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.
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.”
Bankers Day 2019
La Salle School of Business mentors observed first-year business students’ capstone projects at Bankers Day in April.
Philadelphia Business Journal honors Dr. Hanycz and Trustee Magnatta
University President, Dr. Colleen Hanycz, and Trustee JoAnn Magnatta, ’77, Senior Vice President of Facilities Design and Construction/Real Estate at Main Line Health, were recognized as two of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 30 prestigious 2019 Women of Distinction award recipients.
The Women of Distinction awards spotlight the most influential businesswomen in the Philadelphia area. This year’s awardees were selected out of 250 nominations.
The honorees received their awards at an event Thursday, Nov. 14, hosted by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
African-American Student League celebrates 50th anniversary
La Salle’s African American Student League (AASL) celebrated its 50th anniversary with a year-long observance highlighted by three large-scale events. Founded in 1968, the AASL aims to educate the La Salle community about past as well as prevailing African-American issues, increase awareness and acceptance of different cultural backgrounds, serve the African-American community at large through organizational sponsored service projects, provide quality programming, and promote cultural awareness on La Salle’s campus. Though the name of the organization has changed, the mission remains as true and focused as on the day of its founding.
7th Annual Day of Giving
Though the new decade welcomes new eras and new beginnings, what remains the same is Explorer loyalty. As La Salle continues to build momentum by ushering in exciting and innovative changes and opportunities for students, faculty, and our campus, we never lose track of who we are: a community bonded together by Lasallian values, a passion for teaching and learning, and driven by the pursuit of the common good. Help us break another record on March 25, 2020, for the 7th Annual Day of Giving!
#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.