Volume 4, Issue 1
Get Your Vaccine This Summer
Students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated before the fall semester. Use www.vaccines.gov to find a location nearest you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help us end the pandemic and return to a primarily face-to-face environment for the fall semester. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has great resources detailing the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
KU Alert System
In the event of an emergency, timely and accurate communication of information is critical. Kutztown University has developed a plan for emergency communication that utilizes multiple and redundant methods of communication and notification to maximize the effectiveness and reach of the emergency information. This webpage details the methods of emergency communication that KU may employ, on a case-by-case basis, in the event of an emergency. Each student's primary mobile phone number and KU email is automatically registered. Students who wish to add a secondary cellphone and/or email address (for a parent) can do so by logging into the system (you must create an account if it is the first time you've logged in, but your primary phone and email will be synced with your account.
Tutoring Services is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Success Center
Student Success is open throughout the summer. Students can book appointments online or contact us at email@example.com to discuss strategies and success tips for summer or fall courses. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess. If your student has questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KU Succeed is an academic-recovery program designed to help students return to good academic standing by providing a framework for academic success. This framework includes skill-building seminars, mentoring and educational and personal advising. If your student would like to participate, they can register at www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess. If you have any questions, contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention & Student Success, at email@example.com.
CandidCareer (Career Development Center)
Encourage your student to use the summer wisely. Students can use this time to explore career options by using CandidCareer. CandidCareer features informational interviews to help students discover and explore many career options. Your student can search by industry, career title, college major or keywords and gain honest and valuable insight from the men and women working in a particular field. www.kutztown.edu/candidcareer.
Big Interview is our newest platform for students to practice interviews online. Any time, day or night, your student can record a mock interview and then send it off to our staff for review. www.kutztown.edu/biginterview.
Administration and Finance
Student Accounts Office Hours and In-Person Service
Fall 2021 hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to noon, and 1-4:30 p.m., effective Aug. 23. We still encourage limiting face-to-face contact; therefore, phone calls and emails are suggested; however, we are happy to help you in person if needed. Checks can be dropped in the wall slot, if not mailed. Electronic checks (e-checks) are encouraged as they are free unless returned for any reason. These require the user to enter the bank routing number and the bank account number for processing. Email is still the preferred method of notification.
Fall 2021 Balances
Bills are located MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Your Bills. If aid or charges have been changed since that statement, navigate to the Your Account box and click on the link that says Click here to see current activity since last statement. This NEW real time view and update of the account since the last statement is very helpful.
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, housing assignments or meal plans can cause a bill to change. Please check the Payment Dashboard to ensure all charges are either paid in full or that pending aid and payments have cleared the bill.
Payment plans may have been overstated when set up using estimates – please look at the most recent bill to see if you need to make any adjustments (up or down).
Loans can still be reduced if you took the max and don't need it all. Loan change forms are online forms now and easy to complete. If you don't want the awarded Stafford loans, you have to complete the loan change form below, refusing them.
Student Loan Change Forms: https://app.kutztown.edu/forms/?ID=FAStudentLoanChange
Parent Loan Change Forms: https://app.kutztown.edu/forms/?ID=FAParentLoanChange
KU Tasks Tile
KU Tasks tile is an important tile. This shows positive holds, negative holds and items that are needed and missing on the account in To Do's. Click on the colored line and drill down for more details. Holds that says 'Fall Classes Safe' is a positive hold, blocking late fees and the dropping of classes. If you see a note in the Holds that says 'Pending Funds,' this is just an informative note; it is not blocking late fees or class drops. Missing aid questions would go to Financial Aid Services, 610-683-4077. Billing questions would go to Student Accounts, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-683-4133. It is not too late to apply for additional funding options if needed.
Bookstore Accounts – Excess Aid
Many students take a little more aid than needed for the bill in anticipation of using that aid for purchasing course materials. 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 course materials, so we offer a Bookstore Account program for students who have their aid in Pending Status that exceeds their costs. Requests can be made beginning Aug. 16, through the Office of Student Accounts website, through Sept. 10. Purchases are made with the KU Campus Store. For options about how to make purchases, visit the KU Campus Store website. One request per semester (fall and spring only).
Refunds – Overpayment Refunds (BankMobile Disbursements)
Sometimes a student's account is overpaid, either by aid or making changes to their bill after payment. These funds are released to students via our refund processing agent, BankMobile Disbursements. All students should have a refund selection on file to safely and quickly receive any refunds they are due. The most common is direct deposit into a student's existing bank account. Fall refunds start no sooner than Sept. 17. Use the personal code mailed to all new students. Returning students who never set up their refund selection in the past may email email@example.com from their KU email address to request a personal code that will be good for 24 hours.
Vehicle Registration / Parking Permit for 2021/2022
All students who wish to park on the Kutztown University campus 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, must register their vehicle(s) with Transportation Services and, while parked on campus, must properly display an authorized parking permit.
The Vehicle Services site (available through the MyKU portal) is open. Students may register their vehicle for a parking permit for either the fall semester ($30) or the entire academic year ($50). Students need to have a valid registration card (now is the time to update it through your DMV if it is expired), form of payment and vehicle information. Having a digital image of the vehicle registration will cut down on the time necessary to register.
A second vehicle may be registered free-of-charge, following the same protocol.
The university will no longer utilize the Fairgrounds parking lot for student parking. New resident students (less than 18 credits entering the fall semester) will be assigned to park in the C5 and B3 lots only, 24/7/365. Students may request walking security escorts from this parking lots to their campus residence by calling Public Safety at 610-683-4002.
Commuter undergraduates (<30 credits entering the fall semester) will be assigned the following lots: A4, D3, E1 and E2.
Parking assignments for upperclassmen remain unchanged.
These are under review given the new lot assignments and changes.
For more information, visit www.kutztown.edu/parking. Please note that Transportation Services is in the process of relocating to 107 Stratton Administration Center. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-646-4249.
New Students: ID Card Photo Submission
New/transfer students can upload their photo into our new system, Transact. Once they have attended orientation, they will receive an email to their KU email account with instructions on properly submitting a photo and a government ID. After successful photo upload, they will receive an approval email with instructions to pick up the card. We ask they allow two business days after successful submission to pick up the card during our business hours.
The ID cards are new chip-enabled cards that allow for contactless meal purchases. They can just tap their card on the reader that is hooked up to the registers. At this time, it is just for meals, but in the future, it could be for doors.
If a student has questions regarding Kutztown University ID card photo uploading or has questions, please contact the KU Card office at email@example.com.
Current vendors of Bear Bucks can be found on our website.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
COVID-Related Support for Students
Is your student struggling to pay school expenses this fall because of COVID-related issues? The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides financial support to KU students impacted by COVID-19 to ensure they can continue their education. If the pandemic has caused a reduction in family income or in financial aid because of struggles with remote learning, your student may apply for funding through the KU CARE Team Funding Request Form. Requests for fall expenses should clearly express how COVID-19 has contributed to their need for funding. Note: funding cannot be considered until all financial aid (grants/loans) is applied. Students can also contact Financial Aid to request a review of their financial aid awards with documentation of significantly-reduced income. For more information, visit the KU Cares: Financial Assistance webpage or contact Susan Mangold, Office of the Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-683-4075.
Dean of Students
Here are some tips to help your student obtain optimal well-being:
- Establish healthy habits: whether that be a daily schedule that includes physical activity or meal planning, setting healthy habits during the first weeks of the semester is helpful to well-being.
- Sleep: lack of sleep can reduce the ability to focus. Make sure your student is practicing a healthy sleep routine and encourage them to take a nap.
- Finances: encourage your student to look into applying for a campus job via Handshake or look into the campus credit union, PSECU.
- Get involved on campus: meet new people, volunteer, join clubs and encourage participation. Check out Engage.
- Stress is real: make sure your KU student is well acquainted with campus resources, such as our Health and Wellness Center or Student Success Center to name a couple, to help them manage stress.
Commuter Preview Day
Is your KU student commuting to campus? Please encourage them to attend Commuter Preview Day, 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 26, McFarland Student Union. Be on the lookout for an email invitation with more details. Please email Amanda Garcia at email@example.com with questions.
Greek Life Welcome Back Bash
Have a student who may be interested in joining Greek Life at KU? Please encourage them to join us at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the DMZ for the Welcome Back bash. Students can email Amanda Garcia with any specific questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KUAB Welcomes You Back – Welcome Week Events
The fall semester is almost here and there is so much that new students and current students can enjoy during Welcome Week. Join the Kutztown University Activities Board (KUAB) for some awesome events, including Mentalists Larry and Raven, Sunday, Aug. 29. Students will also have the chance to win awesome prizes and participate in the feud-style game show Survey Says Wednesday, Sept. 1. If your student is looking to get in touch with their creative side, they can attend our Make and Take event Tuesday, Sept. 7. Students can log in to ENGAGE to learn more about these events and others at https://engage.kutztown.edu/organization/kuab.
Unity Day/ Community Link
Please encourage your students to attend Unity Day and the Community Link, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2, on the Schaeffer Lawn. There they can meet many business owners from downtown and see what they have to offer.
The Angry Chicken Wants Your Student to Get Involved
Is your new or current student interested in joining a student organization on campus? If so, tell them to visit the Fall 2021 Involvement Fair, 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, at the McFarland Student Union. Meet our 150+ groups and student leaders, learn about amazing events and find out how you can enhance your experience at Kutztown. Please visit https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/7127631 for more information.
Be BearAware! BearAware is a brief online, interactive program geared toward incoming students (and parents) to learn about behavioral expectations and standards for students. The revised program adds learning checks throughout the module as well as content on KU's Sexual Misconduct Policy. Incoming students are encouraged to review this resource as part of their orientation to the university. BearAware can be found on the Student Conduct website at https://www.kutztown.edu/studentconduct or directly at https://www3.kutztown.edu/bearaware. Student participants can enter for a chance to win one of four $50 KU Bookstore gift cards for completing the program (winners will be announced in the fall).
Mark Your Calendar for Family Day 2021
Parents and families of KU students can get excited for all the amazing things we have planned for Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 18. Students and families can join in on a fun day of activities, all built around our home football game. This year's theme is “remember the past, look to the future.” To learn more about Family Day and stay up-to-date, please visit www.kutztown.edu/events/family-day.html and follow us on Facebook @KutztownFamilyDay.
Community Outreach Center is Hiring Student Workers
Is your student interested in working during the semester? Are they excited about opportunities to help the community while also adding to their skills? We are looking to fill work-study positions for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students can log in to their Handshake portal to find available positions at https://app.joinhandshake.com/login. For questions, please contact the assistant director for Student Involvement and Community Outreach at email@example.com.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Disability Services Office (DSO)
Students registered with the Disability Services Office should check their KU email account during the month of August for information and instructions about implementing their accommodations for the Fall 2021 semester.
If your student received disability support services in high school through an IEP or 504 plan, or had accommodations while enrolled at another university and they have not already registered with the Disability Service Office, please visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/accommodations for information on how to request accommodations.
Housing and Dining
New student move-in day is Saturday, Aug. 28. You can find the schedule and more information for move-in day on the residence hall opening and closing webpage.
When your student checks in, they should inspect the room for preexisting damages and log them in the Room Verification Form on their mykuhousing portal at mykuhousing.kutztown.edu to avoid potential charges when they move out.
Kutztown University Dining Services, managed by Aramark, employs more than 200 people and offers a range of full-time and part-time positions, including student employment. In addition to competitive wages in the post-pandemic market, medical benefits and paid training, employees enjoy an array of other benefits, including an employee recognition program, winter and summer parties, free uniforms and shift meals and free undergraduate tuition. Dining Services employs team members in a wide range of support roles: dish room, utility, receiver, server, cook, sous chef, supervisor, barista, catering server and Chick-fil-A positions. A full list of available positions can be found online.
Dining Services employs more than 50 students each semester. Students work a variety of dining positions in all our locations and as well as brand ambassadors and internships in finance, marketing and sustainability. Student employees enjoy a lot of the same benefits as our full-time and part-time employees.
For more information, visit https://kutztown.campusdish.com/Careers.
Student Employment Opportunity for Fall 2021
If your student is looking for a job on campus and to get involved, the Office of Housing and Residence Life is now accepting applications for Desk Receptionists (DRs) for the 2021-2022 academic year. DRs serve as the first point of contact for our residents, their families and guests. They are an information resource for the campus and a vital part of the community-building process that takes place in the residence halls. DRs play key roles in making the halls a home away from home for our students. Applications and more information about the DR position can be found on the Residence Life webpage. Questions about the position can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning ahead for move in? The move-in schedule and instructions will be updated later this month on our website, where you can currently find our "What to Bring/What Not to Bring" packing lists. These lists are not all encompassing, so if you aren't sure if something is allowed, check out our policies page or contact our office at email@example.com or 610-683-4027.
Room details, including dimensions and amenities, can be found on each hall's webpage.
Substance-Free Living Community; Open for Fall 2021
Freedom Place is open to any student who commits to living a substance-free lifestyle. While Kutztown University is a dry campus and substances such as drugs and alcohol are prohibited in all of our residence halls, Freedom Place is a community of students interested in living and learning with other students who share similar substance-free lifestyle values. Our supportive environment will allow students to explore ways to cope with stress, unwind and have fun with like-minded students. Students make personal commitments for multiple reasons. A lifestyle free of substance is a shared interest for students who choose to live together and connect at Freedom Place.
Freedom Place is in the annex of University Place. Residents will have a separate entrance, a community kitchen, three community rooms, single air-conditioned rooms at university rates and the convenience of a meal plan.
Freedom Place provides students with a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages them to learn from one another, build positive relationships and develop a strong sense of self and greater belonging to the campus community.
For more information, contact Frances C. Cortez Funk, Director of Health Promotions and Alcohol & Other Drug Services, or call 610-683-4240.
University Relations and Athletics
Anthony Defusco Recognized as KU Male Freshman of the Year
Anthony DeFusco of the Golden Bear men's track and field team was announced as Kutztown University's 2020-21 Male Freshman of the Year, following a standout season that included All-Atlantic Region honors in the long jump and triple jump. FULL STORY: https://bit.ly/3kxDrUa.
Brianna Hughes Named 2020-21 KU Female Freshman of the Year
Brianna Hughes stepped into a starting role for the Golden Bear softball team from the get-go and never looked back in a season brimming with success. Hughes, who led the team with 47 runs scored and was a finalist for NFCA Division II National Freshman of the Year, has been named the 2020-21 Kutztown University Female Freshman of the Year. FULL STORY: https://bit.ly/3eI0jws.
Xavier Feliciano Doubles Up by Capturing 2020-21 KU Male Athlete of the Year Award
Xavier Feliciano of the Golden Bear track & field team completed a sweep of Kutztown University's annual awards when he was named the 2020-21 KU Male Athlete of the Year. Feliciano won Male Senior Athlete of the Year and is the first KU male student-athlete to capture both awards in an academic year since football's Jordan Morgan in 2016-17. FULL STORY: https://bit.ly/3xYu4kt.
All-America Season Paves Way to 2020-21 KU Female Athlete of the Year for Becca Hemingway
Becca Hemingway of the Golden Bear track and field team was the definitive choice for 2020-21 Kutztown University Female Athlete of the Year after setting a school record in the high jump, winning a PSAC championship and becoming the program's first All-American in the event. FULL STORY: https://bit.ly/3y2UHoq.
Discover Kutztown, PA
Find out what is happening in Kutztown and the surrounding area by downloading the Kutztown, PA Mobile App, featuring event calendar, business directory, points of interest, coupons, promotions and more. Download the mobile app on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Simply type Kutztown, PA.
Kutztown University Radio
Is your Golden Bear looking for an award-winning campus organization to join where they will learn broadcasting in a fun and inclusive environment? Kutztown University Radio may just fit that bill. Absolutely no experience is required. The radio station will train and needs volunteers in all aspects including, but not limited to, sports broadcasting, music, DJing, news and promotions. For more information, visit www.kutztown.edu/KUR.
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 our affordable options, which includes rental, used and digital materials. Free shipping is available on all orders until Aug. 23, if you spend $50 or more.
To view your Virtual Shelf:
- Sign into our website www.kubstore.com with your KU email and password
- Review your Virtual Shelf
- 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 your required course materials and affordable options. Virtual Shelf will do the work for you as your official course materials assistant. Additional information can be found here www.kubstore.com/about-virtual-shelf.
Paying for your course materials with Financial Aid?
If you are receiving financial aid in excess of your tuition, fees, meals, etc., you may qualify for a bookstore account to purchase course-required books and supplies. Submit your request online by clicking here beginning Monday, Aug. 16. Purchases can be made with a bookstore account until Sept. 14.
Inclusive Access – Course Materials
Inclusive Access is a collaboration between your professor, KU Campus Store, the Office of Student Accounts and publishers to provide required course materials at a significantly reduced cost. When a professor makes the decision to participate in this program, all students registered for the class automatically receive access to these materials digitally, on the first day of class. For your convenience, you will be billed for your materials on your MyKU account. For more information, visit https://kubstore.com/inclusive-access.
KUF: Providing Scholarships & Enhancing Student Experiences
New and returning parents of KU students: do you want to learn about the Kutztown University Foundation's impact on student scholarships, athletics and experiences? Complete this form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive communications that show the impact of philanthropy and how you can get involved to help today's students. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
1866 Minute Giving Challenge Returns Oct. 26-27
Imagine supporting team travel to an out-of-state tournament; or wouldn't it be amazing if an entire group of students could attend a professional conference – the first of their career? What if you could ensure that more than 25 students in financial crisis had the resources they need to cover food and housing expenses? You can help make this possible and much more by participating in the third annual 1866 Minute Giving Challenge, Oct. 26-27. For 1,866 minutes, the KU community unites as one to support all. Because Together, We're Golden. Learn more here.
Apply For The KU Legacy Scholarship
The KU Legacy Scholarship is accepting applications through Nov. 15, 2021. This scholarship is open to any child or sibling of a KU graduate starting their sophomore, junior or senior year at Kutztown University. For details about scholarship eligibility or to apply, click here.
Free Alumni Courses Announced
Kutztown University has announced this fall's free alumni courses. Courses offered are Art and Science, Top Ten Secrets to Great Project Management and The Visual Journal. These classes are 100% online and will appear on your transcript; however, they may not be used toward a degree program at Kutztown University. Courses are graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis. These classes do not count toward any Act 48 credits. Learn more.
PSECU Services on Move-In Day
If your student is thinking about opening a free checking and savings account with PSECU, it is recommended that they apply as soon as possible to receive their debit card and account information before to move-in day. Students can apply online at www.psecu.com/students. While staff will be available to answer questions and take applications at the PSECU tent on move-in day, account access cannot be issued same-day.
Those interested in applying for membership with PSECU will need the following documents:
- Valid State ID or Driver’s License.
- Social Security Card (if under 18).
- KU acceptance letter or tuition bill (only needed for students residing outside of PA).
Dates to Know
KU Central Calendar
A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.
Summer II rental books due to Campus Store.
Friday, Aug. 6
Summer Session II ends.
Friday, Aug. 6
Summer Session 10 week ends.
Friday, Aug. 6
Fall 2021 bills due.
Friday, Aug. 6
Fall 2021 - last day for three-payment plan.
Friday, Aug. 6
SSII grades available in MyKU by 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
Students' emails checklist for Fall 2021.
Wednesday, Aug. 11
First day to request bookstore account for Fall 2021.
Monday, Aug. 16
Fall 2021 registration opens.
Friday, Aug. 20
First Half CDE courses begin.
Monday, Aug. 30
Clinical Exp orientation.
Monday, Aug. 30
Fall 2021 semester begins.
Monday, Aug. 30
Fall 2021 add/drop period.
Aug. 30 to Sept. 7
First Clinical Exp. begins in schools.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Saturday classes start at 8 a.m.
Labor Day - No Classes - Admin Offices Closed.
Monday, Sept. 6
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.
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 email@example.com 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.