Daily Brief

June 7, 2024

Spring 2024 Commencement

Video: Spring 2024 Commencement Highlights

This video shares highlights from our Spring 2024 commencement ceremonies. More than 1,130 students, including 14 doctoral graduates, were awarded degrees across three ceremonies May 10-11.

University Relations

KU Outdoors Club Galapagos Trip

KU Outdoors Club members recently returned from a 10-day Galapagos tour. One focus of the trip was to explore and support local culture and businesses. We stayed in family-run accommodations and ate local cuisine in neighborhood restaurants.
On Christobal Island, we hiked to Laguna del Junco and discussed the importance of fresh water in the Galapagos. We then toured the giant tortoise breeding center and did a snorkeling tour at Kicker Rock. While not surrounded by hammerhead sharks, we did see a few. Some brave club members joined in an evening performance by the local cultural dance group.
On Santa Cruz, we visited the Charles Darwin Research Station and El Chato, a private tortoise reserve. We learned about giant tortoises, explored lava tunnels and discussed the geology of the islands. Endemic, native and invasive species of plants and animals were discussed.
On Isabela, we snorkeled at Los Tunneles with sea turtles, whitetip reef sharks, Galapagos penguins and a moray eel. A hike up Volcán Sierra Negra to Volcán Chico was both challenging and rewarding. An evening visit to the Flamingo lagoon capped off the visit.
Special thanks to Marco Vizcaino, our Galapagos Park Naturalist Guide, who made the trip amazing. Club members stepped well out of established patterns and comfort zones and endured flight delays, semi-stable water taxi rides, two-hour trips on the small inter-island ferries over rough seas, unfamiliar foods and ways of life - all in the quest to explore and learn about the fascinating wildlife, history, geology and culture of these enchanting islands.
Before departing, we visited the Intiñan Museum and Ciudad Mitad del Mundo in Quito. Members Rachel Love, Declan Nicodemus, Emilee Gubitosi, Lily Whetsell, AJ Tomalino, Julia Yeomans, Julia Richardson, Brady Frederick, Vincent Allen and Christian Moyer participated in the trip.

Dan Stafford, Rohrbach Library / Co-advisor, Outdoors Club


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

Mostly sunny. Breezy. Much lower humidity and more comfortable. High 79.


June 2024 Parents and Family Bulletin

This month's edition of the KU Parents and Family Bulletin has been sent to registered subscribers and can be found online.

University Relations

Old Main - Emergency AC Repairs

The air conditioning in Old Main will need to be shut down to make emergency repairs to the building AC system. The AC will be shut down starting noon Friday, June 7, and will be down until late Saturday, June 8. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Kyle Mills, Facilities

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
June 7 9 a.m. Week-by-Week Workplace Wellness
223 MSU
June 10 9 a.m.  Social Equity Policies Training
June 11 11 a.m. P-Card Training 
June 12 11:30 a.m. Faculty and Staff Recognition Picnic
O'Pake Fieldhouse (RSVP)
June 17 5 p.m. AFSCME Local 2234 Member Meeting
103 Academic Forum


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.

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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 .