Weekly Safety Tip: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

When an electrical device is plugged into an outlet, it completes an electrical circuit that powers the device. If anything causes the circuit to become imbalanced—that is, the plugged-in device conducts more electricity than it needs—it can put the device’s user at risk of electric shock, unless it is plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter.

What does a ground fault circuit interrupter do?

Ground faults can occur when electricity finds a path between its current to a conductive surface. This can cause burns, shocks, electrocutions, and fires.

A ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a device that detects the potential for ground faults based on circuit imbalances: if the “outgoing” current—the current traveling from the outlet to the connected device—outweighs the “incoming” current—the current returning to the outlet—by 5 milliamperes or more, the GFCI will immediately break the circuit.

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Do You Want to be a Leader on Campus? Student Government Association (SGA) Applications Available!

Do you want to be a leader on campus? Do you want to make changes?  Do you want to be part of planning big events on campus such as Semi-Formal and Formal? Then join DeSales University’s Student Government Association (SGA)! The SGA application is open NOW on ENGAGE.

We are looking for students to run for SGA for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Residents, commuters, and all majors are welcome and encouraged to apply.

All applications are due Thursday, March 14 at 11:59PM.

Elections for Executive Board will be March 19, Class President will be March 20, and Senators will be March 21.

We look forward to seeing you make a difference on campus and run for SGA! #DSUSGA19

Questions? Christina Grochowski, SGA Executive Vice President of Mission: cg5418@desales.edu

Spring Break Bookstore Hours

The DeSales Campus Store will be open 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday, March 4-8, during Spring Break. The store will be closed on Saturday March 2, and Saturday March 9. Regular hours will resume on Monday, March 11. Have a safe and wonderful break!

  • Saturday, March 2: CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 3: CLOSED
  • Monday, March 4: Open 9AM-4PM
  • Tuesday, March 5: Open 9AM-4PM
  • Wednesday, March 6: Open 9AM-4PM
  • Thursday, March 7: Open 9AM-4PM
  • Friday, March 8: Open 9AM-4PM
  • Saturday, March 9: CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 10: CLOSED
  • Monday, March 11: Resume regular store hours

Registration Open for “Healing Our Church” Sessions

Dear Students and Colleagues,

You may recall my writing you a few weeks ago about an initiative to advance healing in our Church in the wake of clergy sexual abuse.  One effort to redress this evil is the Healing Our Church program, facilitated by trained lay people from our community to provide you with the opportunity for reflection, prayer, and conversation.  This offering is for those disciples who may not have been abused directly but are nonetheless impacted greatly by the betrayal, loss of trust, or erosion of confidence in church leaders.

Healing Our Church will consist of six sessions around the following topics:

  • Facing the truth
  • Healing our wounds
  • Rebuilding our church
  • Why do I remain Catholic?
  • We believe
  • A way forward

Here is the breakdown of what we will be offering, beginning the week of March 11:

  • Mondays: 3:15PM-4:45PM (Alacoque House)
  • Tuesdays: 6:30PM-8PM (Dooling 260)
  • Wednesdays: 5PM-6:30PM (Dooling 260)
  • Thursdays: 8AM-9:30AM (Dooling 250)

Sessions will run for six consecutive weeks and will be facilitated by Maggie Riggins, director of campus ministry, on Mondays; Christian McCormack, senior, on Tuesdays; Elizabeth Felten, assistant professor of business, on Wednesdays; and Wendy Krisak, assistant dean of students for wellness, on Thursdays.  We thank them for their generosity in leading these sessions and also for the time they gave to being trained for this service.

To register, please complete this form.

Thank you for you continued support of our Catholic, Salesian mission and efforts to strengthen it during this challenging season for our church.


Fr. Kevin Nadolski, OSFS
Vice President for Mission

Saturday: 10th Annual High School Shakespeare Competition

Join us Saturday, March 2, for the 10th Annual High School Shakespeare Competition.

High school students from around the region will be competing for team and individual trophies, plus $15,000 in DeSales scholarships. Several of the competitors plan to attend DSU as theatre majors in the fall!

If you will be on campus this weekend, please come and cheer for these talented high school students as they perform scenes and monologues.

Saturday, March 2, Labuda Main Stage
4PM-4:45PM – Performance Showcase
5PM-5:30PM – Awards Ceremony

No tickets required.

Questions? education@pashakespeare.org

Faculty/Staff: Nominate a Student for SGA

DeSales University’s Student Government Association (SGA) is an essential part of the campus community. Students learn leadership and valuable life skills while being a part of SGA as they attend university committee meetings, plan campus wide events such as semi-formal, formal, and senior week, raise money for causes, and be a voice for the rest of the students on campus.

There is a mix of students from all different majors, and both residents and commuters, but one thing they all have in common is that are hard-working, driven, energetic, and passionate. And we, as students, look to the faculty and staff as leaders and value your opinions and suggestions so if you know of a student who is qualified to run for open positions for the upcoming school year 2019-2020, please submit the names of the students you believe qualify and would be interested in running in SGA.

The nominated students will receive an email urging them to run for SGA!

Please email your suggestions to Christina Grochowski, SGA Executive Vice President of Mission at cg5418@desales.edu

All suggestions and nominations are due by March 8.