April 9, 2014

La Salle’s Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Awarded Gold Chapter Award



La Salle University’s business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has been named the 2014 Gold Chapter Award recipient in its Outstanding Chapter program—the highest recognition a collegiate chapter can earn. In ten of the past 11 years, La Salle’s chapter has been named one of the top five chapters in the world. This year marks the third Gold Chapter Award for the University—having previously won in 2004 and 2011.

La Salle was selected from more than 500 collegiate chapters worldwide for being the most successful and involved chapter.

“Receiving the Gold Chapter Award recognizes our Lasallian values in action—whether in the classroom, serving the community, or demonstrated in the workplace,” said Susan Borkowski, Ph.D., professor of accounting and faculty adviser for BGS. “This award acknowledges the dedication and success of our students not only academically, but outside the classroom as well.”

At La Salle, BGS students are heavily involved in serving the local community. Last year, students held a food collection drive called, “Bring a Box, a Can, or a Buck.” Their efforts raised more than $200 and collected more than 700 pounds of food, which was donated to a local food bank. In addition, as part of the “BGS Gives Back Program,” students worked with La Salle faculty and PwC staff to provide a day-long series of financial literacy workshops to Cristo Rey High School students and their parents.

With the Gold Chapter Award, La Salle received a $1,500 scholarship to present to a top BGS student, which has been awarded to junior Herbert Hess.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)—a distinction held by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide.

Induction into BGS is one of the highest achievements available to business students in the world. Membership is only extended to the top seven and ten percent academically of junior and senior business majors respectively, and the top 20 percent of graduating MBA students from AACSB-accredited schools.

Earlier this month, La Salle inducted 60 undergraduate and graduate students into its BGS chapter. In addition, La Salle President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., who is retiring as President next month, and alumna Marci Bossow Schankweiler, ’90, President and Founder of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, were this year’s Chapter honorees.

“The Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony is always one of the high points of my academic year,” said Borkowski. “I continue to be delighted and grateful that every year has brought new challenges, new opportunities, and another outstanding group of newly-inducted students with whom I can work and mentor, and more importantly, from whom I can learn.”



April 8, 2014

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Meets with Lasallian Rectors and Presidents



La Salle President Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., recently traveled to Mexico for a meeting of Lasallian college and university leaders from the United States and Mexico.

During the gathering, Br. Michael and other participants attended a panel discussion led by Anthony Wayne, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, and Consul Ana Luisa Fajer-Flores, Director General for North American Affairs for Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat. The panel discussion focused on how the two nations have worked together to strengthen educational ties and promote research and innovation through summer research programs, distance education, language courses, and professor exchange programs.

The 15 rectors of Lasallian universities in Mexico, five of the six presidents of Lasallian colleges and universities in the United States, the President of Bethlehem University in Palestine, and four District Visitors for the Christian Brothers attended working sessions in Cuernavaca on March 22 to 27.



April 3, 2014

New Fitness Center and Campus Store Coming to La Salle University’s Main Campus



La Salle University is planning to build an approximately 10,000-square-foot complex to house a new campus store and health and fitness center on its Main Campus. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and is targeted to be completed in spring 2015. The project is expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million.

The two-story fitness center and one-story campus store will be housed in the same complex, with separate entrances.  Plans currently call for an indoor café or market on the first floor that will be accessible from both the store and the fitness center.

“This new complex will be a terrific enhancement to our campus,” said Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., President of La Salle University. “The state-of-the-art facility will create another hub of student activity on Main Campus and will offer first-rate amenities and services for the entire La Salle community.”

The glass-front complex will be located on the south side of Olney Avenue between the University’s Connelly Library and the Hayman Center, La Salle’s main sports venue.

Some parking spots will be lost with the construction of the building, but there are plans for new spaces to be added to the campus to replace them.

The complex was designed by Baltimore firm Hord/Coplan/Macht.

Once the new facility opens, the University’s current Independence Blue Cross Fitness Center, located on its South Campus, will remain open.

The complex is the latest in a series of new facilities projects that have been initiated during Br. Michael’s 15-year tenure as President. During his administration, the University is building or has built:

  • A new School of Business, located on the University’s West Campus. Groundbreaking for the $35 million facility is scheduled for May 6, with a targeted completion date of January 2016.
  • The St. Basil Court residence hall and adjacent Treetops Café overlooking Fairmount Park.
  • The former Germantown Hospital, whose acquisition expanded the University’s physical footprint from 100 to 130 acres, creating a West Campus and a new, expanded space for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and other administrative offices.
  • The Shoppes at La Salle, the development of which supported the economic viability of the surrounding community and which includes the first supermarket in the neighborhood in 40 years.
  • An expanded and completely renovated Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology.

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. 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.



March 31, 2014

Senior Molly Fay Wins Award for Best Undergraduate Research Paper


La Salle University senior Molly Fay won an award for presenting the best undergraduate research paper at the Eastern American Studies Conference held at the University on March 28 and 29.

Her paper, “City Country: The Paradox of Country Music in Urban America,” won the Francis Ryan Award, named after the founder and current director of the American Studies program at the University.

“I was very surprised to win, especially after hearing from other students about their various research projects and papers,” Fay said. “I am very honored to represent La Salle and the American Studies and History departments.”

She said a tragedy is the reason behind the growth in country music’s popularity in cities.

“There was an great revival of patriotism and pride in the American way of life after Sept. 11 that caused a spike for country musicians, as the genre draws on those very topics,” said Fay, an American studies major from Denver, Colo. “Since then, country musicians have blurred the lines between what is traditionally ‘country’ and other genres, like pop and rock, to maintain the appeal to major markets. Examples of this transcendence between genres began mainly with Garth Brooks in the 1990s and have continued with artists such as Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and the newly popular duo Florida Georgia Line.”

“I have been a fan of country music since I was 10 or 11,” said Fay. “Growing up out West made the genre very accessible.”

Fay said the idea for her paper’s topic came in La Salle history professor Lisa Jarvinen’s “American Cities” class. “We were given free rein for the final research paper. As American studies is a multidisciplinary field, I decided to focus on a topic I enjoyed learning about but had never had the opportunity to study,” Fay said.

Each year, the American Studies program at La Salle selects the best paper from the spring and fall capstone classes to be presented at the annual Eastern American Studies Conference. “When I learned my paper had been selected, I was very excited and honored to be representing La Salle, especially since the conference this year is being held here,” said Fay, who plans to earn an MBA at La Salle.

Fay said she came to La Salle because of the Christian Brothers, the order that operates the University. “I went to a Lasallian high school and enjoyed it immensely, for the excellent scholarship opportunities, and I also wanted to live in a completely new place,” she said.

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. 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.



March 27, 2014

La Salle University Presents Distinguished Faculty Service Award to Lynne A. Texter and Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award to Frederick Van Fleteren


(left to right): La Salle University President Br. Michael McGinniss, F.S.C.; Lynne A. Texter, Ph.D., Chair of the Communication Department and recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award; Philosophy Professor Frederick Van Fleteren, Ph.D., recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award; Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., Provost of La Salle University.

La Salle University recently presented two faculty members with annual awards: Frederick Van Fleteren, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, received the Faculty Distinguished Scholarship Award, and Lynne A. Texter, Ph.D., Chair of the Communication Department, received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

In presenting the honor to Texter, University Provost Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., said, “Her service is grounded in an intertwined commitment to faculty development and to student advancement, including developing the Communication Department’s adjunct-training program and piloting a program where she meets each summer with faculty to assist them in developing and achieving their professional goals.”

“She is a scholar for whom study finds its fulfillment in service. Such integration of theory and practice is central to La Salle’s educational mission. Advancement of this mission through service that binds community and fosters hope has been Lynne’s lifework,” Marbach added.

Texter, who started at La Salle in 1989, said, “I constantly seek professional development for myself, my colleagues and my students, in the classroom and beyond. Teaching and service provide many avenues for that development. I really enjoy being part of a team working toward a challenging goal, especially one that seems beyond our reach and that will make us stretch.”

She added, “When I learned of this honor, I was asked to talk about the meaning of service. To paraphrase, it takes a village to raise a Lasallian. I cherish being in a community in which people share the work together, sometimes play together; we push each other, support each other, and have each other’s backs. It does take a village to raise a Lasallian, and I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful role models.”

Texter, who in 1996 received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, said, “I knew I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself,” she said about why she chose to come to La Salle. “I wanted to be part of a community. I wanted to be at a place where I could learn about myself, the students, and other people and things. And I found that here.”

In presenting the scholarship award to Van Fleteren, Marbach said, “His scholarly work across his 26 years at La Salle has been outstanding in its steadily productive pace, in its high quality, and in the recognition it has received from an august body of peers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

A noted scholar on the life and writings of St. Augustine, Van Fleteren has spent 20 years translating a work about the saint published more than 300 years ago.

Marbach said, “Professor Van Fleteren’s recent, three-volume translation with commentary of Louis Sébastian’s 17th-century French biography has been described as ‘much more than a mere translation,’ and that Fred’s commentaries are ‘an indispensable reading aid’ to Sébastian’s important work, opening up ‘a new approach for English-language research to the modern view of Augustine.’”

On receiving the award, Van Fleteren said, “It’s a great honor, and I accept it with great humility and good deal of pride.”

St. Augustine, said Van Fleteren, “is the most prolific and valuable author from the late antique world. He wrote almost six million words which are extant. New letters and sermons are continually being discovered.”

“I think he is the most important figure in western thought,” Van Fleteren added. “Most people think that figure is Plato, but I disagree. Augustine had the advantage of the Judeo-Christian revelation, which was lacking to Plato. He had the best of Hebrew thought and the best of Greek thought available to him.”

While working on the Tillemont translation, Van Fleteren has also translated and edited several other books and written several articles and book reviews on St. Augustine. He is a co-editor of the critically acclaimed Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, published in 1999. He said the final volume of the Tillemont will be published in September. But that will not be his final word on the subject.

“After my work on this final volume ends, I have six articles that are already begun in my computer,” he said. “And that will certainly lead to more.”

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. 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.



Brazilian Science and Technology Students to Study English at La Salle University’s English Language Institute


Brazilian science and technology students who will study English at La Salle’s English Language Institute (ELI) pose with ELI Director Edward McManness.

Eight science and technology students from Brazil will study English at La Salle University’s English Language Institute (ELI), the first time foreign students will attend the ELI as an approved member of the Institute of International Education.

The students, all juniors, are visiting the United States through Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program, which provides opportunities for Brazilian students to study in the United States.

They will be studying at the ELI through mid-August and will enter a one year academic program of study, followed by a short-term internship or co-op.






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THURSDAY, March 27th (Location: Hayman Center Conference Room)

9:00-10:00       Coffee

10-10:15          Welcome

10:15-11:30     TBA, Desmond Hogan (Princeton)

11:45-12:45     “Determination, Determinability, and the Structure of Ens. Baumgarten’s Ontology and Beyond,” Angelica Nuzzo (CUNY)

12:45-2:15       Lunch

2:15-3:15         “Baumgarten’s Rationalism,” Brandon C. Look (University of Kentucky)

3:30-4:30         “Baumgarten and Kant on Empirical Psychology,” Rudolf Makkreel (Emory)

4:30-5:00         Coffee

5:00-6:15         “Baumgarten, Kant, and the Refutation of Idealism,” Paul Guyer (Brown)

FRIDAY, March 28th (Music Room, La Salle Union building)

8:30-9:00         Coffee

9:00-10:00       “Baumgarten on the Perfection of Sensible Cognition,” Colin McQuillan (St. Mary’s University)

10:15-11:15     “Kant, Baumgarten, and Wolff on Existence as Complementum Possibilitatis,” Uygar Abaci (University of Richmond)

11:30-12:30     “Baumgarten’s Theory of Causae Impulsivae and Kant’s Theory of Moral Motivation,” Oliver Thorndike (Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University)

12:30-2:00       Lunch

2:00-3:00         “The Origins of Kant’s Distinction between Form and Matter,” Helen Sarah Robertson (University College London) (Winner of the Graduate Travel Stipend)

Response, Matthew McAndrew

3:15-4:15         “Alexander Baumgarten and the Ascription of Unconscious Mental Content,” Patrick Leland (Loyola University New Orleans)

4:15-4:45         Coffee

4:45-6:00         “Freedom of the Will in Baumgarten and Kant`s ML1,” Henry E. Allison (UCSD)

7:45-                Banquet: Caribou Café, 1126 Walnut St., Philadelphia. (Close to the Holiday Inn and Loews Hotel).

SATURDAY, March 29th (Music Room, La Salle Union building)

8:30-9:00         Coffee

9:00-10:00       “Distinctness and Spontaneity: Baumgarten and Kant on Intuitive Understanding,” Reed Winegar (Fordham University)

10:15-11:15     “‘Omnimoda determinatio est existentia’ ?!  Wolff, Baumgarten, and the Principle of Thoroughgoing Determination in Kant’s Opus postumum,” Jeff Edwards (Stony Brook)

11:30-12:30     “The Traditional Form of a Complete Science: Baumgarten’s Metaphysica in Kant’s Architectonic of Pure Reason,” Adrian Switzer (Park University)

12:30-2:00       Lunch

2:00-3:00         “Between Wollfianism and Pietism: Baumgarten’s Rational Psychology,” Corey W. Dyck (University of Western Ontario)

3:15-4:15         “Kant’s Moral Naturalism,” Courtney D. Fugate (AUB/FCHI, Emory University)

4:15-4:45         Coffee

4:45-6:00         TBA, Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania)





Confirmed Speakers:

Henry Allison (The University of California, San Diego)

Corey Dyck (University of Western Ontario)

Paul Guyer (Brown University)

Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania)

Desmond Hogan (Princeton University)

Brandon Look (University of Kentucky)

Rudolf Makkreel (Emory Univesity)

Organization and selection committee: Courtney D. Fugate (AUB), John Hymers (La Salle University), and Chris Johns (AUB).





March 10, 2014

La Salle University Public Health Professor Jillian Lucas Baker Seeking Ways to Stop the Spread of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections


With a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), La Salle University public health professor Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, is developing ways to stop the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among young, African-American males

Baker received a Diversity Minority Supplement award to conduct her study, “Sexual Risk Communication between African American Fathers and Sons,” funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the NIH.

“My research to date has assessed the feasibility of developing and implementing a sexual risk communication intervention program for African-American fathers or father figures and adolescent sons,” she said. “I recently completed the elicitation research phase of my project. Six focus groups were conducted with 30 African-American father/son pairs.”

Participants were recruited from referrals via barbershops, community-based organizations, and clinics. All of the focus groups were held at a barbershop in West Philadelphia, Baker said.

“The focus groups provided a deeper understanding of the factors that facilitated or hindered father-son sexual risk communication and how this communication influences sexual beliefs and behaviors of male youth,” she said.

Baker is an assistant professor of public health at La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She joined the faculty in 2011.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine recently named Baker an emerging scholar (http://diverseeducation.com/article/60075/).

She developed an interest in public health while a psychology major at the University of Pennsylvania. She was unsure of a career path until her junior year, when she took a class on human sexuality taught by nursing professor Loretta Sweet-Jemmott. That class, she said, sparked her initial interest in HIV and sexual health.

Impressed by Baker’s performance in her class, Jemmott encouraged her to work as a research coordinator with her husband, John Jemmott, then Director of the Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I worked on coordinating HIV/STI prevention programs for middle school students in public schools in Philadelphia,” she said.

Baker holds a doctorate in public health from Drexel University with a concentration in community health and prevention. She is also a trained community mental health counselor with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from Temple University. She completed one year of postdoctoral training at the National Center on Fathers and Families at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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. 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.



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