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DeSales University Confers 162 Degrees During Mid-Year Commencement

DeSales University held its mid-year commencement Saturday, January 23, in Billera Hall on the Center Valley campus. During the ceremony, Father Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, University President,conferred degrees upon 162 graduating students for January 2010, including 86 bachelors and 76 masters.

In addition to the January 2010 degree recipients, DeSales awarded 204 degrees to students in September 2009, including 77 bachelors and 127 masters. Since there is no formal ceremony in September, the September graduates may take part in the January commencement.

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States and countries represented

The 162 graduating students for January 2010 are from the following states: 146 from Pennsylvania; 9 from New Jersey; 2 from Texas; 1 each from Delaware, New Hampshire, New York and Virginia. Also, 1 from one foreign country, Romania. 

Commencement address

The commencement address was delivered by Kostas Kalogeropoulos, senior executive vice president of Meyer Jabara Hotels, which currently owns and operates 30 hotels. Kalogeropoulos joined Meyer Jabara Hotels in 1977, serving first as general manager and then vice president of operations, before assuming his current position.

Kalogeropoulos has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry, which began in Greece, where he was born and educated, and also worked for the family’s hotel business. His hospitality education continued throughout Europe where he held diverse positions in various European cities. He is fluent in five different languages including English, German, Dutch, French and Greek. He came to the United States in 1974, and became a U.S. citizen in 1983.

In 1981, Kalogeropoulos came to the Lehigh Valley to oversee the construction of the Sheraton Jetport and liked the area so much that he made it his permanent home. In 1988, he oversaw the construction of the Holiday Inn Conference Center. He served as Council Chairman for the Mid-Atlantic Region for over 75 franchised Sheraton Hotels. He was named “Hotel Man” of the Year, two consecutive terms by the Sheraton Corporation.

In 1984, he founded Dream Come True, which fulfills dreams to seriously, chronically and terminally ill children in the Lehigh Valley. He has opened additional chapters in both Maryland and Connecticut. In 1990, he completed and opened Camelot for Children on Emmaus Avenue, the first house in the Lehigh Valley to receive chronically and terminally ill children. In the late 1990s, he helped raise over $700,000 to build an addition to Camelot House, which opened in September 1999.

Kalogeropoulos has many philanthropic and community accomplishments, including the “Spirit of Lehigh Valley Christmas Eve Dinner” for those less fortunate people in the area and held annually since 1993. Also, the Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Man of the Year Award (1991), the Morning Call’s Community Spirit Award in human services (1994), the Aristotelian Award as the outstanding Hellene by the Order of AHEPA (1994), the Lehigh Valley Philanthropic Person of the Century and the Arthritis Foundation Community Leader of the Year (2000), among others. In 2005, Kalogeropoulos, along with Linny Fowler, Lee Butz and David Jaindl, founded the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, where children with disabilities can play baseball on a “state of the art” rubberized field that is wheel chair friendly.

He also has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lehigh Valley Sales and Marketing Executives, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, St. Luke’s Hospital, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, Pennsylvania Parks & Recreation Society, Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve, U.S. Congressional Advisor for Tourism, and North American Archdiocese Council for the Greek Orthodox Church.

Kalogeropoulos resides in Center Valley with his wife, Kimberly, their children Alexander and Sophia, and his mother, Fani.

Those being honored during the ceremony include:

Kathryn Stephanoff, a leader in professional activism and community service who retired as director of the Allentown Public Library in August 2009 after 42 years of service, will receive the DeSales Medal. The DeSales Medal is the highest nonacademic award conferred by the University, in recognition of the outstanding contributions to the development of the University through personal service, as well as financial support. Recipients of the DeSales Medal are well respected in the community at large and have been distinguished for the witness they give to the ideals most highly prized by St. Francis de Sales. Prior to the Allentown Public Library, Stephanoff served as director of what was then the Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales Library.

Stephanoff is a member of the American Library Association, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Council for Library Development, and the Federal Advisory Council for Library Service. She has served as a trustee of the Harry C. Trexler Trust since 1985, and was instrumental in the organization of school libraries in the East Penn School District and established the Emmaus Public Library. She has been active with many community groups including the Wachovia Committee for the Seruga Trust, Learning for Life for the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, the board of Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates. A Massachusetts native, Stephanoff holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from Rutgers University. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from DeSales University and also from Muhlenberg College.

Steven M. Roberti, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance, will receive the ACCESS Award. Roberti plans to attend law school after graduation. The ACCESS program at DeSales is one of the most widely respected adult education programs in the region. To qualify for the ACCESS Award, the recipient must be graduating in January, have at least a 3.75 GPA and submit a one-page essay on their experience in the program. The winning essay is selected, upon review by a committee. The award includes a plaque and monetary gift.

Press Release: DeSales University Confers 162 Degrees During Mid-Year Commencement | Posted on: 1/25/2010

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