Daily Brief

May 3, 2022

2022 Spring Commencement

More than 1,200 students will be awarded degrees during Kutztown University's spring commencement ceremonies May 13-14, at O'Pake Fieldhouse. Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president, and Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will preside.  Graduate students will receive their degrees at 5 p.m. Friday, May 13, including 13 doctoral candidates. Paul Walsh, an education major, will serve as the graduate student speaker and Dr. Catherine McGeehan, professor of education, will represent the faculty. Undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences will graduate at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Madison Brzozowski, a special education and secondary English education dual major, will represent the student body and Dr. Georgeos Sirrakos, professor of secondary education, will serve as the faculty speaker. Undergraduate students in the Colleges of Business and Visual and Performing Arts will graduate at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Kerolos Akraz, a business administration major, will serve as the student speaker and Dr. Peg Speirs, professor of Art Education, will serve as the faculty speaker. KU will present an honorary doctorate to Richard Wells at Saturday afternoon's ceremony.

University Relations

Dr. Amber Pabon smiling in front of a blackboard and holding a pen in her right hand

Pabon Named New FDI Director

Dr. Amber Pabon was named the new Frederick Douglass director beginning with the fall 2022 semester.  The director collaborates with other offices and all university divisions, encourages equity, diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students through activities including facilitation of scholarship opportunities, research activities, topical forums and exhibits, conferences and visiting scholars.  Congratulations Dr. Pabon.

Andrea Kirshman, Student Success and Academic Excellence


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

Employee of the Month

Now is the time to submit nominations for the April 2022 Employee of the Month.

Alexis Martin, Human Resources

Canceled-Vice Provost Search Candidate C

The campus visit for Candidate C for the position of Vice Provost Extended and Lifelong Learning and Dean of Graduate Studies previously scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, is canceled.

John Ward, Search Chair

KU Philosophy Club Meeting

The KU Philosophy Club will meet 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in 322 McFarland Student Union and also Zoom Meeting ID 960 8018 7522. Professor Kunal Das, Department of Physics, will present "The Quantum Rules: The Laws of Physics Applied to Everyday Life." Das is the acclaimed author of "The Quantum Rules: How the Laws of Physics Explain Love, Success, and Everyday Life" available at https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Rules-Physics-Explain-Everyday/dp/1632204592.

Allan T Back, Philosophy and Government

John Feilmeier's Computer Science Thesis Presentation

John Feilmeier, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science, will present his thesis research 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in 158 Old Main. The university community is invited to this thesis presentation, titled "Automated Discovery and Interpretation of ADA-Compliant Door Placards." For more information, please contact Dylan Schwesinger, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science.

Dylan Schwesinger, Computer Science and Information Technology

Rohrbach Library Exam Week Hours

Rohrbach Library will operate under the following extended hours for exam week:
- 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7
- 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, May 8
- 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10
- 7:30 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12
- 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 13
- Closed Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15

Jennifer Tanzos, Rohrbach Library

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
2022-0054 NEW - Athletics Fiscal Assistant Full Time 5/22/22
2022-0058 NEW - Executive Assistant to the
Chief Information Officer
Full Time Continuous
2022-0034 Patrol Officer Full Time Continuous
2021-0155 Facilities Construction
Project Manager (REPOSTED)
Full Time Continuous
2022-0009 MR2 - Carpentry / Painter Full Time Continuous
2022-0011 Groundskeeper / Laborer Full Time Continuous
2022-0032 Applications Developer 2 Full Time Continuous
2022-0033 Systems Analyst Full Time Continuous
2022-0035 Assistant Director of Admissions
Hispanic/Latino Recruitment
Full Time Continuous
2022-0046 MR2 HVAC/Plumbing
(Sunday - Thursday)
Full Time Continuous
2022-0051 System Administrator Full Time Continuous
2022-0052 Starfish Program Manager Full Time 5/8/22
Asst Coaches 2021-22 Assistant Athletic Coaches Part Time 6/30/22
Clerical Pool 2021-22 Clerical Pool Full Time 6/30/22
Custodial Pool 2021-22 Custodial Worker 1 Pool Full Time 6/30/22
OOC 22-006 Assistant Director for
Health Care Program Administration
Full Time 5/15/22
OOC 22-007 TEMP Payroll Specialist Temp FT 5/6/22
OOC 22-008 Senior Microsoft Systems Engineer Full Time Continuous
OOC 22-009 Staff Attorney Full Time 5/20/22

Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
May 3 7:30 p.m. KU Orchestra
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 4 10 a.m. COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center
May 4 CANCELED Vice Provost Search Open Forum
Candidate C Withdrawn
May 4 7:30 p.m. Jazz 2 Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 5 11 a.m. T-Mobile/Keith Haring Fitness Park Sponsor
Schaeffer Lawn
May 5 11 a.m. University Senate
103 Academic Forum
May 5 6 p.m. Jazz 1 Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 5 6 p.m. Dinosaurs @ Dusk with Dr. Ed Simpson
KU Planetarium
May 5 7 p.m. Latin Ensemble Concert
Schaeffer Auditorium
May 6 4:30 p.m. Philosophy Club Meeting
322 MSU | Zoom
May 11 9 a.m. Faculty Well-being Event
Concourse, Old Main
May 12 9 a.m. Faculty Well-being Event
Concourse, Old Main
May 13 5 p.m. Graduate Commencement
May 14 9 a.m. COE & CLAS Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse
May 14 2 p.m. COB & VPA Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse

Date Time Event
May 4 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Caldwell (DH)
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.