your balances and use carry-over leave. https://portal.passhe.edu/irj/portal
     Jennifer Weidman, Office of Human Resources

FRIENDFEST 2020
FriendFest is an annual benefit featuring beer and wine tasting, delicious food and various vendors, with all proceeds going to help fund the Optimist Club of Kutztown’s children’s programs in local communities, as well as a donation to assist Friend, Inc. to end poverty in rural Northeastern Berks County. Event takes place Saturday, March 7. For more information and tickets, please visit www.friendfest.org.
     Mark Prevoznik, Facilities

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed to help Kutztown University host the CE Regional Science Olympiad Wednesday, March 11 (snow date March 12). More than 400 students will compete in 26 events based in disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computer science and technology. We need your help to make it happen. You do not need a science background to volunteer. We need help with registration, lobby info, food sales/delivery, setup, scoring, event assistance and more. You can judge an event or help with the appeals board. Club advisers, get your club involved. Please contact volunteer coordinator, Dr. Michael Davis at midavis@kutztown.edu or check out our website for more info. We look forward to having you as part of the team. https://www.kutztown.edu/events/science-olympiad.html
      Joann S. Monko, Eric Laub, Robert Monko, Department of Physical Sciences

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.