Daily Brief

February 4, 2021

Professional profile image of Valarie Cofield, President/Chief Executive Officer, EMSDC

SPEAKER: VALARIE COFIELD
Feb. 4
Join us, 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and welcome Valarie Cofield, president and chief executive officer of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council. Particularly relevant for students in the College of Business, the presentation will also interest the broader campus community.
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95295699308  https://www.linkedin.com/in/valarie-cofield-4042272/
     Tabetha Bernstein-Danis, APSCUF Social Justice Committee

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KUDOS: ART EDUCATION
KUDOS, Kutztown University’s Dedication to Outstanding Service, focuses on university administrative and academic offices and the individuals within them, giving the campus community a look inside the working areas on campus. This week, we sat down with KU's Department of Art Education. Kutztown University Radio interviewed two professors with art education: Drs. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder and Peg Speirs. Listen on Spotify.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

WEATHER

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

High pressure briefly builds in for your Thursday. Partly sunny skies and windy. Highs around 38. Gusty northwest winds as high as 25 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPEN FORUM - DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS SEARCH
Feb. 4
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 C - Faculty and Staff Open Forum: 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/96693812650 Meeting ID: 966 9381 2650.
     Brandon Nolt, Athletic Faculty Search Committee

UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING

Feb. 4
The next University Senate meeting will be held, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, via Zoom. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and February 2021 SharePoint folder. Please email any senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu. Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956
     Steve Lem, University Senate

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON PAPACY OF GREGORY XV
Feb. 5
Join us 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, for the free virtual conference celebrating the life and family of Pope Gregory XV Ludovisi (1621-23). At this conference, scholars will gather from diverse disciplines and from across the globe to discuss the accomplishments and life and times of this pope. The conference will feature graphics by KU student Alexis Greber ΚΌ21, and the participation of KU students Brenna Malloy, Delaney Marshall, Danielle Schwesinger, Sarah Siegel and Sophia Stefanowski. Feel free to attend select sessions. Presentations will be pre-recorded with live Q&A. Free, Registration Required at: https://ludovisi.org/.
      Pierette Kulpa, Department of Art

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ELIMINATING DEBT
Feb. 9
Once you acquire debt, it’s not uncommon to begin worrying about how you can eliminate it. Depending on the types and amounts of debt you have, there are various strategies that may help you pay it down. If you're ready to tackle your debt and need some inspiration, start here. We’ll describe different types of debt, discuss strategies for paying it off and provide tips for cutting costs. This PSECU free webinar is noon, Tuesday, Feb. 9. Register by Monday, Feb. 8, https://campaign.documatix.com/DM/DPS/WebForms/WebForm/659CB19BF110D27C.
     Kelly Ann Ryan, PSECU

GIMME A BREAK KUTZTOWN WELLNESS DAYS
Feb. 11
Wellness days, in place of spring break, are intended to give a break to our students and faculty throughout the semester and allow them to spend their time on other activities. We have a series of wellness events for students, staff, faculty and the wider university community all day, Thursday, Feb. 11. Check out the self care and fun around campus to help you center yourself this semester. Visit our page now to register and learn more https://www.kutztown.edu/events/student-wellness-days.html.
     Christine Storch, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

MANAGING THROUGH CHANGE DURING COVID-19
Feb. 11
Join us, 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, for online webinar, “Managing Through Change During Covid-19.” This webinar concentrates on the aspects of COVID-19 workplace change that are within the participants control to adapt work patterns to more successfully meet the challenges of change. Leaders will be able to effectively target and drive change while building their own flexibility and capacity to define and meet operational goals and achieve new visions. https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27559
      Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK 2021
Invite your KU student entrepreneurs to showcase their business: marketplace, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, and panel, 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 25. Students can sign-up at cob@kutztown.eduhttp://www.kutztown.edu/EntrepreneurshipWeek
      Paige Brookins, KU Entrepreneurship Leadership Center

SOURCEPOINT APPROVAL CHANGES
As part of the PASSHE Eastern Regional Procurement Office, Kutztown University’s procurement process is transitioning to SourcePoint (Ariba) with a go-live date of Monday, April 12. When the transition occurs, new levels of approval will be established, which could be different from the current release strategy in SAP. SourcePoint is unable to utilize the current SAP release strategies, so a new workflow has been established by all of the PASSHE schools for each fund center. The new approval thresholds will be consistent across campus, starting at $1,000. Additional levels are added for asset, grant and technology purchases when necessary. Please email me if you have any questions at assad@kutztown.edu.

SourcePoint Approval Levels

Approval Level

Threshold

Title

L1

< $1,000

Chair / Dept. Director

L2

$1,000 - $5,000

Sr. Director / Asst. VP / Dean

L3

$5,000 - $25,000

Divisional VP

L4

$25,000 - $250,000

VP of Finance & Facilities

L5

> $250,000

VP of Finance & Facilities

     Matt Assad, Office of the Comptroller

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan. 19-Feb. 12

 

Winter Welcome Weeks
Event Schedule

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. 5

8:30 a.m.

Virtual Conference on Papacy of Gregory XV
Register Here: https://ludovisi.org/

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.

Feb. 9

2 p.m.

First Step to Starting Your Business
https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27392

DSO UPDATE AND INFO SESSION FOR FACULTY
Feb. 4
Refresh your knowledge about the accommodation process and discuss implementation of specific accommodations including flexibility with attendance and assignment deadlines, 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. 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/99996069288?pwd=TXNsa3VZRXdELzBOYXlranNQMVlIdz09
     Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB
We invite all faculty, staff and students to join us in reading our book selection for spring semester, “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case For Hope,” (https://www.deray.com), by Deray McKesson. “An inspiring reminder that hope is vital to any political change, and it’s the driving force for any successful attempt at social justice.” –Esquire (Best Nonfiction Books of 2018) Discussions will be hosted by Dr. Deb Sailsbery and Ms. Caecilia Holt via Zoom at 11 a.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 18. Please sign up by emailing holt@kutztown.edu. Free books are available to the first twenty individuals who sign up.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/presidents-office/statements-and-addresses/action-items-related-to-diversity-equity-and-inclusion.html
     Holt and Sailsbery, Departments of Physical Sciences and Elementary Education

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

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.