Daily Brief

Sept. 1, 2023

Schuck Named 2023 Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Nancy Schuck, custodial worker, Facilities, on being named the 2023 Kutztown University Employee of the Year. Schuck was named the Employee of the Year during KU's Faculty and Staff Convocation and Celebration held Friday, Aug. 25. Schuck, Employee of the Month for November 2022, was one of twelve finalists for the annual award. Schuck has been with the university since 2007. As Employee of the Year, Schuck received a $300 monetary award sponsored by President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, an engraved glass award and reserved parking for one year in their preferred parking spot.

University Relations

Princeton Review Ranks KU as One of Best in Region for 21st Straight Year

Kutztown University has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges in the Mid-Atlantic Region by The Princeton Review for 2024. The education services company is widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides. KU is among 97 institutions named to the regional list. Kutztown University has been included in the regional list in 21 consecutive rankings, dating back to the 2004 rankings released in August 2003.

University Relations

National College Colors Day

Show your support as a Golden Bear and grab yourself maroon and gold apparel at KU Campus Store. Save 25% on apparel and gift while supplies last, excludes other sales and promotions.

Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store


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

Carbon copy of yesterday. Sunny, fair, and very pleasant as high pressure remains in control. High temperature near 77.


President’s Response to the Commission on the Status of Minorities JEDI Report

President Hawkinson's response to the Commission on the Status of Minorities Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Report is posted on the Commission’s webpage at Commission on the Status of Minorities - Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion Commission - Kutztown University.

Office of the President

Welcome to the 2023 SECA Campaign

As commonwealth employees, we can make a difference in our communities through charitable giving. Here are a few highlights regarding this year’s campaign:
- This year’s theme is "Blazing a New Trail."
- The campaign runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 27.
- The State System goal is $111,053.
It’s simple to set up your pledge using ESS, http://portal.passhe.edu. For more information, please refer to the SECA website, www.seca.pa.gov.

Pam Rex, Office of the President

Michelle Kenstler and Gregory Shelley (Psychology) Win Best Paper Award

Michelle Kenstler, a senior psychology major, and her faculty advisor, Dr. Gregory Shelley, chair of the Department of Psychology, were awarded the Best Paper Award at the summer meeting of the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR) in Boston, Ma. The paper entitled, "Love of Nature in the Time of Climate Change: Examining Eco-Anxiety, Nature-Relatedness, and Resilience Among Environmental Science Majors," compared levels of eco-anxiety, nature-relatedness, resilience, pro-environmental behavior and feelings of self-efficacy and social support among environmental science and non-environmental science majors. If you would like more information about the study, please contact Michelle Kenstler (mkens130@live.kutztown.edu) or Dr. Shelley (shelley@kutztown.edu).

Department of Psychology

Labor Day Special Hours

Special Hours for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4:
- 1-11 p.m. Student Recreation Center
- 6-7 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. Keystone Hall Pool

Tracy Turner, Student Recreation Center

Doodle Day Is Coming to KU

Doodle Day 2023 is coming to KU 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 (rain date Sept. 12). Win prizes for doodling. Stop by tables set up outside the McFarland Student Union Building and Sharadin Arts Building. The first 200 doodlers receive a free felt tip marker and doodling pad. Doodling helps concentration and recall. Join in the fun. Sponsored by Fran Cortez-Funk, KU Health & Wellness Services; Essence Fine Art & Literary Magazine; AIGA; NAEA; Shoofly; the KU Clay Club and the KU Art Club.

Fran Cortez-Funk, Health & Wellness Center

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Sept. 4
All Day
University Closed
Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 5 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doodle Day
MSU and Sharadin Arts Building 
Sept. 6  3-6 p.m. Boxwood Bash Open House 
Boxwood House 
Sept. 7 4 p.m. University Senate
103 Academic Forum

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 .