Daily Brief

Nov. 17, 2023

Dr. Denise Peterson, vice chancellor for DEI, PASSHE; Dr. Deryl Johnson; Jerry Schearer, chief diversity officer, Kutztown University

Johnson Awarded 2023 Keepers of the Flame from PASSHE

Dr. Deryl Johnson, professor, communication studies, is Kutztown University’s recipient of the second annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Keepers of the Flame Award from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The award recognizes an individual from each of the 14 State System university campuses for their contributions to creating and promoting diverse, equitable and inclusive environments that cultivate a sense of belonging. Johnson began teaching at KU in 1993 and helped establish the university’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center in 2005, along with Barbara Taliaferro who retired from KU in 2010 and was the inaugural recipient of the “Keepers of the Flame” award in 2022. Johnson is a member of the PASSHE DEI Advisory Board and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Council of the National Communication Association. Johnson is pictured with Dr. Denise Pearson, vice chancellor and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, PASSHE; and Jerry Schearer, interim dean of students and chief diversity officer, Kutztown University.

University Relations

Side-by-side photos of induction ceremonies. Left: KU Student Veterans' Induction to SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society. Right: Army ROTC Steel Battalion Cadets Contracting Ceremony.

Veterans Awareness Week – Thank You

Thank you to all the students, alumni, staff, faculty, administrators, friends, KU offices, affiliate departments and community and military and veterans' organizations who supported us through donations, volunteerism, participation and partnership. Thanks to you, we not only brought awareness and showed appreciation to our military and veteran community, we made a difference: three ROTC Cadets were contracted; two received scholarships; two students were inducted into the Veterans Honor Society; three American Legion and two Folds of Honor scholarship recipients; two veteran alumni spirit award recipients; several alumni spotlights on our social media; R.E.D. button and food drive fundraisers 100% success; challenge coins of excellence and two staff servant leader awards presented; staff and faculty enjoyed complimentary lunch; student-employer engagement; community relationships created or strengthened for more future student support, and more. None of this could happen without your support. Thank you so very much. Stay tuned for more 10-year anniversary events.

Military and Veterans Services


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

High pressure retreats offshore allowing a cold front to pass. Shower activity is expected but not until evening. Partly sunny for most of the day. High temperature near 66.


Adjusted Hours: Center for Engaged Learning

Please note the reduced hours for the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) during the week of Nov. 20:
 - 2-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.
 - 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.
 - Closed Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Center for Engaged Learning

Adjusted Hours: Student Recreation Center

Student Recreation Center hours: 
 - 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22.
 - Closed Thursday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 25.
Keystone Pool hours: 
 - 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.
 - 8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. 
 - Closed Thursday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 25.

Tracy Turner, Recreational Center

Commission on Human Diversity 14th Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The Commission on Human Diversity is excited to share the theme for our 14th annual conference, "Inspirational Advocacy Through the Arts," Friday, March 1, 2024. This theme encourages proposals that reflect on the importance of advocacy in all areas of diversity. We will accept proposals for presentations that are related to the various dimensions of multiculturalism, diversity, social justice, inclusion and equity in all areas of life and education. The Commission invites proposals for presentations that broadly relate to the theme and intersect with any facet of human diversity, including race/ethnicity, social class, sexuality, gender, ability, language, religion and geography. Who should submit proposals? Students, staff, faculty, community members and professionals in the field. Proposals should be submitted by Friday, Dec. 1. Please use this link for proposal submissions. Please share with your departments and your connections. Thank you for being so supportive in this endeavor.

Patricia Ann Brenner, Commission on Human Diversity

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Nov. 17 8 a.m. 84th Annual Art Education Conference 
Schaeffer Auditorium
Nov. 19 2 p.m. KU Presents! Family Series: Okee Dokee Brothers
Schaeffer Auditorium
Nov. 23 All Day Thanksgiving Recess
University Closed
Nov. 24 All Day Thanksgiving Recess
University Closed

Clements, Novak and Whary Claim Major Awards, 12 Golden Bears Named All-PSAC East

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion Kutztown University football team captured three major awards and placed 12 players on the 2023 All-PSAC Eastern Division teams, the league office announced Wednesday, Nov. 15. Head coach Jim Clements was voted East Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. Quarterback Judd Novak took East Freshman of the Year honors and linebacker Tyler Whary was named East Defensive Athlete of the Year.

Sports Information

Date Time Event
Nov. 17 5 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Shippensburg
NCAA National Semifinal
Manchester, N.H. (Video | Stats)
Nov. 17 6 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Concord
NCAA First Round
Keystone Field (Video | Stats | Tickets)
Nov. 18 Noon Football vs. Virginia Union
NCAA First Round
Andre Reed Stadium
Video ($) | Stats | Listen | Tickets
Nov. 18 1 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Jefferson
Keystone Arena (Video | Stats)
Nov. 19 Noon Women's Soccer NCAA Second Round
Keystone Field (Video | Stats | Tickets)

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.

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 Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at . Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Kutztown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity that it operates, including admissions and employment. Any inquiries regarding the application of Title IX at Kutztown University may be made to Bradley Davis, the university’s Title IX coordinator, located in Old Main A-Wing, Room 02A, by phone at 610-683-4782 or by email at . You may also contact 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 e-mail at .