Daily Brief

March 20, 2020

UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT HAWKINSON

KU Community, please watch this video update from President Hawkinson with the latest information about the coronavirus as KU prepares to transition to online classes next week. https://youtu.be/pInIeHs7cPg

WEATHER

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

Warm front passes through the region in the morning. Day should be mostly dry until the afternoon. Warmth and moisture will lead to rain and maybe a thunderstorm. Near record warmth. High temperature near 80. Winds southwest at 10-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph. Rainfall between 0.1-0.25 inch with higher amounts where storms occur.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

KU CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION CENTER
The most up-to-date information is at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo.
– Administrative offices will remain open utilizing phone and email communication.
– The university will move to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester.
Instructions for residence hall move-out.
Current event cancellations webpage.
– Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section on our Health website.
     University Relations

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS MOVE OUT FROM RESIDENCE HALLS
The Reading Eagle was on campus Thursday to report on the student move out from residence halls, and the student response to the pandemic. You can read the full story here:
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/kutztown-university-students-move-out-try-to-come-to-grips/article_6ec2eb4e-6a11-11ea-89fd-5736371ec6eb.html
     University Relations

MAIL SERVICES FOR FACULTY/STAFF
If faculty and staff need their mail, please contact Mail Services at 610-683-4141 to make arrangements for pick up.
     Jennifer Prevoznik, Mail Services

UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER ONLINE – SPRING 2020
As KU courses move online, the Kutztown University Writing Center will be able to help student writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through an WCOnline program at https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Online 30-minute appointments with writing tutors will start 11 a.m., Monday, March 23; sessions can be scheduled during the following days/ hours:
– Monday- Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Sunday: 2-9 p.m.
Students can access the site (and detailed instructions) from our webpage as well at https://kutztownwritingcenter.wordpress.com/. Please contact Patricia Pytleski at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions or if I can help you, your classes and your students in any way.
     Patricia Pytleski, director, KU Writing Center

FREE ON-LINE GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES
Recreational Services offers classes licensed through Les Mills, such as our most popular class BodyPump. Because of our partnership, Les Mills is offering free online classes for the next two months to the Kutztown University community in an effort to see us through these challenging times. Just click on the link provided and work out along with the video - several options and classes are offered. Enjoy; stay fit KU and most importantly stay healthy.
https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts
     Tracy Turner, Office of Recreational Services

THE MARLIN AND REGINA MILLER GALLERY
All gallery exhibitions are closed and related events are canceled until further notice.
Students and teachers in the current Scholastic Art Awards exhibit will be receiving further information when it becomes available. Please check our Facebook page and Instagram page for images of the exhibit. We will try to reopen and have the exhibition open to the public as soon as we are permitted. Teachers and parents, please do not come to the university to retrieve artwork until further notice, the building is locked. Please contact Karen Stanford at stanford@kutztown.edu or 717-617-9010 for issues or details.
     Karen Stanford, Galleries

THANK YOU

I want to thank everyone that has been so encouraging during this transition time. Applause to all the information technology folks - I've found them all to be exceedingly helpful, humorous, timely, patient (above and beyond); and many faculty, staff and administrators have shared tips/ideas. We are all under stresses, professional and personal that we have not faced before. It has not been easy for anyone, yet we are in it together, from that I find strength. I, for one, feel lucky to be able to work in such an environment. Thank you.
     Dawn Slack, Department of Modern Language Studies

UPCOMING EVENTS

There are no face-to-face events planned at this time.

WIESENBERGER FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
You are invited to nominate a candidate for the 2020 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Current full-time tenured faculty are eligible. Nomination deadline is April 1. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who has served Kutztown University in a manner that sets them apart from colleagues. The recipient receives $2,500 and a plaque which will be presented by President Hawkinson on the first day of the fall semester. Please complete and return the form to Erin Gautier in the Foundation office, or by email to gautier@kuf.org. If you have any questions regarding the award or the nomination process, please contact me at ext. 3-4110. https://www.kuf.org/alumni/wiesenberger-faculty-award
     Mary Neuenschwander, Office of Alumni Relations, KU Foundation

EMILY PISCO DOCTORAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE
March 20
The College of Education announces Emily Pisco is defending her dissertation, “‛I guess somebody already told you’: LGBTQ+ Students' Experiences in Secondary School Contexts,” at 8 a.m., Friday, March 20, via Zoom at the following link: https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/919282256?pwd=ZWs5NVlOVGx1M3RHNm4yMGxRL1Mvdz09.
     Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY CONFERENCE

April 1 – deadline
HECBC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference is moving online Saturday, April 18. The new submission deadline is April 1. For more information, go to https://www.albright.edu/about-albright/offices-departments/elcdc/hecbc-conference/
     Lynn Kutch, Department of Modern Languages

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY RADIO MODIFIES PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
In these trying times, KUR is your information and entertainment station with just the right balance of information and entertainment. Given the worldwide pandemic, for the foreseeable future, the following special programming additions and changes are occurring in an effort to bring you different perspectives from around the world. For all times not listed on our schedule online, follow the normal listed schedule as posted by clicking on "Schedule" on our homepage. KUR will continue broadcasting 24/7 through this crisis as we always do.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/kutztown-university-radio.html
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

ACCOMMODATIONS

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

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 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.