Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Arthur J. Lendo Endowed Scholarship Fund awards inaugural scholarship

This year marks the debut of the Arthur J. Lendo Endowed Scholarship Fund. Dr. Lendo served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peirce College from 1991-2009. He presided over an era of successful transformation at the College, overseeing many major accomplishments. Upon Dr. Lendo’s retirement last spring, the Peirce College Board of Trustees announced the fund as a tribute for Dr. Lendo’s outstanding service to the College.

It is my pleasure to announce the 2010 recipient of the Arthur J. Lendo Endowed Scholarship:

Teresa Marie Wilson

You might recognize Teresa, a junior in Peirce’s Paralegal Studies program, from our Featured Learner Series. On top of being an excellent student while attending Peirce part time, Teresa is employed at Impact Copy and a full-time mother of two small children.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

USA Today profiles adult learners in "Degrees of Difficulty"

At Peirce, we often talk about the challenges that our students face as they juggle their jobs, families, and other commitments while they work toward earning their degree. Our student body consists primarily of working adult learners, so the obstacles are unique compared to those of traditional college students.

USA Today recently featured a very interesting video project entitled “Take America to College,” that takes a look at today’s “non-traditional” students. I encourage all Peirce Connections readers to visit the series, “Degrees of Difficulty” under USA Today's Education news.

The week-long series of videos aired online at the end of May. The purpose of the project was, as described by USA Today, “to tell the story of five ‘non-traditional’ college students -- a single mom, a police officer, a musician, and two veterans -- in their own words and images.” This is how USA Today encapsulated the series:
Most college students no longer fit the traditional image: go to college straight from high school, live in a dorm, graduate four years later. Many students today juggle multiple priorities while earning a degree. Meet five ‘non-traditional’ students, struggling to balance jobs, budgets, parenting -- and being students too.
Those words reminded me a lot of the people I see walking the halls at Peirce every day. And listening to their stories, I felt it was important to share this honest look at what student life is like for so many. I invite you all to leave your feedback here. Do you think this is an accurate portrayal of the “non-traditional” student? Who's story sounded most like your own? We invite you to share your own stories here in the comment section of this post.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Peirce selects winners for Spring 2010 Scholarship Competition

Everyone who has pursued a degree knows that one of the hardest parts of continuing your education is finding the money to do it. However, education is such an important investment in your future, and it is for this reason that we strive to inform all students about the vast resources available out there to assist them in funding their education.

For our part, Peirce College offers a wide range of financial aid and tuition support, including a variety of scholarship opportunities that are available to both new and returning students. Six years ago, we started a scholarship competition that now occurs twice a year and includes each of our three degree programs: Paralegal Studies, Business Administration, and Information Technology. Each program receives $20,000 to award to students.

On that note, I am pleased to announce the winners of the Spring 2010 Scholarship Competition!

Business Administration
1st Place ($4,500)
  • Stephanie Bishop
  • K.C. Drayton
  • Velonza Frederick

Lawrence Scanlan Elected Chairperson of Peirce College Board of Trustees

Last week, Peirce College announced the election of Lawrence Scanlan as Chairperson of the board of trustees.

Former Vice Chairperson of the Peirce Board, Mr. Scanlan has over 35 years of health care management experience, including executive and consulting roles with hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers. He succeeds Mr. Gregory J. West, who will step down this Wednesday, June 30, after reaching his term limit.

Congratulations Mr. Scanlan! We look forward to the next chapter of your career with Peirce. A full news release detailing his experience inside and outside of Peirce is below. It was also distributed on Business Wire.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Congratulations graduates! Impressions of Peirce College's 2010 Commencement

The Commencement Ceremony honoring the Peirce College Class of 2010 was exhilarating. From the outset of the program, the graduates and their families and friends filled the Kimmel Center with energy, enthusiasm, and love.

There are not many experiences in life as touching as a Peirce Commencement Ceremony. There are always many graduates who worked extremely hard and dealt with significant personal and professional responsibilities while pursuing their college degrees. The obstacles they faced make their achievements much more meaningful and emotional than most. That emotion plays out when they walk, or prance, or dance across the stage after receiving their diplomas to the delight of their loved ones.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Raymond DeShields takes the stage: Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Peirce College commencement singer

Today’s edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Raymond DeShields, the Peirce College student who will be singing the national anthem at tonight’s commencement.

Nicole Lockley’s article, “Student poll picks Peirce commencement singer,” highlights Raymond’s victory in the Peirce Idol competition. The sing-off was held by Peirce this spring to determine who would lead the school in the singing of the national anthem at commencement. His audition impressed a panel of judges and the rest of the Peirce community, who watched the audition videos online and cast the majority of their votes for Raymond to be the national anthem singer at Peirce College’s 2010 commencement. The event takes place tonight at the Kimmel Center.

A married father of three, Raymond is currently pursuing his degree in Business Administration from Peirce. But as he admits to Lockley, “music is really my passion.” He beat out several fellow students to earn his spot on stage, and we can’t wait to hear him sing again tonight!

Be sure to read Lockley’s article to learn more about Raymond’s journey to becoming Peirce Idol 2010, and look for him on stage tonight at commencement!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Peirce College will celebrate achievements of 2010 graduates at June 14 Commencement

On Monday, June 14, the Peirce College community will come together at the Kimmel Center to celebrate the achievements of its graduates at the 2010 Commencement.

A full news release sharing the highlights of Monday's eagerly anticipated event is included below. It was also be distributed on Business Wire. Congratulations to all of our 2010 graduates, and we'll see you at Commencement!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Getting to know Holly Frey, student speaker for 2010 Commencement

Earlier today I shared with you some video from the 2009 Commencement. As we enter the final countdown to Monday's 2010 Commencement, I'd like to introduce this year’s student speaker, Holly Frey.

On June 14, Holly will be graduating summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. She was recently elected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” and is eagerly anticipating attending law school next year.

Like many Peirce students, Holly put her own academic and career goals on hold to focus on the needs of her family. It was not until she was preparing her daughter for college that Holly decided the time was right to continue the quest for her own bachelor’s degree.

When she first reached out to Peirce, Holly was impressed with the welcoming nature and encouragement she encountered as she looked into the Paralegal Studies program.

After meeting Doreen Zaccardi, a soon to be Peirce graduate at the time who happened to be the 2008 Commencement speaker, Holly decided Peirce was the right place for her. She sat down with her family and told them her plans, asking for their help and support as she took on a new endeavor and took the leap towards earning her bachelor’s degree.

Holly’s commitment to her education and developing her career go far beyond the classroom. In 2009, she co-founded the Bucks County Paralegal Association (BCPA) and has since served as the BCPA’s vice president. She also serves on the Paralegal Advisory Board of Bucks County Community College. In addition to her academic pursuits, Holly is a full-time paralegal with the Hardwick Law Offices LLC in Doylestown, Pa.

We very much look forward to hearing what Holly has to say at commencement. As she shares her story with this year’s graduating class, it is sure to ring true to many in the audience who have traveled a similar path to achieve their degree, and also inspire others out there who might be considering advancing their education. We’ll see you at commencement, Holly!

Scenes from Commencement: Looking back at 2009

Commencement 2010 is just around the corner! As we prepare for another graduating class to move on to their next endeavors, I’d like to take a moment to look back on the year that has passed. Check out the video below to hear the 2009 student speaker, Jacquelyn D. Ajose, share some insight as she reflects on her time at Peirce College.

Full coverage of last year's commencement ceremony is available on the Peirce website.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Looking for extra tickets to Commencement 2010?

I’m happy to share that graduating students now have the opportunity to request up to two additional tickets to this year’s Commencement on Monday, June 14.

These extra tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until quantities run out.  If interested, please contact me at by Friday, June 5 with your name, phone number, and e-mail address.

If you are unable to take advantage of this opportunity, or have extra tickets to share with others, you can exchange tickets with fellow graduating students on the Peirce College Facebook Page -- go to the “Discussions” tab to join the conversation. Click here for instructions.

See you at Commencement!