Plan for “Make-Up” Classes For Undergraduate Day Students

Disruptions are a mess within the educational process.  It always seems best to “keep the ball rolling.”  Warren Buffet uses the analogy of a snowball to show the power of the compounding of interest that is essential in wealth creation.  He suggests that the key to making lots of money is a snowball and a very high hill.  In many ways, education also benefits from this principle of “compounding.”  And disruptions are hindrances to this process.

The faculty of the university are the artists who create the learning environments and assume the responsibility for assessing the attainment of learning.  They are the best judges of how to profit from the circumstances that are now presented to us.  The students of the university are the beneficiaries of their expertise.  The institution simply provides a degree of organization and accountability.

To help all with the responsibility for classroom instruction and essential learning for this current semester DeSales University offers to the faculty and students a “Make-up Schedule for Classes.”  The make-up days are four Saturdays:  November 10, November 17, December 1, and December 8.  Faculty are encouraged but not required to offer make-up classes.  Students are encouraged but not required to attend make-up classes. 

  • All classes that are currently offered for the undergraduate day students on Tuesday & Thursday will have their make-up days on Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, December 1.  Courses will be offered in their present locations and at their present times.
  • All classes that are currently offered for the undergraduate day students on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will have their make-up days on Saturday, November 17 and Saturday, December 8.  Courses will be offered in their present locations and at their present times.
  • Faculty who wish to take advantage of these times and locations should simply notify the Office of the Registrar by this Friday, November 9.  The Registrar will notify the maintenance staff so that the buildings and classrooms are open and ready for use.
  • Exams and grading times are the same as the original schedule.  Exam week is Monday, December 10 through Saturday, December 15.  All grades are due in the Office of the Registrar by 2:00 pm on Monday December 17.
  • Undergraduate evening (ACCESS) students should consult the Dean for Lifelong Learning.
  • Graduate students should consult the Dean for Graduate Education.

Approved by the President’s Cabinet, Tuesday, November 6


2013 Healthcare Open Enrollment Period

We will conduct our annual open enrollment for employee benefits on Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the DeSales University Center from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. 

Representatives from our insurance and retirement plan providers will be present with the Human Resources staff during this 2 day period, to address questions and issues related to our benefits offerings. The open enrollment period ends December 7, 2012.  All elections or changes must be made by that date and will become effective January 1, 2013 (CY 2013).

Through our partnership in the LVAIC Health Care Consortium we participated in proactive negotiations with several healthcare providers to mitigate increasing medical costs and to ensure that we maintained a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act).

For CY 2013 we have chosen to retain Highmark Blue Shield as the administrator of our self-insured health plan and United Concordia as our dental care provider.

To read more please download this memo: Open Enrollment Memo for PMR.2012

Contribution summary 2012 and 2013 comparison sheet


Community Thanksgiving dinner, 11/20

From Fr. Bernie O’Connor, OSFS, President

To all full-time resident and commuter day students and to all full time faculty and full time staff:

Thanksgiving is an important part of our nation’s religious tradition and a significant holiday for our people. We have many reasons for gratitude. I hope that each of you spends time in the company of loved ones.

To get the Thanksgiving holiday off to a great start, I invite you to a DeSales Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 20 in the University Center from 4:30 — 7:30 p.m.

The Student Life Office will provide music and entertainment for the dinner. The evening will conclude with a women’s basketball game at 6:00 p.m. and a men’s basketball game at 8:00 p.m. at Moravian College. Come out and support the mighty Bulldogs as they take on the Moravian College greyhounds.

If you are not on the meal plan, but wish to attend, simply complete the form below and return it to the attention of Mr. Rich Jacoby through campus mail by Thursday, November 15.

I hope that you can come to this fun evening. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Community Dinner Form


What to do at DSU, 11/8

  • 8:00 PM – ZUMBA – Billera
  • 8:00 PM – Ricochet! The Emerging Choreographers Concert – Labuda
  • 9:15 PM – Theology of the Body Discussion – Kender Room

*All events are subject to change*

How is your career planning going? Take the 3-credit course offered next semester called Career Development and Planning SO-140 (T/Th 2-3:15) taught by Kristin Eicholtz!

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Protecting God’s Children Rescheduled, 11/13

“Protecting God’s Children” workshop originally scheduled for Monday October 29 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 13,  7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in Dooling 128.  Presenter will be Sister JohnMarie Schauber.

For more information, please contact Sister at, or Alice Debus at

Free Online Advent Course Offerings for 2012

The Salesian Center is offering 4 online courses for the season of Advent. These courses are:  Gifts That Matter:  A Salesian Perspective on the Season of Advent, presented by Fr. Michael Murray, OSFS; An Advent Walk with St. Francis de Sales  & St. Matthew, presented by  Deacon George Kelly; Grace filled Waiting, presented by  Sr. John Marie Schauber, OSFS; and An Advent Walk with St. Francis de Sales  & St. Luke, presented by  Fr. John Fisher, OSFS. Use the link provided to register or email to Registration ends November 20.

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From Fr. Dailey: 2013 Collegium Fellowship Memo

A memo from Fr. Dailey:

Although we are not yet finished with the Fall semester, I’m inviting you to think ahead to next Summer! Specifically, I’m writing to ask whether or not you would like to be considered for a fellowship for 2013 to participate in the annual program sponsored by Collegium, an organization of Catholic colleges & universities throughout the country, of which DSU is a supporting member.

Learn more by reading the entire Collegium memo 2012-2013