Seniors: Looking for graduate housing next fall?

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Hello seniors! Are you planning on continuing your education here at DeSales? If you wish to continue to live on campus, please email for an application and more information for Graduate Housing. Full-time graduate students have the opportunity to live in Heights 1-6 with kitchens or Heights 7 & 8 without kitchens. Four students share a unit that may be co-gender (depending on availability). Applications are due April 1.


Broadway Star to play leading role in Evita at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Broadway actress Dee Roscioli will star at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival this summer in the season opener, Evita.

Roscioli, an Easton native and DeSales University graduate, is best known for her long run as Elphaba on Broadway, and in the Chicago, San Francisco, and national touring productions of the hit musical Wicked. She has the distinction of playing the role of Elphaba in more performances in North America than any other actress.

Roscioli returns to PSF following her recent Broadway performance of Fruma-Sarah in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She performed the leading role of Mrs. Lovett in the Festival’s 2012 production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

In the musical Evita, Roscioli will portray Eva Peron, an extraordinary woman who rose from abject poverty in rural Argentina to become the First Lady by the age of 27. “Eva is one of those parts that is like a pot of gold for an  actress…I can’t wait to know her,” Roscioli says.  [Read more…]

Academic Excellence Address 2017



 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 23, 2017, 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 five 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 11 contestants representing the five academic divisions present their speeches for the division heads on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 3:00 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
January 26, 2017


Faculty Colloquium – From Page To Stage: A Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek of “The Crucible”

Join the design and technical faculty and staff from the Theatre Department as they share the inspiration and process for the lighting, scenic, costume, and sound designs that will create the world of the department’s fresh new production of Arthur Miller’s classic tale. Hosted by scenic designer Will Neuert, lighting designer Liz Elliott, costume shop manager Samantha Southard, and technical director Heather Feeney.

This Colloquium will meet in the main stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 8, at 3:00. Refreshments will be served.


Employees: Wellness Task Force Lunch and Learn Presentations

New for 2017…..

The Wellness Task Force is offering


for all faculty and staff

To kick off this initiative in January, Karen Peterson, RN, an assistant professor in the Division of Healthcare, will discuss possible reasons why the winter may get us down. It may not have anything to do with holiday credit card bills or New Year resolutions quickly broken. To find out possible reasons and ways to keep yourself motivated to make it to spring, come join us Monday, January 30 at Noon in the DUC.

Can’t wait for spring?

Cabin Fever?

Winter Blues?

Keep an eye out for future monthly LUNCH AND LEARN topics:

February 24 – American Heart Month –Julie Skrzat and DPT students will discuss heart screenings and physical fitness tests.

March 14 – Brain Awareness Week – Julie Skrzat and DPT Students will discuss Alzheimer’s awareness and brain health.

April – Wendi Hontz and PA Students: Activity pending.

May: Lisa Lightcap and Colleen Petrick will discuss Melanoma and Skin Cancer awareness; will tie in with the DSU BBQ

September: Lore McFadden and Nikki Gingrich will conduct a tour of the gym/exercise facilities on campus

October: Amy Bower and Mary Ann Falk will discuss Breast Cancer Awareness

November: Mike Latham and Sodexo will present on healthy nutrition

December – Tim Cox and Kathy Krause will talk on “beating the holiday stress”


Employees: Join us for the 36th Annual Black Tie Dinner Dance, 3/18

Faculty and Staff: You are invited to join us for the 36th Annual Black Tie Dinner Dance.

More than 700 people will be enjoying a night of great fun, great food, and great friends. Don’t miss the Dance of the Eastern Dragon, a celebration of Asia Pacific and Pacific Island nations.

It’s all happening Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Billera Hall. Cocktails begin in Billera Hall at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m., and The Rich Posmontier Ensemble will play until midnight. The event is Black Tie.

A very special admission price of $175 per person is extended to faculty and staff. For your convenience, payments can be made in installments via payroll deduction, check, or credit card.

The Dinner Dance is the biggest fundraising event we sponsor all year in support of our students, 97% of whom receive some sort of financial assistance.

Contact Diane Moeser at ext. 1307 or email to reserve your seat.

In addition, if there is anyone you think may be interested in attending the Dinner Dance, please ask Diane for a formal invitation. Regular admission is $225 per person.