Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Welcomes New Board Member

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is pleased to welcome Peter J. Krajsa, chairman/CEO of AFC First Financial Corporation, to its board of directors.

Active in the local community and with national financial services and energy efficiency organizations, Krajsa has served as treasurer of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation, vice chair of the Lehigh CountyGeneral Purpose Authority, board member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and president of the Lehigh Valley Small Business Council. He currently serves on the board and as membership chair of Brookside Country Club. He also chaired the DeSales University Annual Fund in 2007.

“We are delighted that Peter has agreed to lend his time and talents to the Festival’s board. As PSF grows in reach and impact, having a board member of Peter’s caliber strengthens the company’s ability to fulfill its vision and to serve our community,” says Patrick Mulcahy, the Festival’s producing artistic director.

Krajsa joins a board of 26 directors who work to grow the Festival into a world-class theatre company attracting patrons from all 50 states while contributing to the economic vitality of the Lehigh Valley.


Academic Excellence Address: $500 Prize Award

$500 Prize Award

The Faculty of DeSales University strongly encourage full-time traditional undergraduate day students to enter the Academic Excellence Address Competition.

The Academic Excellence Address Award is given each year to encourage, acknowledge, and reward academic excellence in public speaking. The winner presents his/her speech at the Academic Excellence Ceremony Liturgy held in the Connelly Chapel on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.

Eligibility:  All full-time traditional undergraduate day students are eligible.  A student who wins the competition may not compete in subsequent years.

Nomination:  Each of the four academic divisions nominates [Read more…]

Lenten Spiritual Offerings

  • Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) with The Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown
    Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.  in Kender, McShea
    Lectio Divina is a traditional Catholic practice of Scriptural reading utilizing four main steps: Read, Meditate, Pray and Comtemplate.   *There will be chocolate goodies to celebrate Mardi Gras!
  • Ash Wednesday: MASS with Distribution of Ashes: 12:05 p.m. and 5 p.m., Wills Hall
  • Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes: 7:55 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 2:55 p.m. and 3:55 p.m., Wills Hall
  • Stations of the Cross: Every Friday in Lent at 12:05 p.m., Wills Hall
  • “Be Fed” – Lenten Spiritual Reflection and Discussion every Tuesday in Lent at 12:20 p.m. in Kender, McShea


Police active shooter class scheduled for DSU’s Hurd Science Center, 3/5-3/6

Monday and Tuesday of spring break DSU hosts police officers selected by Chiefs in Lehigh and Northampton Counties who will take the “Active Shooter Tactical Operations and Rescue Course.”

This nationally recognized program, designed to advance police officer skills in responding to Virginia Tech type situations, will be hosted by the Public Safety, Security & Health Directorate (P3) as part of its effort to ensure a safer campus and serve the larger community. This is an opportunity to familiarize police with the Hurd Science Center’s design and develop best practices in dealing with a critical incident there.

On March 5-6, please avoid Hurd Science Center. Signs will be placed to remind you that this police presence is for training purposes. If you need access to the building, please coordinate entry with DSUPD at extension 1250.

Officers and “terrorists” will be using force-on-force training weapons – be aware that blank and training munitions will be used to simulate the sounds and effects of live munitions.

Thank you to Chief Bedics for organizing this opportunity and to Dr. Roger Berg, for allowing the use of Hurd Science Center and to Patty Hartman and Joanne Kelly for coordinating off-limits areas.

DeSales’ Literary Magazine, Weal, accepting submissions through 2/29

The DeSales Literary Magazine, Weal, will be accepting original short stories, poetry, prose, artwork, or photography for consideration for publication.  The last day to submit is February 29.  If you have any questions or want to submit your work, email

Good luck wonderful artists and writers, and thank you for your contributions!

Questions? Catherine Elliott <>

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge opens this week!

A fiercely compelling great American classic about love, belonging, and betrayal.

Praise for this powerful drama:

“A theatrical lightning bolt that sizzles and startles at the same time.” –The New Yorker

“A masterpiece as overwhelming as any within living memory.” –The Times

“Fluent, authentic, and nearly unbearably moving.” –New Statesman

“A gripping theatrical experience” –Curtain Up

“Intense, emotional, physical and moving.” –New York Observer

DSU faculty and staff: don’t forget to take advantage of your two complimentary tickets for the following performances:

  • Wednesday, February 22 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23  – 8:00 p.m.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Labuda Box Office at Ext. 1276.

Not valid for previous purchases.

Residence Halls closed 3/2-3/11

This is a reminder that Spring Break is soon approaching. This is a well deserved break for all of our students who have been working so diligently this semester on their academics as well as the vast number of extracurricular projects in which they are involved. On Friday, March 2, all residence halls will shut down at 6 p.m. for the break and will not reopen until 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

Please be advised that there are VERY LIMITED services available for Traditional Undergraduate Day students during this time. That means dining services will be closed, the residence halls will have no on-call or security staff. Because there are no support services available for these students, everyone living in the residence halls will be required to leave. There are only exceptions made for those students required to stay by faculty and/or staff members that must be here for University sanctioned events and full time/day undergraduate academic responsibilities.

Please remember that if you are requiring students to stay over this break, there are some steps that must be followed. [Read more…]