Daily Brief

Sept. 24, 2021

Photo of Old Main Clock Tower

KU GROWS IN NEW STUDENTS, RETENTION, DIVERSITY
KU welcomed 2,140 new degree-seeking students for 2021-22, while retention increased to 78%, the highest since fall 2008. Total enrollment for the 2021 fall semester is 7,675, down slightly from last fall (7,892 students). The university's increasingly high four-year graduation rate is a positive contributing factor to the reduction in total enrollment. KU's four-year graduation rate is 42%, which is a 5% increase over the prior year. KU's commitment to enhancing campus diversity also received a considerable boost with this year's first-year class. The class boasts an all-time high of 26% minority students. The overall diversity of the student body currently stands at 23%.
     University Relations

WEATHER

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

Pesky Great Lakes low will accelerate and move into northeastern Canada taking the clouds and rain with it. High pressure begins to influence the region, resulting in sunny skies and much more autumn-like temperatures. High temperature in the upper-60s. Winds west at 5-10 mph.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRESIDENT TO DEDICATE MEMORIAL TREES
Dr. Hawkinson will be dedicating two trees in Memorial Grove, 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in front of Rohrbach Library. We will be remembering those faculty, staff and students who passed away during both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years including students Louis Carbajal, Robert Carroll IV, Madison Cunningham, Katelyn Eder, Adnan Hazim, Albert Lee, Dmitri Piechota, Juan Reyes and Hannah Varn, and staff member Faith Riedel. Family members of these individuals will be present at the dedication. Everyone is welcome to attend.
     Amy Ridenour, Office of the President

EXCUSE STUDENTS FOR CLASS FIELD TRIP

Please excuse the following students from class on Friday, Sept. 24. They will be meeting at 11:45 a.m. to depart for a mandatory weekend field trip to Wallops Island, Virginia, in association with BIO/MAR 320 Physiological Ecology. Brolly,Ryan; Culp,Katherine Jane; Edris,Pamela; Feduchak,Abigail; Heffner,Brittany; Rulavage,Anthony; Weber,Caroline; Ziegelmeier,Zachary
     Wendy L. Ryan, Department of Biology

SECOND CET FALL PRESENTATION
The CET is pleased to offer the second CET fall presentation "Writing to Learn: Using Informal Writing Assignments in Any Classroom" by Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek from the Department of English. This CET presentation can be accessed through Zoom https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/390059274 at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 30. All are welcome, and participation certificates will be provided. Hope to see you then.
     Yun (Amy) Lu, The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching

5TH ANNUAL GENDER AND SEXUAL MINORITIES CONFERENCE

This year’s theme and focus is “Well-Being. Being-Well.” Dr. JonPaul Higgins presents the keynote address 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1, 218 McFarland Student Union. RSVP to attend event through Engage https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/7275662
     Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center

VETERAN ALUMNI SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS
Do you know a KU Alumni who honorably served or serves in the U.S. Military and serves their community by demonstrating a spirit of service that goes above and beyond? Nominate a well-deserving KU Veteran Alumni for the Office of Veterans Services’ Spirit Award which is presented during the annual military appreciation football game. Submit your nomination by Friday, Oct. 15, at https://forms.gle/GdjeMnKaCo94yKMfA.
     Office of Veterans Services

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date

Time

Event

Sept. 25

11 a.m.

Heemet Fescht
Heritage Center

Sept. 28

3 p.m.

Social Equity Policies Training
04 Old Main A-Wing (formerly LGBTQ+ Resource Center)

Sept. 29

9 a.m.

Rite-Aid Flu Clinic
Student Rec Center

Sept. 29

10 a.m.

COVID-19 Testing
Student Recreation Center

Sept. 29

10 a.m.

Faculty/Staff Photograph Session
223 McFarland Student Union

Sept. 30

11 a.m.

Memorial Tree Planting
Lawn, Rohrbach Library

Sept. 30

11 a.m.

CET Presentation: Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek
Zoom Meeting: 390059274

Oct. 1

11 a.m.

Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference
218 McFarland Student Union Building

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.

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 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.