The “Salesian Spirit” Essay Contest

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors an essay contest for the DeSales University community. Any member of the DeSales University community (faculty, administration, staff, student, or alumnus) may submit an essay. The contest takes its theme from the Church’s celebration of World Day of Social Communications, which takes place in most countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. The theme for this year is “The truth will set you free. (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace.”

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The Passing of Charlotte Rose Mattingly

It is with sadness but hope in the resurrection that we announce the death of Charlotte Rose Mattingly, daughter of Scott Mattingly, Associate Dean of Academic Life. Charlotte passed away on January 23. A visitation will take place on Tuesday evening in Lansdale, with a funeral to follow on Wednesday. Additional details may be found here, in the funeral announcement. Condolences may be sent to the Mattingly family at or through campus mail.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS – The Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the University has contracted; a person serving on the Board of Trustees; a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing his/her professional responsibilities.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA:

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Future Listening Sessions with Fr. Jim

Fr. Jim continues to host “Listening Sessions” around campus as a way for him to get a wide view of the University as he begins his tenure as the fourth president of DeSales University. Below is an updated list of the “sessions.” Each session will be held in the DUC unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, January 30 at 1 p.m. – Theology and Philosophy faculty/staff
  • Wednesday, January 31 at 3 p.m. – Division of Business faculty/staff (Gambet 245)
  • Monday, February 12 at 1 p.m. – Athletics staff
  • Tuesday, February 13 at 8 a.m. – Division of Performing Arts faculty/staff
  • Friday, February 23 at 2:00 – DEIT and Library staff (Butz Room in Trexler Library)
  • Monday, February 26 at 9:30 a.m. – LASS faculty/staff
  • Thursday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. – Institutional Advancement staff (Gambet – Room 245)
  • Monday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. – Division of Sciences and Mathematics faculty/staff
  • Thursday, March 22 at 11 a.m. – PSF faculty and staff
  • Friday, March 23 at 9 a.m. – Division of Healthcare (except Nursing) faculty/staff
  • Friday, March 23 at 1 p.m. – Campus Environment staff

You are welcome to attend any session if you are unable to make it with your group.

More listening sessions are being planned—especially for our students.


Bulldogs Cheer on the Underdogs – DSU Eagles Pep Rally, 2/1

Mark your calendars All DSU Philadelphia Eagles fans…let us know if you are interested in helping with a fun video/social media pep rally event.

Need to have a Green shirt or Eagles gear. We encourage painting your face, Underdog Masks, etc. – just keep it clean.

We will meet Thursday, February 1 at 12 p.m. on the Turf Field behind Billera!

Open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni!

Questions or for more information?

LVAIC Information Literacy Symposium Call for Proposals

The 2nd Annual LVAIC Information Literacy Symposium:
Structures of Power in Information

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pa.

This event will bring together LVAIC faculty, librarians, and other educators invested in teaching students to think, research, and engage critically in today’s complicated information environment.

Whether implementing the scientific method, critiquing media, or evaluating data, our students are confronted by structures of power that influence their learning process.

As educators, how do we confront our own assumptions and biases while also helping students develop the skills to navigate their own? What unseen barriers interrupt research? How can we learn from students, within and outside of the classroom, to improve the scholarly ecosystem? [Read more…]