Changing the Cultural Fabric of Campus

In summer 1970, La Salle prepared for a moment that would change its history. The institution was about to deviate from a design that had been in place for more than a century—not unlike today, as Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., settles into her new office in the Peale House as the University’s 29th President, the […]

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First Word: A Family Legacy of La Salle Women

As La Salle prepares to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first class of full-time undergraduate women entering the University and the installation of Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., this fall as La Salle’s first female President, Marianne Salmon Gauss, ’74, MBA ’87, a member of that first class in 1970, sat down with her daughter, […]

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Female Firsts at La Salle

1946 Assuming the role of Assistant Registrar, Margaret Keily Lennon becomes the first woman with administrative status to serve on the professional staff of La Salle College. 1963 The Sisters Science Workshop began at La Salle, as 63 Sisters who taught science in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, enrolled in enrichment classes. Although a handful of coeds […]

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Make Room for the Ladies

To make campus a welcome environment for its new coeds in 1970, La Salle’s preparations naturally entailed discussions about some substantial academic and social considerations. But, ultimately, the bulk of the conversations boiled down to some real talk about practical issues—like adequate ladies’ rooms and accommodations in the residence halls. Decades later, these matters are […]

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