January 2021

Volume 3, Issue 6

  • Campus Announcements

    Update to Start of Spring Semester and New Testing Protocols
    Kutztown University has adjusted its reopening plan for the start of the spring semester. Classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19, using a 100% online format for the first two weeks. Residence halls will open Friday, Jan. 29. Dining halls will open at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29. Classes will return to originally-scheduled course modalities, including face-to-face instruction, beginning Monday, Feb. 1. KU also has instituted additional mitigation efforts and testing protocols for students' and employees’ return to campus in January. Read more at https://www.kutztown.edu/spring2021.

    Testing protocols for the 2021 spring semester were announced Dec. 23, 2020. Full information can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/spring2021, under the 'testing' accordion. Students residing on-campus for the 2021 spring semester are required to be tested for COVID-19 during the move-in process, as a condition of living in the residence halls. Voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available to students who live off campus.

    Questions can be directed to KU's Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

  • Academic Affairs

    Retention and Student Success
    Prepare for a successful spring semester by attending the KU Success Conference. The KU Success Conference is an opportunity for students on academic warning or probation and their families to prepare for a successful spring semester. By attending, you will learn new academic success strategies, connect with faculty and staff and gain insight from students who increased their academic success. Join us 12-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, for our first virtual KU Success Conference. Click here to register for the KU Success Conference. Parents are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success at cbrown@kutztown.edu.

    Earn Early Registration with our KU Succeed Program
    KU Succeed is an academic recovery program for students who are no longer in good academic standing (academic warning or probation). The program is 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 guidance. Click here to register for KU Succeed. If you have any questions, please contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success at cbrown@kutztown.edu.

    Student Success Center
    Kick off the spring semester strong with the Student Success Center. The Student Success Center offers 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.

    Tutoring Services
    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 tutor@kutztown.edu.

    Career Development Center
    Senior Kick Offs – Don't let your senior miss out on receiving the information and support they need to successfully find employment and/or admission to graduate school. They will finish this Zoom session with the knowledge, resources, and enthusiasm to finish strong at KU: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, or 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. Zoom links found at www.kutztown.edu/careercenter.

    CandidCareer – Students can gain video access to the career advice of industry professionals through CandidCareer. Students discover and explore career options through these informational interviews at www.kutztown.edu/candidcareer.

    Save the Date - Job Fair Week
    Monday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Virtual Job Fair for Educators
    Tuesday, March 9, 1-4 p.m. – Virtual Internship & Job Fair, Human Services/Government/Arts
    Thursday, March 11, 1-4 p.m. – Virtual Internship & Job Fair, Business/STEM
    All fairs are held through Handshake at www.kutztown.edu/handshake.

    Writing Center
    The Kutztown University Writing Center will reopen Monday, Feb. 1, for Spring 2021. Students can visit the Writing Center in person (for writing sessions with tutors about papers from any KU class) in 100c Rohrbach Library or online. For Spring 2021, we are not allowing walk-ins; all sessions will need to be made by appointment to help us control the traffic and cleaning of the physical center. Tutors will always wear masks/face shields and will require student writers to do the same. Please call 610-683-4733 or e-mail wrcenter@kutztown.edu to set up an in-person appointment after Feb. 1 (online appointments begin Jan. 25); we will also have an appointment sheet hung outside the center door.

    Spring 2021 In-Person Hours (100c RL)
    Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, 2-8 p.m.
    Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Spring 2021 Online Hours
    Sunday, 2-9 p.m.
    Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

    Questions can be directed to Dr. Patricia Pytleski, director, at pytleski@kutztown.edu.

  • Administration and Finance

    Spring 2021 Charges, Billing and Statements
    Students were sent an announcement January 8, about a reduction that occurred to select on-campus fees and the reduction plan for housing and meals for those eligible students who are not on campus the first two weeks of the semester. You can review this announcement here. The bill/statements are located at MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Your Bills. Any other billing or charge type page you find is not the bill and may cause you confusion as the bill adds in payment plan balances, pending aid by item and more. Questions can be directed to studentaccounts@kutztown.edu.

    Payment Plans – Still Open for Spring for Late Registrants
    Payment plans are set up in the Payment Dashboard. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard. If a 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.

    1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
    Students will be notified when these documents are available online to view and print. These will be in the same system we have used in the past, Vangent (now called Maximus).  We will make an announcement when they are ready; please be patient as we finalize the 2020 activity. Just a reminder that these tax documents will be made available online first and then mailed at the end of the month if not retrieved online. If you moved or never updated your home address prior to January 1, and anticipate the document being returned by the mail, simply retrieve the document online. We encourage you to take a minute to update your home address in the Registrar’s Office. You will need your state ID or Drivers License to do so. For more information about 1098T’s, click here.

    Reduce Loans for Spring 2021
    Did you recently cancel housing or meals? Did your bill end up smaller than you thought it would be? You do NOT have to take all of the loan funding available to you or that you applied for, if you don’t need it to pay the bill. You don't have to get a refund, but you can if you need it for education expenses. Simply not accepting a refund won’t reduce or cancel a loan. To reduce your loan or cancel it, you must complete a Loan Change Form before the aid comes in. These are online and easy to complete. If you need help determining how much to reduce or refuse, we can help (Stafford and PLUS loans have origination fees to consider).

    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 students preference at BankMobile.

    Student 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 that remains 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, scanned or emailed to us before refunds start.

    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 or online. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard – click on Pay or Click here to make a payment.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Achievement Initiative for Male Success (AIMS)
    Are you the parent or guardian of a male KU student? Could your son benefit from additional one on one support to help him be a successful KU student? The KU AIMS program, which began in 2017, is designed to support every male student participant to succeed. If you and your son are interested in learning more about this program, please contact AIMS@kutztown.edu to arrange an interest session. The AIMS program is free of charge to all enrolled male KU students. The only requirement is that your student must have a goal of earning his KU degree. Space for this program is limited, and available on a first come-first served basis.

    Student Involvement
    Are your students in need of food? Personal care items? Here are some options for resources available to them. Contact Friend Inc., 658 Noble Street in Kutztown, to schedule an appointment at https://www.friendinc.org or 610-683-7790. Friend, Inc. also has open hours. Visit friendinc.org for dates and times. Visit the Bear Essentials Pantry from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Office of Student Involvement, 153 MSU. Please call 610-683-1383 before arrival. You can also contact the Office of Student Involvement at involvement@kutztown.edu.

    2021 Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
    KU has traditionally celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a Day of Service, hosting about a dozen service projects with local non-profit partners. Thousands of KU students have provided service to dozens of locations in Berks and Lehigh Counties over the past 12 years.

    Due to the pandemic and many students still being at home January 19, this year's MLK Day of Service will be virtual. Visit the Engage event to find service opportunities near you and examples of projects your student or the whole family can do together from home. We encourage your student and your family to make MLK Day a day one, not a day off. 

    Blood Drives on Campus
    Although many of our "hands on" community service projects have been paused due to the pandemic, the KU Community Outreach Center is still hosting monthly blood drives. Your student (and you if your local enough) are welcome to give blood at any of our Spring Blood Drives with Miller-Keystone Blood Bank. Appointments are available 12-7 p.m. and will be held at the Student Recreation Center. Below are the links to pre-register:

    January 25 - https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81781

    February 23 - https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81782

    March 25 - https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81786

    April 21 - https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81783

    May 5 - https://donor.giveapint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/81784

    Spring Involvement Fair: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28
    Visit various student organizations virtually at your convenience during this time. Organizations will be available via Zoom and chat to answer any questions and share information about opportunities to get involved. http://engage.kutztown.edu

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office (DSO)
    Prospective students and families are invited to participate in a Disability Services info session. Participants will learn about services and facilities, the process for requesting accommodations, as well as tips for preparing for a successful transition to college. Sessions are scheduled on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the DSO at dso@kutztown.edu for more information and to obtain the Zoom link and password.

  • Housing and Dining

    Return to Campus
    Please check out our move-in page to read important updates about the return to campus residence halls for Spring 2021.

    The housing agreement has been updated to include the requirement of taking a COVID-19 test on campus prior to moving in. Residents are asked to sign the updated license as soon as possible as they will not be permitted to move in without signing it first. Students who have an on-campus assignment but no longer plan to live on campus this semester should email housing@kutztown.edu.

  • 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. Email kur@kutztown.edu for more information. Absolutely no experience required.

  • 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 spring semester. We have included all of our affordable options, which includes rental, used, and digital materials. 

    To view your Virtual Shelf:

    1. Sign into our website www.kubstore.com with your 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 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 here www.kubstore.com/about-virtual-shelf.

    KU Campus Store is offering free standard shipping and $5 expedited shipping on all course materials orders over $50 through Jan. 22. KU Campus Store also offers contactless in-store order pickup. Textbooks in original condition can be returned for a full refund by Feb. 5 (or by Feb. 26 with add/drop slip).

    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. Purchases can be made in-store or online with a bookstore account until February 2.

    Why Purchase from KU Campus Store?

    • As a non-profit 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

    2021 Spring Alumni Courses Announced
    Registration is now open for the coming semester's free alumni courses. Courses available are "Successful Retirement Wealth Accumulation and Planning" and "'Play it again, Sam!' – Music In and On Film." These classes are 100% online and will appear on your transcript; however, they may not be used toward a degree program at Kutztown University. Classes are graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis. These classes do not count toward any Act 48 credits. Register here.

    Alumni Plaza Bricks
    Parents of Fall 2020 graduates: 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, 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!

  • Dates to Know

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

    Spring 2021 registration opens.

    Monday, Jan. 11

    Classes end for Winter 2021 session.

    Thursday, Jan. 14

    All Winter 2021 semester session grades must be electronically submitted by 3 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 15

    Winter 2021 grades available through MyKU at 8 p.m., unless notified.

    Friday, Jan. 15

    Martin Luther King Holiday. No Classes. University Closed.

    Monday, Jan. 18

    Spring 2021 semester classes begin.

    Tuesday, Jan. 19

    Spring 2021 add/drop and late registration.

    Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Tuesday, Jan. 26

    First clinical experience assignments begin in schools.

    Wednesday, Jan. 20

    Saturday classes start at 8 a.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 23

    Last day to drop a course ends at midnight. No reduction of charges or refunds for individual course drops after midnight.

    Tuesday, Jan. 26

    Spring 2021 “W” period.

    Wednesday, Jan. 27 - Friday, April 2

    Last day to exchange/return textbooks to KU Campus Store without a drop slip.

    Friday, Jan. 29

    Last day for students withdrawing from the university to receive 80% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Jan. 29

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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