2006 State of the University Address
I am pleased to welcome you back for what promises to be another exciting new academic year. One especially exciting aspect of this, our one-hundred-fortieth " new " beginning is that our funding from the state for this fiscal year has kept pace with inflation, allowing us to hold our tuition increase to its lowest level in several years, actually less than the rate of inflation over the past 12 months.
I am pleased on behalf of our students because it keeps their costs down, and that is central to our mission. But, I am also proud on behalf of the staff and faculty for the joint effort in helping our representatives in Harrisburg understand the importance of what we do, and our effectiveness in doing it.
Our combined efforts were successful in Harrisburg not just in the legislature, but at the System office as well. As you all know, performance funding represents an increasingly significant portion of our budget. Last year at this time I reported to you that we had met or exceeded 53 of 62 measures. I am delighted to share with you this year that we met or exceeded 59 of the 62 measures.
A good deal of effort at the Strategic Planning and Resource Committee contributed to that success, and I look forward to the committee's assistance in tackling the remaining three measures.
Another item of discussion among the Strategic Planning group this year will be the decentralized budget process. We have held meetings and discussions across campus over the past year or so, and have invited comptrollers and finance professionals from other universities that have moved in this direction to determine if Kutztown University should adopt such a model. The answer to that appears to be in the affirmative. This year we will, with campuswide input, develop the implementation process.
This one-hundred-fortieth beginning also marks a very significant milestone in the life of Kutztown University This fall, according to the latest projections, we reach 5 digits. Our student population has grown along with the increased high school graduation rates in our service area, and we are now home to approximately 10,000 future Golden Bear alumni. Not all of that growth is a result of burgeoning incoming classes, however. Our retention rates and transfer student enrollment continue to climb, resulting in larger sophomore, junior and senior classes as well.
Two significant additions to the campus will be up and running this semester. The long-anticipated student recreation center is open and will be a wonderful addition to our students' campus home. Classes have not even started, and the building is already receiving a great deal of traffic.
The Academic Forum will be ready for classes next spring. Finishing touches are being completed as we speak. I have toured the forum in just the past few weeks and I know you will be pleased with what an aesthetically pleasing and technologically advanced instructional, social and service space it will add to the campus.
In the past 12 months we also have added another amazing facility to the university, although it is not within or adjacent to the campus. This facility represents countless opportunities in research and entrepreneurial enterprise. I am talking about TEK Park in Breinigsville. Kutztown University was invited to occupy a significant portion of the space. Together with the KU Foundation we have created the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at TekPark, and are in the process of establishing the Kutztown University Office of Research. We are establishing collaborative arrangements with cutting-edge, start-up companies that will provide internship opportunities for our students and research opportunities for the faculty.
There are numerous other plans and accomplishments that have occurred since we last gathered here, but I will let others share those with you in the next few minutes.
At this time, I would like to recognize the Kutztown University Council of Trustee members here with us today, and ask them to stand as I call their names:
Mr. Guido Pichini, past president of the council of trustees and now also a member of the board of governors of the state system.
Mr. Rich Orwig, our current president of the council of trustees.
Ms. Leigh Vella, our student member of the council, and
Mr. Jack Wabby
Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to be with us today and for your continued service and support for the university.
We also have new faculty and staff who have joined us this year (please stand). Welcome to the Kutztown University family. Based upon my experience only a few years ago, I can assure you that Kutztown is a remarkably warm and welcoming university.
I would now like to introduce one new employee who may be new to the payroll, but who has been working with and for Kutztown University for a few months now, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, our new provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Thank you Dr. Vargas, and welcome, officially, to your new home. We are delighted to have such a gifted and accomplished scholar join us in the important role you fill.
I would now like to ask the Chair of the University Senate, Bill Bateman, to make some remarks.
*** Bill offers remarks ***
Kutztown University is proud of the positive relationships that have been established with the various bargaining units on campus. I have invited their respective presidents to make some brief comments.
I would like to ask Professor Mike Gambone, president of APSCUF, to make some remarks.
*** Mike talks***
We will hear now from Beth Graham, representing SCUPA.
*** Beth talks ***
We will now hear from Mark Prevoznik representing AFSCME.
*** Mark talks ***
It is also a tradition at our opening day festivities that we acknowledge the accomplishments of one faculty member in particular. It is now the time to name the 2006 recipient of the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before we announce this year's winner, I would like to acknowledge the previous faculty award recipients. Please stand when I call your name:
Prof. Patrick Duddy, Biology (retired)
Prof. Jack Schellenberg, Physical Science (retired)
Prof. John Landis, Communication Design (retired)
Prof. Ed Evans, Math/CIS (retired)
Prof. Allida McKinley, History
Prof. James Ogden, Marketing
Prof. David Peterson, Audio-visual Communications (retired)
Prof. John Loomis, Physical Science
Prof. Kathleen Dolgos, Secondary Education
Prof. Tom Schantz, Art Education and Crafts (retired)
Dr. Arifeen Daneshyar, Economics
Dr. Robert Zigenfuss, Geography
Thank you, again, for setting an example for us all. I would like to ask the Kutztown University Alumni Board President, Ms. Tracy Garnick to join me in presenting the award and a check for $2,000 to Professor and Chair of the Department of .... History, Dr. Michael Gabriel.
At this point, I would like to ask the Vice Presidents to share with you some of the accomplishments in their divisions last year, and what they see on the horizon in the coming months and years.
I'd like to begin by asking Dr. Vargas to share with us some of the accomplishments of the past year in academic affairs.
DIVISION OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
A record number of students made Kutztown University their home during the 05-06 academic year. There is little doubt that this type of growth is frequently accompanied by challenges and strains on the organization. However, the hallmark of a successful organization, especially in times of strain, is its ability to accomplish significant intra and inter-divisional collaboration to meet the demands of its constituency. Much of the success the Academic Affairs division experienced this year were due to this type of collaboration. Due to the unyielding commitment of our faculty and staff 2005-06 was a year of significant accomplishment.
FACULTY HIRING: As a result of multiple searches and the efforts of numerous search committees, we are joined this fall by forty-one new colleagues, all of whom are in tenured or tenure-track positions. These forty one were hired directly into tenure-track positions or were temporary faculty already at KU whose positions were converted into tenure-track status.
CURRICULAR and ACCREDITATION UPDATE:
Under the leadership of Associate Dean Carole Wells our Middle States Decennial Self-Study is well underway. Our pre-visit was conducted this past June; this pre-visit gave us an opportunity to meet with our middle states liaison to discuss our preparations for the official site visit which will take place during the 2007-08 academic year. The Steering Committee has formed 14 subcommittees to address standards in Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education.
The following programs received accreditation from their respective Accreditation Agencies:
Communication Design, Fine Arts, Art Education and Crafts, Music Education, and Coaching Education program.
The Master of Social Work program underwent the final phase, Benchmark IV, of the accrediting process with the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), culminating in an incredibly favorable Site Visitor's Report. The final vote of the Commission is expected in October.
Site visits by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) were conducted in the College of Education.
Three programs in the College of Education received national recognition from the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) in their discipline: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Library Science.
The Early Learning Center received National Association 2/23/2007 2:13 PMfor the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation (15th straight year). The Center is one of three in Berks County to hold this accreditation.
The College of Education received reports from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of excellent performance by KU students on the Praxis I and Praxis II examinations:
|For 2004-2005 Academic Year - Report dated 4/21/2006|
|Academic Content Areas||96%|
|Teaching Special Populations||99%|
|Total Pass Rates||96%|
The College of Business has developed a comprehensive strategic plan that focuses on, and provide guidance toward, obtaining accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB.
A new Master of Science in Nursing program was put through the internal curricular process and is on the agenda for the Board of Governors' September meeting.
During 2005-06 our faculty published or edited several books, wrote more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and presented at more than 120 local, regional and national conferences.
In 2005-06 the University's external funding was approximately $2.7 million. Funding was secured from local, state and federal agencies such as: the American Chemical Society, the Department of Education, Gear-up, PA Department of Labor and Industry, PASSHE Social Equity Grants Program, PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Awards Program.
KU Faculty submitted the PASSHE limit of 12 proposals for Professional Development Grants; of these six were funded. This is a remarkable improvement from 2004-05, when only six proposals were submitted and two were funded.
KU was awarded the PASSHE limit of five Social Equity Grants.
A new Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects, Mr. Jeff Werner, was hired. Jeff comes to us from West Virginia University, where he worked in a multi-million-dollar center of sponsored projects.
The Library Science Instructional technology department hosted the annual Spring and Fall Book Review during which more than 100 area librarians and teachers reviewed new books. Kutztown reviews became part of the national Children's Literature Comprehensive Database.
Our Biology Department hosted the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists 37th Annual Conference.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts instituted a new Visiting Artist Program which brings in distinguished artists and scholars to give presentations, master classes, or performances for the benefit of our students, faculty, and the communities we serve.
Faculty from our Philosophy and Political Science Departments collaborated with colleagues as well as the Division of Student Services and Campus Life to host an array of talks and seminars during constitution week; including a plenary session commemorating 9/11 titled - 9/11 looking back---looking ahead. I invite you all to stop by the lawn in front of Boehm on the morning of September eleventh this year. There, with the help of the KU College Republicans, there will be a display of more than twenty-six hundred small American flags, and more than 200 flags from the 37 other nations that lost citizens on that day, five years ago. One flag for each of those who lost their lives, including four of our alumni.
The 2005-06 Chambliss Faculty Scholarship Awards, which recognize the very highest achievement in research and scholarship by KU faculty, were awarded to: Dr. Yong Huang of the Philosophy Department and Dr. Francis Vasko of the Mathematics Department.
PARTNERSHIPS & OUTREACH:
The Office of International Initiatives, in collaboration with our faculty, continues to work at strengthening international exchange relationships to create opportunities for our students and faculty. Exchange programs were established with universities in: England, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Germany , France, China, Ecuador, and India.
The International Studies Program hosted the International Conference on China, "China at the Crossroads," in March, 2006. This conference brought together scholars / researchers / authors for presentations in areas of Chinese literature, human rights, women's studies, philosophy, fine and performing arts, economics, political science, and geography.
Kutztown University Small Business Development Center continues to provide extensive support for small businesses within its region through its excellent consultant staff. In 2005-06 the SBDC activities included: Serving 972 total clients, $12 million in business loans closed, $117 million sales increases, 84 clients produced business plans, 64 clients have started businesses (up from 40 in 2004), 659 jobs created, 340 jobs retained.
A Dual Admission Agreement between our Department of Nursing and Reading Hospital School of Nursing (RHSN) was recently established. Students pursuing the RN degree at RHSN will seamlessly move into junior level coursework at KU in pursuit of their BSN.
We recently launched an RN to BSN Bridge Program with Lehigh Valley Hospital and began offering courses to their practicing RNs so they can pursue their BSN.
Dr. Michael Gambone, professor of History spent the Spring 2006 semester serving on active duty in Iraq.
Dr. Barbara Darden has joined us from Kean University as our new Dean of the Library.
We hired three new Associate Deans. Dr. Fidelis Ikem in the College of Business, Dr. Fred McCoy, in the College of Education and Dr. Carole Wells in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Ikem is now the interim Dean of Business.
Seventeen new Smart Classroom were completed in 2005-06, bringing the number to 124.
The class of 2010 brings 1,962 new faces to campus. They will be joined by 653 transfer students from area community colleges and other universities.
The overall student body will be 62 percent female, and 38 percent male. Almost one in five, 18 percent, of the student body are minorities, making us one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in the state system, and more important, representative of the world in which our graduates will work and raise their families.
The number of students entering the Honors Program increased from 86 in Fall, 2004 to 118 in Fall, 2005. At the same time the admission requirements for entry into the program increased from an SAT score of 1050 for Fall, 2004 to an SAT score of 1099 and a predicted grade point average of 3.25 for Fall, 2005. This Fall's Honors Class numbers more than 200, with an average SAT of 1198. More AND MORE, and better and better.
Next, I would like to ask Dr. Chick Woodard, Vice President for Student Services and Campus Life to share a few words.
STUDENT SERVICES AND CAMPUS LIFE
As holistic development advocates, we in the university community are reminded again and again that a significant source of student learning and insight often is found outside the classrooms. A wealth of knowledge is gained through living-learning experiences in the residence halls, in volunteer service through community-based projects, in competitive sports arenas, and in dynamic partnerships that bond the university with its surrounding communities.
Through interdivisional collaboration with Academic Affairs: Constitution Week, Five Days of Justice, New York Times Readership Program and the Carlson Chambliss Academic Achievement Awards among others, all provided students with opportunities to expand their horizons. These collaborations were not limited to the campus property. Within the Borough of Kutztown, a new office opened in March 2006 and is shared by the Off-Campus Advisory Council, the borough of Kutztown and our Small Business Development Center. This center will provide students and community members a medium to discuss areas of common concern and programs to meet the needs of the broader community.
EckHaus, a new student managed arts center is finalizing renovations at 157 West Main Street in the borough of Kutztown and planning its grand opening on September 8. With the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the support of the University Foundation and local community, students will have a hand's on opportunity to run a gallery, conduct workshops and experience the many trials of operating a business.
Students continued their philanthropic initiatives by again sponsoring Up-til-Dawn which raised $21,000 this past year for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In addition, more than 2000 Kutztown University students contributed more than 30,000 hours of community service this past year. This represents a $500,000 contribution of their talents to improve the quality of life in our community.
To assure the on-going efficiency and effectiveness of our programs, we must undergo constant review in a program review process consistent with the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) during the fall and/or spring semester including a system for external review. The results of this review process showed that all units of the division met, to varying degree, the array of nationally developed standards in thirteen identified operational and programmatic categories and 82 specific criteria. Our division takes great pride in our ability to be innovative and responsive to the unique needs of students and our environment. The opening of a new state of the art Student Recreation Center will provide students with expanded individual fitness, recreational, cooperative and competitive play opportunities including a climbing wall so they may scale new heights.
With the addition of lights to University Field to complement the new turf installed last year, night football comes to KU this fall as well as expanded opportunities for night contests in other intercollegiate and club sports.
Kutztown University received special honors and recognition by the Pennsylvania State System, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, professional associations, and accrediting bodies for outstanding achievements in programs, services and outcomes in support of those same missions. The Lauers' Park Elementary School Program was identified by the State System as a "Best Practices" initiative for its efforts to link economically disadvantaged and culturally different fifth graders with special assistance to realize their dreams of attending college. The sustained support for excellence in the classroom, in service to the community, and in the sport arenas has earned our intercollegiate student athletes important advances in their pursuit of academic honors, conference championships, and the Dixon Trophy. This trophy-The Dixon Trophy-represents the significant athletic accomplishments of our student athletes.
Academic success was not sacrificed to achieve this outstanding athletic achievement. Ninety-seven scholar athletes earned a GPA of 3.25 or higher and the GPA for all athletes kept pace with the undergraduate cohort. In addition, these student athletes contributed more than twelve hundred hours of service to the community. Such achievements underscore the lofty goals that can be realized with creative thinking, planned structure, dedicated service, collaboration and committed action on the part of the professional and support staff within our division. We look forward to continuing efforts that contribute to student success. Thank you.
The division also worked hard this past year, along with some of our gifted alumni who now make a career of doing such things, to totally revamp the division web site. I hope you all will have a chance, or even a need, to visit us online.
Thank you, Chick, for those brief comments. Next I would invite Jim Sutherland, Vice President for Administration and Finance to share a few highlights from his area.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Adaptability is a prerequisite if an individual or an entity is to succeed in a time of change. Adaptability requires not only accepting change from the outside but initiating and embracing change from within. The Division of Administration and Finance is truly blessed with a cadre of individuals who thrive on challenges and opportunities and in most cases consider them one and the same. I am not suggesting that this is always a pleasant experience, but in most cases it ends up on a positive note and is viewed with a sense of pride in accomplishment.
I would like to highlight a few of the successes that have been achieved and some that are still progressing.
As most of you know the new electronic administrative systems on campus have software from SAP at their core. The finance and human resource systems have been fully implemented and although far from perfect they are functional due to the significant efforts of the staff administering the software. Work-arounds, add-ons, supplementals, etc. have been and are being developed to arrive at the best possible environment within the given parameters. This approach has set the standard for what will be required as we prepare to roll out the "Campus Management" (Bursar, Financial Aid, Registrar, Admissions) portion of the new system. Even with these challenges in the financial accounting area, our external auditors had nothing but praise for our internal systems and record keeping.
Another area of significant success is in the continued expansion of the campus One Card program along with its expanded use for security. It is now accepted by more than 25 off-campus merchants through our Bear Bucks debit card system. This past year we had more than $950,000 deposited into Bear Bucks accounts with 19 percent of the spending taking place with the off campus vendors. What a great partnership with our local community.
Our Facilities group continues to record significant successes from emergency mold remediation which allowed the Learning Center to safely hold classes this past year to completing the construction of the Recreation Center on time and within the budget. Leading the way in the Commonwealth to allow, under certain circumstances, to secure the services of contractors through a "best value" as opposed to a "low bid" selection process has changed the financial and procedural landscape of construction at KU.
The new steam generation plant, the Academic Forum, as well as the Recreation Center are all projects contracted through the Best Value method. One is completed, another is more than 70 percent complete, and one is just getting started. Although there are different contractors on each, the one commonality among them is the significantly reduced number of change orders and cost overruns found in all low-bid projects. And each of these projects is on time and within budget.
The campus overall continues to receive very positive comments from visitors, prospective students and returning alumni about how the university's buildings and grounds are so attractive and well maintained.
Improvement and upgrades in a number of building air conditioning systems have proved quite worthwhile with a much more stable cooling environment during this very hot and humid summer. In some cases the humidity got so high that even these improvements were not able to provide the desired environment. As they say, "life is a journey" so we will continue to seek solutions. Over all it was a significant improvement over the recent past.
Human Resources upgraded the student payroll system by adding the E-Time software front end which greatly enhanced the self serve capability for our students. They also implemented a revised and streamlined non-instructional hiring process that is proving to be a significant time saver.
If you have not had a chance to tour the new Recreation Center, you are in for a pleasant surprise. This is a wonderful facility with the kind of amenities typically found in only the best private clubs. I encourage you to take a few minutes and walk through this new center-point for campus recreation.
The construction of the Academic Forum is well beyond the halfway point and by all indications it will be ready for demonstrations and training by November 1st and will definitely be ready for classes by January 16, 2007.
All of these things, new systems, new facilities, new software, and new processes require adaptability and this past year has proven that not only the Division of Administration and Finance but the entire University has the capability to adapt and embrace change.
Thank you Jim. Rich Zera, Vice President for Information Technology, would you please give us a little insight regarding the I. T. area?
This past year, IT faced one of its more challenging years. The IT division found itself having a large number of personnel vacancies and a full plate of projects ranging from new construction and renovation of buildings to implementations of academic technology and variety software. The personnel positions were filled and the projects are either completely implemented or nearly so.
We recognize that today's incoming freshmen, born in 1988, have never known a time when the Internet and personal computers were not ubiquitous - and we are challenged to meet their expectations. We also have heard from the Academic Technology Committee Strategic Plan and faculty at large of the heightened importance of supporting smart classrooms and other academic needs. Now with 124 smart classrooms and increased reliance by our faculty on their technology, we have restructured to enable a dramatic increase from 1.0 FTE to 2.5 FTE support personnel and will provide extended hours of support for the evening classes.
With the guidance of Academic Affairs, the Consistent Instructor Interface was selected and deployed in most of the smart classrooms to make it easy to use the media equipment with simple push-button controls. Please check your office or mailbox today for a complete Smart Classroom Information folder which is awaiting each faculty member to describe the Consistent Instructor Interface, as well as the technology that will be deployed in the Academic Forum. Telephones, that can be used for support calls or emergency situations, have been added to the smart classrooms, as has some remote control capabilities to enable IT staff to try to resolve problems in a classroom remotely, check bulb life, and perform other diagnostic or remediation tasks. Another classroom technology initiative, in conjunction with the Academic Technology Committee and the University Senate, is a pilot test this semester for the Personal Response Systems, also known as "clickers."
Collaborations with PASSHE, in preparation for the continued deployment of Shared Administration applications (such as e-Time and Campus Management and Employee Self Service), meant refining our technical environment in several areas. These include planning for implementation of a storage area network (SAN) for efficient backups and restores and will allow for the expansion of storage space for faculty, staff and students, Microsoft's Active Directory for collaborative work environments with PASSHE and sister universities, and Microsoft's Exchange suite of software, including email and calendaring which will enable KU to be integrated with the SAP Campus Management System and other PASSHE initiatives.
The campus continues to expand, both in the number of buildings on campus and the addition of facilities beyond the main campus. This construction and expansion means infrastructure changes - cabling, electronics, etc - most of which needs to happen in the summer months to avoid major inconvenience to faculty and students. New for fall are the Honors Hall, the Recreation Center, and the Professional Building, followed by the Academic Forum later in the semester. The off-campus facility, TekPark, will be part of the campus network and will require infrastructure modifications. And, the wireless network, for more flexible academic opportunities, continues to expand.
For our students, ResNet has implemented a pay-for-service computer support service for off-campus students. Ruckus, with its free music download subscriptions, is available for resident and off-campus students, and is available to faculty and staff for a nominal fee. And, for the entire campus community, the planning process for the replacement of campus microcomputers will be underway shortly. Our three year leasing cycle ends in June 2007 and the roughly 2,000 microcomputers in the labs and offices will be replaced. Lastly, security is in the news and on everyone's mind. Reports show that colleges are the source of one-third to half of all publicly disclosed breaches, which is a larger share than financial services, government, retail or health care. The first reaction is to lock-down the vulnerabilities as tightly as possible. But, the campus environment is a unique challenge because of the openness inherent with academic freedom and information access. The quandary becomes the balance between security and availability of information. Articles abound to illustrate how vulnerable a campus can be and help to explain why KU needs to take actions that will keep KU from becoming an item in such news articles. The strong password implementation and the laptop encryption policy are just two areas that need immediate focus.
Also in your mail is the Opening Day edition of the ITS Interface newsletter, which has more information on the above items and may more initiatives. Please look it over at your earliest opportunity.
Best wishes for a great academic year, and please don't hesitate to call us if we can assist you in any way.
Thank you Rich. I now invite Barbara Taliaferro to share with us the highlights of the past year in the office of Human Diversity.
Good Morning ...
Welcome to a brand new day ... may you be filled with excitement ... energy ... and anticipation ... as the new academic year begins ...
The Division of Human Diversity and its component programs had a very successful year.
The programs and services include many activities located in John B. White Multicultural Center. As it celebrates its 5th year anniversary, the center's primary mission is to support student retention, through leadership development and training, recognition and celebration of cultural heritage and ethnicity, social engagement, and peer mentoring. Many campus individuals, groups, and student organizations collaborate with us to maximize human and fiscal resources.
The Multicultural Center staff identified approximately 200 multicultural students with a 3.0 and better GPA. These accomplishments support, increase, and stabilize the overall university retention and certainly contribute positively to the state system performance and measures. In the past year, student groups have added campus chapters of the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Student's motivation, advocacy, and activism for human, and civil rights serves to augment character development and responsible citizenship.
Through a state system diversity grant and additional funding sources, the Multicultural Center enabled students, faculty, and staff to develop, and implement 40 academic and other programs to support the institution's diversity initiatives. Watch the mail for the Fall 2006 booklet of activities and events/places to go, people to see, and things to do. All programs and activities are open to the campus and community at large.
Race relations dialogue took place over the course of the year to engage the campus in conversations about race, white privilege, stereotypes, myths and identity development.
The theme and philosophy is Race Relations: There is no finish line. This dialogue will be on-going in order to improve the campus climate, with respect for ALL people.
The Women's Center
The Women's Center continues to support and facilitate gender development, health and wellness, and community interests while raising social consciousness and activism. They dedicate their fundraising efforts to helping women in crisis, and prevention and protection against abuse, and sexual violence. Several local non-profit agencies benefit from the annual collections of food, clothing, school supplies, and toiletries.
The Women's Center "Potty Papers" are published and distributed throughout the year to remind students and employees of campus events, community sponsored programs and helpful hints that can be used to reduce stress, eat healthy, and provide educational information.
Topics have also addressed some of the dangers that may arise by students using myspace and facebook, and other blog engines. Guest speakers have included an author and activist, and an international photographer. Our own faculty women presented a program redefining leadership skills as participants in the 2005 Women's Faculty Summer Leadership Institute. A collaborative event between The Women's Center, The Multicultural Center and Public Safety provided a Rape, Aggression, and Defense training course.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act that mandates services, accommodations, and access ability is in its 16th year. Today we serve more than 500 students and a number of employees. This year, the Disability Services program has successfully developed and implemented A pilot College Access Program for incoming freshman who have self identified as students with disabilities. The program is done in conjunction with the university Advisement Center, and has been approved for a second year in the summer of 2007.
Again, volunteer emeriti faculty provided testing, monitoring, and other services to this population throughout the year and especially during finals week. The in-kind contributions for these services saved the department and the university approximately $10,000 annually.
Currently there are 121 new students enrolled for Fall 2006, approximately 450 returning students totaling 571 individuals who are eligible for services. During the school year professional development opportunities continue to be offered to faculty and staff.
A new Accessible Meetings, Events, Programs Policy has been developed and a structure put in place to support the campus room reservation system. This policy is designed to ensure that any/all programs offered to the campus and public are accessible, the information details will be coming to you soon. Watch your mail.
GLBTQ Resource Center (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning)
The GLBTQ Resource Center celebrated its 1st year anniversary in February. The center's programs, activities, and services are provided to the entire campus community. The resource center at Kutztown University was also cited by USA Today for its Lavender Graduation Program. The center hosted several speakers that included a documentary film maker, a transgender specialist, a noted lesbian theorist and prolific writer.
The resource center also sponsored the first Liberty Fest Celebration in collaboration with the Women's Center, they were very involved in the hosting of the Keith Haring, Statue of Liberty Banner and the City Kids performance at the Kutztown Community Park. It has been a great year. Thank you for your on-going participation and support.
Let us move forward in harmony ... and meet the challenges and opportunities of greatness that lie before us.
Thank you Barbara. Now I would ask Bill Sutton, Vice President for Advancement to share a few remarks.
Welcome to the beginning of the 2006-2007 academic year. Once again this promises to be an exciting time for Kutztown University as we have reached several milestones and we begin to establish new goals.
This past year we successfully conducted our third annual Scholarship Ball which was held at TEK Park. Because of the site and the marketing of the event, we were able to attract a record crowd, and it created a gala event that was enjoyed throughout the region. Almost 350 people were in attendance and we anticipate that the Scholarship Ball to be held this fall on November 4th will be equally successful. This year we are moving the Scholarship Ball to the new Academic Forum and it will be a combination of Scholarship Ball and Building Dedication Event.
During the past year the Kutztown University Foundation acquired three additional properties to help provide for University needs. The former Chinese Christian Church was purchased, renovated, and leased to the University as space for faculty offices to accommodate other on-campus building renovations. Second, a five-acre property directly south of the Fairview Cemetery next to campus was acquired by the Foundation and will be used for parking in conjunction with the new residence hall. And finally, late this spring the Foundation was able to acquire the former Schaeffer Apartment building directly across College Boulevard from McFarland Student Union. This facility will be used to create an Honors Residence Hall. Sometime in late fall, faculty offices and classrooms will be available in the lower level of this facility, so it will provide students with a unique living and learning environment.
The KU Foundation is continuing to test the feasibility of a major capital campaign centered around the renovation of Sharadin Art Building, and Schaeffer Auditorium. In addition, the campaign would provide for student scholarships and other University needs. We have been fortunate in that the Berks County Capital Campaign Review Board has selected the Sharadin Art Building as the approved Berks County Campaign for this fall. So on November 16th we will kickoff a Berks County Campaign to raise the matching money for the Sharadin Art Building.
Marketing activities continue to be successful. University Relations reports that we now have more than 80 national and international vendors who are licensed to produce Kutztown University logo products. Licensing revenue, which is dedicated to textbook scholarships, rose nearly 400 percent last year. I am sure you are starting to see more logo merchandise appearing in stores and throughout campus. Each year Academic Affairs together with University Relations set specific marketing priorities that are then used as targets for the marketing plan. In areas where there is room for growth, such as summer school and transfer students, we have seen double-digit increases in the past year.
With regard to gifts and support, the Kutztown University Foundation experienced another very good year of gifts. One thing you may not be aware of is the number of students who receive scholarship aid through Foundation and Foundation related funds. This past year more than 500 students received scholarship support through the Foundation. Also in this past year, the Foundation's assets have grown, and now exceed $60 million and scholarship endowment is in excess of $13 million. Annually, the State System compares our Foundation's fund-raising activities with a set of peer institutions throughout the region and the nation and it should be noted that our performance is always in the top quartile of our peers regionally and nationally.
I want to mention that the Performing Artist Series has scheduled an outstanding group of performances for the coming year, and in line with our efforts to promote the marketing of the arts on campus we have produced a new once-a-year catalog of arts and music performances on campus. In prior years this was done as a simple twice a year handout, so we are producing a new booklet in an effort to continue to meet University marketing goals.
Lastly, I want to mention the College Based Development Program the Foundation introduced last year. Currently a Foundation Development Officer is working with each of the undergraduate colleges to begin the process of securing gifts and grants for that particular college and the departments within that College. This is a time-consuming process and we anticipate that it will take approximately five years to fully develop this new program, but we know that in the future this will be a great asset to each of the undergraduate colleges.
Once again, we anticipate the 2006-2007 to be an extremely strong and successful and look forward to working with you on a variety of activities.
Thank you Bill. As I mentioned at the beginning of our breakfast this morning, there are a lot of good things happening here at Kutztown University, and people in Harrisburg, across the nation, and around the globe are taking notice of them.
One of the good things that will happen next week is a three-day visit and lecture series by William Strauss, author of Millennials Go to College. He will discuss Millennials and Pop Culture at 7 p.m. on September 6th in Schaeffer Auditorium. There are posters around campus describing the two other lectures that will be offered in the Multi-Purpose Room of McFarland Student Union the following day. I encourage those of you who can fit one of these lectures into your schedule to join us.
Thank you all for coming this morning, and thank you all for the accomplishments of the past 12 months. I have come to learn that they are but a harbinger of the outstanding effort and spectacular results you will achieve in the coming months.Again, thank you for coming, the students await us. Let us now adjourn and attend to them, for indeed, it is they, not I, who called us all here today.