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Press Release: DeSales University Spring Commencement Exercises to be held Sat., May 20. Christopher West to Deliver Address
Date: 5/12/2006

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DeSales University Spring Commencement Exercises to be held Sat., May 20. Christopher West to Deliver Address

The 38th Commencement exercises will be held at DeSales University at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, on the mall between Trexler Library and DeChantal Hall on the Center Valley Campus. (Note: Rain location is Billera Hall.) Christopher West, faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute and one of the most popular speakers in the church today, will deliver the Commencement address.

During the ceremony, Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, will confer degrees upon 396 graduating students, including 338 bachelor's and 58 master's. Also, honorary doctor of humane letters degrees will be awarded to West and to John A. Leone, owner, chief executive and chairman of Bonney Forge Corporation. An honorary doctor of science degree will be awarded to Dr. Harry O. Warren, distinguished retired DeSales faculty member. Senior class president, John Lanzilotti, of Wantage, N.J., a nursing major and member of the DeSales Nurses Scholars Program, will give welcoming remarks.

West, a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute in West Chester, Pa., is one of the most popular speakers in the church today. In more than 1000 public lectures, both nationally and internationally, he has addressed a variety of topics, such as Christian anthropology, especially Pope John Paul II's theology of the body. Also, the Creed, morality, sacraments, marriage, sexuality and family life.

He is the author of three best selling books: Good News About Sex & Marriage, Theology of the Body Explained, and Theology of the Body for Beginners. Also, he has written numerous catechetical programs, study guides, workbooks and articles on theology and the body. Other projects include various media productions, such as "A Crash Course in Theology of the Body," "Introduction to John Paul II's Theology of the Body" and "Caring for Your Marriage Covenant." He also has appeared in numerous interviews with national media, including FOX News, "At Large with Geraldo Rivera," and MSNBC.

West earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master's degree in theological studies, magna cum laude, in 1997, from John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family, in Washington, D.C. He received his certification as an instructor of marriage preparation from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and his certification in catechism from the Archdiocese of Denver Catechetical School.

Warren established the department of chemistry at DeSales University in 1966, and served as its first chairperson until 1988. Well respected in academic and professional circles, and admired by colleagues and students alike, his career spanned over 50 years, before he retired in spring 2003. During his tenure at DeSales, Warren taught a wide range of chemistry courses, from general, nursing and computers in chemistry, to analytical, biophysical, and inorganic chemistry, as well as various seminars.

Prior to joining the DeSales faculty, Warren taught at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He also was a flavor chemist with Cott Bottling Company. While teaching at DeSales, he also taught in summer programs at Lehigh University and Elmira College.

His numerous honors and awards include the DeSales Medal in 2003, the university's highest non-academic honor given for outstanding contributions to the development of the university through personal service. Also, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society of the Lehigh Valley in 1993. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1966. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Tufts College and his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the Catholic University of America in 1964.

Leone is the owner, chief executive officer and chairman, of Bonney Forge Corporation, the world's leading producer of flow control products for international industries, with operations in Mount Union, Pa., Houston, Texas, Bergamo, Italy, and Shanghai, China. He began his career in Pawhuska and Maysville, Okla., working as a laborer for Texaco, during summers while he was in college. After he earned his degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University, he joined the Mene Grande Oil Company (Gulf) as a field engineer in Cabimas, Venezuela, where he specialized in off shore work and production station operations. He was promoted to production foreman of the Bolivar Coastal Field and later to project manager of the design and construction of production platforms on Lake Maracaibo.

Upon returning to the United States, Leone joined Taylor Forge, a piping systems company, as manager of application engineering. After he completed his MBA at Northern Illinois University, he was named managing director of Gulf & Western's Energy Product Groups in Brussels, Belgium. His responsibilities included operations that specialized in design and manufacturing of flow control products in Scotland, France, Spain and Italy. He returned to Pennsylvania as president of Gulf & Western's Bonney Forge Division in 1980, and acquired the valve and piping company from Gulf+Western in a leverage buyout in 1984. Since this acquisition and other capital investments, Bonney Forge has emerged as the world's leading producer of flow control products.

Leone is a life member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an EMS Centennial Fellow, a PVF Industry Hall of Fame selection and a member of the DeSales University Board of Trustees.

Press Release: DeSales University Spring Commencement Exercises to be held Sat., May 20. Christopher West to Deliver Address | Posted on: 5/12/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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