Daily Brief

Feb. 1, 2023

Celebrate Black History Month 2023 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. The Multicultural Center  aims to celebrate and honor cultures and communities year-round. Get involved by contacting multicultural@kutztown.edu. Full listing of events can be found online.

University Relations

Photo Carlos Ojeda Jr. inspirational speaker

Your Voice Is Your Power! Let It Be Heard

Please share with your students. "Your Voice is Your Power! Let It Be Heard" is 7-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 145 Boehm Science Center. Carlos Ojeda Jr. is a nationally recognized empowerment speaker and inspirational to students. Sponsored by AIMES, Residence Life, Housing & Dining Services and Health & Wellness Services.

Frances C. Cortez Funk, Health & Wellness

Free Friends of Chamber Music Concert

The Department of Music faculty members Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer (horn) and Dr. Daniel Neuenschwander (trombone) will perform for a Friends of Chamber Music Reading concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, the Chapel of Albright College in Reading. This free concert is open to the public and will highlight a chronological development of music typically performed by brass quintets and trios. Come listen to music of the Renaissance, as well as pieces by Ludwing Maurer, Andre LaFosse, John Stevens, Gina Gillie, Alexander Arutunian and Anthony DiLorenzo. Please join us for this exciting performance set in the beauty of the Albright Chapel.

Dr. Daniel Neuenschwander, Department of Music


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

Wave of low pressure will leave residual moisture resulting in morning clouds. Clouds will thin by the afternoon as high pressure moves in. High temperature near 34.


Vice Provost Search Candidate C

Candidate C for the position of Vice Provost Extended and Lifelong Learning and Dean of Graduate Studies will visit campus today, Wednesday, Feb. 1. The open forum will be held 2-3 p.m., 312 McFarland Student Union. 

John Ward, Search Chair, Vice Provost for Extended and Lifelong Learning

Speakers Needed for Ignite Kutztown

We plan on holding the second Ignite! Kutztown speaking event Thursday, Feb. 23 and are currently lining up speakers. The basic idea behind Ignite is - What’s the nerdy passion you want to share with other people? Make a five minute speech about it, with 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. If you'd like to participate or learn more, please email Emily Cripe at cripe@kutztown.edu.

Emily Cripe, Department of Communication Studies

Faculty First Thursday Presentation

Professor Ali Akarcesme will present a 60-minute documentary film in development, “Preacher Moss: Hilarious and Halal,” 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 2, 13G Schaeffer. As writer/director, Akarcesme has been filming Preacher Moss for more than two years and will show visuals and talk about his latest film’s journey. This profile-based documentary is about a Black, Muslim American comedian who was on the path to stardom in 1990’s Hollywood, writing for the George Lopez show. A career that would have brought him into the limelight of popular American entertainment took a hard left turn when he refused to compromise his religious and moral values for fame. Thirty years later, Moss has forged his own path and now stands at the intersection where success, faith and humor collide. This free presentation, presented by the VPA Dean’s Office is open to the entire campus community.

Joselyn Wynter, KU-CVPA Dean's Office

Senior Kick Off Workshops

Please remind your students who are seniors and graduating this spring of the Senior Kick-Off Workshops:
- 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.
- 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.
- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.
All workshops will take place via Zoom. Links can be found at www.kutztown.edu/careercenter.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

JC Penney Suit Up

You are invited to attend a KU/JCPenney Suit-Up event 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, Lehigh Valley Mall. Get up to 50% off professional clothing exclusively for KU faculty, staff, students and alumni. No registration needed just bring your KU ID. 

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

John Spagnola, Former Philadelphia Eagle to Speak at KU

Join us in person or via Zoom 11 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 7, 218 MSU. Spagnola, former Philadelphia Eagle, will talk about his NFL career and how he grew a $3.5 billion asset investment management firm. Attendees have a chance to win an autographed football.

Katie Bowen, College of Business

First Destination Survey Update

KU faculty and staff, as you hear from December 2022 graduates with great news about landing a professional role and/or acceptance into graduate school, please forward that information on to me to add to the centralized First-Destination Career Outcomes Survey (please include student’s full name). This information is reported annually, in the aggregate, to academic departments and deans. Please contact Kerri Gardi, gardi@kutztown.edu, with any questions.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center


Spring 2023 Attendance Verification Process

For the Spring 2023 semester, we are using the Starfish platform for attendance compliance utilizing the “progress survey” function of Starfish. The initial attendance verification – required federally for awarding of financial aid – is available from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7. Faculty are able to indicate whether students have attended or have never attended by utilizing one of two flags. Please be sure to verify your most current roster before completing. Students who have just added a course, and a meeting has not yet occurred since that change, should be marked as attending. For additional assistance, please visit Starfish in D2L, email starfish@kutztown.edu, or call 610-683-4217.

The Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence

Creative Coding Student Video in Rohrbach Library

This semester 15 students from fall's CSC220 Creative Graphical Coding class have agreed to display their capstone project video on the monitor outside Rohrbach Library's coffee shop. The approach is an improvisational video instrument coded by the instructor, Dr. Dale Parson of Computer Science & Information Technology, and extended by each student who then conceived, practiced and performed a novel piece for exhibition using their own photographs. Contributing students are Justus Hamm, Christopher Lipovsky, Rebekah Underwood, Paul Barton, Amber Kulp, Daniel Gorman, Armando Velazquez Santiago, Kylee Hager, Jesse Quier, Madison Schlott, Luis Feliz, Marcello Feliciano, Michael Colandene, Palak Dilawari and Ryan Livinghouse. The video piece runs until final exam week.

Dale Parson, Computer Science & Information Technology

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Feb. 1 Noon "Lunch and Learn" Interview
Feb. 1 2 p.m. Vice Provost Search, Candidate C
312 McFarland Student Union
Feb. 2 11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday
13G Schaeffer Auditorium
Feb. 2 4 p.m. University Senate
103 Academic Forum
Feb. 2 2 p.m. Vice Provost Search, Candidate D
312 McFarland Student Union
Feb. 5 2 p.m. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Schaeffer Auditorium
Feb. 7 11 a.m. John Spagnola, Former Philadelphia Eagle
218 McFarland Student Union | Zoom
Date Time Event
No home games

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 , 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 Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at . Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Kutztown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity that it operates, including admissions and employment. Any inquiries regarding the application of Title IX at Kutztown University may be made to Bradley Davis, the university’s Title IX coordinator, located in Old Main A-Wing, Room 02A, by phone at 610-683-4782 or by email at . You may also contact 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 e-mail at .