Graduate Studies Information and Events
April 2014 Edition
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Dear Graduate Students,

With springtime comes hope for the future! This academic year, you have pursued your graduate studies not only to increase your depth of knowledge in your discipline but also to prepare you for your future professionally. The University has made plans for the future with a new building for the School of Business and for a new fitness center and campus store complex. Together, we grow in academic, ethical, spiritual, and physical ways.

Best wishes as you complete your studies this spring and look forward to a bright future with Commencement and professional achievement!

Margaret M. McManus, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
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Summer Registration
Plan your summer courses and your vacation! The summer terms offer a great variety of courses and schedules for you to advance in your degree requirements and to allow time for some relaxation, too. Please contact your program director or adviser to register for your summer courses.

Graduate Commencement
Graduate Commencement will be held on Friday, May 16, in the Gola Arena of the Hayman Center on Main Campus.
The Graduate Commencement Guide provides information about diplomas, caps and gowns, and vesting.

Gregory O. Bruce, an MBA graduate of 1981 and Dean Emeritus of the School of Business, will deliver the Graduate Commencement address. Bruce has served La Salle University for more than 30 years in various capacities: as a faculty member, Director of the MBA Program, Director of Strategic Planning, and Dean of the School of Business. He has also contributed significantly to business education through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and to nonprofit organizations through his work with Horizon House Inc., the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and CORA Services, and as a member of the boards of Industry Serving People and the Pennsylvania Economy League.

8th Annual Autism Conference: Building Bridges for Transitions and Risk Management
Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.—3:15 p.m.
La Salle Union, Main Campus
Keynote Speaker: Dennis Debbault, a leading expert on autism–related law enforcement and public safety interactions
View the Web site for full details.
For more information, contact the Conference Manager at 609.518.1259 or

Graduate Student Needed
We need to hear your voice on the self–study committee for our University–wide reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. You must be in good academic standing and be able to attend daytime meetings in person or by conference call. If you are interested in serving on this committee now through December 2015, please send your name, your graduate program name, your contact information, and an endorsement from your Graduate Director to Christina Norelli (

Let’s Hear Your Voice
In order to better understand and serve your needs, we will conduct an Adult Student Priorities survey regarding your satisfaction with University services and facilities. Please watch your e–mail for the invitation to participate in this survey. Your survey responses will be treated confidentially; results will be compiled and reported in an upcoming e–newsletter. Our goal is to carefully analyze, consider, and respond as appropriate to your feedback.

Graduate Student Assistants Needed
Graduate assistants will be needed beginning in summer 2014 to assist in maintaining the Graduate Studies Web site and social media and to work on the alumni outcomes project. Each position requires approximately six to 10 hours of work per week, which may be done on campus and remotely and is compensated through partial tuition credit. Please contact to receive the job descriptions and to apply for a position.

Updated Graduate Orientation Guide
Take a look at our newly reformatted Graduate Orientation Guide! Reorganized for better access to crucial information, this guide provides helpful hints for success and descriptions of the University’s resources. Thank you to Chris Norelli for updating the guide.

La Salle University Art Museum
American Scenes: WPA–Era Prints in the 1930 and 1940s
On view March 12—May 30, 2014
Hours: Monday—Friday, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Admission: Free


Department of Psychology, Showcase for the Science of Psychology and its Application
The showcase featured the 35th Annual Grimes Lecture, which honors Brother Vincent Grimes. Prior to the lecture, a reception was held in the ballroom, which included the presentation of the Br. John P. Dondero Award, research poster presentations by student and faculty researchers, and the presentation of student awards

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, presented “Why Adolescents Make Risky Decisions: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence.” One of the world’s leading authorities on psychological development during adolescence, Steinberg’s research has focused on a range of topics, including adolescent brain development, risk–taking and decision-making, mental health, family relationships, after–school employment, school achievement, and juvenile justice.

Br. Joseph Burke, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’68, La Salle President Emeritus and Chair of the Psychology Department, was presented with the Dondero Award, given in the honor of Brother John P. Dondero, to a graduate of one of La Salle’s Psychology Department programs.
The recipient must be active in the field in which the science of psychology is applied, have a record of distinguished service in the field, actively promote opportunities for individuals to develop their full potential, and provide a role model to others in the field through his/her accomplishments.

Graduate–Professional Student Appreciation Week 2014

Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week 2014

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School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Graduate Nursing Program’s 28th Annual Distinguished Lecture
On April 8, Cheryl Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, discussed “Bringing Visibility to Traumatic Childbirth through Qualitative Research.”
Beck embodies a deep commitment to research and patient care, building on her degrees from Western Connecticut State, Yale University, and Boston University. Early in her career, Beck, motivated by compassion, was disappointed by the limited literature available on postpartum depression. She has ameliorated that condition during more than 25 years of work, authoring many journal articles and books. Based on the findings from her series of qualitative studies, Beck developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS). She has also broadened her scope from postpartum depression to the various postpartum mood and anxiety disorders that can affect new mothers.

Master of Public Health
April 9 featured two Public Health events. First Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition Lecture Series

Amanda Wagner
Amanda Wagner, Program Manager, discussed Get Healthy Philly.

The Public Health Student Organization (PHSO) invited Ambassador Jeremiah C. Sulunteh to speak at the workshop
“Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation.” Sulunteh made remarks on not just physical health, but mental and social health as well.

Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation, The Hispanic Institute
This program’s curriculum is designed to address three of the principal environments—legal, health care and business—in which translation and interpretation (English-Spanish and Spanish–English) skills are currently needed and will be more intensely needed in the future.

Students in BLS 615 (Health–care Interpretation) undertook a project for the Hand Center in Lansdale. Eight students completed 50 hours of community service translating and correcting errors on forms in regular use with the Spanish–speaking population. The revised documents were returned to the center to enable the staff to better serve the medical practice and their patients.

Faculty Achievements

Deborah Yost, Ph.D., professor of education, Robert Vogel, Ed.D., professor of education, and Kimberly Lewinski, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, had their book, Empowering Young Writers: The “Writers Matter” Approach, published by Temple University Press. More information on the book may be found here.

Marianne Dainton, Ph.D., professor of communication, and Elaine Zelley, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, had a third edition of their textbook, Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life: A Practical Introduction, released by Sage Publications. More information on the book may be found here.

Madjid Tavana, Ph.D., professor of business systems and analytics, had his edited volume, Analytical Approaches to Strategic Decision-Making: Interdisciplinary Considerations, published by IGI Global Publishing.
Learn more about this book »

Alumni Achievements

Joe O’Toole, D.Min., M.A. ’03 (Theology and Ministry), has been appointed Principal of Lourdes High School in Rochester, N.Y. O’Toole joined the faculty of Lourdes in 2012–13 as a theology teacher. He was tapped to serve as Interim Principal in the fall of 2013 and was named to the position permanently in March.

Dan DeStefano, ’93, M.S. ’99 (Computer Information Science), who also holds an bachelor’s degree in computer science from La Salle, has been appointed Head of Global Medical Affairs Systems and Operations at Shire Pharmaceuticals.

SPOTLIGHT – An MBA Student’s Testimonial
By Irena Cepele, Current Student, Part–Time MBA
My experience as an MBA student at La Salle has been without a doubt the most fulfilling and rewarding of all. I have acquired an array of business and leadership skills, which are sure to help me with my career; I worked and shared my knowledge with other excelling fellow students while being taught from experienced and knowledgeable faculty members. More than anything, I am appreciative of all the help and personalized assistance I received from those who run the program, especially from the Director of the MBA program, Denise Saurennann, to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude.


Important Dates


Summer registration

April 2014


8th Annual Autism Conference

May 2014


Spring classes end


Groundbreaking Ceremony for La Salle University School of Business



Final examinations and assessments


Graduate Commencement and Reception


Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Gala


Summer classes begin

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