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					                                                                                                                 Important News
                                                                                                               for Families of
                                                                                                              Kutztown University
        OF PENNSYLVANIA                                                                                               SUMMER 2010
   A Member of the State System of Higher Education

At Home with Commuting Students
Commuting students make up the “quiet” majority – approximately          The second commuter student organization, OCAC, serves as a
60 percent of all students on campus. Because the portrait of a com-     liaison between the university students and Kutztown community
muter can be as unique as the colors of an artist’s palette, KU pro-     residents and works to improve communication through creative
vides multiple programs and offices designated to meet the varied        cooperative programming. OCAC sponsors special events through-
needs of our commuting population.                                       out the year including the Arbor Day tree planting in the Kutztown
                                                                         borough park, and through the Kutztown University Partnership and
For example, the offices of Student Union & Involvement Services         programs like Operation Snow Flake, KU students become involved
and Community Relations/Off Campus Life have distinctive mis-            within the community.
sions to support commuting students. Each serves the collective goal
to enhance the lives and contribute to the commuter’s success at KU.     In addition to CSA and OCAC, there are more than 160 student
                                                                         organizations on campus.
If you are a first-year, commuting student, be sure to mark your
calendar for the Welcome Week Preview on Friday, Aug. 27, from           Other conveniences designed just for commuting students include
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room located in the McFar-         the Commuter Lounge. Located on the third floor of the MSU, the
land Student Union (MSU). A special guest presenter will help            lounge has a telephone for local calls, computers with Internet access,
you learn about specific activities to build your personal network of    bulletin boards with the latest campus information including news
campus friends and you will learn how to find your classes, locate the   about carpools and rides, and a kitchenette with microwave and sink.
bookstore and other campus facts that will help you to navigate the      Lockers, a laundry room and free shovel rentals are also available.
university during the first weeks of the new semester.                   And the student union has plenty of space to study, catch up with
                                                                         world news on television, relax in the art gallery, grab a snack in the
 Whether you live on your own, at home with your family or are a         Cub Café food emporium including Chick-Fil-A, or simply enjoy a
“resimuter” who lives in the Kutztown borough, make plans now to         specialty coffee in the Bear’s Den.
 pick up your free copy of the Commuter and Adult Student Hand-
 book and Planner from the information desk in the MSU. The plan-
 ner holds a wealth of information on campus resources and special       LinKU goes Virtual!
 events at KU.
                                                                         New for LinKU! This year, leadership meets innovation with a new
Commuters also should check out two specialized student organi-          virtual component to LinKU. Looking to gain leadership skills for
zations – the Commuter Student Association (CSA) and the Off             your resume? Now, you can do it from the comfort of your own
Campus Advisory Council (OCAC) – giving commuting students               room! Leaders in Kutztown University (LinKU) is a multi-track
a voice on campus and a presence in the community.                       program designed to provide training programs to enhance students’
                                                                         skills and abilities to connect, learn and lead at school or in the work-
The CSA was created to bring the voices of commuting students            place. Based on the belief that leadership is a combination of our hab-
together. It meets monthly to provide events and activities and ad-      its and attitudes, the LinKU program will utilize the book Habitudes,
dresses the unique needs of the commuting students. To keep in           small group discussion, electronic learning and DVD clips to explore
touch with its students-on-the-go, the CSA distributes a monthly         self-leadership. There are 13 session topics and students can earn rec-
electronic newsletter and maintains a Facebook group at “Commuter        ognition for each completed session. This program is relevant to any
Student Association (CSA).”                                              major offered at Kutztown University and will provide many skills
                                                                         needed in today’s job market. Leadership is a very valuable skill set
Commuter Tuesdays are held once a month from 11 a.m. to noon             for the future and whether you are an extrovert or an introvert this
in the MSU. Join other commuting students to share a “free” light        program will be a priceless asset. The program is free to those who
lunch while learning about campus resources that will enhance your       submit an electronic application, please go to http://studentvoice.
academic success.                                                        com/leaderskutztown2010.
Financial Aid Checklist                               KU’s New Online Refund Program
The fall 2010 semester is just around the corner.     During the spring 2010 semester, the KU Bursar’s Office launched a new program to provide
To ensure financial aid for the upcoming aca-
                                                      students with an option to receive their student refunds through electronic account transfer.
demic year, students should review the following
checklist.                                            The university partnered with Higher One, an online financial services provider, to disburse
                                                      refunds for KU to its students.
Students must file the 2010-2011 Free Applica-
tion for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Kutz-           Higher One provides each student with a Golden Bear Debit Card (GBDC) approximately
town University’s priority FAFSA filing deadline      one to two weeks prior to his or her first semester attending KU. This card is the student’s
is March 1 each year to be considered for all         key to choose how they want to receive their refund from KU, if they are issued a refund. The
forms of financial aid.                               student will use the 16 digits on the card to log in and make this choice.
Even though the deadlines for scholarships and        This is NOT a credit card. The Mastercard logo on the GBDC is for purchasing power should
campus-based aid – the Perkins loan, the SEOG         the student choose the option of using the declining balance debit card itself. To choose this
grant and the PHEAA state grant – have closed,
                                                      option, the student would choose Easy Refund opening a One Account once logged into
students can still be considered for the Pell grant
in addition to the Stafford loan. If a student
wants a Stafford loan, that student must answer       The alternative electronic option is direct deposit to the student’s own personal bank account.
question #31 on the FAFSA with a 2 or a 3.            The availability of funds varies by the option selected.
First-time aid applicants, as well as prior appli-    Additionally, students may still request a paper check option – which is then mailed by
cants, should file the FAFSA electronically at
                                                      Higher One to the student’s permanent address.
The U.S. Department of Education requires stu-        Regardless of which option the account holder selects, the Golden Bear Debit Card will re-
dents to sign their FAFSA by submitting a PIN         main the primary tool to access customer service and other financial services through Higher
(personal identification number), which acts as       One. Students may change their refund preferences at any time. Even if a student does not
their electronic signature. Students and parents      anticipate receiving a refund this semester, they should choose how they want to receive
can apply for a PIN at Parents        refunds in the future.
of dependent students will also need a PIN.
                                                      In the past, refund checks were printed and picked up in person at the Bursar’s Office or
Students selected for the verification process        mailed directly to students. With the new electronic system, refund checks are no longer sent
should provide copies of their signed 2009            from the Bursar’s Office.
federal tax forms and W2 forms. Dependent
students also need to provide copies of their         For more information on the new KU refund process and Higher One, visit www.kutztown.
parents’ federal tax forms and W2 forms. The          edu/familyties and click on the Family Ties Extra link.
verification form that was mailed with the initial
request must also be included. This process
must be completed before any federal financial
aid can be awarded. Information may be faxed
to the Financial Aid Office at 610-683-1380.          Student Recreation Center
Please note that any financial aid appearing on       Open to Families
an award letter is tentative pending verification
that the student meets all eligibility require-        Did you know that family members
ments. Students may view their financial aid by        can join students and enjoy the ben-
logging into Online Student Services using their       efits of a workout in the state-of-the-
KU PIN number.                                         art Student Recreation Center at KU?
At the completion of summer courses taken at           Membership at the recreation center
another institution, students must make sure           includes access to two gymnasiums,
the credits transfer back to KU. The registrar at      two racquetball courts, two dance
the other institution needs to send an official        studios, a climbing wall, a three-lane
academic transcript to the KU Registrar’s Office.      track and the Keystone Hall pool.
Students interested in an on-campus job should         Membership rates for individual             Take a Digital Tour
visit the student employment website at https://       family members are:                          of the Student Rec Center
                                                       Fall or spring semester - $123               The Student Recreation Center now offers Pod-
Students will need to provide two proofs of citi-
                                                       Annual membership - $336                     casts, available to students and guests as free
zenship to the Human Resources Office before
applying for any campus employment openings.           30-Day trial membership - $35                downloads, which provide an orientation of
Acceptable forms of identification are a driver’s      Guests must be 16 years or older to          the facilities and equipment and address many
license, social security card, KU ID card, birth       join.                                        important areas of health fitness.
certificate and/or a U.S. passport.                                                                 Parents may view these free podcasts by regi-
                                                       For more information contact the
The Financial Aid Office is open during the sum-       Student Recreation Center at 484-            stering as a guest. Simply log on to the Rec
mer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through                                                           Center’s homepage at
Friday. Parents and students may call 610-683-         646-4200.
                                                                                                    Scroll down to “Student Recreation Center
4077 with concerns or questions relating to the                                                     Podcasts” and follow the links.
status of a student’s financial aid.
Join the Festivities the Week of
Family Day and Paint the Town Gold
Paint the Town Gold is a celebration of community pride when
the university joins with friends and neighbors in the Borough of
Kutztown and Maxatawny Township. Scheduled events this year

       PAINT THE
          TOWN                                                         This year’s “Come Together” homecoming will bring back memories as
                                                                       you rock out to the songs of the Beatles. Be sure to bring your best air
                                                                       guitar moves for the Beatles Rock Band video game tournament before
                                                                       the football game against Millersville. In the evening, KU Presents!
                                                                       serves up Fab-Four favorites with Twist and Shout, a Beatles tribute
                                                                       concert in Schaeffer Auditorium. And stick around for comedian Rob

                       GOLD                                            Schneider when he takes over the stage on the following night. KU is the
                                                                       rockin’ place to be in October!

                                                                       Tuesday, October 12
Window Painting Contest – Starts Tuesday, Sept. 28                     Women’s Soccer vs. Clarion, 3 p.m., University Stadium
KU students and alumni join art students from area high schools        Black Light Casino Night, 8 p.m., South Dining Hall
to decorate the windows of Kutztown merchants and businesses
in support of Kutztown and the Golden Bears.                           Wednesday, October 13
                                                                       KU Cares Clean Up, 1-4 p.m., beginning in the Bell Plaza
Community Pep Rally – Thursday, Sept. 30                               Homecoming Bingo Night, 7-9 p.m., South Dining Hall
Starting at 7 p.m. on the 200 block of Main Street, Kutztown, the
excitement builds as students and supporters fill the streets to       Friday, October 15
energize the Golden Bears and Kutztown Cougars.                        KU Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, 6 p.m., Multipurpose Room/
                                                                          McFarland Student Union. Open to all – $25 per person
Moonlight Madness Mini-Golf – Friday, Oct. 1                           Women’s Volleyball vs. Lock Haven, 7 p.m., Keystone Hall Arena
Just $5 per person at Sittler Golf Center, Kutztown.                   Prep Rally, 8-9 p.m., Old Main Concourse
                                                                       Pep Rally, 9-10 p.m., Alumni Plaza
 Under the Tent on the DMZ – Saturday, Oct. 2                          Homecoming Dance, 10-1 p.m., Keystone Field House
 Gather with friends and family for a carnival of games from 11 a.m.
-3 p.m.                                                                Saturday, October 16
                                                                       Field Hockey vs. Limestone College, 9 a.m., University Field
Mini-Golf - Saturday, Oct. 2                                           Homecoming Carnival, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Keystone Field House
Free to all students with KU I.D. at Sittler Golf Center, Kutztown     Beatles Rock Band Video Game Tournament, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Key-
from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.                                                        stone Field House
                                                                       The Golden Bears vs. Millersville, 1:05 p.m., University Field
Bear Tracks for Life - Saturday, Oct. 2
                                                                       Women’s Volleyball vs. East Stroudsburg, 2 p.m., Keystone Hall Arena
A run/walk benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast
                                                                       Rock ’n Walk, 3 p.m., Dixon Amphitheater
Cancer Foundation beginning at 9 a.m.
                                                                       5th Quarter Alumni Homecoming Party, 4-6 p.m., South Dining Hall
Golden Tennis Ball Run - Saturday, Oct. 2                              Twist and Shout: A Beatles Tribute Concert, 6:30 p.m., Schaeffer Audi-
The fun begins at the intersection of College Boulevard and Main          torium. Be sure to get your tickets from KU Presents! for this trip
Street at 10:30 a.m.                                                     down memory lane.

Legacy Reception and Presidential Ambassador                           Sunday, October 17
Reunion in Wiesenberger Alumni Center at 11 a.m.                       Homecoming Comedy Night with Rob Schneider, 7 p.m., Schaeffer
Avalanche Spirit Strut - Saturday, Oct. 2
Cheer on the home team with Avalanche. Beginning at 11:30
                                                                          For more information on any of the articles featured in this
a.m., the KU team mascot will be escorted up Main Street by the           issue, click on the Family Ties Extra link at:
Kutztown Fire Department to University Field.
KU Football! - Saturday, Oct. 2
                                                                          The KU student handbook “The Key’ is available online at:
Excitement reigns as the Golden Bears take on Shippensburg in
University Field, 1:05 p.m.                                     

Team Mini-Golf – Sunday, Oct. 3                                           The Academic Catalog is now available online at:
Open to students and families, just $10 for a four-person team at
Sittler Golf Center, Kutztown, 4-6 p.m.
KU Presents!
KU Presents! is a showcase highlighting a variety of professional, world-
class artists that enrich student life through the engaging experience of live
music, theater and dance. Join us for a wide array of events you can’t see or
hear anywhere in the region. Go to for special
KU student ticket pricing.
All Shows are in Schaeffer Auditorium
‘S Wonderful – A new George Gershwin musical
Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra with the
Harlem Quartet and violinist Elena Urioste
Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
David Bennett Quintet – A tribute to
                                                                                 Growl with the Golden Bears
Benny Goodman                                                                    at KU Home Games this Fall
Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.                                                               Sept. 3    4:30 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. LeMoyne Col-
Free admission for U.S. military members on
active duty and veterans.
                                                                                 Sept. 4    1:05 p.m.    KU Football vs. Saint Anselm College
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company                                                                   2:00 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. College of
Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                       Saint Rose
Evidence Dance Company                                                                      6:00 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. C.W. Post
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.                                                               Sept. 10   3:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Mercyhurst
New York Voices – featuring the Music of                                                                 College
Paul Simon                                                                       Sept. 11   11:00 a.m.   Field Hockey vs. Slippery Rock
April 7, 7:30 p.m.                                                                          3:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Gannon University
Special Events                                                                              6:05 p.m.    KU Football vs. Mercyhurst College
                                                                                 Sept.18    11:00 a.m.   Field Hockey vs. Shippensburg
Twist and Shout: The Music of the Beatles
                                                                                            2:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Millersville
Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                 Sept. 21   7:00 p.m.    Field Hockey vs. Millersville
Kathy Mattea performing songs from her new album “Coal”                                     7:00 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. Dowling College
March 24, 7:30 p.m.                                                              Sept. 22   3:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Dowling College
                                                                                 Sept. 25   1:00 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. West Chester
Join the Association of Campus Events                                            Oct. 1     7:00 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. Millersville
for a Full Menu of Fall Fun!                                                     Oct. 2     Noon         Women’s Volleyball vs. Shippensburg
Aug. 31 Welcome Back Carnival on the DMZ, 5-8 p.m.                                          1:05 p.m.    KU Football vs. Shippensburg
Sept. 14 Battle of the Sexes game show in South Dining Hall, 7-9                 Oct. 5     7:00 p.m.    Field Hockey vs. Bloomsburg
         p.m.                                                                    Oct. 6     3:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Lock Haven
Sept. 17 Philadelphia Phillies Excursion, departing 4 p.m.                       Oct. 9     11:00 a.m.   Field Hockey vs. Indiana
Sept. 21 Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular in Schaeffer Audito-                  Oct. 12    3:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Clarion
         rium, 7 p.m.                                                            Oct. 15    7:00 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. Lock Haven
Sept. 22 The Art of Kissing in 218 MSU, 8 p.m.                                   Oct. 16    9:00 a.m.    Field Hockey vs. Limestone College
Sept. 28 Knockout Basketball in the Keystone Field House, 7 p.m.                            1:05 p.m.    KU Football vs. Millersville
Sept. 29 Take a Break with ACE BBQ on                                                       2:00 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. East Strouds-
         the MSU Lawn, noon-2 p.m.
Oct. 6   Improv Troupe “Baby Wants
         Candy” in 218 MSU, 8 p.m.                                               Oct. 23    Noon         Women’s Volleyball vs. Cheyney
Oct. 12  Black Light Casino Night in 218                                                    1:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Bloomsburg
         MSU, 8-11 p.m.                                                                     6:05 p.m.    KU Football vs. C.W. Post
Oct. 13  Homecoming Bingo Night in 218                                           Oct. 26    3:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. C.W. Post
         MSU, 7 p.m.                                                                        7:00 p.m.    Field Hockey vs. East Stroudsburg
Oct. 17  Homecoming Comedy Night                                                 Oct. 30    11:00 a.m.   Field Hockey vs. C.W. Post
         with Rob Schneider in Schaeffer
         Auditorium, 7 p.m.
                                                                                            1:00 p.m.    Women’s Soccer vs. Mansfield
Oct. 20 Games Gone Wild in the South
                                                                                            2:30 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. Alderson-
         Dining Hall, 7-9 p.m.                                                                           Broaddus College
Oct. 26 Comedian KT Tatara in 183 MSU, 8 p.m.                                               6:05 p.m.    KU Football vs. West Chester
Oct. 30 Hershey Park Halloween Trip, departing 9 a.m.
Ready, Set...                                      Serving Those
Move In!                                           Who Serve Our Country
All new freshmen and transfer students will        More and more U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel are choosing Kutz-
move into their assigned residence hall on Sat-    town University to advance their educational goals – and for good reason. KU offers
urday, Aug. 28. A move-in day brochure,            an exceptional academic experience in an environment that is supportive of veterans.
with pertinent information, check-in times and     The university recognizes that military service and deployment often presents sched-
parking permits will be mailed to each new         uling challenges and time constraints. Admissions officers are available to help you
freshman and transfer on-campus resident.          start the process. KU’s academic counselors will help you develop a course plan to
Look for your brochure in the mail.                include both on-campus and online components that work together to provide the
                                                   best-possible outcome for academic success.
For returning students, please follow this move-
in schedule:                                       With the recent changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), new tuition assistance
                                                   programs have been created for a veteran’s spouse and children. Experts in the Reg-
Thursday, Aug. 26 Students with even-num-          istrar’s Office help veterans understand the new laws and are well versed on military-
bered rooms in Golden Bear Village, University     specific scholarships, tuition assistance programs and VA work-study programs.
Place, Dixon Hall and the Honors Building          Because each veteran brings a unique background and training experience to KU, the
move in between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.                 Registrar’s Office works with veterans to identify opportunities to transform their
                                                   skills and expertise into educational credits. Additionally, the Financial Aid Office
Friday, Aug. 27 Students with odd-num-             provides ongoing assistance with state and federal grants and loans available to every
bered rooms in Golden Bear Village, University     student.
Place, Dixon Hall and the Honors Building
                                                   KU’s support does not end with the freshman year. Counselors stand ready to help
move in between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
                                                   with specific concerns affecting veterans including post-traumatic stress disorder and
                                                   family issues, and they are available for consultation on other emotional factors that
Sunday, Aug. 29 The residence halls will
                                                   can influence a student’s success during their academic career.
open for returning students to move in between
10 a.m. and 6 p.m.                                 Veterans also may be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act if there is a
                                                   functional limitation that affects learning or living. For more information, call: 610-
Monday, Aug. 30 to Thursday, Sept. 2               683-4108 (TDD: 610-683-4499) or visit the KU Disability Services website at www.
All students who were not able to check in on
their designated day can check in any time after   Eligibility for veteran benefits through the university extends to all veterans and cur-
10 a.m.                                            rent members of any branch of the United States military including Army, Air Force,
                                                   Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, National Guard and Reserves. Spouses and children of
Students unable to check in by Friday, Sept. 3,    veterans and active-duty personnel may also be eligible to apply.
are asked to call the Office of Housing and
Residential Services at 610-683-4027.              To get started, visit KU’s Guide for the Veteran by logging on to
                                                   familyties and clicking on the Family Ties Extra link.

Health & Wellness Center Moves
                                                    KU has a brand new Health and Wellness Center on the first floor of Beck Hall. This
                                                    state-of-the-art facility combines health services and counseling offices that were
                                                    previously housed behind Old Main and in the Stratton Administration Center.
                                                    With its main entrance facing the DMZ on South Campus, the Health and Wellness
                                                    Center offers ambulatory health care, hospital and emergency care referral, counsel-
                                                    ing and more.
                                                    Students can check into Clinical Services for a variety of services. The new center
                                                    has 10 modern examination rooms staffed by seven nurses and four on-rotation
                                                    physicians. For students seeking health care for minor cuts and bruises, a student self-
                                                    service station offers bandages, antiseptics and over-the-counter medications.
                                                    Counseling Services is accessed through the main and private entrances. Six counsel-
                                                    ors and one case manager provide personal counseling for issues ranging from stress
                                                    and mental health issues to relationship problems, drug and alcohol abuse and more.
                                                   A new smart classroom is also available for self-guided research on nutrition, stress
                                                   management, cold and flu prevention and other topics, in addition to hosting campus
                                                   health expos.
 New for Fall 2011                                                                     MARK YOUR CALENDAR
 Paperless Housing Processes                                       Monday, Nov. 1        Last day to cancel housing contract
                                                                                         for spring 2011 without loss of deposit.
 Housing and Residential Services is incorporating new software                          Need to cancel in person by 4:30 p.m.
 this year starting in November 2010 during the housing renewal                          at Housing & Residential Services, 106
 process. With the new software, students living on campus will                          Old Main.
 be able to renew their housing for the 2011/2012 academic year
 exclusively online. This process requires an annual $50 non-      Monday, Nov. 1 –      Housing renewal for 2011/2012 through
 refundable deposit to be paid at the time of the online Housing   Friday, Dec. 17       Online Student Services
 License signature. Please be prepared in advance to be able to
 make this credit card payment (Sorry, VISA is not accepted).                            Residence halls close at 11 a.m. for
                                                                   Wednesday, Nov. 24
 The $125 housing deposit, which on-campus students paid                                 Thanksgiving recess
 toward this academic year, has already been applied as a pay-
 ment on the spring 2011 semester. Please refer to the 2010/2011   Sunday, Nov. 28       Residence halls open at 1 p.m.
 Housing License for more details.
 The online process must be completed by Dec. 17 in order to be    Tuesday, Dec. 7 –     Open room change through Online Stu-
 eligible to select an assignment for fall 2011/spring 2012. The   Friday, Dec. 10       dent Services. Students should check
 room selection process occurs late January to April.                                    their KU student e-mail account for
                                                                                         specific instructions.
 Students living on campus are encouraged to check their KU
 student e-mail account daily for important information and
 instructions as the November process approaches. For more         Friday, Dec. 10       Last day of regular classes
 information, please visit the Housing and Residential Services
 website by going to and clicking      Friday, Dec. 17       Residence halls close at 6 p.m. for
 on the Family Ties Extra link.                                                          winter recess

                                                                   Saturday, Dec. 18     Commencement begins at 9 a.m.

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