Volume 5, Issue 2
2022 Fall Business Idea Competition: Nov. 16
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. Students interested in participating should plan to attend one of the two information sessions in 116 McFarland Student Union: 2:30 p.m., Sept. 14, or 11 a.m., Sept. 15. The due date for students to submit their business idea is Tuesday, Oct. 11. Additional information about the event can be found at Business Idea Competition website. The event will be streamed live 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence
The Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence provides students with individualized success plans, study skills support and connections to campus resources. The Center offers academic skills workshops and one-on-one consultations on study skills, time management, note-taking and learning strategies to enhance success inside and outside the classroom. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess.
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 email@example.com.
Starfish Student Success Platform
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.
Administration and Finance
Adding Bear Bucks Throughout the Semester
Students can add Bear Bucks to their ID cards, in person with cash or check in 107 Academic Forum or online. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard – click on make payment in the top maroon bar. Flex dollars can be added the same way. Remember, flex dollars expire at the end of the school year and Bear Bucks carry over.
Fall 2022 Overpayments from Financial Aid – Reduce Those Loans
Has your bill changed from what you originally had or planned on? Remember, we don’t reduce loans just because your bill changed or reduced. You will need to evaluate your charges and your aid package. If you want to reduce the loans, do so before the end of the second week of the semester. Fall 2022 aid will start disbursing the third week of the semester, once add/drop has ended and Attendance Verification is completed. Simply not accepting a refund won’t reduce or cancel a loan. Loan Change Forms are online; one for students and one for parents.
Who gets Refunds?
Overpayments that are the result of student-funded aid will be released to the student through the BankMobile refund program selection the student made online.
Overpayments that are the result of parent-funded aid (i.e., Parent PLUS loan or parent alternative loan) will be released to whomever the parent designated on the loan application.
- If the designation was the parent; the overpayment will be a paper check mailed to the parent.
- If the designation was the student; the overpayment would go through the student’s preference at BankMobile.
Student Refund Preference Selection
Students who never selected a refund preference should go to www.refundselection.com to make this sele. The student will need the personal code mailed to them. To get a new personal code, the student may email student accounts from their KU email account to request one. Students who have previously made a refund preference will find that remains in place unless they change it. We encourage reviewing it at www.bankmobilevibe.com and verifying address information, banking information and more.
Since students have the direct deposit option and parents do not, often parents will choose to allow the refund to go to the student. If the parent elected for the refund to go to them, but now wants the refund to go to the student, the parent can complete a release form allowing us to refund the student regardless of what aid causes the overpayment. The form requires a signature and can be faxed or scanned and emailed to us before refunds start.
Student Accounts Office
Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reach out to us by email for all about bills and refunds at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 610-683-4133.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Multicultural Greek Council Stomp the Yard: 6 p.m., Sept. 9
Join us at the Multicultural Center (MCC) for a BBQ beginning at 6 p.m. before we head down to the Dixon Amphitheater for a stomp the yard show beginning at 7 p.m. Follow MCC on Instagram for more updates @KutztownMGC.
Is your daughter looking for her travel buddy? Forever friends? Future Bridesmaids? Encourage them to join us for sorority recruitment beginning Sept. 15, and ending with bid day Sept. 19. They can sign up for Fall 2022 Recruitment through this link. Registration ends Sept. 15. Minimum GPA required.
Family Day Tickets: Dinosaurs with Dr. Simpson
Tickets are available for the mock dinosaurs class 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. If you ever wondered what it was like sitting in a college class or maybe you are just curious about prehistoric creatures, Dr. Simpson is sure to give families a fun experience. You can get your free tickets here: https://kutztown.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1736
To learn more about Family Day and all the events happening, visit https://www.kutztown.edu/events/family-day.html.
Family Day Tickets: Planetarium Shows
Tickets are available for our three planetarium shows Saturday, Sept. 24. Showtimes are 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Families interested in attending can secure tickets online here: https://kutztown.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1739&r=f76c4058cd9340a8959b248b3e5c73e9.
Encourage Your Student to Get Involved
The Office of Student Involvement will host its Fall 2022 Involvement Fair 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 218 McFarland Student Union. This is a great way for students to meet all the amazing student clubs and organizations.
Monthly Certification Requirements for Students
Students who are using select benefits (Post 9/11 GI Bill, VA Chapter 1606 Selected Reserves, Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30) must submit their monthly certification to the VA at the end of each month to receive their monthly stipend or housing allowance. Learn more here, https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/military-and-veterans-services/get-started-next-steps/first-semester-students.html.
First Military Benefit Payment
The first military benefit payment typically arrives five to seven weeks after the first day of classes. Do not anticipate receiving this funding in time to help pay for housing, textbooks, etc. If students are using other military benefits and are expecting a refund, KU will issue refunds to eligible students during the semester.
Additional Funding for Students Receiving Chapter 35 VA GI Bill Benefits
PA Educational Gratuity program provides financial assistance to children of honorably discharged veterans who have service-connected disabilities and served during a period of war or armed conflict, or children of veterans who die or died in service during a period of war or armed conflict. Payment will not exceed $500 per semester per qualified child. Educational gratuity payments are paid directly to the educational institution and may not be made for longer than four scholastic years. Contact email@example.com for more information and to apply.
Required Form to Use Military Benefits in Fall 2022
If your student is eligible for military benefits but the benefits are not showing on the tuition bill or the student hasn’t applied for your military benefits, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Disability Services Office (DSO)
Please join the DSO on Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 24. The DSO will have a table/booth where we will be making stress/sensory items. Everyone is welcome. We will also be providing information on the benefits of sensory items and sensory spaces. Parents of juniors and seniors: is your student interested in obtaining a federal job? Check out the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). Registration deadline is Oct. 13.
Housing and Dining
Kutztown University Dining Services is excited to welcome you back to campus this fall semester. Our program provides meal plan options that meet the nutritional and dietary needs of the university community. Dining Services offers a large selection of dining venues throughout the entire campus. In addition, there are programs and events that are offered during the academic year to meet the diversified needs of Kutztown University. As students, faculty and staff return to campus, here are the diversified options our community has to choose from. More information can be found at https://kutztown.campusdish.com/.
University Relations and Athletics
Mandolin Virtuoso Sam Bush in Schaeffer Auditorium Oct. 5
KU Presents! offers a wide variety of performances for audiences of all ages. Whether you are looking for gospel, bluegrass or Broadway, the Performing Artists Series has something for you. Children of all ages can appreciate the fun and fascination of the Family Series. Experience mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush, London’s The Kingdom Choir, Tony® Award-winner Laura Benanti, Popovich Pet Theatre, illusionist Jason Bishop and so much more. Subscriptions are still available and can be purchased online or by calling 610-683-4092. Subscribers also receive access discounted tickets to special events. KU students can access $10 tickets by logging in for tickets with their MyKU login.
Golden Bear Football Tickets
Get your tickets for the Kutztown Golden Bears. Add your tailgate permits or parking passes for the season and save over individual game tickets. 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.
Kutztown University Radio (KUR)
Is your Golden Bear looking for an award-winning campus organization to join where they will learn broadcasting in a fun and inclusive environment? Kutztown University Radio may just fit that bill. Absolutely no experience is required. The radio station will train and needs volunteers in all aspects including, but not limited to, sports broadcasting, music, DJing, news and promotions. For more information, email email@example.com expressing interest or call 610-683-4059.
KU Campus Store
Dixon Marketplace is a retail store comprised of student goods including convenience items, health and beauty aids, dorm and school supplies, logo apparel and trendy gifts. Located on the ground level of Dixon Hall and open until midnight, seven days a week. Additional information can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/kussi/dixon-marketplace.html.
Tuition Sweepstakes – Win a Semester of Free In-State Tuition
Founded in 1997, the Kutztown University Presidential Ambassadors (KUPA) is a student organization whose mission is to help enhance KU pride and develop a culture of philanthropy among students. The Tuition Sweepstakes is KUPA's largest annual fundraiser, organized in conjunction with the KU Foundation. All proceeds from this initiative will support student programs and scholarships, university events and community service projects. Learn more here.
Mentoring Opportunities Available for Students – Alumni Mentors Needed
Did you know students can be paired with KU alumni for mentoring through the KU Future Emerging Leaders (FUEL) initiative? Are you a KU alum interested in mentoring a student interested in your field? Through FUEL, current students connect with KU alumni to build professional skills, network in their field of study and see the power of a KU education firsthand. Learn more here.
Registration Open for Homecoming 2022
We are delighted to welcome alumni, current students and their families to campus for Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 22. Register here.
PSECU Fall 2022 Office Information
The PSECU manager is available to answer your student’s questions about their account. Due to PSECU’s fall programming schedule, appointments are recommended. Encourage your student to email the PSECU manager, Kelly Ann Ryan, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. Questions can also be addressed via email or by calling 610-894-4814. Students and family members can check out all the benefits of banking with PSECU by visiting Student Banking - PSECU. Currently, PSECU is offering $100 when students open a free checking account and activate their online banking. Use promo code UPTO250STUDENT when applying online.
Dates to Know
KU Central Calendar
A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.
Fall 2022 "W" Period
Sept. 7 to Nov. 4
Fall 2022 Late Registration Billing Runs
Friday, Sept. 9
80% Refund Period Ends Fall 2022
Friday, Sept. 9
Fall 2022 Orientation Bills Due
Friday, Sept. 9
Last day to request a bookstore account for Fall 2022 through Financial Aid Office
Friday, Sept. 9
Last day to exchange/return textbooks to KU Campus Store without an Add/Drop Slip
Friday, Sept. 9
Fall 2022- Last Day for 3 Payment Plan (Late Reg)
Sunday, Sept. 11
Last day to make purchases on a Bookstore Account
First Day Financial Aid can disburse Fall 2022 Refunds
Friday, Sept. 16
60% Refund Period Ends Fall 2022
Friday, Sept. 16
Fall 2022 Late Registration Bills Due
Friday, Sept. 23
50% Refund Period Ends Fall 2022
Friday, Sept. 23
40% Refund Period Ends Fall 2022
Friday, Sept. 30
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.
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 email@example.com 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.