May 6, 2016

Spring Semester classes end

January 19, 2016

Spring Semester classes begin

August 27, 2015

Opening Convocation

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.

 

July 6, 2015

La Salle University’s 29th President Takes Office

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Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., officially takes office July 6 as La Salle University’s 29th President. An accomplished attorney and administrative leader as well as a devout Roman Catholic, she will be the first layperson—and first woman—to serve as President in a non-interim capacity in the 152-year history of La Salle University.

Prior to her arrival, Hanycz had served as Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada, since 2008. She will formally succeed Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’70, who stepped down at the end of his term on May 31, 2014, after serving 15 years as President. In June 2014, James P. Gallagher, Ph.D., arrived on campus to serve as Interim President for the University leading up to Hanycz’s selection.

“I have a deep appreciation for La Salle’s exceptional values and its sense of purpose and mission,” Hanycz said. “I attended a Lasallian high school, and I understand that the educational charism of the Christian Brothers emphasizes a commitment to academic rigor, a strong sense of social justice and service, and dedication to a transformational educational experience.”

Hanycz, her husband, Peter, and their three children, relocated to Philadelphia this summer. Her eldest child will enter La Salle as a freshman this fall. “I am eager to work with the entire La Salle community to build upon La Salle’s strengths and to position it as a leading Catholic university,” she said.

Hanycz was the second lay Principal in the history of Brescia, a Catholic institution that is Canada’s only women’s university. There, she developed and implemented a bold strategic plan that resulted in a significant increase in Brescia’s national profile, growth in enrollment, retention of high-quality students, faculty, and staff, and development of innovative academic programs. Throughout her tenure at the university, Hanycz continued her scholarly activities in the area of dispute resolution and taught in Brescia’s Leadership program and in the LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Prior to her appointment at Brescia, Hanycz served as Assistant Dean and associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2003 to 2008. Previously, she worked as a securities and employment litigator at the Heenan Blaikie law firm in Toronto from 1994 to 1999.

Hancyz earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in history from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She completed her J.D. at Dalhousie University and her LL.M. and Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order he founded in 1680, La Salle University 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.

 

July 3, 2015

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June 30, 2015

For the First Time, Philadelphia Public Relations Association Presents Award to Two Students, Both From La Salle University

Recent La Salle University Communication graduates Kelsey Turner and Rachel Christie received the Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA), the first time the award was presented to two students.

“PPRA’s Awards Committee felt strongly that these two nominees were equally deserving and it wouldn’t have been fair to pick between them,” said Meredith Z. Avakian-Hardaway, PPRA president.

Each was nominated for the award: Turner by La Salle Communication professor Michael Smith and Corinthea Harris, who was her supervisor during an internship at DDCworks; Christie by La Salle alum Alexis Abate; she first met Abate when she interviewed for the Br. Gerry Molyneaux Scholarship in the spring semester of 2014, which she received.

Christie, who is from Des Moines, Iowa, is currently working as an Assistant Account Executive on the Integrated Communication team at Brian Communications. She had previously interned with the company.

“I was very excited to learn I’d been selected for this award, especially after being nominated by a fellow La Salle alum,” Christie said. “Additionally, it was great to learn that my roommate at the time, Kellsey Turner, was also was named a recipient in the award’s first-ever tie.”

“I enjoy working in the PR industry for a number of reasons,” Christie said. “The fast-paced nature of PR and integrated communications ensures that there is never a dull moment. There is always something new happening, which provides great opportunities to learn and get hands-on experience.”

Christie, who also majored in Art History, was named the top undergraduate in the Communication department this year.

Lynne Texter, Ph.D., chair of the Communication department, said Christie is, “among the best students I’ve taught in 25 years, and she is a person who possesses both ability and integrity. A top-notch student with a near perfect GPA, she combines outstanding academic ability with impressive professional sensibility and personal integrity.  From the first time she ventured from her home state of Iowa to La Salle, Rachel distinguished herself with her uncommon maturity, intelligence, motivation, and communication skill.”

Turner, who is from Oley, Pa., is currently working for Vault Communication.

I was extremely excited and honored, especially because this award highlights the quality of student that La Salle’s Communication Department is able to produce,” Turner said. “This was the first time ever that PPRA offered the award to two students. I think that says a great deal about La Salle.”

“I’ve always loved writing, so PR has always been a field that I’ve been interested in pursuing,” Turner added. “However, it was the Communication department at La Salle and the amazing internships I had that truly solidified my desire to practice PR.”

Turner had six internships and said each was a unique educational experience. “My most memorable experience was pitching a story to the media during my internship with DDCworks and landing placements for our client on 6 ABC (Channel 6), the Philadelphia Inquirer and several other publications,” she said.

Turner was a staff writer for La Salle’s student newspaper, The Collegian, and was selected as the University’s Homecoming Queen last fall.

 

June 23, 2015

Father Knows Best! La Salle Freshman Kasey Grob Follows His Dad’s Advice and is Chosen for Kemper Scholars Program

La Salle University freshman Kasey Grob didn’t think he’d be selected for the Kemper Scholars Program, which prepares students for leadership and service, especially in organizational administration and business. Then his father offered some advice: “’Go for it, there is nothing to lose here.’” Grob did and he was accepted into the program.

“The application process did not appear to be feasible at first,” Grob said. “I went to an information session in October, and I thought, ‘No way am going to get this.’ The process included a written application with transcripts and letters of recommendation, and then if you were part of the six that made it through that, you still had two more interviews to get through to be selected.”

He called his father, and, with his encouragement, Grob continued.

“So I applied not thinking anything was going to come of it and was shocked when I received the email saying I was selected for an interview,” Grob said. “Then I was even more shocked when I was informed I was one of the three applicants chosen for the second interview. I am very honored and glad to have been selected and would like to congratulate all of the other candidates who made it through the application process who were just as qualified, if not more, than me. I am even more thankful for my parents, Bette Lou and Dean, for everything that they have done for me to make me the person I am today.”

For the next three years, Grob will receive a scholarship from the program. In August, he will attend a Kemper Scholars conference in Chicago to learn about research done by Kemper Scholars participating in internships. In 2016 and 2017, Grob will be assigned an internship. The first will be with a non-profit organization in Chicago. The second can be with a nonprofit or for-profit organization in the United States or overseas.

La Salle University student Matthew Fritz was selected as a Kemper Scholar in 2014. He is currently interning at the History Museum in Chicago. Other La Salle University Kemper Scholars have interned recently at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., at WorldChicago, a non-profit that welcomes foreign diplomats, journalists, and students to the United States, and in the office of a Pennsylvania state representative.

A resident of Riverside, N.J., Grob is majoring in accounting.  “I chose to attend La Salle over other schools because it is a smaller school where it is easier to stand out and receive opportunities such as this,” he said. “When you go to a smaller school, you can build personal relationships with professors and others instead of just being a last name or a number.”

The Kemper Scholars program has been sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago, since 1948. Each year the foundation selects students from 16 exemplary liberal arts colleges around the country.

Its mission is to prepare students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of organizational administration and business. The foundation believes that undergraduate study of the liberal arts represents the best preparation for life and career.   The program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing students opportunities for career exploration and practical experience. The foundation’s experience shows that students learn the value of their liberal arts education for leadership by seeing how they use what they have learned when they work in a professional environment.

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.

 

The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.

June 3, 2015

Cesar Ruiz, SLP.D., Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University, Receives Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Cesar Ruiz, SLP.D., Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University (center), receives the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Interim President James Gallagher, Ph.D. (left) and University Provost Dr. Joseph Marbach (right).

Cesar Ruiz, SLP.D., Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University (center), receives the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Interim President James Gallagher, Ph.D. (left) and University Provost Dr. Joseph Marbach (right).

Cesar Ruiz’s classroom sometimes gives new meaning to the phrase, “stuck in my throat.”

An associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at La Salle University, Ruiz willingly acts as a test subject for his students, allowing them to insert diagnostic equipment down his throat.

“We are the only speech-language pathology program in the area that has oral and nasal videoendoscopy equipment available, and I want my students to take advantage of the experience, and what better experience to serve as their subject while they perform the procedure?” Ruiz said. “It allows me to better direct them because I know what I am feeling. During oral videoendoscopy, there is no danger involved other than an occasional gag.”

For this willingness and many other cited qualities, Ruiz received the 2015 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at La Salle, presented during the University’s Undergraduate Commencement exercises.

“This is my first award ever. It was a total surprise and an honor to learn that the work I love doing was being recognized by the whole University,” said Ruiz, who has taught at La Salle since 2002.

“As a medical speech-language pathologist, I like bringing my clinical experiences into the classroom,” Ruiz said. “Showing students rather than telling them about communication and swallowing disorders enhances their learning experiences. That is what I like about teaching at La Salle University. I have the opportunity to directly interact with students and meet them at whatever level they are.”

In presenting the award to Ruiz, La Salle University Provost Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., said, “Nominations from both colleagues and students have described this year’s award winner:

  • “His teaching is characterized by superior knowledge of the subject material and devotion to helping students reach their potential.”
  • “His lectures are always interesting, not only because of the subject matter but due to the way that he presents it. He has a great sense of humor and provides us with many examples and stories that make the material come alive.”
  • “He brings a new life to the subject with his stories from being in the field and his own clinical experiences.”
  • “He is the embodiment of a faculty member whose teaching is characterized by superior knowledge of the subject matter, vitality and inspiration in its presentation in class, and devotion to helping students realize their potential.
  • “He represents the best qualities of a Lasallian teacher.”

Barbara Amster, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle, said, “Cesar always gets the highest evaluations, and he has the ability to make difficult material accessible for his students.”

Amster also mentioned that Ruiz created a partnership with the University’s Spanish department to offer a dual major for CSD students who want to become bilingual speech pathologists.

Ruiz had been working for the Ford Motor Company in his native Venezuela when he travelled to St. Louis to enroll in a program for translators. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the program wasn’t offered. “I had to make the best I could in St. Louis,” Ruiz said. He noticed the word “language” in a program for Speech-Language-Pathology that “caught my attention. So, I pursued it not knowing what it was. I am glad, I did, however.”

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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