Daily Brief

Feb. 12, 2024

Graphic of St. Onge

Welcome Dr. Stephen St. Onge

Dr. Stephen St. Onge begins his role as vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs today, Monday, Feb. 12. St. Onge comes to KU after nearly 10 years at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, Calif., and brings more than 20 years of higher education management experience. Join President Hawkinson in welcoming Dr. St. Onge to the KU community 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 250 MSU. Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome.

Sarah Wallace, President's Office

Alumnus Aids in Donation of Cell Flow Cytometer to Biology Department

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University’s Department of Biology received a state-of-the-art donation of a cell flow cytometer, an advanced cell biology instrument from the pharmaceutical company, Incyte. The donation, valued at $200,000, was initiated by KU alumnus Shane Harvey ’11, who worked with the Wilmington, Del.-based company. Harvey, who earned a Bachelor of Science from KU in 2011, was welcomed back to campus Friday, Feb. 9, by university president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson. Harvey worked with Incyte to find a new home for its cell flow cytometer. Advanced cytometers are hard to find at undergraduate institutions, as brand-new equipment requires significant investment from universities. The equipment KU received was first purchased in 2016 for $425,000.

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

High pressure moves out during the day. Skies will be mostly sunny. Intensifying coastal storm moves northward overnight. High temperature near 50.


Governance Committees: Willingness to Serve

Please use this online form to indicate your willingness to serve on University Governance Committees. Log in using your full KU email address and password. Willingness will close Friday, Feb. 23. Please direct Engage access questions to Leah Cassellia at casselli@kutztown.edu.

Cara Cotellese, University Senate

Faculty and Staff Travel Reimbursement

Reimbursement for faculty and staff travel expenses should be submitted through the Travel Management System (TMS) located in the ESS portal. Guides for submitting non-overnight and overnight travel expenses are located on the Accounts Payable webpage under the "Travel Expenses" category. Any questions pertaining to travel or TMS can be directed to Amanda Vasko at avasko@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4744.

Tammy Moyer, Accounts Payable

Assessment Grant Q&A Session

The call for 2024 Assessment Grants is now open. Submissions are due before spring break this year with a deadline of Friday, March 1. Two drop-in Q&A sessions will be held for any questions faculty or staff have about proposals on the following dates:
 - 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31.
 - 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 13.

Michele Baranczyk, Office of Assessment

Celtic Vocalists Emmet Cahill and Chloë Agnew in Schaeffer Auditorium

Acclaimed Irish tenor Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder and soprano Chloë Agnew of Celtic Woman will perform together 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Schaeffer Auditorium. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this one-time concert will feature songs from Broadway and beloved Irish music, as well as a few love songs. The duo will be accompanied by pianist Seamus Brett, assistant music director of Celtic Thunder. KU faculty and staff can access discounted tickets by logging in for tickets using their MyKU login.

KU Presents!

ACT Presents "Rock of Ages"

Actors Creating Theater (ACT) presents the hit jukebox-musical "Rock of Ages"  7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Schaeffer Auditorium. This entirely student-run performance is a musical and dancing extravaganza. Ask your students and advisees, you'll know students on stage, in the pit or working as stage crew. Come support our students, hear the songs you know and the ones you forgot that you knew. Tickets are on sale now.

Derek Mace, ACT

Science Olympiad at KU

Science Olympiad needs volunteers. Are you looking for something fun to do over spring break or want to add a little something to your resume? Volunteers are needed to help KU host the CE Regional Science Olympiad Tuesday, March 12 (snow date Wednesday, March 13). The Science Olympiad is a competition held on campus that hosts six middle schools and 26 high schools from nine counties. More than 600 students will compete in approximately 46 events based on science disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. However, we need your help to make all that happen. We need help with registrations, lobby info, food sales/delivery, set-up, scoring, event assistance and so much more. You do not need a science background to be a volunteer. You can judge an event or help with the Appeals Board. To the club advisors, get your club involved. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Dr. Michael Davis at midavis@kutztown.edu or if you are interested, check out our website at the link below for more information. We look forward to having you as part of the team.

Joann Monko, Physical Sciences

NYTimes, WSJ and Washington Post Access

The library is pleased to remind the KU community that you have free online access to three of America's most popular newspapers: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Instructions for how to sign up for an account or renew your access is located here. Please contact Bob Flatley at flatley@kutztown.edu with any questions or concerns. 

Bob Flatley, Rohrbach Library


Attention Faculty Advisors

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomes all faculty advisors to join us noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Unity Room Multicultural Center for a special webinar, "Inclusive Advising to Improve the Advising Relationship and Support Student Success," to discuss research, strategies and best practices for academic and faculty advisors to improve their student’s sense of belonging. All faculty are welcome to join us as we continue to help students with a sense of belonging here at KU. 

Jerry Schearer, Diversity and Inclusion

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Feb. 13 11 a.m. Assessment Grant Q&A
Feb. 13 7:30 p.m. "Malletines Day," KU Percussion Ensemble
Wells-Rapp Center
Feb. 13 7:30 p.m KU Presents! Emmet Cahill and Chloë Agnew
Schaeffer Auditorium
Feb. 19 3 p.m. Welcome Reception: Dr. Stephen St. Onge
250 MSU


Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night at Kutztown University Basketball

Kutztown University Athletics would like to invite all faculty and staff and their families to attend the women's and men's basketball doubleheader Wednesday, Feb. 21. Tipoff for the women's game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.; men's game will start at 7:30 p.m. We will recognize all of those faculty and staff in attendance during halftime of the games. There will be goodie bags, free concessions certificates and a chance to win a KU Bears prize package. We ask that all those planning to attend register in advance here.

Renee Hellert, Intercollegiate Athletic Services

Date Time Event
Feb. 15 7 p.m. Wrestling vs. East Stroudsburg, Senior Night
Keystone Arena (Video | Results)
Feb. 17 1 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Bloomsburg, Senior Day
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)
Feb. 17 3 p.m.  Men's Basketball vs. Bloomsburg, Senior Day
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)

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.