Feature Stories

Commencement 2017

Every May, La Salle’s campus fills with a sea of Explorers clad head-to-toe in caps and gowns, marching in unison in front of faculty, friends, and family for Commencement. With balloons overhead and fresh diplomas in hand, they gather to celebrate their years of hard work, dedication, and self-discovery for one unforgettable spring day. While […]

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Two Weeks. One Mission.

The global Lasallian network is vast, with 976 schools including more than 60 universities, and more than 961,000 students worldwide. Each works tirelessly to fulfill and spread the Lasallian mission, bestowed by St. John Baptist de La Salle more than 300 years ago, around the world. In the region of Philadelphia, La -Salle University stands tall […]

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JOHN GALLAGHER, ’ 91, MSN ’ 99, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN, TCRN, RRT

John Gallagher,  ’ 91, MSN ’99, began his career in healthcare early, working with an ambulance   company at the age of 15 and becoming a paramedic by 18. During the next 10 years, Gallagher pursued the necessary education to become a respiratory therapist and registered nurse. That’s when, Gallagher says, his career evolved from the […]

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BARRY WILKINS, MBA, ’09

Barry Wilkins, MBA,’09, offers the three ingredients that helped catapult him to the top of his industry: faith, discipline, and pursuing passions. But there is something else that makes Wilkins stand out from the pack: dynamism. Along with a B.S. in economics with a mathematics minor from the University of Pittsburgh, Wilkins added an MBA […]

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JOE DEFELICE, ESQ., ‘00

In a world where crises have become the new norm, bold and innovative leadership is required to take on a role like the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) But former head of Philadelphia’s Republican Party, Joe DeFelice, Esq.,’00, is up for the job. Appointed as the Mid-Atlantic regional administrator of HUD by […]

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JILLIAN MELE, ‘05

What does Jillian Mele, ’05, get asked about most after moving from Philadelphia to New York City to co-host one of the highest-rated national morning shows in the country? Her Eagles allegiance, of course. Mele laughs, “Everyone in Philly says, ‘you better not become a Giants fan!’” To which she responds with an emphatic, “Of […]

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10 Questions With Rhonda Hazell

YEARS AT LA SALLE: 16 TITLE: Assistant Professor of Biology—Coordinator of Anatomy and Physiology DEGREES: B.S. Biology, College of St. Elizabeth M.S. Developmental Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University M.Ed. Counseling Psychology, Temple University DPM, Kent State University – College of Medicine   1.Students have noted you as tough, amazing, helpful, respected and for having high expectations. […]

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Why I Gave Back: : Al DiMatties, ’71, MBA ’80

Becoming an Explorer will be a little easier for 10 hardworking students thanks to a generous contribution by Al DiMatties, ’71, MBA ’80. With the help of his two children, David and Michelle, this $100,000 gift created the Explorer Believe Achieve Scholarship. Students in financial need with high test scores and grades will benefit with […]

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Modern Language Association of America Names La Salle University Alumna Paula M. Krebs, Ph.D., ’80, Executive Director

The Modern Language Association of America has appointed alumna Paula M. Krebs, Ph.D., as its fourteenth executive director, effective August 1, 2017. Krebs, who graduated from La ­Salle with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a minor in women’s studies in 1980, currently serves as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social […]

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Richard Owens, ’05, OFM, CAP.

In June, Father Richard Owens, ’05, OFM, Cap., was named director of the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics, effective July 1. Owens received his bachelor’s degree from La ­Salle in 2005 in management and information systems. A Philadelphia native, he was ordained in 2013 and served as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in York, […]

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