Open forum on the Campus Master Plan: 2012 – 2022, 3/14 & 3/15

Interested in the future DeSales University?  Come to an open forum on the Campus Master Plan: 2012 – 2022

As part of the process of Strategic Planning initiatives, the University Planning Committee has undertaken an update of the plan to envision the future DeSales campus.

Throughout the Fall semester, we worked with an external team of campus planners, architects, and landscape architects to develop the Campus Master Plan: 2012 -2022.  This draft document is now available for sharing with the campus community and can be viewed at

During March there will be several open forums to present the details of the planning process and to provide an executive summary of the Campus Master Plan: 2012 -2022 document.  Each event will offer the chance to ask questions, provide comments and solicit additional feedback from students, faculty and staff.  Please plan on attending one of the following sessions.

  • March 14, 2012 at 9 am, 1 pm or 4 pm in the McShea Activities Center (MAC)
  • March 15, 2012 at 10 am, DUC – Trexler room

If you are unable to attend one of the open forums and wish to offer feedback, please send your comments/questions about the Campus Master Plan: 2012 – 2022 to

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 <>