May 6, 2016

Spring Semester classes end

January 19, 2016

Spring Semester classes begin

August 27, 2015

Opening Convocation

August 14, 2015

La Salle University’s Holly Harner Ph.D., to be Inducted as a Fellow into American Academy of Nursing

Holly Harner, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, CRNP, WHCNP-BC, a Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, and Chair of the Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition at La Salle University, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) this fall. She is one of 163 new fellows to join the AAN, which advances health policy and practice.

“Being inducted into the Academy is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other researchers, scholars, and practitioners who are working in similar areas across the globe,” Harner said. “The Academy is instrumental in helping to develop, advance, critique, and inform policy affecting individual care as well as public and population health.”.”

“It’s very exciting,” she added. “It’s an incredible opportunity to really work with nurses who I’ve admired for my entire career.”

Nurses have to apply for a Fellowship with the Academy.

“The application process requires that you really evaluate what you have done in your professional career and how you will use your knowledge and expertise to contribute to the mission of the Academy, to nursing, and to the public,” Harner said. Also, two current Fellows had to sponsor her.

Harner described one of her sponsors, Ann Burgess, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, of Boston College, as “one of the premier violence prevention experts in the world.” Her other sponsor was Susan Loeb, Ph.D. RN, FAAN, a Professor of Nursing at Penn State University, who is known for her research, scholarship, and expertise focusing correctional health issues, which is Harner’s focus.

Harner, who has investigated patterns of violence and trauma in incarcerated women, sees her induction into the AAN as “an opportunity to look at violence not just from the bedside and the (perspective of the) individual patient, but from a health and public policy perspective.”

A defining moment in Harner’s career was witnessing health disparities facing pregnant women in Philadelphia. . “When I got into nursing, even as a student, I started to see disparities in health outcomes,” she said. “One of the biggest health issues I started seeing was violence — past violence, current violence, structural violence. Violence in the lives of women and girls was having, and continues to have, a dramatic effect on health outcomes. Violence not only affects their health, but also their family’s health, and the health of the entire community.”

Her early work in nursing, working one-on-one with trauma survivors, led Harner to study public health at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she specialized in maternal and child health. While at Harvard, she was exposed to the work of Angela Browne, Ph.D., and became interested in studying women’s health and violence from a public health perspective, especially trauma as a pathway to incarceration for women. “Women who are incarcerated have really high rates of past victimization,” Harner explained. “About 90 percent of them have experienced past trauma, and typically trauma, and the criminalization of women’s coping mechanisms, leads survivors on a path to the criminal justice system.”

She credits her experience, training, and education at Gwynedd Mercy University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Harvard School of Public Health, and La Salle to bringing her to this moment in her career. “All of these opportunities have prepared me to do the work that I want to do on behalf of populations that are marginalized and have limited voice,” she said.

Harner earned an MBA from La Salle in 2014. “Having that (business) understanding has challenged me, helped me grow, and has supported leadership opportunities that have come my way,” she said. She added that it was La Salle’s focus on social justice that brought her to the University as a faculty member and now alumni. “I fell for the mission (of social justice),” she said. “I’ve been in a lot of institutions and the social justice mission resonates with me.”

For this next step in her mission-driven career, Harner hopes to add her unique perspective to a global discussion. “I think there are so many talented people in the Academy,” she said. “I’m an additional voice, and maybe my experience working inside a prison and my training can provide a unique and useful perspective.”

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. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

August 12, 2015

Tickets to Dalai Lama Appearance at La Salle Sold Out

The Dalai Lama will lead a teaching at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena prior to receiving the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center

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Tickets to the Dalai Lama’s teaching event at La Salle University on October 26 are sold out.

2,000 tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40, were made available at 10 a.m. at www.dalailamaphilly.org.

All revenues in excess of expenses are distributed under the advisement of the Dalai Lama to charity or a special project.

The teaching, titled “The Wisdom of Cherishing Others. Eight Verses for Training the Mind,” will take place at 1 p.m. in the Tom Gola Arena. The eight verses combine the essential teachings on the cultivation of compassion and wisdom in each person.  The verses have become among the most important writings studied in the Buddhist tradition, while embodying the universal truths of all of the world’s major faiths and traditions as well.  The Dalai Lama has said he recites these verses every morning, as part of his own personal practice.

The Dalai Lama is visiting Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center later that day. The Liberty Medal was established in 1988 to honor men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. An estimated 2,000 Tibetans from exile communities across the Northeast are expected to gather at Independence Mall for the event. The Dalai Lama’s last visit to Philadelphia was in 2008 for a public talk on Buddhism in the 21st century at the Kimmel Center.

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. In a nationwide ranking of colleges, Money magazine graded La Salle University an A for value added to a degree for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, citing the University as a “Value All-Star.” Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

August 12, 2015

Stephen Zarrilli Takes the Helm as New Board Chair for La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA, August 11, 2015 —– La Salle University Trustee and School of Business alumnus Stephen T. Zarrilli was recently named Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. A La Salle Trustee since 2012, Zarrilli serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a growth capital provider headquartered in Wayne, Pa.

Zarrilli succeeds William R. Sautter, La Salle School of Business alumnus and President and Chief Executive Officer of Elliott-Lewis Corporation, who served as Board Chair for nine years.

“This is an important time in La Salle’s history and in the rapidly changing higher education industry,” Sautter said. “Steve brings many strengths to his role as Chair of La Salle’s Board of Trustees. Among those strengths are keen business acumen, a deep respect for the mission and values of the Christian Brothers, and a commitment to advancing the University.”

Zarrilli will work closely with newly appointed President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., who formerly served as Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) at Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada. Both the new President and new Chair began their terms on July 1.

Zarrilli has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic, financial, and operational roles.  He has held various positions as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of public and private companies, demonstrating the ability to successfully grow and manage a diverse selection of enterprises. He also contributes a substantial amount of time serving on a variety of community-based nonprofit boards. He is the Chairman of Ben Franklin Technology Partners/SEP and serves on the boards of the University City Science Center, the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He is the past Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Arts & Business Council for Greater Philadelphia and the past Philadelphia Regional Chairman/State Board Member for Economics Pennsylvania. He is also currently a director of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a publicly traded investment management company.

Zarrilli has been very engaged with the University as a Trustee and an alumnus. He was directly involved in launching La Salle University’s Center for Entrepreneurship in 2010, and has been recognized by La Salle three separate times with the University’s E-Vision Award (2001), the Accounting Department’s Michael A. DeAngelis Award (2009), and the Business School’s honorary admission to its Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter (2010).

Zarrilli also serves as an Advisory Board member of the Corporate Governance Council of Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, and a member of the Advisory Board for Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

A former Certified Public Accountant, Zarrilli graduated from La Salle University in 1983 with an accounting degree and is a frequent lecturer on corporate governance, financial management, organizational, and capital development matters. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Zarrilli and his wife, Carol, also a member of La Salle’s Class of 1983, have three children.

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. In a national survey, Money magazine ranked La Salle as a top five college in the Philadelphia region for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, and cited the University as a “Value All-Star.” Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

August 10, 2015

Tickets Available August 12 for Dalai Lama October Teaching at La Salle University

The Dalai Lama will lead a teaching at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena prior to receiving the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center

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Philadelphia, PA [August 10, 2015] – La Salle University announced today ticket sales for the Dalai Lama’s teaching scheduled for Monday, October 26 will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12 at www.dalailamaphilly.org.

The teaching, titled “The Wisdom of Cherishing Others. Eight Verses for Training the Mind,” will take place at 1 p.m. in the Tom Gola Arena. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.  The eight verses combine the essential teachings on the cultivation of compassion and wisdom in each person.  The verses have become among the most important writings studied in the Buddhist tradition, while embodying the universal truths of all of the world’s major faiths and traditions as well.  The Dalai Lama has said he recites these verses every morning, as part of his own personal practice.

Ticket prices range from $25 – $40, with over 2,500 total seats available. Additional details on the event can be found at www.dalailamaphilly.org.  All revenues in excess of expenses are distributed under the advisement of the Dalai Lama to charity or a special project.

“We are incredibly honored to welcome the Dalai Lama to our campus this October,” said Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., President at La Salle University. “The La Salle community will benefit immensely from hearing his teaching, as we strive to enrich our students’ cultural, intellectual and spiritual development and give them the opportunity to learn from all faiths.”

The Dalai Lama is visiting Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center later that day. The Liberty Medal was established in 1988 to honor men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. An estimated 2,000 Tibetans from exile communities across the Northeast are expected to gather at Independence Mall for the event. The Dalai Lama’s last visit to Philadelphia was in 2008 for a public talk on Buddhism in the 21st century at the Kimmel Center.

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. In a nationwide ranking of colleges, Money magazine graded La Salle University an A for value added to a degree for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, citing the University as a “Value All-Star.” Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

August 5, 2015

Three La Salle Students Heading to Clyde Hirt Journalism Workshop Sponsored by the New York Post

Three La Salle University communication majors have been selected to participate in the New York Post’s Clyde Hirt Sports Media Workshop from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9.

Juniors Amanda Johncola and Madison Elliott and senior Anthony Fleet will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack to cover the Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 8. The workshop pairs students with professional journalists in print and broadcasting for daily live coverage of the harness race events. Johncola and Elliott will be working with print journalists, while Fleet will be working with field camera operators.

“It will be a week full of getting real life experience,” Elliott said. “We had the option to cover (the race) with TV reporters, print journalism reporters, and people behind the scenes. Our work, if good enough, has the opportunity to be published in the New York Post or Philadelphia Inquirer.”

To land a spot in the workshop, the students had to complete an application and provide writing samples.

“It was all electronic – I received an attachment of the description of the workshop, along with the application from Br. Gerry Molyneaux,” said Fleet.

“It was a very fast process. I heard within two days,” said Elliot, who is also majoring in Spanish.

A knowledge of racing is not required; both Johncola and Fleet said this will be their first time at a race track. They already know a thing or two about sports coverage though: “I’ve been working part time at the Inquirer since May of 2014,” Johncola said. “I have summers off because I work in the high school sports department.”

Fleet said he plans to cover college sports after graduation.

“I love all four major sports,” Fleet said. “Basketball is my favorite.”

July 28, 2015

La Salle University to Provide 40 Nursing Scholarships This Year with $600,000 HRSA Grant

The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded La Salle University a $600,000 grant to provide scholarships for economically disadvantaged undergraduate nursing students for the 2015–16 academic year. The University will grant 40 scholarships of $15,000, split evenly between the fall and spring semesters.

In 2012, the University originally received the $2.4 million grant from HRSA that was to be distributed during the next four years. The University has been required to submit performance and progress reports each year in order to receive the following year’s funding. This year, the school received the full available amount. Grants are renewable if students continue to be eligible, and first preference is given to qualified seniors in the selection process.

“Many nursing students continue to document unmet financial needs and dependence on loans,” said Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., R.N., CNE, Acting Dean of La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “These awards can facilitate success in completing the BSN program.”

La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences will apply for another four-year award during the 2015–16 academic year.

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. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

 

July 21, 2015

La Salle University Senior Henri Popa Accepted for Internship with PNC Bank in Chicago

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After arriving at Philadelphia International Airport from Pittsburgh in late February 2015, La Salle University student Henri Popa received a phone call from a recruiter at The PNC Financial Services Group.  The recruiter had good news, as Henri had been accepted into PNC’s internship program. Of more than 15,000 applicants nationwide, 300 were accepted.

Shortly after applying for PNC’s summer internship program, Popa, who is a finance major, was contacted by a PNC campus recruiter. Their conversation led to a phone interview with another recruiter, who ultimately invited Popa to Pittsburgh to meet with PNC in person.

“Once in Pittsburgh, I interviewed with a number of individuals and was asked which business and city I’d like to work in.  I chose corporate underwriting because of its technical nature and my interest in analyzing companies’ financials,” Popa said. “I also chose Chicago, as I had never been there and knew it was a great city for finance.”

Popa accepted PNC’s offer and is now working in Chicago, writing periodic reviews and helping analysts and associates extend or update their clients’ credit lines.

“The most interesting experience I’ve had so far is meeting PNC executives in Chicago and sitting in on meetings where they discuss specific deals,” he said. “Being able to learn from them has been an incredible experience.”

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. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. 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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