Billera’s New Fitness Center is Now Open!

new Billera fitness center

There will be instructional sessions of the new equipment and policies Wednesday (January 16), Thursday (January 17), and Friday (January 18) starting at 12PM and 12:30PM until 1PM.  There are still several pieces of equipment that have been delayed: squat racks, cable pulldown/row, etc.

Dorothy Day fitness center officially opens January 28, and will also feature new equipment.

Hours for both fitness centers are:
Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm
Friday 7am-8pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-11pm

Questions? Mitch Hivner, Campus Fitness Coordinator,

Faculty: Classroom and Blackboard Support from DSU HelpDesk

Need help with a classroom technology problem, using Blackboard, or using one of our other instructional technology tools such as Panopto or Zoom? Not sure if it’s an IT problem or a DEIT problem? Contact the Help Desk!

If it’s a classroom emergency, a DEIT staff member will be immediately dispatched to the classroom. If it’s a straightforward technical how-to question, the Help Desk staff can provide immediate guidance. If it’s something more involved, the Help Desk will escalate the issue to DEIT or IT as appropriate.

Three Ways to Contact the HelpDesk:

HelpDesk Chat
Call 610-282-1100 x4357

Crime Log Availability

The Daily Crime Log, as required by the Clery Act, is available for viewing upon request at the DeSales University Police Administrative Offices on the second floor of the Father Lawless Center, from 7:30AM until 3:30PM during the work week. The log contains the past 60 days of incidents and crimes reported to DeSales University Police and Campus Security Authorities (who report incidents and crimes directly to DSUPD). Any portion of the log that is older than 60 days will be made available within two business days of a request for public inspection.

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DEIT This Week: Hands-On with Zoom and Panopto, How to Teach a Good First Day

Faculty colleagues, welcome back! Here are a couple ways for you to get your hands dirty with instructional technology this week. If these times don’t work for you, call us or send us an email to make a one-on-one appointment with a DEIT instructional designer or technologist.

Register for training at
Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290, or visit us in Dooling 40.

ZoomZoom Hands-On Training, Wednesday, January 16, 7PM online

Zoom is DeSales University’s new official web conferencing system. Yes, you can use it for online classes, but you can also use it for meetings with people on or off campus, to bring remote guest speakers into your traditional classroom, or to have a video call with friends and family. Students can also use Zoom to collaborate in the context of classes or co-curricular activities. Logon Wednesday evening and learn what Zoom can do for you.

PanoptoPanopto Hands-On Training, Saturday, January 19, 10AM, Dooling 40

Panopto is DeSales University’s official system for recording lectures and presentations. You can record audio and video, share slides or other content from your computer, and present it to students in a way that it conducive to their learning. You can even embed quiz questions in your videos to hold your students’ attention. Bring your laptop to the session if you have one!

BONUS: How to Teach a Good First Day of Class

This resource from James Lang of Assumption College was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on January 4. Dr. Lang has tips on getting your course off to a good start by harnessing the curiosity of your students, building community, getting students engaged in learning right away, and setting expectations. Whether you are relatively new to teaching or a grizzled veteran, there may be a new idea for you. Among other things, Dr. Lang is the author of the book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. We have a copy in DEIT if you’d like to borrow it.