It’s been a historic week for the La Salle University community, both for students, faculty, and staff on campus and for alumni around the globe. Not only did we celebrate our official 150th anniversary with Heritage Week festivities, but the Explorers’ men’s basketball team also made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years. Relive the excitement…

March 18

For three days, if you were traveling around Philadelphia, you couldn’t miss the news of La Salle’s remarkable milestone on the PECO Building.

March 18

Nearly 70 La Salle students collected 24 bags of trash and 13 bags of recyclables during “Trash Bash,” an annual block cleanup event, organized by La Salle's Community Building Team, on 20 blocks in the neighborhood surrounding La Salle’s campus.

March 19

Two beloved, longtime faculty members were honored for their decades of service to the students and mission of La Salle. German professor Vincent Kling, Ph.D., ‘68, received the Faculty Distinguished Scholarship Award, and Political Science Department Chair Michael Dillon, J.D., Ph.D., received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

Provost Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., ’83, noted Kling’s “engaging influence on La Salle students, whether through his ability to involve them in summer research projects, through the encouragement and help he gives students who are applying for Fulbright Fellowships, or through casual conversations that regularly take place on the benches of our campus.”

Of Dillon, Marbach said, “’Political science,’ wrote Aristotle, ‘is the highest science. It places study and education in the service of the public good.’ As a Lindback Award recipient with a long list of published articles and public lectures, Dillon illustrates Aristotle’s point: teaching and scholarship are fully integrated with service for the common good.”

March 19

Rallied through social media and exhilarated by the palpable excitement on campus, more than 900 students turned out on a cold night to form a giant 150 on the field in McCarthy Stadium and count down to midnight and the official 150th anniversary of the granting of La Salle’s charter in 1863.

March 20

More than 800 La Salle students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and fans took to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media to share their love for La Salle. For 24 hours, #LaSalle150 was the place to be on social media for the Explorer Nation.
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March 20

The Explorer men’s basketball team made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 21 years on Wednesday, March 20, in Dayton, Ohio, defeating Boise State, 80–71, to advance to the second round. Fittingly, the win came on the official 150th anniversary of La Salle’s charter, as well as the 59th anniversary of Explorers’ 1954 NCAA Tournament Championship.

March 22

The Explorers will next play Kansas State in Kansas City, Mo., today at 3:10 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised on TruTV (use the channel finder on trutv.com to find out the channel number in your area), and Explorer fans are also gathering to watch the game together in numerous locations. Please visit goexplorers.com/postseason13 for more information.

Tonight, the Students’ Government Association presents its 22nd annual Basketball Marathon in Tom Gola Arena to raise money for the American Cancer Society. More than 250 students will take part in the event, adding to the more than $100,000 that has been raised in total over the marathon’s two-decade history. During the marathon, the campus community is invited to watch the La Salle vs. Kansas State game live on the screens in the arena.

March 20

The chocolate-dipped strawberries at the Community Dinner on Charter Day never disappoint—and, rumor has it, they tasted even sweeter this year. The entire community, decked out in blue and gold attire, feasted on dishes served up by faculty and staff “guest chefs.”

March 21

Celebrated author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin brought her vast font of Civil War knowledge and engaging storytelling style to a sell-out crowd in Tom Gola Arena.


March 23

As we celebrate our sesquicentennial, we look at how far we have come and appreciate those who helped us get here. For 21 years, the University has celebrated its founding and the leadership and generosity of those who have shaped the University into the prominent institution it is today with Charter Dinner. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $3.7 million for student scholarships.

For 21 years, the highlight of the annual Charter Dinner has been the presentation of the Leadership Award, whose list of past recipients is a who’s who of outstanding representatives of the region’s corporate, civic, governmental, and religious communities. On Saturday, the Christian Brothers of La Salle University will be added to that impressive list, as they are presented with the Leadership Award, in partnership with the prior recipients. More information »

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