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May/June 2014 Edition

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Dear Graduate Students,

Welcome to summer graduate classes at La Salle University!
In the Lasallian tradition, our graduate programs educate you,
our students, with theoretical and practical knowledge. We trust that our programs’ academic excellence will lead you to your own academic and professional success. You are a vital part of our community of nearly 1,400 graduate students registered at
Main Campus, at the Bucks County Center, at the Montgomery County Center, in Prague, in Basel, and online this summer!

Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2014, nearly 700 graduate students who have earned their academic degrees and celebrated their success at the Graduate Commencement ceremony this May.

Best wishes for success!

Margaret M. McManus, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
Tel: 215.951.1211
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Academic Award Winners
Congratulations to the academic award winners for our graduate programs!
The awardees were selected by their faculty for their academic achievement and leadership within their programs. The awardees’ names and their programs are listed on the Achievements page of the Graduate Studies Web site.
View their photos and other Commencement photos »

2nd Graduate Annual Published
The 2014 Graduate Annual exemplifies “the extent to which the University continues ‘Living the Promise’ through excellence in graduate studies,” said editor Kimberly Lewinski, Ph.D. Each program selected the best paper and work, exemplifying how La Salle’s graduate programs emphasize theory and practice in their respective disciplines. You may read the Graduate Annual in the Digital Commons. On behalf of the student contributors, Margaret McManus, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, presents President Emeritus Brother Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., with the Annual, which is dedicated to him in thanks for his support of Graduate Studies.

Join La Salle’s LinkedIn Network!
You are invited to join the “La Salle University Alumni Network” LinkedIn group—the largest group of Explorers on LinkedIn. It is open to alumni, students, faculty, and staff. To join, go to and click on “Join Group.” We’ll approve your request to join, and you’ll be connected to more than 5,600 fellow Explorers.


Thank you to Brother President Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D.
In his 15–year tenure as La Salle University’s President, Brother Michael McGinniss provided leadership and dedicated support to Graduate Studies. University achievements under his leadership include the launch of 23 new graduate programs and numerous graduate certificates, and more than 7,000 students earned their master’s or doctoral degrees. The Bucks County Center was expanded, the Montgomery County Center was opened, international locations in Athens and Prague were added, and online course–delivery methods were implemented. We thank Br. Michael for championing Graduate Studies, thus enhancing our graduate culture and our community of graduate students and faculty. Join us in a tribute to Br. Michael.

Welcome Interim President James P. Gallagher, Ph.D.
James Gallagher began work as La Salle University’s Interim President on June 2. Gallagher served as President of Philadelphia University for 23 years, leading the university in expanding its academic offerings, constructing facilities, and increasing its endowment. Prior to that, he served as President of Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa. Most recently, Gallagher served as the Interim President of Arcadia University. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education from The Catholic University of America, a Master of Education from Duquesne, and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis College in Pennsylvania. Read more »


Graduate Commencement
La Salle University’s Graduate Commencement ceremony was held on Friday, May 16, in the Gola Arena on Main Campus. More than 700 graduate students were eligible to participate in the ceremony, presided over by William Sautter, Chair of the Board of Trustees. President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., conferred the degrees to the doctoral and master’s candidates.
The Commencement Webcast showcases the achievement of our graduates and our academic awardees. Gregory O. Bruce, Dean Emeritus of the La Salle School of Business, as well as an outstanding alumnus of La Salle’s MBA program and an active contributor to education and nonprofit organizations, delivered an inspirational Commencement address.

Social Media Survey
Thank you to all of you who participated in the Social Media Survey. The key results of the survey from the 280 respondents are the following points.

  • More than 80 percent of the respondents use social media.
  • Our social media users spend between one and three hours a day online, with an equal number spending less than one hour.
  • Nearly 85 percent of the respondents use Facebook, with YouTube (69 percent) and LinkedIn (61 percent) the next most popular sites, followed by Instagram (48 percent) and Twitter (39 percent).
  • More than half of the respondents reported using social media for both personal and professional purposes.
  • More than 60 percent of the respondents suggest a stronger presence in which La Salle graduate students may engage, especially through Facebook and LinkedIn, and some use of Twitter.
  • The respondents indicated that they would appreciate more information about their programs, career opportunities, and connecting with classmates, as well as reminders about course registration.
  • Despite being a well–used network, many respondents were not aware of the Graduate Studies Facebook page and were not sure whether their program had a page.

Congratulations to Brittany McCarson, the winner of the random drawing for a gift certificate.

Psychology Graduate Programs rated nationally!
Congratulations to the Counseling and Family Therapy suite of master’s programs and the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology, which were rated No. 4 for educational quality nationally by graduate students, according to

Directorship of Psy.D. Program
Please join us in thanking Kelly McClure, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, for her five–year service as the Director of the Psy.D. Program. Through her leadership, the program continued to be enhanced in quality, reputation, and enrollment. McClure will continue at La Salle teaching full time, doing research, and serving the University. Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, has been named the Director of the program.
Fingerhut formerly served as the program’s Director of Clinical Training. Nataliya Zelikovsky, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, will become the new Director of Clinical Training.

Faculty Achievements

Susan C. Borkowski, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting
Susan Borkowski and a Temple University co–author have been awarded a second grant for $18,000, funded by the IMA Research Foundation, to continue their work in transfer pricing. Their project is titled “ERM, APAs and MAPs: Do These Strategies Help Managers Mitigate Transfer Pricing Risk?”


Important Dates

June 2014


Registration for fall 2014 classes begins


Summer I sessions end


Summer II sessions start

July 2014


Independence Day Holiday


Summer II sessions end

August 2014



Intersession classes are held


Fall semester begins

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