Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year from Peirce College

As 2010 draws to a close, we’d like to take a moment to wish our entire Peirce community a very happy and healthy New Year! Thank you to all of our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who made 2010 so special. We are eagerly anticipating all that 2011 holds, and are looking forward to another successful year for the College.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New paralegal honor society at Peirce

Exciting news for students and recent alumni of our Paralegal Studies program: Peirce College now has a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), a nationally recognized academic national honor society for paralegal students. LEX is sponsored by the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) which offers national scholarship opportunities and networking opportunities with other legal professionals.

Induction into the society is based upon academic excellence. Candidates for membership in LEX must be in good academic standing (a cumulative and major GPA of 3.5 or higher) at Peirce College as a Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Science student or as a Post-Bachelor Certificate Paralegal Studies student.

Peirce College will induct students into LEX during the spring semester of each year, starting with Spring 2011. Eligible students will be contacted by the Dean of Students, Rita Toliver-Roberts, with an invitation to join the honor society.

More information about LEX membership can be found on the Peirce College Paralegal Student Association site.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays from Peirce College

With the city lit up and bustling in the full throes of the holiday season, we wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened this past year at Peirce. We are so grateful for all of you who make the Peirce community so special, and wish you all a very happy holiday season! Stay warm!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Paralegal studies at Peirce, fall recap

The past year has been a busy and exciting one for the Paralegal Studies program here at Peirce College. Our students and alumni are doing great things and the program is more involved than ever in the local legal community. In case you missed something, are interested in getting involved, or are simply curious about what the Peirce Paralegal Studies program is all about, here’s a rundown of some of the great things that happened in Fall 2010.

Events in the Philadelphia legal community

Our students, faculty, and alumni continue to engage in activities, seminars, and forums that contribute to the growth of the profession and mentor the next generation of paralegals.

Peirce students attend Career Day/Diversity event at NASDAQ headquarters, ring closing bell

© 2010, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Back Row: Fred Poellnitz (Professor), Wesley Vesterby,Dione Pride,
George Courtnye, Bill Morgan '87, Cazie Perry, Chuck Wright
Front Row: Jim Mergiotti, Felicia Roton, Niche Adderly
Career development and networking are big parts of the Peirce College experience. We’re always looking for new and interesting ways to connect students with professionals working in the fields they’re headed for. The relationships made through networking often serve as career launching pads down the road.

On Monday, a group of nine Peirce College students, faculty, and administrators participated in one of our most exciting networking opportunities yet. They attended the NASDAQ Career Day/Diversity event in New York City, and rang the NASDAQ Closing Bell!

© 2010, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Jim Mergiotti with Bill Morgan '87
Students met NASDAQ OMX business leaders, including Peirce College trustee and graduate Bill Morgan ’87 who is currently the Senior VP for Global Human Resources at NASDAQ OMX. Bill and his colleagues gave an overview of the exchange, what their days are like, and spoke about the diversity initiative and career opportunities within the organization.

Before ending their day at the MarketSite location in Times Square, the students toured Wall Street and visited NASDAQ’s One Liberty Plaza location.

© 2010, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Clark Atlanta University students and faculty were also in attendance for the event. Dr. Wanda Owens from Clark Atlanta joined Peirce President James J. Mergiotti in presiding over the NASDAQ Closing Bell. Both institutions were recognized for their longstanding history and commitment to diversity before students and faculty joined President Mergiotti and Dr. Owens on the podium to ring the Closing Bell.

For photos of Peirce College at the closing bell ceremony and a video clip of the event, visit NASDAQ’s Events page and click on the “Peirce College” market close dated 12/20/2010.

A special thanks to Bill Morgan for facilitating the event. It was a great opportunity for Peirce students to hear directly from an alumnus who’s built a successful career on the foundation of a Peirce education.

Peirce Business students who participated in yesterday’s event include: Felicia Roton, Dione Pride, George Courtyne, Wesley Vesterby, Niche Adderly, and Cazie Perry.
© 2010, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Back Row: Wesley Vesterby, Chuck Wright, Cazie Perry, Fred Poellnitz (Professor), Dione Pride
Front Row: George Courtnye, Jim Mergiotti, Niche Adderly, Felicia Roton

Monday, December 20, 2010

Graduate of Peirce’s Business Administration program explains what inspired her return to school

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Peirce College Alumni Association moves forward

Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors
Front row (left to right): Steve Wurtz '08; Dorothy Forvour '63; Ray Palzer '52
Back row (left to right): Reggie Waller '04; Natalia Gamarra '06; Jo-Ann Williams '04; Greg Broomer '03
Not pictured – Jovanna Bevilacqua '81;  Joe Tamney '70

I’m excited to share with you that the revitalization effort for the Peirce College Alumni Association has recently achieved two significant milestones.

At the Nov. 11 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the Constitution and By-Laws for the Association. Shortly thereafter on Nov. 20 came the announcement of the inaugural Board of Directors and Officers for the new Alumni Association:

President – Steve Wurtz '08
Vice President – Jovanna Bevilacqua '81
Secretary – Dottie Forvour '63

Board Members: Greg Broomer '03, Natalia Gamarra '06, Ray Palzer '52, Joe Tamney '70, Reggie Waller '04, Jo-Ann Williams '04

All of the new Alumni Association Board members, along with Trustees Bill Morgan '87 and Renee Branch '90, have been part of a Task Force that has been hard at work since the early summer. The Board has already decided that its first three areas of programmatic emphasis will be in Career Development, Admissions, and Outreach. It will also be working to create a strategic plan for the new Association that will be unveiled at the Spring Reception on campus on Monday, May 23.

We’re excited to see where the road takes us and encourage the input and involvement of all our alumni. Are you or any other Peirce alumni you know interested in joining this effort? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please e-mail Rosemary Connors, Chief Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Officer, or give her a call at 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9003.

Thank you to all who have already put so much time and effort into revitalizing our Alumni Association -- it is exciting to see that the enthusiasm and commitment shown by so many Peirce students doesn’t have to fade once you complete your degree! We look forward to continuing to build ways to connect our alumni to one another and to the College.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Peirce alumnus explains how a degree in IT took his career to the next level

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Peirce giving: holiday toy drive

Continue the Peirce tradition of giving and help make the holiday season a little brighter for local children this December by participating in Peirce College's Second Annual Toy Drive. We are still accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys or books for children (infants through 17 years of age) in collection bins located in College Hall, now through Dec. 17.

At the conclusion of the toy drive, held in partnership with local community service organization Youth Action Team, donations will be distributed to children residing at area shelters.

Thank you in advance for your contribution! We appreciate your support and generosity. For more information about the drive, contact Jessica Quilter or call 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9430.

Some of the generous donations collected from last year's Toy Drive!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Nonprofit internships

I recently came across an informative blog post about common internship myths relative to the nonprofit world. Here at Career Development Services, we place strong emphasis on the importance of internships. These five myths are a good read for anyone who is looking for an internship or wondering about the value of working for nonprofits. I encourage you to check out the short post at Admit One, Vault’s education focused blog:
Top 5 Nonprofit Internship Myths, Debunked

We have plenty of internship and career resources for you right here in the CDS department, so don’t hesitate to contact us or stop by to find out about relevant opportunities for Peirce students and alumni. You can also visit our online job board to browse openings, or set up a meeting with a Career Advisor to talk about your goals. We can work with you to perfect your resume, practice interview techniques, and secure an internship.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Graduate of Peirce’s Business Administration program shares how Peirce helped her find her place

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Thomas Bajus joins Peirce College Board of Trustees

Please join me in welcoming Thomas Bajus to the Peirce College Board of Trustees. Mr. Bajus was elected at the recent November board meeting. He is Managing Director of the Retail Municipal Trading division of Philadelphia-based Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.

We look forward to Mr. Bajus’ contributions to the future direction of the College as he takes his place on the Board. A full news release with detailed information about his experience is included below. It was also distributed on Business Wire.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Peirce alum shares his story

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dress for success with the help of CDS

For those of you who stopped by during the CDS Student Appreciation Week, you know that we automatically entered your name into a drawing to win a free business suit. The lucky winners were Anne Marie Daly and Troy Crawley, who were taken on a guided shopping trip where they chose the business suits that best “suited” them and their future careers.

Anne Marie came to Peirce in May 2010 after being impacted by the flood of layoffs that hit in 2008. Her long-time interest in the law led her to an open house for the Paralegal Studies program. Assistant Dean and Professor Ed Miller had so much enthusiasm for the field that Anne Marie was convinced Peirce was the place for her. Anne Marie will soon complete her associate degree and intends to earn her bachelor’s degree as well.

A former police officer, Troy is another Paralegal Studies student who’d always been interested in the law. It was when he started feeling uncertain about where his career path was taking him that he began seriously considering returning to school to pursue the field that had always piqued his interest.

Troy came to Peirce in 2009 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. He’s now a member of the Peirce Paralegal Student Association, and splits his time between work and school.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mark Twain pens a letter of regret to Peirce College's founder

It's not often that you want to tell everyone that someone rejected you. But when that someone is Mark Twain, and you have the letter of regret he dropped in the mail in 1885, it suddenly seems like something worth sharing. :)

And since the first of three volumes of the "Autobiography of Mark Twain" was just published this month, we think there's no time like the present to share the letter he wrote to Peirce 125 years ago.

In the spring of 1885, Peirce founder Thomas May Peirce wrote to Samuel Langhorne Clemens requesting that he speak at the College's commencement ceremony. Clemens was a famous American author who went by a much more recognizable pen name -- Mark Twain. In 1885, just one year had passed since he'd published "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Unfortunately, "the father of American literature" (as William Faulkner called him) was unavailable for the speaking engagement. He explained as much in a letter addressed to the Peirce founder that has become a piece of the College's history. As "keeper of the archives," I'm sharing it with you!

Read on for the full text, and download a copy of the original document by clicking the image to the right.

Hartford, Apl. 7/85 
Thomas May Peirce,
Dear Sir:
Yes, unfortunately I have plans for June of the utmost definiteness, + they will permit no absences from my desk + work -- which latter has been thrown behind hand by my late 4-months' campaign on the platform. If the thing acquired were a mere "reading," such as I do on the public platform, we should doubtless have no trouble as to price, if I were situated otherwise than I am as to time; but an address is another matter. I would deliver none but one which should satisfy me, personally, -- + such a piece of work would require time + pains. The price I should charge would be simply an outrage, + we couldn't agree. But I am wandering from the point, since matters are as set forth on my other page. 
Truly Yours, 
S. L. Clemens

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Personal health records: take control of your healthcare information

On behalf of the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), I recently gave a presentation at Doylestown Hospital focused on the Personal Health Record (PHR).

When it comes to organizing and keeping track of your own personal health information, there is no better way than by maintaining a PHR. And as the Program Manager of Peirce's healthcare programs, I thought it was important to share the highlights of my presentation here on the blog.

What exactly is a Personal Health Record, and why is it so important?
The Personal Health Record, otherwise known as a PHR, is a collection of important information about your health or the health of someone you're caring for that you actively maintain and update. It is different than a regular health record, which is information about your health compiled and maintained by each of your healthcare providers.

Think of all the medical professionals you or your family see -- primary care physicians, OB/GYN, dentist, orthodontist, physical therapist, eye doctors, specialists, and dermatologists, just to name a few. The information contained in a PHR will come from all of those sources, but it is maintained by YOU. It can help you plan and keep track of any care or treatment you receive, while keeping you up to date and educated so that you are better able to discuss your health with your doctors.

Why keep your own PHR:

  • Track appointments, vaccinations, and other services
  • Improve the quality of care you receive
  • Provide timely information when receiving emergency care and ensure access to vital health information
  • Reduce costs by eliminating duplicate tests

Research shows that improved health starts with you. When consumers actively participate in their own care, the outcomes are better. A PHR gives you ownership over your healthcare and the opportunity to provide accurate information to new caregivers; record your progress towards specific health-related goals; and refer to physician instructions, prescriptions, allergies, and insurance claims.

Getting Started
Gathering all of your personal health information in one place can be a valuable tool for documenting your health and communicating with healthcare providers. Individuals can create their own PHR, or may be offered one by a variety of sources, including healthcare providers, insurers, employers, or commercial suppliers.

Contact your doctors' offices and health information management (HIM) or medical records staff for help, and determine how you want to maintain your PHR. Various approaches include saving it to a computer disk, a USB drive, using online services, or starting a paper file folder.

To build your PHR, you need to access your health records. Ask your healthcare providers for an "authorization for the release of information" form (see sample form at Complete the form and return to the facility as directed (most facilities charge for copies).

You've collected your health records and personal health information from all of your doctors. So what should be included in a PHR? In short, your PHR should capture a comprehensive view of anything that impacts your health.

  • Basic personal information: name and birthday; emergency contacts; contact information for your physicians, dentists, specialists; health insurance information; living wills, advance directives, medical power of attorney.
  • Anything pertaining to your medical history: dates of significant illness and surgical procedures; current medications and dosages; immunizations and dates received; allergies or sensitivities to drugs, materials or foods; important events and hereditary conditions in your family history; opinions of specialists; important test results; eye and dental records; correspondence between you and your provider; permission forms. is a tool that makes it easy to start and maintain your Personal Health Record. Don't hesitate to visit the site to explore your options and learn more about PHRs. It includes a litany of tools and resources, including free PHR forms, a step-by-step guide to creating a PHR and info your PHR should include, as well as valuable information about your privacy rights.

Privacy and Security
Each PHR supplier has different policies and practices regarding how they may use data they store for the individual. While your healthcare providers create and maintain a record of your health information, the content belongs to YOU. It's important to understand where this information goes, who has access to it, and what your rights are.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information and gives patients certain rights. For example, as a patient, you have the right to access, inspect, and copy health information, as well as the right to request corrections or changes. There are many common privacy myths, so do your research, and know your privacy rights.

Caregivers and the PHR
On the other hand, if you are a caregiver for someone, don't assume you automatically have rights to that person's information even if you are an immediate family member. Even dependent children under the age of 18 have special rights in certain circumstances. The person you are caring for should submit written authorization to his or her doctors and healthcare professionals. Check out for sample forms and additional instructions when it comes to health information, power of attorney, advance directives, and living wills.

Healthcare can be stressful, but when you create and use a PHR, you can be confident that important health information specific to you is always available to the people who need it most. Maintaining your own personal health record is one of the best ways to have constant access to your health information throughout the course of your lifetime.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Technology in Education: Florida school replaces textbooks with Kindles ... what’s next?

The past decade has seen rapid technological advancements in every industry -- energy, healthcare, construction, communication, transportation, entertainment, and, of course, education. While campuses across the country are doing their best to stay on the cutting edge, the ever-changing nature of technology makes harnessing it for educational use an ongoing challenge for those tasked with delivering technology to their students.

But it looks like one school is finding ways to stay ahead of the curve, and its faculty, staff, and students are making news. The headline that piqued our interest? “US School Replaces Textbooks with Kindles, Students Go Crazy.” The story, published on The Next Web, is about Clearwater High School in Pinellas County, Fla., the first school ever to distribute e-readers school wide.

Because this story speaks to the larger topics of technology and mobility in education, we thought it was a great opportunity to approach the school district about a possible interview with someone involved in the program. Enter John Just, Pinellas County’s Assistant Superintendent for Management Information Systems, who was kind enough to talk with us about this history making initiative.

Mr. Just offered some terrific insight on what goes on behind the scenes of launching a program like the one at Clearwater High School, how it impacts students and teachers alike, and the potential for the future. Click play below to hear the interview in full.

At Peirce, we recognize that technology and education are more closely linked than ever. Just as we have worked to make our online classes as accessible as possible, we recently introduced new smart phone applications to expand mobile access to resources at the College, including a new mobile site for our online learning platform. We will continue to track trends and developments in technology and report what we find. What do you think is next?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Alumnus and Trustee Frederick Price is inducted into Peirce Wall of Fame

From left: Gregory West, Former Chairperson, Board of Trustees;
Frederick M. Price III; Floyd Price

A tribute luncheon was held last week in honor of prominent alumnus and trustee Frederick M. Price, who passed away in July of this year. At the lunch, this dear friend to the College was inducted into the Peirce College Wall of Fame.

The Wall, introduced in 1990, recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to Peirce. Mr. Price is the 37th member, and his photo will be displayed on a plaque at the main entrance of the College at 1420 Pine.

Mr. Price graduated from Peirce in 1964, served on its alumni board in the 1970s, and held a position on the board of trustees since 1999. He was chairperson of the College's Institutional Advancement Committee and a member of its Executive Committee.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

“I came back home to Peirce!” Readmit student shares why Peirce was the place for her

Cynthia Bradley graduated from Peirce College in 1989. She walked away with her associate degree in General Studies, and to this day, she proudly carries a copy of that degree in her wallet.

But it wasn’t goodbye forever when she stepped out the doors and onto Pine Street that day. Cynthia wasn’t done yet, and knew she wanted to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “When I graduated in 1989, we heard rumors that big things were happening at Peirce and a bachelor’s program was forthcoming … I decided to wait, I wouldn’t go anywhere else. There is no other place for me, I came back home to Peirce!”

Cynthia took a bit of a detour first. The year 1989 didn’t just bring her first degree, but her first child, Ashley. Cynthia instantly became a role model to a little girl who would grow up to attend college where she studies biology. Today, Ashley’s aspirations include attending medical school in 2012, where she plans on specializing in Pediatric Dermatology. Cynthia marvels at her daughter’s ambition, and knows that her own education was the start of something big -- a family that knows graduating from college is a must.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The migration to electronic health records

We told you about those 45,000 new healthcare jobs that are coming to Philly over the next 10 years. You might be wondering where exactly those jobs will be. I came across an interesting article in the New York Times last month that provides a great illustration of the expected growth in the health information management field, particularly surrounding patient records. What’s the big deal? They’re going electronic. It’s an inevitable shift – everything is digital, so why wouldn’t medical records follow suit? Given the drawbacks of paper records including illegible handwriting and single user access, it’s a logical idea that automating processes like order entry for prescriptions will be common practice as well.  

The article by reporter Steve Lohr further demonstrates the inevitable shift toward electronic health records (EHRs) for large hospitals and small physician practice alike. An accompanying post in DealBook refers to Mr. Lohr’s reporting that “medical experts have long agreed that digital patient records and electronic prescribing can help improve care and curb costs.” And with the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package, there is a renewed push (coming in the form of incentive payments) to encourage the use of electronic health records.

So what does this mean for you as a student pursuing a degree in healthcare information management? Jobs! Whether it is in medical offices, technology companies, law firms that deal with healthcare law, etc. I’m always watching the trends and growing areas of the industry, so I’ll continue to share things here with you.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Philadelphia’s Parent University featured on FOX 29

There was a great segment on FOX29 this week talking about the School District of Philadelphia’s Parent University. It’s an important education initiative that we at Peirce are very proud to be a part of! This summer, we were selected to provide a General Studies degree program for parents involved in Parent University.

Check out the story on MyFoxPhilly or watch the video below:

Peirce snapshot: Ambassadors Club at the Ronald McDonald House

On Sunday, Nov. 7, student members of the Peirce College Ambassadors Club rolled up their sleeves and tied on their aprons to provide breakfast for families at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH). The group was on hand bright and early to volunteer as part of the Guest Chef Program at the Front and Erie House, which is located next to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. The house offers a home-like environment for 17 families a night, providing the comforts of home and support from PRMH staff and volunteers.

Pictured: (Back row L to R) Ann Marie Daly; Teresa Wilson; Alyson Rodgers, Enrollment Representative; Inna Watson
(Front row L to R) Danielle Jones, Enrollment Management Coordinator; Patricia Handy; Atiya Goldsmith

Alyson Rodgers, Peirce Enrollment Representative and co-advisor for the Ambassadors Club, worked closely with our student ambassadors to organize this community service opportunity. For those of you who might not be familiar with the group, the Ambassadors Club allows students to share their Peirce pride and spread the word about the College in our community and with prospective students. Volunteering in the Philadelphia community is just one of many ways that the ambassadors share their excitement about Peirce and serve as College representatives.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Student Veteran awarded prestigious scholarship by Peirce College and the National Guard

From left: Major General Jessica L. Wright;
Staff Sergeant Tiffany Brudnock; Program Manager,
Institutional Advancement, Steve Bird 
Adulthood doesn't have to keep you from going back to school, and neither does military service. Our Veteran's Appreciation Day brunch today was the College's way of thanking each of these students not just for their service to our country, but their dedication to making education a priority in their busy lives. While every service member deserves recognition today, and every other day of the year, there's one in particular who stands out from the crowd here at Peirce.

She's the winner of Peirce's Pennsylvania National Guard Scholarship: Staff Sergeant Tiffany Brudnock. Tiffany was an obvious choice to be the recipient of this competitive, renewable scholarship. Her glowing recommendations, long list of activities, spotless academic record, and eight-and-a-half years of service impressed the awarding committee and earned this soon-to-be Peirce grad full tuition!

While she's just the fourth person to earn Peirce's Pennsylvania National Guard Scholarship, Tiffany is part of a long history of Peirce students who served in the military. The College opened its doors for returning Civil War vets in 1865, and has seen thousands of servicemen and women enroll since. Contributions from members of the National Guard have made this renewable scholarship possible for a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania National Guards every year since 2006.

Tiffany is in the 656th Signal Company where she works in the Information Technology field and with communications during monthly drill weekends. She's currently taking the Associated Business Capstone, and will receive her associate degree in Business Administration this December. She's simultaneously working towards her bachelor's degree with a concentration in Business Management, and aims to complete her coursework by December 2011.

Tiffany first enrolled at Peirce in 2008. She started class just a few weeks after meeting with College representatives who impressed her with the options available to students looking for an online education. The following year she was deployed to Iraq and took time off from school, but picked up right where she left of upon her return to the States. What's up next? Possibly a master's degree, and one day, starting her own business. Tiffany, congratulations on all your success!

Information for those interested in applying for the Pa. or N.J. National Guard Scholarship is available on our website. And you can find many other resources for members of the military who are pursuing higher education here on Peirce Connections. Check out some of our past blog posts for more on scholarship and grant opportunities for veterans, the post-9/11 GI Bill, and turning military service into college credit. For those of you who want to speak with a staff member here at the College about your options, we've brought a new team member on board for just that purpose.

Joseph (Joey) Juarez Jr. recently joined our staff as Program Manager, Admissions, responsible for Military and Veteran Affairs. His role is to focus solely on supporting our military students as they pursue their education. Joey himself served in the United States Air Force, so he comes to Peirce with strong knowledge and experience with military personnel and family programs. Welcome to Peirce, Joey!

Happy Veterans Day to all our student veterans and to all the men and women around the world who've served our country.

Peirce's online learning site now available on your smartphone!

Big news for Peirce students enrolled in online classes: Peirce Online has gone mobile! Students can now check in on online classes right from their smartphone using Peirce's new mobile site within its online learning platform. Within the mobile site, students can:
  • Engage with class announcements
  • Access their online gradebooks
  • Review future assignment due dates
  • Be notified of Dropbox submissions
  • Check due dates for content items or units for next seven days
  • Verify exam start and end dates in the next seven days
The functionality of the mobile site will not replace using a computer or laptop to take online classes. But it's a great way to stay on top of assignments, due dates, grades, and discussions while you're on the go.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Donate blood, save a life: Peirce and American Red Cross team up again on November 29

You may remember that Peirce held a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross back in April. There is another chance coming up to save a life by donating blood! We are teaming up with the Red Cross again, and will be hosting another blood drive on Monday, Nov. 29, from noon to 6 p.m. The drive will be held on campus, in rooms 51 and 52 of College Hall.

This opportunity is open to all students, alumni, faculty and staff. If you would like to give blood, please visit the Red Cross Web site to schedule a time to donate. Students and alumni can also visit to sign up today. The Red Cross recommends that you allow 45 minutes for your donation session, so keep that in mind when selecting an appointment.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate blood? To be sure, check the donor eligibility guidelines online or call 800-GIVE-LIFE (choose Option 4).

This is a great opportunity to give a meaningful gift to the community -- your participation will help provide life-saving blood to those in need. For more information and tips on how to have a good donation experience, visit

Monday, November 8, 2010

What is health information technology? Find out and win a $25 gift card!

Did you know that Peirce recently introduced new healthcare degree programs? To help you better understand the degree offerings and how they can translate into opportunities in this growing field of healthcare careers, we are celebrating Health Information and Technology Week from Nov. 8-12.

HI&T week is a national recognition week sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to recognize the achievements of healthcare professionals. To commemorate the week, we put together a quick trivia quiz that will familiarize you with the Health Information field.

Visit and click on the HI&T Week Trivia Quiz link to take the quiz by Friday, Nov. 12, and you’ll automatically be entered into a raffle to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card! And remember, I’m here to answer your questions and tell you more about what a degree in health information technology can do for your career.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Peirce snapshot: Peirce attends International Students Reception

On Friday, Oct. 22, over 1,150 international students, scholars, and professionals from across the Delaware Valley attended the 41st annual International Students Reception at the Penn Museum.
Some of Peirce’s own international students attended. Elsarra Elamin, from Zimbabwe, is pursuing her degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Accounting. Rijesh Shrestha, from Nepal, is also part of Peirce’s Business Administration program with a concentration in Accounting.

Elsarra Elamin and Rijesh Shrestha at the International Students Reception

Penn Museum's International Classroom Program hosts this free event to connect international guests with the local community and its leaders and to introduce attendees to the multicultural community of Philadelphia. Peirce is among the area co-sponsors who help make the event possible.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What does it take to get a healthcare career in Philadelphia?

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Education at any age: Mom goes back to school, daughter follows

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Graduate of Peirce College's Paralegal Studies program discusses how earning a degree changed everything

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Whole Story on continuing education in Philadelphia

Peirce College launched an awareness campaign this fall that was different than anything we've done before. We wanted to tell Philadelphians The Whole Story about Peirce, and did it by blanketing Frankford Transportation Center with bold banners calling out major ways Peirce can help improve the professional lives of working adults in Philadelphia.

Seeking both a response to our Whole Story campaign and a read on how a few Philadelphians feel about continuing education, we headed to Frankford. Our team of bloggers wanted to know what Frankford commuters thought about the potential impact a degree could have on their careers and their quality of life. So they asked them, and caught it all on tape.

Click play on the video below to see what Philadelphians had to say about their education and where it has taken them, or where they hope it will one day soon. Thanks to all the commuters who took a few minutes out of their day to share their story. As for the rest of you, what's your story? We'd love to hear it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peirce volunteers for Philadelphia Cares Day

Peirce faculty, staff, students and alumni came out over the weekend to give back to their city by volunteering for Philadelphia Cares Day! Peirce painted and cleaned at Olney West High School and Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Philadelphia.

Thank you to all who gave their time and effort on Saturday! Click play on the slideshow below to view photos:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Career Development Services Center opens doors to students and alumni

From Oct. 11-15, the Career Development Services department is celebrating CDS Student Appreciation Week -- our way of letting students know we’re here in our new space! We want students and alumni to take advantage of our presence, our services, and our new location. We want you to come through our doors to take a look at everything that is available to you to help you build your career path.

The invitation to visit us in our new CDS Center (sixth floor of College Hall, room 67) does not expire at the end of the week! We welcome visitors at any time, and the CDS team is always eager to walk students and alumni through the new resources available to help you in your career development, whether you are searching for your first job or looking for a career change after 20 years in the same job.

Here’s an added incentive -- all students and alumni who come in will automatically be entered in our raffle to win a free business suit. At the end of the week, two winners (one man and one woman) will be selected. They will even have personal shoppers! Members of our CDS Employer Advisory Board who are well-versed in professional image management will accompany the winners and guide them in selecting an appropriate suit. Keep an eye out for an announcement of the winners!

And if you can’t make it in person, we’ve put together a virtual tour to make sure you know the resources at your fingertips. From mock interviews and resume review, to internship opportunities and the online job board or job club, it is our mission at CDS to help you find and navigate a suitable career path. Students Shahidah Oliver, Mark D’Annunzio and Winifred Clarkson-Wise were kind enough to sit down with us (thanks again, you two!) to share some insight about their experiences with CDS.

Has Career Development Services helped you along the way? If so, we’d love to hear how, so we can find out what benefits Peirce students and alumni the most! Please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below, or stop by and tell us your story.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Peirce smartphone applications bring mobile access to College

How many of you reading this own a cell phone? How about a smartphone? For those of you iPhone or Android phone users, Peirce recently launched new, free applications to expand the mobile access to resources at the College.

The new Peirce apps can be run on Apple iPhones and iPads, as well as Droid-powered phones. Students today want and expect fast access to information wherever they are, and the ability of colleges and universities to deliver that information on new and expanding communications platforms is extremely important.

We conducted a survey to find out the need and demand from our own student population, and we heard you loud and clear -- you want mobile access! We value student feedback, so we worked hard to respond to that need and are excited to launch the new apps.

The apps include features such as:
  • Student course lists
  • Faculty and staff directories
  • Campus overview and directions
  • The Peirce College blog
We put together two quick demo videos so you can see a sample of how the apps function. Click play on the videos below to get a preview. A full news release issued on BusinessWire outlines additional details about the applications. Check out the apps at the Apple App Store or Android Market and let us know what you think!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Student resources expand with new space and new technology

Thursday, Oct. 7 marked the official opening of two newly renovated spaces at the College when the Career Development Services staff welcomed visitors to the new CDS Center, and the renovated library was open for tours. We encourage our students to take advantage of the improvements and investments that Peirce has made on their behalf! These spaces and resources are here to further enhance the educational experience – so please come on in and check out the new technology and resources!

To further celebrate their new space and spread the news of their existing services, CDS will be hosting their own CDS Student Appreciation Week Oct. 11-15. So, be on the lookout for information and updates from the CDS team this week!

Click on the slideshow below to view photos of the renovations.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Peirce celebrates students as part of Customer Service Week

Every year, Peirce College celebrates Customer Service Week in honor of the College’s tradition and commitment to excellence in customer service. We strive to remind our students, partners, and the entire Peirce community how important our customers are to us, and reiterate our commitment to providing the best services, resources, and support to help our students excel.

Student Taryn Perkins, winner of the Allied Barton Flyers' Ticket Raffle!; with Ruthie Kroah, Program Advisor/Technical Specialist at Peirce's Program Advising Center
As part of Customer Service Week’s student-focused programming, we hosted our second annual Student Appreciation Day on Oct. 6 in the lobby of College Hall. This special event marks our appreciation for our students and for their decision to choose Peirce for their educational pursuits.

The event featured refreshments and information tables hosted by Admissions; Allied Barton Security; the Business Office; Career Development Services; Enrollment Services; representatives from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, which provided information on special Peirce student memberships; our department of Institutional Advancement; our Program Advising team; IT; Student Financial Services; the Walker Center; and others; including the library staff, who offered tours of the newly renovated space!

More photos highlighting the renovated Library, as well as the new Career Development Services Center to follow!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Accounting degree program introduced at Peirce

Peirce is keeping a finger on the pulse of job trends in the Philadelphia region. Why does this matter so much to us? Because it matters to our students who are trying to find a new career. On that note, I have some more good news on the job front.

The changing landscape of financial regulation and increased scrutiny of financial reporting and accounting practices in general means a higher demand for accountants, auditors, and related occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the accounting profession is expected to see much faster than average employment growth due to these changes.

Understanding the region’s employment outlook allows us to provide the corresponding education that prepares Peirce students to capitalize on those opportunities. That’s why in addition to our recently launched healthcare degree programs, which will put the 45,000 healthcare jobs headed to this region in reach of our graduates, we’re further expanding our degree program offerings with a new Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Peirce snapshot: Peirce cheers on the Phillies

Lawrence Scanlan, chairperson of the Peirce College Board of Trustees, and his wife Connie were among a group from Peirce who came out to a recent game at Citizens Bank Park to cheer on the 2010 NL East Division Champion Phillies.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Healthcare degree programs are underway at Peirce College

We already gave you a look at where the jobs will be in Philadelphia over the next 10 years, but in case you missed it, here it is again: the healthcare industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is the fastest growing industry in America and will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry. Closer to home, employment forecasts from the economic arm of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce report that over 45,000 new healthcare jobs will come to the Philadelphia region by 2020.

To stay in step with the rapidly growing sector of healthcare services that plays a large part in the Philadelphia region, Peirce College has expanded its degree programs with an emphasis on healthcare, introducing two new degree programs available this fall.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Peirce supports Veterans with donation to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center

Peirce System Support Technician Brian Gerard
installs computers at PVMSEC.
I first heard about the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center (PVMSEC) when I met two long-time supporters of the organization, Jonathan and Laura Faller. Right away, I realized that PVMSEC is an important part of the greater Philadelphia community.

The Center helps Veterans through a wide range of free services such as training for employment, resource assistance, healthcare and benefits counseling, Veteran transition assistance and support for homeless Vets.

Not long after that first encounter, Chris Duffy (Peirce’s Chief Information Officer) and I set up a meeting to learn more and see what we could do to help.

Peirce is committed to educating service members. In fact, we’ve been providing training and education for returning Veterans since the years after the Civil War. This longstanding tradition, coupled with the College’s history of providing practical higher education for working adults, seemed to align perfectly with the mission of the PVMSEC.

Peirce Service Center Manager Barron Felder, Brian Gerard,
and PVMSEC Director of Development Lincoln Strehle
stack computers beneath the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The next step was deciding where to start, and determining what would make the biggest difference for the Veterans served by the PVMSEC. The logical first step was to offer our IT expertise.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, Peirce College had the honor of delivering more than 40 computers and related equipment to the PVMSEC. Going forward, Peirce is also assisting the PVMSEC’s IT staff in upgrading their network and building a stronger IT infrastructure so they can better serve and support the Veterans.

Representatives from both Peirce and the Center were in attendance to help with the unloading, transfer, and setup (check out more pictures on our Flikr page). Anthony Mannino, Chief of Staff for State Senator Larry Farnese, was a special guest at Saturday’s event, presenting both Peirce and the PVMSEC with State certificates of appreciation.

Veterans will be using the Peirce-donated computers and equipment in their various training classes. Access to this updated technology will make work and training courses much easier for veterans, and closer to what they would find in employment situations.

Peirce President James J. Mergiotti, Anthony Mannino,
and PVMSEC Executive Director Marsha Four.
Among their many much-needed resources and services, PVMSEC offers a six-week green business solution class, a 10-week computer repair class, and a five-week IT training academy. They also provide workshops on resume writing, interview techniques, financial and budgeting skills, and life skills.

Supporting these efforts is an investment in the future of Philadelphia. Peirce knows that helping individuals helps communities, and is proud to work with an organization like the PVMSEC.

A special thanks to all who were involved in making this happen, and of course to the PVMSEC staff and Veterans for opening their doors to us.

Veterans will have access to the updated technology
in their job training and education classes.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy 145th Birthday, Peirce College!

On Friday, Sept. 17, Peirce College will mark its 145th birthday! In honor of the College's 145 years educating Philadelphians, let's take a moment to look back at the journey that has led us to where we are today.

We invite you to wish Peirce a Happy Birthday by sharing your fondest memories of your experience here in the comment section, or reminisce with a post on the Peirce College Facebook page.

Check out the slide show below for a glimpse of the past 145 years at Peirce.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Peirce volunteers: Join us for Philadelphia Cares Day on October 16

It’s not too late to sign up to show your Peirce pride and contribute to the education of nearly 200,000 School District of Philadelphia students! On Saturday, Oct. 16, Peirce College will be participating in the 17th Annual Philadelphia Cares Day.

We are organizing a team of students, alumni, faculty, and staff to take part in this marathon day of service where thousands of volunteers will help improve Philadelphia’s public schools by painting classrooms, designing murals, and creating green spaces.

A schedule of activities and registration form can be found on Peirce’s website – be sure to register by Thursday, Sept. 30 if you want to join the Peirce team!

Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and work gloves if you have them.  Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served, but we suggest you bring a bagged lunch to keep your energy up!

If you have any questions, e-mail team leader Jessica Quilter, or call her at 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9430. Hope to see you out there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Student Marcia Blair tells us why Peirce is unique to her

There are some incredible students at Peirce. One of those is Marcia Blair, who found out soon after enrolling that this wasn’t your typical college. Her experiences in the classroom, with advisors, with support staff, and with other students made her realize that for adult learners with a lot more on their plate than earning a degree, this was a special, supportive, and dynamic place to learn.

The Admissions Department learned that Marcia had gone above and beyond to help recruit new students to Peirce: talking to friends and neighbors about the opportunities here, explaining the enrollment and financial aid process, bringing potential students to campus, and even helping them fill out applications.

Marcia took a few minutes to talk to us about how she found Peirce, what her continuing education has meant to her, and why she’s taken it upon herself to point others in the Peirce direction.

Listen to the podcast in its entirety by clicking on the player above, or download it by right-clicking the podcast link and clicking "save link as" to listen on a portable MP3 player.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall 2010 with Career Development Services

We have a lot going on this fall with Career Development Services (CDS), and we’re excited to share our upcoming events and activities with Peirce students and alumni! Read on for the Fall 2010 CDS Workshop Schedule. You can R.S.V.P. to all events by calling 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9202, or send us an e-mail.

Career Development Services Workshops (Fall 2010 – Session 1)
Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters
Having a professional resume and cover letter is essential in the changing job market. Attend this workshop to hear the latest trends and recommendations on cover letters and resumes and receive feedback from a professional in your industry. For individualized feedback after the workshop, participants must submit their resumes via e-mail by Sept. 24. Resumes will be returned Oct. 1 via e-mail.
     Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
     Room 69 – R.S.V.P. by Sept. 10

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Help us tell Philadelphia "The Whole Story" about Peirce College

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Military scholarships for continuing education

We’ve talked before about the variety of financial resources available to military members and their families, including Peirce’s own Protect and Serve Grant. It is clearly a very important topic, illustrated by the fact that we continue to field a lot of questions from military members or veterans who are looking to pursue further education. For that reason, we want to make those resources easily available for military members pursuing a degree.

Keep an eye on news about the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is slated for revisions and is currently undergoing proposed legislation in efforts to simplify the benefits. According to Inside Higher Ed, as of late June there were about 700 colleges signed up for the Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program to fund tuition expenses for veterans. offers a wealth of information about scholarships and aid available to active duty military members and veterans. Conducting a search with their scholarship finder brings up more than 1,000 scholarships exclusively for the military. Outside of these scholarships, each branch of the military offers their own unique tuition assistance programs. breaks down the programs accordingly:
Below is a sampling of some other military scholarships designed to help you and your family reach your educational goals.
For even more resources, you can visit Students.Gov, AmericaSupportsYou,, Disabled Veterans Website,,, and Student Veterans of America.

Those that serve our country should have these resources at their fingertips, so if you know a service member who might benefit from this knowledge, please share the information! By collecting all of these resources in one place, we hope to make the process easier for military members and veterans who might be searching for support and information as they consider continuing their formal education.