Today: MSCHE Evaluation Team Open Meeting for Faculty

As part of the MSCHE Evaluation Team visit scheduled for DeSales University from March 18-21, there will be a series of “open meetings” between the Team and various constituents of the University. These “open meetings” provide one more opportunity for the DeSales community to actively contribute to the completion of the University’s re-accreditation process.

During the visit, the Evaluation Team wants to speak with as many University constituents as possible and they want to hear your voices as they complete their work. The “open meetings” provide one avenue towards that end. The meetings are as follows:

  • Faculty (full-time and part-time) on Tuesday, March 20 from 3:45-4:45 p.m., Commonwealth Room, DUC

As you prepare for the “open meeting,” consider reviewing relevant areas in the University’s completed Self-Study. Members of the DeSales community may find the Self-Study on the MyDSU portal under “Forms and Documents” or by clicking here.

Since the re-accreditation process began in the late Fall of 2015, the professional & support staff, students, and faculty have been committed to making this process a successful one for the University. We thank you for seriously considering attending and participating in one of these “open meetings.”

Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? or

Volunteer with Special Olympics, 3/25

We need you! Volunteer for Special Olympics PA Eastern Bowling Sectional on Sunday, 3/25. More than 300 athletes will be competing that day — we need score keepers, score runners, lane monitors, cheerers, etc. Make this day special for all our athletes. Volunteers are needed from approximately 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

See registration instructions below. To sign up to volunteer prior to the event, please go to Submit your volunteer application and select your volunteer position.

Volunteer Application

  1. Select: Volunteer (Blue Button)
  2. Select: New Volunteer Registration (Red Button)
  3. Fill out and submit the volunteer application. For both questions asking “which Local Program” Please select: State Level –Event Volunteer / Volunteer Classification: Class B – Event Volunteer
  4. Proceed to “Selecting a Volunteer position” below

Selecting a Volunteer position [Read more…]

Tomorrow: MSCHE Evaluation Team Oral Report to the University Community

All members of the University community – students, faculty, professional and support staff – are invited to attend the reading of the concluding oral report by the MSCHE Evaluation Team from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in the Commonwealth Room of the DUC.

The delivery of the oral report is the last part of the MSCHE Evaluation Team’s visit to DeSales as part of the University’s re-accreditation process.

Come hear from the Evaluation Team about their preliminary findings and conclusions. The presentation of the oral report does not include a question and answer session.

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Chemistry Demonstrations Public Performance, 3/27

The Natural Science Department chemistry faculty and students will present the spring semester’s 17th Annual Chemistry Demonstrations Program Public Performance on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hurd Science Center Auditorium.

This is a family event and all ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the DeSales community and the general public; however, seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Due to the popularity of the event, seating is assigned. The first to reply will have seats closest to the front of the Auditorium. Please email to reserve your seat(s) and you will receive an email confirming your reservation. Unfortunately, the auditorium only seats 99 and, although we love to have a full house, due to safety concerns we can only accommodate a limited number for the performance.

The Chemistry Demonstrations Program is directed by Dr. Rodger Berg, associate professor of chemistry, and he is assisted by Natural Science Department faculty, including Associate Professors Dr. Julie Himmelberger and Dr. Francis Mayville; Assistant Professors Dr. Sara Hayik, Dr. Joshua Slee, and Dr. Steven Sweeney; and Chemistry Laboratory Manager Mrs. Patricia Hartman. The DeSales faculty, staff, and students who participate in the Chemistry Demonstrations Program seek to instill in elementary, middle, and high school students a love of science and to enrich their understanding of chemistry. The demonstrations are a treat for all the senses and include more than a dozen highly visual and entertaining experiments. The colorful and explosive presentations are designed to be visually interesting and exciting, as well as illustrative of important but easily understood chemical concepts. This year, the Natural Science Department will entertain more than 1,500 students from area middle and high schools who attend performances during the school day.


Tomorrow: Mike Smith Character U Keynote

Join Character U on Wednesday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room in the DUC when we welcome Mike Smith back to campus. 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.


Around The World – One Week Away!

The Office of Residence Life, CSSJ, and CAB are hosting the annual Around the World event on Tuesday, March 27, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in McShea Hall. There will be free food, music, entertainment, and prizes! All are welcome!


Around the World at DeSales, March 27

Natural Science Research Opportunities for Fall 2018

Are you interested in learning about for-credit undergraduate research opportunities in the areas of biology, biochemistry, or chemistry? Please attend our faculty research presentations on Friday, March 23 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Hurd Auditorium. At this event, faculty in the Natural Science Department will outline the research opportunities available in their labs for the Fall 2018 semester. All majors and years welcome. Snacks provided.