Daily Brief

Oct. 2, 2023

Seventh Annual Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference to Spotlight Advocacy

Kutztown University's LGBTQ+ Resource Center and Women's Center will host the seventh annual Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 218 McFarland Student Union. This year’s conference will spotlight advocacy in action and includes keynote speaker Kat Blaque, an animator, illustrator and YouTuber from southern California who has been blogging her life for more than 10 years on YouTube. She playfully refers to herself as an “intersectionality salad” as she embodies various identities and experiences.

University Relations

South Dining Hall

Join Us at the Dining Hall with a Special 10% Discount

Dining Services invites you to dine at South Dining Hall or Cub Café and enjoy a meal with 10% off the door rate throughout October. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch or an easy dinner, our dining facilities have something for everyone. Explore our menu, which includes options for various dietary preferences and restrictions. We are confident that you'll find something to satisfy your taste buds. Thank you for being an important part of our campus community. We look forward to seeing you at the dining hall.

Dining Services


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

Strong high pressure centered over the eastern Great Lakes will provide for sunny conditions. High temperature near 80.

Did you know that KU's two weather experts, Department of Geography professor Dr. Michael Davis and Kutztown University Radio director “Monsoon” Mike Regensburger record an occasional weather/climate podcast? A new one is available. The two Mikes discuss the past summer, the past very dreary week, a much nicer week this week and some climate topics of the day like solar. Programming Note: The podcast was recorded Friday, Sept. 29 and therefore a few references to “current” weather may be dated but are clearly noted as such. Click here to listen.


25% Off Pawbucks at KU Campus Store

Save 25% on apparel and gift today only. Shop in-store and online; excludes other sales and discounts.

Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store

Welcome to the 2023 SECA Campaign

As commonwealth employees, we can make a difference in our communities through charitable giving. Here are a few highlights regarding this year’s campaign:
- This year’s theme is "Blazing a New Trail."
- The campaign runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 27.
- The State System goal is $111,053.
It’s simple to set up your pledge using ESS, http://portal.passhe.edu. For more information, please refer to the SECA website, www.seca.pa.gov.

Pam Rex, Office of the President

President's Open Hour

Faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by with President Hawkinson during his open hour 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 301 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, 610-683-4101 to RSVP.

Office of the President

FDI Scholar Dr. Sotomayor Hosts a Plática

The Frederick Douglass Institute shares with the Kutztown University campus community an exciting event in honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. Dr. Sotomayor will facilitate a plática with the cast of the KU Presents! musical theatrical performance "Sugar Skull: A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure," 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, Multicultural Center. Sotomayor and the cast will discuss the bilingual and bicultural performance experience, intergenerational importance and the historical and contemporary significance of the celebration of Día de Muertos in the United States. This hour-long plática will engage an artistic perspective through visual culture, music, language and larger social issues pertinent to marginalized populations in our region and border countries. FDI hopes faculty, staff and students will participate in this event. 

Amber Pabon, Frederick Douglass Institute

Evacuation Drills - South Campus

Weather permitting, we will be conducting evacuation/fire drills in all non-residential buildings located on south campus Oct. 3-6. The exceptions are Old Main and Admissions Center which were conducted previously. Please take a minute to review the building evacuation plan for your area. Evacuation plans are posted at various locations, typically in hallways within each building. The focus of the evacuation drills is to practice a safe and expedient egress from the building in the event of an emergency. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Gary Fleming, Environmental Health and Safety

Bears Beat Returns to KUR

KUR is happy to announce the return of “The Bears Beat,” KUR’s exclusive Golden Bears sports talk show every Monday this semester from 4-5 p.m., returning a mainstay program to the KUR lineup, a program dating back almost a decade. The Bear’s Beat returned for a couple of semesters a year and a half ago but then went on a short hiatus when the hosts needed time for academics. KUR is now happy to bring it back with recent host, KUR sports coordinator Josh Tuite, along with up-and-coming new KUR sports talent. Listen live every Monday from 4-5 p.m. and available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts by searching “Kutztown University Radio” about 24 hours after the live airing. The Monday time also helps cap three full hours of live sports talk on KUR as “The Bears Beat” is followed by KUR’s award-nominated professional sports talk show “Heavy Hitters” with KUR sports hosts Jack Heym and Mitchell Smedley. That program also is available after airing on Spotify and Apple Music. Listen live to KUR 24/7 here

Mike Regensburger, KU Radio


New Cookie Chat Added

"From discussion bore to discussion cure: Make your discussion boards meaningful," will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, CEL 6 Rohrbach Library. Featured cookie: chocolate chip.
Discussion boards can be great tools for facilitating student learning in classes. They can also be tricky pedagogical tools to implement effectively. How can we make discussion boards more engaging and supportive as inclusive student learning communities? In this chat, Dr. Amber Pabon, Secondary Education and the Frederick Douglass Institute, will share her experience in structuring effective, supportive discussion boards. We invite you to bring examples of discussion board successes and challenges from your courses.

Center for Engaged Learning

Fall 2023 SRI Dates

APSCUF and the provost's office have confirmed the following dates for SRIs this semester.
-Oct. 2 to Oct. 15: First half courses: Weeks 6 and 7.
-Nov. 6 to Dec. 3: Regular courses: Weeks 11-14.
-Nov. 20 to Dec. 3: Second half courses: Weeks 13 and 14.
Information on evaluation schedules for faculty can be found on the KU APSCUF website.

Albert Fu, APSCUF

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Oct. 2 1 p.m. Plática
Multicultural Center 
Oct. 2 2 p.m. President's Open Hour
301 Stratton Administration Center 
Oct. 3 6 p.m. Outdoor Rock Concert
(weather permitting)
Schaeffer Lawn
Oct. 4 7 p.m. Ignite Kutztown
135 Rickenbach Learning Center
Oct. 5 10 a.m. CEL Discussion
6 Rohrbach Library
Oct. 5 4 p.m. University Senate Meeting
103 Academic Forum
Oct. 6 10 a.m. GSM Conference Keynote Speaker
218 McFarland Student Union
Oct. 7 7:30 p.m. Lynn Vartan Solo Concert
Wells-Rapp Center
Date Time Event
Oct. 2 Noon Women's Golf KU Fall Invitational
Moselem Springs Golf Club
Oct. 4 7 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Bloomsburg
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 6 4 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Coker 
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 6 7 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. Shepherd
Keystone Arena (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 7 Noon Women's Soccer vs. Lock Haven 
Keystone Field (Live Video | Live Stats)
Oct. 7 1 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. Shippensburg
Keystone Arena (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 .