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College of Architecture and Built Environment Students Publish “SPACEWORK”

A team of students in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment have produced the second issue of “SPACEWORK,” a design journal featuring student work. Intended to initiate conversations about design and celebrate studio culture at Philadelphia University, the student-initiated and …

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Executive Dean Matt Dane Baker Named Philadelphia University Provost

Matt Dane Baker, executive dean of the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, will become provost at Philadelphia University effective June 1. Randy Swearer, who has served as provost since July 2009, will become vice president for education at …

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School of Business Administration Earns Accreditation Recognizing Academic Excellence

Philadelphia University’s School of Business Administration undergraduate programs have been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) through April 2025. “Philadelphia University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality …

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Women’s Rowing Team Qualifies for NCAA Division II Championship

The Philadelphia University women’s rowing team will make its third NCAA Division II Championship appearance after the Varsity 8 team received an at-large bid into the championship field May 18. The 2015 NCAA Championship will take place from Friday, May …

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Faculty Valerie Hanson and Chris Pastore Publish Books

Philadelphia University faculty members Valerie Hanson, associate writing professor, and Chris Pastore, professor of transdisciplinary studies, recently have published new books in the fields, respectively, of scientific rhetoric and textile engineering. Hanson’s book, “Haptic Visions: Rhetorics of the Digital Image, …

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PhilaU Showcase Features Year’s Most Innovative Student Designs

An improved protective suit for medical professionals treating Ebola patients, with built-in communication receivers and a large face shield allowing for 130-degree peripheral vision. A water filtration system for hikers to collect drinking water from the mud in an emergency, …

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$1 Million Scholarship Established to Honor Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau H’15

Members of the Planet Fitness family joined together to donate more than $1 million to endow a new scholarship fund at Philadelphia University in honor of Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau H’15. The scholarship, announced by Philadelphia University President Stephen …

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Textile Design Graduate Students Exhibit Eye-Catching Collections

Vibrant tapestries of woven, knit and printed fabrics covered the walls of The Design Center at Philadelphia University May 8 at the opening reception for an exhibition of work by M.S. in Textile Design students. The impressive exhibition, featuring creative …

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Innovative Leaders Honored at Verizon Philadelphia University Celebration of Innovation

Philadelphia University honored four accomplished leaders and recognized the year’s best student innovations at the annual Verizon Philadelphia University Celebration of Innovation benefit held May 9 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue. The four outstanding organizations and individuals honored with …

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Students Present the Future of Wearable Technology to Verizon

You’ve heard of Fitbit, a wearable fitness tracker, but what about a construction hardhat that can alert emergency services of a worker’s fall? How about glasses that use speech-to-text technology to allow deaf users to read conversations through the lenses? …

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