Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Quick Look at Career Services

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Today I have a guest blog post from Fatema Kanji.  Fatema was telling me about her experience with Career Services (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/careerservices/students/index NULL.html) as she starts to look for a new internship.  I have asked her to share her experience with you today…

Hello! My name is Fatema Kanji, and I am a fourth year architecture student minoring in graphic design. I want to tell you about one of the biggest advantages that PhilaU has to offer—the Career Services Center!

As a freshman, you are required to meet with an advisor from career services to start planning out your educational journey and gear it towards your post-graduation goals. Also, in your writing class freshman year, you are required to draft a professional resume. You will upload your resume to Philadelphia University’s Career Link, and your resume then will be reviewed by Career Services resume experts. From that point, your resume will be accepted or denied.  This will give you a sense of what people are looking for in the real world.

Now you all must be wondering what Career Link is. Career Link is a professional networking tool just for PhilaU students that shows you which companies are looking for interns or employees. It is a very useful tool that I am currently using to find an internship for the summer!

Another useful thing about Career Services is that they organize networking events and job fairs! Every year, Career Services hosts an alumni showcase for current design students to meet and talk to PhilaU grads about their experiences, and show us their portfolios! It is an awesome way to network with different companies and get a sense of what you will be doing after you graduate.

There are separate events for non-design students as well that focus on other groups of majors.  For example, Corporate Connections is a career fair targeting business students. Career Services also organizes on-campus interviews for when recruiters come here looking for employees/interns! Last summer, I got an opportunity to interview a representative from Anthropologie to become a retail design intern.

If you want more information about Career Services, click here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/careerservices/students/index NULL.html). Thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say, I look forward to hopefully meet you when you come visit! Good luck on your college search!

Best Regards,
Fatema Kanji

Visit PhilaU!

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I’m sure you have been visiting many college campuses over the past few months, and I hope that Philadelphia University is on your list. As a current student and Rambassador (tour guide), I would like to invite you to visit our campus (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/admissions/visitorscenter/visitus NULL.html) to experience all that we have to offer.

Every school says that they have a beautiful campus, but PhilaU is like no other. I chose to attend because I felt at home on campus and I loved the fact that it’s just minutes from Center City Philadelphia. I encourage you to check it out!

Okay, it wasn’t only the beautiful campus that made me select PhilaU. Nexus Learning, PhilaU’s signature approach to education, promises to help me stand out among my peers when it comes to apply for jobs. The focus on interdisciplinary teamwork and innovation has already given me a competitive edge, particularly in my three internships!

Our campus is reflective of our unique skill-sets and personalities, and offers a playground for creativity and innovation. The sum of the unique experiences and skills that you will gain at Philadelphia University will help you become a successful professional and stand out from the crowd.

Like I said, you won’t understand how unique PhilaU is until you visit campus. So what are you waiting for? Call or go online to schedule your visit (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/admissions/visitorscenter/visitus NULL.html). We offer individual tours of campus and one-on-one meetings with admissions counselors Monday through Friday. If you can’t make it during the week, make sure you find a Saturday Information Session or University Open House that works for you. After you have been accepted, I encourage you to shadow a current student for a day. Go to www.philau.edu/visit or call our Visit Coordinator at 1.800.951.7287 to schedule your visit!

I might even be your tour guide! :)

Darpan Patel ’14
Architecture

PhilaU’s Architecture Program Receives Six-Year Reaccreditation

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Philadelphia University’s architecture program has been reaccredited for a six-year term by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, effective through 2017.

In its report, the NAAB lauded PhilaU’s architecture program as “an ideal milieu for a multidisciplinary education in architecture, the arts, and construction” and commended the program’s “outstanding” faculty and its mission of “preparing a well-rounded student, equipped to rise in the professional world.”

To read the full article about the reaccreditation, click here (http://wordpress NULL.philau NULL.edu/today/2012/09/13/architecture-program-receives-six-year-reaccreditation/).

 

A Spotlight on the College of Architecture and the Built Environment

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Do you know what’s special about the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Philadelphia University?

  • Our new Dean, Barbara Klinkhammer—she came to us after a national search with many years of experience teaching both in the US and abroad
  • Our educational style, Nexus Learning (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/nexuslearning/)—an interdisciplinary, collaborative, real world, team approach to learning
  • Our students—focused, hardworking, and driven by the learning challenges presented to them!

The College of Architecture and the Built Environment encompasses five majors: 5-year Architecture, Architectural Studies, Construction Management, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture.  We offer a comprehensive first-year approach that addresses all areas relating to the design and construction of our built environment. Our programs create design professionals that have a thorough understanding of both technical and aesthetic aspects of their disciplines. We have over 800 students currently enrolled in these majors.

The Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/arch/index NULL.html) is a professional degree earned over a five year course of study. After an interdisciplinary foundation shared with other programs, the curriculum continues with more advanced technical and professional courses, supporting studio design projects of increasing complexity and scope. In the fourth and fifth years, systems synthesis and collaboration are emphasized in addressing complex urban/suburban and theoretical problems, encouraging independent research, programming, and critical analysis in establishing the theoretical basis for design work.

The Architectural Studies (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/environdesign/) program offers several concentrations, ranging from areas that are essential to making and constructing buildings and environments, such as Architectural Design Technology to fields that support the rehabilitation and documentation of architecture and sites, such as Historic Preservation and Photography.

Our Interior Design (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/interiordesign/) program prepares students to work with clients and architects to successfully design interior building space that complements our rapidly evolving technology and information driven society.

The 4-year Landscape Architecture (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/larch/index NULL.html) program promotes sustainable urban planning and design and is committed to providing leadership in confronting issues that affect urban neighborhoods and ecological systems.

Construction Management (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/constructionmgt/index NULL.html) prepares students to play an integral role in the development, construction, and maintenance of commercial, residential, institutional, and industrial buildings, as well as civil and transportation infrastructure. Courses in construction, architecture, engineering, business and liberal arts prepare students to be ethical, innovative problem solvers who understand the full construction business model.

The goal of all programs at PhilaU is to prepare students to be creative, independent thinkers and innovative problem solvers, combining professional learning with a broad-based liberal arts education.  Students in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment majors take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Italy, Denmark, South Africa, India and many other countries.  Paid internships are available as well!

Some quick reads about student accomplishments:

Kimberly Wannop graduated from PhilaU with a B.S. in Interior Design and currently works as the set decorator for FOX’s hit TV show “Bones.” Wannop was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the show in 2009, and she has worked on productions from “Wheel of Fortune” to “American Dreams” and multiple Hallmark TV movies. She moved to Los Angeles after leaving PhilaU and broke into the film and television set decorating industry.

Schendy Kernizan, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2008. After spending most of his childhood in Haiti, Kernizan has been active in assisting with the rebuilding efforts in Haiti following the massive earthquake in 2010. He worked in the impoverished nation while on a one-year fellowship with Architecture for Humanity and currently works in an architecture firm in Boston.

TD Bank officials presented three Philadelphia University students with the first-place award in March 2012, as part of the national student competition to design TD Bank’s energy-efficient store of the future.  The competition included students from Philadelphia University’s architecture and interior design programs, who incorporated their knowledge of sustainable building design into fully-developed models for a TD Bank branch in the year 2020.

If you’d like to see some of our students’ work, click here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/architectureandthebuiltenvironment/studentwork/index NULL.html).

-Deborah Kaminski, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions