Volume 2, Issue 4
Plan Now for Fall 2019 Commencement: Dec. 14
Kutztown University will celebrate its fall commencement exercises at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in O'Pake Fieldhouse. Full information can be found at www.kutztown.edu/commencement. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Each degree candidate will be allotted eight admission tickets for relatives and friends to attend the commencement ceremony. Tickets were distributed to students at the Graduation Festival Oct. 29. If students were unable to attend the Graduation Festival, tickets will be included with their purchase of academic regalia in the KU Campus Store Dec. 2-13, during normal business hours. Students can also apply for additional tickets online.
Rohrbach Library Stress Relief Week and Extended Hours
Rohrbach Library will offer extended hours until 2 a.m. during finals week (Dec. 8-12) for students to access our resources. Students can reserve a study room on our website for a private space to do group work or head to the Quiet Study Area located on the second floor for a quiet place to study.
Rohrbach Library is also offering several stress relief resources the week before finals. The Lehigh Valley Therapy Dog group will be visiting campus at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, for pet therapy. Stress relief kits filled with snacks, stress balls, study materials and more will be distributed during stress relief week. Look out for our VIP Study Room Giveaway on our Facebook page the week before finals for a chance to win all-day access to a private study room stocked with study materials such as a white board, note cards, sticky notes, highlighters, snacks and much more.
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. To request a peer tutor, students can stop by Tutoring Services, located in 30 Rohrbach Library, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. To see a complete list of courses that has tutors currently available as well as drop-in lab hours, please visit www.kutztown.edu/tutoringservices.
There’s an app for that!
Apps based on the Pomodoro technique use a simple, time-management method based on the idea that you work with the time you have, rather than against it. Using this method, you break your day into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as Pomodoro. After about four Pomodoro’s, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes. This technique can be very valuable for studying, especially complex ideas and concepts. Visit www.kutztown.edu/casa to learn additional time-management strategies.
Career Development Center: Handshake
Handshake is the new career platform at KU for on-campus jobs, internships and events for students. Students can activate their account by signing in with their KU email address. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Career Development Month
November is National Career Development Month. Please encourage your student to use this month to work toward their career goals. A listing of the month’s events can be found on the Career Development Center website.
Administration and Finance
Payment Plans - Spring 2020 & Winter 19/20 Now Open
Sign up right on the Payment Dashboard; MyKU > select the KU Financial Account tile using the student’s login information. If the student provided a parent access to the Dashboard, the parent can use this link to provide your own credentials. Parent access is created using the lower left box in the Payment Dashboard after the student signs in. The best way to estimate costs and needs for Spring 2020 is to review the Fall 2019 semester activity showing costs and aid. Adjustments can always be made when the actual bill is prepared.
Winter session is unique at KU. Courses are only online. This session is not an aid-bearing session, which means any aid would go through the fall semester, not the spring. Any unused Fall aid could be considered for Winter as well as alternative loans. Spring aid cannot be used for Winter. Since each student’s situation is different, we do encourage a discussion with Financial Aid Services to assess options. Do not delay as Winter has rolling due dates. Winter costs are online now to review as well as a Winter payment options webpage and the Winter payment plan mentioned above. Financial Aid Services can be reached at 610-683-4077 or have your student stop by their office to discuss.
Spring 2020 Billing
Students are registering and getting advised now for Spring 2020 semester. Charges will not appear until billing occurs the day before Thanksgiving (subject to change). Due date will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Information about billing for Spring can be found online now.
New Billing Location & Format
Bills (statements) are now in the Payment Dashboard! The new bill is crisper and simpler to follow and read – check it out! A sample and more information can be found online. We started using this new feature with our October monthly bills (statements). Bills (statements) are produced only if there is activity in that prior month to report.
Parent Access to Billing Emails & Texts
Parents now can get emails and texts when billing occurs. The student must go to MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard and locate the lower left box called Parent PIN. There, the student can set up a parent to get emails and texts when bills are created and ready. If the student had created the access previously, the student must update the parent's access to include billing and billing notifications as they were not an option before. Questions? The student can call or stop by!
1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
Payments must post in MyKU with a 2019 date (within 2019) to be reported for calendar year 2019. The office will be closed or unable to post payments received in the mail Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. If the payment posting in 2019 is critical for you, either pay online or mail any payments no later than Monday, Dec. 16. 529 payments should allow no less than two weeks for posting from the date of withdrawal request. 529 payments only release to KU via paper checks. For more information, click here.
Students who still owe any money for the Fall 2019 semester (or before) may be blocked from Spring registration and could be asked to move out of their residence hall after finals in December if they are not registered for classes in the Spring. Students will be emailed in mid-November if they should be prepared to move out of their assignment after finals. There is still time to apply for additional loans if needed, but don’t delay. Financial Aid Services is a great resource found at 610-683-4077.
Bear Bucks Donations
If a graduating student would like to donate the remaining funds in their Bear Bucks account, please contact the KU Foundation at 610-683-4110 or email@example.com for more information and the donation form. Other questions about Bear Bucks and refunds from them should be directed to the KU Card office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running Low on Bear Bucks or Flex Dollars?
Bear bucks and flex dollars can be added online throughout the year. Bear Bucks do not expire, but Flex dollars do, at the end of the year.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Please click here for a full listing of the free movies offered weekly in the McFarland Student Union.
Check out Commuter Tuesdays at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in 223 McFarland Student Union. Free lunch for commuter students – first come, first served.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Staff Update for Public Safety and Police Services
The Department of Public Safety and Police Services would like to welcome Mr. Jeffrey Buckley to the department. Officer Buckley is the newest patrol officer to our department and is both a veteran and a former officer for the Nazareth Borough Police Department. We wish Officer Buckley great success as he begins his career as part of the KU family.
Housing and Dining
2020-2021 Room Selection Process
Time to start thinking about next year! Step 1 of the housing selection process will begin in November.
- Step 1: complete the housing application, including the $75 processing fee. Students will receive more details in their KU student email.
- Step 2: creation of student’s My College Roomie Profile. This process will begin as early as Dec. 1. To be eligible for this step of the process, students must have completed their application.
- Step 3/4: roommate matching and room selection. These steps occur during the Spring 2020 semester and more information will be provided in future newsletters.
Students who are required to live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year, based on the requirements of the residency-requirement, must complete this process. Any student required to live on campus, according to the residency-requirement policy, who has not completed the housing application process or a residency exception, will be assigned a housing assignment (based on availability) and the housing processing fee at the end of the process.
Kutztown University closes for Thanksgiving break Thursday, Nov. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 1. Please make arrangements to check out of your residence hall at the end of classes Tuesday, Nov. 26. Detailed instructions will be in your student’s KU email. Campus residents interested in accommodation must contact Housing and Residence Life in advance. Please email email@example.com or visit 106 Old Main for more information.
Spring Meal Plan Change
Students are afforded the opportunity to change their meal plan from the fall to spring semesters. Students living in traditional residence halls are still required to have one of our 24/7 unlimited dining options. To change their meal plan, a student must fill out a meal plan change form in the Housing and Dining office, 106 Old Main. For more information on meal plans, please visit our website.
University Relations and Athletics
Global Orchestra KUNÉ Makes U.S. Debut at KU – Tuesday, Nov. 12
KUNÉ takes the Schaeffer Auditorium stage 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, as they explore and celebrate the cultural diversity and pluralism of Canada. The 13 virtuoso musicians hail from around the globe and play instruments as diverse as they are, from the tar of Iran to the bouzouki of Greece to the sitar of Pakistan. KUNÉ, which means “together” in Esperanto, shares each musician’s cultural and musical traditions to create a band that looks and sounds like Canada. They illustrate what’s possible when we listen to each other and play together. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 610-683-4092. KU students can also access $10 performance tickets by using their MyKU login at https://kutztown.universitytickets.com/.
Championship Football at KU: Nov. 16
For the fourth time in Kutztown University football history, the Golden Bears are Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division champions. The Golden Bears will host the PSAC championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, at Andre Reed Stadium against Slippery Rock University. Game time is still to be determined and will be updated at www.KUBears.com.
Enjoy a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas at KU’s Christmas on the Farm: Dec. 7
Christmas on the Farm features Pennsylvania Dutch folklife demonstrations, live animals, kid's activities, local folk artists and more. Learn about regional folk culture at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center's annual Christmas on the Farm, a celebration of the holiday season and Pennsylvania German Christmas traditions, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Christmas on the Farm is a free and fun educational event for the whole family and is sure to be filled with many things to do, see, smell and hear.
KU Campus Store
Dec. 2-14, KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace
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 our website.
Textbook Rental Return
Textbook rentals are due by Saturday, Dec. 14, in the KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace. If you would like to buy your rental out, please stop by the KU Campus Store before the due date. Textbooks not returned by the due date will be considered late and subject to fees. For more information, visit our website.
KU vs. Millersville Football Tailgate: Saturday, Nov. 9
Join us as the KU Golden Bears take on the Marauders of Millersville. Every home Kutztown University football game, the KU Foundation team hosts a tailgate at the Student Recreation Center, directly adjacent to University Field at Andre Reed Stadium. A hot buffet is available 60-90 minutes before kickoff, along with beverages and field-level seating for the game. Our tailgate opens at 11 a.m., and the buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. Register here. Visit the KU Foundation website for a complete listing of all upcoming KU Foundation events.
Breakfast with Santa and Avalanche: Saturday, Dec. 7
Kutztown University Foundation and Alumni Relations will host Santa and Avalanche for a special holiday gathering 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Nancy Jean Stump Seiger '54 Multipurpose Room of the McFarland Student Union. Click here to register. For more information, please call 610-683-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates to Know
Web Registration for Spring 2020 classes by appointment times only.
Monday, Nov. 4 to Tuesday, Nov. 19
Last day for faculty to submit change of grades for Undergraduate “Incompletes” for Spring and Summer.
Friday, Nov. 8
Neal Kirkwood’s Blue Inventions Jazz Trio, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley
Sunday, Nov. 10
Student Senior Recital, Peyton Williams, clarinet, Georgian Room
Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m.
Advisement and registration of newly accepted graduate, new post-baccalaureate certification and professional credit (non-matriculated) students for Spring 2020.
Monday, Nov. 11
Flute Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., Georgian Room
Tuesday, Nov. 12
KU Presents! Global Orchestra KUNÉ, 7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Guest Artist Series: Todd Yukumoto & Todd Oxford, saxophones, 7:30 p.m., Georgian Room
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Student Recital III, 7:30 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium
Thursday, Nov. 14
Football Conference Championship Game, Andre Reed Stadium
Saturday, Nov. 16
Last day to permanently withdraw from the University or request a Leave of Absence for the Fall semester.
Monday, Nov. 25
Residence halls close at 6 p.m. for Thanksgiving break.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Thanksgiving Break: No Classes, Administrative Offices Open
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Break – University Closed
Thursday, Nov. 28 - Friday, Nov. 29
Residence halls open at 1 p.m. after Thanksgiving break.
Sunday, Dec. 1
Textbook sell back begins at the KU Campus Store.
Monday, Dec. 2
8 a.m. - Thanksgiving Break ends
Monday, Dec. 2
Last day for graduate students to make up “Incompletes” from the Fall 2018 semester.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Registration for Spring 2020 classes closes; re-opens Jan. 6.
Friday, Dec. 6
Last day of classes.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Final examinations begin.
Monday, Dec. 9
Second Clinical Experience Assignment ends.
Thursday, Dec. 12
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.
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.