2019 Charter Day
The 27th annual Charter Dinner raised more than $314,000 in support of student scholarships and financial aid at the University. Over nearly three decades, La Salle Charter Day has generated more than $5 million to enhance the University’s Scholarship Fund, benefiting countless La Salle students. At last year’s event, La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. (from left to right) was joined by Michael Laign, president and chief executive officer of Holy Redeemer Health Systems in Meadowbrook, Pa.; Sister Anne Marie Haas, province leader of the Sisters of the Redeemer; honoree Gregory J. Webster, ’81; and Stephen T. Zarrilli, ’83, Chair of La Salle University’s Board of Trustees. This year’s Charter Dinner will take place Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.
Bankers Day 2019
La Salle School of Business mentors observed first-year business students’ capstone projects at Bankers Day in April.
Explorer student-athletes welcome Logan Elementary students back to school
James Logan Elementary School kicked off the start of its academic year with a back-to-school red carpet event meant to ease anxiety and excite students for the year ahead. Honoring a longtime partnership with Logan, La Salle University student-athletes, coaches, and the Explorer mascot joined the fun by greeting students with warm smiles and excitement.
Connelly Library undergoes transformation
The expansion of Connelly Library continued in August with a renovation and upgrades completed to the Lower Level. These include a brand-new, student computer lab consisting of 52 computers including iMacs, specialty units, and laptops. It is now also home to University Archives and Special Collections.
Maura Ford, ’19, receives Fulbright Scholarship
Recent graduate Maura Ford, ’19, received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English teaching assistant and volunteer in an immigration agency in Mexico. Ford continues the University’s longstanding track record of producing a large number of Fulbright Scholars, joining an exclusive list of others in the La Salle community who have held the honor.
“By studying and experiencing the Mexican immigration system, I intend to bring insight to the United States on how to develop our immigration system through working in partnership with Mexico,” Ford said. “Upon completing my Fulbright, I hope to apply what I have learned as I assist immigrants and teach English in the United States.”
In her time at La Salle, Ford built a diverse resume. She served as President of the American Sign Language Club, a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors Society, a member of the Alpha Epsilon Alumni Honor society, and as a former dancer in the Neo-African Drums and Dance organization. Ford also worked at the Center for Academic Achievement as a Spanish subject tutor and an office receptionist.
“Like everyone at La Salle who knows Maura Ford and who has been involved in her candidacy for the Fulbright, I’m happy for her and proud of her,” said Brother Michael J. McGinniss, FSC, President Emeritus of La Salle. “She is, to my way of thinking, an ideal Fulbright Scholar: interested in and sensitive toward other cultures and societies; diligent in study of Spanish; and most importantly an all-around terrific person who enjoys the respect and affection of those who know her. She will be an engaging representative of the United States to Mexico, and an equally engaging representative of Mexico to her fellow Americans.”
Superior General visits La Salle’s campus
The second weekend in November marked La Salle University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend. So perhaps it was perfect timing for Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, ’72, to return to campus.
“It is good to be home,” said Br. Robert, the Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
One of La Salle’s most visible alumni, Br. Robert delivered a Nov. 8 keynote address from the University’s campus, engaging a few thousand Lasallian educators on Lasallian Association by simulcast to multiple cluster sites across the Brothers’ District of Eastern North America (DENA).
The Superior General’s visit continued the University’s celebration of the Lasallian Jubilee Year and recognized the 10th anniversary of DENA, an amalgamation of the former Districts of Baltimore, New York, and Long Island-New England.
“In highlighting the legacy of a Saint,” said Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, D. Min., M.A. ’95, La Salle’s Vice President for Mission, “these events remind the University community here and abroad of the heritage and values that bind them together.”
The keynote by Br. Robert livestreamed throughout DENA— from Providence, R.I., New York City, and Albany, N.Y., to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Boca Raton, Fla. He called on all DENA Lasallians to reflect on their vocation as educators as part of this Jubilee Year, so designated by Pope Francis.
The 27th successor of Saint La Salle and a native Southwest Philadelphian, Br. Robert spoke of the significance of association for the mission of Lasallian education. He addressed an audience in Founders’ Hall Auditorium that included Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, DENA Provincial, and Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, General Councilor of the Lasallian Region of North America. Br. Robert encouraged Lasallian educators to continue promoting the education of young people and drawing inspiration from Saint La Salle’s “deep relationship with Jesus Christ.”
“Today, let’s renew our commitment to the human interest in education of our sisters and brothers—especially those who are on the margins of our society.”
Dr. Colleen Hanycz, University President, presented Br. Robert with the Brother Teliow Fackeldey, FSC, Presidential Medal Award for Outstanding Integrity, Merit and Public Service— one of the highest honors awarded by the University. The Presidential Medal is named in honor of Br. Teliow, the founding president of the University.
“We recognize the tremendous responsibility you bear in the call to lead the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the worldwide Lasallian community,” President Hanycz said, addressing Br. Robert. “Allow us to express our deep appreciation for your dedication to this ministry, and our tremendous pride in the integrity and faithfulness that you witness in your vocation as a De La Salle Brother. We consider you one of our great Explorers.”
#300LaSalle Comes To Campus
October 8 marked the Jubilee Symposium, a day of events at La Salle University based around the theme, “Engaging an Uncomfortable World: Lasallian Universities as Communities of Transformation,” as part of the Lasallian Jubilee Year. Highlights included a keynote lecture by Dr. David E. Kirkland, Executive Director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools, and a performance by spoken-word artists, The Peace Poets. Read more on page 17.
Hazell receives Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award
Rhonda Hazell, DPM, associate professor of biology, received the University’s Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award in September. Her volunteer work includes multiple trips to Port-au- Prince, Haiti, yearly, along with working with soup kitchens around the City of Philadelphia. In October, Dr. Hazell was also recognized as the District of Eastern North America Distinguished Lasallian Educator.
Lafond receives Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
Andrew “Andy” Lafond, DBA, CPA, ’86, associate professor of accounting, received the 2019 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies in May. The Lindback Award has been given annually to an educator who displays extraordinary dedication to excellence since 1961. “There are so many great teachers at La Salle,” said Lafond. “To be recognized by the students as doing a good job is the ultimate honor.”
Baptiste and Polec Join Executive Cabinet
Brian Baptiste stepped into his new role in August as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation after seven years at Northwestern University as Deputy Director of Athletics for Capital Projects and Operations.
Angela Polec, Ed.D., started in April as the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications after previously serving as the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Montgomery County Community College.