Daily Brief

March 23, 2023

Berks Jazz Fest Collaboration in Schaeffer

John Pizzarelli, world-renowned guitarist and singer, has established himself as a prime contemporary interpreter of the Great American Songbook and beyond. With sparkling swing and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell is among the greatest interpreters of American popular song. Together, they pay homage to Nat King Cole and the legendary singers who appeared on his popular TV show. The concert includes Cole’s most memorable hits such as “Route 66,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “Paper Moon,” along with the timeless works from Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee—the iconic Ladies of Song. Tickets are $46, $39 for seniors and students. KU Faculty, Staff and Students access discounted tickets by using their MyKU Login. KU Faculty and Staff tickets are $39, KU Students $10.

KU Presents!


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

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1 p.m., then scattered showers 1-5 p.m., then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m. High near 65. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


FYE Conference "Contributing to their Success"

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the inaugural FYE Conference 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Thursday, March 23, 218 MSU. Registration not required. Click here for the conference program.

Nancy Brynildsen, Student Success & Academic Excellence

Kutztown University Council of Trustees Meeting

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet Thursday, March 23.
Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Building.
- Academic & Student Affairs Committee, 323 MSU.
- Finance, Property and Audit Committee, 322 MSU.
- Human Diversity Committee, 325 MSU.
- University Relations & Athletics and Advancement Committee, 324 MSU.
The Plenary Session will begin 3 p.m. in 250 McFarland Student Union Building.

Office of the President

Collegiate Recovery Hosts AA Meeting

Collegiate Recovery is hosting an open AA meeting with breakfast 9-10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, followed by a Collegiate Recovery social 10 a.m. to noon. Collegiate Recovery meetings are held 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, the Health Center, when school is in session. Collegiate Recovery provides supportive recovery advocacy for those who seek to be substance-free, have a substance use disorder, have experiences with others who use substances and are sober and curious. For more information contact Frances Cortez Funk at cortez@kutztown.edu 

Frances C. Cortez Funk, Health & Wellness

TRIO SSSP Career Closet Pop Up Shop

Please inform your students of the TRIO SSSP Career Closet Pop Up Shop 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27 and 28, 250 McFarland Student Union. Your students can shop for career clothing for employment and internship opportunities. There is a suggested donation of $5 for three articles of clothing. Electronic payments and cash are accepted. Proceeds benefit the TRIO SSSP Scholarship Fund. To make a monetary donation, visit https://give.classy.org/KUF and search TRIO Student Support Services. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Roxanne Grim, TRIO Student Support Services Program

Liberating Self: An Autoethnographic Inquiry Into Black Male Mental Health

The Department of Social Work announces Phillip J. Roundtree, Sr., LCSW, MS, will be defending his dissertation "Liberating Self: An Autoethnographic Inquiry Into Black Male Mental Health", 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, via Zoom. Chaired by Dr. Stephen Stoeffler.

Sharon Lyter, Department of Social Work

Human Library Event

The Human Library event will be returning 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, Rohrbach Library. Students and staff are encouraged to attend this event and check out a Human Book, in which you can learn to un-judge someone. The Human Library is an international organization and movement that first started more than twenty years ago in Copenhagen, Denmark. It aims to address people's prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet. The organization uses a library analogy of lending people rather than books. For more details visit our resource guide here. This event is sponsored by the Commission on Human Diversity, Centers for Diversity and Inclusion and Rohrbach Library.

Sylvia Pham, Rohrbach Library


Starfish Midterm Progress Survey Available

The Spring 2023 Midterm Progress Survey will be available for faculty in Starfish beginning Thursday, March 23 and will remain open through Friday, March 31. Faculty are encouraged to use the survey to send kudos to students to acknowledge good work, reinforce positive habits and encourage students to finish strong this semester. Faculty can also raise flags of concern for students to indicate being in danger of failing, a recommendation to withdraw or a specific academic concern. Flags of concern will be addressed by the appropriate office/individual using a progressive mode of response. A new feature in this survey is the ability to indicate if a student has stopped attending (with date of last attendance entered in the comment field). Every kudos and flag template has the option to add custom content; two options are completely customizable. All message templates can be viewed in Starfish D2L. Please email starfish@kutztown.edu with any questions or to set up a training.

Cheryl Brattley, Center for Student Success & Academic Excellence

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
March 23 9 a.m. First Year Experience (FYE) Conference
McFarland Student Union
March 23 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee
March 23 11 a.m. Your Opinion Matters: KU Website
322 MSU
March 23 1:30 p.m. Council of Trustees Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
March 23 2 p.m. Uplifting Women in the Workplace
Multicultural Center
March 23 3 p.m. Council of Trustees Plenary Session
250 McFarland Student Union
March 23 6 p.m. Woman2Woman
Bear's Den, McFarland Student Union
March 23 6 p.m. Rape, Aggression and Defense Training
Georgian Room; Old Main
March 23 7 p.m. Spring Book Review
183 Alumni Auditorium, MSU
March 24 2 p.m. Your Opinion Matters: KU Website
322 MSU
March 27 3 p.m. College of Education Dean Search-Candidate C
116 McFarland Student Union
March 28 10 a.m. Human Library
Rohrbach Library
March 28 4:30 p.m. Chambliss Faculty Research Lecture-Yongjae Kim
145 Boehm Science Center
March 29 1 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Concourse, Old Main
March 29 2 p.m. Your Opinion Matters: KU Website
325 MSU
March 30 11 a.m. Your Opinion Matters: KU Website
322 MSU
March 30 6 p.m. Speaker/Book Signing - Gabby Rivera
218 McFarland Student Union
Date Time Event
March 24 3 p.m. M/W Tennis vs. PSU Harrisburg
Keystone Courts
March 25 12 p.m. Baseball vs. Lock Haven (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
March 25 1 p.m. Softball vs. Lock Haven (DH)
North Campus Field (Live Stats | Video)
March 25 2 p.m. Acrobatics & Tumbling vs. West Liberty
Keystone Arena (Video)

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.

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 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 .