La Salle News


December 13, 2016


On December 12 and 15, 600 third grade students from the School District of Philadelphia will visit La Salle University as part of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s JA Step to Success, a program that develops a foundation of college aspiration for elementary school-aged children. JA Step to Success centers around a three-hour college experience at a Philadelphia university, enhanced by pre- and post- in-class lessons designed to prepare students and reinforce the college visit experience. The JA Step to Success program was developed by Junior Achievement, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of College and Career Readiness.

“Last year, these little Explorers were exposed to campus life and learned what it is like to be a college student from our alumni and student volunteers,” said Trey Ulrich, assistant vice president for alumni relations at La Salle University. “They toured Connelly Library, our Innovation Center, visited a classroom, and met student athletes to learn about different career options, what areas of study you can pursue in college, and the importance of working in a team. The volunteers who helped with the Step to Success program are looking forward to having them back to campus.”

“Junior Achievement is incredibly honored to be a part of this unique partnership,” said Paul Kappel, president of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Through truly collaborative efforts, this program will reimagine the way Philadelphia’s young boys and girls envision their future and approach their educational goals. It will prepare a college-ready Philadelphia.”

Now in its second year, JA Step to Success aims to change the way Philadelphia students think of their Postsecondary futures. On December 12 and 15 at La Salle, groups of 30-50 third grade students take tours guided by community, business, and University volunteers. The experience lasts from 10:30 AM through 1 PM and includes four highlighted destinations and lunch. While on site, Junior Achievement volunteers engage students with active discussions and challenge them to collect stars to emphasize their journey from elementary school to the reality of going to college.


December 12, 2016


La Salle University’s Computer Science Programs Advisory Board honored alumna Joanne Bechta Dugan, Ph.D., ’80, with the 2016 IT Leadership Award on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Now in its 13th year, the award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual who has made a positive impact on business, government, education, or society through the advancement of information technology. Dugan serves as professor and director of University of Virginia’s computer engineering program.

“Thank you for this opportunity to express my gratitude to La Salle and to its wonderful instructors,” Dugan said. “Although I graduated from La Salle many years ago, I still have fond memories of my professors and mentors, especially the late John O’Neill, Carl Mc Carty, Sam Wiley, and the incomparable Steve Longo. Several years ago, I was asked to describe my teaching philosophy. Reflecting on that query, I realized how much I had modeled my approach to teaching on my hero: Steve Longo. He never hesitated to jump in to create and teach a course on some cutting-edge topic. I didn’t appreciate at the time how hard—and scary—it can be to be just-a-bit ahead of the students in learning about a topic. But he did it, and that inspired me to do the same.”

“I remember Joanne as an excellent student, probably the best student in her class,” said Margaret McCoey, an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, and the director of graduate programs in Computer Information Science and Information Technology Leadership at La Salle University. “I remember she always took challenging courses, including several in mathematics. Joanne was very popular with her classmates and become the CSC leader for her group. She has become a very accomplished engineer and a real model for current students.”

The University’s Computer Science Programs Advisory Board selects the recipient of the IT Leadership Award, which honors a member of the IT community who supports creativity and originality in information technology, demonstrates a commitment to traditional Lasallian values, and serves as an outstanding example to all students pursuing their goals in the field of IT.

Dugan received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from La Salle University in 1980 before continuing on to earn her doctorate in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1984. She has performed and directed research on the development and application of techniques for the analysis of computer systems designed to tolerate hardware and software faults. Dugan is an Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. She was associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for 10 years, and also served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. She served on the National Research Council Committee on Application of Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems to Nuclear Power Plant Operations and Safety. She is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Beta Kappa. Previously, she taught at Duke University and worked as a visiting scientist at the Research Triangle Institute.


October 26, 2016

Donna Massanova Headshot

PHILADELPHIA—Donna M. Massanova, CPA, a La Salle University 2000 alumna, is the recipient of the University’s Lasallian Leadership Award, given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the corporate, civic, governmental, or religious communities that shapes quality of life in the Philadelphia region. Massanova is an assurance partner at Baker Tilly, a nationally recognized accounting and advisory firm, and leads the firm’s employee benefit plan audit practice.

The Leadership Award is presented at the University’s annual Charter Dinner, which celebrates the founding of La Salle College on March 20, 1863, and pays tribute to the generations of Christian Brothers, laypersons, and clergy whose dedication has made La Salle University the prominent institution that it is today. The 25th Annual Charter Dinner takes place on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell.

“La Salle University has played a significant role in my professional as well as my personal growth,” said Massanova. “I am both humbled and incredibly honored to accept the 2017 Leadership Award, and look forward to continued collaboration with my alma mater and its students, who I serve so proudly.”

“Donna has demonstrated, time and time again, her commitment to La Salle on so many levels,” said University President Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D. “Her active involvement with our students and concern for their professional development is remarkable.  And, we are proud she serves our Philadelphia community in the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle through her many volunteer and philanthropic engagements.”

Massanova received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from La Salle University, and serves on the University’s Associates Committee of the Council of Presidents, and the School of Business’s Advisory Committee. She is the recipient of the 2016 La Salle University Beta Gamma Sigma chapter Distinguished Business Executive Award, as well as the 2011 La Salle University Michael DeAngeles Award. Distinguished speaking engagements include addressing La Salle Women’s Leadership 2014 Conference, an event designed to bring female leaders from La Salle University together to discuss the past, present, and future of women’s leadership on a global level. Most recently, Massanova was selected as one of 2016’s Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising by Employee Benefit Advisor magazine. In 2014, she received the Alice Paul Equality Award and in 2012, Philadelphia Business Journal named Massanova as one of its “Women of Distinction” in recognition of her professional accomplishments and her work in the community. She is active with the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs and is a board member of the Philadelphia affiliate of Susan G. Komen, where she also served as honorary chair for the Race for the Cure in 2011 and 2012 and co-chaired the Pink Tie Ball for 2013 and 2014.

In addition to the presentation of the Leadership Award, IMC Construction receives the Inaugural Lasallian Impact Award at the Charter Dinner. For event ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Brian Frankowski in La Salle’s University Advancement Office at 215.991.3736 or frankowski@lasalle.edu.

Since its founding, La Salle University has played a leadership role in Philadelphia as both an educational institution and a responsible corporate citizen. Accordingly, the University recognizes those individuals who display outstanding leadership in their communities and embody the principles of excellence and service to society with the Lasallian Leadership Award. Proceeds from the annual Charter Dinner and Leadership Award ceremony are used to enhance the University’s Scholarship Fund.


About La Salle University

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, and has consistently been recognized for providing exceptional value to students, most recently by Money magazine (5th on the 2016 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.


October 12, 2016

PHILADELPHIA—La Salle University’s School of Business has been named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017. The Princeton Review—well-known for its college rankings in dozens of categories—surveyed 25,000 students attending the 294 business schools included in the book. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools based on academics, professors, career prospects, and more, and report on their experiences.


“La Salle University’s designation as a Best Business School from The Princeton Review points to the forward momentum and renaissance of this transformative university,” said President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. “It speaks to the excellence of our professors and the drive of our students, as well as the successful outcomes supported by a Lasallian business education.”

“La Salle University’s School of Business is a place for professionals who want to succeed and advance their careers in a competitive, global environment,” said Dean Gary Giamartino, Ph.D. “With the addition of Founders’ Hall, our new School of Business building, we’ve broken the paradigm for business school buildings, creating spaces that encourage interaction and group learning. Ultimately, we are educating adults who are ready to make meaningful contributions to their companies, to their communities, and their families.”

“The schools we selected for this guide all offer academically outstanding degrees: we recommend them highly,” said Robert Franek, SVP / Publisher of The Princeton Review. “Their program offerings vary considerably, and we salute and highlight those distinctions in our profiles. Our purpose is not to rank schools hierarchically or crown any school as ‘best’ overall. Our goal is to provide school profiles combined with multiple rating scores and ranking lists to help applicants choose the best business school for them.”

The Princeton Review’s ranking list factors in data from its surveys of business school students completed during the 2015-16, 2014-15, and 2013-14 school years. The survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans.

La Salle University’s School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. Less than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.

This announcement comes off the heels of La Salle University’s recent tuition reset, wherein undergraduate tuition will decrease from $40,400 to $28,800—a 29 percent reduction—beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The initiative, known as An Affordable Path For All, builds on La Salle’s long-standing commitment to affordability.

The University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, most recently by Money magazine (5th on the 2016 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). The University has received additional value citations from the Brookings Institute and U.S. News and World Report.


About La Salle University    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, and has consistently been recognized for providing exceptional value to students, most recently by Money magazine (“5th on the 2016 list of 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

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