Daily Brief

May 15, 2023

2023 Spring Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2023. Watch on-demand replays, read stories and view photos of all three ceremonies on the commencement coverage webpage.

University Relations

Photo of Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson processing 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


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

Sunny, with a high near 73.


Summer Hours

Summer hours will begin Monday, May 15 and remain in effect through Friday, August 18, 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

Campuswide Grass Fertilizer and Weed Control Application

TruGreen will be on campus Monday, May 15 to perform our annual spring fertilizer and weed control application. They typically begin early morning on the south side of campus, and finish on the north side by early afternoon. Please stay off treated areas until they are dry. This usually occurs within 30 minutes or so after the application is completed but can vary depending on weather conditions. Thank you.

William Meeker, Facilities

Thank You

We want to thank to the many staff and volunteers that contributed to the success of the commencement ceremonies this past weekend. It certainly is a KU community effort that makes our graduations so meaningful to our students and their guests. A special thank you goes to our Facilities crew, whose members work tirelessly behind the scenes without complaint, often jumping in to help manage unexpected challenges that arise. Our true Golden Bear spirit shines brightest as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates. Thanks for helping to make it all possible.

KU Commencement Staff, Dean of Students

AFSCME Monthly Membership Meeting

Please join us 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, 103 Academic Forum for our monthly membership meeting. If you are unable to attend in person, you can join the meeting by Zoom. Light refreshments will be served.

Dave Isett, AFSCME

Procurement Retreat

Kutztown University is hosting our first procurement retreat 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 103 Academic Forum. The morning session will cover the following topics: purchasing options, supplier management, PR discussions, travel and P-card overview. The afternoon session will cover the following topics: guided buying dashboard/resources and support, approvals and procurement processes. Even if you feel that you are already an expert or you only put an order in once a month, all attendees will be able to walk away with added knowledge regarding making purchases, paying an invoice, contracts, p-card and travel reimbursement. You should plan to attend if you are part of the procurement process as the requestor, the approver or the stakeholder. Please register ASAP here. Lunch will be provided. 

Tammy Moyer, Department of Financial and Business Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
May 15 5:30 p.m. AFSCME Monthly Membership Meeting
103 Academic Forum
May 17 9 a.m. Faculty Reflective Retreat
May 17 1 p.m. John Dillon Retirement Reception
250 MSU
May 18 8 a.m. Procurement Retreat
103 Academic Forum

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 , 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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