Daily Brief

Sept. 27, 2023

Wall That Heals tractor trailer

Wall That Heals

"The Wall that Heals," a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. designed to travel to communities throughout the United States, came to Kutztown earlier this month. It was escorted to its location at Kutztown Park and passed the university, where KU Police Sgt. Barry Althouse can be seen saluting the wall as it passes by campus.

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

Remnant low that was once Ophelia moves southeastward as strong high pressure builds in from the north. It will be our first pleasant day in some time. Mostly sunny conditions are expected. High temperature near 65.


Vice President Jesus Peña Announces Suspension of His Retirement

At the urging of Kutztown University President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Vice President Jesus Peña will be remaining in his position for the foreseeable future. President Hawkinson said, “Though VP Peña informed me last year of his intent to retire this December, he has agreed to suspend his letter of retirement to a future date to be determined. His unique skills, background and experience make him indispensable at this time and he has kindly agreed to stay. I am grateful for this sacrifice on his part and his action speaks yet again to his professionalism and commitment to Kutztown University.” 
VP Peña wishes to express his appreciation for the many messages of congratulations he received after the announcement of his retirement and looks forward to continuing to support the faculty, staff and students of Kutztown University, the State System and other audiences.

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Kutztown Pipe Band

The Kutztown Pipe Band (KPB), a student group at KU and a nonprofit group in the Borough of Kutztown, has been involved in multiple community events this month. The KPB provided pipers for the 9/11 remembrance ceremony held on campus Monday, Sept. 11, hosted a free educational and musical production at Schaeffer Auditorium which was advertised broadly and open to both the campus community and the general public Thursday, Sept. 14, participated in the Berks Fiddle Fest at Bear Creek Sunday, Sept. 17, and provided a group of pipers for the candlelight vigil that was held at The Wall That Heals Memorial Friday, Sept. 22. These are in addition to the free community concert the KPB held as part of the Kutztown Summer Concert Series at the Kutztown Band Shell, with approximately 300 audience members in attendance. The KPB is led by Physical Sciences faculty, Dr. Laura Sherrod.

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Seventh Annual Gender & Sexual Minorities Conference

The Seventh annual Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. The keynote speaker, Kat Blaque, will present 10 a.m. in 218 McFarland Student Union. There will be sessions available for faculty, staff and students to attend at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Please see our website for the full schedule of presenters and session information. Faculty, please encourage your students to attend. If you would like to attend the conference, please register on Engage

Diane Biehl, LGBTQ+ Resource Center


Graduate Research Fund

Conference presentation grants provide financial support to graduate students to present and disseminate the results of their research or scholarly activities at academic conferences related to their current field of study. Graduate students who qualify may receive up to $1,000. The Office of Grants & Sponsored Projects is assisting with the application process. For more information, please follow the link below.

Heather Arbuckle, Grants & Sponsored Projects

Tutoring Services

Tutors are available for most 100 and 200-level courses and some upper-level courses. Academic Peer Mentors (APM) are available to all students. Students can sign up for an APM or tutor directly in Starfish using the tutor link next to their course or by using the "I Need Help" button in Starfish. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this resource. Tutoring Services is located 26 Rohrbach Library. Contact Tutoring Services at 610-683-4207 or tutor@kutztown.edu with questions or visit the website for additional information.

Adam Troxel, Tutoring Services

Upcoming Events
Date Time Event
Sept. 27  7:30 p.m. The Wallflowers with Jakob Dylan
Schaeffer Auditorium
Sept. 28 11 a.m.  University Curriculum Committee
Sept. 30 All Day Family Day
Oct. 1 2 p.m. KU Presents! Sugar Skull
Schaeffer Auditorium
Oct. 2 2 p.m. President's Open Hour
301 Stratton Administration Center 
Oct. 5 10 a.m. CEL Discussion
6 Rohrbach Library
Oct. 6 10 a.m. Gender & Sexual Minorities Conference Keynote Speaker
218 McFarland Student Union
Date Time Event
Sept. 27 5 p.m.  Women's Swimming vs. Shippensburg
Keystone Pool
Sept. 27  7 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Bloomsburg
Keystone Field (Live Video | Live Stats
Sept. 29  Noon  Men's Tennis vs. Jefferson
Keystone Courts
Sept. 29 Noon  Women's Tennis vs. Jefferson
Keystone Courts
Sept. 30 10:30 a.m. Women's Tennis vs. Moravian
Keystone Courts
Sept. 30 10:30 a.m.  Men's Tennis vs Moravian 
Keystone Courts
Sept. 30 Noon Football vs. East Stroudsburg
Andre Reed Stadium (Live Video | Live Stats)
Sept. 30 1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Mansfield 
Keystone Field (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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