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October 26, 2016

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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.

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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.

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“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.

About The Princeton Review    The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY, and is an operating business of The Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH). For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.

About Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books    Penguin Random House LLC is the world’s largest English-language general trade book publisher. Its 250 imprints publish more than 70,000 digital and 15,000 print books annually, with more than 100,000 eBooks available worldwide. Random House has been the exclusive trade book publisher of Princeton Review Books since 1986. A part of the Random House Children’s Books division, The Princeton Review Books line numbers more than 150 titles and includes guides to major standardized tests, colleges and graduate schools, and study aid books. Follow Penguin Random House on Facebook at PenguinRandomHouse and Twitter @penguinrandom.

 

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La Salle University has announced IMC Construction, based in Malvern, Pa., will be the inaugural recipient of The Lasallian Impact Award. Robert Cottone, President and CEO, will receive the award on the company’s behalf.

The Lasallian Impact Award, which honors an organization whose core values are similar to the University’s, will be presented at La Salle’s 25th Annual Charter Dinner on March 25, 2017 at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, Pa.

“I am very delighted to have Robert accept this award on his company’s behalf,” said La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. “Not only is IMC a leader in its industry, they are committed to the common good and the dignity of others through sustained community service and civic engagement, much like La Salle is.”

IMC is the fifth largest construction manager in the Philadelphia area, the seventh largest in Pennsylvania and has built over $5 billion worth of commercial projects in the region. The company has been recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal for its Community Impact Award—Most Philanthropic Company, as a Best Place to Work, and Top 10 General Contractors. SmartCEO Magazine also recognized them as one of the 100 Best Run Companies.

After a decade of running his own firm, Cottone joined IMC in 1986 as a project manager and worked his way up the ranks to his present position as President and CEO. He has personally spearheaded over one billion dollars’ worth of development and construction in the healthcare, education, retail, and commercial markets throughout the country, tripling the size of the company. Under his leadership, IMC’s construction volume exceeds $300 million annually.

Cottone founded and is the Director of the IMC Charitable Foundation, which was established to support educational, humanitarian, and non-profit institutions. He oversees the IMC Volunteer Program, which encourages employees to take up to five days away from the office to perform community service. Over the years, IMC employees have donated their time to organizations such as the American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, USO, and Walk to Defeat ALS.

In recognition of his many professional and community impact achievements, Cottone was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. He also is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Good Scout Award, Chester County Community Foundation Social Investment Award, and an Echoes Call to Care Honoree.

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

About the La Salle University Charter Dinner

The Charter Dinner 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. Since its inception, the La Salle University Charter Dinner has raised more than $4 million, and proceeds have been used to enhance the University’s Scholarship Fund, benefiting many La Salle students.

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