May 2022

Volume 4, Issue 10

  • Academic Affairs

    Freshman Summer Reboot Program
    Sometimes, students find the first year of college to be a struggle. They either struggle with maintaining grades for good academic standing or they fail to complete a full-time schedule of course credits. This can impact their financial aid eligibility for the second year and timely degree completion. If your student may be facing that situation, encourage them to keep an eye out for emails regarding our Freshman Summer Reboot Program. This program will provide an opportunity for students to complete summer courses, with academic and funding support available for eligible students. Students who complete the program successfully will enter their sophomore year with renewed financial aid eligibility and a strong foundation for success.

    Summer Session Registration
    Summer session registration is in full swing. Summer sessions are scheduled as follows: Session I begins May 31 and runs through July 1. Session II begins July 11 and runs through Aug. 11. 10-week options are available from May-August.

    Fall 2022 Recruitment
    Tutoring Services is currently recruiting peer tutors and academic peer mentors for Fall 2022. If your student is interested in this employment opportunity, please have them complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application. If your student has questions, contact us at

    Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence
    The Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence provides students with individualized success plans, study skills support and connections to campus resources. The Center offers academic skills workshops and one-on-one consultations on study skills, time management, note taking and learning strategies to enhance success inside and outside the classroom. For more information and resources, visit

  • Administration and Finance

    Fall 2022 Registration and Account Holds
    Students who have outstanding charges on their MyKU account may be prohibited from registering for the Fall 2022 semester until these balances are paid in full. We don't want to see students miss their registration appointments and encourage all students and families to check their MyKU accounts now to clear any balances. If the student misses their appointment, they can still clear their balance and register later; however, the longer students wait, the more the classes they may want, or need, can fill up. Contact the Office of Student Accounts for help and guidance on payment options at or 610-683-4133.

    Fall 2022 Billing and Payment Plans
    Fall 2022 bills are scheduled to be prepared mid July, but the actual rates may be advertised prior to that on our website. Remember, Fall 2022 payment plans are open for the six-payment plan. The sooner you sign up, the more payments you can break the amount due into. You can use today's rates as a guide to set up the plan and then adjust once the actuals are published or the bill is ready online. Do you need help calculating the amount you need the plan for?  Contact KU's Office of Student Accounts at or call 610-683-4133.

    Bear Bucks Refunds
    Students who are graduating or withdrawing from Kutztown University may request a refund of the unused funds in their Bear Bucks account. The student will need to complete the "Bear Bucks Account Closure" form and mail it to the KU Card Office, 107 Academic Forum, or they can request the form from their KU email account by emailing the KU Card Office at There is typically a $10 processing fee. Once the form is approved, the refund will be processed and mailed to the home address on your MyKU account within two to four weeks.

    Summer 2022 Registration and Costs
    Summer 2022 registration is open. Summer costs are published online as well as a page dedicated to summer session payment information. Due dates are assigned based on the date the registration occurs. Three-payment plans are open for summer (MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard). We encourage planning in advance to get the most payments. Students do not have to be enrolled to sign up for the payment plan.

    Online Billing Notifications and Texts for Parents
    Students can easily set up their parents to receive billing emails and texts online. The student needs to log on to MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Select My Account > Payers section > Send a Payer Invitation. The parent will be emailed a special link to their own version of the Payment Dashboard and they will now receive emails and texts. Students choose "Add a Payer" and follow the prompts. The parent (called a payer) will be emailed a special link to their version of the Payment Dashboard and will then receive emails and texts. Remember, bills are statements, showing charges and payments, please check every time a notification is made. The student remains the fiscally-responsible party even if this access is granted.

    Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews (Perkins Loans)
    Students planning to graduate in May will want to ensure that they have cleared all balances in MyKU. Those who have received a Perkins Loan at any time during their enrollment will require completion of an exit counseling. This would be in addition to an exit interview for Stafford Loans (Stafford Exit Counseling is found under Manage Loans).

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    2022 Spring Commencement Coverage
    More than 1,200 students will be awarded degrees during Kutztown University's spring commencement ceremonies May 13-14, at O'Pake Fieldhouse. Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president, and Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will preside. Commencement coverage (pictures, video, links).

    Kutztown Senior Send-Off – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7
    The Kutztown Senior Send-off is a co-sponsored event between Office Campus Advisory Council, Kutztown Community Partnership and the KU Foundation. KU seniors can show off their cap and gown and process down Main Street as their family and friends cheer them on from the sidewalk. Meet at 3:30 p.m., Alumni Plaza, for a champagne or apple juice toast with university president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson before we walk down Main Street. Avalanche will also be available in cap and gown for photos. Local restaurants (Kutztown Tavern, Pop's, K'town Pub and Cielito Lindo) have partnered with us on this event. The 200 block of Main Street will be closed so seniors will be able to enjoy dinner at tables in the street with their friends and family. To make reservations, please sign up before Monday, May 2. Reservation times are available for each restaurant at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Questions can be directed to Amanda Garcia at

    Family Day 2022
    Parents and families should mark their calendar for Kutztown University's annual Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. For questions, please contact

    Juneteenth Day of Service
    The Community Outreach Center is looking for students who live in the Allentown area to volunteer to assist with the second annual Juneteenth Celebration in the City of Allentown Sunday, June 19. If your student is interested in giving back to the community and would like to receive service hours, please have them email to sign up.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Human Resources
    KU is a great place for your students to learn and grow, but did you know our beautiful campus is also a great place to work? Eligible employees are offered excellent benefits, career growth and development opportunities and tuition waiver. Current opportunities are listed on our website. Apply now.

    Data shows that students who work on campus retain at a much higher rate than other students. Students who work on campus learn valuable skills and earn extra money under flexible schedules that accommodate their class schedules and academic needs, while building strong connections with staff and faculty. Student job opportunities are listed in Handshake. Students working on campus for the first time will need to complete payroll paperwork and background checks and present I-9 documents, so your student will need to bring their original passport or Social Security card or birth certificate to Human Resources before they can begin to work.

    Disability Services Office (DSO)
    A friendly reminder from the Disability Services Office (DSO) that accommodation letters for summer courses will be available to send to professors via MyKU one week prior to the start of each summer session. Any questions about summer accommodations should be directed to the DSO at 610-683-4108 or

    The Disability Services Office staff congratulates May 2022 graduates. We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

  • Housing and Dining

    Incoming Student Room Selection

    • Step 1: Complete My College Roomie Personal Profile for Networking and Roommate Selection (through June 6).
    • Step 2: Form Roommate Pairs for Room Selection (through June 6).
    • Step 3: Complete Special Interest Housing Application if wishing to participate (application closes May 13). Special Interest Housing Options
    • Step 4: Select Housing Assignment for 2022-2023 Academic Year (Room Selection Timeline).

    Desk Receptionists
    The Office of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services is hiring Desk Receptionists (DRs) for the 2022-2023 academic year. DRs are on the front lines and serve as a key component in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive environment within the residence halls. DRs are essential in the community building process as they help the residents to adjust to their new surroundings. If your student is interested in being a leader on campus and wants to make a difference, then the DR position just might be the job for them. Applications and details about compensation can be found here.

    Meal Plan Selection
    Meal plan selection for the 2022-2023 academic year is open for all returning KU students. Instructions on how to self-select a meal plan have been sent via email to all returning KU students. Meal plan selection will close June 17. New student meal plan selection will be open July 5-15.

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Spring into Your Best Smile
    Onsite Dental is available to Kutztown University students, faculty and staff on the KU campus. Onsite is offering a free Invisalign consultation, a $0 down payment and in-house, interest-free financing when you start your Invisalign treatment this month. During the free consultation, KU's exclusive care team will create a custom plan to achieve your best smile. Get in touch by calling or texting 484-284-9899 or email

  • KU Campus Store

    Textbook Rental Return
    The deadline to return your textbook rental is extended to Sunday, May 13. If you wish to keep your rented textbooks permanently, you may do so by converting your rental to a purchase by contacting us at For more information, visit

    Textbook Sellback
    Textbook sellback is May 1-14 at the KU Campus Store. If you're not able to visit in person, virtual buyback is available at Textbook sellback is a great opportunity to get cash back on course materials! We buy back books no matter where you bought them.

  • KU Foundation

    Honor your KU Grad's Achievements
    Are you looking for a way to celebrate your Golden Bear? Consider having your graduate's name engraved on a brick in Alumni Plaza. Click here to learn how to purchase a brick in the plaza, one of the most popular spots on campus. Family and friends can also make gifts in honor of their graduate's achievements as part of our annual Class Gift campaign.

    Through the Seasons Available for Purchase
    Since 1866, KU has evolved into one of the most beautiful campuses in Pennsylvania and its beauty comes alive throughout each season. "Through the Seasons" provides a photographic tour of our amazing campus. Proceeds from the sale of this 56-page, hardcover book benefit the Kutztown University Foundation. Click here to purchase.

    Save the Date: Homecoming 2022 is Saturday, Oct. 22
    We are delighted to welcome alumni, current students and their families to campus for Homecoming 2022. Stay tuned for more information.

    Connect with the KU Foundation
    New and returning parents of KU students: do you want to learn about the impact that the Kutztown University Foundation has on student scholarships, athletics and experiences? Complete this form and return it to to receive communications that show the impact of philanthropy and how you can get involved to help today's students. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn!

  • Campus Affiliates

    Access a PSECU Account Anytime, Anywhere
    Students preparing to return home for the summer can access their PSECU account anytime, anywhere with online and mobile banking. Our network of free ATMs recently increased from 30,000 to 70,000 nationwide thanks to newly-added access to the Allpoint ATM network. Use the locator in the mobile app to find a free ATM close to home. If your student isn’t a member, now is a great time to join – especially if they plan on getting a summer job. Students can get a $100 cash bonus for opening a free checking account and activating online banking. Plus, they can get an extra $150 when they add a qualifying monthly direct deposit(s) of at least $200. See website for complete details. Call Kutztown University’s PSECU office at 610-894-4814 with any questions.

  • Dates to Know

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

    Last Day of Regular Classes

    Saturday, May 7

    Final Exams Begin

    Monday, May 9

    Deadline for GRAD Incompletes from Spring and Summer 2021

    Wednesday, May 11

    Master's & Doctoral Graduation Ceremony, 5 p.m.

    Friday, May 13

    Undergraduate Graduation

         9 a.m., COE and LAS      

         2 p.m., COB and VPA

    Saturday, May 14

    Final Exams End

    Saturday, May 14

    Last Day of Spring 2022

    Saturday, May 14

    Spring Grades Due from Faculty by 3 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 17

    Spring Grades Available in MyKU by 8 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 17

    Final Decision on Cancelling Classes - SUM I & 10-week 2022

    Friday, May 20

    Memorial Day - University Closed

    Monday, May 30

    Summer Session I 2022 Begins

    Tuesday, May 31

    Summer Session 10-Week 2022 Begins

    Tuesday, May 31

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at

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