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October 14, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Maureen McGarrity, a longtime educator with a doctorate in microbiology, was inaugurated Sunday as the fifth president of Holy Family University. McGarrity, 68, the institution's former provost, took office July 1 after the retirement of Sister Francesca Onley, who had served as president for more than three decades. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrated the inauguration Mass in the Nazareth Academy High School chapel.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a bleach-white laboratory on the fifth floor of an austere building at Thomas Jefferson University, Matthias J. Schnell plays with biological grenades. Schnell is a microbiologist who specializes in filoviruses - the microorganisms that cause hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola. For more than a decade, he has been working on vaccines to prevent the kind of tragedy now ravaging thousands of people in West Africa. "Filovirus research was a very unimportant field," said Schnell, director of the Jefferson Vaccine Center.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia, paid $335 million for Cygnet Health Care Ltd., which owns 15 behavioral health facilities and two nursing homes in the United Kingdom, UHS said. Alan B. Miller, chairman and chief executive of UHS, called the deal an excellent opportunity. "Over 90 percent of the patients are National Health Service contracts," Miller said of Cygnet's customer base and referring to Britain's system of socialized medicine. "There's more," Miller said.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the eve of a scheduled bankruptcy auction for the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel, lead bidder Glenn Straub was mum on whether he thought his $90 million stalking-horse bid would face any competition. But Straub, a Florida investor who specializes in buying properties out of bankruptcy or other financially distressed situations, elaborated on his seemingly quixotic plan to create an elite university in the former Revel tower. "I want the geniuses of the world to have an opportunity not to be geeks, not to have to grow up in a dormitory room and be geeks.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bonnie Blank is about 40 years older than a traditional college student, but she hasn't stopped going to class. One Day University is an adult education program, offered throughout the country, that recruits top university professors to lecture at single-day learning opportunities. Through the program, Blank has been able to quench her thirst for learning without signing up for a full semester. She plans to attend one such event Sunday at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The event is sponsored by The Inquirer.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
LAWYERS MIGHT HAVE one of the most joked-about jobs on Earth, but here in Philadelphia, they now are among the most celebrated: Temple University yesterday officially opened a national Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The hall was founded in 2009 by the Trial Lawyer magazine, but hasn't had a physical home until now. Its goal: to honor trial lawyers "who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American trial bar," according to its website.
NEWS
September 3, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ & CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writers madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
IN JANUARY 2011, a University of Pennsylvania student was assaulted about three blocks from campus, allegedly by a "flash mob" of up to 40 youths. Penn did not issue an alert to students about the incident. On Easter weekend last year, a 20-year-old La Salle University student was abducted about a mile from campus and sexually assaulted. La Salle officials did not send out an alert. Five months ago, a 19-year-old Temple University student was walking with her boyfriend a block from campus when a group of teens approached, one of whom beat her face with a brick.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The president of Temple University assured Jewish students and others Monday that the university was conducting an investigation after a student was allegedly attacked and called anti-Semitic names last week. Neil D. Theobald addressed the issue while answering written questions from students at the Student Center during the school year's first meeting of student government. "There is no place on a university campus for violence," Theobald said when asked what the university was doing to prevent similar incidents and why no one had been arrested.
SPORTS
August 23, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheyney University was placed on probation for five years by the NCAA on Thursday for multiple infractions regarding the university's lack of control over its certification process. From 2007 through 2011, Cheyney, the nation's oldest African American university, was found to have allowed 109 student-athletes to practice, compete, and receive travel expenses and athletically related financial aid before receiving their amateur certification from the NCAA. The Division II Committee on Infractions, which rendered the decision, also concluded that a former university compliance director did not follow proper procedures in the certification of student-athletes' eligibility.
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