Snow Days & Priority Snow Paths: What You Need to Know

Here’s some important information about the Center Valley campus this upcoming winter:

Priority Snow Paths

In order to assist campus pedestrians during snow events, a network of Priority Snow Paths has been established. The Priority Snow Paths will be the first walks cleared during a snow event and every attempt will be made to keep those paths open while the snow is falling. Building entrances will be cleared on a prioritized basis with the highest priority going to entrances that lead to Priority Snow Paths.

Priority Snow Paths at DeSales University

The Priority Snow Paths will be the first walks cleared during a snow event and every attempt will be made to keep those paths open while the snow is falling. Building entrances will be cleared on a prioritized basis with the highest priority going to entrances that lead to Priority Snow Paths.

Priority Snow Paths should be used both when the University is conducting normal operations and is closed due to weather conditions. Bright green signs indicating Priority Snow Paths are posted during the winter months to aid pedestrian’s identification of the Priority Snow Paths.

The Priority Snow Paths will allow a person to get from any location on North Campus (Residence Halls) to any other location on South Campus (Academic and Dining). During a snow event, the University encourages the use of Priority Snow Paths and discourages the use of other, uncleared paths. The Priority Snow Paths on South Campus are designed to ease movement between academic buildings, dining facilities, and parking lots.

ADA access was a major factor in determining the Priority Snow Paths. The University endeavors to provide equal mobility access. Of necessity, stairs and routes with stairs have a lower priority than Priority Snow Paths.

All academic, administrative, athletic, and residence building entrances and fire lanes, will be cleared in order to facilitate emergency vehicle and first responder access to the buildings.

Parking lots which service faculty, staff, commuting students, and visitors receive priority attention (marked with a red “P” on the map). Residence Hall lots have a lower priority. Residents are encouraged to leave their cars in their assigned dormitory parking lot during snow events unless requested by DeSales University Police to do otherwise.

If you have any questions, please let us know and we thank you in advance for your help and patience.

Sign Up Now: TIAA Counseling Sessions, 1/17

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

9:00am-5:00pm

University Center, Auxiliary Services Conference Room

Kathy Johnston, a representative from TIAA, will be onsite Wednesday, January 17th, to hold individual counseling sessions with DeSales employees. Don’t miss the opportunity to have Kathy provide you with expert feedback that will assist you in effectively managing your retirement portfolio!

Appointments to meet with Kathy must be made in advance. Please call 800.732.8353 to reserve your sessions. Time slots will fill up quickly, so don’t wait to call.

Questions?  Amy.Bower@desales.edu .

PEP TALK – January 2018

Are You In It For The Long Haul?

The turn of a new year is a time when we symbolically hit the “reset button.” Within a few weeks most of  us lose our resolve. Instead of making resolutions, try making new rules for yourself. This month’s PEP Talk explores how adopting a new mindset will help you hold yourself accountable.

We’ll also explore strategies to help make healthy choices when eating out.

Click Here to Download Your December PEP Talk

Looking for support from ConnectCare3?
Contact us at 877-223-2350 for patient assistance and employer education and support resources.

Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Pinterest for the latest patient stories and wellness tips.

Questions? Lisa.Lightcap@desales.edu

Faculty/Staff Parking Passes for Graduation

January Commencement will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m. in Billera Hall.  Staff and faculty who are participating in the commencement ceremony should contact Liz Swigart at ext. 1862 or Elizabeth.Swigart@desales.edu for a parking pass for the event.

Questions?  Elizabeth.Swigart@desales.edu

DEIT Weekly Update

DEIT Weekly Update

Happy New Year! This update covers changes to Blackboard and Panopto as well as upcoming DEIT workshops. New topics include using rubrics in Blackboard and solving the riddle of the Blackboard grade book.

Announcements

Pedagogy Corner

Upcoming Events and Workshops

New Student Orientation for Online/Hybrid Classes

  • Thursday, January 4 or 11 at 7 p.m. (Online)

Blackboard Special Topic – Using Rubrics

  • Monday, January 8, 7 pm (Online)

Panopto New Features

  • Wednesday, January 10, 7 pm (Online)
  • Saturday, January 13, 10 am (Dooling 40)

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Wednesday, January 17. 7 pm (Online)

Blackboard Grade Center Demystified

  • Wednesday, January 24, 3 pm (Dooling 40)
  • Wednesday, January 24, 7 pm (Online)

Blackboard Fundamentals

  • Saturday, January 27, 10 am (Dooling 40)

Questions or to Schedule a One-on-one Consultation?

Contact the Distance Education and Instructional Technology Department at 610.282.1100, x2290, or deit@desales.edu or come visit us in Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)

DEIT Jan 2018

Christmas Carpool Karaoke, Bulldog Style!

🎄It’s Christmas carpool karaoke, Bulldog style! Merry Christmas, everyone! 
Special thanks to our singing Bulldogs:
Students:
Ciara Alford
Sydney Amato
Andrea Baldus
Claire Bassetti
Gabriella Bruno
Emily Chambers
Meghan Clarency
Bridget DeHaven
Julia DeLuca
Artrell Flonnory
Meghan Freed
Brendan Graham
Sunny Greenberg
Julien Guiteau
Shannon Hill
Rees Lobban
Alexa Marasheski
Ryan Murray
Katarina Polyviou
Angela Quaglio
Madison Strockoz
Joseph Viviano
Jacob White

Faculty & Staff:
Dr. Bob Blumenstein
Brother Dan Wisniewski
Maggie Riggins
Linda Zerbe

With special guest appearances by:
Li’l Frankie
Yoda

What do YOU think should be on the new DeSales website?

A new DeSales website is coming this summer! Your opinion is really important to the design process.

Please tell us a little about your experience with the DeSales University website to help us continue to improve. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Please take a moment to explore the desales.edu website before completing the survey.

Share your opinion here »

Thank you!

Questions? kristin.laudenslager@desales.edu

DeSales Nursing Students Exceed PA and U.S. NCLEX Pass Rates

Senior nursing students in DeSales University’s Class of 2017 have made history. The class earned a 96.36 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, the national licensure examination. Not only is the percentage the highest in the department’s 44-year history, but it also topped state and national averages.

“I’m so proud of the students and also congratulate the faculty who educated these students to achieve this pass rate,” says Dr. Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni, chair of the Department of Nursing and Health. “We work as a team here in the department with the best interest of our students at hand at all times.”

Nursing students must take the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse. Out of 110 students in the class, 106 passed. “One of the first questions many students will ask when they’re looking for admittance into a nursing school is, ‘what is your NCLEX pass rate?’”

Doyle-Tadduni credits the hard work of the nursing faculty over the last five years and their willingness to reassess the curriculum and make changes for these positive outcomes.