Daily Brief

June 2, 2022

President Hawkins stands together with the Optimist Club and high school students scholarship recipients

Hawkinson, Optimist Club Present Scholarships to Local Students

Kutztown University President Kenneth S. Hawkinson hosted the Kutztown Optimist Club and guests for the annual presentation of the Kutztown Fools’ Run Scholarships Tuesday, May 24.  Promising and deserving students from high schools in northeast Berks County received scholarships from the Kutztown Area Optimist Club to attend KU in the fall. The scholarships are generated through proceeds from the Kutztown Fools’ Run. The event features a 10-mile and 5K run and a two-mile walk, and has generated more than $250,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1989.

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Golden Retriever with a rainbow flag

June is Pride Month

Kutztown University takes pride in our resources and policies regarding our commitment to inclusivity for LGBTQ+ populations. We rate a 4/5 on the campus pride index, a national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.

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

A cold front along with an associated low pressure passes through today ushering in a much more comfortable airmass beginning tomorrow. Until then, we have one more reasonably humid day with the concern for showers and thunderstorms, any of which could feature downpours. Highs around 80.


KU Honors Students Featured in Reading Eagle

KU Honors students, who present research and projects to Lutheran Home residents once a month, were recently featured in a Reading Eagle article "Old Main to Old Main intergenerational program cultivates relationships among lifelong learners."

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Volunteers Needed for Juneteenth Celebration

The Community Outreach Center is looking for volunteers to assist with the Juneteenth Celebration taking place Sunday, June 19 in Allentown. Volunteers can sign up on GivePulse. For questions, please contact blichar@kutztown.edu.

Nykolai Blichar, Community Outreach Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
June 2 2 p.m. Michelle Kiec Farewell
Atrium Lobby, Sharadin Arts Building
June 15 11:30 a.m. Employee Recognition Luncheon
O'Pake Fieldhouse


Matt Swarmer Makes Major League Baseball Debut for Chicago Cubs

Kutztown University alumnus and native Berks Countian Matt Swarmer '19 realized a childhood dream Monday, when he made his long-awaited Major League debut for the Chicago Cubs after six years in the organization's pipeline. Swarmer impressed in a no decision, allowing one earned run and striking out six.
The Mohnton native (Governor Mifflin High School) pitched in 63 games for Kutztown between 2013-16. He helped the Bears win the PSAC championship and reach the NCAA DII Tournament as a sophomore in 2014 and was an All-PSAC East selection as a senior in 2016. Swarmer is the fourth player from Kutztown University to appear in a Major League Baseball game, joining Harry Hoch (1908, 1914-15), John McDonald (1907) and World Series champion and MLB All-Star Ryan Vogelsong (2000-01, 2003-06, 2011-16). Read more about Matt's debut and view his highlights from the game: https://bit.ly/3NQOLWP

Matt Heffelfinger, Sports Information

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KU Athletic Trainer Attends State Capitol in Support of High School Girls Wrestling

Shelby Hoppis, athletic trainer, recently attended the State Capitol in Harrisburg as a board member of SanctionPA, a nonprofit organization working to grow participation opportunities in the sport of wrestling. Hoppis is advocating to have high school girls wrestling approved as a sanctioned sport in Pennsylvania. The senate recognized this year's girls wrestling high school state champions, with Hoppis in attendance. Hoppis (back row, third from left) is shown at the Capitol with the 2022 high school state champions, SanctionPA board members, National Wrestling Coaches Association executive director Mike Moyer and senator Scott Martin.

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