Volume 2, Issue 7
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, free peer tutoring is available in both individual and group settings. Tutor requests are available online in the student’s MyKU account under academic services. If your student has questions, our office hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in 30 Rohrbach Library.
The Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA)
Help your student begin the spring semester strong! Encourage them to visit the Center for Academic Success and Achievement. Students are matched with a coordinator for student success who provides individual academic support. Working together, the student and coordinator explore skills and strategies for students to reach their academic goals. Have your student make an appointment now: www.kutztown.edu/casa; firstname.lastname@example.org; 610-683-4007 or visit 26 Rohrbach Library.
Career Development Center
Remind your student that it’s helpful to meet with a career coach early in their academic career and continue to meet with them at least once a semester. Doing so will help build confidence about achieving future career goals. Visit the Career Center in 116 Stratton or call 610-683-4067 to schedule an appointment.
Rohrbach Library Spring Semester Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. to midnight
Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. to midnight
Hours are modified for spring break and finals week. Please check our website for these special hours.
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 materials that professors have placed on reserve are also available for use in the library. Just use 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. https://library.kutztown.edu/.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Center Week
Tuesday, March 17 – Friday, March 20
A celebration of innovators who want to change the world, bring creative new ideas to life or launch a new business. Join the KU Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and the Small Business Development Center to inspire the entrepreneur in us all. This event is filled with various activities, workshops and opportunities for students, business leaders and community members.
Administration and Finance
Payment Plans – One Plan for Spring 2020
Payment plans are set up in the Payment Dashboard at MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard. If the student provided a parent with a Parent PIN created account in the Dashboard, the parent can use this link to provide your own credentials. Summer payment plans will start in March. Fall payment plans will start late April.
Summer 2020 Planning and Payment Information
Summer is part of the 19/20 academic year for financial aid. If a student used all of their awarded aid for fall and spring semesters, they would not have any remaining aid to use in the summer. Many types of summer aid have minimum credit-load requirements such as six or more summer credits for Stafford loans or Parent PLUS loans, and the student must meet financial aid eligibility at the end of the spring semester. Since each student’s situation is different, we encourage your student to have a discussion with Financial Aid Services to assess options; the earlier the better. Some students may find it attractive to take an additional spring loan to use for the summer. Due dates are on a rolling basis dependent on when registration takes place.
1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
Just a reminder that these tax documents are available online and were mailed as needed. We have had some returned for old addresses, so you may need to access the document online and update your home address in the Office of the Registrar. You will need your state ID or driver’s license. For more information about the 1098-T, click here.
Adding Bear Bucks Throughout the Semester
Students can add Bear Bucks to their ID cards, in person with cash or check in 107 Academic Forum and online at MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard. Click on the Pay or Click Here button to make a payment.
Spring 2020 Financial Aid Overpayments– Reduce Those Loans Now
Spring 2020 aid will start disbursing the third week of the semester; once the add/drop period has ended and attendance verification is completed. The aid disbursement may result in an overpayment. If this occurs, please understand we do not reduce loans for you or roll this credit to a future semester, we refund the overpayment. If you do not want to receive a refund – the loans need to be reduced by the student or parent immediately, depending on the loan holder. Simply not accepting a refund will not reduce or cancel a loan. Loan Change Forms are online.
Overpayments that are the result of student-funded aid will be released to the student through the BankMobile refund program selection the student made online.
Overpayments that are the result of parent funded aid (i.e., Parent PLUS loan or parent alternative loan) will be released to whomever the parent designated on the loan application.
- If the designation was the parent, the overpayment will be a paper check mailed to the parent.
- If the designation was the student, the overpayment would go through the student’s preference at BankMobile.
Refund Preference Selection
A student can make their initial refund preference at www.refundselection.com. A student can review or change a previously selected refund preference at www.vibeaccount.com. We encourage students to review and verify their selected refund preference, address, banking information and more.
Since students have the direct deposit option and parents do not, often parents will choose to allow the refund to go to the student. Parents can elect for the refund to go to the student, by completing a Parent PLUS Release Form. Return the signed form before refunds begin to the Office of Student Accounts by fax 610-6883-4674 or email email@example.com.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Information on Coronavirus
Kutztown University continues to monitor the outbreaks of the Coronavirus. Currently, we have NO cases of the coronavirus on campus or in the surrounding communities. Please see the link below for continued updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on this evolving virus as well as suggestions for staying healthy during flu season and with any viral illness. https://www.cdc.gov/
New and current students are encouraged to complete a scholarship profile to be considered for the 2020-21 KU Foundation scholarships by going to www.kutztown.edu/scholarships. March 1 is the deadline.
If you haven’t filed your FAFSA, we recommend doing so now at https://studentaid.gov. May 1 is the FAFSA deadline date for Pennsylvania state grant eligibility, but we encourage families to file it well before that date to ensure maximum consideration for all financial aid.
Warm Coats, Hats and Gloves Available
Warm outerwear is available to any student in need. A variety of sizes, colors and styles to choose from are located in The Office of Student Involvement, 153 McFarland Student Union.
Excursions for Students
Several trips are scheduled for students to participate in this semester. Destinations include Blue Mountain for skiing and tubing, 76ers and Flyers games, Philly and NYC day trips, a visit to Washington, D.C. and the African American Museum, and to see The Lion King on Broadway. Stop by The Office of Student Involvement in 153 McFarland Student Union for ticket sale and event dates.
Census 2020 will take place this spring and it is important that everyone is counted. Each person, including students, will be counted based on where they are living April 1. Students living at their home address should be counted at that address, while students living on or off campus should be counted at the address where they reside.
Food and Personal Care Items Available
The KU Student Food Pantry and Office of Student Involvement provide food and personal care items to students in need. Other services are also available through a local community service agency, Friend, Inc. https://engage.kutztown.edu/news/173105.
Getting Involved in Campus Activities
Nearly 1,000 students and 98 student organizations gathered to explore involvement opportunities on campus, Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Nancy Jean Stump Seiger ’54, Multipurpose Room, McFarland Student Union. It is not too late for a student to get more information. Students can visit the Office of Student Involvement in 153 McFarland Student Union or http://engage.kutztown.edu to find out more.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Disability Services Office
In the latest ranking of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs Guide’s (ABAPG) “30 Best Small Colleges for Students on the Autism Spectrum 2020” Kutztown University lists proudly among the best in the nation. A clear standout among the list, Pennsylvania colleges sweep the rankings with seven representatives.
This specialized ranking system excluded colleges and universities with populations with more than 10,000 students because for many students, included on the autism spectrum or not, many larger colleges and universities are just too overwhelming no matter how innovative the school’s support systems. Besides size, other factors used to rank schools include: specialized programs, overall autism friendliness and inclusion, scholarships and financial support and the “it” factor encompassing any other notable features not noted in other categories.
ABAPG highlights the office of Disability Services’ My Place program, a fee-based program designed specifically for students on the autism spectrum. The My Place program focuses on aiding in student success across academics, career development, social skills and independent college living. The program caters to students on the spectrum with different levels of support, tailoring the program to fit individual needs and goals. For more information on the My Place program visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/myplace.
Public Safety and Police Services
Deputy Chief David Drezek will graduate Feb. 14, from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. SPSC is an intensive ten-week program that prepares law enforcement managers by combining academic principles with practical applications.
The Department of Criminal Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety and Police Services (KUPD), will be conducting mock interviews Feb. 19, for graduating criminal justice students interested in pursuing a career as a police officer. The board will consist of Deputy Chief David Drezek from KUPD, as well as sergeants from the Quakertown, Warrington and Kutztown Borough police departments, and a sergeant from the Pennsylvania State Police. These mock interviews will assist our graduating criminal justice students by giving them the opportunity to see and experience the police-board interview process. This event will be hosted by assistant professor Kadee Crandall of the Department of Criminal Justice and Deputy Chief Drezek.
Housing and Dining
Room Selection Process 2020-2021
Step 3: Roommate matching has begun. Students who have completed the housing application process should be forming their roommate groups now. This process is open until March 1. Room selection will be held in March with most processes occurring after spring break. Students can find all information about this process in their KU email or on our website.
Any student required to live on campus, according to the residency-requirement policy, who did not complete the housing application process or a residency exception, will be assigned a housing assignment (based on availability) and the housing processing fee at the end of the process.
Current Student Meal Plan Selection Timeline
It is time for current students to start thinking about meal plan selection for next year.
– Start Date: April 1.
– End Date: July 15.
– Process: Returning students select a meal plan by completing the Meal Plan Application on their MyKU Housing page at mykuhousing.kutztown.edu.
For more information, contact Housing and Dining Services at 610-683-4027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Relations and Athletics
KU Presents! Heats Up February with Apollo’s Fire
Named for the classical god of music, healing and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is a GRAMMY®-winning baroque ensemble. The period-instrument orchestra was founded by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeanette Sorrell, and is dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric and are reviving the true spirit of baroque performances. Join them Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.KutztownPresents.org or by calling 610-683-4092. KU students can access $10 tickets by using their MyKU log in at https://kutztown.universitytickets.com/shibboleth-sp.
Encourage your KU student to join KU’s award-winning campus radio station, KUR. Go to http://www.kutztown.edu/KUR for more information.
Friend Fest 2020
Friend Fest 2020 is approaching rapidly. March 7 is the date for the 10th Annual Friend Fest Beer and Wine Tasting event to be held in Beltzner Hall on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Featuring beer, wine and spirits tasting, music, delicious food, various vendors, games and silent auction. All proceeds help the Optimist Club of Kutztown’s children’s programs in local communities, as well as assist Friend, Inc. end poverty and hunger in rural Northeastern Berks County. Also, The Optimist Club, through Friend Fest proceeds, awards a scholarship to a Kutztown Area High School student who will attend a trade school, supports local children battling cancer and Friend, Inc. Local wineries, breweries and distilleries in Pennsylvania and along the East Coast will showcase their products to hundreds of attendees.
KU Campus Store
Dixon Marketplace is a retail store comprised of student goods including convenience items, health and beauty aids, dorm and school supplies, logo apparel and trendy gifts. Located on the ground level of the Dixon Hall and open until midnight, seven days a week. Additional information can be found here https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/kussi/dixon-marketplace.html.
1866 Minute Giving Challenge – Save the Date
Save the date for the second 1866 Minute Giving Challenge, April 16-17. Last year, more than $151,000 was raised to support Kutztown students like yours. Follow the Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations on Facebook and Instagram for more information.
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Dates to Know
Last day for students withdrawing from the University for spring 2020 to receive 60% reduction in charges or refund.
Friday, Feb. 7
Faculty Artist Series,
7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Little Theatre
Monday, Feb. 10
Malentine Day (Percussion Ensemble),
7:30 p.m., Georgian Room
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Faculty Artist Series,
7:30 p.m., Georgian Room
Thursday, Feb. 13
Last day for students withdrawing from the University for spring 2020 to receive 50% reduction in charges or refund.
Friday, Feb. 14
President’s Day – Classes will be held.
Monday, Feb. 17
Last day for students withdrawing from the University for spring 2020 to receive 40% reduction in charges or refund.
Friday, Feb. 21
First day NO reduction in charges or refund for University withdrawals.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Last day to exchange/return textbooks to KU Campus Store WITH a drop slip.
Monday, March 2
Monday, March 2
Residence halls close at 6 p.m. for spring break 2020.
Friday, March 6
Residence halls reopen at noon.
Sunday, March 15
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.
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.