Daily Brief

February 1, 2021

ADAPTING MUSIC MAKING
Watch Kutztown University Rock Ensemble's Fall 2020 semester recap to see the band rehearse both indoors and outdoors, perform shows in front of Schaeffer Auditorium, run their own recording sessions and all the fun moments in between. Original song “Yellow” by Christina Baker, senior music commercial track, music history and jazz major. Click here to watch. “Thanks for the support the music students gave to us all last semester - the pandemic did not slow them down.” – President Hawkinson
     University Relations

WEATHER

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

Coastal low continues to produce wintry conditions. Snow will be heavy at times. High temperature near 30. Winds northeast at 15 mph, gusting to 30 mph. Snow accumulations between 5-9 inches during the day with another 3-5 inches during the evening and overnight.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CURRENT EVENT CANCELLATIONS
During inclement weather, events and schedules change rapidly. The university will update the current event cancellations webpage with information on event cancellations. We cannot guarantee that an event will be held as scheduled if it does not appear on this page. If you are unsure if something will be postponed or canceled, please contact the organizer.
Event Coordinators: If you are a coordinator of an official university-sponsored event and wish to include information on the event cancellations webpage, email the notification and any rescheduling information to University Relations – UR@kutztown.edu. You must send from your kutztown.edu email address and include your contact information.
     University Relations

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Patrick Donmoyer, director of KU’s Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, and Rebecca Munro, on the birth of Emil Theron Donmoyer Munro born Jan. 27.
     Matt Santos, University Relations and Athletics

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Now is the time to submit nominations for the January 2021 Employee of the Month.
https://fs7.formsite.com/kutzuniv/EOM/index.html
     Alexis Martin, Office of Human Resources

2021 MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT 56 CENTS PER MILE
In accordance with a change in the U.S. General Services Administration’s privately owned vehicle mileage reimbursement rates and Board of Governors’ Policy 1986-07-A, Travel Expense Regulations, the reimbursement rate for use of a personal automobile for official State System travel has decreased to 56 cents per mile effective January 1. Complete information on rates of reimbursement for official State System travel is available on the System's website.
     Matt Assad, Office of the Comptroller

REGISTERING SPRING 2021 EVENTS IN EMS
Please continue to register any in-person or virtual events for the current Spring 2021 semester in the university's central reservation system, EMS. This is to ensure we are able to capture all of the many amazing things that are going on throughout our beautiful campus and in our virtual world as well. For questions regarding how to register your event in EMS, please feel free to email our office at conferenceservices@kutztown.edu or call us at 610-683-1359.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/conference-and-event-services/internal-events/ems-room-reservation-system.html
     Jason Garcia, Office of Conference and Event Services

BYSTANDER TRAINING
Feb. 1
Bystander training is a two-hour training, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1, using the Step Up! program that teaches students (and interested faculty and staff) to intervene if they see someone being harassed or discriminated against. The focus is geared specifically towards racial harassment as part of the APSCUF Social Justice Committee Black Lives Matter Week of Action Events. Zoom Link: https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95295699308.
     Tabetha Bernstein-Danis, APSCUF Social Justice Committee

OPEN FORUM - DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS SEARCH
Feb. 1
The Division of University Relations and Athletics welcomes candidates for the position of director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Resumes and cover letters for each of the candidates will be available on the search website the day prior to the candidate's visit. The files will be accessible by entering your KU login credentials. Candidate A - Open Forum: 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1, https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/96285523058. Meeting ID: 962 8552 3058
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/university-relations-and-athletics/director-of-athletics-search.html
     Brandon Nolt, Athletic Faculty Search Committee

DSO UPDATE AND INFO SESSION FOR FACULTY
Feb. 3
The Office of Disability Services is hosting an information session 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, to refresh your knowledge about the accommodation process and discuss implementation of specific accommodations including flexibility with attendance and assignment deadlines. Universal design and accessibility of classroom/instructional materials will also be discussed. Time will be allotted for questions and participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and best practices.
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/96891578310?pwd=K2tUTmJTYzJBNHVabGJNaU1ZOXJJQT09
     Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

SEARCHING FOR WATER IN HUMANITARIAN CRISES
Feb. 4
Join us 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, for a presentation of the geophysical search and the discovery of water in a few of the refugee camps and conflict zones in East Africa. This seminar is hosted by the Geophysics Society of KU and presented by Paul Bauman, the 2021 Distinguished Lecturer of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysics. Additional information, including a biography of the presenter, an abstract of the presentation and the Zoom meeting room and password can be found at: http://faculty.kutztown.edu/sherrod/GSKU2021.pdf. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in the topic. Everyone is welcome to attend.
     Laura Sherrod, Physical Sciences/Geophysics Society of Kutztown University

UPDATED SABBATICAL APPLICATION-COLLECTION SCHEDULE
Sabbatical Leave Committee will be available in 130 Lytle Hall to collect one original and seven back-to-back photocopies of your sabbatical application during the following updated hours:
— Thursday, Feb. 4, and Friday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Monday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to noon.
Submit an electronic copy of your sabbatical application to SharePoint first. The submission link was sent to your KU email. More information can be found on the APSCUF-KU website. Please let me know if you have any questions.
     Yun (Amy) Lu, Sabbatical Leave Committee

DENISE BOSLER EDD DISSERTATION DEFENSE
Feb. 15
The College of Education announces Denise Bosler is defending her Doctor of Education dissertation, "How Will I Thrive? Developing Designer Professional Identity Among Undergraduate Communication Design Students,” noon., Monday, Feb. 15, via Zoom: https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91413113278.
     Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

FREE WALK-IN MATH TUTORING
The Department of Mathematics offers free, walk-in, peer tutoring for students in mathematics classes from MAT 17 through and including the Calculus sequence. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this valuable resource. Tutors are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. in Lytle 226 and via Zoom.
https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/liberal-arts-and-sciences/departments/mathematics/math-tutoring.html
     Brian Kronenthal and Ju Zhou, Department of Mathematics

OFFICE MANAGER POSITION AVAILABLE
Office manager for the Association of State College and University Faculties, at Kutztown University: This is a nine-month full-time, summer half-time, position with year-long full benefits, beginning as soon as possible. Starting salary is $30,025, with liberal benefits and vacation package included. Email cover letter, resume/job history and contact information for three references to khondake@kutztown.edu by Friday, Feb. 5. Full job description can be found on APSCUF KU website: https://www.apscuf.org/universities/kutztown/.
     Sarra Guissé, APSCUF-KU

PSECU OFFERING $100 NEW-MEMBER BONUS FOR STUDENTS

If you are currently enrolled as a Kutztown University student, or know a student who could benefit from this promotion, PSECU is thrilled to share that we are offering a $100 new-member bonus for students who open a free checking account and sign up for digital banking. PSECU accounts are free to maintain and can be accessed digitally – anytime, anywhere – as well as through a vast network of free, nation-wide ATMS. For more information please contact the PSECU office at 610-814-4814 or email PSECU manager, Kelly Ann Ryan at kryan@psecu.com.

SPRING 2021: REGULAR HOURS RESUME

McFarland Student Union
Effective Friday, Jan. 29
— Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
— Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rohrbach Library
Saturday, Jan. 30, through Friday, May 7
— Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
— Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Sunday: 2-10 p.m.
Student Recreation Center
Effective Monday, Feb. 1
— Sunday: 1-11 p.m.
— Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
— Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
— Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
KU Campus Bookstore
Monday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, May 8
— Monday through Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
— Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
     University Relations

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan. 19-Feb. 12

 

Winter Welcome Weeks
Event Schedule

Feb. 1

12:30 p.m.

Bystander Training
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95295699308

Feb. 1

2 p.m.

Open Forum: Athletic Director Search Candidate A
Link on the search webpage.

Feb. 2

2 p.m.

Open Forum: Athletic Director Search Candidate B
Link on the search webpage.

Feb. 2

5 p.m.

Movie: Fruitvale Station
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95295699308

Feb. 3

1 p.m.

Black Lives Matter Week of Action Educator Session
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95295699308

Feb. 3

3 p.m.

DSO Update and Information Session for Faculty
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/96891578310

Feb. 3

4 p.m.

Patrisse Cullors: When They Call You a Terrorist
Online: https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6629757

Feb. 4

11 a.m.

Speaker: Valarie Cofield
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95295699308

Feb. 4

11 a.m.

DSO Update and Information Session for Faculty
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/99996069288

Feb. 4

11 a.m.

Searching for Water in Humanitarian Crises
Click here for information and Zoom link

Feb. 4

2 p.m.

Open Forum: Athletic Director Search Candidate C
Link on the search webpage.

Feb. 4

4 p.m.

University Senate Meeting
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/97587342472

Feb. 8

 

I Heart KU: Week
https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6675234

Feb. 8

2 p.m.

Open Forum: Athletic Director Search Candidate D
Link on the search webpage.

CARRYOVER LEAVE USAGE
Reminder for staff: If you have personal and/or excess annual leave carried over from 2020, it must be used by Friday, April 9. Leave balances can be viewed in Employee Self-Service. https://portal.passhe.edu/irj/portal
      Jennifer Weidman, Office of Human Resources

GET BETTER EMAIL MARKETING RESULTS
Feb. 3
Whether you’re not sure how to segment your list or you just want to learn more, we’ll share strategies and tips that help you segment your list to send more relevant information to your subscribers, 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 3, via Zoom. https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27339
     Rachael Wolfe, KU SBDC

REGISTRATION OPEN - ANNUAL HUMAN DIVERSITY CONFERENCE
Feb 26
Please use the link to register for the 11th annual Human Diversity Conference at Kutztown University, held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26. All events will take place online using the Zoom platform. We have an exciting program in the works with presentations by faculty, staff, students and community members on a range of topics related to equity, social justice and human diversity. This year's conference theme is "Diversity in a Virtual World: Toward Equity and Inclusion." https://bit.ly/392pOpU
     Mark Wolfmeyer, Commission on Human Diversity

BAGPIPE LESSONS

The Kutztown Pipe Band is offering free introductory bagpipe lessons, with in-person and online options available. Lessons start in February and are open to everyone: faculty, staff, students and community members. Contact sherrod@kutztown.edu for additional information.
http://faculty.kutztown.edu/sherrod/KPB.aspx
     Laura Sherrod, Department of Physical Sciences/Kutztown Pipe Band

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER SPRING 2021
Please share with students: The KUWC reopened online Monday, Jan. 25, and in person Monday, Feb. 1, in 100c Rohrbach Library. Please call 610-683-4733 or email wrcenter@kutztown.edu to set up an in-person appointment. To begin using the WCOnline site and schedule a session, please go to https://kutztown.mywconline.com. https://kutztownwritingcenter.wordpress.com/
     Patricia Pytleski, University Writing Center

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.