February 2021

Volume 3, Issue 7

  • Campus Announcements

    Spring Semester Plan
    Kutztown University's spring semester plan can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/spring2021. Students returned to campus last weekend (Jan. 29-31) and were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter their residence hall. Testing was also offered to all employees and students who live off campus. Questions can be directed to KU's Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Wellness Days
    There will be four regular class days throughout the semester in which classes will not be held (Feb. 11, March 10, April 2, April 20). In addition, no classes will be held Saturday, April 3. 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. 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.

    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 in order to maximize the effectiveness and reach of the emergency information. Students are automatically registered for KU Alerts via text message and email. If parents would like to receive alerts, their student will need to add secondary contact information. Information can be found online.

  • Academic Affairs

    Kutztown University Writing Center Spring 2021
    Please share with students: the KUWC is now open online and at 100c Rohrbach Library. Please call 610-683-4733 or email wrcenter@kutztown.edu to set up an in-person appointment. To begin using the WCOnline site and schedule an online session, please go to https://kutztown.mywconline.com.

    In person, 100c Rohrbach Library Hours:

    • Sunday: 2-6 p.m.
    • Monday: 3-7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 2-8 p.m.

    Online hours:

    • Sunday: 2-6 p.m.
    • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 3-7 p.m.
    • Friday: 12-4 p.m.

    Please direct any questions to wrcenter@kutztown.edu or pytleski@kutztown.edu.

    Entrepreneurship Week 2021
    The College of Business invites all KU student and recent alumni entrepreneurs/freelancers to participate in Entrepreneurship Week 2021, Student Marketplace and Student Panel. The Student Marketplace is an event to showcase your business and/or service. The Student Panel gives students the opportunity to share their entrepreneurial experiences. For more information visit www.kutztown.edu/EntrepreneurshipWeek.

    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, 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, contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu.

    Tutoring Services is recruiting peer tutors for Spring 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 begin the spring 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
    Join us for the Parent Overview of the Career Development Center Resources at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 17. Join on Zoom.

    JCPenney Suit Up Event
    Up to 60% off professional clothing from 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, at JCPenney, Lehigh Valley Mall. Contact www.kutztown.edu/careercenter with any questions.

    Career Success
    Help encourage your student to work on their career development. We are hosting a variety of workshops this semester via Zoom. All dates/times/Zoom links can be found at www.kutztown.edu/careercenter.

  • Administration and Finance

    Payment Plans – One plan left for Spring
    Payment Plans are set up in the Payment Dashboard. 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 their own credentials. Summer payment plans will start in March/April 2021. Fall payment plans will start late April 2021.

    1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
    Just a reminder that these tax documents were made available online and were mailed as needed. We have had some returned for old addresses, so you may need to get the item online and then take a minute to update your home address with the Registrar’s Office for future use. You will need your state ID or driver's license to do so. For more information about the 1098T’s, click here.

    Adding Bear Bucks throughout the semester
    Students can add Bear Bucks to their ID cards, in person with cash or check at 107 Academic Forum or online. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard – click on Pay or Click here to make a payment, locate the box that says Bear Bucks, enter the amount and proceed.

    Spring 2021 Overpayments from Financial Aid – Reduce Those Loans Now!
    Spring 2021 aid will start disbursing the third week of the semester; once Add/Drop 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 get a refund, the loans need to be reduced by the student or parent immediately, depending on the loan holder. Simply not accepting a refund won’t 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 will go through the student's preference at BankMobile.

    Refund Preference Selection
    Students who never selected a refund preference should go to www.refundselection.com to make this selection. Students who have previously made a refund preference will find it will remain in place unless they change it. We encourage reviewing it at www.vibeaccount.com and verifying address information, banking information and more.

    Parent Refunds
    Since students have the direct deposit option and parents do not, often parents will choose to allow the refund to go to the student. If the parent elected for the refund to go to them, but now wants the refund to go to the student, the parent can complete a Parent PLUS Release Form allowing us to refund the student regardless of what aid causes the overpayment. This form requires a signature and can be faxed (610-683-4674) or scanned and emailed to us (studentaccounts@kutztown.edu) before refunds start.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Student Employment Opportunity for Fall 2021
    Is your student interested in making a positive impact on campus? Are they looking for a job? Residence Life is now accepting applications for Community Assistants (CA) 2021-2022 academic year. Community Assistants are on the front lines and serve as a key component in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive environment within the residence halls. CA’s are essential in the community building process as they help the residents to adjust to their new surroundings, solve problems, develop skills and establish relationships with others living on their wing, their floor, as well as within the hall. Applications and more information about the Community Assistant position can be found on the Residence Life webpage. Questions about the position can be sent to housing@kutztown.edu.

    Freedom Place A Special Interest Community/University Place Annex
    Freedom Place is open to any student who chooses to live in a substance-free environment. Our supportive environment will allow students to explore ways to cope with stress, unwind and have fun while abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Whether students are in a recovery program, are looking for a respite from family or peer relationships that have been impacted by substance use or want to commit to a healthy lifestyle, Freedom Place offers a sober community without judgment.

    Freedom Place is opening Fall 2021. Single rooms located in a separate building within University Place are secure yet let students have a traditional college experience, with a dining hall plan and on-campus location. For more information about this special-interest community, please click on the links provided.

    Food Pantry
    Are your students in need of food? Personal care items? Here are some options for resources:

    • The KU Student Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays while classes are in session from 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. This is the satellite location of Friend, Inc. that is in the Lutheran Center. A wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, frozen foods and personal care items are available.
    • The Bear Essentials Pantry is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Office of Student Involvement. This pantry has nonperishable food, personal care items, clothing and outerwear as well as some basic school supplies for students. Students may use this pantry by coming to 153 MSU, across from the KU Campus Store. Bags provided.
  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office (DSO)
    Invitations to join Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society for students with disabilities will be sent to eligible students via email in late February. Eligible students who wish to join must respond to the invitation by April 2. New members will be inducted at a virtual ceremony Wednesday, April 14. For more information about Delta Alpha Pi, visit www.deltaalphapihonorsociety.org.

  • Housing and Dining

    2021-2022 On-Campus Room Selection
    Next year’s room selection is live and ready for your students. All students who are currently in their first three semesters at KU, or in the case of transfer students who have less than 60 credits, are required to live on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. All residency-requirement exceptions have been removed from student accounts and students must reapply for next year. Note: the residency requirement was put in place based on evidence that non-commuter students who live on-campus before obtaining 60 credits retain at a higher rate. More detailed information about the housing process can be found on our website. The housing process is completed in four steps for our students:

    • Step 1: Complete Housing Application Process (currently through Feb. 26, 2021).
    • Step 2: Complete My College Roomie Personal Profile for Roommate Selection (currently through March 10, 2021).
    • Step 3: Form Roommate Groups for Room Selection (currently through March 10, 2021).
    • Step 4: Select Housing Assignment for 2020-2021 Academic Year (March 2, 2021 – April 1, 2021: each room-selection process has specific dates during this time frame).
  • University Relations and Athletics

    Kutztown University Radio
    If your Golden Bear is looking for an award-winning, safe, social-distance-friendly organization to join, tell them about Kutztown University Radio (KUR). COVID-19 has taught us many new ways to accommodate our DJ’s and on-air personalities without even having to step foot in a studio, using remote training and recording software. Go to www.kutztown.edu/KUR for more information. No experience required.

  • KU Campus Store

    Dixon Marketplace
    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 Residence Hall, it is open until midnight, seven days a week. Additional information can be found online.

    Did you miss a sale or event at KU Campus Store?
    Follow KU Campus Store on Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for VIP to receive sales via email and be included special sales at https://kubstore.com/vip.

  • KU Foundation

    Alumni Plaza Bricks
    Have your graduate's name engraved on a brick in Alumni Plaza. Click here for a brochure on adding a name to the plaza.

    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.

    Nominations Open for Wiesenberger Faculty Award
    Nominations are open for the 2021 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Current full-time tenured faculty are eligible. Nomination deadline is Thursday, April 1. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who has served Kutztown University in a manner that sets them apart from colleagues. Please complete and return the form to gautier@kuf.org.

    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. 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

    PSECU Presents “GET $100” Promotion
    Credit union membership with PSECU is a benefit offered to the Kutztown University campus community. Student member perks include free checking and savings, a cash rewards debit card, an easy-to-use mobile app and alerts to keep tabs on balances. 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 http://bit.ly/2XH7mg8. To contact PSECU’s office at Kutztown University, call 610-894-4814 or email campus manager, Kelly Ann Ryan at kryan@psecu.com.

  • Dates to Know

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

    Last day for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for Spring 2021 graduation.

    Friday, Feb. 5

    First day Financial Aid can disburse.

    Friday, Feb. 5

    Refunds for overpayments of Spring 2021 will begin no sooner than this date.

    Friday, Feb. 5

    Last day for students withdrawing from the university to receive 60% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Feb. 5

    Wellness Day. No classes held.

    Thursday, Feb. 11

    Last day for students withdrawing from the university to receive 50% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Feb. 12

    Due date for late registration billing.

    Monday, Feb. 15

    President’s Day. Classes will be held.

    Monday, Feb. 15

    Last day for students withdrawing from the university to receive 40% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Feb. 19

    First day no reduction in charges or refund for university withdrawals.

    Saturday, Feb. 20

    Last day to exchange/return textbooks to KU Campus Store, with a drop slip.

    Friday, Feb. 26

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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