March 2019

Volume 1, Issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of the KU Parents & Family Bulletin, an online publication provided to registered parents of Kutztown University students, by KU University Relations, to publicize upcoming events, deadlines and issues relevant to the KU parent and family community. It is published year-round, once a month.

Parents and family members of KU students must register to receive the monthly e-newsletter (sign-up link). To view past issues of the Parents and Family Bulletin, click here.  

Please direct questions to University Relations at UR@kutztown.edu.   

  • Academic Affairs

    LISTEN: A Major Decision: Why choosing the right program is critical to your student's success
    Think about it: if you're in the right career, you're more apt to enjoy your days, feel fulfilled and confident that you can meet each challenge. Likewise, if your student is in the right program, they're far more likely to go to class, manage coursework, and succeed. That's why it's so important that they choose carefully. Listen in as assistant vice president and dean of students, Donavan McCargo, and assistant director of the Career Development Center, Jenelle Henry, share their perspectives on students' major and career decision-making, available resources and parental involvement. Listen Here.

    Entrepreneurial Leadership Week Events

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019 
    Keynote Speaker:  
    Russ Starke '96 - Founder and CEO of Think Company 
    Academic Forum 200, 11 a.m. to noon      

    Wednesday, March 27, 2019: 
    Women's Panel & Luncheon, McFarland Student Union 218, 11 a.m. to noon 
    Family Business Panel, McFarland Student Union 223, 6 to 8 p.m. 
    Student Marketplace, McFarland Student Union Lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 
    Student Entrepreneur Panel, Academic Forum 200 11 a.m. - noon 
    First Steps to Starting Your Business, McFarland Student Union 250, 3 to 5 p.m. 
    Discovering What Works in Social Media, McFarland Student Union 250, 6 to 8 p.m.   

    For more information regarding Entrepreneurial Leadership Week speakers and events, please visit:  https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/business/events/entrepreneurship-week.htm.         

    Parents - did you know?  KU offers academic support for your student.
    The Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) helps students with time management, note-taking, textbook reading and test-taking skills. CASA staff is available to work with students during the evening as well as on Sundays. To learn more, please go to the CASA website and click on Student Resources and Parent Resources .          

    Tutoring Services
    Tutoring Services is available to assist students both individually as well as in a group setting.  If your student needs a tutor, please have them contact tutor@kutztown.edu or stop by the office located in Rohrbach Library room 30. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.    

    FREE Research Help & Resources Available to KU Students
    Rohrbach Library's librarians, staff, and student workers are ready to help your KU student. Our website offers a variety of links to help students. A podcast about our website and what is available can be found at: https://www.screencast.com/t/l8fLn9Hcq  

    The librarians help students wade through the various resources and make sure that they choose the best ones for their assignments. Students can contact a librarian in several ways:

      • In Person:
        • Walk-in: Ask for a librarian at the Information Desk Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 2 to 8 p.m.
          Appointments: Librarians are available at varying hours depending on their schedules.
      • Phone/Online:
        • Phone:
          • Contact the librarian on duty: 610-683-4165
          • Call the Information desk: 610-683-4480
        • Chat: Look for the "Ask Now" chat box on the library's website (library.kutztown.edu) or in databases.
        • Email/texting:
          • Text Research Questions to: 610-915-8812

    Advisement for Fall 2019
    Advisement for Fall 2019 course registration begins Monday, April 1, and continues until Thursday, May 2; students need to meet with their academic advisors before registering. Course registration will begin on April 15.

  • Administration and Finance

    Summer 2019 Registration & Costs
    Summer 2019 registration opens March 18. Summer Costs are published online as well as on a page dedicated to summer session payment information. Due dates are assigned based on the date the registration occurs. A payment plan will be available. We encourage planning in advance to get the most payments. Students do not have to be enrolled yet to sign up for the payment plan.  

    Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews 
    Students planning to graduate in May will want to ensure that they have cleared all balances in MyKU. Those that have received a Perkins Loan at any time during their enrollment will require completion of exit counseling. This would be in addition to an exit interview for Stafford Loans.

    Campus Shuttle News 
    Spring semester brought a new university shuttle provider to campus. These new Main Street Leasing shuttles can be tracked online by using the KU app or by going to http://www.kutztown.ridesystems.net/.  

    Transportation Transitions 
    To fill the gap left by Bieber Tourways' abrupt closure, KU has been working outside its normal scope of operations to provide transportation services to New York and Philadelphia. New options are below. Pick-up and drop-off for both - Parking Lot B3.

    • New York Services
      • Klein Transportation reached out to the university and has partnered with Ourbus to provide daily busses to New York.  Each bus starts in Reading, Pa., and stops at Kutztown University. Pickup Times are 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased https://www.ourbus.com/.
    • Philadelphia Services
      • Clydesdale Bus Company has established Philadelphia routes to run on weekdays, weekends and holidays. They will be running 15 passenger vans, not large busses. https://clydesdalebus.com/LVPHIL.pdf.

    Mailing To Students Who Live On Campus 
    To ensure mail gets delivered timely and accurately, here are notes to remember about addressing letters and packages to students who live on campus. DO NOT use or include Kutztown University. Simply use the student's name of record, room and building, Kutztown, PA 19530. Three samples are:

    • 80 Golden Bear Vlg S Rm ###A (South is building number, then room at the end)
    • 199 Golden Bear Village W (West is simply room #)
    • ###B Dixon Hall (room # and any other residence hall)
  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Information on Voter Registration
    Where will your student be on May 21? The last day to register to vote and process address changes in Pennsylvania for the May 21 Primary Election is April 22, 2019. Find out more at https://www.votespa.com/, or contact Student Involvement at involvement@kutztown.edu.

  • Housing and Dining

    2019-2020 On-Campus Housing Room Selection
    We are wrapping up our room selection processes for the 2019-2020 academic year. Eligible students who have completed the processes have received all the necessary information in their KU e-mail. Students who still wish to participate should contact the Housing Office, at housing@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4027, so arrangements for participation can be made since the deadline has passed. Students who are required to live on campus, but did not participate in room selection will be assigned housing, based on availability, by the end of March.

    2019-2020 On-Campus Housing Cancellation
    Students who do not wish to live on campus for 2019-2020 academic year, but have completed the housing process, must cancel their housing in the Housing Office, 106 Old Main, prior to June 30, 2019. After this deadline, students who cancel their housing will be assessed a cancellation fee. Students who are required to live on campus, under the residency requirement policy, must have an approved residency exception on file prior to canceling their housing.

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Acclaimed PBS Special brings Latin Riverdance to KU 
    KU Presents! brings acclaimed PBS star Benise to KU on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Join the audience on a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that celebrates the fire, passion and spirit of Spain with Fuego! Armed with his Spanish guitar, Benise is backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, handpicked from an international pool of talent. 

    KU Students can purchase $10 tickets with ID at the MSU Information Desk. Other tickets are $40; $36 for students and seniors and available at the MSU, www.KutztownPresents.org, or by calling 610-683-4092.

    Encourage First-Year and Senior Students to Complete NSSE Survey
    Please encourage your first-year and senior students to check their KU email for a national survey from NSSE at nsse@nssesurvey.org, dated Feb. 13, 2019. We use this survey to help improve our programs and activities on campus. As a thank you, the first 500 students to complete the survey will receive a free t-shirt! Thank you for your support.

    Support the KU Arts Society for a Better Campus Experience
    Comprising community and university volunteers who are dedicated patrons of the arts, the Kutztown University Arts Society's primary goal is to help advance and support the visual and performing arts both at KU and in the surrounding community. The Society's mission is to ensure that future generations of KU students and community members can benefit from quality art education and events, as public funding for the arts has begun to dwindle. The Society hopes to sustain the long, rich history of arts at KU, guaranteeing a bright, vibrant future abundant with visual and performing arts for all. For more information or to join the Kutztown University Arts Society, please visit www.kutztownarts.org.

    How to Follow Golden Bear Athletics
    Stay up to date with the latest news and schedule alerts on your Kutztown University Golden Bears at www.KUBears.com. Get involved on social media by liking us on Facebook, following @KUGoldenBears on Twitter and Instagram, or by signing up for our text message alerts.

    Join the Golden Bear Athletic Club Today
    Collaborative efforts between the Kutztown University Foundation and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics culminated in the unveiling of the Golden Bear Athletic Club, a comprehensive annual giving program benefiting Kutztown University student-athletes. The Golden Bear Athletic Club was created to help in providing scholarships and other vital assistance to student-athletes competing in Kutztown University's 21 intercollegiate sports. The strength of an athletic department's annual fund is crucial to the department's overall performance. Learn More & Become a Member.

    Tune In to KU's Award-Winning Student Radio Station
    Kutztown University Radio (KUR) is KU's award-winning campus radio station broadcasting student-operated music, informational talk and sports programming 24-hours-a-day year round. Listen to KUR anywhere in the world by simply downloading the "TuneIn" app on your device and searching for "KUR" or "Kutztown". Any student can join KUR and learn radio either front or behind-the-scenes. Email kur@kutztown.edu for more information.

  • KU Campus Store

    Graduation Festival
    March 25 and 26, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the MSU Multipurpose Room

    The Graduation Festival is a one-stop-shop for graduates to verify the status of their applications, purchase cap and gowns, receive graduation tickets, and much more. The festivities will include snacks, music and great prizes. Please encourage your graduating seniors to attend. For more information, visit www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/kussi/auxiliary-services/grad-fest-and-graduation-regalia.htm.

    Virtual Shelf 
    The KU Campus Store is pleased to announce a new program that is free to all KU students. Each semester, the KU Campus Store will automatically generate a custom Virtual Shelf which compiles all the books and course materials your student needs for the upcoming semester with the lowest priced options available in our store. For more information, visit www.kubstore.com/about-virtual-shelf

  • KU Foundation

    What is the KU Foundation
    The Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Relations is dedicated to advancing the mission of Kutztown University. We do this by securing philanthropic support from generous KU alumni and friends of the university, and by keeping our alumni engaged and connected to their alma mater. The Foundation makes a real difference for the students, faculty and academic programs of Kutztown - today and for many years into the future. We encourage you to help us keep the Kutztown University Foundation strong, so we can continue this important work. Visit us at www.kuf.org to see how you can help support KU students!

  • Dates to Know
    Summer Session Registration March 18
    Graduation Festival March 25-26
    Fall 2019 Advisement Begins April 1
    Last Day to Withdraw from Spring 2019 Course April 5
    Bearfest 41 April 24-27
    Commencement May 10-11

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.

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

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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