Daily Brief

Oct. 4, 2023

KU Celebrates Significant Increases in Diversity and Students Served; Highest Freshman GPA ever for Fall 2023

Kutztown University welcomed 2,237 new degree-seeking students for the 2023-24 academic year, including an all-time high in incoming freshman GPA and new student diversity, and the first increase in overall full-time equivalent (FTE) students since 2010. Read more online.

University Relations

Renowned Mark Morris Dance Group Comes to KU

Mark Morris, considered by many to be one of America’s most innovative and influential choreographers alive, will bring the Mark Morris Dance Group to KU Presents 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, Schaeffer Auditorium. Morris has created 22 works commissioned by ballet companies worldwide. He began conducting performances for MMDG in 2006, and has since conducted at Tanglewood Music Center, Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The program will feature four works spanning much of Morris’s career, from 1980 to the present. As is always the case with this company, they will be accompanied by live musicians. Faculty and staff can access discounted tickets by using their MyKU login.

KU Presents!

Time clock of the 1866 minute giving challenge

Join the Challenge

This Friday, Oct. 6, is the deadline for participation in the 1866 Minute Giving Challenge, held Oct. 25-26. Send us your team’s fundraising needs this week. Do you need help building a case for support? Do not wait – reach out to brandtthomas@kuf.org today. Visit www.kuf.org/1866 to find a participation form and all of the 1866 resources you need to be a successful fundraiser.

Jillian Lovejoy, KU Foundation

Cultural Diversity Festival

Cultural Diversity Festival

KU sponsored the fourth annual Berks Cultural Diversity Festival Sunday, Oct. 1. KU’s Diversity and Inclusion Centers, Admissions and international student organizations were represented.

University Relations


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

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

FEMA and the FCC are completing a nationwide emergency alert test 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. The test will include cell phone notification, in addition to radios and televisions. Please plan accordingly and adjust your cell phone volume appropriately.

University Relations

Employee of the Month

Now is the time to submit your nominations for the September 2023 Employee of the Month. 

Alexis Martin, Human Resources

Water Shut Down Notice

There will be a domestic water shutdown on north campus to replace three failed isolation valves. The excavation will begin Wednesday, Oct. 4. The valve repairs are scheduled for 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The buildings that will not have water on Saturday are the de Francesco Building, Rickenbach Learning Center, Beekey Education Center and McFarland Student Union Building. Water will be restored once the new isolation valves are installed. There will be a "Boil Water" advisory in place after repairs are made until the water has been tested. Thank you for your assistance.

Kyle Mills, Facilities Maintenance

Shuttle Bus Route Change

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, lot A-1 will be closed at the McFarland Student Union (MSU). The shuttle bus will pick up and drop off on each side of College Boulevard by the crosswalk, outside of MSU. There will be signage on each side of College Boulevard indicating drop-off or pickup locations. This change will be for one day only. The shuttle bus will resume its normal route on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Danielle Santos, Public Safety & Police Services

Come to Ignite Kutztown

Ignite Kutztown will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 135 Rickenbach Learning Center. Presentations are open to all and entry is free. Please join us to hear many presentations including:
- Liz Hamilton Quay, "Threading the Needle: How I Discovered Textiles."
- Caecelia Holt, “All That Glitters Isn't Zero Waste.”
- Jonathan Shaw, "Crusty Death Metal."
- Ethan Bortz, "Gum."
We hope to see you there.

Emily Cripe, Communication Studies


Rock Lititz-College Visit Day

Faculty and staff, please pass this announcement on to your students for the upcoming Rock Lititz-College Visit Day. Rock Lititz, a live event industry leader, is hosting its second annual College Visit Day Friday, Nov. 10 at their 108-acre campus facilities. The Career Center is purchasing tickets for students valued at $50 which includes lunch and providing transportation to and from Lititz, Pa. Interested students can email careerhelp@kutztown.edu or stop by the Career Center, 113 Stratton Administration Center, for more information.

Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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
Oct. 9 All Day Fall Break
No Classes; Administrative Offices Open
Oct. 10 All Day Follow Monday Schedule
Oct. 10 6 p.m. Outdoor Rock Concert
(weather permitting)
Schaeffer Lawn
Oct. 10 7:30 p.m. Jenny Klukken Solo Concert
Wells-Rapp Center
Oct. 11  7:30 p.m. KU Presents! Mark Morris Dance
Schaeffer Auditorium
Oct. 12 7 p.m. "Eclipse" Planetarium Show
Planetarium, Grim Science Building
Date Time Event
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 .