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

 

 

Weather Alert

 

La Salle University will open at 10 a.m. today, February 17, 2015, at all locations.

All classes scheduled to begin before 10 a.m. are canceled.

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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.

 

 

La Salle University Student Viviana Ullola Receives Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award from Comcast Corporation

 
La Salle University student Viviana Ullola (second from right) was one of only two students to receive the Comcast Corporation’s Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award.  She is pictured (L to R) with David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast; Sharon Roy, a student at Temple University who was the other recipient, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

La Salle University student Viviana Ullola (second from right) was one of only two students to receive the Comcast Corporation’s Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award. She is pictured (L to R) with David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast; Sharon Roy, a student at Temple University who was the other recipient, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

La Salle University freshman Viviana Ullola recently received the Comcast Corporation’s Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award, which provides a $5,000 scholarship. It was presented to her by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen during the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayoral Luncheon. Only two students are selected for the award. Ullola is the third La Salle student in four years to receive the scholarship.

“It was an amazing experience. Mayor Nutter and I had a brief conversation in regards to the college I attend and the high school I attended,” Ullola said.

“This was the first scholarship I received,” she added. “I was really surprised and proud, and it gave me the confidence to apply for other scholarships. It definitely was an exciting experience to be recognized for my academic achievements.”

Finalists for the Gus Amsterdam Leadership Awards are chosen from the winners of the Comcast Foundation’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarships. The nationwide Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program recognizes students for academic achievement, leadership skills, and a commitment to community service. The Gus Amsterdam award targets students who attended public high school in Philadelphia and are continuing their education at a college or university in the city. (Sharon Roy, a student at Temple University, is the other recipient this year.)

Ullola is a business major at La Salle, and she hopes to start a nonprofit organization to help teens, adults, and seniors learn skills to adapt to a constantly changing job market.

A graduate of Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School, Ullola was a member of the basketball and soccer teams, a member of the Latin dance group, and served on the lunch committee. Because of her academic achievements and participation in school activities,she was selected by teachers to join trips to Europe, which included visits to London and Italy.

“We were required to write journals that discussed what we learned throughout the day, and these journals were graded,” Ullola said. “London was an eight-day trip, and Italy was nine days in Rome, Venice, Firenze (Florence), and Vatican City. The experiences were incredible, especially Italy because it was a different culture, and the architecture was absolutely amazing. Both experiences were life-changing because they encouraged me to want to study abroad.”

For three years, Ullola participated in the Philadelphia Police Explorers Program, which teaches young adults the duties and risks law enforcement officers face. This semester, she will be in a La Salle program tutoring students.

Ullola said she chose to attend La Salle because of its Academic Discovery Program, which provides free support services for students whose high school records indicate they could benefit from extra academic assistance and who meet financial need criteria.

Comcast established the award in 2001 to honor Amsterdam, a Philadelphia business leader, community advocate, and founding board member of the Comcast Corporation. The award was created to provide financial support to two Philadelphia public high school graduates planning to attend a Philadelphia college or university. The honorees are chosen for demonstrating outstanding leadership among their peers through a commitment to community service and high academic achievement.

Since 2000,Comcast has given out more than $21.6 million in scholarships through the Leaders and Achievers Program, including approximately $2 million in 2014. The goals of Leaders and Achievers Program are:

  • To give young people—the leaders who will build and shape our communities—every opportunity to be prepared for the future.
  • To engage youth in their communities and help them increase their self-esteem, develop a sense of citizenship and an ethic of service, and become stronger leaders.
  • To demonstrate the importance of civic involvement and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $158 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.

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 Professor Jillian Baker Selected as a “2015 Black History Month Gamechanger” for Her “Ground-Breaking Research” in HIV/AIDS Prevention

 

La Salle University 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,” said Baker. “I hope that it will bring attention for the continual need for HIV prevention programs in our community.”

Baker, who is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the department of Urban Public Health & 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 & 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 thirty 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,” said Baker.  “I’m now analyzing the data from those focus groups.”

Baker holds her 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. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a 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.

Hear Prof. Baker’s interview with KYW Newsradio about her research and work in the community.

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.

Opening their Home and Hearts to a Teen from Liberia

 

La Salle University Receives 2014 Community Engagement Classification from Carnegie Foundation

 

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In recognition of La Salle University’s successful partnership with the local and global communities, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected La Salle for its 2014 Community Engagement Classification.

La Salle was selected because of its ability to demonstrate a mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. La Salle is one of only 240 schools nationwide earning this distinction. The University was also recognized for its community engagement in 2010.

“Community engagement is a big part of what we are as an institution, and how we define ourselves as Lasallians,” said Brother Robert Kinzler, F.S.C., Director of La Salle’s Office of University Ministry and Service. “We’re humbled and gratified to receive such recognition from the Carnegie Foundation, which is because of the efforts of many students, faculty, staff, and community partners in living the mission of the University.”

Some examples of La Salle’s community engagement—locally and beyond—are:

  • La Salle’s Communication Sciences and Disorders students and faculty provide hearing assessments and screenings for local preschool-aged children in partnership with Head Start. The clinics are located on La Salle’s campus, serving the local community at little or no cost.
  • Through AIDS Outreach, volunteers visit and build relationships with individuals living with HIV at two city hospice centers. They engage in therapeutic social activities and sponsor on-campus educational programs.
  • Neighborhood Tutoring is a free, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program that serves children in grades K–8 from Philadelphia schools. Each child comes to La Salle’s campus twice a week and spends time with his or her assigned La Salle tutor, doing homework and playing educational games.
  • Project Teamwork, under La Salle’s Athletics Department, works with numerous community organizations, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Logan Elementary School, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Student-athletes and coaches serve as mentors and role models to youth, providing academic, social, and emotional support.
  • For more than a decade, La Salle students have traveled to Harlan, Ky., during their Spring Break as part of Project Appalachia. The service trip exposes students to the culture and the underlying causes of the region’s economic hardships.
  • La Salle’s Neighborhood Nursing Center provides access to public health, educational, and community services to underserved populations in the region. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, injury prevention, screenings, detections, and referrals.
  • There are service-learning courses across several departments actively engaged with the community. One example is the University’s Writers Matter program, in which La Salle students serve as tutors and mentors for inner-city middle school students, encouraging them to express themselves through writing while learning critical writing skills.
  • The Neighbor-to-Neighbor organization provides much-needed support to the elderly and disabled residents in La Salle’s immediate neighborhood. Students build relationships with their neighbors by doing yard work, painting, planting flowers, and completing other household chores. The program received an award from the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Social Justice for Outstanding Social Justice Collaboration.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge. The Foundation is located in Stanford, Calif.

An educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values, La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order. 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.