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College Counseling - September Update

he college search and application process can be a challenging experience for students and their families. Our goal in the College Counseling Department at La Salle College High School is to educate your sons regarding the process and to support them in their efforts.

As you may have heard, we had two members of our College Counseling Department retire at the end of this school year. Mrs. Mary Kay Mullen and Mrs. Kathleen O'Connell served La Salle for many years and their presence and impact will be missed around campus. Additionally, Brother William DiPasquale, FSC will be bringing his expertise to the Religion Department for the upcoming school year.

La Salle's College Counseling Department has always been well respected both
internally as well as externally in college admission offices. The backbone of the College Counseling Department is our process that we have in place and that will not change going forward.

We are pleased to introduce the following members of La Salle's College Counseling Department:

Mrs. Marla Stalone-Johnson
Associate Director of College Counseling
Last Names A-F

Mrs. Stalone-Johnson joins us from Penn State University, where she was an Admissions Counselor at the Abington Campus for three years. She has also served as the Director of Guidance at Little Flower High School for Girls located in Philadelphia. Marla received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Villanova University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College. She is eager to be back on "the other side of the desk" helping students find a college where they can fulfill their goals and aspirations.

Mr. Jim Sawyer
Associate Director of College Counseling
Last names O-Z

Mr. Sawyer has been a professional in the field of university admissions since 2002. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from York College of Pennsylvania in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006. Jim studied abroad in England twice - once during his undergraduate studies and once during his graduate studies. Jim began his work in university admissions at Philadelphia University and moved ahead steadily, first as Associate Director of Undergraduate and International Admissions at Fairleigh Dickinson University and then as Assistant Dean of International/Undergraduate Admissions for Swarthmore College. He comes to La Salle after most recently working as Director of Admissions for the College of Professional Studies at Saint Joseph's University. With visits to over ninety different colleges and universities in the United States and travel to over 50 countries abroad, Jim brings a wealth of knowledge in both the admissions process and student life of higher education.

Mrs. Maura Diehl
College Counseling Assistant

Mrs. Diehl comes to us from the school's Office of Institutional Advancement and will be traveling across the parking lot from Alumni House to join us in College Counseling. Maura is excited to be reunited with the Class of 2015, with whom she worked when she assisted in the Admissions Department in 2010. In the past, she has assisted College Counseling with the coordination of our College Interview Day. Maura received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of the Holy Cross.

Mr. Gerard M. Brett
Director of College Counseling
Last Names G-N

Mr. Brett is returning in his role as the Director of College Counseling, a position he has held since 2012. He has been working in the field of college admissions since 2002 and joined La Salle as a college counselor in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University in 1998, a Master of Science in Secondary School Counseling and Human relations from Villanova University in 2005, and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension in 2008.

The College Counseling Department exists along with the Guidance Department. Mrs. Jeanne Brabson, Senior Guidance Counselor, and Mr. Tony Resch, Junior Guidance Counselor, will work with the seniors and juniors with grade level academic issues and personal issues. One of the greatest strengths of our College Counseling Department is our ability to work as a team. Our collaborative efforts allow us to share insights about the process, the latest happenings in the field, and our students.

On an annual basis the College Counseling Department visits college campuses to meet with admission officers and attend state and national conferences regarding the college admission process. We also host over 120 colleges and universities on our campus throughout the fall season.

n order to bring clarity to the college process in general, and specifically at La Salle, we encourage you to become familiar with our site on the La Salle College High School website: The content contained in this website is crucial to understanding the college search and application process. The link to Naviance, a useful and important college research tool, can be accessed through the Parent Portal.

All students are expected to use the Common Application which is accepted and preferred by over 500 colleges and universities. Please visit The Application Process for a step by step overview of the process here at La Salle College High School.

In late August, we will send the parents of seniors information regarding the "College Question & Answer Evening for Parents of Seniors" on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the school auditorium. In order to facilitate the organization of that evening, a form will be included for you to respond with a list of questions you may have about the college application process.

The College Counseling Center will communicate with your sons in a number of ways:

• Advisory Classes (each cycle)

• La Salle Website (

Daily Bulletin (posted each day on the La Salle website)

• Daily WEXP (morning news program)

• Homeroom

• College and Scholarship Bulletin Boards (located outside the College Counseling Center)

• Newly installed LCD video screen (located outside the College Counseling Center)

• Personal one-on-one meetings with your sons

• College Counseling Twitter Feed

Please encourage your sons to check these many sources for pertinent information to help navigate the college search and application process.

Test Deadlines
The SAT registration deadline for the October 11, 2014 test is September 12, 2014 with a late registration deadline of September 20, 2014. Students can register for the SAT at The registration deadline for the October 25, 2014 ACT is September 19, 2014 with a late registration deadline of October 3, 2014. Students can register for the ACT at Please remind your sons to enter La Salle's CEEB number (393370) when registering.


College Interview Day
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

College Interview Day for Seniors at La Salle College High School will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Admissions officers from approximately sixty colleges and universities will be on campus to conduct interviews with our seniors. Look on our website,, in late September for the list of colleges attending. The positive feedback we have received from our students and college admission officers clearly indicates the value of this event.

Early Action/Early Decision
Any student planning to meet an official Early Action or Early Decision deadline must alert the College Counseling Center by Friday, October 3rd. The college counselors and teachers need sufficient time to write letters of recommendation to meet those early deadlines.

NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility
Any student interested in playing intercollegiate sports must meet NCAA Clearinghouse standards and file an eligibility form with the NCAA. The academic requirements on our website Please become familiar with the information. Questions can be directed to the athletic director, coaches, and guidance counselors. The NCAA website is

We look forward to working with your sons!