An Open Letter from
Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.

 

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and City of Philadelphia Announce Inaugural International Mayors Forum

 

Co-Sponsored by PwC and La Salle University,
this panel discussion will focus
on the role of government and public advocacy in addressing issues facing families globally

IMF Stage Set (FINAL 8.31.15)

Philadelphia, PA (September 1, 2015) – The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and the City of Philadelphia today announced the International Mayors Forum, which is a new event being  added to the World Meeting of Families Congress. Co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and La Salle University, the International Mayors Forum will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena. For the Forum, Mayors representing diverse cities around the world will come together to discuss the ways in which government at the local level can help strengthen and sustain families through public policy and advocacy.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, which is the co-sponsor of the 2015 World Meeting of Families with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, made this special request of Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 in an effort to expand the global conversation about family.  Seeking to examine how city governance, in the United States and around the world, can help to address the diverse issues facing families today, this panel will be an intimate 90-minute discussion of how good governance can positively affect families around the globe.

Those Mayors participating in the inaugural International Mayors Forum of the World Meeting of Families include:

  • Mayor José Antonio Gali Fayad, Puebla, Mexico
  • Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, City of New Orleans
  • Mayor Ignazio Marino, Rome, Italy
  • Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia

Additional participating Mayors, as well as the moderator of the panel discussion, will be forthcoming in the next two weeks.

“Pope Francis has spurred positive dialogue about family across diverse faith traditions – and across borders,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “The International Mayors Forum will not only add to an already spectacular week leading up to the Holy Father’s arrival in Philadelphia, but it will also continue the important discussion of family, showcasing the great work our city leaders do to keep families growing strong worldwide. It is an honor to join with Mayor Nutter, PwC and La Salle University to host this first-of-its-kind event for the World Meeting of Families.”

“The first conversations surrounding this event occurred on our first trip to Rome, when I was honored to have been asked by The Pontifical Council for the Family to assist in curating this Forum,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia. “Almost eighteen months later, I am excited to welcome these influential and thoughtful leaders to Philadelphia for this special event. As I have often shared, I believe the family is the cornerstone of our society, and families thrive most when supported well by its government, especially its local government. The panel coming together shares that perspective and I am honored to have them help launch this important event.”

An invitation-only event, the International Mayors Forum will be attended by more than 1,700 guests, including government officials, religious leaders of many faiths, business professionals, educational leaders, college students and families, including World Meeting of Families Congress participants. Following the discussion, audience members will be provided the opportunity to engage with the panelists in Q&A.

“Rapid urbanization is bringing great attention to city leaders to create programs and policies that strengthen family ties and nurture the talent of the future,” said Ed Lovelidge, Managing Partner, PwC – Philadelphia Metro. “PwC’s CEO Survey demonstrates that talent is a key concern for businesses globally, so it’s important to have discussions that center on how to support families and professionals at every stage of their careers. We are excited to bring the International Mayors Forum to life, especially on La Salle’s campus, an urban university. PwC is proud to help cultivate this important discussion around issues of the global family, which is such an important aspect to the urbanization developments, and look forward to welcoming this outstanding panel of Mayors for this special event.”

Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University commented, “Often we encounter families from varied economic situations and many of our students are the first in their families to experience any form of higher education.  Today’s challenges in education, especially related to ensuring access to higher education, reflect a significant issue facing families around the world.  La Salle is delighted to host the International Mayors Forum, which aims to cultivate conversation around important topics such as this and we are proud to welcome these international leaders to our campus at 20th Street and Olney Avenue.”

For more information about the International Mayors Forum (#IMForum2015) and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, please visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org. For information regarding The Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, which co-sponsors the World Meeting of Families, visit here. You can also engage the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

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About World Meetings of Families
Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015).  Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.

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About La Salle University
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. In a national survey, Money magazine ranked La Salle as a top five college in the Philadelphia region for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, and cited the University as a “Value All-Star.” Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

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La Salle University’s Holly Harner Ph.D., to be Inducted as a Fellow into American Academy of Nursing

 

Holly Harner, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, CRNP, WHCNP-BC, a Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, and Chair of the Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition at La Salle University, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) this fall. She is one of 163 new fellows to join the AAN, which advances health policy and practice.

“Being inducted into the Academy is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other researchers, scholars, and practitioners who are working in similar areas across the globe,” Harner said. “The Academy is instrumental in helping to develop, advance, critique, and inform policy affecting individual care as well as public and population health.”.”

“It’s very exciting,” she added. “It’s an incredible opportunity to really work with nurses who I’ve admired for my entire career.”

Nurses have to apply for a Fellowship with the Academy.

“The application process requires that you really evaluate what you have done in your professional career and how you will use your knowledge and expertise to contribute to the mission of the Academy, to nursing, and to the public,” Harner said. Also, two current Fellows had to sponsor her.

Harner described one of her sponsors, Ann Burgess, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, of Boston College, as “one of the premier violence prevention experts in the world.” Her other sponsor was Susan Loeb, Ph.D. RN, FAAN, a Professor of Nursing at Penn State University, who is known for her research, scholarship, and expertise focusing correctional health issues, which is Harner’s focus.

Harner, who has investigated patterns of violence and trauma in incarcerated women, sees her induction into the AAN as “an opportunity to look at violence not just from the bedside and the (perspective of the) individual patient, but from a health and public policy perspective.”

A defining moment in Harner’s career was witnessing health disparities facing pregnant women in Philadelphia. . “When I got into nursing, even as a student, I started to see disparities in health outcomes,” she said. “One of the biggest health issues I started seeing was violence — past violence, current violence, structural violence. Violence in the lives of women and girls was having, and continues to have, a dramatic effect on health outcomes. Violence not only affects their health, but also their family’s health, and the health of the entire community.”

Her early work in nursing, working one-on-one with trauma survivors, led Harner to study public health at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she specialized in maternal and child health. While at Harvard, she was exposed to the work of Angela Browne, Ph.D., and became interested in studying women’s health and violence from a public health perspective, especially trauma as a pathway to incarceration for women. “Women who are incarcerated have really high rates of past victimization,” Harner explained. “About 90 percent of them have experienced past trauma, and typically trauma, and the criminalization of women’s coping mechanisms, leads survivors on a path to the criminal justice system.”

She credits her experience, training, and education at Gwynedd Mercy University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Harvard School of Public Health, and La Salle to bringing her to this moment in her career. “All of these opportunities have prepared me to do the work that I want to do on behalf of populations that are marginalized and have limited voice,” she said.

Harner earned an MBA from La Salle in 2014. “Having that (business) understanding has challenged me, helped me grow, and has supported leadership opportunities that have come my way,” she said. She added that it was La Salle’s focus on social justice that brought her to the University as a faculty member and now alumni. “I fell for the mission (of social justice),” she said. “I’ve been in a lot of institutions and the social justice mission resonates with me.”

For this next step in her mission-driven career, Harner hopes to add her unique perspective to a global discussion. “I think there are so many talented people in the Academy,” she said. “I’m an additional voice, and maybe my experience working inside a prison and my training can provide a unique and useful perspective.”

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

Tickets to Dalai Lama Appearance at La Salle Sold Out

 

The Dalai Lama will lead a teaching at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena prior to receiving the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center

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Tickets to the Dalai Lama’s teaching event at La Salle University on October 26 are sold out.

2,000 tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40, were made available at 10 a.m. at www.dalailamaphilly.org.

All revenues in excess of expenses are distributed under the advisement of the Dalai Lama to charity or a special project.

The teaching, titled “The Wisdom of Cherishing Others. Eight Verses for Training the Mind,” will take place at 1 p.m. in the Tom Gola Arena. The eight verses combine the essential teachings on the cultivation of compassion and wisdom in each person.  The verses have become among the most important writings studied in the Buddhist tradition, while embodying the universal truths of all of the world’s major faiths and traditions as well.  The Dalai Lama has said he recites these verses every morning, as part of his own personal practice.

The Dalai Lama is visiting Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center later that day. The Liberty Medal was established in 1988 to honor men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. An estimated 2,000 Tibetans from exile communities across the Northeast are expected to gather at Independence Mall for the event. The Dalai Lama’s last visit to Philadelphia was in 2008 for a public talk on Buddhism in the 21st century at the Kimmel Center.

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. In a nationwide ranking of colleges, Money magazine graded La Salle University an A for value added to a degree for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, citing the University as a “Value All-Star.” Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

Stephen Zarrilli Takes the Helm as New Board Chair for La Salle University

 

Philadelphia, PA, August 11, 2015 —– La Salle University Trustee and School of Business alumnus Stephen T. Zarrilli was recently named Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. A La Salle Trustee since 2012, Zarrilli serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a growth capital provider headquartered in Wayne, Pa.

Zarrilli succeeds William R. Sautter, La Salle School of Business alumnus and President and Chief Executive Officer of Elliott-Lewis Corporation, who served as Board Chair for nine years.

“This is an important time in La Salle’s history and in the rapidly changing higher education industry,” Sautter said. “Steve brings many strengths to his role as Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees. Among those strengths are keen business acumen, a deep respect for the mission and values of the Christian Brothers, and a commitment to advancing the University.”

Zarrilli will work closely with newly appointed President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., who formerly served as Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) at Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada. Both the new President and new Chair began their terms on July 1.

Zarrilli has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic, financial, and operational roles.  He has held various positions as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of public and private companies, demonstrating the ability to successfully grow and manage a diverse selection of enterprises. He also contributes a substantial amount of time serving on a variety of community-based nonprofit boards. He is the Chairman of Ben Franklin Technology Partners/SEP and serves on the boards of the University City Science Center, the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He is the past Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Arts & Business Council for Greater Philadelphia and the past Philadelphia Regional Chairman/State Board Member for Economics Pennsylvania. He is also currently a director of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a publicly traded investment management company.

Zarrilli has been very engaged with the University as a Trustee and an alumnus. He was directly involved in launching La Salle University’s Center for Entrepreneurship in 2010, and has been recognized by La Salle three separate times with the University’s E-Vision Award (2001), the Accounting Department’s Michael A. DeAngelis Award (2009), and the Business School’s honorary admission to its Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter (2010).

Zarrilli also serves as an Advisory Board member of the Corporate Governance Council of Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, and a member of the Advisory Board for Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

A former Certified Public Accountant, Zarrilli graduated from La Salle University in 1983 with an accounting degree and is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance, financial management, organizational, and capital development matters. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Zarrilli and his wife, Carol, also a member of La Salle’s Class of 1983, have three children.

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. In a national survey, Money magazine ranked La Salle as a top five college in the Philadelphia region for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, and cited the University as a “Value All-Star.” Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

Tickets Available August 12 for Dalai Lama October Teaching at La Salle University

 

The Dalai Lama will lead a teaching at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena prior to receiving the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center

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Philadelphia, PA [August 10, 2015] – La Salle University announced today ticket sales for the Dalai Lama’s teaching scheduled for Monday, October 26 will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12 at www.dalailamaphilly.org.

The teaching, titled “The Wisdom of Cherishing Others. Eight Verses for Training the Mind,” will take place at 1 p.m. in the Tom Gola Arena. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.  The eight verses combine the essential teachings on the cultivation of compassion and wisdom in each person.  The verses have become among the most important writings studied in the Buddhist tradition, while embodying the universal truths of all of the world’s major faiths and traditions as well.  The Dalai Lama has said he recites these verses every morning, as part of his own personal practice.

Ticket prices range from $25 – $40, with over 2,500 total seats available. Additional details on the event can be found at www.dalailamaphilly.org.  All revenues in excess of expenses are distributed under the advisement of the Dalai Lama to charity or a special project.

“We are incredibly honored to welcome the Dalai Lama to our campus this October,” said Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., President at La Salle University. “The La Salle community will benefit immensely from hearing his teaching, as we strive to enrich our students’ cultural, intellectual and spiritual development and give them the opportunity to learn from all faiths.”

The Dalai Lama is visiting Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center later that day. The Liberty Medal was established in 1988 to honor men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. An estimated 2,000 Tibetans from exile communities across the Northeast are expected to gather at Independence Mall for the event. The Dalai Lama’s last visit to Philadelphia was in 2008 for a public talk on Buddhism in the 21st century at the Kimmel Center.

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. In a nationwide ranking of colleges, Money magazine graded La Salle University an A for value added to a degree for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, citing the University as a “Value All-Star.” Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

Three La Salle Students Heading to Clyde Hirt Journalism Workshop Sponsored by the New York Post

 

Three La Salle University communication majors have been selected to participate in the New York Post’s Clyde Hirt Sports Media Workshop from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9.

Juniors Amanda Johncola and Madison Elliott and senior Anthony Fleet will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack to cover the Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 8. The workshop pairs students with professional journalists in print and broadcasting for daily live coverage of the harness race events. Johncola and Elliott will be working with print journalists, while Fleet will be working with field camera operators.

“It will be a week full of getting real life experience,” Elliott said. “We had the option to cover (the race) with TV reporters, print journalism reporters, and people behind the scenes. Our work, if good enough, has the opportunity to be published in the New York Post or Philadelphia Inquirer.”

To land a spot in the workshop, the students had to complete an application and provide writing samples.

“It was all electronic – I received an attachment of the description of the workshop, along with the application from Br. Gerry Molyneaux,” said Fleet.

“It was a very fast process. I heard within two days,” said Elliot, who is also majoring in Spanish.

A knowledge of racing is not required; both Johncola and Fleet said this will be their first time at a race track. They already know a thing or two about sports coverage though: “I’ve been working part time at the Inquirer since May of 2014,” Johncola said. “I have summers off because I work in the high school sports department.”

Fleet said he plans to cover college sports after graduation.

“I love all four major sports,” Fleet said. “Basketball is my favorite.”

La Salle University to Provide 40 Nursing Scholarships This Year with $600,000 HRSA Grant

 

The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded La Salle University a $600,000 grant to provide scholarships for economically disadvantaged undergraduate nursing students for the 2015–16 academic year. The University will grant 40 scholarships of $15,000, split evenly between the fall and spring semesters.

In 2012, the University originally received the $2.4 million grant from HRSA that was to be distributed during the next four years. The University has been required to submit performance and progress reports each year in order to receive the following year’s funding. This year, the school received the full available amount. Grants are renewable if students continue to be eligible, and first preference is given to qualified seniors in the selection process.

“Many nursing students continue to document unmet financial needs and dependence on loans,” said Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., R.N., CNE, Acting Dean of La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “These awards can facilitate success in completing the BSN program.”

La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences will apply for another four-year award during the 2015–16 academic year.

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

Money Magazine Gives La Salle University an A for Value Added to a Degree in Recent College Rankings

 

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Money magazine’s new nationwide ranking of colleges graded La Salle University an A for value added to a degree. The magazine stated the rankings were done to “provide the best value for your tuition dollar.”

According to Money’s website, the value added grade was defined as reflecting “how well a school’s students perform, vs. expectations for students with similar economic and academic backgrounds (measured by graduation rates, student loan defaults and post-grad earnings).”

The A for value is another acknowledgement of the University’s core belief in providing a quality education within everyone’s reach.  Many criteria the magazine used are an integral part of La Salle’s mission: great teaching, respect and dedication to the individual, and building a community that allows students to thrive. Being graded an A in value is in keeping with the University’s commitment to help students achieve their goals.

Overall, the University finished in the top 20 percent of institutions, ranking 141 out of 736 colleges and universities nationwide.

In ranking each school, Money used 21 factors in three equally weighted categories — educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings — to rank each school.  Categories included affordability, instructor quality, career services, and the market value for alumni skills.

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries).

 

La Salle University Senior Henri Popa Accepted for Internship with PNC Bank in Chicago

 

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After arriving at Philadelphia International Airport from Pittsburgh in late February 2015, La Salle University student Henri Popa received a phone call from a recruiter at The PNC Financial Services Group.  The recruiter had good news, as Henri had been accepted into PNC’s internship program. Of more than 15,000 applicants nationwide, 300 were accepted.

Shortly after applying for PNC’s summer internship program, Popa, who is a finance major, was contacted by a PNC campus recruiter. Their conversation led to a phone interview with another recruiter, who ultimately invited Popa to Pittsburgh to meet with PNC in person.

“Once in Pittsburgh, I interviewed with a number of individuals and was asked which business and city I’d like to work in.  I chose corporate underwriting because of its technical nature and my interest in analyzing companies’ financials,” Popa said. “I also chose Chicago, as I had never been there and knew it was a great city for finance.”

Popa accepted PNC’s offer and is now working in Chicago, writing periodic reviews and helping analysts and associates extend or update their clients’ credit lines.

“The most interesting experience I’ve had so far is meeting PNC executives in Chicago and sitting in on meetings where they discuss specific deals,” he said. “Being able to learn from them has been an incredible experience.”

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.