May 1, 2015

Spring Semester classes end

April 13, 2015

La Salle University Presents Distinguished Faculty Service Award to Nancy Jones and Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award to Kevin J. Harty

English Chair Kevin J. Harty (left), recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award, and Nancy Jones, Chair of the Department of Integrated Science, Business and Technology (right), recipient of the  Distinguished Faculty Service Award, after receiving their honors from Br. John McGoldrick, F.S.C., Assistant Provost.

English Chair Kevin J. Harty (left), recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award, and Nancy Jones, Chair of the Department of Integrated Science, Business and Technology (right), recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award, after receiving their honors from Br. John McGoldrick, F.S.C., Assistant Provost.

 

La Salle University recently presented two faculty members with annual awards: Kevin J. Harty, Ph.D., Chair of the English Department, received the Faculty Distinguished Scholarship Award, and Nancy Jones, Ph.D., Chair of the Integrated Science, Business and Technology Department, received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

The author of several books and many articles on film and TV adaptations of “medieval” figures King Arthur, Joan of Arc, the Vikings, and others, Harty said, “recognition is also nice—and a bit humbling. But the award also is a testimony to the people who have helped, encouraged, and supported me over the years with my research, including students who have sat through classes as I tried out various approaches, and our great, underappreciated colleagues in the La Salle library, without whose help no one could carry out serious research. La Salle is still a teaching-focused university, but there is a long tradition in the English Department—and in other departments—of colleagues who conduct important research that has gained national and international recognition. These colleagues have also been wonderful teachers. So the award, though an award for scholarship, is really an award that recognized the tradition of the Lasallian teacher-scholar.”

In presenting the award to Harty, Brother John McGoldrick, F.S.C., Assistant Provost at La Salle, said, “His 1993 Casebook on the Chester Mystery Cycle (a series of Biblical plays written by unknown authors in the 15th and 16th centuries) is still a standard book on medieval drama. All external commentators noted, however, that it is Kevin’s work in Arthurian studies that sets his scholarship apart. His 1991 collection, Cinema Arthuriana, along with his 1999 collection, King Arthur on Film: New Essays on Arthurian Cinema, pioneered the serious academic study of films inspired by the Arthurian legends. In addition, the film catalog and film synopses contained in Kevin’s 1999 monograph, The Reel Middle Ages, established the canon for this area of study.

McGoldrick added, “If his earlier reputation as a serious medievalist first drew scholarly attention to Kevin’s work on the cinema Arthuriana—a term he devised—the insights he has since developed have now attracted a fresh band of scholars who want themselves to mine the rich vein of this sub-discipline.”

Harty joined the La Salle faculty in 1982, and in 1992 was a recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Not long ago, Jones received an envelope from the Office of the Provost.

“I assumed it was a request to act as a marshal for an event. I, in no way, expected it to tell me about any award,” Jones said.

In presenting the award to Jones, Brother McGoldrick said, “During the past 15 years, Nancy’s service in support of ISBT, its faculty, and its students has created a ‘safe to fail’ environment, within which, faculty and students are encouraged to explore and experiment with new subjects, technologies, and modes of instruction that have permitted ISBT students to be among the first (at La Salle) to experience handheld computing technology, social media, cloud computing, autonomous drones, 3-D printing, and flipped classrooms within the curriculum.”

McGoldrick mentioned that, in addition to directing ISBT, Jones teaches chemistry courses, serves as academic advisor to the majority of ISBT students, chairs the University’s Leaves and Grants committee, and directs the annual new faculty orientation program each August. Jones, who joined La Salle’s faculty in 1986, and has also served as President of the Faculty Senate for two years. (Jones’ two-year term as president expires in May, 2015.)

Her dedication to students grew out of an experience she had in her junior year of college with a professor who took the time to get to know her and mentor her.

Jones enjoyed both the course in analytical and inorganic chemistry and the instructor, Richard Eisenberg, who was teaching it.  She found him approachable and was very interested in his area of research but was unsure about asking him if she could work in his laboratories.

“I didn’t have to ask because he asked me. It was the first time anyone had really noticed me,” she said. “I liked that area of chemistry and the idea of graduate study. I met professors from all over the world that year. Eisenberg encouraged me to apply, and I ended up at one of the top schools for inorganic chemistry.”

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.

 

April 8, 2015

La Salle University Student Eric Frazier to Participate in National Science Foundation Program in Mathematics This Summer

La Salle University sophomore Eric Frazier, a resident of Towson, Md., won’t have very far to travel to participate in a National Science Foundation summer program for advanced mathematics: he’ll be at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus (UMBC).

“I am really eager to start the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) because it is about 20 minutes from my house, which means I can spend time with my family and friends over the weekend,” said Frazier, who majors in mathematics and computer science major at La Salle.

The Calvert Hall High School graduate was extremely excited about his acceptance to the program, particularly he knew from La Salle Math Department Chair Jonathan Knappenberger that “acceptance rates for REU programs are usually just five percent of their applicant pool.”

The UMBC application process required Frazier to update his resume and write a three-page paper describing his background in computer science and mathematics, his interest in computing mathematics, and his interest in working in teams.

“What I like about math is the problem-solving aspect,” Frazier said. “I love to sit down and solve puzzles, especially the harder ones because when I complete them I feel extremely satisfied. I love math, and I don’t think I could be in any undergrad institution and not apply math in some way.”

He will be at UMBC from June 15 to early August 7. According to the REU website, students in the program will work in teams on projects submitted by high-caliber researchers from academia and industry, closely supported by experienced graduate students and faculty members in collaboration with UMBC’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting.

La Salle University Computer Science professor Michael Redmond said, “Eric is an engaged student with a strong work ethic. He is thorough in his work, not only writing excellent program code, but also following guidelines for quality goals such as maintainability and usability. He has a wide and varied set of interests. Activities range from handling communications for the Math club, including the Web site, along with musical activities and a backstage role with the theatre club. With his minor in Digital Arts, Eric spans quite a large range from the mathematical to the artistic.”

After graduation from La Salle, he hopes to study math at the graduate level.

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.

March 25, 2015

La Salle University Adviser, Student Receive Awards for Involvement with Explorer Ambassadors Program

Rachel Christie and Helene Baczkowski

La Salle University received awards for advising and leadership from District II of the Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its Explorer Ambassador program. Students in the program represent La Salle at University functions, including alumni receptions, Homecoming, Reunions, Family Weekend.

Helene Baczkowski, Director of The La Salle Fund, was one of two individuals named outstanding adviser, and Rachel Christie, a senior and President of the Ambassadors, was one of three students selected for outstanding leadership. Without knowing it, Baczkowski and Christie had nominated each other for the awards.

“Rachel didn’t know I nominated her,” said Baczkowski, “and when I learned I received the award I thought that Rachel, as President of the Ambassadors, had something to do with it.”

Christie said, “When I first learned I received the award, I was incredibly excited and honored to have been selected, knowing how many other fantastic candidates I was up against. I feel so fortunate to be named District II’s Outstanding Student Leader.”

The student leadership award is presented to a dedicated student who has significantly improved his or her student advancement organization through leadership and by inspiring growth, collaboration, and meaningful connections.

Christie is a dual major in art history and communication, with concentrations in communication management and public relations.

In her letter nominating Christie, Baczkowski wrote, “We have counted on her to make sure that many large University affairs have gone smoothly by having her manage student involvement in these events. She has also made a concerted effort to personally connect with our Board of Trustee members, Alumni Association Board members, University administrators, faculty and staff, and other students, and in doing so has set a great example for the younger Ambassadors.”

At La Salle, in addition to serving as President of the Ambassadors, Christie is President of Lambda Pi Eta honor society, President of Students for La Salle, and Vice President of the La Salle chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is also involved with the Communication Department Student Board and the Association for Women in Communication.

“I was raised in a family where giving back and paying it forward were always a front-of-mind instinct,” Christie said. “My parents are incredibly driven, hard-working, and service focused, and being around them has made it second nature. For me, service is essential to opening the door for others to have the same experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have myself.”

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Christie first heard about the University from a relative’s friend, and then she visited the campus. “I chose La Salle in large part because of the people I met on my first visit to campus, especially Dr. Lynne Texter, Chair of the Communication Department. Between my conversation with Dr. Texter and experience with the campus, I knew it would be a great fit,” she said.

Christie has interned at Brian Communications in Conshohocken, Pa., since 2013, and she also had internships with the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, the Delaware Valley chapter of the National Kidney Foundation, and the Des Moines Radio Group.

The Outstanding Adviser Award is given annually to an adviser who has facilitated effective progress within the organization and has served as a mentor to involved students.

In nominating Baczkowski for the award, Christie wrote, “She has created leaders. She is a firm proponent of delegation. She actively encourages members to suggest ideas and make them their own. She wants students to learn how to be successful without having an authority figure guiding them every step of the way. She wants our members to grow and learn, and she will do anything to help make that happen.”

Baczkowski, a La Salle alum with a B.A. in communication and MBA in management, said, “I was very flattered when I learned I had won. I wasn’t expecting something like that. I love getting to know the students and all they’re doing on campus, in and out of the classroom. It gives me great stories and examples to share when interacting with and creating solicitations for our alumni. They’re why we do what we do.”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and allied areas. CASE’s District II consists of more than 50 colleges and universities from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia.

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.

 

 

March 24, 2015

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March 17, 2015

La Salle University’s Master of Science in Nursing Ranked in Top Quarter of Programs Nationwide

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La Salle University’s Graduate Nursing program was ranked in the top quarter in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The University tied for 122nd out of 503 master’s degree programs for nursing.

Rankings were based on 13 indicators, which included survey results, the ratio of full-time faculty to full-time students, the undergraduate grade point average of entering students, the number of master’s degrees awarded, and federal research grants awarded to faculty members.

La Salle’s Graduate Nursing program, which has about 340 students, has risen dramatically in the rankings in the past four years.

“Moving up 70 spots in the rankings in four years is testament to the quality and dedication of the faculty, students, and staff. I greatly look forward to what the next four years will bring for the nursing programs at La Salle,” said Brian A. Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Dean of La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Patricia Dillon, Ph.D., R.N., Director of Graduate Nursing Programs at La Salle, said, “Our faculty is committed to providing quality graduate education that prepares our students to become excellent clinicians and leaders in nursing. I commend them and our staff for assuring a quality program that reflects Lasallian values and am proud of our nursing graduates. Through an ongoing outcomes assessment and continuous improvement process, the program continues to improve to meet students’ learning needs in an ever-changing health care arena.”

The Graduate Nursing program offers 10 master’s degree concentrations and seven post-graduate certificate programs. La Salle’s BSN, MSN, DNP, and APRN post‑master’s certificate programs are all fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Courses are offered in online, in-class, and hybrid formats. Students can take classes at La Salle’s main campus in Northwest Philadelphia and at the Bucks County Center in Newtown, Pa.

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.

 

 

March 9, 2015

La Salle Hosts Inaugural Open Minds Sustainable Innovation Challenge

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Over the first weekend of February, 43 La Salle students from various schools and majors converged in Holroyd Hall for the inaugural Open Minds Sustainable Innovation Challenge, filling almost every available spot in the first-ever competition of its kind on the University’s campus.

It’s one of the first steps in a new direction for La Salle’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which hosted the competition. Since its founding in 2010, the Center has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the changing market and recently revamped its mission to include new academic and experiential programming designed to reach students across disciplines and majors outside of the School of Business in which it is housed.

“We’re expanding beyond purely business-related concepts and refocusing on innovation,” said Steve Melick, the Center’s Executive Director. “Innovation needs to be at the core of what students do.”

That’s why he and Marsha Timmerman, assistant professor of Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT), set out to design a unique competition that would encourage students to recognize the importance of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking.

The challenge was sponsored by a generous donation from CaptiveAire President and CEO Robert Luddy, ’68, whose vision for students to become lifelong learners and virtuous leaders is a fundamental part of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s redefined mission.

“Some students may feel that they’re not cut out for entrepreneurship, but innovation is a precursor to entrepreneurship. You can’t have one without the other,” he said. “With this competition, we’re putting more emphasis on the innovation. We’re taking the sting out of the business side of it.”

The Center succeeded in appealing to students from a variety of disciplines—more than half of the participants were non-business majors, including students pursing sociology, biology, environmental science, nursing, and ISBT. Demographically, the Open Minds Competition also attracted a diverse group—70 percent of participants were minorities and 36 percent were women.

Students formed teams with two to five members and worked around the clock to research a specific problem, create a sustainable solution, and prepare a business presentation for a panel of judges. This panel included seasoned business leaders with an eye for innovation—Stephen Zarilli, ’83, President and CEO of Safeguard Scientifics; Edward Fierko, ’63, President of EJF Associates; Gregory Bruce, MBA ’81, Dean Emeritus of La Salle’s School of Business; and Jim Johnston, Ph.D., Vice President of BioCoat Inc.

The teams competed to earn internship opportunities as well as their share of more than $10,000 in cash awards to be used for ongoing research and development for their products. The coveted first place prize went to the team that created “Phood Fuel,” a small organic material decomposer that can be used by supermarkets.

“I hope to work in the field of social entrepreneurship to find ways to come up with solutions to a problem that will benefit the community and this competition taught me that I will be able to do this in the future,” said freshman Samantha Brodie, one of the winning team members.

Brodie devised the concept with sophomores Meredith Graff and Sydney Jefferson and MBA student Michelle Lambert. They determined that by decomposing the high percentage of food waste that typically goes to a landfill, they could create valuable compost and capture methane for electricity generation.

Two projects tied for second place:

  • Soci, a social media platform that would allow users wearing a wireless-enabled bracelet to communicate with each other and share contact information and other data.
  • Soular, a technology fashion company that integrates solar panels and electrical components into clothing to power cell phones and other mobile devices.

Melick deemed the competition—which he hopes will become an annual event—an all-around success. And the judges agreed.

“What the Center drove home with this competition was phenomenal. I was floored not only by the students’ level of enthusiasm but by the quality of the concepts developed,” Zarilli said. “It’s important that we continue to provide opportunities for students to think outside the box and be given tools to think innovatively about new concepts.”

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.

 

February 23, 2015

Walking With the Saints: The Tolton Cause

February 23, 2015

La Salle Interim President James P. Gallagher, Ph.D. is Interviewed About President-Elect Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. for La Salle Basketball Network

During the half-time show for La Salle Explorer men’s basketball game against Duquesne on Feb. 18, Kale Beers, associate director of athletic development and the “Voice of The Explorers,” sat down with La Salle Interim President James P. Gallagher, Ph.D. to discuss the announcement of Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. as the University’s 29th President.

 

February 23, 2015

The Historical Appointment of Colleen Hanycz as La Salle’s 29th President Makes Headlines

On Feb. 17, 2015, La Salle University announced its 29th President, Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., who is currently Principal (a Canadian equivalent of President) of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada.  Hanycz will be the first lay person—and first woman—to serve as President in a non-interim capacity in La Salle’s 152-year history.  The historical announcement made headlines across the country and in Canada. Below is a highlighted list of some of the traditional and social media coverage as a result of the announcement.

News Articles

CatholicPhilly.com:

La Salle U makes history in naming first female president

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

La Salle U. names Canadian woman president

The Philadelphia Daily News:

Canadian woman picked to head La Salle University

Associated Press:

La Salle University picks first layperson, woman president

 

TV and Radio

WPVI-TV (Channel 6)

WTXF (Channel 29)

KYW-TV (Channel 3 and Channel 57)

KYW Newsradio

 

Social Media

 

 

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