July 2021

Volume 3, Issue 12

  • Campus Announcements

    Get Your Vaccine This Summer
    Students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated in the months ahead, 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.

    In addition, Kutztown University will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics this summer. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination clinics are open to students, employees, community members and children ages 12 and older. Vaccines are free of charge and no registration is required.

    Clinic dates: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., KU Student Recreation Center.

    • Friday, July 9
    • Friday, July 30
    • Friday, Aug. 20

    Additional dates for the fall semester will be announced at a later date. Questions can be directed to KU's Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu. Learn More.

    Fall 2021 Website
    The university has launched a new website to promote its current COVID-related protocols and plans for the 2021 fall semester. Stay up to date at https://www.kutztown.edu/fall2021 or contact ur@kutztown.edu with questions.

    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. 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.

  • Academic Affairs

    Tutoring Services
    Tutoring Services will provide online peer tutors for select summer courses. Tutor requests can be made online in the student's MyKU account under "academic services." A complete list of supported courses is available on our website. If your student has questions, contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu.

    Fall 2021 Recruitment
    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 tutor@kutztown.edu.

    Student Success Center
    Student Success is open throughout the summer. Students can book appointments online or contact us at success@kutztown.edu 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 success@kutztown.edu.

    Success Academy
    KU's Success Academy is designed to show new students how to achieve their educational goals during their freshman year. The Success Academy is free and will take place Aug. 25-27 (a few days before the start of the fall semester). Students can register at www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess. If you have any questions, contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success, at cbrown@kutztown.edu.

    KU Succeed
    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 cbrown@kutztown.edu.

    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
    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

    Spring/Summer 2021 Balances
    Please check MyKU to ensure all spring (and summer) charges are paid to remove any holds that may have been added. Fall aid cannot pay spring or summer charges. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard

    Fall 2021 Tuition, Fees, Housing and Meals Billing
    Tuition rates are set for next academic year and published on our website. Billing will occur mid-July with a due date of Friday, Aug. 6. Bills will include tuition, required fees, on-campus housing and meals based on the student's enrollment/selection as of that day (changes can affect charges and aid). Remember, only pending aid will reduce the amount due on the bill. Aid that is not in pending status (i.e., awarded aid or loans not yet certified) may require action and will not be considered as a valid payment type reducing charges due. Undergraduate students having 12-18 credits of enrollment will see the same tuition line item, although required fees may change based on course selections. After bills are issued, please don’t forget the Intent to Attend tile in MyKU (the double sized tile). Billing help is found here.

    Bill Location
    MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Your Bills right hand side – if the bills are not viewed within seven days of the notice, a second reminder email is sent. We now incorporate the payment plans on the bills. As charges and aid change based on updates, responses etc., you can now get an updated statement in the Your Account box before the next month's bill, most recent activity link. Always get your bill from the Payment Dashboard > Your Bills.

    Additional Funding Options
    Many students will need additional funding after their awarded aid package from the FAFSA completion. Some will pay the difference, some will use a payment plan (see below) and some will use additional loans. Additional loans should be applied for now so that Financial Aid Services will have time to certify the loan and allow it to show on the fall bills, thereby reducing the charges due.

    • Alternative Loans are loans in a student's name with a credit-worthy co-signer (some even have a parent option). These can take up to three weeks to show as pending aid in MyKU.
    • Parent PLUS loans are loans in a parent's name they take to help a student. Approvals and denials (parent denials may offer students some additional Stafford Loans) can take up to two weeks to show as pending on the account.

    Interest does not start until the funds are disbursed (i.e., September and February). Apply for the full school year, loan period August 2021 to May 2022. Financial Aid will split the loan in half. You can easily reduce the loans later by completing a loan change form once the actual charges are on the account and you see all of the figures in one place.

    More information can be found on additional funding options. You can also get more information by calling Financial Aid Services at 610-683-4077.

    Pending and Awarded Aid – The Difference
    Once the FAFSA is completed, an aid package is prepared for a student by Financial Aid Services. This is awarded aid. This aid will not reduce charges on a bill at this point. To move from awarded aid to pending aid, students must complete all requirements, such as verification if selected, Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling (if not already completed at KU), submitted their final High School transcript, be enrolled in courses and lastly, the student must be eligible for aid (financial aid progress). Only aid that is shown as pending, or anticipated, will be considered as payment toward the charges due. Check to see if the student owes any items to financial aid or other areas regularly. MyKU > KU Tasks tile – click on the blue line To Do’s for more details on what’s needed and who to contact for help.

    Fall 2021 Payment Plans
    Payment plans remain open for fall semester charges. The four-payment plan ends Tuesday, July 6, when the plan will become a three-payment plan for a month and then it will be a two-payment plan. Take advantage now if you can. A student can sign up for a plan now and adjust the plan later once the actual bills are prepared. There is no fee to increase or decrease the plans as needed. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Installment Payments Box.

    Parent PINS – Third Party Dashboard Access
    Students can sign their parents up (or other third party) to get their own access to the Payment Dashboard, including getting the billing emails and even billing texts as to not solely rely on the students to share their notice. Students go to MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Parent PIN box lower left. The PIN is a username, not necessarily just digits.

    Student Accounts Summer Office Hours
    Over the summer, we are still available to help you. We recommend email as our preferred method of communication to allow us time to research and review the account for a good answer. However, you may always call us as well at 610-683-4133. We are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed 12-12:30 p.m. for lunch).

    Parking Permits
    The August Parents and Family Bulletin will have information regarding when parking permits will be available to purchase online.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Student Conduct
    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 should mark their calendars for Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 18. Students and families have the opportunity to join in on a fun day of activities all built around our home football game for the day. To learn more about Family Day and to stay up to date, visit www.kutztown.edu/events/family-day.html.

    Community Outreach Center is Hiring Student Workers
    Is your student interested in working during the semester? Are they interested in an experience and opportunity that will 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.

    Homecoming 2021
    Mark your calendar for Homecoming taking place Saturday, Oct. 30. Homecoming brings together current students, alumni and their families. It is never too early to start making plans. This year's theme is, "Together We’re Golden."

    Exploring Student Organizations
    Students can explore campus involvement in student organizations before classes start by visiting http://engage.kutztown.edu and viewing campus events and involvement opportunities. 

    KU Student Food Pantry and Bear Essentials Food Pantry
    Students can find themselves in need of food and personal care products for a variety of reasons. Services are available for students in need. To learn more, visit our website.

    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 will not be accepted until Monday, July 19, and 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 mangold@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4075.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office
    The Disability Services Office in conjunction with the Career Development Center is pleased to participate in the 2021-22 Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), which connects federal employers (nationwide) with motivated college students with disabilities for internships and professional employment. Students who are registered with the Disability Services Office are invited to participate. The application process begins Monday, Aug. 23, and runs through Monday, Oct. 11. Visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/WRP for more information.

  • Housing and Dining

    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) for the 2021-2022 academic year. CAs are on the front lines and serve as key components in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive environment within the residence halls. CAs 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 CA position can be found on the Residence Life webpage. Questions about the position can be sent to housing@kutztown.edu.

    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 housing@kutztown.edu.

    Important Links
    Meal Plan selection for new students ends Friday, July 2, and can be completed through the student’s mykuhousing.kutztown.edu portal.

    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 housing@kutztown.edu 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

    Student-Athletes: Sports Medicine Paperwork Due July 15
    All student-athletes must complete the sports medicine pre-participation process by Thursday, July 15. To access the forms and for full instructions and requirements, visit our website.

    Sports Information Office Seeking Student Workers For 2021-22 Academic Year
    The Kutztown University Sports Information office is hiring for its 2021-22 student work staff. The Sports Information office handles an array of duties surrounding multimedia, statistics and promotion of Golden Bear varsity and elite club athletics. We're always looking to add dedicated students to our staff and offer positions assisting with event management, broadcasting, graphic design and photography. Current KU students with a Handshake account can find our current openings at the links below. For more information, contact Matt Heffelfinger, sports information director, at heffelfi@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4182.

    Sports Information Student Assistant: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/2900755

    Sports Information Broadcast Assistant: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3132575

    Sports Information Graphic Design Assistant: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3131486

    Kutztown University Radio
    Is your Golden Bear looking for a fun and educational experience on an award-winning campus radio station? Email kur@kutztown.edu for more information. No experience is required.

    Graduate Assistantship Opening: Office of Communications
    The Office of Communications Graduate Assistant position is open for the 2021-22 academic year. The editorial graduate assistant is responsible for writing editorial copy for the department. This includes news stories, press releases, profiles and copy for the website, stories and profiles for the State System when required and assistance in editing work written by others. Successful candidate must be accepted in a master's degree program at KU and enrolled in nine or more graduate credits/semester. Experience with a variety of writing and strong communication skills required. Read More and Apply.

  • KU Campus Store

    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.

    Inclusive Access – Course Materials
    Inclusive Access is a collaboration between faculty, KU Campus Store, Office of Student Accounts and publishers to provide required course materials at a reduced cost. When a professor chooses to participate in this program, all students registered for the class automatically receive access to these materials.

    Benefits of Inclusive Access:

    • Day 1 access to required course materials for all students registered in the class.
    • Digital Access on mobile and desktop devices, print copies available for select courses.
    • Lowest price available, even directly from the publisher.
    • Conveniently charged with tuition, no out of pocket expense required.
    • You do not need to source and purchase materials elsewhere. For more information, visit https://kubstore.com/inclusive-access.
  • KU Foundation

    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 needed 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.

    Save The Date: Homecoming 2021 is Oct. 30
    We are delighted to welcome alumni, current students and their families to Homecoming 2021. A full schedule of events is coming soon; please click here for details.

    Honor Your KU Grad's Achievements
    Looking for a way to celebrate your Golden Bear? Consider having your graduate's name engraved on a brick in Alumni Plaza. Click here to learn how to purchase a brick in the plaza, one of the most popular spots on campus. Family and friends can also make gifts in honor of their graduate's achievements as part of our annual Class Gift campaign.

    Apply for The KU Legacy Scholarship
    The KU Legacy Scholarship is accepting applications through Nov. 15. 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

    Bears Band Together
    Last spring, members of the Kutztown University community created the Bears Band Together Fund, which supports students who consider KU a second home and provides immediate support to students facing financial crises. Will you consider a gift to ensure that no student is turned away when they most need assistance? Bears Band Together is available to all students and can support emergency medical/mental health services, computers or course materials, moving and transportation expenses and relief from financial concerns from lost wages.

    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.

    KUF: Providing Scholarships and 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 info@kuf.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.

  • Campus Affiliates

    This Summer, Score $100 From PSECU
    Score $100 from PSECU with their current new-member promotion. Now through Aug. 31, PSECU is offering $100* for joining and meeting promotion requirements. PSECU offers free checking accounts and a mobile app, making it easy to access accounts anytime, anywhere. On campus, students can use one of PSECU's three ATMs and find assistance at the Financial Education Center. Parents and guardians can also bank with PSECU. As members, they can quickly and securely transfer money to their student through PSECU's person-to-person transfer service. Family members are eligible to join once their student becomes a member. Plus, parents/guardians can also score their own $100* bonus. Accepting either offer isn't contingent on both the student and the parent/guardian becoming members. Contact PSECU Manager Kelly Ann Ryan at kryan@psecu.com with questions. *For complete rules & to join visit https://bit.ly/2PYU0f3. Use promo code: SCORE100.

  • Dates to Know

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

    Summer 2 - Last Day for 3-Payment Plan.

    Thursday, July 1

    Independence Day – University Closed.

    Sunday, July 4

    Independence Day Observed – University Closed.

    Monday, July 5

    Summer Session 2 Begins.

    Tuesday, July 6

    Fall 2021- Last Day for 4-Payment Plan.

    Tuesday, July 6

    Add/Drop Deadline Summer Session II.

    Wednesday, July 7

    100% Refund Period Ends (SSII).

    Wednesday, July 7

    Summer Session 2 "W" Period.

    July 8-23

    80% Refund Period Ends (SSII).

    Thursday, July 8

    Summer 2 - Last Day for 2-Payment Plan.

    Thursday, July 8

    Summer 2 Refunds.

    Friday, July 9

    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

    Friday, July 9

    60% Refund Period Ends (SSII).

    Monday, July 12

    50% Refund Period Ends (SSII).

    Tuesday, July 13

    Students emailed about Fall 2021 bills.

    Tuesday, July 13

    40% Refund Period Ends (SSII).

    Thursday, July 15

    Summer II Graduation Application deadline.

    Friday, July 16

    First Day No Refund (SSII only).

    Friday, July 16

    Deadline to "W" from SS 10-week course.

    Friday, July 23

    Deadline to "W" from SSII course.

    Friday, July 23

    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

    Friday, July 30

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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