New Residence Hall at DeSales to be Dedicated Wed., August 17
DeSales University will dedicate Bishop Thomas J. Welsh Hall, its newest and largest residence hall, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2005. The 30-minute ceremony will be held in the lobby of the new facility. It will include opening and closing remarks by Rev. Bernard F. O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, and blessings by the Most Rev. Edward P. Cullen, D.D., Bishop of Allentown. Also, the unveiling of a portrait of Bishop Welsh by local artist Ben Fortunado Marcune.
According to Father O'Connor, the newest residence hall is being named in honor of Bishop Welsh for two significant reasons. First, Bishop Welsh has worked closely with the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, the order that founded DeSales 40 years ago, for most of his priestly life. Second, by honoring Bishop Welsh, DeSales has the opportunity to thank the Diocese of Allentown for 40 years of profound collaboration.
"The success of DeSales is directly attributive to the relationship of mutual respect and commitment with the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Allentown. This special affection began with founding Bishop Joseph McShea, continued with Bishop Thomas Welsh, and is clearly evident in Bishop Edward Cullen," said Father O'Connor.
Ground breaking for the new residence hall took place in June 2004. Built by Alvin H. Butz, Inc., the $6 million project included construction of the three-story residential building and parking lot, and landscaping on 3.4 acres. The 33,346-square-foot facility accommodates 140 beds with 228 square feet per bedroom. Rooms are fully wired and air-conditioned, and equipped with sprinklers and smoke detectors. It features state-of-the art security and requires card access, in addition to a security desk and emergency phones. It has a common space with a lounge and flexible area equipped with a sliding glass door that can be used for small meetings. The building also will contain central laundry facilities.
"I feel very lucky to be living in Welsh Hall this year. It's big, clean and gorgeous. It reminds me of a hotel," said Mary DiFebo, '06, biology major from Allentown. "The huge front windows with all the natural light make everything look so bright and friendly."
In addition to the spacious rooms and ample parking, DiFebo, who will be a resident advisor in Welsh Hall this year, has found the elevator to be among the facility's best features. "The elevator is a definite plus, especially when you have to cart tons of personal belongings to the third floor," said DeFebo. "My mother is really impressed."
Invited guests at the dedication ceremony include clergy of the diocese and surrounding areas, and Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales. Also, members of the Board of Trustees and the President's Cabinet at DeSales.
Press Release: New Residence Hall at DeSales to be Dedicated Wed., August 17 | Posted on: 8/9/2005
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu