June 27, 2016

Alumnus John Langan, ’63, and Dr. Judith Nadell Donate One Million Dollars to La Salle University to Support Underserved Students

 

La Salle University alumnus John Langan, ’63, and his wife, Dr. Judith Nadell, have created a $1 million endowment to support at-risk first generation La Salle students who work hard and are motivated to earn a college degree, but who are in need of additional support services and financial assistance. This is the first and only endowed gift from an alumnus at this leadership level, designed to benefit these students.

“We are honored and beyond grateful to receive this generous gift from John and Judith,” said La Salle President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. “The John Langan, ’63 and Dr. Judith Nadell Endowment for Student Success will allow us to provide even more underserved students with a transformative education, which is a direct reflection of our values instilled by the Christian Brothers and the legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.”

Langan’s lower-middle-class childhood in Reading, Pa., some devoted La Salle professors, and a struggling student he instructed during the first year of his teaching career were all factors in his decision to create the endowment.

As a high school student, Langan was challenged by reading a simple message on a bus that passed by his home. “I remember the exact words: ‘Open your mind—read a book,’” Langan said. “To prove to myself that sign was not true, I walked into town and bought a book called The Swiss Family Robinson. After reading it, I had to admit I enjoyed it and decided that I’d be missing something if I didn’t keep reading. As a result, I became a much better student and wound up being awarded a full scholarship to La Salle.”

At La Salle, Langan was greatly influenced by five English professors—Charles V. Kelly, Daniel J. Rodden, Charles F. Koch, John Keenan, and Brother Daniel Burke, F.S.C.—who taught him the values of compassion, hard work, teaching for and relating to students, and working on behalf of the common good.

While teaching night classes after graduating from La Salle in 1963, Langan met a young, passionate first generation student with specific career goals and aspirations. “I was stunned by his intense desire to learn and the level of attention he gave me in class. At the same time I realized, in a defining moment in my life, that I wanted to help teach students like him the skills they needed to advance in their lives,” Langan said.

Armed with the principles and down-to-earth teaching styles his La Salle mentors instilled in him, Langan went on to author and publish a series of reading and writing skills textbooks for McGraw-Hill, and later founded Townsend Press, a New Jersey-based independent publisher of educational materials for students from grade school through college.

The John Langan, ’63 and Dr. Judith Nadell Endowment for Student Success enables La Salle to provide skills instruction and personal support through its successful Academic Discovery Program, which receives partial funding as a Pennsylvania Act 101 program, to additional underserved students.

The Academic Discovery Program aims to assist students by helping them establish well-defined career goals and providing them the tools they need to achieve success and confidence in school and in life. The program includes a rigorous six-week summer term prior to entering their freshman year.

“Students participate in classes, counseling, advising, tutoring, and co-curricular activities that help prepare them for college, and build a community among themselves and a solid foundation for success both at La Salle and after graduation,” said Assistant Provost Teri Ceraso. These students stay with the program their entire time at La Salle and have access to counselors, advisers, and tutors who focus equally on the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. The program also provides emergency assistance, such as help with books, meals, and housing.

Now, thanks to The John Langan, ’63 and Dr. Judith Nadell Endowment for Student Success, even more high-risk students will be provided with the resources to help them thrive at La Salle and achieve success beyond college in their professional and personal lives as shaped by the values of a Christian Brothers, Lasallian education.

May 18, 2016

La Salle University Senior Molly Mahon Selected as 2016 Commencement Speaker

Molly Mahon, a senior nursing major at La Salle, has been selected to deliver the Undergraduate Commencement address on May 22—and it’s all thanks in part to a book by social activist, anthropologist, and physician Paul Farmer.

“I found out a few years ago that La Salle was one of the few schools to have a student give the Commencement speech,” she said. “I always thought that was such an incredible opportunity, but wasn’t sure if I was up for the challenge.”

But then she read To Repair the World, a collection of commencement speeches written by Farmer, whose global humanitarian work she’s always admired. “I became really interested in the power of stories and how he used his experiences to grab the attention of others,” Mahon said. “Instead of a challenge, I viewed the Commencement speech as a unique opportunity to share my experience at La Salle and how it has changed the way I view the world.”

Mahon’s own La Salle story is rooted in the community. She’s the third person in her family to graduate from La Salle, following her brothers Tom Mahon, ’10, and Kevin Mahon, ’14. During her time here, Mahon has remained dedicated to service and outreach. Mahon has gone on service trips to Kenya, West Virginia, and Haiti. She also spent a summer studying abroad in El Salvador, where a program coordinator’s words stuck with her: “You will never pass this way again.”

She is also a La Salle Student Ambassador, serving as a liaison between the student body, administration, alumni, and University community; active in Pheed Philadelphia, which brings La Salle students together to fight hunger in the city; and was named a Newman Civic Fellow in 2015.

In her Commencement speech, Mahon will use stories of her La Salle experiences to reflect on the opportunities and obligations she and her classmates share as new Explorers. Ultimately, she wants to inspire the community that gave so much to her. “Whether it was from faculty, staff, community partners, or my peers, I have leaned on so many people throughout my college experience,” she said. “There’s a daily example of giving and taking from the community and it creates such a rare and inspiring space. That’s definitely what I’ll miss the most—being surrounded by people who challenge you to question whatever you don’t understand, actively trying to lift you to new heights.”

April 22, 2016

Campus Alert – April 22, 2016

Many systems are down including phone and Internet. This impacts the entire main campus. In case of an emergency, please call 215-438-8764 or 267-258-1691.

February 29, 2016

La Salle Partners with Wistar Institute for Life Sciences Innovation

February 29, 2016

La Salle University Announces the Appointment of William Bradshaw to the Role of Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation

February 18, 2016

You Can Win Free Campus Housing!

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Do you want to win free housing next year or free parking? If you are a senior, do you want to win a free cap and gown or ticket to the graduation gala?

If so, then attend the La Salle men’s basketball game versus George Mason on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. in Tom Gola Arena!

We will be running a sweepstakes for current students during this game. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Pick up your free student game ticket at the Hayman Center Ticket Office during the week.
  2. Write your name and student ID number on the back of the ticket and put it into the correct prize bucket (Housing/Parking or Commencement) on the Mezzanine before halftime ends.
  3. One of the four prizes (housing, parking, cap and gown, graduation gala ticket) will be announced during each of the four media timeouts during the second half of the game.
  4. Winners must be present to win and you must identify yourself to the Sweepstakes Spotters within 15 seconds.

Come out for the game and show your Explorer Pride! Hundreds of accepted La Salle students and their families will also be attending the game and we need your support to show how amazing La Salle is! Attend the game, wear gold and be loud!

If you have any questions, please email: marketingandcommunication@lasalle.edu
Go Explorers!

2016 La Salle University Student Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY.
A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Participation in this Sweepstakes is subject to your acceptance of these rules (“Rules”)
and winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these Rules.

  1. Eligibility. The 2016 La Salle University Student Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to Eligible Participants. “Eligible Participants” are students present in the designated student section during the February 27, 2016 men’s basketball game at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania beginning at 2:00 PM (“Event”) who meet all of the following requirements:
    (a) Are currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students of La Salle University (“La Salle”); and,
    (b) Who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of Sweepstakes; and,
    (c) Who will attend La Salle as a full-time undergraduate student for the 2016-2017 academic year; are in good academic standing with La Salle; otherwise meet La Salle’s requirements for on-campus housing; and, have not been previously disqualified from La Salle’s on-campus housing.  (Please note that the requirements of this subparagraph (c) apply only to the Undergraduate Prize {as defined below}.)

(d) Who are graduating seniors eligible to participate in Commencement Week activities at La Salle.  (Please note that the requirements of this subparagraph (d) apply only to the Senior Prize {as defined below}.)
e.          Employees of Sponsor (as defined below) and its affiliates, and their immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. Residents of New York are not eligible to participate in or win the Undergraduate Prize One (as defined below).  Participation in this Sweepstakes constitutes Eligible Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.
2. Sponsor and Administrator. The Sweepstakes Sponsor and Administrator is La Salle University, 1900 West Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141.
3. Sweepstakes Rules for Entrance and Claiming Prize: In order to enter the Sweepstakes, Eligible Participants must obtain a free student ticket to the February 27, 2016 Men’s Basketball game from the Athletic Department ticket office You must write your name and student ID number on the back of the ticket and put it into the correct prize bucket (Housing/Parking or Commencement) on the Mezzanine before halftime ends. Only one entry may be made by each Eligible Participant.  During the Event, a ticket will be selected at random to choose one (1) winner among Eligible Participants for both the Undergraduate Prize (as defined below) and the Senior Prize (as defined below).  In order to claim a prize:

    1. The Eligible Participant must: 1) be present in the Gola Arena at the time the winners are announced during the February 27, 2016 Men’s Basketball game, and 2) be acknowledged by one of the sweepstakes spotters within 15 seconds.  If the participant is not present or not acknowledged by a sweepstakes spotter within 15 seconds, La Salle reserves the right to either award the prize to another participant or to not award the prize at all.  Any student not present or not acknowledged when his/her name is called may not later claim a prize.
    2. The participant present at the game and acknowledged by a sweepstakes spotter must present his/her La Salle student ID card, which must match the name and student ID number on the back of the raffle ticket.
    3. The participant must sign an affidavit attesting that he/she meets the all of the above eligibility requirements.

La Salle’s decision is final with respect to all matters relating to awarding of any prize and shall not be subject to review or appeal by any entrant or by any third party.

  1. Odds of Winning. The odds of winning depend on the number of Eligible Participants.
    5. Prize(s).

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  1. The Undergraduate Sweepstakes will consist of two prizes. Prize one is a scholarship covering one year’s worth of on-campus housing for one student (“Undergraduate Prize One”) during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prize two is either a residential parking pass or a commuter parking pass (based on where a student will live during the 2016-2017 academic year, with the maximum possible value of $200.00.) (“Undergraduate Prize Two”). The Undergraduate Sweepstakes does not include anything else of value and cannot be applied to any dining costs or other University costs or fees other than on-campus housing (Prize One), or parking (Prize Two). The approximate retail value of each prize scholarship is based on (for Prize One) one-half of a standard double room, with the maximum possible value of $7,5300.00 ; or (for Prize Two) either a residential parking pass or a commuter parking pass (based on where a student will live during the 2016-2017 academic year, with the maximum possible value of $200. Based on the Winner’s selection and subject to availability, the Undergraduate Prize One must be redeemed for one student’s space in La Salle on-campus housing during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Undergraduate Prize Two must be redeemed for an on-campus parking space for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Any portion of the Undergraduate Prizes not redeemed during the 2016-2017 academic year is forfeited and may not be redeemed thereafter. Any portion of the Undergraduate Prizes that is not redeemed during the 2016-2017 academic year may not be redeemed for cash value. Winners agree to use La Salle on-campus housing, and La Salle on-campus parking, in accordance with (a) all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations (collectively, “Laws”); and, (b) all University policies, codes, publications, rules, agreements and procedures as now or hereafter enacted (collectively, “University Rules”). Winner’s failure to comply with Laws, University Rules, or these Rules will result in an automatic forfeit of the Undergraduate Prize. Winner agrees to accept the Undergraduate Prize “as is.”
  2. The Senior Sweepstakes will consist of two prizes. Prize one is for one cap and gown (“Senior Prize One”), and prize two (“Senior Prize Two”) is for one Graduation Gala ticket. The Senior Prizes do not include anything else of value and cannot be applied to any other University events. The approximate retail value of Senior Prize One is $90.00. The approximate retail value of Senior Prize Two is $40.00. Subject to availability, the Senior Prizes must be redeemed for only one cap and gown, and one Graduation Gala ticket. Any portion of the Senior Prizes not redeemed for the one cap and gown or one Graduation Gala ticket is forfeited and may not be redeemed thereafter. Any portion of the Senior Prizes that is not redeemed for the one cap and gown or one Graduation Gala ticket may not be redeemed for cash value. Winners agrees to use the Senior Prize in accordance with (a) all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations (collectively, “Laws”); and, (b) all University policies, codes, publications, rules, agreements and procedures as now or hereafter enacted (collectively, “University Rules”). Winner’s failure to comply with Laws, University Rules, or these Rules will result in an automatic forfeit of the Senior Prize. Winner agrees to accept the Senior Prize “as is.”

No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.  Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All prize details are at the sole discretion of Sponsor. In the event that La Salle deems an entrant to have in any way acted in bad faith, such entrant shall be excluded from the raffle and deemed ineligible to win a prize.
ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES AND FEES, INCLUDING INCOME TAX, SALES TAX, AND ANY OTHER EXPENSES ARISING OUT OF THE RECEIPT AND USE OF THE PRIZES, ARE SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
6. Release. By participating in the Sweepstakes, Eligible Participants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless La Salle and its officers, directors, employees, suppliers, distributors, affiliates representatives, and agents and their respective officers (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims made by Winners, Eligible Participants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Sweepstakes as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity.
7. Limitation on Liability. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Eligible Participants or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions or interruptions in network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Entry process; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration or processing of the Sweepstakes; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail or e-mail; or (6) ineligibility of Eligible Participant for any reason (as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion). Eligible Participant’s sole remedy shall an additional opportunity to participate in the Sweepstakes, but only if possible.
8. Assignment of Rights. Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes each Eligible Participant’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’, licensees’, and assigns’ use of Winner’s name, likeness, photograph, hometown, and/or state for Sweepstakes purposes in any media, form, and format, whether now known or hereinafter created, devised, or developed, worldwide, in perpetuity, without further payment or consideration, unless prohibited by law.
9. Additional Terms. In the sole opinion of the Sponsor, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if in its sole judgment, the Sweepstakes should not be conducted as specified. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsor reserves the right to alter these Rules at any time in its sole discretion.  The scholarship associated with the Undergraduate Prize could have impact upon the Winner’s financial aid status.  The Winner is responsible for reviewing the financial aid impact with the appropriate University offices prior to accepting the award.
10. Disputes. For any questions about these Rules, please contact Sponsor. All disputes, claims and causes of action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes, the meaning or interpretation of the Rules or any prize awarded shall be resolved by applying the laws of Pennsylvania, without regard to conflict of laws provisions therein, and shall be solely and exclusively brought in the courts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

February 16, 2016

Branding Study Interviews – Signup Form

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February 15, 2016

La Salle University Announces the Departure of Dr. Thomas Brennan, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation

February 5, 2016

La Salle Communication Sciences and Disorders’ Groundbreaking Collaboration Profiled in Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal

January 25, 2016

La Salle Alumnus Don Rongione, ’79, Completes Successful Kickstarter Campaign to Add More U.S. Jobs

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