University Convocation Ushers In New Academic Year

Philadelphia University welcomed more than 700 freshmen and their families at the University’s annual Convocation on Aug. 19 in The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center.

Eileen McPartland ’86, chief operating officer of Allscripts™, addressed the crowd of students and their families, encouraging students to build their personal frameworks. Through five pillars – writing and listening, thinking globally, leading and innovating, living by a personal value system, and developing emotional intelligence – McPartland stressed the importance for students to develop and build personal frameworks that will support their future careers and aspirations.

She encouraged students to take advantage of the many curricular and co-curricular opportunities available to them throughout their Philadelphia University experience. Click here to read her full speech.

McPartland, who received a B.S. in Finance from Philadelphia University, is responsible for more than 4,000 employees and over $1 billion in revenue for Allscripts, one of the nation’s largest providers of healthcare information technology, including software, services, information and connectivity solutions.

A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Centennial Medal Award to three high school teachers: Gina Keating (front left) of Dallas Senior High School, Dallas, Pa., nominated by student, Taylor Dougherty (back left); Gary Colucci (front, second from left) of Morris County School of Technology, Mine Hill, N.J., nominated by students Diti Desai and Amanda Volchko (back middle and right); and Judy Davis (front, second from right) of Cumberland Christian School, Vineland, N.J., nominated by student, David Atkinson (front right).

As the first official gathering of incoming students, Convocation marks the start of the academic year. For more information on the 2010-2011 academic year, visit the Academic Calendar.

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