Daily Brief

May 13, 2021

Kutztown University president, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, welcomes graduates  and families from the stage during one of six commencement ceremonies.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to all those who made this past weekend's commencement ceremonies a success! So many contributed to the weekend events: the administrators and staff who planned and worked the event, the custodial and grounds crews who prepared the buildings and beautiful landscaping, the police and security personnel, the retired staff who came back to help in our time of need, the volunteers, the Department of Music and Department of Cinema, Television and Media Production for enhancing our ceremonies and allowing families across the world to watch our ceremonies, our faculty, students and their families and friends. A special thank you to those who volunteered to be a part of the stage party and/or took a public role in the ceremonies. All these individuals were selfless in their dedication to our students and their commitment to make these ceremonies special for those in attendance. I'm proud to be among you all. Thank you.
     Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President

Headshot of Elizabeth Hay, looking into the camera.

Elizabeth Hay of the Penn University SBDC was selected as the 2021 State Star of the Pennsylvania SBDC. “I am delighted to make this announcement, and to recognize Elizabeth Hay for her extraordinary contributions to businesses in the central Pennsylvania region. Hay has been an outstanding member of the Pennsylvania SBDC team at Penn State University... Like many other consultants she has worked really hard during the pandemic to help businesses recover, but she has also developed or been a part of new initiatives in her region,” said Sonya Smith, KUSBDC.
     Melissa Taranto, KUSBDC


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

Strong high pressure firmly locked in over Indiana brings us another bright and beautiful, albeit still cool for this time of year, weather for your Thursday. Look for highs around 67 degrees with soft northerly breezes.


Stratton Administration Center Lot F1 will close at the end of business Tuesday, May 18, to complete roof repairs to the Stratton Administration Center. During this time, traffic controls will be installed to temporarily direct traffic to Lot F6 behind the Kemp Building and Lot F4 adjacent to the basketball courts. Accessible parking is available in the Old Main traffic circle adjacent to A-Wing. I apologize in advance for the disruption. Questions or concerns should be directed to Tom Wynne, project manager, at twynne@kutztown.edu.
     Bill Leech, Facilities Project Services

Membership meeting via Zoom, 5 p.m., Monday, May 17. The Zoom link will be sent to the personal email we have on file. Please plan to attend.
     Chris Ferris, AFSCME 2234

Starbucks, in the McFarland Student Union Building, will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
     Julia Scheffler, Office of Dining Services

Whether you are looking to purchase your first place or you are a seasoned homebuyer, house hunting and financing your dream home can feel overwhelming. Prepare for the experience by attending PSECU's Homebuying 101 Webinar, noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 18. You'll learn more about preapprovals, down payments and hidden expenses that come with homeownership. Register here by Monday, May 17, to receive your link to this webinar. The webinar is open to members and non-members of PSECU. Details about PSECU are available at psecu.com/promo. Enter code FS250 to learn about PSECU's $250 bonus offer.
     Kelly Ann Ryan, PSECU





May 13

2 p.m.

Daniel E. McClary Ed.D. Dissertation Defense

The College of Education announces Daniel E. McClary will defend his Doctor in Education dissertation, “In Search of Kinship: Traveling into New Worlds Through Conversation and the Impact on Building Community,” 2 p.m., Thursday, May 13, via Zoom. Visit our Ed.D. dissertation page for more information: http://tinyurl.com/15j26gx4.
     Dr. Patricia Walsh Coates, College of Education

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

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.