Daily Brief

Jan. 23, 2023

Students with Avalanche

Welcome Back



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

Low pressure moves northeastward. Rain will fall throughout the morning before ending by the afternoon. High temperature near 40.


Vice Provost Search

Candidates for the position of Vice Provost Extended and Lifelong Learning and Dean of Graduate Studies will visit campus Jan. 27, 31, Feb. 1 and 2. Please view the website below for candidate information and a schedule of open forums available to students, faculty and staff. Candidates’ names and vitae will be posted on the website 48 hours prior to their visit to campus.
- Jan. 27: Candidate A
- Jan. 31: Candidate B
- Feb. 1: Candidate C
- Feb. 2: Candidate D

John Ward, Search Chair

AFSCME 2234 Membership Meeting

Due to the MLK holiday, the monthly AFSCME membership meeting will be held 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 203 Academic Forum. Light refreshments will be served.


SECA Deductions to Start Jan. 27

Unfortunately, the SECA payroll deduction file from the vendor was received after processing the Jan. 13 pay. The deductions have now been loaded into the payroll system for those who elected to contribute. There will be a doubled “catch up” SECA deduction for pay date Jan. 27.  If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources.  Thank you.

Human Resources

Human Library Returns to KU

The Human Library will be returning to KU on March 28. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to volunteer to be a "book" for this one-of-a-kind event in which you can learn to "unjudge someone." We are recruiting book participants for the event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, by Starbucks MSU. Please stop by our table near Starbucks to learn more or register to be a participant at https://library.kutztown.edu/humanlibraryHome
The Human Library is an international organization and movement that first started in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000. It aims to address people's prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet. The organization uses a library analogy of lending people rather than books.

Patricia Ann Brenner, Commission on Human Diversity

University Curriculum Committee

The University Curriculum Committee will meet 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26. The meeting will be held on Zoom. To join the Zoom meeting please click here. The link can also be found on the UCC Document Submissions SharePoint page. Contact Brian Meares at meares@kutztown.edu with any questions.

Brian Meares, University Curriculum Committee


The Student Recreation Center will have a faculty/staff yoga class during the spring semester 4:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, the North Studio. This class is free; no membership required. Present your faculty/staff ID at the information desk for access to the class.

Tracy Turner, Recreational Center

KU Print Center

The KU Print Center is offering a 10% discount on any window, wall or floor graphics until the end of February. This includes design and install. Give us a call to set up a site visit.

Ilene Stroh, Alphagraphics/KU Print Center


Chambliss Undergraduate Student Academic Achievement Awards

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate undergraduate students, graduating in December 2022 or May 2023, for this prestigious award prior to the Feb. 21 deadline. Nominees should exemplify an exceptional individual achievement in one or more categories. A list of categories and a nomination form can be found here

Nancy Brynildsen, Student Success and Academic Excellence

Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a Mission in the Classroom

You Belong Here: Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a Mission in the Classroom is a resource that provides perspective on how faculty and universities can make diversity, equity and inclusion a mission on campus and in the classroom. Although these conversations may be uncomfortable, if we don’t talk about race in the classroom, where else will it happen? It’s time to break the code of silence and focus on creating a welcoming and diverse environment. This is not the job of one single person; it requires full participation from faculty and students alike. 

Jerry Schearer, Office of the Chief Diversity Officer

Student Accommodation Letters Are Ready

On behalf of the Office of Disability Services, welcome to the Spring 2023 semester. Spring 2023 accommodation letters are now available for students to start distributing to course professors via KU email. The subject line will indicate that you are receiving an accommodation letter and will list the corresponding course number. Please save a copy of these emails for your records.
     Students registered with the DSO are instructed to discuss their approved accommodations with professors during office hours or via KU email. Please remember, a student’s disability and accommodations are considered confidential. While you may not ask students to disclose their disability, you may inquire about their difficulties and the challenges faced in the classroom. Additionally, please be mindful that some students may be self-advocating for the first time.
     DSO provides training sessions to interested faculty and staff regarding implementation of accommodations, as well as creating accessible classroom materials. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a training session, please contact the DSO at 610-683-4108, email DSO@kutztown.edu or stop by the office in 215 Stratton Administration Center. The DSO is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the spring semester.

Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

Kutztown University Writing Center Spring 2023

Please share with students, the KUWC will reopen Monday, Jan. 30, online and in-person, 100C RL. Please call 610-683-4733 or email wrcenter@kutztown.edu to set up an in person appointment. To begin using the WCOnline site and schedule a session, please go to https://kutztown.mywconline.com. In-person hours: 2-6 p.m. Sunday; 2-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Online hours: 2-6 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 3-8 p.m. Wednesday; and noon to 4 p.m. Friday.
For faculty, please email pytleski@kutzown.edu, if you would like an in-person or Zoom information session about the UWC or any in-class writing information sessions. 

Patricia Pytleski , The KU Writing Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Jan. 23 5 p.m. AFSCME Membership Meeting
203 Academic Forum
Jan. 25 11 a.m. Health Center Open House
Beck Hall
Jan. 25 Noon “Lunch and Learn” LinkedIn/Robust Profile
Jan. 26 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee
Jan. 26 11 a.m. Health Center Open House
Beck Hall
Jan. 26 6:30 p.m. So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?
312 McFarland Student Union
Jan. 27 2 p.m. Vice Provost Search, Candidate A
312 McFarland Student Union
Jan. 31 11 a.m. Assessment Grant Information Session
Jan. 31 1:45 p.m. Vice Provost Search, Candidate B
312 McFarland Student Union
Feb. 1 Noon "Lunch and Learn" Interview
Feb. 1 2 p.m. Vice Provost Search, Candidate C
312 McFarland Student Union
Feb. 2 11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday Presentation
13G Schaeffer Auditorium
Feb. 2 2 p.m. Vice Provost Search, Candidate D
312 McFarland Student Union

It's On Us and White-Out Basketball Game

Become involved in It's On Us and learn more about supporting organizations on campus. There will be a 'Den Defenders' white-out shirt giveaway at both games. Come show support for the KU Golden Bears and take the It's On Us pledge Monday, Jan. 23, Women's basketball at 5:30 p.m., Men's basketball at 7:30 p.m.

Department of Athletics

Date Time Event
Jan. 23 5:30 p.m. WBB vs. East Stroudsburg
It's On Us/White-Out Basketball Game
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Video)
Jan. 23 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. East Stroudsburg
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Video)
Jan. 25 5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Bloomsburg
KUSSI Appreciation
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Video)
Jan. 25 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Bloomsburg
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Video)
Jan. 27 7 p.m. Wrestling vs. Gannon
Keystone Arena (Video)
Jan. 28 12 p.m. Wrestling vs. Mercyhurst
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 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.