Annual Screen Dance Festival

Each November, Tim Cowart, Chair of Dance, curates our Annual Screendance Festival. Screenings are Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Trexler Room of the DeSales University Center.

Now in its fifth year, the festival will focus on the work of award-winning Canadian screendance artist Allen Kaeja. As Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance, he has created close to 100 dance works that have been presented in various venues around the world.

Dance on film is a new and exciting art form merging the arts of cinematography, editing, choreography, and performance to capture an entirely new form of dance expression. In this day and age of new technology, it’s refreshing to see new art forms emerge that celebrate movement in a way that is up close and personal.

This year, the festival has been expanded to feature the work of the Dance and TV/Film students in hopes of encouraging deeper collaborations between the two departments. Students are challenged to hone their creative talents and to work together in order to create a Screendance Film in just 48 hours. The concept development, planning, choreographing, filming, and editing all have to come together in this short amount
of time.

The challenge runs from Thursday, November 18 at noon until Saturday, November 20 at noon. Screening of films, feedback, and a jury prize will be presented on Saturday, November 20 at 8 PM in the Trexler Room of the DeSales University Center. I hope that you will join us!

John Bell, Division Head
DeSales University Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Christmas Party

Don’t forget to RSVP to the “DeSales Christmas Gathering” on December 18. This annual gathering promises to provide an evening of good company, good food, and good cheer.

Please return your completed invitation to Valerie Wolfenden no later than December 6.

Hope to see everyone there!

Resident Advisor Nominations

The DeSales Office of Residence Life is soliciting nominations for Resident Advisors for the 2011-2012 academic year. We are looking for students who possess a healthy self-awareness, humility, as well as empathy and compassion for their peers.

If you would like to nominate any student(s), please contact Gene Malloy with the student’s name, and a brief description of why you feel they would be a good fit for the Resident Advisor position. Any students nominated will receive a personal letter via campus mail encouraging them to participate in the upcoming Resident Advisor selection process. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, November 30.

Below is an abstract of the DeSales Resident Advisor position that outlines the main responsibilities of the position:

POSITION ABSTRACT – Resident Advisor

The Resident Advisor (RA) is a live-in position that shares in the administration, supervision, and development of DeSales University’s Residence Life program.  The Resident Advisor should demonstrate support and contribution to the mission of DeSales University by their life within the DeSales University community.

The Resident Advisor directly manages an assigned area of one of DeSales University’s residence halls. The Resident Advisor is a paraprofessional staff member living in a University owned living area, assisting in the development of students in the residence hall, and overseeing the healthy and safety of the residents. The goal of the position is to be actively supportive of the mission and goals of the DeSales University, the Department of Student Affairs, and the Office of Residence Life.

·         Maintain regular contact with resident students living in the residence hall community.
·         Distribute campus and building information from Residence Life and other University departments to residents.
·         Act as liaison between Office of Residence Life/Department of Student Affairs and undergraduate resident students.
·         Maintain regular contact with the Office of Residence Life, and respond to all communication from direct supervisor in a timely manner.
Facilitate residential education in the residence halls, including planning and execution of programs as assigned, as well as ensuring that an academic environment is maintained within the residence hall.
·         Participate in duty rotation for assigned residence hall, which includes performing regular rounds throughout the building, and completion of duty responsibilities as assigned during nights on call.
·         Address and document policy violations in assigned residence hall and the residential campus community at large.
·         Understand and utilize the Resident Advisor Staff Manual and DeSales University Student Handbook, and maintain a working knowledge of Residence Life policies and procedures.
·         Assist with opening and closing of assigned residence hall at the beginning and end of each semester, including check-in/check-out and room inventory processes
·         Possess ability to facilitate roommate mediation and room change processes.
Assist in the Office of Residence Life paraprofessional staff selection and housing selection processes as assigned.

Our office has been fortunate to select our staff from a quality candidate pool, which has been in large part due to assistance from DeSales faculty and staff. Please help us continue to select and develop an outstanding Resident Advisor staff.

National Security Track/Club Speaker: Walt Tremer

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:00pm in the Air Products Room in Trexler Library, the National Security Track/Club will be hosting guest speaker Walt Tremer.  Mr. Tremer was a former officer in the National Security Agency.  He served as a Chinese interpreter and intelligence agent in Taiwan and the Philippines, including being the interpret for Chiang Kai-shek for a year.  He also served as a Russian interpreter, tracing and analyzing Soviet military strength and movements in the Far East.  Join us for a fascinating discussion with Mr. Tremer about his life in the NSA.  This event is open and free to the public.

Questions? For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Essig, associate professor of Political Science at ext. 1632 or

Health Care Open Enrollment on Tuesday, November 16th and Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We will conduct our annual open enrollment for employee benefits on Tuesday, November 16th and Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 in the University Center – Cafeteria Area from 9 AM to 4PM each day.  Representatives from Highmark Blue Shield, BAS, and TIAA-CREF will be present.  We are glad to also announce the presence of representatives from two new benefit offerings:  1) Long Term Care Insurance thru John Hancock and 2) a new credit union offering thru First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union.  Representatives will be available all day to help with the Open Enrollment process and to answer any questions you may have about your benefit elections.  Open Enrollment ends December 10, 2010.  All elections or changes made by then to any of your benefit plans will be effective January 1, 2011.

In accordance with provisions of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Act”) passed in the spring of 2010, the following changes to our medical plans will be effective January 1, 2011:

·         Coverage will be extended to adult children, if they qualify, until they reach age 26.
·         The lifetime maximum of both medical plans will increase from $5,000,000 to unlimited for essential health benefits.
·         FSA reimbursements will no longer be available for nonprescription or certain over the counter medicines.

We believe the DeSales medical plans offered as Highmark PPO Blue are grandfathered health plans under the “Act”.

For the last several years, while many employers were experiencing health care cost increases in the 20% to 30% range, the LVAIC Health Care Consortium, of which we are part, has shown better results.  Our increase will be just over 13%.  The majority of the overall increase will be borne by the University’s contribution to our healthcare coverage, as we have again looked to minimize the impact on our employees.  The impact on employee contributions will be between 5.3% to 5.7% over the contribution levels of 2010.

We will retain Highmark Blue Shield and United Concordia as our health/dental care providers for 2011.  This means that no action is needed on your part unless you are doing one of the following:

1st time enrollment in one of the health care plans effective January 1, 2011.
Terminating health care coverage.
Changing your level of coverage as it relates to spouse or dependents.  Please remember that in order to cover your spouse, and in accordance with our Spousal Coordination of Benefits Policy, you must complete a Spousal Coordination of Benefits application.
Switching from one plan to another (e.g. from the $0 deductible plan to the $500/$1500 deductible plan).
1st time enrollment or terminating dental coverage.
Re-enrollment or 1st time enrollment in the University flexible spending account (FSA).

Flexible Spending Account (FSA):   Please remember that you must re-enroll annually into a Flexible Spending Account for 2011 even if you participated in 2010.

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