Daily Brief

May 9, 2022

President Hawkins with faculty, Avalanche, the mascot, and students in front of T-Mobile tent

T-Mobile Grant for Keith Haring Fitness Park

KU celebrated a $50,000 grant from T-Mobile Thursday, May 5, to help bring a world class, one-of-a-kind Keith Haring Fitness Park to campus this fall. Thanks to all who came out and showed their support.

University Relations

Four Modern Language students standing in a line, holding their awards and smiling at the camera.

Modern Language Studies Awards

On Monday, May 2, the following Modern Language Studies students were honored with the Department of Modern Language Studies Awards (left to right):
- Outstanding Students in German: Lauren Pash.
- Linda Oswald Bogert Memorial Award: Erika Murillo (Spanish major).
- Cultural Ambassador Award: Jamie Lasko.
- Outstanding Student in Spanish: Noah Clinard.

Department of Modern Language Studies

New Phi-Alpha inductees holding their certificates and smiling.

Phi Alpha Honor Society Induction

On April 1, the Mu Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Social Work Scholars, inducted the following new members in a ceremony that included families, friends and faculty. BSW students: Maya Evens, Kirsten Fessler, Carlee Rosetta Farina, Aleah Grimshaw, Isabella Hershey, Samantha Lauryn Kochanek, La-Eleya Lopez, Mercedes Martinez and Heather L. Sherry. MSW students: Hannah Renne Berman, Kayla Fox, Katherine Elaine Korbich, Cheyenne Lehman, Sarah Lytle, Judith MoBilio, Kaitlyn Muzzy, Alyssa M. Oakley, Natasha Rodriguez and George Wachira. Faculty: Dr. Lydia DeBiase. Congratulations.

Ed Hanna, Social Work


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


Empower Representative Returns to Campus

Our Empower (457 plan) representative, Matt Jaskel, will be returning to campus for in-person meetings Wednesday, May 25.  You will be able to talk to him about the voluntary 457 plan, both maintenance if you are a current participant, or to start a new plan, as well other questions about financial planning. If you are interested, please use the link below and select “next” and “Kutztown University” to select a meeting time that works for you.  

Jeanette Forster, 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

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

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

Physical Sciences Commencement Awards

The Physical Sciences Department would like to congratulate all of the awardees:
- Pauline B. and John E. Simpson Earth Science and Marine Science Graduation Award honoring the highest achieving student in Earth Science and Marine Science:  Lauren Delong (Geology and Environmental Science - Geology).
- Charles H. Boehm Earth/Space Science/Astronomy Award honoring the highest achieving student in Secondary Education/Earth and Space Science: Matthew Lonzinski (Secondary Education - Earth and Space Science).
- Roy W. Hamme Memorial Award honoring the highest achieving student in Physical Sciences: Laura Rex (Biochemistry).
- William Laurita Chemistry Award honoring the highest achieving student in Chemistry pursuing an advanced degree in the field: Huong Tran (Biochemistry and Chemistry).
- American Chemical Society Award: Coty Emerich (Biochemistry - Pharmacy).

Edward L. Simpson, Physical Sciences

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

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

Student Recreation Center Finals Week Hours

Student Recreation Center:
- Regular hours May 9-11
- 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12
- 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 13
- Closed May 14-15
Keystone Hall Swimming Pool:
- Regular hours May 9-11
- 8-9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 12
- 8-9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., Friday, May 13
- Closed May 14-15

Tracy Turner, Recreational Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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
O'Pake Fieldhouse
May 14 9 a.m. COE & CLAS Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse
May 14 2 p.m. COB & VPA Commencement
O'Pake Fieldhouse


KU Completes Perfect Run, Wins PSAC Title

Tournament Most Valuable Player, Kate Ostaszewski, cemented her name for the MVP with an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving Kutztown University its first lead of the game. KU added two more runs in the frame and held on to take down Mercyhurst University 7-4 Sunday afternoon to win the 2022 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. It is the program’s first conference title since 2013. The Golden Bears (37-13 overall) won the PSAC East Division, going 12-4 in the conference, and were the top seed out of the division. The Lakers (32-14) were the three seed out of the West Division. The two teams knew each other well, having just played on Thursday night, May 5, before rain forced back-to-back days of postponements. Kutztown won that game 9-5 to clinch a spot in the championship game. Mercyhurst had to defeat Bloomsburg in the second game of the day, 4-3, prior to its game with KU. The Huskies beat Shepherd 8-6 in the first game of the day.

C.J. Hemerly, Sports Information

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