August 2019

Volume 2, Issue 1

  • Academic Affairs

    Fall into Success - Master your time this fall!
    Did you know that Time Management is the most requested workshop held by the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA)? There is only so much time in a day. Your students still need to study, sleep, maybe work, and attend to other obligations that take up time. For college courses, students should study at least two-to-three hours outside of class for each hour in class. Students can attend a CASA Success Workshop on Time Management and other topics to help them be successful. Visit the CASA website to learn more at

    Is your student mentioning they want to change their major?
    Suggest they make an appointment with the Career Development Center. Our office is located at 113 Stratton. We can begin the conversation about career goals and help them choose the major that is best for them. Our phone number is 610-683-4067. You can also share with them that we have extended Quick Question Walk-in Hours the first week of school when students can drop-in to talk about their change of major questions: 9-11:30 a.m., Mon, Wed, Fri, and 1-4 p.m., Tues, Thurs.

    Encourage your students to take a career assessment. The Journey Career Assessment allows students to learn more about their personalities and potential majors that correspond to their interests. Direct your students to

    On-Campus Student Employment
    Students looking for on-campus employment are encouraged to attend the On-Campus Employment Workshop 11-11:50 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, in 250 McFarland Student Union. This will introduce students to Handshake, KU’s job posting website, as well as tips and tricks for applying to on-campus opportunities. Visit for more info.

    Tutoring Services
    Lay the foundation for a successful semester with Tutoring Services. Whether your student is struggling in a class or just wants to get a better grade, peer tutoring is available in both individual and group settings. To request a tutor, students can stop by Tutoring Services, 30 Rohrbach Library, or complete a request on their MyKU account. Office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday.

    Act 101
    Does your student have financial and academic needs that could possibly hinder their success in college? The college experience can be both exciting and bewildering, and the Act 101 program is here to help. Funded by a grant from PHEAA, our services are free to students with demonstrable academic and financial need. Through regular meetings in a variety of venues, we take the mystery out of financial aid, interacting with professors, choosing a major, test-taking and note-taking strategies, and other matters related to the academic year. Students will meet with faculty, administrators and professional staff who are all dedicated to their success. Some returning students serve as peer mentors, giving new students the benefit of their experiences. We track our students’ progress each semester so we can celebrate with them when they excel and help them in a timely manner if help is needed. We succeed when our students succeed. Please feel free to contact Act 101 faculty director, Dr. Patricia N. Derr, at for additional information and application forms.

    Rohrbach Library Open House
    The Rohrbach Library will host its annual Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17. This event introduces students to many of the library's resources and services in the form of a building-wide scavenger hunt. The hunt includes stops at several departments/service points, includes database searching and gives students an opportunity to meet the people who work there. As always, students who complete the scavenger hunt will be eligible for prizes! More information can be found at

    Resources Available at the Rohrbach Library Information Desk
    The Rohrbach Library has some great equipment for students to check out at the Information Desk. We have DSLR cameras, camcorders, graphing calculators, laptops and iPads. All equipment can be borrowed for seven days. Course reserve books are also available to use in the library. Just bring your KU ID card to check out any of these items. E-Reserves (electronic course reserves) are always available to view from the library website at

    Rohrbach Library Fall Hours beginning Monday, Aug. 26:

    • Sunday: 2 p.m.-midnight
    • Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m.-midnight
    • Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • *hours may be adjusted for holidays and exam week

    Getting Connected
    Kutztown University provides a secure high-speed wireless network throughout campus. Students can connect to the campus Wi-Fi network by following instructions available on the Information Technology website. Limited wired connections are available for residential students.

    Cable TV Services
    Kutztown University recently upgraded cable services provided to residential students. With this upgrade, students now have more than 80 high-definition channels from which to choose. We have also added additional viewing options for on-campus students via Stream 2 IP Television. In order to receive channels via the university provided television service, a television must contain a QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) digital tuner. Since 2006, most major television manufacturers have installed QAM digital tuners; however, there are some models that may still not have QAM capabilities. Please check to make sure your television is compatible with our campus service.

    If your television does not support a QAM tuner, you have the option to purchase a digital converter box. A list of compatible digital converters can be found on the Information Technology website.

    You now have the ability to watch live TV and sports on your computer, tablet, and phone via Stream 2 Television service. Please visit the Information Technology website for more information.

    Getting Technical Assistance
    Students can obtain technical support by contacting any of the Information Technology Help Centers located throughout campus. We are located in the 201 Stratton, 204 Academic Forum and 15 Johnson Hall (west wing entrance). Requests can be submitted by contacting the help center at 610-683-1511 or via email at Please see the Information Technology website for more information.

    Printing at Kutztown University
    Kutztown University provides on-campus printing capabilities to resident and commuter students. Print centers located in the Rohrbach Library and campus computer labs can be accessed by using mobility print services or by logging into an existing print release station. In the fall, students will also be able to utilize ‘email to print’ services. Please visit the Information Technology website for more information.

    Kutztown University provides numerous low-cost and no-cost software application for use while enrolled at the university. Software applications include Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Mathmatica, Minitab, SPSS, Norton Security Deluxe, and many others. Students can use the web-based version of Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote online at Alternatively, students can download and install Microsoft Office on up to five personal devices including desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. More information can be found on the Information Technology website.

    D2L Student Orientation
    Are you a new student, or a student who has never taken an online class? Would you like to learn more about D2L, KU’s online classroom? If so please visit our D2L Orientation page. This series of short videos cover the basics from course navigation to online discussions, along with using Zoom web conferencing for live online meetings. Our orientation materials are fully accessible and provide links to more in-depth support documents.

  • Administration and Finance

    Fall 2019 balances
    Some students still owe money for the Fall 2019 semester. To locate the exact due dates of specific charges – MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Charges Due. To avoid late fees holds and losing classes for non-payment, remember that changing classes, room assignments or meal plans can cause a bill to change. Please check MyKU to ensure all charges are either paid in full or that pending aid and payments have cleared the bill. 

    If you see a note in the Holds section that says ‘Fall Classes Safe’ – that is a positive hold blocking late fees and the dropping of classes. If you see a note in the Holds section that says ‘Pending Funds’ – this is just an informative note; it is not blocking late fees or class drops. Questions regarding missing aid should go to Financial Aid Services, 610-683-4077. Billing questions should go to Student Accounts, 610-683-4133. It is not too late to apply for additional funding options if needed. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile.

    Bookstore Accounts – Excess Aid
    Many students take a little more aid than needed for the bill in anticipation of using that aid for purchasing books. This is great; however, the aid and refunds don’t disburse and release until around the third week of the semester. We don’t want anyone to have to wait for their books so we offer a Bookstore Account program for students who have their aid in Pending Status that exceeds their costs. A few requirements are needed to request this online. Requests start Monday, Aug. 12, and end Friday, Sept. 6. Purchases are made in the KU Campus Store. One request per semester (fall and spring only).

    Vehicle Registration / Parking Permit for 2019/2020 – open now!
    All students who wish to park on the Kutztown University campus at any point Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. must register their vehicle(s) with Parking and Transportation Services. While parked on campus, must properly display an authorized parking permit. The cost is $30 per semester or $50 for the year. Vehicle registration, for those operated by students, must be completed online in MyKU. Students must enter their vehicle information as reflected on their vehicle registration and state-issued driver’s license. Once the necessary steps are completed and the permit is purchased, MyKU will provide a printable temporary permit which, when placed on the dashboard of the registered vehicle, allows students to park on-campus immediately and for up to seven days. This gives students ample time to secure their permanent permit from Parking and Transportation Services located at 107 Academic Forum.

    Commuters and residents alike have multiple parking lot options on campus. After registering their vehicle through their MyKU account, students can refer to the campus map to see where their designated lots are according to the number of credits they have completed and the parking permit they received. Visit the Resident Student Permits and Off-Campus Student Permits pages for more information on student parking permit options. Check out our hints to avoid parking tickets on campus.

    Are You Mailing To Students Who Live On Campus?
    To ensure the mail gets delivered timely and accurately, there are some things to remember about addressing letters and packages to students who live on campus. DO NOT use or include Kutztown University. Simply use the student's name of record, room and building, Kutztown, PA 19530. Three samples are:

    • 80 Golden Bear Vlg S Rm ###A (South is building number than the room at the end)
    • 199 Golden Bear Village W (West is simply room #)
    • ###B Dixon Hall (room # and any other residence hall)

    Student Employment Clearance Process
    On-campus student employment opportunities are posted through the Career Development Center’s website. Once a student has accepted a job offer, they must:

    • Print payroll and obtain documents for the I-9 Form (acceptable documents for I-9)
    • Bring completed payroll packet with I-9 documents to HR in the Kemp Building
    • Receive work authorization card at HR and show it to your supervisor
    • When you receive an email from Student Payroll, read and follow instructions to begin child abuse clearance. STOP at payment code, save and exit.
    • Schedule fingerprinting appointment
    • Report to the Kemp Building for your fingerprinting appointment with work authorization card and acceptable ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, etc.)
    • When FBI clearance result arrives, bring them to HR within 90 days
    • *The stamped work authorization card shows proof that a student has completed the necessary payroll paperwork and is authorized to work on campus.
  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Move-In Information
    Greetings Golden Bear Families. It is hard to believe that we are just a few short weeks from having our students back on campus. How exciting! Residence Life is looking forward to kicking off a new year. The professional, graduate and undergraduate staff working within the department will be present and happy to assist students and their families as they move into their residence hall space and get acclimated to campus. Move-in days for returning students are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, Friday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 25. First-year students are scheduled to move-in Saturday, Aug. 24. Information will be sent to all incoming freshmen in regards to their specific move-in time. Specifics about room dimensions and what you can and cannot have in the residence halls can be found on the residence life webpage. We look forward to seeing you when you move in!

    Bear Essentials Marketplace
    From 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, on the DMZ (the large lawn surrounded by residence halls), residents and their families are invited to check out the Bear Essentials marketplace under the large tent. This will include representatives from various offices around campus, a plant sale, poster sale, campus store apparel sale and a room necessities sale. Some of these sales are cash only.

    Welcome from Residence Life
    The Residence Life Staff is here to serve as a resource to our students, families, and guests. We are diligently working to get our halls ready and plan activities and events that will enhance each Golden Bear’s overall KU experience. It is our hope that our students will take the time to get to know the staff and take advantage of the services that we provide. It is our goal to provide a place to make friends, create memories and call home. If you have any questions, please contact us at 610-683-4027 or

    Getting Involved on Campus
    Would your student want to get involved on campus? Awesome! There are many opportunities for students. Kutztown has more than 200 student organizations for you to get involved with several different categories such as academics, civic engagement, diversified focus, faith-based, Greek life, residence halls, special interest, media and publications, sports and recreational, and visual and performing arts. Students are encouraged to visit the Fall Involvement Fair at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, in 218 McFarland Student Union. This is a perfect opportunity to see what clubs and organizations you are interested in at Kutztown. There’s not only opportunity to interact with other students but there’s also a chance to win prizes and enjoy free food. The Kutztown University Activities Board also puts on a slew of different events and excursions to attend and most importantly, have fun! For more information on the clubs & organizations at KU, visit or contact

    Sorority Recruitment
    Interested in going Greek at Kutztown? Kutztown’s College Panhellenic Council is looking for new sorority members that are passionate about community service, academic achievement, and sisterhood. The CPC consists of six National Panhellenic Conference chapters: Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Theta Phi Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha. Why should you go Greek? Membership in a Greek organization provides students with many opportunities to form new friendships, perform community service, raise money for fantastic philanthropies and promote leadership and academic opportunities. Recruitment will take place Sept. 12-16. Students should plan to attend all events if interested in joining a chapter. For more information on sorority recruitment or how to sign up, please visit: or contact Maria Mendolia at

    Welcome Weekend 2019
    We are ready to welcome the Class of 2023 Aug. 24-25, as part of Welcome Weekend 2019! Highlights include a New Student Kickoff, Academic Scavenger Hunt and Convocation. Follow us at #Goldenbearbeginning

    Family Day T-Shirts for Sale through Aug. 28
    Want to look good on Family Day (Sept. 21) and help support a good cause? Purchase a KU Family Day T-shirt by Thursday, Aug. 28, online. Funds from T-shirt sales support community service done by KU students through the Student Volunteer Coalition. Buying supplies, helping with transportation costs, food for projects like the soup kitchen, crafts and games for our projects with after school programs, etc.

    McFarland Student Union Movie Series
    The McFarland Student Union offers a free showing of the latest released movie each week with several showings from Thursday to Sunday. Movies are shown in 183 McFarland Student Union, the Alumni Auditorium. Please click here for a full listing of movies along with show dates and times.

    Inclusion Centers Open House
    Did you know that we have several centers on campus that are open to all students, to help promote diversity, multiculturalism, and provide safe spaces for students? Although these centers are not the only programs and services provided for students in the area of diversity education, they do provide year-round staffing and spaces for students to visit. During Welcome Week, the centers will be hosting open houses in the form of a progressive dinner activity. The open houses are Thursday, Aug. 29. The KU Inclusion Centers invite your students to a progressive dinner starting with appetizers at 5 p.m., Multicultural Center, followed by dinner at 6 p.m., 4 GLBTQ Center, then dessert at 7 p.m., in 126 Old Main, the Women’s Center. The Centers welcome everyone. Please stop by to find out about our activities, services, and opportunities. If you have any questions about our inclusion centers, please contact, Jerry Schearer, associate dean for Inclusion and Outreach, at or 610-683-4923.

  • Housing and Dining

    Housing Information:

    • All eligible and required students have been assigned their on-campus housing assignments for Fall 2019. Students should log-into their MyKUHousing accounts to see their assignment details, including roommate information.
    • Students should begin to check their KU email regularly. Move-in instructions and pre-move-in checklists will be sent to their email accounts. There will be a few items students will need to complete electronically prior to move-in day.

    Important Meal Plan Dates:

    • Friday, Aug. 30, 4:30 p.m.: last day to add, cancel or make any adjustments to a Fall semester flex meal plan
    • Thursday, Sept. 5: 4:30 p.m.: last day to add, cancel or make any adjustments on your Fall semester meal plan.
  • University Relations and Athletics

    Kutztown University Launches New Website
    Kutztown University is excited to announce the launch of our brand-new website! features a new design and technology that improves the user experience. The responsive design is mobile-friendly across all browsers and incorporates the university’s newly-developed brand. It also assists prospective students and undeclared current students in selecting the right major using a program finder developed by members of the Information Technology and Marketing and Communications teams. If you have questions regarding the new website, please contact the Office of University Relations at

    Attend a Home Athletic Event This Fall
    The Kutztown University Golden Bears are set to open the 2019 fall season. Mark your calendars and come out to campus to see KU in action this fall. Team schedules can be found below and complete information on the KU Golden Bears can be found at

    2019 Fall Schedules

    KU Presents! 2019-2020 Season Subscriptions Available
    Enjoy the same great seats to all eight entertaining KU Presents! performances by subscribing before Friday, Aug. 9. The season opens Thursday, Oct. 3, with Stray Cat Lee Rocker and closes Wednesday, April 15, with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga. Visit for the complete listing of performances. Subscriptions can be purchased online or by calling 610-683-4092. Tickets to individual performances will be available Tuesday, Aug. 13. Starting Monday, Aug. 26, KU students can purchase $10 tickets with a KU ID online or at the MSU Information Desk.

    Think your student would sound great on-air?
    Kutztown University has its own award-winning campus radio station, KUR 1670 AM and heard around-the-world using the “TuneIn” app and searching the word “Kutztown.” No experience required. KUR will train. For more information, email You can also visit the radio station’s website at Meetings and training begin at the start of the fall semester.

    Historic demonstrations headline the fun at Heemet Fescht in September
    Heemet Fescht is 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, and features Pennsylvania German folklife demonstrations, live animals, kid’s activities, folk music, food and more. Indulge your interest in regional folk culture at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center’s annual Heemet Fescht: a celebration of the harvest and Pennsylvania Dutch farm life. Heemet Fescht is a free, fun, and educational event for the whole family. More information including a full list of vendors, demonstrators, and activities for Heemet Fescht can be found at, or by calling 610-683-1589.

  • KU Campus Store

    How to purchase course materials?
    Your student’s custom Virtual Shelf for this semester is ready to view, which has been created with the required course materials for their fall semester. We have included all of our affordable options, which includes rental, used and digital materials.

    To view your Virtual Shelf:

    1. Sign in to our website with your student’s KU email and password
    2. Review your Virtual Shelf
    3. Complete your order

    What are the benefits of Virtual Shelf?
    With a simple click of the mouse, this tool will allow you to conveniently locate all of your required course materials and affordable options. Manually searching your course schedule to find your materials will no longer be necessary. Virtual Shelf will do the work for you as your official course materials assistant. Additional information can be found at

    Why purchase from KU Campus Store?

    • As a nonprofit affiliate of KU, our priority is student success and retention.
    • Savings up to 80% off the price of new with a large selection of rental, used and digital materials.
    • Full refunds for materials in original condition throughout the add/drop period.
    • We contribute our surplus to student scholarships, activities and campus athletics.

    Our goal is for students to have access to the most affordable course materials available to support their academic success.

  • KU Foundation

    Kutztown University to Offer Free Lifelong Learning Opportunity to Alumni
    Kutztown University, in conjunction with the Kutztown University Foundation (KUF), will begin offering free online classes for alumni of the university. The classes, which are completely online, will begin in August with the fall semester. Classes being offered in the fall are Project Management and the History of Food. The classes may not be used toward a degree program at KU; however, they will appear on the student’s transcripts. Classes will be graded on a pass/fail basis. For more information visit or contact Erin Gautier, administrative assistant, KUF, at 610-683-4110 or

    Join us for a Football Tailgate this fall
    Registration is now open for the KU Foundation’s annual football tailgate series. Every home Kutztown University football game, the KU Foundation team hosts a tailgate at the Student Rec Center, directly adjacent to University Field at Andre Reed Stadium. A hot buffet is available 60-90 minutes before kickoff, along with beverages and field-level seating for the game. Visit for a complete listing of all upcoming KU Foundation events.

  • Dates to Know

    Summer Session 2 ends

    Thursday, Aug. 8

    10 Week Summer Session ends

    Thursday, Aug. 8

    Residence halls close at 6 p.m. at the end of Summer Session 2

    Thursday, Aug. 8

    Summer Session 2 grades available through MyKU at 8 p.m., unless notified.

    Monday, Aug. 12

    Residence Hall occupancy for returning fall students begins at 10 a.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 22

    Residence Hall occupancy for returning fall students continues starting at 10 a.m.

    Friday, Aug. 23

    Fall 2019 Orientation billing process will run electronically in MyKU. Due date: Sept. 6.

    Friday, Aug. 23

    KU Campus Store Open (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

    Saturday, Aug. 24

    Residence Hall occupancy begins for new students for the Fall 2019 semester

    Saturday, Aug. 24

    KU Campus Store Open (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

    Sunday, Aug. 25

    Freshman Convocation

    Sunday, Aug. 25

    Residence Hall occupancy continues for new and returning students for the Fall 2019 semester at 10 a.m.

    Sunday, Aug. 25

    First Day of Classes

    Monday, Aug. 26

    Late Registration and add/drop period

    Monday, Aug. 26 – Tuesday, Sept. 3

    Saturday classes start at 8 a.m.

    Saturday, Aug. 31

    Labor Day Holiday

    - No classes, administrative offices closed

    Monday, Sept. 2

    Last day to add/drop a course in MyKU

    Tuesday, Sept. 3

    Last day to drop a course with 100% reduction or refund ends at midnight

    Tuesday, Sept. 3

    Fall 2019 “W” period

    Sept. 4 – Nov. 1

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, 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 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


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