La Salle University Student Molly Mahon Named a Newman Civic Fellow for Her Dedication to Community Service

 

La Salle University junior Molly Mahon has been named a Newman Civic Fellow for her dedication to service and outreach. Presented by Campus Compact to inspiring college student leaders, only 201 students nationwide were designated as fellows for 2015.

This is the fourth consecutive year a La Salle student has been named a Newman Civic Fellow.

Mahon, a nursing major from Willow Grove, Pa., said, “I was walking through the University’s chapel lounge when Brother Bob Kinzler (Director of University Ministry and Service) told me I was named a Newman Civic Fellow. It definitely took me by surprise! It’s such an honor, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

As a freshman, Mahon began working with Pheed Philadelphia, which focuses on addressing hunger and homelessness in the city. She also helped coordinated two international service trips to schools in Kenya and Haiti. As the coordinator for the University’s inaugural trip to Haiti, she completely developed the program, identifying partners and planning the itinerary.

“I grew up in a household where this type of work was integrated into our family life,” Mahon said. “My parents, brothers, sisters, and I worked with Sarnelli House, a community that provides social services to the people of Kensington, and TODAY Theater, a theater program for disabled youth and young adults. I never really viewed it as service. I just simply saw it as an opportunity to learn and meet people.”

Before entering La Salle, Mahon also had service experiences in Mexico and Haiti. “I’ve always gravitated to work related to hunger and homelessness, which led to my involvement in Pheed Philadelphia at La Salle,” Mahon said.

She added, “The littlest things motivate me to continue to do this type of work. On a personal level, I’ve made incredibly genuine relationships with people who utilize the social service organizations I volunteer at, and with fellow volunteers. On a social level, I’m passionate about systemic change, and I view the work that I do as a way to assimilate and to better understand populations that experience injustices of any kind. Overall, the Lasallian values of faith, service, and community are what drive my passion for civic engagement.”

A graduate of St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown, Pa., Mahon said she decided to become a nurse when, at 17, she worked with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. “They have a wound-cleaning clinic and Home of the Dying, and I was blessed with the opportunity to visit with the Sisters and work with them in both clinics,” she said. “I really enjoy working with both pediatric and geriatric populations, and I ultimately see myself working in the public health field.”

La Salle University students previously named Newman Civic Fellows are: Emily Plummer, a communication major from Tampa, Fla. (2012); Daniel Bowers, a secondary education and mathematics major from Philadelphia (2013); and Mathew Roche, a secondary education and history major from East Brunswick, N.J. (2014).

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, Ph.D., a co-founder of Campus Compact, which seeks to foster students’ involvement in public service and as democratic change-agents. Campus Compact has grown to represent more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellow awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

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.

 

 

La Salle University Adviser, Student Receive Awards for Involvement with Explorer Ambassadors Program

 

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La Salle University received awards for advising and leadership from District II of the Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its Explorer Ambassador program. Students in the program represent La Salle at University functions, including alumni receptions, Homecoming, Reunions, Family Weekend.

Helene Baczkowski, Director of The La Salle Fund, was one of two individuals named outstanding adviser, and Rachel Christie, a senior and President of the Ambassadors, was one of three students selected for outstanding leadership. Without knowing it, Baczkowski and Christie had nominated each other for the awards.

“Rachel didn’t know I nominated her,” said Baczkowski, “and when I learned I received the award I thought that Rachel, as President of the Ambassadors, had something to do with it.”

Christie said, “When I first learned I received the award, I was incredibly excited and honored to have been selected, knowing how many other fantastic candidates I was up against. I feel so fortunate to be named District II’s Outstanding Student Leader.”

The student leadership award is presented to a dedicated student who has significantly improved his or her student advancement organization through leadership and by inspiring growth, collaboration, and meaningful connections.

Christie is a dual major in art history and communication, with concentrations in communication management and public relations.

In her letter nominating Christie, Baczkowski wrote, “We have counted on her to make sure that many large University affairs have gone smoothly by having her manage student involvement in these events. She has also made a concerted effort to personally connect with our Board of Trustee members, Alumni Association Board members, University administrators, faculty and staff, and other students, and in doing so has set a great example for the younger Ambassadors.”

At La Salle, in addition to serving as President of the Ambassadors, Christie is President of Lambda Pi Eta honor society, President of Students for La Salle, and Vice President of the La Salle chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is also involved with the Communication Department Student Board and the Association for Women in Communication.

“I was raised in a family where giving back and paying it forward were always a front-of-mind instinct,” Christie said. “My parents are incredibly driven, hard-working, and service focused, and being around them has made it second nature. For me, service is essential to opening the door for others to have the same experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have myself.”

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Christie first heard about the University from a relative’s friend, and then she visited the campus. “I chose La Salle in large part because of the people I met on my first visit to campus, especially Dr. Lynne Texter, Chair of the Communication Department. Between my conversation with Dr. Texter and experience with the campus, I knew it would be a great fit,” she said.

Christie has interned at Brian Communications in Conshohocken, Pa., since 2013, and she also had internships with the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, the Delaware Valley chapter of the National Kidney Foundation, and the Des Moines Radio Group.

The Outstanding Adviser Award is given annually to an adviser who has facilitated effective progress within the organization and has served as a mentor to involved students.

In nominating Baczkowski for the award, Christie wrote, “She has created leaders. She is a firm proponent of delegation. She actively encourages members to suggest ideas and make them their own. She wants students to learn how to be successful without having an authority figure guiding them every step of the way. She wants our members to grow and learn, and she will do anything to help make that happen.”

Baczkowski, a La Salle alum with a B.A. in communication and MBA in management, said, “I was very flattered when I learned I had won. I wasn’t expecting something like that. I love getting to know the students and all they’re doing on campus, in and out of the classroom. It gives me great stories and examples to share when interacting with and creating solicitations for our alumni. They’re why we do what we do.”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and allied areas. CASE’s District II consists of more than 50 colleges and universities from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia.

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.

 

 

La Salle University’s Master of Science in Nursing Ranked in Top Quarter of Programs Nationwide

 

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La Salle University’s Graduate Nursing program was ranked in the top quarter in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The University tied for 122nd out of 503 master’s degree programs for nursing.

Rankings were based on 13 indicators, which included survey results, the ratio of full-time faculty to full-time students, the undergraduate grade point average of entering students, the number of master’s degrees awarded, and federal research grants awarded to faculty members.

La Salle’s Graduate Nursing program, which has about 340 students, has risen dramatically in the rankings in the past four years.

“Moving up 70 spots in the rankings in four years is testament to the quality and dedication of the faculty, students, and staff. I greatly look forward to what the next four years will bring for the nursing programs at La Salle,” said Brian A. Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Dean of La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Patricia Dillon, Ph.D., R.N., Director of Graduate Nursing Programs at La Salle, said, “Our faculty is committed to providing quality graduate education that prepares our students to become excellent clinicians and leaders in nursing. I commend them and our staff for assuring a quality program that reflects Lasallian values and am proud of our nursing graduates. Through an ongoing outcomes assessment and continuous improvement process, the program continues to improve to meet students’ learning needs in an ever-changing health care arena.”

The Graduate Nursing program offers 10 master’s degree concentrations and seven post-graduate certificate programs. La Salle’s BSN, MSN, DNP, and APRN post‑master’s certificate programs are all fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Courses are offered in online, in-class, and hybrid formats. Students can take classes at La Salle’s main campus in Northwest Philadelphia and at the Bucks County Center in Newtown, Pa.

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.

 

 

La Salle Hosts Inaugural Open Minds Sustainable Innovation Challenge

 

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Over the first weekend of February, 43 La Salle students from various schools and majors converged in Holroyd Hall for the inaugural Open Minds Sustainable Innovation Challenge, filling almost every available spot in the first-ever competition of its kind on the University’s campus.

It’s one of the first steps in a new direction for La Salle’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which hosted the competition. Since its founding in 2010, the Center has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the changing market and recently revamped its mission to include new academic and experiential programming designed to reach students across disciplines and majors outside of the School of Business in which it is housed.

“We’re expanding beyond purely business-related concepts and refocusing on innovation,” said Steve Melick, the Center’s Executive Director. “Innovation needs to be at the core of what students do.”

That’s why he and Marsha Timmerman, assistant professor of Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT), set out to design a unique competition that would encourage students to recognize the importance of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking.

The challenge was sponsored by a generous donation from CaptiveAire President and CEO Robert Luddy, ’68, whose vision for students to become lifelong learners and virtuous leaders is a fundamental part of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s redefined mission.

“Some students may feel that they’re not cut out for entrepreneurship, but innovation is a precursor to entrepreneurship. You can’t have one without the other,” he said. “With this competition, we’re putting more emphasis on the innovation. We’re taking the sting out of the business side of it.”

The Center succeeded in appealing to students from a variety of disciplines—more than half of the participants were non-business majors, including students pursing sociology, biology, environmental science, nursing, and ISBT. Demographically, the Open Minds Competition also attracted a diverse group—70 percent of participants were minorities and 36 percent were women.

Students formed teams with two to five members and worked around the clock to research a specific problem, create a sustainable solution, and prepare a business presentation for a panel of judges. This panel included seasoned business leaders with an eye for innovation—Stephen Zarilli, ’83, President and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics; Edward Fierko, ’63, President of EJF Associates; Gregory Bruce, MBA ’81, Dean Emeritus of La Salle’s School of Business; and Jim Johnston, Ph.D., Vice President of BioCoat Inc.

The teams competed to earn internship opportunities as well as their share of more than $10,000 in cash awards to be used for ongoing research and development for their products. The coveted first place prize went to the team that created “Phood Fuel,” a small organic material decomposer that can be used by supermarkets.

“I hope to work in the field of social entrepreneurship to find ways to come up with solutions to a problem that will benefit the community and this competition taught me that I will be able to do this in the future,” said freshman Samantha Brodie, one of the winning team members.

Brodie devised the concept with sophomores Meredith Graff and Sydney Jefferson and MBA student Michelle Lambert. They determined that by decomposing the high percentage of food waste that typically goes to a landfill, they could create valuable compost and capture methane for electricity generation.

Two projects tied for second place:

  • Soci, a social media platform that would allow users wearing a wireless-enabled bracelet to communicate with each other and share contact information and other data.
  • Soular, a technology fashion company that integrates solar panels and electrical components into clothing to power cell phones and other mobile devices.

Melick deemed the competition—which he hopes will become an annual event—an all-around success. And the judges agreed.

“What the Center drove home with this competition was phenomenal. I was floored not only by the students’ level of enthusiasm but by the quality of the concepts developed,” Zarilli said. “It’s important that we continue to provide opportunities for students to think outside the box and be given tools to think innovatively about new concepts.”

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.

 

Weather Alert

 

Due to weather conditions, La Salle University and all offices will be closed Friday, March 6 at all locations.

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La Salle Interim President James P. Gallagher, Ph.D. is Interviewed About President-Elect Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. for La Salle Basketball Network

 

During the half-time show for La Salle Explorer men’s basketball game against Duquesne on Feb. 18, Kale Beers, associate director of athletic development and the “Voice of The Explorers,” sat down with La Salle Interim President James P. Gallagher, Ph.D. to discuss the announcement of Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. as the University’s 29th President.

 

The Historical Appointment of Colleen Hanycz as La Salle’s 29th President Makes Headlines

 

On Feb. 17, 2015, La Salle University announced its 29th President, Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., who is currently Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada.  Hanycz will be the first lay person—and first woman—to serve as President in a non-interim capacity in La Salle’s 152-year history.  The historical announcement made headlines across the country and in Canada. Below is a highlighted list of some of the traditional and social media coverage as a result of the announcement.

News Articles

CatholicPhilly.com:

La Salle U makes history in naming first female president

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

La Salle U. names Canadian woman president

The Philadelphia Daily News:

Canadian woman picked to head La Salle University

Associated Press:

La Salle University picks first layperson, woman president

 

TV and Radio

WPVI-TV (Channel 6)

WTXF (Channel 29)

KYW-TV (Channel 3 and Channel 57)

KYW Newsradio

 

Social Media

 

 

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.,
Named 29th President
of La Salle University

 

First Female President in 152-Year History

La Salle University, established through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, and known for its academic excellence, practical teaching, and devotion to students, today announced the appointment of Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., as its 29th President. Hanycz is currently Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada. An accomplished attorney and administrative leader as well as a devout Roman Catholic, Hanycz will be the first layperson—and first woman—to serve as President in a non-interim capacity in the 152-year history of La Salle University.

Today’s historic appointment was announced by William R. Sautter, ’71, Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees.

“This is a pivotal moment in La Salle’s history,” Sautter said. “We are very pleased and excited to name Dr. Hanycz as the next President of La Salle University. She is an innovative academic leader with an impressive record as an agent of positive change. She is ideally suited to maximize La Salle’s potential while continuing to honor our distinctive mission and values.”

“This appointment extends the tradition of strong leadership at La Salle,” said Brother Dennis Malloy, F.S.C., ’74, M.A. ’83, La Salle Trustee and Provincial / Visitor for the District of Eastern North America of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. “Dr. Hanycz is passionate about sustaining and enhancing the values and attributes that are central to the Brothers of the Christian Schools, such as commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of community, and an ethos of social justice and care for the most vulnerable in society—all of which are at the core of our Catholic Lasallian tradition. The Christian Brothers look forward to working collaboratively with Dr. Hanycz and the Board of Trustees as she takes office.”

Hanycz was selected during a special meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, Feb. 12. Hanycz will formally succeed Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’70, who stepped down at the end of his term on May 31, 2014, after serving 15 years as President. James P. Gallagher, Ph.D., has been serving as Interim President since June 2014 and has been assisting the University in its search for a new president.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to be appointed the next President of La Salle University,” Hanycz said. “I have a deep appreciation for La Salle’s exceptional values and its sense of purpose and mission. I attended a Lasallian high school, and I understand that the educational charism of the Christian Brothers emphasizes a commitment to academic rigor, a strong sense of social justice and service, and dedication to a transformational educational experience. I am eager to work with the entire La Salle community to build upon La Salle’s strengths and to position it as a leading Catholic university.”

Hanycz has served as President of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, since July 2008. She is the second lay President in the history of Brescia, a Catholic school that is Canada’s only women’s university. At Brescia, Hanycz developed and implemented a bold strategic plan that has resulted in a significant increase in Brescia’s national profile, growth in enrollment, retention of high-quality students, faculty, and staff, and development of innovative academic programs. Throughout her presidency at Brescia, she has continued her scholarly activities in the area of dispute resolution and has taught in Brescia’s Leadership program and in the LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Prior to her appointment at Brescia, Hanycz served as Assistant Dean and associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2003 to 2008. Previously, she worked as a securities and employment litigator at Heenan Blaikie law firm in Toronto from 1994 to 1999.

Hancyz earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in history from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She completed her J.D. at Dalhousie University and her LL.M. and Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Hanycz is a past chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada and serves as Vice Chair of the board of the London Health Sciences Centre and as a director of St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario. She is also an elected member of the Public Accountants’ Council of Ontario, among various other community roles.

Hanycz was recognized for her community contributions and educational leadership as a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and she will be honored with the 2015 YMCA Women of Excellence Award later this spring.

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.

 

Stuart Leibiger Honored for Work on George Washington

 

La Salle University Professor Jillian Baker Interviewed By KYW Newsradio Who Selected Her as a 2015 Black History Month Gamechanger for Her “Ground-Breaking Research” in HIV/AIDS Prevention

 

La Salle University public health professor Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, was named a 2015 Black History Month Gamechanger by KYW Newsradio and CBSPhilly for her “ground-breaking work in HIV/AIDS research.”

“I am truly honored that I was even nominated for this, let alone to have been selected,” Baker said. “I hope that it will bring attention to the continual need for HIV prevention programs in our community.”

Click to hear Professor Baker’s interview on KYW Newsradio:

Baker, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition at La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, is in the last year of a Diversity Investigator Supplement Award funded by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. The goal of this supplement award is to foster Baker’s independent research abilities in HIV/STI prevention research.

“My research has assessed the feasibility of developing and implementing a sexual risk communication intervention program for African American fathers or father figures and adolescent sons,” she said. “For the elicitation research phase of my project, six focus groups were conducted with 30 African American father-son pairs. Participants were recruited from referrals via barbershops, community based organizations, and clinics.” All focus groups were held at a barbershop in West Philadelphia.

“The groups provided a deeper understanding of the factors that facilitated or hindered father-son sexual risk communication and how this communication influences sexual beliefs and behaviors of male youth,” Baker said. “I’m now analyzing the data from those focus groups.”

Baker holds a doctorate in public health from Drexel University with a concentration in community health and prevention. She is also a trained community mental health counselor with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from Temple University. She completed one year of postdoctoral training at the National Center on Fathers and Families at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.