Daily Brief

Sept. 19, 2022

Dr. Daniel Greenstein

Open Forum with Chancellor Greenstein

State System chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein will visit Kutztown University Thursday, Sept. 29. An open forum will be held for the campus community at 11 a.m. in 183 McFarland Student Union. Please mark your calendars if you would like to attend.

University Relations

Heemet Fescht Returns Sept. 24

Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is set to host Heemet Fescht 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, where attendees can treat themselves to live music in the barnyard, traditional crafts, folklife demonstrations, hearth-cooking, live animals, children’s activities, book signings by local authors and much more. The Heritage Center’s Heemet Fescht is a celebration of the harvest and Pennsylvania Dutch farm life.

University Relations

Lytle Welcome Back Carnival

Lytle Welcome Back Carnival

Please join us at the Lytle Welcome Back Carnival, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Lytle Lawn, as we let students know about the departments of English, history and math. We will have lawn games, pizza and prizes for the students. The carnival is an opportunity for them to seek more information, meet the professors or join a club.

Anne Cardinal, Department of History


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

High pressure moves offshore allowing a low pressure to pass to our north. A weak cold front will try to produce some shower and thunderstorm activity in the afternoon. High temperature near 83.


Road Closure

South Campus Drive between Deatrick Hall and Beck Hall will be closed Sept. 19 and 20.  A contractor will be working in the manhole in the middle of the road. Please avoid this area and thank you for your cooperation.

Kyle Mills, Facilities Maintenance

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Food Drive

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Incorporated and Student Involvement Services will be holding a Pantry Food Drive from Sept. 12 - 26. We will have three drop off locations available for your convenience: the Multicultural Center lobby; the Stratton Administration Center lobby; and the McFarland Student Union information desk. We accept donations of non-perishable food in jars, cans and new hygiene products. We recommend canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, snack bars, crackers, rice, sauce, and pastas. Thank you for your support.

Amanda Garcia, Greek Life Office

Drumming Circle and Enhanced Relaxation

Health and Wellness Services are pleased to share we are hosting a Drumming Circle 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, MSU Multipurpose Room. The program includes a drumming and sound bath which uses crystal, singing bowls and gongs for enhanced relaxation. Bring a Yoga Mat or Towel, and we recommend you sign up on  ENGAGE@KU 

Frances Cortez Funk, Health Promotions

Body Image, Mindfulness and Rest Easy Groups

The Counseling Center will have three groups that provide a space for students to learn skills for building self-compassion, mindfulness and improving your sleep. See below for more info.
-Body Image Group- From Self-Criticism to Kindness meet 3 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 25-Nov. 22.
This group will provide a space for students to learn skills for building self-compassion and kindness, as well as opportunities to offer support to one another. Topics will include: Fostering an attitude of kindness towards self and others, building self-esteem through self-acceptance, learning and using mindfulness and meditation to facilitate resilience, motivation and self-confidence.  
-The Mindfulness Group meet Tuesdays 11–11:50 a.m. Oct. 11 - Dec. 6. 
The benefits of mindfulness are feeling emotionally calmer, having an awareness and acceptance of the present moment, learning skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression and cultivating kindness and compassion for  yourself and others. 
-The Rest Easy Sleep Group, for students with insomnia and sleep issues, meet Fridays from 1 -1:50 p.m. Oct. 28 – Dec. 3. 
Learn about sleep and some common causes of insomnia, develop your own stress-management practices, learn anxiety reduction skills and effective strategies for improving sleep, create a plan for healthy sleep, practice mindfulness skills.
Please call the Counseling Center at 610-683-4072 to join. 

Laurane McGlynn, Psychology, Counseling and Psychological Services

Dungeons and Dragons Group

Join a small band of barbarians, bards, rangers, and rogues on an epic adventure to:  Improve social skills with peers, increase self-esteem and self-confidence, enhance your ability to express yourself and your needs assertively. This group is for students whose anxiety gets in the way when meeting new people and/or managing new situations. Learn and build skills and confidence to face these situations head on in a fun and adventurous way. Please call the Counseling Center at 610-683-4072 to join. Facilitated by Jill Sober-White, LPC and Jenn Hanson, LPC.                                         

Laurane McGlynn, PsyD, Counseling and Psychological Services

Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfer Students

Please join the Office of Admissions in welcoming Briana Zdradzinski back to KU. Briana is a two-time KU alumna who worked with the New Student Orientation Program and the Office of the Registrar as an undergraduate student and as a graduate assistant.  She is also bringing experience from her previous position as a transfer articulation specialist at West Chester University. You can find Briana in the KU Transfer Center in Old Main.     


Guest Speaker in Sales Class

Caity Persing of Community Brand, a KU graduate, and former student of Dr. Murshed, was a guest speaker in the latter's Personal Selling and Sales Management (MKT 330) class. It was a highly interactive and engaging session where students got a broader view of the real-life sales exposure. They were made aware of various current business scenarios and situations in different niches. Overall, Caity provided a unique perspective into an entry-level sales job and an honest assessment of career in sales.   

Feisal Murshed, Business Administration

A Special Thank You

I would like to thank my co-workers and friends for the cards, monetary gifts and kind words during the recent death of my father. Your thoughts and kindness were very appreciated.

Sue Ritzko, Custodial Services


Attention Faculty: Noncredit Learning Opportunities

The Office of Extended and Lifelong Learning is offering two noncredit opportunities for the KU community. Please call Lori at 610-683-4478 by Monday, Sept. 19, if you have the interest and credentials to facilitate these events.
- Tips for Identity Theft Protection (one session).
- Stitches in Time: A Journey with the Folk Festival’s Quilt Barn (3 sessions).

Lori Lentz, Office of Extended and Lifelong Learning

Second CET Fall Presentation

The CET is pleased to offer the second CET fall presentation "Starfish and Student Retention: Progress Surveys and Early Intervention Part I" by Cheryl Brattley, Starfish Program Manager. This CET presentation can be accessed 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, through Zoom here. Presentation details including abstract and speaker's short bio can be found on the CET website here. Everyone is welcome and participation certificates will also be provided.

Yun (Amy) Lu, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching

Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker

Commencement speaker applications are being accepted from undergraduate students graduating this fall. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 17.  Please direct any interested students to https://www.kutztown.edu/events/commencement.html for more information and an application.

Nancy Brynildsen, Student Success & Academic Excellence

Research Committee 2022-2023 Guidelines Now Available

The Research Committee provides funding to faculty and administrators to facilitate their research. The 2022-2023 Guidelines are now available. Please follow the link below for more information. New this year, a letter of intent must be submitted to Heather Arbuckle at arbuckle@kutztown.edu by Monday, Oct. 17, with the title of the proposal only. We are requiring a letter of intent, so the office knows how many proposals to expect. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 31. Please note that there is $70,000 available for funding grants. The Research Committee will make awards in December 2022.

Heather Arbuckle, Grants and Sponsored Projects

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Sept. 19 5 p.m. AFSCME 2234 Membership Meeting
103 Academic Forum
Sept. 20 10 a.m. Open House
Rohrbach Library
Sept. 20 11 a.m. Lytle Welcome Back Carnival
Lytle Lawn
Sept. 20 3 p.m. Social Equity Policies Training
Room 04, Old Main, A-Wing
Sept. 22 11 a.m. University Curriculum Committee
Sept. 22 11 a.m. CET Presentation: Starfish
Sept. 24 All Day Family Day
Sept. 24 11 a.m. Heemet Fescht
Heritage Center

Date Time Event
Sept. 21 7 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. West Chester
Keystone Field (Live Stats | Live Video)
Sept. 24 12 p.m. Football vs. Shepherd (Family Day)
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Stats | Video | Radio)
Sept. 24 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Frostburg State
Keystone Courts
Sept. 24 1 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Frostburg State
Keystone Courts

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.