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April 24, 2017

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Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, TruMark Financial® Credit Union will provide affordable financial products and services at a new student-operated credit union branch on La Salle University’s campus. With a full service branch on site, students will have the benefit of learning how to manage their money more responsibly and have the opportunity to attend free financial literacy workshops. The branch is designed with a teller pod that gives the credit union a more welcoming atmosphere, removes the barriers of traditional high banking counters, and allows for a more personal service experience.

“This new relationship aims to draw on the distinct strengths of each organization in working with youth: TruMark Financial’s commitment to providing financial education for young adults and La Salle’s mission and tradition of combining progressive ideas with practical needs of students,” said Richard F. Stipa, chief executive officer, TruMark Financial.

TruMark Financial is also providing a significant gift to La Salle for naming rights to the University’s major athletic facility. The Tom Gola Arena at Hayman Hall will now be known as the Tom Gola Arena at the TruMark Financial Center. The credit union also will provide scholarship and financial literacy support at the university.  As April is National Financial Literacy month, both organizations are pleased to announce a comprehensive financial literacy program will be offered to engage and educate La Salle students in money management related subjects.

The credit union will have a presence on campus, engage in professional mentoring to students, and participate in the university’s experiential education program. By working together, both organizations hope to provide the students with the financial tools needed to make informed financial decisions so they can manage their money responsibly.

As part of its ongoing financial literacy program, Building Financial Futures, credit union employees will work with school administrators and conduct personal finance presentations on topics such as saving, borrowing, investing, and budgeting on campus.

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April 20, 2017

Senior Jack DiMatteo Gives Undergraduate Address

Alum Mike Sielski, ’97, Awarded Honorary Degree

Alumna Hannah Datz, ’10, Delivers Graduate Address

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La Salle University announces the lineup of speakers for Commencement 2017. Graduating senior Jack DiMatteo has been selected to deliver the Undergraduate Commencement address on Sunday, May 21. Alum Mike Sielski, a sports columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer since September 2013, has been selected as the honorary degree recipient. Alumna Hannah Datz, VP Retail North America at SAP Hybris, will give the address at La Salle’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 19.

Jack DiMatteo is a student in La Salle’s Honors Program double majoring in political science and economics. Over the last four years, he has worked as the head student manager for the men’s basketball team, has Letters to the Editor published in The New York Times and Chicago Tribune, and helped raise more than $19,000 through the African Mission Healthcare Foundation for Dr. Tom Catena, an American physician working in the Sudan at the Gidel Mother of Mercy Hospital. Following graduation, DiMatteo continues his education at the University of Virginia to earn a Masters of Public Policy.

“Since I arrived at La Salle as a freshman, I’ve always admired the unique tradition of having a student deliver the commencement address, and now as a senior, I feel deeply humbled to be a part of that history,” said DiMatteo. “The framework for my speech comes from the Latin translation for Brothers of the Christian Schools, Fratres Scholarum Christianarum, or F.S.C. While that acronym does not technically mean Faith, Service, Community, it has come to stand for those things. I will use that to discuss what those values mean in the context of our graduating class, and how it ties to our motto of Explorers are Never Lost. I believe that as La Salle University graduates, because of our commitment to Faith, Service, and Community, we are never lost.”

Mike Sielski graduated from La Salle in 1997 with degrees in English and communication. A student in La Salle’s Honors Program, Sielski was also sports editor and later editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the University’s student newspaper. He was also selected to give the Commencement Address at his graduation exercises.

“My four years at La Salle were wonderful, among the best of my life, and this is an incredible honor, truly overwhelming and humbling,” said Sielski. “I have to assume that the committee members who selected this year’s speaker had run out of ideas, happened to have a copy of that day’s Inquirer sports section spread out on a table in front of them, and said, ‘Hey, this guy who wrote this thing about the Eagles today went to La Salle. Let’s pick him.’”

Hannah Datz graduated from La Salle University’s Business Scholars Co-op Program in 2010 and served as Commencement speaker for her class. In her address, she explored the meaning of what it means to be Lasallian and what distinguishes La Salle alums from other college graduates. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a student leader and tour guide.  Datz currently serves as a member of the La Salle University Board of Trustees.

“In my speech to the 2017 graduates, I’ll explore what it means to be Lasallian in a professional sense, and how the virtues and values of a Christian Brothers education have impacted my personal and professional life,” said Datz. “When I spoke to my peers seven years ago at my Undergraduate Commencement, I was projecting the life that this strong foundation would help me obtain. In reality, the effects of a Lasallian education helped me more than I could have imagined, both professionally, in a fast-paced global career track with SAP, and personally.”

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April 19, 2017

Benefit Changes Effective 6/1/2017

We are excited to announce that we have some upcoming benefit vendor changes.  We think these changes will provide you with a higher level of service and a more comprehensive benefit plan.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Our Flexible Spending Account vendor is changing from Amerihealth to Payflex.  This transition impacts both Medical and Dependent Care Accounts.  Payflex offers some great new benefits that we think you will enjoy:

  • Robust member portal and mobile app to easily manage claims and balances
  • Integration with medical plans for ease of copay reimbursement
  • $500 rollover to next plan year of unused funds
  • Commuter Reimbursement Account – use pre-tax dollars to purchase transit and rail passes – coming 11/1/2017!

As part of this change we will have a short plan year that will run 6/1/17 to 10/31/17 in order to align our FSA plan year with our medical insurance plan year.  This means you are only allocating funds right now to use between 6/1 and 10/31.  You will need to re-enroll for the next plan year beginning 11/1/17.

Basic Life, Additional Life, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability

Our life and disability insurance vendor is changing from The Standard to Aetna.  This transition impacts life and long term disability insurance which the University provides at no cost to every full time employee.  It also impacts voluntary benefits that full time employees are eligible to purchase through a monthly payroll deduction.  These benefits include additional life insurance for you, your spouse and dependents as well as short term disability.  Existing participants will automatically be enrolled with Aetna.  Enroll now in voluntary benefits and have the medical exam waived!  If you enroll at a later date you may be subject to a medical examination.  Some new features include:

 

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Across two days in March, President Colleen Hanycz and La Salle University hosted Brother Gustavo Ramírez, F.S.C., General Councilor for Association and Mission, and Brother Rafa Matos, F.S.C., General Councilor for Lasallian Family and Vocations, in a rare meeting to explore the ways the university is fulfilling Lasallian association. The Brothers traveled to the U.S. from Rome, the headquarters of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The General Councilors assist the Brother Superior General in the leadership of the Institute and the larger Lasallian world.

“The focus of this visit was on how we are living out this Lasallian notion of association,” said Brother Ernest Miller, F.S.C., Vice President for Mission at La Salle University. “Brothers historically take five vows, one of which is the vow of association. The larger concept of association is how Brothers and our lay partners work together to achieve the Lasallian mission. St. John Baptist de la Salle founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools to be associated for mission. Brothers Gustavo and Rafa were interested in getting a sense of what are the various ways in which in our Philadelphia area, and in our individual ministries, we keep this association for mission vital and vibrant.”

In addition to meeting with University officials, the General Councilors met with members of the Philadelphia Area Lasallian Ministries (PALM). PALM is a grassroots group of Lasallian educators made up of both Brothers and lay partners, who share a desire to deepen Lasallian Association in service of the shared educational mission.

“Participants from PALM were honored to have the opportunity to meet with Brothers Gustavo and Rafa during their March visit to La Salle,” said Kate Ward-Gaus, PALM’s representative on the Association Committee and Assistant Vice President for Wellness Services at La Salle University. “The group gathered for an Evensong prayer service, and after a social and dinner, there was a discussion with the General Councilors about the founding and importance of associative groups such as PALM in the lives of lay partners in Lasallian Ministries in Philadelphia.”

Brothers Gustavo and Rafa visited only two Lasallian universities during their time in the U.S.: La Salle University and St. Mary’s College of California.

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March 30, 2017

Kenneth Brewer

La Salle University student Kenneth Brewer, ’17 (pictured above), and alum RJ Lualhati, ’16 (pictured below), were selected by the prestigious Stanford University Innovation Fellows program as two of 24 team members for their Silicon Valley Meetup, which took place March 9-13, 2017. They were hand-selected out of a community of 1,000 Fellows for the impact they have made at La Salle, and for their contributions to ensuring that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to compete in the economy of the future.

“There are 1,000 students in the UIF program, and being selected as one of the 24 members is truly a blessing,” said Brewer, a senior studying public relations at La Salle. “At this meetup, each of the student operators delivers a presentation that not only highlights your achievements and knowledge as a Fellow, but also highlights your personality. I spoke about servant leadership and how a fellow can utilize their power to inspire others to lead. As Fellows, we must be willing to serve each other and our community.”

“I was chosen to help lead a group of over 300 students not because of my accomplishments, but because of my perseverance and willingness to lead and work,” said Lualhati, who graduated with a B.S. in La Salle’s Integrated Science, Business, and Technology program. “My time at La Salle drove me to create 3D printed prosthetics and build a makerspace in the basement of Connelly Library, and now I am an alum, a CEO, and a member of the team for the spring 2017 Silicon Valley Meetup.”

Lualhati and Brewer delivered their presentations in front of 350 student and faculty attendees from 80 universities and colleges around the world. Brewer focused on Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon on the power of servant leadership. Using Dr. King’s speech as a base, Brewer spoke about his role as president of La Salle’s chapter of Enactus, and how understanding the call to serve and lead is pivotal to the success of a Fellow. Lualhati spoke about his progression from selling rare Nike and Jordan sneakers to now serving as founder and CEO of Dashbot, a 3D printing and technology consulting company, which was launched out of his dorm room during the 2014-2015 school year.

The University Innovation Fellows program is a global program run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) that empowers students to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and design thinking. These leaders create new opportunities that help their peers develop an entrepreneurial mindset, build creative confidence, seize opportunities, define problems, and address global challenges.

RJ Lualhati

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March 29, 2017

Robert McDonough

Continuing a longstanding tradition, La Salle University senior Robert McDonough has been selected for the highly competitive Fulbright Scholars program. McDonough, who is earning a degree in economics with minors in mathematics and German, will spend one year studying the relationship between Austrian translator Nora Wydenbruck and poet Christine Lavant at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt in southern Austria.

“First and foremost, I never would have been able to achieve this award without the help and support of faculty, staff, and so many other members of the La Salle community,” said McDonough. “I’m excited about this opportunity to immerse myself in the study of German-to-English translation through the examination of authentic, brilliant translation. Beyond my Fulbright work, I also hope to spread in some small way the Lasallian mission of coming together as a community of equals for the purpose of learning.”

McDonough’s research project is “An Analysis of Translator and Author: Lessons from Wydenbruck and Lavant.” Wydenbruck translated a handful of Lavant’s short stories and fiction, and the two maintained a unique relationship and friendship. One of Lavant’s works which was thought to be lost was later published in 2001, after the original German manuscript was discovered in Wydenbruck’s literary estate.

The Fulbright award also includes a teaching component, wherein McDonough will assist with English language instruction in a secondary school in Klagenfurt.

Following his time as a Fulbright student, McDonough hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in economics.

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March 28, 2017

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Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University, announced today that William “Bill” Bradshaw has signed a multiyear agreement as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Mr. Bradshaw has served in an interim capacity in the same role since March 9, 2016.

Mr. Bradshaw has over 36 years’ experience as an Intercollegiate Division I athletic director, first at La Salle (1978-1986), then at DePaul (1986-2002) and most recently at Temple (2002-2013). During his prior tenure at La Salle, the Explorers won 28 conference championships and three Commissioner’s Cups, made NCAA tournament appearances three times in Men’s Basketball and twice in Women’s Basketball, and averaged an impressive 90% student-athlete graduation rate.

While at Temple, he made significant hires including Men’s Basketball coach Fran Dunphy  (2006-Current) and Men’s Football coaches Al Golden (2006-2010 and now with the Detroit Lions), Steve Addazio (2010-2012 and now at Boston College), and Matt Rhule (2012-2016 and now at Baylor University). In each of his prior athletic director roles, Mr. Bradshaw created more favorable conference affiliations for the universities, facilitated unprecedented academic performance from student athletes, and spearheaded facilities upgrades and record revenues.

Since returning to La Salle, Mr. Bradshaw led the successful hosting of the Division I Men’s NCAA regional basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in March 2016 and, more recently, under his leadership the combined performance of La Salle’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams this year was the most improved in the NCAA Division I nationally, with the second most combined wins between the two programs at La Salle since 1993. Athletics fundraising, corporate sponsorships and ticket revenues are also up significantly since his return, and student-athlete grade point average (GPA) is an impressive 3.10.

“We are thrilled to have Bill back at La Salle. Over the last year, he has built strong relationships with our coaches and student athletes, and worked with key stakeholders to take the fan experience for students to new levels,” said Colleen M. Hanycz. “We’ve seen progress in the performance of a number of our varsity teams in the past year under his leadership, and are confident that will continue. Bill is also focused on increasing the participation of all La Salle students in athletics past the varsity level in recreational and intramural sports, and as spectators and fans.”

Said Mr. Bradshaw, a 1969 graduate of La Salle, “The past year has been rewarding, and it’s exciting—both as a former student-athlete and athletic director at La Salle—to return during this promising time of the University’s renaissance and growth under Dr. Hanycz’s leadership. The future is very bright for La Salle and Explorer athletics.” He also noted the importance of continuing the long tradition of creating and maximizing opportunities for students through varsity, club and intramural sports because they promote leadership and team working skills, in addition to supporting physical health and wellbeing.

For more information regarding La Salle Athletics, including schedule information, please visit www.GoExplorers.com.

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March 14, 2017

business-school-building-20160727-09La Salle University’s School of Business has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools, specifically to the Best Part-Time MBA Programs. The ranking is based on five criteria: average peer assessment score; average GMAT score and GRE scores of part-time MBA students entering in the fall of 2016; average undergraduate GPA; average number of years of work experience; and the percentage of the fall 2016 total MBA program enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program.

“We are proud to be included in this U.S. News and World Report ranking, as it validates the quality of our part-time MBA program and its students,” said Interim Dean MarySheila McDonald, J.D. “Since 1976, La Salle University’s School of Business has offered an MBA to working adults throughout the region, and it has continuously adapted its curriculum and course delivery to prepare students for the ever-changing business landscape. The part-time MBA’s recent shift from a traditional face-to-face format to a hybrid program, blending classroom experience with online coursework, reflects our commitment to meeting students where they are and leveraging the virtual classroom. It’s also no mistake that we modeled this program based on how business is conducted worldwide—blending human interaction with the use of technology.”

La Salle University’s Part-Time Hybrid MBA program is tailored to fit the needs of the working adult. Classes are offered in three locations: Philadelphia, Newtown, and Plymouth Meeting, PA. With the hybrid format, students have the opportunity to interact face-to-face with professors and foster personal, mentoring relationships, while also having the convenience of virtual classes that are accessible from anywhere. This approach allows students to earn their degree in a program that suits their schedules with the benefit of engaging, collaborative relationships that are the hallmark of the La Salle experience. In addition, MBA students are drawn from a range of business professionals in both the private and public sectors, providing meaningful networking opportunities for students.

The average peer assessment score for the U.S. News and World Report ranking was calculated from a fall 2016 survey that asked business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation’s 360 part-time MBA programs to rate the other part-time programs on a five-point scale, from marginal to outstanding. To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program had to be accredited by the As­sociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

La Salle University’s School of Business was most recently named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017 and is AACSB accredited. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. Less than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, 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 and excellence citations from the Brookings Institute, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and The New York Times.

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