La Salle’s Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Awarded Gold Chapter Award

 

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La Salle University’s business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has been named the 2014 Gold Chapter Award recipient in its Outstanding Chapter program—the highest recognition a collegiate chapter can earn. In ten of the past 11 years, La Salle’s chapter has been named one of the top five chapters in the world. This year marks the third Gold Chapter Award for the University—having previously won in 2004 and 2011.

La Salle was selected from more than 500 collegiate chapters worldwide for being the most successful and involved chapter.

“Receiving the Gold Chapter Award recognizes our Lasallian values in action—whether in the classroom, serving the community, or demonstrated in the workplace,” said Susan Borkowski, Ph.D., professor of accounting and faculty adviser for BGS. “This award acknowledges the dedication and success of our students not only academically, but outside the classroom as well.”

At La Salle, BGS students are heavily involved in serving the local community. Last year, students held a food collection drive called, “Bring a Box, a Can, or a Buck.” Their efforts raised more than $200 and collected more than 700 pounds of food, which was donated to a local food bank. In addition, as part of the “BGS Gives Back Program,” students worked with La Salle faculty and PwC staff to provide a day-long series of financial literacy workshops to Cristo Rey High School students and their parents.

With the Gold Chapter Award, La Salle received a $1,500 scholarship to present to a top BGS student, which has been awarded to junior Herbert Hess.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)—a distinction held by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide.

Induction into BGS is one of the highest achievements available to business students in the world. Membership is only extended to the top seven and ten percent academically of junior and senior business majors respectively, and the top 20 percent of graduating MBA students from AACSB-accredited schools.

Earlier this month, La Salle inducted 60 undergraduate and graduate students into its BGS chapter. In addition, La Salle President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., who is retiring as President next month, and alumna Marci Bossow Schankweiler, ’90, President and Founder of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, were this year’s Chapter honorees.

“The Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony is always one of the high points of my academic year,” said Borkowski. “I continue to be delighted and grateful that every year has brought new challenges, new opportunities, and another outstanding group of newly-inducted students with whom I can work and mentor, and more importantly, from whom I can learn.”

 

 

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Meets with Lasallian Rectors and Presidents

 

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La Salle President Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., recently traveled to Mexico for a meeting of Lasallian college and university leaders from the United States and Mexico.

During the gathering, Br. Michael and other participants attended a panel discussion led by Anthony Wayne, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, and Consul Ana Luisa Fajer-Flores, Director General for North American Affairs for Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat. The panel discussion focused on how the two nations have worked together to strengthen educational ties and promote research and innovation through summer research programs, distance education, language courses, and professor exchange programs.

The 15 rectors of Lasallian universities in Mexico, five of the six presidents of Lasallian colleges and universities in the United States, the President of Bethlehem University in Palestine, and four District Visitors for the Christian Brothers attended working sessions in Cuernavaca on March 22 to 27.

 

 

New Fitness Center and Campus Store Coming to La Salle University’s Main Campus

 

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La Salle University is planning to build an approximately 10,000-square-foot complex to house a new campus store and health and fitness center on its Main Campus. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and is targeted to be completed in spring 2015. The project is expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million.

The two-story fitness center and one-story campus store will be housed in the same complex, with separate entrances.  Plans currently call for an indoor café or market on the first floor that will be accessible from both the store and the fitness center.

“This new complex will be a terrific enhancement to our campus,” said Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., President of La Salle University. “The state-of-the-art facility will create another hub of student activity on Main Campus and will offer first-rate amenities and services for the entire La Salle community.”

The glass-front complex will be located on the south side of Olney Avenue between the University’s Connelly Library and the Hayman Center, La Salle’s main sports venue.

Some parking spots will be lost with the construction of the building, but there are plans for new spaces to be added to the campus to replace them.

The complex was designed by Baltimore firm Hord/Coplan/Macht.

Once the new facility opens, the University’s current Independence Blue Cross Fitness Center, located on its South Campus, will remain open.

The complex is the latest in a series of new facilities projects that have been initiated during Br. Michael’s 15-year tenure as President. During his administration, the University is building or has built:

  • A new School of Business, located on the University’s West Campus. Groundbreaking for the $35 million facility is scheduled for May 6, with a targeted completion date of January 2016.
  • The St. Basil Court residence hall and adjacent Treetops Café overlooking Fairmount Park.
  • The former Germantown Hospital, whose acquisition expanded the University’s physical footprint from 100 to 130 acres, creating a West Campus and a new, expanded space for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and other administrative offices.
  • The Shoppes at La Salle, the development of which supported the economic viability of the surrounding community and which includes the first supermarket in the neighborhood in 40 years.
  • An expanded and completely renovated Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology.

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. 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.

 

 

Senior Molly Fay Wins Award for Best Undergraduate Research Paper

 

La Salle University senior Molly Fay won an award for presenting the best undergraduate research paper at the Eastern American Studies Conference held at the University on March 28 and 29.

Her paper, “City Country: The Paradox of Country Music in Urban America,” won the Francis Ryan Award, named after the founder and current director of the American Studies program at the University.

“I was very surprised to win, especially after hearing from other students about their various research projects and papers,” Fay said. “I am very honored to represent La Salle and the American Studies and History departments.”

She said a tragedy is the reason behind the growth in country music’s popularity in cities.

“There was an great revival of patriotism and pride in the American way of life after Sept. 11 that caused a spike for country musicians, as the genre draws on those very topics,” said Fay, an American studies major from Denver, Colo. “Since then, country musicians have blurred the lines between what is traditionally ‘country’ and other genres, like pop and rock, to maintain the appeal to major markets. Examples of this transcendence between genres began mainly with Garth Brooks in the 1990s and have continued with artists such as Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and the newly popular duo Florida Georgia Line.”

“I have been a fan of country music since I was 10 or 11,” said Fay. “Growing up out West made the genre very accessible.”

Fay said the idea for her paper’s topic came in La Salle history professor Lisa Jarvinen’s “American Cities” class. “We were given free rein for the final research paper. As American studies is a multidisciplinary field, I decided to focus on a topic I enjoyed learning about but had never had the opportunity to study,” Fay said.

Each year, the American Studies program at La Salle selects the best paper from the spring and fall capstone classes to be presented at the annual Eastern American Studies Conference. “When I learned my paper had been selected, I was very excited and honored to be representing La Salle, especially since the conference this year is being held here,” said Fay, who plans to earn an MBA at La Salle.

Fay said she came to La Salle because of the Christian Brothers, the order that operates the University. “I went to a Lasallian high school and enjoyed it immensely, for the excellent scholarship opportunities, and I also wanted to live in a completely new place,” she said.

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. 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.

 

 

La Salle University Presents Distinguished Faculty Service Award to Lynne A. Texter and Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award to Frederick Van Fleteren

 
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(left to right): La Salle University President Br. Michael McGinniss, F.S.C.; Lynne A. Texter, Ph.D., Chair of the Communication Department and recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award; Philosophy Professor Frederick Van Fleteren, Ph.D., recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award; Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., Provost of La Salle University.

La Salle University recently presented two faculty members with annual awards: Frederick Van Fleteren, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, received the Faculty Distinguished Scholarship Award, and Lynne A. Texter, Ph.D., Chair of the Communication Department, received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

In presenting the honor to Texter, University Provost Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., said, “Her service is grounded in an intertwined commitment to faculty development and to student advancement, including developing the Communication Department’s adjunct-training program and piloting a program where she meets each summer with faculty to assist them in developing and achieving their professional goals.”

“She is a scholar for whom study finds its fulfillment in service. Such integration of theory and practice is central to La Salle’s educational mission. Advancement of this mission through service that binds community and fosters hope has been Lynne’s lifework,” Marbach added.

Texter, who started at La Salle in 1989, said, “I constantly seek professional development for myself, my colleagues and my students, in the classroom and beyond. Teaching and service provide many avenues for that development. I really enjoy being part of a team working toward a challenging goal, especially one that seems beyond our reach and that will make us stretch.”

She added, “When I learned of this honor, I was asked to talk about the meaning of service. To paraphrase, it takes a village to raise a Lasallian. I cherish being in a community in which people share the work together, sometimes play together; we push each other, support each other, and have each other’s backs. It does take a village to raise a Lasallian, and I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful role models.”

Texter, who in 1996 received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, said, “I knew I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself,” she said about why she chose to come to La Salle. “I wanted to be part of a community. I wanted to be at a place where I could learn about myself, the students, and other people and things. And I found that here.”

In presenting the scholarship award to Van Fleteren, Marbach said, “His scholarly work across his 26 years at La Salle has been outstanding in its steadily productive pace, in its high quality, and in the recognition it has received from an august body of peers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

A noted scholar on the life and writings of St. Augustine, Van Fleteren has spent 20 years translating a work about the saint published more than 300 years ago.

Marbach said, “Professor Van Fleteren’s recent, three-volume translation with commentary of Louis Sébastian’s 17th-century French biography has been described as ‘much more than a mere translation,’ and that Fred’s commentaries are ‘an indispensable reading aid’ to Sébastian’s important work, opening up ‘a new approach for English-language research to the modern view of Augustine.’”

On receiving the award, Van Fleteren said, “It’s a great honor, and I accept it with great humility and good deal of pride.”

St. Augustine, said Van Fleteren, “is the most prolific and valuable author from the late antique world. He wrote almost six million words which are extant. New letters and sermons are continually being discovered.”

“I think he is the most important figure in western thought,” Van Fleteren added. “Most people think that figure is Plato, but I disagree. Augustine had the advantage of the Judeo-Christian revelation, which was lacking to Plato. He had the best of Hebrew thought and the best of Greek thought available to him.”

While working on the Tillemont translation, Van Fleteren has also translated and edited several other books and written several articles and book reviews on St. Augustine. He is a co-editor of the critically acclaimed Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, published in 1999. He said the final volume of the Tillemont will be published in September. But that will not be his final word on the subject.

“After my work on this final volume ends, I have six articles that are already begun in my computer,” he said. “And that will certainly lead to more.”

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. 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.

 

 

Brazilian Science and Technology Students to Study English at La Salle University’s English Language Institute

 
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Brazilian science and technology students who will study English at La Salle’s English Language Institute (ELI) pose with ELI Director Edward McManness.

Eight science and technology students from Brazil will study English at La Salle University’s English Language Institute (ELI), the first time foreign students will attend the ELI as an approved member of the Institute of International Education.

The students, all juniors, are visiting the United States through Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program, which provides opportunities for Brazilian students to study in the United States.

They will be studying at the ELI through mid-August and will enter a one year academic program of study, followed by a short-term internship or co-op.

 

 

La Salle University Public Health Professor Jillian Lucas Baker Seeking Ways to Stop the Spread of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections

 

With a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), La Salle University public health professor Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, is developing ways to stop the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among young, African-American males

Baker received a Diversity Minority Supplement award to conduct her study, “Sexual Risk Communication between African American Fathers and Sons,” funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the NIH.

“My research to date 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. “I recently completed 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 of the focus groups were held at a barbershop in West Philadelphia, Baker said.

“The focus 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,” she said.

Baker is an assistant professor of public health at La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She joined the faculty in 2011.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine recently named Baker an emerging scholar (http://diverseeducation.com/article/60075/).

She developed an interest in public health while a psychology major at the University of Pennsylvania. She was unsure of a career path until her junior year, when she took a class on human sexuality taught by nursing professor Loretta Sweet-Jemmott. That class, she said, sparked her initial interest in HIV and sexual health.

Impressed by Baker’s performance in her class, Jemmott encouraged her to work as a research coordinator with her husband, John Jemmott, then Director of the Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I worked on coordinating HIV/STI prevention programs for middle school students in public schools in Philadelphia,” she said.

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. 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.

 

 

La Salle University One of 10 Colleges to Participate in Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

 

La Salle University is one of 10 colleges that will participate in the 25th anniversary celebration of Habitat for Humanity to be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., March 2-8, 2014.

A spokesperson for Habitat said while there was no competition to participate in the anniversary for the 10 participating colleges, La Salle University was invited because of its recent work with the Habitat for Humanity Forsyth County affiliate in Winston-Salem. La Salle is sending nine students and one University Ministry and Service staff member to the anniversary event. (La Salle students have also worked at Habitat for Humanity sites in Florida and West Virginia.)

Last year, La Salle students made a video about their experiences working at the Habitat for Humanity site in North Carolina.

Austin Vasko, a junior finance major at La Salle and veteran of two service trips with Habitat for Humanity, said, “Both have been fantastic experiences that I would recommend to any student here at La Salle. Last year’s trip, in particular, was awesome for many reasons. We were able to take part in every step of the building process, from tearing down an old home to handing the keys to a new one to its owner.”

Vasko will be among the La Salle students making the trip to North Carolina.

“I am excited to have the chance to go back and introduce more Lasallians to the work Habitat for Humanity does in Winston-Salem. It is truly an honor to be invited back for their 25th anniversary. Habitat embodies the Lasallian way—meeting individuals where they are and helping them be the best they can be,” Vasko said.

Amanda Szynal, a senior nutrition major who will also participate in the anniversary trip, said, “I got involved with Habitat as a sophomore, and it has truly grown to be a part of my life. A house is made a home based on the love, family, friends, and shelter it brings.”

She added, “Although La Salle University students who work on these homes put effort, strength, and sweat into them, the homes also contain our laughter, determination, singing, and dancing. This is why I have been doing Habitat the past two years, to provide others with security and safety and space to grow in a proper living environment.”

The University’s selection to participate in the Habitat for Humanity anniversary is one of several honors the University or its students have recently received for community service.

In April 2013, La Salle University student Daniel Bowers was named a Newman Civic Fellow, an honor given to inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. In 2012, La Salle student Emily Plummer was recognized as a Newman Civic Fellow.

The University was designated as a Lead Institution by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, an organization for the student affairs profession. As a participating institution in NASPA’s Lead Initiative, La Salle will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.

In addition to the Project Appalachia Trip, there are two University sponsored service trips to the Dominican Republic.

Students are partnering with the Village Mountain Mission in the Dominican Republic, where they work with local communities in a variety of development initiatives. Twenty volunteers will spend one week building homes for deserving families.

For the first time, La Salle University will be partnering with Volunteers in Mission, a Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Program. Students will teach classes in grades Pre-K through 4th grade across various disciplines, including English as a Second Language, computer skills, music, and art. Several students will also work in a health clinic, assisting in nursing and teaching hygiene.

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. 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.

 

 

La Salle University Student Brian Vazquez Receives the Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award from Comcast Corporation

 
La Salle University student Brian Vazquez (second from left) recipient of the Comcast Corporation’s Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award. Pictured with Vazquez are: Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen (first on the left), Trey Ulrich, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations (2nd from right), and Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, La Salle alum and President and CEO of Citizens Bank and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (far right).

La Salle University student Brian Vazquez (second from left) recipient of the Comcast Corporation’s Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award. Pictured with Vazquez are: Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen (first on the left), Trey Ulrich, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations (2nd from right), and Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, La Salle alum and President and CEO of Citizens Bank and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (far right).

 
La Salle University freshman Brian Vazquez recently received the Comcast Corporation’s Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award, which provides a $5,000 scholarship. It was presented to Vazquez 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 were selected for the award.

“It feels great to be recognized for your hard work,” Vazquez said. “And to be one of only two students selected from Philadelphia makes me feel really special.” The other recipient was Linda Croskey of Drexel University.

A psychology major, Vazquez said, “I chose to attend La Salle because it is well known for its psychology programs, and the classroom sizes are small. After I obtain my bachelor’s degree, I plan to get my master’s in clinical-counseling psychology at La Salle. My focus is to help children and adolescents with their obstacles, and along the way I would like to understand more about myself and why people act and think the way they do.”

He also said he came to 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. Vazquez currently has a GPA of 3.68.

Vazquez is a graduate of the International Christian High School of Philadelphia, where he was valedictorian, a member of the National Honor Society, student body president, and a two-time class president. In 2013, he received the Ronald McDonald House Charities Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources Scholarship.

His family moved to Philadelphia from Puerto Rico when Vazquez was seven. They live in Northeast Philadelphia.

Vazquez is the second La Salle student in the past two years to receive the Gustave Amsterdam Leadership Award. In 2012, Susan Casillo, a Speech-Language-Hearing Science major received the scholarship.

Comcast established the award in 2001 to honor Amsterdam, who was 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.

“Through the Gus Amsterdam Leadership Awards, we are also extremely excited to acknowledge the positive impact of students from Philadelphia, who represent the city’s potential and promise in the decades to come,” Cohen said.

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. 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.

 

 

La Salle University President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Receives Honorary Degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

 
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Br. Michael McGinniss, F.S.C. (center) receives his honorary degree from Brother President William Mann of Saint Mary’s University (left) and the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Gostomski (right).

La Salle University President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., recently received an honorary degree from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. Br. Michael, who is stepping down as La Salle’s President this May after 15 years in office, was honored for his contributions to the Catholic Church, schools, and society.

“Whereas Brother Michael has without a doubt had a significant, long-lasting, and transformational impact on the future of Lasallian and Catholic education, on this continent and around the world … the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s of Minnesota bestows on Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., the degree of Doctor of Educational Leadership, honoris causa,” said Brother Robert Smith, F.S.C., Vice President of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s.

“It’s always gratifying to be recognized by your peers,” Br. Michael said. “Being honored with four other Christian Brothers who have done so much for the mission of St. John Baptist de La Salle made the event even more special.”

Br. Michael was honored by Saint Mary’s for his service alongside three other Christian Brothers who are current or former presidents of Lasallian colleges . The other honorary degree recipients were: Brother Mel Anderson, F.S.C., former President of Saint Mary’s College of California; Brother James Gaffney, F.S.C., President of Lewis University in Illinois; and Brother Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C., past President of Manhattan College in New York.

In addition, Saint Mary’s honored its President Emeritus, Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., with the dedication of Brother Louis Hall, a classroom and office building formerly known as Park Avenue North.

Br. Michael has been President of La Salle University since 1999. He was previously President of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.

During his tenure at La Salle, he launched a new strategic plan for the University that resulted in the following accomplishments:

  • $133 million raised for various facilities, programs, and other initiatives
  • An increase in the University’s endowment by 88 percent, from $42 million to $79.4 million
  • An increase in undergraduate enrollment by 13 percent and graduate/doctorate enrollment by 24 percent
  • A significant increase in alumni involvement in the life of the University
  • The construction of the $26 million St. Basil’s residence hall and adjacent Treetops Café overlooking Fairmount Park
  • An expansion of the physical footprint of the University with the acquisition of the former Germantown Hospital, taking the campus from 100 to 130 acres and creating the West Campus and a new, expanded space for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Support for the economic viability of the surrounding community with the development of The Shoppes at La Salle, which include the first supermarket in the neighborhood in 40 years
  • The expansion and complete renovation of Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology
  • A unique recognition for civic engagement, both academically and through extracurricular activities, from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • The finalizing of planning for the development of La Salle’s new business school
  • The expansion of the Bucks County Center in Newtown, Pa.
  • The opening of the Montgomery County Center in Plymouth Meeting, 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. 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.