Daily Brief

March 2, 2020

KU Awarded Gear Up grant to benefit students

More than $194,000 in funds and materials has been awarded to Kutztown University through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. The grant will fund KU's GEAR-UP Summer Bridge program (GSB), providing support for participating students in conjunction with the Summer Talent Academy for Rising Stars (STARS) program. KU earned the grant with the proposed implementation of the GSB program, based on its affiliation with the established, effective STARS program. More than 90% of STARS students successfully completed the Summer Bridge program, matriculating in the fall semester. The first-year retention rate of 2018 STARS students was 88%, much higher than the national average. Learn More.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

Women's basketball

Third-seeded Kutztown will host sixth-seeded Bloomsburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Women's Basketball Championship First Round game Monday evening at 7 p.m. inside Keystone Arena. Tickets for Monday's PSAC First Round game will be available at the Keystone Arena ticket booth on game night. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for non-KU students. Kutztown University and all PSAC students with ID will be admitted free of charge. PSAC passes will be accepted, but there will be no other complimentary admission. Doors open at 6 p.m.
     C.J. Hemerly, Sports Information


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

High pressure slides to our east allowing a series of low pressures to move through. Temperatures will be mild as a warm front lifts through the region but we will see ample cloud coverage. Rain should hold off until the overnight. High temperature near 60. Winds south at 5-10 mph.


In the fall, the whole State System embarked on an effort to better measure and understand employee culture and to what level our faculty and staff feel engaged with efforts to improve and transform the State System and our 14 universities. All employees were invited to participate in a system-wide online survey, and about half did. That remarkable level of participation underscores the importance of this issue and signals a widespread interest among our employees to engage.

The system-level results from the survey were shared at the Board of Governors meeting in January, and now I am sharing our university-level data with you. The data we’ve collected will help us develop the proper roadmap for reaching our destination – a place where all employees feel engaged and understand how they contribute to our shared vision. I look forward to continued conversations as this work proceeds.

The following links will lead to our university-level data detail for Faculty and Staff. These links require Kutztown University credentials; you will need to be on campus or connected via VPN.
     Kenneth S. Hawkinson, President


During the month of March, KU Campus Store will be accepting donations for Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. If you would like to participate, please talk to one of our cashiers. Donations can also be made online at https://kubstore.com/1-donation-special-olympics-pa. Kutztown University will host Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 2. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information regarding the Special Olympics, contact Morgan Harper at mharp287@live.kutztown.edu.
     Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store

March 2
Do your students need an internship? Encourage them to join us 6 p.m., Monday, March 2, in
261 Boehm Science Center, to hear about KU students' internships. Presentation to feature KU Geography students sharing information about their internship experiences. Sponsored by the KU Geography Club. https://www.facebook.com/Kutztown-University-Geography-Club-152489708243047/
     Dorothy Siravo, KU Geography Club

March 2
Join us 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, in Schaeffer Auditorium, for an evening featuring the music of Piotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky. Fresh from his run of performances at Lincoln Center, violinist Kurt Nikkanen joined by Maria Asteriadou, will play the greatest hits from Swan Lake. Intense and dramatic, these pieces are among the highpoints of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet score. Asteriadou and Nikkanen will then be joined by cellist Daniel Gaisford for a performance of the Tchaikovsky piano trio, a towering masterwork of Russian music, unmatched in length and emotional range, and possibly the most intense and romantic music in the entire chamber music literature.
     Fran Melchionne, Department of Music

March 3
Please encourage your students to join us 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in 183 McFarland Student Union, for an event about navigating a career as a woman, especially in careers that are "beyond pink-collar jobs" in male-dominated fields. This event will feature a speaker who has started her own business, a panel discussion of women who work in male-dominated fields and a workshop on salary negotiation to combat the gender wage gap. There will be a free brunch for all who attend.
     Lyn McQuaid, KU Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics

March 3
Join us for Safe Space Training, 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, in 312 McFarland Student Union. The mission of the Safe Space program is to provide education and resources to the campus community as a means to create a safe and nurturing environment, free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual or gender identity. Respond to glbtqresourcecenter@kutztown.edu to attend this session. The GLBTQ Resource Center staff is also available to provide this training for classes, residence halls or clubs who would like to learn about being an advocate for the GLBTQ+ community.
     Diane Biehl, Women's Center and GLBTQ Resource Center

March 3
Join the Office of Disability Services, 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, in 101 Academic Forum. Learn about the important role that emotional support and service animals play in assisting individuals with physical and mental impairments. The session will include a discussion of the laws that govern these animals, where they are permitted to go on campus, as well as KU policy and practices that ensure the safety of the animals and campus community.
     Linda Feinour, Office of Disability Services

March 3
Please join Kutztown graduate and climate advocate Shana Rose and a panel of speakers, including KU students and staff, local activists and sustainability professionals and community and faith leaders, as they discuss how the university and the greater community can join the global climate movement. The event will be hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, Sunrise Movement Berks and Reading for 100, 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in 145 Boehm Science Center.
     Richard S. Courtney, Department of Geography

March 4
Please join the Frederick Douglass Institute for our second presentation in the 2020 Spring Discussion Series featuring the co-founders of Aspire for Autonomy. Project Underground Railroad is a program working to prevent human trafficking. Join us to find out how you might take action to prevent trafficking in the Lehigh Valley. Refreshments will be served noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in 223 McFarland Student Union.
     Maria Sanelli, Frederick Douglass Institute


March 7
FriendFest is Saturday, March 7. FriendFest is an annual benefit featuring beer and wine tasting, delicious food and various vendors. All proceeds go to the Optimist Club of Kutztown’s children’s programs and Friend, Inc. For more information and tickets, please visit www.friendfest.org.
     Mark Prevoznik, Facilities


March 16
During our next union meeting, we will vote on delegates to attend the AFSCME Council 13 Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Please plan to attend and become active, 5 p.m., Monday, March 16, in 114 Sharadin Arts Building.
     Chris Ferris, AFSCME 2234


March 16, Application Deadline
Student Commencement Speaker applications are being accepted from graduating seniors. The application deadline is Monday, March 16. Faculty, please encourage students to find more information and an application at https://www.kutztown.edu/events/commencement.html.
     Andrea Kirshman, Retention and Student Success


Kutztown University’s Women's Swimming team is offering swimming lessons at Keystone Natatorium March 16 through April 23. Contact Tim Flannery at flannery@kutztown.edu for more information or go to https://kutztownusportscamps.com/clinics/swimming and download the brochure.
     Tim Flannery, Intercollegiate Athletics


March 19
Our next blood drive is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the Nancy Jean Stump Seiger ʼ54 Multipurpose Room, 218 McFarland Student Union. Please help save a life. All staff, faculty, students and the public are welcome. If you want to reserve a time slot, visit https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/45505. Walk-ins are also welcome.
     Jerry Schearer, Inclusion and Outreach

March 19
Due to a great response, “Caregivers of the Elderly” is now full. If you would like to attend the next related event, please send your name to Fran Melchionne, melchionne@kutztown.edu.
     Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Women

March 25
The Department of Social Work announces Ms. Barbe Fogarty, MSW, M.Ed. is defending her dissertation "We are Forgotten: Framing Disaster via Twitter in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria: Implications for Social Work Policy Practice,” 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in 222 Rohrbach Library.
     Juliana Svistova and Sharon Lyter, Department of Social Work

April 6 – deadline
Call for nominations of faculty for the 2021 Kutztown University Chambliss Faculty Research Award. The award was inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss and recognizes the highest achievement in research and scholarship. The 2020 awardees are Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer, Department of Secondary Education, and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Department of Art Education. Each award includes an engraved medal, a certificate of recognition, and a $250 cash prize. Each awardee will present a lecture on some aspect of his or her work in spring or fall 2021. Please send a nomination letter and a curriculum vitae to Carole Wells, chair, Chambliss Faculty Research Award Committee, 319 Stratton Administration Center, by April 6.
     Carole Wells, vice provost and dean of graduate studies

April 6 – deadline
This award established by John P. Schellenberg, emeriti professor of physical sciences, faculty, alumni and friends to recognize an early-career faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding work within the mission of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching. To be eligible for the award, an individual must have been on the faculty fulltime at least three but not more than seven years and will be chosen based on the following areas: pedagogy and curriculum innovation, learning technology innovation, assessment and/or research on learning. Nominated candidates should submit their own letter (two pages maximum) outlining their qualifications. Please submit a nomination letter and curriculum vitae to Carole Wells, 319 Stratton Administration Center, by April 6.
     Carole Wells, vice provost and dean of graduate studies


March 2

3 p.m.

Social Equities Policy Training
312 McFarland Student Union

March 2

7:30 p.m.

From Russia with Love
Schaeffer Auditorium

March 3

11 a.m.

DSO Session: Animals on Campus
101 Academic Forum

March 3

11 a.m.

Safe Space Training
312 McFarland Student Union

March 3

2 p.m.

President’s Open Hour
303 Stratton Administration Center

March 3

7 p.m.

Time for Action: KU Joins Climate Movement
145 Boehm Science Center

March 4

11 a.m.

FDI: Underground Railroad
223 McFarland Student Union (change of location)

March 5

11 a.m.

Ethical Leadership and Organizational Cynicism
120 Sharadin Arts Building

March 5

4 p.m.

University Senate Meeting
103 Academic Forum

March 8–15


Spring Break
Administrative Offices Open

March 2

7 p.m.

WBB vs. Bloomsburg, Playoff Game
Keystone Arena

The 14th-ranked Kutztown University wrestling team claimed multiple regional championships for the second-straight season Saturday. Sophomore Collin Wickramaratna won the 133-pound bracket and defending national champion Andrew Dunn Jr. repeated at 285 in the NCAA Division II Super Region 1 Championships at Mercyhurst University. The championship-winning duo will represent the Golden Bears at the NCAA Division II Championships on March 13-14 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kutztown finished sixth in the team standings with 45 points.
     C.J. Hemerly, Office of Sports Information

Xavier Feliciano and Ally Tama earned gold in the men’s and women’s pole vault respectively. Meghan Forsythe finished in first place in the 400m final and George Weems won the 200m at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Indoor Championships at Edinboro University. Feliciano won the event with a best jump of 4.75m (15-7) and Tama's best clearance of 3.64m (11-11.25) brought home the gold. Forsythe, who improved her program-record in the 400m prelim Saturday with a 57.41, crossed the finish line first in the final at 57.68. Weems ran a blazing time of 21.87 to win the 200m.
     C.J. Hemerly, Office of Sports Information

Rohrbach Library, in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Institute, will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused on broadening representation on Wikipedia on Tuesday, April 21. Our event will feature workshops, presentations and lightning talks. We invite proposals from all those interested in speaking to the marginalizing/empowering effects of internet-knowledge production. Proposals can be submitted HERE by Friday, March 6. Contact gomez@kutztown.edu with questions.
     Stefani Gomez, Rohrbach Library


The University Storeroom will be picking up used toner cartridges at your office. Please email Mail Services at mailservices@kutztown.edu to schedule a pick up. To assist with the recycling of toner cartridges, please save the original box along with the UPS return label that arrived with your cartridge. Place the used cartridge in the box, seal it and place the UPS return label on the outside of the box. If the cartridge was sent from Fraser and there is no return label included, please contact Fraser Global Support at 1-800-422-8599 or email globalsupport@fraser-ais.com and they will email you a return label. Print out the return label and follow the instructions above.
     Pamela Reinhart, Mail Services and Storeroom


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.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

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 University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or 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 email at OCR@ed.gov.