May 2021

Volume 3, Issue 10

  • Campus Announcements

    2021 Spring Commencement Coverage
    More than 1,300 students will be awarded degrees during KU’s spring commencement ceremonies May 7-9, at O'Pake Fieldhouse. Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president, will preside. In addition, more than 220 graduates from the Class of 2020 will return to campus to be recognized at a special ceremony. KU will host six in-person ceremonies; the full schedule can be found online.

    Friday night's ceremony will include featured speakers as the university recognizes the Class of 2020. In addition, the university will award an honorary doctorate to Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams. All weekend participants are encouraged to watch Friday's ceremony. Weekend ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will include abbreviated ceremonies with limited speakers. Live video, photos and additional links of all ceremonies will be available on the commencement coverage website.

    Vaccine Information
    All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Pennsylvanians can find providers on the COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Map here.

    There are three locations in Kutztown currently distributing the vaccine: Rite Aid (23 North Elm St.), Weis Pharmacy (15260-2 Kutztown Rd.) and CVS Pharmacy (45 Constitution Blvd.). Click the links above to schedule an appointment.

    We strongly encourage members of our campus community to get vaccinated in the months ahead, before the fall semester. While the university does not currently have the legal authority to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine of its students and employees, 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.

    End of Spring Semester: COVID-19 Screening
    Kutztown University is conducting COVID-19 screening this week, Monday through Friday. Testing is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Gym of the Student Recreation Center. This is a great opportunity for students returning home for the summer, and for employees and students participating in commencement ceremonies May 7-9. Testing is voluntary for all students and employees, but is strongly encouraged to mitigate the risk to the campus community. The university will cover all costs of testing for all students and employees through this process. Read More.

  • 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

    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

    Student Success Center
    Student Success is open throughout the summer. Students can book appointments online or contact us at to discuss strategies and success tips for summer or fall courses. For more information and resources, visit If your student has questions, contact us at

    Career Development Center
    Your student can continue their career development over the summer. Below are some of our resources that students can use year-round. For questions contact us at or 610-683-4067.

    Handshake is the primary online resource preparing students and connecting them with student employers. Thousands of internships and jobs are listed. Students can have their resumes reviewed through this resource.

    Big Interview
    When preparing for an internship, job or graduate school interview, it's not enough to just read advice. Students need to put that advice into practice. Have your student record a mock interview and share it with the Career Center staff to give them valuable feedback.

    GoinGlobal is a domestic and international internship and job posting website. This resource contains country and city guides to assist your student with their interest in working and interning abroad.

    Writing Center Location Closed for Summer; Reopens Aug. 30
    Please call 610-683-4733 or email to set up an in-person appointment in 100c Rohrbach Library. To begin using the WCOnline site and schedule an online session, please go to Please direct any questions to or

  • Administration and Finance

    Online Billing Notifications and Texts for Parents
    Students can easily set up parents to receive billing emails and text messages. The student navigates 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 yes for texts, the parent will be emailed a special link to their version of the Payment Dashboard and they will now receive emails and texts. It's that easy. Remember, bills are statements, showing charges and payments; please check every time a notification is made.

    Summer 2021 Registration and Costs
    Summer 2021 registration opened mid-March. Summer costs are published online as well as our page dedicated to summer session payment information. Due dates are assigned based on the date the registration occurs. A payment plan is open now (MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard). 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.

    Fall 2021 Registration and Holds
    Students who have outstanding charges on their MyKU account may be prohibited from registering for the Fall 2021 semester until their balances are paid in full. We don’t want to see students miss their registration appointments and we encourage all students and families to check their MyKU accounts now to clear any balances. If the student misses their appointment, they can still clear their balance and register later; however, the longer the student waits, the more the classes they may want or need can fill up. Email KU's Office of Student Accounts for help and guidance on payment options at or call 610-683-4133 to leave a message for a call back.

    Fall 2021 Billing and Payment Plans (opened April 5)
    Fall 2021 bills are scheduled to be prepared around mid-July, but the actual rates may be advertised before that on our website. Remember, Fall 2021 payment plans opened in April for the six-payment plan. The sooner you sign up, the more payments you can break the amount due into. You can use today's rates as a guide to set up the plan and then adjust once the actuals are published or the bill is ready online. Need help calculating the amount you need? Email or call 610-683-4133 to leave a message for a call back.

    Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews (Perkins Loans)
    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 (Stafford exit counseling is found under Manage Loans).

    Bear Bucks Refunds
    Students who are graduating or withdrawing from Kutztown University may request a refund of the unused funds in their Bear Bucks account. The student will need to complete the Bear Bucks Account Closure form and mail it to the KU Card Office located at 107 Academic Forum or they can request one from their KU email account by emailing the KU Card Office at There is typically a $10 processing fee. Once the form is approved, the refund will be processed and mailed to the home address on your MyKU account within 2-4 weeks.

  • 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 or directly at 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).

    KU Wellness Days
    Last month brought another amazing Wellness Day and we are excited and humbled by the campus-wide participation. You can see highlights of our days on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Wellness Days have been a wonderful outlet for our students, faculty and staff as we continue to look at our need for self-care and work/school balance. Stay tuned for 2021-2022 wellness events!

    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, please visit

    Vote Everywhere Ambassadors
    Is your student passionate about protecting the right to vote for all citizens? Is there a social justice issue you care about? Want to learn more about civic engagement? The Andrew Goodman Foundation is seeking two Vote Everywhere Ambassadors for Fall 2021 to represent KU. The Vote Everywhere Ambassadors are on-campus representatives, advocates and champions for civic engagement. By inspiring and organizing peers, ambassadors help students contribute their voice and build a healthier democracy. Vote Everywhere Ambassadors develop the leadership skills, confidence and strategic problem solving necessary to affect change on campus and beyond. Interested in the Vote Everywhere program? Student should apply now at

    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 Promotion and Alcohol & Other Drug Services, or call 610-683-4240.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office
    The Disability Services Office would like to remind students who are taking summer courses that their accommodation letters will be available in MyKU one week before each summer session. Any questions about summer accommodations should be directed to the Disability Services Office at 610-683-4108. The staff of the Disability Services Office congratulates May 2021 graduates. We are proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

  • Housing and Dining

    Spring 2021 Residence Hall Move-Out Instructions
    The Spring 2021 residence hall closing instructions have been emailed to all residents. The instructions can also be found on our Residence Hall Opening and Closing page.

    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

    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

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Kutztown To Host NCAA DII Atlantic Region Softball Championship
    Kutztown University has been selected to host the 2021 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Softball Championship at North Campus Field, Wednesday, May 19, through Friday, May 21. It marks the first time KU will host national tournament softball games since 2013. The Atlantic Region champion will come from this six-team tournament and move onto the NCAA DII National Championship in Denver, Colorado, beginning May 27. Additional information, including game dates, start times, tickets and live coverage will be released at closer to the event. Full Release:

    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 or 610-683-4182.

    Sports Information Student Assistant:

    Sports Information Broadcast Assistant:

    Sports Information Graphic Design Assistant:

    Stay Up to Date With Golden Bear Athletics
    For the latest news, results, schedules and more, visit Kutztown University's official athletics website at Be sure to follow Golden Bear athletics' social media channels at the links below or find us in the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram apps @KUGoldenBears! #HereYouRoar




  • KU Campus Store

    Textbook Rental Return
    The deadline to return your textbook rental is extended to Friday, May 8. If you wish to keep your rented textbooks permanently, you may do so by converting your rental to a purchase by contacting us at For more information, visit

    Textbook Sellback: Ends May 8 at KU Campus Store
    Not able to visit in person? Virtual buyback is available at Textbook sellback is a great opportunity to get cash back on course materials, up to 50%! We buy back books for the best price, no matter where you bought them. For more information, visit

    Virtual Sellback Now Available
    KU Campus Store is proud to launch Virtual Sellback, hosted by Nebraska Book Company. Students can conveniently view their textbook sellback quote online and receive a prepaid shipping label. The program runs through Saturday, May 22. Click here for more information:

    Inclusive Access – Course Materials
    Inclusive Access is a collaboration between your professor, KU Campus Store, the Office of Student Accounts and publishers to provide required course materials at a significantly reduced cost. When a professor makes the decision to participate in this program, all students registered for the class automatically receive access to these materials digitally, on the first day of class. For your convenience, you will be billed for your materials on your MyKU account. For more information, visit

  • KU Foundation

    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.

    Bears Band Together
    Last spring, members of the Kutztown University community came together to support KU students and the newly-created Bears Band Together Fund. The Bears Band Together Fund supports students who consider KU a second home and can provide immediate support for students facing financial crises. The KU Care Team has distributed more than $50,000 to students and anticipates running out of funds before the end of the semester. Will you consider a gift to ensure that no student is turned away when they need assistance the most? 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.

    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. Join here.

    Connect with KU Foundation
    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 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

    PSECU: Digital-First Banking for Students and Their Families
    With PSECU, our digital-first banking model ensures that members have 24/7 access to their account, whether they are on campus, at home or traveling. Students preparing to return home for the summer can access their PSECU account anytime, anywhere with online and mobile banking. They can even use these resources to find free, local ATMs close to home. Family members are invited to check out these PSECU benefits and more by visiting our website. Visit and enter code 250OFFER to read full details about our current “GET $250” promotion for family members and learn more about PSECU’s full range of products and services. For questions, please contact Kutztown University's PSECU Manager, Kelly Ann Ryan, at

  • Dates to Know

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

    Final examinations begin.

    Monday, May 3

    Commencement: Class of 2020 in all colleges.

    Friday, May 7, 6 p.m.

    Final Examinations end.

    Saturday, May 8

    Last day of Spring 2021 semester.

    Saturday, May 8

    Commencement: Class of 2021 College of Business

    Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.

    Commencement: Class of 2021 College of Visual and Performing Arts

    Saturday, May 8, 1 p.m.

    Commencement: Class of 2021 College of Education

    Saturday, May 8, 5 p.m.

    Commencement: Class of 2021 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Biology, Computer Science, English, General Studies, Geography, History, Math, Modern Languages, Physical Sciences, Philosophy and Political Science)

    Sunday, May 9, noon

    Commencement: Class of 2021 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology)

    Sunday, May 9, 4 p.m.

    Last day for Graduate students to make up “Incompletes” from the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semester.

    Monday, May 10

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

    Tuesday, May 11

    Final decisions for cancellation of classes for the Summer 1 & 10-Week 2021 sessions.

    Friday, May 14

    Summer Session 1 2021 begins.

    Monday, May 24

    Summer Session 10-Week begins.

    Monday, May 24

    Last day to drop a course with 100% reduction or refund ends at midnight. No reduction of charges or refunds for individual course drops after midnight (Summer Session 1 only).

    Tuesday, May 25

    Deadline to add/drop a Summer Session 1 course at midnight without receiving a grade of “W”.

    Tuesday, May 25

    Last day for students withdrawing from the university to receive 80% reduction in charges or refund (Summer Session 1 only).

    Wednesday, May 26

    Summer Session 1 “W” period.

    Wednesday, May 26 - Friday, June 11

    Last day for students withdrawing from the university to receive 60% reduction in charges or refund (Summer Session 1 only).

    Thursday, May 27

    Last day to drop a course with 100% reduction or refund ends at midnight. No reduction of charges or refunds for individual course drops after midnight (Summer 10 Week only).

    Thursday, May 27

    Deadline to add/drop a Summer Session Ten Week course at midnight without receiving a grade of “W”.

    Thursday, May 27

    Summer Session 10 Week “W” period.

    Friday, May 28 - Friday, July 23

    Memorial Day. No Classes. University Closed.

    Monday, May 31

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, 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 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

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