Tomorrow: Free Movie & Popcorn

Join us Thursday, April 19 @ 7 p.m. in the Gambet auditorium for a free movie and popcorn sponsored by the Salesian Center. Last chance for Character U points! Free and open to the public. No tickets required. Q & A session led by student intern and theology major, Alaine DeSantis, following the movie!


Feeling Stressed? Worried about finals? Join us at our Stress Management Group!

Feeling Stressed? Worried about finals? Join us at our Stress Management Group offered by the DSU Wellness Center.
Thursday, April 26 and Thursday, May 3
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We have a limited number of seats, so please RSVP by Monday, April 23 to either:
Courtney Creamer ( or Trish Pierzga ( for location information!

We can’t wait to see you there!


Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Announces Casting for the Musical Ragtime

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival announced that casting is complete for the forthcoming musical Ragtime, and will star veteran artists from Broadway, film, television, and international opera.

Ragtime, based on E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel and featuring a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens will run June 13 – July 1 on the Main Stage at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

Set in the volatile melting pot of New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together—that of a stifled but determined upper-class homemaker, an indomitable Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician—united by their courage and their pursuit of the American dream, against extraordinary odds. Ragtime was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won for best score, book, and orchestrations. [Read more…]

Congratulations – Dr. Lisa Plummer!

Lisa Plummer successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at Northcentral University recently. Her study entitled “The Importance of Student-Institution Fit for First-Year College Satisfaction, Persistence, and Sense of Belonging: A Quantitative Correlational Study” evaluated 4,989 first-year undergraduate students enrolled in four-year, private institutions who participated in the 2013 CIRP Freshman Survey at the beginning of the first year and 2014 Your First College Year survey at the end of the first year.

Please join us for a Brown Bag lunch on Thursday, April 19 at 12 noon in Gambet, 243 to congratulate Lisa on her achievement and to gain greater insight of her research on significant predictors of overall student satisfaction, sense of belonging, contentment with college choice, and intent to return to the institution of choice for first year undergraduates at private institutions.


Act 1 Closes Season with “Into the Woods”

Act 1 DeSales University Theatre presents the final production of its 2017-2018 Main Stage season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s inventive musical, Into the Woods. The production opens April 25 and runs to May 6 on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.

Into the Woods is set in a mysterious forest filled with surprises around every turn. A Baker and his wife—seeking to lift a witch’s spell that has left them childless—find themselves in the middle of a fairytale world. They are joined by a myriad of discontented fairytale characters, including Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood, who travel through the woods in hopes of finding better lives. As the characters search out their wishes, their paths intersect and the resulting fairytale jumble leaves the group struggling with the consequences of wishing your life away. With Sondheim classics such as “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone,” this powerful story breaks the time-honored mold and asks what it truly means to live “happily ever after.”

The production is directed by faculty member Anne Lewis and brought to life by Act 1’s creative faculty team, scenic designer Will Neuert and costume designer Amy Best. Guest artists Eric T. Haugen and Justin Propper designed the lighting and sound, respectively. [Read more…]