Daily Brief

Jan. 24, 2023

Students walking along alumni plaza in the snow

Spring Semester 2023 Update and Welcome from President Hawkinson

Welcome back to campus. I hope you had an enjoyable winter break and were able to recharge for the 2023 spring semester.

I want to extend my appreciation to you all for a successful fall, which culminated with our commencement ceremonies last month. Together, we continue to champion the fundamental values of higher education, while positioning Kutztown University for a bright future.
We are very proud of all the accomplishments of our university and the KU Family, whether in the classroom, on the stage or athletic venues, or through participation in our many vibrant student life activities. I hope you will take a few moments to review the list of some of the fall highlights on our Points of Pride webpage.

The beginning of a new semester is also an excellent time to provide you with some important updates. I returned from India last week, where I was honored to represent KU along with three other universities from the State System. The purpose of the trip was to promote our universities to the country’s officials and prospective students. My hope and belief are that this partnership will enhance our enrollment for years to come, while contributing to the diversity of our campus and promoting greater global understanding.

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The Office of the President

Weather

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

Mostly to at times partly cloudy and windy, under a temporary brush with high pressure behind yesterday’s low pressure. High around 40.

Announcements

Reminder about PASSHE Trainings

Just a reminder that faculty, staff and student employees were sent emails from training@passhe.edu about several online training modules from GetInclusive. If you have not done so yet, please find the email and complete the trainings as soon as possible. Again, the email came from training@passhe.edu. Thank you.

Jerry Schearer, Diversity and Inclusion

Free Faculty Brass Concert

Come and enjoy brass music as members of the KU Department of Music brass faculty and friends will be performing a recital of quintet and trio music 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Georgian Room, Old Main. The concert is free and open to the public. Music will include pieces by LaFosse, Stevens, Maurer, Arutiunian, Gillie, DiLorenzo and more.

Daniel Neuenschwander, Department of Music

Bagpipe Lessons

Are you interested in learning to play the bagpipes? The Kutztown Pipe Band offers free introductory bagpipe lessons to KU faculty, staff and students as well as local community members. In-person group lessons are held 6 p.m Thursdays, starting Feb. 2 and a go-at-your-own-pace online course option is available in D2L for KU community members. Experienced pipers and drummers are also invited to join the band. Contact sherrod@kutztown.edu for additional details and to reserve your spot. 

Laura Sherrod, Kutztown Pipe Band

Academics

Nominations for the 2023 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

You are invited to nominate a candidate for the 2023 Arthur & Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Any current full-time tenured faculty member at Kutztown University is eligible for nomination. This award is presented each year to one faculty member who has served KU in a manner that sets them apart from faculty colleagues. The recipient will receive $2,500 and a plaque, which will be presented by the university president at the Faculty Staff Convocation & Celebration on Friday, Aug. 25. Click here for more information and to access the nomination form. When nominating a candidate, please complete the form and return it to Erin Gautier, Kutztown University Foundation, by email to gautier@kuf.org. Nominations are due Friday, Mar. 31. If you have any questions please contact 610-683-4110.

Jillian Lovejoy, KU Foundation

Fall 2023 Learning Communities

If you are interested in offering a Learning Community for the Fall 2023 semester, email kirshman@kutztown.edu to receive the form. The due date for the form to be submitted is Wednesday, Feb. 8. If you need additional information or time to complete the form please contact me.

Andrea Kirshman, Student Success & Academic Excellence

Student Success & Academic Excellence

Our office works with students to set goals for academic success and acquire the academic skills needed to achieve these goals. This spring we will continue to provide personalized academic support, student success workshops and classroom presentations. Please share the paragraph below about our services with your students:

Student Success & Academic Excellence provides students with individualized success plans, study skills support and connections to campus resources. The Student Success Center, 11 Rohrbach Library, offers academic skills workshops and one-on-one consultations on study skills, time management, note taking and learning strategies to enhance success inside and outside the classroom. Students can request a meeting with Student Success through the Starfish app or KU homepage using the “I Need Help” drop-down menu.

Additionally, I would like to provide you with the following resources should you encounter a student you believe could benefit from our services or you would like to request a classroom presentation:
- Student Success Referral: If you feel a student could benefit from our services, please submit a referral in Starfish. A member of the Student Success Team will follow up with the student in a timely manner. 
- Student Success Workshops Request Form: Student Success Workshops provide faculty and staff with presentations on topics relevant to college student success. Presentations include time management, test taking strategies, test anxiety and many more.  Presentations are typically 40 minutes. If you have any questions, contact us at success@kutztown.edu.

Nancy Brynildsen, Student Success & Academic Excellence

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services is a free service that provides a comfortable, supportive environment that encourages intellectual and personal growth for students who both utilize and provide tutoring. This spring we will continue to offer peer tutors, student course assistants, first-year experience guides, academic peer mentors (APM) and drop-in labs for Business, CRJ, CSC/IT, Math, POL-PHI and STEM Labs. Students can request a Peer Tutor or Academic Peer Mentor (APM) through the Starfish app or KU homepage using the “I Need Help” drop-down menu. Our office is located in 26 Rohrbach Library and our hours are as follows: 
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
- Closed Saturday and Sunday
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu

    Nancy Brynildsen, Tutoring Services

    Employment Opportunities

     These are the non-instructional positions open on our online job board at http://employment.kutztown.edu (Menu to OOC postings):

    Job Number Job Title Job Term Advertise To
    2023-0015 (internal) NEW - Student Payroll Specialist (internal) Full Time 1/28/23
    2023-0017 (internal) NEW - Management Technician, College of Business (Reposted) Full Time 1/27/23
    2023-0011 NEW - Postal Machine Operator - CA2 Reposted Full Time 2/5/23
    2023-0008 (internal) NEW - Garage Maintenance Technician (internal) Full Time 1/27/23
    2023-0014 NEW - Labor Relations and Classification Manager Full Time 2/5/23
    2022-0216 NEW - Assistant Director SSBCI Technical Assistance Program (Western Region) Full Time 2/5/23
    2022-0217 NEW - Assistant Director SSBCI Technical Assistance Program (Eastern Region) Full Time 2/5/23
    2023-0007 NEW - Admissions Recruiter Full Time 2/3/23
    2023-0016 NEW - Student Health Navigator (Reposted) Full Time 2/3/23
    2022-0046 MR2 HVAC/Plumbing (Sunday - Thursday) Full Time Continuous
    2022-0137 Utility Plant Operator 1 or 2 Full Time Continuous
    2022-0151 Maintenance Repairman 2 (HVAC/Plumbing) Full Time Continuous
    2022-0157 Patrol Officer Full Time 2/26/23
    2022-0166 Systems Analyst Full Time Continuous
    2022-0200 Help Desk Analyst Full Time 2/12/23
    2022-0202 Director of Disability Services Full Time 1/31/23
    2022-0203 Dean, College of Education Full Time 2/15/23
    2022-0205 Student Assistance Coordinator (9+1m) Full Time 1/29/23
    2022-0206 Residential Student Assistance Coordinator (9m+1m) Full Time 1/29/23
    2022-0207 MR2 - HVAC & Plumbing - 2nd shift Full Time Continuous
    2022-0210 Management Technician - College of Education Full Time 2/5/23
    2022-0218 Coordinator for Student Success & Transfer Engagement - TEMP Temp FT 1/24/23
    2023-0009 Drafter Designer Full Time 2/12/23
    2023-02&03 2023 Summer Painter - Temporary Temp FT 2/12/23
    Asst Coaches 2022-23 Assistant Athletic Coaches Part Time 6/30/23
    Clerical Asst Pool 2022-23 Clerical Assistant Pool Full Time 6/30/23
    Custodial Pool 2022-23 Custodial Worker 1 Pool Full Time 6/30/23
    OOC 23-01 Keystone Library Network Coordinator (PT REMOTE) Part Time 2/12/23
    OOC 23-02&03 Purchasing Agent - 2 positions Full Time 2/5/23
    OOC 23-04 Legal Fellow Full Time 3/19/23
    Upcoming Events
    Date Time Event
    Jan. 25 11 a.m. Health Center Open House
    Beck Hall
    Jan. 25 Noon “Lunch and Learn” LinkedIn/Robust Profile
    Virtual
    Jan. 26 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee
    Zoom
    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
    Zoom
    Jan. 31 1:45 p.m. Vice Provost Search, Candidate B
    312 McFarland Student Union
    Feb. 1 Noon "Lunch and Learn" Interview
    Zoom
    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
    Athletics

    KUSSI Fan, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Basketball Game

    There will be giveaways for faculty and staff members at the KUSSI fan, faculty and staff appreciation basketball game vs. Bloomsburg University 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. Come out to show appreciation for KU faculty and staff.

    Department of Athletics

    Date Time Event
    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)
    Accommodations

    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.