DUC Parking Lot closed, 3/31

DeSales is hosting a large event in the DUC on the evening of Thursday, March 31, 2016.  The parking lot will be closed at 2:00PM and will remain so until 8:00PM.  Overflow parking will be sent to the front lot of Billera Hall.

Over two hundred attendees are registered.

The parking lot will remain congested until 10:00PM.

University faculty, staff, and students should consider parking in other lots on the evening of Thursday, March 31, 2016. 

Questions? Michael.Latham@desales.edu

Wellness Mini-Fair today, 3/31

The University’s Wellness Task Force will be hosting a Wellness Mini Fair in the University Center  (Wood, Heritage, and Commonwealth Rooms)  on Thursday, 3/31. Please stop by anytime between 11AM and 2PM to pick up your ‘Ticket to Wellness’ at the registration table in the lobby. There will be vendor/health information stations, presentations, raffle gifts and more!  We hope to see you there! 

Questions?  Please contact Lisa Lightcap at Lisa.Lightcap@desales.edu


DUC Sauté Menu

3/28  Texas Stuffed Potato (subject to change)

3/29 Grecian Island

3/30 Fire Roast Sandwich

3/31 Seafood Pasta Bar

Questions? Tara.Stoudt@desales.edu

Congratulations to this year’s Academic Excellence Address winner

On Wednesday, March 23, the Academic Oversight Committee, consisting of the five Division Heads; the Deans of Undergraduate Education and Graduate Education; and the Provost had the great pleasure of listening to the speeches that were presented by the following students who won the Academic Excellence Address Competitions in their divisions:

  • Julie Farmer (Mathematics & Theology, senior)
  • Christine Holmes (Mathematics, senior)
  • Joseph Letcher (Theatre, sophomore)
  • Ricardo Mulatre (Early Childhood Education, freshman)
  • Catherine Nadeau (Theatre, senior)
  • Emily Stuart (International Business, senior)
  • Jeana Teddick (Communication, junior)
  • Adam Zielonka (Sport Management & Communication, senior)

Each of these students, as well as the other students who competed in the competition on the divisional level, is entitled to two tickets to “Me and My Girl” which runs from April 27 to May 8 in the Labuda Theatre. 

The Academic Oversight Committee had a difficult time choosing among these excellent presenters.  Our students are outstanding in their ability to write and deliver speeches.

The student chosen to give the Academic Excellence Address at the Academic Excellence Celebration on Sunday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Connelly Chapel is Julie Farmer, a senior Mathematics and Theology major.  She will be given a prize of $500.

The Academic Oversight Committee would like to thank all the students who participated in the Academic Excellence Address competition and to encourage all traditional day students to enter the competition next year.

– Dr. Karen Walton


Tuition letter 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We are having a grand time celebrating our fiftieth year of service to the people of the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities.  Our vitality comes from being young and excited about the future, confident about the quality of our interaction with our students and the local community, and deeply appreciative of the tremendous support we receive from the larger community. 

Since the beginning of the institution, we have had a very simple philosophy concerning tuition.  We were determined to be a very strong school with a focus upon academic excellence, solid character development, and the enhancement of the spiritual dimensions of life.  We built structures that were functional but not extravagant.  Our tuitions consistently remained in the average range for liberal arts institutions in the nation and in Pennsylvania.  We spent more on faculty salaries than average but kept the total number of employees below average.  This strategy has served us well.  We are very proud of our 50 years of accomplishments.    

It is true that the listed sticker price for many private institutions is shocking.  A recent study of the independent colleges of Pennsylvania, however, shows that the actual cost is less than half of the published sticker price.  And the truth is that on average the increased lifetime earnings arising from completing a college degree are equivalent to an investment that returns over 15 percent per year.  This is more than double the average return of the stock market over the last 60 years and a greater return than corporate bonds, gold, or long-term government bonds.  Clearly, the cost of a college degree does pay off.       

At the March meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following increases for the 2016-2017 academic year were approved: day tuition will increase from $32,000 to $33,500 (4.69%).  The average increase among our room and board options will be 2.4% for a total average cost of $12,300.  The resident student life fee of $500 per semester will remain the same.  The technology fee will increase to $200 per semester.  The average total cost for next year is $47,200 (3.84%).

 Even with these increases, we continue to hold our undergraduate tuition at the average for a private institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  This means that you are receiving a superior quality private education for a reasonable price.  Together we will continue to serve your daughters and sons during these difficult financial times.  We are immensely grateful to each of you for the investment you are making in the futures of your children.  We consider your trust in us to be a sacred bond.  We will do all that we can to make sure that the education we provide is worthy of your trust.

Rev. Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, 

Class of 2016 Dinner Dance

Faculty and Staff: The Class of 2016 cordially invites you to attend the 2016 Dinner Dance on Friday, May 20, from 8:00-12 p.m. in the DeSales University Center.  The evening will begin with cocktails at 8:00 p.m. followed by a Buffet Dinner at 8:30 p.m.  Dance to the music by DJ Nick Luchko.

Tickets are $30 per faculty or staff member and are required for admission. You may send your request along with your payment (cash, credit card information, or a check made payable to DeSales University) to the President’s Office by April 29. Please designate if you would like to sit with a certain family or individual.

Questions? Call the President’s office at ext. 2030 or email mary.gotzon@desales.edu