La Salle News


June 22, 2018

Geology and environmental science professor Alice Hoersch, Ph.D., and her certified therapy dog, Laddie.

La Salle University has teamed with Purina to celebrate Bring Your Dog to Work Day. On June 22, La Salle’s faculty and staff brought their dogs to the office and participated in a Doggie Meet-and-Greet in the La Salle Union. Dog treats were provided by Purina, which makes high-quality pet food, treats, and litter.

Since partnering with Purina last year, La Salle University has hosted a National Dog Show preview event on La Salle’s campus, and geology and environmental science professor Alice Hoersch, Ph.D., and her certified therapy dog Laddie became members of the Therapy Dog Ambassador Team. Their first appearance as members of the team was at La Salle’s Pause for Paws event on May 3, where students interacted with dogs to help relieve the stress of final exams.

“Laddie and I are proud to be part of the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team,” said Hoersch. “Since he and I started making facility visits and participating in programs for children, we have seen how the presence of dogs brings smiles to faces and calms down people who are anxious. We plan to continue this work as part of the Ambassador Team, and are excited to participate in bring your dog to work day.”


June 20, 2018

La Salle University and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) today announced a partnership for dual admission, starting in Fall 2018. Students who complete their Associate’s Degrees at RVCC may transfer to La Salle to complete the remaining coursework to earn their Bachelor’s Degrees in selected fields of study. Raritan Valley Community College joins Bucks County Community College, Camden County College, Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, Harcum College, Manor College, Mercer County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, Rowan College of Gloucester County, and recently-added Valley Forge Military College in dual admission agreements with La Salle University.

“We are so pleased to add Raritan Valley Community College to our ever-growing number of partner institutions,” said Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., Provost and Interim Vice President for Enrollment at La Salle. “Dual admission programs allow students to quickly and affordably complete their bachelor’s degrees. La Salle and Raritan are equally committed to strong student outcomes and success, making this partnership a great match. We look forward to welcoming Raritan students to La Salle.”

“We welcome the new agreement, which will give RVCC students in close to 20 different majors the opportunity to continue their higher education and pursue a bachelor’s degree at La Salle University. The agreement also offers RVCC graduates substantial annual scholarships that are determined by their grade point average,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough.

Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for almost 50 years, Raritan Valley Community College is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community, and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses.

For more information about the dual admission program at La Salle University, click here.


June 14, 2018

Camp hosted in conjunction with Challenger Learning Centers

La Salle University partners with the Challenger Learning Center of Philadelphia (CLC Philadelphia) to host a five-day Mission to Mars and STEM summer camp for 34 under-served Philadelphia students in fourth through seventh grades, June 18-22. Students who have interests in earth, space, and science use experiential science projects developed by NASA and the CLC Philadelphia to stimulate and increase interest and expertise in STEM areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They also learn about NASA goals and objectives while working on their teamwork, communication, and writing skills.

“We are excited to be able to provide elementary school students with examples of STEM experiments that were used in real-life NASA missions,” said Margaret McCoey, M.S., Assistant Professor and Computer Information Science/Information Technology Leadership Graduate Director at La Salle University. “We expect to begin developing more astronaut careers with this camp.”

The goal of Mission to Mars is to encourage education in STEM disciplines by stimulating curiosity and developing inquiry skills.

La Salle science faculty highlight careers in STEM, discuss environmental issues and experimentation, and provide campers with information on the University. CLC Philadelphia board members Corina Fiore and Suchita Dadhich serve as the camp’s instructors; Fiore is the President of CLC Philadelphia, a STEM curriculum developer, and was honored as a Top 50 STEM educator in the United States. Dadhich is a La Salle University alum and member of the Math/CSC Advisory Board.

La Salle University hosts the Mission to Mars camp on its Historic Belfield campus. Eight undergraduate students from the University serve as teaching assistants for the camp teachers from CLC Philadelphia. Camper lunches are generously provided by the Philadelphia Philanthropic Society for Information Management.


June 12, 2018


To promote AAUP professional standards and guidelines, to defend academic freedom, encourage shared governance, facilitate cooperation between La Salle’s teachers and research scholars, and to foster a harmonious collegial spirit on campus.

Chapter Officers 2018-2020

Marc Moreau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Joel Garver, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Barbara Allen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History


All faculty, part-time or full-time, active or retired, of La Salle University are eligible to join the La Salle University chapter of the AAUP.  Membership in the national AAUP is the only requirement for membership in the chapter.  Please visit the national Website’s membership page at https://www.aaup.org/membership/join


June 7, 2018

La Salle University’s Graduate Programs in Education and the Hatboro/Horsham School District have partnered to offer a summer enrichment camp for any student ages four through 14, regardless of ability level, July 2-20, from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. In these fully inclusive classrooms, La Salle graduate students working towards their teaching certifications in elementary, special, and secondary education utilize discovery learning, interactive activities, and group collaborations to maximize each child’s learning and success. All programs motivate students to learn through hands-on, indoor and outdoor activities using evidence-based practices. Campers take on roles as scientists, geographers, curators, and more to investigate this summer’s theme, Power Up: Health is Your Wealth. They explore several disciplines, including mathematics, science, and, for older students, integrated content areas that can combine mathematics, English, science, foreign languages, or social studies.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for children to engage with other campers around fun themes that have a specific educational focus. So if parents are interested in an educational enrichment experience for their children, this program achieves exactly that,” said Greer M. Richardson, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs in Education at La Salle. “Our graduate students also greatly benefit, as they learn the best practices in supporting student instruction as a part of their program at La Salle.”img-responsive

The goal of this program  is to ensure students learn by building upon previous experiences at home and school under the guidance of La Salle teachers and staff. Classroom programming is based on appropriate district curriculum standards and content area specialties of the upper grades teachers. The La Salle University Summer Program is held at Hatboro/Horsham High School, and is open to all students ages four through 14.

For more information, please contact January Baker, Ph.D. at bakerj1@lasalle.edu.


June 6, 2018

Kellsey Turner, ’15; Ryan Wall, ’18; Michael Smith, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Communication; PPRA President Adam Dvorin

La Salle University alum Ryan Wall, ’18, is the 2018 recipient of Philadelphia Public Relations Association’s Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award. This recognition is awarded annually to a college junior or senior who has exhibited outstanding professional promise in the field of public relations, has an excellent academic track record, and contributes to his or her community.

“I’m very humbled by this recognition. During my time at La Salle, I was fortunate to have so many opportunities to stay engaged, give back, and follow my passions. Each and every day I am proud to be an Explorer,” said Wall. “Public relations is a fast-paced and endlessly interesting industry. I enjoy the opportunity to be creative, think big, and challenge myself on a variety of projects. I’ve grown so much both personally and professionally thanks to the support of my professors and friends. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my La Salle family.”

In his recommendation letter, Michael Smith, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Communication at La Salle University, wrote of Wall:  “Ryan sees communication as a unifying force, and I believe he will carry that perspective throughout his career. His leadership and professional skills have already netted him the 2017 Anne Sceia Klein Award for Professional Promise from the Philadelphia PRSA chapter and a position with Brian Communications. Ryan Wall truly exhibits the qualities that warrant the PPRA Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award, and I cannot recommend him more strongly.”

Ryan Wall graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with dual concentrations in public relations and communication management, as well as a minor in Latin American Studies. During his time as a student, he worked as a writing tutor, an Admissions Campus Explorer (ACE Tour Guide), and as a University Events Student Worker. He was an active member of several organizations, including the La Salle chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), La Salle TV, Explorer Ambassadors, and the Presidential Student Advisory Council (PSAC). Wall adds to a distinguished list of La Salle University alums who earned this prestigious award in 2015, Rachel (Christie) Breslin and Kellsey Turner.


May 23, 2018

La Salle University is pleased to announce it has entered into a partnership with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to offer Devereux employees a discount on undergraduate and graduate tuition.

“La Salle is pleased to partner with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to assist their employees in achieving their educational and professional goals,” said Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Interim Vice President for Enrollment. “Our partnership also will allow the employees of Devereux to provide improved services to the individuals with whom they work.”

Effective immediately, Devereux employees can receive a 15 percent discount on the full standard tuition for selected undergraduate and graduate programs at La Salle University, which are offered at three locations in the Delaware Valley—in Philadelphia, Newtown, and Plymouth Meeting—as well as through convenient online and hybrid formats.

“We are delighted to partner with La Salle University on this fantastic opportunity to help our employees achieve their personal and professional career goals,” said Devereux Vice President of Human Resources Tim Dillon. “At Devereux, we are committed to supporting our colleagues in their efforts to achieve higher learning degrees – particularly in the areas of psychology, education, nursing, and social work – which ultimately will benefit the individuals we serve, who are living with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive differences.”

For more information on the partnership between La Salle and Devereux, please visit lasalle.edu/grad.


May 20, 2018

In recognition of her dedication to excellence in teaching, Christina Harkins, MSN, R.N., assistant professor of nursing at La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, was named the recipient of the 2018 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at today’s Commencement ceremony.

The award, created through a grant from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, has been awarded annually to a full-time La Salle University faculty member since 1961. Faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students nominate professors, and a committee that includes representatives from the faculty, student body, and administration selects the recipient.

“Professor Harkins is an exemplary educator. She is known to be knowledgeable, positive, energetic, and friendly with a great sense of humor,” said Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, La Salle University. “She is always available outside class to students in the best La Salle University and Lasallian traditions.”

“I am beyond honored to receive this award. It really means the world to me,” said Harkins. “My goal as a teacher is, first and foremost, to do everything I possibly can on my end to ensure the success of the students—the rest is then up to them. To have my efforts recognized by both the students and the faculty is nice, really nice!”

“Professor Harkins is an incredible teacher and just an overall amazing person,” wrote one student in their nomination. “She really cares about her students and goes the extra step to make sure they all are getting the help that they need both in and out of the classroom.”

“She uses creative teaching strategies to engage students in the classroom and bring the content to life,” wrote a faculty member in their nomination. “In clinical and lab settings, she takes the time to ensure that her students are able to apply their classroom knowledge to the care of their patients.”

Harkins has been teaching in the undergraduate nursing program at La Salle University since 2005. Her clinical nursing background includes working in a variety of obstetrical units, such as neonatal intensive care, postpartum, and well-baby nursery. She also worked in pediatrics and with well-mom and babies in the home setting. Harkins co-authored and published “Perinatal Unfolding Case Study” on the Quality and Safety Nursing Education (QSEN) website. This unfolding case study was designed to be used as an interactive teaching tool in the classroom, with a strong emphasis on patient safety.

Christina Harkins received her BSN from Holy Family University and her MSN in Nursing Education from University of Phoenix.


May 14, 2018

La Salle University freshman Joseph Doherty has been selected from a group of national finalists to become one of 16 in this year’s incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. The James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago has been supporting Kemper Scholars since the program’s inception in 1948.

Doherty is from Fox Chase in Northeast Philadelphia and a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He studies accounting and economics, and is currently in La Salle University’s Honors Program, Business Scholars Co-Op Program, Mock Trial Association, Enactus, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the Investment Club.

“I frequently hear students and alums talk about the special doors that La Salle opened for them; this is my door,” said Doherty. “I am so excited to be a Kemper Scholar. As a born and raised Philadelphian, this program will allow me to broaden my horizons by living and working in a new city. The experiences offered by Kemper will also help me to develop the professional skills I began learning in my freshman year at La Salle.”

Kemper Scholars receive scholarships during their sophomore, junior, and senior years of college. During the summer following their sophomore year, Scholars live in Chicago, where they intern at Chicago’s top nonprofits and participate in weekly educational seminars. Following junior year, scholars secure paid business internships at for-profit businesses across the country. Every summer, all current Kemper Scholars attend the Kemper Scholar Annual Conference in Chicago, where they discuss their summer work and experience, meet with former Kemper Scholars, and consider topics in management, leadership, and business.

“We are extremely proud of Joe and grateful to the Kemper Foundation for this honor. The Kemper Scholars Program is an outstanding opportunity for leadership and professional development, which aligns with our integrated approach to business education,” said MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., Dean, La Salle University School of Business. “I am confident that Joe will deepen his industry knowledge while gaining a valuable network of seasoned professionals and fellow college students from across the nation.”

The Kemper Scholars Program mission is develop the next generation of business leaders. By identifying high-potential undergraduate students and supporting them with a comprehensive program of scholarships, mentorship, and internships, the Kemper Scholars Program helps students develop both practical and professional skills to become the next generation of effective leaders.

“Kemper Scholars are a select group of undergraduate students from top colleges and universities around the country,” explained Jerry Fuller, President of the James S. Kemper Foundation. “They are selected because they are committed to their studies, serve their communities, and because they have exhibited leadership and well-rounded, ethical character. Throughout the over six decades of the program, scholars have gone on to make outstanding contributions as leaders in organizations around the world.”

Recent research reports that employers rank real world experience in internships and work while in college as a primary criterion in hiring recent graduates. The Kemper Scholars Program helps students apply their academic education to the world of professional careers, making connections between the classroom and the workplace.

La Salle University has been a part of the Kemper Scholars Program since 1989. Doherty is the University’s 30th Scholar. Most recent La Salle Kemper Scholars have interned at the Kemper Corporation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Chicago, PwC, Chicago History Museum and Exelon Corporation (Chicago).


May 4, 2018

John F. Reardon, 80, of Warminster, a longtime accounting professor at La Salle University whose friendly, open manner helped recruit students for the school and then made them feel welcome during orientation sessions, died Friday, April 13, of an infection at Arden Courts of Warminster. Dr. Reardon was known to all as “Jack.” A 1959 La Salle graduate, he was a professor of accounting from 1962 until retiring in 2002.

Fresh out of the Navy in the spring of 1962, Dr. Reardon encountered one of his former professors, who offered him a teaching post in the college’s accounting department. (La Salle College became a university in 1984.)

According to the Catholic Standard and Times, Dr. Reardon thought: “Well, I’ll try this for a year,” but went on to teach for the next 40 years at the university.

In 1969, he won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He chaired the accounting department from 1991 to 2000. He also won numerous awards for his contributions to the college and the accounting profession.

What was less well-known was Dr. Reardon’s efforts on behalf of would-be students. He and a colleague, John J. Rooney, wrote a book called Preparing for College. The guide was issued in 2009 by Ferguson Publishing Co. It gave students and their families practical advice on how to match their strengths and goals with the right educational institution.

He went way beyond just giving written advice on college, though. For 20 years ending in the mid-2000s, he toured the region giving informal talks about college life to high school pupils as they sat in their classrooms. He never pushed La Salle’s name, but was so likable that students instantly wanted to go there, his family said.

“Once he got into a classroom, that’s where he could shine, because it was like teaching,” said his wife, Cathy. “I think he was responsible for many, many students going to La Salle.”

For many years, he taught the most difficult courses, including Introductory Financial Accounting to freshmen and Advanced Accounting to seniors, said Paul R. Brazina, former dean and assistant professor of La Salle’s accounting department.

“For the freshmen, the challenge was, make the material exciting and engaging to many who did not see a career in the subject matter,” Brazina said. “The seniors, on the other hand, were about to enter the accounting profession and needed state-of-the-art knowledge and tools to launch their careers.

“Jack Reardon easily engaged students at both ends of the spectrum and was known as the consummate professor.”

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Reardon grew up in West Oak Lane. He graduated from La Salle College High School in 1955. As a senior, he played third base for the school’s city championship team.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from La Salle, a master of business degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961, and a doctorate in education in 1972 from Temple University.

Dr. Reardon’s teaching philosophy was simple. “It’s the search for the answer, not rote memorization, that’s important,” he told the Catholic Standard in April 2002. “My mission is to teach students how to learn. Teaching is a joint effort, a boat with two oars. If both the student and I are rowing, then we’ll get somewhere. But if it’s just me, we’re only going around in circles.”

La Salle University’s Class of 1987 dedicated its yearbook to Dr. Reardon, who at that time had put in 25 years of teaching there. The students wrote: “He continues to receive outstanding evaluations from his students, and his sections are the first to close at registration.”

When he retired in May 2002, Dr. Reardon stated what he felt to be La Salle’s mission as an inner-city school. Its duty was “to educate the poor and underserved in our area,” according to the Catholic Standard.

A year after he retired, La Salle dedicated the Jack Reardon Learning Center classroom in his honor.

Dr. Reardon enjoyed following the Phillies and attended every Sunday home game with his daughter, Kristen. His favorites books were World War II histories or fiction.

He took up jogging in his 40s, and ran the 1982 and 1983 Philadelphia Marathon races in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by a son, Jeff; a daughter, Tracey; four grandchildren, a sister, and nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Reardon will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Founders’ Hall, 5698 N. Wister St., Philadelphia (located on La Salle University’s campus).

Memorial contributions may be made to a food bank of the donor’s choice.

This obituary, written by Bonnie L. Cook, originally appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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