November 30, 2013 |
Like the prow of a ship, the main facade of Drexel University's new business school at 32d and Market Streets steers toward Center City, straining to narrow the two-block gap between the Schuylkill and its fast-growing campus. In a bit of overt symbolism, the university even relocated a statue of founder Anthony Drexel to the entrance plaza, so he now stands firmly at the helm of this eastward venture. Under its current president, John A. Fry, Drexel has made no secret of its desire to fill that bleak, underutilized space with the sleek towers of a new technology-dominated neighborhood.
November 14, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA La Salle University plans to build a $35 million, 78,000-square-foot, multitiered business school that will be wireless and allow students to interact with executives around the world 24 hours a day, officials said Tuesday. La Salle is the latest local university to announce a major upgrade to its business program in recent months, in what has become an arms race for the newest and best on Philadelphia campuses. Because of the steep competition, the university has chosen to pay for the building with $20 million from a 2012 bond issue and $15 million in alumni donations - 57 percent of which have been secured.
October 28, 2013 |
While welcoming some 5,000 alumni for homecoming hoopla, Villanova University on Saturday presented its largest capital campaign ever: a $600 million fund-raising effort to increase financial aid for students, upgrade classrooms and academic buildings, and build a new performing arts center. The effort, dubbed "For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change," is double the size of the previous campaign of $300 million that concluded in 2007. Villanova already has raised $285 million in the campaign's "quiet phase," which began in 2010.
September 3, 2013 |
Inside Bartley Hall, the epicenter of Villanova University's business school, senior Charlie Dolan isn't chased by screaming young girls or packs of unrelenting paparazzi. But he is a big deal. Not that you have to take my word for it: "He's our superstar," said Madonna Sutter, associate dean of external relations for the business school. "He's just been a rocket ship," said Patrick G. Maggitti, the school's dean. "We're so proud of him," said communication associate Mariana Martinez.
May 23, 2013 |
PAT CHRISTENSEN played a couple of sports as a young athlete and, ironically, baseball wasn't his strength. Christensen, who participated in both soccer and baseball, was on the verge of calling it quits on the diamond when he received some advice from his parents, Patrick and Mary Beth. "They told me to try pitching for a year," he said. "So I tried that out and it worked out pretty well. "I wasn't very good at hitting when I was younger and it frustrated me. I moved on to pitching.
May 9, 2013 |
My father's one claim to fame in the 1939 Northeast High School yearbook was that he was the shortest boy to graduate that year. At 63 inches, he was pictured in the yearbook shaking hands with the tallest guy on the basketball team. A resident of Port Richmond, my father attended Charles Carroll Elementary School and John Paul Jones Academy before enrolling in Northeast in 1936. In spite of the hardships imposed by the Depression, my father and his seven siblings, children of parents who never made it beyond fourth grade, all graduated from high school or business school.
April 16, 2013 |
Administrators took turns Saturday evening ringing the bell that once sounded across the trading floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, marking the opening of a new finance lab at a celebration of the Rutgers School of Business-Camden's 25th anniversary. The shiny new room, with stock prices streaming along the wall and 16 workstations with Bloomberg terminals, was a far cry from the run-down annex of Victor Hall, where classes were held when the school opened in 1988. "It gave us some opportunity for creative teaching," said Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, a marketing professor who has been teaching at Rutgers since 1983.
March 20, 2013 |
Though a transplant from the Philadelphia suburbs, Nan Hunter Walnut was as much a creature of the New Jersey Pinelands as the deer drifting past her windows, the quail skittering through the brush, or the raccoons poking around her porch. She moved to 20 wild acres in Southampton Township, Burlington County, in 1970, as development bore down on the forest. She soon became one of the most persistent and persuasive voices among the Pine Barrens' first-generation citizen activists.
March 12, 2013 |
ROSETTA BRANDON came from Halifax, Va., where she was raised in a church-going atmosphere with family and friends who imbued in her the ideals of hard work and service to others. "Halifax was known for its church people," said longtime friend Robin Cunningham-Gladden. "They believed in working hard, save your money, do the right thing, be a lady. All those old-fashioned virtues. " Rosetta brought those virtues with her to Philadelphia when she arrived in 1958, took jobs in the computer industry and worked with children as a teacher's aide.