2020-21 Points of Pride
DECEMBER 2020 POINTS OF PRIDE
Kutztown University Adds Acrobatics and Tumbling as 22nd Varsity Sport
Kutztown University announced the addition of women’s tumbling and acrobatics as its 22nd NCAA varsity sports, effective the 2021-22 academic year. This new NCAA emerging women’s sport will add up to 55 new student-athletes in the years ahead, as well as enhance the university’s commitment to Title IX in athletics. The Golden Bears first meet will be held in the Spring of 2022. Read More.
Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement Set for Dec. 12
Approximately 475 students are scheduled to graduate Saturday, Dec. 12. KU will honor its students through a virtual commencement, which can be viewed on the KU website as a YouTube Live Premiere at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. It can also be viewed anytime afterward on demand. Information on the ceremony is available at https://www.kutztown.edu/virtualcommencement.
Christmas on the Farm 2020
The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center hosted its annual celebration “Christmas on the Farm 2020” on Facebook Live Saturday, Dec. 5, which featured six hours of cultural programming. The event showcased regional arts, music, foodways and culture, as well as a special visit from the Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas visitor, the Belsnickel. The event reached 8,000+ Facebook users. KU's Heritage Center director, Patrick Donmoyer, who portrays Belsnickel this time of year, received national attention on the television program Inside Edition, which came to campus last year for Christmas on the Farm to shoot the interview. Watch Here.
Professor Achey Joins NSF-Sponsored Inorganic Chemistry Education Research Project
Dr. Darren Achey, associate professor of Physical Sciences, has been named a Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource (VIPEr) Fellow in an innovative study to develop, test and refine a flexible, foundation-level inorganic chemistry course. As one of a group of 40 faculty selected for this ground-breaking project, he will join other inorganic chemists from across the country in a community of practice dedicated to improving student learning. Over the course of the project, the VIPEr Fellows will implement evidence-based practices in their courses. The study, entitled “Improving Inorganic Chemistry Education," is being led by the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC) with support from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program. The project will use classroom observations, analysis of student work, student surveys and faculty interviews to study how changes in the classroom affect student learning, interest and motivation, with a goal of improving pedagogy and creating a more simplistic overview of Inorganic Chemistry as a course, as its broad range of material makes it difficult to teach from university to university. Read More.
OCTOBER 2020 POINTS OF PRIDE
KU Awarded Physics Research Grant by National Science Foundation
Dr. Kunal K. Das, professor of physics at Kutztown University, has been awarded a research grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $180,000 over three years (2020-2023). This marks the fourth consecutive grant from the NSF for Dr. Das, whose research has been continuously funded since 2010 by the premier federal agency for the support of basic research in the United States. With this award, Dr. Das has been the recipient of nearly $700,000 in research funding in his career, the majority during his tenure at Kutztown University. In all of his awards, he has been the sole investigator listed. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Das has trained and mentored about 30 students in theoretical physics research, with many of them appearing as co-authors in his numerous peer-reviewed publications in premier physics journals, as well as presenting in international conferences. Read More.
Kutztown University and Johnson College Sign Dual Admission Transfer Agreement for Information Technology Programs
Kutztown University and Johnson College signed a dual admission transfer agreement on Sept. 30, to facilitate the transfer of Johnson College graduates to Kutztown University. Under this dual admissions agreement, Johnson College students will be guaranteed admission into a Bachelor of Science in information technology degree program with third year (junior) status at Kutztown University. Students must graduate from Johnson College with an Associate in Applied Science in computer information technology with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and satisfy all other Kutztown University transfer requirements. Read More.
KU and Lock Haven Partner for Accelerated Programs in Psychology and Sport Science
Kutztown University and Lock Haven University signed an articulation agreement to allow KU psychology students to dual-enroll in graduate-level sport science courses at Lock Haven toward the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in psychology from KU and a Master of Science in sport science from LHU. The sport and exercise psychology track provides advanced training in how psychological factors influence performance and physical activity and how sport and physical activity involvement affect psychological well-being. Graduates are prepared to help athletes and others achieve optimal performance in their field. Read More.
KU Offers Graduate-Level Criminal Justice Concentration in Master of Public Administration Degree
KU will offer a concentration in criminal justice in the Master of Public Administration major. The curriculum has a practical focus that will develop applied administrative and analytical knowledge necessary for career advancement. Offered as a collaborative program between KU's Department of Political Science and Public Administration and Department of Criminal Justice, the Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in criminal justice is designed to accommodate working professionals as well as recent graduates. The program consists of 36 semester hours, conveniently-blended classes and evening classes, flexible options for full- and part-time students, and is designed for working professionals with fall, spring and summer session courses. Read More.
KU Receives Prestigious $1 Million Grant to Recruit Talented Students in Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Technology
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program awarded Kutztown University a $1 million grant to fund the university's new Emerging Mathematics and Computer Science (EMACS) Scholars Program, which will recruit and support talented mathematics, computer science and information technology students with demonstrated financial need. This program will also generate new knowledge on recruitment, retention and student success, which will be circulated through publications and presentations. Read More.
KU Wins Statewide Award for Outstanding Counselor Education Program
Kutztown University's Department of Counselor Education and Student Affairs was awarded the Outstanding Counselor Education Program by the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) at its annual conference held Saturday, Oct. 3. The PCA Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award is awarded to an outstanding professional counseling program in Pennsylvania. Kutztown University offers four Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited graduate counseling programs: clinical mental health counseling, marriage, couples and family counseling, school counseling and addictions counseling. Read More.
SEPTEMBER 2020 POINTS OF PRIDE
KU Rises in 2021 U.S. News and World Report Rankings
Kutztown University has been named a "Best Regional University" in the U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. U.S. News lists KU as No. 125 in the first tier of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, one spot higher than last year. KU has been ranked in the first tier since 2011. Read More.
Princeton Review Recognizes KU as One of the Best Universities in the Northeast for 2021
Kutztown University has been featured as one of the "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review for 2021. The education services company is widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides. KU is among 224 institutions named to the regional list. Kutztown University has been included in the "Best of the Northeast" in 18 consecutive rankings, dating back to the 2004 rankings released in August 2003. Read More.
Computer Science and Information Technology Programs Earn Global Accreditation
Kutztown University's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology programs have been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public, as well as being well prepared for graduate study. Read More.
2020 Graduate Daniel Johns Wins State System Award for Academic Excellence
Kutztown University's Daniel Johns ’20 was presented as the 2020 winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence in July 2020 at a ceremony on campus. The Award for academic excellence is conferred upon a graduating senior from one of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities. Johns, of Orwigsburg, Pa., graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy. A prolific researcher, his work has contributed significant results from his research in the fields of exoplanets and interacting binary stars. He has published six research papers and delivered four conference presentations on his work. Johns was also awarded Kutztown University's Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Gold Medal in Spring 2020 in the category of successfully completed research projects. Read More.
KU Named One of College Magazine's Top 10 Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2020
College Magazine announced its Top 10 Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2020. Kutztown University ranked No. 6 on the list and tops among Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institutions. College Magazine is a national daily guide to campus life reaching millions of college students online nationwide. Read More.
Honors Graduate Anna Nissley Wins National Portz Scholar Award
Kutztown University graduate Anna Nissley ’20 has been selected by the National Collegiate Honors Council as one of four 2020 Portz Scholars. This national award is given to four students for outstanding undergraduate honors papers. Anna’s award-winning, 110-page paper is titled, "Stories of the Appalachian Trail." The four Portz Scholars will present their papers in a virtual session as part of the Council's Virtual Events in October 2020. Winners are awarded a $350 stipend and free registration to the Virtual Events, as well as recognition in the NCHC Award Ceremony. Read More.
Counselor Education, Student Affairs Earns 2020 PCA Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award
The Counselor Education and Student Affairs at Kutztown University has been chosen to receive the 2020 PCA Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award by the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Awards Committee. The presentation will be made at the PCA Virtual Conference in October 2020.
Delaney Named Vice President for Finance and Facilities, Weidman Promoted to Director of Human Resources, Peña to Supervise HR
Matt Delaney, previously the university's chief financial officer, has been named vice president for the division of Finance and Facilities. Jennifer Weidman, who had been serving as interim director, has been named KU's director of Human Resources. In addition, the Office of Human Resources will move into the division of Equity and Compliance under the supervision of vice president Jesus Peña. The changes are the result of the upcoming retirement of Sharon Picus, who served as interim vice president for Administration and Finance last year and the university's chief human resources officer for 22 years. Picus will retire in Fall 2020, after 35 years with the university. She will serve as a special consultant to the president for the remainder of her tenure with KU. Read More.