La Salle News


December 12, 2017

Robert R. Johnson, Ph.D., President and CEO of The American College of Financial Services, will be the keynote speaker at La Salle University’s 17th annual Economic Outlook forum on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at noon at the Union League of Philadelphia. The 2018 Economic Outlook is presented by Safeguard Scientifics.


“As the author of Invest with the Fed and Strategic Value Investing, I will address investing in an expected rising interest rate environment,” said Johnson. “Based on over 25 years of research, I will demonstrate which asset classes and sectors have prospered and which have languished when rates have risen and when rates have fallen. My goal is to show how to maximize your long-term returns and reduce your risk in alternative interest rate environments.”

Prior to joining The American College of Financial Services, Robert Johnson served as Professor of Finance in Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. From 1996 to 2011, he held a number of senior executive positions at CFA Institute.

He has extensive media experience and has served as an expert source in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, Forbes, and other leading publications.  He has appeared on ABC World News, Bloomberg TV, and CNN, among others.

Johnson is the author of multiple books and scholarly articles on portfolio management, asset valuation, wealth management, and monetary policy.  In addition to Invest with the Fed and Strategic Value Investing, he is the co-author of The Tools and Techniques of Investment Planning and Investment Banking for Dummies. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking & Finance, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Portfolio Management, among others.

Johnson is the recipient of the 2013 Alfred C. “Pete” Morley Distinguished Service Award from CFA Institute, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Student Award for Teaching Achievement (Creighton University), and Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award at Creighton for three years. He holds the CFA charter, the CAIA charter, a BSBA degree from University of Nebraska-Omaha, an MBA from Creighton University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, and to register for the 2018 Economic Outlook, click here.


December 7, 2017

On-campus café fosters entrepreneurial experiences for La Salle undergraduates from all disciplines

La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz and Saxbys Founder and CEO Nick Bayer

La Salle University today announced a new partnership with Saxbys, offering a unique opportunity to its undergraduates: In Spring 2018, a Saxbys café will open on campus at Founders’ Hall that will be entirely operated and managed by La Salle University students as part of the Saxbys Experiential Learning Program (ELP).

“Our partnership with Saxbys provides students from any academic major an immersive, experiential learning experience in a real-world business operation,” said Colleen M. Hanycz, President of La Salle University. “Entrepreneurial opportunities like La Salle’s Saxbys café further prepare our students for life after La Salle by helping them master traits like resilience, persistence, and the ability to pivot in unforeseen circumstances—skills that will help them succeed in their professional and personal lives.”

“Our Experiential Learning Program is an opportunity that impacts students, faculty, and the overall campus community,” said Saxbys Founder and CEO Nick Bayer. “Just as President Hanycz and her team have revolutionized the accessibility of a La Salle education via the tuition reset, this is yet another example of La Salle pioneering the future landscape of experiential education.

Every six months, one student will be selected to work as the Café Executive Officer (known as the Student CEO) of La Salle’s Saxbys café. This student follows a curriculum of academic coursework concurrent with their tenure as CEO, and is responsible for making decisions on financial management, team development, community leadership, and the overall operations of the cafe. Student CEOs leading the café will earn a full semester of academic credit via a specially-designed credit schedule tailored by La Salle and Saxbys. Additionally, up to 35 part-time employment opportunities will be available for even more students looking for an on-campus job.

La Salle University is the fourth institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to partner with Saxbys, joining Drexel University, Millersville University, and Temple University.

For more information, visit SaxbysCoffee.com.


November 21, 2017

Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA, Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences was recognized by the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania for excellence in nursing in the category of Doctorate of Nursing Practice. The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a statewide, non-profit foundation created to help recruit and retain nursing professionals. Finalists were honored and winners were announced at the 28th Annual Gala on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Harrisburg; and were selected for recognition in one of nine categories, from more than 100 nominations.

“The La Salle University Nursing Program is pleased to see Dr. Kost receive this well-deserved recognition. He is a leader in the field of nurse anesthesia and has published extensively on the topics of anesthesia and sedation,” said Kathleen Czekanski, PhD, RN, CNE, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle University. “Dr. Kost has most recently led the transition of the curriculum of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University program from master’s level entry to doctoral level beginning in the fall of 2018. This is an exciting time for the program which is highly regarded and consistently has excellent outcomes.”

Curricula within the Doctorate of Nursing Practice framework builds on traditional graduate programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other areas. Nominees for this award exhibit healthcare improvements and contributions via practice and clinical scholarship; demonstrate noteworthy involvement or influence in healthcare policy and advocacy; contribute to inter-professional collaboration and improve patient and/or population health; and significantly contribute to the advancement of nursing practice.

Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA has served as Director of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener University, his anesthesia clinical education at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital, Master of Science in Anesthesia and Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and Master of Science in Nursing as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist from Gwynedd Mercy College. Kost completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from La Salle University School of Nursing.

On October 21, 1990, the first Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania were presented for excellence in nursing. To date, more than 180 extraordinary nursing professionals in the areas of clinical patient care, nursing education, nursing research, and nursing administration have been recipients of Nightingale honors.


November 15, 2017

La Salle University senior Ryan Wall has earned the 2017 Anne Sceia Klein Award for Professional Promise. The award recognizes a college junior or senior who is a member of a Public Relations Student Society of America chapter affiliated with Philadelphia’s Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has demonstrated dedication to advancing the field of public relations. Wall was recognized at the PRSA Philadelphia Pepperpot Awards Banquet on Tuesday, November 14.

“I’m extremely grateful to my professors who have instilled in me a love for public relations. The Communication Department has given me so many resources to explore my interests, and I feel very fortunate to have such supportive and caring individuals in my life who are always eager to help me,” said Wall. “I’m also very grateful to all of the individuals at my internships who have helped guide me as I begin to establish a foundation for my future in public relations. I’m fortunate to have found a career I really enjoy, and I hope that this passion is evident in the content I produce.”

In his recommendation letter, Michael Smith, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Communication at La Salle University, wrote of Wall:  “It has often been said of excellent athletes that they’re ‘students of the game,’ meaning that they not only have superior playing ability, but also understand the strategy, history, and context of the game. Ryan is a student of the public relations game. More specifically, he is an excellent, skilled student, both in and out of the classroom; has gained valuable insight through internships and other experiences; has demonstrated leadership not only in La Salle’s PRSSA chapter and campus, but nationally as well… I believe he is one of the most promising PR professionals La Salle has produced.”

Ryan Wall is a communication major specializing in public relations and communication management, with a minor in Latin American Studies. At La Salle, he currently holds three on-campus jobs, serving as a writing tutor, Admissions Campus Explorer (ACE Tour Guide), and as a University Events Student Worker. He is an active member of several organizations, including the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), La Salle TV, Explorer Ambassadors, and the Presidential Student Advisory Council (PSAC). Wall joins a distinguished list of La Salle University alums who have earned this prestigious award: Rachel (Christie) Breslin (2014), Kellsey Turner (2013), and Allison Freeman (2009).


La Salle University’s School of Business is one of 11 universities nationwide to join the National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) Collegiate Partnership Program. Officially launched in April 2017, NBMBAA® announced their first installment of partners last month at the 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia.

Designed to establish long-term holistic partnerships with institutions of higher education, the NBMBAA® Collegiate Partnership Program aims to increase awareness and facilitate access to graduate and business education programs in professional fields across the country.

“Elevating our relationship with the NBMBAA® to the partnership level was a natural step,” said MarySheila McDonald, Dean of La Salle University’s School of Business. “Our commitment to inclusion and diversity has always been in our Lasallian DNA and this partnership will enable us to broaden access and outreach to talented minority students interested in our portfolio of MBA programs.”

“One of our ongoing core values is empowering minority business professionals,” said Jesse Tyson, President and CEO, NBMBAA®. “Each of these distinguished partnering institutions have demonstrated a commitment to supporting our mission, while also showing a commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

The NBMBAA® Collegiate Partnership Program allows institutions to demonstrate their commitment to providing an enriching experience for all students, faculty, and staff by actively exploring and adopting new ways to expand diversity and inclusion initiatives.

As a Collegiate Partner, La Salle University will receive exclusive benefits including conference discounts, promotions and invitations for future NBMBAA® events. Most importantly, the NBMBAA® Collegiate Partnership Program positions NBMBAA® to accomplish each of its goals aligned with the strategic goal of awarding $20 million in scholarships to members and securing 100 Collegiate Partners. To date, the program has secured over $3.5 million in available scholarship dollars.

La Salle University’s School of Business has consistently earned recognition for excellence. According to a new data study from U.S. News and World Report, the MBA program has the fourth highest employment rate in the nation. The school was named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017 and 2018, and its Part-Time Hybrid MBA was included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The School of Business is internationally recognized for being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious accreditation.


November 1, 2017

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La Salle University and Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) today announced a partnership for dual admission, starting in Fall 2018. Cadets who complete their Associate’s Degrees at VFMC may transfer to La Salle to complete the remaining coursework to earn Bachelor’s Degrees in selected fields of study. Valley Forge Military College joins Bucks County Community College, Camden County College, Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, Harcum College, Manor College, Mercer County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, and recently-added Rowan College of Gloucester County in dual admission agreements with La Salle University.

“We are proud to add Valley Forge Military College to our growing number of partner schools,” said Tom Delahunt, Vice President of Enrollment at La Salle University. “Transfer students from the greater Philadelphia area are flocking to La Salle in record numbers and agreements like this allow for the transition to be completed with ease.”

Maureen Malone, Dean of VFMC, noted, “Valley Forge Military College is excited to offer this opportunity to our cadets and students. We look forward to working with LaSalle University as our schools work towards the common goal of offering exceptional education to our students.”

Since 1935, VFMC has earned a reputation as a well-renowned co-educational, accredited two-year private college. Young men and women come to VFMC to hold themselves to a higher standard of education and develop to their full potential. Designated as the Military College of Pennsylvania, VFMC provides an educational experience unlike any other in the Commonwealth. The quality academic foundation and individual confidence acquired at VFMC has served many of our graduates as a springboard to academic and personal success.

For more information on the dual admission program at La Salle University, click here.


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For the second consecutive year, La Salle University’s School of Business has been named to The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools. The Princeton Review—well-known for its college rankings in dozens of categories—surveyed 23,000 students in business schools across the nation, asking them to rate their schools based on classroom experience, professors, career prospects, campus environment, and more. In total, 267 business schools made the 2018 listing.

“We are thrilled to be included again in the Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools ranking, especially since much of the data came directly from student surveys,” said Colleen M. Hanycz, President, La Salle University. “Our students have confirmed that we provide a highly personalized business education marked by critical indicators of quality and successful outcomes such as classroom experience, academic rigor, teaching excellence and the accessibility of our professors outside the classroom—all hallmarks of a La Salle education for 154 years.”

“La Salle’s School of Business continues to build on its long tradition of teaching excellence, innovative curricula and strong outcomes. For over 20 years, our School of Business has continued to earn its AACSB accreditation by responding swiftly and strategically to what professionals need to excel in a business world impacted by globalization, technology, exceptionally short product life cycles, and more,” remarked MarySheila McDonald, Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “Our part-time online and hybrid programs, and full-time on-campus MBA graduates are prepared to lead globally and ethically in their chosen disciplines, and with a focus on informed service.”

“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,” said Robert Franek, SVP / Publisher of The Princeton Review.  “Their program offerings vary considerably, and we salute and highlight those distinctions in our profiles.”

The Princeton Review’s ranking list factors in data from business school students completed during the 2016-17, 2015-16, and 2014-15 school years. The survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body, campus life, and their career plans. On average, 86 students from each business school were surveyed for the 2018 list.

La Salle University’s School of Business was named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017, and its Part-Time Hybrid MBA was included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The MBA program at the School of Business also has the fourth highest employment rate in the nation, according to a report from U.S. News and World Report. The School of Business is internationally recognized for being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The AACSB accreditation standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. Fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious accreditation.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, by Money magazine (fifth on the 2016-17 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, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and The New York Times.


October 25, 2017

Five of La Salle University’s most distinguished alumni have been named to the 2017 Philadelphia Business Journal POWER 100 list: William Sasso, ’69, Chairman of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young and current member of La Salle University’s Board of Trustees; Dwight Evans, ’75, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s Second District; Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, ’80; Steve Zarrilli, ’83, President and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics and Chairman of La Salle’s Board of Trustees; and John Grady, ’89, President of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. The POWER 100 list recognizes the most influential people with the most impact in the Greater Philadelphia region, as determined by the PBJ’s editorial board. The complete list can be found here.


Steve Zarrilli, ’83, is President and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics, which provides capital and expertise to fuel the growth of technology-driven businesses in healthcare, financial services, and digital media across. Zarrilli’s leadership in the entrepreneurial ecosystem can be seen throughout Pennsylvania. He is Vice Chairman of the Board at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which is the leading funder of technology growth companies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is also the current Chairman of La Salle University’s Board of Trustees, a position he has held since 2013. In 2009, he was the recipient of La Salle’s Michael A. DeAngelis Award, honoring individuals for outstanding achievement in the accounting profession. Zarrilli graduated from La Salle University with a bachelor’s of science in accounting. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jim Kenney, ’80, is the 99th and current mayor of Philadelphia. Prior to becoming mayor, Kenney served as a member of Philadelphia’s City Council for 23 years, serving as Councilman at Large from January 1992 to January 2015. Since being elected, Kenny implemented the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, which has helped to enroll 2,000 students in pre-kindergarten, launch 11 community schools, and rebuild Philadelphia parks, recreation centers, and libraries. Kenny’s first year as mayor also saw improved labor relations, pension reform, and glowing reviews for hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Kenney earned a degree in political science at La Salle; he was the first in his family to graduate from college.

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Congressman Dwight Evans, ’75, made history when he became the first African-American Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 1990, holding that position for 20 years. In the true Lasallian spirit of serving the underserved, he has dedicated his career in public service to providing economic and educational opportunities to the poor. He helped to form the West Oak Lane Charter School, which, since its opening in 1998, has educated thousands of students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Most significantly, during his time in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, he created the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, expanding and building grocery stores in food deserts throughout our state. Since 2004, it has brought nearly 100 grocery stores to underserved areas across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that previously had limited access to fresh produce. Congressman Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in English from La Salle University. He was the 1993 recipient of the Warren E. Smith, M.D., ’54, Award, recognizing an outstanding African-American leader in the community.

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William Sasso, Esq., ’69, is Chairman of Philadelphia law firm Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. He currently serves on La Salle University’s Board of Trustees, a position he’s held since 1999. A recognized leader in the law profession, Sasso was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Legal Intelligencer in 2014, which honors “the best the Pennsylvania legal community has to offer.” Recipients of this prestigious honor have “moved forward the legal profession in the state, helped foster the legal education of younger attorneys and stood as examples of some of the best virtues of Pennsylvania attorneys.” Sasso was also the recipient of La Salle’s 2005 Lasallian Leadership Award, an annual 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. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from La Salle, and his Juris Doctor from Harvard University.

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John Grady, ’89, is President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the city’s public-private economic development corporation. Tackling one of the largest office/industrial redevelopment projects in the city, Grady oversaw the acquisition and revitalization of Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, a 1,200-acre development offering the region a waterfront business campus committed to smart energy innovation and sustainability. He is active on a number of boards across the City, including the Board of Trustees at La Salle University, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Real Estate Advisory Board, and the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. Grady graduated from La Salle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He is also a graduate of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program.

The POWER 100 list is the work of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s editorial team, “who has about 200 years of combined experience covering business,” according to the complete list published on October 16.


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