Daily Brief

March 15, 2021

Blue skies and white puffy clouds provide a backdrop for the Kutztown University bell tower and the peak of Schaeffer Auditorium.

SOCIAL WORK TO HOST 17TH COMMUNITY FORUM MARCH 19
The Department of Social Work will host its 17th annual Community Forum 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 19. The topic for this year's virtual event, "Education Enterprise in Transition: A Call to Action," raises awareness of issues surrounding the education enterprise and its intersection with families and the community, recognizing the urgent need for school social workers. Recent events, including the Chicago and Los Angeles school strikes, confirm the need for a more robust presence of school social work services nationwide. Learn more and register to attend.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

WEATHER

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

High pressure builds across Quebec. Winds will be northerly so temperatures will be cooler than the past couple of days. High temperatures in the upper-30s. Winds northwest at 10-15 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOSEPH MCSPARRAN
The Department of Secondary Education is sad to share the news that Dr. Joseph McSparran died on March 9. McSparran retired in 2012 having been on the faculty for 15 years. The Kutztown senior class chose McSparran to be commencement speaker in 2010. This was one of the many accomplishments in McSparran’s 42 years as a teacher, principal, school superintendent and faculty member. He touched many lives as a school leader and his wisdom and vision will be missed.
     Mark Wolfmeyer, Department of Secondary Education

PROVOST SEARCH
Kutztown University welcomes candidates for the position of provost. We invite the faculty and staff to meet the candidates at the open sessions listed below. Information on each candidate will be made available the day prior to their campus visit.
– Candidate A: 2 p.m., Monday, March 22.
– Candidate B: 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 24.
– Candidate C: 2 p.m., Friday, March 26.
– Candidate D: 2 p.m., Monday, March 29.
     Warren Hilton, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

MUSIC MONDAYS
Music Mondays are streamed live at 7:30 p.m. each Monday on KutztownUnivMusic YouTube channel. If you subscribe, you will get notification when they are about to go live. Past Music Mondays videos can be played too. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKUIJRrLPpDiQ4GNDNM76lg
     Department of Music

LOCAL 2234 MEMBERSHIP MEETING
March 15
Members, please join us for our monthly membership meeting 5 p.m., Monday, March 15, via Zoom. The link will be sent to the personal email we have for you. Please plan to attend.
    Chris Ferris, AFCME Local 2234

PASBDC CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL SBDC DAY
March 17
To celebrate SBDC Day, Pennsylvania SBDC’s will be hosting various no-cost webinar programs for small businesses on Wednesday, March 17. Visit http://www.pasbdc.org to learn more.
     Francene Dudziec, PASBDC

SOCIAL EQUITY POLICIES TRAINING
March 17
The Office of Social Equity will offer training pursuant to the university’s Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct and Amorous Relationship Policies, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please register by email with socialequity@kutztown.edu.
     Danielle Santos, Office of Social Equity

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES MEETING
March 18
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet remotely Thursday, March 18. There will be no physical location for the meeting as a safety precaution given the current COVID-19 crisis and social-distancing guidelines.
- An Executive Session will be held at 11:30 a.m.
- Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95372544741?pwd=MThZRVdhMGN6UHZqVVRjZjczTTd1QT09
Meeting ID: 953 7254 4741
Passcode: 968193
Dial: 646-876-9923
- Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/92369493795?pwd=a2FORUVvSTVWSnBkQ0tRcEEwL2hJQT09
Meeting ID: 923 6949 3795
Passcode: 124507
Dial: 646-876-9923
     Office of the President

DANIEL METZGER EDD DISSERTATION DEFENSE

March 19
The College of Education announces Daniel Metzger will defend his Doctor of Education dissertation, "Journaling on the Transition to College: Foucauldian Approaches to First-Year Experience in the College Writing Classroom,” 10 a.m., Friday, March 19, via Zoom. Visit our Ed.D. dissertation page for more information: tinyurl.com/15j26gx4.
     Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

HEATHER OSBORN EDD DISSERTATION DEFENSE
March 22
The College of Education announces Heather Osborn will defend her Doctor of Education dissertation, "The Writing for Healing and Transformation Project,” 1 p.m., Monday, March 22, via Zoom. Visit our Ed.D. dissertation page for more information: tinyurl.com/15j26gx4.
     Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

EFFECTIVENESS OF SOCIAL WORK INFORMED CURRICULUM

March 22
The Department of Social Work announces Mindy McCormick, BSW, MSW, will defend the Doctor of Social Work dissertation, "Effectiveness of a Social Work Informed Casework Training Curriculum for Paraprofessionals in Non-Profit Social Service Agencies," 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, March 22, via Zoom. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95592298621
Meeting ID: 955 9229 8621 Passcode: 404332
     Janice Gasker, dissertation chair, and Sharon Lyter, director, Doctor of Social Work

MOBILE MAMMOGRAMS RETURN; REGISTER TODAY
April 2
The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute will bring its mobile mammography coach to Kutztown University Friday, April 2. Screenings will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center parking lot. The screening service will be offered to women over the age of 40 who have not had a mammogram in the past year. The event is open to the entire community. Learn More and Register.
     Bryan Salvadore, Office of Communications

PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR MILITARY BENEFITS USERS
April 8 and 9
Priority registration for student veterans and eligible students using their parent's transferred military benefits is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9. Early registration ensures students can enroll into required classes timely, prior to exhausting their military benefits. Eligible students are notified of their priority registration appointment through their MyKU student account. To register early, students must meet with and be cleared by their advisor before their registration appointment. Professors, advisors and Green Zone Advocates please encourage students to meet with their advisors in March or at least three days before their registration appointment. Contact the Office of Veterans Services for more information.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/military-and-veterans-services/policies-and-legislation.html
     Office of Veterans Services

ADVISOR NEEDED
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is in need of a faculty or staff advisor to remain active on campus. If interested, please contact Larsen Berman, lberm537@live.kutztown.edu. SAE was colonized in 2008, and chartered in 2010. With active members and the help of several local alumni, we have held countless successful fundraisers, community service and philanthropy events, most notably our Boxer Trot which raised over $10,000 for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. On campus and in the community, we are one of the most active student organizations, participating alongside other fraternities and sororities in events like the annual KU Cleanup. More information about the role of a student organization advisor can be found here.
    Amanda Garcia, Greek Life

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

Mar. 15

5 p.m.

Local 2234 Membership Meeting
Zoom

Mar. 15

7:30 p.m.

Music Monday
KutztownUnivMusic

Mar. 17

1:30 p.m.

Social Equity Policies Training
Registration: socialequity@kutztown.edu

Mar. 17

5:30 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Bagpipe Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium, front lawn (weather dependent)

Mar. 18

11 a.m.

Women Veterans Virtual Tribute Event
Virtual

Mar. 18

1:30 p.m.

Council of Trustees: Committee Meetings
Zoom: Meeting ID: 953 7254 4741 Passcode: 968193

Mar. 18

3 p.m.

Council of Trustees: Plenary Session
Zoom: Meeting ID: 923 6949 3795 Passcode: 124507

Mar. 19

8:30 a.m.

17th Annual Social Work Community Forum
Virtual

Mar. 19

10 a.m.

Daniel Metzger Ed.D. dissertation defense
Virtual

Mar. 22

1 p.m.

Heather Osborn Ed.D. dissertation defense
Virtual

Mar. 22

2 p.m.

Provost Search Candidate A
Virtual

Mar. 22

12:30 p.m.

Mindy McCormick, DSW dissertation defense
Zoom: Meeting ID: 955 9229 8621 Passcode: 404332

Date

Time

Event

Mar. 16

2 p.m.

SB vs. Bloomfield (DH)
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Video)

Mar. 17

3 p.m.

BB vs. Chestnut Hill
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

Mar. 19

2:30 p.m.

BB vs. Bloomsburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)

Mar. 20

1 p.m.

SB vs. Bloomsburg (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats)

BUSINESS SMART: GET GOING WITH RESOURCES
March 16
Do you know what ongoing requirements your business needs? Find out what organizations and resources are available to you in realizing your dream of business ownership. Discover what financing options your business can take advantage of in our last webinar in this three-part SBA series, 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, March 16. Presented by SBA economic development and lender relations specialist, Kim Stout.
https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27544
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

NATIONAL SBDC DAY: TOP DIGITAL MARKETING TRENDS

March 17
As COVID-19 continues to push people outside of their comfort zones, businesses and nonprofits that are pivoting to a digital-first marketing strategy have been able to survive and even thrive in the transformed marketplace. Join us for this one-hour webinar, led by Constant Contact expert Dawn Wivell, 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, March 17.
https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27880
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

HOW TO PROTECT & GROW THE VALUE OF YOUR BUSINESS
March 17
In this webinar we help business owners understand the value of their business today, as well as how to take advantage of the abundance of opportunities that exist for business owners to protect and grow their business value. Presented by Ace Parker, executive marketing director at the Starr Justice Law Firm, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 17.
https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27803
      Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY BAGPIPE CONCERT
March 17
The Kutztown Pipe Band, a student group at Kutztown University and community group in the Borough of Kutztown, will host an outdoor bagpipe concert, 5:30-6:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, in front of Schaeffer Auditorium (weather dependent).
http://faculty.kutztown.edu/sherrod/kpb2021.jpg
     Laura Sherrod, Kutztown Pipe Band

CARRYOVER LEAVE USAGE

Reminder for staff: If you have personal and/or excess annual leave carried over from 2020, it must be used by Friday, April 9. Leave balances can be viewed in Employee Self-Service. https://portal.passhe.edu/irj/portal
      Jennifer Weidman, Office of Human Resources

UNIVERSITY SENATE AT-LARGE SENATOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations are now open for upcoming vacancies for University Senate at-large:
– Faculty representatives (2) https://engage.kutztown.edu/submitter/form/start/469661
– University Senate at-large professional staff representative (3) https://engage.kutztown.edu/submitter/form/start/469662
All eligible colleagues are encouraged to nominate for the elections that will follow. For position questions contact senate@kutztown.edu. For technical issues, contact Leah Cassellia at casselli@kutztown.edu.
     Cara Cotellese, University Senate

WIESENBERGER FACULTY AWARD- EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
You are invited to nominate a candidate for the 2021 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Current full-time tenured faculty are eligible. Nomination deadline is Thursday, April 1. This annual award is presented 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, KU Foundation, or by email to gautier@kuf.org. If you have any questions regarding the award or the nomination process, please contact me at 610-683-4110.
https://www.kuf.org/alumni/wiesenberger-faculty-award
      Mary Neuenschwander, Alumni Relations, KU Foundation

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.