Volume 3, Issue 3
Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
Halfway Through the Fall Semester
We are nearly midway through the Fall 2020 semester and expect to announce plans for the Spring 2021 semester later this month. Our top priority with our parents is to ensure the health and wellness of your student and provide your student a quality education. In the Office of University Relations, we want to answer any questions that are not answered in our Reopening Plan and FAQs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Health Update for KU Campus
Parents can stay up to date on positive cases of COVID-19 on the KU campus online. The university will update this website on a daily basis (Monday through Friday).
Student Success Center
The KU Student Success Center, formerly CASA, provides students with individualized success plans, study-skills support and connections to campus resources. The Student Success Center offers academic skills workshops and one-on-one consultations on study skills, time management, note-taking and learning strategies to enhance success inside and outside the classroom. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess.
Would your first-year student benefit from success tips and a venue to talk about their experience on campus? We offer Talk About It Tuesday at 5 p.m. every Tuesday via Zoom: https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/94071460914. Meeting ID: 940 7146 0914
Utilize all your resources to achieve success with Tutoring Services. Whether your student is struggling in a class or wants to get a better grade, free peer tutoring is available in both individual and group settings via Zoom. Tutor requests are available online in the student's MyKU account under 'academic services.' If your student has questions, contact us at email@example.com.
Career Development Center – Zoom Session for Parents
Learn about the resources that the Career Development Center has to offer your student. Join our lunchtime Zoom session at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 20. Feel free to bring your lunch. Link: https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/99722170405. Meeting ID: 997 2217 0405
Students can check out Quad Jobs to find flexible part-time jobs in the community surrounding campus. These positions can range from babysitting to summer/seasonal positions.
Fall 2020 Kutztown University Business Idea Competition
Kutztown University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is seeking students of all disciplines of study who have a business idea. The Business Idea Competition provides students with an opportunity to explore their creative business ideas, receive valuable feedback from accomplished business owners and win cash prizes. All finalists will present their business idea to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. Submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit our website.
Administration and Finance
Payment Plans - Spring 2021 Plan opens Oct. 8, Winter 2020-2021 opens Oct. 15
The best plan available for Spring 2021 and even Winter 2021 are opening this month. The sooner you sign up, the greater the number of payments you can make. The six-payment plan for spring is only open through Thursday, Nov. 5. The best way to estimate costs and needs for Spring 2021 is to review the fall semester activity showing costs and aid. Adjustments can always be made when the actual bill is prepared.
MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard or Parents who have a PIN can go to this site directly use this link.
Winter session is unique at KU. Courses are online only. 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 to review as well as a winter payment options and of course, 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 2021 Billing and Due Date
Spring 2021 advisement opens soon, with registration right after. Please know that charges will not appear until billing occurs the day before Thanksgiving (subject to change). Due date will be Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Payment plan option is above.
1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
Payments must post in MyKU, with a 2020 date (within 2020) to be reported for calendar year 2020. The office will be closed or unable to post payments received in the mail Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. If the payment posting in 2020 is critical for you, either pay online or mail any payments no later than Tuesday, Dec. 15. 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.
KU Tasks Tile - Registration Holds
Students who still owe any money for the Fall 2020 semester (or before) may be blocked from spring registration and their spring housing assignment at risk for cancellation. There is still a short window of time to apply for additional loans if needed, but don’t delay. Payment plans for Fall 2020 are all closed at this time. Financial Aid Services is a great resource found at 610-683-4077. Now is a great time to review the MyKU account activity; the October bills are just processing.
Payment Dashboard Access to Parents
Parents can be given access to the Payment Dashboard and even get email and text reminders about the bills. The student can do this easily. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Parent PINS box. The Parent PIN is a username, it can be any words or digits. Just remember, if a parent signs up for a payment plan under their own access, they are the only ones that can modify or cancel the plan. Students can sign up for text bill notifications, also.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Know a future Golden Bear who would like to learn more about KU? Encourage them to join our Virtual Open House Saturday, Oct. 17. Be sure to tell them to apply using the code GOLDEN and we'll waive the application fee.
Residence Life Student Employment Opportunity
Is your student interested in making a positive impact on campus? Are they looking for a job? Residence Life is now accepting applications for desk receptionists (DR) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Desk receptionists 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. Desk receptionists play a key role in making the halls a "home away from home" for our students. Applications and more information about the desk receptionist position can be found on the Residence Life webpage. Questions about the position can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating a supporting environment for LGBTQ+ young adults – a parent information session – 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15. The LGBTQ+ Resource Center of Kutztown University in collaboration with the LGBT Center of Greater Reading, is offering a free educational information session for parents/guardians/caregivers of LGBTQIA+ Youth and Community. We will provide education, support, resources, best practices, terminology and much more. Please fill out the Google form to get the Zoom link: https://forms.gle/ajki63h4Ht5h51jz9
Stay Golden. Be BearAware.
BearAware is a brief interactive program for all students (but especially helpful for incoming students and parents), to learn about the Student Code of Conduct and other important information for students to stay safe and be golden. Students who complete the program and a brief BearAware Learning Check that follows can enter to win one of four $50 KU bookstore gift cards (must be an enrolled KU student to win). Take the course and be BearAware. Go to www.kutztown.edu/studentconduct for details.
Health and Wellness Center
The Health Center will be offering Flu Vaccine clinics to KU students. The clinics will be held on the DMZ in front of the Health Center. In the event of inclement weather, the clinics will be held at the O'Pake Fieldhouse at Keystone Hall. No appointment is necessary. The cost of the vaccine is $20 and will be charged to your student's account. Clinics will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. Students who wish to use their health insurance for the flu vaccine can do so at CVS or Rite-Aid.
It's that time again, FAFSA time. Oct. 1 marks the day that the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are new to the process, you will need to create a FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID and password at https://fsaid.ed.gov for both the student and the parent. The ID and password will be used to complete your FAFSA and allow you access to any Federal Aid site associated with financial aid. Please make you sure that you verify your phone and email, which allows you to easily reset your password in the event you forget. If you are a prior user, you would simply log on to the site and complete the information. Remember you will be using prior tax information to complete the FAFSA. Logon at https://studentaid.gov. Priority for scholarship consideration for new students is Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, and for state grant, eligibility is Saturday, May 1, 2021.
KU Foundation Scholarships
Our KU Scholarship Portal will become available Monday, Oct. 19. Any student will be able to view the site and search scholarships. Only accepted new students and current students will be able to complete a scholarship profile to apply for scholarships. Decisions regarding recipients are made in March and April. More information can be found at https://kutztown.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/CMXAdmin/Cmx_Content.aspx?cpId=1103.
Multicultural Center (MCC)
Hola! Celebremos (Let's Celebrate) because it's Latina/o/x Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. 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 conversation surrounding community, intersectionality, diversity, equity, inclusion and culture. We encourage all those interested in sharing in fellowship and working for the betterment of our underserved communities to find a home here. Some MCC spotlighted events are our Weekly Leadership Workshops and MCC Diversity Chats. October workshops will include conversations about hair care for women of color (Black and Brown). Our latest joint venture with the LGBTQ+ Center hosting a viewing of “Becoming Johanna,” explores the story of a 16-year-old transgender Latina who is beginning her transition. For more information, contact the Multicultural Center at 610-683-4197 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Schedule of events on Facebook @KutztownUniversityMulticulturalCenter and Instagram kumcc.
Is your student looking for opportunities to get involved? In addition to our university calendar, please use this link to access our upcoming events and programs. http://engage.kutztown.edu/events
Golden Bear Rule T-Shirt
The Golden BEAR Rule is about treating others as they want to be treated; building a culture of respect each day on our campus. In light of recent times, the Golden B.E.A.R Community has sought to listen and impart lasting change that supports our students with a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion. This year, we are proud to roll out the Stronger Together campaign and fundraiser. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to further support KU's inclusion centers. We are selling long-sleeve shirts with the original art of the Golden Bear Rule campaign, featured in our social media. The Golden BEAR Rule stands for "Belonging, Empathy, Advocacy, Respect." Join us in promoting this important message and support our future diversity initiatives for students. Order at https://www.customink.com/fundraising/strongtogether.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Students in High-Risk Population
Students identified as high risk for COVID-19, with concerns about accommodations on campus, should contact KU’s Office of Disability Services at 610-683-4108 or email@example.com.
Housing and Dining
Spring 2021 Housing
Any student who canceled their on-campus housing assignment for Fall 2020, but would like to return for Spring 2021, should continue to check their email. It is anticipated that in early November, the process for reassignment will be sent to student email accounts. If students who wish to return to campus don't receive this information in their email by Thanksgiving recess, they should contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021-2022 On-Campus Housing
In the coming weeks, the Office of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services will begin to release information regarding the room selection process for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please remind your students to continuously check their KU email for the details of the process. There will be specific deadlines that will need to be met in order for students to be eligible for room selection.
University Relations and Athletics
Kutztown University Radio
Is your Golden Bear looking for a club to join with still plenty to do during these new, socially-distanced times? Tell them about KU's award-winning campus radio station, KUR. No experience required. We will train. For more information, email email@example.com.
KU Campus Store
KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace will have a special Buy More, Save More Homecoming Sale.
20% off $49 | Coupon code: HOCO20
30% off $149 | Coupon code: HOCO30
40% off $249 | Coupon code: HOCO40
The sale will begin Monday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 24. Apparel and gift only. Cannot be combined with other sales or promotions.
There's Still Time to Participate in the 1866 Minute Giving Challenge
Join us Oct. 7-8, and make a difference in 1,866 minutes. Help KU students put their best foot forward in every experience they have at KU. Every gift, no matter the size, will be counted. Click here for more information.
Save The Date: Virtual Homecoming Events are Oct. 19-24
We're excited to invite Golden Bears from around the globe to our first-ever virtual Homecoming Week. We've got a lot in store, including an open mic night, live comedians, gaming, live music and an entire virtual world where we can meet - all from the comfort of your living room. Save the date and check out our schedule of events.
Legacy Scholarship Available
Are you a graduate of Kutztown University and a proud parent of a current KU sophomore, junior or senior? If so, we encourage your student to apply for the 2020-2021 Legacy Scholarship. Learn more here.
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, and 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.
Dates to Know
KU Central Calendar
A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.
Last day for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for Fall 2020 graduation.
Friday, Oct. 9
Fall Break (Canceled). Classes will be held.
Sunday, Oct. 11-Tuesday, Oct. 13
First half communication design courses end.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Second half communication design courses begin.
Thursday, Oct. 15
First clinical experience assignment ends.
Friday, Oct. 16
Undergraduate students meet with advisors for assistance in building student schedules for Spring 2021. Web registration by appointment Nov. 2-16.
Monday, Oct. 19-Monday, Nov. 16
Incumbent graduate registration begins for Spring 2021.
Monday, Oct. 19
Second clinical experience assignment begins in schools.
Monday, Oct. 19
Winter 2021 registration begins.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
Last day for undergraduate students to make up “Incompletes” from Spring and Summer 2020.
Friday, Oct. 30
Last day to withdrawal from a course for Fall 2020 and receive a grade of “W”. There is no withdrawal from individual courses after this date.
Friday, Oct. 30
Web registration for Spring 2021 classes by appointment times only.
Monday, Nov. 2-Monday, Nov. 16
Last day for faculty to submit change of grades for undergraduate “Incompletes” for Spring and Summer 2020.
Friday, Nov. 6
Persons with a disability, and who require an 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.