Daily Brief

May 16, 2022

2022 Spring Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! Watch on-demand replay's, read stories and view photos of all three ceremonies on the commencement coverage webpage.

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President Hawkins congratulating student at commencement

Thank you from President Hawkinson

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 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. I'm proud to be among you all. Thank you.

Kenneth S. Hawkinson, University President

Reading Eagle: Two very different paths to Kutztown University’s commencement

Alexandra Coleman and Dennis O’Donnell have both arrived at the same point. On Saturday, each were awarded a diploma as a 2022 graduate of Kutztown University. But the paths to that commencement ceremony for the 79-year-old O’Donnell and the 19-year-old Coleman look much, much different. Read more in this feature story in the Reading Eagle.

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


Summer Hours

Summer hours begin today, Monday, May 16 and remain in effect through Friday, Aug. 19, a week before the start of classes. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch. Anyone who has a need to maintain the normal academic year hours may submit a request through their supervisory line. Approval for such a request will be at the vice-presidential level and should be communicated to Human Resources.

Jennifer Weidman, Human Resources

College of Business Associate Dean Search

Candidates for the position of associate dean in the College of Business will be visiting campus. Please use the link below to access the candidates’ curricula vita and Zoom links to join the faculty and staff open forums. Candidates’ curricula vita will be posted prior to their visit to campus.
- 3 p.m. Monday, May 16, Candidate A
- 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Candidate B
- 3 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Candidate C

College of Business

AFSCME 2234 Membership Meeting

Please join us 5 p.m. Monday, May 16,  203 Academic Forum for our monthly membership meeting for Local 2234.  If you have an issue you would like addressed, please plan to attend and discuss at the meeting. Light refreshments will be served.  

Christina Ferris, Biology

2022 May Commencement

Thank you to all the KU faulty, staff, and students who made the 2022 May commencement ceremonies a success!  Special thanks go to the Facilities crew that work tirelessly behind the scene to make sure things are in place and clean for our students and their guests.  It is truly good to be a part of this Golden Bear family.  Together, we ROAR!

Susan Mangold, Office of the Dean of Students/Commencement Staff

Call for Registration: 2022 CET Summer Teaching Virtual Conference

The CET is pleased to announce the 2022 CET Summer Teaching Conference 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 1, held virtually via Zoom. This year's conference, with the theme of OER/Open Pedagogies, features a keynote by Dr. Torrey Trust and professor Robert W. Maloy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There will also be a panel discussion with KU faculty members sharing their experiences with OER/Open Pedagogies. More information about the keynote can be found HERE. More conference information will be available at the CET website. Thanks, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Yun Lu, Center for the Enhancement for Teaching

Important Year-End Due Dates – Business Office

As we approach the end of our fiscal year of June 30, please remember important due dates for procuring goods and services, processing travel expenses, utilizing your purchasing card and making budget transfers. A listing of due dates can be found on our website.

Matt Assad, Office of the Controller

Ken Ehrensal Retiring After 31 Years at KU

Congratulations to professor Kenneth Ehrensal, who is retiring after 31 years of service and teaching in the College of Business and in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, CLAS. Please join us in wishing him a peaceful and rewarding retirement.

Kim Shively, Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology & Sociology Student Award Winners

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology is pleased to announce this year's student award winners:
- The Alpha Kappa Delta (National Sociology Honor Society) Outstanding Student Award goes to Neina Langford and Noelle Flynn.
- The Outstanding Anthropology Student Award goes to Tiersa Curry.
We congratulate these students and all of our graduates.

Kim Shively, Anthropology and Sociology

Parking Permits Relocation

Effective Monday, May 16, Parking Permits will relocate and join the Card Office in 107 Academic Forum. Email: parkingpermits@kutztown.edu, Phone: 610-683-4825. Anne Reel's new location will be 223G Stratton Administration Center.

Elizabeth Pflugler, Business Services

Emergency Water Repair

Schaeffer Auditorium – Domestic Water Shut Down Notice. There will be no water 7:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 16, Schaeffer Auditorium, in order to repair a water main leak. Water will be restored once the repairs have been completed. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you.

Kyle Mills, Facilities Maintenance

Lot B5 Closure-Tree Work Behind Ed House

On Tuesday, May 17, Lot B5, directly behind the Schock Education House, will be closed. Please park in lots B1 and B2. A vendor will be servicing trees around the Schock Education House and the Human Resources buildings. This work should be completed in one day. We are sorry about any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.  

William Meeker, Facilities

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
May 16 3 p.m Open Forum COB Assoc. Dean: Candidate A
May 16 5 p.m. AFSCME 2234 Membership Meeting
203 Academic Forum
May 18 3 p.m. Open Forum COB Assoc. Dean: Candidate B
May 19 3 p.m. Open Forum COB Assoc. Dean: Candidate C

Date Time Event
May 19 1 p.m. NCAA Super Regionals
Softball v. Seton Hill
North Campus Field
(Live Stats | Live Video)
May 20 1 p.m. NCAA Super Regionals
Softball v. Seton Hill
North Campus Field
(Live Stats | Live 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 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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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.