Daily Brief

Feb. 8, 2024

President Hawkinson and his wife, Ann Marie, along with Alex Ogeka and benefactors and supporters.

President Hawkinson in Florida Supporting Fundraising Efforts

President Hawkinson and his wife, Ann Marie, along with Alex Ogeka, executive director of the KU Foundation, made their annual trip to Florida last week to support the university’s philanthropy efforts. The visit included several meetings with university benefactors and supporters, including Bill ’73 and Joanne ’74 Ribble; and Dr. Dennis ’66 and Nanci Blankowitsch.

University Relations

Transfer Honor Society Awards Scholarship

Congratulations to senior criminal justice major Megan Hughes for earning one of the two $5,000 scholarships available through Tau Sigma, the national honor society for transfer students. Established in December 2016 at KU, the Eta Mu chapter is the fourth Tau Sigma chapter within PASSHE. Currently with a few hundred members, this chapter recognizes transfer students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their first semester at KU. Hughes is the fourth KU student to win a scholarship through this organization. Since transferring from East Stroudsburg University in Fall 2022, Hughes has maintained over a 3.9 GPA, held a position as a transfer tour guide in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, mentored other transfer students, became president of the Eta Mu chapter and added minors in sociology and psychology.

Briana Zdradzinski, Student Success and Academic Excellence/Tau Sigma National Honor Society


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

Maybe not quite as crystal clear today as the past few days as high pressure begins to slightly lose its grip, but overall still another decent day with at least partly sunny skies. High temperatures nice as well at around 50.


Miller-Keystone Blood Drive

Donate blood, make a difference and save lives while contributing to the betterment of your community. Sign up using the link below to reserve your donation time Wednesday, Feb. 14. Every donation helps.

Amanda Garcia, Community Outreach Center

WORKS Training

If you are new to WORKS or just need a refresher on the university purchasing card, the Regional Procurement Office (RPO) will host two training sessions: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15; 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 27. If you are interested in signing up, please email your preference to Mary Vink at mvink@passhe.edu for the invite.

Tammy Moyer, Business Office

Action Updates Due Feb. 16

Program Action updates are due Friday, Feb 16. Action updates report the progress your program has made on the action plans you identified in the annual report submitted September 2023. Templates and submission instructions can be found in the February newsletter. Please reach out to Brad or Michele in the Assessment Office with any questions.

Michele Baranczyk, Office of Assessment

Panelists Wanted for Neurodiversity Pride Panel

Are you a neurodiverse faculty or staff member that would want to speak on a panel with other faculty, staff and students? As part of worldwide Neurodiversity Pride Week, the Disability Services Office will host a Neurodiversity Pride on Campus Panel 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 183 MSU. If you are interested in being a panelist or would like more information, please contact Megan Rutter in the Disability Services Office at rutter@kutztown.edu or ext. 3-4792.

Disability Services Office

Commission on Human Diversity 2024 Social Justice Award

The Commission on Human Diversity is accepting applications for the 2024 Social Justice Award. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. This award recognizes KU students who embody an ongoing commitment to critical social justice through campus and community activities such as areas of study, research, writing, performance, artmaking and service. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 19. Awards will be given at our 14th annual conference Friday, March 1, MSU. Apply online.

Patricia Ann Brenner, Commission on Human Diversity


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. 8 11 a.m. Celebrating Black Literature
227 Beekey
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

Date Time Event
Feb. 10 2 p.m. Acrobatics and Tumbling vs. ESU and Gannon
Keystone Arena (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.

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 .