La Salle News


January 13, 2017


The La Salle University Community Building Team and Office for Mission host the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service on Monday, January 16, on campus at Founders’ Hall, home of the La Salle School of Business. Doors open at 4:30 PM, and the service begins at 5 PM in the Auditorium. Speakers and musicians come together to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and its meaning today, including State Representative Joanna McClinton, a La Salle alumna, who delivers the keynote address. Additional speakers include community religious leaders, La Salle students, and President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.

“There is much work to be done towards achieving Martin Luther King, Jr.’s hope for the beloved community,” said Brother Ernest Miller, F.S.C, vice president for mission at La Salle University. “We must continue to unpack the prophetic and subversive legacy of King, and the larger movement of which he was a significant part.”

Musicians include the Philadelphia Police Department Nondenominational Mass Choir and the Rev. Nicholas O’Rourke of the Living Water United Church of Christ. The service features speakers from a variety of faith traditions, including Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and the Church of Latter-Day Saints, and will be followed by a fellowship period including food, beverages, and music.


January 12, 2017

The La Salle University Mock Trial Association hosts the seventh annual Blue & Gold Invitational, January 14-15, where approximately 400 high school students from 21 regional high schools compete in an intensive mock trial tournament. Each team is judged by an impressive array of volunteer legal professionals, consisting of La Salle alumni, faculty, and staff. The Blue & Gold Invitational is an academic competition where students receive a 100-page case packet, and put together a case stratagem for both the prosecution and defense, depending on the merits of the case created by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

“La Salle’s Mock Trial Association provides a top-caliber invitational tournament for high school mock trial teams across the Commonwealth,” said George Zindel, ’17, President of the La Salle University Mock Trial Association. “The tournament provides an opportunity for students to showcase their talents, receive advice and guidance from practicing attorneys, and gain experience before their regional rounds of competition begin.”

The La Salle Mock Trial Association (LMTA) is an extracurricular organization that seeks to enhance members’ knowledge of the law, develop communication and critical thinking skills, and instill the importance of commitment and leadership. Working as a team, members ethically compete with other colleges and universities according to the rules established by the American Mock Trial Association. The Mock Trial competition season lasts from August through March. In addition to regional and national competitions, invitational tournaments are hosted throughout the country.


La Salle University Mock Trial Association’s Blue & Gold Invitational

Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 — Founders’ Hall (La Salle’s School of Business building, located at the corner of Chew Avenue & North Wister Street)

Saturday, January 14
9-9:30 AM — Opening Ceremony — Founders’ Hall 105
10 AM-12 PM — Round 1 — Throughout Founders’ Hall and Benilde Tower
12:30-2 PM — Lunch Break
2-4 PM — Round 2 — Throughout Founders’ Hall and Benilde Tower

Sunday, January 15
9-11 AM — Round 3 — Throughout Founders’ Hall and Benilde Tower
11:30 AM-1 PM — Lunch Break
1-3 PM — Round 4 — Throughout Founders’ Hall and Benilde Tower
4 PM — Award Ceremony — Founders’ Hall 105


December 13, 2016


On December 12 and 15, 600 third grade students from the School District of Philadelphia will visit La Salle University as part of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s JA Step to Success, a program that develops a foundation of college aspiration for elementary school-aged children. JA Step to Success centers around a three-hour college experience at a Philadelphia university, enhanced by pre- and post- in-class lessons designed to prepare students and reinforce the college visit experience. The JA Step to Success program was developed by Junior Achievement, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of College and Career Readiness.

“Last year, these little Explorers were exposed to campus life and learned what it is like to be a college student from our alumni and student volunteers,” said Trey Ulrich, assistant vice president for alumni relations at La Salle University. “They toured Connelly Library, our Innovation Center, visited a classroom, and met student athletes to learn about different career options, what areas of study you can pursue in college, and the importance of working in a team. The volunteers who helped with the Step to Success program are looking forward to having them back to campus.”

“Junior Achievement is incredibly honored to be a part of this unique partnership,” said Paul Kappel, president of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Through truly collaborative efforts, this program will reimagine the way Philadelphia’s young boys and girls envision their future and approach their educational goals. It will prepare a college-ready Philadelphia.”

Now in its second year, JA Step to Success aims to change the way Philadelphia students think of their Postsecondary futures. On December 12 and 15 at La Salle, groups of 30-50 third grade students take tours guided by community, business, and University volunteers. The experience lasts from 10:30 AM through 1 PM and includes four highlighted destinations and lunch. While on site, Junior Achievement volunteers engage students with active discussions and challenge them to collect stars to emphasize their journey from elementary school to the reality of going to college.


December 12, 2016


La Salle University’s Computer Science Programs Advisory Board honored alumna Joanne Bechta Dugan, Ph.D., ’80, with the 2016 IT Leadership Award on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Now in its 13th year, the award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual who has made a positive impact on business, government, education, or society through the advancement of information technology. Dugan serves as professor and director of University of Virginia’s computer engineering program.

“Thank you for this opportunity to express my gratitude to La Salle and to its wonderful instructors,” Dugan said. “Although I graduated from La Salle many years ago, I still have fond memories of my professors and mentors, especially the late John O’Neill, Carl Mc Carty, Sam Wiley, and the incomparable Steve Longo. Several years ago, I was asked to describe my teaching philosophy. Reflecting on that query, I realized how much I had modeled my approach to teaching on my hero: Steve Longo. He never hesitated to jump in to create and teach a course on some cutting-edge topic. I didn’t appreciate at the time how hard—and scary—it can be to be just-a-bit ahead of the students in learning about a topic. But he did it, and that inspired me to do the same.”

“I remember Joanne as an excellent student, probably the best student in her class,” said Margaret McCoey, an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, and the director of graduate programs in Computer Information Science and Information Technology Leadership at La Salle University. “I remember she always took challenging courses, including several in mathematics. Joanne was very popular with her classmates and become the CSC leader for her group. She has become a very accomplished engineer and a real model for current students.”

The University’s Computer Science Programs Advisory Board selects the recipient of the IT Leadership Award, which honors a member of the IT community who supports creativity and originality in information technology, demonstrates a commitment to traditional Lasallian values, and serves as an outstanding example to all students pursuing their goals in the field of IT.

Dugan received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from La Salle University in 1980 before continuing on to earn her doctorate in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1984. She has performed and directed research on the development and application of techniques for the analysis of computer systems designed to tolerate hardware and software faults. Dugan is an Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. She was associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for 10 years, and also served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. She served on the National Research Council Committee on Application of Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems to Nuclear Power Plant Operations and Safety. She is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Beta Kappa. Previously, she taught at Duke University and worked as a visiting scientist at the Research Triangle Institute.


November 1, 2016


Out of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have ranked La Salle University as No. 285 in its inaugural College Rankings 2017. The ranking is based on the results of the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey, which examines more than 100,000 current student responses on a range of key issues, including students’ engagement with their studies, their interaction with their teachers, and their satisfaction with their experiences. The overall methodology explores four key areas: outcomes, resources, engagement, and environment. La Salle ranked No. 285 overall and No. 252 for student outcomes.

“La Salle’s ranking validates what we’ve long known about our University,” said President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. “By focusing their survey on student outcomes and overall experiences, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have identified what makes a transformative La Salle education so unique: providing students with exceptional academics plus the support, guidance, and encouragement to help them succeed as professionals, citizens, and leaders.”

“These new rankings, produced and published in partnership with America’s biggest newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, are different. Rather than using distorting metrics such as selectivity in admissions, the rankings put student success and learning at their heart,” writes Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. “We are particularly proud of our innovative new value-added calculations on student outcomes. When we examine graduate salaries and student loan repayments, we do not simply reward the colleges that cream off the very best students and get them into the highest-paying jobs in absolute terms. Instead, we look at the success of the college in transforming people’s life chances by taking full account of the make-up of the student body and characteristics of the institution.”

To view the full list of ranked U.S. colleges and universities, click here.

The University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its 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”). The University has received additional value citations from the Brookings Institute and U.S. News and World Report. In October 2016, The Princeton Review named La Salle University’s School of Business to their Best 294 Business Schools 2017.

This distinction comes off the heels of La Salle’s recent tuition reset, wherein undergraduate tuition will decrease from $40,400 to $28,800—a 29 percent reduction—beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The initiative, known as An Affordable Path For All, builds on La Salle’s long-standing commitment to affordability.

About La Salle University

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, 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 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.


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