Daily Brief

Feb. 1, 2022

Celebrate Black History Month 2022 at Kutztown University

February is Black History Month. Established in 1976, Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history, science, mathematics, literature, art, music and culture. Kutztown University celebrates the month with events for the entire community.

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University Senate Meeting

The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in 103 Academic Forum.  The meeting may also be accessed via Zoom Meeting ID: 974 5408 8514  Passcode: 428969. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and December 2021 SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.

Steve Lem, University Senate

Let's Talk About: Mental Health and the Black Community

In honor of Black History Month, join undergraduate assistants, social work interns and graduate assistants from the Kutztown University Women's Center and LGBTQ+ Resource Center to discuss the topic of mental health as it relates to the Black community. Throughout this interactive discussion, we will discuss topics such as mental health stigmatization, generational trauma, Black-focused therapeutic techniques, cultural humility and more. Let's start the conversation on Black Mental Health together 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in 218 McFarland Student Union. 

Diane Biehl, Women's Center and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center

President's Open Hour

Faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his open hour 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in 303 Stratton Administration Center. President Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding KU. If you are planning to stop by, please call the Office of the President, ext. 3-4101 to RSVP.

Office of the President

Nominations Open for the Wiesenberger Faculty Award

Nominations are open for the 2022 Arthur & Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Any current full-time, tenured faculty member at Kutztown University is eligible for nomination. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 1. This award is presented each year to a faculty member who has served KU in a manner that sets them apart from faculty colleagues. The recipient will be announced at the Faculty-Staff Convocation and Celebration Friday, Aug. 26. Please submit nomination forms to Erin Gautier at gautier@kuf.org.

Jillian Lovejoy, KU Foundation

Kutztown Pipe Band

Are you interested in learning to play the bagpipes? The Kutztown Pipe Band offers free introductory bagpipe lessons to KU faculty, staff and students as well as local community members. In-person group lessons start the first week of the semester on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Experienced pipers and drummers are also invited to join the band. Contact sherrod@kutztown.edu for additional details and to reserve your spot.

Laura Sherrod, Physical Sciences/Kutztown Pipe Band

Trans and Nonbinary Support Group

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center offers a Transgender and Nonbinary Support Group.  This Support Group is a "closed" group open only to students that identify as trans*, non-binary or are actively questioning whether or not they are.  Please encourage your students to email lgbtqresourcecenter@kutztown.edu for meeting dates and times. 

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center

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 2-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in 218 Lytle Hall.

Brian Kronenthal, Department of Mathematics

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments Workshop

This session will focus on accommodations that are typically in place for students with blindness and other visual impairments. In addition to accommodations, we will also discuss some considerations when teaching, lecturing and developing course materials.

Linda Feinour, Disability Services Office

Kutztown University Writing Center

The UWC opens  Monday, Jan. 31, for the Spring 2022 semester. Faculty: Please let us know if you would like an in-person or Zoom information session about the UWC or for any in-class writing information sessions. Please have your students contact the KU Writing Center for help and to schedule an in-person writing session for any subject/discipline at 610-683-4733 or wrcenter@kutztown.edu. In-person hours at 100C Rohrbach Library: 2-6 p.m. Sunday; 2-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To begin using the WCOnline site and schedule an online session, go to https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Online hours: 2-6 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 3-8 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Please see our website for additional helpful instructions and screenshots on our website. Please direct any questions to wrcenter@kutztown.edu or pytleski@kutztown.edu.

Patricia Pytleski, University Writing Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Feb. 1 Black History Month
Feb. 1 11 a.m. DSO Workshop
Feb. 2 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
Feb. 2 11 a.m. VPA Faculty First Thursday
13G Schaeffer Auditorium | Zoom Meeting
Feb. 2 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Lobby, Old Main
Feb. 3 3 p.m. Faculty DSO Information Session:
Implementing Accommodations
Feb. 3 4 p.m. University Senate
103 Academic Forum | Zoom
Feb. 4 3 p.m. Faculty DSO Information Session:
Implementing Accommodations
Feb. 7 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
Feb 7 2 p.m. Mental Health and the Black Community
218 McFarland Student Union
Feb. 7 3:30 p.m. President's Open Hour
303 Stratton Administration Center
Feb. 9 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center

Date Time Event
Feb. 2 5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. East Stroudsburg
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)
Feb. 2 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. East Stroudsburg
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)
Feb. 5 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Lock Haven
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)
Feb. 5 3 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Lock Haven
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)


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.