October 2022

Volume 5, Issue 3

  • Academic Affairs

    Noncredit Learning for the Community
    Stitches in Time: A Journey with the Folk Festival’s Quilt Barn. Two sessions include Quilt Design Over the Years. 7 p.m., Oct. 24; Quilt Barn-The Inside Scoop! 7 p.m., Oct. 31. 312 McFarland Student Union. Facilitated by Cyndi Hershey of the Quilt Barn in Kutztown. Cost is $10 for each session.

    Career Development Center
    If your student has ever talked to you about public service or the Peace Corps, now is the time for them to talk to one of the recruiters! A Peace Corps representative will be visiting with students virtually 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6. Students can find the Zoom link at www.kutztown.edu/careercenter.

    Our Fall Internship and Job Fair is being held noon-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12. More than 60 employers will be on campus. Students can check out who is coming on Handshake.

    Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence
    The Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence offers academic skills workshops on study skills, time management, note-taking and learning strategies to enhance success inside and outside the classroom. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess.

    Featured tools in Fall 2022 will include the “I need Help” feature for students, allowing them to proactively connect to needed resources and information. For more information, visit https://www.kutztown.edu/starfish.

    Tutoring Services
    Utilize all your resources to achieve success with Tutoring Services. Whether your student is struggling in a class or wants to get a better grade, tutor request forms are available online in the student's MyKU account under academic services. If your student has questions, contact us at tutor@kutztown.edu.

    Ireland Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Planning for 2023
    The Kutztown University faculty-led study abroad program in Ireland is planning to return to the Emerald Isle in the summer of 2023 (May 24 to June 24). Professors Jason Lanter (Psychology), Eric Johnson (History) and Andrew Vogel (Literature) lead students through an exhilarating, month-long tour of Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Killarney and Galway. Students enroll in one of three courses but enjoy an integrated, interdisciplinary learning experience that takes them to the places that are truly the heart and soul of Érin – Giant’s Causeway, Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange), the Hill of Tara, the Book of Kells, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Latin Quarter of Galway, the Aran Islands and so much more. Details and media are published on the program website. Information sessions on campus and via Zoom are listed on the website. Application review will begin late November, with rolling admissions running through January 2023. For more information, contact vogel@kutztown.edu and lanter@kutztown.edu.

    Kutztown Marching Band in the Community
    The 140-member KU Marching Unit (KUMU) has been hard at work entertaining the campus community and surrounding region this fall. So far, students have performed at two home KU Golden Bear football games, marched in the Ephrata Fair Parade (50,000 spectators), the Spring-Ford High School 59th Annual Pageantry of Sound, the 26th Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival (one of four colleges to perform at all 26) and performed at the KU vs. ESU football game, as well as at Bangor High School Oct. 1. Following that, the band will have three more home games as well as an appearance at the Manheim Township High School band show Saturday, Oct. 15. Way to be Golden and show the people in our region about the exciting musical ensembles for students at KU.

    KU Student Poster Wins Honorable Mention in Graphis International Competition
    Olivia King’s poster against the war in Ukraine won an Honorable Mention in the Graphis International Poster Competition. This is an outstanding accomplishment for a student and worthy of note. Her work was created from a series of three different linoleum cuts of a sunflower with different Ukranian phrases on them such as “No to war!” and “Glory to Ukraine.” King’s work was created as an assignment in a Poster Design course taught by Professor Kate Clair. You can contact Professor Clair for more information at 610-683-4527. King’s award-winning poster can be seen here.

    KU Professor’s Poster Wins Honorable Mention in Graphis International Competition
    Kate Clair’s poster against the war in Ukraine won an Honorable Mention in the Graphis International Poster Competition. This is an accomplishment design recognition. Her work features Putin in the bullseye of a blue and yellow target with crosshairs on his face. The headline reads “Putin Go Home” and there is a Ukrainian embroidery design over the entire surface. You can contact Professor Clair for more information at 610-683-4527. Clair’s poster can be seen here.

    KU Student’s Package Design featured in Graphis’ New Talent Awards Competition 2023
    Olivia King’s package design series for Spiked Sweets earned her a coveted place in Graphis’ New Talent Awards 2023. King’s hand-crafted designs feature gold foil details to set the alcohol-infused chocolates apart from the ordinary. The chocolate flavors are Smoked Bourbon Cherry Negroni and Vanilla Vodka Espresso Martini. King’s work was created as an assignment in a Package Design course taught by Professor Vicki Meloney. You can contact Professor Meloney for more information at 484-646-4143. King’s award-winning packaging can be seen here.

    KU Professor’s Poster Wins Silver in Graphis International Poster Competition
    Vicki Meloney’s poster promoting diversity won a silver medal in the Graphis International Poster Annual 2022. This is an award of distinction because very few Silver Medals are awarded each year. Her monotone poster features a winged figure holding arrows and an olive branch. The headline reads “Lack of Diversity is a Clear and Present Danger to Democracy and other fine institutions” and there is a decorative frame design around the perimeter. You can contact Professor Meloney for more information at 484-646-4143. Meloney’s poster can be seen here. 

    Art History Students Tackle Intriguing Archival Projects in Internship
    Over the past two years, Art History students have done impressive internship work with the Archive Boncampagni Ludovisi (https://villaludovisi.org/). Rebecca Domas (’21) deciphered and catalogued guest ledgers and consulate records from the now-dissolved Roman Museo Boncampagni Ludovisi, which was a private museum of the Boncampagni Ludovisi’s renowned sculpture collection. Sophia Stefanowski (’23) tackled one of the Boncampagni Ludovisi family’s historical photo albums dating from the 1860s to 1929. Abigail Cosgrove (’22) worked on the tomb monument of Princess Eleonora Boncampagni Borghese, investigating its original location in a Roman church and its fascist-era removal in 1936. Erin Rizzetto (’23) is currently at work finishing up a project on the figure of Laura Chigi Albani della Rovere, who was the wife of Gaetano Boncampagni Ludovisi, Prince of Piombino. The outcome of each research project, a formal blog post, unites art history and archival studies and enriches our knowledge of this understudied, celebrated noble family.

    KU Art & Design Student Selected for "Future Tense 2022" Exhibition
    Recent graduate, Holly Johnson of the Department of Art and Design, was selected for the "Future Tense 2022" exhibition through Surface Design Association, an international publication. The exhibition celebrates the creative work of student artists, designers and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. Hundreds of students apply to the annual exhibition. Johnson was one of 24 students selected for this year's exclusive show. Johnson graduated in Spring 2022 with a BFA in art, specializing in Textiles and Material Studies under Professor Liz Hamilton Quay. Online gallery link.

    C•A•R•E: Compassionate, Aware, Responsive, Empathetic
    The 83rd Annual Art Education Conference will support artists and educators who want to consider how we might employ care to and for others through therapeutic practices in art, social-emotional learning, restorative practices and safe places. Caring in, with and through the arts can be intentional, planned, purposeful and foundational.

    Fully-Funded Scholarship | Inside Washington Seminar | The Washington Center
    Are you interested in media, business and politics? Here is an excellent opportunity for you to build your resume and experience politics, business and media firsthand. Ten KU undergraduate students will be sponsored to attend the “Inside Washington Seminar” by the Washington Center. It is a fully-funded scholarship from Jan. 3-11, 2023, to Washington, D.C. You must be a Pennsylvania resident and your current academic status must be a sophomore, junior or senior. The deadline for your application material is Monday, Oct. 10. Students will interact with experts and public figures from media, business and politics and explore Washington D.C. To learn more about the program, please visit the TWC website (https://twc.edu/find-program/seminars). For questions, please don’t hesitate to contact KU’s Career Development Center (careerhelp@kutztown.edu).

    Germany and the Alps Study Abroad Program | May 25 to June 20, 2023
    Are you interested in studying abroad? Study International Communication and Media (COM 315), Introduction to Creative Writing (WRI 108) or German (GER 360) in Germany and the Austrian Alps. Hike, swim and ski in the Alps; and enjoy independent small-group travel and field trips. After eight exciting days in Munich, traveling to Nuremberg, Salzburg and the Neuschwanstein Castel, the program moves its home base to Fulpmes, Austria. The village of Fulpmes, a scenic alpine village in the Stubai, 11 miles south of Innsbruck, will serve as headquarters for continued class instruction, site visits and excursions. Weekends in Austria will be free to allow students to travel in small groups. To learn more about the program, please visit the program website. For questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our program coordinator Dr. Gregory Hanson (hanson@kutztown.edu).

    2022 Fall Business Idea Competition
    Kutztown University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is seeking students of all disciplines of study who have a business idea. The Business Idea Competition provides students with an opportunity to develop their creative business ideas, receive valuable feedback from business professionals and win cash prizes. Finalists will present their business idea to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. The due date for students to submit their business idea is Tuesday, Oct. 11. Additional information about the event can be found at the Business Idea Competition website. The event will be streamed live on this website 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16.

  • Administration and Finance

    Payment Plans
    Spring 2023 plan opens Friday, Oct. 7. Winter 2022-23 opens Friday, Oct. 15. The best plan available for Spring 2023 and Winter 2023 are opening this month. The sooner you sign up, the greater the number of payments you can make. The six-payment plan for spring is open through Sunday, Nov. 6. The best way to estimate costs and needs for Spring 2023 is to review the fall semester activity showing costs and aid. Adjustments can always be made when the actual bill is prepared. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard or Parents who have a PIN can go to this site directly use this link.

    Winter 2022-23
    Winter session is unique at KU. Courses are typically online only. This session is not an aid-bearing session, which means any aid would go through the fall semester, not the spring. Any unused fall aid could be considered for winter, as well as alternative loans taken in the fall. Spring aid cannot be used for winter. Since each student’s situation is different, we encourage a discussion with Financial Aid Services to assess options. Do not delay as winter has rolling due dates. Winter costs are online to review as well as a winter payment options webpage. The winter payment plan mentioned above. Financial Aid Services can be reached at 610-683-4077 or have your student stop by their office to discuss.

    Spring 2023 Billing and Due Date – Plan Ahead
    Spring 2023 advisement opens soon, with registration right after. Remember advisors must clear the advising hold after meeting with the student for them to have access to register at their scheduled time. Please know that charges will not appear until billing occurs the day before Thanksgiving (subject to change). Due date will be Jan. 3, 2023. Payment plan option is above.

    1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
    Payments must post in MyKU, with a 2022 date (within 2022) to be reported for calendar year 2022. The office will be closed or unable to post payments received in the mail Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. If the payment posting in 2022 is critical for you, either pay online before Dec. 31, or mail any payments no later than Dec 10. 529 payments should allow no less than two weeks for posting from the date of funding request. 529 payments mostly release to KU via paper checks, although some are now online. For more information regarding 1098-T’s, click here.

    KU Tasks Tile – Registration
    Students who still owe any money for the Fall 2022 semester (or before) may be blocked from Spring registration with their Spring housing assignment at risk for cancellation. There is still a short window of time to apply for additional loans if needed, but don’t delay. Payment plans for Fall 2022 are all closed at this time. Financial Aid Services is a great resource found at 610-683-4077. Now is a great time to review the MyKU account activity the October bills are just processing, as the advisor registration hold will be released by the student’s advisor once they are advised for Spring – only the advisor can do this. Be sure the student sets up their advising appointment early; their advisor will send dates and times to them directly.

    Payment Dashboard Access to Parents
    As a reminder, parents can be given access to the Payment Dashboard and even get email and text reminders about the statements. The student can do this easily. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Payers – send a payer invitation.

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Financial Aid
    It’s that time of year again – FAFSA Completion. The FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened Oct. 1 for the 2023-24 year. You can access the information at https://studentaid.gov. Please be reminded that you and your student will need to use your FSA IDs and passwords to login. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, you need to complete the FAFSA before the state grant deadline of May 1, 2023.

    The Office of Admissions will host several visitation opportunities during the 2022 fall semester, including Open House programs Oct. 15, 29, and Nov. 12. If you know of someone who is thinking about applying for admission, invite them to join us so they can see for themselves why it’s Good to be Golden. More information and registration can be found here. The admissions application for Fall 2023 is now open. Tell any future Golden Bears you know to use the code GOLDEN to waive the $35 fee.

    University Well-Being
    University Well-being is excited for our next event Wednesday, Nov. 16. We will host a university-wide event filled with activities to make sure our overall well-being is in check. Events like goat yoga and goat therapy, massages, roller skating, food trucks, music and much more. Please encourage your students to attend.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office
    The Disability Services Office (DSO) is hosting a sensory booth at Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 22. The sensory booth is a designated space for individuals to decompress or calm their senses when experiencing sensory overload or feeling overwhelmed. For more information, please contact Megan Rutter at rutter@kutztown.edu.

  • Housing and Dining

    Special Interest Housing for Next Academic Year
    It’s never too early to think about where your student is living on campus next year. Did you know we have two themed (Special Interest) communities for upperclassmen to opt into? Consider joining Freedom Place or the Social Justice Community. More information will be coming later this semester. Stay tuned and have your student look for these options on the Housing application for next year. Learn More.

    Freedom Place: Available to incoming and returning students interested in a community committed to a substance-free lifestyle.

    Social Justice: Available to incoming and returning students who are interested in engaging in conversations and actions that address social, economic and political disparities that are impacting their local campus and global communities.

    Wondering What’s Going on in the Residence Halls?
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Our official handle is “LiveHereRoarHere” on all platforms. Links: @LiveHereRoarHere (TikTok, Instagram, Facebook).

    Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services will have their annual event HARLOween, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, DMZ. Campus and community members are invited to bring their children to experience fun activities, inflatables, music, snacks, etc. Adult supervision is required for all children under 18. In case of rain, the event will be moved to 218 McFarland Student Union.

    Mailing a Student on Campus
    Please follow these guidelines when mailing your student a letter or package to ensure prompt and accurate delivery. Should you have any questions about letters or packages, you may contact the mailroom at mailservices@kutztown.edu or call them at 610-683-4141 or 610-683-4122. If checking on a package delivery, please include any tracking information in your communication.

    *Do not use Kutztown University in the address.

    STUDENTS FULL NAME (must be the name your student used to register at KU, no nicknames or abbreviations)
    (Building number) GOLDEN BEAR VLG S RM (room number)
    KUTZTOWN PA 19530

    KUTZTOWN PA 19530

    STUDENTS FULL NAME (must be the name your student used to register at KU, no nicknames or abbreviations)
    (Room number) GOLDEN BEAR VILLAGE W
    KUTZTOWN PA 19530

    KUTZTOWN PA 19530

    STUDENTS FULL NAME (must be the name your student used to register at KU, no nicknames or abbreviations)
    KUTZTOWN PA 19530

    KUTZTOWN PA 19530

  • University Relations and Athletics

    KU Presents! King of Newgrass and Carnival of the Animals
    Two great performances come to Schaeffer Auditorium in October. Oct. 5, Sam Bush, a forerunner of the “newgrass” genre, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. With New Grass Revival, Bush released chart-climbing singles, earned Grammy nominations and wins. Elephants, donkeys and lions are among the depictions The Kutztown University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Peter Isaacson, will perform the humorous musical suite Carnival of the Animals by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. While delightful visual elements parade by a fresh, new, bilingual narration is performed by Berks County Poet Laureate, Anthony Orozco.

    Subscriptions are still available and can be purchased online or by calling 610-683-4092. Subscribers also receive access to discounted tickets to special events. KU students can access discounted tickets by logging for tickets with their MyKU log.

    Golden Bear Football Tickets
    Get your tickets for the Kutztown Golden Bears. Tickets, tailgate permits and parking passes are also available. KU students can access one free general admission ticket per game by logging in for tickets with their MyKU login. KU Football Parents: Your student can reserve their four free player passes up to four hours before game time. Don't let them forget to add you.

  • KU Campus Store

    Homecoming Sale
    Stop in and shop at KU Campus Store on Homecoming to take advantage of our Buy More, Save More sale. Save $10 off $49, $20 off $99, or $40 off $199. Includes clearance. The sale is one day only Saturday, Oct. 22. KU Campus Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Graduation Festival
    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., MSU Multipurpose Room. The Graduation Festival is a one-stop-shop for graduates to verify the status of their applications, purchase their cap and gown, receive graduation tickets and much more. Please encourage your graduating seniors to attend. For more information, click here.

  • KU Foundation

    1866 Minute Giving Challenge Returns Oct. 18-19
    You are an important part of our upcoming fourth annual 1866 Minute Giving Challenge. For 1,866 minutes, the KU community unites as one to support all – because Together, We're Golden. Learn more here.

    Registration is Open for Homecoming 2022
    We are delighted to welcome alumni, current students and their families to campus for Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 22. Register here.

  • Campus Affiliates

    Current Rates and Promotions Offered by PSECU
    As a family member of a Kutztown University student, you are eligible to join PSECU if your student is also a member. Take advantage of great perks, like PSECU’s easy, member-to-member transfer feature. It’s a great way to get your student funds quickly. Members of PSECU can also take advantage of a full range of financial products, like money markets and CDs. Rates recently increased and can be found online. If you haven’t joined PSECU yet, the credit union is featuring a new-member bonus of up to $250 when family members join and meet promotional requirements. Click here to apply and read full promotional terms. Call the PSECU office on campus at 610-894-4814 or email Kelly Ann Ryan at kryan@psecu.com to learn more.

  • Dates to Know

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

    Fall Break Day. No Classes. Offices Open.

    Monday, October 10

    Winter 2023 Registration begins.

    Tuesday, October 11

    Follow Monday Schedule.

    Tuesday, October 11

    Registrar to create grade rosters for first half of classes.

    Wednesday, October 12

    Mid Term.

    Wednesday, October 12

    Last day for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for Fall 2022 graduation.

    Friday, October 14

    Master schedules for Spring 2023 available online for faculty (approx.).

    Friday, October 14

    Undergraduate students meet with advisors for assistance in building student schedules for Spring 2023. Web Registration by appointment Oct. 31 to Nov. 14.

    Monday, October 17

    Department chairpersons notify the College Deans of courses for which an alternate final examination schedule is to be given in Spring 2023.

    Friday, October 21

    Keith Haring Fitness Court Dedication, 2 p.m.

    Friday, October 21


    Saturday, October 22

    Early Registration for Spring 2023 classes for Special Groups online by appointment times only.

    Thursday, October 27

    Last day for undergraduate students to make up “Incompletes” from Spring and Summer 2022.

    Friday, October 28

    Web Registration for Spring 2023 classes by appointment times only.

    Monday, October 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 DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

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

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