Daily Brief

May 11, 2020

PRESIDENT HAWKINSON’S MESSAGE TO THE KU CLASS OF 2020
President Kenneth S. Hawkinson offers a message to the spring 2020 graduates of Kutztown University. While we will be holding a face-to-face commencement ceremony in the fall, Saturday we honored our graduates with a virtual celebration. View our Celebrating KU's Class of 2020 website to see the rest of the links and messages.

WEATHER

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

Offshore cold front will create several impulses of energy that will pass the region. Showers and a possible thunderstorm during the day. Conditions begin to improve by early evening. High temperature in the upper 50s. Winds west at 10-15 mph. Rainfall less than 0.1 inch.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUMMER HOURS
May 11 - Aug. 14
As in past years, KU will initiate summer hours beginning Monday, May 11, the Monday following finals. These hours will remain in effect until Friday, Aug. 14, a week before the start of classes. Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch. Anyone who has a need to maintain the normal winter hours may submit a request through their supervisory line. Approval for such a request will be at the vice-presidential level.
     Administration and Finance

SPENDING FREEZE EXPENSE APPROVAL PROCEDURE

During the spending freeze, which began May 5, encumbered budget funds will not be accessible to the department budget holder without vice presidential approval. For those necessary expenditures requiring vice presidential approval, departments should send evidence of approval via email to the Budget Office, so funds can be released. Please see the new procedure regarding expenditures on the Budget Office website.
     Kristin Ihling, Budget Office

LUMINARIES AND DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF FAITH RIEDEL
Cards for Faith Riedel’s husband, Bill, and family can be sent to 280 W. Walnut Tree Drive, Blandon, PA 19510. In lieu of flowers, they are asking that donations be made in Faith's memory to Friend, Inc. www.friendinc.org. Click on donate button and at check out, can type "In memory of Faith Riedel" in the order notes. Family and friends are invited to release paper luminaries/sky lanterns in memory of Faith at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, May 16, from wherever they are. Luminaries can be found on Amazon using the following link.
     Jerry Schearer, Office of Inclusion and Outreach

WILL MEEKER ATTAINS CEFP CREDENTIAL
Congratulations to Will Meeker, director of Facilities Campus Services, for successfully obtaining the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) certification. The CEFP is an advanced level of certification that represents a mastery of professional expertise and is a mark of superior proficiency in the core competencies for education facilities professionals. It demonstrates superior proficiency, professional strength and unfailing dedication in the field of educational facilities. The CEFP represents the foundational knowledge, talent and skills of facilities professionals by highlighting accountability and emphasizing the importance of the profession as a whole and also at the institutional level.
     Terry Brown, Facilities

ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA HONOR SOCIETY

Please join us in congratulating the following graduate students who were inducted into the Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society: Jamie Brown, Katherine Downing, Michael Hassler, Heather Osburn, Samantha Piller, Elizabeth Schucker, Lisa Skiadas, Patricia Tinsman-Schaffer, Nicole Wack, Sara Weidner and Michelle Yenser.
     Catherine McGeehan, adviser, Department of Elementary Education

CS&IT SENIOR PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology Senior Seminar project presentations were conducted online this semester. The students did an outstanding job in presenting a wide range of very interesting projects. You can view the presentations at: (use KU login credentials). https://www3.kutztown.edu/CSIT/presentations/CSIT_SeniorSeminarPresentations_spring2020.html
     Lisa Frye, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

TEACHING AWARD
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology is pleased to announce that Dr. Albert Fu received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on the Political Economy of the World System. The award is given for a “superior record of mentoring and teaching related to the world system.” Congratulations Dr. Fu.
     William W. Donner, Department of Anthropology and Sociology

PASSHE EAST UNIVERSITIES GET HIRED
The PASSHE East universities are hosting a series of skill-building and employer events to help your students secure employment post graduation.
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/career-development-center.html
     Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

KU CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION CENTER
The most up-to-date information is at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo.
– Administrative offices remain open utilizing email and phone communication.
– Remote online learning continues through summer sessions.
– Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Coronavirus Information site.
     Office of University Relations

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

KU BASEBALL, SOFTBALL FEATURED ON SERVICE ELECTRIC’S LV SPORTS SCENE

KU BASEBALL, SOFTBALL FEATURED ON SERVICE ELECTRIC’S LV SPORTS SCENE
The Kutztown University baseball and softball programs were recently featured on Service Electric’s Lehigh Valley Sports Scene. Head coaches Eric Folmar and Judy Lawes, along with softball senior Taylor Knappenberger, were interviewed by KU alum and SECTV sports anchor Steve Degler. Video links: (Baseball | Softball).
     C.J. Hemerly, Office of Sports Information

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES GRADUATION AWARDS
Please join the Department of Physical Sciences in congratulating our award-winning seniors.
– Charles H. Boehm Earth/Space Science/Astronomy Graduation Award: Sean Cassel.
– Roy W. Hamme Memorial Award: Gerald Curran.
– William Laurita Chemistry Award: Jenna Kanyak.
– Pauline B. and John E. Simpson Earth Science and Marine Science Graduation Award: David Muller.
– American Chemical Society Award: Theresa Buckley.
     Edward L. Simpson, Department of Physical Sciences

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to all our graduates.
Accounting Club Service Award: Philip Houseknecht
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Award: Jillian Franko
Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Award: Danielle Decindio
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Award: Frank Amoako
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award: Jeremy Schultz
Robert Weiss CPA Memorial Award for Excellence in Tax: Annika Naumann
Outstanding Academic Achievement in Management Award: Jennifer Loaiza
Outstanding Achievement in Management Award: Hanna Zeiders
Outstanding Academic Achievement in LSCHM Award: Matthew Malitsky
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Service Award: Justin Ostopowicz
Overall Top Academic Achievement in Finance Award: Hanna Templin
Financial Management Association, KU Chapter Leadership Award: Hanna Templin
Applied Investment Management Leadership Award: Phillip Houseknecht
Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Award: Sydney Fisher
Marketing Leadership Award: Jennifer Loaiza
AAF Award: Kayla Hughes
AMA Award: Hannah Marx
Outstanding Achievement in Personal Financial Planning: Danielle Kulp
     Mahfuzul Khondaker, Department of Business Administration

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES AWARDS: CORRECTION
The Department of Communication Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Megan O’Byrne, for winning the 2020 CVPA Junior Faculty Excellence Award, and Emily Harrington, for winning the 2020 CVPA Student Excellence Award. We would also like to congratulate our two Outstanding Senior Award Winners: Katie Neece (COM) and Megan Weiss (SMS). Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors in the Class of 2020. Please visit our department website for more celebration of faculty and student achievements.
     Diana S. Ebersole, Department of Communication Studies

CELEBRATE THE KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COMPOSITION CONFERENCE ONLINE
The Department of English invites you to the Digital KU Composition Conference, hosted by the KU Research Commons. Our theme, “2020 Vision,” is open to many interpretations. Clarity of vision comes to mind: the act of writing helps us understand ourselves and our experiences. Writing through a problem can bring clarity too. In hindsight, we can often see things anew. Students’ work has been downloaded by people from across the globe, from the United Kingdom, to the Philippines, to China. Browse and celebrate the wonderful work of our students.
https://research.library.kutztown.edu/compconf/2020/
      Amy Lynch-Biniek, Department of English

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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