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.

 

La Salle University’s 29th President Takes Office

 

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Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., officially takes office July 6 as La Salle University’s 29th President. An accomplished attorney and administrative leader as well as a devout Roman Catholic, she 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.

Prior to her arrival, Hanycz had served as Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada, since 2008. She 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. In June 2014, James P. Gallagher, Ph.D., arrived on campus to serve as Interim President for the University leading up to Hanycz’s selection.

“I have a deep appreciation for La Salle’s exceptional values and its sense of purpose and mission,” Hanycz said. “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.”

Hanycz, her husband, Peter, and their three children, relocated to Philadelphia this summer. Her eldest child will enter La Salle as a freshman this fall. “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,” she said.

Hanycz was the second lay Principal in the history of Brescia, a Catholic institution that is Canada’s only women’s university. There, she developed and implemented a bold strategic plan that 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 tenure at the university, Hanycz continued her scholarly activities in the area of dispute resolution and 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 the 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.

Established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order he founded in 1680, La Salle University 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.

 

For the First Time, Philadelphia Public Relations Association Presents Award to Two Students, Both From La Salle University

 

Recent La Salle University Communication graduates Kelsey Turner and Rachel Christie received the Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA), the first time the award was presented to two students.

“PPRA’s Awards Committee felt strongly that these two nominees were equally deserving and it wouldn’t have been fair to pick between them,” said Meredith Z. Avakian-Hardaway, PPRA president.

Each was nominated for the award: Turner by La Salle Communication professor Michael Smith and Corinthea Harris, who was her supervisor during an internship at DDCworks; Christie by La Salle alum Alexis Abate; she first met Abate when she interviewed for the Br. Gerry Molyneaux Scholarship in the spring semester of 2014, which she received.

Christie, who is from Des Moines, Iowa, is currently working as an Assistant Account Executive on the Integrated Communication team at Brian Communications. She had previously interned with the company.

“I was very excited to learn I’d been selected for this award, especially after being nominated by a fellow La Salle alum,” Christie said. “Additionally, it was great to learn that my roommate at the time, Kellsey Turner, was also was named a recipient in the award’s first-ever tie.”

“I enjoy working in the PR industry for a number of reasons,” Christie said. “The fast-paced nature of PR and integrated communications ensures that there is never a dull moment. There is always something new happening, which provides great opportunities to learn and get hands-on experience.”

Christie, who also majored in Art History, was named the top undergraduate in the Communication department this year.

Lynne Texter, Ph.D., chair of the Communication department, said Christie is, “among the best students I’ve taught in 25 years, and she is a person who possesses both ability and integrity. A top-notch student with a near perfect GPA, she combines outstanding academic ability with impressive professional sensibility and personal integrity.  From the first time she ventured from her home state of Iowa to La Salle, Rachel distinguished herself with her uncommon maturity, intelligence, motivation, and communication skill.”

Turner, who is from Oley, Pa., is currently working for Vault Communication.

I was extremely excited and honored, especially because this award highlights the quality of student that La Salle’s Communication Department is able to produce,” Turner said. “This was the first time ever that PPRA offered the award to two students. I think that says a great deal about La Salle.”

“I’ve always loved writing, so PR has always been a field that I’ve been interested in pursuing,” Turner added. “However, it was the Communication department at La Salle and the amazing internships I had that truly solidified my desire to practice PR.”

Turner had six internships and said each was a unique educational experience. “My most memorable experience was pitching a story to the media during my internship with DDCworks and landing placements for our client on 6 ABC (Channel 6), the Philadelphia Inquirer and several other publications,” she said.

Turner was a staff writer for La Salle’s student newspaper, The Collegian, and was selected as the University’s Homecoming Queen last fall.

 

Father Knows Best! La Salle Freshman Kasey Grob Follows His Dad’s Advice and is Chosen for Kemper Scholars Program

 

La Salle University freshman Kasey Grob didn’t think he’d be selected for the Kemper Scholars Program, which prepares students for leadership and service, especially in organizational administration and business. Then his father offered some advice: “’Go for it, there is nothing to lose here.’” Grob did and he was accepted into the program.

“The application process did not appear to be feasible at first,” Grob said. “I went to an information session in October, and I thought, ‘No way am going to get this.’ The process included a written application with transcripts and letters of recommendation, and then if you were part of the six that made it through that, you still had two more interviews to get through to be selected.”

He called his father, and, with his encouragement, Grob continued.

“So I applied not thinking anything was going to come of it and was shocked when I received the email saying I was selected for an interview,” Grob said. “Then I was even more shocked when I was informed I was one of the three applicants chosen for the second interview. I am very honored and glad to have been selected and would like to congratulate all of the other candidates who made it through the application process who were just as qualified, if not more, than me. I am even more thankful for my parents, Bette Lou and Dean, for everything that they have done for me to make me the person I am today.”

For the next three years, Grob will receive a scholarship from the program. In August, he will attend a Kemper Scholars conference in Chicago to learn about research done by Kemper Scholars participating in internships. In 2016 and 2017, Grob will be assigned an internship. The first will be with a non-profit organization in Chicago. The second can be with a nonprofit or for-profit organization in the United States or overseas.

La Salle University student Matthew Fritz was selected as a Kemper Scholar in 2014. He is currently interning at the History Museum in Chicago. Other La Salle University Kemper Scholars have interned recently at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., at WorldChicago, a non-profit that welcomes foreign diplomats, journalists, and students to the United States, and in the office of a Pennsylvania state representative.

A resident of Riverside, N.J., Grob is majoring in accounting.  “I chose to attend La Salle over other schools because it is a smaller school where it is easier to stand out and receive opportunities such as this,” he said. “When you go to a smaller school, you can build personal relationships with professors and others instead of just being a last name or a number.”

The Kemper Scholars program has been sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago, since 1948. Each year the foundation selects students from 16 exemplary liberal arts colleges around the country.

Its mission is to prepare students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of organizational administration and business. The foundation believes that undergraduate study of the liberal arts represents the best preparation for life and career.   The program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing students opportunities for career exploration and practical experience. The foundation’s experience shows that students learn the value of their liberal arts education for leadership by seeing how they use what they have learned when they work in a professional environment.

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.

 

The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.

Cesar Ruiz, SLP.D., Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University, Receives Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

 
Cesar Ruiz, SLP.D., Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University (center), receives the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Interim President James Gallagher, Ph.D. (left) and University Provost Dr. Joseph Marbach (right).

Cesar Ruiz, SLP.D., Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University (center), receives the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Interim President James Gallagher, Ph.D. (left) and University Provost Dr. Joseph Marbach (right).

Cesar Ruiz’s classroom sometimes gives new meaning to the phrase, “stuck in my throat.”

An associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at La Salle University, Ruiz willingly acts as a test subject for his students, allowing them to insert diagnostic equipment down his throat.

“We are the only speech-language pathology program in the area that has oral and nasal videoendoscopy equipment available, and I want my students to take advantage of the experience, and what better experience to serve as their subject while they perform the procedure?” Ruiz said. “It allows me to better direct them because I know what I am feeling. During oral videoendoscopy, there is no danger involved other than an occasional gag.”

For this willingness and many other cited qualities, Ruiz received the 2015 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at La Salle, presented during the University’s Undergraduate Commencement exercises.

“This is my first award ever. It was a total surprise and an honor to learn that the work I love doing was being recognized by the whole University,” said Ruiz, who has taught at La Salle since 2002.

“As a medical speech-language pathologist, I like bringing my clinical experiences into the classroom,” Ruiz said. “Showing students rather than telling them about communication and swallowing disorders enhances their learning experiences. That is what I like about teaching at La Salle University. I have the opportunity to directly interact with students and meet them at whatever level they are.”

In presenting the award to Ruiz, La Salle University Provost Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., said, “Nominations from both colleagues and students have described this year’s award winner:

  • “His teaching is characterized by superior knowledge of the subject material and devotion to helping students reach their potential.”
  • “His lectures are always interesting, not only because of the subject matter but due to the way that he presents it. He has a great sense of humor and provides us with many examples and stories that make the material come alive.”
  • “He brings a new life to the subject with his stories from being in the field and his own clinical experiences.”
  • “He is the embodiment of a faculty member whose teaching is characterized by superior knowledge of the subject matter, vitality and inspiration in its presentation in class, and devotion to helping students realize their potential.
  • “He represents the best qualities of a Lasallian teacher.”

Barbara Amster, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle, said, “Cesar always gets the highest evaluations, and he has the ability to make difficult material accessible for his students.”

Amster also mentioned that Ruiz created a partnership with the University’s Spanish department to offer a dual major for CSD students who want to become bilingual speech pathologists.

Ruiz had been working for the Ford Motor Company in his native Venezuela when he travelled to St. Louis to enroll in a program for translators. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the program wasn’t offered. “I had to make the best I could in St. Louis,” Ruiz said. He noticed the word “language” in a program for Speech-Language-Pathology that “caught my attention. So, I pursued it not knowing what it was. I am glad, I did, however.”

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 Teams Receive High Scores In Recent NCAA APR Announcement

 

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La Salle teams continue to excel in the classroom as evidenced by the Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores announced today by the NCAA. The NCAA released sport specific data, which includes the most recent four years of data collected (2010-11 to 2013-14) to determine a rolling multi-year APR score that provides a meaningful assessment of a team’s academic performance.

The Academic Progress Rate (APR) provides a four-year “snapshot” of a team’s academic success by looking at current academic progress of every student-athlete. The APR measures eligibility, retention, and graduation as factors in the rate calculation and provides a much clearer picture of the current academic culture in each sport.

Five La Salle programs received a NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking in the top 10% of teams nationally in their sport, including the men’s basketball team. The men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s soccer and the softball teams were also recognized.

The men’s basketball team posted a perfect score of 1000 in 2013-14 for the third straight year. Ten other programs also posted perfect scores last season (men’s swimming, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, softball, women’s soccer, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s indoor track, and women’s outdoor track). 

The La Salle University School of Business Maintains its AACSB Accreditation

 
from left:  Tom Robinson, President and CEO, AACSB, Gary A. Giamartino, Dean, La Salle University School of Business, and Robert Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer, AACSB.

From left: Tom Robinson, President and CEO, AACSB, Gary A. Giamartino, Dean, La Salle University School of Business, and Robert Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer, AACSB.

The La Salle University School of Business has maintained its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Considered the hallmark of excellence in business education, less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide earn AACSB accreditation.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

Since its last AACSB accreditation extension, the School of Business has demonstrated continuous growth and improvement throughout its undergraduate and MBA programs. Over the past several years, 100 percent of students in La Salle’s Business Scholars Co-op Program had jobs, in their fields, before graduation. The La Salle University Center for Entrepreneurship was launched, creating numerous opportunities for students and alumni to explore innovation and business development.

A new 87,000-square-foot La Salle School of Business building will open in January 2016, expanding educational opportunities for both students and faculty. When open, it will be one of the country’s most advanced learning facilities for business education.

“We are delighted that our peers have recognized the quality, innovation, and engaging environment that characterize our business programs,” said Gary A. Giamartino, Dean of the La Salle University School of Business. “We will continue to be innovators in business education by taking advantage of our new technologically sophisticated facility while maintaining the student-centered approach to education that makes up Lasallian business.”

La Salle’s School of Business first earned AACSB accreditation in 1995. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous peer review process every five years, during which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic resource management, and faculty and staff interactions, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
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 Partners with Regional Training Center to Offer a New Master of Education Degree to Develop Teachers as Leading Educators

 

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La Salle University has partnered with the Regional Training Center (RTC) to begin offering a new Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree this fall to develop teachers as master educators in the classroom. The La Salle/RTC M.Ed., offered throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland (pending Maryland Higher Education Commission approval), with some courses offered online, gives teachers the skills to stimulate and challenge their students to become more involved in the learning process, to think critically and problem-solve, to become more creative, and to communicate more effectively.

Students will earn their degree from La Salle, and classes will be offered online and executive format in classrooms.

The goal of the La Salle/RTC M.Ed. program is for teachers to maximize their students’ learning while creating a classroom atmosphere that invites a high level of student accountability and participation. Inquiry-based coursework in this 30-credit program encourages teachers to further develop teaching concepts, skills, processes, and procedures, as well as content-area knowledge required to meet the needs of all learners. The program has concentration choices that allow teachers to specialize in their area of interest: teaching strategies for the 21st-century learner; the differentiated classroom, and building positive classroom communities.

Instructors in the program focus on understanding not only what works in teaching but also why it works. They are specially selected as exemplary K–12 teachers who meet all qualifications to teach at the graduate level.

“La Salle University was founded by an order devoted to teaching, and we’re pleased to partner with RTC to continue and enhance our mission of preparing future educators,” said Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Salle.

“Regional Training Center is enormously excited to begin working together with La Salle University to support teachers in their professional growth,” said Diana Ramsey, President of Regional Training Center.  “La Salle University and RTC are committed to building communities of learners in our schools where students learn, grow, thrive and succeed. As we begin our partnership with La Salle, RTC looks forward to finding new and exciting ways to meet the needs of Pennsylvania and Maryland teachers.”

RTC will also offer courses for educators seeking professional development.

Founded in 1993, The Regional Training Center’s purpose is to provide exciting and relevant graduate professional development opportunities in both face-to-face and online formats to teachers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland in partnership with colleges accredited by Middle States and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The La Salle/RTC M.Ed. program, including its concentrations, has been approved by La Salle University. It follows all graduate program evaluation and assessment processes to ensure a continuous high-quality graduate program in education. La Salle University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Candidates must:

  • hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average;
  • hold teaching certification;
  • complete the online application;
  • complete a personal essay;
  • print, complete, and submit a Field Setting Report;
  • submit all official undergraduate (and any graduate) transcripts;
  • provide a professional résumé; and
  • provide two professional recommendations enclosed in sealed and signed confidential envelopes.

For application and program information, call the La Salle/RTC M.Ed. program office at 215.951.1952, e-mail gradRTC@lasalle.edu, or visit lasalle.edu/rtc.

For registration information, call RTC at 800.433.4740 or visit theRTC.net.