Daily Brief

Feb. 14, 2022


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



Our thoughts are with Nykolai Blichar as he mourns that passing of his father, Michael E. Blichar.  Mr. Blichar passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30. The obituary may be viewed here. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Nykolai at the Office of Student Involvement, 153 McFarland Student Union.   

Leah Cassellia, Office of Student Involvement

Kate Peffley to serve as Transfer Records Coordinator

Kate Peffley has assumed the position of interim Transfer Records Coordinator, effective immediately.  Questions regarding transfer records or processes can be directed to Kate at peffley@kutztown.edu

Ben Trout, Registrar's Office

KU Announces Sustainability Assessment

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a self-assessment tool used by institutions of higher education to measure their sustainability progress. STARS will serve as the basis for developing the environmental sustainability plan envisioned in the Strategic Plan 2021-24 Goal 5 Sustainability of Resources and Stewardship of Place. STARS will also enable Kutztown University to benchmark with our peers. Participating in STARS requires a substantial amount of data collection in four main categories, academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. Nicole Prantow is a student intern spearheading data collection efforts. She will be sending emails this week to the President’s Cabinet requesting information from various staff. Thank you for your support.

Nick DeSalvo, Facilities

The History You Weren’t Taught in School

As we continue to observe Black History Month, I want to share an excellent body of work presented by MasterClass titled, "The History You Weren’t Taught in School." This series contains presentations from seven preeminent voices from the Black community: Jelani Cobb, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Angela Davis, John McWhorter, Cornel West and Sherrilyn Ifill. “From critical race theory to the 1619 Project, learn from seven Black intellectuals who are reshaping conversations on race in America.  Deepen your knowledge of Black-American experiences, past to present, with groundbreaking scholars.” Here is the link to the MasterClass: Black History, Black Freedom & Black Love (masterclass.com)

Jerry Schearer, Diversity & Inclusion Centers

Chambliss Undergraduate Student Academic Achievement Awards

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate undergraduate students graduating December 2021 or May 2022 for this prestigious award. Nominees should exemplify an exceptional individual achievement in one or more categories. A list of categories and a nomination form can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/student-success-center/academic-achievement-awards. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 14.

Andrea Kirshman, Student Success and Academic Excellence

Lunar New Year Celebration

Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSAKU), International Students Organization and Multicultural Center will host the 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 218 McFarland Student Union. The movie, "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" starts at 6:30 p.m. Please come and enjoy the movie, fun games, boba tea, snacks and try to win prizes. It’s free and open to the public.  Please share the information with your colleagues, friends and family.

Yishen Lai, Department of Modern Language Studies

OnSite Dental - Currently Scheduling Appointments

Onsite Dental, the comprehensive mobile dental care clinic, is currently scheduling appointments for faculty, staff and students for Monday, Feb. 14, Wednesday, Feb. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 17.  Click Here to schedule an appointment, or call/text 484-284-9899 to learn more about services. OnSite Dental has highly-trained clinicians who provide everything from routine cleanings and exams to restorative care, including fillings, crowns, clear aligners and specialty care. OnSite Dental is a preferred provider for most major dental insurance plans and offers self-pay options and no-interest financing plans if needed. Anyone that schedules an appointment between Jan. 31 and May 1 will receive a Starbucks gift card after completing their first appointment. Next appointment dates will be Monday, Feb. 28, Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3.

Mandi Volkert, Health & Wellness Services

Ujima Conference

The Multicultural Center's annual Ujima Conference is Feb. 22-24. The full schedule includes three guest speakers. Phillip Brashear, Chief Warrant Officer 5 in the Army Reserve, will present 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in 218 McFarland Student Union (cosponsored with Office of Veteran Services). Traciana Graves, entrepreneur and internationally acclaimed vocalist, will present 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Alumni Auditorium, 183 McFarland Student Union. Closing ceremony guest speaker professor Ilyasah Shabazz, award-winning author, educator, producer and daughter of Malcolm X, will present 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 218 McFarland Student Union. The full schedule also includes many fun events for faculty, staff and students, including rock painting, Well-Being events (cosponsored with KU Well-Being), Love Your Hair discussion with Texture Curl Bar and more. Please visit our website for more information. Feel free to contact Angelica Mishra, assistant to senior associate dean/chief diversity officer, at mishra@kutztown.edu or ext. 3-1362 for more information.

Angelica Mishra, Multicultural Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
February Black History Month
Feb. 14 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
Feb. 15 5:30 p.m. Lunar New Year Celebration
218 McFarland Student Union
Feb. 16 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
Feb. 16 7:30 p.m. Pioneering Women of Jazz
Schaeffer Auditorium
Feb. 17 6 p.m. Hate Has No Home Here
1 South Dining Hall
Feb. 21 All Day President's Day
Classes Held; Offices Open
Feb. 21 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center

Date Time Event
Feb. 14 5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Millersville
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)
Feb. 16 7 p.m. Wrestling vs. East Stroudsburg (Senior Night)
Keystone Arena (Live Video)
Feb. 18 4 p.m. TRACK vs. KU d Last Chance Qualifier
O'Pake Fieldhouse
Feb. 18 7 p.m. Acrobatics & Tumbling vs. #4 Quinnipiac
Keystone Arena (Live Video)
Feb. 19 1 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Mansfield
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)
Feb. 19 3 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Mansfield
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.