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Press Release: DeSales Welcomes Class of 2012
Date: 8/29/2008

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DeSales Welcomes Class of 2012

DeSales welcomed more than 400 freshmen as they arrived on campus on Saturday, August 23, and prepared for the start of the 2008 - 2009 academic year. Following are some interesting statistics on the Class of 2012, the newest members of the DeSales community:

  • 46 percent male and 54 percent female;
  • From 14 states and one foreign country (India);
  • 66 percent from Pennsylvania and 19 percent from New Jersey;
  • Top five most popular majors are Physician Assistant and theater (tied for first), then TV / Film, nursing and biology.
  • Average SAT is 1089
  • Of those who rank 42.5 percent are in the top 20 percent of their class and 70 percent are in the top 40 percent of their class.
  • Freshmen are among 1,561 full-time traditional day students at DeSales. Overall, nearly 3,000 undergraduate day and evening students and graduate students are enrolled at the University, which offers 34 bachelor's degrees and six graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines, and 103 full-time faculty members.

In addition to the newest members of the DeSales community, other new items to note this academic year include:

  • The newest residence hall named in honor of Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS (1930 - 2008), distinguished professor of politics at DeSales from Fall 1966 to Spring 1999. The three-story, 51,000 square-foot facility is valued at more than $9 million and houses 130 upperclass students.
  • International business major, designed to help prepare graduates for complex global environment. An increasingly popular major, as students have become more and more aware that businesses of today and tomorrow must have an international orientation in order to succeed. Dr. Christian Buss, associate professor of business at DeSales, will serve as director of the program.
  • Samuel L. Torrence, retired president and chief operating officer of Just Born, Inc., will serve as Executive in Residence in Business. Torrence is among 10 new full-time faculty members and about 20 part-time faculty members, as of the beginning of this academic year.
  • Mathematics / computer science game programming curriculum combines design with logic and analysis. Students will study visualization, 3D graphic design and computer programming, and mathematical concepts, such as calculus and statistics. They will create, design, code, implement and learn how to market complete games for a variety of platforms, under the guidance of Bonita Moyer, chairperson of the department of mathematics and computer science, and other department faculty members.
  • Three DeSales faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships, the first such positions in the school's history. They are: Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS, who was named the Father Louis Brisson, OSFS, Professor of Salesian Spirituality; Dr. Brian Kane, who was named the Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, Professor of Moral Theology; and Elizabeth Rosa, who was named the Father Thomas J. Furphy, OSFS, Professor of Business. Announced by Father Bernard O'Connor during the Spring 2008 semester, the appointments are for terms of five years, which are renewable.
  • Nursing program, as part of students' preparation for community nursing and disaster planning, has students take part in a tornado disaster simulation experience, first introduced during the undergraduate community nursing course this summer. Students encounter an emergency situation involving several mannequins with various degrees of injuries, as well as some live "actors" and other items that further enhance the scene. Students must quickly assess the situation and act in accordance with their findings.
  • Nursing Simulation Lab features state-of-the -art equipment, including a "Sim Family" consisting of three models: adult male, 10 year-old boy and 6 month-old baby. The sim lab experience is designed to help students clarify and perfect skills within case scenarios.
  • Stacy Lewandowski, senior accounting and finance major, is the 2008-2009 William G. McGowan Scholar at DeSales. Selection is based on academic performance, grade point average, a submitted essay, extracurricular activities, in addition to other selection criteria. She is the fourth McGowan scholarship recipient from DeSales.
  • DeSales' ACCESS program, the region's leading accelerated degree program for adults, has modified hours of some classes in order to better accommodate students and address their needs, particularly at this time, given recent changes in the economy.
  • The 25th Annual Rev. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 30. For a quarter century, the University's prestigious lecture series has presented an illustrious group of speakers addressing the theme of national and international problems. Some of the previous speakers include John Cardinal O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, George F. Will, William J. Bennett, Shimon Peres, Louis Freeh, Benazir Bhutto, Richard Armitage and John Ashcroft.

PLEASE NOTE: Press releases with more details on select stories above are / will be posted under News on the DeSales home page.

Press Release: DeSales Welcomes Class of 2012 | Posted on: 8/29/2008

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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