From Father O’Connor: DeSales University will be closed on Christmas Eve

Fr. O’Connor has graciously given the DeSales community an early Christmas present by announcing today that the University will be closed on Thursday, December 24.

Fr. O’Connor thanks everyone for their excellent work and positive contributions to the University this past calendar year.

Best Wishes for a happy and blessed Christmas season to you and your family.

– Fr. Bernie O’Connor, OSFS


Faculty, Did you Load Software or Files on a Classroom Computer?

The Information Technology Department will be refreshing the software on Instructor computers in all public classrooms over the break. If you have software or files that you typically load on instructor computers in classrooms, you will need to reload this after you return in January. This only affects public machines, not any machines in individual offices. 



Starting January 2016: Weight Watchers at Work

The Weight Watchers at Work program is coming to DeSales University beginning January 14, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the Heritage Room. 

Meetings will be held for 45 minutes every Thursday for 8 weeks in the University Center.  The cost for the eight week program is $80, but if you attend six or more meetings, DeSales will reimburse you for half the cost ($40) of the program. Each week, you will have a confidential weigh-in to help keep track of your progress, and you will benefit from the support and discussion with a Weight Watchers leader. Not only will you learn how to make wise choices and eat healthy, but you also will receive new tips and program materials every week. 

Register by calling Lisa Lightcap in Human Resources at ext. 1369 or email  Payment must be made by the first meeting.  Credit card payments will also be accepted.  Weight Watchers will only send a coach if we have 15 or more participants, so please call for more information.


Reminder: Dooling Hall Renovations/Elevator Shut Down

Please be advised that Dooling Hall first and second floor landing areas outside the elevator, first floor rear entrance and the entire elevator will not be available for use on Monday, December 21, 2015 for the entire day for renovation work that will be performed.  These areas will be accessible on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 with exception to the elevator, which will be out of service from 12/21/2015 to 1/29/2016 due to elevator upgrades. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the renovations, contact Denise Shive at X1240

If you have any questions or concerns about the elevator, please contact Jim Molchany at EXT.1644 or email at

Christmas Safety Tips from the Emergency Services Department

The Emergency Services Department would like to wish all faculty, staff, and students a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year! The National Fire Protection Association has published the following tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season:

NFPA Candle Safety NFPA Winter Holiday Safety NFPA Christmas Tree Safety

Questions? Please contact Dennis Rasley, Director of Emergency Services at or ext. 1513

Rome Program Director for fall 2017

I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the recommendation of the Rome Program Faculty Committee comprised of Dr. Brian Kane, Dr. Jerry Joyce, Mr. Brian MacDonald, and Professor Elizabeth Rosa that Dr. Carol Mest, Professor of Nursing, be appointed the Director of the DeSales University Rome Program for the fall 2017 semester.

Due to the good work of Professors Kane and Rosa, DeSales University has its own free-standing Rome program, based at the Dante Alighieri Italian Language Center.  We send 15 students from various majors to Rome for each fall semester.  Our faculty director is provided with housing and travel expenses and teaches three courses while in Rome.

To date, the faculty members who have served as Director of the DeSales University Rome Program are Drs. Howsare, Kerr, Myers, Loughlin, Yermolenko, Nytroe, and Ms. Osborne-McKnight, each of whom have had very successful experiences while in Rome and who have served as “ambassadors” for the program since their return.  Professor Wayne Turney is our Rome Director this semester, and Dr. Joshua Schulz will be the Director during the fall 2016 semester.

My thanks to all these faculty members for making the DeSales University Rome Program a worthwhile academic experience and life experience for our students.