Daily Brief

September 23, 2020

Logo for PA Unites Against COVID. Add Your Phone to the COVID Fight. Two cell phones say COVID ALERT PA.

PENNSYLVANIA LAUNCHES CONTACT TRACING APP
COVID Alert PA is a free mobile app created by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, along with Google and Apple, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. COVID Alert PA will send you a notification if you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The app uses Bluetooth and Exposure Notification System technology developed by Apple and Google. The app is voluntary, but the more Pennsylvanians that download it, the more effective it will be at stopping the spread of the virus. Add your phone to the fight and download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Learn More.
     University Relations

WEATHER

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

High pressure slides to our southeast. Mostly sunny skies are expected although there may be some haze from the smoke aloft. Warm air advection will allow temperatures to climb a little more than previous days. High temperature in the upper-70s. Winds west at 10-15 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

INCREASED RETENTION, 2,300 NEW STUDENTS THIS FALL
Kutztown University welcomed 2,310 new students, while retention increased by 3.13% for the 2020-21 academic year. Total enrollment for the 2020 fall semester is 7,892, down slightly from last fall (8,199 students). New students rose by 3.3% from last year and includes 1,532 freshmen, 442 transfers and 336 graduate students. Retention of first-time, first-year undergraduate students increased to 77.32%, while persistence (the percent of overall undergraduates who continue from year-to-year) jumped 1.56% to 66.57%. The increase in retention rate is the highest for the university since 2010. In addition, the average high school GPA of the fall 2020 freshmen class increased from 3.19 to 3.26, the highest for the university in the last 15 years. Read More.
     University Relations

NO ON-CAMPUS FLU CLINIC
Due to space constraints this fall, we are not scheduling an on-campus flu clinic for 2020. However, Rite Aid, 23 North Elm Street, Kutztown, will be able to give you a flu shot at your convenience. Please bring your insurance card or Caremark card and the completed form to Rite Aid, and they'll be able to give you the flu shot. https://fs7.formsite.com/kutzuniv/images/FluConsentForm.pdf
     Jeanette Forster, Human Resources

SECOND CET FALL PRESENTATION
Sept. 24
The CET provides the second session of our Fall CET Presentation Series "Tips and Tricks to Make a Zoom/Remote Class Interactive," presented by Dr. Kristen Bazley, 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24. This Zoom session can be accessed at https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/390059274. All are welcome, and participation certificates will be provided. Hope to see you there.
     Yun (Amy) Lu, Center for Educational Technology

KU BUSINESS IDEA COMPETITION 2020
Kutztown University Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is hosting a Business Idea Competition for all KU students. This is a great opportunity for students to gain experiential learning and win a cash prize. Students are to attend one of the competition orientation sessions: 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, and 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/92395910376 Meeting ID: 923 9591 0376 For more information visit www.kutztown.edu/business-idea-competition. Please share with your students and encourage them to participate.
     Paige Brookins, KU Entrepreneurial Leadership Center

THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS INSTITUTE DISCUSSION SERIES
Sept. 30
Please join the Frederick Douglass Institute’s first virtual presentation in the 2020 Fall Discussion Series featuring Dr. Brenda Muzeta, Department of Secondary Education. She will present: “(Re) Conceptualizing Transnational Identities: Language and Culture in Zambia,” 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 30, via Zoom. Please click the link below to join the virtual presentation. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91981541381?pwd=aDRDdGI4d096RlZ3NHZCS2RrdWFjdz09
     Yessica Gutierrez, The Frederick Douglass Institute

MOCK INTERVIEW MANIA

The Mock Interview Mania program is going online this semester. Juniors and seniors can complete one, approximately 15-20 minutes, recorded mock interview and have a friendly/experienced employer volunteer review and comment on it. Faculty and staff, please encourage our students to sign up by completing this quick survey: https://kutztown.joinhandshake.com/surveys/50784. The deadline to participate is Oct. 16. These mock interviews are general in nature and are a great opportunity for students to practice interviewing. Contact the Career Development Center with any questions.
     Jeann Cengeri, Career Development Center

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 23

2 p.m.

PASBDC: Amazon Brand Registry Webinar
https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27176

Sept. 24

11 a.m.

CET Presentation Series
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/390059274

Sept. 24

11 a.m.

University Curriculum Committee
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91950007023
Meeting ID: 919 5000 7023

Sept. 24

3 p.m.

Craig Johnson and Greg Dottor Retirement
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/97266509631
Meeting ID: 972 6650 9631

Sept. 25

Noon

Miller-Keystone Blood Drive
Keystone-O'Pake Fieldhouse
https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81785

Sept. 26

10 a.m.

Heemet Fescht
https://www.facebook.com/PGCHC  

Sept. 30

11 a.m.

The Frederick Douglass Institute Discussion Series
https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/91981541381?pwd=aDRDdGI4d096RlZ3NHZCS2RrdWFjdz09

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.