Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

In preparation for the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, the DeSales University Emergency Services Department would like to remind you of a few safety tips while viewing the eclipse. The following tips will help keep you and your family safe during the eclipse:

  • DO NOT stare directly at the sun with your naked eye at any time during the eclipse.
  • Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark glasses, will not shield you from the sun’s UV rays during the eclipse.
  • DO NOT look at the eclipse through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. The concentrated solar rays will damage your eyes.
  • The only safe way to look directly at the eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters are not safe for looking at the eclipse.
  • See an optometrist immediately if you should experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse.

Questions? Contact Dennis Rasley, director of emergency services, at ext. 1513 or

DeSales University Receives Gift of $408,000

We are pleased to announce that DeSales University received a gift of $408,000 from Mrs. Rita M. Donahue, a long-time supporter of the University. She and her late husband, Joseph, initiated the Reverend Thomas J. Furphy Lecture Series, which brings some of the world’s most distinguished speakers to campus to discuss national and international problems. We are grateful for her generosity.


DEIT Weekly Update

Welcome back, faculty!

Upcoming Events and Workshops. Register at

New Student Orientation for Online/Hybrid and Graduate Classes
Thursday, August 24: 7 p.m. (online). Session leader: Chris “Punmaster” Hewatt.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Saturday, August 26: 10 a.m. (Dooling 40-2). Led by Ted “The Teacher” Schmittel.

DEIT Support for the Classroom Instructor
Wednesday, September 20: 12 noon (Dooling Hall, Room 227) or 5 p.m. (Gambet Center, Room 220).
Session leaders: Jim “Swami” Holton and Tom “Billy Mays” Cobb.


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New DSU Help Desk Up and Running [Read more…]

Mass of the Holy Spirit, 8/20

TO:                  The DeSales Community
FROM:           Dr. Gerard Joyce, President of DeSales University

The campus community is filled with excitement and anticipation as it prepares for the start of the 2017–18 academic year and the arrival of more than 500 new students. The official kick-off for the new year will begin with a Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. This celebration will be held on the Alumni Courts in Billera Hall. We are delighted that Father James Greenfield, President Elect of DeSales University, will be present to serve as the main celebrant.

All administrative, professional, and support staff members are invited to join us as we welcome the Class of 2021 and their families. Since this is an academic procession, administrative and professional staff personnel who wish to process with the faculty should wear academic attire. Vesting and formation of the procession will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the women’s visitors’ locker room next to the Billera Hall classroom. Support staff are welcome to sit with the parents. [Read more…]

Help Desk Reminders

Welcome back to campus! We hope you have had a fine summer break.

Since June 1, 2017, DeSales has a new Help Desk provider. Help Desk concept and methods for contacting the Help Desk have remained the same. Please continue to contact the Help Desk by text chat, online form,, and phone x4357.

The Help Desk provides a 24/7/365 one-stop shop for reporting and resolving technology issues including those related to system access/passwords, classroom technology problems, Blackboard, Colleague (Datatel), MyDSU, WebAdvisor, Recruit, Email (Exchange/Gmail), Office 365, network access (wifi or wired), telecom, network storage,, and more! As is currently the case, the Help Desk will create a ticket to track your issue, solve the problems that it can, and refer the ones it can’t to appropriate DeSales staff.  A random sampling of contacts will be selected for a customer satisfaction survey. We encourage you to complete these surveys frankly, so that we can continuously improve our service.

Our new Help Desk partner is Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), a Lehigh Valley-based company with deep ties to DeSales University. CAI’s Help Desk staff is located in Newark, Delaware.

Questions or feedback? or 610.282.1100, x1436

Orientation Information Fair, 8/22

The 2017 Orientation Information Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you are in charge of a student organization or group, office on campus, or special event and would like a table, please email the Orientation Team at and please note any special needs such as electricity. The deadline to register will be Friday, August 18, 2017.