Daily Brief

Nov. 1, 2021

WFMZ 69 NEWS: LOCAL MAN GREETS KU STUDENTS
There's a chill in the air. The morning sun pokes through the trees as the morning dew lingers on the grass of Kutztown University. During this time of the day, there's a man who can be seen with a wave, a smile and a message. Kraig Piper, a mainstay on College Boulevard, greets students, faculty and staff in hopes of turning their day around. Watch the video online.
     University Relations

Three images: 1. image of violin with the words VIOLINS OF HOPE READING INSTRUMENTS FOR UNITY; 2. an old photo of a group of men playing instruments; 3. a photo of the back of a violin with intricate inlay in the shape of the Star of David.

VIOLINS OF HOPE: INSTRUMENTS FROM THE HOLOCAUST
Violins of Hope is on display Nov 1-14, Sharadin Arts Building Atrium and New Media Gallery. The mission of Violins of Hope, Reading, is to promote unity and understanding in our community, through instruments rescued from the Holocaust. The collection of more than 50 restored violins will be on exhibit at three locations in Berks County, they will be played in concert; and their stories will be shared in lectures and various educational programs. This will be the first time the exhibit will be shown in Pennsylvania. A free lecture and concert by KU faculty and students is scheduled 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, Schaeffer Auditorium. https://violinsofhopepa.org/
     Karen Stanford, College of Visual and Performing Arts

WEATHER

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

Cold front passes through this morning. Skies will remain clear throughout the day, but winds will be stiff. High temperature in the upper-50s. Winds north at 5-10 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2022 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD
The Open Enrollment Period runs Oct. 18 through Nov. 5.
2022 Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment
The 2022 FSA Open Enrollment Period, for both health care and dependent care accounts, began Oct. 18 and runs through Friday, Nov. 5. FSA elections should be made through Employee Self-Service (ESS). Employees should elect coverage in annual amounts which is divided by your pay frequency. This is the only time you can elect to enroll in an FSA for the 2022 year, except in limited circumstances.
PEBTF Open Enrollment
PEBTF covered employees (i.e., AFSCME and SCUPA): The Open Enrollment period is open and closes Friday, Nov. 5. This is your opportunity to make changes to your coverage, or your covered dependents, as determined by the plan. If you wish to make changes, please go to Benefits Enrollment, on Employee Self-Service. If you do not wish to make any changes, you do not have to do anything.
     Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

November is National Native American Heritage Month which we celebrate to honor the remarkable Native Americans who have significant contributions to improve the character of the nation. We are exploring how we at KU can better honor this heritage, including a land acknowledgment statement. If you identify as Native American and would like to be involved in this or other ideas, please contact Jerry Schearer (schearer@kutztown.edu). www.widoktadwen.org
     Jerry Schearer, Office of Inclusion and Outreach

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRACION

Join us in celebrating the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) with culturally-appropriate activities, 1 p.m., Nov. 1, Multicultural Center.
     Francesca Lesisko, Multicultural Center

PRESIDENT'S OPEN HOUR
Faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his open hour 2-3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, 303 Stratton Administration Center. President Hawkinson welcomes your thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding KU. If you are planning to stop by, please call the Office of the President, ext. 3-4101 to RSVP.
     Office of the President

DSO WORKSHOP
The PowerPoint presentation for the DSO Student Voices: Auditory Processing Disorder workshop, previously scheduled Oct. 26, can be found here.
     Office of Disability Services

DECEMBER COMMENCEMENT-FACULTY RSVP

KU will host two December commencement ceremonies. Your role in this event is significant to our students. Regalia is required for participation. The deadline to rent regalia is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Faculty with their own regalia can reserve a seat through Nov. 30. RSVP at https://apps.kutztown.edu/SZ_007_COMMENCEMENT/rsvp.aspx.
     Erica Stratton, Commencement Committee

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, 250 McFarland Student Union Building. The meeting will also be available Live Stream via YouTube https://youtu.be/vqrbNqt3Mtk.
     Office of the President

NATALIE CARTWRIGHT FAREWELL RECEPTION
President Hawkinson invites the campus community to honor Natalie Cartwright, director of institutional research, for her many years of service to KU. Natalie will be starting a new position with PASSHE as the assistant director/senior research analyst for Advanced Data & Analytics, Office of the Chancellor. Please stop by the President’s Boardroom, 301 Stratton Administration Center, 3-4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, to wish Natalie well on her new adventure and enjoy some refreshments. Thank you, Natalie, for all your tireless work and dedication in supporting the University.
     Office of the President

BUSINESS IDEA COMPETITION
Come out to see students present this year’s best business ideas for a chance to win cash prizes. KU Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is hosting a Business Idea Competition for all KU undergraduate students 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, 135 Rickenbach Learning Center. Virtual viewing available at Zoom Meeting ID: 98153075621, Passcode: 821042.
     Katie Bowen, College of Business

SAVE THE DATE ALUMNI CAREER EVENT
"Leverage Your Languages: Applicability of Second Languages/Cultures in Careers" Please join the department of Modern Language Studies and the Career Development Center for a career panel with alumni from modern language studies, criminal justice and history. Alumni will talk about local and international jobs that their KU experience has prepared them for; 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 145 Boehm Science Building.
     Lynn M. Kutch, Modern Language Studies

FACULTY AND STAFF VETERAN HEAD COUNT
In honor of Veterans Day, all KU staff and faculty military members and veterans will receive a complimentary meal. Meal tickets will be delivered to your office and we don't want to miss anyone. Please add your name and office location to our head-count roster here by Tuesday, Nov. 2. Thank you for your sacrifice and service. https://forms.gle/LKE7Jtotx2rRrrkX9
     Office of Veterans Services

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

Nov. 1

1 p.m.

Day of the Dead
Multicultural Center

Nov. 1

2 p.m.

President’s Open Hour
303 Stratton Administration Center

Nov. 3

10 a.m.

COVID-19 Testing
Gym, Student Recreation Center

Nov. 3-5

 

PASSHE DEI Summit
Registration link

Nov. 4

11 a.m.

VPA Encountering Ekphrasis
120 Sharadin Arts Building

Nov. 4

3 p.m.

Council of Trustees Meeting
250 McFarland Student Union

Nov. 4

4 p.m.

University Senate
103 Academic Forum

Nov. 4

5 p.m.

COB Business Idea Competition
135 Rickenbach Learning Center

Nov. 5

3 p.m.

Natalie Cartwright Farewell Reception
301 Stratton Administration Center

Nov. 5

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Social Work Global Environment Virtual Conference
Registration link

Date

Time

Event

Nov. 5

7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Millersville
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)

Nov. 6

1 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball vs. West Chester
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Live Video)

Accommodations

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

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.