KU Coronavirus Information Center

June 23 Campus Update

FALL REOPENING PLAN
KU is finalizing our Fall 2020 reopening plan and we plan to share it with the campus community later this week.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATES
The KU Career Development Center will be hosting Zoom workshops this week for summer students working toward one of the Career Development Certificates. This week’s workshops and Zoom links can be found at www.kutztown.edu/careercenter.

PLANS FOR RETURNING TO THE KU CAMPUS

The KU Emergency Management Committee (EMC) continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 color coded phase. The following is the plan for KU employees to return to campus: 

  • Earlier this month, Berks County moved to the Yellow phase, lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place since March.
  • Teleworking is encouraged in the Yellow phase where possible.  KU will continue to implement telework during this phase for non-essential employees, where feasible.
  • When Berks County moves to the Green phase, KU will begin to bring employees back to campus.
  • Some offices will have employees return through a phased process, depending on the office and staff size.
  • Social distancing and other safety measures will be in effect for all workers upon return to campus.
  • Employees with health concerns related to an in-person return, will receive further information regarding protocols.
  • Expanded leave will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and employee hours will be adjusted for in-person work as possible and/or necessary.

COVID-19 Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

as of May 21, 1:30 p.m.

General Questions

  • What is the status of the fall semester?

    PA Department of Education Provides Guidance to KU & Commonwealth Higher Education on Reopening

    Kutztown University recently received guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding the reopening of colleges and universities. Assuming Berks County is in the Green phase, KU will reopen this fall for face-to-face classes. Berks County will enter the Yellow phase Friday, June 5.

    KU will be required to create its own Health and Safety Plan before reopening. This effort is being finalized by our Emergency Management Committee.

    According to the Department of Education, the plan should address, at minimum, the following set of strategies:

    1. A strategy on how the institution will coordinate with local public health officials, or the equivalent of;
    2. A strategy to safely resume in-person instruction;
    3. A strategy to monitor health conditions on its campus community;
    4. A strategy to mitigate and contain the spread of the virus on campus, and to inform the DOH in the event that transmission occurs at the institution; and
    5. A strategy to communicate accurate and timely information to students, faculty, staff, and the communities it serves.

    We are excited about this progress, and while we all be living a “new normal” this fall at KU, it is a sign of hope for the long term. More information will be shared with the campus community in the weeks ahead.  

  • How do I change grades to pass/no credit? How does it affect my GPA or Financial Aid?

    On April 2, KU announced its policy for Spring 2020 Alternative Grading

    Kutztown University will be offering students the option for Spring 2020 only to keep their posted letter grades, or to change their grades to “PA” (pass) or “NC” (no credit). Please see this video with important information pertaining to the grade change option. If you have addition questions, we are hosting three town halls about the grade-review process:

    The grade-review form will open at 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 13. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

  • Can students retrieve package deliveries?

    All packages for on-campus residents were forwarded to the student's home address. Depending on the shipper, it could take at least three weeks for delivery.

    Questions regarding the mailroom should be directed to pflugler@kutztown.edu. 

  • Will there be refunds for tuition, room and meal plans/flex?
  • Are any students staying on campus?

    The university has approx. 50 students living on-campus. These students had the approval to remain on-campus prior to recent decisions to move to online instruction. Select students and visitors that are granted access to residence halls will go through a required screening process, coordinated by KU Health and Wellness Services, before being allowed in residence halls.

  • What is being done for students in the foster care program who don't have other housing options?

    Recent media coverage has resulted in some inquiries regarding Kutztown University’s efforts to support our students who have been a part of the foster care system.  While privacy regulations do not permit the university to comment on specific individuals or cases, we would like to provide an overview of our efforts.

    Kutztown University desires to be the premier higher education institution for foster care youth.  Any KU student who has been a part of the foster care system can apply to be a part of KU’s Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Standouts (PROFS) program.  The PROFS program provides resources to its members, while encouraging them to reach their potential, and be a positive example for others who have also gone through the system.

    The PROFS program can be a true benefit to our students during uncertain times.  As an example, the following is a list of extensive support activities for the university’s PROFS program during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption:

    • Allowed students to remain on campus, and moved them into apartment suites with no additional charges.
    • Provided two meals per day for the last three weeks (for all students even if they didn’t have a meal plan).
    • Purchased pots, pans, dishes and utensils along with dish soap, paper towels, and toilet paper for the students.
    • Assisted in facilitating delivery/pick up of food from the local food pantries.
    • Provided students gift cards to local grocery stores.
    • Worked with students to apply for SNAP/EBT (Food Stamps) benefits.
    • Made our campus nursing staff available to see students with medical needs.
    • Provided online resources including connections to tutoring, disability resources, and mental health counseling.

    In the last week, KU has initiated the following:

    • Gave students $500 to use to purchase food from local grocery stores and restaurants.
    • Hosted a weekly meal delivery or pick up from a local restaurant.
    • Held virtual study halls to help students with school work, studying, and other responsibilities.
    • Coordinated fun virtual activities (for example, a Netflix Party)

    KU has also offered to speak through virtual sessions to the youth now in foster care, who plan to pursue higher education.  Our staff is aware that some youth are feeling that college is out reach for them in our current environment.  We want them know there is a place for them at Kutztown University. 

    There are currently opportunities for the KU community to assist.  The Kutztown University Foundation has established a fund called “Bears Band Together” to help students during these challenging times. Donations can be made through the KU Foundation website at:

    https://www.givecampus.com/schools/KutztownUniversityofPennsylvania/bears-band-together-for-ku/?a=3640177#updates.  Donations can also be made to the PROFS program by earmarking a gift at www.kuf.org.

    Prospective students can apply to Kutztown University online: www.kutztown.edu/apply (they can use the word GOLDEN at the end of the admissions application to waive the application fee). Once they are accepted, they can apply to the PROFS program at www.kutztown.edu/PROFSProgram.

  • If students are on campus, are dining halls available to them? What Dining facilities are closed?

    Our dining halls on-campus remain closed.

  • What happens if a student who is staying on campus shows symptoms?

    Any students who have developed symptoms consistent with the coronavirus (fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue) should contact their family physician, as well as the KU Health & Wellness Center at 610-683-4082.

  • I am a graduate assistant/student worker/on-campus intern, should I come to work?

    KU student workers will be offered the opportunity to continue working remotely and/or in an alternate assignment. Please contact your supervisor.

  • What do students on internships, experiential learning, professional placements, practica do?

    All experiential learning assignments such as internships, externships, clinicals, labs, and student teaching assignments are suspended.  

    Students with questions should contact the advisor of the internship, student teaching, etc., to discuss.

  • When can i withdraw from a course?

    For the spring 2020 semester, the deadline to withdraw from a course has been extended until the end of regular classes, Friday, May 1, 2020. 

    The Registrar can accept course withdraw requests via email RegOffice@kutztown.edu.

    Visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information

     

  • How can students request emergency funding assistance? If I want to help a student in need, how can i donate?

    The KU Care Team has information available for students who need assistance.  You can also find information on the above link if you wish to donate.

Transition to Online Classes/Distance Learning

  • How will the missed instruction be handled?

    Please contact your professor to learn how missed instruction will be made up.

  • Are online-only classes affected by the suspension of classes for the week of March 16?

    All classes were moved to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, beginning Monday, March 23. Online classes did not meet the week of March 16.

  • I do not have my textbooks, are there other resources available?

    For any student who may be without their textbooks, KU Campus Store is providing free access to over 50,000 ebook titles through VitalSource using this link: https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com.

    Through May 31, access to an expansive catalog of eTexbooks will be available for free. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address (or create an account if needed) and can then view course materials from participating publishers.

  • Are Rohrbach Library resources available? How do I return my books?

    The library is closed, but resources and staff remain available. 

    Librarians are available online to answer questions and help with research at https://library.kutztown.edu/covid19. Rohrbach Library’s resource guide outlines library services, policies and useful links for spring semester.

    Find out how to return checked out library resources

  • Are tutoring services available?

    Yes.

    Tutoring Services will continue to support students by providing services online via Zoom.  Tutoring Services will continue to accept tutor requests via MyKU and match students with available peer tutors, supplemental instructors, labs and academic peer mentors online.  

    All current students registered with Tutoring Services will receive an updated match email by Friday, March 20, with instructions on how to schedule and access tutoring sessions via Zoom.

  • Is the Writing Center available?

    As we move online with KU courses on Monday, 3/23/2020, the Kutztown University Writing Center will be able to help student writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through a WCOnline program.

    Online ½ hour appointments with writing tutors will start Monday 3/23 at 11 a.m.; sessions can be scheduled during the following days/ hours:

    • Monday- Thursday 11 a.m. -8 p.m.
    • Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Sunday 2-9 p.m.

    The address to access the online UWC is https://kutztown.mywconline.com

    Students can access the site (and detailed instructions) from our web page as well at https://kutztownwritingcenter.wordpress.com/

    Please contact Patricia Pytleski, Director of the KU Writing Center, at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions.

  • I do not have access to a computer or wifi at home. What should I do?

    Kutztown University understands the difficulty that the transition to Online Learning may pose for students who don’t have access to an appropriate device.  Kutztown University has a limited number of laptops that students can check-out for the duration of the semester. All requests for a device should be submitted to the IT Help Center (helpcenter@kutztown.edu, 610-683-1511).

    We will do our best to meet all requests.   You will be informed of when and where you can pick-up the laptop if we are able to meet your request.

    Some Internet Service Providers (ISP), such as Comcast (Internet Essentials), have offered free or low cost internet access. Please contact ISP in your area to see what options you may have.  The Information Technology office has also sent a list to students of known resources.

  • There are many software applications that I use on campus computers. How will I access the software when we are not on camps?

    IT continues to work with vendors to see what options are available for student use. 

    • Students are licensed to install Microsoft Office 365 on their personal devices.  This includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and several others.
    • Adobe Creative Cloud and SPSS will be available for temporary use on student owned devices.

    Information on how to download, install and license the software is being sent to students when it becomes available. 

  • I have work saved on the KU network, how can I access it off campus?

    Please email helpcenter@kutztown.edu or call the Help Center 610-683-1511. Depending on where the files are stored, IT may be able to move them to onedrive.

  • 6/18/20 Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY CLOSED FRIDAY, JUNE 19
    Kutztown University will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 19, in recognition of Juneteenth National Freedom Day. More information can be found in Thursday’s earlier announcement.

    FALL REOPENING PLAN
    KU is finalizing our Fall 2020 reopening plan and we hope to share it with the campus community next week.

    BECOME A PEER TUTOR
    Tutoring Services is currently recruiting peer tutors in all subject areas for fall 2020.  If you are interested in this position have them complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application.  If you have any questions please contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu.

    PLANS FOR RETURNING TO THE KU CAMPUS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

    The KU Emergency Management Committee (EMC) continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 color coded phase. The following is the plan for KU employees to return to campus: 

    • Earlier this month, Berks County moved to the Yellow phase, lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place since March.
    • Teleworking is encouraged in the Yellow phase where possible.  KU will continue to implement telework during this phase for non-essential employees, where feasible.
    • When Berks County moves to the Green phase, KU will begin to bring employees back to campus.
    • Some offices will have employees return through a phased process, depending on the office and staff size.
    • Social distancing and other safety measures will be in effect for all workers upon return to campus.
    • Employees with health concerns related to an in-person return, will receive further information regarding protocols.
    • Expanded leave will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and employee hours will be adjusted for in-person work as possible and/or necessary.

    COVID-19 Resources

  • 6/16/20 Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    SPRING 2020 DEAN'S LIST ANNOUNCED
    More than 2,550 students have been named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean's List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.60. View the full list here.

    COVID-19 Resources

  • 6/12/20 Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
    Kutztown students are invited to attend PASSHE West’s “Get Hired” event next week. 24 employers who are hiring will be available to speak with students. A complete listing of events and times can be found at www.kutztown.edu/careercenter.

    PSECU’S CAMPUS FINANCIAL EDUCATION CENTER IS OPEN FOR VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
    If you have questions about banking with PSECU - or need assistance managing your PSECU account - please feel free to call our office at 610-894-4814, or email the center’s manager, Kelly Ann Ryan, at kryan@psecu.com. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Visit www.psecu.com for additional information. In addition to providing customer service, PSECU is also offering virtual, financial education sessions for your class, student group or office.

    PLANS FOR RETURNING TO THE KU CAMPUS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

    The KU Emergency Management Committee (EMC) continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 color-coded phase. The following is the plan for KU employees to return to campus: 

    • Last week, Berks County moved to the Yellow phase, lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place since March.
    • Teleworking is encouraged in the Yellow phase where possible.  KU will continue to implement telework during this phase for non-essential employees, where feasible.
    • When Berks County moves to the Green phase, KU will begin to bring employees back to campus.
    • Some offices will have employees return through a phased process, depending on the office and staff size.
    • Social distancing and other safety measures will be in effect for all workers upon return to campus.
    • Employees with health concerns related to an in-person return, will receive further information regarding protocols.
    • Expanded leave will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and employee hours will be adjusted for in-person work as possible and/or necessary.

    COVID-19 Resources

  • 6/9/20 Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    2020 CENSUS INFORMATION
    The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years, and 2020 is a census year. The demographic information that the U.S. Census Bureau gathers helps determine how billions of federal funding dollars are allocated for financial aid, community mental health services, infrastructure and research grants and also impacts congressional representation over the next 10 years. Regardless of where they are living during the COVID-19 pandemic, college students must be counted at the address where they had spent most of the spring semester and intended to be living on April 1, 2020. This brief video provides the information you need. More information for students, faculty and staff.

    KU FACEMASK

    Due to high demand, the KU Campus Store is out of stock of the KU bearhead facemask. We will have 1,000 masks arriving by Tuesday, June 23. We are accepting preorders to ensure that you can get your hands on the best-looking mask around. View here.

    FATHER’S DAY GIFTS FOR DAD

    We have Golden Bear gifts for every Dad! Order before Tuesday, June 16, to get orders on time for Father’s Day. 20% off select Father's Day items. 15% off all Apparel and Gift items. Sale ends Tuesday, June 16. Shop at https://kubstore.com/category/fathers-day-deals.

    WORKSHOPS: CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER

    The KU Career Development Center has another new week of workshops to help students who are working toward their Career Development Certificate. Please visit www.kutztown.edu/careercenter to find the weekly offerings and the Zoom links for each. Workshop are held at 1 p.m.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 6/5/20 Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    PEACE LOVE KUTZTOWN MARCH THIS SUNDAY

    Kutztown University president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and members of the KU community will participate in the Peace Love Kutztown March this Sunday, June 7, in support of local, regional and national solidarity. 

    Staging begins at 11:30 a.m. on College Boulevard (Kutztown Fairground sidewalk across from Beekey Education Center). The march begins at noon, walking down Main Street to Whiteoak Street for a one-hour rally, then back to the Fairgrounds. This is a peaceful community demonstration.

    Dr. Donavan McCargo, KU’s dean of students, will speak on behalf of the university. All participants are strongly encouraged to follow safety protocols that are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    All are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/683381212518052

    PROFESSOR GARRISON FEATURED IN LOCAL NEWS ON RACE AND SOCIAL DISCONTENT

    Berks-Mont News recently published a column by KU criminal justice professor Arthur Garrison on, "race and social discontent: The unrest in America has a historical context". Read the column here.

    PLANS FOR RETURNING TO THE KU CAMPUS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

    The KU Emergency Management Committee (EMC) continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 color coded phase. The following is the plan for KU employees to return to campus: 

    • Today, Berks County moved to the Yellow phase, lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place since March.
    • Teleworking is encouraged in the Yellow phase where possible.  KU will continue to implement telework during this phase for non-essential employees, where feasible.
    • When Berks County moves to the Green phase, KU will begin to bring employees back to campus.
    • Some offices will have employees return through a phased process, depending on the office and staff size.
    • Social distancing and other safety measures will be in effect for all workers upon return to campus.
    • Employees with health concerns related to an in-person return, will receive further information regarding protocols.
    • Expanded leave will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and employee hours will be adjusted for in-person work as possible and/or necessary.

    KU MASKS IN-STOCK
    Show your KU pride while staying safe. While supplies last. Purchase online.

    PARENT BULLETIN: JUNE 2020
    This month’s edition of the KU Parents & Family Bulletin has been sent to registered subscribers and can be found below. It can also be found online. Please encourage parents, family members and our campus community to sign-up for the monthly e-newsletter (sign-up here). Please direct any questions to University Relations at UR@kutztown.edu.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 6/2/20 Campus Update

    Today’s update begins with a message from KU Chief of Police John Dillon on the current national events.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETIC CLUB VIRTUAL 5K
    Dust off your sneakers and get ready to move in support of Kutztown University Athletics. Whether you’re on a treadmill, jogging your neighborhood, walking around the block or cruising your favorite trail, the GBAC Virtual 5K is the #1 way to support KU Athletics right now. All funds raised will benefit KU student-athletes and teams in the form of scholarship support (our greatest need), relieving unexpected expenses due to schedule changes, upgrades of team equipment and uniforms, offsetting team travel, enabling facility improvements and so much more. Click here for more information and to register.

    KU’S VIRTUAL CAMPUS TOUR FEATURED NATIONALLY IN UNIVERSITY BUSINESS
    Kutztown University’s virtual campus tour featured nationally in University Business magazine. Matt Zalaznick wrote, “With prospective students unable to visit Kutztown University, the Pennsylvania school’s campus tour guides took to Instagram Live with their iPhones.” Click here to read the May 28 article by Matt Zalaznick in University Business magazine.

    CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    Each week, the KU Career Development Center will offer a selection of workshops to help students who are working toward the Career Development Certificates. Please visit www.kutztown.edu/careercenter to find the weekly offerings and Zoom links for each. Workshops will be held at 1 p.m. In addition, Kutztown students are encouraged to check out this week’s employer list from the PASSHE West “Get Hired” event. Zoom links can be found at www.kutztown.edu/handshake.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/29/20 Campus Update

    Today’s update focuses on our fall reopening plans from the Emergency Management Committee (EMC):

    The expanded Emergency Management Committee has been meeting regularly and has established subgroups to assist in the planning of the fall semester. The area subgroups include Housing, Dining, Academics, Facilities, Health and Wellness Center and Counseling, Public Safety and Police Services, and Environmental Health and Safety, Athletics and Communications. Each subgroup has been meeting and planning in their respective areas. 

    The groups have been asked to look at three scenarios based upon the commonwealth’s color codes, as based in the COVID-19 response. A red color would mean that all instruction would happen online. A yellow color would allow face-to-face instruction with modifications to class size, housing, dining and other restrictions. A green color would permit face-to-face instruction and provides less restrictions in most areas.

    Groups such as Housing, Dining, Academics, Public Safety and Police Services, and Facilities are meeting multiple times each week to discuss their ongoing work and planning. Other groups are also meeting weekly to further their plans. Housing has completed four separate plans for student housing and Public Safety and Police Services has completed three different plans based upon the commonwealth’s color-coded system and the related protocols. Academics continues to explore teaching methods and class sizes, evaluating all classrooms to revise maximum occupancy based on social distancing protocol.

    The academic restart subgroup is also discussing how to clean classrooms between usage as well as limiting student gathering in buildings (e.g., control traffic flows).

    The committee has prepared an extensive list of supplies that it is sourcing and securing for the fall semester. The various subgroups have identified personal protective equipment that is needed and those lists were merged to increase our ability to buy in volume and at a discount. One item that was identified was that every employee and student would receive two reusable face masks to be worn on campus. Other supplies have been identified and purchased, while the team continues to catalog additional requests. 

    The EMC has met with a medical testing lab to ensure that any testing requirements or recommendations provide the university access to resources and the ability to monitor the health of the campus community. These discussions are ongoing at this time.

    The committee continues to prepare for an on-campus return and is aware that much of the information that is necessary to reopen is unknown at this time and, in some cases, outside of the university’s control. We continue to review guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, the State System of Higher Education, the NCAA and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and from both the federal and commonwealth Departments of Education.

    The university is taking all the steps necessary to reopen and ensure KU has the best chance for a safe and successful fall semester. 

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/26/20 Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    MEMORIAL DAY BUY MORE, SAVE MORE SALE!

    The KU Campus Store is having a Memorial Day sale on apparel and gifts. Spend $50, save 15% with code: MDS15. Spend $100, save 20% with code: MDS20. Spend $200, save 25% with code: MDS25. Sale ends Tuesday, May 26. Shop now at www.kubstore.com.

    T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER, BEARS BAND TOGETHER: ENDS SUNDAY, MAY 31

    A T-shirt fundraiser has been created as a way to support our current Golden Bears who need financial support as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please consider purchasing a shirt to support the Bears Band Together Fund at Kutztown University. All proceeds benefit KU students. View shirt here.

    BECOME A PEER TUTOR
    Tutoring Services is recruiting peer tutors in all subject areas for fall 2020. If you are interested in this position, please complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application. If you have any questions, please contact tutor@kutztown.edu.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/22/20 Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    SPRING 2020 COMMENCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
    We have reserved the weekend of Oct. 2-3, for our rescheduled 2020 Spring Commencement. The graduate ceremony is scheduled for Friday evening, Oct. 2, and undergraduate ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3. We will provide a more-detailed schedule and keep you posted on developments in the weeks ahead. As a reminder, the ability to hold large gatherings the size of a commencement would be contingent on the status of our campus as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not know about that status until later in the summer.

    2020 KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL GOES ONLINE
    Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and the related health concerns of its spread, this year's annual Kutztown Folk Festival will take place online. Weeks leading up to and including June 27 - July 5, 2020, will see the Festival focus on virtual engagement, as well as moving its nationally-recognized quilt auction to an online format. The Festival's ever-popular Quilt Raffle and limited-edition apparel will also be available. Video updates from many of the Festival's colorful craftsmen, entertainers, and long-time participants will be posted on social media throughout the week, as well as archived videos, photos, and stories from prior years.

    MEMORIAL DAY BUY MORE, SAVE MORE SALE!

    The KU Campus Store is having a Memorial Day sale on apparel and gifts. Spend $50, save 15% with code: MDS15. Spend $100, save 20% with code: MDS20. Spend $200, save 25% with code: MDS25. Sale ends Tuesday, May 26. Shop now at www.kubstore.com.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/19/20 Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    15% OFF ALL APPAREL
    Save 15% on all apparel to help you stay comfy at home. Sale ends Wednesday, May 20. View apparel here.

    PHOTOS AT ALUMNI PLAZA

    Alumni Plaza will be open for photos through Memorial Day weekend. Many graduates have returned to campus with families and friends, having their photos taken at our picturesque Alumni Plaza. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines if returning to campus for photos.

    T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER
    A T-shirt fundraiser has been created as a way to support our current Golden Bears who need financial support as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please consider purchasing a shirt to support the Bears Band Together Fund at Kutztown University. All proceeds benefit KU students. View shirt here.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

     

  • 5/15/20 Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    PRESIDENT HAWKINSON’S LETTER TO STUDENTS
    Congratulations! Together, we reached the end of the 2020 spring semester during some of the most challenging times in the history of higher education, and the 154-year history of Kutztown University. It has now been nearly 10 weeks since my message went out to our university community announcing the many changes we had undertaken to move nearly all our functions online, or through some form of virtual communication, as a result of the pandemic. All our offices remained open and we continued to serve our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community to the best of our ability. Be assured that people worked around the clock to continue our services and fulfill our mission of providing a college education to you, our students. Read the entire letter here.

    T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER
    A T-shirt fundraiser has been created as a way to support our current Golden Bears who need financial support as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please consider purchasing a shirt to support the Bears Band Together Fund at Kutztown University. All proceeds benefit KU students. View shirt here.

    GET HIRED: CONNECT VIRTUALLY WITH EMPLOYERS

    State System East universities are hosting a series of skill-building and employer events to help students secure employment post-graduation. Connect and network with hiring employers to find opportunities. One-hour sessions are available daily. Students can check out more details on Handshake at www.kutztown.edu/handshake. Please contact KU’s Career Development Center with any questions. careerhelp@kutztown.edu. Full listing of employers.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

     

    15% OFF ALL APPAREL
    Save 15% on all apparel to help you stay comfy at home. Sale ends Wednesday, May 20. View apparel here.

     

    PHOTOS AT ALUMNI PLAZA

    Alumni Plaza will be open for photos through Memorial Day weekend. Many graduates have returned to campus with families and friends, having their photos taken at our picturesque Alumni Plaza. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines if returning to campus for photos.

     

    T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER
    A T-shirt fundraiser has been created as a way to support our current Golden Bears who need financial support as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please consider purchasing a shirt to support the Bears Band Together Fund at Kutztown University. All proceeds benefit KU students. View shirt here.

     

    COVID-19 Resources

     

    Sincerely,

     

    KU Office of University Relations

     

  • 5/12/20 Campus Update

    As we move into the summer, we will provide campus updates twice-a-week (Tuesday/Friday) as we continue through the current pandemic. At the end of every update, we will provide COVID-19-related resources for our campus, including our campus health update, FAQ’s and contact information for further questions.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2020
    Congratulations to the Class of 2020. We hope you were able to celebrate with your families over the weekend and follow our weekend coverage honoring our seniors. Catch up on all of our commencement coverage online.

    PASSHE EAST UNIVERSITIES: GET HIRED

    State System East universities are hosting a series of skill-building and employer events to help students secure employment post-graduation. Students can check out more details on Handshake at www.kutztown.edu/handshake. Please contact KU’s Career Development Center with any questions. careerhelp@kutztown.edu. Full listing of events.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations 

  • 5/8/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Congratulations to all of our students, faculty and staff on completing our spring 2020 semester, and most importantly, our graduating seniors. This weekend, we will celebrate the class of 2020 virtually, on what would have been its commencement weekend, on our commencement coverage website. President Hawkinson will address our graduating class in a video message Saturday morning. Be sure to monitor your email, our website and social media accounts for a plethora of weekend content congratulating our seniors. Find us at facebook.com/KutztownU and @KutztownU on Instagram and Twitter.

    For those who may be coming to campus, the fountains at Alumni Plaza will be running in honor of our graduates. We encourage anyone coming to campus for graduation photos to implement social distancing protocols. Graduates: share your photos or video of your graduation celebration this Saturday and tag us using #KutztownU2020; or, send an email to socialga@kutztown.edu. We'll be sharing your photos all day Saturday, so don your regalia if you have it and show us your Golden Bear spirit.

    Moving into the summer, our Campus Update for the Coronavirus Pandemic will continue in a twice-a-week format. Issues will be sent to campus Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Be sure to monitor your email throughout the summer as we continue to share important information.

    Lastly, as in past years, KU will initiate summer hours beginning Monday, May 11, the Monday following finals. These hours will remain in effect until Friday, Aug. 14, a week before the start of classes. Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half-hour lunch. Anyone who has a need to maintain the normal winter hours may submit a request through their supervisory line. Approval for such a request will be at the vice-presidential level.  

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS

    UNDERGRADUATE REGISTRATION: FALL 2020
    Undergraduate registration through MyKU for the Fall 2020 semester will be closed beginning today, Friday, May 8, at 11:59 p.m. Undergraduate students will need to contact their advisors or their department for assistance until registration is reopened Friday, Aug. 14, at 8 a.m.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/7/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.

    As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual currently on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. HIPAA regulations protect the identity of individuals from the general population, should someone test positive.

    Please be advised that we continue to have nearly 60 students and staff living on campus and many more essential employees are working on campus each day. As has been shared in our earlier messages, students currently on campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID 19 should notify the KU Health and Wellness Center, while employees should notify KU Human Resources. Should someone who is on campus test positive, the CDC and Department of Health guidelines and the Clery Act require us to issue immediate notification, and begin to implement the proper quarantine protocols.

    CELEBRATING THE KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY CLASS OF 2020

    Nearly 1,300 Kutztown University students have been approved to receive their diplomas following the conclusion of the 2020 spring semester this Friday. Nearly 1,100 students are slated to receive their bachelor’s degrees, while 177 students will receive their graduate degrees, including 11 doctorate degrees. The university is celebrating its spring graduates with various activities online on its commencement coverage webpage

    GRADUATES: SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!

    Attention 2020 graduates: even without an on-campus commencement ceremony this weekend, we want to celebrate each and every one of you and your amazing achievement. Share your photos or video of your graduation celebration this Saturday and tag us using #KutztownU2020; or, send an email to socialga@kutztown.edu. We'll be sharing your photos all day Saturday, so don your regalia if you have it and show us your Golden Bear spirit. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

    PARENT BULLETIN: MAY 2020
    This month’s edition of the KU Parents & Family Bulletin has been sent to registered subscribers and can be found below. It can also be found online. Please encourage parents, family members and our campus community to sign-up for the monthly e-newsletter (sign-up here). Please direct any questions to University Relations at UR@kutztown.edu.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/6/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    We’ve received many questions about the fall semester at KU. At this time, Kutztown University is planning for face-to-face classes for the fall semester; however, there are several steps in the reopening process that must first occur.

    As you may be aware, the Governor announced a reopening of the Commonwealth beginning this Friday, May 8, with a county-by-county approach. As such, Kutztown University and the State System will adhere to the Governor’s reopening plan.

    Berks County is currently in the Governor’s red phase, maintaining the state’s stay-at-home order. Once Berks County moves into the yellow phase, we will be able to reopen parts of our campus to limited employees, while still utilizing telecommuting. We will not bring students back to campus until Berks County moves into the green phase.

    We encourage our community to follow Governor Wolf’s announcements regarding reopening the state at www.governor.pa.gov. In the coming weeks, more information will be provided concerning the planning process for the fall and all the options open to us.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.

    As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual currently on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. HIPAA regulations protect the identity of individuals from the general population, should someone test positive.

    Please be advised that we continue to have nearly 60 students and staff living on campus and many more essential employees are working on campus each day. As has been shared in our earlier messages, students currently on campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID 19 should notify the KU Health and Wellness Center, while employees should notify KU Human Resources. Should someone who is on campus test positive, the CDC and Department of Health guidelines and the Clery Act require us to issue immediate notification, and begin to implement the proper quarantine protocols.

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE – FINAL EDITION OF SEMESTER
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online. This is the final edition of the spring semester. Bear Essentials will return in August for the 2020 fall semester.

    CELEBRATING THE KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY CLASS OF 2020

    Nearly 1,300 Kutztown University students have been approved to receive their diplomas following the conclusion of the 2020 spring semester this Friday. Nearly 1,100 students are slated to receive their bachelor’s degrees, while 177 students will receive their graduate degrees, including 11 doctorate degrees. The university is celebrating its spring graduates with various activities online on its commencement coverage webpage. A complete list of graduating students can be found online.

    GRADUATES: SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!

    Attention 2020 graduates: even without an on-campus commencement ceremony this weekend, we want to celebrate each and every one of you and your amazing achievement. Share your photos or video of your graduation celebration this Saturday and tag us using #KutztownU2020; or, send an email to socialga@kutztown.edu. We'll be sharing your photos all day Saturday, so don your regalia if you have it and show us your Golden Bear spirit. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

    WRITE A MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2020

    Help us celebrate the Class of 2020 and welcome them to the KU Alumni Association! Download this PDF, write a message to the Class of 2020 and post it on social media Friday, May 8, using #SeniorRoar. Don’t forget to tag Kutztown University Alumni Association. We’ll compile your submissions into a video for seniors Saturday, May 9. One lucky participant will win a $100 Amazon gift card!

    CARES ACT FAQ’S

    Earlier this week, we announced information regarding CARES Act funding for our students. Please visit our website for related frequently asked questions.

    KUR TALK SHOW
    The most recent six episodes (episodes 13-18) of the long-running Kutztown University Radio (KUR) campus-interest interview talk show "Emmy Knows" all deal with adapting to the 'new normal' of remote-learning and support during the pandemic. Emmy's most recent guest (episode 18) is an especially engaging edition with KU professor Jennifer Schlegel. You can hear the entire collection of "Emmy Knows" by going to this YouTube playlist or by searching "Kutztown University Radio" on your free Spotify account and scrolling through the podcasts. Episode 18 marks the series finale of the long-running show "Emmy Knows" as Emmy graduates from KU this year.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/5/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.

    As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual currently on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. HIPAA regulations protect the identity of individuals from the general population, should someone test positive.

    Please be advised that we continue to have nearly 60 students and staff living on campus and many more essential employees are working on campus each day. As has been shared in our earlier messages, students currently on campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID 19 should notify the KU Health and Wellness Center, while employees should notify KU Human Resources. Should someone who is on campus test positive, the CDC and Department of Health guidelines and the Clery Act require us to issue immediate notification, and begin to implement the proper quarantine protocols.

    CELEBRATING KU’s CLASS OF 2020
    This week is a special week for our campus and most importantly, our graduating students. While we aren’t able to have our formal, on-campus commencement ceremonies this weekend, it’s time to celebrate KU’s Class of 2020 in our virtual environment! Throughout the week, we will be launching new information, videos and messages for our graduating students. Today, Alumni Relations and the KU Foundation are delighted to welcome a new class of alumni. Check out their Senior Roar webpage for new information on becoming part of our Golden Bear alumni. Stay tuned to our Daily Update and KU’s social media channels to join us in celebrating KU’s newest graduating class. 

    GRADUATES: SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!

    Attention 2020 graduates: even without an on-campus commencement ceremony this weekend, we want to celebrate each and every one of you and your amazing achievement. Share your photos or video of your graduation celebration this Saturday and tag us using #KutztownU2020; or, send an email to socialga@kutztown.edu. We'll be sharing your photos all day Saturday, so don your regalia if you have it and show us your Golden Bear spirit. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

    CARES ACT ADMINISTRATION AND FUNDS DISBURSEMENT

    As a result of funding from the CARES Act, Kutztown University received $3.7 million from the federal government to be disbursed to eligible students who have been negatively affected by the disruption to campus operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The vast majority of our students will receive approximately $295 each to help with the financial impact of dealing with this crisis. About half of our students who have demonstrated financial-need, based on their completed FAFSA, will receive up to an additional $345. Approximately 30% of the funding will be held back to distribute to students who have petitioned for additional support as the result of dealing with an emergency or have an extreme need. Please visit our website to the details of this program.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/4/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.

    As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual currently on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. HIPAA regulations protect the identity of individuals from the general population, should someone test positive.

    Please be advised that we continue to have nearly 60 students and staff living on campus and many more essential employees are working on campus each day. As has been shared in our earlier messages, students currently on campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID 19 should notify the KU Health and Wellness Center, while employees should notify KU Human Resources. Should someone who is on campus test positive, the CDC and Department of Health guidelines and the Clery Act require us to issue immediate notification, and begin to implement the proper quarantine protocols.

    GRADING INFORMATION SPRING 2020

    Kutztown University will be offering students the option for Spring 2020 only to keep their posted letter grades, or to change their grades to “PA” (pass) or “NC” (no credit). Please see this video with important information pertaining to the grade change option. If you have additional questions, we are hosting three town halls about the grade-review process:

    The grade-review form will open at 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 13. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

    READING EAGLE: IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS, KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY POLICE ARE GIVING AND RECEIVING HELP

    The KU police department was recently featured in the Reading Eagle for their efforts in supporting our community during the current pandemic. Read the story here.

    GET HIRED: SYSTEMWIDE EMPLOYER EVENTS
    The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is hosting a series of skill-building and employer events for recent graduates to help them secure employment. From May 11-15, Get Prepared: Skills to Get Hired entails multiple skill-building sessions, helping graduates navigate job searches, resume building, LinkedIn and more. From May 18-29, Get Hired: Connect Virtually with Employers allows students to connect and network with hiring employers to find opportunities. One-hour sessions happen each day between 12-5 p.m. Learn more at www.kutztown.edu/handshake. Students can also contact the KU Career Development Center at careerhelp@kutztown.edu.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 5/1/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.

    As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual currently on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. HIPAA regulations protect the identity of individuals from the general population, should someone test positive.

    Please be advised that we continue to have nearly 60 students and staff living on campus and many more essential employees are working on campus each day. As has been shared in our earlier messages, students currently on campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID 19 should notify the KU Health and Wellness Center, while employees should notify KU Human Resources. Should someone who is on campus test positive, the CDC and Department of Health guidelines and the Clery Act require us to issue immediate notification, and begin to implement the proper quarantine protocols.

    ART DEPARTMENT SENIOR EXHIBITION - VIRTUAL GALLERY
    Congratulations to our seniors who are graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art. We’re sad we can’t see the work in person but until then, we have a virtual catalog. This exhibit was juried by Dr. Crow, director of Lehigh University Galleries. Special congrats to Ben Moody whose “Untitled” collage will be purchased for the KU Permanent Art Collection and displayed in the lower hallway of the Sharadin Arts Building. This purchase is made in honor of the New Arts Program by esteemed alums Barbara Kirkpatrick, James O. Clark, Paul Harryn and Michael Kessler. https://issuu.com/millerku/docs/art-seniors

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/30/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.

    As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual currently on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. HIPAA regulations protect the identity of individuals from the general population, should someone test positive.

    Please be advised that we continue to have nearly 60 students and staff living on campus and many more essential employees are working on campus each day. As has been shared in our earlier messages, students currently on campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID 19 should notify the KU Health and Wellness Center, while employees should notify KU Human Resources. Should someone who is on campus test positive, the CDC and Department of Health guidelines and the Clery Act require us to issue immediate notification, and begin to implement the proper quarantine protocols.  

    SKETCHING OLD MAIN

    Thanks to KU junior Emma Fries, who shared this video of herself sketching Old Main. Emma is working on a double major in Studio Art-Painting and Art Education. Watch here.

    KU ROCK ENSEMBLE I DOES IT AGAIN
    KU Rock Ensemble I, an ensemble in the Department of Music's jazz and commercial studies area, has been honored by Downbeat Magazine for the third year in a row as one of the best undergraduate Rock ensembles in the nation. Here's a tune just recorded by these fabulous students right here on campus. We hope you like it!

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE: CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Flashcard Friday

    676-049-455

    5/1/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/29/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    THURSDAY: WEBINAR ON COVID-19, ZOONOTIC DISEASES, AND BATS

    Please join the KU biology department for a timely Zoom webinar on Zoonontic Diseases, Bats, and COVID-19 at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 30. This Zoom webinar will be recorded and posted for those who may not be able to attend at the scheduled time. The webinar will be given by Dr. Kendra Phelps of Ecohealth Alliance, an expert in the study of transfer of diseases from bats to humans. Zoom Link.

    THE KU COMPOSITION CONFERENCE: DIGITAL EDITION!

    KU’s Department of English is pleased to share the digital edition of the annual KU Composition Conference. With the assistance of our wonderful librarians, all submissions are hosted via the KU Research Commons. Our theme this year is “2020 Vision,” and it is open to many interpretations. Clarity of vision comes to mind: the act of writing helps us understand ourselves and our experiences. Writing through a problem can bring clarity too. In hindsight, we can often see things anew. You can read, listen to, or watch the work of our amazing students here.

    LISTEN: KU PANDEMIC SERIES
    The most recent five episodes (episodes 13 through 17) of the long-running KUR campus-interest interview talk show, "Emmy Knows," all deal with adapting to the 'new normal' of remote-learning and support during the pandemic. Emmy's most recent guest (episode 17) is an especially engaging edition with KU dean of students, Dr. Donavan McCargo. You can hear the entire collection of "Emmy Knows" by going to this YouTube playlist or by searching "Kutztown University Radio" on your free Spotify account and scrolling through the podcasts.

    UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER ONLINE THROUGH FINALS WEEK
    The KU Writing Center is able to help student-writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through our online program. Online, 30-minute appointments with writing tutors are available at https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Sessions can be scheduled during the following times: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-9 p.m. Please contact Patricia Pytleski, director of the KU Writing Center, at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions.

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE: CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT

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    30 Minutes of Success Tips for Final Exams!

    797-416-496

    4/30/2020

    5 PM

    Flashcard Friday

    676-049-455

    5/1/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/28/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus: 

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines. 

    ZOOM BACKGROUNDS
    We all know how much we love our custom Zoom backgrounds. Now, download your very-own Kutztown University background! Many options are available and can be downloaded online. 

    2020 CENSUS INFORMATION
    The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years, and 2020 is a census year. The demographic information that the U.S. Census Bureau gathers helps determine how billions of federal funding dollars are allocated for financial aid, community mental health services, infrastructure and research grants and also impacts congressional representation over the next 10 years. Regardless of where they are living during the COVID-19 pandemic, college students must be counted at the address where they had spent most of the spring semester and intended to be living on April 1, 2020. This brief video provides the information you need. More information for students, faculty and staff

    POWER OF MINDFULNESS: TOGETHER WE CAN
    Dive into Health Promotion and Other Drug Services’ first newsletter that offers different perspectives, ideas and resources for our KU community. Adjusting to a new way of living has not been easy – you are not alone. Read Here

    MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS DURING COVID-19 “STAY AT HOME” ORDER
    The coronavirus outbreak has quickly changed the way we connect to others. You may be experiencing “togetherness overload” while trying to figure out how to coexist in your limited space with others. You may be feeling disconnected from family and friends or miss meeting new people. Join this session to learn ways to manage and maintain your relationships and how to stay socially and emotionally connected while maintaining physical distance. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join us Wednesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. for a special presentation by Fairmont Behavioral Health’s Amber Hedemann, LPC, NCC, MA, CDP. Zoom Link. Password: 152868. 

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE: CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT

    TOPIC

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    30 Minutes of Success Tips for Final Exams!

    607-909-078

    4/29/2020

    11 AM

    30 Minutes of Success Tips for Final Exams!

    797-416-496

    4/30/2020

    5 PM

    Flashcard Friday

    676-049-455

    5/1/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/27/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    COURSE REGISTRATION: FALL 2020
    Undergraduate registration for Fall 2020 in MyKU will close Friday, May 8, and will reopen Friday, August 14. We urge students to complete registration before Friday, May 8. Only the offices of department chairpersons and deans will be able to make registration changes between May 8 and August 14.

    MUSIC MONDAYS
    Here's another installment of KU's #MusicMonday social media series. This is Mozart's 10 Variations on "Unser dummer Pöbel meint", K.455, performed by student Athanasios Michael Ramadanidis. Watch here.

    HELP WITH INTERNSHIPS, SUMMER JOBS
    Students, have your summer job/internship plans changed? Talk it over with a career coach at KU’s Career Development Center. Schedule a career counseling appointment by emailing careerhelp@kutztown.edu with a few dates/times for your phone or Zoom appointment. We are here for you.

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE: CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT

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    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Mindfulness

    223-691-075

    4/27/2020

    5 PM

    Café Hour

    241-133-431

    4/28/2020

    12 PM

    30 Minutes of Success Tips for Final Exams!

    117-153-081

    4/28/2020

    5 PM

    30 Minutes of Success Tips for Final Exams!

    607-909-078

    4/29/2020

    11 AM

    30 Minutes of Success Tips for Final Exams!

    797-416-496

    4/30/2020

    5 PM

    Flashcard Friday

    676-049-455

    5/1/2020

    11 AM

    TUTORING SERVICES

    All Peer Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction and Labs will end Wednesday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, contact tutor@kutztown.edu.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/24/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    SUNDAY: OUT OF THE DARKNESS (VIRTUAL) WALK
    The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk hosted by NAMI KU is now virtual. Teams can sign up at https://www.afsp.org/kutztown. We will broadcast a live ceremony at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 26, via our Facebook link. The walk time is 3:30-6 p.m., but feel free to walk any time April 26 to remember family, friends and community members who have died by suicide. Look for reminders on NAMI KU's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/578066809675237/. Please use the following hashtag, #Kutztownuniversityhopewalkshere2020 on the day of the walk and post pictures of yourself walking, pictures of friends/family members who have died by suicide or messages to family members/friends who have died by suicide on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    CARES ACT FUNDING

    The Department of Education is in the process of releasing funds to colleges and universities in order to support students who have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. To be eligible for these funds, students must meet certain criteria as outlined by the Department of Education and Title IV eligibility guidelines. We understand many students have an urgent need for financial assistance and we are reviewing those needs against the criteria from the Department of Education. Next week we will email more details. Students selected and eligible will be contacted by email if they will receive funds. These students will also see these funds awarded on MyKU. Refunding will follow shortly after that, through our partner, BankMobile. In the meantime, students are always welcome to complete a KU Care Team Emergency Funding Request form if they have an emergent need.

    BANKMOBILE DISBURSEMENTS EMAIL 4/22/2020: STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANTS

    Kutztown University is aware that BankMobile, in their haste to ensure students receive all refunds timely and safely, sent an email that may have been interpreted as saying that the student was getting an emergency grant.  A follow up email was sent from BankMobile on April 23 to clarify. Please know their email in no way indicates any determination or guarantee of funding from the CARES Act. The email simply suggested students make a refund selection to be prepared should they be eligible for funding from the CARES Act funding. 

    REFUND SELECTION

    Enrolled students should make sure their refund selection is current and up to date. We also encourage all students to have a selection on file. Please go to www.refundselection.com, under the personal code box, click on Need a Code and proceed with making a choice. If you encounter difficulty, please email us at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu. Often, all we have to do is unlock your account or verify the information you are entering.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/23/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    VIDEO: CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER ONLINE RESOURCES
    The KU Career Development Center is here to share different remote resources available for our students! Watch their video message here.

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Flashcard Friday

    505-419-397

    4/24/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/22/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    COMMENCEMENT REGALIA AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

    Students who are eligible to graduate this semester can now begin purchasing their regalia online at www.kubstore.com/category/regalia, and have it shipped to their home. Students will receive an invitation to attend the rescheduled commencement ceremony, once that date is determined. Those who RSVP to the invitation will receive their guest tickets in the mail.

    ONLINE STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS

    Select the title below at the time indicated to attend the workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    410-283-796

    4/23/2020

    10 AM

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Café Hour

    413-737-902

    4/23/2020

    12 PM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Stress Relief Tool Share

    959-740-932

    4/23/2020

    5 PM

    Flashcard Friday

    505-419-397

    4/24/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/21/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    LINKEDIN PROFILE UPDATES
    Now is a great time for students to work on their LinkedIn profiles. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with professionals and look for opportunities. Many organizations and companies are still using LinkedIn as a recruiting tool. As always, please email any questions about LinkedIn to the Career Development Center at careerhelp@kutztown.edu.

    ONLINE STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS

    Select the title below at the time indicated to attend the workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    204-679-519

    4/22/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    410-283-796

    4/23/2020

    10 AM

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Café Hour

    507-733-388

    4/22/2020

    11 AM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Pet Therapy

    532-361-227

    4/22/2020

    12 PM

    Café Hour

    413-737-902

    4/23/2020

    12 PM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Stress Relief Tool Share

    959-740-932

    4/23/2020

    5 PM

    Flashcard Friday

    505-419-397

    4/24/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely, 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/20/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Our campus, alumni and local community have come together in numerous ways to help support students in need. Today’s update includes ways on how to support KU students, and how students can apply for help or assistance.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    KU CARES: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
    The KU Cares Team works to connect KU students who face financial emergencies with funds that can help them put their focus back on school. Students can apply for funds at KU Care Team Emergency Funds Request.  A KU Cares Team member will contact applicants within five business days of receipt. Applications are considered on a case-by case basis.

    BEARS BAND TOGETHER
    The Kutztown University Foundation recently established a new fund, Bears Band Together. This initiative was created with the knowledge that our current global situation would put various types of financial strain on members of the KU community. Here is a video message on the effort by President Hawkinson. If you are looking for ways to help students impacted by this crisis immediately, we ask that you consider making a gift to Bears Band Together.

    ONLINE STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS

    Select the title below at the time indicated to attend the workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Time Management in an Online Course 

    461-555-068

    4/21/2020

    12 PM

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    204-679-519

    4/22/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    410-283-796

    4/23/2020

    10 AM

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Virtual Aquarium

    318-623-453

    4/21/2020

    5 PM

    Café Hour

    507-733-388

    4/22/2020

    11 AM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Pet Therapy

    532-361-227

    4/22/2020

    12 PM

    Café Hour

    413-737-902

    4/23/2020

    12 PM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Stress Relief Tool Share

    959-740-932

    4/23/2020

    5 PM

    Flashcard Friday

    505-419-397

    4/24/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/17/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Mr. Tom Heck, chair of the KU Council of Trustees, would like to share the following message to lead today’s daily update.

    "Thursday afternoon, we held the historic, first-ever virtual public meeting of the Kutztown University Council of Trustees. I would like to share my opening comments from the meeting:

    On behalf of the council of trustees, I want to extend my appreciation to the entire Kutztown University community for its response during this horrific pandemic. Kutztown University has been a fixture in our region for nearly 154 years. During that time, the men and women who laid the foundation for our institution overcame many tough challenges and helped create the great university we have today. I have little doubt that the Kutztown University family will persevere through this crisis, and we will be even stronger going forward. Thank you all for your dedication, commitment and faith."

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    BIKERIDE TOUR OF CAMPUS
    Take a spin around our beautiful campus from the comfort of your couch. Watch here.

    ONLINE STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS

    Select the title below at the time indicated to attend the workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    732-006-393

    4/20/2020

    12 PM

    Time Management in an Online Course 

    461-555-068

    4/21/2020

    12 PM

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    204-679-519

    4/22/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    410-283-796

    4/23/2020

    10 AM

    JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL STUDY ZONE

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Café Hour

    109-166-550

    4/20/2020

    11 AM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Virtual Aquarium

    318-623-453

    4/21/2020

    5 PM

    Café Hour

    507-733-388

    4/22/2020

    11 AM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Pet Therapy

    532-361-227

    4/22/2020

    12 PM

    Café Hour

    413-737-902

    4/23/2020

    12 PM

    30 Minute Stress Relief Corner: Stress Relief Tool Share

    959-740-932

    4/23/2020

    5 PM

    Flashcard Friday

    505-419-397

    4/24/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/16/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    KU STUDENT MAKING MASKS TO HELP FIGHT CORONAVIRUS
    KU student Zoe Zerman, a junior sport management major from Jonestown, Pa., and member of the Golden Bear women’s basketball team, has been making masks in the fight against coronavirus. See Zoe in action on KU’s social media and feature stories in WFMZ and Lancaster Online.

    OLD MAIN IN DIGITAL
    Check out this project that Kordell Gustafson, a cinema, television and media production student, is using to sharpen his skills during the coronavirus quarantine. Watch here.

    UPDATE FROM KU ARTS SOCIETY
    The Kutztown University Arts Society recently thanked its membership for their support and recapped their activities this season. Through its various initiatives, the KU Arts Society served thousands of K-12 and university students as well as a large number of arts creators and patrons form the community at-large. Read More.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/15/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    CAMPUS UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT HAWKINSON
    It has now been one month since my message went out to our university community announcing the many changes we have undertook to move nearly all our functions online or through some form of virtual communication.  Nearly all our offices are open and we are continuing to serve our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and broader community to the best of our ability.  Be assured that people are working around the clock to continue our services and fulfill our mission of providing a college education to our students.  Let me summarize many of the actions taken so far (read online).

    TUTORING SERVICES
    Looking for a flexible job for Fall 2020? Join the Tutoring Services team. Tutoring Services is currently accepting applications for peer tutors, supplemental instructors and academic peer mentors. Click here to review job descriptions and apply online. If you have any questions, please contact tutor@kutztown.edu.

    STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS
    From the Center for Academic Success & Achievement: click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    253-323-015

    4/16/2020

    10 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/14/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    WEDNESDAY: FOOD PANTRY OPEN
    Are you in need of food? Personal care items? Here are some resources available to you.

    1. You may contact Friend, Inc., located on Noble St. in Kutztown. Visit www.friendinc.org or call 610-683-7790.
    2. The KU Student Food Pantry will be open every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., in the Lutheran Center (just a few houses down from admissions). No advance arrangements are necessary.
    3. Food can be delivered to you by Ryan from Friend, Inc., if you are in the area and do not have transportation, or if you cannot go out. Contact him via text or call at 484-547-7340.  He will get back to you to make arrangements.

    POINTS OF PRIDE: MARCH-APRIL
    From new scholarships to our first fully-online undergraduate degree, Kutztown University has much to be proud of. Check out our updated Points of Pride from March and April. Read More.

    CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    The Career Development Center is able to provide students with all their workshops during this time of online learning via D2L. Students can take advantage of this time to work on their career development or major choice. Below is a listing of those workshops. All students are able to view the D2L class that is entitled "Career Development Center - Online Learning Center for all students. Please reach out to the Career Development Center with any questions at careerhelp@kutztown.edu.

    • Choosing a Major
    • Designing Your Career Path
    • Internship & Job Search Strategies
    • Soft Skills: What Employers Want
    • Successful Interviewing
    • Writing Your Resumes & Cover Letter
    • Creating Your Personal Brand
    • Using Social Media in Your Job Search
    • Thinking about the Grad School Search
    • Salary Negotiation
    • Finances & Future Employment (by PSECU)

    STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS
    From the Center for Academic Success & Achievement: click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    934-644-679

    4/15/2020

    6 PM

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    253-323-015

    4/16/2020

    10 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/13/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    MUSIC STUDENTS GO DIGITAL

    KU's talented students are holding virtual recitals from their homes, and we'll share them with the campus community as part of a #MusicMonday series on social media. Congrats to Adrianna Howden for this beautiful performance of composer Alexander Scriabin's Etude in C-sharp minor Op. 2, No. 1. Thanks to KU's Music Department for sharing these great examples of student work. Watch here.

    KU FOUNDATION HOSTS KU CARES WEEK
    Sponsored by the Kutztown University Foundation, KU Cares is a week of virtual engagement that celebrates our campus community, culminating in a Day of Inspiration. Watch it all unfold on social media, April 13-17. https://www.kuf.org/giving/ku-cares-week/2020/ku-cares-home

    STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS
    From the Center for Academic Success & Achievement: click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Time Management in an Online Course 

    370-307-236

    4/13/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    691-764-399

    4/14/2020

    12 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    934-644-679

    4/15/2020

    6 PM

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    253-323-015

    4/16/2020

    10 AM

    PARENT AND FAMILIES WORKSHOP

    Parents and families, don’t miss on the opportunity to continue to support your students online learning. Retention and Student Success is hosting online parent workshops next week to provide you with strategies and information to help your student succeed. Click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop. If you have any questions contact R. Chad Brown at cbrown@kutztown.edu.

    WORKSHOP

    DATE

    MEETING ID

    TIME

    Online Parent Workshops

    4/15/2020

    308-254-1241

    11:00 AM

    Online Parent Workshops

    4/16/2020

    308-254-1241

    4:00 PM

    NEED A TUTOR: REQUEST ONE ONLINE TODAY
    Tutoring Request forms are available on your MyKU account under Academic Services. If you have questions, email tutor@kutztown.edu.

    ONLINE TUTORING LABS
    Did you know that Tutoring Services provides online labs for Business, Computer Science, Math and STEM courses? Click here for a full schedule.  If you have any questions contact tutor@kutztown.edu.

    KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY’S ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM (PROFS)

    Recent media coverage has resulted in some inquiries regarding Kutztown University’s efforts to support our students who have been a part of the foster care system.  While privacy regulations do not permit the university to comment on specific individuals or cases, we would like to provide an overview of our efforts.

    Kutztown University desires to be the premier higher education institution for foster care youth.  Any KU student who has been a part of the foster care system can apply to be a part of KU’s Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Standouts (PROFS) program.  The PROFS program provides resources to its members, while encouraging them to reach their potential, and be a positive example for others who have also gone through the system.

    The PROFS program can be a true benefit to our students during uncertain times.  As an example, the following is a list of extensive support activities for the university’s PROFS program during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption:

    • Allowed students to remain on campus, and moved them into apartment suites with no additional charges.
    • Provided two meals per day for the last three weeks (for all students even if they didn’t have a meal plan).
    • Purchased pots, pans, dishes and utensils along with dish soap, paper towels, and toilet paper for the students.
    • Assisted in facilitating delivery/pick up of food from the local food pantries.
    • Provided students gift cards to local grocery stores.
    • Worked with students to apply for SNAP/EBT (Food Stamps) benefits.
    • Made our campus nursing staff available to see students with medical needs.
    • Provided online resources including connections to tutoring, disability resources, and mental health counseling.

    In the last week, KU has initiated the following:

    • Gave students $500 to use to purchase food from local grocery stores and restaurants.
    • Hosted a weekly meal delivery or pick up from a local restaurant.
    • Held virtual study halls to help students with school work, studying, and other responsibilities.
    • Coordinated fun virtual activities (for example, a Netflix Party)

    KU has also offered to speak through virtual sessions to the youth now in foster care, who plan to pursue higher education.  Our staff is aware that some youth are feeling that college is out reach for them in our current environment.  We want them know there is a place for them at Kutztown University. 

    There are currently opportunities for the KU community to assist.  The Kutztown University Foundation has established a fund called “Bears Band Together” to help students during these challenging times. Donations can be made through the KU Foundation website at:

    https://www.givecampus.com/schools/KutztownUniversityofPennsylvania/bears-band-together-for-ku/?a=3640177#updates.  Donations can also be made to the PROFS program by earmarking a gift at www.kuf.org.

    Prospective students can apply to Kutztown University online: www.kutztown.edu/apply (they can use the word GOLDEN at the end of the admissions application to waive the application fee). Once they are accepted, they can apply to the PROFS program at www.kutztown.edu/PROFSProgram.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/10/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus: 

     

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

     

    KINDNESS DURING KUARANTINE
    Hi Golden Bear family! Welcome to Kindness During KUarantine, a positive space created in an effort to distract or uplift us during quarantine, despite the outside stresses and uncertainties we may be facing. This is a space for members of our Golden Bear community to connect and spread joy in the midst of quarantine. Feel free to share images, recipes, poems, crafts or anything else that you have been enjoying during this time at home! Please kindly refrain from COVID-19 related posts. Stay safe, and stay golden!

     

    BANKMOBILE DISBURSEMENTS – REFUND PROCESSING AGENT FOR KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY

    Kutztown University is aware of various banking schemes that may be occurring on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be advised that students may receive communications regarding their refunds for the Spring 2020 semester from BankMobile Disbursements; a valid partner of KU. We have released several announcements regarding BankMobile over the past month, but we know our students and their families can never be too careful. We care about your security and safety. For more information on BankMobileDisbursements as well as the refund process for this spring’s recent reductions, you can visit this Kutztown University webpage.  As always, if you have any questions regarding KU-issued refunds, please email studentaccounts@kutztown.edu.

     

    ACCEPTED STUDENTS PARENTS RESOURCE PAGE
    The Office of Admissions has created a resource page for parents of accepted students, including information related to COVID-19. View webpage.

     

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/9/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As the virus is now community spread in all areas, we continue to monitor the situation on campus. If any individual on campus tests positive, their close contacts will be notified to self-quarantine, as per CDC guidelines.

    APRIL PARENTS AND FAMILY BULLETIN
    This month’s edition of the KU Parents and Family Bulletin has been sent to registered subscribers and can be found online. Please encourage parents, family members and our campus community to sign-up for the monthly e-newsletter (sign-up here).

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/8/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 416 cases in Berks County.

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    SPRING ARRIVES ON CAMPUS
    We don't want you to miss the stunning spring flower show on campus, so we're bringing those photos to you. Follow us on Instagram @kutztownu and Facebook at facebook.com/KutztownU to see the blooms and stay connected. #TogetherWeRoar

    OUT OF THE DARKNESS (VIRTUAL) WALK
    The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk hosted by NAMI KU is now virtual. Teams can sign up at https://www.afsp.org/kutztown. We will broadcast a live ceremony at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 26, via our Facebook link. The walk time is 3:30-6 p.m., but feel free to walk any time April 26 to remember family, friends and community members who have died by suicide. Look for reminders on NAMI KU's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/578066809675237/. Please use the following hashtag, #Kutztownuniversityhopewalkshere2020 on the day of the walk and post pictures of yourself walking, pictures of friends/family members who have died by suicide or messages to family members/friends who have died by suicide on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

    FALL 2020 REGISTRATION
    Registration for Fall 2020 will begin in the next couple of days. Students, please confirm your registration appointment day and time, which is located on MyKU. By now you should have had a conversation with your advisor about the courses you wish to take and your advisor should have removed the Advisor Hold. Please make sure you have no other holds on your account preventing you from registering in a timely fashion.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT

    Student Success Workshops are available to students. Click event links below to attend workshops.                                                                                    

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Time Management in an Online Course

    186-646-723

    4/9/2020

    10 AM

    ZOOM WITH CASA COORDINATORS DURING VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS

    Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, and 2-4 p.m., join Eric and Valerie to discuss academic success strategies or to share what’s going on in your world. We want to hear from you and learn what you are doing to stay motivated. CASA is here for you!  Click here to log in.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

     

  • 4/7/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 369 cases in Berks County.

    CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER CONTINUES REMOTE STUDENT SERVICES
    The Career Development Center at Kutztown University continues to be a resource for students, rearranging efforts to continue providing services remotely and catering to student needs and safety in this difficult transition. Read More.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT

    Student Success Workshops are available next week to students. Click event links below to attend workshops.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    992-470-621

    4/8/2020

    6 PM

    Time Management in an Online Course

    186-646-723

    4/9/2020

    10 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/6/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 326 cases in Berks County.

    KU DONATES EXCESS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO BERKS COUNTY
    Kutztown University donated more than 2,100 masks and 3,300 gloves last week to Berks County’s emergency management agencies. The masks and gloves will be distributed this week to locations throughout the county that are in need.

    In addition, KU has worked with GoggleWorks in Reading to use four of KU’s 3D printers to help meet the overwhelming demand of personal protective equipment, or PPE. Highly-sought-after face shields are being 3D printed at the Cross Trainer Mixed Reality studios inside the GoggleWorks. Goggleworks is just one company in a large partnership that's budded in the last few days with one simple goal: get as much PPE to those who need it.

    The ‘Berks PPE Resource Network’ has become one of the largest homegrown PPE collaborative organizations in Pennsylvania. Last week, they distributed 200 face shields to five organizations and are expected to distribute 1,000 more face shields this week. All face shields are provided free to organizations in need.

    VIRTUAL SELLBACK NOW AVAILABLE
    KU Campus Store is proud to launch Virtual Sellback, hosted by Nebraska Book Company. Students can conveniently view their textbook sellback quote online and receive a prepaid shipping label. The program begins today and runs through Friday, May 22. Click here for more information: https://kubstore.com/textbook-sellback.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student Success Workshops are available next week to students. Click event links below to attend workshops.                                                                                      

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    870-596-561

    4/7/2020

    12 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    992-470-621

    4/8/2020

    6 PM

    Time Management in an Online Course

    186-646-723

    4/9/2020

    10 AM

    CASA VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
    Zoom with CASA coordinators during virtual office hours, 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Join Eric and Valerie to discuss academic success strategies or to share what’s going on in your world. We want to hear from you and learn what you are doing to stay motivated. CASA is here for you. Click here to log in.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/3/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Congratulations on accomplishing another week in our online learning environment – don’t forget these short-term goals as we progress through the semester. This week, we extended our mitigation efforts through the summer, began to issue refunds, and implemented an alternative grading policy for the spring semester. Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate our unprecedented future as a university.

    Stay healthy and have a great weekend.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 201 cases in Berks County.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student Success Workshops are available next week to students. Click event links below to attend workshops.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    143-347-198

    4/6/2020

    12 PM

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    870-596-561

    4/7/2020

    12 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    992-470-621

    4/8/2020

    6 PM

    Time Management in an Online Course

    186-646-723

    4/9/2020

    10 AM

    NEED A TUTOR: REQUEST ONE ONLINE TODAY
    Tutoring request forms are available on your MyKU account under Academic Services. If you have questions, email tutor@kutztown.edu.

    ONLINE TUTORING LABS
    Did you know that Tutoring Services provides online labs for business, computer science, math and STEM courses? Click here for a full schedule. If you have any questions, contact tutor@kutztown.edu.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/2/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 151 cases in Berks County.

    SUMMER ORIENTATION – ONLINE
    All summer orientation programs (freshmen, transfer and parent) will be conducted online. Orientation will continue to be required as part of the onboarding process for new students (freshmen and transfer) entering Kutztown University for Fall 2020. Students are encouraged to pay their advanced registration deposit and register online for New Student Orientation. Further instruction will be sent to students on how to access their online orientation. The parent/family orientation will be available at no cost. Parents who pre-registered and paid for the in-person orientation will be refunded their cost of attendance. For more information, please call 610-683-4088 or email orientation@kutztown.edu.

    MESSAGE TO STUDENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY SENATE
    AnnMarie Cordner, president of the University Senate, sent a message to students this morning. Read her message here.

    STUDENT PACKAGES
    All packages for on-campus residents were forwarded to your home address. Depending on the shipper, it could take at least three weeks for delivery. Thank you for your patience.

    BUILDING TEMPERATURE REDUCTIONS
    The current pandemic, alternate instruction modalities and telecommuting arrangements have left many of our campus facilities eerily empty and quiet. In an effort to reduce our energy consumption and expenses, the heating setpoints for all buildings on North Campus will be reduced to 60 degrees beginning today, April 1. The same will occur in the residence halls on South Campus beginning Monday, April 6. If you have a situation you would like considered for an exception, please submit a work order using the online Facilities Work Order system and we will review it.

    KUR PODCASTS
    KUR continues to put out topical and entertaining podcasts through this pandemic, all done remotely from the homes of KUR students and advisors. Listen by going to Spotify on your device and searching for "Kutztown University Radio."

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    ROHRBACH LIBRARY OFFERING RESEARCH ASSISTANCE THROUGH CHAT SERVICE
    Did you know Rohrbach Library is offering research assistance through our chat service? Users can click on the "Ask Now" button on our homepage, https://library.kutztown.edu, to chat with a librarian or submit a question offline. This service will be offered through the remainder of the spring semester.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    589-217-883

    4/2/2020

    10 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    784 726 384

    4/2/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely, 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 4/1/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 151 cases in Berks County.

    SUMMER ORIENTATION – ONLINE
    All summer orientation programs (freshmen, transfer and parent) will be conducted online. Orientation will continue to be required as part of the onboarding process for new students (freshmen and transfer) entering Kutztown University for Fall 2020. Students are encouraged to pay their advanced registration deposit and register online for New Student Orientation. Further instruction will be sent to students on how to access their online orientation. The parent/family orientation will be available at no cost. Parents who pre-registered and paid for the in-person orientation will be refunded their cost of attendance. For more information, please call 610-683-4088 or email orientation@kutztown.edu.

    MESSAGE TO STUDENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY SENATE
    AnnMarie Cordner, president of the University Senate, sent a message to students this morning. Read her message here.

    STUDENT PACKAGES
    All packages for on-campus residents were forwarded to your home address. Depending on the shipper, it could take at least three weeks for delivery. Thank you for your patience.

    BUILDING TEMPERATURE REDUCTIONS
    The current pandemic, alternate instruction modalities and telecommuting arrangements have left many of our campus facilities eerily empty and quiet. In an effort to reduce our energy consumption and expenses, the heating setpoints for all buildings on North Campus will be reduced to 60 degrees beginning today, April 1. The same will occur in the residence halls on South Campus beginning Monday, April 6. If you have a situation you would like considered for an exception, please submit a work order using the online Facilities Work Order system and we will review it.

    KUR PODCASTS
    KUR continues to put out topical and entertaining podcasts through this pandemic, all done remotely from the homes of KUR students and advisors. Listen by going to Spotify on your device and searching for "Kutztown University Radio."

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    ROHRBACH LIBRARY OFFERING RESEARCH ASSISTANCE THROUGH CHAT SERVICE
    Did you know Rohrbach Library is offering research assistance through our chat service? Users can click on the "Ask Now" button on our homepage, https://library.kutztown.edu, to chat with a librarian or submit a question offline. This service will be offered through the remainder of the spring semester.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    589-217-883

    4/2/2020

    10 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    784 726 384

    4/2/2020

    11 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely, 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/31/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 110 cases in Berks County.

    PAYCHECK PICKUP
    Due to offices operating remotely, paychecks will no longer be available for in-person pickup. We highly encourage you to take advantage of direct deposit, which will make funds available in your account on payday. Should you decline to use this option, your check will be mailed to the permanent address on file with HR. This address can be verified in Employee Self Service. We do not control when it will arrive at your home. A direct deposit form is available here. From your KU email address, please email the completed form, along with a copy of your KU ID card, to humanresources@kutztown.edu or fax to 610-683-4641.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop.

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    879-177-133

    4/1/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    589-217-883

    4/2/2020

    10 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    784 726 384

    4/2/2020

    11 AM

    UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER ONLINE
    The KU Writing Center is able to help student-writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through our online program. Online, 30-minute appointments with writing tutors are available at https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Sessions can be scheduled during the following times: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-9 p.m. Please contact Patricia Pytleski, director of the KU Writing Center, at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions. 

    MILLER-KEYSTONE BLOOD DRIVE
    The Community Outreach Center/Miller-Keystone Blood Drive scheduled Thursday, April 16, is canceled. However, Miller-Keystone is collecting blood at their donor center locations. For more information on giving blood and a donor center near you, go to https://www.giveapint.org/give-blood/. 

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely, 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/30/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    A new week is upon us and the Office of University Relations continues to prioritize our communication to campus. While our emphasis is on topics that are currently impacting our campus, we also are including important information beyond the spring semester. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, for the fall 2020 semester. Students need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering for courses. 

    Here are today’s updates from campus: 

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 82 cases in Berks County. 

    GOVERNOR WOLF’S LATEST STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS
    Monday, Governor Wolf extended his ‘Stay at Home’ orders for identified counties, including Berks County, through April 30. While we continue to urge our students and employees only to travel unless necessary, at KU, we continue to operate under our current protocols: students are learning remotely, events on campus are cancelled, and non-essential employees are telecommuting until further notice. Essential employees have been contacted by their supervisors regarding their work status. Administrative offices will remain open utilizing phone and email communication. 

    SUMMER SESSIONS AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES
    The State System presidents received direction from the chancellor this morning regarding 2020 summer sessions and other planned summer activities at our universities. In keeping with the strategy being pursued by the governor to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and in the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, President Hawkinson issued the message below to campus Monday morning. 

    STUDENTS: FUTURE PLANNING TIPS FROM PSECU AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    In a partnership between KU’s Career Development Center and PSECU, an informational video has been provided by PSECU on finances and future employment. Learn about compensation, non-monetary job perks and the hidden costs of employment through this financial education presentation, perfect for graduating seniors - or anyone who wants to learn more about personal finances and employment. Watch the video on D2L, on the Career Development Center’s class page. 

    FRIDAY NIGHT’S WHOLE TOWN TOAST
    Church bells kicked off Kutztown's Whole Town Toast Friday afternoon, March 27, followed by a message from both Kutztown's Mayor, Jim Schlegel and President Hawkinson. The bells and fire trucks signaled for the town to come out on their front porch for a town toast.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop. 

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    690 136 889

    3/31/2020

    11 AM

    Time Management in an Online Course

    570-727-875

    3/31/2020

    12 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    879-177-133

    4/1/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    589-217-883

    4/2/2020

    10 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    784 726 384

    4/2/2020

    11 AM

    KU IN THE NEWS: WLVT BETHLEHEM
    Officials from KU, along with other regional universities, were featured on PBS39 WLVT in Bethlehem over the weekend. Watch the feature story here.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely, 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/30/20 - KU Summer Sessions and Summer Activities
  • 3/27/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    It’s Friday and the sun is shining! Congratulations on completing your first week in our new online learning environment! We know there were challenges at times – and unexpected guests in some of our classes – but we hope our students and professors had a positive week of growth and creativity to accomplish our mission of higher education. Pennsylvania, and our neighboring states, continue to have increased cases of COVID-19. Over the weekend, please continue to prioritize you and your families’ health and safety by following safety measures issued by healthcare professionals.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 65 cases in Berks County.

    HOW THIS IMPACTS KU: GOVERNOR WOLF APPLIES MITIGATION EFFORTS TO BERKS COUNTY
    Today, Governor Wolf extended his ‘Stay at Home’ order to Berks County. At KU, we continue to operate under our current protocols: students are learning remotely, events on campus are cancelled, and non-essential employees are telecommuting until further notice. Essential employees have been contacted by their supervisors regarding their work status. Administrative offices will remain open utilizing phone and email communication.

    SELF-CARE TIPS
    The staff and students of KU Health and Wellness Services would like to share some self-care tips. It is important to stay home, but also to focus on staying mentally and physically healthy. We hope some of these tips will help you as we practice self-distancing. 

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop. 

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    378-455-362

    3/30/2020

    6 PM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    690 136 889

    3/31/2020

    11 AM

    Time Management in an Online Course

    570-727-875

    3/31/2020

    12 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    879-177-133

    4/1/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    589-217-883

    4/2/2020

    10 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    784 726 384

    4/2/2020

    11 AM

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu

    REFUND REMINDER
    Earlier this week, we shared information regarding spring-semester refunds. Information can be found online. As refunds are currently being prepared, we want to remind students that they should ensure their refund preference is selected through our refund-processing agent, BankMobile Disbursements. Students should already have a refund selection on file, but if they do not, they should select a preference today. Select your refund preference at https://www.bankmobiledisbursements.com/refundchoices/. If you can’t locate your personal code, scroll down on the selection page, below the personal code box, and click Need a Code.

    For students who do not select a refund preference, 21 days after we refund, a default paper check will be printed and then mailed to the original address the student had at KU when they enrolled.  It is possible this is not your current address.  Addresses at BankMobile Disbursements are not updated or changed by Kutztown University. For security purposes, only students control this when they log in and make their selection after validation of identity.

    PARENT PLUS BORROWERS
    If a parent PLUS loan paid any of the items being reduced, the refund may be due to the parent if they indicated they wanted refunds on their loan application. If the parent would prefer the refund go to the student, they will need to complete a Parent PLUS Release form, the loan holder (parent) must sign it and scan it to us via email at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu. We are currently unable to receive a fax. You can take a picture of the signed form and send that as well if this is more convenient or you don’t have a scanner.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
    International students without a US based address, will not have BankMobile as an option. We will be refunding your original method of payment; Flywire, credit card or echeck. If you paid by cash or personal check in our office, we will produce paper checks for you as soon as we return to the office. If alternative options are needed for our international students, we will work with you privately; email us at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu.

    REFUNDS – REDUCING LOANS AND FUTURE SEMESTERS
    Refunds will not be returned to lenders or loan servicers. Guidance will be forthcoming as to how a parent or student can return funds to their lenders or loan servicers; please await these guidelines next week if you are interested in paying back loans or interest. Refunds will also not be moved forward to a future semester. This is for many reasons, but primarily because this is a different academic year and aid year.

    PAYMENT PLAN UPDATE
    Students who have payment plans that are reflecting a balance higher than your current charges due because of the reduction in costs, KU is adjusting the plan amount to assist you - please be patient. You may be able to adjust the plan yourself, initiating this in the payment dashboard installment plan area. Also, please note the Fall 2020 plan will open April 6, more to follow on that later!

    As always, please contact studentaccounts@kutztown.edu with questions.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/26/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Earlier today, President Hawkinson sent a video to members of our community, showcasing our campus. To quote President Hawkinson, “in moments of sadness, watch this video and be inspired. Indeed, Together We Roar!”

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 36 cases in Berks County.

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE
    For the 2020 spring semester, the deadline to withdraw from a course has been extended until the end of regular classes, Friday, May 1, 2020. The Registrar can accept course withdraw requests via email RegOffice@kutztown.edu. Full information was emailed to campus earlier today.

    FRIDAY NIGHT: WHOLE TOWN TOAST
    The borough of Kutztown will host a Whole Town Toast at 6 p.m., Friday, March 27. It’s a porch-based celebration of our borough neighbors, their resilience and shared humanity. The Toast will include the ringing of church bells, a broadcast message from Mayor Schlegel and a parade of borough emergency vehicles through town. President Hawkinson will be representing KU by participating virtually through social media. If you live in town, please consider taking part. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/25/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    March 25, 2020

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    This morning, we announced our plans for this year’s spring commencement. While we feel the disappointment of our campus and particularly our seniors, as you work through your classes this week and beyond, know that an on-campus commencement ceremony will be waiting for you in the future.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 20 cases in Berks County.

    ALTERNATE GRADING SYSTEM
    We are aware that some universities in our State System have begun to announce new grading protocols for the current spring semester. Discussions at KU are well-underway with our campus constituents to allow alternative grading protocols this spring. We hope to share more information in the coming days. Thank you for your patience.

    FOOD PANTRY SERVICES AND OTHER RESOURCES
    Are you in need of food? Personal care items? Here are some resources available to you.

    1. You may contact Friend, Inc., located on Noble St. in Kutztown. Visit www.friendinc.org or call 610-683-7790.
    2. The KU Student Food Pantry will be open every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., in the Lutheran Center (just a few houses down from admissions). No advance arrangements are necessary.
    3. Food can be delivered to you by Ryan from Friend, Inc., if you are in the area and do not have transportation, or if you cannot go out. Contact him via text or call at 484-547-7340.  He will get back to you to make arrangements.

    ACCEPTED STUDENTS RECEPTION
    As a result of concerns due to COVID-19, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has decided to proactively offer our Accepted Student Reception as a virtual event. We are excited to engage as many members of the campus community in assisting prospective students with their decision to attend KU. We will have opportunities for interacting on social media accounts, livestreaming Zoom meetings and Q&A opportunities with current students, faculty and staff. Please be on the lookout for more information regarding assistance from your area as we finalize our plans.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)
    Upcoming Student success workshops are below. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact CASA at casa@kutztown.edu.

    TOPIC

    DATE

    TIME

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety 

    3/26/2020

    10 AM – 10:50 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/26/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/25/20 - Kutztown University May 2020 Commencement Update

    Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

    We know that our commencement ceremony is an important event for the KU campus community including our students, family/friends, faculty, staff and alumni.

    At this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our campus community for the formal May commencement ceremonies to be rescheduled for a later date, most likely during the fall semester.

    I know this is disappointing news to our seniors, who have already lost the final weeks of their on-campus experience. I assure you we will consider all options to give our graduates and their families a time to celebrate the honor of earning a college degree in person, and on campus.

    Further updates, including cap and gown information, will be announced at a later date on the commencement website, email and university social media.

    Students who are eligible will officially graduate when their degree requirements are verified after the spring semester ends. We anticipate mailing diplomas to students, as usual, before August.

    Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President
    Kutztown University

  • 3/24/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    More students and faculty entered the online learning environment for the first time today. We’ve learned how to navigate ZOOM, our D2L accounts and are growing accustom to our new workspaces. Continue to take care of yourselves, your family and adhere to the guidance and recommendations from healthcare professionals.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 16 cases in Berks County.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION

    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS

    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)

    Upcoming Student success workshops are below. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact CASA at casa@kutztown.edu.

    TOPIC

    DATE

    TIME

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    3/25/2020

    6 PM – 6:50 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety 

    3/26/2020

    10 AM – 10:50 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/26/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    VIDEO OF RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-OUT
    Students continued the move-out process over the weekend. Get a glimpse into the process and watch the video here.

    QUARANTINE/ISOLATION GUIDANCE FOR KU COMMUNITY
    Keeping ourselves and our families safe and healthy during this time is our top priority. If we feel sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, we need to be diligent in following healthcare recommendations and quarantine guidance. Below is current information from the CDC and the PA Department of Health. If you are feeling sick, please communicate with your healthcare provider and consider the quarantine measures listed in this document.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/23/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    We have officially entered an online learning environment. Today, our students experienced online instruction – some for the first time – and encountered first-hand the benefits, and challenges, this brings. With our health at the forefront, we applaud our students for their flexibility (and patience) as our community adapts to working and learning from areas such as dining room tables, sofas, kitchen counters and bedrooms. Thank you for your tremendous effort and commitment to KU and your studies. Our faculty and staff will continue to work hard to provide the means and resources for you to succeed.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 14 cases in Berks County.

    D2L: THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!
    Today, Kutztown University and many other State System universities transitioned to online learning. Although action was taken beforehand to increase capacity, today’s utilization exceeded the increased capacity, resulting in the slow performance and loss of access that was experienced today.

    We have worked with D2L to resolve the performance issues scaling the environment to meet anticipated demand. Currently, D2L is performing as required. We will we continue to monitor D2L performance to ensure a stable and reliable environment. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to our new environment.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    ROHRBACH LIBRARY RESOURCE GUIDE
    Librarians are available online to answer questions and help with research at https://library.kutztown.edu/covid19. Rohrbach Library’s resource guide outlines library services, policies and useful links for spring semester.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)
    Upcoming Student success workshops are below. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact CASA at casa@kutztown.edu.

    TOPIC

    DATE

    TIME

    Time Management in an Online Course 

    3/23/2020

    6 PM – 6:50 PM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/24/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    3/24/2020

    12 PM – 12:50 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    3/25/2020

    6 PM – 6:50 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety 

    3/26/2020

    10 AM – 10:50 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/26/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    ONLINE TUTORING SERVICES
    Tutoring Services will continue to support students by providing services online via Zoom. Tutoring Services will continue to accept tutor requests via MyKU and match students with available peer tutors, supplemental instructors, labs and academic peer mentors online. A complete list of supported courses is available on our website.  Additionally, online Labs for Business, CCS/IT, STEM courses schedules are available here. Review the schedules and click on the time to access the online tutoring lab.

    RESTAURANTS OPEN IN KUTZTOWN
    The Kutztown Community Partnership website (www.kutztownpartnership.org) and the “Kutztown, PA” mobile app have created Distance Dining options in the Kutztown Area.  A list of restaurants are available that offer take-out, curbside, delivery and gift cards.

    WFMZ FEATURE STORY
    WFMZ 69 News was on campus Friday to report on students moving out from residence halls and the student response to the pandemic. Watch the news report here.

    BERKS COUNTY INFORMATION
    For more information on Berks County, please visit their website or call 610-320-6150.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/20/20 - Friday Campus Update

    March 20, 2020

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    We are four days into our new university environment and staff members from across campus have joined together to continue to provide resources and assistance to our campus constituents. Our staff has adapted to our current climate, taken on new responsibilities and embraced our commitment to our students. Thank you to everyone on campus (and those telecommuting from home) during an unprecedented week in our lives.

    President Hawkinson began Friday morning by sending a campus-wide video to our community. Watch it here.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are five reported cases in Berks County. 

    SPRING SEMESTER REFUNDS DUE TO COVID-19
    Kutztown University is currently calculating prorated refunds for housing, dining and select auxiliary-related fees due to the closure of on-campus residence halls and other facilities. Based on guidance from the State System, the university is projecting a 50% refund of selected fees for the current spring semester to be issued the week of April 6th. With this in mind, the KU Office of Student Accounts proactively cancelled some student payment plans that would have led to additional refunds, while adjusting others to a reduced amount. 

    Students may need to take action to identify how they wish to receive their refund. Please visit our website to confirm you’ve made your refund choice with BankMobile Disbursements (some students may have already made refund-choice decisions, while others who may not have been expecting a refund will want to login and select their preference). We continue to work through all the details and hope to have more information to share next week. 

    Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work through this unique set of circumstances. Contact KU’s Office of Student Accounts with questions at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu.

    COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES AVAILABLE REMOTELY
    In light of the university’s decision to transition to online classes for the remainder of the semester, we want you to know that counselors in KU’s Department of Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) will be available to students at this time via email (cps@kutztown.edu) or phone (610-683-4072). Messages that are left by students will be responded to as soon as possible by a CPS counselor. If you are currently experiencing a mental health emergency, please utilize the following resources online.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER ONLINE
    The KU Writing Center is able to help student-writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through our online program. Online, 30-minute appointments with writing tutors will start at 11 a.m., Monday, March 23. Sessions can be scheduled during the following times: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-9 p.m. Access the University Writing Center at https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Please contact Patricia Pytleski, director of the KU Writing Center, at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions.

    CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    The Career Development Center continues to offer numerous resources to assist students with their career goals. As many students have course requirements tied to the Career Development Center's events and resources, please refer to this infographic

    STUDENT WORKER OPPORTUNITIES
    KU student workers will be offered the opportunity to continue working remotely and/or in an alternate assignment. More information will be sent to student employees and supervisors next week.

    READING EAGLE FEATURE STORY
    The Reading Eagle was on campus Thursday to report on students moving out from residence halls and the student response to the pandemic. You can read the full story here.

    1918 FLU PANDEMIC AND THE KUTZTOWN COMMUNITY
    Interested in learning what Kutztown and the then-Kutztown Normal School were like during the 1918 flu pandemic? Read a guest column in today’s Reading Eagle to learn more.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/19/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Our faculty have showcased their strong work ethic and innovation as our learning environment is going through a tremendous transformation. Online instruction begins next week and we continue to promote our many resources available to our students and faculty in our collective efforts for all to succeed this semester. As always, we encourage our students to communicate with their professors regarding any updates as we begin online instruction Monday, March 23.

    President Hawkinson will address our campus community in a video to be released tomorrow morning.

    Here are today’s updates:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there is one reported case in Berks County.

    BUILDING ACCESS FOR STUDENTS
    All exterior doors to campus buildings remain locked. Students who need access to academic buildings should contact their dean to schedule an appointment for building access (Education / Business / LAS).

    For students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, students may retrieve personal belongings stored in Sharadin, Schaeffer and Old Main during residence hall move-out this week. In addition, students may leave belongings, currently in these locations, until a later date when normal access to campus resumes. VPA students should complete the registration form to pick-up/drop-off items. Once the form is completed, an exact time will be emailed to students. Students will need to check-in and check-out at the plaza between Schaeffer and Sharadin (by the fountain) to retrieve or drop-off any items. Please bring hand sanitizer and wipes when coming to campus to wipe down hard surfaces that are touched; please do not come to campus if you are feeling sick. Additional questions for VPA? Contact Dr. Michelle Kiec, dean, at kiec@kutztown.edu.

    ADDED MOVE-OUT TIMES FOR BECK, BERKS, LEHIGH, ROTHERMEL, SCHUYLKILL HALLS
    We are able to add additional days and times for residents of Beck, Berks, Lehigh, Rothermel and Schuylkill halls to move-out of your housing assignment (Friday and Sunday). These students were also emailed directly from Housing and Residence Life earlier today. A full schedule is available online. If students are not comfortable coming to collect their items, please don’t come. If students need longer access or special assistance, please call Housing and Residence Life at 610-683-4027 to make those arrangements before entering your assignment. 

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 will be available by Friday morning, March 20, through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses opened Monday, March 16. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu. 

    DISABILITY SERVICES
    KU’s Office of Disability Services (DSO) has communicated with our faculty and (identified) students on accommodations for our new learning environment. DSO notetakers will continue to provide notes to our students with this accommodation. Students with autism, who are part of the My Place program, will continue to participate in the program remotely. Questions regarding the My Place schedule of events and all other Disability Services topics should contact Linda Lantaff at lantaff@kutztown.edu.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS & ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)
    CASA remains available to assist students with academic-success strategies such as time management, test-taking, test anxiety, note-taking and textbook-reading - especially in an online environment. Contact us at casa@kutztown.edu. Appointments can be held by telephone, email and Zoom. A schedule of Zoom workshops will be available soon and posted on the CASA website at www.kutztown.edu/casa

    HOME WORKOUT VIDEOS – FREE FOR TWO MONTHS

    Les Mills, a partner of KU Recreational Services, has created a streaming site with free access to more than 100 workouts across 10 categories, including something for the whole family. Videos can be found online, users do not need to create a Les Mills On Demand account to access the content and free content will be available for at least two months (this may be extended). 

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/18/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    More progress has been made in preparing our students and campus to operate and succeed in a new environment. During this time, we hope to continue communication on a regular basis with updates from across campus. Our Housing and Residence Life staff has worked extremely hard to begin moving students out of their residence halls today. 

    Here are today’s updates from across campus: 

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, one case has been reported in Berks County. 

    OPERATIONS OF CAMPUS
    The following is the operational status for Kutztown University during the pandemic:

    • Most Kutztown University administrative offices are operating during normal business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
    • To assist with social distancing during the pandemic, appointments should be conducted via telephone or remotely, when possible. On-campus appointments may be conducted as necessary. Questions may be directed to individual offices through university email. If you are uncertain who to contact, please email the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.
    • All classes will be taught online for the remainder of the semester.
    • Residence halls are closed. Students allowed to remain in residence halls because of unique circumstances are not permitted to have visitors in their rooms.
    • The KU Health & Wellness Center is open. Patients must call for an appointment (610-683-4082).
    • For safety and health purposes, most university buildings are locked and can only be accessed by KU employees.

    ONLINE TUTORING
    As we move course delivery for the remainder of the spring semester online, Tutoring Services will continue to support students by providing services online via Zoom. Tutoring Services will continue to accept tutor requests via MyKU and match students with available peer tutors, supplemental instructors, labs and academic peer mentors online. All current students registered with Tutoring Services will receive an updated match email by Friday, March 20, with instructions on how to schedule and access tutoring sessions via Zoom. A complete list of courses will be available on our website. 

    TEXTBOOK RENTAL RETURN
    Attention all Golden Bears that rented textbooks from KU Campus Store. We will be emailing a prepaid shipping label to your student email address, so you can conveniently return your rental textbooks. It will be emailed to students after Monday, April 20. We have extended our rental due date to Friday, May 15. 

    BEAR ESSENTIALS
    Bear Essentials, our weekly news bulletin sent to KU students, will be included in our campus update until further notice. Today’s edition can be found online. We continue to encourage submissions using the online submission form. 

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu

    Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. Stay well, Golden Bears. 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/17/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    Over the last 24 hours, we have worked to provide answers and solutions to many of the concerns we know exist. While we still have some unanswered questions, we do have updates for the campus community we wanted to share: 

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    The health and wellness of our campus is our highest priority during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. The campus is following guidance provided by federal, commonwealth and local health officials.  As stated on March 16th: KU classes will be held online for the remainder of the semester; residence halls are closed, with some minor exceptions; all campus events are cancelled; KU employees, to the extent possible, are permitted to telecommute through March 31st (essential employees required to be on-campus have been contacted by their supervisors). 

    REFUNDS
    Discussion is well-underway, at the State System level, regarding refunds. We will share information when final decisions are determined. 

    GRADUATION
    Many options are being discussed regarding our spring commencement ceremonies. No decision has been made at this time. We will share information when further decisions are made. 

    GRAD FEST
    Due to the current state of the university, Grad Fest, scheduled for March 23 and March 24, has been canceled. As final decisions are made regarding graduation, students will be emailed with further information. 

    BUILDING ACCESS
    Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all exterior doors to campus buildings will be locked. Any employee coming to campus should have their key/ID card for building access. Students who need access to academic buildings should contact their dean to schedule an appointment for building access (Education / Business / VPA / LAS). 

    MAILROOM
    We are in the process of forwarding all student mail and packages to the home address on record.  There will be limited office delivery until employees return to campus to work. Questions regarding mailroom hours should be directed to pflugler@kutztown.edu. 

    ACCESS TO FREE E-BOOKS
    The KU Campus Store is pleased to announce that we are able to provide free access to more than 50,000 e-book titles to any student who may be without their textbooks. Students may begin accessing this expansive catalog of free course materials from participating publishers today. Students can simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their KU email address (or creating a new account, if necessary) with this link: bookshelf.vitalsource.com.  Please email us at bookstore@kutztown.edu if you need any assistance. 

    LAPTOP ACCESS FOR STUDENTS
    Kutztown University has a limited number of laptops that students can check-out for the duration of the semester.  If your device is going to impact your ability to participate in online learning, please complete the Kutztown Student Laptop Request Form at https://tinyurl.com/wjqbjb8. 

    ONLINE TUTORING
    Tutoring Services will offer online tutoring for students this semester. More information will be coming soon. A complete list of courses will be available on our website. 

    KU HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
    The KU Health & Wellness Center is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). In an effort to help us keep you safe and healthy, we are requiring that any students needing to use the Health Center must call first for telephone screening and triage prior to scheduling an appointment at 610-683-4082. Our hours of operation currently are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  After hours, please email the Health & Wellness Center at health@kutztown.edu (messages will be answered within 24 hours).  In the event of an emergency, contact KU Public Safety and Police Services at 610-683-4001. 

    QUESTIONS
    Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions website for further updates. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at UR@kutztown.edu

    We appreciate your patience as we continue to progress over the coming days. 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/16/20 - Campus Update from President Hawkinson: Classes to Move Online for Semester, Telecommuting to Begin at KU

    Dear Kutztown University Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

    The situation has been changing rapidly concerning the COVID-19 outbreak with new information and directives coming each day.  

    My previous decision asking all faculty to convert face-to-face classes to online or another form of technology by March 23, and to be taught using these methods for the following week, has been superseded by events. It was my intent to continue to accomplish our mission of educating our students by allowing the possibility that students could return to campus in the coming weeks.  However, the need to safeguard the health of our community is requiring that I now announce that the university will move to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester.  

    Currently there are NO confirmed cases of the virus at the university. 

    Please note that all on-campus events, including athletic contests, are canceled for the remainder of the semester.  Information regarding our spring commencement ceremonies will be forthcoming, but probably not for a few weeks.  All experiential learning assignments such as internships, externships, clinicals, labs, and student teaching assignments are suspended as well. 

    Students will receive additional information about the move-out process from Housing and Dining Services. We will be asking all students living in residence halls to remove their belongings and check out of the residence halls.  Options will be available for students who need to remain in university housing due to emergency situations. 

    All non-essential employees are to stay home beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  We will be communicating with our employees in the coming days regarding office coverage and transitioning to telecommuting, for those able to do so.  Essential employees will be contacted by their supervisors regarding their work status.  To be clear, the university will operate differently.  At this time, all administrative offices will remain open utilizing phone and email communication.  Special appointments will be available, as needed.  We will continue to monitor guidance from the state government and the State System regarding protocols for employees. 

    Information about responses to the coronavirus continue to shift rapidly. Please visit KU’s website (https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update.html) for updates, and continue to rely on official sources like The Centers for Disease Control or the Pennsylvania Department of Health for information about the virus.

    We know this decision will impact our campus and that there are many questions.  The situation continues to change and we will work in the coming days to respond to these changes and to your concerns.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section on our Health website (https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update.html). 

    I have often spoke of what I believe to be the role of higher education – to awaken young people, to make them curious, to build character and to instill in them a humility and gratefulness that will inspire them throughout their lives.  Our students and all members of our community are being tested by this crisis, and if they employ these values above they will come out of this as more enlightened individuals. 

    I turn again to famed writer David Brooks, who I quoted in my inaugural address.  This is how he describes actualized or enlightened individuals... 

    He says that these people are calm, settled, and rooted.  They are not blown off course by storms.  They don't crumble in adversity.  Their minds are consistent and their hearts are dependable. They possess the self-effacing virtues of people who are inclined to be useful but don't need to prove anything to the world - they display humility, restraint, reticence, temperance, respect, and soft self-discipline.

    At Kutztown University we say it is good to be golden – we define golden as encompassing these characteristics above.  Our students have “grit” and I am confident we all will come out of this challenge as stronger individuals.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President
    Kutztown University

  • 3/13/20 - State System chancellor orders suspension of in-person instruction until March 29, online classes to begin March 23.

    March 13, 2020 - 7 p.m.

    Dear KU Campus Community: 

    The 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including Kutztown University, just received direction from our chancellor to suspend face-to-face classes for the next two weeks. 

    KU will convert to online instruction from March 23rd through March 29th.  It is our expectation that KU residence halls will now reopen Sunday, March 29th at 1 p.m.  

    We are closely monitoring the situation, and will adjust our plans as needed based on the most up-to-date directives we receive from the state government and State System.  Please be prepared for these changes to occur.  

    Our plan for next week remains the same: administrative offices will remain open; professors should prepare to put their classes online and be available to answer inquiries from their students.  

    The announcement from the chancellor follows.   We expect to provide further information in the near future. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President

    TOPIC: Chancellor Daniel Greenstein’s announcement to suspend in-person instruction at Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education institutions March 16-29

    FROM: Chancellor Daniel Greenstein 

    The Governor has announced that all K-12 schools in PA will close starting Monday, March 16 through March 29, in order to limit social interactions to help control the spread of the coronavirus. In keeping with that strategy, and in the interest of the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, I am directing that no in-person instruction occur at our 14 universities during that same two-week period. 

    We encourage students, faculty, and staff to be in contact with their home universities–their best source of direct information.

    In the days and weeks ahead, it’s important for us to come together, exercise patience, and collaborate with one another as we confront our collective challenges. This is going to take everybody doing their part for the sake of our students.

    March 13, 2020 4 p.m.

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    The Kutztown University administration and emergency management team continue to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic.  While there are no confirmed cases of the virus at KU, the pandemic has caused a disruption to our society, unlike anything most of us have experienced in recent history.

    The health and wellness of our campus community continues to be our top priority.  All of our actions, whether directed by our governor, State System chancellor, or set by our administration, are made in the best interest of the campus and surrounding community.  With this in mind, here are the latest updates for the KU campus:

    STATUS OF CLASSES AND RESIDENCE HALLS
    (see above for current status of classes and residence halls)

    All internships for credit, clinicals, and student teaching assignments will continue as long as the host institution is open for business.  

    PREPARATION FOR POSSIBLE ONLINE LEARNING
    Faculty are strongly encouraged to continue to work to move their classes to an online environment for online classes, should this be necessary.  Per the request of several faculty, we will be establishing a course in D2L named “Online Instruction” to provide a discussion forum for faculty to share information. The course should be available by the end of the day Friday, March 13th.  Please contact the IT/D2L Help Center (helpcenter@kutztown.edu) if you have questions.

    ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
    As stated Wednesday, all administrative offices will remain open on a regular operating schedule.  Employees with underlying health conditions, that might impact their regular work assignments, should contact Human Resources for more information.  Staff should prepare immediately to work from home, if it becomes necessary.

    KU HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
    The KU Health & Wellness Center is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). In an effort to help us keep you safe and healthy, we are requiring that any students needing to use the Health Center must call first for telephone screening and triage prior to scheduling an appointment at 610-683-4082. Our hours of operation currently are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  After hours, please contact KU Public Safety and Police Services for any emergencies at 610-683-4001.

    GRADUATE ASSISTANTS AND STUDENT WORKERS
    Graduate assistants may be allowed to continue to work on a case-by-case basis.  Any graduate assistants who were not on campus during spring break will need screening by the KU Health and Wellness Center, prior to resuming their employment.  Student workers who remained in the community and worked on campus during spring break, will be allowed to continue working, as appropriate.  All other student workers are to remain at home until March 22nd.

    DIRECTIVES FROM GOVERNOR WOLF
    Governor Wolf has provided the following directives, which have been implemented on campus, until further notice:

    • Large gatherings of any type should be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled.
    • Employees shall only virtually participate in externally hosted large meetings, conferences, trainings, or community events.
    • International and out-of-state travel for university purposes is prohibited (this falls in line with the KU directive that ALL work-related travel is prohibited).
    • State System employees who live in Montgomery County, but work in other counties, and those who live in other counties but work in Montgomery County will be instructed to work from home effective Friday, March 13th for 14 days.  The Commonwealth is authorizing a 10-workday paid absence for individuals who are not able to work from home; the State System is following suit.

    GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS
    The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and PSAC institutional presidents have decided to cancel the remainder of the spring athletic season, effective immediately for conference contests, and Sunday for non-conference contests.  The East Coast Conference has cancelled its championship for women’s bowling.  All countable related athletic activities (CARA) are suspended until March 30th, at which time the board of directors will review a proposal from the athletics administrators to resume CARA or suspend for the remainder of the semester.  All KU student-athletes will be asked to return home.  

    CLUB SPORTS
    At this time, all club teams will suspend operations immediately until March 29th.  All club sports members will be asked to return home.  

    EVENT CANCELLATIONS
    Most university events for the remainder of the month have been cancelled.  Event cancellations are being posted on the KU website at https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update/current-event-cancellations.html
    The site also includes instructions for reporting event cancellations.  Members of the campus community are encouraged to submit event cancellations to University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ADDED TO KU HEALTH UPDATE WEBSITE
    Frequently asked questions have been added to the bottom of the KU Health Update Website.  The common questions and answers we are receiving are being added on an on-going basis.   They can be viewed at https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update.html 

    CAMPUS CLEANING
    A deep cleaning of many campus facilities has been ordered, and will take place in the week ahead. 

    COMMENCEMENT
    KU’s commencement activities are scheduled for May 8th and 9th.   There are no changes at this time.

    PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
    Please continue to remember some important tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the flu and other respiratory viruses, which continue to affect many areas in the world. Although we are not able to fully prevent the spread of any virus, the following measures will help you to protect yourself and contain the spread to others:

    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue if available, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately follow up with hand washing or sanitizing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Keep surfaces clean, especially computer keyboard and mouse, light switches, TV remotes, phones, door and cabinet handles.

    We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide additional updates as soon as they become available. 

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, President
    & the KU Emergency Management Team

  • 3/11/20 - Campus Health Update from President Hawkinson - KU to Suspend Classes Next Week

    March 11, 2020

    Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

    We are continuing to closely monitor the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Kutztown University campus at this time.

    However, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our campus community to suspend classes and close the residence halls through Saturday, March 21st.  At this time, residence halls are scheduled to re-open Sunday, March 22nd at 1 p.m., and classes will resume Monday, March 23rd.  All internships for credit, clinicals, and student teaching assignments will continue as long as the host institution is open for business. Those students will have access to on-campus housing, if applicable.  Faculty should be available for student inquires, and use the extra time to prepare to deliver courses online, should it be necessary to take further action beyond March 21st.  

    All administrative offices will remain open on a regular operating schedule.  Employees with underlying health conditions, that might impact their regular work assignments, should contact Human Resources for more information. 

    In addition, we are cancelling all university-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students until further notice.  This includes, but is not limited to, professional development and non-essential business activities, including regional, state-wide, national and international travel. 

    The university will continue to monitor and plan for any new developments with the coronavirus in the days ahead as we work through the finer details of this issue.  We remain committed foremost to our students' and employees’ well-being and safety.

    At this time, all KU intercollegiate athletic events will be held as scheduled, and other university events scheduled for next week will be held on a case-by-case basis as determined by university leadership.  Please check with the sponsoring department regarding the status of each event before making the decision to attend. 

    Any students who have developed symptoms consistent with the coronavirus (fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue) should contact their family physician, as well as the KU Health & Wellness Center at 610-683-4082.  Faculty and staff should remain at home and contact their family physician. 

    Please continue to remember some important tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the flu and other respiratory viruses, which continue to affect many areas in the world.

    Although we are not able to fully prevent the spread of any virus, the following measures will help you to protect yourself and contain the spread to others:

    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue if available, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately follow up with hand washing or sanitizing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Keep surfaces clean, especially computer keyboard and mouse, light switches, TV remotes, phones, door and cabinet handles.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a valuable resource for even more tips and includes helpful information about traveling domestically and internationally. Frequently Asked Questions about a variety of topics, including risk assessments, are also featured. For the most up to date information, we suggest that you bookmark the CDC Website and check it routinely.

    Again, we will be continuing to monitor the coronavirus closely and will notify the university community as the situation unfolds.  We appreciate your flexibility as we maintain our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of our campus.  Enjoy the remainder of your spring break.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President
    Kutztown University

  • 3/5/20 - Health Update

    March 5, 2020

    Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

    As many prepare to leave campus for spring break, which is March 9-15, please remember some important tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the flu and other respiratory viruses, which continue to affect many areas in the world.

    This is a fast-evolving situation that is understandably causing high levels of concern. A university task force has been charged with reviewing—and updating as needed—our existing pandemic planning procedures.  The task force is working with the PA Department of Health and coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    We understand that this situation can be frightening, given the immense media coverage, but it is not dissimilar to the situation we prepared for during the H1N1 pandemic outbreak in 2009. The university will continue to monitor and plan for any new developments and remains committed to our students' well-being and safety.

    As spring break approaches, we ask all travelers to weigh the necessity of any upcoming travel and understand the risks involved, in accordance with CDC travel guidance.

    Although we are not able to fully prevent the spread of any virus, the following measures will help you to protect yourself and contain the spread to others:

    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue if available, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately follow up with hand washing or sanitizing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Keep surfaces clean, especially computer keyboard and mouse, light switches, TV remotes, phones, door and cabinet handles.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a valuable resource for even more tips and includes helpful information about traveling domestically and internationally. Frequently Asked Questions about a variety of topics, including risk assessments, are also featured. For the most up to date information, we suggest that you bookmark the CDC Website and check it routinely.

    If at any time you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your medical provider or contact KU Clinical Services at 610-683-4082.

    We appreciate the help of every member of the KU community, and we will continue to update our website, as well as other essential resources and information.

    KU Emergency Management Team

  • 2/27/20 Announcement - Campus Update on Coronavirus

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Kutztown University continues to closely monitor the outbreak of the New Coronavirus.  The status we shared at the beginning of the semester remains the same --- we have NO cases of Coronavirus on our campus or in our neighboring communities. 

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as it continues to evolve.  KU’s Emergency Management Team continues to review all protocols.

    The following information answers some of the questions about the Coronavirus, including its prevention:

    What is the Coronavirus?

    It is a newly identified Coronavirus that causes symptoms of respiratory illness.  It was first identified in December 2019, in Wuhan, China. 

    What is the risk? 

    The New Coronavirus is considered a public health concern because it is so new, and the CDC continues to learn about this new virus.  However, the risk to the general public is considered low at this time.

    Recommendations

    The CDC recommends individuals who have traveled to infected areas and have developed respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) within 14 days of travel, should visit their medical doctor.  Any KU students with concerns about symptoms should call the Health Center at 610-683-4082 for further instructions. 

    Prevention

    In an effort to try to prevent any contagious illness,

    • Wash hands frequently and before eating with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Avoid sharing cups, water bottles, utensils and other personal items.
    • Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick.

    Helpful links are included below.  We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as necessary. 

    KU Health and Wellness Services

    LINKS:

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Pennsylvania Department of Health

  • 1/24/20 Announcement - Flu on the KU Campus

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    Recent news regarding the confirmation of two Coronavirus cases in the United States naturally raises questions regarding its presence in our region and on the Kutztown University campus.  There are NO confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our region or on our campus.   The health and wellness of our campus community is a priority, and our Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the situation closely. 

    It is important to be aware, however, that the 2019-20 flu season is here, and we do have several confirmed cases of traditional flu on campus. 

    Flu Symptoms

    Influenza (“The Flu”) can cause mild to severe illness. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often experience some or all of these symptoms:

    • fever or feeling feverish/chills
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • fatigue (tiredness)
    • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    Flyer: 3 Actions to Fight the Flu

    The best defenses against the flu are listed at the link above and in this chart.  Students having any of these symptoms should report to the KU Health Center, 1st floor Beck Hall, or call us at (610) 683-4082.   Faculty and staff should visit their family physician. 

    Thank you, and best wishes for a healthy semester. 

    KU Health and Wellness Services

Together We Roar

Golden Bears are no strangers to hard work. We know success can be a winding road. But we'll grow from this experience to become stronger, better versions of ourselves. And through it all, we'll support everyone in the KU community. That's why it's so good to be golden. #TogetherWeRoar

KU Community, please watch this video update from President Hawkinson with the latest information about the coronavirus as KU prepares to transition to online classes next week.

HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF RESPIRATORY VIRUSES:COVER YOUR COUGH OR SNEEZE WITH A TISSUE then throw the tissue in the trash. Follow with hand washing or sanitizing./ WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN AND WITH SOAP AND WATER for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. / AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH with unwashed hands. / CLEAN AND DISINFECT frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as cell phones, keyboard and doorknobs. / AVOID CLOSE CONTACT with people who are sick. / STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK