Daily Brief

Sept. 12, 2023

Leaders of University’s Historic Fundraising Campaign Honored with Kutztown University President's Medal

Robert C. Landis and Scott A. Dorn ’79 were presented with Kutztown University President’s Medals Friday, Sept. 8, for their leadership as Kutztown University Foundation Board presidents during the university’s largest comprehensive campaign in school history, "Together, We’re Golden: The Campaign for Kutztown University." Through the course of "Together, We’re Golden," the KU Foundation created 135 new scholarships for students; brought an award-winning national hotel chain to the Kutztown community; worked with donors to bring their philanthropic visions to life on campus with projects like the Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research; DeLight E. Breidegam Building: Headquarters of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center; Fred and Martha Hafer SEM Lab; Nancy Jean Stump Seiger ’54 Botanical Research Center; Beebe Family Conference Room in the newly renovated de Francesco Building; growth the university’s endowment; and exceeded $10 million in fundraising for the first time.

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Hungarian Pianist János Kéry in Guest Artist Recital Sept. 12

Kutztown University’s Department of Music welcomes Hungarian pianist János Kéry for a lecture-recital on the Hungarian Rhapsodies of composer/pianist Imre Székely at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, Schaeffer Auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Daniel Immel at immel@kutztown.edu or at 610-683-1592.

University Relations


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

Patchy early fog. Otherwise, partly sunny and humid with the smallest chance of an isolated shower or thundershower, but unlike the prior few days, most areas should remain dry. High around 80. Much less humid air begins to move in Wednesday and Thursday behind a cold front.



I am pleased to announce that tenure has been granted to the following faculty members effective with the 2023 Fall Semester:
- Bradley Congelio, Sport Management
- Michael Covello, Art & Design
- Marco Ehrl, Communication Studies
- Kristina Fennelly, English
- Saehwa Hong, Business Administration
- Jonathan Joy, Cinema, Television and Media Production
- Gregory Kaufinger, Business Administration
- Brandon Krieg, English
- Sandra Leonard, English
- Andrew Miness, Secondary Education
- Megan O’Byrne, Communication Studies

Kenneth Hawkinson, Ph.D., Office of the President

Sept. 11 Remembrance Tribute Library Display

Thank you to every one who attended Monday's 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. For those unable to attend, please visit our 9/11 Remembrance Tribute Display, first floor, Rohrbach Library, near the coffee shop. The tribute includes rare 9/11 coins, a photo with the actual metal steel shavings from the Twin Towers and additional tribute items. The display will be available until Nov. 15.

T. Brown, Military and Veterans Services

Open Hour with Provost

Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop by and chat with Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost, during her open office hour at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, Bears Den, MSU. Faculty and staff who would like to have a conversation, but whose time does not work, are welcome to contact the Office of the Provost at 610-683-4155 to schedule a time to meet.

Anne Imschweiler, Office of Provost

Rape, Aggression and Defense Training

Rape, Aggression and Defense Training (RAD), provided by Public Safety and Police Services, is free to female students, faculty and staff. You must attend all three sessions to complete the RAD program. Email dsantos@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4860 to sign up. Trainings will be held: 
- 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 22A Old Main.
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, Georgian Room, Old Man.
- 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, Georgian Room, Old Main.

Danielle Santos , Department of Public Safety and Police Services

Rohrbach Library Open House

Please join us for Rohrbach Library's Annual Open House 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.
It's also a wonderful way to acquaint new students with the services and resources in the library.
It features a scavenger hunt that takes students throughout the building and to our website to answer specific questions. Students who complete it are eligible to win prizes. Please contact Sylvia Pham at spham@kutztown for more information.

Sylvia Pham, Rohrbach Library

Food for Thought: Wheel Throwing Workshop with Victoria Baron

Do you wish you had something to pour maple syrup from beside a sticky bottle? Or maybe you wish you had a salad bowl that could fit enough kale for your daily serving of folate. In this workshop, we will use the pottery wheel to create functional pieces with our favorite foods and beverages in mind. These can be as simple as a salad bowl, or as complex as a breakfast set with a teapot and pouring vessel for your maple syrup. We will cover basic wheel throwing and combining multiple components to create more complex pieces 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 20 to Nov. 8, 108 Sharadin Arts Building. Cost is $125 one-time fee per person for the entire eight-week workshop. All skill levels are welcome. Contact kuclayclub@gmail.com for more information or to reserve your spot.

Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Clay Club

Ignite! Kutztown Fall 2023: Call for Speakers

Ignite Kutztown will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, and is looking for speakers. The basic idea behind Ignite is - What’s the nerdy passion you want to share with other people? Make a five-minute speech about it, with 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. This can be anything you’re passionate about, really – from a hobby to a research subject to a general interest. Thus far we’ve had topics ranging from "The Last of Us" to "Apples" to playing with action figures as an adult and many others. Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome to attend and speak. If you are interested in speaking or learning more, please contact Emily Cripe, at cripe@kutztown.edu.

Emily Cripe, Department of Communication Studies


Call for Applications for Assessment Faculty Fellow

The Office of the Provost announces a call for applications for an open position as an Assessment Faculty Fellow that begins January 2024. This position is open to any full-time faculty member with at least three years of experience at Kutztown University. For a full listing of requirements, responsibilities and how to apply, please visit the Office of Assessment website here. The deadline for application is Monday, Oct. 2.

Bethany French, Office of the Provost

UCC and Registrar’s Statement on Curriculum Change Freeze for Fall 2024

With the rollout of the new software system known as Banner, a freeze on entering curriculum information is needed during the migration to the new system. Because of this, any curriculum changes (new courses or changes to existing courses, new programs or changes to existing programs and FYS Topics) that need to be in effect for the Fall 2024 semester, must be considered on or before the Thursday, Nov. 30 UCC meeting (and submitted to SharePoint no later than noon Thursday, Nov. 9). Any proposals submitted to UCC after Thursday, Nov. 9 until September 2024 will not be effective until Spring 2025. 

R. Todd Rober, University Curriculum Committee

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 in 207 Lytle during the following hours:
- 2-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
- 3-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 

Brian Kronenthal, Department of Mathematics

Business Idea Competition Orientation Session

The Kutztown University Business Idea Competition provides students of all disciplines an opportunity to develop their creative business ideas, receive valuable feedback from business professionals, and a chance to win up to $2,500. Finalists will present their business ideas to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs.  Please encourage your students to attend one of our two orientation sessions being held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, or 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 201 de Francesco Building.

Kaitie Bowen, College of Business

Research Committee 2023-2024 Guidelines

The Research Committee provides funding to faculty and administrators to facilitate their research. The 2023-2024 guidelines are now available, please follow the link below for more information. A letter of intent must be submitted to Heather Arbuckle at arbuckle@kutztown.edu by Monday, Oct. 16 with the title of the proposal only. We require a letter of intent, so the office knows how many proposals to expect. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 30. Please note that there is $70,000 available for funding grants. The Research Committee will make awards in December.

Heather Arbuckle, Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects

Employment Opportunities

These are the non-instructional positions open on our online job board at http://employment.kutztown.edu (Menu to OOC postings):

Job Number Job Title Status Advertise To
2023-0152 NEW - Associate Dean of College of Education FT 11/1/23
2023-0149 NEW-Academic Department Secretary
Physical Sciences
FT 9/15/23
2023-0051 Vector Control Specialist FT Continuous
2023-0069 Vector Control Specialist FT Continuous
2023-0070 Groundskeeper / Laborer FT Continuous
2023-0077 Patrol Officer FT Continuous
2023-0083 Night Maintenance MR2 HVAC/Plumbing Tu-Sa FT Continuous
2023-0088 PT Veteran Services Assistant PT 9/11/23
2023-0100 Patrol Officer Trainee FT Continuous
2023-0144 Medical Records Assistant - 10 months FT 9/24/23
2023-0146 Director of International Education & Global Engagement FT 9/24/23
23-24 Asst Coaches 23-24 Assistant Athletic Coaches PT 6/28/24
23-24 Clerical Asst Pool 23-24 Clerical Assistant Pool FT 6/28/24
23-24 Custodial Pool 23-24 Custodial Worker 1 Pool FT 6/28/24
OOC 23-11 SAP Business Analyst for Finance – Ariba Support FT 9/24/23
OOC 23-12 Linux Analyst FT 9/24/23
Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Sept. 12 10 a.m. Anthropology and Sociology Open House
464 Old Main (fourth-floor D-wing)
Sept. 12 7 p.m.  János Kéry Guest Artist Recital
Schaeffer Auditorium
Sept. 13 1 p.m. Open Forum: Asst Dean LAS
202 Academic Forum
Sept. 14 11 a.m. Faculty Promotion Information Session
Sept. 14 11 a.m. Fall Cookie Chat
CEL, 6 Rohrbach Library
Sept. 14 3 p.m. Provost Open Hour
Bears Den, MSU
Sept. 14 7 p.m. Bagpipes Calling
Schaeffer Auditorium
Sept. 15 1 p.m. Open Forum: Asst Dean LAS
202 Academic Forum
Sept. 18 5 p.m. AFSCME Monthly Meeting
200 Academic Forum
Sept. 18 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
22A Old Main 
Sept. 19 10 a.m. Rohrbach Library Open House 
Rohrbach Library 
Sept. 19 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
Georgian Room, Old Main 
Sept. 21 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
Georgian Room, Old Main 
In Case You Missed It

Register for PASSHE DEI Summit Nov. 8-10

Don't forget to register for the third annual PASSHE DEI Summit happening Nov. 8-10, both virtually and in person, at Shippensburg University. This year's theme is "The Power of Community: Uniting to Amplify Voices and Foster Well-Being." There is no conference fee to attend and there are virtual and in-person options for participation. The registration link and more information are available below. This year's keynote speakers are Dr. Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, Heather McGhee and Dr. Jonathan Metzl. Please feel free to email mishra@kutztown.edu with any questions.

Angelica Mishra, PASSHE DEI Summit Planning Committee


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 .