April 2021

Volume 3, Issue 9

  • Campus Announcements

    Survey: KU Parents & Family Bulletin
    We've launched our first readership survey for the bulletin. Please consider completing the survey below to allow us to provide the best product possible. The survey can be completed anonymously and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Survey Link: https://ncv.microsoft.com/J9oMZ4VwKD. Survey closes Friday, April 16. Thank you for your time.

    Wellness Days
    The university's next Wellness Day is Tuesday, April 20. No classes will be held. Wellness days, in place of spring break, are intended to give a break to our students and faculty throughout the semester and allow them to spend their time on other activities.

    In addition, the university is planning special programming for some of these dates for events and activities for students and faculty. We will mix things up with an all day, outdoor music festival where clubs and offices will join together and host their own mini wellness tables. We want our students, faculty and staff to relax, unwind, get well and have fun. Learn more about this programming at https://www.kutztown.edu/events/student-wellness-days.html.

    In addition, free COVID-19 testing will be available for all students and employees. Testing is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged to mitigate the risk to the campus community.

    Vaccine Information
    Pennsylvania has dedicated its COVID-19 vaccinations to local health networks for distribution. All Pennsylvanians age 16 or older will be eligible to schedule vaccination appointments beginning April 19. Read full details online.

    Pennsylvania residents should use the Department of Health's Vaccine Provider Map to find a vaccine provider nearest them. The department will continue to update the map as the federal government increases the number of pharmacy chains receiving vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership. People without internet access can contact the Health Hotline by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

    At this time, Kutztown University does not have any plans to directly offer vaccinations to its students or employees. We encourage our community to utilize resources through regional health networks for vaccination. We continue to monitor new guidance and protocols issued from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and will share information from our local health networks.

    At this time, there are no requirements for KU students or employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Academic Affairs

    Tutoring Services
    Continue your success with Tutoring Services. Whether your student is struggling in a class or just wants to get a better grade, free peer tutoring is available in both individual and group settings. Tutor requests can be made online in the student's MyKU account under academic services. A complete list of supported courses is available on our website. Online labs are available for business, CSC/IT, math and STEM courses (see schedules here). If your student has questions, contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu.

    Fall 2021 Recruitment
    Tutoring Services is currently recruiting peer tutors for Fall 2021. If your student is interested in this employment opportunity, please have them complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application. If your student has questions, contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu.

    Student Success Center
    Help your student end the semester strong with the Student Success Center. The Student Success Center offers academic skills workshops and one-on-one consultations on study skills, time management, note-taking and learning strategies to enhance success inside and outside the classroom. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess. If your student has questions, contact us at success@kutztown.edu.

    Career Development Center
    Is your student graduating? We are hosting numerous workshops throughout the rest of the semester to assist your student with getting their career rolling. Have them check out our schedule of events on our website.

    Maybe your student is still trying to decide on a major. We have workshops for those students as well as individual career coaching appointments. Encourage your student to attend a workshop and schedule with us at www.kutztown.edu/handshake.

    Kutztown University Writing Center Spring 2021
    Please have your student reach out to the KU Writing Center for help and to schedule a writing session concerning papers for any subject. We have in person and online sessions available. Please call 610-683-4733 or email wrcenter@kutztown.edu to setup an in-person appointment. To begin using the WCOnline site and schedule an online session, please go to https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Please see our website for additional helpful instructions and screenshots. Please direct any questions to wrcenter@kutztown.edu or pytleski@kutztown.edu.

  • Administration and Finance

    Online Billing Notifications and Texts for Parents
    Students can easily set up parents to receive billing emails and text messages. The student navigates to MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Parent PIN box. Students chooses Add/New and creates a PIN (username) for the parent comprised of letters and numbers. Once all the needed information is entered and they choose yes for emails and yes for texts, the parent will be emailed a special link to their version of the Payment Dashboard and they will now receive emails and texts. It's that easy. Remember, bills are statements, showing charges and payments; please check every time a notification is made.

    Summer 2021 Registration and Costs
    Summer 2021 registration opened mid-March. Summer costs are published online as well as our page dedicated to summer session payment information. Due dates are assigned based on the date the registration occurs. A payment plan is open now (MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard). 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.

    Fall 2021 Registration and Holds
    Students who have outstanding charges on their MyKU account may be prohibited from registering for the Fall 2021 semester until their balances are paid in full. We don’t want to see students miss their registration appointments and we 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 student waits, the more the classes they may want or need can fill up. Email KU's Office of Student Accounts for help and guidance on payment options at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4133 to leave a message for a call back.

    Fall 2021 Billing and Payment Plans (opened April 5)
    Fall 2021 bills are scheduled to be prepared around mid-July, but the actual rates may be advertised before that on our website. Remember, Fall 2021 payment plans opened Monday, April 5, for the six-payment plan. The sooner you sign up, the more payments you can break the amount due into. You can use today's rates as a guide to set up the plan and then adjust once the actuals are published or the bill is ready online. Need help calculating the amount you need the plan for? Email studentaccounts@kutztown.edu or call 610-683-4133 to leave a message for a call back.

    Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews (Perkins Loans)
    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 an exit counseling. This would be in addition to an exit interview for Stafford Loans (Stafford exit counseling is found under Manage 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 and mail it to the KU Card Office located at 107 Academic Forum or they can request one from their KU email account by emailing the KU Card Office at kucard@kutztown.edu. There is typically a $10 processing fee. Once the form is approved, the refund will be processed and mailed to the home address on your MyKU account within 2-4 weeks.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Community Outreach Center
    Does your student like doing community service? With the return to some normalcy in 2021-22, we hope to get back to doing more in-person community service with our community partners. If your student is interested in doing community service, please have them stop by the Community Outreach Center (281 MSU) or the Student Involvement Office (254 MSU) or email volunteer@kutztown.edu. We have both volunteer and some paid positions available.

    AmeriCorps NextSteps Program
    If your student would like to be an AmeriCorps member, we also have a program called NextSteps. By doing 300 hours of community service, they can earn an Educational Award of over $2,200 to go toward educational expenses. It also includes mentoring and personal and professional development opportunities. If interested, please email NextSteps@kutztown.edu for more information by April 16.

    Greek Unity Week's Virtual BoomBox Trivia
    BoomBox Trivia kicks off Unity Week at 7 p.m., Monday, April 12. Join us live to participate in four rounds of virtual trivia with prizes for the top-10 participants. This event is free and open to all campus students. Questions can be directed to Kean MacLelland at keamaclell@kutztown.edu. Link to event: https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6946837.

    Greek Unity Week's "Walk the Talk"
    Join Kutztown Greek Life and the It's On Us chapter for a walk to raise awareness of sexual assault prevention and education at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13. This walk will loop South campus and end at Andre Reed Stadium with short speeches and a candle lighting. This event is free and open to all campus students. Questions can be directed to Kean MacLelland at keamaclell@kutztown.edu. Event gather time is 6:45 p.m. at Alumni Plaza. Information about the event can be found at https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6946860.

    Greek Unity Week's Instagram Challenge
    Join Kutztown Greek Life in an interactive, online Instagram Challenge across campus Wednesday, April 14. This event is free and open to all campus students. Questions can be directed to Kean MacLelland at keamaclell@kutztown.edu. Link to the event: https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6946885.

    Greek Unity Week's Dine and Donate
    Join Kutztown Greek Life raise money to support Kutztown STRONG, a local community organization, Thursday, April 15. Check out our partnerships with participating restaurants. 10% of all purchases at participating locations will be donated to Kutztown Strong. This event is free and open to all campus students. Questions can be directed to Kean MacLelland at keamaclell@kutztown.edu. Learn more about Kutztown Strong at https://kutztownstrong.org/. Information about the event can be found at https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6946923.

    Greek Unity Week Live Finale
    Join Kutztown Greek Life for a live streamed finale to Unity Week at 7 p.m., Friday, April 16. The program will consist of a talent show, Greek Life superlatives and music video competition from our Greek chapters. This event is free and open to all campus students. Questions can be directed to Kean MacLelland at keamaclell@kutztown.edu. Livestream YouTube link: https://youtu.be/RY2K_2b-644. Information about the event can be found at https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6946960.

    The Defamation Experience, Interactive Theater
    Race, religion, class and gender collide in the riveting courtroom drama held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 19. You decide innocent or guilty. Check engage for virtual event link. Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and Office of Student Involvement. Questions can be directed to involvement@kutztown.edu.

    Drive-In Movie: The Incredibles
    Tell you family, friends and classmates to come out and enjoy the movie “The Incredibles” at the drive-in, located behind Lytle Hall on KU's Campus at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 24. More information can be found at https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6629754. Event is sponsored by Kutztown University Activities Board, McFarland Student Union, Kutztown Fraternal Council and KU Alumni Relations. Questions can be directed to involvement@kutztown.edu.

    Marvel Trivia and Drawing with Will Sliney
    Come and join the fun with a chance to win prizes by competing in Marvel Comic trivia at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 28. After trivia, Marvel artist Will Sliney will teach us techniques of marvel comic drawing. Sponsored by Kutztown University Activities Board, check engage for virtual event link at https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/6629751. Questions can be directed to involvement@kutztown.edu.

    Multicultural Center
    Hello there, spring! As the world opens up and the weather gets warmer, the Multicultural Center (MCC) would like to invite our students back to the Center for some interactive and socially-distanced events for the mind, body and spirit. Have some fun with us at "La Lucha Libre"/WrestleMania screen feast 5-11 p.m., Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11. Additionally, the MCC proudly presents the "Defamation Experience" via zoom, 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 19 (sign up on Engage).

    The MCC believes it is always a good idea to pay respect to the beautiful individuals who make up our diverse community. Our celebrations and reflections include conversation surrounding community, intersectionality, diversity, equity, inclusion and culture. All are welcome. Additional MCC spotlighted events are our weekly leadership workshops and diversity chats. For more information, contact the Multicultural Center at 610-683-4197, multicultural@kutztown.edu or quinones@kutztown.edu. Schedule of events can be found on Facebook @KutztownUniversityMulticulturalCenter and Instagram @kumcc. 

    Bearfest 42
    April 21-23 on the DMZ, KU students are invited to enjoy one of Kutztown University's longest-standing traditions. Event details will be shared on https://www.facebook.com/KUBearfest or https://www.instagram.com/kutztownbearfest/.

    Veterans Affairs Work Study Opportunity for Spring 2021
    Students enrolled for at least nine credits and using VA GI Bill military benefits may also be eligible for work-study benefits. In addition to their VA benefit, the VA will pay students a stipend ($7.25/hour, non-taxable). VA Work Study students support the Office of Veterans Services. Questions about the positions can be sent to veterans@kutztown.edu.

    Veterans Priority (Early) Registration for Fall 2021
    Fall 2021 early registration for veteran and military-affiliated students is open. Students should meet with their advisor before that date so their registration hold is removed. Once students have registered for classes, they must complete the online Enrollment Certification Form so they can use their military benefits for Fall 2021 at https://app.kutztown.edu/forms/?ID=SRVAEnrollCert.

    April is the Month of the Military Child
    April is designated as Month of the Military Child – a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Celebrate your military child and show him or her how great they are.

    Kutztown Senior Send-Off
    The Kutztown Senior Send-off is a co-sponsored event between the Off Campus Advisory Council, Kutztown Community Partnership and the KU Foundation, 3-10 p.m., Saturday, May 1. KU seniors can show off their cap and gown and march down Main Street. Meet at 3 p.m. at Alumni Plaza with a champagne toast with President Hawkinson before we walk down Main Street. Avalanche will also be available in cap and gown photos. Local restaurants (Camillo's, Mark's, Pop's, K'town Pub, and the Tavern) have partnered with us on this event. Main Street will be closed and seniors will be able to enjoy dinner at tables (socially distant) in the street with their friends and family. To make reservations please call 484-646-9069 between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or email KCP@hometownu.com. Reservation times are available at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Last day to make a reservation is Monday, April 26. Email questions to Amanda Garcia at agarcia@kutztown.edu.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office
    Current and prospective students who received disability support services in high school through an IEP or 504 plan or had accommodations while enrolled at another university may be able to receive similar support at KU. If your student has a documented disability and has not needed or received prior accommodations, but anticipates needing support in order to have equal access to programs, services or facilities at KU, they may also request services through the Disability Services Office (DSO). To request accommodations, visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/accommodations.

  • Housing and Dining

    Special Interest Housing
    Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services offers nine special interest housing communities for Fall 2021. New students will be able to apply from April 5 to May 7. To learn more, visit our our special interest housing website.

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Free KU Presents! Arts ALIVE! performances in April
    KU Presents! Arts ALIVE! brings free outdoor performances Friday evenings in April starting at 6 p.m. on the lawn behind Schaeffer Auditorium. Bring your chair or blanket and pick a spot to enjoy the show or watch the livestream from home. Free tickets for in person and streaming must be reserved online at www.kupresents.org or at 610-683-4092.

    Performances begin April 16 with Poor Man’s Gambit, a trio of traditional Celtic artists. On April 23, Living Standards presents a fresh jazz take on popular standards from the 60s and 70s. The series concludes April 30 with a double feature. Latin fusion band De Tierra Caliente kicks off the night with dancing rhythms. The dancing continues with SHARP Dance Company, a contemporary ballet troupe. The artists will also be featured on the KU Presents! podcast From the Green Room, which airs live at 4 p.m. every Wednesday on Facebook Live and YouTube.

  • KU Campus Store

    Textbook Sellback
    April 26 through May 8 at the KU Campus Store. Not able to visit in person? Virtual buyback is available at www.kubstore.com. Textbook sellback is a great opportunity to get cash back on course materials, up to 50%. We buy back books no matter where you bought them for the best price. For more information, visit https://kubstore.com/textbook-sellback.

    Virtual Sellback Now Available
    KU Campus Store is proud to launch Virtual Sellback, hosted by Nebraska Book Company. Students can conveniently view their textbook sellback quote online and receive a prepaid shipping label. The program is through May 22. Click here for more information: https://kubstore.com/textbook-sellback.

  • KU Foundation

    Honor Your KU Grad's Achievements
    Looking for a way to celebrate your Golden Bear? Consider having your graduate's name engraved on a brick in Alumni Plaza. Click here to learn how to purchase a brick in the plaza, one of the most popular spots on campus. Family and friends can also make gifts in honor of their graduate's achievements as part of our annual Class Gift campaign.

    Bears Band Together
    Last spring, members of the Kutztown University community came together to support KU students and the newly-created Bears Band Together Fund. More than $53,000 was raised to assist students facing financial challenges. The KU Care Team has distributed over $50,000 to students and anticipates running out of funds before the end of the semester. Will you consider a gift to ensure that no student is turned away when they most need assistance?

    Bears Band Together supports students who consider KU a second home and can provide:

    • Immediate support for students facing housing challenges or food insecurity.
    • Resources for emergency medical and mental health services.
    • Computers, course materials, and supplies for students who were otherwise unable to complete their coursework.
    • Assistance with emergency moving and transportation expenses,
    • Relief from financial concerns due to lost wages and jobs they depend on to pay for their education and support themselves or their families.

    Golden Bear Athletic Club Virtual 5K
    Dust off your sneakers and get ready to move in support of Kutztown University Athletics. Whether you're on a treadmill, jogging your neighborhood, walking around the block or cruising your favorite trail, the GBAC Virtual 5K is the No. 1 way to support KU Athletics right now. All funds raised will benefit KU student-athletes and teams in the form of scholarship support, relieving unexpected expenses due to schedule changes, upgrades of team equipment and uniforms, offsetting team travel, enabling facility improvements and so much more. Click here for more information and to register.

    Join the KU Alumni Association's Virtual Book Club
    Connect with fellow Kutztown University alumni, faculty and staff as you read and discuss various book genres such as lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other topics. The current selection, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, is simultaneously a compelling family drama and an explosive exploration of racism and prejudice in America. We are excited to start reading soon and to hear all your thoughts on the online forum. Join here.

    Stay Updated on Foundation News
    New and returning parents of KU students: do you want to learn about the impact that the Kutztown University Foundation has on student scholarships, athletics and experiences? Complete this form and return it to info@kuf.org to receive communications that show the impact of philanthropy and how you can get involved to help today's students.

    Connect with Us

    The KU Foundation has been raising funds to support the students, faculty, programs and capital needs of Kutztown University since 1983, and the Alumni Relations team works hard to enhance the experience of KU grads. With the generous support of KU alumni and friends of the university, we've raised millions of dollars for student scholarships, endowment, building projects, academic programs, athletics and more.

    Check out our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

  • Campus Affiliates

    There's Still Time – Students Can Get $100
    PSECU's “Get $100” promotion is ending May 15. Kutztown University is proud to offer credit union membership with PSECU to our campus community. With PSECU, students may achieve their financial goals before and after they graduate. Perks include free checking and savings, a cash rewards debit card, an easy-to-use mobile app and alerts to keep tabs on money. For a limited time, students can get $100 when they open a checking account with a debit card and add online or mobile banking. For promotion rules and to get started visit www.psecu.com/students. Contact Kutztown University’s PSECU manager, Kelly Ann Ryan, at kryan@psecu.com for more information.

  • Dates to Know

    KU Central Calendar
    A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.

    Web Registration for Fall 2021 classes by appointment times only.

    April 12-27.

    Last day to permanently withdrawal from the university or request a Leave of Absence for the Spring 2021 semester.

    Monday, April 19

    Wellness Day. No classes held.

    Tuesday, April 20

    Open enrollment for Fall 2021.

    April 28-30

    Registration for Fall 2021 closes; reopens Aug. 20.

    Friday, April 30

    Last day of classes.

    Saturday, May 1

    Last day to withdraw from a class for Spring 2021 and receive a grade of “W”. There is no withdrawal from individual courses after this date.

    Saturday, May 1

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.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

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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