La Salle News


August 15, 2017

affordable path for all

La Salle University was featured in “Institutions Tackle Rising Tuition Costs,” a story by Catherine Morris for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The piece, which discusses a handful of universities that have reset their tuition, features an interview with La Salle’s Vice President of Enrollment Tom Delahunt and a quote from President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. from the Affordable Path for All video. The article is available to read here.


August 1, 2017

La Salle University’s Public Health Programs of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences have been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs across the country. Accreditation certifies that La Salle’s programs meet the standards of public health education to equip students with competencies required to be an effective public health practitioner.

“What accreditation means for La Salle students is the confidence that their degree is from a program that is nationally recognized as one that is comprehensive and academically rigorous,” said Zupenda Davis-Shine, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, director and assistant professor of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program. “It also makes our students eligible to participate in public health internships and fellowships sponsored by various federal agencies. Additionally, there are career opportunities that are only open for graduates of accredited programs.”

“With several public health programs in the area, the accreditation status recognizes La Salle’s programs as competitive and high quality,” said Candace Robertson-James, DrPH, MPH, director and assistant professor of the Master of Public Health Program at La Salle University. “Our MPH program focuses on urban health disparities and seeks to promote social justice as we address the needs of underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized populations.”

With this recognition, all of La Salle University’s programs under the School of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited. The initial accreditation date is February 22, 2014, meaning that any student who graduated after this date can state that they graduated from an accredited program in public health.

La Salle’s Masters of Public Health Program was founded in 2010 and the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program in 2013. La Salle has graduated 43 students from the MPH Program and 65 from the BSPH Program.

The accreditation process took three years to complete. Once the University’s application was accepted and approved, program directors prepared a full self-study that outlined criteria on structure and governance; resources; diversity; degree offerings; research, service, and workforce development; faculty qualifications; student recruitment and admissions; and advising and career counseling. Upon submission of the self-study, La Salle hosted an on-site visit which allowed CEPH to meet with program directors, faculty, and administrators of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences as well as the Provost, President, preceptors, alumni, advisory board members, students and community members.

The CEPH acknowledgement is one of the most sought after accreditations for schools and programs in public health. Schools that wish to become CEPH accredited must meet the proper criteria, including a high level of academic excellence and the ability to prepare students for careers after graduation.


July 28, 2017

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Following a comprehensive national search, La Salle University has named MarySheila McDonald, J.D., as Dean of its School of Business. McDonald joined La Salle in March 2011 as the School’s Associate Dean, and since January 2017, she has served as its Interim Dean.

In the interim role, she facilitated the development and launch of La Salle’s new 100% online MBA, worked to increase undergraduate enrollment, and helped to launch a partnership with Uber, their first with a Philadelphia university, to bring convenient and low-cost transportation to students, faculty and staff.

“I am confident MarySheila will bring strategic and visionary thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset to La Salle as we seek to grow the enrollment of the School of Business, enhance its programming and reputation, recruit and retain exemplary faculty, and continue to ensure exceptional outcomes for its students,” said Brian Goldstein, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at La Salle University. “Additionally, she has been a passionate and relentless advocate for our students and their academic advancement, with an ironclad commitment to our Lasallian values and mission.”

Prior to joining La Salle, McDonald spent 12 years at Philadelphia University, first as Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Business Programs from 1999-2001, and then Assistant Dean, Graduate Business Programs from 2001-2011 where she managed two MBA programs, a M.S. in Taxation program and pre-Masters and post-Masters certificate programs.

At La Salle, McDonald has been responsible for maintaining the AACSB accreditation for the School of Business and creating the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. She established the Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity, now the largest student organization in the school. Under her watch, the School of Business made the Princeton Review’s list of Best 294 Business Schools 2017—La Salle’s first inclusion in this prestigious citation.

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.


July 25, 2017


In the Lasallian tradition of meeting students where they are, La Salle University’s School of Business launches a 100% online Masters of Business Administration, available in October 2017. The curriculum focuses on the application of business theory and concepts to real-world scenarios, and is offered in a flexible and convenient format for professionals balancing both work and personal obligations. In addition to a General MBA, La Salle’s online program offers specializations in Accounting, Business Systems & Analytics, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

“Our faculty, program directors, and instructional designers have adapted our MBA curriculum using technology so it’s more efficient and productive—much like the corporate world does,” said MarySheila McDonald, J.D., Interim Dean of La Salle University’s School of Business. “Students become part of a close-knit virtual team and learning community in which members can live and work anywhere in the world to collaborate and advance their professional paths.”

With five start dates each year, the online MBA degree programs are convenient and accessible. All classes are eight weeks in length and are taught by La Salle University’s expert Business faculty. Students will develop skills in strategic thinking; leadership and teamwork; oral and written communication skills; financial analysis, operational reporting, and global and regional markets; and an understanding of the ways in which the business environment influences decision-making. In addition to access to fellow students working in financial services, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, technology, nonprofits, and government, online students have the opportunity to connect with a vast corporate network of nearly 25,000 Business alumni.

La Salle’s existing MBA programs include a traditional Full-Time face-to-face option, a Part-Time Hybrid that offers each course 50% online and 50% in person, and a One-Year MBA specifically for developing specialized expertise in accounting or finance. La Salle University’s School of Business was named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017, 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). 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.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, by Money magazine (fifth 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”). 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.

For more information on La Salle University’s online programs, visit online.lasalle.edu.


June 8, 2017

Krebs, Paula

Earlier this week, the Modern Language Association of America announced that La Salle University alumna Paula M. Krebs, Ph.D., will become its fourteenth executive director, effective August 1, 2017. Krebs, who graduated from La Salle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Women’s Studies in 1980, currently serves as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA.  While at La Salle, Krebs was a student in the Honors Program, graduated with General Honors, and served as sports editor of The Collegian, the university’s student newspaper. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University, Bloomington, and she is a specialist in Victorian literature and culture.

“La Salle, and especially the teaching of amazing humanities faculty, including Caryn McTighe Musil, Judith Lowder Newton, Richard Lautz, and Minna Weinstein, shaped my commitment to Victorian studies and to the humanities,” said Krebs. “The Honors Program, led by the wonderful John Grady, centered the humanities and made clear the value of a liberal arts core for all different kinds of majors. My most intellectually engaging classes at La Salle were English, philosophy, and religion classes in which I formed lifelong friendships with folks who went on to become accountants, doctors, and lawyers—people who understand the value of the critical thinking we get from the humanities.”

“I have known Paula Krebs for years originally through the annual workshops for English Department chairs sponsored by the Association of Departments of English, a division of the Modern Language Association,” said Kevin Harty, professor and chair of the Department of English at La Salle University. “Paula has always been forward thinking, with a keen understanding of what disciplines such as English can and should do as American higher education shifts to meet increasingly conflicting demands placed upon it. Rightly, she recognizes that the study of English requires engaging with multiple audiences both on and off campus, much in the tradition of St. Jean Baptiste de La Salle, who encouraged us to meet our students on their own terms.”

“Paula Krebs is a scholar of demonstrated passion and commitment, dedicated to articulating the value of the humanities, supporting academic standards, and strengthening the professional standing of all those who teach and work in humanities-related fields,” said Diana Taylor, president of the Modern Language Association.

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) works to promote the study and teaching of languages and literatures through programs, publications, an annual convention, and advocacy work. The MLA provides opportunities for its 24,000 members in more than 100 countries to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues, discuss trends in the academy, and advocate for humanities education and workplace equity.

Before arriving at Bridgewater State, Krebs was special assistant to the president regarding external relations at Wheaton College, an American Council on Education Fellow in the president’s office of the University of Massachusetts, and a professor and department chair at Wheaton. She has also been a regular contributor to higher education publications and writes a column for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog Vitae.


June 6, 2017


La Salle University alum Joe DeFelice, former Philadelphia GOP Chairman, has been named as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator for Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The region covers Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

“My passion for community development started in my own neighborhood, working alongside developers, local leaders and nonprofits to bring about positive change. Having worked as a community leader, I certainly have an appreciation for the tough challenges facing communities across the region,” DeFelice said in a statement. “I look forward to advancing HUD’s mission across the Mid-Atlantic region by helping underserved neighborhoods become thriving communities, expanding homeownership opportunities for credit-worthy citizens, and helping eradicate homelessness–especially for our veterans.”

DeFelice graduated from La Salle with a B.A. in Political Science in 2000. As a student, he was a founding member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, later serving as vice president and pledge educator. He was a member of the Intrafraternity-Sorority Council and a three-year starter on the University’s football team, which he served as Captain for two years. Also as a student, he founded and co-hosted Philly Sports Page on La Salle TV 56 and founded the College Republicans. Since 2007, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science teaching Introduction to American Government at his alma mater.

DeFelice has been involved with several community organizations, including serving as chairman of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, and board member of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


June 1, 2017


On the faculty for more than 40 years, La Salle University retired professor of religion, Geffrey Kelly, Ph.D., died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, May 30 while under hospice care. He was 84 years old.

Religious studies were more than the subject he taught, they were Kelly’s passion, having earned five academic degrees on the subject, and international acclaim as an author and researcher. Two of those degrees were earned at La Salle.

“Religious studies are more than pious devotions. Knowledge of religion is essential in order to understand the root courses of so many conflicts in our troubled world today and the demands religious faith makes on our moral behavior,” said Kelly in a 2007 La Salle publication.

First and foremost, Kelly was a teacher, receiving three prominent La Salle awards through the years –the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Dr. Roland Holroyd Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service, and the University’s Faculty Distinguished Scholar Award.

“He always looked for another perspective and encouraged us, his students, to do the same, hoping we’d come away with an appreciation for a different culture. I adored the man. He spoke seven languages, taught at Princeton, could tell you most anything in Irish history, and somehow he was still humble and interested in what YOU had to say,” said Michael Donovan, ’05. “He was also fun. He liked to dance, and was just plain great company. I will miss the conversations most of all. A warmer, more compassionate gentleman, the world has never known.”

Kelly was a leading scholar regarding the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, considered the most famous martyr of the German Resistance to Adolf Hitler and Nazism. He authored numerous books and articles on Bonhoeffer, in addition to serving two terms as President of the International Bonhoeffer Society (English Language section).

Beloved by his students, many remaining in touch long after graduation, Kelly also directed La Salle’s Ireland travel-study course and was an adviser to the Sigma Phi Lambda Fraternity, both for many years.

“Over all of his years with us, in additional roles as religion department chairperson and emeritus professor, Geff inspired generations of Explorers with his unlimited enthusiasm and affection – for the study of theology, the search for God, his students, colleagues, family, the fraternity, the Christian Brothers, and La Salle University,” said friend and colleague Brother Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., president emeritus, professor, and director, University Honors Program at La Salle.

Kelly received his bachelor’s degree from La Salle University in 1954. He went on to complete three master’s degrees, from La Salle, Villanova, and Lumen Vitae in Belgium. In 1972, Kelly received a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Louvain in Rome.

A longtime resident of Glenside, Pa., Kelly is survived by his wife, Joan, daughter, Susan, and sons Brendan and Michael, also La Salle alums.

Viewings will be Sunday, June 4, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday, June 5, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Church of St. Luke the Evangelist, 2316 Fairhill Ave. (at Easton Rd.) in Glenside. Funeral Mass follows at 11:00 a.m.


May 24, 2017

David Falcone Lindback

In recognition of his dedication to excellence in teaching, David Falcone, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at La Salle University, was named the recipient of the 2017 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University’s recent Commencement ceremony.

The award, created through a grant from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, has been awarded annually to a full-time faculty member since 1961. Faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students nominate professors, and then the recipient is selected by a committee that includes representatives from the faculty, student body, and administration.

In presenting the award, La Salle Provost Brian Goldstein, Ph.D. read select descriptions of Falcone written by those who nominated him: “Not only is he great in the classroom, he spends hours each day with an open door so that students can get individual attention”; “He is a great colleague to junior faculty”; “He supports student scholarship with care and enthusiasm”; “His creativity in teaching never ceases to amaze me.” Students have expressed similar views: “He has mastered the ability to both captivate and motivate his students through class discussion, materials, and assignments”; “Best teacher ever! Makes learning fun and helps you understand hard concepts easily.”

“I have been a teacher for almost 40 years, and what receiving the Lindback Award highlights for me is how such a moment holds a little part of all of us.  We really are in this together,” said Falcone. “I guess the real honor for me is to have had the opportunity to be a part of all of this for so long, and I have my students and so many others to thank for that.”

Falcone, who has taught at La Salle since 1980, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in general psychology, developmental psychology, personality theories, statistics, cognitive development, and methodology, among others. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, his master’s degree from Western Illinois University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.


May 18, 2017

MegAnne Liebsch

Out of more than 750 applicants, La Salle University student MegAnne Liebsch, ’18, has been selected for the highly competitive Dow Jones News Fund Internship. This summer, the program sends 85 undergraduate and graduate students to work as data and digital journalists, business reporters, and multiplatform editors in paid internships at 55 of the nation’s leading news organizations. Liebsch begins her role as an Interactive News Editor for Central Connecticut Communications—a media company publishing newspapers in Bristol, New Britain, and Newington, Connecticut—in June.  She is the second La Salle University student to participate in this prestigious internship.

“MegAnne is one of the most dogged student reporters whom I’ve had the pleasure to teach in my 11 years at La Salle,” said Huntly Collins, assistant professor of communication. “She digs until she finds the answer.” She continued, “Over the three years that I have had her in class, I’ve watched her writing get better and better. Today, I would be hard pressed to name another student who writes with such accuracy, precision, and grace.”

“MegAnne excelled in both editing and Web classes, exhibiting a rare combination of technical, design, and editing skills,” said John Beatty, associate professor of English. “That combination was no doubt key in getting her the internship in Interactive News Editing, which applies traditional writing and editing skills to the online environment.”

Liebsch’s journey as a Dow Jones News Fund intern begins on May 24, where she will attend a one-week multimedia news editing seminar at Penn State University led by Edward Trayes, Ph.D., of Temple University’s Center for Editing Excellence. She will then begin her post in Connecticut. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the editing internship program, which was launched by Paul Swensson, executive director of the Fund from 1961 to 1968. Swensson believed bright college students could work well as copy editors, despite never having been daily professional reporters. In addition to the weekly stipend earned during the internship, all Dow Jones News Fund interns returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships.

MegAnne Liebsch is a rising senior at La Salle University, majoring in communication and minoring in English and history. She currently serves as the managing editor of The Collegian, the University’s student newspaper, is a student in the Honors Program, and is a coordinator with the Camden Aware Immersion Volunteer Program.


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