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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

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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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February 2, 2017

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Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker at La Salle University’s 16th annual Economic Outlook forum on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at noon at the Union League of Philadelphia.

“After a long recovery, the economic data point to a U.S. economy that is more or less back to full health,” said Harker. “But that’s an average of a vast and diverse nation. There are hot markets in some areas of the country and pockets of others where good fortune has yet to take hold. Here in the Third District–which consists of eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware–our successes, challenges, and opportunities are as unique as the people who make up this exceptional part of the country.”

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy. Harker previously served as the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in civil and urban engineering, an M.A. in economics, and an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in civil engineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

La Salle President Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., will also be in attendance and address attendees.

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

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January 29, 2017

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On Friday, January 27, an Executive Order on Immigration was issued that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days. The order also suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.

According to news agencies, some individuals in flight to the U.S. from these countries were detained at airports across our nation, while others in the seven countries listed above with valid paperwork and tickets were prevented from boarding planes scheduled to arrive in U.S. airports. On Saturday, January 30 a federal judge granted an emergency stay for people who arrived in the United States as well as those en route, but it is unclear if the stay will be uniformly implemented or even repealed.

We are advising La Salle students from the affected countries not to make travel plans and to carefully reconsider any travel plans they may have already made in the next 90 days to other countries, including Canada, as re-entry into the U.S. is no longer a certainty, even with a green card or visa.  

La Salle has throughout its history welcomed students from countries around the world, and is deeply concerned with their wellbeing. We encourage students from the seven affected countries to contact the Multicultural and International Center at 215.951.1948 or stop by their offices located at 1900 West Olney Avenue (directly across the street from College Hall) for additional information. They are currently reaching out to each La Salle student affected by the Executive Order on Immigration.

We are following this situation carefully, and will update the community as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.
President

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January 24, 2017

OPEN MINDS 2La Salle University’s third annual OPEN MINDS Innovation Challenge, a marathon-style competition that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and sustainable solutions in the service of a greater good, takes place January 27-29, 2017 on campus at Holroyd Hall. OPEN MINDS is conceived and produced by La Salle’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the La Salle chapter of Enactus, a national organization that empowers students to improve the world through entrepreneurship. This year’s challenge invites La Salle students across all majors to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Over 80 students form teams to collaborate on creative solutions for issues such as poverty, affordable and clean energy, and hunger, then present the business viability and cost-benefit of their approach.

“OPEN MINDS is another piece of our effort to facilitate a culture of innovation at La Salle where we give students the opportunity to express their creativity while learning the steps to take these and future ideas to market,” said Steven Melick, director of La Salle’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “Innovation is a driving force in today’s and tomorrow’s economy, and the students who embrace those challenges and have the tools to organize their solutions will flourish in whatever career path they choose across all industries and sectors.”

The judges for the 2017 OPEN MINDS challenge are Pottstown Memorial Medical Center orthopedic surgeon and serial entrepreneur Elliot Menkowitz, M.D., ‘67, Wistar Vice President of Business Development Heather Steinman, and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Patricia Rigby, Ed.D.

OPEN MINDS is in contrast to traditional business plan competitions, as it does not reward students on their ability to compose a detailed business plan, but rather focus on challenging students to find their outer limits of creativity and problem solving skills toward building a business model to capture those concepts and the respective financial and market implications behind their solution. Students are judged on breaking down ideas into key business model assumptions; critically evaluating their solution and testing assumptions with available resources; applying initial Lean Launchpad practices to nail the pain and solution; learning to pivot (change) until arriving at a customer-validated business model.

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January 19, 2017

The Department of Education’s Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality grants La Salle, Shippensburg, and Temple more than $3 million

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Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera announced that La Salle University is one of three universities to receive federal funding under the Eligible Partnership Grant Program. More than $3 million has been granted to La Salle, Shippensburg, and Temple universities through the Department of Education’s Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, which helps prepare future school principals and supports student performance. La Salle’s Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program, the project selected for $1.27 million in funding, develops leaders that are committed to and focused on utilizing instructional coaching and professional learning communities to leverage change in learning environments for students in Pre-K through fourth grade.

“This grant, led by Dr. Greer Richardson, is emblematic of the University’s core educational values: a practical education, a focus on diverse learners, and a contribution to the common good,” said La Salle University Provost Brian Goldstein, Ph.D. “Most importantly, the result of this grant will be higher educational attainment for Pennsylvania’s children.”

“We are proud to partner with 10 educational stakeholders from higher education institutions, early learning centers, and school districts to develop a collaborative vision for this program,” said Greer M. Richardson, Ph.D., director of graduate programs in education at La Salle University. “Over the next two years, we hope to impact 120 preservice and in-service principals in Pennsylvania. This funding additionally allows us to continue to build upon the relationships that we cultivated through our previous three-year grant, the Greater Philadelphia Instructional Coaching Program, which was also sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. I am grateful for the opportunity to build on past successes as we focus our new endeavor on working with school principals.”

La Salle University’s Education Department acts as the lead institution on the Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program, alongside Cabrini University, Eastern University, Research for Better Schools @ PHMC, The Children’s School at Cabrini University, CORA Early Years at La Salle, Hatboro-Horsham School District, Souderton Charter School Collaborative, Southeast Delco School District, MaST Community Charter School, and the Upper Merion Area School District.

“Since day one of my administration, I have made improving Pennsylvania’s education system a top priority,” said Governor Wolf. “I have invested a historic $640 million additional dollars into our schools and signed a long overdue fair funding formula into law to ensure that all children, despite their zip code, receives the education they deserve. These grants will further strengthen the Commonwealth’s public education system by developing future principals into successful leaders of our schools.”

“Preparing future principals to be strong instructional leaders can positively impact the entire school,” said Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “These grants are a great opportunity for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to collaborate with K-12 educators to improve education in our schools.”

During the event held at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg, Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education Dr. Wil del Pilar and Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality Director Terry Barnaby presented the grants to the universities that will help principals close the achievement gap and provide an increased focus on early learning for students.

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La Salle University appoints MarySheila McDonald, J.D. as Interim Dean of the School of Business as of January 1, 2017. McDonald joined La Salle in March 2011 as Associate Dean of the School of Business, where she has been responsible for leading assurance of learning and accreditation efforts. She created the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, serves as advisor to the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, and has been active in service learning and cross-disciplinary endeavors.

“I am excited and humbled to lead the students, faculty, and staff who form our community of Business Explorers,” said McDonald of the appointment. “Our students are at the heart of everything we do as demonstrated in the student-centered design and daily use of our state-of-the-art business facility, the multiple opportunities students have to experience professional development, and the close personal relationships formed with our dedicated faculty. I look forward to more deeply integrating the transformational charism of St. John Baptist de la Salle so that our graduates will use their business education to create a more just society.”

MarySheila McDonald previously served as Assistant Dean at Philadelphia University’s School of Business for 12 years where, prior to directing their MBA and MS in taxation programs, she oversaw all undergraduate advising, and helped facilitate numerous continuing professional education conferences and courses. She has taught Business Law and Corporate Social Responsibility courses in undergraduate and MBA programs at La Salle, Philadelphia University, and St. Joseph’s University.

Her research interests include the impact social media has on employment decisions as well as issues surrounding women in the workplace. Publications include articles in academic journals, a co-authored book chapter, and op-ed and book review pieces for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Associate Deans’ Affinity Group, McDonald is in her 10th year of service on the executive board of MAACBA, the AACSB regional affinity group. She was instrumental in La Salle’s inaugural inclusion in the Princeton Review’s 294 Best Business Schools, announced this past October.

MarySheila McDonald earned a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law.

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January 18, 2017

One of my favorite songs as a college student many years ago was “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” The artist urges:

Nothing worth having comes without a fight
We’ve got to kick at the darkness… until it bleeds daylight

Good evening and thank you for joining us for the Sixth Annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Interfaith Service Program at La Salle University.

In the spring of 1968, when Dr. King was assassinated, I was a toddler, awaiting the arrival of my baby brother that would occur that summer. My family lived in a small apartment in Montreal at a time when that city was beginning to seethe with the conflict between French and English…a conflict that would erupt, only months later, with the kidnapping of a British diplomat and the murder of a government Cabinet minister.

My mother, a hope-filled 24 year-old at the time, speaks of the death of Dr. King as an event that carried with it a cloud of such deep despair…despair that seeped far beyond Memphis, Tennessee or Atlanta, Georgia…a despair that halts progress in its tracks and seemingly mocks our feeble attempts to be better humans.

Dr. King showed us a way to be better humans, lessons that have survived his life by almost 50 years.

And so, we gather.

The City of Philadelphia sponsors the largest King Day of Service in the nation, so La Salle is proud to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into volunteer service and ongoing citizen action.

This beautiful service has evolved from a small on-campus project to a fast growing movement throughout the surrounding neighborhoods which works to break down racial & religious barriers, create on-going partnerships, and foster inter-group understanding.

La Salle’s Community Building Team has become a valued forum for the University to strengthen its relationship and role as an anchor institution in promoting civic engagement, community volunteering, civic responsibility, and sustained active citizenship among diverse groups, particularly young people.

Shortly, you will hear more about this year’s theme from a very distinguished La Salle University alumna – one of our own – and if I might add – a fellow attorney and rising star in Pennsylvania’s legislature of whom we are very proud.

I hope you will enjoy the remainder of this evening’s program, and thank you to my colleagues, Brother Ernest Miller, TiRease Holmes, Dominique Simons-Bennett, Kenneth Houston, and the whole planning committee for continuing to kick at the darkness at a time when the risk of despair in our world is very real. Through that action, as Dr. King knew well, we invite hope to live among us.

-President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.

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December 16, 2016

Weather Alert Update

On-campus day classes (those starting before 4:30 pm) are cancelled. Online classes will be held as scheduled. All regularly scheduled afternoon and evening classes starting at 4:30 pm or later will be held.

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December 13, 2016

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On December 12 and 15, 600 third grade students from the School District of Philadelphia will visit La Salle University as part of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s JA Step to Success, a program that develops a foundation of college aspiration for elementary school-aged children. JA Step to Success centers around a three-hour college experience at a Philadelphia university, enhanced by pre- and post- in-class lessons designed to prepare students and reinforce the college visit experience. The JA Step to Success program was developed by Junior Achievement, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of College and Career Readiness.

“Last year, these little Explorers were exposed to campus life and learned what it is like to be a college student from our alumni and student volunteers,” said Trey Ulrich, assistant vice president for alumni relations at La Salle University. “They toured Connelly Library, our Innovation Center, visited a classroom, and met student athletes to learn about different career options, what areas of study you can pursue in college, and the importance of working in a team. The volunteers who helped with the Step to Success program are looking forward to having them back to campus.”

“Junior Achievement is incredibly honored to be a part of this unique partnership,” said Paul Kappel, president of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Through truly collaborative efforts, this program will reimagine the way Philadelphia’s young boys and girls envision their future and approach their educational goals. It will prepare a college-ready Philadelphia.”

Now in its second year, JA Step to Success aims to change the way Philadelphia students think of their Postsecondary futures. On December 12 and 15 at La Salle, groups of 30-50 third grade students take tours guided by community, business, and University volunteers. The experience lasts from 10:30 AM through 1 PM and includes four highlighted destinations and lunch. While on site, Junior Achievement volunteers engage students with active discussions and challenge them to collect stars to emphasize their journey from elementary school to the reality of going to college.

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December 12, 2016

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La Salle University’s Computer Science Programs Advisory Board honored alumna Joanne Bechta Dugan, Ph.D., ’80, with the 2016 IT Leadership Award on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Now in its 13th year, the award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual who has made a positive impact on business, government, education, or society through the advancement of information technology. Dugan serves as professor and director of University of Virginia’s computer engineering program.

“Thank you for this opportunity to express my gratitude to La Salle and to its wonderful instructors,” Dugan said. “Although I graduated from La Salle many years ago, I still have fond memories of my professors and mentors, especially the late John O’Neill, Carl Mc Carty, Sam Wiley, and the incomparable Steve Longo. Several years ago, I was asked to describe my teaching philosophy. Reflecting on that query, I realized how much I had modeled my approach to teaching on my hero: Steve Longo. He never hesitated to jump in to create and teach a course on some cutting-edge topic. I didn’t appreciate at the time how hard—and scary—it can be to be just-a-bit ahead of the students in learning about a topic. But he did it, and that inspired me to do the same.”

“I remember Joanne as an excellent student, probably the best student in her class,” said Margaret McCoey, an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, and the director of graduate programs in Computer Information Science and Information Technology Leadership at La Salle University. “I remember she always took challenging courses, including several in mathematics. Joanne was very popular with her classmates and become the CSC leader for her group. She has become a very accomplished engineer and a real model for current students.”

The University’s Computer Science Programs Advisory Board selects the recipient of the IT Leadership Award, which honors a member of the IT community who supports creativity and originality in information technology, demonstrates a commitment to traditional Lasallian values, and serves as an outstanding example to all students pursuing their goals in the field of IT.

Dugan received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from La Salle University in 1980 before continuing on to earn her doctorate in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1984. She has performed and directed research on the development and application of techniques for the analysis of computer systems designed to tolerate hardware and software faults. Dugan is an Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. She was associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for 10 years, and also served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. She served on the National Research Council Committee on Application of Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems to Nuclear Power Plant Operations and Safety. She is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Beta Kappa. Previously, she taught at Duke University and worked as a visiting scientist at the Research Triangle Institute.

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