Daily Brief

Jan. 16, 2024

KU Awarded Grant Funding from Governor and First Lady for PA Hunger-Free Campus

Governor Josh Shapiro and First Lady Lori Shapiro announced that $1 million in Pa. Hunger-Free Campus grants have been awarded to 30 institutions of higher education and private licensed schools, including Kutztown University, to combat student hunger across the commonwealth. Kutztown University was awarded a $60,000 grant to address food insecurity on campus, including expanding access to food options, creating awareness initiatives and upgrading facilities.

University Relations


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

Snow to start the day, gradually tapering off by the afternoon. Mostly cloudy and chilly. Additional accumulations a coating to an inch or so. High near 29.


Welcome Diana LoChiatto

The Division of University Relations and Athletics welcomes Diana LoChiatto as the new executive assistant to the vice president. Diana previously served as the secretary for the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. In her new role, Diana will supervise the university telephone operators and will serve as an integral part of the University Relations staff. Diana will be located in 101 Schock Education House and can be reached by email at lochiatto@kutztown.edu or by phone at x34114.

University Relations

Bear Essentials - Weekly Student Email Newsletter

Bear Essentials is the student email newsletter sent every Wednesday to all students throughout the academic year. If you have an announcement or an event that is of interest to and open to all students, Bear Essentials is your place. The deadline for submission is noon the Tuesday before publication. The spring semester's first issue will be sent Wednesday, Jan. 17, so the deadline is noon Tuesday, Jan 16.

Josh Leiboff, Web and Digital Media

Professional Learning Opportunity for Faculty and Staff

One of the initiatives of the KU Title III grant program is to improve how we serve our neurodiverse students. Please join the spring semester conversation to ensure that your program or office facilitates the success of all KU students. To participate in the semester-long community discussions or to request more information, contact Dr. Karen Rauch at rauch@kutztown.edu. The program will begin in early February.

Karen Rauch, Office of the Provost

University of Pittsburgh Diversity Forum

Many faculty and staff enjoyed the PASSHE Diversity Summit virtually this past November. If you would like to check out another DEI virtual training opportunity, I encourage you to register for the University of Pittsburgh Diversity Forum 2024. I attended several of the sessions last year and found them educational, intellectually stimulating and helpful to my work as an educator. It is free and you can attend sessions that fit your schedule or interests. The "University of Pittsburgh Diversity Forum 2024: Amplifying Our Voices Through Active Listening and Constructive Dialogue" will be held Jan. 23-24. Please click here to register. Don't forget to save the date for the following conferences coming up on the KU campus: KU UJIMA Conference Feb. 20-22; Annual Commission on Human Diversity Conference Friday, March 1.

Jerry Schearer, Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

Sibs Day - Call for Activities and Programs

The Office of Student Involvement is planning Sibs Day for Saturday, Feb. 17 and we would love to showcase our wonderful campus through collaboration in the schedule of events. If you, a department, office or student organization would like to participate and host an event, please reach out to Laura Young, assistant director of Student Involvement (lyoung@kutztown.edu), as soon as possible. New program ideas and submissions should be submitted before Friday, Feb. 2.

Laura Young, Office of Student Involvement

New CEL Journal Posts

Please take a few minutes to visit KU Center for Engaged Learning (CEL)'s KUtztown exCEL faculty journal to read our latest post. This month we are featuring Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek, Department of English, who discusses how she used the Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to promote reading comprehension for her students during the Fall 2023 semester. Also, be sure to check out last month’s post, featuring Dr. Sally Hyatt, Department of Counselor Education and Student Affairs, who discusses how she used AI and UDL to promote inclusive pedagogy in two recent courses.

Center for Engaged Learning

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Jan. 22 -- First Day of Class - Spring 2024
Date Time Event
Jan. 17 5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. West Chester
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)
Jan. 17 7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. West Chester
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)

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 .