La Salle University’s Third Annual Community Health Fair Slated for Saturday, October 4, from Noon to 3 p.m.

 

La Salle University’s Community Building Team will host its third annual Explore Your Health! community health fair on Saturday, Oct. 4th, from noon to 3 p.m. at The Shoppes at La Salle, Chew and Wister Streets.

Highlights of the fair include free health screenings offered by La Salle’s Neighborhood Nursing Center, information and giveaways distributed by more than 50 vendors representing local healthcare related businesses and retailers, tours of La Salle’s new community garden, free raffles, sports clinics and other activities for children, a Zumba demonstration, and live performances by student and local artists.

More than 150 La Salle students, faculty, and administrators worked on Explore Your Health! to raise awareness about medical issues facing the community and to provide resources from the University and vendors to address them. The event is an initiative of the University’s Community Building Team, a group of faculty, staff, students, and area residents who commit themselves to the Lasallian value of “together by association” through creative thinking, dynamic decision-making, solidarity, and simply being good neighbors.

“Explore Your Health! is a great example of how the University lives out its Catholic and Lasallian mission as a socially responsible member of our neighborhood,” said TiRease Holmes, Chairperson of CBT and Director of Off Campus and Commuter Communities  at the University. “It helps us establish partnerships with our neighbors in the process of economic revitalization. Plus, it’s just a fun event.”

“We were very excited that the health fair doubled in size last year, with nearly 300 participants and more than 50 vendors.  There is something for everyone at the health fair, including activities for children, information and screenings for senior citizens, and general health information and screenings for all ages,” said Holmes.  The Zumba aerobic fitness demonstration is always very popular in getting participants active.

“Urban environments present unique challenges to keeping populations healthy,” according to Holly Harner, Ph.D., Chair of La Salle’s Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition.

“People who live in urban environments also live with the realities of crime and poverty and are under chronic stress, which contributes to heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, and often don’t have access to quality health care,” Harner said.

Many urban neighborhoods don’t have outlets that sell fresh fruit and vegetables, Harner said. Poor nutrition contributes to diabetes, she said, and the density of urban areas contributes to asthma.

Urban areas benefit from the close association of community members, with projects such as community gardens and urban farming.

“We planned this fair because it’s a great opportunity to put forth a collaborative effort in which we can address the needs of our greater community by sharing resources within and outside the University,” Holmes said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the University community and community members to positively interact with one another surrounding a topic that impacts us all—health.”

The health fair exemplifies Lasallian values through active citizenship, outreach, and engagement. Together with the community, La Salle will be collaboratively educating, informing, and bringing awareness to neighbors and students on various health issues.

For more information about participating in the health fair and/or registering as a vendor, visit http://studentaffairs.lasalle.edu/communitybuilding or call 215.951.1916.

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La Salle University Art Museum Awarded Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services to Make Its Collection Available over the Internet

 
Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859-1937), Mary, 1898, Oil on Canvas, Purchased with funds from Regina and Regan Henry

Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859-1937), Mary, 1898, Oil on Canvas, Purchased with funds from Regina and Regan Henry

The La Salle University Art Museum received a grant of $76,391 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for its Collections Database Conversion program. The IMLS grant will be used to help make the Art Museum’s collection available to the widest possible public audiences over the Internet.

“Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “Receiving a grant from IMLS is significant achievement, and we congratulate La Salle University Art Museum for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.”

Klare Scarborough, Ph.D., Director of the La Salle University Art Museum, said, “This fall, we will begin implementing a collections digitization and access project, which will transfer about 4,000 artwork records from an outdated database system to a more modern collections management system. The records include information such as title and date of artwork; artist name, nationality and life dates; and artwork medium, along with a good-quality downloadable image of the artwork.”

“After electronic records are moved and new image files are created and added to the system, we will launch a Web kiosk which will give our audiences the ability to search La Salle’s art collection, and to download images for educational use. While the Art Museum’s website currently provides public access to images and information for all artworks on display, the project will establish a searchable online interface to records for the entire collection,” said Scarborough.

“We are very grateful and pleased that the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Art Museum this grant,” she added.

La Salle University Art Museum maintains a comprehensive collection of European and American art, along with special collections of non-Western art and ancient art. Highlights include paintings by Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto), Charles Willson Peale, Henry Ossawa Tanner, George Rouault, Edouard Vuillard, Dorothea Tanning, and Alex Katz; drawings by Salvator Rosa, Eugène Delacroix and Edgar Degas; etchings by Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt and James McNeil Whistler; and photographs by Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen community communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.  A complete list of museum recipients is on IMLS’s web site: www.imls.gov/2014MuseumList. For information about IMLS grant programs, see: www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.

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 has named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education in its recent college rankings. La Salle University Art Museum opened its doors to the public in 1975 and is the only university art museum in the area with a permanent display of Western art from the Renaissance to the present.###

 

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La Salle University Breaks Ground on $35 Million School of Business Facility

 

Announces Major Gift to Business School

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Philadelphia, PA —–
La Salle University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new, $35 million School of Business facility on Sept. 16, 2014 on the building site at the intersection of Chew Avenue, Wister Street, and Penn Boulevard, off of Olney Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia.

The University announced last November that it planned to construct a six-story, state-of-the-art facility to house its School of Business. The new building has been designed to include amenities and spaces that facilitate the collaborative learning, networking, and teamwork necessary in today’s business world.

“This is one of the most significant projects that La Salle has undertaken in its 151-year history,” said William R. Sautter, Chair, La Salle University Board of Trustees. “This facility will ensure that future generations of business students will have access to a world-class learning environment that will equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the global economy and make significant contributions to their communities.”

The 87,000-square-foot building will be located on the University’s West Campus and will  extend the University’s frontage from Olney to Chew Avenue. The project will also have a positive impact on the community, creating approximately 600 jobs during construction.

In addition to the ceremonial groundbreaking, University officials will also announce today that Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Fierko are making a $3 million gift to the new School of Business facility.  Mr. Fierko, who is Vice Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees, is one of the five largest individual alumni donors in La Salle’s history, and a 1963 La Salle School of Business alumnus.

“Ed Fierko is a staunch champion of this University and a longtime booster of the La Salle School of Business,” said James P. Gallagher, Ph.D., Interim President, La Salle University. “His leadership and many contributions have and will continue to propel this University forward.”

The School of Business facility’s state-of-the-art amenities will include a dramatic atrium space that can be used to host networking and social events; a sales training laboratory and simulation facilities; a corporate-style boardroom; a 300-seat auditorium, and flexible collaborative learning rooms, gathering spaces, and technology-equipped breakout rooms that will reinforce interactions among students, faculty, and business executives.

“It is our job to help build future generations of business leaders,” said Gary A. Giamartino, Ph.D., Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “We have a compelling mission, talented students, and inspiring faculty, and now we are breaking ground on what will be one of the most advanced learning facilities for business education in the nation.”

The facility is scheduled to open for classes in January 2016. The project is being funded with $20 million from the University and $15 million in planned alumni donations.

Consultants for the project include Daniel J. Keating Company, Kimmel-Bogrette Architecture + Site, Bohler Engineering, The Harman Group, Inc., and Burns Engineering Inc.

La Salle’s School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a designation held by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist deLa 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.

Learn more about the new School of Business building at www.lasalle.edu/business/building.

 

Ashley Torres, President of La Salle’s Students’ Government Association, Continues Tradition of Addressing Freshman Class

 
Ashley Torres, President of the La Salle University Students' Government Association, speaks to the incoming freshmen freshmen class at the University's Opening Convocation ceremony.

Ashley Torres, President of the La Salle University Students’ Government Association, speaks to the incoming freshman class at the University’s Opening Convocation ceremony.

La Salle University tradition has the President of the Students’ Government Association (SGA) address the incoming freshman class and their families at the University’s Opening Convocation, and this year’s SGA leader, Ashley Torres, is no stranger to speaking before large crowds.

“I still get nervous right before speaking, but the freshmen are just as nervous with starting their new journey!” she said of her address on August 21. “Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to about 100 young people at the Redemptorists’ Young Adult Dialogue in Canandaigua, N.Y., which was a religious retreat for Catholic youth from Redemptorist order  parishes.”

More than 1,000 freshman students, transfer students, and their families were in attendance at the convocation. Torres’s talk focused on the Lasallian community and values that will change the new students’ views on the world.

A senior political science major, Torres decided to run for President when other SGA members encouraged her.

“That was truly a compliment and a risk I could not turn away from,” she said. “Since I was a young girl, people have told me I was a natural-born leader, because I have always been fearless when in social situations and taking initiative before I was asked, and you would find me leading a game or teaching a quirky song to friends. In addition, I was always the one in our family with creative ideas and made sure we acted upon them. But I never thought I would be the student government president at the college I attended.

“La Salle University has given me numerous opportunities and has broadened my perspective, and this role is the least I could do,” she added. “I truly care about the students and their ideas. After all, this is our school and I want to make sure our voices are heard.”

In addition to the SGA, Torres has been involved with AIDS Outreach, service trips with Project Appalachia and to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. She spent two years volunteering with AmeriCorps, where she was a college-prep mentor for students in Philadelphia’s Kensington section, and she interned at the city’s chapter of the Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Torres had been an SGA senator, and last year she was the organization’s Vice President of Public Affairs. “I sat on the community-building team and student media committees, started a new video blog with SGA updates, and managed our social media,” she said.

One goal she has for her presidency is to “make sure students know the potential SGA has to make their campus better. Students are not readily seeking Senate members out for improvements. SGA is looking for better communication methods; whether mock town hall meetings or more social media outreach, we have to find the best ways to serve.

“The Students’ Government Association is composed of dedicated members who work towards the well-being of our community,” she added. “I want to make sure that we are coming up with innovative ways to gather input from our constituents, the students, to strategize and get needs met this year. I want students to know that La Salle’s administration is lending their ears and is here for our success.”

After she graduates from La Salle, Torres said she’d like to spend a year of service on the U.S.-Mexican border and further her education in either law or politics.

During spring break last year, Torres was in a class that travelled to El Paso, Texas, to learn about immigration up close. They roomed at a church there that has a program for college students to visit and learn about border issues.

“The horrific and desolate conditions I witnessed forever changed my perspective on the privileges I have as an American,” said Torres, whose family is from Puerto Rico. “I had the chance to speak to migrants from Mexico who shared their life stories, which were both disheartening and inspiring at the same time. I want to be an advocate for Mexicans and South Americans because nobody deserves to be treated as a subhuman.

“I plan to apply to a few service programs to reaffirm my passion of working toward a better future for the immigration system,” she added. “That is where my heart is and I know with the experiences I will have, this could be my driving force through graduate school.” ​

 

 

La Salle University Presents Lasallian Distinguished Educator Award to Senior Associate Dean of Students Alan Wendell

 
Alan Wendell (center), Senior Associate Dean of Students at La Salle University, was awarded the University’s Lasallian Distinguished Educator Award. On the left is Margaret McGuiness, professor of religion and Executive Director of Mission Integration at La Salle University, and on the right is James Gallagher, Interim President of La Salle University.

Alan Wendell (center), Senior Associate Dean of Students at La Salle University, was awarded the University’s Lasallian Distinguished Educator Award. On the left is Margaret McGuiness, Ph.D., professor of religion and Vice President of Mission Integration at La Salle University, and on the right is James Gallagher, Ph.D., Interim President of La Salle University.

For his commitment to the well-being and success of students, Alan Wendell, Senior Associate Dean of Students at La Salle University, was awarded the University’s Lasallian Distinguished Educator Award. It honors outstanding members of the La Salle community who exhibit in their daily lives a commitment to Lasallian priorities and traditions.

Wendell has been at La Salle for 26 years, and he said the best part of his job is “being with a student who is struggling, and then having the opportunity to watch them move through a situation and succeed.”

When notified he received the award, Wendell said his first reaction was “pride in thinking that people somehow link the work I do with the work of previous award recipients.”

He said he became interested in student life while pursuing a graduate degree in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas. “I enjoyed helping students work through issues, but learned there were many more ways to do that than through daytime appointments in my office. Often the help was more valuable and appreciated where they lived,” he said. “So I began my career in residence life at the University of Kansas. From there I moved into the resident life position at La Salle.”

He began as Assistant Director of Resident Life for Judicial Affairs, then successively became Assistant Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students and then Senior Associate Dean of Students. During his first six years at La Salle, he and his wife, Deidre, daughter, Callan (“Callie”), and son, Jacob, lived on the La Salle campus, first in a University apartment and then in a townhouse. They now reside in Fort Washington, Pa.

A letter nominating Wendell for the award stated, “Alan promotes education in all endeavors, believes in the value of learning from mistakes, and promotes excellence. He works hard and thoughtfully and expects others to as well. Alan is often taking on additional projects to promote the well-being of students. Examples of these additional projects over the years include: co-chairing the Dining Service Committee, serving on the Service-Trip/Students Traveling work group, co-advising the Jazz/Pep Band, and advising the Community Development Advisory Board.”

The letter continued, “While Alan does not teach in a traditional classroom, he certainly educates beyond the classroom! He strives to incorporate learning opportunities into the residential communities via the Honors Community, Signum Fidei Community, and Business Scholars Community. Alan also infuses learning into the conduct process. He ensures students are familiar with and have access to the community standards and trains his staff to take an educational approach to conduct hearings.”

Wendell oversees community development at the University, which includes: Building and sustaining the residential communities; supporting our commuter and off campus students, providing support and oversight to student crisis situations; communicating high expectations for student conduct and challenging student misbehavior, support and oversee activity of student organizations, provide opportunities for student leadership development, develop and manage new programs for incoming students.

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 Professor and Student Conducting Research Using “Mini” Drones

 

William Weaver, a La Salle University professor of Integrated Science, Business and Technology (ISBT), and John “Jack” Meeker, a senior ISBT major, are doing a summer research project aimed at developing an algorithm-based control process for drones, which could have implication for driver-less cars or pilotless airplanes.

“Most of the commercial flying ‘drone’ remote-control vehicles are delivered with electronics that help to stabilize their flight and performance, but are still remotely controlled by a human pilot who is using a control device, which is often a game controller,” said Weaver.

With the aid of La Salle’s Frank P. Palopoli Endowed Professorship Award, Weaver and Meeker were able to purchase “mini-drones” – they fit into the palm of your hand – and are using these six machines for their research. They also received a grant from an annual faculty and student research program sponsored by the Dean’s Office at La Salle’s School of Arts and Sciences

“Developing an autopilot capable of allowing the drone to fly autonomously is a challenging project, and one that involves the integration of control theory, artificial intelligence, and sensor fusion,” said Weaver. “All of these topics are concepts that are studied within the ISBT curriculum; however, proof-of-concept algorithms are currently deployed within a virtual environment.”

“Having actual flying hardware allows us to adjust these algorithms for real-world problems, such as interference, noisy environments, wind currents, and other unexpected challenges that are not present in a virtual system,” said Weaver. “These types of real-world challenges are those that are faced by working engineers as they develop autonomous flying and driving vehicles,” Weaver said.

With this research project, he and Meeker are attempting to add an auto-pilot flight mode to the existing manual controls. “After that has been accomplished, we will then develop the software necessary to have a swarm of the drones fly in formation and solve problems autonomously using position technology and communication protocols that we are developing.”

While drones known primarily for use in the military, Weaver says they have many civilian applications outside of combat, such as search and rescue missions in dangerous situations (a fire or a natural disaster); monitoring traffic; conducting wildlife surveys; measuring crop growth; and performing environmental studies.

Meeker, who is in the University’s Honors Program, said his interest in drones grew out of his ISBT capstone project. “I asked Dr. Weaver if he would be my mentor, and he said yes, and he suggested the field of quadcopters.  We had never worked with them before, so we took this project from its birth and it has grown ever since.”

“I enjoy very much the hardware side of the project – building the Nano Quadcopters – and seeing them fly is very rewarding,” said Meeker, who is from Malvern, Pa. “We are now working on the software side of the project, and our ideas for the future are very exciting.”

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 Andy Augustin Receives McLean Scholarship; Says He Didn’t Choose Nursing, Nursing Chose Him

 

La Salle University sophomore Andy Augustin has received a McLean Scholarship from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP). Only seven students statewide received the scholarship, which is for those studying in nursing and physician assistant programs.

Each of the 88 colleges within AICUP can nominate only one student for the $3,000 scholarship, which is presented through AICUP and a generous endowment from the McLean Contributionship. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“When I first heard I received the scholarship, I was speechless, but overwhelmed with joy at the same time,” said Augustin. He plans to be a critical care nurse.

Pamela Ramanathan, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at La Salle, nominated Augustin. “I nominated Andy for a few reasons: He has a 4.0 GPA. He already has a solid path planned for his nursing career, and he actively participates in community service.” She said Augustin also received an excellent recommendation from one of his chemistry teachers.

Augustin, a resident of Northeast Philadelphia, had to submit a 500-word essay with his application, and wrote about why he decided to pursue nursing.

“While attending Central High School, I always had a passion for science, especially anatomy and pharmacology. Living in a poverty afflicted family and my fervor for science made me open to the possibility of working in healthcare,” he wrote. “However, I didn’t’ know if I wanted to be a physician, pharmacist, chemist, nurse or nutritionist. I knew that if I was picking a major it would have to be something I would love doing for the rest of my life. After months of research and shadowing, I wanted to major in nursing, because it was the only one of these jobs that really involves comprehensive, elongated, empathetic care with every patient. I can think of nothing more satisfying and rewarding than helping people recover from illnesses and increasing their quality of life. Providing exceptional care to people of all ages is what I would like to center the rest of my life around. I didn’t exactly choose nursing. Nursing chose me.”

Augustin has a 4.0 GPA and last year tutored classmates in a chemistry class. He’ll tutor again this year.

“I will help students who have difficulties learning chemistry enjoy the learning process and do well on exams,” Augustin wrote. “This will be exciting for me because I love to tutor, and help my peers understand hard concepts.”

In his recommendation letter for Augustin, Stephen Paul, Ph.D., who teaches in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at La Salle, wrote, “Once in a great while you are fortunate to get a student like Mr. Augustin. He is the rare gift that blossoms into an academically talented student that gives an educator a tremendous feeling of personal fulfillment and accomplishment. Mr. Augustin will not only excel as an academic scholar, he will be a positive role model for other students to follow and benefit from.”

In addition to having a 4.0 GPA, Augustin in his spare time enjoys reading Plato, Mary Daly, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. He also volunteers with neighborhood trash cleanups, food kitchens, the city of Philadelphia’s Broad Street Run and the March of Dimes. “I particularly like serving in food kitchens because I enjoy interacting with and feeding those less fortunate than me. This helped me overcome prejudices I was taught regarding the less fortunate which will aid me as a future nurse,” he wrote.

Coming from a working-class household made Augustin realize the value of education. “My mother immigrated to the United States from Haiti years ago, and hasn’t received a college education,” he wrote. “As a result, she works long hours and is undercompensated. To prevent this incessant cycle from befalling me and to make a better life for myself and my family, I made the decision to attend La Salle University. I will continue to stay on the right track to fulfill my dreams of becoming an RN so I can make a better life for myself and my mother, who went through so much to put me in college.”

AICUP is the only Pennsylvania statewide organization that serves exclusively the interests of private higher education within the Commonwealth, exists to complement and support the work of campus leaders. The Association provides a variety of services and programs tailored specifically to the needs and situation of independent higher education.

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.

Money Magazine Ranks La Salle University as the Eighth Best College for Value and Among the Top Quarter of All Universities in Country

 

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Money magazine has named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education in its recent college rankings.

The magazine also ranked the University in the top quarter of all American colleges for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings.

“We are very pleased that Money magazine has recognized La Salle’s long-held value of providing personal attention and mentoring to our students,” said Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., Provost of La Salle University. “This student-centered focus results in their success at the University and throughout their lives.”

In the category of 25 schools that are “Value All-Stars,” the magazine factored in the percentage of students who complete college and the average alumni salary. This category was to “determine which schools actually add the most value, taking into account the economic and academic profiles of the incoming students and, in the case of earnings, the mix of majors at each school,” according to the magazine.

Factors considered in the value ranking included the percentage of students who complete college and how much alumni typically earn. These colleges also “turn out graduates who exceed the averages for their peer groups by the widest margin,” the magazine reported on its Web site.

The magazine reported that colleges whose graduates earned more than would be predicted, given their student body, appear to be creating more opportunity and thus are ranked higher.

In the subcategory of “earnings outperformance,” La Salle graduates earned an average of $10,270 more than predicted than those at peer colleges. The University’s graduation rate was 18 percent higher than predicted than at peer colleges.

The magazine stated that the graduation rate outperformance represents the percentage by which the school’s graduation rate exceeds the average for schools with student bodies from similar socioeconomic and academic backgrounds; the earnings outperformance represents how much more the average graduate earns than would be predicted (measured by the percentage of Pell Grant recipients and average standardized test scores and, for earnings, the mix of majors at the school).Also considered were student-loan default rates.

To see the rankings, visit: http://time.com/money/3025341/colleges-that-add-the-most-value-moneys-best-colleges/

For overall rankings of colleges that offer “the most bang for the (tuition) buck,” Money screened out those with a below-average graduation rate and then ranked 665 colleges on 17 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings. La Salle was tied with two others for 166th, placing it in the top quarter of American colleges.

To see the full ranking of schools, visit: http://ti.me/UFuLeL

On Money’s Web site, it stated the survey “wanted to find colleges that did what education is supposed to do—help hardworking students from any background break into a good career. So (the magazine) calculated the impact of test scores and of coming from a low-income family on graduates’ earnings.” Then, using federal data on the test scores and economic background of each school’s student body, the magazine calculated what the expected earnings would be for each school.

In a press release, Money stated it would take “a new approach to ranking colleges that uses unique measures of educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes to help families find the right school at the right price.”

The press release went on to state that “among the rankings’ distinctive analyses: The list provides a more realistic way to price colleges, taking into account the complete cost of a degree rather than a single year. It is also the only ranking to evaluate which schools add the most value given the academic and economic background of the students who attend, and to level the playing field on majors, to show whether graduates of a particular college earn more (or less) than average, whether they got degrees in engineering or English.”

The result, said Money senior writer Kim Clark, who created the rankings, “is a list of colleges—some famous, some surprising—that, according to the best data available, provide real value. College is expensive, but the highly rated colleges on our list are the most likely to do a great job of educating your student and helping to launch him or her into a well-paying job.”

To develop the new rankings, Money partnered with Mark Schneider, former commissioner of the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, and his company College Measures, which collects and analyzes data to drive improvements in higher ed. Major contributions also came from Payscale.com, which provided the earnings data. One of the most important findings to come out of the rankings, Schneider notes, is that you don’t have to pay a lot to get a high quality education that really helps in the job market. “The published price of a college doesn’t tell you very much about what you’ll actually pay or of students’ later life success,” he says. “There is zero correlation with most of our measures.”

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.

 

La Salle Student Marina Hansen Interning with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

 

Obtaining an internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proved beneficial for La Salle senior Marina Hansen even before she started: “If there’s one thing that I have learned going through this application process, it would definitely be patience, which is a good thing considering I have none!” she said.

At the end of February, Hansen was interviewed at the ATF’s Philadelphia office, and a week later learned she had been selected as an intern pending background investigation and position availability. The required background check was extensive, and took several weeks to complete.

Hansen is assigned to the ATF Violent Crimes Task Force and the ATF Arson and Explosives Task Force as part of her summer internship.

Hansen had grown up wanting to help people and planned to be a doctor. She entered La Salle University as a biology major, but a few weeks into her first semester she wasn’t sure if she had selected the right path. She reflected on what she wanted to do, and realized the answer was already there – law enforcement.

“One of my best friends’ father was a police officer, and I had family who were officers, too,” said Hansen, who lives in Franklinville, N.J. “I always thought what they did was so fascinating. I took forensics in high school and this helped me come to the decision that I wanted to become a criminal justice major. I began taking classes and fell completely in love with the criminal justice system and how it works. With wanting to help people, growing up with police, and loving the classes I was taking, I realized I was finally doing what was right for me. I plan to become a special agent working in federal law enforcement upon graduation, and I can’t be happier with my decision.”

When she decided on her new career path, she started majoring in criminal justice.

“I’m ecstatic to start my internship with the ATF to gain the necessary experience to achieve my goals. I will be going back to school to get my master’s in criminal justice once I start working after graduation,” she said.

Before deciding on law enforcement, Hansen changed her major from biology to chemistry, a topic she had enjoyed in high school.

“Being a chemistry major is no walk in the park. It involves self-discipline, endless hours of study, and if I were a coffee drinker, probably a great deal of caffeine. While it may seem like torture to someone else, chemistry has helped me grow as a person. It allows people to think in ways that other majors don’t,” she said. “The analytical way of thinking that I have learned at La Salle will definitely be an asset in my career.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives is a principal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime, and protecting our Nation.

The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries. ATF protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.

ATF partners with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.

Interns serve as a student volunteer in the ATF Philadelphia Field Division. Interns interact with Special Agents on a daily basis, providing case support related to on-going criminal investigations.  Interns are exposed to the investigative process that leads to the prosecution of individuals and organizations that violate federal firearms and explosives laws.

ATF encourages students to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn about ATF’s commitment to public safety and federal law enforcement.

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.