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Dreams Summer Program at DeSales Helps Area Students Look to the Future

(June 2009) – More than 50 Lehigh Valley area high school students are looking at the future and the wide range of possibilities available to them, during the 2009 Dreams Summer Educational Enrichment Program currently in session at DeSales.

Formerly the Hispanic Initiative Summer Program at DeSales, the Dreams Program offers students the opportunity for personal growth through academic enrichment integrated with cultural and social activities, during two, separate, week-long sessions. The first session from Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19, will include 24 high school students. The second session from Sunday, June 21, to Friday, June 26, will include 30 students.

During the day, the high school students will take classes and participate in numerous activities. In the evening, they will stay in residence halls on campus. DeSales students will be assisting them in classrooms and living with them in the residence halls. Activities in the program will revolve around the central theme, "What is your future?"

Students participating in the program are from the following local schools: Allentown Central Catholic High School, Bethlehem Catholic High School, Communities in Schools, Dieruff High School, Easton Area Academy, Easton High School, Freedom High School, Liberty High School, Roberto Clemente Charter School, Salisbury High School, and William Allen High School.

During each day of the program, students have computer science, English and natural science classes in Dooling Hall and the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center. The DeSales faculty members who are taking part in the program include: Bonita Moyer, chairperson and assistant professor in the department of mathematics and computer science; Michael Hudock, faculty member in mathematics and computer science; Dr. Joseph Colosi, associate professor in the department of natural science; Dr. Francis Mayville, associate professor of chemistry in the department of natural science; Terri Amlong, assistant professor in the department of humanities, and Maureen Williams, faculty member in the department of humanities.

DeSales students are assisting the high school students in the classroom and also living with them in residence halls on campus. They include: Alex Brown, Giselle Brown, Doug Hunt, Kara Kernick, Jeff McGrail, Maria Ocasio, Jaimie Osborn, Samantha Lohr, Miranda Scalfaro, Patrick Target, Michelle Traub. Chelsea Dotta, who attends Moravian College, and is serving as an intern in the office of multicultural life at DeSales this summer, also is providing assistance.

In addition to time in the classroom, students will enjoy a field trip to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center to learn about environmental conservation and ways to help the environment, bowling, going to the movies and to play miniature golf. They also will have an etiquette dinner, coordinated through Kate Hunter, director of career services at DeSales, as well as a family BBQ and celebration marking the end of the program.

For more information on the Dreams Program at DeSales, please contact Chanel Greene, director of multicultural life at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1721, or at chanel.greene@desales.edu.


Press Release: Dreams Summer Program Helps Area Students Look to the Future | Posted on: 6/18/2009

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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