Daily Brief

Feb. 3, 2022

Logos for AATG, SPARK and Goethe

KU Becomes SPARK Lab Site

President Hawkinson signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Goethe-Institut and the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) making KU an official SPARK Lab site. Kutztown German joins a network of 25 high school and college labs in the Northeast and over 100 labs across the U.S. According to the SPARK for German website, “[c]olleges, universities, and high schools work with the AATG and the Goethe-Institut to provide training for German majors and future German teachers [who will then] teach German to young learners in after-school programs.” The German section of Kutztown’s Department of Modern Language Studies has established a partnership with the Kutztown Area School District to operate a pilot program beginning March 2022.

Lynn Marie Kutch, Department of Modern Language Studies


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


Office of Disability Services

McKenzie Hollenbach is serving as interim director of the Office of Disability Services. Contact her at mhollenb@kutztown.edu or ext. 3-4109. Megan Rutter is serving as the interim assistant director of the Office of Disability Services. Contact her at rutter@kutztown.edu or ext. 3-4792.

Jesus Pena, Division of Equity and Compliance

Teaching Students with Hearing Impairments

This session will focus on accommodations that are typically in place for students with deafness and other hearing impairments.  In addition to accommodations, we will also discuss some considerations when teaching, lecturing and developing course materials. The informational session will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3.

Linda Feinour, Disability Services Office

Faculty DSO Information Session: Implementing Accommodations

Join Disability Services for a virtual information session focused on implementing accommodations. Common academic accommodations and the importance of accessibility will also be discussed. Information sessions are scheduled 3-3:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 4 on Zoom. Please email DSO@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4108 to register for the information session.

Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

KU/JC Penney Suit Up Event

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a KU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, JCPenney, Lehigh Vally Mall. Get up to 60% off professional clothing. The store will be closed to the public. This event is exclusively for KU faculty, staff, students and alumni. Please bring your KU ID. Registration is not required.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

Safe Space Training: Creating Safe Space for LGBTQ+ People

The mission of "Safe Space" is to provide education and resources as a means to create a safe and nurturing environment, free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, or sexual or gender identity or expression. This training will act as an opening to your continuing education and commitment and is tailored as an entry-level experience that lasts approximately 50 minutes. This training scheduled 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in 201 Academic Forum is open to students, faculty and staff who RSVP via Engage https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/7779151.

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Paul Walsh Ed.D. Dissertation Defense

The College of Education announces Paul Walsh will defend his Doctor in Education dissertation, "Writing through Whiteness: Utilizing Personal Narratives to Strengthen the Racial Competency of White Teachers," 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 via Zoom.

Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

Onsite Dental at KU

Kutztown University has partnered with Onsite Dental, a dedicated oral care team exclusively for the Golden Bear community. Located at the parking lot of Beck Hall, Onsite Dental’s highly trained clinicians are committed to helping you achieve your optimal oral health, from routine cleanings and exams to the full scope of restorative care, including fillings, crowns, clear aligners or specialty care. Onsite Dental offers easy online booking, no-wait appointments and is a preferred provider for most major dental insurance plans. Text or call 484-284-9899 to set up an appointment or talk to the practice manager if you have questions. For a limited time, all patients who book between now and May 1 will receive a $15 electronic Starbucks gift card after their first booking.

Leanne Recla, Director of Marketing

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Feb. 3 11 a.m. Teaching Students with Hearing Impairments
Feb. 3 3 p.m. Faculty DSO Information Session:
Implementing Accommodations
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 11 a.m. Safe Space Training
Feb. 9 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
Feb. 16 4 p.m. Sponsored Programs Recognition Gathering
Georgian Room
Feb. 16 7:30 p.m. KU Presents: Pioneering Women in Jazz
Schaeffer Auditorium

Date Time Event
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.

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.