500$ Award: Academic Excellence Address

The Faculty of DeSales University strongly encourage full-time traditional undergraduate day students to enter the Academic Excellence Address Competition described below.

Introduction:  The Academic Excellence Address Award is given each year to encourage, acknowledge, and reward academic excellence in public speaking. The winner presents his/her speech at the Academic Excellence Ceremony Liturgy held in the Connelly Chapel on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.

Eligibility:  All full-time traditional undergraduate day students are eligible.  A student who wins the competition may not compete in subsequent years.

Nomination:  Each of the four academic divisions nominates two students who are majoring in a discipline offered by the division, with the exception of the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division which may nominate three students because of its size.  Each division holds a competition in a public forum which is announced and open to the entire DeSales community.  The full-time faculty members in the division choose two (three from the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division) students from the competing major students within the division.

Length of Speech:  The speech must be at least five minutes and at most ten minutes in length.

Audio-Visuals:  No audio-visual material may be used.

Awards:  Each student who enters the competition is awarded two tickets to an Act 1 performance in the Labuda Theatre. The winner of the competition receives a check for $500.

Selection of Winner:  The nine contestants representing the four academic divisions present their speeches for the division heads on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Hurd Science Center Auditorium.

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Delivery (articulation, poise, enthusiasm, rapport with audience), 1 to 5 points
  2. Appropriateness (to audience of students, faculty, and family members), 1 to 5 points
  3. Organization, development of topic, comprehensibility, 1 to 5 points
  4. Length over 10 minutes or under 5 minutes, -2 points

Please direct your questions to the head of the division or chair of the department of your major. 

Dr. Karen Doyle Walton

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

R.I.P. Owen McFadden, Father of Lore McFadden-Westwood

Owen A. “Mac” McFadden, 82 of Bethlehem died on February 24, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of the late Dolores R. (Maio) McFadden who died on June 14, 2006.

Mac was born in Bethlehem on July 24, 1932, son of the late Owen A. and Marguerite (Dunn) McFadden.

He was a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Bethlehem Police Department for 36 years, retiring in 1997.   He was an expert in fingerprinting and worked with the FBI on unsolved or cold cases. Mac was a member of the FOP Bethlehem Star Lodge #20.

He was a member of the Church of the Assumption BVM in Bethlehem.

Survivors:  four daughters Heather K. McFadden of Zionsville, Lore McFadden-Westwood, wife of David S. of Bethlehem, Erin K. McFadden, fiancé of Art Unger of Bethlehem and Keri Tyson, wife of Gary F. of Collegeville; five grandchildren Delaney, Jacob, Onabele, Owen and Lola; sister Marguerite Morganelli of Bethlehem; nephew John Morganelli, husband of Diane and a niece Sandy Elliott,  wife of Guy.

Service:  Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 10 AM at St. Ursula Parish 1300 Broadway Fountain Hill.  There will be a viewing on Friday from 7PM to 9 PM and on Saturday from 8:45 AM to 9:15 AM in the John F. Herron Funeral Home 458 Center At Market Street in Bethlehem.  Burial with Military Honors in Holy Saviour Cemetery in Bethlehem.

Contributions:  Church of the Assumption BVM 4101 Old Bethlehem Pike, Bethlehem, PA  18015 or FOP Bethlehem Star Lodge #20 P.O. Box 1387 Bethlehem, PA  18106.

DEIT Workshops March 2015

New faculty can join DEIT for the Distance Education Welcome Chat online on 3/5/15 from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM to learn about the resources the DEIT department and library offer. To learn more about Blackboard, faculty can join the Blackboard Fundamentals online workshop on 3/2/15 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

DEIT is also offering workshops on Blackboard Collaborate and Panopto in March. The online Blackboard Collaborate workshop is on 3/16/2015 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. You can take the online Panopto workshop on 3/18/2015 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM or the in person Panopto workshop on 3/21/2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM in Trexler Library PC2 (Center Valley campus).

DEIT will also be holding a special “Lunch and Learn” session on 3/20 from 12 – 1 PM in Trexler PC2 called Blackboard for the Classroom Instructor. Bring your lunch, and DEIT will bring the coffee and desserts! This session will focus on how instructors can incorporate features of Blackboard like Assignments, Announcements, and Discussion Boards into their traditional classroom course to enhance their students’ learning experience.

If you’d like to sign up for any of our monthly workshops, please click here: www.desales.edu/workshops

If you’re interested in working with a member of DEIT, either one-on-one or in a group session, but aren’t available to attend one of our monthly scheduled workshops, please fill out the Workshop Session Request Form found here: http://deit.desales.edu/deit/public/workshoprequest. On this form, you can select a date and time to schedule an in person session or an online session to work with a member of DEIT on the instructional technology subject you’re interested in.

Questions? deit@desales.edu

Blackboard for the Classroom Instructor: A DEIT Lunch and Learn Session

Friday, March 20, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Trexler Library PC2

Bring your lunch and DEIT will provide dessert and hot beverages!

The Distance Education and Instructional Technology department (DEIT) is presenting “Blackboard for the Classroom Instructor” on Friday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m. in Trexler Library PC2 (the computer lab on the second level in the library across from the front stairs). This session is especially for classroom instructors who want to learn how to incorporate Blackboard and its features into their traditional course. Blackboard course shells are created automatically for every course at DeSales – why not leverage this space to enhance your traditional day course?

The objectives of this session are for participants to learn and interact with the following Blackboard topics:

  • Logging on to and navigating through Blackboard
  • Posting Announcements for students
  • Posting Content Items like syllabi and lectures.
  • Creating Discussion Boards to promote student interaction and learning spaces
  • Creating, posting, and grading Assignments
  • Creating and posting quizzes or tests through Blackboard
  • This session will be presented by Samantha Levis and Jim Holton from DEIT. Instructors who are looking to learn more about Blackboard and its features are encouraged to participate and share their experiences. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.

If you have questions about the session, please contact Eric Hagan, Director of DEIT, at 610-282-1100 x1689.

To sign up or view other DEIT workshops, click here: desales.edu/workshops

Service Excellence Award Winners

One of the long-standing traditions of our university is to publicly acknowledge the staff that have contributed to our success.  Each spring we hold the Service Excellence Dinner at which staff members who are celebrating a certain length of service to DeSales University are recognized.  It is also an opportunity for us to thank them for sharing their gifts with our community.  In addition, we invite newly hired employees and their guests to attend the dinner in an effort to welcome them to DeSales.  This year’s dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 14.

One of the highlights of the evening is the presentation of two awards:  Vince Berkes was selected as the Support Staff Employee of the Year and Tim Neiman was selected as the Professional Staff Employee of the Year.  I ask that you extend congratulations to Vince and Tim for earning these distinctions and thank them for the valuable contributions they have made to the university over the years.

In addition to the Support Staff and Professional Staff employees of the year mentioned above, the following employees are celebrating service anniversaries:

Five year anniversaries:

Lina Barbieri, Katrin Blamey, Kristin Eicholtz, Michael Ellard, Sara Hayik, Julie Himmelberger, Rebecca Kudrna, John Lerch, Nicholas J. Luchko, Teresa Manion, Sarah Nytroe, John Marie Schauber, Joseph Schodowski, and John Vuksta

Ten year anniversaries:

Randy Bajan, Martin Brett, Timothy Cowart, Richard Fluck, Megan Frazier, Jamie Gerhart, Curtis Clantz, Tammy Lippincott, Lore Mcfadden-Westwood, Donna Mikol, Salvatore Nacci, Fred Richter, Wayne Turney, Kathleen Vaught, Michele Zabinski, and Linda Zerbe

Fifteen year anniversaries:

Amy Best, Christopher Cocozza, Michael Duffy, Mary Ann Falk, Deborah Malone, Francis Mayville, James Molchany, Richard Noll, Gracia Perilli, William Spigelmyer, and Michael Sweetana

Twenty year anniversaries:

Valeria Billowitch, Robert Blumenstein, Tom McNamara, Carol Mest, and Susan Richter

Twenty-five year anniversaries:

Deborah Booros and Stephen Myers

Thirty year anniversary:

Linda Savitz

 – Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, President

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