September 2019

Volume 2, Issue 2

  • Academic Affairs

    Software Available to KU Students
    Kutztown University provides numerous low-cost and no-cost software application for use while enrolled at the university. Software applications include Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Mathmatica, Minitab, SPSS, Norton Security Deluxe and many others. A list of no-cost software can be found at download.kutztown.edu. Alternatively, students can download and install Microsoft Office on up to five personal devices including desktops, laptops and mobile devices. More information can be found on the Information Technology website.

    Family Access to MyKU Account
    Students can grant access to a family member in MyKU by using the ‘Share My Information’ link, located under the MyKU Academic Services tile. Students can choose which information their family sees such as grades, holds, to-do list and class schedule. MyKU will send an email to the family member with instructions on how to create an account. View the MyKU Delegated Access Resources to learn more. Please note that family member access to MyKU will not grant family member access to the Payment Dashboard – that permission would be granted by the student to the family member directly in the Payment Dashboard.

    Is Your Student Wondering How to Contact Staff and Faculty On Campus?
    Faculty and staff at Kutztown University are here to help your students be golden. Students can search contact information about staff, their advisor(s) and other faculty through the Employee Directory tile in MyKU. The directory contains phone numbers, office locations and email addresses. In addition to contact information, the directory also contains faculty office hours, teaching schedules and links to social media.

    Online Advising Appointments Coming Soon
    A new feature in MyKU is the ability for students to schedule advising appointments with their advisor. If your student’s advisor elects to use the online advising feature, your student will receive an email informing them how to schedule an appointment in MyKU. The student can easily select a date and time for the appointment, receive reminder emails and have the ability to schedule appointments up to 24 hours in advance.

    JCPenney Suit-Up Event: Sunday, Sept. 15
    KU and JCPenney at the Lehigh Valley Mall have partnered for their annual Suit-Up Event 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15. Take up to 60% off on select men’s and women’s career dress apparel, shoes and accessories. Transportation will be provided, but registration is required. Sign-up in the Career Development Center in Stratton. If you have questions, please contact the Career Development Center at 610-683-4067 or careerhelp@kutztown.edu.

    Internship and Job Fair: Wednesday, Oct. 2
    KU will hold its Internship and Job Fair 12-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 218 MSU. More than 60 employers with internships and full-time jobs will be in attendance! Attend professionally dressed with resumes in-hand. Students can log in to Handshake to view attending employers at www.kutztown.edu/handshake. If you have questions, please contact the Career Development Center at 610-683-4067 or careerhelp@kutztown.edu.

    D2L Student Orientation
    If your student is having a concern or has never taken an online class and you would like to learn more about D2L, please visit our D2L Orientation page. This series of short videos covers the basics – from course navigation to online discussions, along with using Zoom web conferencing for live online meetings. Our orientation materials are fully accessible and provide links to more in-depth support documents.

    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 tutor, students can visit Tutoring Services, 30 Rohrbach Library. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. To see a complete list of currently available courses and drop-in lab hours, please visit www.kutztown.edu/tutoringservices.

    Act 101/RISE
    The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) knows that college can be a bewildering experience. That’s why the agency underwrites Act 101 program for students with financial and academic need. We are experts in getting answers to students questions and making sure that our students get the help they need to be successful. Questions about financial aid; tutoring; contacting a professor; being stressed out; paying a parking ticket? Talk to us. Contact Dr. Patricia Derr, faculty director, at act101@kutztown.edu, or visit 5 Rohrbach Library.

    The Center for Academic Success & Achievement (CASA)
    The Center for Academic Success & Achievement (CASA) offers student success workshops on time management, developing a success strategy and goal setting, note taking and reading strategies, successful test taking strategies, critical thinking and learning styles. Workshop information dates and times are listed on the CASA website.

  • Administration and Finance

    Winter Registration and Due Dates
    While we know that the fall semester has just begun, students are already inquiring about winter session. Winter session is comprised of mostly online courses with a few faculty-led abroad experiences available. The only aid available is any aid the student didn’t use for the Fall 2019 semester that was available to them; Spring aid cannot be applied to Winter. If looking to apply for an alternative loan for Winter session, the student would use the Fall session due dates of August 2019 to January 2020. Information will be updated online early-October with registration at the end of October. Prior year information is available online for planning purposes.

    Adding Bear Bucks Throughout the Semester
    Students can add Bear Bucks to their ID cards either in person with cash or check in the 108 Academic Forum, or online. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard – click on either Pay or Click here to make a payment. Click on Fall 2019 to open the window of options and proceed.

    Fall 2019 Overpayments from Financial Aid – Reduce Those Loans Now
    Fall 2019 aid will begin disbursing the third week of the semester, once add/drop has ended and attendance verification is completed. The aid disbursement may result in an overpayment. If this occurs, please understand we do not reduce loans for you or roll this credit to a future semester – we refund the overpayment. If you do not want to get a refund, the loans need to be reduced by the student or parent immediately, depending on the loan holder. Simply not accepting a refund won’t reduce or cancel a loan. Loan Change Forms are online. Questions can be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at 610-683-4077 or financialaid@kutztown.edu.

    Refunds
    Overpayments that are the result of student-funded aid will be released to the student through the BankMobile refund program selection the student made online. Overpayments that are the result of parent-funded aid (i.e., Parent PLUS loan or parent alternative loan) will be released to whomever the parent designated on the loan application. If the designation was the parent, the overpayment will be a paper check mailed to the parent. If the designation was the student, the overpayment would go through the student’s preference at BankMobile.

    Refund Preference Selection
    Students who never selected a refund preference should go to www.refundselection.com to make this selection. Students who have previously made a refund preference will find that selection remains in place unless they change it. We encourage reviewing it at www.bankmobilevibe.com and verifying address information, banking information and more.

    Parent Refunds
    Since students have the direct deposit option and parents do not, often parents will choose to allow the refund to go to the student. If the parent elected for the refund to go to the parent, but now wants the refund to go to the student, the parent can complete a Parent PLUS Release Form allowing us to refund the student regardless of what aid causes the overpayment. This form requires a signature and can be faxed or scanned and emailed to us before refunds start. Further information on parent refunds can be found on our website.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Family Day: Saturday, Sept. 21
    KU’s annual Family Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. Events and activities are scheduled around campus to provide a fun day for family members of all ages. A printable poster of events can be found online. The morning will have planetarium shows at Grim Science Building; tie-dye making and magic shows at the Student Recreation Center. Family members can also sign up for the KUSSI Kick for Tuition from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center. A walking tour of downtown will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The KU football team hosts Gannon University, noon at Andre Reed Stadium. After the game, families can stick around for more games, inflatables and activity tables at the Rec Center (3-6 p.m.) and catch the movie Toy Story 4 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the MSU. You can find updates at www.kutztown.edu/familyday or on Facebook.

    Welcome Back from Health and Wellness Services
    Welcome to a new academic year. Our KU community is committed to helping your student graduate and reach their goals. We have many support services that will be highlighted in the Parents and Family Bulletin this year. Our Health and Wellness Center provides basic medical care and short-term counseling. We encourage you to review the services these offices provide online. If your student needs services beyond what can be provided, we have a work sheet to assist you in planning to meet those needs. If you have any questions, please contact us at health@kutztown.edu.

    Flu Vaccines
    Did you know KU offers flu vaccines to students? Vaccine clinics, hosted by Health and Wellness Services, can be found below. Cost is $20 and is billed to the student’s KU account. If you have questions, please contact Health and Wellness Services at 610-683-4082 or health@kutztown.edu.

    • 12-3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, Academic Forum
    • 12-3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, DMZ
    • 12-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, DMZ
    • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, DMZ
    • 12-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, Academic Forum

    ¡Bienvenido! Set for Tuesday, Sept. 17
    ¡Bienvenido! is a welcome reception for new students and a kickoff for Latino Heritage Month. The event is 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Unity Room in the Multicultural Center and is open to the entire campus. ¡Bienvenido! features Spanish foods, a SALSA dance lesson, cultural quiz with prizes and more. Questions can be directed to the Office of Multicultural Services at 610-683-4807 or multicultural@kutztown.edu.

    Living a Soulful Life: Thursday, Sept. 26
    Living a Soulful Life is a welcome reception and African American cultural experience for everyone to enjoy. The event is schedule 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Unity Room in the Multicultural Center. Sample soul food, listen to some soulful sounds and compete in a friendly cultural experience quiz with prizes. Questions can be directed to the Office of Multicultural Services at 610-683-4807 or multicultural@kutztown.edu.

    Sorority Recruitment
    Interested in going Greek at Kutztown? Kutztown’s College Panhellenic Council is looking for new sorority members that are passionate about community service, academic achievement and sisterhood. The CPC consists of six National Panhellenic Conference chapters: Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Theta Phi Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha. Why should you go Greek? Membership in a Greek organization provides students with many opportunities to form new friendships, perform community service, raise money for fantastic philanthropies and promote leadership and academic opportunities. Recruitment will take place Sept. 12-16. Students should plan to attend all events if interested in joining a chapter. For more information on sorority recruitment or how to sign up, please visit: https://engage.kutztown.edu/news/152962 or contact Maria Mendolia at osigrad3@kutztown.edu.

  • Housing and Dining

    Are You Mailing to Students Who Live On Campus?
    To ensure mail gets delivered timely and accurately, there are some things to remember about addressing letters and packages to students who live on campus. DO NOT use or include Kutztown University. Simply use the students 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)
  • University Relations and Athletics

    Read the Summer 2019 Tower Magazine
    The summer issue of the Tower, Kutztown University’s magazine, is now available online. Check out the articles and catch up on alumni news at the Tower website.

    Historic demonstrations headline the fun at Heemet Fescht in September
    Heemet Fescht is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, and features Pennsylvania German folklife demonstrations, live animals, kid’s activities, folk music, food and more. Indulge your interest in regional folk culture at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center’s annual Heemet Fescht – a celebration of the harvest and Pennsylvania Dutch farm life. Heemet Fescht is a free, fun and educational event for the whole family. More information including a full list of vendors, demonstrators and activities for Heemet Fescht can be found at www.kutztown.edu/pgchc, or by calling 610-683-1589.

    Building Codes Available Online
    Each building on campus has a two/three character code that appears on class schedules, maps, announcements, etc. Refer to this list to find out which building belongs to which code.

    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 by searching for “Kutztown, PA” on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

    Think your student would sound great on-air?
    Kutztown University has its own award-winning campus radio station, KUR 1670 AM and can be heard around-the-world using the “TuneIn” app and searching the word “Kutztown.” No experience required. KUR will train. For more information, email kur@kutztown.edu. You can also visit the radio station’s website at http://www.kutztown.edu/KUR. Meetings and training begin at the start of the fall semester.

    Follow KU on Social Media
    Stay connected with Kutztown University on social media. Links for KU’s official pages, including its “Class of…” pages, can be found on our social media website.

    From Lee Rocker to Lea Salonga – The KU Presents! 2019-2020 Season
    Purchase tickets to one of the great entertaining KU Presents! performances. The season opens Thursday, Oct. 3, with Stray Cat Lee Rocker and closes Wednesday, April 15, with Tony-Award winner Lea Salonga. Visit www.KutztownPresents.org for the complete listing of performances. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 610-683-4092. KU students can access $10 tickets by using their MyKU to register at www.KutztownPresents.org. Once registered, students can then purchase online or with cash, check or Bear Bucks at the MSU Information Desk.

    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.

  • KU Campus Store

    Kick for Tuition at Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 21
    Sign up for the “Kick for Tuition” on Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 21, in the McFarland Student Union. Family members (18 and older) can enter a drawing from 9-11:30 a.m. One lucky person will be selected to kick a field goal during halftime of the KU football game for a chance to win a free semester of tuition for your KU student. Must be present at 11:30 a.m. for the drawing to win. Sponsored by the KU Campus Store and KUSSI.

    Family Day Sale, Saturday, Sept. 21
    KU Campus Store and Dixon Marketplace will have a special Family Day sale Saturday, Sept. 21. $10 off $49; $20 off $99; or $40 off $199. KU Campus Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dixon Marketplace hours will be 10 a.m. to midnight.

    Dixon Marketplace
    Dixon Marketplace is a retail store comprised of student goods including convenience items, health and beauty aids, dorm and school supplies, logo apparel and trendy gifts. Dixon Marketplace is located on the ground level of the Dixon Residence Hall and open until midnight, seven days a week. Additional information can be found online.

  • KU Foundation

    Join Us for a Football Tailgate this Fall
    Registration is now open for the KU Foundation’s annual football tailgate series. Every home Kutztown University football game, the KU Foundation team hosts a tailgate at the Student Rec 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. Visit the KU Foundation website for a complete listing of all upcoming KU Foundation events.

    Mark your Calendar for Homecoming: Oct. 23-26
    Mark your calendar and join the KU Foundation for KU’s annual homecoming festivities! Visit www.kuf.org/homecoming for more information.

  • Dates to Know

    Last day for students withdrawing from KU to receive 60% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Sept. 13

    JCPenney Suit-Up Event

    Sunday, Sept. 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    First day financial aid can disburse.

    Monday, Sept. 16

    Rohrbach Library Open House

    Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Due date for Fall 2019 late registration bills.

    Thursday, Sept. 19

    Last day for students withdrawing from KU to receive 50% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Sept. 20

    Family Day: KU Campus Store open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Saturday, Sept. 21

    Last day for students withdrawing from KU to receive 40% reduction in charges or refund.

    Friday, Sept. 27

    Fall Open House, Schaeffer Auditorium

    Saturday, Sept. 28

    First day of no reduction in charges or refund for university withdrawals.

    Saturday, Sept. 28

    Heemet Fescht

    Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Last day for Graduate Counseling applicants to submit items to complete admissions file for Spring 2020.

    Sunday, Sept. 29

    Last day to return/exchange textbooks, with a drop slip.

    Tuesday, Oct. 1

    Internship and Job Fair

    Wednesday, Oct. 2

    KU Presents! Stray Cat Lee Rocker

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.

    Mid Term

    Monday, Oct. 7

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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