Angels Called Home: a message from Fr. O’Connor

Last week I sent this note to the theatre program of DeSales for inclusion in their playbook for A Tale of Two Cities.  I would also like to share it with you.

“For private colleges and universities, the funds that are received through tuitions hardly ever cover the full expense of the students’ education.  This is especially true for universities like DeSales where we consciously and deliberately seek to maintain our tuition at the medium for all the private schools within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The only way to balance the books is to seek support from generous benefactors.  In this regard, DeSales University has been wonderfully blessed.  Since our very beginning as Allentown College, the people of the Lehigh Valley and beyond have been very generous with their time, talent, and treasure.  We are a strong, vibrant, and dynamic institution.  We have a clear sense of mission, a seasoned team of administrators, a dedicated faculty, bright and caring students, and modern facilities.  Every day, we bow our heads in prayer that our God has provided us with “angels” who support our work, our projects, and our dreams.

Within the past few weeks, however, we have said good-bye to four “angels” whose generosity and support we have cherished for many years.  While we deeply believe that their kindness to us and to others in their journey to life eternal will insure their own happiness and peace, we do miss them.  And we pray for them.  Please join with me in this simple prayer:

“O God, in whose presence the dead are alive and in whom your saints rejoice full of happiness, grant our supplications, that your servants for whom the fleeting light of this world shines no more, may enjoy the comfort of your light for all eternity.


May they rest in eternal peace!

Mrs. Inez Donley

Mrs. Linny Fowler

Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd

Mrs. Mary Jane Compardo”

— Fr. O’Connor

TIAA-CREF Announces Individual Counseling Sessions


We will be offering Individual Counseling Sessions, where you can discuss your personal financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

This Individual Counseling Session will help you simplify your retirement by:

  • Providing objective advice and asset allocation based on your individual needs
  • Showing you how you can obtain a personalized actionable plan
  • Recommending fund selections to keep you on track to and through retirement
  • Reviewing your retirement income options


To discuss your plan and options for managing your retirement savings or to schedule an appointment with a TIAA-CREF Individual Consultant, please call us

at (800)732-8353, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET).


Individual Counseling

Date                                                              Time                                     Location

Feb. 20, 2013                                          9 am – 5 pm                           Dooling 260

Mar. 20, 2013                                         9 am – 5 pm                           Dooling 260

May 22, 2013                                         9 am – 5 pm                           Dooling 260


TIAA-CREF does not offer tax advice. See your tax advisor regarding your particular situation. Investing in securities involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC and Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., members FINRA, distribute securities products. Brokerage services are provided by TIAA-CREF Brokerage Services, a division of TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, members FINRA and SIPC. You should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. Please call 877 518-9161, or go to for a prospectus that contains this and other information. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. Insurance and annuity products are issued by TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association), New York, NY and TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Co., New York, NY.

©2009 and prior years Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), New York, NY 10017

Learn the skill of Grant Writing for Results

Learn the skill of Grant Writing for Results.  Optimize your time for proposals that produce!  REGISTER ONLINE TODAY at

DeSales University’s ACCESS Non-Credit Program presents Mrs. Judy Barberich CFRE, CGW®, and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, DeSales University

  • Acquire expertise in how to research grant funding, find the right funding source and develop successful proposals.
  • Become better prepared to balance multiple deadlines and priorities.

1.  Tuesday, March 5 – Grants:  Types, Funding, & Research
          5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Center Valley Campus
Trexler Conference Room, DeSales University Center
Cost: $20.00

2.  Tuesday, March 12 – Grants: Proposals, Budgets, & Documentation
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Center Valley Campus
Hurd Conference Room, DeSales University Center
Cost: $20.00

3.  Tuesday, March 19 – Grants: Evaluation, Reporting, & Accountability
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Center Valley Campus
Trexler Conference Room, DeSales University Center
Cost: $20.00

REGISTER ONLINE for one ($20.00), two ($40.00), or all three seminars. ($50.00)

Questions – Contact Holly at or 610-282-1100, ext. 1341

Dress Down Day, 2/15

The DeSales University Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams have joined forces in the fight against cancer.  You too can be part of the team by joining Coach Coval,  Coach Richter and their players by participating in the “DRESS DOWN DAY,”  to be held on Friday, February 15.

Simply make a $5 donation and you can wear your favorite jeans and sweatshirt to work.

If you are interested in participating in  please complete this form and return it to Gracia Perilli in the Athletic Department by Friday, February 15.

All money raised will be donated to The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley.


Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo, 2/13

Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo 2/13

Still trying to decide if you should attend the LVCCE today?  How does 104 attending companies, 95 of which hiring full time, sound to you?  This is your opportunity to meet employers face to face and market your skills for internships and full-time jobs.  Professional Dress is required, as is a copy of your resume for admission. The expo will go from 12:00-4:30 and will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville!

All attending companies can be found on the LVCCE website:

The 10th Annual LVAIC Social Research Social Justice Undergraduate Conference

The 10th Annual LVAIC Social Research Social Justice Undergraduate Conference

Students: Have you written a paper, conducted research, or created work that speaks to social research or social justice?

Faculty: Is there an outstanding student project you’d like to mentor?

The 10th Annual Social Research Social Justice conference is soliciting submissions for A Decade of Social Research Social Justice 2013, to be held on the campus of Muhlenberg College April 4-5.  Submissions are due Feb. 28.  Please click on the link for more details.  This is a great opportunity to share outstanding undergraduate work with peers from colleges around the Lehigh Valley.

What to do DSU, 2/13

What to Do at DSU: Wednesday, February 13

Wednesday, February 13:

  • It’s Ash Wednesday! Masses: 12:05 p.m., 5:00 p.m.; Services: 9:55 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 2:55 p.m., 3:55 p.m. – Wills Hall
  • 11-2 & 4-7 – CSSJ V-Day Bracelet Sale – DUC
  • 12:00-4:00 p.m. – Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo – Holiday Inn Fogelsville
  • 6:00 p.m. – Male Spirituality and Discernment Group Meeting – Alacoque House
  • 6:45 p.m. – Geocaching Club Meeting – Study Lounge of McShea
  • 7:00 p.m. – Pro-Life Club Meeting – Kender Room
  • 8:00 p.m. – ZUMBA – Billera
  • 8:30 p.m. – Best Buddies Chapter Meeting – MAC

General Announcements:

  • Enjoy a night with your friends or your date at the Aquarium! Get your tickets today for the SGA Winter Semi-Formal at the Adventure Aquarium on Saturday, February 23rd from 7:30 p.m-11:30 p.m! Cost is $40 per ticket and off-campus guests are welcome. Ticket includes dinner, transportation, access to the Aquarium and dancing! Tickets are on sale at the DUC during the next week at the following times:

o     February 7 from 5:15 p.m.– 6:45 p.m.

o    February 11 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

o    February 12 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

o    February 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

o    February 14 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

You can also stop by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership or the SGA office in McShea to purchase tickets when the offices are open. This event is open to all students and there is no couple requirement.  Ticket sales will end on Friday, February 15. For more information please respond to this email or contact an SGA member.

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Announcement of New Position Appointments

I am pleased to announce that, effective February 18, 2013, Mike Duffy has been appointed our new Director of Campus Environment, and Jeff Richter has been promoted to Director of Auxiliary Services.  Both Mike and Jeff have been valuable contributors to the growth of our conference services function since the DeSales University Center’s expansion in 2007, and they will continue to play an important role for the University in their new positions.

Please join me in congratulating Mike and Jeff on their promotions and in wishing them the best in their new responsibilities.