Thanksgiving Holiday: University Offices will Close 11/22

Dear DeSales University Family,

“Marvel at the goodness of God. Let us recount forever the many favors He has done for us.” St. Francis de Sales

In 2016, classes for the undergraduate day program were canceled on the Wednesday prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday to align our schedule with that of other LVAIC institutions. This also allows for our students to travel home for Thanksgiving and reunite with their families.

Since assuming the role of Interim President, I have a broader picture of your contributions to the DeSales University community and I am grateful for your hard work and dedication. You do the ordinary things extraordinarily well.

As a thank you, University offices will close for the full day on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Graduate and ACCESS courses previously planned for Wednesday night, November 22, will meet as scheduled.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Jerry Joyce


R.I.P. Claire Pecka, Mother of Mary Ann Falk

Please join the MBA Program and Division of Business in extending our deepest sympathy to Mary Ann Falk, her husband, John, their sons, Ben and Jeff, and their families for the loss of Claire Pecka, Mary Ann’s mother, who passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. Relatives and friends are invited to Claire’s viewing on Monday, November 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Kohut Funeral Home, Inc., 950 N. Front St., Allentown, PA 18102, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, 924 N. Front St., Allentown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Claire’s memory to the LVHN Volunteer Fund, PO Box 1885, Allentown, PA 18105.

Claire’s obituary can be seen here.


Veterans Day Ceremony, Tails of Valor Presentation, 11/10

Join as the entire DeSales University community gathers to recognize Veterans Day at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10. The ceremony will be held on the Veterans Memorial Plaza located between Dooling Hall and the University Center. Immediately following the ceremony, Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor will be doing a presentation in Gambet 220. Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor is a local non-profit organization that administers Canine Connections, a training program that provides social interaction and human/canine bonding resulting in service dogs able to assist with the physical and psychological issues affecting veterans and their families.


DUC Lot Closing Tomorrow

DeSales is hosting a large event in the DUC on the morning of Saturday, November 4, 2017. The parking lot will be closed at 6 a.m. and will remain so until 10 a.m. The lot will remain congested until 6 p.m. Overflow parking will be sent to the Gambet lot as needed.

More than 600 attendees are registered.


Tomorrow: Join the Psychology Club for Autism Respite

Join the Psychology Club on November 4 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Psychology Club will be going to Bethany Wesleyan Church in Cherryville, Pa. to participate in their Autism Respite, which is a service opportunity to work with groups that range from Autistic toddlers to late teens. Freshmen do get a Character U point for participating, and transportation and lunch is provided. The DeSales vans will be leaving McShea at 9 a.m. and arriving back around 4 p.m.


Winter is right around the corner, are you ready?

In cases of extreme weather, closing or delay announcements will be posted on the main university website (, main telephone number (610-282-1100), e2Campus (text messaging, email, Facebook, and Twitter), MyDSU portal, faculty/staff email, and the following media outlets:

  • WFMZ TV Channel 69 and
  • WBRE-TV Channel 28
  • WYOU-TV Channel 22
  • WAEB-AM 790
  • WAEB-FM B104
  • WBYN-FM 107.5 Alive FM
  • WCTO-FM Cat Country 96.1
  • WEEX-AM ESPN Radio 1230/1320 AM
  • WLEV-FM 100.7
  • WLSH-AM 1410
  • WMGH-FM Magic 105.5
  • WODE-FM 99.9 The Hawk
  • WRAW-AM 1340AM
  • WRFY-FM Y-102
  • WWYY-FM 107.1 Spin Radio
  • WZZO 95.1

The University has also set up a weather hotline for inclement weather delay and closings. Dial 610-282-2650 for the most current information concerning closings and delays.

When the University is closed or delayed, all three campuses (Center Valley, Bethlehem, and Lansdale) are closed or delayed unless otherwise noted. Online courses will be conducted as scheduled, at the discretion of the instructor.

Snow closings and delays will be made by 6:00 a.m. for traditional undergraduate classes and 2:00 p.m. for ACCESS and graduate classes.

In the event of a delayed opening, DeSales University will open at 10:00 a.m. on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday/Thursday. If the situation permits, DeSales University may delay opening until 12:00 noon.

Delayed openings for weekend classes will be determined on a case-by-case basis as weather conditions permit.