Daily Brief

Oct. 16, 2023

Anthes Named Assistant Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kutztown University has appointed Madeline Anthes as assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Anthes joins KU after serving for 11 years at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and will assume her new role at KU Monday, Dec. 4.

University Relations

the Braille Bears Club

Dine in the Dark

The Braille Bears Club paired with the Vision Resource Center of Berks County to host a Dine in the Dark event at the Berkshire Country Club Thursday, Oct. 12. More than 125 people attended the event to raise awareness of visual impairments by eating a meal in the dark to stimulate lack of vision. Money raised for the club will go to community outreach, Brailling books for a school for the Blind in Africa and sending students to present their original research at the conference. 

Nicole Johnson, Special Education


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

Upper-level trough in place will yield partly sunny skies. Some pulses of energy going through the trough may produce a scattered afternoon shower. High temperature near 61.


Pawbucks 15% Off Apparel and Gift

Shop and save 15% on apparel and gift in-store and online; excludes other sales and promotions.

Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store

2024 PEBTF Open Enrollment

PEBTF-covered employees (i.e., AFSCME and SCUPA): The Open Enrollment period starts Monday, Oct. 16 and ends Friday, Nov. 3. 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 the Employee Self-Service. If you do not wish to make any changes, you do not have to do anything. Please note that there are changes to the buy-up and everyone will receive new cards this year.

Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

2024 Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment

The 2024 FSA Open Enrollment Period for both health care and dependent care accounts begins Monday, Oct. 16 and ends Friday, Nov. 3. 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 2024 year, except in limited circumstances. Please note the 2024 limit for healthcare has been increased to $3,050.  Employees must reenroll every year to participate.

Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

AFSCME Monthly Meeting

Please join us for the monthly AFSCME members meeting 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 200 Academic Forum. Light refreshments will be served.

Dave Isett, AFSCME

Open Hour with the Provost

Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop by and chat with Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost, during her open office hour 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, MSU Bears Den. Faculty and staff who would like to have a conversation, but for whom this time does not work, are welcome to contact the Office of the Provost at 610-683-4155 to schedule a time to meet.

Anne Imschweiler, Office of the Provost


Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services cordially invites you to our annual HARLOween 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, on the DMZ. Campus and community members are invited to bring their children to experience a day full of fun activities, inflatables and treat-or-treat opportunities. We'll have snacks, drinks and the opportunity for the children to win prizes throughout the day. Adult supervision is required for all children under the age of 18. The event is free. In the event of weather changes, the event will be moved to Keystone Field House.

Maria N. De La Cruz, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services

"Remember Everyone Deployed" Button Fundraiser

It's that time of year again to consider supporting our Military and Veteran Student Emergency Fund. Join the KU Student Veterans Association and purchase a R.E.D. button for $1 to demonstrate support for our troops who are deployed. Receive a coupon for a complimentary small hot coffee or tea at participating Aramark locations, including Starbucks, between Nov. 1-11 while supplies last. Pre-order a button for yourself, a friend or your office at the link provided. We will deliver buttons to your on-campus location if your pre-order is received by Tuesday, Oct. 24. This year's button was designed by KU graduating senior, Parth Patel, Army Reserve. Thank you for your support.

Military and Veterans Services


National Transfer Student Week

Join us in celebrating National Transfer Student Week Oct. 16-20. This annual event celebrates transfer students and those who support them through their academic journey. Help us to recognize KU's transfer student population and encourage students to participate in all of the week-long activities planned. You can also find out more about KU's transfer student population this week in the Daily Brief. Day 1 Fact: Did you know the average age of a KU transfer student is 22?

Lisa Grabowski, New Student Orientation

Workshop: Designing AI Resistant Assignments

Join us 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 22 Rohrbach Library (location change) to discuss concrete strategies for revising assignments to increase student as opposed to AI enagement. Bring a writing assignment that you’d like to reconfigure. Feel free to grab a coffee with us or join us via Zoom.

Amy Lynch-Biniek, English / CEL

On-Campus Internship and Job Fair

Staff and faculty, please remind your students that the on-campus KU Internship and Job Fair is noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 218 McFarland Student Union. There will be more than 65 employers attending. Students need to come professionally dressed with copies of their resumes. Students can view the employers coming to the fair on their Handshake account and make an appointment for the Career Closet for professional clothing. If you have any questions, please call 610-683-4067.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Oct. 16 5 p.m. AFSCME Monthly Meeting
200 Academic Forum
Oct. 17 11 a.m. CEL: Designing AI Resistant Assignments
22 Rohrbach Library | Zoom
Oct. 17 6 p.m. Outdoor Rock Concert
(weather permitting)
Schaeffer Lawn
Oct. 18 3 p.m. Open Hour with the Provost
MSU Bears Den
Oct. 22 1 p.m. HARLOween
Date Time Event
Oct. 17 7 p.m. Field Hockey vs. West Chester
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 18 7 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. West Chester 
Keystone Field (Live VideoLive Stats)
Oct. 20 3 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Lander
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 21-22 All Day Women's Bowling hosts Golden Bear Invite
Sinking Spring, Pa. (Berks Lanes)
Oct. 21 Noon Women's Soccer vs. Shepherd (Senior Day) 
Keystone Field (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 21 2 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. New Haven 
Keystone Arena (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 21 3 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Slippery Rock
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Video | Live Stats)

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 .