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Press Release: DeSales University to Hold Spring Commencement Sat., May 17
Date: 5/15/2008

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DeSales University to Hold Spring Commencement Sat., May 17

DeSales University will hold its 40th Commencement exercises at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17, in Billera Hall. Shekhar Dutt, Deputy National Security Adviser to the Government of India, will deliver the Commencement address.

During the ceremony, Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, will confer degrees upon 334 graduating students, including 290 bachelor's and 44 master's. DeSales' newest graduating class includes students from 9 states, with the majority from Pennsylvania (271), followed by New Jersey (45).

Also being honored are Trinette Singleton, professional dancer, The Joffrey Ballet Company, who will be awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree; Dr. Frank Sparandero, CEO, Sacred Heart Hospital, who will be awarded an honorary doctor of science degree; and Kerry A. Wrobel, president, Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Inc., who will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Senior class president, Matthew J. McMahon, English major from Langhorne, Pa., will give welcoming remarks.

In addition to the names of DeSales graduating students, the names of 55 recent graduates of Suvidya College, in Bangalore, India, will be read during the ceremony. Suvidya, which offers two DeSales programs, is run by the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales, a sister congregation to the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, the order that founded DeSales. During a trip to India in March, Father O'Connor attended Suvidya's graduation ceremony where he awarded degrees to the 55 graduates, who were the first at Suvidya to receive the DeSales degrees.

Shekhar Dutt was named Deputy National Security Adviser to the Government of India in 2007. An officer with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) since 1969, Dutt has served in the defense ministry in various capacities for nearly 40 years.

From 2005 to 2007, he was Defense Secretary and helped implement a number of initiatives increasing the pace of modernization in India, including the revision of the country's Defense Procurement Policy and Defense Procurement Manual in 2006.

Also, Dutt served as Secretary of Defense Production from 2004 to 2005, and Secretary in the Ministry of Health from 2003 to 2004. From 2001 to 2003, he was Director General of the Sports Authority of India and helped plan and conduct the first Afro Asian Games in 2003. From 1998 to 2001, he was Principal Secretary in the Department of Tribal Welfare and initiated new projects for the improvement of drinking water quality and introduced the Food Security Mission.

In addition, he was Principal Secretary in the Departments of School Education, Sports & Youth Welfare from 1996 to 1998, and Director of Command Area Development in the Ministry of Water Resources where he oversaw more than 80 major irrigation projects in India.

Earlier in his career, Dutt was an officer in the Indian Army where he won a Sena Medal (Army Medal) for gallantry in military operation during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Dutt attended the University of South Wales, Swansea (United Kingdom) where he completed undergraduate work in science and physics and post-graduate work in development policy and planning.

Trinette Singleton began her professional career with New York's Joffrey Ballet in 1965. Following her graduation from high school, she attended The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on a full scholarship and joined the company a year later. In 1968, Singleton appeared on the cover of Time and had the distinction of being the first dancer to appear on the cover of a national news magazine.

While with the company, Singleton toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, performing in ballets by notable choreographers such as Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Jooss, Tharp and Tudor. She also performed at the White House for two U.S. Presidents and King Olaf of Norway, and appeared on Broadway with the Joffrey, as part of Nureyev and Friends, tribute to Diaghelev. In 1967, she appeared in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created for her by her mentor, Robert Joffrey.

Singleton holds her Licentiate from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in London, England. Following her performing years, she was administrative assistant to Robert Joffrey and Ballet Mistress for the company. She also served in residencies at Florida State University, Bucknell University and Washington University, and was a faculty member at The New School University until 2003, and The Joffrey Ballet School through 2004. She directed her own school, Bravo!Dance, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., from 1995 until 2005. In 1994, she won the National Choreography Plan Award. In 2002, she restaged Astarte for The Joffrey Ballet Company in Chicago.

Currently, Singleton is co-artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, and also serves as a faculty member in the DeSales University. Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She has been artistic director of The Joffrey Texas Workshop in San Antonio since 2006, and serves as guest teacher for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

Dr. Frank Sparandero, President and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in medicine. Prior to Sacred Heart Hospital, he was vice president for medical affairs and senior director of occupational medical practice and health services at Merck & Co. Inc. Before that, he was director of medical education and flight surgeon and medical squadron commander in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (retired).

Earlier in his career, Sparandero served as clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that, he was in private practice of internal medicine.

His professional interests include evidence-based medicine and management, organizational behavior and improvement, art and medicine, community health, and worker health and productivity. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Currently, he serves on the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association Board of Directors.

Sparandero earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Manhattan College and a Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. He served his residency in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital and earned a Master of Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also completed training as a flight surgeon at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and was a research associate in hyperbaric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Kerry A. Wrobel serves as president of Lehigh Valley Industrial Park Inc. (LVIP), a private non-profit real estate development corporation. In that capacity, he manages the redevelopment of 1,000 acres of the former Bethlehem Steel property in Bethlehem, considered the largest privately owned brownfield site in the U.S.

His responsibilities include sales and marketing, governmental affairs and strategic planning, and management of the new infrastructure construction within LVIP VII at the Bethlehem Commerce Center. Total redevelopment costs are estimated at $100 million, while LVIP VII is projected to attract $1 billion in private investment. He also has responsibility for LVIP's 2,500-acre industrial park system that includes the active management and marketing of LVIP VI, a 192-acre business center recently constructed in Bethlehem Township.

Prior to LVIP, Wrobel held several management positions with Crayola, the Easton-based manufacturer of Crayola art products, and helped develop The Crayola Factory, ranked one of the top 10 children's museums in North America based on attendance figures.

Earlier, Wrobel served as the first executive vice president of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation. He began his career as an economic development specialist in the Office of Community and Economic Development with the City of Reading.

Wrobel serves on several boards including New Bethany Ministries, VIA of the Lehigh Valley, The St. Francis Retreat House, Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative and is on the board and executive committee of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Brownfield Association. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics and psychology from Swarthmore College and a Master of Arts in public policy & management form The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Press Release: DeSales University to Hold Spring Commencement Sat., May 17 | Posted on: 5/15/2008

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

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