Daily Brief

Feb. 6, 2023

Ujima Conference 2023: Reimagining Cultural Authenticity

Multicultural Services is hosting the annual Ujima Conference Feb. 15 and 16. "Ujima" is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa meaning "collective works". All are welcome to attend. The schedule of events includes presentations by Bilal Salaam, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Dr. Brenda Muzeta; plus bingo, a Beauty Pop Up Show and more. This year's keynote speaker is Cornell William Brooks, 18th President and CEO of the NAACP. Brooks will present 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 218 McFarland Student Union. Join us for all events. A full conference schedule can be found on our website.

Angelica Mishra, Multicultural Center

I<3KU Kutztown University logo

I ❤ KU Week

I ❤ KU Week is a time to celebrate all things Kutztown – and a time for students to reflect on the people who help shape their KU experience: faculty and staff, their friends and families, and the donors and volunteers who give back to KU. From Feb. 6-10, the KU Foundation and KU Presidential Ambassadors will host student activities throughout the week that include Heart of Gold messages from our students, faculty and staff. Stay tuned to Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to see all that makes KU unique. The week will peak with gratitude to our generous supporters while celebrating the friends, departments, programs and initiatives that make a difference on our campus.

Jillian Lovejoy, Kutztown University Foundation


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

Weak cold front passes during the day. This will bring some stiff winds and partly cloudy skies. High temperature near 45.


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

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

AFSCME 2234 Fundraiser

Support AFSCME 2234 and get lunch or dinner in return. Purchase a 12" Saucony Cafe hoagie for $12 until Feb. 24. Email Joyce James jjames@kutztown.edu for details.

Joyce James, AFSCME Local 2234

The Science Olympiad at KU

The Science Olympiad needs volunteers. Are you looking for something fun to do over spring break? Do you want to add a little something to your résumé? Volunteers are needed to help KU host the CE Regional Science Olympiad Thursday, March 16 (snow date: Friday, March 17). The Science Olympiad is a competition held on campus that hosts 20 high schools from five counties. More than 400 students will compete in approximately 23-plus events based in science disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. We need your help to make all that happen. You do not need a science background to be a volunteer. We need help with registrations, lobby info, food sales/delivery, set-up, scoring, event assistance and so much more. You can judge an event or help with the Appeals Board. Club advisers, get your club involved.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Dr. Michael Davis at midavis@kutztown.edu or if you are interested or check out our website for more information. We look forward to having you as part of the team.
Eric Laub, Physical Sciences
Joann S. Monko, Physical Sciences
Soni Diaz, assistant coordinator

Joann Monko, Physical Sciences


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

University Curriculum Committee

The next University Curriculum Committee (UCC) meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23. The proposal deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 9. Please submit proposals to the UCC SharePoint site. Contact Brian Meares at meares@kutztown.edu with any questions.

Brian Meares, University Curriculum Committee

Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker

Commencement speaker applications are being accepted from undergraduate students graduating this spring. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 21. Please direct any interested student to https://www.kutztown.edu/events/commencement.html for more information and an application.

Andrea Kirshman, Student Success & 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. 7 10 a.m. Frederick Douglass Institute Grand Re-Opening
Multicultural Center
Feb. 7 11 a.m. John Spagnola, Former Philadelphia Eagle
218 McFarland Student Union | Zoom
Feb. 8 7:30 p.m. Pat Hazell's "The Wonder Years"
Schaeffer Auditorium
Date Time Event
Feb. 6 5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Millersville
Live Video | Live Stats
Feb. 6 7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Millersville
Live Video | Live Stats
Feb. 8 5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Shippensburg
Live Video | Live Stats
Feb. 8 7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Shippensburg
Live Video | Live Stats
Feb. 10 7 p.m. Wrestling vs. Shippensburg
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 , 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 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 .