It’s Lunch Bunch time again!

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors an information discussion group for interested faculty & staff who read a book of contemporary cultural concern and discuss their reviews during lunch time. We provide the books and the lunch! If you are able to commit to the 3 meetings planned for the fall (September 4, October 16 & November 27), then take a look at our reading list, choose your top three, and email us. It’s that easy!

The Fall 2012 “bunch” will be selected on June 15, 2012 so get your entries in before then!

Questions? Lore.mcfadden@desales.edu

Daytime television star Tom Degnan joins this summer’s PSF cast

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s 21st season will feature daytime television star Tom Degnan in the role of Brick Pollitt in Tennessee William’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Best known for playing Joey Buchanan in One Life to Live, Degnan also portrayed young Harry in the 2009 film Handsome Harry with Jamey Sheridan and Steve Buscemi. Born in nearby Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Degnan appeared in As the World Turns as Adam Munson, Law and Order, The Good Wife, and White Collar.

In addition to Brick, Degnan will play Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, which plays in repertory with Cat.

“Tom came to us recommended by our Emmy-nominated PSF alum Marnie Schulenburg and had the right stuff for Brick. Apparently, one can’t turn on a television without seeing him: the other day I did just that and there he was,” says Patrick Mulcahy, producing artistic director.

Set on a plantation home, a family tries to celebrate the birthday of Big Daddy. Brick (played by Degnan) is Big Daddy’s oldest son and the favored family member. But since the death of his friend Skipper, Brick has distanced himself from his family and his wife Maggie, “the cat,” and turns to drinking in order to find the “click” that will make him peaceful.

Directed by Thomas Ouellette, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will play in repertory with William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, featuring the same cast. On the nights when Degnan is not playing the withdrawn Brick, he will play the villainous Don John in Much Ado.

Directed by James J. Christy, Shakespeare’s spirited comedy offers the tale of two courtships: Beatrice and Benedick continuous quarreling evolves into something deeper, while Claudio and Hero are instantly smitten with one another. However, when Don John, the illegitimate brother of Benedick and Claudio’s superior, grows envious of his brother’s stature, he vows to ruin Claudio and Hero’s happiness once and for all.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will run from July 19 – August 5 (with previews July 19 and 20), while Much Ado About Nothing will run from July 11 – August 5 (with previews July 11 and 12). Both productions will take place on the PSF Main Stage at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSalesUniversity.

Single tickets, subscriptions, and packages that include tickets to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Much Ado About Nothing are available at www.pashakespeare.org and by contacting the Box Office at 610.282.WILL [9455].

It’s Lunch Bunch time again!

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors an information discussion group for interested faculty & staff who read a book of contemporary cultural concern and discuss their reviews during lunch time. We provide the books and the lunch! If you are able to commit to the 3 meetings planned for the fall (September 4, October 16 & November 27), then take a look at our reading list, choose your top three, and email us. It’s that easy!

The Fall 2012 “bunch” will be selected on June 15, 2012 so get your entries in before then!

Questions? Lore.mcfadden@desales.edu

Green mall project

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

You are probably wondering why the contractors are moving dirt into the mall of the campus.  The answer is fairly simple.  During the excavation for the Gambet Center, it was discovered that the soil was not suitable for the weight of the building.  Dirt was moved from under the footprint of the building and replaced with rocks and stones.  This excessive dirt now needs a new home.  The mall area between Trexler Library and McShea Student Union is very uneven and often presents difficulties for the location of tents or sporting events for the students.  The amount of dirt to be moved will nicely allow for a flat and smooth grass pad to be added to this area of the mall at minimal expense.  So, let us rejoice and be glad.  By the end of the summer, we will have a beautiful, renewed mall.  I thought you would like to know.  – Fr. Bernie O’Connor

Professional development workshops

Professional development workshops have been updated. In June, we start our new S3 offerings.  Staff Software Series (S3) offers a number of Microsoft applications and productivity tools sessions especially for our professional and support staff.  Learn something new and register today. www.desales.edu/workshops

June also brings the new Blackboard Collaborate to replace Elluminate on June 18.  See what’s different about Blackboard Collaborate »

Questions? deit@desales.edu

R.I.P. Mary Dailey, mother of Fr. Thomas Dailey

Mary Dailey, mother of Oblate Fr. Thomas Dailey, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

A viewing will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Fluehr Funeral Home 864 Bristol Pike (Frankford Ave.) Bensalem, PA 19020 (215-639-3130). The funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Bristol Pike & Hulmeville Road Bensalem, PA 19020 (215-638-3625). Burial will be at the Resurrection Cemetery immediately following the funeral 5201 Hulmeville Road Bensalem, PA 19020 (215-639-0965). A luncheon will be held immediately following the burial at Fisher’s Tudor House 1848 Street Road (at Hulmeville Road) Bensalem, PA 19020 215-244-9777. A card of condolence can be sent to Fr. Dailey through campus mail.

Questions? Lore.mcfadden@desales.edu