Daily Brief

Jan. 29, 2024

(L to R) Page Athey, Mary Therese Grob of Hawk Mountain, Hallie Page, Joe Tiwold, and Dr. Bloh. 

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Inclusivity

Dr. Chris Bloh, associate professor of special education, has been working with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Pa., to make their facility more inclusive for people with autism spectrum disorder. He recently traveled there with special education majors Page Athey, Joe Tiwold and recent graduate Hallie Page to create video narratives to enable visitors to successfully navigate Hawk Mountain's extensive settings.

Special Education


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

Departing low pressure off Cape Cod will make for a cloudy to mostly cloudy day. The pressure gradient looks fairly tight so periodic wind gusts are possible. High temperature near 41.


EMLT Department Welcomes New Secretary

The Department of Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Technologies (EMLT) welcomes Julie Setliff as our new secretary beginning Monday, Jan. 29. Congratulations to Julie on the promotion; we are thrilled to have her join our team.

Tracy L. Keyes, Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Technologies

University Senate: Professional Staff – Willingness to Serve

University Senate nominations for elected positions are now being accepted for the following positions:
 - Professional Staff Senator (one opening, two-year term): Senator representing the views of all professional staff at the university. Must have three years of full-time service at the university by August 2024. This is a two-year term. KU employees designated "Professional Staff" are all those represented by SCUPA and managers below the rank of Cabinet.
 - Professional Staff Senator (two openings, three-year term): Senator representing the views of all professional staff at the university. Must have three years of full-time service at the university by August 2024. This is a three-year term. KU employees designated "Professional Staff" are all those represented by SCUPA and managers below the rank of Cabinet.
To self-nominate to be on the ballot, please complete the electronic form located at this link. You will be prompted to log in to Engage@KU with your username, full KU email address and password. Form submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 (to resume a form you have already started or view a form you have completed, click here). If you have questions about the positions, contact senate@kutztown.edu. If you experience problems with the online system, contact Leah Cassellia at casselli@kutztown.edu.

Julia L. Hovanec, University Senate

COE Dissertation Defense

EDD candidate, Kim Kneller, will present and defend her dissertation titled, "Misappropriating Self-Care: A mixed-methods analysis of the burnout experiences of teachers who identify as women," 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 105 Beekey. All are welcome to attend. Her dissertation committee chair is Dr. Helen Hamlet. Her committee members include Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer and Mrs. Beth Guarriello.

Catherine McGeehan, College of Education

Science Olympiad at KU

Science Olympiad needs volunteers. Are you looking for something fun to do over spring break or want to add a little something to your resume? Volunteers are needed to help KU host the CE Regional Science Olympiad Tuesday, March 12 (snow date Wednesday, March 13). The Science Olympiad is a competition held on campus that hosts six middle schools and 26 high schools from nine counties. More than 600 students will compete in approximately 46 events based on science disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. However, we need your help to make all that happen. We need help with registrations, lobby info, food sales/delivery, set-up, scoring, event assistance and so much more. You do not need a science background to be a volunteer. You can judge an event or help with the Appeals Board. To the club advisors, get your club involved. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Dr. Michael Davis at midavis@kutztown.edu or if you are interested, check out our website at the link below for more information. We look forward to having you as part of the team.

Joann Monko, Physical Sciences

Department Mailings

All Kutztown University departments sending out small or large mailings will now need to be filed through Mail Services. The United States Postal Service will no longer be accepting paperwork for mailings. Everything will need to be entered electronically by Mail Services. Mail Services will need a detailed copy of all paperwork for mailings. All mailings dropped off at any post office without contacting Mail Services will be delayed or returned to Kutztown University.

Louis Richuitti, Mail Services / Storeroom

Safe Space Training

Safe Space Training is available to all staff, faculty and students noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, Boxwood House. RSVP via Engage in the link below. 

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center


Free Walk-in Math Tutoring

The Department of Mathematics offers free walk-in peer tutoring for students in mathematics classes from MAT-17 through and including the Calculus sequence. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this valuable resource. Tutors are available 2-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 207 Lytle.

Brian Kronenthal, Department of Mathematics

Tutoring Services

Tutoring for the 2024 spring semester will begin Monday, Jan. 29. Tutors are available for most 100 and 200-level courses and some upper-level courses. Academic Peer Mentors (APM) are available to all students. Students can sign up for tutoring in Starfish using the tutor link next to their course, or by using the "I Need Help" button if tutoring is not listed for the class. APM appointments can be scheduled in Starfish under the APM box in "My Services." Tutoring Services is located at 26 Rohrbach Library. For additional information or questions, contact Tutoring Services at 610-683-4207, tutor@kutztown.edu or visit the Tutoring Service website.

Adam Troxel, Tutoring Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Jan. 29 -- Writing Center Opens 
100C Rohrbach Library
Jan. 30 11 a.m. GEPAC Open Forum
225 Rickenbach
Jan. 30 Noon Safe Space Training 
Boxwood House 
Jan. 30 4 p.m. Involvement Fair
218 MSU
Jan. 30 4 p.m. Concert: Rock the Fountain
Schaeffer Little Theater
Feb. 1 -- Black History Month
Feb. 1 11 a.m. CEL Connections at Play
6 Rohrbach Library
Feb. 1 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting
202 Academic Forum
Feb. 4 2 p.m.  KU Presents! Family Series 
Schaeffer Auditorium
Feb. 4 4 p.m. JCPenney Suit Up
Lehigh Valley Mall

Date Time Event
Jan. 31 5:30 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Shepherd  
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)
Jan. 31 7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Shepherd 
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)
Feb. 2 7 p.m. Wrestling vs. Pitt-Johnstown
Keystone Arena (Video)
Feb. 3 1 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Mansfield
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)
Feb. 3 1 p.m. Women's Swimming hosts Last Chance Invitational
Keystone Natatorium
Feb. 3 3 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Mansfield
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 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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