DeSales athletes read to children at Lehigh Valley Academy Segment on Service Electric TV-2 News "Valley View" broadcast featured DeSales basketball players reading to children at Lehigh Valley Academy. At the event, held earlier in the week, DeSales basketball players read and also donated books to community children, as part of a book drive sponsored by SAAC. Over 200 athletes from all sports teams were involved with the sports drive. Faculty and staff members included Tim Neiman, Fred Richter, Scott Coval and Sarah Fosdick. The event was held in conjunction with the Cops 'n Kids Children's Literacy Program. To date, DeSales athletes have interacted with hundreds of elementary students in the area.
Article by Jessica Snyder Sachs quotes Dr. Katherine Ramsland, associate professor and chairperson of social sciences at DeSales University and an expert on serial killers. A prolific writer, she is the author of "Inside the Minds of Healthcare Serial Killers," based on serial killer Charles Cullen, a nurse who murdered 29 medical center patients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. According to Ramsland, serial killers "kill to ease only their own pain" and references the increase of murders correlated with Cullen's personal hardships and difficult times. Since Cullen's case, New Jersey has mandated hospitals to submit disciplinary actions to the state medical boards among other precautions taken.
Article provides highlights of fourth annual Heritage Week celebration Jan. 18 - 22, hosted by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture in honor of St. Francis DeSales' 400th anniversary and the publication of his publication, "An Introduction to the Devout Life." The article also quotes Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center, who comments on the significance of the 400th anniversary. The week will feature a special, a public forum on bioethics, literature roundtable, media town hall discussion featuring Raymond Arroyo, the host of EWTN's international news magazine, and the R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture with guest speaker, Michael Novak, former U.S. Ambassador.
(Event also announced in article, DeSales U. to mark St. Francis' publication of 'Devout Life,' in The Morning Call, Monday, December 29, 2008)
Opinion piece by Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales, focuses on how Christmas is not celebrated in entirety because people limit themselves to one day or less. Daily mentions the church commemorates Christmas following the biblical tradition "octave" or eight days. Dailey cites St. John the Evangelist's prologue of the gospel of good news, Pope Benedict XVI's insight into John's word ("logos"), and Walter Brueggeman's words of hope in relation to Christmas and the world, as contributing evidence that Christmas cannot be constrained to one day.
Article by Myra Yellin Outwater reviews local dramas and musicals performed in 2008. Featured were three productions at DeSales, Act 1's "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's, "Cyrano de Bergerac," directed by Dennis Razze, and "The Miracle Worker," directed by Steven Dennis. Outwater had a positive reaction to all of the performances, describing them as a "breathtaking performance" and "high stepping performance was full of bounce and Broadway oomph". In addition to Razze and Dennis, other theater faculty and students, and theatre professionals included Rachael Joffred, Stephen Casey, Amy Lobmeyer, Will Neuert, Nathan Diehl, Rick Sordelet, Steve Ten Eyck, and Mary Anne Furey.
Article by Tami Quigley focuses on Dr. Brennan C. Pursell, associate professor of history at DeSales and author of "Benedict of Bavaria: An Intimate Portrait of the Pope and His Homeland", and his plans for a tour to Bavaria. Pursell and his wife, Irmgard, will serve as guides on the tour, "In the Footsteps of Benedict XVI: A Pilgrimage," and take tourists to the pope's birthplace at Marktl am Inn and Traunstein where he grew up, among other landmarks. Quigley also mentions Pursell's work as director of adult education at St. Thomas More, Allentown, where he will be offering a lecture and discussion series on the history of the church, starting Feb. 2.
DeSales faculty members, Dr. Steve Myers, chairperson and professor in the department of humanities, and Juliene Osborne McKnight, assistant professor of humanities, were featured guests on WDIY Radio, 88.1 FM, the Lehigh Valley Community PBS radio station, during the "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon" broadcast. The broadcast features representatives from area arts and culture organizations. Meyers and McKnight discussed the new program at DeSales for aspiring writers, "Discourse", which will focus on the works of new and established authors through writing and publishing seminars and discussions with guest authors. Admission to the new writing program, which starts with the spring 2009 semester, is by invitation only.
Front-page story by Stacy Wescoe includes comments from Christopher Cocozza, chairman of the business department at DeSales, regarding minimum price agreement among manufacturers. The articles mentions how retail items such as Blu-ray players have come down in price considerably but are still set higher among other comparable products such as DVD players. Cocozza explains how manufacturers establish a minimum price at which a product can be sold. but if a wholesale distributor violates this policy, the manufacturer has the power to terminate their sales agreement. Cocozza says that this policy is making for disagreements among distributors and their manufacturers, yielding them to push for new laws prohibiting the minimum price policy.
"Arts News" listings include announcement that DeSales University's Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's WillPower Tour donated their costumes and sets to students at William Allen High School for their performance of "Much Ado About Nothing." The 25 students used the professional props during their performance at the WAHS Black Box Theater.
"The Top Five Local Best-Sellers" features what's selling at Bethlehem's Moravian Book Shop, the country's oldest bookstore. The top five books include two by Dr. Katherine Ramsland, associate professor and chairperson of social sciences at DeSales, an expert on forensics and serial killers, and a prolific writer. The featured books are: "Bethlehem Ghosts" and "Murder in the Lehigh Valley." "Bethlehem Ghosts" is a compilation of ghost stories from local landmarks including hotel Bethlehem and the State Theater in Easton. The "Murder in the Lehigh Valley" covers serial killers, historical murders, and unsolved cases.
Announcement highlights the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's 2009 season. The featured productions include "Anthony and Cleopatra," a first for PSF. Also, "1776," A Midsummer Night's Dream, and "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare," among others. This year, productions will run concurrently for the first time rather than consecutively. Patrick Mulcahy, producing artistic director, was quoted in the article.