DiScoUrse Creative Writing Contest

DiScoUrse Creative Writing Honors Society is currently accepting submissions for its annual writing contest. The contest is open to all DeSales University students. To apply, submit 10 pages of poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction to desales.discourse@gmail.com.

Submissions close Monday, February 22.

The First Place entry receives a prize. The top 9 entries receive DiScoUrse Creative Writing Honors Society membership. Submissions will also be considered for publication in Weal, DeSales’s literary magazine. Winners will be announced at the DiScoUrse Showcase. 

Questions? Email pm3959@desales.edu

Book Drive

Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society is holding a book drive to benefit Raub Middle School. Books for ages 8-16 are preferred, but books of all reading levels will be accepted. Collection bins are located in McShea outside of Sandella’s, in Dooling outside of Skylight, and in the Dooling Humanities Wing. Books will be accepted throughout the course of the Spring semester. 

Questions? Email pm3959@desales.edu

LVAIC Hosts Free Campus Sustainability Conference, 2/20

Shana Weber, director of Princeton University’s Office of Sustainability, is keynote speaker

The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) is holding a Campus Sustainability Conference 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 in the STEPS building at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

The conference will explore sustainability projects, cultivate dialogue and encourage shared learning and concrete action that promotes responsible environmental stewardship, community building, and principles of equity on area college campuses and in the Lehigh Valley community.

Dr. Shana Weber, director of Princeton University’s Office of Sustainability, will deliver the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. Weber is an educator, ecological researcher, and administrator who provides leadership to bridge physical operations and academic endeavors in higher education.

Learn more and register »

The deadline for registration is Monday, Feb. 8.

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The “extraordinary” Mike Smith: CharacterU Keynote, 2/3

So there’s this kid. He lives in the small town of Imperial, Nebraska. He’s got a 2.4 GPA. He’s a bit of a troublemaker. To top it off, his name is Mike Smith. Sounds like your average, ordinary kid, right?

Wrong.

In his senior year of high school, Mike realized that being ordinary was a choice.

Since then, Mike has never stopped believing that he can do whatever he puts his mind to. That hard work, dedication, and the reckless pursuit of his passions can turn his life into something extraordinary; that he is the only one who can control his legacy.

For over a decade, Mike has done just that…And he’s never looked back.

From his humble beginnings in Imperial, NE, Mike has since founded two non-profits and influenced hundreds of thousands of youth in high schools, universities, and adults in boardrooms nationwide. Mike lives his life as a “professional teenager” that doubles as a motivational speaker, consultant, and ambassador.

Learn more about Mike and join us for our first Character U keynote of the semester when we welcome back Mike Smith on February 3 at 3:00pm in the Commonwealth Room.

Public Lecture, 2/4 – “Family and the New Evangelization: Understanding the Synods in Light of the Ministry of Pope Francis”

Dr. John Grabowski
Dr. John Grabowski, Associate Professor of Moral Theology at The Catholic University of America, and member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, presents “Family and the New Evangelization: Understanding the Synods in Light of the Ministry of Pope Francis” on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30PM in the Commonwealth room at the DeSales University Center.

The Department of Philosophy and Theology invites the DeSales community to a lecture entitled “Family and the New Evangelization: Understanding the Synods in Light of the Ministry of Pope Francis.” Dr. John Grabowski, Associate Professor of Moral Theology at The Catholic University of America, and member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be the speaker. The talk will take place at DeSales University, Thursday, February 4 at 7:30PM in the Commonwealth room at the DeSales University Center.

Dr. Grabowski is widely published in the areas of moral theology, marriage, sexuality and bioethics. His articles have appeared in scholarly journals such as The Thomist, Studia Moralia, and the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly as well as popular journals such as America, Commonweal, The Living Light, and Share the Word.  His book Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual Ethics was published by the Catholic University of America Press in August of 2003.  He also wrote the Foreword to the 1997 English edition of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

From 2005-2009 he served as a theological advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Marriage and Family. He also served as an expert auditor at the 2015 Synod on the Family. He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XVI in the fall of 2009 where they serve as a member couple. He is also currently serving as a theological advisor to the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth.

Please join us for this illuminating talk after which Dr. Grabowski will be glad to take any questions you might have related directly or indirectly to his presentation.

Peer writing tutors available beginning 2/8

The DeSales writing center is “open for business”! Beginning the week of February 8, Peer Tutors in Writing are available to all traditional day students. You can receive excellent writing assistance for any written assignment in any course. 

The writing center is located in Dooling 58, 60, & 61. Trexler Library hosts our tutors during evening hours.

Log on to TutorTrac to secure your appointment! Peer Tutoring/drop down to “writing” or Professional Support/drop down to writing.

Questions? Ann.Michael@desales.edu or visit the ARC in Dooling 23. We are here to help!

February Faculty Colloquium, 2/10

Faculty are invited to the third and final Faculty Colloquium of the academic year scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM in Dooling Hall, room 128.  The faculty colloquia are informal presentations and vibrant interchanges showcasing topics relevant to the enrichment of the university’s community of scholars and teachers.

The third colloquium, titled “Course Support for Meeting High Expectations in First-Year Courses” will follow up on the September and November colloquia by focusing on approaches for enhancing Gen Y students’ achievement of learning outcomes at the course-level. We will begin by reviewing several research-based strategies for use by instructors. Next, a panel of faculty members will offer examples to demonstrate these strategies in action. All others in attendance will then be given an opportunity to share their own examples. Finally, a handout with numerous concrete strategies will be provided and brief remarks will be offered to conclude the colloquia series.  Dr. Scott Mattingly will facilitate the colloquium.  Faculty panelists will include: Dr. Steve Aukers, Dr. Katie Blamey, Dr. Julie Himmelberger, Mr. Mike Wagner and Ms. Deb Whittaker.

Refreshments will be served.  For additional information contact: John Bell, chair of the Academic Oversight Committee at: john.bell@desales.edu.