Daily Brief

Feb. 29, 2024

Four students sitting around a table having a discussion.

Designathon 2024

Teams of volunteers from the Department of Art and Design, including students, professors and alumni, designed and produced pro-bono creative works for local non-profit organizations as part of Designathon Friday, Feb. 23. KU’s communication design program has conducted this successful event for more than a decade and over that time, has successfully donated more than $1 million dollars of free design services for local non-profits.

University Relations

Eliot Elbaum

American College Counseling Association Presentation

Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling graduate student Elliot Elbaum recently presented original research titled "College Counseling in a Post-Covid Era" at the annual meeting of the American College Counseling Association in Orlando, Florida. Elbaum was mentored by Counselor Education associate professor Dr. Scott Tracy and is completing his graduate internship in the counseling center at DeSales University.

Scott L Tracy, Counselor Education


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

Total 180 from yesterday. Cold high pressure takes over behind yesterday’s cold front, thunderstorms and warmth. Fair skies resume today, windy and high temperatures no better than 38, more than 20 degrees cooler than yesterday.


2024-25 Graduate Assistant Requests

Applications for graduate assistant requests are open for the 2024-25 academic year. While we will maintain the current number of centrally funded GA positions, there is an application process that is now required:
 - All GA position requests must use the "Graduate Assistant Request" form found here.
 - A separate application should be submitted for each position, even if the responsibilities are similar across positions.
 - Applications are due Friday, March 8. We will evaluate all submissions and make Fall 2024 GA appointments accordingly.

Melissa Lincoln, Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

University Senate Meeting

The next University Senate meeting will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 202 Academic Forum. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the March 2024 SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate Representative changes to senate@kutztown.edu.

Lisa Frye, University Senate

EDD Dissertation Defense

Please join us as Mara Thompson defends her dissertation titled "Hidden Meanings in Elementary Instrumental Music Method Books: A Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis"  2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 245 Beekey. The Dissertation Committee includes the chairperson, Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer, and committee members Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder and Dr. Renee Lapp Norris.

Catherine Mcgeehan, EMLT

EDD Dissertation Defense

The College of Education announces a Public Oral Dissertation Presentation by Christopher Thomas held noon Friday, March 29, 227 and 229 Beekey. The dissertation is titled "Exploring Student Experience Through Photovoice: A Transformative Approach to Studying School Climate and Culture at CHS." The Dissertation Committee includes chair Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer and committee members Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder and Dr. Edwin Mayorga.

Catherine Vigilante, EDD

Scholastic Art Awards in Miller Gallery

Kutztown University hosts the 2024 Scholastic Art Awards for creative teens in grades 7-12 from Berks, Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties through Sunday, March 3, Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Sharadin Arts Building (free and open to the public). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-4 p.m. Sunday. This is the longest-running (101 years), most prestigious and competitive art awards program in the country. This year, we had 662 submissions of artwork from 396 students from 74 schools. Artwork is juried by local professional artists and winners are on view in the Miller Gallery. Local winners go on to compete at the next level with winners from across the country and are celebrated in New York City.

Karen Stanford, CVPA


Deadline Reminder 2024 UGRC Faculty Mentorship Awards

The Undergraduate Research and Creativity (UGRC) Faculty Mentorship Awards recognized its first recipients in Spring 2021 and continue the tradition of honoring our faculty who collaborate closely with students on research and creative projects. Please view the "Faculty Mentorship Award" page on the UGRC website for a list of past recipients and the current guidelines. Please complete the nomination form. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 17 as part of KU Inspires, A Celebration of Research and Creativity.

Lynn Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Feb. 29 9 a.m. A Peace of My Mind 
Bears Den, MSU
Feb. 29 11 a.m. Press Event: Regenerative Organic Agriculture Grant
250 MSU
Feb. 29 1:30 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Bears Den, MSU
March 1 9 a.m.  Conference: Commission on Human Diversity
March 1 7:30 p.m. Concert: Wind Ensemble
Schaeffer Auditorium
March 5 7:30 p.m. KU Presents! tenThing Brass Ensemble
Schaeffer Auditorium
March 6 All Day Miller Keystone Blood Drive
218 MSU
March 7 11 a.m. Comp Conversation: Language and Power
6 Rohrbach and Zoom
March 7 2 p.m. COE Dissertation Defense: Mara Thompson
245 Beekey
March 7 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting 
202 Academic Forum
March 7 6 p.m. Women's History Month Keynote Speaker: Chanel Miller
218 MSU

Date Time Event
Feb. 29 3 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Seton Hill
Keystone Field (Video | Stats)
March 2 10 a.m. Super Region I Wrestling Championships
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 , 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 .