Daily Brief

February 26, 2021

Headshot of Kutztown University's newly named director of Athletics, Renee Hellert.

HELLERT NAMED KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY’S DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Tune in to Kutztown University Athletics YouTube Channel, 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, for Renee Hellert’s virtual introductory press conference. An extensive multi-faceted background within intercollegiate athletics attracted Kutztown University to Hellert, who was named the Golden Bears' new director of athletics, Thursday afternoon, by university president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson. Hellert will begin her post with Kutztown March 29.
     Matt Heffelfinger, Office of Sports Information

WEATHER

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

High pressure moves through the area during the day and will provide for a pleasant day (albeit by February standards). Sunny skies are expected. High temperature in the mid-40s. Winds south at 5 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY 101
March 3
Is social media worth your time? Can it really help grow your business? The answer is yes. Social media is the public personality of your enterprise, and it can bring people to your door. This workshop will cover how to assess if you are ready for social media; choose the right platforms; analyze your target audience and understand what content to share. Join us, 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 3. https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27817
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

WORK SMARTER WITH GOOGLE'S TOOLS
March 3
You already use Google Workspace, Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Docs and more. Now what? This webinar will share productivity tips to help you work faster and smarter. You will learn how to organize emails into tasks in one step, use voice-to-text typing in Docs, create Calendar work blocks to manage your time and more. We will cover both free and paid features. Presented by Grow with Google, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 3. https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27815
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

REOPENING AND STAYING OPEN DURING COVID
March 4
If you’re like many businesses, you are probably working overtime to navigate the ever-changing landscape created by COVID-19. Whether you’ve already reopened or will be opening this season, this quarter will be an ideal time to assess what you’ve experienced already and develop a strategic plan for the rest of the year. This session will help business owners – including retailers and restaurants – learn from the experience they’ve had over the season. Presented by Ace Parker, the executive marketing director at the Starr Justice Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 4. https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27802
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING
March 4
The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m., Thursday, March 4, via Zoom. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/97587342472  Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956 The agenda is on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and March 2021 SharePoint folder. Please email any senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.
     Steve Lem, University Senate

FREE VIRTUAL YOGA
March 4
Join us for an online Yoga Class led by KU alumna Andie Schwartz ΚΌ97, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 4. This event is complimentary and will be held via Zoom. All attendees will be entered into a random drawing for an Amazon $50 gift card. https://www.kuf.org/events/2021/2021event_yoga
     Jillian Lovejoy, Kutztown University Foundation

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

Feb. 26

9 a.m.

Commission on Human Diversity Conference
Register here

Feb. 26

1 p.m.

Renee Hellert’s Virtual Introductory Press Conference
Kutztown University Athletics YouTube Channel

Mar. 1

7 p.m.

Music Mondays
KutztownUnivMusic-YouTube

Mar. 4

4 p.m.

University Senate Meeting
Zoom Link Passcode: 400956

Mar. 4

6:30 p.m.

Free Virtual Yoga
Register here

VOLKERT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Kutztown University is proud to welcome Amanda Volkert as its new executive director of Health and Wellness Services. Volkert, a registered nurse, brings more than 10 years of varying experience in behavioral and mental health, leadership, training, occupational health and case management. She comes to KU from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and begins her new appointment Monday, March 1. Read More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

ELIZABETH EHRIG SCHUCKER EDD DISSERTATION DEFENSE
March 8
The College of Education announces Elizabeth Ehrig Schucker is defending her Doctor of Education dissertation, "Changed Agents: Cultivating Students’ Civic Identity Through Participation in a Social Justice-Themed Book Club as a Subversive Approach to Critical Literacy in Education,” 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 8, via Zoom. Visit our Ed.D. dissertation page for more information: tinyurl.com/15j26gx4.
     Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

NOMINATIONS GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES
Nominations are now open for upcoming vacancies on the:
-Committee on Committees: (two tenure or tenure track faculty reps: COE and COB)
-Grade Appeal Board: (one tenured faculty rep: COB)
-Strategic Planning and Resources Committee: six faculty representatives, tenured or tenure track, (one COE; one VPA, two COB, one graduate faculty and one non-teaching)
All eligible colleagues are encouraged to nominate for the elections that will follow. For position questions contact senate@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
     Cara Cotellese, University Senate

BLESSING BAG DONATIONS SOUGHT
The Community Outreach Center is making blessing bags for those in need and are asking for your participation. Offices, departments, families or student clubs are welcome to contribute items to fill 50 bags that will be distributed to the homeless. Please let us know by Friday, Feb. 26, if you can donate any of the items listed. Click here for the list.
     Jerry Schearer, Community Outreach 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.

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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.