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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