Daily Brief

Oct. 31, 2022

Campus Fall Aerial View



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

An approaching cold front will cause increasing cloud coverage. Showers may be possible by mid-afternoon. High temperature near 63.


Samuel Westmoreland (1944-2022)

We regret to inform the campus community that Samuel Westmoreland (1944-2022) passed away on Oct. 24. Sam was a graduate of Kutztown University (then Kutztown State College), long-time professor in the university’s sociology program and a life-long and dedicated advocate for the university. He started at Kutztown University in 1962 as an undergraduate. He played football, basketball and track and graduated with a B.S. in Education in 1966. He went on to earn a M.Ed. from Kutztown University and a then a M.A. from Lehigh University. He started teaching with the sociology program at KU in 1971, and he taught here until his retirement in 2007. He always had a special interest in issues of diversity and was a strong advocate for the education and advancement of minorities. After retirement, he remained involved in many of our university’s activities. He is remembered as a kind, humorous and friendly colleague and mentor, dedicated to the university and important social causes. We are most grateful for his dedication and friendship. He will be missed. A full description of his life and accomplishments, and details about funeral services can be found at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/dailylocal/name/samuel-westmoreland-obituary?id=36934549.

Bill Donner, Anthropology and Sociology

Canceled-Laurie Norman Retirement

The reception for Laurie Norman has been canceled. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Tammy Wert, University Relations

Kutztown University Council of Trustees Meeting

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet Thursday, Nov. 3. Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Building:
- Academic and Student Affairs Committee, 323 MSU
- Finance, Property and Audit Committee, 322 MSU
- Human Diversity Committee, 325 MSU
- University Relations and Advancement Committee, 324 MSU
The Plenary Session will begin 3 p.m. in 250 McFarland Student Union Building.

Office of the President

Attention AFSCME 2234 Members

The 2022 Members Holiday Party will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lyons Fire Company. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 4. Invitations have been sent. If you have not received your invitation, please email Veronique Vlaun (vlaun@kutztown.edu). We are dealing with an incomplete list and would love for you to attend.

Joyce James, Facilities

Veterans Awareness Week

- Lunch for Faculty and Staff Veterans: It's the time of the year when we honor your service with a complimentary lunch during Veterans Awareness Week. An email was sent to all known veteran faculty and staff. If you did not receive an email, please send your veteran status and contact information to veterans@kutztzown.edu so you can be included in our lunch count.
- R.E.D. Button Sales: Remember Everyone Deployed by proudly wearing your R.E.D. button on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Order your 22-22 button before Nov. 3 for on-time delivery https://forms.gle/tc8C6p9AVvwQnRux5.

Veterans Services

You're Invited: The Hunger Banquet

The Community Outreach Center is inviting staff and faculty to attend the Hunger Banquet 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. This event provides an interactive experience into understanding poverty, racism and social justice. We will also be joined by the executive director of Friend, Inc. who will discuss more about food insecurity. More information and free tickets can be secured online here:

Nykolai Blichar, Community Outreach Center

On-Site Visit to ADP

Faculty and staff, please share this announcement with your junior and senior students. We have a student site visit to ADP’s corporate headquarters scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10. All majors are welcome but anyone interested in sales is highly encouraged to attend. The number of students allowed is 25. Transportation and lunch are provided at no cost for students. Students need to register ASAP on Handshake. www.kutztown.edu/handshake, then search for the event.

Career Development Center

UNESCO World Philosophy Day Lecture

The Department of Philosophy and Government is pleased to announce that professor Randall L. Kennedy will deliver the 10th annual UNESCO World Philosophy Day Lecture, "Should I Love My Country? Patriotism and the African American.” The lecture will begin 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Schaeffer Auditorium.
Professor Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School and has served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has published extensively on race, law, and equality, including "Race, Crime, and the Law", which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1998.
For more information regarding Kennedy's visit, please contact the department either by emailing Heather Pafchek (pafchek@kutztown.edu) or by phone at 610-683-4449. 

Steve B. Lem, Department of Philosophy and Government

AFSCME 2234 Membership Meeting

The November AFSCME monthly meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will be held in December. If you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed prior to the December meeting, please contact a board member.

Dave Isett, AFSCME


Starfish Custom Messaging Options

The Fall 2022 Midterm Progress Survey is open until 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Faculty and staff can view message templates and options for custom messaging in Starfish D2L. Starfish training and help sessions are available by request, in person or via Zoom. Contact starfish@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4217 with any questions.

Cheryl Brattley, Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence

Sport Management Program Awarded Reaccreditation

With joy, the Department of Sport Management announces its achievement of a seven-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Accreditation by COSMA is a stellar achievement and a statement of the program’s continuing commitment to quality and excellence in sport management education based on agreed-upon accreditation standards. KU’s Sport Management program was the first in eastern Pennsylvania to be granted accreditation by COSMA in 2015. The Department of Sport Management would like to extend our appreciation to the students, alumni, administration and support staff for all the support provided to help lead the process to success. 

Soojin Kim, Department of Sport Management

Seeking Graduate Research Assistant in the PASSHE DEI Office

Please let your graduate students know that there are exciting opportunities for Graduate Research Assistant roles in the PASSHE Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is an excellent opportunity for doing paid research while gaining valuable experience and contributing to the system’s DEI efforts. For more information, click the link below. 

Jerry Schearer, Diversity and Inclusion

List of General Education Courses Available in Spring 2023

The General Education Committee has published a list of the approved general education courses that are scheduled to be taught in spring 2023 to assist faculty with advising students. The list of courses can be found here: https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/general-education/general-education-courses/general-education-spring-2023-list-of-classes.html.

Bethany French, General Education Committee

General Education Course List Available on D2L

To assist faculty during the advising period, the General Education Master Course List has been posted to the General Education Committee's Desire2Learn page. This can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet to be searchable by category and course prefix. We will keep this document updated as courses are approved or removed from the General Education program.

Bethany French, Office of the Provost

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Oct. 31 Canceled Laurie Norman Retirement Reception
250 McFarland Student Union
Nov. 2 2:30 p.m. PASSHE Diversity Summit Opening Reception
183 McFarland Student Union
Nov. 3 11 a.m. Faculty First Thursday Presentation
120 Sharadin Arts Building
Nov. 3 1:30 p.m. Council of Trustees Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324, 325 MSU
Nov. 3 3 p.m. Council of Trustees
250 McFarland Student Union
Nov. 3 4 p.m. University Senate
103 Academic Forum
Nov. 4 8 a.m. Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment


Date Time Event
Nov. 1 7 p.m. Field Hockey vs. East Stroudsburg
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Video)
Nov. 1 6 p.m. PSAC Quarterfinals
WSOC at Bloomsburg
Steph Pettit Stadium (Live Stats | Video)
Nov. 4 7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Lock Haven
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Video)
Nov. 5 11:30 a.m. M/W Cross Country at PSAC Championships
Mansfield University’s Lamb’s Creek Course
Nov. 5 12 p.m. Football vs. West Chester (Senior Day)
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Video | Audio)
Nov. 5 1 p.m. Women’s Swimming vs. Millersville
Keystone Pool
Nov. 5 2 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Bloomsburg
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | 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.

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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.