Important Notice Regarding the 2012-2013 Student Handbook

The Student Handbook contains all policies, rights, and regulations for students at DeSales University and is available in PDF format on the University’s web site.  As a member of the Desales Community, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the material in this document.

Download the 2012-2013 Handbook:

Questions? Office of the Dean of Students, McShea Student Center, ext. 1261.

Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit, 8/19

We will formally celebrate the beginning of the 2012 – 2013 school year with the Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, August 19, at 2:30 p.m. on the Alumni Courts of Billera Hall.

All administrative, professional, and support staff members are invited to join us as we welcome freshmen and their parents.  Since this is an academic procession, administrative and professional staff personnel who wish to process with the faculty should wear academic attire.  Members of the support staff should feel free to join with the parents.  Vesting and formation of the procession will take place in the women’s visitors’ locker room next to the classroom in Billera Hall beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Concelebrants will gather in the reception area of the athletic administration offices.  Magdalene Riggins, Director of Campus Ministry, will prepare the liturgy and organize the ministers.  The freshmen will be organized by Dr. Jerry Joyce.  Parents should be directed to sit in tan color chairs.  Students will sit in front of the stage in white chairs.   Faculty, administrative, and professional staff will be seated to the left and right of the stage.

Following the liturgy, the freshmen will say goodbye to their families and then join the faculty for a picnic dinner in the University Center at 4:15 p.m.  Tables will be arranged by academic divisions.  At this time, faculty, administrative, and professional staff should wear the polo shirt they received at Spring Orientation.  If faculty did not participate in Spring Orientation, polo shirts will be available in the women’s locker room at the conclusion of the mass.  The entire event will end by 5:30 p.m.   Please enjoy this new beginning.


New Campus Posting Policy

During the past year, the Student Engagement and Leadership Office was asked to develop a new campus posting policy.  As of August 13, 2012, this new campus posting policy will go into effect.  You can find a copy of the policy at

If you have any questions, please contact Nick Luchko, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership at or x1843.

13th annual report and the administrators’ objectives for next year

Dear Friends of DeSales University,

DeSales University had another very successful year for 2011-2012.  Attached you will find my 13th annual report and the administrators’ objectives for next year.

President’s letter for the Annual Report 2012

Annual Report ’12 – final

Administrators’ Objectives ’12 – Final

At the very end of the report you will see this summary of our major accomplishments:

  • The university successfully completed six national searches for future leaders of key academic programs:  Wayne Stuart, M.D., became director of the master of science in physician assistant studies; Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.N., B.S.N., chair of the department of nursing and health; Dr. Kay Malek, faculty member to develop a proposal to initiate a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at DeSales University; Ms. Patricia Riola, M.S.I.S., director of the master of science in information systems program; Dr. Gail Vogel, director of the master of education program; and Dr. Todd Bricker, present chair of the social sciences department, takes on the additional responsibility of director of the master of arts in criminal justice program.
  • Along with the efforts of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, the university supported the work of the Catholic community in the great struggle to maintain our first amendment rights in light of the recent ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services mandating the inclusion of “healthcare benefits” that are contrary to the faith tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Members of the staffs of both student affairs and academic affairs completed two years of preparation for the launch of the “DeSales Experience”, a four-year program of in-class and out-of-class activities that foster the integration of character formation, leadership development, and Salesian instruction to form the total person of virtue.
  • The university successfully launched the first doctoral program, the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) in January.
  • We successfully reached a new high for the number of multicultural students represented in the freshman class (13.5%).
  • The office of international learning added five additional locations for students to spend a semester abroad by simply exchanging students without additional costs:  the American College of Athens – Athens, Greece; the International University of Monaco – Monte Carlo, Monaco; the Catholic University of Murcia San Antonio – Murcia, Spain; Mary Immaculate College – Limerick, Ireland; the International University at Geneva – Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The university completed a new athletic department master plan with appropriate recommendations for both athletic fields and athletic department spaces necessary for the continuing success of the sports teams and the recreational needs of the student body.
  • The university planning committee completed and the board of trustees approved the Campus Master Plan: 2012-2022, which contains the athletic master plan as one of its sub-sets.
  • The university opened a new location for our Lansdale Area campus and continued our MBA program while initiating our ACCESS program in this facility.
  • The university made significant progress on the construction of the Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS, Center for Business and Healthcare Education.  A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2013, at 12:00 noon.
  • The university began work on the Periodic Review Report for the Commission on Higher Education – Middle States Association re-accreditation review due in June of 2013.
  • The university completed the fourth year of the current capital campaign with a focus upon the Gambet Center for Business and Healthcare with the alumni and alumnae of the university.  There will be one additional year for this phase of the campaign before shifting our efforts to the baseball and softball stadiums and the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.
  • The university erected two bronze statues near the mall area of the campus.  A statue of Saint Jane de Chantal is on the student life part of the campus, while a statue of Saint Francis de Sales is near Dooling Hall on the academic affairs section of the campus.  They are facing each other “eye-ball to eye-ball” to symbolize the complementary character of these great components of a full university education and a full human life.  They were blessed in the presence of the Oblate Convocation in June.

I hope that this list brings delight to your heart.  We build upon the foundation of individuals like you.  We are immensely grateful for your years of service and friendship.  Please enjoy reading about our latest chapter.

May the Good Lord bless you!

(Rev.) Bernie O’Connor, OSFS


From Fr. O’Connor: Campus Meetings to Review the Annual Report and Administrators’ Objectives

Listed below are the scheduled times that I will meet with the administrative, professional, and support staffs of each administrative unit to review the annual report and discuss objectives for the coming year. Please come prepared to discuss any concerns or issues you wish to bring forward.  All meetings will be held in the Trexler Room in the DeSales University Center.

State of the University – Campus Meetings  

  • Thursday, August 30- 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
    Student Affairs with athletics, enrollment, and international learning staffs.
  • Wednesday, September 5 – 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Administration, Finance, and Campus Environment including Facilities, Custodial, Housekeeping, Grounds, Public Safety, Security, and Health, Auxiliary Services, including Bookstore and Mail Room, Treasurer’s Office, AVP Planning, Institutional Research, Human Resources, and IT.
  • Monday, September 10 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
    Academic Affairs including ACCESS and graduate education and all staffs that report to Provost.
  • Tuesday, September 18 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
    Institutional Advancement, Salesian Center, President’s Office and Shakespeare.

Questions? Mary A. Gotzon at ext. 2030 or at