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DeSales Welcomes Class of 2013

DeSales welcomes 380 freshmen to campus on Saturday, August 22, 2009, as they prepare for the start of the 2009 – 2010 academic year.  Learn more about freshman orientation.

Some interesting statistics on the newest members of the DeSales community, the Class of 2013:

  • Class of 2013 consists of 46 percent male and 53 percent female;
  • Among new freshmen, 66 percent from Pennsylvania and 15 percent from New Jersey; overall, new freshmen students are from 16 different states and one foreign nation, (India);
  • Top five most popular majors for Class of 2013 are Physician Assistant, Theater, TV / Film, and nursing.
  • Average SAT is 1090;
  • Of those who rank 41 percent are in the top 20 percent of their class and 71 percent are in the top 40 percent of their class.
  • New students at DeSales include 70 transfer students. Although the majority is from Pennsylvania, the group includes an exchange student from Ireland. Popular majors among transfer students are: nursing, criminal justice, sport & exercise science, and Physician Assistant.
  • Freshmen and transfer students are among 1,505 full-time traditional day students at DeSales, and more than 3,000 undergraduate day and evening students and graduate students overall are enrolled at the University.
  • DeSales offers 37 bachelor's degrees and six graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines, and 113 full-time faculty members. (please see below for more info. on graduate programs and full-time faculty members)

Freshmen Move-In Saturday, August 22, 2009

  • Freshmen arrive at Conmy and Tocik residence halls between 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
  • Freshmen arrive at Aviat Hall between 10:00 a.m. & noon
  • Check-in for freshmen is in the lobbies of the residence halls.

Upperclassmen Move-In, Tuesday, August 25, 2009

  • Upperclassmen check-in is centralized in the McShea Commons between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Orientation activities include:

  • Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit, 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, in Billera Hall. Followed by casual dinner.
  • Bonfire, 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26.
  • Note: For more information regarding orientation activities, contact Leah Breisch, director of residence life at DeSales, at 610-281-1100, ext. 1411, or check the events calendar.

Other things of note for the 2009 – 2010 academic year include: 

  • ACCESS welcomed 117 new students in 13 different majors. Overall, there are 1,067 ACCESS students (includes the 117 new students). New session officially started Monday, August 24. Of the 13 majors, there are six totally online. They are: Management, Marketing, Finance, Theology, Criminal Justice and Management of Information Technology.
  • There are 18 new full-time faculty members at DeSales. This includes three DeSales alumni who will be teaching in the department of nursing and health. The DeSales graduates are: Jennifer Gambal , instructor of nursing; Jennifer Gazdick, instructor of nursing, and Dr. Patrick Kenny, assistant professor of nursing. Also, James Rubillo, will serve as director of the new DeSales University Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning.
  • ANGEL (A New Global Environment for Learning) is a new learning management system introduced by DeSales in August. ANGEL will provide students and instructors access to more features and functions, such as automated student enrollment and course creation that will be automated and integrated with Datatel and Web Advisor. Also available are Personal ASA customization, instant messaging, and Who?s Online features. In addition, technologies like iTunes, interactive whiteboard, wikis, blogs, RSS and PDA can be used with ANGEL.
  • Fleming Institute for Business Ethics, to be introduced during the 2009 – 2010 academic year, will promote a culture of ethical awareness and action in business professions, through the collaborative efforts of corporate and educational groups. Through the work and activities of the institute, students will gain an understanding of ethical issues and how to resolve them. Work will be administered through the DeSales Department of Business, in collaboration with the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.
  • There are 730 graduate students in six graduate programs currently enrolled at DeSales. The graduate programs include Criminal Justice M.B.A., M.Ed., Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Information Systems.
  • DeSales has introduced a creative option for accounting majors, the BS / MBA accelerated accounting program. The program allows students to complete requirements in a four and a half year format and gives them the opportunity to get a jump on the job market.
  • Dr. David Gilfoil, assistant professor of business at DeSales, was named director of the DeSales MBA Program, effective July 1, 2009. Prior to DeSales, he was managing director and president of Agere Japan in Tokyo.
  • DeSales has formed a partnership with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine that enables DeSales students to enter into a traditional “4 + 4” academic program in which they complete a four-year program earning a B.S. from DeSales, then enter PCOM to complete a four-year program there. Upon successful completion of both programs, students will earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
  • The Nursing program, as part of students’ preparation for community nursing and disaster planning, provides students with a tornado disaster simulation experience. The highly interactive activity involves other campus groups and external community groups, as well as DeSales nursing students, faculty and staff. The experience helps prepare students for a natural disaster by showing them the importance of teamwork and how to prioritize in a mass casualty situation.
  • Peter Confalone, senior from Shillington, Pa., with dual majors in sports management and law & society, is the 2009-2010 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. He is the fifth McGowan scholarship recipient from DeSales.
  • DeSales Physician Assistant Program continues to be the top-ranked program nationally. There are more than 140 physician assistant programs in the nation, with 15 of those accredited programs in Pennsylvania. For the ninth consecutive year, the DeSales PA Program finished first among 106 programs nationwide on the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Test, a national standardized examination given to eligible students. The 35 DeSales students were among 4,032 students from across the country who took the national test.
  • DeSales is taking part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a component of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provide subsidies to veterans who have served at least 36 months of active duty after Sept. 11, 2001, and who enroll as full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students. DeSales is one of over 700 private nonprofit institutions participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    Please continue to check the DeSales website for more details on these and other stories throughout the year.

Press Release: Meet the Newest Members of the DeSales Community | Posted on: 8/21/2009

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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