La Salle News


April 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (April 24, 2018)— Following a comprehensive national search, La Salle University has named Pamela E. Barnett, Ph.D., as Dean of its School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Barnett begins at La Salle effective July 9, 2018.

“Dr. Barnett’s strategic and entrepreneurial vision, and ability to implement new, successful programs and initiatives have transformed organizations, and supported faculty and student success. She brings strong servant leadership to La Salle, having participated on numerous university and community committees, advisory boards, and associations,” said Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Salle University. “I am confident that Dr. Barnett will bring vision, creativity, energy, and collaborative leadership to our largest school and epicenter of our liberal arts education. We know she will continue to make diversity, inclusion, and healthy intergroup engagement a focus at La Salle as it has been in each of her prior roles.”

“When I read the strategic plan Momentum 2022, and saw the university’s aspiration to be one of the nation’s preeminent teaching and learning institutions, I knew La Salle was where I needed to be.” Pamela E. Barnett, Ph.D. said, “In my vision, the members of the La Salle community will, of course, gain and produce knowledge and build cognitive skills, but also develop as human beings who can make common cause with others to make the world a better place.”

For three years beginning in 2014, Dr. Barnett was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity Washington University—a Catholic university in Washington, D.C. which enrolls about 2,500 students (1,000 in Arts and Sciences), the vast majority of whom are Pell grant eligible, underrepresented students of color, and first-generation to college. Among her many achievements there, Dr. Barnett articulated the vision and created a holistic strategic plan for student enrollment and retention; led faculty through a first-year general education curriculum redesign and implementation; initiated and implemented adoption of a new professional advising model; and created the structure and support for robust faculty development. Overall retention increased by 4%, and 1st to 2nd year persistence increased by 8%, and over $1.4 million in grants were awarded.

From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Barnett was Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Temple University. In this role, she was responsible for fostering excellence in teaching and high-impact practices in all 17 schools and colleges. Under her leadership, faculty participation more than doubled in instructional development. She also established faculty learning communities on community based learning; diversity and inclusion; accessibility and universal design for learning and online teaching. Other previous roles included Associate Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University.

She began her academic career as Assistant and Associate Professor, English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the English Department. Her scholarship includes a book on literature written in response to the liberation movements of the 1960s, and numerous peer-reviewed articles on American literature. Her most recent publications are on excellence in teaching in higher education, with a special focus on teaching diverse populations and teaching about race. She has presented on a variety of subjects including STEM education, persistence models, embracing diversity in leading and teaching, and developing faculty learning communities.

Dr. Barnett earned her Ph.D. in English from Emory University, and received her B.A., cum laude, in English from Barnard College.

About La Salle University    La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values, and has consistently been recognized for providing exceptional value to students, most recently by Money magazine (5th on the 2016 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes nearly 1,000 schools and centers of education, including 62 colleges and universities, serving 960,000 students in 77 countries.


Students line up to discuss budgeting options as they travel through the Financial Reality Fair sponsored by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation and TruMark Financial® Credit Union at La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pa., on April 19. Financial Reality Fairs are a practical exercise in personal financial management and help prepare students for navigating life independently as adults.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — More than one hundred thirty students participated in a Financial Reality Fair sponsored by TruMark Financial® Credit Union and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation at La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pa., on April 19, and experienced what life would be like having a career and managing their own finances.

The day provided a practical exercise in personal financial management aimed at helping students understand the art of budgeting. The Fair provides a birds-eye view of what financial challenges students might face when tasked with managing their own finances. They chose a career, complete with a salary, and were given a budget worksheet.

Students were required to visit 14 booths to make spending decisions within their budget on such necessities as housing, transportation, food and clothing, insurance, and other categories. Following their selections, students met with financial counselors who reviewed their worksheets and advised them on adjustments that might be necessary to live within their salary constraints.

After meeting with a financial counselor, a senior who graduates in May, said she realized she was spending too much money on her cell phone and had to reduce her data plan. It was an enlightening moment for one student when he realized Wi-Fi was not free and he was going to have to include the costs in his budget.

The Financial Reality Fair brought together La Salle University alumni and staff members and representatives from TruMark Financial who share a strong commitment to teaching financial lessons to young people in a way that is both engaging and realistic.


About TruMark Financial

TruMark Financial is one of the strongest, most progressive credit unions in the nation, offering a full range of banking, investing, and insurance services to more than 115,000 members in Southeastern Pa.

Founded in 1939, TruMark Financial is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pa., and has approximately $2.1 billion in assets through its 22 branches, a Call Center, and a suite of innovative online services. To learn more about TruMark Financial, visit www.trumarkonline.org or call 1-877-TRUMARK. Connect with TruMark Financial at www.facebook.com/trumarkonline and twitter.com/trumarkonline.

About The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation

The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, was formed in 1996 to benefit consumers and credit unions alike. The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with a main purpose of providing individuals, credit unions, and their communities with the human and financial resources to stimulate socio-economic growth.


April 18, 2018

La Salle University Advancement and its Alumni Association announce the inauguration of the Alumni House at Peale House, serving as a welcoming place for alumni to visit, gather, and enjoy special events on campus. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 21, at 12:30 PM.

“I’m delighted that we are completing an on-campus Alumni House at what is currently known as Peale House—one of the most historic buildings on any college campus nationally. This treasure, dating back to 1755, will become the central meeting and gathering place for our alumni, a place where they can reconnect with their classmates, meet current students, and proudly tell and display alumni success stories,” said La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz. “Our alumni are a vital and important part of the Explorer community and history. Alumni House at Peale House—the only dedicated alumni building of its kind in Philadelphia— will welcome them back to campus warmly and graciously for generations to come.”

“The Alumni Board had been discussing an alumni house for many years, but ran into challenges with potential locations, the extensive costs of building a structure from scratch, and other logistical challenges,” said AmyLynn Flood, ’95, former President of the Alumni Association. “Peale House is the perfect opportunity for such a facility. It is a historical treasure that La Salle is fortunate enough to have as part of its campus. It has been part of the fabric of this University for decades and we are in a unique position to expand its use and visibility on campus.”

The Peale House stands just south of the Connelly Library on La Salle University’s Historic Belfield campus. Owned by American artist, scientist, and inventor Charles Willson Peale from 1810-1826, the house was then lived in by the Wister Family and their descendants until the University purchased it in 1984. The property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and until the opening of the Alumni House at Peale House, it housed the Office of the President.


April 10, 2018

La Salle University Chief of Staff Joseph Meade has been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list. This list recognizes individuals who are proven performers in their respective industries and communities. Meade will be recognized at an event celebrating all the honorees on Thursday, May 10 at SugarHouse Casino.

“Good news comes when you least expect it, but I am truly humbled by the recognition of the Philadelphia Business Journal,” said Meade. “Since my arrival to La Salle University, I have benefited from being surrounded by tremendous colleagues who fully support moving this University forward. I am appreciative in being giving the opportunity to serve in such a significant capacity under the leadership of President Hanycz. Momentum is upon us, and I am thrilled to be a part of the remarkable La Salle community.”

Meade is the Chief of Staff to President Colleen M. Hanycz and Executive Director of Government and Community Affairs at La Salle University. In this very critical role, he manages day-to-day operations including personnel, financial management, and coordination with members of the senior leadership team. He is also a registered lobbyist at the state and local government levels, responsible for advancing opportunities and implementing activities that support public funding goals for the University’s operations and capital expenses.

Before joining La Salle, Meade served as Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs and Development for Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.  Prior, he was Director of Government and External Affairs for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and for the School District of Philadelphia.  He began his career as the legislative director for the Honorable City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

A graduate of La Salle College High School where he ranks as one of the all-time leading basketball scorers, Meade then received his undergraduate degree at West Chester University and Master of Public Policy/Administration from Widener University. He was named one of the most influential people in the Philadelphia region under the age of 40 by the Philadelphia Tribune, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Germantown Special Services District, La Salle College High School-Leadership Council, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.


March 28, 2018

The Master of Business Administration program at La Salle University’s School of Business has the sixth highest employment rate in the nation, according to a new study from U.S. News and World Report. Among the 127 MBA programs ranked, the employment rate for La Salle graduates three months after graduation is 95.8 percent.

“La Salle’s distinctive educational experience emphasizes the integration of business theory with the deliberate development of highly sought-after skills, including critical and creative thinking, problem solving, respect for diverse perspectives, and adaptability. Our full-time MBA program’s impressive placement for the second year in a row is a direct result of an intentionally-curated approach to business education,” said MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “When you combine this approach with our powerful employer network—many of whom are La Salle alumni—our student success is not surprising, it’s expected.”

This is the second time that the MBA Program at La Salle University’s School of Business has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in job placement after graduation. The School of Business has previously been named to The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools 2017 and 2018, and its Part-Time Hybrid MBA was included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 and 2019 editions of Best Graduate Schools. The School of Business 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 five percent of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious accreditation.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, by Money magazine (fifth on the 2016-17 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). The University has received additional value and excellence citations from the Brookings Institute, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and The New York Times.


March 14, 2018

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Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, civil rights activist, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, will receive an honorary doctorate from La Salle University at its 155th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Edelman has worked as an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families.

“The Lasallian mission calls us to serve and stand with marginalized communities worldwide, a conviction we strive to instill in each La Salle University graduate,” said President Colleen M. Hanycz. “Marian Wright Edelman’s tireless pursuit for social justice and deep belief in the power of education beautifully aligns with this mission. As we send our students into the world to actively respond to injustices with courage, creativity, and compassion, Mrs. Edelman serves as an inspirational leader and role model. We are absolutely delighted to welcome her as a member of the Class of 2018.”

“I am grateful to receive this honor from La Salle University, an institution committed to service rooted in social justice and solidarity,” said Edelman. “It’s time to redefine the measure of success in America and to unrelentingly lift our individual and collective voices to end the pervasive violence of poverty and guns that take and undermine the lives of millions of our children. If we don’t do it, who will?”

Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her career in the mid-1960s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children’s Defense Fund. For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in 1973 founded the CDF.

She has received more than 100 honorary degrees, and several awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 2000, she received the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings, which include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change, The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, and Hold My Hand: Prayers for Building a Movement to Leave No Child Behind.

La Salle University’s 155th Undergraduate Commencement Exercises occur on Sunday, May 20, 2018 on campus at McCarthy Stadium. Graduate Commencement is Friday, May 18, 2018 in Tom Gola Arena at the TruMark Financial Center.


March 6, 2018

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La Salle University announces its second annual Mission and Heritage Month, a celebration of the University’s history, mission in action, and faith traditions. The five weeks of lectures, retreats, liturgical exercises, student immersion trips, and anniversary events intend to capture how the University’s mission is lived across the campus community and beyond.

“Mission and Heritage Month is an opportunity to shine a light on all the good works happening on and off campus, which contribute to the realization of our mission,” said Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, Vice President for Mission, La Salle University. “Throughout this period, we reflect upon and highlight the hallmarks of our Lasallian heritage that inspire our mission as we encourage all members our community, but especially our students, to think and wonder and imagine and to build a good life—a life of meaning and purpose. Our hope is that the University’s new Core Values Statement illumines this notion of wonder, imagination, and a good life with the universal common good always in sight.”

La Salle’s University Ministry and Service sponsors several service trips throughout Mission Month, giving students opportunities to spend Spring Break serving others:

  • El Otro Lado (EOL), El Paso, Texas, March 10-17: An immersion experience in which students travel to the U.S./Mexico border. EOL participants will explore the many issues related to border realities, including: immigration, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, youth at risk, and the complex cultural dichotomy of the U.S. and Mexico borderland. Representatives from various organizations from both sides of the border, such as Border Patrol and grassroots organizations, host different sessions throughout the week to give participants an overall picture of the borderland.
  • Project Appalachia, Harlan, Kentucky, March 10-17: Now in its 42nd year, La Salle’s Project Appalachia once again partners with COAP (Christian Outreach with Appalachian People). Students who travel to Harlan, Kentucky participate in home development projects for low-income families that are struggling to maintain quality living conditions.
  • Habitat for Humanity, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March 10-17: Participants work on home rehabilitation, construction projects for families in need, and at Winston-Salem’s ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate homelessness in today’s society.
  • St. Vincent, Jamaica, March 10-18: Five La Salle University students partner with St. Vincent Strambi Catholic High School, a fellow Lasallian school, to work directly with teachers to assist them in their classrooms. Students have the opportunity to tutor and serve as mentors.
  • Resettlement Mission, Atlanta, Georgia, March 12-19: Ten students work with International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that helps resettle refugees in the United States. This program gives students the opportunity to learn about the refugee process and the many challenges they face. Students assist in adult education (ESL, civics, and life skills classes), the resettlement shop (a thrift store for refugees), and youth education.

Overwhelmingly, students return from service trips with a renewed sense of La Salle’s mission and a newfound desire to fulfill it.

Father Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University

The keynote event for La Salle University’s Mission and Heritage Month is the second annual Pacem in terris Lecture, delivered by Father Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University. On March 20 at 7 PM at the Founders’ Hall Auditorium, Fr. Massingale will address When Order Masks Disorder: The Limits of Dialogue in Catholic Approaches to Racial Justice. This event is free and open to the public.

Bryan Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology. His contributions to justice advocacy have been recognized on many occasions. He received the Pope John XXIII Award from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests in 2017, “for his tireless efforts to create a world where the dignity of each person is respected and protected.”  He received Catholic Charities USA’s “Centennial Gold Medal” in 2012 for leadership and service in the social mission of the Roman Catholic Church.  He received the YWCA’s “Eliminating Racism” award in 2014.  He is the recipient of Project Equality’s “Religious Momentum” Award for his efforts in promoting diversity in the Catholic Church.

For more information on La Salle University’s Mission and Heritage month, and a full calendar of events, visit lasalle.edu/mission-and-heritage/mission-month.


March 2, 2018

Patrick O'Brien

La Salle University has named Patrick O’Brien Associate Dean of its School of Business, effective Monday, February 26, 2018. Throughout his 18-year career in undergraduate business education, O’Brien has worked on enrollment growth with increased quality applicants, working to maintain Association to Advancement Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Middle States accreditations, and increasing national rankings. O’Brien served as Associate Dean of the Ervian K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University since 2002.

“I recruited Patrick O’Brien for this important role because of his many years of experience in AACSB-accredited schools and his commitment to La Salle University’s core mission,” said MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “We focus on giving our students a transformational business education, and Pat’s authentic passion for ensuring student success is aligned with our Lasallian charism. I am thrilled to have him on board.”

“I am excited to join La Salle University’s School of Business, as we continue to strengthen its nationally-recognized programs,” said O’Brien. “The Lasallian Catholic tradition of educating the whole person—developing each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual well-being—helps prepare them to thrive in an ever-changing business world. It is clear to me why La Salle alumni dedicate their time, knowledge, and resources with such passion.”

As Associate Dean of the Haub School of Business, O’Brien managed all AACSB International and Middle States data, the William F. Leahy Advising Center, Cooperative Education Program, and the Academic Computing Services Center; Chaired or served on 14 committees dedicated to the overall growth and improvement of the University; mentored the Business Leadership Council, a student organization that promotes alumni engagements and marketing of business school student activities; advised the Jesuit Business Student Alliance, a national student networking organization for all 26 Jesuit business schools; and served as President for the Jesuit Business Undergraduate Group, also for all 26 Jesuit business schools in the U.S.

Prior to joining Saint Joseph’s University, O’Brien worked as Associate Dean at Widener University’s Business School. He holds a Master of Science in human resource management from Widener University, and a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Loyola University Maryland. Additionally, O’Brien’s father was a graduate of La Salle University’s accounting program, ‘51.


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