Sunday, July 5, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 4:34 PM
As of Tuesday, 2,911 students have committed to attend Drexel in the fall, but some of them could fall away before the first day of classes, a phenomena known as summer melt. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Drexel University has laid off "several dozen" administrative employees as a result of a new admissions policy that brought in fewer freshmen for the fall.

University officials declined to specify the number of layoffs or how many vacant positions were eliminated, but said the move - along with other cost-cutting - will save $18 million. No faculty members were cut.

The employees were to be dismissed by Wednesday.

POSTED: Monday, June 29, 2015, 6:08 PM

Work at Widener University?
If so, chances are you’re probably pretty happy about that.
The university based in Chester has been recognized as one of the most psychologically healthy places to work in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association presented Widener with the award at its annual convention in Harrisburg earlier this month.
The association considers employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, employee recognition and health and safety.
The university in a press release about the recognition cited its “wellness days” during which faculty, staff and students work collectively on stress management, well-being and work-life/home-life balance. Faculty and staff, the university said, have free access to the school’s gym and recreational activities. Many employees also work flexible schedules and are offered “personal development activities” including the option of taking classes and earning a college degree tuition free, the university said.
“This award is particularly gratifying because Widener strives to be an employer of first choice,” James T. Harris III, president of the 6,000-student university, said in a statement. “We not only provide opportunities for employees to improve themselves physically, mentally and emotionally, we also empower them to provide members of the communities we serve with similar opportunities through community service and civic engagement.”

POSTED: Monday, June 29, 2015, 10:25 AM
Robert O. Carr, at the podium, announces his foundation's donation as Patrick Harker, right, president of the University of Delaware, applauds. (Photo: Doug Baker, University of Delaware)

The same organization that pledged $1 million to put 50 students from low income families through Rowan University earlier this month has made a similar pledge in Delaware, only bigger.

Robert O. Carr, cofounder of a Princeton-based credit-card processing company, has donated $3 million to put 150 low income Delaware residents through the University of Delaware, officials announced Monday.

The money comes through the Give Something Back Foundation, which Carr started in his native Illinois in 2001 and expanded this spring to the East Coast, with an office in Princeton.

POSTED: Friday, June 26, 2015, 5:03 PM

Another college at Pennsylvania State University has been affected by a cyberattack, university officials announced late Friday afternoon.

Several systems in Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts has been the target of two cyberattacks, but it doesn’t appear any “personally identifiable information or research data” was compromised, the university said in a press release.

However, some usernames and passwords were compromised and will have to be changed, the university said.
The university does not know who committed the attacks, officials said.

POSTED: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 1:05 PM
From left to right: The Rev. Charles Howard, Chaplain Kameelah Rashad and Rabbi Josh Bolton.

Three 30-something chaplains, who work together at the University of Pennsylvania to nurture students’ varied spiritual needs, will team up later this month for a more physical assignment: Completing Philadelphia’s TriRock Triathlon as a relay team.

The Rev. Charles L. Howard, university chaplain, will do the swimming - that’s 1500 meters of stroking in the Schuylkill River. Rabbi Josh Bolton will bike 24 miles. And Muslim chaplain Kameelah Rashad will run six miles.

Perhaps Rashad has the most significant challenge. She will attempt to complete her leg while fasting for Ramadan. No food or water is allowed from sun up to sundown during the Muslim observance that begins this week and continues for a month.

POSTED: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 5:14 PM

An alumna left part of her estate, worth more than $441,000, to West Chester University to support music scholarships, the school announced Thursday.

Thelma (Creveling) Folkner, a 1934 graduate of West Chester’s College of Education, left her entire estate to West Chester and Centenary College, her daughter’s alma mater, the West Chester University Foundation said in a press release Thursday.

As a student, Folkner was active in the university’s Symphony Orchestra and Music Club. Folkner had lived with her daughter, who died earlier of congestive heard failure, on three acres of farmland in northern New Jersey.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 4:35 PM
Helen Giles-Gee resigned as University of the Sciences president in December after only two-and-a-half years at the helm, which has led to a number of changes since. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

The University of the Sciences is making another leadership change, but it also will be temporary.

Marvin Samson, board chair, is stepping down as interim president, a post he assumed Jan. 1 upon the sudden departure of Helen Giles-Gee after only two and a half years at the helm. Samson, founder and CEO of Samson Medical Technologies, LLC, will remain board chair.

Replacing him in the interim president’s role is Kathleen Mayes, also an alum and vice chair of the board. Mayes, who has been on the board since 2004, is founder of Applied Clinical Communications, Inc., of Parsippany, N.J., a pharmaceutical consulting company that she sold in 2000. She has both a pharmacy degree and a doctor of pharmacy from the university, and the university’s College of Healthcare Business and Policy bears her name.

POSTED: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 3:11 PM
Rutgers University (Facebook)

Rutgers University administrators will receive pay increases of about 2.15 percent a year under a three-year contract approved by union members Wednesday.

A union spokesman said a “strong majority” of the 2,400-member Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers voted in favor or the agreement. Balloting took place at the Camden, Newark and New Brunswick campuses.

The agreement lasts three years and 10 months, retroactive to September 2014, when the last contract expired. Members will receive a lump sump payment for the months since September.

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