Daily Brief

Oct. 5, 2023

Transfer Honor Roll Recipient for the Sixth Consecutive Year

Kutztown University was named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2023 Transfer Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year. KU was among 208 colleges and universities in the nation to be named in recognition of the dynamic pathways they have created to support community college transfer students. Kutztown University was one of 10 Pennsylvania schools honored and the only member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

University Relations

$2.2 Million Grant to Increase Retention, Graduation Rates and Eliminate Equity Gaps for Students

Kutztown University has been awarded a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a Title III program, which is funded 100% with federal funds, to increase undergraduate retention and graduation rates and eliminate equity gaps for Kutztown University students.

University Relations


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

High pressure which has been situated over our region the past few days moves a bit to our east and northeast tonight allowing our winds to become more southeasterly, thus slightly cooler than the past few days. It’ll still be plenty mild, however. Just no more 80+ readings. Looking at fair skies with a high temperature around 77. We’ll lose a few more degrees tomorrow and then autumn weather returns this weekend.


Travel Management System (ESS Portal) Browser Issues

We have been informed that the Travel Management System (TMS) located in the ESS portal does not work well when individuals use Chrome as the browser. The IT department recommends using Microsoft Edge instead.

Tammy Moyer, Financial and Business Services

Student Recreation Center Fall Break Special Hours

Student Recreation Center hours are:
- 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.
- 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.
- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.
The Keystone Hall Pool hours are: 
- 8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.
- Closed Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8.
- 8-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

Tracy Turner, Student Recreation Center

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

A NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group is now available at Kutztown University.  The support group occurs every first and third Thursday of the month 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 141 Old Main. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who've been there. NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group can be heard and get what you need. The group is free and confidential. The support group will help participants:
- Aim for better coping skills.
- Find strength in sharing experiences.
- Not judge anyone else's pain.
- Forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
- Embrace humor as healthy.
- Accept that we cannot solve every problem.
- Understand that mental health conditions are no one's fault and can be traumatic experiences
To learn more about NAMI Peer Connections Groups go to their website. For more information about our on-campus group and or if you are interested in being a NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group Facilitator contact brenner@kutztown.edu.

Patricia Ann Brenner, Counselor Education & Student Affairs / NAMI KU


General Education Curriculum Deadlines

The submission folder for the Thursday, Oct. 19, GEC meeting is now open on the GEC D2L page. As a reminder, all proposals must have been approved by the college curriculum committee before they are submitted to GEC. This is the last GEC meeting prior to the Thursday, Nov. 9, UCC submission cut-off for Fall 2024 effective classes, due to the freeze on the new curriculum based on the implementation of Banner. Any proposals that reach GEC after Sunday, Nov. 12, will not make the deadline and will not be effective until Spring 2025. If you have questions, please contact GEC@kutztown.edu.

Megan O'Byrne, General Education Committee

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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. 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)
In Case You Missed It

Deadline to Register for In-Person Attendance at PASSHE DEI Summit

The deadline to register for in-person attendance at this year's hybrid PASSHE DEI Summit at Shippensburg University (Nov. 8-10) is Tuesday, Oct. 10. There is no conference fee to attend in-person or virtually, and most meals for in-person attendance will be provided. Virtual registration is open until the start of the event. You can register at the link below. Please contact mishra@kutztown.edu with any questions. Additionally, if you know of any students who are interested in attending in person and need assistance with hotel reservations and/or transportation, please refer them to the email provided. The finalized conference schedule will be released soon.

Angelica Mishra, PASSHE DEI Summit Planning Committee


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 .