Daily Brief

Jan. 25, 2024

Kids Can Explore the Wonders of the Galaxy Sunday, Feb. 4

"Janet’s Planet: A Tour Through the Solar System Travels at the Speed of Thought," introduces the wonders of the galaxy to inspire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) potential in elementary school-age kids. Part artist and scientist, Janet Ivey-Duensing believes Art and Science should be taught in concert with one another. With Janet’s engaging approach, kids experience complex concepts in an accessible way to help them retain more information and develop a deeper understanding of space. This 21st-century theatre presentation encourages scientific literacy using humor, theatrical antics, visual illusions and a lot of fun held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, Schaeffer Auditorium, as part of the KU Presents! Family Series. Faculty and staff can access discounted tickets by logging in for tickets using their MyKU login.

KU Presents!


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

Another in a series of weak low pressures and their associated fronts moves through today with periods of light rain possible, but continued milder weather. In fact, temperatures may make a run at 50 or even several degrees beyond. Maybe even higher tomorrow, before we cool back down over the weekend.


University Senate Meeting

The next University Senate meeting will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 202 Academic Forum. The agenda can be found on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the February 2024 SharePoint folder. Please email any Senate representative changes to senate@kutztown.edu.

Lisa Frye, University Senate

University Curriculum Committee

The January 2024 University Curriculum Committee meeting will be conducted by email rather than Zoom due to the short agenda. Contact Brian Meares at meares@kutztown.edu with any questions.

University Curriculum Committee

KU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event

You are invited to attend a KU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event held 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, JCPenney at the Lehigh Valley Mall. Get up to 50% off professional clothing. This event is exclusively for KU faculty, staff, students and alumni. Please bring your KU ID. No registration is needed, which means you can just show up. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Career Development Center at x34067.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

"YOU BELONG" Webinars for Staff and Faculty - Save the Dates

In our continued campaign of "YOU BELONG," the Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites staff and faculty to participate in the upcoming webinars:
 - "Inclusive Advising to Improve the Advising Relationship and Support Student Success" for faculty noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Multicultural Center. 
 - "Implicit Bias Awareness: Supporting Underrepresented Students and Fostering Inclusive Services" for staff noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Multicultural Center.
Mark your calendars and bring your lunch. More details will be posted in the Daily Brief closer to the dates, or email schearer@kutztown.edu to RSVP and get direct communication.

Jerry Schearer, Dean of Students and Chief Diversity Officer

Workshop: CEL Connections at Play

Collaboration is key to a successful career. The Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) invites you to join in a 45-minute, interactive, dynamic session that will help you meet new people and build relationships across the university 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 Rohrbach Library. Attend with an open mind, have a few laughs and leave with refreshed connections. Have fun and find some new collaborators, teaching resources or work friends. Your connection curators will be Stephen Walker and Erin Kraal.

Center for Engaged Learning

Starfish Workshops Spring 2024

Faculty and staff can sign up for 30-minute sessions to review Starfish functionality, learn about new features and ask questions. Users can choose from a list of available session times and topics. Sign up using this link, or visit the Starfish website; the link to sign up is under "Starfish Faculty and Staff Resources".

Nancy Brynildsen, Student Success and Academic Excellence


GEPAC Hosting Open Forum

The General Education Program and Assessment Committee (GEPAC) will host an open forum 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 225 Rickenbach Learning Center, for faculty to come and learn about GEPAC, meet members and ask questions about General Education and Assessment. Please come and meet our members, view our presentation and bring along any questions you have about assessment. Those who are not on campus can attend remotely on Zoom with their KU account. Any questions or concerns may be addressed to our email address at gepac@kutztown.edu.

Bethany French, General Education Program and Assessment Committee

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Jan. 29 -- Writing Center Opens 
100C Rohrbach Library
Jan. 30 11 a.m. GEPAC Open Forum
225 Rickenbach
Feb. 1 11 a.m. CEL Connections at Play
6 Rohrbach Library
Feb. 1 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting
202 Academic Forum
Feb. 2 2 p.m.  KU Presents! Family Series 
Schaeffer Auditorium
Feb. 4 4 p.m. JCPenney Suit Up
Lehigh Valley Mall


Two Football Players Named Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention

Offensive lineman Adam Kase and linebacker Tyler Whary of the Kutztown University football team have been named honorable mention selections on the 2023 Don Hansen Division II All-America team. Both Kase and Whary are first-time honorees after helping lead the Golden Bears to a program record 12 victories (12-3), PSAC East and PSAC championships, the program's first-ever Super Region One title and a spot in the national semifinals.

Sports Information


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.

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