Daily Brief

Feb. 9, 2024

Black and White Image of Professors Including Mr. James R. Smith.

First African American Professor at Kutztown

The first African American professor at Kutztown State College was Mr. James R. Smith, according to the university yearbook. Smith arrived at Kutztown in 1962 and served in the social studies department from 1962-64.

University Relations

VPA Art Majors Win Awards

The Healing Through The Arts Juried Art Show concluded its judging this week, announcing six winners from Kutztown University. The artworks are currently on display at the Allentown Art Museum until Sunday, March 31. Elizabeth Frost won fourth place for her digital painting "The Sleepy Time Bear." Six Community Awards were also presented to Patricia Defelice, Monica Dull, Arlo Lao, Madaline Malitas and Neo Safouan. Assistant Professor Dannell MacIlwraith and Instructor Sarah Sterner-Hausknecht submitted the student artwork for the competition.

Dannell MacIlwraith, Department of Art and Design


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

The high pressure that brought us the very pleasant weather this week moves offshore. Morning cloudiness will give way to mostly sunny conditions. High temperature near 56.


February 2024 Parents and Family Bulletin

This month’s edition of the KU Parents and Family Bulletin has been sent to registered subscribers and can be found online.

University Relations

The Healthy U 2024 Participation Window is Now Open

For employees that participate with the State System Employee Benefits APSCUF, non-represented, OPEIU (nurses), POA (PASSHE officers association)​, SPFPA (security/police) — the window to participate in the 2024 Healthy U program is open. You and your enrolled spouse, if applicable, have from Monday, Jan. 1, to Friday, May 31, to complete the Health Assessment on the MyHighmark website (or smartphone application) to be rewarded with the lowest healthcare premium rate beginning in July 2024. If you were a previous Highmark member, you can use that user ID and password to log into MyHighmark. If you have not registered with Highmark in the past, you will need to register first.

Jeanette Forster, Human Resources


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 see the Faculty Mentorship Award page on the UGRC website for a list of past recipients and the current guidelines. The purpose of this announcement is twofold: to invite faculty members to join the awards selection committee (please complete this willingness to serve form if you would like to join us); to announce that the call for candidates is now open. Please complete the nomination form. The submission deadline is Friday, March 1. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 17 as part of KU Inspires, A Celebration of Research and Creativity.

Lynn M Kutch, Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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)
KU Foundation
Logo of I Heart KU Kutztown University

Thank You from the KU Foundation

The KU Foundation and KU Presidential Ambassadors would like to thank the campus community for another wonderful I Heart KU Week. We are grateful to everyone who participated as we celebrated the many groups and individuals who make KU golden. Check out the KU Foundation’s Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for highlights.

KU Foundation


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