Welcome to the new academic year and an especially warm welcome to the Class of 2019! This is an exciting time on campus—it’s not only the start of a new semester, but also a new chapter in La Salle’s 152-year history, with the University’s first lay and woman President, Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D.
We extend our warm wishes to President Hanycz, and look forward to the many exciting developments in La Salle’s near future. In the coming weeks, the University will host the first-ever International Mayors Forum as part of the World Meeting of Families; present an honorary degree to the Dalai Lama when he visits Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal; and continue to make rapid progress on its new state-of-the-art School of Business facility slated to open early next year.
We’ll kick off October with a weeklong series of events to celebrate our Catholic and Lasallian heritage, while officially welcoming President Hanycz to the La Salle family. I hope many of you will be able to join us for events throughout Inauguration Week, which will begin with the Lasallian Day of Service on Saturday, Oct. 3, and culminate with the Inauguration Ceremony of La Salle’s 29th President on Friday, Oct. 9. As you can see, La Salle and its alumni have many reasons to be #lasalleproud, and the University is gearing up for an even more promising future.
In speaking to many alumni about why they chose La Salle University, I continually hear that the sense of tradition, the presence of community throughout campus, and the ability to develop personal connections with the faculty resonated most. As alumni, we can continue to create this sense of community in our neighborhoods, in our schools, and, most importantly, with prospective students. I ask all of you, my fellow alumni, to “bring it”—bring your passion, bring your loyalty, and bring yourself to the University. We can help continue the great tradition that is La Salle.
Finally, on behalf of the Alumni Board, we extend a huge thank you to past President, Beth Harper Briglia, ’80, for her leadership over the past two years and to Brother Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’70, for his dedication and 15 years of leadership.
We thank you all for your service to La Salle and for helping us continue the Lasallian legacy!