Feedback Wanted: Campus Alert System Drill

The Emergency Services Department wishes to thank the entire University community for your participation in the recent lockdown drill on October 21. The drill reaffirmed our Emergency Action Plans while also testing our Campus Emergency Alert Systems. The drill also revealed a few areas that are in need of continual improvement. In an effort to improve the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors, all components of the Campus Emergency Alert Systems will now be tested monthly on the last Friday of each month at 3:00 p.m. The University will also conduct an additional campus-wide drill in the spring semester with the date and time to be determined.

Open Forums

To solicit campus-wide feedback on the recent drill, Emergency Services will be hosting three open forums that faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.  These open forums will be held on the following dates and times: Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:00 noon, and Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

In addition, all questions or concerns regarding the drill may be directed to Dennis Rasley, Director of Emergency Services at X1513 or

Spring 2015: Ethics of Character w/ 10 Day Trip to Europe

Dr. Joshua Schulz will be offering PL 209: Ethics of Character in Spring 2015. This is a DeSales Experience course. In addition to studying the seven holy virtues and seven deadly sins in philosophy and literature – we read Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio! – students enrolled in the course will receive a subsidy for a 10 day trip to Europe from May 9-19, 2015. The trip will be a whirlwind tour of London, Oxford, Paris, and Florence, with an afternoon in Rome before returning.

Please contact

Poet Ross Gay to Read at DeSales, 10/30

By Paige Myers-Ackerman

DiScoUrse, the Creative Writing Honors Society of DeSales University, will host a reading by Ross Gay on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Commonwealth Room of the DeSales University Center and is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Gay is the author of two poetry collections, Against Which and Bringing the Shovel Down. Bringing the Shovel Down is available for purchase at the DeSales Campus Store.

Questions? Professor Juilene McKnight at





Salesian Quote of the Day

StFrancis “His divine Providence, as soon as it had created man, the heavens, the earth, and the things that are in heaven and on earth, preserved them and perpetually preserves them, in such a way that the species of each tiniest bird is not yet extinct.” The Catholic Controversy (CTR) 55

– St. Francis de Sales

Video: Disaster Drill at DeSales University

If you found yourself in the middle of a hazardous chemical emergency, would you know what to do? Several DeSales University departments came together in what’s become an annual disaster drill. This year’s simulation, set in and outside of the Hurd Science Center at the University’s Center Valley Campus, focused on the triage and treatment of multiple victims of a mock exposure to hydrogen sulfide.

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Learn more about the drill here


Hawk Mt. Hiking Trip, 11/1

The Outdoor Adventure Club is running a trip to Hawk Mt. This Saturday, November 1 from 8:30-3:30.This will be a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the fall weather and see the mountain as the leaves change. The cost to attend is $5. In order to secure a spot, please pay your $5 deposit to Paul Vizza at the Outdoor Adventure Club meeting on Wednesday, October 29 at 3:30 in the Danko Room in McShea, and fill out the form at the link below. If you cannot attend the meeting to pay your deposit, please email Andrew Ivankovits at Please register no later than 10:00 pm on Thursday, October 30. Student who register will receive an email on Thursday evening detailing what to wear/pack for the trip. Transportation will be provided, however, student are expected to bring a brown bag lunch. We leave at 8:30 sharp from the McShea parking lot. To register for the trip, please fill out the form at the following link and remember to pay your deposit: .

Questions? Andrew Ivankovits at