Daily Brief

March 4, 2021

View is looking down a row of P P E masked students, lying down on yoga mats while participating in a Wellness Day event.

WEATHER

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

It’s been nice to see so much sunshine after such a sun-starved winter and the streak of sunny days will continue for quite a while. The slightly bad news is that the warmth from yesterday will not continue. A couple of dry cold fronts will keep the next couple of days only in the 30s with gusty winds near 30 mph, making for wind chills in the 20s. Can’t have it all, I guess.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WELLNESS DAYS FACULTY AND STAFF LUNCH
March 10
The Wellness Days Committee wants to personally invite faculty and staff to a lunch workshop by Mindful Empowerment mentor and therapist, Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW, noon, Wednesday, March 10. This workshop, “Unleashing Our Superpowers: Breathe, Empower, and Achieve in 5-Minutes a Day,” is accompanied with a special lunch on the Cub Café Porch. Email Christine Storch at storch@kutztown.edu to attend. Only 40 spots available. Staff attendance is dependent on supervisor approval, subject to operational needs. No leave will be required and no overtime will be paid for those attending. Supervisors please be as liberal as possible allowing staff to participate.
     Christine Storch, Wellness Days Committee

PRODUCTIVITY AND TIME MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
March 11
This session offers a new perspective on SMART goals by exploring the latest research regarding motivation and goal setting during COVID-19. Presented by Adrean Turner, author, leadership coach, speaker, professional development trainer and business consultant, 1 p.m., Thursday, March 11.
https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27560
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC

UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
March 11 - deadline
Attention: The next UCC meeting is Thursday, March 25, using Zoom video conferencing. The deadline for submission of proposals is noon, Thursday, March 11. Submit proposals to UCC secretary Lisa Brennan, using the UCC SharePoint site: https://livekutztown.sharepoint.com/sites/KU-SP-UCC/submissions/DropOffLibrary. Please follow formatting procedure. Contact Brennan at brennan@kutztown.edu with any questions.
     Lisa Brennan, University Curriculum Committee

PA SALES TAX EXEMPTION
Please continue to provide the Pa. Sales Tax Exemption form when completing business with vendors in the state of Pennsylvania for proper invoicing and purchasing card transactions. The Pa. Sales Tax Exemption certificate for Kutztown University can be located on the Accounts Payable website at: https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/accounts-payable/electronic-forms.html. Thank you.
     Office of Accounts Payable

FACULTY AND STAFF: JOIN PSECU, GET $250
PSECU is currently featuring an exciting new promotion for faculty and staff. Open a free checking account with debit card, activate online/mobile banking and set up an employer direct deposit(s) of at least $200 per month to receive the $250 offer. Visit www.psecu.com/promo and enter code FS250 for full rules and to apply. PSECU is a not-for-profit credit union providing free checking, free bill-payer service, cash rewards for debit and credit card usage, ATM rebates, competitive loan rates and more. Membership means more freedom, more flexibility - and more money that stays in your wallet. https://www.psecu.com/promo
     Kelly Ann Ryan, PSECU

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

Mar. 4

11 a.m.

Safe Space Training
103 Academic Forum: Sign in to RSVP

Mar. 4

4 p.m.

University Senate Meeting
Zoom Link: Passcode: 400956

Mar. 4

6:30 p.m.

Free Virtual Yoga
Register here

Mar. 8

9:30 a.m.

Elizabeth Ehrig Schucker EDD Dissertation Defense
Click here for more information

Mar. 8

5 p.m.

Discovering your Femininity
Zoom: ID 970 2081 3001

Mar. 8

7 p.m.

Music Mondays
KutztownUnivMusic-YouTube

Mar. 10

All Day

Wellness Day
No Classes

Mar. 11

11 a.m.

GRIT Chat, Celebrating Resiliency
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/94784443050

Mar. 11

3 p.m.

State System Chancellor Open Forum
https://passhe.zoom.us/j/95568774443

UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING
March 4
The next University Senate meeting is 4 p.m., Thursday, March 4, via Zoom. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/97587342472  Meeting ID: 975 8734 2472 Passcode: 400956. The agenda is on the University Senate website. Minutes and documentation are available in the University Senate D2L and March 2021 SharePoint folder. Please email changes to any senate representative and/or D2L shell access requests to senate@kutztown.edu.
     Steve Lem, University Senate

FAREWELL TO MARIA HERNANDEZ
Gratitude and best of luck is extended to Maria Hernandez as she transitions her career and leaves Kutztown University. Maria began working at KU in August 2005 as the executive assistant to the vice president of Finance and Administration. She has been serving as my assistant and coordinating non-faculty study abroad and exchange programs since August 2020. It's been a pleasure to work with Maria over the years. Please join me thanking her for her years of service to KU and wishing her well. Messages can be sent via email to hernande@kutztown.edu or if you would like to stop by individually, her office is on the first floor of the Multicultural Center. Her last day is Friday, March 5.
     Jerry Schearer, Office of Inclusion and Outreach

NOMINATIONS GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES

Nominations are open for upcoming vacancies on the:
-Committee on Committees: (two tenure or tenure track faculty reps: COE and COB)
-Grade Appeal Board: (one tenured faculty rep: COB)
-Strategic Planning and Resources Committee: six faculty representatives, tenured or tenure track, (one COE; one VPA, two COB, one graduate faculty and one non-teaching)
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. https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administration/governance/university-senate/governance-committees.html
     Cara Cotellese, University Senate

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Effective Monday, March 1, please submit all travel request and expense reports through the Travel Management System available in the Employee Self Serve Portal (ESS) for reimbursement. The use of all overnight and non-overnight carbon forms is discontinued. Reference guides for the TMS are available on the Accounts Payable’s Overnight and Non-Overnight travel expense reimbursement webpages. Please email questions to Accounts Payable at apinvoice@kutztown.edu.
     Denise Spease, Office of Accounts Payable

ATHLETIC EVENTS RETURN; SPECTATOR POLICY ISSUED
Kutztown University athletics is primed for a return to competition following a near year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department announced Friday, Feb. 26, that spectators will not be permitted at home sporting events to start the spring season, placing the health and safety of Golden Bear student athletes, coaches and staff at the forefront of its decision. Additionally, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) also issued its return to play guidelines, Friday, including alterations to championship formats for a number of spring sports. Read the full release: https://bit.ly/3dQSg0Ihttps://KUBears.com
     Matt Heffelfinger, Office of Sports Information

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.

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