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Philadelphia University Online
Philadelphia University Online has received national and state recognition for its quality educational programs by Best Value Schools and Edudemic.

Best Value Schools named Philadelphia University Online a top online college for 2014. PhilaU ranked 23rd nationwide on a list of top schools that offer students the highest quality of accredited online learning.

To compile the rankings, Best Value Schools took into consideration freshman retention rate, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, number of online bachelor’s degrees, breadth of online learning choices, academic ratings and student poll feedback.

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Edudemic named Philadelphia University one of the best online universities in Pennsylvania, ranking it 9th in the state after considering such factors as graduation and retention rates, tuition, financial aid, career services and availability of digital information.

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In addition, Edudemic said PhilaU’s programs in behavorial and health services and health services management are the best in the state.

Learn more about the B.S. in Behavioral and Health Services.
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PhilaU offers 13 innovative undergraduate and graduate online degree programs. PhilaU’s accelerated online bachelor’s degree programs are designed to help professional adults quickly advance their careers. PhilaU’s online master’s degrees offer the same high-quality education available at Philadelphia University through a convenient, flexible format.

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Two students in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment won the top two awards in this year’s BLT Architects student design competition.

Fifth-year architecture student Bong Hei Wong took first place in the competition for his adaptive design of an old warehouse.

Fifth-year architecture student Bong Hei Wong took first place in the competition for his adaptive design of an old warehouse.

Fifth-year architecture student Bong Hei Wong, who goes by Billy, won first place and Oliver Thompson, a graduate student in sustainable design and 2014 graduate of PhilaU’s architectural studies program, took second place.

“Once again, Philadelphia University students placed first and second in one the BLT Architects student design competitions,” said Barbara Klinkhammer, executive dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment. Last spring, PhilaU students took the top two awards in the firm’s student interior design competition. Read more. “This is an external validation of the excellent design education our students receive,” Klinkhammer said.

BLT Architects, a Philadelphia-based architectural and interior design firm, challenged students to design an adaptive reuse of a century-old warehouse in Center City into a high-tech incubator facility with retail, office, prototyping, auditorium and breakout space. Students were judged by BLTa principals on their creative approach, response to site, sustainability and functionality.

As the first-place winner, Wong received a cash prize of $500 and was offered a paid summer internship with the company. “It was one of my goals since sophomore year to be placed in a competition before graduating,” he said.

After visiting the site to assess its potential, Wong said he created a design that would “reuse the existing building to serve new high-tech businesses while contributing as a public space on the street level.” View his project on Behance.

Wong adapted the existing design by adding void spaces through the building’s center to increase transparency and allow users to relate to the city, rather than an enclosed office space. “The entire roof space is dedicated to a garden,” he said.

Thompson received the second place award for his design focused on natural light.

M.S. in Sustainable Design student Oliver Thompson received the second place award for his design focused on natural light.

Thompson won $300 for his second-place design, but said recognition from an award-winning firm was his most valuable prize. “The fact that I placed at all, let alone in second, gave me confidence in myself and my education,” he said.

His design utilizes a massive “skywell” that allows natural light into almost all usable spaces and incorporates a new pedestrian street under the building between Market and Chestnut streets.

“I wanted to design something that would fit into the context of the city, the existing master plan for the area around it, while still breathing life into it,” Thompson said.

The BLT Architects competition was open to students from the Mid-Atlantic region, ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia.

Philadelphia University fashion merchandising and management students this month had the opportunity to learn first-hand about different aspects of the fashion industry during trips to the New York and North Carolina offices of some of the biggest names in fashion.

A group of juniors gained insights into the role and responsibilities of retail buyers during a day-long job-shadow experience at Ross Stores Inc. on Nov. 6 in New York. Ross is largest national off-price apparel and home fashion chain.

The visit was particularly eventful for Allison Seibel who shadowed a women’s shoe buyer and the next day received a call from her Ross mentor offering her a summer internship.

“She was impressed with my knowledge on buying operations and my confidence in the marketplace,” Seibel said. All in all, she added, “It was a great experience.”

A fashion merchandising and management student gets a behind-the-scenes look at Vanity Fair.

Fashion merchandising and management student Emily McMenamin checks out denim products during a visit to Vanity Fair Corp. in Greensboro, N.C.

Student Christina Prinzo shadowed a buyer for juniors’ woven tops and sweaters. “I learned so much from her, including how to read certain reports, negotiate with vendors and how the whole buying process takes place,” Prinzo said. “Throughout the day, we met with different vendors, buying pieces for the winter line. We also created some of our own pieces by combining existing silhouettes, prints and fabrics into designs we felt would best fit the Ross customer.”

Another student, Abby Denora, who plans a career in buying or visual merchandising, called the trip a valuable opportunity. “I got to see a side of the fashion industry I had never been exposed to,” she said.

“This type of experiential learning allows students to evaluate potential opportunities and decide if this is the direction they’d like to pursue for their career,” said Samantha Camoni, PhilaU associate director of career services, adding that it also “allows students to prove themselves as a potential fit for the company through a day’s worth of interactions, rather than through an hour-long interview.”

Fashion merchandising and management students in Associate Professor Nioka Wyatt’s global fashion insight classes also recently gained real-world industry insights through tours of top fashion companies.

Sponsored by a nearly $30,000 Cotton Inc. grant, the students were able to explore the interdisciplinary nature of cotton in fashion and learn about the industry through a comprehensive overview of the fashion value chain.

From Oct. 15 to 17, 10 students traveled to Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., to visit Cotton Inc.’s world headquarters, fashion technology firm TC2, and Vanity Fair Corp., a leader producer of Wrangler jeans and many other iconic brands.

“Students viewed the latest technology in 3-D product management,” Wyatt said, and also learned about merchandising, quality assurance, finishing, testing and distribution skills.

On Nov. 7, 50 of Wyatt’s students spent the day in New York, getting a first-hand look at the process of designing and developing products on a global scale. The students visited Mood Fabrics, M&J Trimming and Material ConneXion, and then went in smaller groups to either Ralph Lauren, Maggy London, and New York & Company.

With PhilaU men’s basketball coach Herb Magee about to hit another career milestone, the Rams start the season with high expectations, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Nov. 21. The Hall-of-Fame coach, with 985 career wins, is on target to win his 1,000th game early next year.

Fashion design faculty member Jay McCarroll, winner of the first season of Project Runway, presented his collection at a boutique in Carlisle, Pa., Nov. 21, The Sentinel reported Nov. 21. McCarroll teaches fashion design at his alma mater PhilaU and designs his own line of clothing and accessories.

Philadelphia University is helping to drive a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Philadelphia region, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and U.S. Assistant Secretary for Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams wrote in the Nov. 19 Philadelphia Inquirer. PhilaU’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and the PhilaU Blackstone LaunchPad to foster entrepreneurship are “helping to cement Philadelphia’s lead position as a hub for innovation,” they said.

Ridge, CEO of Ridge Global, was the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Men’s basketball Coach Herb Magee is the longest-serving of Philadelphia’s top basketball coaches, Mike Jensen notes in the Nov. 19 Philadelphia Inquirer. After detailing the longevity of the city’s six top DI coaches (averaging 11.3 years at their institutions), Jensen writes, “Maybe the only coach not impressed? Herb Magee over at Philadelphia University is starting his 48th season, still rolling.”

Philadelphia University is focused on innovation and providing students with an academic experience that will give them a real competitive advantage in the 21st-century workplace. We prepare students to be leaders at every level of their careers through our unique academic approach, Nexus Learning — active and collaborative learning that is connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts. That is why 95 percent of graduates for the last two years are either working in their field of choice or in graduate school.  That’s the PhilaU Power To Do.

Join us on Nov. 22 for our Open House, where you will have opportunity to learn more about academic programs, meet with professors and program directors and talk to PhilaU students about their campus experiences. Learn more about your academic major of interest and the value of a Philadelphia University education. You will also have an opportunity to tour the campus, eat in the dining hall and visit residence hall rooms.

Need more reasons to attend the Open House?  Here are 10 more:

  1. Your application fee will be waived.
  2. Attend our University Fair to learn about study abroad, internships, financial aid and student clubs. This is your one-stop shop for information on academic programs and student life.
  3. See our beautiful campus, on the border of Fairmount Park but just minutes from the excitement of Center City.
  4. Have your photo taken and posted on the PhilaUAdmiss Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  5. Take a selfie at the Ram statue.
  6. Sample the food in our dining hall.
  7. Tweet photos of your #PhilaU visit and you could win PhilaU prizes.
  8. Ride a trolley around campus.
  9. See how many people can fit in a residence hall room.
  10. Hug a Rambassador… one of our student tour guides.

Click here to register for the Nov. 22 Open House.

 

Philadelphia University raised more than $47,000 in charitable gifts from more than 350 donors during its first ever Day of Giving on Nov. 13.

DayofGiving That was three times the original fundraising goal of $15,000, and significantly above the goal of 300 donors for the day, which was launched in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day.

“These efforts are a barometer of the positive feelings and enthusiasm for the trajectory of the University,” said Jesse Shafer, vice president for development and alumni relations. “It is also a major indicator of our culture of philanthropy, which has become more closely aligned with our ambitious goals for the future. It is a real validation of our strategy.”

In all, 354 donors contributed to the Day of Giving, including, significantly, 80 faculty and staff members. The entire PhilaU community was encouraged to join in the event by making a gift of any size to the support area of their choice during the 24-hour period. The funds raised will support a range of initiatives, including academic programs, scholarships and athletics programs.

The Day of Giving comes in the wake of the University’s most successful capital campaign to date. PhilaU raised nearly $60 million over the course of its five-year Power to Innovate campaign.

Kidesti TeklegiorgisKidesti Teklegiorgis, an experienced higher education admissions professional, joined Philadelphia University this fall as director of undergraduate admissions.

In this position, Teklegiorgis is spearheading new initiatives designed to attract first-year and transfer students interested in bachelor degree programs. She previously was director of admissions at Neumann University for two years before joining PhilaU in September.

“We are pleased to have Kidesti Teklegiorgis join PhilaU’s admissions team,” said Christine Greb, dean of enrollment management. “With her background and breadth of experience, she will play a prominent role in helping us build on the momentum we have achieved in the area of student recruitment.”

At Neumann, Teklegiorgis partnered with colleagues on a variety of initiatives, including the launch of a Customer Relationship Management system, creation of dual admissions and dual enrollment agreements with local high schools and community colleges, and the development of marketing and promotional materials.

“I am excited and honored to serve as the new director of undergraduate admissions,” Teklegiorgis said. “There were many factors that drew me to Philadelphia University, but what really stood out for me were PhilaU’s beautiful campus, distinctive programs and innovative curriculum. PhilaU’s career-oriented programs are unique and relevant. The commitment of faculty and staff members to preparing students to be young professionals in the real world is extraordinary.”

Teklegiorgis earned her bachelor’s in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in education from Neumann University.