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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

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

La Salle University Offering Online M.S. Programs in Cybersecurity and Analytics to Meet Needs of a Changing Workplace

 

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La Salle University is offering two new online master’s degree programs in cybersecurity and analytics.

Classes begin on Aug. 31. Students can take two courses per semester, and each program requires a total of 10 classes.

Both were designed to meet the needs of a changing workplace and the realities of dealing with digital communications.

The Analytics program, according to Margaret McCoey, director of both new programs, will help students learn how to gather information from multiple sources, both internal and external. Big data sources are often included in the data collection, and much of this is stored in the cloud. As organizations consider strategies to provide easy access to internal data, the cloud also becomes a viable option for this sensitive information.

Like the cyber security program, the Analytics degree will provide strategies for putting these pieces together and allowing managers to see the “story” that is being told. The move to the cloud for data storage also expands the need for organizational procedures and risk mitigation regarding digital assets, concerns that La Salle’s Cybersecurity program addresses..

“Having data will benefit companies by allowing helping them to analyze it and make predictions and change procedures and processes, so the organization can decide on how to move,” McCoey said. Students in the Analytics program will learn analysis and visualization methods that are applicable to multiple industries and will use results to decide on strategic initiatives such as product updates, new markets, or performance efficiency. “Sometimes data analysis will provide an answer to a question that wasn’t even asked but is relevant to corporate strategy,” McCoey said.

The Analytics program marries theory with practice. La Salle full-time faculty and industry leaders will teach classes. The program draws on partnerships established between La Salle and alumni to develop real-world case studies.

The Cybersecurity program will include an emphasis on technology as well as on “social engineering,” which is a major cause of break-ins, McCoey said.

“From a computer security standpoint, we’re seeing a lot of organizations that ask, ‘If I have a break-in, what do I do and how will I try to set up barriers so that the attackers won’t get to critical corporate information?’” McCoey said.

Hackers will often learn about a company’s personnel and use that information to access its assets, McCoey said. She gave a real-life example: a chief financial officer received an email from the president to pay an overdue bill. The CFO set up the payment, and later met the president at lunch. The CFO told the president he took care of the overdue bill, and the president said he was unaware of such a bill.

The hackers, said McCoey, made the email appear as if it came from the president. Learning how to detect false information will be important, she said, but the program will also help personnel learn how to effectively combat this type of attack.

Both programs include a required capstone experience in the form of continued research, an implementation project, or an experiential learning opportunity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median salary range for careers in cybersecurity and analytics is $84,500 to $114,070. A survey conducted by IBM cites the average income of cybersecurity professionals at $116,000 per year and acknowledges a need for talented professionals in this area in both the private and public sectors.

For more information, contact Josh Kohler at 215.991.2442 or kohler@lasalle.edu, or visit www.lasalle.edu/analytics or www.lasalle.edu/cybersecurity.

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

La Salle Teams Receive High Scores In Recent NCAA APR Announcement

 

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

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

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

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

The La Salle University School of Business Maintains its AACSB Accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Salle’s School of Business first earned AACSB accreditation in 1995. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous peer review process every five years, during which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic resource management, and faculty and staff interactions, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

La Salle University Partners with Regional Training Center to Offer a New Master of Education Degree to Develop Teachers as Leading Educators

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

RTC will also offer courses for educators seeking professional development.

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

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

Candidates must:

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

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

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

 

 

Brookings Institution Report Ranks La Salle University in the Top Five Percent in the Nation for Economic Value of Education

 

A study made by the Brookings Institution ranked La Salle University in the top five percent of four year colleges and universities in the nation based on expected salaries for its alumni at the mid-career level.

Using a formula based on expected outcomes, La Salle University graduates exceeded their expected income by more than 25 percent.

“We are very gratified thatthe Brookings Institution report recognizesLa Salle’s long-held value of providing personal attention and mentoring to our students,” said Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., Provost of La Salle University. “Our student-centered focus results in their success at the University and throughout their lives.”

The Brookings report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four- Year Schools” used statistical and mathematical measures to analyze the economic outcomes of graduates to determine the contributions – or “value” – that the colleges make to their graduates’ eventual economic success.

According to the Brookings website, “Drawing on government and private sources, this report analyzes college ‘value-added,’ the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student’s characteristics and the type of institution. Value-added captures the benefits that accrue from aspects of college quality (that) can measure(d), such as graduation rates and the market value of the skills a college teaches, as well as aspects (that) can’t.”

The report examined the various “factors” contribute strongly to the high value-added scores of four-year colleges and universities.

The detailed report can be viewed at www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/04/29-beyond-college-rankings-rothwell-kulkarni.

This is the second time La Salle has been highly rated in a ranking of value for a college education in a national comparison. Recently, 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.

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.

 

 

Vincent J. Haas Selected to Deliver Address at La Salle University’s Graduate Commencement

 

Vincent J. Haas, Director and Head of Employee Enablement in the Investment and Banking Solutions Technology Group at Bank of America, has been selected to deliver the address at La Salle University’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

An active member of the La Salle community, Haas has distinguished himself as an instructor and administrator at the University. He earned an MA in Professional Communication from La Salle in 2009.

He was selected as the speaker by a subcommittee of the Graduate Students Group at La Salle, who reviewed all of the nominations.

When he first learned he’d be giving the address, he was a little shocked. “I’ve always considered commencement speakers to have some sort of celebrity status. That’s not me. People who make a living doing ‘enabling’ sort of jobs like communication spend their time making celebrities out of other people,” Haas said. “But I was also deeply honored. That became even more the case when it was explained that the selection criteria had a lot to do with ‘living and demonstrating the Lasallian values.’ I have great admiration for the University and its people.”

That “admiration” begin even before his first class started.

When Haas arrived early for his first class, the only other person there was the professor, Mike Smith. They chatted for a few brief moments, not just about the course, but also about the broader program and the University.

“Any misgivings I had about returning to school—or about choosing La Salle as the place where I would pursue my degree—were gone in five minutes,” he said. “Mike was—and is—just a great ambassador for La Salle. Every new student in the University should spend their first five minutes with Mike!”

When seeking guidance on what to include in his address, Haas got some mixed reviews. “Along with his suggestions, a colleague with decades of speechwriting experience also offered the disturbing observation that the commencement speech is the most forgettable of all speech forms,” he said.

Lynne Texter, Chair of La Salle’s Communication Department, had a much softer perspective. “She suggested that I tell the graduates what I wished the commencement speaker had told me at my graduation,” he said. “I liked the approach and I’m going to follow it.”

It was Texter who nominated Haas to deliver the address.

“Professionally and personally, Vince Haas is an exceptional man. He is articulate, ethical, intelligent, and successful. In addition to being an alum of our graduate program, he’s taught both undergraduate and graduate courses for us and he served as program director for our accelerated degree completion program,” Texter wrote in her nomination letter.

“Vince understands our mission, and his roles as a La Salle alum, adjunct, and member of our Communication Graduate Advisory Board, he espouses and models Lasallian values for our students, alumni, and colleagues,” Texter added.

Haas kept every draft of his speech—draft 19 seemed to be the magic number.

“I made my wife listen to me read the first 10 or 12 versions, and then I let her off the hook until I had a final version ready to go,” he said. “Lynne Texter was also a great help in giving me feedback on various versions.”

In his current role at Bank of America, Haas serves as senior adviser to key executives for the design, development, and implementation of strategies to improve employee performance and engagement. He also leads the culture change component of a multi-year organizational transformation effort, as well as an array of programs focused on employee communication, leadership development, skills acquisition, career planning, and talent pipeline management.

During his 25-year career, Haas has held senior leadership positions in employee communication, media relations, human resources communication, and crisis communication with the McGraw-Hill Companies and Merrill Lynch. He has also been engaged as a private consultant for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations and industries, including financial services, technology, information and media, and education.

Haas earned his master’s degree in professional communication from La Salle in 2009 and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student designation for his performance in the program. He is an adjunct member of the Communication Department faculty and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the United States and in La Salle’s master’s program in communication in Prague, Czech Republic.

Haas is a former director of the Business Communication Degree Completion Program in La Salle’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies, and he is currently a member of the professional advisory board for the Communication Department’s Graduate Programs.

.La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

La Salle University Alum Brother Robert Schieler, F.S.C., Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, to Receive Honorary Degree From His Alma Mater

 

Brother Robert Schieler, F.S.C., Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and a La Salle University alum, will receive an honorary doctoral degree from his alma mater at its Undergraduate Commencement exercises on May 17.

“More than 40 years have passed since I walked across the stage of the Philadelphia Convention Center to receive my diploma from Brother President Daniel Burke,” Br. Robert said. “When I reflect on my student years, I do so through kaleidoscope-like glasses that color my recollection of all my past experiences. The lenses of these glasses have been crafted and shaped by my student years and by my life as a Christian Brother, a man called to announce the Gospel to the poor through the world of education.

“While being subtly influenced and formed by professors Dr. John Lukacs, Brother Patrick Sheekey, and Dr. Minna Weinstein, did it ever occur to me that I would be receiving an honorary degree from La Salle University? Of course not. However, these stellar educators and the entire Catholic Lasallian educational environment, in a way imperceptible to a young student Brother, began to mold the man who today receives an honorary degree from his alma mater,” he said.

Br. Robert was elected Superior General in May 2014. He said, “As Superior General, my role is primarily pastoral–that is, working with my leadership team, in a spirit of co-responsibility and subsidiarity, I strive to inspire the Brothers and all members of the worldwide Lasallian family to create and sustain communities of human and Christian education, especially for vulnerable young people who live on the margins of contemporary society.

“The greatest challenge is to alert people to the Kingdom of God already present in this world,” he said. “The greatest reward is to see our students wake up to God’s loving presence manifested in the hearts of those most in need of the hope inspired by Jesus’ resurrection.” 

A Philadelphia native, Br. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in history from La Salle in 1972. His first assignment was as a teacher at La Salle College High School from 1972 to 1975.

Br. Robert was first introduced to the Christian Brothers as a student at West Catholic Boys High School (now West Catholic Preparatory High School) in Philadelphia. He joined the order in 1968 and made his final profession in 1979. He holds master’s degrees in European history from the University of Notre Dame and in Asian studies from the University of the Philippines, as well as a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the third American Brother to serve as Superior General. Brother Charles Henry Buttimer, F.S.C., became the first American Superior General in 1966. Brother John Johnston, F.S.C., became the second in 1986.

He is the 27th successor of St. John Baptist de La Salle, who founded the order in 17th-century France. Br. Robert also formerly served as a member of La Salle University’s Board of Trustees.

For the past seven years, Br. Robert served as General Councilor for the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) in Washington, D.C. Before that post, he was the Director of Education for the United States-Toronto Region. In that capacity, he developed, coordinated and directed national educational formation programs for teachers and Brothers in the 104 Lasallian schools across the country.

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.