September 2021

Volume 4, Issue 2

  • Campus Announcements

    Fall 2021 Website
    The university' COVID-related protocols for the 2021 fall semester can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/fall2021. Contact ur@kutztown.edu with questions.

  • Academic Affairs

    Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence
    The Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence provides students with individualized success plans, study skills support and connections to campus resources. The 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.

    Tutoring Services
    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. Tutor request forms are available online in the student's MyKU account under academic services. If your student has questions, contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu.

    JCPenney Suit Up Event
    Students, families and alumni can save up to 60% on professional clothing for upcoming interviews, internships or jobs at the JCPenney Suit Up event, 6-9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, Lehigh Valley Mall. No RSVP required.

    Parent Learning Session
    Learn about the Career Development Center's services and resources 12-12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/95359441182.

    Disney College Program
    What types of opportunities are available for students at Disney? Come learn from a program alum 11-11:50 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 250 McFarland Student Union.

    Ireland Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Planning for 2022
    The Kutztown University faculty-led study abroad program in Ireland is planning to return to the emerald isle in the summer of 2022 (May-June). Professors Jason Lanter (psychology), Eric Johnson (history) and Andrew Vogel (literature) lead students through an exhilarating, monthlong tour of Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Killarney and Galway. Students enroll in one of three courses but enjoy an integrated, interdisciplinary learning experience that takes them to the places that are truly the heart and soul of Éire – Giant’s Causeway, Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange), the Hill of Tara, the Book of Kells, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Galway’s Latin Quarter, the Aran Islands and much more. Information and media are available on the program website. Information sessions will be scheduled during the fall semester, application-review will begin in November, with rolling admissions running through January 2022.

    Fall 2021 Kutztown University Business Idea Competition
    Kutztown University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC) 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. For more information: Business Idea Competition.

    Kutztown University Writing Center Fall 2021
    The Writing Center opens Tuesday, Sept. 7, and is located at 100c Rohrbach Library. Our in-person hours are 2-6 p.m., Sunday, 2-8 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Our online hours are 2-8 p.m., Sunday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12-4 p.m., Friday. Please have your student reach out to the KU Writing Center for help and to schedule a writing session concerning papers for any subject/discipline. We have in-person and online sessions available. Please call 610-683-4733 or email wrcenter@kutztown.edu 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 https://kutztownwritingcenter.wordpress.com/. Please direct any questions to: wrcenter@kutztown.edu or pytleski@kutztown.edu.

  • Administration and Finance

    Adding Bear Bucks Throughout the Semester
    Students can add Bear Bucks to their KU ID cards in person with cash or check at 107 Academic Forum or online. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard – click on make payment in the top maroon bar. Flex Dollars can be added the same way.

    Fall 2021 Overpayments from Financial Aid – Reduce Loans
    Has your bill changed from what you originally had or planned on? Remember, we don't reduce loans just because your bill changed or reduced. You will need to evaluate your charges and your aid package. If you want to reduce the loans, do so now, before the end of the second week of the semester. Fall 2021 aid will start disbursing the third week of the semester; once Add/Drop has ended and Attendance Verification is completed. Simply not accepting a refund won't reduce or cancel a loan. Loan Change Forms are online; one for students and one for parents.

    Who Gets 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.

    Student Refund Preference Selection
    Students who never selected a refund preference would go to www.refundselection.com to make this selection; the student will need the personal code mailed to them. To get a new personal code, the student may email student accounts from their KU email account to request one. Students who have previously made a refund preference will find that 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 them, but  now wants the refund to go to the student, the parent can complete a release form allowing us to refund the student regardless of what aid causes the overpayment. The form requires a signature and can be faxed or scanned and emailed to us before refunds start.

    Student Accounts Office
    Our office hours are 8 a.m. to noon, 1-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Checks and mail may be placed in the mail slot near our door during lunch or after hours. Reach out to us by email for all other matters, such as inquiries about bills and refunds, studentaccounts@kutztown.edu or by phone, 610-683-4133.

    Emergency COVID Funding
    If you have exhausted your aid options (taken all aid available to you) and are still short a bit and you were affected by COVID-19 with reduced hours, lost wages or job, you may be eligible for some financial assistance from the federal COVID relief funding – ARPA. For more information – click here and apply online. Note: other emergency funding is available for non-COVID related items by using the same request form; however, funding is very limited.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Student Conduct
    Are you ready to be BearAware and possibly win a $50 KU Campus Store gift card?

    As part of the orientation experience at KU, incoming students are expected to complete a short program called BearAware. This program is a self-directed online module that orients incoming students to the Student Code of Conduct and general behavioral expectations for students. BearAware can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/studentconduct or directly at https://www3.kutztown.edu/bearaware. Student participants can enter for a chance to win one of four $50 KU Campus Store cards for completing the program (winners will be announced in the fall).

    Dean of Students
    Here are some tips to help your student obtain optimal well-being:

    1. Establish healthy habits: whether that be a daily schedule that includes physical activity or meal planning, setting healthy habits during the first weeks of the semester is helpful to well-being.
    2. Sleep: lack of sleep can reduce the ability to focus. Make sure your student is practicing a healthy sleep routine and encourage them to take a nap (remember kindergarten naps?).
    3. Finances: encourage your student to look into applying for a campus job via Handshake or look into the campus credit union, PSECU.
    4. Get involved on Campus: meet new people, volunteer, join clubs and encourage participation. Check out Engage.
    5. Stress is real: make sure your KU student is well acquainted with campus resources, such as our Health and Wellness Center or Student Success Center to name a couple, to help them manage stress.

    Multicultural Center
    Happy September! We are back in action and excited to welcome our students back. September brings opportunities to renew and create more inclusive spaces. Please stop by 3-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Multicultural Center (MCC) for “Diversity and Desert” Open House. This month we also look to highlight Hispanic Heritage, college readiness, Rosh Hashanah, leadership activities 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 conversation surrounding community, intersectionality, diversity, equity, inclusion and culture. Remember, 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 multicultural@kutztown.edu or quinones@kutztown.edu. Schedule of events can be found on Facebook @KutztownUniversityMulticulturalCenter and Instagram kumcc.

    Join KUAB for Our September Events
    Students can look forward to some awesome events throughout the month from Kutztown University Activities Board (KUAB), including a Make and Take with bath bombs and jellyfish plants Sept. 14, our first event Alive! Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Fair Sept. 23, and lastly, they can hear from the original voice actor for Ash Ketchum from the Pokémon anime series at our Pokémon 25th Anniversary Trivia event Sept. 28. For more information and to get further details, visit https://engage.kutztown.edu/organization/kuab.

    The Angry Chicken Wants Your Student to Get Involved
    Let your student know that the fall 2021 involvement fair will take place 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, at the McFarland Student Union. For more information, visit https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/7127631.

    Commuter Students
    Is your student commuting to campus this year? Please remind them that there will be a free meal for them at 11 a.m. (while supplies last) 223 MSU, on the first Tuesday of every month. The dates for the Commuter Tuesdays are Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.

    9/11 Remembrance
    The campus community will come together for a remembrance ceremony at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, at the College Hill Memorial Grove (Bell Plaza), adjacent to the Stratton Administration Building.

    Campus Philly Trip: Sept. 11
    Join the Office of Student Involvement and the Multicultural Center for a trip to Philadelphia for CollegeFest, which includes tons of free opportunities for college students. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2, and are $10 for students. For more information and to access the link to purchase a ticket, visit https://engage.kutztown.edu/event/7173373.

    KU Recognizes Constitution Day with Constitution Week and Citizenship Bingo for Students
    Celebrate the significance of the U.S. Constitution by participating in Constitution Week and Citizenship Bingo. Three opportunities to participate include 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17. Amazon gift card prizes will be awarded.

    Reminder: Family Day is Saturday, Sept. 18
    Join the Golden Bear family for a day full of fun. For more information, visit https://www.kutztown.edu/events/family-day.html.

    Family Day Planetarium Ticket Sales – Available Now
    Ticket sales for the "Secret Lives of Stars" planetarium showings are currently available. Tickets are available for three different show times: 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Students can get tickets by logging in with their myKU account information. Purchase Your Tickets Here. For more information about Family Day being held Saturday, Sept. 18, visit https://www.kutztown.edu/events/family-day.html.

    Food Pantry
    KU students in need of food are welcome to visit the Lutheran Center Food Pantry, located at 15175 Kutztown Road, to grab fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dry foods and canned foods. This is a completely free service available to students 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to noon, Thursdays. The Office of Student Involvement's food pantry, located at 153 MSU, is also available, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. Students can pick up nonperishable foods, personal hygiene products, clothing and school supplies.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office (DSO)
    Students registered with the Disability Services Office should check their KU email account during the month of August for information and instructions about implementing their accommodations for the Fall 2021 semester.

    If your student received disability support services in high school through an IEP or 504 plan, or had accommodations while enrolled at another university and they have not already registered with the Disability Service Office, please visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/accommodations for information on how to request accommodations.

  • Housing and Dining

    Introducing True Balance at South Dining Hall
    Our True Balance station is designed specifically for guests who are allergic to one or more of the most common food allergens. It's easier to make appropriate meal selections here as our chefs prepare carefully crafted flavorful recipes while focusing on guest safety, never sacrificing flavor. Stop by True Balance on the second floor of South Dining Hall and enjoy dining without restrictions.

    The recipes served at True Balance are specially selected, reviewed and vetted by a team of experts. We only use products with ingredient statements that exclude the following:

    1. Eggs
    2. Milk
    3. Peanuts
    4. Tree Nuts
    5. Fish
    6. Shellfish
    7. Soy
    8. Wheat/Gluten

    If you have food allergies or special dietary needs, our goal is to provide you with the tools and support you need. Michelle Richard, registered dietitian and our on-site teams will work with you to enable you to dine with us safely and to be active in the management of your food allergy or food-related medical condition. Please reach out to us to schedule a tour at kudiningservices@kutztown.edu.

    Student Employment Opportunity for Fall 2021
    If your student is looking for a job on campus and to get involved, the Office of Housing, Residence Life is now accepting applications for Desk Receptionists (DR’s) 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 resources for the campus and a vital part of the community-building process that takes place in the residence halls. Desk Receptionist's 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 housing@kutztown.edu.

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Tickets, Parking Passes and Tailgate Permits For 2021 Kutztown University Football Season On Sale Now
    Tickets, parking passes and tailgate permits for the 2021 Kutztown University football season are on sale. For the first time, KU tickets are available online. For more information and a direct link to purchase, visit: https://bit.ly/2V0jKKp.

    Kutztown University Athletics Ready to Welcome Fans Back for 2021 Fall Season
    Kutztown University will welcome fans back to campus for the 2021 fall sports season, when the football team kicks off against Assumption University Saturday, Sept. 4. KU is not planning to limit the number of spectators allowed at home sporting events. For outdoor events at Andre Reed Stadium (football/field hockey), Keystone Field (soccer), Keystone Courts (tennis) and the North Campus Cross Country Course, it is strongly recommended that non-vaccinated spectators wear a mask or face covering. All spectators attending volleyball matches indoors at Keystone Arena must wear a mask or face covering while inside the building. Masks or face coverings are currently mandated indoors campuswide when in a group setting. Read more at https://bit.ly/3zxLRQ2.

    How to Follow Kutztown University Athletics in 2021-22
    September is upon us and Kutztown University athletics are almost back in full force. Make sure you can follow along with the Golden Bears all year long by accessing live video, audio and statistics, the official athletics website and the KU athletics social media channels. Learn more about each of these services and stay up-to-date whether the Maroon and Gold are here on campus or on the road. How to follow: https://bit.ly/3DtYJJr.

    KU Athletics to Offer Digital Game Programs
    When visiting campus for home athletic events during the 2021-22 academic year, be sure to check out our digital gameday programs, which include live coverage links, access to player and coach profiles and enhanced statistical data. Printed programs will still be available for football, field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming, along with other select events throughout the year, while roster sheets with a QR code to the digital program will be available at all other KU home sporting events. To access digital gameday programs, visit https://kubears.com/programs.

    KU Presents! 2021-2022 Season Subscriptions Available
    Enjoy the same great seats to all six entertaining KU Presents! performances by subscribing before Sept. 7. The season opens Wednesday, Sept. 22, with FACE Vocal Band and closes Wednesday, April 20, with Pinchas Zuckerman Trio. Visit www.KutztownPresents.org for the complete listing of performances.

    Subscriptions can be purchased online or by calling 610-683-4092. Tickets to individual performances will be available Sept. 7. KU Students can access $10 tickets by logging for tickets with their MyKU login.

    KU Students can Access Discounted and Free Tickets to Events Across Campus
    Students can click here, log in with their MyKU login and create an account. Once they create an account in the University ticketing system, they will have access to discounted tickets to events across the KU Campus including Planetarium Shows, KU Presents! and a free ticket to each regular season Golden Bears football home game.

    Discover Kutztown, PA
    Find out what is happening in Kutztown and the surrounding area by downloading the Kutztown, PA Mobile App, featuring event calendar, business directory, points of interest, coupons, promotions and more. Download the mobile app on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Simply type Kutztown, PA.           

    Kutztown University Radio
    Is your Golden Bear looking for an award-winning campus organization to join where they will learn broadcasting in a fun and inclusive environment? Kutztown University Radio may just fit that bill. Absolutely no experience is required. The radio station will train and needs volunteers in all aspects including, but not limited to, sports broadcasting, music, DJing, news and promotions. For more information, visit www.kutztown.edu/KUR.

  • KU Campus Store

    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. Located on the ground level of the Dixon Residence Hall and open until midnight, seven days a week. Additional information can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/kussi/dixon-marketplace.html.

  • KU Foundation

    1866 Minute Giving Challenge Returns Oct. 26-27
    You are an important part of our upcoming third annual 1866 Minute Giving Challenge, Oct. 26-27. For 1,866 minutes, the KU community unites as one to support all. Because Together, We're Golden. Learn more here. All areas of campus will be represented and you can make an impact by sharing and participating in this exciting, impactful day. Learn more here.

    Save the Date: Homecoming 2021 is Oct. 30
    We are delighted to welcome alumni, current students and their families to Homecoming 2021. Click here to see the schedule of events and register.

    Apply for the KU Legacy Scholarship
    The KU Legacy Scholarship is accepting applications through Nov. 15, 2021. This scholarship is open to any child or sibling of a KU graduate starting their sophomore, junior or senior year at Kutztown University. For details about scholarship eligibility or to apply, click here.

    Register for Free Alumni Courses
    Kutztown University has announced this fall's free alumni courses. Courses offered are Art and Science, Top Ten Secrets to Great Project Management and The Visual Journal. These classes are 100% online and will appear on your transcript; however, they may not be used toward a degree program at Kutztown University. Courses are graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis. These classes do not count toward any Act 48 credits. Learn more.

  • Campus Affiliates

    PSECU at Kutztown University
    As Kutztown University's banking partner, PSECU is proud to serve students, staff, alumni and families. PSECU is a digital-first, not-for-profit credit union providing free checking and savings accounts accessible anytime, anywhere via ATMs and mobile banking. Their on-campus Financial Education Center provides resources and support to help students learn the fundamentals of banking and money management. Students are invited to stop by the Financial Education Center in 280 MSU to learn more about PSECU services and inquire about current promotional offers. Parents and families can learn more by visiting psecu.com/students or emailing KU's PSECU manager Kelly Ann Ryan at kryan@psecu.com.

  • Dates to Know

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



    Saturday classes start at 8 a.m.

    Saturday, Sept. 4

    Labor Day Holiday. No Classes. Administrative Offices Closed.

    Monday, Sept. 6

    Last day to add/drop a course in MyKU for all students.

    Tuesday, Sept. 7

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

    Tuesday, Sept. 7

    Fall 2021 "W" period.

    Sept. 8 – Nov. 5

    Last day to return/exchange textbooks without a drop slip.

    Friday, Sept. 10

    Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 80% reduction in charges or refund (fall only).

    Friday, Sept. 10

    Last day to request a Fall 2021 Bookstore Account based on pending authorized aid through the Financial Aid office.

    Friday, Sept. 10

    Last day to make purchases for an approved Bookstore Account based on pending authorized aid.

    Tuesday, Sept. 14

    First day Financial Aid can disburse.

    Friday, Sept. 17

    Refunds from overpayments on student accounts can start no sooner than this date.

    Friday, Sept. 17

    Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 60% reduction in charges or refund (fall only).

    Friday, Sept. 17

    Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 50% reduction in charges or refund (fall only).

    Friday, Sept. 24

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

    Friday, Oct. 1

    Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 40% reduction in charges or refund (fall only).

    Friday, Oct. 1

    First day no reduction in charges or refund for University withdrawals.

    Saturday, Oct. 2

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

Non-discrimination 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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