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July/August 2014 Graduate Studies E-Newsletter
Graduate Studies Information and Events
July/August 2014 Edition
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July/August 2014 Edition

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Dear Graduate Students,

Welcome to the new academic year! We are especially proud to have you as a member of our Lasallian family, which extends to more than 1 million students of all ages in 82 countries. We celebrate our sense of community, one of the Lasallian values. Whether you are studying online or attending class at one of our Philadelphia-area locations or abroad, you are an essential part of our graduate community.

We look forward to your academic and professional success this year and in the future.


Margaret M. McManus, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
Tel: 215.951.1211
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Welcome to all of our new and returning students! You are a part of the La Salle University community—1,563 graduate students in our 21 master’s and three doctoral programs. Click here to view a two-minute welcome video from Margaret McManus, Ph.D.

Several graduate programs sponsor orientation sessions for their new students, a great opportunity to learn about guidelines for success in your program and to meet your faculty and other students. Please contact your program director for details.

August 20

  • Counseling and Family Therapy, 6 p.m., Music Room
  • CIS, IT Leadership and Cybersecurity, 7 p.m., GoToTraining
  • Master of Science in Nursing, 5 p.m., GoToMeeting

August 21

  • One Year and Full Time MBA, 11:00 a.m., Location TBD

August 22

  • Speech Language Hearing Science, 3 p.m., 2225 St. Benilde Tower

August 25

  • Master of Arts in History, 6:15 p.m., location TBD

August 26

  • Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, 11:30 a.m., Dunleavy Room

August 28

  • Master of Public Health, 6;15 p.m., 4446 St. Benilde Tower

The updated Graduate Studies Mission Statement addresses the University’s commitment to excellence in graduate education.

The 2014–15 Graduate Catalog has now been published online for your information about academic policies and procedures and your graduate program requirements. (Link to Graduate Catalog)

The Fall 2014 Graduate Orientation Guide provides you with tips for success in your academic pursuits and an overview about the University’s services.

Student Volunteer Needed

The Program Planning and Strategy Auxiliary Team for Graduate Studies provides recommendations about graduate programs, such as analyzing current and new programs. The team meets every six weeks during the daytime. If you are interested in serving on this team, participating either in-person or by conference call, please send your request and a letter of recommendation from your Graduate Director to the Office of Graduate Studies (


New Learning Management System
Beginning in fall 2014, La Salle University will use the Canvas learning management system to support classroom, hybrid, and online courses at the University. You can access Canvas by using the Tools menu in the portal ( We recommend that you consult the Student Guides and Resources course in Canvas to familiarize yourself with the tools that are being utilized in your course(s). The student resource course can be accessed from the Courses section in Canvas or directly from We hope that you find its comprehensive features supportive for your studies and its interface easy to use.

Program News
John M. Kalinowski, M.A. ’10, a graduate of the Master’s in Theology program, was appointed to the position of Vice President of Mission Integration for Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. As part of Catholic Health’s Mission Integration Leadership Team, he will oversee mission, ethics, spiritual care, and community benefit activities to serve patients and associates.

La Salle's Counseling and Family Therapy Master’s Program has a long and distinguished history, with modifications over the years that reflect both growth in the program and adaptation to developments in the professions. At present, the programs have more than 350 students, approximately 40 faculty members, and more than 100 agencies contracted to provide quality supervision for internships. Several thousand alumni of these programs provide an extensive network of professional mental health workers. Donna Tonrey, Psy.D., is the current director. A full article on the history of the program is available here ».

Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D., professor of religion and Vice President for Mission, has published a new book, Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America. McGuinness describes Called to Serve as a general history and not an in-depth analysis. Because she wanted people other than scholars to know the story, she has written a book that would appeal to both undergraduate students and the general reader.

Spotlight Profile

Maurice Washington

Maurice Washington, MSN ’13
Washington grew up in the neighborhood around La Salle University and attended Central High School. After completing his undergraduate degree at Penn State, he knew he wanted to pursue his Master of Science in Nursing degree at La Salle, a familiar and respected institution. He has worked at Einstein Hospital, nearby on Broad Street, and now works at Friends Hospital, the oldest private psychiatric hospital in the nation. Washington is an adjunct instructor for La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences and hopes to study in La Salle’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the fall if his increasing responsibilities at Friends allow time. He never considered any other nursing school, confident that the program and faculty at La Salle offer him what he needs to grow professionally and enjoy the path to his doctorate.


Important Dates

August 2014


Graduate classes begin

September 2014


Labor Day holiday

October 2014



Mid-semester holiday


Spring registration begins

November 2014



Thanksgiving holiday

December 2014


Classes end



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