Daily Brief

Sept. 20, 2021

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KU CLIMBS IN U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKINGS
Kutztown University has been named a "Best Regional University" for 2022 in the U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. U.S. News lists KU as No. 123 in the first tier of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, two spots higher than last year. KU has been ranked in the first tier since 2011. Additionally, KU ranks No. 43 among Top Public Schools for Regional Universities in the North. KU was one of eight institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that were ranked in the first tier as regional universities.
     University Relations

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NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Hispanic Heritage Month is a national month-long celebration – Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 – to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Kutztown University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with month-long events and displays. Learn more about KU Multicultural Center events on their website or by contacting 610-683-4807 or multicultural@kutztown.edu. Additional events will be added, including movie nights and dance lessons. Follow the Multicultural Center on Instagram @KUMCC.
     University Relations

WEATHER

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

High pressure builds across New England. Sunny skies and seasonable temperatures are expected. High temperature in the mid-70s. Southeast wind at 5-10 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES FRONT OFFICE OPERATING HOURS
Due to staffing vacancies, the Facilities front office, including the Work Control Center and the key and lock office, will be operating under adjusted hours. The offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be closed noon to 1 p.m. Facilities-related emergency requests outside operating hours should be reported to Public Safety. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
     Deb Bond, Facilities Business Services

BUSINESS IDEA COMPETITION FOR KU STUDENTS
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 information sessions: 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, or 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 116 McFarland Student Union. 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

ROHRBACH LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE
Rohrbach Library’s annual open house is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21. Please encourage your students to take part in the library open house. Students will go on a
scavenger hunt that will take them on a journey through our resources, services and more. Those who successfully complete the scavenger hunt form will be entered into a prize drawing. This year’s grand prize is Beats wireless earbuds. More information can be found on Rohrbach Library’s website: https://library.kutztown.edu/openhouse.
     Shelby Baney, Rohrbach Library

KU PRESENTS! RETURNS FACE-TO-FACE
Kicking off our return of face-to-face shows, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, Schaeffer Auditorium, is the A Capella pop and rock group FACE Vocal Band. A hit on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and thrilling audiences around the globe, they perform hit tunes from the 1980s through today. Use your KU login, create an account and access discounted tickets to KU Presents!
     Amy Botwright, KU Presents

POSTPONED: FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
The Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch originally scheduled for Sept. 22 has been postponed. Contact Amy Ridenour (ridenour@kutztown.edu) with any questions.
     Offices of the President and Human Resources

JOIN US AT THE ALIVE! MENTAL HEALTH FAIR!
The Kutztown University Activities Board in collaboration with campus and community partners is hosting the first event Alive! Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23. Students will be connected to amazing resources throughout the fair that raise awareness about mental health. Our keynote speaker Dena Jackson will speak at noon followed by a screening of the film "A Reason to Live." For more information, please visit ENGAGE https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/7106809.
     Nykolai Blichar, Student Involvement and Community Outreach

UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

The University Curriculum Committee will meet at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, 200 Stratton. Contact Lisa Brennan at brennan@kutztown.edu with any questions.
      Lisa Brennan, secretary, University Curriculum Committee
 
FUNCTIONAL POTTERY THREE-WEEK WORKSHOP
Functional Pottery workshop will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and 18. Pinched pottery is a lot of things, but "boring" isn't one of them. In this three-week class, you will learn about the possibilities of pinching clay into functional pieces for your home. Kutztown’s Artist in Residence Lexie Koch will teach you how to build forms that can hold flowers, and you can also make a variety of other objects using these techniques. By the end of this class, you'll glaze and take your finished pieces home to enjoy. Reserve your spot by emailing kuclayclub@gmail.com today. Open to all KU community members. $50 for the workshop.
      Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

FARM TO TABLE DINNER - EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT OFFERED
Please support the Kutztown Folk Festival. Kutztown Folk Festival is presenting a Farm to Table Dinner Event at Rodale Institute Thursday, Oct. 14. Dinner by Dundore & Heister. Kutztown University employees may use the Promo Code: 2021KUFARM and receive a discount of $25 per person. For event details and to purchase tickets please use the following link: https://www.kutztownfestival.com/farm-table-dinner-event-rodale-institute.
     Linda Ernst, Kutztown Folk Festival

$250 BONUS OFFER FROM PSECU
PSECU - Pennsylvania's largest credit union - is pleased to offer a wonderful new member promotion to Kutztown University employees. Faculty and staff will receive a $250* bonus just for joining and meeting promotion requirements. For questions about banking with PSECU, reach out to Kutztown's PSECU manager, Kelly Ann Ryan at kryan@psecu.com. Use promo code FS250 when joining. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2OnWtyc.
     Kelly Ann Ryan, PSECU

FREE WALK-IN MATH TUTORING
The Department of Mathematics offers free walk-in peer tutoring for students in mathematics classes from MAT 17 through and including the calculus sequence. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this valuable resource. Tutors are available 2-5 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Locations vary by time, please see our website for additional information.
     Brian Kronenthal, Department of Mathematics

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

Sept. 20

5 p.m.

AFSCME Membership Meeting
220 Boehm Science Building

Sept. 21

10 a.m.

Rohrbach Library Open House
Rohrbach Library

Sept. 21

6 p.m.

Rock Gigs on Schaeffer Lawn
Alumni Plaza

Sept. 22

10 a.m.

COVID Testing
East Gym, Student Recreation Center

Sept. 22

7:30 p.m.

KU Presents! Face Vocal Band
Schaeffer Auditorium

Sept. 23

11 a.m.

University Curriculum Committee
200 Stratton Administration Center

Sept. 23

3 p.m.

KU Council of Trustees Meeting
250 McFarland Student Union

Date

Time

Event

Sept. 24

7 p.m.

VB vs. East Stroudsburg
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Video)

Sept. 25

Noon

VB vs. Georgian Court
Keystone Arena (Live Stats | Video)

Sept. 25

1 p.m.

WSOC vs. Shippensburg
Keystone Field (Live Stats)

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.