La Salle News


February 8, 2017

updated 2/9/17, 9:00 a.m.

On-campus day classes (those starting before 4:30 pm) are cancelled today, February 9. Online classes will be held as scheduled. All regularly scheduled afternoon and evening classes starting at 4:30 pm or later will be held. Please exercise caution in your travels today.

Please note the following:

  • The Connelly Library will remain open.
  • Blue & Gold, Treetops, and the Market at B&G will be open.
  • Athletic and recreational facilities will be open for regular hours tomorrow.
  • Our Community Development staff, including RA’s and Residence Coordinators, will be available tomorrow to assist students, and can be accessed via the duty phone and in the offices located in each of the residential areas on campus.
  • There will be no regularly-scheduled shuttle van service.
  • The University plans to operate as scheduled on Friday, February 10.

If there is any change, or further information, you will be updated through email and the emergency text message system. Also, information will be posted on the University’s homepage, lasalle.edu, and on the University’s portal.



February 2, 2017

Patrick Harker

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker at La Salle University’s 16th annual Economic Outlook forum on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at noon at the Union League of Philadelphia.

“After a long recovery, the economic data point to a U.S. economy that is more or less back to full health,” said Harker. “But that’s an average of a vast and diverse nation. There are hot markets in some areas of the country and pockets of others where good fortune has yet to take hold. Here in the Third District–which consists of eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware–our successes, challenges, and opportunities are as unique as the people who make up this exceptional part of the country.”

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy. Harker previously served as the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in civil and urban engineering, an M.A. in economics, and an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in civil engineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

La Salle President Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., will also be in attendance and address attendees.

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


February 1, 2017

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle University is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Wyss Center for Innovation. The funding supports expanding the University’s Mature Health Connections program of the Neighborhood Nursing Center. Since the fall of 2011, Mature Health Connections has reached nearly 8,000 adults in underserved communities through education, screening, and immunization activities. The Neighborhood Nursing Center is a community-based wellness center managed by La Salle staff and faculty, with services implemented by undergraduate and graduate student nurses. The Center has a 25-year history of providing public health nursing and social services to at-risk, low-income populations.

“Through expanding the Mature Health Connections program, we hope to build on the successes and increase the impact of the Neighborhood Nursing Center to reach even more vulnerable mature and older adults,” said Denise Nagle Bailey, Ed.D., M.Ed., MSN, RN, CSN, director of the La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center at La Salle University. “Northwest Philadelphia and its surrounding suburban neighborhoods have a higher percentage of older adults, many of whom are underinsured. By increasing our presence in these locations, we hope to better serve those communities by providing essential public health services.”

Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, added: “We are grateful to the Wyss Center for Innovation for recognizing the impact the program can have on these lives.”

The overall goals of Mature Health Connections are: to educate residents about their health risks and benefits with health education and health promotion that promotes self-care; provide screenings to guide individuals in their community toward timely follow-up care; and connect individuals and families with medical and other health resources in their community.

The Wyss Center for Innovation was established by Hansjörg Wyss and is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting innovative lasting solutions that improve lives and empower communities.


January 29, 2017


On Friday, January 27, an Executive Order on Immigration was issued that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days. The order also suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.

According to news agencies, some individuals in flight to the U.S. from these countries were detained at airports across our nation, while others in the seven countries listed above with valid paperwork and tickets were prevented from boarding planes scheduled to arrive in U.S. airports. On Saturday, January 30 a federal judge granted an emergency stay for people who arrived in the United States as well as those en route, but it is unclear if the stay will be uniformly implemented or even repealed.

We are advising La Salle students from the affected countries not to make travel plans and to carefully reconsider any travel plans they may have already made in the next 90 days to other countries, including Canada, as re-entry into the U.S. is no longer a certainty, even with a green card or visa.  

La Salle has throughout its history welcomed students from countries around the world, and is deeply concerned with their wellbeing. We encourage students from the seven affected countries to contact the Multicultural and International Center at 215.951.1948 or stop by their offices located at 1900 West Olney Avenue (directly across the street from College Hall) for additional information. They are currently reaching out to each La Salle student affected by the Executive Order on Immigration.

We are following this situation carefully, and will update the community as more information becomes available.


Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.


January 24, 2017

OPEN MINDS 2La Salle University’s third annual OPEN MINDS Innovation Challenge, a marathon-style competition that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and sustainable solutions in the service of a greater good, takes place January 27-29, 2017 on campus at Holroyd Hall. OPEN MINDS is conceived and produced by La Salle’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the La Salle chapter of Enactus, a national organization that empowers students to improve the world through entrepreneurship. This year’s challenge invites La Salle students across all majors to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Over 80 students form teams to collaborate on creative solutions for issues such as poverty, affordable and clean energy, and hunger, then present the business viability and cost-benefit of their approach.

“OPEN MINDS is another piece of our effort to facilitate a culture of innovation at La Salle where we give students the opportunity to express their creativity while learning the steps to take these and future ideas to market,” said Steven Melick, director of La Salle’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “Innovation is a driving force in today’s and tomorrow’s economy, and the students who embrace those challenges and have the tools to organize their solutions will flourish in whatever career path they choose across all industries and sectors.”

The judges for the 2017 OPEN MINDS challenge are Pottstown Memorial Medical Center orthopedic surgeon and serial entrepreneur Elliot Menkowitz, M.D., ‘67, Wistar Vice President of Business Development Heather Steinman, and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Patricia Rigby, Ed.D.

OPEN MINDS is in contrast to traditional business plan competitions, as it does not reward students on their ability to compose a detailed business plan, but rather focus on challenging students to find their outer limits of creativity and problem solving skills toward building a business model to capture those concepts and the respective financial and market implications behind their solution. Students are judged on breaking down ideas into key business model assumptions; critically evaluating their solution and testing assumptions with available resources; applying initial Lean Launchpad practices to nail the pain and solution; learning to pivot (change) until arriving at a customer-validated business model.


January 19, 2017

The Department of Education’s Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality grants La Salle, Shippensburg, and Temple more than $3 million


Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera announced that La Salle University is one of three universities to receive federal funding under the Eligible Partnership Grant Program. More than $3 million has been granted to La Salle, Shippensburg, and Temple universities through the Department of Education’s Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, which helps prepare future school principals and supports student performance. La Salle’s Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program, the project selected for $1.27 million in funding, develops leaders that are committed to and focused on utilizing instructional coaching and professional learning communities to leverage change in learning environments for students in Pre-K through fourth grade.

“This grant, led by Dr. Greer Richardson, is emblematic of the University’s core educational values: a practical education, a focus on diverse learners, and a contribution to the common good,” said La Salle University Provost Brian Goldstein, Ph.D. “Most importantly, the result of this grant will be higher educational attainment for Pennsylvania’s children.”

“We are proud to partner with 10 educational stakeholders from higher education institutions, early learning centers, and school districts to develop a collaborative vision for this program,” said Greer M. Richardson, Ph.D., director of graduate programs in education at La Salle University. “Over the next two years, we hope to impact 120 preservice and in-service principals in Pennsylvania. This funding additionally allows us to continue to build upon the relationships that we cultivated through our previous three-year grant, the Greater Philadelphia Instructional Coaching Program, which was also sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. I am grateful for the opportunity to build on past successes as we focus our new endeavor on working with school principals.”

La Salle University’s Education Department acts as the lead institution on the Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program, alongside Cabrini University, Eastern University, Research for Better Schools @ PHMC, The Children’s School at Cabrini University, CORA Early Years at La Salle, Hatboro-Horsham School District, Souderton Charter School Collaborative, Southeast Delco School District, MaST Community Charter School, and the Upper Merion Area School District.

“Since day one of my administration, I have made improving Pennsylvania’s education system a top priority,” said Governor Wolf. “I have invested a historic $640 million additional dollars into our schools and signed a long overdue fair funding formula into law to ensure that all children, despite their zip code, receives the education they deserve. These grants will further strengthen the Commonwealth’s public education system by developing future principals into successful leaders of our schools.”

“Preparing future principals to be strong instructional leaders can positively impact the entire school,” said Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “These grants are a great opportunity for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to collaborate with K-12 educators to improve education in our schools.”

During the event held at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg, Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education Dr. Wil del Pilar and Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality Director Terry Barnaby presented the grants to the universities that will help principals close the achievement gap and provide an increased focus on early learning for students.


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La Salle University appoints MarySheila McDonald, J.D. as Interim Dean of the School of Business as of January 1, 2017. McDonald joined La Salle in March 2011 as Associate Dean of the School of Business, where she has been responsible for leading assurance of learning and accreditation efforts. She created the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, serves as advisor to the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, and has been active in service learning and cross-disciplinary endeavors.

“I am excited and humbled to lead the students, faculty, and staff who form our community of Business Explorers,” said McDonald of the appointment. “Our students are at the heart of everything we do as demonstrated in the student-centered design and daily use of our state-of-the-art business facility, the multiple opportunities students have to experience professional development, and the close personal relationships formed with our dedicated faculty. I look forward to more deeply integrating the transformational charism of St. John Baptist de la Salle so that our graduates will use their business education to create a more just society.”

MarySheila McDonald previously served as Assistant Dean at Philadelphia University’s School of Business for 12 years where, prior to directing their MBA and MS in taxation programs, she oversaw all undergraduate advising, and helped facilitate numerous continuing professional education conferences and courses. She has taught Business Law and Corporate Social Responsibility courses in undergraduate and MBA programs at La Salle, Philadelphia University, and St. Joseph’s University.

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.


January 18, 2017

One of my favorite songs as a college student many years ago was “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” The artist urges:

Nothing worth having comes without a fight
We’ve got to kick at the darkness… until it bleeds daylight

Good evening and thank you for joining us for the Sixth Annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Interfaith Service Program at La Salle University.

In the spring of 1968, when Dr. King was assassinated, I was a toddler, awaiting the arrival of my baby brother that would occur that summer. My family lived in a small apartment in Montreal at a time when that city was beginning to seethe with the conflict between French and English…a conflict that would erupt, only months later, with the kidnapping of a British diplomat and the murder of a government Cabinet minister.

My mother, a hope-filled 24 year-old at the time, speaks of the death of Dr. King as an event that carried with it a cloud of such deep despair…despair that seeped far beyond Memphis, Tennessee or Atlanta, Georgia…a despair that halts progress in its tracks and seemingly mocks our feeble attempts to be better humans.

Dr. King showed us a way to be better humans, lessons that have survived his life by almost 50 years.

And so, we gather.

The City of Philadelphia sponsors the largest King Day of Service in the nation, so La Salle is proud to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into volunteer service and ongoing citizen action.

This beautiful service has evolved from a small on-campus project to a fast growing movement throughout the surrounding neighborhoods which works to break down racial & religious barriers, create on-going partnerships, and foster inter-group understanding.

La Salle’s Community Building Team has become a valued forum for the University to strengthen its relationship and role as an anchor institution in promoting civic engagement, community volunteering, civic responsibility, and sustained active citizenship among diverse groups, particularly young people.

Shortly, you will hear more about this year’s theme from a very distinguished La Salle University alumna – one of our own – and if I might add – a fellow attorney and rising star in Pennsylvania’s legislature of whom we are very proud.

I hope you will enjoy the remainder of this evening’s program, and thank you to my colleagues, Brother Ernest Miller, TiRease Holmes, Dominique Simons-Bennett, Kenneth Houston, and the whole planning committee for continuing to kick at the darkness at a time when the risk of despair in our world is very real. Through that action, as Dr. King knew well, we invite hope to live among us.

-President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.


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.


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