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


Business Matters Newsletter

The Summer 2012 edition of Business Matters was published in July and we’re sure you will enjoy reading it. The Alumni Success Story featuring Arjun Banerjee ’04, will draw your attention to reading other articles about business students, the MBA trip to Peru, the Fleming Ethics Bowl Competition, and the events held by the Accounting & Finance Club. You may access Business Matters at

If you have any questions, you may contact Joyce Rhoads at

Vote for PSF in the Morning Call Readers’ Choice Awards

On the heels of a fantastic season at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the company would appreciate your vote in the 2012 Morning Call Readers’ Choice Awards. The Festival is listed under four different categories in Arts & Entertainment: Arts & Cultural Education, Festival, Live Entertainment, and Performing Arts Center.

Things to Note:

  • Register on to vote for Readers’ Choice.
  • There is only one vote per category per user account (tracked by the user’s e-mail address). After a category is voted for, it disappears from the list of categories.

How to Vote:

  • Click on the Readers’ Choice icon on homepage or log on to Click on the Readers’ Choice icon.
  • Register for a new account or enter your e-mail address/password if you have previously registered.
  • Choose the Ballot Page you wish to vote on (Shopping, Home & Services, etc.).
  • You’ll see the categories listed alphabetically down the left rail. Clicking on a category will bring up a page where users can either type in their vote or click on an advertiser to vote. Ads will show below the voting box in order of ad size on the requested category pages.
  • To vote: you may type your vote in the box or click on an ad’s name to register a vote.

Fall 2012 Dies Academicus – Tuesday, August 21

Dies Academicus will be held on Tuesday, August 21, from 9:00-10:15 a.m., and coffee and doughnuts will be available beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the McShea Activities Center (MAC). This event is held at the beginning of each semester as an opportunity for faculty members to socialize and engage in an intellectual discussion.

The article chosen by DeSales division heads as a catalyst for this semester’s discussion is “What the Best College Student Did” by Dr. Ken Bain, published by Harvard University Press, August 2012. Fr. Peter Leonard, dean of graduate education, will moderate the discussion.

You may access the article at as well as an excerpt from Wall Street Journal:

For more information, contact Dr. Christopher R. Cocozza, chair, Academic Oversight Committee, at

Professional Development Workshops

In August we offer a series of workshops to help you get ready for the new academic year. Join us to learn the new features in ANGEL 8.0 and Blackboard Collaborate 2011, explore tools and strategies for designing hybrid courses and building online interactivity, and discover different ways to use SMARTBoard and iPad in your classroom.

Register for a DEIT workshop at And stay in touch by subscribing to our blog at

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