Thursday, December 22, 2011

Looking ahead to another great year at Peirce

The approaching end of 2011 provides a time to reflect on the outstanding alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administrators we have at Peirce College. It is important to recognize the special bond the College provides us, and give thanks for being part of its wonderful mission. This is a most exciting and rewarding time at Peirce as we create more opportunities to transform students’ lives.

How do you hope to transform your own life in the coming year? Do you have a resolution that might inspire others? As you reflect upon your own goals and aspirations, whether personal, professional, or educational, I invite you to share them here.

As we embark on 2012, I offer sincere gratitude to the entire community, look forward to working with all of you in the future, and wish the very best to you and your loved ones in the coming year and beyond.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Getting to know Peirce faculty: Meet Carol J. Sherman

Professor Carol J. Sherman
We want to give Philadelphia and the world a look into what makes Peirce College a unique place to learn -- and one of the best ways to do that is by highlighting our faculty.

Day in, day out, it is the dedication of the Peirce College faculty that arms our students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life. In order to showcase that talent and the caliber of the professors we have here at Peirce, we asked our faculty to share their wisdom, advice, and inspiration -- to get the whole story of a Peirce education, straight from the people who teach it.

Carol J. Sherman, a Professor of Legal Studies, sat down with us to talk about what inspired her to become a professor, why Peirce students are so inspiring, and what’s unique about the Peirce experience. She also offers some great advice to adults who might be thinking it’s too late to earn their degree.

So, whether you’ve taken her classes or are being introduced for the first time, click play below to get to know Professor Sherman!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy holidays, with 1 important reminder!

Happy holidays, everyone! And thanks to all of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff for a great year -- we hope you enjoy a well-deserved break to spend time with family and friends!

Our campus will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2. We’ll reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3 with regular hours.

One important reminder: While there will be no on-campus classes during the break, all online classes scheduled while the campus is closed will continue as planned!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Spread the Peirce pride: Refer a new student and get a $50 gift card

How did you first learn about Peirce College? Chances are, it was through someone you know.

Many of our students are referred to Peirce by a friend or family member. For the 2010-2011 academic year, a total of 270 students were referred to the College.

To know us is to love us, and we love that our students and alumni are sharing that positive experience with others by encouraging them to consider Peirce as the place to earn their degree.

Joseph G. Binns, a 1981 graduate of the Peirce Business Administration degree program with a concentration in Management, shared with us in an email why he has encouraged others to come to Peirce. Read what he had to say below:

“My daughter was my referral and I can tell you firsthand how happy she is there and how well she is doing.

My decision to attend Peirce was basically because it was all Business at the time. It had and still does have an excellent reputation in the business community and is respected by business people. Although my major did not offer it, many other majors had work study programs through well established companies in Center City and some of my classmates were offered full-time employment there after they graduated. It also had and still has a very easy to reach Center City campus.

What drives me to refer students to Peirce is how much I enjoyed the small class size, the individual attention that each instructor gave to students …

Friday, December 16, 2011

An FYI about our FYI Scholarship for first-year students

Getting started on the path to a degree can be challenging. Did you know that we have a First Year Initiative (FYI) program that is 100 percent focused on supporting our first-year students?

Academic advising, tutoring, and financial aid are all important pieces of the puzzle to help you adjust to being a student -- whether it’s your first time or you are returning after a hiatus. Among other support services, our FYI program includes a scholarship that is open to any student who has completed her first year at Peirce.

Congratulations to this year’s FYI Scholarship recipients, Sheena Goodman and Carolyn Terry, who are getting a boost on their academic journey as they work towards a bachelor’s degree.

Sheena Goodman is enrolled in our Healthcare Administration degree program, and works in the Peirce Business Office through our work study program. She came to Peirce to pursue her bachelor’s degree after earning her associate degree from Community College of Philadelphia. Sheena lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters, ages 6 and 7. She loves spending time with her family, and is excited to see what the future holds now that she’s on the path to completing her bachelor’s degree.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New library gets kudos from General Building Contractors Association

We’re proud of the many new and improved resources we’ve made available to our students, including the renovated library -- hopefully many of you have had the chance to enjoy it during your studies!

So we were excited when the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) recognized our efforts and awarded Peirce first place in the 2011 Best Industrial/Institutional Project under $5 million category for the library renovations. In case you didn’t know, we are actually two-time award winners in this category. We won in 2001 for the Alumni Hall renovations.

I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the project. Without your input and hard work, this would not have been possible! Read on below for more details about the renovations and resources that made this a winning project. And be sure to stop by the library to check out the new space!

Peirce College Takes First Place at General Building Contractors Association Awards Ceremony
College’s library renovations wins for 2011 Best Industrial/Institutional Project Under $5 Million

PHILADELPHIA--(November 14, 2011)-- Peirce College won first place in the 2011 Best Industrial/Institutional Project Under $5 Million category for the College’s library renovations at the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) awards ceremony, held in Philadelphia on Monday, Nov. 14.

Peirce prevailed over some tough competition, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, which were nominated in the same category.

The architect for the renovations for College Hall’s Viola Gill Guté Library -- named for an alumna from the class of 1917 -- was Phillip D. Kunz Architects, Inc. of Collingswood, N.J. Haverstick‐Borthwick Company of Plymouth Meeting, Pa. was the general contractor.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ways to give back to the people of Philadelphia this holiday season

Looking for a way to help those in need this holiday season? Although our Youth Action Toy drive just ended, here are more opportunities to give back and give thanks this holiday season!
  • Outfit Philadelphia school children with new uniforms. We’re excited to again partner with the Thomas May Peirce Elementary School. Schools always need new uniforms for their students, and like last year, we are inviting the Peirce community to make a personal donation to help us supply new uniforms.

    If you would like to make a contribution, please submit cash or a check (made payable to Peirce College) to the cashier in the Business office by Thursday, Dec. 15. Uniforms will be purchased and delivered to T.M. Peirce the week of Dec. 20.
  • Helping heroes. We also wanted to find a way to give back to the emergency responders who help our community every day of the year, so we’re supporting two additional organizations -- the Hero Scholarship Fund and the Philadelphia Second Alarmers Association.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Peirce welcomes 2 new trustees

Welcome, Lisa Curran and Kathryn McCluskey, to the Peirce College Board of Trustees!
Lisa Curran
Kathryn McCluskey

Lisa is the Marketing Manager at The Vanguard companies. She brings strong financial skills to our board as well as the perspective of a major employer in our region. Kathryn is an Associate in the Healthcare practice group of White and Williams LLP. She also spent many years as a physician assistant, which gives her experience that will be particularly helpful in guiding our new healthcare degree programs.

We look forward to the contributions of both Lisa and Kathryn as they take their places on the Board. Read the full news release below for more about our two new trustees.

Two New Trustees Elected at Peirce College Annual Meeting
Vanguard’s Lisa Curran and White and Williams’ Kathryn McCluskey Join Peirce Board

PHILADELPHIA -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Peirce College announced the election of two new trustees -- Lisa Curran and Kathryn McCluskey -- at the College’s board meeting held November 17 in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Peirce elects first female Board Chairman in the institution’s 146-year history

It’s another history-making moment at Peirce with the election of our new Board Chairman, Katy Theroux. For the first time in the College’s 146-year history, a woman has taken leadership of the board.

Ms. Theroux is Senior Vice President, Customer Engagement and Human Resources, for GS1 US, a standards and solutions organization with more than 200,000 members. She brings to the board more than 20 years of leadership experience in global companies.

Peirce alumnus Bill Morgan, who serves as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources for NASDAQ OMX, was named Vice Chairman.

For more about Ms. Theroux and Mr. Morgan, read the full news release below.

Katy Theroux Elected Board Chairman of Peirce College: First Female Chairman in the Philadelphia-Based College’s 146-Year History

NASDAQ’s William Morgan Elected Vice Chairman

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Peirce College announced the election of Katy Theroux as Board Chairman of Peirce College at the institution’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Katy Theroux is Senior Vice President, Customer Engagement and Human Resources, for GS1 US, a standards and solutions organization with more than 200,000 members. She is based at the organization’s headquarters in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Theroux was appointed to the Peirce board in 2001. In 2008 she chaired the search committee for the president of the College.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thinking about a legal career? Prepare with paralegal studies

While theory is important to education, it can’t stand alone. A degree is not going to help you succeed in your chosen career if you don’t also learn the practical skills needed to be a real contributor.

Case in point is the legal field. In fact, I recently came across a great article by The New York Times reporter David Segal that talked about just this.

In his article, “What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering,” Segal talks about how a law school education often fails to provide the practical training needed to truly succeed in the legal field.

To me, this article hits on the very core of the vision, mission, and goals of our undergraduate Paralegal Studies program. Bottom line, our goal is to generate strong legal minds, as well as skill-set ready practitioners. It is that emphasis on practical skills that prepare our students for the real world that makes all the difference.

To best prepare our students for a career in their field, we work intently to structure a rigorous academic program steeped in a wide breadth of General Education and Legal Studies courses -- honing critical thinking, analysis, writing, communication, and legal specialty skills. We also integrate practical application focus into each legal specialty course. This serves to truly demystify the legal process and build competence and confidence in working with, and in, the legal system.