Daily Brief

Jan. 28, 2022

State System Climate Survey

On Jan. 31, Kutztown University will begin the Systemwide Climate Survey. All students, staff, faculty and administrators at Kutztown University will participate in this survey. As part of our long-term strategic diversity plan, taking the pulse of our successes to date are key to learning where we may need to do more work to strengthen our ongoing policies and initiatives. At Kutztown University, we seek to continue to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment, where all employees and students feel safe, respected, valued and able to thrive. Kutztown University will be engaging in the Systemwide Climate Survey alongside the other 13 PASSHE universities and the Office of the Chancellor. This will be the first time that all universities have administered the same climate survey at the same time. The first ever Systemwide Climate Survey is grounded in the State System's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy Framework, and will be a key way for Kutztown University and the State System to measure campus and community inclusivity. All students and employees are strongly encouraged to complete the survey, which will be online Jan. 31 to March 4.

Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, President


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


Sabbatical Applications Collection

The Sabbatical Leave Committee will be available 3-5 p.m. Jan. 31, and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 1, in 130 Lytle Hall to collect sabbatical applications for Fall 2023-Spring 2024.  Please bring one original copy and seven back-to-back photocopies of your application for the sabbatical committee to review. Each application should include the following items: signed verification of eligibility form, signed application form, written sabbatical proposal, and updated C.V. More sabbatical application information including the forms and rubrics can be found here on the APSCUF-KU website. 

Yun Lu, Sabbatical Leave Committee

University Senate Meeting

The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in 103 Academic Forum.  The meeting may also be accessed via Zoom Meeting ID: 974 5408 8514  Passcode: 428969. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and December 2021 SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate representative changes and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.

Steve Lem, University Senate

Safe Space Training: Creating Safe Space for LGBTQ+ People

The mission of "Safe Space" is to provide education and resources as a means to create a safe and nurturing environment, free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, or sexual or gender identity or expression. This training will act as an opening to your continuing education and commitment and is tailored as an entry-level experience that lasts approximately 50 minutes. This training scheduled 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in 201 Academic Forum is open to students, faculty and staff who RSVP via Engage https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/7779151.

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Call for Proposals - English Learner Conference

The Kutztown University College of Education welcomes session proposals for the Kutztown University-District Partnership Joint Conference on English Learner Education "'In Their Shoes' ... Honoring the Lived Experiences of English Learners" 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Kutztown University. This conference seeks to bring together ESL specialists, teachers working with ELLs, teacher educators, administrators and various stakeholders who work to address the needs of English learners. To submit a proposal, follow this link: Call for Proposal Link. Proposal submission due Friday, Feb. 18. Decisions announced by Friday, Feb. 25.

Carissa Pokorny-Golden, College of Education

Rape, Aggression and Defense Training

Rape, Aggression and Defense Training (RAD), provided by Public Safety and Police Services, is free to female students, faculty and staff. The next training is scheduled 6 p.m., March 21, 22 and 24. Students must attend all three sessions to complete the RAD program. Contact Danielle Santos at dsantos@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4861 to sign up.

Danielle Santos, Public Safety and Police Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Jan. 28 1 p.m. Candi Calhoun Border Retirement Celebration
Public Safety, I-Wing, Old Main
Jan. 31 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
Feb. 1 Black History Month
Feb. 2 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
Feb. 2 11 a.m. VPA Faculty First Thursday
11G Schaeffer Auditorium | Zoom Meeting
Feb. 3 3 p.m. Faculty DSO Information Session:
Implementing Accommodations
Feb. 4 3 p.m. Faculty DSO Information Session:
Implementing Accommodations

Date Time Event
Jan. 28 7:30 p.m. Wrestling vs. UPJ
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)
Jan. 29 1 p.m. Swimming vs. Cedar Crest (Senior Day)
Keystone Pool


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.