DeSales in the News

Last Friday, Dr. Tahereh Hojjat, professor of economics, was interviewed by WFMZ about unemployment rates:

Yesterday’s Morning Call had a feature on esports, mentioning our new program as well as others. DeSales student Hubert Whan Tong was interviewed. Although she is not quoted, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Karen Ruggles, provided a lot of the info:


Presentation: Igniting Purpose-Driven Leadership, 11/14

Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
DeSales University Center
No registration required

Author Jim Nevada

Author Jim Nevada will be on campus talking about his book Igniting Purpose-Driven Leadership on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. DeSales University Center, no registration required.

You are invited to hear a presentation from author and business consultant Jim Nevada about his book Inviting-Purpose Driven Leadership.

The book is designed to enable leaders to appreciate the rationale for placing purpose and people at the foundation of their leadership approach. It provides a simple, but practical, framework that can be applied across organizations of all types.

Freshman can earn a Character U point for attending.

Jim will present examples of what leading organizations are doing to engage their people and deliver exceptional results, from Apple to General Electric to Southwest Airlines, and many others.

Jim has spent 25 years in executive roles, including president and chief financial officer at WSP, a global civil engineering firm; Atkins, a UK-based design, engineering and project management consultancy, and Skelly and Loy, Inc.



Faculty sneak peek of the new, 8/21


Please join us in the Gambet auditorium on Tuesday, 8/21 at 4 p.m. for a sneak peek of the new website.

Faculty, please join us for a pre-launch preview of the new website: Tuesday, 8/21 at 4 p.m. in the Gambet auditorium.

Learn about the design process and newest features. Hear our research methods for identifying the motivations and tasks of each audience. See how we created personas to guide decisions around design, navigation, and content.

Light refreshments will be served.


Welcome Fr. Dan Lannen, OSFS as University Chaplain

Fr. Dan Lannen, OSFS, is the new Chaplin working in Campus Ministry and is extremely excited about being apart of the DSU community. He is not a stranger to DSU, over the years he has enjoyed celebrating the weekend Sunday night Mass in Connelly Chapel and has experienced the generosity of students buying him dinner at Café McShea.

Fr. Dan has been a professed member with The Oblates of St. Francis De Sales since June 2007 and was ordained a priest in June 2011. His last position was Chaplain to Lumen Christi Catholic School in Jackson, MI. One the highlights of his priesthood was walking through the streets of Philadelphia with Lumen Christi students for the Papal Visit of Pope Francis in 2015. Fr. Dan is a huge Pope Fran fan!

Fr. Dan is from Holland, Michigan, and a graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and earned his Master of Divinity degree St. Michaels Faculty of Theolgy at the University of Toronto. You will learn more about, Fr. Dan in his homilies often about his time as the eighth runner on a cross country varsity team of eight during high school, stories about his Italian Grandmother and the “injustices” of dealing with his younger brother, the mischievous Patrick.

Fr. Dan is looking forward to becoming immersed in the DSU community and sharing the spirit of St. Francis de Sales with everyone. Please stop by and say hello!

Fr. Dan Lannen Ext. 1393
McShea, Rm. 141

DEIT July Workshops

Important Reminder: Blackboard will be entirely unavailable on July 24 and 25 for a system upgrade.

Register for workshops:

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Blackboard SaaS (new features coming July 26)

  • Monday, July 2 | 7 pm | Online
  • Monday, July 23 | 7 pm | Online
  • Saturday, July 28 |10 am | In person – Dooling 40

Flex Class Demo

  • Saturday, July 14 | 10 am |In person – Dooling 40
  • Wednesday, July 18 | 6 pm |In person – Dooling 40

New Student Orientation

  • Thursday, July 5 | 7 pm | Online


  • Wednesday, July 25 | 7 pm | Online

Web Conferencing Tools (Zoom and Bb Collaborate)

  • Wednesday, July 11 | 7 pm | Online

Questions? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or

R.I.P. Mary Kathryn Surdoval, Mother of Dr. Patricia Riola

It is with deepest regrets that the Mathematics and Computer Science Department announces the passing of Mary Kathryn Surdoval, mother of Dr. Patricia Riola, Director of MSIS Graduate Program.

Mary Kathryn, 89, of Macungie, passed away June 28.  Please keep Pat and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Avenue, Allentown, PA.  Family and friends may pay their respects from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church narthex.  Interment will follow the Mass at Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville, PA.

The Heintzelman Funeral Home in Schnecksville is in charge of arrangements.  Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at

May the Lord welcome Pat’s mother into his loving arms, and send the Spirit of consolation to Pat and her family during the days and weeks ahead. 

Condolences may be sent to Pat via campus mail.


The Philadelphia Inquirer says Twelfth Night is “full of hilarity”

PA Shakespeare Festival Twelfth Night

Wit, music, romance and revelry are the food of love at this comedic feast of lovers and fools. Viola and her twin brother are shipwrecked in the magical land of Illyria, each believing the other drowned. Disguised as a young man, and entering the service of the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola woos the wistful lady Olivia for her new master and finds herself in a most unusual and hilarious love triangle. Merry deceptions and mistaken identities abound in this lilting comedy until true love finds its way. Ages 7+

Critics are raving for PSF’s production of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night…don’t miss your chance to see this comedic feast of lovers and fools! DSU faculty and staff can purchase tickets starting at $27, a discount of more than 50% off.