Article by Kathy Lauer-Williams (with photos & video) highlights visit to DeSales by Broadway legend Elaine Stritch on Monday, January 26. Stritch entertained an audience of about 150 people, including musical theater students, faculty, staff and friends of the arts, in an intimate, one-of-a-kind performance. During the two-hour event, Stritch answered questions from students and audience members, reflected on her career, and performed some of her trademark songs, such as "Ladies Who Lunch" from Sondheim's "Company." Called "the most dangerous woman on Broadway," Stritch was invited to campus to address students by John Bell, chairman of DeSales Performing and Fine Arts Department, who had interviewed Stritch for "The Sondheim Review" last May.
Note: Additional coverage by TV-2 News Service Electric, WFMZ-TV Ch. 69 News, The Express-Times, and The Press.
Dr. Patrick McGrain, director of the DeSales Master of Arts Criminal Justice Program, was interviewed by Chrystal Fisher, reporter / producer with PBS 39, for a segment on hate crimes to be featured on "Tempo Public Square." McGrain defined hate crimes and how they might be distinguished from acts of discrimination or prejudice. Also, he addressed the groups that could be targeted and how punishment differs, while emphasizing the difficulty with legislating morality, overall. Air date to be announced.
DeSales held its winter commencement ceremonies Sunday, January 18, during which Fr. Bernard O'Connor conferred degrees upon 135 graduating students for January 2009. Also, honored were 170 students who earned degrees in September 2008. Holly Jobe, project manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, delivered the commencement address. The DeSales Medal was presented to Rosemary Driebe Olofsson, chairwoman of the board of the Pocono Produce Company and member of the DeSales board of trustees, in recognition of her personal service and contributions to the development of the University. Also, Gia Puia, of Phillipsburg, who received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, was presented with the ACCESS Award. Graduates from the Lehigh Valley area who received bachelor's and master's degrees were listed.
Book feature, "The Top Five Local Best-Sellers" includes two works by Dr. Katherine Ramsland, chairperson of DeSales Department of Social Sciences and expert on forensics and serial killers. They are: "Bethlehem Ghosts," a short collection of ghost stories from Bethlehem, and "Murder in the Lehigh Valley," a collection of historical murders and unsolved cases in the area. Ramsland, a prolific writer, is a frequent contributor to local, regional and national print and broadcast media.
Article announces that Fr. Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, and Dr. Thomas F. Flynn, president of Alvernia University, will be honored at the second annual Catholic Charity Gala on Feb. 22. Fr. O'Connor and Dr. Flynn will be honored for their commitment to education of students in the human services field. The Most Rev. Edward Cullen, DD and Bishop of Allentown, will host the event at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Fogelsville. Reception and dinner is $100 payable to the Catholic Charities foundation.
Photo spread features three photos highlighting the DeSales University Christmas party for families associated with children's services. Hosted by DeSales students, the celebration included children and families from Foster Care and Adoption Services, as they were visited by Santa Claus. The DeSales Social Outreach Office provided gifts, crafts, and treats for the party. The students have sponsored a holiday party for three years to benefit dozens of foster families and families with adopted children.
Article announces that DeSales will be offering "DiScoUrse," a new highly selective program for student writers beginning with the spring 2009 semester. The program will focus on the works of established authors with four to six meetings a year that will serve as craft seminars on writing and publishing. Students will be expected to complete assigned readings of a guest author and also attend the "Wednesday in the Commons" event that will feature the same guest author from their earlier meeting. Membership is by invitation only, with no more than 12 students in the program at one time. Among the featured guest authors are Joyce Hinnefield, author of "In Hovering Flight", poet Dan Donaghy, and writer William Greenway. Students also will visit the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival and the Conference of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. In addition, the program will sponsor its annual campus wide writing contest.
Note: Also featured in the January 8, 2009 issue of The A.D. Times was a two-page spread on the Center for Discernment. The listing was included in the previous DeSales in the News distribution.
Article recognizing accomplishments of Lehigh Valley professionals includes of announcement on Christine H. Bruce, director of the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program, being named Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. With this honor, Bruce joins a select number of outstanding physician assistants who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and in their communities. A resident of Orwigsburg, Bruce became director of the DeSales PA Program since its accreditation in 1997. Under her direction, the DeSales PA Program has garnered national recognition, academically and professionally, since students were first admitted to the program.
Press Release: Media Highlights from January 2009 | Posted on: 1/30/2009
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