Monthly Archives: September 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Attend PhilaU’s October 6th Open House

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You’re invited!  Join us on October 6, 2012 for Philadelphia University’s Open House!

Here are the Top 10 reasons to visit PhilaU during our Open House…

 

10.)  Your application fee will be waived, so buy some PhilaU gear!

9.)    Take a photo with Thomas Jefferson in Tuttleman Hall.

8.)    Spot Professor Frampton with his bowtie and pipe.

7.)    Take an instagram with the ram statue.

6.)    Sample the food, and come up with a new waffle creation.  YUM!

5.)    Tweet your photos with #PhilaU. Get retweeted by Admissions.

4.)    See how many people can fit in a residence hall room.

3.)    Ride a trolley around campus.

2.)    Hug a Ram(bassador)…one of our tour guides!

1.)    Attend our Majors Fair!  Hello!!!!  You will have to study at some point as a student!

Our Open House program allows you to join us for a unique opportunity to experience a comprehensive campus visit. Prospective students and families will meet with various academic departments, chat with professors and department chairs, and speak with current students about their ongoing research and projects. This is an excellent time to network with other students, meet with athletic coaches, and discuss details about study abroad opportunities! You will also tour campus with our student Rambassadors, have lunch in our dining hall, and visit residence hall rooms.

Click here (https://philau NULL.edu NULL.185r NULL.net/Event/page2 NULL.php?y=2012&m=10&d=1&s=&e=4&fromcal=1) to register as soon as possible.  Hope to see you there!

Jennifer Reger, Associate Director of Admissions

What is Nexus Learning anyway?

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At Philadelphia University, we are doing things a little differently than other colleges.  We have an approach to education that is like to other.  We call it Nexus Learning.  It’s our X factor.  This is what we have named our focused dedication to innovation and providing students with an academic experience that will give them a real competitive advantage. We want to provide students with the skills they will need to be leaders at every level of their career.  At PhilaU, we like to say that we are going to prepare you for your first job…AND your last job.

Any school can offer internships or co-ops.  Yes, it is important to get real world experience working for well known companies or gaining clinical experience in cutting edge medical facilities.  But here at PhilaU, we call that a Tuesday.  You don’t have to wait until you are a senior to complete an internship.  Philadelphia University will give you the opportunity to engage in active, collaborative experiences starting in your FIRST semester.

Are you ready to get started?

Watch this video about Nexus Learning.  Visit Philadelphia University.  Apply.  At PhilaU, you will be Powered to do what’s now, and Powered to do what’s Next.

PhilaU Named a 'Best Value School' by U.S. News

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From PhilaU Today (http://wordpress NULL.philau NULL.edu/today/2012/09/26/philadelphia-university-named-a-best-value-school-by-u-s-news/)

Philadelphia University was selected as one of the “Best Value Schools” in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of top universities.

The 2012 list places PhilaU among the top 15 regional universities in U.S. News’ north region in terms of providing a high quality, low cost education. The distinction recognized Philadelphia University’s exceptional combination of financial aid, low tuition and academic excellence.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as an institution where students receive an outstanding education at a competitive price,” said Christine Greb, dean of enrollment management. “Just as our students are learning how to create value in their future careers, we know they expect to receive a high value from their investment in an engaged professional education here at Philadelphia University. Being included on this list only affirms our commitment to that goal.”

The U.S. News list (http://colleges NULL.usnews NULL.rankingsandreviews NULL.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-north/best-value) shows that more than 75 percent of students at PhilaU receive need-based grants.

PhilaU Professor Natalie Nixon Honored as One of Philadelphia’s Most Fashionable Women

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Natalie Nixon, associate professor and director of the Strategic Design MBA program, was named one of Philadelphia’s top fashion influencers at the third annual Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia awards ceremony, which took place Sept. 17 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Center City, Philadelphia.

Nixon and 18 other awardees were honored for their style as well as their commitment to community service. Other 2012 awardees included designer Sarah Van Aken, singer and songwriter Lauren Hart and Olympic Gold Medalist rower Susan Francia.

To read the full article, click here: http://wordpress.philau.edu/today/2012/09/24/natalie-nixon-honored-as-one-of-philadelphias-most-fashionable-women/ (http://wordpress NULL.philau NULL.edu/today/2012/09/24/natalie-nixon-honored-as-one-of-philadelphias-most-fashionable-women/)

Carson Kressley Name Drops Philadelphia University’s Fashion Programs!

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Attention Fashionistas!

PhilaU is where it’s at!  Carson Kressley says so himself!  He was in town for Philadelphia Fashion Week, and he has some thoughts to share about PhilaU’s fashion programs.  Check it out…

Freshman Fifteen: Why did you choose PhilaU?

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Greetings on the first day of fall!  As our newest Rams are starting to feel at home, I would like to introduce a new series of blog posts called “Freshman Fifteen.”  This isn’t about all-you-can-eat dining halls or the threat of gaining weight.  This series will offer a chance to gain some insight on the first year of college life at Philadelphia University.  Sometimes I will highlight 15 freshmenstudents, or pick a standout freshman and ask him or her 15 questions.  I’ll change it up to keep it interesting!

For our first Freshman Fifteen post, I recently tasked Nicole Vital, one of our Admissions Rambassadors, to spend 15 minutes with some first-year PhilaU Honors students. She asked them how they decided that PhilaU was the right school for them and what they like most about campus. Here’s what they had to say…

“I like having the city feel without actually being in the middle of Center City. I picked PhilaU because of the outstanding Health Science/Occupational Therapy program.”

– Lauren Gargiulo

 

 

“I came to Philadelphia University to be a part of the amazing fashion community here. There are so many great opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in fashion. My favorite part of PhilaU is the creative atmosphere on campus.”

– Courtney Hunter

 


“I chose PhilaU because of the good animation program, and it has fun things for students to do.”

– Haley Monson

 

 

“I like PhilaU because it isn’t too big, there are always good activities going on, and I love the green scenery.”

– Lyna Chau

 

 

“Philadelphia University has a great fashion program, and the campus is beautiful!”

– Autumn Rockhill

 

 

Thanks for sharing, ladies!

Abbey Carr
Admissions Counselor

Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce: Focus on Business

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PhilaU’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce offers an innovative and transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that provides students with the skills and knowledge to think creatively, brainstorm new ideas and work collaboratively to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.

Through the integrated DEC core curriculum, students will dive into their major while forging new collaborations between designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. By learning in a transdisciplinary environment, students go on to be better, more effective leaders in their professions.

Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace through real-world experience working on industry-sponsored projects. This pioneering curriculum prepares students to excel at jobs that exist today (as well as ones that will emerge tomorrow), adapt to changes in their professions, and collaborate with colleagues in other fields.

Since Kanbar College has so much to offer in the fields of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, we want to provide you with an overview of each School.  In this second edition, we will highlight the School of Business Administration (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/businessadministration/)

Accounting (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/business/Concentrations NULL.html) – This program can lead to careers in public, private, or government accounting, as well as banking, finance, and other management specialties. A sequence of business and general education courses prepares accounting graduates for all facets of the business world. Electives in specialties within the profession, such as tax accounting, are offered. Beyond the traditional four-year BS program, students have an opportunity to pursue a five-year BS/MBA degree program with specialized options such as accounting and taxation. Many students obtain C.P.A. (Certified Public Accountant) accreditation after graduation.

Finance (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/business/Concentrations NULL.html) – Students in the program study financial markets, financial institutions, investments and portfolio management, and financial management. Quantitative, analytical and computer skills are developed, as well as decision-making with a global perspective as they are all critical for managerial decision-making. A degree in finance prepares students for career opportunities in a broad array of industries such as commercial banking, investment banking, securities brokerage, insurance, corporate finance, credit management, risk management, real estate, financial analysis, and personal financial planning.

International Business (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/business/Concentrations NULL.html) – This program enables students to combine an international business concentration with a traditional functional area such as accounting, finance, management or marketing. The International Business concentration is unique because it consists of seven highly integrated components, providing our graduates with the skills and the training expected in industry: College Studies, Foreign Language, Cultural Area studies, Business Core courses, International Business, Functional Business competence, and study or work abroad.

Management: Leadership and Innovation in Organizations (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/business/Concentrations NULL.html) – This unique program focuses on how managers and leaders can create conditions for innovation and growth at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Students evaluate how to balance the challenges of organizing, managing, and leading innovation with the need to produce measurable outcomes within the organization. To broaden their expertise, management students must also specialize in another business related area through an additional concentration or minor in accounting, finance, fashion industry management, marketing, international business, or psychology.

Marketing: Consumer Insight and Innovation (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/business/Concentrations NULL.html) – Building on the DEC coursework, students utilize a range of creative, analytical, and technical processes to generate ideas and transform those ideas into marketing strategies. Exploring and applying quantitative and qualitative techniques for identifying consumers’ needs, they gain experience turning marketing concepts into reality. Students develop skills to analyze demand and market segments, manage budgets, design marketing and advertising campaigns, and formulate a comprehensive marketing plan.

Fashion Merchandising and Management (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/fashionmerchandisingmanagement/index NULL.html) – The FM & M curriculum combines the fundamentals of business, including accounting, economics, marketing, finance, and management, with textile and apparel courses taught by industry savvy professionals. Students learn the process of apparel design and manufacture from fiber to final apparel product. Students are also involved in the process of selection, procurement and distribution of products in a retail setting. Furthermore they learn the significance of product execution through presentation.

Choose between concentrations in:

Fashion Merchandising (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/fashionmerchandisingmanagement/concentrations NULL.html) – Fashion merchandisers are responsible for understanding the needs and demands of the consumer. Consumers’ needs are influenced by lifestyle choices and changes in the environment. The merchandiser is responsible for selecting and procuring merchandise from all over the world, ensuring that the store has a proper assortment of goods. Positions in merchandising include buyers, department managers, merchandising managers, fashion coordinators, product developers, and merchandise planners.

Fashion Industry Management (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/fashionmerchandisingmanagement/concentrations NULL.html) – This program exposes students to the entire fashion value chain from the background of fiber composition to the final branded product, focusing on the efficient and effective delivery of quality merchandise to consumers. Students are immersed in the techniques and business practices needed to implement competitive production systems for today’s global marketplace. Students learn to make tactical supply chain decisions, develop global sourcing strategies, and utilize cutting-edge industry software, all in the context of a global marketplace. The Fashion Industry Management program is one of a select few endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association. Check out the Fashion Industry Management blog (http://wordpress NULL.philau NULL.edu/fim/).

-Jennifer Bona, Assistant Director of Admissions

Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce: Focus on Design and Engineering

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PhilaU’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce offers an innovative and transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that provides students with the skills and knowledge to think creatively, brainstorm new ideas and work collaboratively to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.

Through the integrated DEC core curriculum, students will dive into their major while forging new collaborations between designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. By learning in a transdisciplinary environment, students go on to be better, more effective leaders in their professions.

Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace through real-world experience working on industry-sponsored projects. This pioneering curriculum prepares students to excel at jobs that exist today (as well as ones that will emerge tomorrow), adapt to changes in their professions, and collaborate with colleagues in other fields.

Since Kanbar College has so much to offer in the fields of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, we want to provide you with an overview of each School.  In this first edition, we will highlight the School of Design and Engineering (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/engineering/index NULL.html)

Animation (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/animation/) – Students begin by learning production and storytelling while improving design and communication skills through typography, hierarchy, and image-making courses. Third and fourth year students learn 2D and 3D filmmaking using industry standard software. Animation students may focus on areas of interest through electives in video production, photography, illustration, and gaming. Visit the Animation program blog for examples of all their amazing work: http://philauanimation.blogspot.com/ (http://philauanimation NULL.blogspot NULL.com/)

Fashion Design (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/fashiondesign/index NULL.html) – This program is modeled on the way the fashion industry really works—from conceptual development, to the sales floor. Students learn how to connect every aspect of the industry from creating and selecting materials, developing their style, designing for varied target markets, and the business and management of building brands. The PhilaU program not only mirrors the fashion world but also immerses students in the industry through campus projects, guest lecturers, and internships with top designers and companies.

Graphic Design Communication (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/graphicdesign/) – The Graphic Design Communication program at PhilaU prepares students to enter the ever-changing landscape of the graphic design profession by teaching them to think as design strategists. Our curriculum emphasizes the ability to solve communication problems by exploring the design process. Our students work on real-world projects collaborating with students of other disciplines and industry professionals. Check out the Graphic Design blog (http://philau NULL.edu/graphicdesignblog/).

Industrial Design (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/inddesign/) – At PhilaU, Industrial Design is taught in the best possible context—on a campus with a mission to educate professionals. The professions that Industrial Designers typically collaborate with—other design professionals, scholars in the liberal arts, business people, engineers, healthcare professionals, and scientists—are all represented on this campus in an academic climate where interdisciplinary collaborations thrive. Industrial designers resolve design issues in the context of contemporary culture, creating things such as computers, furniture, cars, exhibits, sporting goods, tools, and countless other items people interact with in their lives. They also develop systems and services that people will use. Students often work on industry sponsored projects that bring real-world criteria and opportunity into our studios. Check out the Industrial Design blog (http://wordpress NULL.philau NULL.edu/inddesign/).

Interactive Design and Media (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/intdesign/) – This program prepares students by teaching them a combination of skills, including the understanding of basic design principles, the capacity to plan and develop strategy, the ability to harness the latest digital technologies and techniques, and experience in working in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment. In advanced courses, students explore complex aspects of time-based, interactive design, web-based media, user experience, user interface, game design, and mobile communications. Additional emphasis can be placed on motion graphics, type motion, and animation techniques, in context with rich media experiences including principles of effective story development and how to structure interactive narratives. Check out the Interactive Design and Media blog (http://shermanfinch NULL.com/wordpress/).

Textile Design (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/textiledesign/) – Students learn how to turn innovative ideas into printed, woven, and knitted products. As a textile leader since 1884, our students are regularly featured at major exhibits, compete in national competitions, and are sought after by industry leaders to collaborate on real world design challenges.  Partnerships with fashion design students lead to fashion collections utilizing unique and original textiles. With faculty who remain active professionals in the field, our internship program is one of the strongest in the industry, partnering with companies like Urban Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch, and study abroad opportunities are numerous. Check out the textile design blog (http://www NULL.philautextile NULL.blogspot NULL.com/).

Textile Materials Technology (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/textilemat/) – This program prepares students to work in a global industry that includes fiber-engineered products for medical, geotextiles, architecture, fiber-reinforced composites, and traditional apparel, and home-furnishing applications. Students select advanced work in one of the five concentrations: Sports and High Performance Materials, Product Safety & Materials Evaluation, Commerce, Textile Conservation & Forensics, and Sustainability.

Engineering (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/engineering/bse/) – The ABET accredited Engineering program helps students develop the necessary
knowledge and analytical skills for professional engineering practice or for successful graduate studies. Because of its general nature, it is characterized by breadth and permits study in depth, of a minor field such as architectural engineering, composites engineering, industrial and systems engineering or textile engineering. Students choose their minor engineering track in their sophomore year.

Mechanical Engineering (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/engineering/mech/) – The ABET accredited Mechanical Engineering program provides a broad-based education with a concentration on fundamentals and basic laws in mechanical, thermal and fluid sciences. The development of math, science and engineering skills in students are adequately addressed in the choice of courses. Engineering design is part of many of the courses from the very first semester.

-Jennifer Bona, Assistant Director of Admissions

PhilaU Rams gear up for a busy fall schedule

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The students are all back, the leaves are changing colors and the excitement of fall athletics is in the air at PhilaU! This season is sure to bring some thrilling events in Men’s/Women’s Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, and Cross Country.

Our all-star Women’s Cross Country team hopes to keep their winning streak going; after winning 4 straight conference titles, they are hoping to make this year #5! As for the Men’s Cross Country, they hope to take their second place finish from last season and come out on top!

All across campus there is anticipation for Homecoming weekend September 29th, 2012. Women’s Volleyball plays Dominican College at 11am. At 12pm, campus competition will peak when both Women’s Soccer faces Felician College and Women’s Tennis tackles Concordia College.  The day will wrap up when Men’s Soccer takes on Felician College at 2:30pm. Stop by campus for a game or two!

Intramurals and club sports are also an integral part of our campus. The club sports include Dance, Field Hockey, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Rowing, the Ramettes, Rugby, and Ultimate Frisbee. As a club sport, these teams will compete with other colleges and universities. Intramurals sports are limited to friendly competition just on the PhilaU campus.

For more about Athletics and the upcoming fall schedule, check out the brand new Athletics website (http://www NULL.philaurams NULL.com/landing/index). We hope you can make it to one of these exciting events! Go Rams!

-Pam Swope, Admissions Counselor

Real Projects. Real Research.

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Today, I ran into Tara Hennig, 5th year Architecture student (and one of our favorite Rambassord, who was walking around carrying a funny looking calculator.  She happily informed me that it was NOT a calculator at all, but rather a decibel meter.  Tara and her classmates are scouting the campus to determine the loudest and quietest places around.  They are beginning to compile some research for a potential new architecture building as part of a semester-long project.  This process is called site analysis or site mapping, and it will also include studying gathering spaces, light, wind, and carbon dioxide emissions.  Good work, Tara!

-Abbey Carr, Admissions Counselor