DeSales University is a private Catholic university in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The university offers traditional and hybrid courses and programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Named for St. Francis de Sales, the university was founded in 1964 as "Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales" by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Planning for the new college by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales began in April 1962, the charter for Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, with full power to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, was granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on May 27, 1964. Classes began for freshmen in September 1965. Allentown College was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools during the 1969–1970 academic year. In September 1970, the college became a co-educational institution. ACCESS, the college's continuing education department, was established in the fall of 1977. In the spring of 1988, the college opened the Easton campus, an extension of its ACCESS evening degree program.
The college's course offerings continued to grow. A Master of Science in Nursing degree was introduced in 1984. Ed. program in the summer of 1989. In August 1991, the college began its MBA program which has now grown to be the second largest MBA program in the state of Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1998, the college became the first Catholic college in the country to offer a major in marriage and family studies. On March 1, 2000, Allentown College received official notification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that its application for university status had been approved. In addition, the department approved the use of the name "DeSales University"; the college's board of trustees voted in favor of these changes on April 13, 2000. Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, took over as the university's fourth president on January 1, 2018; the student-faculty ratio at DeSales University is 13:1, the school has 58.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at DeSales University include: Business, Management and Related Support Services, Health Professions and Related Programs, Psychology and Performing Arts, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Related Protective Services.
The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81 percent. More than 95% of undergraduate, full-time day students receive some form of financial aid; the 2019 edition of Best Colleges from US News & World Report ranked DeSales University as 55th in the "Regional Universities North" and 43rd in "Best Value Schools". DeSales is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing; the Physician Assistant Program holds accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. Business and business related programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. DeSales University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Financial planning programs are CFP Board Registered Programs. Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture is the first center for research and development at DeSales University.
On campus, the Salesian Center sponsors annual events for students, including the Heritage Week celebrations, the Center Valley Forum series, the Ruggiero Lectures, the John Paul II Arts & Culture series. Students can become members of the Salesian Center through enrollment in the Faith & Reason Honors Program or the Ryan Leadership Institute. Students may participate in special research projects directed by the center; the Salesian Center administers the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace whose mission is "to provide opportunities for people to come together for study, reflection and action on ethical issues in the workplace in the Greater Lehigh Valley." The Societas Award is awarded annually to one or more companies that demonstrate responsible business conduct. This award program honors those employers who meet the needs of others through the production of goods and services, the organization of good and productive work, the creation of sustainable wealth distributed justly; the 2017 award winners were BerkOne, Concannon Miller, KMRD Partners.
The main DeSales campus is located on over 400 acres in the middle of the Lehigh Valley. Two satellite campuses are located in Bethlehem and Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Dooling Hall is named in honor of Fr. J. Stuart Dooling, OSFS, first president of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales. Dooling Hall is the main academic building consisting of four wings and a central area and is home to the majority of liberal arts classrooms; the Gambet Center for Business and Health Care Education includes simulation laboratories, globally integrated classrooms and administrative operations for undergraduate and graduate health care and business degree programs. This building is named for Fr. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS, president emeritus of DeSales University; the Hurd Science Center is a 36,000 square foot facility located on Station Avenue. The center is named in honor of Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd, a generous benefactor of numerous buildings and programs throughout the Lehigh Valley; the building features 24-seat laboratories designed for the various science disciplines offered at DeSales, a 99-seat lecture hall, conference rooms, faculty offices, small individual laboratories for facul
Reading is a city in and the county seat of Berks County, United States. With a population of 87,575, it is the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Located in the southeastern part of the state, it is the principal city of the Greater Reading Area, is furthermore included in the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area; the city, halfway between the state's most populous city and the state capital, Harrisburg is strategically situated along a major transportation route from Central to Eastern Pennsylvania, lent its name to the now-defunct Reading Railroad, which transported anthracite coal from the Pennsylvania Coal Region to the eastern United States via the Port of Philadelphia. Reading Railroad is one of the four railroad properties in the classic United States version of the Monopoly board game. Reading was one of the first localities, it has been known as "The Pretzel City", because of numerous local pretzel bakeries. Bachman, Tom Sturgis, Unique Pretzel bakeries call the Reading area home.
According to the 2010 census, Reading has the highest share of citizens living in poverty in the nation. In recent years, the Reading area has become a destination for cyclists. With more than 125 miles of trails in five major preserves, it is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Center and held the Reading Radsport Festival on September 8–9, 2017. In April 2017, it was announced that an indoor velodrome, or cycling track, will be built in Reading as the first of its kind on the East Coast and only the second in the entire country. Albright College and the World Cycling League formally announced plans April 6, 2017, to build the $20 million, 2,500-seat facility, which will be called the National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College, it will serve as the Cycling League's world headquarters. Lenni Lenape people known as "Delaware Indians", were the original inhabitants of the Reading area; the Colony of Pennsylvania was a 1680 land grant from King Charles II of England to William Penn.
Comprising more than 45,000 square miles, it was named for Sir William Penn.. In 1743, Richard and Thomas Penn mapped out the town of Reading with Conrad Weiser. Taking its name from Reading, England, the town was established in 1748. Upon the creation of Berks County in 1752, Reading became the county seat; the region was settled by emigrants from southern and western Germany, who bought land from the Penns. The first Amish community in the New World was established in Berks County; the Pennsylvanian German dialect was spoken in the area later. During the French and Indian War, Reading was a military base for a chain of forts along the Blue Mountain. By the time of the American Revolution, the area's iron industry had a total production exceeding England's; that output helped supply George Washington's troops with cannons and ammunition in the Revolutionary War. During the early period of the conflict, Reading was again a depot for military supply. Hessian prisoners from the Battle of Trenton were detained here.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the capital of the United States at the time of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. President Washington traveled to Reading, considered making it the emergency national capital, but chose Germantown instead. Susanna Cox was tried and convicted for infanticide in Reading in 1809, her case attracted tremendous sympathy. Census data showed that, from 1810 to 1950, Reading was among the nation's top one hundred largest urban places; the Schuylkill Canal, a north-south canal completed in 1825, paralleled the Schuylkill River and connected Reading with Philadelphia and the Delaware River. The Union Canal, an east-west canal completed in 1828, connected the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Rivers, ran from Reading to Middletown, Pennsylvania, a few miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Railroads forced the abandonment of the canals by the 1880s; the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad was incorporated in 1833. During the Long Depression following the Panic of 1873, a statewide railroad strike in 1877 over delayed wages led to a violent protest and clash with the National Guard in which six Reading men were killed.
Following more than a century of prosperity, the Reading Company was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in 1971. The bankruptcy was a result of dwindling coal shipping revenues and strict government regulations that denied railroads the ability to set competitive prices, required high taxes, forced the railroads to continue to operate money-losing passenger service lines. On April 1, 1976, the Reading Company sold its current railroad interests to the newly formed Consolidated Railroad Corporation; the Charles Evans Cemetery is the non-sectarian cemetery where many of the city's prominent business and community leaders have been buried since the cemetery's opening in the 1840s. Established through the donation of land by Reading attorney and philanthropist Charles Evans and a subsequent financial endowment upon his death in 1847, which provided for future improvements to the grounds, the cemetery became a primary gathering point for annual Memorial Day activities from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries due to the presence of the Grand Army of the Republic monument, dedicated there in 1887.
Early in the 20th century, the city participated in the burgeoning automobile and motorcycle industry as home to the pioneer "Brass Era" companies, Daniels Motor Comp
College of Saint Elizabeth
The College of Saint Elizabeth is a private Roman Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college in Morris Township, Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Portions of the campus are in Florham Park; the college has 14 master's degree programs and three doctoral programs. The college offers six combined degree programs, five dual degree programs, four professional preparation programs; the average undergraduate class teacher-to-student ratio is 1:13. The college was founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and is one of the first Catholic colleges in the United States to award degrees to women. In 2015, the college's board of trustees voted to admit men into the traditional day program, it is named for Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded the Sisters of Charity and who, after her death, was canonized as the United States' first native-born saint. The College of Saint Elizabeth is located on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth; the 200-acre wooded campus is home to the classical Greek amphitheater built into a hillside and the original dairy farm for the complex.
The Convent Station of NJ Transit, located on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, provides rail transportation both east and west of Convent Station. The trains are the midtown direct line of the Essex Lines; the College of Saint Elizabeth has of eight buildings: Santa Rita Hall Henderson Hall Saint Joseph Hall Santa Maria Hall Mahoney Library Annunciation Center O'Connor Hall Founders Hall The classical Greek Theater is used for concerts and performances. The Shakespeare Garden, completed in 1931, a greenhouse, built in 1911 sit on the campus; the College of Saint Elizabeth teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Eagles are a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball and volleyball. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer and volleyball. David Clowney, wide receiver who played in the NFL for the New York Jets. Sister Carmela Marie Cristiano, Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth who served the community as a teacher, social worker and activist, the first religious sister to run for office in New Jersey.
Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and author of Greater Perfection, beatified in 2014. Rita Lenihan, officer in the United States Navy who served as Director of the WAVES and Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women from 1966 to 1970. Shirley Tolentino, the first black woman to serve on New Jersey Superior Court and the first black woman appointed to the Jersey City Municipal Court and to serve as its presiding judge. Louise Currie Wilmot, United States Navy Rear Admiral, the first woman to command a United States Naval base. Academy of Saint Elizabeth Official website Official athletics website
La Plume Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
La Plume Township is a township in Lackawanna County, United States. The population was 602 at the 2010 census, it is home to Keystone College. La Plume is located 11 miles northwest of one of Pennsylvania's most populated cities. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 2.4 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2010, there were 602 people, 254 households, 164 families residing in the township; the population density was 251.0 people per square mile. There were 280 housing units at an average density of 116.7/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 97.2% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.8% Asian, 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population. There were 254 households, out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.4% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals, 8.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95. In the township the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 59.4% from 18 to 64, 15% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years; the median income for a household in the township was $35,859, the median income for a family was $46,548. Males had a median income of $29,524 versus $21,250 for females; the per capita income for the township was $20,000. About 12.7% of families and 23% of the population were below the poverty line, including 61.9% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over
Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Center Valley is an unincorporated community one mile north of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 309 and Pennsylvania Route 378 in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Its zip code is 18034; the Centennial Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. It has since been demolished; the Stabler Center, one of the largest areas of land being developed in the Lehigh Valley, is located in Center Valley. In October 2006, The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, the Lehigh Valley's highest-end outdoor mall, opened for business. Center Valley is the location for the headquarters of Olympus Corporation for the Americas, JetPay, Aesculap, a subsidiary of B. Braun Melsungen, the Patriot League a college athletic conference, which has 23 sports; the city holds large regional offices for Dun & Bradstreet and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Three campuses of higher education are located in Center Valley: DeSales University Penn State Lehigh Valley Strayer University Samuel Torrence - Former president and COO of Just Born, community volunteer Ed Freed - Philadelphia Phillies and minor league baseball player Beatrice Kemmerer - All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
Hackettstown, New Jersey
Hackettstown is a town in Warren County, in the state of New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 9,724, reflecting a decline of 679 from the 10,403 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,283 from the 8,120 counted in the 1990 Census; the town is located in the easternmost region of the Lehigh Valley. Hackettstown was incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 9, 1853, from portions of Independence Township. Portions of territory were exchanged with Mansfield Township in 1857, 1860, 1872 and 1875. Hackettstown houses the headquarters of Mars Chocolate USA, the American division of Mars, makers of Milky Way, Mars, M&M's, Twix and Snickers candy bars, as well as pet foods, human foods and non-confectionery snack foods, it is believed that Hackettstown was named after Samuel Hackett, an early settler and large landowner. Hackett is said to have "contributed liberally to the liquid refreshments on the christening of a new hotel, in order to secure the name which, before this, had been Helms' Mills or Musconetcong".
Hackettstown was named #72 of the top 100 towns in the United States to Live and Work In by Money Magazine in 2005. William Johnson was a prime mover in getting the town incorporated in 1853, he and his brother George were successful merchants in the town beginning in 1839 when they began operating the W. L. & G. W Johnson dry good store; the two men were active in community affairs. George was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a director of the Hackettstown National Bank, a member of the Hackettstown Water Board. Both men were involved in the establishment of the Union Cemetery. In 1886, Tillie Smith, an 18-year-old kitchen worker from a poverty-stricken family, was raped and left lying in an open field on the campus of the Centenary Collegiate Institute, where she worked. A janitor at the school named James Titus was tried and convicted of the rape and murder, based on circumstantial evidence and public opinion shaped by yellow journalism. Titus was sentenced to hang, but he signed a confession and served 19 years of hard labor and lived from 1904 to 1952 in Hackettstown, among many of the same residents who championed his conviction.
In 1925, a train wreck in the town killed about 50 people and injured about 50 others en route to Hoboken, New Jersey from Chicago. The derailment involved a Lackawanna Railroad train and occurred on Rockport Road in the early morning at 3:30AM; the event made national stands as the deadliest event in Warren County history. In 1977, a mass shooting occurred in the town when a 20-year-old former U. S. Marine named Emil Pierre Benoist, a graduate of Hackettstown High School and killed six people and took random shots at passing cars over the course of about four hours before turning his sniper rifle on himself. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 3.712 square miles, including 3.607 square miles of land and 0.105 square miles of water. The town is located in a valley along the banks of the Musconetcong River. Upper Pohatcong Mountain extends northeast of Washington 6 mi. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the town include Warren Furnace.
Hackettstown borders the townships of Washington to the southeast, Mansfield to the southwest, Allamuchy to the north, Mount Olive to the northeast, Independence to the west. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,724 people, 3,575 households, 2,255.825 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,696.1 per square mile. There were 3,755 housing units at an average density of 1,041.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 85.08% White, 2.46% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.97% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.19% from other races, 2.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.16% of the population. There were 3,575 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.9% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, 12.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.09. In the town, the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.3 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.4 males. The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that median household income was $62,215 and the median family income was $82,216. Males had a median income of $51,489 versus $41,822 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $29,433. About 4.4% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,403 people, 4,134 households, 2,530 families residing in the town; the population density was 2,809.5 people per square mile. There were 4,347 housing units at an average density of 1,174.0 per square mile.
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