Daily Brief

February 18, 2021

Up front is a black cube with the words "Spread Kindness" on the left side, and on the right side of the cube are the words "Be the reason someone smiles today." Although blurry, to the rear left of the cube are purple tulips in a short glass vase.

WELLNESS TIP OF MONTH: BEATING THE WINTER BLUES
It's February again. A month of cold weather, shortened days and minimal social interactions. Right about now, it seems like we are all wishing for some overdue time with friends and family, for some longer days basking in the warmth of the sun. It's a time to eat healthy, to get the sleep we need, to reach out to our friends and family, to find ways to get physical and to remember that in just a few short months we will all be sweating and wishing for cool air like we have now. It's your time to shine on and beat these winter blues. For more information, check out: Beating the Winter Blues During the Pandemic.
     Campus Wellness Committee

WEATHER

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

Low pressure brings periods of snow across our area today. While this won’t be half as big as the Feb. 1 storm, it will still be reasonably troublesome on the roads. Expect a general 3 to 6 inches regionwide. Highs in the upper-20s.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
Feb. 25
The University Curriculum Committee will meet 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, via Zoom. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91950007023. A meeting password is required to attend. Please contact Lisa Brennan at brennan@kutztown.edu for the password.
     Lisa Brennen, University Curriculum Committee

KU BEARS GRANT FUNDING
Feb. 25 - Deadline
The KU BEARS program supports faculty and student research pairs. The goals are twofold: one, to develop the necessary skill set of undergraduate students to help them become student researchers and, two, to provide faculty members with student-research assistants. Funded projects will be allotted up to $2,000 to cover student wages and $500 for presentation travel for the student. The program is open to all faculty members and to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Please click on the link for more information.
     Heather Arbuckle, Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects

WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION
Join us, 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn about the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification through the SBA, including what it is, certification requirements, the benefits of getting the certification and perhaps even some success stories. This webinar is hosted by Kutztown Procurement Technical Assistance Center and is facilitated by Jennifer Tilden, lead BOS, EDPA/NJ/DE of the SBA,
https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27734
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT KUSSI
Kutztown University Student Services, Inc. is currently seeking a retail manager to oversee retail operations within the KU Campus Store. KUSSI is a non-profit affiliate of KU, and as such, all surplus from operations is used to fund student scholarships and to subsidize activity fees. For more information or to apply, click this link. Any questions about this opening should be directed to KUSSI’s human resources coordinator, Leslie Maillie, at Maillie@kutztown.edu or 484-646-4173.
    
Lisa Kowalski, KUSSI

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb. 18

11 a.m.

DSO Student Voices-Autism Spectrum Disorder
Zoom link: Passcode: DSO

Feb. 18

1:30 p.m.

Social Equity Policies Training
Register by e-mail: socialequity@kutztown.edu

Feb. 19

7 p.m.

The Griffon’s Saddlebag; Speaker, Griffin Macaulay
Virtual: Click here to RSVP

Feb. 24

11 a.m.

FDI Discussion Series: Dr. John Ronan
Zoom link

Feb. 24

9 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Mass
Saint Christopher Catholic Newman Center and Zoom

DSO STUDENT VOICES-AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Feb. 18
Join us 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, for a virtual panel discussion where Kutztown University students on the autism spectrum share their challenges, debunk assumptions and share with you what they wish you knew about their experiences. Zoom link: Passcode: DSO
     Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

CHD SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDENT AWARD
Feb. 18 - Deadline
The Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity is pleased to announce the Commission on Human Diversity Social Justice Student Award. The award recognizes Kutztown University students who embody an ongoing commitment to critical social justice work in word and action demonstrated through campus and community activities. Forms must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 18. The form is below. https://engage.kutztown.edu/submitter/form/start/463974
https://engage.kutztown.edu/submitter/form/step/1?Guid=917cbbb8-d21e-4c93-9488-d41332ff734f
     Hannah Hotalen, The Commission on Human Diversity

J.C. PENNEY SUIT UP EVENT
Feb. 21
Faculty and staff are invited to the J.C. Penney Suit Up Event, 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Lehigh Valley Mall. You can receive up to 60% off select men's and women's career dress apparel, shoes and accessories. You can shop online at https://www.jcpenney.com/m/suit-up-view-all. To receive your extra 30% off coupon, text KUTZTOWN to 67292.
      Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS INSTITUTE DISCUSSION SERIES

Feb. 24
The Frederick Douglass Institute would like to invite you to attend our first discussion series this semester. Dr. John Ronan, English professor, will be presenting “Douglass’ Political Artistry in the 1845 Narrative.” To learn more about his story, join us 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, via Zoom. Zoom link.
      Yessica Gutierrez, The Frederick Douglass Institute

KU ONLINE GRAD DEGREE IN MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION

Kutztown University's new Master of Education in multicultural education prepares educators to proactively support the changing demographic of school-aged children. With the addition of the multicultural-education program beginning Fall 2021, KU enhances the already robust and award-winning selection of graduate education programs and courses that are offered 100% online, allowing for enrollment from anywhere. Learn More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

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.

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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.