Daily Brief

Sept. 19, 2023

U.S. News and World Report Rankings for Best Regional Universities

Kutztown University has been named a "Best Regional University" for 2023-24 in the U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. U.S. News lists KU as No. 116 in the first tier of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, five spots higher than last year. KU has been ranked in the first tier since 2011. Additionally, KU ranks No. 42 among Top Public Schools for Regional Universities in the North, two spots higher than last year. KU was one of six institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that were ranked in the first tier as regional universities.

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KU Wraps Comprehensive Campaign

The Kutztown University Foundation unveiled the impact of "Together, We’re Golden: The Campaign for Kutztown University" Saturday, Sept. 9, revealing that $46,852,180 was raised to create scholarships, bolster emergency funds and enhance student experiences. The campaign, the largest in the university’s history, had two goals: raise $40,000,000 and strengthen KU’s network by engaging with alumni and friends for 40,000 hours. The engagement goal was also exceeded, totaling 56,734 hours.

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

High pressure generally positioned over northeastern Ohio will bring the return to fair skies today with a cool northwest breeze. High temperatures around 72.


The Wall That Heals Coming to Kutztown

The Wall that Heals is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. It provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin. The Wall is coming to the Borough of Kutztown Sept. 21-24, at Kutztown Park. It will be escorted to the Park Tuesday, Sept. 19, by police cars and approximately 100 motorcycles. The escort will travel up Main Street and turn left on Normal Avenue, the intersection with the university, at approximately 1 p.m. No parking signs have been added on the north side of Main Street. If you are interested, please consider viewing The Wall’s entrance to Kutztown as it passes KU. Learn more at https://www.vvmf.org/The-Wall-That-Heals/.

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KU Campus Store Fall Fest

Stop in KU Campus Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to win 30% off apparel and fun prizes.
- Special discounts on select apparel, gift and art supplies.
- Free prizes with our spin to win wheel.
In-store only | While supplies last

Kyle Rex, KU Campus Store

World Mental Health Day

Did you know …
- About two-thirds of all college students say they are negatively impacted by overwhelming anxiety.
- More than 40% of college students screen positive for symptoms of depression.
- 1 in 5 college students report having thoughts of suicide in the last three academic years.
We are in the middle of a world mental health crisis and the college students we serve are no exception. The best way to combat mental health concerns is to break the stigma and talk about them, generating information not only on the concerns themselves, but also on warning signs, causes and ways to alleviate the pressures and stressors of being a college student. This is why the Office of Disability Services is planning a campuswide event in observance of World Mental Health Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, across campus. Want to be part of this event? Email DSO assistant director Megan Rutter at rutter@kutztown.edu by Monday, Sept. 25.

Megan Rutter, Office of Disability Services

Donations of Period Products Needed

With the start of a new semester, The Women’s Center and KU Food Pantry is in need of period products. Donations can be dropped off at Boxwood House year-round. Students can pick up free self-care items 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Boxwood House during the semester.

Diane Biehl, Women's Center


Early Alert Progress Survey Available - Registration Link Corrected

The Fall 2023 Early Alert Progress Survey will be available for faculty in Starfish beginning Tuesday, Sept. 19, and will remain open through Thursday, Sept. 28. Faculty are encouraged to use the survey to send kudos to students as words of encouragement, to acknowledge good work, and to reinforce student success early in the semester. Faculty can also raise flags of concern for attendance issues, missing/late or low-scoring assignments, or submit a fully customized academic concern flag. Every kudos and flag template has the option to add custom content; two options are completely customizable. All message templates can be viewed in Starfish D2L. Please email starfish@kutztown.edu with questions or

Cheryl Brattley, The Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence

Discover the World at the Study Abroad Fair

We extend a formal invitation to you to motivate your diligent students with aspirations of enriching their academic horizons through international education to participate in this event. The Study Abroad Fair is poised to serve as a conduit to a realm of cultural exchange, personal development and academic distinction. It stands as an indispensable resource, affording students the opportunity to explore a myriad of diverse study abroad prospects that lie ahead. This event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 218 McFarland Student Union Building. Your support in encouraging student participation is greatly appreciated.

Melissa Lincoln, Vice Provost and the Dean of Graduate Studies

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 Term Advertise To
2023-0148 NEW-Web Content Specialist FT 10/8/2023
NEW-Electronic Systems
Technician (internal)
FT 9/22/2023
NEW-Art Education Department
Secretary (internal REPOSTING)
FT 10/2/2023
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
2023-0100 Patrol Officer Trainee FT Continuous
2023-0137 Director of Clinical Services FT 10/1/2023
Administrative Assistant 1
Confidential (internal)
FT 9/24/2023
2023-0144 Medical Records Assistant
10 months
FT 9/24/2023
2023-0146 Director of International Education
& Global Engagement (Western Region)
FT 9/24/2023
2023-0152 Assoc Dean College of Education FT 11/1/2023
23-24 Asst
223-24 Asst Athletic Coaches PT 6/28/2024
23-24 Clerical
Asst Pool
23-24 Clerical Asst Pool FT 6/28/2024
23-24 Custodial
23-24 Custodial Worker 1 Pool FT 6/28/2024
OOC-23-11 SAP Business Analyst
Finance – Ariba Support
FT 9/24/2023
OOC 23-12 Linux Analyst FT 9/24/2023
Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Sept. 19 10 a.m. Rohrbach Library Open House 
Rohrbach Library 
Sept. 19 11 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
de Francesco Building
Sept. 19 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
Georgian Room, Old Main 
Sept. 21 11 a.m. "If Not Now, Then When?"
145 Boehm Science Center
Sept. 21 11 a.m.  Comp Conversations Workshop 
6 Rohrbach Library | Zoom 
Sept. 21 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
Georgian Room, Old Main 
Sept. 21 7 p.m. Planetarium Show: "Solar Superstorms"
Grim Science Building
Sept. 21 7 p.m. COVID Queertet
135 Rickenbach Learning Center
Sept. 23  11 a.m. Heemet Fescht Return 
Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
Date Time Event
Sept. 22 7 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. East Stroudsburg
Keystone Arena Live Video | Live Stats 
Sept. 23 11 a.m.  Field Hockey vs. Mercyhurst
Andre Reed Stadium Live Video | Live Stats 
Sept. 23 1 p.m.  Women's Volleyball vs. Lincoln 
Keystone Arena Live Video | Live Stats 

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 .