Volume 3, Issue 8
Message from President Hawkinson: KU to Hold In-Person Spring Commencement
After careful consideration of all options, I am delighted to announce that Kutztown University will offer in-person commencement ceremonies this May for our spring 2021 and spring and fall 2020 graduates. KU’s in-person spring commencement will include multiple ceremonies and will be held the weekend of May 7-9 at O’Pake Fieldhouse. The recent easing of indoor occupancy limits by Governor Wolf will allow us to offer each graduate up to two guest tickets for their respective ceremony. Read more.
The university's next Wellness Day is Wednesday, March 10. No classes will be held. 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.
Kutztown University Writing Center Spring 2021
Please have your student reach out to the KU Writing Center for help and to schedule a writing session concerning papers for any subject. We have in-person and online sessions available.
Please call 610-683-4733 or email email@example.com to setup an in-person appointment. To begin using the WCOnline site and schedule an online session, please go to https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Please see our website for additional helpful instructions and screenshots.
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.
- 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.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center offers academic skills workshops and one-on-one consultations on study skills, time management, notetaking 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue on the path of success 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 can be made online in the student’s MyKU account under academic services. If your student has questions, contact us at email@example.com.
Career Development Center Parent Information Session
How can you help your student search for a job or internship? Join Jenelle Henry from the Career Development Center at noon, Tuesday, March 16. Bring your lunch and learn more. Zoom link.
March is Fair Month
What virtual fair should your student attend? Learn more at www.kutztown.edu/handshake
40th Annual KU Job Fair for Educators
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 8
Internship and Job Fair: Human Services, Government and the Arts
1-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 9
Virtual Internship and Job Fair: Business and STEM
1-4 p.m., Thursday. March 11
KU Graduate School Fair
3-5 p.m., Wednesday. March 24
Administration and Finance
Summer 2021 Registration and Costs
Summer 2021 registration opens March 15. Summer costs are published online as well as page dedicated to summer session payment information. Due dates are assigned based on the date the registration occurs. A payment plan opened March 1 for summer. We encourage planning in advance to get the most payments. Students do not have to be enrolled to sign up for the payment plan.
Fall 2021 Payment Plan Update
Fall 2021's best payment plan, six payments, will open April 5. As time goes on, the number of payments in the plan decreases. Please read about the payment plans on our website clicking on the semester or session you are interested in learning more about. Payment plans are set up on the Payment Dashboard only. While costs are not billed until July, you can use this year's costs as an estimate to set up a plan. You can adjust this plan, increase or decrease, as needed with no fee or penalty. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard
Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews
Students planning to graduate in May will want to ensure that they have cleared all balances in MyKU; including recent ones such as health center visits, parking tickets and ID replacements. Students that have received a Perkins Loan at any time during their enrollment at KU will require the completion of an exit counseling session online with ECSI. This is in addition to an exit interview for Stafford loans as different repayments apply.
Online Billing Notifications and Texts
Students can set up parents to receive billing emails and texts easily online. The student needs to login to MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Parent PIN box. Student chooses Add/New and creates a PIN (username) for the parent comprised of letters and numbers. Once all the needed information is entered and they choose yes for emails and texts, the parent will be emailed a special link to their version of the Payment Dashboard and they will now receive emails and texts.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
KU Grad Program Fair
Dozens of Kutztown University graduate program directors will be hosting a fair exclusively for KU students 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, via Zoom. This joint effort in collaboration with the Career Development Center and Graduate Admissions will allow for KU students to learn about their master’s and doctoral options, how to apply as a KU student and, for those attending, receive an application fee waiver. RSVPs are requested and students will be allowed to visit more than one program. More information will be available through the Career Development Center.
Multicultural Center (MCC)
Hola! Happy March; spring is right around the corner. This month, the MCC has some great things planned for our students. Along with the celebration of national Oreo Day (cookies and milk all around), we have many great graduate assistant/student-led events and chats coming: “How we make change” and “Thinking outside the box with Riddles,” movie screening of “Bright” followed by discussion and snacks, paint nights and more. The MCC believes it is always a good idea to pay respect to the beautiful individuals who make up our diverse community. Our celebrations and reflections include conversations surrounding community, intersectionality, diversity, equity, inclusion and culture. All are welcome. Additional MCC-spotlighted events are our Weekly Leadership Workshops and MCC Diversity Chats. For more information, contact the Multicultural Center 610-683-4197 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Schedule of events on Facebook @KutztownUniversityMulticulturalCenter and Instagram kumcc.
Financial Aid Reminder
If you haven’t submitted a 2021-22 FAFSA, you still have time to do so. Log on to https://studentaid.gov to complete the application. You will need your Federal Student Aid (FSA) user ID and password for both student and one parent. You can complete that information at www.fsaid.ed.gov. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Casino Night (Sponsored by KUAB, Kutztown University Activities Board)
Join us 7 p.m., Monday, March 15, for Casino Night. Join us for games of poker, black jack, craps and roulette. Check Engage to find out how to participate. You can also contact the Office of Student Involvement at email@example.com.
Comedy Night with Janelle James (Sponsored by KUAB)
Join us 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, for a hilarious comedy night hosted by Janelle James. Check Engage to find out how to participate. You can also contact the Office of Student Involvement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anti-Hazing Speaker Kaylon Blake (Sponsored by United Greek Council)
Join our Greek organizations 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, for a virtual presentation with Kaylon Blake on "The 'Non-Hazing' Organization." Check Engage to find out how to participate.
Veterans Affairs Work Study Opportunity for Spring 2021
Students enrolled for at least nine credits and using VA GI Bill military benefits may also be eligible for work-study benefits. The VA will pay students a stipend ($7.25/hour) for up to 25 hours of non-taxable work per week. VA work study students assist the Office of Veterans Services with general office work, student orientation and onboarding, graphic design and social media coordination. These positions are available to all students using VA GI Bill military benefits (student veterans and military-affiliated students who are using their parent’s transferred military benefits). Questions about the positions can be sent to email@example.com.
Veterans Priority (Early) Registration for Fall 2021
Priority registration helps ensure that student veterans and eligible military-affiliated students using their parent's transferred-military benefits, can graduate before their military benefits are depleted. Students using VA GI Bill and other military benefits, as well as self-identified veterans who are enrolled, can register for their Fall 2021 classes before the general student body. Eligible students are notified of their priority registration appointment through their MyKU student account. To register early, students must meet with and be cleared by their advisor before their registration appointment. Early registration occurs in the beginning of April. Students should start scheduling appointments with their advisor in early March. Student veterans not using benefits this semester can self identify by completing a Veteran Priority Registration Form.
KU Wellness Day: Wednesday, March 10
Last month, we held our very first Wellness Day and we were excited and humbled by the campuswide participation. You can see highlights of our first day on our Facebook and Instagram pages. This month's Wellness Day, Wednesday, March 10, will bring new and exciting activities for our students. This includes many workshops focused on self care, meditation rooms, henna, nail art, make your own soap and body lotion stations, Tai Chi and a plethora of nighttime outdoor activities including a Cosmic outdoor game night. Relax, unwind, get well and have fun! Please encourage your KU student to attend. Wellness Days.
Celebrate Women's History Month with the KU Women's Center
We are excited to host events to honor and celebrate women. Event details and Zoom links are on our webpage under “Upcoming Events” https://www.kutztown.edu/womenscenter.
- 11 a.m., March 2, Powerful Women in the Music Industry (Zoom). Join student club, FMLA, to honor powerful women in the music industry. Follow the “Resilience” playlist on Spotify.
- 1 p.m., March 3, Uplifting Women in the Workplace (Zoom). We are partnering with the Career Development Center to explore empowerment in the workplace, and strategies for handling sexism on the job.
- 1 p.m., March 5, Feminist Friday (Zoom). Unwind and learn ways to de-stress.
- 11 a.m., March 8, International Women’s Day, 126 Old Main. Celebrate “womanhood” and self care around the globe. 5 p.m. (Zoom) Presentation on “Discovering your Femininity."
- 7 p.m., March 30, Women’s Empowerment Day (location TBA). We are partnering with the Multicultural Center to host an evening of poetry and empowering activities.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Disability Services Office
Prospective and current KU students with autism spectrum disorders are encouraged to apply for a spot within the My Place Program. The program is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. My Place provides enhanced support services to members, including academic, social, independent college living and career/job readiness support. For more information, please visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/myplace.
Housing and Dining
Special Interest Housing
Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services offers nine special interest housing communities for Fall 2021. New students will be able to apply from April 5 to May 7. To learn more, visit our our special interest housing website.
Returning Student Room Selection
The returning student room selection process is currently underway. If your student plans to live on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year, please make sure they are actively completing the process. Detailed information has been sent to student campus email addresses. Please be advised that all first-year and second-year students are required to live on campus unless they have an approved residency exception on file. All students had to reapply for an exception for the 2021-2022 academic year. If your student has any questions regarding the process, please have them reach out to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Relations and Athletics
KU Presents! From the Green Room
Join Bryan Zellmer, director of KU Presents!, every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a live conversation with professionals from the performing arts industry. Available on Facebook or YouTube, you can join the conversation live using the comments feature, or email email@example.com with your questions. If you are unable to make it during the live broadcast, you can go back and see the recordings at any time. Featured guests will include professional touring artists, administrators and KU faculty and students. We look forward to seeing you From the Green Room.
Kutztown University Radio
If your Golden Bear is looking for a fun and educational, socially-distanced award-winning organization to join on campus, have them contact Kutztown University Radio at firstname.lastname@example.org. No experience required.
Stay Connected with Campus and Downtown Kutztown
Stay connected with downtown Kutztown with the “Kutztown, PA” mobile app from the Kutztown Community Partnership. The mobile app features area news, events calendar, business directories, points of interest, deals and specials, and much more. Download today by searching for “Kutztown, PA” on Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Athletic Events Return; Spectator Policy Issued
Kutztown University athletics is primed for a return to competition following a near yearlong hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department announced Friday, Feb. 26, that spectators will not be permitted at home sporting events to start the spring season, placing the health and safety of Golden Bear student athletes, coaches and staff at the forefront of its decision. Additionally, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference issued its return to play guidelines, Friday, including alterations to championship formats for a number of spring sports. Read the full release at https://bit.ly/3dQSg0I.
KU Campus Store
Virtual Graduation Festival, March 22-26
The Virtual Graduation Festival is a one-stop-shop for graduates to verify the status of their applications, purchase their cap and gown and much more. Please encourage your graduating seniors to attend. For more information, click here.
Honor Your KU Grad's Achievements
Are you 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
PSECU Launches Financial Fitness Challenge
PSECU wants to help your student make the most of their money. The first 2,021 students to complete the PSECU Financial Fitness Challenge will receive a $10 Amazon gift card claim code. It's easy, fun and they do not need to be a PSECU member to participate.
Here's how it works: students will complete four financial-education modules between Feb. 22, and March 19. Each module only takes a few minutes to complete. Once they've completed all requirements of the challenge, they’ll receive a $10 Amazon gift card claim code via email.
Dates to Know
KU Central Calendar
A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.
Spring Break – canceled. Classes will be held.
Wellness Day - No Classes Held.
Wednesday, March 10
First Clinical Experience Assignment ends.
Friday, March 12
Second Clinical Experience Assignment begins in schools.
Monday, March 15
Approximate Date for Summer Session 2021 Registration.
Monday, March 15
Graduation Festival (virtual)
Undergraduate advisement for Fall 2021.
March 31-April 27
Wellness Day - No Classes Held.
Friday, April 2
Wellness Day - No Classes Held.
Saturday, April 3
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.
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.