La Salle News


December 12, 2017

La Salle University has been accepted as an Associate Member of the University Sales Center Alliance (USCA). La Salle’s School of Business offers an emphasis in sales within its Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, and it is the only program in the Greater Philadelphia area to receive this recognition. The USCA is a consortium of sales educators who are dedicated to advancing the sales profession through teaching, research, and outreach.


In his 2017 Welcome Message, Dr. Jimmy Peltier, USCA President, noted that, “Member schools earning certification signal to others that their sales programs have met rigorous standards for success.”

“Receiving unanimous approval from USCA is an exciting milestone for the La Salle University School of Business,” said MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “USCA’s mission to develop highly successful sales professionals aligns seamlessly with La Salle’s long tradition of providing innovative educational and experiential opportunities which engage and develop students professionally and personally. We are confident that our Sales Center will become one of the University’s signature professional development programs.”

“We look forward to bringing together our alumni, our business community partners, and our colleagues from USCA in building a top quality sales program here at La Salle for our students and corporate partners,” continued Michael DiPietro, Assistant Professor of Marketing at La Salle.

“Professional selling has always featured prominently in our marketing curriculum,” said Swee-Lim Chia, Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Marketing, La Salle University School of Business. “We already have a state-of-the-art sales training facility in Founders’ Hall, the technologically advanced School of Business building that opened last year, and this recognition will mean more opportunities for career and networking opportunities for our students.”

The USCA consists of 46 universities from the U.S. and Europe dedicated to preparing students for success in professional sales roles. USCA sales centers offer students an unmatched combination of specialized sales courses, mentors, internships, and other forms of actual sales experience to help students learn, develop, and sharpen their sales skills. Students successfully completing these programs have shorter ramp-up times and out-produce those without this sort of specialized preparation.

La Salle University’s School of Business was named to The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools 2017 and 2018, and is internationally recognized for being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The AACSB accreditation standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. Fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious accreditation.

For more information about partnerships with the Center for Sales Excellence at La Salle University, contact Michael DiPietro at dipietrom@lasalle.edu or 215-951-3577. To learn more about the University Sales Center Alliance, visit www.universitysalescenteralliance.org.


Robert R. Johnson, Ph.D., President and CEO of The American College of Financial Services, will be the keynote speaker at La Salle University’s 17th annual Economic Outlook forum on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at noon at the Union League of Philadelphia. The 2018 Economic Outlook is presented by Safeguard Scientifics.


“As the author of Invest with the Fed and Strategic Value Investing, I will address investing in an expected rising interest rate environment,” said Johnson. “Based on over 25 years of research, I will demonstrate which asset classes and sectors have prospered and which have languished when rates have risen and when rates have fallen. My goal is to show how to maximize your long-term returns and reduce your risk in alternative interest rate environments.”

Prior to joining The American College of Financial Services, Robert Johnson served as Professor of Finance in Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. From 1996 to 2011, he held a number of senior executive positions at CFA Institute.

He has extensive media experience and has served as an expert source in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, Forbes, and other leading publications.  He has appeared on ABC World News, Bloomberg TV, and CNN, among others.

Johnson is the author of multiple books and scholarly articles on portfolio management, asset valuation, wealth management, and monetary policy.  In addition to Invest with the Fed and Strategic Value Investing, he is the co-author of The Tools and Techniques of Investment Planning and Investment Banking for Dummies. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking & Finance, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Portfolio Management, among others.

Johnson is the recipient of the 2013 Alfred C. “Pete” Morley Distinguished Service Award from CFA Institute, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Student Award for Teaching Achievement (Creighton University), and Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award at Creighton for three years. He holds the CFA charter, the CAIA charter, a BSBA degree from University of Nebraska-Omaha, an MBA from Creighton University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, and to register for the 2018 Economic Outlook, click here.


December 7, 2017

On-campus café fosters entrepreneurial experiences for La Salle undergraduates from all disciplines

La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz and Saxbys Founder and CEO Nick Bayer

La Salle University today announced a new partnership with Saxbys, offering a unique opportunity to its undergraduates: In Spring 2018, a Saxbys café will open on campus at Founders’ Hall that will be entirely operated and managed by La Salle University students as part of the Saxbys Experiential Learning Program (ELP).

“Our partnership with Saxbys provides students from any academic major an immersive, experiential learning experience in a real-world business operation,” said Colleen M. Hanycz, President of La Salle University. “Entrepreneurial opportunities like La Salle’s Saxbys café further prepare our students for life after La Salle by helping them master traits like resilience, persistence, and the ability to pivot in unforeseen circumstances—skills that will help them succeed in their professional and personal lives.”

“Our Experiential Learning Program is an opportunity that impacts students, faculty, and the overall campus community,” said Saxbys Founder and CEO Nick Bayer. “Just as President Hanycz and her team have revolutionized the accessibility of a La Salle education via the tuition reset, this is yet another example of La Salle pioneering the future landscape of experiential education.

Every six months, one student will be selected to work as the Café Executive Officer (known as the Student CEO) of La Salle’s Saxbys café. This student follows a curriculum of academic coursework concurrent with their tenure as CEO, and is responsible for making decisions on financial management, team development, community leadership, and the overall operations of the cafe. Student CEOs leading the café will earn a full semester of academic credit via a specially-designed credit schedule tailored by La Salle and Saxbys. Additionally, up to 35 part-time employment opportunities will be available for even more students looking for an on-campus job.

La Salle University is the fourth institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to partner with Saxbys, joining Drexel University, Millersville University, and Temple University.

For more information, visit SaxbysCoffee.com.


November 21, 2017

Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA, Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences was recognized by the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania for excellence in nursing in the category of Doctorate of Nursing Practice. The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a statewide, non-profit foundation created to help recruit and retain nursing professionals. Finalists were honored and winners were announced at the 28th Annual Gala on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Harrisburg; and were selected for recognition in one of nine categories, from more than 100 nominations.

“The La Salle University Nursing Program is pleased to see Dr. Kost receive this well-deserved recognition. He is a leader in the field of nurse anesthesia and has published extensively on the topics of anesthesia and sedation,” said Kathleen Czekanski, PhD, RN, CNE, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle University. “Dr. Kost has most recently led the transition of the curriculum of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University program from master’s level entry to doctoral level beginning in the fall of 2018. This is an exciting time for the program which is highly regarded and consistently has excellent outcomes.”

Curricula within the Doctorate of Nursing Practice framework builds on traditional graduate programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other areas. Nominees for this award exhibit healthcare improvements and contributions via practice and clinical scholarship; demonstrate noteworthy involvement or influence in healthcare policy and advocacy; contribute to inter-professional collaboration and improve patient and/or population health; and significantly contribute to the advancement of nursing practice.

Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA has served as Director of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener University, his anesthesia clinical education at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital, Master of Science in Anesthesia and Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and Master of Science in Nursing as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist from Gwynedd Mercy College. Kost completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from La Salle University School of Nursing.

On October 21, 1990, the first Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania were presented for excellence in nursing. To date, more than 180 extraordinary nursing professionals in the areas of clinical patient care, nursing education, nursing research, and nursing administration have been recipients of Nightingale honors.


November 15, 2017

La Salle University senior Ryan Wall has earned the 2017 Anne Sceia Klein Award for Professional Promise. The award recognizes a college junior or senior who is a member of a Public Relations Student Society of America chapter affiliated with Philadelphia’s Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has demonstrated dedication to advancing the field of public relations. Wall was recognized at the PRSA Philadelphia Pepperpot Awards Banquet on Tuesday, November 14.

“I’m extremely grateful to my professors who have instilled in me a love for public relations. The Communication Department has given me so many resources to explore my interests, and I feel very fortunate to have such supportive and caring individuals in my life who are always eager to help me,” said Wall. “I’m also very grateful to all of the individuals at my internships who have helped guide me as I begin to establish a foundation for my future in public relations. I’m fortunate to have found a career I really enjoy, and I hope that this passion is evident in the content I produce.”

In his recommendation letter, Michael Smith, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Communication at La Salle University, wrote of Wall:  “It has often been said of excellent athletes that they’re ‘students of the game,’ meaning that they not only have superior playing ability, but also understand the strategy, history, and context of the game. Ryan is a student of the public relations game. More specifically, he is an excellent, skilled student, both in and out of the classroom; has gained valuable insight through internships and other experiences; has demonstrated leadership not only in La Salle’s PRSSA chapter and campus, but nationally as well… I believe he is one of the most promising PR professionals La Salle has produced.”

Ryan Wall is a communication major specializing in public relations and communication management, with a minor in Latin American Studies. At La Salle, he currently holds three on-campus jobs, serving as a writing tutor, Admissions Campus Explorer (ACE Tour Guide), and as a University Events Student Worker. He is an active member of several organizations, including the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), La Salle TV, Explorer Ambassadors, and the Presidential Student Advisory Council (PSAC). Wall joins a distinguished list of La Salle University alums who have earned this prestigious award: Rachel (Christie) Breslin (2014), Kellsey Turner (2013), and Allison Freeman (2009).


La Salle University’s School of Business is one of 11 universities nationwide to join the National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) Collegiate Partnership Program. Officially launched in April 2017, NBMBAA® announced their first installment of partners last month at the 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia.

Designed to establish long-term holistic partnerships with institutions of higher education, the NBMBAA® Collegiate Partnership Program aims to increase awareness and facilitate access to graduate and business education programs in professional fields across the country.

“Elevating our relationship with the NBMBAA® to the partnership level was a natural step,” said MarySheila McDonald, Dean of La Salle University’s School of Business. “Our commitment to inclusion and diversity has always been in our Lasallian DNA and this partnership will enable us to broaden access and outreach to talented minority students interested in our portfolio of MBA programs.”

“One of our ongoing core values is empowering minority business professionals,” said Jesse Tyson, President and CEO, NBMBAA®. “Each of these distinguished partnering institutions have demonstrated a commitment to supporting our mission, while also showing a commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

The NBMBAA® Collegiate Partnership Program allows institutions to demonstrate their commitment to providing an enriching experience for all students, faculty, and staff by actively exploring and adopting new ways to expand diversity and inclusion initiatives.

As a Collegiate Partner, La Salle University will receive exclusive benefits including conference discounts, promotions and invitations for future NBMBAA® events. Most importantly, the NBMBAA® Collegiate Partnership Program positions NBMBAA® to accomplish each of its goals aligned with the strategic goal of awarding $20 million in scholarships to members and securing 100 Collegiate Partners. To date, the program has secured over $3.5 million in available scholarship dollars.

La Salle University’s School of Business has consistently earned recognition for excellence. According to a new data study from U.S. News and World Report, the MBA program has the fourth highest employment rate in the nation. The school was named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017 and 2018, and its Part-Time Hybrid MBA was included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The School of Business is internationally recognized for being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious accreditation.


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La Salle University and Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) today announced a partnership for dual admission, starting in Fall 2018. Cadets who complete their Associate’s Degrees at VFMC may transfer to La Salle to complete the remaining coursework to earn Bachelor’s Degrees in selected fields of study. Valley Forge Military College joins Bucks County Community College, Camden County College, Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, Harcum College, Manor College, Mercer County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, and recently-added Rowan College of Gloucester County in dual admission agreements with La Salle University.

“We are proud to add Valley Forge Military College to our growing number of partner schools,” said Tom Delahunt, Vice President of Enrollment at La Salle University. “Transfer students from the greater Philadelphia area are flocking to La Salle in record numbers and agreements like this allow for the transition to be completed with ease.”

Maureen Malone, Dean of VFMC, noted, “Valley Forge Military College is excited to offer this opportunity to our cadets and students. We look forward to working with LaSalle University as our schools work towards the common goal of offering exceptional education to our students.”

Since 1935, VFMC has earned a reputation as a well-renowned co-educational, accredited two-year private college. Young men and women come to VFMC to hold themselves to a higher standard of education and develop to their full potential. Designated as the Military College of Pennsylvania, VFMC provides an educational experience unlike any other in the Commonwealth. The quality academic foundation and individual confidence acquired at VFMC has served many of our graduates as a springboard to academic and personal success.

For more information on the dual admission program at La Salle University, click here.


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