Daily Brief

March 19, 2024

Old Main in the spring season

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

Partly sunny but brisk and chilly. A sprinkle or flurry possible, mainly north and west. High near 44.


Open Hour with Provost

Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop by and chat with Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, during her open office hour 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Bears Den, MSU. Faculty and staff who would like to have a conversation, but for whom this time does not work, are welcome to contact the Office of the Provost at 610-683-4155 to schedule a time to meet.

Anne Imschweiler, Academic Affairs

LAS Associate Dean Search

Please join us for the open forum with three candidates for the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Links to their CV will be active at least one day prior to the candidate’s interview. The following are the dates and times:
 Candidate A
 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 201 Academic Forum.
Candidate B
 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 201 Academic Forum.
Candidate C
 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 201 Academic Forum.
Links will be sent again closer to the dates.

Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Office of VPA Dean

Arts Major Exploration: Collage Day with TRIO and VPA

TRIO Upward Bound and the VPA Recruitment Committee collaborated to engage in collage-making activities last Saturday, March 16. Assistant Professor Dannell MacIlwraith joined Upward Bound students at William Allen High School for a creative morning session, where they explored various majors within the Visual and Performing Arts through cutting and pasting.

Dannell MacIlwraith, TRIO Upward Bound and VPA Recruitment Committee

Comp Conversations: Feedback on Student Writing - Finding the Balance

Research tells us that our feedback can have a positive effect on student writing, but composing it can be daunting. How much feedback is too much? What types of feedback are most effective? How do I manage the sheer number of assignments that would benefit from feedback? We will share strategies and experiences and invite you to share your own approaches noon Monday, March 25, 6 Rohrbach Library or via Zoom.

Amy Lynch-Biniek, English

Stay Updated on Music Department Events

Are you interested in music events? The Department of Music offers a variety of them. Opt-in HERE or click the link (https://shorturl.at/glsBD) to receive weekly notifications for our upcoming events.

Maya Strava Kokkinou, Department of Music

KU Business Cards

KU’s brand is an important piece of our overall message and visual identity. It offers consistency, recognition and uniformity regarding who we are as a university. KU business cards are standardized and will not be customized. They will include the following:
 - KU Promotional Logo.
 - Name and job title.
 - KU department name, optional room number and building name.
 - KU office telephone number, optional fax and cell.
 - KU email.
 - Optional KU web page and/or social media account.
 - www.kutztown.edu •  P.O. Box 730, Kutztown PA 19530 (standard).
Note: Non-KU or personal emails, web pages and social media accounts cannot be included. Order KU business cards, with a blank or maroon and gold "It’s Good to be Golden" back, through the KU Print Center.

University Relations


Call for Applications – Composition Coordinator

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs seeks to hire one faculty Composition Coordinator (CC) for a two-year term beginning August 2024. The position is supported through a three-credit course release in both fall and spring semesters. The CC at Kutztown University is a tenured or tenure-track professor with at least three years of full-time teaching experience at the institution. For a full listing of requirements, responsibilities and how to apply, please visit the website at the link below. 

Dr. Karen Rauch, Office of the Provost

Starfish Midterm Progress Survey Available

The Spring 2024 Midterm Progress Survey is available for faculty in Starfish through Thursday, March 28. 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 a danger of failing, a recommendation to withdraw or a specific academic concern. An important feature of this survey is the ability to indicate if a student has stopped attending (with the 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, Student Success and Academic Excellence

Spring 2024 Psychology Department Student Award Winners

The Department of Psychology is proud to present our Spring 2024 Student Award winners:
 - Dana Laratta, Gill-Lauer Sharp Award.
 - Alexandra Sierer, Psi Chi Model Student Award.
 - Makayla Pfister, Field Experience Award.
 - Samantha Smith, Academic Achievement Award.
 - Jamie Schluth, Student Leadership Award.
 - Samantha Smith, Research Award.
 - Alexa May, Independent Research Award.

Department of Psychology

Employment Opportunities

These are the non-instructional positions open on our online job board at http://employment.kutztown.edu (Menu to OOC postings):

Job Number Job Title Job Term Advertise To
2024-0042 NEW - Residence Coordinator (10m) Full Time 4/7/24
2024-0027 NEW - MR2 HVAC/Plumbing Full Time 3/31/24
2024-0052 (internal) NEW - Financial Aid Assistant (CA3) (internal) Full Time 3/24/24
2023-0168 Landscape Maintenance Specialist Full Time Continuous
2023-0179 Business Consultant (Bilingual) Full Time Continuous
2023-0183 Budget Analyst Full Time Continuous
2024-0022 Administrative Assistant for Student Conduct Full Time 3/21/24
2024-0032 Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Full Time 4/7/24
2024-0036 (internal) Custodial Worker 2 - 3rd shift (internal) Full Time 3/19/24
2024-0046 Director of New Student Orientation Full Time 3/24/24
2024-0047 Assistant Director of Clinical Education Full Time 3/31/24
2024-0049 Assistant Director for Federal and Private Loans Full Time 3/24/24
2024-0050 HR Generalist Full Time 3/24/24
2024-0051 Director, Growth Services Full Time 3/31/24
23-24 Asst Coaches 23-24 Assistant Athletic Coaches Part Time 6/28/24
23-24 Clerical Asst Pool 23-24 Clerical Assistant Pool Full Time 6/28/24
23-24 Custodial Pool 23-24 Custodial Worker 1 Pool Full Time 6/28/24
OOC  24-07 HR Generalist Full Time 3/21/24
OOC 24-01 Complex Procurement Consultant (REPOSTING) Full Time 4/7/24
OOC 24-08 Payroll Specialist Full Time 3/24/24
Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
March 18-19 11 a.m. Graduation Festival
218 MSU
March 19 11 a.m. Lunch x Learn: Working with Neurodivergent Students
6 Rohrbach
March 20 10 a.m. Neurodiversity Pride Celebration
218 MSU
March 20 2:30 p.m. LAS Associate Dean Search - Candidate A
201 Academic Forum 
March 20 3 p.m. Open Hour with Provost
Bears Den, MSU
March 20 7:30 p.m. KU Presents: Del McCoury Band
Schaeffer Auditorium (Tickets)
March 21 -- Fall 2024 Course Registration Opens for Special Groups
March 21 1:30 p.m. Council of Trustees Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
March 21 3 p.m. Council of Trustees Plenary Session
250 MSU
March 23 11 a.m. Easter on the Farm
Heritage Center
March 25 8 a.m. Yellow Brick Road to Success
218, 250 MSU
March 25 Noon  Comp Conversations
6 Rohrbach (Zoom)
March 26 2:30 p.m. LAS Associate Dean Search - Candidate B
201 Academic Forum 
March 27 2:30 p.m. LAS Associate Dean Search - Candidate C
201 Academic Forum 

Date Time Event
March 20 3 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Shippensburg
Keystone Field (Video | Stats)
March 22 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Millersville (DH)
North Campus Field (Video | Stats)
March 23 11 a.m. Women's Tennis vs. California (Pa.)
Keystone Courts 
March 24 1 p.m. Men's and Women's Tennis vs. Shepherd
Keystone Courts

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.