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August 27, 2010

La Salle University Welcomes More Than
1,800 New Students to Campus
for the 2010-2011 Academic Year

The second largest freshmen class in 30 years at La Salle, numbering 932, are among the 1,876 new students who will began arriving at the University on Thursday, August 26, to start their collegiate careers.

In addition to the freshman entering La Salle (the class of 2014), there are 535 new graduate students, 120 new transfer students, and 280 continuing studies undergraduate students.

Students come from 20 states (including Pennsylvania) and six foreign countries. About 86 percent of the freshmen will be living on campus.

Since the end of the last academic year in May, the University has developed a new undergraduate major in Environmental Studies, and launched several new graduate programs, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Master’s in Public Health, a Master’s in English (with two tracks, one for middle or secondary school teachers, the M.A. for Educators, and one for other professionals, the M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies), and a One-Year MBA.  In addition, the part-time Master’s in Professional Communication was converted to a Master’s in Professional and Business Communication, with both full- and part-time options.

In July, La Salle learned that for the fourth year in a row, The Corporation for National and Community Service honored the University with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.

All La Salle students will experience a new year of the University’s “The Explorer Connection,” a variety of academic and social events related to the intellectual and cultural growth of the La Salle community.

Returning is the University-wide “Essential Question” that the La Salle community will be addressing for the second consecutive year.  That question centers around economic justice:  As members of a Lasallian community, what is our moral obligation to promote economic justice in our city, in our country, and in the global community to which we are inevitably tied? This summer incoming freshman were assigned a series of readings related to that question and will write essays on their views and beliefs related to the question that are due on August 30. Last year, Olivia Armater of Poughkeepsie, NY, was honored for having the best essay on the topic.

Making use of the renovated Holroyd Hall Featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology, the Explorer Café will return to host 13 events focusing on multiple University initiatives, including the Essential Question, La Salle’s Philadelphia Center, the Science in Society lecture series, the Project on Justice and Service Learning, Catholic Studies and the Social Justice Research Institute. Explorer Cafés are every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Holroyd Atrium beginning September 8, 2010 with “Medical Manipulation of the Mind and Body—Are We Cheating?”

Other Explorer Café topics are: “The Age of Technology”; “Justice in the Labor Market?”; “The Case of Executive Compensation”; “Losing the News”; “Medical Ethics and Biological Ownership”; “Counterterrorism”; and “Business Ethics and Environmental Responsibility: Who Should be Held Accountable?”

The University’s Philadelphia Center, designed to help integrate the area’s many cultural and intellectual organizations with classroom instructional, is offering the new Cultural Passport Program, offering free or deeply discounted tickets to more than 30 museums, artistic and performing arts groups throughout the Delaware Valley.