Daily Brief

Sept. 21, 2023

6 university leaders from the Higher Education Council of Berks County

Leaders of Berks County Colleges

President Hawkinson joined university leaders from the Higher Education Council of Berks County Wednesday, Sept. 13, including Dr. Glynis A. Fitzgerald, Alvernia University; Dr. Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Albright College; Dr. Susan D. Looney, Reading Area Community College; Dr. Radha Pyati, Penn State Berks; and Dr. Karen Restifo, College of Medicine at Tower Health, Drexel University.

University Relations


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

Our luck with this amazing weather is going to run out sooner or later, but not yet today. Sunny skies and perfect under high pressure. High around 75.


Kutztown University Council of Trustees Meeting

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees will meet Thursday, Sept. 21, in the McFarland Student Union Building.
Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m.:
- Academic & Student Affairs Committee, 323 MSU.
- Finance, Property, and Audit Committee, 322 MSU.
- Human Diversity Committee, 325 MSU.
- University Relations & Athletics and Advancement Committee, 324 MSU.
The Plenary Session will begin at 3 p.m., 250 MSU.

Office of the President

Open Forum with Chancellor Greenstein

State System chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein will visit Kutztown University Friday, Sept. 22. An open forum will be held for the campus community 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 218 McFarland Student Union.

University Relations

Bagpipe Lessons

Are you interested in learning to play the bagpipes? The Kutztown Pipe Band offers free introductory bagpipe lessons to KU faculty, staff and students, as well as local community members. In-person group lessons are held 6-6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research beginning Thursday, Sept. 21. There is also a go-at-your-own-pace online course option available through D2L for KU community members. Experienced pipers and drummers are also invited to join the band, with band practices held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Contact sherrod@kutztown.edu for additional details and to reserve your spot, or stop by on Thursday evenings to check it out.

Laura Sherrod, Kutztown Pipe Band

Live Music and Folklife Demonstrations Headline the Fun at Heemet Fescht 2023

Heemet Fescht 2023, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, features live music in the barnyard, traditional crafts, folklife demonstrations, hearth cooking, live animals, children’s activities and more. Indulge your interest in regional folk culture at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center’s Heemet Fescht 2023, a celebration of the harvest and Pennsylvania Dutch farm life. Heemet (pronounced HAY-met) means “home” in Pennsylvania Dutch. Located on the historic Sharadin Farmstead, 22 Luckenbill Road, Kutztown, Pa. The event is free, fun and educational for the whole family.

University Relations


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

General Education Curriculum Deadlines

The submission folder for the Thursday, Oct. 19, GEC meeting is now open on the GEC D2L page. As a reminder, all proposals must have been approved by the college curriculum committee before they are submitted to GEC. This is the last GEC meeting prior to the Thursday, Nov. 9, UCC submission cut-off for Fall 2024 effective classes, due to the freeze on the new curriculum based on the implementation of Banner. Any proposals that reach GEC after Sunday, Nov. 12, will not make the deadline and will not be effective until Spring 2025. If you have questions, please contact GEC@kutztown.edu.

Megan O'Byrne, General Education Committee

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
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 1:30 p.m. Council of Trustees Committee Meetings
322, 323, 324 and 325 MSU
Sept. 21 3 p.m. Council of Trustees Meeting
250 MSU
Sept. 21 6 p.m.  Rape, Aggression and Defense Training 
Georgian Room, Old Main 
Sept. 21 6 p.m.  Bagpipe Group Lesson 
Wells-Rapp Center
Sept. 21 7 p.m. Planetarium Show: "Solar Superstorms"
Grim Science Building
Sept. 21 7 p.m. COVID Queertet
135 Rickenbach Learning Center
Sept. 22 11:30 a.m. Open Forum with Chancellor Greenstein
218, MSU
Sept. 23  11 a.m. Heemet Fescht
Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
Sept. 26 11 a.m.  Frederick Douglass Institute Open House 
Multicultural 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 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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