From Fr. O’Connor: Annual Report and Administrators’ Objectives

Each year I send out both the Annual Report and the Administrators’ Objectives on August 1.  (No doubt you were looking for them.)   However, I was on a cruise to Alaska during the middle of July celebrating my fortieth anniversary of ordination with two of my priest classmates.  (I know that you will be forgiving.)  The documents are now being distributed on September 1.  You will see in the “Preamble” to the Annual Report that the economic sector of America called “higher education” is under many stressors at the present time.  One of the big rating firms that provides investors with information about good prospects has downgraded the entire higher education section from stable to negative as an investment option.

The Association of Governing Boards, our own national gathering for Boards of Trustees, has provided colleges and universities in the nation with a “White Paper” outlining their concerns about the financial health of all our schools.  As you can imagine, there are many institutions that are very strong financially.  But there are also a significant number that are clearly under great stress.  We are very fortunate because we have a board and an administration that is very conservative concerning financial matters.  In my memory, we have never had a deficit budget.  Our endowments are growing nicely.  Our physical plant is modern, carefully maintained, and very functional.  Our enrollments are strong, but not growing.

This is the one item that we must address.  Our primary source of revenue is the undergraduate day tuition.  Day tuition revenues provide approximately 65% of our money each year.  Here are the numbers for the traditional day FTEs beginning in fall 2004: 1548 (04); 1462 (05); 1451 (06); 1458 (07); 1552 (08); 1486 (09); 1555 (10); 1576 (11); 1602 (12).  For almost 10 years we have been going back and forth between 1400 and 1600 students.  When a student body is not growing, all new money for academic programs, faculty, etc. must come from the percentage of tuition increase as opposed to a combination of both tuition increase and student body increase.

We must refocus our attention upon enrollment enhancement and retention. We need to establish a new ground floor at 1800.  The Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS, Center for Business and Healthcare is certainly meant to help us with this.  And we have marvelous other opportunities.  This must be a clear enrollment goal for the new Strategic Plan: 2015-2020.  We must become very imaginative and find new ways to attract and retain our wonderful students.  You will see this refrain woven throughout this year’s Annual Report.


Fr. Bernie F. O’Connor, OSFS


Important Meal Plan Information

All upperclassmen wishing to make Fall Meal Plan changes must submit requests through myDSU portal by September 5, 2013No changes can be made after this date.  If you need assistance with adding or changing your meal plan, please visit the University Card Office during normal business hours.

Please note Commuter students wishing to enroll in a  meal plan must register through myDSU portal each semester.


Embedding a Librarian in your Blackboard course

Embedding a Librarian in your Blackboard course: a webinar for faculty members presented via Blackboard Collaborate

Help your students become better researchers by providing them with numerous points of access to librarians and library resources within your Blackboard course. Tutorials, subject guides, library instruction via Blackboard Collaborate, personal research assistance, and more will be presented in this session.

September 9, 2013 at 7:15pm  Register here:

September 10, 2013 at 7:15pm Register here:



Student Affairs welcomes new staff members

Please join the student affairs department in welcoming new members to its staff.

  • Melinda Quinones became the new Director of Residence Life in August. Prior to joining student affairs, Quinones worked in Enrollment Management.
  • Gui Lopes ‘13 is the newly hired Solidarity Coordinator for Student Affairs and a Residence Hall Director for Conmy and Donahue Halls.
  • Megan Boracius was newly hired as Resident Hall Director for University Heights, Brisson, and Chappius. Boracius is a graduate student in student affairs administration at Kutztown University.
  • Jonathan Langton ‘13 was newly hired as the Residence Hall Director for DeChantal. He is a graduate student in Criminal Justice at DeSales.
  • Cristina Usino was recently hired as an additional counselor in the Counseling Center.
  • Jeffrey Tomczyk is the new Americorp*Vista Volunteer for the Center for Service and Social Justice.
  • Fr. Timothy McIntire, who was ordained this past summer, is the new Chaplain in Campus Ministry.
  • John Jordan ‘13 is graduate student for Student Life. Jordan is working on his MBA in Management and Marketing at DeSales.

Also, please join us in congratulating J. P. Kelliher on his promotion to Director of Housing.

Questions? Lois.Weber@desale.edi

A message from Fr. O’Connor: Salesian Center for Faith and Culture & DeSales Campus Ministry Office

These are just two brief announcements: 

Salesian Center for Faith and Culture:

Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, requested a one semester sabbatical last September to work on a book for college students that introduces the Devout Life for young people of today.  From discussions with members of the administration of Saint Charles Seminary, where Fr. Dailey serves on the Educational Affairs Committee of the Board, this sabbatical proposal morphed into a two semester project involving the formation of an endowed chair to honor John Cardinal Foley for his service to both the seminary and to the Vatican where he worked for many years in the Office of Social Communication.  In April, the Board of Trustees enthusiastically granted this request for a full two semesters.  For the year, therefore, Fr. Dailey, OSFS, will be living and working in Philadelphia.

I have decided to appoint Fr. John Fisher, OSFS, to serve as the Director of the Salesian Center for this year.  John is delighted to assume this responsibility.  Please welcome him into this new task with support and thanksgiving.

DeSales University Campus Ministry Office:

Two years ago, Fr. John Hanley, OSFS, ended a period of twenty years of service to the Office of Campus Ministry at DeSales.  Being a southerner at heart, he is delighted with his new assignment in our parish in Naples, Florida.  Knowing that Tim McIntire would soon be ordained to the priesthood and that he was interested in becoming the full-time chaplain for DeSales, our Provincial Fr. James Greenfield, OSFS, suggested that we try to manage without a full-time chaplain for one year and then welcome Tim for the 2013-2014 academic year.  With characteristic generosity, the Oblates of Wills Hall agreed to accept filling the void created by the lack of a chaplain for the spring semester of 2012-2013.  We owe the Oblate community of Wills Hall a great debt of gratitude for all the priestly ministry they assumed to cover this chaplaincy position.

The Office of Campus Ministry is now complete.  Ms. Maggie Riggins continues in her position as Director of Campus Ministry.  Fr. Tim McIntire, OSFS, returns as a newly ordained priest to oversee the sacramental ministry of the chaplain and to teach one theology class.  Sr. John Marie, OSFS, continues assisting the campus ministry team with individual spiritual counseling, vocation promotion, and a deep life of prayer.  Sister also teaches two courses for the education program.  Finally, Ben Durham provides for the musical demands of a vibrant liturgical community and directs three various choral groups on the campus.

Let us offer prayers to the Lord for providing such dedicated and talented people to work with our community in God’s holy service.

— Fr. Bernie O’Connor, OSFS


Would you be a good student ambassador for DeSales?

Do you think you would be a good student ambassador for DeSales University?  Join us for an Information Session about the D.A.W.G.s Program (DeSales Admissions Welcoming Guides).  The meeting will include important information about the D.A.W.G.s Application Process, Interviewing, and Training requirements.  All returning D.A.W.G.s are asked to attend.

            When: Thursday, September 5 at 4:00 PM

            Where: Trexler Room in the DUC

If you are unable to attend, but are interested in joining DAWGs, please see Kate McNally in Dooling 135 before Friday, September 6.

For more information, contact Kate McNally –


New! Wireless printing and environmental impact monitoring

Now you can print wirelessly to any public computer on campus and monitor your environmental impact!

In order to become a greener campus, DeSales is launching Paper Cut software to all faculty, staff, and students starting in the Fall 2013 semester. Paper Cut shows you your printing habits and gives you the ability to print wirelessly to any public printer on campus. A link to Paper Cut will be provided on the MyDSU portal.

Page allotments:

  • Faculty and Staff = 1,000 pages
  • Students = 500 pages.

As you print, pages will be deducted from your balance. (No worries, if you go to a zero balance, the software will still continue to print.)

The following link will show you how to use Paper Cut software and print wirelessly:

For Faculty and Staff, the Paper Cut software will automatically be installed on your computer this Wednesday, August 21 whenever you log off/log on your computer.