April 2019

Volume 1, Issue 2

  • Academic Affairs

    Plan Now for Spring 2019 Commencement: May 10-11
    Kutztown University will celebrate its spring commencement exercises on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. All ceremonies will take place in O'Pake Fieldhouse. Full information can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/commencement, and questions should be directed to commencement@kutztown.edu. On Friday, May 10, graduate and doctoral students will receive their degrees at 5 p.m. On Saturday, May 11, undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences will graduate at 9 a.m., and undergraduate students in the Colleges of Business and Visual and Performing Arts will graduate at 2:30 p.m.

    Commencement Tickets
    Each degree candidate will be allotted admission tickets for relatives and friends to attend the commencement ceremony. The number of candidates applying for graduation determines the actual number of tickets each student receives. Tickets were distributed to students at the Graduation Festival on March 25-26. If students were unable to attend the Graduation Festival, tickets will be included with their purchase of academic regalia in the KU Campus Store Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 10, 2019, during normal business hours.

    End of Semester Stress
    As the end of the semester nears, many students experience anxiety and stress. This is a great time to let your student know that you are thinking of them by sending a care package of some favorite snacks! You can also encourage them to discover ways of reducing that stress by checking out the resources available to them at Student Health 101. Feel free to check it out yourself, as there are lots of great health and wellness tips for everyone.

    University Writing Center Available to All Students
    The University Writing Center is a free service for students, offering advice and assistance with writing assignments for any course or subject. Tutors can assist you in improving your composing process, as well as with development, organization, style, documentation, and mechanics. The UWC is located in Rohrbach Library 100c on the main floor. Hours are Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri 11-5, and Sunday 2-9. Please call 610-683-4733, email wrcenter@kutztown.edu, or come into Rohrbach Library 100c to set up an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome! Learn more.

    Family Access to MyKU Account
    Students can grant access to a family member in MyKU by using the 'Share My Information' link, located in the KU Academic Services tile. Students can choose which information their family sees such as grades, holds, to-do list, class schedule and to make a payment. MyKU will send an email to the family member with instructions on how to create an account. View the MyKU Delegated Access Resources to learn more.

    Communication Studies Career Day: April 12
    The Department of Communication Studies will hold its Career Day on Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in MSU 157. Students will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in event planning, health communication and public relations. In addition, information sessions on graduate school and internships will be organized, offering the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of a Communication Studies degree. For more information, please visit the Communication Studies website.

    Rohrbach Library Extended Hours and Stress Relief Week
    Rohrbach Library will offer extended hours until 2 a.m. during finals week for students to access our resources. Students can reserve a study room on our website for a private space to do group work, or head to the Quiet Study Area located on the second floor for a quiet place to study! Rohrbach Library is also offering several stress relief resources the week before finals. The Lehigh Valley Therapy Dog group will be visiting on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. for pet therapy. Stress relief kits filled with snacks, stress balls, fidget spinners, study materials and more will be distributed during stress relief week. Look out for our VIP Study Room Giveaway on our Facebook page the week before finals for a chance to win all-day access to a private study room stocked with study materials such as a whiteboard, note cards, sticky notes, highlighters, snacks, and much more!

    Winter 2020 Study Abroad in London, England
    Kutztown University will offer a study abroad experience in central London for the sixth consecutive year this coming winter session. Students from any major can earn General Education credits with KU faculty experts in political science, mathematics and psychology. Applications are now being accepted.

    Tutoring Services
    Tutoring Services are available to assist students both individually as well as in a group setting.  If your student needs a tutor, please have them contact
     tutor@kutztown.edu or stop by the office located in Rohrbach Library room 30. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.

    First-Generation College Students
    First Gen at KU is a program at Kutztown University designed to celebrate and support first-generation college students. First-gen students have unique strengths and challenges that deserve to be acknowledged, celebrated and supported. Visit the First Gen at KU website for more information and resources.

  • Administration and Finance

    Summer 2019 Course Registration Now Open
    Summer 2019 course registration is now open. Summer Costs are published online as well as a page dedicated to summer session payment information. Due dates are assigned based on the date the registration occurs. A payment plan will be available, and we encourage planning in advance to get the most payments. Students do not have to be enrolled yet to sign up for the payment plan.

    Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews
    Students planning to graduate in May will want to ensure that they have cleared all balances in MyKU. Those that have received a Perkins Loan at any time during their enrollment will require completion of exit counseling. This would be in addition to an exit interview for Stafford Loans.

    Bear Bucks Refunds 
    Students who are graduating or withdrawing from Kutztown University may request a refund of the unused funds in their Bear Bucks account. The student will need to complete the "Bear Bucks Account Closure" form either in the KU Card Office located in the Academic Forum, room 107, or they can request one from their KU email account by emailing the KU Card Office at kucard@kutztown.edu. There will be a $10.00 account closure fee, which is deducted from your Bear Bucks remaining balance. Once the form is approved, the refund will be processed and mailed to the home address on your MyKU account within 2-4 weeks.

    Fall 2019 Course Registration & Holds
    Students who have outstanding charges on their MyKU account may be prohibited from registering for the Fall 2019 semester until these balances are paid in full. We don't want to see students miss their registration appointments and encourage all students and families to check their MyKU accounts now to clear any balances. If the student misses their appointment, they can still clear their balance and register later; however, the longer students wait, the greater chance the classes they may want, or need, can fill up. Call Student Accounts for help and guidance on payment options today at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4133.

    Fall 2019 Billing & Payment Plans
    Fall 2019 bills will be prepared mid-July after the PA Board of Governors sets the tuition rates for next year; however, payment plans will open much sooner! Our six-payment plan will open on April 30. The sooner you sign up, the more payments you can break the amount due into. Estimated 2019-2020 tuition & fee costs are on our website. Need help calculating the amount you need the plan for? Contact Student Accounts - they are happy to help - at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4133.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Bearfest 41
    April 24-27 marks the 41st annual Bearfest. Bearfest is one of Kutztown University's longest traditions - an event filled with fun activities for students to enjoy the end of the year, a couple of weeks before finals. Bearfest always ends on a Saturday, a day when we invite the community to join as well. Students can find out more information by liking Bearfest on Facebook, or by looking for fliers posted around campus in April.

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our campus is committed to stopping sexual assault while supporting survivors. On Thursday, April 11, the KU Women's Center, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (student club), It's On Us, Safe Berks, and the KU Veterans Services office is partnering to host the Clothesline Project, Walk a Lap for a Survivor (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), and Take Back the Night (7-9 p.m.), in the MSU Multipurpose Room. For more information, contact the Women's Center at 610-683-4655, womenscenter@kutztown.edu, or see our full calendar of events. Like us on Facebook.

    Learn More about the GLBTQ Resource Center
    At the GLBTQ Resource Center, we provide a safe space for all students, support and advocacy for students in the LGBTQ+ community, while also educating the campus on issues related to LGBTQ+ identities.  Every-other Friday at 6:30 p.m., we host a support group for trans and non-binary identified students. Please contact the Director, Christine Price, at price@kutztown.edu for more information. Visit our webpage for all our services and KU resources. Follow us on Facebook.

  • Housing and Dining

    2019-2020 On-Campus Housing Room Selection
    Students who still wish to participate should contact the Housing Office, at housing@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4027, so arrangements for participation can be made since the deadline has passed. Students who are required to live on campus, but did not participate in room selection, will be assigned housing based on availability by the end of March.

    2019-2020 On-Campus Housing Cancellation
    Students who do not wish to live on campus for the 2019-2020 academic year, but have completed the housing process, must cancel their housing in the Housing Office, 106 Old Main, prior to June 30, 2019. After this deadline, students who cancel their housing will be assessed a cancellation fee. Students who are required to live on campus, under the residency requirement policy, must have an approved residency exception on file prior to canceling their housing.

    Returning Students Meal Plan Selection Calendar
    Returning students can select a meal plan today by completing the Meal Plan Application on their MyKU Housing page. Meal plan selection is now open and runs through July 15, 2019. Please direct questions to the Housing & Dining Office at 610-683-4027, or by email at kudiningservices@kutztown.edu.

    New Students Meal Plan Selection Calendar
    New students can select a meal plan, beginning July 3, 2019, by completing the Meal Plan Application on their MyKU Housing page. Students living in traditional style halls must select a MyTime Dining 24/7 meal plan option. Meal plan selection opens July 3 and runs through July 15, 2019. Please direct questions to the Housing & Dining Office at 610-683-4027, or by email at kudiningservices@kutztown.edu.

    Options for Dealing with Poor Cell Phone Coverage
    If your student is experiencing poor cell phone service in their dorm room due to the strength of their provider's signal, please know, they can enable WiFi calling over the university's ResNet. Information on how to enable.

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Arturo Sandoval Returns to Kutztown University April 16
    10-time Grammy Award winner and trumpet master Arturo Sandoval makes his return to KU Presents! on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval is one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. Join us and experience one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time. KU Students can purchase $10 tickets with KU ID at the MSU Information Desk. General tickets are $38; $34 for students and seniors, and are available at the MSU, www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling 610-683-4092. 

    Stay Connected with Campus and Downtown Kutztown 
    Stay connected with downtown Kutztown with the "Kutztown, PA" mobile app from the Kutztown Community Partnership. The mobile app features area news, events calendar, business directories, points of interest, deals and specials, and much more. Download today by searching for "Kutztown, PA" on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

    Visitor Parking / Parking Permits
    Kutztown University welcomes visitors to campus. However, all guests must obtain a temporary parking pass before parking in any lot other than the metered spaces in lot A1 by the McFarland Student Union. If visiting a campus department, visitors can typically obtain a parking pass from the department's secretary. Passes may also be obtained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the Public Safety Communications Center located in Old Main 15. Campus visitors should present their photo ID and vehicle registration to secure a temporary permit. Once visitors have obtained their parking pass, they can park on campus in specially designated parking spots marked with green lines across campus. If these spots are unavailable or in inconvenient locations, visitors may park their vehicles in any non-reserved space on campus, provided that their temporary and valid parking pass is displayed on their rearview mirror. If special arrangements are needed, please call Public Safety & Police Services at 610-683-4002.

    Easter on the Farm this Saturday, April 13
    Experience the best of Pennsylvania's Easter traditions at Easter on the Farm on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public and parking is by donation. Read more.

    Tune In to KU's Award-Winning Student Radio Station
    Kutztown University Radio (KUR) is KU's award-winning campus radio station broadcasting student-operated music, informational talk and sports programming 24-hours-a-day year-round. Listen to KUR, a recent recipient of seven runner-up trophies at the national IBS Awards, anywhere in the world by simply downloading the "TuneIn" app on your device and searching for "KUR" or "Kutztown". Any student can join KUR and learn radio either front or behind-the-scenes. Email kur@kutztown.edu for more information.

  • KU Campus Store

    Textbook Sellback 
    Textbook sellback is scheduled for April 29 through May 11, in the KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace. Sellback is a great opportunity to get cashback on course materials, up to 50 percent! We buy back books, no matter where you bought them, for the best price. More information.

    Textbook Rental Return
    Textbook rentals are due Saturday, May 11, in the KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace. If you would like to buy your rental out, please stop by the KU Campus Store before May 11. Textbooks not returned by May 11, will be considered late and subject to fees. More information.

  • KU Foundation

    Support KU during the 1866 Challenge
    You could choose where to make an impact, during the 1866 Minute Giving Challenge. On April 25-26, our KU community will come together as one! In 1,866 minutes, we will empower Kutztown's students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to take part in the giving event dedicated to all things Golden. There will be incentives, challenges and matching gifts that will help inspire even more participation in giving. Please visit www.kuf.org/1866challenge for more information. Join the Roar on April 25-26 and make your gift! Are you in?

  • Dates to Know
    Easter on the Farm April 13
    Course Registration for Fall 2019 April 15 - May 2 (by appt.)
    KU Presents!: Arturo Sandoval April 16
    Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Deadline April 22
    Bearfest 41 April 24-27
    1866 Minute Giving Challenge April 25-26
    Last Day of Classes for Spring 2019 May 4
    Final Exams May 6-10
    Commencement May 10-11
    Grades Available in MyKU May 14 (after 8 p.m.)

Persons with a disability, and who require an 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.

Nondiscrimination 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 University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at pena@kutztown.edu or 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 email at OCR@ed.gov.

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