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March 2014 Edition
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Dear Graduate Students,

This month, we celebrate the founding of La Salle University 151 years ago in 1863. Over the years, La Salle has endured as a college and now a university with a rich heritage of personal attention to each and every student. This year, we will celebrate our Heritage Week simultaneously with Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week from March 16 to March 22. We are all very pleased and proud that you are a member of our Lasallian community and will soon be joining our more than 48,000 alumni. Please join us to celebrate our heritage and to celebrate you!

Now is the time to plan your summer! Please contact your program director or adviser and register now for your summer coursework.

Best wishes for continued success in your graduate studies.

Margaret McManus, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies


Graduate Student Photo Contest

The Office of Graduate Studies hosted its first Graduate Studies Photo Contest during the month of February. Students submitted photos and a description that captured the essence of La Salle University. The committee—composed of a graduate student, faculty, and staff—would like to thank everyone who participated! The array of photos was amazing, ranging from students in class or giving back to the community, to a beautiful view of the campus or Philadelphia area, to our contest winner’s photo at a La Salle University basketball game!

Congratulations to Melissa Karch, a student in the MBA program! Melissa’s photo and description encompass what we strive for at La Salle: hard work, a sense of community, and family.

Grad Studies Photo Contest Winner

Melissa writes, “The photo attached represents the true La Salle pride that I felt being back on campus at the Tom Gola Arena with my two daughters. I graduated from La Salle with a Bachelor of Arts in communications in 2000. My oldest daughter, Brooke, attended my graduation at only six months old. It was an awesome feeling bringing her back to the campus that I know and love, but this time as a graduate student in the MBA program. My youngest daughter, Callie, was so excited to be there as well! We had a great night at the basketball game. My hope is that each of my daughters follows in my footsteps—they could be future Explorers!”

Celebrate La Salle and You!
During La Salle University's Heritage Week and Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, March 16–22, we celebrate "U"—both La Salle University and yoU! The Heritage Week schedule ( provides many opportunities to discuss Lasallian initiatives and values. Please join us for the Heritage Week community dinner on Wednesday, March 19, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the La Salle Union on Main Campus.

We’ll also celebrate with refreshments at each campus during the evening break time (7 p.m. – 8 p.m.):

  • Monday – Olney Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday – Wister Hall Room 305
  • Thursday – St. Benilde Hall Lobby
  • and Monday through Thursday at the Bucks County and Montgomery County Centers.

Thank you to the Office of Mission Integration for their support of these activities.

Graduate Student Representatives on Committee
We need to hear your voice on the self-study committee for our University-wide accreditation 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 beginning beginning in March 2014 and continuing through December 2015, please send your name, your graduate program name, your contact information, and an endorsement from your Graduate Director to Christina Norelli (

Orientation Guide
The Summer 2014 Orientation Guide provides you with helpful hints for success and descriptive information about the University’s resources.

Human Capital Development Program
Welcome to Kathleen Finnegan, M.A. ’01, as the new  Director of the Human Capital Development graduate program. The completely online HCD curriculum is a cutting-edge alternative to traditional human resource and business administration degrees.

35th Annual Grimes Lecture, Sponsored by the Psychology Department and the Concert and Lecture Series
Angela Lee Duckworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and 2013 MacArthur Fellow, presents “Strategies for Self-Control” at the 35th annual Grimes Lecture. Duckworth studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, that predict achievement.

Thursday, March 27
Reception at 6 p.m., Ballroom, La Salle Union, featuring the presentation of the 2014 John P. Dondero Award to Brother Joseph Burke, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’68, La Salle University President Emeritus and Chair of the Psychology Department
Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Dan Rodden Theatre, La Salle Union
This event is open to all at no cost.

Graduate Education
The new Instructional Coach Endorsement Program is designed for certified teachers seeking leadership roles in their schools and greater mastery in their teaching. La Salle has partnered with both the School District of Philadelphia and the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Affiliated teaching and support staff are offered a reduced tuition rate for the Coach Endorsement program; those who opt to pursue a master’s degree after completion will continue to receive the 25 percent discount on the prevailing tuition rate. This program is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The Education Department offers several Fifth-year Master of Arts in Education opportunities. La Salle undergraduates may be eligible to leverage their coursework and complete a master’s in one year.

Courses of study include the M.A. in Education with:

  • Reading Specialist Certification
  • Special Education (PreK–8 and 7–12)
  • Secondary Education Certification
  • Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders/Endorsement
  • Concentration in Instructional Leadership/Instructional Coach Endorsement
  • Concentration in Classroom Management.
Sign up online and save on tickets for arts and culture venues in Philadelphia. Participating organizations include: Arden Theater Company, Brandywine River Museum, Pennsylvania Ballet, and many more. Take advantage of special student offers by requesting an OpenArtsPhilly “key” tag from the Office of Graduate Studies. For more information, contact Nina Coffin at

Explorer Café Series
Holroyd Hall Lobby, Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

March 19 “Plenty of poverty in our own backyard: Why leave home to serve?” - University Ministry and Service students Molly Fay, Jillian Lucanie, Alex Stinger, and Alex Toruno, and Laura Gambrel, Ph.D., Psychology Department

March 26 “Workplace Integrity: How do you speak your mind when you know what’s right?” - Lynn Miller, Ph.D., and Karen Reardon, J.D., Management and Leadership Department

April 2 “Is Science the Enemy? Turf Wars in the School of Arts OR Sciences” - William Weaver, Ph.D., Integrated Science, Business, and Technology Department

April 9 “What will your funeral look like? Cultural customs, rituals and beliefs in death and funeral tradition” - Melinda Ingersoll, Director of Study Abroad, and Jack Downey, Ph.D., Religion Department


Enrollment Update:
The spring 2014 enrollment census reports that we have 227 new graduate students in a total graduate student body of 1,946, enrolled at Main Campus, at the Bucks County and Montgomery County Centers, and online.   Programs offered in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Basel, Switzerland extend our reach internationally.

Graduate Class on Liberation Theology Hits the Streets

Liberation Theology Class

After examining the history and major themes of modern liberation theologies, five students in the M.A. program in Theology and Ministry toured wall-sized touchstones of social transformation in neighborhoods in West, Southwest, and South Philadelphia. Accompanied by Jack Downey, Assistant Professor of Religion, and Maureen O’Connell, Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department, the students considered ways in which a handful of Philadelphia’s 3,800 community murals illuminate various forms of oppression in these neighborhoods—class, race, gender, sexual orientation—and offer creative responses to social injustices facing marginalized communities by lending an artistic twist to classic theories of justice.

At each stop, O’Connell shared with students insights from her 2012 book, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice, which examines faith-based community murals facilitated by Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program.

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Faculty Achievements

Zane Robinson Wolf, Ph.D., Dean Emerita and Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her book, Exploring Rituals in Nursing: Joining Art and Science (Springer Publishing), has been awarded first place in the 2013 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards in the History and Public Policy category.
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Pamela Lannutti, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Graduate Program in Professional and Business Communication. Her book, Experiencing Same-Sex Marriage: Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks, has been released by Peter Lang Publishers.
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Program Achievements

Graduate Psychology Programs Rank High Online
The Counseling and Family Therapy Master’s and Doctor of Clinical Psychology programs were ranked number four in the category “For Education Quality” on the website The programs also ranked number 19 for “Quality of Network.” Rankings are based on students’ ratings solicited online via social networking sites and scholarship entries. Scores are averaged and compared with other ranked schools; a given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.
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Graduate Spotlight

Vince Tarducci, ’06, M.A. ’12, does not seek the spotlight, but it found him because he works so hard to shine a light for his students. After college, he landed a job at Roman Catholic High School and, eight years later, he teaches psychology, including Advanced Placement and Honors sections as well as a range of guidance activities. When Tarducci first came back to La Salle, he began graduate study in psychology, but he switched to education so that he would not have to give up the work he loves. The relationships he formed over his years on campus, in the master’s program and working as a teaching assistant during the Summer Enrichment Program, led to a part-time teaching position at La Salle, teaching Introduction to Psychology for undergraduates and also an online class, Human Diversity, for the Graduate Education program. While he values and enjoys the online platform, he requires two “face-to-face” meetings in order to really get a feel for his students and give them a chance to meet him and their classmates. Never one to turn down an opportunity to work with students, Tarducci has even taught seminarians at St. Charles Borromeo. He credits his teachers at La Salle for reaching out to him and other educators and designing courses and programs that meet their needs in a changing teaching environment.


Important Dates

March 2014


Summer registration begins



La Salle Heritage Week and Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week


Heritage Week Dinner


35th Annual Grimes Lecture featuring Angela Lee Duckworth, Ph.D.

April 2014



Easter holidays


Graduate classes resume

May 2014


Spring classes end



Final examinations and assessments


Graduate Commencement and Reception


Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Gala

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