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April 3 Message from Alumni Association President

Now more than ever – We are Lasallian strong

It seems like just a few days ago I was writing about our leap year February 29th “bonus” day and all of the great things that our La Salle community had done to make the most of their gift.

What a difference a few weeks make. Fast forward to today and our nation (and our world) are in the middle of battling the COVID-19 virus. This is a challenging time for all, as our understanding of “normal” changes on a daily basis. At our beloved La Salle, a leadership task force is working 24×7 following guidance from local and federal authorities and in conjunction with many higher-learning peers across the nation to make the most informed decisions to keep our students, faculty, staff and Christian Brothers safe while remaining committed to their ideals of continuing education through this event. I’m sure many of you have questions regarding the status of upcoming events, graduation, admitted student gatherings and alumni events. To help, the University has created a website dedicated to COVID-19 updates and announcements.

Nothing stops our mission. In a global show of our community strength, the Brothers of the Christian Schools will hold another virtual community prayer on April 7 to share our faith and prayers for those afflicted and those who risk their own safety for the well-being of others. All Lasallians are invited to join this virtual prayer opportunity to support our brothers and sisters affected by COVID-19.

Amid the pandemic, alumnus Trans “R.J.” Lualhati, ’16, has borrowed 3D printers from La Salle to produce personal protective equipment for healthcare providers in the Philadelphia region. His story has been featured by Philly VoiceKYW Newsradio, and NBC10, among others.

Feeling inspired, but can’t quite figure out what to do next? Listed below are a few ways to make the most of your today, your tomorrow, and each upcoming gift day.

  • Highlight Lasallians in Action.  Are you volunteering and/or working on the front line of this pandemic? Have you donated and/or manufactured materials that will support the work of healthcare providers and caregivers? We cannot wait to hear your stories. Send your name, photos and a brief description to socialmedia@lasalle.edu.
  • Patronize Explorer alumni and parent owned small businesses. Do you own a small business that needs the support of the La Salle community during this time?  Complete this form so that your business can be listed on the newly created business resource page.
  • Support the Student Emergency Fund to help students manage temporary hardships. COVID-19 has prompted the need to bridge technology gaps, relocate students after campus housing closure, and complete tuition payments for students who lost their on- or off-campus jobs, for example. Consider making a gift to the Student Emergency Fund.
  • Submit a short video to congratulate the Class of 2020.  Create a quick congratulatory message and provide words of encouragement that could be featured on the University’s social media feeds.  Share your video along with your name, class year, place of employment and title  to socialmedia@lasalle.edu by April 20.
  • Submit a story about yourself or a fellow alum.     Do you have a great story about meeting your Lasoulmate on campus?  Have several generations from your family attended La Salle?  Did La Salle University have a hand in making you the person that you are now?  Was there a particular professor or administrator who made an impact on you?  We cannot wait to hear your stories and communicate them to the larger Community.
  • Become an Alumni Ambassador.  The Alumni Association is looking for members of the La Salle Community who would like to be on the  Alumni Ambassador team.  Our Alumni Ambassdors will assist the Board in our efforts to create stronger connections between their fellow alumni and the University through targeted communications (via social media) and at University events and external events.

Until next time.  Loving life when I’m making the most of every day by helping build Bigger Circles, Tighter Connections and Great Engagement.

Mike Hallowell, ’86
La Salle Alumni Association President