La Salle News


May 18, 2017

MegAnne Liebsch

Out of more than 750 applicants, La Salle University student MegAnne Liebsch, ’18, has been selected for the highly competitive Dow Jones News Fund Internship. This summer, the program sends 85 undergraduate and graduate students to work as data and digital journalists, business reporters, and multiplatform editors in paid internships at 55 of the nation’s leading news organizations. Liebsch begins her role as an Interactive News Editor for Central Connecticut Communications—a media company publishing newspapers in Bristol, New Britain, and Newington, Connecticut—in June.  She is the second La Salle University student to participate in this prestigious internship.

“MegAnne is one of the most dogged student reporters whom I’ve had the pleasure to teach in my 11 years at La Salle,” said Huntly Collins, assistant professor of communication. “She digs until she finds the answer.” She continued, “Over the three years that I have had her in class, I’ve watched her writing get better and better. Today, I would be hard pressed to name another student who writes with such accuracy, precision, and grace.”

“MegAnne excelled in both editing and Web classes, exhibiting a rare combination of technical, design, and editing skills,” said John Beatty, associate professor of English. “That combination was no doubt key in getting her the internship in Interactive News Editing, which applies traditional writing and editing skills to the online environment.”

Liebsch’s journey as a Dow Jones News Fund intern begins on May 24, where she will attend a one-week multimedia news editing seminar at Penn State University led by Edward Trayes, Ph.D., of Temple University’s Center for Editing Excellence. She will then begin her post in Connecticut. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the editing internship program, which was launched by Paul Swensson, executive director of the Fund from 1961 to 1968. Swensson believed bright college students could work well as copy editors, despite never having been daily professional reporters. In addition to the weekly stipend earned during the internship, all Dow Jones News Fund interns returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships.

MegAnne Liebsch is a rising senior at La Salle University, majoring in communication and minoring in English and history. She currently serves as the managing editor of The Collegian, the University’s student newspaper, is a student in the Honors Program, and is a coordinator with the Camden Aware Immersion Volunteer Program.


May 2, 2017


La Salle University graduate student Jehanzeb Dar was recently selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors’ Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (NBCC MFP-Y). The Fellowship grants Dar $8,000 to support his education and facilitate further service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth (ages 16–25). The goal of the Minority Fellowship Program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of available culturally competent behavioral health professionals.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive the NBCC Minority Fellowship and to be among the other recipients. This achievement would not have been possible without my training and education in the Professional Clinical Counseling program at La Salle University,” said Dar. “My aspirations to work with underserved racial and ethnic minority youth reflects the long Lasallian tradition of serving marginalized communities and promoting social justice. I am grateful to all of my professors, especially Dr. Dalesa Martinez, who taught me the importance of utilizing context-sensitive therapy and integrating social justice concepts like intersectionality into counseling practice.”

With this fellowship, Dar hopes to not only provide competent and ethical mental health services to youth of color, but also help address and challenge health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations.

Dar is a graduate of Penn State Abington, and is currently pursuing a master’s in the professional clinical counseling program at La Salle. After graduation, Dar aspires to work with underserved and marginalized communities, especially transition-age youth who identify as South Asian, Middle Eastern, or Muslim. Dar is also committed to implementing intersectional and social justice counseling practices to better serve populations of diverse racial, ethnic, gender, class, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds. This fellowship will not only allow Dar to continue his education and attend counseling conferences but also will enhance his counseling skills and advocacy to provide competent, compassionate and ethical mental health services to people of color, Muslims and other marginalized communities.


April 24, 2017

La Salle-TruMark

Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, TruMark Financial® Credit Union will provide affordable financial products and services at a new student-operated credit union branch on La Salle University’s campus. With a full service branch on site, students will have the benefit of learning how to manage their money more responsibly and have the opportunity to attend free financial literacy workshops. The branch is designed with a teller pod that gives the credit union a more welcoming atmosphere, removes the barriers of traditional high banking counters, and allows for a more personal service experience.

“This new relationship aims to draw on the distinct strengths of each organization in working with youth: TruMark Financial’s commitment to providing financial education for young adults and La Salle’s mission and tradition of combining progressive ideas with practical needs of students,” said Richard F. Stipa, chief executive officer, TruMark Financial.

TruMark Financial is also providing a significant gift to La Salle for naming rights to the University’s major athletic facility. The Tom Gola Arena at Hayman Hall will now be known as the Tom Gola Arena at the TruMark Financial Center. The credit union also will provide scholarship and financial literacy support at the university.  As April is National Financial Literacy month, both organizations are pleased to announce a comprehensive financial literacy program will be offered to engage and educate La Salle students in money management related subjects.

The credit union will have a presence on campus, engage in professional mentoring to students, and participate in the university’s experiential education program. By working together, both organizations hope to provide the students with the financial tools needed to make informed financial decisions so they can manage their money responsibly.

As part of its ongoing financial literacy program, Building Financial Futures, credit union employees will work with school administrators and conduct personal finance presentations on topics such as saving, borrowing, investing, and budgeting on campus.


April 20, 2017

Senior Jack DiMatteo Gives Undergraduate Address

Alum Mike Sielski, ’97, Awarded Honorary Degree

Alumna Hannah Datz, ’10, Delivers Graduate Address

DiMatteo, Jack
Jack DiMatteo

La Salle University announces the lineup of speakers for Commencement 2017. Graduating senior Jack DiMatteo has been selected to deliver the Undergraduate Commencement address on Sunday, May 21. Alum Mike Sielski, a sports columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer since September 2013, has been selected as the honorary degree recipient. Alumna Hannah Datz, VP Retail North America at SAP Hybris, will give the address at La Salle’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 19.

Jack DiMatteo is a student in La Salle’s Honors Program double majoring in political science and economics. Over the last four years, he has worked as the head student manager for the men’s basketball team, has Letters to the Editor published in The New York Times and Chicago Tribune, and helped raise more than $19,000 through the African Mission Healthcare Foundation for Dr. Tom Catena, an American physician working in the Sudan at the Gidel Mother of Mercy Hospital. Following graduation, DiMatteo continues his education at the University of Virginia to earn a Masters of Public Policy.

“Since I arrived at La Salle as a freshman, I’ve always admired the unique tradition of having a student deliver the commencement address, and now as a senior, I feel deeply humbled to be a part of that history,” said DiMatteo. “The framework for my speech comes from the Latin translation for Brothers of the Christian Schools, Fratres Scholarum Christianarum, or F.S.C. While that acronym does not technically mean Faith, Service, Community, it has come to stand for those things. I will use that to discuss what those values mean in the context of our graduating class, and how it ties to our motto of Explorers are Never Lost. I believe that as La Salle University graduates, because of our commitment to Faith, Service, and Community, we are never lost.”

Mike Sielski graduated from La Salle in 1997 with degrees in English and communication. A student in La Salle’s Honors Program, Sielski was also sports editor and later editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the University’s student newspaper. He was also selected to give the Commencement Address at his graduation exercises.

“My four years at La Salle were wonderful, among the best of my life, and this is an incredible honor, truly overwhelming and humbling,” said Sielski. “I have to assume that the committee members who selected this year’s speaker had run out of ideas, happened to have a copy of that day’s Inquirer sports section spread out on a table in front of them, and said, ‘Hey, this guy who wrote this thing about the Eagles today went to La Salle. Let’s pick him.’”

Hannah Datz graduated from La Salle University’s Business Scholars Co-op Program in 2010 and served as Commencement speaker for her class. In her address, she explored the meaning of what it means to be Lasallian and what distinguishes La Salle alums from other college graduates. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a student leader and tour guide.  Datz currently serves as a member of the La Salle University Board of Trustees.

“In my speech to the 2017 graduates, I’ll explore what it means to be Lasallian in a professional sense, and how the virtues and values of a Christian Brothers education have impacted my personal and professional life,” said Datz. “When I spoke to my peers seven years ago at my Undergraduate Commencement, I was projecting the life that this strong foundation would help me obtain. In reality, the effects of a Lasallian education helped me more than I could have imagined, both professionally, in a fast-paced global career track with SAP, and personally.”


March 30, 2017

Kenneth Brewer

La Salle University student Kenneth Brewer, ’17 (pictured above), and alum RJ Lualhati, ’16 (pictured below), were selected by the prestigious Stanford University Innovation Fellows program as two of 24 team members for their Silicon Valley Meetup, which took place March 9-13, 2017. They were hand-selected out of a community of 1,000 Fellows for the impact they have made at La Salle, and for their contributions to ensuring that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future.

“There are 1,000 students in the UIF program, and being selected as one of the 24 members is truly a blessing,” said Brewer, a senior studying public relations at La Salle. “At this meetup, each of the student operators delivers a presentation that not only highlights your achievements and knowledge as a Fellow, but also highlights your personality. I spoke about servant leadership and how a fellow can utilize their power to inspire others to lead. As Fellows, we must be willing to serve each other and our community.”

“I was chosen to help lead a group of over 300 students not because of my accomplishments, but because of my perseverance and willingness to lead and work,” said Lualhati, who graduated with a B.S. in La Salle’s Integrated Science, Business, and Technology program. “My time at La Salle drove me to create 3D printed prosthetics and build a makerspace in the basement of Connelly Library, and now I am an alum, a CEO, and a member of the team for the spring 2017 Silicon Valley Meetup.”

Lualhati and Brewer delivered their presentations in front of 350 student and faculty attendees from 80 universities and colleges around the world. Brewer focused on Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon on the power of servant leadership. Using Dr. King’s speech as a base, Brewer spoke about his role as president of La Salle’s chapter of Enactus, and how understanding the call to serve and lead is pivotal to the success of a Fellow. Lualhati spoke about his progression from selling rare Nike and Jordan sneakers to now serving as founder and CEO of Dashbot, a 3D printing and technology consulting company, which was launched out of his dorm room during the 2014-2015 school year.

The University Innovation Fellows program is a global program run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) that empowers students to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and design thinking. These leaders create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems, and address global challenges.

RJ Lualhati


March 29, 2017

Robert McDonough

Continuing a longstanding tradition, La Salle University senior Robert McDonough has been selected for the highly competitive Fulbright Scholars program. McDonough, who is earning a degree in economics with minors in mathematics and German, will spend one year studying the relationship between Austrian translator Nora Wydenbruck and poet Christine Lavant at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt in southern Austria.

“First and foremost, I never would have been able to achieve this award without the help and support of faculty, staff, and so many other members of the La Salle community,” said McDonough. “I’m excited about this opportunity to immerse myself in the study of German-to-English translation through the examination of authentic, brilliant translation. Beyond my Fulbright work, I also hope to spread in some small way the Lasallian mission of coming together as a community of equals for the purpose of learning.”

McDonough’s research project is “An Analysis of Translator and Author: Lessons from Wydenbruck and Lavant.” Wydenbruck translated a handful of Lavant’s short stories and fiction, and the two maintained a unique relationship and friendship. One of Lavant’s works which was thought to be lost was later published in 2001, after the original German manuscript was discovered in Wydenbruck’s literary estate.

The Fulbright award also includes a teaching component, wherein McDonough will assist with English language instruction in a secondary school in Klagenfurt.

Following his time as a Fulbright student, McDonough hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in economics.


March 28, 2017


Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University, announced today that William “Bill” Bradshaw has signed a multiyear agreement as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Mr. Bradshaw has served in an interim capacity in the same role since March 9, 2016.

Mr. Bradshaw has over 36 years’ experience as an Intercollegiate Division I athletic director, first at La Salle (1978-1986), then at DePaul (1986-2002) and most recently at Temple (2002-2013). During his prior tenure at La Salle, the Explorers won 28 conference championships and three Commissioner’s Cups, made NCAA tournament appearances three times in Men’s Basketball and twice in Women’s Basketball, and averaged an impressive 90% student-athlete graduation rate.

While at Temple, he made significant hires including Men’s Basketball coach Fran Dunphy  (2006-Current) and Men’s Football coaches Al Golden (2006-2010 and now with the Detroit Lions), Steve Addazio (2010-2012 and now at Boston College), and Matt Rhule (2012-2016 and now at Baylor University). In each of his prior athletic director roles, Mr. Bradshaw created more favorable conference affiliations for the universities, facilitated unprecedented academic performance from student athletes, and spearheaded facilities upgrades and record revenues.

Since returning to La Salle, Mr. Bradshaw led the successful hosting of the Division I Men’s NCAA regional basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in March 2016 and, more recently, under his leadership the combined performance of La Salle’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams this year was the most improved in the NCAA Division I nationally, with the second most combined wins between the two programs at La Salle since 1993. Athletics fundraising, corporate sponsorships and ticket revenues are also up significantly since his return, and student-athlete grade point average (GPA) is an impressive 3.10.

“We are thrilled to have Bill back at La Salle. Over the last year, he has built strong relationships with our coaches and student athletes, and worked with key stakeholders to take the fan experience for students to new levels,” said Colleen M. Hanycz. “We’ve seen progress in the performance of a number of our varsity teams in the past year under his leadership, and are confident that will continue. Bill is also focused on increasing the participation of all La Salle students in athletics past the varsity level in recreational and intramural sports, and as spectators and fans.”

Said Mr. Bradshaw, a 1969 graduate of La Salle, “The past year has been rewarding, and it’s exciting—both as a former student-athlete and athletic director at La Salle—to return during this promising time of the University’s renaissance and growth under Dr. Hanycz’s leadership. The future is very bright for La Salle and Explorer athletics.” He also noted the importance of continuing the long tradition of creating and maximizing opportunities for students through varsity, club and intramural sports because they promote leadership and team working skills, in addition to supporting physical health and wellbeing.

For more information regarding La Salle Athletics, including schedule information, please visit www.GoExplorers.com.


March 14, 2017

business-school-building-20160727-09La Salle University’s School of Business has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools, specifically to the Best Part-Time MBA Programs. The ranking is based on five criteria: average peer assessment score; average GMAT score and GRE scores of part-time MBA students entering in the fall of 2016; average undergraduate GPA; average number of years of work experience; and the percentage of the fall 2016 total MBA program enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program.

“We are proud to be included in this U.S. News and World Report ranking, as it validates the quality of our part-time MBA program and its students,” said Interim Dean MarySheila McDonald, J.D. “Since 1976, La Salle University’s School of Business has offered an MBA to working adults throughout the region, and it has continuously adapted its curriculum and course delivery to prepare students for the ever-changing business landscape. The part-time MBA’s recent shift from a traditional face-to-face format to a hybrid program, blending classroom experience with online coursework, reflects our commitment to meeting students where they are and leveraging the virtual classroom. It’s also no mistake that we modeled this program based on how business is conducted worldwide—blending human interaction with the use of technology.”

La Salle University’s Part-Time Hybrid MBA program is tailored to fit the needs of the working adult. Classes are offered in three locations: Philadelphia, Newtown, and Plymouth Meeting, PA. With the hybrid format, students have the opportunity to interact face-to-face with professors and foster personal, mentoring relationships, while also having the convenience of virtual classes that are accessible from anywhere. This approach allows students to earn their degree in a program that suits their schedules with the benefit of engaging, collaborative relationships that are the hallmark of the La Salle experience. In addition, MBA students are drawn from a range of business professionals in both the private and public sectors, providing meaningful networking opportunities for students.

The average peer assessment score for the U.S. News and World Report ranking was calculated from a fall 2016 survey that asked business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation’s 360 part-time MBA programs to rate the other part-time programs on a five-point scale, from marginal to outstanding. To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program had to be accredited by the As­sociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

La Salle University’s School of Business was most recently named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017 and is AACSB accredited. 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.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, 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 and excellence citations from the Brookings Institute, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and The New York Times.


February 22, 2017

Announcement marks the first university-rideshare partnership in Philadelphia

Students gain access to $1.99 flat fares to and from nearby Olney SEPTA Station


PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 22, 2017)—La Salle University’s School of Business and Uber, the popular ridesharing app, will partner beginning in the Spring 2017 semester to provide an affordable transportation option to and from La Salle’s campus. To kick off the initiative and provide an easy first/last mile linkage from public transit to the campus, students will have access to $1.99 uberPOOL flat fares to and from the Olney SEPTA Station through March 7.

“Our partnership with Uber aligns beautifully with La Salle’s mission and tradition of blending innovation with the practical needs of students,” said School of Business Interim Dean MarySheila E. McDonald. “Meeting students where they are has been a Lasallian maxim for over 300 years, and this partnership provides an affordable, convenient, and reliable transportation option for undergraduate and graduate students to take full advantage of everything the City of Philadelphia has to offer; including co-ops, internships, job interviews, and more.”

Students using Uber for the first time are eligible to receive $15 off their first ride requested through the Uber app, and a dedicated pickup and drop-off location will be at the corner of Penn Boulevard and Chew Avenue, with a custom app integration that makes the pickup easier for riders and drivers.

“Uber is proud to work with La Salle on this first-of-a-kind partnership in Philadelphia,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager for Uber Philadelphia. “Whether you’re getting from the train station to class, or looking for a safe way home late at night, students, faculty, and staff can count on Uber to connect them with a reliable, affordable ride.”


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