DeSales University Receives Gift of $408,000

We are pleased to announce that DeSales University received a gift of $408,000 from Mrs. Rita M. Donahue, a long-time supporter of the University. She and her late husband, Joseph, initiated the Reverend Thomas J. Furphy Lecture Series, which brings some of the world’s most distinguished speakers to campus to discuss national and international problems. We are grateful for her generosity.


Mass of the Holy Spirit, 8/20

TO:                  The DeSales Community
FROM:           Dr. Gerard Joyce, President of DeSales University

The campus community is filled with excitement and anticipation as it prepares for the start of the 2017–18 academic year and the arrival of more than 500 new students. The official kick-off for the new year will begin with a Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. This celebration will be held on the Alumni Courts in Billera Hall. We are delighted that Father James Greenfield, President Elect of DeSales University, will be present to serve as the main celebrant.

All administrative, professional, and support staff members are invited to join us as we welcome the Class of 2021 and their families. Since this is an academic procession, administrative and professional staff personnel who wish to process with the faculty should wear academic attire. Vesting and formation of the procession will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the women’s visitors’ locker room next to the Billera Hall classroom. Support staff are welcome to sit with the parents. [Read more…]

Billera Hall Fitness Center Hours

This week, 8/14 – 8/18, the fitness center will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. only.

Beginning Monday 8/21, the fitness center will go back to being open:

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Listen to Faculty Member Seth Weber on Lehigh Valley Outlook

Seth Weber, instructor in the social sciences department, will be on the radio show, Lehigh Valley Outlook, this Sunday morning discussing the Mayor Pawlowski indictment. Lehigh Valley Outlook, hosted by Dan Holzman, can be heard on Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. on AM 790 WAEB ( and at 7:00 a.m. on WAEB-FM 104.1 (, WZZO-FM 95.1 (, and WSAN-AM 1470 (

Campus-Wide Involvement Fair, 8/31

The Campus-Wide Involvement Fair* will be held on August 31 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. outside McShea. All offices and organizations interested in having a table should please use the form below to reserve a spot! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

*this event is different from the Orientation Involvement Fair, which is held exclusively for new students during Orientation.


Orientation 2017 Announcements

Orientation Information Fair – August 222017

The 2017 Orientation Information Fair will be held on Tuesday August 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you are in charge of a student organization or group, office on campus, or special event and would like a table please email the Orientation Team at and please note any special needs such as electricity. The deadline to register will be Friday, August 18, 2017.

Faculty and Staff Helping Hands at Orientation – August 20, 2017   

Attention all Faculty and Staff!

Orientation is fast approaching and one of the best things about this event is the unity that the entire DeSales community shows to the new freshman class. The positive feedback from the new students and their families about the welcoming team is tremendous. [Read more…]