Daily Brief

Nov. 5, 2021

Avalanche and Wynnie sitting in a tree.


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

High pressure remains the dominant weather feature. After another frosty morning, clear skies and abundant sunshine for the day. High temperature near 50. Winds north at 5 mph.


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


Veterans Services is supporting a student-veteran with her social work internship project. In preparation for cold weather, can you give a helping hand to the homeless veteran community in Lehigh Valley? Items listed on the Homeless Veterans Supply List are simple: a comb, mints, thermal socks, encouraging words, a bottle of water. See the list for more items. Drop off locations: McFarland Student Union (near Video Wall), Stratton Administration (near Career Services) and Keystone Hall (near ticket box office). Last pickup is Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. Many thanks for your support.
     Office of Veterans Services

The Women's Center and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center are hiring undergraduate assistant student workers for Spring 2022. Please share with your students and have them apply in Handshake or stop by our offices in Boxwood House for information.
     Diane Biehl, Women’s Center and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center

November is National Career Development Month. Please encourage KU students to schedule a career coaching appointment with the Career Center through their Handshake account.
     Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

Please join NAMI KU's fall guest speaker, Cheri Lovre, founder of The Crisis Management Institute for her presentation titled “Radical Resiliency,” 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8. Her talk will focus on gaining strategies for remaining resilient along with how to integrate the meaning of and move towards recovery from a protracted traumatic circumstance such as the pandemic. Crisis Management Institute provides on-site response to catastrophic events for schools, agencies or businesses, provides training and technical assistance in prevention, planning, response and recovery from major incidents. Cheri is also the owner / creator of Five Radical Minutes. This SEL (Social Emotional Learning) program is designed to build an enduring moral compass of kindness in youth.
     Patricia Brenner, NAMI KU

Local 2234 will be holding an election of officers. Full union members can cast their vote on 6:45-7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:45-4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, Old Main Concourse (right of lobby). Voting is a privilege and should be taken when given the opportunity. Please support your local by voting.
     Christina Ferris, AFSCME 2234

Please join us this Monday, Nov. 8 for Violins of Hope. Following Israeli violin maker and Holocaust instrument curator Avshi Weinstein’s talk, KU music faculty and students will perform featuring restored, historical instruments. View these instruments in the Sharadin Arts Building Atrium and New Media Galleries through Nov. 14.
     Courtney Smith, Department of Music





Nov. 3-5


Registration link

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

Nov. 7

7 p.m.

Celebrate Marimba
Schaeffer Auditorium

Nov. 8

7:30 p.m.

Violins of Hope (Nov. 1-14, New Media Gallery, Sharadin)
Schaeffer Auditorium

Nov. 10

10 a.m.

COVID-19 Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center

Nov. 10

10 a.m.

Clay Club Cup Sale
Table D, McFarland Student Union




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)

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

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.